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  • Here are three of the people who worked at the Western New Mexico University Museum in the 80s. Can you name anyone on the staff?

    #ThrowbackThursday #TBT #SilverCityNM

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  • Drawing I students at Western New Mexico University Deming are displaying their work in the halls of campus right now. Check out their creations before the end of the week and post photos of your favorite works in the comments section!

    #WNMU #ArtStudents #Drawing WNMU Expressive Arts

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  • Jamie Crockett is a mom, a midwife, a New Mexico Wilderness Alliance employee and a wife to an outfitter. She’s finishing her bachelor’s in psychology and working toward becoming a licensed counselor. “What I love most about midwifery is counseling,” she says.

    Last spring, Jamie presented her research about the psychological experience of women in their pregnancies at a Western Psychological Association conference. “My study evaluated women’s experiences of their prenatal care and childbirth experiences and how those may or may not correlate with rates of postpartum depression. I found significant correlations,” she says.

    Jamie’s minor is art — a subject she explores on her own. This semester, she took drawing. “I was a little intimidated to take the class, but it’s pushing me try things I normally wouldn’t and that’s reflecting on the painting I do at home,” she says.

    After graduating next spring, Jamie will apply to online graduate programs.

    #WednesdayWisdom #MustangStories #WomanCrushWednesday #WNMU

Western New Mexico University
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  • T.K. Hodgman’s “Halloween on the Moon” took first place in WNMU's Halloween undergraduate writing contest, while JoAnna Gossman’s “Mason Creek” won second! Here are excerpts from each.

    Halloween on the moon is darker than Halloween on Earth because there’s never any moonlight shining from above. … When the lights went dim, the bacteria began to move back in. The bacteria on the fringes between their traditional living conditions and those created by man had been adapting over the generations, generations that are much shorter than humans’, and they had been learning to tolerate the oxygen and the strange chemicals. — T.K. Hodgman

    The farm had changed little from my earliest memories. The gardens that my grandmother had once kept neat and trim were now faded and overgrown, rife with weeds. The buildings were perhaps a touch shabbier than they had once been. The old barn was missing a few extra slats, the peeling paint had exposed more bare wood, and the farm equipment had progressed in its rusty disintegration. — JoAnna Gossman

    (Photo by Gregory H. Revera, CC BY-SA 3.0.)

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  • WNMU’s early childhood teacher preparation program recently received a $42,000 grant in order to develop a master’s degree and a salary structure to incentivize staff members to continue their educations. From the Brindle Foundation, this grant award will help WNMU fill the gap in the state’s early childhood workforce.

Western New Mexico University
Western New Mexico University
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  • The tower glows purple in celebration of another Mustang win today! The ladies beat UTPB - The University of Texas of the Permian Basin on the Falcons' home court today.

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  • Dr. Shepard is in the holiday spirit and spreading good cheer! Thumbs up for snagging this tree!

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  • A WNMU artist-in-residence, Krissy Ramirez, deals in clay.

    In June, she and a fellow artist-in-residence held a joint exhibit at Miller Library. Ramirez’ portion of the exhibit featured 18- to 20-inch sculptural mannequins. “I call them my headless Barbies,” she said.

    Ramirez struggled with body dysmorphia as a teen in a border town, where she said the Mexican culture dictated the ideal female appearance. “Making these unnatural-looking Barbies is a way to express how I felt about my experience and a way to raise awareness about body dysmorphia,” she said.

    WNMU’s artists-in-residence may use the university’s full facilities and sit in on classes. “The artist-in-residence program gives us an opportunity to advance our artistic careers,” Ramirez said.

    Read more about Krissy and how she is furthering her education as a ceramicist at alumni.wnmu.edu/stories.

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  • This photo captures students enjoying a dance on campus almost six decades ago. How many holiday parties will you attend this year?

    #ThrowbackThursday #TBT #WNMU #TisTheSeason

Western New Mexico University
Western New Mexico University
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  • Born in Phoenix and raised in Deming, Nalleli Yanez is studying criminal justice at Western New Mexico University Deming and hopes to work in a juvenile probation office. “I just have a passion for it. I love to learn about the law,” she says.

    A single mom to daughters ages six and seven, Nalleli says she’s able to juggle class, work and family thanks to WNMU-Deming. “The instructors are very helpful and welcoming. If you really need help and can’t turn in the homework on time, they’ll work with you.”

    Nalleli interned with the Grant County Adult Drug Court Program under professor Begay. “My internship was hard. The clients are like babies. They need a lot of structure,” she says.

