Bond C Billboard Use Donated By First American Bank

First American Bank has partnered with Western New Mexico University in promoting the statewide General Obligation Bond C campaign. First American Bank temporarily donated the use of its billboard on Highway 180 for the use of promoting the campaign. The billboard features artwork and messaging similar to other billboards across the state with Bond C information describing the estimated 1,350 jobs that will be created from the passage of the bond. If passed, WNMU will receive $5 million in funding for infrastructure updates on campus including the renovation of Harlan Hall, home to the Natural Sciences Department. The infrastructure updates will address and correct many of the on-going accessibility, risk and safety constraints that currently exist at the main campus. Funds will be used to plan, design, demolish, construct, improve, landscape and equip infrastructure. Bond C appears on the backside of the general election ballot. Election Day is Tuesday, November...

24 Club Awards Scholarships To WNMU Students

Two Western New Mexico University students are the beneficiaries of scholarship awards from the 24 Club organization. Samantha Gomez and Emma Head are graduates of area high schools and are studying Nursing and Rehabilitation respectively. The organization awards two different scholarships. The Betty Cook Scholarship is awarded to female students who graduate from Grant County schools including Silver High, Cobre High or Cliff High, and who possess a G.P.A. of 3.4 or higher. The Christine Drangmeister Scholarship is awarded to female sophomore, junior, or senior students who graduated from Silver High, Cobre High or Cliff High, and who possess a minimum 3.4 G.P.A. The 24 Club is a philanthropic, service organization serving Grant County for over 70 years. The 24 Scholarship program enables the organization to achieve its objectives to provide scholarships for Grant County women at WNMU and to undertake charitable projects in the community, which empower girls and women and...

Mexican Artist Catalina Delgado-Trunk To Lecture, Exhibit Work

Catalina Delgado-Trunk, recipient of the 2015 Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, will be the featured artist for the upcoming Edwina and Charles Milner Women in the Arts event on Wednesday, November 2. The event begins with a lecture at 6:30 p.m. in Parotti Hall, followed by the exhibition opening in McCray Gallery on the Western New Mexico University campus. Deglado-Trunk’s artwork focuses on Mesoamerican culture and traditions primarily expressed through the papel picado (cut paper) medium. After a long career in the United States teaching French and ballet, Delgado-Trunk returned to school in her 40s and reconnected with her childhood love of art. For two decades, Delgado-Trunk had made large-scale cut-paper works that blend pre-Columbian stories and images with subjects from the contemporary world. The artwork often celebrates rich traditions by condensing the complex stories of legend into readable images, bridging the divides that separate...

Juarez-based Mariachi and Folklorico group to participate in Day of the Dead

As part of a four-day celebration commemorating Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), the mariachi and folklorico groups from the Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez (UACJ) will be performing at Western New Mexico University on October 31 and November 1. Mariachi Canto A Mi Tierra will perform on Monday, October 31 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Theater. The UACJ ballet folklorico group will also perform. Free and open to the public, the performance will begin after a brief talk by Dr. Felipe de Ortego y Gasca, WNMU Scholar-in-Residence, who will discuss the important historical origins of the Dia De Los Muertos holiday. On Tuesday, November 1, the UACJ mariachi group will perform at 4:00 p.m. in the courtyard of the Silver City Museum. Following the performance, an ofrenda procession will begin at the museum and make its way through downtown Silver city, ending at the Miller Library on the WNMU campus. Festivities will continue at the Miller Library from 7:00 p.m. to...

WNMU Professor’s Book Chosen For New Series On Feminism

Western New Mexico University professor Deborah Heller’s book Bluestockings Now! (2015) has been chosen for inclusion in a new Routledge series: Routledge Historical Resources: History of Feminism. The new History of Feminism series selected Heller’s text “for its decisive contribution to the feminist history of ideas in an international context.” “It’s an honor to be included,” said Heller. “The new series will bring the book to an even wider audience.” Heller has already received international accolades for her writing efforts. Dr. Elizabeth Eger, King’s College London, called the book “an exciting intervention in the field of eighteenth-century literary studies…particularly innovative and thought provoking.” Heller’s book deals with the Bluestockings, a group of women active in England and Ireland during the late 1700s and early 1800s. “Their social and cultural accomplishments were nothing short of world-changing,” Heller...

