President's Report - September 2010

Sep 01, 2010

CNM Sets an Enrollment Record for Third Straight Year

As of Sept. 9, more than 29,800 students were enrolled in college-credit classes at CNM, which sets a new all-time high for enrollment at CNM. It’s the third straight year that an enrollment record has been set – 27,999 students were enrolled in fall 2009 and 24,870 were enrolled in 2008. Since the spring of 2009, CNM has been the largest institution of higher education in the state in terms of enrollment.

Enrollment at Rio Rancho Campus Robust

CNM held its grand opening ceremony for the new Rio Rancho Campus on Aug. 27 and the campus opened for classes on Aug. 30. As of Sept. 9, there were 1,160 students taking classes at the Rio Rancho Campus. The campus offers degree programs in Liberal Arts, Nursing, Pre-Management and Teacher Education with a concentration in Special Education, as well as a variety of liberal arts courses. For more info on the Rio Rancho Campus, visit The building is designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver certification.

Student Resource Center Becomes New Heart of Main Campus

The impressive, 106,500- square-foot Student Resource Center on Main Campus opened to students with the start of the fall term on Aug. 30. The facility, located just south of Jeannette Stromberg Hall, is the new home to the Main Campus Library, the Assistance Centers for Education (tutoring center), general classrooms, computer labs, conference rooms and the Office of Information Technology Services. The library is open to the public – visitors just need to obtain a guest access card. The building is designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver certification.

CNM’s 2010 Convocation Set for Sept. 17

The College will hold its annual Convocation on Sept. 17 on Main Campus. CNM President Kathie Winograd will unveil the vision for the college for the coming year and New Mexico Secretary of Higher Education Viola Florez will speak at the event. Judge William Platero, a former CNM student and current Navajo Nations District Court Judge, will also talk about the impact CNM had on his life. The event will include a picnic lunch for all CNM employees on the lawn outside of the Student Resource Center. More details are still to come.

South Valley Campus Celebrates 15-year Anniversary

CNM will celebrate the 15th anniversary of its South Valley Campus from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 25. All community members are welcome to attend the event, which will celebrate the past, present and future of the CNM South Valley Campus. CNM is also reaching out to alumni and former teachers and staff who were part of the Pajarito Elementary community when it was located at 5816 Isleta Blvd. SW, where the South Valley Campus now operates. Current teachers, staff and students at Pajarito Elementary are also invited. The event will include an open house with campus tours and information on class and program offerings at the campus, as well as music, complimentary refreshments and a festive atmosphere. For more information, call (505) 224-5000.

TRiO Student Support Services Earns New Federal Funding

CNM’s TRiO Student Support Services will continue to receive federal funding to support the success of CNM students. The CNM TRiO program recently received a $255,505 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the first annual allotment in a five-year award that exceeds $1 million. The CNM TRiO program provides services like tutoring, mentoring and academic and career guidance to more than 160 students. Low-income, first-generation college students and students with disabilities are eligible to apply for the TRiO program.“I strongly support TRiO because I have seen the difference it makes in the lives – and futures – of New Mexico students,” said U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman. This award to CNM will ensure that students with challenging backgrounds will receive the support they need to succeed in higher education. For more information about TRiO at CNM, call (505) 224-4375.

CNM Students Can Now Transfer to Lewis University

A recently signed student transfer agreement now opens the door for CNM students to seamlessly transfer to Lewis University-Albuquerque to pursue bachelor’s degrees. The agreement assures that the maximum number of credits earned at CNM will be transferrable to Lewis University-Albuquerque. “CNM is excited about this partnership with Lewis University because it provides our students with another pathway to reaching their ultimate educational and career goals,” said Dr. Beth Pitonzo, CNM vice president for Academic Affairs. “We are thrilled that our students now have the option of transferring their credits seamlessly into Lewis University’s high-quality bachelor’s degree programs.” Lewis offers bachelor’s degrees in: Accounting, Business Administration, Criminal/Social Justice, Healthcare Leadership, Information Technology, Management and Organizational Leadership.

New Position at CNM to Build Connections

Jennifer Cornish has been promoted to fill the pivotal new position of Multi-Campus Director at CNM. Cornish, currently the associate director of Academic Advisement, will move into the new role on Sept. 20. Among her duties will be to oversee the implementation of CNM Connect, a new model for connecting students with the resources they need to succeed. She will also be responsible for coordinating efforts among all of the campuses. There will be a CNM Connect site at each campus that will serve as an informational hub for services that are available to students, both at CNM and in the community. Each site will be supported by an achievement coach and a small team of faculty who will be available to share their expertise. Each site will also have a CNM Connect team leader under the multi-campus director’s supervision. Cornish has been the associate director of Academic Advising for the past four years.

Wakashige to Lead Library Services

Ben Wakashige, formerly the director of Libraries at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., recently assumed the role of CNM’s director of Library and Educational Resources. Wakashige has 38 years of experience working in libraries, including 25 years in library administration. He will lead a significantly expanded CNM Libraries department, which includes the new and improved Main Campus Library in the new Student Resource Center and recently expanded library services at Rio Rancho, South Valley and Westside campuses.


Thanks for Your Support of CNM!
Kathie W. Winograd