President's Report - May 2017

May 01, 2017

Summer Term Starts May 15, Still Time to Register

Get empowered with a CNM education. Registration is now open for the Summer Term, which begins May 15. To map out your classes, go to

CNM Celebrates Student Success at Graduation Ceremony May 6

CNM held its 2017 Spring Graduation Ceremony on May 6, when more than 620 graduates donned caps and gowns and officially became college graduates. Randy Mascorella, executive director of Special Olympics New Mexico, was the keynote speaker. More than 8,000 family members and friends of the graduates attended the ceremony at Tingley Coliseum.

CNM’s FUSE Makerspace Moving to Innovate ABQ

CNM’s FUSE Makerspace will be setting up shop in a much larger, higher profile location in late summer, when it moves to the Innovate ABQ research and innovation site in Downtown Albuquerque. FUSE, which operates under CNM Ingenuity, Inc., opened at a temporary 3,000-square-foot location on CNM’s Main Campus in April 2016, as a community resource to help stoke the rapidly growing startup spirit, and foster creative exploration and economic growth. The new space will provide 13,000 square feet of space. The makerspace provides students, entrepreneurs, hobbyists, and small businesses access to high-tech machinery and computer software to design and prototype new products, create artistic works or pursue their hobbies while working in a collaborative, supportive environment. It is currently outfitted with equipment for wood, metal and machine shops; electronics fabrication; laser and vinyl cutting; 3D printing; and screen printing. Learn more at Or check it out on Twitter @FUSEMakerspace.

Former CNM Administrator Donates $500,000 to CNM Respiratory Therapy Program

Diane Klepper, M.D., former medical director of CNM’s Respiratory Therapy (RT) program, has awarded the college $500,000 to support the Respiratory Therapy program. A medical teaching lab in the JS Building on Main Campus has been named in her honor. Klepper graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1964 and completed a residency at the University of Washington. She served as medical director of CNM’s Pulmonary program from 1989-2012. Respiratory therapy is an allied health profession specializing in diagnostic testing, therapeutic treatment and critical care support for patients suffering from life-threatening or chronic cardiopulmonary diseases.

CNM Offering Summer Day Camp for Middle, High School Students June 16

Workshops such as healthy snack making, isolating DNA from your own cells, building a robot from a Raspberry Pi computer, and writing and producing a movie script will be part of CNM’s Summer Camp for middle and high school students on June 16. Full- and half-day workshops will be available. CNM Summer Camp aims to familiarize students with potential degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering and math. The camp is free, but there is a refundable $20 fee to hold a spot. For more information or to register, call (505) 224-3352.

CNM Students Take First and Third at Screenwriting Competition

CNM students took first and third place in the Scholastic Screenwriting Competition sponsored by the New Mexico Film Foundation in late April. Their scripts were read by local actors during a gala at the Governor’s Mansion in Santa Fe. The CNM screenwriters are Oliver Galvan, who won first place and received a $1,000 prize, and Kody Hamilton, who came in third place, winning $200. The scripts were required to follow a New Mexico historical theme. Both screenplays featured conquistadors, pueblos they were trying to conquer and mythological figures who came to the aid of the pueblos. “A lot of movies are filmed in New Mexico, but they are not written and produced here,” Galvan said. “These awards are an attempt to encourage high school and college students to learn to create films so they will one day be able to go from concept to the final, edited version -- all in New Mexico.”

Student Team Competes at NASA-sponsored Robot Competition

A team of CNM computer science and engineering students came in fifth place overall and second place in technical papers in a NASA-sponsored “Swarmathon” robot competition in April. The competition was held at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. CNM competed against 19 teams from across the country using NASA pre-assembled robots that the students programmed to autonomously navigate an arena, finding and collecting small objects. They were mimicking the gathering of resources, such as ice, on Mars. The competition is a NASA Minority University Research Program project, which strives to ensure that underrepresented and underserved students participate in NASA education. Students included Adrian Acosta Villa, Joel Adkins, Rudy Garcia, David Kirby, Steven Lindsley, Jacob McCullough, Charles Nuanes, Juan Rueda, Jeffery Schlindwein, Paul Ward and Kaily Young with Dr. Chu Jong as faculty advisor. While at the NASA facility, the CNM students met with NASA engineers and officials and discussed possible internships and other opportunities.


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

  • Car Crafters, Inc.
  • Annette Chavez y De La Cruz and Art De La Cruz
  • CSL Plasma
  • Mr. and Mrs. David J. Davis
  • Intel Foundation
  • Dr. Janice E. Micali
  • Modrall Sperling Law Firm
  • Molina Healthcare of New Mexico
  • O’Neils Pub
  • J.J. and Doug Parsons
  • Quintana Dental Practice
  • Bob and Sandy Rausch
  • Rita Rivera
  • State Farm Mutual Auto Insurance Company
  • Jane N. Swift
  • The Aspen Institute
  • U.S. Eagle Federal Credit Union


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