Regents Recognize Faculty, Award Tenure and Promotion

At its annual spring commencement meeting on May 14, the Western New Mexico University Board of Regents met at the Silver City campus and approved several new business items including the recognition of professors for promotion and tenure. Four professors were awarded tenure including Dr. Scott Fritz, Dr. Alexandra Neves, Dr. Margarita Wulftange and Dr. Sherry Bassi. Five professors were recognized with promotions including Fritz, Neves, Wulftange, Dr. Miguel Narvaez and Dr. Andy Warren. Dr. Linda Lopez was awarded emeritus status for her service to WNMU. Lopez, who is retiring this month, has been teaching psychology at WNMU since 1989. The rank of Emeritus is conferred upon retirement to faculty who have led a distinguished career. In other business, Board members also approved changes to the Faculty Handbook and the student government constitution; both having had approved changes by their respective governing bodies. Jason Clark, architect with Studio D, presented a...

New Freshman Scholarships Application Open

Applications for the new freshman scholarships are now open. Scholarships awarding high school student achievements in community service and leadership in the classroom will be awarded. Students that have been named National Merit Scholars and National Hispanic Scholars also qualify for the new awards. New Mexico high school seniors receiving valedictorian or salutatorian honors will also qualify for a scholarships. Many of the scholarships cover tuition and fees for the entire first year at Western New Mexico University. To see a complete list of scholarships and apply today, visit...

Art Student Visited Japan In April, Now Heads To NYC

Junchen Huang is ending his journey as an undergraduate student at Western New Mexico University. He will be earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree on Friday. Next week he prepares to begin a new academic career at Pratt Institute in New York City. While he plans to study in the most artistic city in the country, his experience as a Mustang has already taken him around the world. Huang was born in China. As a child he was interested in art but felt that he couldn’t express his creativity as freely as he did once he moved to the United States nine years ago. “Chinese educational systems are not always prone to art,” explained Huang. “It can be a side thing, a hobby. In the United States you have freedom and no restrictions as well as the audience and acceptance of doing art is greater.” Huang’s main focus is painting and drawing; however, throughout the last year he has created artwork that is displayed through live projections. That experience led him to be chosen...

Tony Trujillo To Keynote Commencement Address

Delivering the keynote address at the spring commencement ceremony on Friday will be Tony Trujillo, a lifelong Grant County resident and community leader. Trujillo is the Director of Government Relations for New Mexico Operations at Freeport-McMoRan Inc. He is a graduate of Western New Mexico University earning a degree in business administration in 1975. A community leader for decades, Mr. Trujillo has served as board member and president for several organizations including the New Mexico Prosperity Project, Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce, Grant County Prospectors and the New Mexico Mining Association. Trujillo recently completed two terms as a board member and is past president of the Board of Regents for WNMU. His previous government experience includes serving as Town Councilor for the Town of Silver City. For his service to the community, Trujillo has been recognized with numerous recognitions including being named the 2006 Citizen of the Year by the Silver...

Three Educators To Be Inducted Into Hall Of Fame

Western New Mexico University will induct three career educators into the School of Education Hall of Fame as part of the 2015 spring commencement ceremony activities. Emily Berry Armstrong is being inducted posthumously. Armstrong was an elementary school teacher for 42 years. She is being recognized for meeting the challenges of serving in a one-room rural schoolhouse, in Dona Ana and Luna Counties. Her career included serving as a teacher, principal, school nurse, janitor and bus driver. Armstrong instituted a bilingual program for ESL students and nurtured her students’ participation in the community. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from WNMU in 1951. Dora Joe Berry Munson is being inducted posthumously. Munson earned a baccalaureate and master’s degree from WNMU in 1959. Her career included serving as an elementary school teacher for 27 years in Luna County. After one year of college she began her teaching career in a one-room school at Spaulding, New Mexico where...

Nearly 400 Students To Earn Degrees At Spring Commencement

One of Western New Mexico University’s larger graduating classes will be earning diplomas at the spring commencement exercises on Friday, May 15. At least 390 students are scheduled to receive diplomas in the outdoor ceremony, for the first time to be held at Ben Altamirano Field, home of the Mustang football team, due to construction at Old James Stadium. The ceremony will begin at 3:00 p.m. Parking is available on both sides of the Fine Arts Center Theater. The ceremony can be seen live online: wnmu.edu/events/graduation Students that earned the High School Equivalency, formerly known as G.E.D., will also be honored: Lawrence Allison, Robert Christie, Abraham Estrada, Idaliz Hernandez, Porter Howard, Jacob Kaiser, Marilyn Muse, Arturo Perez and Daniel Tirado Silver City, NM Associate Degree – Kristy Arambula, Robert Armstrong, Ronnie Baca, Jonathan Bender, James Califf, Tess Caroll, Zachary Carter, Selina Castillo, Felicia Cohn, Kristen Davidson, Lucille Eby,...

Polynesian Night To Feature Island Food, Performances

Polynesian students at Western New Mexico University will be showcasing traditions in music and food at the third annual Polynesian Night on Saturday, May 9 at 6:00 p.m. in Old James Stadium. The event will include musical performances by Polynesian Club members representing different islands. Club members will also cook and serve an authentic dinner including drinks and desserts. The cost is $5 per plate for community members and $2 for WNMU students with Mustang Card. Organized by the Polynesian Club, at least 16 students can describe themselves as either 100 percent or part Polynesian. They represent the peoples and cultures from different islands including Hawaii, Samoa and Tahiti. The performances showcase traditional dance routines and...

Mustangs To Join Lone Star Conference Fall 2016

Western New Mexico University will join the Lone Star Conference (LSC) as a full member beginning the fall of 2016. “The move from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference to the Lone Star Conference allows our student-athletes to continue having a great athletic experience, while traveling less,” said Dr. Joseph Shepard, WNMU President. “The Lone Star Conference has an outstanding history of sportsmanship and competitive play at the Division II national level.” The Mustangs have participated with the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference since 2006. During that time, several programs including golf and tennis have earned conference titles and made post-season appearances. “We are very pleased to join the Lone Star Conference. It has tremendous history and is considered one of the most competitive conferences in the country,” said Mark Coleman, WNMU Director of Athletics. “The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference is a first class organization with great people within...

Professor Edits Bluestockings Publication

A recently published book attempts to bring to life an important feminist movement of the 18th century. It is a movement that author and professor Deborah Heller would like to connect to modern feminism. Heller, a professor of English at Western New Mexico University who has published extensively on the Bluestockings, edited and wrote the introduction and first chapter for the newly published, nine-essay book titled Bluestockings Now!. “The book challenges the old theory that the eighteenth-century British intellectual women known as the Bluestockings were an isolated phenomenon,” said Heller. “Actually, the Bluestockings started a trend of women-centered activism that has continued through time up to the present day. And one of the purposes of the book is to kindle interest in the potential for Bluestocking activism in the future.” Heller highlights the group’s practices of networking and initiating social change. She calls the group torchbearers of modern feminism...