CNM Student Clubs and Organizations 2014

Student Clubs and Organizations 2014

If you are interested in joining or would like more information about one of the following Chartered Student Organizations (CSO), please see contact information below to obtain the CSO Advisors contact information. By joining a CSO, you can enhance opportunities for academic achievement that could help to lead to a greater college experience, and you’ll be able to network with your fellow students and other CNM community members.

If you would like further information, please contact the Student Activities Office at (505) 224-3238.


American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES)

Mission/Purpose: To promote educational opportunities for American Indian & Alaskan Native students in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) programs. AISES shall promote student success in their chosen career and encourage higher learning through internships, scholarships, and networking opportunities.
CSO Advisor: Dorothea Bluehorse / Jana Dunow
Advisor Phone Number: (505) 224-4338 / (505) 224-4333
Advisor E-mail: /

American Welding Society

Mission/Purpose: AWS Student chapter will aim to expand the education of Welding Students by generating discussion, inspiring participation in team work, and promoting awareness of industry trends, current and historical.
CSO Advisor: Kay Hamby
Advisor Phone Number: (505) 224-4000ext. 50086
Advisor E-mail:

Anthropology Club

Mission/Purpose: The Anthropology Club is designed to promote awareness of anthropological issues and to encourage student involvement in anthropological activities at CNM and in the community. In addition, the club will provide a social and educational support network for students interested in anthropology.
CSO Advisor: Susan Ruth
Advisor Phone Number: (505) 224-5371
Advisor E-mail:


Mission/Purpose: The Artworks Club will be dedicated to accomplishing stated goals by implementing identified activities in a timely responsible and professional manner. Also, we will conduct our decisions, activities, and ourselves in alignment with the values identified and in adherence and in adherence to the mission we are obligated to carry forth.
CSO Advisor: Danielle Miller
Advisor Phone Number: (505) 224-3636 ext. 50458
Advisor E-mail:

ASA African Student Association @ CNM

Mission Statement: The African Student Association @ CNM shall serve as an institution dedicated to gathering information in regards to trends, necessities and achievements of the African Student on campus. It shall serve as a nucleus for a network with other student unions and Administration to improve the opportunities and living conditions of the African Community. The African Students Association @ CNM (ASA@CNM) will function as an educational and cultural learning instrument for students, coordination of resources and services for the African community, and shall be open to everyone who are of African descent or are interested in learning more about Africa.
CSO Advisor: Nathan Kanyinda
Advisor Phone Number: (505) 530-5099
Advisor E-mail:

Automotive Club

Mission/Purpose: The mission of the Automotive Club is to provide real-time work opportunities for students in the Auto/diesel programs to service and repair their own vehicles outside of normal class room time. They are also responsible for the restoration of the 1950 Ford Tudor coupe that belongs to CNM. The scope of the work the students do on their vehicles, as well as, the 50’s Ford will encourage the pride, care, and responsibility of a job well done that is expected in the professional automotive technical field.
CSO Advisor: Barry Mills
Advisor Phone Number: (505) 224-3636 ext. 50298
Advisor E-mail:

Biology League

Mission/Purpose: The purpose of the CNM Student Biology League at Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) is to cultivate fellowship among organization members and students interested in biology. The goals of the CNM Student Biology League consist of:
Promoting academic achievement in biology.
Upholding interest in biology related topics.
Furthering the development of leadership, cooperation and organization skills.
Providing an environment where members can express ideas and receive feedback on their findings in biology related fields.
CSO Advisor: Melissa Franklin
Advisor Phone Number: (505) 224-4000 ext. 50862
Advisor E-mail:

Conservative Action Group (CAG)

Mission/Purpose: It is the mission of CNM CAG to actively promote the conservative values and culture that has made the United States of America the greatest nation the world has ever known. We define conservatism within the context of U.S. politics as limited government, limited taxation & fiscal responsibility. Our goals are to educate CNM students on the conservative values enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, and to influence local, state & federal elections. In order to achieve these two goals we plan to conduct several activities including but not limited to: regular monthly meeting for members of the CSO, seminars & speaker colloquiums to educate student, public debates highlighting the contrast between liberal & conservative views, recruitment seminars, voter registration booths and various special events to benefit the student community.
CSO Advisor: Connie Gulick
Advisor Phone Number: (505) 224-4000 ext. 50219
Advisor E-mail:

Diverse Alliance

Mission/Purpose: The Diverse Alliance is an alliance of students that provides a safe space for all who choose to participate. We will provide resources, information, and services to all while building community within CNM, Albuquerque, NM. In addition, community services will be a primary goal. Human Advocacy for all, whether one identifies as Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, Transsexual, Bisexual, Straight, or choose to not identify will be of the upmost importance.
CSO Advisor: Karren Johnson
Advisor Phone Number: (505) 224-4000 ext. 50728
Advisor E-mail:


