Foundation Gala To Raise Scholarship Dollars April 23

The University Foundation is hosting its annual Scholarship Gala fundraiser on Saturday, April 23 with a Boots and Bling theme encouraging participants to wear their western best for an evening of dancing, food and entertainment. The Scholarship Gala begins at 6:00 p.m. in historic Graham Gym. The evening will include cocktails, dinner, a silent auction, complimentary bar and dancing to the live music of the Bucky Allred Band. “Each year, this event provides our community and WNMU leaders the opportunity to get together for important reasons, raising scholarships for our deserving students, showing support for the work that the University Foundation is accomplishing and to build camaraderie among each other for a common passion,” said Jodi Edens-Crocker, University Foundation Director. Graham Gym will once again be transformed with décor reflecting the year’s theme. This year, attendees are encouraged to show up in their boots, buckles and rhinestone covered apparel in...

Shakespeare In April Event Celebrates 400 Years Of The Bard

April marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare and commemorations of his life and works are taking place around the world, one of them in the Miller Library on Friday, April 22 at 3:00 p.m. Shakespeare In April is an afternoon of readings and performances by Western New Mexico University students and community members, commemorating the work of the most recognized author in history. “Shakespeare has been translated into nearly all the written languages in the world,” said Dr. Debbie Heller, WNMU professor of English. “His ideas transcend time and place.” Heller has helped organize the event, which includes a performance of sonnets by university students and performances by other area talent including the Virus Theater and actor Gregg Dugan. Leading up to the event, Heller’s students presented Shakespeare’s works in local public schools, sharing the importance and impact of the Bard’s writings for four centuries. “Nobody should get...

Future Entrepreneurs Wanted For Weekend Workshop

Middle and high school students from Grant and Luna Counties who aspire to be business owners can register for Future Entrepreneurs Weekend, a two-day workshop taking place May 6 and 7 on the Western New Mexico University campus The event is hosted by the WNMU School of Business and is free of cost to area youth. Attendees will develop a business plan and learn what it takes to open a business with interactive presentations emphasizing innovation and creativity. Workshop participants will be provided free meals and an event shirt. Seats are limited. To register for the Future Entrepreneurs Weekend, contact Dr. Francisca Reyes at 575-538-6326 or...

Alumni Events Scheduled For 49th Great Race

For most former Mustangs, participating in the annual Great Race is the most memorable experience during their collegiate years. The Office of Alumni Affairs has scheduled two days of activities for Mustangs returning to their alma mater for Great Race weekend beginning Friday, April 22. Registration to attend alumni events is $35 per person and can be done by contacting Amanda Moffett at 575-538-6675 or Amanda.Moffett@wnmu.edu. Friday, April 22 Alumni Registration: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Hunter Hall Campus Tour, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., beginning at Hunter Hall Alumni Dinner, 5:30 p.m., Light Hall patio Saturday, April 23 Alumni Breakfast, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Sunset Room Great Race, 11:00 a.m., Old James Stadium Lunch, 12:30 pm., Old James Stadium During and after the race, the Mustang Festival will take place at Old James Stadium from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The event will include vendors and family friendly games. For more information, contact...

Renowned Sculptor Star York To Speak, Facilitate Workshop

Star York is recognized as the premiere figurative Western and wildlife sculptors in the country and she will be featured as the next artist in the Edwina and Charles Milner Women In the Arts Lecture Series. The lecture will take place on Thursday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m. in Light Hall Auditorium with a pre-lecture reception at 5:30 p.m. York has won numerous Best of Show awards and has been featured on several magazine covers including Southwest Art, which selected her as one of the most influential artists to have been profiled in 30 years. Star will tell the story of her life and her discoveries through her bronzes.  Since moving to the Southwest in 1985, she has created a vast body of work that reflects her interest in the people, animals, environment and history of the region. A continuing source of inspiration comes from her exploration of the native peoples of the area – Navajo, Apache, Hopi and Pueblo – in addition to the wildlife and unique rock art.  She is a...

