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Green&Silver MAGAZINE EASTERN NEW MEXICO UNIVERSITY Features 04 Educator, Playwright, Athlete Named ENMU’s New President 06 Windows of Opportunity: A Truly American Tale 09 2017 Distinguished Emeritus Faculty 10 Sheryl Borden: Featured on the Cover of CHOICES Magazine 11 2017 Homecoming Schedule and Honorees 12 Giving Scholarships is Deeply Satisfying 13 Dr. Gay Su Pinnell: Enhancing ENMU’s Child Development Center (CDC) 14 An Adventure Through History: Get to Know the Museums at ENMU 16 Jack West: The Victor Who Believed in Himself 17 Banking on Life 18 ENMU Athletics News Class Notes: 20 People You Know 22 In Memory Green & Silver Magazine | August 2017 Managing Editor Noelle Bartl Content and Design Editor Rachel Forrester Writers and Contributors Scott Christianson, Dr. Jim Constantopoulos, Dr. Ken Cradock, Will Edwards, Judi Moreo, Adam Pitterman, Dr. Darron Smith, Melissa Sena, Wendel Sloan and Betty Williamson 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 GGrereenn&&SSilivlveerr| |AAuugguusstt22001177


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From the President Dear ENMU Family, I am honored and humbled to be addressing you as the 10th President of Eastern New Mexico University. As I write this, my wife Edwina and I are wrapping up things in Chattanooga, Tenn. and preparing to move to Portales. This is a special time in the history of the University, with record enrollment, the recent opening of Greyhound Stadium, and the ongoing work on the Golden Student Success Center. Additionally, and most importantly, the University had a successful 10-year reaccreditation visit from the Higher Learning Commission. Eastern has grown in enrollment, stature and numbers of successful alumni. A great deal of the credit for the success of ENMU must be given to Dr. Steven Gamble, who led the institution for 16 years. I wish him well in his retirement and only hope that I can be half as successful during my tenure. On July 1, I officially become the president of this great University, and I look forward to leading it to even greater prominence into the next decade and beyond. Edwina and I are anxious to become part of the ENMU and Portales community. We are looking forward to meeting all of the Greyhound Nation whether on campus, at sporting events, while walking our two rescue dogs, Molly and Mindy, or when we are on the road. Please stop and introduce yourself when you see us. Sincerely, J.S. (Jeff) Elwell, President Eastern New Mexico University Green & Silver | August 2017 3


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WELCOME Rescue dogs, Molly and Mindy, are part of the family for Dr. Elwell, who enjoyed walking them in Atlantic Beach, N.C. last year. ENMU’S 10TH PRESIDENT DR. JEFF ELWELL EDUCATOR SELECTED By: Wendel Sloan At the April 12 meeting, the ENMU Board of Regents selected Dr. Jeff Elwell, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, as the new president of the ENMU system, which includes campuses in Portales, Roswell and Ruidoso. He becomes ENMU’s 10th president since the 1934 opening. Dr. Elwell follows Dr. Steven Gamble, who had been president since 2001 and retired at the end of June. Accepting the appointment, Dr. Elwell said, “I am thrilled and excited beyond belief. I look forward to leading the Eastern New Mexico University system into the next decade. My wife, Edwina, and two rescue dogs, Molly and Mindy, are also looking forward to this next exciting phase of our life.” Prior to his five years at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Dr. Elwell was provost and special assistant to the chancellor at Auburn University at Montgomery from 2010-12. From 2004-10, Dr. Elwell served as the founding dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication at East Carolina University. He was an administrator at the University of Nebraska (1999-2004), Marshall University from (1996-99), and Mississippi State University (1989-96). He holds a Ph.D. in Speech Communication/Theater from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, a master’s in Communication/Theatre from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, and a bachelor’s in English from California State University-Bakersfield. Dr. Elwell said being named president of ENMU was the “fourth best day of my life. Meeting my wife, getting married and having a son were the other three.” He was attracted to ENMU by its Left: Dr. Elwell with his wife, Edwina, watching their son compete at the Big South Track and Field Championships in 2015.


