Green & Silver Magazine November 2013


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Green & Silver Magazine for alumni and friends of ENMU, November 2013 issue

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Green&Silver Magazine EastErn nEw MExico UnivErsity november 2013 The Time is Now for a New Stadium Page 10 ENMU Success Stories Pages 4-5 Campus Updates Pages 6-8 Alumni and Friends Updates Pages 12-16 CONCEPT ONLY


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Cover Story Features 10 Students Approve New Stadium Success Stories 04 04 05 Putting New Mexico First From Greyhound to Seahawk to Bear Setting Records in Oklahoma ENMU Campus Updates 06 07 07 08 Rebirth of Student Radio Professors Play the Blues Graduating Debt-Free Athletics Alumni and Friends Updates 12 14 16 20 ENMU Foundation Awards Homecoming and Alumni Awards Class Notes Upcoming Events Green & Silver Magazine November 2013 Managing Editor Noelle Bartl Editor/Graphic Designer Amy Archuleta Writers and Contributors Marysa Cordova, Peter Ewan, Dr. Roger Gatchet, Robert Graham, Sara Hill, Stefan Kiesbye, Dr. Joseph Kline, Dr. Jason Paulk, Adam Pitterman, Wendel Sloan


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From the President Dear ENMU Family, What a fall semester! We’re over half way through the first semester of the new academic year, but we are already off and running. The following are a few of the key events we’ve experienced so far. • Enrollment grew for the 15th consecutive year. This fall, we enrolled 5,856 students, compared to 5,814 last fall. Although this is a small increase, Eastern is one of the few schools in New Mexico that did not record a loss of students this fall. In October, we started a 15-month, $13,000,000 renovation and expansion of the Jack Williamson Liberal Arts Building, the largest classroom facility on campus. We plan to reopen JWLA in January 2015. This project is funded by the General Obligation bond of 2012 and an additional supplement from the Legislature and our governor. We at Eastern are grateful for their support. Also in October, we had a wonderful Homecoming. It was great to see our alumni return in strong numbers and to watch the spirit of our current students reach new heights. During Homecoming, our students voted overwhelmingly to fund their share of a new multipurpose stadium on our campus. 83% of the students who participated voted for the proposal to increase student fees by $40 per semester to fund $4 million of the $8 million needed to construct the facility. The ENMU Foundation will conduct a capital campaign to furnish most of the remaining funds. Our students understand the need Eastern has for this new facility. I think Outstanding Alumni Honoree B.B. Lees captured it best when he said, “I wish I were an ENMU student today. I would brag for a hundred years that I helped build this stadium!” • Dr. Steven Gamble, ENMU President • • In summary, the 2013-14 academic year is off to a strong start. While Eastern has a lot of good projects and events to be proud of, our greatest accomplishment is what goes on in the classrooms of the University. Sincerely, Dr. Steven Gamble was recently honored with the E. Joseph Savoie Chief Executive Leadership Award at the District IV Conference of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education in Ft. Worth, Texas. Dr. Gamble received the award for his outstanding efforts to promote understanding and support for education. Steven Gamble ENMU President Green & Silver | November 2013 3