Mission/Purpose: To promote and support the development of student skills in presentation of business concepts in an evolving and dynamic world.
A community of students, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better more sustainable world.
entrepreneurial—having the perspective to see an opportunity and the talent to create value from that opportunity;
action—the willingness to do something and the commitment to see it through even when the outcome is not guaranteed;
us—a group of people who see themselves connected in some important way; individuals that are part of a greater whole.
CSO Advisor: Kim Wong
Advisor Phone Number: (505) 224-3636 ext. 50147
Advisor E-mail:

Executive Council of Students (ECOS)

The purpose of Executive Council of Students:
Represent student issues to administration, faculty and staff
Develop and improve internal policies that affect the student body
Network with other colleges/universities to share information and exchange ideas
Promote student community by gathering and disseminating information regarding student leadership opportunities, Executive Council of Students activities and projects, and other student-related issues.
Develop scholarship and funding through outreach to state and local legislative structures, New Mexico colleges and universities and other groups interested in funding student scholarships.
Implement projects that promote awareness of student programs, clubs, student success and safety.
CSO Advisor: Kristofer Gaussoin
Advisor Phone Number: (505) 224-4647
Advisor E-mail:

Film Technician Club (FTC)

Mission/Purpose: The FTC is an outlet for CNM Film students to practice what they learned in class. Productions will involve students’ skills and ideas in a real world setting. The FTC will produce shorts, music videos and other features that will show what shills have been learned at CNM.
CSO Advisor: Jim Graebner
Advisor Phone Number: (505) 224-3434 ext. 50207
Advisor E-mail:

High Altitude Culinarian Organization

Mission/ Purpose

To assist culinary students in their growth and development.
To unite in common bond without regard to race, sex, religion, creed or national origin students enrolled in classes with the Culinary Arts Programs.
To develop leadership abilities through participation in educational, vocational, civic, recreational, and social activities.
To assist students in establishing realistic goals.
To create enthusiasm for learning new skills.
To develop the ability of students to plan together, organize and carry out worthy activities and projects through the use of the democratic process.
To foster a wholesome understanding of the functions of labor and management organizations, and a recognition of their mutual interdependence.
To create among students, faculty members, patrons of the school and persons in industry a sincere interest in and esteem for Culinary Arts.
To emphasize the importance of continuous education consistent to the needs of the individual and the requirements for the culinary field.
CSO Advisor: Brianna Dennis
Advisor Phone Number: (505) 224-4000 ext. 51884
Advisor E-mail:

Monimiento Estudiantil Chicano/a de Aztlan (M.E.Ch.A.)

Mission/Purpose: M.E.Ch.A. is a student organization that promotes higher education, culture, and history. M.E.Ch.A. was founded on the principles of self-determination for the liberation of our people. We believe that political involvement and education in the avenue for change in our society.
CSO Advisor: Eric-Christopher Garcia
Advisor Phone Number: (505) 224-3180
Advisor E-mail:

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK)

Mission/Purpose: Phi Theta Kappa’s purpose shall be to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa shall provide opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.
CSO Advisor: Tracy LaForteza
Advisor Phone Number: Email Chapter President
Advisor E-mail:

Physics League

Mission/Purpose: The mission of the Physics League is to encourage students who are currently or will in future be taking physics classes to succeed and stay involved in their physics education. Physics involves heavy and complicated subject matter at all levels, and mastering physics concepts is critical in being successful in a number of science degrees. The Physics League will help those interested in physics stay on track to not only succeed in their classes, but also have a clear and solid understanding of the subject matter. Physics League will also provide study sessions, tutoring support, and fun events to stimulate understanding and interest in the vast applications of physics in daily life. By holding study sessions and fun events with physics concepts incorporated, we can help students feel less anxiety and resistance in facing their physics classes. Physics League will also offer networking opportunities for members, officers and advisors.
CSO Advisor: Upui Senaratne
Advisor Phone Number: (505) 224-4000 ext. 50327
Advisor E-mail:

PsyClub (Psychology Club)

Mission/Purpose: We are an organized charter organization/club involved in promoting science of psychology through social and academic activities. Our officers and faculty advisers meet regularly to plan events, such as guest speakers, field trips, service projects, and trips to conferences.
CSO Advisor: Nariman Arfai
Advisor Phone Number: (505) 224-4000 ext. 50098
Advisor E-mail:

Radiologic Technology Club

Mission/Purpose: To help students in the Radiologic Technology Program succeed in the program and on the job after completing the program.
CSO Advisor: Karren Johnson
Advisor Phone Number: (505) 224-4000 ext. 50728
Advisor E-mail:

Shooting Club

Mission/Purpose: The mission of the CNM Shooting Club is to provide education and instruction to all CNM students, faculty and staff to give them an opportunity to be educated in firearm safety, legal issues, respect and marksmanship. The club will monitor those members who want to pursue the NRA Competitive Shooting Awards and offer education of a non-firearm nature, dealing with personal security on and off campus to all CNM personnel.
CSO Advisor: Lisa Orick-Martinez
Advisor Phone Number: (505) 224-3636 ext. 50062
Advisor E-mail:

Skills USA – AT

The purposes of this organization are:
Learn/participate in SkillsUSA competition and AT Student Club activities.
CSO Advisor: Phelan Gavaldon
Advisor Phone Number: (505) 224-400 ext. 52070
Advisor E-mail:

