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President's Monthly Report - February 2014

§ CNM Competing in National RecycleMania Tournament: As part of an overall surge in sustainability efforts at CNM, the college has thrown its recyclables in the ring for the 2014 RecycleMania Tournament, which began Feb. 2. More than 600 colleges and universities from across the U.S. and Canada have entered the competition, which continues for two months. Each week, the amount of material recycled from all CNM locations will be weighed by Waste Management and reported to RecycleMania. In a trial run during the week prior to the official kickoff, CNM recycled 45.4 percent of its total waste, ranking 19th among 85 colleges and universities competing in the “Grand Champion” division. “We’re hopeful that RecycleMania will help our students, faculty and staff get even more excited about the impact they can have on protecting the environment and increasing sustainability,” said Luis Campos, executive director of CNM’s Physical Plant. “And RecycleMania will provide benchmarks for our recycling efforts, but this is only the start of a larger effort.” CNM is working to incorporate more sustainability concepts into a wide variety of curriculum to help students be more aware of sustainability issues. And CNM is implementing a new software system to better track the effects of recycling and energy saving measures at the college.

§ College & Career High School Hosting Open House Feb. 19: CNM’s College & Career High School will host an Open House for community members, as well as current students and their families, on Feb. 19 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The event will take place at the College & Career High School, located in the S Building on CNM’s Main Campus. Attendees will learn about what’s ahead for the promising dual-credit high school and they can meet the teachers and staff. The CCHS, a partnership between CNM and Albuquerque Public Schools, opened in August 2013 with 70 inaugural students. The school provides high school sophomores, juniors and seniors with a curriculum that focuses on dual credit opportunities, allowing students to graduate from high school with a CNM certificate, associate degree or enough college credits to enter a university as a junior. Tuition and textbooks for the CNM dual credit classes are free for students, which can save thousands of dollars on a college education. The inaugural student body of CCHS posted a cumulative 3.16 grade point average at the end of the fall semester, their first semester at the school. For more information about the Open House, call 224-4880. For more information about the College & Career High School, visit aps.edu/aps-cnm.

§ Food Truck Provides Students Real-world Experience and Patrons Delectable Dishes: The public’s appetite for high-quality food trucks continues to grow around the country and CNM has responded by letting Culinary Arts students get in on the craze, thanks to a partnership with the Street Food Institute. This spring term, students who are taking a Mobile Food Operations class and participating in a special internship began operating a food truck on CNM’s Main Campus, serving up delectable gourmet dishes prepared from scratch in CNM’s culinary kitchens. The Culinary Arts department has partnered with the Street Food Institute to teach and train students on all aspects of operating a food truck. The food truck is serving lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Smith Brasher Hall parking lot throughout the spring term.

§ Aviation Technology Student Interns on Ground Floor of Suborbital Space Flights: CNM student Alexxandria Snell may not be venturing into space, but she will soon be helping people get there. The Aviation Technology Maintenance major was offered a coveted summer internship with Virgin Galactic in Mojave, Calif., doing what she loves – repairing aircraft. Virgin Galactic will be offering commercial, suborbital space travel to fledgling astronauts for a price tag of $250,000 each. More than 700 people have already signed up for the venture. The spacecraft will launch from Spaceport America in southern New Mexico, the world’s first commercial spaceport that’s now under construction. After her three-month internship in California, Snell hopes to be hired to work at the Spaceport. At Virgin Galactic, Snell will be working on one of two types of aircraft. One is WhiteNightTwo, the plane that will carry the rocket ship into space. The other is SpaceshipTwo, the rocket-powered space plane that launches horizontally from WhiteNightTwo at around 50,000 feet.

§ Biology & Biotechnology Chair Helps in Fight Against Superbugs: Philip Lister, Ph.D., chair of CNM’s Department of Biology and Biotechnology, is playing a role in helping eradicate superbugs – drug-resistant bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites that are becoming more and more dangerous worldwide. Some of these pathogens have evolved to become resistant to nearly all antibiotics. Lister recently chaired a National Institutes of Health panel consisting of some of the world’s most renowned infectious disease microbiologists and pharmacologists. The panel reviewed over 30 grant proposals from national and international research institutions proposing novel ways to treat infections. Grants will range from $5 to $7 million each and will be for five years. NIH will take the panel’s recommendations into consideration when making award decisions. Lister was tapped to chair the panel because of his 15-year history serving on NIH grant panels – including chairing five – and because of his extensive research in the area of antibacterial resistance. Before coming to CNM two-and-a-half years ago, he was a professor of Medical Microbiology and Immunology for 25 years at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb.

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

  • Bank of Albuquerque
  • Bank of Rio Grande
  • Noel and Frances Behne
  • John T. Chavez and Mary Torres
  • Michael and Barbara DeWitte
  • Facility Manager Association of NM
  • Holman’s USA
  • PNM
  • Dr. Barry Ramo and Roberta Cooper-Ramo
  • Rodey Law Firm
  • Michael and Janet Sjulin
  • Robert J. Stamm and Mary Herring
  • United Way of Central New Mexico
  • Elizabeth Wertheim

 

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