Indigenous poet Joy Harjo featured in Women In The Arts series

Indigenous poet and memoirist Joy Harjo will be the featured artist in the next Edwina and Charles Milner Women in the Arts event on Thursday, March 2. Harjo will share her works and her experience as an international poet, writer, performer and saxophone player of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Light Hall Theater. Harjo will also be featured as the guest speaker for the Women’s Voices: Past and Present event earlier in the day, at 4:00 p.m. in the Miller Library. A Writing Across the Curriculum program, Women’s Voices will also feature readings by several WNMU faculty and staff members. Often cited as a playing a formidable role in the second wave of what critic Kenneth Lincoln termed the Native American Renaissance of the late 20th century, Harjo is the author of several books and has released five award-winning albums of original music. In 2009, Harjo received the Native American Music Award (NAMMY) for Best Female Artist of the Year. She is the...

Alumni registration open for fiftieth annual Great Race

Western New Mexico University will be celebrating the annual Great Race competition for a 50th time during the last weekend of April and alumni are invited to participate in the festivities. The Office of Alumni Affairs has opened registration for Great Race weekend, which begins Friday, April 28 with several events culminating with the race among alumni throughout the Silver City campus. “The entire university community is excited to welcome back alumni for this special event,” said Amanda Moffett Lane, WNMU Alumni Director. “This is going to be a memorable weekend for former students that have participated in WNMU’s biggest tradition.” Alumni events include a Welcome Social with live music on Friday, April 28; the Breakfast of Champions prior to the race on Saturday, April 29; and a special VIP race for former Great Race team members following the student race, among other events. “WNMU graduates know that among the memories made while on campus,...

Tax Help New Mexico program returns to WNMU

Tax season has arrived and with it comes Tax Help New Mexico. Western New Mexico has offered the program in partnership with the State of New Mexico for over 30 years as a free service to those that qualify. Students work as volunteers at the WNMU site, one of the states’ 48 locations. All students are accounting majors that can also use their experience as a three-credit course. Student volunteers are required to pass three exams testing their knowledge of tax preparation prior to working for Tax Help. The free service is available for people with annual family incomes of $54,000 or less, with an exception for people who earn more than that due to Social Security income. To have a tax return prepared, individuals must have an original Social Security card, a picture ID, W-2s from all employers and a bank account with routing number for direct deposit. Housed in Light Hall room 119, tax preparation is offered Mondays 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and Tuesdays and Thursdays...

Digital Media and Marketing Series To Focus on Small Businesses

The Small Business Development Center at Western New Mexico University is hosting series of four workshops for small businesses focused on digital media. The workshops are designed to educate area business owners and non-profit organizations on how to grow their businesses through effective online marketing, branding and customer service tools. “The question today is not whether to be online, or to have a well done website,” said Lawrence Garcia, Small Business Development Center business advisor. “The real question is how far can you go in your online marketing journey.” Wednesday, February 15 Marketing Your Brand for Success (Part 1) with Sabrina Pack 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Student Memorial Center 3rd floor seminar room Wednesday, February 22 Marketing Your Brand for Success (Part 2) with Sabrina Pack 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Student Memorial Center 3r floor seminar room Wednesday, March 1 Optimizing Your Online Presence with Eric...

Inmate art to be exhibited in Miller Library

Art created by inmates in the Grant County Detention Center will be on display on the Western New Mexico University campus beginning with an exhibit opening on Thursday, February 16. The exhibit is titled “Art From Within” and is meant to showcase the talents of the incarcerated. “Inmates are seen as numbers or cases, and this exhibit is designed to remind everyone that we all have value and a point of view, no matter what mistakes we’ve made in our life,” said Abe Villarreal, WNMU Director of Communications. WNMU partnered with the local Inmate Support Program that works to support inmates after their release through several organizations such as the Adult Education Services programs at WNMU. The exhibited pieces will be on sale at designated donation amounts. All proceeds will be used to support inmates. “I think that those who get to experience the art will be overwhelmed by the thoughtful expression and talent that these individuals are displaying...

