Action Learning Presentations

During student teaching, teacher candidates create a teaching event, which is a carefully planned learning segment that is documented via lesson plans, copies of instructional and assessment materials, one or two video clips of the candidate teaching, a summary of whole class learning, and an analysis of student work samples created. During the action learning presentations, the student teachers describe their teaching events and demonstrate how they provided active learning experiences to the students in their assigned classrooms. Student Presenters: Madeline Alfero, Secondary Education – Science Robert Bailey, Secondary Education – Language Arts Ashley Beckle, Elementary Education Martin Begay, Secondary Education – Language Arts Solomon Boyce, Special Education Hampton Burnette, Secondary Education - Mathematics Erma Cabrera, Special Education Arlo Calles, Secondary Education - Tech Sarah Colombo, Secondary Education – Mathematics Winona...

Free community concert with ‘Music In The Gardens’ event

Western New Mexico University is hosting Music In the Gardens, a free community concert on Friday, May 5 featuring the critically acclaimed collective Birds of Chicago. Currently on a nationwide tour, Birds of Chicago is considered Silver City favorites, delivering exciting live performances in recent years. The group is recognized for its interpretation of melodies in the gospel tradition, with a modern twist. Music In the Gardens will open with a performance by local artists Melanie Zipin and the Sugar Leafs. The outdoor concert will take place at The Gardens, a new outdoor venue adjacent to Light Hall on College Avenue. Music begins at 6:00 p.m. and attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. The event is sponsored by the WNMU Office of Cultural Affairs. For more information, contact...

Ortego to speak on mysteries of Hamlet

Dr. Felipe Ortego, Scholar-in-Residence at Western New Mexico University, will lecture on the lasting mysteries of Hamlet, the 400-year-old classic tragedy by William Shakespeare. The WNMU Lecture Series event will take place on Thursday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m. in Light Hall Auditorium. Admission is free. The lecture will focus on the mysteries found in the text of Hamlet, the story of a Danish Prince, which has successfully been performed in theaters throughout the world for four centuries. The play touches on several themes including politics, theology, and morality in 17th century England. Ortego is a nationally renowned academic, with a distinguished career in writing, teaching, and activism. He is considered the principal scholar of the Chicano Renaissance, and the founder of Chicano literary history having written the first study in the field, in 1971. The event is sponsored by the Southwest Festival of the Written Word, Western Institute for Lifelong Learning (WILL),...

Board of Regents vote on tuition increase, fee decrease

The Board of Regents at Western New Mexico University voted to pass a modest increase in tuition for the upcoming academic year, a vote that all Board members verbally indicated were reluctant to approve. Tuition for undergraduate, in-state students will increase by $7.79 per credit hour, while student fees will decrease by $1.12 per credit hour, equivalent to a 2.71% increase in tuition and fees for the 2017-2018 academic year. With the new tuition and fee schedule, full-time, New Mexico resident students will pay $3,412.13 per semester, leaving cost of attending WNMU among the lowest in the country. The Board of Regents also approved a continuum of the existing Tuition Guarantee program which allows full time students earning a 2.0 grade point average a set tuition schedule for eight semesters. In addition to voting on tuition, board members also approved the budget for the upcoming fiscal year. “This budget is about looking towards the future,” said Dr. Joseph...

Mustang Festival to commemorate 50th annual Great Race

The Great Race, Western New Mexico University’s longest standing and most popular tradition, will be celebrating a key milestone, 50 consecutive years, with a Mustang Festival event on Saturday, April 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Old James Stadium. The free, community event will include live music, food vendors, carnival games, and the opportunity to experience the Great Race competition. Teams will be competing on a route that circles the university campus three times with the start line at the footsteps of the Fine Arts Center Theater. Opening ceremonies for the race begin at 10:30 a.m. with a balloon release and remarks by some of the original event commissioners from the inaugural race in 1967. “Every year our students look forward to the Great Race as an opportunity to come together and celebrate community and friendly competition,” said Abe Villarreal, WNMU Director of Communications. “This year has extra significance because of the presence of special...

