Springtime at Main Campus

CNM staff photographer Wade Faast spent the week working with a camera that has been around longer than CNM. Instead of the modern digital camera, Wade took all the pictures seen here with a camera made in 1939 using film that expired in 1956.

Camera: Graflex Speed Graphic 2×3 Press Camera

Lens: Graflex Optar 101mm F4.5

Film: Kodak Pancrhomatic Super-XX


With the sun reappearing after two days of rain on campus, CNM student Shady Whitaker takes time between classes to enjoy the warm weather. (Wade Faast/CNM Chronicle)




New sprinkler systems proving water to several flower beds on the west side of JS building are being installed and have several stairways closed. Peter Day (right) with Sun State Mechanical says they expect to be finished by Monday April 3 and all stairs reopened. (Wade Faast/CNM Chronicle)




The mobile buildings located next to the KS building parking lot have been sold and are in the process of being removed. Selling for as much as $8,000.00 a piece, Bentley & Associates LLC auctioned off the buildings on February 9, and their website states the portables must be removed by April 15th. (Wade Faast/CNM Chronicle)




With warmer weather and the arrival of spring, CNM campus are abloom. (Wade Faast/CNM Chronicle)

Nine Pieces of Advice for Women in Nontraditional Jobs.

Feature story and photos by Heather Hay

International Women’s Month may be winding down, but CNM’s lecture on Women in Nontraditional Jobs performed at the Montoya campus has provided students with lots of concrete advice for women entering the work force.

Here are nine pieces of advice from Police Captain Andrea Taylor, Fire Department Captain of the Arson Investigation Division Jackie Lance-White, and engineer and part time CNM instructor Srividya Iyer.

City Fire Department Drivers Erin Brandow and Jesse Davis were on available at the Montoya H building to answer students’ questions about getting a job.  Brandow said the CNM Fire science program is a good way to prepare yourself for becoming familiar with the equipment and concepts of fire fighting.
  1. You’re going to have to prove yourself.

Iyer said that she still has to remind men in her field that “women can do math” so remind them that you have the same experience and education as them and that yes, women are also good at math.  She said that a lot of girls grow up with society giving them a subtle put down in school that you are not smart enough to do math and science.

Iyer said she had worked with four women engineers out of 300 at Motorola in her department and there has been no increase in women engineers lately.  She said you have to prove yourself and work twice as hard.  “There is a lot of attrition.  Right off the bat there are subtle put downs that you are a woman and you cannot do it.”

She also recommends letting your hard work speak for itself.  She said “The most competent people I work with never brag about what they do.”

Taylor said the academy was hard but standards are the same for women and men so she was encouraged by her other students.  Her captain really wanted her to succeed and out of the five women in her class she was the only one left.  Currently, she said there are only about 10% women in her department and out of 320 sworn in, they have about 30.

  1. You must have passion for your work.

Lance-White said that seeing the best and worst parts of humanity is not for everybody.  “You delivery babies and you go to child rapes. It’s difficult to see that day in day out.”  She also said that the firefighter suicide rate is pretty high right now.  To be in the job you have really got to love helping people she said.

Taylor agreed with the sentiment of making your job a passion.  She said that even though the graveyard shift can be tough, but it is the best job and she can’t imagine sitting at a desk all day.

She said the “I didn’t do this job for the glamour and the glitz or driving with lights and sirens. It was to help people.”

Iyer also loves her job in engineering where she makes network equipment, routers and she was even on the design team for the razor cell phone.  She said “The most rewarding thing is building things and getting them to work.”  She also said there can be some boring mundane stuff in the beginning of your education or training, but engineering is actually a very creative job.

Dayan Hill dropped in to hear the event out of curiosity because she is interested in learning about the careers.  She said “Each woman was different, but they shared similarities and in the end I think the message is the same; we can do it.”
  1. Have a strong support system and a way to decompress.

After long hours of stress on the job, Taylor says it’s a good idea to have separate life outside of work where you can decompress.  She said a lot of cops have ADHD and PTSD so you need a strong support system.

