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News Link - November 20, 2014


CNM Governing Board Adds Educational Benefits for Employees

At the Nov. 11 CNM Governing Board meeting, the Governing Board approved changes to the educational benefits section in the CNM Employee Handbook. The changes include:

  • Amending the waiver eligibility for regular full-time employees not enrolled in a degree or certificate program from three credit hours per term to nine credit hours per calendar year.
  • Adding waiver eligibility for up to four credit hours per calendar year for regular part-time employees not enrolled in a degree or certificate program.
  • Amending waiver eligibility for dependents of a regular full-time employee not enrolled in a degree or certificate program from three credit hours per term to nine credit hours per calendar year.

Click here for the most recent version of the Employee Handbook, where you can view the entire Education Benefit policy in Section VI. For more information about this revised policy, contact Neil Kueffer in Human Resources at 224-4649 or ext. 52870.

Wireless Network Experiencing Intermittent Connection Problems

Due to an ongoing issue related to the “CNM_Secure” wireless network, users are still experiencing intermittent problems connecting to CNM’s wireless network.  Some areas of CNM’s wireless network are currently inaccessible due to this ongoing problem. The Office of Information Technology Services is working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. Many CNM mobile users who can connect to CNM_Secure are seeing an additional login webpage with the heading, “Welcome to “CNM_Secure” that is followed by the statement, “You will need to be on the list of authorized users for this network in order to access the Internet.” This webpage is a temporary solution that ITS had to put in place in order to keep the CNM_Secure wireless network available for our customers. This webpage asks for a username and password which can be satisfied by simply entering your current CNM username and password.  After entering your CNM username and password, you will be allowed to connect to the CNM_Secure wireless network. If you have questions, contact the ITS Service Desk at 224-4357 or email

Join President Winograd for Coffee and Conversation

If you would like to join President Winograd for some casual conversation and coffee to discuss any topic related to CNM, please sign up for an upcoming “Coffee and Conversation with the President” event. RSVP by emailing Diana Chavez at Here’s the schedule:
■ Friday, Nov. 21, 2-4 p.m. – Montoya Campus, H Building, Room 126
■ Monday, Nov. 24, 2-4 p.m. – Westside Campus, WSI, Room 313
■ Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2-4 p.m. – Rio Rancho Campus, Room 101
■ Thursday, Dec. 4, 9:30-11:30 a.m. – Main Campus, Richard Barr Board Room
■ Friday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m.-noon – Virtual (you’ll receive instructions on how to participate)
■ Monday, Dec. 8, 8:30-10:30 a.m. – South Valley Campus, Room 10

Sign Up for Suncat Days and Help Students at Start of Spring Term

Sign up to be a Spring Suncat Days volunteer today. Volunteers will be stationed around campus during the first week of school to answer students’ questions, give directions and help welcome everyone back to campus for the Spring Term. Faculty, staff  and student employees can volunteer at any CNM campus from Jan 20-22. Click here to register by Dec. 12.

WTC Receives Top Honor from Learning Resources Network

The Learning Resources Network (LERN) has selected CNM’s Workforce Training Center (WTC) as the top winner for its programming among lifelong learning and continuing education providers. The WTC was chosen from more than 140 applicants from across North America. The award was earned in part for the WTC partnering with the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions and the CNM School of Business & Information Technology to form the IT Academy that offers fast-track programs and non-credit certifications, and supports further education and skill development. It’s the first program of its kind in New Mexico. The WTC will be honored during the LERN International Awards at the 2014 LERN Annual Conference this weekend in Orlando, Fla.

Be Prepared for Possible Delays or Closures Due to Weather

If the CNM District is affected by snow or icy conditions, making travel dangerous, please remember the most timely ways to receive information on whether CNM has been closed or is on an abbreviated schedule is the “AttentionCNM” emergency text messaging system, the CNM website and the CNM weather line at 224-4SNO (4766). Emails will also be sent to all CNM email accounts. Announcements of closures or abbreviated schedules that occur during regular hours will also be announced on local television and radio stations. For information on how an abbreviated schedule due to weather – such as a two-hour delay – affects classes or employees, go to To sign up or to ensure your contact information is correct for AttentionCNM text alerts, login to myCNM and click on the AttentionCNM icon in the left column.

