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President's Report - March 2010

Mar 01, 2010

CNM, UNM Partner to Increase Pool of Qualified Teachers in K-12 School Districts

On March 3, CNM and the University of New Mexico signed two 2+2 student transfer agreements aimed at producing more graduates who will be qualified to teach in the high need areas of special education and pre-kindergarten education in local K-12 school districts. “Given the teacher shortage we face today, we applaud the efforts of CNM and UNM to ensure a highly qualified pool of educators for our future,” said Winston Brooks, superintendent of Albuquerque Public Schools. “It has been a challenge to keep up with the demand for Special Education teachers. We are also excited to see the steps CNM and UNM are taking to train early childhood educators, who often have the greatest influence on students in their early years.” The signings for the 2+2 agreements, which allow students to complete the first two years of a bachelor’s degree at CNM and then seamlessly transfer to UNM for the final two years, will mark another advancement in the movement to increase the level of partnerships among all levels of education in New Mexico in an effort to improve the entire education system. One of the 2+2 agreements will provide a clear pathway for CNM students to earn an associate’s degree in Teacher Education with a concentration in Special Education or Elementary Education, then transfer seamlessly to UNM to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Special Education and Elementary Education. UNM provides a Dual License Program that qualifies graduates to teach both elementary education and special education. Local K-12 school districts have struggled to meet the demand for special education teachers. The other 2+2 will clear the way for CNM students to earn an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Multicultural Education and then smoothly transfer to UNM to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Multicultural Education. This degree track will help to produce more qualified teachers for the critical preschool and pre-kindergarten years of New Mexico children. These 2+2 signings were the 12th and 13th between CNM and UNM since August 2007, when the two institutions signed a groundbreaking memorandum of agreement focused on increasing collaboration and providing more pathways for students to succeed.

Annual Open House Helps Students Find Their Course at CNM

CNM will host its annual Open House on March 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Main Campus, when about 2,000 high school and middle school students from around the region will tour the campus and learn about the educational opportunities available to them at CNM. An eventful feature of the Open House is that it coincides with the New Mexico SkillsUSA competition at CNM’s Main Campus, where college students from around the state put the skills they’ve learned in the classroom to the test. More than 600 students will be competing in areas like culinary arts, welding, carpentry, plumbing, cosmetology, public safety, web design and much more. The high school and middle school students attending the Open House can check out the competitions. CNM faculty and staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide information. Many CNM programs will be represented in the Ted Chavez Hall parking lot. For more info, call (505) 224-3265.

CNM Tutors Find New Inspiration at Conference

In February, the Assistance Centers for Education rallied its team of tutors for an all day conference titled a “Passport to Excellence.” The conference featured speakers and workshops in topics ranging from creating more effective learning environments to dealing with plagiarism to manipulating math. About 70 tutors and Instructional Technicians from both ACE and TRiO Student Support Services gained knowledge in a myriad of topics that will help them develop their professional skills. Lis Turkheimer, director of ACE, said the conference was a great opportunity for all of the ACE staff to come together as a group. Some tutors have been in the field for as long as 20 years, while others were just beginning in the field. CNM President Kathie Winograd offered the opening remarks to kick off the day and spoke about the experiences of her father’s return to school and his success. The keynote address was delivered by Jim Jorstad, whose professional focus is on creating innovative learning environments and using technology to facilitate tutoring.

CNM Seeks ‘Sustainability Champions’ in the Classroom

The Faculty Education Subcommittee of the President’s Sustainability & Climate Control Task Force are gathering information about what CNM instructors are doing in the classroom to support sustainability. During CNM’s Sustainability Week April 19 to 23, the task force intends to showcase the efforts of “Sustainability Champions” to increase awareness and to share ideas with other faculty.

Montoya Campus Speaker Series Continues on March 25

Cheryl Foote, an instructor in the School of Communications, Humanities and Social Sciences, will conduct a forum titled “Private Kitchens, Public Policies, the Creation of a Regional Cuisine” on March 25 from 6-7:30 p.m. in J Building, Room 124 on the Montoya Campus. She will discuss the history of Southwestern food and the creation of a regional cuisine. For more info, call (505) 224-5524.

English Department Puts an Irish Accent on Second Novel Slam

Get into the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day with the CNM English Department, which will put an Irish accent on its second novel slam that’s scheduled from March 22-25 at the Westside Campus. Students, employees and the public are invited to read aloud for 10-minute intervals from either Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray” or James Joyce’s “Dubliners.” The event will include Irish music and dancing. Participants are welcome to wear Irish-style costumes. You can reserve a spot to read from one of the above novels by e-mailing English instructor Veronique Kaemerer at vkaemerer@cnm.edu or call (505) 224-5310. Drop-ins are also welcome to read in the 20 minutes before each hour.

Donations Continue

CNM is grateful for the following donations to the Foundation:

  • $1,775 from United Way of Central New Mexico for the Adult Basic Education Grant
  • $5,000 from Presbyterian Healthcare Services for Changing Lives, Building Community Fund
  • $5,000 from Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin & Robb, P.A., Changing Lives, Building Community
  • $3,000 from Noel Behne for the Noel D. & Frances C. Behne Scholarship Endowment
  • $1,000 from Jennifer S. Thomas for the American Indian Education Foundation Grant

 

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