Founders Day event marks WNMU birthday

Western New Mexico University will be celebrating 124 years of history with a special Founders Day celebration on Friday, February 10. The day marks the commemoration of the university’s inception by the New Mexico state legislature on February 11, 1893. Originally known as the New Mexico Normal School, WNMU received its current name in 1963 after being renamed several times. The birthday party will take place in the Student Memorial Center third floor breezeway from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00p.m. Birthday cake and drinks will be served. An exhibit of memorabilia and artifacts showcasing university students and events through history will be on display in the Miller Library. Attendees are encouraged to wear purple and area alumni will win prizes if they bring along items from their time on campus. For more information, contact the Office of Communications at...

Acclaimed Pianist George Winston To Play At Light Hall

George Winston, one of the world’s most recognized solo pianists, will be performing live in Light Hall Theater on Tuesday, February 7. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the performance beginning at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person. Winston has released 13 solo piano albums since 1972. He was awarded a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album in 1995. Winston is currently playing solo concerts throughout the country. His performances usually feature a variety of styles including melodic folk, R&B, and stride. Since 1986, Winston has been raising money for food banks and service organizations in every community he visits while on tour. Event attendees are encouraged to bring a canned food. Food donations along with proceeds from CD and merchandise items at the event will benefit the Grant County Food Pantry at the Volunteer Center in Silver City. Tickets can be purchased online at wnmu.edu/culture. The event is sponsored by the Office of Cultural Affairs,...

University Photographer To Feature Work In New Exhibit

The changing cultures and myths of the American Southwest is the theme for a new juried art exhibit that will feature photography by Jay Hemphill, Western New Mexico University photographer. The exhibit, Representing the West: A New Frontier, will open January 28 at the Sangre De Cristo Arts Center in Pueblo, Colorado. Hemphill will exhibit a collection of three black and white photographs in a piece titled A New West. “My hope for this piece is to engage the viewers in a conversation about our society and its dominant institutions, the good and the bad,” said Hemphill. The three photos feature a soup kitchen client, a rural church, and the burnt landscape of a recent fire in the Gila Wilderness. “These photos are meant to work together in a triptych design,” said Hemphill. “When viewed together, the images can create a powerful narrative about our society that is meant to be interpreted in many different ways.” Hemphill earned a fine arts degree with an...

Mexican State of Sinaloa signs agreement with WNMU

Western New Mexico University officials met with the new Governor of the State of Sinaloa in Mexico this past week to formally sign an agreement between the two institutions. The agreement, signed at the Governor’s Palace with the newly elected Governor Quirino Ordaz Coppel, opens up opportunities for student and faculty exchanges between the State of Sinaloa and WNMU. Silver City has become a hub for Mexican students in recent years that are looking for summer and semester-long opportunities to learn the English language in a total immersion style environment. The Sinaloan government recognized the past successes of WNMU to attract Mexican students and applauded the lower tuition rates that will now be afforded to Sinaloan residents. Mexican students who had previously participated in exchanges with WNMU for English language studies were present to support the new...

WNMU To Host Regional Science Olympiad Competition

For more than 10 years, Western New Mexico University has hosted thousands of students from high schools in southern New Mexico for the annual regional Science Olympiad competition. The 2017 competition will take place on Saturday, January 28 beginning with an opening ceremony at 8:30 a.m. in the Fine Arts Center Theater. The public is invited to attend to see the many events throughout the day. More than 400 middle and high school students are scheduled to participate from 20 regional schools. The students will be competing in 46 events with names such as BottleRocket, Hovercraft, Towers, WrightStuff, ElectricVehicle, Helicopters, RobotArm and WindPower. The event will conclude at 4:00 p.m. with an awards ceremony in the Fine Arts Center Theater. Top winners of the regional competition will advance to the state competition to take place at New Mexico Tech in February. Descriptions of the events are available here:...