At home, Taylor cares for a special case rescue dog that had been abused.  “My work life balance is a lot simpler for me because when I put my hair down and I take off my uniform you would not recognize me,” she said.  When she is done with work she works out, rescues animals, gardens, reads and gets her nails done.  She says she manages her job by having balance.

Lance-White said fire department works a 48 hour shift, so it is difficult to balance a family at home.  Most of the women (25 out of 700) will try to get a job off the street and in an office so that they can balance that work life challenge.  It’s a really difficult balance and it may be why there aren’t too many women working in the fire department.  With the four days off in a row, the first is usually used to decompress.

  1. Work on your communication skills

Although typing skills  is a very important part of the job because of all the reports to write, all three women agree millennial students should work on their verbal communication skills.

Taylor has said she believes that younger officers are not communicating with the public or coworkers as well, and she suspects that it stems from their reliance on technology to talk to each other.  Iyer recommends students who go on to get a bachelor’s degree to take a course in negotiation in order to learn how to work with coworkers or negotiate your salary.

One of the things that have benefited Taylor on the force as a woman is she uses her words more than her strength.  She said women have a naturally soothing voice and “I do box, but what I have used 99% of my career is my words to talk people into handcuffs.”  She also said a lot of the suspects see their sister, mother or girlfriend and they don’t want to hurt you.

  1. But remember, as a young woman, you have a unique perspective.

Lance-White said she loves the millennials. She said “the generations are just getting so much smarter and unique in the way they approach things.”

Iyer said that she had read in an economy magazine that she “had heard that men in manufacturing jobs, because of their ego, they will not want to go and retrain themselves.  But women got up and got themselves retrained and got on with their life.”

“Women have a bigger advantage when dealing with the public because we are a little more nurturing,” said Lance-White.  She said they have the ability to network and work with other networks.  “Guys want to be the ultimate knowledge on a topic and I am OK with asking for help.”

  1. Don’t be embarrassed by your degree.

Iyer said that it is a common misconception that employers are looking only for Harvard graduates.  In actuality, companies respect students who have accomplished their training through community colleges, especially if they have had to overcome hardships to graduate.  “As long as you prove you can do the job, you can still get the job,” she said.

Lance-White said that she had learned in a Ted Talk  by Regina Hartley about the concept of the silver spoon applicant who had received all the resources they need for a career, versus the scrapper who had to “fight against tremendous odds to get to the same point.”  Hartley, a human resources specialist who performed the Ted Talk, recommends giving the person with a lot of odd jobs on a resume the chance to have an interview.

She also said that in a smaller college she was given a lot of personal attention and felt that the faculty cared about her success.  She said that she was able to learn the coping mechanisms she needed to overcome her rough childhood and make it on her own.  “If you can find that kind of environment that has incredible support, almost like a family, than you can do incredible things.”

  1. Don’t be discouraged by your difficult background.

Taylor said she grew up in around abuse and had problems with drug addiction, but her life was saved by a deputy with the Bernalillo sheriff’s department.  She also said that because of her background with drugs, she was able to be a better undercover narcotic cop while she lived in an apartment for several months as a drug buyer.  She said that no matter who you are however, she will always treat you like a human being.

She encouraged all students interested in the police department to be very honest on their questionnaires and having a drug problem may not prevent you from joining the force if you have not had a drug addiction for at least three years.

She also said she feels like having grown up made her a better cop around verbally abusive suspects.  “When I go to work I put on my uniform and I’m a deputy.  I call it my wonder woman outfit because nothing can penetrate me.  Words can’t hurt me.”

  1. Address sexual harassment instances early.

While all three speakers agree that the new generation of men is more respectful of women, there are still men from the generations before that had been working during the cultural shift in the seventies when women started entering the work force.  Iyer said she “Is confused why people talk about the good ‘ol times.  I don’t know what was so good about it.”

The speakers recommend sticking up for yourself early so that everyone knows not to treat you “like a girl.”

Lance-White said you have to teach people how to treat you.  She said she had only had to set someone straight once, but that was it and the rumor had spread that you shouldn’t mess with her.  She said by standing up for herself she made a difference and other people took notice.  It was rewarding.

