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Disbursement goes off without a hitch By Jonathan Baca

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Staff Reporter Disbursement is always a logistical challenge, and CNM had made several changes to the process this year to make things more efficient, and are discussing even more options for the future, Lee Carrillo, Vice President of Student Services said. CNM disbursed $21 million to 11,777 students last week, and things went smoother than ever, thanks to less paper checks and a new office at the West Side campus, Carrillo said. “I’ve done this for 23 years, and I think over all, this is probably the best,” he said. For students with part-of-term or short term courses, their funds may be split and

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The library’s best kept secret Stacie Armijo Staff Reporter

For students who cannot afford to buy laptops, iPads, textbooks and other materials they may need, the Reserve program in the library is set up to help, Main campus Library Manager Olivia Baca said.

Students are able to borrow items for a three hour interval, although not all text books are available and often there is only one copy of each, Baca said. “We feel that the three hours gives students enough time to take it to class and not have to race to the library or race to class.

BORROWING POLICIES By checking out this laptop, you agree to comply with the Laptop Borrower Terms, the CNM Libraries Technology Use Policy, and the CNM information technology use policy LAPTOPS SHOULD NEVER BE LEFT UNATTENDED In the event of damage, loss, or theft, you may be charged up to $1500 based on the degree of damage or loss, and a block will be placed on your CNM and library accounts until paid. CNM libraries are not responsible for loss of data due to laptop malfunction, battery or power failure, network interruptions, or any other reason.

There is that window to accommodate whether it is a study session or a class session, but it is also reasonably brief,” Baca said. The three hour check out policy is set in place to ensure that an item will soon be turned back in for another student to use, she said. “With the three hours’ time frame the library is committed to maximizing resources for the most number of students,” Baca said. B u s i n e s s Administration major Irving Ramos said that he likes the fact that laptops are available for students to borrow. “I can do my homework here instead of looking for one in the computer lab,” Ramos said. The library recently added the availability of 20 laptops and 10 iPads to the reserve program, which helps adhere to the different types of tools students may need, Baca said. see

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disbursed in two or more parts, with subsequent checks going out ten days after the start of their late starting classes. This is an optional federal rule that CNM opted to comply with, mainly to discourage students with short term courses from receiving all of their disbursement, and then leaving school before the end of the semester, Carrillo said. “This was a way of keeping the student in the classroom, and hopefully making them successful,” Carrillo said. 4,676 students opted for direct deposit this term, having their money sent directly to their bank accounts. This is a 10 percent increase from last semester, and a trend that CNM hopes will continue, Carrillo said. see MONEY on page

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Instructors object to lack of parking By Martin Montoya Staff Reporter

For some teachers, a paid parking space is just not a possibility as the majority of CNM faculty and staff that are part time have other jobs and just cannot afford the extra fees, American and Native American History Instructor Dr. Benay Blend said. Blend said the biggest problem is that teachers have to show up nearly two and a half hours early just to get a parking space for a 10:30 a.m. class at Main campus. As a part time instructor with a salary that has gone down with the decline in the number of classes to teach, Blend said she just cannot find a way to budget for a convenient parking space. “I’m not going to be paying out of my measly salary for the privilege,” Blend said. If the value of faculty members was a high priority, people in charge would really understand

that part time faculty does not make enough money to afford a permit, Blend said. “I would like to get here at a normal time,” she said. Unable to afford paid parking on an adjunct professor’s salary, Political Science Instructor Bob Anderson said that for two to three years at the beginning of his teaching career he hauled all his books and supplies from the far end of the parking lot on Montoya campus, where parking was available. “That really wiped out my back,” Anderson said. After going to the doctor’s office with pain, thinking being out of shape was the

problem, Anderson said the doctor found that the pressure from the book bag he carried everyday had resulted in a ruptured disk in his lower back. Anderson said that he now has permanent damage to his lower back which is irreparable. “It just goes out on me and I go through a lot of pain,” Anderson said. Anderson said that he now has a handicap placard that enables him to park closer, which he qualified for after being forced to use a walker and other painstaking tasks since his injury. Stephen Andrews, History Instructor and Chair of History, Economics, Political Science, and Communications said that there has to be a way to solve this parking situation and the impact it has on not only faculty and students, but the part time instructors who do not have a significant amount of job security. see PARKING on page

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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.