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Putting New Mexico First eather Balas (BA 91) is the president of New Mexico First, a public policy organization, based out of Albuquerque. The statewide nonprofit organization was co-founded by U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Pete Domenici. Heather said, “We help the people of New Mexico understand and offer policy recommendations on the most important issues facing our state. That includes education, health care, water, the environment and the economy.” H By Marysa Cordova that my mom and I are the only mother and daughter who both edited The Chase,” said Heather. Glenda Balas (MBA 89, BS 75), was an editor for the student newspaper, The Chase, in the 70s, and Heather did the same in the 90s. At ENMU Heather majored in journalism and minored in music. She gained lifelong friendships and appreciated her instructors, especially Dr. David Gerig, Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities, and Dr. Sue Strickler, Professor of Political Science. Heather also met her husband, Joe Wellborn (BFA 90), at ENMU. He was a graphic design major and was active in student government. They spent twelve years away from New Mexico after graduation. After the birth of their second child in 2004 they decided to move back to New Mexico to live closer to family. When asked how she felt about ENMU, Heather stated, “I gained solid, transferable career skills in writing, researching and critical thinking. These skills have been essential to every job I’ve had.” Heather said she believes that the development of transferable skills, including writing, is essential to the modern workplace. She urges the students attending ENMU today to develop as many skills as possible to give them the capacity to do any number of jobs. Photograph courtesy of NM First Heather Balas Hather’s workday consists of research and, in part, managing the statewide board of directors. Currently she is completing a report on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education in New Mexico. “Not enough New Mexico students are getting degrees in those areas, and as a result our state must work hard to make sure today’s young people have the skills they will need for future careers that will rely on technology.” Heather comes from a family of ENMU alumni. “I’m pretty sure ess than a month before graduating in 1991, ENMU Greyhound Michael Sinclair (Attended 86-91) was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the 6th round. Now 22 years later, Mike is the assistant defensive line coach for the Chicago Bears. Mike played in the NFL for 11 seasons and was selected to three Pro Bowls. He led the NFL with 16.5 sacks in 1998 and also set the single-season sack record for the Seahawks this year. He retired from playing in 2002 and says “the transition from playing to coaching was easy; I was living in it the whole while.” In 2005, he began his coaching career at West Texas A&M. There he coached the defensive line and helped lead L From Greyhound to Seahawk to Bear Photograph courtesy of Matt Koch/Chicago Bears them to two Lone Star Conference Championships in 2005 and 2006. Sinclair also coached in NFL Europe for the Hamburg Sea Devils, leading his team to two World Bowl titles in 2007 and 2008. From 2008-2012 he was the defensive line coach of the Montreal Alouettes where he first worked under Coach Marc Trestman, who is now the Chicago Bears head coach. The Alouettes won two Grey Cup Championships Mike Sinclair in 2009 and 2010. He then joined the Saskatchewan Roughriders after the 2012 season as the assistant head coach and defensive line coach. In contemplating his successful football career, Mike realized, “the faster you can learn to be a professional, the more longevity you can have in this business. You also want to be the best teacher, not just of football but also of life lessons. I thank Eastern for my football fundamentals.” By Robert Graham Assistant Defensive Line Coach Mike Sinclair & Free Agent Devin Aromashodu during individual skills 4 Green & Silver | November 2013 Photograph courtesy of Bill Smith/Chicago Bears


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Coach Dan Hays— Setting Records in Oklahoma D By Peter Ewan His highly selective choice of players has led to success off the court as well. His players have a 90 percent graduation rate. When asked about this impressive statistic, Coach Hays replied, “I don’t recruit players who are not capable of earning a college degree.” However, meeting his wife, JoAnn (BS 69), while attending ENMU, is his best memory. JoAnn was the homecoming queen in 1968 and was inducted in the ENMU Educator Hall of Honor in 2011. Coach Hays has been inducted into three halls of fame: Greyhound Hall of Honor in 1996, National Association Above: Day Hays coaching Oklahoma Christian vs. McMurry, February 7, 2013. Below: Dan Hays giving his players some inspiration during their November 1, 2010 game vs. Hillsdale Baptist. Above: Dan Hays’ family from left to right, top row: daughter Michelle Lynn, grandson Danny Lynn, David Lynn, Charlie Michael, daughter Stacie Michael; Middle row: granddaughter Mackenzie Lynn, wife JoAnn Hays (BS 69), Dan Hays; Bottom row: grandsons Cale Michael and Tate Michael. Right: Dan Hays was very prominent on the Basketball pages of the Silver Pack yearbook. From the Silver Pack Yearbooks 1966-1968 Green & Silver | November 2013 5 Photo by Steven Christy, Oklahoma Christian University Photo by Steven Christy, Oklahoma Christian University an Hays (MS 70, BS 68), basketball coach at Oklahoma Christian University, has the most wins at Oklahoma institutions of any college basketball coach. His 700th win came last March against Spring Arbor, in the National Christian College Athletic Association quarterfinals. His current career record is 701-412, as he begins his 31st season at OC. He has led OC to nine NAIA Division I tournaments, the last in 2012, and made five trips to the Sweet 16. At ENMU he played under Coach Harry Miller for three seasons, 1965-1968. Coach Hay’s favorite ENMU sports memory was “getting the first dunk in the opening night of Greyhound Arena when we beat NCAA Division 1 Hardin–Simmons and then the next week beating New Mexico State, and then on to Kansas City, Missouri, for the NAIA National Tournament.” of Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 1998, and Oklahoma Christian University Hall of Fame in 2002. In April 2011, as a unique tribute, the basketball court at OC was named “Dan Hays Court.”


