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There’s an App for that Blackboard available on iPhones and Android

By Martin Montoya Staff Reporter

Just in time for the beginning of the semester, a free CNM guide will be available for students and faculty that will identify Applications for both Android and Apple devices for learning, reading, creating and studying, said Audrey Gramstad, Administrative Director, Distance Learning and Instructional Support. Prior to now there has not been a college wide distance learning effort to give this information to students and the burden is on Gramstad and her staff

to get the faculty to use the APPs, so students can effectively use these tools in learning here at school, Gramstad said. “My staff who are all distance learning specialists, student employees who all take online courses or faculty that have identified a plethora of Apps that students and faculty can use to engage in their learning at CNM; they are all free Apps that won’t cost anything,” she said. With the help of mobile analytics the staff in the distance learning community can tell that 90 percent

of CNM students use Tablet devices for school, she said. Educating the staff in making course content more mobile enabled is what the distance learning staff is attempting to do and Gramstad said it starts with simple things the faculty could do, such as making a syllabus in a PDF file instead of a Word document. “There are lots of different Applications that you can use in conjunction with your distance see

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Rape suspect apprehended in SRC By Daniel Montaño Vista drive, according to the statement. Senior Reporter Child, Youth and United States Family Development Marshals ran down and major and SRC stuarrested a Rio Rancho dent employee Tamara fugitive, who has been Francisco said that SRC charged with criminal employees contacted sexual penetration of security around 11 a.m. a minor and assault, to complain about a man Thursday Aug 22 on in the atrium just north Main Campus, accord- of the library who was ing to a statement from seen turning away from the Marshals service. a wall while zipping up Joseph T. Smith, his pants, and was gen22-years-old, who had erally acting suspicious. been hiding on CNM “The guy was just and UNM campuses acting strange. He in an attempt to blend was stumbling around in with college stu- and couldn’t stand up dents, was spotted by correctly, and he was Campus Security near just hanging out by the SRC around noon, himself,” she said. and was apprehended By the time by Marshal deputies security responded, and security officers Francisco said she had in the parking lot lost track of the man, between the Heights but it wasn’t long until Community Center marshals and security and Physical Plant tracked him down. Building off of Buena

In the Marshals’ statement, United States Marshal Conrad Candelaria said that the Marshal’s service took Smith’s attempt to evade the law seriously and thanked CNM’s security for their help in apprehending him. “I commend the diligent efforts of the Marshals Service and its many law enforcement partners that worked continuously until this dangerous fugitive was arrested before another child was hurt,” Candelaria said. The Marshals service had issued an arrest warrant for Smith on Aug 15, and had contacted CNM and asked for assistance in tracking Smith down, according to the statement. Smith had been hiding in Albuquerque since he fled Rio Rancho on Aug 14, and was spending his nights sleeping in the dugout of a high school and on city buses where he felt safe, according to the statement. The Rio Rancho Observer reported that on Aug 14 at around 8:15 p.m. Rio Rancho police responded to a call where a woman told officers she had

Here is a list of Apps that will be on the guide and can help students in their success at CNM. https://www.khanacademy. Evernote works with nearly org/about

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every computer, phone and mobile device out there, and is a database that can store any type of media from essays and notes, to pictures and on screen captures for quick and easy storage.

Khan Academy is non-profit organization and website designed to help people of all ages to learn, with more than 4500 videos on an array of subjects, as well as exercises, tools, and tracking charts to help students learn about subjects beyond the classroom.

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CloudOn is a downloadable application designed to help tablet users have more efficiency all in one device. This product allows tablet users to have Microsoft office on any android or apple tablet devices, with easy access cloud storage features to save most file types and easily email saved documents.

Veterans Services available at CNM Deborah Cooper Staff Reporter

The Vet Success on Campus (VSOC) program for the anticipated 1,250 veterans attending CNM this fall is full of multiple support programs, according to Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Esmerejildo Romero. Romero is a retired Senior Chief of the U.S. Navy, and during his 27 years of service, he served three tours in the Persian Gulf, but has now settled down to be of service to the veterans at CNM campuses. “VSOC helps not only those who have served in the military with their transition into higher education, but also helps retired veterans wanting to return to school,” Romero said. Kimberly Hayes, Computer Information Systems major and

