President's Report - August 2014

Aug 01, 2014

Still Time to Register for Fall Term

CNM’s Fall Term begins Aug. 25, so there’s still time to register for classes. Check out the 2014 Fall Term Schedule of Classes at and map out your courses now.

CNM to Offer Fast-Track Business Degree at Downtown STEMulus Center

CNM is offering a “fast track” Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Administration that will begin on Oct. 17 at the new CNM STEMulus Center in Downtown Albuquerque. Students will be able to earn their degrees in 15 months, attending classes two nights a week. Classes are offered in seven-and-a-half week formats with a mixture of in-person and online components. The classes are fast-paced and offered in half the time of a standard class. As part of the program, dinner will be provided each Tuesday and Thursday class night, and students will receive digital tablets that will contain all of the textbooks and instructional materials needed for the courses. Classes will be in state-of-the-art classrooms at the STEMulus Center and students will be paired with a faculty mentor throughout the program. Applications for the program are now available. For more information, contact Theresa Torres at or (505) 224-3811.

PNM Pop-up Pavilion Pops Up Downtown

On Aug. 4 outside of the First Plaza Galleria in Downtown Albuquerque, site of CNM’s new STEMulus Center, CNM debuted the new solar-powered PNM Pop-up Pavilion, which is sponsored by PNM. The Pop-up Pavilion consists of three large shipping containers, one stacked on the other two. Erecting portable containers at strategic sites to launch various efforts has become a national trend. One of the containers at the PNM Pop-up Pavilion features photovoltaic panels that provide stand-alone power for the site. Snuggled between the three shipping containers is a 30-seat pavilion that can be used for presentations, workshops, lectures and special events. “PNM believes that by supporting innovative education initiatives like the STEMulus Center, we encourage greater student success, and ultimately help build a more successful community,” said Pat Vincent-Collawn, PNM president and CEO. The STEMulus Center, opening in September in the First Plaza Galleria building, will provide accelerated educational opportunities; a “Maker Space” where the public can develop prototypes for business ventures; an “Accelerator” that will provide wrap-around support for aspiring entrepreneurs; and a computer coding bootcamp. The STEMulus Center will provide a bold new approach to education in a strategic Downtown location designed to add synergy to the City’s Innovation District efforts.

Albuquerque Business First Names CNM Foundation Non-profit of Year Honoree

The CNM Foundation has been named a 2014 Non-profit of the Year Honoree by Albuquerque Business First in the Foundation category. A team of four judges from the community selected the 15 honorees by evaluating their missions, innovations, impact and the ability to continue providing services. Other honorees in the Foundation category were the Barrett Foundation, Inc. and Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation. The honorees will be celebrated at a Sept. 18 Non-profit of the Year award ceremony, where the category winners will also be revealed for the first time.

CNM Partners with City of Albuquerque to Train Mayor, City Workers on Mental Health

CNM partnered with the City of Albuquerque last month to train Mayor Richard Berry and 18 other city workers on how to recognize individuals experiencing a mental health crisis and how to respond in those situations. The training is called “Mental Health First Aid” and it’s a national model that results in a certification. Rudy M. Garcia, CNM dean of students, and James R. Johnson, CNM psychology instructor, are certified as trainers and they presented the eight-hour workshop to the city workers, helping them better understand how they .can assess a situation, identify signs and symptoms of mental illness, select and implement appropriate interventions and be capable of helping a person in crisis. They will be conducting more of these workshops for city employees in coming months. Garcia and Johnson started teaching the classes at CNM in the spring of 2013 after they completed a 40-hour certification training in Mental Health First Aid provided by the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare.

Debut of a New Era for Theatre at CNM

A new era is about to be unveiled for CNM’s Theatre Department. A new state-of-the-art theatre scheduled to open Aug. 25 will set the stage for the debut of CNM’s Associate of Arts Degree in Theatre. The new 70-seat theatre is taking form through the renovation of a former document storage building located on the north side of Coal Ave. between University Blvd. and Buena Vista Dr. Affectionately called the “black box,” for now, the inside is completely black, including the walls, the floors and moveable chairs. The black theme is used so that if an area of the theatre is flooded with light, the rest of the building disappears.

Donations Continue

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

  • Dave and Maureen Anderson
  • Julia B. Bowdich
  • Citi
  • First American Bank
  • Mildred and Charles Langston
  • Ann Lerner and Skip Drinkard
  • John and Jamie Lewinger
  • Dr. Janice E. Micali
  • Middle Rio Grande Chapter of New Mexico Professional Surveyors
  • Molina Healthcare
  • Yashoda Naidoo and David Montgomery
  • PNM
  • Radiology Associates of Albuquerque
  • Michael Ragsdale
  • Sandia National Labs
  • Doug and Jane Swift
  • The Stocker Foundation
  • United Way of Central New Mexico
  • Weststar Mortgage Corp.
  • Glenn and Terri Wertheim


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