March 31 ENMU briefs

Enrollment increases

Based on the most recent second eight-week enrollment numbers and additional enrollments expected in graduate courses, workshops and May courses, Vice President for Academic Affairs Jamie Laurenz has said he is very optimistic that the university has achieved its goal for growth and will earn an increase in funding for fall 2010.

Music recital canceled

The Chamber Music Recital scheduled for 7 p.m. on April 5 at the First United Methodist Church has been canceled.

Professors receive awards

Steven Palmer, assistant professor of business law, and David Hemley, professor of finance, along with Jim Breyley of University of New England, were awarded the McGraw-Hill Distinguished Paper Award at the 2009 MBAA International Conference. The paper was titled “The Epic Tale of a Merger: An Analysis of the Sirius-XM Satellite Radio Merger.” The paper has also been accepted for publication in the Business, Society and Government Journal.

Pitcher presents conference

ENMU baseball pitcher Justin Cotten led off the 2009 Business, Society and Government Consortium’s annual conference program.

Last semester Cotten won the College of Business Research Contest. The prize was a trip to present his paper at the MBAA International Conference.

“Justin made a very professional presentation,” said Assistant Professor of Business Law Steven Palmer. “Several audience members told me how impressed they were with Justin.”

Empanada sale being held

The Office of Hispanic Affairs is having its semi-annual empanada sale with proceeds going to scholarships.

The office is taking orders until April 8 for delivery April 13. Customers can choose from apple, apricot, blueberry, cherry, lemon and pineapple flavors.

Half a dozen empanadas cost $10, and a dozen cost $15.

To order: 562-2451 or

Faculty news

• Michael Ellzey, assistant professor of trumpet, recently served as an adjudicator for the National Trumpet Competition at George Mason University. Ellzey was one of five judges on a panel for the Junior Division and one of 30 judges selected from across the country. He also played a principal part at the opening ceremonies with the massed faculty trumpet ensemble.

• D. Veena Parboteeah, an assistant professor in the College of Business, just had a peer-reviewed article titled “The Influence of Web site Characteristics on a Consumer’s Urge to Buy Impulsively” published in Information Systems Research.

• Chris Taylor, College of Business, and Nelson Barber of Texas Tech University, just had the paper “Wine bottle closure: The importance to Millennials and Baby Boomers during purchase situations” accepted for a presentation and proceedings publication at the VDQS 16th Annual Wine Economics Conference in Belgium.

• ENMU grad Larry Hays, long-time baseball coach at Lubbock Christian University and Texas Tech University, has had his No. 27 jersey retired by both schools.