ENMU sees less-than-rosy immediate future

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Eastern New Mexico University administration and regents participated in a little crystal-ball gazing at Friday’s regular meeting and saw tougher times ahead for their budget. Officials from all three campuses presented their preliminary 2008-2009 budgets that have to be submitted to the state’s Higher Education Department. “We have no […]

Regents renew president’s contract

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico University Regents rehired President Steven Gamble’s and heard a report outlining the potential for a drop in enrollment this fall at a Saturday meeting in Portales. The board of regents approved a one-year renewal of Gamble’s contract with a raise of 5.8 percent bringing his annual […]

College funds may hold despite enrollment drops

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Colleges and universities in New Mexico that experienced drops in enrollment may not be penalized, according to New Mexico Higher Education Department Secretary Beverlee McClure. The Department is considering a provision that would shelter college and university budgets for one year, according to higher education officials who met Friday at […]

Brown Early Childhood to have more space for expected higher enrollment

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Best-selling author Robert Fulghum says, “All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten” and at L.L. Brown Early Childhood Center in Portales, there will be more room for learning during this critical stage. When pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students begin filling the halls on Aug. 21, there will be […]

CCC hit could be extreme

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Clovis Community College could lose nearly $1 million in state funding in fiscal year 2007-2008, mostly as a result of a decrease in enrollment, which slipped about 10 percent the last two years, according to CCC officials. The college could see several state-supplied coffers decline in fiscal year 2007-2008, […]

Many N.M. universities to suffer funding drop

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Clovis Community College is in jeopardy of losing a portion of its state-appropriated funds, along with most of New Mexico public universities and colleges, according to officials. The major culprit in the state-wide slip — a thriving economy, according to officials. Historically, when employment rates are healthiest, enrollment at […]

ENMU just hanging

Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University officials are toiling to prop up student enrollment, which dipped by 10 percent last May, but sprung back, according to ENMU President Steven Gamble. “Because we have been recruiting hard and contacting students, we are doing much better, and are now down 2.5 percent,” Gamble said during a Friday […]

ENMU spring enrollment highest in 12 years

Eastern New Mexico University’s 2006 spring semester enrollment is at its highest point in 12 years, according to a university press release. The current enrollment is 3, 722. That’s up from 3,692 in 2005 and 3,491 in 2004. ENMU media relations director Wendel Sloan said one reason the figures are higher is the university has […]

Landlords have hands — and apartments — full in Portales

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer As soon as an apartment or house opens up for rent in Portales someone is there to lease it and many realtors are having to turn away prospective renters. Everyone involved in the property management business is having to turn away inquiries and most have only a few apartments […]

Fall enrollment down at Clovis Community College

By Marlena Hartz Enrollment at the Clovis Community College dwindled slightly in the fall, but college officials anticipated the decline and are campaigning to patch the gap. The number of credit hours logged at the college last semester was 6.6 percent lower than the 2004 fall figures, according to Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness David […]

Board of Regents informed of ENMU enrollment increase

By Tony Parra Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents members were told Friday enrollment at the Portales campus topped 4,000 for the first time since 1975. According to university officials, 4,052 students enrolled at ENMU for the fall semester. The fall enrollment is up 2.3 percent from the 2004 fall headcount, which was 3,959. […]

Eastern New Mexico University sees highest enrollment since 1975

PNT Staff Just as it was predicted on the first day of classes, the enrollment for Eastern New Mexico University topped the 4,000-student mark. Enrollment for the fall semester is 4,052. This is the highest enrollment since 1975 when 4,248 were enrolled. Friday was the official census day for enrollment. Enrollment is up 2.3 percent […]

Tricare specifies maternity benefits in wake of ‘mini-boom’

Airman Thomas Trower Although on a scale smaller than the legendary “Baby Boom” following World War II, “mini-booms” are occurring at military installations across the nation as troops return from overseas assignments. Because many of our nation’s patriots are coming from Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve ranks, not all parents-to-be are familiar with […]

Portales schools see increase in enrollment

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Principals are reporting higher enrollment numbers throughout the Portales School District after the first four days of school. Todd Morris, Valencia Elementary principal, said there is a slight increase at Valencia Elementary with 210 fourth-grade students and 223 fifth-grade students, totaling 433 students. The fourth-grade students have hit the ground […]

Students prepare for classes at open house

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Marc Schoder: PNT Staff Writer Portales schools Superintendent Randy Fowler has set expectations for teachers in his district: “I expect the teachers to be dedicated to the profession that they chose and be proud of it,” Fowler said. Portales students return to school today. Fowler, who said he’s had a chance to visit with most […]

Supporters: CCC president made great contributions to school

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Enrollment increased. Funding was secured for a library and technology center. And Clovis Community College played a key role in recruiting two major businesses to the area. Beverlee McClure had a lot to do with all of the above, her supporters said on Thursday, after she was introduced by Gov. […]

Dairies impact area school enrollment

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Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers At least three school districts in eastern New Mexico and neighboring West Texas expect enrollment increases this fall, largely due to the growing dairy industry as well as requirements for the No Child Left Behind Act. Muleshoe, Grady and the Clovis Christian all expect slight enrollment increases, with Muleshoe installing eight […]

ENMU gears up for fall semester

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Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Although the summer session is about to wind up at Eastern New Mexico University, ENMU President Steven Gamble said this is the college’s busiest time of year as the university aims for another record-breaking fall enrollment. ENMU has reportedly seen a steady increase in fall enrollment since 1997 and last fall […]

Enrollment numbers high for Eastern

By Tony Parra It’s not a summer break from school for everybody as enrollment numbers for Eastern New Mexico University as of July 15 are up compared to the same time last year. Wendel Sloan, public relations director for ENMU, reported enrollment of 1,411 students and last year at the same time enrollment was 1,271. […]

School works towards master plan

By Tony Parra Chris Rasmussen, an architect, is working on a master plan to help Portales Schools officials figure out the future and the school system’s need for space to accommodate for a growing school district. Rasmussen, who works with Greer-Stafford Architects of Albuquerque, said another big reason for the master plan is so that […]