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Are Too Many Students Being Funneled Into Remediation? Join the Conversation on President Winograd’s Blog

A recent story in Education Week delved into some research studies pointing to a common conclusion – far too many students are unnecessarily being diverted into remedial classes. Go to President Winograd’s blog (http://blogging.cnm.edu/), read the story and join in the conversation on this important issue.

Staff Phone Extensions to Change in Coming Months

As part of a major, ongoing project to upgrade CNM’s phone system capabilities, staff members will be receiving new phone numbers or extensions over the course of the upcoming spring and summer. CNM has access to a limited amount of phone numbers with the “224” prefix – this project will help CNM ensure that its phone system will be to accommodate future growth.

Changes to faculty members’ phone numbers/extensions were part of an earlier phase of this project last year – no new changes will be made to faculty phone numbers or extensions.

The changes in staff members’ phone extensions will occur 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.

Some employees whose positions receive frequent phone calls from outside of CNM will receive phone lines that allow outside calls to be directly connected (i.e. 224-4444). Others will receive five-digit extensions that can be accessed by callers from outside of CNM by calling 224-4000, then dialing the employee’s five-digit extension.

You will receive your new phone number/extension well before it goes live in order for you to make the necessary adjustments, such as notifying external constituents who contact you regularly and obtaining new business cards. 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.

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.


Central New Mexico Community College

Generated by NMLR • Date: 02/22/2013 09:22a • © 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:

02/18/2013 – House Appropriations and Finance Committee

History:

01/16/2013 – H Introduced and referred to House Education.
01/16/2013 – H Also referred to House Appropriations & Finance.
02/18/2013 – H Reported Do Pass by House Education.


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.

Scheduled:

02/22/2013 – Senate Calendar, 10:30 a.m., Senate Chamber


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.


 

For Your Information

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. The AACC Awards program “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.

Discuss “The $64 Tomato” at Montoya Campus Library Book Club
Join the Montoya Campus Book Club at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 7 in Room J-123C, for a discussion on William Alexander’s “The $64 Tomato.”John Grogan, author of “Marley & Me,” said, “I love gardening and I love good storytelling, and the $64 Tomato delivers on both accounts.” Refreshments will be served. Contact Daniel Hay at dhay@cnm.edu with any questions.

Montoya Speaker Series Tackles the Topic of Financial Aid on March 21
Krystle Montoya, a CNM financial aid advisor, will discuss how to make the sometimes confusing process of applying for financial aid an easier endeavor. The event is free and open to the public, and will take place on March 21 from 1:30-3 p.m. on the Montoya Campus, H Building, Room 126. For more info, call 224-5524.

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.

Executive Council of Students Hosting Food Drive
The Executive Council of Students (ECOS) is hosting a donation drive for Roadrunner Food Bank that will run now through March 18. Donation bins for non-perishable food items are set up in the libraries at all campuses.

Culinary Arts Instructor Goes on KOB to Show Viewers How to Dazzle Their Valentine with Chocolate-covered Strawberries
Go to www.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.”

Study Reveals Nearly 30 Percent of Americans with Associate Degrees Earn More than Those with Bachelor’s Degrees
Nearly 30 percent of Americans with associate degrees now make more than those with bachelor's degrees, according to Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce. In fact, other recent research in several states shows that, on average, community college graduates right out of school make more than graduates of four-year universities. Read this story and other higher education news by clicking here.

Blood Drives Organized by Service Learning Students Coming in March
United Blood Services will be on Main Campus between the Max Salazar and Student Services buildings from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 19, 26 and 28 for those interested in donating blood. The event is organized by CNM Service Learning students. For detailed information regarding blood donation and/or to schedule an appointment to donate please visit www.unitedbloodservices.org.

Banner and myCNM Scheduled Outages Coming Up
On March 16 from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. on March 17, the Banner system will be unavailable. On March 23 from 6-9 p.m., Banner INB and Self Services, and online services in myCNM (registration, grades, student email, grades, Web for Faculty, etc.) will be unavailable. Students can still access their email by going to https://mail.google.com/a/cnm.edu.
These system outages will not affect access to Distance Learning/Blackboard. If you have any questions or concerns related to these outages, please contact the ITS Service Desk at 224-4357 or email itsservicedesk@cnm.edu.

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.

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