Skills USA – BIT

Learn/participate in SkillsUSA competition and BIT Student Club activities.
CSO Advisor: Scott Clapp
Advisor Phone Number: (505) 224-4000 ext. 50300
Advisor E-mail:

Spanish Club

Mission/Purpose: The mission of the Spanish Club is to encourage student and community involvement in practicing and mastering Spanish as well as promoting greater awareness of the rich cultural activities of Hispanic culture in our Albuquerque community. We highly encourage student-to-student and student-to-CNM community interactions, including surrounding communities. We promote activities where students of Spanish and Spanish speakers may interact in positive and safe environments. We encourage the acquisition of second and third languages and welcome all who have an interest in Hispanic culture. CSO Advisor: Jean Silesky
Advisor Phone Number: (505) 224-4000 ext. 50445
Advisor E-mail:

Student Chemistry Society

Mission/Purpose: The Purpose of this organization is to promote academic success in the study of chemistry and to encourage/facilitate the transition into chemistry related fields. This will be accomplished through peer-mentor-ship, supplemental instruction and the holding of study sessions.
CSO Advisor: Carl Whalen
Advisor Phone Number: (505) 224-4000 ext. 50994
Advisor E-mail:

Student Math League

Mission/Purpose: The purpose of the CNM Student math League at Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) is to cultivate fellowship among organization members and students interested in math.
CSO Advisor: Judy LaLani
Advisor Phone Number: (505) 224-4000 ext. 50061
Advisor E-mail:

Student Nurses Association

Mission/Purpose: Contribute to nursing education by assisting in the development of the nursing student to enter the profession of nursing.
CSO Advisor: Michael Shannon
Advisor Phone Number: (E-Mail Advisor)
Advisor E-mail:

Tourism Club

Mission/Purpose: To strengthen an interest in the Tourism Industry by studying the field of tourism, networking with key tourism industry leaders, visiting local, national, and international tourist attractions and joining professional tourism organizations.
CSO Advisor: Charlene Selbee
Advisor Phone Number: (505) 224-4000 ext. 50833
Advisor E-mail:

TRIO Achievement Group (TAG)

Mission/Purpose: To promote leadership development and mentorship to all fellow members. Community service, workshops and cultural educational events we will volunteer for, organize and sponsor.
CSO Advisor: Willie Smoker
Advisor Phone Number: (505) 224-4000 ext 51543
Advisor E-mail:

Veterans Club

Mission/Purpose: The mission of the CNM Veterans Club (CNMVC) is to support, educate, and be an advocate for active duty, prior military service, or retired military students who are integrating into academia. We encourage student-to-student and student-to-CNM community interactions and outreach. In addition, the club will provide a positive social network for CNMVC students attending CNM. The club will also educate the CNM community on the cultural and educational impact of veterans and members of the military integrating into academia at CNM. This club will attempt to facilitate the smooth transition from military into academia.
CSO Advisor: James Johnson
Advisor Phone Number: (505) 224-4000 ext. 50032
Advisor E-mail:

Writing Group

Mission/Purpose: The purpose is to promote creativity, foster writing skills, and develop a community of writers.
CSO Advisor: Rebecca Aronson
Advisor Phone Number: (505) 224-4000 ext. 50311
Advisor E-mail:


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ECOS asks for more student involvement at upcoming event

By Angela Le Quieu, Staff Reporter | Photo by Angela Le Quieu


The Executive Council of Students wants to intro­duce themselves to the stu­dent body at CNM, and inform students about their group, including what they will bring to the school at the upcoming ECOS night, said Carrie Ratkevich, Criminal Justice major and President of ECOS.

ECOS plans to host a meet and greet type function on Friday, April 11 at 5p.m. in the Richard Barr room at the Student Resources Center, she said.

“We are going to have free food, pizza, who doesn’t love free food right,” Ratkevich said.

The purpose of ECOS night is to give students a forum to speak with the student council about any concerns they might have at school, to develop relation­ships with the administration, and to give students, who may be interested in student government, a chance to find out more about the organiza­tion, Ratkevich said.

Phillip Cox, Criminology major and Administrative Officer said that the evening will help to give a face to the student representatives, and to give people more exposer to what the CNM student gov­ernment does.

“I think ECOS is under appreciated, I don’t think a lot of students know exactly what ECOS has to offer,” Cox said.

Ratkevich said that many students do not realize that CNM has a student gov­ernment, and the event on April 11 is one of the things that ECOS is doing to change all that.

The student govern­ment has worked in many ways to better CNM and the surrounding community, Ratkevich said.

Projects that ECOS has worked on include safety walks around campus to iden­tify things like trip hazards and areas with lighting issues, and also helped to change where motorcycle parking was in the PPD lot after many fender benders occurred last year, because of poles installed around the previous parking area, she said.

Ratkevich said that they organized the CNMunity Day in the 2013 spring semes­ter, in which several clubs vol­unteered at local non-profits around Albuquerque.

“I know some people went out to the farm and had to clean up whatever, they had to plant plants, water plants, or they helped organize the Re-store. So just different things that make people feel good about us and make us feel good about our commu­nity,” Ratkevich said.

