2016 declare your major rsManuel Rodriguez, Director of the WNMU Language Institute, grills during last spring's Declare Your Major event, jointly hosted by the WNMU's Humanities and Business departments.Silver City, NM – Western New Mexico University students will have a couple of opportunities to learn about some of the institution's departments and officially declare their majors at upcoming Declare Your Major events.

The School of Education scheduled a Declare Your Major Night in the Intramural Gym on Tuesday, October 24, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Humanities and Business departments set their Fall Carnival Declare Your Major Night for Wednesday, October 25, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the parking lot between Hunter and Bowden halls.

The School of Education's event is "for all un-declared students in the university at large or for prospective students," according to Dr. Trinidad Tolar, who headed the organizing committee.

Students can hear from School of Education alumni and engage in activities related to subjects like math, early childhood, reading, art and psychology. Computer-equipped kiosks will be set up in the gym, so students can register for classes or declare their majors on-site.

The School of Education will provide finger foods and give prizes for the first 50 students to walk in the door.

The Fall Carnival is open to all current students and is themed in order to make it worthwhile for everyone — even students who have already decided on their majors. Participants can enjoy free food, play games and carve pumpkins.

WNMU's Humanities and Business departments partnered with the Alumni Office, Associated Students of WNMU and Interdisciplinary studies to host Fall Carnival Declare Your Major Night.

"We'll have booths where undeclared students can speak with faculty and alumni, ask questions and find more information about majors and minors. The students will have access to a QR code that grants them the ability to declare their major or minor straight from their phone," said Estere Lucero, Administrator of the Humanities Department and organizer of the Fall Carnival.

The Humanities and Business departments are hosting the Fall Carnival partly as a way to give back to their students and say thank you but mostly to inform students about their offerings. "Our main goal is to recruit students, but we also wanted to keep it fun, like a fall festival," Lucero said.

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