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News Link - July 31, 2014


Albuquerque Business First Names CNM Foundation Nonprofit of the Year Honoree

Albuquerque Business First has named the CNM Foundation one of 15 2014 Nonprofit of the Year honorees. It was selected in the Foundation category. Read more.

Important Information about Instructional Employee Leave

As CNM approaches the end of the academic year, instructional employees should review their leave balances on their bi-weekly check stubs, or in myCNM, and compare their personal leave balance to the collective bargaining agreement that covers their employment category. If employees are over the maximum personal leave balance allowed to carry forward, there is still time to use leave before the end of the academic year. If instructional employees have excess personal leave at the end of the academic year and wish to exercise the option for payout, they must email requesting the payment of excess personal leave per the collective bargaining agreement. If employees want their excess personal converted to sick then no action is necessary. Click here to read information from the collective bargaining agreement covering instructional employees.

CNM Aviation Technology Students Celebrate Repairing F-16 Fighter Jet

Students in CNM’s Aviation Technology class spent the past week making repairs to an F-16 fighter jet at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History that was once flown by the 150th Fighter Wing of the New Mexico Air National Guard, also known as the Tacos. Once restored, the jet will be on display at the museum. Read more.

Labmaps Shows Availability of Computer Labs

A valuable tool to help students find open computer labs is just a click away. It’s Labmaps, a web page ( which shows maps of each of CNM’s open computer labs and where they can find an available computer. Students can pull up this link not only on a lab or home computer but on their smartphone or tablet. Labmaps is also displayed on a screen at the entrance of SRC203.

New App for Fall 2014

All CNM faculty and students will have free access to Blackboard Mobile Learn to connect you to your CNM courses that use CNM Learn. The app can be downloaded at the iPhone App Store or Google Play. ( Once you've downloaded the app, search for Central New Mexico Community College. Enter your CNM username and password, and you can view course discussion, grades, blogs, journals, tests, tasks, content and roster. If you have questions, contact Audrey Gramstad at 505-224 Ext. 51559 or

Faculty, Staff Can Pick Up Parking Permits Now; Student Permits Go on Sale Starting Aug. 4

General Permits are being issued at the Security Office at Main, Montoya, and Westside Campuses. Permits can be picked up at the Security Office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. General Permits at Rio Rancho and South Valley campuses are still being issued out of the Admissions Office and at the Advance Technology Center at the Front Desk. Security Office locations are:
Main Campus – Front Desk at the PS Bldg.
Montoya Campus – Rm. 107 at the TW Bldg.
Westside Campus – Rm. 100B at the MJG Bldg.
If the office is locked and unattended, call Security Dispatch at 505-224-3002 to have a security officer or parking ambassador sent to the office. Faculty and staff can register and pick up their permits now. Student permits, including the General Parking permits, go on sale starting Aug. 4. For Parking Services information go to this websiteor call 505-224-4637.

Paid Parking Lots Open Starting Aug. 4

Staring Aug. 4, paid CNM parking lots will be open. Vehicles will not need to display paid permits in the lots. All other violations will still be enforced. When the Fall Term begins Aug. 26, paid permits will need to be properly displayed.

Student Services to be Open Aug. 23

Student services will be open for business on Saturday, Aug. 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Main, JMMC, WS, SVC and RR. Student Services will open late at 11 a.m. and be open until 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 22 due to CNM Convocation.

Check Out New STEMulus Center Website

CNM’s STEMulus Center, scheduled to open Sept. 5, has a new website that embodies the bold new educational approach the center is taking to educate tomorrow’s workforce. Check out the website to discover what courses and opportunities are available at the new CNM facility, located in the First Plaza Galeria Courtyard in the heart of downtown Albuquerque. The STEMulus Center will provide accelerated educational opportunities, wrap-around support for aspiring entrepreneurs and will offer a “maker space” where state-of-the-art technology and labs can be accessed by the public to develop prototypes for business ventures.

New Separation Process Starting August 1

As part of the Banner Revitalization project and CNM's commitment to organizational excellence, a new college employee separation process will be implemented on Aug. 1. Together with many college stakeholders, the Human Resources Department staff has redesigned the separation process using Banner Workflow. Employees, using the new workflow, can watch the training video. For further information on this initiative, please contact

For Your Information

TRiO Student Support Services Accepting Applications for Fall
TRiO Student Support Services is accepting applications for the fall term. TRiO is an academic support program that provides one-on-one academic and career guidance; tutoring in English and math; college success workshops; and various educational and leadership activities. To be eligible, students must meet at least one of the following criteria: be part of a low-income family; be a first-generation college student; or have a documented disability. Click here if you would like to apply for the TRiO program. TRiO is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, so enrollment is limited. Please call 224-4375 for more information.]

Upcoming Workshops Help Students Make Decisions on Careers and Fields of Study
CNM Career & Transfer Information Center Managers will conduct concurrent “Focus 2” workshops Friday Aug. 1 from 2-3 p.m. at the Montoya Campus, Tom Wiley Hall Room 105, and at Main Campus, Student Services Center Room 203 (Career & Transfer Information Center, formerly the Career Resource Center). Focus 2 is an online self-guided career guidance program that assists students in making decisions about their career goals and their major area of study. These workshops are open to students, faculty and staff who want to know more about Focus 2. For more info, contact Career & Transfer Information Center Managers Sharon Gurule (, 224-4000 Ext. 52624) at the Montoya Campus, or Ronnie Thomas ( at 224-4000 Ext. 52956) at Main Campus.

Academic Affairs to Host Picnic on Aug. 21

During the Academic Affairs Professional Development Day on Aug. 21, Academic Affairs is planning a picnic lunch for full-time faculty, part-time faculty, and staff members from the Libraries, Assistance Centers for Education and Academic Affairs. The Vice President for Academic Affairs will be providing the main dish and each academic school will be in charge of side dishes. In order to determine the correct amount of food, a headcount of people planning to attend is needed. Please take a minute and respond to this quick survey. The deadline to respond is tomorrow, Aug. 1 at 3 p.m.

CNM STEMulus Center PNM Pop-Up Pavilion Pops Up on August 4th

The beginning of the CNM STEMulus Center will be showcased this Monday, Aug. 4 from 4-6 p.m. during the unveiling of the new off-grid, solar-powered Pop-Up Pavilion sponsored by PNM. The Pavilion is created from three shipping containers and will "pop up" in the First Plaza Galeria Courtyard in the heart of downtown Albuquerque. Remarks will begin at 4:30 p.m.

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