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PLAYWRIGHT ATHLETE AS ENMU’S NEW PRESIDENT “size, reputation and location. I grew up in Southern California, and graduated from Cal State Bakersfield. I find the desert attractive, pleasant and interesting.” The high school and college cross country and track athlete says his goals and aspirations for ENMU are to “stand on the shoulders of Dr. Gamble and other leaders before him. I want to make ENMU even more prominent and increase its reputation.” In his current position, Dr. Elwell successfully dealt with a substantial budget reduction in his second year “in an open and transparent way.” He increased fundraising by almost 900 percent – from $296,000 to $2.6 million. His college also increased distance education offerings over 1,000 percent from 1,188 student credit hours to 14,080. Born in Brooklyn across from Ebbets Field, he moved to California as a toddler. There, he played beach volleyball against Wilt Chamberlain, spotted Kareem Abdul-Jabbar towering above a fence, and saw John Elway play Pop Warner football. “It was common to see famous athletes and actors,” Dr. Elwell said. A track scholarship helped Dr. Elwell pay for college. “You learn so much as an athlete: about winning, losing and how to deal with disappointment,” he said. “You learn how to improve and what it means to be part of a team.” Athletics informs Dr. Elwell’s leadership style, who says winning is important for many reasons, but it’s not THE reason for varsity athletics. “If you’re winning in the right way, it’s great. If winning is the objective and you start taking shortcuts that hurt the reputation of the athletic program or the school, then it’s not that important. If you’re doing really poorly, like going 1-10 in football three years in a row, you have something going wrong and you need to address it.” Liberal and fine arts are also an important part of Dr. Elwell’s background. As a doctoral student at University of Illinois at Carbondale, Dr. Elwell wrote nine plays in two years, with six of them produced professionally in various genres. “Escape from Bondage” about the early life and times of Frederick Douglas was produced in New York. While waiting for a doctoral loan check, Dr. Elwell met his wife at the Financial Aid Office at Southern Illinois Carbondale. He had to “wait a bit because they messed up my check. It gave me a chance to flirt with Edwina. When she handed me the check for $5,000 I asked her out and she said ‘yes.’” Their first date was on March 5, 1983, and they married in Dec. of 1984. Their son, Preston, just finished his junior year at Winthrop University, where he went on academic and track scholarships and is majoring in Spanish with a minor in political science. Asked about his hobbies, Dr. Elwell said, “I’m pretty boring. I work a lot. I enjoy attending college and professional sports events. We like to travel and meet new people, have new experiences and learn about history.” His philosophy of life is, “If you don’t ask, the answer is always ‘No.’ If you’re willing to work hard and make the sacrifices necessary, there is nothing you can’t achieve. You can’t measure grit or motivation.” Dr. Elwell is “looking forward to coming to Portales, meeting people, and working with everyone to make Eastern New Mexico University the best university it can be.” Above: Dr. Elwell at the Parthenon in Athens, Greece in 2011, with his son Preston and wife Edwina. Green & Silver | August 2017 5


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Hossein Zamanian: A Truly Above: Hossein with his son, Reza, at a CPA swearing-in ceremony in Austin, Texas in 1984. Right: Hossein Zamanian has patented multiple successful products, including a kabob maker and an easy-access, rolling computer stand. His most recent patent is an innovative education software for bilingual reading and for learning to read music. OF OPPORTUNITY


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American Tale By: Noelle Bartl Once upon a time there was a young Iranian man named Hossein Zamanian (MBA 74) with grand dreams. From a Persian family of modest means, Hossein’s parents sacrificed to send him to America. Flying across the Atlantic, Hossein smiled with anticipation as he looked through the airplane window and saw America and all its possibilities. His future in America all began in Portales, New Mexico when he chose ENMU because of the low-cost tuition and the excellent reputation of the College of Business. Portales offered Hossein the safety of a small town to not only adjust to America and study, but to also be a place to begin to learn English. Hossein worked hard, earning his degree in 18 months before going on to earn his doctorate in education from East Texas State (now known as Texas A&M-Commerce). He married his lovely Persian wife Marzi in Iran and because of the unrest during the Iranian Revolution in 