News Link - March 7, 2013


Active Shooter Trainings Start Friday

In partnership with the Albuquerque Police Department, CNM will be offering “Active Shooter” trainings beginning this Friday. The schedule is listed below. First, however, please take a moment to watch an active shooter training video called “Run, Hide, Fight” that was made for the City of Houston and is sponsored and recommended by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Click here and scroll down the Safety and Security page to access the video.

The CNM Active Shooter Trainings will take place as follows:

  • Main Campus – March 8 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. or 3-5 p.m. in Smith Brasher Hall, Room 100
  • Montoya Campus – March 22 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. or 3-5 p.m. in J Building, Room 122
  • Westside Campus – March 22 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. or 3-5 p.m. in WSII, Room 115

You can register for one of these trainings through the CNM Event Calendar by clicking this link: Active Shooter Training Registration.  If necessary, more active shooter training sessions will be scheduled. These training sessions are voluntary, but they are highly encouraged. There will be a variety of safety and security efforts that will be conducted in the year ahead.

Deadline to Order Regalia for Spring Graduation Ceremony Is March 13

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 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 to ensure that we have enough chairs for you and your fellow colleagues, and to obtain a parking pass.

Spring Break Set for March 11-17 – Some Services Operating on Shortened Schedules

CNM's Spring Break will take place Monday, March 11, through Sunday, March 17. No classes will be held, but campuses will be open and some services and offices will be closed or operating on shortened schedules. Click here to view the abbreviated schedules.

Spring Forward This Weekend to Daylight Savings Time

Don’t forget to set your clocks forward this weekend. Daylight Savings Time will officially take place at 2 a.m. on Sunday morning.

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. The CNM community and President Winograd have been weighing in on Dr. Winograd’s blog ( Read the Education Week story and join in the conversation on this important issue.

8-Week Summer Term Pilot Offered This Summer

As part of a recommendation from the Faculty Scheduling Committee and as a continuing evaluation of Academic Calendar options for the future, CNM will offer about 400 course sections in an 8-week term pilot during the summer term. That’s about 20 percent of CNM’s total course sections for the summer term. A normal summer term at CNM runs 12 weeks. CNM will study how an 8-week term affects other areas of the college and how it affects student success and retention rates. Students taking 8-week term classes will be polled before and after the term. CNM will also look at student enrollment patterns as soon as registration begins.

Director of Institutional Research Elected to National Board

Dawn Kenney, CNM’s director of Institutional Research, was elected to the Association for Institutional Research Board. The AIR is the world’s largest professional organization for institutional researchers and it provides educational resources, best practices and professional development opportunities for more than 4,000 members. Kenney was also recently elected President-elect of the New Mexico Higher Education Assessment Association.

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. A web page,, has been set up. It will be updated with department schedules and frequently asked questions soon.

College-wide Team Working on Project for Automation of Faculty Contracts and Payroll

The Faculty Load and Compensation (FLAC) project will implement Banner system functionality to automate course assignments, faculty contracts and pay for part-time faculty. FLAC will also serve to automate similar processes for course overloads for full-time faculty. Processes for full-time faculty base salary will not be impacted by this project. It is important to know that pay methods (i.e., pay rates, etc.) are not changing; only processes will be updated. FLAC processes will begin in summer 2013. Currently, generating part-time faculty contracts and pay is very manual, requiring mixed use of Banner system reports, Excel spreadsheets, and database configuration. The Banner FLAC functionality will provide streamlined and timelier processing.  Faculty will review and acknowledge their assignments through myCNM.

Additional information and training will be provided. Questions related to the FLAC project may be sent to; a FLAC Project Team representative will reply.

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.


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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.


Energy Resources and Chemicals; Schools and Teachers




2nd House: Referred to Committee


02/28/2013 – Senate Finance Committee


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.
02/25/2013 – H Reported Do Pass by House Appropriations & Finance.
02/27/2013 – H Removed from Speaker's table.
02/27/2013 – H Placed on House Calendar.
02/27/2013 – H Opened for floor debate.
02/27/2013 – H Passed 50-17.
02/28/2013 – S Received in the Senate and referred to Senate Finance.




Roch (R67)




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


Schools and Teachers; Public Employees/Retirement


1st House: Passed


03/01/2013 – Passed in the House


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.
02/27/2013 – H Reported Do Pass by House Appropriations & Finance.
03/01/2013 – H Removed from Speaker's table.
03/01/2013 – H Placed on House Calendar.
03/01/2013 – H Opened for floor debate.
03/01/2013 – H Passed 64-2.


03/01/2013 – House Calendar, 10:00 a.m., House Chamber




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.


Energy Resources and Chemicals


1st House: Reported from Committees


02/15/2013 – Senate Calendar


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.


03/01/2013 – Senate Calendar, 11:00 a.m., Senate Chamber
03/02/2013 – Senate Calendar, 1:00 p.m., Senate Chambers




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.


Schools and Teachers; Public Employees/Retirement




1st House: Referred to Committee


02/08/2013 – Senate Finance Committee


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.


ITS Seeking Representative from Academic Affairs to Serve on SharePoint Governance Committee

The SharePoint Governance Committee will establish policies, roles, responsibilities and processes that will guide the governance of SharePoint. If you are interested in participating, please contact ITS Project Management Office Manager Azmina Balsara at 224-3024 or Dean’s Council will review those who are interested in serving on the committee and recommend a candidate.

