Announcements Announcements


New Executive Secretary in President's Office

Dear Campus Community:

Please join me in welcoming Karen Van Ruiten to the president's office as the executive secretary to the president and the Board of Regents. Mrs. Van Ruiten worked at Eastern in the 1990s and returned in recent years to work in Financial Aid and Academic Affairs. Her professionalism, work ethic and skills make her a great asset to this office. The regents and I look forward to working with Karen.


Jeff Elwell, president


Open/Switch Enrollment Period from Oct. 16-Nov. 17

The NMPSIA open/switch enrollment for medical, dental and vision coverage will be held Oct. 16-Nov. 17, 2017 for an effective date of Jan. 1, 2018. Change Cards and/or Davis Vision enrollment forms need to be turned into Human Resources no later than 5 p.m. on Nov. 17, 2017.

You can pick up a change card in the Office of Human Resources or download an NMPSIA Employee Change Card.

The following changes can be made during this open/switch enrollment period:

Employees that are currently enrolled in NMPSIA medical coverage can switch medical plan options (high option, low option, HMO option) or medical carriers (Presbyterian, BCBSNM, New Mexico Health Connections).

Employees who are not enrolled in NMPSIA medical coverage, can apply to enroll in medical coverage (including applying to enroll eligible dependents).

Employees that are currently enrolled in NMPSIA medical coverage can apply to enroll eligible dependents.

Employees that are currently enrolled in NMPSIA dental coverage, can switch dental plans (high option to low option or low option to high option).

Employees who are not enrolled in NMPSIA dental coverage, can apply to enroll in dental coverage (including applying to enroll eligible dependents).

Employees who are currently enrolled in NMPSIA dental coverage can apply to enroll eligible dependents

You can pick up a Davis Vision Enrollment Form in the Human Resources office or can be downloaded directly from the ENMU portal. ENMU contracts with Davis Vision Separately from NMPSIA so that is why there is a separate form. Employees who are not currently enrolled in vision coverage, can apply to enroll in vision coverage (including applying to enroll eligible dependents). Employees who are currently enrolled in vision coverage, can apply to enroll eligible dependents.

Other Important Information
You can view the updated plan information effective Jan. 1, 2018 and the side-by-side medical plan comparison at you will see the medical plans offered by Presbyterian and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico (BCBSNM), and New Mexico Health Connections (NMHC).

We recommend that you visit the NMPSIA website to view plan information, including using the links under the "Insurance Carriers" tab to view providers contracted with each plan. The networks are one of the main differences between each medical carrier. Each of the medical plans are self-insured by NMPSIA. Further, each medical plan has unique wellness and population health management benefits. So, this is another area you should take into consideration when making a decision on which medical plan is a good fit.

If enrolling a dependent(s), coverage for the dependent(s) will go into effect Jan. 1, 2018 provided you turn in all required supportive documentation prior to this effective date (supportive documentation could include proof of birth, proof of marriage, adoption decree, or proof of other coverage for a dependent being excluded from coverage, etc.)

Representatives from Blue Cross, Presbyterian, and NMHC will be here on Oct. 25, 2017 to help answer questions during our wellness and benefit fair (more info to come). The open/re-enrollment period for the Flexible Medical and Dependent care reimbursement accounts will open soon so stay tuned for more information on that as well.

Contact the Office of Human Resources for more information about open/switch enrollment at 575.562.2115.


Accommodation Resources and Services for Students Workshop on Oct. 26

The Title V Cooperative Grant is sponsoring a faculty and staff professional development workshop in conjunction with Accessibility Resources and Testing.

Subject: Accommodation Resources and Services for Students Workshop
Date: Oct. 26
Time: 2-3 p.m. in COB 103

Contact Tara Pawley (, or at extension 4419) for more information and to RSVP.


Professors Discuss Cori Cycle

Dr. Manuel Varela, professor of biology, and Dr. Michael Shaughnessy, professor of special education, discuss Cori Cycle.


ENMU Instructor Competes in 200th Race

Patrick McCreary, a teacher, designer and technical director in Eastern New Mexico's Department of Theatre and Digital Filmmaking, celebrated competing in his 200th race with a win at the U. S. Open Triathlon in Rockwall, Texas on Saturday, Oct. 15. In addition, his time would have also won three younger age divisions.

