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Carla Benavidez Carla Benavidez

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Name:   Carla Benavidez, Accountant, KENW Host

ENMU Role:  Staff/ Mentor

ENMU Email:   carla.benavidez@enmu.edu

Preferred method of contact:  Email

Office Phone:  575-562-2191

Office Location:    Communication Building, Room 134

Cultural Background:  Mexican-American

Other Languages:  Spanish

  • Education:   Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration emphasis in Accounting; Masters in Business Administration (in progress)
  • Additional Information:  KENW Broadcast Center, Host of local production "Cultura"
  • One challenge I experienced in college was asking for help when I needed it. Community is the key to success and I found that having a great support system, and with encouraging friends and family, success is achievable!
  • I am a Greyhound Connection Mentor because students are the "why" of why Eastern New Mexico University exists. I want to be part of helping students be successful and find their passion.

 


Dr. Patrice Caldwell Dr. Patrice Caldwell

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Name:   Dr. Patrice Caldwell, Vice President; Planning and Analysis, and Government Relations

ENMU Role:  Staff/ Mentor

ENMU Email:  patrice.caldwell@enmu.edu

Preferred method of contact:  Email

Office Phone:  575-562-2315

Office Location:   Administration, Room 204

Home Town:   Los Angeles, CA

  • Education:   B.A., University of Southern California; M.A.; PhD, UCLA
  • Additional Information:  I came to ENMU as a faculty member in 1980!  For years, I taught writing and literature classes, and occasionally Science Fiction, Victorian Literature, Freshmen Seminar and Women's Studies. Then, I went over to the "dark side" (administration!). I love fine arts events, and I speak football.
  • One challenge I experienced in college:  I was sure I was the least prepared person in the class. It turned out that the faculty didn't expect you to be prepared. They expected you to be open-minded, ready to learn and to let them help.  I loved being in college.  I could feel my mind growing every day.  I still feel that at ENMU.
  • I am a Greyhound Connection Mentor because Freshmen are the heart of a university. They are by turns lively and  comatose, worried and carefree,  tragic and fun all in the same day. They ask questions all the time. Any chance I have to be around them, I am going to be there!

 


Dr. Tracie Campbell Dr. Tracie Campbell

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Name:  Dr. Tracie Campbell, Instructional Designer

ENMU Role:  Staff / Mentor

ENMU Email:      tracie.campbell@enmu.edu

Preferred method of contact:  Email     

Office Phone:   575-562-2347

Office Location:  GSSC, Room 221

Home Town:  Lovington, NM, but I've lived around the world.                                                

  • Education:  BA English/Technical Communications from Texas Tech University, MA Education from ENMU, Ed.D. Education from Argosy University
  • Additional Information:  I also teach an online course for the CET graduate program.
  • One challenge I experienced in college was when I transferred from New Mexico Junior College to Texas Tech University, I chose to live off-campus and had no friends. It was a very depressing semester for me. My grades suffered, in addition to my mental health. My second semester I moved into the dorms on campus and got involved in dorm activities. Everything changed (including my major) and the remainder of my undergraduate program was much happier, since I had friends and support.
  • I am a Greyhound Connection Mentor because I believe that anyone can succeed when they have the tools and support they need.


 


Rey Coss Rey Coss

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Name:   Rey Coss, Director of Campus Life

ENMU Role:  Staff/ Mentor

ENMU Email:  reydecel.coss@enmu.edu

Preferred method of contact:  Email

Office Phone:  575-562-2108

Office Location:    Campus Union Building (CUB), Room 104

Hometown:   Portales, NM

Cultural Background:  Hispanic

Other Languages:  Spanish

  • Education:  Bachelors of Agricultural Science, Bachelors of Spanish, Masters of Education
  • Additional Information:   ENMU Greek Advisor, ASAB Advisor, Safe Ride Advisor, First Year Seminar Instructor
  • One challenge I experienced in college was being a first-generation college student and, in my family, the first to graduate from high school.
    • The transition from high school to college was not smooth. I did not have a support system at home that understood the experience of college life.
    • Luckily, for me, I had an army of faculty and staff here at ENMU that helped me through my ups and downs.
  • I am a Greyhound Connection Mentor because students should not face college challenges alone.  They should have a mentor who experienced the same challenges they are facing in their lives.
    • I want to do my part as a proud alumnus and help those students that face the same challenges that I did. 

