WNMU Museum Planning For Renovations, Temporary Closure

For over 40 years, Fleming Hall has been home to the University Museum and a broad collection of Mimbres pottery known the world over. Soon, the nationally registered historic building will be extensively renovated, something that University Museum staff have been anticipating for several months, wrapping and moving hundreds of pieces of pottery and artifacts. “After Fleming Hall’s transformation, visitors will walk in and experience a dynamic exhibition with natural light and interactive exhibits,” said Dr. Cynthia Bettison, University Museum Director. “Every piece of pottery not part of the new main floor exhibitions will be on display in visible collection areas.” Museum staff have been carefully wrapping artifacts since August and moving them to a temporary storage location. Once the main floor exhibit area closes to the public on August 1, a small display of items will be available to visitors in Watts Hall. “We have closed access to professional...

Educators Inducted Into School of Education Hall of Fame

Western New Mexico University inducted four career educators into the School of Education Hall of Fame as part of the 2016 spring commencement ceremony activities. Ginger Kinsey Masoner is a 1977 and 1985 WNMU graduate. Masoner taught as an elementary teacher for over 31 years and was recognized as an inductee for her superior qualities as an educator. Known for her enthusiastic energy and her encouraging nature, Masoner is beloved by her students and peers. Involved in school communities, Masoner was active outside of the classroom sponsoring clubs and activities encouraging her students to be civic-minded citizens. Connie Louise Laurent Perez is a graduate of WNMU, class of 1982 and 1989. Perez was inducted for her 31 years of service as an elementary teacher. Described by her peers as a compassionate and reliable educator, Perez took time to learn about each student’s background and areas of need. Perez was instrumental in the design of the open classroom concept at...

WNMU Grad Seeks To Showcase Point Of View Through Film

A video titled Gila’s Fight showcasing the beauty of the Gila National Forest and surrounding areas was intended to be an end-of-semester project for Chris Theulen, it turned out to be a catalyst for film projects with regional and national organizations. Theulen graduated from Western New Mexico University this May with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and in the year leading up to his walk on the commencement stage he was busy looking through a camera lens, sharing his talents with film partners and producing work that will eventually be used by companies such as the Discovery Channel. “It’s been an eye-opening time during the last few months,” said Theulen, a native of Anchorage, Alaska. “Every project and every contact I’ve made have led me to doors being opened.” Gila’s Fight is two minutes and forty seconds of footage of Gila National Forest landscapes, showcasing the mountains, streams and animal life, of this wilderness area in southwest New Mexico. “I...

Regents Approve No Tuition Increase, Review Solar Panel Plan

The Western New Mexico University Board of Regents met for its annual spring meeting on Thursday, May 12 at the Silver City campus. The Board approved several items and listened to updates on university initiatives. An approval on tuition and fees for the upcoming academic year was passed unanimously. Tuition rates will remain the same as the current year. A small increase in student fees of $8.40 per credit hour, proposed by members of the Associated Students, was voted with approval. The Tuition Guarantee program, introduced a year ago, will remain intact for incoming students. The program guarantees that there will be no tuition increase for incoming students, for eight consecutive semesters, as long as students meet some minimum requirements. Regent members listened to a presentation by PNM representatives on a proposed photovoltaic system to be installed on campus in two locations. The system would reduce power usage by at least $38,000 per year once installed. WNMU...

More Than 400 Students To Earn Degrees May 13

More than 400 students will earn degrees on Friday, May 13 at the spring commencement ceremony in Ben Altamirano Field. The ceremony will begin at 3:00 p.m. and can be seen live online: http://wnmu.edu Students will be earning certificate, associate, baccalaureate and master degrees. Silver City, NM Associate Degree – Shealynn Allison, Jennifer Aragon, Eric Benavides, Shayna Bloom, Chris Camacho, Patricia Carrasco, Daniel Casaus, Angie Duval, Trent Eby, Samantha Gomez, Cameron Graves, Monique Inez Gulick, Brandy Hernandez, Richard Hughes, Autumn Hunte, Sara James, Gregory Leavitt, Brianna Renee’ Ortiz, Serina Pack, Angelica Polanco, Amanda Quintana, Bianca Rivera, Marisela Ogas Sanchez, Abigail Sievers, Jennifer Thurnherr, Jory Torres, Tristan Toth, Michael Valenzuela, Rhea Valles, Louann Velasquez, Gabryelle Villines-Morales, Clinton Wolfe Baccalaureate Degree – Erin Anderson, Alyssa Bell, Chelsea T. Boone, Benjamin Cardoza, Maria Carrillo, Antoinette Castillo,...

