Professor Emeritus Earns Nature Book Recognition

Silver City, NM – Ever heard the term citizen scientist? Professor Emeritus Sharman Apt Russell wrote a book on the subject, and it has landed on the list of Best Nature Books of 2014. Diary Of A Citizen Scientist: Chasing Tiger Beetles and Other New Ways of Engaging the World was released in 2014. It is a 224-page journey by Russell describing her exploration in a yearlong study of a little-known species, the Western red-bellied tiger beetle. Russell has taught in the Humanities Department at Western New Mexico University since 1981, teaching developmental writing and graduate courses in Nature Writing, Writing for Magazines, and Writing for Social Changes. Diary of a Citizen Scientist is her twelfth published book. “I have long been interested in citizen science,” explains Russell about the term referring to non-professionals who become acknowledged experts in a science field or study. “Citizen science represents real revolution and renaissance on how we do science,...

Music Professor Releases First Album ‘Influences’

A debut album is special to any musician, and its especially true to Danny Reyes who describes the release of his album Influences as a dream come true. “I worked on this album for three years and it has been a dream to release an album since I was in high school,” explained Reyes, a music professor at Western New Mexico University. Since his arrival to WNMU in 2013, the university community has experienced a renewed energy in the expressive arts program. A new pep band, mariachi concerts and partnerships with area schools are all professional achievements. The music and work it took to make an album a reality is a personal achievement for Reyes who includes three if his former school mates as musicians in several tracks. “This is my debut album, so it means a lot to me,” said Reyes. “It means that all the work I put into my studies, my playing, composing and arranging was well worth it.” The eight track album is described as contemporary jazz with a little...

MLK Celebration To Recognize Public School Leader, Students

Western New Mexico University will once again hold a celebration commemorating the Martin Luther King Jr legacy on Monday, January 19. This year’s event will take place at 9:30 a.m. in the Mustang Dining Hall, located in the second floor of the Student Memorial Center. The theme for this year’s event is education. More than 200 students from elementary, middle, and high schools in Grant County submitted essays for the event entitled “The Dream: What It Means To Me.” The students will be recognized with several entries earning prizes including scholarship funds. The event will include the honoring of Mr. Fred Baca, a lifelong educator, and WNMU School of Education Hall of Fame member. Mr. Baca is being recognized for his 37 years of service in public education and his outstanding contributions to the local community. A special presentation by WNMU international students will be made with a multi-lingual interpretation of the I Have A Dream speech. The event is free...

New Nursing Honor Society Inducts Members

Western New Mexico University School of Nursing faculty members and area community nurse leaders recently established a nursing honor society for southwest New Mexico. This charter honor society will eventually become a recognized chapter of the National Sigma Theta Tau International Society, which was established in 1922 to honor the commitment to knowledge, learning and service in professional nursing. The Southwest New Mexico Honor Society of Nursing inducted 17 charter members in December. Inductees representing former students and community nurse leaders who exemplified academic achievement and leadership were inducted, each receiving a certificate, a gold honor’s cord and flowers. WNMU President Joe Shepherd and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Jack Crocker were both on hand to help induct and give remarks to the gathering. For more information, contact the School of Nursing at 575-538-6960 or contact Dr. Sherry Bassi at...

Board Of Regents Pass Tuition Guarantee

Beginning next fall, students enrolling at Western New Mexico University will benefit from a newly passed, tuition guarantee program, allowing families the ability to budget for their son’s or daughter’s college education. Students enrolled in 15 credit hours per semester, while maintaining a 2.0 grade point average qualify for the locked-in tuition rate. The initiative was passed unanimously by the WNMU Board of Regents at its meeting on Friday, December 12. WNMU is the first university in New Mexico to initiate the program. “The program is designed so that families can predict tuition costs throughout their students’ college career,” said WNMU President Joseph Shepard. “We want to encourage students to move towards graduation and the tuition guarantee is rewarding students for positive progress.” In addition to locking-in tuition rates for students, the Board also approved an increase in tuition of $7.32 per credit hour for in-state, undergraduate students....

