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Deadline to Order Regalia for Fall Graduation Ceremony Is Oct. 15

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 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.

Get on Path to a Healthier You at Health and Wellness Fair Friday

CNM Human Resources is hosting a Health and Wellness Fair on Friday, Oct. 10, at Smith Brasher Hall, where all CNM employees can learn about ways to become healthier. Employees can talk to CNM’s healthcare providers to learn more about their plans and ask specific questions about healthcare needs. There will be a wide variety of vendors from the health and wellness fields on hand to provide information and perform some convenient and important health services, such as:

  • Blood pressure checks
  • Body mass index checks
  • Blood glucose checks
  • Cholesterol checks
  • Mammograms (must be scheduled with Assured Imaging by calling 888-233-6121 – all major insurances accepted)
  • Flu shots (Bring your insurance card – for those without insurance, there will be a limited number of flu shots available)

Screenings and measurements will be conducted individually and confidential results will only be released to you.
There will also be information and activities related to the following:

  • Nutrition
  • Smoking cessation programs
  • Work-life balance resources
  • Stress-management techniques
  • Local gym information
  • Exercise demonstrations
  • Chair massages
  • Opportunities to win prizes

This Health & Wellness Fair is being hosted by the Human Resources department and it’s a great opportunity to conveniently access important information and services that can improve your health and quality of life. For more info, call HR at 224-4600.

Mammograms Available During Health and Wellness 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.

HR to Visit Campuses to Provide Health Benefit Information and Help With New Online System to Enroll or Switch Plans

CNM Human Resources is visiting campuses to provide the opportunity for employees to learn more about their health benefits, flexible spending accounts (FSA) and the online enrollment process. Here’s the schedule:

Tuesday, Oct. 14
  • South Valley Campus – SV-10, 9-10:30 a.m.
  • Montoya Campus – H-118, 1-2:30 p.m.

 Wednesday, Oct. 15

  • Rio Rancho Campus – RR-117, 9-10:30 a.m.
  • Westside Campus – WSI-313, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Workforce Training Center – Rm 111, 3-4:30 p.m.

For more information, contact HR at 224-4600 or click here and scroll down the page.

Some IT Services May be Unavailable Oct. 12

Due to a scheduled power outage at the Student Resource Center, which will directly affect CNM’s Main Campus data Center power systems, the following services might be unavailable, or available intermittently on Sunday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. This may include all CNM enterprise-wide computing resources, including:

  • Banner services
  • Employee email/Exchange services (including webmail)
  • CNM internal web services
  • Printing services (including lab and classroom printers)
  • File management services (including SharePoint, "", K: and I: drives, etc.)

This system outage will not affect access to Distance Learning/CNM Learn or to student email.

This scheduled system maintenance will require that all power to the Main Campus data center be shut down for approximately 30 minutes. All Main Campus data center systems should remain available under emergency battery power. However, please be aware that CNM computing resources could become unavailable during this timeframe. If you have any questions, please contact the ITS Service Desk at 224-4357 or email

Presidential Fellow Delves Into Competency-based Curriculum

CNM Presidential Fellow Fang Chen is spending the 2014-15 academic year studying a potentially transformative curriculum design that is gaining traction nationally – competency-based curriculum. Read more.

Nominations Being Accepted for Individual Excellence Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for Individual Excellence Awards. If you know a CNM employee who has provided excellent service to the CNM community, nominate him or her for an excellence award. Any employee, student or community member can make a nomination. The deadline to submit a nomination is Nov. 13. For more information, click here, or call Rebecca Turner at 224-4617.

Fast Track Business Degree Prepares for Launch

Acting President Katherine Ulibarri called the 14 students participating in CNM’s first Fast Track Business Administration Associate Degree program “trailblazers” during a welcome session Tuesday evening. Read more.

CNM Strategic Direction and KPI Roadshow at Rio Rancho Campus and Westside Campus on Wednesday

The Office of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness invites you to join a discussion of the CNM Strategic Direction and college Key Performance Indicators on Wednesday, Oct. 15, from 1:30–2:30 p.m. at the Rio Rancho Campus (Room 117) and from 3–4 p.m. at the Westside Campus (Room WSI 304). Please join us to learn about ways you impact the goals of the college.

Support CNM and Higher Education Across State by Voting on Bond C

Show your support for the vital role CNM serves in our community, as well as the critical role higher education serves across the state, by voting on Higher Education Bond C. If Bond C passes, CNM would receive funding for a major renovation of Smith Brasher Hall, which was built in 1984. Read more.