United States Coast Guard veteran said she has utilized the housing programs offered by VSOC. “It took away the uncertainty of not having a place to stay. The combination of the staff and the facility were very helpful and see SUSPECT on page 9

made me more confident in continuing my education,” Hayes said. With offices on Main campus and Montoya campus, the program gives veterans access to all potential resources, Romero said. “Connecting veterans to medical and social services at the VA hospital are just part of our services,” Romero said. The program assists homeless veterans by connecting them to obtain housing through various outlets such as the Young Woman’s Christian Association (YWCA), The Veteran Integration Center (VIC), The Henderson House (homeless shelter for women) and Goodwill, he said. Honorably discharged veterans can get help with their rent and receive assistance concerning housing, he said. “Peer-to-peer

counseling and referral services are also provided to veterans,” Romero said. VetSuccess counselors help resolve any problems that could potentially interfere with a veteran’s educational program, which includes assisting with disability requirements, he said. “I still do Disability Transition Assistance, (DTAP) over at the Air Force Base where service men and women are also CNM students,” Romero said. The new DTAP program, which started about three months ago, is a week long program that includes writing resumes and creating a transition plan to connect service personnel with the civilian community, he said. According to Romero’s office, the see

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The Executive Council of Students is accepting new members. ECOS meets every Friday at 4 p.m. in ST12-A. For more information,email smartos@cnm.edu.

The CNM Student Health Center is open during term breaks for your convenience. Please make appointments for your programs in advance. Thank you-CNM Student Health Center Staff Located @ Main Campus @ the Student Services Center Second Floor, Room 206 Open Monday-Friday 8 am to 5 pm (505) 224-3080

At pottery studio not made in china. Come volunteer here at NMIC and get jumpstart on learning ceramics. Volunteer one day a week and earn: unlimited clay, glaze, and fire, with free access from 12 to 7 p.m. every day. Contact notmadeinchina.com for more information.

Student Film Club Looking for New Members DAT, a student film group, has just formed and is looking for new members. Students interested in making films are welcome. Students do not have to be in the film program to participate. Email Madison Coss at 11mcoss@gmail.com for more information.

Westside, Rio Rancho Writing Group Meets to Share Writing, Inspiration The Westside/Rio Rancho Writing Group meets twice a month to share a love of creative writing and to inspire each other. The group spends the one-hour meeting time doing short writing exercises and sharing their work with each other. Everyone who writes or loves writing is invited to attend. Writers of all genres are welcome. For more information contact Rebecca Aronson at raronson@cnm.edu.

Come check out M.E.Ch.A. CNM’s chapter of el Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano/a de Aztlan meets every other Thursday search for “M.E.Ch.A de CNM” on Facebook, or email at mechacnm@ gmail.com for meeting locations and times. M.E.Ch.A. helps chicana/o students unite to build a community that’s a better place for future generations.

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Free Bus and Parking Passes Current students qualify for a free general parking pass and AbqRide bus pass. The passes can be obtained at the Main campus Student Activities Office. Name, schedule, and student ID number are required. For a general parking pass vehicle and drivers liscense information must be provided. To register the online parking system for the free general parking sticker log-in to myCNM and follow links from the “transportation” section. Locations to pick up stickers: • Main- Student Activities/ ID office. • Montoya and Westside- Student ID office. • South Valley and Rio Rancho- Admissions office • Advanced Technology Center- Front desk

Free Tutoring Services Available at the Student Resource Center Tutoring services offered in English, Reading, Math, Biology, Physics, and Chemistry. Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Parking Permits on Sale CNM parking permits go on sale starting July 29. All fall term paid permits and general parking permits must be ordered online through myCNM. Individuals parking in the free general lots will need the new general parking permits for the 20132014 academic year. Eligible full-time employees interested in having their parking permit fees deducted from their payroll need to contact Parking Services at Ext. 51622.

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Welcome to college, now get to work Editorial By the Chronicle Editorial Board

Getting involved in school is one of the best ways to ensure success. Attending college for the first time can be a daunting experience and students may be juggling family life or may not know exactly what is expected of them. Tapping into the resources CNM has to offer will not only help stress levels, but will make the college experience a whole one. CNM has a wide range of resources set out for those who need them, but it is up to the student to utilize these resources. The Disability Resource Center, The Vet Success Program (as mentioned in the story “Veterans services available at CNM”), and CNM

