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Professor from Australia Retiring
story and photos by Jennifer Conlee
“I intend to spend the rest of my time trying to make my wife happy.”
– Dr. Gerry Huybregts
Dr. Gerry Huybregts never intended to be a marketing professor, but being drafted into the Army changed his plans.
|Dr. Gerry Huybregts|
Born in the Netherlands and raised in Australia, Dr. Huybregts, who teaches management classes at the College of Business at ENMU, arrived in the United States in 1965, where he attended junior college before transferring to UCLA.
“I got my bachelor’s in economics,” Dr. Huybregt said. “I was going to go into banking; that was my objective, but the army changed that.”
After spending time in Rotterdam in the Netherlands (he had also originally been scheduled to go to Vietnam but got switched to Germany) and serving as an instructor of survival training in California, Dr. Huybregts returned to UCLA to earn his MBA. Following that, he and his wife traveled to Australia.
“We left Australia because my in-laws contracted cancer and my wife wanted to look after them,” Dr. Huybregts said. “That’s when I got my Ph.D. at UCLA.”
Dr. Huybregts arrived in Portales in 1988.
“We came to ENMU to get away from big cities,” Dr. Huybregts said. “We stayed here because of people I could work with.”
After 24 years, Dr. Huybregts, who has served on many committees, advised students, and acted as dean of the College of Business from 1998-2005, is now preparing for his retirement in May.
“I really enjoyed building a team who took pride in working in the College of Business,” Dr. Huybregts said. “I’ve enjoyed working with most of the people on campus, particularly the faculty in the College of Business.”
Dr. Huybregts said the most challenging part of his job was keeping up with the ever-changing technology.
“I also enjoy working with my students,” Dr. Huybregts said, “most recently the Chinese students, because it provides an interesting set of backgrounds.”
Dr. Huybregts said that, though he will miss the people on campus, he is looking forward to his retirement.
“I’ve enjoyed my time here,” he said. “I have no regrets coming here. I’ve had opportunities to go elsewhere, but I’ve stayed here.”
His retirement plans include traveling back to Australia and the Netherlands and spending time with his wife.
“I intend to spend the rest of my time trying to make my wife happy,” Dr. Huybregts said.
Retired Employee Refereeing
at State Basketball Tournament
interview by Wendel Sloan
"I have been privileged to call some great high school games throughout the state." – Fabian Lopez
Fabian Lopez, retired Buyer, Central Receiving/Purchasing at ENMU, has been selected to referee at this year's state high school basketball tournament in Albuquerque.
In this interview, Fabian explains how he received the honor:
Q. How were you selected for the state tournament?
A. First, you have to be certified by the New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA). Officials are recommended by group leaders and the regional commissioner. All high school coaches vote for their top six officials in their region. The southeast region includes Roswell, Lovington, Carlsbad, Hobbs, Portales, Clovis, Artesia and the surrounding areas. Only six officials are selected from the southeast region. I am honored to have been selected.
Q. How did you get into refereeing, and when?
A. I started out officiating basketball by helping out a friend who needed officials for the Dora Little Dribblers Basketball Tournament. I then was asked to officiate Church League Basketball. I joined the Portales Association with Ramon Garcia as our group leader, a former ENMU employee.
I have been officiating basketball for ten years. The last eight have been with the Clovis Officials Basketball Association under the direction of Lance Langan. Kane Gutierrez, ENMU Compliance Officer, has been my mentor and friend.
Q. What do you enjoy about refereeing, and what are some of your most memorable moments?
A. I love the game of basketball. I volunteered coaching Portales City League and AAU basketball for many years. Officiating basketball helps me stay fit and involved in the sport. I enjoy being involved in high school sports.
My most memorable moment was when I received the phone call that I had been selected to work at the 2012 State Basketball Tournament that runs March 6-10. It was a goal I established for myself when I began officiating basketball.
