President's Report - May 2015

May 01, 2015

Open Registration for Summer Term Is Under Way

Open registration continues for the Summer Term. Classes fill fast, so register now! You can check out the Schedule of Classes at The Summer Term begins May 26.

CNM Celebrated Spring Graduates at Ceremony May 9

More than 690 graduates donned caps and gowns for CNM’s Spring Graduation Ceremony on May 9 at Tingley Coliseum, where more than 8,000 family, friends and CNM employees celebrated the graduates’ life-changing achievements. Dr. Barbara Damron, New Mexico’s newly appointed Cabinet Secretary for the New Mexico Higher Education Department, was the keynote speaker. GED graduates and graduates of the College & Career High School, located on CNM’s Main Campus, also participated in the ceremony. In all, 2,231 students graduated from CNM during the Spring Term with 2,722 associate degrees or certificates. Congratulations to all of the graduates!

Entrepreneurs, Early-stage Businesses Invited to Apply for IGNITE Accelerator

Aspiring entrepreneurs and early-stage business owners who would like to accelerate the progress of their young business or business idea are invited to apply for CNM’s second IGNITE Community Accelerator that begins June 12. Deadline to apply is May 29. The Accelerator helps aspiring entrepreneurs accelerate the growth of their business or business idea by providing highly valuable opportunities to learn about strategies that can propel a fledgling business to success. The IGNITE program is tailored to each entrepreneur’s needs. To learn more, go to

College & Career High School Accepting Applications for 2015-16

The College & Career High School, a partnership between Albuquerque Public Schools and CNM, allows high school students to take CNM dual credit classes for half of their day and APS classes the other half. CNM tuition and textbooks are free to the students and their families. The CCHS is located on CNM’s Main Campus and just concluded its second year in existence. This spring, 39 students graduated with their high school diplomas – as a senior class, they completed 424 CNM courses totaling 1,273 credit hours during their time at CCHS. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible for the school. If you or somebody you know has high school kids who might be interested in CCHS, visit for applications and more information.

Several New Programs Debut in Fall Term

Beginning in August, CNM will launch 12 new associate degree or certificate programs. They include: Environmental Planning and Design Associate of Arts; Bench Jewelry Certificate of Completion; Substance Abuse Counselor Certificate of Completion; Online Teaching and Learning Certificate of Achievement; Electronic Health Informatics Associate of Applied Science; Exercise Science and Wellness Associate of Applied Science; Optical Dispensing Associate of Applied Science; Optical Dispensing Advanced Level Certification Certificate of Completion; Optical Dispensing Basic Level Certification Certificate of Completion; Community EMT Certificate of Achievement; Veterinary Receptionist Certificate of Achievement; and Computer Science Associate of Science. Go to for more information.

CNM Partners with 2030 District to Make ABQ More Eco-friendly

CNM has partnered with Albuquerque’s emerging 2030 District, part of a national initiative to reduce energy and water consumption, and transportation emissions. College officials recently signed a commitment letter to join the growing movement. A 2030 District is a collaborative network of property partners, professional partners and public partners in a community that is aiming for 50 percent reduction of energy, water and transportation consumption for existing buildings and net zero energy for new properties by 2030. Currently there are nine established 2030 districts nationally and internationally -- Seattle, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Denver, Stamford (CT), San Francisco, Dallas and Toronto. Albuquerque will soon become the 10th. CNM will join other Albuquerque 2030 District property owners in voluntarily committing to make Albuquerque an even more economically competitive and environmentally healthy community.

Lowrider Art & Culture Kicks Off ‘Talk & Tours’ at CNM STEMulus Center

To honor the lowrider culture in New Mexico, CNM will be sponsoring two “Talk & Tours” the same day as the May 16 Lowrider Convention at the Albuquerque Convention Center. The Talk & Tours will consist of a brief discussion on the history of the lowrider culture and related art in the state, followed by an optional guided tour of the convention. Making presentations at the Talk & Tours will be Miguel Gandert and Jessica Rosazza Williams. Gandert’s Lowrider 'cultura' photographs have been displayed at some of the top museums and galleries around the world. Williams, a CNM art history instructor, has investigated ways in which these historical elements reveal themselves in works of art that reflect New Mexico’s identity. The event takes place from 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. on May 16 at the CNM STEMulus Center, 20 First Plaza Center NW, across the street from the Convention Center. There will be an art exhibit at the STEMulus Center’s Pop-Up Pavilion, featuring some of Gandert’s photography, as well as a 10-minute slide show of Gandert’s lowrider photography set to the voice of former New Mexico Poet Laureate Levi Romero. For more info, call 224-5200. The ticket price is $25, but doesn’t include the cost of admission for the convention.

Nursing Student Selected for Nightingale Scholarship

CNM nursing student Lyric Hammonds is the recipient of a $1,000 Nightingale Nursing Scholarship to assist her in pursuing her associate degree in nursing. Hammonds volunteers at Presbyterian Hospital Child Life Department and is past secretary and current president of CNM’s Student Nurses Association.

Donations Continue

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

  • New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Richard and Linda Barr
  • Conoco Phillips Company
  • Modrall Sperling Law Firm
  • Yashoda Naidoo and David Montgomery
  • The Daniels Fund
  • Tri-Core Reference Laboratories
  • United Way of Central New Mexico


Thanks for Your Support of CNM!
Kathie W. Winograd
CNM President