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.

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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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24) Mine Tour
Facilitator: Terry Humble
Enrollment Limit: 10
Date/Time: 1 session: Friday: September 30: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: $5.00 for Corre Caminos van

Ride a comfortable Corre Caminos van along Highway 356 in the mining district with interpretive stops along the way to the Santa Rita pit overlook. View and discuss the last of the remaining old mineshaft head frames in the mining communities of Bayard, Vanadium and Hanover. See the Empire Zinc mineshaft head frame that inspired the infamous 1951 strike and resulting 1954 documentary, Salt of the Earth, the only film banned by the U.S. Government. Your guide will be Terry Humble, a native Grant Countian, whose father also worked the mines of Grant County. Terry was a mechanic for Santa Rita mine and retired in 2001. He is a local historian who has co-written three books about this area's mining. Come along as he discusses the fascinating history of the most productive mining area in the entire state of New Mexico.
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33) Buck's Thriller Dance Moves
Facilitator: Buck Burns
Enrollment Limit: 30
Date/Time: 3 sessions: Fridays: September 30, October 7, 14: 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Location: WNMU
Fee: None

Choreographed dancing to Michael Jackson's Thriller. Fun and exercise, learning the 3 minutes of dance made famous in the movie. Fun and great exercise for a group.
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30) A Voyage Through the Heart
Facilitator: James Skee
Enrollment Limit: 20
Date/Time: 1 session: Thursday: September 29: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Location: TBD
Fee: None

Dr. Skee will teach a one and half hour class on 1) the anatomy of the heart, 2) heart function, 3) heart problems (including heart disease, blockages, treatments, etc.) and 4) how to avoid heart problems. The second half of this one day class will be the dissection of a pig heart where Dr. Skee will show the anatomy to give all an appreciation for the complexity and delicacy of this amazing organ. Anyone interested may physically touch the heart. Anyone who is squeamish, may decide to not take this class or leave before the dissection portion.
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WILL Lunch and Learn - Andrea Warner and Jeff Goin - Silver City Seva

Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 12 NOON to 1:00 p.m.
WNMU, 12th St, Global Resource Center, 1st Floor ABC Room
FREE and Open-to-the-Public.

Synopsis: An important (and admirable) quality of Silver City residents is that we are community-oriented. A byproduct of our caring about community is that there are many non-profit, service-oriented organizations … and, thus, many opportunities to serve. "Seva" is a Sanskrit word which means “selfless service,” or work performed without any thought of reward or repayment. In this Lunch & Learn session, we will explore both the inner and outer paths of being of service to others, enhancing our community, and, as a result, becoming better people.

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Andrea is the Executive Director of The Volunteer Center of Grant County. After 14 years of living and volunteering in Mimbres she has recently moved to Silver City with her husband and two school age children. She and her husband have owned and operated a local woodcraft business for over 20 years. Staying home with her children for the last 10 years she found many opportunities to be of service in Mimbres: running the Community Garden, gardening with the children at San Lorenzo School, helping to distribute food at the local food pantry, and serving as a board member for Mimbres Valley Health Action League. She is a practitioner of Karma Yoga, the practice of selfless service to humanity whereby a spiritual seeker attempts to give their actions selflessly without hoping for merit, fame, or glory.

Jeff is former national budget manager of Greenpeace U.S. A resident of Silver City since 2007, he co-founded Single Socks, a non-profit thrift store that donates hundreds of thousands of dollars to anti-hunger programs in Grant County, New Mexico. He holds an MBA in finance from George Washington University, a B.A. in economics from University of Northern Colorado, and is a practicing Mahayana Buddhist. Jeff is founder and director of Lotus Center, a Silver City non-profit organization that provides instruction and opportunities to practice Yoga, Tai Chi, other forms of contemplative movement, and meditation. He has been teaching and leading secular meditations in Silver City, on a volunteer basis, since 2008. His classes provide practical ideas and methods for improving relationships, overcoming anger, dealing with stress and, in general, establishing and maintaining peaceful states of mind.

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reezing, Drying & Canning the Home Garden
Facilitator: Judy O'Loughlin
Enrollment Limit: 12
Date/Time: 2 sessions: Tuesday & Thursday: September 27, 29: 9:00 - 11:30 am
Location: TBD
Fee: None

Learn safe techniques for freezing, drying and water-bath canning. Class will be taught by the home economist for NMSU's Grant County Extension Service.
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