WNMU’s Artists-in-Residence Krissy Ramirez and Chelsea Boone Will Open Exhibit With Reception

Western New Mexico University's artists-in-residence, Krissy Ramirez and Chelsea Boone, are opening their exhibit, "From Clay to Metal," with a reception on Wednesday, June 6. Both graduates of WNMU's Expressive Arts Department, they will discuss their work beginning at 5:30 p.m. The exhibit will hang through Friday, June 22. A clay artist, Ramirez' portion is a collection of 18- to 20-inch sculptural mannequins. "I call them my headless Barbies," she said. Raised in the border town of Douglas, Arizona, Ramirez struggled with body dysmorphia as a teen. "Making these unnatural-looking Barbies is a way to express how I felt about my experience and a way to raise awareness that many people go through that at some point. The bodies are headless so viewers can put their own faces on the sculptures," she said. "I thought that having this ideal body would help me be a better person so I could find a good male mate. Also, in the Mexican culture, appearance reigns. I'm trying to get away...

¡Fiesta Latina! Encourages Exploring New Cultures and Ancient Traditions

Western New Mexico University's second annual ¡Fiesta Latina! will run June 22 - 24, 2018, in Old James Stadium on campus. The mostly free event unites people and celebrates Latin culture through traditional activities, children's workshops, music and dance performances, a tequila tasting, and, for the first time ever this year, a film and discussion series, designed to give attendees a more in-depth understanding of the artisan process. "¡Fiesta Latina! gives people opportunities to explore new cultures and discover the beauty of ancient handcraft trades," said WNMU Assistant to the President for Cultural Affairs Faye McCalmont, who organizes the international festival. With Darren Cordova y Calor headlining the event and National Heritage Fellow Eva Ybarra, who is known as La Reina del Acordeón (The Queen of the Accordion), in the lineup, ¡Fiesta Latina! features ticketed evening concerts and several free live afternoon performances. ¡Fiesta Latina! also provides...

WNMU Welcomes Four Alumni Into School of Education Hall of Fame

Western New Mexico University inducted four alumni into the School of Education's Hall of Fame this spring. Honored for their exceptional professional careers and for the care they showed their students, the 2018 recipients; were Daniel C. Castillo, '85, of Silver City; Shelby L. Alexander, '79, '81, of Grants; Arturo Perales, '74, '77, of El Paso, Texas; and Joe Edward Quintana, '85, '91, of Glendale, Ariz. "They exemplify dedication to something beyond self," WNMU President Dr. Joseph Shepard said of the inductees at the Hall of Fame luncheon on Friday, May 11. "This university has a long and proud tradition of preparing teachers, and this year's recipients represent the quality of educators WNMU produces," said Associate Dean of WNMU's School of Education Dr. Debra Dirksen. Castillo, a retired Silver High School math teacher, was recognized for 27 years of service, teaching, mentorship, leadership and advocacy. "In Mr. Castillo's classroom, students felt driven but...

WNMU Regents Accomplish Much During Thursday’s Meeting

The Western New Mexico University Board of Regents approved a number of changes to policy, promoted 20 faculty members, approved tenure for six faculty members, debated the methodology behind salary studies, granted emeritus status to six faculty and staff members, and also elected new officers during their meeting on campus Thursday, May 10, 2018. Regent Chair Jerry Walz; Regent Vice Chair Janice Baca-Argabright; Regents Dr. Dan Salzwedel and Dr. Carl Foster; and Student Regent Arlean Murillo were all in attendance in the seminar room of WNMU's Student Memorial Building. The regents heard the methodology behind and findings of the Faculty and Staff Salary and Benefits Committees' surveys and, in a four to 1 vote, approved their proposals, agreeing to use the committees' recommendations as guiding principles in the production and implementation of a revised salary process, scheduled to be enacted in 2019. Faculty salary advisor Dr. Steve Chavez said the Faculty Salary and...

Advisor at WNMU’s Deming Small Business Development Center Wins Statewide Award

Mario LaFragola, the Business Advisor at Western New Mexico University's Deming Small Business Development Center, was recognized last week as New Mexico's Financial Services Champion by the U.S. Small Business Administration New Mexico District Office. The award was presented at Albuquerque's Sandia Golf Club last week during a breakfast ceremony hosted by the Small Business Administration, the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce and the New Mexico Small Business Development Center Network. "I think that the award is reflective of the network working as a team. I try to take the knowledge I have and share it through the network to help everyone get money, and that's what most of our clients need," LaFragola said. "By working together, we can do so much." "The New Mexico Financial Services Champion Award is a well-deserved honor for Mario LaFragola, who provides financial advice to entrepreneurs and small business in this area," said Dr. Miguel A. Vicéns, Associate Dean...