Connect can all be of assistance. In addition to these resources, CNM offers many opportunities to work with various student organizations. Whether it’s the Writers’ Club, the Gun Club, or the Science Fiction and Fantasy club, there is something for everyone. Getting involved in student activities helps make the most of the college experience. Student activities provide a platform for networking with others who may have similar interests, and creates relationships that are intellectually stimulating. If nothing else, make sure to keep in mind the tutoring services offered in the Student Resource Center. With focus on a variety of subjects, the tutors work with students one on one. Feeling stuck is never good, and the tutors will make sure that class materials are

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fully learned and understood. Make sure to stay on top of your assignments and create study groups with other students. Meet with teachers during office hours and do not be afraid to ask questions. Take responsibility of the education that CNM has to offer and remember that the most important part of success in college relies on personal responsibility and taking initiative. New students will face challenges and could have a hard time getting started, but these resources are designed to help newcomers with any issues that may come up along the way. Remember to keep up with class assignments, stay organized, don’t miss classes, don’t take everything so seriously and your educational experience will be an enjoyable one.


STUDENT LIFE Student Chit Chat

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Why did you decide to go to CNM and what are you looking forward to about college? Brennon Nevels, Sociology major “I signed up for CNM to better myself as a person in terms of education so that I can try and go somewhere in my life. I’m looking forward to the fact that I’m going to be learning some interesting topics, and I’m just excited to get have the opportunity to do it.”

Keven Castillo, Emergency Medical Technician program “I’m looking forward to a better education than I got in high school, and I heard the classes are smaller so I’m looking forward to that. You know, getting more one on one time with teachers. I pretty much wanted to come here because UNM was going to be more expensive and CNM is a lot cheaper.”

Maria Varela, Humanities major “I wanted to come here because I was a dual credit student so I already know what it’s like here. I really like the fact that it’s small classes instead of huge ones, and I feel like the teachers actually care about you here. Also, it’s much cheaper than UNM and I feel like you get the same education. So it benefits me a lot more.”

Sierra Rojas, Medical Laboratory Technician major “I’m coming to CNM because I wanted to get a better education, and the thing I’m most looking forward to is starting a career when I’m done.”

What advice do you have for new students? Josef Jansen, Geographic Information Technologies major “It’s important to communicate with your instructors. Ask lots of questions, send lots of emails, and just make sure you’re on top of that. Better communication means the more access you have to information, I believe. Don’t be afraid of instructors, make them your friends.”

Jessica Nieto, Psychology major “Keep up with your classes — don’t fall behind. Make sure you talk to your professors. Try to start talking to your instructors outside of class because they are there to help you. You don’t want to just come start some classes and then fall out of them because then you’ll have to worry about how you’re going to catch up in the following terms.”

Michael Wexler, Child, Youth and Family Development major “Stop somebody who’s been here for a while and ask them if you have any questions. Explain to them that you’re a first time student and take some direction, Coming to college for the first time can be very confusing and very overwhelming without any help.”

Katie Weber, Nursing major “I think it’s really important — before you even step foot into a classroom — to come to campus and look around. Get a feel for it, do some research before you come. That would be my advice. Don’t just go on the first day without knowing what you’re doing or where your classes are.” PHOTOS BY DANIEL MONTAÑO

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Guided workshops, which provide an in depth look at specific subjects such as trigonometry or grammar, are offered throughout the year at every campus, and a calendar of when specific workshops are offered is available online at www. cnm.edu/depts/tutoring, she said. Tutors will not complete a student’s homework for them, but the will go over homework with students, help identify and correct recurring errors, and guide students through troublesome topics, she said. “First and foremost the tutors are here for the students benefit. It’s been shown that if you get help, if you receive tutoring, a lot of times your grades will benefit from it,” she said.

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Services (JCS) assists all CNM students and graduates with all aspects of the employment process including resume writing, online job searching, interview strategies Donna Fastle and Beth Moreno-Perine, and much Job Connection center more, Donna Fastle, Career Job Connection Center Adviser said. Services JCS does not place Location: Main SSC students into a job after 207 they graduate, rather JCS Open Monday is a place where current Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. students or graduates can Phone: 224-3060 come to get help finding Job Connection

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access to disabled parking, adaptive equipment and much more, Cornett said. The DRC also provides assistance to veterans through the Vet Success program, which aids veteran students in speeding up paperwork and clarifying bureaucratic issues with the Veterans Affairs department, he said. Cornett said that he wanted to invite all

work and can learn the skills they need to find work on their own in the future, she said. “Many students do come back to us and tell us they got a job, and when they do we put their picture on the bulletin and celebrate their success with them,” Fastle said. JCS also teaches students how to deal with specific concerns, such as background check or work history issues, she said “We don’t have a magic wand, but we do have some pretty good ideas that are worth sharing,” she said.

students with disabilities — even temporary ones, such as a broken dominant hand — to visit the DRC for support, but wanted to remind students to come in ahead of time because documentation is required. Locations: Main SSC208, Montoya TW-208, Westside campus location planned to open by the end of the semester. PHOTOS BY DANIEL MONTAÑO


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learning classes you take, or face to face classes,” Gramstad said. Blackboard does have a mobile App that students can use, and with its debut two years ago it was difficult to navigate but it has become much more efficient, she said.

