President's Report - May 2012

May 01, 2012

New Dean Brings New Energy to Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences

Erica Volkers, CNM’s new dean of the School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences, will bring plenty of valuable experience and a multitude of skills to her new position, but that’s not all. “Erica brings energy and enthusiasm,” said Sydney Gunthorpe, interim vice president of Academic Affairs. “She works at maintaining strong relationships both inside and outside of CNM. She works well with all different types of people and maintains the student viewpoint in her actions. She is a dedicated, hard worker who you can tell really enjoys what she does.” Volkers joined CNM in 2006 as the director of Education Programs. In that position, she collaborated with CNM faculty and staff, as well as local school districts, four-year universities, the New Mexico Higher Education Department and officials from the New Mexico Legislature. In 2011, Erica transitioned to the position of associate dean in CHSS, providing her the opportunity to work more closely with faculty in the liberal arts disciplines. Volkers started her career in education as a high school social studies teacher, and she served as a faculty member at Santa Fe Community College prior to joining CNM. She also currently serves as board president for a local non-profit organization and she's president of CNM's chapter of the American Association of Women in Community Colleges.

New Dean of Applied Technologies a Former Student

John Bronisz, who first experienced CNM classrooms as a student, has been named the new dean of the School of Applied Technologies. Bronisz began his professional career at CNM in 1998 as a part-time instructor in the Automotive Technology program, then became a full-time faculty member in 2001. In 2006, he was elevated to director of Transportation Programs. Since 2007, he’s been an associate dean in the School of Applied Technologies. Preceding his professional career, Bronisz was a CNM student, completing the automotive program in 1982 and earning a Liberal Arts associate degree in 1991. As a seasoned professional and a former CNM student, Bronisz knows how important it is for the college to keep up with the latest industry trends to ensure CNM students are learning the cutting edge skills in their fields. The School of Applied Technologies offers programs in a wide range of career technical education fields, such as welding, aviation maintenance, manufacturing technology and surveying engineering. “I’d like to continue to grow our existing programs and I will work with faculty and our industry partners to ensure we keep up with changes in the various industries,” he said. “We will also be attentive to innovative ways in which we can expand our offerings. I want to build on our successes and maintain CNM and AT’s standing as the college of choice for the programs we offer.”

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 second “CNM Authors” event, which honored employees who have been published or created original works of art in the past year. More than 100 works were honored, from novels to paintings and sculptures.

Summer Term Begins May 21

Open registration is under way for CNM's summer term, which begins May 21. If you plan to take classes, register soon because classes fill quickly. To access CNM's Schedule of Classes, visit For more information, call (505) 224-3000.

Student Email to Take Gig-antic Leap Forward

On June 18, student email accounts will leap across a few generations of email evolution when CNM introduces students to "Google for Education." The prolific Gmail service, which is geared for higher education students, will provide each CNM student with enhanced features and 25 gigabytes of email storage, which is about 500 times the amount of storage space the current student email system provides students. Google for Education will also provide students with a more robust set of features, including the Google Calendar App, collaborative options in Google Docs and email access from mobile devices. Of course, students will also be able to quickly uncover buried emails with Google's powerful search function.

Diesel Technology Program Receives Advanced Engine

Students in the CNM Diesel Equipment Technology program will be the first community college students in the nation to experience hands-on instruction with a new generation PACCAR MX engine. The 12.9 liter, 380-485 horsepower engine has been placed on long-term loan to CNM by Inland Kenworth in Albuquerque. Inland Kenworth is an award-winning truck dealership with a large network of locations in Western Canada and the Southwestern United States, offering truck sales, parts and repair services. Delivery of the engine took place in early April at the CNM Advanced Technology Center, 4700 Alameda Blvd. NE. CNM instructors Jim Gore and Eric Leeman and numerous students attended the event to observe the same model engine running in a Kenworth heavy-duty truck. Once the engine is set up in the diesel program laboratory, students will be able to take it apart, handle and inspect parts, measure tolerances and put it back together again. CNM is arranging acquisition of approved tools from Kenworth. The PACCAR MX engine is a step up in technology compared to most heavy-duty diesel engines on the road today. It combines advanced materials and unique design features to achieve weight reduction, increased power, greater reliability and improved fuel efficiency. Experience with this engine will better prepare CNM graduates for the challenges they will meet when they begin their careers.

Donations Continue

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

  • Richard and Linda Barr
  • Noel and Frances Behne
  • Gerald Martin Ltd.
  • Intel Corporation
  • Kirk and Kristy Meyer
  • Toby and Elisa Simon
  • TriCore Reference Laboratories


Thanks for Your Support of CNM!
Kathie W. Winograd