Ken Chappy Hall Remodel Proceeds

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Mark Graven

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Ken Chappy Hall, on the CNM Main Campus, reduced to just its superstructure in its 2021 remodel, is making a comeback.  On Tuesday, March 23d, it was sporting new yellow walls.  A closer look reveal that the bright color is from sheeting material, and is not likely to be the finished product, as remodeling by the Franken Construction Company of Albuquerque proceeds. 

ECOS and Dean Come Together to Improve Online Learning

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Mark Graven

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CNM’S Executive Council of Students (ECOS) met with the Phil Lister, dean of  the Math, Science and Engineering School at CNM, to chart a path forward in improving remote learning in science and math courses.  

Dean Lister, who engaged ECOS board members concerns at their regular meeting of March 19th via a Jitzi link, which students can access on Fridays at 2 p.m.

By the end of the meeting Lister said he would be contacting members of his faculty to encourage more lecture sessions with students, and more faculty/student interaction generally.

ECOS board members say they have been fielding complaints from students  that some on-line math and science courses lack a real-time lecture component in which students can ask professors questions to clarify difficult concepts.

Lister said he would like to hear personally from students that might be dissatisfied with their faculty interaction time, so that problems can be addressed.

“I want to hear from students”  said Lister.  “It can be scary for students to raise concerns.  I want to assure students that we are friendly.”

He said that some faculty may have had a harder time adjusting to remote learning in Covid times. And these faculty members could be given assistance.  

ECOS members suggested that professors with recorded lectures could share them with other professors that have had difficulty in on-line lecturing.

ECOS members have taken the position that recorded lectures are better than no lecture at all. The have also said that it helps science and math students to see problems worked on a whiteboard.

Lister said that not all students prefer lecture, but he agreed with ECOS members that courses, and sections of courses, that do have lectures, could be indicated in the course catalogue, or some other means.

“It is important that students know what to expect,” said ECOS President Alex Crossland. 

Dean Lister agreed with ECOS members that students had a right to know what type of learning experience they are signing up for.

Board Vice President Imane Bahji, who has spearheaded the ECOS’s effort to inject more lecture in on-line math and science courses, said she was pleased with Dean Lister’s responses, but that ECOS would still have to  “keep our eyes out.”

ECOS members said they want on-line improvements implemented by the start of the upcoming summer semester.

Pop In, By Appointment To The Library

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Salvador Zambrano

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As of March 12th, main and westside campus have been offering services to students by appointment said Associate Library Director for CNM Renee Goodvin.

Students will have to fill out a daily health assessment before coming to campus to ensure their own safety and the safety of others, she said.

“It is a great idea because we are allowing students to get the resources that they need, but it’s a difficult situation because students want to come to the library to study. Which is one of the main services we provide.” She said.

The library homepage also provides students with the ability to check out books and other electronic equipment like iPads or laptops, she said.

Appointments can also be made through the library for ace tutoring services, she said.

Once students have been approved for those items, they will be directed to make an appointment through the website to come and pick them up, she said.

Goodvin said, printing services are also offered but at main campus only

she added that she suspects the current level of operations would last until the end of the spring semester. As the state continues to move from yellow to green and finally turquoise, there will probably be more services provided to students.

“Honestly we don’t know, we’re waiting for the president to give us the ok,” she said. She added that she suspects the current level of operations would last until the end of the spring semester.

The library has already partnered with campus safety to ensure proper social distancing throughout the library by placing tables 6 feet apart and limiting the amount of chair available, she said.

Goodvin said she was glad CNM was reopening and knows they’re trying to do their best to ensure student safety.

Lighting the Plaza

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Mark Graven 

Staff Reporter

Workers from Theco, an electrical contractor out of Corrales, install a light pole on the new plaza in front of the Louis Saavedra Administration Building, as the project reaches the finish line.  The project features concrete benches, freshly planted trees, and a new bike rack.  It occupies part of the space where “N” building once stood.  The workers requested to remain anonymous.

