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WNMU will get $6 million if General Obligation Bond D passes.
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In November, voters will be asked to vote on General Obligation Bond D for higher education, which provides funds that are crucial to ensuring the state’s public colleges, universities and specialty schools provide quality educations and attract the best and brightest students and faculty. This newsletter describes how GO Bond D will benefit Western New Mexico University.

What’s inside:
  • What is GO Bond D
  • WNMU’s plans for funds from GO Bond D
  • How WNMU used funds from the last GO Bond election
  • How a GO Bond passage will affect local residents
  • How GO Bond will impact WNMU-Deming
  • How to register to vote
What GO Bond D Means for WNMU
General Obligation Bond D for higher education will provide $6 million to Western New Mexico University for completion of Harlan Hall renovations and upgrades of the natural science laboratories. This is dependent on whether voters approve the more than $128 million for needed renovations, upgrades and improvements to the state’s schools following the election in November. WNMU's allocation will fund the completion of the Harlan Hall renovation during which the university is modernizing the existing but outdated natural science department facilities.
A Western New Mexico University biology student examines specimens in Harlan Hall, which houses WNMU’s natural science labs and which would be improved if General Obligation Bond D passes.
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The number of jobs estimated to be created in Grant County in construction, architecture and related fields due to the passage of GO Bond D.
“GO Bond D is the primary source of funding that WNMU has to re-invest in our historic buildings. By upgrading technology and improving safety, we give our students experiences that will help them contribute positively toward a better New Mexico future.”
— WNMU President Dr. Joseph Shepard
Museum Renovation Funded by the Last GO Bond
University Museum at Fleming Hall
The 2016 GO Bond for higher education funded the WNMU Museum at Fleming Hall’s $3.2 million transformation. The 101-year-old National Register of Historic Places building is now an open, light, secure and climate-controlled environment that highlights the university’s collections and enhances the visitor experience.

Renowned for its comprehensive collection of Mimbres materials, the university museum also houses other significant collections. This renovation allows more of its collections than ever to be on display in secure visible collection areas.
 
By renovating the museum’s physical space, the university meets the museum’s needs to better advance understanding of the diverse cultural and artist heritages of southwest New Mexico and more proficiently enable scholarly research, collection, interpretation and exhibition.
WNMU Museum Before Transformation
WNMU Museum After Transformation
Showing Off the Space]

Since its renovation, the WNMU Museum at Fleming Hall has hosted an Instameet, a limited preview during CLAY Festival, a private memorial, and tours for regents and legislators. It will open its doors for another sneak peek on October 5.
"Fleming Hall was renovated with attention to historic preservation but integrated with modern technology. This design allows for the museum's collection to be properly maintained without sacrificing the splendors of the building's rich history and unmatched architectural style."
— WNMU President Dr. Joseph Shepard
How WNMU-Deming Will Benefit From Passage of GO Bond D 
Upgrades at Mimbres Valley Learning Center

About $400,000 of WNMU's GO Bond D allocation will go toward modernizing and increasing the capabilities of WNMU-Deming's facility. Planned upgrades at WNMU-Deming include chemistry lab fume hood installations, IT improvements, and accessibility and safety projects.
"The upgrades that GO Bond D will allow WNMU-Deming to implement would make our location more student-friendly."
— WNMU – Deming Director Ken Leupold
How To Register To Vote
Register To Vote Online, By Mail, In-Person

New Mexico offers online voter registration here. You just need a New Mexico ID and your social security number handy.
 
Those who don’t have New Mexico-issued IDs can register to vote by mail. Just mail a printed and completed copy of the National Voter Registration Form to your local election office. Those on our main campus should mail it to the Grant County Clerk.
 
You can do in-person voter registration at your local election center such as the Grant County Administration Building (1400 Highway 180 East in Silver City). 

Check your voter registration status here.
Deadline to register to vote is October 9.

Absentee voting begins October 9.

Early voting begins on October 20.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 6.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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