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News Link - February 27, 2014


CNM Responding to Rio Rancho Needs – Expanded Offerings Planned for AMREP Building

After gathering input from Rio Rancho residents at recent forums on how CNM should expand its program offerings in the City of Vision, CNM plans to respond to the needs of the community by offering new educational programs in Rio Rancho at the AMREP building located at the corner of Northern Blvd. and NM 528, pending state approval. The programs would run as pilots to help guide CNM on future planning for the Rio Rancho Campus. At the recent forums held by CNM and UNM West, it became clear that there is a demand for more career technical education options. And the programs under consideration need space that is not currently available at the Rio Rancho Campus. To accommodate the planned expansion, CNM is seeking state approval to lease the third floor of the AMREP building. The programs being considered for the building include: Emergency Medical Services (EMS); Fire Science; Nursing Assistant; Police Service Aide; Electrical Trades (first semester courses); Teacher Education; Criminal Justice; Child Development; Education Assistant; Teachers Using Technology course; and Health 1001 course (prerequisite for healthcare programs).

How Can We See the Future Workforce More Clearly? Join a Discussion with President Winograd

More community colleges are using “big data” to help them predict the future workforce and its educational needs. CNM has been ahead of the curve in using Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) data, which analyzes large amounts of labor market and economic development impact studies to assess and forecast employment trends and their educational needs. But what else can CNM do to see the future workforce more clearly and react now to support it? Join President Winograd in a discussion at

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

On Friday, CNM will be putting more than 30 of its career technical education programs on display so high school students from around the region can explore potential education and career paths while getting first-hand interactions with the programs and faculty members. Click here to read more.
Labs to be Relocated During Major L Building Renovation
CNM is preparing to embark on a major renovation of the Main Campus Laboratory (L) Building in April and it will last approximately 16 months. CNM chemistry, physics and astronomy labs will be moved to other campuses starting with the summer term. Other science labs -- including biology, geology, anatomy and physiology, microbiology and geography -- will be relocated to temporary facilities on Main Campus. The L Building renovation will result in new state-of-the-art labs and classrooms with major upgrades to technology and student study spaces. The renovation is designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification.

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.

Faculty Input Sought by CNM’s Sustainability Curriculum Team

As part of CNM’s strong commitment to sustainability, the college has joined the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).  One of AASHE’s functions is to assist colleges and universities in measuring, benchmarking and improving their sustainability efforts using a tool called STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System. CNM is currently involved in a college-wide effort to measure its STARS rating in various categories. One of the major rating categories is “Sustainability in the Curriculum.” CNM’s “Integrating Sustainability into the Curriculum Team” is conducting a short survey (2-3 minutes) to help the team determine CNM’s STARS rating in this area. In order to complete the questionnaire, you will need to know how sustainability is defined by STARS as it relates to curriculum.

  • Sustainability-Focused Courses:   In the survey, you will be asked if you teach a sustainability-focused course in which “the primary and explicit focus is on sustainability as an integrated concept, having social, economic, and environmental dimensions.” 
  • Sustainability-Related Courses:  Many courses have a component of sustainability even though it is not the primary focus of the course. Such courses are considered to be “sustainability-related,” and the survey will ask you the number of courses that you teach with a sustainability component.

Although you are asked to provide your name and email address, your input will be used only by the Integrating Sustainability into the Curriculum Team to assess CNM’s STARS rating, and to assist you in your curricular efforts toward sustainability. 
The data is not part of any evaluation process, and will not be shared with your supervisor.  Please submit the survey by noon, March 7, to be entered into a drawing to receive one of five gift bags provided by Marketing and Communications Office. 

Please take part in this brief survey by clicking here.
If you have questions, contact Carol Martinez at If you would like to learn more about STARS, click here.

Students Conquer Mount Trashmore, Help Divert Recyclables Away from Landfills

More than 70 CNM students sorted through trash from two large buildings on the college’s Main Campus Wednesday, separating recyclables from actual waste as part of an event featuring a trash-littered shrine to recycling awareness – Mount Trashmore. Click here to read more.

CNM to Celebrate Women’s International Day March 6

CNM  is celebrating Women’s International Day March 6 with a series of talks by women at CNM and from the community. The event will take place on Main Campus in the Student Resource Center Richard Barr Boardroom from 1-5 p.m. CNM employees and students are invited. Click here to see the schedule of speakers.

