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New Admissions Specialist Also Teaches Math at CCC
story and photo by Desiree M. Cooper
“I hope we can reach kids overseas and raise money for them. I want to do outreach projects.” – Adrienne Thomas
Although Adrienne Thomas just began working at Eastern New Mexico University as an admissions specialist on Jan. 2, she is already excelling.
Mrs. Thomas is responsible for verifying high school and college transcripts, making sure applications go through and getting students enrolled.
“I like detailed work; you have to be an investigator and search it out,” Mrs. Thomas says of her role in the student admissions process.
She is in good company, saying, “I really like the people I work with. They are helpful and patient.”
Mrs. Thomas, who has a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, is working towards earning her master’s in adult education from the same university.
She is taking ENMU’s Professional Technical Education Law (505) to fill up her elective hours.
After obtaining her master’s, the ex-medical transcriptionist is eager to enter the administrative side of adult education.
Mrs. Thomas is teaching basic math part-time at Clovis Community College, which is good preparation for this career. She focuses on students working toward a GED.
She calls the work “very rewarding…the students are really a blessing.”
Mrs. Thomas and her husband, Robert, have been married for 34 years. Their anniversary is this month. The duo met while both were active duty in the Air Force, and have six children ranging in age from 10 to 33.
Mrs. Thomas’ two youngest children attend Faith Christian School in Portales.
When Mrs. Thomas is not busy teaching, working or being a mom, she focuses on music. She helps run Victory Sound Ministries (VSM), a non-profit organization that distributes songs sung by children based on Bible verses.
“The kids like it, it’s free, and they get a trophy after the CD comes out,” Mrs. Thomas says of the organization’s benefits.
Her ultimate goal for VSM is to use the CDs to help the less fortunate.
“I hope we can reach kids overseas and raise money for them. I want to do outreach projects,” the New York native from Buffalo said.
For now, her priority as far as her career goes is to “continue learning both on the job and in class.
“I want to go as high in my education as I can,” Mrs. Thomas says.
ENMU Student Interns at Local Restaurant
by Desiree M. Cooper
“It's a really cool feeling when you make a dish and the servers tell you everything you made looks amazing.” – Tegan Volberding
Vines Italian Restaurant in Portales offers gourmet food to the public and big opportunities to the students of Eastern New Mexico University, including senior Tegan Volberding.
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Ms. Volberding is currently participating in a culinary arts internship at Vines that will prepare her for a career as a professional chef.
Some of the culinary arts major’s responsibilities include prepping for the day, making noodles, baking desserts, and helping make orders when they come in.
The work is rewarding for Ms. Volberding, who says her favorite part of the job is “making food for people and making their dining experience more enjoyable.
“It's a really cool feeling when you make a dish and the servers tell you everything you made looks amazing,” she says.
Ms. Volberding has been cooking for as long as she can remember.
“My parents are both very good cooks so I grew up learning from them,” she explains.
Ms. Volberding started her internship on Jan. 11 and must complete 400 hours by May 9.
She found out about the internship by checking in with all the local restaurants to see who would be willing to hire her.
Due to the restaurant’s popularity, Ms. Volberding expects her job will get hectic around Valentine’s Day.
“I'm making a ton of desserts. We started to prep them the week before so we weren't crammed with things to do at the last minute,” she says.
She continues, “Everyone works on the 14th because we get so many customers. We need all the help we can get. I'm not sure which station I'll be working that day but I will definitely be there.”
Her favorite dish to make at Vines is anything with a sauce, because sautéing is one of her favorite things to do.
“I also really enjoy making the pizzas because they are so good,” she says.
Ms. Volberding has enjoyed the experience, saying “It's been a lot of fun interning here! Everyone is so nice and encouraging; it's a great work environment. It'll be sad when I have to say goodbye to the Vines family.”
After graduating, Ms. Volberding plans on heading back to her home state of Nevada. She wants to work in the culinary and hospitality fields.
