CMN News Update
Dr. Monte Randall, Dean of Academic Affairs
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma— The spring 2019 trimester began on Jan. 7 with a student enrollment of 190 students. CMN will hold the 11th annual graduation ceremony at the end of the spring trimester on April 26, 2019. Some exciting news to share with our students and citizens for 2019 are new degree programs, grant funding, and athletics.
CMN was recently notified by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the approval of three new degree programs, which are a Criminal Justice Associate of Science, Natural Resources Associate of Science, and General Studies Associate of Science.
Criminal Justice with specialties in Law Enforcement and Legal Studies will replace the Police Science Associate of Applied Science. However, Police Science will not be completely removed from the roster of courses at this time to allow for students in that program to graduate.
The Natural Resources degree will provide specialties in Conservation and Sustainable Agriculture with courses such as Soil Conservation, Geology, and Native American Agribusiness. The General Education degree will be a culmination of the courses already offered through other degree programs and designed to meet the associate degree requirement for those students who may be undecided on a major at this time.
The application, review, and approval process for the new programs with HLC lasted approximately six months. The college is finishing the final requirements with federal financial aid and will begin offering these programs for the 2019-2020 academic year beginning in August 2019.
CMN was recently notified as being awarded the National Endowment for the Humanities: Humanities Initiative Grant. The proposal is to create a course and curriculum titled a Field Lab in Mvskoke Culture that will combine research, Mvskoke history, and culture with a class participation project.
The project will include a trip to historical Mvskoke locations in the ancestral homelands of Georgia and Alabama. A cultural committee was created from CMN faculty and administration to direct the curriculum development of the culture, research, and the course project.
The Field Lab will culminate with a final report from each student using a variety of media format to tell the story of Mvskoke Etvlwv, Pakse, Mucv Nettv, momen Rempakse.
This year the annual American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) Student Conference will be held March 17-19, 2019 in Billings, MT. CMN has been a full member of AIHEC since 2012 and has participated in this conference since 2008.
The conference consists of a series of student competitions, which include a knowledge bowl, archery, poetry reading, and much more. A major event of this conference is the men and women’s basketball tournament. This year and for the first time CMN will send both a men and women’s team to compete in the tournament that is being held March 21-24, 2019 at Crow Agency, MT.
The student conference is hosted regionally each year and planned by a committee made of staff members from Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs). CMN is a part of the Southwest region that is scheduled to host the student conference next year.
CMN looks forward to a great spring 2019 trimester of classes and campus activities. Summer enrollment begins on Feb. 26, 2019. In addition, CMN is working with several local state universities to create and affirm articulation agreements to assist graduates with transfer to a bachelor degree program.
For more information on CMN admissions, enrollment, degree programs, student services, and financial aid contact 918-549-2800 or visit the website: www.cmn.edu.
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