President's Report - December 2015

Dec 01, 2015

CNM Celebrates Graduates at Fall Graduation Ceremony on Dec. 12

More than 650 graduates will participate in the CNM Fall Graduation Ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 12, at noon at Tingley Coliseum on the grounds of EXPO New Mexico. About 7,000 family members and friends of the graduates are expected to be in attendance to celebrate the life-changing moment. If you are planning to attend the ceremony, please arrive early since there are other events going on at EXPO New Mexico on Saturday, Dec. 12. CNM President Kathie Winograd will be the keynote speaker. General parking for graduates, employees not participating in the ceremony and other supporters attending the event will be through Gate 8, which is accessible from Louisiana Blvd., just south of Lomas. Parking for graduates is free. The parking fee will be $5 per vehicle for employees, family and other supporters who are not participating in the graduation procession. Admission to Tingley Coliseum is free for the Graduation Ceremony.

CNM Closes for Winter Break Dec. 21-Jan. 3

All CNM campuses and locations will be closed for the Winter Break from Dec. 21 through Jan. 3. During the closure of campuses, students can still register for classes online at All CNM campuses will return to normal operations on Jan. 4.

Open Registration for 2016 Spring Term Continues

Registration is open for anybody interested in taking classes in the 2016 Spring Term, which begins Jan. 19. Register now before classes fill. To view courses for the Spring Term, visit or call (505) 224-3000.

Theatre Students Honored for Film They Created in 48 Hours

Several CNM theatre students were recognized for their work on a film they created in just two days as part of the Albuquerque 48-Hour Film Science Fiction Project. Their production company, called City College, received several honors at the 48-Hour Film Science Fiction Festival last month for their film, “A Chairs of the Heart." Student Tommy Joy was recognized as best actor and student Co Akala won the best writing award. The film also received the Audience Choice award for the audience’s pick for best film. “We are so proud of these students,” said Susan Erickson, Theatre instructor. “They competed against some of the best filmmakers in the area.” The 48-Hour Film Project is open to all filmmakers, pro and novice. Rules state that all team members, including crew and cast, must be volunteers. The Albuquerque filmmaking teams had one weekend last month to make a short film between four to seven minutes long. All creativity – writing, shooting, editing and adding a musical soundtrack – had to occur in a 48-hour window.

You Shop, Amazon Gives to CNM Foundation

The holidays are around the corner and if you are an Amazon shopper, consider using AmazonSmile to make your purchases this year. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know, but the Amazon Foundation donates 0.5 percent of the purchase price of eligible products to charitable organizations selected by customers. The CNM Foundation is a registered charitable recipient and there is no cost to participate. On your first visit to AmazonSmile (, select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Thanks for supporting the CNM Foundation.

Young Students Learn Code and Bring Star Wars Droid to Life Dec. 8

Kids in elementary school and up are invited to make a Star Wars droid come to life as they learn computer coding basics during this year’s Hour of Code at the CNM STEMulus Center in Downtown Albuquerque on Dec. 8 from 5-7 p.m. The Hour of Code is 60-plus minutes of technology, refreshments and community that has become a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180-plus countries. It’s free, but seating is limited. Please RSVP by emailing

First Cohort of Fast Track Business Degree Students Graduate Dec. 12

In just 15 months, nine students in the first cohort of CNM’s Fast Track Business Administration Associate Degree program will walk in the college’s graduation ceremony on Dec. 12. The business program on average takes students two to three years to complete, but in the fast track mode it takes 15 months. Students followed the same curriculum as the traditional program, but in an accelerated format.


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

  • American Public Works Association – New Mexico Chapter
  • Julia B. Bowdich
  • John Boydstun
  • Bradbury Stamm Construction, Inc.
  • Laura Bresson
  • Bridgers & Paxton Consulting Engineers, Inc.
  • Sarah and Doug Brown
  • Business Environments
  • Shirlee M. Cohen
  • Consulado de Mexico, Albuquerque
  • Michael and Barbara DeWitte
  • Carl and Kathleen Diegert
  • Fanning Bard Tatum Architects
  • Mark and Ingrid Gorham
  • Greer Stafford/SJCF Architecture, Inc.
  • Mark Humphrey
  • Isaacson & Arfman
  • Geraldine McBroom and Lovell A Bannowsky
  • Robert and Betsy Murphy
  • Yashoda Naidoo and David Montgomery
  • Lev and Helaine Nelik
  • Nusenda Credit Union
  • PNM
  • Steve Rhutasel
  • Sandia Science and Technology Park Development Corporation
  • SMPC Architects


Happy Holidays from CNM!
Kathie W. Winograd
CNM President