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NOVEMBER 2016 Green&Silver MAGAZINE EASTERN NEW MEXICO UNIVERSITY The Cavener Family Legacy, Greyhounds Since 1934 Page 4-5 Professor Tapped to Serve on International Astronautics History Committee Page 8 Greyhound Stadium Dedication and Inaugural Game a Huge Success Page 10


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Green&Silver MAGAZINE Features 04 The Cavener Family Legacy, Greyhounds Since 1934 06 Rebelle Fleur 07 Attorney Takes on National Guard Leadership Role 08 Professor Tapped to Serve on International Astronautics History Committee 09 Circle of Friends: An Upward Bound Reunion 10 Greyhound Stadium Dedication and Inaugural Game a Huge Success 12 ENMU Foundation and Alumni Association Awards 14 ENMU Athletics News 15 Business As Unusual 16 Alumni and Friends Updates Green & Silver Magazine | November 2016 Managing Editor Noelle Bartl Content and Design Editor Rachel Forrester Writers and Contributors Alvonna Arnold, Robert Graham, Adam Pitterman, Melissa Sena, Wendel Sloan You can view all issues of the Green & Silver Magazine online at New address, questions, comments or story ideas? Contact us at 888.291.5524 or 22 GGrreeeenn && SSiillvveerr || NNoovveemmbbeerr 22001166


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From the President Dear ENMU Family, A lot has happened since my letter that appeared in the May issue of the Green and Silver Magazine. In that letter, I made an “unscientific forecast for 2016-17” that has proven accurate. I predicted a record enrollment of more than 6,000 students for the 2016 fall semester—our enrollment came in at 6,014, the highest ever at Eastern. In 2000, the institution’s enrollment was 3,577. We have grown 68 percent in student headcount in the past 16 years, and have been recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education as the 18th fastest growing master’slevel university in the country. I predicted that the new Greyhound Stadium would be inaugurated with a capacity crowd and a Hound victory over our friends from Western New Mexico University. It all came to pass. The stadium is all we expected it to be, and the inaugural game on Sept. 10 was a tribute to those who have made this dream come true—especially our students. My last forecast was a prediction that the state-wide vote on Nov. 8 for General Obligation Bond C would result in $11 million being awarded to ENMU for the Golden Student Success Center project. At the time of the writing of this letter (Sept. 15), the vote has not yet taken place, but we remain optimistic. The 2016-17 year is shaping up as one of our very best. The second highest point of the year will be when the visiting Higher Learning Commission accreditation team departs our campus in April 2017 and tells us we have earned national accreditation for the next 10 years. The highest point of the year occurs every day in the classrooms and laboratories of our campus. That’s where our dedicated faculty members provide a truly excellent education for 6,014 students. As I have said many times, it’s our alumni, friends and supporters who have generously made Eastern the strong university it is today. Thank you all, and GO GREYHOUNDS! Sincerely, Steven Gamble ENMU President Green & Silver | November 2016 3


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For the first quarter century of the University’s existence, some member of the Cavener family attended Eastern every year, continuously. —Alvonna Arnold Photo (left): 1957, Grandpa and Grandma Cavener (seated) with their eight children: Reba (seated center) and (back row from L-R) Jennie Mae, Nina Lee, Oleta, James (Jim/Buddy), Naomi, Eudora and Roedean. Photo courtesy of Lonnie Jordan. Photo (below): During their family reunion this past summer, the Caveners gathered to represent the University that so many of them have attended. Front Row (L-R): Elaine Watson James (BS 74); Betty Brown Perkins standing in for her mother, Jennie Mae Cavener Brown (AA 36), Deceased; Chris. R. Ross standing in for his mother, Nina Lee Cavener Ross (Attended), Deceased; LaDrue Jordan standing in for his mother, Oleta Cavener Jordan (BA 46), Deceased; Eudora Cavener Watson Harris (EDSP 80, MED 75, BS 65); Roedean Cavener Jordan (MED 78, BS 72); Reba Cavener Loring Camp (MED 71, BS 56). Second Row (L-R): Marcia Jordan Hinze (BS 84); John Hinze (Attended); Alyssa Hinze Anaya (BSE 07); Jason Anaya (BME 07); Donna Ross standing in for her cousin, Twila Gollehon Arnold (BSE 01); Judy Jordan (MED 04); Sarah Jordan standing in for her father, Kent Jordan (MM 90), Deceased; Freddy Stewart standing in for his cousin, Hardy Carlyle (MA 75, BSE 74); Don Ross standing in for his cousin, Adeana Jordan Carlyle (BME 75); Alvonna Watson Arnold (MED 84, BSE 71); Brian Arnold (MED 84, BS 69); David Arnold standing in for his uncle, Alvis Watson (BBA 78), Deceased; Cynthia Loring Baker (BBE 84, AA 80); Jan (Donella) Loring Moon (MED 85, BS 81); Kristina Moon standing for her cousin, Brian Dale Arnold, Jr. (BSE 98). 4 Green & Silver | November 2016