  1. Encourage other women.

Taylor said when she started on the police force that she had overheard gossip or harsh words directed to each other.  Taylor believes in mentoring other women and to “challenge yourself to be the person that brings someone up instead of brings people down.”

“It’s so simple to bring people down, but I challenge you to make them a better person than when they woke up that morning,” she said.

Taylor said her coworkers often tease her and call her the therapist, and when she retires in two years at the age of 40, she intends to become a therapist once she gets her masters in mental health counseling.

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Jordan Masters is in her second semester as a full time student at CNM after taking a five year hiatus from school. She said she had just recently learned more about wage gap in her social problems class. She said she was interested in attending the speaker event because “with me growing up it was always a competition with other women and I think it’s just important that we build ourselves up because we go so much further. We have enough against us as it is.” She plans to continue to Highlands University for her bachelors and masters degree.

Here is more information about the presenters.

Captain Andrea Taylor

Captain Andrea Taylor has been commander for 16 years of the South Valley Area.  She received her bachelors from UNM in criminology and has a master’s in forensic psychology, working on another master’s in mental health counseling.

She started in 2001 on patrol, then promoted to detective rank where she worked undercover narcotics for five years where her specialty was cartels and methamphetamine and was the only woman working undercover in the state of NM.  In 2014 she was promoted to the captain of criminal investigations unit.

She also created the world’s first Animal Cruelty Task Force that goes out street by street looking for animal abuse.  This program has now taken off across America. “It combines my passion for animals with my passion for Law Enforcement,” she said.

Srividya Iyer

Srividya Iyer is a part time instructor at CNM, currently teaching Linux Essentials, which she said currently only has two women out of twenty students. She is an electrical engineer and has been an engineer for 20 years.   She has her own company, Caniv Tech, which does network analytics with funding from the National Science Foundation, for customers in the private and government sector.  She also does a lot of mentoring for high school and middle school students who are interested in going into the STEM field.

She said she grew up in India and came to the United States for graduate school.  What really made her interested in engineering was a physics teacher she had in high school.  “He really brought physics to life; otherwise they would just make us memorize things.  I never realized how creative one could be; he is the one who made me want to get into this field.”

Captain Jackie Lance-White

Albuquerque Fire Department Captain Jackie Lance-White grew up in Canada and attended a junior college before attending UNM on a softball scholarship.  She later went on to compete with the Canadian Olympic team for softball in 2000 and 2004.

At 27 she thought about being a cop, but didn’t qualify because of her Canadian citizenship, so she applied for the Fire Department.  She also attended paramedic’s school.

She highly recommends the CNM EMT class because she said about 80% of her job is medical like heart attacks and car accidents.  She taught at the academy for a little while and then went on to work in the Arson Investigation Division as Captain where she works with firefighters from both county and city departments.

She is also in post grad school with the Navy working on her Masters in Homeland Security.

Students Learn Flamenco at CNM

March 27, 2017.  By Hilary Broman

Staff Reporter

As part of the Around the World in 30 Days event a Flamenco dance performance and workshop was held in the Coal Avenue Theatre on Main Campus.

The workshop was taught by CNM instructor Bridgit Lujan and live music was provided by guitarist, Marco de Waart from Santa Fe.

Nine Flamenco 1 students participated in the performance.

These students have only been studying Flamenco for seven months, Lujan said.

Flamenco student, Muhammed Saed, said that it was his first time performing but he wasn’t nervous at all.

There was also a performance by the CNM flamenco repertoire group which included Lujan.

After the performance, Lujan and the students invited the audience to learn a few dance moves.

CNM student Brittany Simpson said that she loved the workshop.

“I didn’t participate at the belly dance workshop so I promised myself I would participate in this one,” she said.

This event was sponsored by the Executive Counsel of Students.

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Flamenco Dance students Alexandria Cordovia (left), Deann Janetzky (front center) and Tiffany Madrid (right) perform with the flamenco dance class as CNM instructor Bridgit Lujan coaches (far back center).  (Wade Faast/ CNM Chronicle)

International Women’s Day talk expands on “Nevertheless, she persisted.”

Story and photos by Heather Hay

CNM promotes Women’s History Month, March, by hosting a talk about women rarely mentioned in history books, and to acknowledge the struggle women still face today to be heard, according to part time faculty sociology teacher Xeturah Woodley.

