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News Link - September 18, 2014


Get Your Regalia Ready for Project Graduation Inspiration on Tuesday

If you have graduation caps and/or gowns at home, dust them off and wear them to work on Tuesday, Sept. 23. All CNM faculty and staff are encouraged to wear graduation regalia to work as a fun way to help inspire students to graduate. Any graduation regalia will work, whether it’s from a college, high school or GED graduation. If you don’t have access to graduation regalia, there are 200 sets of caps and gowns available to check out through the School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences. Please email if you would like to reserve regalia. Click here for more information about Project Graduation Inspiration activities on Tuesday, such as flash advising, graduation-themed cut-outs for photo-taking, facebook plans and opportunities for students to design their own graduation invitations.

CNM Foundation Wins Non-Profit of the Year Award

The CNM Foundation won the Non-Profit of the Year Award in the Foundation category from Albuquerque Business First, which announced its award winners today. Click here for the story.

New Cyber Security Program Prepares Students to Fight Cyber-crime in Fast-Growing Field

With cyber-crime on the rise, CNM has established a post-degree certificate program designed to arm students with the high-tech skills needed to gain employment in a high-demand, fast-growing job market. Read more.

Faculty Encouraged to Submit a Best Assessment Tool – Winning Entry Receives $1,500 Professional Development Opportunity

Faculty are invited to submit and showcase an assessment that has worked well as a teaching tool for the CNM Best Assessment Contest. It can be an existing assessment faculty have already used or a new assessment they developed for this contest. Read more.

Electronic Timesheets for Full-time Instructional Support Staff on Way

CNM full-time instructional support staff will soon be transitioning to electronic timesheets. Keep an eye out for more information coming soon.

Human Resources to Offer Online Access for Open/Switch Enrollment Period for Health Benefits and Flexible Spending Accounts

Beginning Oct. 6, employees will be able to change their benefit options online during the annual Open/Switch Enrollment period for health benefits and flexible spending accounts. The Open/Switch Enrollment period will continue through Nov. 14. If you plan to make changes, please submit your changes as early as possible to ease processing time. If no changes are made, your current health benefits will continue for the new plan year. You must re-enroll in the flexible spending account to continue it for the year ahead. For more information about the flexible spending account and the health benefits that are offered to eligible employees, click here. If you have questions, contact Human Resources at 224-4600.

Employees will have the opportunity to make changes to their benefits during the enrollment period through a new online enrollment system. Instructions on using the system will be provided as the enrollment period nears.

Founder of Santa Lucia to Speak at ‘First Launch’ Workshop

Kimberly Corbitt will be the guest speaker at the First Launch Workshop at noon on Sept. 26 at the STEMulus Center’s PNM  Pop-up Pavilion. Corbitt, the founder of Santa Lucia, a program for people with disabilities, will talk about “Building Your Business from the Ground Up.” Santa Lucia, which she launched in 2007 and now employs about 200 people, is named after Corbitt’s daughter Lucy-Ann. In 2011, Corbitt leveraged her pharmaceutical sales experience and Santa Lucia organizational and management skills to found Pharma Connect Xpress, LLC. For more info, email The PNM Pop Up pavilion is located at First Plaza Galeria on Second Street between Copper and Tijeras. This event is part of the IGNITE Community Accelerator at the STEMulus Center.

STEMulus Center Sponsors ‘Power Up Your Idea Competition’

Through the IGNITE Community Accelerator at the STEMulus Center, CNM is launching the “Power Up Your Idea Competition” for CNM students and non-CNM students. The business idea competition will use the “Lean Canvas Business Model” as the framework for application. Entries are being accepted through Oct. 17. Winners receive a suite of prizes valued at $16,000. Click here to learn more or email

Two Prominent Artists to Speak at CNM Next Week

Colorado-based, African American artist Floyd D. Tunson will talk about his art on Thursday, Sept. 25, at 6 p.m. in Smith Brasher Hall, Room 100, on Main Campus. His art exhibit is currently on display at 516 Arts and will continue through Dec. 13. Tunson is considered one of the most highly regarded artists in the Rocky Mountain Region. He uses a variety of art forms, including painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking and mixed media. For more info, email

