President's Report - January 2015

Jan 01, 2015

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CNM Joins National Partnership for Healthier Campuses

CNM will strive to help students and employees become healthier and more physically fit by the year 2017, thanks to a memorandum of understanding the college recently signed with the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA). Students and employees will be encouraged to bike to work/school as part of the Partnership for a Healthier America initiative. CNM was one of 20 colleges and universities around the country – and the only community college – to join in the PHA Healthier Campus Initiative. PHA works with the private sector and PHA honorary chair and First Lady Michelle Obama to make opting for healthier choices easier. As part of the MOU, CNM is committed to achieving goals over the next three years in the areas of food and nutrition, physical fitness and programming.

Computer Coding Students Win Lavu ‘Hackathon’

Five students from CNM’s Deep Dive Coding Bootcamp at the STEMulus Center surfaced as winners of the first Lavu “Hackathon.” The students created an app to allow Lavu customers to better manage their inventory. Local developers were invited to participate in the Hackathon to enhance Lavu software by using Lavu’s Software Development Kit and Lavu iPad Point of Sale system. The competition was close, but the CNM team, called Team Zero, emerged the victors. The students created a “Lazy Inventory” solution for Lavu iPad POS. The team had five members, including Mark Hayes, Zach Grant, Gerardo Medrano, Dameon Smith and Ryan Sloan. The team won $1,000 that they split evenly. In addition, their creation can now be used by Lavu’s worldwide customer base. By enhancing Lavu’s software, the students also greatly enhanced their résumés. Lavu sells point-of-sale software for restaurants and hotels to conduct their business on mobile devices like tablets. The next Hackathon will be Jan. 23 at the CNM STEMulus Center. Those interested in participating can register at

Faculty Member Awarded Prestigious Fellowship

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded CNM English faculty member and accomplished poet Jennifer Givhan a prestigious $25,000 fellowship designed to help her set aside time for writing, research, travel and career advancement. The NEA received more than 1,634 eligible manuscripts, and 36 were selected for the Literature Fellowship in Creative Writing. “This was huge news and such an honor,” said Givhan. “Poetry frames my world.” Givhan has been a CNM faculty member since 2011. She started as an instructor in the School of Adult & General Education and most recently has been teaching English Composition classes in the School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences.

Deans Embrace Spirit of Giving During Holidays

In concert with the giving spirit of the holidays, members of CNM’s Deans Council adopted several families at PB&J Family Services and purchased gifts on their wish list. The gifts were distributed at a PB&J holiday party. Not forgetting their furry friends, the council also donated items to the City of Albuquerque Animal Shelter.

CNM Volunteers Cook Dinner for Families at Ronald McDonald House

A group of faculty and staff members from the School of Adult & General Education volunteered to cook an enchilada dinner for 60 people who stayed at the Ronald McDonald House in Albuquerque last month. The organizer was Juliet Drazek, and the other volunteers were Jennifer Adams, Amy Christensen, Adam Crittenden, Patrick Flink and Laura McIndoo. The Ronald McDonald House Charities of New Mexico is a nonprofit organization that provides a temporary home away from home in Albuquerque for families who have to travel here to get medical treatment for their ill children.

Donations Continue

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

  • Bank of Albuquerque
  • Bank of the West
  • BBVA Compass Bank
  • Adrian and Michelle Chavez
  • Consulado de Mexico, Albuquerque
  • Carl and Kathleen Diegert
  • Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
  • Flintco, Inc.
  • Diane Harrison Ogawa and Greg Ogawa
  • Hull Consulting, LLC
  • Shawn Kelley and Susanne Koestner
  • Kelly L. Koepke and Donald Pizzolato
  • Lavu, Inc.
  • Natasha Martell Jackson and Prentiss Jackson
  • Middle Rio Grande Chapter of New Mexico Professional Surveyors
  • Lisa and Jacob Mortell
  • Robert and Betsy Murphy
  • Yashoda Naidoo and David Montgomery
  • Lev and Helaine Nelik
  • New Mexico Dental Association
  • New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union
  • J.J. and Doug Parsons
  • ReCarnation
  • Shamrock Foods Company
  • Barbara Silva
  • Lewis A. Suber
  • Kelly Sullivan
  • The Malott Family, LLC
  • United Way of Central New Mexico
  • Peter and Katharine Winograd
  • Peter and Ann Ziegler


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