ENMU Alumni to be awarded

Alamogordo native and Eastern New Mexico University alumnus Paul A. Mapes will be one of four alumni recognized at ENMU's Outstanding Alumni Awards Saturday morning.

Mapes attended ENMU from 1965 to 1969 where he competed on its debate team and served as a reporter and editor for the school's paper.

Other accomplishments for Mapes included serving on the student senate and being instrumental in writing the new student body constitution. He also traveled abroad to Heidelburg, Germany, his junior year to study at Schiller College.

In 1969, Mapes received the Root-Tilden scholarship to attend New York University School of Law, a prestigious public service scholarship. From 1972-1975, he served as a Judge Advocate Corps lawyer in Washington, D.C. He received the National Defense Service Medal and the Navy Commendation Medal.

After serving as a JAG, Mapes worked as a federal antitrust prosecutor for the U.S. Department of Justice.

In 1991, he relocated to San Francisco where he served as an administrative law judge with the U.S. Department of Labor. He currently resides in Walnut Creek, Calif., with his wife Maureen.

Other recipient profiles provided by ENMU officials.

Tommy Gonzalez: City management

Twenty-seven Homecomings ago in 1985, Tommy Gonzalez led the Greyhounds to an overtime victory on a fourth-and-goal pass to Alvin Harges against Texas Lutheran College.

On that day, he threw for 243 yards, completing 20-of-38 passes. On the field, he showcased the leadership that has come to define his professional career today.

Off the field, Gonzalez demonstrates his managerial skills as city manager of Irving, Texas. Additionally, he served for 22 years in the U.S. Army Reserves.

Gonzalez oversaw the first successful implementation of Lean Six Sigma, a theory for cutting excess and optimizing resources in the workplace. Under Lean Six Sigma, the city of Irving has saved more than $38 million.

More important than his professional success is family success. Gonzalez is a devoted husband to his wife, Sandy, and an engaged father to his sons, Sagen and Sager.

Richard T. Price: Business

Richard T. Price transferred to ENMU for his sophomore year in 1979 after attending New Mexico Military Institute.

He golfed for the Greyhounds, joined the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, and served on the Inter- Fraternal Council while a student.

From 1982-89, Price served as general manager of National Video in Montgomery, Ala. In the early 1990s, he returned home to Artesia where he was president of Take 2 Video.

Price sold the successful chain and in 1996, the Artesia Chamber of Commerce selected him as executive director, a post he held until becoming executive director of the Chase Foundation in 2006.

At the Chase Foundation, Price administers a scholarship program that has funded 700 Artesia High School graduates and committed $7.5 million dollars.

He and his wife, Cody, have six children: Taylor, Brian, Kevin, Connor, Caleb and Callie.

David F. Gregory: Medicine

A co-valedictorian of Portales High School's class of 1959, David F. Gregory, M.D., enrolled at Eastern New Mexico University the same year.

He was president of Chi Sigma Alpha, a charter member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity (previously First Star and Crescent), and co-writer of ENMU's new student-body constitution.

After ENMU, Gregory established himself as an expert in infectious diseases, building on this reputation through his work in the Indian Health Service. His work at the Santa Fe Indian Hospital focused on infectious and non-infectious diseases.

In 2006, Gregory won the IHS National Council of Clinical Directors Physician Dedicated Service Award.

He lives in Santa Fe with his wife Allison.

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