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                       “A University Worth Discovering”

                  Western New Mexico University
                         Alumni Bulletin
                                              Spring 2008

                       State Senator Ben Altamirano. October 17, 1930 – December 27, 2007	  	                              1-800-872-9668	   575-538-6320
Alumni Greetings
Well, it seems to be the perfect time for “Old Man Winter” to leave and Mother Nature to
share some of her Spring beauty with us!

Hola! The Great Race is being planned, and as I write this greeting. Another Silver Sixties
Reunion for that same weekend and thoughts for Homecoming 2008 are being put on
paper. I believe the interest in our Alumni is growing and good things are about to happen
for us. The Great Race is going to be another fun filled week of activities building up to
the weekend of the race. If you have not been back to WNMU during the springtime
lately, please come join us. The campus is a beautiful place to be. Hope to see you then.

Bobby Jackson ‘71
President, Western New Mexico University Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Officers                               2008 WNMU Alumni Association Board of Directors                              Board Members

President                              WNMU Faculty                            El Paso                              Charles Grubbs
Roberrt (Bobby) Jackson                Dr. George Muncrief                     Kirk Patterson                       (Out-of-State)
2517 Panorama                          P.O. Box 680                            6116 Via Fortuna                     expires 12/10)
Silver City NM 88061                   Silver City NM 88062                    El Paso TX 79912                     8610 E. 29th
575-388-3422 (home)                    575-538-6258 (work)                     915-584-4340 (home)                  Tucson AZ 85710
575-590-7936 (cell)                                915-532-2727 (cell                   520-298-4969                                               
                                       Foundation Representative                                                    Eugene Gomez
Vice President                         Robert “Moose” White                    Grant County                         (expires 12/10)
Barbara James                          P.O. Box 876                            Jim Helgert                          1305 Paisano NE
204 N. Ave.S                           Silver City NM 88062                    P.O. Box 985                         Albuquerque NM 87112
Portales NM 88130                      575-388-2216 (home)                     Silver City NM 88062                 505-298-9345
505-313-3317 (cell)                    575-538-4988 (cell)                     575-388-3193 (home)        
                                                                               575-388-4412 (work)
Treasurer                              Chapters                                575-590-1146 (cell)                  Jack Howell
Jimmie Jones                           Albuquerque                                      2020 N. Silver St.
731 Tepic Drive                        Rosina Romero                                                                Silver City NM 88061
El Paso TX 79912                       10112 Irbid Rd.                         Indiana                              575-538-5408
915-833-5571 (home)                    Albuquerque NM 87122                    Joe Moore
915-490-4583 (cell)                    505-821-5259 (home)                     1403 W. 200 N.                       Mark Ihlefeld                   505-410-9596 (cell)                     Rochester IN 46975                   (expires 12/09)
                                            574-223-5649                         P.O. Box 23911
Secretary                                                Santa Fe NM 87502
Sharon Gonzalez
1722 Georgiz St.                       Dallas                                  Las Cruces                           Steve Oizumi
Silver City NM 88061                   Jason Menicucci                         Grady Harlan                         (expires 12/09)
575-536-9440 (work)                    2043 Matagorda Ln.                      6621 Vista Hermosa                   6401 Academy Rd, Apt. 122
                                       Grand Prairie TX 75052                  Las Cruces NM 88007                  Albuquerque NM 87109
Past President                         972-602-0445                            575-541-9372                         505-401-2852 (cell
Bill Wood                              505-553-3716 (cell)                   
2733 Magnolia                
Wichita KS 67217                               Southern California                  Al O’Malley
316-257-6338 (cell)                                                            Bailey Noble                         (Out of State)                      Deming                                  5470 Los Robles                      (expires 12/10)
                                       Andy Hernandez                          Carlsbad CA 92008                    10407 S. Hoyne St.
Student Government                     P.O. Box 1235                           769-438-4685                         Chicago IL 60643
Abraham Martinez                       Deming NM 88031                                    773-445-0667 (Chicago)
P.O. Box 680                           575-546-6556 x107                                                            239-992-5130 (Florida)
Silver City NM 88062         
575-538-6113 (work                                                                                                  Jim Powell                                                                                                  (expires 12/10)
                                                                                                                    400 S. Zinc
On	Front	Cover:A	sign	welcoming	fans	to	the	Western	New	Mexico	University	Ben	Altamirano	Field	was	                 Deming NM 88030
installed	August	12,	2004.		Pictured	are,	left	to	right,	Project	Contractor	Kenny	Moon,	former	Vice	President	of	   575-546-9582
Business	Affairs	Christine	Casey,	the	late	State	Senator	Ben	Altamirano,	WNMU	President	John	Counts,	and	                   	                              1-800-872-9668	
former	Football	Coach	Charley	Wade.	Triple	Moon	Construction	of	Silver	City	installed	the	metal	entrance	sign.	                 575-538-6320
                                 Greetings From President John Counts, Ph.D.
                                 It is an exciting time to be part of the Western New Mexico University family as we embark
                                 on a new year. As I compose this message, I am in Santa Fe advocating for critical funding
                                 for your alma mater at the 2008 New Mexico State Legislative Session. If we are
                                 successful, not only will the University have the funding necessary to continue serving our
                                 students, we will also have the opportunity for some much-needed funding for
                                 infrastructure to address our aging facilities. The infrastructure monies will most likely be
                                 included in the statewide November general obligation bond election. Alumni are essential
                                 to the passage of the statewide election and we will ask you to consider the issue on the
                                 general election ballot in November 2008.

                                As an alumnus of WNMU, you are a critical component of the great Mustang family by
showing pride for your University and spreading the good word about WNMU. I encourage alumni to help the University
by providing suggestions for new programs or assisting in recruiting students to WNMU. We want you to share with us
ways that Western can make a difference in the state, nation, and world. As part of WNMU’s commitment to engage our
alumni, the position of Alumni Director, formerly held so capably by Ms. Christy Miller, will be upgraded from a part-
time position to a full-time position. A search to fill the vacancy is currently underway. Another change you will see is
the alumni position will now report to the Institutional Advancement Office under the leadership of Ms. Linda Kay Jones.
She and her staff will provide much-needed support to the Office of Alumni Affairs. We expect great things from this
area in the future and your support during this transition period is important to its success.

I would be remiss if I did not recognize your fellow alumni who were honored at Homecoming 2007. Congratulations to
all of our outstanding alumni!
         Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees
         Mr. Harold Howard, Class of 1964
         Mr. Walter Winkowski, Class of 1965 and 1966
         Outstanding Distinguished Alumnus
         Mr. Robert “Bobby” Cooper, Class of 1959 and 1962
         Outstanding Alumni Ambassadors
         Ms. Lupe Cano, Class of 2001
         1967 Great Race Commissioners (Ken Frick, Stan Gerson, Tim Givens, Ron Manseau, Dennis Mikel, Fred
         Morino, and Dick Wert)
         Homecoming Parade Marshal
         Bertha “Bobbie” Elliott, attended WNMU in the 1950s (served posthumously but will always continue to join us
         in spirit at Homecoming)
         Football Alumni From Years Ending in “7”
Without the support of our alumni, WNMU would not have the success it has experienced over the years. Thanks to all of
you for your great support of our students and your alma mater. Here’s to an outstanding 2008! Go Mustangs!

