Published: March, 2003
Silver City, New Mexico 88061
Western New Mexico University is committed to providing equal educational and employment opportunity regardless of sex, marital or parental status, race, color, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, handicaps, or military involvement (veteran or disabled veteran, including Vietnam era). Equal educational opportunity includes recruitment and admission; access to courses and facilities; access to counseling, testing, and tutoring services; housing; financial assistance and student employment; health and insurance services; extracurricular programs and activities; participation in athletics. Questions and comments concerning WNMU’s non-discrimination policies may be addressed to Director of Affirmative Action/EEO Officer, Western New Mexico University, (575) 538-6364.
Students are required to participate in WNMU’s learning outcomes assessment program. The University as a whole, as well as each campus unit, uses a variety of assessment activities designed to document aspects of student learning while at WNMU. Participation in course related as well as non-course related assessment program activities is expected of each WNMU student. Students will be given adequate notice of non-course assessment activities that they are responsible for completing.
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|Services||Provider||Phone (Area Code 575)|
|Academic Advising assistance||Academic Support Center||538-6400|
|Academic Programs information||Academic Affairs||538-6317|
|Academic Success Promotion||Early Alert - Academic Support Center||538-6400|
|Academic Records||Registrar’s Office||538-6118|
|Admission to WNMU||Admissions Office||538-6106|
|Affirmative Action information||Affirmative Action Office||538-6328|
|Alumni information||Alumni Office||538-6238|
|Athletic Programs information||Athletics Office||538-6218|
|Career Planning||Career Planning/Placement Office||538-6109|
|Class Schedules||Registrar’s Office||538-6118|
|Counseling||Academic Support Center||538-6400|
|Faculty Advisors (Freshmen)||Academic Support Center||538-6400|
|Faculty Advisors (Upper-Classmen)||Specific Academic Departments||-|
|Financial Aid||Financial Aid Office||538-6173|
|Gallup, NM Graduate Education||WNMU Gallup Branch campus||722-3389|
|Graduate Programs||Graduate Division||538-6317|
|International Students Programs||International Student Advisor||538-6108|
|Library Material||WNMU Miller Library||538-6350|
|Media Services||WNMU Miller Library||538-6360|
|Off Campus Courses||Office of Continuing Education||538-6109|
|Placement Services||Career Planning/Placement Office||538-6109|
|Residence Halls||Housing Office||538-6629|
|Security and Assistance||Campus Police||538-6231|
|Student Accounts||Business Office||538-6151|
|Student Affairs information||Office of Student Affairs||538-6339|
|Student Apartments||Housing Office||538-6629|
|Student Government||Associated Students of WNMU||538-6113|
|Testing||Academic Support Center||538-6400|
|Textbooks, other books, supplies||Campus Bookstore||538-6123|
|Transcript Evaluation||Academic Support Center||538-6400|
|Transcripts, WNMU Academic||Registrar's Office||538-6118|
|University Accounts||Business Office||538-6151|
|Vehicle Registration||Campus Police||538-6231|
|Veterans Assistance||Veterans Representative||538-6116|
The community of Silver City realized a long-time dream on February 11, 1893, when the Thirtieth Session of the Territorial Legislature of New Mexico passed “An Act to Establish and Provide for the Maintenance and Government of the Normal Schools of New Mexico.” Silver City and Las Vegas were chosen to be the locations of these teacher-training institutions. This successfully culminated the efforts of many in Silver City, who had attempted for years to convince the Territorial Legislature to approve an institution of higher learning in Silver City.
A Board of Regents, appointed by Governor L. Bradford Prince, was given the task of selecting a site for the school. On June 2, 1893, the Board accepted Regent John W. Fleming’s offer of 20 acres situated on a high hill west of the community. This site allowed the institution to be visible to all who came into town. On September 7, 1894, an impressive dedication ceremony was held. A copper box containing coins, magazines, and other items of the period was placed within the cornerstone laid by the officials and townspeople. The military band of Fort Bayard provided appropriate music.
The first director was George Selby, an educator from Deming, who was given the title of principal. He is remembered as the man who was given the difficult task of developing curricula and providing instruction for the first forty students.
With the departure of Selby, Charles M. Light became the principal. He later became the first to be given the title of President. Professor Light, a Doctor of Pedagogy, provided a needed air of stability for the young institution and presided over substantial growth of the physical plant, faculty, and student body. His tenure lasted until 1914.
