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News Link - May 2, 2013

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Show Your Support for Student Success – Attend Graduation Ceremony Saturday

Show your support for CNM graduates at the Spring 2013 Graduation Ceremony that will take place on Saturday, May 4, starting at noon at Tingley Coliseum. For those not participating in the ceremony procession but who are planning to attend the ceremony, use Gate 8 on Louisiana Blvd. just south of Lomas to access parking. There will be a $5 parking fee. Faculty and staff who are participating in the ceremony should consider arriving at the EXPO New Mexico fairgrounds no later than 11 a.m. There will be three other events taking place at the fairgrounds on Saturday, so traffic could be heavy. Faculty and staff participating in the ceremony should have received a free parking pass for Gate 3, located at the intersection of Copper and San Pedro. Entrance into Tingley for the event is free. For more information, contact the Student Activities Office at 224-3238.

Record Number of Students to Receive Associate Degrees, Certificates

The number of students graduating this spring with an associate degree or certificate will set a new spring term record. Click here to learn more about how many students will be crossing the graduation finish line and how many will be participating in the May 4 Graduation Ceremony.

English Instructor’s Heart Strung to the Banjo

Fascinated by the banjo since he was 14, CNM English instructor Wayne Shrubsall will share his extraordinary passion and talent for pickin’ and strummin’ at “Yet Another Really Big Banjo Show.” Go to www.cnm.edu/facultystaffnews to read more.

CNM Enactus Team Named Regional Champion

CNM’s Enactus team was named Regional Champion and Rookie of the Year at the Enactus United States Regional Competition held in Seattle, Wash. April 19. Enactus is an international nonprofit organization that encourages students to apply business concepts to community outreach projects. Go to www.cnm.edu/facultystaffnews to read more about the students’ triumph.

Rededication of Employee Memorial Set for May 8.

A rededication ceremony for the employee memorial will take place at 3:30 p.m. on May 8 on the north lawn of the Student Resource Center on Main Campus. The new employee memorial, in the heart of CNM’s Main Campus, honors the lives of employees whose contributions made a difference at the college. All the names of employees who had plaques on the previous memorial have been transferred to the new memorial and others have been added since the previous memorial was taken down. When a CNM employee passes away, they will be honored for their service at the college with the installation of their name on the memorial. If a former employee passes, their name can be sponsored and installed on the memorial.

2012-13 CNM FactBook Now Available

The Institutional Research Department has released the 2012-13 CNM Fact Book, your guide to a wide variety of CNM facts and figures related to enrollment, degrees and certificates, student demographics, the organizational chart, and much more. In addition, CNM Quick Facts for 2012-13 that include retention and course success rates are also available.

cnm.edu Prepares to Stand Out on Any Device

Beginning on May 20, no matter what kind of tablet or smartphone somebody uses to access cnm.edu, a new state-of-the-art technology called “responsive design” will provide visitors with a consistently sharp and proper presentation of cnm.edu that will improve accessibility. This new technology for cnm.edu will also bring some other refinements to the look and feel of cnm.edu.

For Your Information

ITS Service Desk Has Abbreviated Hours During Break
The ITS Service Desk will have abbreviated hours during the break between terms. The schedule will be 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. from May 3-17.

Blackboard to be Unavailable May 8-11 During Technology Upgrade
All Blackboard Learn services will be unavailable from midnight on May 8 through 6 a.m. on May 11 for an upgrade to the newest service pack software. The new upgrade will add user functionalities and a new dashboard feature. To view the latest upgrade features go to the Distance Learning website. If you have any questions, please contact the Distance Learning department at 224-4400.

