Live On The Lawn event to feature Albuquerque Salsa band

Albuquerque-based salsa band Calle 66 will perform for the upcoming Live On The Lawn concert at Old James Stadium on Friday, June 10. The event will feature the seven-member band Calle 66 with opening music by Mariachi Raices de America, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Calle 66 is a native New Mexico salsa band with a mission to play contemporary salsa and to perform music with integrity and respect to the salsa art form. The band’s music touches on influences representing Cuba, Puerto Rico and Colombia. Calle 66 will bring a salsa dance instructor to teach audience attendees salsa dance moves. The opening act will be Mariachi Raices de America. The group is an El Paso-based mariachi that performs regularly throughout the Southwest. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Food, beer and wine will be available for purchase. A second Live On The Lawn event will take place on June 24 when Dustbowl Revival will take the stage to perform their unique bluegrass, swing...

WNMU Museum Planning For Renovations, Temporary Closure

For over 40 years, Fleming Hall has been home to the University Museum and a broad collection of Mimbres pottery known the world over. Soon, the nationally registered historic building will be extensively renovated, something that University Museum staff have been anticipating for several months, wrapping and moving hundreds of pieces of pottery and artifacts. “After Fleming Hall’s transformation, visitors will walk in and experience a dynamic exhibition with natural light and interactive exhibits,” said Dr. Cynthia Bettison, University Museum Director. “Every piece of pottery not part of the new main floor exhibitions will be on display in visible collection areas.” Museum staff have been carefully wrapping artifacts since August and moving them to a temporary storage location. Once the main floor exhibit area closes to the public on August 1, a small display of items will be available to visitors in Watts Hall. “We have closed access to professional...

Educators Inducted Into School of Education Hall of Fame

Western New Mexico University inducted four career educators into the School of Education Hall of Fame as part of the 2016 spring commencement ceremony activities. Ginger Kinsey Masoner is a 1977 and 1985 WNMU graduate. Masoner taught as an elementary teacher for over 31 years and was recognized as an inductee for her superior qualities as an educator. Known for her enthusiastic energy and her encouraging nature, Masoner is beloved by her students and peers. Involved in school communities, Masoner was active outside of the classroom sponsoring clubs and activities encouraging her students to be civic-minded citizens. Connie Louise Laurent Perez is a graduate of WNMU, class of 1982 and 1989. Perez was inducted for her 31 years of service as an elementary teacher. Described by her peers as a compassionate and reliable educator, Perez took time to learn about each student’s background and areas of need. Perez was instrumental in the design of the open classroom concept at...

WNMU Grad Seeks To Showcase Point Of View Through Film

A video titled Gila’s Fight showcasing the beauty of the Gila National Forest and surrounding areas was intended to be an end-of-semester project for Chris Theulen, it turned out to be a catalyst for film projects with regional and national organizations. Theulen graduated from Western New Mexico University this May with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and in the year leading up to his walk on the commencement stage he was busy looking through a camera lens, sharing his talents with film partners and producing work that will eventually be used by companies such as the Discovery Channel. “It’s been an eye-opening time during the last few months,” said Theulen, a native of Anchorage, Alaska. “Every project and every contact I’ve made have led me to doors being opened.” Gila’s Fight is two minutes and forty seconds of footage of Gila National Forest landscapes, showcasing the mountains, streams and animal life, of this wilderness area in southwest New Mexico. “I...

Gila Collaborative Accepted To Santa Fe Art Institute

The Gila Collaborative was accepted to the Water Rights Residency Program of the Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) for 2016 - 2017. The four-person collaborative, comprised of WNMU Assistant Professor of New Media Peter Bill, Hopi independent film maker Victor Masayesva, new media artist Stephen Dirkes, and Gila Conservation Coalition executive director Allyson Siwik, will explore the idea of equity in our water systems. According to SFAI, the program “encourages creative minds to come together and examine the territory of Water Rights. Together, we will explore several questions: How do we describe and define the contested space around water? If water use is often parallel to culture, how can cultural activities result in greater models of equity in our water systems? How can diverse practices, from poetic to practical to political, create greater access to these and other parallel resources?” Responding to the Water Rights Residency theme, the Gila Collaborative’s project...

