By Christina Calloway
Portales residents and the Eastern New Mexico University community were a loud bunch Friday partying in front of the school’s administration while wishing the university a happy 80th birthday.
The summer celebration was filled with games, live music, food and community support for the school that opened its doors in 1934.
The event was broadcast on an Amarillo news station.
ENMU President Steven Gamble said the event kicks off a year of celebrating the school’s history and heritage. Gamble is entering his 13th year as president and looks forward to seeing the school’s new football stadium be built in 2015.
Here are some facts that reflect ENMU and 80 years:
Longest current tenured professor
The longest tenured professor at ENMU is Michael Shaughnessy, a native of New York, who has been with the university for 31 years and sees every graduation ceremony as a fond memory.
Shaughnessy is a professor of educational studies and special education and has enjoyed making Portales his home.
Over the years he said all the changes ENMU has gone through has been for the better and is impressed with the advancements in technology and how it affects education.
Shaughnessy is most excited for the school’s new stadium, which will be shared with the Portales schools athletic programs.
“I think that’s the most exciting thing facing the university right now,” he said. “Everyone is excited about the new stadium.”
Oldies but goodies Five courses found in a 1936 schedule still being offered at ENMU • Introduction to Art (same as today’s Art Appreciation) — taught by staff. • Introduction to Music (same as today’s Music Appreciation) — taught by Jennifer Laubenthal. • Introductory English (same as today’s English Composition) — taught by staff. • College Algebra — different sections taught by Regina Aragon, Brian Pasko, Mo Ahmadian, Mary Beth Williams. • Child Psychology — taught by Rosalie Richards.
Early ENMU milestones • ENMU’s first intercollegiate athletic program began in 1934. • ENMU’s first homecoming was held in 1935. • ENMU’s student government formed in 1935. • ENMU’s first all-college rodeo was held in 1936. o ENMU’s first El Portal, the university’s literary magazine, was published in 1939.