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ENMU/Portales to Host 51st Anniversary MLK Celebration
by Desiree Cooper
Eastern New Mexico University in Portales will honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy by joining Portales in hosting “Celebration of His Dream” at 5 p.m. on Jan. 20.
“Celebration of His Dream,” hosted by ENMU’s Multicultural Affairs and Portales Cultural Affairs, includes the MLK March and Program. Both are free and open to the public.
|Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.|
The combined choirs of ENMU and Portales High School will perform.
The program will conclude with the announcement of scholarships and awards by Miller and Robinson. Three ENMU student organizations will receive cash awards for essays on MLK’s six pillars of character.
Robinson will present a contribution from the city to the ENMU Foundation on behalf of the Boyd Jackson Memorial Scholarship. Certificates will also be presented to Portales elementary students.
Refreshments will be provided.
For additional information, contact the ENMU Campus Life Office at 575.562.2108.
Martin Luther King Events Slated – [pntonline.com]
ENMU Welcomes Education Professor Mark Viner
by Desiree M. Cooper
“It’s okay not to know, but it’s not okay not to learn.” – Dr. Mark Viner
|Dr. Mark Viner|
“It’s okay not to know, but it’s not okay not to learn.”
Eastern New Mexico University’s newest education professor, Dr. Mark Viner, lives by this quote.
As an assistant professor of curriculum and instruction for the College of Education and Technology, Dr. Viner places a high value on learning to use technological innovations in a classroom setting.
“I want to promote project-based and inquiry-based learning using technology,” he said of his ultimate career goal.
He has already taken steps toward accomplishing this task.
Dr. Viner worked with Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS) to create science education materials while living in Boulder, Colo. He shot videos of biology education material, placed the information on interactive video discs, and distributed them to a network of schools.
The professor was also employed at the Office of Catholic Schools in Chicago. He provided professional development in technology integration to teachers of over 200 schools by showing principals, administrators and teachers how to use technological innovations in the classroom.
Dr. Viner remembers, “There was a lot of resistance early on. After a few years, they saw the value of it.”
His classes at ENMU will carry on his tradition of advocating the increased use of technology in education.
He says that his EDF 309 Technology for the Classroom course “shows students how to use technology in classrooms, like iPods, smartphones and using the Internet for teaching and learning. They are creating rubrics and producing projects.”
Dr. Viner believes this will help education students in their future teaching endeavors because of the growing importance of technology in society.
“Parents want to see students using technology. They want to see grades online, because everybody uses it in our workplace,” he said.
“I want my students to go out and get their students engaged with technology.”
Dr. Viner obtained a 2-year degree in visual communications from Western Wisconsin Technical Institute, a bachelor’s in natural science and biology, and a master’s and Ph. D. in educational technology, instructional design and online learning from Kansas State University.
The self-proclaimed cheese head (Green Bay Packer fan) was born in La Crosse, Wis. He moved to Portales from Chicago when he heard about the ENMU.
“I like the sign that says 17,000 people and three or four old grouches. I thought it was funny and that the town would be alright,” Dr. Viner remembered of the moment he arrived in Portales.
The alternative rock music fan likes Portales because there isn’t as much traffic, plus he can see the sky when he runs.
His parents are retired.
His father worked on some of the first computers when he got out of the Air Force and helped with timekeeping and quality control at a tractor factory. He also worked at an electric company where he handled quality control on big computers.
Dr. Viner’s mother was a lab technician for a hospital and raised 12 children.
His siblings work in a variety of fields, ranging from mechanics for heating and air conditioning to physical therapists.
“I came to the right place,” Dr. Viner said.
Meet Director of Communication Services
interview by Wendel Sloan
Director of Media Relations
"I try to live by the rule of 'do less wrong.'" – Brent Passmore
Editor's Note: Brent Passmore became the first permanent Director of Communication Services on Jan. 6. In this interview he discusses his work and life.
Q. What have you enjoyed most about your job?
I have enjoyed getting to meet the faculty, staff and students at ENMU.
Q. What were you doing before you came to ENMU, and what other jobs have you held?
Prior to ENMU, I was the director of web development at the University of Central Arkansas. I held this position for 13 years. As director, I coordinated the overall web and new media presence at UCA.
I was also part of a core team that developed and implemented the university¹s ³Graphic Identity Style Guide².
Q. What are your degrees and majors?
BA in Mass Communications from the University of Central Arkansas
MA in Communications Management from Webster University
Q. What are your hobbies?
I like football -- Florida State Seminoles and Seattle Seahawks -- this year has been good for me as a fan.
I really enjoy traveling and speaking to higher education groups. Sharing what I've learned along the way and watching others take this knowledge and apply it to their institutions is rewarding.
I'm a six-time CASE Stellar Speaker award winner and Faculty Star. CASE district faculty stars are conference speakers who earn average combined scores of 4.5 and above (on a five-point scale) on their session evaluations at CASE district conferences.
CASE stands for The Council for Advancement and Support of Education and is a professional association serving educational institutions and the advancement professionals who work on their behalf in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing and allied areas.
Q. What is your ultimate career goal?
Higher education is my passion. Being a first-generation student, I realize the opportunities a college degree has afforded me. I want to spend my working years communicating that message. My goal, through marketing and communications, is to help others realize the value of obtaining a degree.
