President's Report - March 2008
♦ CNM Strengthens Commitment to Go Green: In harmony with CNM’s new Strategic Direction and the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment that CNM President Kathie Winograd signed last year, CNM is moving forward with plans to make the new building on Main Campus one of the most environmentally friendly buildings in the area. With the help of DMJM Design, CNM will pursue the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver level certification. LEED is the rating system for the U.S. Green Building Council and is considered the national touchstone for the design, construction and operations of high-performance green buildings. Groundbreaking for the new Main Campus building – the 106,500-square-foot Student Resource Center, which will house the library and other student services – is scheduled for late 2008. Some of the features planned for the building that will earn points for LEED silver certification include: use of wind energy through PNM’s Sky Blue program; roofing material that will reflect the sun’s heat; recycling of construction debris; storm water management plan to catch rainfall coming off the building and use it for watering of landscaping; use of energy-efficient mechanical systems; optimum use of sunlight; purchasing materials for the building from sources within a 500-mile radius; generous ventilation; and many other environmentally-conscious efforts. There are only six buildings in the Albuquerque area that have been LEED certified and only four at the silver or gold level. CNM set forth its intention to “develop and practice a global philosophy of conservation and preservation” of resources in its Strategic Direction that was unveiled in January. CNM, which is already a recycling leader among community colleges in the state, has formed a Green Task Force to advance those goals. CNM is preparing to purchase the first hybrid addition to its vehicle fleet and will continue to bolster the fleet with hybrids when appropriate as older vehicles are cycled out.
♦ Funding for Westside Campus Included in G.O. Bond: Last month, the State Legislature approved a statewide $140 million General Obligations Bond that includes $12 million for CNM’s Westside Campus Phase III expansion project. Voters will be asked to approve the G.O. Bond in November. Also during the legislative session that ended in mid-February, the state approved $24,000 in funding for CNM to provide students with free bus passes.
♦ Median Project to Begin on University Boulevard: A construction project to improve safety conditions along University Blvd. between Coal Ave. and Basehart Rd. will begin later this spring. A six-foot wrought-iron fence will be constructed in the median of University Blvd. and the new median will restrict left-hand turns into and out of the Smith Brasher Hall parking lot. Most importantly, the new median will restrict the ability to dangerously jaywalk across University. The northwest corner of Basehart and University will include a new electronic marquee that will flash CNM information .
♦ Come See What CNM Has to Offer: The 2008 CNM Open House is set for April 4 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Main Campus. The Open House will coincide with the state SkillsUSA competitions, which will give middle and high school students a chance to catch a glimpse of potential career paths while they tour the campus. CNM representatives from various areas of the college will be on hand to provide students with information on CNM programs and services. For more information about the Open House, call (505) 224-3265.
♦ Saddle Up for Some Cowboy Music at Montoya Campus: CNM’s Montoya Campus will host “An Evening of New and Old Cowboy Songs, Cowboy Stories and Cowboy Stuff” on March 20 in Room 124 of the J Building from 6:30-8 p.m.. Dr. Steve Cormier, a former working cowboy, horse breaker, touring folk singer and current CNM history instructor, will lead the event.
♦ Service Learning Program Becomes National Model: CNM’s dedication to Service Learning has caught the attention of the national SkillsUSA office, which plans to implement the CNM prototype for its chapters nationwide. CNM’s Service Learning program combines community service and classroom instruction, with a focus on increasing reflective thinking and civic engagement. SkillsUSA serves more than 280,000 students and instructors with the goal of preparing students to become high-performance employees in a variety of careers. SkillsUSA students are nationally regarded for their work skills, but the organization wants to use CNM’s Service Learning program to boost students’ leadership abilities.
♦ TAX HELP Ready for Tax Season Rush: CNM’s TAX HELP New Mexico program, which provides free tax preparation service for those whose annual household income is $40,000 or less and those who are age 65 and older, is in full swing at 48 sites statewide. The sites are staffed by volunteers who attend training sessions and pass an IRS certification exam. They’re trained to help taxpayers take advantage of tax credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit, both of which go unclaimed by thousands of New Mexicans every year. Tax forms are filed electronically and returns are typically in hand within two weeks of filing. For more information, visit www.cnm.edu/taxhelp or call (505) 224-4TAX.
♦ Career Opportunities Showcased at Upcoming Career Fairs: Two CNM-sponsored career fairs are coming up in the next few weeks. More than 16 companies will look to connect with potential employees at the Accounting and Finance Spring Career Fair from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on March 18 at the UNM Continuing Education Building (1634 University Dr. NE). On April 9, the Renewable Energy, Aviation and Advanced Manufacturing Career Fair will take place from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at CNM’s Workforce Training Center. Some of the career fields represented will be microelectronics, green building and optics. For more information on these career fairs, call CNM’s Job Connection Center at (505) 224-3060.
Thanks for Your Support of CNM!
Kathie W. Winograd