Public Invited To Learn About Boutique Air Service

The Gila Economic Development Alliance is partnering with Western New Mexico University to host a special roundtable presentation educating the public of the services offered by Boutique Air. The presentation will take place on Tuesday, April 28 at 10:00 a.m. in Light Hall Auditorium. The airline service is new to Grant County, recently replacing Great Lakes Airlines, as the sole airline provider at the Grant County Airport. Mat Butcher, Director of Operations for Boutique Air will be available for a presentation about the service followed by a Q&A period with attendees. Boutique Air offers daily flights from Silver City to Albuquerque. Mr. Butcher oversees the operations of the airline to insure safe operation. Prior to joining Boutique Air, Butcher served as the Director of Training for Surf Air. His Pilatus career began with SeaPort Airlines as a Flight Instructor and Assistant Director of Safety. Mr. Butcher graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in...

Early Childhood Programs Offers Free Pre-K Services

The Early Childhood Program department is offering free pre-k services for the new academic year beginning in August. Children who will turn four prior to August 31, 2015 qualify. The services are for full-time hours from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Wrap around childcare is available from 7:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for $250 per semester. As providers of New Mexico Pre-K Services, WNMU offers an award winning, state licensed program with a 5-Star rating. The curriculum is play based and is designed to provide foundational skills necessary for school readiness. The services will be guided by qualified, experienced staff of the nationally accredited Child Development Center on the WNMU campus. Services are provided through a grant awarded by the State of New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department. To enroll your child, contact 575.538.6344. Application deadline is Thursday, April 30. The Child Development Center is located...

Bike Rental Program Expands Outdoor Opportunities

The Outdoor Program at Western New Mexico University has recently initiated a bike rental program, hoping to increase outdoor recreational opportunities. WNMU partnered with local bike shop Gila Hike & Bike to purchase 10 Trek 3500 mountain bikes in a variety of sizes. The new equipment is housed at The Outpost, a campus rental office for students and community members. In addition to the bikes, equipment available for rental includes backpacks, climbing shoes, tents and other outdoor gear. The bikes can be rented for a day, weekend or week. Prices vary from $10 to $50. WNMU students can rent equipment at a discounted rate. To see an inventory of rental equipment, visit www.wnmuoutdoors.org. For more information, contact...

Great Race Returns April 18 for 48TH Annual Event

Western New Mexico University students are preparing for the return of the university’s biggest event – The Great Race. The 48th annual event will include a week of races and other activities culminating with the final, campus-wide race on Saturday, April 18. Community members planning to attend to watch teams compete for the final race, should arrive before the start time of 12:00 p.m. Parking will be available in several campus areas; however, the streets will be closed slightly before the race time. The race is set to take off in front of the Fine Arts Center Theater steps. The race route will include three laps around the main campus. Street closures will affect 12th Street, West Street and College Avenue. Following the race will be an awards ceremony at Light Hall from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and the Mustang Festival from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Old James Stadium. Community members are encouraged to bring their children to the Mustang Festival, as the event will...

Mimbres Memorial Hospital Employees Learn Spanish

A brave, first class of students participated in the first offering of a new Spanish language class offered through the Language Institute at Western New Mexico University. The Deming-based hospital reached out to WNMU in an effort to increase the Spanish proficiency of its employees, some employees who are often facing life and death situations with patients whom only speak Spanish. “Our employees will be able to communicate more effectively with our patients and the patient experience will become more personal,” said Johanna Gramer, Mimbres Memorial Hospital Human Resources Director. The first class of students included nurses and administrative level employees. The Level 1 Course was taught over several weeks covering 15 hours of class time. Students learned basic phrases helping them better understand patients whom often speak through a translator provided by the hospital. Frank Gramer, Therapy Director at the hospital, has worked in Deming for eight years. He was...

