President's Report - March 2007

Mar 01, 2007

Congratulations to the Next President

I’d like to extend my sincere congratulations to Kathie Winograd, who will succeed me as CNM president on July 1. I have complete confidence in Ms. Winograd’s ability to be a great leader for our college and I wish her all the best in furthering the important missions of CNM. Over the next few months, I look forward to working closely with Ms. Winograd, so we can ensure that there will be a smooth transition this summer. I know that some of her early priorities are to continue to strengthen our relationships with Albuquerque Public Schools, Rio Rancho Public Schools and the University of New Mexico. She has also begun the process of filling two vice president posts – vice president for planning and budget, and vice president for academic affairs.

CNM Close to a Deal for Rio Rancho Land

CNM, the University of New Mexico and the State Land Office have agreed in principle to a deal that would clear the way for CNM to purchase 40 acres of land adjacent and contiguous to the future site of UNM’s West Side Campus. The deal calls for UNM to sell CNM 15 of its acres at the site with the SLO making available for public auction 25 adjacent acres, which are limited to educational use. If successful in the bidding process, CNM would have the land it needs to build a Rio Rancho campus. The deal, however, will ultimately be contingent upon a successful CNM annexation of northern Rio Rancho into CNM’s tax district. That will be decided by Rio Rancho voters in an election that is expected in fall 2007 or spring 2008. If the election isn’t successful, ownership of the land would revert back to UNM and the State Land Office, and CNM would be reimbursed.

Explore the Possibilities at CNM Open House

Career pathways for CNM students will be on display by all six academic divisions during CNM’s Open House on Friday, March 23, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Potential students will be able to learn how they can turn their interests into a promising career. High school students can also learn how they can earn college credit while still in high school. The statewide New Mexico SkillsUSA event will also be taking place during the Open House. CNM students will be competing in a wide variety of events, ranging from web design to carpentry to fire science. CNM representatives will be available at the Open House to answer questions about financial aid, career counseling and applying to CNM.

CNM Leadership Program Finishing Third Year

The Executive Leadership Year (ELY), a year-long program that began in 2004 as a way to develop future leaders for CNM, is wrapping up its third cycle. ELY participants, who are selected based on leadership potential, participate in various activities and forums meant to sharpen their leadership skills. To date, 37 employees have gone through the program. On March 26, participants from all three classes will gather to discuss their ELY experiences and share ideas for the program’s future.

National IRS Leader Visits TAX HELP Sites

The Internal Revenue Service’s top administrator in charge of overseeing volunteer tax preparation programs nationwide visited CNM TAX HELP New Mexico sites on Wednesday (March 14) to learn more about the nationally acclaimed tax assistance program. The program has become one of the top five programs in the country for delivering free tax preparation help. The free service is available for New Mexicans who are 65 and older, and for New Mexico households with an income of $39,000 or less. For more information on TAX HELP New Mexico, call (505) 224-4TAX.

CNM’s Wireless Hotspots Spread

Expansion of CNM’s wireless network capabilities has been completed and wireless hotspots are now available at all campuses, allowing students and employees to access the internet without being connected to a wall jack. New wireless hotspots are located at the Workforce Training Center; Westside Campus; the J and H buildings at Montoya Campus; and Jeanette Stromberg Hall, the M Building and the Student Services Center on Main Campus.

Charter School Seniors Visit CNM

CNM’s Recruitment, Orientation and Transitional Services department has been busy building new connections to potential students and improving existing connections for current ones. A new initiative for the department is to reach out to the growing number of students who attend charter schools. There are now 20 charter schools that serve high school students in CNM’s service district. Approximately 100 charter school seniors are scheduled to visit CNM on two dates this month to engage in the enrollment process. A renewed effort by Recruitment, Orientation and Transitional Services to strengthen collaboration with the University of New Mexico resulted in a new record for CNM’s Transfer Days event in late February. UNM visited Main Campus on Feb. 21 and Montoya Campus on Feb. 22, which resulted in 123 CNM students being accepted by UNM admissions representatives. There had never been more than 100 CNM students making the transfer to UNM during a Transfer Days event.

CNM Sponsoring National Conference

The National Youth Leadership Council – in partnership with the New Mexico Commission on Community Volunteerism and with support and sponsorship from CNM – is hosting the 18th Annual National Service Learning Conference at the Albuquerque Convention Center on March 28-29. Service Learning is a concept for students that combines classroom work with community volunteerism for course credit. CNM’s Experiential Learning department is providing support and volunteers for the event. The CNM Foundation is a sponsor for the conference, which is expected to draw 3,000 people. CNM Dean of Students Dr. Rudy Garcia will present a leadership workshop. Keynote speakers include Jane Goodall – founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and United Nations Messengers of Peace – and Jackie Joyner-Kersee – Olympian and founder of the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation. For more information, call (505) 224-4359.


Sincere Thanks for Supporting CNM,
Michael J. Glennon