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CNM Getting Ready for CTE Open House Feb. 22

In conjunction with National Career Technical Education Month in February, CNM is rolling up its sleeves as it prepares to put every CTE program on display for potential students during the college’s first CTE Open House on Feb. 22. More than 1,922 middle and high school students have already signed up to get hands-on with CNM’s CTE programs. All of CNM’s 56 CTE fields of study will provide tours of their facilities and information about their programs. Most will also offer hands-on activities. Student Services employees will also be available to answer questions and provide information about student resources and how to become a CNM student. For more information about the event, including an A to Z listing of CTE programs at CNM, go to cnm.edu/cteopenhouse. If you have questions, contact Miranda Evjen at mevjen@cnm.edu.

The Ted Chavez Hall parking lot will be closed on Feb. 22 for the Open House.

CTE Trends

  • By 2018, the U.S. will need at least 4.7 million new workers with postsecondary certificates. (Association for Career Technical Education www.acteonline.org)
  • Skilled trade workers, engineers and information technology staff are the top three jobs employers are having trouble filling in the U.S. (Manpower Group, Talent Shortage Survey Results, 2012)
  • Middle-skill jobs, jobs that require education and training beyond high school but less than a bachelor’s degree, are a major part of the economy. Of the 46.8 million job openings projected to be created by 2018, 30 percent will require some college or a two-year associate degree. (Carnevale et al., Help Wanted: Projections of Jobs and Education Requirements Through 2018, Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, 2010)
  • Click here for information on CNM’s CTE graduate job placement rates. (Information gathered from the CNM Gainful Employment Data webpage.)

Should Spring Break Stay or Go? Make Your Voice Heard by Taking a Quick Survey

In 2010, CNM introduced Spring Break for the first time. The break was initiated to align with the Spring Breaks at Albuquerque Public Schools and the University of New Mexico. Recently, APS moved its Spring Break to mid-April starting in 2014, and CNM is unable to move its Spring Break to align with that schedule. CNM would like your feedback regarding the value of Spring Break to you. Please take a short survey to provide your input. And please note, if there are any changes made to CNM’s Spring Break, they would not go into effect until 2014.

Click here to access the survey. Thanks for your participation!

Join President Winograd in a Conversation on Her Blog About MOOCs, the New Online Wave in Higher Education; Should CNM Catch the Wave?

If you hadn’t heard of MOOCs yet, you have now. Many say it’s inevitable that Massive Open Online Courses will revolutionize higher education for the better. Others say they’re a threat to the tenets of education. Read President Kathie Winograd’s blog post and join the discussion at http://blogging.cnm.edu/.

CNM Named a Finalist for National AACC Student Success Award

CNM has been named as one of five finalists for the American Association of Community Colleges’ Student Success Award. CNM’s submission for the award was based largely on the innovative concept of CNM Connect and increasing graduation numbers. Twenty-five colleges were named as finalists in five different categories for the AACC Awards program, which “is designed to recognize innovation and promising practices among two-year colleges.” The winners will be announced at the AACC national convention in San Francisco on April 23. Click here to learn more about the awards and to view the other finalists.

CNM Names New Executive Director for Office of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness

Juliane Ziter, formerly the CNM Planning Officer, has been named Executive Director for the new Office of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness. Juliane has been working at CNM for the past 14 years, including stints as Employee Relations Manager and Director of Labor Relations. She also has a very extensive background in organizational quality improvement, including experience with Quality New Mexico and the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP).

CNM Governing Board Takes New Shape

Voters in the CNM District elected two new CNM Governing Board members who will be sworn in at the Governing Board meeting on March 12. Five Governing Board seats were up for election on Feb. 5, but only two were contested seats. In District 1, Pauline J. Garcia won the seat with 39 percent of the vote, beating out Dan Serrano (33 percent) and Marjorie T. Germain (28 percent). Ms. Garcia will serve a four-year term. In District 2, Robert P. Matteucci Jr. won the seat with 73 percent of the vote – Ernest W. Sturdevant finished with 27 percent. Mr. Matteucci will serve a two-year term to complete a previously unfinished term that began in 2011. Incumbents Debbi Moore (District 3), Blair L. Kaufman (District 5) and Michael DeWitte (District 7) ran unopposed and will retain their seats for another four-year term. To read more about the two new Governing Board members, click here.

