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.


CNM Food Pantry

Story by

Devonny Grajeda

Staff Reporter

Brittany Karnezis, the new Director of Student Life said, CNM has permanently opened a food pantry with the hope to help aid students by making sure they have weekly access to fresh produce and dry goods.

CNM acknowledges students’ needs outside of the classroom said Ms. Karnezis. CNM hopes the food pantry will provide a space where students have access to their holistic needs, she said. Through CNMs partnership with Roadrunner Food Bank and MoGro, CNM hopes to meet students’ needs head-on, she added.

The food pantry is located at the Main Campus Library inside the SRC building and is open on Wednesdays from 3-6 pm, said Ms. Karnezis. 

Ms. Karnezis said the pantry will accept new personal hygiene products such as toothbrushes/paste, floss, deodorant, soap, and feminine hygiene products. Anyone can donate toiletries; however, she said the food pantry does not accept food donations.

Ms. Karnezis says CNM knows students’ needs are significant, especially during this time of COVID-19. She added, “We provide the highest quality of education, but we realize students have needs that go far beyond the classroom doors.” By opening the food pantry, CNM hopes to support their student’s educational and personal needs, she said.

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.

Free Parking for UNM Students

Story and Photos by

Mark Graven

Staff Reporter

While CNM students have seen the imposition of paid parking for their campus lots, UNM students are able to skate on charges by parking at the massive University Stadium parking lot, south of the CNM campus.

Of course, if there is an athletic event, like a home Lobo football game, paid parking goes into effect, according to lot attendants.

But on a beautiful weekday afternoon, the University Stadium is brimming with cars, whose drivers had to pay nary a farthing for their place in the sun. Shuttle buses are ready to ferry UNM students to their main campus as soon as the students park. It is about a mile walk that some students might not want to endure in the afternoon sun.

The red Lobo shuttle busses are highly visible as they go to and from the Stadium lot to Main campus, via University Boulevard.

Lot attendants are scooting about in their golf carts to monitor the situation, but everything seems peaceful and calm. There may be no such thing as a free lunch these days, but for UNM students there is free parking.

UNM Pond starts to Get Ducks in a Row

By Mark Graven

Staff Reporter

On a brilliant sunny afternoon of September 15th, at the UNM Duck Pond, the duck population is growing, and calling itself to order.

In midsummer, the duck population had fallen below 20 ducks. Now ducks are returning from their summer vacations in northern latitudes, and beginning to settle in for fall and winter.

Today there are more than forty ducks, paddling about, or watching from the pond’s edge, where they naturally line up in rows to observe the turtles, sunning on pond rocks, and humans who recline in the shade of trees, or sit on benches surrounding the water.

It’s a far cry from the hundreds of ducks the pond regularly hosts in the winter, and certainly not enough to impress the turtles, who are rock-solid residents of the pond year around. Yes, indeed, the turtles are hard to impress.

Blue Skies Canopy Fall Semester Opening

Story and Photos by

Mark Graven

Staff Writer

Skies are blue–albeit a bit hazy– as the Fall Semester at CNM kicks into gear.

The parking lot is full in front of the Student Services center. Meanwhile, students are able to get directions and information from a booth set up as part of “Suncat Days,” by the stairs near Max Salazar Hall.

Across University Boulevard, construction on the Catering Services/Brewery at Robert P. Matteuchi Hall continues, and is going through a light blue phase (as if to match the skies).
On the North side of Main Campus, a billboard on E Building beams out a strong message in blue: it looks like “E” stands for being “exceptional” at CNM.

Career Connections That Keep People Smiling

Story by Angela Harrington

Staff Reporter

Photo provided by Dental Wellness. Pictured: Leyra Leyva (CNM graduate), Viridiana Murga, Dr. Fielfer Murga, Zoila Murga, Gladis Sanchez (CNM graduate), Jorge Gastelum

The CNM Dental Assisting Program has a positive impact for students and dentists alike.

When Dr. Fielfer Murga bought his practice, Dental Wellness, he knew that the staff he would be hiring would need to be a good fit for the team, so he reached out to CNM to help him.

