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News Link - April 24, 2014


Emergency Alert System Being Upgraded

CNM is in the process of upgrading its Emergency Alert System, which includes text alerts for emergencies and school closings or delays. The new system, which will offer more robust notification options, is scheduled to launch on May 9. If you are already signed up to receive text alerts through the current system, your information will automatically be transferred to the new system. Next week, you may receive some test messages as the system is prepared for launch.

Don’t Miss a Beat – Learn How to Use Defibrillators at CNM and Be Prepared to Save a Life

What would you do if the person right next to you was having a heart attack? Please be prepared to save a life – the life of somebody you care about might depend on it. Soon there will be 70 Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) dispersed across all campuses in every building and on every floor. Learn to use an AED so you never miss a beat. To sign up for training, contact Daniel Peltier at or at Ext. 52865.

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, to access an application form and to see CCHS’s new website.

Check Out Master Plan Projects Scheduled to Begin During Upcoming Fiscal Year

The Master Plan Team sends a “thank you” to everybody who participated in the Master Plan Process this year. Click here to see the Governing Board-approved Master Plan Projects that are scheduled to begin during the upcoming fiscal year (July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015), including a couple projects that were added at the April Governing Board meeting.

WTC Offers Second Chance to Incarcerated Juveniles

Young people between the ages of 17 and 21 incarcerated at the Bernalillo County Juvenile Detention Center are getting a second chance by receiving training from the CNM Workforce Training Center (WTC). Click here to read more.

Instructor Helps Develop Anti-DWI App that Launches May 7

A CNM instructor and three of her students from Independence High School in Rio Rancho led an effort to develop Sandoval County’s new anti-DWI phone app that will be launched May 7. Click here to read more.

CNM Authors Honored at Reception

Thirty CNM faculty and staff were honored at the fourth annual CNM Authors Reception on April 17. Most of the authors and artists were on hand to be greeted by Poppy Johnson-Renvall, director of CNM Libraries, and Sydney Gunthorpe, vice president for Academic Affairs. Click here to read more.

Learn About External Community Resources Available to Students and Employees

Click here to see a comprehensive, up- to-date listing of resources available to the CNM community. Faculty and staff use this list to help students find important resources that can help them overcome challenges and stay in school.

Celebrate Kelly Mentzer’s Life at Memorial Wall on May 2

You’re invited to join in a celebration of the life and legacy of Kelly Mentzer, a beloved member of the CNM community who passed away in August 2013. Kelly was the director of Information Technology Services from 2000-2006, and he was a member of the CNM/TVI community for many years prior to his tenure as director. Kelly's friends, family and former colleagues will gather at CNM’s Memorial Wall, located outside just north of the Student Resource Center, on Friday, May 2, at 12:30 p.m., to share memories and honor his life. For more information, contact Merlene Rueda at 224-3027. 

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 lawn. If you plan to participate, please wear your CNM navy blue polo shirt from the 2013 Convocation. The photo shoot should only last 30 minutes. Call 224-4669 for more information.

Thanks for Participating in RecycleMania – CNM Finishes No. 25 Out of 259 Colleges and Universities

The final results are in for the recently concluded 2014 RecycleMania Tournament. During the national, month-long competition, CNM recycled 51 percent of its total waste, which ranked CNM 25th out of 259 colleges and universities. For more info about RecycleMania, click here.

Five Faculty Members Win Gift Bags for Taking STARS Survey

Five faculty members who participated in a STARS (Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System) survey earlier this year have been randomly selected to receive CNM gift bags for their participation. They are A. Margaret Rogers, Cynthia Frank, Aaron Combs, Ola Robbins and Josh Krause. They will each receive a gift bag prepared by the Marketing and Communications Office. A total of 124 faculty members responded to the survey designed to assess CNM’s STARS rating and to assist faculty in their curricular efforts toward sustainability. As part of CNM’s strong commitment to sustainability, the college has joined the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). One of AASHE’s functions is to assist colleges and universities in measuring, benchmarking and improving their sustainability efforts using STARS. The STARS process is under way at CNM.

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 take. Early Alert Systems have been found to successfully improve student GPA’s, retain students and increase use of college services.

Welcome New Hires

Welcome new hires from the months of March and April. Click here to see who’s new to CNM.

For Your Information

Library Books Due May 1
As the end of the term approaches, CNM Libraries would like to remind students, faculty, and staff that all checked out library books are due back by May 1. Books can be returned at any campus library. If you have questions about renewing your materials, please call the Library Help Desk at 224-3274.

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.

Wish BIT Faculty Debbie Costales, John Schweitzer, Jerry Heater and Marian Matthews Well in Retirement
Stop by to wish Debbie Costales, John Schweitzer, Jerry Heater and Marian Matthews a happy retirement during a celebration on Friday, April 25 in Smith Brasher Hall, Room 132 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Debbie joined CNM in 1989, John came in 2001, Jerry in 1999 and Marian in 2006. They are all in the School of Business & Information Technology.

Verizon Holds Employment Information Session Today at Main Campus
Verizon will hold an employment info session for CNM students at Main Campus on Thursday, April 24, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Smith Brasher Hall, Room 132. The event will be an opportunity to network with Verizon leaders and learn about career opportunities. Verizon will also give away three prizes at the info session, including an LG VK810 Tablet, a Jawbone Jambox and a Verizon Wireless Fit Bit. To RSVP, call 505-999-3014.

Isotopes Lots to Close for ‘Fireworks
The Isotopes lot, Upper SSC and the BMX parking lots will be closed May 2, July 4, Aug. 15 and Sept. 29 due to fireworks shows at the ballpark. If you have questions contact Michelle Peeples in Parking Services at Ext. 51622 or

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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