President's Report - January 2017

Jan 01, 2017

Spring Term Begins Jan. 17

If you know somebody who could benefit from a CNM education, let them know that registration is open for the Spring Term. Classes fill fast, so visit The Spring Term begins Jan. 17.

Governing Board Election Set for Feb. 7

CNM Governing Board seats in Districts 1, 3, 4, 5 and 7 will be up for election on Feb. 7. Four of the seats to be filled – Districts 1, 3, 5 and 7 – will be four-year terms. District 4 will be for a two-year term to finish the remainder of an unfinished term. In District 1, which includes the CNM Westside Campus, Pauline Garcia is seeking re-election. She will run against Robert Chavez of Albuquerque. Current CNM Board member Thomas Swisstack is running for re-election unopposed in District 3, which includes the Rio Rancho Campus. Current CNM Board member Melissa Armijo is running for re-election in District 4, which includes the South Valley Campus. She will run against Annette Chavez y De la Cruz. Current CNM Board member Nancy Baca is running for re-election in District 5, which includes the CNM Main Campus. She is running against Gina Naomi Dennis. In District 7, which includes the Montoya Campus in the Northeast Heights, current CNM Board member Mike DeWitte is not running for re-election. Michael Glennon and Harold Murphree are running for the District 7 seat. For more information, contact the Bernalillo County Clerk’s Office at (505) 243-8683, or through the Bernalillo County Clerk’s website.

Smith Brasher Hall Ground-source HVAC System to Save Money, Energy

The new ground-source heating and cooling system and other improvements that are part of the major renovation of Smith Brasher Hall on Main Campus are expected to save CNM about $96,480 annually. That includes a roughly 33 percent reduction in electricity costs and a total elimination of gas charges. The new ground source heat pump heating and cooling system is a series of vertical wells drilled into the ground to use the earth as an energy source or “heat sink.” This “closed loop” transports energy to and from the ground using water in the piping. The energy source for the heat pumps comes from the ground under the parking lot outside of Smith Brasher Hall. Under the parking lot, 160 boreholes have been drilled at 25-foot intervals. Each borehole is 300 feet deep. A pipe loop placed in these holes draws energy for the heat pumps from the ground using water as the circulating agent. The year-round average ground temperature is about 68 degrees, which helps heat in the winter and cool in the summer. The pipes, which are made of high-density polyethylene, are grouped, leading to a small mechanical pump room on the ground floor. The ground source heat pump system is all electric and does not require gas fuel as in traditional heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Two other buildings on CNM campuses already are being heated and cooled using ground source heat pumps -- the Rio Rancho Campus building and Westside Phase I on the Westside Campus. Smith Brasher Hall, built in in 1982, is scheduled to reopen in January 2018. It houses the School of Business & Information Technology (BIT), which includes programs such as Accounting, Business Administration and Computer Information Systems. It also houses computer classrooms, general classrooms, BIT administrative offices and an auditorium.

CNM Instructor Receives Poetry Prize

CNM English instructor Julie Dunlop was awarded the Bosque Press Editors’ 2016 Poetry Prize. Five of her poems appear in Bosque Press’s 2016 publication, "bosque 6." “I’m very grateful to Bosque Press for the honor of receiving their first Editors’ Prize for Poetry and to all of my teachers whose wisdom and support have helped to shape me as a writer,” Dunlop said. “I’m also grateful to my students who challenge me on a daily basis to be my best. I’ve been blessed by the dedication and diversity of my students through the years, and I love seeing them developing confidence in their writing abilities and contributing their voices to the community.” Dunlop’s previous achievements include Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prizes, fellowships to Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Vermont Studio Center, and poetry published in "Poet Lore," "The Threepenny Review," "South Dakota Review," "North Carolina Literary Review," "Cold Mountain Review," "Baltimore Review" and "Appalachian Heritage."

Home-based, Early Childhood Business Accelerator Graduates 31

CRIANZA, an early childhood business accelerator, graduated 31 participants in December at CNM’s South Valley Campus. The home-based early childhood business accelerator provides 40 hours of instruction with 17 hours of individual coaching. CRIANZA is offered through CNM Ingenuity with support from a Daniels Fund grant.


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

  • Anderson Farms Equity Partners, LLC
  • Atkinson & Co., Ltd.
  • Bank of the West
  • BNSF Railway Foundation
  • Roger and Jane Cook
  • Michael and Barbara DeWitte
  • Carl and Kathleen Diegert
  • Dion’s Corporate Offices
  • Vanessa K. Hawker
  • Holman’s USA
  • Mr. and Mrs. Mark Humphrey
  • Dr. Diane Klepper
  • Mildred and Charles Langston
  • Steven and Jane Lindemann
  • Ted and Dolores Martinez
  • Elsie and Bruno Morosin
  • Lev and Helaine Nelik
  • NMPS Llano Estacado Chapter
  • PNM
  • Barbara Silva
  • Toby and Elisa Simon
  • Ronald and Shirley Wells
  • Peter and Ann Ziegler


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