Dog Park Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Set for Nov. 9

On Thursday, Nov. 9, Western New Mexico University will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Cornali Field to celebrate the opening of a new fenced area designated for small dogs. The ceremony, co-hosted by the Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce, will take place at 11 a.m. in the WNMU-owned community dog park on West St. While Cornali Field has historically been undivided, local citizens recognized a need and raised money for a barrier separating little dogs from the large portion of the field where large breeds can frolic freely. Silver City resident Julie Cason, who visits Cornali Field with her 12-pound dog, spearheaded the fundraising effort, aiming to collect $1,500 for the new fence. “I want to thank WNMU for letting us do this. The dog park is a huge success. I’ve been there almost every afternoon, and we’re getting new dogs every week,” she said. Now that the new fence is erected, owners with dogs of all sizes feel comfortable visiting the park, said...

The Mustang Story of the Week: Top Four Horror Movies

In honor and anticipation of Halloween, a few students reflected on what films creep them out better than any other. Here, the staff of The Mustang student newspaper and ASWNMU Attorney General weigh in on what to watch over Halloweekend. Anna Daggett, "Jeepers Creepers" (2001) For me personally, “Jeepers Creepers” is one of the best horror movies made to date. Its originality combines pop-up scares with long suspenseful themes, and the perfect amount of gore. There is even a level of sci-fi to it, as a woman named Jez seems to know a unique amount of things about the Creeper. Perhaps the best part of the film is the song indicating that the creature is not only near, but that he has found a new target as well. The iconic movie and theme song has been gracing radio stations and home TV’s for the past 16 years and proves that it doesn’t have to be Halloween for evil to be lurking…. Katia Ibarra, "Psycho" (1960) “Psycho” is of course the film with the classic...

Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas and Universidad Autónoma de Chiapas Signed Agreements With WNMU

Western New Mexico University entered into two more partnerships with Mexican universities on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017. WNMU signed an agreement outlining protocols between WNMU and Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas and signed a memorandum of understanding with Universidad Autónoma de Chiapas. “These kinds of agreements break down walls between countries,” WNMU President Dr. Joseph Shepard said. “I feel grateful because, with these agreements, part of Mexico will be here and part of New Mexico will be there." The agreement with Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas was made in order to embark on both academic and cultural exchanges that benefit the institutions mutually and allow for multicultural experiences through their association. The exchanges will be made available to undergraduate and graduate students. With a focus on research and academic development between the institutions, the agreement generally calls for cooperation and collaboration among representatives...

“Damnificados” Won 2017 Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction

Western New Mexico University’s Writer-in-Residence’s novel, “Damnificados,” won another major award recently. Author J.J. Amaworo Wilson accepted the 2017 Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction in Washington, DC, last week. “The Hurston/Wright is particularly special to me because it’s an international award for the Black diaspora. The organization promotes both literature and social justice—two elements close to my heart,” Wilson said. Judges applauded “Damnificados” for a “fabulist and gritty dystopia that is nearly allegorical in its portrayal of the dispossessed,” according to an article in the Washington Post. Introduced in 2001, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award honors the best in Black literature in the United States and around the globe. Fiction, nonfiction and poetry honorees are selected in a juried competition. Other 2017 nominees in the Debut Fiction category included “Blackass” by A Igoni Barrett and “Born on...

Students From Universidad Nacional del Nordeste Share Culture, Perspective at WNMU

For the next few weeks, Western New Mexico University is host to eight students from the Universidad Nacional del Nordeste (UNNE) in Corrientes, Argentina. This group is participating in a student exchange program financially supported by UNNE and by the United States Embassy in Argentina. Hosted in various academic departments and living in Mustang Village, the students will be at WNMU through Nov. 17, 2017. From an aspiring botanist to a kinesiology major, the students have varied interests and academic focuses. Each is matched with a WNMU professor in the department most closely related to his or her field of study at UNNE, and each audits a few classes pertinent to his or her career goals. “Several WNMU professors have enthusiastically supported this visit,” program coordinator Imelda Olague said. WNMU’s College of Business is involved, as are the Humanities, Natural Sciences, Allied Health and Social Sciences/Cultural Studies departments. Fifth-year law...

