President's Report - August 2007

Aug 01, 2007

CNM District Expansion Election on Board Agenda

A resolution calling for an election to expand CNM’s district into all of Rio Rancho was to be voted on by the Governing Board on Aug. 14. If the resolution passes, a mail-in ballot election will occur for voters residing in the current CNM district and for voters residing in the portion of the Rio Rancho School District that is not currently in the CNM district. The southern portion of Rio Rancho is already in the CNM district. The plan is for ballots to be mailed on Oct. 30 and returned by Nov. 15. If there is a successful election, CNM will move forward with plans to build a Rio Rancho campus near the City Centre and adjacent to the University of New Mexico’s future Rio Rancho campus site. CNM has been busy communicating to Rio Ranchoans the many benefits a CNM campus would bring to the City of Vision. We have already held several forums and community meetings in Rio Rancho and we have been meeting with Rio Rancho city councilors and Sandoval County commissioners for several weeks. There are also plans for Rio Rancho town hall meetings to be hosted by New Mexico Representative Thomas Swisstack. A comprehensive public relations and media campaign for the election will begin in mid-September.

CNM Dean Will Move Into VP Role

Susan Murphy, currently the dean of the School of Math, Science & Engineering, will serve as CNM’s vice president for academic affairs beginning Sept. 1 while the college continues its search for a permanent vice president for the post. Murphy will take over for Sally Pearson, who is retiring at the end of this month after serving as interim vice president for academic affairs for nearly a year.

Aspiring Teachers Can Get on CNM’s Fast Track

CNM will begin offering an Alternative Teacher Licensure certificate program in the fall term for those interested in teaching in elementary, secondary, early childhood or special education. New Mexico is facing a significant shortage of teachers and that shortage is expected to increase over the next several years as many teachers approach retirement. The New Mexico Department of Labor is projecting that there will be 400 teaching vacancies per year in the Albuquerque metro area. CNM’s Alternative Teacher Licensure program takes three to four terms to complete and courses are offered in the evening and on weekends to cater to working professionals. Students who graduate from the program are eligible to apply for a Level One, five-year provisional teaching license. For more information, call 224-3588.

Students Can Register on Saturdays

The registration offices on Main Campus will remain open from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Aug. 11, Aug. 18 and Aug. 25, to accommodate more prospective students interested in registering for the fall term. Students can also register online at For more registration information, call 224-3487. The fall term begins Aug. 27.

Soar Into Higher Education at Westside Campus

The CNM Westside Campus will host a hot-air balloon rally and open house on Aug. 18 from 7:30 a.m.-noon. A hot-air balloon mass ascension will get the event off the ground at 7:30 a.m. Free tethered balloon rides will be available as well. Visitors can also learn about all of the programs offered at the Westside Campus and representatives from all of CNM’s academic schools will be on hand to provide information. Admissions personnel will be on site from 9 a.m.-noon to help students register for fall classes. For more information, call the Westside Campus at 224-5200.

Mental Health Awareness Week a Success

More than 150 students took advantage of free mental health screenings during CNM’s inaugural Mental Health Awareness Week, which took place in mid-July. The event was created in response to the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech. The students were screened for warning signs of stress, depression, bipolar disorder and general anxiety disorder. More than 10 community agencies were available at the Main, Westside, South Valley and Montoya campuses. Students were given access to support group information and information on how to access community resources. Because of the benefits this event provided students, CNM will conduct another Mental Health Awareness Week Oct. 8-12, which coincides with National Mental Illness Awareness Week.

High School Students Learn About Movie Making

Several locations on Main Campus resembled movie sets as high school students and teachers dabbled in the art of film making during CNM’s Film Boot Camp last month. CNM was one of several colleges to receive grant money from the state to fund specialized film training programs for high school students as part of New Mexico’s efforts to attract filmmakers and develop local talent. The boot camp lasted two weeks as teachers and students used equipment, created storyboards, shot scenes and edited the final versions of their own short films. The program hopes to boost the quality of film classes in high schools and give students a head start if they plan to enroll in CNM’s film programs.

CNM Represented at Quality Improvement Conference

CNM staffers recently attended a Continuous Quality Improvement Network (CQIN) conference in San Antonio, Texas. The CQIN is a network of colleges, universities and other organizations committed to enhancing the quality of higher education through the sharing of best practices and training in quality processes. The CNM representatives at the conference, which was focused on organizational sustainability and social responsibility, were: Kathy Bercaw, Bob Brown, Diane Burke, Phillip Bustos, Luis Campos, Kayleigh Carabajal, Lois Carlson, Sydney Gunthorpe, Lillian Lozano-Harkness, Eugene Padilla and Juliane Ziter.

CNM Planning for the Future

A comprehensive schedule of Strategic Planning Forums that began in late June will continue through mid-September. The college is holding forums with various constituents, including area business leaders, community organizations, education partners, advisory committees, public officials, legislators and CNM students, faculty and staff. Input from all of the forums will be used in setting CNM’s Strategic Plan for the next five years.

Donations Continue

CNM is grateful for the following donations to the Foundation:

  • $1,000 from New Futures, Inc. (NFI), for the NFI Scholarship;
  • $1,000 from Penelope S. Holbrook for the Rust Opportunity Assistance Fund;
  • $1,000 from Robert M. Murphy for the Rust Opportunity Assistance Fund;
  • $1,000 from French Mortuary for the Rust Opportunity Assistance Fund;
  • $1,000 from First Community Bank for the Rust Opportunity Assistance Fund;
  • $1,000 from Glenn Wertheim for the Rust Opportunity Assistance Fund.


Sincere thanks for your support of CNM!
Kathie W. Winograd