I'm open to where life takes me, provided I remain true to that passion.
Q. What gives your life meaning?
I try to live by the rule of "do less wrong." The idea was developed with my best friend and is quite simple. No one is perfect and although one can't guarantee perfection, one can guarantee they will always try and do things less wrong.
We had wristbands printed with this as a daily reminder that we should always keep true to a mission of making a difference. We sometimes give them away to others we see taking that extra time -- going that extra step -- in an effort to positively effect change.
Pope Francis Appoints ENMU Grad to Head Diocese of Pueblo, Colorado
by Catholic News Service
Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. Stephen Berg, a priest of the diocese of Fort Worth, Texas, to head the diocese of Pueblo, Colo.
Berg will be ordained and installed Feb. 27 by Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila at a Mass to be celebrated in Pueblo.
"My heart is filled with joy," the archbishop said in a statement about the appointment of the fifth bishop of the diocese, which covers the southern and western part of Colorado. "The church will be enriched by his enthusiastic and energetic presence, and I am sure that the faithful will appreciate his love for Colorado."
Aquila said Berg "brings with him the experience of a rich family life, a love for music and experience in both the corporate and ecclesial spheres that will serve him and the Diocese of Pueblo well."
Berg said in a statement he was "humbled and deeply moved" by Pope Francis' appointment.
"I know Colorado to be a beautiful land of beautiful people and I look forward to serving the faithful of Pueblo as their shepherd in Christ. I eagerly anticipate our future together as we grow and build our local church, he said.
Bishop Michael Sheridan of Colorado Springs, Colo., has been apostolic administrator of the Pueblo diocese since Isern's resignation.
Born March 3, 1951, the oldest of 10 children, Berg is a native of Miles City, Mont. He attended Catholic elementary school and high school in Miles City, which is in the diocese of Great Falls-Billings.
He has bachelor of music degree in piano performance from the University of Colorado in Boulder and a master's degree in music from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales.
Before he became a priest, he taught music at Tarrant County College in Fort Worth. Subsequently, he worked 14 years in the retail nursery industry as vice president or general manager for divisions of Sunbelt Nursery Inc. in Fort Worth, Southern California, Phoenix and Atlanta.
In 1993, he entered Assumption Seminary in San Antonio. He received a master of divinity degree from Oblate School of Theology in 1999.
He was ordained a priest of the Fort Worth diocese in 1999 by his maternal uncle, now-retired Bishop Joseph Charron of Des Moines, Iowa.
After ordination, then-Father Berg had assignments as parochial vicar at two different parishes. From 2002 to 2008, he was pastor of four rural Texas parishes.
For the next four years, he was vicar general of the Fort Worth diocese and also pastor of St. Peter the Apostle Parish in Fort Worth. In 2012, he was named moderator of the curia and appointed parochial administrator of Holy Name of Jesus Parish, also in Fort Worth.
In December 2012, he was elected diocesan administrator by the diocesan college of consultors, after Fort Worth's bishop, Bishop Kevin Vann, was installed to head the diocese of Orange, Calif.
Olson called Berg "a good priest, a kind man, a true Christian and a wise leader."
In a statement he said the entire Fort Worth diocese was "very proud and joyful" that one of their own was appointed a bishop.
"I personally am happy for him and the Diocese of Pueblo," he said, adding that Berg's experience as pastor, vicar general and diocesan administrator "has prepared him for his new assignment."
The Pueblo diocese encompasses 48,000 square miles and has a Catholic population of approximately 64,000 out of a total population of about 667,000. The 72-year-old diocese has 53 parishes, 44 missions and four Catholic schools.
|Facebook Comments About Msgr. Stephen Berg|
Stephen Berg was a graduate student in Piano Performance when I was an undergraduate and he played Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Bl ue” with the ENMU Symphony Orchestra (Arthur Welker conducting) on the Spring [?] Concert in 1975.
From my vantage point in the percussion section I could watch Stephen’s technique … every note was in place and fully under his control. It was a very fine performance, although some complained that it was more “classical” in approach and that the performance didn’t have the “swing” or bravado that one might expect for the Rhapsody in Blue.
Stephen’s teacher was the Piano Department Chair (I forget her name—Ms. Buchanan had already retired) and she was considered most-at-home in music by Haydn/Mozart/Beethoven—hence the complaint.
As a pianist, Stephen was dedicated and disciplined—I seem to remember that he was ALWAYS in the practice room, which meant that we didn’t really get to know him that well … but he could CERTAINLY play the piano!
I suppose the performance’s recordings were long ago taped over or consigned to the dust bin of history, but that would be an amazing gift to present to him if a recording still exists … there was an retired gentleman who always came to record the big ensemble performances back then and his stereo recordings were always better than those done “in house” and I think he donated that library to ENMU … it would be a real “kick-in-the-pants” to recover that recording and give it to Stephen as a present.
Dr. Donald C. Elder III, professor of history, has been reappointed to the New Mexico Space History Commission by Governor Susana Martinez. Elder, who was originally appointed to the commission in 2009 by Governor Bill Richardson, will serve a three-year term.
Dr. Michael F. Shaughnessy has had a paper accepted for the February issue of the Journal of Education and Sociology.