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President's Picnic

Submitted on: April 25, 2017

The President's Picnic is set for Friday, May 5, at the President's House at 5:30 p.m. More Information to come.

Travel Vouchers and Fiscal Year End

Submitted on: April 25, 2017

With the approaching fiscal year-end and per ENMU's Travel Policy, all travelers seeking reimbursement of travel costs, should complete a Travel Voucher form within five (5) working days of the trip.

All travel for 2016-2017 must be submitted to the Business Office by June 30, 2017.  Reimbursement for prior months should be submitted for payment before June 1.  If you are traveling on June 30 please contact the Business Office at 562.2611.

The last day checks will be cut for FY17 will be July 11, 2017.

Emeritus Note

Sumbitted on: April 20, 2017

Faculty Emeritus Luncheon on May 1 – The ENMU Foundation will host the annual Emeritus Faculty Luncheon on Monday, May 1 at 11:30 a.m. in the Zia Room in the Campus Union Building. The Distinguished Faculty Emeriti Awards will be presented at the luncheon.

This year's recipients are:

  • Dr. Kenneth Hillier (Posthumous)
  • Mr. Felipe Macias
  • Dr. Leslie Paternoster
  • Dr. Mark Isham
  • Dr. Antony Oldknow
  • Dr. Robin A. Wells

Members of the university community are cordially invited to attend the luncheon on a dutch-treat basis. Please RSVP by Wednesday, April 26, by calling the ENMU Foundation at ext. 2412. For those who have RSVP'd, tickets will be available for purchase at the door for $10. 

Open House

Submitted on: April 19, 2017

Event: Open House
Date: April 27
Time: 4-5 p.m.
Location: Student Success Center "The Alley" (lower level of Campus Union)

Description: Meet, greet, and inquire about the student services offered by the following departments: Multicultural Affairs, Trio Student Support Services, and Tutoring/Supplemental Instruction. Refreshments served!
 Contact: Dolores Jones at 575.562.2454 or

Former Professor in Tribute Band

Submitted on: April 19, 2017

Former ENMU music professor Chris Beaty will perform on AXS TV at 8 p.m. (MT) on April 26 in Warehouse, a tribute band to the Dave Matthews Band.

HLC Site Visit - Campus-Wide Thank You

Submitted on: April 19, 2017

We'd like to take this opportunity to express our heartfelt thanks to the entire ENMU campus community for your positive contributions to a productive HLC site visit.  The extent to which members of every constituency collaborated to provide the foundation and examples for our institution's assurance argument is a testament to our campus' commitment to our mission and to our students. 

A special thanks to all of those who carved time out of their busy schedules to participate in the Open Forum meetings and drop-in sessions. You asked great questions, offered detailed, spot-on examples, and helped the team understand ENMU.  It is noteworthy that the site visitors found no reason to call any special focus sessions, and the team members were especially impressed with the strong sense of community they experienced here.  They merely confirmed what we have always known to be true: that the strength of the university lies in its mission, its students, and its people.

Although it will be some time before the university sees a draft version of the site team's report, and even longer before we hear back definitively from the Higher Learning Commission, the exit interview was positive and we have every reason to be proud of our institution. Thank you again for your valuable contributions to this process and your commitment to ENMU.


 Mary Ayala
Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

 Jamie Laurenz
Vice President for Academic Affairs

Co-Chairs, Steering Committee
Higher Learning Commission Reaccreditation

Walmart #FightHunger Campaign Underway

Submitted on: April 19, 2017

Wal-Mart's "FightHunger Spark Change" campaign runs through May 15 at nationwide Wal-Mart stores, including Portales and Clovis Wal-Mart locations.  Funds raised through this campaign benefit Feeding America member food banks and partners, including the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico.

#FightHunger Spark Change is a simple way for shoppers to join this campaign against hunger by:

  • Purchasing certain marked products. For every purchase, a donation will be made to the Food Banks equaling 1 meal.
  • Donating a dollar amount of $1, $2, $5 or an amount of the customer's choice at the register during checkout.
  • Using #FightHunger on Twitter and Instagram, sharing and liking campaign posts on Facebook, and using unique Snapchat filters nationwide on April 21. For each online act of support, Wal-Mart will donate $0.90 to Feeding America –enough to help secure 10 meals on behalf of Feeding America food banks, up to $1.5 Million


Clovis and Portales Wal-Mart stores donated over 261,000 pounds of food to the Food Bank last year.  "We are so thankful for their continued support of our food programs and efforts to fight hunger in eastern New Mexico," said Food Bank Executive Director Dianna Sprague.


