President's Report - October 2007
♦ Voters Will Decide Whether CNM Expands in Rio Rancho: The power of the people will be exercised again in November, when voters will decide whether to welcome a new CNM campus into Rio Rancho. At issue is whether CNM’s taxing district will be expanded to include all of Rio Rancho. Currently, only the southern portion of the city is in the college’s district. If the election is successful, CNM will build a 40-acre campus adjacent to Rio Rancho’s City Centre. CNM already owns the land and has $20 million in financing ready to apply to the first phase of the planned campus. Services at the campus will be tailored to specifically fit the needs of Rio Rancho citizens and the city’s economic aspirations. In late October, mail-in ballots will be sent out to two separate groups – voters currently residing in CNM’s district and those residing in the portion of Rio Rancho that is not currently in the district, which is generally north of Northern Blvd. For the election to be successful, both electorates must vote in favor of expanding the district. Voters currently residing outside the district will have to accept a property tax increase of $119 per $100,000 of a home’s market value. In-district voters already pay that rate and won’t be subject to an increase. For more info on the election, go to www.expandcnm.com.
♦ Students Building Habitat for Humanity House: CNM students are putting their classroom skills to the real-world test as they work on constructing a new house for Habitat for Humanity. CNM students have contributed to Habitat for Humanity projects before, but this is the first time that CNM students will construct the entire house and even landscape the property. Students studying construction, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, landscaping and air conditioning, heating and refrigeration will take part in the project. Truck driving students will bring supplies to the work site, which is located near the intersection of Coors Blvd. and Gun Club SW. The house is projected to be completed in the spring, when a family will move in. Habitat for Humanity enlists volunteers to build homes that are sold to families in need at affordable prices. The families also participate in building the homes.
♦ Volunteers Needed for TAX HELP 2008: CNM’s acclaimed TAX HELP New Mexico program – a free tax preparation service for those 65 and older and those households earning $40,000 or less per year – is seeking volunteers for the upcoming tax season. Volunteers work throughout the state filing state and federal income taxes electronically. Volunteers must attend training sessions and pass an IRS certification exam. Call (505) 224-5234 or visit www.cnm.edu/taxhelp/ for more information.
♦ CNM School Celebrates Exceptional Female Students: The most outstanding female students in the School of Applied Technologies will be honored on Nov. 1 during the Celebration of Excellence for Women in Applied Technologies banquet. The recognition is for women who are excelling in programs that not long ago were considered “men only” fields. The annual event is expected to recognize between 35 and 50 students this year.
♦ CNM Gets Proactive With Mental Health: The Office of the Dean of Students is sponsoring the college’s second Mental Health Awareness Week Oct. 15-18 as part of CNM’s Year of Civility. Students and employees are encouraged to take advantage of this mental health check-up opportunity. Mental health professionals will be on hand to offer stress tests, confidential depression screenings, information on various mental health resources and networking with mental health professionals. The schedule for Mental Health Awareness Week follows:
- Main Campus Food Court: Monday, Oct. 15 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
- Montoya Campus H-Building Food Court: Tuesday, Oct. 16 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
- Westside Campus Rotunda Room 118: Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
- South Valley Campus Plazuela: Thursday, Oct. 18 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
♦ CNM Becomes GPS Beacon: A Global Positioning System reference station is being established on CNM’s Main Campus. It will be the only GPS reference station in the state hosted by an educational institution. The station will eventually become part of the City of Albuquerque’s reference station network, which will add to the precision of positioning data for survey projects, such as building roads. CNM’s Geomatics and Geographic Information Technology students will benefit from the new technology. The project is funded in part by a Perkins grant and donations from the New Mexico Professional Surveyors Association.
♦ Rhythm and Rhyme Time at Montoya Campus: The CNM Foundation will host a Poetry Slam event at Montoya Campus on Oct. 24 in the J-Building, Room 124. Albuquerque Slams, the 2005 National Poetry Slam champs, will participate in the event. “The Foundation wants to help bring different kinds of events to CNM and expose students to a variety of activities and art forms,” said Rachel McHugh, alumni and communications coordinator for the CNM Foundation. CNM’s first Poetry Slam event took place on Oct. 10 at Main Campus. The events are also intended to encourage CNM students to form their own poetry slam teams.
♦ Donations Continue: CNM is grateful for the following donations to the Foundation:
- $1,000 from Edward Garcia for the Rust Opportunity Assistance Fund
- $1,000 from New Mexico Student Loans for the Rust Opportunity Assistance Fund
- $1,000 from Noel and Frances Behne for the Behne Scholarship Endowment
- $1,000 from Sarah and Doug Brown for the CNM Foundation Unrestricted Fund
- $1,000 from Doug and Jane Swift for the Rust Opportunity Assistance Fund, the Park/Saiz GED Scholarship and the CNM Foundation Unrestricted Fund
- $1,000 from Janice Micali for the Rust Opportunity Assistance Fund
- $1,100 from United Way for the United Way Student Success Grant
- $2,000 from NM Professional Surveyors Educational Foundation for Geomatics Fund.
Thank You for Supporting CNM!
Kathie W. Winograd