President's Report - August 2010

Aug 01, 2010

New Dean of SAGE Looks Forward to Limitless Possibilities

Dr. Pam Etre-Pérez has spent her entire career in the field of adult and developmental education, but she sees a whole new world of opportunities in CNM's School of Adult & General Education.“I like the college's mission of „Changing Lives, Building Community," said the new dean of SAGE. “The impact this college can have is limitless… CNM is probably one of the most important (institutions) in the area for helping people to get on with their lives. The opportunities that students get here, they really can't get anywhere else.” Dr. Etre-Pérez came to CNM from the New Mexico Higher Education Department, where she was the state director of Adult Basic Education since 2004. She began her career in adult education as an English as a second language instructor. During her 25-year career in the field, she was also an Adult Basic Education program director at the University of New Mexico-Valencia Campus. In 1998, she was named Citizen of the Year in Valencia County for her volunteer work in adult literacy, and she was a National Institute for Literacy Leadership Fellow in 2000- 01.Dr. Etre-Pérez earned her PhD in Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies from UNM.

Rio Rancho Campus Grand Opening Set for Aug. 27

Access to CNM's renowned educational services will become much easier for residents of New Mexico's fastest growing city on Aug. 30, when the new CNM Rio Rancho Campus opens for fall term classes. The grand opening for the inaugural 62,000-square foot Rio Rancho Campus building, located near the Rio Rancho City Center, will take place on Aug. 27 from 4-6 p.m., with the ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for 4:30 p.m. An open house for the Rio Rancho community is set for Aug. 28 from 10 a.m.-noon. The first building on the 40-acre site will offer degree programs in Nursing, Pre-management and Teacher Education, as well as a variety of liberal arts courses. The campus will be located adjacent to the University of New Mexico West Campus. CNM and UNM have partnered to offer seamless transfer opportunities between the two campuses. CNM will be offering 100- and 200-level courses, while UNM will offer the upper-level courses. For more information on Rio Rancho Campus offerings, visit

Student Resource Center Opens on Main Campus Aug. 30

When the doors open for the fall term, the impressive, 106,500-square-foot Student Resource Center will be the first new instructional building to open on Main Campus since 1991.With unprecedented enrollment growth in recent years, the SRC will be a much-celebrated addition to Main Campus. In fact, it's expected to become the new heart of Main Campus, since it's positioned in the middle of the campus and it will house a new state-of-the-art library, a centralized tutoring center and a café. It will also be home to a large, inviting grassy area for student and community gatherings. The building has many “green” features, including expansive windows that provide abundant natural lighting during the day that will reduce the need for energy. Recycled materials are used in many of the building materials, including glass, tile floors and countertops. Bamboo, one of the fastest growing plants on earth that is easily replenished, is used for all the wood trim in the building. Native plants are being used in landscaping and rain drainage will be directed to landscaped areas to reduce the need for watering. The building is designed to meet LEED Silver certification.

Navajo Nation Judge Joins CNM Distinguished Alumni

Navajo Nation District Court Judge William “J.J.” Platero was honored last month with CNM's 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award by the CNM Alumni Association. CNM President Kathie Winograd presented Judge Platero with the award at the CNM Foundation Donor Appreciation Dinner, where Judge Platero talked about the crucial role CNM played in his rise through the Navajo courts. “For me, CNM has always been a place for beginnings,” he said. “My career as a judge did not begin when I was appointed to the bench in June of 2008. My career as tribal prosecutor did not begin 12 years ago when I took the prosecutor's oath. My career began when I decided to attend CNM back in 1994.” In 1996, Platero graduated with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Legal Assistant Studies (now Judicial Studies). He later continued his education at the University of New Mexico, graduating in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in Political Science. In 2008, Judge Platero was appointed as a district court judge in the Navajo Nation courts. He is a strong advocate of CNM, where he found himself engaging with instructors and classmates on a personal and rewarding level. “This connection, this engagement, made it easier for me to follow and attain my dream of working in the legal field,” he said during his address at the award ceremony. For more information on the CNM Alumni Association, visit

New Administrative Director of Libraries Joins CNM

Ben Wakashige has joined the CNM community as the new Administrative Director for Libraries and Educational Resources. Mr. Wakashige brings 35 years of experience in academic and public library administration, as well as teaching experience. He has served in a variety of posts, including five years as Director of the New Mexico State Library and most recently as Director of the Fort Lewis College Library in Colorado. He possesses extensive experience in the areas of library development, leadership, strategic planning, distance learning, learning support and media services.

Donations Continue

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

  • $1,175 from United Way of Central New Mexico for Adult Basic Education
  • $10,000 from W.W. Grainger for the Changing Lives, Building Community Fund
  • $2,953.50 from Whole Foods Market for the CNM Special Event Fund
  • $2,500 from Richard Barr for the Dick and Linda Barr Endowed Scholarship
  • $1,500 from John Mondragon for the CNM Annual Fund
  • $5,000 from REDW for the Changing Lives, Building Community Fund
  • $1,300 from the Albuquerque Community Foundation for the CNM Annual Fund
  • $1,300 from the Albuquerque Community Foundation for the Rust Opportunity Assistance Fund
  • $1,300 from the Albuquerque Community Foundation for the Park/Saiz GED Scholarship
  • $1,775 from the United Way of Central New Mexico for Adult Basic Education
  • $2,000 from Douglas Bosomworth for the CNM Annual Fund
  • $15,000 from N.M. Educators Federal Credit Union for the Changing Lives, Building Community Fund
  • $5,000 from Modrall Sperling Law Firm for the Changing Lives, Building Community Fund
  • $10,000 from Citi for the Changing Lives, Building Community Fund.


Thanks for Your Support of CNM!
Kathie W. Winograd