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News Link - February 13, 2014


CNM Begins New Faculty Recognition Program – Distinguished Part-time and Full-time Faculty Members to be Honored

CNM highly values the tremendous contributions that all faculty members make on a daily basis in classrooms and labs across the college. As a way to honor some of CNM’s most outstanding faculty members, the college is beginning a new Distinguished Faculty Award program. A part-time and full-time faculty member from each of the six schools will be chosen as a Distinguished Faculty Award recipient, which will include a $200 award and a maximum of $2,500 for a professional development activity. Of the 12 Distinguished Faculty Award winners, one full-time and one part-time faculty member will be chosen as the Faculty Members of the Year and each will receive a $500 award. The full-time faculty member will also receive a $1,000 increase to their base pay. Nominations are due by Feb. 28. Once a nomination is made, the nominee will need to fill out a form to be eligible.

College & Career High School to Host Open House Feb. 19

CNM’s College & Career High School will host an Open House for community members, as well as current students and their families. Attendees will learn about what’s ahead for the promising dual-credit high school and can meet the teachers and staff. The Open House will take place Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the College and Career High School located in the S Building on CNM's Main Campus. Click here to read more.

Wi-Fi Access at Rio Rancho Campus Ramps Up; Faster Connections Coming Soon to Rest of CNM

Students, faculty and staff at the CNM Rio Rancho Campus can surf the Internet and access CNM online services faster and more reliably than ever before thanks to an upgrade to the campus’s wi-fi system. Other campuses are on deck. Click here to read more.

New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange Hosts Event at Main Campus Today to Inform Students About Affordable Options

The New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange (NMHIX) will be hosting an event at CNM’s Main Campus today (Feb. 13) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to inform students about new, affordable health insurance options. Click here to learn more.

Deans Volunteer to Support Ronald McDonald House

Several members of CNM’s Deans Council spent Sunday afternoon volunteering their time with Ronald McDonald House Charities of New Mexico’s Teen Ambassadors. Click here to read more.

ITS Working to Improve Email Filtering of Spam

In recent months, it has become more difficult for CNM’s email systems to distinguish between “spam” emails and legitimate email traffic from external sources.  The Office of Information Technology Services (ITS) is working to improve the spam detection system while allowing all legitimate email traffic to pass through.  Efforts are made to minimize the unintentional blocking of legitimate messages, but there may be occasions when a legitimate message or sender may be blocked inadvertently.  If you are concerned this has happened with your email account, or if you have questions, please contact Luis Brown in ITS Cybersecurity at Ext. 5-2140 or contact the ITS Service Desk at

Office 2013 and Adobe Acrobat Pro Rollout Scheduled for All of CNM

Over the next few months, ITS will move forward with a major upgrade to Microsoft Office 2013 and an enterprise-wide deployment of Adobe Acrobat Pro for all CNM administrative systems.  The proposed rollout schedule will proceed as follows:

  • Now through March 1– Complete upgrades for all Academic Affairs administrative systems at all campuses (all AA instructional systems were completed prior to the Fall 2013 term). These upgrades and deployments are already under way.
  • March 1–31 – All Student Services administrative systems at all campuses, including Connect, Financial Aid, Cashiers, Enrollment, Advisement and Security.
  • April 1-30 – All Finance and Operations administrative systems at all campuses, including Business Office, Purchasing, Human Resources, Payroll, Facilities and Shipping & Receiving.

CNM’s Employee Training department is developing, and will soon be scheduling, training sessions for both Microsoft Office 2013 and Adobe Acrobat Pro. There are also some excellent free online Microsoft Office 2013 training videos available to view anytime. Adobe also provides some excellent self-guided online training materials for Adobe Acrobat Pro X.
If you have questions, or you have systems that will require special consideration, or you would like to schedule specific dates for deployments to your area, contact Jeff Perry at Ext. 5-1585, the ITS Service Desk at or 224-HELP (4357).

Victoria Sanchez Martinez Named Academic Affairs Director for Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Programs

Victoria Sánchez-Martínez has been named CNM’s new Academic Affairs Director for the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Programs. She served as the Executive Director of the Hospitality Industry Education Foundation and the Development Director for the New Mexico Restaurant Association for the last 10 years. During her tenure, she managed all industry training and educational programs for the association, administered the scholarship program and supported workforce development initiatives. Sánchez Martínez continues to serve as a subject matter expert for the National Restaurant Association in the areas of food safety and responsible alcohol service. Sánchez Martínez is currently a doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership at the University of New Mexico.

All-State Academic Students Honored at Legislature

Ten CNM students were recently among those named to the Phi Theta Kappa New Mexico All-State Academic Team and will each receive a $15,000 scholarship. They were recently honored at the New Mexico Legislature. Click here to read more.

Homework Diner Featured on NBC Nightly News

Feeding more than young minds, the Homework Diner at Manzano Mesa Elementary School feeds young stomachs with food made by CNM Culinary Arts students. Check out this report on NBC Nightly News.

Show Your Green Spirit — Adopt a Recycle Bin During RecycleMania

Help increase awareness and build recycling spirit by adopting a recycle bin during RecycleMania. CNM departments, chartered student organizations or teams of students conducting a class project can adopt a bin and decorate it to encourage recycling. Click here for more info.

Nominate a Colleague for an Excellence Award

Nominations are being accepted for the annual Employee Excellence Awards. The awards recognize employees for exceptional contributions to the CNM community. The deadline to nominate is March 4. Click here for more information or to nominate a faculty or staff member.

