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News Link - February 7, 2013

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Time to Celebrate CTE Programs During National CTE Month

In conjunction with National Career Technical Education Month, CNM is rolling up its sleeves this month to celebrate the vital role CTE programs serve for students and the community. CTE programs at CNM span the trades, technologies, healthcare, business and education. Throughout February, outstanding CTE programs, students and faculty will be highlighted through internal and external college communications. The CTE Month festivities will culminate in a Career Technical Education Open House on Feb. 22, when more than 2,000 middle school and high school students from around the state will tour and get hands-on with a wide variety of CTE programs. There will also be a student resource fair. For more information on how to get involved, contact Miranda Evjen at mevjen@cnm.edu or go to www.cnm.edu/cte.

Did you know? CNM offers certificate and degrees in over 50 different CTE programs.

Join President Winograd in a Conversation on Her Blog About MOOCs, the New Online Wave in Higher Education; Should CNM Catch the Wave?

President Kathie Winograd wants you to join her in the blogosphere! A new blog has been launched to generate more interactive discussion around topics that are important to CNM. If you haven’t heard of MOOCs yet, you will very soon. Many say it’s inevitable that MOOCs will revolutionize higher education for the better. Others say they’re a threat to the tenets of education. Read her post and join the discussion at http://blogging.cnm.edu/.

Access Unofficial Governing Board Election Results

Unofficial results from Tuesday’s CNM Governing Board election are posted on the Bernalillo County Clerk’s Office website. In the two contested races, the unofficial results show Pauline J. Garcia leading in District 1 and Robert P. Matteucci Jr. leading in District 2. Official results are expected to be announced this weekend.

Need Some Good Laughs? Plan to Crack Up at ‘Sketchy 2’; SAAC Hosts Conversations on Learning Outcomes; Learn More in Faculty and Staff Newsroom

Go to Faculty and Staff Newsroom and find out when you can listen in on Buddha spending quality time with Mother Teresa, Bruce Lee and pop-star Psy, and then watch Einstein tutoring Paris Hilton during the Theater Department’s sketch comedy show ‘Sketchy 2.’ Also find out what was discussed during the Student Academic Assessment Committee’s recent “Conversation on Learning Outcomes.” You can also sign up for an RSS feed to Faculty and Staff Newsroom.

Part-time Faculty Feedback Sought on Processing of Part-time Faculty Pay and Benefits Eligibility

Below is a link to a survey intended to collect feedback from part-time faculty regarding your experience with the processing of pay and benefits eligibility. The data collected from this survey will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the current process used at CNM to process faculty load and compensation. CNM has selected a vendor to help implement additional Banner modules to automate and improve CNM’s current processes for part-time Letters of Appointment (LOAs), full-time overload contracts, and project compensation agreements to reduce untimely information processing and errors in pay and/or benefits calculations. At the conclusion of the process improvements, a similar survey will be sent out to measure the effectiveness of the implemented changes. This survey will take approximately five minutes to complete. All responses collected are kept in the strictest of confidence, and answers cannot be traced back to you. Thank you for your participation!

Click here to access the survey.

Full-time Faculty Feedback Needed on Processing of Full-time Faculty Overload and Project Compensation Pay

Below is a link to a survey intended to collect feedback from full-time faculty regarding your experience with the processing of overload and project compensation pay.  For faculty who do not participate in extra compensation assignments, many of the questions may not apply. The data collected from this survey will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the current process used at CNM to process faculty load and compensation. CNM has selected a vendor to help implement additional Banner modules to automate and improve current processes for part-time Letters of Appointment (LOAs), full-time overload contracts, and project compensation agreements. The goal is to reduce untimely information processing and errors in pay and/or benefits calculations. At the conclusion of the process improvements, a similar survey will be sent out to measure the effectiveness of the implemented changes. The survey will take approximately five minutes to complete.  All responses collected are kept in the strictest of confidence, and answers cannot be traced back to you. Thank you for your participation!

Click here to access the survey.

STEM-UP Center Hosting Orientation Event Feb. 15 for Any Students Interested in STEM Fields

The STEM-UP Center will be hosting a STEM orientation event for all students currently pursuing or interested in pursuing a STEM degree at CNM, which includes engineering, physics, chemistry, nutrition or biology. The event will take place on Feb. 15 from 8:30 to noon on Main Campus in the Smith Brasher Hall auditorium, Room 100. This event will provide information about everything that goes into pursuing a STEM degree. There will be a panel of STEM graduates currently working in their specific fields to discuss the various careers and opportunities within the STEM fields. Some of these panelists will include an electrical engineer working at Los Alamos National Labs who worked on the Mars Curiosity Rover, and a Biology major who works at the Albuquerque Zoo. Also participating in the event will be CNM Dean of Math, Science & Engineering Rich Calabro, who will talk about the importance of STEM degrees to New Mexico. Information about the various resources available to STEM majors through CNM and the STEM UP program will also be provided. All students are welcome and can stop by at any time during the event. Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to Lisa Paton at either lpaton@cnm.edu or 224-3253.