Nora Nixon, full time instructor and Chair of ESL: Integrative Reading and Writing, attended the event. She said she had heard that some schools had closed on Women’s Day, but that she was glad CNM was open and offering this lecture. She was texting her daughter, who attends college in San Jose, to wish her a happy International Women’s Day.

The talk on March 8th, began with an overview of a recent senate session that involved the suppression of a woman senator’s voice and provided an important current example, said Woodley.

US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell attempted to silence US Senator Elizabeth Warren by cutting her off during a speech she was giving on Feb 7th 2017, said Woodley.

Warren had attempted to read a letter from Corretta Scott King , because the letter had expressed her opposition to a nomination to a federal judgeship in 1986, she said.

However, after senator Warren was not allowed to speak, four of her male colleagues, two from New Mexico, were allowed to speak and they were permitted to read the exact same letter without being shut down, she said.

“I’m glad that they were able to use their male privilege in service of the vision of giving the women a voice.  But the idea that they had to use it because she was silenced is disturbing,” said Woodley.

Woodley went on to say that later that day Senator McConnell explained his actions stating the following “She was warned, she was given an explanation, nevertheless she persisted.”

“This happened February 7th, 2017.  People are always amazed when we talk about women not having equal voice and the continuation of gender disparity and gender oppression in 2017,” said Woodley.

Woodley explained how women throughout history have challenged oppression, and she highlighted eight women and gave sources on where to learn more about them, her links are provided.

Woodley mentioned influential Navajo Nation member Annie Dodge Wauneka who received many honors during her career and served on the advisory board for the surgeon general, and the US public health services, she said.  Her most prestigious honor was the presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civil honor conferred by the president in peace time from President Lyndon B Johnson in 1963, said Woodley.

Woodley also talked about Wangari Maathai, an environmental activist that founded the greenbelt movement in 1970s.  She said Maathai became the first African woman to receive the Nobel peace prize in 2004 for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace.

A book about Malala was on display at the Montoya library for the day. Woodley said The Taliban’s attempt to kill Malala received worldwide condemnation and led to protests across Pakistan; in the weeks after the attack, over 2 million people signed a right to education petition.

Malala Yousafzai a spokesperson for Girls Rights to Education, survived a gunshot wound through her head, neck and shoulders from a Taliban member she said.

Woodley quoted Malala “Today we all know education is our basic right, not just in the west, Islam too has given us this right.  Islam says every girl and everybody should go to school.  In the Koran it says that God wants us to have knowledge.”

Other women mentioned include Shirley Chisholm , Gabrielle Coco Chanel , Millicent Garrett Fawcett, Annie Besant , Sojourner Truth Sor Juana  Inés de la Cruz , who is credited as the first published feminist in the New World who died in Mexico in 1695.

Woodley encouraged attendants to share on social media what they had learned at today’s talk by using the hashtag “Be Bold for Change,” because according to a quote by civil rights activist Audre Lorde ”Your silence will not protect you.”

International Women’s Day Panel Discussion

March 14, 2017.  By Hilary Broman

Senior Staff Reporter

Photos courtesy of Ari Rosner-Salazar

CNM held a panel discussion in honor of International Women’s Day on Wednesday, March 8th at Main campus.

The event was sponsored by the CNM chapter of the American Association of Women in the Community College (AAWCC), said Paula Smith-Hawkins, Associate dean for CHSS and president of the AAWCC CNM chapter.

The event started with a presentation by Dr. Rinita Mazumdar, a philosophy instructor, about globalization and trans national issues for women, said Hawkins.

Following the presentation there was a panel discussion with Sherifah, a UNM student and global education office employee; Linda Melville, senior operations manager of the global education office at UNM; and Huong Nyguen, who represents the Asian Family Community Center in Albuquerque, said Hawkins.

The International Women’s Day panel answers questions about women’s issues all around the world.
The audience watches as the panel discusses women and globalization.

Kathy Hoppe, a Disability Resource Center employee, was the panel discussion moderator, Hawkins said.

