President's Report - September 2015

Sep 01, 2015

CNM Creates Innovative Multimedia Textbook on NM History

For the first time, students at CNM are using digital interactive learning to study New Mexico history. The Multimedia Interactive Learning Experience (MILE) was written by a CNM faculty member and developed by CNM staff. While large textbook companies are selling interactive e-books, the CNM MILE, “The History of New Mexico,” is possibly the only one in the country written and developed by a community college, said Audrey Gramstad, CNM administrative director of Distance Learning & Instructional Support. She conceptualized and coordinated the New Mexico History project.

“The MILE is filled with videos, interactive photos and pictures that bring history alive and make learning fun,” Gramstad said. For example, students get to see and hear through a video a real Navajo Code Talker tell about his experiences decoding Japanese messages in World War II. Interactive elements break the text into fun learning experiences while students explore New Mexico from prehistory into the 21st Century. Each of the MILE’s 16 chapters has accompanying videos to create a more interactive experience. “The History of New Mexico” can be accessed on a smart phone, tablet or computer. Students pay $49.95 for the MILE, much less than the four books it replaced.

Renovated Laboratory Building Now a State-of-the-Art Learning Facility

More than 2,000 students taking biology, chemistry, geology and other science labs are now studying in state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms, thanks to a $15 million renovation to the Laboratory (L) Building that was funded by voter-approved bonds. It opened for the Fall Term that began Aug. 31. After more than a year of major renovation work, the 28-year-old building has come back to life as a cutting-edge, 21st century learning facility. There will be an official grand opening on Sept. 18.

“Our students will be doing their lab work in a modern facility that rivals any other college in the country,” said Philip Carman, associate dean of the School of Math, Science & Engineering. “They will have the opportunity to get a true lab experience.” In addition, the renovated building has special features that make it part of CNM’s Campus as a Living Lab initiative. Faculty in CNM’s School of Applied Technologies’ plumbing program were instrumental in the designing of the solar water heaters, and the new elevator has a clear shaft that allows engineering students to see the workings of an elevator. The building was designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. It’s also designed to attract young people to science. An extra learning component, an outside wall, features a solar panel for hot water production. Students can see how the solar panel is functioning through an electronic dashboard. The whole building actively showcases scientific principles in a fun and innovative way to draw students into STEM fields. The building size has increased from 33,000 square feet to 43,000 square feet. It has five biology labs, three chemistry labs and one astronomy/physics lab. In addition to the labs, there are three regular-sized classrooms accommodating up to 30 students and two large classrooms, accommodating up to 50 students. One of the biology labs will also be used as a geography lab and earth and planetary science lab.

Students Help Find, Map Artifacts at Petroglyph National Monument

Several CNM anthropology students spent five days over the term break participating in an archaeological survey at Petroglyph National Monument. For the second year in a row, CNM Anthropology instructor Susan Ruth took some of her students to survey a portion of the canyon. “(Petroglyph National Monument) is putting in some new trails and wants to make sure they are not disturbing an archaeological site,” Ruth said. “Petroglyph doesn’t have a large archeology staff and they need us to help record and document artifact finds using a GPS system.” Mostly, the students found fire-cracked rocks that had been put inside of cooking baskets and flakes of stone, the byproducts of making stone tools. One student, Rick Patrick, discovered a 10,000 year-old spearhead, called a Midland Point, that dates back to the end of the last ice age when the Native people followed herds of bison and other large mammals throughout the west. In most cases, the students use a GPS system to document the locations of the artifacts, take photographs of them and make drawings of them. They generally leave them where they were found. The GPS coordinates have been added to the monument’s database and mapping system. Because of the age of the Midland Point, it was removed and will be stored in special conditions.

CNM Physical Plant Leader to Receive NM Association of Energy Award

Luis Campos, CNM Physical Plant executive director, has been named the 2015 New Mexico Association of Energy Engineer’s Energy Manager of the Year. The Energy Manager of the Year is presented to an individual for outstanding accomplishments in promoting the practices and principles of energy management and for superior service to the association.

Donations Continue

CNM’s grateful for recent donations to the CNM Foundation from these donors:

  • Steven and Shara Anaya
  • Anaya Development, LLC
  • Atkinson & Co. LTD
  • Bruce and Kerry Beebe
  • Frederick Bermudez
  • High Resolution
  • John Boydstun
  • Jaynes Corporation
  • Blair L. Kaufman and Ann Piper
  • Lovelace Health System
  • Tamra Mason
  • Yashoda Naidoo and David Montgomery
  • Nusenda Credit Union
  • J.J. and Doug Parsons
  • Amy and Steve Rhutasel
  • The John and Sophie Ottens Foundation


Thanks for Your Support of CNM!
Kathie W. Winograd
CNM President