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News Link - September 25, 2014


Show Your Support of Graduates by Participating in Grad Ceremony

CNM’s 2014 Fall Graduation Ceremony will be held Saturday, Dec. 6 at Tingley Coliseum. All faculty and staff are encouraged to show their support for graduates by participating and wearing regalia. Click here to submit your order for graduation regalia or to let the Student Activities Office know that you plan to participate but that you own regalia. The deadline to submit the online form is 5 p.m. on Oct. 15. Please note that the online form has to be submitted to obtain a parking permit as well.

New Presidential Fellow for Instructional Technology Seeking to Tech-up Teaching and Learning at CNM

Kat Flies, CNM’s new Presidential Fellow for Instructional Technology, will spend the next year exploring new ways to make the teaching and learning experience at CNM more technology-rich. Read more at

Part-Time Faculty Member Wins White House Award

Shana Runck, who teaches a financial literacy class at CNM as part of her role as assistant vice president of community relations and financial capabilities for the New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union, was one of 10 people honored as the White House’s Latino Educator Champions of Change award. Read more.

Synthetic Cadavers Bring Anatomy, Physiology Education to Virtual-life

For close to 20 years, CNM anatomy and physiology students have learned about the human body from cadavers provided to CNM by the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Very life-like, synthetic cadavers have taken their place in CNM labs, creating a fascinating, high-tech learning environment for students. Read more at

CNM Foundation Seeking to Commission Artwork from a CNM Student or Alumnus

The CNM Foundation is seeking to commission an artistic image that will help celebrate CNM’s 50th anniversary next year and convey the essence of our community college’s tremendously positive impact on central New Mexico through the past five decades. Those interested in submitting a proposal must be a currently enrolled CNM student or CNM alumni. Current CNM employees are not eligible to submit. The artist whose design is selected will receive $2,000. Please click here to access the prospectus and guidelines for submissions. Contact the Foundation for more info at 224-4685.

New Program to Award $1,000 Fellowships to Students Working To Become Community Dental Health Coordinators

The New Mexico Dental Association (NMDA) and CNM have announced a new program that will award $1,000 fellowships to students working toward becoming a Community Dental Health Coordinator (CDHC). The fellowships, sponsored by the NMDA, will allow “in district” CNM students to receive their CDHC education for free and reduce the cost of “out of district” students by 50 percent. Up to a dozen fellowships will be awarded for 2014-2015. To apply for the CDHC program and be eligible to receive a fellowship, students must be registered at CNM and apply for the program by filling out the application. For more information, contact Melanie Upshaw, CDHC and Dental Assistant Program Director, at 505-224-4000 Ext. 50178.

First ‘STEMinar’ Focuses on the Science Behind Brewing

CNM’s first “STEMinar” will delve into the microbiology and chemistry of brewing on Friday, Sept. 26, when brewers from a local restaurant will be on hand to discuss their craft. Read more.

New and Improved Customer Notification Messages Coming from ITS

In response to customer feedback, the Office of Information Technology Services has changed the format of the automated costumer notification messages that are sent out through Footprints, CNM’s service request system. The changes were carefully considered and have led to a more “customer friendly” format that’s more informative and easier to understand. In addition to the improved formatting, the new emails will only be sent to customers when:

  • A new service request is initially created
  • There is an update made to your existing service request
  • A “voting ballot” is sent out after your service request is completed

The ITS Service Desk is continuously looking for ways to improve services for the CNM community. ITS hopes that this improvement will help keep you better informed during an ITS Service Desk request. For more information, email or call 224-HELP.

Strategic Direction, KPI Roadshow at South Valley Campus Tuesday

The Office of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness invites you to join a discussion of the CNM Strategic Direction and the college’s Key Performance Indicators at the South Valley Campus on Tuesday, Sept. 30, from 9–10 a.m. in SV-10. Please join us and learn more about how you impact the success of the college.

