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.

 


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.

 


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.

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