Band Students Play at Sidewalk Chalk Competition
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Option Coming to Freshman Seminar Course
story and student photos by Desiree M. Cooper
"The program helps young people identify what they want out of life." – Ronnie Birdsong
Freshman Seminar, a required course for first-time students at Eastern New Mexico University, will have an alternative this fall to the traditional sections.
The “Career Choices and Changes: Discover Who You Are, What You Want, and How to Get It” will be piloted in six to 10 sections. The remaining sections will receive an update with a new text, according to Cheryl Pachak-Brooks.
as looking at majors and career choices and several other topics,” said Ms. Brooks. 'The ‘Freshman Seminar Handbook’ which we have used for many years was written by ENMU faculty and has been updated periodically. While the information is still valid and well written, it is time for a change.”
A committee of UNIV 101 instructors met and reviewed around 10 textbooks and felt that “Step by Step to College and Career Success,” authored by John N. Gardner and Betsy O. Barefoot, was the best fit for ENMU, according to Ms. Brooks.
Dr. Gardner is the initiator and scholar of the American first-year reform movement. Dr. Barefoot is directly involved in the development of instruments and strategies to evaluate and improve the first college year. In addition, she conducts seminars on the first-year experience across the United States and in other countries and assists other colleges and universities in implementing and evaluating first-year programs. Both are affiliated with the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition at the University of South Carolina.
The program helps young people identify what they want out of life. Ronnie Birdsong, vice president for University Relations and Enrollment Services at ENMU, realizes the importance of this concept.
|Toni Sproule||Deonte Johnson||Jesse Harper|
Senior Toni Sproule, who took the UNIV 101 in fall 2011, said “I had a really good experience in Freshman Seminar. I learned a lot about the campus.”
When informed of the new focus of the course, Ms. Sproule liked the idea of switching things up.
“That’d be way better,” she said of the new material.
Psychology student Deonte Johnson, who took the course in 2003, agreed with Ms. Sproule.
“It helped me be familiar with the campus, but I think it would have been better if they had taught me about budgeting. It would have helped me a lot more,” he said.
Jesse Harper, a transfer who took UNIV 101 in Fall 2012, said “I think these changes will be good. It is a good idea to incorporate these things.”
HSI-STEM Students Receive 1st Place Awards at the
40th Annual Student Research Conference
By Robin May, HSI-STEM Lead Specialist
Photos by Robin May and Laurie Jacoby
Twenty-one past and present HSI STEM undergraduate researchers presented at ENMU’s 40th Annual Student Research Conference. We are very pleased with the quantity and quality of research topics the HSI-STEM students have brought forth this year. Several of our past and present student researchers received first place awards in their respective categories. We are thankful to have a fantastic group of undergraduate researchers and faculty advisors here at ENMU. Student success-that’s what it’s all about.
Pictured Jon Patman, Dr. Hamid Allamehzadeh (advisor) and Andrew Brunk
Jon Patman and Andrew Brunk received the 1st place award in Group 2, undergraduate posters in category of Math/CS/Technology/Business. Their research project was titled “Analysis and Design of PID Controller and its Application to Magnetic Levitation Systems” and their advisor is Dr. Hamid Allamehzadeh.
Pictured Dr. Manuel Varela and Merissa Bruns
Merissa Bruns won 1st place in Group 3, Mixed Posters graduate and undergraduate, category Biology/Agriculture. Merissa’s research project was titled “Use of Allium Sativum as a Modulator of MDR Efflux Pump in Vibrio Cholerae” and is co-authored by Prathusha Karkala, Indrika Ranweers, Jared Floyd and Robert Ponce. Their faculty advisor is Dr. Manuel Varela.
Photo of Miel Johnson by Laurie Jacoby
Miel Johnson won 1st place in mixed undergraduate and graduate presentations in Biology/Archaeology. Miel’s research project is titled “Questing Behavior Study of Unfed Rhipicephalus Sanguineus with Various Surface Options”. Miel’s faculty advisor is HSI STEM Project Director, Dr. Ken Cradock.
File photo of Tanaka Pfupajena by Robin May
Tanaka Pfupajena won the first place award in Physical Sciences A-Undergraduate, Physical Sciences. Tanaka’s research is titled “Complete Opening of Anodic Aluminum Oxide’s Barrier Layers for Template-based Synthesis of Nanowires”. Tanaka’s faculty advisor is Dr. Juchao Yan.
ENMU ZTAs to Host 2014 Glow Run/Walk and Bra Decorating Contest for Breast Cancer Education and Awareness
story by Desiree M. Cooper
Office of Communication Service
“Underneath all the pies, glowing and ribbons, it is about the charity and the heart of it.”- Marissa Mowrer
|ZTA members at last year's Glow Run
Zeta Tau Alpha’s (ZTA) Delta Pi chapter at Eastern New Mexico University is running at the opportunity to support Breast Cancer Education and Awareness by hosting the 2014 Glow Run/Walk at 8 p.m. on April 25. The event will begin at the Dallan Sanders Patio outside of the Campus Union Building and will take place around the Portales campus.
All proceeds from the seventh annual run go to Breast Cancer Education and Awareness, ZTA’s national philanthropy.