The work that ECOS does for the community is the main reason why Ana Martinez, Psychology major and Budget Officer, joined the group, she said.

Martinez said that ECOS has been an oppor­tunity for her to give back to her community here in Albuquerque, just how she had also given back to her community in Mexico.

“I like this, because it’s my way to help the stu­dents,” Martinez said.

Cox said that he joined to help reach out to students because an active student government can help change things for the benefit of the students.

“So our primary thing right now is to improve mem­bership; because once we have more members we’ll have the strength to go out and really do some really won­derful things for this commu­nity, make some very positive changes,” Ratkevich said.

Currently the member­ship in ECOS is low and the group hopes to get more mem­bers by informing students about their organization, and by adding incentives beyond the $100 scholarship for active members, Cox said.

There are requirements for joining ECOS such as an application, being voted into the group, as well as a 2.5 GPA requirement, and there is also a limit of 15 members, Ratkevich said.

“But it’s the satisfaction you get from just helping your fellow students, that you can’t really replicate with any other organization on campus,” Cox said.

Students interested in ECOS can attend the event on April 11 or students can go to one of the groups meetings, which are regularly held on Fridays at 4 p.m. in the por­tables at room ST-12A, and Ratkevich said the meetings are open to all students who wish to speak or inquire about the student council.


Leonardo magazine release party

By Angela Le Quieu ,  Staff Reporter | Angela Le Quieu

The Leonardo is the CNM student based literary magazine that gives students the opportunity to showcase their creative skills and tal­ents, said Hope Hart-Petrie English major and one of the editors for the magazine.

On Friday, April 11 at 11a.m., this year’s Leonardo release party has been planned to be located at the Student Resource Center, first floor library outside the cafe, which will include a poetry reading and music from student authors who have been published in this year’s magazine, Hart- Petrie said.

“The whole idea is to validate the arts and vali­date that side of ourselves that’s reaching for that kind of expression,” Hart- Petrie said.

The event will also be the main distribution shot for the magazine, which is free to CNM students, said English instructor, Dr. Patrick Houlihan, who is the faculty advisor for Leonardo.

The mag­azine features art work and writing that was submit­ted through­out the year up until early in the spring term to Houlihan, and then is selected by volunteer editorial staff, Houlihan said.

In this edition, the edi­tors were able to solicit not just poetry but also short sto­ries, as well as a wide range of art from the CNM art department for the maga­zine, Hart-Petrie said.

“We really want to encourage people with all their different artistic backgrounds and skills to take this opportunity to showcase their work,” Hart- Petrie said.

The title of this year’s addition “Who I am and Where I’ve Been” is the same as the title of the cover art, which Hart-Petrie said reflects the content of the magazine that seems to have a theme of identity and experience.

Works range from tradi­tional drawing and painting, to mosaics and photography, poems in both Spanish and English, short stories, and computer graphic art, Hart- Petrie said.

“We have a huge diverse culture in here and it reflects the student body at this school and I am really pleased with the finished product,” Hart- Petrie said.

One of the many differ­ences with the magazine this year is that the literary maga­zine will be online, as well as in print, Hart-Petrie said.

The various pieces of writing and art work chosen for publication had previously been based on votes from the editors, and due to the sub­jective nature of those votes, some quality work did not make it in, but the online edi­tion allowed for the editors to put some of that work in, Hart-Petrie said.

Houlihan said that offering the publication online has allowed editors to include more works than they were able to put into the printed edition which is limited on space.

Student activities fees pay for the publication of the magazine; although the small budget covers only basics, such as ink and paper, this year they should be able to print more copies than they have been able to in the past, Houlihan said.

“Print edition is paper and ink; it’s the money that limits its size, also at a certain level how much you can staple, it’s really crazy that it becomes a limit but it is—we are going to have the first online edition, and I think that allows them to include some works that physi­cally won’t fit,” Houlihan said.

This year the event at the SRC will also be filmed again, as it has been in the past and it should be avail­able on the CNM web­site,, as well as the online version of the Leonardo, Hart-Petrie said.

“This is here for us, and we also subtitled the maga­zine ‘A Celebration of the Arts,’ because the arts get so neglected and yet the arts are such an enrichment of our lives,” Hart-Petrie said.

Hart-Petrie said that her experience working on the Leonardo literary magazine has been a rewarding one, and that for her going to CNM is not just about her degree, but for life enrichment, and it has given her a chance to retool some of her skills for the cur­rent job market.

For students who cannot make it to the event on April 11, copies of Leonardo will be available in the CHSS office on the fourth floor of Max Salazar Hall, on Main campus or through creative writing instructors throughout other campuses, Houlihan said.

Students who cannot make it to Main campus, or who wish to submit work for consideration in the next edi­tion of the Leonardo literary magazine, may contact Dr. Houlihan by email at houli­, he said.

“The most important thing we can say about the Leonardo is for people to submit (work),” Hart- Petrie said.

