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The WNMU College of Education
Silver City Campus
The College of Education occupies major buildings on College Street: The Martinez-Fall Building and the Sechler-Rhoades Building with its annex, the Glaser Building.
The Martinez-Fall Building houses the Dean of Education, the primary faculty and staff offices, the Teaching Resource Center, and various classrooms and meeting rooms.
Felix Martinez and Albert Fall were the two territorial legislators in the 1893 legislative session who sponsored the act titled, "An Act to Establish and Provide for the Maintenance and Government of the Normal Schools of New Mexico". Silver City and Las Vegas were chosen to be the locations of these teacher-training institutions.
Sechler-Rhoades Building and Glaser Building
The Sechler/Rhoades and Glaser Buildings house some of the faculty and staff for the Early Childhood Education academic programs, the La Familia Resource Center, and the Community Child Care Services. The program also sponsors the Preschool/Child Development, †and the Growing Tree Day Care Center at Silver Opportunity High School.
Hazel Sechler, Inez Rhoades, and Adelaide Glaser are all noted professors who retired from WNMU. Hazel Sechler served as primary supervisor in the training school and professor of education (specializing in teaching reading and language arts) during her 33 year career at Western. Miss Sechler is remembered most for her very high standards and expectations.
Inez Rhoades was the seventh and eighth grade supervisor at the training school, where she taught English and speech classes at the college, and directed children's speech clinics. Miss Rhoades and Miss Sechler were best friends who devoted their lives to teaching.
Adelaide Glaser was the long-time professor and chair of the home economics department. The kitchen in Miss Glaserís building is now updated, and is being used to make healthy snacks for the children attending the pre-school. She is honored by the University as Emeritus Professor.
Distance learning facilities are essential to the WNMU campus. The video-conferencing classrooms at Miller Library and Martinez-Fall Building allow Silver City faculty to offer programs at:
The Mimbres Valley Learning Center in Deming, NM,
The Gardner Learning Center in Truth or Consequences, NM and
The Hidalgo Learning Center in Lordsburg, NM.
In addition, faculty members use these classrooms regularly for direct instruction and advising activities.
The WNMU Gallup Studies Center was developed in 1984, initially in response to requests from the Gallup McKinley County School District for a university to offer graduate and professional development courses for area teachers, administrators, and special educators.
Flexible class scheduling is essential for many students; therefore, the College of Education offers a number of classes online. Because the class sizes are small, our online courses offer a solid academic challenge while simultaneously providing personal interaction and growth. Our course catalog lists online classes in most every discipline.
WNMU College of Education
PO Box 680 Silver City, NM 88062
Phone: 575-538-6416 Fax: 575-538-6417
Last updated: September 07, 2012