New Freshman Scholarships To Recognize Academic Performance, Community Leadership

The Office of Admissions and Recruitment has announced a list of new freshman scholarships that will be available to the incoming freshman class for the fall 2015 semester. The scholarships each have their own set of requirements for students based on their state of residency and grade point average. Administered by the Office of Admissions, the scholarships are new opportunities for students who may also qualify for FAFSA based or University Foundation based awards. “We expect to award up to $300,000 in new scholarships to incoming freshmen,” said Matthew Lara, Director of Admissions. “It is exciting to have the opportunity to provide additional financial assistance to our new students.” The new scholarships include awards for valedictorian and salutatorians in New Mexico, regional science fair winners, national merit scholars and national Hispanic scholarships. “Additional scholarships will be given to students that demonstrate leadership in their school and...

Sex Week To Focus On Behavior, Self-Respect

Western New Mexico University is partnering with community organizations to host Sex Week, during the first week of March, to educate the student body community about sexual practices and behaviors. Sex Week is common among college campuses, and WNMU’s week is scheduled just prior to the university’s spring break. “We want our students to engage in conversations and to be thinking about how they value themselves and their bodies during this week,” said Jessica Morales, Director of Student Life. “Sex Week provides our students with an opportunity to have open dialogue with each other and we are encouraging our students to have a sense of pride in safety, responsibility and respect.” Sex Week activities begin Monday, March 2 and some events are open to the public at no cost. On Tuesday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m., two nationally known speakers, Marshall Miller and KaeLyn Rich, will speak at Light Hall Theater. Their presentation will cover topics such as consent,...

Mustang Showcase Event To Highlight Campus Life, Programs

High school students and community college students looking to enroll at Western New Mexico University in the upcoming fall semester are invited to attend Mustang Showcase on Saturday, March 21. The event will give prospective students a preview of life on campus and connect them with their programs of interest. Scholarships will be awarded to attendees who qualify. “We are rolling out a new set of scholarships for incoming students,” said Matthew Lara, Director of Admissions. “High school students that have performed well academically or that have shown leadership in their communities may qualify for these awards.” The new tuition guarantee program will also be highlighted. The program will be initiated for the incoming freshman class promising them a static tuition rate for four years if they maintain a 2.0 G.P.A. and enroll continuously for four years. “The best way to decide what university to attend is to visit the campus,” added Lara. “Students will see...

TRUTH, Locally Filmed, To Premier At Light Hall Theater

The premier of TRUTH, a movie shot in and around Silver City, will premier at Light Hall Theater on Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7. The movie’s director Michael J. Cramer, along with producers and cast members, will attend the premier and be available for a Q&A session following the screening. The movie includes scenes filmed at Fort Bayard Medical Center and on the Western New Mexico University main campus, including classroom scenes inside Harlan Hall. WNMU students and community members appear as extras in the film. TRUTH follows a diverse group of college students who stumble into a top-secret facility hidden in plain sight somewhere deep in the mountains of the Gila wilderness. Unbeknownst to them, the hospital was ground zero for a large-scale test of truth serum based on an inert virus ten years earlier; a test that went disastrously wrong, forcing the closure of the facility. The students fight against time to prevent the deadly virus from affecting...

Seven Seniors Change Course Of Program For Lady Mustangs

Most years a senior class might consist of a few players, some that have come through the program all four years or have transferred in for a couple years. When it comes to the 2014-15 Western New Mexico University women's basketball senior class, all seven have come to WNMU with different reasons at hand, but have all been on the journey together. A journey that has helped change what Lady Mustang basketball is all about. "This is an important group in our programs history, prior to these young ladies arrival we had went through some lean years, now the mentality and expectations have changed, we expect to win," Head Coach Rusty Kennedy said. "Replacing these young ladies will be a daunting task, they are all outstanding students, great people and what they have done in restoring the competitiveness of this program cannot be understated." Just three years ago, the WNMU women's basketball program was in transition. A winless 2011-12 season was witnessed and experienced by only...