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By Dr. Roger Davis Gatchet he story of student radio on ENMU’s campus begins with KENW. According to Duane Ryan, the founder and long-time director of Broadcasting at KENW, ENMU’s first radio station aired its maiden broadcast on October 1, 1968. The station’s studio, which was located in the attic of the Administration building in a space built by students and Mr. Ryan himself, was affectionately nicknamed the “Tower Room” (it sounded cooler than “the attic”) and outfitted with state-of-the art acoustic wall tiles crafted from cardboard egg cartons donated by the school cafeteria. In its heyday, anywhere between 150 and 200 students worked there each semester. Shortly after the launch of KENW, Mr. Ryan and his student staff began work on constructing a new AM station in the same space that housed the FM operation, which eventually moved to the second floor of the Campus Union Building (some may recall the letters “KZIA” above a locked, forgotten door there after it briefly went defunct in the 2000s). The student station’s origins date back to 1969, when it started as an unlicensed, ultra low-power AM Station that aired live broadcasts from 4 p.m. 6 Green & Silver | November 2013 T until midnight on a “closed circuit” to the campus dorms (in reality, it could be heard throughout Portales and nearly half-way to nearby Clovis). An article published in The Chase on September 19, 1969 notes that it featured “hourly news and occasional sports and weather spots, . . . interspersed in the hard rock, soul, and top twenty musical format.” In 1974 the station was formally handed over to the Department of Communication, where it could better serve students interested in careers in radio broadcasting. Between 1974 and 2008, the station went through various periods of bustling activity interspersed with long stretches of dead air, depending on who was volunteering there at the time. Now, thanks to the efforts of the students, faculty, and staff at KENW and the Department of Communication, ENMU’s student radio station is poised to make a grand comeback this year. Now known as Hound Waves, student radio re-launched as a streaming Internet station this past summer from its new professional studio in the Communication Center. The station already has a small army of student volunteers hosting an eclectic array of original Photograph by Roger Gatchet Student DJ, DJ JMR, hosts a weekly music and talk program called “Let’s Talk TRiO.” programs that stream online 24/7 at www. Hound Waves’ mission is to serve ENMU and the surrounding community by providing an alternative to commercial radio through diverse music, talk, and community programs. Hound Waves is also proud to be the home of the Department of Communication’s Theater of the Mind oldtime radio drama series. You can learn more about Hound Waves by connecting with the station on Facebook at or on Twitter @ENMURADIO. Listen online Photograph by Rachel Whitt There and Back Again— Rebirth of Student Radio


