President's Report - May 2011

May 01, 2011

CNM Awards Record Number of Degrees, Certificates This Spring

This spring term, CNM has awarded more than 1,870 degrees or certificates to 1,563 graduating students, both all-time records at the college. The previous all-time high for degrees and certificates awarded in a term was 1,525, set after the fall 2010 term. The previous high for a spring term was 1,475 in spring 2010. A record number of students also participated in the 2011 Spring Graduation Ceremony on April 29, when 455 graduates walked in the ceremony at Tingley Coliseum.

CNM’s Summer Term Begins May 23

Open registration for CNM’s 2011 Summer Term is under way and classes begin May 23. The last day to register for full-term courses is May 31, but classes fill fast, so register now. For more information, including the 2011 Summer Term Schedule of Classes, visit

Dean of Students Honored as National Service Learning Leader

Back in 1994, as a CNM instructor in his food service management class, Rudy Garcia introduced a new concept to the CNM student experience – Service Learning. The concept, which uses community service to enhance classroom instruction, was immediately put to good use by Garcia’s food service management students, the first official students of Service Learning at the college. They developed food safety manuals for four different homeless shelters around Albuquerque, helping to ensure that the homeless would be served healthy meals. Now, 17 years later, thousands of CNM students have learned the value of serving their community through the college’s Service Learning program. Dr. Rudy Garcia, now CNM’s dean of students, has guided the growth of the CNM program from its inception and it has developed into a highly regarded community college model for Service Learning success. He’s helped various colleges from around the country, and even outside the country, implement successful Service Learning programs that aim to instill in students a lifelong appreciation for community service, civic engagement and social responsibility. For his 17-plus years of advancing Service Learning, Dr. Garcia will be honored as one of the 20 Most Influential Service Learning Practitioners in the United States at the 20th anniversary celebration of the Community College National Center for Community Engagement, which will take place in Scottsdale, Ariz., in late May. CNM’s Service Learning program earned the 1999 National Bellwether Award for being the best instructional Service Learning program in the country. In 2006, Dr. Garcia won the Spirit of Service Award from the Corporation for National and Community Service.

CNM Library Showcases Creative Works of Employees

Amid the hustle and bustle of teaching, grading papers, holding office hours, advising, tutoring, providing student support and running the daily operations of the college, many CNM faculty and staff find time to create original works of art outside of the classroom. In April, CNM held its first “CNM Authors” event, which honored employees who have been published or created original works of art. More than 100 works were honored, from novels to paintings and sculptures.

Financial Aid Staff Gets Praise from National Financial Aid Leader

CNM’s Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services has been delivering record amounts of financial aid to students for several years in a row. The sheer volume of students lining up to apply and qualify for financial aid is enough to keep financial aid employees constantly on their toes, but evaluating and processing financial aid requests isn’t their only challenge. In addition to the increases associated with record enrollments, changes in federal regulations have also been on the upswing, prompting a federal financial aid leader to send a letter to college and university presidents across the country praising the impressive work of their financial aid employees. “During the past two years, we have witnessed the largest increase in financial aid in the history of the federal student aid programs,” said William Taggart, Chief Operating Officer of Federal Student Aid, in his letter to college and university presidents. “As a result, record numbers of students are enrolling in higher education programs, reflecting the increased accessibility of postsecondary education. Your financial aid administrators play a vital role in ensuring students can access higher education and that your institutions remain in compliance with federal student aid program regulations. I am writing this letter to articulate my appreciation for their efforts and congratulate them on their continued success.” When the summer term concludes, which will mark the end of the current academic year, CNM expects to have distributed another all-time record for financial aid disbursements. “We’re anticipating that we will be in the $90 million range for this academic year, which will be the largest disbursement ever for us,” said CNM Financial Aid Director Lee Carrillo. “Our previous high was last year at about $82 million. For about the last six years, we’ve been disbursing record amounts.

CNM Students to Compete at National SkillsUSA Championships

At the New Mexico SkillsUSA competition in April, 25 CNM students earned gold medals and qualified to compete at the National SkillsUSA Championships in Kansas City, Mo., in late June. Competitors were judged on their skills in career technical education fields such as Crime Scene Investigation, Aviation Maintenance, Firefighting and Welding. CNM students also earned 12 silver and 14 bronze medals at the state competition. The National SkillsUSA Championships More than 15,000 people, including student competitors, instructors and business partners, are expected to attend the weeklong event in Kansas City. It’s considered the largest showcase for career technical education students in the country.

Donations Continue

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

  • $4,000 from N.M. Facility Managers Network for N.M. Facility Managers Network Scholarship Endowment.
  • $1,000 from NM Educators Federal Credit Union for Local Bond Solicitation for Education
  • $2,500 from Premier Distributing Company for Local Bond Solicitation for Education
  • $1,000 from Presbyterian Healthcare Services for Local Bond Solicitation for Education
  • $30,000 from Sandia National Labs for Changing Lives, Building Community Fund
  • $5,000 from Scholarship America for Scholarship America Mentorship Program


Thanks for Your Support of CNM!
Kathie W. Winograd