President's Report - December 2007
♦ Voters Clear the Way for Rio Rancho Campus: A new CNM campus is officially on the way to Rio Rancho. In a resounding display of support for CNM and the expansion of higher education in general, voters passed the CNM district expansion election with impressive results. Two separate groups had to vote in favor of expanding the district for it to be successful – voters residing in the CNM district and those who were residing outside of the district in northern Rio Rancho. Among in-district voters, 81.5 percent voted in favor of the expansion and 65.3 percent of out-of-district voters were in favor. As a result, CNM has implemented plans for building the first phase of a CNM campus near the City Center in Rio Rancho. The first building on the 40-acre campus is estimated to open for classes in January 2010. At the monthly Governing Board meeting on Dec. 11, the Board will vote on a resolution to allow residents in northern Rio Rancho to pay “in-district” tuition beginning with the 2008 spring term.
♦ Register Now for the Spring Term: Registration is under way for the spring term, which begins Jan. 14. Class schedules are free and available in the admissions area at all campuses, on the CNM website at www.cnm.edu and in the Marketing & Communications Office (224-4680). CNM continues to offer a variety of scheduling options to accommodate as many different student needs as possible. Choices include evening, night, weekend and distance-learning classes, as well as many condensed schedules with different start and end dates. Classes fill quickly, so register early! For more information, call 224-3160 or 224-4321.
♦ Lend a Hand to TAX HELP: CNM’s nationally acclaimed TAX HELP New Mexico program is seeking volunteers to help senior citizens and households earning $39,000 or less file their 2007 state and federal income taxes for free. Beginning in January and throughout the tax season, volunteers will work throughout the state to help New Mexicans claim the tax credits they’re entitled to and then file the tax forms electronically. Volunteers must attend a training session and pass an IRS certification exam. The next training sessions are: Jan. 14-18 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Workforce Training Center; and Tuesdays and Thursdays from Jan. 8-24, 5:30-9:30 p.m. at the Workforce Training Center. Call 224-5234 for more information or visit www.cnm.edu/taxhelp.
♦ New Westside Campus Building Opens: A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held for the new Westside Campus building on Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. The general public is welcome to attend the event, which will include complimentary refreshments. The new Phase II building opened for short-term classes in October and will begin its first full offering of courses for the upcoming spring term that begins Jan. 14. The 53,000-square-foot facility houses classrooms, a nursing lab, a pharmacy technician lab, an art studio, faculty offices, Student Services offices and a large, multi-purpose meeting room.
♦ CNM Culinary Students Have NMSU Option: CNM culinary arts students have a new option to further their studies and expand their career choices. New Mexico State University is partnering with CNM and El Paso Community College to promote NMSU’s new “culinology” bachelor’s degree. NMSU will be looking to recruit CNM and EPCC students to its new program, which blends culinary arts with the science of food research and development. Students with a degree in culinology would be qualified for jobs in research and development kitchens for hotel and restaurant chains. Students would also be qualified for jobs in the food-service industry and food-processing industry for companies like Tyson and Bueno Foods. The NMSU program will be available in fall 2008.
♦ Wireless Expansion Continues Thanks to NMEFCU: Thanks to a very generous donation from the New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union, CNM’s wireless expansion project will continue to spread across CNM campuses. Wireless hotspots, which allow students and employees to access the Internet without being connected to a phone line, have already been added to the Workforce Training Center; Westside Campus; the J and H buildings at Montoya Campus; and Jeannette Stromberg Hall, the M Building and the Student Services Center on Main Campus.
♦ Special Olympics Honors CNM-UNM Partnership: Special Olympics New Mexico will celebrate the groundbreaking CNM-UNM Memorandum of Agreement at the Olympic Spirit of Collaboration Awards Banquet on Dec. 11 at Sandia Resort & Casino. The Olympic Spirit of Collaboration Awards Banquet honors exemplary leadership through innovative collaboration by recognizing community leaders for their extraordinary partnerships that affect and influence our communities in central New Mexico. UNM President David Schmidly and I are honored to be recognized at this event. The CNM Governing Board and the UNM Board of Regents approved the MOA in August, which set the state for a new era of higher education in New Mexico. The partnership, which is the first of its kind in New Mexico, calls for widespread collaboration on a variety of fronts aimed at increasing student success, which includes providing students with more seamless access to the best services both institutions have to offer. The agreement will provide for better educational opportunities with fewer barriers. For information on attending the event, call 856-0342.
♦ CNM Attends Higher Education Summit: Representatives from CNM joined higher education partners from around the state at the Governor’s Summit on Higher Education that was held Dec. 4-5 at the Embassy Suites in Albuquerque. The event provided a unique opportunity for representatives from institutions around the state to unite and discuss important issues and challenges facing higher education in New Mexico. Among those speaking at the event were Kati Haycock, president of the Education Trust; Janis Somerville, staff director of the National Association of System Heads; New Mexico Lieutenant Governor Diane Denish; and New Mexico Attorney General Gary King.
CNM Wishes You a Safe and Happy Holiday Season and a Terrific 2008!
Kathie W. Winograd