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News Link January 16, 2014


CNM Closed on Monday, Jan. 20, in Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

All CNM campuses will be closed and no classes will be held on Monday, Jan. 20, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The college will return to normal operations on Tuesday, Jan. 21. CNM employees and students are invited to attend the “50th Anniversary of the Dream” event, a celebration of the life of Martin Luther King Jr., on Monday from 1-3 p.m. at Congregation Albert (3800 Louisiana Blvd. NE). Admission to the event is free. CNM is a sponsor of the event. For more information, click here.

Volunteers Needed for CTE Open House

The Make Your Mark CTE Open House will be held Friday, Feb. 28. High school students from a number of Albuquerque area schools will visit CNM to get an in-depth look at career and technical fields. Students will participate in tours of the college and participate in hands-on activities in several labs. Many volunteers are needed to help give tours, answer questions and help the event run smoothly. Please volunteer today to help with this exciting event!

Calls to be Recorded for Quality and Training Purposes in Several CNM Departments

Starting Tuesday, Jan. 21, phone calls to the following areas of the college will be recorded for quality assurance and training purposes: the CNM Call Center, the Dean of Students Office and the ITS Service Desk. This new capability will allow these departments to record and review phone calls with the goal of improving service and support to customers by providing call training feedback to new and existing staff. If you have any questions regarding this new service, please call Lori Seikkula at Ext. 51184.

CNM Art Class Creates Mural of Route 66’s Golden Era

You may have to tilt your head and raise your eyes to see it, but one of Albuquerque’s newest art additions is worth the effort. It’s a three-panel mural standing 30 feet off the ground on the east wall of the Century 14 Downtown theater near First Street and Central Ave. The mural, called “Signs of the Times,” was painted by a CNM sign and mural painting art class taught by Larry Bob Phillips. Click here to read more.

Expert on Early Childhood Education, Lella Gandini, To Speak at CNM

Lella Gandini, Ed.D., Reggio Children Liaison in the U.S. for Dissemination of the Reggio Emilia Approach and Adjunct Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, will discuss the Reggio Emilia Approach to teaching children at a CNM Department of Education Programs-sponsored talk on Monday, Jan. 27 from 6-8 p.m. in Smith Brasher Hall, Room 100. Click here to read more.

Nominations Now Being Accepted for MSE Faculty Excellence Award

The School of Math, Science & Engineering (MSE) is now accepting nominations for the newly established Jon Gill Bentley Faculty Excellence Award. The award recognizes outstanding full- or part-time faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in one or more of these categories:

  • Teaching Excellence: The instructor is recognized as an excellent instructor of his/her content.
  • Collegial Excellence: The instructor has enriched the school/department/college by supporting and mentoring colleagues and/or contributing significantly to school/department/college activities, such as coordinating courses or serving on committees.
  • Excellence in Student Success: The instructor goes above and beyond to support the success of all students in his/her course(s).
  • Innovation in Teaching: The instructor has implemented innovative teaching strategy(ies) in his/her course(s).

Any current CNM faculty or staff member or student can submit nominations. For a nomination form, please contact Yvonne at The deadline for nominations is Feb. 28.

WTC Gears Up to Offer Online Courses

The Workforce Training Center has partnered with Distance Learning and SUN Online to provide an online teaching certification course. Eight participants, including three staff and five instructors, recently completed the 10-week training program and are now certified to teach online and to build online courses for WTC in Blackboard. The course was taught by Jessica Rosazza-Williams from the Distance Learning department. The certification of WTC instructors will help WTC prepare to offer non-credit online courses. The first online courses are slated to be offered in May 2014. Congratulations to the eight people who recently completed the 10-week SUN Online Certification course. They are: Sionna Grassbaugh, Ann Lyn Hall, Erin Johnson-Kruft, Dalia Delgado-Baca, Darlene Collins, Debra Maese, Mary Beth Shewan and Clinton Reecer.

