Alumni Events Scheduled For 49th Great Race

For most former Mustangs, participating in the annual Great Race is the most memorable experience during their collegiate years. The Office of Alumni Affairs has scheduled two days of activities for Mustangs returning to their alma mater for Great Race weekend beginning Friday, April 22. Registration to attend alumni events is $35 per person and can be done by contacting Amanda Moffett at 575-538-6675 or Amanda.Moffett@wnmu.edu. Friday, April 22 Alumni Registration: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Hunter Hall Campus Tour, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., beginning at Hunter Hall Alumni Dinner, 5:30 p.m., Light Hall patio Saturday, April 23 Alumni Breakfast, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Sunset Room Great Race, 11:00 a.m., Old James Stadium Lunch, 12:30 pm., Old James Stadium During and after the race, the Mustang Festival will take place at Old James Stadium from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The event will include vendors and family friendly games. For more information, contact...

Renowned Sculptor Star York To Speak, Facilitate Workshop

Star York is recognized as the premiere figurative Western and wildlife sculptors in the country and she will be featured as the next artist in the Edwina and Charles Milner Women In the Arts Lecture Series. The lecture will take place on Thursday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m. in Light Hall Auditorium with a pre-lecture reception at 5:30 p.m. York has won numerous Best of Show awards and has been featured on several magazine covers including Southwest Art, which selected her as one of the most influential artists to have been profiled in 30 years. Star will tell the story of her life and her discoveries through her bronzes.  Since moving to the Southwest in 1985, she has created a vast body of work that reflects her interest in the people, animals, environment and history of the region. A continuing source of inspiration comes from her exploration of the native peoples of the area – Navajo, Apache, Hopi and Pueblo – in addition to the wildlife and unique rock art.  She is a...

Sixth Grade Student Awarded WNMU Scholarship

Sixth grade student Winter Lewis and her family were surprised with a special scholarship award presentation at Hurley Elementary on Thursday, April 7. Western New Mexico University officials presented Lewis with a four-year scholarship covering tuition and housing in recognition of her recent accomplishments at the annual Hurley Elementary Science Fair. Lewis was presented a certificate of acceptance to WNMU and a scholarship certificate by WNMU President Joseph Shepard at an assembly in front of her classmates. “I was so grateful and happy to know that Western is paying attention to what is going on in the community,” said Margaret Kessler, Hurley Elementary Principal. “She’s a great student and is very deserving.” Lewis’ father Roy Lewis and grandfather Roger Lewis were present at the ceremony. The scholarship will be catalogued in the WNMU Foundation, awaiting Lewis’ enrollment in 2022. “WNMU is excited to be in the community recognizing the talented youth in...

WNMU Signs Agreement With Mexican University

Western New Mexico University recently hosted officials from the Universidad Tecnologica de Parral (UTP) to establish a memorandum of understanding between both institutions. The agreement focuses on several areas of partnership with WNMU’s Language Institute and Applied Technology programs. Future collaborations include academic exchanges for short-term language courses, English courses for the general public and summer camps. Also agreed to was the offering of welding courses in Mexico for students of UTP and the general public. Course participants will earn certifications in welding technology. UTP is based in the Mexican state of Chihuahua and was established in 2011. Visitors included Susan Escarcega Castellanos, UTP President; Jesus Manuel Quintana Corral, UTP Outreach Director; Alfredo Diaz Saenz, Deputy Director of Outreach Programs; Rubi Amaya Beyer, Deputy Director of Internationalization; and Ricardo Escarcega Castellanos, former Language Institute...

Marketing Campaign Earns Advertising Awards

Western New Mexico University initiated a marketing campaign in August 2015 that recently earned recognition by a national higher education marketing agency. Two awards were given to WNMU by the Higher Education Marketing Report for the university’s marketing campaign including a Merit Award for its “Be Here” campaign and a Bronze Award for the Homecoming 2015 t-shirt design.   “We’ve had many long nights of planning and discussing what approach to take to communicate to our prospective students,” said Alvaro Nunez, WNMU Marketing Coordinator. “We are starting to see the effectiveness of the campaign and are happy to be recognized with these awards.” WNMU initiated the campaign in August to targeted groups throughout the southwest. The campaign focuses on traditional students graduating from high school and community college students looking to transfer to a four-year university. Campaign artwork is featured on brochures, billboards and airports in New Mexico,...

