President's Report - September 2009

Sep 01, 2009

CNM’s Enrollment Surges to All-Time High

As of Sept. 4, more than 27,700 students were enrolled in college-credit courses at CNM. The previous all-time high of 24,870 students was set in the fall 2008 term. Registration for full-term courses continues through Sept. 8.

CNM’s Day of Building Community Nears

The college-wide event formerly known as Convocation will get a makeover this year, along with a new title – “CNM’s Day of Building Community.” The employee event, which celebrates the college’s successes and renews its commitment to excellence for the new academic year, is set for Sept. 11 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The first portion of the event will take place outside Smith Brasher Hall, where employees will be able to donate clothes and books to local charities, as well as drop off outdated documents and papers for shredding and recycling. Representatives from the RailRunner, ABQRide and The KickStand bicycle shop will be on hand to provide information on alternative transportation options. The second portion of the event will provide employees with two options – participating in facilitated discussions on improving student success or participating in service projects around Main Campus, such as pulling weeds and planting trees and flowers. The day will wrap up with the traditional picnic at Roosevelt Park and an address from President Katharine Winograd.

Art of Students, Alumni, Faculty Showcased at Harwood Art Center

The artwork of 14 CNM students and alumni and 17 art studio faculty members will be on display at the Harwood Art Center in an exhibition called “Visual Individuals” from Sept. 4-23. For more info, go to or call (505) 228-6562. The Harwood Art Center is located at 1114 7th St. NW.

Rust Scholarship Receives National Attention

Since 2005, the CNM Foundation’s Rust Opportunity Assistance Fund has been helping students overcome unforeseen financial challenges, allowing them to stay on track to achieve their educational and career goals. Last month, the highly regarded online publication Inside Higher Ed took an in-depth look at the program, highlighting the many successes of the scholarship that has become a national model for other colleges to emulate.

New Library Locations Open at South Valley, Westside Campuses

The South Valley and Westside campuses now have fully supported libraries. The South Valley library is located in SV-106 and is open Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Westside library is located in the Westside Phase I building in Room 102-C and is open Tuesday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Services available at both branches include: reference help, library instruction and book pick-up services. Services coming soon include: reference and circulation books, videos and DVDs, and course reserves.

Real All About it – CNM Student Newspaper Online

CNM’s student newspaper – the CNM Chronicle – is now available online at

Trujillo Receives CNM’s Distinguished Alumni Award

The CNM Alumni Association recently presented Tony Trujillo, president of Holman’s Precision Surveying & Computing Products, with the 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award. Trujillo began taking business courses and architectural and mechanical drafting courses at then-TVI in 1965. Today, he oversees a company that ranks in the top 200 nationally in the “Hispanic Business 500” and he was a recipient of the “New Mexico Technology Flying 40” award. Since 2002, the Distinguished Alumni Award has been given to a former CNM student who has attained significant distinction personally and professionally that reflects CNM’s vision of “Changing Lives, Building Community.”

Montoya Campus Speaker Series Returns with `Find Your Fauna’ on Sept. 22

Rich Calabro, dean of the School of Math, Science & Engineering, and Justin Fuller, an instructor in the School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences, will hold a forum on the fauna of central New Mexico. They’ll also provide a review on the various types of vertebrate animals that can be spotted in our local environments. The event takes place at the Montoya Campus on Sept. 22 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the J Building, Room 122.

New Deaf Education Academy Begins at CNM

CNM is now offering deaf and hard of hearing individuals the opportunity to attend the Deaf Education and Life Training Academy (DELTA). The academy is a transition to college/work program designed to provide deaf participants with the education they need to earn a college degree and attain rewarding employment. CNM collaborated with United Way of New Mexico, the New Mexico Commission for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Community Outreach Program for the Deaf to develop and fund this valuable program. For more info, call (505) 224-3259.

Find Out What’s Happening Around CNM

You can keep up to date with the happenings around CNM with the college’s new online events calendar, which is conveniently accessible on CNM’s website ( on the right side of the front page. The calendar is available for event listings of relevance to the CNM community.

Donations Continue

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

  • $990 from Marcus Bell for the Applied Technologies In-kind Fund
  • $2,500 from Pam Berry for the CNM General In-kind Fund
  • $65,000 from Nissan North America for the Applied Technologies In-kind Fund
  • $990 from Tony Smedley for the Applied Technologies In-kind Fund
  • $60,000 from Community Action New Mexico for the Center for Working Families Expansion Program
  • $10,000 from PNM Resources for the CNM Foundation Annual Fund
  • $2,000 from the American Indian Education Foundation for AIEF Emergency Assistance
  • $300,000 from Bank of America for the Center for Working Families Financial Coaching and Training Fund and the Call Center Support Fund
  • $2,500 from Lockheed Martin for the AIEF Challenge Grant


Thanks for Your Support of CNM!
Kathie W. Winograd