Se Habla Español!

Check out the bottom right corner of almost every CNM web page and you will see a link to CNM’s new Spanish web page. The primary purpose of the page is to direct our Spanish speaking community to the 224-HOLA number which connects them with one of our four Spanish speakers in the Contact Center to get information about any CNM service or program.

If you would like to suggest additional content for the page, contact Lidia Muniz or Jennifer Cornish. Also, if you or one of your colleagues speak Spanish, get a “Yo Hablo Español” button to let our Spanish-speaking students know that you are a resource for them. Email or visit Terry Dominguez at at the Main Campus Connect Center to pick one up or have it sent to you.

Faculty, Staff Invited to Submit Proposals for CTL Conference

CNM’s Cooperative for Teaching and Learning (CTL) invites CNM faculty and staff to submit proposals for the 3rd Annual Conference on Teaching and Learning, scheduled for Jan. 16. The conference planning team is looking for dynamic, high-quality conference session proposals focusing on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in the following categories: best practices in instruction, classroom assessment, instructional technology, distance learning, classroom management and other related topics. The proposal form also provides for poster submissions and requesting a resource table for your group or department. The deadline to submit a proposal is Friday, Oct. 17. Click here for more info about how to submit a proposal.

Learn About Five Things to Know Before Starting a Business

Are you thinking about starting a business? Learn about the “First Five Things Everybody Should Know Before Starting a Business” on Friday, Oct. 10, from noon to 2 p.m. at the STEMulus Center Pop-up Pavilion, located at First Plaza Galleria in downtown Albuquerque. In addition to five things everybody should know before starting a business, participants will learn about the Lean Canvas model for creating a business. The event is part of the STEMulus Center’s IGNITE Community Accelerator. You can register for the free event by clicking here. For more information, email For more information, email

Free Songwriting Workshop Oct. 24 at Pop-up Pavilion

The “Poetics of Songwriting,” a one-hour seminar, will present a broad overview of poetic theory and discussion of common and uncommon lyric structures used by some well-known masters of songwriting (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan and others) designed to enhance understanding of the songwriter’s art and to inspire creativity. Participants are encouraged to bring pen and paper or an electronic writing device, and you’ll learn about ways to tap in to your inner muse and explore ways to express your thoughts and feelings through musical forms that move listeners. CNM writing faculty member Patrick Houlihan, Ph.D., will conduct the workshop. He is also a published poet and an active musician, writing and performing original songs. The STEMulus Center Pop-up Pavilion is located at First Plaza Galleria on 2nd Street in Downtown Albuquerque, between Copper Rd. and Tijeras Rd. Email for more info.

SAGE Hosts New Mexico Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Workshop

Amy Christensen, associate dean of the CNM School of Adult and General Education (SAGE), was one of 10 SAGE faculty members who attended the New Mexico Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (NMTESOL) annual fall workshop on Oct. 3 held at the CNM Workforce Training Center. SAGE hosted the event.  A total of about 60 ESL teachers and administrators from throughout New Mexico attended eight workshops on a variety of topics ranging from “What’s the Buzz about Competency-Based Education” to “Phonological Awareness: What Your Brain is Hiding from You.” For more info about NMTESOL, visit the organization’s website.

CNM Welcomes New Hires

Click here to see a list of CNM’s new employees.

For Your Information

Alpha Upsilon Chi to Welcome New and Prospective Members Oct. 24  Alpha Upsilon Chi welcomes and congratulates new and prospective members to Phi Theta Kappa. Chapter officers will be hosting an orientation on Oct.24 in the Smith Brasher Hall auditorium (SB 100). With three time slots to choose from, including 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 6 p.m., potential new members will have a chance to meet the Chapter Officer Team and learn what PTK has to offer. There are a number of scholarships available, community outreach activities and opportunities to increase leadership skills when you become a lifetime member of Phi Theta Kappa. Membership is done by e-mail invitation only, so please check your CNM inbox. Eligible students who are interested in attending the event should send your RSVP to:

Dia de los Muertos Workshop Set for Oct. 11
Join the UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute for a free professional development workshop on Dia de los Muertos “Contemporary Adaptations” Oct. 11 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the CNM Max Salazar Building, Room 405. The workshop, designed for K-12 educators and pre-service teachers, will explore the history of Dia de los Muertos before delving into a discussion of how contemporary communities have adapted the holiday. Rusita Avila, a community organizer and activist who for many years has served as co-director of the annual South Valley Dia de los Muertos y Marigold Parade, will be the presenter. The workshop will conclude with a discussion about how to meet common core reading and writing standards while exploring this meaningful celebration in the classroom. To register, contact Keira Phillipp-Schnurer at or 277-7047.

