President's Report - November 2014

Nov 01, 2014

Thanks for Voting on Higher Education Bond C

CNM expresses its thanks to everybody who voted on Higher Education Bond C during the General Election, which passed with 60 percent of the vote. The passage of Bond C means that CNM will receive $10 million that will go toward a major renovation of Smith Brasher Hall, one of CNM’s oldest buildings that is home to many of the college’s information technology and business programs. The renovation will include upgrades to the outdated technology infrastructure in order to establish a state-of-the-art technology environment that will greatly enhance learning and better prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow. The renovation will also include mechanical upgrades that lead to much more energy efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, which will save energy and money for taxpayers and the college. A new entrance and more pedestrian-friendly walkways that better connect students to other areas of the college are also included in the renovations plans. Overall, Bond C will provide $139 million for construction and renovation projects at colleges and universities across the state.

Register Now for 2015 Spring Term

Registration for the 2015 Spring Term is currently under way for continuing students. Open registration for new and returning students begins Nov. 17. Visit to map out your courses, and remember, courses fill fast so register early! The Spring Term begins Jan. 20.

Want to Ignite Your Fledgling Business? Attend Accelerator Application Workshop

If you’d like to accelerate the progress of your business, learn about how to apply for the Ignite Community Accelerator at the CNM STEMulus Center. Starting in January, 15 early-stage businesses will participate in a 12-week program that will teach entrepreneurs how to accelerate their business’s profitability. Through training, mentoring, coaching and support, businesses will receive more than $15,000 worth of services that will help them develop a 100-day plan of action for their business’s next level of growth. The free workshop on how to apply for the Accelerator will be held Nov. 21 from noon to 1 p.m. at the PNM Pop-up Pavilion located at the CNM STEMulus Center in Downtown Albuquerque. To reserve your spot at the workshop or for more info, email or visit Applications will be accepted through Dec. 5.

STEMulus Center Announces ‘Power Up Your Idea’ Contest Winners

The CNM STEMulus Center announced the three winners of its “Power Up Your Idea” contest, all aspiring entrepreneurs. First place went to Andrew Fearnside Art and Design, a maker of fine design home accessories. He wins a free seat in the Ignite Community Accelerator, an intensive 12-week training program that includes an array of valuable business services valued at more than $15,000, such as mentoring from local entrepreneurs, personal business coaching and access to other resources designed to accelerate progress for young businesses. Second place went to Gary Xie of ClipCam, a developer of functional technology accessories. He won an iPad and three months of free co-working space at the STEMulus Center. Third place went to Aaron Cowan of HeartProTech, a designer of custom 3D printed jewelry for healthcare patients. He wins a $50 voucher for 3D printing services at the STEMulus Center and free financial coaching from CNM Connect.

Workforce Training Center Hosting Supervisor Academy

CNM’s Workforce Training Center is offering its Supervisor Academy beginning on Jan. 23. Courses take place on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Supervisor Academy will provide people with the tools to be a successful supervisor. In the past 10 years, the Supervisor Academy has served over 2,000 employees representing over 100 companies and government agencies across the state, and has become known as one of the best supervisor training programs in Albuquerque. For more info, call 224-5206 or visit

Theatre Department Presents ‘The Cat Has 8 Lives’

CNM will celebrate the opening of its new Coal Avenue Theatre with “The Cat Has 8 Lives,” an entertaining collection of eight ten-minute plays featuring both hilarity and heartbreak. The show, which features 21 students and a faculty member, will run on weekends from Nov. 7-23 – Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Regular admission is $8. Student/military/senior discount admission is $5. Reservations are recommended by calling 224-3593. It will be the first presentation in the Theatre Department’s new 65-seat, black box theatre located on the north side of Coal Avenue between University Blvd. and Buena Vista Dr., near the crosswalk between the S and JS buildings.

Donations Continue

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

  • Carl and Linda Alongi
  • Steven and Shara Anaya
  • Associated General Contractors
  • Bohannan Huston, Inc.
  • Chavez Grieves Consulting Engineers, Inc.
  • DSRM National Bank
  • Greer Stafford/SJCF Architecture, Inc.
  • Hanna Plumbing & Heating
  • Holman’s USA
  • Carl and Martha Koestner
  • Glee L. Lewis
  • Lovelace Health System
  • Lisa and Frank McCulloch
  • Tara McCune
  • Don and Connie McLeod
  • Yashoda Naidoo and David Montgomery
  • New Mexico Women in Corrections
  • PNM
  • Presbyterian Healthcare Services
  • Sicario Movie LLC
  • Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation
  • The Daniels Fund
  • Verizon Foundation
  • Yearout Mechanical, Inc.


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