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The Cavener Family Legacy Greyhounds Since 1934 By: Alvonna Arnold ENMU was founded in 1934 as Eastern New Mexico Jr. College and my family, local to Portales since 1906, has a rich history as proud Greyhound supporters from the college’s earliest years. In 1934, my grandparents Tom and Sylvania Cavener and their eight children began their heritage of recognizing the value of education. For the first 24 years of ENMJC’s existence, some member of the Cavener family attended Eastern every year, continuously. Since then, there have been 21 ENMU graduates and many more degrees earned. Grandpa and Grandma Cavener themselves were not highly educated people. Grandpa earned his high school diploma, and Grandma was only able to attend school through eighth grade. They both had quite modest upbringings as well. Grandpa Cavener worked as a farmer, a field hand, as a caretaker at the cemetery—at that time there were no backhoes, so Grandpa had to dig the graves by hand with a shovel—and as a janitor at the courthouse, First Baptist Church and later at ENMU. Grandma Cavener worked at the canning factory, wrapping butter at Price’s Creamery, making brooms at the broom factory and being a house parent for ENMJC students in the Cavener home since there were no dorms at that time. Of their eight children, the four oldest daughters worked in the fields to pay for their college education. The main crop they recall planting, weeding and harvesting was sorghum, which they would then help grind and process into molasses. The four younger children also picked cotton, harvested broom corn, and picked green beans to supply the cannery. In seventh grade, the oldest child Jennie Mae (AA 36) had Typhoid Fever, so the teacher who was boarding with the family taught her at home. Jennie Mae made such outstanding progress that she was promoted to high school early, and on the year the college was founded, she entered ENMJC at age 16. Nina Lee (Attended) lived with former ENMJC president Donald McKay and his family from 1936-38, serving as their maid and earning seven cents an hour to help pay for tuition. Her sister Oleta (BA 46) started attending the following year to earn a degree in Education. One fall she was 13 dollars short to pay her tuition. She was going to have to skip a semester until she’d earned enough to return, but former president, Floyd Golden, knew the family from church and took care of Oleta’s fees, explaining that it was just a “small contribution to a family who is so dedicated to getting a college education.” The fourth daughter, Naomi (Attended), studied at ENMJC for one year before getting married. School was difficult for Naomi, who struggled with what we now know as dyslexia. She bravely overcame her learning difficulty and continued her education by taking sewing and tailoring classes and eventually became an accomplished seamstress. In 1942 during World War II, there was little manual labor work available in Portales, so the four youngest children had to drop out of public school. The family went to Levelland, TX where they lived in a migrant shack and worked in the fields. My mother, Eudora (EDSP 80, MED 75, BS 65), missed an end-of-year high school exam in English and failed the class because of it. When she returned the next fall for her senior year, she took both English three and four and, even with this extra load, she graduated as class salutatorian. Eudora attended ENMJC for one year before marrying. She raised her family and then returned to ENMU in 1963 to earn her three degrees. Roedean (MED 78, BS 72), the sixth daughter, also married soon out of high school but returned in 1969 to earn her degrees. The Cavener’s only son, Jim (Buddy) (Attended), joined Eastern in 1956 but transferred to New Mexico State to pursue a degree in engineering. He went on to work as a propulsion engineer on the XC-142A vertical take-off and A7 attack planes. Reba (MED 71, BS 56) was the baby of the family. After earning her master’s degree, she taught junior high P.E. classes and sponsored many extra-curricular activities. She eventually got certified as an elementary school teacher and taught a total of 25 years. Many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and in-laws of Tom and Sylvania Cavener have also attended ENMU in ensuing years. Interestingly, almost all of these degrees have been in the field of education and educational administration. Former University president Floyd Golden once attended a service at Roedean’s church in Fritch, TX where she and her family worshipped. He recognized Tom Cavener in front of the entire congregation, saying that my grandfather “had more interest in and support for ENMU than the entire state of New Mexico!” Jennie Mae would never have been able to predict that her initial journey into the arena of higher education would have set the stage for her seven siblings and four generations of family members to earn a total of 39 degrees and higher certifications from ENMU. Tom and Sylvania Cavener would be so very proud of their children, grandchildren, in-laws and great-grandchildren. The rich heritage of the Cavener family’s value of education that President Floyd Golden spoke of so long ago has indeed been priceless. Green & Silver | November 2016 5