Mr. McCreary competes as an amateur age-grouper. He has been competing for twenty-nine years throughout the United States in Maine, New Jersey, Vermont, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Iowa, Nebraska, Kentucky, Colorado, California, Oregon, New Mexico and Hawaii.

He has three-second place finishes at the USA National Championships and has qualified to represent the United States at the International Triathlon Union Championships in England, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Hungary, Australia and New Zealand. His highest finish to date is a world second place in Beijing, China.

For more information, please call 618.920.7764.


One Eastern

Effective immediately all ENMU employees and students will have the rights and privileges granted to them on their home campus available to them on any ENMU campus. For example, on the Portales campus, Roswell and Ruidoso employees and students will have access to following free of charge (except where noted) by simply presenting their ENMU ID:

Campus Events (Fundraisers not included)
Cashier services
Computer Labs
Parking Decals
Post Office
Health Services (co-pay may apply)
Cafeteria (charges will be at the student or employee rate)
Athletics (Football free for students, $10 for faculty)

Thanks for being a member of the Eastern Family.

Jeff Elwell, president


Deborah Bentley Honored for her Service

Deborah Bentley, who will retire on Oct. 31, was honored with a plaque during the Board of Regents meeting on Oct. 6. Oct. 31 was declared "Deborah Bentley Day" and she will be given the title of "ENMU President" that day.


Upcoming Home Games


  • Thursday, Oct. 19
    • Men's Soccer vs UT Permian Basin at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 21
    • Men's Soccer vs West Texas A&M at 1 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 23
    • Volleyball vs Western New Mexico at 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 26
    • Men's Soccer vs Lubbock Christian at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 27
    • Volleyball vs Cameron at 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 28
    • Volleyball vs Midwestern State at 5 p.m.
    • Dawk Walk (Football) at 5:45 p.m.
    • Football vs Texas A&M-Kingsville at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 3
    • Volleyball vs Texas Woman's at 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 4
    • Volleyball vs Texas A&M-Commerce at 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 11
    • Football vs Midwestern State at 7 p.m.


Documentaries Created by ENMU Students Named Finalist/Semifinalist at SCBS Conference

Two ENMU students attended the annual fall regional conference of the South Central Broadcasting Society (SCBS) to showcase their documentaries at West Texas A&M in Canyon, Texas, from Oct. 6-7.

William "Bill" Moyer and Johna McClelland submitted video documentaries in the spring for the student production competition sponsored by SCBS. They competed with students from universities across the south and southwest.

Bill produced a documentary titled "A Brief History of Windmills," which was one of four finalists. He received a certificate of recognition.

Johna produced a documentary titled "Music: A Family Affair," which was one of seven semifinalists.

They also went on tours of production studios and television stations, attended sessions led by professionals in the film, television, music and advertising/production industries and had opportunities to interact with the station and session leaders.


ENMU Student Receives 2017 SWRM Student Presenter Travel Scholarship

ENMU student Rebecca Quintana has received a student presenter travel scholarship to attend the Southwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society for her undergraduate research.


Green and Silver View Organization Fair

Mark your calendar for this year's Green and Silver View, Eastern's preview day for high school seniors on Nov. 4. The day will be informational and fun for prospective students and their parents who will learn about academic programs, student services and tour the campus.

The Office of Enrollment Services invites all departments and organizations on campus to have an information table at the fair from 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. in the CUB Ballroom. Set up times are from 3-5 p.m. on Nov. 3 and 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Nov. 4.

To reserve your table at the fair, please contact Celina Stroup ( at 575.562.2856 by Oct. 27.

Note: ENMU has a separate preview day held in the spring for high school juniors.


Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month is celebrated annually for Indigenous people and their tribes, celebrating their heritage, individuality and appreciation for their culture. Although it is designated for November of every year, Native American tribes celebrate every day of their lives. Native American Affairs hosts Native American Heritage Month to express and educate ENMU faculty, staff, students and community of each tribe's significance.

Native American Heritage Month began with one day designated for the recognition of Native Americans-the second Saturday of May in 1916 in New York called ‘American Indian Day'-then after, the Bureau of Indian Affairs had no record of that day so, "This month is a time to recognize every one of Native American heritage and [their] achievements and accomplishments." Gunnery Sgt. Curtis Bradley, equal opportunity advisor for MCB Hawaii, told the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System declaring it the Native American Heritage Month.