Regents Approve No Tuition Increase, Review Solar Panel Plan

The Western New Mexico University Board of Regents met for its annual spring meeting on Thursday, May 12 at the Silver City campus. The Board approved several items and listened to updates on university initiatives. An approval on tuition and fees for the upcoming academic year was passed unanimously. Tuition rates will remain the same as the current year. A small increase in student fees of $8.40 per credit hour, proposed by members of the Associated Students, was voted with approval. The Tuition Guarantee program, introduced a year ago, will remain intact for incoming students. The program guarantees that there will be no tuition increase for incoming students, for eight consecutive semesters, as long as students meet some minimum requirements. Regent members listened to a presentation by PNM representatives on a proposed photovoltaic system to be installed on campus in two locations. The system would reduce power usage by at least $38,000 per year once installed. WNMU...

More Than 400 Students To Earn Degrees May 13

More than 400 students will earn degrees on Friday, May 13 at the spring commencement ceremony in Ben Altamirano Field. The ceremony will begin at 3:00 p.m. and can be seen live online: http://wnmu.edu Students will be earning certificate, associate, baccalaureate and master degrees. Silver City, NM Associate Degree – Shealynn Allison, Jennifer Aragon, Eric Benavides, Shayna Bloom, Chris Camacho, Patricia Carrasco, Daniel Casaus, Angie Duval, Trent Eby, Samantha Gomez, Cameron Graves, Monique Inez Gulick, Brandy Hernandez, Richard Hughes, Autumn Hunte, Sara James, Gregory Leavitt, Brianna Renee’ Ortiz, Serina Pack, Angelica Polanco, Amanda Quintana, Bianca Rivera, Marisela Ogas Sanchez, Abigail Sievers, Jennifer Thurnherr, Jory Torres, Tristan Toth, Michael Valenzuela, Rhea Valles, Louann Velasquez, Gabryelle Villines-Morales, Clinton Wolfe Baccalaureate Degree – Erin Anderson, Alyssa Bell, Chelsea T. Boone, Benjamin Cardoza, Maria Carrillo, Antoinette Castillo,...

Justice Patricio Serna To Keynote Commencement Address

Retired Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court Judge Patricio M. Serna will deliver the keynote speech at the Western New Mexico University spring commencement ceremony on Friday, May 13 at 3:00 p.m. in Ben Altamirano Field. Justice Serna retired from the New Mexico Supreme Court on August 24, 2012 having served as Justice since 1996. He served as Chief Justice during 2001 and 2002. He was appointed as a District Judge to the First Judicial District in Santa Fe and served from 1985 until 1996. This service included a term as Chief Judge and also a term as President of the New Mexico District Judges Association. As the first person in his family to attend college, Justice Serna earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the College of St. Joseph on the Rio Grande, a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the University of Denver School of Law, a Master of Laws (L.L.M.) degree from Harvard Law School, and an honorary Doctor of Laws (S.J.D.) degree form the...

Applications Open: S.M.A.S.H. Academy

What is SMASH ? Summer, Math And Science & Healthcare Academy SMASH is a 1-week long (June 6th – June 10th, 2016), FREE, FUN, and EDUCATIONAL academy for incoming 9th grade students (freshmen) with a health career interest. Eligibility: New Mexico resident Interested in pursuing a health career Minimum GPA 2.5 Must be an incoming 9th grade student Must be able to attend the whole academy What do I get? Students receive instruction in math, science, SMASH, and healthcare enrichment. SMASH focuses on providing tools to improve study habits and confidence in: Laboratory science Research College awareness And other useful academic experiences as middle school students prepare to begin high school SMASH is 100% FREE! Lunches will be also provided. You will receive CPR & First Aid training. On the last day, students graduate with all this experience. You receive all this and a lifetime of memories and fun! Time Commitment Summer...

MCAT and DAT Academy

What is MCAT+/DAT Academy ? MCAT+/DAT is: Medical College Admission Test and Dental Admission Test Preparation FREE Intense Rewarding Six-week long (June 6th – July 20th, 2016)  Held at WNMU For college juniors, seniors, and recently graduated students interested in pursuing a medical or dental degree Must be able to attend the whole academy The rigorous testing and training offered through the MCAT+/DAT Academy better prepares students for entrance into these very competitive medical and dental programs. What do I get? Over 50 hours of in-class test prep instruction covering the four sections in the MCAT /DAT Online access to KAPLAN MCAT/DAT material to support instruction Mock interviews and application workshops on the medical/dental school admission process 5 proctored full length MCAT/DAT exams, complete with performance analysis Networking with peers who share the same interests Cultural competency training Previous students have...