1978 and 1979 they returned together to America. Hossein taught for nine years at Southwest Christian College in Terrell, Texas, but once the couple’s two children were born, their son Reza and their daughter Sheila, Hossein began to have visions of something bigger. He wanted to provide more for his family. Over the next two years, Hossein studied diligently for the CPA exam. Passing the exam on the first try, Hossein began working for a national firm as a junior accountant with an “inside office” without windows. Above: Hossein Zamanian on campus at Eastern circa 1974 while he was earning his master’s in business administration. Left: Hossein and his wife, Marzi, on their wedding day in Iran. “When do you think I will have one of these windows?” His supervisor saw the potential in him and responded, “The way you work, Hossein, you will have many windows.” Unfortunately, shortly after this encouragement, Hossein was let go. The determined ENMU alumnus asked his boss, whose office had one large window, “When do you think I will have one of these windows?” His supervisor saw the potential in Hossein and responded, “The way you work, Hossein, you will have many windows.” Unfortunately, shortly after this encouragement, the firm merged with another and Hossein was let go. He always wondered if his Green Card status influenced his departure. That day, he returned home at 11 a.m. unemployed. It was the same day they were celebrating their son’s third birthday. The Iranian immigrant was at a crossroads again and worried how he would make ends meet. His close Christian friend and mentor advised him to print his own business card and start knocking on doors ... lots of doors. Over the next two weeks he knocked on doors and approached many businesses with no success. Things were looking dark with no leads. His friend asked him, “How many doors? 100?” Hossein answered, “49.” His friend’s supportive response, “Great! You are getting close.” After this encouragement, Hossein continued asking everyone he met if they needed accounting services. Surprisingly, while waiting for his grocery store to open early one Sunday morning, he struck up a conversation with another patron who owned several dry cleaning businesses and coincidentally had just happened to have fired his CPA the day before. Green & Silver | August 2017 7


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... continued from previous page His CPA firm grew from there. For the next two years, Hossein conducted business out of his home for 20 clients before needing to open what Hossein described as a “small, one room office with three windows.” After attending numerous Zig Ziglar personal and professional development seminars, Hossein continued to set his sights on bigger dreams. designed computer stand base with wheels, manufactured in Dallas, is sold online and via Fry’s Electronics. His most recent patent pending involves an innovative education software for bilingual reading and for learning to read music, and is currently being rolled out at Montessori schools. He recalls, “One Zig Ziglar seminar in particular included President Ronald Reagan in attendance and taking notes along with everyone else. I went on to set my own life goals for family, academic, work, finance, innovation and health.” These goals have provided the guiding force to Hossein’s success. “I wrote my goal on an index card and read it every day.” “One never forgets the first city you move to in a new country. I had no money. I didn’t speak English. I knew my future was at stake and ENMU was the portal.” About once a year, Hossein and Marzi return to Iran to visit family. “My parents were very proud and enjoyed knowing their son had lucrative success as an inventor and as a business owner. I’m thankful for my parents’ vision to send me to America. One never forgets the first city you move to in a new country. I will never forget Portales and ENMU. I had no money. I didn’t speak English. I lived in the dormitory. I worked in the library and studied from sun up to sun down. I knew my future was at stake and ENMU was the portal.” Hossein’s advice to current students and young alumni, “Take the setbacks. Learn from them and make it big.” He concluded, “as long as you have your burning desire, one must continue to dream ... Dream big. Work hard. Work smart.” Above: Hossein and Marzi with their two children, a son Reza, and a daughter, Sheila circa 1989. Today, his firm has 10 accountants on his team and more than 500 clients of which Hossein is very selective. Hossein’s eighth floor firm is surrounded by windows providing a view of all of Dallas. In fact, the internal staff offices also have walls of glass so everyone on his team can enjoy the view and keep their eyes on the prize. “Portales gave me my start and opened doors for me,” acknowledges Hossein. “One must look past your career and your bills and look for other needs