News Link - January 10, 2013

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Candidates for Governing Board Election Set – Early Voting Starts Friday

An election to decide five seats on the CNM Governing Board will be held on Feb. 5. Four of the seats that are up for election – District 1, 3, 5 and 7 – will be for four-year terms. The fifth seat – District 2 – will be for a two-year term to complete the remainder of an unfinished term that began in 2011. The candidates for the CNM Governing Board, which include three current members, are:
District 1 -- Pauline J. Garcia, Marjorie T. Germain, and Dan Serrano
District 2 -- Robert P. Matteucci Jr. and Ernest W. Sturdevant
District 3 -- Deborah L. Moore (incumbent running unopposed)
District 5 -- Blair L. Kaufman (incumbent running unopposed)
District 7 -- Michael D. DeWitte (incumbent running unopposed)

Registered voters in the five CNM districts can vote at any of the early voting or Election Day voting locations. Election Day voting locations for the CNM Governing Board Election are available on the Bernalillo County Clerk’s Office website by clicking here. Absentee voting by mail and early voting begins Friday, Jan. 11, and ends on Friday, Feb. 1. Early voting locations for the CNM Governing Board Election are available by clicking here. There will be an early voting location on Main Campus (1401 Basehart Rd. SE, Portable 1).

Tax Changes Affect Paychecks in 2013

The two percent cut in Social Security contributions expired on December 31, 2012, and Social Security withholding tax has returned to 6.2 percent. The impact of this change went into effect with the Jan. 4 paycheck. Additionally, federal income tax withholdings tables have changed for 2013, and this may impact net pay for some employees. Information regarding the income tax withholding tables (NOTICE 1036) can be obtained at the IRS website by clicking here.

New Director of Assistance Centers for Education Named

The selection committee for the position of Director of the Assistance Centers for Education (ACE) is pleased to announce that Gina Rodriguez has been selected. Gina began her career at CNM in 1998 as the first Computer Center Supervisor for the department of Arts & Sciences. She has been in the position of Academic Technology Support Manager since 2006 and served as Interim ACE Director in 2012. Prior to joining CNM, Gina worked at New Mexico State University (NMSU) for 10 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from NMSU and an associate degree in Computer Technology from NMSU. Please join in welcoming Gina to her new leadership position.

BIT Programs Gain New Accreditation with High Marks

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs recently conducted accreditation visits at CNM to evaluate some associate degree programs in the School of Business & Information Technology. The programs included: Accounting; Business; Business Administration; Computer Information Systems; Hospitality & Tourism; and Office Technology. The accrediting body reaffirmed CNM’s accreditation for these programs “with no areas of concern.” Accrediting body officials informed CNM that it’s “extremely rare” for a college to receive its accreditation with no areas of concern.

Banner, myCNM Intermittently Unavailable Jan. 21-24

Due to necessary technology upgrades, the Banner system and online services in myCNM (registration, electronic payments, student email, grades, Web for Faculty, myCourses, etc.) will be unavailable during the following time frames:

  • Jan. 21 from 5 a.m. until Jan. 22 at 6 a.m.
  • Jan. 22 from 6 p.m. until Jan. 23 at 6 a.m.
  • Jan. 23 from 6 p.m. until Jan. 24 at 6 a.m.

These outages will not affect Distance Learning/Blackboard. If you have questions or concerns about the outage, please contact the ITS Service Desk at 224-4357 or email itsservicedesk@cnm.edu.

Free One-Day Classes on Eating Healthy and Exercising Smarter Offered Through USDA Grant

Stick to those healthy New Year’s resolutions by learning how to cook healthier and exercise smarter. Three separate, and free, one-day classes will help put you on track for a healthier and leaner 2013. The courses below are free, made possible by a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant – Healthy Meals, Fit for Life.
“Choose My Plate Diet and Exercise Computer Lab” will be held Jan. 16 from 5:30-8 p.m. on Main Campus in Smith Brasher Hall, Room 228. This course is designed for anyone interested in healthy lifestyle changes. The class will provide hands-on instruction in a computer lab to learn how to use the free online SuperTracker, provided by the USDA. The SuperTracker can plan, analyze, and track diet and physical activity. Students will learn how to look up individual foods to see or compare their nutritional value, find recommendations for what and how much to eat, compare food choices to recommendations and to nutrient needs, and assess personal physical activities and identify ways to improve.
“Healthy Meals – Weight Management” will be held Jan. 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Main Campus in the A Building, Room 37-39. This course is designed for anyone interested in healthy lifestyle changes. It will combine nutrition concepts, physical activity participation and culinary applications, creating healthful and nutritional food choices. Topics include: latest nutrition guidelines, low impact interval training exercise and healthy cooking techniques. Basic kitchen math topics including weights and measures, converting grams to pounds, and increasing and decreasing recipes. Class will be combined theory and full lab participation. Recipes will be provided. Proper culinary lab attire is required, including closed toe gym or walking shoes, hair restraint, and long pants and long sleeves.
“Weight Loss 101” will be held Jan. 23 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Main Campus in Smith Brasher Hall, Room 130. This course is designed for anyone interested in healthy lifestyle changes. The class will cover tips and strategies that have been shown to help people lose weight and maintain long-term weight loss. Eating breakfast, exercise and other weight loss strategies will be discussed. The behaviors and strategies that have been successfully used by over 10,000 individuals to lose a large amount of weight (30-plus pounds) and keep it off for at least one year as documented by the National Weight Control Registry will be discussed.

