Free community concert with ‘Music In The Gardens’ event

Western New Mexico University is hosting Music In the Gardens, a free community concert on Friday, May 5 featuring the critically acclaimed collective Birds of Chicago. Currently on a nationwide tour, Birds of Chicago is considered Silver City favorites, delivering exciting live performances in recent years. The group is recognized for its interpretation of melodies in the gospel tradition, with a modern twist. Music In the Gardens will open with a performance by local artists Melanie Zipin and the Sugar Leafs. The outdoor concert will take place at The Gardens, a new outdoor venue adjacent to Light Hall on College Avenue. Music begins at 6:00 p.m. and attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. The event is sponsored by the WNMU Office of Cultural Affairs. For more information, contact...

Ortego to speak on mysteries of Hamlet

Dr. Felipe Ortego, Scholar-in-Residence at Western New Mexico University, will lecture on the lasting mysteries of Hamlet, the 400-year-old classic tragedy by William Shakespeare. The WNMU Lecture Series event will take place on Thursday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m. in Light Hall Auditorium. Admission is free. The lecture will focus on the mysteries found in the text of Hamlet, the story of a Danish Prince, which has successfully been performed in theaters throughout the world for four centuries. The play touches on several themes including politics, theology, and morality in 17th century England. Ortego is a nationally renowned academic, with a distinguished career in writing, teaching, and activism. He is considered the principal scholar of the Chicano Renaissance, and the founder of Chicano literary history having written the first study in the field, in 1971. The event is sponsored by the Southwest Festival of the Written Word, Western Institute for Lifelong Learning (WILL),...

Board of Regents vote on tuition increase, fee decrease

The Board of Regents at Western New Mexico University voted to pass a modest increase in tuition for the upcoming academic year, a vote that all Board members verbally indicated were reluctant to approve. Tuition for undergraduate, in-state students will increase by $7.79 per credit hour, while student fees will decrease by $1.12 per credit hour, equivalent to a 2.71% increase in tuition and fees for the 2017-2018 academic year. With the new tuition and fee schedule, full-time, New Mexico resident students will pay $3,412.13 per semester, leaving cost of attending WNMU among the lowest in the country. The Board of Regents also approved a continuum of the existing Tuition Guarantee program which allows full time students earning a 2.0 grade point average a set tuition schedule for eight semesters. In addition to voting on tuition, board members also approved the budget for the upcoming fiscal year. “This budget is about looking towards the future,” said Dr. Joseph...

Mustang Festival to commemorate 50th annual Great Race

The Great Race, Western New Mexico University’s longest standing and most popular tradition, will be celebrating a key milestone, 50 consecutive years, with a Mustang Festival event on Saturday, April 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Old James Stadium. The free, community event will include live music, food vendors, carnival games, and the opportunity to experience the Great Race competition. Teams will be competing on a route that circles the university campus three times with the start line at the footsteps of the Fine Arts Center Theater. Opening ceremonies for the race begin at 10:30 a.m. with a balloon release and remarks by some of the original event commissioners from the inaugural race in 1967. “Every year our students look forward to the Great Race as an opportunity to come together and celebrate community and friendly competition,” said Abe Villarreal, WNMU Director of Communications. “This year has extra significance because of the presence of special...

Grammy award winning Cuban group to perform at Light Hall

The historic sounds of Cuba will be performed live by the Grammy award-winning group Septeto Nacional de Ignacio Piñeiro, on Wednesday, April 26 at 7:00 p.m., in Light Hall Theater. Interpreting son, Cuba’s national music genre, Septeto Nacional was founded by the late Ignacio Piñeiro, considered the father of this quintessential Cuban style. The seven-member group is now directed by Francisco Oropeza, a bongo virtuoso. For more than eight decades, Septeto Nacional has garnered a reputation as a national treasure for Cuba, interpreting a timeless repertoire, familiar to dancers around the world. Seating is limited. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchase by calling the Western New Mexico University Office of Cultural Affairs at 575-538-6469 or online at wnmu.edu/culture. The event is sponsored by AMP Concerts, the Western Institute for Lifelong Learning, and the WNMU Office of Cultural...

