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Counting Blessings as We Count Down to Summer

We are less than two weeks from the end of the academic year and the start of our summer terms and it couldn’t get any busier. Last weekend our Track and Field team participated in our Red River Athletic Conference Championship in San Antonio and performed impressively. Freshman Jose Jaramillo garnered runner-up recognition in the shot put and freshman Emanuel Esparza took third in the hammer throw.

This week we are partnered up with the J. F Maddox Foundation in hosting Mike Rowe as a distinguished guest speaker who will appear at the Hobbs High School Tydings Auditorium on Thursday night. Rowe, the star of the Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs television series will be in town also to promote the grand opening of CTech, the new  career and technical educational center that has been under construction the past year on the Hobbs Eagle campus.

On that same day at lunchtime Angie and her creative crew at Great Western Dining will serve chile rellenos and menudo in honor of Cinco de Mayo at the Daniels Center Café. I am not sure how they can top the rib and chicken dinner that they (and Harold Jensen) so generously hosted the week before at our annual athletic banquet, which we traded in for an evening picnic with mechanical bull riding, kick ball, and assorted games but I am confident that they will.

The Mustang baseball team takes the field at 2PM on Friday to begin Red River Athletic Conference tournament play. What we lack in size compared to our peers our team makes up for in heart and hustle, producing the best baseball team I have seen here in all of my 8 seasons as president.

Of course, the next week is the finale to the academic year with two graduation ceremonies taking place on Saturday, marking the first time in its history that USW has ever offered two graduation events on a single day. And before all of that, we will host an evening BBQ for our graduating seniors, a gathering for Masters and Doctoral graduates at Rockwind Community Links, and a baccalaureate after commencement rehearsal late Friday afternoon.

As we close the year out I want to express gratitude to our staff for their tremendous dedication to our students and their families during what has been a most challenging year. No college president has ever been privileged to work with a better group of faculty, coaches, and support staff anywhere at any time. My gratitude also extends to everyone at Great Western Dining who pulled out all the stops to feed and take care of us this year—no one could have done it better. Well done Mustang family!