Women’s Trade Summit

Story by

Devonny Grajeda

Staff Reporter

Official poster for the Women’s Trade Summit.

The women’s trade summit is an event that will help women look for a job and networking opportunities within the areas of HVAC, plumbing, carpentry, diesel mechanics, insulators, laborers, electricians, and more said Amy Ballard, Dean for the school of Applied Technologies.

The event will take place Friday, March 18th from 9am-3pm at the CNM main campus inside Smith Brasher hall.

This event can help women find mentorships as well as allow them an opportunity to ask questions directly to women who are working in trade fields right now, she said. 

There will be speakers such as presidents and representatives of companies, there will also be a panel consisting of women who work in different trades and they will be speaking on issues they have had to deal with inside their individual fields, she added.

This event is important for many reasons, the first reason being the ability to learn about the types of compensation, what kind of job availability there is, and what kind of opportunities can come from a career in trades for women, she said.

Then there is a need to let women know that there is incredible demand out for these positions out there right now she added.

Lastly, these jobs create great pathways to even better jobs, she said.

“For example, even if you start as a carpenter or plumber it’s not a far step to creating your own business or becoming a manager. Women may not realize that these jobs can be a launchpad to bigger and better things, there is a lot of money to be made these days, ” she said.

Companies are in need of highly skilled trade people she said. So much so that right now some companies have billboards advertising that they will offer up to a $10,000 sign on bonus for skilled HVAC employees. 

Getting involved in trades is not something that can be started tomorrow she said.

Education and training are required, but it will not be too long before a women can receive a high paying job she added.

“We would also like to see a stronger presence of women inside trades considering it is a male dominated field, the transition for women is happening in politics, medicine, science so there is no reason why trade fields can’t be the next frontier for women to become pivotal and pioneering“ she said.

Women can really empower themselves by hearing the stories of other women who also felt scared to take the leap into a male dominated field, but who are now successful and own their own businesses and love the trades, she said. 

“We hope the event will become a spring board for these speakers and mentors to help start something much greater for women in trades,” she said. 

The event will have vender booths from different companies such as Sandia Labs, Meta(FaceBook), and APD for those looking for jobs, she said.

If interested in attending this event you may sign up using the link provided below.


Calling All Artists

Story by

Devonny Grajeda

Staff Reporter

Faculty Advisor of CNM’s visual arts magazine Leonardo, Carly Harschlip said she is inviting all CNM students to attend the first ever Leonardo Open Mic Night.

The event is for all CNM students and will be hosted via zoom on November 12th from 7:00-8:00PM she said.

If students would like to attend/preform they can email Leonardo at leonardo@cnm.edu and they will then be added to the list, she said. Or they can go to their website under Blog and Events to sign up as well, she said.

The Leonardo Open Mic Night is intended to provide students with a venue that will be fun and interactive while allowing students to show off their creative sides, “It will allow students to share their creative work and have a sense of community, which is important for them,” she said.

Finding a community that a student can share their feelings with is just as important as taking a class. It is a big step to share creative work and it can be scary, but it can also be worth it she said.

Attending the Leonardo Open Mic Night may teach a student something about themselves, they may even come to find out they might have stage fright, she said.

She said, “Being a college student is also about exploring things and finding your place in the world.”

COVID has made things a bit harder by making everyone more isolated. Of course, one Open Mic Night is not going to change everything but it is a start she said.

Students are also welcome to attend the event as audience members only and are not required to share if they do not wish too, she said.

If students do not feel ready for either of those then perhaps they may find interest in working with Leonardo, which has been a part of CNM since 1991 and is celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, she said.

She said, “Leonardo hopes to get people interested in the magazine itself. Or, to contribute if they want to be an editor perhaps at some point or they want to submit their work to it in print which is important for any beginning writer.”

Return of the Balloon Fiesta

Pictures and Story by

Salvador Zambrano

Staff Reporter/Graphic Designer

2020 was the year COVID-19 began. During the year lots of events were canceled to protect people from outbreaks of the virus. One event affected was The famous Balloon Fiesta. After taking the year off Balloon Fiesta made it’s return for the 2021 season.

Balloon fiesta park was filled with many spectators waiting to see the many balloons take off into the sky. This year 866,414 guests made their way to the park during the 9 day period.

The Balloon fiesta picked up right where it left off with a total of 588 balloons making an appearance this year. 671 pilots also made the trip from around the world for this years event. The Albuquerque community seemed full of life after the return of the Balloon Fiesta.