and fill it with your intentions, inventions and talents.” This truly American success story isn’t simply about building a prosperous accounting firm. Hossein’s life goal for “innovation” provided a ray of inspiration. In the 1980s he designed, marketed and manufactured a booming jewelry line sold to major department stores including Nordstrom. Hossein also designed and patented two products. One invention is a kabob maker manufactured and sold in both Iran and in America at World Market stores nationwide. His uniquely 8 Green & Silver | August 2017 SUBMIT A STORY IDEA, UPDATE OR MEMORIAL We would love to hear from you! Please send news about your career, marriage, accomplishments, etc., and make sure to send a photo for inclusion in the Green & Silver Magazine. Please email your news to us at Find us on Facebook


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Dr. Kenneth L. Hillier (Posthumously) Retired: 1981, Professor Emeritus of Finance Dr. Hillier dedicated 23 years of his life to teaching at ENMU, first as an assistant professor in business economics, later as a professor of finance. The husband and father of five came to ENMU in 1959. He wore many hats during his time on campus, as chair for the Department of Accounting, as a member on several faculty senate committees, and as a volunteer speaker to graduates of Air Force supervision classes. In 1966, he worked with Doug Stone to set up a 15-frame display of currency dating from colonial times, on loan from the Federal Reserve Bank in Dallas. 2017 Distinguished Emeritus Faculty Honorees Dr. Mark Isham Retired: 2009 Professor Emeritus of Education Mr. Felipe E. Macias Dr. Isham came to ENMU in 1982 as an instructor of secondary education and dedicated himself to teaching Retired: 2012, Professor Emeritus of Theater Felipe Macias held a number of positions within the ENMU Department of Theatre and Dance, including as designer/technical director for mainstage and studio seasons. During his foundations of education, educational research methods, educational history, educational philosophies, politics of education and more. Over the next 27 years he was a major contributor to the success of the Department of Educational Studies. He coordinated the education foundations and secondary education curriculum areas, was the head writer for the 1998 and 2004 National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) reports, and completed a three- year term as the department’s graduate coordinator. 25-year tenure, he designed more than 140 productions, directed 27, and mentored over 75 student designs. Dr. Antony Oldknow Retired: 2012, Professor Emeritus of English He served as interim and department chair for eight years, and was active in campus and community committees, councils and professional associations. In 2002 ENMU honored him with the Spirit of Eastern Award, as well as the Presidential Award for Excellence in Advising in 2008. He is currently the technical director for the University of Mississippi Theatre Department. Originally from Peterborough, England, Dr. Oldknow joined Eastern’s faculty in 1987 as an assistant professor of English, where he taught many undergraduate and graduate courses, directed theses, and completed mid-level administrative functions. He was a member of multiple committees and served eight years as the languages and literature department chair. In 1991, he received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Service for his active involvement in the faculty senate and the Dr. Leslie Paternoster Collegiate Renewal initiative. He is also a published poet, literary translator, painter, writer and small-press publisher. Retired: 2015, Associate Professor Emerita of Nursing One of the first of eight graduates in 1994 to complete ENMU’s BS in Nursing program, Dr. Paternoster returned to ENMU as the Dr. Robin A. Wells Retired: 2016 Professor Emerita of Special Education director of nursing in 2007. She took the lead in transforming the program to being totally online, which increased enrollment dramatically, and was instrumental in the creation of the ENMU master’s in nursing program that began in 2013. In 2014 she received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Advising. Since retiring, Dr. Paternoster moved to Montana to be near family and enjoy time with her granddaughter. She has fallen in love with the beautiful mountain view and river near her home, and has married her longtime friend, Tom Harris. Dr. Wells has dedicated 49 years to the field of education, and has committed her life to promoting early childhood education and supporting families who have children with diverse abilities. In 2009 she developed the ENMU master’s program for early childhood special education. She has given over 300 hours of her time during KENWTV fundraising efforts, and received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Service. In 2011, the ENMU Foundation recognized her as Volunteer of the Year. She is a member of a plethora of local, statewide and national organizations promoting early childhood education. Green & Silver | August 2017 9


