President's Report - November 2007
♦ Expansion Election Nears Finish Line: The mail-in ballots for the CNM district expansion election must be received by the Bernalillo County Clerk’s Office by Nov. 15 to be counted. The election will decide whether CNM’s district expands to include northern Rio Rancho. Two separate electorates will have to vote in favor of expanding the district for it to be successful – voters currently residing in the district and those currently residing outside of the district in northern Rio Rancho, which is defined as the portion of Rio Rancho north of Northern Blvd. If the election is successful, CNM has 40 acres of land near the Rio Rancho City Center and $20 million ready to begin construction of a Rio Rancho campus. The election has been endorsed by numerous organizations, including the Rio Rancho Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Rio Rancho Economic Development Corporation, the University of New Mexico, the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce, the Rio Rancho Public Schools Board, the Albuquerque Journal, the Rio Rancho Journal and the Rio Rancho Observer. For more info on the election, visit www.ExpandCNM.com.
♦ VIVA Foundation! The CNM Foundation was recently honored with the 2007 VIVA Award in the nonprofit category by the Association of Commerce and Industry in New Mexico. VIVA stands for vision, investment, vitality and action. The award honors New Mexico businesses that demonstrate a unique vision or corporate philosophy and a strong investment in their employees and communities. The Foundation provides a wide variety of support services and scholarships to help low-income students overcome potential barriers to higher education.
♦ Help Families Get Their Tax Dollars: TAX HELP New Mexico is seeking volunteers to help low- to moderate-income families and senior citizens prepare and file their 2007 taxes free of charge. Volunteers work throughout the state filing state and federal income taxes electronically. Last tax season, TAX HELP New Mexico served 25,000 customers, which resulted in more than $20 million being returned to the state’s economy. Volunteers must attend a training session and pass an IRS certification exam. Two separate training sessions are scheduled for Jan. 14-18 and Jan. 8-24 (Tuesdays and Thursdays) at the Workforce Training Center. For more info, call 224-5234 or visit www.cnm.edu/taxhelp.
♦ Find Your Course for Spring Term: The spring term schedule of classes is available and free in the admissions area at all campuses, on the Web at www.cnm.edu and in the Marketing and Communications Office on Main Campus. The spring term begins Jan. 14 and open registration starts Nov. 26. Those who are admitted to CNM on or before Nov. 2 can begin registering on Nov. 19. Continuing students were eligible to register on Nov. 5. Many classes fill quickly, so it’s time to think about what courses you want to take, when you want to take them and what campus you prefer. For more info, call 224-3160 or 224-4321.
♦ City Giving CNM Students a Free Ride: As of Oct. 22, CNM students are able to ride Albuquerque buses free of charge. Any student currently taking at least one course at CNM is eligible to take advantage of the program. Students can pick up a bus pass sticker to put on their student identification card through Student Services at any of the campuses and they’ll be ready to catch free bus rides throughout the city.
♦ CNM Prepares to Develop Plan for the Future: Over the last several months, CNM has conducted numerous information-gathering forums regarding the future direction of the college with a variety of constituents, including CNM employees and students, community leaders, public school partners, higher education partners and business leaders. Input gathered from the forums will be used to develop CNM’s Strategic Plan for the next five years. Overall, 274 people participated in 15 different forums.
♦ Eight Students Honored With Scholarships: The CNM Foundation honored eight students for their impressive dedication to education at the annual CNM Foundation Donor Appreciation Dinner that was held Nov. 7 in the Don Chalmers Ford showroom in Rio Rancho. The eight students spoke at the event, sharing their inspirational stories of perseverance in the pursuit of education. Each of the students received a $500 scholarship from Wells Fargo Bank.
♦ New Instructional Building in the Works: Conceptual designs for the new instructional building that will be located on Main Campus are nearly complete. The 106,000-square-foot building will house a 22,000-square-foot library, which will include a café that will give the library a bookstore feel. The building will also house a Tutorial Learning Center, state-of-the-art computer labs, the Information Technology Services department and a large meeting room. Groundbreaking for construction of the building is expected in late 2008 or early 2009.
♦ Donations Continue: CNM is grateful for the following donations to the Foundation:
- $4,000 from Irwin Union Bank FSB for the Culinary Arts Junior Team General Fund
- $2,000 from N.M. Professional Surveyors Educational Foundation for the Geomatics Program Fund
- $5,000 from PNM Resources for N.M. Resources.org
- $5,000 from Chuck Haegelin for the Donna & Jack Rust Opportunity Assistance Fund
- $72,000 from the Lumina Foundation for the Lumina Grant
- $5,000 from N.M. Educators Federal Credit Union for the Donna & Jack Rust Opportunity Assistance Fund.
Thank You for Supporting CNM!
Kathie W. Winograd