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|Foundation/Alumni Awards to be Presented During Homecoming|
The Eastern New Mexico University Foundation and the ENMU Alumni Association will present awards at the 38th Annual ENMU Foundation Breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 5, during homecoming on the Portales campus. Honorees are recognized in several categories including Business of the Year, Philanthropist of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Outstanding Alumni, Distinguished Service and Honorary Lifetime.
ENMU Foundation Awards
Business of the Year
Tillery Chevrolet-GMC, Inc.
Garland 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.
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 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.”
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 inception.
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.”
Philanthropist of the Year
Ray W. Hammond
Ray 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 17 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.
|Ray W. Hammond|
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.”
Volunteer of the Year
Dr. Patti Dobson
Department Chair and Assistant Professor of Communications 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.
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.
|Dr. Patricia Dobson|
“Helping the students succeed inside and outside the classroom is 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 they currently have 15 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.”
Distinguished Service Award
Ernest Sanchez graduated from Eastern New Mexico University in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He earned his law degree from Georgetown University in 1973. He became the founding General Counsel of National Public Radio in 1974 where he worked until 1981. He was responsible for legal oversight of NPR programs like All Things Considered and Morning Edition.
He helped create the pioneering Washington, D.C., law firm Liberman, Sanchez & Bentley in 1981, which merged with Arter & Hadden. After this, he became chair of the Washington, D.C.,-based Communications Law Practice Group Baker & McKenzie in 1991. He began the Sanchez Law Firm which specializes in communications and entertainment law in 1995.
An international media attorney, Sanchez has made significant contributions to the development of public broadcasting in the United States. This includes the development of several cable television channels, such as First Nations Experience, The Smithsonian Channel and The Discovery Channel.
Distinguished Service Award
Terry Othick graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with a bachelor’s degree in computer science in 1968. He earned his master’s degree in management in 1971 and studied under Professor Gene Newtown.
Honorary Lifetime Award
Michael Blake studied journalism at Eastern New Mexico University from 1968-1970 and was a profile writer for The Chase. He moved to Los Angeles in the 1970s and wrote and edited for the Los Angeles Free Press.
He wrote the screenplay for a small independent film called Stacey’s Knights, which starred a young and unknown actor named Kevin Costner. Costner encouraged Blake to develop the Dances with Wolves concept into a novel and later a screenplay.
He wrote a 2001 sequel to Dances with Wolves –The Holy Road. His most recent publication is Twelve, The King, a memoir about a wild mustang rescue.
Outstanding Alumni Award
Don Bullis graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with a bachelor’s degree in American history and American literature in 1970.
He wrote a regular column for the Rio Rancho Observer called “Ellos Pasaron Por Aqui” for 20 years. He also wrote book reviews and served as a political correspondent for the Observer and the Cibola County Beacon.
Outstanding Alumni Award
B.B. Lees graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1952. He earned his master’s degree in physical education from ENMU in 1957.
He became the chairman of the Physical Education Department and Athletic Director in 1975. His golf teams were top 10 nationally every year but one.
|Honorees Announced for Educator Hall of Honor Gala|
The sixth annual Educator Hall of Honors Gala will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, in the Campus Union Ballroom. Tickets are available by contacting Cheryl Reeves at 575.562.2443.
The 2013 Hall of Honor Inductees are:
Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education: 1966
Master of Science Deaf Education: 1967
Judith Brunsen spent her adult life teaching others. Ms. Brunsen enrolled at Eastern New Mexico University in 1962 majoring in elementary education. She completed her Master of Science in teaching of the deaf in 1967. Ms. Brunsen taught grade school in Texico, NM and deaf and hearing-impaired students at Prescott Elementary School in Nebraska. Ms. Brunsen and her family returned to Portales in 1987, where she remained active in education and volunteer work.
Joseph David Chavez
Bachelor of Arts/Spanish & Psychology: 1973
After graduating from Eastern New Mexico University, Joseph Chavez began as a teacher/counselor in Ft. Sumner in 1973 and went on to work in Carlsbad and Loving schools. In addition to be being a teacher, Mr. Chavez has served as an assistant principal and superintendent of schools. He has been honored twice as NM Superintendent of the Year. He is a pioneer in progressive education and known for his innovative approach to issues.