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Rebelle Fleur By: Robert Graham Home is where the heart is, but distance might be how the heart grows stronger, an axiom Kris-Ann Walters (BS 15) practices as a rebelle fleur (French for rebel flower), what Kris-Ann describes as a contradiction that uncovers an important value in her life: self-determination. “I visited home for the first time in four years this past December. It was a nice opportunity to see the person I had become versus the person I was when I left. The trip was affirmation of my commitment to establishing my independence,” says Kris-Ann. Kris-Ann grew up in Kingston, Jamaica and earned a scholarship to Adam State University in Alamosa, CO in 2011. She transitioned from a Grizzly (Adam State’s mascot) to a Greyhound as a sophomore in 2012. “I wanted to stay in the vicinity of Colorado, so I googled Division II schools in the southwest, and ENMU came up,” says Kris-Ann. Currently, Kris-Ann is a graduate student in the Department of Counseling and works under Draco Miller (MS 06, BS 04) in Stadium Operations. “My long-term plan is to become either a psychotherapist or clinical mental health counselor. I want to keep my options open, but some preliminary schools I am considering are Texas Women’s University and Texas A&M College Station,” says Kris-Ann. Kris-Ann has made ENMU a home away from home by embracing the concept that home is a state of mind and, more subtly, a euphemism for the ability of the individual to make her way in the world. “I believe that I can achieve success because I value both my independence and my education, and with that, I am able to create my desired reality,” says Kris-Ann. Higher Learning Commission Accreditation Eastern New Mexico University is seeking comments from the public in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The University will host a visit with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission on April 17-18, 2017. ENMU has been accredited by HLC since 1947. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation. The public is invited to submit comments regarding the university to the following address: Public Comment on Eastern New Mexico University Higher Learning Commission 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500 Chicago, IL 60604-1411 The public may also submit comments on HLC’s website at Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing. All comments must be received by March 17, 2017. 6 Green & Silver | November 2016


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Photo by: Captain Brian Raphael, New Mexico Air National Guard Attorney Takes on National Guard Leadership Role By: Rachel Forrester Brigadier General Fermin A. Rubio (BS 78) assumed duties as Assistant Adjutant General – Air for the New Mexico National Guard (NMANG) this past December. In this position, he serves as senior military advisor to the Adjutant General and is responsible for providing the state and the U.S. with a ready force of citizen airmen. He also directs and supervises the NMANG’s administration, discipline, organization, training and mobilization, and ensures that the organization is equipped to respond to any domestic disaster or combat contingency. General Rubio graduated from high school in Roswell, NM with no real plans to attend college. No one in his family had gone but he was offered a scholarship and decided to at least to check it out. He didn’t realize it at the time, but walking into registration that day would completely change his perspective and future. “My time at ENMU showed me that, although it’s not easy, I could be selfdisciplined enough to go to class, do the work and graduate,” said General Rubio. “I learned that if I committed myself to a task and saw it through, opportunity and success would follow.” Right around the time he attended Eastern, many Vietnam veterans were coming home and starting college on the GI Bill. General Rubio became friends Brigadier General Fermin A. Rubio with his wife, Peggy, and their three daughters. with some of these veterans and grew to admire their service and sacrifices. “They were, at times, wild and crazy and I thought it was cool, but it wasn’t until much later that I came to understand the effects the war had on many of them. I think that’s where my interest in the military started. I recently saw some of these friends and was finally able to thank them for the impact they had on my life.” General Rubio earned his Doctor of Law degree and entered active duty in 1990 as a naval Judge Advocate. He separated from active duty in 1994 but remained affiliated with the Naval Reserve and was commissioned in the Air Force Reserve in 1997. He joined the NMANG in 2006, serving as the State Judge Advocate until 2015. Photo by: Peggy Raymond-Rubio A licensed attorney with a 25-year dual track legal career as both a civilian attorney and military judge advocate, General Rubio managed to juggle his personal life and law career with his military service. “I’ve always had to travel away from home to perform my military duties, but I was only able to juggle the demands of a civilian and military career because I have a great support