Employment freeze affects work-study

By Jonathan Baca, Copy Editor

CNM has initiated a hiring freeze for all work-study employment positions, and all departments will be unable to hire any new stu­dent employees until July 1, when the new fiscal year begins, said Lee Carrillo, Director of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services.

The hiring freeze should not affect any current work-study employees, but any departments who lose any employees will not be able to replace them, and will have to make do until they can hire new employees in July, Carrillo said.

“It all comes down to one thing; we have limited fund­ing,” Carrillo said.

The school currently hires about 300 to 350 work-study employees per year, he said.

One change that will affect current employees is that pay periods will not go up from 20 to 30 weekly hours this summer as it has in the past, because there are no extra funds this year, Carrillo said.

This increase had been done in summers past, because there had been a sur­plus at the end of those years, and the school is required to spend the entire allocation before the end of the fiscal year. If there is any money left over at the start of the new year, the amount of money the State and Federal governments give would likely be adjusted, and the school would receive less the next year, he said.

This is the second year in a row that a hiring freeze has had to be implemented in order to ensure that enough money was left to continue paying existing student employees, he said.

Although the school could cut student employ­ees’ hours in order to keep from running out of funds, Carrillo said that the school has looked at the affect this would have, and would only do this as a last option.

“We look at all those things, and we hope it doesn’t come to that, which I don’t think it will,” Carrillo said.

The funds that go toward paychecks for all work-study employees come from a collective fund from Federal and State allocations, and from CNM itself, he said.

Director of Marketing and Communications, Brad Moore said that $600,000 comes from the Federal government, $1.2 million is given by the State, and the school kicks in an addi­tional $650,000, which is more than the 25 percent the school is required by law to contribute.

“We want to be able to hire and employ as many work-study students as pos­sible. The administration feels it is important for stu­dents to get an opportunity to have employment here, so the decision is made to add money to that fund,” Moore said.

At the start of each fiscal year, the school must esti­mate how many work-study employees it can hire based on the amount of money in the fund, the number of hours in a typical pay period, and the hourly wage, Carrillo said.

Although it was not legally required of them, the school did raise the hourly wage to $8.50 when Albuquerque voters raised the city’s minimum wage at the start of 2013. The school then gave work-study employees an additional ten cent raise in January, Carrillo said.

Carrillo said that the recent increases have changed the math significantly and con­tributed to the recent freezes, but that the school is still dedi­cated to hiring as many stu­dent employees as it can.

“Once we hit that pla­teau, we’ve got to freeze. And everybody who has a job can keep that job, but we just have to make sure that we make it to the end of the funding year with the allocations we have,” Carrillo said.

Carrillo said that budget­ing for the work-study fund can become a delicate balanc­ing act, since some employees work less than others, some quit or are fired, and some vacant positions stay open for long periods of time.

The Financial Aid depart­ment has to keep a constant eye on these ever-changing factors in an attempt to pre­dict how much money will be needed to last the entire year. This hiring freeze is the final tool in the toolbox that ensures the money will not run out, Carrillo said.

Moore said that the work-study program is very important to the school and to the employees them­selves, because the work they do is valuable to so many departments, and because the students get experience and important references for their future.

“It’s great to have stu­dent employees in the work environment because it helps keep us in tune with students and how their day to day lives really are. It’s highly valuable for regular CNM employees to have work-study employees around, to stay in touch with student life,” Moore said.

With talk in Washington about the possibility of raising the Federal minimum wage to $10 an hour or more, Carrillo said that the school would most likely be forced to hire significantly less work-study employees if the raise were to pass, unless they could secure more funding.


School hosts second annual digital design showcase

By Nick Stern, Senior Reporter

This year CNM is planning to host the Second Annual Digital Design Showcase on the second floor of the Student Resources Center in the Richard Barr Boardroom, Full-time Faculty member of the Business Information and Technology Department Sonia Crawford said.

Crawford said the show­case is a three hour event that will happen on Good Friday April 18 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. and she encourages everyone and anyone to show up, eat some food, and enjoy the awesome work that will be on display.

The Digital Design Showcase will give students from Crawford’s and other instructor’s digital media classes the opportunity to show people their art and feel proud of their achieve­ments, she said.

“Essentially the showcase is going to be a poster session. Students are going to have black presentation boards which they are going to print all of their work on and then display it in that room so people can walk around and look at their artwork. It is open to the CNM com­munity, Albuquerque com­munity, and everyone. It is just open to everybody,” Crawford said.

Crawford came up with the idea for the first Digital Design Showcase during the 2013 spring semester and believes it can benefit the community immensely and she hopes to have a bigger and better one every year to eventually use as a catalyst for students to get notice and even get into internships or employment, she said.

The showcase is intended to honor the par­ticipating artists and get their work out in the public eye and many of the student art­ists involved in the showcase will also be graduating this semester, so the event is a great way to recognize the work and the progress that has been made, and will be made by all of them on their journeys through college and life, she said.

“The way that I always think about these artists is that it is not just about what they have created this term, but it is sort of everything that has brought them to this point. It is all their talent sort get better and better with time,” she said. of culminating and they just

Being able to push one’s work out in to the community and be seen is a very important part of graphic design and art in general but it is also a very satisfying and good feeling when people see someone’s work and are actually excited or impressed by it, Crawford said.