It was during 1917 that Fleming Hall was completed to house a gymnasium and Science Department. Today this building is the home of the WNMU Museum which was established in 1974. In the early 1920’s the New Mexico Normal School became New Mexico State Teachers’ College. Following World War I, Dotson Field was constructed and named after an alumnus who died in the war.
Near the end of the 1920’s, Light Hall was completed to serve as an auditorium, library and classroom facility. Although Graham Gymnasium was started years earlier, it was not completed until 1936. During the Depression of the 1930’s numerous W.P.A. projects brought improvements to the campus. At the end of the 1930’s, a secondary school associated with the college began operations in a new building on the east side of the campus. Western High School was turned over to the Silver Consolidated School District on July 1, 1960.
Although there was a delay in campus expansion during World War II, the influx of many veterans following the war made it necessary to bring temporary housing to the campus. The new housing was immediately dubbed Veterans’ Dormitory. In 1948 a College Cafeteria replaced the cafeteria located in the basement of Ritch Hall. In 1949 the Mustang Field House and swimming pool were completed. In 1979 the wish for an enclosed pool was fulfilled. In 1954 the President’s home was completed. Miller Library was built in 1957 following the razing of “Old Main”. In 1966, the Fine Arts Auditorium, the McCray Art Building, and the Parotti Music building were finished. These buildings provide cultural opportunities for the University and local community. Western New Mexico University received its current name in 1963. The Phelps Dodge-Felix Martinez Buildings (1970), Glaser Hall (1981) and the Juan Chacon Building (1983) reflect the fulfillment of more recent needs of the University.
WNMU celebrated its 100th Anniversary in 1993. Exemplary teaching, quality programs, and enhanced regional service characterize the University mission, as WNMU moves into its second hundred years.
Western New Mexico University serves the people of the State of New Mexico and its surrounding areas as a comprehensive, regional, rural, public coeducational university. Its student body is diverse in age, culture, language, and ethnic background. Teacher education continues to provide the basic foundation of WNMU’s programs. That focus has broadened to include a range of certificate, associate, baccalaureate, and graduate programs which meet the needs of students in allied health, arts and sciences, business, and vocational education. All undergraduate degree programs include a strong comprehensive general education requirement.
Excellence in teaching is a preeminent goal at Western New Mexico University. The University encourages the exchange of ideas; fosters the cultural, emotional, intellectual, physical, and social growth of students; nurtures a lasting appreciation of learning; encourages increased relationships with people of diverse backgrounds; and furthers an appreciation for the benefits and opportunities derived from community involvement. WNMU, through advanced technology and telecommunications, creates opportunities for its students, the faculty and staff, and the communities it serves to participate more fully in educational efforts which provide access to information and outreach to the global community.
WNMU recognizes as a strength the multilingual, multicultural population of the region and state and accepts the responsibility to be particularly mindful and supportive of the unique opportunities afforded by this diversity. The University aspires to increase access to all levels of education and to help people better understand and appreciate diversity, tolerance and cooperation. The University is committed to help preserve and enhance the rich cultural heritage of the region it serves and to broaden its student diversity by reaching out to students from other states and nations.
WNMU values the contributions of its faculty, staff, and students and is committed to their professional growth and personal enrichment. Faculty and staff encourage student success by providing quality educational opportunities that are affordable and accessible. The University supports innovative and scholarly work, promotes integrity and equity in its dealings with people, actively pursues accreditation by recognized national and regional accreditation agencies, and seeks continual improvement of institutional management practices and processes.
WNMU works diligently to maintain fiscal and ethical integrity in its activities, to provide for the future educational needs of the people of southwestern New Mexico, and to build a collaborative relationship with its constituencies. The University addresses the educational, cultural, community, and economic development needs of the region through its library, museum, gallery, fine arts center theater, and through supportive partnerships with community and educational organizations, business, industry, and local governments.
Accreditation and Standing
WNMU is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, (30 N. La Salle, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602 312-263-0456) and by the New Mexico State Board of Education for offering undergraduate and graduate work. Western New Mexico University, through its Department of Business, Economics and Public Administration, is nationally accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs to offer the following business degrees:
The Community Education and Technology Programs (formerly known as Adult Educational
Services) provide instruction in General Education Development (GED) preparation,
English as a Second Language (ESL), citizenship, basic reading, writing, math,
personal development and goal setting classes. The Literacy Program trains volunteers
to be English as a Second Language or Literacy tutors to work with adult students
who want to improve their English Literacy skills. Individuals interested in
becoming tutors may contact the Literacy Coordinator or the Director. The program
also provides students with information in obtaining employment and child care
placement, transportation services, and other agency referrals.
