Eastern New Mexico University

Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU or Eastern) is a state university in Portales, Roosevelt County, New Mexico, United States. ENMU is an accredited university offering both graduate and undergraduate degrees. It is New Mexico's largest regional comprehensive university and is the most recently founded state university in New Mexico (legislated in 1927, opened in 1934). It is a federally designated Hispanic-serving institution and a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. The university consists of 5 colleges on three campuses. ENMU's main campus is located in Portales and there are also two degree-granting branches at Ruidoso and Roswell. The university also includes several museums.

Eastern New Mexico University
Eastern New Mexico University seal
MottoStudent Success—That's What It's All About
PresidentJeff Elwell
Academic staff
161 full-time
Students6,027 (Fall 2017)[1]
Location, ,
Campussuburban/small town, 344 acres (1.39 km2) (main campus)[2]
ColorsGreen & Silver[3]
AthleticsNCAA Division IILone Star
Eastern New Mexico University logo
Golden Library at Eastern New Mexico University
Golden Library at Eastern New Mexico University


A view of the main quad of ENMU.
Walkway outside Golden Library, NMU
Walkway outside Golden Library

The New Mexico legislature approved the construction and staffing of a normal school in eastern New Mexico in 1927, and approved appropriation for construction in 1929, but the Stock Market Crash of 1929 and the Great Depression hindered the school's opening, which was delayed until 1934 (construction had begun in 1931).

From 1934 to 1940, the institution, first named Eastern New Mexico Junior College (ENMJC) operated as a community college.[4] In 1940, the third and fourth years of college were first offered, leading to a bachelor's degree, and the institution was renamed Eastern New Mexico College (ENMC). ENMC was accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools as a four-year liberal arts college in 1946-47. Graduate work leading to the master's degree in some departments was added in 1949, and on April 5, 1949, the Board of Regents approved the change of the institution's name to Eastern New Mexico University.

ENMU branches

ENMU's main campus, consisting of 344 acres (1.39 km2),[2] is located in Portales on the extreme eastern border of New Mexico, in the Eastern New Mexico/Llano Estacado region about halfway between the northern and southern boundaries of the state. (Portales is 90 miles (140 km) northeast of Roswell, 120 miles (190 km) southwest of Amarillo, Texas, and 110 miles (180 km) northwest of Lubbock, Texas.) ENMU owns KENW (TV) and KENW-FM, a public television and radio station that are housed and operated on the main campus.

The ENMU Ruidoso Campus is a two-year college or community college (one of 18 in New Mexico) and an official Branch of ENMU (branch status being granted in July 2005). Undergraduate and graduate course work completed at the ENMU-Ruidoso Branch campus is transferable for credit towards an undergraduate or graduate degree at ENMU-Portales, and, typically other undergraduate/graduate institutions in the United States. In 1991, the Ruidoso location had been established as the ENMU Ruidoso Branch Community College and offered two-year college academic and vocational programs. ENMU-Ruidoso offers Certificates of Completion, Associate of Science, Associate of Arts, and Associate of Applied Science degrees, as well as community education classes, customized training workshops, and adult basic education courses. It operates a One-Stop Career Center which provides free employment services for employers and job seekers in Lincoln County. The Center offers both an academic and vocational curriculum. (Ruidoso is located to the south-west of Portales, in a mountainous region of south-central New Mexico.)

The ENMU Roswell Campus, also a two-year branch, offers a wide variety of programs. The branch was established in the fall of 1958. In the spring of 1967, the institution moved to 12 buildings on 241 acres (0.98 km2) of the former Walker Air Force Base. (Roswell is one of New Mexico's larger cities, located in the southeast section of the state).

ENMU also offers online degrees.[5] ENMU's online degrees in the fields of business and education are the most affordable in the U.S.[6]

Academic organization

ENMU consists of four colleges and a graduate school:

College of Business
College of Education and Technology
  • Department of Educational Studies
  • Department of Curriculum and Instruction
  • Department of Family and Consumer Sciences and Agriculture
  • Department of Health and Physical Education
College of Fine Arts
  • Department of Art
  • Department of Communication
  • Department of Music
  • Department of Theatre and Digital Filmmaking
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Department of Anthropology and Applied Archaeology
  • Department of Biology
  • Department of Health and Human Services (Communication Disorders, Social Work, Nursing, Emergency Management)
  • Department of History, Social Sciences and Religion
  • Department of Languages and Literature
  • Department of Mathematical Sciences
  • Department of Physical Sciences (Chemistry, Physics, Aviation Science)
  • Department of Psychology and Political Science
Graduate School
  • Anthropology
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
    • Analytical Chemistry
    • Biochemistry
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Physical Chemistry
  • Communication
  • Communicative Disorders
  • Counseling
  • Education
    • Alternative Licensure
      • Elementary Education
      • Secondary Education
      • Special Education
    • Bilingual Education
    • Career and Technical Education
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Education Administration
    • Educational Technology
    • Gifted Education Pedagogy
    • Pedagogy and Learning
    • Reading/Literacy
    • School Counseling
    • Secondary Education
    • Special Education
    • Special Education Pedagogy
  • Physical Education
    • Coaching
    • Sport Administration
  • Nursing

Other facilities

Among ENMU's other facilities are 5 museums, an art gallery, and a library.