Registration is open to the public. The cost is $15 for students and $25 for non-students. Participants must register by April 8 to be guaranteed a free t-shirt at the race, but registration is open until the day of the event.
“I definitely think it will be a great event,” ZTA’s director of philanthropy, Marissa Mowrer, said. “Last year was a whole lot of fun; there will be more fun stuff near the end of the event this year.”
Last year’s run, which honored a ZTA alumna who survived breast cancer, had 200 participants and raised $2,500 for the philanthropy. Ms. Mowrer hopes to have 300 participants and raise $3,000 this year.
To help reach that goal, Campus Life director Draco Miller, Sheriff Darren Hooker and several ZTA members, have volunteered to have a pie thrown at their faces at the run if $3,000 or more is raised.
There will be glow sticks and pink items at the event. Water and granola bars will be provided.
|Participants at ZTA Glow Run 2013
Participants can bring babies in strollers and well-behaved dogs on leashes at no additional charge.
Awards will be given for Best Times, Most Think Pink Spirit, and Most Glow Spirit. An award for the best bra from the second annual bra decorating contest will also be given.
The ZTA bra decorating contest will take place from April 1-11 in the Campus Union Building. All campus organizations are encouraged to participate. There is no entry fee, but each organization must provide its own bra.
Judging will be from April 11-25. Donations for Breast Cancer Education and Awareness will be taken during this period to help choose the winning bra.
A team representative must be present to receive the best bra award at the Glow Run/Walk. The bras will be returned after the contest.
Ms. Mowrer, who believes the event will contribute to finding a cure for breast cancer, said “The Glow Run is one step toward that goal. I, and my sisters in ZTA, will keep raising money.
“Underneath all the pies, glowing and ribbons, it is about the charity and the heart of it,” she continued. “It is the fact we care about other women and don’t want to see them suffer anymore.”
Donations of glow items, granola bars, flashlights and items to raffle are being accepted. Monetary donations are also appreciated.
To register for the event, talk with any ZTA member or visit www.regonline.com/ztaglowrun5k.
For additional information, contact Ms. Mowrer at Marissa.Mowrer@enmu.edu.
|38th Annual Jack Williamson Lectureship
(photos by Wendel Sloan abd Desiree M. Cooper)
|Students Help Upward Bound with Animation Films
(photos provided by Greg Erf)
The Eastern Animation Shorts Team, a group of animation students, helped 25 Upward Bound students on Saturday make short animation films.
|Friday's Career Fair in Ballroom
(photos by Wendel Sloan)
|Motivational Speaker Jonathan Sprinkles Visits ENMU
|Eastern in Action Day
(photos by Desiree M. Cooper)
On Saturday ENMU students helped Portales residents with requested jobs around their yards and homes.
|ENMU Helps with Saturday's Sidewalk Chalk Competition
(photos by Wendel Sloan)
Dr. Mark Dal Porto, professor of music, was an invited guest composer for an SCI (Society of Composer’s Inc.) Conference held at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI, March 27-29, 2014. On March 29th, his choral work I Seek Rest for My Lonely Heart was performed by the Western Michigan University Collegiate Singers conducted by Dr. Kimberly Adams.
That same evening, the University of Mary Washington Philharmonic Orchestra in Fredericksburg, Virginia performed Dal Porto’s orchestral work Song of Eternity conducted by Dr. Kevin Bartram. As part of their Celebrity Series Concerts at the University of Mary Washington, the program also featured guest violinist Itzhak Perlman in a performance of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto.
On April 5th, there was a repeat performance of I Seek Rest for My Lonely Heart at Western Michigan University by the WMU Collegiate Singers.
Dr. Michael F. Shaughnessy and Dr. Susan Fulgham of Texas A & M have an article appearing in the latest issue of Educational Technology.
Kathleen Cooper, has an article appearing in the Journal of Education and Sociology. Her article is " Critical Thinking in Critical Care " and the paper was part of a requirement for a course taught by Dr. Shaughnessy in his Educational Psychology Course.
|Happiest 5K on the Planet|
Drs. Kathie Good, Laura Dawson and Kathleen Donalson participated in the Happiest 5K on the Planet on March 29 in Lubbock. The three professors work out three days a week together at 6 a.m. at the Max Pac. They decided to participate in a 5K together.
ENMU grad Ginger Garrett recently joined Ag New Mexico, Farm Credit Services, ACA as chief financial officer, bringing a wealth of accounting and management experience to the rural financing cooperative.
For the past nine years, Garrett was the chief financial officer at High Plains Federal Credit Union. Previously, she was an internal auditor for ENMR-Plateau, a telecommunications company. Early in her career, she was a farm and ranch analyst for New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Garrett holds a bachelor of business administration degree with a concentration in finance from the University of Houston, a bachelor of accountancy degree from New Mexico State University and a master of business administration degree from Eastern New Mexico University. She was reared north of Clovis on a small farm and ranch.
|Retired ENMU Professor Ron Fowler
Ronald Dean Fowler, age 72, died Saturday, March 29, 2014.
|(courtesy of Portales News-Tribune)|