Miss Arizona to give leadership lecture at Light Hall

As part of her campaign to bring awareness to the negative effects of bullying and the current culture of violence, the reigning Miss Arizona, Katelyn Niemiec, will be speaking at Light Hall Auditorium on Thursday, April 20 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Niemiec was crowned Miss Arizona in June of 2016. While advancing her platform Bullying S.T.O.P.S. Here, she has devoted thousands of hours speaking at schools and communities as an advocate for the prevention of bullying. For the lecture, titled Transforming the culture of violence: using experiences to become a leader, Niemiec will share her insights on the effects of adverse childhood experiences, challenging the audience to use those experiences as a form of empowerment, helping end the generational cycle of violence. Currently the Vice-President for Winged Hope Family Advocacy Foundation, Niemiec has raised $7,000 to benefit survivors of child and domestic violence. Niemiec, 22, is an honors graduate from the Walter Cronkite...

New student regent confirmed by state legislature

Arlean Murillo was recently confirmed by the New Mexico State Legislature as the new student regent for Western New Mexico University. Murillo joins the five-member board, already having served in several student leadership positions at WNMU. Currently residing in Santa Teresa, NM, Murillo is earning a degree in early childhood education. “It is an honor to be appointed the new student regent,” said Murillo. “I am very excited and ready to represent the students of WNMU and helping as much as I can within my university.” An El Paso native, Murillo served a tenure as Vice-President of the Associated Students of WNMU and led the student lobbying team as the Governmental Affairs Director where she successfully lobbied for funds used to upgrade campus security. “WNMU is a place where the people from the university and Grant County become close to your heart,” said Murillo. “It is one of the advantages of being at a small university.” Murillo will be...

Graduating art students to exhibit in McCray Gallery

Graduating students in the Expressive Arts program at Western New Mexico University will be showcasing artwork in the end-of-semester exhibition at McCray Gallery. The public invited to an opening reception on Thursday, April 13 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eight students will be showcasing work in different mediums including ceramics, sculpture, graphic design, painting, photography and digital media. Students graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree will deliver artist talks at 5:00 p.m. in Parotti Hall. Graduating students showcasing work include Kourosh Amini, Atziry Apodaca, Mike Garner, Sky Klaus, Krissy Ramirez, Grecia Rivas, Corina Silva, and Mariah Thornburg. The exhibit will be on display through Friday, May...

Mustang Showcase event to highlight campus life, programs

High school students and community college students looking to enroll at Western New Mexico University in the upcoming fall semester are invited to attend Mustang Showcase on Saturday, April 1. The event will give prospective students a preview of life on campus and connect them with their programs of interest. The Tuition Guarantee program will also be highlighted. The program promises a static tuition rate for four years if students maintain a 2.0 G.P.A. and enroll continuously for four years. “The best way to decide what university to attend is to visit the campus,” said Matthew Lara, Director of Admissions. “Students will see the entire picture by attending the Mustang Showcase, from visiting residence halls to meeting professors, they will know for sure if WNMU is for them once they attend.” Registration for Mustang Showcase is free. The event begins at 12:00 p.m. and includes a free lunch for attendees and family members. Register online:...

Charity project to benefit area homeless

WNMU social work student Nadia Justiniano is organizing a project to help homeless people in the area. The main idea is to make a group of volunteers from all around the city, to gather supplies that will help the homeless population. Items such as clothing, blankets, toys, medicine and canned food. Justiniano, a freshman Lady Mustang tennis player from Bolivia, is collecting donated supplies and partnering with the Silver City Gospel Mission to connect with those in need. To send her items, you can contact nadiajustiniano99@hotmail.es or (575) 313 –...

