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News Link - July 24, 2014


Seeking Nominations for 2014 PNM Staff Awards to be Presented at Convocation

The CNM Executive Team is seeking nominations for the 2014 PNM Staff Awards, which will be presented at Convocation on Aug. 22. This year, up to four awards will be presented to staff members who have made a significant impact related to the college’s top Strategic Direction of Student Success, specifically related to efforts involving the advancement of learning and support that promotes student persistence in their pursuit of education and training goals that lead to graduation. The award is meant to recognize the individual efforts of a staff member who has gone above and beyond for the cause of graduation, whether it was in support of a single student, the advancement of a major graduation initiative or anything in between. You can nominate a colleague by filling out this form.

The 2014-15 CNM Distinguished Faculty Award honoring one full-time and one part-time faculty will also be presented at Convocation. The CNM Distinguished Faculty Award recipient will be chosen from the 11 faculty members who earned the inaugural Distinguished Faculty Award within their school in April.

Check Out New STEMulus Center Website

CNM’s STEMulus Center, scheduled to open Sept. 5, has a new website that embodies the bold new educational approach the center is taking to educate tomorrow’s workforce. Check out the website to discover what courses and opportunities are available at the new CNM facility, located in the First Plaza Galeria Courtyard in the heart of downtown Albuquerque. The STEMulus Center will provide accelerated educational opportunities, wrap-around support for aspiring entrepreneurs and will offer a “maker space” where state-of-the-art technology and labs can be accessed by the public to develop prototypes for business ventures.

New Separation Process Starts Aug. 1

As part of the Banner Revitalization project and CNM's commitment to organizational excellence, a new college employee separation process will be implemented on Aug. 1. Together with many college stakeholders, the Human Resources Department staff has redesigned the separation process using Banner Workflow. For further information on this initiative, contact

CNM Partners with City of Albuquerque to Train Mayor, City Workers on Mental Health First Aid

CNM partnered with the City of Albuquerque Saturday to train Mayor Richard Berry and city staff how to recognize individuals experiencing a mental health crisis and tools available to help them. Read more.

Lavu, Inc. Donates Sophisticated Cloud Software to CNM’s Culinary Program

Students in CNM’s Culinary Program will soon be training with the latest innovative technologies, complete with real-world business applications. Read more.

Alexis Kerschner Tappan Named New Special Assistant to the President

Alexis Kerschner Tappan has been named the new Special Assistant to the President. She was previously Senior Director of Marketing and Communications at CNM and prior to that she was Vice President of Public Relations at Rick Johnson & Company Advertising. She starts her new position on Monday. This change comes in part due to the new responsibilities of Samantha Sengel, the college’s Chief Community Engagement Officer announced in News Link last week. Diana Chavez remains in her role as Administrative Assistant to the President and Executive Assistant to the Board supporting the President and Governing Board.

CNM Foundation, Smith’s Food and Drug Partner for Initiative

Support the CNM Foundation while shopping at your local Smith's Food and Drug Stores. Purchases will support the Foundation’s Annual Fund.
Just follow the instructions below and start supporting today.

* Visit the Community Rewards page on Smith’s website by clicking this link.
*Sign in or create an account if you have not done so (an email address and password is required)
* You will then be asked to enter your rewards card number (key tag scanned at checkout)
Finally you can enroll a nonprofit of your choice by entering their organization number
(Central New Mexico Community College Foundation, Inc. 66140)
* Now just make sure and scan your Smith’s rewards card each time you shop and you will be contributing to the CNM Foundation.

There is no cost to enroll, and enrollment will not affect your fuel points or coupon discount. Thank you for your support of the CNM Foundation.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Establishes New Mentoring Program

Big Brothers Big Sisters has a new mentoring program designed to increase high school graduation rates and better prepare students for higher education. The program is being piloted at South Valley Academy and Amy Biehl High School. Big Brothers Big Sisters is matching every incoming freshman at both schools one-on-one with an adult mentor. This is a great opportunity for CNM faculty and staff to connect to students before college and help them to be better prepared for higher education. Mentors will email mentee once a week and attend an in-person event at the mentee’s school every four to six weeks. Mentors will be provided weekly prompts that guide email conversations and a Match Support Specialist to assist throughout the mentoring relationship. For more information visit more information, or call Ross Holmen at Big Brothers Big Sisters at 505-837-9223 Ext. 15. To enroll, go to here.