Sixth Grade Student Awarded WNMU Scholarship

Sixth grade student Winter Lewis and her family were surprised with a special scholarship award presentation at Hurley Elementary on Thursday, April 7. Western New Mexico University officials presented Lewis with a four-year scholarship covering tuition and housing in recognition of her recent accomplishments at the annual Hurley Elementary Science Fair. Lewis was presented a certificate of acceptance to WNMU and a scholarship certificate by WNMU President Joseph Shepard at an assembly in front of her classmates. “I was so grateful and happy to know that Western is paying attention to what is going on in the community,” said Margaret Kessler, Hurley Elementary Principal. “She’s a great student and is very deserving.” Lewis’ father Roy Lewis and grandfather Roger Lewis were present at the ceremony. The scholarship will be catalogued in the WNMU Foundation, awaiting Lewis’ enrollment in 2022. “WNMU is excited to be in the community recognizing the talented youth in...

Outdoor Program: Gear Swap/Sale

Please join the WNMU Outdoor Program (OP) in our First Annual Gear Sale/Swap to be held Saturday, April 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Big Ditch Park in downtown Silver City. This event is part of the 2016 Continental Divide Trail Days Outdoor Organizational Showcase and Gear Expo (http://continentaldividetrail.org/2016-trail-days/) What is the gear sale/swap? The Gear Swap is similar to a yard sale or flea market. This is a great opportunity to grab some used gear for a really good price, or swap a good piece of gear for something better. Connect with local trail groups and others who are interested in the outdoors as well as participate in programming to celebrate Silver City’s designation as the First Gateway City to the Continental Divide Trail. Who can participate: Anyone! How does it work? If you are interested in participating in the Gear Swap/Sale, you have a few options: 1. WNMU affiliates (students/faculty/staff) bring your gear to the WNMU Outdoor...

WNMU Signs Agreement With Mexican University

Western New Mexico University recently hosted officials from the Universidad Tecnologica de Parral (UTP) to establish a memorandum of understanding between both institutions. The agreement focuses on several areas of partnership with WNMU’s Language Institute and Applied Technology programs. Future collaborations include academic exchanges for short-term language courses, English courses for the general public and summer camps. Also agreed to was the offering of welding courses in Mexico for students of UTP and the general public. Course participants will earn certifications in welding technology. UTP is based in the Mexican state of Chihuahua and was established in 2011. Visitors included Susan Escarcega Castellanos, UTP President; Jesus Manuel Quintana Corral, UTP Outreach Director; Alfredo Diaz Saenz, Deputy Director of Outreach Programs; Rubi Amaya Beyer, Deputy Director of Internationalization; and Ricardo Escarcega Castellanos, former Language Institute...

Marketing Campaign Earns Advertising Awards

Western New Mexico University initiated a marketing campaign in August 2015 that recently earned recognition by a national higher education marketing agency. Two awards were given to WNMU by the Higher Education Marketing Report for the university’s marketing campaign including a Merit Award for its “Be Here” campaign and a Bronze Award for the Homecoming 2015 t-shirt design.   “We’ve had many long nights of planning and discussing what approach to take to communicate to our prospective students,” said Alvaro Nunez, WNMU Marketing Coordinator. “We are starting to see the effectiveness of the campaign and are happy to be recognized with these awards.” WNMU initiated the campaign in August to targeted groups throughout the southwest. The campaign focuses on traditional students graduating from high school and community college students looking to transfer to a four-year university. Campaign artwork is featured on brochures, billboards and airports in New Mexico,...

Graduating Art Students To Exhibit In McCray Gallery

Students graduating in the Expressive Arts Department will be showcasing artwork in the end-of-semester exhibition at McCray Gallery. The public is invited to an opening reception on Friday, April 8 at 4:30 p.m. Seven students will be showcasing work in different mediums including sculpture, photography, drawing, painting, printmaking and new media. Students graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree will give artist talks at 5:30 p.m. Graduating students showcasing work include Chelsea Boone, Jennifer Castanon, Dana Farr, Laurie Ford, Carmen Ruiz, Casney Tadeo and Christopher Theulen. The exhibit will be on display through the commencement ceremony on Friday, May...