Construction on Catering/Brewery Enters the Black Phase

Story and Photos by

Mark Graven

Staff Reporter

Construction on the Catering Brewery Facility at Robert P. Matteuchi Hall continues, and has entered the Black Phase, as pictured on September 28.

The project has already passed through yellow and light blue phases, but must undergo a metamorphosis into creamy white, before it is complete, according to architectural renderings prepared by FBT Architects of Albuquerque.

A rendering of the project, as finished, is displayed on a fence at the construction site on University Boulevard, just south of CNM’ s newly constructed Market Place.

General Contractor for the project is Brycon Construction of Albuquerque.

A Celebration with Sol

Story and Photos by

Angela Harrington

Staff Reporter

CNM’s first ever post virtual graduation ceremony celebration was a success!
Graduating students and their friends and families lined up in their vehicles to make their way through the Smith-Brasher parking lot on Saturday May 1st, and patiently waited to be cheered and revered for the successes they have accomplished.
Sol the Suncat was there to make sure it was a lively time!
The route was lined with faculty and staff, clapping and waving, as each graduate rolled up and got out of their vehicle to be presented with a beautiful diploma cover and other school memorabilia.
As the traditional Pomp and Circumstance March played over the loud speaker, Dean of Students Chris Cavazos busily coordinated the announcement of each graduate’s name as they arrived.
CNM President Tracy Hartzler greeted the graduates and happily posed for quick photos with them as they made their way around the stage area, where CNM Board Members and additional faculty were waiting to congratulate them.
There was no shortage of enthusiasm or elation at the socially distanced and masked celebration.

See slide show below

A Sky High Wedding

Story and Media by

Mark Graven

Staff Reporter

Leslie Bordeau, a CNM student in 2014-2015, embarked on marriage in spectacular fashion, getting married to his sweetheart, Lorisa Silva.
The couple, both from Albuquerque, launched their marriage with a party of 10, taking off from the Cottonwood Mall parking lot.
Silva said that a friend suggested a balloon-based wedding to her about a month ago.
“I just thought that was a good idea,” said Silva.
So here they were, and there they went–up, up, and away, in a party that included a minister, a photographer, and various family and friends.
Their balloon was one of 11 Rainbow Ryder balloons taking off from the Cottonwood Mall.  
Ordinarily, Rainbow Ryders would be participating in the Balloon Fiesta, which was canceled this year, due to Covid. 

But Rainbow Ryders and others were keeping the fires burning for ballooning, through private enterprise this year.  Rainbow’s intent is to keep launching flights daily, weather permitting, its representatives said.
Albuquerque officials have encouraged the private party ballooning, labeling it Balloon Siesta.  
There were perhaps 50 balloons dotting the skies over Albuquerque.  During Balloon Fiesta, more than 500 are typically launched.


Story and Photos by

Mark Graven

Staff Reporter.

Human-like figures have been spotted in CNM’s newest building, The Market Place–even though, it is not yet open to the public.
Brycon Constuction said the figures are actually plastic mannequins, that will don appropriate CNM apparrell when the market place and it’s new book store do open.  
Racks for books have already been installed, and shoppers will be able to take a break at a Starbucks that is also expected to be housed in the building, Brycon workers said.
Although the building seems almost ready for use, CNM has not yet announced an opening date, although the builders have said the building would be done this fall.

Take A Virtual Balloon Ride with The ABQ Balloon Museum

Story and photos by

Olawale Oluwakoya

Staff Reporter 

CNM students should participate in the Balloon museum virtual field trip because 

Anderson Abruzzo international Balloon Museum

it is fun, educative, informative and a great opportunity to acquire a wealth of knowledge without leaving their couch, said Balloon Museum’s Field Trip and Volunteer Coordinator Katie Farmin. 

The Virtual Field Trips will take place every Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30 am, the lesson is approximately 40 minutes and will be a mix of PowerPoint, video, and some movement, she said. 

The field trip will cover the history of early ballooning, the anatomy of a balloon, the science behind balloon flight, and a short history of the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, she said.

Photo Puzzle Exhibit at the Balloon Museum

“The available dates for the virtual field trips will be provided in the registration form (here). You will have a first and second choice, however, they are not guaranteed. If your choices are not available, you will be contacted to coordinate other possible choices,” she said. 

