Contact: Wendel Sloan at 505.562.2253
Reporter: Colleen Wright
PORTALES –Those who have watched Eastern New Mexico University's Scene 3 News on KENW-TV, Eastern's public broadcasting station, may be familiar with the face of weatherwoman Kimberly Hanna.
The freshman says that she chose ENMU because it was close to her hometown of Amarillo, but far enough away for her to live on her own. What appealed to her was Eastern's "cozy" atmosphere.
"I applied to many colleges, but the minute I visited Eastern it was obvious this is where I belonged." Kimberly says. "I love the small-college atmosphere; the college is like a small city within a little town."
Getting involved has been a big part of Kimberly's success at ENMU. She is a pledge of the Chi Omega women's fraternity, was the campus weatherwoman, is very involved with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program in Clovis; is trying out to be the new anchor on the five o'clock news, and is in the process of joining Eastern's community service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega.
Broadcast journalism is Kimberly's major, though she is debating on adding an additional major. Her dream is to become a television anchor. She is aware she will have to move different places to achieve her goal "ENMU has a wonderful broadcasting department; it has given me a lot of opportunities to get experience within my field."
"I was very involved in high school," Kimberly says. "When I came to college I wanted to meet new people and keep being involved; these organizations helped me do it."
According to Kimberly, ENMU has proven to be very open-minded and welcoming to people of all races.
"African-American Affairs has really made an effort to make sure I feel comfortable and at home on Eastern's campus. They are trying to bring an African-American fraternity and sorority on campus," Kimberly says. "I think this is a great idea for helping people become more involved with campus activities."
When Kimberly has a moment to relax from school and her many activities, she can usually be found reading a book or enjoying a movie with friends. She says she has found Eastern to be the perfect place to enjoy such activities in a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere.
Kimberly Hanna – The freshman broadcasting major from Amarillo says that Eastern has been very supportive in helping her work toward her goals.
(photo by Richard Salas)
Preparing Story for Broadcast – Kimberly prepares a story for broadcast during the "Holiday Carol of Lights" on the ENMU campus in December.
(photo by Wendel Sloan)