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ENMU Professors Play the Blues n the spring of 2012, Eastern professors Travis Erwin, Jonathan Barr, and Roger Davis Gatchet discovered that they shared a love for blues, and started rehearsing on campus. “We hit it off, had some good chemistry together (musically and personally), and after a handful of rehearsals, Travis booked our first gig at Mark’s Grill here in town,” Gatchet remembers. “We just wanted to play together, play good music, and share that with the local community while trying to inject a bit of energy into the music scene here.” In late summer, two new members joined the band – professors Edward Avila and Neil Rutland -- and the Blackwater Draw Boys started to play regularly at venues in I By Stefan Kiesbye Portales and Clovis. Since then, they have become a fixture of the local music scene and always draw an enthusiastic crowd. The Blackwater Draw Boys come from four different departments (Communication, English, Music, and Digital Filmmaking) and enjoyed very different forms of training and musical experience. The mixture of talent The Blackwater Draw Boys performing from left to right: Jonathan Barr, Neil Ruthland, Roger Gatchet, Edward Avila,Travis Erwin. accounts for the band’s unique repertoire. The band has plans to record their first Gatchet says that, “although I album next year. And although it’s in the like to think that we’re based early planning stages, fans of the band can in the blues, our live shows look forward to a mix of originals and a few feature an eclectic array of styles, choice covers, something that captures the including country, folk, ragtime, jazz, excitement of their live performances. even steel drum tunes.” Graduating Debt-Free W By Amy Archuleta rarely eat out. I’m willing to sacrifice now for something better later.” Her goal is to earn both her Bachelor and Master degrees without having to take out any loans. “I’m starting to save my money toward my masters and because of scholarships, I will be finishing my bachelor’s degree completely debt free!” Photograph courtesy of Christa Maese ith growing costs for education and cuts in federal aid, the words “degree” and “debt” may seem synonymous to many. Students may assume debt is inevitable on their path to a college degree. ENMU senior Rachel Schaub thinks otherwise. Rachel, a 21 year-old ENMU Psychology major, will graduate this May completely debt-free. She credits her debt-free college education to ENMU’s low cost of tuition, the New Mexico Lottery Scholarship, her frugal spending habits and ENMU scholarships like the ENMU Alumni Association Scholarship. “I almost cried when I opened the award letter for the Alumni Scholarship,” Rachel stated appreciatively. “I think they saw that I work hard and the scholarship could really help me.” She also explained how much she loves Eastern. Rachel feels that she is getting a great education from dedicated instructors. She has had the opportunity to be involved in Psy Chi Honor Society and is currently the vice president of Psyched-In, the on-campus psychology club. Rachel puts her scholarships to use by spending wisely and saving at least 30-40% from every paycheck from her part-time job. She explained, “I don’t have to have a nice car or the newest iPhone, and I To help students like Rachel, please donate online at www. foundation. Rachel Schaub Green & Silver | November 2013 7 Photograph by Katherine Moore


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Baseball Basketball Cross Country Football ENMU Sports News New Head Coaches for Two Women’s Programs This past summer, ENMU Athletics was pleased to add head women’s basketball coach Josh Prock to their staff. On Saturday, November 25, Prock and the Zias step onto the court to make their home debut against cross-state rival, Western New Mexico University. Kristen Soukup took over as the new softball coach in June. She is the eighth head coach in the history of the Zia softball program. She returns to coaching after spending a year in the ENMU NCAA Compliance office. Soukup served as an assistant coach at Concordia University (Minn.) from 2006-2011 and oversaw all aspects of the program. It was at CU where she developed her knowledge of conditioning programs and recruiting skills. Soukup also served as the athletic facilities assistant and assistant strength and conditioning coach while at Concordia. She showed her versatility as an administrator at CU by working in the athletic training room and events management office as well. We are proud to welcome both these coaches into the ENMU Athletics family. Bench Club Renamed Eastern Athletic Club Eastern New Mexico University Athletic Director Dr. Jeff Geiser has announced that the ENMU Bench Club board of directors voted to change the name of the organization to the Eastern Athletic Club. The decision came after a survey in which only 17 percent opposed the name change while a resounding 47 percent supported it in a survey sent to all members. The change also reflected the desire of the board of directors to select a name that more closely identifies with both Zia and Greyhound teams. The number one priority of the organization will be to continue to support the vision of the ENMU athletics department, “Athletic Excellence on the High Plains.” The club will provide additional support to over 400 studentathletes and their coaches and award $48,000 annually in scholarships to Eastern’s 12 NCAA Division II sports. First-time lettermen and women will receive letter jackets, courtesy of the EAC. To become a member of the Eastern Athletic Club, visit In five seasons at Howard Payne University, Prock posted an impressive 108-31 record over his five seasons (20082012), with a 9-5 mark in postseason play. In the 2010 and 2012 seasons, he was chosen as the American Southwest Conference West Division Coach of the Year. During that time, the Yellow Jacket’s lineup featured two All-Americans, a pair of American Southwest Players of the Year and five all-region selections. His squad was just as successful in the classroom with 13 Academic All-ASC honorees. Prock also served as the assistant athletic director for development at Howard Payne. 8 Green & Silver | November 2013


