|Surer Than a Groundhog|
When the Wellness Tennis group reappears, it is surer than a groundhog that warmer weather is on the way. To join the free group, email the commissioner, Minnie Bresler, at firstname.lastname@example.org. (photos by Wendel Sloan and Minnie Bresler)
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Explore the History of El Portal
(Submission Deadline Approaches)
story and photos by Desiree M. Cooper
“It is not very often we have the opportunity to have a creative outlet."
– Alexandra Itzi
El Portal, Eastern New Mexico University’s Magazine of Literature and Art, is accepting submissions until March 1. While the magazine focuses on Southwestern and Science Fiction genres, all types of submissions are accepted.
The late famous science fiction author Dr. Jack Williamson, retired ENMU professor of English, left a generous beqest in his will to continue the publication in perpetuity.
Submissions can be made by anyone, including faculty, staff and students. Only ENMU students can be awarded cash prizes.
There are several submission categories, including flash fiction, short stories, creative nonfiction essays, poetry and art and photography. Prizes are awarded to students who place in these categories.
There is also a special category called Science Fiction Western Extravaganza, which calls for a mash-up of the western and science fiction genres. The winner of this category will receive a mystery prize.
Alexandra Itzi, the editor of El Portal, believes that the magazine “builds a sense of community. Having a supportive community is an amazing thing.”
|Alexandra Itzi and Stephan Kiesbye|
Ms. Itzi, a graduate student who is in charge of advertising, email correspondence and editing submissions, graduated from ENMU with a bachelor’s in English.
She began helping out with the magazine at the end of her undergraduate degree.
“It is not very often that students have a creative outlet. El Portal is a beautiful place to showcase that,” she said.
Mr. Stefan Kiesbye, assistant professor of English who teaches creative writing and performs the role of faculty adviser for El Portal, thinks that the magazine “showcases what students can do and [acts as] a showcase for good writing at ENMU.
“It is quite a privilege to have a literary magazine that can sustain itself,” the University of Michigan alumnus said.
Mr. Kiesbye, who was born in Germany, explained, “El Portal helps students be published alongside established authors. This makes it more attractive to students.”
|El Portal Transports Editor and Adviser to Alien Behavior|
Dr. Patrice Caldwell, ENMU’s Executive Director of Planning and Analysis, shared details of the history of El Portal.
The literary magazine was first published in 1939 and is one of ENMU’s longest traditions.
“The original name was El Portal. One year it was called The Magazine and for about ten years it was published under the name Pennyroyal, a type of herb. It went back to the original name in 1994,” she said.
According to Dr. Caldwell, the name El Portal is important because it connects the magazine with the community of Portales.
Dr. Williamson, an ENMU alumnus, was a key player in El Portal’s history. Dr. Williamson, whom the Jack Williamson Liberal Arts Building is named after, was the sponsor of the magazine from 1961-77.
In 1965, Dr. Williamson, who also has a science fiction collection in Golden Library named after him, began giving out modest cash prizes for 1st and 2nd place submissions. The former received $10 and the latter received $5, all of which came out of his own pocket.
Dr. Caldwell said that Dr. Williamson retired in 1977, but wanted to make sure the magazine would continue to be published. He endowed a generous fund for the publication of El Portal during his life and added an endowment in his will.
Dr. Patrice Caldwell (right) with her "science-fiction sisters," (L-R) Betty Williamson and Connie Willis at last year's Williamson Lectureship (photo by Wendel Sloan)
“Jack Williamson always wanted to celebrate creativity,” Dr. Caldwell said.
She commends the students and faculty who have contributed to the magazine since its creation.
“In the 30s money was tight. Universities pinched funds, but within four years [of opening] ENMU had a literary magazine. That says a lot about the creativity of the students and faculty, as job-driven as they were,” she said.
“They knew imagination and creativity would be a part of their lives.”
The future of El Portal is being carefully planned out by Ms. Itzi and Mr. Kiesbye.
“We are going to to release a Kindle version,” Ms. Itzi said, “We want to become more known and have readers from all over.”
Every issue of El Portal, which is published twice a year, can be found in Special Collections in Golden Library.
The winter 2014 edition of El Portal is available now.
To request a copy or to get more information about El Portal, contact Ms. Itzi at Alexandra.Itzi@enmu.edu.
To submit a piece, email El.Portal@enmu.edu.
|El Portal Launch Party
(photos by Wendel Sloan)
ENMU Graduate Returns to Campus as Payroll Accountant
by Desiree M. Cooper
“ENMU is very welcoming.” – Blanca Bustos
Blanca Bustos has returned to Eastern New Mexico University.
The new Payroll Accountant II previously attended ENMU to receive her bachelor’s in business administration.
