WNMU Alumna Earns Law School Recognitions

Western New Mexico University alumna Edna Reyes has recently received various recognitions as a law student at Washburn University School of Law. Reyes, who earned two degrees from WNMU, was announced as the first recipient of the Washburn Law Clinic Public Interest Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a clinic student whose employment upon graduation will be primarily serving underrepresented or underserved individuals, communities and/or nonprofit groups. Reyes was recognized for her successful completion of the Law Clinic, for demonstrating interest in public service and for her commitment to legal employment in the public interest field. Reyes’ experience in the Law Clinic was also recognized with the Irvine E. Ungerman Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice. The Ungerman Award is awarded twice yearly to legal interns who have distinguished themselves by providing highly competent representation to clients in a manner exemplifying the ideals of the law...

Film on legacy of three local youth to be shown

The life and legacy of three Silver City area youth who perished in a 2014 plane crash will be depicted in a new film on Thursday, December 15 at 7:00 p.m. in Parotti Hall. The film is titled A Heart, A Soul, A Voice and was shot on location, in Silver City and in the Gila Wilderness. High School students Ella Kirk, Michael Mahl and Ella Myers died in a small airplane crash in May of 2014, just outside of Silver City. The film explores the meaning and impact of their passing and the inspiration they still offer to their families and community. All three teenagers led activist lives while attending Aldo Leopold Charter School, both as artists and environmental activists. The event will open with a 7:00 p.m. reception for the filmmaker and director David Garcia in Parotti Hall. The screening begins at 7:30 p.m. A $10 donation is requested and will be used to help fund a new film by Garcia and Hearts on the Gila Productions, which explores how the lives of the three teens are...

More than 200 to graduate at fall commencement

More than 200 students will be earning certificate, associate, baccalaureate and master degrees at the fall commencement ceremony taking place Friday, December 9 in the Fine Arts Center Theater. The event begins at 3:00 p.m. and can be viewed live online: http://wnmu.edu/events/commencement2016 Silver City, NM Certificate – Chris Camacho, Kevin Cone, Adam Medina Associate Degree – Holly Adams, Jennifer Aragon, Chris Camacho, Kevin Cone, Arisa Dominguez, Christina Marie Estrada, Sabrina Marie Gomez, Levi Leyba, Marissa Lopez, Manuel Ortega, Roy Somarian, Kayla Tielking, George Trujillo, Heather Wasson Baccalaureate Degree – Roxanne Abeyta, Holly Adams, Spri Aubrey, Jazmin Nikole Carillo, Ben Hammer, Jolene Ann Huffman, Javier Marrufo, Horace Martinez, Chris Matthes, Jon Meadows, Meagan Montoya, Ashley Moon, Lyndsey Novacek, Serina Pack, Jennifer Rider, Chelsi Straubinger, Gabryelle Villines-Morales Graduate Certificate – Andrew Joy Master Degree –...

Commencement Keynote Speaker CEO of El Paso Electric

Mary E. Kipp, Chief Executive Officer for El Paso Electric will deliver the keynote address at the fall commencement ceremony for Western New Mexico University. The ceremony will take place at 3:00 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Theater on Friday, December 9. AS CEO, Kipp is responsible for oversight of the overall operations for El Paso Electric, and also serves on the company’s Board of Directors. Kipp has been with El Paso Electric since 2007 and has held various positions, including overseeing several departments including regulatory and rates, human resources, external affairs, public relations and environmental health, and health and safety. Kipp has served as the company’s President, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Chief Compliance Officer. Before rejoining El Paso Electric, Kipp spent four years as a senior enforcement attorney in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Enforcement, based in Washington, D.C. Her role included investigating...

96-Year-Old World War II Veteran To Receive Honorary Degree

Every Mustang home basketball and volleyball game, Leonard Pritikin can be seen front row, in a bright yellow jacket and a veteran cap. He’s a familiar site to student-athletes and this December he’ll be introduced to the entire graduating class, receiving an honorary degree from Western New Mexico University President Joseph Shepard. “For so many years, I was kicking myself in the pants and sorry that I never went and got that degree,” said Pritikin, a 96-year-old veteran. “Now I never have to kick myself in the pants anymore thanks to Dr. Shepard and the Board of Regents.” At the age of 19, Pritikin enlisted into the Marine Corps, joining millions of other young Americans who would take part in the Second World War, missing their opportunity to earn a college degree. Pritikin served from 1940 to 1945, his military career cut short due to injuries, but not before traveling through Pacific as a section leader of heavy machine guns. “I drove a jeep patrol and...

