Foundation Office to Host ‘Hats In The Garden’ Event

The University Foundation office is hosting ‘Hats In The Garden’ on September 26 as a an event to engage Western New Mexico University supporters and to raise funds for the Foundation. The event begins at 4:00 p.m. in the Alumni Garden and attendees are encouraged to wear creative hats. Local apparel business Vintage Fantasies and Raven’s Nest are partnering with the Foundation to present a fashion show featuring WNMU students. Cost to attend is $25 and will cover event food and beverages. A silent auction with themed baskets will benefit the University Foundation office. The attendee with the most creative hat will win the People’s Choice Award. To RSVP, please call the University Foundation office at 575-538-6310. The Alumni Garden is located on 10th Street next to Hunter...

New Foundation Director Plans Growth For Office

A new executive director for the University Foundation has opened her doors to alumni, donors and community members looking to make connections with Western New Mexico University. Since July 1, Jodi Edens-Crocker has been meeting people, setting up appointments and brainstorming on how to grow relationships with anyone who has a connection and interest in Western New Mexico University. “I feel there is a sincere interest and energy from campus, donors, alumni and the community to build and foster a true Foundation that can move the university forward,” said Edens-Crocker. Edens-Crocker has more than 10 years of experience working with fundraising and relationship building in higher education. Her most recent experience includes serving as Director of Events and Special Projects at Florida Gulf Coast University. In that capacity, she oversaw the organization of over 100 university events annually. “We are creating opportunities for participation and involvement by all...

Adult Education Services Offers Free Community Programs

A university department that focuses on academic programs for the community is expanding its services for area residents who may be facing temporary unemployment periods. The Adult Education Services office (AES), based in Watts Hall on the corner of Swan Street and Highway 180, offers free programs for community members in different subject areas. “One of our primary focuses is preparing adult learners to transition to be university students or to learn skills to reenter the workforce,” said Debbie Maldonado, Director of AES. AES programs include preparing for the High School Equivalence Diploma, training for computer skills, math, reading and writing. An open lab is available to any community member and staff members are on hand to create flexible schedules with personalized start times. “Computer skills are necessary to be successful in a career and our programs are designed assist the learner’s need,” said Maldonado. “What we want to provide is a stepping...

In Memoriam: Linda Kay Jones

From The President's Desk It is with a heavy heart that I share with you the news that Linda Kay Jones died this morning after a lengthy battle with cancer. Linda Kay had an accomplished and distinguished history of serving in various leadership positions throughout Grant County and New Mexico prior to joining the Western New Mexico University team, ten years ago today. Linda Kay began her career at WNMU as Special Assistant to the President for Institutional Advancement before becoming the Vice President for Advancement in 2008. She served the University in this leadership role until 2013 when she became the Special Assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives. During her tenure at the University, Linda Kay was a strong advocate for economic development. She led numerous endeavors including raising funds to help build the Global Resource Center and the development of the statewide New Mexico Economic Development Course. While her achievements were vast, they were...

Tour Of Gila Funds To Benefit Lanny Olson Scholarship

For a moment in time, it seemed like the 2015 Tour of the Gila would not happen due to lack of funding. The generosity of an anonymous donor and a successful crowd funding campaign brought the race to life and excess dollars for charity. Jack Brennan, owner of Gila Hike and Bike in Silver City and lead facilitator for the race, chose two charities to donate any excess funds, not used to operate the race. The Lanny Olson Scholarship Fund, offered to WNMU students through the University Foundation, received $1,700. The Amy D. Foundation, a non-profit organization supporting women bikers, also received $1,700. “To me it was important to do something locally and Lanny Olson has been an important figure for the Tour of the Gila for years,” said Brennan. “He was involved in raising money so I reached out to his family.” Brennan credits Olson for introducing him to WNMU and the relationship between the university and the annual race continues. Olson earned his bachelor’s...