Golden Library

The Golden Library provides information, resources, services and technology to students and staff and houses a number of special collections.

Jack Williamson Science Fiction Library

The Jack Williamson Science Fiction Library is part of the special collections at ENMU Golden Library and has one of the top science fiction collections in the world. It contains more than 30,000 volumes, including science fiction books, SF pulps dating back to the early 1900s, manuscripts, correspondence, and photographs.[7]

Runnels Gallery

The Runnels Gallery is an exhibit space open to the public that features art by ENMU students, ENMU faculty, and guest artists. Runnels Gallery has hosted national juried exhibitions for artists working in various mediums including two-dimensional, three-dimensional and photography. The Runnels Gallery is located in the Golden Library.

ENMU Museums

Dr. Antonio Gennaro Natural History Museum

The Dr. Antonio Gennaro Natural History Museum is affiliated with the ENMU Department of Biology.[8] The purpose of the museum is to educate the public about the diversity of life while emphasizing the natural heritage of eastern New Mexico and the greater Southwest, a region known as Llano Estacado.[8] Formerly known as the Eastern New Mexico University Natural History Museum, the museum was renamed and dedicated to Dr. Gennaro in spring 2016.[8] Thousands of people visit the museum each year.[8] In addition to the taxidermy and study skins on display,[9] the live animals on exhibit are of particular interest to visitors.[8] The live animal exhibit includes both native and non-native species.[8]

Dr. Antonio "Tony" Gennaro (1934 - 2015) [10] came to ENMU in 1966 as an associate professor of biological sciences and went on to become a nationally recognized researcher.[8] He started ENMU's vertebrate collection for the museum.[8] Gennaro was a scientist by profession who was also known to many as a philosopher, poet, painter, and musician when not involved in his research.[10] He authored and published two books, Nature's Way and Wildlife Falsehoods.[10]

Blackwater Draw Museum

The original Blackwater Draw Museum opened in 1969 at the midway point between Clovis and Portales to display artifacts uncovered at the Blackwater Locality No. 1 site and illustrate life at the Blackwater Draw site during the Clovis period (over 13,000 years ago) through the recent historic period. In 2017, the museum was moved to the ENMU campus and expanded to more broadly incorporate anthropology and related topics.

Miles Mineral Museum

The Miles Mineral Museum features a comprehensive collection of geological specimens representative of the Pecos River valley area, as well as a sampling of specimens from other regions, including several meteorites.[11] The bulk of the objects contained within the museum were once part of the private collection of amateur geologists and mineral enthusiasts, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Miles.[9] ENMU purchased the [approximately] 2,500 piece[9][11] collection of geological, archaeological, and anthropological specimens from the couple in 1967.[11] Many additional specimens have been added to the museum over the years since that time. The entire collection was originally displayed at a single ENMU facility named the Miles Museum, which opened in 1969.[11] In 1984 the objects in the collection were divided up into two categories, and two separate museums were formed to display them; the Miles Mineral Museum and the Miles Anthropology Museum.[11] The Miles Mineral Museum is now located in Roosevelt Hall, adjacent to the Dr. Antonio Gennaro Natural History museum, on the ENMU campus.

Mr. Fred Miles and Mrs. Gladys Miles began collecting mineral and fossil specimens along the Pecos River after they moved to Roswell, New Mexico, in 1928.[12] They were prolific collectors for 40 years, scouring the Pecos River valley for specimens.[12] They particularly enjoyed finding native American artifacts and a specific type of quartz crystal formation referred to as Pecos Valley Diamonds.[12] For several decades[9] they displayed the majority of their enormous collection at a Texaco service station in Roswell operated by Mr. Miles, who enjoyed showing it to inquisitive customers.[12][11]

Miles Anthropology Museum

The Miles Anthropology Museum is home to various anthropological and archeological specimens collected by amateur anthropologists Fred and Gladys Miles, as well as to other collections from digs in the region. The private collection of Mr. and Mrs. Miles was also used as the foundation of the Miles Mineral Museum. Both museums are located in Roosevelt Hall in a space that was once the first dining hall on the campus.


