PTSD Survey Aims To Connect Veterans With Treatment Services

Veterans living in rural communities have challenges connecting with medical and psychological treatment services. A survey for veterans suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is hoping to better understand this underserved population. The Institute for Rural Social Work Research (IRSR), a 501c3 affiliated with the School of Social Work, has dispatched 15 individuals across the state with a 34-question survey for PTSD suffering veterans. The team of survey collectors has covered at least 10 New Mexico communities since June and will continue to do so until mid-August. “We are trying to find out how aware veterans are of treatments, if they know that they exist, and how far they are willing to travel and receive the treatment,” said Dr. Bob Rickle, professor of Social Work and Director of IRSR. Funded through legislative appropriations, the project was created to learn more about veterans living in rural communities and their access to care. Survey collectors...

New Scholarships Bring High Achievers To WNMU

New scholarships for New Mexico high school students who are leaders academically and in their communities have been awarded for the upcoming fall semester. At least one valedictorian and three salutatorians from around the state have been awarded the scholarship, covering their tuition and fees for one academic year. “We are really proud that these students have chosen WNMU as their home for the next four years,” said Matthew Lara, Director of Admissions. “Because of their high academic achievements, they were awarded scholarships from many institutions, but they chose us.” The new Admissions Scholarships were rolled out in May and since then students from New Mexico, Texas, Arizona and other states have applied. For Carolyn Rose Castillo, receiving the salutatorian scholarship helped her to finalize her decision to attend WNMU. Castillo graduated from Silver High School in May. “I didn’t want to go to a junior college,” said Castillo. “I did want to go...

Governor Names WNMU Early Childhood Leader To State Council

Shannon Rivera, Executive Director of Early Childhood Programs at Western New Mexico University, was recently appointed by New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez to the State Early Learning Advisory Council. Rivera overseas the nationally recognized Early Childhood program which consists of five programs including the Child Development Center, a lab site on the main campus. Other programs include the Family Council Center, providing comprehensive family support; and La Familia Resource Center, a training and technical assistance program serving eight counties. “This appointment means a lot for our program as we continue to be leaders of early childhood education in our state,” said Rivera. “This guarantees that WNMU and the southern part of the state will have a voice.” Rivera’s previous experience includes serving as the Director of the PreK Program at WNMU, a faculty member for the Early Childhood Programs and a curriculum coach for teachers at the Child Development Center...

Light Hall Building Updates Lead Campus Beautification Efforts

Summer has been a busy time for construction workers at the Western New Mexico University main campus in Silver City. Orange cones are scattered throughout the 83-acre campus as beautification efforts are ongoing around historic buildings and walkways. Light Hall, a registered historic building located on College Avenue, and the landscape area around the building are among the most visible areas of construction. Erected in 1927, Light Hall is now home to the School of Business. Remodeling of the building is in its third phase with updates to classroom space, restrooms and office space. The renovations also include interior finishes, insulation upgrades and installation of energy efficient HVAC system and controls. The exterior updates will include upgrades to stairs, rails and window repair to the two-story building. Phase II renovations to Light Hall took place during summer of 2014 and fall of 2015 with upgrades to Light Hall Auditorium that now serves as a movie theater for...

Alumni Office Planning For Expanded Homecoming Schedule

  Alumni looking to return to their alma mater for homecoming weekend will be treated to a bigger events schedule than ordinary, according to the Alumni Affairs Office at Western New Mexico University. The Mustangs will be taking on Colorado School of Mines on Saturday, October 10 in Ben Altamirano Field for the Homecoming game. Alumni activities will begin Thursday, October 8 with a kick-off social at the Red Bern Steakhouse starting at 6:00 p.m. and the General Alumni Association meeting at 7:00 p.m. Traditional alumni events include the annual Alumni Scholarship Golf Tournament, scheduled for Friday, October 9 with a shotgun start time of 9:00 a.m. at the Silver City Golf Course. “Homecoming is always a special time for our alumni family,” said Cari Lemon, Director of Alumni Affairs. “This year alumni have come together to bring back former members of long standing student groups like MEChA and Los Estudiantes Unidos with the Chicano Conference. ” The...

