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Keep an Eye Out for Best Colleges Survey in Your Email

CNM’s Great Colleges Team will be evaluating the results of a survey that will be sent to a random group of CNM employees from the Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Best Colleges to Work For” program. The emails will arrive in employees’ email accounts from Saturday through Monday – the emails will come from “ModernThink.” CNM’s Great Colleges Team will use the anonymous responses to help CNM create a better work environment for employees that embodies a culture focused on employee satisfaction and work/life balance, in addition to many other goals and objectives of the team. To gain the best understanding of employees’ views on CNM as a workplace, a high response rate to the survey is crucial. If you receive the survey invitation, please participate and respond with candid answers. The answers will be completely anonymous.

The CNM Great Colleges Team appreciates your support and participation in this effort.

Thank you in advance, from the Great Colleges Team: Jeannie Baca, Mary Broemel, Alexandria Cisneros, Michael Crane, Jeremy Frick, Karen Gomez, Donne Lewis, Paul Lucero, Rose Orozco-Monroy, Samantha Sengel, Cy Stockhoff and Juliane Ziter.

Employees Step Up With Record Participation in Leading the Way; Main Campus Active Shooter Training Emphasizes Preparation

Go to www.cnm.edu/facultystaffnews to read about the record participation in this year’s Leading the Way Employee Giving Campaign, including the result of a competition among the schools for the highest participation. Also in the Faculty & Staff Newsroom, find out what kind of guidance a veteran Albuquerque Police Department officer gave to employees during the Active Shooter Training on Main Campus March 8.

Active Shooter Trainings Offered at Montoya, Westside Campuses March 22

In partnership with the Albuquerque Police Department, CNM will be offering “Active Shooter” trainings on March 22 at Montoya and Westside campuses. The schedule is listed below. First, however, please take a moment to watch an active shooter training video called “Run, Hide, Fight” that was made for the City of Houston and is sponsored and recommended by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Click here and scroll down the Safety and Security page to access the video.

The CNM Active Shooter Trainings will take place as follows:

  • Montoya Campus – March 22 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. or 3-5 p.m. in J Building, Room 122
  • Westside Campus – March 22 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. or 3-5 p.m. in WSII, Room 115

You can register for one of these trainings through the CNM Event Calendar by clicking this link: Active Shooter Training Registration. If necessary, more active shooter training sessions will be scheduled. These training sessions are voluntary, but they are highly encouraged. There will be a variety of safety and security efforts that will be conducted in the year ahead.

Video Builds Excitement for Spring Graduation Ceremony

Student success is CNM’s signature goal, and nothing exemplifies student success more than graduation. Click here to watch a quick video about the Spring Graduation Ceremony and spread the excitement!

8-Week Summer Term Pilot Offered This Summer

As part of a recommendation from the Faculty Scheduling Committee and as a continuing evaluation of Academic Calendar options for the future, CNM will offer about 400 course sections in an 8-week term pilot during the summer term. That’s about 20 percent of CNM’s total course sections for the summer term. A normal summer term at CNM runs 12 weeks. CNM will study how an 8-week term affects other areas of the college and how it affects student success and retention rates. Students taking 8-week term classes will be polled before and after the term. CNM will also look at student enrollment patterns as soon as registration begins.

Staff Phone Extensions to Change in Coming Months

As part of a major, ongoing project to upgrade CNM’s phone system capabilities, staff members will be receiving new phone numbers or extensions over the course of the upcoming spring and summer. CNM has access to a limited amount of phone numbers with the “224” prefix – this project will help CNM ensure that its phone system will be able to accommodate future growth. Changes to faculty members’ phone numbers/extensions were part of an earlier phase of this project last year – no new changes will be made to faculty phone numbers or extensions.

Staff members will be assigned one of three different types of phone extensions – a personal extension, a position extension or a function extension. Go to www.cnm.edu/phonechanges for more information about the types of extensions and for a list of frequently asked questions.

