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Western New Mexico University
Western New Mexico University
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  • Who remembers the days when WNMU had a dance team? Tag anyone you recognize in this photo of the 1987 dance team.

    #ThrowbackThursday #TBT #WNMU #NameThatAlum

Western New Mexico University
Western New Mexico University
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  • WNMU Assistant Professor of Chemistry Shiva Kyasa, Ph.D., mentors student researchers. “I have an opportunity to guide them in research projects where students will apply the classroom knowledge for real world problems,” he says.

    With his help, WNMU students have isolated small organic molecules from walnuts and synthesized other small organic molecules using chemical methods. “I usually work on health-related projects that are something can be solved in the field of chemistry, where students get hands-on experience using various tools, techniques and equipment to collect the data and analyze the data,” he says.

    Dr. Kyasa’s mentees are senior chemistry students. “Some have started with no background in chemistry, and some of them attended summer research programs but are looking for different platforms of research to work with or gain experience in,” he says.

    Research is one of the areas where both students and mentors both can strengthen their CVs and get more familiar with cutting-edge solutions to problems, Dr. Kyasa says, adding that research is often initiated by the mentor but driven by students. “While students are leading the projects, as a mentor, I’m always excited to see what they discover.”

    #MondayMotivation #StarProfessor #WNMU

Western New Mexico University
Western New Mexico University
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  • “It’s a happy place, fun and full of vibrant people,” Polly says of Javalina Coffee House, which she owns and runs at 117 W. Market St. downtown.

    From coffee and cold drinks to hot or iced teas and snacks, Javalina serves up all kinds of yumminess. Students preparing for tests or writing papers can get breakfast alongside their caffeine fix, as Javalina offers Living Harvest Bakery items and also bagels.

    “We have a comfortable space,” Polly says of her plant-filled shop with large windows and worn couches, roomy tables, and chairs anyone can sink into and feel at home. With magazines scattered about and local postcards for sale, Javalina provides customers with free WiFi, too.

    “And I have a wide variety of age groups. That helps with the vibrancy. I think the older people come in because of the younger people,” Polly says.

    Students paying with cash get a 10% student discount at Javalina, which is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week.

    #FriYAY #OffCampus #DowntownCrawl #MainStreet

Western New Mexico University
Western New Mexico University
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  • Before the long weekend begins, don't forget to hit up The Outpost, WNMU's on-campus gear rental outlet! Whether you're a student, employee or community member, The Outpost has the equipment for all of your weekend adventures.
    #WNMU #OutdoorAdventures #SilverCity #GilaForest #WeekendPlans

Western New Mexico University
Western New Mexico University
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  • Students and faculty gather at Old James Stadium for a barbecue followed up with some games in 1967. See anyone you recognize?

    #TBT #ThrowbackThursday #WNMU #StudentsInSilver

Western New Mexico University
Western New Mexico University
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  • Tonight the tower blazes in celebration of Mustang softball’s victory over Eastern New Mexico University.
    #wnmu #PurplePride #MustangMagic

Western New Mexico University
Western New Mexico University
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  • What are your weekend plans?

    #WNMU #Adventure #TheGreatOutdoors

Western New Mexico University
Western New Mexico University
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  • Where have you spotted Rawhide on campus this week?

    #GreatRace52 #WNMU #TBT #ThrowbackThursday

Western New Mexico University
Western New Mexico University
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  • Recently, WNMU's Department of Expressive Arts hosted their annual juried art show at the McCray Gallery of Contemporary Art, highlighting 55 students' work, ranging from clay to watercolor.

    This year's big winners were WNMU senior Patricia Countryman for her sculpture, The House That Built Me & WNMU duel-enrolled high school senior, Abby Egge-Ogas for her watercolor, Sakura.

    WNMU's juried art shows allow students to highlight their best original pieces for evaluation by a judge or panel. This year's judge was local artist, author & radio host Paula Geisler.

    All of the pieces submitted for this year's juried art show, including the winners, will remain on display in McCray Gallery through April 15.

    #WNMU #StudentArt #CrushingIt #ArtAttack #ExpressYoSelf

Western New Mexico University
Western New Mexico University
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  • WNMU chemistry student Garrett Stroud wanted to do a chemical synthesis of Methicillin analogues in order to test them for anti-bacterial properties. Only, in order to carry out the experiment, he needed specialty glassware that WNMU did not have in their labs. So, Garrett got support from Student Research and Professional Development — an account funded by student fees — to buy equipment.

