Meetings watch: ENMU Board of Regents

At the Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents meeting Friday in the Regents Room in the Administration Building, regents:

  • Heard a report from ENMU Foundation President Steve Doerr

Doerr said the foundation is working on the 2012 general obligation bond campaign, in hopes to get it passed.

He announced there are two new members to the foundation board and that he expects at least 250 people at the foundation breakfast Saturday.

He added that though this year was a tough one for the economy, the foundation managed to raise $1 million in contributions.

  • Heard a report from Alumni Affairs Coordinator Robert Graham.

Graham said he's expecting a big turnout for this year's homecoming activities. He said there are more than 60 parade Floats and 15 antique cars.

  • Heard a report from ENMU President Steven Gamble.

Gamble reported two recent deaths in the ENMU family. ENMU's new director of health services was killed in a motor vehicle accident in Texas last week, according to Gamble. He also mentioned that former ENMU professor Albert Bettina died Monday at age 91.

Gamble reported the increases in enrollment. There was an increase of 240 students from 2011 enrollment. Approximately 180 of those 240 students are not on campus, according to Gamble. He added, that almost half of the 240 students are attending ENMU through dual-enrollment.

Gamble reported total semester credit hours increased by 4 percent from 2011, which is important for more funding.

Gamble reported that freshman enrollment surpassed 700 students for the first time. About 180 freshman come from Clovis and Portales.

Gamble also pushed for the passing of Bond C, also known as the general obligation bond. Gamble said the passing of Bond C will provide funding for the ENMU's needs including $9 million for renovation of the Jack Williamson Liberal Arts Building.

  • ENMU Vice President for Business Affairs, Scott Smart reported that the basketball arena now has an improved heating and cooling system.
  • Gamble gave a report about the school's recent eligibility issues with student athletes and the possibility of punishment from the NCAA.
  • ENMU-Roswell President John Madden said he is also campaigning for the passing of Bond C in the November election. If passed, Bond C can help fund $1.5 million for the Lawrence C. Harris Occupational Technology Center's boiler replacement and the Arts and Science Center roof replacement.
  • ENMU-Ruidoso President Clayton Alred reported enrollment is up but total credit hours are down from last year by 1.4 percent.
  • Approved the 2012 General Obligation Bond resolution.
  • Approved the addendum to the 2012 spring graduation list for Portales.
  • Approved the 2012 summer graduation list for Portales.
  • Approved the Capital Projects plan for Portales.
  • Approved a policy regarding complaints and grievances for Portales.
  • Approved changes to the faculty handbook for Portales.
  • Approved the revised staff handbook for Portales.
  • Approved the 2012 summer graduation list for Roswell.

— Compiled by PNT senior writer Christina Calloway

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