Big plans for L Building Renovations

By Nick Stern, Senior Reporter
Main Campus’ L Building is looking at major renovations that are meant to create a cutting-edge place of learning for students, Director of Communications and Media Relations Director, Brad Moore said.
The renovation is a huge project and is planned to create better learning opportunities for everyone, especially science students and instructors, by creating a bigger and better learning environment, he said.
“This is an exciting project because it is going to greatly enhance the teaching and learning experience for faculty and students in the science fields,” Moore said.
All of the science labs that are currently located in the L Building are intended to be improved by adding new “state-of-the-art technology” in order to create the best learning environment for students, he said. The building houses an array of different labs in diverse scientific fields like chemistry, biology, geology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, geography, physics, and astronomy, which will all be updated with the newest technology, he said.
There is also a plan to implement more biology and chemistry labs in order to be on par with the high demand of those particular classes, Moore said.
Moore said that New Mexico is actually in need of an increasing number of careers in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, which makes the future of the L building important to the students and the community as a whole, he said.
“Our state’s economy is also in serious need of many more college graduates in the STEM fields. CNM is doing its best to produce more STEM graduates and this L Building renovation is an important step in supporting those efforts,” Moore said.
The building is not only meant to be an amazing place for anyone in the science fields, but the plans also include areas meant for any and all students to hang out and study, or just rest between classes, he said.
These areas for students would be a first in and around the L Building along with new solar panels intended to be mounted outside and will serve as a means to make hot water and will include information on energy used, Moore said.
“The building has not had areas where students can meet or study together. Once the building is renovated, it will have ‘agility’ spaces where students can meet, study or relax. These areas will be decorated with scientific displays and artwork of science topics,” he said.
The L Building is considered to be the main laboratory building for the sciences on Main campus and the CNM community is very enthusiastic about the fact that it is being improved upon and will ultimately serve as a way to improve how teachers can teach and how students can learn, Moore said.
“CNM is very excited to be upgrading the primary science laboratory building on Main Campus. This renovation is going to provide faculty and students with an exceptional teaching and learning environment. This building is going to generate more excitement and interest beyond the sciences at CNM,” Moore said.
The building has already been vacated and is currently being prepared for demolition, Moore said.
The renovation was designed by SMPC Architects and Flintco, LLC is the general contractor of the project which will see the building increased from 33,000 square feet to 43,000 square feet, Moore said.
The budget for the project is estimated at $15 million, and will be planned to have the building reopened to the community in the 2015 fall term, Moore said.

School honors work-study employees

By Nick Stern, Senior Reporter | Photo by Nick Stern

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This year the Student Employee Appreciation and Recognition Committee has once again hosted a luncheon, of the same name, in honor of the exemplary performance seen from student employees all over CNM, said Administrative Technical Assistant for TRIO Student Support Services, Willie Smoker.

The luncheon invited about 370 different student work-study employees and the Committee showed its appreciation and recognition by awarding one person with the Outstanding Student Employee Award and scholarship along with three honorable mentions, he said.

“We just want to show the stu­dent employees here how important they are, and to kind of let them know that all of their hard work is being recognized by ourselves and their supervisors and even administration here at CNM,” Smoker said.

Psychology major and student employee, Kallie Gibson, who won the Outstanding Student Employee Award, said she really loved what her supervisor had to say about her, and that she feels she has gotten really close to her supervisor explaining she became her go to person in their office.

“I feel very honored. It’s hard for me to accept a lot of recognition and acknowledgement from a large party, and to also be placed at all the cam­puses of CNM,” Gibson said.

The winner of the award was chosen by a nomination form that goes out to all student employee supervisors which they use to nomi­nate the students in their depart­ments who they think has earned it the most, Smoker said.

The nominations are then voted for by the committee in a blind panel and then the winner is declared and presented with the reward during the annual luncheon, he said.

“Kallie Gibson, who is a stu­dent employee at Montoya campus Student Services, gets the reward and scholarship for Outstanding Student Employee this year and we are all very proud,” Smoker said.

There was also a large amount of door prizes given out to all the people who attended the luncheon, so every­one who left did so with something in hand to go with the recognition they received, he said.

The luncheon was held on Friday, April 11 at the Student Services Center Cafeteria at Main campus and there were more than 210 RSVPs for the event, he said.

Smoker said that the student employees benefit greatly from the event because he believes that many of the working stu­dents go above and beyond their job descriptions, and that a lot of the different departments at school eventually come to rely on the hard work that is done by those students, he said.