On Friday, Sept. 26, at 5:30 p.m. in Smith Brasher Hall, Room 100, ceramic artist Sara Lee D’Alessandro will speak at CNM about her art. She is a sculptor living in Cuba, NM, who has immersed herself in the medium of clay for 50 years. For more info, email

CNM Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Week Sept. 29-Oct. 3

CNM will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Week Sept. 29-Oct. 3. The week will begin on Monday, Sept. 29 with speakers talking about “How Do We Preserve Our Culture?” It will be on the Main Campus in the Student Services Center patio from 9-11 a.m. On Tuesday, Sept.30, there will be a Hispanic Scholarship Workshop on Main Campus in the Career Transfer Information Center, SSC, Room 205 from 9-11 a.m. On Hispanic Heritage Day, Wednesday, Oct. 1 from 9 a.m-1 p.m. on the SSC patio, there will be music, prizes and various resources available. On Thursday, Oct. 2, there will be Hispanic Folk Art/Poetry Slam Day from 9 a.m.-noon on the SSC patio. “A Taste of Hispanic Culture” will take place on Friday, Oct. 3 in the Main Campus cafeteria from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Students, faculty and staff are invited to come taste and share their favorite Hispanic dishes. For more information, contact Elisa Castillo at Ext. 51862 or email

New Westside Campus Entrance/Exit Open

Westside Campus has a new entrance/exit. It’s located at the corner of Universe Blvd. and McMahon Blvd. If you have questions call the Westside Connect Center at 224-5360.

Help a CCHS Student by Becoming a Mentor

The College and Career High School is looking for CNM employees to help mentor high school students. Mentors will meet with a CCHS student at least once a term to find out how the student is doing and to engage the student in answering survey questions. The survey information helps CCHS and CNM to better understand students’ needs and their interests. If you are interested or need more information, contact CCHS Achievement Coach Monika Monje at

Welcome New Employees

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STEM UP to Launch New Phone App for Students

STEM Up is launching a new phone App that will help STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) students track their progress toward a degree and transfer to a University of New Mexico STEM program. The App will be rolled out on Sept. 25 from 9-11 a.m. at the new CNM STEM UP Center, located in the Student Services Center, Room 102. In conjunction with the App rollout, the new space in the SSC will be dedicated. Later that day, from 2-4 p.m., a new Transfer Center located in the UNM South Campus Building will be introduced. Every half hour between 2 and 4 p.m., CNM students be escorted for tours of the UNM Transfer Center. The new CNM STEM UP Center provides a welcoming place where STEM students can connect with each other for studying, social activities and support. The UNM STEM UP Transfer Center provides students with individualized assistance with the UNM application process and connects students interested in transferring to UNM with UNM STEM advisors and faculty.

For Your Information

Employees, Students Offered Discount to Women’s Leadership Forum
The New Mexico Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., is hosting its 2014 Women’s Leadership Forum on Sept. 23 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Sandia Resort and Casino. The event includes keynote speakers Diane Dimond, an author and investigative reporter, and Roxanna Meyers, owner and president of Century Sign Builders, followed by breakout sessions. Breakfast and lunch is included. CNM students and employees can purchase tickets for $75, which is $25 off the regular price. You can register at or on facebook – ABC Women’s Leadership Forum. To receive your discount, contact Lisa Leyva at

Wireless Network Now Available Outside Student Resource Center; Coming Soon to Other Outdoor Areas
CNM wireless access has been extended to the north side of the Student Resource Center (between SRC and JS buildings). While wireless is often available near our campus buildings, this is the first installation of outdoor antennas to cover large areas of space where students and staff routinely commute between classes. More outdoor wireless is planned for the remodeled A Building courtyard and between the Student Services Center and Max Salazar Hall in the near future.

