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News Link - February 21, 2013

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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, transfer and dual credit 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.

High School, Middle School Students to Get Hands-on With CTE Programs During Open House on Friday

In conjunction with National Career Technical Education Month in February, CNM is rolling up its sleeves as it prepares to put 30 of its CTE programs on display for potential students during the college’s first CTE Open House on Feb. 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 2,000 middle and high school students are signed up to get hands-on with CNM’s CTE programs. Thirty CTE programs will provide tours of their facilities and information about their programs. Most will also offer hands-on activities or demonstrations. 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 www.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.

Staff Phone Extensions to Change in Coming Months

As part of a major project to upgrade CNM’s phone system capabilities, staff members will be receiving new phone numbers and extensions over the course of the upcoming spring and summer. Changes to faculty members’ phone numbers and extensions were part of an earlier phase of this project last year – no new changes will be made to faculty phone numbers and extensions.

The changes in staff members’ phone extensions will occur systematically, department by department. Departments will be notified and consulted well in advance of the changes. The Office of Information Technology Services and the Marketing and Communications Office will be the first departments to experience changes to phone numbers, starting the week of March 4. A schedule for all other departments will be disseminated soon in News Link. As the changes in numbers are made, the changes will be reflected in the Microsoft Outlook address book and the online Employee Directory.

You will receive your new phone number and extension well before it goes live in order for you to make the necessary adjustments, such as notifying external constituents who contact you regularly. Once your new phone number is activated, any calls to your old number will be routed to the CNM Contact Center, which will be prepared to provide your new number to callers.

Keep an eye out for more details about this project in upcoming News Links.

Forbes Magazine Says New Mexico’s a ‘Fiscal Hellhole’ and That We, as Public Employees, Are Helping to Dig It – Check Out President Winograd’s Blog and Join in a Conversation

Did you know that Forbes magazine says we live in an economic “Death Spiral State?” The magazine warns that New Mexico’s economy will go up in flames because of too many “takers” and not enough “makers.” As public employees, we’re on the take, the magazine says. Check out President Winograd’s blog post and join the conversation at http://blogging.cnm.edu/.

Achievement Coaches Help Homeless Student Persevere and Succeed; Read About it in Faculty & Staff Newsroom

CNM student Francisco Marin found himself homeless, hungry and his dreams for an education hanging by a thread. Fortunately, he happened across CNM Connect and the Achievement Coaches who helped turn his life around. Go to Faculty and Staff Newsroom and find out how.

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.


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2013 ERB


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: Reported from Committees

Status:

02/15/2013 – Senate Calendar

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.
02/15/2013 – S Reported Do Not Pass but Do Pass as substituted by Senate Finance.


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.


 

Financial Aid Workshops Held Today
As part of 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:

Financial Aid presentation for CNM Students
Feb. 21
Smith Brasher Hall, Room 100
1&msash;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.

Should Spring Break Stay or Go? Make Your Voice Heard Through Survey Before Friday Deadline

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 – the deadline to participate is Friday at 5 p.m. 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 employee survey. Thanks for your participation!

For Your Information

Culinary Arts Instructor Goes on KOB to Show Viewers How to Dazzle Their Valentine with Chocolate-covered Strawberries
Go to cnm.edu/facultystaffnews to see CNM culinary arts instructor Kerry Logan demonstrate how to make chocolate-covered strawberries for that special valentine when she was a special guest on KOB’s “Good Day New Mexico.”

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.

Students Can Learn About Caring for Their Health at Student Health Fair
Students can learn about caring for their health at CNM’s Student Health Fair, which will be held Feb. 26 and 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Services Center on Main Campus.
A wide variety of information will be available on nutrition, fitness, emotional health and more.

Blackboard Unavailable Feb. 22 from Midnight to 4 a.m.
The Blackboard distance learning environment will be unavailable due to system maintenance on Feb. 22 from midnight to 4 a.m. If you have questions or concerns, contact the Service Desk at 224-4357 (HELP) or at itsservicedesk@cnm.edu.

CNM Libraries Kicks Off Muslim Journeys Project with “Poetry & Music from Islamic Cultures” at Montoya Campus
Join CNM Libraries at the Montoya Campus on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 1 p.m. in J Building, Room 122 for “Poetry & Music from Islamic Cultures.” Poet Salih Kemp and Rabia and Benyamin Van Hattam, the musicians of the Zevk Ensemble, will perform. The event is open to the public.  Refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact Alana McGrattan, ammcgrattan@cnm.edu or Bridget O’Leary, boleary@cnm.edu.

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).

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 (www.cnm.edu/facultystaffnews).

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.

Learn About Healthy Eating and Lifestyle Choices at Free Classes at Montoya Campus
CNM will be hosting the last of its "Brown Bag Lunch and Learn Series" on Tuesday, Feb. 26 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Montoya Campus with “Eating Out in a Healthy Way.” It will take place in the J Building, Room 124, and participants are welcome to bring their own lunch. The series has been made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture called "Healthy Meals, Fit for Life.” For more information, call 224-5200. Registration for the class is handled by the CNM Workforce Training Center -- click here to register online.

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 the Physical Plant building.  PPD regrets the inconvenience.

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News Link is a weekly e-newsletter provided by the Marketing and Communications Office for CNM faculty and staff. To submit an item for inclusion, please e-mail the Marketing and Communications Office. Please include “News Link” in the subject line of the e-mail. The deadline for News Link is 3 p.m. Wednesdays.