    “The large flash columns will be used in column chromatography to separate and isolate chemical products, while the L-arm adapters will be used to pressurize the system to increase the speed of production. The bump traps will be used with the rotary evaporator to increase the speed of evaporating off organic solvents; they allow extra space so that you do not lose any products into the vacuum of the rotary evaporator,” Garrett explains.

    #WNMU #SRPD #StudentsHelpingStudents

Western New Mexico University
Western New Mexico University
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  • “My husband and I wanted to have a shop that would be kind of respite downtown, a place for inspiration. We wanted it to be kind of spiritually oriented but not just one spiritual path. We try to encompass all different paths,” says Nora Fiedler, owner of Guadalupe’s on Bullard Street.

    The little shop is indeed a sanctuary. For Catholic customers, there are holy metals, cards and baptism supplies. For Buddhists, there are prayer flags, incense, singing bowls and statuary. “I like to include nature as part of the spiritual path. I try to have more nature-based products, like minerals,” Nora says.

    Most of what’s for sale in Guadalupe’s is fairly traded and ethnically sourced. “People who make the products get a fair living wage. I try not to buy slave labor products,” Nora says. “I also try to buy things that are reasonably priced so I can pass on good prices to my customers, because Silver’s not rich. I want everybody to be able to afford pretty things.”

    WNMU students get 10% off anything in Guadalupe’s—from jewelry, books and gems to gifts and incense. “I really like having young people come in,” Nora says.

    #FriYAY #OffCampus #DowntownCrawl #WNMU

Western New Mexico University
Western New Mexico University
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  • Students gather for the King of the Mountain event during the 1969 edition of Great Race.

    This year’s Great Race is set for Saturday, April 13.

    #TBT #ThrowbackThursday #GreatRace52 #WNMU

Western New Mexico University
Western New Mexico University
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  • Betsy Macil will graduate from Deming High this spring with her core college credits under her belt. “I started taking classes at Western New Mexico University Deming my sophomore year. I started off slow. My junior year, I had the opportunity to take more classes,” she says.

    With plans to apply to the nursing program, Betsy took many science classes as well as communications and math. If she gets into nursing school at WNMU-Deming after applying this spring, she’ll jump into the five-semester program next fall. “I skipped those two years of taking prerequisites,” she says.

    And those prerequisites cost her only time to complete. “It was free. The even provide the books,” Betsy says.
    WNMU-Deming has a different environment than high school does, Betsy says. “You’re more focused. Your interaction with the teachers is different. They have higher expectations here.”

    Betsy is very active in her church, where she serves as a children’s choir director, and hopes to do missionary work internationally. “In Africa, for example, they need nurses. I want to go for a couple years and actually use my nursing degree to help people not just here but in other countries,” she says. “That’s my aim at least — to use my profession at the service of my community.”

    #WednesdayWisdom #CrushingIt #MustangStories #WomanCrushWednesday

Western New Mexico University
Western New Mexico University
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  • WNMU’s Humanities Department offers courses in literature, creative writing, business writing, technical writing, communication and philosophy. These courses and programs prepare students for careers in law, publishing, government and teaching, but they also strengthen students’ value formation and decision-making abilities. The department equips students with the knowledge they need to move toward their goals, whether turning their passion for language into a profitable and rewarding career or learning to think critically and discover the full range of the human experience. Some humanities students publish their work in WNMU’s Twisted Vine literary journal, while others join WNMU Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society.

    #Humanities #WordNerds #WNMU

Western New Mexico University
Western New Mexico University
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  • In 1968, new student orientation was held in the Light Hall Theater. What’s do you notice is the same and different about Light Hall Theater today?

    #TBT #ThrowbackThursday #WNMU #StudentsInSilver

Western New Mexico University
Western New Mexico University
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  • “I’ve always had a desire to work outside,” Robert Burchett says. The WNMU forestry/wildlife major says he and his wife — a Cliff native — moved to this area when he got out of the military. “I spent eight years active duty as a field artillery officer in the Army, living in Georgia, North Carolina, Arizona, Italy and Iraq,” he said.

    What does Robert like about living here? “Everything outdoors. We want to stay in New Mexico.”

    He lives with his wife and two children in Mangas Springs, so he has quick access to the trails at Saddle Rock. “I like biking and running. My goal is before I turn 40 to do a full Ironman,” he said.

    Still in the Army Reserves, Robert trains with his unit in Phoenix monthly and works with the U.S. Forest Service between semesters. This coming summer, he’ll be a wildlife technician in Reserve. “Last summer, I worked at Beaverhead on an all veteran’s crew. We did prescribed burns, then took fuel samples to see how much was burned and used up,” he says.

    During the school year, Robert studies mammals in the Gila, fishes in Mexico and invertebrates on the beach as part of his classes.

