Reporter’s Notebook: Students give campus fresh coat of paint

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer About 18 students spent their summer painting the Clovis High School Freshman Campus, according to Clovis High School Athletic Director Brian Stacy. The painting involved switching the school colors at what was Gattis Junior High from gray and green to the high school’s signature purple and white. “The kids […]

Fresh(man) start

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks Leigh Morris, an instructional coach at Clovis High School Freshman Campus, shows off the new school logo in the gym Tuesday morning. By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers Nothing much of the old school building will resemble Gattis Junior High School, save for some memorabilia displayed in the school’s lobby. Gone […]

Education Feature: Officials: CCC safety step ahead

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Clovis Community College is ahead of a state safety plan to prepare colleges for a Virginia Tech-type event, a CCC official said. Soon after the Virginia Tech shootings, new locks were installed on doors inside buildings at the college for a lock-down procedure in the event a gunman opens […]

ENMU buys server for Portales campus

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University has purchased a new WebCT server that will be housed on the Portales campus. Having the new server on the ENMU campus will allow daily backups and maintenance to be performed, said Distance Education and Outreach Director Trish McGuire. “I think it will be much better […]

ENMU regents OK tuition hike

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Higher education costs are going up across the state and nation, and Eastern New Mexico University will be no different. The ENMU Board of Regents took care of a lengthy agenda Friday, much of which involved discussion of tuition, fees and boarding increases at the university. The meeting also addressed […]

Richardson taps officials with area ties for safety panel

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson on Thursday named members of a higher education Campus Safety Task Force created in response to Monday’s killings of 32 people on the Virginia Tech campus by a student who then committed suicide. The panel, which includes leaders from the state Public Safety and Higher […]

Local official: Schools can’t ignore violence

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers In the wake of shootings on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., experts on security are saying acts of violence on college and school campuses can and do occur in communities of all sizes. Officials at Eastern New Mexico University and Clovis Community College said Monday they take […]

Gunman kills 32 at Virginia Tech shooting before committing suicide

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An unidentified man sits handcuffed under the Drill Field review stand Monday while officials check Burruss Hall for safety following a shooting incident on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Va. (AP photo: Alan Kim) By Sue Lindsey: The Associated Press BLACKSBURG, Va. — A gunman massacred 32 people at Virginia Tech in the deadliest […]

University founder returns for graduation

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The founder of Wayland Baptist’s Clovis campus, Carol Green, returned Friday to Clovis to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the campus. (Courtesy photo: Scott Hendershot) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Ten years ago, the Clovis campus of Wayland Baptist University consisted of a black filing cabinet, two old desks and four rotary dial telephones […]

Ninth-grade academy gets official name

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Students walk the hallways of Gattis Junior High School, which will be converted into a ninth-grade academy. (CNJ staff photo: Marlena Hartz) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Plans for the Clovis ninth-grade academy are progressing smoothly, according to Clovis Schools officials. Officials have decided to name the academy the Clovis High School Freshman Campus, […]

Initiatives established to improve retention

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents briefly discussed freshmen retention during a meeting Friday, an issue President Steven Gamble said is an ongoing problem. Gamble passed out a list of initiatives the campus would like to improve to increase ENMU’s freshmen retention rate. The endeavors include: —Employing an […]

ENMU regents discuss construction

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers For Eastern New Mexico University students, faculty and administration, the fall semester ended Friday. For construction contractors, the holiday break is time to get busy. Construction was a focal topic during Friday’s ENMU Board of Regents meeting. In addition to updates on current and upcoming renovation projects, many of which […]

State clarifies food mandate

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer School-aged hawkers of peanut patties and cookie dough have cause to celebrate. An ambiguous state law that restricts or prohibits the sale of food and beverages for fund-raisers does not apply to off-campus fund raising, according to a memo sent in late September by New Mexico Secretary of Education […]

ENMU soccer field vandalized

By Michael Harrell: Freedom Newspapers One vehicle’s off-roading venture at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday has cost an Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer field considerable damage, as well as serious safety concerns for the players. Deep tire tracks were found meandering throughout the grass by the team’s head coach Travis McCorkle. “It’s the second time this […]

Gary Mitchell named dean of Wayland Baptist University

Freedom Newspapers Being named dean of the Wayland Baptist University campus in Clovis has completed a nearly four-decade journey for longtime area resident Gary Mitchell. Mitchell, who has been serving as interim dean of the campus since August 2005, was promoted to dean Thursday. Mitchell, 58, said the position is a blessing in several ways. […]

Almost 370 to graduate from ENMU today

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents members were glad to see that almost 370 will be graduating from ENMU today and are expecting many construction projects on campus over the next couple of years. They talked about both of these topics during a regents’ meeting Friday morning. “This […]

5/4 Education digest

Plateau awards more than $38,000 in scholarships More than $38,000 in educational scholarships were awarded to New Mexico high school seniors through the ENMR-Plateau Telecommunications Education Foundation last month, according to an ENMR press release. Local winners are as follows: • Kelsey Wymore of Clovis High School • Colten Grau of Grady High School • […]

CCC president search trimmed to five

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The hunt for a Clovis Community College president has been whittled down to five finalists. An eight-member presidential search committee selected the quintet from a pool of 29 candidates, according to a CCC press release. The college board of trustees approved their recommendations during a Wednesday morning meeting. Among […]

ENMU representatives hold safety workshops

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University police officers, counselors and self-defense experts have spent the last week trying to help students stay alert, safe and aware of their surroundings. ENMU representatives held personal safety workshops on the heels of a couple of recent alleged sexual assault incidents involving two ENMU female students, […]

High school to begin requiring students to wear ID cards

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Sophomore Kahiry Parker pulled his wallet out from his back pocket. His school photo identification card — and not much else — was tucked inside, his name printed in bold, black letters under its laminated surface. Next year, the wallet won’t be so necessary, as Parker and fellow Clovis […]