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News Link - May 29, 2014


Results of CNM Benefit Feasibility Study

CNM’s Human Resources department, in collaboration with other CNM departments and benefit consultants, recently concluded a comprehensive Benefit Feasibility Study to determine whether CNM should pursue other healthcare insurance benefit packages. The process provided a valuable learning opportunity about healthcare insurance benefit packages, but it was determined that no changes to these benefits will occur this year. Moving forward, the HR department will continue to assess benefits on a regular basis and consider opportunities for improvement. Employees can look forward to upcoming HR outreach efforts to inform employees about current benefits and wellness initiatives. Wellness initiatives will be a priority for the college, since the overall health of all employees impacts everybody’s healthcare costs. CNM is committed to providing employees with the best benefits package possible. If you would like more information about your benefit options, contact HR at 224-4600 or click here.

CNM Students Participate in Archeological Survey at Petroglyph National Monument

Fifteen past and present CNM and UNM archeology students got to experience a day in the life of an archeologist recently when they participated in an archeological survey at the Rinconada Canyon Trail in Petroglyph National Monument. Go to to read more.

Two Prominent Local Poets Featured at CNM Speaks Event June 5

Two prominent local poets, Beata Tsosie-Peña and Beva Sanchez-Padilla, will present their work at this summer’s poetry event, CNM Speaks, on Thursday, June 5, at noon in the Student Resource Center breezeway on Main Campus. CNM students, faculty and staff are encouraged to sign up for an open-mic portion in the afternoon. Mark your calendar and share your words. Contact Renée Goodvin at Ext. 52550 or Cathy Arellano at for more information.

CNM Creates Videos to Support Project Heart Start

If you’ve taken a ride on the Rail Runner recently you may have noticed a public service announcement playing on the train’s monitors advertising a June 7 Project Heart Start event. Students and instructors from CNM’s Film Technician program created the PSA. Read more.

New Signage Being Installed in Student Services Center

New signage is being installed in the Student Services Center today and Friday. The signage will include room numbers and office names.

Sandia High Wins Dessert Competition Hosted by CNM

Find out which high school team of culinary students won the Fifth Annual Albuquerque Public Schools Gourmet Plated Dessert Competition hosted at CNM on Friday in Robert P. Matteucci Hall. Read more.

New 2013-2014 CNM Fact Book Online

The new 2013-2014 CNM Fact Book is now available online. To view the newest Fact Book click here. To access an archive of Fact Books, click here.

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.

CNM Developing Mobile App Strategy

A team of representatives from Student Services, Academic Affairs, the Marketing and Communications Office and Information Technology Services is researching and developing a "Mobile Application Strategy" for CNM. The goal is to provide students and employees with convenient and effective access to CNM services from devices such as tablets and smartphones. The team is targeting a fall 2014 launch date. For more info, contact the ITS Service Desk at 224-4357, or send an email to Please check News Link for updates.

CNM to Pilot New Software Virtualization Project this Summer

This summer, CNM will pilot a new “Software Virtualization” Master Plan project that will eventually allow students to access class-related software from any location or device. Read more.
Hispanic Student Success Focus Groups to Take Place this Summer
An approved research study to deepen CNM’s understanding of how to better help Hispanic students succeed at CNM will take place during the Summer Term. The research team will meet with faculty and students to learn what forces positively or negatively impact an Hispanic student's educational experience at CNM. There are two ways you can help. Read more.

ARTWORKS CNM Art Club Hosting Live Art Event on Saturday

The ARTWORKS CNM Art Club will be hosting “ARTLIVE!” on Saturday, May 31, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Main Campus Art Department at the N Building. The event will include life models to paint, still lifes, competitions, music and prizes. ARTWORKS CNM Art Club members get in free — $5 at the door for non-members. Click here for more info or to RSVP for a life model or still life session.

CNM Alumni Association Accepting Applications for 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award was established in 2002 to highlight the outstanding accomplishments of CNM graduates. This prestigious award recognizes CNM alumni who have attained significant distinction in his or her profession or life that reflects the mission and values of CNM. If you know an outstanding alumni deserving of this award, fill out and return this form no later than June 30 to the CNM Foundation Office in Robert P. Matteucci Hall. Email for more info.