Education Hall of Fame 2008

Nominations for this year’s inductees into the Education Hall        selected. Inductees are noted for their talent to impart
of Fame were accepted until March 10. Alumni selected for            knowledge in the classroom, inspire willingness to learn,
induction will recognized during the spring commencement to          instill confidence in students, and demonstrate respect for
be held May 16.                                                      learning and students.

“WNMU has a long tradition of preparing quality educators,”          To qualify for the Education Hall of Fame, a candidate must
stated Dr. Patricia Manzanares-Gonzales, Dean of the School          be a graduate of WNMU or its predecessor institutions; must
of Education. “Due to this strong teaching tradition, the            have demonstrated a dominant interest in classroom teaching;
Education Hall of Fame was initiated in 1985 by Tom Holland          and must have devoted the major portion of his or her
in recognition of his mother, Cora Miller Holland, who               professional career to classroom teaching at the primary,
graduated from the New Mexico Normal School in 1899.”                secondary, or higher education lev
The purpose of the Education Hall of Fame is to recognize and
honor exemplary classroom teachers, and to serve as a
depository of record for the accomplishments of those	          
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      Distinguished Alumnus Honored at Fall Commencement
                                     Patrick Henry, one of the              national team during the 2007 World Championships in
                                     premier track and field coaches        Osaka, Japan. Overwhelming success from the men's team
                                     in the nation, having excelled         led to a record 10 gold medals, bettering the previous best
                                     in coaching championship               of nine set in 1991 and 2005. In addition the men's team
                                     teams on the high school,              totaled 19 medals, the best tally by the United States since
                                     community college, university          the 1991 World Championships.
                                     and international level received                  Henry has received many national honors,
                                     an honorary Doctorate of               including being named both men’s and women’s NCAA
                                     Humane Letters degree during           Coach of the Year on three occasions and a recent
                                     the Western New Mexico                 induction into the NCAA-U.S. Track and Field and Cross
                                     University fall commencement           Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He is serving
                                     ceremony at the WNMU Fine              as the President of the NCAA-U.S. Track and Field and
                                     Arts Center Theatre.                   Cross Country Coaches Association for the 2007-2009
                                                A native of                 term.
                                     Albuquerque, N.M., Coach                          Henry is a devoted husband and father, married
       Henry, earned a Master of Arts in School Administration              to the former Gail Duggin of Albuquerque and together
       from WNMU in 1979 and a bachelor’s degree in physical                they have a daughter and son-in-law, Seth and Shelly
       education from the University of New Mexico in 1973.                 Daigle; a son and daughter-in-law, Brandon and Brandie
       Henry also graduated from Del Norte High School in                   Henry; and three grandchildren Katie Ruth, Avery, and
       Albuquerque in 1969.                                                 Morgan.
                  Henry’s first job as a coach was at Hobbs High                       “Patrick Henry has served as a splendid role
       School in southeastern New Mexico where he led his teams             model for young people everywhere and has had a
       to five state championships. Between 1983 and 1987, he               tremendous impact on the track and field sport in the
       molded a powerhouse men’s program at Blinn College in                United States. It is an honor to recognize him with an
       Brenham, Texas, sweeping both the 1987 National Junior               honorary doctorate degree from WNMU,” said WNMU
       College Athletic Association Indoor and Outdoor                      President John Counts.
                  In 1987, Henry was named the head track coach
       at Louisiana State University for men’s and women’s
       indoor and outdoor track. Under his guidance, LSU
       became a benchmark program in the collegiate ranks.
       Several of his athletes went on to experience tremendous
       success at the international level. LSU produced 37
       Olympians and 38 World Championship competitors
       during his tenure, including three Olympic gold medalists
       and six medalists at the World Championships.
                  Between 1987 and 2004, Henry’s LSU men’s and
       women’s track teams achieved 27 NCAA championships.
       The women won 12 outdoor national championships and 10
       indoor crowns. The men captured three outdoor
       championships and two indoor titles. And, overall, his
       men’s and women’s teams won a total of 19 Southeast
       Conference titles. He is the only coach in NCAA history to
       win both men’s and women’s track and field national                  Regent Bud Davis, Pat Henry, President John Counts
       championships in the same year.
                  In 2004, Henry accepted a position as head coach
       of the men’s and women’s track teams at Texas A & M
       University and they have earned two Big 12 Titles since he
       joined the university. The NCAA-U.S. Track and Field and
       Cross Country Coaches Association selected Henry as the
       South Central Region Women's Coach of the Year during
       the 2007 indoor season as well as the Midwest Region
       Women's Coach of the Year for the 2007 outdoor season.
       Henry also claimed conference Coach of the Year honors
       twice when the Aggie women won Big 12 Indoor and                          "Although the frontier mining town of Silver City
       Outdoor Championships last year.                                         had laid strong claims to house the School of Mines,
                  After serving as head coach of the U.S. men’s                  she was rewarded with a School of Minds." -Silver
       national team during the 2006 World Cup in Athens,                                       City Enterprise, 1899
       Greece, Henry embarked on a larger role as an international
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Distinguished Alumnus Keynote Speaker at Commencement

                                Dr. Howie Morales, newly                                        Mexico history to reach 100 wins in
                                appointed Senator in the New                                    the shortest amount of time (4-_
                                Mexico State Legislature and                                    years).
                                Western New Mexico                                                        As Grant County Clerk,
                                University alumnus, was the                                     Morales has utilized his educational
                                keynote speaker for the WNMU                                    and computer skills to enhance all
                                December 2007 commencement                                      aspects of daily operation. Primary
                                ceremony Fine Arts Center                                       duties of the Clerk’s office is to
                                Theatre.                                                        handle elections at the county level
                                         Morales, a Grant                                       and serve as keeper of all county
County native, began his professional career in 1995 working                                    records dating back from the early
as a special education teacher for the Silver Consolidated                                      1800s up to the present day. He and
School District. Upon graduating from WNMU with a                                               his staff have focused much attention
Bachelor of Science degree, he obtained a Master of Arts                                        to the elementary, high school and
degree in Bilingual Special Education in 1998. In 2001 he             university levels about the electoral process and importance of
was hired as the Transition Coordinator and Head Baseball             exercising your right to vote. Election results are now
Coach for the Cobre Consolidated School District.                     displayed via the Internet and soon citizens will be able to
          He was accepted into the New Mexico State                   view all county records online as well.
University College of Education’s doctoral program and
completed a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Curriculum and
Instruction with a dual emphasis in Computer Learning
Technologies and Management and Leadership. In November               1978 Alumnus Appointed to the New Mexico State
2004, Morales was elected Grant County Clerk. In January              Legislature
2008 Governor Bill Richardson appointed Dr. Morales to
complete the term of the late Senator Ben Altamirano.                 In December 2007 Rodolpho “Rudy” Martinez was appointed
          His community involvement is also impressive as             by Governor Bill Richardson to fill the remaining term of the
Morales worked with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Grant             late Representative Manuel G.
County, where he is currently the longest serving volunteer in        Herrera. Rudy graduated from
the state. He was co-director of the “Best of the West” 3-on-3        WNMU with a Bachelor of Science
basketball tournament, director of the Grant County Men’s             in business and math. He is a
Basketball League, Silver City Moose Lodge Men’s Fall                 veteran of the Vietnam War and a
Hardball League and Grant County Senior Citizen Softball              member of the Vietnam Veterans
Classic.                                                              Chapter 358 and Disabled
          In addition, he is a member of the St. Francis              American Veterans Chapter 1.
Newman Center, League of United Latin American Citizens
organization, Grant County Community Health Council, Gila             Rudy is currently serving his second
Regional Foundation Board, Silver City Moose Lodge, Casa              term as mayor of Bayard, New
Mia Board of Directors, and chairman of the Bataan Memorial           Mexico, and has also served on the
Park Steering Committee and Silver City Kiwanis Club.                 council. He was elected to the
          While an assistant coach for the Silver High School         Grant County Commission in 2007
varsity baseball and basketball programs, he was part of              and served as chair of the Commission until being appointed
several district championships and the 1996 state triple-A boys       to the Legislature.
basketball championship and 1997 state triple-A baseball
championship.                                                         Rudy began his career in the mining industry with Kennecott
          As head coach for the Cobre High School baseball            Copper Company and retired from Phelps Dodge Mining
program, his teams have experienced much success. They                Company after 33 years in the industry. He completed an
have reached the state playoffs seven straight years, with five       electrical apprenticeship and attained a New Mexico Electrical
district championships, four regional championships, three            Journeyman Certification. In 2006 he went to work as Facility
third place finishes and two state runner-up trophies. He has         Services Manager for GEO Care, Ft. Bayard Medical Center.
been named District Coach of the Year five times. In 2005,            He has two daughters, April and Stephanie.
Morales was honored as the youngest baseball coach in New	           
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Some of the faces at Homecoming 2007 ….