University Foundation Office Announces Holiday Hours

For many alumni and friends of Western New Mexico University, the end of the year is a traditional time for giving. Gifts to the University Foundation provide invaluable support for educational programs and scholarships and can also yield timely tax savings. The University Foundation has scheduled special holiday hours before year’s end for giving opportunities. During the University’s winter holiday break from December 20 through January 4, the University Foundation will be open on select dates to receive year-end contributions from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday, December 22 Tuesday, December 23 Wednesday, December 24 Friday, December 26 Monday, December 29 Tuesday, December 30 Wednesday, December 31 Donations are also accepted online at any time by clicking on: www.wnmu.edu/donate. For more information, contact the University Foundation at 575.538.6310. Offices are located in the lower level of Hunter...

More Than 260 Students To Earn Degrees Friday

Western New Mexico University is set to confer degrees on some 260 students at the fall commencement ceremony on Friday, December 12 at 2:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Theater. New Mexico Lieutenant Governor John Sanchez will deliver the keynote address. The ceremony can be viewed live online: wnmu.edu/events/fall-commencement-ceremony. Silver City, NM Certificate – Eric Benavides, Zachary Carter, Tyler Donaldson, Omar Felix, Bryant Jamison, Kenneth Lambert, Joseph Murillo, Courtney Nicole Ochoa, Michael Romero, Abigail Anna Sievers Associate Degree – Maria A. Carrillo, Lindsay Griffin, James Helgert, Omar Lopez B., Ashley L. Montoya, Jessica Marie Ortiz, Amanda C. Raver, Michael Allen Romero, Deena Smith, Thomas Sookiasian, Hufan Yang Baccalaureate Degree – Mehron Arasteh, Aaron Ty Beckworth, Amanda Bryan, Crystal L. Chavez, Esther Chico-Gutierrez, Damien Davies, Danielle Brianne Aguirre, Jeffrey Delgado, Joseph J. Doyle Jr., Gregorio Galindo, Jasper Myriah...

Findley Named New VP For Business Affairs

Western New Mexico University announced today that Dr. Brenda K. Findley will serve as the next Vice President for Business Affairs. Findley joins WNMU after serving more than seven years as Associate Vice President for Financial Services and Administration at the University of North Georgia. In that capacity, she oversaw several areas including the offices of comptroller, human resources, payroll, procurement, and environmental health and safety. “I am so glad to be joining the WNMU team,” said Findley. “Everyone I have met is a dedicated professional and I know we are going to do great work together.” Prior to her current position, Findley served as Director of Human Services at Clayton State University, in Morrow, Georgia. Other work experiences include financial leadership roles at the University of Houston and College of William & Mary. “Her experiences with finance in higher education make her an excellent candidate to guide our university in the path...

Lt. Governor John Sanchez To Keynote Commencement

Lieutenant Governor John Sanchez will be the keynote speaker for the fall commencement ceremony on Friday, December 12 at 2:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Theatre on the Western New Mexico University campus. Some 265 degrees will be conferred during the ceremony including certificates, associate, baccalaureate and master degrees. John Sanchez has served as Lieutenant Governor since January 2011 and was reelected to a second term on November 2, 2014. Lieutenant Governor Sanchez was born and raised in Albuquerque. Prior to being elected to statewide office, he served as councilman for the Village of Los Ranchos and as a member of the state House of Representatives. In 2005, he was recognized as one of the Top 40 Influential Hispanics in the country. With his wife Debra, Lieutenant Governor built and opened Right Way Roofing, a 30-year old successful small business that has twice been honored as Small Business of the Year. Lieutenant Governor Sanchez is an active member...

Mustangs In the Community For The Holidays

December is a traditional time of service to community and students at Western New Mexico University are covering every corner of Grant County, partnering with local organizations. During the fall semester, students in several organizations including student government and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) have reached out to non-profit organizations to help raise funds and awareness for underrepresented populations. Efforts such as canned food drives, animal adoption day and monthly visits to nursing homes have been realized through partnerships by student groups and non-profits. “WNMU students have been very helpful in the soup kitchen and also through our other efforts,” said Randy Salars, Director of the Silver City Gospel Mission. “The Mustang football team helped us fill up semi-trucks full of clothes for kids in Mexico and the athletic department has brought in large amount of donations.” Student-athletes held a canned food drive at the Mustang...