40th Annual Foundation Breakfast

The Eastern New Mexico University Foundation hosted their 40th Annual Breakfast on Saturday morning where several guests were recognized and awarded at the Campus Union Building Ballroom.

Awards included three recipients of the ENMU Foundation award and four recipients of the Alumni Association award. Several honorees in the athletic hall of honor, distinguished emeritus faculty and the educator hall of honor were also mentioned during the presentation.

Dr. Michael Shaughnessy received the ENMU Foundation philanthropist of the year award.

Shaughnessy, a professor of Educational Studies and special education, was rewarded for his philanthropic contributions through the establishment of scholarships in honor of others and his continued support of members of the university, according to the ENMU Foundation.

The ENMU Foundation selected Charles Bennett for the volunteer of the year award


According to the ENMU Foundation, Bennett began volunteering in 2003 with the rodeo arena grounds and now provides fundraising and assistance through Catch the Vision, a Christian ministry.

Cattle Baron Restaurants, Inc. received the business of the year award for their support of ENMU and the community.

Mark C. Chase, founder of the Chase Foundation, received the Alumni Association’s distinguished service award for establishing scholarships and grants for students at ENMU and area high schools. The Chase Foundation has donated approximately $10 million in donations to date, according to the ENMU Foundation.

Past recipients of scholarships provided by Chase were presented with the award in lieu of his absence from the ceremony.

Educator Hall of Honor inductee Judith Anne Rainger was honored during the breakfast. The ENMU Foundation notes Rainger’s achievements in bringing the French language into local schools.

“Mrs. Rainger is honored for her 30-year career as an educator, her reputation, exceptional dedication and accomplishments in the field of education in both New Mexico and Texas,” said Dr. Penny Garcia, Dean of the College of Education and Technology.

“Eastern has given me a succession of major gifts in my life,” Rainger said.

Rainger recalls several teachers during her college career, who challenged her to do better.

“I’m overwhelmed,” Rainger said. “It’s something that I never expected.”

Ron Black, Gayle Lovato and Jerry Walker were given the outstanding alumni award during the breakfast. Each recipient was rewarded for their achievements in athletics, public health and engineering respectively.

Athletic hall of honors inductees Tony Cavalier, Murray Garrett, Irma Hernandez, and Dr. Joel Sievers were honored during the breakfast. Sievers said he was honored to receive to recognition as a hall of honor inductee. “I’m humbled and grateful,” Sievers said. “It’s been a pleasure to get to serve the athletes and the ENMU family.”

The ENMU foundation also recognized emeritus faculty Dr. Mary Drabbs, Dr. Bill Engman, Dr. Sue Strickler and Dr. J. Richard Waite.

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