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News Link - March 20, 2014


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. Now through 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 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.

Governor Martinez Visits Tax Help New Mexico

Several people who were having their income taxes prepared and filed on Tuesday at the Tax Help New Mexico office on Main Campus were pleasantly surprised when Governor Susana Martinez stopped in to greet them. 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. 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.

Women in Non-Traditional Career Awards Ceremony on April 1

Employees and students are welcomed to join the CNM Chapter of the American Association of Women in Community Colleges’ annual Women in Non-Traditional Career Awards on Tuesday, April 1, at 3:30 p.m. in the Main Campus Student Resource Center, Richard Barr Board Room. The awards will honor five outstanding students who are venturing in to fields that are traditionally male-dominated, as well as one CNM employee advocate. The keynote speakers for this year’s event will be Barbara Salas, Retired Fire Chief for the City of Santa Fe Fire Department, and Marlene Brown, Components and Materials Evaluation Engineer at Sandia National Laboratories. For more information, visit

New Procurement Notification System to Go into Effect Soon

CNM staff members involved in procurement will shortly receive invitations to attend training sessions of a soon-to-be-live Purchasing Reporting Tool using an Argos Dashboard. Click here to read more.

Help CNM Finish Strong in RecycleMania Tournament

The last day of the national RecycleMania Tournament is March 29, so help CNM finish strong. CNM currently ranks 27th out of 247 colleges and universities, recycling 51.52 percent of the college’s total waste. Help CNM score big in the remaining days by pitching all of your recyclable waste in the closest recycle bin. Click here for more information about RecycleMania at CNM, including items that are recyclable. You can also click here to see the national standings. According to the RecycleMania website, CNM’s recycling efforts since the tourney began in early February equate to the following reductions in greenhouse gas emissions: 84 cars off the road, the energy consumption of 37 households and the equivalent of 429 metric tons of carbon dioxide.

Take a Look Back at CTE Day

Nearly 2,000 high school students from around the region toured Career Technical Education (CTE) programs on CNM’s Main Campus Feb. 28.

Video Showcases Culinary Arts Program

Click here to see a new video highlighting the Culinary Arts program, produced by CNM’s Media Production Services department.

Prepares to Explore Potential Employee Benefit Improvements

CNM has begun 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 have been released, 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.

MSE Instructor Named National Program Reviewer

Mary Martinez, instructor in the School of Math, Science & Engineering, has been appointed by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) Board to serve a three-year term as an ACEND Program Reviewer starting June 1. ACEND is the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ accrediting agency for education programs that prepare students for national and international careers as registered dietitians or dietetic technicians.

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.

For Your Information

Web Writing Workshop Set for April 2 for Web Content Contributors
A Web Writing Workshop will be held for those who would like to become web content contributors on The workshop will be held April 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Student Resource Center, Room 120. For more information or to register, click here.

Native American Task Team Seeks Volunteers for 5K Fun Run/1 Mile Walk
CNM’s Native American Task Team is seeking 20-25 volunteers to assist with the “Honor Your Heritage” 5K Fun Run/1 Mile Walk that will take place on Sunday, April 6. The event will take place at Main Campus. Volunteers, who must be 18 years old, are needed to assist with registration, serving refreshments, and post-event assignments. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Dee Bluehorse at or Ext. 51292. Volunteers must attend a meeting on Friday, April 4, at 2:30 p.m. in the Student Services Center, Room 205. 

Advisement Services Unavailable Friday, 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.

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.

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.

Living the Writing Life: Practical Tips for Aspiring Writers
Have you ever wanted to become a published author? Carly Harschlip, faculty member in the School of Communications, Humanities & Social Sciences, will share tips and resources for how to start. She will provide an overview of writing opportunities around campus, tips on how to get your work published, the benefits of writing for yourself through journaling and how to overcome the dreaded writer’s block to keep yourself creative. The workshop is Thursday, April 3, from 2:30-4 p.m. at the Montoya Campus, H-126. It’s free and open to the public. For more information call 224-5524 or email

CNM Writing Group to Host Visiting Writer Tomas Q. Morin
The CNM Main Campus Writing Group is hosting a Visiting Writer event on March 27 at 7 p.m. in the Smith Brasher Hall auditorium. Poet Tomas Q. Morin will read from his work, followed by a Q & A with the author and a book signing. Click here to see the reader’s biography. The event is free and open to the public.

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 front page of the CNM website.

Employee Training

Office 2013 Reference Guides Available
Click here to access Office 2013 Reference Guides in “pdf” format that are now available from the Employee Training website.
Communicating Effectively with Diverse Students
There are a few seats remaining in the training for meeting the needs of our diverse student body. Click here for scheduling details.

Book Group Discussions

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.” Contact Cathy Lezek for information at or 224-5423.

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