Smoker said that many of these employees do not realize how important they are to the community and how much their hard work has a hand in the smooth operations of the school’s different departments, he said.

“We need to show them that is the case and that student employ­ment is actually a really important job to have, because it helps you grow personally and profession­ally,” he said.

The Student Employee Appreciation and Recognition Committee at CNM actu­ally follows suit with National Student Employment Appreciation, which is the association that first began the Student Employment Appreciation and Recognition week, Smoker said.

Student Employment Appreciation and Recognition week is offi­cially held this year from April 13 until April 19 and CNM does plan to keep celebrating the week with their annual luncheon in the future for as many years as possible, Smoker said.

Students who are either employed or seek­ing student employment need to remember that it is a real job that they are getting themselves into and that means it is just as important that they take pride in it as they would anything else while also taking it easy on them­selves, Smoker said.

“Just treat your job like a real job and do not over­commit yourself. Make sure that the department is a good fit for you and you might want to seek some­thing you can get real-world experience on top of that,” Smoker said.

The SEAR committee is a very hard-working com­munity that picks up the task of hosting the luncheon every year and it is such a big event that it takes the entire com­mittee to run properly and feed more than 200 people, but the SEAR committee and its purpose are absolutely necessary to the community, Smoker said.

Paper or plastic Westside campus showcases recycled art

By Nick Stern, Senior Reporter | Photos by Lea Anderson

Art Practices I uses paper and plastic bags to create original pieces of art.
Art Practices I uses paper and plastic bags to create original
pieces of art.
Art Practices I uses paper and plastic bags to create original pieces of art.
Art Practices I uses paper and plastic bags to create original
pieces of art.

Since March 1, the Westside campus has become the home of a number of collaborative art projects that have raised the standard of art and thoughts toward an improved world in different ways, Art Instructor, Lea Anderson said.

These different projects that are spread throughout the campus, from WS I to the Connect Center in the Michael J. Glennon building, proves how a multitude of different positive ideas can be conveyed through art like the importance of sustainability, community collaboration, and even the variety of communication through art in general, just to name a few, she said.

“Its purpose is to raise the bar when it comes to possibilities of what art can communicate to the public,” Anderson said.

Reference Librarian, Mary Bates-Ulibarri said that another big project that helped raise sustainability awareness and showed the importance of a collaborative community was the Bottlefall project in the WS I building.

The project was designed for community participation and used recycled beverage containers, which were strung together and hung by a window to catch light, she said.

The project is open to anyone who wants to contribute to its growth and will constantly be expanding until the end of the semester, she said.

“My hope is that a lot of people will participate and we will get a kind of mass effect. The concept is to redeem these materials that we are throwing in the trash, transform them and turn them into something beautiful and eye-catching that people will look at and realize there is more to recycling than just not putting something in the trash,” Bates-Ulibarri said.

Anderson said one of the assignments in her Art Practices I class that students worked on, which is in MJG Connect Center, is called the Color Installation.

The piece was made with recycled materials that each student was required to save up including junk mail, cereal boxes and cardboard, she said.

Leftover acrylic paint was even used on the project which was just another example of the collaborative effort towards a less wasteful community, she said.

The piece became a giant blanket and connected tapestry, which combined many different elements and messages from the artists that worked on it and the viewers who have walked through the building, Anderson said.

“It is an interconnected, unique piece and can symbolize a lot of things about our culture, people in the project, and how we have to become an interconnected com­munity in order to make improvements. So there are a lot of ways to look at the piece,” she said.

Her students were also tasked with creating any kind of art they wanted, just as long as it was out of paper bags, plastic bags or both, she said.

The kicker was that each individual was instructed to research the history of their chosen material and how the bags are made, what cultural associations are tied to the bags, and what impact these bags have on the environment, she said.

The students took the project very seriously and through their research, many of them came to realize just how much waste is really involved with something that American society has used constantly, Anderson said.

“Once you start researching bags, you cannot help but be aware of how much production there is and how much waste there is,” she said.

Anderson said that the projects worked off of and reflected the shift that has happened among much of the art seen in current society, which has been to try and apply artistic ideas to sustainability, she said.

She said that she has noticed how people have popularized the use of recycled material in their art, in such a way that draws attention to the impact of waste on the environment, and what can be done to try to slow down that waste, she said.

“That’s the point of the project: to be conscious of what materials we are using, how we are using those materials, and talking about ideas and environmental issues by using materials related to those issues. So not making a painting of a trash dump, but actually using the trash to make a piece of art,” Anderson said.