"It's a heritage that can [not] be forgotten. Remembering the individual heritage make us great, because everybody has something different." – Gunnery Sgt. Curtis Bradley

For more information, email or call 575.562.2470

Native American Heritage Month Kick-Off
Kick-Off Tabling: 11:30 a.m.-12:30pm on Nov. 1
Location: CUB Lobby
Description: The Office of Native American Affairs will be kicking-off a month full of traditions, talent and events, stop by and get a calendar, lanyard or just see their traditional clothing!

Chizz Bah: Native Comedy Show
Date: Nov. 1
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: CUB Ballroom
Description: Chizz Bah is a comedian from the Navajo Nation and ENMU Alumna, who will bring awareness to life on the reservation through laughter. "Chizz Bah is you, me...laughing & smiling of spirits gone before us~ Long Walks have been made for our tears, our voice, our ambitions, our laughter, our journey."

Miss Photogenic Contest
Date: Nov. 7
Time: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Location: CUB Lobby
Description: Vote on the best poster board and meet the contestants for Miss Native ENMU 2017-2018.

Miss Native ENMU Pageant
Date: Nov. 8
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Aztec Room
Description: Support the talented young women from various tribes who will represent their culture through traditional talents. Announcement of winner at the Thanksgiving Banquet on November 16th. Must RSVP by: November 8th (No exceptions).

Movie Night: Dreamkeeper
Date: Nov. 9
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: San Juan Village Club House
Description: Come together for a classic film about a Native teen and his Grandpa's journey across the country to good old New Mexico for the All Nations Pow Wow. Along the way, the grandfather tells his grandson various Indian stories and legends to help him understand and choose the "good red road." Snacks will be provided.

Frybread Sale (ENMU Portales Campus only)
Date: Nov. 10
Delivery: 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Description: Native American Fry Bread Sale, made Navajo style. Each bread will be made individually and to order. Honey, powdered sugar and salt will be available as toppings. $5 per Frybread, all proceeds will go towards the Miss Native ENMU Scholarship. RSVP to the Native American Affairs Office by Nov. 8 to order (no exceptions.) Order forms can be filled out via email or phone.

Veteran's Day: Cannon Air Force Base Military K-9s
Date: Nov. 13
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: ENMU Veteran's Memorial
Description: U.S. Air Force K9 handlers and military working dogs from the 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron will be giving a demonstration of three Military K-9's specific duties in different categories including car extractions, obstacle courses and more! *If Inclement weather, the event will be held in CUB Ballroom.

Native American Affairs Annual Thanksgiving Banquet
Date: Nov. 16
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Campus Union Building Ballroom
Description: Celebrate with Native American Affairs at our Annual Thanksgiving Banquet! The night will consist of the Crowning of our new Miss Native American ENMU 2017-2018, live Navajo flutist-Jonah Littlesunday, sashing of Native graduates, Silent Auction of Native American pictures, moccasins, and painted logs. We will also have a dinner! Desserts are provided by guests, potluck style. RSVP by Nov. 8 to the Office of Native American Affairs, no exceptions.

Semi-formal attire will be required.

Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship and Financial Assistance
Date: Nov. 17
Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Location: Aztec Room – Campus Union Building (CUB)
Description: Rowena Becenti from the Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship and Financial Assistance will be helping ONNSFA participants renew their tribal scholarships. Navajo students in enrolled with the Navajo Nation, bring in necessary documents, get your questions answered and ensure your eligibility.

Grand Finale: Honey "Inspirational Advocate" Vocal and Traditional Performance
Date: Nov. 28
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Campus Union Building (CUB) Ballroom
Description: Motivational speaker, Powwow dancer and singer, Rhonda "Honey" Duvall of the Navajo Tribe, aims to give individuals the perspective to unwind in the simplicity of words and thought, relaying a message of real life experiences and her life approach. Join her as she demonstrates a positive lifestyle with wise words and good music and three different traditional dance styles of Women's Fancy Shawl.


Holiday Schedule

Dear Campus Community:

The holiday season will soon be here, and many of you will be making travel plans. Below is the holiday scheduled as approved by the Board of Regents. I wish you all a safe and happy holiday season.

