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News Link - April 17, 2014


CNM Celebrates Original Works of Employees at Authors Event Today

The CNM Authors Event will be held at 3 p.m. today, 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.

UNM Offering Two EMBA Scholarship Opportunities Worth $9,800 to CNM Employees – Deadline to Apply Is May 1

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 to access the application.

Four MSE Faculty Members Receive Jon Gill Bentley Faculty Excellence Awards

Four School of Math, Science & Engineering faculty members are the recipients of the Jon Gill Bentley Faculty Excellence Awards. They are Alex Acuña, math instructor, and Heather Fitzgerald, Kat Flies and Patty Wilber, all biology instructors. They were selected by the Jon Gill Bentley Faculty Excellence Award Committee. The committee determined that the four recipients represented all the categories of the award, including Teaching Excellence, Collegial Excellence, Excellence in Student Success, and Innovation in Instruction. The four will each receive a check for $125 from the Jon Gill Bentley Endowment Fund and have their names installed on a plaque to be hung in the MSE office.

Open Forums for SAGE Dean Candidates Set for Friday

Open forums for the position of dean of the School of Adult & General Education will take place on Friday, April 18, in Max Salazar Hall, Room 301. 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.

Would You Like to Know More About Your Retirement Options?

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.

Faculty Input Needed for CNM’s New Early Alert System

CNM is creating an innovative, college-wide Early Alert System that will allow faculty to refer struggling students to academic advisors, achievement coaches, tutors and others early in the term so they can get the support they need before they are unsuccessful in a course. Faculty will also be able to send out kudos to their high-performing students to let them know they are on the right track. Faculty input is very important in this process so please provide information and ideas by completing this survey, which will take approximately five to seven minutes to complete. Early Alert Systems have been found to successfully improve student GPA’s, retain students and increase use of college services.

With Fire Season Approaching, CNM Fire Sciences Program Helps Volunteer Firefighters Get Ready

As this year’s forest and wildland fire season heats up, CNM Fire Sciences Instructor Brian Henington is helping volunteer firefighters from around the state sharpen their firefighting skills to prepare for it. Click here to read more.

Finance and Operations Leaders Make Campus Visits

Finance and Operations Division leaders send a thank you to those who attended the recent information sessions held at the various campuses. Leaders from each department informed employees of their services and answered questions. Departments represented were Human Resources, the Physical Plant, Information Technology Services, Purchasing, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness, Internal Audit and Budget. If you weren’t able to make it to an info session, click here to see some of the questions and answers from the sessions.

CNM, Tourism Association Team Up to Increase Tourism in NM

CNM and the Tourism Association of New Mexico (TANM) have teamed up to develop the first statewide training program for business owners, management and employees in the tourism industry. The program aims to teach tourism professionals how to deliver the kind of first-class guest experience that will result in New Mexico tourists coming back to the state time and again. Click here to read more.

HR Executive Director Named Director-Elect for HR Council

Denise Montoya, executive director of CNM Human Resources, was elected to the position of director-elect of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), New Mexico State Council. In this role, Montoya will work closely with current State Council directors to build and sustain partnerships with human resource professionals, media, governments, non-governmental organizations, businesses and academic institutions across the state to address management challenges that influence the effectiveness of their organizations and communities. She will assume the role of SHRM NM State Council director in 2016. SHRM serves as an advocate to ensure that policy makers, lawmakers and regulators are aware of key concerns facing organizations and the human resource profession.

You Can Star in an HR Video

Human Resources and the Marketing and Communications Office are partnering to enhance CNM’s reputation as an employer of choice and a great college to work for. “Extras” are needed to be part of an aerial shot that will be used in branding efforts for a CNM recruitment video and other employment marketing materials. You’re invited to participate on April 30 at 10 a.m., at the Student Resource Center grass area. If you plan to participate, please wear a CNM blue polo shirt/t-shirt. It should only last 30 minutes. Call 224-4669 for more information.

