President's Report - November 2009

Nov 01, 2009

College Set to Celebrate Student Success at Fall Term Graduation Ceremony

The CNM Fall 2009 Graduation Ceremony is set to be held on Dec. 11 at Tingley Coliseum on the EXPO New Mexico State Fairgrounds. This will be the second straight year that CNM will conduct a graduation ceremony for those students who graduate at the conclusion of the fall term. The fall ceremony was enacted to provide fall graduates with a timely opportunity to celebrate their momentous achievement with friends and family. The traditional graduation ceremony at the end of the spring term also continues at the college.

CNM Student Wins Award from National Science Foundation

April Lujan, a student in the Manufacturing Technology program in the School of Applied Technologies, received a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Student Award for Excellence at a recent NSF conference titled “Technicians in the Green Economy: Sixteenth National ATE Principal Investigators Conference.” It was held Oct. 21-23 in Washington, D.C. and Lujan was among 65 students from 37 schools across the country who presented their work at the conference. Lujan is nearing completion of an associate’s degree in manufacturing technology with a concentration in MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems), a manufacturing technology involving components and systems that are very small (less than 1 millimeter) but larger than those used in nanotechnology. Everyday applications of MEMS systems include inkjet printers, airbag sensors, digital cameras, video game controllers, medical devices, cell phones and many other technologies. April came to Albuquerque from the Tohlakai Navajo Reservation north of Gallup. She is the mother of four children (ages 2 to 9), and has been attending CNM part- or full-time since 2004.

CNM, UNM Sign Student Transfer Agreement in Engineering

In October, representatives from CNM and UNM signed another 2+2 student transfer agreement that will allow students to take the first two years of coursework for a bachelor’s degree in engineering at CNM, then seamlessly transfer to UNM for the final two years of coursework. Students who earn an associate’s degree in engineering at CNM can now apply all of their credits and courses directly toward any of the following bachelor’s degrees in UNM’s School of Engineering: electrical engineering; computer engineering; mechanical engineering; construction engineering; chemical engineering; nuclear engineering; or civil engineering. This 2+2 agreement is the eighth that has been signed between CNM and UNM since August 2007, when the two institutions signed a groundbreaking memorandum of agreement focused on increasing collaboration and opportunities for students. CNM also has 2+2 transfer agreements with eight other four-year colleges or universities. To learn more, visit

Spring 2010 Schedule of Classes Available

Students can get a head start on mapping out their schedules for next term with the Spring 2010 Schedule of Classes, which is available now. Continuing student registration begins Nov. 9 and open registration starts Nov. 30. Electronic versions of the schedule are available at They’re also available on all campuses.

CNM Vet Tech Program Gets Kudos from State

The CNM Veterinary Technology program has received special recognition from the State of New Mexico Board of Veterinary Medicine for the great strides it has made since it began in 2005. The letter of recognition from John A. Romero, Chairman of the New Mexico Board of Veterinary Medicine, as well as Governor Bill Richardson, congratulates CNM on the short amount of time that it took to become an accredited veterinary technology program. CNM has graduated a third of the vet techs in the state during the last four years, helping to bring the current number of registered vet techs in New Mexico to 117. The program was also recognized for its retention rate, which has significantly increased since its first year. While the retention rate of the program is between 60-70 percent, the retention rate of each class is increasing, with the current 2009 cohort at 100 percent. Some curriculum changes and other modifications have helped inspire students to stick through the tough early semesters.

CNM Helps to Welcome USS Albuquerque Commander and Crew to Duke City

CNM’s director of the Center for Community Programs and Partnerships, Sharon Gordon, had a hand in bringing to Albuquerque members of the crew of the USS Albuquerque submarine, which was originally launched into service by the U.S. Navy in 1982. As the current chair of the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce’s USS Albuquerque Committee, Gordon extended an invitation to USS Albuquerque commander Mike Bardoff, his family and some crew members of the USS Albuquerque to the Duke City. They accepted the invitation and visited Albuquerque last month during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, participating in a variety of functions where they were honored. CNM Governing Board member Blair Kaufman and Dean of Students Rudy Garcia are also on the USS Albuquerque Committee.

Acclaimed Speaker to Host Seminar on Enhancing the Classroom Learning Experience

CNM will host a seminar titled “The Faculty’s Role in Creating an Enabling Learning Climate” on Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Smith Brasher Hall auditorium. Faculty, staff and students, as well as the general public, are invited to attend the free event. The seminar’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Howard G. Adams, who has spoken at over 500 colleges and universities and has conducted training sessions for a number of Fortune 500 companies. He is also an accomplished author. The seminar will focus on strategies and techniques that faculty can use to enhance the academic climate to meet the academic, personal and developmental needs of students. For more information, call CNM Achievement Coach Patricia Gamboa at (505) 224-3568.

Theater Department Looking for In-house Writers to Tickle an Audience’s Funny Bone

For those in the CNM community who have ever watched Saturday Night Live and thought about how they could crack an audience up with an original skit idea, here’s their chance. The CNM Theater Department is accepting original short comedy plays and skits for its spring 2010 production at the Vortex Theatre. All current CNM students, faculty and staff are eligible to submit a one-two page play/skit for consideration. The theme for the comic skits is: “We humans are loveably nuts.” The deadline for submission is Dec. 1 at 5 p.m. and they need to be submitted electronically to Joe Damour at


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Kathie W. Winograd