President's Report - October 2012
♦ Support CNM and Higher Education – Vote on Bond C: Don't sit on the sidelines during this critical election season for CNM and higher education institutions across the state. Show your support for the vital role CNM serves in our community, as well as the critical role higher education serves across the state, by voting on Higher Education Bond C. No tax rate increase would be associated with the passage of this bond. If Bond C passes during the General Election, it would provide $119.4 million for facility improvements at public colleges and universities across the state. CNM would receive $10.5 million that would be used to improve learning environments for students and faculty, position CNM to reduce its energy costs and provide much-needed renovations to aging facilities at Main Campus and the South Valley Campus. Main Campus would receive long overdue upgrades to the science lab building, which includes labs for biology, chemistry and physics. The modernization of these labs is critical for CNM to prepare students for the high demand fields in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. The outdated science lab building would also receive mechanical upgrades to make the building much more energy efficient. The renovation will strive to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification. The South Valley Campus would also receive improvements to its oldest building, the former Pajarito Elementary building that houses CNM classrooms. The renovation would include more energy efficient windows, technology infrastructure upgrades, classroom technology upgrades and restroom renovations. Institutions across the state, including CNM, are in great need of repairs and improvements to facilities in order to provide the high quality educational experience New Mexicans deserve. Be sure to vote on Higher Education Bond C!
♦ Financial Literacy Course for High School Students Hits Record Enrollment: More high school students than ever before are recognizing the benefits of taking CNM's innovative dual credit financial literacy course, called Making Money Work. This fall, more than 660 high school students from 28 high schools are registered for the course, surpassing the previous high of 409 students last fall. This school year, a new state law is requiring all high school students to successfully complete either a dual credit class, a distance learning class or an advanced placement class to graduate. In addition to meeting the dual credit requirement, which means it counts for both high school and college credit, Making Money Work makes plenty of sense to students, families and high schools. For students and their families, the course prepares high school students for the critical financial decisions that will soon shape their financial futures. Course content includes concepts like establishing and managing credit; evaluating pros and cons of student loans for college; exploring salary ranges for potential careers; saving; basic investing techniques; avoiding predatory lending; managing bank accounts; and more. Even signing up for the course is a sound investment. Tuition is waived for students at participating high schools and, since the course is delivered online, there's no need to purchase a textbook. Offering the course is also an attractive investment for high schools. Like some other states, New Mexico state law requires that all high schools offer a financial literacy course. With the CNM model, a CNM faculty member teaches the course for the high school free of charge to the school. The curriculum for the course is delivered by CNM faculty online to students at their high school. The Making Money Work program is completely funded by donations.
♦ New Presidential Scholarship Rewards Dual Credit Students: For the first time at CNM, a talented CNM student will be awarded a full-ride scholarship, thanks to the new Chester French and Diana Stewart Presidential Scholarship. The newly-created scholarship was launched with a $50,000 gift from French Mortuary, in honor of Chester French Stewart and his wife, Diana Stewart, and will be awarded this year to student Marissa Trujillo. The scholarship is designed for outstanding students who: are a current or past dual credit student; have a high school and CNM GPA of 3.0 or higher, which they must maintain at CNM; are a full-time student; are currently enrolled in a business-related associate degree program; will receive their degree within two years; and have a history of community service. Trujillo graduated in the spring from Sandia High School with a 3.6 GPA and started at CNM this fall as a Business major. At Sandia High, she volunteered to work one-on-one with students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She also took dual credit classes at CNM and works full-time at a day care. Scholarship winners have a special opportunity to shadow the leadership team of the company and receive mentoring throughout their tenure at CNM.
♦ CNM Hosts First Annual Conference on Teaching and Learning for Faculty: One of the nation's leading experts on student engagement and retention will be the keynote speaker for what's believed to be the most comprehensive and ambitious professional development event for faculty that's ever been hosted by CNM. The First Annual Conference on Teaching and Learning at CNM will be held on Oct. 19 at the Albuquerque Convention Center, with 62 breakout sessions held throughout the day. The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Vincent Tinto, a distinguished professor at Syracuse University and a renowned expert on student engagement and retention, especially related to low-income and underserved populations
♦ Poet Laureate Launches CNM Speaks – The Spoken Word Series: Live poetry reading comes to the Main Campus Library on Oct. 18 at 3 p.m. with "CNM Speaks: The Sound of Our Community," when two prominent Duke City poets, including Albuquerque's first Poet Laureate, perform. The event includes an open mic session. The event will feature Hakim Bellamy and Andrea J. Serrano. Bellamy is Albuquerque's first Poet Laureate. He's also a two-time National Poetry Slam champion and holds three consecutive collegiate poetry slam titles at the University of New Mexico. Serrano is an Albuquerque-native who has been writing and performing poetry since 1994. Her poetry has been published in various publications and her new book, "My Ranchera Hips Can't Dance Salsa and Other Poems" will be published in fall 2012.
Donations Continue: CNM is grateful for recent donations to the CNM Foundation from these donors:
- Bridgers & Paxton Consulting Engineers, Inc.
- Consulado de Mexico, Albuquerque
- Roxanna Meyers & Stanley Mount, Century Sign Builders
- National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation
- United Way of Central New Mexico
- U.S. New Mexico Federal Credit Union
Thanks for Your Support of CNM!
Kathie W. Winograd