What is WILL?

What is WILL?

Will is a grass-roots organization created by residents and a partner of Western New Mexico University in Silver City. At WILL, learning is a lifetime adventure for intellectual and personal discovery in a supportive and informal setting.

Western New Mexico University
1000 W. College Avenue, Juan Chacon
Bldg RM 108, Silver City, New Mexico 88061.
info@will-learning.com | 575-538-6835.

60 - 70 Courses Each Semester

60 - 70 Courses Each Semester

WILL members bring talents and life experiences to WILL, making our courses and social events lively places to learn. WILL course schedules are made available to the public weeks prior to the semester start. Members sign up via email, online, or by visiting the office.

Join at the Fall, Spring or Summer semester Sign-up Social and attend great courses!

Lectures & Programs Open to the Public

Lectures & Programs Open to the Public

The Artist Lecture Series brings professional artists and writers who exchange ideas in presenting their work in literature, fine arts and a host of other topics. Lectures and Lunch & Learns are free and open to the public.

If ongoing learning outside the traditional classroom appeals to you, then join us.



Fall 2016 Courses now online. Member signup begins August 25, 8:00 am. More info here.
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$75 a year shows your support for Life Long Learning, our community and all the classes you want to take all year long! More . . .

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Brian Fuller gave several options of how to use our smart phones to navigate our surroundings. No one should ever loose their car in the parking lot with the knowledge we gained. ... See MoreSee Less

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27) Grant County Food Security
Facilitators: John Conway, Kristin Lundgren, Rita Herbst
Enrollment Limit: 50
Date/Time: 1 session: Thursday: August 4: 9:30 – 10:30 am
Location: TBD
Fee: $1.00 for use of the Volunteer Center

We'll focus on several aspects of food security in Grant County through the lens of The Volunteer Center including emergency food assistance, local food production, and local food growing. John, our food pantry coordinator, will discuss how our food distributions work and why they are important. Rita, our Nuevos Comienzos Community Kitchen manager, will talk about our commercial kitchen and how we are trying to promote local economy through small food businesses. Kristin, our garden coordinator, will discuss how local food production can influence our local food security in a positive way.
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20) Brownies, of Course
Facilitator: Maryanne Coppinger
Enrollment Limit: 14
Date/Time: 1 session: Friday: August 5: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: $4.00 for supplies & church kitchen

Take them to a picnic, take them on a hike, take them to Grandma’s house, or take them to the sofa for a Netflix binge. Learn how to handle a butter-rich batter so your brownies are always fudgy, not yucky, inside.
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4) A Biographer's Journey: A Brief Look with Some Thoughts and Suggestions
Facilitator: Ron Hamm
Enrollment Limit: 20
Date/Time: 1 session: Monday: August 1: 10:00 – 11:30 am
Location: TBD
Fee: None

This is a one and a half hour class designed to introduce students to what biography is, types of biography, and how to get started. Here we will share some in-class exercises to stimulate the process, and I will offer some thoughts on writing with emphasis on pre-writing, drafting, revising and editing.

FACILITATOR BIO: Ron just completed his third biography entitled Ross Calvin: Interpreter of the Southwest. He holds a PhD from Texas A & M and taught English for three colleges, including W
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22) Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Making
Facilitators: Doug Dexter & Eric Ockerhausen
Enrollment Limit: 12
Date/Time: 1 session: Friday: July 29: 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: $3.00 for supplies

Join a few WILL members at a private residence to make and enjoy homemade ice cream. Participants are encouraged to send in your favorite old-time (grandma's) homemade ice cream recipes and join the ensuing merriment.
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