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Photo by Times Remembered Photography Sheryl Borden Recently Retired KENW Marketing Director Featured on the Cover of CHOICES Magazine By: Judi Moreo, CHOICES Magazine For over 40 years, Sheryl Borden (MED 72, BS 68) has produced and hosted the popular how-to show on PBS called “Creative Living with Sheryl Borden.” “Yet,” she says, “it seems like just yesterday when we started the show.” When Sheryl Borden finished her degrees in Home Economics and Education (now called Family and Consumer Sciences), she had no idea she would ever work on a national television program. Today, the ENMU graduate is producer/host of one of public television’s most popular and longest running “how-to” shows. “Creative Living with Sheryl Borden” will begin its 41st year and is listed on Wikipedia as one of the longest running shows on television! The series, produced by KENW-TV, the public television station which broadcasts from facilities on the ENMU campus in Portales, is carried on more than 118 PBS stations in the United States, Canada, Guam and Puerto Rico. Sheryl has been honored by the New Mexico Family and Consumer Science Association as “Friend of the Family,” an award that is presented periodically for outstanding service to the family unit. She also received the “Warm Heart of the Sunbelt” award from the Chamber of Commerce in recognition of her community volunteerism and longevity of service; was selected the recipient of the prestigious Governor’s Award for Outstanding New Mexico Women; was named among Sheryl, herself, is very creative and has abundant energy. She maintains a beautiful balance of personal and family life, productive professional career and active community service, with more time than most for new ventures. “Creative Living” continues to attract guests from all walks of life and from all parts of the country. Viewers often comment that “meeting these guests via their television” has opened a new world for them. Besides offering current, informative topics, career opportunities are often featured which appeal to persons interested in changing jobs or just entering the job market. As a guest on Sheryl’s show numerous times, I have always been amazed at how down-to-earth and warm she is as well as being one of the best interviewers I have ever worked with. “I have always felt very blessed to have this job and the opportunity to meet and work with so many talented people from all over the country,” said Sheryl. “It’s very gratifying to hear from viewers who tell their stories about how the show has helped them in different ways. I like being a part of the “good” that television can do for people and that we all can be proud to be associated with. It’s also fun working with college students who make up the show’s crew. I still hear from many of them via Facebook and email. I love hearing how KENW and the staff here have played a huge roll in their lives.” In addition, Sheryl is a busy wife, with three grown children and two grandchildren, and she knows the importance of applying to her own life the organizational principles she preaches. She is very involved in several local civic clubs, has served as president of the Chamber of Commerce, as well as was a past state president of her sorority. She is a member of Altrusa International where she served as Governor of a 4-State District and General Federation of Women’s Clubs. All the way from Athens, Greece, Sheryl welcomed Aris Kefalogiannis, CEO of Gaea Products, to the show in 2010. the Outstanding Young Women in American Colleges and Universities; and was featured in the New Mexico Business Journal as one of the “10 Best Dressed Businesswomen in New Mexico.” She has served as a spokesperson for several national businesses and regularly presents speeches, seminars and workshops for both adults and youth groups. The saying: “If you want something done right, ask a busy person to do it,” certainly applies to Sheryl Borden. She enjoys the challenge of producing and hosting “Creative Living” and enjoys hearing from viewers about the show. “Although I’m semi-retired as of April 2017, I will continue to produce and host ‘Creative Living’ as long as the station wants me to,” Sheryl explained. “I will work quarter-time which will leave me lots of time to travel or take on volunteer work, do crafts and share adventures with my grandkids.” Fan email confirms that “Creative Living with Sheryl Borden” meets the needs of today’s active and involved families. Hopefully, it will continue to do so for many years to come. 10 GGrreeeen & Silver | August 2017 To read Judi Moreo’s full interview with Sheryl Borden, please visit