Banner, myCNM Unavailable Feb. 16-18 for Technology Upgrades

Starting at 5 a.m. on Feb. 16 through 6 a.m. on Feb. 18, the Banner system and online services under myCNM, (registration, electronic payments, grades, Web for Faculty, student email, myCourses, etc.) will be unavailable. Students can access their e-mail through https://mail.google.com/a/cnm.edu during the above timeframe. This system outage will not affect access to Distance Learning/Blackboard. If you have any questions or concerns related to this outage, please contact the ITS Service Desk at 224-4357 or send an e-mail to itsservicedesk@cnm.edu.

STEM-UP Center Hosting Event Friday for Any Students Interested in STEM Fields

The STEM-UP Center will be hosting a STEM orientation event for all students currently pursuing or interested in pursuing a STEM degree at CNM, which includes engineering, physics, chemistry, nutrition or biology. The event will take place on Friday, Feb. 15, from 8:30 to noon on Main Campus in the Smith Brasher Hall auditorium, Room 100. There will be a panel of STEM graduates currently working in their specific fields to discuss the various careers and opportunities within the STEM fields. Panelists will include an electrical engineer working at Los Alamos National Labs who worked on the Mars Curiosity Rover, and a Biology major who works at the Albuquerque Zoo. Also participating in the event will be CNM Dean of Math, Science & Engineering Rich Calabro, who will talk about the importance of STEM degrees to New Mexico. Information about the various resources available to STEM majors through CNM and the STEM UP program will also be provided. All students are welcome and can stop by at any time during the event. Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to Lisa Paton at either lpaton@cnm.edu or 224-3253.

Nominate a Student for Women in Non-Traditional Career Awards – Deadline to Nominate Is Friday

The CNM Chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges presents the Women in Non-Traditional Career Awards (WIN). The WIN program is designed to celebrate, acknowledge and validate the successes of CNM students working and studying in non-traditional program areas. The deadline to nominate a student is Friday, Feb. 15. Click here to learn more about the awards or to nominate a student. Winners will be recognized at a special ceremony on March 26.

ERB Bills Under Consideration by Lawmakers

The New Mexico legislative session is in full swing and will run through March 16. Below is a brief report on bills that are proposing changes to the New Mexico Educational Retirement Board retirement plans. To see the full bills that are under consideration, you can visit the New Mexico Legislature’s Bill Finder page.


Central New Mexico Community College

Generated by NMLR • Date: 02/11/2013 09:59a • © 2013 New Mexico Legislative Reports

2013 ERB (2013 Reg)


Bill:

HB64

Sponsors:

Stewart (D21)

Title:

EDUCATIONAL RETIREMENT ACT: CONTRIBUTION, AGE AND COL CHANGES

Summary:

(Endorsed by the Legislative Education Study Committee) Amends the Education Retirement Act to raise contribution rates, change new member benefits, change age and service requirements and change cost-of-living adjustment eligibility for public school and higher education members of the Educational Retirement Association.

Subjects:

Energy Resources and Chemicals; Schools and Teachers

Related:

2013:SB115

Progress:

1st House: Referred to Committee

Status:

02/06/2013 – House Appropriations and Finance Committee

History:

01/16/2013 – H Introduced and referred to House Labor & Human Resources.
01/16/2013 – H Also referred to House Education.
01/16/2013 – H Also referred to House Appropriations & Finance.
01/25/2013 – H Reported Do Pass by House Labor & Human Resources.
02/06/2013 – H Reported Do Pass by House Education.


Bill:

HB96

Sponsors:

Roch (R67)

Title:

EDUCATIONAL RETIREMENT ACT: ALLOWS CONVERSION OF UNUSED SICK LEAVE

Summary:

Permits the conversion of unused sick leave to service credit for the purposes of educational retirement.

Subjects:

Schools and Teachers; Public Employees/Retirement

Progress:

1st House: Referred to Committee

Status:

01/16/2013 – House Education Committee

History:

01/16/2013 – H Introduced and referred to House Education.
01/16/2013 – H Also referred to House Appropriations & Finance.


