Portales, NM 88130
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Category: 28-A--Website edited by entrant
Statement About Monday Memo
The Monday Memo is the official weekly electronic newsletter for employees, students, alumni and friends of Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, New Mexico. It is also distributed to media who request it.
The purpose of the Monday Memo is to inform and entertain anyone with an interest in ENMU.
Each issue includes features about employees, students or alumni. The newsletter also makes generous use of large photographs of campus events and people.
One fairly unusual feature of the Monday Memo is the use of videos. These include everything from campus sporting events to concerts to student presentations, etc. This allows readers who were not able to attend events, including alumni who live far away, to experience the events.
The Monday Memo is produced by a very small staff of editor Wendel Sloan and two student assistants. It also accepts photographic and written submissions from other employees and students.
A few ago the Monday Memo was simply a photocopied, printed newsletter of dry announcements without photos or features. Since then, it has grown into a multimedia, electronic newsletter that the campus is proud of and looks forward to receiving each week.
The link to the Monday Memo is also posted on ENMU’s Facebook page so that thousands of alumni can access it.
The proof of the Monday Memo’s popularity is that the editor receives complaints if the email with the link to the latest issue is not sent out promptly to the campus by 10 a.m. each Monday.
Readers now also frequently submit story and photo ideas, as well as events they would like to see videotaped.
Producing the weekly issues is time-consuming and exhausting, but the reader response to the Monday Memo makes it worthwhile.
Category: 36-A--Radio Spot
"2013 ENMU Spring Radio"
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|spring 2014 radio spot|
Statement About Radio Spot
This radio spot for eastern New Mexico University was written by Wendel Sloan and recorded by KZOR Radio in Hobbs, N.M.
In the past we had used the Hobbs newspaper, several hours from our campus in Portales, to advertise registration for new semesters. We were not pleased with the results, so decided to try a different approach.
The family of stations associated with KZOR covers a range of approximately 50 miles, and for the same money we previously spent on newspaper advertising we were able to saturate many neighboring towns with our message about our online programs.
Our registration office reports that our registrations for online programs in Hobbs and the surrounding area is up dramatically. Our drop and add period is still underway as of this writing, so final figures are not yet available.
With this success, we plan on focusing more of our resources in the future to running radio spots.
Category 27--Writing for the Web
Portales Couple Finds 1969 High
School Ring from Pennsylvania in Yard
story and photos by Wendel Sloan
ENMU Communication Services
|Elaine and Roland Erwin with Ring They Found While Raking Leaves|
A Portales couple has found a 1969 high school ring from Pennsylvania in their front yard.
Roland and Elaine Erwin, who live in the 1400 block of S. Ave. E in Portales, recently found the ring from Norristown High School in Pennsylvania while raking leaves.
“I saw something shiny, and wondered what it was,” said Roland, 82. “I was surprised when it turned out to be a ring.”
The Erwins live in a house that formerly belonged to the Phi Kappa Phi fraternity at Eastern New Mexico University.
Suspecting that the ring, engraved with the initials RGH, might belong to a former fraternity member, they contacted ENMU for help.
Using the RGH initials and Norristown, ENMU discovered that Richard George Holloway from Norristown graduated from ENMU in May of 1973 with majors in history and anthropology and a minor in anthropology.
Elaine’s first husband was electrocuted at 28 when part of a pump he was working on at the Portales Cemetery came into contact with a power line, leaving her with three young children. Roland’s first wife was 27 when she was killed one year later in an automobile accident in Portales one-half mile from where Elaine’s husband had been killed. The Erwins had a daughter,
and adopted a grandson—raising five children.
Holloway is now a lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.
“The ring is in very good shape, including the engraving,” said Elaine, 79, who graduated from ENMU in 1968 with degrees in education and religion, and taught for four years in Portales before becoming a full-time mother. “We thought whoever lost it would sure love to find it.”
Roland retired from ENMU in 1987 after working for the Physical Plant where he ran the automotive shop. He also worked in repairs for KENW-TV, ENMU’s PBS station.
After ENMU contacted Mr. Holloway and sent him a photo of the ring, he emailed back, “From the picture, this must be my ring. I used to live in the area around 14th Street. This is a surprise as I really don't recall losing it. I guess there are some things we don't recall.”
Mr. Holloway added, “I would very much like to thank the people who found it.”
ENMU has mailed the ring to Mr. Holloway.
|Statement About Category 27: Writing for the Web|
The article about the Portales, N.M., couple who found a 1969 Pennyslvania high school ring in their yard while raking leaves in 2013 was originally written for and published in the Monday Memo, the weekly electronic newsletter for Eastern New Mexico University.
It was later sent out as a news release and picked up by the Associated Press. It was used by a number of print and broadcast media, including in the hometown of the man who had lost the ring.
ENMU's alumni magazine, The Green and Silver, has also requested permission to run it in the next issue.
When the article was linked to on ENMU's Facebook page, it generated numerous comments from alumni recalling their good memories of their time at ENMU.
The elderly couple was thrilled when the article was featured in the local town newspaper.