WNMU Writers Recognized With Book Awards

The New Mexico Book Co-Op has recognized two Western New Mexico University professors whose writing work landed them in the organization’s annual book award listing. The 2016 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards list is comprised of published authors from the two neighboring states recognized in several categories ranging from Anthropology to Young Readers. JJ Amaworo Wilson was awarded in the fiction category for his title Damnificados by PM Press. Damnificados is Wilson’s first novel published in January of 2016. Damnificados has been widely acclaimed with mentions as a top ten book by Oprah Magazine and the number one pick by Bookriot’s list of books to read. Wilson is the current Writer-In-Residence at Western New Mexico University. Loosely based on the real-life occupation of a half-completed skyscraper in Venezuela known as the Tower of David, Damnificados includes incorporates elements of magical realism including avenging wolves. Sharman Apt Russell is a longtime...

Scholarship Way To Honor Legacy Of Late Murray Ryan

A future generation of business leaders is benefitting from the legacy of the late Murray Ryan, longtime elected official and Western New Mexico University alum, through a University Foundation scholarship in his name. Ryan passed away on January 7 at the age of 94. He attended WNMU when it was known as New Mexico State Teacher’s College prior to his graduating form West Point in 1945. He served in the U.S. Army until 1949. Ryan became an advocate and leader for the southwest region of the state as a representative in the New Mexico State Legislature from 1969 through 1998. He often supported WNMU through education funding including the renovation of Watts Hall, the Fine Arts Center Theatre and the expansion of the Miller Library. In 1998, Ryan was recognized by WNMU with an honorary degree and from 2001 to 2009 he served as a member of the University Foundation Board of Directors. The Murray Ryan Scholarship is designated to students at WNMU who are seeking degrees in...

Exhibit Opening To Feature Artwork By Tina Mion

An exhibit featuring the work of artist Tina Mion will open Thursday, January 19 at the Francis McCray Gallery of Contemporary Art on the Western New Mexico University campus. The event will open with a reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. providing an opportunity to view Mion’s work that include drawings, pastels, stone lithography and oil paintings she has created throughout her career. Each piece includes the element of either water or fire. The works range in their interpretations of wistful, light-hearted, and dark subject matters. Born in Washington, D.C., Mion has lived in different areas of the country and now resides in Winslow, Arizona. As a southwestern artist, Mion has experienced first-hand the effect of wildfires and dust storms in nature and her experience is reflected in her work. Mion is known for her series of paintings titled All The Presidents which has traveled to various Presidential libraries and museums. Her artwork has exhibited at the...

MLK Celebration To Feature Free Screening of Selma

Western New Mexico University will hold its annual celebration commemorating the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr on Monday, January 16. The event will take place at Light Hall Auditorium beginning at 2:00 p.m. Each year, members of the community are honored for service to others and this year’s award will be given to Gary Stailey and New Mexico State Senator Howie Morales. A longtime advocate for youth, Stailey worked as a juvenile probation officer for 23 years with the sixth judicial district. Stailey is now the program coordinator for the Community Youth Building Program. Each week Stailey organizes youth activities throughout the community and has partnered with organizations such as the Volunteer Center of Grant County and the Silver City Gospel Mission. Representative Morales is a member of the New Mexico Senate having served the 28th District since 2008. A graduate of WNMU, Morales has been a leader in the field of education for decades having been a successful...

Third Chamber Music Series Event Features Acclaimed Pianist

The ongoing President’s Chamber Music Series event continues to bring acclaimed musicians to Light Hall Theater and will feature pianist Awadagin Pratt on Tuesday, January 17 at 7:00 p.m. on the Western New Mexico University campus. The event is $15 per person and will include a piano quintet playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto #4 Op. 58 in G Major and Brahms’ Piano Quintet in F minor Op. 34. The performance will be the inaugural event for the university’s new Steinway Model B piano housed in Light Hall. Pratt has played recitals throughout the country including performances at the Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, the White House, and Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. His orchestral performances include appearances with the New York Philharmonic and the Minnesota Orchestra. Internationally, Pratt has toured Japan four times and performed in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, Israel, Colombia and South Africa. Pratt is currently Professor of Piano and...

