Thanks to a generous donation from ENMU alumna Dr. Gay Su Pinnell (BA 66) of Dublin, Ohio, Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) officially dedicated the new Casa Del Sol Event Facility on Friday, May 20, 2022.
The ENMU alumna who grew up in Portales and became a world-renowned early childhood literacy education expert purchased the property at 1401 West 17th St. in Portales in October 2017. Dr. Pinnell fell in love with the adobe-style home built in 1948 designed by famous Santa Fe architect John Gaw Meem and known in the community as Casa del Sol (House of the Sun), located south of the ENMU Vetville Tennis Courts.
This isn't the first transformational gift this alumna has made to give back to ENMU. In 2021, she donated $1 million for ENMU to expand a coteaching initiative with the Portales Municipal School District. In 2017, Dr. Pinnell's grant of $310,000 to the ENMU Child Development Center (Portales campus) expanded services to include a new two-year-old pre-school, enhancing the Birth to Pre-Kindergarten students' hands-on learning, and hundreds of new books and materials for the early childhood literacy library.