ENMU community has varied Thanksgiving plans

By Tony Parra The Thanksgiving break means time with family and friends, but for some members of the Eastern New Mexico University family, one of the elements will be missing for this year’s Thanksgiving break. ENMU had 138 incoming first-year college students from the Clovis/Portales area and for them and the upperclassmen from the area. […]

Pagan group out to dispel false myths

Mike Linn They don’t worship the devil. They don’t prick voodoo dolls with pins. And while some members call themselves Wiccans, or witches, they say they don’t attempt to impose evil spells on their enemies. About 20 members of a newly formed Eastern New Mexico University group of college students call themselves pagans, and have […]

Miss Native American crowned at ENMU

Helena Rodriguez By Helena Rodriguez Freedom Newspapers Helena_Rodriguez@link.freedom.com The new Miss Native American ENMU will use her crown and title to be an ambassador for Eastern New Mexico University’s Native American Club and the school, helping to recruit students. “I would like to visit Native American reservations and schools and try to influence students to […]

Students celebrate life on Mexican holiday

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Helena Rodriguez Today is the Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead.” But unlike Halloween, which conjures up stark images of death, Dia de Los Muertos is a celebration of life. And Eastern New Mexico University celebrated the lives of four students in the form of “ofrendas” or memorial altars on […]

Day of the Dead to honor former students

Mike Linn By Mike Linn PNT Managing Editor Mike_Linn@link.freedom.com Those who knew Eric Hodgest say they don’t need his picture to see his face. Or to remember his smile. Or even his charm. Still, Hodgest’s photo, along with memorabilia of three other Eastern New Mexico University students, will be displayed on an altar today in […]

Student Advisory Council seeks longer Thanksgiving break

Tony Parra The Eastern New Mexico University President’s Student Advisory Council will hold its second meeting of the semester, today at noon, to discuss topics concerning ENMU organizations and students. One of the topics of concern is the absence of a break in between the beginning of the semester and Thanksgiving break. The Associated Students […]

Music teacher in tune with music world

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By Helena Rodriguez Connie Sunday may be new to Portales, but the professional musician and teacher is making herself known in both local and national music circles. Not only has she developed a roster of private students since she moved here from Albuquerque four months ago, but she is also mentioned twice in the September […]

Student senators elected, ready for issues

Tony Parra The votes are tallied and the Eastern New Mexico University students selected 23 members for the student government to serve the 2003-2004 year. There was a tie in one of the senate positions between Thomas Wortman and Lia Romero in the College of Education Department. There will be a voting session today between […]

Students support democratic presidential candidate

PNT Staff Six Eastern New Mexico University students helped Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean set a Guinness World Record on Monday night. In a Campus Union Building room decorated with Dean posters and stickers, students listened to one of 3,577 phone lines nationwide in Dean’s record-setting conference call. Dean answered questions on everything from global […]

School officials to appeal Valencia’s probationary rating

Gary Mitchell Portales school officials are set to meet with state Department of Education officials on Friday to appeal a recent probationary rating for Valencia Elementary School. The Educational Standards Commission will hold hearings to appeal ratings at the State Capitol, Room 303, in Santa Fe. Eligible schools are those that received a probationary rating […]

Broad Horizon students challenge school policy

Mike Linn Students at Broad Horizons are tired of being told they can’t sport baggy pants, sleeveless shirts and excessive jewelry. But instead of revolting against their superiors by throwing spit balls at the chalk board, they decided to fight school policy a different way. Almost 20 percent of the students — 20 in all […]

Greyhound Sound hits four-year peak in membership

By Tony Parra The Eastern New Mexico University Greyhound Sound is peaking at a four-year high of members. Dustin Seifert, ENMU band director, said the increase in members should yield some top-notch performances during game days this fall. “The students have been performing well during practices,” Seifert said. “They are eager to perform and talented. […]

La Casa to provide new health center to Valencia

By Mike Linn The Portales School Board at Monday night’s meeting voted to accept in-house health services for students and teachers at Valencia Grade School. A nurse practitioner from La Casa Health Center will work at Valencia to provide the services, which will allow students and teachers quick diagnosis and treatment rather than having to […]

Students enjoy reading lounge thanks to grant

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Mike Linn It’s a small room at Lindsey Middle School, adorned with bright colors, neon fixtures, balmy lava lamps and an array of reading material along its outer walls. On Friday mornings, students kick back they like they’re football fans on game day, sprawled out on shag-carpet-covered futons and purple bean bags. Enter the school’s […]

Local schools promote student integrity

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Tony Parra Character and responsibility are what Portales Public School officials are trying to instill in students with a nationwide program implemented in Portales schools. The Character Counts Organization promotes activities to instill characteristics of a student. Each state and each school has it’s own Character Counts Program, and various schools in each state implement […]

Valencia to appeal probationary status

Officials at Valencia Grade School are appealing the probationary status the school received from the New Mexico State Department of Education this summer. The 2002/2003 California Achievement Test scores for Valencia students were incorrectly tallied by the NMSDE, which affected the school’s overall grade, school officials say. Valencia received a below-standard score from the NMSDE, […]

ENMU professor certified as fraud examiner

Gary Mitchell By Gary Mitchell Freedom Newspapers Gary_Mitchell@link.freedom.com PORTALES — Four years ago, Certified Public Accountant Dr. Don Morris, an associate professor of accounting at Eastern New Mexico University, had never even thought about being a fraud examiner. Now he is certified in the field. Morris, 57, recently completed the requirements and examination qualifying him […]

Students learn xeriscaping on-line

Helena Rodriguez People who want to learn to xeriscape their lawns for themselves may want to head to the electronics store instead of the garden store. An on-line class at Eastern New Mexico University this fall will permit participants to learn to xeriscape by simply going to Netscape or other Internet programs. Students can earn […]

High School welcomes back students

Tony Parra The teens of Portales High School put their swimming trunks and suntan lotion away on Monday, in favor of backpacks, collared shirts and goals for the new school year. The first day of classes for Student Council President Russell Knudson and the Portales students kicked off with Monday’s assembly at 8:10 a.m. in […]

ENMU campus busy preparing for semester

Tony Parra Students and parents broke the stillness of the Eastern New Mexico University campus on Thursday and it carried into the weekend. Students spent the last few days moving into the dormitories and registering for classes which begin on Monday. ENMU has also added 14 new faculty members. “It’s too early to tell how […]