MSU Educational Leadership Doctoral Program & Master’s Programs
The Department of Educational Leadership and Administration (ELA) at New Mexico State University is now accepting applications to its Educational Leadership Doctoral and Master of Arts in Educational Administration programs. The doctoral applications will be accepted from Oct. 1 through Jan. 15, and the master’s applications must be received by Dec. 1. The doctoral program offers both the Ed.D. and Ph.D. degrees. It uses a hybrid distance-education and face-to-face instruction model and focuses on social justice and border education issues. Anyone interested in obtaining information and/or applying to the doctoral program can visit this web page. More information about the Master’s Degree can be found here. If you have questions, email

Data Users Invited to 2014 New Mexico Data Users Conference
The Data Bank at the University of New Mexico’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research is holding its 16th Annual Data Users Conference on Thursday, Nov. 13 at the CNM Workforce Training Center. The conference is New Mexico’s premier forum for both beginning and professional data users in the state and surrounding areas. The event will feature Pauline Nunez of the U.S. Census Department’s Denver Regional Office and Andy Hait with the Economic Census. Registration is $55 per person. Click here for more information or call 277-3038.

Electronic Timesheets for Full-time Instructional Support Staff Go Live with Pay Period that Begins Oct. 27
CNM full-time instructional support staff will be transitioning to electronic timesheets, beginning with the pay period that starts Oct. 27. Training opportunities for the electronic timesheets will be available soon, including training sessions in computer labs. More information on training will be coming soon

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 -- Oct 20 (Vending Area), 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Westside Campus -- Oct 22 (Michael J. Glennon Building in the Atrium), 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Main Campus -- Oct. 27 (Student Services Center, Room 108 and lobby area outside Jeannette Stromberg Hall, Room 208), 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Montoya Campus -- Oct. 29 (cafeteria), 9a.m.-2 pm.

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.

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.

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.

Learn How to Keep Your Bike in Tip-top Condition
Do you bike to work? Stop by the PNM Pop-up Pavilion on Oct. 13 from 7-7:45 a.m. and learn some tips and tricks to keep those pedals, chains and tires turning smoothly. Topics covered are from the Park Tool Mechanic, Part 1, national curriculum and the workshop is taught by a certified instructor. 

Sodexo Sponsoring Month of Giveaways
Sodexo, the company that operates the CNM Main Campus cafeteria, will be sponsoring a month of giveaways throughout October. Stop by the cafeteria at CNM’s Main, Montoya and Westside campuses to enter. Giveaways include bikes, Ipod shuffles and a jam box. They will also be featuring a loyalty card throughout the month, if you buy five waters you will get one free. 

Library Activities

CNM Libraries Book Groups
The Montoya Book Group will meet Thursday Oct. 9 at 5:30 p.m. in J126 to discuss the book Pie Town by Lynne Hinton. When new priest Father George Morris and a young hitchhiker named Trina arrive in Pie Town, New Mexico the townsfolk are resistant to welcoming newcomers, until Trina and Father George unwittingly transform the town and its people. For more information about the Montoya Book Group, contact Daniel Hay ( at 224-5721 or visit the CNM Libraries’ Book Group Page (

The South Valley campus Library will hold story times on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at 9:30 a.m. and at 10:30 a.m. in SV 106. Story Time’s mission is to provide a positive, interactive experience that encourages early childhood literacy and instills reading as a source of joy. The next story time will be on Oct. 22, and all are welcome. For more information contact Alyssa Russo ( at 505.224.5016 or visit the library’s Suncat Story Time page at

Traveling Library Making Rounds at Main, Montoya Campuses
The Traveling Library will be at Main Campus in the MS Building Monday, Oct. 13 starting at 12:30 p.m., and at Montoya in I-211, J-121 and G-201 Wednesday, Oct. 15 starting at 12:30 p.m. With the traveling library, you can conveniently check out the latest in fiction and nonfiction books, or make requests for other CNM materials from your office. For more information, contact Varina Kosovich at (Main) or Daniel Hay at (Montoya).

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.

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