Black History Month Panel To Discuss Policing

The recent controversies on policing in New Mexico and racial profiling throughout the country will be the topics of discussion at a forum titled Guilty Until Proven Innocent on Tuesday, February 24 at 5:30 p.m. in the Miller Library. The panel will include members of the community representing different facets of the law enforcement perspective. Panelists include Isaac Brundage, WNMU Vice President of Student Affairs; Francesca Estevez, District Attorney of the sixth judicial district; Dr. Andrew Warren, professor of criminal justice; and Waldo Winborn, WNMU campus police officer. Estevez’ experience includes a 17-year career as a prosecutor. She served as a deputy district attorney before being elected to District Attorney in 2012. Prior to being a WNMU patrolman, Winborn retired as a sergeant with the New Mexico State Police. His experience includes a 24-year law enforcement career. The event includes refreshments and light food following the panel...

Rural Social Work Institute Impacting Region

Social workers are all about helping others and in 2012 an institute was created to help extend the reach and impact of the social work community in Grant County. The Institute for Rural Social Work (IRSR) was created by Dr. Bob Rickle, professor of Social Work at Western New Mexico University. Since its inception, the institute has partnered with several organizations to provide training and to gather information on local communities. Last summer, IRSR was a major sponsor of the 39th annual National Institute for Social Work and Human Services, which took place in July at the Silver City campus. “IRSR is dedicated to providing research, evaluation and technical assistance to rural social service agencies to build and sustain community capacity,” said Rickle. “An important aspect of the IRSR mission is to give back to the communities serviced by the organization in the form of student scholarships.” Scholarships were awarded in Lordsburg and Deming earlier this...

Senior Duo Lead Mustangs On and Off Court

It's a tough decision no matter where in your life you are. Should I stay home? Should I go to college somewhere out of state? Is this school the right fit for me? Both Terrez Scott (Santa Clarita, CA/Valencia) and Marcos Castrillo (San Francisco, CA/Pinole Valley) had to face those decisions looking at a school they both heard about in different ways and finding out if it was the right fit for them. The path to Western New Mexico came different ways for both of them, but ended the same. Scott suffered an injury during his sophomore season at College of the Canyons out in Santa Clarita, Calif., while Castrillo had a close friend back home and uncle-in-law that knew of Coach Jeff Law and thought it would be a good fit for him. Coach Law has seen both players come to WNMU and provide immediate impacts for the team. "We will miss Marcos tremendously. Not only has he come to Western and grown into a fine player, leading us in many categories, he has become a strong all around...

Human Services Degree To Be Offered Beginning This Summer

A degree in Human Services has recently received approval from the Higher Learning Commission to be offered as an associate degree through the Department of Social Work at Western New Mexico University beginning in the upcoming summer session. The decision to develop the new degree program was prompted by a shortage of frontline human services workers in state agencies and non-profit agencies. “This program will strengthen agencies providing human services in WNMU’s areas. We look forward to this pipeline to a larger pool of professionals in this field, and a better educated workforce,” said Dr. Beth Walker, Department of Social Work Chair. The Health Resources and Services Administration, a division of the US Health and Human Services Departments, has called for colleges and universities to partner with communities to train, recruit and retain human service professionals, especially in rural areas. Training for the human service field includes learning interpersonal...

Tax Help New Mexico Program Returns To WNMU

Tax season has arrived and with it comes Tax Help New Mexico. Western New Mexico has offered the program in partnership with the state for over 30 years as a free service to low income filers. Students work as volunteers at the WNMU site, one of the states’ 48 locations. All students are accounting or business majors that can also use their experience as a three-credit course. Student volunteers are required to pass an exam testing their knowledge of tax preparation prior to working for Tax Help. The free service is available for people with annual family incomes of $53,000 or less, with an exception for people who earn more than that due to Social Security income. To have a tax return prepared, individuals must have an original Social Security card, a picture ID, W-2s from all employers and a bank account with routing number for direct deposit. Housed in the MEChA Building on the WNMU campus, tax preparation is offered Monday through Friday. The service will be...