That is why the showcase is such an important experi­ence to the artists involved, and since many artists are instilled with a sense of self-doubt about their own art and even their artistic capabilities in general, it is helpful when people see the work of a self-doubting artist and are openly impressed because it improves the artist’s mindset and helps them realize their work is good, Crawford said.

“It is validating for them to see their own work on display and have the com­munity see the work and be like ‘oh wow, look at what you did’ or ‘ how did you do that?’ so I really think the students are the center of the showcase and the focus is totally on them and their work,” she said.

People who are unde­cided about what field they might be interested in can also benefit greatly by the show­case because by going to it they will be able to see what digital media is really all about, what cool stuff they could possibly be getting in toGr and whether that is their cup of tea or not, Crawford said.

It is basically like an art opening that is a one-time deal until next year and Crawford encourages every­one who is even remotely interested to show up and see what it is all about and she also claimed that many of her students are truly amazing at what they do and their art real truly amaze, she said.

The idea and purpose of the showcase revolves around the best advice that Crawford can give all art students which is to always show their work any way they can to get recog­nized and get their work out in public, she said.

“What graphic design­ers do not understand is that they think they go to the work but often it is the other way around. People come to them because of their work. So I am surfing the internet and I see someone’s work and say ‘they are amazing! I want them to design my logo for me, my presence package, my website, or whatever.’ It is important for artists and designers to get their work out there so people can see it and come to them for it,” she said.

Being part of a student organization does help students to get ahead

By The Chronicle Editorial Board

Students that take the time to get into a student based organization certainly get a much better expe­rience out of going to CNM than the average com­muter student.

There are so many reasons why student clubs are a great opportunity, but first and foremost it is because student organizations help students to see the inner workings of the school and can sometimes even have the chance of changing CNM for the better.

Not only do some student organizations open up oppor­tunities for grants and scholarships, but they also give stu­dents a sense of community, and allow them the chance to network with like-minded people who hope to achieve the same goals.

Student clubs can also help students when they leave CNM to move on to a four-year college or to help get employment when the extra effort is seen in college on a stu­dent’s resume.

It surely is worth it to invest the time and effort it takes to be in a student org., because the rewards far outweigh the efforts when students can get the true college experience and can gain friends and allies within a set community for years to come way after leaving CNM.

So, if you might be thinking of joining a student org. it truly is worth looking into, because if there is anything that you will remember from your time at CNM, it will be the people you met and connected with, and people that helped you to become the person you hope to become someday.

Student organizations can be somewhat hard to find through campus resources such as, so for a com­plete list of student organizations go to this link.

Guide to student clubs on campus

By Carol Woodland| Staff Reporter

photo by Carol Woodland
photo by Carol Woodland

 American Indian Science and Engineering Society AISES

meets the second Friday of every month at 12 p.m. at the SSC, room 205
Next meeting: Friday, April 11

Club Advisor: Dee Bluehorse (

AISES is a diverse group of students from different Native American tribes and backgrounds, who have come together to create a supportive and dynamic community of students, said Troy Blackdog, engineering major and AISES president.
“I’ve been involved with AISES for a while and I love it. Everybody there is very welcoming and friendly, and there’s a lot of opportunities, especially with internships and scholarships,” said Bertishia Begay, Physics major.
Aside from the opportunities for internships and scholarships, club members get involved with groups and events in the greater Albuquerque community and beyond to strengthen ties between the club and other communities, Blackdog said.
“This shows us that the students are willing to step up to the plate and become an active member, and that shows a lot, not only to me, but to the faculty, CNM, and to our advisor,” Blackdog said.
Blackdog said he invites students looking for a diverse and supportive group on campus to come and attend one of the meetings to meet people, network and possibly make friends.
The club is open to all students, and though it is based in Science and Engineering, the group accepts students from other majors as well, he said.


ARTWorks! CNM Art Club

Meetings are held as scheduled at, 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Main Campus, room N-15

Next meeting: Friday, April 25, R.S.V.P. to

Faculty Advisor: Danielle Miller (


Photo by Elizabeth Galvez
Photo by Elizabeth Galvez
Photo by Elizabeth Galvez
Photo by Elizabeth Galvez

CNM’s Art Club, ARTWorks is a student organization whose members include students, faculty and alumni at CNM, said ARTWorks club president, Letitia Hill.

The club works to organize and fund exhibitions, art sales, studio time, visiting speakers and museum tours, as well as to provide members with a connection to the greater arts community, Hill said.

One great aspect of the club is that it holds a variety of workshops throughout the year, which provides members the opportunity to experience new and different applications, and to learn new techniques in a supportive and fun environment, she said.

The club works to support student artists transitioning to becoming professional artists, and can help them develop valuable social networking skills, “which are vital to becoming successful artistic entrepreneurs,” she said.

Students interested in joining the club can find member applications and more information at, where students can also RSVP to events, Hill said.

“Are you passionate about art? Wish to be challenged and learn new artistic skills? Want to be supported in creative endeavors? Meet likeminded students? Join ARTWorks Art Club,” Hill said.