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The Zias volleyball team in action against the Texas A&M–Commerce Lions in 2014

ENMU's athletic teams participate in the NCAA Division II Lone Star Conference. The men's and women's teams are nicknamed the Greyhounds. Prior to 2015, the women's teams were nicknamed the Zias. In early 2015, students, faculty and staff voted to discontinue the Zia nickname and the women's teams become Greyhounds alongside the men's teams. ENMU vacated five seasons of wins in several sports starting from the 2008-09 season after the university self-reported over 100 eligibility violations.[13]

Greek life

ENMU currently features one active associated fraternity and two active associated sororities. Historically, the school featured several additional fraternities.



Notable alumni



Film and television



Literature and publishing


Notable faculty

  • Bobby Ray Baldock, United States federal appellate judge, taught at ENMU's Roswell campus from 1962 to 1981.


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  3. ^ ENMU Brand Identity Guide. Retrieved 2017-04-11.
  4. ^ http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/nm/roosevelt/history/history.txt
  5. ^ "Eastern New Mexico University Online Degrees". Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  6. ^ "2014 Most Affordable U.S. Online Colleges". Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  7. ^ Bundy, Gene. "Jack Williamson Science Fiction Library". ENMU. Retrieved August 31, 2012.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h "The Dr. Antonio Gennaro Natural History Museum". Eastern New Mexico University. ENMU. Retrieved 8 February 2018.
  9. ^ a b c d "ENMU Natural History Museum". New Mexico Small Museum Guide. NM Small Museum Guide. Retrieved 8 February 2018.
  10. ^ a b c "Antonio "Tony" Gennaro". Legacy.com. Legacy.com. 26 August 2015. Retrieved 8 February 2018.
  11. ^ a b c d e f "Miles Mineral museum". www.museumsusa.org. Stories USA, Inc. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  12. ^ a b c d "Historical Attractions of Clovis". www.clovisnm.org. Clovis Chamber of Commerce. 2018. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  13. ^ "Eastern New Mexico on probation, to vacate five seasons of wins". ESPN. Associated Press. September 1, 2015. Retrieved November 15, 2017.
  14. ^ Phi Kappa Psi (1997). Grand Catalogue of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity (14 ed.). White Plains, NY: Bernard C. Harris Publishing Company. OCLC 324731269.
  15. ^ staff (January 17, 2017). "ENMU fraternity suspended for two years". The Eastern New Mexico News. Retrieved 20 October 2018.

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Bobby Ray Baldock

Bobby Ray Baldock (born 1936) is a Senior United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and a former United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico.

Carroll Leavell

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Christopher Stasheff

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Clemente Sanchez (politician)

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Clemente is the current CEO and president of the Bank of New Mexico.

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Dennis Roch

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Diana Ossana

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Eastern New Mexico

Eastern New Mexico is a physiographic subregion within the U.S. state of New Mexico. The region is sometimes called the "High Plains," "Eastern Plains (of New Mexico)," or even "Little Texas". The region is largely coterminous with the portion of the Llano Estacado in New Mexico. Eastern New Mexico mostly lies upon the high plains, which extends to elevations over 4,000 ft (1,200 m). The region is mostly characterized by flat featureless terrain with the exception of the Pecos River valley and the abrupt breaks along the Mescalero Ridge and northern caprock escarpments of the Llano Estacado. The region typically lacks the high relief of central and northern New Mexico, such as that in the Sangre de Cristo and Sandia mountain ranges.

Like much of the Llano Estacado region, Eastern New Mexico is largely agricultural and resembles West Texas in geography, culture, economy, and demographics. The region includes portions of the counties of Curry, De Baca, Guadalupe, Lea, Quay, and Roosevelt. It is served by Eastern New Mexico University, a state university located in Portales.

Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds

The Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds are the athletic teams that represent Eastern New Mexico University, located in Portales, New Mexico, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Greyhounds compete as members of the Lone Star Conference for all 12 varsity sports. Until 2015, Eastern New Mexico had used Zias for the names of female sports teams, but the school announced that Eastern New Mexico will end the use of the Zias name for the female teams, choosing to have Greyhounds for both male and female teams.

Ed Foreman

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Harold Elliott

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Jack Williamson

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Jeffrion L. Aubry

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KENW-FM (89.5 FM) is a radio station broadcasting a public radio format. Licensed to Portales, New Mexico, United States, the station is currently owned by Eastern New Mexico University.


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Eastern New Mexico University opened in Portales in 1934, and has grown to become the third-largest university in the state. The area is one of the largest producers of Valencia peanuts in the United States and is the nation's top producer of certified organic peanut butter. Portales is home to over about 40 dairies and a major US dairy solids plant, together producing and exporting hundreds of millions of dollars of local milk products each year. It is the principal city of the Portales Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is part of the larger Clovis-Portales Combined Statistical Area, including Clovis, 19 miles (31 km) away and Cannon Air Force Base, 13 miles (21 km) away.

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