4/28 Education Digest

ENMR-Plateau awards scholarships
The ENMR-Plateau Telecom-munications Education Foun-dation recently awarded more than $25,000 in educational scholarships to local high school seniors, according to an ENMR press release.

The winners were announced at the cooperative’s annual membership meeting on April 16.

The ENMR-Plateau Education Foundation Funds are made possible through abandoned capital credit payments from the cooperative’s membership. Among the foundation’s goals, the press release reported, is to improve educational opportunities for the youth of ENMR-Plateau’s service area.

Recipients included:
• Garrett Mayfield, Texico High School
• Audrey Hemminger, Melrose High School
• Lindsy Lee, House High School
• Tobea Patterson, Fort Sumner High School
• Jennifer Choate, San Jon High School
• Jarrod Lindsey, Grady High School

Gattis, Highland honor employees
Recognizing outstanding individuals in the school community, Gattis Junior High and Highland Elementary schools announced employees of the month at Tuesday’s school board meeting.

Employees are nominated by other staff members.

Gattis Junior High recognized Elizabeth Tanner, a first-grade teacher, Dave Paul, a fourth-grade teacher, and Annette Madrid, an educational assistant.

Highland Elementary announced two dedicated individuals — Yolanda Landers, the school custodian who staff members said goes above and beyond the call of duty, and Deborah Davidsen, a special education math teacher.

ENMU hires new dean for fine arts
Michael Sitton, associate provost at Hollins University in Roanoke, Va., will become the dean of the College of Fine Arts at Eastern New Mexico University on July 11, according to an ENMU press release.

Sitton is replacing David Gerig, who will soon retire.

Sitton served as acting vice president for academic affairs at Hollins and from 1987-1991 was assistant professor of music at Coker College in South Carolina.