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News Link - March 6, 2014


CNM Preparing for Launch of New STEMulus Center Downtown

President Kathie Winograd announced today that CNM will build upon its longtime legacy of responding to the needs of the community with the opening of the new CNM STEMulus Center in Downtown Albuquerque later this year. Click here to read more.

Complete the Employee Satisfaction Survey by March 14

The Employee Satisfaction Survey was sent to all CNM employees last week 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, as it is important in providing valuable information for future initiatives and actions that improve the work experience for employees. Place the survey in the envelope provided and return by Friday, March 14.

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” (so 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 on CNM as a workplace, a high response rate to the survey is crucial. If you receive the survey, please respond with candid answers. Answers will be anonymous.

Solar Panel Units Being Installed at Campuses to Become ‘Living Labs’

As part of CNM’s sustainability efforts, the college is installing four new photovoltaic (solar panel) systems at four locations that will serve as “living labs” for faculty and students. The first one went up on the roof of the Rio Rancho Campus building last month. The second is currently being mounted on the roof of the Westside I Building. Click here to read more.

CNM Connect Centers to Close at 3 p.m. on Friday

All CNM Connect centers will be closing at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 7.

CNM to Celebrate Women’s International Day Today

CNM  is celebrating Women’s International Day March 6 with a series of talks by women at CNM and from the community. The event will take place on Main Campus in the Student Resource Center Richard Barr Boardroom from 1-5 p.m. CNM employees and students are invited. Click here to see the schedule of speakers.

New Distance Learning Course Copy Request Form

Beginning Fall 2014, Distance Learning will be implementing a new Faculty Course Copy request process. This process will be required for all faculty course copy requests – DL and web enhanced. Click here to learn more.

Academic Advisement to Host College Transfer Fairs

Academic Advisement will host 2014 College Transfer Fairs next week. The events will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on March 11 at the Main Campus Student Services Center; March 12 at the Montoya Campus in H Building commons area and March 13 at the Westside Campus Michael J. Glennon Building commons area. The fairs offer four-year colleges and universities the opportunity to showcase their programs and transfer options to CNM students. For more info, contact Lidia Muñiz at or Sharon Gurule spadilla@cnm.ecdu.

BIT Team to Compete in NeuroGame Jam at UNM

A team from the CNM School of Business & Information Technology is participating in the NeuroGame Jam 2014 March 14-16 at the University of New Mexico’s Mesa del Sol facility. Teams will compete to develop the most innovate product from one of three categories – Brain-Controlled Games, Recreational Brain-Controlled Devices and Brain Training Games. The BIT team will focus on the Brain-Controlled Games category, providing students the opportunity to apply object-oriented program principles they’ve learned at CNM to a practical application. They will use a Software Development Kit, provided by manufacturers of brain interface devices, to develop their game. Team members are Rob Garner, a part-time faculty member, along with students Brett Steinbook, Paul Mathias, Joseph Salazar and Jacob McCullough.

Take a Look Back at Fall Graduation

Relive the 2013 Fall Graduation Ceremony by watching this video produced by CNM’s Media Production Services. Click here to view the video.

New Members Named to CNM Foundation Board

Five new members have been named to the CNM Foundation Board. They are Derrick Jones, CEO of Lovelace Rehabilitation Hospital; Barbara Lewis, Audit Director at Atkinson &  Co-CPA; Tony Martinez, Director of Community Outreach at Molina Healthcare of New Mexico; Georgie Ortiz; Managing Principal at CliftonLarsonAllen and Brent W. Spendlove, Vice President and Commercial Banking Manager at US Bank.

Solar Energy Presentations Available to Classes

CNM is in the process of installing solar photovoltaic arrays at four of its campuses. Steve House is the president of Triple H Solar, the company responsible for supporting CNM’s Physical Plant during the procurement and installation. House can to speak to CNM classes to give a brief introduction to solar energy and he can tailor a presentation to the needs of the class. Real-time data on the performance of the facilities is available online and can be shown to classes. For more info, email

CNM TRiO Students Celebrate National TRiO Day at Roundhouse

Ten CNM TRiO students joined other TRiO New Mexico programs from around the state at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe last month to celebrate National TRiO Day. Click here to read more.

Reminder About Fire Drill Evacuations

During recent fire drills, some occupants did not respond to evacuation orders correctly. Following are a few easy steps to remember in a fire evacuation:

  • Leave the building in a prompt, calm and orderly manner.
  • Close the door behind you but do not lock it.
  • Don’t use the elevator.
  • Assist people with mobile impairments into the stairwell and call Security at Ext. 43001.   Stay with the person until Security Officer arrives. Don’t leave the person unless your life is in danger.
  • Proceed to the assembly point.
  • Return to the building only after given the “all clear” from Security

Inspectors from the New Mexico State Fire Marshall Office will be conducting annual fire safety inspections on Main Campus March 10 through March 14. During the inspections, the inspectors may visit your workplace or classroom.