Make stone tools and build fires! CNM’s Anthropology club is looking for new members and officers. Become a part of a club dedicated to studying and understanding humanity. Activities include field trips to museums and archeological dig sites, workshops wherein members learn to make stone tools and fire. e-mail Sue Ruth: sruth2@cnm.edu or search for “CNM anthropology” on facebook.

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Best barista ever Editorial By the Chronicle Editorial Board

The Chronicle would like to give thanks and praise to the one woman in the SRC café, Natasha Martinez, who does not get enough credit for what she does. Her efforts help us so much, by caffeinating the majority of the student body, so that students can function and succeed in classes. Martinez makes it a point to give great customer service to everyone that comes into the café for their coffee fix, but she is usually the only employee that helps a massive volume of students that come to get the Starbucks signature coffees only provided at this café location. Even though Martinez deals with a high volume of students, she still manages to work quickly and to get everyone on their way with a smile and some small talk, while students wait for their coffee to be made each day. Martinez has had a few challenges beginning at the start of the semester, when the café credit card

machine stopped working, and students were giving her a hard time because of it. Keep in mind that this is not the fault of Martinez or the Sodexo team but was an error through the school, and also know that the credit card machine is up and running again, should one need a caffeinated treat. Martinez is a mother to four children, and has had a hard time lately since her family’s home in Chama, NM was flooded, according to Vinnie Crispino, Sodexo Café Director. That has not stopped Martinez from giving every student a great experience when picking up coffee, though. The entire Chronicle staff would like to thank you Natasha Martinez for making our days better and helping us to succeed at school, with the help of your awesomely made coffee and fraps in the SRC café. We are sending you well-wishes and we hope that the situation in Chama improves for you and your family.

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OPINION What’s good and what sucks about GTA V

4 | The CNM Chronicle By Rene Thompson Editor-in-Chief

Grand Theft Auto V has been one of the most highly anticipated video games ever. The game hit stores at midnight on September 16, and according to the telegraph, has been the fastest selling video game of all time with $1 billion in sales in just three days for the makers, Rockstar games. There are many great things about this new installment of GTA. Although the game still lacks in some areas, it does make up for that with new features, such as finally developing an intriguing storyline. There are three separate characters to play, all with their own special abilities and these characters are played with paths that intertwine and missions that occasionally require playing all three characters interchangeably. The characters have really rich back stories. There’s Franklin who is a tough and somewhat shady repo guy just getting on his feet and trying to come up; Michael, a middle-aged husband and father that is treated like crap by his family and longs for the good old

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days, and Trevor, who is the most colorful of them all as a crazy drug addicted long-time criminal that has a psychotic sense of humor throughout the game. The antics and constant sarcasm of pop culture, stereotypes, and just about everything else, including making fun of the game players themselves, really makes this game fun to sit through the cinematic storyline. It is reminiscent of earlier games in the series such as Vice City, because San Andres and GTA IV were truly just too dull to sit through and made skipping most cinematic scenes inevitable for many. One thing that bothered the most about this game is the fact that there is still no real fast travel other than means of transport such as taxis. Since this is the fifteenth game in the GTA series, one would think Rockstar would help out their attention deficit players a little bit by giving some better forms of fast travel by now. The map itself is simple and completely open from the beginning of the game, which many game players had been hoping for, instead of having to tediously

Graphics 5 out of 5

unlock areas of the map with missions. It seems to be open to add-on content for downloadable extras later down the line. With Rockstar’s Advanced Game Engine (RAGE) the graphics and gameplay are choice, with better mechanics for driving, flying and boating controls, as well as vivid colors and more realistic looking scenery, sounds and gameplay. Some things that have been added include being able to skill up with certain activities such as running, flying and shooting accuracy, which was in San Andres, but this game seems to have many opportunities for skill-ups with triathlons, shooting ranges and many other sports challenges. There are also more options now for making money, from being able to gamble on the stock market to just robbing store clerks at gun point. This makes it easier to mess around in the game without having to do missions to make cash, especially since players can now use the internet in the game for all sorts of purchases from planes to cars, not that anyone really needs to buy

