News Link - April 11, 2013


Department of Veterans Affairs Leader to Deliver Keynote at Graduation Ceremony May 4

Native-born New Mexican John M. Garcia, who was appointed by the White House in 2011 to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs for the Department of Veterans Affairs, will deliver the keynote address to graduates during CNM’s Spring Graduation Ceremony. The ceremony will take place on May 4 at noon at Tingley Coliseum. Mr. Garcia, a senior leader in the VA, fosters partnerships and acts as a liaison between state, local, tribal and international governments. Prior to joining the VA, he was appointed by former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson as the first Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services. He also served as President of the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce (1985-91) and he is a founding member of the Vietnam Veterans of New Mexico and the New Mexico Vietnam Veterans of America. Mr. Garcia served in the U.S. Army’s 4th Infantry Division during the Vietnam War. Among numerous awards, he was most recently presented with the “Profile of Courage Award” by the Vietnam Veterans of America and he also received the “National Hispanic Leadership Award” by the Mexican American Foundation. He has served on numerous boards and commissions, including the White House Task Force on Veteran Business Development and the U.S. Association of Veterans in Business. He attended the University of Albuquerque, the Chamber of Commerce Institute at Stanford University and the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina.

Celebrate Works of Faculty and Staff at CNM Authors Reception Monday

Join us during National Library Week to honor faculty and staff who have recently created scholarly and fine art works. All are welcome to attend. The CNM Authors reception will take place on Monday, 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. Refreshments will be served. 

If you have questions, contact Olivia Baca of CNM Libraries at 224-3278 or The College looks forward to celebrating the works and talents of CNM’s outstanding faculty and staff.

President Winograd Blogs About ‘A President’s Leadership Lesson’

On April 4, President Kathie Winograd put up a blog post about her lessons learned during the decision-making process that led to a temporary closure of the student newspaper. Go to to read her post and join the conversation.

CNM Listed Among Most Affordable Large Community Colleges by National Organization

Affordable Colleges Online named CNM as one of the most affordable large community colleges in the country. Click here to see the list.

Respond to ‘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. Currently, the response rate has been low, so please remember to check your email for the survey invitation. You can play a very important role in helping CNM’s Great Colleges Team understand where the college’s energy should be focused in regards to creating the best work environment possible. If you have received the survey invitation, please respond as soon as possible. The deadline to respond to the survey is April 15. The first emails arrived in employees’ email accounts between Saturday, March 16, and Monday, March 18 – the emails were delivered from “ModernThink.” There have been reminder emails sent as well. 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 the 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.

The CNM Great Colleges Team appreciates your support and participation in this effort.

Thank you in advance, from the Great Colleges Team: Jeannie Baca, Mary Broemel, Alexandria Cisneros, Michael Crane, Jeremy Frick, Karen Gomez, Donne Lewis, Paul Lucero, Rose Orozco-Monroy, Samantha Sengel, Cy Stockhoff and Juliane Ziter.

Academic Advisors Get High Marks from Students

Students who met with academic advisors in fall 2012 gave the advisors very high marks for their level of service. A survey that was distributed to students when they met with academic advisors from August 2012 to December 2012 asked the students to put grades on their experience with the advisors – from A to F. When asked if their advisor was “professional and helpful,” 96 percent of students responded with an “A” grade. When asked if their advisor was “knowledgeable and provided me with specific information,” 94 percent of students responded with an “A.” And when asked if their advisor was “positive and encouraging,” 94 percent answered with “A.” There were 2,029 students who responded to the surveys.

Spaces Still Available for “Coffee and Conversations with the President” at Upcoming Montoya and Westside Campus Dates

Faculty and staff members are invited to join President Winograd for conversations in small, informal gatherings to discuss your topics of interest. Spaces are still available for the upcoming dates at Montoya and Westside campuses. 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:

  • 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 Students Excel at State SkillsUSA Competition – 19 Qualify for National SkillsUSA Championships

CNM students continued the college’s tradition of excellence in SkillsUSA competitions when 53 of them collected medals at the New Mexico SkillsUSA Competition that took place at CNM on Friday. More than 740 students from across the state competed in the annual event. Nineteen CNM students struck gold in the competition, which qualified them to compete in the National SkillsUSA Championships that will take place June 24-28 in Kansas City, Mo. Click here to read more and see a list of the winners.