 

 


John Crates John Crates

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Name:  John Crates

ENMU Role:  Staff/ Mentor

ENMU Email:   john.crates@enmu.edu

Preferred method of contact:  Email

Office Phone:  575-562-2122

Office Location:    Administration Building, Room 205

Cultural Background:  Germany, Irish, Norwegian, and English

  • Education:    Bachelors in Business Adminstration with an applied emphasis in Economics and Finance.  Minor in Accounting.
  • One challenge I experienced in college:   Studying wasn't a struggle for me, but I had a hard time finding friends to associate with, which made it very difficult to enjoy school.
  • I am a Greyhound Connection Mentor because I want to try and help make college a fun and rewarding experience.  I know how hard it can be to fit in and make new friends.

 


Brandon Flen Brandon Flen

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Name:  Brandon Flen, Systems Operation Specialist II

ENMU Role:  Staff / Mentor

ENMU Email:  brandon.flen@enmu.edu

Preferred method of contact:  Email

Office Phone:  575-562-2682

Office Location:   UCC, Room 206

  • Education:  ENMU Bachelor of University Studies, Comptia A+
  • Additional Information:  Install, manage, and maintain enterprise physical and virtual servers, operating systems, and applications here at ENMU.  I also currently serve in the New Mexico National Guard as a 91B (Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic).
  • One challenge I experienced in college was going to class regularly. I would get behind in a class and then decide to just stop going, as it would've been difficult to catch up. These decisions greatly delayed getting my degree. It would have been much easier to go to class in the first place.
  • I am a Greyhound Connection Mentor because I would like to be available to support students in order to help them avoid the same mistakes I made during college.

Coach Jon Fridal Coach Jon Fridal

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Name:  Jonathan Fridal, Men's Soccer, Head Coach

ENMU Role:  Staff/ Mentor

ENMU Email: jon.fridal@enmu.edu

Preferred method of contact:  Email

Office Phone:  575-562-2759

Office Location:   Greyhound Arena (GA), Room 26

Home Town:  Cedar Rapids, Iowa

  • Education:  Bachelors in Kinesiology, Emphasis in Exercise Sciences, Minor in Management; Wester Illinois University
  • Additional Information:  I teach an elective Soccer class in spring semester.
  • One challenge I experienced in college was learning how to manage my time and stay organized, so that I could be successful.
  • I am a Greyhound Connection Mentor because I want to make sure everyone who comes to ENMU adjusts well and gets the most out of their experience.  GO Greyhounds!

 


Wendy Gillman Wendy Gillman

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Name:   Wendy Gillman, Career Outreach Counselor

ENMU Role:  Staff / Mentor

ENMU Email:   wendy.gillman@enmu.edu

Preferred method of contact:  Phone

Office Phone:  575-562-2457

Office Location:    SAS 232

Home Town:  Lancaster, PA

  • Education:   Master's of Science in Counseling- track- College Student Personnel- and 200 hour RYT Certified Yoga Instructor
  • Additional Information:  I am new to ENMU and New Mexico. I am just beginning to get involved locally. I plan to teach yoga on campus or at Clovis 575 Yoga studio.
    • I am starting to get involved with supporting the local United Way and also Labor of Love animal rescue.
  • One challenge that I experienced in college was choosing a major and career path. This is big part of why I love Career Services and supporting students throughout their journey here. I changed my major on paper three times and about five times in my head.
    • I ended up with an undergraduate degree of public relations and a minor in business. This speaks to my entrepreneurial spirit and desire to market new ideas, businesses and events.
    • Later, I decided that Counseling within colleges would be a good fit and I went on to a Masters. I also had a difficult time with feeling comfortable reaching out to faculty for questions, especially if they appeared old school. I ended up getting over it and really enjoying connecting with faculty. But, this can be daunting to all students.
  • I am Greyhound Connection mentor because if there is anything that I can do to support students with their college journey, I want to be available to offer an open, friendly and confidential support to any student.
    • It is a special time in life that allows for personal growth and independent thinking and can also create growing pains.
    • I want to assure students that it is normal to have some struggles whether academically, emotionally or socially, in college. Yet, with some support and discipline, the outcome will be worth it.