Bill:

SB86

Sponsors:

Beffort (R19)

Title:

CAPS CERTAIN PUBLIC EMPLOYEE PENSIONS

Summary:

Amends the Public Employees Retirement Act to provide a limit in the calculation of the final average salary of non-public safety members; also amends the Educational Retirement Act to limit the calculation of annual average salary.

Subjects:

Energy Resources and Chemicals

Progress:

1st House: Referred to Committee

Status:

01/31/2013 – Senate Finance Committee

History:

01/16/2013 – S Introduced and referred to Senate Public Affairs.
01/16/2013 – S Also referred to Senate Finance.
01/31/2013 – S Reported without recommendation by Senate Public Affairs.


Bill:

SB115

Sponsors:

Ingle (R27)

Title:

AMENDS THE EDUCATIONAL RETIREMENT ACT

Summary:

(Endorsed by the Investment and Pensions Oversight Committee) (Related to 2012 SB150) Amends the Educational Retirement Act to increase certain members’ contribution rates; impose a minimum retirement age; delay eligibility for the cost-of-living adjustment; and increase age and service requirements.

Subjects:

Schools and Teachers; Public Employees/Retirement

Related:

2012:SB150

Progress:

1st House: Referred to Committee

Status:

02/08/2013 – Senate Finance Committee

History:

01/16/2013 – S Introduced and referred to Senate Education.
01/16/2013 – S Also referred to Senate Finance.
02/08/2013 – S Reported Do Pass by Senate Education.


 

Need Some Good Laughs? Plan to Crack Up at ‘Sketchy 2’; SAAC Hosts Conversations on Learning Outcomes; Learn More in Faculty and Staff Newsroom

Go to Faculty and Staff Newsroom and find out when you can listen in on Buddha spending quality time with Mother Teresa, Bruce Lee and pop-star Psy, and then watch Einstein tutoring Paris Hilton during the Theater Department’s sketch comedy show ‘Sketchy 2.’ Also find out what was discussed during the Student Academic Assessment Committee’s recent “Conversation on Learning Outcomes.” You can also sign up for an RSS feed to Faculty and Staff Newsroom.

Spread the Word About Financial Aid Awareness Week

To celebrate national Financial Aid Awareness Week, CNM’s Financial Aid and Scholarship Services department will be hosting two events on Feb. 21 titled “Are You Headed in the Right Direction?” The presentations/workshops will be held on Main Campus – one in the morning and one in the evening. The morning event is tailored more for current CNM students. The evening event is geared more for students and parents, so they can get a head start on completing their financial aid applications for the 2013-2014 award year. Here’s the schedule:

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Financial Aid presentation for CNM Students
Feb. 21
Smith Brasher Hall, Room 100
1 — 2 p.m.

FAFSA Presentation/Workshop
Feb. 21
Smith Brasher Hall, Room 100
6 — 8 p.m.

Documents needed for the workshops:
2012 Federal Income Taxes (IRS 1040,1040A,1040EZ) and W2’s
2012 Untaxed Income Records (child support, worker’s compensations, etc.)
Current bank statement, business and investment information
Refer to the FAFSA worksheet at FAFSA.ed.gov to determine if parent information and 2012
Federal Income Taxes are needed.

For Your Information

Event to Showcase Published Works of CNM Faculty, Staff
CNM is pleased to announce the third annual CNM Authors reception, an event that will celebrate and honor faculty and staff who have had their work published in 2012 or thus far in 2013. “CNM Authors: Creative Works by Faculty and Staff” will take place on April 15 at 4 p.m. in the Main Campus Library, located in the Student Resource Center. This year’s keynote speaker will be critically acclaimed Navajo poet Luci Tapahonso, who is from Shiprock, New Mexico.
All faculty and staff members who have published or created original work in 2012 or thus far in 2013 are encouraged to submit their work for recognition. CNM Libraries will publish a bibliography and acquire copies of all submitted works for display within the Main Campus Library. The event will take place during National Library Week.
Qualifying works include book chapters, conference posters, conference presentations, essays, journal articles, magazine articles, monographs, musical compositions, newspaper editorials, novellas, original fine art pieces, plays, poetry, short stories, and video productions. If you have questions, contact Olivia Baca of CNM Libraries at 224-3278 or obaca9@cnm.edu. Submissions can be related to an employee’s work at CNM or they can be independent of CNM. The College looks forward to celebrating the works and talents of CNM’s outstanding faculty and staff.