No college credit is given for attending these classes and materials are free of charge. Community Education and Technology Programs are located at Watt’s Hall (corner of Swan and Silver Heights Blvd., 500 E 18th Street, 575-574-5101).
The Applied Technology programs offer training in the areas of Automotive, Computer and Networking, Construction, Drafting and Design, Electrical, and Office Technology. A one year Certificate and an Associate of Applied Science Degrees are offered in these areas. These specialized fields will also assist experienced students (i.e. Retiree’s) in obtaining certifications in teaching within the related areas.
The primary goal of Community Education and Technology Programs is to provide a learning environment for the teaching of the academically underprivileged in the geographic areas it serves. The program facilitates growth in self-esteem and human potential by providing opportunities in professional growth for students, staff and faculty. It also provides an innovative curriculum through traditional and non-traditional instructional methodologies and conducts a continuous student, community, faculty and staff program appraisal which includes an extended follow-up on program effectiveness. The Community Education and Technology Program acts as a benevolent ambassador for the community as it eases student transition.
The Western New Mexico University Alumni Association establishes mutually beneficial relationships between WNMU and its alumni to promote the best image, interests and development of the University in every way. In carrying out such objectives and purposes, the Association seeks to create, foster, develop, and encourage individual and community interest in and support of Western New Mexico University and higher education in general. The Alumni Office and director Christy Miller are located on the first floor of Hunter Hall. Phone: 1-800-872-9668, or 575-538-6675, Fax: 575-538-6182, E-mail: email@example.com, Mailing Address: P.O. Box 680, Silver City, NM 88062.
The Public Information Office researches, writes, and distributes a variety of news and feature articles and stories designed to promote the image and awareness of Western New Mexico University, its programs, students, faculty, and staff; prepares and presents weekly radio informational spots; designs, develops, reviews and approves a variety of university collateral materials such as the WNMU Alumni Bulletin to ensure presentation of material complies with established purpose, mission, and quality of University; participates in community programs and groups in an effort to improve the relationship with the community. The director serves as primary spokesperson for the University to outside audiences. The Public Information Office is located in Castorena Hall, Room 114. Phone: 1-800-872-9668, or 575-538-6336, Fax: 575-538-6278, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Mailing Address: P.O. Box 680, Silver City, NM 88062.
The WNMU Foundation is dedicated to raising funds for scholarships, capital improvements, programs and other activities in support of the objectives and goals of Western New Mexico University. Established in 1982, the Foundation is an independent non-profit 501 (c) 3 corporation which solicits and administers donations and endowments to meet the needs of the students, faculty, staff, facilities and operations of WNMU, which are not fulfilled through state and federal assistance. The Foundation conducts annual on-campus, alumni, local, regional and special event fund-raising campaigns, seeking contributions of cash, stocks, bonds, real estate, equipment, tangible property, and bequests from individuals and corporations. All gifts to the WNMU Foundation are tax deductible to the maximum allowable by law. The Foundation offices and board room are located on the first floor of Hunter Hall. Phone: 1-800-872-9668, or 575-538-6310, Fax: 575-538-6275, E-mail: email@example.com, Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1158, Silver City, NM 88062.
La Familia Resource Center
La Familia Resource Center is a training and technical assistance program offering services to parents, caregivers, teachers, students and early care and education professionals. The mission of La Familia is to connect caregivers, families, and children with quality resources, education and support within their communities; create community collaboration and training opportunities; and provide resources to improve the quality of child care and parenting in Southwestern New Mexico.
La Familia’s program consists of five components:
The Information Technology Department (IT) manages the computing, networking,
and communications systems at Western New Mexico University. IT is committed
to meeting the technological needs of faculty, staff, and students. The academic
computing labs located on the Silver City campus provide basic services to students,
including Internet access; e-mail; and word processing, database, spreadsheet,
and presentation software. Specialized lab equipment includes scanners, digital
cameras, digitizing tablets, and color laser printing.
