President's Report - December 2010

Dec 01, 2010

CNM Celebrates Fall 2010 Graduates

CNM was expecting about 420 students to participate in CNM’s Fall 2010 Graduation Ceremony on Dec. 10 at Tingley Coliseum, which was a record number of students to participate in a CNM fall term graduation ceremony. CNM began the fall term graduation ceremony, in addition to the traditional spring term graduation, in 2008 to offer more students a more timely opportunity to participate in a graduation ceremony. Several thousand well-wishers, from families and friends of the graduates to CNM employees, were expected to attend the event, which is always an inspirational experience. Lameck Lukanga, the president and CEO of Albuquerque-based Royalty Life Records, was to deliver the keynote address to graduates. Lukanga planned to talk about his personal journey and the challenges he overcame to achieve his dream of running a successful record company that’s on the rise. His message included a strong emphasis on the power of education, which he says is the main reason he has been able to rise from a very difficult early childhood in Uganda to becoming president of a promising record company in his early 20s. Albuquerque the Magazine named Lukanga one of its “15 People to Watch in 2009.” Lukanga earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in May 2008 and earned his master’s degree in Business Administration in December 2009, both from the University of New Mexico. The student speaker for the graduation ceremony was Elizabeth Grillo, a fall 2010 CNM graduate from the Nursing program and the president of the Student Nurses Association. Grillo, who is from Velarde in northern New Mexico, was to talk about the power of a CNM education and the uplifting effects it has on students and their families.

CNM’s Tax Help New Mexico Seeking Volunteers for Tax Season

CNM’s Tax Help New Mexico program is seeking volunteers as it gears up for its 35th year of providing free tax preparation services to New Mexico households earning $50,000 or less and to those who are age 65 and older. Volunteers, who can gain valuable tax knowledge that will last a lifetime, need to complete a free training session at the Tax Help New Mexico office located on Main Campus and pass an IRS certification. Two more options for the free training are available: Jan. 3-5, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 8-22 on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers will receive certificates from the Tax Help program, the IRS, and the NM Taxation and Revenue department. To volunteer or for more information, please call (505) 224-4080.

Consider Alternate Routes if You Travel to Main Campus

Coal Ave. will be closed for at least eight more months as the City of Albuquerque and construction crews continue a major improvement project for Lead and Coal avenues. While Coal is closed, Lead Ave. has become a two-way road with one lane for each direction. Other traffic disruptions can occur on short notice, so please check the City of Albuquerque website,, for the latest updates.

CNM Closed for Winter Break Dec. 18-Jan. 2

All CNM campuses and offices will be closed and no classes will be in session from Dec. 18 through Jan. 2 for the Winter Break. CNM will resume normal hours on Jan. 3. Classes for the spring term begin Jan. 10.

Give the Gift of Learning to Family and Friends – WTC Offering e-Gift Cards

Beginning this holiday season and continuing year round, CNM’s Workforce Training Center will be offering e-gift cards that can be used toward non-credit courses, such as personal enrichment courses like photography or dance lessons to professional development courses. For more information, call the Workforce Training Center at (505) 224-5200 or visit

CNM Expands Its Recycling Program

As part of CNM’s continuing sustainability efforts, the college recently instituted a new and more expansive recycling program. CNM is now able to recycle all fiber-based products on campus. Fiber-based materials that can now be recycled through CNM’s program include: cardboard, books, magazines, phone books, brochures, posters, newspapers, folders, colored paper, milk cartons, etc. CNM also recycles plastics and aluminum.

CNM Libraries Extend Hours to Meet Student Needs

The CNM Libraries have expanded their hours to better meet the needs of students. The Main Campus Library is now open from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays; and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. The Montoya Campus Library is now open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. The Rio Rancho Campus Library is now open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays. The South Valley Campus Library is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Westside Campus Library is open Monday and Tuesday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

CNM Bookstores Open for Short Periods During Winter Break

The bookstores at Main, Montoya and Westside campuses will be open for special holiday hours on Saturday, Dec 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Monday, Dec 20, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The stores will be closed to the public from Dec. 21 to Jan. 2. You can call the CNM Bookstore at (505) 243-0457.

CNM the Site for NMERB Board Meetings as Retirement Changes Considered

The New Mexico Educational Retirement Board, which manages the retirement fund for all public education employees in New Mexico including CNM employees, will vote on proposed changes to the retirement plan on Dec. 17 at 1:30 p.m. at CNM’s Smith Brasher Hall on Main Campus. The NMERB has also scheduled a public comment session for Dec. 15 at 4 p.m. in Smith Brasher Hall. If the proposal is passed by the NMERB Board on Dec. 17, it will go to the Legislature for final approval. Members of the NMERB can still send comments to the NMERB by e-mailing The NMERB says that all comments will be provided to all Board members before the Special Board meeting on Friday, Dec. 17 at CNM. Visit the NMERB website at or call (505) 827-8030 for more information.


Have a Happy and Safe Holiday Season!
Kathie W. Winograd