Student Crowned Miss Albuquerque

By: Jyllian Roach, Editor-In-Chief | Photo By: Scott M. Roberts, Art Director

While Miss Albuquerque, Stephanie Chavez will focus on child literacy.
While Miss Albuquerque, Stephanie Chavez will focus on child literacy.

Communications major Stephanie Chavez has won the title of Miss Albuquerque 2013.

Chavez won the title on Feb. 9 after previously winning the titles of Miss Doña Ana County 2012 and Miss Albuquerque 2012, she said.

“It feels great. It’s a little surreal, just get­ting used to the title, but I’m just staying in school and keeping things as normal as possible,” she said.

Chavez’s goal as Miss Albuquerque is to focus on child lit­eracy because reading was something she struggled with as a child, she said.

To help children who struggle with lit­eracy, Chavez visits Albuquerque-area schools and shares her story and how practicing gave her a love of reading.

“I just teach them that reading can be fun, it’s not just for school,” she said.

She has worked mostly with pre­school and elemen­tary school chil­dren because she understands the impact illiteracy can have on a stu­dent, she said.

Students who struggle with read­ing are often looked upon as bad students and do not always get the support they need, she said.

The next step in her pageant career is the Miss New Mexico competi­tion on June 23, she said.

If Chavez wins the title, she said she will be taking her literacy project statewide so that she can help as many children as possible.

Should Chavez win Miss New Mexico, she said she would have the opportunity to com­pete in the Miss America competition.

Unlike televi­sion shows like “Toddlers and Tiaras” that give the impression that beauty pag­eants focus solely on physical appear­ance, Chavez said that the pageants emphasize service and intellect.

“Often on these televisions shows, we see parents pushing the chil­dren. It should be the child’s choice. Pageants teach good lessons about win­ning and losing, but at the same time, these kids don’t want to compete and it’s the moth­ers or the families pushing them to do so,” said Chavez.

She said the pag­eants also helped her with public speaking and confidence, but that it was always her choice to enter the pageants.

The Miss America organiza­tion is the largest women’s scholar­ship provider in the nation, she said.

The winner of Miss New Mexico will receive a $10,000 scholar­ship and the winner of Miss America is awarded a $50,000 scholarship.

“It is a huge help as a college stu­dent,” she said.

Chavez said that she realizes pag­eants are stereo­typed as being only about looks, but that it is a stereo­type she hopes to help break.

Chavez encour­ages any students that want to com­pete for a local title to do so by going to missnewmexico. org, she said.

Miss Albuquerque Fun Fact

CNM finalist for excellence award in student success

By: Jyllian Roach, Editor-In-Chief

CNM is one of five finalists in the American Association of Community Colleges 2013 Excellence Awards.

The school is a final­ist in the new category of Student Success, pri­marily for the creation of CNM Connect, said Director of Marketing and Communications Brad Moore.

President Kathie Winograd said she is very happy for the school to be named a finalist.

“Being named as a finalist for the AACC Student Success Award is a highly appreciated affir­mation of the great work that is constantly being done at CNM for the cause of student success. We are definitely honored to have been named one of five finalists for this esteemed national award,” said Winograd.

Moore said Connect, which offers both on-campus services like achievement coaching; scholarship information and workshops and off-campus assistance for food stamps, legal ser­vices, housing and even child care placement, has been emulated by more than 20 other colleges since it was created in 2011, and is credited with higher student retention.

The creative approach of CNM Connect has led to an increase in student retention, said Moore. About 80 percent of first-time students who used the programs in fall 2011 returned the following term, whereas only 71 percent of new students who did not use the program returned, he said.

Similarly, 75 percent of non-first-time stu­dents who spoke to some­one at Connect returned, compared to only 67 percent of non-first-time students who did not speak with a Connect employee, he said.

Winograd said that this speaks well of the program’s success.

“The development of CNM Connect, which is a very innova­tive service with a fresh approach to serving stu­dents in a more holistic way, has led to great progress in how we support our students. There is great promise for this student-support model,” she said.

Connect was not the only factor in CNM’s position as a finalist, said Moore.

Increases to gradu­ation, transfer and dual credit rates played a role as well, as have the 16 program-specific transfer agreements created between CNM and UNM, he said.

The winner of the Student Success award will be named on April 23, at the AACC annual con­vention in San Francisco, according to the organi­zations website.

Winograd, Vice President for Academic Affairs Sydney Gunthorpe and CNM Connect Executive Director Ann Lyn Hall will be in attendance to accept the award, should CNM win, said Moore.

Whether or not CNM wins, Winograd said she is happy that the school has been recognized.

“There is so much terrific work that goes on at CNM every single day in the name of help­ing students succeed. I say very often that I think CNM is one of the best community col­leges in the country.

And I firmly believe that. We have so many devoted faculty and staff who care deeply about helping our stu­dents achieve their aca­demic and career goals, and they work very hard to make it happen. That commitment is very evi­dent in our increasing graduation numbers,” she said.

Growth in graduates and dual credit students since 2006

Registration program to assist in return of lost, stolen bikes

By Daniel Johnson, Staff Reporter

The new bike reg­istration program on campus is a free and easy process that could assist security in returning stolen or lost bikes, said Security Lieutenant Bernard Rogers.

