Math graduate looks toward future in linguistics

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico

One new Eastern New Mexico University graduate is standing on a foundation of math and getting ready to leap into linguistics.

“I’m excited,” said Allison Sanderson, who is from Edgewood.

Sanderson said she is sad to be leaving the people she met in Portales, but is excited about what will happen in the future.

Having finished her work on a bachelor’s of science in math, she is one of the 322 candidates for ENMU’s spring graduation. Commencement is scheduled for 10 a.m. today in the Greyhound Arena, with a reception to follow in the south gym.

State Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs, a member of the Senate Education Committee, is set to be the keynote speaker.

ENMU President Steven Gamble said graduation is always a great day.

“The students are happy, their families are happy, and to tell you the truth, the university is happy,” he said.

Gamble said people involved in commencement celebrate achievements students have made for their lives and careers.

“I think each graduate has his or her own story,” Gamble said, adding that it’s these stories that make the class stand out.

Some students have worked through school with families or part-time jobs to pay the bills, he said. It may have taken them more than the traditional four years to finish their degrees, but now they have, Gamble said.

Sanderson completed her degree requirements in four years while holding a job, tutoring others in math, serving as a residential assistant in the university dorms and participating in the Baptist Student Union.

Now she plans to return to Edgewood for a time, work for a year and then study linguistics at the graduate level. Sanderson said she wants to work with Wycliffe Bible Translators.