President's Report - June 2010

Jun 01, 2010

CNM Announces New Dean of SAGE

CNM Vice President of Academic Affairs recently announced that Dr. Pam Etre-Pérez accepted the dean position for the School of Adult & General Education (SAGE) and will begin her new duties on July 26. Dr. Etre-Pérez will bring more than 25 years of experience in the field of adult and developmental education to CNM, which will be a great asset in helping SAGE continue its strong history of delivering nationally recognized educational services to its students. Since 2004, Dr. Etre-Pérez has served as the Director of Adult Basic Education at the New Mexico Higher Education Department. She has also served as the Special Assistant to the State of New Mexico Cabinet Secretary. Prior to her work at the Higher Education Department, she was an Adult Basic Education Program Director at the University of New Mexico-Valencia Campus. Dr. Etre-Pérez earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Georgetown University; a master’s degree in Teaching from the School for International Training; and a PhD in Language, Literacy, and Socio-cultural Studies from the University of New Mexico. Dr. Etre-Pérez was a National Institute for Literacy Leadership Fellow in 2000-2001 and she was honored in 1998 as Citizen of the Year in Valencia County for her volunteer work in adult literacy.

Waiting List for Nursing Program Eliminated

Process improvements in the Nursing program, the opening of the Rio Rancho Campus this fall and some other developments have resulted in the end of the nursing program waiting list, which previously required students to wait up to two-and-a-half years before starting the program. As a result, CNM will be admitting 112 students into the nursing program in the fall term, which will be the largest class of nurses in CNM history. Eighty of the students will go through the program at Main Campus; 32 will go through the program at the Rio Rancho Campus, which will open in August. The Rio Rancho Campus nursing program will be conducted in the evening. CNM’s recent recruitment efforts for part-time nursing faculty have also been productive and the college is continuing its recruiting efforts. Students who plan to enter the nursing program must first complete a set of prerequisites. Once the prerequisites are completed at satisfactory standards, they can petition to enter the nursing program. Graduates of CNM’s nursing program are eligible to take the national (NCLEX) certification exam to become a Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), depending on their nursing major, and enter the workforce. They can also transfer seamlessly to the University of New Mexico if they want to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing, making them eligible for leadership positions.

GED Graduation Ceremony Set for June 19

CNM will host its annual GED Graduation Ceremony on June 19 at 10 a.m. in Popejoy Hall. Bob Cross, a former GED graduate who now teaches GED preparatory classes in CNM’s School of Adult & General Education, will deliver the keynote address. Cross took GED preparatory classes at CNM before earning his GED. He then earned a CNM associate’s degree and transferred to the University of New Mexico, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Education. Cross says he’ll use his speech to reinforce that it’s never too late to take advantage of the power of education. The popular GED ceremony provides graduates with an opportunity to celebrate their success in a memorable cap-and-gown ceremony.

Math Instructor Published in Online Academic Journal

CNM math instructor and Faculty Senate Chair Bill Pletsch recently completed research that was published in the online academic journal “ScienceDirect.” His work was titled “A recursion of the Pólya polynomial for the symmetric group.” Pletsch calls the Pólya polynomial a virtual “mathematical screwdriver” that helps to solve combinatorics problems. “Some people hate mathematics, but I see the beauty in it,” said Pletsch of his passion for math. “It is one of the great accomplishments of humankind.”

Dual Credit Opens Doors for Rio Grande Grad

Transito Rael, who graduated from Rio Grande High this spring, is on track to graduate from CNM with an associate’s degree in pre-management in August. Rael has taken advantage of CNM’s tuition-free Dual Credit program, which allowed him to take freshman- and sophomore-level college classes at CNM that counted for both high school and college credit. In the fall, he will transfer his CNM credits to the University of New Mexico, where he will be two years ahead of most other incoming freshmen at UNM. “CNM’s Dual Credit program gave me control of my education and it opened up a lot of doors, especially financially,” Rael said. “I had a really positive experience and it saves you a lot of money on tuition. And the books are paid for. It’s very worthwhile. I hope more high school students take advantage of it.” Rael has been taking dual credit classes the last two years while at Rio Grande High and he will have nearly 70 college credit hours amassed when he graduates with his associate’s degree in August. He will then take advantage of a CNM 2+2 agreement with UNM, which will allow him to seamlessly transfer his CNM credits into UNM’s business administration bachelor’s degree program in the Anderson School of Management. With two years of experience in a college setting doing college-level work, Rael will enter UNM highly prepared and very confident. He says his ultimate career goal is to be in “high-level management in a multi-national company, maybe even CEO.” For more info on dual credit, visit

Donations Continue

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

  • $31,673 from Abt Associates, Inc., for the Center for Working Families General Fund
  • $1,000 from Don Power for the Annual Fund
  • $1,000 from Jaynes Corporation for the Annual Fund
  • $1,775 from United Way of Central New Mexico for Adult Basic Education
  • $2,500 from the Follett Higher Education Group for the Annual Fund
  • $7,500 from Intel Corporation for the Annual Fund
  • $35,000 from McCune Charitable Foundation for the Changing Lives, Building Community Fund
  • $2,000 from Surveying Control, Inc., for the James P. Toler Scholarship Endowment
  • $15,000 from American Indian Education Foundation for the American Indian Education Foundation Challenge Grant
  • $1,775 from United Way of Central New Mexico for Adult Basic Education
  • $40,000 from the Daniels Fund for the Daniels Fund Opportunity Award
  • $2,500 from PNM for the CNM Special Event Fund
  • $2,000 from Anna Tummelson for the Rust Opportunity Assistance Fund
  • $1,500 from John Mondragon for the Annual Fund


Thanks for Your Support of CNM!
Kathie W. Winograd