Board Of Regents Pass Tuition Guarantee

Beginning next fall, students enrolling at Western New Mexico University will benefit from a newly passed, tuition guarantee program, allowing families the ability to budget for their son’s or daughter’s college education. Students enrolled in 15 credit hours per semester, while maintaining a 2.0 grade point average qualify for the locked-in tuition rate. The initiative was passed unanimously by the WNMU Board of Regents at its meeting on Friday, December 12. WNMU is the first university in New Mexico to initiate the program. “The program is designed so that families can predict tuition costs throughout their students’ college career,” said WNMU President Joseph Shepard. “We want to encourage students to move towards graduation and the tuition guarantee is rewarding students for positive progress.” In addition to locking-in tuition rates for students, the Board also approved an increase in tuition of $7.32 per credit hour for in-state, undergraduate students....

University Foundation Office Announces Holiday Hours

For many alumni and friends of Western New Mexico University, the end of the year is a traditional time for giving. Gifts to the University Foundation provide invaluable support for educational programs and scholarships and can also yield timely tax savings. The University Foundation has scheduled special holiday hours before year’s end for giving opportunities. During the University’s winter holiday break from December 20 through January 4, the University Foundation will be open on select dates to receive year-end contributions from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday, December 22 Tuesday, December 23 Wednesday, December 24 Friday, December 26 Monday, December 29 Tuesday, December 30 Wednesday, December 31 Donations are also accepted online at any time by clicking on: www.wnmu.edu/donate. For more information, contact the University Foundation at 575.538.6310. Offices are located in the lower level of Hunter...

Graduate Assistants Needed

The WNMU Graduate Division is seeking students currently enrolled in a graduate program to work as Graduate Assistants (GA). The GA position pays $8.00 per hour. A GA can work up to 20 hours per week depending on the number of graduate courses for which he/she is enrolled. If you are a graduate student interested in working as a Graduate Assistant, call 575-538-6317 or visit us online: http://wnmu.edu/gradstudies/assistscholar.shtml#assistant   Linda K. Hoy, PhD Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs & Institutional Liaison to the Higher Learning Commission Associate Professor Western New Mexico...

Board of Regents agenda for 12/12/14

Western New Mexico University Board of Regents Meeting Castorena Building Serna Conference Room Thomas B. McDonald Student Memorial Building Seminar Room 1000 West College Avenue, Silver City, NM December 12, 2014 10:00 am Executive Session – WNMU Castorena Building, Serna Conference Room      i. For the purpose of discussion of limited personnel matters (report on possible personnel actions); legal matters subject to attorney-client privilege concerning threatened or pending litigation (update on collective bargaining negotiations) pursuant to NMSA 1978 Section 10-15-1 (H-2), (H-7) and (H-8). 10:30 am Regular Session – Thomas B. McDonald Student Memorial Building, Seminar Room     i. Pledge of Allegiance REGULAR SESSION I. Approval of Agenda II. Approval of Minutes of      A. October 14, 2014 III. Review of Date for Next Board Meeting: January 29, 2015 in Santa Fe IV. Featured University Component: International Studies Programs V. President of Student...

More Than 260 Students To Earn Degrees Friday

Western New Mexico University is set to confer degrees on some 260 students at the fall commencement ceremony on Friday, December 12 at 2:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Theater. New Mexico Lieutenant Governor John Sanchez will deliver the keynote address. The ceremony can be viewed live online: wnmu.edu/events/fall-commencement-ceremony. Silver City, NM Certificate – Eric Benavides, Zachary Carter, Tyler Donaldson, Omar Felix, Bryant Jamison, Kenneth Lambert, Joseph Murillo, Courtney Nicole Ochoa, Michael Romero, Abigail Anna Sievers Associate Degree – Maria A. Carrillo, Lindsay Griffin, James Helgert, Omar Lopez B., Ashley L. Montoya, Jessica Marie Ortiz, Amanda C. Raver, Michael Allen Romero, Deena Smith, Thomas Sookiasian, Hufan Yang Baccalaureate Degree – Mehron Arasteh, Aaron Ty Beckworth, Amanda Bryan, Crystal L. Chavez, Esther Chico-Gutierrez, Damien Davies, Danielle Brianne Aguirre, Jeffrey Delgado, Joseph J. Doyle Jr., Gregorio Galindo, Jasper Myriah...

Findley Named New VP For Business Affairs

Western New Mexico University announced today that Dr. Brenda K. Findley will serve as the next Vice President for Business Affairs. Findley joins WNMU after serving more than seven years as Associate Vice President for Financial Services and Administration at the University of North Georgia. In that capacity, she oversaw several areas including the offices of comptroller, human resources, payroll, procurement, and environmental health and safety. “I am so glad to be joining the WNMU team,” said Findley. “Everyone I have met is a dedicated professional and I know we are going to do great work together.” Prior to her current position, Findley served as Director of Human Services at Clayton State University, in Morrow, Georgia. Other work experiences include financial leadership roles at the University of Houston and College of William & Mary. “Her experiences with finance in higher education make her an excellent candidate to guide our university in the path...

Lt. Governor John Sanchez To Keynote Commencement

Lieutenant Governor John Sanchez will be the keynote speaker for the fall commencement ceremony on Friday, December 12 at 2:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Theatre on the Western New Mexico University campus. Some 265 degrees will be conferred during the ceremony including certificates, associate, baccalaureate and master degrees. John Sanchez has served as Lieutenant Governor since January 2011 and was reelected to a second term on November 2, 2014. Lieutenant Governor Sanchez was born and raised in Albuquerque. Prior to being elected to statewide office, he served as councilman for the Village of Los Ranchos and as a member of the state House of Representatives. In 2005, he was recognized as one of the Top 40 Influential Hispanics in the country. With his wife Debra, Lieutenant Governor built and opened Right Way Roofing, a 30-year old successful small business that has twice been honored as Small Business of the Year. Lieutenant Governor Sanchez is an active member...

Mustangs In the Community For The Holidays

December is a traditional time of service to community and students at Western New Mexico University are covering every corner of Grant County, partnering with local organizations. During the fall semester, students in several organizations including student government and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) have reached out to non-profit organizations to help raise funds and awareness for underrepresented populations. Efforts such as canned food drives, animal adoption day and monthly visits to nursing homes have been realized through partnerships by student groups and non-profits. “WNMU students have been very helpful in the soup kitchen and also through our other efforts,” said Randy Salars, Director of the Silver City Gospel Mission. “The Mustang football team helped us fill up semi-trucks full of clothes for kids in Mexico and the athletic department has brought in large amount of donations.” Student-athletes held a canned food drive at the Mustang...

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...