President's Report - July 2010

Jul 01, 2010

CNM, UNM Transportation Issues Being Studied

The Mid-Region Council of Governments is conducting a comprehensive study on the transportation needs of both CNM and the University of New Mexico. The “Travel Demand Management Study” will explore the current and future transportation needs of CNM and UNM, and identify ways to increase transportation efficiency. The goals of the study are to define ways to reduce problems such as traffic congestion, parking issues, travel costs and related environmental impacts. For more information, call MRCOG at (505) 247-1750 or visit

Students Shine at National SkillsUSA Competition

In late June, a contingent of outstanding CNM students traveled to the national SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City, Mo., where seven CNM students earned gold, silver or bronze medals. It was a continuation of CNM’s longstanding tradition of excellence at the annual event that draws more than 5,000 student competitors in 96 competitions. CNM students swept the medals in the Geospatial Technology category – Daniel LeVrier won gold, Kenneth Newman silver and Charles Jetty bronze. Bryan Tenorio and Joshua Sena joined to win a team silver medal in 3-D Visualization and Animation. Jessica McWhirter won a bronze in Commercial Baking and Randall McCoy won bronze in Industrial Motor Control.

Vet Tech Students Excel on National Stage

Three CNM spring term graduates from the CNM Veterinary Technology program demonstrated the exceptional quality of their education by excelling in a national competition in Orlando, Fla., on the grounds of Disney World in late June. At the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) national competition, Angela Richardson won the gold medal in Veterinary Assisting. Linda Deno won the silver in Medical Terminology and Christina Timmons finished among the top 10 in Medical Math. CNM’s Vet Tech students have fared very well at the annual HOSA event, bringing home medals several years in a row. This year, 5,000 students competed in 57 events over a three-day period at Disney World. HOSA is a student organization with a mission “to promote career opportunities in health care and to enhance the delivery of quality health care.”

CNM Graduates First Class of Weatherization Technicians in New Mexico

The first Weatherization Technician graduates in New Mexico were presented with their CNM certificates at a ceremony on July 2 at the Workforce Training Center. The graduates from the course have learned the skills needed to install weatherization materials and retrofit ventilation systems, among other skills, to improve energy efficiency in existing homes. The graduates were also trained in energy auditing and calculating the return on investment for weatherization projects. The certification is based on the Weatherization Core Competencies that are approved by the U.S. Department of Energy, providing students with expertise on national standards that will make them more marketable in the energy retrofit workforce. At the ceremony, the graduates received their certificates and there was a demonstration of CNM’s “House of Pressure,” a model home used to train the Weatherization Technicians on how to diagnose and rectify air leaks in existing homes.

Student Resource Center on Pace to Open in August

The first new instructional building to go up on Main Campus since 1991 will open its doors to students for the fall term, which begins Aug. 30. The 106,500-square-foot CNM Student Resource Center will house a new state-of-the-art library, the tutoring center, computer labs, classrooms, Information Technology Services and a café. The SRC is expected to become the new heart of Main Campus. There will be a grassy area in front of the building that will provide a new student gathering area. The building has been built to meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver rating. The LEED rating system is the national benchmark for high-performance “green” buildings. The SRC will incorporate many green features, which include: positioning to absorb optimum levels of sunlight in the winter and less in the summer; collection of rainfall for watering of landscaping; and use of highly energy efficient mechanical systems.

Rio Rancho Campus Ready to Serve the City of Vision

When CNM’s fall term begins Aug. 30, Rio Rancho residents will have a new neighbor. The CNM Rio Rancho Campus will open for the fall term. The first building is being built on a 40-acre tract of land near the City Center and will initially offer classes in Business Administration, Nursing, Teacher Education with a concentration in Special Education, and various Liberal Arts courses. The first building will also house a nursing simulation lab and biology and computer labs. The Rio Rancho Campus is also located within a half-mile of the University of New Mexico West Campus. CNM and UNM continue to increase the number of “2+2” agreements between the two institutions, which allow students to complete the first two years of coursework for a bachelor’s degree at CNM and then seamlessly transfer to UNM for the final two years of coursework. CNM’s first building on the Rio Rancho Campus has been built to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver certification. The master plan for the Rio Rancho Campus, which includes six buildings, won the “Innovation in Planning” award from the New Mexico Chapter of the American Planning Association. The plan includes a variety of sustainable features like rain-water harvesting and alternative energy usage, including wind power provided by PNM and geothermal wells that will be incorporated into the heating and cooling systems. A wind turbine will be installed near the entrance to the campus as both a symbol of CNM’s commitment to the sustainability movement and as an energy source to the campus.

CNM Internal Auditors Raise the Bar

Lisa Archuleta and Mark Lovato, internal auditors at CNM, recently passed the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) exam, which is comparable to an accountant passing the Certified Public Accountant exam. The CIA consists of four exams in different topic areas, such as audit procedure and financial management.

Donations Continue

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

  • $1,023 from the N.M. Coalition for Literacy for the SAGE Volunteer Tutor Program
  • $1,000 from Douglas Lund for the Carrie G. Lund Memorial/Organ Donation Awareness Scholarship
  • $5,000 from the PNM Resources Foundation for CNM’s PNM Sustainability Resource Award
  • $2,500 from Sherman McCorkle for the CNM Annual Fund


Thanks for Your Support of CNM!
Kathie W. Winograd