                                                                                                          Leon Woodward

          Nancy & Leo Ward

                                                                       Bailey & Joan Noble,
                                                                       Billy & Patsy Miller

                                                                                                                    Al O’Malley

                                                                                                                 Leo Ward, Walt Winkowski,
                                                                                                                 Marty Steffan, Ed Heinsius
                                    Walt Winkowski, Ed Heinsius,
                                    Connie Cope

                                                                                              J.D. Williams, Ed Heinsius,
                                                                                               Walt Winkowski

    Al Johnson

                                                                                              Terry Roubidoux, Don Richardson

        Ed Heinsius, Walt Winkowski, Isla Fay & Al Johnson,
        Jimmy Powell	            	                          1-800-872-9668	                          575-538-6320
                                              Athlete Reunions at Homecoming 2007

Last Homecoming we celebrated a new tradition of inviting               An earnest effort is being made to locate as many former
back and supporting reunions of athletic teams and                      WNMU athletes from all years, all sports, both genders, as
individuals. Due to very limited resources, especially                  possible between now and Homecoming ’08. Phonathons are
manpower, we concentrated primarily on just football teams,             staffed with volunteers, especially current members of
mainly the 10th, 20th, 30th, 40th, 50th and 60th anniversary            WNMU athletic teams. Ads are also being placed locally to
football teams. It was a resounding success.                            find former athletes, cheerleaders, and band members. We
                                                                        plan to build a database of over 1,000 former athletes this
Approximately 100 former football players arrived on campus             year. We hope to have as many as possible attend the 2008
in October 2007. There was the Football Alumni Luncheon at              Homecoming. Our goal is to reunite the WNMU athletic
the President’s home, football alumni activities at the Athletic        family, celebrate it and enable you to enjoy, both in memories
Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, campus tours were offered,             and activities, each other, your many experiences and the
and anniversary teams were provided cars and trucks in which            current WNMU campus and student body. During the year
they rode in the Homecoming Parade.                                     you will receive much more information on this wonderful
The highlight of the weekend was at the Homecoming football
game. At halftime all the alumni teams, together with other             We look forward to seeing you at these events. Please do not
football alumni, gathered on the field in a line and greeted the        forget to call us at 575-538-6320, or email
current Mustang team with hand slaps and verbal                         if you have any information about the location of any former
encouragement as they retook the field. It probably wasn’t              WNMU athlete. We need your involvement, we need you “in
coincidental that the team played a strong, enthusiastic, and           the family” and we need you to celebrate your time at WNMU
dominating half. The Mustangs got the win against New                   with us.
Mexico Highlands University, 29-16.

                                             Football Scrimmage During Great Race
Many of WNMU’s former athletes are currently coaching                   Active coaches are encouraged to ask questions and exchange
during the fall season in the school systems all around the             ideas with the coaches and players after the scrimmage. In
country. Their fall duties preclude them from coming to                 addition, they will be able to meet with the coaches prior to
Homecoming. As a result, we have extended the celebration of            the scrimmage. After the scrimmage there will be a barbeque
the “anniversary teams” to the spring.                                  for all football alumni.

On the weekend of The Great Race, April 19-20, the Mustangs             All alumni are invited to dinner Saturday evening hosted by
football team will hold a scrimmage during their spring                 Dr. and Mrs. Counts at the home of Linda Kay and J.P. Jones.
practice on April 19. All former football players are eagerly
welcome, but especially those members of the anniversary                On Sunday the Great Race will be held, making it a complete
teams.                                                                  and fun weekend. We look forward to seeing you at any and
                                                                        all of these events.
Football alumni are invited to the sidelines to interact with the
coaches and players during the scrimmage.                	
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                                                       Men’s Golf 2008

        Date               Tournament                               Host                               Location
        March 10-11        58th So. California Invitational         U. of California-San Diego         San Juan
                                                                                                       Capistrano, CA
        March 17-18        Mustang Intercollegiate                  Western New Mexico University      Albuquerque, NM
        March 31-April 1   WTAMU Buffalo Classic                    West Texas A&M University          Amarillo, TX
        April 14-15        RMAC Championship                        Fort Lewis College                 Farmington, NM
        April 21-22        Northwest Region #2                      Regis University                   Denver, CO
        May 5-7            NCAA Northwest Regional                  TBA                                TBA
        May 14-17          NCAA Championship Festival               Rice University                    Houston, TX

                                                     Women’s Golf 2008

        Date               Tournament                               Host                               Location
        March 3-4          St. Edward’s Spring Invitational         St. Edward’s University            Austin, TX
        March 11-13        Bobcat Desert Classic                    Montana State University
                                                                    Bozeman                            Phoenix, AZ
        March 25-26        Grand Canyon Spring Invitational         Grand Canyon University            Phoenix, AZ
        March 31-April 1   WTANU Buffalo Classic                    West Texas A&M University          Amarillo, TX
        April 19-20        RMAC Championship                        Western New Mexico University      Silver City, NM
        April 30-May 2     NCAA West Regional                       TBA                                TBA
        May 14-17          NCAA Championship Festival               Rice University                    Houston, TX