Anderson said that her efforts in this project were initially to connect to the school-wide Recyclemania project, which has increased her per­sonal awareness and even helped her increase how much she has recycled.

Bates-Ulibarri said the Bottlefall project conveys an idea that each and every person is part of a larger picture in the same sense that every bottle that is recycled can contribute to a larger cause and improve sustainability.

No one who participated was told what to do or how it should be done or even pressured into participat­ing, which is an important part of the bigger picture being conveyed by the project, Bates-Ulibarri said.

“No one is forced to participate, but they have and it creates an oppor­tunity for volunteering, inspiration, and for just seeing things a little differ­ently. If it were not for little contribu­tions of individuals, then there would be nothing,” she said.

Bates-Ulibarri wanted everybody to know that the project is open to everyone, because when more people participate, the more successful the project completion will be, she said.

For more information or to par­ticipate in the Bottlefall project, contact Ulibarri at ulimb@cnm.edu.

 

School hosts second annual digital design showcase

By Nick Stern, Senior Reporter

This year CNM is planning to host the Second Annual Digital Design Showcase on the second floor of the Student Resources Center in the Richard Barr Boardroom, Full-time Faculty member of the Business Information and Technology Department Sonia Crawford said.

Crawford said the show­case is a three hour event that will happen on Good Friday April 18 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. and she encourages everyone and anyone to show up, eat some food, and enjoy the awesome work that will be on display.

The Digital Design Showcase will give students from Crawford’s and other instructor’s digital media classes the opportunity to show people their art and feel proud of their achieve­ments, she said.

“Essentially the showcase is going to be a poster session. Students are going to have black presentation boards which they are going to print all of their work on and then display it in that room so people can walk around and look at their artwork. It is open to the CNM com­munity, Albuquerque com­munity, and everyone. It is just open to everybody,” Crawford said.

Crawford came up with the idea for the first Digital Design Showcase during the 2013 spring semester and believes it can benefit the community immensely and she hopes to have a bigger and better one every year to eventually use as a catalyst for students to get notice and even get into internships or employment, she said.

The showcase is intended to honor the par­ticipating artists and get their work out in the public eye and many of the student art­ists involved in the showcase will also be graduating this semester, so the event is a great way to recognize the work and the progress that has been made, and will be made by all of them on their journeys through college and life, she said.

“The way that I always think about these artists is that it is not just about what they have created this term, but it is sort of everything that has brought them to this point. It is all their talent sort get better and better with time,” she said. of culminating and they just

Being able to push one’s work out in to the community and be seen is a very important part of graphic design and art in general but it is also a very satisfying and good feeling when people see someone’s work and are actually excited or impressed by it, Crawford said.

That is why the showcase is such an important experi­ence to the artists involved, and since many artists are instilled with a sense of self-doubt about their own art and even their artistic capabilities in general, it is helpful when people see the work of a self-doubting artist and are openly impressed because it improves the artist’s mindset and helps them realize their work is good, Crawford said.

“It is validating for them to see their own work on display and have the com­munity see the work and be like ‘oh wow, look at what you did’ or ‘ how did you do that?’ so I really think the students are the center of the showcase and the focus is totally on them and their work,” she said.

People who are unde­cided about what field they might be interested in can also benefit greatly by the show­case because by going to it they will be able to see what digital media is really all about, what cool stuff they could possibly be getting in toGr and whether that is their cup of tea or not, Crawford said.

It is basically like an art opening that is a one-time deal until next year and Crawford encourages every­one who is even remotely interested to show up and see what it is all about and she also claimed that many of her students are truly amazing at what they do and their art real truly amaze, she said.

The idea and purpose of the showcase revolves around the best advice that Crawford can give all art students which is to always show their work any way they can to get recog­nized and get their work out in public, she said.

“What graphic design­ers do not understand is that they think they go to the work but often it is the other way around. People come to them because of their work. So I am surfing the internet and I see someone’s work and say ‘they are amazing! I want them to design my logo for me, my presence package, my website, or whatever.’ It is important for artists and designers to get their work out there so people can see it and come to them for it,” she said.

Rapper Engineer saves world one rhyme at a time

By Nick Stern, Senior Reporter | Photos by Sandi K. Esque

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Mechanical Engineering major Malcolm Shelby, also known as MXK, is an Albuquerque-born rapper whose music is meant to be the complete opposite of being meaningless and nega­tive, he said.

Shelby said he has made it a point to create music that is inspirational in positive ways and can be the target of dif­ferent audiences with broader tastes in music.

“I really try to create music that is in a sense uni­versal and something that has a positive message in it. I am trying to create something positive so everyone can enjoy it,” Shelby said.