Make Space Requests Through New Space Management Committee

In February, the newly formed Space Management Committee will begin reviewing space requests from the CNM community. Please watch for News Link next week to learn more about the specific days/times for the committee meetings and how to submit a request. The purpose of the CNM Space Management Committee is to provide a structure and system for allocating and tracking space utilization at the college. This purpose includes assisting CNM employees in resolving and supporting their space needs that focus on change in the use of current space, need for alternative space, need for additional space and any other miscellaneous space needs.

CNM Goes for the Green -- Enters RecycleMania Tourney

As part of an overall surge in sustainability efforts at CNM, the college has thrown its hat in the ring for the 2014 RecycleMania Tournament. And you are on CNM’s green team, so start getting your game plan ready to recycle every recyclable in sight as the college shoots for a lean-and-green title. Read more.

Faculty Input Sought for Ken Chappy Hall Renovation

Ken Chappy Hall is being renovated this spring to create new faculty office space. Faculty from the School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences, School of Math, Science & Engineering and School of Adult & General Education who teach at Main Campus are invited to participate in focus groups to gather input to address the diverse needs of faculty in this work space. Focus groups will be held in the Student Resource Center, Room 111-H&J on the following dates: Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 10:30-11:30 a.m.; Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 1:30-2:30 p.m.; and Friday, Jan. 24, from 1-2 p.m. Faculty who are interested in participating in one of these sessions should RSVP to Myrna Marquez at

Faculty Teaching Overloads and Offsets Need to Acknowledge Course Assignments

It’s that time of the term when all part-time and full-time faculty members who are teaching overloads and offsets need to acknowledge their course assignments in myCNM. All faculty members can now view and acknowledge all of their spring course assignments. Please acknowledge all courses no later than Tuesday, Jan 21. As in the Fall Term, this process requires faculty to log in to myCNM to verify the teaching assignment and pay per course. Instructions for acknowledging courses can be found on the “Employees” tab in myCNM, as can a video tutorial. Please use Internet Explorer 7 or 8, or Firefox browsers when going to myCNM to avoid potential browser issues.

When acknowledging your courses, check that the course(s) listed correspond to what you’re actually teaching and the pay per course. You may see information on courses that were previously assigned to you. There is a chance that a course you won’t be teaching is appearing on your FLAC tab. These courses still need to be acknowledged as well. You will only see the CRNs for the courses you are teaching on your pay stub. Also, if you are teaching a late start class, you’ll be able to acknowledge the course now, but you won’t start being paid for it until the class starts.

Nominations Being Accepted for Women in Non-Traditional Career Awards

Faculty and staff are invited to 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. Nominations are due no later than 4 p.m. on Feb. 15.

The Women in Non-Traditional Careers recognition event will be Tuesday, April 1 in the Student Resource Center, Room 204. The event will start with a reception to meet the candidates and the program will be held 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.

For Your Information

Get Your W-2 Early Through myCNM
CNM is offering employees the option to receive W-2 forms electronically rather than through the mail. The W-2 statements will be mailed to employees’ homes before Jan. 31, unless they consent to electronic delivery. Employees who elect to receive their W-2 form electronically will access them sooner than those employees who do not select the option. To elect electronic delivery of your W-2, go to myCNM – under the “Employee” tab select “Tax Forms,” then select “Electronic W-2 Consent.” Then you will have the option to check the consent box and press the submit button. Employees may revoke the election at any time and will always receive a paper form if they separate from CNM’s employment. For more information, call Payroll at 224-4444.

Employees Can Change Federal Tax Withholding in myCNM
Employees now have the ability to change federal tax withholding through myCNM. Paper forms no longer need to be submitted to the Payroll Office. Simply log on to myCNM and go to the “Employees” tab, select “Tax Forms,” then select “W-4 Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate.” Then scroll to the bottom of the page and select update. Upon completion of the changes, be sure to select certify changes. You will then be asked to enter your password. Finally, click on the submit button and the new information will be updated for the next payroll cycle. For more information, contact Payroll at 224-4444.

