Inaugural Gila Time Lapse Film Festival Sept 24-27

Films from around the world and the southwest will be featured in the inaugural Gila Time-lapse Film Festival to be held September 24 – 27 in Silver City, New Mexico. Desert Flower, filmed in Joshua Tree National Park, Jewel of the Dolomites filmed in northern Italy, and Light Study from Canada are just a few of the films to be screened. The Gila Time-lapse Film Fest is part of the 11th Gila River Festival, a yearly event that celebrates the Gila River, New Mexico’s last wild river. Selected films will be screened throughout the four-day event. Additionally, the Gila River Festival is pleased to announce that critically acclaimed film maker, Godfrey Reggio, will deliver the festival keynote address, entitled “Take a Walk on the Wild Side.” Reggio's ‘Qatsi trilogy,' and three short programs of selected time-lapse films submitted as part of the Gila Time-lapse Film Fest will also be shown. Godfrey Reggio is an inventor of a film style that creates poetic images of...

Notable NM Artist Establishes Lecture Series With $50,000 Donation

A longtime artist and philanthropist has gifted a $50,000 contribution to the Western New Mexico University Foundation to establish an artist lecture series, promoting women in the arts. The Edwina and Charles Milner Artist Lecture Series is slated to begin in September of 2015. Mrs. Milner and her husband Charles gifted the donation to the University Foundation to provide public lectures of notable female artists as well as to create workshop activities for university students, public school students and the community. The gift is the latest in a lifetime of creating awareness, by Mrs. Milner, about the importance of women in art. “When I started painting after I graduated in 1953, at that time I felt that I had to sign my initials rather than my given name on my paintings,” explained Mrs. Milner, now 84 years old. “I don’t feel like that is the case anymore.” For the next 60 years, Mrs. Milner worked on her own art as well as advancing the awareness of female...

Historic Women To Be Celebrated At Annual WAC Event

The annual Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) event is set to take place on Friday, March 20 and will celebrate the lives and writings of women, past and present. The public is invited to the Miller Library beginning at 2:00 p.m. to listen to at least 11 short readings by Western New Mexico University faculty and staff members celebrating well-known historic women such as author Mary Shelley and feminist Judith Sargent Murray. Dr. Cynthia Bettison, WNMU Museum Director, will highlight local female leaders with a look into the lives of prehistoric Mimbres women and Miller Library librarian Andrea Jaquez will give a presentation on the women of Fort Bayard. Early Latin American leaders will be discussed including Sor (Sister) Juana Ines de la Cruz, a seventeenth-century Mexican poet and nun. She is considered to mark the beginning of the history of Mexican literature in the Spanish language. For a complete list of readings and titles, visit...

Hemphill’s Gila Wilderness On Display At Holiday Inn

The beauty of the Gila Wilderness is now on display to tourists who stay at the Holiday Inn Express in Silver City. Photographs by Jay Hemphill, ’03, were recently selected as the display artwork for the 73-room hotel. “We heard about Jay’s work and we wanted local pictures to make this property unique to the area,” explained hotel owner Jill Olson. “I love the pictures because they look just like Southwest New Mexico.” Hemphill is recognized regionally for his photography of the Gila Wilderness, often depicting vast landscapes. Aside from his role as the university photographer for Western New Mexico University, Hemphill is a freelancer for New Mexico Magazine and High Country Times. He recently photographed images for an upcoming cookbook by Rob Connoley of the Curious Kumquat restaurant in Historic Downtown Silver City. Nearing the end of an extensive renovation project for the Silver City-based hotel, the photographs, both in black and white and color, now...

WNMU Accreditation Continued By Higher Learning Commission

Silver City, NM – Western New Mexico University’s campus-wide accreditation has been reaffirmed by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The commission is scheduled to conduct its next reaffirmation of accreditation for WNMU in 2022-2023. The accreditation reaffirmation follows a quality check-up by an accreditation team to the main campus in April that involved extensive preparation and collaboration by the faculty, staff and students. “This is an exceptional success obtained through the efforts, diligence and dedication of the entire campus community,” said WNMU President Joseph Shepard.  “The visit in April came at a time when the university was in the process of making some very difficult decisions regarding the budget and reorganization.  WNMU’s quality and professionalism was evident throughout and the entire campus community is to be commended for our collective achievement.” WNMU was found to have no accreditation issues identified in the 2014 Systems...

