Russian company towns focus of upcoming book, conference talk

Russian company towns and the challenges found within them are strikingly similar to many American communities, including Silver City, according to Western New Mexico University professor Dr. Allison Evans. A student of Russian history, Evans is a professor of political science who has travelled to Russia seven times and is working on a book titled Protests in the Provinces: Coming to terms with Capitalism in Russian company towns. Her last visit was in in June for research on her book where she plans to focus on four or five Russian cities. “It is estimated that there are about 300 company towns in Russia,” said Evans. “They are a mix of towns run by private companies and government entities such as the defense industry.” The towns in Evans’ research were selected based on demographics, political, and economic criteria with a population of 300,000 people. “There are parallels with Silver City and other company towns, such as Detroit, that are facing tough...

WNMU ranked on several online lists for affordability, academics

Western New Mexico University has recently been ranked high on several online ratings websites focusing on affordability and academic offerings. Most recently, the online master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies offered at WNMU was ranked second in a list of top 30 online master’s in liberal studies degree programs for 2016. Ranked by bestmasterdegrees.com, the interdisciplinary studies program was highlighted for its unique focus on allowing students to study in two or three concentrations, having a choice of 15 disciplines from which to pick. The master’s level program is offered fully online and is a growing area of choice for licensed k-12 teachers, life-long learners, and those seeking to advance in their respective career fields. WNMU also offers the interdisciplinary program online in the bachelor degree level. In September, the social work program was ranked as one of the best online offerings by collegechoice.com. The factors included in the ranking...

Agreement signed with Universidad La Salle

A signing of academic collaboration took place between Western New Mexico University and the Universidad La Salle, a Mexican university located in Chihuahua. WNMU President Joseph Shepard and the rector of Universidad La Salle, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, were both present at the Chihuahua for the signing. The agreement focuses on academic exchanges. University officials at both institutions were present including La Salle professor Guillermo Garcia who mentioned that an important factor of this partnership is that students will have an option to exchange with a university in the United States near the border, and that half of the WNMU student population is Hispanic, adding value to the learning earning opportunity. La Salle officials stressed that the diversity of cultures provided at the WNMU campus enriches the vision of the students. The agreement is the latest in several newly established collaborations with Latin American partners and the WNMU Division of External...

Free Technology Workshops Offered To Community

The Adult Education Services office is presenting a series of technology workshops free to the community at the Silver City Public Library. The workshops will cover the basics on how to use Microsoft programs including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. For more information, contact Adult Education Services at 575-574-5101. Friday, October 14, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Microsoft Word: How to use templates and ribbon functions Thursday, October 20, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Microsoft Excel: How to use Excel for personal and business accounting Thursday, November 10, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Microsoft PowerPoint: How to make a slideshow or presentation Tuesday, November 18, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Online employability skills: How to use the internet for job searching and application completion The Adult Education Services offers free employment and adult learning classes at Watts Hall. Course offerings available online at...

Las Cafeteras Performing At Light Hall Oct. 13

As part of the annual Glam Week festivities at Western New Mexico University, Las Cafeteras will be performing at Light Hall Theater on Thursday, October 13 at 7:00 p.m. The Los Angeles-based group is known for its fusion of music and political messages. The six band members are children of immigrants who are using traditional music to tell modern day stories. Named by LA Weekly as the Best Alternative Band of 2013, Las Cafeteres is currently touring the country producing distinctive sounds through unique instruments including jaranas, a wooden platform called a tarima, and a donkey jawbone. Formed in 2008 with the purpose of musically documenting the histories of their neighbors, the group originated as students at the Eastside Café, a Zapatista inspired community space in East Los Angeles. Opening for Las Cafeteras is Summer Osborne, an award-winning American singer-songwriter currently touring the country. Admission is $10 per person and free to WNMU students with...