                                                          Softball 2008

        Date             Opponent                                        Location                           Time______
        March 1        Metro State College                               Silver City, NM                    12:00 p.m.
        March 2        Metro State College                               Silver City, NM                    11:00 a.m.
        March 8        University of Colorado - Colorado Springs         Colorado Springs, CO               12:00 p.m.
        March 9        University of Colorado - Colorado Springs         Colorado Springs, CO               11:00 a.m.
        March 15       Colorado School of Mines                          Silver City, NM                    12:00 p.m.
        March 16       Colorado School of Mines                          Silver City, NM                    11:00 a.m.
        March 18       New Mexico Highlands University                   Silver City, NM                    12:00 p.m.
        March 19       New Mexico Highlands University                   Silver City, NM                    12:00 p.m.
        March 21       Regis University                                  Denver, CO                         12:00 p.m.
        March 22       Regis University                                  Denver, CO                         12:00 p.m.
        March 29       Fort Lewis College                                Durango, CO                        12:00 p.m.
        March 30       Fort Lewis College                                Durango, CO                        11:00 a.m.
        April 5        Adam State College                                Silver City, NM                    12:00 p.m.
        April 6        Adam State College                                Silver City, NM                    11:00 a.m.
        April 8        Grand Canyon University                           Silver City, NM                    12:00 p.m.
        April 9        Grand Canyon University                           Silver City, NM                    12:00 p.m.
        April 12       Chadron State College                             Las Vegas, NM                      9:00 a.m.
                                                                   (New Mexico Highlands University)
        April 13       University of Nebraska - Kearney                  Las Vegas, NM                      11:00 a.m.
                                                                   (New Mexico Highlands University)
        April 19       Mesa State College                                Grand Junction, CO                 12:00 p.m.
        April 20       Mesa State College                                Grand Junction, CO                 11:00 a.m.
        April 26       Colorado State University - Pueblo                Silver City, NM                    12:00 p.m.
        April 27       Colorado State University - Pueblo                Silver City, NM                    11:00 a.m.
        May 1          RMAC Championship                                 TBA
        May 2          RMAC Championship                                 TBA
        May 3          RMAC Championship                                 TBA	        	                           1-800-872-9668	                    575-538-6320
                                                         Men’s Tennis

       Date        Opponent                                            Location                       Time
       March 1     WNMU Alumni                                         Silver City, NM                TBA
       March 8     Sul Ross State University                           Silver City, NM                10:30 a.m.
       March 8     Glendale Community College                          Silver City, NM                3:00 p.m.
       March 13    La Sierra University                                Riverside, CA                  6:00 p.m.
       March 14    Cal Poly University - Pomona                        Pomona, CA                     2:00 p.m.
       March 14    Sonama State University                             Pomona, CA                     9:00 a.m.
       March 16    Northern Arizona University                         Flagstaff, AZ                  TBA
       March 21    New Mexico Military Institute                       Silver City, NM                10:30 a.m.
       March 24    Rollins College                                     Orlando, FL                    2:30 p.m.
       March 25    Florida Institute of Technology                     Melbourne, FL                  2:00 p.m.
       March 26    Florida Southern College                            Lakeland, FL                   3:00 p.m.
       March 27    Eckerd College                                      St. Petersburg, FL             3:00 p.m.
       April 4     Mesa State College                                  Grand Junction, CO             3:30 p.m.
       April 4     Colorado Christian University                       Grand Junction, CO
                                                                       (Mesa State College)           9:30 a.m.
       April 5     University of Nebraska - Kearney                    Denver, CO                     TBA
       April 11    Metro State College                                 Pueblo, CO
                                                               (Colorado State University - Pueblo)   9:00 a.m.
       April 12    Montana State University - Billings                 Pueblo, CO
                                                               (Colorado State University - Pueblo)   2:30 p.m.
       April 13    Colorado State University - Pueblo                  Pueblo, CO                     TBA
       April 25    RMAC Championship                                   Kearney, NE                    TBA
       April 26    RMAC Championship                                   Kearney, NE                    TBA

                                                      Women’s Tennis
       Date        Opponent                                                Location                   Time
       March 1     WNMU Alumni                                             Silver City, NM            TBA
       March 6     Sul Ross State University                               Silver City, NM            2:00 p.m.
       March 7     Grand Canyon University                                 Silver City, NM            3:00 p.m.
       March 9     Glendale Community College                              Silver City, NM            10:30 a.m.
       March 12    Glendale Community College                              Glendale, AZ               3:00 p.m.
       March 13    La Sierra UNIVERSITY                                    Riverside, CA              6:00 p.m.
       March 14    Cal Poly UNIVERSITY - Pomona                            Pomona, CA                 1:00 p.m.
       March 15    California State University - Los Angeles               Los Angeles, CA            9:00 a.m.
       March 24    Rollins College                                         Orlando, FL                2:30 p.m.
       March 25    Florida Institute of Technology                         Melbourne, FL              2:00 p.m.
       March 26    Florida Southern College                                Lakeland, FL               3:00 p.m.
       March 27    Eckerd College                                          St. Petersburg, FL         3:00 p.m.
       April 4     Mesa State College                                      Grand Junction, CO         2:30 p.m.
       April 4     Colorado Christian University                           Grand Junction, CO
                                                                           (Mesa State College)       9:30 a.m.
       April 5     University of Nebraska - Kearney                        Denver, CO                 TBA
       April 11    Metro State College                                     Pueblo, CO
                                                               (Colorado State University - Pueblo)   9:00 a.m.
       April 12    Montana State University - Billings                     Pueblo, CO
                                                               (Colorado State University - Pueblo)   2:30 p.m.
       April 13    Colorado State University - Pueblo                      Pueblo, CO                 TBA
       April 25    RMAC Championship                                       Kearney, NE                TBA
       April 26    RMAC Championship                                       Kearney, NE                TBA	       	                           1-800-872-9668	                    575-538-6320
        2007 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees                            team for his efforts on the football field. He tied for the
                                                                        longest touchdown pass in the nation that year – 95 yards. He
                                                                        also gained over 100 yards in the first half as a running back
                                                                        against Adams State during his senior year.

                                                                        As a second baseman, catcher and left fielder in baseball, Walt
                                                                        batted .300 all four years he played, hitting .444 his junior
                                                                        year, ranking him 17th in the country that year.
                                                                        In 1963, Walt was honored with the All-Sports Award.

                                                                        He now resides in Glenshaw, Pennsylvania, with his wife
                                                                        LaVerne and two children, Brittany and Ryan.

                                                                        Harold Howard, is a 1964 graduate who came to WNMU
                                                                        from Rochester, Indiana. This multi-sport athlete participated
                                                                        in basketball, track and golf.
                                                                        As a four-year letter winner in basketball, Howard was voted
                                                                        the team’s most valuable player in 1961 and 1962. This led to
Walter Winkowski and Harold Howard were inducted into the               two honors as an All-Conference selection and one Little All-
WNMU Athletic Hall of Fame during the 2007 Homecoming.                  American District 7 selection.
Coach Scott Woodard presented their plaques and each man
spoke during the Hall of Fame Breakfast.                                 In 1962, Howard tied the field house record of most points in
                                                                        one game with 43 points. He shared this honor with Brook
Walter Winkowski graduated from WNMU in 1965 with a                     Jenning. Also in 1962, he also was a member of the first-place
bachelor’s degree and in 1966 with a master’s degree in                 winning relay track team.
business education.
                                                                        An active member of the Western New Mexico University
Walt participated four years in a Mustang football jersey and           Alumni Association Indiana Chapter, Howard is married to his
four years in a Mustang baseball uniform. In 1962, he was               wife, Nancy. Together they had two children, Cheryl and
selected to the All-Frontier Conference Honorable Mention               Kevin.

