President's Report - October 2009

Oct 01, 2009

CNM Montoya Campus Celebrates 30th Anniversary and Newest Building

The Joseph M. Montoya Campus recently celebrated its 30th anniversary in grand style. And not only was there cause to celebrate 30 years of delivering outstanding educational opportunities to the Northeast Heights community, but the campus was also ringing in its newest addition, the Montoya Campus Bookstore building. A grand opening ceremony was conducted for the college’s newest building, a 20,000-square foot facility designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The building, which features a long list of energy efficient and environmentally friendly features, now houses the bookstore, faculty offices and offices for Information Technology Services. After the grand opening ceremony, CNM continued with its 30th anniversary celebration of the Joseph M. Montoya Campus, which is named after the former U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator from New Mexico. This fall, more than 7,500 students are attending the Montoya Campus. If the campus stood on its own, it would be the third largest independent community college in the state.

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrated at CNM

CNM celebrated National Hispanic Heritage Month in its own special way on Sept. 30. The college held an event titled “Educación Para Todos – Education for All,” that was free and open to the general public with special emphasis placed on providing information to the Hispanic community about accessing education at CNM. A wide variety of community organizations that were also celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month were represented. Representatives from various CNM programs of study, ranging from career and technical fields to the arts and sciences, were available to answer questions. Information was also provided on a variety of CNM services, such as financial aid; applying for admission to the college; registration; academic and career advisement; English as a Second Language courses; and GED exam preparation courses. Musicians and dancers also performed in honor of Hispanic culture.

CNM Establishes Flu Hotline, Web Page to Monitor Flu Developments

With the flu season at hand, CNM has enacted a Flu Hotline at (505) 224-3FLU (3358) that will provide information for those who might feel ill. It will also help the college monitor any potential outbreaks of the H1N1 virus (Swine Flu) and it will enable CNM to provide updates in the event that there are large numbers of students or employees absent. There is also a CNM web page at where students and employees can access a variety of information, including frequently asked questions and links to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the New Mexico Department of Health sites.

CNM Governing Board Member Flies CNM Banner at Balloon Fiesta

Governing Board member and hot air balloon aficionado Blair Kaufman will continue what has become an annual tradition. He will fly his hot air balloon – the Sundagger – with CNM’s logo on it at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. It’s more proof that CNM continues to soar to new heights.

New Online Events Calendar Allows You to Keep Up to Date with CNM

A new online calendar of events feature has been added to the front page of the website. The calendar of events is located in the right column of the front page, giving you a day by day update on what’s happening around CNM’s campuses. The public is also welcome to use the calendar to submit for consideration community events that would be of interest to the CNM community. To submit an event, just click on the calendar icon at the right of the page.

Talk Like a Transylvanian at Dracula Novel Slam

The CNM community and the public are invited to participate in the CNM English Department’s Novel Slam 2009, when volunteers will read aloud from Bram Stoker’s Dracula for 10 minutes at a time. Participants are encouraged to wear costumes at the readings, which will take place Oct. 26-30 from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on the Westside Campus in the Westside I Rotunda. Reserve your spot by e-mailing or just flutter by; drop-ins are welcome to read at 20 minutes before each hour.

CNM Starts New Early Childhood Multicultural Education Program

With a high demand in the community for early childhood educators, CNM launched the Early Childhood Multicultural Education program this fall. “The more research that comes out, the more we learn how important those early childhood years are to setting the foundation for academic achievement,” said Erica Volkers, CNM’s director of education programs. Students can now pursue ECME associate’s degrees in three concentrations: Birth-Third Grade Teacher, Early Childhood Program Administration, and Family, Infant and Toddler. All classes in these areas are transferrable to any college or university in the state that offers an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in the field. CNM is also offering a certificate in Child Development. There is high employment demand in all of the ECME areas. For more information, call (505) 224-3597.

Read All About it, Student Newspaper Now Available Online

CNM’s student-run newspaper, the CNM Chronicle, can now be viewed in a new light. Visit to check out the new online version of the paper and get a perspective of CNM through the student reporters who experience it firsthand.

Donations Continue

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

  • $2,000 from Maria Pardo for the Mark Pardo Salon Scholarship Endowment in honor of A.J. “Pardo” Gonzales
  • $1,000 from Sandia Peak and Tram for the CNM Foundation Annual Fund
  • $1,000 from Greg Winegardner for the CNM Foundation Annual Fund
  • $2,743.50 from Follett Higher Education Group for the Applied Technologies In-kind Fund
  • $30,000 from Ford Technical Support Program for the Applied Technologies In-kind Fund
  • $990 from Jerry Littlejohn for the CNM General In-kind Fund
  • $975 from Jerry Littlejohn for the CNM General In-kind Fund


Thanks for Your Support of CNM!
Kathie W. Winograd