Mimbres Memorial Hospital Employees Learn Spanish

A brave, first class of students participated in the first offering of a new Spanish language class offered through the Language Institute at Western New Mexico University. The Deming-based hospital reached out to WNMU in an effort to increase the Spanish proficiency of its employees, some employees who are often facing life and death situations with patients whom only speak Spanish. “Our employees will be able to communicate more effectively with our patients and the patient experience will become more personal,” said Johanna Gramer, Mimbres Memorial Hospital Human Resources Director. The first class of students included nurses and administrative level employees. The Level 1 Course was taught over several weeks covering 15 hours of class time. Students learned basic phrases helping them better understand patients whom often speak through a translator provided by the hospital. Frank Gramer, Therapy Director at the hospital, has worked in Deming for eight years. He was...

Natural Sciences Department Hosting Summer Programs

The Natural Sciences Department at Western New Mexico University is looking for applicants to its upcoming summer programs. For the second consecutive year, the department is hosting a MCAT+ Program and a Health Careers Academy. The MCAT+ Program is an intense six-week summer camp held in Harlan Hall. The program is open to junior and senior college students and graduate students from June 15 to July 24. Students in the program receive a stipend of up to $1500 and over 50 hours of in-class test prep instruction covering the four sections of the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test). MCAT+ is designed to help strengthen MCAT test scores and train pre-medical students to become competitive to enter medical school. Highlights of the program include tours of the healthcare teaching facilities at the UNM Health Science Center and at Hidalgo Medical Services, and mock interviews and applications workshops on medical school admission process. Deadline to apply for the program is May...

WNMU Partners With CNM For Transfer Program

Central New Mexico has introduced a new online liberal arts degree for students seeking an associate degree and Western New Mexico University has partnered with the community college to accept students that successfully complete the program. The full-time intensive degree program is completely online and can be completed in only 16 months. WNMU will accept the 60 credits earned by the CNM students. After earning the Associate Degree in Liberal Arts, the students can transfer directly to WNMU’s Interdisciplinary Bachelor Degree program, which is also online. The Interdisciplinary Studies program, offered at both the bachelor and master degree level, is designed for students who want to create their own degree focusing on two or three disciplines. At the bachelor degree level, WNMU offers online degrees in Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Education, English, Human Services, Interdisciplinary Studies, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Rehabilitation Services...

Notable NM Artist Establishes Lecture Series With $50,000 Donation

A longtime artist and philanthropist has gifted a $50,000 contribution to the Western New Mexico University Foundation to establish an artist lecture series, promoting women in the arts. The Edwina and Charles Milner Artist Lecture Series is slated to begin in September of 2015. Mrs. Milner and her husband Charles gifted the donation to the University Foundation to provide public lectures of notable female artists as well as to create workshop activities for university students, public school students and the community. The gift is the latest in a lifetime of creating awareness, by Mrs. Milner, about the importance of women in art. “When I started painting after I graduated in 1953, at that time I felt that I had to sign my initials rather than my given name on my paintings,” explained Mrs. Milner, now 84 years old. “I don’t feel like that is the case anymore.” For the next 60 years, Mrs. Milner worked on her own art as well as advancing the awareness of female...

LGBTQ Youth Suicide Tour To Stop At Gender Equity Center

A suicide prevention and self-confidence building presentation will take place at the on-campus Center For Gender Equity on Tuesday, March 24 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Pandora Scooter and her show I AM ENOUGH follows the story of Pan, who struggles with rejection from her parents and friends for being gay and different. After attempting suicide, Pan finds herself in a hospital where, with the help of a counselor, she realizes she wants to live. I AM ENOUGH takes suicide head on, exploring and exposing the pain of those who struggle with suicide. The show has been endorsed by child psychologists, GSA advisors and by LGBTQ youth. It is designed to open up the conversation about suicide with LGBTQ youth in an effort to help end suicide attempts. Pandora Scooter is an award-winning, national touring artist. She is the writer of nine one-woman shows. The program is part of a 17-state tour by StandUP and StandOUT Productions. The WNMU event is hosted by the Center For Gender...