The Information Technology (IT) Department also manages the administrative computing environment at WNMU. It provides technical advice, training, and hardware/software support for administrative and instructional support offices. The IT Help Desk offers quick troubleshooting for technical problems. The Help Desk also handles computer service requests for WNMU employees. The IT Professional Development Team offers training for WNMU faculty and staff in the Chino Building Training Lab (or elsewhere by request) on a variety of applications. The team works with WNMU employees to meet their specific needs on an individual, group, or departmental basis.
The Information Technology (IT) department at Western New Mexico University fosters communication between University Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni by implementing the computing and communications systems at WNMU and providing the technical leadership and support for said systems
We support the University’s Mission and Vision for evolving and implementing its technology
by collaborating with the University’s long-range planning,
by providing technical support to activities related to academic and administrative technologies,
by advocating the University’s initiatives to facilitate and strengthen teaching, learning, and research for pedagogical innovation.
We strive to create a supportive and comprehensive environment wherein we can achieve professional goals, job satisfaction, and improvement in technical skills so that our technical capabilities meet the changing needs of our clients and so that we can prepare for proposing changes and upgrades to current systems.
We will work professionally and proactively with diligence and integrity to be worthy of the trust placed in us by those we serve.
J. Cloyd Miller Library
MILLER LIBRARY was completely remodeled in 1997, doubling its size. Named for J. Cloyd Miller (University President 1952-1962), the library is adjacent to the Student Memorial Center. The library is open 77 hours per week when classes are in session, with additional hours during final exams. Library services include reference, interlibrary loan, library instruction, and collection development. The library offers photocopy machines, microform reader-printers, research terminals with connection to the World Wide Web, and equipment for the hearing- and sight-impaired.
The three areas within the library are Public Services (reference, interlibrary loan, periodicals, government documents, circulation); Technical Services (acquisitions, cataloging, and processing); and Media Services (instructional technologies and media collection). Library resources include over 120,000 books, 950 periodical titles, over 500,000 titles in microform, 1500 maps, and over 5,000 government documents. Miller Library is a partial Federal Government Depository. Special collections, including the Juan Chacon papers, are held in the Treasure Room.
The library catalog is fully automated and can be accessed from off-campus via the library’s Web page (http: //voyager.wnmu.edu). The library has access to major research databases such as OCLC FirstSearch, InfoTrack, Business Source Elite, and NewsBank. Resources not owned by Miller Library can be obtained through interlibrary loan.
Media Services supports university distance-learning programs, houses the media collection, and coordinates general media and audio-visual needs on campus. Media Services provides three classrooms for instruction, 2-way video conferencing, videotaping, satellite downlinking, and multimedia playback. Media Services is open 64 hours per week and by appointment.
Founded in 1974, the university museum is located in Fleming Hall. Fleming Hall was built between 1916 and 1917 as a gymnasium and science department for the Normal School. The museum features both permanent collections of historic and prehistoric southwestern cultures and various traveling exhibits.
Permanent exhibits and collections include the internationally famous Eisele Collection of Pottery and Artifacts, one of the largest collections of Mimbres pottery and artifacts on permanent display in the world. This major collection includes approximately 600 pieces of prehistoric pottery and 50 pieces of prehistoric basketry and footwear dating back to A.D. 200. Other permanent exhibits and collections include historic photographs and memorabilia documenting the history and evolution of the university, the O.C. Hinman and John Harlan Photography Collections featuring historical photographs taken in southwestern New Mexico and surrounding mining district, and the WS Ranch Site Collection of Mogollon Indian artifacts. New acquisitions (1996, 1997) include the Geneva Back Collection of María Martinez and San Ildefonso Tradition Pottery and the Margaret Kelly Collection of Navajo rugs.
Activities at the museum include Elderhostel courses on Mimbres archaeology, a school loan service of archaeological activity kits, various lectures and courses, tours for all age groups, tours for schools, and courses on museum education. The museum also has an extensive traveling exhibit schedule focusing on American cultures. The traveling exhibits are funded by yearly student fees and all full-time WNMU students receive a 10% discount in the museum store.
The museum is a member of the American Association of Museums, the Mountain-Plains Museum Association, the New Mexico Association of Museums, the Association of College and University Museums and Galleries, and the Council for Museum Anthropology. The museum is open from 9:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Monday through Friday and from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 A.M. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free.