CNM Authors 2014: Call for Participation

Have you created fine arts works, published or presented in 2013 or early 2014? If so, please participate in the 2014 CNM Authors program. 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 224-4000 Ext. 52550 or with any questions.

Labs to be Relocated for 16 Months During L Building Renovation

CNM is preparing to embark on a major renovation of the Main Campus Laboratory (L) Building in April and it will last approximately 16 months. CNM chemistry, physics and astronomy labs will be moved to other campuses starting with the summer term. Other science labs -- including biology, geology, anatomy and physiology, microbiology and geography -- will be relocated to temporary facilities on Main Campus. The L Building renovation will result in new state-of-the-art labs and classrooms with major upgrades to technology and student study spaces. The renovation is designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification.

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

CNM Writing Group to Host Reading by Tomas Q. Morin

The CNM Main Campus Writing Group, with support from the Student Activities Office, is hosting a Visiting Writer event March 27 at 7 p.m. in the Smith Brasher Hall auditorium. The reader will be poet Tomas Q. Morin. The reading will be followed by a Q & A with the author and a book signing. Click here to see the reader’s biography. This free event, which is open to the public, is the fourth visiting writer that the CNM Main Campus Writing Group has hosted. Others included James Arthur, Natalie Diaz and Dana Levin.

For Your Information

Enrollment Services Unavailable March 12 from 8 a.m.–12 p.m.
Due to an Enrollment Services staff meeting, all Enrollment Services Offices will be closed from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12. All Enrollment Services Offices will reopen at noon.

ENMU Transfer Workshop Set for March 12
Eastern New Mexico University will conduct a transfer workshop on March 12 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in SSC-201. For further questions, contact Lidia Muniz in Academic Advisement at

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. You can make a nomination by clicking here. Nominations are due Friday, March 28. Award recipients will be recognized in April during the National Student Employee Week. 

Student Activities Office to Host Blood Drives
The Student Activities Office is hosting two blood drives next week with the goal of gaining enough donations to meet the blood needs in New Mexico. The days and times of the drives are:

  • Tuesday, March 11, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Please click here to schedule an appointment.
  • Friday, March 14, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Please click here to schedule an appointment

The blood mobile unit will be parked in the loading zone between the Student Services Center and Max Salazar Hall.

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.

Domestic Abuse Survivor to Speak at Westside Campus March 12
Dawn Maestas, a domestic abuse survivor, mentor, tattoo removal artist and Albuquerque native, will give a presentation on her story as a survivor of domestic abuse at CNM’s Westside campus on Wednesday March 12 at noon. Maestas has appeared on National Public Radio, local and national television and has given presentations around the country about surviving domestic abuse. Click here to read more.

Physical Plant Parking Lot Maintenance Project to Begin During Spring Break
The Physical Plant Department Parking Lot Maintenance Project is scheduled to begin during Spring Break, March 16 through March 23. Sealcoating and striping will be done in sections. Each section to be seal coated and striped will be blocked off for at least 24 hours. Dates of the section sealcoating and striping will soon be available.

Distance Learning Adds ‘What We Are Reading’ to Home Page
Distance Learning has added a “What We Are Reading” column to the Distance Learning home page. Distance Learning staff, who are avatars in the photos, share information with faculty and staff about current trends in distance learning and education. The topics change weekly and are intended to replace emailing of articles to faculty. The “What We Are Reading” section also provides a place for people to read relevant articles of interest to them. Click here to see more.

TRiO Presents University Transfer Workshops
TRiO is presenting workshops in March that will provide information about transferring to a four-year university after CNM. The workshops are Tuesday, March 11, Main Campus, 9:30-11 a.m., Career Resource Center SSC 203; Wednesday March 12 JMMC Campus, 9:30-11 a.m., H-126; and Thursday March 13, Westside Campus, 9:30-11 a.m., WS1-313. For more information contact Willie Smoker, 505-224-4375 or To register go to the Calendar of Events section on the CNM home web page.

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 CNM home web page.

Employee Training

Employee Training Adds Courses and a Spanish Version of ‘Information Security for the General User’
“Information Security for the General User” mandatory training is now available in Spanish. Employees can register for the Spanish version by visiting CNM’s Mandatory Training enrollment page.

Also, recently added training courses include:

  • Diversity training facilitated by a nationally recognized Diversity trainer scheduled in March at Main, Montoya and Westside campuses. Click here for dates and more information. 

Please submit all training requests through the online request form. For more information on Employee Training, click here.

Book Group Discussions

‘City of Bones’ to be Discussed at Montoya Campus Library
Join the Montoya Campus Book Group at 5:30 p.m. on March 6 in the J Building, Room 124 for a discussion on Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones. Contact Daniel Hay for information at or 224-5721.

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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