these things when they can be easily stolen in the game. Some of the more seedy stuff in the game such as a torture scene in one of the missions, topless nudity, and picking up medical marijuana are just a few of the new shock novelties simply there to horrify parents and drum up controversy, because without it, this game just wouldn’t be GTA. There are some more odd things to look forward to in gameplay such as alien abduction, Bigfoot sightings, demented clown takedowns and even zombie-like dialogue poking fun at the boom and cultural obsession with zombies as of lately. One thing that has been changed for the better since GTA IV is the ridiculous friend interactions. Players are now no longer forced to make sure that other characters in the game still like their character by hanging out with them at the game’s beck and call, and instead the player has the option of calling up friends or not, which was one of the most annoying features in the GTA IV game. The phone menu feature has been updated to

keep up with the technological times, to include internet, email, mission check list, camera and quick save, all equipped from the player’s phone menu. Radio play in the game has also stepped it up a bit with surprising and welcomed classics from every genre, which makes driving around the map not such a monotonous task to fulfill. It can even sometimes make a player actually want to stay in the car to finish hearing a great song. Not all radio stations seem to work in every part of the map, however. Saving in GTA has always been a bit annoying, but if players have the internet at home they can quick save from the phone menu between missions, and the game has auto saves at check points. This makes missions in this game much less frustrating to play, because it seems really no one ever liked to have to constantly start over missions in previous games. Speaking of the crazy difficulty of some missions; if a player just cannot get past a mission and just wants to give up, Rockstar has added a feature so players can skip missions after a certain amount of tries if needed.

Rene’s Ratings of GTA V

Gameplay 4 out of 5

Players can still always go back and try playing them again. It seems this new feature was made because it can be really hard for some players to pass the game, which caused some to just eventually give up. Now players don’t have to anymore, and this has made it much more entertaining and less frustrating for less experienced players to enjoy. Rockstar has definitely stepped it up from the days of Niko Bellic in GTA IV, which was really not one of greatest games of the series. The makers have managed to successfully continue the GTA series with its usual shock and awe, as well as with record breaking sales by bringing new and innovative ways to make this series once again a step above the rest. There are still a few things that are going to bug about this game (and there will always be something to gripe about in a new game), but overall I would say the cost is definitely worth checking out all that GTA V has to offer. In conclusion I would give Grand Theft Auto V a 4.5 out of 5 wanted stars.

Storyline 5 out of 5

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT The Flood

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Local Band Spotlight

By Martin Montoya Staff Reporter

Audiences have recently been submerged in lyrical depths with a cascade of hard hitting beats in the desert of Albuquerque. Raul “Syfe” Hilliard, Radiology major, is an emcee with the local underground hip-hop crew The Flood, who lyrically deliver all over Albuquerque and will be performing October 11 at BlackWater Music located at 109 4th Street NW. The Flood has performed with wellknown artists like Brotha Lynch Hung, CRays Wallz and Masta Ace, Hilliard said. In July, The Flood came out with their third

full length album, The Flood Ritual, Hilliard said. “The Flood Ritual hits really hard, but it also has those tracks where you just slowly nod your head and get down to the groove,” Hilliard said. Hilliard said he considers it their most balanced album to date, The Flood Ritual will give people razor sharp lyrics with verbal aggression, beats that will smear a date’s make-up, and precision DJ cuts that will leave people’s thoughts on the vinyl, he said. “It’s ritualistically sacrificing your eardrums,” he said. The Flood signed with a record label out of New York called Chamber Musik. Hilliard said other artists on the

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Tablets are becoming increasingly popular, especially among students. In addition

label include Madlibs, Cappadonna from the Wu-Tang Clan, and other Wu-Tang affiliates. New York is the birth place of hip-hop and The Flood is proud of being a local act from Albuquerque representing on a label from that city, he said. “We are starting to get a lot of attention from other cities and other places, so hopefully soon we will be touring,” Hilliard said. The Flood also has a music video coming out for their song “Red Ring of Death,” which was filmed downtown at The Distillery, by CNM digital Media and Film student Tommy “ill” Borunda, Hilliard said.

