President's Report - May 2009

May 01, 2009

Students Gather Gold at State Event, Head to Nationals

CNM students continued the college’s long tradition of success at the annual New Mexico SkillsUSA competition, where about 650 students from colleges across the state put the skills they’ve learned in their career and technical fields to the test. Of the 70 CNM students that competed, 23 earned gold medals and a total of 49 earned either gold, silver or bronze medals. CNM students swept gold, bronze and silver medals in computer maintenance, food and beverage, industrial motor control, residential wiring, commercial baking and secondary aviation. CNM’s gold medal winners will represent the college at the national SkillsUSA Championships to be held in June in Kansas City, Mo. The $32 million event is the largest showcase in the country for career and technical education students. SkillsUSA is a national partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to strengthen America’s skilled work force.

CNM’s Enrollment No. 1 in New Mexico

As recently reported in the Albuquerque Journal and the New Mexico Business Weekly, CNM’s spring 2009 student headcount enrollment was the largest among all state higher education institutions for the first time in the college’s history. CNM’s student enrollment for college-credit courses was 24,621 on the census date for full-term classes, which surpassed the University of New Mexico’s student enrollment of 24,449 for the spring term. New Mexico State University had the third-highest student enrollment at 16,303 for the spring term. The second-largest community college in terms of enrollment was San Juan College with 9,700 students. UNM’s and NMSU’s branch campuses are considered separate two-year colleges.

Students in CNM District Will See No Increase in Tuition

In light of the economic challenges many are facing in the community, the CNM Governing Board approved an operating budget in April that includes no increase in tuition rates for students in the CNM District. The tuition rate per credit hour for academic transfer courses will continue to be $41 for in-district students and $51 for out-of-district students. Career and technical and college-prep courses will remain tuition free for students within the CNM District. Students outside the District will begin paying tuition for college-prep and career and technical courses beginning in fall 2009. Students outside CNM’s District but who are within the college’s Geographic Area of Responsibility (such as Bernalillo, Estancia and Moriarty) will begin paying $10 per credit hour for college-prep and career and technical courses. Students outside of both the District and CNM’s GAR will begin paying $51 per credit hour for college-prep and career and technical courses.

CNM Communicating, and Tweeting, Through Social Media

In an effort to expand communication avenues with students and the community-at-large, CNM recently launched social media sites on Facebook, Twitter and Ning. Valuable information about classes, important dates, upcoming events and much more is posted to the sites throughout the day. Students can also share photos and discuss daily happenings on the sites.

Register Now for Summer Term

CNM’s summer-term classes will begin on May 18. The last day to register for full-term classes is May 26. There are also a wide variety of condensed sessions – including night and weekend classes – that begin throughout the summer term. The schedule of classes is available online at and copies are free at all campuses. For more information, call (505) 224-3000.

Calabro Named Dean of Math, Science & Engineering

Rich Calabro, who has been serving as interim dean for nearly two years, has accepted the permanent position as dean of the School of Math, Science & Engineering. Calabro has been at CNM since 1988, beginning as an instructor in various disciplines that included anatomy, physiology, biology, environmental science and life science. His administrative service to CNM began in 2002 with the position of associate dean in what was then the college’s Arts & Sciences Department. Calabro earned his master’s degree in science/biology from the University of New Mexico.

Achievement Coach Honored by YWCA

Ann Lyn Hall, an achievement coach in the School of Adult & General Education, was recently honored by the YWCA Middle Rio Grande as one of Albuquerque’s Women on the Move. The award recognizes women who make significant contributions to their communities, businesses and organizations.

CNM Makes President’s Community Service Honor Roll

CNM has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its dedication to volunteering, service learning and civic engagement. CNM was one of only two New Mexico schools to receive the highest federal recognition given to a college or university for community service activities. CNM’s Service Learning program connects community volunteering with classroom instruction to encourage students to learn about civic responsibility.

Governing Board Extends Education Benefits to Family of Employees

Included in the 2009-10 operating budget approved by the CNM Governing Board is an extension of the educational benefit, currently afforded to CNM employees, to their dependents. CNM will waive tuition, registration fees and technology fees for CNM courses for eligible spouses, domestic partners and/or dependent children of CNM employees. The spouse, domestic partner and/or dependent child of a regular full-time employee is eligible for waivers of up to 12 credit hours per calendar year. The benefit for the families of part-time employees is four credit hours per calendar year.

Donations Continue

CNM is grateful for the following donations to the Foundation:

  • $504 from Martin Humphries for the Physical Plant Reward and Recognition Fund
  • $540 from Judy Lalani for the Rust Opportunity Assistance Fund
  • $600 from Diana Matier for the Rust Opportunity Assistance Fund & TAX HELP NM
  • $1,000 from Lisa McCulloch for the CNM Foundation Annual Fund
  • $504 from Judith Olean for the Paralegal Public Interest Law Center General Fund


Thanks for Your Support of CNM!
Kathie W. Winograd