 


Benito Gonzales Benito Gonzales

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Name:   Benito Gonzales, ENMU System Director of Human Resources

ENMU Role:  Staff/ Mentor

ENMU Email:  benito.gonzales@enmu.edu

Preferred method of contact:  Email

Office Phone:  575-562-2991

Office Location:   Administration, Room 113

Home Town:   Farmington, NM

Cultural Background:  Hispanic

  • Education:   BBA, ENMU; MBA TUI University
  • Additional Information: 
    • ROLES: Title IX Coordinator; Board Member, Eastern New Mexico Workforce Development Board
    • INTERESTS: I enjoy anything outdoors (camping, fishing, hunting, quads, etc.), riding my motorcycle, coaching my kids sports teams, and watching sports on TV and ENMU teams live. I am an Iraq war veteran and served as a Sergeant in the US Army from 2004 to 2008.
  • One challenge I experienced in college:  I had a hard time making ends meet as a first-generation college student. I really had to find ways to stay in school, which included having several jobs. My parents weren't able to financially help me in any way, but I made it through with a lot of hard work.
  • I am a Greyhound Connection Mentor because I want to be a resource to students and help them achieve their goals while at ENMU.

 


John Houser John Houser

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Name:  John Houser , Assistant Vice President Marketing and Communications

ENMU Role:  Staff / Mentor

ENMU Email:  john.houser@enmu.edu

Preferred method of contact:  Email

Office Phone:  575-562-2123

Office Location:   Admin, Room 218

Home Town:  Cleveland, Ohio

  • Education:  Bachelor's of Science in Education, Emphasis in Sports Management, Minor in Marketing, Master's of Arts with Emphasis in Sports Management
  • Additional Information:  I oversee all marketing, advertising, and logo branding on campus. I work hand in hand with departments all over campus to promote ENMU. I also oversee the office of Communication Services which includes our Social Media, Media Relations, Graphic Design, MyENMU Portal, and Website. I also manage duplicating services.
  • One challenge I experienced in college was adjusting to life in college. I had a lot of different twists and turns my Freshman year, from making friends to changing majors several times, to experiencing being on my own for the first time.
  • I am a Greyhound Connection Mentor because I want to help students reach their goals of getting a degree from Eastern New Mexico University.  My wife holds two degrees from ENMU and we have seen the success she has had from obtaining these degrees and we want to encourage students to be successful.

Crystal Jacobson Crystal Jacobson

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Name:   Crystal Jacobson, Administrative Assistant, Department of Art

ENMU Role:  Staff/ Mentor

ENMU Email:   crystal.jacobson@enmu.edu

Preferred method of contact:  Email

Office Phone:  575-562-2778

Office Location:    Art and Anthropology Building, Office 111

Home Town:   My hometown is Dawsonville, Georgia, a small town in the mountains of North Georgia. However, my time in the Air Force as a Security Forces member sent me to San Antonio, Texas then Minot, North Dakota. I have lived in Portales for 6 years and love the sense of community present here.

  • Education:   Bachelors Degree in University Studies from ENMU, Associates in Communications, several credits toward English, Sociology, and Special Education. 
    • Also, I am working towards my Masters in Communications.
  • Additional Information:  I was adopted at the age of 15 and also grew up in foster care.
    • I joined the Air Force at the age of 19 as a Security Forces member.
    • Before becoming Administrative Assistant in the ENMU Art Department, I worked in Portales Schools as an educational aide. 
    • When I attended ENMU as an undergraduate, I also served as Vice President and President of the Criminal Justice League.
  • One challenge I experienced in college was being a nontraditional college student.  My husband was deployed and I cared for our 2 children, worked and attended college courses.
    • I struggled initially with learning to balance everything.
    • Asking for help presented a challenge to me (Math and I are not copacetic), but once I asked for help I felt like I even learned a thing or two.
  • I am a Greyhound Connection Mentor because I want to help freshmen navigate through the challenges they may be faced with, assist them in learning how to balance it all, and help them become familiar with responsibility and accountability.
    • I want to be able to help those students who may not be sure what they want to do, those traditional and nontraditional students, and those who may need help balancing it all.
    • I am here to be a resource and help in any way possible or connect freshmen with those resources they need.  I am looking forward to meeting students and helping them become their own definition of success, happiness, and witness them thriving while navigating seamlessly through college life.

