WNMU Faculty Member Remembered Through Plants, People and Pots Project

The Western New Mexico University Friends of Clay and the Institute for Rural Social Work Research are collaborating on the Barbara Peppey Memorial Plants People and Pots Project to bring potted plants to area assisted living facility residents in memory of former School of Social Work faculty member Barbara Peppey. To kick off the project and remember its namesake, the groups will hold a brief ceremony on campus Thursday, April 19, at 3 p.m. They will unveil an Arizona Sycamore and a memorial plaque in honor of Peppey then enjoy light refreshments. The ceremony will take place on the eastern side of the parking lot adjacent to the university's ceramics studio near the Mustang tennis courts. Before her tragic death in 2016, Barbara Peppey was an avid potter at the university's ceramics program amd a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Rural Social Work Research, an independent not-for-profit corporation informally affiliated with Western New Mexico University. As a...

Alma Feil, RN, Scholarship Opens Opportunities for Aspiring Healthcare Professionals in Deming

A Deming family recently opened an endowed scholarship in memory of Alma Barr Feil, who was a passionate nurse and an involved community member over her 61 years in Luna County. The Alma Feil, RN, Scholarship, was established with the Western New Mexico University Foundation in mid-April and will benefit Deming High School graduates enrolled at WNMU with plans to enter the medical field. Paul Feil founded the Alma Feil, RN, Scholarship to honor his late wife's legacy. "Her life was about giving to others. Her efforts made the community a better place to live, something we hope to continue doing in Deming with this scholarship," he said. The Missouri native earned her nursing diploma from the St. Louis City Hospital Program then met and married medical intern, Paul "P.A." Feil, moving to California with him. In 1950, Alma and P.A. put down their roots Deming, where her love of family, people, community and culture flourished. While her husband and family were Alma's priorities,...

Western New Mexico University’s 51st Great Race To Run for Full Week

Western New Mexico University's Great Race will run April 15 - 21, 2018. With events on every day of the week, this university tradition will again unite students in competition and promote comradery among Mustangs and the Silver City community in its 51st year. The event concludes Saturday with a public festival in Old James Stadium and the spectator-friendly race. Great Race began in the spring of 1967 when a few students wanted to get out of their residence halls to do something exciting. That first year, they raced down Rhoda Road on bed mattresses, according to legend. The following year, they formalized the race, creating teams and - inspired by the Indiana 500 - encouraging students to build their own cars. Now organized by the Mustang Entertainment, Western New Mexico University's student programming board, Great Race has grown into a colossal demonstration of school spirit over several activity-packed days. Highlights include the long-beloved King of the Mountain...

WNMU Opens Student Business Accelerator Site With Visit From Young Mexican Entrepreneurs

Last week, five young entrepreneurs from Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua visited Western New Mexico University to learn about growing a business from the ground up. With the help of Western New Mexico University's newly launched Studio G, a business incubator site and free virtual hub for students and recent grads, the students learned how to turn their big ideas into viable businesses.   "Last week, we helped these students begin their journeys to business ownership and start preparing for some of entrepreneurship's most common challenges," said Assistant Professor of Management Dr. David Scarborough, who is championing Studio G at Western New Mexico University.   To excite and empower young entrepreneurs, Western New Mexico University's School of Business became a Studio G site under New Mexico State University's Arrowhead Center and is now helping local businesses start and grow. The virtual space for student entrepreneurs is meant to rear small business and...

WNMU Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Felipe de Ortego y Gasca Recognized With Lifetime Achievement Award

Western New Mexico University's Scholar-in-Residence, Dr. Felipe de Ortego y Gasca, received the 2018 Premio Estrella de Aztlán - Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies Texas Chapter. Western New Mexico University also recently honored Dr. Ortego by naming the newly established campus cultural center - formerly the MEChA Building - the Felipe de Ortego y Gasca Cultural Center. Dr. Ortego was the founding director of The University of Texas at El Paso's Chicano Studies program and is considered the founder of Chicano literary history. Since 2007, Dr. Ortego has been the Scholar-in-Residence at Western New Mexico University, where he focuses on cultural studies, critical theory and public policy. "Ortego was selected for his contributions toward the betterment of Chicanas/os in Texas while a Texas resident," the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies awards committee said. The journalist, author and professor...