Feeding America began in 1979 as a clearinghouse for national food donations and is the currently the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. The nationwide network of food banks, including the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico, provides more than 3.6 billion meals to virtually every community in the United States through food pantries and meal programs.

In its 33rd year, the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico distributes over 1 million pounds of food each year through its programs and partner agencies in Curry, Roosevelt, DeBaca, Quay, Guadalupe and Torrance Counties.

Names for Student Success Stories Needed

Submitted on: April 19, 2017

Communication Services is working on a huge project to interview at least one successful current student in each major to be featured on ENMU's web site.

If you can recommend a freshman, sophomore, junior or first-year graduate student to answer questions by email, please send their name, email address, classification and major to

Thank you.

Retirees Reception 2017

Submitted on: April 19,2017

The campus community is invited to attend the 2016-2017 ENMU Retirees' Reception that will be held Wednesday, May 3, at 3 p.m. in the Campus Union Ballroom. Please join us in honoring this year's retirees:

Dr. Joan Accardi
Daniel Alaniz
Sheryl Borden
Sue Bracksieck
Vivian Coates
Dr. Jose Contreras
Dr. Jerry Everhart
Dr. Jayni Flores
Lilah Gainey
Dr. Gerald Gies
Deborah Grimes
Nikki Howard
Trish Maguire
Michael Marshall
Dr. Andy Nazario
Reta Neal
Dr. Renee Neely
Michael Nuckols
Cruz Parra
Steven Reuland
Dr. Janet Roehl

ENMU Rated Safest Campus in New Mexico

ENMU's application process is simple and free, and tuition is affordable. The campus hosts multiple museums, literature collections, and art galleries to complement its courses. ENMU PD employs both certified experienced police officers and student security officers, who primarily assist with parking and administration.

Runners up:

  • New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas (NM)
  • University of New Mexico-Main Campus, Albuquerque

HLC Criterion

Submitted on: March 23, 2017

To the Campus Community:

Thank you to the Higher Learning Commission Criterion 4 team members for all of the dedicated hard work they put into helping team leaders Linda Weems and Suzanne Swift put together various drafts of the assurance argument for their section of ENMU's HLC report. The core writing team, which includes several key 12-month employees and two trained HLC Peer Reviewers, has spent a lot of time since last fall, over winter break, and at the start of this semester working on the five criterion narratives. We have been busy tracking down evidence documents, refining the drafts, trying to eliminate redundancies and to stay within our total word count limit, and tightening our drafts to respond clearly and completely to the key criterion components.  An important  editing task has been to insert the sense of a "single voice" throughout the argument.

Criterion 4 was completed during Spring Break and is ready to roll out in the ENMU portal for the community to view.  Please note: we have not hyperlinked evidence files, since the number of evidence documents for this criterion runs into the hundreds, and top priority was linking them into the Assurance Argument that the HLC reviewers will be reading. If you are curious about any specific evidence we are using, please feel free to contact Mary Ayala or Linda Weems.

You can access Criterion 4 at the following link, but you must be signed into the portal (or it will prompt you to sign in): . Tabs for each criterion are at the top of the page.

(Please note:  IT has named the portal community where these final drafts will be available "HLC Evidence" to distinguish it from the "HLC Self Study" community that had been created previously to disseminate general information about the process. The community is "open.")

Note to Retirees

Submitted on: March 21, 2017

The Office of Human Resources would like to remind those employees who intend to retire on or before July 1, 2017, of two important cut-off dates:

  1. April 12, 2017 - If you wish to be included in the Retirees Reception that takes place on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, it is imperative that you let Human Resources know by April 12. If you intend to retire and are not filling out an ERB application (IE: Alternative Retirement Plan) it is even more imperative that you contact us because we typically only know if someone is retiring when they fill out their ERB application and a termination PAN may come to HR too late.  Please email Benito Gonzales at or call Human Resources at 562-2115.
  2. ERB 60-Day processing period - Please remember that the ERB likes to have your application in at least 60-days before retirement. This includes your application, along with proof of birth (birth certificate, baptismal certificate, an application for life insurance that has been in force for two or more years, US Census Record or other evidencethat is accepted by the ERB). For example, you'll need to submit your application and supporting documents to the Office of Human Resources no later than April 30 if you plan to retire on July 1.  Once the Educational Retirement Board (ERB) receives your application for retirement, it will review your application and send you information containing the final computation of your retirement benefit, a final selection of benefit and direct deposit information.  This information must be returned to the ERB as soon as possible so you don't have any delays in receiving your retirement checks.

