Early Childhood Education Program Earns Special Accreditation

The Early Childhood Education Program at Western New Mexico University, already accredited in offering associate and bachelor degrees by the Higher Learning Commission, has earned an additional recognition from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). “This associate degree program offered by WNMU is the first in the state to earn this special recognition,” said Shannon Rivera, Early Childhood Programs Executive Director. “This accreditation is an added step to say that we are going above and beyond what we are required in delivering quality classroom education.” Nationally recognized for its quality on-site classroom learning laboratory, the Early Childhood Programs offers degrees at the certificate, associate and bachelor levels. “We are offering our students a program that will better prepare them for the workforce,” said Rivera. The standards of accreditation requirements ensure that WNMU offers high quality faculty that are...

Special Education Agreement Signed Between WNMU, Dine College, and Navajo Nation

Students attending Dine College will soon benefit from an agreement singed with Western New Mexico University, offering a seamless transition for candidates in the special education degree program. The new partnership will give Dine College students admission to WNMU after earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. The students will then earn a Master of Arts in Teaching degree with a concentration in Special Education by attending WNMU fully online. The Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship and Financial Assistance includes a stipulation in the agreement for financial aid recipients in the program to teach in Navajo schools for each year financial aid was received. Leaders of both higher education institutions applauded the agreement that creates more opportunities for Native American students to earn master degrees and teach for the communities in which they reside. “Education is a key component to economic development,” said Dr. Joseph Shepard, WNMU...

Welcome Back Bash To Kick-Off New WNMU School Year

For the seventh consecutive year Western New Mexico University will team up with the Historic Downtown Silver City businesses to host the Welcome Back Bash on Friday, August 11. Offering socialization for both new and returning students, the event signifies the exciting arrival of the fall semester with music, games and dancing in historic downtown Silver City. WNMU President Joseph Shepard will deliver a State of the University Address at 5:30 p.m. inside Syzygy Tile; located at 106 N. Bullard Street. After updating the community with an account of current and future happenings, the downtown party will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Syzygy Tile parking lot with live music by the Brandon Perrault Band. The event will include family games and information booths by local organizations. Community groups and small businesses can register to have free booth space by contacting 575.538.6336 or news@wnmu.edu. The Welcome Back Bash is sponsored by WNMU in partnership with...

WNMU Mariachi Plata Earns First Place Recognition

Mariachi Plata struck all the right notes at a recent competition in Albuquerque, where the Western New Mexico University musical ensemble took home two top awards. Mariachi Plate earned first place in the university category and second place overall at Mariachi Spectacular, an annual summer conference for mariachi ensembles throughout the region. The WNMU group returned to the event, having initially taken second place in 2016. “Our group has really progressed over the last two years,” said Bryant Chaffino, Mariachi Plata musical director. “I’m proud to say that Mariachi Plata has become a positive source of pride for Western.” The two-day conference and competition provided the student musicians with access to knowledge from renowned artists and composers. At least 14 ensembles performed in the contest. The community-at-large can support Mariachi Plata’s ongoing efforts by donating to the University Foundation. For more information, contact...

International Partnerships Yield Student, Faculty Research Exchanges

After a year of establishing relations and forming agreements with several Mexican universities, the exchange of faculty and students between institutions is taking place by Western New Mexico University. More than a dozen Mexican students who attend the Universidad de Occidente in different Mexican states are enrolled in a week of intensive English courses on the WNMU campus in Silver City. WNMU has become a desired place for students throughout Mexico who are looking for an international experience that feels close to home. “The Silver City community has been so welcoming to our Mexican students,” said Manual Rodriguez, WNMU Language Institute Director. “Some students return, and many new students choose us for their English language studies because of the positive word of the mouth.” Earlier this summer, Adrian Barbosa, 29, of the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon (UANL), spent a week at the WNMU campus, a result of an exchange agreement between the two...