Banner, myCNM Unavailable Feb. 16-18 for Technology Upgrades

Starting at 5 a.m. on Feb. 16 through 6 a.m. on Feb. 18, the Banner system and online services under myCNM, (registration, electronic payments, grades, Web for Faculty, student email, myCourses, etc.) will be unavailable. Students can access their e-mail through https://mail.google.com/a/cnm.edu during the above timeframe. This system outage will not affect access to Distance Learning/Blackboard. If you have any questions or concerns related to this outage, please contact the ITS Service Desk at 224-4357 or send an e-mail to itsservicedesk@cnm.edu.

For Your Information

Show Your Support for Graduates – Participate in Spring Graduation Ceremony
Support CNM graduates by participating in the Spring 2013 Graduation Ceremony that will take place at Tingley Coliseum on May 4 at noon. It’s the perfect opportunity to show your support for the academic success of our students. The deadline to order graduation regalia to participate in the Graduation Ceremony is March 13 at 5 p.m. The following information is needed to order your graduation regalia:

  • Name:
  • Height:
  • Weight:
  • Cap size (small, medium, large):
  • Degree type (associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, Ph.D.):
  • Field of study:
  • College/University:
  • City and State in which your College/University is located:
  • Identify regalia you need:
    • Hood
    • Gown
    • Cap
    • Tassel
  • Gown package (includes all items mentioned above)

If you have participated in a previous Graduation Ceremony, simply email bseber@cnm.edu to indicate that you will attend the Graduation Ceremony – your information should be on file. When your regalia arrives, you will receive an email notice.

If you own your own regalia, please email bseber@cnm.edu to ensure that we have enough chairs for you and your fellow colleagues, and to obtain a parking pass.

Keep Up to Date with National Trends in Higher Education
You can access stories on national trends in higher education by clicking on the Higher Ed News & Reports link located in the left-hand column of the Faculty and Staff Newsroom (www.cnm.edu/facultystaffnews).

Paid Parking Lots to Have Gate Arms Removed Beginning Feb. 11
Starting Feb. 11, all paid parking lots will have the gate arms at the entrances removed permanently. Vehicles, however, must still display the proper paid parking permit to park in the designated lot or they will be cited. Paid parking permit rules are enforced in paid parking lots Monday through Thursday from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Paid parking lots are open for vehicles displaying a general parking permit Monday through Thursday after 4:30 p.m. and all day Friday through Sunday. For more information, call 224-4636.

Employee Contact Info in Outlook Address Book and Online Employee Directory Being Updated as Part of Preparations for New Phone Plan
Beginning Monday, Feb. 4, you may notice some updates to employee information in the Address Book section of your Microsoft Outlook email account, which contains employee contact information and job titles that are populated by CNM’s “ActiveDirectory.” These changes will be mirrored in the online employee directory, which is also fed by ActiveDirectory. These updates are being made as part of the college’s Dial Plan initiative to ensure that all employee contact information will be as accurate as possible before any Dial Plan changes are initiated.

The new Dial Plan will be rolled out over the next few months as members of the Dial Plan Team meet with individual departments to explain the process and impacts to each department.

Micali Leadership Institute Sponsoring One-Day Professional Development Event Titled ‘Creating Our Campus Culture: We’re All in This Together’
The Micali Leadership Institute (MLI) will sponsor a one-day professional development event for CNM staff and faculty, “Creating Our Campus Culture: We’re All in This Together,’ on March 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Workforce Training Center. The day will include morning breakout sessions by, for and about CNM employees; lunch; and an afternoon presentation by Stephen M. R. Covey, Jr., author of “Speed of Trust: The One Thing hat Changes Everything,” and “Smart Trust: Creating Prosperity, Energy, and Joy in a Low-Trust World.” Staff and faculty-led presentations are being sought for the 45-minute morning sessions.  Presentations may fall under any of the following themes.

  • Achieving and Maintaining Health & Wellness
  • Building Financial Security
  • Developing Campus Culture - ex. caring, civility, teamwork, communication,
  • Embracing Change
  • Promoting Safety and Security
  • Valuing Service – ex. understand the benefits of delivering excellent customer service, team support.

If you would like to contribute to the event as a presenter, please complete this form and submit it by February 22, 2013.  Presenters will be notified by March 7th. If you would like to attend as a participant, please register here. For more information about this event, contact Ruby Martinez at RSuazo@cnm.edu or 224-4741.