WNMU Writers Recognized With Book Awards

The New Mexico Book Co-Op has recognized two Western New Mexico University professors whose writing work landed them in the organization’s annual book award listing. The 2016 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards list is comprised of published authors from the two neighboring states recognized in several categories ranging from Anthropology to Young Readers. JJ Amaworo Wilson was awarded in the fiction category for his title Damnificados by PM Press. Damnificados is Wilson’s first novel published in January of 2016. Damnificados has been widely acclaimed with mentions as a top ten book by Oprah Magazine and the number one pick by Bookriot’s list of books to read. Wilson is the current Writer-In-Residence at Western New Mexico University. Loosely based on the real-life occupation of a half-completed skyscraper in Venezuela known as the Tower of David, Damnificados includes incorporates elements of magical realism including avenging wolves. Sharman Apt Russell is a longtime...

Scholarship Way To Honor Legacy Of Late Murray Ryan

A future generation of business leaders is benefitting from the legacy of the late Murray Ryan, longtime elected official and Western New Mexico University alum, through a University Foundation scholarship in his name. Ryan passed away on January 7 at the age of 94. He attended WNMU when it was known as New Mexico State Teacher’s College prior to his graduating form West Point in 1945. He served in the U.S. Army until 1949. Ryan became an advocate and leader for the southwest region of the state as a representative in the New Mexico State Legislature from 1969 through 1998. He often supported WNMU through education funding including the renovation of Watts Hall, the Fine Arts Center Theatre and the expansion of the Miller Library. In 1998, Ryan was recognized by WNMU with an honorary degree and from 2001 to 2009 he served as a member of the University Foundation Board of Directors. The Murray Ryan Scholarship is designated to students at WNMU who are seeking degrees in...

Exhibit Opening To Feature Artwork By Tina Mion

An exhibit featuring the work of artist Tina Mion will open Thursday, January 19 at the Francis McCray Gallery of Contemporary Art on the Western New Mexico University campus. The event will open with a reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. providing an opportunity to view Mion’s work that include drawings, pastels, stone lithography and oil paintings she has created throughout her career. Each piece includes the element of either water or fire. The works range in their interpretations of wistful, light-hearted, and dark subject matters. Born in Washington, D.C., Mion has lived in different areas of the country and now resides in Winslow, Arizona. As a southwestern artist, Mion has experienced first-hand the effect of wildfires and dust storms in nature and her experience is reflected in her work. Mion is known for her series of paintings titled All The Presidents which has traveled to various Presidential libraries and museums. Her artwork has exhibited at the...

MLK Celebration To Feature Free Screening of Selma

Western New Mexico University will hold its annual celebration commemorating the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr on Monday, January 16. The event will take place at Light Hall Auditorium beginning at 2:00 p.m. Each year, members of the community are honored for service to others and this year’s award will be given to Gary Stailey and New Mexico State Senator Howie Morales. A longtime advocate for youth, Stailey worked as a juvenile probation officer for 23 years with the sixth judicial district. Stailey is now the program coordinator for the Community Youth Building Program. Each week Stailey organizes youth activities throughout the community and has partnered with organizations such as the Volunteer Center of Grant County and the Silver City Gospel Mission. Representative Morales is a member of the New Mexico Senate having served the 28th District since 2008. A graduate of WNMU, Morales has been a leader in the field of education for decades having been a successful...

Third Chamber Music Series Event Features Acclaimed Pianist

The ongoing President’s Chamber Music Series event continues to bring acclaimed musicians to Light Hall Theater and will feature pianist Awadagin Pratt on Tuesday, January 17 at 7:00 p.m. on the Western New Mexico University campus. The event is $15 per person and will include a piano quintet playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto #4 Op. 58 in G Major and Brahms’ Piano Quintet in F minor Op. 34. The performance will be the inaugural event for the university’s new Steinway Model B piano housed in Light Hall. Pratt has played recitals throughout the country including performances at the Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, the White House, and Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. His orchestral performances include appearances with the New York Philharmonic and the Minnesota Orchestra. Internationally, Pratt has toured Japan four times and performed in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, Israel, Colombia and South Africa. Pratt is currently Professor of Piano and...