If you have any other questions regarding retirement, please don't hesitate to contact the Human Resources office at 562.2115.

ENMU Receives 64 State, Regional and National Recognitions

Submitted on: February 22, 2017

Communication Services has compiled a list of 64 state, regional and national recognitions ENMU has received.

View them at:

Employee Brief

  • Submitted on: April 25, 2017

    Current graduate student Leon Natker, graduate program alumna Laura Hronec, and former faculty member David Kilby will speak May 6 at the annual meeting of the Archaeological Society of New Mexico.

    Paper Presentation Schedule

  • Submitted on: April 10, 2017

    Dr. Donald C. Elder III, professor of history, has been asked by the American Astronautical Society to chair the committee that will select a recipient for that organization's Eugene M. Emme Award. This award is given on an annual basis to the best book on the subject of aeronautics/astronautics. This will be the fifth time that Elder has served in this capacity.

  • Submitted on: April 5, 2017

    From: Dr. Manuel Varela

    I am delighted to inform you that my students and I have had a paper accepted for publication by the editor of peer-reviewed Archives of Microbiology.

    The title is: Modulation of the multidrug efflux pump EmrD-3 from Vibrio cholerae by Allium sativum extract and the bioactive agent allyl sulfide and synergistic enhancement of antimicrobial susceptibility by A. sativum extract.

    The authors are:
    Merissa M Bruns
    Prathusha Kakarla
    Jared T Floyd
    Mun Mun Mukherjee
    Robert C Ponce
    John A Garcia
    Indrika Ranaweera
    Leslis M Sanford
    Thomas Mark Willmon
    Grace L Tolson
    Alberto J Hernandez
    Manuel F Varela

    The abstract is:
    Thecausative agent of cholera, Vibrio cholerae, is a public health concern. Multidrug resistant V. cholerae variantsmay reduce chemotherapeutic efficacies of severe cholera. We previously reported that the multidrug efflux pump EmrD-3 from V. cholerae confers resistance to multiple structurally distinct antimicrobials. Medicinal plant compounds are potential candidates for EmrD-3 efflux pump modulation. The antibacterial activities of garlic Allium sativum, although poorly understood, predicts that a main bioactive component, allyl sulfide, modulates EmrD-3 efflux. Thus, we tested whether A. sativum extract acts in synergy with antimicrobials and that a main bioactive component allyl sulfide inhibits EmrD-3 efflux. We found that A. sativum extract and allyl sulfide inhibited ethidium bromide efflux in cells harboring EmrD-3 and that A. sativum lowered the MICs of multiple antibacterials. We conclude that A. sativum and allyl sulfide inhibit EmrD-3and that A. sativum extract synergistically enhances antibacterial agents.  

    Congratulations to my students who worked so diligently.

Off-Campus News

  • Job Opening at Community Services Center

    The Community Services Center (CSC) is currently accepting applications for a part-time Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Driver. Driver applicants must be willing to transport clients within a 250 mile radius, pass a nationwide background check and a drug test to be considered for employment at CSC.

    An application and job description may be picked up at 1100 Community Way in Portales. The Community Services Center is an EOE. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

    Applicants are encouraged to follow up on applications.

  • Cinco de Mayo Events

    City of Portales Cultural Affairs presents the Corn Hole Double Elimination Tournament, Co-ed Mushball Tournament, and the Volleyball tournament in honor of Cinco de Mayo on May 6, 2017.

    Corn hole will be 25 dollars per player beginning at 11 a.m. in City Park. Sign up will begin at 10 am.

    Co-ed Mushball will cost 100 dollars per team. The event has a 12 team limit and will begin at 8 a.m. in City Park.

    Volleyball, costing 100 dollars per team, will begin at 9 a.m. in City Park. All entry fees due by Friday, April 28 at 3 p.m. Event packets may be picked up at City Hall.

    For more information, contact Ben Rodriquez at 575.760.4874 or Veda at 575.356.6662, Option 1- #2

  • Drone Enthusiastic Scholarship

    DroneEnthusiastic recently awarded their first annual "Women in Science UAV Scholarship" to an excellent young student at the University of Massachussetts at Amherst, Deanna Kenyon.

    Now we're looking forward to 2017 and appealing to your school to help us find great applicants for our science based scholarship.

    See their scholarship page at:

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