Eastern New Mexico University

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Eastern New Mexico University
Eastern New Mexico University seal.svg
Motto Student Success—That's What It's All About
Type Public
Established 1927
President Jeff Elwell
Academic staff
161 full-time
Students 6,027 (Fall 2017)[1]
Location Portales, New Mexico, U.S.
Campus suburban/small town, 344 acres (1.39 km2) (main campus)[2]
Colors Green & Silver[3]
Athletics NCAA Division IILone Star
Nickname Greyhounds
Website www.enmu.edu
Eastern New Mexico University logo.svg
Golden Library at Eastern New Mexico University

Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU or Eastern) is a state university in Portales, Roosevelt County, New Mexico, United States. It is the most recently founded state university in New Mexico (legislated in 1927, opened in 1934).

ENMU's main campus is located in Portales and there are also two degree-granting branches, at Ruidoso and Roswell.


A view of the main quad of ENMU.
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 April 5, 1949, the Board of Regents approved the change of the institution's name to Eastern New Mexico University.

ENMU branches[edit]

ENMU's main campus, consisting of 344 acres (1.39 km2),[5] 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.[6] ENMU's online degrees in the fields of business and education are the most affordable in the U.S.[7]

Academic organization[edit]

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

Jack Williamson Science Fiction Library[edit]

The Jack Williamson Science Fiction Library at Eastern New Mexico University 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.[8]

The Dr. Antonio Gennaro Natural History Museum[edit]

The Dr. Antonio Gennaro Natural History Museum is affiliated with the ENMU Department of Biology.[9] 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.[9] The museum was renamed and dedicated to Dr. Gennaro in spring 2016.[9] Thousands of people visit the museum each year.[9] In addition to the taxidermy and study skins on display,[10] the live animals on exhibit are of particular interest to visitors.[9] The live animal exhibit includes both native and non-native species.[9]

Dr. Antonio "Tony" Gennaro (1934 - 2015) [11] came to ENMU in 1966 as an associate professor of biological sciences and went on to become a nationally recognized researcher.[9] He started ENMU's vertebrate collection for the museum.[9] 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.[11] He authored and published two books, Natures Way and Wildlife Falsehoods.[11]


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.[12]

Notable alumni[edit]



Film and television[edit]



Literature and publishing[edit]


Notable faculty[edit]

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


  1. ^ "Eastern New Mexico University hits its highest enrollment". Santa Fe New Mexican. Associated Press. September 12, 2017. Retrieved November 15, 2017. 
  2. ^ http://www.enmu.edu/services/police/guide.shtml
  3. ^ ENMU Brand Identity Guide. Retrieved 2017-04-11. 
  4. ^ http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/nm/roosevelt/history/history.txt
  5. ^ http://www.enmu.edu/services/police/guide.shtml
  6. ^ "Eastern New Mexico University Online Degrees". Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "2014 Most Affordable U.S. Online Colleges". Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  8. ^ Bundy, Gene. "Jack Williamson Science Fiction Library". ENMU. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h "The Dr. Antonio Gennaro Natural History Museum". Eastern New Mexico University. ENMU. Retrieved 8 February 2018. 
  10. ^ "ENMU Natural History Museum". New Mexico Small Museum Guide. NM Small Museum Guide. Retrieved 8 February 2018. 
  11. ^ a b c "Antonio "Tony" Gennaro". Legacy.com. Legacy.com. 26 August 2015. Retrieved 8 February 2018. 
  12. ^ "Eastern New Mexico on probation, to vacate five seasons of wins". ESPN. Associated Press. September 1, 2015. Retrieved November 15, 2017. 

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