Part-time Faculty Feedback Sought on Processing of Part-time Faculty Pay and Benefits Eligibility
Below is a link to a survey intended to collect feedback from part-time faculty regarding your experience with the processing of pay and benefits eligibility. The data collected from this survey will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the current process used at CNM to process faculty load and compensation. CNM has selected a vendor to help implement additional Banner modules to automate and improve CNM’s current processes for part-time Letters of Appointment (LOAs), full-time overload contracts, and project compensation agreements to reduce untimely information processing and errors in pay and/or benefits calculations. At the conclusion of the process improvements, a similar survey will be sent out to measure the effectiveness of the implemented changes. This survey will take approximately five minutes to complete. All responses collected are kept in the strictest of confidence, and answers cannot be traced back to you. Thank you for your participation!

Click here to access the survey.

 

Full-time Faculty Feedback Needed on Processing of Full-time Faculty Overload and Project Compensation Pay
Below is a link to a survey intended to collect feedback from full-time faculty regarding your experience with the processing of overload and project compensation pay.  For faculty who do not participate in extra compensation assignments, many of the questions may not apply. The data collected from this survey will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the current process used at CNM to process faculty load and compensation. CNM has selected a vendor to help implement additional Banner modules to automate and improve current processes for part-time Letters of Appointment (LOAs), full-time overload contracts, and project compensation agreements. The goal is to reduce untimely information processing and errors in pay and/or benefits calculations. At the conclusion of the process improvements, a similar survey will be sent out to measure the effectiveness of the implemented changes. The survey will take approximately five minutes to complete.  All responses collected are kept in the strictest of confidence, and answers cannot be traced back to you. Thank you for your participation!

Click here to access the survey.

E-cigarettes Not Allowed in Classrooms
Under CNM’s smoking policy, electronic cigarettes are not allowed to be used in classrooms or indoors. They are treated the same as regular cigarettes in CNM’s smoking policy. They can only be used in designated outdoor smoking areas.

Show Your Support for Graduates – Participate in Spring Graduation Ceremony
Support CNM graduates by participating in the Spring 2013 Graduation Ceremony that will take place at Tingley Coliseum on May 4 at noon. It’s the perfect opportunity to show your support for the academic success of our students. The deadline to order graduation regalia to participate in the Graduation Ceremony is March 13 at 5 p.m. The following information is needed to order your graduation regalia:

  • Name:
  • Height:
  • Weight:
  • Cap size (small, medium, large):
  • Degree type (associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, Ph.D.):
  • Field of study:
  • College/University:
  • City and State in which your College/University is located:
  • Identify regalia you need:
    • Hood
    • Gown
    • Cap
    • Tassel
    • Gown package (includes all items mentioned above):

If you have participated in a previous Graduation Ceremony, simply email bseber@cnm.edu to indicate that you will attend the Graduation Ceremony – your information should be on file. When your regalia arrives, you will receive an email notice. 
If you own your own regalia, please email bseber@cnm.edu to ensure that we have enough chairs for you and your fellow colleagues, and to obtain a parking pass.

Keep Up to Date with National Trends in Higher Education
You can access stories on national trends in higher education by clicking on the Higher Ed News & Reports link located in the left-hand column of the Faculty and Staff Newsroom (cnm.edu/facultystaffnews).

Micali Leadership Institute Sponsoring One-Day Professional Development Event; Registration Currently Full, But a Wait List Available
The Micali Leadership Institute (MLI) will sponsor a one-day professional development event for CNM staff and faculty, “Creating Our Campus Culture: We’re All in This Together,’ on March 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Workforce Training Center. Registration is currently full, but if you would like to be put on a wait list, email Ruby Martinez at RSuazo@cnm.edu. Also, if anybody needs to cancel their registration, please email RSuazo@cnm.edu as soon as possible to open up the spot for somebody else.
The day will include morning breakout sessions by, for and about CNM employees; lunch; and an afternoon presentation by Stephen M. R. Covey, Jr., author of “Speed of Trust: The One Thing
That Changes Everything,” and “Smart Trust: Creating Prosperity, Energy, and Joy in a Low-Trust World.” Staff and faculty-led presentations are being sought for the 45-minute morning sessions.  Presentations may fall under any of the following themes.