Nursing Scholarships Awarded By Martin Family

Four Western New Mexico University nursing students are the recipients of scholarships awarded by the Martin Family who has been supporting WNMU for over 15 years. WNMU nursing student Timothy Des Jardins is the recipient of the Robert and Ione Martin Scholarship; Alicia Hernandez received the Frank & Bernice Parrish Scholarship; Bala (Michael) Wambebe was awarded the Frank and Bernice Parrish State Match Scholarship; and Sarah Atilano received the Robert and Ione Martin State Match scholarship. All scholarships were created and awarded by the Martin Family. Bob Martin, owner of Western Bank, together with a committee of WNMU nursing faculty, family members, and the WNMU Foundation scholarship coordinator, worked together in the process of selection and awards. Recipients are chosen through a competitive application process based on academic progress, dedication to the nursing profession, and financial need among other application requirements. “The WNMU...

Glam Week Returns With Music, Drag Show, Workshops

The Center for Gender Equity at Western New Mexico University is hosting its second annual Glam Week beginning Monday, October 10 with several campus events. The week of events will include informative panels, a drag show and live music by recoding artists Las Cafeteras, Summer Osbourne and Crys Matthews. The Center for Gender Equity is partnering with community organizations including Burgers, Brownies & Beers, Oh My!, and PFLAG to help bring awareness about gender issues. All events are free to the public. Monday, October 10 Glam Your Brand event, 12:00 p.m., The Circle at WNMU. Students are encouraged to ask questions about the LGBTQ community and what it means to be an ally. Tuesday, October 11 National Coming Out Day “Break Free March”, 5:00 p.m. March begins at Old James Stadium and ends at the Center for Gender Equity located at 1211 N. Mississippi Street. Information panel, 6:00 p.m., Center for Gender Equity. Panel speakers include Wendy Spurgeon,...

Writing Center available to students

Have a writing assignment? Don’t know where to start? Need help with citations? Need help with grammar? We know that writing doesn’t come easy for many people. We can help you with all stages of the writing process from brainstorming to final editing and everything in between. Bring your assignment sheet with you, any ideas or drafts you may have, and stop on by. Our tutors will be happy to help. At the WRITING CENTER, we are much more than a proofreading service (though we can help you learn to proofread, too). Our primary goal is to help you become a more confident and skillful with words and ideas. We will help you identify your difficulties and give you some concrete tools you can use to sharpen your writing. You can expect helpful and friendly tutors who will involve you and your ideas in your tutoring session. We are open Monday-Thursday 10am-7pm and Friday 10am-2pm. We are located on the first floor of Miller Library. Walk-in, or make an...

Women In The Arts Lecture Series To Feature Tina Mion

Acclaimed artist Tina Mion will be featured in the upcoming Edwina and Charles Milner Women in the Arts lecture series on Thursday, October 6 at Light Hall Auditorium. A Meet the Artist Reception begins at 5:30 p.m. in Light Hall Patio followed by the lecture at 6:30 p.m. in Light Hall Auditorium. Tina Mion is primarily a self-taught artist with a long celebrated history of art and travel. She is an American contemporary artist, working in oil paint and pastels. In 1996, she completed All The Presidents, and the first Object drawings that opened in Los Angeles and traveled for years to various Presidential libraries and museums. Mion has exhibited three times at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, and is in collections all over the country including the Smithsonian, The Nelson Atkins Museum, and the Albrecht-Kemper Museum. She has given talks at distinguished art locations including the Phoenix Art Museum, University of Chicago and the LACMA. Mion and her...

Governor Martinez Visits WNMU, Applauds Achievements

Governor Susana Martinez held a press conference on Wednesday at Western New Mexico University to applaud the Silver City-based institution on leading efforts in achieving higher education goals. Governor Martinez was joined by Cabinet Secretary for Higher Education Barbara Damron who congratulated WNMU on achieving fast progress in meeting reform goals set by the Governor. “WNMU has been one of the leaders in getting programs to 120 hours,” said Damron. In 2015, Governor Martinez called upon university degree programs to shift from 128 to 120 credits. Among New Mexico universities, WNMU achieved updating nearly all degree programs to the 120-credit requirement. “Last year we challenged our colleges and universities to set their degree paths to 120 credit hours, and only 32% of degree programs in New Mexico where at 120 credits,” said Martinez. “This number has nearly doubled across the state and that is tremendous progress.” The goal of changing degree...