President's Report - November 2010

Nov 01, 2010

Rio Rancho Campus Building Earns Design Excellence Award

The inaugural building at the CNM Rio Rancho Campus, which opened Aug. 30, has earned a “Best of 2010” award for construction and design excellence by Southwest Contractor, a leading construction industry publication. The building won the higher education category for New Mexico, which also qualifies the project for a national award. The building, which was designed to meet high levels of energy efficiency and green standards, will also be under consideration for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.

Consider Alternate Routes if You Travel to Main Campus

Coal Ave. will be closed for at least nine months beginning on Nov. 8, when the City of Albuquerque and construction crews begin a major improvement project for Lead and Coal avenues. While Coal is closed, Lead Ave. will become a two-way road with one lane for each direction. For more information on this project from the City of Albuquerque, visit

CNM Starts Leadership Program for Charter School Principals

CNM has partnered with the New Mexico School Leadership Institute (NMSLI), which was created by the New Mexico Legislature, to offer a professional development leadership institute for charter school principals. Leadership Charter, which was launched by CNM and NMSLI in late October, has 14 charter school leaders in the inaugural cohort. CNM’s role in delivering this professional development institute for charter school leaders is another valuable opportunity for the college to support P-20 advancements for the state’s education system.

New Waste and Recycling Program to Reduce CNM’s Carbon Footprint

In another significant step in the college’s sustainability movement, CNM has signed a contract with Waste Management of New Mexico to reduce CNM’s waste and optimize recycling efforts. The most significant changes will be a new process for shredding and recycling shredded paper, and new recycling dumpsters provided by Waste Management that will collect thicker paper fibers like cardboard, brown paper bags, milk cartons or drink boxes, molded fiberboard, phone books, magazines, brochures, card stock, etc. The expansion of materials that can be recycled at CNM is expected to reduce the amount of CNM trash that goes to landfills by 20 percent.

CNM Buildings Renamed in Honor of Former Leaders

The CNM Governing Board has approved new names for three CNM facilities. On the Westside Campus, the Westside Phase I instructional building has been renamed the Michael J. Glennon Building, in honor of the former CNM president. Michael J. Glennon retired in 2007 after a 10-year term as president. The M Building on Main Campus has been renamed the Louis E. Saavedra Building, in honor of CNM’s first president. Also, the second-floor conference room in the new Student Resource Center has been named the Richard Barr Boardroom, in honor of the longtime CNM Governing Board chair.

National EMS Magazine Touts Success of CNM Program

The Journal of Emergency Medical Services, a leading industry publication, highlighted CNM’s Emergency Medical Technician (Paramedic) program for some innovative practices and impressive feats, including a perfect pass rate on the national certification exam for CNM graduates. The program was recently nationally accredited and new developments with internships and the program’s structure has led to exceptional success. Learn more about the EMS program at

Military Veterans Support Services Fair Set for Nov. 9

CNM’s Second Annual Veterans’ Support Services Fair is planned for Nov. 9 on Main Campus at the Student Resource Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. CNM representatives will inform veterans of services and opportunities at CNM, and several support organizations for military veterans from the community are scheduled to attend to provide veterans with information about their support services. Veterans can also access CNM services and resources available to them at

CNM Preparing to Celebrate Fall Graduates

CNM’s Fall 2010 Graduation Ceremony will take place at Tingley Coliseum on the grounds of EXPO New Mexico on Dec. 10 at 6 p.m.

CNM Student Wins National Welding Competition

Tim Bartosh, a current CNM student and graduate of the welding program in the School of Applied Technologies, won the top prize in a nationwide welding contest sponsored by Miller Electric, one of the country’s leading equipment manufacturers. The event took place at Miller’s headquarters in Appleton, Wisconsin; the competition drew entries from all around the U.S. Bartosh entered the “Difficult” category, the most advanced arena of the competition. He submitted photos of a nine-foot metal sculpture he had previously created to help him earn a trip to the finals. The assignment for the competition was a table made from steel sheet, bar, rod and pipe stock. Competitors in the “Difficult” division had five hours in which to design, fabricate and finish their entries, using materials and equipment supplied by Miller.

Donations Continue

CNM is grateful for the following donations to the CNM Foundation:

  • $4,000 from the Bank of Albuquerque for the Rust Opportunity Assistance Fund
  • $7,500 from Harvard University for the Center for Working Families Fund
  • $10,000 from Roxanna Meyers for the CNM Scholarship Fund
  • $5,000 from PNM for the PNM Renewable Technology Award
  • $5,000 from PNM for the Changing Lives, Building Community Fund
  • $5,000 from PNM for the New Mexico Resources Website Fund
  • $5,000 from Wells Fargo Bank New Mexico for the New Mexico Resources Website Fund


Thanks for Your Support of CNM!
Kathie W. Winograd