President's Report - April 2012

Apr 01, 2012

Springtime Crescendo of Student Success – CNM Spring Graduation Ceremony

The diplomas are being prepared, the caps and gowns are arriving, and a new class of CNM students is preparing to become college graduates. CNM’s 2012 Spring Graduation Ceremony will take place at Tingley Coliseum on April 28 at noon, when the thrill of student success will reach its springtime crescendo. About 575 graduates are expected to walk in the ceremony, which would be a new all-time high for a CNM graduation ceremony. The previous high was set in the Fall 2011 Graduation Ceremony, when a little over 530 graduates participated in the ceremony. The keynote speaker for the graduation ceremony will be New Mexico Lt. Governor John Sanchez, who was born and raised in Albuquerque. In 2005, Lt. Governor Sanchez was recognized as one of the Top 40 Most Influential Hispanics in the Country. He was elected as a Councilman for the Village of Los Ranchos in 1997 and served in the New Mexico House of Representatives from 2000 to 2002. Approximately 1,700 students are expected to graduate in the 2012 spring term with about 2,000 certificates or degrees awarded. The all-time highs were set in spring 2011 with 1,779 students graduating with 2,103 certificates and degrees awarded. General parking for graduates, employees and other supporters attending the event will be through Gate 8, which is accessible from Louisiana, just south of Lomas. Parking for graduates and employees wearing regalia in the ceremony will be free. The parking fee will be $5 per vehicle for employees, family and other supporters who are not participating in the graduation procession. Admission to Tingley for the event is free.

CNM Students Rock, Earning Heavy Medal Count at State SkillsUSA Contest

Twenty-four CNM students earned gold medals at the recent New Mexico SkillsUSA Leadership Conference and Competition, earning the right to represent New Mexico at the SkillsUSA National Championships in Kansas City, Mo., on June 23-27. The SkillsUSA events put students’ skills to the test in a wide range of career technical education fields. Industry representatives judge the competitions. CNM students swept gold, silver and bronze medals in 10 events: Architectural Drafting, Aviation Maintenance Technology, Cabinetmaking, Commercial Baking, Computer Maintenance Technology, HVAC, Industrial Motor Control, Job Skill Demonstration, Precision Machining Technology and Welding Sculpture. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, instructors and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA serves more than 300,000 students and instructors nationwide.

Tax Help New Mexico at Your Service

Tax Help New Mexico, the free tax preparation service for New Mexicans who earn less than $50,000 a year or for those who are age 65 and older, is currently serving taxpayers statewide through April 17. The Main Campus location will remain open until midnight on April 17, the tax filing deadline. Beginning this 2012 tax season, the service is being operated in partnership between CNM and the United Way of Central New Mexico. For hours and locations, and the tax-related forms that you will need to bring to a site, visit or call (505) 224-4TAX. Last year, Tax Help served more than 22,000 New Mexicans and helped to generate more than $21.7 million in tax refunds. The program also saved taxpayers an estimated $3.7 million in tax preparation fees.

Open Registration for Summer Term Begins Soon

On April 23, open registration will begin for CNM's summer term, which begins May 21. Registration for full-term classes will continue through May 27. For more information, call (505) 224-3000.

Female Students Pursuing Non-Traditional Careers Honored by CNM

Many female students at CNM choose fields of study considered non-traditional - careers that have been traditionally dominated by men. Seven such women were honored by the CNM Chapter of the American Association of Women in Community Colleges at the Women in Non-Traditional Careers (WIN) Awards Celebration on March 28. The keynote speaker of the event was Mollie Lewis, owner of All in the Wrist Auto, Albuquerque's only woman-owned auto mechanic shop. She encouraged students during her speech that even though they may face challenges being among the few women in their chosen field, having a career that was truly their passion would always make it worthwhile. Metals Technology student Brandance Montgomery won the Student of the Year award; Criminal Justice students Cecilia Perry and Karen Crawford earned Outstanding Student awards; Electrical Trades student Anna McCall won Student of Promise; Architectural Engineering/ Drafting Technology student Catherine McNallay won Student Community Leader award; Transportation Technology student Sharon Beverly won Future Leader award; and Culinary Arts instructor Penny DeRose earned the WIN Student Advocate award. Award recipients were presented with handcrafted trophies created by Metals Technology students and gifts from a variety of local donors.

CNM Nursing Student Awarded Nightingale Scholarship

Rachel Furnari, a student in the Associate Degree of Nursing (ADN) program in CNM' s School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety was recently chosen to receive a Nightingale Scholarship by the New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence (NMCNE). The selection was based on criteria of need, academic standing and dedication to nursing. The scholarship Furnari received was supported by the New Mexico Organization of Nurse Leaders (NMONL). The scholarship also honors CNM achievement coaches Barbara Burrows (recently retired) and Kim Jeffries, who donated a $1,000 speakers' honorarium from NMONL for a scholarship to a CNM nursing student.

CNM Event Showcases Original Works of Faculty, Staff

On April 10 at 4 p.m. in the Main Campus Library located in the Student Resource Center, CNM will honor faculty and staff who have been published or have created original works of art in 2011 or 2012. The works will be on display in the Library and attendees will get to hear from keynote speaker Don Bullis, one of the authors of New Mexico Centennial Authors, which documents New Mexico's literary history. Call (505) 224-3278 for more information.

Donations Continue

CNM is grateful for recent donations to the CNM Foundation by these donors:

  • Energy Technology and Environmental Business Association
  • FINRA Investor Education Foundation
  • Lovelace Health System

Thanks for Your Support of CNM!
Kathie W. Winograd