Learn How to Jazz Up Your Holiday Lights During Workshop at STEMulus Center Hosted by Intel

Attention makers, coders and techno-enthusiasts: this Intel-sponsored workshop is for you. This Fuse Makerspace Series workshop will introduce you to Intel’s new Galileo boards and show you how to use them to program your holiday strings of lights and blinking LED lights just in time for the holidays. The workshop will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5, at the CNM STEMulus Center in Room 25 on the lower level of the First Plaza Galleria. It’s free and open to the public. Space is limited to 30 people, so sign up now.

New Student Orientations for Spring Term Underway – Spanish Session for Families Offered Dec. 5

In-person New Student Orientations are again being offered for incoming freshmen who are beginning in January. Each session focuses on practices new students can employ to be successful in their first classes, a brief introduction to the many services CNM offers, as well as a campus tour led by current students. At each session, a Family and Ally session is conducted by CNM Connect Achievement Coaches for family members and loved ones who would like to learn more about CNM. On Dec. 5, an optional family session will be offered in Spanish. For more information and to see the full schedule of sessions, visit

‘CNM’s Got Talent’ on Display Tonight

An animated story teller, a singer and a magician are among the acts scheduled for the CNM’s Got Talent competition which will be held tonight, Nov. 20, from 6-8 p.m. in Smith Brasher Hall, Room 100. The event is an entertaining fundraiser for the CNM Leading the Way campaign. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for everybody else. Read more.

CNM Distance Learning to Offer Quality Matters Trainings

The CNM Distance Learning (DL) department will be offering the following Quality Matters (QM) training fully online beginning in the Spring Term. Patricia Miera, DL Course Designer who is certified as a master reviewer and trainer, will be facilitating the sessions. The cost per faculty member is $25 and will be funded by the Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs. This will not certify faculty members to be a QM reviewer but will count toward the recertification now required for DL faculty. 

Training Description: Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) is a workshop that covers the standards of the Quality Matters Rubric and how it is used in reviewing the design of online and blended courses. Throughout this workshop participants will complete a series of assignments, discussions, quizzes and surveys. Workshop participants will collaborate with colleagues in identifying the critical pieces of the rubric by applying the rubric to an online course. The two-week workshop takes approximately 10-12 hours per week to complete. Click here to contact the Distance Learning department.

Learn About Ways to Manage Stress and the Post-Holiday Blues

CNM will be providing an opportunity for employees to learn ways to manage stress and the post-holiday blues. In partnership with CNM’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Deer Oaks, presentations will be conducted on Dec. 2 and Dec. 3 at various CNM locations. Read more.

Hours for ITS Service Desk During Holiday Season

Click here to see ITS Service Desk hours for the holiday season, winter intersession and the beginning of the Spring Term.

If You Don’t Have Direct Deposit, Sign Up Now So You Receive Your Jan. 2 Paycheck Electronically When CNM Is Closed for Winter Break

Winter Break is quickly approaching, and the Payroll department would like to inform everybody that the first pay day of 2015 will be on Jan. 2, when CNM is closed for Winter Break. If you are not on payroll direct deposit, you may want to consider enrolling by the deadline of Dec. 5. There are many reasons to sign up for direct deposit, and it is fast and easy.  To learn more, visit the Payroll website or the Payroll Office at Main Campus in Building A, Room 110.

Help Save a Life – Blood Drives Scheduled for Main, Montoya, Westside

CNM is hosting blood drives in partnership with United Blood Services during the first week of December. You can schedule an appointment by clicking on the links below or by emailing Here is the schedule:

Proposals Due for February NMHEAR Conference

Proposals for the 2015 New Mexico Higher Education Assessment and Retention (NMHEAR) Conference are due by Friday, Nov. 21. Click here to submit proposals. The conference, scheduled for Feb. 26 and 27 in Albuquerque, will provide an opportunity for faculty, staff, and administrators to share ideas about assessment and retention initiatives that promote student success. Click here to learn more about the conference.

