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Changes greet ENMU-R students this year

People line up Thursday in the Student Services Building of Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell during “Super 17th Day,” an event to encourage students to complete registration and financial aid materials for fall 2017 classes. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell began its 59th year Monday with classes starting for the fall 2017 semester.

Dr. Jeff Elwell, at right, the new president of the Eastern New Mexico University system, talks Friday with faculty and staff of ENMU-R. It was his first visit to campus since taking the position. (Submitted Photo)

The year already has brought some changes.
Dr. Jeff Elwell, the new president of the Eastern New Mexico University system, has taken office and helped launch the new academic year at the Roswell campus at a Friday meeting and reception with faculty and staff. It was Elwell’s first time on campus since he took the post.
Formerly a dean with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Elwell replaces Dr. Steve Gamble, who retired at the end of July after 16 years of service. Elwell oversees the university’s operations online; in Portales, where associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs are offered; and in Ruidoso and Roswell, which have associate’s degrees and various certificate and training programs.
Dr. John Madden continues as ENMU-R president, a role he has held since August 2008.
“We are off to a great start,” Madden said when asked for a comment about the first day of school.
Two other new factors for the coming year include the introduction of a medical scribe program and the relocation of the Student Success Center, said ENMU-R Development Director Donna Oracion.

The 18-hour medical scribe program trains people to assist physicians in taking patient histories and notes regarding office visits and examinations and entering the information in computer records. Students enrolled in the program can receive a certificate of employability and can continue on in medical coding or medical assisting programs, with the ability to earn up to an associate’s degree in medical assisting.
The Student Success Center, a tutoring center, has moved to the Learning Resource Center at 58 University Blvd. It previously was located in the Instructional Center at 23 W. Mathis St.
Preliminary numbers indicate that enrollment for fall 2017 stands at 2,018 for full-time students, Oracion said. She noted that additional enrollment is expected because registration does not close until this coming Friday and dual enrollment for those taking both high school and college courses has not yet occurred.
“That usually adds from between 800 to 1,000 students, so that is quite a big number we still will be adding to our enrollment,” Oracion said. “And, of course, later in the semester, we do a second round of eight-week courses, so we enroll additional students through the end of the year.”
Fall 2016 enrollment at ENMU-R totaled 2,963, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics, a unit of the U.S. Department of Education. Enrollment for the Portales campus for fall 2016 totaled 6,014 — 4,593 undergraduates and 1,421 graduate students, according to information on the ENMU website.