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President’s Report - May 2007

May 01, 2007

Security Issues Being Addressed

In the wake of the tragedy at Virginia Tech last month, CNM has been reviewing, updating and making plans to expand its security and emergency response systems. CNM is currently pursuing possibilities for a more immediate and direct method of communicating alert messages across all of its campuses to students and employees. As part of a new agreement, the Albuquerque Police Department has expanded its presence on CNM campuses. In addition to Main Campus, APD is now making regular patrols five days a week through the Montoya and Westside campuses. The South Valley Campus and Workforce Training Center will also receive occasional patrols. Led by Phillip Bustos, vice president for student services, and Sally Pearson, interim vice president for academic affairs, CNM is also forming an internal team to address security concerns in classrooms and across all of the campuses. The CNM Employees Union – which represents faculty, instructional support employees and security officers – and the Office of the Dean of Students will be hosting forums on classroom and campus safety for students, faculty and staff during the 2007 summer and fall terms.

Get Ready to Click on CNM’s New Website

A new design for the CNM website will make its internet debut on May 18. The front page of the website will include photos and will be more user friendly. “We listened to feedback and addressed issues that were commonly raised about usability and design of the page, and I think we’ve created a page that meets everyone’s needs,” said Jeremy Agor, interim director of the Public Information Office. The design was created by marketing firm D.W. Turner. The new website will be the first phase of several upgrades in the coming months to CNM’s Web environment.

Students Will Star in Lottery Commercial

Students in the welding and computer animation programs at CNM will be featured in the New Mexico Lottery’s upcoming television advertising campaign. The ad campaign is designed to promote the diverse educational and professional development opportunities at New Mexico community colleges and their accessibility through the Legislative Lottery Scholarships. “We want students and their parents to know that the skills required for an exciting and meaningful career can be obtained by attending one of the state’s excellent community colleges and that the Legislative Lottery Scholarships can help,” said Lottery CEO Tom Romero. The ads are expected to debut across the state in late spring.

Summer Term Begins Soon

After a three-week break for students and faculty, CNM’s summer-term classes will begin on May 14. The last day to register for full-term classes is May 21. There are also a wide variety of condensed sessions – including night and weekend classes – that begin throughout the term. The schedule of classes is available online at www.cnm.edu and copies are free at all campuses. For more information, call (505) 224-3000.

Students Shine at State Contest, Prepare for Nationals

CNM students made 41 trips to the medal stand during the recent New Mexico SkillsUSA competition, which was held at CNM. The CNM team won 13 gold medals, 17 sliver medals and 11 bronze medals in categories ranging from residential wiring to culinary arts to 3-D visualization and animation. CNM’s overall performance was golden as well, since they collected more medals than any other postsecondary institution in the state. CNM’s gold medalists advance to the national SkillsUSA Championships in Kansas City, Mo., which take place June 26-29. The philosophy of the SkillsUSA Championships is to reward students for excellence and to involve industry in directly evaluating student performance and to keep training relevant to employer’s needs. At the 2006 national championships, 4,800 students competed in 84 separate events. More than 1,500 judges participated, many of which are industry representatives.

CNM Earns Public Relations Awards

The Public Information Office recently earned three Cumbre Awards from the New Mexico Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. CNM earned a silver award for its Annual Report (annual report category). CNM also took bronze awards for its newsletter, Express (newsletter category), and for its Arts Faire event (special events and observances category). Staffers who were recognized for their work on the projects were: PIO’s Marjorie Cambise and Brad Moore from the President’s Office for the Annual Report; PIO’s Jeremy Agor and Cambise for the Arts Faire project; and PIO’s Jennifer McDonald, DeAnn O’Connor, Agor and Moore for Express.

CNM Supports the International Science and Engineering Fair

CNM is a sponsor for Intel’s International Science and Engineering Fair 2007, which will be held May 13-19 at the Albuquerque Convention Center. The event will attract approximately 1,500 top high school students from every state in the U.S. and 46 other countries and territories. Students put their own cutting-edge research on display to compete in areas such as nanotechnology, genetics, fuel efficiency, engineering and medicine. The general public can visit the Intel ISEF 2007 on May 17 from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. and on May 18 from 9 a.m.-noon.

ETC. Etc. etc.

In tandem with National Bike to Work Week May 14-18, CNM will celebrate Bike to Work Day on Thursday, May 17, from 7-9:30 a.m. at the Student Services Center patio area on Main Campus. A bicycle mechanic from Fat Tire Cycles will be available to help with minor repairs of bikes and there will be a drawing for gift certificates to local bike shops. Representatives from the City of Albuquerque and the New Mexico Rail Runner will also be on hand with bike maps, bus routes and train schedules to assist in planning alternative commuting routes… The nursing programs, led by Debbie Cassady, were recently awarded full re-accreditation by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission… Lois Carlson, associate vice president for academic affairs, has been invited to serve on the 2007 Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award. She has been an examiner since 2005…

 

Sincere Thanks for Supporting CNM!
Michael J. Glennon
President