Second Chamber Music Series event features acclaimed violinist

Acclaimed violinist Krzysztof Zimowski will perform for the second President’s Chamber Music Series event on Tuesday, November 29. The performance begins at 7:00 p.m. in Light Hall Theater with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. A Meet the Artists reception will follow the performance in Light Hall patio. Zimowski was born in Poland and began his musical studies at the age of six. He has performed as a Concertmaster of the Symphony Orchestra of Weikersheim and Bayreuth in Germany. In 1976, Zimowski began performing with The World Youth Orchestra in Brussels and in Paris. There he began playing in chamber music ensembles and taking master classes with the world-renowned violin soloist Henryk Szeryng. In 1981, Zimowski joined the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra where he gained acclaim for his soloist performance during a concert dedicated to the Mexico City earthquake victims. In 1986, he moved to the United States forming the Helios String Quartet, an ensemble-in-residence at...

Border issues topic of author talk at Light Hall

Author and journalist Todd Miller will give a lecture on border issues at Light Hall Theater on Thursday, December 1. Free to the public, the lecture begins at 6:00 p.m. and will focus current border issues, including the author’s research on the growing US involvement in border security projects across the globe. Miller has been researching the US-Mexico border for more than 15 years, currently as an independent journalist and writer. His work has appeared in the New York Times, The Nation and Al Jazeera English among other publications. Miller is a contributing editor on border and immigration issues for NACLA Report on the Americas and its column Border Wars. In 2014, Miller published his first book Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security. Miller’s second book Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration and Homeland Security will be published in 2017. Todd Miller can be followed on Twitter: http://twitter.com/memomiller. For...

WNMU signs agreement with Mexican State of Sinaloa

Western New Mexico University officials met today with the incoming governor of the Mexican state of Sinaloa to sign a letter of intent between WNMU and Sinaloa. The agreement is the first step in initiating future collaborations with Sinaloa in the areas of academic, science and culture for the secondary and higher education institutions in the Mexican state. The primary goal of the agreement is to meet common goals between the two partners, opening the door for specific agreements to be signed with academic institutions allowing for the exchange of students, faculty and staff. The agreement also promotes the development of research projects and promotion of social welfare. “Universities are marketplaces of ideas and those ideas come from beyond our borders. This agreement reflects our commitment to provide opportunities for our students to go beyond stereotypes and interact with a multitude of cultures,” said Dr. Joseph Shepard, WNMU President. WNMU also committed to...

The Giving Tree: Giving back to those in need

Holidays can be challenging, particularly for those families with children. The Early Childhood Programs has found a way to help support the families in our program. We call it The Giving Tree and it is now available in the front lobby of the Child Development Center. The Giving Tree is decorated with ornaments detailing their needs. If anyone is interested in participating in our Giving Tree drive this year, please select a tag, purchase and wrap the item, and return the item with your tag to the front office. If you have any questions, please call 538-6344. Please return the items no later than Wednesday, December 7. Monetary gifts will also be accepted. Your participation is appreciated. Merry...

Second of new art sculptures installed on campus

The second of seven art sculptures that will be populating the Western New Mexico University main campus was installed in the newly landscaped area of campus now known as The Gardens, adjacent to historic Light Hall. The second sculpture is titled Tres Ventanas by artist Greg Reiche. Constructed of stone, metal and glass, the sculpture is designed to reflect the building blocks of the world’s constructed and natural environments, according to an artist statement by Reiche. Raised in rural New Mexico, Reiche’s work has been installed throughout New Mexico and other states including Oklahoma and Colorado. This is the second Reiche piece to be installed at the WNMU campus, the first, Serpentine Ascent, was installed in 2003, outside of the Fine Arts Center Theatre. The Albuquerque-based artist’s art focuses on site-specific, meditative and landmark art. The new campus sculptures are an initiative of the Art in Public Places program of the state of New Mexico, Department...