|Zias vs. Western New Mexico University||
Watch the last few minutes of the Zias' heartbreaking loss to Western New Mexico University, 68-65, on a long three-pointer at the buzzer. – [video] (video by Wendel Sloan)
|ENMU Gone Wild
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ENMU Graduate Helps Portales MainStreet Grow
by Desiree M. Cooper
"I want to bridge the gap between students at ENMU and Portales MainStreet.” – Debralynn Soza
|Debralynn Soza (photo by Desiree M. Cooper)|
Debralynn Soza may be young, but that hasn’t stopped her from making a difference in Portales.
The executive director of Portales MainStreet graduated with a bachelor’s in communication with an emphasis in public relations from Eastern New Mexico University in May 2011.
“I believe in keeping busy,” Ms. Soza said.
Her duties include planning events, managing the Yam Theatre, overseeing Portales MainStreet Program and attending meetings with the Portales MainStreet Board.
Ms. Soza said the purpose of Portales Mainstreet, a non-profit organization, is to focus on promoting the revitalization of downtown Portales through business promotion, infill development, streetscape, facade design, and amazing experiences and events.”
Ms. Soza anticipates ENMU will play a large role in the program. She has been inviting organizations on campus, including Greek life, and the communication and art departments to participate in upcoming events.
She wants every group at Eastern to feel like they can be involved. “I’ll give anyone a chance. I want to bridge the gap between students at ENMU and Portales MainStreet,” she said.
|Debralynn's son, Nathaniel, with flower for mom|
Ms. Soza encourages organizations to approach her if they are interested in taking part in the program’s upcoming activities, including a metal-core performance by the band Amy’s Not Breathing or any of the concerts put on for the Yam Music Series (which is every third Thursday of the month) and a potential New Year Eve’s Ball Drop.
“I have an open-door policy,” said Ms. Soza, whose office is located upstairs in the Yam Theatre.
Ms. Soza, who is from Roswell, is planning to create internship opportunities for ENMU students.
“Eventually, I believe there will be a full-blown internship as a work study or student hire,” she explained. “Right now I can only provide volunteer opportunities, but I'm working with students so they can earn practicum credit.”
She continued, “I’m trying to help students build their resumes and gain credibility and experience.”
|Chi Omega Sisterhood of the Traveling Evening Wear|
Ms. Soza built her own resume while attending ENMU by working for four years as a switchboard operator at the information desk in the Administration Building, being the recruitment chair of Chi Omega Theta Zeta Women’s Fraternity, and being the entertainment co coordinator for the Associated Students Activity Board. She also volunteered for the Hispanic Youth Institute in Albuquerque.
Nathaniel, Ms. Soza’s three-year-old son, attends ENMU’s Child Development Center.
|Debralynn, with Nathaniel, at ENMU Graduation|
“He’s why I do everything,” she said.
When she isn’t busy overseeing the Yam Theatre, planning events, or helping out local businesses, Ms. Soza likes to run and take road trips.
“It makes things interesting,” she said of traveling around the state. “I love New Mexico; I love this area.”
To learn more about Portales Mainstreet, follow @PortalesMainSt on Twitter, @PortalesMainStreet on Instagram, and Portales MainStreet Program on Facebook.
To contact Ms. Soza, email email@example.com or call 575.607.9261.
Fishing for Success: ENMU Welcomes HR Manager
by Desiree M. Cooper
“I want to go fishing. It has been awhile.” – Dean Garcia
Dean Garcia, manager of Human Resources and Payroll Services at Eastern New Mexico University, does more than crunch numbers.
The new hire, who began working on Nov. 11, enjoys golf, basketball, fishing and camping.
Mr. Garcia plans to spend his spring break at Ute Lake near his hometown of Tucumcari.
“I want to go fishing. It has been awhile,” the only child said.
Mr. Garcia’s mother works as a truck driver for a construction company and his father is retired Air Force.
His aunt and uncle live in Portales. This gave him a reason to visit the town when he was growing up.
“I used to come visit my aunt and uncle all the time. I like the small town-feel; slow paced and not a lot of traffic,” he said.
Mr. Garcia, who was born in Grants, earned his associate’s degree from Mesalands Community College in Tucumcari in business. The die-hard New York Mets fan graduated from ENMU two years ago with a bachelor’s in sociology and a minor in business.
|Dean with Mr. Met at Citi Field in New York City|
Before returning to ENMU, Mr. Garcia worked at Mesalands as personnel director.
“I enjoy working on tax payments because I’m good with numbers. I’m a numbers person,” Mr. Garcia said of his favorite part of his new job.
Besides tax payments, he also handles payroll for the Portales campus’ faculty and professional staff, takes care of grievances and complaints, and works on insurance payments.
Mr. Garcia urges faculty, staff and students to visit his office if they are having any issues or questions.
“They are always welcome to come in and ask about pay and benefits. Students are welcome to learn about pay too,” he said. “Since many students get their first jobs in college, we’ll explain it to them. I’m happy to help them fill out forms.”
Mr. Garcia would like to get a master’s in employment law so that he can help people deal with those laws.