Bachelor of Science/Military Science and Sociology: 1976
Master of Education: 1978
Michael Dillard has earned both bachelor and master degrees from Eastern New Mexico University. He had 30 years of administrative and classroom experience. He began his career in education as the assistant football coach at New Mexico Highlands University and teaching high school and in Canutillo, TX. After 15 years in the classroom and coaching, Mr. Dillard became an assistant principal at the elementary school and later the assistant principal of the middle school in Canutillo.
Linda Joy Greer
Bachelor of Science: 2000
Master of Arts: 2011
Linda Greer just completed her 12th year of teaching at Corona Public Schools, a small school with about 100 students, pK-12, all served by Ms. Greer. She is the librarian and preschool teacher, as well as works with students with developmental disorders and manages grants. In addition, she often teaches supplemental history or science lessons, host the science fair, teaches art and music, and helps high school students.
Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education: 1958
Master of Education: 1970
Retha Moore is a legend in the field of education in the town of Kirtland, NM. She earned a bachelor’s degree at Eastern New Mexico in 1958 and began teaching in Portales. A year later, Ms. Moore moved with her family to Kirtland, where she taught for the next 35 years. During that time, she also earned a master’s degree from ENMU. She taught a variety of elementary school grade levels. A former student said Ms. Moore had a passion for teaching.
Bachelor of Science in Education: 1965
Master in Education: 1967
“He showed up,” proudly declares those who worked with Gary Sanders. For 33 years, he was there to teach and nurture children. He earned bachelor and master degrees in education from Eastern New Mexico University. Mr. Sanders began as a teacher and later moved into administration. He spent 22 as principal of Pine Tree Middle School in Texas. Mr. Sanders believes that students are more important than anything else in the world.
For more information, contact Cheryl Reeves at 562.2443.
|2013 Homecoming Schedule|
|Friday, October 4|
The Homecoming Golf Experience – 8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m.
The department of Athletics invites you to participate in a great day of golf. Due to popular demand and an overwhelming number of participants, this event will be split into morning and afternoon tee times. Advance registration is required. Please contact the Department of Athletics by calling 575.562.2153 for more information.
Last Chance Paradise, 2013 Homecoming Show – University Theatre Center, Studio Theater, 7 p.m.
Come enjoy a great evening of theatre as the ENMU Department of Theatre presents an original production, Last Chance Paradise, written and produced exclusively for the 2013 ENMU Homecoming. It will be an evening of good laughs, heartfelt tears and a chance to return to paradise. For more information about show times and ticket sales, please contact the University Theatre Center at 575.562.2711.
Alumni Registration – Campus Union Lobby, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Stop by the alumni registration table, and let us know you are here! The office of Alumni Affairs will be giving out name tags, traditional homecoming buttons, and other freebies. General admission tickets to the Greyhound Homecoming football game will be available for purchase in the lobby.
Alumni Authors Book Signing – Campus Union Lobby, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Take a chance to visit with alumni authors when passing through the Campus Union Lobby. New Mexico's Centennial Author Don Bullis will be attendance along with many more.
1960-1969 Class Reunion Luncheon – Campus Union Pecos Room, noon
The weekend kicks off Friday with alumni registration in the Campus Union Lobby and a luncheon at noon in the Pecos Room. Dr. Gamble, ENMU president, will stop by to visit and give an update on the University. Then hold on tight as we board the carts for a campus tour provided by the President's Ambassadors.
COPE Reception – COPE Center, 1700 South Avenue I, 3-5 p.m.
The Council of Professors Emeriti will sponsor a special reception for emeritus and former faculty members. Current faculty,
alumni, and members of the community are invited to attend this event.
Health and Human Services Alumni Reception, Lea Hall Room 164, 2-5p.m.
Health and Human Services will host an alumni reception for the corresponding programs: CDIS, Social Work, Emergency Management, and Nursing. This is the second year that that HHS will host an alumni event. Contact Sharon.Duran@enmu.edu for more information.
College of Education and Technology School Carnival Education Building Lawn, South Avenue N, 3:30-7 p.m. A school carnival with all the traditional merriment of fun, food, games, entertainment, book fair, and petting zoo will be hosted by the College of Education and Technology. Bring your extra change and be ready to have an afternoon of fun!
St. Thomas More Newman Center 75th Anniversary Mass and Blessing, – 1600 S. Ave O 6-9 p.m.