For Your Information

Food Truck Available in TC Parking Lot Tuesdays, Thursdays
The CNM-Street Food Institute Food Truck will be serving lunch in the Ted Chavez Hall parking lot on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students and employees get a 15 percent discount with a CNM ID. For daily locations of the CNM-SFI Food Truck, go to

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

Students Can Take Advantage of New Mentoring Service
Students who would like some extra guidance at CNM can take advantage of a new mentoring service. Trained and qualified CNM faculty and staff members are available to serve as mentors to students. The mentors can help students navigate the college and its services while providing sound advice and the opportunity for a meaningful relationship. Student applications for the Mentoring Program are available at For more info, email

Academic Advisement to Close for Staff Meetings on Upcoming Friday Mornings
The Department of Academic Advisement will be closed on the following dates and times for department staff meetings. Advisement services will not be available, but student employees will be available to schedule appointments and answer general questions. Academic Advisement staff will not be available on Friday, May 30, June 6, June 13 and June 27 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. on Main Campus. At Montoya, Westside and Rio Rancho campuses, Academic Advisement staff won’t be available from 8-11:30 a.m.

Online Workshops Assist Students in Making Decisions on Careers and Fields of Study
CNM will be conducting “Focus 2” workshops every other Friday during the Summer Term (June 6 through Aug. 1) from 2-3 p.m. at the Montoya Campus, Tom Wiley Hall Room 105, and at Main Campus, Student Services Center Room 203 (Career & Transfer Information Center, formerly the Career Resource Center). Focus 2 is an online self-guided career guidance program that assists students in making decisions about their career goals and their major area of study. These workshops are open to students, faculty and staff who want to know more about Focus 2. For more info, contact Career & Transfer Information Center Managers Sharon Gurule (, 224-4000 Ext. 52624) at the Montoya Campus, or Ronnie Thomas ( at 224-4000 Ext. 52956) at Main Campus.

Job Connection Services Offers Employability Workshops for Students and Grads

Job Connection Services invites CNM students and graduates to attend free Employability Workshops at Main (SSC-207) and Montoya (TW-105) campuses. Presented in two 45-minute sessions, the workshops focus on resume writing strategies and offer tips and pointers for answering job interview questions effectively. To view the schedule or to register, click here.

Workforce Training Center to Offer Emotional Intelligence Course
The Workforce Training Center will be offering a course on Emotional Intelligence on 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 224-5206or 224-5200for more information.

HWPS Offering a Workshop on Managing Test Anxiety for Students
Students from the School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety are invited to attend a Managing Test Anxiety workshop where they will learn practical strategies they can implement immediately to help with anxiety related to test taking. The workshop will be held June 4 at noon in JS 208. Email for more info.

Library Events

Summer Book Group Discussions
Join the Montoya Campus Book Group at 5:30 p.m. on June 12 in the J Building, Room 124 for a discussion of Sherman Alexie’s “Ten Little Indians.” Christine Menefee wrote in the “School Library Journal” review: “Nine extraordinary short stories set in and around the Seattle area, featuring Spokane Indians from all walks of urban life. Woven throughout are themes that satirize Native American images, such as the great storyteller and the spiritual master; yet even as the characters are self-deprecating about these stereotypes, Alexie slyly, in unexpected ways, ultimately demonstrates their truth.” Contact Daniel Hay ( at 224-5721 for more information.

Join the Westside Campus Book Group at 5 p.m. on June 17 in the WS I Building, Room 200 for a discussion on Kate Horsley’s “X and O: short works.”  The award-winning, southwestern author’s work includes a play, a work in progress and stories based on personal life events. Contact Mary Bates-Ulibarri at or 224-5423 for more information.

Traveling Library Summer 2014 Schedule
The Traveling Library is a door-to-door service that allows faculty and staff to access a selection of the CNM Libraries’ print collection from their offices. This summer, the Traveling Library will be on the fourth and fifth floors of Max Salazar Hall on Monday, June 16 and Monday, July 21, starting at 12:30 p.m. Email for more information.

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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