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Soccer Softball Track & Field Volleyball Page 14 left: Erica Armendarez returns to the Zia lineup after bashing a team-best five home runs last season along with 18 runs batted in; Page 14 right: Rafael Love with the jumper against the West Texas A&M Buffaloes. Love made Second Team All-Lone Star Conference for the Greyhounds last season.; Above left: The Greyhound defense took the ball away from Sul Ross State five times, including two fumble recoveries, at AT&T Stadium, en-route to a 55-24 victory. The game marked Eastern’s second consecutive win at the Lone Star Conference Football Festival.; Above right: Karra Day and Bree Anna Lucero go for the block. The Zias snapped a 16-game skid in conference play on September 25th and won their conference opener for the first time since the 2005 season. By Sara Hill and Adam Pitterman 2013 Hall of Honors Inductees Football Eastern New Mexico University Athletics Director Dr. Jeff Geiser announced the list 2013 inductees for the Hall of Honors. Five former athletes/coaches will be inducted at a banquet on Friday, October 25th: Tommy Joe Smith (BBA 64) for football, Elizabeth Richards-Capps (Attended) for basketball, Lindsey Davidson-Masiarek (BS 01) for volleyball, Phil Clabaugh for baseball and Mike Maguire (MS 85) for volleyball/ athletic director. The inductees will also be honored on Saturday, October 26 when the Greyhounds play Texas A&M-Kingsville. Candidates for induction are nominated through the website and voted on by the ENMU Athletics Hall of Honors committee. The committee, chaired by Dr. Thurman Elder (MA 66, BS 64) includes Charles Chambers, Bill Joy (MS 70), Mike Maguire (MS 85), Wayne Moore, Dr. Kathleen Salter, Dustin Seifert, Buck Wilson (BS 60), Jerry Wright (MS 78, BS 76, ENMU Foundation Board), and ex-officio members Sara Hill and Dr. Jeff Geiser. Greyhound Football Coach Josh Lynn (BS 03) is wrapping up his second season on the sidelines at ENMU. His plans for the season were to build on the successes from his first year In 2013, the former Greyhound tight end guided the Greyhounds to their second straight Lone Star Conference Football Festival win with an emphatic 55-24 victory over Sul Ross State at AT&T Stadium. The Greyhounds dominated play and forced five turnovers, which included two fumble recoveries by Benjamin Pedro Langford. Eastern’s 55 points was the most by the Hounds since a 55-20 win over Southeastern Oklahoma State on October 30, 2010. ENMU’s 348 rushing yards was the highest total since 357 on November 10, 2007 at Oklahoma Panhandle State. Side Notes Over the summer, Athletics updated its website, They added a navigational menu and teamed up with the industry leader in live, ingame statistics, StatBroadcast Systems. Zia and Greyhound fans will still be required to register and pay for the service. The volleyball team’s sweep of Midwestern State marked the first win over the Mustangs since the 2004 season. It was also the first time the Zias won back-to-back Lone Star Conference games on the road since the 2004 season. The Zia cross country team is ranked seventh in the South Central Region. This is the first time in two years the ENMU women’s team has entered the poll. Kal Herbert from the men’s soccer team has scored goals in a team-record six consecutive games. Visit the official ENMU Athletics website at Green & Silver | November 2013 9