Volunteer Needed to be a Judge in High School STEM Competition

High school students from New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District have been invited to participate in the first annual Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academic Competition, “The House STEM App Challenge.” The competition is designed to engage student’s creativity and encourage their participation in STEM fields.  It was established by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013 as a nationwide competition. CNM needs to provide at least one volunteer for the judging panel. The volunteer would need to participate in a conference call in the coming weeks and then participate in judging in May. To volunteer or for more info, email or call Ext. 52820.

Domestic Abuse Survivor to Speak at Westside Campus March 12

Dawn Maestas, a domestic abuse survivor, mentor, tattoo removal artist and Albuquerque native, will give a presentation on her story as a survivor of domestic abuse at CNM’s Westside campus on Wednesday March 12 at noon. Maestas has appeared on National Public Radio, local and national television and has given presentations around the country about surviving domestic abuse. Click here to read more.

Employees and Students Eligible for 25 Percent Discount at Food Truck

A reminder that employees and students get a 25 percent discount at the CNM-Street Food Institute food tuck that is operated by Culinary Arts students at the northwest corner of Smith Brasher Hall. The food truck is at the site from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the spring term. Click here to read more and see the menu.

Ted Chavez Parking Lot and Part of Smith Brasher Hall Lot to be Closed for CTE Open House

The Ted Chavez Hall parking lot will be closed for the CTE Open House Thursday and Friday. TC parking permit holders can park in other lots on those two days. Also, the northwest part of the Smith Brasher Hall parking lot will be closed on Friday until late afternoon.

Nominate Distinguished Part-time, Full-time Faculty Members for Awards by Friday

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.

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.

For Your Information

State Fire Marshal Office to Conduct Annual Fire Inspections on Main Campus
Inspectors from the New Mexico State Fire Marshall Office will be conducting annual fire safety inspections on Main Campus March 10 through March 14. During the inspections, the inspectors may visit your workplace and/or classroom.

ATC Landscape Projects Temporarily Closing Some Areas
Several landscape projects at the Advanced Technology Center are causing temporary closures of some areas at the facility. They include:

  • The west side of ATC parking lot is closed due to the placement of the Mountain Golf Landscaping staging area for landscaping materials storage.
  • The smoking area along the west side of the ATC has been closed temporally and moved to the north side of the building until construction is completed.
  • West side entries will be temporally closed due to asphalt cuts for the installation of irrigation conduits and piping. The installation will be completed this week.
  • Two entries will be closed on an alternated basis – meaning that both will not be closed at once.

Annual Job Fair for Students and Grads Set for March 5
CNM’s Job Connection Services will host its annual job fair on Wednesday, March 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Workforce Training Center. A wide range of organizations with positions to fill will be represented. The job fair also allows students to meet employers, build networks and learn about career opportunities. CNM students and graduates are encouraged to visit Job Connection Services prior to the event for help polishing their résumés, fine-tuning their interview skills, and developing strategies for making a favorable impression with potential employers.

Long-time APS Educator Discusses New Book About History of Education in Albuquerque
Long-time Albuquerque Public Schools educator Ann Piper invites educators to join her in a discussion of her new book, “Education in Albuquerque,” at a reception at her home March 8 between 1-4 p.m. Her house is located at 715 Amherst SE. Over 200 photos with captivating narrations recreate Albuquerque’s education story, including public, private and parochial. Piper, principal at Wilson Middle School, has spent 30 plus years as a teacher and administrator in APS. For more info, email

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).

Pizzeria Extends Year-Round Discount to CNM Employees and Students
Amore Neopolitan Pizzeria ( ) is extending a year-round 10 percent discount to CNM students and employees (with ID). It’s located at 2929 Monte Vista Blvd NE.(northeast corner of Central and Girard).

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 info, contact Willie Smoker at 505-224-4375 or To register go to the Calendar of Events section on the CNM home web page.

Employee Training

Employee Training Adds Courses and a Spanish Version of ‘Information Security for the General User’
 “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.

Book Group Discussions

‘City of Bones’ to be Discussed at Montoya Campus Library
Join the Montoya Campus Book Group at 5:30 p.m. on March 6 in the J Building, Room 124 for a discussion on Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones. Heather Campbell wrote in her School Library Journal review: “When Clary Fray witnesses three tattoo-covered teenagers murder another teen, she is unable to prove the crime because the victim disappears right in front of her eyes, and no one else can see the killers. She learns that the teens are Shadowhunters (humans who hunt and kill demons), and Clary, a mundie (i.e., mundane human), should not be able to see them either.” Contact Daniel Hay for information at dhay@cnm.eduor 224-5721.

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.

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