News Link - January 17, 2013


New Faculty & Staff Newsroom Replaces Express Newsletter

First a new website content management system for … Then a New Year … And now a new employee news environment.

Starting today, the new Faculty and Staff Newsroom will take the place of the monthly Express newsletter, which had been hosted external to And rather than once-a-month delivery of employee-related news stories, the new environment will be updated regularly. Employees are encouraged to submit faculty and staff news ideas for inclusion on the site through a “Submit News” link.
Today’s featured stories include:

  • CNM Connect Executive Director Ann Lyn Hall takes the stage at in-vogue TEDxABQ event and shares ideas about playing to students’ strengths, rather than their weaknesses.
  • Faculty and staff in the School of Business & Information Technology are honored after their efforts led to high praise from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, which recently re-accredited several BIT associate degree programs.
  • In conjunction with National Career Technical Education Month, CNM will be rolling up its sleeves as it prepares to host its first CTE Open House on Feb. 22. More than 1,300 middle and high school students from across the state have already signed up to get hands-on with CTE programs.
  • Campus life on the Westside is about to take a monumental leap forward. Take a look at some photos of the new Westside Campus building, which will make its official debut in grand-opening style on Jan. 31.

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Legislative Session Under Way – ERB Bills Under Consideration by Lawmakers

The New Mexico legislative session began Jan. 15 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: 01/17/2013 09:12a • © 2013 New Mexico Legislative Reports

2013 ERB (2013 Reg)




Stewart (D21)




(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.




Roch (R67)




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




Beffort (R19)




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.




Ingle (R27)




(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.

NMERB Executive Director Presented Proposed Recommendations in December

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

CNM Connect Gains National Attention from Community College Times

The Community College Times, one of the leading national voices on community colleges, spreads the word about CNM Connect. Click here to access a story that was published today about CNM Connect, the innovative model with a holistic approach to serving students that is starting to be emulated at colleges around the country.

Candidates for Governing Board Election Set – Early Voting Under Way

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 is under way and ends on Friday, Feb. 1. Early voting locations for the CNM Governing Board Election are available by clicking here. There is an early voting location on Main Campus (1401 Basehart Rd. SE, Portable 1).

Grand Opening Ceremony for Westside Campus Building Set for Jan. 31

The CNM Governing Board and President Kathie Winograd cordially invite you to the grand opening of the new Westside I building and the 10th anniversary celebration of the Westside Campus on Jan. 31 from 3-4:30 p.m. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 3 p.m., followed by an open house and self-guided tours. For more information about the new building, including photos, go to

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

For Your Information

WTC Offers Supervisor Academy, Starting Feb. 1
CNM managers and supervisors are eligible to participate in the Supervisor Academy, which takes place at the Workforce Training Center on Fridays (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) from Feb. 1 through April 26. Employees interested in participating must have their supervisor’s approval. Cost to the employee’s department is $415. For more information about the Supervisor Academy and the topics covered each Friday, click here, or call 224-5206 or email

Law Expert to Speak at CNM Society of Law and Psychology Event
The CNM Society of Law and Psychology will host keynote speaker Kevin Dougherty, JD, on Jan. 31 from 6 to 7 p.m. in Jeannette Stromberg Hall, Room 303. CNM students, faculty, staff and the general public are welcome to attend. Mr. Dougherty served in the United States Air Force for over 20 years. He has also served as a military district attorney and former judge. Mr. Dougherty currently offers instruction in Criminal Justice. Mr. Dougherty's talk will focus on current topics in which psychology and the law intersect. There will be a question-and-answer session and refreshments will be available. For more information, email

Adult Literacy Movement Seeks Volunteers
The Adult Literacy Movement of Albuquerque (ALMA), which has several CNM employees on its board, is seeking literacy volunteers. A Literacy Volunteer Event will take place on Feb. 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Main Campus in the Student Resource Center, Richard Barr Board Room. To RSVP, or for more information about ALMA, call 224-4306, 224-3966 or email You can also visit the ALMA web page.

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.

Tax Changes Affecting 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.

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

Discounts for CNM Community

Harlem Globetrotters Offer CNM Community $7 Discount for World Tour Stop at The Pit
The Harlem Globetrotters are offering the CNM community a $7 discount per ticket for their World Tour stop at The Pit on Feb. 3 at 1 p.m. Regular-priced tickets start at $22, which are $15 with the discount. For instructions on how to take advantage of the discount, view the attachment to this email.

CNM Employees Offered Discount for Monster Truck Event at Tingley Coliseum
CNM employees are being offered $5 off the regular adult ticket price of $20 for the Monster Jam monster truck event that takes place Feb. 15-17 at Tingley Coliseum. Tickets for kids are $5. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 866-248-8740 or email

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