For Your Information

Staff Phone Extensions Changing – Check Schedule for When Your Department Extensions Change.
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 spring and summer. Go to and look for the “Department Cutover Schedule and Timeline” link near the bottom-center of the page. 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 for more information about the types of extensions and for a list of frequently asked questions.

Digital Design Class Hosting Digital Design Expo on April 19
Students taking a digital design studio class (CIS 2375) will host a poster exhibition of their work during the first Digital Design Expo on April 19 from 1-3 p.m. in Smith Brasher Hall, Room 110. The class will also display their WordPress online portfolios. The class, taught by faculty member Sonia Crawford, teaches advanced Photoshop and Illustrator techniques and online portfolio creation. Anybody is welcome to attend the event. Some food will be prepared by culinary arts students. For more info, email

Healthcare Recruiting Event Set for April 17
A recruiter from A Nurse in the Family home healthcare company will be on Main Campus in Jeannette Stromberg Hall, Room 111 (Student Break Room) on April 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., seeking to meet with CNM students and graduates interested in working for the company. The company is looking to fill about 10 positions for Certified Nursing Assistants, Home Health Aides and other caregiver positions. For more information, contact CNM’s Job Connection Services at 224-3060.

DWI Awareness Presentation Scheduled at Montoya Campus
Linda Atkinson, director of the DWI Resource Center, will make a presentation titled “DWI Awareness and Victim Impact” on April 11 from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Montoya Campus H Building, Room 126. The event is sponsored by the CNM Student Veterans Club.

Parking at Isotopes Park Not Available on Days When Games Being Played
Please be advised that Albuquerque Isotopes baseball season is under way and the parking areas that are available to CNM throughout the offseason are not available to CNM students or employees on game days at the park. Click here to see when the Isotopes play home games. For more information, call 224-4636.

Muslim Journeys Film Screening on Thursday, April 18
CNM Libraries will be hosting a film screening of “Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World” on Thursday, April 18, at 1 p.m. in auditorium J-122. All are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served. Email Bridget O’Leary,, for more information.

Retirement Celebration for Sarah Peterson Set for April 17
Stop by and wish Sarah Peterson from the Office of Information Technology Services a happy retirement on April 17 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Student Resource Center Richard Barr Boardroom. Light refreshments will be provided.

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; 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.

Job Connection Services Hosting ‘Meet the Employer’ Events
Students in the Trucking, Aviation and Healthcare fields who are interested in making connections with employers in the area are invited to attend upcoming “Meet the Employer” events. The events are not recruiting events or job fairs, but offer students the opportunity to network with local employers for potential future employment. Here’s the two upcoming events:

  • April 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Advanced Technology Center – Meet the Employers for Trucking and Aviation
  • April 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Jeannette Stromberg Hall – Meet the Healthcare Employers

For more information, contact Job Connection Services at 224-3060.
Boost Your Excel or iPad Skills Through Classes at WTC
Learn how to be more effective and more efficient with your iPad or Microsoft Excel spreadsheet software through upcoming classes at the Workforce Training Center.

  • Excel Shortcuts 2010: Saturday May 11, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Tuition: $129. Save time with tips and shortcuts. This course will teach you the time saving shortcuts you need to use MS Excel. Learn the most effective ways to create, modify, format and print worksheets.
  • Excel with Excel 2010: Three Saturdays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. beginning April 13 and ending April 27. Tuition: $249. Start from the beginning and learn Excel for business applications.  Learn how to: enter, edit, and format data; how to work with worksheets; how to create formulas and function formulas; and much, much more.
  • Introduction to the iPad: Tuesday May 14, 5:30-8:30 pm. Tuition: $49.00. Boost your iPad IQ! Topics include: installation and deletion of apps, application organization, iOS settings, iCloud, and more. Create calendar events and reminders. You will be able to ask questions during the "open lab" period toward the end of class.

Contact the WTC at 224-5200 or click here for more information or to register.

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 16 – Diabetes: Prevention and Treatment
  • April 23 – Going Grain Free: Gluten Sensitivity and Intolerance
  • April 30 – Nutrition Tips for High Blood Pressure

Patio Outside Student Services Center Cafeteria Closed Soon for a Construction Project
The patio to the north of the Student Services Center cafeteria will be closed beginning next week for a construction project that will convert some of the outdoor patio space into more indoor seating for the cafeteria. The patio area will be fenced off during construction, including the stairs leading up to the bicycle parking area. There will be loud noise and dust in the area during the beginning phase of the project. Accessing the SSC from the north side will require people to enter on the second floor. The project is expected to be completed by mid-August.

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.

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