The St. Thomas More Newman Center celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. A variety of activities are scheduled from Friday to Sunday. Contact Olympia.Chino@enmu.edu for more information.
Alumni Meet and Greet, President's House, (CUB) 6-8 p.m.
Alumni and friends are invited to join us for a casual cookout located at President Steven G. Gamble's residence. Special guests will include recipients of the Alumni Association and ENMU Foundation Awards and the Education Hall of Honors and members of the 1960-1969 reunion class.
Bonfire – Greyhound Arena, 7 p.m.
Student Government, ENMU cheerleaders, athletic teams, and Greyhound Sound invite you to attend a pep rally and the lighting of the bonfire. The 2013 Homecoming King and Queen will be announced.
|Saturday, October 5|
The ENMU Foundation 38th Annual Breakfast – Campus Union Ballroom, 8 a.m.
Homecoming 2013 marks the 38th ENMU Foundation Breakfast to honor donors. Everyone is invited to attend the breakfast. Invitations are mailed to donors and special guests to this annual event. For all other guests, it is $10 per person. Additional tickets can be requested by calling the ENMU Foundation toll free at 888.291.5524. Serving begins at 7:30 a.m. for early arrivals. During the breakfast program, ENMU Foundation and ENMU Alumni Association awards will be presented. Members of the Class of 1963, Educator Hall of Honor recipients, and the Distinguished Emeritus Faculty Award recipients will be recognized.
The Homecoming Parade, 10:30 a.m.
Everyone loves a parade! The ENMU Homecoming parade has traditionally provided fun and entertainment for everyone. Please contact the office of Alumni Affairs at Alumni.Affairs@enmu.edu or call 575.562.2125 for entry information.
Sodexo Buffet – Crossroads, Campus Union, 11:30a.m.-1:15 p.m.
Immediately following the parade, join us for the traditional buffet in the Crossroads dining facility. This is a feast at its finest, and everyone is invited; no reservations are needed. Tickets for $9 will be available at the door.
The Homecoming Football Game – Greyhound Stadium, 2 p.m.
The Homecoming game will match the Greyhounds against Tarleton State University. Halftime activities will include the presentation of the Homecoming King and Queen and their court. Winners of the 2013 ENMU Homecoming floats will be announced along with local business sponsors for this event. Be a Greyhound fan! Wear green and show your ENMU pride.
ENMU Educator Hall of Honor Gala – Campus Union Ballroom, 6:30 p.m.
Everyone is invited to attend the sixth annual ENMU Educator Hall of Honor Gala. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with dinner served at 7 p.m. Free tickets will be mailed to honorees and special guests of this annual event. For all other guests, the cost is $15 per person. Advance tickets can be requested by calling the College of Education and Technology at 575.562.2443. The new ENMU Educator Hall of Honor Awards will be presented along with musical entertainment.
For a more detailed and updated schedule, visit the alumni page.
New Professor Gets His Inspiration From His Brother
story and photo by Shantiana White
"As I got older, I understood the beauty of soccer and the meaning of sport to an individual’s identity.” – Dr. Dusko Bogdanov
Dr. Dusko Bogdanov, assistant professor of health and physical education, said the biggest influence in his life is his older brother.
His brother lives in New York with his wife and works in the catering world and real estate.
“My brother helped me get a job while I was attending school, so I got to experience what the catering world was like,” said the native New Yorker from Queens.
While attending undergraduate school at State University of New York-Oneonta, he played soccer while receiving his bachelor’s in media studies.
“I thought I wanted to be a sports broadcaster because I gained an appetite for sports from watching and playing sports with my brother.
“I remember when I was seven, I watching the World Cup and did not understand why I was excited. As I got older, I understood the beauty of soccer and the meaning of sport to an individual’s identity.
“I never had a desire to be a professional athlete, but I figured out that I was interested in what takes place behind the scenes,” said Dr. Bogdanov.
He received his master’s in sports management and Ph.D. in sports administration from Florida State University. He still follows the FSU football and soccer teams.
“My mentor, Dr. James, was a good leader because he gave me ideas for my dissertation. I decided to write it on the influence of national sports teams on national identity in Serbia,” said Dr. Bogdanov.
He has worked as a sports business mega-event salesperson for the Women’s World Cup. He also worked in the Philippines as a visiting professor where he researched how a well-known boxer Manny Pacquaio influenced the Filipino people.
