More than 200 to graduate at fall commencement

More than 200 students will be earning certificate, associate, baccalaureate and master degrees at the fall commencement ceremony taking place Friday, December 9 in the Fine Arts Center Theater. The event begins at 3:00 p.m. and can be viewed live online: http://wnmu.edu/events/commencement2016 Silver City, NM Certificate – Chris Camacho, Kevin Cone, Adam Medina Associate Degree – Holly Adams, Jennifer Aragon, Spri Aubrey, Chris Camacho, Kevin Cone, Arisa Dominguez, Christina Marie Estrada, Sabrina Marie Gomez, Levi Leyba, Marissa Lopez, Manuel Ortega, Roy Somarian, Kayla Tielking, George Trujillo, Heather Wasson Baccalaureate Degree – Roxanne Abeyta, Holly Adams, Jazmin Nikole Cariillo, Ben Hammer, Jolene Ann Huffman, Javier Marrufo, Horace Martinez, Chris Matthes, Jon Meadows, Meagan Montoya, Ashley Moon, Lyndsey Novacek, Serina Pack, Jennifer Rider, Chelsi Straubinger, Gabryelle Villines-Morales Graduate Certificate – Andrew Joy Master Degree –...

Commencement Keynote Speaker CEO of El Paso Electric

Mary E. Kipp, Chief Executive Officer for El Paso Electric will deliver the keynote address at the fall commencement ceremony for Western New Mexico University. The ceremony will take place at 3:00 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Theater on Friday, December 9. AS CEO, Kipp is responsible for oversight of the overall operations for El Paso Electric, and also serves on the company’s Board of Directors. Kipp has been with El Paso Electric since 2007 and has held various positions, including overseeing several departments including regulatory and rates, human resources, external affairs, public relations and environmental health, and health and safety. Kipp has served as the company’s President, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Chief Compliance Officer. Before rejoining El Paso Electric, Kipp spent four years as a senior enforcement attorney in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Enforcement, based in Washington, D.C. Her role included investigating...

96-Year-Old World War II Veteran To Receive Honorary Degree

Every Mustang home basketball and volleyball game, Leonard Pritikin can be seen front row, in a bright yellow jacket and a veteran cap. He’s a familiar site to student-athletes and this December he’ll be introduced to the entire graduating class, receiving an honorary degree from Western New Mexico University President Joseph Shepard. “For so many years, I was kicking myself in the pants and sorry that I never went and got that degree,” said Pritikin, a 96-year-old veteran. “Now I never have to kick myself in the pants anymore thanks to Dr. Shepard and the Board of Regents.” At the age of 19, Pritikin enlisted into the Marine Corps, joining millions of other young Americans who would take part in the Second World War, missing their opportunity to earn a college degree. Pritikin served from 1940 to 1945, his military career cut short due to injuries, but not before traveling through Pacific as a section leader of heavy machine guns. “I drove a jeep patrol and...

Second Chamber Music Series event features acclaimed violinist

Acclaimed violinist Krzysztof Zimowski will perform for the second President’s Chamber Music Series event on Tuesday, November 29. The performance begins at 7:00 p.m. in Light Hall Theater with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. A Meet the Artists reception will follow the performance in Light Hall patio. Zimowski was born in Poland and began his musical studies at the age of six. He has performed as a Concertmaster of the Symphony Orchestra of Weikersheim and Bayreuth in Germany. In 1976, Zimowski began performing with The World Youth Orchestra in Brussels and in Paris. There he began playing in chamber music ensembles and taking master classes with the world-renowned violin soloist Henryk Szeryng. In 1981, Zimowski joined the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra where he gained acclaim for his soloist performance during a concert dedicated to the Mexico City earthquake victims. In 1986, he moved to the United States forming the Helios String Quartet, an ensemble-in-residence at...

