President's Report - April 2010

Apr 01, 2010

CNM Celebrates Student Success at Spring Graduation Ceremony

CNM’s Spring 2010 Graduation Ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. on April 30 at Tingley Coliseum. More than 280 graduates are expected to don caps and gowns for the ceremony, which provides the graduates and their proud family and friends with unforgettable memories that are cherished for a lifetime. In fall 2008, CNM began offering two graduation ceremonies per year, giving fall term graduates a more timely opportunity to celebrate their achievement of becoming college graduates. In the fall 2010 ceremony, 285 graduates participated. On April 30, CNM President Kathie Winograd will deliver the keynote address. Summer Gonzales, a graduating CNM student and a Reading Kids Count tutor, will address her fellow graduates. She plans to transfer to NM Highlands University to pursue a degree in social work.

CNM Rides the Green Wave Into Sustainability Week

A wave of green momentum will roll across CNM from April 19-22, when the college will host its first Sustainability Week. The final day of Sustainability Week, April 22, is also the worldwide celebration of Earth Day. During Sustainability Week, when different events will take place daily, attendees can learn about a wide variety of green practices that are taking place at CNM, in the community and around the world. There will be a tree seedling giveaway and booths providing info on alternative transportation. There will be booths staffed by La Montanita Co-op, Los Poblanos and Whole Foods, providing info on organic and local foods. There will be a CNM Culinary Arts booth, providing cooking demos and local produce discussions, as well as a CNM Recycling and Procurement booth. There will also be several showings of the National Geographic movie “The Human Footprint,” which provides insight into the average American’s consumption of the world’s resources. CNM student clubs – the Green Builders Club and the Environmental Club – will be on hand. And there will be a presentation on the topic of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) at the Montoya Campus. There will be displays showing the amount of coal and natural gas consumed by CNM and projections for consumption in 2015, after significant reductions are expected to take hold. Representatives from the City of Albuquerque Waste Management division and “Keep Albuquerque Beautiful” will staff booths. And much more! To view a complete schedule for Sustainability Week, go to

Students Continue Tradition of Excellence at State SkillsUSA Competition

At the annual New Mexico SkillsUSA Competition on March 26, hundreds of college students from around the state put their skills to the test in a two-day leadership conference and skills competition, much of which took place on CNM’s Main Campus. In competitions in over 60 fields like 3-D animation, welding, firefighting and architectural drafting, CNM students flexed their impressive academic skills to rake in 23 gold, 15 silver and 10 bronze medals. The gold medalists qualify for the national SkillsUSA championships in Kansas City in June, where they’ll chase gold one more time. SkillsUSA has 13,000 school chapters in all 50 states.

Recently Acquired Property Provides Much Needed Space

CNM recently acquired a 20- acre property that includes two buildings with 247,000 square feet of space and a large parking lot at the corner of Alameda Blvd. and Jefferson NE. The acquisition couldn’t be timelier with CNM experiencing a record surge in enrollment. CNM will renovate the smaller of the two buildings first to create a new home for seven programs in the School of Applied Technologies – architectural drafting, aviation, construction management, film, geographic information technology, landscaping and truck driving. The renovation is expected to be completed in 2011. When completed, the aforementioned programs, except for aviation, will vacate Main Campus, opening up valuable instructional space that will be used for other programs that are currently squeezed for space. The aviation program is currently housed at the CNM Technology Annex near I-40 on Candelaria. CNM is considering plans for the larger of the two buildings at the Alameda property.

CNM, UNM Hold Public Forum on Plans for Rio Rancho Campuses

CNM and the University of New Mexico held a public forum with Rio Rancho residents and business representatives to discuss academic offerings and future plans for the CNM and UNM campuses in Rio Rancho on April 6 at the UNM West Campus in the Rio Rancho City Center. CNM and UNM representatives presented plans and answered questions from the audience about the CNM-UNM partnership plans in Rio Rancho. The first building of the CNM Rio Rancho Campus is scheduled to open in August. The first building of UNM West in Rio Rancho opened in January. The two buildings are located within a half-mile of each other and students will have seamless transfer opportunities. CNM’s first building will offer degree and certificate programs in nursing, pre-management and teacher education, as well as courses in a variety of other subjects. The first building will also house a library, a nursing simulation lab and biology and computer labs.

Finalists for Dean of CHSS to Participate in Public Forum

Candidates for the position of dean of the School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences will participate in open forums that will take place on Main Campus in Jeannette Stromberg Hall, Room 311 on April 16. The finalists and the times they will hold their forum follow:

  • 9-9:50 a.m. – Dr. Debra Teachman, Vice President of Academic Affairs, NMSU-Alamogordo
  • 10-10:50 a.m. – Dr. Daniel McLaughlin, Director of Assessment, Northern New Mexico College
  • 11-11:50 a.m. – Dr. Bruce Jackson, Director of Columbia College-Moberly (Missouri)

CNM Alumni Association Seeks Distinguished Alumni Nominations

For many, the road to lifetime achievement began at Central New Mexico Community College, or Albuquerque TVI as it used to be known. The CNM Foundation established the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2002 to highlight the outstanding accomplishments of CNM (and TVI) graduates. This award serves to recognize CNM alumni who have attained distinction in their professional field or life which reflects the mission and values of CNM. Nominations are accepted each year and the award is presented at the annual CNM Foundation Donor Appreciation Dinner. If you would like to nominate an individual for this award, visit Or call (505) 224-4685 for more info. The deadline to submit nominations is May 3.


Thanks for Your Support of CNM!
Kathie W. Winograd