    #WednesdayWisdom #StudentsInSilver #WNMU

Western New Mexico University
Western New Mexico University
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  • Today was the tasty day we've all been waiting for with the official opening of Einstein Bros. Bagels! From students looking to feed that mid-study craving to community members searching for the best breakfast sandwich in town, WNMU's Einstein Bros. has got you covered!

    #WNMU #HungryInSilverCity #BagelAttack #RawhideApproved

Western New Mexico University
Western New Mexico University
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  • In her second semester at WNMU, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Illya Medina has already mentored three student researchers and assisted in a fourth student’s project. “I just invited them. I told them the projects I had in mind, and they liked the ideas,” she says.

    Dr. Medina is helping two students evaluate the effects of zinc oxide nanomaterials in agricultural crops and soils, aiding another in the analytical chemistry side of her hydrology project, and guiding one researcher in well water quality assessments at old mining sites. “As long as what we do is going to have some benefit to the community, it’s worth trying it,” she says.

    Plus, Dr. Medina wants her students to have research experience and practice solving real world problems. “They’re the new generation of scientists. The more tools they get, the easier it’s going to be for them to find a job. Or if they want to go to grad school, they’ll be more prepared. It’s going to give them a competitive advantage,” Dr. Medina says.

    Just a year ago, Dr. Medina was still a student herself. “Now I’m a professor. It’s exciting, and I really like seeing the students developing their ideas and growing and writing and doing their experiments. We are looking forward to some results.”

    #MondayMotivation #StarProfessor #WNMU #Chemistry

Western New Mexico University
Western New Mexico University
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  • “We’re trying to change the world through groceries,” Silver City Food Co-op Assistant Manager Mike Madigan says. “We’re a community-oriented grocery store with an educational element designed to make our community more just and sustainable. We research the products we sell to make sure as best as we can they’re contributing to those elements of justice and sustainability.”

    Owned by 2,000 people, the Co-op on Bullard Street is open to everyone. It offers products, services and deals for a health-minded and conscious community. WNMU students get a 10% discount on Mondays.

    The Co-op labels basics that are healthy and organic but also affordable. “It’s a common perception that staple grocery items are overpriced at the Co-op. If that’s your perception, come see for yourself. Membership contributes to very affordable food choices,” Mike says.

    Students on a budget might find the bulk department particularly handy. “You can come in and buy three pinto beans if you want,” Mike says. “Or, members can special orders bulk foods and get them for close to cost. If 10 students go in together and buy a 50-pound bag of oatmeal, they’re getting it practically for free,” Mike says.

    #FriYAY #OffCampus #DowntownCrawl #WNMU

Western New Mexico University
Western New Mexico University
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  • The M.E.Ch.A de WNMU student group was strong in 1982 and remains a force on campus today.

    #TBT #ThrowbackThursday #NameThatAlum #WNMU

Western New Mexico University
Western New Mexico University
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  • From Mexico City, Carlos Lopez is studying at WNMU this spring. “When you reach certain semesters, you get the opportunity to study abroad. I selected Western New Mexico University because they have the cellular/molecular biology department,” the pharmaceutical engineering student at Instituto Politécnico Nacional (UPIBI-IPN) says.

    Academics are structured differently here, Carlos says. “I really like how the classes are designed. You go for the basics and, day-by-day, you’re improving as you get more info. You see that what you learned on the first day is necessary for the end of class.”

    And Carlos gets a kick out of other aspects of life in New Mexico. “I really enjoy seeing the deer that are crossing the streets. The first time I saw them, I was like, ‘Oh, that’s not real,’” he says.

    Carlos says he’d like to learn more about American culture this semester. “You are so different from Mexicans, even though we’re neighbors. I’m really social, so come talk to me.”

    #WednesdayWisdom #MustangStories #CrushingIt

Western New Mexico University
Western New Mexico University
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  • WNMU Assistant Professor of Economics Dr. Francisca Reyes was featured in WalletHub's Credit Card Debt Survey, Ask the Experts, discussing the pitfalls of credit card debt & a few pointers on how to manage spending. #WNMU #StarProfessor #CrushingIt #Business

Western New Mexico University
Western New Mexico University
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  • Which GIF best describes how you spent your spring break?

Western New Mexico University
Western New Mexico University
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  • It is tradition for Western New Mexico University Alumni to release balloons at the start of Great Race. Here a photo of the ritual taking place in 1969.

    Save the date for this year’s Great Race, set for Saturday, April 13.

    #TBT #ThrowbackThursday #GreatRace52 #WNMU

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