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News Link - January 9, 2014

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CNM Sets New Record for Fall Graduation Awards

For the 2013 Fall Term, CNM presented 2,391 associate degrees and certificates to 2,021 students, both of which are all-time highs for a fall term. The previous high was in fall 2011, when 2,359 total awards were granted to 1,946 students. The highest number of graduate awards came from the School of Business & Information Technology with 843.
Congratulations to the graduates and congratulations CNM!

Get Your Green Spirit in Gear – CNM Enters RecycleMania Tourney and Ramps Up Sustainability Efforts

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.

CNM’s Advanced Technology Center Earns LEED Gold

The renovated CNM Advanced Technology Center has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. It’s the third CNM building and the second renovation project to receive the coveted LEED Gold honor. Read more.

CNM Looks to Fill 30-plus Full-time Faculty Positions

CNM is currently looking to fill 30-plus full-time faculty positions. Interested candidates must apply for the positions by Jan. 17. The successful candidates would begin teaching at CNM for the 2014 Fall Term. There are a wide range of full-time faculty positions available.

Faculty Member Greg Pitz Receives Presidential Award

Greg Pitz, Ph.D., a part-time faculty member and a research scientist at the Air Force Research Laboratory in Albuquerque, has been named a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. It’s the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government for science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their careers. 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 mmarquez43@cnm.edu.

Faculty Members Needed to Serve on Space Management Committee

The newly instituted Space Management Committee will begin reviewing space requests in February. This committee is charged with providing structure and support for reviewing and recommending space use requests. The committee will meet twice a month to review requests and forward recommendations to the CNM Executive Team. If you are a faculty member interested in serving on this committee for one year, please submit your name to Juliane Ziter at jziter@cnm.edu.

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.

Wanda Helms Leads Purchasing Department Into New Year

CNM’s Purchasing and Materials Management Department is under new leadership. Wanda Helms, named executive director of the department in late November, is leading the department into the New Year. Read more.

Delta Dental of New Mexico Awards CNM $50,000

Delta Dental of New Mexico has donated $50,000 to the CNM Foundation to create a Student Success Award for students in the Dental Assistant certificate program. Read more.

NMERB to Hold Retirement Seminar Jan. 15

The New Mexico Educational Retirement Board (NMERB) will conduct a retirement seminar at the CNM Workforce Training Center (WTC) on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 5 p.m. The seminar will provide general information about the NMERB retirement process, benefit options and other related information. The seminar will not address health benefits and is not specific to CNM employees. Anyone in the Albuquerque area who participates in the NMERB retirement plan may attend the seminar to receive more information. The seminar will be held in Rooms 101 & 103 at the WTC. For more information, go to www.nmerb.org or call 866-691-2345.

CNM Welcomes New Hires

Click here to see who is new to CNM.

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. A number of volunteers are needed to help give tours, answer questions and help the event run smoothly. Please consider volunteering to help with this exciting event!

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 gpenner@cnm.edu 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.

You’re Invited to Attend Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
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 Jan. 20 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.

TRiO Accepting Applications
TRiO Student Support Services is now accepting applications for the Spring Term. Students may access TRiO’s online application by clicking here. 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.

CNM chapter of Phi Theta Kappa to Induct New PTK members on Jan. 11
The CNM chapter of Phi Theta Kappa will induct new PTK members on Jan. 11 at 6 p.m. at Smith Brasher Hall. Students who joined PTK during the 2013 Fall Term and did not receive an induction invitation should contact chapter president Tracy LaForteza at tlaforteza@cnm.edu to sign up. Click here for more PTK information.

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.

Supervisor Academy at WTC Starts Jan. 24
The Workforce Training Center will offer a 12-module skill series for CNM managers and supervisors, called the Supervisor Academy, that will be held every Friday between Jan. 24 and April 11 from 9 a.m.-4 pm. Modules will include: Introduction to Supervision; Effective Communication; Change Management; Conflict Management; Team Building; Coaching, Feedback and Delegation; Delivering Powerful Performance Appraisals; Employment Law and Human Resources; Hiring Right; Problem Solving and Decision Making; Time and Stress Management; Empowerment. Cost of the class series is $415 with a CNM Employee Training Approval Form. For more information, contact Shanna Logan at 224-5206 or slogan10@cnm.edu.

Veterans Invited to Hiring Fair Jan. 16
CNM veterans are invited to attend a University of Phoenix-sponsored “Hiring Our Heroes” event Jan. 16 at the American Legion Post 49, 1105 Central Ave. N.E. The hiring fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with an employment workshop scheduled for 9 a.m. The workshop is designed for veterans and other military job seekers and will focus on resume writing, tips for successfully navigating hiring fairs, military skill translation and interviewing. To register for the Hiring Our Heroes Employment workshop visit this website.

Support Group Available for LGBTQ Students
Clinical Counseling Services in the Student Health Center is sponsoring a new student support group for those who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Questioning (LGBTQ). Students are invited to attend, ask questions, share experiences and give and receive support. The first informational meeting will be held Jan. 10 at 11 a.m. in the Student Health Center. Future meeting times and locations will be determined according to facilitators’ and participants’ availability and will be discussed at the first meeting. For more information or for those who prefer to have individual counseling, call Clinical Counseling Services at 224-3082.

Employee Training Opportunities

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 employeetraining@cnm.edu 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 EmployeeTraining@cnm.edu.

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 employeetraining@cnm.edu.

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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