“The panel talked about Islamic women, Asian women, Indian women and issues like the veil and driving,” Hawkins said, “The kinds of issues that we have about women and globalization.”

After the panel discussion, there was a networking event hosted by the American Association of Women in the Community College, Hawkins said.

The networking event was led by Achievement Coach, Sharon Ipes, she said.

“A networking event is very good because it helps connect, especially in this case, women and men across the college who are interested in women’s justice,” Hawkins said.

Motown Panel Discussion Photos

Photos courtesy of Amira Moore Photography

Cutlines by Hilary Broman

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The Motown the Musical panel included Elijah Ahmad Lewis who plays the character of Stevie Wonder, Jackie Wilson, and is part of the Motown ensemble (left), and Rod Harrelson who plays the Dance Captain in Swing (right).
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Fifty six students and 36 faculty, staff and community members attended the event, said Ari Rosner-Salazar, event committee member. According to reviews of the event the student body expressed that they were extremely pleased with the event. Some of the surveys related feelings of excitement with comments such as, “Best event at CNM ever!”
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Elijah Ahmad Lewis participating in the panel discussion. Follow him on Twitter @eal360.
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Rod Harrelson speaking to the audience.
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The band from the CNM IT department, Team ITS, plays some Motown hits.

International Women’s Day Coverage.

“International Women’s Day gives all of us women a great opportunity to reflect on the female leaders and trailblazers who have championed our cause and have fought for women’s rights with amazing bravery, sacrifice and determination,” said CNM President Kathie Winograd. “The women’s movement has come a long way in my lifetime. However, there’s still a long way to go on a lot of women’s issues in our country and across the globe. I hope this year’s International Women’s Day will inspire more brave female leaders, including our female students at CNM, to carry on the cause and usher in more progress and justice for women all over the world.”

Vegan: Eating For Ethics at CNM

March 6, 2017.  by Heather Hay

To learn about how food choices affect health, the environment, and animals an information presentation with a question and answer session is scheduled for March 23rd at 10:30 am in the Richard Barr Room on Main Campus, according to Anna Rose Daigle.

Daigle is a Humane Educator from the Ethical Choices Program , and said the educational organization’s goal is, through school presentations, to stimulate critical thinking while giving people the information and tools they need to make informed food choices.

She said “We often don’t realize what a profound impact our choices may have on others. If one person decides to change the course of their health and their footprint on the planet, a dialogue begins with family and friends, and with that dialogue, a chance to share the science behind all those seemingly harmless decisions we make so many times a day.”

Daigle advises students interested in getting involved in environmental issues politically to “start meet up groups, engage in friendly dialogue, ask questions, share your research with friends, family, and strangers, engage with your community, meet like-minded individuals, and be kind!”

She recommends that those interested in ethical choices education take courses in environmental sciences and nutrition.

Daigle said “I love my job. I remember the exact moment I was made aware of the impacts of animal agriculture. I felt betrayed and alone in my hurt and anger. My goal is to make sure my audience knows that they are not alone in any of the feelings that come up in the presentation.”

Daigle elaborated on what students may see as obstacles to transitioning to a plant based diet.

“At first, switching to a plant based diet may feel inconvenient; asking if this has cheese or if that is made with milk. Like any lifestyle change, there is a period of adjustment, but luckily our complex and intelligent bodies make those changes a little easier for us,” she said.

She also said that friends and family “may find your decision strange or difficult to comprehend, but often those initial feelings of apprehension dissipate once your healthy choices become the new normal.”

Eating foods low in cholesterol and saturated fat will give you more energy, make you feel better and even reverse the process of disease and inflammation, she said.

Colleges across the country have been adding more plant-based options to their regular menus and a great example is The University of Northern Texas which has just opened a fully-plant based dining hall, she said.

According to the Vegan Report Card Ranking the University of Northern Texas received an A+ ranking with a student satisfaction rating of 94% of the availability of vegan food on college campuses by creating the Mean Greens Cafe, an entirely plant based cafe.

As a comparison, the only college in New Mexico to receive an A rating is New Mexico State University, although none of the colleges in New Mexico responded to their request to be surveyed.

