WNMU Student Selected Social Work Student Of The Year

Karen Whitlock, a Masters of Social Work candidate, was selected as the Social Work Student of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) – New Mexico Chapter. Whitlock was selected among hundreds of social work students attending WNMU, Eastern New Mexico University, New Mexico State University and New Mexico Highlands University. Patrick Tyrrell, Executive Director of NASW – New Mexico, explained that Whitlock stood out among other students for demonstrating both academic proficiency and strong adherence to the NASW Code of Ethics. “The honored individual has made outstanding contributions to the social work profession and is a recognized leader among her peers,” said Tyrrell. Whitlock is a student board member of the Chapter Board of NASW. She has assisted in organizing the Rural Social Work Conference and has helped advocate for social work causes including the securing of Social Work licensing in New Mexico. Whitlock is earning her Master of...

Left Coast Tour To Make Stop At Gender Equity Center

Traveling across the country, the Left Coast Tour will make a stop in Silver City on Monday, May 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the Center For Gender Equity on campus. The tour includes performances by award-winning singer Summer Osborne and Sarah McCracken. The artists call their unique act the Left Coast Tour of Epic Mind Blowing Awesomeness. It involves songs and performances that touch on the human spirit and condition. Summer Osborne is an award winning American singer-songwriter who entertains audiences throughout the US and Canada with her brand of melodic and lyrically potent genre-jumping performances. Her performances touch on themes such as spiritually, truth, love and healing. Sarah McCracken uses quirky metaphors, humor and empathy toward the human condition to create songs via raw thoughts that offer perspective on everyday life. McCraken’s performances contain social messages. She is described as a wordsmith. The performance is free and open to the public. Event...

Annual Research Symposium Highlights Student Work

Western New Mexico University students are ready to impress one last time before finals week at the Academic/Research Symposium and Career Fair on Tuesday, May 5. The 10th annual event will feature projects from WNMU students represented through posters, oral presentations, artwork and video entries. A career fair is also scheduled as part of the all day event. Employers scheduled to attend include Gila Regional Medical Center, Wells Fargo, US Forest Service, Cobre Consolidated School District and Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold. Student presentations and exhibits will be featured from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Miller Library. Employers will be located in the Student Memorial Center third floor...

Art Student Will Intern At National Geographic Headquarters

For Sky Klaus, a photo is more than just an image full of colors. There are stories told through a camera lens, and this summer Klaus will help tell the stories of the acclaimed photographers at National Geographic. Klaus was recently chosen to participate in a summer internship with National Geographic, at their headquarters in Washington D.C. It is a dream come true for Klaus, a 20-year old sophomore studying Fine Arts. “I do a little bit of everything but my main focus are people,” explained Klaus about her photography focus. “I’ve always liked to take photos of people, every day life.” National Geographic was looking for students with a photography background who had experience in photo editing. Klaus has taken editing courses at WNMU and feels ready for the experience. “I had confidence that I was going to be selected,” said Klaus. She was chosen among hundreds of candidates. “This is a great stepping stone to a career working with...

Professor To Research Student-Athlete Injuries

Western New Mexico University professor Dr. Miguel Narvaez will be joining a handful of professors in the region this summer to study the effects of injury among collegiate athletes. Dr. Narvaez has been awarded fellowship in the first class of faculty to participate in the BUILDing SCHOLARS summer sabbatical program. He is one of five professors in the region to participate in the program. The first class of faculty awardees is composed of participants from WNMU, Texas Southern University, Northern New Mexico College and University of Texas El Paso. They will be conducting research and receiving mentorship from an experienced researcher at their host institutions. Dr. Narvaez will conduct his research at the University of Arizona in Tucson. “I am looking at doing research with jumping mechanics and basketball players,” said Dr. Narvaez. “We will be evaluating stress in joints and health related issues to sports medicine.” Dr. Narvaez is an assistant professor of...

Public Invited To Learn About Boutique Air Service

The Gila Economic Development Alliance is partnering with Western New Mexico University to host a special roundtable presentation educating the public of the services offered by Boutique Air. The presentation will take place on Tuesday, April 28 at 10:00 a.m. in Light Hall Auditorium. The airline service is new to Grant County, recently replacing Great Lakes Airlines, as the sole airline provider at the Grant County Airport. Mat Butcher, Director of Operations for Boutique Air will be available for a presentation about the service followed by a Q&A period with attendees. Boutique Air offers daily flights from Silver City to Albuquerque. Mr. Butcher oversees the operations of the airline to insure safe operation. Prior to joining Boutique Air, Butcher served as the Director of Training for Surf Air. His Pilatus career began with SeaPort Airlines as a Flight Instructor and Assistant Director of Safety. Mr. Butcher graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in...

Early Childhood Programs Offers Free Pre-K Services

The Early Childhood Program department is offering free pre-k services for the new academic year beginning in August. Children who will turn four prior to August 31, 2015 qualify. The services are for full-time hours from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Wrap around childcare is available from 7:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for $250 per semester. As providers of New Mexico Pre-K Services, WNMU offers an award winning, state licensed program with a 5-Star rating. The curriculum is play based and is designed to provide foundational skills necessary for school readiness. The services will be guided by qualified, experienced staff of the nationally accredited Child Development Center on the WNMU campus. Services are provided through a grant awarded by the State of New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department. To enroll your child, contact 575.538.6344. Application deadline is Thursday, April 30. The Child Development Center is located...

Bike Rental Program Expands Outdoor Opportunities

The Outdoor Program at Western New Mexico University has recently initiated a bike rental program, hoping to increase outdoor recreational opportunities. WNMU partnered with local bike shop Gila Hike & Bike to purchase 10 Trek 3500 mountain bikes in a variety of sizes. The new equipment is housed at The Outpost, a campus rental office for students and community members. In addition to the bikes, equipment available for rental includes backpacks, climbing shoes, tents and other outdoor gear. The bikes can be rented for a day, weekend or week. Prices vary from $10 to $50. WNMU students can rent equipment at a discounted rate. To see an inventory of rental equipment, visit www.wnmuoutdoors.org. For more information, contact...

Great Race Returns April 18 for 48TH Annual Event

Western New Mexico University students are preparing for the return of the university’s biggest event – The Great Race. The 48th annual event will include a week of races and other activities culminating with the final, campus-wide race on Saturday, April 18. Community members planning to attend to watch teams compete for the final race, should arrive before the start time of 12:00 p.m. Parking will be available in several campus areas; however, the streets will be closed slightly before the race time. The race is set to take off in front of the Fine Arts Center Theater steps. The race route will include three laps around the main campus. Street closures will affect 12th Street, West Street and College Avenue. Following the race will be an awards ceremony at Light Hall from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and the Mustang Festival from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Old James Stadium. Community members are encouraged to bring their children to the Mustang Festival, as the event will...

Mimbres Memorial Hospital Employees Learn Spanish

A brave, first class of students participated in the first offering of a new Spanish language class offered through the Language Institute at Western New Mexico University. The Deming-based hospital reached out to WNMU in an effort to increase the Spanish proficiency of its employees, some employees who are often facing life and death situations with patients whom only speak Spanish. “Our employees will be able to communicate more effectively with our patients and the patient experience will become more personal,” said Johanna Gramer, Mimbres Memorial Hospital Human Resources Director. The first class of students included nurses and administrative level employees. The Level 1 Course was taught over several weeks covering 15 hours of class time. Students learned basic phrases helping them better understand patients whom often speak through a translator provided by the hospital. Frank Gramer, Therapy Director at the hospital, has worked in Deming for eight years. He was...