President's Report - July 2007
♦ Hello, CNM Supporters: I’m honored to be addressing you for the first time as president of Central New Mexico Community College. I have been at CNM for 10 years – most recently as vice president for planning and budget – so I’m hoping to make this transition as smooth as possible for everybody.
I also want to recognize and honor Michael Glennon, who retired as CNM president on June 30 after a highly successful 10-year term. I learned so much under President Glennon and I aspire to serve CNM with the same high level of leadership, integrity and effectiveness, which were trademarks of his presidency. He has set a very high standard for the CNM presidency; I’ll do my best to honor it.
In the coming months, I plan to do a lot of listening as we begin to hone our “Strategic Plan” for the future. We are currently in the process of planning forums with the community, faculty, staff and students. We’ll be announcing the schedules soon. The valuable discourse that will take place in these forums will be instrumental in helping to develop our Strategic Plan. I invite, and encourage you, to participate. We greatly value your input and your support of CNM.
♦ Students Win National Medals: CNM students continued the College’s strong tradition of competing on a high level at the annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, which took place in Kansas City, Mo., June 26-29.
Two culinary arts students won gold medals. Gary Kent took gold in the Culinary Arts category and Brian Werling won gold in the Food and Beverage Service category. Two more CNM students – Jeremy Wood and Frederick Howard – combined to take the silver medal in the 3-D Visualization and Animation category. Approximately 6,000 students from across the country competed in more than 80 categories at the 43rd annual event.
♦ New Students Invited to Learn About CNM: Students new to CNM this fall can get a quick “how-to, when-to, where-to” overview at an orientation session taking place on July 11 at Main Campus (Smith Brasher Hall, Room 100) from noon-4:30 p.m.
Parents are welcome at the session, which will cover such essentials as how to register, when to apply for financial aid and where to find a parking space. The agenda also includes a campus tour. For more information, call 224-3163.
♦ New Catalogs, Class Schedules Available: The 2007-09 CNM Catalog and the Fall 2007 Schedule of Classes are “hot off the press.” Free copies are available at any CNM campus. The publications can also be viewed online at www.cnm.edu. The fall term begins August 27 and classes fill quickly, so register early!
♦ CNM Focuses on Mental Health: CNM’s Mental Health Awareness Week, which takes place July 9-11, will focus on informing CNM students and employees about how to stay mentally fit. Community agencies have also been invited to showcase their mental health resources.
The event will give students, staff and faculty the opportunity to participate in stress tests and confidential depression screenings, as well as a chance to network with mental health professionals. Mental Health Awareness Week is the first activity of CNM’s Year of Civility, an initiative designed to have a positive impact on student behavior.
♦ TAX HELP New Mexico Files Another Successful Year: The numbers are in on another tax season and hundreds of TAX HELP New Mexico volunteers have made it a little sweeter for thousands of New Mexicans. CNM’s TAX HELP New Mexico program provides free tax preparation service to households that earn less than $39,000 per year.
This year, the statewide program served 24,967 people, which resulted in $20 million worth of tax refunds returning to the state’s economy. The program was fueled by more than 400 volunteer tax preparers; 100 were CNM students.
♦ ETC. Etc. etc.: Marvin Lozano, a CNM instructor in the School of Business & Information Technology, recently earned the E. (Kika) de la Garza Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Agriculture… Ted Spitzmiller, also a faculty member in the School of Business & Information Technology, has authored two books on the history of space exploration. The first, “Astronautics: Dawn of the Space Age,” will be released later this month. His second, “Astronautics: To the Moon and Towards the Future,” is scheduled for release in September. For more info, visit apogeespacebooks.com or amazon.com.
♦ Donations Continue: CNM is grateful for the following donations to the Foundation:
- $2,500 from Sherman McCorkle for the Cathy & Sherman McCorkle Workforce Training Center Endowment;
- $20,000 from the McCune Charitable Foundation for TAX HELP New Mexico;
- $1,000 from Sarah Brown for the Donna & Jack Rust Opportunity Assistance Fund;
- $500 from Grubb & Ellis Lewinger Hamilton, Inc., for the CNM Foundation Unrestricted Fund;
- $500 from Grubb & Ellis Lewinger Hamilton, Inc., for the Donna & Jack Rust Opportunity Assistance Fund;
- $50,000 from Jobs for the Future, Inc., for the Jobs for the Future Grant;
- $30,000 from the National Human Services Assembly for the Volunteer Impact Fund;
- $25,000 from The Annie E. Casey Foundation for the Career Cluster Workforce Development Fund.
Thank You for supporting CNM!
Kathie W. Winograd