Mexican Students Arrive To Campus, Will Study English

The often-quiet main campus of Western New Mexico University is buzzing with energy with the arrival of 150 Mexican students who are living and learning on campus for four weeks. The students are members of the first class of Proyecta 100,000, a Mexican government funded scholarship program supporting 7,500 Mexican students and professors in American-based English language programs. “This is a historic effort and partnership between the American and Mexican governments,” said Dr. Alexandra Neves, Director of International Studies. “Their arrival on campus is beneficial not only to them but to WNMU as we continue to expand our international studies efforts.” Most of the students and professors are from the Mexican state of Sinaloa representing 12 Mexican universities. They are tasked with studying English, at different levels of learning, 45 hours weekly, through December 19. For its part, WNMU is full hands on deck, organizing cultural events in partnership with...

Chicano Music Project Donates Photos, Items To Silver City Museum

Historical photos and memorabilia items capturing the legacy of Chicano music artists from the Grant County area were recently donated to the Silver City Museum in an agreement signed by the museum and Western New Mexico University President Joseph Shepard. Photos of bands and singers who performed in Grant County from the post World War II era to 2013 are now part of the museum’s permanent collection. According to Jackie Becker, Curator of Collections and Photo Archivist, the donation is the cornerstone of the collection of photos and stories depicting the history of the diverse local culture. Earlier this year, the Silver City Museum displayed a portion of the collection in an exhibit titled Parece Que Fue Ayer, honoring local musicians through history. The photos were originally on display at the Francis McCray Gallery of Contemporary Art in 2013. “The decision to donate the photos was made so that the community could have better access to this important time period in...

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...

Coca-Cola Partners with WNMU, Supports Scholarships, Athletics

Western New Mexico University has entered an agreement with Coca-Cola Company that includes a $10,000 sign on bonus, benefiting the Department of Athletics among other areas. The contract with Coca-Cola includes the addition of new vending machines, recently installed across campus. WNMU will receive commissions from all sales. The sign-on bonus is just one of several benefits from the new partnership showing Coca-Cola’s dedication to the success of students in different areas including campus life and academics. After the first year of the contract, Coca-Cola will establish two $1,000 scholarships through the University Foundation. In October, Coca-Cola provided shirts to attendees of the Homecoming football game and is planning similar promotional support for future campus events. WNMU vending machines are stocked by Coca-Cola products bottled in Deming, New...

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...

Study Abroad: Critical Language Scholarship Program

The CLS 2015 Application Is Now Available! Fill out an application at www.clscholarship.org/apply or find out more on our Information for Applicants page. Applications are due Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 8:00 PM Eastern Time. About the Program The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully-funded overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides study opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning. The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Languages Offered The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign...

Bond C Passage Will Benefit University Museum Infrastructure

The University Museum is one of three campus buildings that will benefit from the $6 million in funding of General Obligation Bond C is approved by voters on November 4. About $3.8 million will be used to install climate control (humidity/ventilation/air conditioning/heating) and fire suppression systems and for upgrades to the existing security system. Climatic control and fire suppressions are critical to improving environmental conditions to enhance visitor learning and researcher experiences and collections preservation, ensuring visitor and staff safety, and reducing potential loss of or damage to irreplaceable objects and a historic structure that are part of our collective history. “The visitor experience will be dramatically improved with these important upgrades,” said Dr. Cynthia Ann Bettison, University Museum Director. “We are excited that it will be air conditioned and properly heated for the first time in the building’s nearly 100 year...

AmBank Donates Billboard Use For Bond C Campaign

AmBank, soon to known as First American Bank, has once again partnered with Western New Mexico University in promoting the statewide General Obligation Bond C campaign. AmBank temporarily donated the use of its billboard on Highway 180 for the use of promoting the campaign. The billboard features artwork and messaging similar to other billboards across the state with Bond C information describing the estimated 1,400 jobs and $139 million in infrastructure funding to colleges and universities in New Mexico that will occur if a majority of voter’s approve the bond’s passage on November 4. “We are glad to support Western New Mexico University,” said Mike Trujillo, AmBank President. “We are supportive of Bond C and getting information out there about the campaign.” With voter approval, WNMU will receive $6 million in funding that will benefit technology updates to Light Hall, renovation of Fleming Hall and planning money for future improvements to Harlan...

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...