Business Office Welcomes New Employees

The Business Office welcomes Sara Brownstein, senior accounting director, to lead the Contracts and Grants and Non-Profit accounting areas. Brownstein joined the team on April 7 and comes from state government and other business arenas. Brownstein is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and has two master’s degrees (Accounting and Human Resources/Policy and Planning). Misty Ortiz has accepted the interim accounting supervisor position, overseeing Contract and Grant Accounting. Ortiz has over 10 years of contract and grant accounting experience in higher education, as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Business Administration.

Check Out Students’ Impressive Digital Design Work on Friday

Some 75 to 100 students taking digital media classes will display their creative work during the Second Annual Digital Design Expo on April 18 from 1-4 p.m. on Main Campus in Smith Brasher Hall, Room 110. 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, Smith Brasher Hall, Max Salazar Hall, the JS Building and the A Building. Upgrades are also scheduled for the Advanced Technology Center and Workforce Training Center.  For more information, call 224-3029 or email

Instructor to Present Workshops on Mindfulness April 17

CNM instructor Beth Giebus-Chavez will be offering a free Mindfulness workshop for faculty, staff and students today. The “Mindfulness and Eating” workshop will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Richard Barr Board Room on Main Campus and will be presented by Giebus-Chavez and nutritionist Lisa Guruleh. Click here to read more.

College & Career High School Accepting Applications for 2014-15

The College & Career High School is accepting applications for the 2014-15 academic year. Click here for more information about the school or to access an application form.

For Your Information

Main, Montoya Libraries Open Way Late (O.W.L.) April 21-24
CNM Libraries has partnered with the Assistance Centers for Education to offer extended hours and tutors at the Jeannette Stromberg Library in the SRC on Main Campus and at the Montoya Campus Library from April 21-24. The Jeannette Stromberg Library will remain open until 11 p.m., and the Montoya Campus Library will remain open until 10 p.m.  Tutors in math, English, and chemistry will be available at both locations. Biology tutors will also be available at Main Campus.  Refreshments will be served each evening at both campuses, while supplies last.

Wish Sherry Smestad and M.J. Zimmerman Well in Retirement
Stop by to wish Sherry Smestad and M.J. Zimmerman a happy retirement during a celebration on Monday, April 21 in the Student Resource Center, Room 204 from 2-4 p.m. Sherry has been with CNM since 1986 and M.J. since 2001. They are both instructors in the School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences.

Kick Start Your Business Workshop
Are you an entrepreneur or interested in becoming one. Do you have a business idea that needs a little kick? If so, this startup workshop might be for you. It’s an interactive crash course of the Business Model Canvas methodology, the basic building blocks of all companies, which encapsulates the first part of the Lean Startup methodology. The workshop will cover outlining a business hypothesis, creating a framework and presenting your ideas. The workshop will be April 22 from 6-8 p.m. in SB Cafeteria. For more information, contact Tom Darling at

Verizon to Host Info Session Showcasing Its Technologies
Verizon will hold an interactive, trivia-filled information session on April 24 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Smith Brasher Hall, Room 132, to showcase how the company is using technology to try to solve the world’s biggest challenges. Attendees could win one of three prizes – an LG VK810 tablet, Jawbone Jambox or a Verizon Wireless Fit Bit. Attendees will also have a chance to network with the Verizon leadership team and learn how students can launch careers at Verizon. RSVP to Keri Stone at 999-3014.

CNM Employees and Students Invited to College Night at Isotopes Park
CNM employees, students and their families can attend “College Night” at Isotopes Park on April 29 and receive reduced ticket prices of $8 per reserved level seat with a CNM ID.  The game starts at 6:35 p.m.  Small families can show up at the gate and present a CNM ID card. Those planning large group outings should call Dylan Storm at 222-4005 by April 22 to make arrangements.

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.

Connect with Healthcare Employers
CNM students and graduates are welcome to attend a “Connect with Health Care Employers” session April 22 from 10 a.m. to noon in JS 208. Professionals in various healthcare industries will be available to answer questions and advise students what they need to advance in their careers.

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

Wellness in the Workplace: An Exercise in Gratitude
Come and learn about positive psychology and how it directly relates to happiness and wellness in the workplace during a workshop on Friday, May 9 from 10-11 a.m. in SB 132. Go to the Employee Training website to see details and, a flyer and registration instructions for this professional development opportunity.

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