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President's Report April 2008

 Cap and Gown Time Nears for Graduating Class: More than 500 CNM graduates will participate in the college’s popular commencement ceremony that will take place at University Arena (“The Pit”) on May 2 at 6:30 p.m. Nearly 8,000 family members, friends, CNM employees and well-wishers are expected to be in attendance to cheer on the graduates. In December, CNM will add a second commencement ceremony to give students who graduate after the fall term a better opportunity to participate in the celebration. The date is yet to be determined, but it will be held in the University of New Mexico’s Johnson Gym. CNM has committed to offering two commencement ceremonies per year for two years and then will determine whether to continue with two per year.

 VP Candidates for Academic Affairs to Visit CNM: The Vice President for Academic Affairs search committee has recommended four candidates for the position. The dates and candidates who will interview at CNM follows: April 14 – Allatia Harris, District Director, Academic Curriculum Initiatives for Dallas County (Texas) Community Colleges; April 15 – Evonne Carter, Associate Provost and Director of Professional Development at Milwaukee (Wisconsin) Area Technical College; April 16 – James D. Genandt, Dean of Instruction at Spoon River College in Canton, Ill.; April 17 – Beth J. Pitonzo, Associate Chief Academic Officer/Dean of Science at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Ore.

 Adult Basic Education Program Receives High Marks: Representatives from the Higher Education Department recently conducted a site visit of CNM’s Adult Basic Education (ABE) program and it received high praise. The program received ratings of “Exemplary” in four areas: administration; curriculum and instruction; student indicators; and community connections. ABE operates within the School of Adult & General Education.

 TRiO Director Meets With Senator Domenici : CNM TRiO Director Magda Martinez-Baca recently met with U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici in Washington, D.C., as part of a group to discuss funding for the national TRiO program. Martinez-Baca was part of a contingent that included students and staff from TRiO programs at Eastern New Mexico University and the University of New Mexico. TRiO is a college-based program that provides academic instruction and college prep for low-income, disabled and first-generation college students who might not otherwise be able to continue their education. The group presented Senators and Representatives with information about TRiO programs in their districts, shared student success stories and requested a 4 percent increase in funding for TRiO, which would allow 100 new programs to be developed.

 CNM Helps Clean Up Stretch of I-25 : Students in CNM’s SkillsUSA program joined faculty and staff members to help remove litter from a stretch of I-25 near Alameda Blvd. last month. The community project was operated through CNM’s Service Learning program, which provides students the opportunity to earn college credit while volunteering in the community. “We realized the benefits of doing something good for the community and raising awareness of the litter problem along our highways,” said CNM student Richard Phelps.

 Register Now for Summer Term: The 12-week summer term begins May 19 and many condensed schedules of less than 12 weeks will be available. Open registration begins April 23 and, as usual, students are encouraged to register early because classes fill quickly. Registration for continuing students begins April 7. The schedule of classes is available online at www.cnm.edu and copies are free at all campuses. For more information, call CNM at 224-3000.

 Basketball Fan Wins Raffle for Free Classes: CNM’s Recruitment, Orientation and Transitional Services department teamed with the New Mexico Activities Association to stage a raffle for a free term of CNM courses and a $250 bookstore gift card during the state high school basketball championships last month. Antonio Martinez, a Taos native living in Albuquerque and working at a local Chili’s Restaurant, was presented with the prizes during halftime of the Boys 4A championship game at midcourt of The Pit. He says he plans to take Fire Science classes in the fall and eventually become a fireman.

 Donations Continue : CNM is grateful for the following donations to the CNM Foundation:

  •  $2,400 from the United Way of Central New Mexico for the United Way Student Success Fund
  •  $1,300 from Abt Associates for the Center for Working Families General Fund
  •  $7,500 from Nissan North America, Inc., for the Auto Technology Fund
  •  $5,000 from Edward Dobbs for the CNM Foundation Unrestricted Fund
  •  $2,000 from Ann Ziegler for the Ann & Peter Ziegler Scholarship Endowment
  •  $1,000 from Julie Bowdich for the Rust Opportunity Assistance Fund
  •  $10,000 from Adelmo Archuleta for the Adelina Gonzales-Vigil Scholarship Endowment
  •  $10,000 from Bank of America for the Bank of America Workforce Development Scholars
  • $25,000 from Sandia National Labs for Service Learning – Reading Kids Count Fund
  •  $2,000 from Mark Gonzales for the Mark Pardo Salon Scholarship Endowment in honor of A.J. “Pardo” Gonzales
  •  $5,000 from NM Facility Managers Network for the NM Facility Managers Network Scholarship

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