Registering a bike will give security detailed information such as brand, model, color, wheel size, value, and type of bike which allows officers a better opportunity to search for and locate a missing bike, he said.

To register a bike, owners must complete a simple registration form, he said.

“We are happy and proud to register any student, faculty or staff member that has a bike because the main goal is to try and prevent bikes from being stolen at all,” said Rogers.

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Editorial: Congratulations to CNM

By The CNM Chronicle Editorial Board

  The CNM Chronicle Publication Board would like to extend its con­gratulations to CNM, and specifi­cally to CNM Connect, for a job well done in becoming a finalist for an AACC award, as mentioned in “CNM finalist in excellence award for stu­dent success” in this week’s edition.

Being one of five finalists in an award for student success is a great honor, and we are proud that CNM has gone to such great lengths in cre­ating the CNM Connect program.

The employees of Connect work hard to help students both academi­cally and in their personal lives.

The staff in the Connect offices often has heavily booked schedules, yet always seems to make time for any student who needs assistance.

This program has helped many students find homes, get scholarships and much more, and the Editorial Board is very happy to see CNM and the program recognized for its work.

Letter to the Editor in Response to Vol. 18 Iss. 19 ‘Disturbance in SRC leads to arrest’

By Sally Moore, Terry Dominguez, Chioma Heim

 Featuring the article about the dis­turbance in the SRC as the lead for the Chronicle with the photograph of person who caused the chaos on the front page of the Chronicle was disturbing to us. Is it the Chronicle’s intent to publish pictures of students that act out at CNM? There is no question that this individual’s actions were potentially very harmful and certainly alarming given the fact that across the country students have been shot and killed.

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Letter to the Editor: In Response to Vol. 18, Iss. 20 ‘Empty Seats, honors society members fail to attend election’

By Rick Abraham, PTK Member

  As I read your article, “Empty Seats: Honors society members fail to attend elections,” February 5, 2013, about the lack of participation at the PTK elections, I was also concerned about the attendance issue. I joined Phi Theta Kappa last year and I have tried to participate as often as I can. The problem isn’t with attendees not caring or wanting to participate, as President Levi Turner would have you believe. The problem is extremely poor communications from Alpha Upsilon Chi chapter. I addressed these concerns via Facebook and email, but only was given excuses as to why nothing was happening.

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Vigils of peace

By Shaya Rogers, Features Reporter | Photo Illustration by Jonathan Gamboa

Employee celebrates 30 years protesting at Sandia Weapons Lab

Former instructor Chuck Hosking celebrates 30 years of peaceful protest outside the Sandia Weapons Lab.
Former instructor Chuck Hosking celebrates 30 years of peaceful protest outside the Sandia Weapons Lab.

 Former CNM instruc­tor and current Disability Resource Center note taker Chuck Hosking is celebrating 30 years of peaceful protest outside of Sandia Weapons Lab.

He has held more than 16,000 protests just out­side the entrances to the weapons lab and hopes that his peace vigil will inspire the Sandia employ­ees to consider what effect their career has on others, he said.

“Basically, what I’d like to do is to get these employees to think about something other than weapons of mass destruc­tion; to think about the ethical implications of their work,” he said.

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Students invent new product to curb texting and driving accidents

By Adriana Avila, Managing Editor | Photo courtesy Greg Mascarena

Students Greg and Daisy Mascarena attribute their success to attending CNM.
Students Greg and Daisy Mascarena attribute their success to attending CNM.

In just three months Business Administration major Greg Mascarena and former Health Information Technology major Daisy Mascarena invented a hands-free smartphone accessory which they hope will prevent texting and driving accidents.

The product is a wrist strap that attaches to a smartphone so that wearers can talk on speakerphone while doing other things, said Greg Mascarena.

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Crazy about movies

By Daniel Johnson, Staff Reporter

Pschology class explores mental illness in film

The Psychology and Film class, PSY 2233, was developed to focus on the por­trayal of mental dis­orders in film and discuss whether those portrayals are accurate or inaccurate regard­ing the disorders refer­enced, said Full-time Psychology instructor Jane Bardal.

Mental illness is normally associated with violence in media and film and even though some tragic incidents occur, not all mentally ill individuals are violent, she said.

“The inaccuracies of mental disorders in film have a major impact on mentally ill people in a negative way, so we look at what is portrayed accurately, but more importantly, what is inaccurately portrayed in films like “A Beautiful Mind” and “Psycho”,” she said.

Looking at the symptoms, causes and treatments for major mental disorders is a big part of the core curriculum, she said.

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Theater group gets ‘Sketchy’

By Jamison Wagner, Staff Reporter | Photo by Jonathan Gamboa

Students in the production of “Sketchy 2” rehearse “Shelley the clam,” which is one of 12 sketches to be performed.
Students in the production of “Sketchy 2” rehearse “Shelley the clam,” which is one of 12 sketches to be performed.

The Student Theatre group has created a vari­ety of comedic sketches for two weekends, said production Director and full-time Theater instruc­tor Susan Erickson.

“Sketchy 2,” which will run on Feb. 21 to 23 and March 1 to3 in portable building ST-17B, will be an hour of comedic shorts written by and starring students, she said.

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