                                      Greetings Alumni,                 room is not large enough to allow all of our players to be in
                                                                        one locker room at the same time. We will be addressing those
                                      It’s hard to believe the          problems in the very near future.
                                      school year is almost
                                      over. We have had                 We are also trying to improve other facilities that have not had
                                      another tremendous year           a facelift in a long time. Our Student Athletic Advisory
                                      in the Athletic                   Committee (SAAC) has bought new furniture, painted our
                                      Department with a lot of          Study Center, and will eventually add new computers. New
                                      academic and athletic             carpet in the staff offices and some additional purple paint
                                      success, not only with the        gives our whole department a facelift.
conference but nationally as well.
                                                                        We hope the alumni and friends of the University will make
Also, we were very fortunate to receive additional funding in           the trip back to WNMU for Great Race and next year’s
athletics for facility improvements from the 2007 New Mexico            homecoming to see the many improvements we have done. I
Legislative Sessions. Our student lobbyists did a great job of          would also like to thank all alumni, especially our alumni
getting this money so that we could completely revamp our               football players, who made the trip back to Silver City this
training room. We have new flooring for both the wet and dry            past homecoming.
sides of the room and all new taping and treatment tables,
which are top of the line and state of the art. We also were            As a final note, this is a tremendous institution with a very
able to purchase brand new rehabilitation equipment to get our          strong and rich athletic tradition. I urge all of you to get
student-athletes back into competition as soon as possible.             involved and be a part of it.

In addition to the funding from the Legislature, our student-           Sincerely,
athletes were also able to secure some money to help with
facility improvements and equipment needs within the                    Scott Woodard
department. We are currently working on expanding our                   Director of Athletics
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                                                  New Football Tradition

                                 A special tradition was established at the game thanks to an initiative by Dr. David
                                 Darling, WNMU alumnus and former WNMU Regent. Dr. Darling had a replica of a
                                 classic 1920s - 1930s era leather football helmet created to use as the “traveling trophy”
                                 for the annual football competition between WNMU and NMHU. The victorious team
                                 keeps the trophy until such time as the annual game is played again and a winner
                                 determined. We are thankful to Dr. Darling and the other folks who assisted him in
                                 establishing this new tradition.

                                   Dr. Darling described the new tradition as follows. “Beginning in the year 2007, the
                                   winner of the annual football game between New Mexico Highlands University and
                                   Western New Mexico University shall be presented this leather football helmet trophy as
a symbol of the triumph on the football field in this competition between student representatives of these two
distinguished state universities of higher learning. The trophy shall reside in an honored place in the halls of the winning
institution until such time as the annual game is played again and a winner determined.

In a larger sense, however, there will come a day when you young scholar-athletes will look back upon this special
moment in time. You will see this helmet as a reminder that the lasting rewards of good sportsmanship and rigorous
competition are not measured only in the scores. They also are measured in the ability to win or lose with dignity and
grace -- and respect for one’s teammates and coaches as well as one’s opponents on the other side of the line.”

At Homecoming 2007, the mighty Mustang football team was victorious over the New Mexico Highlands University
Cowboys, 29-16.

                                                WNMU Mustangs Website

The Western New Mexico Athletic Department teamed up with ICS to bring you the new WNMU athletic homepage,

Founded in 1996 by Jeff Rubin, Syracuse, NY based Internet Consulting Services, Inc. has spent the past 11 years
providing clients with innovative technological solutions for their web needs. Since its founding, ICS has pioneered
technologies in web design, content management systems, e-commerce solutions, and many other areas.

“We are excited to partner up ICS team,” says Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations Victoria Stimac. “We have
talked to a few current ICS clients, and they had nothing but great things to say about the service they have received. Each
site they create is original and tailored to the school.”

Browsers can now sign up for WNMU athletic newsletters, read about WNMU’s player of the week, and keep up-to-date
on their favorite Mustang sports.

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             Yesterday’s halls                                           “Brancheau Photo Gallery”

                                   These years have been sponsored. Is your year still available?

         1900-01           John and Barbara Counts                      1972-73            Eugene Gomez
         1907-08           Mary Billings                                1976-77            John and Barbara Counts
         1940-41           Linda Kay and J.P. Jones                     1977-78            John and Barbara Counts
         1947-48           Al O’Malley                                  1979-80            Tina Ely
         1948-49           Al O’Malley                                  1981-82            Scott Woodard
         1949-50           Al O’Malley                                  1982-83            Scott Woodard
         1950-51           Al O’Malley                                  1984-85            Steve and Sharon Oizumi
         1951-52           Bailey Noble                                 1986-87            John and Barbara Counts
         1952-53           Bailey Noble                                 1987-88            John and Barbara Counts
         1953-54           Bailey Noble                                 1994-95            Linda McGee
         1954-55           Bailey Noble                                 1995-96            Linda McGee
         1955-56           Linda Kay and J.P. Jones                     2000-01            Claudia Leonard and
         1956-57           John and Barbara Counts                                         Gwen Cassel
         1957-58           John and Barbara Counts                      2004-05            Claudia Leonard and
         1966-67           John and Barbara Counts                                         Margaret Soucy
         1967-68           John and Barbara Counts                      2005-06            Meridith Drahota
         1971-72           Neal Nuttall

The Brancheau Photo Gallery featuring athletic teams throughout WNMU’s history is taking shape and growing fast. We plan to have
fifty of our years up on the walls by May. Beyond that we are prepared to pursue donors and team pictures for all years from 1895
through the current year to be completed as fast as resources allow.

A one-time donation of $150 will sponsor one class year. If you are interested in sponsoring a year, or if you have team pictures,
especially of early year teams, please call the Institutional Advancement Office at 575-538-6320 or email

The Silver City-Grant County Prospectors held a reception at Governor Bill Richardson’s Mansion in Santa Fe in recognition of the
State of New Mexico Legislators.

           Marcus Molina, WNMU Student                                                 Barbara and John Counts, Albuquerque
     Government Senator, and Danica Tarkington,                                        Chapter president, Rosina Romero, and
      Student Regent, WNMU Board of Regents,                                                    Herman Maxey ‘83	 and Mrs. Counts.	
             joined Dr.                                                              1-800-872-9668	                      575-538-6320
                                                Giving Back and Helping Others

       The Western New Mexico University Alumni Association voted to support this program. It allows alumni
       to participate in supplemental funding for the Office of Alumni Affairs and to provide for student
       scholarships. The guidelines of the program are based on annual commitment, affordability, and the
       individual alumnus conception of the worth of the education they received at WNMU.

                                                      Amount              Scholarship            Alumni            Balance
                                                      Per Year               Fund                Office            12/31/07

                               Purple Club               $25.00               $12.50                $12.50              $0.00
                                 Gold Club               $50.00               $25.00                $25.00            $50.00
                   Purple and Gold Club                  $50.00               $25.00                $25.00           $165.00
           Martinez/Fall Founders Club                 $1/year                  75%                  25%             $128.50
                                                    Since 1893
                             Mustang Club               $500.00                  90%                  10%             $55.00
                      Wild Mustang Club                $1,000 +                  90%                 10%             $100.00

                                    YES! I WOULD LIKE TO GIVE BACK TO WESTERN!

                                                Detach and return the form below.
                                            Make checks payable to “Giving Back Plan”
                                                  WNMU Alumni Association
                                                     c/o WNMU Foundation
                                                         P.O. Box 1158
                                                     Silver City NM 88062
       ----------------------------------------------------------   --------------------------------------------------------------


       Year you graduated from WNMU or attended

                                     What was your education at Western New Mexico worth?

