By Eric Norwood Jr.
PNT staff writer
While high school seniors have yet to take their final exams, they are already looking towards the future. Many seniors and their families spent Saturday seeing if those futures could be in Portales.
They came in abundance to Eastern New Mexico University for Senior Preview Day. Parents were a driving presence, and ENMU kept their attention with workshops on financial and academic matters ranging from the classes and financial aid to campus safety and student success.
“I learned a lot from the sessions,” said Dolores Vicuna of Portales, whose daughter Crystal is considering ENMU after she graduates from Portales High School. “There are many different scholarships the students can apply for. I learned about a student that had 38 scholarships that paid for all of his four years.”
The Department and Organization Fair in the ENMU Ballroom featured booths from the wide range of majors and clubs on campus. The future Greyhounds were already anxious to get involved at their new school.
“I’m planning on talking to Mr. (Dustin) Seifert about joining the band,” said Casey Martinez, a senior from Artesia.
“Hopefully I’ll play basketball,” said Kianna Kekahbah, a senior from Alamogordo.
“My sister Paula Jackson played basketball here,” said his mother, Marianne Jackson. “Class of 1992.”
Raffle tickets were given away during the fair for the raffle. Items raffled off included two $500 scholarships and two IPod Nanos. Local restaurants also donated food gift cards as well, according to Vice President of University Relations and Enrollment Services Ronnie Birdsong.
Academic sessions in the morning gave information on the particular fields of study. Albuquerque senior Breeanna Gabaldon was zoned in on the College of Business, as she has already picked out her major.
“I plan on studying business administration, and I got to meet one of my future professors,” Gabaldon said. “I like that the classes are small and I’ll be able to get one on one time with my teachers.”
Sharon Leslie, an ENMU alumna who now lives in Zuni, is hoping her son Keenan Leslie, 18, goes to Portales as well.
“Of course I’m excited for him to come to my alma mater,” Sharon Leslie said.