President's Report - December 2017

Dec 01, 2017

Spring Term Begins Jan. 16; Open Registration Underway

Don’t wait until next year to get the classes you want. CNM’s Spring Term begins Jan. 16 and open registration is underway. You can view Spring Term courses at and register today.

CNM Campuses Closed for Winter Break Dec. 18-Jan. 1

CNM campuses and physical locations will be closed for Winter Break Dec. 18-Jan. 1, so if you need in-person assistance from CNM staff or faculty, please make your plans with the closure in mind. CNM’s Spring Term will begin Jan. 16. Online services, including registration, remain available during the closure at

CNM Faculty Member Co-authors Free Online Microbiology Textbook

An e-textbook that CNM faculty member Philip Lister, Ph.D., co-authored with the American Society for Microbiology has been adopted at more than 200 colleges and universities across the county, and by some foreign institutions. Lister is also chair of CNM’s Department of Biology and Biotechnology in the School of Math, Science & Engineering. The book, “OpenStax Microbiology,” is a free open educational resource (OER) provided through the non-profit organization OpenStax, which provides free, peer-reviewed textbooks that can be accessed online or downloaded to computers as a PDF. CNM is a partner institution of OpenStax. Lister’s book is the first and only OpenStax microbiology textbook. “OpenStax reported that over 34,000 students used the textbook the first year with an estimated financial savings to students of more than $3.4 million dollars,” Lister said.

CNM Students Headed to Florida as NASA Interns

Four CNM students have landed coveted, four-month paid internships with NASA that will start Jan. 16 and run through March. Three students will be interning at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and one will be at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. Students Sherry Mitchell, Jose Pacheco and Juan Rueda will be interning at the Kennedy Space Center located in Titusville, Fla. Mitchell is majoring in Computer Information Systems at CNM with a concentration in Computer Programming. She also has a Bachelor of Science Degree in math from the University of New Mexico and would like to continue working at NASA after obtaining her associate degree. Pacheco is also majoring in Computer Information Systems at CNM with a concentration in Computer Programming. Rueda expects to graduate in summer 2018 with an associate degree in Computer Science.

New Governing Board Member, Michael Canfield, Representing District 2

Michael Canfield was sworn on Nov. 14 as the new CNM Governing Board member representing District 2. He replaces Bob Matteucci who recently resigned from the Board. Canfield has over 35 years of business experience and he currently serves as the President and CEO of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and Indian Pueblos Marketing. These corporations are owned by the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico and operate on tribal land located in the City of Albuquerque. He is a member of the Laguna Pueblo and serves on many community and business boards, including the United Way of Central New Mexico, New Mexico Gas Company, Albuquerque Economic Development, New Mexico Mutual, Economic Forum and the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce. He also serves as a commissioner on the City of Albuquerque’s Commission of Indian Affairs. 

CNM Ingenuity Receives Mayor’s Entrepreneurship Prize

CNM Ingenuity is one of four organizations to share the 2017 Mayor's Prize for Entrepreneurship, Mayor Richard Berry and the Albuquerque Community Foundation recently announced. CNM will receive $65,000 for the IGNITE Community Accelerator and FUSE Makerspace. The Accelerator provides an array of support for early-stage businesses and the FUSE Makerspace provides access to a wide variety of state-of-the-art equipment to support entrepreneurs seeking to micro-manufacture their products. 

CNM to Become First Community College to Issue Digital Credentials via Blockchain

CNM will start putting more control, convenience and power in the palm of students’ hands when it debuts digital higher education diplomas and transcripts for select students on Dec. 15 through the same “blockchain” technology that spawned Bitcoin. CNM will be the first community college in the country to issue student-owned digital credentials through blockchain. By issuing digital credentials that can be securely and easily accessed on a smartphone or the internet, select CNM graduates will be able to independently manage their own, hard-earned education records and securely share them with employers, other schools and social media such as LinkedIn for the rest of their lives. And a student who has digital credentials on the blockchain will never have to worry about their alma mater going extinct, along with the documentation of the certificates, degrees, transcripts and skills they earned along the way.

Kids Get Engaged with Computer Science During ‘Hour of Code’ Event

CNM Ingenuity and CNM’s School of Business & Information Technology teamed up to host CNM’s biggest Hour of Code event yet. Due to the popularity of the event, CNM expanded from two CNM locations last year to six CNM locations this year. The events took place on Dec. 5 and Dec. 6. Kids of all ages got to learn the basics of coding in a fun atmosphere, creating their own unique games through code.


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

  • Aon Risk Solutions
  • Julia Bowdich and John Carey
  • Consulado de Mexico, Albuquerque
  • DSRM National Bank
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Gemini Rosemont Realty Commercial Real Estate
  • Jurhee M. Ivy
  • Carl and Martha Koestner
  • Mildred and Charles Langston
  • Alex J. Lopez
  • Elsie and Bruno Morosin
  • Pauline Armijo Scholarship Fund
  • PNM
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • Samantha Sengel
  • Norman and Phyllis Sharp
  • Barbara Silva


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