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and juggling his music, Hilliard said school is his main priority Monday through Friday because he understands that school will be the way to support his hip-hop career. “You have to make sacrifices to get things done in school,” he said. Closer to the holidays, The Flood will be just one of many local underground hip-hop artists giving back to the community by performing in a fundraiser show called Toys in the Hood. The show will go toward collecting gifts for homeless and underprivileged children and families, Hilliard said. On any given Sunday you can catch the crew at their Flood meetings discussing upcoming shows and collaborations, Hilliard said. They are currently working with a crew out of Phoenix called The Society of Invisibles who tour with Jedi Mind Tricks, he said. Practicing their sets is very crucial to performing

Picking the right tablet for school

to their portability and versatility, tablets are also considerably cheaper than most laptops. With the growing number of textbooks being sold and rented in

digital form, tablets are also a way for students to save money and avoid the long lines at the bookstore, lessening the load on their wallets as well as their backpacks.

Apple iPad

Google Nexus 7

Price: $329 (iPad Mini) $499 (iPad with Retina Display)

Price: $230

Specs:

The Flood started to flow through the Duke City in 2001 when Hilliard and his friend Bryan “Kuma” Higgins came up with the crew, who are now seven members strong, he said. “The Flood means we don’t flow lyrics, we flood lyrics,” Hilliard said. A way to express how these musicians feel, The Flood is very much in touch with their hip-hop roots and uses it as a voice for the community to speak out on politics, the streets, and any life situation, as well as just having fun and releasing some stress, Hilliard said. “I call it getting rid of the demons,” he said. Having done everything from freestyle battles to slam poetry to just a poetry reading at a hippie bar, Hilliard said that hiphop is his outlet. “Hip-hop to me is a lifestyle,” he said. Learning the meaning of time management by attending classes as well as working for CNM

There are dozens of tablets competing for students’ hard earned dollars, and making sense of all the options can be daunting. With disbursement checks

Specs:

• High resolution 7 inch screen • Android 4.3 • 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro • 2GB Ram • Front and rear camera • Google Play App Store • 16 GB storage • 10 hours battery life • 0.64 pounds • Wi-Fi, and 4G LTE option available Pro: Best small (7 inch) tablet, best value Con: no micro SD, smaller screen Google has certainly made its presence known in the tablet game, and its Nexus 7 is the best seven inch tablet on the market. At $100 less than the iPad Mini, it packs serious power without such a serious price tag. For people who prefer Android over other operating systems, this is the tablet.

• Retina Display has the highest resolution screen on the market • iOS 6 • Dual Core A6X Processor (1 GHz A5 in Mini) • WiFi, and 4G LTE option available • Apple App Store • 10 hours battery life • 16 GB storage • Front and rear camera • Largest library of tablet apps Pro: Best all-around tablet Con: High price tag The iPad is the original, and in many ways still the best tablet, but it is also one of the most expensive. It comes in full size and mini, competing in both the large and small tablet markets. The full size iPad is still the king, but at $329 for the mini, there are much cheaper options that perform just as well. For someone who is already a fan of Apple products, and if money is not an issue, the iPad is the best choice. All materials provided are according to cnet.com, pcmag.com, apple.com and amazon.com, and for more information go these sites.

going out and students looking to make their lives a little easier, The Chronicle has compiled information on some of the top selling tablets, in order to

on stage and being able to give an audience what they come for, he said. “We take pride in our live performance. We love hip-hop,” he said. Each member of the crew is considered a “Flood Brother” in the Free Lodge Of Oracle Disciples, an acronym The Flood uses to describe their circle. If you are a member you are never going be homeless, never going to be down and out, never going to be hungry, never thirsting for a beer, Hillard said. Whatever you may need there will always be another “flood brother” there to help, he said. “That’s our lodge and we are all disciples of the same craft. We are all disciples to the Flood, the flow,” he said. Students can find The Flood Ritual Album on Amazon.com or visit The Flood’s website at www.thefloodsite.com and click the links to hear The Flood.

make shopping a little easier. All of the tablets discussed come in different sizes, versions, and GB storage options. These are the most popular models.

