ENMU Green & Silver Magazine - April 2018 issue


Jane Terry is an ENMU Rodeo Queen Turned Financial Trailblazer


Green SilverAPRIL 2018



Rodeo Queen

Turned Financial Trailblazer



Green & Silver Magazine | April 2018

Managing Editor

Noelle Bartl


04 Rodeo Queen Turned Financial Trailblazer

06 Forensic Science Majors Attend

Prestegious Internship at Carnegie Mellon

07 Boating, Wine and Family Time

08 Dr. Gregory Sawyer Fails at Retirement

09 Mother and Daughter Catch Trail Fever

10 A Boss with Ketchup in his Veins

and Making a Difference on his Mind

11 Consuelo Ruybal: A Graphic Designer

with her Head in the Cloud

12 WinshipPhillips: Life By Design

13 ENMU Special Collections Suffers a Tragic

Start to the New Year

ENMU Athletics News

14 ENMU Running Back Dreams of Playing

Professional Ball

15 The Greatest Greyhound Female Athlete:

Lauren Frye

Class Notes:

16 People You Know

18 In Memory

Content and Design Editor

Rachel Forrester



Writers and Contributors

Alisa Boswell, Dr. Kay Marden, Chelsé Craig, Patricia Duran

and Melissa Sena

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Three past presidents came together to celebrate President Elwell’s

inauguration on Dec. 16, 2017. From L-R: Dr. Steven Gamble (2001-17),

Dr. Everett Frost (1991-2001), Dr. Robert Matheny (1983-89) and

Dr. Jeff Elwell (current president).


Green & Silver | April 2018

From the President

Dear Greyhound Nation,

2018 has begun in spectacular fashion. The short (30-

day) 2018 legislative session proved to be very beneficial

to ENMU. As I write, the budget that was approved by

the Legislature includes:

• A four percent redistribution of the budget and a two

percent increase, which should provide us with some

$705,000 in new recurring state appropriation.

• A two percent salary increase for our faculty and staff.

• Approval of an $8 million General Obligation (GO)

Bond for phase one of the Roosevelt Science Center

renovation. This will be put before New Mexico

voters in November.

• $100,000 for Athletics (a partial replacement of funds

previously swept from them over the past few years).

• $190,000 in capitol outlay funds from the Severance

Tax Bonds for paving, creating sidewalks and lighting

around Greyhound Stadium and Greyhound Arena.

None of our success at the legislature would have

been possible without the guidance and support of our

eastern New Mexico legislators. Especially, senators

Sen. Stuart Ingle, Sen. Pat Woods, Sen. Gay Kernan, Sen.

Carroll Leavell and Sen. Jim Burt, as well as Rep. George

Dodge, Rep. Randy Crowder and Rep. Dennis Roch. Rep.

Roch who is also superintendent of the Logan Municipal

Schools, will be delivering the commencement address

on May 12, altogether fitting for our alumnus and retiring

legislator, who has dedicated his life to education.

On campus, the Golden Student Success Center is on

schedule and under budget, with the grand opening

scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 28. And speaking of student

success, we graduated 491 students on Dec. 16, 2017, the

largest ever Fall Commencement. Our new graduates

are the reason we exist, to help students realize their

personal dreams and to create the future leaders for our

state, our country and our world.

Thank you again for your continued support.

With great respect,

J.S. Elwell, President

Eastern New Mexico University

Green & Silver | April 2018



Turned Financial Trailblazer



Green & Silver | April 2018

By: Noelle Bartl

Jane Terry (BS 69) had big visions for herself as an

ENMU undergraduate. The Carlsbad native was very

active on campus, taking part in student government

as the secretary of her class, being a member of the

Alpha Delta Pi (ADPi) sorority, and working as a

resident advisor for two years. She was chosen as

ENMU’s Yucca Blossom, a Little Sister of Minerva and

was even crowned Rodeo Queen.

Jane believes one of the best things to ever happen to

her was the well-rounded education she received at

ENMU. It was an environment where she was given

“the opportunity to be a very BIG fish in a very small

pond,” with experiences she knows she would have

missed at any other university.

There were not reins strong enough to keep Jane

from pursuing her goal of one day becoming a dean

of women at a major university. Being a resident

advisor helped prepare her for the unexpected and

the unpredictable. In 1967, an unanticipated increase

in female undergraduate enrollment forced ENMU to

transfer many of the female students into a new dorm,

Lincoln Hall, which had originally been built for men.

The new dorm was beautiful and fully-functional,

complete with a series of urinals on each floor. Jane

and the other ladies quickly made “lemonade out

of lemons” as they discovered that the urinals were

perfect for washing their popular 1960s hairstyles.

After graduation, ADPi

selected Jane as one of

five traveling consultants

which provided her with

the opportunity to travel

the country visitng top

universities and meeting

many deans of women and

students. While interviewing

for a potential doctoral

program in Arizona,

however, the remarks of

the department head left

her feeling shocked and

incensed. He recommended

that she “return to New Mexico, learn how to play the

piano, get herself a man, get married and start raising a

family.” It was a remark she never forgot.

As her career progressed, Jane became the director

of student organizations at Texas Tech University,

where she supervised all student organizations and

coordinated rush week for 13 national sororities and

over 800 potential members. While there, she also

earned her master’s in educational administration.

Following graduation from Tech, Jane returned to New

Mexico as a real estate broker for Candlelight Homes.

As the Santa Fe sales manager, Jane encountered

more blatant gender discrimination. The owner

of the corporation requested that Jane, the sales

manager, train the construction superintendent

on how to manage all closings at the title

company. Despite her seniority, number one

ranking, and high performance levels, the

owner felt having a woman in such a visible

position did not project the then accepted

“status quo” of having male managers in real

estate development.

Jane’s yearbook photo from 1967 when

she was crowned ENMU Rodeo Queen.

Frustrated by the obvious glass ceiling, she

interviewed with the brokerage firm EF Hutton in

Albuquerque and beat out the other 60 applicants.

(Story continued on page 6)

Jane Terry circa 1967. She was very active on campus and

was involved in multiple organizations including student

government and Alpha Delta Pi.

Green & Silver | April 2018 5


Turned Financial Trailblazer

... continued from previous page

In the early 1980s and working in the male-dominated

investment industry, Jane was initially one of only

three females among 27 male financial advisors. Over

the years, she often heard comments about “empty

girdles,” who was or wasn’t attractive, “women should

be at home barefoot and pregnant,” or “each woman

hired is putting a man out of work and is stealing food

off of his family’s dinner table.”