WNMU has always considered the residence halls a vital segment of a student’s
total educational experience, and emphasis is placed on a student’s personal
growth through various activities and programs. It is the policy of WNMU to
provide safe, comfortable housing at a reasonable cost for single and married
full-time students desiring housing accommodations. Rates for room and board
are outlined under “Student Expenses” in the Financial Information
section of this catalog.
Residence Halls and Apartments
The Residence Life/Housing Office makes every effort to assist in personalizing the student’s educational experience by developing a living environment conducive to WNMU’s educational mission. Campus residence provides opportunities for social growth and development along with a learning experience that may not be available elsewhere in the academic community.
Reservations for all WNMU housing should be made as far in advance of the requested occupancy period as possible due to the limited number of spaces available. Assignments are completed by date applications and deposits are received.
Reservations not claimed by the first day of classes will be cancelled and the security deposit forfeited. If previous arrangements for late arrival have been made, reservations will be held until the date specified.
Single Student Housing
All students whose permanent homes are outside the tri-county (Grant, Luna, Hidalgo) area and who register for fall semester as full-time students with less than 32 credit hours are required to live in WNMU residence halls for the full academic year.
First-year freshmen students who have a permanent home address in the tri-county (Grant, Luna, Hidalgo) area or who are 21 years of age or older are exempt from this requirement.
Anyone residing in WNMU Residence Halls is required to purchase a meal plan unless special permission is granted by the Director of Residence Life/Housing.
Only persons officially registered as full-time students may reside in the WNMU residence halls, unless special permission (due to unusual circumstances) is granted by the Director of Residence Life/Housing.
Applications for residence hall housing may be obtained through the Admissions Office or the Residence Life Office. All applications for WNMU housing must be made on official WNMU application forms and returned to the Residence Life Office. Each applicant must obtain admission to WNMU from the Director of Admissions before the housing application is considered complete. Completion of the housing application does not guarantee the applicant residence hall space, but does assure the applicant of a place on the waiting list.
Notification of reserved space will be sent to the applicant by the Residence Life/Housing Office when rooming assignments have been completed. Requests for single rooms are not guaranteed and are assigned only when space is available.
WNMU will provide the student with space in the residence hall during the term of the contract, except in cases where a temporary assignment may be necessary. Each unit may be furnished with one or two single beds, desk and chair, closet space, and dresser. Local telephone service and basic cable service is provided. Cleaning service is provided in the common areas of each hall. Maintenance services for all repairs will be provided.
In addition to the basic services provided by WNMU, several miscellaneous services are afforded the student. Vending machines and coin-operated washing machines are available in the residence halls.
A $75.00 deposit/application fee must accompany the Residence Hall Housing application, of which $25.00 is a non-refundable application fee and $50.00 is a security deposit. The completed application with accompanying deposit/application fee deposit places the prospective student on the reservation list. The security deposit will reserve accommodations for the fall and spring semesters of each academic year, or the remaining portion thereof, if the entering date occurs after the opening date for the fall semester. The security deposit, less any damages and/or obligations owed to WNMU, will be returned approximately 30 days after the close of the spring semester unless held for the next academic years reservation. If charges are made against the security deposit during the contract period, the student is obligated to bring the balance back up to $50.00 within 30 days after the charges are made. If the balance is not brought back up to the full $50.00 deposit, a 48 hours notice to vacate may be issued. Written notification must be received by the Residence Life/Housing Office by dates mentioned under Security Deposit refunds section in order to receive a refund.
Housing and Food Service Contracts
WNMU operates the residence halls and food service operation on a self-supporting basis. Published rates are therefore subject to change from one academic year to another when necessary to meet operating costs. The duration of the contractual lease agreement is for the full academic year commencing with the fall semester and ending at the termination of the spring semester. Separate applications must be made, and new contracts signed, for a new academic year and for the summer sessions.
Meal service is required as a part of the housing contract. The student may select from two meal plans. Meal Service will begin no later than the first day of scheduled classes and will end on the final day of scheduled examinations of each semester. Meal service will not be provided during the Thanksgiving recess, semester break period, or during the spring break. Dates of meal service are subject to change according to the University calendar.
The security deposit/application fee must accompany the housing application. The deposit shall be retained until the student no longer resides on campus.
Rental charges are due and payable at the Business Office in conjunction with other charges (i.e., tuition, fees, meal plan, etc.).
Payments may be deferred according to a prearranged schedule through the Business Office.
