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News Link - April 10, 2014


Schedule of Open Forums for SAGE Dean Candidates Adjusted

Due to one finalist withdrawing his candidacy, the schedule of open forums for the three remaining finalists for the position of dean of the School of Adult & General Education has been adjusted. The open forums will take place in Max Salazar Hall, Room 301, on April 18. Here’s the forum schedule:

  • Dr. Dennis Baskin, 10-10:45 a.m.
  • LouAnne Lundgren, 10:45-11:30 a.m.
  • William Owen, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

CNM Employees Honored for Excellence

Several of CNM’s outstanding faculty and staff were recognized on April 4 for their excellent contributions to CNM over the past year. They were honored during a luncheon on Main Campus. Click here to see the submissions for their award nominations.

CNM Celebrates Earth Week with Speaker Series, Self-Guided Tours

CNM has ramped up Earth Week activities this year to include a speaker series, self-guided tours of sustainable buildings on all campuses and email messages that will give faculty, staff and students tips on how to live a more eco-friendly life. Click here to read more.

Westside Campus Community Embraces College’s Sustainability Efforts Through Art

Faculty, staff and students at the Westside Campus, inspired by the college’s RecycleMania efforts, created several art projects from discarded materials that were also part of Artzjam, an annual arts event at the Westside Campus. Go to to read more and see some of the art they have on display for Earth Week.

CNM Students Win 19 Gold Medals at SkillsUSA State Competition

Nineteen CNM students will be competing in the National SkillsUSA Championships after winning gold medals in their competitions during the state SkillsUSA competition that was held last week. Click here to read more.

CNM Celebrates Original Works of Employees at Authors Event

The CNM Authors Event will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, in the Jeannette Stromberg Library in the Student Resource Center on Main Campus. The original works of CNM faculty and staff will be on display. The keynote speaker will be Lynne Hinton, author of “Pie Town,” the 2011 New Mexico Book Award Winner in the Fiction, Adventure/Drama category.  Light refreshments will be served.

ENMU Representatives Inform CNM Students About Transfer Opportunities

Some 40-50 students were on hand Wednesday to learn more about a new partnership between CNM and Eastern New Mexico University that will allow them to transfer to ENMU to obtain a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS). Click here to read more.

Update on Wireless Network Upgrade

The ITS Networking Team is installing new WiFi access points at all CNM locations. The new service is providing improved access to CNM’s wireless networks and will support the latest wireless network protocols. The new WiFi access points have already been installed at the Rio Rancho Campus and some areas of Main Campus. Future wireless upgrades on Main Campus are scheduled for the Student Resource Center (SRC), Smith Brasher Hall, Max Salazar Hall, the JS Building and the A Building. Upgrades are also scheduled for the Advanced Technology Center and the Workforce Training Center.  For more information, call 224-3029 or email, or contact the ITS Service Desk at 224-HELP or

Bring Your E-Waste to Recycling Event on Main Campus

Dispose of your unwanted electronics at an e-recycling event coming up on Main Campus. The Main Campus event is on April 16. Albuquerque Recycling, Inc., will be handling the recycling. If you have computers to recycle, Albuquerque Recycling certifies hard-drive destruction.

Business Professionalism Students Learn Dining Etiquette

CNM’s students taking a Business Professionalism class were treated to a “Business Etiquette Breakfast” Tuesday to learn about dining etiquette and other proper business manners. Click here to read more. 

Instructor to Present Workshops on Mindfulness Today and April 17

CNM instructor Beth Giebus-Chavez will be offering two free Mindfulness workshops for faculty, staff and students. The first one, "Introduction to Mindfulness," to be presented by psychologist Kris Roush and Giebus-Chavez will be held Thursday, April 10 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Richard Barr Board Room on Main Campus. The second, “Mindfulness and Eating,” will be held on April 17 at the same time and place, and will be presented by Giebus-Chavez and nutritionist Lisa Guruleh. Click here to read more.

Welcome New Employees

Click here to see the new employees hired during the month of March 2014.

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. A high response rate is crucial. Please check for this email and respond with candid answers. Answers are anonymous.

Would You Like to Know More About Your Retirement Options?

CNM Human Resources is providing an opportunity for employees to learn more about retirement planning on Friday, April 18, at 8:30 a.m. in Smith Brasher Hall, Room 100. Representatives from the Educational Retirement Board, New Mexico Retiree Health Care Authority and the New Mexico Deferred Compensation Plan offered through Nationwide will present retirement information. Click here to read more.

CNM Offers Intersession Courses May 3-17

During CNM’s normal break between the spring and summer terms, CNM will offer a selection of classes in a condensed, two-week format. The classes, held May 3-17, will provide students with an opportunity to quickly complete a class in order to shorten their time to graduation. Go to for the list of intersession courses and more information.

For Your Information

Information Sessions Set for Employees Interested in Executive MBA Scholarship Opportunity at UNM
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 and see the schedule of information sessions.

Montoya Campus Business Resource Center to Relocate
Beginning with the summer term, the Montoya Campus Business Resource Center will move from its current location in H-121 to K-106.

Parking News – Summer Term Permits on Sale April 14; Isotopes Lot Update; TC Lot Spaces Reduced

  • Half of the parking spaces in the Ted Chavez Hall lot will be unavailable for a year to accommodate L Building renovation that starts later this month. Motorcycle parking will remain.
  • Parking permit sales for the Summer Term start April 14 for employees and April 28 for students. Contact Parking Services for information.
  • Employees and students can’t use the Isotopes parking lot on game days at Isotopes Park. The Isotopes’ season-opener is April 11. Click here to see the game schedule.

Montoya Campus Presents Forum on ‘Heroin Addiction: How You Can Help Someone Struggling with Addiction’
Learn how prescription opiates and heroin affect the brain and body and how you can help someone who may be struggling with addiction at this workshop on Thursday, April 17, from 2:30-4 p.m. at the Montoya Campus, H Building, Room 126. The workshop is free and open to the public. For more information, call 224-5524 or email

Employee Training

Mental Health First Aid Workshop Set for April 15
A Mental Health First Aid workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, April 15, at Montoya Campus in H-126 from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. This is a ground-breaking training program helping faculty and staff identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance abuse disorders. Go to the Employee Training registration site, select CNM Employees and sub-category Health and Safety.

Book Group Discussions

Discuss ‘Swear’ at Westside Campus Library
Join the Westside Campus Book Group at 4 p.m. on April 10 in the WS I Building, Room 200 for a discussion on Hakim Bellamy’s “Swear.” This Albuquerque Poet Laureate’s poems address politics, work and art. Contact Mary Bates-Ulibarri for information at or 224-5423.

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