News Link - March 28, 2013

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Expert to Talk About PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injuries at Main Campus Today

Dr. Joseph Sadek, an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico who also leads the Veterans Affairs Center Psychiatric Poly-Trauma Team, will speak about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injuries today, March 28, from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Main Campus in the Smith Brasher Hall auditorium, Room 100. It will be a great opportunity for faculty, staff, students and the general public to understand more about how these conditions affect those who are afflicted. More than 1,000 students at CNM access federal education benefits as military veterans or active-duty military members, which is more than any higher education institution in New Mexico. The presentation is co-sponsored by the CNM VetSuccess Center and the Dean of Students office.

CNM’s State Funding to Increase 8.8 Percent Over Last Year, but That’s Still $3 Million Short of 2008 Funding — Join a Discussion on President Winograd’s Blog About Potential Options for Funding Sources

The State of New Mexico has cut funding for higher education by 36.7 percent since 2008, compared to the national average of 28 percent. The prospects that state funding will steadily increase in the years ahead is anything but a given. What are CNM’s options for generating new funding streams? Join the conversation on President Winograd’s blog at blogging.cnm.edu.

Seven CNM Employees Recognized for Being Friends of Connect; Results Are in — CTE Open House a Success

Go to www.cnm.edu/facultystaffnews to find out who was honored by CNM Connect as “Friends of Connect” during a recent celebration. Also, the results are in — the Career Technical Education Open House last month was a rousing success, and there’s a video to prove it.

Automation of Faculty Load and Compensation Project Update

The Faculty Load and Compensation (FLAC) project continues to progress. A small group of HWPS instructors are currently piloting the new process. FLAC will streamline administrative processes supporting course assignments, faculty contracts, and pay for part-time faculty and course overloads for full-time faculty. Additionally, faculty will review and acknowledge their assignments through myCNM. It is important to know that pay methods (i.e., pay rates, etc.) are not changing; only processes will be updated. FLAC processing will begin in summer 2013.  For more information about the FLAC project, please click here. Additional information and training will be provided. Questions related to the FLAC project may be sent to PayrollDept@cnm.edu; a FLAC Project Team representative will reply.

Fundraiser on April 13 to Benefit the Ernest Garcia Emerging Artist Scholarship Fund

CNM faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the “Fine Arts Fandango!” on April 13 from 6-9 p.m. at Sherry Crider Art, located at 524 Haines NW in Albuquerque. The event will include a fine arts auction, food and musical entertainment by the Watermelon Mountain Jug Band, which includes CNM faculty members. Works of art are being donated by CNM Art faculty and students, and from Ernest Garcia. Tickets will be sold at the door — $5 for students and $10 for all others — and all proceeds from the event will be donated to the Ernest Garcia Emerging Artist Scholarship Fund. The CNM Employees Union and the CNM Art Department are co-sponsors of the event. For more information, call Linda Slater at 224-3370 or 450-3760.

Look for ‘Best Colleges’ Survey in Your Email

CNM’s Great Colleges Team will be evaluating the results of a survey that has been sent to a random group of CNM employees from the Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Best Colleges to Work For” program. The emails arrived in employees’ email accounts between Saturday, March 16, and Monday, March 18 — the emails were delivered from “ModernThink.” CNM’s Great Colleges Team will use the anonymous responses to help CNM create a better work environment for employees that embodies a culture focused on employee satisfaction and work/life balance, in addition to many other goals and objectives of the team. To gain a best understanding of employees’ views on CNM as a workplace, a high response rate to the survey is crucial. If you received the survey, please respond with candid answers. Answers are anonymous.

Students Organize Recycling Drive for Unwanted Electronics

CNM students who are members of the SkillsUSA chapter will be hosting a “Recycle Your Old Retired Electronics” event on Main Campus in the Smith Brasher Hall parking lot on April 2 from 7:30-10 a.m. The SkillsUSA students are partnering with ABQ Recycling as part of this Service Learning project. CNM employees and students can drop off their unwanted electronics, and the SkillsUSA students will be available to help unload the electronics from vehicles. You can click here for a list of commonly accepted items and items that ABQ Recycling does not accept, such as coffee makers.

District Attorney Kari Brandenburg to Speak at CNM About Careers in Justice April 3

The CNM Criminal Justice Department, in partnership with Lewis University, will host District Attorney Kari Brandenburg on April 3 from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Main Campus in the Smith Brasher Hall auditorium, Room 100. The District Attorney will speak about careers in justice. The event is open to the CNM community and the public.

For Your Information

Employee Assistance Program Newsletter Helps Inform Employees About Healthy Living
CNM’s Employee Assistance Program, which is operated by Outcomes, Inc., puts out a quarterly newsletter that provides valuable information on healthy living and EAP resources. To access the newsletter, click here.

