It’s no secret that Smith Brasher Hall has reopened after its $24-million renovation, but many students might still have unanswered questions about the new building.
CNM Chronicle’s, Hilary Broman, sat down with Donna Diller, Dean of School of Business and Information Technology, to learn about the new and improved Smith Brasher Hall.
The renovation was paid for by a bond that was passed by the community.
With budget cuts taking place at CNM many students might wonder why CNM spent $24 million on the building renovation, Diller said, but those capital bonds can only be used for building improvements.
“Also, from an efficiency standpoint we were maxed out at our HVAC availability, the technology also needed to be improved for the building to have better access for technology in our classrooms.”
The original structure wasn’t completely torn down. It was just gutted.
“The new structure is much more user friendly for students, faculty, and staff,”
Originally built in 1982, Smith Brasher Hall had very traditional style classrooms, Diller said.
“It was very dark and there were not any encouraging gathering areas for students to work in.”
Now Smith Brasher Hall has a lot of natural light which creates a more inviting environment, but it is also effective from a sustainability standpoint, she said.
Having a lot of natural light allows CNM to use less electricity.
In addition to the natural light Smith Brasher Hall was redesigned with sustainability in mind.
Some of these features include, geo thermal wells that are pumped in the parking lot, solar panels to power the front outside area, and special parking spots for students who drive low emission, fuel saving vehicles.
There is a free parking lot immediately south of the building, Diller said, but there is parking that is even closer for fuel efficient vehicles.
These parking spots are to encourage sustainability efforts and give students who do drive low emission vehicles a parking perk.
Click here to see if your car qualifies for a Go Green Permit.
The outside front area of the building was designed with opportunities for growth in mind, Diller said.
“We anticipate having food trucks in that area and being able to have a farmer’s market, and student run kiosks in the future.”
Smith Brasher Hall is also equipped with 10 state of the art computer labs as well as tutor support for students who are learning programming, networking, cyber security, and cloud computing.
A new feature that the building never had before are focus rooms, which are private, comfortable spaces that seat about 6-8 students at a time.
They are great spaces where students can work on group projects or where faculty can work with students one on one, Diller said.
As an accessibility option there is one universal bathroom in Smith Brasher Hall.
The bathroom is to provide students with access to be able to use the restroom of their choice, and have that privacy.
“We have a diverse student population,” she said, “That is something that the school has a goal of moving towards; making sure we have that accessibility.”
Smith Brasher Hall is home to the School of Information and Technology.
They are already sharing the space with some faculty from the School of Math, Science, and Engineering, and the school of Communication, Humanities, and Social Sciences, as they get ready to renovate Max Salazar Hall which is scheduled to take place in 2018.
As CNM takes strides to a more sustainable campus Donna Diller said that she feels grateful.
“I think sometimes we take for granted the facilities that we have,” she said, “We are very fortunate to live and study and work together in a facility like this.”
The entire balloon fiesta is kid friendly but, Thursday, October 12th is Kid Day, presented by KOB-TV.
The morning will start off with a laser light show at 5:45 am.
Followed by dawn patrol at 6:00am and then a Special Shape rodeo at 7:00 am.
In the evening a Special Shape Glowdeo is scheduled at 6:00pm, followed by a laser light show at 7:45pm, then a firework show at 8:00pm.
*Kids 12 and under are free every day of the fiesta.
If you love the special shapes:
The special shape balloons are included in all of the mass ascension events, but if you are particularly fond of the special shape balloons try attending the Special Shape Rodeo and Glowdeo.
The Special Shape Rodeo is scheduled to take place on Thursday, October 12th and Friday, October 13th.
During this event, only the special shape balloons take the field and take flight.
On the evening of the 12th and 13th there will be a Special Shape Glowdeo where the special shape balloons take the field but do not take flight. Instead, they ignite the gas which creates a glowing effect across the field.
In addition to all of the old favorites, 17 new shapes will be joining the special shapes family.
Below are the new special shape balloons:
Click here to see a directory of all the special shape balloons participating in this year’s event.
