Western New Mexico University students will celebrate their return to school with the annual Welcome Back Bash in The Hub Plaza at the corner of 6th and Bullard streets in downtown Silver City on Friday, August 17.
WNMU’s Welcome Back Bash begins at 5:30 p.m., and WNMU President Dr. Joseph Shepard will give his State of the University address first thing at Power & Light Press. The bash continues with music by DJ Aero, dancing, games and face painting until wrapping up at 8 p.m.
“The beginning of the fall semester is my favorite time of year, because it means that our students are back in the community. We hold the Welcome Back Bash to give students and community members an opportunity to interact and to update everyone on WNMU’s plans and progress,” President Shepard said.
Students and members of the public are encouraged to purchase dinner from the establishments in The Hub Plaza, as they will run specials and discounts for the Welcome Back Bash. Every student will get vouchers to cover some of the costs of food.
At the event, students will also have the chance to coat public officials in purple powder, sharing their Mustang Pride.
Leading up to WNMU’s Welcome Back Bash, an Instagram scavenger hunt will take place from 4 – 5:30 p.m. Clues will be distributed at The Hub Plaza at 3:45 p.m. and via WNMU’s Instagram story. Participants should tag WNMU and also use #WelcomeBackWNMU. Those who hashtag photos from the most places on the list will win MainStreet gift certificates and other prizes.
The WNMU Welcome Back Bash is hosted in partnership with Silver City MainStreet.