President's Report - January 2014

Jan 01, 2014

CNM Sets New Record for Fall Graduation Awards

For the 2013 Fall Term, CNM presented 2,391 associate degrees and certificates to 2,021 students, both of which are all-time highs for a fall term. The previous high was in fall 2011, when 2,359 total awards were granted to 1,946 students. The highest number of graduate awards came from the School of Business & Information Technology with 843. Congratulations to all the graduates!

CNM Offers Many Late-start Classes Beginning Jan. 27

If you missed the deadline to register for classes that began on Jan. 6, don’t forget to check out CNM’s wide variety of late-start classes. You can register now for classes that begin on Jan. 27, and there are many other classes with later start dates. To find late-start courses, go to and click on "Class Schedule," select "Spring 2014" and then look in the "Part of Term" field for late-start class options.

CNM’s Advanced Technology Center Earns LEED Gold

The renovated Advanced Technology Center has been awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. It’s the third CNM building and the second renovation project to receive the coveted LEED Gold honor. Once the site of a Motorola factory, the renovated center opened to students in fall 2011. The renovated ATC uses 30 percent less water than a typical building of similar size. Restrooms are equipped with low-flow, motion-detecting faucets and water-saving toilets and urinals. In addition, CNM invested in “green power” for the building by purchasing off-site renewable power, a decision that ultimately led to the Gold certification.

CNM Prepares to Go for Green in RecycleMania Tournament

As part of an overall surge in sustainability efforts at CNM, the college has thrown its hat in the ring for the 2014 RecycleMania Tournament. More than 600 colleges and universities from across the U.S. and Canada have entered the competition. CNM, the lone entry from New Mexico, will compete against other community colleges from coast to coast. The competition begins Feb. 2 and continues for two months. Each week, the amount of material recycled from all CNM locations will be weighed by Waste Management and reported to RecycleMania. The winning schools will receive awards made out of recycled materials, in addition to the pride that comes from contributing to the health of the planet.

Faculty Member Receives Presidential Award

Greg Pitz, Ph.D., a research scientist at the Air Force Research Laboratory in Albuquerque and part-time faculty member at Central New Mexico Community College, has been named a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. It is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their careers. A total of 102 researchers from around the country will be presented the award later this year at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. Pitz’s specialties are laser physics, spectroscopy and chemical kinetics. At CNM, he teaches physics and astronomy.

Delta Dental of New Mexico Invests $50,000 in CNM Students

Delta Dental of New Mexico recently donated $50,000 to the CNM Foundation to create a Student Success Award for students in the college’s Dental Assistant certificate program. The Delta Dental Student Success Scholarship will help students with the costs associated with transitioning from school to employment. It can cover such expenses as licenses, certification or testing fees and purchase of supplies or professional attire. Awards will be no less than $500 and will be distributed based on strong financial need coupled with job-related costs that could prevent a student from successfully transitioning into a career. High academic performance is another criterion.

Donations Continue

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

  • Sally and Ken Adams
  • Albuquerque Community Foundation
  • Steven and Shara Anaya
  • Bank of the West
  • Kara Bobroff
  • Caterpillar, Inc.
  • Adrian and Michelle Chavez
  • Citi
  • Roger and Jane Cook
  • Delta Dental of New Mexico
  • DSRM National Bank
  • Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
  • Michael and Karen Glennon
  • Mark and Ingrid Gorham
  • Helen K. Kerschner
  • Kimbrough Electric
  • Richard and Deborah Leonard
  • Steven and Jane Lindemann
  • Lovelace Health System
  • Roxanna Meyers and Stanley Mount
  • Miller Bonded, Inc.
  • Annapurna World Vegetarian Café
  • New Mexico Veterinary Medical Associates
  • PNM
  • Barbara Silva
  • Surveying Control, Inc.
  • Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation
  • The Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Ann and Peter Ziegler


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