       I would like to become a member of the following club:

                   The Purple Club                                                              The Gold Club

                   The Purple and Gold Club                                                     The Mustang Club

                   The Martinez/Fall Founders Club                                              The Wild Mustang Club

                                                    Alumni Garden Donation:
                      Robert Bodlovick ’84 – Bench in memory of Dr. Robert Omick, Dean of Arts and Letters.        	
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41st Great Race Reunion 2008
                                                                                     FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
                                                                                     REGISTRATION – ALUMNI GARDEN
                                                                                     Great Race registration fee of $10.00 includes admittance to the
                                                                                     TGIF and a special Great Race cap. (If the weather is not
                                                                                     cooperating, we will register in Hunter Hall).

                                                                                     FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 5:00 – 6:30 PM
                                                                                     TGIF – Isaac’s (corner of Broadway and Bullard)
                                                                                     Betty St. John is organizing this year’s TGIF. It will be held once
                                                                                     again at Isaac’s (located where the old Howell Drugstore once stood).
                                                                                     Socialize, reminisce, and visit with old friends while enjoying the no-
                                                                                     host bar and snacks. (No one under 21 admitted).

                                                                                     SATURDAY, APRIL 19, TBA
                                                                                     MEMORIAL FOR CONNIE COPE
                                                                                     ALUMNI GARDEN

                                                                                     SATURDAY, APRIL 19, 10:00 AM
                                                                                     FOOTBALL SCRIMMAGE – ALTAMIRANO FIELD
                                                                                     Football alumni are invited to the sidelines to interact with the
                                                                                     coaches and players during the scrimmage. After the scrimmage there
                                                                                     will be a barbeque for all football alumni.

                                                                                     SATURDAY, APRIL 19, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
                                                                                     ALUMNI DINNER – HOSTED BY DR. AND MRS. COUNTS
                        Great Race Team – 1968
                                                                                     HOME OF LINDA KAY AND J.P. JONES ‘87
                                                                                     Have fun reminiscing with old friends and enjoying a delicious
THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 7:00 PM                                                          dinner in the Jones’ beautiful backyard, while “oldies” music plays in
GREAT RACE STUDENT TALENT SHOW                                                       the background. Please indicate your attendance on the registration
FINE ARTS CENTER THEATRE                                                             form.
WNMU Alumni, Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community will be
showing off their talents! The Great Race Teams will be performing                   SUNDAY, APRIL 20, 10:00 AM
various acts. All participants are encouraged to incorporate the “60s”               THE 2008 GREAT RACE! – OLD JAMES STADIUM
in their acts. Admission is free!                                                    Let the race begin! Meet your team and other alumni at Old James
                                                                                     Stadium! Students will race at 12:00 am followed by the high school
                                                                                     race at 12:30. Alumni and VIP teams will race at 1:00 pm.

           Call early for your reservations! If you don’t see your choice here, check out this website:

Bear Mountain Lodge
(505) 538-2538                                                                       Econo Lodge
(877) 620-2327                                                                       (505) 534-1111
2251 Cottage San Road Silver City, NM 88061                                          Hwy 180 E. Silver City, NM 88061
11 rooms in an exquisitely renovated 1920s hacienda owned and operated               63 rooms with moderate rates. Indoor pool, Jacuzzi,
by The Nature Conservancy. Includes full home cooked breakfast.                      cable and continental breakfast.                                          

Comfort Inn                                                                          Holiday Inn Express
(505) 534-1883                                                                       (505) 538-2525
1060 HWY 180 Silver City, NM 88061                                                   (800)-HOLIDAY
Continental breakfast, moderate rates, indoor pool, and hot tub.                     1103 Superior Silver City, NM 88061                                                          61 rooms with available suites. Continental breakfast,   indoor spa, and
                                                                                     exercise room.
Copper Manor                                                               
(505) 538-5392
(800)-853-2916                                                                       Super 8 Motel
HWY 180 East Silver City, NM 88061                                                   (505) 388-1983
65 rooms with moderate rates, full service motel. Indoor pool and spa. Suites        (800)-800-8000
available. HBO and other freebies. Located near Red Barn Family                      HWY 180 E. Silver City, NM 88061
Steakhouse.                                                                          69 rooms with moderate rates. Business suites available. Continental breakfast
                                                                                     and rights to use local gym in Silver City.
Drifter Motel                                                              
(505) 538-2916
(800)-853-2916                                                                       The Palace Hotel
HWY 180 East Silver City, NM 88061                                                   (505) 388-1811
69 Rooms with moderate rates. Outdoor pool, HBO, and restaurant. Lounge              106 W. Broadway Silver City, NM 88061
featuring a happy hour, pool tables, and dancing.                                    18 rooms located in historic downtown. European styling, cable TV and
                                                                                     continental breakfast. Coupon available on web sight.
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                                        GREAT RACE ALUMNI REUNION 2008

Mailing Address
Email address
                                            Event                     Number of People           Amount
                           Registration Fee @ $10.00/person *         #                          $
                           TGIF, April 18                             #                              0
                           Alumni dinner, April 19                    #                              0
                                                           Totals     #                          $
                  * The registration fee of $10.00 includes admittance to the TGIF and a special Great Race cap.

                                     Registration: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., Friday, April 18
                                   Make checks payable to: Great Race Alumni Reunion
                                        Send this form along with your check to:

                                                    Office of Alumni Affairs
                                                    Western New Mexico University
                                                    P.O. Box 680
                                                    Silver City NM 88062

 Name of Alumni Team:                                              Team Captain:

 Team Members:
 1.   (Driver)                                 6.                                     11.

 2.                                            7.                                     12.

 3.                                            8.                                     13.

 4.                                            9.                                     14.

 5.                                            10.                                    15.


 Name of Participant(s):

 Type of Talent/Name of Act:

 Equipment Needed:	         
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Nick Chintis ‘48
May 26th, 1917 – December 13th, 2007

Nick Chintis, Western New Mexico University
Athletic Hall of Fame member, Bataan Death
March survivor, and former WNMU Director of
Field Service, Placement and Alumni Relations, died in                 "After eating nothing but rice for three and a half years, I was
Tucson, Arizona in December at the age of 90. He is survived           in Veterans Administration Hospitals for some time suffering
by his wife, Jeanne, and their children, Michael and Steven            from malaria or something like it," Chintis said in an interview
Chintis, and Dougan and Jonathan Anderson.                             several years ago. "But I had one year of eligibility left in
                                                                       football and I wanted to play, so I did. I ended up being able to
Chintis came to Silver City from Indiana with New Mexico               play about every other game that season. I'd play a game and
State Teachers College's (now WNMU) first basketball coach             then end up [hospitalized] at Fort Bayard and then come back
Kenneth "Bucket" Gunning and four of the first Mustang                 to play another one."
basketball players. This historic team would go on to beat
Loyola University and UCLA in the 1939 Rose Bowl                       After receiving his Bachelor of Science in Education in 1948,
Basketball Tournament. An exceptional athlete, Chintis was             Chintis taught and coached in Bayard, then was a supervisor
also named to the Al-Conference football squad in 1939 and             for the Grant County School District before returning to
1940.                                                                  WNMU as a member of the staff. He went on to earn master’s
                                                                       degrees in both administration and guidance and counseling,
War intervened, however, and Nick decided to join the New              and was instrumental in recruiting students and athletes for his
Mexico National Guard, a path that would lead him and many             university.
of his fellow guardsmen into one of the darkest events of the
Pacific Theater in World War II. After surviving the Bataan            “Nick Chintis was a wonderful example of the high caliber of
Death March and nearly 4 years as a slave laborer in a                 individuals that WNMU has been honored to have graduate
Japanese prisoner of war camp, and earning a Bronze Star,              over the years,” stated Dr. John Counts. “As a student,
two Presidential Unit Citations and a Purple Heart, Chintis            athlete, and employee at Western he served with great class
decided to return to NMSTC and finish his education. He also           and distinction. He was a fine man and will be missed. Our
wanted to play football.                                               condolences go to his family and friends.”