As a student, she worked as a phone operator in the Office of University Relations.
As a payroll accountant, it is Mrs. Bustos’ responsibility to process all payrolls for ENMU.
“ENMU is very welcoming,” she said.
Jonathan, Blanca, Tony and Jacob
Her son, Jonathan, is a senior at Portales High School. The 17-year-old plays football and runs track.
Mrs. Bustos also has a 2-year-old son named Jacob.
|Blanca's Sons Jonathan and Jacob|
“We love being outside,” the mother said of her family’s favorite activities, which include yard work and going to the park.
Her goal in life is to be “a good mother, wife and enjoy life.”
|Sigma Xi Sponsors 'The Revisionaries'
(photos by Wendel Sloan)
Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, sponsored the movie "The Revisionaries" on Tuesday evening in the Art and Anthropology Building. The movie chronicles the influence of politics on the selection of textbooks in Texas, and how that impacts textbooks nationwide. Approximately 50 people attended the showing.
|Video Alert||'The Revisionaries'|
Watch segments from "The Revisionaries," sponsored by Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, on Tuesday evening in the Art and Anthropology Building. [video]
|There is something happening here...|
What it is ain't exactly clear – (but it was happening on Saturday afternoon). (photo by Wendel Sloan)
|You Never Know What Characters Will Show Up
(photos by Wendel Sloan)
|For the President's Student Advisory Council monthly meetings|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 507.705.5290.
Dr. Robin A. Wells has completed her two-year Fellow Leadership Training with ZERO TO THREE (Washington, DC). During her two-year training, Dr. Wells interviewed early care and education supervisors to determine how Early Childhood Education programs at New Mexico colleges and universities could better support Native American pre-service educators in their coursework.
Dr. Wells presented her findings at the 28th National Training Institute in San Antonio, TX on December 13. Dr. Wells was presented a plaque signifying her graduation as an Academy Fellow, joining 260 other ZERO TO THREE Academy members worldwide.
Dr. Donald C. Elder III, professor of history, just had a book review accepted for publication by the journal Civil War History. His review of Lowell Soike's Necessary Courage: Iowa's Underground Railroad in the Struggle against Slavery will appear in the journal's July issue.
Bryan Barnes has had a paper published in the International Journal of Academic Research. The title of his paper is "The Care and Education of Students with Cystic Fibrosis". The paper was part of the requirements for a course taught by Dr. Michael Shaughnessy.
In Memoriam – Former Employee
Anne Marilyn (Cocker) Trammell
"Anne died on her own terms, in her own home, without an excess of sentimentality." – Corvallis Gazette Times
Anne Marilyn (Cocker) Trammell, 82, of Philomath died of metastatic breast cancer on Dec. 25 in Philomath.
She was born in Colwyn, North Wales, United Kingdom, to Arnold Wilfred Cocker and Elsie Agnes (Tait) Cocker.
Anne Trammell, often described as a sweet lady, also was a fighter against injustice when the need arose.
She graduated from the University of North Wales at Bangor in 1954 with a Bachelor of Science degree in zoology and a Diploma in Education. She received her Master of Library Science degree from the University of Oregon in 1973.
She was scientifically-minded and detail-oriented, qualities she used in her work as a college librarian at Eastern New Mexico University and Oregon State University, and later as newsroom librarian at the Corvallis Gazette-Times until her retirement in 1996.
An avid storyteller, she especially enjoyed recounting her adventures as a child and young woman in her native Wales. Her love of singing grew out of the Welsh tradition for choirs and song.
She was physically active throughout her life and loved the out-of-doors, hiking trails in North and South America, and Europe.
She was an adventurer who married an American and began a new life with him in a country far away from her family.
She strongly advocated for her eldest daughter, who has a developmental disability, to have a safe and fulfilling life.
In recent years, she was a volunteer in the Foster Grandparents program, through which she worked as an assistant in the drama department at Philomath High School.
Anne died on her own terms, in her own home, without an excess of sentimentality. In keeping with her wish to support medical education and research, her body was donated to Western University of Health Sciences in Lebanon.
She was a member of First Christian Church in Corvallis, the Arc of Benton County, the Chemeketans of Salem, and the Marys Peak Chapter of the Sierra Club, and was a former member of the Mazamas. Her hobbies included mountain hiking and folk dancing.
She married Kenneth R. Trammell on May 30, 1959, in Old Colwyn, Wales. He preceded her in death after 51 years of marriage.
Survivors include daughters Anna Trammell of Corvallis and Marina Trammell of Los Angeles; sister Audrey Millichip of Trefin, South Wales, United Kingdom; and nephews Max Mulgrew of Birmingham, England, and Neil Mulgrew of Sutton Coldfield, England.