Up ’til Dawn Preview
by Desiree M. Cooper
“It is a good opportunity to represent New Mexico for St. Jude.”
The Associated Students of Eastern New Mexico University (ASENMU) is hosting Up ’til Dawn, an all-night event on Feb. 21, that has the potential to save the lives of sick children across the world.
The event begins at midnight and lasts until 6 a.m. in the Campus Union Ballroom. Individuals must raise at least $100 or be on a team of six that has raised a minimum of $600 to attend.
The event can be attended by everyone in the community, not just ENMU students, who raise at least the minimum.
Up ’til Dawn is a nationwide fundraising campaign hosted by college students for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
St. Jude is devoted to providing children with life-threatening diseases the care they need at no cost to their families. St. Jude is actively involved in finding cures for the diseases it treats.
ENMU is the only college in New Mexico to host Up ’til Dawn annually.
|Up 'til Dawn Director Carla Anaya|
Carla Anaya, the director of Up ’til Dawn, said, “It is a good opportunity to represent New Mexico for St. Jude.”
Ms. Anaya became the director of the event after being approached by ASENMU president Justin Aguilar. She visited St. Jude headquarters in Memphis, Tenn., last summer to learn how to direct Up ’til Dawn.
“It was one of the best opportunities I’ve ever had,” Ms. Anaya said “The facility is amazing. Everyone is so passionate. The patients are so thankful.”
The ASENMU senator supports St. Jude because she thinks it is “really great that they are so original in their ways of research and moving forward.”
Participants can register for Up ’til Dawn by creating an account at fundraising.stjude.org/enmu.
Registered users have the ability to fundraise by posting links to personal social media pages, including Facebook and Twitter. This allows friends and family to quickly and safely donate money online on behalf of the individual.
“People who have put in the effort [to post on social media] have been successful,” Ms. Anaya said.
She also notes that this year’s event will be “totally different” from previous Up ’til Dawns, which focused on letter writing.
Up ’til Dawn will kick off at midnight with an introduction by Lance Fletcher, a Portales resident whose life was saved at St. Jude.
There will be a series of five events for teams throughout the night. These events will allow teams to compete for points to win prizes.
Ms. Anaya wants the events to be a surprise, but hinted there will be some that are “physical and competitive, jeopardy-style, and brain teasers.”
Refreshments will be provided between each event.
Up ’til Dawn will conclude with breakfast at 6 a.m.
114 individuals and 23 teams have already signed up for the event. $4,293 has already been raised by these participants.
Ms. Anaya’s goals for the event are to have at least 50 teams register and to raise $20,000.
The community can get involved by registering, donating to a registered member, or donating prizes.
Something Different Grill and the ENMU Bookstore have already donated prizes that were given out to winners of ASENMU-hosted halftime events at the Greyhound and Zia Basketball games. People who had registered for Up ’til Dawn were randomly selected to compete for prizes.
To find out more, visit the “ENMU Up ’til Dawn” Facebook page or follow @StjudeENMU on Twitter.
For additional information, contact Ms. Anaya at email@example.com or call her at 507.705.5290.
|Greyhound Hoopsters Help Out at Portales Rec Center
(photos by Lee Quick)
Greyhound hoopsters Greg McFarland and Jordan Romero coach up the 2026 Greyhounds during Portales City League action.
Dr. Donald C. Elder III, professor of history, portrayed Abraham Lincoln for the student body at Highland Elementary School in Clovis on Feb. 6.
Recent TRiO student and ENMU graduate, Debra Villanueva, has accepted an Administrative Services Officer position in the office of Student Disability Services at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Debra will assume her new duties on February 17, 2014. She is excited about her new position and about moving to San Antonio. She has spent much time there visiting her daughter.
While she was thrilled with the opportunity to live in the same community as her daughter, DeAna, they recently discovered it will only be for a short time.
DeAna has received a doctoral fellowship and will be moving to Austin in August to pursue a PhD. in Educational Leadership at the University of Texas at Austin.
Debra graduated from ENMU in December with a B.A.A.S. degree.