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News Link - February 20, 2014


Join President Winograd in a Discussion About Training the Workforce of Tomorrow and the Need for New Revenue Streams

Most people agree that community colleges are the natural solution for quickly providing folks the skills they need to improve our workforce, which spurs economic growth and job creation. But training the workforce of tomorrow isn’t cheap. President Winograd asks for your ideas on how CNM can generate new revenue streams while meeting the workforce needs of a post-recession economy. Go to and join the conversation.

Please Participate in Employee Satisfaction Survey – Your Opinion Matters

Within the next few days, you will receive an Employee Satisfaction Survey (the Campus Quality Survey) in your office mail. CNM’s Office of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness sends this survey to all college employees once every three years.  Please take the time to complete this survey, as it provides valuable information for future initiatives and actions that can improve the work experience for CNM employees. Once you have completed your survey, return it through interoffice mail in the envelope provided by Friday, March 14.

Behold Mount Trashmore on Feb. 26 – a Monument to Recycling Awareness

On Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., CNM will hold a RecycleMania event that will feature a trashy monument to recycling awareness – Mount Trashmore. Two to three days worth of trash collected from the JS building and the Student Resource Center will be piled high on a large tarp in the grassy area outside of the SRC. Service Learning students and any student interested in participating will sort through the trash in protective clothing, separating recyclables from waste, to demonstrate the amount of recyclables that end up going to landfills instead of recycling plants. Students will have to sign a waiver and protective clothing including coveralls, gloves, safety classes and hand-held claws that can pick up trash will be provided.

In addition to the Mount Trashmore event, there will be information tables providing facts about recycling and its impact on the environment. RecycleMania promotional items and free food and refreshments will also be available. A portion of the JS parking lot will be closed on Feb. 26. Permit holders for JS will be able to park in other lots on that day.

Please join in on the recycling festivities on Feb. 26. In the meantime, keep on recycling every recyclable in sight! CNM’s participation in the 2014 RecycleMania Tournament continues through April 8.

Nearly 2,000 High School Students Visiting CNM for CTE Open House

On Feb. 28, nearly 2,000 students will be visiting CNM’s Main Campus for the Career Technical Education Open House. More than 30 activities featuring CTE programs will be available to students, such as a Zombie Attack! production by the Film program, solar car racing put on by the Electrical Trades program and a display of helicopter and jet engines by the Aviation program. More than 200 CNM faculty, staff and student employees are volunteering for the event and hot dogs and hamburgers will be for sale under a large, heated tent. Industry partners will also be on hand to talk with students about careers in their fields. For more information about the CTE Open House, email The Ted Chavez Hall parking lot will be closed for the event on Feb. 27-28. TC parking permit holders will be able to park in other lots on those two days.

CNM Libraries to Celebrate ‘CNM Authors’

Have you created works of fine art, published or presented in 2013 or early 2014?  If so, please participate in the 2014 CNM Authors program. CNM Libraries will publish a bibliography of all included works, and host a reception in honor of all participants, along with a display of all works. A diverse range of works are eligible for inclusion, including but not limited to: monographs, journal and magazine articles, book chapters, essays, poetry, newspaper editorials, published photographs, fine art works, musical compositions, video productions, conference posters, conference presentations and architectural projects. To participate, click here. For more info, contact Renée Goodvin at 224-4000 ext 52550, or

Participate in Graduation Ceremony – Order Your Regalia by March 3

The 2014 Spring Graduation Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 3, at Tingley Coliseum. If you plan to participate in the Spring Graduation Ceremony, there has been a change in the graduation regalia ordering process. Orders should now be submitted online. Please click here to order graduation regalia or to inform the Student Activities Office that you plan to participate in Graduation but you already own graduation regalia. The deadline to submit the request is 5 p.m. on Monday, March 3. For more information, contact the Student Activities Office.

'Young Invincibles' Event Results in Students Pursuing Health Insurance

More than 75 students filled out cards requesting information about insurance availability at Main Campus on Feb. 13, when the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange hosted a health insurance campaign outside of the Student Resource Center. Click here to read more.

