News Link - May 8, 2014


Employees Soon To Receive Annual Statements from New Mexico Educational Retirement Board

All CNM employees will be receiving annual statement forms from New Mexico Educational Retirement Board (NMERB). Human Resources will be sending them out soon. Read more.

Test Messages From CNM’s Upgraded Emergency Alert System To Be Sent on Friday

CNM is in the process of upgrading its Emergency Alert System, which includes text alerts for emergencies and school closings or delays. The upgraded system will now include messages sent to your work phone, and you have the option of having voice messages sent to your personal phones. Your work phones should receive test messages on Friday. If you are already signed up to receive text alerts through the current system, your information will automatically be transferred to the new system.

If you have questions, please email

Financial Aid & Scholarship Services Studying Roll Out of Early Alert System for Students

In November 2013, Financial Aid and Scholarship Services (FASS) rolled out an Early Alert program designed to help students stay in school. Students who had enrolled in six credit hours or more and failed to complete their first term – either by dropping or failing all of their classes – were identified by FASS. Through partnerships with CNM Connect and the Contact Center, staff then began contacting the struggling students, informing them of the many services and resources that CNM offers to students. Read more.

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. 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 is encouraging 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.

Foundation Names New Board Member

Frederick Bermudez, senior manager of Public Relations and Communications at Sandia National Laboratories, has been named to the CNM Foundation Board of Directors. Bermudez has more than 23 years of experience in communications. As senior manager at Sandia, he is responsible for a $7.2 million budget and oversees seven departments, including video production, graphic design, photography, technical writing, media relations, internal communications, executive communications and community involvement. He is also responsible for the oversight of the National Nuclear Science and History Museum.

Online Tutoring Service ‘Brainfuse’ Now Accessible in CNM Learn

CNM’s online tutoring service, “Brainfuse,” is now accessible in CNM Learn (formerly BlackBoard). The Brainfuse link is located in the left-hand column under the heading “Tools.” The link will no longer be available in myCNM.

New Convocation Schedule Announced

The 2014 CNM Convocation schedule has been set. Rather than having lunch together as in years past, at this year’s Convocation employees will join together for breakfast at 8 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 22. Here’s the rest of the Convocation schedule:

  • 8:45-10:45 a.m. – Convocation program.
  • 10:45 a.m.-noon – The Academic Affairs Division, the Finance and Operations Division and the President’s Division will meet separately for division breakout sessions. The Student Services Division will return to work to serve students preparing for the Fall Term. Student Services will have a breakout session at a later date.
  • 12:30 p.m. – All CNM employees return to work.

Instructor and Dual Credit Students Develop Anti-DWI App

Sandoval County launched its new anti-DWI phone app this week. A CNM instructor and a few of her dual credit students from Independence High School in Rio Rancho are the faces behind it. Read more.

Info Sessions Added for Fast Track Business Degree

For students interested in getting on a faster track to an associate degree in Business Administration, CNM is offering an Fast Track program that will begin with an initial cohort of students in the 2014 Fall Term. Applications are now being accepted and info sessions have been added, including one on May 29. Read more.

For Your Information

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 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.

New Mexico College Reading and Learning Conference to be Held at Westside Campus July 18
The 2014 New Mexico College Reading & Learning Association will hold its annual conference at CNM’s Westside Campus on July 18 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The theme of this year’s conference is “Engaging Learners: Texts, Conversations, & Communities.” Registration is $60 for the full conference, which includes a continental breakfast and lunch, as well as a NMCRLA membership. Students can attend at a discounted rate of $15, which includes the continental breakfast and lunch. Proposals to present at the conference are now being accepted. For more information, email or call 505-861-2142.

Smith Brasher to be Without Air Conditioning Through May 16
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.

Water Off This Morning in JS Building
The JS Building will have no water today, May 8, from 8 a.m. to noon. A contractor is working on a backflow preventer, and the water needs to be turned off in order to complete the task. 

Libraries and ACE to Operate With Special Hours During Intersession
CNM Libraries and the Assistance Centers for Education (ACE) on all CNM campuses will operate on special hours during the Intersession from now through May 18. Click here to see hours.

A Building Courtyard Closed for Renovations
As part of an ongoing effort to improve the campus grounds for the CNM community and create more sustainable facilities, the A Building courtyard is being closed today in preparation for renovation. Click here to see the artist’s renderings of what the courtyard will look like when it’s finished.

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 additional details.  

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 registration instructions.

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