Accreditation and Bond C Success

Western New Mexico University continues in our successes.  A few days ago we received word that we have been reaffirmed in our Higher Learning Commission accreditation for another eight years.  Your efforts, diligence, perseverance and dedication are the reasons for this reaffirmation.  With no follow-up issues, you are to be commended for our collective achievement. Further success occurred last night when voters went to the polls and soundly passed the General Obligation bond that supports higher education capital outlay.  Our share of the bond proceeds will be $6 million.  This money will be used to complete the Light Hall renovation project whereupon we will have, upon completion, modern and well-equipped classrooms coupled with appropriate heating and cooling.  Additionally, our museum will now get climate control, enhanced security, and fire suppression systems.  Finally, we will also have funds to begin the planning for the renovation of Harlan Hall to bring...

GO Bond C: Our Region’s Future

This fall, voters in our region will go to the polls to cast their ballots for everything from who will be our governor to who will represent our community in the state Legislature. One of the most important questions facing our community this year will be the statewide higher education bond referendum -- General Obligation Bond C. This year’s General Obligation Bond C (also referred to as GO Bond C) will ask voters to set aside more than $139 million for nearly every public college and university in the state. If passed, this year’s GO Bond will allocate $6 million to Western New Mexico University which will be used to finish the renovation of Light Hall, add needed fire suppression and HVAC systems to the WNMU Museum, and provide planning money to begin the renovation of our science building, positively impacting our students and our region. Should the GO Bond C pass, it will NOT increase your property taxes. What it will do is create jobs and boost our local economy. The...

Regents Approve President’s Contract, New Master’s Program

The Board of Regents met on Tuesday, October 14 and approved two agenda items with unanimous votes. Regents voted to begin the process of introducing a new Master of Science degree in Clinical Nurse Leadership. Administered by the School of Nursing, the new graduate program will be the first such program in the state of New Mexico. Courses will be administered through a partnership with New Mexico State University and the University of New Mexico. “We have had tremendous support from the community, including HMS (Hidalgo Medical Services),” said Dr. Sherry Bassi, associate professor of nursing. “The program is completely online and includes 400 to 500 hours of clinical immersion.” The Board also approved a new four-year contract for President Joseph Shepard. The contract extends the President’s tenure through June 30, 2018. A long list of community leaders attended the meeting and spoke in favor of President Shepard’s performance since his appointment in...

Third Annual Alumni Golf Tournament To Raise Scholarship Dollars

Alumni are ready to tee-off for the third annual Alumni Scholarship Golf Tournament on October 3, the day before Homecoming 2014. The tournament is returning after two successful years of raising more than $50,000 in scholarship money for WNMU students. The 2013 tournament included participation of over 100 golfers and contributions and sponsorships from more than 20 local and regional businesses. The tournament is designed as a four-man scramble with an 8:00 a.m. shotgun tee time. Registration and continental breakfast begin at 7:00 a.m. Participant cost is $125 per player or $400 per foursome with all proceeds designated to student scholarships. The participation fee includes breakfast, lunch, green fees, cart and a tournament polo shirt. Prizes will be given to first, second and third place teams. Prizes for longest drives and closest to the pins will also be awarded. WNMU alumnus Alfred Ogas, ’65, is the lead organizer for the tournament. Ogas was honored as a...

WNMU To Host ‘In Your Community’ Event At Pit Park

Deming, NM – Western New Mexico University will host its annual “In Your Community” event in Deming on Friday, July 25. WNMU President Joseph Shepard will deliver a State of the University address at 5:30 p.m. at Voiers Pit Park. The address is open to the public and President Shepard will highlight the current status of university efforts for the new academic year. The address will be followed by festivities include food, music and family friendly games. University leaders will recognize Deming High School students who have achieved success in the last year. Several community organizations will be present to provide information and games. President Shepard and staff members will be present to meet with community members. All events are free to the public. For more information, contact WNMU-Deming at...