Western New Mexico University through the ages.
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Western New Mexico University has only had three official seals in its lifetime. They appear above in order of use, the oldest being on the left. WNMU has used the seal on the right since 1963!
When New Mexico considered sites for a new Normal School in 1885, Silver City was a top choice. In February of 1891, William Burns addressed the House of Representatives, saying: “Sixteen hours by rail from the city of Santa Fe, in the land of sunshine, in the land of happiness, nesting in the foot of the mountains green, lies the city of Silver.” The State Legislature proclaimed Silver City home of one of New Mexico's teacher education institutions in 1893.
Seventy years later, Western New Mexico University President John Snedeker embarked on a quest to make the institution his “Harvard on the Gila.”

Today, Western New Mexico University is inviting students to create their own adventures here, where they’ll build an applied liberal arts and sciences foundation, whether in face-to-face classes or from a distance online.
Alum, attorney and adjunct professor Martin Maxwell shares how Western New Mexico University put him on the path to success.
Here’s how Western New Mexico University has evolved since its start as the Territorial Normal School in 1893.
In this video, alumna Guadalupe Cano shares about The Mustang student newspaper and remembers the impact student organization Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán had at WNMU in the early 2000s.
[ B Y  T H E  N U M B E R S ]

57 students made up the first class at the Territorial Normal School

$10 Cost of tuition for two 20-week semesters in the 1890s

1:50 ratio of cars to people in Silver City in 1912

$300 salary paid to Isabelle Eckles, the registrar who stepped in as acting president in 1920

$108 cost to attend summer school at New Mexico State Teachers College in 1929

<$100 monthly salary for a faculty member during the Depression
Alfred Ogas, once a student of both Western High School and Western New Mexico University, details some of his memories as a member of Pi Gamma Mu under Dorothy Blalock and of the Newman Club when it was first founded.
Mission Statement
[ T H E N ]

The mission of the Normal School is to supply the grammar schools of the territory with competent and carefully trained teachers, devoted to their chosen profession.
Mission Statement
[ N O W ]

WNMU engages and empowers learners in a multicultural, inclusive, creative and caring community 
of teaching, scholarship and research, and service.

We need less complaints and more manly pride exercised in the way of street improvement by people of Silver City and problems will be solved.
— Normal Quarterly, Vol. 2, June 1895, No. 6
History buffs will enjoy hearing from former University Museum Director Doug Dinwiddie and his wife, Becky, who reminisce about the band, the buildings on campus, and of course the museum's beginnings in this video.
[ F U N  F A C T ]
Drivers education was the most popular course during the 1939 summer session.
April 1923. President A.O. Bowden initiated a name change, and the New Mexico Territorial Normal School became the New Mexico State Teachers College.
Oct. 20, 1949. The Board of Regents of the New Mexico State Teachers College changed the institution's name to New Mexico Western College.

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