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...

WNMU Partners With Detention Center For Inmate Programs

Western New Mexico University has partnered with the Grant County Detention Center, initiating several programs beginning with a Christmas gift project for the children of those incarcerated. WNMU’s Office of Communications and Mustang Entertainment, a university student programming group, reached out to Mike Carillo, Grant County Detention Center Administrator, to develop programming for students to participate in the community. "There are segments of our community population that often get forgotten, and those include the families of those in jail," said Khari Bailey, WNMU student and chair of Mustang Entertainment. "So we thought a good first step was to bring some cheer to the kids of the incarcerated." WNMU purchased and wrapped over 70 gifts with the help of Carillo who provided a list of children and their ages. "The reaction was overwhelming," said Carillo about the moment he asked the inmates to provide the names of their children. "They didn't believe me at...

Action Learning Presentations Feature Student Teachers

During student teaching, teacher candidates create a teaching event, which is a carefully planned learning segment that is documented via lesson plans, copies of instructional and assessment materials, one or two video clips of the candidate teaching, a summary of whole class learning, and an analysis of student work samples created. During the action learning presentations, the student teachers describe their teaching events and demonstrate how they provided active learning experiences to the students in their assigned classrooms. Student Presenters: Mone’t Borla, Early Childhood Bre Compton-Boyden, Elementary Ed Whitney Daniels, Early Childhood Stephanie Higgins, Elementary Ed Raven Hogan, Elementary Ed Avery Jepson-Browne, Secondary Ed – Social Studies Christina Manley, Elementary Ed Riley Olsen, Elementary Ed Lynda Pearce, Elementary Ed Alyssa Rivera, Early Childhood Jordan Summers, Elementary Ed Please join us as our Fall 2015 teacher...

Glam Week Events To Celebrate And Educate On Gender Issues

A week of campus events aimed to educate the community about gender issues will begin October 16 and run through October 22. Glam Week at Western New Mexico University will feature several events including guest speakers, an art exhibit, a drag show, live music and a stand up comedian. “We are really excited to share with our campus community and larger community these fun and educational events,” said AsiaMarie Garcia, WNMU student and intern for The Center for Gender Equity. “There remain many misconceptions about LGBTQ and transgender people and these events will help bring understanding and awareness.” Most Glam Week events will be free and open to the public. The week’s headline event will be a special stand up comedy performance by Ian Harvie, star of Transparent, an Amazon television program recently nominated for several Emmy awards. Harvie will perform at the Fine Arts Center Theater on Thursday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m. Cost to attend is $15 per person....

Fitness Center Opening Delayed To Inspector No Show

Western New Mexico’s new fitness center, including the renovated swimming pool, will not be opening on Monday, September 21 as originally scheduled. The delay is due to an inspection that did not take place on Thursday, September 17. “We had a scheduled visit by the state’s CID inspector on Thursday,” said Stan Pena, Director of Facilities. “No one showed up and we now expect the inspection to happen next week.” The university anticipates that the inspection, facilitated by the Construction Industries Division inspector, will occur no later than Tuesday, September 22 and that the facility will be open to public use following the state inspector’s approval. “From our end, we are ready to open for our students and the community,” said Pena. For more information, call the Campus Rec Office at...