Early in her career Jane attended “by invitation only”

national financial advisor conferences. Male colleagues

would approach her as if she was an employee of the

hotel, and would ask her when coffee would be served,

what was on the lunch menu, or could she contact their

office with a message. She had to consistently stand her

ground and educate many of her male colleagues that

women too were registered representatives with the

same certifications.

After years of gender inequality at a number of

firms, Jane decided she could have greater personal

satisfaction and professional success by managing her

own business. In 1989 Jane started her own independent

investment firm, Summit Investment Group. At that time

there was a significant bias against smaller independent

firms as they did not have the branding or marketing

budgets to capture the attention of investors that the

large wire houses had cultivated for decades.

Today Jane’s firm is located in Santa Fe, right off of

prestigious Canyon Road. The independent firm partners

with Raymond James Financial Services for technology,

research, and their portfolio management platforms.

Summit is a wealth management firm that provides

estate and retirement planning, as well as portfolio

management for high net worth clients ($500,000

minimum balance) in over 22 states.

As a result of Jane’s grit, leadership and expertise, the

firm has quadrupled managed assets and has been an

annually recognized member of the Raymond James

Executive Council for providing exemplary client

service and for maintaining a high level of professional

performance. Jane truly proved herself in the maledominated

financial industry. Thanks to her and

countless other female baby boomers and professional

pioneers, women today have more career choices.

This former rodeo queen has never been happier.

Forensic Science Majors Attend

Prestigious Internship

at Carnegie Mellon

By: Dr. Kay Marden

ENMU Forensic Science Program Director

Three talented ENMU forensic science majors were

chosen to participate in the 2017 National Science

Foundation “Research Experience for Undergraduates”

(REU) summer internship program. Susan Hartfelder

(forensic anthropology), Kristyn Frisque (forensic

biology) and Trysha Parker (forensic anthropology),

were all invited to attend the nationally renowned, twomonth-long

residential internship program at Carnegie

Mellon University in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, with

all of the students’ travel and living expenses paid by

the National Center for Statistics and Applications in

Forensic Evidence (CSAFE).

Working under the supervision of CSAFE’s leading

experts, our students contributed to a major initiative

in statistical foundations in forensic science, exploring

novel ways to employ statistical models to solve key

challenges in forensic evidence analysis. These young

scholars participated in evidence collection, data

analysis, and honed their professional communication

skills through regular presentations of research results.

ENMU’s participation in the CSAFE REU internship

program has not only increased threefold in just one

year, but Eastern students comprised a large proportion

of the participants. With only 16 undergraduate students

from seven institutions around the country invited to

attend this highly selective internship program, it is

remarkable that all three Eastern students whose names

we submitted were accepted. We’re very proud of each

of these young scientists, and we can’t wait to watch the

trajectories of their respective careers.


Green & Silver | April 2018

Boating, Wine and Family Time

By: Rachel Forrester

Boating in the middle of the desert ... a luxurious, historic

hotel ... a pumpkin patch and winery combo. It’s a group

of attractions you might not expect to have a common

denominator, yet each one is owned and operated by the

Balzano family out of Carlsbad, New Mexico.

Part of a family of entrepreneurs who are constantly

looking for a risk to take or a gap that needs to be

filled, Dale Balzano (BS 75) started the first of their

local family attractions with Carlsbad Cruises 30 years

ago. The company offers guided boat tours along the

beautiful Pecos River, as well as pedal boat, kayak and

paddleboard rentals. He and his wife Janie (attended)

also own the historic Trinity Hotel, which they bought

with their son Derek (attended) in 2007 and fully

renovated into what is now Carlsbad’s finest dining

establishment and hotel. The couple is also responsible

for Balzano Winery where, so far, four generations of

Balzano family members have been seen tending to

and pruning the vines.

Dale and Janie’s daughter, Toni Balzano (BS 97), started

her first company when she was just 6 years old, selling

sheep to other 4-H kids. Toni took over managing

Carlsbad Cruises seven years ago and also recently

talked her parents into letting her open a pumpkin

patch on the winery property.

Dale and Janie Balzano with their daughter, Toni and her husband,

Johnny Chandler. All four of them are ENMU alumni.

The pumpkin patch has become a huge hit, complete

with a petting zoo, hayride, fishing pond and

more. Today, Toni spends her days juggling her

responsibilities in Carlsbad with imPRonta, her PR

company based out of Albuquerque.

“Sometimes I’m dealing with a media crisis for an

imPRonta client, and the next I’m talking to employees

about boat motors or the latest drama with one of the

pumpkin patch animals,” Toni explained. “I live and work

in Albuquerque, but from boat season to pumpkin patch

season we spend a majority of weekends in Carlsbad.”

Toni Balzano most recently pursuaded her father, Dale, to let her open

a pumpkin patch on the winery property.

Toni’s husband, Johnny Chandler (BS 02), is also a

Greyhound, along with all of Dale’s siblings, Rick

Balzano (attended), Gary Balzano (BS 77) and Debbie

Balzano (BBA 85). All three brothers belonged to

the Sigma Chi fraternity, and Dale and Gary still get

together with several of their fraternity brothers every

year in Las Vegas over Super Bowl weekend.

“I always tell kids to choose Eastern,” Dale said. “Some

kids think they want some big, fancy, expensive school,

but nothing will prepare you for life like ENMU. Eastern

gives you a big education for a fraction of the cost.

And being a smaller school means you can really get

involved and get to know people.”

To Dale and Janie, success has meant working together

as a family. And with a new generation of Balzanos

contributing to current projects and forming their own

entrepreneurial dreams, it looks like continued success

is on the horizon.

Carlsbad Cruises opens each year after Easter.

Balzano Winery is open daily from Memorial Day until

Labor Day, when they make the switch to opening the

pumpkin patch at the beginning of October.

Green & Silver | April 2018 7

Dr. Gregory Sawyer Fails at Retirement

Photo by: Tone Stockenstrom

“It matters

not how strait

the gate, how

charged with


the scroll. I am

the master of

my fate, I am the

captain of my

soul.” –William

Ernest Henley,


By: Rachel Forrester

Those words have become the mantra for ENMU

alumnus Dr. Wm. Gregory Sawyer (MA 78), who

recently retired from California State University

Channel Islands (CSUCI) after 16 years as their

founding vice president for Student Affairs.

In his nearly four decades of working with students

as an educator and administrator, Sawyer adopted the

poem “Invictus,” which emphasizes embracing courage

and resilience in the face of adversity, as his way to

encourage, motivate and inspire students when they

felt they were at their lowest point.