system–my wife, Peggy, and our three daughters. I don’t think I would have succeeded otherwise. I also had great employers who supported my military obligations.” The NMANG has an ever-changing strategic environment that can make planning very challenging. Yet, as Assistant Adjutant General, Rubio’s priorities are to execute current missions flawlessly, while seeking additional missions and cultivating great relationships with mission partners. He works with active duty members, elected officials and community leaders to educate and advertise New Mexico’s military training and testing resources, and also mentors and guides airmen and their families. From his student days to now, General Rubio has found his way to serve his country and his community. Green & Silver | November 2016 7


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Professor Tapped to Serve on International Astronautics History Committee History professor Dr. Donald Elder III (Faculty) was appointed to the History Committee of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA). Interview by: Wendel Sloan Q. Tell us about your appointment to the IAA. I was pleasantly surprised when asked to serve on the IAA History Committee. Established during the early days of the Space Age, the IAA promotes programs that foster peaceful and productive uses of outer space. Members have included famous individuals associated with the Space Age, from Wernher von Braun to Carl Sagan. As a member, I will work with colleagues from around the world to preserve and publicize the history of the Space Age. Q. What is your involvement with space topics? I wrote my dissertation on how foreign perceptions of the American space program affected our diplomatic relations during President Eisenhower’s administration. Much of my dissertation focused on how our first telecommunication satellite (known as Echo I) had significantly enhanced the nation’s image. In 1995, my work was published as Out From Behind the EightBall: The History of Project Echo and was recognized by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics as the best work in the field. They, as well as the American Astronautical Society, asked me to become a member of their history committees. Four years later, I became a judge for the Eugene M. Emme Prize, an annual award given to the best book on the history of the Space Age. In 2010, ENMU President Dr. Steven Gamble recommended me to Governor Bill Richardson as a possible successor on the New Mexico Museum of Space History Commission. Upon their vote, I became a state commissioner, and in 2013, Governor Suzanna Martinez reappointed me to the position. Q. How do you view the importance of space exploration? Should countries work together or separately? I have always believed that we have benefited greatly from space programs. Weather forecasting used to be a remarkably imprecise science; however, after the 1960 U.S. launch of TIROS, the world’s first weather observation satellite, forecasting has become much more reliable. Satellites have also revolutionized the telecommunication industry. While most of the satellites launched have had peaceful applications, some have been placed into orbit to conduct surveillance. Clearly, the world would operate much differently in many respects had the Space Age never occurred. For manned missions, the record is more mixed. Astronauts have helped us learn about our world and the universe, but some would argue that robotic missions could have gathered the same information at a fraction of the cost. I feel that humans give greater flexibility in terms of research than robotic systems do, but I certainly see the point that we have perhaps paid too high a price for this knowledge. I also believe that cooperation offers a better path forward than competition (with the obvious exception of surveillance). Q. Are there legitimate concerns about space being used for military advantage by different countries? In 1983, Ronald Reagan committed the nation to a program to develop a defensive shield. Named the Strategic Defense Initiative, the program is known today as the Missile Defense Agency. Much about this program is classified, as is any work that the U.S. and other nations are conducting on space-based weapons systems. This does represent a potential for either a first strike or a retaliatory response. Q. How does space exploration benefit average citizens? For years, items like Velcro and Tang pointed to tangible benefits that came from the manned space program. It turned out that both of those products and many others predated the Space Age, yet a recent poll revealed that 71 percent of the American public feels that the manned space program has been “worth it.” It seems that manned spaceflight has served as an inspiration. The image of astronauts risking their lives to go into a strange and potentially dangerous environment parallels the admiration we hold for our nation’s explorers and pioneers. At the risk of sounding like a cliché, the words of William Shatner in Star Trek about going where no one has ever gone before still ring true for many Americans. Q. Other thoughts? To be recognized by my peers and to serve on the IAA History Committee is an honor that I still find hard to believe. It’s a validation of my research and scholarship efforts on a scale that I could only dream of when I started my career in higher education. I only hope that I can prove worthy of this opportunity to deepen our understanding of this important aspect of our past. 8 Green & Silver | November 2016