College-wide Team Working on Project for Automation of Faculty Contracts and Payroll
The Faculty Load and Compensation (FLAC) project will implement Banner system functionality to automate course assignments, faculty contracts and pay for part-time faculty. FLAC will also serve to automate similar processes for course overloads for full-time faculty. Processes for full-time faculty base salary will not be impacted by this project. It is important to know that pay methods (i.e., pay rates, etc.) are not changing; only processes will be updated. FLAC processes will begin in summer 2013. Currently, generating part-time faculty contracts and pay is very manual, requiring mixed use of Banner system reports, Excel spreadsheets, and database configuration. The Banner FLAC functionality will provide streamlined and timelier processing.  Faculty will review and acknowledge their assignments through myCNM.

Additional information and training will be provided. Questions related to the FLAC project may be sent to PayrollDept@cnm.edu; a FLAC Project Team representative will reply.

For Your Information

Mediasite Presentations Unavailable Through Friday – Employee Training Videos May Be Inaccessible During This Time
Due to a system upgrade, Mediasite presentations could be unavailable through Friday, March 15. This includes Employee Training videos. The upgrade by Media Production Services (MPS) and ITS will bring significant enhancements to the lecture capture system. This includes playback of Mediasite presentations on mobile devices and access through the CNM wireless network. If you have any questions regarding this outage or the Mediasite upgrade, please contact Peter Hurley at 224-3309 or phurley@cnm.edu.

Free One-Day Class on Healthy Weight Loss Offered Through USDA Grant
Get on track for a healthier and leaner life by attending “Weight Loss 101,” a free one-day course that will take place on Wednesday, March 20, from 5:30-8 p.m. on Main Campus, Smith Brasher Hall, Room 130. The course is designed for anybody interested in healthy lifestyle changes. During the course, behaviors and strategies that have been successfully used by more than 10,000 people to lose 30-plus pounds and keep it off for at least a year, as documented by the National Weight Control Registry, will be discussed. The course is made possible by a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant – Healthy Meals, Fit for Life. Click here to register for the class, or call 224-5200 for more info.

Computer Lab Imaging Schedule for Summer Term Available
ITS will soon be preparing the CNM computer labs for the upcoming summer term. ITS staff would like to encourage faculty and lab staff to review the schedule and provide feedback if there are issues or concerns by contacting the ITS Service Desk at itsservicedesk@cnm.edu, or calling 224-4495.

  • March 14:
    • Review of computer classroom/lab schedules for Summer 2013 term
    • Need documentation of academic software changes & updates for all computer classrooms/labs (Updated image management test plans due)
    • Build/deploy Summer 2013 “test image” for faculty/lab staff review-  signs up on test systems in computer labs/classrooms
  • March 29:
    • Deployment of Summer 2013 test image is complete - “Ready for testing” signs on select test systems in computer labs/classrooms
    • ITS portion of “Image Management Test Plans” are due to Academic Affairs – posted on test systems
  • April 1:
    • Academic Chair, faculty and lab staff begin review of Summer 2013 test image – lab staff go through test plans
    • Feedback corrections to ITS for Summer 2013 test images
  • April 12:
    • Academic Chair, faculty and lab staff conclude review of test image
    • Corrections made to test image – retest images as necessary
  • April 19:
    • System images for Summer 2013 is “frozen” - Post signs - “Official Summer 2013 image for Room: __________”
    • ITS begins image deployment in select computer labs/classrooms
    • Academic Affairs portion of “Image Management Test Plans” are due back to ITS
  • April 29:
    • ITS begins final deployment of system images in ALL computer labs/classrooms – deployments to continue  through May 17th
  • May 17:
    • Deployment of final images complete

ITS Seeking Representative from Academic Affairs to Serve on SharePoint Governance Committee
The SharePoint Governance Committee will establish policies, roles, responsibilities and processes that will guide the governance of SharePoint. If you are interested in participating, please contact ITS Project Management Office Manager Azmina Balsara at 224-3024 or abalsara@cnm.edu. Dean’s Council will review those who are interested in serving on the committee and recommend a candidate.