Former CIA Agent Valerie Plame To Speak To Sold Out Audience

Valerie Plame will be the guest speaker for the WNMU Lecture Series on Thursday, October 27 in Light Hall Theater on the Western New Mexico University campus. The event is sold out. A live stream of the lecture will be available for attendees without an advanced ticket in Light Hall room 213. Plame is a former CIA operations officer. The subject of a 2003 CIA leak scandal, Plame had her identity as a covert officer leaked to the press by members of the George W. Bush administration. The name became public causing Plame to resign from the CIA. Plame has written a memoir detailing her career and the events leading up to her resignation. During her CIA career, Plame worked to protect America’s national security and prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, in particular nuclear weapons. Plame sits on the boards of Global Data Security, a cyber security company; and Starling Trust, a predictive behavioral analytics company. Plame serves on several nonprofit...

Registration open for spring 2017 semester

Registration is now open for the spring semester that begins in January 2017. New students to Western New Mexico University should first fill out an application for admission which is available online at wnmu.edu/applynow. Once the application is submitted, an Admissions Office representative will contact the student to schedule an appointment for registration. New students will be required to attend an online orientation in January. Students that are currently enrolled can find a listing of course offerings online. Current students can contact a Student Service Specialist or Academic Advisor to schedule an appointment for class registration. Spring courses begin Tuesday, January 17 and end Thursday, May 11. For more information visit the Office of Admissions located in the Juan Chacon Building or contact...

First Of New Campus Sculptures To Be Dedicated Oct. 21

Several sculptures will soon populate the Western New Mexico University campus, an initiative of the Art in Public Places program by the State of New Mexico. The first sculpture will be dedicated on Friday, October 21 at 10:30 a.m. in the School of Nursing Building lobby. Titled “Alter 1”, the piece was created by Rose B. Simpson, an award-winning artists who resides in Española. According to Simpson’s Artist Statement, the piece originated from a conversation about sacred spaces. Simpson realized that most sacred spaces are moments when people consciously connect with each other and are influenced by energy. The original installation consisted of two equally large figures facing each other in a vacant space. The two pieces are now altered together, symbolizing the connection that people can make with each other. “The piece is building an identity, with the metal-strap constructed head and mask, it is creating a path to see the world in countless ways,” said...

Professor Publishes Research On Reading Development In Youth

Several recent publications focusing on early childhood reading development have included research by Dr. Ann Harvey, Western New Mexico University Professor of Reading. Academic journals in New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, and Europe have published at least seven pieces written by Dr. Harvey over the last two years on topics such as the achievement scores of Imagination Library students and the vocabulary development of English learners. Harvey believes that this is an important time to evaluate reading in the classroom, how it is taught, and how students learn, especially in the state of New Mexico. “Reading is important to New Mexico because our students score 49th on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP),” said Harvey. “We have kids who come from poor families whose English is often limited because they have only arrived here.” These lower reading scores tilt the average for the entire state, and the effort to improve them is one of the reasons that...

Voting for the future of our community

Every two years you can directly impact our communities in a positive way through the passage of bonds for our colleges and universities. This election, General Obligation Bond C (GO Bond C) is on the ballot. Bond C asks voters to set aside more than $131 million in higher education funding to colleges and universities across the state, with no increases to taxes. If passed, this year’s GO Bond C will allocate $5 million to Western New Mexico University which will be used to invest in important infrastructure updates across campus as well as continue the renovations on the science building. The passage of Bond C will create jobs and boost our local economy. It will all be done without the increase of taxes. The improvements provided through projects generated by Bond C monies will mean that companies will be able to hire contractors and construction crews who will then spend their wages in our local communities which benefits all. Small and large businesses throughout...