STEM Event Set for Feb. 21 for Students Interested in or Pursuing STEM Degrees

The CNM STEM-UP Program (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Undergraduate Pathways) is hosting a STEM Orientation for all students currently pursuing or interested in pursuing a STEM degree (Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Nutrition or Engineering).
This event will provide information about requirements to obtain a STEM degree and resources available to support the success of STEM students. Additionally, a panel of STEM professionals will discuss internship and career opportunities available in the STEM fields. Student peer mentors currently pursuing STEM degrees will also be on hand. The event will take place on Friday, Feb. 21, from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the Smith Brasher Hall auditorium (Room 100) on Main Campus. Call 224-4333 for more information about the event or click here to learn more about the STEM-UP Program.

For Your Information

ENMU Transfer Workshops Set
Students interested in transferring to Eastern New Mexico University are invited to attend Academic Advisement-sponsored workshops Feb. 19 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in SSC 203. They will learn about the transfer process to ENMU and program availability. Contact Lidia at with questions.

Montoya Guest Speaker to Talk about Death with Light Touch
Gail Rubin, certified in thanatology (death, dying and bereavement), will bring a light touch to the “D” word when she speaks Feb. 24 from 4:30-5:45 p.m. at the Montoya Campus, Room H-126. Her talk is free and open to the public. For more information call 224-5524 or email

True Colors: Presented by UNM El Centro de la Raza, UNM Program Specialist
Have you ever wondered why some people drive you crazy and others don’t? Why do you just click with some of your co-workers or students and you wonder which planet some of the others came from? The True Colors workshop, scheduled for Friday, March 7, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Max Salazar Hall, Room 203,  is fun and interactive, providing participants with useful communication, diversity, conflict resolution and leadership concepts that can be easily applied to everyday life. The True Colors methodology allows participants to gain insights into why people behave and communicate as they do. Participants learn to maximize and appreciate what every individual has to offer to the team. The true colors methodology fosters and encourages creativity, positive attitudes and will serve as a tool to increase the effectiveness of our leaders and team members within our organizations. For more information contact Willie Smoker, 505-224-4375 or To register go to the Calendar of Events section on the CNM home web page.

TRiO Presents University Transfer Workshops
TRiO is presenting workshops in March that will provide information about transferring to a four-year university after CNM. The workshops are Tuesday, March 11, Main Campus, 9:30-11 a.m., Career Resource Center SSC 203; Wednesday March 12 JMMC Campus, 9:30-11 a.m., H-126; and Thursday March 13, Westside Campus, 9:30-11 a.m., WS1-313. A university transfer fair will be held at each campus from 11-2 p.m. For more information contact Willie Smoker, 505-224-4375 or To register go to the Calendar of Events section on the CNM home web page.

Health and Wellness Workshop Set for March 28
Patti Haaland, RN, of the Student Health Center, will present a Health and Wellness Workshop on Friday, March 28 from 9-10 a.m. in Max Salazar Room 202. She will help you find out how to live a healthier lifestyle and learn more about exercise fitness, nutrition, emotional health and disease prevention. More importantly, she will help you develop a wellness plan for a healthy life. For more information contact Willie Smoker at 505-224-4375 or To register go to the Calendar of Events section on the CNM home web page.

Stressed by Tests? This Course Can Help
Students in the School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety are invited to attend a workshop on dealing with test taking anxiety. Come and learn some practical strategies you can implement immediately to help with anxiety related to test-taking. The workshop will be Feb 18 at  noon in JS 208. For more information, contact Nikki Purkeypile at

Training Now Available in Spanish
Information Security for the General User mandatory training is now available in Spanish. Any employee can register for the Spanish version by visiting CNM’s Mandatory Training enrollment page.

Traveling CNM Library Announces Spring Term Schedule
The Traveling CNM Library provides door-to-door service that allows faculty and staff to access a selection of the CNM Libraries’ print collection from their offices. This spring the Traveling Library will be on the fourth and fifth floors of Max Salazar Hall on the following Mondays starting at 9 a.m.: Feb. 24, March 24, April 14 and April 28. Email for more information.

CNM Employees Eligible for Discount on Performance by Shen Yun Performing Arts
CNM Employees are eligible for a 10 percent discount on the upcoming performance at Popejoy Hall by Shen Yun Performing Arts. An extraordinary journey across 5,000 years of Chinese civilization, the show features classical Chinese dance, live orchestra, dazzling costumes and animated backdrops. Use code number CNM2014 when purchasing tickets to receive the discount. Shen Yu n will be at Popejoy Hall March 26-27. Tickets can be purchased at UNM Ticket Outlets and Albertsons.

Discount Offered to CNM Employees for Monster Truck Event at Tingley Feb. 14-16
CNM employees are being offered tickets for $5 off regular pricing for the “Monster Jam” event taking place at Tingley Coliseum Feb. 14-16. Tickets are available for $25 (regularly $30) and $15 (regularly $20). Kids ages 2-12 get in for $5. To purchase tickets, call 866-248-8740 ext. 31438 or choose “Option 1.” You can also email for more info.

Friday Last Day to Nominate for Women in Non-Traditional Career Awards
Friday at 4 p.m. is the last day faculty and staff can nominate female students for the Women in Non-Traditional Career Awards (WIN) sponsored by the CNM Chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges. The WIN program is designed to celebrate, acknowledge and validate the success of CNM female students working and studying in non-traditional program areas. This is also an opportunity to celebrate instructors, administration and organizations that support CNM students. The awards include Non-Traditional Career Student of the Year, Future Leader, Student of Promise, Student Community Leader/Advocate, CNM Employee Advocate and Outstanding Students. The Women in Non-Traditional Careers recognition event will be April 1 in the Student Resource Center, Room 204, from 3:30-5 p.m. Anyone with questions about nominations should contact AAWCC President Magda Martinez-Baca at or Theresa Torrez, AAWCC vice president, at Click here to access the nomination form.

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