Rio Rancho Campus Offers Students Opportunity for ‘Coffee with a Coach’
Students at the Rio Rancho Campus are invited to stop by Room 112 for free coffee and the opportunity to get questions answered by a CNM Achievement Coach and an Academic Advisor from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, March 19. For more information, email jwalker79@cnm.edu.

CNM Society of Law and Psychology Speaker to Talk About Traumatic Brain Injury Cases
The CNM Society of Law and Psychology is pleased to announce that Dr. Ronald Yeo, Regents Professor of Psychology at UNM, will talk about “The Role of the Expert Witness in Cases Involving Traumatic Brain Injury” on March 28 at 6 p.m. on Main Campus in Jeannette Stromberg Hall, Room 308. Psychology, criminal justice and paralegal students and faculty members interested in learning more about expert witness testimony are highly encouraged to attend. Pizza will be served and attendees are encouraged to ask questions. For more info, email groybal23@cnm.edu.

Director of Institutional Research Elected to National Board
Dawn Kenney, CNM’s director of Institutional Research, was elected to the Association for Institutional Research Board. The AIR is the world’s largest professional organization for institutional researchers and it provides educational resources, best practices and professional development opportunities for more than 4,000 members. Kenney was also recently elected President-elect of the New Mexico Higher Education Assessment Association.

Web Writing Workshop Set for April 3 for Web Content Contributors
A Web Writing Workshop will be held for those who would like to become web content contributors on cnm.edu. The workshop will take place April 3 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Main Campus in the Student Resource Center, Room 103. To register, go to http://www.cnm.edu/webmaster/forms/request-web-writing-workshop

CNM Faculty and Staff Encouraged to Submit Works for CNM Authors reception
CNM is pleased to announce the third annual CNM Authors reception, an event that will celebrate and honor faculty and staff who have had their work published in 2012 or thus far in 2013. “CNM Authors: Creative Works by Faculty and Staff” will take place on April 15 at 4 p.m. in the Main Campus Library, located in the Student Resource Center. This year’s keynote speaker will be critically acclaimed Navajo poet Luci Tapahonso, who is from Shiprock, New Mexico. All faculty and staff members who have published or created original work in 2012 or thus far in 2013 are encouraged to submit their work for recognition. CNM Libraries will publish a bibliography and acquire copies of all submitted works for display within the Main Campus Library. The event will take place during National Library Week.

Qualifying works include book chapters, conference posters, conference presentations, essays, journal articles, magazine articles, monographs, musical compositions, newspaper editorials, novellas, original fine art pieces, plays, poetry, short stories, and video productions. If you have questions, contact Olivia Baca of CNM Libraries at 224-3278 or obaca9@cnm.edu. Submissions can be related to an employee’s work at CNM or they can be independent of CNM. The College looks forward to celebrating the works and talents of CNM’s outstanding faculty and staff.

Students Can Learn About Transfer Process During University Transfer Fairs
Students can attend a University Transfer Workshop and/or meet with representatives from other colleges and universities to learn more about the transfer process during the College Transfer Fairs that will be held at the following times and locations:

  • Main Campus, Tuesday, March 19 – Learn more about the transfer process at a University Transfer Workshop from 10-11 a.m. in the Student Services Center, Room 203, 10-11 a.m. Meet with representatives from other colleges and universities from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Student Services Center.
  • Montoya Campus, Wednesday, March 20 – Learn more about the transfer process at a University Transfer Workshop from 10-11 a.m. in H Building, Room 119. Meet with representatives from other colleges and universities from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the H Building Commons.
  • Westside Campus, Thursday, March 21 – Learn more about the transfer process at a University Transfer Workshop from 10-11 a.m. in WSII, Room 115. Meet with representatives from other colleges and universities from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the MJG Building Commons area.

For more information, call Academic Advisement at 224-4321.