Annual pottery sale to benefit clay program

Students and faculty of Western New Mexico University’s clay program will host the 12th Annual Friends of Clay Pottery Sale on Saturday, April 1, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., on North Bullard in downtown Silver City, next to the Pink Store. The sale will feature a diverse selection of pottery and clay art works donated by current and former WNMU clay students, faculty, and professional potters. All proceeds from the sale will be used for the benefit of the WNMU clay program. Sponsored by a group of supports known as the “Friends of Clay,” the annual pottery sales have grown in size each year since 2005. Funds raised by the group are used to enhance and promote ceramics and the WNMU clay program through the offering of lectures, workshops, trips, scholarships, as well as assisting in the purchase of equipment and supplies for the university clay studio. A main attraction of the annual sales has been the wide variety of clay works offered, from beginning-student pots to...

Flamenco artist to perform at Fine Arts Center Theatre

The sounds and influences of Southern Spain will be on display during a special performance by Flamenco dancer and choreographer Jesus Munoz on Friday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Theatre. The event is titled Red Note, and will include the art direction of Munoz, an internationally renowned flamenco performer. A highly demanded teacher and performer, Munoz was trained in Spain and New Mexico. He has performed throughout the United States, Canada and Spain, sharing the stage with nearly every known Flamenco performing arts company. Munoz is presently architecting the Jesus Munoz Flamenco dance and music company focusing on the preservation of the artist’s unique improvisational methods. Currently residing in Albuquerque where he serves as the director and founder of Clasa Flamenca School of Flamenco, in 2016, he was the featured solo artist at Lincoln Center for the exhibit 100 Years of Flamenco in New York City. Admission to Red Note is $15 per person...

Chamber Music Series to feature Latin string quartet

An international Latin string quartet will be the featured performing artists in the upcoming President’s Chamber Music Series concert on Tuesday, March 21 in Light Hall Theater. The concert is the fourth and final Chamber Music event for the spring semester, concluding a series of concerts featuring acclaimed musicians from throughout the country. La Catrina String Quartet is a recognized as the new vanguard for contemporary American string quartet repertoire. The group is comprised of four performers originating from throughout Latin America including Mexico, Venezuela and Chile. Hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as “wonderful ambassadors for Latin American music,” the group’s mission is to cultivate new works by living U.S. composers and the programming of existing Latin American works that are rarely performed. The concert begins at 7:00 p.m. and admission is $15 per person. Tickets can be purchased and picked up in Hunter Hall. The President’s Chamber Music Series is...

Special Needs community to participate in fifth annual ‘Hoops 4 Hope’

Community members with disabilities in the Silver City area will be participating in Hoops 4 Hope, an afternoon of indoor games hosted by Western New Mexico University, on Monday, March 27 at 6:00 p.m. in the Intramural Gym. The fifth annual event is open to any member of the community with a learning or physical disability. Attendees will receive a free t-shirt and a pizza dinner. “This is one of our favorite events to host on campus,” said Abe Villarreal, WNMU Director of Communications. “It is important for our student body to interact with this special community of people that teach us so much about themselves and ourselves.” The goal of the annual event is to accomplish four hopes: a hope to bring students together to learn about people with disabilities, a hope to build common ground among different people through athletics, a hope to have students feel comfortable with people of different backgrounds, and a hope to learn more about how we interact with each...

F Week events focus on feminism, female empowerment

The Center for Gender Equity at Western New Mexico University is hosting F Week, a series of events which focus on feminism and empowering women beginning March 6. “These series of events will empower women through transformative programming. The Center’s student coordinators are hopeful that numerous individuals will be in attendance of the events which will occur from March 6 to March 9," Center’s Graduate Assistant Lauren Dazey said. "Through the empowerment of women, we want to aid in achieving equal pay and breaking the ever-present glass ceiling. The Center also wishes to bust the myth about feminism and show that anyone has the potential to be a feminist, regardless of your gender.” March 6 An Introduction to F Week: What Does Feminism Mean to You?, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Student Memorial Center 3rd floor. Bingo!, 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Student Memorial Center 2nd floor NewMexicoWomen.org, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Student Memorial Center 2nd...