President's Report - October 2011

Oct 01, 2011

More High School Students Taking Advantage of CNM Dual Credit Program

The number of high school students taking college-level courses through the CNM Dual Credit program is on the rise again. For the 2011 fall term, 1,476 high school students are enrolled in CNM dual credit classes, an all-time high for the program and an increase of about 200 students from the fall 2010 term. High school students participating in the CNM Dual Credit program, the largest dual credit program in the state, take CNM classes that count for both high school and college credit, providing high school students with a valuable jump start on a higher education. Tuition is free for students from participating high schools, and arts and sciences courses are transferable to the University of New Mexico and other four-year institutions in New Mexico. Another factor in the program's success is the growth in popularity of the Financial Literacy 1010 class, also called "Making Money Work." The course educates students about the financial decisions they will soon start to make that will shape their financial future, and in turn, the quality of their adult lives. This course is taught online by a CNM instructor and is offered at over 20 high schools in New Mexico, from Albuquerque and Rio Rancho to Cuba, Socorro, Vaughn, Moriarty and more. For more information on the CNM Dual Credit program, visit or call (505) 224-4238.

CNM Student Resource Center Racking Up Recognitions

The Student Resource Center, the crown jewel of architecture on the CNM Main Campus, has already earned high marks around CNM and in the community for its aesthetically pleasing design and the optimal learning environments it provides for students. In recent months, however, the SRC has earned high praise from a much broader range of admirers. The building, which opened in August 2010, has received the following recognitions: 2011 Special Recognition Award, N.M. Chapter of the American Institute of Architects; 2011 “Design Is …” award from Shaw Contract Group; 2011 Award of Merit from International Interior Design Association Southwest Chapter; and the 2011 ENR Southwest Award of Merit for Best Higher Education Project. The 106,500-square-foot SRC houses the Main Campus Library, the Assistance Centers for Education (tutoring services), classrooms, computer labs, conference rooms, study areas, a café and the Office of Information Technology Services. The building is technology rich and it's under consideration for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification for a wide variety of eco-friendly features.

Former CNM Art Student Shines at State Fair

Dorielle Caimi, a local artist and former student at CNM, took home a slew of awards from this year's New Mexico State Fair. Caimi's oil and canvas work competed against works from around the state and her painting "She's Looking to Lose It" was awarded Best of Show for Fine Arts. She was also awarded first and third place in the Oil Painting category. Caimi was a CNM art student from 2003-04. She said she continues to draw on her terrific experience at CNM as she advances in her promising art career. "I've kept in touch with (CNM art instructor) Lynn Johnson over the years because never have I had a teacher with as much knowledge and passion for art and her students as she has," said Caimi. "… She continues to challenge me to grow as much as I can as an artist. She will always be my favorite painting teacher."

Landscape Students Put Skills to Work in Community

Students in the CNM Landscaping program used their brains and brawn to improve facilities at the Rio Grande Zoo, Botanic Garden and Tingley Beach in recent months. Catherine Hubbard, Botanic Garden director and a member of the advisory committee for the CNM Landscaping program, teamed with CNM instructor Paul Zalesak to provide Landscaping Construction students some real-world experience and an opportunity to serve the community. They installed boulders around a pond at Tingley Beach that will be part of a future water garden. They staked out a frame, dug holes and cemented in wooden posts for a lath house the Rio Grande Zoo will use for plants. And they dug a stream for the Botanic Garden's new dragonfly sanctuary, the first of its kind in the country, which opened on Sept. 2. The BioPark is the No. 1 tourist attraction in the state, with approximately 1.2 million visitors per year, so many people will enjoy the contributions of these CNM students. “The Botanic Garden benefits from our relationship with CNM,” Hubbard said. “We have had staff take landscaping classes, and CNM students have shadowed our crew leaders as they learn the skills they will use in the future."

CNM Hosts State Nursing Education Coalition Conference

CNM’s School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety hosted a conference at CNM for the New Mexico Nursing Education Coalition (NMNEC) on Sept. 30. The organization includes representatives from state government, healthcare providers and New Mexico’s 17 universities and community colleges that offer nursing programs. The organization is working to reorganize and standardize nursing curriculum across the state. The coalition effort, mandated by the New Mexico Legislature in 2010, reported on progress that has been made since forming. One of NMNEC’s major goals is to allow all nursing programs in the state to teach from a common curriculum, enabling students who need to move within the state to transfer seamlessly between state institutions. This is also expected to help alleviate the shortage of nurses in rural areas by allowing students to go to school near the communities where they live.

Donations Continue

CNM is grateful for recent donations to the CNM Foundation by these donors:

  • American Indian Education Foundation
  • Bank of the West
  • Thomas Briones
  • Consulado de Mexico, Albuquerque
  • John Lewinger
  • Janice Micali
  • Peter Parnegg
  • Barbara Silva
  • US New Mexico Federal Credit Union


Thanks for Your Support of CNM!
Kathie W. Winograd