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 Price: $269

Specs:

• High definition 8.9 inch screen • A m a z o n Prime members get access to free movies, TV shows, books • Reduced cost for textbooks, student discount for Amazon Prime • Unique, easy to use Carousel interface • Limited Amazon App store • 16 GB • Wi-Fi, and 4G LTE option available • Dolby dual speakers, best sound on a tablet • Free Cloud storage for all Amazon content • Front facing camera Pro: Best tablet for media consumption. Great sound, screen, and access to the Amazon store, and is an easy to use interface for tablet beginners. Con: Limited app store, simple interface is very limited. With the Kindle Fire HD, Amazon has expanded from just books to include movies, music, TV and magazines. With optional Amazon Prime membership and free cloud storage for Amazon content, this is a great tablet for media. For someone who needs more versatility, maybe look elsewhere.

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DISBURSEMENT

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“It is something we’ve worked towards for forever. Go direct deposit if you have a bank account,” he said. Students who signed up for direct deposit got their money two days before students who received a paper check, and this has made the process easier and faster for both the Cashiers office and the students, Bursar Christine Duncan said. “The less paper checks we have to handle, the faster it is,” Duncan said. Financial Aid and the Marketing and Communication Office teamed up to encourage students to switch to direct deposit, using emails and social media to let students know about the option, Duncan said.

The other big change this semester was the start of disbursement at the West Side campus, which lessened the load for Main and Montoya campuses, Duncan said. With more staff and resources this year, the West Side campus gave out checks to over 600 students. Montoya campus handled disbursement for over 900 students last week, and this has meant more convenience and shorter lines for everyone, Duncan said. “We tried to make it a little more convenient for those students at the other campuses, so people didn’t have to drive as far,” Duncan said. An email was sent out to students, letting them know which campus to go to in order to get their checks. Checks were sent

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“We are really excited about the I-Pads. Because it is the touch interface it mimics a desktop computer in a lot of ways and a tablet operates completely different so we want all students that are so inclined to

be able to try that out,” Baca said. Baca said the collection of items is available through donations and loans. “Professors loan us a copy of a text book or if a department has extra copies they will loan or donate it to us so we are able to make it available to students,” Baca said.

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This is the case if teachers are traveling from campus to campus to try to get enough classes to teach to survive, he said.

“I have been part time, I have taught out of the trunk, I know what it’s about and it’s tough,” Andrews said. CNM clearly does not have enough parking spaces to ensure

replacing paper checks with plastic credit cards from a bank, Carrillo said. The cards would be free to students, and would work like a gift card, with no possibility of overdrafts or further debt, Carrillo said. The main issue with this option is that many banks would charge a transaction fee every time the card was used, Carrillo said. Carrillo said the school has received presentations from several banks, but they have not made a decision to go with a particular one yet, and are waiting for the best possible deal, one that would work best for the students. “We just need to make sure that whichever bank we choose to go with has none, or the minimal fee, so it doesn’t affect the students’ money,” he said.

Carrillo said it would most likely start out as an optional program, like direct deposit, but that it might become mandatory at some point down the line. No decisions have been made yet, and it is ultimately up to the Executive team whether CNM will implement these cards in the future, Carrillo said. Most of the student problems with disbursement last week were about confusion over whether they would be getting the full amount of money, and when, said Duncan. According to Carrillo, students get their money ten days after the start of their classes, but for Freshmen and first time borrowers of loans, there is a thirty day wait before their funds are disbursed. “We want to make sure that they are here and they

are doing well before we disburse those loan moneys to them,” Carrillo said. Carrillo said that many students at times get confused about disbursement because of attending hours, short term courses, ineligibility because of repeat courses, and other issues. The Financial Aid office tries to communicate with students as much as possible through emails throughout the year, including award letters, schedules, and deadlines, so hopefully students will be less confused if they read these emails carefully, Carrillo said. “We always have the student in mind when we are sending out these emails, to make them as simple as possible so they understand them,” Carrillo said.