Fourth Annual Social Media Day To Feature CEO Of ABQ Company

Western New Mexico University is hosting its annual Social Media Day Silver City event on Tuesday, June 30. The fourth annual event is free to the community and will take place at 6:00 p.m. in Billy’s BBQ. “WNMU and Silver City continue to be the only hosts of a Social Media Day event in New Mexico,” said Abe Villarreal, Director of Communications of at Western New Mexico University. “This is event helps celebrate how we are connected and how we can build community with each other.” The event will feature insights by Kristelle Siarza, CEO of Siarza Social Digital in Albuquerque, NM. Siarza opened her company, focusing on social media and digital communications, in 2014. Attendees will participate in interactive activities and also have the opportunity to win club seat tickets to an upcoming Isotopes baseball game in Albuquerque. “It’s going to be a fun party for all,” said Villarreal. “Small business owners, non-profit organizations and any individuals...

WNMU Offers CPR And First Aid Training To Community

The community is invited to enroll in a one-day training course on First, Aid, CPR and AED (automatic external defibrillator). The American Red Cross training is offered by WNMU’s Department of Community and Workforce Development on Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on each day. Cost to attend the training is $75, which includes materials and certification. Deadline to register is July 1, 2015. To register, contact Kathy Sorells at 575-538-6290 or...

WNMU Recognized For Historic Preservation Efforts With Light Hall Project

Western New Mexico University was recently recognized by the State of New Mexico for its efforts in maintaining the historical architectural preservation of Light Hall. University officials including Stan Pena, Assistant Vice President for Facilities and Operations, were recognized at the New Mexico Heritage Preservation ceremony in Santa Fe. The Architectural Heritage Award was awarded to WNMU for working to preserve historic buildings on campus and especially for the rehabilitation of Light Hall, built in 1927 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Phase II portion of renovations for Light Hall was a $2 million project that centered around the building’s auditorium which was reopened in October and now serves as a movie theater and community venue for the performing arts. Other portions of Light Hall are currently under construction with updates to classroom space, electrical/mechanic systems, information technology enhancement, building exterior...

Mexican High School Students To Attend WNMU Next Summer

Western New Mexico University has signed an agreement with Colegio Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, a private Catholic K-12 school in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. This is the first agreement of its kind for WNMU, creating a partnership with a school that plans to bring high school aged students in the summer of 2016. “I am happy and grateful for the opportunity to work together,” said Maria Guadalupe Nunez Marquez, Colegio Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz Director. “We have the realization of our youth getting great jobs thanks to your efforts.” The agreement signed by Director Marquez and WNMU President Joseph Shepard will formalize a partnership with the two institutions as they begin a year of planning for the summer 2016 program. Earlier conversations between both institutions determined that courses needed for the high school students include writing, graphic design and Photoshop. Students will take at least 100 hours of classes during the four-week program. A...

Regents Recognize Faculty, Award Tenure and Promotion

At its annual spring commencement meeting on May 14, the Western New Mexico University Board of Regents met at the Silver City campus and approved several new business items including the recognition of professors for promotion and tenure. Four professors were awarded tenure including Dr. Scott Fritz, Dr. Alexandra Neves, Dr. Margarita Wulftange and Dr. Sherry Bassi. Five professors were recognized with promotions including Fritz, Neves, Wulftange, Dr. Miguel Narvaez and Dr. Andy Warren. Dr. Linda Lopez was awarded emeritus status for her service to WNMU. Lopez, who is retiring this month, has been teaching psychology at WNMU since 1989. The rank of Emeritus is conferred upon retirement to faculty who have led a distinguished career. In other business, Board members also approved changes to the Faculty Handbook and the student government constitution; both having had approved changes by their respective governing bodies. Jason Clark, architect with Studio D, presented a...