President's Report - October 2014

Oct 01, 2014

Support CNM and Higher Education in NM – Vote on Bond C

Show your support for the vital role CNM serves in our community, as well as the critical role higher education serves across the state, by voting on Higher Education Bond C. No tax rate increase would be associated with the passage of this bond. If Bond C passes during the General Election on Nov. 4, it would provide $139 million for facility improvements at public colleges and universities across the state. CNM would receive $10 million for renovating Smith Brasher Hall, which would provide much-needed renovations to one of the oldest buildings on CNM’s Main Campus. Smith Brasher Hall, which has 67,757 square feet of space, was built in 1984 and hasn’t undergone any significant renovation since it was built. The building is home to many of CNM’s business and information technology programs. Part of the bond funds would be used to upgrade the outdated technology infrastructure of the building to create the kind of state-of-the-art technology environment needed to prepare students for the high-tech jobs of tomorrow. The upgrades would allow the computer labs and classrooms in the building to take advantage of higher capacity and faster technology, which is long overdue. The Smith Brasher renovation project will also include the installation of much more energy efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. Support higher education by voting on Bond C.

Got a Great Business Idea? Enter ‘Power Up Your Idea Competition’

If you have a great business idea but could use some support getting it off the ground, enter CNM's "Power Up Your Idea Competition" -- the winner will receive a suite of prizes and support worth $16,000. The contest is for CNM students and the general public. The business idea competition will use the “Lean Canvas Business Model” as the framework for application. Included among the suite of prizes are a free seat in the Spring 2015 IGNITE Business Accelerator program; working space in the STEMulus Center in Downtown Albuquerque for three months; three hours of mentoring from an industry expert; an iPad to help power your business; 30-day access to the FUSE MakerSpace; $50 voucher for 3-D printing at the STEMulus Center; and more. Entries are being accepted through Oct. 17. Go to for more information.

New Cyber Security Program Prepares Students to Fight Cyber Crime

With cyber crime on the rise, CNM has responded with a Cyber Security post-degree program that arms students with the high-tech skills needed to gain employment in a fast-growing job market. The new post-degree certificate program is designed to prepare students to be Information Systems Security Professionals, which are in high demand around the country. Students in the three-term program need to already have at least an associate degree in some area of Computer Information Systems before taking classes for the Cyber Security program. Dr. David Beach, academic affairs director in the School of Business & Information Technology (BIT), said the program will teach students how to protect networks, secure electronic assets, prevent and investigate attacks, ensure the privacy of customers and build secure infrastructures. “When they finish the program, the students will be able to obtain jobs in the lucrative cyber-security industry, which is one of the fastest growing segments in the information technology field,” he said.

English Faculty Member Wins Poetry Award from Literary Magazine

What started out as a lark has led CNM English and creative writing instructor Erin Adair-Hodges to a major poetry award from the prestigious Georgia Review, the literary magazine of the University of Georgia. Her poem, titled “Of Yalta,” is the winner of the second annual Loraine Williams Poetry Prize and will be printed in the magazine’s spring 2015 issue. Adair-Hodges will receive $1,000 in prize money. “I discovered I loved poetry when I took a poetry workshop as a lark as an undergraduate student at New Mexico State (University),” Adair-Hodges said. “I always thought of myself as a fiction writer, but after that workshop I realized I might be able to write poetry.”She drifted from poetry when, after college, she taught English abroad in Prague in the Czech Republic, and later at Menaul School in Albuquerque. She then earned her master's degree in Fine Arts at the University of Arizona where she was named the 2004-2005 Poetry Fellow. Over the next six years, poetry nearly disappeared from her life when she started working full time at the CNM Montoya Campus, had a baby and served as arts editor for the Alibi, before she rekindled her passion for poetry.

CNM to Receive Nearly $2 Million Grant for Healthcare Programs

CNM is receiving $1,983,778 from a federal grant that will be used primarily to train community health workers, like a recently initiated Community Dental Health Coordinator (CDHC) certificate program that prepares people to provide dental services in underserved communities. The grant is part of a national $450 million Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) competitive grant program co-administered by the US Department of Labor and Department of Education. A consortium of 11 two-year New Mexico colleges, called the Skill Up Network (SUN), led by Santa Fe Community College, has been awarded $15 million of that money to 1) expand and improve the delivery of healthcare career pathways; 2) increase attainment of degrees, certifications and industry recognized credentials; and 3) align education and workforce systems resulting in improved employment outcomes. Targeted industries are allied health, health information technology (HIT) and emergency medical services (EMS).

Donations Continue

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

  • Anderson Farms Equity Partners, LLC
  • Hanna Plumbing & Heating
  • Intel Corporation
  • Blair L. Kaufman and Ann Piper
  • Steven and Jane Lindemann
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Miller Bonded, Inc.
  • Yashoda Naidoo and David Montgomery
  • Sandia Laboratory Federal Credit Union
  • SMPC Architects
  • Duffy and Jean Ann Swan
  • The Daniels Fund
  • David Davis and Judy Zanotti


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