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News Link - March 13, 2014


Spring Break Set for March 17-23

Classes will not be held during Spring Break, which takes place from March 17 through March 23. CNM wishes students and faculty an enjoyable Spring Break.

Employee Satisfaction Surveys Due Friday

The Employee Satisfaction Survey was recently sent to all CNM employees in a large white envelope. This survey is sent to the college community only once every three years. Please take the time to complete this survey – it provides highly valued information to help guide the college on future initiatives that improve the work experience for employees. Place the survey in the envelope provided and return by Friday, March 14.

CNM Prepares to Explore Potential Employee Benefit Improvements

Beginning next week, CNM will begin issuing Request for Proposals for a variety of employee benefit programs to explore the market and determine whether the college can offer improved benefit packages to employees. RFPs will be released on March 17 and 19, seeking offers for employee medical, prescription drug, dental and vision coverage. Depending on feasibility results, life insurance and disability coverage RFPs may also be issued. If the responses to the RFPs can improve employee benefits, CNM will consider making changes. If the responses don’t provide added value to employees, CNM will continue with New Mexico Public Schools Insurance Authority coverage. The goal of this effort is to ensure that CNM offers its employees an optimal benefits package. Look for future communications about this topic as CNM evaluates employee benefit options.

L Building Renovation to Provide ‘Wow’ Factor

The Main Campus Laboratory (L) Building will soon be undergoing a $15 million renovation. It will require the building to be closed for four terms, but it will be worth the wait. Click here to read more.

CNM Job Fair Connected Hundreds of Students with Employers

Some 372 job seekers attended the CNM Job Fair at the Workforce Training Center last week with 49 employers on hand ready to offer them jobs. Click here to read more.

Students Rank CNM Services Higher Than National Averages

Every three years, CNM students are asked to rank their satisfaction with CNM services. The results are in, and CNM students ranked the college’s services above the national community college averages in all 12 categories. The survey was conducted by Noel-Levitz, a higher education consulting firm for colleges around the country. The 12 categories included: registration effectiveness, instructional effectiveness, academic advising/counseling, academic services, admissions and financial aid, safety and security, concern for individuals, campus climate, service excellence, student centeredness, campus support services and responsiveness to diverse populations.

CNM to Help Find Homes for Teenagers in Need

The Workforce Training Center is partnering with the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) to host an event at CNM that will introduce teenagers in need of foster or adoptive families to adults who are licensed to take care of them. Click here to read more.

Faculty Needed to Serve on Institutional Review Board

CNM is seeking faculty members interested in serving on the CNM Institutional Review Board. This board serves to ensure that research conducted at CNM is ethical and responsible. Board members will have a monthly commitment of about four to five hours per month for two years, including the summer term. Interested faculty members are asked to submit their name to the dean of their school by March 27.

Computer Lab Imaging Schedule for Summer Term Available

ITS will soon be preparing the CNM computer classrooms and labs for the upcoming 2014 Summer Term. ITS staff encourages all CNM faculty and lab staff to review the schedule. Click here to read more.

Finance and Operations Division to Visit Campuses for Information Sessions

Leaders from each department in the Finance and Operations Division will be visiting campuses to inform employees of their services and answer questions. It will be a great opportunity for employees to learn more about the Finance and Operations Division. Employees will be able to learn more about topics such as employee benefits, the Master Plan as it relates to each campus, upcoming technology improvements, and more. Departments represented will be Human Resources, the Physical Plant, Information Technology Services, Purchasing, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness, Internal Audit and Budget. Here is the schedule:
March 24
Montoya Campus, 8:30-10:00 a.m., J Building, Room 124
South Valley Campus, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., SV 10
Main Campus, 2-3:30 p.m., JS Building, Room 301

March 31
Advanced Technology Center, 8:30-10:00 a.m., Room 108
Workforce Training Center, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Room to be determined
Rio Rancho Campus, 1:30-3 p.m., Room 117
Westside, 3:30-5 p.m., WSI Room 313
For more information, contact Karen Tubb at 224-4433.

