News Link - January 3, 2013


Tax Changes will 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 affects your net take-home pay starting with the January 4th paycheck.

Additionally, federal income tax withholdings tables may change for 2013, which could impact net pay for some employees. CNM’s Payroll Office will implement and advise employees on federal income tax updates, as information becomes available. Information regarding NOTICE 1036 containing the income tax withholding tables can be obtained at the IRS website here.

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.

NMERB Executive Director Presents Proposed Recommendation

New Mexico Educational Retirement Board Executive Director Jan Goodwin visited CNM last week 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

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

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 to learn more about the positions that are currently open and keep checking back for more postings soon.

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.

Appointments for Academic Advising Not Required Jan. 2-4 and Jan. 7-11

Academic Advisement will be suspending appointments Jan. 2-4 and Jan. 7-11, but students will still be able to access advisors on a walk-in basis during those dates. Students are encouraged to make appointments with academic advisors prior to the holiday break (Dec. 19-Jan. 1) to avoid waiting in line for advising Jan. 2-4 and Jan. 7-11. Academic Advisement will resume taking appointments on Jan. 14.

New CNM Password Expiration Notification Will Appear in Your Email

When your CNM password is nearing its expiration, you will receive an email from “” 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.”

For Your Information

Web Content Training Workshop Scheduled for Jan. 16
For those designated to contribute content to the 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

New Mexico Sports & Wellness Offers Special to CNM
New Mexico Sports & Wellness is offering CNM employees and students a special promotion over the holidays — $19 will start a membership now through the rest of December. The offer can be purchased as a gift for somebody else as well. Sports & Wellness also offers a discount on a monthly membership for students and employees with a valid ID. For more information, call 857-9600.

Parking Permits for Spring Term on Sale
Parking permits for the spring term will go on sale starting Dec. 10. Due to technical difficulties, paid permits will not be sold online; they can be purchased in person at the Cashier’s Office. Full-time employees can pay for parking permits through payroll deduction. If you are already signed up for payroll deduction for parking permits, there is no need to sign up again. For more information, call 224-4636.

Tax Help New Mexico Seeking Volunteers
Tax Help New Mexico, CNM’s free tax preparation service, is seeking volunteers for the 2013 tax season. Training sessions for volunteers will take place on the following dates:

  • Saturdays: January 5, 12 & 19 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Monday through Thursday: January 14, 15, 16 & 17 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Monday through Thursday: January 14, 15, 16 & 17 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

To reserve a space in one of these sessions, email Geraldine Alires. Volunteers who complete the training will receive a certificate from the IRS and from the Tax Help New Mexico program.

Give the Gift of Learning with WTC e-Gift Card
The Workforce Training Center is offering an e-gift card that can be used to pay for non-credit courses at the WTC. There is no expiration date for the card. For more information about the e-gift card, click here or call 224-5200.

Tax Changes Could Affect Paychecks in January
Several tax cuts are set to expire at the end of the year unless the United States Congress extends them, as well as a previous cut to Social Security contributions. A two percent cut in Social Security contributions is set to expire at the end of the year. The payroll withholding tax could return to 6.2 percent, in place of the current 4.2 percent. Please note that these changes could impact your net take-home pay starting in January if the cuts are not extended by Congress. More information about the tax cuts that are set to expire at the end of 2012 can be viewed here.

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.

Workforce Training Center Offers New Courses in 2013
The Workforce Training Center will be offering several new courses, which are free to those who qualify, related to green building starting in January 2013, thanks to a grant from the Department of Workforce Solutions. The courses are:

  • LEED Certification Prep Classes for Green Associate and AP, beginning Jan. 22
  • BPI Building Analyst (inspection and analysis of a home’s energy consumption), beginning Jan. 28
  • Weatherization Installer beginning April 8
  • LEED for Contractors – Operations and Maintenance, beginning April 2
  • LEED for Contractors – Certification Prep Classes for Green Associate and AP, beginning Feb. 20

For more information, call 224-5271 or email

ITS Service Desk Announces Spring Term Hours
The ITS Service Desk will be open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. On Saturdays from Jan. 12 through Feb. 2, the Service Desk will be open from 8 a.m. to noon. For more information, contact the Service Desk at 224-HELP (4357) or at

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