Shelby has been writ­ing poetry since elementary school, which he said is where the evolution of his music began, and he also played the saxophone for band starting in middle school.

Eventually Shelby became a student at CNM in 2012 where he discovered a way to improve his music and stage presence while still being able to focus on his education, he said.

His improvement meth­ods at school were prac­ticed during his free time, between classes, when he and his friends would walk around Main campus and find random people to perform for without any warning whatso­ever, he said.

This method not only helped Shelby boost his own creativity but it also taught him how to be a better per­former by learning to become personal with his audience, he said.

“We would sit in the elevators, my friends and I, and we would wait for some­body to come in and then we would just start singing to them. That is like the most personal singing you can get, is right there in the elevator,” Shelby said.

Shelby not only raps but he also does party promotions for local businesses, records music, produces music, and even DJ’s house parties, wed­dings, skating rings, and just about anything he can get his talents on, he said.

He also has a YouTube channel called MXKS5, where he has uploaded quite a few music videos and even has one called the ‘Albuquerque Anthem,’ which is meant to represent his hometown in a positive way and also has had more than 11,000 views, he said.

Being a native of Albuquerque, Shelby saw the chance to write a song that could be listened to and appreciated by the Duke City as a whole, so he went with it, he said.

“I was born and raised here and that is where the ori­gins of ‘Albuquerque Anthem’ came from. I really just wanted to create a song that all of Albuquerque can relate to and enjoy,” Shelby said.

While Shelby has been heavily involved in his music, he also has a job as a full-time employee with First Convenience Bank and is still a part-time student work­ing hard towards getting his degree, he said.

Shelby said he has had a passion for engineering since he was a child and wanted to build spaceships or cars, and he also has dreams of work­ing for NASA or an aviation company at some point in his career, he said.

Shelby said he still has intentions to perform and work on his music whenever he can, but he also wants to work at an engineering firm, because he believes that, like his music, he can seek to improve the lives of people with mechanical engineering.

“It also falls into wanting to help build up society and help others in a way because with technology I would be helping other people. So it is more than just my music I want to use to help people with,” he said.

Shelby said that on top of his music, CNM has truly helped him to be tough and persistent in pursuing his career goals and his time spent at college has taught him a lot in his intended field and also has taught him to work hard for his degree.

For more information on Shelby’s music, go to facebook. com/MXKTG4T.

South Valley campus Veterinary Technology program raises the bar

By Nick Stern, Senior Reporter

The Veterinary Technology Program at the South Valley Campus has exceeded the nation’s expectations and raised the bar in veterinary medicine, said Program Director, Bonnie Snyder.

Since the program’s inception in the 2004 fall semester, 98 percent of the graduates from the pro­gram have gone on to pass the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE), while the national average pass rate for the exam is only 72 percent, Snyder said.

“It is a whole lot of hard work and I feel pretty proud of our students. A 98 per­cent VTNE pass rate is very good,” she said.

This high success rate has not only succeeded in giving the college and Vet Tech graduates good num­bers, but it has also helped those graduates and future graduates have a better chance of finding employ­ment, because the school has begun to be recognized as setting high standards within the field, she said.

Students who graduate from the program have been hired consistently by veteri­narians all across the coun­try because of the growing recognition of prestige in the Vet Tech program and its students, she said.

“We are developing a national reputation that leads to the point where other veterinarians in other states are recogniz­ing that if they graduate from CNM, then they have a pretty good train­ing and I am proud of that,” Snyder said.

The Vet Tech pro­gram is a rigorous, 20 month program which is spread over five terms and is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association, Snyder said.

Once all 28 classes and the 435 hours of clini­cal experience are com­pleted, the program itself is complete and those stu­dents receive an Associate of Applied Science but are then required to sit for the VTNE, she said.

Passing the VTNE is how graduates become registered Veterinary Technicians and can then practice legally and the only way to be eligible to take the exam is by gradu­ating from an accredited program, like the Vet Tech program, Snyder said.

“So it is kind of a waste of time in New Mexico to get the Associate of Applied Science if you do not intend to sit for the national exam. It is just kind of finish­ing what you started. I tell students when they get accepted into the program that they have two goals— one is to graduate and the other is to pass the VTNE because if they do not, then they are not registered vet technicians,” Snyder said.

CNM only accepts 26 students every fall into the Veterinary program and there is a pre-screening application that must be filled out and submitted by June 23 each year, along with quite a few other pre­requisites, she said.

