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CHSS Student Success Newsletter April 2019

Welcome to the April issue of the REACH Student Success newsletter!



Twelve hours a semester is full-time, but 15 credits a term or 30 per calendar year is “on time” for finishing your degree and progressing toward your transfer, degree and career goals.

How will you get your #15toFinish this year: intersession, CLEP, summer classes? Use Degree Works (in the “Graduation” tab in MyCNM) and meet with your School Advisor, Erin Radcliffe, to plan your #15toFinish for this summer and fall!

Summer Course Planning Tips

Taking summer courses is a great way to get ahead on your #15toFinish. To keep moving forward toward your goal, consider:

  • Taking at least 9 credits
  • Working on general education or core requirements (look for specialized or 2000-level classes in fall or spring)
  • Taking a class you anticipate might be a challenge or that you need to repeat so that you can focus on that class
  • Looking ahead to the fall schedule to see if you need any pre-reqs that you can take over the summer

Leonardo Launch Party and Writers Workshop With Poet Ruth Awad

Please join your fellow CNM students in a celebration of their publication in CNM’s student literary magazine, Leonardo, at the spring authors event: Thursday, April 4th, 5:30–7:30 p.m. in SRC 101. Join visiting poet Ruth Awad for a writing workshop on bearing witness and reflecting on injustice and trauma from 3:00–4:30 p.m. on April 4 in SB 211. Both events are free. Pre-register for the workshop here. Find more information on Leonardo here.

From Your Achievement Coach: Smarter Goal Setting

Working on a goal? No sure where to begin? Do you often start a goal and get off track? Why not goal setting a SMARTER way?

My goal is:

  • This goal is important to me, because…
  • How will you Strategize? Determine the plan to achieve your goal.
  • What obstacles will you Manage as you work toward this goal?
  • How will you be Accountable?
  • How often will Revise your goal?
  • How will you Track your progress?
  • What measurement will you use to Evaluate the completion of your goal?
  • What Reward will you give yourself when your goal is achieved?

Want to work with the CHSS achievement coach on your next goal? Schedule an appointment today with rubye@cnm.edu



Successful students REACH: they are Resilient, Empowered, Accountable, Curious and Hopeful.

Hopeful: Successful students are hopeful. According to Allie Grasgreen, hopeful students “set goals, visualize paths to achieve them and summon the motivation to start down those paths.”

Studies suggest that hopeful students graduate 16% more than their peers. How will your practice hopefulness this spring?

Resources For Students

According to NASPA, half of college students who drop out do so because of an expense less than $1,500. CNM’s Rust Opportunity Assistance Fund helps students who encounter an unexpected expense that might jeopardize their ability to finish the term. Click here to read more about the Rust Opportunity Assistance Fund!

Q-Study Hall

Q-Study Halls are spaces for LGBTQ+ students and allies to socialize and study: no RSVP needed. Q-Study Halls this spring meet on these campuses at these times:

  • Main Campus: Tuesdays, 2:00–3:00 in KC 123; Thursdays, 3:00–4:00 in SB 207
  • Montoya Campus: Mondays, 12:00–1:00 in RB 100; Thursdays, 3:00–4:00 in I 204
  • Westside Campus: Wednesdays, 12:00–1:00 in MJG Atrium
Save the Date: CHSS Events, Dates and Deadlines

Transferring to UNM?

UNM is hosting a transfer day for CNM students on Saturday, April 6th. Application fees are waived! Register for the event at this link.

Save the Date: CHSS Events, Dates and Deadlines

March 30th - CNM mobile food pantry food distribution; 9:00 AM, Main Campus, RPM parking lot (bring CNM ID and spring schedule)
April 4th - Spring Authors event and Leonardo launch party, Main Campus, 5:30–7:30 p.m., SRC 101
April 26th - Last day to submit course repeat requests for summer
April 28th - Last day of spring classes
April 29th - Summer intersession starts
May 1st - Fall schedule of classes available
May 4th - Spring commencement
May 20th - First day of summer term
June 10th - Continuing student registration for fall begins

Ruby Encinas

From Your School Achievement Coach

Hi my name is Ruby Enciñias. I am the Achievement Coach for the School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences. I work with students on setting and completing goals, repairing their academic standing, course repeat requests, and helping students face an academic or life challenge that is impeding their academic success. To schedule an appointment please email me at rubye@cnm.edu.

Ruby Encinias
Achievement Coach
SSC 204, Main Campus

Erin Radcliffe

From Your School Advisor

My name is Erin Radcliffe. I help students plan their programs of study and transfer to four-year institutions. Please set up an appointment to meet with me to talk about your degree and transfer. Have a great term!

Erin Radcliffe
School Advisor
SSC 204, Main Campus,
Spring Walk-In Advisement Hours:
Tuesdays, 1:00-4:30.
To set up an appointment, call 224-3588

Central New Mexico Community College

Central New Mexico Community College

900 University Blvd. SE


Call us: 505-224-3000

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