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News Link - April 3, 2014


Forums for SAGE Dean Candidates Set for April 18

The four finalists for the position of dean of the School of Adult & General Education will participate in forums open to the CNM community on April 18. The candidates and the times of their forums are: Dr. Dennis Baskin, 10-10:45 a.m.; LouAnne Lundgren, 10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; William Owen, 12:30-1:15 p.m.; and Dr. Jason Tetzloff, 1:15-2 p.m. All forums will be in Max Salazar Hall, Room 301.

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.

CNM, ENMU to Celebrate New Partnership April 9

CNM and Eastern New Mexico University will celebrate their newly formed partnership that provides transfer opportunities for students on Wednesday, April 9, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. on Main Campus in the Student Resource Center, Richard Barr Board Room. CNM President Kathie Winograd and ENMU President Steven Gamble will lead the festivities. Click here to read more.

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.

CNM Receives ‘Best Building’ Awards

Two of CNM’s newest facilities received “Best Building” awards from the New Mexico Building Branch of the Associated General Contractors of America at a ceremony at Sandia Resort and Casino on March 29. Robert P. Matteucci Hall was recognized in the LEED-certifiable Project category and Westside I was recognized in the Building Information Management category partly for its 3-D planning technology. Luis Campos, executive director of CNM’s Physical Plant, accepted the awards. Click here to see the complete list of Best Building award winners.

Bring E-Waste to Recycling Events at Main, Westside Campuses

Employees and students are encouraged to bring their unwanted electronic waste from home to recycling sites at Main and Westside campuses. The collections will be weighed and a campus will be crowned the heavyweight e-recycling champ. The Westside Campus event will be April 9, and the Main Campus  event will be April 16.

You’re Invited to ‘Sustainability Beyond the Classroom Workshops’

CNM faculty members are teaming up with sustainability experts to host workshops on a variety of sustainability topics that include recycling, the importance of bees in the environment, green building, alternative energy, community agriculture, composting and neighborhood cooperatives. Click here to view the schedule of workshops.

Construction Technology Students Get On-The-Job Training Building a Casita

Students in the Construction Technology program are building a 1,074 square-foot, fully-functional residential home, referred to as a “casita,” that will be auctioned off when completed. Click here to read more.

CNM Distance Learning Specialist to Present Blackboard Webinar

CNM Distance Learning Specialist Jessica Rosazza-Williams has been selected by Blackboard to present a live webinar April 7 on “Creating Your Blackboard Course: A 3 Step Approach,” which will be part of the Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series. Click here to read more.

CNM Celebrates Women in Non-Traditional Careers

The CNM Chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges celebrated the outstanding female students pursuing degrees in careers typically dominated by males at the fourth annual Awards for Women in Non-Traditional Careers on April 1. Click here to read more.

BIT Student Team Takes Third Place at NeuroGame Jam

A team of students from the School of Business & Information Technology was awarded third place at the 2014 NeuroGame Jam competition held March 14-16 at  the University of New Mexico’s Mesa del Sol facility. Teams competed 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 focused on the Brain-Controlled Games category, developing a game that resembled the classic Tetris. The game the team created used a device to measure a person’s calmness. The game sped up or slowed down based on the measure of calmness. Team members were Brett Steinbook, Paul Mathias, Joseph Salazar and Jacob McCullough. CNM instructor Rob Garner was the advisor.

CNM Digital Design Studio Class to Display Work During April 18 Expo

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.

American Association of Women in Community Colleges Awards CNM Student $500 Scholarship

Student Donna Hollingshead, who is in the social work program at CNM, is the Region VI winner of a $500 scholarship from the American Association of Women in Community Colleges. After finishing at CNM, Hollingshead plans to transfer to Highland University to get a BS and MS in Social Work and Addiction Counseling so she can continue her work with women and families.

‘Arts Fandango’ Fundraiser on Saturday 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 Saturday, 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.

For Your Information

Keep an Eye Out for Go-Green Messages During the Week of Earth Day
CNM’s celebration of Earth Day will include events that begin April 14. E-mails will be sent each day to let you know about Earth Day happening around CNM. Special events include a sustainability speaker series, self-guided tours of the sustainability features of buildings and the e-waste recycling contest.

Parking News – Summer Term Permits on Sale Soon; 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. Closure will be from the entrance off Coal to the east of the entrance road. 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 are reminded that the Isotopes parking lot is not available for parking by the CNM community on game days at Isotopes Park. The Isotopes’ season-opener is April 11. Click here to see the game schedule.

Safety Office Offers 10-minute Safety Trainings That Can Be Part of Your 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

STEM-UP Center Now in Student Services Center
Due to the renovation of the L Building, the STEM-UP Center is now located in the Student Services Center, Room 102.

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

Native American Task Team Seeks Volunteers for 5K Fun Run/1 Mile Walk
CNM’s Native American Task Team is hosting the first “Honor Your Heritage” 5K Fun Run/1 Mile Walk on Sunday, April 6. The event will be held on 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.

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 First Aid Workshop Set for April 15

Mental Health First Aid 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 use disorders. Go to the Employee Training registration site, select CNM Employees and sub-category Health and Safety.

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.

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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