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seen a man jump out of her 15-year-old daughter’s window, and when police arrived on scene the girl admitted that she had let

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The Blackboard mobile App is free, however you do have to pay to get access to the college site to get your courses. It costs $5 for a lifetime subscription and $1.99 for a year, she said. “Most people that we have surveyed and talked to didn’t have a problem paying a couple bucks a year,” she said.

Gramstad explained it is the same price as what she pays for Angry Birds: Starwars and that it is only a small one-time fee just like any other mobile app. Blackboard is a learning management system and there are two ways to get onto it, first is through the web by logging onto CNM and clicking the

link, and the second by downloading the Blackboard mobile App, she said. Every course offered at CNM each term has its own Blackboard page; it just depends on whether the faculty chooses to use it, she said. There are between 7200 and 7500 online students each term,

Gramstad said. Each term the week before school starts, and during the first two weeks there is drop in computer labs on all of the campuses at different times, and students can get actual hands-on help with Blackboard courses, distance learning courses, and information that can be found on the distance learning website.

“We thought since the explosion of tablets in learning, we are going to give our students a step up and say, ‘Hey, use these things,’” because knowing what application resources there are for students and how to use these tools can help everyone to succeed more in online classrooms, Gramstad said.

includes active duty members, the National Guard and all other veterans. “The Chapters programs are from Chapter 30 through 35. There are also

Chapters 1606 and 1607, a Fry Scholarship and Vietnam Veterans Scholarship program to help veterans, which are all non-taxable,” he said. Romero also

mentioned the importance of the Veteran’s Club on campus, run by President Gerald Maytea, and said the club is always looking for new members. “We had a recent

meeting and we’re looking for veterans to join this fall as we’re trying to present something for November 11(Veteran’s Day) for veterans and the CNM community,” Romero said.

For more information about VSOC programs or the Veteran’s Club contact Romero at 224-3265, or e-mail him at t-eromero@ cnm.edu.

Smith into her home because she felt sorry for Smith because he was homeless. The girl had met Smith online prior to allowing him into her house, according to the statement.

After gaining entry to the home, Smith then pressed the girl for sex several times, and after repeated denials from the girl while she and Smith were watching a movie on her bed, Smith began touching

her inappropriately and allegedly forced intercourse with her twice before leaving through her second story bedroom window, The Observer reported. According to the U.S. Marshals’

statement, the girl’s mother saw Smith leaving through the window and chased him down, and was assaulted by Smith when she caught up — Smith then fled Rio Rancho with the assistance of his friends.

Smith has a criminal history that spans four states and includes other acts of violence, according to the statement.

SUSPECT

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History instructor grateful for student appreciation By Rene Thompson Editor-in-Chief

Dr. Yvonne Darcy, History instructor at CNM since 2003, wanted to express her thanks to the students that rallied together to vote for her to become the winner of the Student Appreciation Award in the summer semester of 2013. Darcy has been a History instructor since 2003 and was nominated for helping her students and for going above and beyond the regular class curriculum. Darcy won the Student Appreciation Award with students that nominate an instructor, but more importantly Darcy feels grateful to her students winning this award and believes she has succeeded in getting through to her students, she said. “Just thank you to the students, thank you so much. PNM gave me a $1000 check that is going to allow me to get some things done, and I couldn’t be more grateful to them –it was powerful and humbling at the

same time,” she said. Darcy said she had no idea about the award when she got the email and that she was surprised to hear she had won. “When I was told I got the award I couldn’t stop crying, because the students voted it; it was democratic, and I was so touched. I really needed that vote of confidence from them,” she said. Darcy explained that she tries to get through to every student she has in class and she hopes that it empowers her students to want to learn more, so when she sees that come out in her students she knows she has done her job, she said. “I try to pass wisdom onto to them from my years of college education struggling as a single mother trying to get through undergrad school,” she said. Darcy will be having classes at both Main and Montoya campuses, and said that any one that is interested and wants to take her class can email her at YDarcy@cnm.edu. “I teach U.S. History