Office for Student Affairs
The general goal of the Student Affairs Office is to contribute to the mission
of WNMU through the development and continuation of programs and services which
assist students in understanding themselves (self-development) and others (group
responsibility). Another goal is to assist the University community in better
understanding the students. The specific goals of the Student Affairs Office
1. provide students with a stimulating educational and developmental environment;
2. encourage student participation in educational, cultural, governmental, social, and recreational activities;
3. make available a variety of services designed to assist in the educational, vocational, and personal development of each student’s attributes;
4. study and interpret the needs and interests of students as related to the University community and society, and the needs and interests of society as related to the student.
The Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA) is the administrative officer directly responsible for the coordination and development of the areas of student affairs and student services. Staff members are dedicated to achieving the goals of the office. Every student is strongly encouraged to visit the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs located in the Juan Chacon Building, Room 201, to discuss both the positive and negative aspects of campus life and to make suggestions for changes and innovation.
The annual Juried Student Art Exhibit, held in the closing weeks of spring semester, is open to all WNMU students, regardless of whether the student is enrolled in art classes.
The intercollegiate athletic program is organized and administered by the Athletic Director.
Intercollegiate athletics are designed to provide opportunities for students to develop athletic skills through a planned program of intercollegiate competition. The objectives of the program are:
1. to develop desirable social attitudes and standards of conduct;
2. to develop positive attitudes toward sports and their role in the general school program;
3. to provide practical laboratory experiences for prospective coaches.
Opportunities for participation in intercollegiate competition are provided in the following sports: women’s basketball, volleyball, golf, tennis and softball; men’s basketball, football, golf and tennis.
The Faculty Athletic Committee acts as an advisory body to the Athletic Department. Intercollegiate athletics operate as a part of the total student activity program. The regulations conform to the requirements of membership in the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the PAC West Conference.
Career Services/Cooperative Education
The Career Services/Cooperative Education Office provides personal assistance to students and alumni seeking employment before and after graduation.
Students are assisted in writing resumes and job application letters, as well as receiving help in developing appropriate job interviewing skills. Students and alumni are informed of current employment opportunities via campus bulletin boards, the "Connections" job vacancy bulletin and job search websites.
Students are assisted in establishing credential files which are made available to prospective employers and include resume information, grade records, and evaluations. Services provided by the Office of Career Services are extended to graduates and current students. Graduating seniors establish a credential file at no cost and alumni may establish or reactivate a file for a $10.00 fee.
Current seniors, graduate students, and alumni with active credential files may participate in on-campus interviews. Career Services hosts Career Days on campus and collaborates with other universities in job fairs statewide.
Cultural Events and Activities
WNMU offers a variety of opportunities for students and community members to participate in the expressive arts and humanities. The University Music Discipline, the Drama Discipline, and the McCray Art Gallery offer performances and exhibitions throughout the year.
WNMU provides an extensive intramural program featuring individual sports and team sports for men, women, and co-ed groups. A variety of courts and playing fields are utilized, in addition to the Brancheau Physical Education Center. Intramural awards are provided for participants and winners of each event.
Multicultural Affairs/Student Activities
The Office of Multicultural Affairs/Student Activities, in conjunction with the entire WNMU community, supports and encourages all students in achieving their educational goals. The Director of Multicultural Affairs/Student Activities is a liaison between the minority student and the university to facilitate communication, and programs and activities that enhance student life.
This office maintains active liaison with all student organizations and regional schools. Western New Mexico University understands and promotes the awareness of our diversity.
Student Life at WNMU is as equally important as the educational and diverse issues and/or programs we develop. This office nourishes social life on campus through a variety activities, including dances, crafts, movies, tournaments, lectures, intramurals and other special events such as spirit week, homecoming, great race, etc.
Membership in university instrumental and vocal ensembles is open to all WNMU students by instructor’s permission and with preference given to those who can read music. The University Band, Jazz Ensemble, and Choir perform challenging compositions from all periods and musical styles, providing opportunities for both campus and community performances.
New Student Orientation
New Student Orientation is held at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters, and during June and July. It is intended to help new and potential students become acquainted with the campus, registration procedures, advisement, testing, and counseling activities. Special sessions offer information about policies and regulations affecting students, opportunities for developing special interests, student organizations and activities. All freshmen and new students are expected to attend an orientation session. Orientation activities will include faculty advisement and the administration of the COMPASS Placement test. Special sessions are scheduled for parents at each orientation. Information is provided on academics, finances, financial aid, and campus life. All parents are encouraged to attend one of the orientation sessions. Details will be mailed to prospective students and parents after students have applied for admission.
