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President's Report - June 2014

President’s Report
June 2014

♦ CNM’s Tax Help New Mexico Generates $20 Million in Returns: CNM’s longstanding Tax Help New Mexico program, which is operated in partnership with United Way of Central New Mexico, helped more than 20,000 New Mexicans prepare and file their taxes between January and April. More than 32,900 returns were prepared and more than $20 million was returned to taxpayers. The tax preparation service is free to those with household incomes of $52,000 or less and for those who are 65 and older. Tax Help saved taxpayers about $4.7 million in tax preparation fees. Tax Help had 26 sites around the state, staffed by volunteers who pass an IRS certification exam. Volunteers are trained to help taxpayers take advantage of tax credits they are entitled to, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit.

♦ Student Team Wins MEMS Design Competition: A CNM team of students from the School of Applied Technologies was the winner of the 2014 Educational Design Category at the Sandia National Laboratories MEMS (Micro Electro Mechanical Systems) Design Competition earlier this month. The competition was hosted by the Southwest Center for Microsystems Education at the University of New Mexico. The winning team, consisting of students Ray Nance and Thaddeus Foster, submitted a design of a micro pump, which was engineered to provide a way to teach students about micro pump design and theory. The students designed the parts of the pump system so that they can be used like “Legos” – the different parts can be put together in the CAD software to build a complete system. CNM has been participating in the competition since 2004, taking first place in 2006 and again this year, said Matthias W. Pleil, Ph.D., who teaches a spring MEMS Design course at CNM as part of the Advanced Systems Technology program. Last year, a CNM team received an honorable mention in the Novel Design Category for their MEMS robotic arm. Competitors design MEMS devices on a 3-by-6 millimeter chip based on Sandia’s SUMMiT V design software and process.

♦ CNM Tutor, Slam Poet Becomes Albuquerque’s Newest Poet Laureate: Slam poet champion, writer, TEDx presenter, teacher, mother, CNM tutor, and now Albuquerque’s newest poet laureate, Jessica Helen Lopez is adding verve to the city’s arts community. Lopez is Albuquerque’s second poet laureate, following on the heels of her friend and former CNM Graduation Ceremony keynote speaker Hakim Bellamy. She was recently named to the Poet Laureate’s two-year post. She became a disciplined poet in 2005 after she took an introduction to poetry class at CNM taught by Merimee Moffitt, the same person who enthusiastically introduced Lopez at the Poet Laureate induction ceremony. Lopez is a nationally recognized, award-winning slam poet, holding the title of 2012 and 2014 ABQ Women of the World Champion. She is a four-time member of the Albuquerque Slam Team and was a member of the 2008 National Champion UNM Lobo Slam Team. Her first collection of poems, “Always Messing with Them Boys,” made the Southwest Book of the Year reading list. The collection also earned the New Mexico Press Women Zia Book Award. Her work has been referenced in “A Bigger Boat: The Unlikely Success of the Albuquerque Slam Scene” (UNM Press), “Earth Ships: A New Mecca Poetry Collection” (New Mexico Book Award Finalist), the San Francisco Tandem Lit Slam and more.

♦ CNM Receives Bronze Rating for Sustainability Achievements: CNM has earned the STARS Bronze rating for its wide-ranging sustainability efforts from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, is a reporting tool that provides a comprehensive set of measures for tracking and encouraging sustainability in all areas of higher education, from curriculum to energy efficiency. The data gathering and documentation process for STARS will help CNM develop baselines for sustainability practices in specific areas, and it highlights areas for improvement. STARS, used by higher education institutions in the U.S. and Canada, will allow CNM to measure its progress and compare itself with other institutions. The STARS implementation is another milestone. During the spring, CNM participated in the 2014 Recyclemania Tournament, a national, two-month competition among colleges and universities to see which institution could recycle the most waste. CNM recycled 51 percent of its waste over the two-month period, ranking 25th out of 256 colleges and universities.

♦ Students Participate in Archaeological Survey at Petroglyph National Monument: Fifteen CNM and UNM anthropology students got to experience a day in the life of an archaeologist recently when they participated in an archaeological survey at the Rinconada Canyon Trail in Petroglyph National Monument. The students surveyed a portion of the canyon to determine if any artifacts were churned up during heavy rains last fall. The students used a Global Positioning System (GPS) to record coordinates of any artifacts they found, which have been added to the Monument’s mapping system. The area around the Monument has been inhabited by people for thousands of years. Among the artifacts found were grinding stones made out of a volcanic rock called basalt, likely used to grind seeds by hunter-gatherers of the Archaic Period. There was also evidence of “stone boiling” in the form of fire-cracked rock. Rocks and worn-out grinding stones were heated up in a fire and placed in a vessel or basket to heat water.

♦ Generosity: CNM’s grateful for recent donations to the CNM Foundation from these donors:

  • Carl and Linda Alongi
  • Steven and Shara Anaya
  • Bruce and Kerry Beebe
  • Frederick Bermudez
  • Ross and Carmel Busby
  • Regina Chavez and Dan Puccetti
  • David and Ada Melton
  • Kirk Meyer and Kristy Ott-Meyer
  • Dr. Janice E. Micali
  • Yashoda Naidoo and David Montgomery
  • Georgie Ortiz
  • J.J. and Doug Parsons
  • Herbert and Rita Pitts
  • Angela and Jim Silva
  • Thornburg Foundation

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