Business of the Year – Sievers Sports Medicine
For more than two decades, Dr. Joel Sievers and Sievers Sports Medicine have provided care for Eastern New Mexico University athletes, working closely with the training staff at ENMU. As the school's "team doctor," Dr. Sievers has missed just four football games in 21 seasons.
He has also been present for numerous basketball and soccer matches in that time, both due to his profession and because his daughters Jenna (BS 17) and Jaci Sievers (BA 20) both played for Eastern women's soccer teams. Additionally, Sievers Sports Medicine provides training and medical services for Portales and Clovis high schools, keeping Dr. Sievers busy every school year.
As a former All-American pole vaulter, Dr. Sievers volunteers his time to coach pole vaulters at ENMU, Portales, and Clovis high schools and is proud that Portales and Clovis athletes have earned 15 state titles in the event in the past nine years.
When Dr. Sievers first began his association with ENMU, he was making a regular commute from Amarillo before moving to Portales for what he thought would be a four-or-five year period. More than 20 years later, he's still here and still serving athletes on the high plains of eastern New Mexico.
For his efforts, Dr. Sievers was inducted into the ENMU Athletics Hall of Honors in 2015 and is looking forward to several more years serving Eastern athletes.
Philanthropists of the Year – Bill and Marilyn Joy (posthumously)
Bill Joy (MS 70) and his wife Marilyn created a lasting legacy of service to the university and community they loved. And included ENMU as a beneficiary in their estate.
Bill Joy started his years at ENMU in 1966 as the Head Athletic Trainer and Equipment Manager. Bill also taught physical education classes to ENMU students. At the same time, he continued to be the Head Athletic Trainer until he retired in 1991 as assistant professor emeritus of Health and Physical Education.
Marilyn Joy was an expert seamstress who made gowns and wedding dresses for women. Her expert sewing skills made women look amazing in their new garments.
For his years of service, he was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Honors in 1991, received the Volunteer of the Year Award in 2006, and the Distinguished Emeritus Faculty Award in 2008.
After retirement, Bill and Marilyn continued to support ENMU and ENMU students. Bill was always at the football games with his loud air horn. As a volunteer, Bill prepared the beef for 41 years for the annual ENMU Foundation Burying of the Beef.
The couple generously supported ENMU programs and scholarships. They established the Myrtle Joy Sports Medicine Scholarship in memory of Bill's mother. They donated to Greyhound Club, Football, general scholarships, and unrestricted support and made a significant gift to help build the new Greyhound Stadium.
They supported ENMU even in their estate plans by making ENMU a beneficiary of an insurance policy. This legacy gift established the new Bill Joy Scholarship for Student Athletes totaling over $147,000.
Volunteers of the Year – Megan Hamilton and Cassidy Self
Megan Hamilton (BS 05) and Cassidy Self (BBA 07) assisted alumna Dr. Gay Su Pinnell (BA 66) of Columbus, Ohio, who purchased the Casa Del Sol in 2017 and worked to renovate the John Gaw Meem designed home into an ENMU event center with guest apartments for dignitaries. That facility was dedicated in May.
Additionally, ENMU asked the sisters to design the new floor plan and interior for the Presidential Home, which needed repairs and updating. The University is excited to showcase the renovated property at annual picnics and gatherings at the home.
In 2018, the sisters opened the doors to Enchantment Vineyard's wine tasting room. Enchantment Vineyard produces world-class wines and has won numerous awards. They worked with ENMU to produce Eastern Sunset red wine. Sales benefit ENMU Foundation scholarships.
In addition to her entrepreneurial pursuits, Megan serves as the Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation vice president and is an honorary base commander at Cannon Air Force Base. The sisters are generous donors and supporters of many school and community events and programs.