I know that I could not have accomplished my goal if it had not been for the great officials I have had the opportunity to work with. I have been privileged to call some great high school games throughout the state.
I have many great memories of road trips with my fellow offials and have made many great friendships.
|Faculty Publish Childhood Education Textbook|
Several faculty members and others have contributed chapters to the textbook “Handbook of Early Childhood Education: Education in a Competitive and Globalized World,” published by Nova Science Publishers, Inc. The editors are Michael Shaughnessy and Kinsey Kleyn. Pictured are (L-R): Drs. Charles Waggoner, Robin Wells, Diane Edwards (wrote two chapters), Michael Shaughnessy, Tammy-Lynn Moore and Leslie Paternoster. Not present were Sarah Wall, Dan Greathouse, Educational Diagnostician with the Muleshoe Public Schools, and ENMU graduates Jennella Crouch and Autumn Latham. (photo by Spencer O'Keefe)
|A Flock of Friends|
Guess Who Got Flocked? – Linda Hamrick! She is the Flocked recipient for March.
Members of the flamingo lunch bunch sang Linda the flocking song and gave the flock salute. The song is sung to the tune of "Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend" and appears below:
“You have been Flocked’
The lunch bunch are playing with a few dance steps to the song…but, clearly, have not perfected them enough to sing and dance at the same time.
The Eastern New Mexico University Department of Art will host the University of New Mexico-sponsored exhibit of The Plazas of New Mexico in the Runnels Gallery in the Golden Library on the Portales campus through March 9.
Sponsored by the ENMU Department of Anthropology and Applied Archaeology and the Department of Art, admission is free and open to the public.
Heritage Days queen and princesses in Portales near the courthouse square in 2004
A reception will be held on Friday, Feb. 17, from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Runnels Gallery and will include a book signing. A presentation and question-and-answer session with the authors Miguel Gandert and Chris Wilson is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. in Room 112 in the Jack Williamson Liberal Arts Building. Books will be available for purchase at both events.
Exhibit hours will follow regular Golden Library hours.
Roosevelt County Courthouse square, about 1920, Town boosters often organized car rallies to promote construction of state highways.
The exhibition features panoramic photographs of contemporary plaza celebrations from across the state by Gandert, an internationally renowned documentary photographer.
The second part of exhibit, prepared by Wilson, profiles the history of nine iconic plazas and squares from Taos Pueblo and the Santa Fe Plaza to the plazas at Albuquerque, Las Vegas and Mesilla. The Roosevelt County courthouse square in Portales is featured in the book and the exhibit.
Roosevelt County Courthouse, about 1905. Derrick probably exploring for artesian waters. (photo courtesy of ENMU Special Collections)
The Plazas of New Mexico documents the rich heritage of New Mexico’s public plazas, and the everyday life and community celebrations that help sustain them. It traces three distinct design traditions—the Native American center place with kiva and terraced residential blocks, the Hispanic plaza with church and courtyard houses, and the Anglo square with courthouse and business blocks.
Wilson is a leading cultural, architectural and landscape historian whose award-winning books include “The Myth of Santa Fe: Creating a Modern Regional Tradition” and “Facing Southwest: The Life and Houses of John Gaw Meem.”
|Classic and custom car show, Heritage Days in Portales, 2004|
Wilson is coeditor, with Paul Groth, of “Everyday America: Cultural Landscape Studies after J. B. Jackson.” Wilson is the J. B. Jackson Professor of Cultural Landscape Studies at the University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning in Albuquerque, and founding director of its Historic Preservation and Regionalism Program.
One of America’s leading documentary photographers, Gandert has exhibited widely, including in the Whitney Biennial. His largest body of work is found in Nuevo Mexico Profundo: Rituals of an Indo-Hispano Homeland. He is a professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of New Mexico.
For more information from UNM, call 505.710.7169 or visit http://plazasofnewmexico.com/index.html.
For more information from ENMU, call 575.562.2206.