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News Link - May 15, 2014


Welcome Students Back on Monday

CNM’s Summer Term begins on Monday, so please be prepared to welcome students back to campus and help them get acclimated to the first week of classes.

LouAnne Lundgren Named SAGE Dean

LouAnne Lundgren has been named the dean of CNM’s School of Adult & General Education (SAGE). She served as Interim Dean of the school for the past year. Read more.

CNM Updates New Student Orientation Process

Beginning with the 2014 Fall Term, CNM is changing its New Student Orientation to offer in-person orientations instead of the online orientation that’s been available the past few years. New students are encouraged to attend this in-person orientation, and it is a requirement to get the Bridge to Success Scholarship. Read more.

CCHS Sophomore Named Student of the Week by APS Education Foundation

Vernon Rockett, a sophomore at the College & Career High School located on CNM’s Main Campus, has been named Student of the Week by the Albuquerque Public Schools Education Foundation and the New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union. Read more.

CNM Video Wins Gold from CASE

A video about purchasing produced by CNM Media Production Services featuring Joe Gieri, executive director of ITS as the Rod Serling-like narrator, along with other CNM staff members, recently won the gold award in the District IV Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) 2014 Accolades Competition. The video, “The Pay on Invoice Violator,” used a black-and-white, Twilight Zone-style theme to creatively and effectively inform employees on how to avoid making unintentional purchasing mistakes. The video took the top prize over entries that included many universities. The District IV region includes Arkansas, Louisiana, Mexico, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. CASE  is a nonprofit association of education institutions, serving professionals in alumni relations, communications, and marketing and development. To view the video click here.

Communications Manager Earns Awards for News Writing

CNM Communications Manager Christine Burroughs recently won awards in the New Mexico Press Women’s 2014 Communications Contest. Burroughs earned a second place in the “Specialty Articles, Education” category for her 2013 news stories on CNM’s new cloud computing concentration and a math pilot program. She also won third place in the “Features, Online Publication” category for her 2013 feature on CNM Fire Sciences instructor Brian Hennington.

Ken Chappy Hall Undergoing Asbestos and Lead Removal

Keers Remediation, Inc. (KEERS) is removing asbestos-containing materials and/or lead-based paint from Ken Chappy Hall as part of a renovation project now through May 23. Please adhere to all signage in the area. KEERS’ work will be conducted within regulated areas that are posted with warning signs. These areas may be further isolated by barriers constructed of polyethylene sheeting and by special air handling systems to prevent any release of asbestos or lead. No one will be permitted to enter these areas without permission from KEERS.

Switch in Internet Service Triples Internet Connection Bandwidth

CNM’s Information Technology Services department has completed the switch of the college’s wide area network (WAN) and Internet service from CenturyLink to TW Telecom. This change has increased the bandwidth on CNM’s network connections between campuses and to the Internet, tripling the speed from what it was a year ago. The increased bandwidth also gives better access to web resources like Blackboard and provides online students faster responses from myCNM and other resources. For more information, contact the ITS Service Desk at or 224-4357.

Wireless Network Project Update

A CNM Information Technology Services team is improving the college’s wireless network (WiFi) by installing new access points across CNM. ITS has completed installations at the Advanced Technology Center (ATC) and the following Main Campus locations: JS Building, Max Salazar Hall and Smith Brasher Hall. The next upgrade will be made at the Workforce Training Center, followed by Tom Wiley Hall and I Building on Montoya Campus. ITS will continue to provide updates every few weeks on buildings that have been upgraded and those that are up next for upgrades. The new access points support the latest wireless network protocols, including 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac. For more information, contact the ITS Service Desk at 224-4357 or  

Bike to School Day Event Set for May 23 – Bike to Work Day Is Friday

CNM’s Main Campus is hosting “Bike to School Day” on May 23. Participants biking to school can stop, take a break, pick up a cool t-shirt, have a snack and visit with other riders in front of the Main Campus Student Services Center food court from 7-9 a.m. Bike to School Day is similar to the Bike to Work Day, a community event that encourages Albuquerque residents to ride their bikes to work as an alternative to driving a car. Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 16.

