Rebeca Portillo Improves on her Natural Abilities Through Dual Degree Program

“I’ve always been good at convincing people to do something,” said Rebeca Portillo. “When I was little, I didn’t know that you can make a career out of that.” With marketing as her focus, she is enrolled in dual degree program offered jointly through WNMU School of Business and the University of Sonora, where Rebeca is from. As a student, she’s discovered how to infuse creativity into her work. “It’s not only selling. It’s getting to know the products and what people want then making people want the things you’re selling,” she said. It’s a topic Rebeca will be delving into more over the next year and a half while she’s on campus in Silver City. “I think we’re prepared. We were good students back home, but this will be tough,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity.” Normally, Rebeca likes escaping to the beach in her free time, but for now, she’s looking forward to getting into the Gila National Forest....

Van Bateman’s Southwest Incident Management Team Member and WNMU Alumnus J.R. Calkins Speaking at 9/11 Memorial

The Western New Mexico University Office of Veteran Affairs will observe the 20-year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks with a memorial event on campus Saturday, September 11, 2021. “The university invites the community to join us in solemnly remembering the 2,977 lives lost that day in 2001, and also in honoring the 5,448 service members and civilians killed in action during the resulting Global War on Terror,” said USAF Sep. Staff Sergeant Jason Quimby, who manages the WNMU Office of Veteran Affairs. The event begins at 8 a.m. with a presentation of the colors and the national anthem sung by Mariachi Plata de WNMU and continues through noon with periodical observed silences in remembrance of the attack’s most devastating moments. Giving the keynote address will be 1984 WNMU alumnus J.R. Calkins, who worked on a Type 1 Incident Management Team that mobilized to New York City on September 12, 2001, to assist with search and rescue efforts at ground zero. The...

Mexican Student Learning About U.S. Marketing, Working Toward Dual Degree

Rita Escalante is in her second week of a three-semester program at WNMU that will enable her to earn double degrees—one from her home institution, University of Sonora, and one from the WNMU School of Business. It’s a prospect made possible through a memorandum of understanding that enables Mexican students to finish off their studies at a U.S-accredited university for the in-state tuition rate and with support from scholarships available through their government. From Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, the marketing student jumped on the chance to study at an American university, as she hopes to spend her career in the United States. “Marketing here and in Mexico is very different. Learning from you guys is a great opportunity for me to work and get a better job in the future,” she said. Along with two of her peers from University of Sonora, Rita is getting adjusted to life on campus and settling in for the experience, which will last a year and a half. She said that the...

WNMU School of Business Welcomes Marketing Students From University of Sonora

Three students from Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, began an exchange with Western New Mexico University last week. Undergraduates Rebeca Portillo Parra, Rita Paulina Escalante Alegría and Ivanna María Chavarría Martínez will spend three semesters studying marketing in the WNMU School of Business in order to earn double degrees—one from each institution. WNMU School of Business offers dual degrees and student exchange programs as a result of signed memorandums of understanding with four partner universities, including: -University of Sonora, -University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez, -Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua, and -Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Puebla. Collaborating with foreign universities to offer dual degree programs is an enormous effort that faculty initiate and ultimately undertake for the benefit of participants. “These conversations take long hours of additional planning and curriculum equivalency negotiations,” said Dr. Miguel A. Vicéns, who is...

Dual Enrolled Student Co-Authors Two Scientific Papers Through WNMU

Western New Mexico University Deming student Lauren Paulk has co-authored two papers published in scientific journals. The 17-year-old is a senior in high school, who through the dual enrollment program is also working toward an associate degree. Learning through research experiences with Dr. Niccole D. Rech, who employs a teaching method known as cognitive apprenticeship, she has gained proficiency in lab practices such as collecting specimens and operating equipment. And she has learned to lay out her findings in writing and present them in a scholarly setting like the WNMU Academic Symposium. During her sophomore year, Lauren and a few other students studied Wolbachia in Africanized bees in Luna County and the surrounding area. Next, she participated in the study of Rhizobia in pinto beans—a project that was cut short due to the onset of the pandemic. And this past spring, Lauren again worked with Dr. Rech and a fellow student to identify seven previously undocumented...

WNMU Outdoor Program and Natural Sciences Co-Hosts of Youth Mural Program at City of Rocks

The Youth Mural Program, in partnership with the WNMU Outdoor Program and Natural Sciences Department, wrapped up a summer mural camp at City of Rocks on July 31. With Dr. Kathy Whiteman and artist Diana Ingalls Leyba leading, students from Cobre High School and Aldo Leopold Charter School engaged in field trips, discovery hikes with scavenger hunters, and Leave No Trace activities. They learned about southwest New Mexico’s natural history and environment, also gaining experience working collaboratively, managing a deadline and setting realistic expectations for themselves. The 23 young people then painted a 36- by roughly 12-foot wall on the state park’s visitor center, integrating Mimbres figures and native wildlife into their desert scene. Families of participants joined the teens for an overnight campout just ahead of the mural’s dedication. The two-week experience was made possible through New Mexico’s outdoor equity grant, which WNMU and the Youth Mural...

Daughter of WNMU Alumni To Headline Back Together Bash

Western New Mexico University is welcoming students and the community back to campus by hosting two nights of live music on Friday, August 20, and Saturday, August 21. The WNMU Cultural Affairs Back Together Bash celebrates the return of in-person events and marks the debut of campus’ new outdoor venue, The Fountain Stage at Regents Square. “The Back Together Bash is all about our continued efforts to host the community on campus,” said WNMU President Dr. Joseph Shepard. “This year’s fall kickoff is extra special because our community has patiently been persevering through a difficult time of isolation and hardship.” Headliner Bri Bagwell, who was named Texas Female Vocalist of the Year, will be joined by The Yarbrough Band on Friday night. Tejano favorites Elida Reyna y Avante with Lucky Joe take the stage Saturday. WNMU asked them to return after canceling their performance at ¡Fiesta Latina! 2020. While both concerts start at 7:30 p.m., the doors will open at...