News Link - April 18, 2013

Main Campus Library Stays Open Late During Finals

CNM Libraries has partnered with the Assistance Centers for Education to offer extended hours and tutors in the Main Campus Library from April 22-25, when the Main Campus Library will remain open until 11 p.m. Tutors in math, English, biology and chemistry will be available in the library. Thanks to donations from Sodexo and Krispy Kreme, free coffee and doughnuts will be served each evening at 8:30 p.m., while supplies last.

Rededication of Employee Memorial Set for May 8

A rededication ceremony for the employee memorial will take place at 3:30 p.m. on May 8 on the north lawn of the Student Resource Center on Main Campus. The new employee memorial, in the heart of CNM’s Main Campus, honors the lives of employees whose contributions made a difference at the college. All the names of employees who had plaques on the previous memorial have been transferred to the new memorial and others have been added since the previous memorial was taken down. When a CNM employee passes away, they will be honored for their service at the college with the installation of their name on the memorial. If a former employee passes, their name can be sponsored and installed on the memorial.

Vice President Gunthorpe Blogs About Dual Credit

Vice President for Academic Affairs Sydney Gunthorpe blogs about the value of dual credit opportunities for high school students and its important role in helping more students excel in higher education. Check out his blog post and join the conversation at

Parking Permits for Summer Term Go on Sale Monday

Obtaining parking permits for the summer term will be done through an online process in myCNM. Paid parking permits will cost $43. Individuals can no longer fill out paper forms and obtain a parking permit at the Cashier’s Office. After going through the online process, you can pay for the permit online or pay at the Cashier’s Office. The permits must be picked up at the Cashier’s Office whether you pay online or at the Cashier’s Office. Individuals picking up permits at the Cashier’s Office must show their driver’s license and CNM ID. Those who have the cost of a paid parking permit automatically deducted from your paycheck do not have to go through the online process.

Early Adopters Program Available for Those Interested in Getting Ahead of the Curve on Microsoft Office 2013

Effective Monday, April 22, the Office of Information Technology Services will offer an Early Adopters Program (EAP) for the new Microsoft Office 2013 productivity suite. At the request of Academic Affairs, CNM will migrate to Microsoft Office 2013 productivity suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, etc.) for the fall 2013 term. In order to thoroughly test this software, ITS will be releasing the software to a limited number of CNM employees for general use and testing. (Please note: the Windows 8 operating system is not included in this Early Adopters Program, only the Office 2013 software.) 
Since releasing a new productivity suite like Office 2013 on to CNM’s networks can also introduce new risks and issues, the number of EAP participants will be limited to no more than 100 computers. Office 2013 will only be installed on CNM-owned computers.
 Participation will be prioritized for the following groups:

  • Computer and applications support personnel
  • CNM faculty (full-time or part-time)
  • Computer lab staff
  • Other interested participants

Participants agree to the following:

  • Your computer system will be subject to inspection, scanning and reconfiguration due to unforeseen computer and/or network related issues specific to CNM’s computing environment. Your computer system may be subject to having Office 2010 re-installed and/or Office 2013 removed two or more times through the course of the EAP.
  •  If substantial and unforeseen computer-related vulnerabilities are identified through the course of the EAP, your system may be disconnected from the network for security reasons.
  • Participants will be asked to complete at least one survey through the course of the EAP so that we can learn more about the customer experience with this new productivity suite.

To participate in the EAP program, please follow these four easy steps:

  • Go to the Footprints login site and log in with your windows username and password.
  • Once you are logged in, choose “ITS Service Desk,” then the “Service Catalog” icon at the top of the page.
  • Follow these links titled “IT Services,” “Software Services,” and “Early Adopters or BETA program.”
  • Fill out a short request form and save the request; arrangements will be made to install Office 2013 (areas where a single computer is shared between multiple users require that all users on that computer be notified.) 

Please note:  Office 2013 media for home use is not yet available. ITS has not received the Office 2013 media yet, but when it becomes available the CNM community will be informed via News Link. Go to this link for more information. If you have questions or concerns regarding EAP, please contact the ITS Service Desk by sending an e-mail to or calling 224-HELP, (internal ext. #44357).

If This Headline Resonates – ‘Stop Stressing, Start Living: Strategies for Health’ – Sign Up for an Upcoming Workshop

Are you feeling too stressed to enjoy life? Are all your responsibilities feeling a little too heavy? This workshop, presented by CNM’s Employee Assistance Program, will help you understand how to better cope with the challenges of juggling family life, school and work. Learn how you can take some simple steps to stress less and live more! The workshop will be held April 19 from 1-2:30 p.m. on Main Campus, Max Salazar Hall, Room 202. You can sign up on the CNM calendar. For more info, call 224-4375.

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 Fourth 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.

Spaces Still Available for ‘Coffee and Conversations with the President’ at Westside Campus

Faculty and staff members are invited to join President Winograd for conversations in a small, informal gathering to discuss your topics of interest. Spaces are still available for April 26 at the Westside campus. The gathering will be from 1:30-3 p.m. in Room 313. There will be no preset topics for discussion, so please have some topics in mind if you plan to participate. To participate, RSVP by emailing Diana Chavez. Coffee will be provided.

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.

For Your Information

Job Connection Services Hosting ‘Meet the Employer’ Events for Students
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 are 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.

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

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.

New ITS Enterprise Applications Director Named
Please welcome and congratulate the new ITS Enterprise Applications Director Ray Avilla. He is taking over for Sarah Peterson, who recently retired. Sarah will be temporarily continuing part-time at CNM to assist with the Banner Assessment and Renewal Project, as well as a few other projects for the Enterprise Applications Team.

CNM’s Employee Assistance Program Spring Newsletter Available
The Healthy Exchange Newsletter for Spring 2013, which is provided by CNM’s Employee Assistance Program, is now available in both English and Spanish. Articles include:

  •  Depression Increases Marital Dissatisfaction and Divorce
  •  Happiness Improves Health and Lengthens Life
  •  Improving Communication with Your Teen

Click here to access the newsletter. If you have any questions concerning your EAP or would like to schedule an EAP workshop, please call Ruth Fogleman at 505-243-2551.

Student Employee Training Sessions Available
Two information sessions are scheduled for student employees with an interest in learning more about CNM, specifically about Student Services, CNM Connect, and the Marketing and Communications Office. The goal is to provide an overview of the services offered by each of these departments so that front-line staff can better assist students. The sessions will be:

  • April 24 (SSC 205) – Student Services Overview, 2-3 p.m.; MCO/Outreach, 3-4 p.m.
  • April 29 (SSC 205) – CNM Connect, 2-4 p.m.

Please RSVP by April 23 by emailing

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.

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.

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 is 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 23 – Going Grain Free: Gluten Sensitivity and Intolerance
  • April 30 – Nutrition Tips for High Blood Pressure

Patio Outside Student Services Center Cafeteria Closing for Construction Project
The patio to the north of the Student Services Center cafeteria will be closed 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.

About News Link

News Link is a weekly e-newsletter provided by the Marketing and Communications Office for CNM faculty and staff. To submit an item for inclusion, please e-mail the Marketing and Communications Office. Please include “News Link” in the subject line of the e-mail. The deadline for News Link is 3 p.m. Wednesdays.