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Retiring Business Administration Chair Drucilla Duran has served Northern for 41 Years

spacer May 22, 2012

Drucilla Duran started working for Northern in 1971, back when it was a vocational-technical school. She has seen the institution through many changes. This month she will retire from her position as chair of Business Administration. Lori Baca will become the new Chair of that department.

Although she will be officially retired, Duran will continue to teach some classes at the College. In fact, she says, “I kind of hate to leave. I feel a lot of positive energy because of all the innovations that are going on here. I see this college going into a new era.”

Duran will use her time off mostly to spend time with her family, do some gardening, maybe even take a trip to Spain…but mostly, she says, she will just enjoy herself. She also plans to re-read some of “the classics,” such as Moby Dick and Don Quixote. She specified that she would especially like to read Don Quixote in Spanish. Duran is pictured, above right, with administrative assistant, Adela Chavez. She was honored at a reception for all retirees on May 22, 2102.

NORTHERN Engineering Faculty selected for 2011 NSF CAREER Award Regional Forum 

spacer October, 2011

Dr. Jorge Crichigno, assistant professor in Northern’s Engineering Department, has been awarded a scholarship to participate in the 2011 CAREER Award Regional Forum.

The forum will be held at Louisiana State University on November 8th and 9th, 2011. This NSF-funded program offers awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research. These activities build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. The New Mexico EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Collaborative Research) program is partnering with the CAREER program to help New Mexico universities expand their research capacity and assist new faculty in developing a strong foundation for their research and educational programs.

Dr. Crichigno joined the Northern faculty shortly after receiving his PhD degree in computer engineering from the University of New Mexico in 2009.  His current research interests include wireless and optical networks, graph theory, mathematical optimization, and undergraduate STEM education. He has served as a reviewer for a number of journals in his discipline and as a review panelist for NSF STEM undergraduate education initiatives. is neither affiliated with the authors of this page nor responsible for its contents. This is a safe-cache copy of the original web site.