“The poem was a way to say that although life had dealt

them some serious blows, they could and would recover.

They may be beat but never beaten!” he explained.

Under his leadership, CSUCI’s Divison of Student Affairs

has been recognized for the past four consecutive

years as one of the nation’s Most Promising Places

to Work for in Student Affairs. In addition to his

administrative work, Dr. Sawyer taught public speaking

courses and regularly ran speech tournaments and

leadership retreats, often using his own upbringing and

experiences to connect with students.

“They would say ‘Doc, you’ve probably always had good

grades.’ But I didn’t,” he revealed. “At one point as an

undergrad I had a 1.0 GPA and that was really difficult for

me because I’d done so well academically in my military

academy high school. My sisters and I always made

good grades. After that I still ended up becoming the

outstanding grad student in communication, so I wanted

students to see that no matter where they were in life,

they too could pull themselves up by their bootstraps.”

Growing up, both of Dr. Sawyer’s

parents taught the importance

of education. His father earned

his undergraduate degree from

Morehouse College and spent

three years postgrad at Howard

University Medical School

before being pulled out to be

an Army medic. Dr. Sawyer’s

mother attended Bennett College

in Greensboro, North Carolina, but transferred and

graduated from The Ohio State University. Sitting

around the dining room table at the Sawyer house was

more like a college study session.

“This type of family engagement helped me and my

sisters to remain motivated throughout our academic

journeys. Knowing that our parents sacrificed and cared

for us made us want to achieve even more for them, and

ourselves,” Dr. Sawyer said.

Pictured: Dr. Wm. Gregory Sawyer with his mom

Betty and his two sisters Leslie and Deborah.

Sawyer applied to a variety of different graduate

programs. He was accepted to all of them but is grateful

that he ultimately choose to become a Greyhound. His

two sisters, Leslie J. Sawyer (MA 82) and Deborah M.

Sawyer (MS 82), were also graduate students at ENMU.

The three siblings all attended private institutions for

their undergraduate degrees, and each one drove all the

way from Ohio to New Mexico to earn their master’s.

“I had a pretty solid educational background before

coming to Eastern, but I think my best academic

experience was at ENMU,” Sawyer said. “All the

things that I learned in terms of the ability to interact

interculturally, to teach, as well as to get up in front of

an audience and speak, I learned there.”

Dr. Sawyer knew he would probably “fail” at retirement,

and after only six weeks he was invited to join Sonoma

State University as the vice president for Student Affairs.

“There were bets on how long I would stay retired,”

Dr. Sawyer explained. “My wife (Dr. Rita Gloria Sawyer)

and I are looking forward to working with this

visionary and very forward-thinking president

(Dr. Sakaki) as we work together to make a difference

in the world through the lens of higher education.”


Green & Silver | April 2018

Mother and Daughter Catch Trail Fever

By: Chelsé Craig

From the sand of the softball field to the dust of hiking

trails, Alexandra (Mayo Otis) Hamann (BS 10) has

been living an active lifestyle. Alex, who was recently

inducted into the ENMU Athletics Hall of Honors, is now

a thru-hiker (someone who hikes long distance trails

from end-to-end within one hiking season). She has

backpacked over 5,200 miles – the equivalent of walking

from the East Coast of the United States to the West

Coast and back again. “I played softball my whole life

and I missed pushing myself physically. Hiking gives

me that goal and physical exhaustion that I enjoy.”

“My mom (Cindi) introduced me to backpacking,” Alex

says. “We went on one overnight, 20-mile backpacking

trip and I became hooked.” After reading the book

“Becoming Odyssa” by Jennifer Pharr Davis, a story

about a girl who thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail,

Alex became inspired to try it.

Alex’s mom, Cindi, grew up riding trail horses and

hiking. After she retired, she began hiking regularly. “I’m

lucky enough that if I want to hike, I can go out into my

backyard,” Cindi said.

In 2013, Alex and Cindi hiked the 2,160-mile-long

Appalachian Trail together. In 2015, they hiked all 800

miles of the Arizona Trail to raise awareness for the

non-profit Wild at Heart, which rescues, rehabilitates

and releases birds of prey such as hawks, falcons,

eagles and owls. Nearly every year since, they have

gone on different trails and have now hiked more than

4,000 miles together.

“I love being able to spend this time with my mom and

share these moments,” said Alex. “We kept a trail journal

every day so we will never forget our experiences.”

Alex most recently thru-hiked the Pacific Crest

Trail. It is her hope she will be able to continue her

adventures and one day hike the Continental Divide.

“My very first trail angel gave me this quote that I live

by: ‘Your worst day on the trail is still better than your

best day at work,’” Alex said.

When she’s not on the trails, Alex works in data/

violations processing and she lives in New York.

Pictured: After a long hike, Cindi and her daughter

Alex catch sight of the end of the Arizona Trail.

Green & Silver | April 2018


A Boss With Ketchup in His Veins

and Making a Difference on His ind

By: Rachel Forrester

“We recently helped a young lady named Betty Carabajal

Many people might consider a job in fast food as a

purchase a new vehicle,” Nic recalled. “She was in

launching pad or way for young workers to make some

desperate need after depending on the charity of friends

extra cash. For Nicholas Snowberger (BBA 05), however,

and family for too long, and the addition of the vehicle

a career at McDonald’s has been at the top of his list for

has had a lasting effect. We also worked with Diana

as long as he can remember, and he wants others to see

Corral who had been a manager at one of our locations

that the fast food giant has potential to be more than just

for a little over six years. With the help of our Dream

“America’s best first job.”

Program, she opened her own tortilla and chip factory –

something that had been in the works for over a decade.”

The McDonald’s locations with this program in place

have experienced double-digit decreases in turnover for

both crew and management. Three of the four Roswell

locations, as well as the location in Artesia, perform

well above the national average. The newest Roswell

location that was built two years ago is experiencing

double-digit growth and will soon join the others.

“I have ketchup in my veins!” explained Nic, who started working

the Portales McDonald’s drive-through in high school and now

owns several locations in Roswell and Artesia.

Nic’s parents, John and Robin Snowberger, own

locations in Portales, Tucumcari and Clovis; Nic

purchased the Roswell locations from them in 2016. Like

many people who follow a successful family legacy, the

35-year-old owner is passionate about his work, but he

also feels pressure to live up to the name.