Regents meet in Santa Fe, hear from state legislators

The Western New Mexico University Board of Regents met for its first meeting of 2017 on Thursday, February 2, in Santa Fe. The Board heard from state leaders including State Senator John Arthur Smith, Chair of the State Finance Committee, who briefed the Regents members on the current economic outlook. Lieutenant Governor John Sanchez detailed the efforts of the Governor’s office to balance the budget and applauded WNMU’s recent work to create relationships with education partners throughout Mexico and Latin America. “The world is becoming smaller and one of the things that I have always appreciated about working with Latin America has been the idea that we have these shared values,” Sanchez said. “Western has really blazed the trail.” David Abbey, Director of the Legislative Finance Committee, provided a recap of economic indicators over the last year including the current state of wages, jobs and revenues. Abbey spoke to increasing oil and gas revenues and a...

WNMU Hosting Scholarship Night at Lordsburg High

Lordsburg High School students are invited to attend a Scholarship Night event, hosted by Western New Mexico University on Thursday, February 9. The event will take place at 6:00 p.m. in the Lordsburg High School computer lab. Financial Aid experts will be present to discuss scholarship, grant and loan opportunities offered the federal government and private sources. “This is a critical time for students and family members as they make decisions about financial aid,” said Matthew Lara, Director of Admissions and Recruitment. “WNMU several tuition discounts including the Tuition Guarantee.” WNMU is the first university in the New Mexico to offer a Tuition Guarantee program with the promise that tuition rates will not increase during a four-year college career. Scholarships will be awarded at the event and students are encouraged to bring unofficial transcripts for evaluation. Free food and drink will be served to attendees. For more information, contact Abe...

Founders Day event marks WNMU birthday

Western New Mexico University will be celebrating 124 years of history with a special Founders Day celebration on Friday, February 10. The day marks the commemoration of the university’s inception by the New Mexico state legislature on February 11, 1893. Originally known as the New Mexico Normal School, WNMU received its current name in 1963 after being renamed several times. The birthday party will take place in the Student Memorial Center third floor breezeway from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00p.m. Birthday cake and drinks will be served. An exhibit of memorabilia and artifacts showcasing university students and events through history will be on display in the Miller Library. Attendees are encouraged to wear purple and area alumni will win prizes if they bring along items from their time on campus. For more information, contact the Office of Communications at...

Acclaimed Pianist George Winston To Play At Light Hall

George Winston, one of the world’s most recognized solo pianists, will be performing live in Light Hall Theater on Tuesday, February 7. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the performance beginning at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person. Winston has released 13 solo piano albums since 1972. He was awarded a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album in 1995. Winston is currently playing solo concerts throughout the country. His performances usually feature a variety of styles including melodic folk, R&B, and stride. Since 1986, Winston has been raising money for food banks and service organizations in every community he visits while on tour. Event attendees are encouraged to bring a canned food. Food donations along with proceeds from CD and merchandise items at the event will benefit the Grant County Food Pantry at the Volunteer Center in Silver City. Tickets can be purchased online at wnmu.edu/culture. The event is sponsored by the Office of Cultural Affairs,...

University Photographer To Feature Work In New Exhibit

The changing cultures and myths of the American Southwest is the theme for a new juried art exhibit that will feature photography by Jay Hemphill, Western New Mexico University photographer. The exhibit, Representing the West: A New Frontier, will open January 28 at the Sangre De Cristo Arts Center in Pueblo, Colorado. Hemphill will exhibit a collection of three black and white photographs in a piece titled A New West. “My hope for this piece is to engage the viewers in a conversation about our society and its dominant institutions, the good and the bad,” said Hemphill. The three photos feature a soup kitchen client, a rural church, and the burnt landscape of a recent fire in the Gila Wilderness. “These photos are meant to work together in a triptych design,” said Hemphill. “When viewed together, the images can create a powerful narrative about our society that is meant to be interpreted in many different ways.” Hemphill earned a fine arts degree with an...