Art and Culture Brought To Focus With New Position

For more than 20 years, Faye McCalmont has been a mover and shaker for the arts and culture scene in New Mexico, and now she plans to bring her successful track record to Western New Mexico University. McCalmont is the new Assistant to the President for Cultural Affairs, a position dedicated to raising the education and awareness among the university community for art and entertainment. WNMU President Joseph Shepard created the position in an effort to bring culture to the forefront at a time that many institutions are downgrading or eliminating such programs. “We want to create a cultural series for students, bringing in art, culture and music that students normally do not have access to,” said McCalmont. “Events such as artist workshops and expanding the Women In The Arts Lecture series are in the works.” McCalmont recently retired from the Mimbres Region Arts Council, serving as its executive director for 20 years. “The broad vision here is to connect the...

Against The Odds, Graphic Design Student Finds Home At WNMU

While posing for a picture at her new university home, Grecia Rivas realizes that enrolling at Western New Mexico University marked the next step in her journey to bring awareness for her people. Rivas graduated from Palo Verde Magnet High School in Tucson, Arizona; attended Pima Community College and transferred to WNMU this fall. She is a 23-year old undocumented immigrant with a mission. “I have been involved in the immigrant rights movement for the past three years working to make higher education accessible to all students,” said Rivas. Rivas was born in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico; and immigrated to the United States at the age of three. She plans to be the first member of her family to graduate from college. “Undocumented immigrants are facing important issues including lack of support from counselors and administrators when transitioning out from high school and into college,” Rivas explained. “Educators are not well informed or prepared to help these students.” A...

Free ‘Live On The Lawn’ Concert To Feature Renowned Flamenco Artist

  Western New Mexico University and the Mimbres Region Arts Council are partnering to bring another Live On The Lawn concert at Old James Stadium on Friday, August 21. The free event will feature three music groups including renowned flamenco guitar master Robert Michaels. He will be joined by his trio and a flamenco dancer. Opening the event at 5:00 p.m. are local favorites Geli and The Hearbreakers, followed by Azucar, an El Paso based nine-member Latino band. Robert Michaels is a multi-gold and platinum recording artist. He is the winner of a Juno Award (Canadian Grammy) for Best Instrumental Album. Throughout his career, Michaels has worked with noteworthy musicians including Grammy winner Jennifer Warnes and Tony Award nominated Louis Pitre. Michaels is described as an intuitive musician with an electric energy and a captivating blend of styles. Azucar is described as a Latin salsa style band with Puerto Rican rhythm. Their repertoire includes upbeat salsa and...

Bash On Broadway Returns To Welcome WNMU Students

For the fifth consecutive year Western New Mexico University will team up with the Silver City MainStreet Project to host the Bash on Broadway on Saturday, August 15. Offering socialization for both new and returning students, the event signifies the exciting arrival of the fall semester with music, games and dancing in historic downtown Silver City. WNMU President Joseph Shepard will deliver a State of the University Address at 5:30 p.m. inside Little Toad Creek, located on the corner of Broadway and Bullard Streets. After updating the community with an account of current and future happenings, Bullard Street will be closed between Broadway Street and Yankie Street from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Radio La Chusma, a Latin-Reggae band out of El Paso, will provide live music. Little Toad Creek will offer outdoor drink sales. Community groups and small businesses can register to have free booth space by contacting 575.538.6336 or news@wnmu.edu.   The event is free to...

PTSD Survey Aims To Connect Veterans With Treatment Services

Veterans living in rural communities have challenges connecting with medical and psychological treatment services. A survey for veterans suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is hoping to better understand this underserved population. The Institute for Rural Social Work Research (IRSR), a 501c3 affiliated with the School of Social Work, has dispatched 15 individuals across the state with a 34-question survey for PTSD suffering veterans. The team of survey collectors has covered at least 10 New Mexico communities since June and will continue to do so until mid-August. “We are trying to find out how aware veterans are of treatments, if they know that they exist, and how far they are willing to travel and receive the treatment,” said Dr. Bob Rickle, professor of Social Work and Director of IRSR. Funded through legislative appropriations, the project was created to learn more about veterans living in rural communities and their access to care. Survey collectors...