President's Report - August 2009

Aug 01, 2009

CNM Convocation Gets a Makeover for 2009

The college-wide event formerly known as Convocation will get a makeover this year, along with a new title – “CNM’s Day of Building Community.” The employee event, which celebrates the College’s successes and renews its commitment to excellence for the new academic year, is set for Sept. 11 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The first portion of the event will take place outside Smith Brasher Hall, where employees will be able to donate clothes and books to local charities, as well as drop off recyclable items. Various community organizations will be represented. The second portion of the event will provide employees with two options – participating in facilitated discussions on improving student success or participating in service projects around Main Campus, such as pulling weeds and planting flowers. The day will wrap up with the traditional picnic at Roosevelt Park.

Find Your Course This Fall

Open registration for the fall term, which begins Aug. 31, is under way. Many classes fill quickly, so register now! To register online, go to or for more information, call (505) 224-3160.

Some Changes in Place for Fall Term

CNM has implemented some policy changes that will affect students for the fall term. For instance, there is a new “waitlist” procedure that is allowing students to place themselves on a waiting list for courses that are full leading up to the first day of classes. There have also been some changes to the tuition and fee structure, although there is no change in the tuition rates for in-district students. To view all of the changes for fall term, go to

Sandwich Shop Open at Westside Campus

Students and employees at the Westside Campus now have a new option to satisfy their cravings. The Sandwich Shop is open and serving customers, and it includes a full-service espresso bar with a variety of drinks, including iced and blended coffees. Customers can order a variety of made-to-order salads and sandwiches, including panini sandwiches and other hot sandwiches. The hours are 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

McCulloch Promoted to Executive Director of CNM Foundation

Lisa McCulloch has been promoted to executive director of the CNM Foundation. McCulloch spent the last two years as the CNM Foundation’s director of development, raising money for scholarships and emergency funding assistance for low-income students. Prior to joining CNM, McCulloch served four years as director of development for the Amy Biehl High School Foundation, raising money for student programs and the school’s capital campaign.

College-wide Wireless Project Nears Completion

CNM’s Wireless Network Expansion Project that will bring wireless access to all developed areas of the College is set to be completed in late August. The project is funded by the New Mexico Educator’s Federal Credit Union.

Bradley Named Interim Dean of SAGE

CNM Vice President for Academic Affairs Beth Pitonzo recently announced that Dr. Jane Bradley will be the interim dean of the School of Adult & General Education while a national search is conducted for a permanent dean. Dr. Gerry McBroom, longtime dean of SAGE, retired in July. Bradley, who is the executive director of CNM’s Education Partnerships, was the associate dean of SAGE from 1998-2007.

New Software to Expand Access to Valuable Enrollment Data

CNM Faculty and staff will soon be able to dive deeper than ever before into the fluctuating tides of student enrollment trends at CNM. On Aug. 10, the Office of Planning, Budget and Institutional Research is unveiling the new Student Enrollment Dashboard, which will provide up-to-the-minute enrollment counts by campus, school and discipline, all the way down to the course level, as well as graphical displays of multi-year enrollment trends. Its interactive reporting capabilities will allow users to drill for even finer levels of detail, create charts and export data into a spreadsheet. The new dashboard will also be the home for CNM’s new “Crystal Ball,” which predicts annual and end-of-term enrollment based on current registration data.

“Listening Across the Curriculum” Conference Set at CNM

CNM is co-sponsoring a “special day of listening, learning and interactive activities providing world class listening training for educators to take back to their classrooms.” Space is limited for this one-day conference that will take place at Main Campus in Smith Brasher Hall on Sept. 12. The $45 fee includes lunch. The America West Region of the International Listening Association is co-sponsoring with CNM. To register or for more information, call (505) 450-5472.

Donations Continue

CNM is grateful for the following donations to the CNM Foundation:

  • $650 from Eugene Padilla for the American Indian Education Scholarship, CNM Minority Scholarship
  • $2,502 from J.J. Parsons for the Foundation Annual Fund
  • $600 from Don Power for the Foundation Annual Fund
  • $600 from Anthony Rael for the Operations Department Reward and Recognition Fund
  • $600 from Barbara Silva for the Rust Opportunity Assistance Fund
  • $600 from Paul Smarrella for the Special Services Scholarship
  • $1,750 from Lonnie Talbert for the Foundation Annual Fund
  • $520 from Elizabeth Tucker for the Rust Opportunity Assistance Fund, Foundation Annual Fund
  • $720 from Lawrence Wallace for the ITS Reward and Recognition Fund
  • $1,560 from Susan Wilson for the Foundation Annual Fund
  • $250,000 from Donna & Jack Rust for the Donna & Jack Rust Opportunity Assistance Fund
  • $589 from the N.M. Coalition for Literacy for the Learning Resources Volunteer Tutor Fund
  • $2,041 from the N.M. Coalition for Literacy for the Learning Resources Volunteer Tutor Fund
  • $1,833 from the N.M. Coalition for Literacy for the Learning Resources Volunteer Tutor Fund
  • $1,200 from Ann & Peter Ziegler for the Rust Opportunity Assistance Fund


Thanks for Your Support of CNM!
Kathie W. Winograd