Justice Patricio Serna To Keynote Commencement Address

Retired Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court Judge Patricio M. Serna will deliver the keynote speech at the Western New Mexico University spring commencement ceremony on Friday, May 13 at 3:00 p.m. in Ben Altamirano Field. Justice Serna retired from the New Mexico Supreme Court on August 24, 2012 having served as Justice since 1996. He served as Chief Justice during 2001 and 2002. He was appointed as a District Judge to the First Judicial District in Santa Fe and served from 1985 until 1996. This service included a term as Chief Judge and also a term as President of the New Mexico District Judges Association. As the first person in his family to attend college, Justice Serna earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the College of St. Joseph on the Rio Grande, a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the University of Denver School of Law, a Master of Laws (L.L.M.) degree from Harvard Law School, and an honorary Doctor of Laws (S.J.D.) degree form the...

Polynesian Night To Feature Island Food, Performances

Polynesian students at Western New Mexico University will be showcasing traditions in music and food at the fourth annual Polynesian Night on Saturday, May 7 at 6:00 p.m. in Old James Stadium. The event will include musical performances by Polynesian Club members representing different islands. Club members will also cook and serve an authentic dinner including drinks and desserts. The cost is $5 per plate for community members and $2 for WNMU students with Mustang Card. Organized by the Polynesian Club, at least 17 students can describe themselves as either 100 percent or part Polynesian. They represent the peoples and cultures from different islands including Hawaii, Samoa and Tahiti. The performances showcase traditional dance routines and...

Freeport McMoRan Donates $10,000 To Economic Development Course

The annual Economic Development Course at Western New Mexico University will soon benefit from a $10,000 donation by Freeport-McMoRan. The weeklong course is one of a handful offered throughout the country for community leaders looking to enhance their economic development skills. The course is accredited by the International Economic Development Council. “This is in direct alignment with one of our priorities in Economic Development,” said Kevin Cook, Freeport-McMoRan. “I attended the course and found it of great value. We see this is an integral component of economic development.” The 2016 course is scheduled for July 17-21 and has a 30-seat limit. The one-week intensive training schedule includes sessions by thirteen faculty and networking opportunities. Topics include strategic planning, real estate development and social media marketing. Hosted by the Small Business Development Center, the course has been offered since 1993. The donation will be used for the...

Four Students To Be Inducted Into Hall Of Fame

Four students who exemplified leadership in the classroom and in the community will be inducted into the Student Hall of Fame for 2016. The ceremony will take place Tuesday, May 3 at 5:30 p.m. in Light Hall Auditorium and is open to the public. An outdoor reception will precede the official ceremony beginning at 6:00 p.m. The 2016 inductees are Dylan Contreras, Lawrence Garcia, Omar Lopez and Chyler Imai. Dylan Contreras is from Peoria, Arizona, and will be graduating in May with a degree in psychology and a minor in political science. During his time at WNMU he has served in several positions for the Associated Students including his current role as Vice-President. A player on the Mustang football team for four years, Contreras excelled academically being named to the President’s List, Deans List, and the RMAC All Academic Team. He will be attending law school in the fall. Lawrence Garcia, from Mimbres, New Mexico, earned a business management degree in December and...

Concert To Celebrate Grand Opening At ‘The Gardens’

The community is invited to celebrate a newly renovated area on campus coined as The Gardens at WNMU, adjacent to Light Hall on College Avenue. Attendees can access the area from the steps off College Avenue or the Light Hall parking area. The outdoor concert will take place Friday, May 6 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and feature local musicians Brandon Perrault, Jessie Thetford Trio and Gypsy Feet. Beer, wine and food will be available for purchase. The concert is free admission. The Gardens at WNMU is a newly accessible area on campus, recently renovated with a terrace, marquee, green space, flowers and plants and outdoor seating. It is a part of a larger effort to create opportunities for outdoor events and leisure for students and campus visitors. Brandon Perrault will open the event at 6:00 p.m. followed by the Jessie Thetford Trio. Gypsy Feet, a five-member folk band will close the evening. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs or picnic blankets to...