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ENMU Students Approve New Stadium Students at Eastern New Mexico University approved a student fee increase of $40 per semester for full-time students ($3.33 per credit hour for part-time students) to fund $4 million over 30 years of a proposed $8 million new multi-purpose stadium on campus. The vote passed with an overwhelming 83% showing support for the facility (1,052 of 1,237 voted in favor). The current Greyhound Stadium, located seven miles from campus on Highway 70 between Portales and Clovis, is 45 years old and needs extensive renovation. The new facility will be located on the ENMU campus and will feature a synthetic turf field. In addition to the football team, the facility will be used by the track and field team, for Greyhound Sound marching band practices, and available for soccer and intramural competitions. The stadium will also be the home field for Portales High School. Concerts and graduation By Wendel Sloan ceremonies could also be held at the facility. “We are grateful to our students for having the vision and selflessness to approve the increase in student fees,” said Steven Gamble, ENMU president. “Even those who may have graduated by the time the new facility is completed understood that this project will move Eastern forward in staying competitive with other universities. It will be a point of pride for all current and future students, and will only enhance the already great value of having a degree from ENMU.” Justin Aguilar, president of the ENMU student body, said, “The students saw the value in what the facility will do for their future alma mater. Even though it may not be completed before many of the current students graduate, it will still be a source of pride for the rest of their lives knowing that they contributed to enhancing the campus of ENMU. Someday some of them may bring their kids back to campus and can point to the new stadium and say they helped build it.” The additional student fee will not be assessed before the fall of 2014 at the earliest. Construction will not begin until an additional $4 million has been raised, including contributions from ENMU and the ENMU Foundation. The ENMU Foundation hopes to increase its fundraising efforts to build an enhanced $12 million stadium. CONCEPT ONLY 10 Green & Silver | November 2013 “We are thankful and grateful to our students for their support. They realized that this is not just an athletic issue, but a university issue. When people drive by ENMU’s campus and see this beautiful new facility, it will create a sense of pride for everyone associated with Eastern New Mexico University.” —Jeff Geiser ENMU athletic director


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The Time is Now For a New Stadium #1 REASON FOR BUILDING A NEW STADIUM? YOU DESERVE IT! Investing in a first-rate campus facility that is only a short walk across campus is critical to providing students, alumni and fans the venue they deserve for ENMU athletic competitions. Recent campus improvements have included the new Guadalupe Hall, San Juan Village, Art & Anthropology Building, Science Building, Music Building and a new Communication Building. Now it’s time for the long-overdue replacement of the 45 year-old stadium seven miles from campus at Blackwater Draw. This is an outdated structure that cannot accommodate further renovations. CONCEPT ONLY BELIEVE IT! BE A PART OF IT! If you “bleed green & silver” like the rest of us, then become a contributing member who will help make this new stadium a reality. Find more stadium drawings, news and ways you can be involved at Contact the ENMU Foundation at 888-291-5524 or “It’s not that often that college students get to shape the future of a university. ENMU students had this opportunity and made their opinion known with an overwhelming 83% positive vote. The support for the stadium in the Portales community is very strong. It is time for alumni and fans to get behind this with their financial commitment too!” —Stephen Doerr ENMU Foundation President Green & Silver | November 2013 11


