President's Report - April 2007

Apr 01, 2007

UNM Dean Will Keynote CNM Graduation

Dr. Viola Florez will deliver the keynote address for CNM’s commencement ceremony on April 20 at University Arena (“The Pit”). Several thousand people, including well-wishers and CNM employees, are expected to attend the popular event and celebrate the graduates. CNM advisor Jeanette Rich will begin the ceremony by singing the national anthem at 6 p.m. Florez has led the UNM College of Education since 1997. Her job duties include research; fundraising; partnerships with school districts, business/educational compacts and policy making groups across the state; and oversight of UNM’s branch campuses. Prior to joining UNM, Florez was acting vice president, chief academic officer and interim dean of the college of education at Texas A&M University at Galveston from 1996-97. She was executive assistant to the president at the university from 1994-96.

CNM a Pioneer in Online Academic Advisement

CNM – which is the only postsecondary institution in the state and one of very few nationwide that is offering students academic advisement online in real-time – will present its pioneering program to other two- and four-year colleges at the National Academic Advising Association’s annual conference next month in Phoenix. CNM’s online advisement service allows CNM advisors to communicate in real-time with current or prospective students through an online interface. The program, which began a year ago, allows the advisor and the student to share control of each other’s computer desktops. An advisor can take control of the student’s cursor and guide them to websites or other online information that can help answer their inquiry. Students report a very high satisfaction rate with the service, since it provides an alternative to long lines or driving long distances to seek advisement. CNM also presented the groundbreaking program at the state’s annual academic advisement conference in March. The Albuquerque Tribune wrote about the program in its April 3 edition.

CNM Students Receive Esteemed Service Awards

At the National Service Learning Conference that was held in Albuquerque last month, five CNM students were honored with the President’s Volunteer Service Award, which is issued on behalf of the President of the United States. The awards are given to individuals who volunteer substantial amounts of time to community service. The students honored were Clifford Lucero, Ricky Vallejos, Tina Long, Gary Hamelstrom and Jennifer Stone. Through CNM’s acclaimed Service Learning program, the students provided anywhere between 100 and 500-plus volunteer hours to serving the community. The volunteer services the students assisted with ranged from assisting homeless populations to participating in the Big Brother/Big Sister program to mentoring at-risk youth through the Children, Youth and Family Department. ―more― Register Now for Summer Term: The 12-week summer term begins May 14 and many condensed schedules of less than 12 weeks will be available. Open registration begins April 18 and, as usual, students are encouraged to register early because classes fill quickly. The schedule of classes is available online at and copies are free at all campuses. For more information, call CNM at (505) 224-3000.

Institute Graduates Another Class of Student Leaders

CNM’s Civic Engagement Leadership Institute held its own 2007 graduation ceremony for 19 of its students on April 4 in Smith Brasher Hall. This is the fourth graduating class of the program, which began in July 2003. CNM was one of five community colleges nationwide selected to become a training site for the leadership institute, which was created by the American Association of Community Colleges and the Pew Partnership for Civic Change. The annual training program is intended to equip people from all walks of life with the necessary skills to participate effectively in community problem solving and community leadership. The CNM students underwent a variety of leadership training, participated in experiential exercises and executed projects and presentations as part of their graduation requirements. The program is operated by CNM’s Department of Experiential Learning. Kathie Winograd, who will become CNM’s next president on July 1, Phillip Bustos, CNM vice president for student services, and Monica Armenta, executive director for the Albuquerque Public Schools Foundation, spoke at the graduation ceremony.

TAX HELP New Mexico Ready for Procrastinators

CNM’s nationally acclaimed Tax Help New Mexico, which offers free tax preparation for qualified filers, will be operating all the way through midnight of the tax filing deadline day – April 17. CNM’s Main Campus will be the only site open for “Midnight Madness” on April 17. Individuals who are age 65 and older and those households that earn $39,000 or less annually are eligible to take advantage of the free service. The program has been singled out as one of the top five of its kind nationally and the IRS promotes it as a model program. Most returns are filed electronically. For questions or to find locations and hours, call (505) 224-4TAX or go online to

Governor Honors a CNM Leader

Sharon Gordon, interim director of CNM’s Department of Experiential Learning, was one of 20 women selected to receive the 2007 Governor’s Award for Outstanding New Mexico Women. The prestigious award honors 20 women annually and they are selected from statewide nominations. The women are rated on community leadership, effectiveness of advocacy for positive change for women and families, and leadership in their careers. Gordon – who just four years ago was a welding student at CNM – became interim director of the Experiential Learning department last fall.


Sincere Thanks for Supporting CNM!
Michael J. Glennon