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Circle of Friends An Upward Bound Reunion By: Rachel Forrester A Native American legend says that at the end of the evening, friends would gather around a bonfire to share memories of times spent together and speak of the good qualities of each other. As the embers faded, their friendship was said to be sealed anew, bringing them closer together. This summer a circle of friends was formed again, as former students and employees of ENMU’s Upward Bound program reunited on campus to reminisce and honor retired Upward Bound director JoAnn Gibson (MED 65). The passion and appreciation Gibson’s former students expressed when speaking to and about her was undeniable. During the event, Sue Duffman Zacarias (Attended) presented a Lifetime Achievement award to Gibson with a heartfelt message: “some people take the path less traveled, but you helped us create our own.” “When you work with the students, you find such purpose and such joy in their achievements, especially if they pursue their opportunities,” said Gibson, who worked with the reunion’s attendees from the 1980s through the 90s. Upward Bound is funded by the U.S. Department of Education to serve first-generation college attendees from low-income families to increase the rate at which participants enroll in and graduate from college. Leticia Perez (BA 97), who helped organize the gathering of friends, spoke to the Portales News Tribune about how the program affected her as a student. “It opened doors to experiences that I probably would have struggled with on my own,” said Perez. “To go down memory lane has been exciting,” she added. Throughout the years, Upward Bound has been supported by ENMU staff such as Vern Witten (Faculty) and Leonard Leary (BA 67). The program is still in full swing with 78 active participants from Curry and Roosevelt counties. Rick Rodriguez (BA 91) was an Upward Bound student from 1984-86. After graduation, he worked with Gibson as a summer counselor for the program. “I’m a product of the Upward Bound experience and a beneficiary,” said Rodriguez. “I was also blessed to be able to come back as an employee for the program. Just being able to talk to kids about that and say, ‘this isn’t a come in for the summer and hang out. This is a life changer so don’t pass on this.’ Upward Bound changes lives.” Rodriguez asked the reunion attendees to do one thing in return for the support they received: give back. “To see all of you here and hear about your successes, the only thing I’ll ask you to do as you go through the rest of your life is to remember and give back. Give back to whatever it is that will benefit kids and pay it forward because you just don’t know the life that you’ll impact.” Standing (from L-R): Diego Gutierrez (BBA 01), Rosa Montelongo (BA 98), JC Darrow, Carla Visser, Sue Duffman Zacarias, Lynda Fish Havery, Reta Neal (MBA 81), Dr. Mary Ayala (Faculty), Dr. Kathleen Wagner (MED 92, BSE 89), Rick Rodriguez (BA 91), Leticia Perez (BA 97), Vorada Silivongxay (BS 92), Tanna Rodriguez (BS 92), Clay Rowland, Doris Anaya (MA 07, BBA 90). Sitting (from L-R): David Briseño (MED 89, BS 82), Wayne Anderson (MED 85, BS 83), JoAnn Gibson (MED 65), Vern Witten (faculty), Alan Dodd (MA 88), Marlene Anderson (MED 93, BS 85). Green & Silver | November 2016 9


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Stadium Grand Opening Photo by Kait Roberts A HUGE SUCCESS By: Adam Pitterman ENMU held its grand opening of Greyhound Stadium on Sept. 10. The event exceeded expectations with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, a C-130 flyover from Cannon Air-Force Base and many other festivities prior to the football team’s kickoff against Western New Mexico University. “It was a great environment that took great organization,” said ENMU head football coach Josh Lynn. “It was a great night for football.” The Greyhounds took to Al Whitehead Field during a stirring video presentation on Griffith and Field Scoreboard. To the delight of a packed stadium, the team thoroughly dominated their home opener. The contest marked WNMU’s first Lone Star Conference competition, and the first time they had played ENMU since the 2005 season finale. Running back Kamal Cass had one of the top performances of the game, with a career-high 232 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The performance earned him Lone Star Conference Offensive Player of the Week and catapulted the junior running back to the top of the nation in rushing yards. Throughout the night, ENMU recognized the stadium’s primary donors for their generous contributions. Al Whitehead (BS 55) and his wife, Lacy, Richard Griffith (MBA 67) and Clint Ramsey (MS 66, BA 60) all received commemorative footballs signed by the team and enjoyed finally sharing the excitement with students and fans. First