For Your Information

Mediasite Presentations Unavailable Tuesday Due to System Upgrade
Due to a system upgrade, Mediasite presentations will be unavailable from Tuesday, March 12, through Friday, March 15.  This upgrade by Media Production Services (MPS) and ITS will bring significant enhancements to the lecture capture system. This includes playback of Mediasite presentations on mobile devices and access through the CNM wireless network. If you have any questions regarding this outage or the Mediasite upgrade, please contact Peter Hurley at 224-3309 or

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 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.

CNM Faculty and Staff Encouraged to Submit Works for CNM Authors reception
CNM is pleased to announce the third annual CNM Authors reception, an event that will celebrate and honor faculty and staff who have had their work published in 2012 or thus far in 2013. “CNM Authors: Creative Works by Faculty and Staff” will take place on April 15 at 4 p.m. in the Main Campus Library, located in the Student Resource Center. This year’s keynote speaker will be critically acclaimed Navajo poet Luci Tapahonso, who is from Shiprock, New Mexico. All faculty and staff members who have published or created original work in 2012 or thus far in 2013 are encouraged to submit their work for recognition. CNM Libraries will publish a bibliography and acquire copies of all submitted works for display within the Main Campus Library. The event will take place during National Library Week.

Qualifying works include book chapters, conference posters, conference presentations, essays, journal articles, magazine articles, monographs, musical compositions, newspaper editorials, novellas, original fine art pieces, plays, poetry, short stories, and video productions. If you have questions, contact Olivia Baca of CNM Libraries at 224-3278 or Submissions can be related to an employee’s work at CNM or they can be independent of CNM. The College looks forward to celebrating the works and talents of CNM’s outstanding faculty and staff.

Students Can Learn About Transfer Process During College Transfer Fairs
Students can meet with representatives from other colleges and universities and learn more about the transfer process during the College Transfer Fairs that will be held at the following times and locations:
Main Campus – Tuesday, March 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Services Center
Montoya Campus – Wednesday, March 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the H Building Commons
Westside Campus – Thursday, March 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the MJG Building Commons
For more information, call Academic Advisement at 224-4321.

New Employee Orientation Phase III Sessions Coming Up
New employees can now register for New Employee Orientation – Phase III.  This orientation is required for all full-time faculty and staff only. ;Participants will receive an overview of the college’s mission in providing “Dynamic Education for the Community” and have the opportunity to listen to CNM’s executive leadership about the functions of various offices and departments. Participants will also learn about their role in providing support for student success. Upcoming NEO Phase III trainings will be held on 3/22, 4/25, 5/25 & 6/28. The limit is 30 employees per session.

  • To register go to Training and Professional Development under Faculty and Staff resources.  Click on Mandatory Training, and add New Employee Orientation Phase III to your cart.  You will receive an email confirming your registration. Be sure to remember the date, time and location for the class you select.
  • Use the log-in and password you created in your student profile.
  • If you have any questions, contact Cecilia Renteria at or at 224-3070.

Learn About CTL Professional Development Events at Workshop on Friday
The workshop will be held Friday, March 8, from 9-11 a.m. in Max Salazar Hall, Room 301. Workshop participants will be introduced to some of the members of CNM’s Inclusive Excellence Team, a group that is examining diversity issues on campus. The facilitators will present updates on the 2005 Recruitment, Hiring and Retention Plan, which was a CNM Academic Quality Improvement Project. Pam Etre-Perez, Peggy Garcia-Marquez, Nichole Rogers and Nariman Arfai will lead discussions and an activity about inclusive excellence in the classroom. For more info, contact John Bridges at 224-4400 or email

Diversity & Inclusive Excellence Team Seeking Participation
The Diversity & Inclusive Excellence Team is seeking participation on sub-groups to address the following issues: promote professional development and training around issues of diversity; increase the engagement of our diverse student population; and improve the recruitment, selection and retention of diverse faculty and staff. If you’re interested in participating, the team will meet March 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Resource Center, Room 202-D on Main Campus. Regular meetings occur the second Tuesday every month and participants can attend via video-conferencing from other campuses. For more information, contact Nichole Rogers at 224-4172.

Discuss “The $64 Tomato” at Montoya Campus Library Book Club Today
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 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.

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 25. Donation bins for non-perishable food items are set up in the libraries at all campuses.

Executive Council of Students Hosting Safety Walks at Montoya, South Valley Campuses
The Executive Council of Students (ECOS) will be holding a Safety Walk on March 21 at Montoya Campus and March 22 at South Valley Campus from 7:30-9 p.m.  There will be baked goods and drinks provided at the event. This is a regular event for ECOS with the last one being held at Main Campus in fall 2012. A report was compiled and is available upon request.  The purpose of the walk is to address lighting issues, possible hazards, and/or potential safety risks that would be encountered. In addition, ECOS usually tests the emergency poles on campus to ensure they are in proper working order. This is an event that promotes awareness and builds partnerships between students, CNM administration, and the CNM community as a whole. To participate, or if you have questions, contact ECOS at or call 224-4361.

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

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
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

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