WNMU Alumna Earns Law School Recognitions

Western New Mexico University alumna Edna Reyes has recently received various recognitions as a law student at Washburn University School of Law. Reyes, who earned two degrees from WNMU, was announced as the first recipient of the Washburn Law Clinic Public Interest Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a clinic student whose employment upon graduation will be primarily serving underrepresented or underserved individuals, communities and/or nonprofit groups. Reyes was recognized for her successful completion of the Law Clinic, for demonstrating interest in public service and for her commitment to legal employment in the public interest field. Reyes’ experience in the Law Clinic was also recognized with the Irvine E. Ungerman Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice. The Ungerman Award is awarded twice yearly to legal interns who have distinguished themselves by providing highly competent representation to clients in a manner exemplifying the ideals of the law...

Film on legacy of three local youth to be shown

The life and legacy of three Silver City area youth who perished in a 2014 plane crash will be depicted in a new film on Thursday, December 15 at 7:00 p.m. in Parotti Hall. The film is titled A Heart, A Soul, A Voice and was shot on location, in Silver City and in the Gila Wilderness. High School students Ella Kirk, Michael Mahl and Ella Myers died in a small airplane crash in May of 2014, just outside of Silver City. The film explores the meaning and impact of their passing and the inspiration they still offer to their families and community. All three teenagers led activist lives while attending Aldo Leopold Charter School, both as artists and environmental activists. The event will open with a 7:00 p.m. reception for the filmmaker and director David Garcia in Parotti Hall. The screening begins at 7:30 p.m. A $10 donation is requested and will be used to help fund a new film by Garcia and Hearts on the Gila Productions, which explores how the lives of the three teens are...

More than 200 to graduate at fall commencement

More than 200 students will be earning certificate, associate, baccalaureate and master degrees at the fall commencement ceremony taking place Friday, December 9 in the Fine Arts Center Theater. The event begins at 3:00 p.m. and can be viewed live online: http://wnmu.edu/events/commencement2016 Silver City, NM Certificate – Chris Camacho, Kevin Cone, Adam Medina Associate Degree – Holly Adams, Jennifer Aragon, Chris Camacho, Kevin Cone, Arisa Dominguez, Christina Marie Estrada, Sabrina Marie Gomez, Levi Leyba, Marissa Lopez, Manuel Ortega, Roy Somarian, Kayla Tielking, George Trujillo, Heather Wasson Baccalaureate Degree – Roxanne Abeyta, Holly Adams, Spri Aubrey, Jazmin Nikole Carillo, Ben Hammer, Jolene Ann Huffman, Javier Marrufo, Horace Martinez, Chris Matthes, Jon Meadows, Meagan Montoya, Ashley Moon, Lyndsey Novacek, Serina Pack, Jennifer Rider, Chelsi Straubinger, Gabryelle Villines-Morales Graduate Certificate – Andrew Joy Master Degree –...

Commencement Keynote Speaker CEO of El Paso Electric

Mary E. Kipp, Chief Executive Officer for El Paso Electric will deliver the keynote address at the fall commencement ceremony for Western New Mexico University. The ceremony will take place at 3:00 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Theater on Friday, December 9. AS CEO, Kipp is responsible for oversight of the overall operations for El Paso Electric, and also serves on the company’s Board of Directors. Kipp has been with El Paso Electric since 2007 and has held various positions, including overseeing several departments including regulatory and rates, human resources, external affairs, public relations and environmental health, and health and safety. Kipp has served as the company’s President, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Chief Compliance Officer. Before rejoining El Paso Electric, Kipp spent four years as a senior enforcement attorney in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Enforcement, based in Washington, D.C. Her role included investigating...

96-Year-Old World War II Veteran To Receive Honorary Degree

Every Mustang home basketball and volleyball game, Leonard Pritikin can be seen front row, in a bright yellow jacket and a veteran cap. He’s a familiar site to student-athletes and this December he’ll be introduced to the entire graduating class, receiving an honorary degree from Western New Mexico University President Joseph Shepard. “For so many years, I was kicking myself in the pants and sorry that I never went and got that degree,” said Pritikin, a 96-year-old veteran. “Now I never have to kick myself in the pants anymore thanks to Dr. Shepard and the Board of Regents.” At the age of 19, Pritikin enlisted into the Marine Corps, joining millions of other young Americans who would take part in the Second World War, missing their opportunity to earn a college degree. Pritikin served from 1940 to 1945, his military career cut short due to injuries, but not before traveling through Pacific as a section leader of heavy machine guns. “I drove a jeep patrol and...