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.


Leave a Reply