    Before graduating, she’d like to do an internship with Luna County Juvenile Probation. “I don’t know what it is to work with juveniles, but I’m told it’s challenging,” she says.

    #WednesdayWisdom #MustangStories #StudentLife #CrushingIt #WomanCrushWednesday

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  • You may qualify for one or a few of the scholarships available through the WNMU Foundation.

    Check out the list of all 150 privately funded WNMU Foundation scholarships, browse the guide to applying for Foundation scholarships, and complete the Foundation scholarship application here: foundation.wnmu.edu/scholarship/info.

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  • Cell molecular biology major and chemistry minor Garrett Straud spent 10 weeks working in an organic chemistry lab at New Mexico Tech this past summer, researching the stereochemistry alterations reactivity of molecules that can inhibit multiple myeloma and breast cancers. “Basically, we were working on the synthesis of the beta-lactones,” the NM-Inbre summer experience participant says. “It was stressful because 90 percent of research is failure. By the end, I was able to successfully end up with one molecule. Hopefully, if the lead researchers are able to do anything else with it, my name will be on their paper.”

    In WNMU’s labs, he has also researched wasp venom and antibacterial properties of common staph treatments, among other things.

    After graduation, Garrett aims to go into the medical field like his grandfather and great-grandfather. “I leaned toward pharmacy when I was young. I wanted a steady white-collar job, because I have three kids. Now, I’m leaning more toward a PharmD/MS degree. That way, I can still have a master’s in medicinal research. At this point, I really enjoy chemistry,” he says.

    Garrett will apply to pharmacy school and aims to attend after wrapping up a few pre-requisites in the spring semester.

    #ScholarSpotlight #MondayMotivation #MustangStories

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  • Show off your holiday spirit and your purple pride both with this classic WNMU-themed pine. It's for sale at the Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation's Festival of Trees in Albuquerque.

    Bidding starts at $300. Place yours at the 2018 Festival of Trees - Weekend of Wonder or by calling 505-850-5000.

Western New Mexico University
Western New Mexico University
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  • At The Makery Silver City, you can learn to weave, bind books, make paper, felt and generally channel your creativity. Owner Wendi Kitting Oliveira offers fiber and paper arts workshops for adults, has looms set up for freestyle weaving anytime, and is launching a DIY bar this fall, where she’ll have projects — complete with supplies and instructions — ready to go for walk-in makers. “Crafting is relaxing and meditative — an ideal way to wind down after turning in a class project,” Wendi says.

    The Makery’s gallery space features Wendi’s own woven pieces and handcrafted books for those looking to pick up beautiful gifts on the fly.

    Mustangs get 10% off workshops and walk-in-and-weave sessions at The Makery. “I keep the prices low to fit student budgets,” Wendi says.

    #FriYAY #DIY #Makers #BranchOut #MainStreet

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Western New Mexico University
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  • The Office of Housing and Residence Life is holding a contest for those who have sweet rooms.

    Judges rated the top suites and apartments for cleanliness, school spirit and creativity yesterday. Now it's your turn! Like the photo to cast your vote for your favorite room. Voting is also taking place on Snapchat and Instagram.

    The winners of Mustang Cribz get $500 off next semester's housing costs.

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Western New Mexico University
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  • A student in the 60s sits at her vanity in Ritch Hall, originally a women's dormitory.

    #ThrowbackThursday #TBT #WNMU #StudentsInSilver

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  • We lit the tower tonight to celebrate the Western New Mexico Athletics Mustang men's basketball team's victory over the Texas A&M International University Dustdevils in Laredo last night!

    #MustangMagic #PurplePride #WNMU

Western New Mexico University
Western New Mexico University
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  • Misty Callahan is working toward a Bachelor of Fine Art with a focus in photography. “I have four kids and want to know how to take the pictures I want rather than get the portraits from school that you spend a million dollars on and look ugly,” she says.

    Misty practices her burgeoning photography skills on not only her own children, who range in age from 14 years to 7 months, but also on friends’ families. “So they can get what they want, too,” she says.

    After graduation, Misty plans to keep photography a personal endeavor, but getting this formal education at WNMU has introduced her to software programs and given her experiences she may not have discovered on her own. “I took a lighting class, and we’ve done drones. I’m doing an independent study this semester to get practice doing traditional dark room photography,” she says. “When I first started, I was very high contrast and popping colors. Now I’m trying to get the natural look.”

