Several things have been happening with Western New Mexico University recently to suggest the school is working on its image. The first sign was a call from university spokeswoman Julie Morales several weeks ago, when she told the Daily Press that university president John Counts would be meeting one-on-one with members of the community.
We were told at the time that a meeting with Daily Press staff would be scheduled. Then, we heard nothing.
Last week, two invitiations were sent to our office for a ‘presidential forum,’ to be hosted by Counts on August 3. While the university is my beat, invitations were sent to our publisher, Tina Ely, and my colleague Mary Alice Murphy.
Now, Tina wasn’t going to be able to attend, so when Mary Alice called and RSVP’d, she informed the university I would be going instead. This morning, we received a call from the president’s office stating the event is “invitation only,” and that those not on the guest list would not be allowed inside.
I guess the university doesn’t want me there.