President's Report - December 2014

Dec 01, 2014

CNM Celebrated Student Success at Fall Graduation Ceremony

More than 670 graduates participated in the CNM Fall Graduation Ceremony on Dec. 6 at Tingley Coliseum on the grounds of EXPO New Mexico. About 7,000 family members and friends of the graduates attended the ceremony, cheering on the graduates as they made the life-changing transition from college students to college graduates. CNM holds two graduation ceremonies per year, one in the spring and one in the fall, in order to give more students the opportunity to experience the excitement of attending a graduation ceremony.

Open Registration Under Way for the Spring Term

Open registration for new and returning students for the 2015 Spring Term is under way. Visit to map out your courses, and remember, courses fill fast so register early! The Spring Term begins Jan. 20.

Two CNM Employees Receive Spirit of New Mexico Awards

Two CNM employees were among the five individuals who were honored on Dec. 2 with 2014 Spirit of New Mexico Awards, which are sponsored by the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce and the Albuquerque Journal. Jennifer Adams, a faculty member in the School of Adult & General Education, was honored for donating one of her kidneys to help save the life of one of her students. LaMonica Whittaker-Walker, director of Technology Projects for Information Technology Services (ITS), and her husband Kevin Walker were also honored. After their son Johnston died five days after birth, the couple donated his organs. The recipient of their son’s heart was a young boy from Texas who had a congenital heart condition. The two families spent time together in Albuquerque last year.

Learn About the Possibilities of 3-D Printers and Make a Holiday Ornament

Have you ever wondered what you can do with a 3-D printer? One of many things you can do is make holiday ornaments! Parents and children are invited to attend the Fuse Makerspace 3-D Holiday Ornament workshop on Dec. 13 at the CNM STEMulus Center. You’ll learn about 3-D printers, get to create an ornament using 3-D software and prepare a file to print your ornament just in time for the holidays. The STEMulus Center will print your ornament for pick up after the workshop. The cost to attend is $25 per group of one parent and child. Two workshops are available on Dec. 13: from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. This class is BYOD (bring your own device or laptop). To register or for more info, email

Donations for Annual Clothing Exchange Now Being Accepted

CNM’s Job Connection Services department is now accepting clothing donations for its annual Clothing Exchange. Donations of gently used, clean, professional clothing, shoes and accessories can be brought to Job Connection Service on Main Campus in the Student Services Center, Room 206, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, through Dec. 19. Men’s clothing and plus sizes are in particular need. The Clothing Exchange event will be held Feb .12 in the SSC Cafeteria, where students in need will be able to select clothes for free that they can use for job interviews. For more info, call Job Connection Services at 224-3060.

CNM Closed for Winter Break Dec. 22-Jan. 2

All campuses and offices will be closed during CNM’s Winter Break, which begins Dec. 22. The college will resume normal operations on Monday, Jan. 5.

English Instructor Wins Grant from National Endowment for the Arts

CNM English instructor Jennifer Givhan was one of 36 recipients out of 1,600 candidates to receive a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. The grants are for $25,000 and enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel and general career advancement. Givhan has been an instructor at CNM for the past three years.

Jaynes Corp. President Named to CNM Foundation Board

Shad James, president and chief operating officer of Jaynes Corporation, was recently voted to serve on the Central New Mexico Community College Foundation Board. He is past president of Associated General Contractors (AGC) of New Mexico, president of the AGC Education Foundation, board member of Leadership New Mexico and national board member of AGC of America.

Put CNM at Your Fingertips – Download New Mobile App

A new and free CNM mobile app was recently launched, making CNM services and resources more convenient to access from your mobile device. The app provides quick-and-easy mobile access to CNM’s Course Catalog and Schedule of Classes, campus maps, libraries, computer lab maps, employee directory, and more. More features for the CNM mobile app are coming soon. You can download the app on Apple’s App Store or iTunes, and on Google Play.

CNM to Announce First Participants in IGNITE Accelerator in January

CNM will announce the entrepreneurs and early stage business owners who will be selected for the first IGNITE Community Accelerator program that will be operated through CNM’s STEMulus Center in Downtown Albuquerque in early January. The selected candidates will begin the intensive 12-week program in mid-January. The purpose of the IGNITE Community Accelerator is to help aspiring entrepreneurs and early-stage business owners accelerate the growth of their business or business idea by providing support and highly valuable opportunities to learn about business strategies. The goal is to help the fledgling businesses grow and thrive, and ultimately become sustainable businesses that provide employment opportunities in the area. The IGNITE program will be tailored to each entrepreneur’s needs. The accelerator will include business services and support valued at more than $15,000, including personal business coaching and mentoring by a successful entrepreneur in a similar field. Some of the other services will include: 30 hours of one-on-one business coaching; 10 hours of business workshops; 48 hours of intense business training; five hours of time with an industry mentor; Kauffman Foundation certified entrepreneurial mindset training; access to co-working space at the STEMulus Center throughout the 12-week program; access to the FUSE MakerSpace to help with prototype development; support in developing a 100-day tactical plan for the business after the accelerator is over; and additional coaching after the 12-week program to help with implementation of the 100-day tactical plan.


Happy Holidays from CNM!
Kathie W. Winograd
CNM President