“When I purchased the practice, the previous doctor told me that he had some connections with CNM. Then a graduate of the program came in to apply and we liked her and her work, so we contacted CNM that we wanted to work with their students,” Dr. Murga said.

One such student is 2018 CNM graduate Leyra Leyva. She said that it wasn’t until after she started attending CNM that she decided to enter the Dental Assisting Program.

“Once I started the program, I really realized how important it is to take care of your teeth,” Leyva said.

Leyva was sent to Dental Wellness for her second clinical assignment, and she has been employed there since that time, she said.

Dr. Murga said, “That’s why I like the program, because sometimes you can tell if a potential employee is a good match for you. Every dentist is different, so sometimes there is a match for me and sometimes not. If it is definitely a match, we will hire them on the spot!”

2019 CNM graduate Gladis Sanchez, said she knew before she started taking classes that she wanted to complete the Dental Assisting Program.

Her first clinical assignment brought her to Dental Wellness, and she was hired.

“I have learned a lot here. I love it!” Sanchez said.

Dr. Murga said that the people he likes to hire are those that love to ask questions and who are curious. 

CNM graduate Jennifer Medina received her certificate just a couple of weeks ago and is happy to be a part of the team at Dental Wellness, she said.

“Once I took the dental science class at the beginning of the program, I thought it was really interesting and I knew that this was the program for me,” Medina said.

When it comes to staffing his practice, Dr. Murga said that CNM has been, and will continue to be, a great resource for him.

Event Evolves Further – The Authors Workshop and Leonardo Launch of 2019

Story by Audrey Callaway Scherer, senior reporter

The functions at the annual Authors Event and Leonardo Launch Party will have evolved once again this year as they have added a new feature – a writing workshop, “On Bearing Witness in Poetry,” to be hosted by poet Ruth Awad, said Authors Event organizer Mary Bates-Ulibarri.

The literary and social event will be held in two parts on Thursday, April 4th at Main Campus – the workshop from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in SB 211 and launch party from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in SRC 101 – and is sponsored jointly by the libraries, English faculty, general activity account and Executive Council of Students (ECOS). It will also be catered by Atrios.

The writing workshop will focus on poetry and anyone, from students to people from the community, may register by going to the Libraries home page (www.cnm.edu/depts/libraries), clicking on “Events,” finding the event in the calendar and registering through the event’s link.

The launch party for Leonardo, CNM’s annual literary arts magazine, is free and open to the public and will include student awards and readings followed by the featured author, opportunities for questions, a book signing by Awad, and a reception for readers and attendees. Usually about 90 people attend the event each year, said Bates-Ulibarri.

“It contributes to students’ success; it contributes to the life of the college,” she said.

Carly Harschlip, a faculty advisor for Leonardo, said the magazine has had intermittent issue release parties since its founding as a photocopied journal in 1991, but only began combining with the annual Authors Event, for which 2019 will be its 9th year, a few years ago after being approached by one of its organizers, Rebecca Aronson.

The intent of joining the two events was to enable students who were interested in writing and publishing to get exposure and give them a chance to talk with professional writers about their work, said Harschlip.

“It’s a great opportunity, and I think the two events work together perfectly, all under the auspice of the campus library,” she said.

From the perspective of the Authors Event, which evolved from its origins surrounding published faculty and staff, Bates-Ulibarri said that it refocused the event both toward students and the process of producing creative work.

“It changed from faculty to the creative process itself – about expression, about being creative, about learning to get work out there, about taking the risk to write and publish and read in front of people,” she said. “About experiences or steps that students can learn in school that will help them continue on getting their work out when they’re done with school.”

Olivia Peppermuller will be discussing her piece (seen above), “Women in Astronomy,” at the event and guests will have the opportunity to ask her questions.

The same year that the two events linked to be held simultaneously, they began including guest speakers and readings from students published in Leonardo, said Bates-Ulibarri.

The events’ organizers look outside of CNM for notable published authors with diverse perspectives who have been recognized for the quality of their work, she said. These guest speakers are picked from different groups each year to further represent diverse perspectives.