Retirement Celebration for Haydee Wansing Today
Stop by to wish Business Office accounting technician Haydee Wansing well in her retirement during a celebration today from 3-4 p.m. in the A Building, Room 36. Cake will be served.

Construction Project Under Way at East Side of Student Resource Center
The SRC Stair and Drainage project is under way on the northeast corner of the building, near the Heights Community Center. The project will improve drainage and create sidewalk, stair and ramp improvements along the east side of the SRC to provide a more user-friendly pathway. The projected is expected to be completed by mid-June. Please obey all construction signage in the area.

Faculty, Lab Staff Encouraged to Review Computer Lab Imaging Schedule for Summer
ITS is preparing the CNM computer labs for the upcoming summer term. Faculty and lab staff are encouraged to review this schedule and provide feedback if there are issues or concerns by contacting the ITS Service Desk at itsservicedesk@cnm.edu, or calling 224-4495.

Blackboard Users Invited to Participate in Webinar About Facilitating Online Meetings
Any CNM faculty or staff members who use Blackboard Collaborate or for those interested in using the online meeting tool can participate in a webinar on April 4 from 9-11 a.m. This webinar will focus on the non-academic use of “web conferencing” by exploring guidelines and suggested best practices for hosting successful online meetings. For more information or to register, call John Bridges at 224-4400 or email jbridges4@cnm.edu.

Make a Nomination for Outstanding Student Employee
CNM will present a Student Employee Award for Excellence during the annual Student Employee Appreciation Luncheon that will occur this summer. The award recognizes a student employee for exceptional contributions to the CNM community. Any CNM employee or student employee supervisor can nominate a student employee for the award. Deadline to nominate is March 29. Click here to make a nomination.

Free Healthy Eating Workshops Available on Tuesdays at Noon in April
Get on the path to a healthier lifestyle by attending lunch-hour classes in April that are part of a “Brown Bag Lunch and Learn Series” hosted at the Workforce Training Center. The classes are part of the Healthy Meals, Fit for Life program that’s funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant. All four of the classes listed below will be held from noon-1 p.m. in Room 111 at the Workforce Training Center. To register, click here. For more info, call 224-5200.

  • April 9 — Food Allergies and Intolerances Myth-buster
  • April 16 — Diabetes: Prevention and Treatment
  • April 23 — Going Grain Free: Gluten Sensitivity and Intolerance
  • April 30 — Nutrition Tips for High Blood Pressure

Free Diabetic Glucose Meters Available to Eligible Employees, Family Covered by NMPSIA
For CNM employees who are currently covered by one of the New Mexico Public Schools Insurance Authority (NMPSIA) Medical Plans (NM Blue Cross and Blue Shield or Presbyterian Health Plan), you are eligible to obtain a free diabetic glucose meter from CNM’s Human Resources department.  If you are in need of a diabetic glucose meter, you may pick up a meter for you and each of your covered family members who are enrolled on the plan and have the need for one of the meters. These meters use formulary strips for a $0 copayment when you fill the strips with a prescription at a non-Walgreens pharmacy, or when you use Medco Mail Order.  If you are interested in a free glucose meter, please contact your HR Technician at 224-4600.

Discuss “Persepolis” at Montoya Campus Library Book Club
Join the Montoya Campus Book Club at 5:30 p.m. on April 4 in the J Building, Room 123C, for a discussion on Marjane Satrapi's “Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood.” Gloria Steinem writes, “you've never seen anything like Persepolis—the intimacy of a memoir, the irresistibility of a comic book, and the political depth of the conflict between fundamentalism and democracy.” Refreshments will be served. Contact Daniel Hay, dhay@cnm.edu, for more information.

CNM Society of Law and Psychology Speaker to Talk About Traumatic Brain Injury Cases
The CNM Society of Law and Psychology is pleased to announce that Dr. Ronald Yeo, Regents Professor of Psychology at UNM, will talk about “The Role of the Expert Witness in Cases Involving Traumatic Brain Injury” on March 28 at 6 p.m. on Main Campus in Jeannette Stromberg Hall, Room 308. Psychology, criminal justice and paralegal students and faculty members interested in learning more about expert witness testimony are highly encouraged to attend. Pizza will be served and attendees are encouraged to ask questions. For more info, email groybal23@cnm.edu.

Web Writing Workshop Set for April 3 for Web Content Contributors
A Web Writing Workshop will be held for those who would like to become web content contributors on cnm.edu. The workshop will take place April 3 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Main Campus in the Student Resource Center, Room 103.

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 able 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.

Staff members will be assigned one of three different types of phone extensions — a personal extension, a position extension or a function extension. Go to www.cnm.edu/phonechanges for more information about the types of extensions and for a list of frequently asked questions.

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