Graduating Art Students To Exhibit In McCray Gallery

Students graduating in the Expressive Arts Department will be showcasing artwork in the end-of-semester exhibition at McCray Gallery. The public is invited to an opening reception on Friday, April 8 at 4:30 p.m. Seven students will be showcasing work in different mediums including sculpture, photography, drawing, painting, printmaking and new media. Students graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree will give artist talks at 5:30 p.m. Graduating students showcasing work include Chelsea Boone, Jennifer Castanon, Dana Farr, Laurie Ford, Carmen Ruiz, Casney Tadeo and Christopher Theulen. The exhibit will be on display through the commencement ceremony on Friday, May...

Expressive Arts Department To Host New Play

Tony Award winning playwright and distinguished NMSU Professor Mark Medoff has once again chosen a graduate student work to direct. Every year Medoff takes submissions from current and former students, all entering their scripts for a chance to work with the well-known director and see their work come to life. This year the script called I, Custer written by Neal Adelman was chosen. The Las Cruces Community Theatre presented I, Custer in March to rave reviews and now the play will come to Silver City at the Webb Theater on the campus of Western New Mexico University for one night only on Saturday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. WNMU Associate Professor Ann Marie Elder served as the Production Stage Manager and Sound Designer for the production in Las Cruces and is now bringing the play to the Silver City community. A $10 donation is suggested with free admission to WNMU students. Adelman was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas and now lives in Las Cruces. He writes plays and short...

Birds of Chicago To Perform At Little Toad

Birds of Chicago, a collective based around JT Nero and Allison Russell, will appear at Little Toad Creek, in historic downtown Silver City, on Friday, April 8 at 8:00 p.m. The band’s music is described as having echoes of mountain gospel, street corner doo-wop and classical soul. Born in 2012, Birds of Chicago has released three albums. Recently featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, the group is currently on its album release tour, showcasing songs from its recently released Real Midnight. The group tours 200 nights per year and has developed a fervent following in southwest New Mexico having previously performed for the annual Pickamania! festival hosted by the Mimbres Region Arts Council. Group members describe their music as secular gospel and NPR’s recent review added that the new album shows “us a way to fully live with the awareness that nothing’s forever and everything’s at stake.” The Office of Cultural Affairs is sponsoring the event in an effort to...

WNMU Ranked In Several Online Lists

Western New Mexico University is appearing at the top of several online lists for academic quality and outdoor setting. College Value Online ranked WNMU fifth in its top lists of most affordable hottest desert colleges. The website describes WNMU as a perfect college for students in search of a friendly small town. Also noted are the wilderness opportunities with the main campus located at the doorstep of the Gila National Forest. “There is no other university in the country that has the advantage of having access to the rich educational resources of the Gila,” said Abe Villarreal, WNMU Director of Communications. TopEducationDegrees.org ranked WNMU as one of the 50 most affordable small colleges offering a master degree in education. Ranked at number 32, the website’s editors noted that graduate students at WNMU enjoy one-on-one mentorship and individual attention from faculty. WNMU offers the Master of Arts in Teaching degree for teachers already in the classroom,...

Lordsburg Library Receives Computers, Printer

Residents living in Lordsburg are now better connected to the world with the addition of several computer stations at the Lordsburg-Hidalgo County Library. Western New Mexico University and Power New Mexico (PNM) partnered with the City of Lordsburg to provide five desktop computers, a printer and scanner for public use. Prior to March 4, 2016, only one computer was available to the entire Lordsburg community. “People of all backgrounds and needs come into the library that need a computer,” said Christina Salinas, Library Director. “Students do research, people apply for jobs and visitors print out bus passes.” Before the addition of the new computers, library visitors had to make appointments to use the single computer station, and they were limited to one-hour use per patron. “We have more than doubled the use of computers since March 4,” said Salinas. Built in 1937, the Lordsburg Hidalgo County Library building is a registered historic building. Wi-Fi...