President's Report - April 2009

Apr 01, 2009

CNM to Celebrate Student Success at Spring Graduation

The faces of the students may change year by year, but that special feeling that comes with attending a CNM graduation ceremony never does. The Spring 2009 Graduation Ceremony will take place on April 24 at the University of New Mexico’s Johnson Center, beginning at 6 p.m. The ceremony will provide graduates and their families and friends with unforgettable memories that will be cherished for a lifetime. Several thousand family members, friends, CNM employees and well-wishers are expected to be in attendance to cheer on the graduates. For more information on the graduation ceremony, call (505) 224-4749.

Woodley Named Associate VP for Academic Affairs

Xeturah Woodley, currently the Executive Director of Academic Affairs for Distance Learning and Library Services, will become CNM’s new Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs on July 1, announced Beth Pitonzo, who is Vice President of Academic Affairs. In her new role, Woodley will continue to provide leadership for Distance Learning and Library Services, as well as take on new roles for facilitating the core academic processes at the college. In addition to administrative experience, Woodley has been an instructor in the areas of psychology, sociology and cultural studies. She’s currently working on a doctorate of philosophy in education from New Mexico State University. Woodley earned her master’s degree in social science from the University of Colorado and received her bachelor’s degree in sociology and African-American studies from Metropolitan State College of Denver.

CNM Governing Board Takes New Shape

Four Governing Board members were sworn in to new four-year terms during the March 10 Board meeting, including two new Board members and two returning Board members. CNM’s new Governing Board members are Deborah Moore in District 3 and Michael DeWitte in District 7, both elected by voters in February. Bobby Matteucci (District 1) and Blair Kaufman (District 5) were re-elected as incumbents. During the March Board meeting, the Board was also reorganized. The Board voted in Matteucci as the new chair of the Board, Penelope Holbrook (District 6) as the new vice chair and Dr. John Mondragon (District 2) as the new secretary of the Board.

Register Now for Summer Term

The 12-week summer term begins May 18 and many condensed schedules of less than 12 weeks will be available. Registration for returning students begins April 6 and open registration begins April 22. 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) 224-3160.

CNM Celebrates Employees’ Years of Devoted Service

CNM honored employee milestones of service to the college during the annual Service Awards Dinner that took place on March 26 at the Workforce Training Center. This year, 149 employees and retirees who represented more than 2,000 years of service to CNM were honored.

Vet Tech Program Gets Powerful New Look Through Grant-funded Microscopes

Students in CNM’s Veterinary Technology program are seeing more clearly the benefits of a multi-year effort to supply their lab with a full complement of top-quality microscopes. The lab was recently outfitted with new Leica CME microscopes that are equipped with legendary German lenses. The new microscopes were funded through a Carl D. Perkins grant. The state-of-the-art microscopes are used by students to study tissue samples, parasites, blood and a variety of other subjects. CNM Veterinary Technology program graduates have a 100 percent pass rate when taking their board exams and a 90-plus percent job placement rate. Some further their higher education.

TAX HELP New Mexico Prepares for Midnight Madness

CNM’s acclaimed TAX HELP New Mexico program, which offers free tax preparation for those households that earn $42,000 or less and for those age 65 and older, will continue to serve New Mexico taxpayers until midnight on April 15 at Main Campus. The Main Campus site is at Smith Brasher Hall (717 University Blvd. SE) in Room 114. The other TAX HELP sites that will be open on April 15 include the CNM Montoya Campus (8 a.m.-5 p.m.), the CNM South Valley Campus (9 a.m.-1 p.m.) and the CNM Westside Campus (1 p.m.-10 p.m.). For a complete list of statewide locations and hours leading up to April 15, go to or call (505) 224-4TAX.

Student-built Robots Compete for Supremacy at RoboRAVE

CNM will once again be among the primary sponsors of the 8th Annual New Mexico RoboRAVE International Robotics Competition that will take place on May 2 at the Albuquerque Convention Center. The annual competition for middle and high school-aged students from across New Mexico and Texas is intended to boost kids’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math, or the STEM disciplines. The students and their robots compete in a variety of challenges, from following a course to fire-fighting, during timed heats. In between heats, teams re-evaluate, redesign and reprogram their robots for better performance. For more info, call (888) 257-2007 or e-mail

Donations Continue

CNM is grateful for the following donations to the Foundation:

  • $915 from Kayleigh Carabajal for the Rust Opportunity Fund, Org. Learning
  • $504 from Lee Carrillo for the Student Employee Appreciation Fund, Minority -Scholarship
  • $720 from Deborah Cassady for the Nursing Program General Fund
  • $1,000 from John T. Chavez for the CNM Foundation Annual Fund
  • $624 from Rhonda Coochwikvia for the Rust Opportunity Fund/PPD/Culinary Arts
  • $975 from Evelyn Dow-Simpson for the Rust Opportunity Fund/WTC Fund
  • $1,080 from Sara Elliott for the Rust Opportunity Fund
  • $792 from Paula Fisher for the Rust Opportunity Fund/AQIP Fund/Women’s Assistance Fund
  • $720 from Dr. Rudy Garcia for the Student Activities General Fund
  • $1,188 from Sharon Gordon for the Karl Samuelson Scholarship for Experiential Learning
  • $500 from Sydney Gunthorpe for the School of Business Information Technology Fund


Thanks for Your Support of CNM!
Kathie W. Winograd