Community members fundraise for dog park upgrade

Cornali Field, owned by Western New Mexico University, has been a popular recreational area for community members, and their favorite canine companions for several years. Now, area residents are coming together to raise funds for the park. Julie Cason is a Silver City resident who has been visiting the park with her young, 12-pound dog. She is hoping that soon a new fence is erected, helping separate the larger from the smaller dogs who visit Cornali Field. Cason is spearheading a fundraising effort, with a goal to collect $1500 for the project. “This project is important to the community in terms of Silver's dog park being on the same level of most dog parks in other cities,” said Cason, owner of Silver City RV Park. “Being in the hospitality business I often get questions and feedback from visitors to our city. Folks don't feel comfortable taking their small dogs to the dog park with the current situation, and many campers we see have small dogs.” Located one block...

Grant County Business Resource Expo open to community

Small Business Development Report: Exactly where can you find answers to your business questions? Grant County Business Resource Expo, that’s where! Tired of running in circles looking for resources to help your business? The Small Business Development Center at WNMU invites you to attend the Grant County Business Resource Expo to be held on June 15, 2017.   This FREE event will help existing and prospective business owners connect with key resources to help them succeed. Government and private resources are coming together in one location to answer your questions. Even the questions you might be afraid to ask! Take advantage of the chance to talk to Lenders, Tax Agencies, NM Employment Specialists, Local and State Regulators and Inspectors, Insurers, Accountants, Lawyers, and Professional Business Advisors, and more. Make personal connections with folks who can help you when questions come up in the future. All in ONE LOCATION!! “Although the event title says...

Community job sharing site created for area employers

Area employers looking to hire college students for seasonal, part-time or full-time jobs can now share their employment opportunities on the Western New Mexico University website. A new online posting form has been added to the Career Services page on the university website, giving employers the ability to list their vacancies for internships, apprenticeships and other kinds of employment. “Our local businesses have been asking for an avenue to share information for quite some time,” said Vanessa Stroman, Coordinator of Career Services. “This finally gives employers a way to directly give information to our students.” The posting tool is a simple form with entries including job title, job description, skills, and salary. After a form submission, job openings are posted to the website and shared with the student community. “We are lucky to have employers in various local industries including food and beverage, medical and hospitality that are looking to fill...

First annual Fiesta Latina to feature live music, art, food

Western New Mexico University is introducing a new annual summer event with Fiesta Latina on Father’s Day weekend. The three-day event includes mostly free, family-friendly components highlighting the rich colors and traditions of the Latino culture. Fiesta Latina kicks off Friday, June 16 with an Opening Reception, live music by Baracutanga, and Columbian dancers. Admission is $10 person and begins at 5:00 p.m. in The Gardens and on Light Hall patio on campus. Saturday, June 17 events begin at 10:00 a.m. with an all day Artisan Mercado in The Gardens, featuring over 20 Mexican-based master artisans specializing in a wide-range of mediums including ceramics, paper mache, weaving, apparel, pottery, and jewelry. Other Saturday events include a percussion workshop, art activities for children, and several musical performances including mariachi, ballet folklorico, capoeira, and samba. Tickets are on sale for the Tequila Tasting that will take place on Saturday from 1:00...

Admission advisors urge early registration for fall

Students looking to register for the fall semester are encouraged to do so before classes are full and fewer options available. The fall semester begins Monday, August 14. Students that wait until the end of the summer season often lose out on creating their optimal schedule. “Since registration opened in March, new and returning students have been registering for many of our most popular offered times,” said Devin Stroman, Coordinator of Student Services. “Students that wait for too long will have less choices.” Late registration may affect a student’s desired graduation schedule because of class rotation offerings. “Students that are not proactive about signing up early are often having to take a course or two during an extra summer session and sometimes have to wait an entire extra semester before graduating,” said Stroman. Advisors in the Office of Admissions are available Monday through Friday for new, returning students, and fully online students who...