Excel: Research & Creativity@ENMU

We believe creative activities and research are critical to informing our teaching, empowering our students and enriching our region. Our Excel: Research & Creativity@ENMU initiative highlights the diversity of scholarly endeavors at ENMU to support our mission and idea that creative and research ideas are critical components of excellence in teaching.

Your Greyhound has the opportunity to attend presentations like the ones below throughout the year as they continue to learn and grow as scholars and members of the ENMU community. We invite you to attend our Family Weekend faculty presentations and to speak with faculty to see the ways they are supporting your Greyhound in and out of the classroom.

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Presentation Schedule for Saturday, Oct. 12

The presentations are being held in the Golden Student Success Center (GSSC) as indicated below.

SessionPresentationLocation

Session 1

10–10:30 a.m.

"Orgullo" | Presenter: Jon Barr

This screening of a short film written, produced, and directed by ENMU faculty and students, will be followed by discussion with the director about collaboration and career opportunities for students and alumni. "Orgullo" is a film about the rich cultural heritage of New Mexican families, and it has been featured in a number of regional and national film festivals.

Presentation Area | GSSC 105

Educators Rising: Empowering Teachers of Tomorrow | Presenter: Dr. Kathleen Wagner, Marisa Luna, and Jacob Salgado

According to William Arthur Ward, "The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." The Teacher Education Programs at ENMU provide hands-on opportunities that empower students to become an influential educator. Our Educators Rising collegiate chapter gives students the context to interact with others in the profession and learn more about becoming an inspirational teacher. This session highlights the importance of becoming involved to succeed in college.

Cecil Room | GSSC 216

Turning Wastewater Into Green Energy and High Value Products Through Algal Technology | Presenter: Dr. Juchao Yan

Dairies are an important part of the economy here in the High Plains, but what about all of that wastewater? Faculty and student researchers at ENMU are busy tackling that problem! This talk focuses on our chemists’ outdoor algae cultivation on a pilot-scale Algal Turf Scrubbers in dairy manure effluents for the dual purposes of dairy wastewater treatment and sustainable biofuel production.

Mary Room | GSSC 217

Session 2

10:30–11 a.m.

Writing Stories: Engaging Your Reader Through Plot | Presenter: Dr. Mike Rizza

ENMU has a strong Creative Writing Program and a vibrant literary magazine, "El Portal." Members of the Eastern community are encouraged to submit their work for publication. In this talk, creative writing professor and successful author Mike Rizza looks at the different elements of plot and how they work together to grab your readers’ interest and keep them turning the page.

Presentation Area | GSSC 105

Think Like a Crook: How we Catch Fraudsters | Presenter: Dean Herb Snyder

This is an intriguing (nothing scary or embarrassing) look at how forensic accountants uncover fraud. Today’s headlines constantly remind us of the many instances in which businesses and individuals try to scam the system. However, the real heroes in these stories are the accountants who succeed in uncovering the fraudster’s deceit.

Cecil Room | GSSC 216

Exciting Careers as a Professional Archaeologist | Presenter: Dr. Heather Smith

Hands-on learning is a rich and rewarding experience, and the Department of Anthropology and Applied Archaeology offers students at all levels valuable opportunities for active learning. Department Chair Heather Smith will present the results of field research that was done in collaboration with undergraduate and graduate students in summer of 2019. Participants will learn about a variety of opportunities for field and laboratory experience working with researchers in the Department of Anthropology and Applied Archaeology at ENMU.

Mary Room | GSSC 217

Session 3

11–11:30 a.m.

A Whole New World: Expanding Your Horizons With Study and Travel Abroad Opportunities at Eastern | Presenters: Dean Mary Ayala and ENMU students

Participants can take a look at the variety of affordable travel abroad experiences that students can pursue through ENMU, and the ways in which they change students’ lives forever and enhance their career opportunities. A travel-abroad faculty member and several students who have taken advantage of travel abroad opportunities at Eastern will share their experiences and be available for Q&A.

Presentation Area | GSSC 105

Cartels, Gangs, and Spillover Violence: Content Analysis of Twitter | Presenters: Xandra James, Cecilia Torres, and Dr. Omar Camarillo

Meet the ENMU team that was selected to participate in the Department of Homeland Security’s Summer Research Team Program for faculty and students from Minority Serving Institutions last summer. At ORISE, they explored media, political, and public perceptions of the ties between Mexican drug trafficking organizations and U.S. gangs, and cartel-related spillover violence, as communicated via social media. This timely project involved innovative approaches to data mining and analysis, and has paved the way for further research on critical borderlands issues. The team will share information about their experience, and the ways in which their research has the potential to inform both scholarly studies and national policy.

Cecil Room | GSSC 216

Adventures and Explorations in the Biological Realm | Presenter: Dr. Kenwyn Cradock

The Department of Biology at ENMU engages in instruction and research at all levels of complexity, from DNA and microbes to community and conservation biology. Join the department chair as he discusses active research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. These hands-on learning experiences address current and topical issues in society such as antimicrobial resistance, sustainable agriculture, human health (vector-borne disease management, concussion recovery, metabolic syndrome and more), and understanding the ecology of the high plains so informed conservation and resource management decisions can be made.

Mary Room | GSSC 217

Session 4

11:30 a.m. to noon

A Whole New World: Expanding Your Horizons With Study and Travel Abroad Opportunities at Eastern | Presenters: Dean Mary Ayala and ENMU students

Participants can take a look at the variety of affordable travel abroad experiences that students can pursue through ENMU, and the ways in which they change students’ lives forever and enhance their career opportunities. A travel-abroad faculty member and several students who have taken advantage of travel abroad opportunities at Eastern will share their experiences and be available for Q&A.

Presentation Area | GSSC 105

The Role of Text Analytics in Business | Presenter: George Kurian

The presentation is about how companies can use analytics on extracted text data to aid in better decision making. Participants will gain a better understanding of how knowledge acquired in the classroom and active research in the field can be applied to critical issues in industry.

Cecil Room | GSSC 216

Don’t be a Couch Potato! Human Movement Affects Human Performance, How is it Studied, and What do Researchers Know? | Presenter: Dr. Richard Guerra

Kinesiology is "the scientific study of human movement and function." This presentation will discuss kinesiology as a field and current research in the department. Dr. Guerra will explore the question: "Do sedentary young adults reflect lower implicit probabilistic sequence learning than physically active young adults?"

Mary Room | GSSC 217