Contact: Wendel Sloan at 575.562.2253
PORTALES—Eastern New Mexico University in Portales will honor five educators during the fourth annual ENMU Educators Hall of Honors Gala in the Campus Union Ballroom on Saturday, Oct. 8, during homecoming activities.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with dinner served at 7 p.m. There will also be musical entertainment.
Advance tickets for $15 can be ordered by calling the ENMU Foundation at 888-291-5524 or the College of Education and Technology at 575-562-2443.
Being honored are Don Wilson, Richard Walsh, Derry Moore, JoAnn Willoughby Hays and Barbara George.
Masters in Science 1973
Don Wilson's legacy is founded on his beliefs in the values of vocational education, community college accessibility, and his personal character. Spanning over 30 years, Mr. Wilson served as a high school vocational teacher, teacher educator at ENMU, State SkillsUSA director, and at New Mexico Junior College Dean of Business and Technology and Vice President for Instruction.
Upon his retirement he served as the CAO at North Central Texas College. Mr. Wilson is still influencing Eastern today as the career and technical curriculum is a progeny of his life's work.
Educational Specialist, 1977
Master of Arts, 1969
Bachelor in Business Administration, 1965
Richard Walsh served ENMU for 25 years and is one of the cornerstones for the culture of excellence the university enjoys today. He was selected twice for the Presidential Award for Professional Employees and served virtually every student affairs position in his tenure at Eastern.
Dr. Walsh also served South Plains College as Provost for another 14 years, marking his years as Chief Executive Officer and the development of the Byron Martin Advanced Technology Center as two of his finest accomplishments. Dr. Walsh left public and higher education better places to study and work and is in an elite group of educators who received their education at Eastern.
Derry W. Moore
Masters of Arts, 1965
Bachelor of Arts, 1958
Derry Moore's induction into the ENMU Educators Hall of Honor is the 13th professional honor since first receiving the Roswell School District Outstanding Young Educator Award in 1964. He has been recognized as an outstanding alumni, instructor, young man, young educator, youth service, service to youth, athletic director, inspirational awardee, educator of the year, and New Mexico Officials Association Hall of Famer.
"He is a man for all seasons who always goes the extra mile. Each position he ever held ended the same; he was irreplaceable for they could never find another Derry Moore," said Dr. Jerry Harmon, dean of the ENMU College of Education and Technology.
JoAnn Willoughby Hays
Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education, 1969
The path that JoAnn Hays took as an educator was surrounded by fellow teachers in her family from parents to siblings. She has numerous professional awards spanning 33 years between 1978 and 2002.
She has been selected as the Teacher of the Year in elementary, middle and high school levels. Mrs. Hays philosophy developed into a creed that states 1) learning is discovering the motivational factor, 2) enthusiasm is contagious, 3) enjoy students, listen, and laugh with them, 4) be kind and fair, 5) make your environment warm, 6) model a love for reading and learning, 7) be flexible and open, and 8) never, ever be boring.
Educational Specialist, 1981
Master of Science, 1971
Barbara George epitomizes the definition of an educator: one who gives intellectual and moral training…develops character and mental powers.
Ms. George is the only teacher at Portales High School or in this distinguished hall which has won two state tournament in athletics (Track and Field in 1964 and 1974) and academics (Mock Trial in 1991 and 1992). The traditional winding of the Maypole at PHS is still a living legacy that was initiated and thrives today due to Barbara George.