Daigle now lives in South Carolina as a result of participating in the National Student Exchange through the University of New Mexico, where she majored in University Studies.

When asked what led to her decision to move after graduating she explained that because of her love for the show True Blood she said that everyone the show “looked so glistening and beautiful in that small Louisiana town. I had never been to the deep South, so I figured I’d give it a shot. I picked the dot (the school on the exchange map I was shown) closest to the ocean on the other side of the country and before I knew it I was standing in Charleston, SC on a particularly balmy August day. I sweat through two shirts that day and have never once mastered glistening.”

Promotional photograph at the top of the story was provided by Anna Rose Daigle.

Travel Around the World in 30 Days with CNM

March 2, 2017

By Hilary Broman

Senior Staff Reporter

Around the World in 30 Days, an event celebrating global education and awareness, is scheduled to take place throughout the month of March on Main and Montoya campuses, said Ari Senghor Rosner-Salazar, event committee member.

Many events are scheduled to take place throughout the month ranging from enlightening panel discussions to dance and self-defense workshops, Salazar said.

International Education Week and International Women’s Day both take place in March, so the Around the World in 30 Days committee decided to create a month-long event that focuses on celebrating both, Salazar said.

Members of the event committee include; Ari Senghor Rosner-Salazar; Jean Silesky, Spanish instructor; Paula Smith-Hawkins, Associate Dean in CHSS; and Suzanne Buck, CHSS Faculty member, Salazar said.

Committee member, Jean Silesky, said that students can get something from every event.

“The panel discussions will be informative and the dance workshops will be fun, entertaining and relaxing,” she said.

The first event is scheduled to take place on Thursday, March 2nd and it will be a panel discussion with the performers from “Motown the Musical,” Salazar said.

International Women’s day will be on Wednesday, March 8th and there will be various events on both Main and Montoya campuses thorough the day including; a Jiu Jitsu, “Refuse to be a Victim Workshop,” and a “Women in Non-Traditional Roles” discussion panel, Silesky said.

Anyone can participate in the self-defense workshop, Silesky said.

“By no means is it just for women,” she said.

The “Women in Non-Traditional Roles” panel will include women who have professions in fields such as math, science, computer programming and law enforcement, Silesky said.

There will be a belly dance demonstration from a part time CNM instructor on Thursday, March 9th in the Main Campus Cafeteria, she said.

“With a snake!” Silesky said.

The “International Travel Panel” will include instructors who have either lived or studied abroad or who are from other countries and they will be sharing their experiences with the audience, Silesky said.

That panel is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, March 22nd, she said.

There are three dance workshops scheduled where students can learn African dance, Flamenco dance and Salsa dance, Silesky said.

“We think those are fun things that students would love to do,” she said.

There will be huge world maps at Main and Montoya campuses where students can put a push pin in a place where they are from or have lived for an extended period of time, she said.

“It will show that there already is a global presence at CNM that we are unaware of”, Silesky said, “We are called a community college and I think that makes people think small and local when really our community and Albuquerque in general is much more, people are from everywhere.”

The maps will be located in H Commons at Montoya campus and in SRC at Main campus, she said.

Around the World in 30 Days is about new learning experiences taking place outside of the classroom, Salazar said.

Silesky also thinks it is important to create a community outside of the classroom, she said.

“The focus is on the students,” she said, “Community building is really important for us and making students feel welcome at all times on campus.”

Students interested in attending any of the events do not need to sign up beforehand and they can attend as many events as they want.

“We want to encourage our students to participate, even if they can only come for 15 minutes between a class, or maybe if they are working on campus, during a break,” Salazar said, “We want as many people as possible to come to as many of these events as they can get to.”

It’s important to have a global perspective, Salazar said.

“We live in a big world and it’s important for folks to be aware of differences,” he said, “It’s never a bad thing to understand different cultural ways of communicating and different political and religious differences.”

For the past two years CNM held an event for National Foreign Languages Week, but it was too hard to squeeze all the events into one week, Salazar said, Around the World in 30 Days is an expansion of that event.

This event is sponsored by The Executive Counsel of Students, The Around the World in 30 Days Committee and Connect Services, Salazar said.

For a full schedule of events click here.