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News Link - March 27, 2014


UNM Offers CNM Staff Executive MBA Scholarship Opportunity

The University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management is offering partial scholarship opportunities for its Executive MBA Program for CNM faculty and staff. Click here to learn more.

Instructor’s Mindfulness Project Aims to Help Students and Faculty Benefit from Staying ‘In the Moment’

CNM faculty member Beth Giebus-Chavez believes teachers can be better teachers and students can be better students if they stay “in the moment” and resist unproductive urges to think about what happened yesterday or what will happen tomorrow. Click here to read more about her efforts to spread the benefits of “Mindfulness.”

Bring E-Waste to Recycling Events and Help Your Campus Claim the Green Title

The RecycleMania Tournament ends this weekend, but CNM’s green movement marches on with an e-waste recycling competition to be held at Montoya, Westside and Main campuses. Employees and students are encouraged to bring their unwanted electronic waste from home to recycling sites at the campuses. The collections will be weighed and a campus will be crowned the heavyweight e-recycling champ. The Montoya Campus event will take place Wednesday, April 2; Westside Campus April 9; Main Campus April 16. Albuquerque Recycling, Inc., will handle the recycling. If you have old computers to recycle, Albuquerque Recycling certifies hard-drive destruction.

‘Arts Fandango’ Fundraiser to Honor Former CNM Art Instructor Ernest Garcia and Support New Scholarship

Arts Fandango, a fundraiser for a new scholarship honoring former CNM art instructor Ernest Garcia, will be held April 5 from 6-8 p.m. at SCA Contemporary Art Gallery (524 Haines Ave. NW). The fundraiser will feature a silent auction of artwork donated by CNM faculty, staff, students and alumni, as well as local professional artists. Click here to read more.

Representatives of Senegal Tour CNM

Three educators from the coastal West African nation of Senegal toured CNM last week to learn about how the college prepares students for employment opportunities and transfer to universities. Click here to read more.

Safety Office Offering 10-minute Safety Trainings That Can Be Part of Your Department Meetings

 The CNM Safety & Security Office is offering a short safety training to all departments. Safety or Security personnel can come to your department meeting and present a short and informative 10-minute safety training. To schedule a training, e-mail

Look for ‘Great Colleges’ Survey in Your Email

Please keep an eye out for emails with “Great Colleges” in the “From” field. 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 “Great Colleges” (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.

Finance and Operations Division to Visit Campuses for Information Sessions on March 31

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 31

  • Advanced Technology Center, 8:30-10:00 a.m., Room 108
  • Workforce Training Center, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Room 207
  • 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 into fields that are traditionally male-dominated. 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 info, visit

Free Nutrition and Healthy Cooking Classes Offered to Employees

CNM will be offering six “Healthy Meals Fit for Life Nutrition and Culinary Classes” this spring. The classes are funded through the USDA Healthy Meals Fit for Life grant and are being offered free of charge. Space is limited, so sign up today. Click here to read more.

Students Get Immersed in Oaxaca’s Renowned Street Food Culture

During CNM’s Spring Break last week, six students from CNM’s Culinary Arts program ventured to Oaxaca to experience and learn about one of Mexico’s most vibrant and appetizing street food scenes. Click here to read more.

CNM Staff Training Other Education Institutions on CNM’s Innovative Coaching Program

Staff from CNM’s innovative coaching program will be training other education institutions on ways to help students stay in school and graduate. Click here to read more.

CNM Students, Faculty Tour Italy to Learn About Business Practices

Students and faculty from the School of Business & Information Technology toured Northern Italy during Spring Break to lean about business practices in Europe. Click here to read more.

Two Students Selected as Coca-Cola Scholars

Two CNM students have been selected as 2014 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Scholars. Click here to read more.

For Your Information

STEM-Up Advisors Relocated
Due to the L Building renovation project, the STEM-UP advisors have moved to the Student Services Center, Room 101. Contact information remains the same for STEM-UP staff and advisors.

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. 

Wish Mary Broemel Well in Retirement
Stop by to wish Mary Broemel a happy retirement during a celebration on March 28 in Smith Brasher Hall Room 102 from noon to 2 p.m. Mary has been with CNM for eight years, most recently in the Facilities Department.

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.

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 Tonight
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.

You’re Invited to Listen to CNM Faculty Members Perform Classical Music April 5
On Saturday, April 5 at 2 p.m., CNM's music faculty will present a recital of classical music at Immanuel Presbyterian Church. You’re invited to join music instructors Paul Bower, Lynn McGrath, Elizabeth Austin, Leslie Shultis, Daniel Davis, Bianca Oglice and Melissa Sassaman as they present an array of classical music. Admission to this event is free.  It will be 75 minutes long, with a reception to follow. Immanuel Presbyterian Church is located at 114 Carlisle Blvd SE, in Albuquerque.

Employee Training

Mental Health Brown Bag Session Scheduled for Friday
A Mental Health Brown Bag session on depression is scheduled for Friday at noon in JS, Room 301. The presenter, Dr. Mohamad Khafaja, is a medical doctor and UNM Department of Psychiatry faculty member. To register, go to the Employee Training registration portal or contact

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.

Book Group Discussions

Join the Montoya Campus Book Group to Discuss ‘X & O’ on April 3
Join the Montoya Campus Book Group at 5:30 p.m. on April 3 in the J Building, Room 124 for a discussion on Kate Horsley’s “X and O: short works.” This award winning southwestern author’s work includes a play, a work in progress, and stories based on personal life events. Contact Daniel Hay for information at or 224-5721.

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