CNM Shooting Club

Meetings held once per term as scheduled through the MyCNM group

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Lisa Orick-Martinez (


Photo by Lisa Orick-Martinez
Photo by Lisa Orick-Martinez

The mission of the shooting club is first and foremost to provide education and instruction to all CNM students, faculty and staff, said Dr. Lisa Orick-Martinez, Communications Studies Instructor and Shooting Club Faculty Advisor.

She said the club gives opportunity for members to be educated in firearm safety, legal issues, respect and marksmanship, which is put into practice at caliber shooting meetings held by the club once a semester.

The club also supports students who are interested in pursuing the National Rifle Association’s Competitive Shooting Awards and provides non-firearm related education about personal security on and off campus to all CNM personnel, Orick-Martinez said.

The Shooting Club is also looking to participate in activities on campus to increase awareness of gun related crime and techniques for crime prevention, she said.

The group is looking for a new board this fall, and students who are taking at least three credit hours can contact the group’s advisor via email if they are interested in serving on the board, Orick-Martinez said.

The group currently has about 100 students in the MyCNM group, and is always accepting new members. Students can register through their MyCNM account under “groups” she said.



American Welding Society, CNM chapter

Meetings are Wednesdays from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. in room W-102, plus additional events as scheduled.

Next meeting: Wednesday April 9

Faculty Advisor: Kay Hamby (

Photo by Carol Woodland
Photo by Carol Woodland


Club President Henno Van Arkle said for those who join AWS, there is a $15 annual fee that goes to the national organization, which helps to provide scholarships and field trips for AWS members.

Vice President, Thomas Saunders said CNM’s chapter is also involved with the state union, NM Local 75, which provides opportunities for club members to get to know other welders across the state.

“One great thing I get out of AWS in general is the networking,”  Saunders said.

Students who join the group are also automatically enrolled in the state and national chapter, Van Arkle said.

Over the past few months he and Saunders have been working to reboot the club and have planned monthly field trips, with the next one scheduled for April 25 to a company called CEI, Van Arkle said.

The club also wants to organize events and bring outside speakers to teach seminars on specific topics or give presentations to the club, as well as provide networking opportunities with local companies, Van Arkle said.



Chemistry Society

Meets Saturdays for study sessions 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in room JS-301

Monthly designated meetings as scheduled

Faculty Advisor: Carl Whalen (


When the Math, Chemistry, Physics and Biology groups were formed, they agreed to meet for weekly study sessions on the same day with these clubs in rooms next to each other, so students could move freely between them, said Chemistry Society President, Tim Torres.

He said the times were staggered to make it possible for students to attend the various clubs, which helps students who are taking classes in those areas form a strong community of learners as they often find themselves in the same classes at the same time.

“The idea there is to develop a community of people who are in those STEM fields,” he said.

During the weekly meetings the group occupies a large classroom with students who work together as a group, usually organizing themselves by shared classes, he said.

Torres said students do not have to be in a chemistry class or be a chemistry major to take advantage of the club’s weekly meetings.

For a complete list of CNM Student Clubs, CLICK HERE.


Instructor and martial arts sensei schools students

By Carol Woodland, Staff Reporter | Photo by Carol Woodland


Dr. David Jackson, Professor of Business and Technology said he has many passions in life he has been lucky to turn into lucrative careers, but the most recent of which is teaching martial arts classes at his dojo, Aiki-Karate martial arts training hall located at 112 La Veta St. NE.

Jackson has been prac­ticing martial arts for 37 years, and owns a dojo here in Albuquerque and another in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he got his start on the martial arts path and it is also where he worked as a Gladiator at Cesar’s Palace Hotel and Casino, he said.

Jackson said when he was 10 years old he was “a very bad kid” and at that time chil­dren were put into martial arts as a discipline.

“My very first Tae Kwan Do class, my instructor told me I would never get a black belt because I was so ornery,” Jackson said.

Jackson said he remem­bers that day vividly, and though he was kicked out of that particular dojo, he went on to earn five black belts in five different styles of martial arts as well as a doctorate in Business Management, and he later thanked the instructor who told him he would never earn even one black belt.

“Negative energy came at me, I took the negative energy and I made positive out of it,” said Jackson, who said that he was grateful that though the instructor had put him down, it gave him the drive to succeed.

Jackson said that martial arts teaches you to be a better person, “to be the best that you can be,” and the skills you learn in the dojo transfer to all facets of life.

In the dojo, students learn to avoid conflict and how to move it away from themselves or how to evade it, whether that conflict is a kick, a punch, a sword, a knife, or gun, he said.

Not only do his martial arts students learn how to protect themselves, but they can also learn specific skills like how to use a sword or bow staff, or how to meditate, Jackson said.

“I meditate every single day, because you can’t be this positive, and not meditate. You can’t,” Jackson said.

His dojo teaches a hybrid of martial arts systems called Aiki-Karate, which is a mix­ture of five different martial arts systems Jackson blended, he said.