Students Build Pre-Fabricated Cottage That’s Up for Bid
Students in CNM’s Applied Technologies Manufactured Housing Program have put their impressive skills to work by building a two-bedroom cottage with an emphasis on green construction. It’s now up for bid to the public. The cottage is equipped for energy efficient appliances, with carpet in the living room and bedrooms, ceramic tile in the kitchen, bathroom and laundry rooms, and all rough-in inspections have been completed. Construction materials for the cottages run about $30,000 without labor costs. Bidding for the home begins at $20,000. Bidding is open to anyone and more information can be obtained at cnm.edu/purchasing under the request for bids section, bid number T-2872. Call 224-4550 for more info.

New Employee Orientation Phase III Sessions Coming Up
New employees can now register for New Employee Orientation – Phase III.   This orientation is required for all full-time faculty and staff only.  Participants will receive an overview of the college’s mission in providing “Dynamic Education for the Community” and have the opportunity to listen to CNM’s executive leadership about the functions of various offices and departments.  Participants will also learn about their role in providing support for student success. Upcoming NEO Phase III trainings will be held on 3/22, 4/25, 5/25 & 6/28. The limit is 30 employees per session.

  • To register go to Training and Professional Development under Faculty and Staff resources.  Click on Mandatory Training, and add New Employee Orientation Phase III to your cart.  You will receive an email confirming your registration. Be sure to remember the date, time and location for the class you select.
  • Use the log-in and password you created in your student profile.
  • If you have any questions, contact Cecilia Renteria at crenteria6@cnm.edu or at 224-3070.

Diversity & Inclusive Excellence Team Seeking Participation
The Diversity & Inclusive Excellence Team is seeking participation on sub-groups to address the following issues: promote professional development and training around issues of diversity; increase the engagement of our diverse student population; and improve the recruitment, selection and retention of diverse faculty and staff. If you’re interested in participating, the team will meet March 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Resource Center, Room 202-D on Main Campus. Regular meetings occur the second Tuesday every month and participants can attend via video-conferencing from other campuses. For more information, contact Nichole Rogers at 224-4172.

Montoya Speaker Series Tackles the Topic of Financial Aid on March 21
Krystle Montoya, a CNM financial aid advisor, will discuss how to make the sometimes confusing process of applying for financial aid an easier endeavor. The event is free and open to the public, and will take place on March 21 from 1:30-3 p.m. on the Montoya Campus, H Building, Room 126. For more info, call 224-5524.

Executive Council of Students Hosting Food Drive
The Executive Council of Students (ECOS) is hosting a donation drive for Roadrunner Food Bank that will run now through March 25. Donation bins for non-perishable food items are set up in the libraries at all campuses.

Blood Drives Organized by Service Learning Students Coming in March
United Blood Services will be on Main Campus between the Max Salazar and Student Services buildings from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 19, 26 and 28 for those interested in donating blood. The event is organized by CNM Service Learning students. For detailed information regarding blood donation and/or to schedule an appointment to donate please visit www.unitedbloodservices.org.

Banner and myCNM Outages Scheduled for March 16-17
On March 16 from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. on March 17, the Banner system will be unavailable. On March 23 from 6-9 p.m., Banner INB and Self Services, and online services in myCNM (registration, grades, student email, grades, Web for Faculty, etc.) will be unavailable. Students can still access their email by going to https://mail.google.com/a/cnm.edu.
These system outages will not affect access to Distance Learning/Blackboard. If you have any questions or concerns related to these outages, please contact the ITS Service Desk at 224-4357 or email itsservicedesk@cnm.edu.

ERB Bills Under Consideration by Lawmakers
The New Mexico legislative session is in full swing and will run through March 16. Below is a brief report on bills that are proposing changes to the New Mexico Educational Retirement Board retirement plans. To see the full bills that are under consideration, you can visit the New Mexico Legislature’s Bill Finder page.