Lecture on Training and Educating an Up and Coming Workforce

Fab Lab Hub Founder Sarah Boisvert will present "The New Collar Workforce: An Insider's Guide to Making Impactful Change in Manufacturing and Training" on Monday, April 9, at 6 p.m. in Western New Mexico University's Parotti Recital Hall (next to McCray Gallery off 12th Street.) A leader in laser manufacturing and the author of "New Collar Job Training for Industry 4.0," Boisvert said, "Blue collar jobs are now digital." With more than 30 years of experience in the design development and commercialization of high technology products, she is the founder of the MIT-based Fab Lab Network non-profit, which helps start new makerspaces and conducts workforce and entrepreneurship training in digital fabrication. During the lecture, Boisvert will discuss the workforce development in manufacturing curriculum she has developed and made available nationwide. She will share how to create new opportunities in smart manufacturing and discover the future of work in the digital factory....

WNMU Board of Regents Votes Not To Increase Student Fees or Tuition

The Western New Mexico University Board of Regents unanimously approved the 2018-19 student fees and tuition amounts, which will not be increased, and voted to move ahead with the capital projects transmittal for underground utilities on campus and with the disposal of depreciated computers during their meeting on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at Western New Mexico University. In discussion about the 2018-19 student fees, student body President Tim Stillman said that while the distribution of student fees is changing slightly, the amount students pay will remain exactly the same. "Monies are being moved around between departments," he said, explaining each increase or decrease individually. Stillman said that student fees are distributed through a multi-step public hearing process and that the biggest increase is to Mustang athletics while the biggest decrease is to Student Life (Leisure). "These decisions were made based on student feedback and cross-checked with the university...

The Mustang Story of the Week: Women of Western

The Mustang student newspaper revived its Women of Western series this week, profiling a handful of outstanding females on campus. Read on for the highlights from each personal profile. Lauren Dazey, Graduate Student When Lauren Dazey arrived at WNMU to get her Master in Business Administration, she had a background working in heavy industrial jobs, particularly working on oil rigs. Lauren was inspired by her mother's career as a geologist so studied geology. As an undergraduate, Lauren worked at the University of Wyoming Museum of Geology. After earning a bachelor's in geology in 2013, she found a job working on off-shore oil rigs. Lauren faced some push-back when she entered that career; not only was she a woman working in a male-dominated occupation, but she was also a geologist entering an engineering field. Once, Lauren wasn't allowed to join her co-workers on a rig due to some outdated superstitions. "There are some myths that a woman on an oil rig is considered bad...

Western New Mexico University Hosts Sixth Annual Hoops 4 Hope

Grant County community members with disabilities will be participating in Hoops 4 Hope, an afternoon of indoor games on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at 6 p.m. in Western New Mexico University's Intramural Gym (1000 W. College Ave.). The sixth annual event is open to any member of the community with a learning or physical disability. Attendees will receive a free t-shirt and a pizza dinner. 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 interact with each other as humans. Reserve a spot by emailing Abe.Villarreal@wnmu.edu with the participant's name and shirt size. For more info about Western New Mexico University's Hoops 4 Hope event, call...

WNMU Professor and Students Presented at the National Association of Bilingual Education Conference

Western New Mexico University associate professor Dr. Alexandra Neves and three Western New Mexico University students presented "Teachers' Transformation and Intercultural Competence: Who Benefits?" at the National Association of Bilingual Education conference in Albuquerque this past weekend. The student presenters included Elizabeth Ann Long, Alfredo Reyes and Michele Scott, who are all online students. "The presentation originated from a class called Current Issues in Language Minority Education that these students took last summer. In that class, we covered the many issues in educating linguistically minority children in public schools and invited teachers to reflect on their roles as educators to create spaces where all children succeed. A big part of that is giving teachers the opportunity to explicitly challenge beliefs and attitudes that perpetuate unfair educational practices. This is key for future and current educators. We all met in Albuquerque for the conference...