Row Photos: (Left photo) Ribbon cutting, from left to right, ENMU Foundation Director Noelle Bartl (BS 92), Regent President Terry Othick (MBA 70, BBA 68), Portales School Board President Antonio Sanchez, Mayor Sharon King (BUS 95, AA 91), Greyhound Club President Charles Bennett (BBA 81), Student Body President Tim Harris, Rudy Anaya from Lubbock, President Ambassador Ryan Pecotte, Richard Griffith (MBA 67) and Athletic Director Greg Waggoner (kneeling). (Right photo) Al Whitehead (BS 55) and his wife, Lacy, admire Al Whitehead Field. Second Row: (Left) The C-130 flyover from Cannon Air Force Base. (Right) The primary stadium donors in attendance, Richard Griffith, Al and Lacy Whitehead, and Clint Ramsey (MS 66, BA 60) were all presented commemorative footballs. Third Row: (left) Richard Griffith finally got to see the Griffith and Field Scoreboard he sponsored in action. (Center) Clint Ramsey enjoyed the unveiling of the Blackwater Draw spirit rock. (Right) The Greyhounds took to the field for the first game at the new Greyhound Stadium. Bottom Row: (Left) Junior Kamal Cass ran a career-high 232 yards and scored two touchdowns during the inaugural game on Sept. 10. (Right) More than 5,000 students and fans were in attendance to cheer on the Hounds. Montage photos by Cale Bloskas, Kait Roberts and Wendel Sloan “Start where you are, with what you have. Make something of it and never be satisfied.” — George Washington Carver This Blackwater Draw spirit rock, placed by the locker rooms on the southeast side of the new Greyhound Stadium, was brought over from the facility at Blackwater Draw in honor of the many games played and attended there and was made possible by Clint Ramsey (MS 66, BA 60). Green & Silver | November 2016 11


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ENMU Foundation Awards 2016 Homecoming Honorees Business of the Year Rooney Moon Broadcasting Rooney Moon Broadcasting’s fundamental philosophy is having “community commitment.” Owners Steve Rooney and Duffy Moon recognize that the legacy of local media is in servicing the local communities, and the station group donates thousands of dollars’ worth of airtime to community issues and events. Rooney and Moon believe it is their obligation to be as supportive as they can to the University—the cornerstone of Portales. Their flagship station, KSEL-FM, broadcasts local sports for ENMU. Their support also extends to the other educational institutions in town, including the Portales Rams and all the smaller local schools for whom they broadcast a large number of post-season athletics and state championship games. Rooney Moon Broadcasting believes that supporting the community in general is where the future of radio is, and although radio faces challenges with other competitive mediums, the one thing that local radio can do that the others can’t is be supportive of the community. In addition to their support of local education, Rooney Moon Broadcasting is involved with many local organizations, including United Way, Food Bank and Meals on Wheels, giving both financial contributions and donation of airtime. In 2002, Rooney Moon started their annual Secret Santa program to help families in need by providing gifts, Christmas trees and food during the holiday. To date, the program has helped 133 struggling families, and Mix 107.5 and the company’s listeners have donated more than $272,000. The company has also funded trips to Iraq, Japan and Guam to visit local service members stationed in those countries. Philanthropist of the Year Sandra Matteucci Sandra Matteucci (BA 60) is known for her longtime giving spirit and supports Eastern because she wholeheartedly believes in the University’s mission for student success and appreciates the education she received. Sandra began contributing to the ENMU Foundation’s University Fund in 1989, and since then, she has actively invested in the future of ENMU through Starter Scholarships and more. Realizing the increasing cost and challenges associated with attending college, Sandra is directly impacting generations of ENMU students, helping them to achieve the quality education that she so greatly values. In addition to her philanthropic generosity, Sandra tries to promote Eastern in every way that she can. She uses her ENMU license plate in the Arizona where she is one of many ‘Greyhounds in the desert.’ She also shares alumni bond with her son, James (BBA 89) who followed in his mother’s footsteps three decades later. Sandra loves Eastern—and loves people to know she loves Eastern. Volunteers of the Year Thurman and Alta Elder Math and computer science professor Dr. Thurman Elder (MA 66, BS 64) spent more than 30 years as an ENMU faculty member. He served as department chair of Mathematical Sciences from 1981-97, ENMU’s Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences from 1997-2006 and briefly as the interim Dean of the College of Business. The Faculty Athletic Representative for 13 years, Dr. Elder acted as liaison between ENMU, the NCAA and the Lone Star Conference. Now retired, Dr. Elder’s love for ENMU has not faded. He currently serves on the Greyhound Club board, ENMU Foundation board and ENMU Athletics Hall of Honors committee. Alta Elder (MED 83, BSE 81) joined ENMU in 2004. As the College of Education’s Outreach Coordinator, she acts as liaison between ENMU and all public school districts. She has served on the Alumni board since 1994 and is a part of the ENMU Educators’ Hall of Honor committee, ENMU Women, and the Golden Apple Nomination committee. She is also a dedicated basketball mom. For both Thurman and Alta Elder, their thoughts became words, and their words became deeds. As proud alumni, they are active supporters of ENMU students and programs. Their generous volunteerism demonstrates their belief that it’s better to give than receive. 12 Green & Silver | November 2016


