Spring 2019 Academic Symposium Highlights: Research & Reporting

  Student: Aundrea Romero Major: Environmental Sustainability & Biological Science Year: First year @ WNMU, third year in college   For this year’s student academic symposium, environmental sustainability and biological science major Aundrea Romero decided to run an analysis of the saltcedar plant population and growth within the Grand Canyon and how this invasive species has impacted native fauna and flora. “Hikers and other tourists that visit the Grand Canyon have been unknowingly spreading this intrusive plant throughout the Grand Canyon by stepping on the plant and spreading its buds down the Colorado River or further into the park,” she said. Introduced into North America from Germany in the early 19th century, the saltcedar was brought to the U.S. for ornamental home adornment and quickly began to spread throughout intermountain regions of the U.S., including areas of Utah, New Mexico and Arizona. In presenting her research...

Associate Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court Barbara J. Vigil Will Address Western New Mexico University’s Graduates

Western New Mexico University will graduate 315 of its students this spring. Of those, 236 graduates will walk across the Old James Stadium stage during the spring commencement ceremony on Friday, May 10, at 2 p.m. They will receive their diplomas then shake hands with WNMU President Dr. Joseph Shepard and New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Barbara J. Vigil, WNMU’s spring commencement speaker. Native New Mexican Justice Vigil was born and raised in Santa Fe and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from New Mexico State University, her law degree from the University of New Mexico and has been a licensed attorney for more than 28 years. During her 19 years on the bench, Justice Vigil has served on both the First Judicial District Court, comprised of Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Los Alamos Counties, and the New Mexico Supreme Court benches.  As a district court judge, Justice Vigil presided over the Children’s and Family Court, as well as the civil docket, presiding...

Student Research and Professional Development Funds Announces Summer Scholars program.

Summer Opportunity for Students!   The SRPD Funds Committee is proud to announce the 3rd year of the Summer Scholars program. Please consider learning more about this and submitting a proposal by the deadline, March 22nd, 2019. SRPD Funds is the proud supporter of the Summer Scholars program which is heading into its third year. We hope to fund more students than ever as they actualize their scholarly passions in research and creative projects. Up to $3000 stipends for students, equipment budgets, and up to $500 mentor stipends. If you have ideas for research, a creative project, or an original, scholarly project that you want to dedicate part of your summer too, please allow SRPD Funds to support...

The Challenging Child Conference

WNMU’s annual Challenging Child Conference will take place Friday, November 18 in the Global Resource Center, Keynote speaker will be David Belford. Afternoon sessions will be held in the Martinez Building and will be presented by Stephanie R. Unger. “More Than Trauma Informed: Way of Being” To be trauma-informed is about understand- ing what trauma is, how it can affect our body, brain and behavior, the depth of its impact on individuals and society, and how we can use that understanding to support others that have experienced trauma. This body of knowledge is also an opportunity to better understand the meaning behind be- havior and why we often relate to one anoth- er in the ways we do. "Enhancing the Parent-child Relationship Through Filial Play Therapy: An Introduction” Filial therapy provides caregivers with train- ing in basic play therapy techniques so they can use these techniques with their own chil- dren. This modality originated as...