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Doing what ENMU can for safety


March 29, 2020

Dear community members of Roosevelt and Curry County:

These are challenging times, and above all else, my wife, Edwina, and I hope you and your family are safe and healthy.

The past few weeks have been unprecedented for Eastern New Mexico University, and I wanted to give you an update on our efforts to serve our students and our community.

First, I wish to acknowledge the work of the ENMU Department of Public Safety. Our officers are working around the clock to help keep our campus and community safe. They have shared surplus protective equipment with Roosevelt General Hospital, tirelessly patrolled the campus and the community, assisted students with moving out of residence halls, and have helped assure everyone’s safety in the process.

Our faculty and staff have continued to provide fantastic service to our students. Our faculty worked diligently to move all our courses to online instruction so students can continue their education and reach their eventual goal of graduating, including our support for dual enrollment students. Staff members have responded to every student need, from advising and counseling, to financial aid and student accounts. If students call us or email us, a staff member will promptly reach out to help them with any issue they are facing.

We are providing for our students in need as our residence halls are open for students who could not return home. Our dining hall is also open providing carry-out meals for students.

Many of our staff members will continue to work a 40-hour week. For some, this could mean a combination of teleworking, and physical or virtual office hours. However, all offices should be virtually staffed by at least one individual who will be available remotely to respond to telephone messages and email messages within a 24-hour period.

I understand many of our community members were disappointed in the postponement of our spring commencement. We are, too. But the health and safety of our university community has to be our top priority. I want to reassure you we are continuing to work with our board of regents to examine all options for a spring commencement to be held this summer once this challenging time has passed and state restrictions have been lifted.

You can find the latest information and updates on ENMU’s response to the COVID-19 virus at

Practice social distancing, be kind to everyone, and know that together as a community we are stronger, and together we will find our way through this health crisis. ENMU faculty and staff are supporting our local businesses as we understand how valuable they are to our university and the surrounding community. Wishing you the blessings of health and the comfort of family and friends in this difficult time.

Jeff Elwell is president of Eastern New Mexico University. Contact him at:

[email protected]


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