 


Dolores Jones Dolores Jones

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Name:  Dolores Jones, Administrative Assistant (Multicultural Affairs/ENMU Tutoring)

ENMU Role:  Staff / Mentor

ENMU Email:  dolores.jones@enmu.edu

Preferred method of contact:  Email

Office Phone:  575-562-2286

Office Location:   GSSC, Room 118

Home Town:  Portales, NM

  • Education:  Associates Degree in 2018 from Eastern New Mexico University.  Will complete Bachelors Degree in 2020.
  • Additional Information:  If a student is struggling in a class(s), I can help with setting up tutoring appointments/mentoring. 
    • I also work for Multicultural Affairs which holds events/presentations each semester. The student can attend these events with me or on their own, up to the student.
    • I love to attend ENMU/PHS sport events and take brisk walks on my time off, as a stress-reliever.
  • One challenge I experienced in college was attending college as a Non-Traditional Student. 
    • Being in a classroom as the oldest person in the class was quite intimidating at first. 
    • I have noticed, because I am an older student, I ask more questions in the class which helps other students to participate.
  • I am a Greyhound Connection Mentor because I have been employed with ENMU since 2001 and I see students come and go. I see students that are outgoing and some that are a little more reserved. 
    • I love to be the person that can help a student "come out of their shell" and be the best they can be!

Luli Lopez Luli Lopez

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Name:   Luli Lopez, Post Office Manager

ENMU Role:  Staff/ Mentor

ENMU Email:   reyna.lopez@enmu.edu

Preferred method of contact:  Email

Office Phone:  575-562-2926

Office Location:    Lea Hall, Room 151

Home Town:   Dora, New Mexico

Cultural Background:  Mexican-American

Other Languages:  Spanish

  • Education:   I currently hold a license in Emergency Medicine and am working towards getting my bachelors in University Studies.
  • Additional Information:  I am a volunteer EMT-B/Firefighter in a small town called Causey.
  • One challenge I experienced in college was being a non-traditional student with a small kid at home.  I wish I had someone to just talk to when I first came here.  If I had that, I would probably have stuck with it and completed my degree years ago.
  • I am a Greyhound Connection Mentor because I want to be that person you can talk to about anything.  I want to help you and make a difference in your education at ENM, by getting you the help you need.  If I can't provide it, I will do my best to find someone who can.

 


Judith Piepkorn Judith Piepkorn

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Name:   Judith Piepkorn, Instructor of Nursing

ENMU Role:  Staff / Mentor

ENMU Email:  judith.piepkorn@enmu.edu

Preferred method of contact:  Email

Office Phone:  575-562-4285

Office Location:   College of Business, Room 174

Home Town:   Portales, NM

Cultural Background:  German

  • Education:   MSN in Nursing Education 
  • Additional Information: 
    • University Technology Committee
    • ENMU Women
    • Supporting the Nursing Department Programs: Nursing Advisory Council, Recruiting, assisting colleagues with a research project, assisting a colleague with presentation of a workshop on "The Brain."
    • Pinning Ceremonies for our BSN and MSN graduates, counseling students, advising student.
  • Challenges I experienced in college:  Test anxiety and building self-confidence
  • I am a Greyhound Connection Mentor because I really enjoy working with students. Most of our students in the Nursing Program are online.
    • I have had interaction with several students outside of nursing
      • when they took the Global Health Class
      • with a past president of the Caduceus Society during a program they put on for students majoring in the Health Professions. I spoke about nursing as an option.

Linda Ramos Linda Ramos

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Name:  Linda Ramos, Coordinator of Campus Life

ENMU Role:  Staff/ Mentor

ENMU Email: linda.ramos@enmu.edu

Preferred method of contact:  Phone

Office Phone:  575-562-2108

Office Location:   Campus Life, Campus Union Building

Home Town:  Hereford, TX

Other Languages:  Spanish

  • Education:  Bachelor's degree in Communication.
  • Additional Information:  Student Organizations, ASAB Events on campus, tailgating, and collaborating with different departments.
  • One challenge I experienced in college was that I needed to get to know more people, so I made sure I was very involved with events, organizations, and clubs on campus.
  • I am a Greyhound Connection Mentor because I am already involved in so many activities with students and, as a Mentor, I can help them be themselves and to be comfortable talking with me.