“Dad has always been there for advice and counsel

whenever I ask,” said Nic. “But I also have an innate drive

to get out from his shadow and take new ideas and risks

that will not only reinforce the powerful impression he is

leaving, but take it to another level.”

His newest initiative began with hiring Toni, a Dream

Ambassador, as a way to boost morale by helping his

employees accomplish a personal goal. Toni meets with

each worker one-on-one to learn about his or her biggest

dream or ambition. She then researches what it will take

to turn that dream into a reality, and helps that employee

craft a budget, a savings plan and set up a bank account

to achieve that goal. If the employee can save 95 percent

of what they need, Nic steps in to cover the last five.

In addition to his Dream Ambassador program, Nic

has developed the Snowberger Children’s Foundation,

a nonprofit that will provide scholarships to ENMU

students, graduating seniors from Roswell, Goddard

and Artesia High School, and that generously supports

the Ronald McDonald House charity.

“While attending ENMU I was very involved with the

Kappa Sigma fraternity through which I received

multiple Scholarship Leadership Awards,” Nic

explained. “The scholarship made such a difference for

my college experience, allowing me to spend more time

on my studies, and not juggling a full-time job. I’m very

passionate about education and personal development

and love being a part of other people’s success stories.”

Nic noted that the Dream Program has paid for itself

many times over, and that the more he focuses on

the success of the people around him, the more they

are able to accomplish as a team. His brother Chris

Snowberger (BBA 07) has been performing well in

the family business, and he is the general manager

for two locations in Roswell and Artesia. Nic’s wife

SooJee (BBA 13) is on the Board of Directors for the

Snowberger Children’s Foundation and spends much

of her time raising their 3-year-old son Joshua.


Green & Silver | April 2018

Consuelo Ruybal: A Graphic Designer

with her Head in

the Cloud

By: Chelsé Craig

Consuelo Ruybal (BA 92) considers herself lucky to

have been working the design industry since the early

90s after graduating from Eastern with her degree in

visual and graphic design. She currently works for

Pitney Bowes, the 95-year-old paper-mailing company

that now specializes in Cloud Commerce and has

become a vital part of the digital ecosystem.

Based out of New York, Consuelo is responsible for

making sure the company’s custom-built, internal

software infrastructure works to the best of its ability,

so that it can enable Twitter to assign locations, allow

eBay’s customers to buy and sell goods, and more.

She has worked in visual and graphic design, and now

as a user-experience (UX) designer and/or creative

consultant for company giants such as Elle magazine,

Facebook, Microsoft, Verizon, IBM and others.

Consuelo has received

several awards on

various projects,

including Cannes Lions

International Advertising

Festival’s Cyber Silver,

Titanium, and Integrated

Grand Prix awards for her

work as a user experience

strategist and designer on

a Bing.com project called


“Professional designers

add value to their work

by removing themselves

from their designs,” she

said. “I add value by

removing myself and

making sure I listen to

my customers. My best

designs are always in the

style of the end client.”

Consuelo Ruybal graduated from ENMU with a Bachelor of Arts in

visual and graphic design. Photo by: Meg Allen

“It’s a funny story on how I was signed on,” she said.

“I had just sent out a message to my network saying

that I was available and ready for work. A few hours

later, I received a phone call requesting my attendance

for a 10 a.m. meeting the next day. I had to be willing to

accept the position without knowing anything about

the project, and the words ‘high-profile’ and ‘very

exciting’ were thrown around.”

Consuelo signed non-disclosure agreement contracts

and spent months creating a conceptual model that

would release every page of Jay-Z’s autobiography

out in the real world and have fans reassemble those

pages online in the interactive game. She also spent

time writing the game logic and designing the user

experience without talking about it to anyone.

“My friends, however, commented that I suddenly knew

a lot more about hip-hop than ever before,” she quipped.

Consuelo also co-founded RightRides for Women’s

Safety, a nonprofit organization that offers rides from

trained volunteers throughout high-risk areas in New

York City. The company was created in order to build

safer communities by ending gender-based harassment

and sexual assault through direct services, intervention,

safety education and policy advocacy.

“It was a passion-project that I helped run while working

a full-time corporate job and it was successful in helping

people get home safe late at night. It received a lot of

recognition and awards. I’m very proud of it.”

Consuelo currently lives in New York and was recently

photographed for her street style.

Photo by: Curtis Xin Pan, Instagram @curtispan

Green & Silver | April 2018


WinshipPhillips: Life By Design

By: Noelle Bartl

Imagine growing up in the

small village of Tularosa,

New Mexico (population

2,800) in the shadows of the

Sacramento Mountains and

being told by your high school

counselor, “You aren’t college

material.” You’ve been raised

on your grandparents’ farm,

not knowing that you could

question your counselor’s

Ken and Becky Phillips in 1983. advice to pursue a technical

vocation as an auto mechanic.

Your friends prepare to go to college while you continue

to draw and sketch in your free time until graduation.

Then, while framing some of your artwork at a shop in

Alamogordo, the owner asks, “Are you an art major? If

not, you should be! You can major in art at ENMU.”

And that clandestine conversation changes your life

path forever.

This is exactly what happened to Ken Phillips (BS 82)

who never knew one could study art in college. He

packed up and drove to Portales to earn a degree in

commercial art with a minor in drafting from ENMU.

Now, imagine growing up on the other side of the world,

where sandy beaches and coconut palm trees are the

norm. Ken’s fellow classmate Becky Winship (BFA 82)

was born on the island of Cebu in the Philippines, where

her parents were missionaries. At 8 years old, Becky’s

family moved to the United States.

Similar to Ken, Becky enjoyed drawing, sketching and “art

of any kind.” Her Portales High School art teacher was

instrumental in guiding her to ENMU’s commercial art

program where she focused on illustration and package

design, as well as a minor in marketing.

After graduation, Ken and Becky both moved to Texas.

They began dating which led to marriage, and the

two made their home in Dallas. For six years, Becky

worked for a small design firm that created collateral

and packaging for various clients including Frito-Lay.

While working there, she created an illustration that

was on the back of Funyuns bags for over 20 years! She

jokes that this is her “claim to fame.”

Her job, however, included crazy hours and little pay, so

to allow for more creative opportunities, Becky started

her own freelance design firm. Her clients included

JCPenney, various non-profits and healthcare leaders.

Meanwhile, in 1989 Ken and a colleague opened an

advertising and design agency called Griffith Phillips

Creative, Inc. During the 14 years under Ken’s creative

leadership, their clients included mobile giants

Verizon, Sprint and Northern Telecom to name a few. In

2002, Adweek Magazine named the firm #33 of the Top

50 Agencies in the Southwest. Ken often hired Becky as

a freelance designer to work on client projects.