A year ago the library put a policy into practice that deals with the consequences of returning materials late, she said. “If a student returns it late than they are not denied access to the resource but they are restricted. At the main campus library that means using it

at the big silver help desk on the first floor,” Baca said. The Main campus library currently has many text books on file. In addition to the laptops and iPads they also loan headphones, computer mouse, and other resource material. “I think it’s important to know that

library staff is always willing to help them,” Baca said. All students are encouraged to call, email CNM.edu/libraries, or stop by for any help they might need, she said. “We are here to help them, so we can help them find a resource for a project so that it doesn’t take

those three frustrating hours,” she said. If you have any questions regarding this valuable resource please contact the CNM libraries at 224-4278 or email Olivia Baca at obaca9@cnm.edu.

every faculty member gets a guaranteed or reserved parking space, and at the same time the part-timers are expected to simply deal with these conditions, he said.

Director of Marketing and Communications Brad Moore said that as of yet there are no procedures in the works for instructors to be able to get set up with

preferential parking that would change the permits, and that there parking situation for are no immediate plans employees,” Moore said. to change policies regarding instructor parking issues. “I am not aware of anything in the works

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to whichever campus the majority of a student’s classes were held, Duncan said. Disbursement is a joint effort between Financial Aid, the Cashiers office, and Accounts Payable, and is a team effort, Duncan said. “This term we changed a couple of things, so we had meetings, talked about it, and made decisions together,” Duncan said. Financial Aid processes a student’s award eligibility, and the Cashiers office cuts the checks, once a student’s tuition and fees have been paid, Carrillo said. “We work very well together,” Carrillo said. With the success of the direct deposit option, CNM has begun discussion about another possibility for disbursement;

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S 24, 2013 8 | The CNM Chronicle FEATURE CNM and NMSU partner to bring degree program to Albuquerque eptember

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Students who are unable to leave Albuquerque and who are working towards an associate’s degree at CNM can now consider getting a bachelor’s degree in Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management (HRTM) from New Mexico State University without leaving Albuquerque, thanks to the collaboration between both CNM and NMSU, Program Coordinator for culinary arts and hospitality and tourism, Scott Clapp said. What Clapp refers to as the “two-plus-two” program allows CNM students to receive their associate’s degree in two years with CNM’s Hospitality and Tourism program and then transfer to NMSU for a bachelor’s degree in HRTM without having to go to Las Cruces, Clapp said. NMSU has a small campus right here in Albuquerque located at 4501 Indian School Road NE, so students will be able to take their classes at this facility or through

online classes, as well as labs that can be taken at CNM, Clapp said. “What is really exciting about this relationship between CNM and NMSU is that they can do the whole program here in Albuquerque. For students wanting to get their bachelor’s degree, whether they have family, a job here, or whatever reason moving to Las Cruces is not really an option for them,” he said. Clapp said that the goal is to allow students to be able to bring the full program to Albuquerque by next spring of 2014, when it will begin as a cohort, which means students will start as a group and go through the entire program together to receive their bachelor’s. As of now CNM is in contact with previous graduates that might be interested in the program as well as contacting current hospitality and culinary students who ,ight be interested in a bachelor’s degree through the “two-plus-two” program, Clapp said. The hospitality classes teach things like

event planning, understanding the processes in different areas of hospitality, general accounting, and a lot of leadership classes, Clapp said. “Hospitality touches on everything because basically when you walk in a room, there is some hospitality going on,” he said. Clapp said that there are many leadership classes because Human Resources (HR) is very important in Hospitality, and that leadership management in the associate’s degree program is for students who want to be in the management level of hospitality, including job titles like food and beverage manager, general manager, and head of housekeeping. While an associate’s degree can take someone far in the culinary side of hospitality, a bachelor’s degree is what is really important in the corporate setting of hospitality, Clapp said. The corporate side is usually looking for someone with a four year degree for catering directors, HR people and

management positions, jobs that are highly sought after, Clapp said. “An associate’s in hospitality will benefit in some ways but to really get to the management positions a bachelor’s will take them a lot further. What we have been able to do here with NMSU is provide that avenue,” Clapp said. CNM’s Dean of School of Business and Information Technology, Donna Diller said that New Mexico State’s HRTM is a great program because they get to work with employers from all over the country for internship opportunities, and that this program works as a very effective way for students to be exposed to their desired field, and to place them around the country to work. “New Mexico State has the most robust of the degree programs because they work with employers around the country. One of my son’s friends just graduated from there and is working in San Diego at a resort hotel,” Diller said.

