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News Link - January 23, 2014


Get Your Game Plan Ready for RecycleMania Tournament – Know What’s Recyclable and What’s Not

Start getting ready to help CNM make a run at a 2014 RecycleMania Tournament title while also protecting the environment. More than 600 colleges and universities from across the U.S. have entered the competition, which begins Feb. 2. New recycle bins will be in place on Feb. 2 and will no longer require recyclables to be separated. Click here to find out what’s recyclable and what’s not at CNM, and find out how many pounds of material was designated for recycling during a recent one-week period at CNM.

What Kind of Speakers or Topics Would You Like to Hear About at 2014 Convocation

CNM would like to know what you would like to hear about at CNM’s 2014 Convocation in September. Do you have any favorite speakers who you think could deliver important messages to the CNM community? Any important topics related to CNM or community colleges in general you think would be good to highlight? Please send your thoughts to

Faculty Project Fund Available to Help Turn Great Ideas Into Realities

CNM Presidential Fellow of Innovation David Valdés has dedicated funds to help faculty teams get their projects off the ground. The Faculty Project Fund will provide grants of up to $1,500 to help turn great ideas for connecting students and the community into realities.
Visit to apply for a grant. Please apply by Friday, March 14, 2014.

Chair of Biology and Biotechnology Department Helps in the Nation’s Fight Against Superbugs

Philip Lister, Ph.D., chair of CNM’s Department of Biology and Biotechnology, is playing a role in helping to eradicate “superbugs”mco – drug-resistant bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites that are becoming more and more dangerous worldwide. Some of these pathogens have evolved to become resistant to nearly all antibiotics. Click here to read more.

CHSS Dean Named Woman of Influence by Albuquerque Business First

Dr. Erica Volkers, dean of the School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences, has been named a “Woman of Influence” by Albuquerque Business First. ABF received 450 nominations for their 10th Annual “Women of Influence” awards and Volkers will be one of 30 recipients who will be honored at a dinner on March 6 at Sandia Casino. She was one of three to receive the honor in the education field. Click here to see the ABF announcement.

Blackboard Learn Access Extended

Starting this Spring 2014, Blackboard Learn will be left open for four days after the official end of the term date as identified in Banner. This change addresses student and faculty concerns about access after classes have ended and responds to a survey of Distance Learning faculty who overwhelmingly support this change. Click here to learn more.<

BIT Faculty Member Looks to Share a Simple, Research-based, Student-centered Approach to Teaching

BIT faculty member Magdalena Strickland is offering fellow faculty members an effective way to renew practices and incorporate simple new ideas into the classroom. If you’re interested in learning a simple, effective and student-centered approach to teaching, contact Magdalena at to learn about a research-based proven method that not only helps students learn content or skills, but also teaches them to self-regulate their learning.

CNM Forms Employee Wellness Committee

The CNM Human Resources department has established a Wellness Committee to encourage a culture of wellness at the college. It will consist of a diverse group of representatives from all campuses. Click here to read more.

Encryption Required for Emails Containing Restricted Information

If you find it necessary during the course of your job to transmit restricted or sensitive information – as defined on the Source in IS-1014 – Data Classification and Handling – electronically via email, please be aware that encryption is required. Administrative Directive IS-1008 – Email states in paragraph 8.2 that all such information must be encrypted using industry standards. While generally safe, any information sent unencrypted via email is subject to compromise, and it could be viewed by someone other than the intended recipient. Restricted information includes privacy-related information such as student grades, class schedules and student addresses. Sensitive information also includes Social Security Numbers and dates of birth. If you have questions, please feel free to contact the ITS Information Security and Compliance Office via

Faculty Load and Compensation Acceptances for Summer 2013 Reach 100 Percent

Congratulations to faculty, academic technical assistants, associate deans, deans, Academic Affairs, Human Resources and Payroll. Together, everybody worked on Faculty Load and Compensation (FLAC) assignments to achieve electronic faculty acceptance on their assignments. For the 2013 Summer Term, 100 percent of part-time faculty electronically acknowledged their assignments, and full-time faculty electronically acknowledged their overload and offset assignments, which is a significant improvement over past years. The FLAC team’s work has resulted in impressive process improvements and has been positively received by faculty.

CNM Computer-Based GED Testing Center Now Open at Workforce Training Center

The CNM Workforce Training Center now offers the General Educational Development (GED) Test on computer, a brand new way for people to take the test and earn their GED credentials. Gone is the paper and pencil test that has been used since the 1940s. Click here to read more.

Make Space Requests through the New Space Management Committee; First Meeting Feb. 14

In February, the newly formed Space Management Committee will begin reviewing space requests from the CNM community. To learn more about this process and to access a Space Management Request Form, please click here to go directly to the Share Point site holding these forms. 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 other miscellaneous space needs. Please submit Space Management Request Forms to the Office of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness at or call with questions to 224-4704.

Volunteers Needed to Participate in Card Sort Exercise for HR

Website As part of a project to make the Human Resources website more employee-friendly, CNM’s Web Strategy team needs volunteers to participate in a card sort exercise. The card sorts will be held on Thursday, Jan. 30, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the Richard Barr Board Room (SRC).

The Web Strategy team seeks a maximum one-hour commitment from as many as 50 people. Willing participants should go to the CNM Calendar and click any of the Card Sort Exercises shown in the Jan. 30 block. To register, just click the highlighted “register” icon and follow the simple instructions. The Web Strategy team will respond with additional details and will contact supervisors to assure approval.

WTC Course Offerings Can Keep You Up-To-Date with Professional Licenses

CNM faculty and staff, check out course offerings in 2014 at the Workforce Training Center to keep you up-to-date with your professional licenses. WTC offers a wide variety of continuing education units (CEUs or CNEs) in many disciplines to keep you ahead of the curve. CNM employees receive a 10 percent discount on all WTC classes. Contact WTC at 224-5206 to ask how your department may be able to pay for your training as professional development through the Employee Training Approval Form (ETAF). Click here to find out what classes are available.

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

Lella Gandini, Ed.D., an expert in early childhood education, will discuss the Reggio Emilia Approach to teaching children and she’ll give an overview of an exhibit coming to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science when she speaks at CNM on Jan. 27. 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.

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 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.

For Your Information

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!

Student Community Assistant Resource Fairs Scheduled at Main, Montoya, Westside, Campuses
The Student Activities Office invites all students to attend Student Community Assistance Resource Fairs that will take place in February. On hand will be CNM departments and external community partners which will promote their services and programs that are available to assist students meet their academic goals. Dates and locations of the resource fairs are:

  • Main Campus, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Student Services Center, first and second floors
  • Montoya Campus, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., H Building Commons Area
  • Westside Campus, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Michael J. Glennon Building Commons Area

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.

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.

Calls Recorded for Quality and Training Purposes in Several CNM Departments
Starting this week, 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.

Employee Training Opportunities

Sign Up for Stigma and Mental Illness Understanding Training
Don’t forget to register for the Stigma and Mental Illness training scheduled this Friday, Jan. 24 at noon in SB 106 with Dr. Caroline Bohman. Judgments from others almost always stem from a lack of understanding, rather than from information based on facts. All too often attitudes and judgments about mental health are outdated and full of stigma and stereotypes. Stigma and false beliefs about mental illness can cause significant problems. Learn how to identify stigma and what you can do about stigma and mental illness in this session.

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

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