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News Link - April 4, 2013

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Respond to ‘Best Colleges’ Survey in Your Email

CNM’s Great Colleges Team will be evaluating the results of a survey that has been sent to a random group of CNM employees from the Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Best Colleges to Work For” program. Currently, the response rate has been low, so please remember to check your email for the survey invitation. You can play a very important role in helping CNM’s Great Colleges Team understand where the college’s energy should be focused in regards to creating the best work environment possible. If you have received the survey invitation, please respond as soon as possible. The deadline to respond to the survey is April 15. The first emails arrived in employees’ email accounts between Saturday, March 16, and Monday, March 18 – the emails were delivered from “ModernThink.” There have been reminder emails sent as well. 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 received the survey, please respond with candid answers. Answers are 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.

CNM Hosts State SkillsUSA Competition Friday; Go CNM Students!

More than 700 students from colleges across the state will compete in the 2013 New Mexico SkillsUSA Competition on Friday, April 5, starting at 7:30 a.m. and running throughout the day. There will be 45 competitions taking place at CNM’s Main Campus and other sites around the city, including the Advanced Technology Center. Industry professionals judge the student competitors on the skills they'll need to succeed in the workforce. Many competitions will take place at Ted Chavez Hall on Main Campus, both in classrooms and outdoors. The Ted Chavez Hall parking lot will be closed on Friday. Seventy-six CNM students will be participating in the state competition, where the gold medal winners in each event will advance to the annual National SkillsUSA Championships in Kansas City, Mo., from June 24-28.

Automation of Faculty Load and Compensation Project Update

The Faculty Load and Compensation (FLAC) project continues to progress. A small group of HWPS instructors are currently piloting the new process. FLAC will streamline administrative processes supporting course assignments, faculty contracts, and pay for part-time faculty and course overloads for full-time faculty. Additionally, faculty will review and acknowledge their assignments through myCNM. It is important to know that pay methods (i.e., pay rates, etc.) are not changing; only processes will be updated. FLAC processing will begin in summer 2013.  For more information about the FLAC project, please click here. 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.

CNM’s State Funding to Increase 8.8 Percent Over Last Year, but That’s Still $3 Million Short of 2008 Funding – Join a Discussion on President Winograd’s Blog About Potential Options for Funding Sources

The State of New Mexico has cut funding for higher education by 36.7 percent since 2008, compared to the national average of 28 percent. The prospects that state funding will steadily increase in the years ahead is anything but a given. What are CNM’s options for generating new funding streams? Join the conversation on President Winograd’s blog at blogging.cnm.edu.

Fundraiser on April 13 to Benefit the Ernest Garcia Emerging Artist Scholarship Fund

CNM faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the “Fine Arts Fandango!” on April 13 from 6-9 p.m. at Sherry Crider Art, located at 524 Haines NW in Albuquerque. The event will include a fine arts auction, food and musical entertainment by the Watermelon Mountain Jug Band, which includes CNM faculty members. Works of art are being donated by CNM Art faculty and students, and from Ernest Garcia. Tickets will be sold at the door -- $5 for students and $10 for all others – and all proceeds from the event will be donated to the Ernest Garcia Emerging Artist Scholarship Fund. The CNM Employees Union and the CNM Art Department are co-sponsors of the event. For more information, call Linda Slater at 224-3370 or 450-3760.

For Your Information

Seven CNM Employees Recognized for Being Friends of Connect; Employee Assistance Program Newsletter Focuses on Healthy Living; Sol Spaces Out for April Fool’s Joke
Go to www.cnm.edu/facultystaffnews to learn more.

Patio Outside Student Services Center Cafeteria Closed Soon for a Construction Project
The patio to the north of the Student Services Center cafeteria will be closed beginning next week for a construction project that will convert some of the outdoor patio space into more indoor seating for the cafeteria. The patio area will be fenced off during construction, including the stairs leading up to the bicycle parking area. There will be loud noise and dust in the area during the beginning phase of the project. Accessing the SSC from the north side will require people to enter on the second floor. The project is expected to be completed by mid-August.

Construction Project Under Way at East Side of Student Resource Center
The SRC Stair and Drainage project is under way on the northeast corner of the building, near the Heights Community Center. The project will improve drainage and create sidewalk, stair and ramp improvements along the east side of the SRC to provide a more user-friendly pathway. The projected is expected to be completed by mid-June. Please obey all construction signage in the area.

Boost Your Excel or iPad Skills Through Classes at WTC
Learn how to be more effective and more efficient with your iPad or Microsoft Excel spreadsheet software through upcoming classes at the Workforce Training Center.

  • Excel Shortcuts 2010: Saturday May 11, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Tuition: $129. Save time with tips and shortcuts. This course will teach you the time saving shortcuts you need to use MS Excel. Learn the most effective ways to create, modify, format and print worksheets.
  • Excel with Excel 2010: Three Saturdays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. beginning April 13 and ending April 27. Tuition: $249. Start from the beginning and learn Excel for business applications.  Learn how to: enter, edit, and format data; how to work with worksheets; how to create formulas and function formulas; and much, much more.
  • Introduction to the iPad: Tuesday May 14, 5:30-8:30 pm. Tuition: $49.00. Boost your iPad IQ! Topics include: installation and deletion of apps, application organization, iOS settings, iCloud, and more. Create calendar events and reminders. You will be able to ask questions during the "open lab" period toward the end of class.

Contact the WTC at 224-5200 or click here for more information or to register.

Free Healthy Eating Workshops Available on Tuesdays at Noon in April
Get on the path to a healthier lifestyle by attending lunch-hour classes in April that are part of a “Brown Bag Lunch and Learn Series” hosted at the Workforce Training Center. The classes are part of the Healthy Meals, Fit for Life program that’s funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant. All four of the classes listed below will be held from noon-1 p.m. in Room 111 at the Workforce Training Center. To register, click here. For more info, call 224-5200.

  • April 9 – Food Allergies and Intolerances Myth-buster
  • April 16 – Diabetes: Prevention and Treatment
  • April 23 – Going Grain Free: Gluten Sensitivity and Intolerance
  • April 30 – Nutrition Tips for High Blood Pressure

Free Diabetic Glucose Meters Available to Eligible Employees, Family Covered by NMPSIA
For CNM employees who are currently covered by one of the New Mexico Public Schools Insurance Authority (NMPSIA) Medical Plans (NM Blue Cross and Blue Shield or Presbyterian Health Plan), you are eligible to obtain a free diabetic glucose meter from CNM’s Human Resources department.  If you are in need of a diabetic glucose meter, you may pick up a meter for you and each of your covered family members who are enrolled on the plan and have the need for one of the meters. These meters use formulary strips for a $0 copayment when you fill the strips with a prescription at a non-Walgreens pharmacy, or when you use Medco Mail Order.  If you are interested in a free glucose meter, please contact your HR Technician at 224-4600.

Discuss “Persepolis” at Montoya Campus Library Book Club
Join the Montoya Campus Book Club at 5:30 p.m. on April 4 in the J Building, Room 123C, for a discussion on Marjane Satrapi's “Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood.” Gloria Steinem writes, “you've never seen anything like Persepolis—the intimacy of a memoir, the irresistibility of a comic book, and the political depth of the conflict between fundamentalism and democracy.” Refreshments will be served. Contact Daniel Hay, dhay@cnm.edu, for more information.

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.

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