Hollywood themed gala to raise scholarship dollars

Hooray For Hollywood is the theme for the 2017 Scholarship Gala, an annual event hosted by the by the Western New Mexico University Foundation, set to take place on Saturday, April 22 in historic Graham Gym. Guests are encouraged to dress as their favorite movie star or character, glamorous Hollywood style or black tie. Beginning at 6:00 p.m., the evening will include a cocktail hour with a complimentary bar, dinner, a silent auction, and dancing to the live music of The Paso Del Norte Big Band, of El Paso, Texas. “We are excited to have this 17 piece jazz orchestra band in the style of the great big bands of the 1930’s & 40’s,” said Jodi Edens-Crocker, University Foundation Director. “I think it adds to this year’s event theme as well as provides an amazing opportunity for the dancer’s in our community, allowing WNMU supporters to have an excellent evening of entertainment, to build camaraderie among each other, and to support WNMU Foundation...

Students visit Panama during alternative spring break experience

For a group of five students at Western New Mexico University, this year’s spring break did not include late night movies with friends, or homemade meals during family visits. Instead, for these students, the 2017 spring break vacation was a week of volunteer work and life changing experiences in remote Panama villages. Termed, Alternative Spring Break, the international venture was a trip of a lifetime for the handful of WNMU students who participated in the first annual event. Partnering with SCORE International, an organization that coordinates short-term mission trips, Panama was the choice country for WNMU because of the university’s designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution, and the country’s official language of Spanish. “I first envisioned visiting a big city and the beach,” said LeShauntai Adams, an 18-year-old freshman from Shiprock, New Mexico. After her arrival, Adams quickly realized that the trip would have a bigger impact than the typical spring...

University Fitness Center offers new membership discount

Community members will have access to the Western New Mexico University Fitness Center at a discounted price during the month of April. The April Special Offer is available to new memberships for community members with a 25% registration discount. Membership includes 25 passes, available to use through the end of the spring semester in May. Access includes the indoor saltwater pool, fitness center, intramural gym, and racquetball courts. Facilities are open Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with closures during University holidays. To register with the April Special Offer, community members can pick up their discount coupon at the Fitness Center located in the P.E. Complex. Payment for memberships, and an issuance of a Mustang Card for facility access, will take place in the Business Office, located in Castorena Hall. For more information, contact...

Miss Arizona to give leadership lecture at Light Hall

As part of her campaign to bring awareness to the negative effects of bullying and the current culture of violence, the reigning Miss Arizona, Katelyn Niemiec, will be speaking at Light Hall Auditorium on Thursday, April 20 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Niemiec was crowned Miss Arizona in June of 2016. While advancing her platform Bullying S.T.O.P.S. Here, she has devoted thousands of hours speaking at schools and communities as an advocate for the prevention of bullying. For the lecture, titled Transforming the culture of violence: using experiences to become a leader, Niemiec will share her insights on the effects of adverse childhood experiences, challenging the audience to use those experiences as a form of empowerment, helping end the generational cycle of violence. Currently the Vice-President for Winged Hope Family Advocacy Foundation, Niemiec has raised $7,000 to benefit survivors of child and domestic violence. Niemiec, 22, is an honors graduate from the Walter Cronkite...

New student regent confirmed by state legislature

Arlean Murillo was recently confirmed by the New Mexico State Legislature as the new student regent for Western New Mexico University. Murillo joins the five-member board, already having served in several student leadership positions at WNMU. Currently residing in Santa Teresa, NM, Murillo is earning a degree in early childhood education. “It is an honor to be appointed the new student regent,” said Murillo. “I am very excited and ready to represent the students of WNMU and helping as much as I can within my university.” An El Paso native, Murillo served a tenure as Vice-President of the Associated Students of WNMU and led the student lobbying team as the Governmental Affairs Director where she successfully lobbied for funds used to upgrade campus security. “WNMU is a place where the people from the university and Grant County become close to your heart,” said Murillo. “It is one of the advantages of being at a small university.” Murillo will be...