Realizing they worked well as a team, Ken and Becky

started their own firm, WinshipPhillips, in 2003.

Together they handle a multitude of projects including

corporate identity, advertising, graphic design and

corporate communication solutions for clients in the

non-profit, healthcare and fine art arenas, as well as

print and exhibition projects for galleries and museums.

After 33 years in Dallas, the couple relocated their

business to Santa Fe, New Mexico where they retained

most of their Texas clients and gained new ones.

Together their work has been featured in Adweek,

Communication Arts, Print, Graphic Design USA – People

to Watch, Dynamic Graphics, HOW, LogoLounge and more.

Ken and Becky believe the creative process should be

fun. That perspective is the basis for their long-term

client relationships and success.


is the creative

partnership of

Ken Phillips and

Becky Winship

Phillips (pictured).

The creative

firm has been

recognized by the

Dallas Ad League,

Press Club of

Dallas, American





of Business


and many more.


Green & Silver | April 2018


Portales Mayor

Sharon King

Dec. 23, 1953 - March 1, 2018

Mayor Sharon King (BUS 95, AA 91)

passed away on March 1, 2018 after

battling cancer for several years.

King was Portales’ first female

mayor, elected in 2010 and reelected

in 2014. Prior to becoming mayor,

she was executive director of the

Roosevelt County Chamber of

Commerce, as well as ENMU’s grant

coordinator and executive secretary

to the ENMU president for five years.

ENMU Special Collections

Suffers a Tragic Start

to the New Year

Over the past two years, the entire collection of Golden

Library books and special collection materials have been

transferred to various storage locations around campus while

the Golden Student Success Center is under renovation.

ENMU administration placed the library’s government

documents in a warehouse on the north side of campus; the

library offices, functions and University archives in Bernalillo

Hall on the south side; and all the books, General and Special

Collections in the basement of the Campus Union.

On Dec. 29, 2017, the Campus Union basement encountered

significant flood damage. Over the holiday break, a pipe froze

and burst hours before being discovered.

ENMU Special Collections bore the brunt of the disaster.

Special Collections consists of three main areas:

1. The University Archives

2. New Mexico history

3. The Jack Williamson Science Fiction Library



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The majority of the archives are in another location and were

not harmed. In the flooded basement were oral histories,

photographs, and folders of information about New Mexico.

The Jack Williamson Science Fiction Library is one of the

largest collections of its kind in the nation. A sizable section

of the books and about half of a large collection of magazines

spanning more than 100 years were soaked and sitting in water.

The New Mexico history collection includes rare books, a

number of which were also saturated. In an effort to rescue

the damaged collections, approximately 230 boxes of books

and magazines were taken off-campus to be freeze-dried.

One of our greatest losses was the entire historical collection

archiving the student newspaper The Chase from 1934 through

fall 2017. ENMU staff aren’t confident that newsprint can be

salvaged. A large record of ENMU’s history has been lost.


If you have past issues of The Chase and wish to donate

them to restore the collection, please mail issues to:

ENMU Special Collections

Attn: Gene Bundy

ENMU Station 32

1500 S Ave K

Portales, NM 88130


Green & Silver | April 2018



ENMU Running Back Dreams of Playing Professional Ball

By: Alisa Boswell

ENMU Athletics Correspondent

Fans have heard his name rumble through the Eastern

New Mexico University Greyhound Stadium many

times, as he’s set touchdown and rushing records.

Before he enrolled at ENMU, Kamal Cass rewrote the

record books at Clovis High School, where he was

selected as the 2012 Gatorade Player of the Year for

New Mexico after he rushed for 2,081 yards and 26

touchdowns. As a freshman at ENMU, he rushed for

148 yards on 37 attempts and had three receptions

for 11 yards. As a sophomore, he set a team record of

1,514 rushing yards and 22 rushing touchdowns and

was named First Team Don Hansen All-America and

First Team All-Lone Star Conference. His junior year

brought him many more all-star titles, with Cass

rushing for 1,191 yards and 14 touchdowns.

As the 22-year-old senior prepares to leave ENMU

in May, he’s got one thing on his mind more than

anything else – playing pro football.

“Football has just always been with me ever since I

was little,” said Cass. “I grew up watching it, and I’m a

naturally competitive person, so I think football just

naturally brings out the best in me.”

Cass is so driven to continue with his football career

that he began making calls to find out how he could get

into a pro day where NCAA Division II and III football

players from smaller universities throughout the

country play for NFL scouts.

“Since we (Eastern) don’t have a pro day, I had to call

around to see what pro day I could go to,” he said. “That’s

really the only way you’re going to get your name out

there. It’s always been my dream (to play pro ball).”

Cass participated in the Dream Bowl all-star game in

Roanoke, Virginia, Jan. 10-15, and he plans to attend a

pro day on April 4, which entails his performing and

working out in front of NFL scouts who will determine

whether he makes it to the pros or not.

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“It went a lot better than I thought it would,” Cass said

of the all-star game. “I met a lot of good people. The

game went really good. Right now, I am just playing it

by ear to see what happens.”

If he does not make it into pro ball, Cass is not sure what

he plans to do with his degree in broadcast journalism.

He’s just glad his parents encouraged him to come.

“Before attending ENMU, I was actually thinking about

not going to college. I wanted to play division one

football or no football at all. My parents told me, at least

go to college and play football,” Cass said. “I am grateful

for that, for them telling me to go to college, because it

has definitely benefited me.”

Cass said being in college has taught him to better

prioritize and manage his time.

“I’m just extremely happy for him. He deserves all of

the accolades he’s earned,” said ENMU Head Coach

Kelley Lee. “He has been a completely unselfish team

player, and it’s nice to see a guy like that get some

individual awards because he’s always put the team

first. He was a team player from the get-go.”

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Green & Silver | April 2018


ENMU Student-Athletes Among the

Top in the Lone Star Conference

The Lone Star Conference (LSC) announced in January

that ENMU held the highest number of studentathletes

with a 4.0 GPA. The final count included 330

students with a perfect GPA for the fall 2017 semester

with 48 of those students being from ENMU. This was

an increase from the spring 2017 semester when the

Hounds placed third with 36 total students.