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ENMU Foundation Awards— Business of the Year— Tillery Chevrolet-GMC Celebrating Tillery Chevrolet-GMC, Inc. also gives back to all the communities where they have dealerships. The family supports United Way, Bethel Community Store, the Wildlife Nature Park, and the Torrance and Santa Fe County Livestock Sale. The dealership assists the Moriarty AABC Baseball League by providing new equipment, monetary contributions and free instructional clinics. Tillery Chevrolet also sponsors the Moriarty High School Athletic Department’s annual raffle that nets over $60,000 for the athletes. “Our community supports our dealership and that has helped us to be successful,” explained Glen, “It is important for us to give back to the Moriarty schools system and our youth because both are the future of our community.” G arland Tillery founded Tillery Chevrolet-GMC, Inc. in 1955. Today, the organization includes three dealerships in Moriarty, Albuquerque and Los Lunas, New Mexico. While growing the dealership, Garland and his wife Georgia raised five children: Gayle, George, Gary, Glen and Gena. Garland passed away in 1984 leaving the dealership in good hands with four of his children- Glen, Gary, Gayle and Gena. George and his family live in California and run a thriving bus dealership. visit ENMU when my brothers or sister were students there, and I was impressed by the campus. It made sense that I would go there, too.” The Tillery family has strong ties to ENMU, with four of the five children having attended the University. Gayle, George, Gary and Glen chose ENMU because it was in-state and close to home (but not too close). Glen recalled, “I would To honor their father, the Tillery family established the Garland Tillery Memorial Scholarship at ENMU to benefit high school seniors from Moriarty, Vaughn, Estancia, Mountainair and Manzano. The family members have supported this scholarship for many years and have helped 25 students since its inception. Philanthropist of the Year— Ray W. Hammond R ay W. Hammond lives by the philosophy, “Walk softly and make the world a better place.” His journey to and since ENMU has been a varied one that included a year in South Korea with the U.S. Air Force, managing a beer distributorship in northern New Mexico and seventeen years owning several art galleries in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. ENMU and especially his economics instructor, Fredrick Wuori, gave Ray the opportunity to challenge himself and opened his mind to new ideas during his undergraduate and graduate studies in the early 70s. “Mr. Wuori encouraged me to be a free thinker and we became lifelong friends,” remembers Ray. Fast forward to the year 2000 when Mr. Wouri was 85; Ray decided to honor his favorite professor with the Frederick A. Wuori Endowed Scholarship. His giving didn’t stop there. Ray continues to support ENMU in small and big ways. Ray’s gifts include purchasing golf balls for the Alumni Association and Eastern Athletic Club tournaments, dedicating the Caitlin A. Hammond Percussion Room, the ENMU Foundation Practice Room, the Lisa Obenhaus Practice Room and the Jim and Mary Jacobs Practice Room all in the recently renovated Music Building, as well as donating rare books to the library and special paintings to beautify the campus. All his gifts have totaled well over $100,000. And the humor, contributions, insights and goodwill he brings the ENMU Foundation Board of Directors are beyond measure. Ray acknowledges, “Eastern was and continues to be quite simply a wonderful place to learn, with easy access to faculty. For me, helping ENMU is the right thing to do.” 12 Green & Silver | November 2013 Photograph by ENMU Foundation


