The Giving Tree: Giving back to those in need

Holidays can be challenging, particularly for those families with children. The Early Childhood Programs has found a way to help support the families in our program. We call it The Giving Tree and it is now available in the front lobby of the Child Development Center. The Giving Tree is decorated with ornaments detailing their needs. If anyone is interested in participating in our Giving Tree drive this year, please select a tag, purchase and wrap the item, and return the item with your tag to the front office. If you have any questions, please call 538-6344. Please return the items no later than Wednesday, December 7. Monetary gifts will also be accepted. Your participation is appreciated. Merry...

Agreement signed with Universidad La Salle

A signing of academic collaboration took place between Western New Mexico University and the Universidad La Salle, a Mexican university located in Chihuahua. WNMU President Joseph Shepard and the rector of Universidad La Salle, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, were both present at the Chihuahua for the signing. The agreement focuses on academic exchanges. University officials at both institutions were present including La Salle professor Guillermo Garcia who mentioned that an important factor of this partnership is that students will have an option to exchange with a university in the United States near the border, and that half of the WNMU student population is Hispanic, adding value to the learning earning opportunity. La Salle officials stressed that the diversity of cultures provided at the WNMU campus enriches the vision of the students. The agreement is the latest in several newly established collaborations with Latin American partners and the WNMU Division of External...

WNMU Hosting Financial Aid Night at Silver High Oct. 3

Western New Mexico University is hosting a Financial Aid Night on Monday, October 3 at 6:00 p.m. in the Silver High School Little Theater. University officials will be discussing important changes to the FAFSA application, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Registration for the 2017-2018 school year begins October 1 through the FAFSA website, http://fafsa.gov. “There are at least two changes that parents and students should know about for the next school year,” said Lucia Romo, WNMU Director of Financial Aid. “The earlier that students apply, the more likely they are to get their application completed well before the first day of fall classes.” A presentation will be given to attendees on financial aid opportunities including pell grants, work-study, scholarships and loans. “More than 85% of WNMU students receive aid and we want students to know of every financial opportunity available to them,” said Romo. A computer lab will be available for...

The Challenging Child Conference

WNMU’s annual Challenging Child Conference will take place Friday, November 18 in the Global Resource Center, Keynote speaker will be David Belford. Afternoon sessions will be held in the Martinez Building and will be presented by Stephanie R. Unger. “More Than Trauma Informed: Way of Being” To be trauma-informed is about understand- ing what trauma is, how it can affect our body, brain and behavior, the depth of its impact on individuals and society, and how we can use that understanding to support others that have experienced trauma. This body of knowledge is also an opportunity to better understand the meaning behind be- havior and why we often relate to one anoth- er in the ways we do. "Enhancing the Parent-child Relationship Through Filial Play Therapy: An Introduction” Filial therapy provides caregivers with train- ing in basic play therapy techniques so they can use these techniques with their own chil- dren. This modality originated as...

Wilderness First Aid Certification

This summer, the Western New Mexico University Outdoor Program is collaborating with the UNM School of Medicine International Mountain Medicine Center to offer Wilderness First Aid Certification in Silver City. The two-week hybrid course is suitable for wilderness guides, outdoor enthusiasts, educators, Search and Rescue  volunteers, firefighters, and anyone who spends time in remote wilderness settings. The  course includes 8 hours of interactive, online learning, with an 8-hour face-to-face practical session which will be held from 8 to 5 on July 20th in Silver City, New Mexico.  Successful completion of the course will result in a Wilderness First Aid certification (valid for 2 years.) Registration for this NOT FOR CREDIT course opens July 1 and you do not need to be a WNMU student or affiliate to take the course.  Cost: $175 ($75 for current WNMU students) For more information and to pre-register, please email...

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...

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...

Career Services Office Reaching Out To Business Owners

As the semester nears its end, the Office of Career Services is reaching out to local and regional business owners and employers hoping to hire from the nearly 300 students that will be earning degrees in May. Graduating students will be earning certificate, associate, baccalaureate and master degrees, many of them looking for their first job outside of school. “Our students are eager to enter the workforce and make a difference,” said Vanessa Stroman, Career Services Coordinator. “Our plan is to build as many connections as possible between employers and our students.” Stroman is the new to the position, and is building relations with organizations who are hiring throughout the region. More than 20 businesses and non-profits have signed up to participate in the upcoming job fair on Tuesday, May 3. “Our on-campus job fair is the perfect opportunity for companies to connect with students who are making decisions on where to work for the summer and the fall,”...

Share Your Thoughts: University Identity Plan

WHAT IS TO BE WESTERN NEW MEXICO UNIVERSITY’S DISTINGUISHING IDENTITY INTO THE FUTURE? Join us as we explore this crucial question about the continuing transformation of WNMU. What makes us unique among the other six New Mexico universities? What establishes our reputation for excellence regionally and nationally in achieving success for our students and community? To help answer these questions a draft document presents a starting point for your review, reflection, and response. Visit this page to see document and provide feedback:...

Film Competition Seeks Entries

The Rotary Club of Silver City, NM, in conjunction with Western New Mexico University and Silver Screen Society, have launched a film competition for the documentation of the invasion of Columbus, NM by Pancho Villa. The film documentation will take place during the Centennial in Columbus, NM, March 9-12, 2016. Participants are invited to join WNMU students, faculty and others for the Centennial events in Columbus, NM. The final editing can be finished the following weekend at WNMU (optional). There are three filmmaker entry categories: High School students, University students, and Independents. Prizes of $500 for each category will be awarded. Scholarships at WNMU will also be awarded. Maximum film length 15 minutes. Film submissions will be received until April 15, 2016. For more information please contact Assistant Professor Peter Bill at pbill23@gmail.com or call...