Connie Cope ‘72
February 18, 2008

                                  We are deeply saddened by the news of the passing of our dear friend and classmate Connie Lou
                                  Cope. There are really no words that can express our sense of loss and grief. Connie accomplished
                                  something that we will always remember, bringing many of us together after a lapse of 40 years, in
                                  a truly memorable reunion experience. Who can forget that contagious smile, or that lovely
                                  southern accent. Connie was a true force of nature, and her enthusiasm was infectious.

                                  Connie Lou left us at 7:19 P.M., Monday, February 18, 2008 after a lengthy battle with
                                  complications following heart surgery. At her side were her brothers Johnny and Tommy Cope,
                                  and nephew little Johnny.

                                  We miss her now....we will miss her always. …Walt Winkowski

                                  Walt has set up the Connie Lou Cope Memorial Fund. It will be used for scholarships and a
memorial in the Alumni Garden. Following is the information if you would like to donate to the fund. Make the check to “WNMU
Foundation” and either include “Connie Cope” in the memo or attach a letter indicating the money should go to that fund. Mail to
WNMU Foundation, P.O. Box 1158, Silver City NM 88062.	          
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                            2000s                                         Adrian Guerrero, 48, passed away on January 16, 2008, after
                                                                          a courageous fight against cancer. He was a resident of
Andrea Annette Egger, 39, passed away on November 26,
                                                                          Alamogordo, NM. Adrian earned a degree in journalism from
2007, in Gallup, NM. She graduated from WNMU with a Master
                                                                          WNMU but decided on a career in law enforcement. He
of Arts in Teaching in 2007. She was also an accomplished
                                                                          achieved success as a police officer, schools administrator and
journalist and writer. Andrea is survived by her parents and
                                                                          community volunteer. Adrian is survived by his wife, Laura, and
her brothers and sisters.
                                                                          their daughter.
Eric Scott Kennedy, 21, passed away on September 28,
                                                                          Judith Morton Shuster , 52, passed away unexpectedly in
2007, as the result of an automobile accident. Eric was a
                                                                          Albuquerque, NM, on January 10, 2008. Judy graduated from
senior at WNMU, studying forestry/wildlife. He is survived by
                                                                          WNMU with a B.A. in English and history 1982, and was an
his parents, grandparents, and his brother and sister.
                                                                          accomplished medical writer and editor with a 20-year career
                                                                          in medical communications. She is survived by her husband,
Salvador Puentes, 23, passed away on September 28, 2007,
                                                                          Cy, her sons and a granddaughter.
as the result of an automobile accident. Sal was a senior at
WNMU majoring in forestry/wildlife. He is survived by his
                                                                                Bruce St. Clair Walton, 77, passed away in
parents, grandparents, brother, and sisters.
                                                                                Albuquerque, NM on January 20, 2008. Bruce served in
                                                                          the U.S. Army in Iran shortly after World War II, then worked in
Reina “Tina” Rippa, 55, passed away on November 1, 2007.
                                                                          Virginia as a distributor for the Washington Post and as an
Tina received her AA in Liberal Studies in 2001, and was the
                                                                          accountant before attending college. He earned his BA (1988)
Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs at
                                                                          and MBA (1989) through studies at both George Mason
WNMU from 1999 until the time of her death. She is survived
                                                                          University and WNMU, and eventually moved his tax business
by her husband, Paul (’83), two sons, her parents, a brother
                                                                          to Albuquerque. Bruce was preceded in death by his wife,
and two sisters. She was preceded in death by a son and a
                                                                          Mary, and is survived by their children.

                            1990s                                                                     1970s
                                                                          Heber Clyde “HC” Black, 64, passed away in Logan, UT on
Vila Hughey Arciero, 52, passed away in her Deming home                   Nov. 15, 2007. After graduating from WNMU, Heber worked for
on August 2, 2007. Vila received her Bachelor of Social Work              the Bureau of Indian Affairs and with the Cherokee and Navajo
degree from WNMU in 1995 and devoted her life to helping                  Nations as a teacher, grant writer and mentor. Heber is
people in need. She is survived by her husband, A.J., and their           survived by his wife, Loretta, his children, grandchildren, and
children.                                                                 his mother.
Hortencia Sandoval Milo, 58, passed away in Las Cruces,
NM on August 28, 2007. Hortencia received her bachelor’s                        Douglas Martin Dean, Sr., 54, of Bend, OR, passed
degree in Education from WNMU in 1995, and worked as a                          away on May 12, 2007, from complications with cancer.
bilingual teacher. She was preceded in death by her husband,              Doug served in the United States Navy as a medic during the
Juan, who passed away on July 6, 2007. She is survived by                 Vietnam War. After graduating from WNMU with a teaching
her daughters and grandsons.                                              degree in 1979, he taught physical education and worked as a
                                                                          smoke jumper during the summers. Doug was the recipient of
                            1980s                                         Nike’s Outstanding Educator Award in Children’s Fitness in
      Benny D. Abalos Jr., 49, passed away on Friday,                     2000. Doug is survived by his wife, Kathi, and his children,
      September 7, 2007, in Las Cruces, NM after a lengthy                stepchildren, and grandchildren.
battle with diabetes and renal disease. Benny served his
country in the United States Air Force and worked as a
machinist after attending WNMU. He is survived by his parents                   Richard L. Ransom, 74, passed away in Santa Fe, NM
and two children.                                                               on January 20, 2008. A U.S. Army veteran of the Korean
                                                                          War, Dick received his master’s degree from WNMU and
Brit Lee Barnes, 47, died Monday, November 12, 2007, in                   taught science and special education classes for 37 years. He
Jones County, Texas. After graduating from WNMU, Brit taught              is survived by his wife, Dianne, and their children and
high school mathematics and coached football for over 20                  grandchildren.
years in Texas schools. Football is part of the Barnes family
tradition as Brit’s father, Searove Lee Barnes (’59), was                                             1960s
WNMU’s football MVP in 1957. Brit is survived by his wife,                      Kenneth Leroy Sparks, 76, passed away in Houston,
Sally, his children, and his parents.                                           TX on December 14, 2007. Ken was a U.S. Army
                                                                          paratrooper during the Korean War. He received his Master of
      Lt. Frank Jay Cathey, 52, of Deming, NM, passed away                Arts degree in Art Education in 1961 from WNMU. He later
      August 11, 2007, at the Heart Hospital of New Mexico in             served as the Director of the WNMU Physical Plant. Ken is
Albuquerque. Frank served his country in the United States Air            survived by his children and step-children.
Force then earned an Associate of Science in Criminal Justice
at WNMU. Frank was employed by the Luna, NM County                        Esther Valdez-Montoya, 57, passed away on Dec. 1, 2007.
Sheriff’s Department since 1979. He is survived by his children           Esther received her Bachelor of Arts in Teaching (1968) and
and grandchildren.                                                        her MAT from WNMU. She taught for Clifton (AZ) Public	             	                            1-800-872-9668	                      575-538-6320
Schools for nearly 25 years and was also an instructor at                                        NMSTC Alumni
Northern Arizona University’s Education Department. Esther is
survived by her husband, Luis, and their children and                      Lillian Wise Craton, 92, passed away in Minden, LA, on
grandchildren.                                                             October 19, 2007. Lillian did postgraduate work at New Mexico
                                                                           State Teachers College and began her teaching career in
                             1950s                                         1938. She retired in 1976. Lillian was preceded in death by her
                                                                           husband of 58 years, James, and a great-grandson. She is
       Ben D. Altamirano, 77, of Silver City, passed away at               survived by her children, grandchildren and a great-grandson.
       his home December 27, 2007. (Please see feature
article.)                                                                  LaRoi A. Hartigan, 90, passed away in Las Cruces, NM on
                                                                           October 16, 2007. LaRoi graduated from the New Mexico
      Domitilia 'Domie' Chavez Thornton, age 67, passed                    State Teacher's College and went on to study design in
      away in Tahlequah, OK, on July 22, 2007. Domie was a                 California. She and her family eventually started a now-
WNMU cheerleader while she attended WNMU. She served in                    successful construction company. LaRoi is survived by her
the U.S. Army and, after graduation, worked as a special                   daughter and grandchildren.
education teacher at Belen (NM) Middle School, and later as a
home health care provider. She is survived by her children and                          Continuing Education Alumni
                                                                           Lela Irene Samples, 85, passed away in Fort Worth, TX on
Jeri Kelsay Devlin, 76, passed away on Oct. 12, 2007, in                   January 14, 2008. A registered nurse in Luna County, NM, for
Reading, PA. Jeri received her Bachelor of Arts degree in                  many years, Lela attended WMNU for continuing education
Education from WNMU in 1952, and pursued a career that                     purposes throughout her professional life. She is survived by
included teaching and school administration. She also founded              her husband of 61 years, Bill, and their children and
a school for mentally handicapped children in Santa Fe, NM.                grandchildren.
Jeri is survived by her children, grandchildren, and great-

