President's Report - November 2017

Nov 01, 2017

Start Planning Now for Spring Term Classes; Open Registration Underway

It’s time to start planning for the Spring Term that begins Jan. 16. Open registration for the Spring Term is underway and you can view Spring Term courses at

CNM’s Popular Hour of Code Event Expands

CNM Ingenuity and CNM’s School of Business & Information Technology are teaming up this year to host CNM’s biggest Hour of Code yet. Due to the popularity of the event, it’s expanding from two CNM locations last year to six CNM locations this year. They will take place on Dec. 5 and Dec. 6 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Kids of all ages are invited to learn the basics of coding in a fun atmosphere. Each Hour of Code, which is part of the international Hour of Code movement, will walk participants through basic coding activities that are designed for 2nd graders through 8thgraders, but anyone is welcome to participate. Pizza will be provided. For locations and to sign up, go to  

Electric Lineworker Apprentices Train at Rio Rancho Campus

CNM, CNM Ingenuity, Inc. and the New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperatives Association (NMRECA) have partnered to bring the association’s statewide Lineworker Electric Power Training Facility to the CNM Rio Rancho Campus. Fifty apprentices trained at the facility in October as they prepare to become fully-fledged electrical lineworkers for one of NMRECA’s 15 rural cooperatives. The facility includes 16 poles, six transformers and an underground power grid. Apprentices train on the grid of electrical systems that are underground, above ground and on the poles. In addition to apprenticeship trainings, CNM Ingenuity will begin offering a pre-apprenticeship program in January for people interested in becoming an electric lineworker. The CNM Ingenuity pre-apprenticeship program will also be located at the Rio Rancho Campus and will run 12-16 weeks followed by an additional 240 hours spent interning with one of the rural cooperatives. For more info, email

Distinguished Alumni Award Winner Goes to Laser Tech Inventor

The CNM Foundation recently announced John Joseph as the 2017 CNM Distinguished Alumni Award winner. Joseph graduated in 1980 from CNM with an associate degree in Laser Electro Optics, which helped pave the way for his extraordinary career. He is the founder of OptiPulse, a very promising company that’s producing a new optical wireless technology that could revolutionize high-speed communications and broadband. Joseph is the inventor of the technology. Before founding OptiPulse, he founded and launched three successful start-ups, including TriLumina, which is built upon one of his previous laser electro-optics patents. He has 12 patents in laser electro-optics, including one for the technology that powers OptiPulse. Joseph has also worked for Sandia National Laboratories, Los Alamos National Laboratories, EMCORE and others.

Financial Aid Forms Available for 2018-19 School Year

The 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available. The FAFSA for the 2018-2019 school year uses tax info from the 2016 tax year, which are typically filed by April 18, 2017. There’s no need to wait until after you file taxes like in previous years to fill out your 2018-2019 FAFSA. Visit for more info.

Presidential Fellow Seeks to Expand Use of Student-owned Devices in Classroom

About 70 percent of CNM students own personal devices such as laptops, tablets or smart phones. So why not let students take advantage of the devices they are familiar with and incorporate them into classroom instruction? That’s what CNM Presidential Fellow Anna Gilletly, an anatomy and physiology instructor, is investigating this year for CNM – the possibilities of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). “Students are already bringing these devices to campus,” she said. “We should take advantage of this fact. They like their devices and feel comfortable using them.” She says there are multiple reasons for using BYOD in the classroom. Some include sustainability (less demand on computer labs), reducing printing and book costs for students, easily tracking assignments and quizzes, providing immediate feedback to students, and preparing students for the technological demands of local, national and international job markets.

Theatre Department’s Fall Production Runs Through Nov. 19

The CNM Theatre Department is presenting 22 short plays that stem from the interpretations of three little words – “Run-Set-Take” – starting Friday, Nov. 10, and running through Sunday, Nov. 19, at the college’s Coal Avenue Theatre (CAT). The plays range in length from one to five minutes and were written by regional playwrights, including Patricia Crespin, Anna George, Casey Mraz, Stephanie Gillo, Kevin Peterson, Leodis Smith, Susan Erickson, Leonard Madrid, Jason Witter, Shannon Flynn, Magdalene Gallegos, Gregory Moss, Sarah Lentz and Jay Muskett. “The words – Run-Set-Take – are three of the words in the English language with the most definitions,” said Leonard Madrid, chair of the Theatre Department, “The playwrights were challenged to write plays about their interpretations of one or more of the words.” Performances are Nov. 10, 11, 12, 17 18 and 19. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m. Sunday performances are at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 each and can be paid with cash or credit cards. For reservations, go to


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

  • Sally and Ken Adams
  • Bank of the West
  • Linda Barr
  • Michael and Barbara DeWitte
  • Mark and Ingrid Gorham
  • Melinda Guillemette and William T. Tappan
  • Diane Harrison Ogawa and Greg Ogawa
  • Mr. and Mrs. Keith Hartnett
  • LaDonna and Paul Hopkins
  • Kelly L. Koepke and Donald Pizzolato
  • Ann Lerner and Skip Drinkard
  • Georgie Ortiz/CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
  • Sandia Resort and Casino
  • Ronald and Shirley Wells

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