If you want to conquer your fear of heights:
If you want to catch a ride on a balloon, contact Rainbow Ryders Inc at:
CNM offers many different clubs. However, with a student body of over 25,000 students it can be difficult to stay in the loop.
Not all of the clubs that are available at CNM are listed on the CNM website so we at the Chronicle researched to find new clubs that students might not be aware of.
Listed below is a list of CNM clubs accepting members this semester.
Club: Sunflare Photography Club
When and where: From 3:00pm-5:00pm on most Fridays at 4501 Juan Tabo Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111 unless stated otherwise. Club meetings are announced via Facebook and email.
Club activities: The club goes to different locations such as Oldtown, Downtown Albuquerque, and the Bio Park to take photos. Sometimes they go out to eat and visit photo galleries, said club president, Hannah Choy.
Why students should join: “Students should join because our club is a good place to learn and practice photography skills, to make more experiences to put on resumes, to learn teamwork, to get networking opportunities, to gain leadership and to have lots of fun,” Choy said.
Contact information: Students interested in joining can contact Hannah Choy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Club: Executive Council of Students (Student Government)
When and where: 4:00pm-6:00pm on Fridays at the ECOS office, BT3-b. (The portables near Trio and Taxhelp in the bookstore parking lot).
Club activities: The Executive Council of Students goals are to increase CNM’s sense community, provide opportunities for CNM students, provide fair representation of all students and bring those issues to the CNM administration, and to help distribute information about CNM to the students, said Council President, Jimmy Thompson.
Thompson is also hoping to provoke enough interest to support a CNMpics (CNM olympics) to host a series of events that are athletic, fun and all inclusive, he said.
Why students should join: Students should join because it not only increases one’s sense of community at CNM but it ensures a sense of community for everyone, Thompson said.
“ECOS works to represent the entire student body, no matter how small or diverse a population may be. The greater participation we have will result in a more varied governing body with a more extensive direct outreach to the student body and all persons on campus in general,” he said.
Contact information: Students who are interested in joining the Executive Council of students ca contact Jimmy Thompson at email@example.com.
Club: Anthropology Club
When and where: Noon on the first Friday of each month in the Main campus cafeteria. The first meeting of the semester will be on Friday, October 6th.
Club activities: In the past the Anthropology club has held Meet & Greet events, participated in the Westside Fall Festival and College Days, attended conferences, organized field trips and demonstrations, created campus displays, held fundraisers, and provided community service, said Sue Ruth, Anthropology instructor.
Why students should join: “Students should join if they have an interest in anthropology and want to get more involved at CNM”, Ruth said.
Contact information: Students interested in joining can contact Sue Ruth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students can also visit the CNM Anthropology Facebook page and click the “join group” button to get updates on events related to the club.
Club: Phi Theta Kappa
When and where: The upcoming general meeting is scheduled to take place on October 17. The upcoming officer meeting is scheduled to take place on October 4th at 2:00pm. PTK members also volunteer with East Gate Church food pantry on the first Saturday of every month.
Why students should join: The benefits of being a PTK member include; being able to apply for transfer scholarships and academic scholarships in their majors, having an opportunity to participate and lead community service initiatives, having the opportunity to fulfill leadership positions, and being able to study topics which relate to local community and how it relates to the student’s own personal professional life.
Contact information: For more information, students can contact the public relation officer Frozan Popal at email@example.com or the PTK student’s president Brittiana Padilla at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Club: Art Club
When and where: 4:30pm every Friday in room N12 on Main Campus
Club activities: We host workshops centering on various mediums and practices of art, anything from figure drawing to linocut printmaking, said the art club president Jennifer Woehrle.
Why students should join: Students should join if they are interested in art, or just in learning something new, Woehrle said.
Contact information: Students can join by showing up on a day that the club meets or they can email the art club president Jennifer Woehrle at email@example.com, or the art club vice president Carolina Kessler-Cocina firstname.lastname@example.org.
If these clubs don’t interest you, check out our summer club story here or check out the list of clubs on the CNM website.