Free Tax Preparation Appointments Available for Qualifying Employees
Make an appointment to get your taxes done for free. Employees who have a household income less than $52,000 or those who are over 65 years of age are eligible. Appointments are available in English and Spanish starting Feb. 14. Contact Gloria Penner at or Ext. 29043 to set up an appointment and to ensure that you qualify for the service.

Prefer to do your own taxes? You can do your own taxes and file them for free electronically if you had a household income of $58,000 or less in 2013. Go to this website for an easy way to complete your federal and state returns.

TRiO Accepting Applications
TRiO Student Support Services is now accepting applications for the Spring Term. Access TRiO’s online application. Trio Student Support Services offers resources such as personalized academic guidance, coaching and tutoring support to students who are income-eligible, first-generation college students and/or have a documented disability and wish to graduate and transfer to a four-year university. Call 224-4375 with questions.

Employability Workshops Set for Main and Montoya Campuses
Job Connection Services invites CNM students and graduates to attend free Employability Workshops at Main (SSC-207) and Montoya (TW-105) campuses throughout the Spring Term. Presented in two 45-minute sessions, the workshops focus on resume writing strategies and offer tips and pointers for answering job interview questions effectively. Follow these directions to register.1) Go to this webpage. 2) Follow directions to sign-into your Suncat Career Connection account; 3)Click on the “Events” tab; 4) Click on title of workshop you wish to attend; 5) Click on the "RSVP" box. You’re registration is complete. You will receive a confirmation email. Walk-ins will be accommodated as space allows. For more information call 224-3060 or go to this website.

Employee Training Opportunities

New Mandatory Training Required for Employees Responsible for Approving Time Sheets
Attention Hiring Officials: A new mandatory training, “Approving Employee Time Sheets,” is now required for any employee responsible for approving electronic time sheets in myCNM. Please use the new Mandatory Tracking Form for all new hires.

Kick Start 2014 with Financial Workshop
Student Activities and Employee Training are partnering with the New Mexico Native Financial Security Initiative to offer a workshop on Financial Basics. Kick Start 2014 by learning how to protect and grow your money. The workshop will be Thursday, Jan. 23 from 2-4 p.m. in Smith Brasher Hall, Room 132. Participants will learn the basics of investing, investment terminologies and tips for avoiding investor fraud. This training is open to all employees and students. Email for more info.

Visit Employee Training Website to See All Professional Development Opportunities for Spring
Be sure to go to the Employee Training Department’s website to see training and professional development opportunities for this term. Starting this month there is a Wellness training for faculty and staff promoting personal health, safety and well-being. Other training opportunities include Strength Quest and Goal Setting training, Mental Health Brown Bag lunches facilitated by UNM psychiatry faculty, and Advisor training. Keep checking as additional trainings will be added during the term. You can submit training requests at

Mandatory Training Upcoming for All Timesheet Approvers
The Payroll Department is implementing Mandatory Timesheet Approver Training to educate approvers on timesheet procedures. All timesheet approvers will be required to complete the training by April 30. If you are an approver of timesheets, you will receive an e-mail with instructions and a link to the training. For more information, email

Use Unique Passwords for Employee Training Accounts
The ITS Information Security Team recommends that you create and use passwords for your Employee Training accounts that are unique and used only for accessing training sites. If you use the same password for personal and training sites, there is a risk your password could be compromised. All sites hosted by CNM are secured during the authentication process, but the same is not true for Employee Training websites that support mandatory training requirements. The Employee Training Department is in the RFP process to procure a training platform that will be hosted by CNM and will be secured during the authentication processes. Until the new system rolls out, please be sure to use passwords when registering for and accessing trainings that are not personal passwords and are unique to the training site.

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