CNM Begins New Faculty Recognition Program – Distinguished Part-time, 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.

STEM Event Set for Friday for Students Interested in STEM Degrees

The CNM STEM-UP Program is hosting a STEM Orientation for all students currently pursuing or interested in pursuing a STEM degree, such as Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Nutrition and Physics. Click here for more info.

Distance Learning Offering Blackboard Training to Faculty

Blackboard Grade Center training for faculty members has been scheduled for the upcoming months. These trainings will be held at various campuses and times. The training is focused on the Grade Center located on the Blackboard system. To register please go the CNM calendar and look for the dates of the training. The sessions and schedule are as follows:
Faculty training: Blackboard Grade Center Fundamentals will help users navigate and use the basic features of the Grade Center, including creating, editing and organizing columns, entering grades, and employing the Total Column feature.
Faculty training: Blackboard Grade Center Advanced will present Grade Center management features such as Categories, Weighted Columns, Dropping Lowest Grades, Grade History, Color Coding, Letter Grades, and others of interest to participants.

Blackboard Grade Center Fundamentals



9:30 am – 11 am


Blackboard Grade Center Advanced Features



9:30 am – 11 am


Blackboard Grade Center Fundamentals



9:30 am – 11 am


Blackboard Grade Center Advanced Features



9:30 am – 11 am


Blackboard Grade Center Fundamentals



9:30 am – 11 am


Blackboard Grade Center Advanced Features



9:30 am – 11 am



For Your Information

Lactation Stations Provided for Employees and Students
Several private locations have been designated as “Lactation Stations” for employees or students to pump breast milk. The locations are: Main Campus, Student Services Center Room 206 (Student Health Center); Montoya Campus, I Building Room 211, G Building Room 201, J-121 SAGE faculty office (ask staff at front desks for access); South Valley Campus, SV-32 (ask staff in SV-40 for access); Westside Campus, MJG Building Room 201-C (ask staff at front desk for access), Rio Rancho Campus, RR210 conference room (ask staff at front desk for access).

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.

Discuss ‘Ten Little Indians’ at Westside Campus Library

Join the Westside Campus Book Group at 5 p.m. on March 27 in the WS I Building, Room 200 for a discussion on Sherman Alexie’s Ten Little Indians. Christine Menefee wrote in her School Library Journal review: “Nine extraordinary short stories set in and around the Seattle area, featuring Spokane Indians from all walks of urban life. Woven throughout are themes that satirize Native American images, such as the great storyteller and the spiritual master; yet even as the characters are self-deprecating about these stereotypes, Alexie slyly, in unexpected ways, ultimately demonstrates their truth.” Contact Cathy Lezek for information at or 224-5423.

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

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

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.

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).

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.

Training Now Available in Spanish

“Information Security for the General User” mandatory training is now available in Spanish. Employees can register for the Spanish version by visiting CNM’s Mandatory Training enrollment page.

Also, recently added training courses include:

  • Early Detection of Psychotic Disorders, presented by Dr. Lindsay Smart, scheduled for Feb. 28 at noon in the Main Campus Student Resource Center, Room 204.
  • Diversity training facilitated by a nationally recognized Diversity trainer scheduled in March at Main, Montoya and Westside campuses.  Click here for dates and more information.

Please submit all training requests through the online request form. For more information on Employee Training, click here.

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 Discounted Tickets to AMS Arenacross
CNM employees, families and friends are eligible for discounted tickets to the AMS Arenacross motorcycling event scheduled for Friday, March 7 and Saturday March 8 at 7 p.m. at Tingley Coliseum. Special prices are $25, $15 and $10. Regular prices are 3$0, $20 and $15. For more information or to purchase tickets call Joanne Towne, (866) 248-8740 ext. 31438 or choose Option 1, or email The deadline to purchase the special-priced tickets is Feb. 27 at noon.

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