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WEEKEND HOMECOMING EVENTS Friday, Oct. 6 Homecoming Golf Tournament* 8 a.m.-noon or 1-5 p.m. Portales Country Club *Limited space available. Please RSVP to ENMU Athletics at 575.562.2141 by Tuesday, Oct. 3. Dedication of the Thurman Elder Hall of Mathematical Sciences 5 p.m., JWLA 2nd Floor Pre-Bonfire Tailgating Event 5-6:45 p.m., Greyhound Stadium Bonfire and Pep Rally 7-10 p.m., Greyhound Stadium 2017 HOMECOMING HONOREES Athletics Hall of Honor Anna Bellum (Volleyball) Gary Good (Rodeo) Samantha Lawrence-Ward (Soccer) Alex Mayo Otis (Softball) Larry Riley (Basketball) Educators Hall of Honors Bette Kimbell Dr. Joan Accardi Outstanding Alumni Awards Honorees to be announced later this month. ENMU Foundation Awards Business of the Year Big Valley Ford Dodge Chrysler Jeep Philanthropist of the Year Healy Foundation Ed and Trudy Healy Volunteer of the Year Bill Gaedke Saturday, Oct. 7 42nd Annual ENMU Foundation Awards Breakfast* 8-10 a.m., CUB Ballroom *Invitation and pre-registration required Homecoming Parade 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m., US Hwy 70 ENMU Men’s Soccer Game 1-4 p.m., ENMU Grass Pitch ENMU Tailgate 4-7 p.m., Greyhound Stadium, Section B Homecoming Football Game 7-10 p.m., Greyhound Stadium To view a full Homecoming schedule (Oct. 2-8), please visit


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Giving Scholarships By: Betty Williamson Eastern New Mexico News is Deeply Satisfying I discovered some years ago that I have an unusual knack for giving away other people’s money. Not only is it easy to do, it is highly satisfying. That is only one of the reasons I look forward to the annual scholarship and awards ceremony at ENMU. This year’s version happened in April, and 418 students left the Campus Union Ballroom with a total of $376,000-worth of scholarships. I started attending this event about 20 years ago when my Uncle Jack Williamson was getting up in years and asked if I’d fill in for him one year to pass out the scholarships given in his name. As I said, giving away other people’s money is a piece of cake. Who was I to say no? I was hooked immediately. This event is the Thanksgiving and Christmas of the academic year at a university — plus a bittersweet time to remember some of the finest individuals who ever lived in this community. To the right are just a handful picked from the dozens of named scholarships Eastern awards each year. “Our named scholarships are incredible at helping specific deserving students each year,” according to Noelle Bartl, executive director of the ENMU Foundation, and she added that contributions to departments and to the University general fund also provide important support to all students. “Offering scholarships benefits the students not only in the ability to help them attend college now,” Bartl added, “but also in the long run to reduce their debt upon graduation.” Few of the students who received scholarships ever knew the individuals who made those gifts possible; many of them were born after their benefactors were long gone from this earth. But for those of us who have been here for a lifetime, each year this ceremony is a chance to reconnect with names and memories that are very dear to this school and this community ... and pass out money to deserving young scholars. I wouldn’t miss it for anything! REMEMBERING SOME OF OUR ENMU FAMILY THROUGH SCHOLARSHIPS • Arvel Branscum — his named scholarship assists a business major, but I will always remember a perpetually cheerful man whose delighted welcome always brightened a day. • Minnie Navarro — generations of ENMU students were counseled by this gentle soul who helped us navigate the trail to graduation. It is fitting that the scholarship in her name assists female students who are widowed, divorced or single parents. • Carl and Ruby Parker — the Parkers led travel groups from eastern New Mexico all over the world. Their endowed scholarship helps elementary education majors prepare to open up new worlds to their future students. • Dallan Sanders — there was never a finer cheerleader for ENMU and eastern New Mexico than Dallan. It will surprise no one who knew him that the scholarship given in his name is for “meritorious service” and requires applicants to submit an essay about what the terms “work ethic” and “community service” mean to them, and how they contribute to higher education. • Dr. Herbert E. Bergstrom — Dr. B. was one of the first students to attend Eastern, later a faculty member, and a beloved Baptist pastor to many local congregations. His memorial scholarship assists a humanities major in financial need. • Peggy Tozer — the longtime former director of Golden Library was my first boss when I was a Greyhound long years ago. She was kind and fair and funny. She never married or had children, but it would be impossible to count the number of young lives who continue to be assisted by the ongoing scholarships in her name to students in anthropology, English, music and theater. 12 Green & Silver | August 2017 You may have heard about planned giving, but are not familiar with the benefits. A planned gift is really quite easy – it involves some planning that helps both you and our mission. The planning tools on our website can help you create a legacy in your will or trust, increase lifetime income for you and your spouse, and pass on property to your heirs through a charitable plan. To learn more about the benefits of making a planned gift, please call the ENMU Foundation at 888.291.5524, or email You can also visit our website:


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Dr. Gay Su Pinnell Enhancing the ENMU Child Development Center (CDC) By: Dr. Darron Smith Chair of Family and Consumer Sciences and Agriculture ENMU and the College of Education and Technology are most appreciative of the new possibilities presented by alumna Dr. Gay Su Pinnell (BA 66) and her generous contribution to enhance the ENMU Child Development Center (CDC) and the early childhood education program. When asked what inspired her to fund the $300,000 grant, Dr. Pinnell explained, “A superb child development center is well worth investing in. It gives ENMU students a chance to interact with the children in a professional setting. The college students learn how to observe children closely as the little ones engage in active learning. And one of the critical benefits is the chance to observe excellent teaching before they go on to student teach.” Dr. Pinnell is Professor Emeritus in the School of Teaching and Learning at Ohio State University. She has extensive experience in classroom teaching and field-based research, and is well known in public education for developing and implementing comprehensive approaches to literacy education. She has received numerous awards including being a member of the Reading Hall of Fame. Together Dr. Pinnell and her co-author, Irene Fountas, have authored numerous books, videos and websites that are now considered standards in the field of literacy instruction and staff development. “It is a pleasure to give these funds, especially as my parents were both educators in Portales,” stated Dr. Pinnell. Her father Dr. Leroy Pinnell was the dean of the ENMU College of Education and Professor Emeritus of Education. Her mother Elfrieda Pinnell taught first grade at L.L. Brown Elementary School in Portales. ENMU’s CDC currently has two classrooms: one for children 3 to 4 years of age, and another for children 4 to 5 years old. The development of a new room specifically for 2 to 3 year olds is necessary to provide ENMU students opportunities to work with this younger age group as required for revised New Mexico licensure pathways. Dr. Pinnell’s generous donation is making this transformation possible. Funding received will: • Serve the needs of young children and their families of both the campus and surrounding communities. • Expand the experiences of early childhood education (ECE) teacher candidates as well as majors in Health and Physical Education, Communication Disorders and Social Work. • Re-dedicate the work of the CDC to focus on the fundamentals of literacy. Childhood literacy is a major focus for our nation’s educational system. With this grant, the new CDC literacy center will house an expanded selection of literacy materials available for young children to interact with our college students and for parents to check out for home use. Dr. Pinnell recalls her own professors, “All of my instructors were excellent, but two especially provided mentoring. Shirley Wahlman (BA 58) taught the 5-year-old class and directed the preschool and I did student teaching with Jackie Harmon. Both were and are superb educators.” “ENMU provides a real service to that larger community,” acknowledges Dr. Pinnell, “And by that I mean the United States and perhaps beyond – by giving students a chance to have a high quality educational experience at an affordable price and by educating high-quality teachers.” ENMU and the College of Education and Technology are honored to accept the generous donation from Alumna Dr. Gay Su Pinnell. Green & Silver | August 2017 13