Be sure to look for other faculty and stuff volunteering opportunities in the future on the Faculty and Staff page on

Please Stay Clear of Construction Zones

There are several construction projects taking place at CNM this summer. For your safety, please obey all construction signage and stay clear of construction zones.

CNM Employees Invited to Learn About New EAP Services

CNM Human Resources is providing the opportunity for employees to learn more about the new Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provider and their services. Representatives from Deer Oaks EAP will be visiting CNM sites to provide more details on the services they provide and how to access the services. Read more.

Human Resources Updating Job Descriptions for Staff Positions

CNM’s Human Resources Department is working with a national consulting firm, Segal Waters Consulting, to update job descriptions for staff positions and review CNM’s philosophy on compensation to ensure policies and procedures align. The primary goals of this project are to ensure that job descriptions are compliant with all relevant regulations, accurately summarize work responsibilities and requirements and support CNM’s ability to attract qualified candidates when positions are vacant. The project is expected to be completed by January 2015.

For Your Information

TRiO Student Support Services Accepting Applications for Fall
TRiO Student Support Services is accepting applications for the fall term. TRiO is an academic support program that provides one-on-one academic and career guidance; tutoring in English and math; college success workshops; and various educational and leadership activities. To be eligible, students must meet at least one of the following criteria: be part of a low-income family; be a first-generation college student; or have a documented disability. Click here if you would like to apply for the TRiO program. TRiO is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, so enrollment is limited. Please call 224-4375 for more information.]

Fall Parking Permits Now On Sale
Online paid parking permits are now on sale to employees. Students will be able to purchase online paid permits starting Aug. 4. General permits are available online. Full-time employees can use payroll deduction to pay for parking permits. For more information, visit the Parking Services site.

General Permits Now Issued at Security Offices
General Permits are now being issued at the Security Office at Main, Montoya, and Westside Campuses. Permits can be picked up at the Security Office Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. General Permits at Rio Rancho and South Valley campuses are still being issued out at the Admissions Office and at the Advance Technology Center at the Front Desk.  

Security Office locations are:
Main Campus – Front Desk in PS
Montoya Campus – Rm 107 in TW
Westside Campus – Rm. 100B in MJG

If the office is locked and unattended, please call Security Dispatch at 505-224-3002 to have a Security Officer or Parking Ambassador sent to the office.

For Parking Services information please go to For questions or further assistance, contact Parking Services at (505) 224-4000 ext. 51622.

Upcoming Workshops Help Students Make Decisions on Careers and Fields of Study
CNM Career & Transfer Information Center Managers will conduct concurrent “Focus 2” workshops Friday Aug. 1 from 2-3 p.m. at the Montoya Campus, Tom Wiley Hall Room 105, and at Main Campus, Student Services Center Room 203 (Career & Transfer Information Center, formerly the Career Resource Center). Focus 2 is an online self-guided career guidance program that assists students in making decisions about their career goals and their major area of study. These workshops are open to students, faculty and staff who want to know more about Focus 2. For more info, contact Career & Transfer Information Center Managers Sharon Gurule (, 224-4000 Ext. 52624) at the Montoya Campus, or Ronnie Thomas ( at 224-4000 Ext. 52956) at Main Campus.

Professional Development Opportunities

Are You Listening?
In this 90-minute, activity-packed session, you will learn the difference between hearing and listening, the importance of being an engaged listener in your life and you’ll receive tips on how to listen more effectively. The training session will take place on Friday, July 25, from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Main Campus in the Student Resource Center, Room 204. The training will be led by Dr. Lisa M. Orick-Martinez, a past president of the International Listening Association (ILA), a recurring guest on a national talk radio show, and one of only several dozen Certified Listening Professionals in the world. She is also a full-time faculty member in CHSS and has taught for more than 23 years. Click here for the flyer. To register click on the Employee Training registration portal, login, select Courses, CNM Employees, and Job Enrichment.

Library Activities

Updated! Traveling Library Coming to Montoya and Main Campuses
The Traveling Library is a bookmobile-style, door-to-door service that allows faculty and staff to access a selection of the CNM Libraries’ print collection from their offices. This summer, the Traveling Library will be on the fourth and fifth floors of Max Salazar Hall on Main Campus and at Montoya Campus in I Building, Room 211, J Building, Room 121 and G Building, Room 201 on July 28, starting at 12:30 p.m. Email for more information.

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