President's Report - September 2007
♦ Rio Rancho Election Set : The CNM Governing Board passed the Rio Rancho Election Proclamation resolution at the August Board meeting, which set in motion preparations for an election to expand CNM’s district into all of Rio Rancho. A mail-in ballot election will occur for voters residing in the current CNM district and for voters residing in the portion of the Rio Rancho Public Schools District that is not currently in the CNM district. The southern portion of Rio Rancho is already in the CNM district. The ballots will be mailed out on Oct. 30 and returned by Nov. 15. If the election is successful, CNM will move forward with plans to build a 40-acre Rio Rancho campus near the City Centre and adjacent to the University of New Mexico’s future Rio Rancho campus site. This would be the first step in developing a learning community partnership between CNM and UNM in Rio Rancho. CNM is ready to build the first Rio Rancho campus facility at a cost of $20 million.
♦ CNM, UNM Join Forces to Improve Student Success: The CNM Governing Board and the UNM Board of Regents both passed a joint memorandum of agreement in August that sets the stage for a new era of higher education in New Mexico. Through the multi-faceted agreement, the state’s two largest postsecondary institutions will work together to allow students more seamless access to the best services both institutions have to offer, which will increase student success. CNM and UNM have committed to developing numerous joint initiatives, such as dual-enrollment collaboration, gateway programs and “2+2” programs that will make it easier to attend CNM for the first two years of classes and then seamlessly transition to UNM. There are plans to allow CNM students access to UNM services, such as dorms, recreational services and student discounts. The two institutions also committed to developing a schedule of non-duplicated courses and a comprehensive facilities master plan for the proposed Rio Rancho campuses.
♦ CNM Will Hold First Convocation: For the first time at the college, an All Faculty and Staff Convocation will be held on Sept. 28 at UNM’s Popejoy Hall. “With all of the change that has happened at CNM over the last year, this will be a great opportunity for all of us to come together and discuss how we can raise our esteemed college to even greater heights in the future, as well as re-commit ourselves to the core values and missions that have guided this college for so long,” CNM President Kathie Winograd said. “It’s going to be an impressive meeting of minds and a celebration of CNM – past, present and future.” Winograd and the college’s four vice presidents, a student and an alumnus will speak at the ceremony. After the ceremony, there will be a picnic for faculty and staff at Roosevelt Park.
♦ It’s Not Too Late to Register for Short-term Courses: CNM has many late-starting, short-term courses that have start dates throughout the fall. CNM has courses that can fit almost any schedule, including night, weekend and distance learning courses. For more information, call 224-3487.
♦ CNM Student Honor Society Receives High Marks: CNM’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for the two-year college, has been named a “5-Star Chapter” by the organization. The CNM chapter received the distinction by successfully attaining the goals outlined in the society’s “5-Star Chapter Development Program.” Phi Theta Kappa's mission is to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and to provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programs. For more information on Phi Theta Kappa, call 224-4359 or visit www.ptk.org.
♦ CNM Offers Emergency Text Alerts: If an emergency happens on any of CNM’s campuses, CNM is prepared to notify students and employees immediately. A new Web-based application allows CNM to send out emergency text alerts to subscriber cell phones in minutes. The service can also send alerts about classes and scheduling information.
♦ Industry Magazine Gives CNM Top Billing: CNM’s Micro-Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) program was named one of the top four programs of its kind in the nation among community colleges by Small Times Magazine. The industry magazine, which covers micro and nanotechnology, praised CNM for its course program in the Southwest Center for Microsystems Education (SCME), which is housed on CNM’s Main Campus and is funded by the National Science Foundation. Microsystems are tiny electro-mechanical devices used in a variety of products – from cell phones to vehicle air-bag systems. The last two years, the MEMS program has had a 100 percent job-placement rate for graduates. Employers have included Sandia National Laboratories, Thunder Scientific, TPL, Inc., and AgilOptics.
♦ TAX HELP Director Enters National Program: Diana Matier, CNM’s director of TAX HELP New Mexico, has been accepted into the Coors Lideres training program. It’s a national program that identifies promising Hispanic leaders from across the country and provides them with specialized training to enhance their leadership skills. Matier also recently graduated from Leadership Albuquerque, which is operated through the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce. CNM’s TAX HELP New Mexico provides free tax preparation for senior citizens and those earning $39,000 or less annually.
♦ CNM’s Ability to Improve Lives Showcased in Tribune: A moving story about the power of CNM to lift people up from virtually any circumstance and put them on a path for success was outlined in a front-page story in the Albuquerque Tribune on Sept. 1. The story featured CNM student Clifford Lucero, who was homeless and down and out for years before coming to CNM. The story highlights the virtues of CNM’s School of Educational and Career Advancement, as well as various CNM support systems Lucero credits for his amazing turnaround. He graduated with a 3.7 grade-point average and an associate’s degree this summer and has transferred to UNM. He’s majoring in family studies.
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Kathie W. Winograd