Until then, Mr. Garcia is enjoying his time at ENMU.
“I like it a lot. I like everyone I work with. I really enjoy it.”
To contact Mr. Garcia about payroll questions, call 575.562.2319 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Students' Spring Break Plans Varied
photos and copy by Desiree M. Cooper
Jake Wright, senior from Artesia, is going to South Padre Island with a group of 14 people.
This is the criminal justice major’s fourth time going to the island during spring break.
“We are going to Coca Cola beach; it is basically a big beach party with 20,000 people,” he said. “I can’t wait.”
Renee Gantert, a recent ENMU graduate with a bachelor’s in history, is going to visit her grandmother in Belen.
Ms. Gantert, who is taking leveling courses for a master’s at the university this semester, is also planning her wedding.
“I’m going to visit different vendors and DJs in the Albuquerque area. The wedding is in August,” she explained.
John Laun also plans to return to his hometown of Albuquerque.
“I get to see my friends from UNM. One of my friends is coming back from their university in New York,” the freshman said.
The music education major, who may visit a friend in Grants to go hiking, plans on traveling farther for future spring breaks.
“I want to take a college road trip,” he said.
Elaina Nolan, a freshman, already took her spring break trip. The education major went to Disney World last week.
“I went to all the parks and rode a bunch of roller coasters,” Ms. Nolan said of her exciting trip. “You almost need a vacation from your vacation; I’m so exhausted.”
She is going back to Roswell during the break to work on a research paper due at the end of the month.
Logan Hays, majoring in music education and performance and minoring in composition, is taking two adventures during his break.
The freshman and his girlfriend, ENMU student Alex L’Esperance, are going to Dyersburg and Newbern in Tennessee to visit his family.
“I’m excited to see my second cousins because they are so adorable,” he said.
For the second half of spring break, the duo is going to the Village Inn in Albuquerque.
The restaurant will be celebrating International Pie Day on March 14, which is Ms. L’Esperance’s birthday. They will receive free pie for the special occasion.
Freshman Ashlyn Castoe plans to work and do homework over the break.
The political science major, who works at the front desk in the Campus Union Building, might go out of town for a weekend.
Ms. Castoe, from Volcano, Calif., said “I will be writing many essays and doing a lot of homework.”
|Up Till Dawn Raises $13,474 (so far)
(photos by ASAB)
Up Till Dawn, sponsored by ASAB, last weekend in Greyhound Arena has raised $13,474 so far for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.
|ENMU Natural History Museum and Miles
Mineral Museum in Roosevelt Hall
Warning: snakes in next four photos – to skip them, click on "Employee Briefs" in table of contents.
|Students Study for Midterms
|Student/Reporter Hosts Oscar Party|
(L-R) Christina Calloway, ENMU student and senior writer for the Portales News-Tribune, and her friend Lillie hosted a "Fabulous Oscar Party Watch" at her Portales house on Sunday night, complete with red carpet. A number of celebrities, including Chef Juandel and Tiara Terri, were in attendance.
(photo by Wendel Sloan)
Dr. Romelia Hurtado de Vivas, associate professor from the Education Department, presented at the Annual Reading Conference in Albuquerque: "Challenges and Strategies for English Language Learners in Content Area Instruction"
Dr. Tracy Carr, associate professor of music, had her article titled Joys, Challenges, and Strategies for Teaching Oboe and Bassoon Students published in the Winter 2014 issue of the NACWPI (National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors) Journal.
Brian Uerling, music teacher at Ranchvale Elementary School, has been elected President of the New Mexico Music Educators Association (NMMEA). Mr. Uerling will begin his two-year term in January 2015 following NMMEA's AllState Music Festival and In Service Conference. Mr. Uerling is the first elementary music teacher elected to serve as President of the Association.
Mr. Uerling holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music History and Business from Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska and a Master of Music in Music Education from Eastern New Mexico University.
Aside from teaching music at Ranchvale Elementary, Mr. Uerling has previously served Clovis Schools as the choir director at Gattis Junior High and Clovis High School.
Dr. Michael F. Shaughnessy has been asked to serve as a reviewer for the Israel Science Foundation (ISF). This appointment becomes effective immediately.
Accepted for Publication – Journal of Medical Microbiology paper JMM/2014/073072: Detection of Benzalkonium Chloride Resistance in Community Environmental Isolates of Staphylococci: Guixin He, Michael Landry, Huizhong Chen, Conner Thorpe, Dennis Walsh, Manuel F. Varela, and Hongmiao Pan.
Dr. Mark Dal Porto, professor of music, was an invited guest composer for the 2014 American Masters Concert with the Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony Orchestra in Hamilton, Ohio. While there, Dal Porto’s orchestral work Song of Eternity was performed on February 22nd at the New Life Vineyard with James Ledbetter conducting.
Mark Dal Porto and conductor James Ledbetter shake hands after a performance of Song of Eternity by the Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony.
|Internal Research Grant Recipients for 2013-14
(New Applications Being Accepted for 2014-15)
|Published Science Fiction Stories|
(courtesy of Hobbs News-Sun)