President's Report - August 2008

Aug 01, 2008

CNM Vet Tech Students Lead the Pack at National Event

Students in CNM’s veterinary technology program were given a clean – and award-winning – bill of health after dominating their event at the National Leadership Conference for the Health Occupations Students of America, which was recently held in Dallas, Texas. More than 5,000 competitors participated in more than 40 events. CNM student Kathy Runk led the charge by winning the gold medal, Tanya Henson won the bronze and Amanda Boyles placed fourth in the veterinary assistant competition. CNM’s “vet tech” program is the only one in the state that’s nationally accredited. Since being nationally accredited in 2005, the CNM program has produced 36 graduates, all of whom have become Registered Veterinary Technicians and have gained employment in the high-demand field. There are about 140 nationally accredited “vet tech” programs in the country and CNM is one of only 10 that does not have animals on campus. Thanks to partnerships between CNM and veterinarians who own local clinics, CNM students get hands-on experience with animals in the clinics while receiving first-class instruction. CNM graduates find employment as veterinary technicians in private veterinary offices, animal control and animal humane offices, zoos and wildlife facilities.

CNM, UNM Sign Liberal Arts Transfer Agreement

The growing partnership between CNM and the University of New Mexico continues to open up more avenues for student success. On July 10, CNM and UNM representatives signed a “2+2” agreement that will make it easier for CNM students who earn an associate’s degree in liberal arts to seamlessly transfer to UNM. The 2+2 model allows students to attend CNM for the first two years of coursework and then move on to UNM for the final two years in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in a particular field of study. Liberal arts students at CNM comprise the largest group of students who pursue transfers to UNM. “This 2+2 agreement will define the strength of the CNM-UNM relationship,” said Susan Murphy, CNM vice president for academic affairs. The signing marked the fourth 2+2 agreement between CNM and UNM since the state’s two largest postsecondary institutions signed a historic memorandum of agreement last summer.

Find Your Course This Fall

Open registration for the fall term, which begins Sept. 2, is under way. Many classes fill quickly, so register now! To register online, go to or for more information, call (505) 224-3160.

CNM Leaders Enroll in Leadership Albuquerque

Diane Burke, dean of the School of Applied Technologies, and Xeturah Woodley, executive director for Academic Affairs, have been accepted into the 2008 Leadership Albuquerque class. The Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce Leadership Albuquerque program was developed 25 years ago to enhance the skills and enrich the understanding of current, and aspiring, volunteer community leaders.

College Students Film New Mexico’s Green Efforts

Students attending film-crew training programs across the state, including CNM students, are participating in a collaborative project to film documentaries on renewable energy efforts in New Mexico. The short documentaries are posted on a new website,, that is managed by CNM film instructor Jim Graebner. In addition to CNM, film-crew students from Santa Fe Community College, Northern New Mexico College, Eastern New Mexico University and Doña Ana Branch Community College are participating in the project. The documentaries range from “Adobe Power” to “Veggie Trucks” to “Sweet Breeze,” which refer to wind turbines in House, N.M., that helped power the grid that lit up Super Bowl XLII in Arizona last February. Another documentary, which CNM students worked on, focuses on a City of Albuquerque water reclamation plant that uses waste-munching microbes and methane-capturing processes to produce electricity for the plant and save more than $2 million per year in energy costs. The projects bring in a variety of film industry professionals to mentor students as they create the documentaries. The film project is being produced by the Digital Filmmaking Institute with funding from the New Mexico Film Office.

Explore Offerings at Westside Campus

The CNM Westside Campus Open House will take place on Saturday, Aug. 16, from 9 a.m. to noon. Whether you or somebody you know wants to start a college education, learn something new or explore career options, CNM representatives will be available to provide information and answer your questions. Visitors will be able to tour the campus and learn about programs and courses offered at the Westside Campus. Student artwork will also be exhibited throughout the campus. For more information, please call CNM’s Enrollment Services at (505) 224-5301 or Academic Advisement at 224-5308. The fall term begins on Sept. 2.

Achievement Coach Participates in USDA Fellowship

Through a U.S. Department of Agriculture fellowship program, CNM achievement coach Patricia Gamboa recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to learn more about career and educational opportunities for students in the fields of agriculture, agri-business, science, research and biotechnology. Gamboa was one of three representatives from New Mexico who participated in the E. (Kika) de la Garza Fellowship, which was formed in 1998 through a partnership between the USDA and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.

Take a Nature Expedition at Westside Campus

The community is invited to learn more about the critters that co-exist with us in our neighborhoods during a seminar and animal-viewing “walkabout” with two experts in local fauna. The event will take place on Sept. 5 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Westside Campus outdoor amphitheater. The walkabout will begin at 7:30 p.m. It will be an evening of fun and exploration, so bring the kids along as well. For more information, call (505) 224-5310.


Thanks for Your Support of CNM!
Kathie W. Winograd