In conjunction with the WNMU administration, student government is involved in the development of campus policies and programs. Student government organizations enable students to discuss and act upon matters of student concern. These organizations include: the Associated Students, the Executive Council, the Student Supreme Court, and the Student Senate. In addition, students are represented on standing faculty committees that include: Athletics, Cultural Events, Curriculum and Instruction, Evaluation, Instructional Resource, Teacher Education, Graduate Council, and other committees.
Each student who registers for one hour or more and pays his/her activity fee automatically becomes a member of the Associated Students. The Associated Students operate under a written constitution. Certain property and equipment used by the students are owned in the name of the Associated Students. Election of the general student officers and campus-wide student elections are conducted under the name of the Associated Students.
The legislative powers of the Associated Students are vested in the Student Senate. The Senate shall review all budgets prepared by the Executive Council before they are adopted, shall approve or disapprove all major appointments of the student body president, shall be empowered to conduct business deemed necessary to the student interest, and shall have the power to override a student body presidential veto. The Associated Students operate a judicial system consisting of a Student Supreme Court.
Detailed policies and procedures affecting student life are printed in the WNMU Student Handbook. The handbook covers student conduct and discipline, academic regulations, WNMU policies and student organizations. Copies of the Student Handbook may be obtained from the Office of Student Affairs and the Student Government Office.
Student Health Services
Primary Care is offered at the Student Health Services clinic. The service is open to registered WNMU students by appointment. Students who carry seven (7) or more credit hours and, therefore, pay Student Fees are allowed two (2) free office visits; subsequent visits cost $15.00. Students who are carrying less than seven (7) hours pay $15.00 per visit. All medications, dressings, lab work, x-rays, referrals, etc., not covered by available grants are directly charged to the students. Charges are due at the time of service. All health services are limited to the Fall and Spring semesters while classes are in session.
The availability of the Student Health Services does not preclude students from making appointments at any time with providers of their choice. Such appointments are not covered by Student Health Services; financial liabilities resulting from such appointments are the sole responsibility of the individual student.
Student Organizations and Activities
Special interest organizations and the student activities office promote social life on campus through a variety of entertainment for the student body, including dances, tournaments, lectures, intramurals and other special events. The Student Activities office initiates a monthly student activities calendar complete with all information concerning special events, activities, and other campus news.
Student organizations at WNMU are sanctioned according to the provisions of the Associated Students Constitution and includes religious clubs, honorees, service organizations, academically-oriented groups and social clubs. Membership is restricted only by the by-laws of the individual organization.
Editorial staff work with the Mustang staff to edit the student newspaper, The Mustang. Working-scholarships are awarded to the editors. Applications for this position must be made to the Office of Student Affairs.
Students with Special Needs
The Coordinator for Students with Special Needs is responsible for providing students with disabilities information about services that WNMU provides. Whenever possible, the coordinator will work with individuals and/or groups to facilitate the needs or special required accommodations of disabled students. The University strives to be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) both as to the letter of the law and to its spirit.
Services for students with special needs are provided through the Special Needs Office at the Juan Chacon Building Room 210. Types of assistance provided are note takers, interpreters, readers, guides, recording of lectures, transcribing and academic tutoring.
There are a number of policy and procedure forms the special needs students need to fill out in order to qualify for eligibility of services from the Special Needs Office. The Special Needs Office, in conjunction with the Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Enrollment Management, serves as Western New Mexico University's liaison for special needs students.
The Academic Support Center administers all national standardized testing on campus. This includes the General Educational Development (GED) test for individuals wishing to earn a high school equivalency degree; the American College Test (ACT); the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) for students wishing to receive college credit for prior life experience and learning; Computer Adaptive Placement Assessment and Support System (COMPASS); Praxis Specialty Exam; and the Student Aptitude Test (SAT). The Center also administers other tests such as the National Counselors Exam (NCE) and the Dental Certification Exam. Other tests may be administered by special arrangement. Vocational interest inventories and personality testing are also available at variable fees.
Student productions are presented in the Fine Arts Center Theatre, Light Hall Auditorium and the Chase Webb Arena Theater.