The Mustang Story of the Week: Alice Driver and the Courage and Struggle of LGBTQ Migrants

In his coverage of GLAM week, Eric Lowe, editor of The Mustang student newspaper, wrote about Dr. Alice Driver’s presentation “Reporting on LGBTQ Migrants in Central America,” which she gave in Light Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 10. Driver spoke about the courage and struggle of LGBTQ migrants, particularly those she has encountered in her latest project in San Salvador, the world’s most dangerous city. “Driver’s mission was to chronicle the struggles of the trans gender migrants in Central America. While people who identify as trans can often face their own struggles in the United States, things are far worse for those in San Salvador,” Eric wrote. “In the Latin American countries, trans people, specifically women, are not accepted, being denied even the most institutional of rights such as employment, healthcare and even education. Driver said that while trans women struggled merely to exist in that society, trans men more or less went unperceived, receiving the same...

International Trade Expert Will Share About New Mexico Exports

New Mexico International Trade Expert Jerry Pacheco with The International Business Accelerator will give a free presentation to Western New Mexico University students and the public on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Light Hall Theater. The seminar will cover destinations for New Mexico’s exports, New Mexico’s ports of entry, trade with Mexico, recent developments and trade leads, among other topics. “Jerry Pacheco promotes businesses in Mexico and the U.S. so has a lot of knowledge about the bi-national relationships, particularly in trade. He is a board member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas’ El Paso Branch and advocates for economic growth in New Mexico,” said organizer Francisca Reyes, Assistant Professor of Economics in the WNMU School of Business. The presentation is organized by WNMU School of Business and Delta Mu Delta as part of the department’s lecture series, and it is open to the public. “We are inviting members of the...

Strong Start to WNMU Spring 2018 Semester Registration

Registration for Western New Mexico University’s Spring 2018 semester opened this week, and many students have already secured their class schedules. “It seemed like we had students in our office registering for classes all day long on Monday,” Director of Admission Matthew Lara said. “I was happy to see so many students getting an early start on spring registration.” The WNMU Admissions Office encourages those who haven’t yet registered to do so soon. The term begins Tuesday, Jan. 16, and ends Thursday, May 10. The deadline to register and add, drop or change classes is Jan. 22. But due to course rotation, the key to enrolling in classes that count toward students’ majors is being at the front of the line. “Students who register early are more likely to succeed and graduate on time,” said Devin Stroman, the Office of Admissions and Recruitment Student Services Coordinator. It is also important that undergraduate, new and transfer students meet with...

Applied Technology Freshmen Receive New Mexico Homebuilders Association Scholarships

Six Western New Mexico University students enrolled in applied technology programs received scholarships from the Southwest New Mexico Home Builders Association. The awards ceremony took place earlier this month during a luncheon on the WNMU campus. Shyla McBride, Luke Vega, Wellington Woodward and Wesley Lamb each earned a $250 check, while Charles “Clay” Rice and Gilberto Barrios Jr. each received $500. The scholarship recipients are all WNMU freshmen who attended Grant County high schools, except Wellington Woodward, who attends both Silver High School and WNMU as a dual enrollment student. Five are pursuing Welding Technology, while the other is in Electrical Technology. Rice graduated from Cliff High School and started on the Welding Technology track through WNMU’s dual enrollment program, which offers high school students an opportunity to begin their post-secondary educations while still in high school. “My grandpa was a welder, and my uncle’s a welder. I...

Visit From Mexican and Costa Rican Universities Sets Stage for Launch of Ecotourism Program

Western New Mexico University signed agreements with four universities, including Universidad Tecnológica de Paquimé and Universidad de Occidente, during the First International Meeting of Universities on campus last week. WNMU also signed letters of intent with 13 other universities, including Universidad Technológica de Cuidad Juarez and Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, during the two-day convention. Organized by WNMU Language Institute Director Manuel Rodriguez, the First International Meeting of Universities spanned Oct. 12 and 13 and included institutions from both Mexico and Costa Rica. “For the first time ever, the WNMU Division of External Affairs welcomed seventeen universities for the purpose of collaborating and growing together in mutual interests,” Rodriguez said. With the aim of supporting WNMU’s efforts to launch an ecotourism program, the event featured seminars focused on educational tourism industry opportunities both locally and in Latin...

