With the current spread of  COVID-19, Creative Media Institute has taken measures to comply with mandates from Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and the NMSU Campus. This page details information on how we will handle our operations during this unprecedented time, as well as provide students with resources moving forward.
  • Please let someone from CMI know you are OK.  We’ve been trying to check in with you.  We know life has changed, and we want to know that you’re OK, and to remind you that we’re still here for you.
  • ALL CMI classes have moved online as of 3/30/2020.  Students should have an email and/or Canvas message from their instructors. 
  • Milton Hall remains closed and locked, as do our labs.
  • All of your faculty and staff are working from home for now, as per the Governor’s and NMSU’s mandates, which can be found at newmexico.gov & provost.nmsu.edu respectively.
  • All productions involving CMI equipment are postponed until we can return to face to face teaching.  
  • If you are concerned about having access to equipment and/or internet suitable to complete your course work, contact Department Head Amy Lanasa or Department Admin Tessa Kennedy via the contact information below.  
  • Commencement will be online, but seniors will be allowed to walk in December’s ceremony.  
  • Students have an option to choose a S/U grade in each of their classes, but are encouraged to discuss this with their faculty and academic advisors first.  
  • Our number one concern is your health and safety.  We are also working to help and support our seniors who are still on track to graduate this spring.
  • NMSU has a dedicated page offering resources of information on COVID-19 which can be found at nmsu.edu/coronavirus.
  • Many professors have opted into using an online conferencing program known as Zoom. For more information on it’s set-up and use, please visit their official website.
  • PLEASE continue to check your email.  This will remain the primary way we communicate with you during this time.  It can’t be stressed enough how important it is that you take the time to read and process it. 
Amy Lanasa, your Department Head
  • Phone:  575-646-6142.  It will get forwarded to her cell.  If she doesn’t answer, please leave a voice mail, and she will call you back. 
  • Email: amyla@nmsu.edu or cmi@nmsu.edu
Tessa Kennedy, your Department Admin 
  • Phone: 575-646-6139
  • Email: tesskenn@nmsu.edu
  • Available 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM or 1:30 PM – 3 PM for Zoom. The link is also available in her email signatures.
Fellow Students
  • CMI has an official Discord Server where you can collaborate and communicate with your peers via text and voice.
  • Canvas’ email system has a list of all the students currently in your class. Simply type in the name of the student you wish to reach and you can quickly send off a message to them.




  • Aggie Cupboard & Mobile Food Pantry – Food Distribution every Thursday from 3 PM – 6 PM at the Southwest corner of Preciado Park (Gregg St. & Sweet Ave.). Aggie ID required.
  • El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank 
    • WEST: Abundant Living Faith Center West; 7100 N. Desert Blvd on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from 9 AM to 3 PM
    • CENTRAL: Kelly Center for Hunger Relief; 915 N. Florance on Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday from 9 AM to 3 PM
    • NORTHEAST: Katie’s Pantry; 4801 Sun Valley on Monday through Friday (Weekdays) from 9 AM to 3 PM
    • EAST/SOCORRO/CLINT/SAN ELIZARIO/FABENS: El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank; 9541 Plaza Circle on Monday through Friday (Weekdays) from 9 AM to 3 PM