President's Report - February 2012

Feb 01, 2012

CNM Prepares for Redistricting

The CNM Governing Board is seeking public input as it prepares to create new district boundaries for Governing Board representation based on 2010 Census information. The first public forum occurred on Feb. 9 at the Montoya Campus. The Board will schedule two more forums – one at Main Campus and another at Westside Campus – on yet to be determined dates. “Redistricting of the CNM Governing Board districts based upon population figures from the 2010 Census will allow the college to adjust the district boundaries in order to provide more balanced representation for CNM District residents,” CNM Governing Board Chair Blair Kaufman said. During the forums, representatives from Research & Polling Inc. will provide concept maps of redistricting possibilities for the community to review. The public can also e-mail comments or questions regarding CNM redistricting to Proposed concept maps of potential new CNM districts are posted on the CNM website at

Tax Help New Mexico Sites Open Across State

Tax Help New Mexico, the free tax preparation service for New Mexicans who earn less than $50,000 a year or for those who are age 65 and older, opened to the public on Feb. 1. Beginning this 2012 tax season, the service is being operated in partnership between CNM and the United Way of Central New Mexico. For hours and locations, and the tax-related forms that you will need to bring to a site, visit or call (505) 224-4TAX. Last year, Tax Help served more than 22,000 New Mexicans and helped to generate more than $21.7 million in tax refunds. The program also saved taxpayers an estimated $3.7 million in tax preparation fees. The service is staffed by volunteers who have passed an IRS certification exam and are trained to help taxpayers take advantage of tax credits they're entitled to, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit.

Lawmakers Honor College During CNM Day at the Legislature

Last month, the New Mexico Legislature showed its support of Central New Mexico Community College by proclaiming Jan. 26, 2012, CNM Day at the Legislature. The event is held every year during the legislative session, providing CNM an opportunity to showcase some of its outstanding programs and students. A small group of CNM staff, faculty and students attended CNM Day at the Legislature, where proclamations of CNM Day were read in the legislative chambers by Senator John M. Sapien and Representative Jimmie C. Hall. CNM Culinary Arts students put their skills to work for legislators, serving up green chile stew and biscochitos. CNM Landscaping students provided legislators with small, native New Mexico potted plants. During the session on both the House and Senate floors on CNM Day, a memorial was read in honor of the late Dr. John Mondragon, CNM’s former Governing Board chair who passed away on Jan. 10. Multiple legislators in both the House and Senate praised Dr. Mondragon for his longtime service to CNM and education in New Mexico.

CNM Employees Give Generously to Charity

About 520 CNM employees pledged to donate more than $122,000 over the course of this year to the CNM Foundation’s Leading the Way charitable giving campaign. Donations can be made to any charitable organizations, as well as to student scholarships through the CNM Foundation.

CNM Celebrates Black History Month Throughout February

The CNM community is observing Black History Month with a wide variety of events that continue through the end of February. The documentary film "For Love of Liberty' will receive all-clay screenings in the Main Campus cafeteria on Feb. 16, at the Westside Campus on Feb. 22 and at the Rio Rancho Campus on Feb. 23.The Main Campus Library at the Student Resource Center will host a series of events. On Feb. 15 at 3 p.m., Dr. Harold Bailey will deliver a speech on "The Black Experience in America: A Historical Perspective" as part of the Diversity Speaker Series. The Brown Bag Lecture Series begins with CNM faculty member Dr. Charles Becknell presenting " Carrying Lanterns in Daylight: The Dilemma of Black Women Intellectuals" at noon on Feb. 22. New Mexico State Treasurer James B. Lewis will lead Suncat Storytime, a reading event for young children, at 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 24. To end the month with a flourish, the Main Campus Library will showcase two events on Feb. 29. Dr. Sonia Rankin from the University of New Mexico will lead a Brown Bag Lecture Series community discussion at noon, and the CNM Main Campus Book Club will discuss "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison at 6:30p.m. For more info on any of these events, call (505) 224-3278 or (505) 224-3000.

Healthy Meals, Fit for Life Grant Program Promotes Healthy Lifestyle

CNM is helping the community get cooking on a more wholesome lifestyle with the Healthy Meals, Fit for Life program, a grant-funded project designed to educate people on healthier cooking and living habits. The project was created with a $295,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and has funded a variety of opportunities for community members to take courses with CNM nutrition instructors free of charge. Some courses are for industry workers, but the program is now offering free courses through the Workforce Training Center for anyone who is interested. The most recent class focused on a combination of nutritional education, exercise and cooking. Culinary Arts Instructor Penny DeRose led the cooking portion of the class and Nutrition instructors Laura Taber and Stefanie Tierney provided nutrition information and exercise tips.

CNM to Honor Female Students in Non-Traditional Fields

The CNM Chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges is accepting nominations for its Women in Non-Traditional Career Awards. Faculty and staff are nominating female students who are excelling in nontraditional, typically male-dominated career field such as construction, welding, electrical, etc. The award winners will be announced at an event on March 29.

Donations Continue

CNM is grateful for recent donations to the CNM Foundation by these donors:

  • Roger Cook
  • Miller Bonded
  • Rodey Law Firm
  • Natasha Martell
  • J.J. Parsons
  • Thomas Briones

Thanks for Your Support of CNM!
Kathie W. Winograd