Board of Regents Extend President Shepard’s Contract Three Years

The Western New Mexico University Board of Regents renewed President Joseph Shepard’s employment contract at a special meeting in Silver City on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. The board unanimously voted to approve President Shepard’s new contract, extending his term of employment through June 30, 2021, while adding performance incentives for five annual objectives. “Of my eight years on the board, this contract has been one of the most thought-about items. A great amount of work went into it,” said Board President Jerry A. Walz, Esq. Regents present included Walz; Board Vice President Janice Baca-Argabright; Regent Member Carl Foster, Ph.D.; and Student Regent Arlean Murillo. Regent Dan Salzwedel, Ph.D., was unable to attend the meeting, but Foster shared a statement of Salzwedel’s support for the new contract. The board analyzed contracts and benefits packages from other universities in New Mexico and institutions in surrounding states. “We must remain in the...

Specialty Cookies at the Breast Cancer Awareness Bake Sale

Visitors to the third floor of the Student Memorial Building this afternoon (Thursday, Oct. 12) will come across a sweet fundraiser. The Breast Cancer Awareness bake sale organized by WNMU’s Student Social Work Association boasts a table full of brownies, cupcakes, rice crispy treats, nachos and cookies baked with extra love. “I watched the baker sift ingredients into this cookie dough,” said Amaris Fay, the MSW student who serves as the Vice President of WNMU’s Student Social Work Association. Fay’s friend Myrna Collins owns an Arizona bakery and donated six dozen of her handmade cookies to the Breast Cancer Awareness bake sale. Whether oatmeal raisin or chocolate chip cookie, they sell for $0.50 each or three for $1. Half of the proceeds from the Breast Cancer Awareness bake sale go to support those with breast cancer, and half go to support the Student Social Work Association. Amaris said everyone should stop by and indulge in a decadent treat or at...

Students To Learn About Humanities, Business, Education Programs at Fall Events

Western New Mexico University students will have a couple opportunities to learn about some of the institution’s departments and officially declare their majors at upcoming Declare Your Major events. The School of Education scheduled a Declare Your Major Night in the Intramural Gym on Tuesday, October 24, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Humanities and Business departments set their Fall Carnival Declare Your Major Night for Wednesday, October 25, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the parking lot between Hunter and Bowden halls. The School of Education’s event is “for all undeclared students in the university at large or for prospective students,” according to Dr. Trinidad Tolar, who headed the organizing committee. Students can hear from School of Education alumni and engage in activities related to subjects like math, early childhood, reading, art and psychology. Computer-equipped kiosks will be set up in the gym, so students can register for classes or declare their...

Movimento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan, a.k.a. MEChA, Finds New Energy and Members

To address changes to Federal laws affecting Latino immigrants, one Western New Mexico University student organization has been recently reinvigorated and is sponsoring and hosting campus events that bring awareness to Latino issues and culture. Movimento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan, more commonly known as MEChA, aims to support and advocate for Hispanic students through twice-a-week meetings and occasional advocacy events. Engaging students with the Chicano culture and building awareness about the political issues that affect Hispanic students is one of MEChA’s goals, said sponsor Bryant Chaffino, the Music Instructor in the Department of Expressive Arts who heads the university’s award-winning Mariachi Plata group and stepped in as MEChA’s faculty advisor this semester. Other organization goals include ensuring there is a strong presence of the Hispanic culture on campus, advocating for the inclusion of more Hispanic history into WNMU curricula, and giving students a...

Jayme Stone Brings Song, Story and New Album to Campus

The Silver City community can get its fill of folk music on Thursday, October 19, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in Light Hall Theater when two-time Juno-winning banjoist Jayme Stone will bring his inspired sounds from around the world to the Western New Mexico University campus. With each of his albums, Stone combines folk, jazz and chamber music. His latest, “Jayme Stone’s Folklife Project,” puts an inventive spin on old tunes. The self-described “banjoist, composer and instigator” cultivated each piece on the album from what he heard on old field recordings. Each track was grown from the seeds of traditional spiritual songs, Creole calypsos, and Appalachian dance tunes. Joining Stone (banjo, voice) on stage at WNMU are Moira Smiley (voice, accordion), Sumaia Jackson (fiddle, voice) and Joe Phillips (bass, voice), who also played on the new album. Released by Borealis Records this past spring, “Jayme Stone’s Folklife Project” also features Grammy-winning songster Dom...