“It was interesting learning stuff from these places and I enjoyed the experience,” said the “Raging Bull” movie fan.
Before his current position, Dr. Bogdanov worked as a media buyer for Carat (a multinational media agency).
“I was not happy with the city lifestyle and wanted to move to a smaller place. Since I have been here, it has been wonderful because the department is helpful and the students make me smile,” he said.
He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses and tries to get students to think critically about situations. Also, he enjoys volunteering as a coach for the ENMU women and men’s soccer teams—concentrating on the goalkeepers.
“I have great students and it is my job to teach skills to prepare them for the real world. I want to abide by the school’s mission, student success, because I want them to be prepared for the competitions and challenges they will face,” said Dr. Bogdanov.
Dr. Bogdanov’s goals are to “move up in the sports academia world and possibly become an entrepreneur in sports business.”
His family is from Serbia and his parents came to the United States with the help of his mother’s father. Today, his parents have a condo in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and a place in New York.
“They are a part of the blue collar class and arrived here (United States) on a Thursday, got social security cards on Friday, and started working by Monday,” said Dr. Bogdanov, who misses his mother’s crepes.
During his spare time, he enjoys watching documentaries, traveling and visiting the “relaxing blue ocean.” He would like to check out parts of New Mexico and visit Switzerland and Hawaii.
“I would one day like to go back to Serbia because I enjoy the country’s history and I want to be involved in the Serbian soccer federation,” said Dr. Bogdanov.
Something that people might not know about the professor is that he likes action figures. He has figurines from the 1992 NBA dream team, Elvis, and the Joker.
“I used to watch Batman with my brother and, coincidentally, my favorite Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic is nicknamed ‘The Joker’. These action figures make me feel like a little kid again,” said Dr. Bogdanov.
STEM Grant Hosts Research Faculty Reception
by Karen R. Doherty
Administrative Assistant for STEM
The U.S. Department of Education HSI STEM Grant on the Eastern New Mexico University campus hosted a “Research Faculty Reception” on Thursday, Sept. 19, in COB 159.
The event was held to recognize and thank ENMU faculty who have participated in the HSI STEM Grant Undergraduate Research program. This program, directed by Lead Specialist Robin May, began on the ENMU campus in the summer of 2012 and has continued each semester since. The HSI STEM Grant has had 35 undergraduate research students participate and currently has an additional 11 actively working in the labs for the fall semester.
HSI STEM Grant Research Faculty attending reception
(From left to right: Juchao Yan, Ph.D.; Hamid Allamehzadeh, Ph.D.; Manual Varela, Ph.D.; Matthew Barlow, Ph.D.; Elliott Stollar, Ph.D.; Kenwyn Cradock, Ph.D.)
The HSI STEM Grant Research Faculty members include (in alphabetical order): Hamid Allamehzadeh, Ph.D. (Engineering); Matthew Barlow, Ph.D. (Biology); Steven “Boot” Chumbley, Ph.D. (Agriculture); Kenwyn Cradock, Ph.D. (Biology); James Constantopoulos, Ph.D. (Geology) KerriAnn Marden, Ph.D.; (Forensic Science); Darron Smith, Ph.D. ( Agriculture); Mary Shuttlesworth, Ph.D. (Psychology); Elliott Stollar, Ph.D. (Chemistry); Manuel Varela, Ph.D. (Biology); and Juchao Yan, Ph.D. (Chemistry).
Kenwyn Cradock, Project Director for the HSI Stem Grant, said, “The Undergraduate Research Experience has been a great success so far. This success has been due to the tireless efforts of the Lead Specialist, Robin May, and the wonderful support of the STEM faculty on campus. Without their input and involvement this program could not function.
"This competitive program gives students the opportunity to gain interview skills during the selection process, and if accepted, to gain experience conducting research in their chosen discipline. The students then present their work at regional conferences and at the ENMU Student Research Conference. Our goal with this program is to provide students with an experiential perspective of what it is to be a professional scientist or engineer, aiding them with engagement with the course material of their degrees and preparing them for graduate/professional schools. I am pleased with the progress so far and look forward to continued success.”