Light Hall Theater Supported By Local Business Owner

Grant County’s only movie theater is experiencing growing support by the local community and region with donations and regular event bookings. Chuck Johnson, a Silver City based State Farm Insurance agent, recently visited the newly renovated historic Light Hall Auditorium and subsequently donated to the University Foundation as a sign off support for the use of Light Hall as the only movie theater in the community. “I support Light Hall Theater and wanted to show that with this contribution to the University Foundation,” said Mr. Johnson. Renovations to Light Hall Auditorium, erected in 1927, were completed in October 2014. The space is used each weekend as a movie theater, and is also used during the week as a lecture hall and special events space. “Each weekend we are excited to see the support by our local community and our student body as they come out to spend their time with us at the movies,” said Abe Villarreal, WNMU Director of Communications. Local...

Special Needs Community To Participate In Annual ‘Hoops 4 Hope’ Event

Community members with disabilities in the Silver City area will be participating in Hoops 4 Hope, an afternoon of indoor games hosted by Western New Mexico University, on Tuesday, March 24 at 6:00 p.m. in the Intramural Gym. The third annual event is open to any member of the community with a learning or physical disability. Those wishing to attend will receive a free t-shirt and a pizza dinner. “This is one of our favorite events to host on campus,” said Abe Villarreal, WNMU Director of Communications. “It is important for our student body to interact with this special community of people that teach us so much about themselves and ourselves.” The goal of the annual event is to accomplish four hopes: a hope to bring students together to learn about people with disabilities, a hope to build common ground among different people through athletics, a hope to have students feel comfortable with people of different backgrounds, and a hope to learn more about how we...

Historic Women To Be Celebrated At Annual WAC Event

The annual Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) event is set to take place on Friday, March 20 and will celebrate the lives and writings of women, past and present. The public is invited to the Miller Library beginning at 2:00 p.m. to listen to at least 11 short readings by Western New Mexico University faculty and staff members celebrating well-known historic women such as author Mary Shelley and feminist Judith Sargent Murray. Dr. Cynthia Bettison, WNMU Museum Director, will highlight local female leaders with a look into the lives of prehistoric Mimbres women and Miller Library librarian Andrea Jaquez will give a presentation on the women of Fort Bayard. Early Latin American leaders will be discussed including Sor (Sister) Juana Ines de la Cruz, a seventeenth-century Mexican poet and nun. She is considered to mark the beginning of the history of Mexican literature in the Spanish language. For a complete list of readings and titles, visit...

Mexican Universities Sign Agreements With WNMU

Western New Mexico University continues its efforts in strengthening relations with higher education institutions in Mexico and the Americas with the recent signing of agreements with two Mexican universities. A visit by members of the WNMU administration to Universidad De Occidente (UDEO) in the city of Culiacan, Mexico, during the first week of March culminated with the signing of a memorandum of understanding by both university presidents, opening the door to opportunities of faculty and student exchanges. “With the very positive experience we had this past summer, hosting more than 150 Mexican students, we know that WNMU is a great fit for faculty and students from Mexican universities,” said Dr. Magdaleno Manzanarez, WNMU Vice President for External Affairs. Dr. Manzanarez traveled with President Joseph Shepard and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Jack Crocker during the visit to Culiacan. UDEO administrators expressed their interest in having WNMU professors...

10th Annual Friends of Clay Pottery Sale

Students and faculty of Western New Mexico University’s clay department will hold its 10th Annual Friends of Clay Pottery Sale on Saturday, March 21, from 9am to 3pm, at 614 N. Bullard in downtown Silver City, across from Alotta Gelato. The sale will feature a great selection of pottery and clay art works donated by current and former WNMU clay students, faculty, and professional potters. All proceeds from the sale will be used for the benefit of Western’s clay program. Sponsored by “Friends of Clay,” the annual pottery sales have grown in size each year since 2005, and have been an astounding success. Funds raised by the group are used to enhance and promote ceramics and the WNMU clay program through the offering of lectures, workshops, trips, scholarships, as well as assisting in the purchase of equipment and supplies for the university clay studio. A main attraction of the annual sales has been the wide variety of clay works offered, from beginning-student pots to...