WNMU Recognized For Historic Preservation Efforts With Light Hall Project

Western New Mexico University was recently recognized by the State of New Mexico for its efforts in maintaining the historical architectural preservation of Light Hall. University officials including Stan Pena, Assistant Vice President for Facilities and Operations, were recognized at the New Mexico Heritage Preservation ceremony in Santa Fe. The Architectural Heritage Award was awarded to WNMU for working to preserve historic buildings on campus and especially for the rehabilitation of Light Hall, built in 1927 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Phase II portion of renovations for Light Hall was a $2 million project that centered around the building’s auditorium which was reopened in October and now serves as a movie theater and community venue for the performing arts. Other portions of Light Hall are currently under construction with updates to classroom space, electrical/mechanic systems, information technology enhancement, building exterior...

Mexican High School Students To Attend WNMU Next Summer

Western New Mexico University has signed an agreement with Colegio Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, a private Catholic K-12 school in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. This is the first agreement of its kind for WNMU, creating a partnership with a school that plans to bring high school aged students in the summer of 2016. “I am happy and grateful for the opportunity to work together,” said Maria Guadalupe Nunez Marquez, Colegio Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz Director. “We have the realization of our youth getting great jobs thanks to your efforts.” The agreement signed by Director Marquez and WNMU President Joseph Shepard will formalize a partnership with the two institutions as they begin a year of planning for the summer 2016 program. Earlier conversations between both institutions determined that courses needed for the high school students include writing, graphic design and Photoshop. Students will take at least 100 hours of classes during the four-week program. A...

Regents Recognize Faculty, Award Tenure and Promotion

At its annual spring commencement meeting on May 14, the Western New Mexico University Board of Regents met at the Silver City campus and approved several new business items including the recognition of professors for promotion and tenure. Four professors were awarded tenure including Dr. Scott Fritz, Dr. Alexandra Neves, Dr. Margarita Wulftange and Dr. Sherry Bassi. Five professors were recognized with promotions including Fritz, Neves, Wulftange, Dr. Miguel Narvaez and Dr. Andy Warren. Dr. Linda Lopez was awarded emeritus status for her service to WNMU. Lopez, who is retiring this month, has been teaching psychology at WNMU since 1989. The rank of Emeritus is conferred upon retirement to faculty who have led a distinguished career. In other business, Board members also approved changes to the Faculty Handbook and the student government constitution; both having had approved changes by their respective governing bodies. Jason Clark, architect with Studio D, presented a...

Art Student Visited Japan In April, Now Heads To NYC

Junchen Huang is ending his journey as an undergraduate student at Western New Mexico University. He will be earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree on Friday. Next week he prepares to begin a new academic career at Pratt Institute in New York City. While he plans to study in the most artistic city in the country, his experience as a Mustang has already taken him around the world. Huang was born in China. As a child he was interested in art but felt that he couldn’t express his creativity as freely as he did once he moved to the United States nine years ago. “Chinese educational systems are not always prone to art,” explained Huang. “It can be a side thing, a hobby. In the United States you have freedom and no restrictions as well as the audience and acceptance of doing art is greater.” Huang’s main focus is painting and drawing; however, throughout the last year he has created artwork that is displayed through live projections. That experience led him to be chosen...

Tony Trujillo To Keynote Commencement Address

Delivering the keynote address at the spring commencement ceremony on Friday will be Tony Trujillo, a lifelong Grant County resident and community leader. Trujillo is the Director of Government Relations for New Mexico Operations at Freeport-McMoRan Inc. He is a graduate of Western New Mexico University earning a degree in business administration in 1975. A community leader for decades, Mr. Trujillo has served as board member and president for several organizations including the New Mexico Prosperity Project, Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce, Grant County Prospectors and the New Mexico Mining Association. Trujillo recently completed two terms as a board member and is past president of the Board of Regents for WNMU. His previous government experience includes serving as Town Councilor for the Town of Silver City. For his service to the community, Trujillo has been recognized with numerous recognitions including being named the 2006 Citizen of the Year by the Silver...

Three Educators To Be Inducted Into Hall Of Fame

Western New Mexico University will induct three career educators into the School of Education Hall of Fame as part of the 2015 spring commencement ceremony activities. Emily Berry Armstrong is being inducted posthumously. Armstrong was an elementary school teacher for 42 years. She is being recognized for meeting the challenges of serving in a one-room rural schoolhouse, in Dona Ana and Luna Counties. Her career included serving as a teacher, principal, school nurse, janitor and bus driver. Armstrong instituted a bilingual program for ESL students and nurtured her students’ participation in the community. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from WNMU in 1951. Dora Joe Berry Munson is being inducted posthumously. Munson earned a baccalaureate and master’s degree from WNMU in 1959. Her career included serving as an elementary school teacher for 27 years in Luna County. After one year of college she began her teaching career in a one-room school at Spaulding, New Mexico where...

Nearly 400 Students To Earn Degrees At Spring Commencement

One of Western New Mexico University’s larger graduating classes will be earning diplomas at the spring commencement exercises on Friday, May 15. At least 390 students are scheduled to receive diplomas in the outdoor ceremony, for the first time to be held at Ben Altamirano Field, home of the Mustang football team, due to construction at Old James Stadium. The ceremony will begin at 3:00 p.m. Parking is available on both sides of the Fine Arts Center Theater. The ceremony can be seen live online: wnmu.edu/events/graduation Students that earned the High School Equivalency, formerly known as G.E.D., will also be honored: Lawrence Allison, Robert Christie, Abraham Estrada, Idaliz Hernandez, Porter Howard, Jacob Kaiser, Marilyn Muse, Arturo Perez and Daniel Tirado Silver City, NM Associate Degree – Kristy Arambula, Robert Armstrong, Ronnie Baca, Jonathan Bender, James Califf, Tess Caroll, Zachary Carter, Selina Castillo, Felicia Cohn, Kristen Davidson, Lucille Eby,...

Polynesian Night To Feature Island Food, Performances

Polynesian students at Western New Mexico University will be showcasing traditions in music and food at the third annual Polynesian Night on Saturday, May 9 at 6:00 p.m. in Old James Stadium. The event will include musical performances by Polynesian Club members representing different islands. Club members will also cook and serve an authentic dinner including drinks and desserts. The cost is $5 per plate for community members and $2 for WNMU students with Mustang Card. Organized by the Polynesian Club, at least 16 students can describe themselves as either 100 percent or part Polynesian. They represent the peoples and cultures from different islands including Hawaii, Samoa and Tahiti. The performances showcase traditional dance routines and...

Mustangs To Join Lone Star Conference Fall 2016

Western New Mexico University will join the Lone Star Conference (LSC) as a full member beginning the fall of 2016. “The move from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference to the Lone Star Conference allows our student-athletes to continue having a great athletic experience, while traveling less,” said Dr. Joseph Shepard, WNMU President. “The Lone Star Conference has an outstanding history of sportsmanship and competitive play at the Division II national level.” The Mustangs have participated with the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference since 2006. During that time, several programs including golf and tennis have earned conference titles and made post-season appearances. “We are very pleased to join the Lone Star Conference. It has tremendous history and is considered one of the most competitive conferences in the country,” said Mark Coleman, WNMU Director of Athletics. “The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference is a first class organization with great people within...