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...

Admissions Priority Deadline is July 14

First-time students are encouraged to apply before the Admissions Priority Deadline on July 14, 2017. Students that do not apply before July 14 may not benefit from preferred classes during registration, or from priority placement with financial aid disbursement. Fall classes begin on Monday, August 14. To successfully enroll for courses, students should take the following steps. Fill out an application for admission: wnmu.edu/applynow Check your email for follow-up messages from the Office of Admissions for next steps. Submit transcripts from your previous high school and/or colleges to submit.transcripts@wnmu.edu. Provide your ACT or SAT scores. These will determine if placement test is needed. Complete the FAFSA application. School code is 002664. Apply here. Apply for Housing: reslife.wnmu.edu Apply for New Student Orientation: orientation.wnmu.edu For more information, contact the Office at Admissions at 575-538-6000 or...

San Juan Open Was a DownHill Battle For Calum

Farmington, NM -- Western New Mexico's all time best golfer is getting better. The 22-year-old 2016 graduate crushed the field in the San Juan Open en route to a $10,400 payday after posting rounds of 66-67-65-65--265 (21 under par) and a nine-shot victory over Steven Kupcho. There were 59 pros in the event, as well as numerous sponsors that have seen young players take the road to the PGA Tour via Farmington. Last year's champ, Colorado School of Mines former top player Jim Knous, who is now on the Web.com tour, the tour just below the PGA Tour. The San Juan is the top prize in New Mexico for professionals, but more importantly, its a terrific place to network and meet people that can help young pros like Hill get to the next level of competition, PGA Tour Qualifying School. Fellow Scot Martin Laird won the San Juan as a young player and is a PGA Tour winner these days. "I was 5 under on the par fives, so that helps a lot," said Hill after the round. "But i missed two...

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...

Board Of Regents meet, hear program updates

The Western New Mexico University Board of Regents met for the annual May meeting to vote on several items one day prior to the spring commencement ceremonies. University President Dr. Joseph Shepard delivered an update on the state’s budget forecast and how it is affecting university business. President Shepard reported that the university has been proactive in creating a budget that is projecting future cuts by the state legislature. President Shepard reported on the collaborations with Mexican universities as well as a recent agreement with the Mexican State of Sinaloa for future student and faculty exchanges. Board members were also briefed on a new collaboration with Aldo Leopold Charter School, which will be using Regents Row on campus, a formerly used housing facility that will be remodeled for classroom space by the Silver City-based charter school. Board members voted to promote several faculty members including Leslie Cook, Katherine Oubre, Tanya Rivers, and...

Independent Book Award given to JJ Wilson’s Damnificados

The accolades continue for author JJ Amaro Wilson and his most recent title Damnificados, an acclaimed fiction novel published in 2016. Damnificados was awarded a Gold Medal by The Independent Publisher Book Awards in the Multicultural Fiction Category, selected from more than 5,000 entries from 18 countries. Wilson is the Writer-in-Residence at Western New Mexico University and a prize-winning author of more than 20 books about language and language learning. Wilson’s first novel is loosely based on the real-life occupation of a half-completed skyscraper in Caracas, Venezuela, the Tower of David. Wilson’s idea to write the book originated during a visit to Venezuela in 2013. The Tower of David was erected in 1990 and abandoned in 1994 when the Venezuelan government ran short of funds to complete the project due to the country’s banking crisis. More than 2,500 people moved into the structure until they were eventually relocated in phases through July 2015. In...

Saving animal lives is new career path for recent WNMU graduate

Rancho Cucamonga, California is a fast growing metropolitan area of more than 100,000 residents. A stark contrast to the rural lifestyle of southwestern New Mexico where Cherokee Marquez chose to begin her career in animal care. “People come in and they bring animals that are part of their livelihood,” said Marquez, a 24-year graduate with a degree in zoology from Western New Mexico University. “These are life and death situations.” Marquez is describing her daily routine at Advanced Veterinary Care in Silver City where she recently was hired as a Vet Technician. It is her first foray into what she hopes is a long career in animal care. After earning her bachelor degree in December, the California native returned home to the big city, only to quickly make her way back to Silver City after she was suggested for the job opening by Vanessa Stroman, WNMU Coordinator of Career Services. “Cherokee quickly came to mind as a successful and thoughtful student,” said...