Central New Mexico Community College

Generated by NMLR • Date: 03/08/2013 03:58p • © 2013 New Mexico Legislative Reports

2013 ERB (2013 Reg)


Bill:

HB64

Sponsors:

Stewart (D21)

Title:

EDUCATIONAL RETIREMENT ACT: CONTRIBUTION, AGE AND COL CHANGES

Summary:

(Endorsed by the Legislative Education Study Committee) Amends the Education Retirement Act to raise contribution rates, change new member benefits, change age and service requirements and change cost-of-living adjustment eligibility for public school and higher education members of the Educational Retirement Association.

Subjects:

Energy Resources and Chemicals; Schools and Teachers

Related:

2013:SB115

Progress:

2nd House: Referred to Committee

Status:

02/28/2013 – Senate Finance Committee

History:

01/16/2013 – H Introduced and referred to House Labor & Human Resources.
01/16/2013 – H Also referred to House Education.
01/16/2013 – H Also referred to House Appropriations & Finance.
01/25/2013 – H Reported Do Pass by House Labor & Human Resources.
02/06/2013 – H Reported Do Pass by House Education.
02/25/2013 – H Reported Do Pass by House Appropriations & Finance.
02/27/2013 – H Removed from Speaker's table.
02/27/2013 – H Placed on House Calendar.
02/27/2013 – H Opened for floor debate.
02/27/2013 – H Passed 50-17.
02/28/2013 – S Received in the Senate and referred to Senate Finance.


Bill:

HB96

Sponsors:

Roch (R67)

Title:

EDUCATIONAL RETIREMENT ACT: ALLOWS CONVERSION OF UNUSED SICK LEAVE

Summary:

Permits the conversion of unused sick leave to service credit for the purposes of educational retirement.

Subjects:

Schools and Teachers; Public Employees/Retirement

Progress:

2nd House: Referred to Committee

Status:

03/08/2013 – Senate Finance Committee

History:

01/16/2013 – H Introduced and referred to House Education.
01/16/2013 – H Also referred to House Appropriations & Finance.
02/18/2013 – H Reported Do Pass by House Education.
02/27/2013 – H Reported Do Pass by House Appropriations & Finance.
03/01/2013 – H Removed from Speaker's table.
03/01/2013 – H Placed on House Calendar.
03/01/2013 – H Opened for floor debate.
03/01/2013 – H Passed 64-2.
03/04/2013 – S Received in the Senate and referred to Senate Education.
03/04/2013 – S Also referred to Senate Finance.
03/08/2013 – S Reported Do Pass by Senate Education.


Bill:

SB86

Sponsors:

Beffort (R19)

Title:

CAPS CERTAIN PUBLIC EMPLOYEE PENSIONS

Summary:

Amends the Public Employees Retirement Act to provide a limit in the calculation of the final average salary of non-public safety members; also amends the Educational Retirement Act to limit the calculation of annual average salary.

Subjects:

Energy Resources and Chemicals

Progress:

1st House: Reported from Committees

Status:

02/15/2013 – Senate Calendar

History:

01/16/2013 – S Introduced and referred to Senate Public Affairs.
01/16/2013 – S Also referred to Senate Finance.
01/31/2013 – S Reported without recommendation by Senate Public Affairs.
02/15/2013 – S Reported Do Not Pass but Do Pass as substituted by Senate Finance.


Bill:

SB115

Sponsors:

Ingle (R27)

Title:

AMENDS THE EDUCATIONAL RETIREMENT ACT

Summary:

(Endorsed by the Investment and Pensions Oversight Committee) (Related to 2012 SB150) Amends the Educational Retirement Act to increase certain members’ contribution rates; impose a minimum retirement age; delay eligibility for the cost-of-living adjustment; and increase age and service requirements.

Subjects:

Schools and Teachers; Public Employees/Retirement

Related:

2012:SB150

Progress:

1st House: Referred to Committee

Status:

02/08/2013 – Senate Finance Committee

History:

01/16/2013 – S Introduced and referred to Senate Education.
01/16/2013 – S Also referred to Senate Finance.
02/08/2013 – S Reported Do Pass by Senate Education.


 

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