Western Working To Bring Area High School Students Back Onto Campus

In analyzing this fall’s census data, Western New Mexico University found that the 10 percent drop in enrollment this year was largely due to the decrease in dual enrollment students. In examining the causes, WNMU found a correlation between the decline and the loss in qualified instructors, due to the Higher Learning Commission’s new accreditation requirements. Dual enrollment accounts for nearly eighty percent of WNMU’s drop in overall enrollment. “We’re down 324 undergraduate students. Of those, 247 are dual enrolled,” WNMU President Dr. Joseph Shepard said. Some WNMU faculty members who facilitated the 100-level courses taken by dual enrollment students no longer met the Higher Learning Commission’s Qualified Faculty Requirements. “We had to change how we vet the instructors for the program. A handful of them did not have the current qualifications to teach the courses for college credit,” Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management...

WNMU Lecture Results in Art Installation’s Move to Silver City

As a result of the Edwina & Charles Milner Women in the Arts lecture given by One Million Bones founder Naomi Natale and project manager Susan McAllister at Western New Mexico University in late September, the One Million Bones project found a permanent home. Moved by the lecture and inspired by the project, the partners in Bear Mountain Arts (John McNulty, Jeff Brown, Tom and Sharon Dukes, Diane Fisher, Linda Brewer and John Rohovec) approached Natale and McAllister about moving their exhibit to Silver City. They offered to host One Million Bones in a permanent installation on location at Bear Mountain Lodge. During a tour of the acreage surrounding Bear Mountain Lodge, Natale and McAllister came upon a wide meadow, surrounded by trees and bisected by a seasonal creek. The women said the site immediately spoke to the vision they held for a permanent resting place for the bones. “Our vision for this permanent installation was that these bones, if you were to come upon...

The Mustang Story of the Week: Alice Driver and the Courage and Struggle of LGBTQ Migrants

In his coverage of GLAM week, Eric Lowe, editor of The Mustang student newspaper, wrote about Dr. Alice Driver’s presentation “Reporting on LGBTQ Migrants in Central America,” which she gave in Light Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 10. Driver spoke about the courage and struggle of LGBTQ migrants, particularly those she has encountered in her latest project in San Salvador, the world’s most dangerous city. “Driver’s mission was to chronicle the struggles of the trans gender migrants in Central America. While people who identify as trans can often face their own struggles in the United States, things are far worse for those in San Salvador,” Eric wrote. “In the Latin American countries, trans people, specifically women, are not accepted, being denied even the most institutional of rights such as employment, healthcare and even education. Driver said that while trans women struggled merely to exist in that society, trans men more or less went unperceived, receiving the same...

International Trade Expert Will Share About New Mexico Exports

New Mexico International Trade Expert Jerry Pacheco with The International Business Accelerator will give a free presentation to Western New Mexico University students and the public on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Light Hall Theater. The seminar will cover destinations for New Mexico’s exports, New Mexico’s ports of entry, trade with Mexico, recent developments and trade leads, among other topics. “Jerry Pacheco promotes businesses in Mexico and the U.S. so has a lot of knowledge about the bi-national relationships, particularly in trade. He is a board member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas’ El Paso Branch and advocates for economic growth in New Mexico,” said organizer Francisca Reyes, Assistant Professor of Economics in the WNMU School of Business. The presentation is organized by WNMU School of Business and Delta Mu Delta as part of the department’s lecture series, and it is open to the public. “We are inviting members of the...

Strong Start to WNMU Spring 2018 Semester Registration

Registration for Western New Mexico University’s Spring 2018 semester opened this week, and many students have already secured their class schedules. “It seemed like we had students in our office registering for classes all day long on Monday,” Director of Admission Matthew Lara said. “I was happy to see so many students getting an early start on spring registration.” The WNMU Admissions Office encourages those who haven’t yet registered to do so soon. The term begins Tuesday, Jan. 16, and ends Thursday, May 10. The deadline to register and add, drop or change classes is Jan. 22. But due to course rotation, the key to enrolling in classes that count toward students’ majors is being at the front of the line. “Students who register early are more likely to succeed and graduate on time,” said Devin Stroman, the Office of Admissions and Recruitment Student Services Coordinator. It is also important that undergraduate, new and transfer students meet with...