President Shepard To Discuss Higher Education Opportunities With King of Zambia’s Largest Ethnic Group

Western New Mexico University President Dr. Joseph Shepard will meet with His Majesty Chitimukulu Sosala Kanyanta Manga II, the king of Zambia's largest ethnic group, on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, in Albuquerque. Along with Western New Mexico University's Board of Regents Chairperson, Jerry Walz, they will discuss international educational issues and the possibility of Western New Mexico University providing higher education to the 6 million Bemba-speaking people of the south-central African nation of Zambia. The meeting is a result of ongoing conversation between representatives of Manga II and WNMU, who have discussed WNMU's online offerings and are considering the potential for Zambian students to enroll in classes at the university's main campus in Silver City. "We are looking forward to a very productive meeting that, we envision, may benefit Western New Mexico University and provide higher educational opportunities to the people of Zambia," President Shepard said. Walz...

Graduates To Hear From the First Female and First Hispanic U.S. Surgeon General

The 265 Western New Mexico University students who are walking in the Spring 2018 commencement ceremony on Friday, May 11, 2018, will hear from Antonia Coello Novello, who is a medical doctor and holds a master's in public health as well as a doctorate in public health, and who was the first female and first Hispanic U.S. Surgeon General. Graduation takes place in Old James Stadium starting at 2 p.m. It will also be live-streamed online. For guests who have limited mobility, a wheelchair-accessible area will be reserved at the top of the stairs in Old James Stadium. The Puerto Rico-born commencement speaker has a bachelor's and a medical doctorate from the University of Puerto Rico, and Dr. Novello served a pediatric internship and residency at the University of Michigan, completing her subspecialty training in pediatric nephrology at University of Michigan and Georgetown University. Dr. Novello also received both a master's and a doctorate in public health from Johns...

Board of Regents Voted To Grant Lt. Governor John Sanchez an Honorary Doctorate Degree, Approved 2018-2019 Budget

During their meeting in Albuquerque on Friday, April 27, 2018, the Western New Mexico University Board of Regents voted to grant New Mexico Lt. Governor John Sanchez an Honorary Doctorate degree at this spring's commencement ceremony. They also unanimously approved the 2018-2019 Budget, the Final Budget Adjustment Request and the Quarter 3 Financial Actions Report and revised both the 2018-19 Tuition document and the Capital Projects Transmittal for Underground Utilities that were presented at the last meeting. Regent Chair Jerry Walz and Student Regent Arlean Murillo were joined by regents Janice Baca-Argabright, Dan Salzwedel and Carl Foster at Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town, while others phoned in from campus in Silver City. When the regents voted to give Lt. Governor Sanchez an honorary doctorate degree, Western New Mexico University President Dr. Joseph Shepard said, "This degree is equally an honor for Western as it is for him." Shepard described instances when Lt....

Post-Doctoral Researcher From Mexico Collaborates With Western New Mexico University’s Dr. Takahiro Sato

Western New Mexico University was recently host to a post-doctoral researcher from Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon in Monterrey, Mexico. Rosa Maria Cruz Castruita, Ph.D., wrapped up her first of three short residencies in Silver City this week. She and Dr. Takahiro Sato, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at Western New Mexico University, are collaborating on articles during each of her visits. "This month, we wrote an article about the effect of physical activity on the physical condition and psychologic condition of adults, specifically seniors," said Cruz, whose doctoral thesis is centered around why people do or don't exercise. Cruz and Sato's research overlaps. In Mexico, she studied one group of two dozen adults over six weeks, administering an exercise program throughout the research period then measuring their physical condition afterward. Sato conducted a similar exercise program with a smaller group of seniors in Silver City, also testing the participants' fitness...

The Mustang Story of the Week: Nisei, The Greatest Generation

The Mustang Editor Eric Lowe previewed a living history presentation that the WNMU History Program is hosting in partnership with the New Mexico Japanese American Citizens League. Below is an abbreviated version of his article, but you can read the full piece on The Mustang and learn more about the event here. The New Mexico Japanese American Citizens League will perform "Nisei, The Greatest Generation: Soldiers, Protesters & Prisoners of WW II" at Light Hall Auditorium on Saturday, April 28, beginning at 1 p.m. "Nisei, The Greatest Generation" presents authentic stories of the American-born sons and daughters of Japanese immigrants who grew up during the Great Depression and reached maturity during World War II, serving their country as soldiers, protesters of internment, and survivors of a mass incarceration by their government. The 90-minute program, hosted by Western New Mexico University's Social and Cultural Sciences, will cover three historic events, focusing on the...