President's Report - January 2009

Jan 01, 2009

CNM Governing Board Elections Approaching

Voters living in the CNM District, which includes all of Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and Corrales, will go to the polls on Feb. 3 to elect Governing Board members in Districts 1, 3, 5 and 7 for the next four years. Seven candidates will appear on the ballots. In District 1, incumbent Robert Matteucci will be running unopposed. In District 3, incumbent Jeff Armijo will run against Nick D. Brennan and Deborah “Debbi” Moore. In District 5, incumbent Blair Kaufman is running unopposed. In District 7, Michael D. DeWitte and Jerry L. Scott will run to fill the seat of current Board Chair Richard Barr, who will be stepping aside in March after serving 12 years on the CNM Governing Board. In general, the district boundaries are:

  • District 1: midtown Albuquerque, bounded by Montgomery on the north, Central on the South, Eubank on the east and Carlisle on the west;
  • District 3: Albuquerque’s West Side, north from I-40 and west from Coors Blvd., and all of Rio Rancho;
  • District 5: mid- and downtown Albuquerque, south of Central and west of Carlisle to Coors Blvd., and the South Valley to Rio Bravo Blvd.;
  • District 7: the far Northeast Heights, north of Montgomery and east of San Mateo to the Bernalillo County line.

For more information and polling locations, go to the Bernalillo County Clerk’s Office website at or call the Clerk’s Office at (505) 468-1290. For information on Sandoval County polling locations, call the Sandoval County Clerk’s Office at (505) 867-7574.

TAX HELP at New Mexico’s Service

CNM’s TAX HELP New Mexico – a free tax preparation service for those households earning $42,000 or less and for those who are age 65 and older – is ready to open for its 34th season with 50 locations operating throughout the state. Some sites will open Jan. 20 with many more opening Feb. 2. TAX HELP New Mexico volunteers, who are certified by the IRS, are trained to help taxpayers take advantage of tax credits, including the Earned income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit. In 2008, TAX HELP served 29,155 customers and returned more than $21.6 million to the state’s economy in the form of tax refunds. The program also saved New Mexico taxpayers over $3 million in tax preparation fees. For more information, including locations and hours, call (505) 224-4TAX or visit

Still Time to Register for Spring Term

The spring term begins Jan. 12 and registration for full-term classes will be available through Jan. 20. Class schedules are free and available in the admissions area at all campuses, at and in the Marketing and Communications Office (224-4680) on Main Campus. CNM continues to offer a wide variety of scheduling options to accommodate many different scheduling needs. Scheduling choices include evening, night, weekend and online distance-learning classes, as well as many condensed schedules with different start and end dates. For more information, call (505) 224-3160.

CNM Culinary Students Awarded Scholarships

Three CNM culinary arts students were awarded scholarships from the Greater Albuquerque Innkeepers Association in December. New Mexico Tourism Secretary Michael Cerletti presented scholarships to CNM students Charity Teague, Laurie Kerns Stewart and Dennis Feria in December at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque. GAIA supports CNM students in hospitality, tourism and culinary arts each year. The scholarships are funded through an annual summer golf tournament sponsored by GAIA each.

CNM Day at the Roundhouse

CNM will put some of its services on display for the Legislature on March 12. CNM’s academic schools will host tables near the Rotunda to discuss and showcase CNM’s programs and partnerships. Culinary arts students will treat legislators to a delicious brunch and baking students will add their own touch with special pastries that will be delivered to legislators on the House and Senate floor.

New Annual Report/Calendar Available

CNM recently published its 2007-08 Annual Report, which doubles as a 2009 calendar. The report summarizes the past year’s activities and accomplishments at CNM, and it provides charts of CNM budget and enrollment figures. The theme of the report/calendar is centered on CNM’s Strategic Direction and its Vision, Mission, Values and Goals.

CNM Landscape to Get Exciting Makeover in 2009

Several major capital outlay projects will be changing the face of CNM in the upcoming year. The new Montoya Campus Bookstore, which will be CNM’s first building to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification, is scheduled to open its doors to students in August. During this first quarter of 2009, the Student Resource Center on Main Campus and the first building of the Rio Rancho Campus will break ground. Both have already been designed for LEED Silver certification. This spring, a major renovation project will begin on Ted Chavez Hall on Main Campus with a completion set for August. The University Blvd. Median Project is also nearing completion. A divider has been constructed in the University Blvd. median between Coal Ave. and Basehart Rd. to improve safety conditions. Landscaping and an electronic marquee for messages are also part of the project.

Donations Continue

CNM is grateful for the following donations to the Foundation:

  • $2,500 from Janice Micali for the Micali Scholarship Endowment Fund
  • $1,500 from John Mondragon for the Rust Opportunity Assistance Fund
  • $1,250 from Construction Financial Mgt. for the Construction Mgt. Scholarship
  • $2,000 from the American Indian Education Foundation for the AIEF Scholarship
  • $10,000 from Wagner Equipment for the Caterpillar Excellence Diesel Technology Fund
  • $1,000 from RBC Dain Rauscher Inc. for the CNM Foundation Unrestricted Fund
  • $10,000 from the Albuquerque Community Foundation for Dual Credit Promotion
  • $5,000 from DSRM National Bank for the Rust Opportunity Assistance Fund


Thanks for Your Support of CNM, and Happy New Year!
Kathie W. Winograd