WNMU is asking for $11.7 million in support from state lawmakers.
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When the New Mexico legislature meets for its 60-day session January 15 through March 16, it will make decisions on critical policies that will have a significant impact on the state’s future potential and prosperity. Particularly during Grant County Day at the Legislature this Wednesday, WNMU is requesting support in a number of important areas that could have meaningful impacts on both students and the community at large. This newsletter outlines a few of the needs WNMU has expressed to our state’s lawmakers. 

What’s inside:
  • New Mexico’s Applied Liberal Arts and Sciences University
  • Early Childhood Programs
  • Campus Cultural and Veteran’s Center
  • Fine Arts Center Theatre
  • Information Technology Infrastructure
  • Ensuring Continued Success
Investing in New Mexico's Applied Liberal Arts and Sciences University
Two years ago, the legislature designated Western New Mexico University as the state's only public Applied Liberal Arts and Sciences university. WNMU immediately piloted a core curriculum that provides students with skills employers identify as necessary to be competitive in the modern workforce. 
Taking the Lead
Home of one of the state’s first child development centers, WNMU has led the way in educating those who help society’s littlest members grow into their potential from infanthood. Today, WNMU continues filling the gap in New Mexico’s early childhood workforce while providing the community access to critical services and programs.
Building Community
The Associated Students of WNMU would like to boost the campus veteran’s and cultural center, which serves Grant, Hidalgo and Catron counties, home to 3,769 veterans. Ten percent of this area’s population is made up of veterans, who need a dedicated space to study, congregate and participate in programming.
The New Mexico Legislature is made up of the New Mexico House of Representatives and the New Mexico Senate. The Legislature meets for 60 calendar days starting on the third Tuesday in January of each odd-numbered year and for 30 days during even-numbered years.
Enriching a Region
Frequently filled during live cultural events, the WNMU Fine Arts Center Theatre is Grant County’s largest venue. Decades old, it lacks modern amenities, and its outdated infrastructure limits performances. The university hosts musicians, plays, family-friendly acts and student-geared shows there, but the space is an asset the greater community also enjoys.
Increasing Access

In order to support students who are taking face-to-face classes in this rural corner of New Mexico and online classes from all around the state and nation, WNMU must improve its information technology infrastructure — upgrading software, increasing capabilities and boosting service speed.
Inspiring Adventures
As a Hispanic-Serving Institution, WNMU serves southwest New Mexico’s diverse population and develops cross-cultural opportunities that encourage people to explore new experiences. WNMU is committed to strengthening its partnerships with local and statewide collaborators in ensuring the open-enrollment university can continue supporting success among those who are least prepared and most underserved in the education system.

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