UACJ Officials Visit WNMU, Sign Agreement With Language Institute

Officials from the Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez (UACJ), a university located in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico; visited the Silver City campus on Friday, October 17 to sign an agreement with Western New Mexico University’s Language Institute. Both universities previously signed a Memorandum of Agreement in June during a visit by WNMU officials to the UACJ campus. “We have signed a couple of agreements and we are here to put it into action, to bring new ideas forward, and to go further in developing our partnership,” said Deirdre Dazan, UACJ Director of International Relations. At least 17 UACJ officials met in Silver City with faculty and staff members representing several academic areas including education, social work, nursing, business, occupational therapy and Spanish. The meeting was designed to create dialog among representatives from both universities specific to the disciplines which both see as areas of opportunities for exchanges among faculty and...

GO Bond C Will Provide $6 Million In Funding

General Obligation Bond C Will Provide $6 Million In Funding To WNMU For Infrastructure Updates   Bond Money Will Help Fund Higher Education Without Raising Property Taxes While Creating Jobs  Silver City, NM – This fall voters in Grant County will have the opportunity to invest in the state’s public colleges and universities without any increase to their property taxes. General Obligation Bond C (also referred to as GO Bond C) proposes a total of $139,755,000 for New Mexico’s public colleges and universities, of which $6 million will be allocated to Western New Mexico University. These funds will be used to improve and upgrade the university’s main campus in Silver City. These voter-approved projects create new jobs in Grant County, all without increasing property taxes. Voter approved GO Bond C funding is the only source of funding for many New Mexico-based public colleges and universities. Many institutions use GO Bond C as an opportunity to repair and...

Regents Approve President’s Contract, New Master’s Program

The Board of Regents met on Tuesday, October 14 and approved two agenda items with unanimous votes. Regents voted to begin the process of introducing a new Master of Science degree in Clinical Nurse Leadership. Administered by the School of Nursing, the new graduate program will be the first such program in the state of New Mexico. Courses will be administered through a partnership with New Mexico State University and the University of New Mexico. “We have had tremendous support from the community, including HMS (Hidalgo Medical Services),” said Dr. Sherry Bassi, associate professor of nursing. “The program is completely online and includes 400 to 500 hours of clinical immersion.” The Board also approved a new four-year contract for President Joseph Shepard. The contract extends the President’s tenure through June 30, 2018. A long list of community leaders attended the meeting and spoke in favor of President Shepard’s performance since his appointment in...

Annual MLK Day Event To Include Essay Competition For Area School Students

Students of all ages in the Grant County, Luna County and Hidalgo County school districts are invited to participate in an essay contest titled “The Dream: What It Means To Me”. Essay participants will be celebrated along with other special guests at the annual Martin Luther King Jr Day celebration on Monday, January 19 on the Western New Mexico University campus. For the high school division, a panel of submission readers will select one student participant to receive a paid semester of tuition to WNMU. High school entries should be a minimum of three paragraphs in length. Essays should address what the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. means to the student. Essay writers from the elementary and middle school levels should submit essays that are a minimum of one paragraph in length. These essays should also address the meaning of the Martin Luther King Jr legacy to each writer. Essays can be written in any language. Entry deadline is December 1. All entries will be...

Global Chef To Serve Asian Themed Lunch, Dinner For Students And Community

The tastes of Malaysia will be served up by Sodexo Global Chef Vigean Suparamaniam on Thursday, October 16 and Friday, October 17. Chef Suparamaniam will prepare classic dishes from Malaysia and other Asian countries and will provide active demonstrations of meal preparation that involve the students and other attendees. Chef Suparamaniam is participating in this program at the Western New Mexico University Mustang Dining Hall as part of the 2014-2015 Sodexo Global Chef Program. The program is a month-long international chef residency that provides an opportunity for Sodexo’s top chefs worldwide to travel to different countries and share authentic international cuisines with students, faculty and staff. The program allows students to sample a slice of another culture while also exposing the local culinary staff to new techniques and flavors. The presentations will be given on Thursday, October 16 from 11:00am to 1:30pm and 4:30 p.m. to 7pm; and on Friday, October 17 from...