Enjoy Tasty Fare While Supporting Foundation

Help support CNM Foundation student scholarships while enjoying tasty cuisine on Tuesday, May 20 from 4-9 p.m. at Farina Alto Pizzeria and Wine Bar. The CNM Foundation will receive 15 percent of sales when you present this flyer. Show the flyer on your smartphone, print out the flyer from the above link or just mention the flyer to your server. Farina Alto is located at 10721 Montgomery Blvd NE, and offers fresh, creative fare in a warm setting.

WIN Student of the Year Awarded Full-ride Scholarship to UNM

The CNM student who recently was named Student of the Year at the awards ceremony honoring Women in Non-Traditional Careers (WIN) is the recipient of a full-ride scholarship to the University of New Mexico. Read more.

CNM to Host APS Gourmet Plated Dessert Competition

CNM will play host to the Fifth Annual Albuquerque Public Schools Gourmet Plated Dessert Competition on May 23 in Robert P. Matteucci Hall, Rooms 105 and 106. Read more.

For Your Information

Handicapped Parking Spaces Only for Those with Disabilities
CNM faculty, staff and students are reminded that handicapped parking spaces and the areas between handicapped parking spaces are strictly for the disabled. People without disabilities who are parking in these spaces are committing parking violations. The blue striped areas between handicapped parking spaces are there to allow the drivers ample room to maneuver in and out of their vehicles without obstruction, especially if using mobility assisting devices such as wheel chairs and lifting devices. Click here for more information on parking for those with disabilities.

Workforce Training Center to Offer Emotional Intelligence Course
The Workforce Training Center will be offering a course on Emotional Intelligence May 30 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. CNM employees receive a 10 percent discount or may apply for tuition payment via their department with supervisor approval. Class cost is $159. Contact 224-5205 for more information about the registration process using the Employee Training Approval form. Course description: Intellectual and technical skills are no longer enough on their own to assure success in the workplace. Emotional intelligence allows you to connect with others one-on-one and in groups – a critical skill in business today. People who are emotionally smart waste less time on personality conflicts, stay in control under stress and achieve greater satisfaction at work and at home.

BlackBoard Rebranded as CNM Learn – All Faculty and Students Encouraged to Take Advantage of Its Capabilities
BlackBoard has been reborn as CNM Learn. Everything remains the same except the name. In the past, BlackBoard has been used primarily by distance learning students and faculty. However, BlackBoard, now CNM Learn, is not just for distance learning. CNM Learn is a great resource for all instructors and students at CNM, and the college encourages its use. Students can chat with fellow classmates, submit homework directly to their instructors, view grades and access the libraries. It can help instructors stay organized and allows them to upload all course materials, including syllabi, which saves time and paper. It also helps them keep track of grades in their CNM Learn courses. Instructors can upload tests and quizzes and even receive email via CNM Learn instead of using a personal account. Faculty members can get started by clicking here. Students can get started by clicking here.

Quality New Mexico Seeks Examiners
Quality New Mexico is seeking new and former volunteer examiners to serve on the organization’s Board of Examiners for the upcoming year. This is an opportunity to learn more about organization performance improvement and it serves as an excellent professional development experience. Anyone interested in learning more about this experience can contact Juliane Ziter at 224-4704 or email Information sessions will be provided to anyone who is interested in learning more about this opportunity. Applications to become an examiner are due to Quality New Mexico by May 30.

Smith Brasher to be Without Air Conditioning Through Friday
Smith Brasher Hall will have no air conditioning through May 16 due to HVAC mechanical work. Anyone with questions should call the Maintenance and Operations office at Ext. 44574.

Employee Training

Second Level Diversity Training to be Offered in June
International Diversity Trainer Susana Rinderle is offering the second level diversity training in June. Sessions will be offered at Westside, Montoya and Main campuses. Those who attended the first level training will gain the most from these sessions. However, anyone interested in the topic is invited. Go to the Employee Training website for more info.

Learn How to Better Serve Military Service Members and Veterans
The Dean of Students Office is partnering with Samaritan Counseling Center and the Center for Deployment Psychology to offer “Would You Recognize Me If I Weren’t In Uniform,” a one-day training to increase competency in addressing concerns, challenges, culture and experience of service members and veterans. The workshop will be held on Thursday, June 26 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Workforce Training Center, Room 101. CNM employees will not be charged for the conference. Register at by June 19.

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