Hospitality is not a small and precise study but rather covers a very broad area, Diller said. There is the food service side, bed and breakfast, hotels, travel agencies, event-planning, catering management, and a sales side of hospitality, just to name a few, she said. The two colleges have collaborated since 2007 and the transfer degree program was in the 200910 catalogs but has not

been offered until now, Diller said. “Part of what we are doing this fall is reaching out to students that are close to finishing the degree or maybe even have finished and are interested in pursuing this,” Diller said. For more information on the Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management program, students can call the NMSU Albuquerque campus at 830-2856.

Welcome to the real world

Service learning gives students real life experience Gordon-Moffett said that most students say they Senior Reporter find the experience rich and Learning and doing meaningful, and that it can are two very differ- sometimes even land stuent things, and students dents a job. enrolled in service learn“It’s a great, great expeing are finding out that rience. This is real life, real doing can be rewarding world experience. Close to in many ways, Sharon forty percent of the students Gordon-Moffett, director stay on to volunteer once of service learning, said. they complete their hours, Service learning and several years ago it was takes students out of the estimated that 20 percent classroom and puts their of our students are offered knowledge to work at jobs,” she said. local non-profit organizaInstructors can tions with credit toward choose to offer service a class, she said. learning as an additional

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teaching method for whatever course they plan to use it in, and students will receive a grade based on a reflection of what they learn, GordonMoffett said. Cynthia Griffin Ediger, Math, Science and Engineering instructor, for example, gives her students in her geometry for teachers class a service learning option to volunteer with the Boys and Girls Club, actually teaching math to kids in an after school program, and then present their experience in lieu of a research paper, she said.

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Griffin Ediger’s students get the real world experience that can prepare the would-be-teachers for what teaching children can actually be like at the Boys and Girls club with all sorts of different types children, she said. “They’re not just ideal students. There are kids who are homeless, there are kids that come to school hungry and that type of thing,” Griffin Ediger said. Service learning works with more than 20 different organizations around Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, with representatives for each that are trained in the goals of service learning so that these reps. can engage students in the sorts of activities that will teach them the things that are relevant to the student’s course, Gordon-Moffett said. “I like to call it academics in action. You’re actually applying the theory,” she said. Linda Fuller, Shelter Director at St. Martin’s Hospitality center, said the real learning happens when students get exposed to things that cannot be fully understood inside a classroom. St. Martin’s, a day shelter for the homeless, is one

of the many service learning agencies available, and caters to Child, Youth, and Family Development majors who want to go into social work, Fuller said. Students often feel overwhelmed for the first few hours they work at St. Martins because they get exposed to the reality of homelessness, substance abuse, mental disorders, and much more, Fuller said. “This is an eye-opener, this is the real world, and I think people really need that,” Fuller said. Service learning students also get the ability to test the waters in their chosen field, which is beneficial to knowing if a certain career choice is best for that student, Gordon-Moffett said. “It’s a great opportunity for students to kind of get their feet wet. Some think they want to work with kids, and then they get done and find out they can’t stand kids,” she said. Service learning is offered by many instructors for many different types of courses, including psychology, social work, hospitality and tourism, communications and

health sciences, GordonMoffett said. Gary Peoples, CYFD Social Work major, is service learning at St. Martins Hospitality Center for his intro to social work class, and has learned just how important his chosen career will be, he said. “I’ve learned there’s a tremendous need out here. There’s a problem in our society for those who have and those who don’t have,” he said. Peoples’ experience at St. Martins has motivated him to get more involved with and set him in his career path, he said. “There was no doubt before, but definitely this has solidified it. Absolutely,” he said. In contrast, another student who volunteers at St. Martins, CYFD Social work major Johnel Reddic, said his experience at St. Martins has changed his career path — he now wants to work directly with people who need assistance, he said. “I wanted to work in administration but I think I’ll probably be bored. This’ll probably be a bit more interesting, probably be a bit more fulfilling,” Reddic said.


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