President's Report - April 2014

Apr 01, 2014

Main Campus Laboratory Building Renovation to Provide ‘Wow’ Factor

The Main Campus Laboratory (L) Building will soon be undergoing a $15 million renovation. It will require the building to be closed for four terms, but it will be worth the wait. “Once the renovation is complete, it will have state-of-the-art labs and classrooms,” said Lou Castillo, Physical Plant’s Director of Construction Services. “You will know it’s a science building by entering it or even just driving by.” After renovation, the building will remain two stories but have a different appearance. It will have the modern look and feel of the nearby JS Building and the Student Resources Center. The renovation will increase the size of the building from 33,000 square feet to 43,000 square feet. The renovation project will also incorporate many eco-friendly and energy-efficiency features designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification. As an extra learning component, an outside wall will support a solar panel array for hot water production.

Free Tax Preparation Service Available Through April 15

Tax Help New Mexico, a partnership between CNM and United Way of Central New Mexico, provides free tax preparation service and electronic filing for households with an income of $52,000 or less in 2013 and for those age 65 and older. For locations, hours and a list of documents that a taxpayer would need to bring to a site, visit

CNM, ENMU Celebrate New Transfer Partnership

CMM and Eastern New Mexico University will celebrate their new partnership on Wednesday, April 9, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the CNM Student Resource Center, Richard Barr Board Room. ENMU President Steven Gamble will be on hand. Students interested in transferring to ENMU are invited to attend and talk to ENMU Transfer Center staff about the transfer process. In October, the two schools signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that allows students taking career technical education courses at CNM – such as drafting, welding and culinary arts – to obtain a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences Degree from ENMU. Several of the ENMU programs can be completed entirely online.

Construction Students Build Casita from Ground Up

Students in CNM’s Construction Technology program are building a 1,074 square-foot, fully-functional residential home, referred to as a “casita,” that will be auctioned off when completed. “It’s a great opportunity for students taking Blueprint Reading, Carpentry Theory and Carpentry Lab courses to get supervised on-the-job training building an actual house,” said carpentry instructor Lino Moya. The students evaluate the design and then frame the floor, walls and roof. Once the basic frame structures are in place, they install the roofing, windows, interior and exterior doors, the exterior and interior sheetrock, and they tape and texture the interior walls. They also put in the ceramic and wood flooring, the shelving for closets, kitchen and bath, and the interior trim. The casita will have two bedrooms, one bath, utility room for a washer and dryer, a kitchen, a dining room and a living room. Features include a tankless high-efficiency water heater and advanced energy-saving construction techniques. Plumbing, Electrical and HVAC students also support the project. Every phase is student-built, from the floor trusses to the roof vent caps, with supervision by CNM faculty who are also licensed contractors.

Two Students Selected as National Coca-Cola Scholars

Two CNM students have been selected as 2014 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Scholars. Emily Sarvis was named a Gold Scholar, and Ihsan Wadud-Rodriguez was named a Silver Scholar. Their selections were based on scores the students earned in the All-USA Community College Academic Team competition, for which more than 1,700 applications were received this year. The program is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and is administered by the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Sarvis will receive $1,500 scholarship and a gold medallion for being named a Gold Scholar. Wadud-Rodriguez will receive a scholarship of $1,250 and a silver medallion. Both will be honored at the Phi Theta Kappa national convention April 24-26 in Orlando, Fla.

Representatives of Senegal Tour CNM

Three educators from the coastal West African nation of Senegal toured CNM in March to learn about how the college prepares students for employment opportunities and transfer to universities. The Senegal educators met with Sydney Gunthorpe, vice president for Academic Affairs, Phillip Bustos, vice president of Student Services, and deans or associate deans from all six of CNM’s academic schools.“We discussed the structure of CNM, programs contained within the various schools, student preparedness and transfer to four-year schools,” said John Bronisz, dean of the School of Applied Technologies. “They were particularly interested in how we prepare students for employment by way of our CTE (Career Technical Education) programs.” The visitors, who were hosted by the Albuquerque Center for International Visitors, visited simulation laboratories, including nursing and surgical tech labs. They also visited welding, plumbing, electrical, automotive, diesel and heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC) labs. CNM was one stop on their nationwide tour of community colleges, four-year colleges and governmental entities, including the U.S. Department of Education.

CNM Offering Free Nutrition and Culinary Classes in April

CNM is offering free nutrition and culinary classes this spring, thanks to a USDA Healthy Meals Fit for Life grant. Topics of the one-day classes include Healthy Pizzeria; Food Allergies and Intolerances Mythbuster; Making Fresh Pasta; and Sushi 101. Visit and click on course offerings and then click USDA Healthy Meal Grant for dates and locations and to register for classes. For more information, contact Charlene Selbee at 224-4000 Ext. 50833 or

Donations Continue

CNM’s grateful for recent donations to the CNM Foundation from these donors:

  • Robert and Marti Goodman
  • Sydney D. Gunthorpe
  • Intel Corporation
  • Frank H. Luna
  • Sherman and Cathy McCorkle
  • Toby and Elisa Simon
  • Wells Fargo Bank New Mexico, NA


Thanks for Your Support of CNM!
Kathie W. Winograd
CNM President