President's Report - October 2010

Oct 01, 2010

Vote on Bond D in Nov. 2 General Election

Education Bond D is a bond issue on the Nov. 2 general election ballot that allocates money to help improve the aging infrastructure of New Mexico colleges and universities. If Bond D passes, CNM will receive $16 million that will be allocated to the renovation of Jeannette Stromberg Hall on Main Campus. The renovation would include the installation of specialized labs and a simulated hospital environment for the healthcare fields. Bond D would allocate $155.2 million to colleges and universities across the state. If passed, property owners would see an increase of $9.98 per year on a home with an assessed value of $100,000. Those with properties assessed at $250,000 would see an increase of $24.95 per year.

National Spotlight Results from White House Summit on Community Colleges

President Obama called the nation’s community colleges the “unsung heroes” of America’s education system during his opening remarks at the first ever White House Summit on Community Colleges on Oct. 5. I was fortunate to be one of about 25 community college presidents from around the country to attend the summit, which was led by Dr. Jill Biden, wife of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and a community college instructor for the past 17 years. I felt the summit brought welcomed national attention to the critical role community colleges will play in the country’s economic recovery and education reform movement. I was also very pleased to learn that CNM is at the forefront of many of the issues that are considered vital to community colleges making more progress, supporting more students and partnering more with business and industry to support economic development. CNM’s very strong history of partnering with local business and industry to develop programs and curriculum was one of the areas where CNM, I believe, is ahead of the national curve. And it was an area of significant focus at the summit. CNM’s Dual Credit program, our Center for Working Families, our Achievement Coach model, our memorandums of agreement with the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque Public Schools and Rio Rancho Public Schools, are some other examples where I believe CNM is at the forefront nationally.

CNM Community to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Day

On Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., CNM’s Hispanic Heritage Day Celebration will be held at Main Campus on the Student Services Center patio. The event has taken place every year for the past four years, in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which this year runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. The event will feature a variety of traditional Hispanic music and entertainment, including: flamenco performers from the National Institute of Flamenco at 10:30 a.m.; traditional Mexican and New Mexican guitar and singing by CNM student Ramón Saiz and his wife, Lidia, at noon; and Mariachi music at 2 p.m. This day is also a great opportunity for potential students to learn about CNM and community resources. Representatives from community organizations will provide information on resources at the event. Spanish translators will be on hand to help Spanish speaking students explore programs and help them register if needed.

Vote on Bond B for Libraries in Nov. 2 General Election

Library Bond B will appear on the general election ballot on Nov. 2. If passed, Bond B would provide over $330,000 for materials at CNM libraries. The bond provides funds for library materials for public, academic and tribal libraries. If the bond passes, property owners would see an increase in property taxes of 45 cents per $100,000 of a home’s assessed value.

CNM Student Wins National Welding Competition

In late September, 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.

Help Spruce Up Main Campus During Clean-up Project on Oct. 23

The CNM Campus Clean-up Service Project, which is being organized by students, will be held on Oct. 23 in conjunction with the national “Make a Difference Day.” Students, employees and anybody else interested in helping are encouraged to volunteer to help clean up litter on Main campus. To volunteer, call 224-3265.

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

Donations Continue

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

  • $39,589 from Community Action N.M. for the Center for Working Families Expansion
  • $10,000 from The Boye Foundation for The Boye Foundation Scholarship
  • $15,000 from Bank of America for the Changing Lives, Building Community Fund
  • $5,000 from Bank of the West for the Gorham Financial Literacy Project
  • $2,500 from Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin and Robb, P.A. for the Changing Lives, Building Community Fund
  • $5,000 from Toby Simon for the Judith Adina Simon Scholarship
  • $2,000 from Marilyn Toler for the James P. Toler Scholarship Endowment
  • $4,000 from Bank of Albuquerque for the Rust Opportunity Assistance Fund


Thanks for Your Support of CNM!
Kathie W. Winograd