1 and 2 as well as History of New Mexico. If they show up or email me the first day I try to squeeze them in, because there is always one or two that drop the course,” she said. One of Darcy’s students told her that the best part of her class is that she has discussions every class where students can learn more through examples throughout history being related to everyday life, she said. “I think it is because I let everybody speak and I encourage them to talk, or if they’re struggling I make suggestions, so that I protect their self-worth. I think that is what I do through the discussions on the material; sometimes we go off on a tangent, but students have told me I always bring it back to the material,” she said. Darcy said she utilizes her classroom as democratic space where students can talk about all sorts of issues throughout history. “We’ll talk about race for example; some people have no other place in their

lives where they ever really get to talk about it, and be able to be in a good space where people can hear others anxieties on speaking about race. It gets a little heated and when that happens I stop it or change the direction of the discussion if it gets a little personal, and sometimes it does, but contrary to what some may think, students can handle it,” she said. Darcy said the event where she was presented with the student appreciation award was great, which was located at the Hotel Albuquerque on July 18 where 500 donors of the schools foundation fund attended. “The food was great, the place was beautiful, and I got to take a friend with me,” she said. Darcy said she also got to meet the donors of the CNM foundation such as Sandia Labs, Wells Fargo and Caterpillar. “I had no idea they donate to the CNM foundation, which funds a lot of student scholarships; we forget sometimes how this place is run and

how the school gets funded,” she said. Darcy also said that she enjoyed seeing students at the event with three alumni and two current students that had spoken at the event. “All of them had come from really difficult backgrounds and

were thriving in their fields. One of the students that spoke said that, ‘life breaks everybody’ and I clapped because we have to remember that; life does breaks everybody and we all just have to try and make better out of it,” she said.

PHOTO BY RENE THOMPSON

Yvonne Darcy grades away at her usual spot located at the downtown Flying Star.

CNM and UNM Collaboration Nick Stern

Staff Reporter

In

response to Rio Rancho’s need for expanded higher education offerings, CNM and UNM are currently planning to share a building to help meet those needs, said Brad Moore Director of Media and Communications Relations (MCO). CNM is fully aware that Rio Rancho needs more science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education programs, along with different healthcare-related programs of study, Moore said. “Meeting the workforce needs for the Rio Rancho community

and collaborating to provide a well-educated, highly skilled workforce to support the community’s economic growth is important to both UNM and CNM” said President Kathie Winograd in statement to MCO. “The purpose of the project is to better meet the needs of Rio Rancho and Sandoval County,” Moore said. CNM has limitations on its current Rio Rancho campus, because it only has one building that lessens its ability to offer additional programs of study, and many STEM and healthcare programs require specialized laboratories, Moore said.

These required specialized labs would not be possible to create with ease, convenience or practicality in the CNM Rio Rancho Campus building, he said. The plan is based on the idea of CNM and UNM sharing a building that would be located on either a CNM or UNM campus in Rio Rancho, which are both located in the Rio Rancho City Center, Moore said. CNM and UNM are currently in the process of scheduling and creating community forums in Rio Rancho which would serve the purpose of gathering input from the local community

members and business leaders, in order to find out what programs of study are most needed in the area, Moore said. The two schools will also be making a decision about what specific STEM or healthcare programs of study would go into the proposed new building, keeping in mind that classrooms and labs for certain STEM and healthcare programs require very unique facilities, he said. The schools will decide where the building is to be located, as in which of the two college’s Rio Rancho campus, he said. Then, in order to use CNM funds, the Governing

Board would have to approve any proposed project of this size and scope, he said. There would then be competitive bidding processes to first select a design firm to design the building, and then the same for the choosing of a contractor to build the building, he said. The project is not yet considered to be an official project and can take at least two more years to see the light of day, he said. There are a lot of details still needing to be worked out and CNM is still very early in the process of giving the project life but CNM greatly acknowledges its need to increase its

educational offerings in Rio Rancho and intends to do just that, he said. The hope and goal is to move forward with the plans to build a collaborative facility with UNM which will help meet such needs, Moore said. “CNM is striving to be as responsive as possible to the needs of the Rio Rancho community and its economy. In addition to meeting with its community members and business leaders over the next month, CNM is also working with the Department of Workforce Solutions to identify workforce needs in that region,” Moore said.


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