Northern New Mexico College: Revisiting A Semester Full Of Achievements

by Staff Reporter / Dec 06, 2017 / comments

Northern New Mexico College: Revisiting A Semester Full Of Achievements

 Submitted by Northern New Mexico College

It’s been a busy fall semester at Northern New Mexico College filled with events, activities, and achievements.

As the semester winds down, and we get closer to the holidays, we thought it might be a good time to add a little holiday cheer by recognizing the achievements of Northern faculty and students over the past few months.

Faculty Achievements  

Theresa Lopez will be retiring from Northern after more than 10 years as an Associate Professor of Nursing, and the Director of the Associate Degree Nursing Program (ADN).

Theresa Lopez. Courtesy photo

Under Theresa's leadership, the Associate Degree Nursing Program grew from strength to strength and received initial accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, http://www.acenursing.org/commission-actions-spring-2017/ (404) 975-5000.

Theresa will be sorely missed and her invaluable contributions to the ADN program and the college as a whole will be appreciated for many years to come.

Ana Malinalli X Gutiérrez Sisneros. Courtesy photo

Assistant Professor of Nursing Ana Malinalli X Gutiérrez Sisneros has successfully defended her dissertation at New Mexico State University: “Ethnic Identity as a Mediator of Mental Health in the Genízaro Nation at the Pueblo of Abiquiu, NM, 1930-2017: A Critical Ethnography.”

Ana will receive her PhD in Nursing & Health Disparities at the Border Area on December 8th 2017.

Dr. Brenda M Linnell, Associate Professor of Chemistry, was awarded the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Horizon Award for advisement at the PTK New Mexico Regional Meeting held at Luna Community College, in Las Vegas, NM.

Dr. Brenda M Linnell. Courtesy photo

Regional PTK Coordinators nominate advisors for the Horizon Award to be recognized at the region’s awards ceremony for their contributions to regional and international programming.

Dr. Sushmita Nandy. Courtesy photo

Dr. Sushmita Nandy, Assistant Professor of Biology, published a co-authored research paper titled “Glucose insult elicits hyperactivation of cancer stem cells through miR-424–cdc42–prdm14 signalling axis,” in the prestigious British Journal of Cancer. The paper explores the link between diabetes and breast cancer in women.

Dr. Patricia Trujillo, Associate Professor of English and Chicana/o Studies, Director of Equity and Diversity published the following chapter: “The Making of a Mexican American Girl: Josefina Montoya (1824).” Voices of Resistance: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Chican@ Children's Literature. Eds. Laura Alamillo, Larissa M. Mercado-Lopez, and Cristina Herrera. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, forthcoming December 2017. 

Dr. Patricia Trujillo. Courtesy photo

Dr. Trujillo also organized a very successful Historias de Nuevo Mexico/Histories of New Mexico conference at the College, which hosted over 400 participants.

The conference started a public story sharing project was truly a community based participatory conference, as it was funded, organized and supported by a dozens of community funders, community business partners, and community partners. 

Furthermore, Dr. Trujillo gave a keynote lecture entitled “Cultural Sources: Imagining Girls of Color at Center” at the Girl Scouts of America Cultural Resources Conference, in Columbus, OH. October 2-4, 2017.

Student Achievements

Students from CHIC 110: Introduction to Chicana/o Studies held a fundraiser for Puerto Rico, where power is still scarce after Hurricane Maria hit the Island in late September.

The November 29 event raised enough funds to buy 100 solar powered lanterns for families in Adjuntas, PR, and emphasized the links and similarities between the communities of Northern New Mexico and Adjuntas.

Biology senior Naomi Lehmanposter presentation: “Survival Motor Neuron and its influence on Spinal Muscular Atrophy” won second place at the University of New Mexico’s Undergraduate Pipeline Network Summer Research Experience.

Four Northern students presented their research at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Phoenix, AZ.

Naomi Lehman, Alondra Villalba, Britney Martinez and Antonio Serrano attended ABRCMS. Courtesy photo

Naomi Lehman, Alondra Villalba, Britney Martinez and Antonio Serrano traveled to ABRCMS, the largest conference for undergraduate students in the United States, with Dr. Mario Izaguirre-Sierra, Assistant Professor of Biology at Northern.

Six Northern students attended the Alliance for Minority Participation (AMP) conference in Las Cruces on October 13, 2017.

John Archuleta, Naomi Lehman, Kenneth Lopez, Jose Pacheco, Nathan Torrez, and Alondra Villalba presented posters on their research at the conference.

Psychology student Lesly Bencomo started a Northern New Mexico College chapter of the New Mexico Dream Team. This group focuses on uniting the immigrant community and fighting for immigrant justice.

Lesly Bencomo. Courtesy photo

Lesly also took part in an action organized by the New Mexico Dream Team in Washington DC in early November, where activists protested outside of Capital Hill to demand a clean Dream Act.

Moraya Gutierrez, Francesca Romero and Derrick Voight produced and presented the semester’s last episode of the college’s radio show, Live@Northern, which airs on KDCE Radio in Española.

Moraya Gutierrez, Francesca Romero and Derrick Voight  on the air at KDCE. Courtesy photo

Despite never having any radio experience, the trio produced an engaging and compelling show that focused on the student experience at Northern, and shared details of the various opportunities that have opened up for them since joining the College.