If your perfect club doesn’t exist yet, create it! Click here for more information.
Nursing major, Marcela, believes that students, especially women, should be able to carry pepper spray on campus when they have classes late at night, she said.
However, pepper spray is considered a banned weapon on CNM campuses, said Louis Medina, Deputy Chief of Safety and Security.
Main campus has more reported crimes against women than any other CNM campus, according to the Clery Act, a document disclosing campus security policy and campus crime statistics.
*No Crimes reported at Rio Rancho and STEMulus Center*
Although nursing major, Marcela, is not surprised by this fact she stated that she feels safe at Main Campus, because she takes morning classes and she recommends that students try to take classes during the day in order to stay safe.
However, she knows that many students have to take night classes due to their schedule.
“It’s hard, because people work, they have to take classes late. It’s hard for a lot of people,” she said.
How can students who have to take night classes feel safe if they cannot carry pepper spray?
“Know a little bit of self-defense,” said Zaya Osborn, Earth and Planetary Sciences major, “at least enough to know how to get out of holds and run away, enough to get yourself to safety.”
Osborn also aims to take morning classes to avoid coming to campus late at night.
“I live in Albuquerque and Albuquerque is more dangerous at night,” she said.
John Corvino, Chief of Security and Safety, is aware of the challenging climate that Albuquerque faces.
“Crime is rampant, it’s more outrageous than it’s ever been,” Corvino said, “but we’re doing our best.”
Students who feel unsafe walking to and from their car can call for a security escort at (505) 224- 3002.
“Don’t hesitate,” Corvino said, “If you are here late at night, call us. We are happy to do it. We’ll give you a ride, we’ll walk with you. We’re going to get you to your car safe.”
The security department is being innovative in their approach to increase safety on main campus.
They just implemented a new bike patrol system in which officers can patrol the entire perimeter of campus four to six times an hour, Corvino said.
Even with the steps taken by the security department to keep main campus safe, female students like Rebekah Monje, a Diagnostic Medical Sonography major, avoid taking classes at main campus at night.
Although she feels “pretty safe for the most part” on main campus, she prefers to take classes at the Rio Rancho campus if they are later in the day, she said.
“Maybe just for students who have class in the evening there should be a lot more security guards on duty at that time,” Monje said.
If students encounter and emergency they can call security at (505) 224- 3001.
Students can contact security for non-emergencies at (505) 224- 3002. This line is open 24/7.
By Hilary Broman
Senior Staff Reporter
Students are invited to take a break from their week eight stress and go pet dogs at Montoya campus.
Therapy Dog Thursday is scheduled to take place on Thursday, July 6th from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM, in Building H, room 126.
The main mission of the event is to help CNM students let go of anxiety as they prepare for finals, said Daniel Hay, Library Circulation Specialist.
Hay will also be on hand to inform students of other helpful services and resources, he said.
“Studies have shown the stress-relieving benefit that animals have on people,” Hay said.
The dogs that will be at the event are specially trained therapy dogs.
The dogs and volunteers are from the Southwest Canine Corps of Volunteers.
The therapy dog event is the most well attended event at the library, Hay said.
This is a recurring event and it takes place at Montoya, Main and Westside libraries throughout the year.
Check the CNM library events guide upcoming dates.
By Hilary Broman
Senior Staff Reporter
Students can indulge in a yummy treat while supporting CNM.
The Culinary Arts program bake sale is scheduled to take place on Thursday, July 6th from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM at Main Campus in the RP Matteucci Hall Lobby.
All proceeds support CNM.
There will be a variety of baked items produced by the baking lab classes as well as some large cookies and other fun items produced by the Retail Baking class, said Andrea Schulte, Culinary instructor.
Cash is the only accepted form of payment for this bake sale but, card will be accepted at future bake sales.
The Culinary Arts program usually holds four bake sales every semester, Schulte said.
Click here for a schedule of future bake sales.
On August 3rd, the Retail Baking students will be featuring their specialty items that they are in the process of testing for their own retail bakery concepts, Schulte said.