President's Report - January 2011

Jan 01, 2011

Vote on CNM Bond Election Feb. 1 – No Tax Rate Increase Associated With Passage

Early voting is under way for the CNM Local Bond. Election Day for the CNM/Albuquerque Public Schools Election, which is also asking voters to decide on seats for the CNM Governing Board and the APS Board, will be Feb. 1. There would be no tax rate increase associated with passage of the CNM Local Bond. If the bond passes, it would fund projects that will improve learning environments for students, position CNM to further reduce its energy costs and provide much-needed renovations to some of CNM’s oldest buildings. With over 30,000 students turning to CNM to help them achieve their career goals through education, these improvement projects would enable CNM to better serve and educate its growing student body. A better-educated student body leads to a higher performing workforce for local business and industry. And that contributes to a better local economy and a better quality of life for everybody in the community. Some of the larger projects that would be funded by the bond, if it passes, include the following:

  • Renovations for High-demand Healthcare Programs on Main Campus – CNM would renovate one of the largest buildings on Main Campus (Jeannette Stromberg Hall), which would allow for much-needed facility upgrades for the high-demand nursing and healthcare programs. The renovation would include the installation of more modern labs and a simulated hospital environment to better prepare students to deliver the best healthcare possible in hospitals, clinics and healthcare facilities.
  • Mechanical and Technology Upgrades to Reduce Energy Costs – CNM would install energy conservation technology systems and replace aged mechanical systems with more energy efficient systems to reduce energy costs.
  • Biology and Chemistry Lab Renovations – CNM would renovate outdated chemistry and biology labs on Main Campus to provide more optimal student learning opportunities.
  • Technology Infrastructure Upgrades – CNM would upgrade its technology infrastructure to improve the technological capacity of all buildings on Main Campus. This would allow classrooms to receive the level of technology that’s necessary to provide the educational experience students need to optimize learning in the classroom and job performance when they enter the workforce. The project would improve connectivity of all buildings on Main Campus to technology resources by installing high-capacity cables underground.
  • Installation of Renewable Energy Sources – CNM would install renewable energy sources to power all exterior campus lighting at the Rio Rancho and Westside campuses to reduce energy costs.
  • South Valley Campus Building Renovations – CNM would renovate two 50-year-old buildings on the South Valley Campus. The renovations would include infrastructure upgrades to create more technology-rich classrooms and the installation of more energy-efficient windows. Renovation of Montoya Campus Building to Improve Technology – CNM would renovate the J Building on Montoya Campus to provide more technology-rich resources in classrooms and the library to provide students with more optimal learning environments.

An early voting site is located on CNM’s Main Campus at 1401 Basehart Rd. SE in Basehart Temporary Building 4. For other early voting sites and more election information, visit the Bernalillo County Clerk’s Office website at or call (505) 468-1291.

Governing Board Seats in Three Districts Up for Election on Feb. 1

On the ballot for the CNM/APS Election will be seats on the CNM Governing Board in Districts 2, 4 and 6. In District 2, incumbent Dr. John Mondragon will be running unopposed. In District 4, incumbent Carmie Toulouse and Mark Armijo will be running for the seat. And in District 6, incumbent Penny Holbrook will be running unopposed. Visit for more information on the election, including district boundaries.

Tax Help New Mexico Prepares to Begin Another Season of Free Tax Preparation

CNM’s popular Tax Help New Mexico program will open its doors for the upcoming tax season at 34 sites across the state on Jan. 31. The Tax Help program offers free tax preparation service to New Mexico households that earned $50,000 or less in 2010 and to all those who are age 65 and older. Tax Help New Mexico volunteers, who are certified by the IRS, are trained to help taxpayers take advantage of tax credits they’re entitled to, like the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit. Last year, Tax Help served nearly 30,000 customers and returned more than $22 million to New Mexico families in the form of tax refunds. The program also saved New Mexico taxpayers more than $3 million in tax preparation fees. For more information, including locations and hours, call (505) 224-4TAX, (505) 224-4080 or visit

Sky’s the Limit for First CNM Woman Aviation Maintenance Graduate

Kacey Snow, a member of the first cohort in the CNM Aviation Maintenance program, graduated in December with her associate’s degree and became the first graduate, male or female, to earn both Airframe and Powerplant certifications from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Originally an applied math major at the University of New Mexico, Kacey planned to go into statistics or epidemiology. She changed course after taking her first aviation ground school class as an elective at CNM, going on to earn her single engine pilot’s license three years ago. When CNM’s School of Applied Technologies received FAA approval to start the Aviation Maintenance program in 2008, Kacey was one of the first students admitted. The next step for Kacey is a move to Everett, Washington for her new job with Aviation Technical Services, one of the country’s leading aircraft maintenance firms.

Donations Continue

CNM is grateful for the following donations to the CNM Foundation:

  • $2,000 from Carl Alongi for the Linda and Carl Alongi Accounting Scholarship Endowment
  • $100 from Adrian Chavez for the CNM Annual Fund
  • $1,000 from Roger Cook for the CNM Annual Fund
  • $500 from Mike DeWitte for the CNM Annual Fund
  • $500 from Diane Harrison-Ogawa for the CNM Annual Fund
  • $10,000 from Roxanna Meyers for the CNM Scholarship
  • $5,000 from PNM for the PNM Renewable Technology Award
  • $5,000 from PNM for the Changing Lives, Building Community Fund
  • $5,000 from PNM for the New Mexico Resources Website Fund
  • $1,000 from Sharla Reinhart for the Donna & Jack Rust Opportunity Assistance Fund
  • $5,000 from Wells Fargo Bank New Mexico for the New Mexico Resources Website Fund


Thanks for Your Support of CNM!
Kathie W. Winograd