Sixth Annual Hunger For Knowledge Dinner Scheduled For Nov. 5

Western New Mexico University is once again partnering with the Volunteer Center of Grant County and the American Association of University Women of Silver City to host the annual Hunger for Knowledge Dinner fundraiser. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, November 5 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at The Commons on 501 E. 13th Street. The dinner is a unique experience for attendees to learn about hunger and poverty in New Mexico. Tickets are $15 per person and all proceeds benefit hunger programs facilitated the Volunteer Center of Grant County. The programs include the community food pantry, backpacks for kids in Grant County and the mobile food pantry. Each year about $2500 are raised for the center. Students in the sociology program at WNMU assist in facilitating the event. For more information, contact...

Matt Glowacki To Speak Diversity, Happiness At Global Resource Center

He’s been referred to as the country’s best diversity artist, and now he is ready to inspire audiences at Western New Mexico University on Monday, October 13. Matt Glowacki will be speaking at the Global Resource Center at 7:00 p.m. to WNMU students and anyone else in the community who wants to hear his inspiring message. His talk is inspired by two animated programs, Family Guy and South Park. Glowacki is a motivational speaker and a wheelchair bound athlete. He will be using his presentation to deliver his uplifting message related to stereotypes and prejudices. Born without any legs, Glowacki travels the country delivering his message and inspiring younger audiences to break stereotypes and look beyond people’s differences. Glowacki began sharing his message in college, while he attending the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. He played wheelchair basketball during his collegiate years and simultaneously...

High School Equivalency Exam Testing Resumes

Beginning October 14, Western New Mexico University will resume administering the High School Equivalency Exam, formerly known as the G.E.D. test. The exam is administered in the Juan Chacon Building testing room and is now done electronically rather than paper based. Test takers can register for the test online at www.gedtestingservice.com. For October, WNMU is offering exam opportunities on October 14, 15, 22, 28 and 29. All exams begin at 8:30am and end at 2:00p.m. Reservations for a test date must be made at least 24 hours in advance. After completing the exam, students can review their scores online at www.diplomasender.com. Adult Education Services offers free preparatory courses at Watts Hall for exam takers. Community members can enroll for the courses at any time. For more information, contact...

Student Researches Elephants In Remote Thai Village

In a remote village, surrounded by people who speak a different language, more than 8,000 miles away from her hometown of Gallup, New Mexico, Brittany Chiapetti set out to research Asian elephants. “Elephants can live up to 60 years,” said Chiapetti, a junior double majoring in zoology and psychology. “Yet they often die from being overworked, exhausted and dehydrated.” For six weeks this past summer, Chiapetti lived and studied in a remote village in Thailand. She volunteered for Global Vision International (GVI) and researched elephant vocalization. GVI facilitates research projects throughout the world with more than 2,000 participants each year. “Up to four times a week, we hiked in the jungle and found the elephants,” said Chiapetti. “We collected proximity data and touch data from elephants that were born in camps and were reintroduced into the wild.” As a volunteer for GVI, Chiapetti was not required to do research during her experience. She informed...

Chemical Dependency Professor Recognized As ‘Champion’ Of Community

Professor Jim Helgert was recently recognized by Molina Health Care of Albuquerque as one of six recipients of the Community Champion Award. Helgert is in his second year as professor of Chemical Dependency for the College of Professional Studies. He was nominated for the award for his 20 years of work with chemical dependent people and the programs he has facilitated to prevent addiction in the local community. Throughout his career Helgert has held licenses in drug and alcohol abuse counseling and was certified as a suicide prevention and crisis intervention trainer. For the last two decades, Helgert has been instrumental in developing and facilitating successful programs such as the Grant County Drug Court. In Hidalgo County, he assisted with the Bootheel Youth Association, focusing on drug intervention among youth. Helgert earned a baccalaureate degree in psychology and master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from WNMU. He is currently working on a doctorate degree...