ENMU-Portales will close for Thanksgiving break following the conclusion of all night classes on Tuesday, Nov. 21, and will reopen with its normal schedule on Monday, Nov. 27. Please note that all night classes on Nov. 21 will be held as scheduled. Wednesday, Nov. 22, will be observed as a mandatory vacation day for staff. Staff with questions regarding the mandatory vacation day should contact the Office of Human Resources at 562.2115.

The University will close for winter break at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 22, and will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 2, with its normal schedule.


Jeff Elwell, president


Graduate Students Have Papers Published

Lisa Creecy, graduate student in education has had a paper published. The paper was part of course requirements of a course taught by Dr. Michael Shaughnessy

Sharon Hudson, graduate student in nursing has had a paper published. It was part of course requirements taught in the fall of 2015 by Dr. Shaughnessy.


CSI Krispy Kreme Doughnut Fundraiser on Nov. 7

Counseling Student Initiative (CSI) organization is hosting our annual Krispy Kreme doughnut fundraiser.

Our purpose is to raise funds for our graduate students to attend the New Mexico Counseling Association Conference in Albuquerque. What better way to assist us in furthering our professional development than starting your election day with delicious donuts and free coffee?

Date: Nov. 7

Time: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Location: CUB Lobby

Krispy Kreme donuts are freshly brought from Lubbock the day of the event.

$1.50 per donut, plus free cup of coffee (donated by Sodexo)

$12 pre-order per dozen (order must be placed by 5 p.m. on Nov. 3, no exceptions)

$15 day of per dozen

Cash or check only.

Place your order with CSI Secretary, Krystina Ferrari (


Onsite Health Screenings on Oct. 25

We have been notified that all of the appointment times for the Blue Cross Blue Shield screenings done through Catapult have been booked. NMPSIA has notified us that walk-ins will be accepted. Be prepared to wait as appointments will take precedence. Please make sure to fast and bring your insurance card with you if you plan on walking in.

There are still plenty of slots open for Presbyterian members! You can now sign up for appointments through the NMPSIA Scheduling Site.

Please contact the Office of Human Resources at 562.2115 if you have any questions.

The Office of Human Resources and NMPSIA will be hosting a wellness and benefits fair on Oct. 25 in the CUB Ballroom from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. There will be more information about the fair and open enrollment in the coming weeks. We are excited to announce that we are able to bring back the onsite health screenings this year! We wanted to get this information out so you can go in and sign up for an appointment as early as possible.

Why Participate?
Know numbers critical to your health, including your total cholesterol, good and bad cholesterol (HDL and LDL), triglycerides, blood glucose, and blood pressure. Results are given to you at your screening.

It's Private
Your personal results are not shared with ENMU.

It's Easy
The checkup requires approximately 20 minutes. Sign up for your appointment time today using the links below.

Employees, Spouses and Dependents (18+) covered  by NMPSIA under BCBSNM or Presbyterian for medical coverage.

Your Screening includes:
Lipid Panel done via fingerprick (Total Cholesterol, HDL, LDL, Triglycerides, Glucose, and A1-C available to those who have been diagnosed with diabetes.), Weight, BMI, Body Fat Percentage, and Waist Circumference.

For accurate results, please fast 10 hours prior to your scheduled screening time. Continue to drink water and take regular medication during your fasting time.

Sign up for your appointment using the following links.

Presbyterian Members: Sign up through Wellness at Work, the online health and wellness platform.

If you are having difficulty signing up for the Presbyterian screenings call 1.855.460.7737 Monday through Friday from 6 a.m.-6 p.m.

Blue Cross Blue Shield Members can use the Catapult Health website.


Golden Student Success Center Monthly Update

The GSSC Monthly Update is now available.


Hispanic Heritage Month Events

Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15–Oct. 15) is the period when people recognize the contributions of Hispanic Americans to the United States and celebrate Hispanic culture to create awareness. Hispanic Heritage Week was approved by President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 31-day period. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988 on the approval of Public Law 100-402. Please, contact the Office of Hispanic Affairs with any questions at 575-562-2451 or

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Create your own mask
Date: Oct. 30
Performance: 7 p.m.
Workshop: 8 a.m.
Location: Sandia Room in Campus Union Building
Description: El Día de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead), a Hispanic celebration to commemorate, remember and prepare special foods in honor of those who have departed. The Office of Hispanic Affairs will host a day where you can come and create a mask that resembles a Sugar Skull. Delicious Pan de Muerto (Bread of the Dead) and hot chocolate served!! All materials provided first come first serve. Recommended to reserve your spot.


