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News Link - December 11, 2014


Excellence Award Winners Announced – Luncheon Set for Friday

Eighteen CNM employees have been selected to be honored at Friday’s Employee Excellence Award Luncheon. The Excellence Award recognizes employees for exceptional contributions to the CNM community.  Read more.

Faculty Member Awarded Prestigious $25,000 Fellowship from NEA

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded CNM English faculty member and accomplished poet Jennifer Givhan a prestigious $25,000 fellowship designed to help her set aside time for writing, research, travel and career advancement. Read more.

Timesheets Must Be Submitted, Approved Early Due to Winter Break

Electronic timesheet approvals are due today, Dec. 11, by 1 p.m. for the last pay day of the year (Dec. 19). Timesheet approvals for the first payroll of 2015 will be due on Wednesday, Dec. 17, by 1 p.m. Timesheets need to be submitted by Tuesday, Dec. 16.

If You Don’t Have Direct Deposit, Sign Up Now to Receive Jan. 2 Paycheck Electronically

Winter Break is quickly approaching, and the Payroll Department would like to inform everyone 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 Friday, Dec. 12. There are many reasons to sign up for direct deposit, and it’s fast and easy. To sign up or to get more info, visit the Payroll website. You can also stop by the Payroll office on Main Campus in the A Building, Room 110.

If You Decline Direct Deposit, You can Pick Up Paycheck Jan. 2

The CNM Business Office will be open for a brief period over the winter break to allow employees who do not have direct deposit to pick up their payroll checks. Employees will be able to pick up their payroll check from the Business Office on Main Campus in the A Building, Room A-30, on Jan. 2 from 8-10 a.m. Any paychecks not picked up on Jan. 2 will be mailed, so please make sure that your mailing address in myCNM is correct. Go to the “Employees” tab and click on “Personal Information” to check your address.

Sign Up for Suncat Days Today – Deadline Is Friday

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.

Carson Bennett, Asa Stone, Luis Campos Present Webinar on RecycleMania

Carson Bennett, Campus as a Living Lab Faculty Liaison, Asa Stone, member of the CNM Sustainability Curriculum Team, and Luis Campos, executive director of the Physical Plant, presented a webinar Tuesday for a group of nearly 100 college representatives interested in organizing a RecycleMania competition similar to the one hosted by CNM last year. Read more.

Faculty Member Introduces Japanese Children to Albuquerque-born RoboRAVE

The Czech Republic, Alburquerque, Spain (yes, there’s an extra “R” in Alburquerque, Spain), and now Kaga, Japan. CNM faculty member Fabian Lopez has once again traveled to far parts of the world to spread the word about the Albuquerque-born RoboRAVE. Read more.

CNM Among 50 Most Affordable Community Colleges

CNM has been named one of the 50 Most Affordable Community Colleges in the nation, according to rankings based on low tuition and high rates of financial aid provided by the college. Click here to see the rankings.

TEDxABQ Accepting Applications for 2015 Education Event

TEDxABQ is now accepting speaker applications for the 2015 Education event scheduled for March 27 at the African-American Performing Arts Center on March 27. More details and the online speaker application are available at The deadline for speakers to apply is Dec 15.

What HR and Business Office Topics Would You Like to Learn More About?

Human Resources and the Business Office are developing monthly forums to communicate changes and updates from the Finance and Operations Division. HR and the Business Office would like to hear which topics are most important to you as they prepare to roll out this valuable new communication venture next term. Please take a moment to complete this survey.

Interested in Helping to Organize Events for Black History Month?

If you are interested in helping to organize events at CNM for Black History Month, contact Ann Lyn Hall at Black History Month is celebrated in February. 

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.

J.R. Romero Named VARO Albuquerque Employee of the Month

J.R. Romero, CNM’s VetSuccess counselor who serves as a "one-stop liaison" for all veterans, active duty personnel and their dependents attending CNM, has been named Veterans Affairs Regional Office (VARO) Albuquerque’s Employee of the Month for November. He is an employee of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and maintains an office on CNM’s Main Campus. The recognition is for his dedication and outstanding performance.

