School officials kick off year-long ENMU anniversary with picnic

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Patrice Caldwell likes to tell a story about the first people to attend the fledgling Eastern New Mexico University back in the mid-1930s. About how they were dazzled by the idea of having an educational opportunity beyond high school in the area. From interviews with two former students, Caldwell […]

Oct. 21 ENMU briefs

PNT staff Hall of Honors Gala to be held Homecoming 2008 marks the first ENMU Educators Hall of Honors Gala on Saturday. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Campus Union Ballroom, with dinner served at 7 p.m. Free tickets will be mailed to honorees and special guests. For all other guests, the cost […]

Williamson lectureship set

By Thomas Garcia: PNT Staff Reporter Science fiction fans will descend on Eastern New Mexico University for the 31st annual Williamson Lectureship in early April. The lectureship has been a campus tradition since 1977 to honor science fiction author and Grand Master Jack Williamson. Authors are invited to visit the campus and discuss the interactions […]

Remembering King’s dream

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer In late August 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his now-famous “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. More than 44 years later and nearly 2,000 miles away, more than 80 Portales residents celebrated the slain civil rights leader’s birthday Monday morning with a […]

Concert marks 40th year

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Forty years of tradition will be celebrated Saturday evening during the annual POPS Dinner Concert presented by University Friends of Music. For Portales resident Jan Smartnick, attending the event has been a tradition since she moved back to the area in 1974. In the last 33 years, Smartnick has […]

2-1-1 service offers free information

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt and Curry county residents seeking assistance can turn to a free phone service to help guide them to the proper resources. The 2-1-1 system is a service being provided by United Way of Eastern New Mexico. Callers to the number are connected to the proper organizations for help. […]

Gender gap widening

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Women spill across the cafeteria, with their backpacks, purses, scarves and coats strewn across tables and seats. Peals of laughter pepper their conversations. In this sea of 19 women, there are only four men. Down the hall in a computer lab, seven men slouch in chairs surrounded by 29 […]

Local writer remembered

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor World-renowned science fiction writer and Eastern New Mexico University professor Jack Williamson cut a diverse and pioneering path in the 98 years of his life. Friends, fans and family filled the ENMU Campus Union Building Thursday to celebrate that life. The crowd assembled reflected Williamson’s own diversity — from […]

Sci-fi legend Williamson dies

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The man considered by many the “Dean of Science Fiction” — Jack Williamson — died Friday at his home in Portales. He was 98. A prolific writer, Williamson authored more than 50 novels and numerous short stories, including eight novels completed after he turned 90. His first story, “The […]

ENMU earns ‘A’ from graduating seniors

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Eastern New Mexico University received a good grade from students in its exiting senior satisfaction survey this spring. The results show ENMU ahead of other the state’s five other four-year institutions in three major categories — curriculum, students services and overall assessment. ENMU’s charts compare 2006 data against the […]

ENMU De Baca Hall, targeted for re-opening

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer De Baca Hall has long been the first impression of Eastern New Mexico University for people driving west on First Street — that’s not necessarily a good thing, according to ENMU officials. ENMU administrators have included the De Baca renovation in a capital projects list to the New Mexico […]

Sci-fi lectureship set for Thursday

By Tony Parra Jack Williamson, who turns 97 in March, still works to pique sci-fi readers’ interests. While he usually does this through his writing, Williamson also is part of a lectureship series in its 29th year at Eastern New Mexico University. “I enjoy the lectureship,” Williamson said. “It gives me a chance to visit […]

Local TV special hears concerns from seniors

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Tony Parra The “Caring for Our Seniors” television program on KENW spurred a variety of calls from listeners on topics ranging from prescription-drug cost to nursing homes. Eastern New Mexico University’s Patrice Caldwell moderated the show, which lasted over an hour, with a panelist of experts answering callers’ questions. Caldwell said that according to the […]

Restrictions halt exchange program

Mike Linn Eastern New Mexico University officials are actively recruiting students from universities in foreign countries, especially China, something that has become increasingly difficult since 9/11. Eastern President Steven Gamble recently signed a World American Cultural Exchange agreement with officials from Sichuan Conservatory of Music in China. The agreement will allow ENMU students to attend […]