President's Report - December 2008

Dec 01, 2008

CNM’s First Fall Graduation Ceremony Set

In an effort to provide more students with the opportunity to celebrate their graduation in memorable cap-and-gown style, CNM will hold its first fall term graduation ceremony on Dec. 12 at the University of New Mexico’s Johnson Center. The event will begin at 6 p.m. Until now, fall term graduates had to wait until the spring to participate in a graduation ceremony, which caused many to pass on the once-in-a-lifetime experience. The keynote speaker for the event will be Susan Wilson, a CNM alumnus and CNM Foundation Board member. Wilson was a mother of two small children when she began her liberal arts education at CNM in 1995. She earned her associate’s degree with the highest honors before transferring to UNM, where she earned her bachelor’s degree and summa cum laude honors. She is now the director of public relations and marketing for Lovelace Health Systems.

Give Back to the Community as a TAX HELP Volunteer

CNM’s TAX HELP New Mexico, which provides free tax preparation to households earning $42,000 or less and those who are age 65 and over, is seeking volunteer tax preparers. TAX HELP New Mexico volunteers help New Mexicans claim the tax credits they’re entitled to. Last year, TAX HELP New Mexico helped taxpayers claim more than $20 million in tax refunds, which helps boost the state’s economy. New volunteers need to attend training sessions on Jan. 13 (1-5 p.m.) and Jan. 14-16 (8 a.m.-5 p.m.), and pass an IRS certification exam. To register or for more information, call (505) 224-5216 or e-mail

Governing Board Elections Set

Voters living in the CNM District will go to the polls on Feb. 3, 2009, to elect Governing Board members in Districts 1, 3, 5 and 7 for the next four years. To appear on the ballots, candidates for the Governing Board must submit their candidacy to the Bernalillo County Clerk’s Office on Dec. 16 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Write-in candidates must submit their candidacy before 5 p.m. on Dec. 30.

In general, the district boundaries are:

  • District 1—midtown Albuquerque, bounded by Montgomery on the north, central on the south, Eubank on the east and Carlisle on the west
  • District 3—Albuquerque’s West Side, north from Central and west from Coors Boulevard, and all of Rio Rancho.
  • District 5—mid- and downtown Albuquerque south of Central and west of Carlisle to Coors Boulevard, and the south valley to Rio Bravo Boulevard
  • District 7—the far northeast heights, north of Montgomery and east of San Mateo to the Bernalillo County line

Maps and other election information are available from the Marketing and Communications Office, or by calling Ext. 4414.

Voters Support Higher Education on Election Day

Voters passed two bond issues on Election Day in November that will benefit CNM and higher education around the state. Bond D will provide $139.9 million to higher education institutions across all areas of the state for much-needed improvement projects. CNM will receive $12 million from the bond, which will be added to previously secured funds to pay for an estimated $24 million instructional facility to be built on the Westside Campus. It will be the third building to go up on the Westside Campus. Bond B will provide $3 million to academic, public and tribal libraries across the state for updates to book and journal collections, as well as an increase in the amount of electronic databases. CNM’s libraries will receive $450,000.

CNM Instructor Named GED Teacher of the Year

Don Lauser, an instructor in the School of Adult & General Education, was named the New Mexico GED Teacher of the Year by the New Mexico Adult Education Association in November. Lauser serves as the curricular chair of GED math, Job-Life Skills and Spanish GED at CNM. He is also a member of the Adult Basic Education Steering Team. In addition, Lauser helped to develop CNM’s Breaking Through program, in which GED students get hands-on instruction in areas of Applied Technologies, such as electrical, plumbing, and carpentry.

Former Associate Dean Honored for Dedication to Nursing

Patricia Palmer Stephens, a recently retired associated dean at CNM, was one of four “Legends of Nursing” to be honored by the New Mexico Center for Nursing for their outstanding and enduring careers in support of the nursing profession and patient care. Stephens (BSN, RN, MA, MSN) was singled out as a talented educator committed to creating highly skilled and qualified nurses in New Mexico. Stephens retired in early 2008 from CNM after 32 years of service to nursing.

Carrillo Elected President of Southwest Financial Aid Association

Lee Carrillo, CNM’s director of financial aid, was recently elected as president of the Southwest Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. The organization is “dedicated to promoting the professional preparation, effectiveness, recognition and association of student financial aid administrators within the the Southwest region.”

CNM Day at The Pit Set for December Lobo Game

UNM will host a CNM Day at the Dec. 17 basketball game between the Lobos and Oral Roberts, which begins at 6:30 p.m. During halftime of the game, the CNM-UNM partnership will be recognized from midcourt. CNM employees and students can purchase a limited amount of discounted tickets for $9. To get tickets, show your CNM ID to The Pit ticket office.

Find Your Course for Spring Term

The spring term begins Jan. 12 and open registration is under way. Many classes fill quickly, register now. For more info, call (505) 224-3160 or go online to


Wishing You and Yours a Happy and Safe Holiday Season!
Kathie W. Winograd