Alumna earns Juris Doctorate, will specialize in immigration law

The child of Mexican immigrants, Edna Reyes has already made history with her family by being the first to graduate when she earned her undergraduate degree from Western New Mexico University. Soon, Reyes, 27, will be practicing immigration law for a leading law firm in Kansas. “My parents always knew that this could be a possibility,” said Reyes, “and because of them and their sacrifices I will soon be representing the people that are on that same journey, trying to accomplish similar dreams.” Reyes earned a Juris Doctorate from Washburn University School of Law earlier this month. It is the culmination of a higher education career filled with accolades and recognition. Reyes received a bachelor degree in criminal justice and a master degree in interdisciplinary studies from WNMU in 2014. A Deming High School graduate, during her time at WNMU, Reyes served in several student leadership positions including Student Body President. At Washburn University, Reyes was...

New chapter of student leadership society introduced with induction of students

A new chapter of the nation’s largest leadership honor society was initiated at Western New Mexico University with an induction ceremony of more than 70 students on Saturday, May 6. The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) ceremony was the culmination of preparation of several months for students and staff that were looking to create new student leadership opportunities at WNMU. “The goal for us is to get students to analyze their life goals, helping them decide their majors, and improve their leadership skills to benefit our campus and community,” said Dayana Baez, 21, president of the WNMU Chapter. Baez, a junior majoring in chemistry and math, along with several other newly inducted chapter officers were the main proponents of bringing NSLS to WNMU. Nicki Vasquez, 20, a sophomore majoring in kinesiology, is the chapter vice-president. Vasquez is hoping that future programming is created targeting the Hispanic campus population. “I know for a fact...

More than 400 to graduate at spring commencement

More than 400 students will be earning certificate, associate, baccalaureate and master degrees at the spring commencement ceremony taking place Friday, May 12 in Old James Stadium. The event begins at 3:00 p.m. and can be viewed live online here. Silver City, NM High School Equivalency – Garret Buxton, Jaylene Lawrence, Adam Medina, Ruth Moyer, Samantha Overcahier, Jerome Ortiz, Levi Owen, Clarissa Porras, Estrella Ramirez, Michelle Tafoya, Anthony Verovich Certificate – Ian Hille Associate Degree – Cynthia S. Adolf, Brandon Allensworth, Manuel Altamirano, Leslie Amber Carwile, Cristian Casillas, Daniel “Skyler” Ellis, Christina Marie Estrada, Teressa Olyvia Gallegos, Jean Marie Gardner, Annabella Gomez, Crystal Renee Jimenez, Jesse C. Jimenez Jr., Madison Jones, Mitchell Joy, Larry Martinez, Cameron Maurer, Tamara Lynn McGrath, Alexander Montes, Roman Montes, Ronita Rodgers, Allison Louisa Sedillos, Julie Ann Simmons, Stuart Tow, Jazmina E. Villegas,...

Five WNMU students earn Hall of Fame recognition

Five Western New Mexico University students were recognized for their contributions inside and outside the classroom, with an induction into the annual Student Hall of Fame. The 2017 inductee class included David Cota, Casey Dickens, Claudia Osuna, Ryan Ruiz, and Timothy Stillman. David Cota is a graduate student in the Interdisciplinary Studies program. He transferred from Cochise College before earning a bachelor degree in criminal justice at WNMU. As an undergraduate, Cota was involved in student leadership positions including serving as a resident assistant and judicial hearing officer. Cota contributed to several non-profit organizations as a regular volunteer with the Silver City Gospel Mission and the Silver Care Center. Cota is originally from Douglas, Arizona. Casey Dickens will be graduating this month as an honor student with a degree in English. During her time at WNMU, she served as President of Sigma Tau Delta and a member of the ALAS Committee. Dickens is an...

Three career educators to be inducted into School of Education Hall of Fame

Western New Mexico University will induct three career educators into the School of Education Hall of Fame during the 2017 spring commencement ceremony activities. With nearly a century of combined educator experience in southwest New Mexico, Peggy Sue Larisch, Roberto A. Martinez, and Richard H. Moore will be recognized for their distinguished contributions to the classroom as alumni from WNMU. Peggy Sue Larisch earned two degrees from WNMU in 1983 and 1985. She is being recognized for 29 years of service as a computer science and math teacher at Silver High School and WNMU. Larisch implemented her passion for life-long learning by taking her students on annual trips to the Los Alamos National Laboratory Super Computing Challenge. Larisch was a sponsor for several classes, and supported many student activities including bake sales, car washes, and dances. She was a sponsor for cheerleading and the dance team. Roberto A. Martinez retired after more than 35 years as a...

Five Mustangs to be inducted into Student Hall of Fame

Please join us in congratulating this year’s inductees into the Student Hall of Fame!  The Hall of Fame is reserved for those students who have demonstrated integrity and achievement through leadership activities, community involvement, participation in campus life, and scholarship while attending Western New Mexico University.  As a result of their exceptional impact on the campus community, these student leaders distinguish themselves from many other outstanding students. The 2017 inductees are David Cota, Casey Dickens, Claudia Osuna, Ryan Ruiz, and Timothy Stillman. Join us Wednesday, May 3 at 5:30 p.m. in the Student Memorial Center 3rd floor meeting...

Cody Willard, CEO and TV news analyst, to keynote commencement

Former cable news commentator and current investment analyst and writer Cody Willard will deliver the keynote commencement speech on Friday, May 12 during the spring commencement ceremonies. Willard is familiar to television viewers as the former anchor of the highly-rated Fox Business Happy Hour, on the Fox Business Network. His other TV experience includes serving as the Wall Street correspondent on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. A writer and blogger, Willard currently serves as editor of TradingWithCody.com, and the Wall Street Journal’s Revolution Investing Newsletter. He is an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University where he teaches a class called “Revolutionomics” focused on technology and business. Residing in New York City, Willard is the CEO of an app company called The IAm App that develops apps for hundreds of celebrities including Neil Patrick Harris and Carly Simon. Willard’s diverse career includes being a Starbucks barista and a backup guitar...

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),...