The LSC announced that 1,213 student-athletes earned

the Commissioner’s Honor Roll for the 2017 fall

semester, with ENMU tying with UT Permian Basin for

third place in the number of student-athletes on the

honor roll. The Commissioner’s Honor Roll is announced

at the conclusion of the fall and spring semesters. To

be eligible, student-athletes must have a minimum 3.30

GPA for the current semester.

“We are proud of our student-athletes and their

dedication to their academic pursuits,” said ENMU

Athletics Director Dr. Greg Waggoner. “They continue

to put their priorities in place in addition to significant

demands on their time, training and competing at the

NCAA Division II level.”

ENMU Presents Midwestern State

with 24Strong Donation

On Nov. 11, ENMU

President Dr. Jeff Elwell

presented Kyle Williams,

the athletic director

from Midwestern State

University (MSU), a

$5,000 check in memory

of Robert Grays, a Lone

Star Conference athlete.

Grays was a 19-year-old sophomore at MSU who was

tragically injured during a Sept. 16 football game against

Texas A&M-Kingsville and passed away a few days later.

ENMU started a campaign to honor the fallen studentathlete.

Donations from students, faculty, staff and

community members matched by the ENMU Foundation

established the scholarship in Grays’ memory.

The Greatest Greyhound

Female Athlete: Lauren Frye

By: Patricia Duran

Lauren Frye (BS 17), who graduated in December with a

biology degree, is the recipient of not just one, but two,

Greatest Greyhound Female Athlete awards for 2015 and

2016. Thinking of all the female athletes who represent

ENMU, she thought, “Wow, this is pretty cool. Out of all

them, why would they choose me?”

Towering at 6 feet tall, Lauren didn’t grow to her full

height until she was a junior in high school. “I was really

bad [at volleyball] when I was young.”

Lauren’s love for sports began in fifth grade. She is from

a little town in Virginia where eighth-graders were

given the opportunity to play junior varsity or varsity

for the public high school.

“It was really funny because we didn’t know what we

were doing. I remember this game where another team

was crushing us, and coach put me in position to serve.”

Lauren told herself, “I guess I’m going to put it over

the net.” She served the ball hard and gave a player on

the other side a bloody nose causing the game to stop.

“What did I just do?” she thought.

“Coach was like, ‘It’s okay, you did a great job.’ I was like,

‘Oh my gosh, is this supposed to be great?’ After that, I

thought, well maybe, I’m going to be really great.”

Her senior year of high school, ENMU Coach Sia Poyer

came to a tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada and saw

her play. “He wanted me to be on his team. I had offers

from Division I schools, so he was like ‘there’s no way

she’s going to come here because we are a small D2,’”

she remembered. “I don’t know what it is about this

school, but everyone was so nice and welcoming that I

felt comfortable here. This is where I wanted to go.”

After earning her degree, Lauren plans to become an

EMT and paramedic. She is in the process of lining up a

job with the fire department back home in Virginia.

Green & Silver | April 2018


Class Notes

People You Know

Continental Who’s Who recognized C. Barry Crutchfield (BS 68)

as a Pinnacle Professional Member in the legal field. Barry

serves as an attorney and managing partner at Templeman

& Crutchfield, P.C. in Lovington, New Mexico. He specializes

in personal injury and criminal law and has served as deputy

counsel for the governor of Texas, and as military judge for the

United States Marine Corps in Camp Pendleton, California. He

was also named one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers.

Lee Black (BA 72) and Sandi Black (BS 71) ran into alumnus

Chris Martinez (BS 12) while he was working at a Verizon

Wireless store in Albuquerque. The staff wears football jerseys

on Saturdays and the Blacks reached out to ENMU Athletics to

make sure Martinez would be able to represent ENMU.

Andy Wallace (BS 71) has agreed to serve as the chief executive

officer of Allegiant Gold. He is the principal of Cordex

Exploration, one of the most successful gold exploration groups

in the United States. Andy became a full-time geologist in 1978

and the manager of exploration in 1985. He was also involved

in the discovery of the Sterling Mine and of the Dee Mine. Andy

is a Certified Professional Geologist (CPG) with the American

Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG).

Sylvia Gonzales (BAE 89, AS 84) is the

director of the HSI STEM IMPACT Program

at Texas State University. She has been

an administrator in higher education for

six years at several public institutions

in Texas. In her position, she establishes

inspiration, connection and research with

STEM faculty, staff and students. Sylvia

also serves as an advocate and mentor to

the scientists of tomorrow.

Christopher M. Romero (BS 90) was promoted to colonel in

the U.S. Army Reserves and is now in an elite group of senior

commissioned officers. He has been overseas six times and

was a battalion commander for a civil affairs unit in Utah. Chris

has also been with the Kansas City Police Department for 25

years and plans to retire soon.

The longtime head coach of the Roswell

High School boys’ basketball team, Britt

Cooper (MED 93, BS 86) led his team to their

fourth state championship (2009, 2010, 2014,

2017) during his tenure before retiring from

RHS last summer. His team defeated Capital

High School 74-53. Britt is Roswell’s all-time

wins leader with 448 victories. He was

named National Federation of State High

School Association’s National Coach of the

Year for boys’ basketball in 2015 and was inducted into the New

Mexico High School Coaches Association Hall of Honor in 2016.

Placer County, California has selected Todd Leopold (BS 96)

as its new county executive officer. He recently worked as

county manager in Adams County and has been in the public

sector for more than 20 years with financial and administrative

management positions in Jefferson County, Colorado.

Luke Hinshaw (MS 97, BS 94), an

internal medicine physician, has

joined the staff at College Station

Medical Center in Texas. Luke

graduated from the UNM School

of Medicine and completed his

residency there at the University

Hospital in Internal Medicine.

He earned his master’s in

microbiology from ENMU.

Dr. Dawn McQuiston (BS 95)

is an associate professor

of psychology at Wofford

College with an expertise

in psychology and law. Her

work involves applying

psychological science to

issues of justice. She has

published numerous scholarly

articles, and given various

presentations at academic and

legal conferences. Dr. McQuiston has provided consultation and

expert testimony to legal teams in both federal and state court.


Green & Silver | April 2018

Kayne Gutierrez (BS 04) will serve as the

interim athletic director at the University

of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). Since June

of 2016, Kayne was the assistant athletic

director for compliance at UAF. His

experience as an administrator includes

the NCAA Division I and Division II

athletics programs.

Curry County Manager Lance Pyle (BBA 04) has been

reelected as chairman of the New Mexico County Insurance

Authority Workers’ Compensation Pool Board of Directors. The

Workers’ Compensation Pool provides workers’ compensation

insurance and loss prevention services for its 31 member

counties. Lance also serves as the director of District 2,

representing Colfax, Union, Mora, Harding, San Miguel,

Guadalupe, Quay and Curry counties.