Border issues topic of author talk at Light Hall

Author and journalist Todd Miller will give a lecture on border issues at Light Hall Theater on Thursday, December 1. Free to the public, the lecture begins at 6:00 p.m. and will focus current border issues, including the author’s research on the growing US involvement in border security projects across the globe. Miller has been researching the US-Mexico border for more than 15 years, currently as an independent journalist and writer. His work has appeared in the New York Times, The Nation and Al Jazeera English among other publications. Miller is a contributing editor on border and immigration issues for NACLA Report on the Americas and its column Border Wars. In 2014, Miller published his first book Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security. Miller’s second book Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration and Homeland Security will be published in 2017. Todd Miller can be followed on Twitter: http://twitter.com/memomiller. For...

WNMU signs agreement with Mexican State of Sinaloa

Western New Mexico University officials met today with the incoming governor of the Mexican state of Sinaloa to sign a letter of intent between WNMU and Sinaloa. The agreement is the first step in initiating future collaborations with Sinaloa in the areas of academic, science and culture for the secondary and higher education institutions in the Mexican state. The primary goal of the agreement is to meet common goals between the two partners, opening the door for specific agreements to be signed with academic institutions allowing for the exchange of students, faculty and staff. The agreement also promotes the development of research projects and promotion of social welfare. “Universities are marketplaces of ideas and those ideas come from beyond our borders. This agreement reflects our commitment to provide opportunities for our students to go beyond stereotypes and interact with a multitude of cultures,” said Dr. Joseph Shepard, WNMU President. WNMU also committed to...

The Giving Tree: Giving back to those in need

Holidays can be challenging, particularly for those families with children. The Early Childhood Programs has found a way to help support the families in our program. We call it The Giving Tree and it is now available in the front lobby of the Child Development Center. The Giving Tree is decorated with ornaments detailing their needs. If anyone is interested in participating in our Giving Tree drive this year, please select a tag, purchase and wrap the item, and return the item with your tag to the front office. If you have any questions, please call 538-6344. Please return the items no later than Wednesday, December 7. Monetary gifts will also be accepted. Your participation is appreciated. Merry...

Second of new art sculptures installed on campus

The second of seven art sculptures that will be populating the Western New Mexico University main campus was installed in the newly landscaped area of campus now known as The Gardens, adjacent to historic Light Hall. The second sculpture is titled Tres Ventanas by artist Greg Reiche. Constructed of stone, metal and glass, the sculpture is designed to reflect the building blocks of the world’s constructed and natural environments, according to an artist statement by Reiche. Raised in rural New Mexico, Reiche’s work has been installed throughout New Mexico and other states including Oklahoma and Colorado. This is the second Reiche piece to be installed at the WNMU campus, the first, Serpentine Ascent, was installed in 2003, outside of the Fine Arts Center Theatre. The Albuquerque-based artist’s art focuses on site-specific, meditative and landmark art. The new campus sculptures are an initiative of the Art in Public Places program of the state of New Mexico, Department...

Foundation Scholarship application opens Nov. 15

WNMU and high school seniors can apply for private scholarships offered through the University Foundation beginning Tuesday, November 15. The scholarships will be awarded after March 1 for the upcoming academic year. Scholarships are offered for students in different academic programs as well as to students that are children of alumni, or whose hometowns are from specific states. More than 100 scholarships will be awarded. Apply...

US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera To Speak At Light Hall

The Poet Laureate for the United States will be speaking at Light Hall on Monday, November 21, a free event to the public. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail meet and greet on Light Hall Patio, followed by a lecture at 6:30 p.m. inside Light Hall Auditorium. Juan Felipe Herrera is the 21st Poet Laureate of the United States (2015-2016) and is the first Latino to hold the position. From 2012-2014, Herrera served as California State Poet Laureate. Herrera’s many collections of poetry include Notes on the Assemblage; Senegal Taxi; Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems, a recipient of the PEN/Beyond Margins Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross The Border: Undocuments 1971-2007. He is also the author of Crashboomlove: A Novel in Verse, which received the Americas Award. His books of prose for children include: SkateFate, Calling The Doves, which won the Ezra Jack Keats Award; Upside Down...