One style incorporated is Wing Chun Kung Fu, which Jackson says can be seen practiced in any Bruce Lee movie, and is a system of martial arts with an interesting history.

“Back in the feudal days, women weren’t allowed to learn martial arts, they were very chauvinistic back then,” he said, explaining that Wing Chun Kung Fu was created by a woman, who studied Chinese monks and adapted their Kung Fu style to fit her body.

Jackson said he believes that in addition to developing skills for self-defense, students of Aiki also learn to develop their own confidence, and fear can be a good thing in that sense because people who practice martial arts can learn to hold on to fear and convert it to confidence.

Jackson said that when he feels negative energy he makes it his goal to convert it to posi­tive, and to bring about posi­tive changes in people’s lives.

“I’ve integrated mar­tial arts into everything I’ve taught here at CNM in my teaching, I do it auto­matically. My students don’t even realize that they’re really learning martial arts, but it’s in a business setting,” said Jackson.

In the classroom, the dojo, or out on the streets in everyday life, confidence and success comes from diligent and steady practice of tech­niques learned, he said.

He said he also enjoys making costumes, such as a hand crafted Iron Man cos­tume in his spare time, and running his personal consult­ing firm, when he’s not teach­ing classes at CNM.

The Iron Man costume was made for Halloween of 2013, and when he posted pictures of it on Facebook a few likes turned into him being propositioned into doing kid’s birthday parties, and a new business had been born, Jackson said.

“I’m blessed because my passion, something that I love doing became a business, just like karate was and teaching is— same thing,” he said.

Jackson said he encour­ages students in any major to consider taking business classes for the invaluable skills to be learned such as how to manage people, how to plan, and how to organize and con­trol things, as well as learning about human relationships and conceptual skills.

“Even if they’re non-busi­ness majors, they still need to take my classes because my classes will help them with whatever career they’re going in. Karate or CNM, or take them both,” Jackson said.

Jackson said that learning martial arts changed and helped his life, and taught him that he needed to teach, which he loves to do.

“I am a sensei. Sensei is Japanese for ‘the one before, who taught me, teacher.’ My purpose in life was to be a sensei, to teach others the right path to walk,” he said.

For more information on Dr. Jackson’s Martial Arts classes, email senseitoshi@ or call 382-0692.

Rapper Engineer saves world one rhyme at a time

By Nick Stern, Senior Reporter | Photos by Sandi K. Esque

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Mechanical Engineering major Malcolm Shelby, also known as MXK, is an Albuquerque-born rapper whose music is meant to be the complete opposite of being meaningless and nega­tive, he said.

Shelby said he has made it a point to create music that is inspirational in positive ways and can be the target of dif­ferent audiences with broader tastes in music.

“I really try to create music that is in a sense uni­versal and something that has a positive message in it. I am trying to create something positive so everyone can enjoy it,” Shelby said.

Shelby has been writ­ing poetry since elementary school, which he said is where the evolution of his music began, and he also played the saxophone for band starting in middle school.

Eventually Shelby became a student at CNM in 2012 where he discovered a way to improve his music and stage presence while still being able to focus on his education, he said.

His improvement meth­ods at school were prac­ticed during his free time, between classes, when he and his friends would walk around Main campus and find random people to perform for without any warning whatso­ever, he said.

This method not only helped Shelby boost his own creativity but it also taught him how to be a better per­former by learning to become personal with his audience, he said.

“We would sit in the elevators, my friends and I, and we would wait for some­body to come in and then we would just start singing to them. That is like the most personal singing you can get, is right there in the elevator,” Shelby said.

Shelby not only raps but he also does party promotions for local businesses, records music, produces music, and even DJ’s house parties, wed­dings, skating rings, and just about anything he can get his talents on, he said.

He also has a YouTube channel called MXKS5, where he has uploaded quite a few music videos and even has one called the ‘Albuquerque Anthem,’ which is meant to represent his hometown in a positive way and also has had more than 11,000 views, he said.

Being a native of Albuquerque, Shelby saw the chance to write a song that could be listened to and appreciated by the Duke City as a whole, so he went with it, he said.

“I was born and raised here and that is where the ori­gins of ‘Albuquerque Anthem’ came from. I really just wanted to create a song that all of Albuquerque can relate to and enjoy,” Shelby said.

While Shelby has been heavily involved in his music, he also has a job as a full-time employee with First Convenience Bank and is still a part-time student work­ing hard towards getting his degree, he said.

Shelby said he has had a passion for engineering since he was a child and wanted to build spaceships or cars, and he also has dreams of work­ing for NASA or an aviation company at some point in his career, he said.

Shelby said he still has intentions to perform and work on his music whenever he can, but he also wants to work at an engineering firm, because he believes that, like his music, he can seek to improve the lives of people with mechanical engineering.

“It also falls into wanting to help build up society and help others in a way because with technology I would be helping other people. So it is more than just my music I want to use to help people with,” he said.

Shelby said that on top of his music, CNM has truly helped him to be tough and persistent in pursuing his career goals and his time spent at college has taught him a lot in his intended field and also has taught him to work hard for his degree.

For more information on Shelby’s music, go to facebook. com/MXKTG4T.