Mary Lucille Law, 68, passed away at her home in Bassett,
NE on Sept. 25, 2007. Mary attended WNMU then primarily                    Representative Manuel G. “Manny” Herrera
worked in administrative roles for diverse organizations                   December 3, 1936 – October 21, 2007
including law enforcement, retail and various radio
broadcasters. She is survived by her husband, Bob, their sons                                          Rep. Herrera held the District 39
and daughter, and their grandchildren.                                                                 seat, which stretches from Hurley
                                                                                                       to Hachita, and includes part of the
       Adolf Torres, 77, passed away on October 19, 2007.                                              Silver City area. He served in the
       Adolf graduated from WNMU in 1953 with a degree in                                              New Mexico House of
industrial arts and physical education. After college he served                                        Representatives from 1998 until he
in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany, where he met                                            passed away in 2007.
his wife of 49 years. Adolph is survived by his wife, Erica, and                                       Manny believed that the function of
their children and grandchildren                                                                       government was to facilitate fair
                                                                                                       access and utmost respect for all
                             1940s                                                                     his constituents.

       Nicholas “Nick” Chintis, 90, of Silver City, passed away                                         Before running for the Legislature,
       in Tucson, AZ December 13, 2007. (Please see feature                                             Manny was elected to terms as
article.)                                                                    Check out the latest list of available jobs Bayard, New
                                                                           mayor, city councilor and municipal judge inat Western New Mexico Unive
                                                                           Mexico. Manny was employed by Phelps Dodge Mining
Hardy “Hank” Maston Snow, Jr., passed away December 27,                    Company for 23 years and retired in 1992.
2007, in Orlando, Florida, at the age of 80. After serving in the
United States Navy during World War II, Hank attended                      Manny is survived by his wife, Kathleen, and four children.
WNMU. He moved to St. Petersburg, FL, after the war to
become a recognized leader in the bail bond industry. He is
survived by his wife, Norma, and their children, grandchildren,
and great-grand children.

                             1930s                                       Check out the latest list of available jobs at Western New Mexico
Janet Stewart Harrison, 93, of Las Cruces, NM, passed away
on October 17, 2007, at her residence. Janet attended New                 
Mexico State Teachers College, now WNMU, and began her
teaching career in 1936. She returned to WNMU and received
her master’s degree in 1965. Janet was preceded in death by
her husband of 64 years, Victor Harrison, who died in April,
2007. She is survived by her daughters.	              	                            1-800-872-9668	                      575-538-6320
                                      Mystery photo - do you know any of these students?

Laverne Rison gave us this picture. On the back of the picture it says “1946.” Laverne said she is the girl on the far right.
Fellow alumnus, Jimmie Jones, suggested the young man sitting at the table might be Richard Cummings, and the dark
haired young lady to the right of him, looking down at the table, might be Betty Butterfield. Let us know if you can
identify anyone else in this picture. Call 575-538-6320 or email We will even accept “snail mail.”
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Ben D. Altamirano
October 17th, 1930 – December 27th, 2007

                            Western New Mexico University         counties - until his death late in 2007. Ben was chairman of
                            lost a dear friend and alumnus this   the Finance Committee for 17 years before being selected by
                            past December when Ben                his colleagues to serve as Senate President Pro Tempore.
                            Altamirano died of a heart attack
                            in his Silver City home at the age    "He was a gentleman in a place that does not always treat
                            of 77. He is survived by his wife,    gentlemen kindly,” said House Speaker Ben Lujan. “He was a
                            Nina, and their sons, Ben Jr. and     statesman in a place that too frequently rewards those with
                            Paul, and their daughter, Yolanda     more narrow concerns. He brought a calm, reasonable voice to
                            Manzano.                              a place that needs more calm and more reason." Lujan also
                                                                  noted that legislation sponsored during the 2007 session by
                             For four decades, Ben represented    Altamirano took effect on New Year's Day 2008 - an increase
                             his alma mater in Santa Fe and he    in the state minimum wage that will benefit some of the
                             is remembered by all who knew        lowest-paid workers in New Mexico.
him – locally, regionally, and state-wide - as a compassionate
public servant and a generous individual. New Mexico              Altamirano’s lifelong service was recognized in 2000 when he
Governor Bill Richardson referred to Altamirano as “a true        was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws from WNMU. One
statesman whose love for New Mexico helped him earn the           year later, our football field was named in his honor. Ben’s
respect of everyone who crossed his path.”                        smiling face was a common and always welcomed sight on
                                                                  this campus, and it will be sadly missed.
In 1946, Ben Altamirano enlisted in the United States Army
and served with the post-World War II occupation forces in        Dr. Counts said, “The entire WNMU family is deeply
Europe. After he returned from his military service, Ben          saddened by the loss of our respected senator and friend,
married Nina Melendrez, started a grocery store business, and     Senate Pro Tem Ben Altamirano. Our sincerest condolences
attended Western New Mexico University.                           go to his wife, Nina, his family and his many friends. Senator
                                                                  Altamirano did more for WNMU than probably anyone in the
Altamirano began his political career on the Silver City Town     history of New Mexico. He will be greatly missed.”
Council and the Grant County Commission. In 1970, he was
elected to the New Mexico Senate, taking office the next year
and representing District 28 – Grant, Catron and Socorro

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