Applicants must have passed biology and chem­istry, both lecture classes and labs, with a B or higher, along with a math course, English course, psychology, and IT 1010.

GPAs must be at least 2.75, and students must have passed the Health Occupations Basic Entrance Test, also known as the H.O.B.E.T, Snyder said.

And even if an applicant does meet all the require­ments of the pre-screening process, Snyder advises that it helps tremendously if stu­dents have real life experi­ence with animals, because some students in the past have been unable to handle everything that is involved with being a veterinary technician, she said.

“Being a vet tech is not all about holding Fluffy and petting Taffy. They have to be able to handle surgery and blood, cleaning cages and a lot of other things. We have a certain number of students who get into the program and decide they do not want to do it because they did not realize what it was and that is kind of a shame, because they worked very hard to get into the program in the first place,” Snyder said.

Snyder is very proud of the students in the pro­gram and the program itself because it has benefited so many people in the com­munity in so many different ways, she said.

She is proud of the program for helping the students become good at what they want to do by supplying the informa­tion, and making it pos­sible for the students to become someone that is beneficial to so many in our society, she said.

Snyder believes that the benefits from the program go full circle among the community, starting with the students who get jobs, all the way to the clients who bring their pets in for medical help, she said.

“Everyone benefits starting with the students who graduate and get jobs. The veterinarians who hire them benefit a lot too. Of course the animals they work with benefit along with the owners of the animals because they are increasing the standard of practice of veterinary medi­cine,” Snyder said.

Snyder said for stu­dents who plan on apply­ing for the program, to remember that experience with animals helps in the long run but a strong back­ground in science and math is very important because the program is a heavily science-based program.

“You cannot under­stand about pharmacology until you understand anat­omy and physiology. You cannot understand about surgery until you under­stand the science behind surgery. So you need to have a good science back­ground,” Snyder said.

For more informa­tion on the Veterinary Technician program, students can go to cnm. edu/programs-of-study or email Snyder at bsny­der6@cnm.edu

Westside campus puts on Arts Jam

By Nick Stern, Senior Reporter | Photo by Nick Stern

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Arts Jam is back at Westside Campus for the spring and people have used the opportunity to express themselves in many different ways.

Arts Jam is an annual event that is all about arts and culture in which stu­dents and faculty alike get the opportunity to show­case their different talents and have a richer experi­ence within the college environment, Mark Love- Williamson, Religion, Humanities and Philosophy Instructor said.

The Arts Jam is one day a week for five consecu­tive weeks starting from Monday, March 24 until Thursday, April 10 and is exclusive to the Westside Campus within the Michael J. Glennon rotunda, he said.

“I always insist that my students get outside experi­ences. So the motivation was to enrich campus life and enrich the students’ experience,” Love-Williamson said.

Everyone who partici­pates is allowed to perform an array of arts that include music, poetry reading, novel read­ings, dramatic readings and art shows, he said.

Love-Williamson said that students were so involved in this event that even the pro­motion posters were designed by students who were inter­ested, he said.

The Anthropology Club also has workshops that are a part of the event and explains many different prehistoric skills from making pinch pots to rubbing sticks together for a fire, Love-Williams said.

Students and faculty are the primary performers while many faculty members brought their entire class to either per­form or to watch and support other performances, he said.

“Many faculty will bring their class, like an English class will come and the stu­dents will take turns reading. We encourage faculty to bring their classes or to suggest that their students come down and check it out,” he said.

Arts Jam is part of the student organization known as Novel Slam which is sup­ported by the college and throws the Novel Slam cel­ebration during every fall semester as well, he said.

Currently there are no plans to host similar events related to the Arts Jam or Novel Slam anywhere other than the Westside Campus in the future but the event will keep on being held every year and does play a large role in creating the campus’ identity and is highly anticipated by many in the Westside commu­nity, he said.

“It helps establish that this is unique to Westside and it helps establish a sense of community and identity here. Students and faculty who have been here a while look forward to Arts Jam and Novel Slam each year and it is our thing, but I would be willing to help other people get started someplace else,” Love-Williamson said.

Communications and Education Major, Charles Sanzone-Wood is part of a theater class that attended the Arts Jam this year and read from several different plays for the experience, and of course — extra credit, he said.

The experience has always been cherished by him and he believes that the event is important to people in the the­ater department because the performances can help build a sense of confidence among shy students, he said.

“It is always really cool but it is especially cool in theater because it is hard for some people who are not used to speaking in public to go out and read in public. You have to project and speak loudly and it kind of sounded like a bunch of people whispering, but next time they go up there, they are going to have more con­fidence,” he said.