President's Report - March 2011

Mar 01, 2011

CNM Student Earns National Scholar Award

Just two years ago, Viet Nguyen left his native Vietnam and moved halfway across the planet to pursue his dream of becoming a college student in the United States. When he arrived, he knew very little English and had problems communicating. But a big heart translates well in any country. And as fate would have it, Nguyen says, he found the perfect place to help bring his dreams to life – CNM. On Feb. 28, after a year-and-a-half of taking classes at CNM, Nguyen became the first CNM student to earn the New Century Scholar Award from the national Phi Theta Kappa honor society for two-year colleges. One student from each state wins the award, which will be presented to Nguyen and his fellow New Century Scholars at the annual American Association of Community Colleges Convention in New Orleans on April 11. “It was not just me that won this award,” said Nguyen, a chemistry major with a 4.0 GPA. The staff at CNM and the instructors at CNM helped me win this award. They deserve a lot of the credit.” The award, which includes a $2,000 stipend, is based upon grade point average, service to your community college, service to your community and proven leadership qualities.

CNM Students Honored at Legislature for Making All-USA Academic Team

In mid-February, eight outstanding CNM students were honored during “Community College Day” at the New Mexico Legislature in Santa Fe for being named to the 2011 All-USA Academic Team, which also provides the students with scholarships they can use toward a bachelor’s degree at any New Mexico university. Students who earned the distinction were judged on transcripts, essays, letters of recommendation and campus and community involvement. The CNM students who made the AllUSA Academic Team are: Richard Bruggerman, Matthew Liguori, Farhod Bahritdinov, Megan Moffett, Rosalind Raguini, Carlos Trevino, Chanin Kelly and Viet Nguyen.

Welding Instructors Recognized for Outstanding Teaching

Kay Hamby and Robert Ulibarri, CNM welding instructors, recently received the Section Education Award from the Albuquerque section of the American Welding Society “in recognition of quality instructional performance devoted to the promotion and expansion of welding skills and knowledge.” The welding program prepares students to succeed in a wide variety of welding-related jobs. CNM produces more welding graduates than any other educational institution in New Mexico.

CNM Theater Department Raises Curtain on Spring Production March 10-13

The curtains will be drawn for the Theater Department’s spring production, “Boxers or Briefs? Seven Sassy Shorts,” on March 10-13 at the Vortex Theater, which is located at 2004 ½ Central Ave. SE, just north of Main Campus. The production features a cast of 17 CNM student actors in seven 10- minute plays that tackle the hard questions of love, life and the pursuit of happiness. All but one of the shorts are comedic plays. The short plays range from a Wild West shootout to a shocking yard sale in the year 2021. Shows will take place nightly from March 10-12 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee performance on Sunday, March 13, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased through the Vortex Theater ( or (505) 247-8600).

New Board Member for District 4 Sworn in March 8

The CNM Governing Board will take a new shape on March 8, when Mark Armijo will be sworn in as the new Governing Board representative for District 4. Mr. Armijo was voted into the seat in the Feb. 1 election, and will replace outgoing District 4 Board member Carmie Toulouse, who has served on the Board the past 12 years. Mr. Armijo, a South Valley native, will represent the South Valley and the Southeast Heights east to Eubank Blvd. “I feel like I understand my constituents’ needs and I think I have a good feel for people’s education needs in the community,” he said. Armijo is currently the president of the Governance Board for Nuestros Valores Charter School in the South Valley and he is a programmer analyst for the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority. He is also president of the Pauline Armijo Scholarship Fund.  New Student Resource Center Drives Increase in Students Accessing Library, Tutoring: In August 2010, the CNM Main Campus Library and the tutoring center moved to the impressive new Student Resource Center building on Main Campus. With its exceptional views and large windows, spacious study areas and easy-access resources, the SRC has drawn significantly more students to both the library and tutoring center, which is called the Assistance Centers for Education. According to a recent survey of students, there was a 34 percent increase in student visits to the library from fall 2009 to fall 2010. “I visit the new library more often because I like the space and natural light,” student Vanessa Hernandez said. Student visits to the SRC for tutoring services rose 21 percent from fall 2009 to fall 2010. The Main Campus Library was previously located on the fourth floor of Jeannette Stromberg Hall. With its impressive new digs, the new library space is more popular than it has ever been at CNM.

Donations Continue

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

  • $4,000 from the New Mexico Facility Managers’ Network for the New Mexico Facility Managers’ Network Scholarship Endowment
  • $2,000 from Carl Alongi for the Linda and Carl Alongi Accounting Scholarship Endowment
  • $1,000 from Architectural Research Consultants for the Local Bond Solicitation for Education
  • $1,000 from Associated General Contractors for the Local Bond Solicitation for Education
  • $175,000 from Bank of America for the CWF Financial Coaching and Training Fund
  • $1,000 from Bohannan Huston, Inc. for the Local Bond Solicitation for Education
  • $1,000 from Bridgers Paxton Consulting Engineers for the Local Bond Solicitation for Education
  • $1,000 from Don Chalmers for the Local Bond Solicitation for Education
  • $1,000 from Charles Williams Corporation for the Rust Opportunity Assistance Fund
  • $10,000 from Citi for the Gorham Financial Literacy Project
  • $1,000 from Roger Cook for the Annual Fund $500 from Mike DeWitte for the Annual Fund
  • $100,000 from the Frank Gorham Jr. & Marie Gorham Charitable Foundation for the Gorham Financial Literacy Project
  • $1,000 from Garcia Infiniti for the Local Bond Solicitation for Education


Thanks for Your Support of CNM!
Kathie W. Winograd