President's Report - March 2012

Mar 01, 2012

New Governing Board Member Representing District 2

At the regular monthly CNM Governing Board meeting in February, the Board appointed Janet W. Saiers to fill the District 2 Board seat, which was vacated when Dr. John Mondragon passed away in January. Ms. Saiers will fill the District 2 seat until the next Governing Board elections in February 2013. She also served as the CNM Board member in District 2 from 2003-2007. Ms. Saiers has been an Albuquerque resident since 1955 and she’s retired from Albuquerque Parks & Recreation, where she worked in a variety of roles including public information, planner and employee education. She also has an extensive record of community service and volunteer activities.

CNM Faculty Members Contribute to National MCAT Guide

Two CNM faculty members recently contributed to the Barron’s MCAT review guide, a widely-used guide to prepare students for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), the test required for all medical school hopefuls. Mariel Campbell, a biology instructor, and Shield Wallace, a chemistry instructor, worked to contribute sections for the guide, which is in its second printing and is now available in bookstores across the country. The MCAT is one of four important components to applying to medical school. Scoring well on the test is always a critical component in a student’s application to medical schools at colleges or universities. Wallace wrote the section on organic chemistry. Campbell was the lead writer for the biology section. The Barron’s guide is one of the most commonly used MCAT test preparation books.

New Medical Labs Open in Jeannette Stromberg Hall

After months of intensive construction work, the new first floor of Jeannette Stromberg Hall has been completed and opened to students. What previously housed a computer lab, tutoring center and classrooms has been completely transformed into a simulated hospital environment for medical programs in the School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety. The first floor is the first completed phase of a comprehensive, $16 million renovation of the four-story building. The first floor now features: a surgical technology lab, similar to a surgery room in a hospital, with an adjacent classroom; four skills labs for nursing students, each of which includes an open room with six beds and individual patient rooms; two large classrooms; six simulation labs, where students can treat “virtual patients,” or high-tech medical training mannequins, while instructors can observe behind a two-way mirror; and a simulated medication room to get medical field students familiar with how medications are distributed in a hospital or clinical environment. The new facilities and equipment will help CNM better prepare students to provide the best healthcare possible in hospitals and clinics across the state. CNM produces more healthcare workers than any other higher education institution in New Mexico. Renovations continue in the rest of Jeannette Stromberg Hall. More medical labs and classrooms are being installed on the second floor. The third floor will include spaces for the Paralegal, Judicial Studies and Criminal Justice programs. The fourth floor will house offices for faculty and staff. The renovations are being funded through the CNM Local Bond, which was approved by voters in February 2011.

CNM to Offer New Support Services to Military Veterans

CNM is in the process of establishing a VetSuccess Center, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (V.A.). "This program is intended to help veterans make the transition from war and military life to higher education and employment," said Dean of Students Dr. Rudy Garcia. The Center, which is expected to open in April, will be located in the Disability Resource Center on the second floor of the Student Services Center on Main Campus. It will be staffed by a full-time, 40-hour-a-week counselor from the V.A. Albuquerque Regional Office. Plans are in the works to add a part-time therapist on campus one day a week, as well as to provide services on other CNM campuses. A pilot program in assisting veteran students with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) is also a possibility. Services offered by the counselor will include: on-campus outreach; transition support services; referrals to V.A. medical and mental health services; adjustment and career counseling (specific to veterans' benefits and issues); assistance in applying for other V.A. benefits; job placement assistance (in coordination with local veterans' programs); expertise with the veterans experience at CNM; and referrals to campus services as necessary. The counselor position will report directly to the VA Regional Office in Albuquerque. CNM serves more than 1,000 military veteran students.

Tax Help New Mexico Sites Open Across State

Tax Help New Mexico, the free tax preparation service for New Mexicans who earn less than $50,000 a year or for those who are age 65 and older, is currently serving taxpayers statewide. Beginning this 2012 tax season, the service is being operated in partnership between CNM and the United Way of Central New Mexico. For hours and locations, and the tax-related forms that you will need to bring to a site, visit or call (505) 224-4TAX. Last year, Tax Help served more than 22,000 New Mexicans and helped to generate more than $21.7 million in tax refunds. The program also saved taxpayers an estimated $3.7 million in tax preparation fees. The service is staffed by volunteers who have passed an IRS certification exam and are trained to help taxpayers take advantage of tax credits they're entitled to, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit.

Donations Continue

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

  • Carl and Linda Alongi
  • American Indian Education Foundation
  • Roger and Jane Cook
  • Frank Luna
  • Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin, & Robb, P A
  • Toby and Elisa Simon
  • Surveying Control Inc.
  • U.S. Bank
  • United Blood Services
  • United Way of Central New Mexico

Thanks for Your Support of CNM!
Kathie W. Winograd