Sarah Walley (BS 04) attended veterinary school at Washington

State University and for the past nine-and-a-half years, has

been working as a small animal clinician in Las Cruces. She is

currently training in taekwondo and kickboxing.

Tara Bonestroo (BBA 07) has been appointed to the advisory

council on Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Disease

Disablement. Tara is a partner in Bonestroo & Sons Dairy.

Last July, Brig. Gen. Richard V. Geraci, USA

(Ret.) (M.ED. 12) assumed duties as chief

academic officer and director of planning

for the Missouri Military Academy (MMA).

Geraci’s vast array of qualifications led MMA

to combine the duties and responsibilities

of the current dean position with those of a

manager of the strategic planning process.

Geraci started his career in education as the

22nd commandant of cadets and dean of students at New

Mexico Military Institute (NMMI) after retiring from the

Army after 29 years of service.

Vanessa McBee (BUS 12) has been a part of the ENMU TRIO

Talent Search staff since 2013. Talent Search is a precollege

grant-funded program geared toward first generation lowincome

students who reside in Clovis, Portales and Tucumcari.

Her husband, Mason McBee (BUS 11), is a teacher and coach in

Dora, and the McBees have an 11-year-old daughter.

Shyla Archuletta (AA 16) is currently employed with the

Children Youth and Families Department for the state of New

Mexico. She is currently attending WNMU for her master’s

degree in social work. She enjoys photography and hiking.

Students and faculty from the ENMU Social Work Program

teamed up to help feed the Portales community by gathering

items for the Community Services Center (CSC) Portales’ food

pantry. Volunteers collected enough items to fill the large tables

and racks that store the food, and Lourdes Terrazas, executive

assistant of the CSC of Portales, stated it “was the most food

we ever received in the four years I have been here.” According

to Patricia Saylor, program director of the ENMU Social Work

Program, “The folks at the community center were as shocked

as we were. Not only did we pack the pantry, it is bursting at

the seams.” CSC of Portales assists needy families and food is

provided on a case-by-case basis.

Roger Johns (faculty) is the author of “Dark

River Rising,” a mystery featuring female Baton

Rouge Homicide Detective Wallace Hartman.

This is his debut novel and it was published

in August of 2017 by one of the largest U.S.

publishers, St. Martin’s Press, under their

imprint Minotaur. Johns taught business

administration at ENMU from 1988-97.

Dr. Karen Copple (faculty) has been named one of Texas

Tech Health Sciences Center’s (TTUHSC) 2016 Distinguished

Alumni. She was one of the first students in TTUHSC’s doctoral

program. Dr. Copple has been an assistant professor at Eastern

for six years, teaching about voice disorders, craniofacial

anomalies, and augmentative and alternative communication.


Submit your story ideas, news and memorials

to us at alumni.affairs@enmu.edu.

Green & Silver | April 2018


Class Notes In Memory

40s and 50s


Jo Nell Brooks (BA 46) passed away Jan. 31, 2018.

Dr. Brooks served as ENMU’s dean of women from

1967-74, and for two years as dean of student

development. She became the director of Career

Services where she served until her retirement

in 1989. Dr. Brooks also served on the ENMU

Foundation Board of Directors and received a

Distinguished Emeritus Faculty Award in 2012.

Jack W. Barron (BA 52) passed away Oct. 25, 2017. A fouryear

football letterman and ENMU’s 1950 All-Conference

quarterback, he was inducted into the ENMU Athletics

Hall of Honor in 2000. After graduating, Jack worked as an

account executive at El Paso’s NBC affiliate KTSM-TV for 32

years. He also owned Portales’ Coronado Cleaners. In 1996, he

was chosen as El Paso’s Rotarian of the Year.

Marion Lecil Richards (BA 53) passed away Oct. 23, 2017.

An educator for 37 years, Marion was a teacher, coach and

principal in multiple cities throughout New Mexico. He was

also the superintendent of the Chaves County Independent

School District until its consolidation with the city. He was

inducted into the ENMU Educators Hall of Honor in 2012.

David Polston (BA 55) passed away Jan. 6, 2018. He taught in

New Mexico for 28 years, served as a minister of music and

as an education director in Portales. David was part of a local

barbershop quartet and was a member of the New Mexico

Singing Churchmen. While at ENMU, he served as the Baptist

Student Union president and was a member of the ENMU Choir.

Hywanah Russell (MA 55) passed away on

Nov. 9, 2017. She taught fifth grade at James

Bickley Elementary School for 29 years. Hywanah

enjoyed traveling with her husband Ben to many

European nations and the Western Hemisphere.

She also taught a women’s senior Sunday school

class for 60 years.

Joseph R. Moore (BS 58) passed away on Jan. 12, 2018. An

educator for 42 years, Joe was the recipient of numerous grants

and awards including the ENMU Educator Hall of Honor. He

was a lifetime member of the National Education Association

and was a dedicated volunteer to Boy Scouts, Explorer Scouts,

the Iowa Academy of Science and more.

Marion D. Owens (BA 60) passed away on

Dec. 31, 2017. He served in the Army in

Okinawa during the Korean Conflict. He

and his wife, Velma, owned and operated

the Parkway Super Market until the late

1980s when they retired and made their

home in Lubbock. Marion was a handyman

and could build or fix just about anything.

Echo Griffith (MED 63) passed away Oct. 29, 2017. She taught in

public schools in California and New Mexico, and owned and

operated a private kindergarten in Portales. She was also in

the 1971 edition of Outstanding Young Women of America. She

was actively involved in the Christian Women’s Club, where

she served as chairman and in other advisory positions.

Victor Worley (BBA 64) passed away Oct. 19, 2017.

Vic was the vice president and manager for the family

business, Worley Mills, in Tucumcari and Portales, and

later co-founded Sunmark Grain in Portales. He was

involved in various business organizations and always

looked for ways to help in business, in the community,

in church, and especially at home. Vic also served as

president of the ENMU Board of Regents.

William “Bill” Tarry (MA 66, BA 53) passed away Jan. 3, 2018.

He passionately served in the military before working as a

CPA in Lordsburg, New Mexico for 40 years. He also completed

government audits for the Pentagon. Bill married Muriel Hopkins

(MA 63, BA 56) in 1958. He loved music, playing the harmonica

and reading. He retired as a lieutenant colonel from the National

Guard, New Mexico Reserves and the New Mexico Defense Force.