APD Officer to Give Tips on Keeping Safe this Holiday Season

APD Officer John Corvino will give tips on keeping safe this holiday season during two Dean of Students-sponsored lectures on Dec. 15. Some of the topics he will cover include shopping safety, toy-buying safety, decoration safety, holiday cooking, celebration safety, being prepared for the cold weather and holiday traveling. The first Dec. 15 lecture will be at 2 p.m. in Smith Brasher Hall, Room 106 on Main Campus. The second will be at 4 p.m. in J Building, Room 122 on the Montoya Campus.

CNM Polo Shirts for Sale at CNM Foundation

For a limited time, the CNM Foundation has various CNM polo shirts for sale. Limited quantities and sizes apply. Contact the CNM Foundation for more information at 224-4685 or visit the office in the Robert P. Matteucci Hall on Main Campus.

For Your Information

NMSU Offers MA Program in Educational Administration
New Mexico State University (NMSU) is currently accepting applications for the Master of Arts program in Educational Administration.  The degree focuses on community college and university administration. Read more.

Wish Kate Parker Well in Retirement During Celebration Dec. 11
Kate Parker, a full-time faculty member in the School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences, is retiring at the end of the Fall Term. Stop by to wish her well during a retirement celebration on Thursday, Dec. 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the School of Math, Science & Engineering conference room on the fifth floor of Max Salazar Hall. Light refreshments will be provided.

Bookstore Hours During Winter Break
Click here to see holiday and Winter Break hours for CNM Bookstores.

Learn About the Possibilities of 3-D Printers and Make a Holiday Ornament with Your Child
Have you ever wondered what you can do with a 3-D printer? One of many things you can do is make holiday ornaments! Parents and children are invited to attend the Fuse Makerspace 3-D Holiday Ornament workshop on Dec. 13 at the CNM STEMulus Center. You will learn about 3-D printers, get to create an ornament using 3-D software and prepare a file to print your ornament just in time for the holidays. The STEMulus Center will print your ornament for pick up after the workshop. The cost to attend is $25 per group of one parent and child. Two workshops are available on Dec. 13: from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m.  This class is BYOD (bring your own device or laptop). Click here to register (look for the 3-D Holiday Ornament link at bottom of page). For more info, email

myCNM Upgrade Coming in FebruaryFaculty 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.

Faculty members who use the “Course Studio” function that is accessed from the myCourses section of myCNM will need to move any content in Course Studio that they will need for the Spring Term to CNM Learn (Blackboard).
The Course Studio environment, where some faculty place syllabi and other course materials, will no longer be available starting with the Spring Term in January. When the myCNM upgrades go live on Feb. 22, the myCourses links in myCNM will take users to CNM Learn. Click here for instructions on how to download content from myCNM. Click here for instructions on how to upload the content to CNM Learn. For faculty who need help downloading content from myCNM, contact the ITS Service Desk at For faculty who need help uploading content to CNM Learn, contact Distance Learning at

BIT Faculty Member Sonia Crawford Wins Best Assessment Contest
Sonia Crawford, faculty member in the School of Business & Information Technology, won the CNM Best Assessment Contest for an assessment she had students perform in a Digital Design Studio class. The contest was initiated by CNM Presidential Fellow Fang Chen who is spending the 2014-15 academic year researching competency-based curriculum. Read more.

Donations for Annual Clothing Exchange Now Being Accepted
Job Connection Services is now accepting clothing donations for its annual Clothing Exchange. Donations of gently used, clean, professional clothing, shoes and accessories can be brought to Job Connection Service on Main Campus in the Student Services Center, Room 206, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Men’s clothing and plus sizes are in particular need. The Clothing Exchange event will be held Feb .12 in the SSC Cafeteria, where students will be able to select clothes for free that they can use for job interviews. For more info, call Job Connection Services at 224-3060.

Library News

Library Books Due Today
As the end of the semester approaches, CNM Libraries would like to remind students, faculty, and staff that all checked out library books are due Dec. 11. You may return CNM library books to any campus library. If you have questions about renewing your materials, please call the Library Help Desk at 224-3274.

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