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Generosity D epartment Chair and Assistant Professor of Communication Dr. Patti Dobson is concerned about her students and the community. She demonstrates this commitment every day. Patti started teaching at ENMU in 1992. Around the same time, she became a youth minister at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Clovis. She has since become a lay-pastor and is currently going through the Presbyterian Church CRE process. Patti recently officiated at her sister’s wedding. Patti is aware of the many who struggle on and off campus. She keeps a “food bank” in her office for college students who can barely afford college even with ENMU’s low tuition. “There are students on this campus living below poverty level who are determined to improve their situation,” explains Patti. “Helping the students succeed inside and outside the classroom is Volunteer of the Year— Dr. Patti Dobson important to me.” Her outreach all started when three college students lost everything in a house fire in the 90s. Patti sent out an e-request via her online network of church, school and community connections. The Altrusa Club volunteered to provide food boxes for these students and many others. Patti also organizes and ships military care packages. There can be as many as four packages a week that her volunteers send to military members. Patti uses her e-network of Helping Hands friends to get the community to rally around “drive by” anonymous care and food package deliveries around Clovis and Portales. Her heart also has room for animals in need. She and her husband Wayne provide foster care for animals and help to find homes for abandoned pets. This unending love is the reason the couple currently has fifteen special need dogs and a sheep. “I’m working little by little to change my world for the better,” acknowledges Patti. “I don’t know and will never meet most of the people we have helped. This doesn’t matter to me because we are all connected.” Double Your Gift to the Choral Legacy Tour Endowment We need your help in continuing to offer ENMU students opportunities for life-changing performances in great venues around the world. Last year, the ENMU Choral Legacy Tour Endowment was established through the generosity of two lead donors of $10,000.00 each. We have a unique opportunity to double your gift thanks to a matching gift of $10,000.00. Will you please consider helping us build on this endowment for ENMU students to have incredible opportunities to sing around the world? ENMU’s Director of Choral Activities, Dr. Jason Paulk, says that his goal is for every member of the ENMU Choirs to have the opportunity to tour and act as ambassadors for ENMU regardless of their financial situation. The ENMU Choirs have maintained a very active performance and touring schedule during the last decade, having performed domestically at national conventions and association conferences as well as international performances in China, Prague, Salzburg and Italy. Will you please consider making this dream a reality? You can easily make a tax-deductible gift, either one-time or monthly, by calling the ENMU Foundation at 888-291-5524 or donating online at We have a unique opportunity to double your gift! If you have any questions at all, please call Dr. Jason Paulk @ 575-562-2798 or write him at Green & Silver | November 2013 13 Photograph by Amber Knox


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Homecoming 2013 Escape to ... Homecoming Events ENMU Homecoming 2013 was a great success. The week started with Songfest and ended with the Educator Hall of Honor Gala. In between was the Alumni Golf Experience, the 1960-69 class reunion, College of Education and Technology Carnival, Greyhound Grill Alumni Meet & Greet, Bonfire, 38th Annual Foundation Breakfast, parade, football game and much much more! There was something special for alumni, students, children, and the community. If you didn’t make it to campus this year, be sure to join us for Homecoming 2014. We missed you! Right: King David Strickland and Queen Ariel Aragon during half-time of the football game Far right: Students at the tailgate party excited to go cheer on the Greyhounds Below: With the bonfire set aglow, students and alumni anxiously wait to learn the outcome of the stadium, and king and queen vote. Bottom right: CJ Spence (MEd 78), Stan Swain (BS 68), Steve Harmon (MBA 73, BBA 68), and Ken Banister (MA 72, BA 68) enjoying the Friday night Alumni Meet and Greet. Photograph by Geovanny Lujan Photograph by Associated Students of Eastern New Mexico University Pho to grap h by ENM UA ssoc iate d St ude nt A ctiv ities Photograp h by Dan Do zier 14 Green & Silver | November 2013 Boa rd


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Homecoming 2013 ENMU Foundation and Alumni Award recipients from left to right: Ray W. Hammond, Terry Othick, B. B. Lees, Glen Tillery, Berylene Rogers for Michael Blake, Ernest Sanchez, Don Bullis, and Patti Dobson. Alumni Association Awards ‘Student Success-that’s what it’s all about.’ The award winners for this year exemplify the transition from student to alumni success. They represent the fields of law, information technology, writing, and athletics. Distinguished Service Award Ernest Sanchez (BS 70) Terry Othick (MBA 70, BBA 68) Distinguished Service Award Michael Blake (Attended 68-70) Honorary Lifetime Award Call for Nominations Outstanding Alumni Award Don Bullis (BS 70) B. B. Lees (MA 57, BA 52) Outstanding Alumni Award It may seem early to begin nominating alumni for next year’s awards, but it’s really just around the corner! Applications are due February 1, 2014. Nominate a friend, family member, classmate, or colleague for Honorary Lifetime Award, Outstanding Alumni Award, or the Distinguished Service Award. For more information and an application, visit www. Green & Silver | November 2013 15



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