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Alumni Association Awards 2016 Outstanding Alumni Dimas Chavez Over the course of his career, Dimas Chavez (BA 60) distinguished himself at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). He served as the Employee Relations Manager at LANL from 1975-80 and as Assistant to the Director from 1980-83. The NSF tapped Dimas to work as a program manager and special assistant to the director from 1983-87, and from the late 1980s until 2000 he held numerous posts at the State Department. Dimas led the implementation of the inaugural overseas Radio-Frequency Shielding Program designed to protect the sensitive, electronic information of overseas U.S. posts. He also served as the inaugural branch chief for the Construction Accreditation Program, as well as the Senior Security Inspector for the Moscow Oversight Team—the lead physical and technical inspector during the construction of the New Moscow Embassy Compound from 1997-2000. In 2000, Dimas transitioned to the CIA and served for 10 years as Senior Technical and Physical Security Officer and Director of Marine Security and Liaison Inspection Division. In these roles, he oversaw the technical, security and infrastructural integrity of various, critical overseas facilities essential to U.S. intelligence efforts. Dimas remains active in retirement and penned his life story in his 2014 autobiography On My Own. Harold Hahn Harold Hahn (BBA 73) is the Chairman and CEO of Rocky Mountain Mortgage Company (RMMC). In 1974 Harold began his career in the mortgage banking industry with Mortgage Investment Company (MICO). He became a vice president at the age of 26 and subsequently assumed responsibility for the company’s construction lending and loan production. After 10 years, MICO was sold to a Houston-based savings bank, so with the backing of financial partners, Harold founded RMMC in 1985. As Chairman, director and shareholder, Harold oversees general and administrative duties, loan servicing, banking relations and secondary marketing. His partner of over 30 years, Bill Hagan (BS 75), is also an ENMU graduate. In 2011, former Texas Governor Rick Perry appointed Harold as Chairman of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) and he served for five years. Under Harold’s leadership, THECB concluded its 15-year initiative ‘Closing the Gap,’ a comprehensive program designed to strengthen student participation and success, improve institutional excellence at Texas colleges and universities, and increase the amount of federal research dollars awarded to Texas. This past June, Harold and his wife, alumnae Beth Hahn (BA 75), celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary. The two met while they were students at ENMU. Marty Rowley Marty Rowley (BS 78) achieved shareholder status of Amarillo law firm Underwood, Wilson, Berry, Stein and Johnson, P.C. in 1987 and specialized in insurance defense, commercial, oil & gas and employment law during his eight-year tenure. Three years later he co-founded Sprouse, Mozola, Smith and Rowley, P.C. (currently Sprouse Shrader Smith, P.C.) and worked there from 1990-2002, serving as a managing shareholder from 1995-2000. Over 12 years, the firm blossomed from five to 50 attorneys, and numerous organizations, including the Texas Bar Foundation and the U.S. District Courts, Northern Division of Texas, recognized Marty for his exemplary legal work. Marty took his exemplary skillset and transitioned to the ministry from 2003-09 as Executive Pastor and Senior Pastor for the 8,000-member Trinity Fellowship Church. His responsibilities included overseeing a $12 million annual budget, 125 employees, a private school and an outreach center, as well as the completion of a $36 million building project. In 2013 Marty returned to the law firm he co-founded as COO. He remained there until last year when he started his own law firm, Marty L. Rowley, P.C. Green & Silver | November 2016 13