Employers invited to register for Spring Career Fair

Western New Mexico University will be hosting its annual Spring Career Fair on Tuesday, May 2, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Student Memorial Center 3rd floor. The event is open to non-profits, small businesses, and civic organizations that are looking to hire full-time or part-time employees. More than 20 businesses have already registered to participate. “More than 200 students will be graduating in May and we would like to have them stay in our community, hired by our area businesses, so that they can remain in New Mexico and make a difference,” said Vanessa Stroman, WNMU Career Services Coordinator. WNMU’s Office of Career Services offers year-round job placement services for students including resume building and mock interviews. Employers are welcome to have a...

Grammy award winning Cuban group to perform at Light Hall

The historic sounds of Cuba will be performed live by the Grammy award-winning group Septeto Nacional de Ignacio Piñeiro, on Wednesday, April 26 at 7:00 p.m., in Light Hall Theater. Interpreting son, Cuba’s national music genre, Septeto Nacional was founded by the late Ignacio Piñeiro, considered the father of this quintessential Cuban style. The seven-member group is now directed by Francisco Oropeza, a bongo virtuoso. For more than eight decades, Septeto Nacional has garnered a reputation as a national treasure for Cuba, interpreting a timeless repertoire, familiar to dancers around the world. Seating is limited. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchase by calling the Western New Mexico University Office of Cultural Affairs at 575-538-6469 or online at wnmu.edu/culture. The event is sponsored by AMP Concerts, the Western Institute for Lifelong Learning, and the WNMU Office of Cultural...

Hollywood themed gala to raise scholarship dollars

Hooray For Hollywood is the theme for the 2017 Scholarship Gala, an annual event hosted by the by the Western New Mexico University Foundation, set to take place on Saturday, April 22 in historic Graham Gym. Guests are encouraged to dress as their favorite movie star or character, glamorous Hollywood style or black tie. Beginning at 6:00 p.m., the evening will include a cocktail hour with a complimentary bar, dinner, a silent auction, and dancing to the live music of The Paso Del Norte Big Band, of El Paso, Texas. “We are excited to have this 17 piece jazz orchestra band in the style of the great big bands of the 1930’s & 40’s,” said Jodi Edens-Crocker, University Foundation Director. “I think it adds to this year’s event theme as well as provides an amazing opportunity for the dancer’s in our community, allowing WNMU supporters to have an excellent evening of entertainment, to build camaraderie among each other, and to support WNMU Foundation...

Students visit Panama during alternative spring break experience

For a group of five students at Western New Mexico University, this year’s spring break did not include late night movies with friends, or homemade meals during family visits. Instead, for these students, the 2017 spring break vacation was a week of volunteer work and life changing experiences in remote Panama villages. Termed, Alternative Spring Break, the international venture was a trip of a lifetime for the handful of WNMU students who participated in the first annual event. Partnering with SCORE International, an organization that coordinates short-term mission trips, Panama was the choice country for WNMU because of the university’s designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution, and the country’s official language of Spanish. “I first envisioned visiting a big city and the beach,” said LeShauntai Adams, an 18-year-old freshman from Shiprock, New Mexico. After her arrival, Adams quickly realized that the trip would have a bigger impact than the typical spring...

Week of the Young Child

CELEBRATING OUR YOUNGEST LEARNERS WNMU Early Childhood Programs Celebrates National Week of the Young Child™ WNMU Early Childhood Programs asks families, university and community to come together for children during the Week of the Young Child™. As part of the national Week of the Young Child™, the program is honoring young children and all those who make a difference in children’s lives. April 17-21, 2017 EVENTS and CELEBRATIONS At Child Development Center and Growing Tree Sites Music Monday 4/17 Children will be creating musical instruments and having a dance party at each site. Tacos and More Tuesday 4/18 To show our appreciation to our faculty and staff, families are providing “tacos and more”! Movie Night Tuesday 4/18 Families of the Child Development Center and Growing Tree lab sites are invited to attend movie night at Light Hall. Working Together Wednesday 4/19 To celebrate Friday Funday children are painting a mural. To give...