To register for any of these courses, click here or call 505-224-5200.

New Executive Director for Academic Affairs Announced

The selection committee for the position of Executive Director for Academic Affairs is pleased to announce that Paul Quan has been selected. Paul will officially move into his new leadership role on Jan. 2. Paul began his CNM career in 1997 as director of Computing Technology. Since then, he has served as a part-time faculty member, associate dean in the School of Business & Information Technology (BIT) overseeing Business Graphics, Computer Information Systems, Information Technology, Integrated Studies, and Office Technology, and most recently as interim dean of BIT. Prior to joining CNM, Paul served 21 years in the United States Air Force. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of California (Berkeley) and a master’s in Systems Management from the University of Southern California. Please join in welcoming Paul to this very important leadership position at CNM.

For Your Information

NMERB Executive Director Presents Proposed Recommendation
New Mexico Educational Retirement Board Executive Director Jan Goodwin visited CNM in December to provide CNM employees with information regarding the proposed recommendations for the solvency of retirement benefits. The presentation was taped by CNM Media Production Services and is available to view here. For additional information, please visit NMERB at www.nmerb.org.

Many Full-time Faculty Positions Being Posted for Hire
There will be 43 full-time faculty positions open in the weeks ahead, some of which are already posted. Please visit careers.cnm.edu to learn more about the positions that are currently open and keep checking back for more postings soon.

Web Content Training Workshop Scheduled for Jan. 16
For those designated to contribute content to the cnm.edu website, a Web Content Training Workshop is scheduled on Jan. 16 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Student Resource Center, Room 103. The workshop will provide training on the new content management system, Plone, and CNM’s web standards and style guide. To sign up, go to cnm.edu/webmaster.

Get a Seat at the Table for “Coffee and Conversations with the President”
Faculty and staff members are invited to join President Winograd for conversations in small, informal gatherings to discuss your topics of interest. There will be no preset topics for discussion, so please have some topics in mind if you plan to participate. To participate, RSVP to one of the sessions below by emailing Diana Chavez. Coffee will be provided. The schedule for “Coffee and Conversations with the President” follows:

  • South Valley Campus: March 22 from 1:30-3 p.m. in SV-10
  • Rio Rancho Campus: March 29 from 2:30-4 p.m. in RR-101
  • Montoya Campus: April 12 from 10:30 a.m.-noon in H Building, Room 126
  • Westside Campus: April 26 from 1:30-3 p.m. in Westside I, Room 313

CNM Student Employees to Receive $1 Per Hour Raise
At the December CNM Governing Board meeting, the Board approved a $1 per hour raise for CNM student employees. The pay rate for a Student Employee I will go from $7.50 to $8.50 per hour, and the pay rate for a Student Employee II will go from $8.10 to $9.10. Voters recently passed a new minimum wage for Albuquerque that goes into effect in January. CNM student employees, or work-studies, are paid through funding from the Federal government and are exempt from the Albuquerque minimum wage, but CNM administration and the Governing Board decided that student employees should get the raise.

New CNM Password Expiration Notification Will Appear in Your Email
When your CNM password is nearing its expiration, you will receive an email from ITSServiceDeskReminder@cnm.edu alerting you that your password will need to be reset within a certain amount of days. Here’s an example of the email message, which is an authentic CNM email from the Office of Information Technology Services. “CNM User - Your CNM password is due to expire in 9 days; this is the password you use to access myCNM, e-mail, and other computer systems on campus, and must be changed at least every 125 days. Please reset your password immediately after you log into myCNM by selecting the "My Account" link located in the top left corner of your myCNM Welcome page. If you have any questions, or are unable to change your password yourself, please contact the ITS Service Desk at 224-4357.”

Make Sure Your Address on File Is Correct for W-2 Mailings in January
In January, W-2 tax forms will be mailed to your address on file in Payroll. Please verify that your address on file is correct by logging in to myCNM. Click on the “Employees” tab, then click on the “Personal Information” link under “Online Services” to access your address. Under “Online Services,” you can also click on “Tax Forms” to review your W-4 payroll withholdings. If you would like to change your payroll withholdings for 2013, visit the Payroll Office in the A Building.

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