Alumni Office Planning For Expanded Homecoming Schedule

  Alumni looking to return to their alma mater for homecoming weekend will be treated to a bigger events schedule than ordinary, according to the Alumni Affairs Office at Western New Mexico University. The Mustangs will be taking on Colorado School of Mines on Saturday, October 10 in Ben Altamirano Field for the Homecoming game. Alumni activities will begin Thursday, October 8 with a kick-off social at the Red Bern Steakhouse starting at 6:00 p.m. and the General Alumni Association meeting at 7:00 p.m. Traditional alumni events include the annual Alumni Scholarship Golf Tournament, scheduled for Friday, October 9 with a shotgun start time of 9:00 a.m. at the Silver City Golf Course. “Homecoming is always a special time for our alumni family,” said Cari Lemon, Director of Alumni Affairs. “This year alumni have come together to bring back former members of long standing student groups like MEChA and Los Estudiantes Unidos with the Chicano Conference. ” The...

Fourth Annual Social Media Day To Feature CEO Of ABQ Company

Western New Mexico University is hosting its annual Social Media Day Silver City event on Tuesday, June 30. The fourth annual event is free to the community and will take place at 6:00 p.m. in Billy’s BBQ. “WNMU and Silver City continue to be the only hosts of a Social Media Day event in New Mexico,” said Abe Villarreal, Director of Communications of at Western New Mexico University. “This is event helps celebrate how we are connected and how we can build community with each other.” The event will feature insights by Kristelle Siarza, CEO of Siarza Social Digital in Albuquerque, NM. Siarza opened her company, focusing on social media and digital communications, in 2014. Attendees will participate in interactive activities and also have the opportunity to win club seat tickets to an upcoming Isotopes baseball game in Albuquerque. “It’s going to be a fun party for all,” said Villarreal. “Small business owners, non-profit organizations and any individuals...

WNMU Offers CPR And First Aid Training To Community

The community is invited to enroll in a one-day training course on First, Aid, CPR and AED (automatic external defibrillator). The American Red Cross training is offered by WNMU’s Department of Community and Workforce Development on Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on each day. Cost to attend the training is $75, which includes materials and certification. Deadline to register is July 1, 2015. To register, contact Kathy Sorells at 575-538-6290 or...

Challenging Child Conference

WNMU's annual Challenging Child Conference will take place Friday, November 13 in the Global Resource Center. Keynote speaker will be Theresa Kestly. Her topic of discussion will be "Connecting with the Child, Understanding the Behavior". The event will include an evening play therapy session. For more information, ChallengingChildConf@wnmu.edu or...

WNMU Recognized For Historic Preservation Efforts With Light Hall Project

Western New Mexico University was recently recognized by the State of New Mexico for its efforts in maintaining the historical architectural preservation of Light Hall. University officials including Stan Pena, Assistant Vice President for Facilities and Operations, were recognized at the New Mexico Heritage Preservation ceremony in Santa Fe. The Architectural Heritage Award was awarded to WNMU for working to preserve historic buildings on campus and especially for the rehabilitation of Light Hall, built in 1927 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Phase II portion of renovations for Light Hall was a $2 million project that centered around the building’s auditorium which was reopened in October and now serves as a movie theater and community venue for the performing arts. Other portions of Light Hall are currently under construction with updates to classroom space, electrical/mechanic systems, information technology enhancement, building exterior...

Mexican High School Students To Attend WNMU Next Summer

Western New Mexico University has signed an agreement with Colegio Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, a private Catholic K-12 school in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. This is the first agreement of its kind for WNMU, creating a partnership with a school that plans to bring high school aged students in the summer of 2016. “I am happy and grateful for the opportunity to work together,” said Maria Guadalupe Nunez Marquez, Colegio Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz Director. “We have the realization of our youth getting great jobs thanks to your efforts.” The agreement signed by Director Marquez and WNMU President Joseph Shepard will formalize a partnership with the two institutions as they begin a year of planning for the summer 2016 program. Earlier conversations between both institutions determined that courses needed for the high school students include writing, graphic design and Photoshop. Students will take at least 100 hours of classes during the four-week program. A...

Regents Recognize Faculty, Award Tenure and Promotion

At its annual spring commencement meeting on May 14, the Western New Mexico University Board of Regents met at the Silver City campus and approved several new business items including the recognition of professors for promotion and tenure. Four professors were awarded tenure including Dr. Scott Fritz, Dr. Alexandra Neves, Dr. Margarita Wulftange and Dr. Sherry Bassi. Five professors were recognized with promotions including Fritz, Neves, Wulftange, Dr. Miguel Narvaez and Dr. Andy Warren. Dr. Linda Lopez was awarded emeritus status for her service to WNMU. Lopez, who is retiring this month, has been teaching psychology at WNMU since 1989. The rank of Emeritus is conferred upon retirement to faculty who have led a distinguished career. In other business, Board members also approved changes to the Faculty Handbook and the student government constitution; both having had approved changes by their respective governing bodies. Jason Clark, architect with Studio D, presented a...

Art Student Visited Japan In April, Now Heads To NYC

Junchen Huang is ending his journey as an undergraduate student at Western New Mexico University. He will be earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree on Friday. Next week he prepares to begin a new academic career at Pratt Institute in New York City. While he plans to study in the most artistic city in the country, his experience as a Mustang has already taken him around the world. Huang was born in China. As a child he was interested in art but felt that he couldn’t express his creativity as freely as he did once he moved to the United States nine years ago. “Chinese educational systems are not always prone to art,” explained Huang. “It can be a side thing, a hobby. In the United States you have freedom and no restrictions as well as the audience and acceptance of doing art is greater.” Huang’s main focus is painting and drawing; however, throughout the last year he has created artwork that is displayed through live projections. That experience led him to be chosen...

Tony Trujillo To Keynote Commencement Address

Delivering the keynote address at the spring commencement ceremony on Friday will be Tony Trujillo, a lifelong Grant County resident and community leader. Trujillo is the Director of Government Relations for New Mexico Operations at Freeport-McMoRan Inc. He is a graduate of Western New Mexico University earning a degree in business administration in 1975. A community leader for decades, Mr. Trujillo has served as board member and president for several organizations including the New Mexico Prosperity Project, Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce, Grant County Prospectors and the New Mexico Mining Association. Trujillo recently completed two terms as a board member and is past president of the Board of Regents for WNMU. His previous government experience includes serving as Town Councilor for the Town of Silver City. For his service to the community, Trujillo has been recognized with numerous recognitions including being named the 2006 Citizen of the Year by the Silver...