Ronnie Sanders (BS 69) passed away on Dec. 10, 2017. Ronnie

was the manager of operations for Holly Sugar and Crystal

Sugar for 14 years before leading operations for several

ethanol companies. He worked as the director of operations

for Hastings Utilities for 13 years until retiring. Ronnie was

a member of the First Baptist Church in Hastings, Nebraska

where he served as head of deacons for 10 years.

Darlene D. Turner (MED 69, BA 59) passed away Dec. 21, 2017.

After being widowed at a young age, she raised four children

and worked as a special education teacher in Grady, Elida and

Fort Sumner. She will be remembered for her fierce loyalty, love

for her students and family, and great story-telling.

Vannie Graves (MED 70, BS 63) passed away Nov. 30, 2017. Vannie

was a coach, teacher, athletic director, special education director

and principal in New Mexico. He was a member of New Mexico

Military Institute’s 1958 National Junior College Championship

football team – their only team to win the championship and

the only undefeated team in the school’s history. He also played

ENMU football and was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha.

Sally Ann Knapp (MS 71) passed away Nov. 21, 2017. Sally was a

faculty member at the New Mexico School for the Deaf in Santa

Fe for 15 years. She enjoyed painting after her retirement.

Julian Guerra (MS 71, BS 68) passed away Jan. 5, 2018. He

played baseball and basketball for ENMU. He was a financial

planner and, in retirement, drove for the Airport Shelter Park

in Lubbock, Texas.



Green & Silver | April 2018


Betty Jean Polston-Payne (MED 71, BA 55) passed away on

Nov. 25, 2017. She was a lively English teacher and a skilled

reading specialist. After teaching, Betty was a bounty hunter in

western New Mexico and she worked in oil and gas remediation

in South Texas. She also owned and operated a land farm and

multiple saltwater disposal facilities with her son, David. She

had a passion for researching and teaching biblical prophecy.

George C. Hughes (EDSP 72) passed away on

Oct. 31, 2016. After serving in WWII, George

worked as a coach and school administrator in

several New Mexico communities, including as

assistant superintendent for Portales Schools.

After retiring, he and his wife, Ruth Ann,

enjoyed traveling in their Airstream trailer.

Esequiel “Zeke” Martinez (MED 74, BBA 62) passed away on

Jan. 14, 2018. He was the director of the Adult Basic Education

department at Clovis Community College until 1999.

Robert Pyle (MED 74, BS 67) passed away Sept. 16, 2017. He taught

history in Hobbs for 27 years, then opened R&M Photography

with his wife, Martha, and was in business for 19 years. After

retiring, he enjoyed collecting memorabilia from his childhood.

Dr. Jayni Flores (MED 76, BA 73) passed away on

Jan. 11, 2018. Dr. Flores had a long teaching career

in New Mexico and Arizona, during which she also

worked at La Casa Family Health Center in Roswell and

taught Spanish to employees at the James Polk Stone

Community Bank. She retired in 2014 but continued to

teach Right of Christian Initiation for Children classes

at St. Helen and Sacred Heart in Clovis.

Leona Head (MED 77, BA 55) passed away Dec. 31, 2017. After

earning her teaching certificate at New Mexico Highlands

University, Leona’s first teaching assignment consisted of 50

first grade students in Wagon Mound, New Mexico. She went on

to teach grades K-12, as well as college-level art courses. Leona

also played the violin in a string quintet.

Kenneth Charles Moureau (BA 79) passed away Jan. 17, 2018.

Kenneth was in the U.S. Air Force until he retired in 1972.

He then began a retail management career in Albuquerque.

Kenneth will be remembered for his friendly personality, quick

wit and dry sense of humor.

Fr. Donald Miller, OFM (MA 80) passed away on

Dec. 12, 2017. Fr. Miller was an unwearying teacher

and mentor. His work as vocation director for St.

John the Baptist Province was widely respected

throughout the Order of Friars Minor. He entered the

Franciscan Order in 1964, made Solemn Profession

in 1969, and was ordained to priesthood in 1972.

Montie Dean Howell (BS 83) passed away Sept. 19, 2017.

She married her husband, Herb, in 1960 and worked as a

homemaker before earning her degree in English. She enjoyed

photography, animals, reading and tracing her family’s history.

She loved her special animal friends: her birds Sally and

Richard, and her dog Lady Bug.

Kenneth E. Morrison (MS 89, BS 87) passed away Sept. 2, 2017.

Kenneth joined the Navy in 1970 and served on the submarine

USS Wahoo in Vietnam. He was a full-time preacher for

University Drive Church of Christ, and was a speech therapist

for Clovis and Texico Municipal Schools.

Jim R. Wood (AA 91) passed on Jan. 7, 2018. He served in the New

Mexico Army National Guard and Army Reserves from 1971-77.

He worked with the Portales Fire and Ambulance Service from

1976-99. Jim also owned and operated JRW Construction from

1990 until 2010. He shared a passion for hunting and archery

with his wife, Shirley (BBA 03, AS 91), and their children.

Winston Berry (BSE 94) passed away Dec. 2, 2017. He worked

as a teacher, as an associate pastor of youth and education at

First Baptist Church, as an assistant administrator at the New

Mexico Baptist Children’s Home and most recently at ACE

Hardware. He was an ordained deacon and minister of the

Gospel. He was a devoted husband to his wife, Kim (BSE 89),

and loved watching his two grandsons play sports.

Michael C. Marshall (BS 98) passed away July 23, 2017. After

serving in the Air Force for 18 years, Michael was in charge of

the ENMU Post Office for 11 years and then worked in inventory

control. He retired in June of 2017 and was a member of the

National Association of College and University Mail Services

and the American Legion. He also served as president of the

Southwest Association of College and University Mail Services.

Rebecca Jean Rice Cree (BUS 06, AA 01) passed

away Jan. 5, 2018. She was raised in dairy country

outside of Syracuse, New York. She and her

husband Charles began working at ENMU in

1985. At the Portales campus, then in Roswell, she

was secretary of various departments including

Distance Edudcation. She loved to plan special

events and often brought memorable foods.

Michael Dickerson (attended) passed

away on Dec. 20, 2017. He was a loving

husband, friend, professional golfer, teacher,

marathoner and Montana man. He had

many fond memories of ENMU where he

had a full-ride golf scholarship, and he was

able to reunite with some of his ENMU

golf buddies in Iowa in 2010. Mike will be remembered for his

compassion, generosity, faith and overcomer’s spirit.


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