Walgreens to Give Free Flu Shots at CNM Locations
Walgreens will be giving flu shots at CNM locations over the next couple of weeks. Here’s the schedule:

  • South Valley Campus -- Oct. 13 (South Valley Rm. 22), 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Rio Rancho Campus -- Oct. 15 (Lobby at the front door by Student Services), 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Workforce Training Center -- Sept. 17, 18 and Oct 20 (Vending Area), 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Westside Campus -- Sept 15, 16 and Oct 22 (Michael J. Glennon Building in the Atrium), 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Main Campus -- Sept. 22, 23 and Oct. 27 (Student Services Center, Room 108 and lobby area outside Jeannette Stromberg Hall, Room 208), 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Montoya Campus -- Sept, 24, 25 and Oct. 29 (cafeteria), 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Flu shots are free for students. Faculty and staff will need to have their insurance billed for the shots. If faculty or staff members don’t have insurance, their shots will be free.

Learn How to Work on Your Bike at Free Workshop at Pop-up Pavilion
Do you bike to work? Or just for fun on your free time? Stop by the PNM Pop-up Pavilion and learn some tips and tricks to keep those tires turning. The free workshops will be Friday, Sept. 19 and Monday, Oct. 13 from 7-7:45 a.m. Topics covered are from the Park Tool Mechanic, Part 1, national curriculum and the workshops are taught by a certified instructor. The Pop-up Pavilion is located at First Plaza Galeria on 2nd Street between Copper and Tijeras.

Get Your Questions About Home Ownership Answered
Have you thought about buying a home, but don’t know where to start? Do you wonder if you are financially ready to buy a home? Home ownership may be closer than you think.

Homestart, a community partner of CNM Connect, is a full-service organization promoting successful homeownership. Its mission is to help New Mexicans build equity, develop financial stability and strengthen communities by becoming sustainable homeowners. The organization accomplishes this with a big emphasis on education  and by providing the right tools and information. Homestart will be offering three sessions to answer questions about home ownership. The final one is Tuesday, Sept. 23, 5-7 p.m. (in Spanish). The session will be held on Main Campus in Smith Brasher Hall, Room 102. For more info, contact Chris Ricci (224-4124,

Solar Fiesta 2014 Set for Sept. 27 at Workforce Training Center
You’re invited to attend a free, one-day consumer trade show and educational event on Sept. 27 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Workforce Training Center devoted to renewable energy and sustainability. You can check out biodiesel vehicles, electric cars and bikes, talk to experts and learn about all aspects of solar for homes and businesses. Free workshops will be offered on topics that include alternative transportation, technology advances in energy efficiency and renewable energy, and new financing opportunities. Speakers will also talk about climate change and the politics of renewable energy. Kids’ activities include solar baked chocolate chip cookies, solar powered snow-cone machine, adobe-making, seeing solar panels work and learning about renewable energy. The event is hosted by New Mexico Solar Energy Association and CNM is a co-sponsor.

Library Activities

Traveling Library Coming to Montoya and Main Campuses
The first Traveling Library visits of the fall will be at Main Campus in Max Salazar Hall on Monday, Sept. 22, starting at 12:30 p.m., and at Montoya Campus in I-211, J-121 and G-201 on Tuesday, Sept. 23, starting at 12:30 pm. With the Traveling Library, you can conveniently check out the latest in fiction and nonfiction books or make requests for other CNM Library materials from your office. For more information, contact Varina Kosovich at (Main) or Daniel Hay at (Montoya). Main Campus Traveling Library fall dates: are Sept. 22, Oct. 13, Nov. 3 and Dec. 1. Montoya Campus Traveling Library fall dates are Sept. 23, Oct. 15, Nov. 4 and Dec. 3.

New Services Available on Albuquerque Business First Portal
There is a new customization service available for CNM students, staff and faculty who have access to the CNM Albuquerque Business First News Portal. To learn more and to activate this feature contact Sylvia Vigil-Raines at

Employee Training

All Employees Required to Take ‘Preventing Discrimination and Sexual Violence for Faculty and Staff’ Training
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.

Employee Training is also offering a couple of upcoming trainings that can support your quality of life – “Developing a Plan for Wellness” and the “Financial Fitness Challenge.” Click here to register for either of these valuable opportunities.

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