Look for ‘Best Colleges’ Survey in Your Email

CNM is participating in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2014 “Great Colleges to Work For” program, the largest and most comprehensive workplace study in higher education. Between March 17 and April 14, a random group of employees will receive emails coming from “Modern Think” (please don’t DELETE these), inviting them to participate in a survey that will ask questions about the college’s work environment. Information obtained from the anonymous responses will be used to help make CNM a better place to work and help the college advance a culture focused on employee satisfaction and work/life balance. To gain the best understanding of employees’ views, a high response rate is crucial. If you receive the survey, please respond with candid answers. Answers are anonymous.

PPD Parking Lot to Close for Resurfacing March 15-23

The Physical Plant Department parking lot will be closed from Saturday, March 15, through Sunday, March 23. PPD lot permit holders can park in any other Paid or General parking lot during the closure. Please do not walk through the parking lot during the closure – it could cause problems for the fresh pavement. During Spring Break, Main Campus is open parking (like Fridays). Meters, fire lanes and loading zones will still be enforced.

Share Your Original Works at CNM Authors Event April 17

Have you created fine arts works, published or presented in 2013 or early 2014? If so, please participate in the 2014 CNM Authors program that will be held April 17. Deadline for submissions is April 4. 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. These include, but are 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. Contact Renée Goodvin at Ext. 52550 or for more information.

Glass Not Part of Materials That Can be Recycled at CNM

Please note that glass is not a material that can be recycled at CNM. Please click here to see what’s recyclable at CNM and what’s not.

CNM Changes Prerequisites for PHLB and MLT Programs

Starting in fall 2014, Central New Mexico Community College is changing requirements to enter both the Phlebotomy (PHLB) Certificate and the Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) Associate of Applied Science degree programs. These changes might affect how students plan their summer 2014 schedules. Click hereto read more.

For Your Information

Student Employee Appreciation and Recognition Committee Seeking Nominations
If you know an outstanding student employee who solved a problem, had an innovative idea, performed outstanding work or provided exceptional support, nominate them for an Outstanding Student Employee award. Make a nomination by clicking here. Nominations are due Friday, March 28. Award recipients will be recognized in April.

Advisement Services Unavailable March 21
Advisement services offered through the Department of Academic Advisement and Job Connection Services will be unavailable on March 21. Student employees will staff reception desks at Main, Montoya and Westside campuses to assist in scheduling appointments and to answer general questions.

2014 RoboRave Seeking Volunteers
Fabian Lopez, a CNM faculty member, is seeking volunteers to participate in the 2014 RoboRAVE competition that will be held April 30-May 3 at the Albuquerque Convention Center. It is the largest STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) competition in New Mexico. Some 1,800 people from New Mexico and around the world will compete with their robots. Volunteers are needed to monitor robot challenges, help teams check in, serve on set-up crews and assist with other activities. Go to this link to check out volunteer opportunities.

National Poison Prevention Week March 16-22
March 16-22 is National Poison Prevention Week. Poison Centers around the country manage a new poisoning case every 10 seconds. Learn how to keep yourself and family members safe from poison exposure. More information is available here.

Check Out the March Menu for the CNM-SFI Food Truck
The CNM-SFI food truck continues to serve lunch in the Smith Brasher Hall parking lot Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Click here to access the March menu.

CNM Employees Eligible for Discount on Performance by Shen Yun Performing Arts
CNM Employees are eligible for a 10 percent discount on the upcoming performance at Popejoy Hall by Shen Yun Performing Arts. Use code number CNM2014 to take advantage of the discount. Click here for more info.

Volunteers Needed to Learn to Use Defibrillators
CNM is purchasing 70 Automatic External Defibrillators (AED’s) that will be dispersed across all campuses in every building on every floor. Volunteers are needed to certify in AED/CPR. They need to represent all CNM buildings and floors. CNM’s Security Department will set up, arrange and finalize trainings which will be conducted in in waves at Main Campus starting late-March to early April. Anyone interested should contact Daniel Peltiér at

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