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 CNM Breaks Ground on Rio Rancho Campus: CNM broke ground on the Rio Rancho Campus, which is located near the Rio Rancho City Center, during a ceremony on Feb. 27. Senator Tom Udall, Congressman Ben Ray Lujan, Rio Rancho Mayor Tom Swisstack, State Land Office Commissioner Patrick Lyons and Rio Rancho Regional Chamber of Commerce President Debbi Moore, among many others, attended. The inaugural Rio Rancho Campus building, which is expected to open in fall 2010, will provide 62,000 square feet of space and house a nursing simulation lab, a biology lab, a chemistry lab, computer labs, general classrooms and space for Student Services. Some of the programs of study that will be available when the campus opens include nursing, business administration and computer and information technology, as well as a variety of liberal arts classes. CNM will also provide classrooms for the University of New Mexico. The building is designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification. There are only 11 completed buildings in the state that have met one of the three levels of LEED certification.

 CNM Instructor Elected President of State Bar of New Mexico: Henry A. Alaniz, an instructor in CNM’s School of Business & Information Technology and an accomplished Albuquerque attorney, was recently elected president of the State Bar of New Mexico to serve a one-year term for 2009. Alaniz teaches real estate licensing and business law at CNM. He’s taught for 12 years. Alaniz first served as secretary-treasurer for the State Bar and then as president-elect before being named president this year. Alaniz will spend his time as president following the initiatives set by the state Supreme Court. He will also attend national conferences and help other State Bar associations with initiatives, as well as review programs other states have set up.

 Dual Credit Carpentry Students Learn While Helping Seniors: Dual-credit students from Robert F. Kennedy Charter School are learning about more than hammers and nails in their CNM construction class. In cooperation with the City of Albuquerque Department of Senior Affairs, they are building their carpentry skills while also building wheelchair ramps for senior citizens. CNM instructor Dave Reisinger and his class of approximately a dozen high school students are building a ramp just about every week this semester. Materials are provided by the city, and the class turns the raw materials into safe, sturdy and attractive structures. Every job is different, so the projects teach a combination of careful planning and adapting to conditions on the worksite. Students, who are earning college credit through CNM, take turns using power saws, sanders, drills and screwdrivers along with measuring tapes, paint brushes and all the other tools of the trade. Later this term, Reisinger expects the class to move on to building homes for Habitat for Humanity, another combination of learning opportunity and public service.

 College Earns Roadrunner Recognition: Quality New Mexico, a non-profit group that helps large organizations strive for organizational excellence, recently presented CNM with a Roadrunner Recognition award, which honors “progress toward performance excellence.”

 TAX HELP Ready for Tax Season Rush: CNM’s TAX HELP New Mexico program, which provides free tax preparation service for those whose annual household income is $42,000 or less and for those who are age 65 and older, is in full swing at nearly 50 sites statewide. The sites are staffed by volunteers who attend training sessions and pass an IRS certification exam. They’re trained to help taxpayers take advantage of tax credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit, both of which go unclaimed by thousands of New Mexicans every year. Tax forms are filed electronically and returns are typically in hand within two weeks of filing. For more information, visit www.cnm.edu/taxhelp or call 224-4TAX.

 Students Can Check Out CNM Offerings at Open House: CNM’s annual Open House, which is scheduled for April 3, will be conducted in conjunction with the New Mexico SkillsUSA Competition, where students from around the state compete in career and technical fields for the chance to attend the SkillsUSA National Championships in Kansas City, Mo., in June. Many CNM students will be competing in the event, which allows them to showcase the skills and knowledge they have gained through their CNM studies. CNM will be welcoming middle and high school students to the Open House and will provide tours around Main Campus. Students will go on a treasure hunt that will help them learn about various CNM programs and career pathways. The Open House is also for current CNM students who haven’t chosen a major. For more information, contact Donna Trujillo at 224-3265.

 College Puts Programs on Display at the Roundhouse: CNM Day at the Legislature, which is sponsored by the CNM Foundation, is scheduled for March 12. Academic schools will staff informational tables near the Rotunda to discuss and showcase CNM programs and partnerships. Culinary students will treat legislators to a delicious brunch of green chile stew and tortillas. Baking students will add their own touch with special pastries that will be delivered to legislators on the House and Senate floor. Cosmetology students will showcase their skills by providing lawmakers with hand and neck massages. For more information on CNM Day at the Legislature, contact Jennifer McDonald in the Marketing and Communications Office at 224-4673 or jmcdonald31@cnm.edu.

 Donations Continue: CNM is grateful for the following donations to the Foundation:  --$600 from Carol Adler for the Rust Opportunity Assistance Fund
--$504 from Jennifer Albright for the Rodey Law Firm Endowed Scholarship
--$610 from David Alvarado for the Rust Opportunity Assistance Fund
--$1,000 from Lisa Diane Baca for the CNM Foundation Annual Fund
--$529from Greta Berry for the Rust Opportunity Assistance Fund
--$504 from John Boydstun for the CNM Foundation Annual Fund
--$504 from Jane Bradley for the Rust Opportunity Assistance Fund
--$500 from Robin Brule for the Rust Opportunity Assistance Fund
--$878 from Phillip Bustos for the Student Services General Fund
--$1,100 from Luis Campos for the Physical Plant Reward and Recognition Fund

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