President's Report - June 2012

Jun 01, 2012

CNM Joins Partnership to Feed Hungry Children This Summer

Many children in our community depend on school breakfast and lunch programs for essential nutrition throughout the school year – but what happens during summer vacation? Increasingly, organizations and individuals are stepping up to fill the gap. This summer, CNM is partnering with non-profit New Mexico Appleseed, the City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County in an initiative called the Summer Food Fellowship to feed hungry children and provide leadership and career experience to high school and college students. CNM volunteers including students, faculty and staff are working with partner groups to provide healthy meals and educate kids about the importance of good nutrition habits and exercise. On June 11, CNM participated in a kickoff event for the program at Tiguex Park in Old Town. CNM President Kathie Winograd, Governor Susana Martinez, Mayor Jim Berry, Bernalillo County Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins and NM Appleseed Executive Director Jennifer Ramo spoke at the event and then handed out free lunches and participated in educational and fitness activities with the kids. CNM School of Business & Information Technology Associate Dean Donna Diller helped to get the partnership off the ground. Diller is also the administrator of the Healthy Meals, Fit for Life grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which is helping to fund the Summer Food Fellowship. For more information about the Summer Food Fellowship, call (505) 224-3820.

Veterans Affairs Secretary Visits CNM, Touts CNM VetSuccess Program

Eric K. Shinseki, Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and a retired four-star general, visited CNM on May 24. After a campus tour and briefings with officials from CNM, the University of New Mexico and the VA Albuquerque Regional Office, he participated in a roundtable discussion with CNM and UNM student veterans in the Richard Barr Boardroom in CNM’s Student Resource Center. Following the roundtable, the secretary spoke about the VetSuccess on Campus programs at CNM and UNM, and the Obama Administration's efforts to provide higher education and vocational training benefits to veterans. The VetSuccess Center at CNM, located in the Disability Resource Center on the second floor of the Student Services Center on Main Campus, opened for full-time operation on June 4. An on-site counselor from the VA will be available for student veterans daily Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Walk-in visits will be accommodated whenever possible, or people can call the office at (505) 224-3265 to make an appointment. The Center will provide a wide variety of support services and resources tailored for veterans.

Make a Nomination for Distinguished Alumni Award

Applications are now being accepted for the CNM Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award. This prestigious award serves to recognize CNM alumni who have attained distinction in his or her professional field or life which reflects the mission and values of CNM. If you know an outstanding alumnus, call the CNM Foundation at (505) 224-4685 to obtain an application form or stop by their office on Main Campus in the A Building, Room 130.

CNM Employees Work to Increase Literacy in the Community

Did you know that 16 percent of adults in Bernalillo County lack the education and skills to perform basic reading, writing and math tasks like calculating a tip at a restaurant or finding information in a news article like this one? Literacy issues affect thousands of New Mexicans and some gracious CNM staff members and volunteers are working to help them. The Adult Literacy Movement of Albuquerque (ALMA) is a grant-funded program operating at CNM and coordinated by Melanie Viramontes, learning center supervisor in the Assistance Centers for Education (ACE). When Viramontes began coordinating the program a few years ago, the program once called Literacy Volunteers at CNM was in a transition period. She aided workers in the program in applying for a grant from the New Mexico Coalition for Literacy. The program was awarded the grant in September and is thriving once more. "The literacy volunteer program is open to the community. (Community members) get matched with a volunteer tutor, not our CNM paid tutors," Viramontes said. Right now the program has about 65 tutors and each one is trained through the New Mexico Coalition for Literacy. Tutors meet with students on a CNM campus about two hours a week and help students with everything from reading and writing to basic math. The program also helps a lot of students who are learning English as a second language. For more info, call (505) 224-3966.

A Year of Change for Tax Help, but Same Great Service

Tax Help New Mexico, the free tax preparation service for qualifying New Mexicans, wrapped up another year of helping its state by preparing 33,276 returns through the help of volunteers statewide. This was a year of major change. For the first time, the service was operated through a partnership between CNM and the United Way of Central New Mexico. As in the past, many CNM employees and students served as volunteer tax preparers at CNM campuses. But this year, the United Way helped to recruit and organize the efforts in other parts of the state. In all, 28 sites operated across the state to provide free tax preparation service to New Mexico households that earned less than $50,000 in 2011 and for those who were age 65 or older. This year, Tax Help was able to save its clients about $4.2 million in tax preparation fees and the service generated nearly $19.3 million in tax refunds by helping taxpayers take advantage of tax credits to which they are entitled. The $19.3 million in refunds also makes a significant impact on the state's economy.

Donations Continue

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

  • Citi
  • Frontier Restaurant/ Golden Pride
  • Nancy Floyd Haworth Foundation
  • PNM
  • Scholarship America
  • Toby and Elisa Simon
  • Doug and Jane Swift
  • Marilyn Toler
  • Wells Fargo Bank


Thanks for Your Support of CNM!
Kathie W. Winograd