Enrollment for the Medical Leave Bank Open until Nov. 30

Enrollment for the Medical Leave Bank is now open and continues through Nov. 30, 2017.

The purpose of the Medical Leave Bank is to provide salary and benefits continuation for eligible employees of Eastern New Mexico University who have exhausted all paid sick and vacation leave due to their own catastrophic illness, injury or impairment. The Medical Leave Bank is a voluntary program that allows employees to donate a portion of their annual medical leave to assist employees who are eligible under the program.

Any regular ENMU employee who earns medical and annual leave shall be eligible to participate in the Bank. Any eligible ENMU employee who elects to participate in the Bank must have a minimum of six (6) days of medical leave (48 hours) at the time of assessment. The initial assessment will be three (3) days of medical leave (24 hours).

If you are already enrolled you do not have to resubmit an enrollment form. If you are unsure of your enrollment status, contact Human Resources at 562-2115 to confirm your enrollment.

For more information about the medical leave bank, please review ENMU Policy AGP&P 40-15. Please use the Medical Leave Bank Enrollment Request.


College of Fine Arts Fall Events

View schedule of events here.


Quartetto Obrigado on Oct. 21

Quartetto Obrigado, formed in 2013, is an enthusiastic group of Louisiana-based saxophonists that enjoy working together to perform new music for saxophone quartet. The ensemble has performed at an array of North American Saxophone Alliance regional and national conferences including events in Illinois, Texas and Georgia. The quartet recently performed at the 17th World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France. In Strasbourg, Quartetto Obrigado premiered Ben Stonaker's Quartet No. 4 entitled "Borderline Personalities." The ensemble is comprised of Dr. Griffin Campbell (soprano saxophone), distinguished professor of saxophone at Louisiana State University, Taylor Barbay Assad (alto saxophone), professor of saxophone and jazz ensemble at Nicholls State University, Jennifer C. Foret (tenor saxophone), teacher of gifted and talented music through the Slidell, LA public school system and Brina Bourliea Faciane (baritone saxophone), professor of saxophone at Southeastern Louisiana University.

Date: Saturday, Oct. 21
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.
Location: Buchanan Hall in the Music Building
Cost: Free and open to the public


ENMU Hosting Big Band Dance on Oct. 20

The Big Band Dance will be held on Oct. 20 from 7-10 p.m. in the Campus Union Building Ballroom at ENMU in Portales.

The ENMU Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. Richard A. Schwartz, associate professor of music at ENMU, will be performing songs such as "Caravan," "April in Paris" and "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy".

Guests can dress in 1940s attire, but there is no formal dress code for the evening. The event costs $5 in cash or check per person at the door as a donation to "ENMU Music".

There will be dancing, live music and free giveaways.

For more information, call or email Kathi Fraze at 575-562-2377 or


October Construction Updates

Construction Updates
GSSC / Golden Library

  • Mechanical Rough-In Ongoing
  • Electrical Rough-In Ongoing
  • Plumbing Rough-In Ongoing
  • Material Submittals being reviewed, and material ordered
  • Fire Suppression completed @ 1st Floor, & 2nd Floor, Ongoing in Basement
  • Structural Steel Fabricated, Install continuing, will be completed in October, North Stairway, delayed because of weather
  • Storefront Entries, Windows & Glazing being installed
  • Exterior Structural Metal Studs, completed in September
  • Interior Light Gauge Metal Studs, Ongoing, 2nd Floor Complete, working on 1st
  • Exterior Sheathing & Thermal Insulation, will be completed in October @ North Stairway, all other areas completed
  • Masonry Veneer, Ongoing
  • New Roofing, Ongoing
  • Interior Sheetrock, Ongoing
  • Interior Insulation, Ongoing
  • Exterior Metal Panels, Ongoing
  • Basement Concrete, Ongoing 95% Complete
  • Acoustical Caulking and Fire Caulking, Ongoing
  • Drywall Tape and Bed, Ongoing
  • Footings to be poured for Cooling Tower Screen wall this Month
  • Interior Store Fronts, Ongoing
  • Texture and Prime Walls to start this Month
  • Floor Prep Starting
  • Exterior Paint to Start this Month
  • Exterior Concrete Flat Work to Start this Month
  • Insulated Metal Panels to Start this Month


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