ECOS & Dean to Discuss Future of Online Education


Mark Graven

Staff Writer

Phil Lister, Dean of the School of Math, Science and Engineering at CNM has accepted an invitation to attend the next Executive Council of Students (ECOS) to be held March 19th, according to ECOS President Alex Crossland.
The EOCS board has been searching for a way of obtaining more interaction between professors and students in math and science courses in the remote learning process that has taken over CNM, during Covid times.
To that end the ECOS board members, at last Friday’s meeting, crafted an email inviting Dean Lister to meet with board members this coming Friday.  By the end of the meeting last Friday, Lister replied that he would attend, Crossland announced.
Dean Lister presides over a large amount of academic territory at CNM.  The MSE School offers degree programs in Biology; Biotechnology; Chemistry; Earth and Planetary Science; Engineering; Geography; Mathematical Science; Nutrition; Physics; and Pre-Health Scidnce; and non-degree programs in Astronomy and Natural Science (for teachers).
Physics course have come under particular scrutiny at ECOS board meetings because they lack a lecture component, according to Imane Bahji. ECOS vice-president.  
Bahji said that if difficult science and math courses are not going to offer lecture, or some other reasonable substitute for faculty student interaction, then CNM should say so upfront, so that students know what they are getting into.  
ECOS had previously contacted CNM President Tracey Hartzler, and met the the Faculty Senate, but did not achieve the improvement to remote learning that board members wanted to see.
Students interested in watching ECOS meeting with Dean Lister can go to My CNM and search for ECOS meeting link.  The meeting is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m., as per usual with ECOS meetings.

Where’s Owlivia?

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Mark Graven

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The tree’s an CNM’s Westside Campus where the famous horned owl couple live.

“Owlivia,” the female half of the now famous horned owl couple in residence at CNM’S westside campus peeks over the second level ledge, on the Southside of the main entrance to the Michael J. Glennon Building.  Her mate, “Whodini,” was nowhere to be seen on Tuesday, March  7th.   Campus personnel said that Whodini often disappears into the trees, by the entrance, when Owlivia, takes the south ledge perch.  
The owls have been recently spotted together on a ledge on the Northside of the MJG entrance, where “Owlivia” had laid two eggs.  Unfortunately, the eggs rolled off the ledge, and did not survive the fall, campus personnel said.  

Photo of an Owl peaking out over the second ledge on the South Side of the entrance at CNM’s Westside Campus.

This marks the second year in a row in which Owlivia has lost her eggs.  The owls achieved notoriety, when a young owlet fell out of his nest in a tree, near the entrance, in 2018, and had to be rescued by local wildlife workers.
Campus administration and security officers now keep tabs on the comings, goings and doings of the owls, which security officers have named.  The Chronicle spoke with Larrison Nelson,, an administrative technician with the Scholl of Adults and General Education and Roger Trujillo, a CNM security officer, outside WSII on Tuesday. 
Nelson and Trujillo said that during the summer months, the owls like to hang out in the pine trees to the north of Westside II building, but prefer to be around the MJG entrance when it is colder.
When the campus is busy, security has signs to set out to indicate the presence of the nesting owls.

Living Small to Live Large

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By Angela Harrington

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The tiny home movement is alive and thriving according to Mr. Elliott Espinosa.

Mr. Espinosa is an Albuquerque native and lifelong resident of the South Valley. He makes his living by locating, refurbishing, and reselling recreational vehicles (RV’s), travel trailers, and boats, he said.

“People of all ages are looking to downsize right now. Lots of people are trying to lower their expenses,” said Mr. Espinosa.

Small homes are easier on the environment and less expensive, he said

“Why go into huge amounts of debt when you can have all the necessary amenities and still have the ability to move and take it all with you?” said Espinosa.

According to Espinosa, working remotely is a trend that doesn’t appear to be going anywhere anytime soon and this type of flexible living fits in well with that trend.

He said, “I find life to be more rewarding when the stressful components, like expenses, are simplified. Living small is a great way to leave time and finances available for the things we enjoy most in life.”

Mr. Espinosa suggests that people look into the many options available before committing to the high cost and singular location that comes with a home mortgage.

All Quiet on Montoya Campus

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Mark Graven

Staff Writer

It is a sunny afternoon at CNM Montoya campus, on a March day that would foster a beehive of activity during normal times but these are still COVID TIMES. The Montoya parking lots are practically bereft of cars.  Outside tables, where students might ordinarily be having lunch, are vacant.  Signs on the glass doors of Robert R. Barr Hall indicate that the library, within, is closed, and that assessments scheduled for March 23rd through April 5th, will be held at the CNM Main Campus.  The Sandia Mountains, in in the background, send a message that there are still tasks to be completed.  And the birds still chirp their songs from the bushes and trees, but garner applause from no one.