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Volunteers Needed for Suncat Days Next Week – Sign Up Now

Volunteers are still needed at all campuses for Suncat Days next week (Aug. 25-28). Volunteers staff stations to welcome students to campus, and help them navigate the challenging first week of classes. Faculty, staff and student employees can volunteer. If you sign up for two or more shifts, you'll receive a special thank you gift. Register now at cnm.edu/suncatdays. Each station will be equipped with informational flyers and maps, important phone numbers and other materials. Feel free to bring your tablet to help answer student questions as well. Grab a friend and sign up together. If you have questions, call 224-4676.  

Convocation Information

Convocation will begin on Friday in the Main Campus Central Lot with breakfast being served from 8-8:30 a.m. Coffee will be available, as well as Frontier Restaurant breakfast burritos (options will include bacon, without bacon, green chile and without green chile).
The Convocation program will feature TED-style talks by CNM faculty and staff (visit cnm.edu/cnmtalks for the speaker lineup), followed by remarks from President Winograd.
The S Building and A Building will be open to provide access to restrooms and hydration stations for those who want to fill their own water bottles, since water will not be available at the Central Lot.
At 11 a.m., the Academic Affairs Division will host a breakout session in the main tent in the Central Lot and the Finance and Operations Division will host a breakout session in Smith Brasher Hall, Room 100. The Student Services Division and the Cashier's Office will return to work at 11 a.m. on Main Campus. Student Services at other campuses will open at 11:30 a.m. Student Services will hold its breakout session on Sept. 26.
All employees will return to their regular work duties by noon.
The Main Campus Central Lot has been closed for Convocation preparation. All Main Campus parking lots are currently open and free during the term break.

Student Services, School Offices Open for Extended Hours

Student Services offices will be open at Main, Montoya, Rio Rancho, South Valley and Westside campuses on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All CNM school offices, except for the School of Adult & General Education, will also be open for extended hours on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There will also be extended hours for the school offices during the first week of classes Aug. 25-29, as follows:

School of Adult & General Education – open 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 25, and Tuesday, Aug. 26. Regular hours resume Wednesday, Aug. 27.
School of Applied Technologies – open 7 a.m.-6 p.m. from Monday, Aug. 25, through Wednesday, Aug. 27. Regular hours resume Thursday, Aug. 28.
School of Business & Information Technology – open 7 a.m.-6 p.m. from Monday, Aug. 25, through Friday, Aug. 29.
School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences – open 7 a.m.-6 p.m. from Monday, Aug. 25, through Friday, Aug. 29.
School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety – open 7 a.m.-6 p.m. from Monday, Aug. 25, through Thursday, Aug. 28. Regular hours resume Friday, Aug. 29.
School of Math, Science & Engineering – open 7 a.m.-6 p.m. from Monday, Aug. 25, through Thursday, Aug. 28. Regular hours resume Friday, Aug. 29.

More than 2,000 Students Attend CNM Summer In-person New Student Orientation

If CNM campuses seemed busier this summer than usual, it may have been the 2,029 new students visiting for New Student Orientation. This was the first year that in-person orientations were offered on a large scale. Read more.

Fire Drills Scheduled During First Three Weeks of Fall Term

The Safety & Security Office will coordinate mandatory fire drills on all campuses at various times during the first three weeks of the Fall Term. Read more.

View Recent Changes to Policies and Procedures

The CNM Governing Board recently approved some changes to CNM policies and procedures, which included changes to the Equal Opportunity Policy, Education Benefits and the policy for Reporting Observed, Suspected, or Apparent Misconduct. Read more.

CHSS to Host Major Mixer for Students Sept. 12

The College of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences will host a "Major Mixer" for students from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 12 at Main Campus in the breezeway of the Student Resource Center. Every CHSS major will be represented with a table at the event, so that students can learn more about each major. Students will be able to:

  • Learn about CHSS majors, programs, certificates, transfer tracks and minor pathways
  • Meet CHSS faculty, the CHSS Achievement Coach and CHSS Advisor, and other student resource staff
  • Participate in a degree audit to help assess the path forward to graduation
  • Meet with UNM transfer advisors
  • Meet other students
  • Enjoy snacks
  • Get pictures taken with Sol
  • Take pictures in a graduation cap-and-gown cut-out "Selfie Station"
  • Enter drawings for prizes

Share Videos on 'Why Is Writing Important?' and '10 Habits of Successful Students'

With the Fall Term starting on Monday, it's a good time to take a look back at a couple of videos that are worthy of sharing with students and employees. Check out "Why Is Writing Important?" and "10 Habits of Successful Students."

Sol Greets New Applied Technologies Associate Dean

Amy Ballard, the new Applied Technologies (AT) associate dean, had a surprise Monday when she arrived at her new office. Read more.

For Your Information

Come to College Night at Isotopes Park Aug. 28
College Night at Isotopes Park is Thursday, Aug. 28. Tickets for the game against the Las Vegas 51s are $8 for CNM employees and their families. Large groups can make arrangements in advance by calling Scott Cilke at 222-4019. Coupons will be handed out for six free boneless wings at Buffalo Wild Wings, and Mesa Del Sol will be providing free 'Topes" hats to the first 2,000 fans. The game starts at 6:35 p.m. Email dstorm@abqisotopes.com for more info.

Committee Members Sought for Micali Leadership Institute
The Micali Leadership Institute (MLI) is seeking committee members to help plan a spring 2015, one-day professional development event. A minimum of a two-year commitment on the committee is encouraged. Past MLI attendees are encouraged to apply. If you would like to participate, contact Rudy Garcia, MLI chair, rudyg@cnm.edu by Sept. 2. Supervisor approval will be required with this commitment.

ABQ Ride Bus Pass Stickers Now Available
The new 2014-2015 ABQ Ride Bus Pass stickers are now available for currently registered students and CNM employees. They can be obtained at the following locations: Main Campus, Student Services Center, Room 111; Montoya Campus, Tom Wiley Hall, Room 207; and Westside Campus, Westside Phase II, Room 104; South Valley Campus, Room SV-40; and the Advanced Technology Center at the south entrance reception desk.

NMPSIA Board Votes to Reduce Medical Premium Increases
CNM employees who participate in a medical plan through the college will see a 1.5 percent increase in medical premiums this year instead of a 2.85 percent increase. Read more.

Professional Development

HR Employee Training Offering "Developing a Plan for Wellness"

  • Tuesdays at Main Campus, SRC 204 from 12-12:45 p.m., Sept. 9 –Nov. 11
  • Thursdays at Montoya Campus in J 116 from 5:15- 6 p.m., Sept. 1–Nov. 13

By learning how to integrate wellness in our lives we can enjoy improved health, morale and workplace productivity. Sign up today to learn more about health, fitness and stress management. Participants will also learn how to make homeopathic products and practice fitness routines including Tai Chi, Pilates, Chair Yoga, Zumba and more. Click here to access the registration portal. Once you sign in click on Courses, CNM Employees and then Performance Support. If you need help, please contact EmployeeTraining@cnm.edu.

All Employees Required to Take Training Titled: 'Preventing Discrimination and Sexual Violence for Faculty and Staff'
The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, an amendment to the Jeanne Clery Act, mandates Title IX training for all higher education employees.In response to this mandate, you will receive emails from "Workplace Answers" 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. Watch for these emails and follow the instructions. The first email will be sent today, with reminders every two weeks until the training is completed. Please note, registration for this course is not required.  Supervisors please use the revised Mandatory Tracking form accessible from the bottom of the Employee Training website for new hires.

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