Local Employers Are Looking for CNM Students and Graduates
CNM’s Job Connection Services will host its annual job fair on Feb. 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Workforce Training Center. A wide range of organizations that have vacant positions available or expect to have some soon will be represented. The job fair allows students to meet employers and learn about possible career opportunities. CNM students and graduates are encouraged to visit Job Connection Services prior to the event to polish their résumés, fine-tune their interview skills, and devise strategies for making a favorable impression at this major recruitment event. For more information, call 224-3060.

Learn About Healthy Eating and Lifestyle Choices at Free Classes on Montoya Campus
CNM will be hosting a "Brown Bag Lunch and Learn Series" on Tuesdays in February at the Montoya Campus. The one-hour classes will help you get started on the path to a more wholesome lifestyle. The series is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture called "Healthy Meals, Fit for Life." All four of the classes will be held from noon to 1 p.m. and those attending are welcome to bring their own lunch. The schedule follows:

  • Feb. 12 — "The Mediterranean Diet"
  • Feb. 19 — "Volumetrics and Weight Loss"
  • Feb. 26 — "Eating Out in a Healthy Way"

The classes (you can sign up for one or all four) will be held at the Montoya Campus J Building, Room 124. For more information, call 224-5200. Registration for the classes is handled by the CNM Workforce Training Center — click here to register online.

CNM Libraries Receives Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities
CNM Libraries has received a grant called “Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys” from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA). The program aims to familiarize public audiences in the United States with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world. The grant provides CNM Libraries with books, films, and a one-year subscription to the Oxford Islamic Studies Online database. The collection reflects five themes: American Stories, Connected Histories, Literary Reflections, Pathways of Faith, and Points of View.

Related lectures, film screenings, and book discussions will be held at the Montoya Campus Library this spring. If you are interested in participating in any events, please contact Alana McGrattan  amcgrattan@cnm.edu or Bridget O’Leary at boleary@cnm.edu.

Free Résumé and Interview Workshops Set
Whether you need a job now or want to prepare for employment after graduation, you can attend Job Connection Services’ Employability Workshops. Offered on alternating weeks during the spring term, these workshops provide CNM students and graduates with quality instruction in résumé writing and interview strategies.  Bring your questions, and let our staff help you prepare for the job search process. For workshop locations and schedules, go to http://cnm.edu/jobworkshops.

CNM’s Job Club Is Accepting New Members
Join CNM’s valuable job club, Tuesday at Two. Membership is open to CNM students and graduates.  Hosted by Job Connection Services, Tuesday at Two provides weekly topics for discussion, opportunities to network with other job seekers and professional advisement from employment specialists.  For further information, visit http://www.cnm.edu/depts/advisement/job-connection/employment-workshops . The club meets on Main Campus, Student Services Center, Room 207 on Tuesdays, at 2 p.m., of course.

Tax Help Appointments for Employees begin Feb. 9
CNM employees who meet the Tax Help New Mexico requirements can make appointments to get their taxes done. Appointments are scheduled with Geraldine Alires by email at galires@cnm.edu. Appointments are available on Fridays from 2-6 p.m. starting Feb. 8. Appointments will occur in the THNM Basehart portable on Main Campus. For more information about Tax Help, click here.

Changes for CNM Printing Services
caption:Printing services at Main Campus are in the process of moving to a new print server. This migration should have no adverse effect on how or where users currently print, and it will not affect Banner printers. The migration to the new print server is expected to take approximately two months. ITS will begin a methodical migration - building by building - until all Main Campus computer printing has been rerouted. See the ‘Main Campus Printer Migration to Print02 Schedule’ under the ITS\Desktop Support public folder in Outlook for the tentative schedule. See the image below. After your area has been switched to the new print server, you will need to select your default printer one time.  Follow these steps to do so:

  • select ‘Devices and Printers’ from the Start Menu
  • right-click the printer you wish to set as your default printer
  • select ‘Set as Default Printer’ from the drop-down menu

Please do not do this before your area has been moved to the new printer server as your default printer may not remain set that way the next time you login.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding these changes, please contact the ITS Service Desk at itsservicedesk@cnm.edu, or call 224-HELP (4357).

Restrooms Next to ST Portables on Main Campus Closed for Repairs
The Men’s and Women’s restrooms adjacent to the ST Portable Buildings just east of Ken Chappy Hall are closed for repairs. They will re-open in about three weeks. The closest alternate restrooms are in Ted Chavez Hall, the Student Resource Center or the Physical Plant building.  PPD regrets the inconvenience.

CNM Connect Gains National Attention from Community College Times
The Community College Times, one of the leading national voices on community colleges, spreads the word about CNM Connect. Click here to access a story that was published last week about CNM Connect, the innovative model with a holistic approach to serving students that is starting to be emulated at colleges around the country.

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