Public Input Sought for UNM/CNM/Sunport Transit Study
The Mid-Region Council of Governments will be hosting a final public meeting to get feedback on a list of potential transit routes as part of the UNM/CNM/Sunport Transit Study. A list of possible routes was first presented in January, including University, Buena Vista, Yale, and Girard. Since then, the project team has conducted preliminary evaluations and met with local residents and stakeholders to identify the options with the most potential to meet the area’s diverse transportation needs. The findings will be presented at the last meeting on Thursday, May 2, 12-1 p.m. in the CNM Student Resource Center, Room 204. The UNM/CNM/Sunport area is the region’s largest activity center, serving more than 90,000 residents, students, and employees. It also houses UNM Hospital and several key stadiums and special events venues. While the area has excellent east-west transit service, a 2011 study found that there are key opportunities to improve transit access to businesses, jobs, classes, and other destinations along the north/south corridor. The possible transit routes may also include “enhanced transit” elements that would create a faster, more comfortable and more convenient experience for riders. These elements include bus-only lanes that would allow buses to bypass traffic congestion, comfortable stations with real-time information displays, off-bus ticket purchasing, specialized buses, and unique branding. The study has been underway since June 2012 and will be completed by early fall. It will recommend transit service expansions which would form the basis for potential federal funding and implementation. The study will also provide land use and parking recommendations that will help support and encourage transit use to create a more vibrant corridor with more transportation options. For more info, call 505-239-8612 or email ameyers@mrcog-nm.gov.

CNM Upgrading to Microsoft Office 2013 in the Fall – Early Adopters Program Available Now
ITS is releasing a new Early Adopters Program (EAP) for the new Microsoft Office 2013 productivity suite.  At the request of Academic Affairs, CNM will migrate to Microsoft’s Office 2013 productivity suite, (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, etc.), for the Fall 2013 term. In order to thoroughly test this software, ITS is releasing it to a limited number of CNM employees for general use and testing.  (Please note: Windows 8 is not included in the Early Adopters Program.) Since installing a new productivity suite like Office 2013 on CNM’s networks can introduce new risks and issues, the number of EAP participants will be limited to no more than 100 computers.
Office 2013 will only be installed on CNM-owned computers.

  • Participation will be prioritized:
    • Computer and applications support personnel
    • CNM faculty (full-time or part-time)
    • Computer lab staff
    • Other interested participants
  • Participants agree to the following:
    • Your computer system will be subject to inspection, scanning and reconfiguration due to unforeseen computer and/or network related issues specific to CNM’s computing environment;
    • Your computer system MAY be subject to having Office 2010 re-installed or/and Office 2013 removed two or more times through the course of the EAP;
    • If substantial and unforeseen computer-related vulnerabilities are identified through the course of the EAP, your system may be disconnected from the network for security reasons;

To participate in the EAP program, please follow these four easy steps:

  • Go to the Footprints login site: https://sos.cnm.edu/MRcgi/MRentrancePage.pl and log in with your windows username and password.
  • Once you are logged in, choose the Service Catalog icon on the top of the page.
  • Follow this path: IT Services - Software Services - Early Adopters or BETA program
  • Fill out a short request form and save the request; arrangements will be made to install Office 2013 (areas where a single computer is shared between multiple users require that ALL users on that computer be notified.)

Please note:  Office 2013 media for home is also now available. Go to this link for more information on Office 2013 purchase lease for home use: http://www.cnm.edu/depts/its/requests/helpdeskservices/softwarecheckout.html.

If you have questions or concerns regarding the Early Adopters Program, please contact the ITS Service Desk by sending an e-mail itsservicedesk@cnm.edu or call 224-HELP (4357).

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 are worth approximately $30,000 without labor costs. CNM desires that the minimum bid amount be $20,000. Bidding is open to anyone and more information can be obtained at http://www.cnm.edu/depts/purchasing/request-for-bids, bid number T-2872. Call 224-4550 for more info.

Parking Permits for Summer Term Now on Sale
Obtaining parking permits for the summer term will be done through an online process in myCNM. Paid parking permits will cost $43. After going through the online process, you can pay for the permit online or pay at the Cashier’s Office. The permits must be picked up at the Cashier’s Office whether you pay online or at the Cashier’s Office. Individuals picking up permits at the Cashier’s Office must show their driver’s license and CNM ID. The paper form process is no longer available. Those who have the cost of a paid parking permit automatically deducted from your paycheck do not have to go through the online process. Please click here for directions on how to complete the online process for obtaining a parking permit for the summer term. If you have questions, call ext. 51622.

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