This year, four Leonardo-published contributors will read from or speak about their work for about five minutes each and guests will be given the opportunity to ask them questions.

“It’s a delight to see the students read, but it’s also nice to hear the dialogue,” she said.

For written work, the student speakers will be Athenx Lindlan, Scott Wiggerman and Brianna Reed, and the fourth student, Olivia Peppermuller (whose art will be featured on the cover of this year’s edition of the magazine), will be discussing two of her visual art pieces.

This piece also created by Olivia Peppermuller, “Tangible Faith,” will be discussed at the event and guests will have the opportunity to ask her questions.

“The fun part about this for us is that the students have the opportunity to read their own work or speak about their work to a live audience, to their peers, but also to people they don’t know,” said Bates-Ulibarri.

Leonardo’s small group of student editors helps the faculty solicit submissions and ultimately chooses which pieces will appear in each year’s magazine, said Harschlip. In contrast with the original issue, which featured 11 students’ work, this year’s editors had to choose from over 120 submissions.

“It’s gone through a lot of changes . . . but our mission has always been to showcase the written work and visual art of CNM students, and to be able to give them the experience of seeing their work in print,” she said.

A limited number of free copies of Leonardo will be available at the launch party and copies of Awad’s book will continue to be available for sale in the Main campus library Catfé.

The library keeps cataloged copies of Leonardo and of poets’ books available for check-out. In spirit of National Poetry Month, the library will also be displaying poetry books throughout April.

“We’d like to continue this pattern in the future. We’ve gotten great feedback and we, the organizers, are excited about how it’s working,” said Bates-Ulibarri.

The organizers will continue to seek different speakers and might try to get more funding to expand it out, but they don’t think they need to do a lot more at this point, she said.

One thing they would like to start doing is documenting the event and readings through more photos and video and they are open to new volunteers. For more details or to express interest, people may contact Mary Bates-Ulibarri at ulimb@cnm.edu.

Rebecca Aronson hosts writing workshops in the libraries on Mondays from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and anyone who is interested is invited to join, Bates-Ulibarri said. For more information, email raronson@cnm.edu.

Chris Prentice is another faculty advisor for Leonardo and they are always looking for student authors and students interested in participating in the editorial process, she added. It’s really good experience and builds students’ teamwork, organizational and communication skills.

Previous editions of Leonardo can be accessed at http://www.cnm.edu/programs-of-study/communication-humanities-and-social-sciences/english.

The flyer for this year’s new addition to the Author’s Event, the writing workshop “On Bearing Witness in Poetry,” describes the focus of the session and gives basic information about Ruth Awad and her debut poetry collection

The flyer for the 2019 Authors Event gives detailed information on the publicity of poet Ruth Awad and highlights that student contributors to Leonardo will be reading from their work.

Jimmy Santiago Baca to Read at Leonardo Release Party

By Hilary Broman

Senior Staff Reporter

As part of the CNM library authors event and the Leonardo release party, award winning poet, Jimmy Santiago Baca is scheduled to share his work.

The event will be held on April 19th from 6-8pm at the main campus library.

Many of our students read his work in their English, composition, and poetry courses, said Rebecca Aronson, English instructor.

“He is a local and national celebrity,” she said.

Aronson said that Baca is a role model and even a hero to many CNM students, faculty and staff.

“He is just such an amazing writer and he is such a force of a person,” she said, “His life experience is so compelling and I think a lot of people connect to his struggles and his triumphs.”

After Baca shares his work there will be time for questions and answers from the audience as well as a book signing.

Baca will bring books to sell, Aronson said.

Leonardo, CNM’s literary magazine, will be releasing their 2017 issue.

Four students who were published in the magazine are scheduled to share their work prior to Jimmy Santiago Baca.

The CNM library authors event is an annual event where authors come and share their work with the CNM community.

Last year was the first year that the CNM library and Leonardo teamed up to host two events in one, Aronson said.

The event was a success so they wanted to combine the events again this year.

“We loved that,” Aronson said, “It was so nice to have student readers involved.”

Previous authors that attended the authors event were Arthur Sze and Jamal May.