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ENMU Athletics News By: Adam Pitterman Greyhound Men’s Soccer Team Off to a Strong Start On Sept. 1, the Greyhound men’s soccer team visited Colorado-Mesa, a team that reached the National Championship just two seasons ago. James Gutierrez made nine saves for the Hounds, to preserve a scoreless tie. The strong start didn’t stop there. Two days later, Robert Raspudic and Omary Shabani staked ENMU to an early lead en-route to a 3-1 win over Utah’s Westminster College. After the Hounds nearly rallied from a 3-0 deficit against Adams State, they posted a hard-fought 1-0 win over Oklahoma Christian on a goal from Ryan Sinclair with less than 10 minutes left to play. Women’s Soccer Team Also Makes Strong Debut Although the women’s soccer team has had many strong seasons in its history, the season opener has always been rough for the program. In 2006, ENMU Hall of Honors inductee Megan Dozier found the back of Fort Lewis College’s net, lifting the team to a 2-1 win to kick off the season. Since then, Eastern had dropped the next nine season openers. On Sept. 1, goalkeeper Marissa Torres made her ENMU debut against Western State University and made 11 saves. The performance earned the first tie to open a season for the Hounds and the first season-opening double-overtime game. Women’s Rodeo Team Wins College “Daze” for Second Straight Year The rodeo teams got off to a strong start this past Sept. with the annual College “Daze” Rodeo at Lewis Cooper Arena. The women’s team finished first for the second straight year with Bailey Harwell and Lindsey Adcock leading the way with second-place performances in the barrel race and goat tying, respectively. The men’s team placed ninth and was led by Shane Hancock’s third-place performance in steer wrestling. The women’s team claimed first place with 320 points, while Tarleton State was the runner-up with 275 points. Weatherford College placed third. After a third-place finish in the first go, Harwell finished second in both the short round and average. With times of 17.75 and 17.66, she placed second out of 160 barrel racers. Adcock split third, fourth, and fifth in the first round but won the short go with a time of 9.0 to place second in goat tying. Celie Vick finished fourth in the event. Tierra Gray finished fourth among 146 breakaway ropers with a total time of 5.8. She placed fourth in both the first and short rounds. Texas Tech won the men’s rodeo with 435 points, while the Eastern men placed 9th. From top to bottom: Junior Marissa Torres defends the goal during their game against Western State University. Sophomore Lorenzo Juarez pulls away from his competition. Senior Sierra Quinones is one of 13 runners on the women’s cross country team picked first in the LSC pre-season poll. Senior Lauren Frye helped the volleyball team win three of their four first games this season.


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From L-R: Freshman Wyatt Strand (left) begins a play during the first football game on Sept. 10. Senior Tierra Gray (center) in competition at the 2016 College “Daze” Rodeo. Junior Waly Elifrance (right) squares off against an Adams State University player. Cross Country photos by Sports Fanatic Photography. Football photo by Claude Vigil. Rodeo photo by Kait Roberts. Women’s Cross Country Picked First in LSC Preseason Poll The Lone Star Conference cross country coaches picked the ENMU women to win the conference in its preseason poll. The Greyhounds tallied seven first place votes and 184 points for the top honors. Tarleton State came in a close second in the poll while Midwestern State received 10 firstplace votes on the women’s side. “We are honored by the selection,” ENMU cross country coach Danielle Kcholi said. “We hope that we can rise to the occasion and win the first championship in the program’s history.” The Greyhound men’s team was pegged for sixth in the LSC with West Texas A&M garnering the top spot. A Fast Start for Volleyball With a number of returning veteran players and a talented crop of newcomers, the Greyhound volleyball team is off to a strong start. After dropping the season opener in five sets to Northern Michigan, Eastern responded with three consecutive wins. The streak marked the first time the program won three of its first four games since the 2002 season. Visit the official ENMU Athletics website at Business as Unusual By: Robert Graham Originally from Truth or Consequences, NM, Karah Tooley (BS 15) is the new head coach for the ENMU spirit squad, including the cheerleading and dance teams. Karah is now earning her master’s in ENMU’s highly respected Communicative Disorders program. Photo by: Kait Roberts “Communicating the right message is what I want to do as head coach for the spirit squad. This is an exciting time for the University with the new Greyhound Stadium, and I am excited to lead the charge on school spirit,” says Karah. “Versatility is important for my student-athletes. I am looking to increase the number of participants on the team by 100 percent this year from 15 to 30 cheerleaders and dancers. This would allow us to be more places and meet the needs of our campus and our community,” says Karah. Karah Tooley Karah is also the assistant head coach for the Portales High School cheerleading team that earned second place at state competitions this past year. Karah’s unique position illustrates the future for Greyhound nation: working together with local community partners to achieve success. ORDER YOUR STADIUM BRICK! Order online at Three sizes: 4 x 8 Brick $150 8 x 8 Brick $250 12x12 Brick $350 Deadline: Dec. 31, 2016 Green & Silver | November 2016 15



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