Robin May, Lead Specialist for the HSI STEM Grant, is primarily in charge of the undergraduate research program. Ms. May said, “I am thrilled with the success of the program thus far. The interns have all been exceptional in their dedication to research as well as maintaining academic excellence. It’s a joy to watch these students blossom with confidence, maturity and solidification of career choices.
"Of course none of this would be possible without the dedication of their faculty advisors. The STEM faculty at ENMU have gone above and beyond the call of duty by agreeing to mentor undergraduate researchers as they do not receive compensation for their participation. Very few universities are able to offer this kind of contact and mentorship with the faculty. I cannot thank them enough for their contribution to the HSI STEM undergraduate research program. The accessibility to our faculty, and the research opportunities are two of the things that makes Eastern a great choice for STEM majors.”
Others attending the event were Patrice Caldwell, Ph.D. Executive Director, ENMU Planning and Analysis; Karen Doherty, Administrative Assistant/Budget Specialist HSI STEM Grant; Lori Brunsen, Transfer/Outreach Specialist HSI STEM Grant; Ann Varela, Mathematical Sciences; Kelly Cradock, Secretary Psychology and Political Science, and numerous past and current HSI STEM Grant undergraduate research students.
The HSI STEM grant is a federally funded grant through the Department of Education. Eastern New Mexico University was awarded this grant in the fall of 2011. It is a five-year grant and year three will begin Oct. 1.
ENMU’s participation in the HSI STEM program is to prepare students for careers and advanced study; to impart citizenship and leadership skills and values; to promote education and excellent teaching at all levels; and to enable students to adapt and thrive in a changing World.
ENMU is in hopes of increasing enrollment, retention academic success and graduation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs, and to improve opportunities for Hispanic and low income students to participate and succeed in STEM programs by extending access and developing instruction and service improvements.
Other foci for the HSI STEM Grant include Supplemental Instructors “Topic Reviewers” for STEM courses at ENMU, guidance for STEM transfer students and outreach in area high schools. Also, HSI STEM is a major contributor to upgrading the ENMU research labs with state of the art scientific equipment.
Robin May, Lead Specialist HSI STEM Grant visiting with Juchao Yan, Ph.D.
HSI STEM Grant on the campus of ENMU is located in the College of Business 159. The ofice is open on Monday– Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information, call 562.2278 or click http://www.enmhsistem.org/.
|Xcel Energy Donates $5,000 Annually to ENMU Foundation|
Dr. Steven Gamble, (left) president of Eastern New Mexico University, received a check for $5,000 from David Essex and Matthew Young of Xcel Energy (both standing center) for the Alliance for Minority Participation (AMP) grant on Monday in Gamble’s office.
According to President Gamble, the funds are distributed to applicants in the AMP program benefiting minority students in science, math, engineering and technology programs. Over the years, Xcel Energy has donated $44,000 to ENMU AMP and other programs benefiting ENMU students. (photo by Wendel Sloan)
|ENMU Employees Social Media Conference|
Ten employees attended a Social Media conference, sponsored by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, in Albuquerque on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The group also met with a representative from Central New Mexico Community College about students transferring to ENMU's online programs after they complete their associate degrees at CNM.
Attending from ENMU were Ronnie Birdsong, Clark Elswick, Jennifer Poyer, Scott Kendall, Robert Graham, Amy Archuletta, Wayne Allen, Marissa Hyde, Cody Spitz and Wendel Sloan. (photo by Wendel Sloan)
|Graduate Spots This in Tucson, Arizona|
ENMU graduate Jim Slone spotted this on the front windshield of a Chevy Tahoe at church Sunday morning at
Northminster Presbyterian in Tucson, Arizona.
|Tree of Knowledge|
Grows on top of Golden Library, nurtured by all the brain cells rising from inside.
St. Thomas More Newman Center Celebrating
by Olympia Chino
"With the opening of Eastern New Mexico Junior College in 1934, there became a need for Catholic services for the students, and on April 6, 1938, Archbishop Gerken of Santa Fe granted permission for Mass to be celebrated during Holy Week in one of the classrooms of Eastern New Mexico Junior College."
This is the Diamond Anniversary of the establishment of a Roman Catholic Parish in Portales, and the people of St. Helen’s will celebrate on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Oct. 3-6.
It will begin on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. with a procession around the church grounds in celebration of the Feast of St. Helen and St. Thomas More Newman Center 75th Anniversary next to the ENMU campus – ending with the celebration of the mass with the crowning of St. Helen’s King and Queen.
