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Even in the beginning, Spring of 2005, Western Institute for Lifelong Learning (WILL) dreamed of having a gathering space all their own, a space where “the Great Conversation” could occur. That day has arrived. With the gift of the use of a house, President Shepard made WILL’s dream a reality. On Saturday, April 14, 2018 WILL opened the doors of Rhoda House, at 104 Rhoda Road on the WNMU campus.

Rhoda House initially needed architectural and cosmetic work. WNMU maintenance staff, the Bigelow Construction crew and many WILL members all volunteering their time labored hard for almost a year to create a warm and welcoming space. We thank them all for their hard work and dedication. Randy Woods, Doug Dexter, Anita Williams, Linda Ewers, Diane Miller, and many, many other WILL volunteers deserve a special thank you for their persistence and hard work in creating this special gathering place for our community.

The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers, and families.

This annual celebration happens in April and the purpose of the Week of the Young Child is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.

an open door opening rsMark Chavez gets a little help cutting the ribbon at An Open Door. A nice crowd attended the ribbon cutting and open house for An Open Door located at 6 Peterson Drive in Silver City on Wednesday, April 18.

photo 1 rsAdriana Leon and Selai Damuni talk to kids about healthy snacking.Silver City, NM (April 17, 2018) — WNMU Women's Volleyball, the Grant County Community Health Council and the Lotus Center all teamed up with Healthy Kids Healthy Communities Grant County for Fun Friday at 6th Street Elementary. Never one to pass up an opportunity to combine fun and learning, 6th Street principal, Bobby Trujillo and Alicia Edwards from Healthy Kids used Fun Friday to teach the kindergarteners the importance of healthy snacks, drinking lots of water, plenty of play, plus intentional breath and movement work. Judging from the noise level in the gym, a great time was had by all. Jim Callender, WNMU Women's Volleyball Coach, said, " We had a great time…worn out but smiling when we left."

paul feil rsP.A. Feil signs to establish the Western New Mexico University Foundation's new Alma Feil, RN, Scholarship, which opens opportunities for aspiring healthcare professionals enrolled in classes at Western New Mexico University's Deming location.Silver City, NM – A Deming family recently opened an endowed scholarship in memory of Alma Barr Feil, who was a passionate nurse and an involved community member over her 61 years in Luna County. The Alma Feil, RN, Scholarship, was established with the Western New Mexico University Foundation in mid-April and will benefit Deming High School graduates enrolled at WNMU with plans to enter the medical field.

KLAMATH FALLS, OR (04/16/2018)-- Jane McCarty from Silver City has been named to the 2017-2018 Winter Term President's list at Oregon Institute of Technology. Jane is studying Health Care Mgmt-Clinical Mgmt. Inclusion on the list requires a 3.70 grade-point average and above. Only full-time undergraduate students (12 credit hours or more at Oregon Tech) are eligible for academic honors.

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dream makers rsThe graduating Dream Makers Club 2018 completed a year-long exploration of possible health care careers. The 29 graduates include students from clubs from Silver City's Aldo Leopold Middle School and La Plata Middle School, and Deming's Red Mountain Middle School.Silver City, NM: When a teenager says, "I want to be a doctor," how seriously do you take their statement? FORWARD New Mexico not only takes teen's aspirations of a career in health care seriously, they sponsor clubs at junior high schools throughout southwest New Mexico to support such lofty goals. Last week, 29 middle school students graduated the aptly titled Dream Makers Club surrounded by their families and peers at Western New Mexico University's Global Resource Center.

Silver City, NM (April 11, 2018) – National Dental Hygienists' Week is sponsored each year by the American Dental Hygienists Association (ADHA). Hidalgo Medical Services (HMS) joins the ADHA to celebrate this important health care observance during the week of April 8 – 14, 2018.

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