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ENMU Briefs

Buses providing rides to BRAC

Arrangements have been made for buses to take Eastern New Mexico University employees from Greyhound Arena’s parking lot to Clovis and back again at the conclusion of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission hearing on Friday. Employees need to arrive by 6 a.m. to catch the buses. They will return by 2 p.m.

All supervisors and employees are encouraged to arrange for coverage of their offices so that as many employees as possible can ride the buses to attend three events: 1. Lining Clovis streets by 7 a.m .; 2. BRAC hearing at 8:30 a.m .; 3. Rally at Marshall Junior High football field after New Mexico portion of the hearing.

To get a ticket, contact Betsy Chavez at 562-2134 or e-mail [email protected]

Bus driver needed for BRAC trip

A bus driver with a commerical driver’s license is needed for Friday’s BRAC hearing.

The time frame will be from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The driver will need to drive the bus to Clovis and stay through the events, then drive back to Portales. If interested, call university relations at 562-4490.

GEAR UP to present speaker

GEAR UP and the Eastern Area Board of Directors for the Workforce Investment Act will present Liz Murray and her inspirational story at 10 a.m. on June 28 in the Ballroom.

She grew up under the shadow of two drug-addicted parents who she began supporting at age 10. Homeless at age 15, after the death of her mother, Murray describes how she overcame incredible odds to finish high school in just two years while living on the streets and was subsequently awarded a full scholarship to Harvard.

For information, call GEAR UP at 562-4096.

Employees are honored at ENMU

• Gene Smith, College of Business, had an article titled “How to Achieve Organizational Trust with an Accounting Department” published in the spring edition of Managerial Auditing Journal.

• ENMU sports information director Robert McKinney and former graduate assistant Matt Brady have been selected for awards in the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) publications contest for their efforts in creating the 2004 ENMU Volleyball Media Guide. The media guide placed fifth for Volleyball Guides/Division B.

Students required to consult adviser

All new students — both freshmen and transfers — and those who have not declared a major must make an appointment with the Advising Center prior to registration. Walk-in registration will be accommodated when possible, but for the students’ convenience, students are encouraged to make an appointment.

All continuing undergraduate students must consult an academic advisor prior to registering. For distance education students, this means that advising is handled electronically via telephone or e-mail.

Director receives change in title

Robert Hilgenfeld, director of Information Technology Services (ITS) at ENMU, will assume the title of Chief Information Officer on July 1.

“The title of Chief Information Officer is a more common title for the position and is used by the Roswell campus and other institutions,” said Ronnie Birdsong, vice president for university relations and enrollment services

Fall, summer registration offered

The second summer term at ENMU begins July 5. Currently enrolled students may register now for the summer or fall terms.

Students need to contact their advisor before registering. New students should contact the Advising Center at 562-2338.

Those not yet admitted, can apply online at

For more information, call 562-2178 or e-mail:

[email protected]

MBA exam set for Saturday

The MBA Comprehensive Examination will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday in the College of Business, Room 126.

For information, contact John Stockmyer at 562-2352.

Banuelos is new tutoring coordinator

By Helen Carroll: ENMU Communications

Esthela Banuelos is the new tutor coordinator/intervention specialist at Eastern New Mexico University. Banuelos has a long and interesting history with ENMU and eastern New Mexico.

She was born in Mexico, in Villanueva, Zacatecas. Her family immigrated to the United States in 1986 when Esthela was 9. Along with her parents and four younger siblings, they farmed near Tucumcari.

Banuelos realized at an early age how important education is; her parents encouraged education and based this encouragement on their own educational background. She graduated from Tucumcari High School in the top 10 percent of her class. She then attended Mesalands Community College until she established her U.S. permanent residency in 1998.

Banuelos became an ENMU student in 1998. She earned her first bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a secondary education licensure, then earned a master’s in education in 2004.

While obtaining her degrees, Banuelos worked as a tutor in the Student Success Center, where she is now tutor coordinator/intervention specialist.

“Ironically enough, I was not hired as a math tutor. Because of my background, I was hired to tutor students in Spanish,” she said.

Banuelos also held other positions in the Student Success Center, working her way up from tutor to head tutor to interim director.

After graduating in 2004, Banuelos taught part-time at Dona Ana Branch Community College. “I taught developmental math for two semesters. I really love being in the classroom. It was so rewarding to see the ‘light bulb’ effect on a student’s face. Because it was a community college in the Southwestern region of the state, we had to overcome age and language barriers, as well as having to incorporate different teaching methods to teach people with different levels of education. It was very rewarding.”

Banuelos said she is excited to rejoin the Eastern community.

Assistant coach takes on leadership activities

By Shelley Gillmore: ENMU Communication Services

Draco Miller, a graduate assistant football coach for Eastern New Mexico University, has been involved in many leadership activities.

As vice president of the SHAPE Club, Miller was involved in the National P.E. Day in May. SHAPE also assists Relay for Life every spring. He is also on the student board of American Alliance for Heath and Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.

Working as a behavioral management specialist for TEAMBUILDERS, Miller mentors and provides leadership, behavioral and social skills for children.

As a part of the Greyhound coaching staff, Miller has assisted in many activities around the community, including trash cleanup in which the football team picks an area in Portales and picks up trash. This spring the team was involved in community service projects, assisting many schools and businesses.

Miller came to Eastern in 1999 and played offensive guard for the Greyhound football team. In 1999 and 2000 the ’Hounds were Lone Star Conference South Division Champions. He graduated in 2004.

King lives for adventure

By Shelley Gilmore: ENMU Communications

Portales resident Frankye King, 82, has been a fixture as a volunteer at KENW-TV’s fund-raising auctions for 15 years.

Thehouse she has lived in for 43 years has been her base of operations for a number of worldwide adventures.

During World War II, King worked at Cannon Air Force Base as a staff car driver and “drove the colonel around,” she said.

After a couple of years she went to San Francisco to visit a friend and became a welder in a shipyard for the Kaiser Company. Later, she moved to Los Angeles and worked for Columbia Pictures as a film editor for two years.

“Boy, that was a long time ago,” she said. “Most people would probably not have even heard of the stars. I don’t remember the name of movies but some of the stars were Joan Crawford, Rock Hudson ... and others. I was in the background like the camera men. This was before the days of modern technology. We watched the filming then looked at the film and edited it, omitting the things that should not be there. On-the-job training was easy to do then as the war was on and the men were all overseas and jobs were plentiful.”

King and her late husband, Bo, also had a restaurant for 20 years in Portales and Roswell called “Kings.”

This was her 15th year to assist Sheryl Borden, KENW-TV marketing director, with the Tele-Auction at Eastern New Mexico University. King is the auction coordinator. Her duties include rounding up merchandise for the auction.

“Frankye is delightful to work with, always sees the bright side of things and works well with anyone,” Borden said. “We’ve worked and played together for years and she is a real asset to the community.”

King said she is up for any adventure. In July she and her daughter, Sharon, are going sky diving. “A lot of people ask me why I’m going sky diving and I say, ‘Why not?’” King said. “Just another adventure in life.”

For her 79th birthday, she went water rafting down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. For her 80th birthday, she went to the United Kingdom for three weeks. She also rode in a hot air balloon in Albuquerque. She’s also been to Switzerland and other places.


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