Natural Sciences Department Hosting Summer Programs

The Natural Sciences Department at Western New Mexico University is looking for applicants to its upcoming summer programs. For the second consecutive year, the department is hosting a MCAT+ Program and a Health Careers Academy. The MCAT+ Program is an intense six-week summer camp held in Harlan Hall. The program is open to junior and senior college students and graduate students from June 15 to July 24. Students in the program receive a stipend of up to $1500 and over 50 hours of in-class test prep instruction covering the four sections of the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test). MCAT+ is designed to help strengthen MCAT test scores and train pre-medical students to become competitive to enter medical school. Highlights of the program include tours of the healthcare teaching facilities at the UNM Health Science Center and at Hidalgo Medical Services, and mock interviews and applications workshops on medical school admission process. Deadline to apply for the program is May...

WNMU Partners With CNM For Transfer Program

Central New Mexico has introduced a new online liberal arts degree for students seeking an associate degree and Western New Mexico University has partnered with the community college to accept students that successfully complete the program. The full-time intensive degree program is completely online and can be completed in only 16 months. WNMU will accept the 60 credits earned by the CNM students. After earning the Associate Degree in Liberal Arts, the students can transfer directly to WNMU’s Interdisciplinary Bachelor Degree program, which is also online. The Interdisciplinary Studies program, offered at both the bachelor and master degree level, is designed for students who want to create their own degree focusing on two or three disciplines. At the bachelor degree level, WNMU offers online degrees in Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Education, English, Human Services, Interdisciplinary Studies, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Rehabilitation Services...

Notable NM Artist Establishes Lecture Series With $50,000 Donation

A longtime artist and philanthropist has gifted a $50,000 contribution to the Western New Mexico University Foundation to establish an artist lecture series, promoting women in the arts. The Edwina and Charles Milner Artist Lecture Series is slated to begin in September of 2015. Mrs. Milner and her husband Charles gifted the donation to the University Foundation to provide public lectures of notable female artists as well as to create workshop activities for university students, public school students and the community. The gift is the latest in a lifetime of creating awareness, by Mrs. Milner, about the importance of women in art. “When I started painting after I graduated in 1953, at that time I felt that I had to sign my initials rather than my given name on my paintings,” explained Mrs. Milner, now 84 years old. “I don’t feel like that is the case anymore.” For the next 60 years, Mrs. Milner worked on her own art as well as advancing the awareness of female...

LGBTQ Youth Suicide Tour To Stop At Gender Equity Center

A suicide prevention and self-confidence building presentation will take place at the on-campus Center For Gender Equity on Tuesday, March 24 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Pandora Scooter and her show I AM ENOUGH follows the story of Pan, who struggles with rejection from her parents and friends for being gay and different. After attempting suicide, Pan finds herself in a hospital where, with the help of a counselor, she realizes she wants to live. I AM ENOUGH takes suicide head on, exploring and exposing the pain of those who struggle with suicide. The show has been endorsed by child psychologists, GSA advisors and by LGBTQ youth. It is designed to open up the conversation about suicide with LGBTQ youth in an effort to help end suicide attempts. Pandora Scooter is an award-winning, national touring artist. She is the writer of nine one-woman shows. The program is part of a 17-state tour by StandUP and StandOUT Productions. The WNMU event is hosted by the Center For Gender...

Light Hall Theater Supported By Local Business Owner

Grant County’s only movie theater is experiencing growing support by the local community and region with donations and regular event bookings. Chuck Johnson, a Silver City based State Farm Insurance agent, recently visited the newly renovated historic Light Hall Auditorium and subsequently donated to the University Foundation as a sign off support for the use of Light Hall as the only movie theater in the community. “I support Light Hall Theater and wanted to show that with this contribution to the University Foundation,” said Mr. Johnson. Renovations to Light Hall Auditorium, erected in 1927, were completed in October 2014. The space is used each weekend as a movie theater, and is also used during the week as a lecture hall and special events space. “Each weekend we are excited to see the support by our local community and our student body as they come out to spend their time with us at the movies,” said Abe Villarreal, WNMU Director of Communications. Local...