President's Report - November 2008

Nov 01, 2008

Plans for Rio Rancho Campus Move Forward

CNM is getting closer to breaking ground on the new Rio Rancho Campus. Construction of the road that will lead to the campus near the Rio Rancho City Center is scheduled to begin in March 2009 and construction of the first campus building on CNM’s 40-acre site is slated to start in May 2009. The building, which is scheduled to open in 2010, will be one of only a few in Rio Rancho that will be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified, which means the construction and operation of the building will meet high standards of energy efficiency and environmentally friendly practices. All of the classrooms will have natural light and there will be an interior courtyard where students can study with protection from the wind. Artist renderings of the building are available at Some of the programs of study that will be available when the campus opens include nursing, business administration and computer and information technology, as well as a variety of liberal arts classes. The building will also include a nursing simulation lab and biology and computer labs.

Find Your Course for Spring Term

The spring term schedule of classes is available and free in the admissions area at all campuses, on the Web at and in the Marketing and Communications Office on Main Campus. The spring term begins Jan. 12 and open registration for new students starts Dec. 1. Registration for continuing students begins Nov. 10. Many classes fill quickly, so it’s time to think about what courses you want to take, when you want to take them and what campus you prefer. For more info, call 224-3160.

Culinary Program Gets High Marks for Reaccreditation

Representatives from the American Culinary Federation (ACF) conducted a site visit of the CNM Culinary Arts program in October and were thoroughly impressed. The program was given the highest available rating and is being recommended for full accreditation, which will accredit the program for seven years, the most allowed. For the first time, CNM’s Advanced Baking program was also put up for accreditation by the ACF. It received emphatic thumbs up as well, earning a five-year accreditation by the ACF, which is the most allowed for a first-time accreditation.

Weems Artfest Benefits CNM Foundation

Proceeds from the Weems International Artfest “Preview Night” to be held on Nov. 6 at EXPO New Mexico will benefit the CNM Foundation, which works to provide financial assistance to students in need of support. Preview Night gives guests an exclusive sneak peek at the work of more than 250 artists from around the world before the event hits full swing on Nov. 7. Award-winning actress and artist Jane Seymour was the special guest on Preview Night.

Forums Set to Discuss Future Identities of CNM Campuses

CNM will begin holding forums that will help the college develop a more strategic plan for each of the four campuses. The input from these forums – the “CNM Campus Profiles Conversations” – will help CNM identify the programs and services that will best serve the uniqueness of each campus. CNM will also be striving to group course offerings at each campus in a way that will limit the need for students to commute between campuses. Two to three forums will be held at each campus, beginning in November. If you’re interested in attending any of the forums, go to for more information.

Second Graduation Ceremony Set for December

Students who graduate from CNM in the fall term now have an opportunity to participate in the celebration of a fall graduation ceremony. CNM will hold its second graduation ceremony of the year on Dec. 12 at the University of New Mexico’s Johnson Center. The keynote speaker will be CNM alumnus Susan Wilson, who is currently the director of public relations for Lovelace Health System.

CNM Shoots for Quality New Mexico’s Top Honor

CNM has submitted a detailed 50-page application to Quality New Mexico for consideration of its prestigious top honor, the Zia Award, which recognizes outstanding organizations for performance excellence in a comprehensive set of areas. CNM has won three Quality New Mexico Roadrunner awards, which recognize significant progress toward performance excellence. This is CNM’s first attempt at the Zia.

CNM Board Member Elected to National Board of Directors

CNM Governing Board member Carmie Lynn Toulouse was recently elected to a second term on the Association of Community College Trustees Board of Directors. Toulouse, who has been a CNM Governing Board member since 1999, serves on the ACCT Finance and Audit committees and she was previously a member of the ACCT Diversity Committee

CNM Employee Wins Regional Award

Diana Chavez, administrative assistant to the president and executive assistant to the CNM Governing Board, was honored with the Professional Board Staff Member Award for the Western Region of the Association of Community College Trustees.

Donations Continue

CNM is grateful for the following donations to the Foundation:

  • $600 from Doug Swift for the Unrestricted Fund
  • $300 from Doug Swift for the Rust Opportunity Assistance Fund
  • $200 from Doug Swift for the GED Scholarship Fund
  • $10,000 from Bank of America for Bank of America Workforce Development Scholars $10,000 from Bank of America for Reading Kids Count General Fund


Thanks for Your Support of CNM!
Kathie W. Winograd