    Misty is glad to be able to capture the fun she has hiking with her family and other special moments through her camera. “Photography lets you keep the memories you normally would have lost,” she says.

    #MustangStories #WomanCrushWednesday #WNMU

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  • The 330 different donors who have made gifts to the WNMU Foundation so far this year gave in amounts ranging from $5 to $104,000. Every dollar donated on #GivingTuesday counts toward building Momentum for Today and Tomorrow.

    Donate at foundation.wnmu.edu/giving-tuesday and let everyone know you’re participating at WNMU Foundation Giving Tuesday: Momentum for Today and Tomorrow.

Western New Mexico University
Western New Mexico University
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  • We hope everybody enjoyed a happy Thanksgiving and is geared up to finish the semester strong!

    #WNMU #MondayMotivation #WelcomeBack

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Western New Mexico University
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  • Black Friday is so yesterday. Participate in Giving Tuesday with the WNMU Foundation on November 27 and be part of something greater, building momentum for today and tomorrow.

    Donate at foundation.wnmu.edu/giving-tuesday and let everyone know you’re participating at WNMU Foundation Giving Tuesday: Momentum for Today and Tomorrow.

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Western New Mexico University
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  • WNMU adult education student and grounds worker Melissa Jaure began studying for her high school equivalency exam and working on campus as part of the drug court program’s requirements. “I always said that once my kids are old enough, I will go back and get my GED,” she says. “Well, my baby is 17.”

    At first, studying overwhelmed Melissa. “I thought I wouldn’t able to do this, but the way Debbie explains things is incredible. She takes the time to see how we learn,” she says. “I’m almost ready to take the test. I may walk in Western’s graduation this winter.”

    After passing her high school equivalency exam, Melissa wants to start college and work toward becoming a veterinarian. She chose a career with animals after briefly considering being a domestic violence counselor. “I’m a survivor, but I decided I don’t want to bring that back up,” she says.

    For now, she’s strengthening her body working on the grounds crew at WNMU. “I love my job. Doing landscaping is kind of hard for a little person like me, but I’m used to it now,” Melissa says.

    #WednesdayWisdom #MustangStories #CrushingIt

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Western New Mexico University
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  • Silver City native Chloe Maxwell is majoring in cell and molecular biology major and minoring in chemistry. “I always liked science,” she says.

    During the summer of 2017, Chloe interned at the National Center for Genome Resources in Santa Fe for 15 weeks. She performed data analysis and was introduced to methods of analyzing genomes. “Genomics is the up and coming science,” Chloe says.

    In the spring semester, Chloe partnered with a fellow student to analyze wasp venom, looking for proteins that might be applicable for medicinal uses. “We learned all the computer programs and used bionic software.” Their work was funded by New Mexico IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (NM-Inbre).

    For her senior project, Chloe is looking at the effectiveness of different cleaning methods on makeup brushes. “We had to pick something near and dear to our heart,” she says.

    Through both research and coursework, Chloe has become part of the community of Harlan Hall. “I feel like I know all the professors in the building whether I’ve had them for class or not,” she says.

    #ScholarSpotlight #MondayMotivation #MustangStories

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Western New Mexico University
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  • Soul River — a gift shop and fine art gallery — sources its merchandise from mainly local and fair-trade artisans. “Prices in our artful emporium start at two dollars. We sell finger puppets for the child within and jewelry with styles to suit every taste,” owner Carole Cuzco says.

    From Navajo-made pieces and youthful wire jewelry to denim backpacks and funky purses, the place offers a true variety. Those browsing its candles, cards, kitchen utensils and yard ornaments will find both gifts for others and treats for themselves. “We stock only one or two of each item so it’s guaranteed to be unique,” Carole says.

    WNMU students get a 10% discount and are welcome in Soul River just to look around. “I welcome them because I was an art student and enjoyed having conversations with gallery owners myself,” Carole says.

    #FriYAY #DowntownCrawl #SilverCityNM #ShopLocal

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  • Today is National Rural Health Day and WNMU is announcing two new nursing graduate programs with focuses and rural/frontier and community health. Forty percent of New Mexicans live in a health professional shortage area, and New Mexico needs 254 more practitioners to meet the population’s current needs. In light of this, WNMU aims to train up the state’s already working nurses as Advanced Public Health Nurses and Family Nurse Practitioners so they can offer better care to their own communities.

    For details on the programs, which roll out next fall, visit nursing.wnmu.edu/msn.

    #WNMU #NationalRuralHealthDay #CommunityHealth #Nurses #SilverCityNM

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