“Once you register, a confirmation email will be sent out with the date of the field trip. You have the choice of the museum sending a Zoom link, Google Meet link, or we can pop into your class if you have a recurring link with whatever platform you are using for your digital classroom,” she said.

Exhibition at the balloon Museum dedicated to Brave Airfare

After the field trip, another email will be sent out with additional material for students to reflect on what they learned, she said. 

If students have any more questions they can send an email kfarmin@cabq.gov or call (505) 768-6027, said Katie Farmin. 

Drive In At Balloon Fiesta Park

Story And Photos by Dshawal Oluwakoya

Staff Reporter

 The drive-in theater was created to support New Mexicans through this pandemic, said drive-in organizer Levi Sperry.

Movies have been shown through the summer and the turnout has been good, he said.

Right now there are events scheduled through September 4th with more shows to be announced, he said.

“I think students should come see a movie because it is fun and you get to spend time out with your friends and family, watch a movie together and create wonderful memories even during tough times,” he said.

All drive-in presentations are COVID-safe, people can stay in their cars or tailgate as long as they stay within the appropriately distanced zones, he said.

Tamara Villescas a UNM student said she comes to watch movies here frequently. “I come here every time with my girls, it gives me a reason to leave the house, also I love food trucks”.

They are located at 9201 balloon museum Dr NE, view shows and book tickets online here, any questions can be sent to admin@balloonfiesta.com, said Mr. Levi.

CNM Library puts “Kapow” into Women’s History Month

Story and Photos by Mark Graven

Wonder Woman, helped inspire the selection of some Wonderous  Women—one representing each continent of the world, along with one from New Mexico, according to Marina Perry, a work-study majoring in Graphic Design and Marketing who helped research the selections, gaining energy from the DC Comics character, Wonder Woman.

Perry said she chose Wonder Woman as the icon for the exhibit because Wonder Woman represents strength and power and shows that women can accomplish huge tasks.

“I didn’t know a lot of these women, even though they did huge things,” said Perry. “To find out about them gave me confidence and personal empowerment.”

Research for the books in the exhibit was conducted by Psychology Major Sarah Tafoya, also a work study employee.

The exhibit, located inside to the left of the main entrance to the Student Resource Center, features comic book colors of yellow, red, and blue, and was a “team effort,” according to Library Specialist Tiffany Tomchak.

Tomchak said Wonder Woman was a good choice for the exhibit because she was able to infiltrate other media such as graphic novels and movies and other mass media to inspire a broad array of people.

“I think it looks great,” said Tomchak.  I am proud of the work of the students, and what we did as a team.”

The comic book colors are designed to give the exhibit “kapow” she said.

Participants in the Outreach Team that put together monthly exhibits at the Student Resource Center include:  Mary Bates-Ulibarri, Carlee Philpot, and Leda Rizzo, according to Tomchak.

Perry said that, having been born near Tokyo, she was particularly inspired by the Asian representative of the group Kimie Iwato, a CEO of a large beauty products company in Japan named Shiseido.

“She has worked very hard for equality in the workplace in Japan,” said Perry. “And also making the workplace safe for everybody,” she added.

Tomchak noted that one message of the exhibit is that women are not seeking to be superior to men, but are instead seeking gender equality. 

According to library staff, the women featured in the Women’s History Month exhibit include:

  • Representing North America, Susan B. Anthony, the social reformer, who helped win the battle for women’s suffrage in the U.S.
  • From South America, Eva Peron, the former First Lady of Argentina, who fought for women’s and workers’ rights, and to improve the lives of the poor.
  • From Europe, the Polish born, but German national, Rosa Luxemburg, who was a philosopher, economist, and anti-war activist that developed a humanist approach to Marxism.
  • From Africa, Miriam Makeba, a singer songwriter, actress, and U.N. goodwill ambassador, who fought against apartheid, in South Africa.
  • From Australia, Faith Thomas, the first woman to play international cricket professionally, and the first woman to be selected for any professional support in Australia.  She also became the first aboriginal nurse to run a hospital in the land down under.
  • Representing Antarctica, Mary Alice McWhinnie, a scientist who was the first woman authorized by the National Science Foundation to winter at McMurdo Station, and who made a total of 11 research trips to the Antarctic.
  • And representing New Mexico, Deb Haaland, the first Native American to serve in Congress.  (2016).

The library website has on-line materials for those interested in further research on Women’s History Month, according to Tomchak.

Resources can be found here.