Kendra Singleterry is majoring in art with a major in graphic design and a minor in commerce at Eastern New Mexico University.
“I have always loved the arts since I was a child and decided to try and make a career out of it,” she shares of the inspiration to pursue her fields of study. “I also started to be interested in new growth technology and I thought to myself ‘why not combine my two passions?’ “
She is interested in layouts for magazines and books, which she hopes to incorporate into her future career.
Kendra was born in Amarillo, Texas, and raised in Lubbock, Texas. She had many family members in Clovis and Portales, New Mexico, so she spent a lot of time in the area growing up.
Her mother grew up in Clovis and lived there until her early twenties; she attended ENMU for a semester and then obtained a bachelor’s degree in radiology technology.
Kendra’s parents met in Logan, New Mexico, where her father was living at the time. He is regional depot manager at Western Dairy Transport in Portales.
Kendra has a 6-year-old half-brother, a 14-year-old half-sister and four half-brothers. She has two dogs, a 6 month old German Shepard mix and an 11 year old Shih-Tzu.
One of the reasons she decided to attend ENMU was the size of the university. She explains, “It was really important for me to go to a small school because growing up where Texas Tech was all I knew, I really didn’t want to go to college where I was just a number. I wanted to be able to get to know my teachers and they know me, so if I ever needed help in class, the help was there.
“However, that is not the only thing that brought me to ENMU,” she continues. “I also wanted a more affordable college because my parents and I wanted to try to get me through college, preferably debt-free or with very little debt.”
While at Eastern, Kendra was named to the Dean’s List each semester and was awarded several scholarships, including a University Transfer Scholarship, the Troy and Jo Nell Brooks Scholarship, and the Lorraine Schula Scholarship.
Kendra works full time as an executive assistant for Little Caesar’s in Portales. She hopes to join ACE + D (Arts, Creativity, Education and Design), an art and design club at ENMU.
While doing her first semester on campus, Kendra’s favorite place is the Golden Student Success Center. “You can go there just to relax or to do your homework,” she explains.
Professors she has been linked with so far include Mario Bocanegra, assistant art professor in graphic design, due to his “calm nature”, and Greg Senn, art studio professor in three. dimensions, due to its “-box for thought and humor.”
The classes that have stood out the most for Kendra so far are all of her design classes, especially the digital ones.
His advice to students wishing to pursue art studies is to “take the time to complete their projects; because i work a lot while doing my studies, i tend to have to multitask or rush into projects.
“I would also tell people who want to major in art to take the time to really work on their art basics,” she continues. “There has been a growth in the cartoon style, but with this more simplistic style, many tend to lose / not learn the basics of the art. I have found that having this knowledge can really help in many different art classes, including digital. “
When asked what her favorite part of being a Greyhound is, Kendra said, “I really appreciate the people I have met being here.”
His hobbies include playing with his dogs, watching crime shows, and seeing friends. Her dream is to be able to help nonprofit shelters without killing by hosting or volunteering.
Kendra with her mother and brother.