Then on Friday, Oct. 4, the public is invited to the annual Fiesta Enchilada dinner from 6-9 p.m. in the Parish Hall. The cost is $8 per plate.
Saturday, Oct. 5, at 9 a.m., booths open for breakfast, the ENMU Homecoming parade at 10:30 a.m., and 11 a.m. Entertainment begins with food, games, pony rides, train rides, jumping castles, bingo and loteria. Mass (Spanish) at 5:30 p.m., a nd a Fiesta Dance from 8 until midnight on the slab under the stars.
Sunday at 9 a.m. Mass (English), food booths open at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. Mass (English), and is offered for St. Thomas More Newman Center 75th Anniversary, and an Open House will follow at the St. Thomas More Newman Center . Our 1st Annual St. Thomas More Utopia Award will be presented to Dr. Kathleen Salter and Dr. Dick Walsh for Outstanding Service to and Support of St. Thomas More Newman Center. Entertainment begins at noon, an auction at 3 p.m. and ends at 5 p.m.
It is a big day for the St. Helen Community and we want the rest of the community to help us celebrate. Father Juan Montoya, deceased priest, with Father Francis Brockmann, wrote an interesting historical sketch of the parish, tracing its start in 1906 with a mass celebrated by Fr. Linus Braun, shortly after his ordination. The records show the first baptism was a baby, Maria Patterson, on Aug. 29, 1906.
There was no Catholic church in Portales until 1909, when a mission church was dedicated under the name of St. Elizabeth, located at the corner of Iowa and Chestnut Streets (now Avenue G and University Drive.) For the next 10 years until 1919, the mission was cared for by the Franciscan fathers of Roswell, N.M.
In 1919, there was a resident priest at Sacred Heart Church in Clovis, and “the short distance of nineteen miles” was judged close enough for the Catholics of Portales to travel to attend Mass. So from 1919 until 1938 there were no church services at St. Elizabeth Mission.
With the opening of Eastern New Mexico Junior College in 1934, there became a need for Catholic services for the students, and on April 6, 1938 Archbishop Gerken of Santa Fe granted permission for Mass to be celebrated during Holy Week in one of the classrooms of Eastern New Mexico Junior College.
A Newman Club was organized on the campus through the efforts of Fr. Raymond Soper of Sacred Heart of Clovis, and Miss Louise Boillin, a Catholic member of the college faculty.
Through the instrumentality of Miss Boillin, the Franciscan Fathers returned to Portales in 1938 and thereafter Fr. Raymond said Mass at the college once a month, and eventually every Sunday.
Eventually, a Catholic mission was re-established in Portales, with Charles Hardesty, Dave Colligan and Walter Jentzen as officers, but it was not until March 1941 that a contract was signed to build a church and a community room for the Newman Club for a total of $3,475.
From 1938-46 St. Helen’s was taken care of by the Franciscans at Sacred Heart Church of Clovis. A census in 1951 showed 95 families and approximately “four hundred Catholic souls” in Portales.
On Jan. 18, 1952, the first resident pastor, Fr. Bertus Grassman, was appointed and took up residence at 1624 South Avenue O. The new St. Helen’s church was completed July 23, 1952.
The Silver anniversary event was celebrated on June 24, 1958, when a decree from Rome officially designated St. Helen a parish.
Dr. Mark Dal Porto, professor of music, had his Exotic Animals Suite for woodwind quintet performed by members of the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra at the PARMA New Music Festival (August 15-17) in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Another work of Dal Porto’s titled At Midnight was also performed at the festival by oboist Dr. Tracy Carr, associate professor of music, Ashley Wade, soprano, with Dal Porto at the piano.
Ben Boese, who graduated from ENMU in May of 2012, now works for a medical company in Vail, Colo. He is in charge of programming mannequins that are used to simulate various health problems so that doctors, nurses, and EMTs can get as realistic a training as possible.
Dr. Donald Elder III, professor of history, recently visited Mr. Boese during his trip to ENMU's football game at Air Force Academy (a 42-35 victory for ENMU over Air Force's junior varsity). Mr. Boese then sent Dr. Elder a couple of video clips about the mannequins.
View the clips below:
|(courtesy of Roswell Daily Record)|