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CHSS Student Success Newsletter
September 2018

Welcome to Fall Term!

We would like to welcome you to the School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences (CHSS) at Central New Mexico Community College. You’ll be receiving this e-newsletter once a month to keep you up-to-date with success tips, information about CHSS and CNM programs, and important CNM dates.

  • The Quickest Way to Graduation.
  • #15toFinish.

Full-time is 15: take 15 credit hours every term or 30 credit hour every academic year to finish your CNM degree on time.

It pays to finish your degree on time: the faster you complete your program, the more money you’ll earn over the course of your life and career.

How will you get y #15toFinish? Late-start or 12-week fall classes start September 17th and still have openings! Use Degree Works (in the “Graduation” tab in MyCNM) and meet with your School Advisor, Erin Radcliffe. Get ahead by making a plan to graduate on time.

Success Tips for Your First Week of Class

  • Many textbooks are on reserve at the CNM Library. Check out a textbook for three hours with your CNM ID.
  • Come to class less stressed: allow at least 20 minutes to find a parking spot for weekday classes, especially on Main Campus. General parking on campus is free, but be sure to register your car with Parking Services on MyCNM.
  • Have a backup transportation plan. CNM students can give a free ABQ Ride bus pass at the Student Activities Office.
  • Mark all important assignment deadlines for your fall classes in your planner or calendar during the first week of class.
  • Plan on attending all classes. Research suggests that missing even one class can lower a student’s final score by as much as one letter grade.
  • Get to know your instructors: they’re here to help. Communicate and stay in touch if you need support: the earlier, the better. Visit your instructors’ office hours for help and to get to know them better.


Workplace 2020: Next-Level Skills for the Employee of the Future

The two skills most in demand for the employee of the future, according to a report by the World Economic Forum, are complex problem solving and critical thinking; more than 1/3 of all jobs in 2020 will require critical thinking and complex problem solving.

Classes in the Liberal Arts are ideal for developing these skills.


New Programs and Certificates in CHSS

Check out our new degrees and certificates! Starting this fall, students can now earn certificates in American Sign Language, Career and Technical Education Teaching, Social Justice, and Sustainability and associate’s degrees in Pre-Architecture and Modern Languages with a concentration in American Sign Language!


Want to Be a Writer? Want to Meet Other Writers?

Main Campus Writing Group is an informal weekly gathering for creative writers of all kinds: bring your poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. The Main Campus Writing Group meets every Monday starting August 27 from 3:00–4:00 p.m. in SRC 201-A. For more information, contact Rebecca Aronson at raronson@cnm.edu. Everyone is welcome!

CNM Vocabulary

Graduating With Honors: A distinction (on diplomas, transcripts, and at graduation) given to students who graduate with a cumulative GPA between 3.6 and 3.9.

Intersession: Classes offered in a condensed 2- or 3-week format between regular terms.

Late-Start Class: A 12- or 8-week class in fall or spring term that begins after full-term or 15-week classes begin. Late-start classes require increased commitment as they cover the same content in a shorter span of time, but are a great way to complete degree requirements and get your #15toFinish.

Save the Date: CHSS Events, Dates and Deadlines

August 27 »   First day of fall term
September 3 »   Labor Day
September 10 »   Last day to drop a 15-week class without a W and receive a refund
September 17 »   12-week or late-start classes begin
October 17 »   CHSS/MSE Major Mixer

From Your School Achievement Coach

Hi my name is Ruby Encinas. 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 if they are facing academic or life challenge that is impeding their academic success. To schedule an appointment please email me at ruby@cnm.edu.


Ruby Encinias

Achievement Coach

SSC 204, Main Campus


From Your School Advisor

Hi my name is Erin Radcliffe, I've been CHSS's School Advisor since October 2016, but I've been at CNM as an English intructor since 2008. Please make an appointment to see me for help getting yout #15toFinish, with course and degree-planning, as well as for tips for your transfer to a four-year institution. Have a great spring term!


Erin Radcliffe

School Advisor

SSC 204, Main Campus, Walk-in Advisement

Wed. 2:00-4:30 p.m.

Thurs. 9:00-11:30 a.m.

or by Appointment