  • Achieving and Maintaining Health & Wellness
  • Building Financial Security
  • Developing Campus Culture - ex. caring, civility, teamwork, communication,
  • Embracing Change
  • Promoting Safety and Security
  • Valuing Service – ex. understand the benefits of delivering excellent customer service, team support.

If you would like to contribute to the event as a presenter, please complete this form and submit it by Feb. 22.  Presenters will be notified by March 7. For more information, contact Ruby Martinez at RSuazo@cnm.edu or 224-4741.

TRiO Accepting Spring Applications
TRiO Student Support Services is now accepting applications for the spring term. You may access TRiO’s online application by clicking here. Trio Student Support Services offers resources such as personalized academic guidance, coaching and one-on-one tutoring to students who are income-eligible, first-generation college students and/or have a documented disability. If you have any questions, call 224-4375.

Local Employers Are Looking for CNM Students and Graduates
CNM’s Job Connection Services will host its annual job fair on Feb. 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Workforce Training Center. A wide range of organizations that have vacant positions available or expect to have some soon will be represented. The job fair allows students to meet employers and learn about possible career opportunities. CNM students and graduates are encouraged to visit Job Connection Services prior to the event to polish their résumés, fine-tune their interview skills, and devise strategies for making a favorable impression at this major recruitment event. For more information, call 224-3060.

Learn About Healthy Eating and Lifestyle Choices at Free Classes at Montoya Campus
CNM will be hosting a "Brown Bag Lunch and Learn Series" on Tuesdays in February at the Montoya Campus. The one-hour classes will help you get started on the path to a more wholesome lifestyle. The series is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture called "Healthy Meals, Fit for Life." All four of the classes will be held from noon to 1 p.m. and those attending are welcome to bring their own lunch. The schedule follows:

  • Feb. 19 -- "Volumetrics and Weight Loss"
  • Feb. 26 -- "Eating Out in a Healthy Way"

The classes (you can sign up for one or all four) will be held at the Montoya Campus J Building, Room 124. For more information, call 224-5200. Registration for the classes is handled by the CNM Workforce Training Center -- click here to register online.

CNM Libraries Receives Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities
CNM Libraries has received a grant called “Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys” from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA). The program aims to familiarize public audiences in the United States with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world. The grant provides CNM Libraries with books, films, and a one-year subscription to the Oxford Islamic Studies Online database. The collection reflects five themes: American Stories, Connected Histories, Literary Reflections, Pathways of Faith, and Points of View.

Related lectures, film screenings, and book discussions will be held at the Montoya Campus Library this spring. If you are interested in participating in any events, please contact Alana McGrattan  amcgrattan@cnm.edu or Bridget O’Leary at boleary@cnm.edu.

Free Résumé and Interview Workshops Set
Whether you need a job now or want to prepare for employment after graduation, you can attend Job Connection Services’ Employability Workshops. Offered on alternating weeks during the spring term, these workshops provide CNM students and graduates with quality instruction in résumé writing and interview strategies.  Bring your questions, and let our staff help you prepare for the job search process. For workshop locations and schedules, go to http://cnm.edu/jobworkshops.

CNM’s Job Club Is Accepting New Members
Join CNM’s valuable job club, Tuesday at Two. Membership is open to CNM students and graduates.  Hosted by Job Connection Services, Tuesday at Two provides weekly topics for discussion, opportunities to network with other job seekers and professional advisement from employment specialists.  For more info, click here. The club meets on Main Campus, Student Services Center, Room 207 on Tuesdays, at 2 p.m., of course.

Tax Help Appointments for Employees
CNM employees who meet the Tax Help New Mexico requirements can make appointments to get their taxes done. Appointments are scheduled with Geraldine Alires by email at galires@cnm.edu. Appointments are available on Fridays from 2-6 p.m. Appointments will occur in the THNM Basehart portable on Main Campus. For more information about Tax Help, click here.

Restrooms Next to ST Portables on Main Campus Closed for Repairs
The Men’s and Women’s restrooms adjacent to the ST Portable Buildings just east of Ken Chappy Hall are closed for repairs. They will re-open in about three weeks. The closest alternate restrooms are in Ted Chavez Hall, the Student Resource Center or

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