One-Day University comes to WNMU

Posted on April 7, 2011


Small Business Development Center


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Silver City Daily Press


April 8, 2011



One-Day University comes to WNMU


SBDC Staff



            Back bigger and better than ever this year, the Western Institute for Lifelong Learning (WILL) and Western New Mexico University (WNMU) are proud to invite the Grant County community to the third annual free One-Day University, Friday, April 15, from 9:30 A.M till 2 P.M, at the Besse-Forward Global Resource Center, 12th and Kentucky Streets, in Silver City.


            A FREE cookout lunch, hosted by President John Counts, will be served at noon, and pre-registration for lunch and the day’s program is necessary. Seating is limited to 265, and reservations can be made by calling 538-6320, or online at


            Verify your registration and pick up your lunch ticket in the lobby starting at 9:15 a.m. Opening comments will begin the program at 9:30 in the auditorium.


            The program begins with “Voices of Our Campus,” a series of three fifty-minute presentations by three distinguished WNMU professors, each offering a unique and provocative view on their respective subject areas.


            Opening the program will be WNMU Expressive Arts professor, Michael Metcalf. He will be discussing “A Visual Panorama Combining Contemporary Sculpture and the Creative Process at Work.”


Professor Metcalf teaches Visual Arts at WNMU and is the chair of the Expressive Arts Department.  He earned the Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania.  He shows his work locally at the Seedboat Gallery, has been featured in many juried group, solo and museum exhibitions throughout the country, and is possibly best known for his twin 29-foot tall sculptures, “The Positive Energy of New Mexico” situated near Interstate 40 in Albuquerque. .


            Second on the program is Professor Dr. Deborah Heller, speaking on “Who’s a Bluestocking? Learned Women in the Public Sphere, 1750 to the Present.”


            Dr. Heller is Professor of English at WNMU, where she teaches courses on Women as Writers, Shakespeare, the Enlightenment, and the British novel. She has published on the Bluestockings, on 18th-century poetry, and is currently preparing an edition of the complete manuscript letters between two major Bluestocking women, Elizabeth Montagu and Elizabeth Vesey. Her forthcoming book, Bluestockings Now!, which examines the influence of  Bluestocking women  in their own age and into the twenty-first century, is due to appear in 2012.           


Concluding the lecture series at 1 P.M., after the lunch break, will be Professor of Biology, Dr. Tres Camacho with a presentation titled “The Molecular Basis of the Structure and Function of Cellular Systems (made kind of easy).”


            Dr. Camacho is a Professor of Biology at WNMU, where he teaches Cell Biology, Virology and Genetics.  He earned a Ph.D., from Texas A&M University and did post doctorate work at Duke University Cancer Center.  He enjoys hiking and giant squid hunting.


Following the speakers’ presentations, a continued “Culture on Campus” program will feature two distinct exhibits.


Mrs. Xinyen Weeks, owner of the collection, “Traditional Apparel and Jewelry of Rural China, “ on exhibit at the WNMU Museum, will invite the group to the museum to see the collection. She will be wearing the traditional dress of her family’s ethnic group. Phillip Cave, Acting Assistant Director/Curator of Education and History at the museum, will be accompanying her.

            A celebration of the first African-American graduate of WNMU, Ms. Anita Scott Coleman, will be available at Miller Library.


            WILL and WNMU have teamed up to bring the Grant County Community the most stimulating and unique day of college available anywhere. This free all-day program makes available the latest thinking on art, history and science, as well as offering participants a free cookout lunch.


            There are only 265 spots available for the One-Day University, so be sure you have a reservation. Call 538-6320 or email, to secure your place for this unique and exciting program.


Western New Mexico University’s Small Business Development Center offers assistance to entrepreneurs who are starting a business or wanting to expand an existing business. These services are available at no cost. Call 538-6320 for an appointment with a business advisor, or email The SBDC office is located on the second floor of the Besse-Forward Global Resource Center on 12th Street. More information may be found at


Call or email the SBDC office for information about the following events:


  • April 15 – One Day University


  • April 16 – Great Race


  • May 22-26 – New Mexico Economic Development Course



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