President's Report - October 2008
♦ Don’t Forget to Vote on Bond D: When you go to cast your votes in a number of important elections on Nov. 4, including the presidential election, don’t forget to vote on Bond D. If passed, $139.9 million will be dispersed among public institutions of higher education throughout the state for much-needed improvement projects. Improving the public higher education system is a very important cause because it positively affects the economy and quality of life for all New Mexicans. If the bond passes, CNM will receive $12 million, which will be added to previously secured funds to pay for an estimated $24 million instructional facility to be built on the Westside Campus. Enrollment at the Westside Campus continues to grow year by year. About 3,950 students are taking classes at the Westside Campus this term – a 13.2 percent increase from last fall – and the enrollment trend is expected to continue upward. To adequately serve the growing needs of Albuquerque’s West Side and the growing needs of CNM, this is an important expansion project. For more information on Bond Issue D, visit www.itsnotpolitical.com.
♦ CNM Sets New Record for Enrollment: A record number of students have enrolled at CNM for the fall term, topping the previous all-time enrollment high set in fall 2005. In all, 24,676 students have enrolled in college-credit classes this term, which eclipsed the 2005 mark of 23,107. Enrollment is up 8.4 percent in terms of students and 9.7 percent in terms of credit hours compared to fall 2007. There have been impressive gains across the board. CNM’s Dual Credit Program, which allows high school students to simultaneously earn high school and college credit through CNM courses, was up 43 percent compared to last year. Distance learning courses, which allow students to take courses online, increased 37 percent.
♦ Are You a CNM Alum? Join the New Alumni Association: CNM has launched a new Alumni Association for graduates and “friends of the college.” The Alumni Association offers free membership to alumni who completed their associate’s degree, program certificate or General Educational Development (GED) certificate at any point in CNM’s 43-year history. There is also a category for “Friends of the College,” which is for those who attended CNM and wish to be part of the Alumni Association. Operated by the CNM Foundation, the association provides a variety of opportunities for alumni, such as alumni recognition, networking, social events, and both campus and community involvement. The association will also work to create a support system of volunteerism and advocacy for CNM and its students. For more information, call (505) 224-4687.
♦ Montoya Campus Hosts Election Town Hall Discussion: The Montoya Campus Speaker Series will host the “Election 2008 Town Hall” on Oct. 23 from 6:30-8 p.m. in the J-Building, Room 122. CNM faculty members will facilitate a panel discussion of the upcoming state and national elections. It will be an informative and interactive opportunity for students, faculty and community members to learn more about the candidates and issues.
♦ Borthwick Puts Retirement on Hold to Serve CNM: Richard Borthwick has come out of a brief retirement to serve CNM as interim dean of the School of Communications, Humanities & Social Sciences (CHSS). Borthwick was a theater instructor at CNM for more than a decade and he also served previously as interim dean of CHSS. The former dean, Dr. Irving Berkowitz, recently left CNM to become a dean at Lassen Community College in Susanville, Calif.
♦ WTC Partners in Governor’s Career Development Conference: On Oct. 29-30 at the Albuquerque Convention Center, the 2008 Governor’s Career Development Conference will offer two days of workshops designed to enhance career skills and quality of life. Many of the expected 1,000-plus attendees will come from the ranks of state government, but the conference is also open to the public. Topics will include computer applications, management and leadership principles, customer service, health, wellness, safety and more. About 90 percent of the conference classes are being provided by the CNM Workforce Training Center, which is also managing the event. The rest of the curriculum will be supplied by the New Mexico State Personnel Office. Cost of the two-day session is $99 and the registration deadline is Oct. 14. For more info, go to www.spo.state.nm.us.
♦ Foundation Helps Native American Students With Grant: The CNM Foundation recently provided 41 Native American students with $55,000 in grants to help them pursue their education at CNM. The funds came through donations from the American Indian Education Foundation, with matching funds from the CNM Foundation.
♦ New Laser Equipment Donated to CNM: The Photonics program at CNM recently received a boost with the donation of a $20,000 piece of equipment that provides highly accurate measurements of reflected laser beams for many applications, including eye surgery, telescope mirror calibration and satellite tracking. The “wavefront analyzer” will add to the quality of an already renowned Photonics program, which is considered one of the best in the nation. Graduates of the program are qualified for thousands of jobs nationwide, including defense and aerospace technology, and in biomedical fields.
♦ Donations Continue: CNM is grateful for the following donations to the Foundation:
- $1,106 from the United Way of Central New Mexico for the United Way Student Success Fund
- $1,000 from Robert M. Murphy for Dual Enrollment Program Support
- $1,860 from the NM Coalition for the NM Coalition for Literacy Grant
- $1,000 from Noel Behne for the Noel & Frances Behne Scholarship Endowment
- $20,000 from The Boye Foundation for the Political Science Travel Scholarship
- $2,000 from Lovelace Auxiliary for the Lovelace Auxiliary Opportunity Scholarship
- $15,000 from Wells Fargo Bank New Mexico for the Foundation Donor Dinner
- $50,000 from Community Action NM for Center for Working Families General Fund.
Thanks for Your Support of CNM!
Kathie W. Winograd