 


Barbara Senn Barbara Senn

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Name:   Barbara Senn, Secretary, Department of Anthropology

ENMU Role:  Staff/ Mentor

ENMU Email:  barbara.senn@enmu.edu

Preferred method of contact:  Email

Office Phone:  575-562-2206

Office Location:    Art and Anthropology Building, Room 113

Home Town:   Wausau, Wisconsin (but I've lived in Portales for 33 years)

  • Education:   M.Ed. in Career and Technical Education; I enjoy helping people use Microsoft Office Software
  • Additional Information:  I work in the Anthropology Department and have connections to the Art Department.
    • Because I'm a part-time employee and not in my office all day, the best way to contact me is email.
    • I've also worked on the ENMU Student Research and Creativity Conference and the Jack Williamson Lectureship Committee. 
  • One challenge I experienced in college was figuring out where to go for help.  I missed out on opportunities because I was too shy to ask how to get the information or help I needed.
  • I am a Greyhound Connection Mentor because I love supporting students and answering their questions. 
    • My kids graduated from ENMU and I appreciated the people who helped guide and mentor them, so now I'm just paying it forward by helping other students.  
    • I'm happy to answer students' questions, direct them to available resources, support their efforts, or just listen to them talk.

 


Mickie Stowe Mickie Stowe

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Name:  Mickie Stowe, Advisor

ENMU Role:  Staff / Mentor

ENMU Email: mickie.stowe@enmu.edu

Preferred method of contact:  Email

Office Phone:  575-562-4721

Office Location:   SAS, Room 214

Home Town:  Albuquerque, NM

  • Education:  BS Family and Consumer Science, MA Counseling
  • Additional Information:  I sponsor of Ranch Horse Team.  As the Freshman Advisor.  I would be willing to help students with getting ready to register for classes.  I have also given presentations on nutrition, "GRIT",  Color Theory, CAPP,  and Career Choices.
  • One challenge I experienced in college was coming back to ENMU after several years, as a non-traditional student.  The first semester back, everything went wrong.  I left after that semester thinking it was not worth finishing my degree. Took 2 years until I was talked into trying again.
  • I am a Greyhound Connection Mentor because I want students to have a rewarding experience at ENMU. I try very hard to meet the needs of the students I advise, as well as be a mentor. Sometimes, it is just helping one student to take the first step.

 


Shelby Stroik Shelby Stroik

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Name:  Shelby Stroik, Patrol Officer

ENMU Role:  Staff / Mentor

ENMU Email:  shelby.stroik@enmu.edu

Preferred method of contact:  Email

Office Phone:  575-562-2392

Office Location:   Department of Public Safety

Home Town:  Hatch, New Mexico

  • Education:  Bachelor's in Wildlife Science from New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM. 
    • Assisted two different graduate students with research projects working as a biological technician.
    • Assisted with a project relating to Black Bear population density in New Mexico.
    • Another project, assessing juvenile recruitment.
    • Also, nest success in Lesser Prairie Chickens just south of Portales.
    • I have had a significant amount of training in law enforcement via Basic Law Enforcement Academy and otherspecialized training.
  • Additional Information:  I work as a patrol police officer on campus and assist regularly with special events, investigations, and public outreach.
    • Before I worked for ENMU, I served as a Conservation Officer (Game Warden) for New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.
    • I am passionate about the outdoors and wildlife and I'm always looking for a way to get back to the mountains.
  • One challenge I really struggled with in college, was to figure out what area of study I wanted to pursue. It took some time and it felt like a long and arduous process to find what I enjoyed and could turn into a job. Fortunately, I had people along the way that were able to guide me and help me make decisions about my education, which led me to a Bachelor's degree and some great experiences as a result.
  • I am a Greyhound Connection Mentor because it is important for me to help students reach their goals while they attend ENMU.  Attending college can be a natural progression for some students, but for others it can be confusing, frustrating, and at times difficult to navigate. I would love to help make that transition smoother for incoming freshmen as they learn to excel in their academic career and move towards a successful career.

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