Welcome New Hires

Click here to see who’s new at CNM.

If You Shop on Amazon, Sign Up to Have Portion of Your Purchase Donated to CNM Foundation

If you’re going to be shopping on Amazon for the holidays, consider using AmazonSmile to make your purchases this year. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know, but the Amazon Foundation donates 0.5 percent of the purchase price of eligible products to charitable organizations selected by its customers. The CNM Foundation is a registered charitable recipient, and there is no cost to participate. On your first visit to AmazonSmile (, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation. Call the Foundation at 224-4685 for more info.

NMERB Winter Newsletter Available

Check out the latest news regarding the New Mexico Educational Retirement Board in its winter newsletter.

For Your Information

Check Out Student Artwork on Main Campus
Artwork by CNM students from the Aspects of Painting, Drawing and Multimedia class (Arts 2212-- instructor Lea Anderson) is on display through Friday, Nov. 21, at CNM Connect on Main Campus in the Student Services Center, Room 107. Read more.

Spring Term Parking Permits Go on Sale in December
Spring parking permits go on sale in December. Faculty and staff can buy their permits starting Dec. 1. Students can start purchasing their permits Dec. 15. For more information about purchasing permits go to the Parking Services website.

myCNM Upgrade Coming in February – Faculty Need to Move Content in myCNM’s ‘Course Studio’ to CNM Learn Before Spring Term
The myCNM platform is in the process of being upgraded to a newer version that will provide better integration with Banner, CNM Learn (formerly called Blackboard) and student email, as well as better browser compatibility and other upgraded features. There will also be a redesign of the look and feel of the new myCNM, which will lead to some reorganization of information and the location of links. More information about the changes within myCNM will be available as the launch date gets closer. Launch is scheduled for Feb. 22. 

WTC Hosting Supervisor Academy
The Workforce Training Center is offering the Supervisor Academy beginning on Jan. 23. Courses take place on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CNM employees get a 10 percent discount, or they can apply for a discounted tuition payment with their supervisor’s approval. The Supervisor Academy will provide attendees with the tools to be a successful supervisor. In the past 10 years, the Supervisor Academy served over 2,000 employees representing over 100 companies and government agencies and has become known as one of the best supervisor training programs in Albuquerque. For more info, call 224-5206 or visit

Computer Lab Imaging Schedule for Spring Term
ITS will soon be preparing the CNM computer classrooms and labs for the upcoming Spring Term. ITS encourages all CNM faculty and lab staff to review the schedule below and provide feedback if there are issues or concerns by contacting the ITS Service Desk at or calling 224-4495. Read more.

Upcoming Mindfulness Activities for CNM Employees and Students
Thursday, Nov. 20, 1-2 p.m.: Dr. Melissa Franklin will facilitate a Mindful meeting in MS 407 on Main Campus. She will discuss the “Effects of Mindfulness on the Brain.”
Tuesday, Nov. 25, 1-2:30 p.m.: Kristin Roush, Ph.D. (CHSS) will talk about “Test Anxiety and Mindful Self-Compassion.” The presentation will be in the Richard Barr Room (SRC, Main Camus). Students with test anxiety are invited to attend to learn how to use Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) to prevent and address Test Anxiety. For more information, contact Beth Giebus-Chavez at or 505-224-4000 ext. 50313.

Employee Training

Deadline to Take Mandatory ‘Preventing Discrimination and Sexual Violence for Faculty and Staff’ Training Is Wednesday
All employees are reminded to take the Preventing Discrimination and Sexual Violence for Faculty and Staff’ Training by Thanksgiving Break. The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, an amendment to the Jeanne Clery Act, mandates Title IX training for all higher education employees. You likely have already received emails from “Workplace Answers” with “Course Registration” in the subject line providing you access to the training titled “Preventing Discrimination and Sexual Violence for Faculty and Staff.” The intent of the amendment and training requirement is to help bolster the response to and prevention of sexual violence in higher education. You must take this training, so open the emails from “Workplace Answers” and follow the instructions. Reminders will be emailed every two weeks.

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