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An Adventure Thro Roosevelt County Historical Museum Founded in 1940, the Roosevelt County Historical Museum is located on the north end of campus across from the Administration Building. All items and displays have been donated by Roosevelt County residents, and upon entering the museum, visitors are immediately swept backward in time to the early life and times of the county’s residents. The displays reflect the 12,000-year history using antique furniture and an Edison phonograph, as well as the technology of the past as evidenced by the printing press pictured to the left, patented in 1899, and a medical instrument collection. There is clothing and equipment from local ranches including a peanut roaster from the 1890s, examples of old typewriters, cash registers and sewing machines, and a dentist’s office. The museum also owns one of the few examples of a 47-star United States flag. Gennaro Natural History Museum Written by Dr. Ken Cradock, Chair of the Department of Biology This live-animal exhibit was originally developed by Dr. Anthony ‘Tony’ Gennaro and was housed in the basement of Roosevelt Science Center. It’s popularity with students and the public grew rapidly and it moved to the first floor, where there was more room and easier access. Today the museum houses both live animals and preserved specimen exhibits. The emphasis is on the fauna found in the eastern New Mexico to west Texas region, allowing visitors to see some of the wildlife that calls this area home. For school tours please contact 575.562.2174. The live exhibits provide an easy-access, safe environment for both the public and the creatures on display including reptiles, fish and invertebrates like the American alligator, rattle snakes and the gar. This museum is a great resource for the Department of Biology, the University and the residents of the area. It is regularly used as a teaching resource for biology classes, and students work with faculty and staff to maintain the museum and its exhibits. Local school groups (mainly grades K-4) also visit to enhance their early learning experiences in the life sciences. Each year the museum receives over 4,000 visitors. This museum is a real gem and we look forward to continued success and engagement in the years to come. 14 Green & Silver | August 2017


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ugh History Getting to Know the Museums at ENMU Blackwater Draw National Historic Landmark and Museum Miles Mineral Museum Submitted by: Dr. Jim Constantopoulos Professor of Geology, Director and Curator When Fred Miles and his wife Gladys moved to Roswell, New Mexico in 1928, they began exploring along the Pecos River. There they found beautiful quartz crystals called Pecos Valley Diamonds. This was the beginning of a love affair with minerals and rocks which lasted for 40 years and was the beginning of the Miles Collection. The collection was displayed in a back room at his Texaco service station in Roswell. If you mentioned any interest in minerals and rocks, he would proudly show off his collection, which also included Native American artifacts. “I wanted to get this collection into a school where the students could enjoy it.” Visitors have the opportunity to learn about the earliest Paleoindian cultures in North America while touring this interactive archaeology site located six miles north of Portales. The Blackwater Draw National Historic Landmark is a 640-acre landscape of human activity areas in an upland area that once contained a major water source: the spring-fed Pleistocene lake. View uncovered bison bones in the Interpretive Center, well as many species of extinct fauna and various projectile points and tools in the Visitor Center. Outstanding bone preservation allows visitors to view different areas of a bison kill site as they were laid down thousands of years ago. The original Blackwater Draw Museum was built in 1969 to house the artifacts excavated from Blackwater Draw. This past May, the museum opened the doors to a new home on ENMU’s campus in Lea Hall, focusing on the 85 years of work at Blackwater Draw, as well as the broader material cultures of the Southern High Plains. The museum also houses the Miles Anthropological Collection and the Calvin Smith Collections, as well as several other donated collections. In August of 1966, Miles and ENMU entered into an agreement to purchase the collection, which included approximately 2500 geological, archaeological and anthropological specimens. On Feb. 23, 1969 the Miles Museum was opened on the ENMU campus. The museum was originally housed in space adjacent to Lee Hall. After several moves around campus, in 1997 the collection was placed on display in the present space on the first floor of Roosevelt Science Center. Most of the specimens on display are from the original Miles Collection. Additional specimens have been obtained through donations and purchases. The new location for the Blackwater Draw Museum opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in May of 2017. From L-R: Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce representatives Victoria Garrett (MA 82, BUS 77) and Karl Terry, John Montgomery, Cori Snobble, museum curator Jenna Domeischel, former museum director George Crawford (BS 88), former ENMU President Dr. Steven Gamble, Chamber of Commerce representative Kathy Mead and ENMU Foundation Executive Director Noelle Bartl (BS 92). Green & Silver | August 2017 15



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