President's Report - May 2010

May 01, 2010

New Degrees Expand Student Options

Beginning in the fall term, CNM will begin offering three new programs of study – associate’s degrees in biology and physics, and a dietary manager certificate. The associate’s degrees in biology and physics will provide students with a rigorous curriculum that will be equivalent to the first two years of coursework for a bachelor’s degree in those disciplines. All of the credits are transferrable to CNM’s four-year partners around the state, providing clear transfer opportunities. Biology is one of the most popular disciplines at UNM, which will make CNM’s associate’s degree a sensible option for high school students interested in biology. Physics is an important discipline for CNM to support through this degree option because of its central importance to the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. These degrees are the first of many discipline-specific associate’s degrees being developed by Academic Affairs. The new Dietary Manager Certificate of Completion will educate students on the principles and practices related to the administration of food services for public and private institutional settings. The program will include instruction in human nutrition, food safety, the design and organization of food service systems, purchasing and personnel management. Upon completion of the certificate, students will be eligible to sit for the Dietary Manager Association’s national exam and earn nationally recognized credentials.

Register Now for Summer Term

The 12-week summer term begins May 24 and open registration is under way. As usual, students are encouraged to register early because classes fill quickly. The schedule of classes is available online at For more information, call CNM at (505) 224-3000.

Governing Board Approves Design Services for Major Renovations

At the April Governing Board meeting, the Board approved the award of architectural design services for four major renovation projects that include Jeannette Stromberg Hall and the S Building on Main Campus; Tom Wiley Hall and the H Building on Montoya Campus; Alameda Business Center Phase I; and the former Albuquerque Public Schools data center that will be renovated into a new Main Campus Bookstore and Student Activities Center. The architect for each project will be required to design the renovations in a way that will meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications. With the opening of the new Student Resource Center on Main Campus set for August, the Main Campus library located in Jeannette Stromberg Hall will be relocated to the SRC. That has provided the opportunity to plan for major renovations in Jeannette Stromberg Hall that will help CNM better serve its students. The Jeannette Stromberg project calls for major renovations to the entire building to provide additional Health, Wellness & Public Safety classrooms and specialized labs. The renovations will provide a mock hospital setting to enhance the learning environment for students in healthcare programs, such as a simulated emergency room. All of the building renovations will include various upgrades to improve energy efficiency.

GED Graduation Ceremony Set for June 19

CNM will host the 23rd annual New Mexico GED Graduation ceremony at 10 a.m. on June 19 at Popejoy Hall on the University of New Mexico campus. The event, which celebrates students who have earned their GED over the past year, is always inspirational and it’s believed to be the only cap-and-gown ceremony of its kind for GED graduates. The ceremony gives students and their families a chance to celebrate this life-changing milestone. Many of the graduates have overcome significant challenges to reach this point, and many continue on to pursue a degree or certificate at CNM. CNM’s GED classes are offered through the School of Adult & General Education, which has been recognized as one of the four best models in the nation for adult basic education by the National Center for Developmental Education and the Center for Advancement of Adult Literacy.

Film Crew Technician Program Holds Forum to Inform Interested Students

Faculty members from the Film Crew Technician program held an open-house orientation for prospective students and other interested parties at the Workforce Training Center on April 27. Instructors Jim Graebner, Barton Bond and Reuben Finkelstein addressed a crowd of about 50 people, covering many topics including the history of the film industry in New Mexico, current and future employment opportunities, the distinction between “above-the-line” and “below-the-line” jobs on a film set, the daily routine of film crew professionals and details about the CNM film crew curriculum.

CNM Culinary Instructor Honored as ‘Outstanding New Mexico Woman’

Chef Joyce Woodard, a CNM Culinary Arts instructor, has been named a recipient of the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Outstanding New Mexico Women. Woodard’s students nominated her for the distinction, which has been awarded to 20 women annually since the award was initiated during former Governor Bruce King’s tenure in 1986. The Outstanding Women earn the award for their exceptional efforts to improve the status of women in New Mexico. They are rated on “community leadership, effectiveness of advocacy for positive change for women and families, and leadership in their careers. “I never dreamt out of the thousands of women in New Mexico that I’d get this award,” Woodard said. “I feel very honored. The students are so excited about it; to see them so excited was really wonderful.”

Westside, South Valley Libraries at Your Service

The libraries at the Westside and South Valley campuses have recently began offering comprehensive library services. The Westside Campus library is now open Tuesday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the South Valley Campus library is open Tuesday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Current services include reference help, access to online collections, book pickup and library instruction. Beginning this summer, the Westside and South Valley libraries will add student study areas, public-access computers and circulating and reference collections. For more info on the Westside Campus library, call (505) 224-5423. For more info on the South Valley Campus library, call (505) 224-3275.


Thanks for Your Support of CNM!
Kathie W. Winograd