Check Up on Yourself at CNM Health and Wellness Fair Oct. 10

CNM Human Resources is hosting a Health and Wellness Fair Oct. 10 at Smith Brasher Hall, where all CNM employees can learn about ways to become healthier. There will be health screenings, flu shots and educational information. Employees can talk to CNM’s health vendors to learn more about their plans and ask specific questions about healthcare needs. Local gyms, health food stores, smoothie stores and health awareness organizations will also be on hand. In addition, classes will be available to learn about various exercises.

Mammograms Available During Fair

Assured Imaging is bringing the latest in mammography equipment to the Health and Wellness Fair and will be offering mammograms from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 888-233-6121 to schedule an appointment. For more info about the Health and Wellness Fair, call Human Resources at 224-4600.

Human Resources Offers 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 runs from Oct. 6 to 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. Instructions for using the new online system will be provided as the enrollment period nears.

Two Prominent Artists to Speak at CNM Today and Friday

Colorado-based, African American artist Floyd D. Tunson will talk about his art tonight, Sept. 25, at 6 p.m. in Smith Brasher Hall, Room 100. On Friday, Sept. 26, at 5:30 p.m. in Smith Brasher Hall, Room 100, sculptor Sara Lee D’Alessandro will speak about her art. Read more.

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

CNM will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Week Sept. 29-Oct. 3. Here’s a list of the events taking place at Main Campus:

  • Monday, Sept. 29, 9-11 a.m. on the Student Services Center patio --  speakers will open up a discussion about “How Do We Preserve Our Culture?”
  • Tuesday, Sept.30, 9-11 a.m. in SSC, Room 205 – Hispanic Scholarship Workshop for students.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 1 (Hispanic Heritage Day), 9 a.m-1 p.m. on the SSC patio, there will be music, prizes and various resources available.
  • Thursday, Oct. 2, 9 a.m.-noon on the SSC patio there will be Hispanic Folk Art/Poetry Slam from 9 a.m.-noon
  • Friday, Oct. 3, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in SSC cafeteria there will be “A Taste of Hispanic Culture.” 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

Employees, Students Receive Discount to See ‘Wicked’ at Popejoy

CNM students and employees can take advantage of discounted tickets to see the popular Broadway Blockbuster “Wicked” at UNM’s Popejoy Hall. Tickets are $55 for CNM students and employees (these tickets are regularly priced from $87.50 to $117.50). The offer is for Price Level A tickets only. The show runs through Oct. 5. Click here to see all the dates and use promo code “CNM” to receive the discount.

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

Faculty members 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.

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

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.” Read more.

For Your Information

Mindfulness Brownbag Set for Oct. 3
CNM faculty, staff and students are invited to attend a meeting about mindfulness at CNM on Friday, Oct. 3, from noon-1 p.m. in Max Salazar Hall, Room 307 on Main Campus. The purpose of the meeting is to bring together people interested in mindfulness to: 1) practice mindfulness; and 2) talk about how we can further the effort of mindfulness at CNM. The hope is for the meetings to continue twice a month. Email for more info.

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.

Employees, Students Get Discounted Lobo Football Tickets for Saturday’s Game
CNM students, faculty and staff are invited to watch the UNM Lobos play Fresno State on Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. It’s CNM Night, and attendees from the CNM community can get silver seating for $15 (normally $25). To order tickets visit and navigate to the 2014 Football Single Game Ticket page. Select the 9/26 game and input the promo code: CNM2014. Then choose your seats. For more info, call Joe Gehling at 925-1620.

Solar Fiesta 2014 Set for Saturday 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

Montoya Campus Book Group to Discuss ‘Pie Town’ and ‘Gone Girl’
This semester, the Montoya Book Group will meet Oct. 9 and Nov. 13 at 5:30 p.m. in J126. Books for the Fall Term are Pie Town by Lynn Hinton (Oct. 9) and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (Nov. 13). For more information about the Montoya Book Group contact Daniel Hay ( at 224-5721 or visit the CNM Libraries' Book Group Page.

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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