News Link - January 31, 2013


Spring Break – Should It Stay? Or Should It Go? Weigh in on President Winograd's Blog

President Kathie Winograd wants you to join her in the blogosphere! A new blog has been launched to generate more interactive discussion around topics that are important to CNM. Go to today and check out her post about the future of Spring Break at CNM.

Celebrate Opening of New Westside Campus Building Today

The CNM Governing Board and President Kathie Winograd cordially invite you to the grand opening of the new Westside I building and the 10th anniversary celebration of the Westside Campus today, Jan. 31, from 3-4:30 p.m. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 3 p.m., followed by an open house and self-guided tours. For more information about the new building, including photos, click here.

Dual Credit Hits Historic Milestone; CNM Art Grad Credits CNM for Helping to Fulfill Lifelong Dream; Go to Faculty & Staff Newsroom to Learn More

The CNM Dual Credit program has hit another historic milestone this spring term. There's also a pilot program within the Dual Credit program that's waiving the Accuplacer requirement for some high school students taking dual credit classes. A CNM Fine Arts graduate prepares for her first solo art exhibit and credits CNM for her success. Also, more free nutrition classes are scheduled for the Montoya Campus. Learn more at You can also stay up to date with faculty and staff news by signing up for an RSS feed.

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.

Central New Mexico Community College

Generated by NMLR • Date: 01/30/2013 11:58a • © 2013 New Mexico Legislative Reports

2013 ERB (2013 Reg)




Stewart (D21)



Summary: (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.


1st House: Referred to Committee




Roch (R67)




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


1st House: Referred to Committee




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.


1st House: Referred to Committee




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.


1st House: Referred to Committee

UNM to Test Its Campus Warning Siren Monday

Please be aware that the University of New Mexico will conduct an exercise that will activate its campus warning siren on Monday, Feb. 4, at 11:02 a.m. The siren will be activated for about one minute and can be heard from some parts of CNM's Main Campus. UNM tests the sirens once per term.

Governing Board Election Set for Feb. 5

An election to decide five seats on the CNM Governing Board will be held on Feb. 5. Four of the seats that are up for election – District 1, 3, 5 and 7 – will be for four-year terms. The fifth seat – District 2 – will be for a two-year term to complete the remainder of an unfinished term that began in 2011. The candidates for the CNM Governing Board, which include three current members, are:
District 1 — Pauline J. Garcia, Marjorie T. Germain, and Dan Serrano
District 2 — Robert P. Matteucci Jr. and Ernest W. Sturdevant
District 3 — Deborah L. Moore (incumbent running unopposed)
District 5 — Blair L. Kaufman (incumbent running unopposed)
District 7 — Michael D. DeWitte (incumbent running unopposed)
Registered voters in the five CNM districts can vote at any of the early voting or Election Day voting locations. Election Day voting locations for the CNM Governing Board Election are available on the Bernalillo County Clerk's Office website by clicking here. Absentee voting by mail and early voting is under way and ends on Friday, Feb. 1. Early voting locations for the CNM Governing Board Election are available by clicking here. There is an early voting location on Main Campus (1401 Basehart Rd. SE, Portable 1).

STEM-UP Center Hosting Orientation Event for Any Students Interested in STEM Fields

The STEM-UP Center will be hosting a STEM orientation event for all students currently pursuing or interested in pursuing a STEM degree at CNM, which includes engineering, physics, chemistry, nutrition or biology). The event will take place on Feb. 15 from 8:30 to noon on Main Campus in the Smith Brasher Hall auditorium, Room 100. This event will provide information about everything that goes into pursuing a STEM degree. There will be a panel of STEM graduates currently working in their specific fields to discuss the various careers and opportunities within the STEM fields. Some of these panelists will include an electrical engineer working at Los Alamos National Labs who worked on the Mars Curiosity Rover, and a Biology major who works at the Albuquerque Zoo. Also participating in the event will be CNM Dean of Math, Science & Engineering Rich Calabro, who will talk about the importance of STEM degrees to New Mexico and the challenges in pursuing a STEM degree. Information about the various resources available to STEM majors through CNM and the STEM UP program will also be provided. All students are welcome and can stop at any time during the event. Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to Lisa Paton at either or 224-3253.

Tax Forms Have Been Mailed; Also Available in myCNM

The 2012 W2 forms have been mailed to the addresses on employees' pay stubs. Students' 1098T tuition and fee tax statements have been mailed as well. The W2 forms are also available through myCNM. When you log in to myCNM, click on the Employee tab and the Tax Forms link. From there you can choose the W2 option – you may need to adjust your printer options to print to a single page. Students can access their 1098T forms in myCNM as well by going to the Registration/Grades tab and click on the Tax Notification link in the Pay for Classes box.

Banner, myCNM Unavailable Feb. 16-18 for Technology Upgrades

Starting at 5 a.m. on Feb. 16 through 6 a.m. on Feb. 18, the Banner system and online services under myCNM, (registration, electronic payments, grades, Web for Faculty, student email, myCourses, etc.) will be unavailable. Students can access their e-mail through during the above timeframe. This system outage will not affect access to Distance Learning/Blackboard. If you have any questions or concerns related to this outage, please contact the ITS Service Desk at 224-4357 or send an e-mail to

Artist Michael Beitz to Host Artist Lecture Tonight at Smith Brasher Hall

CNM visiting scholar and artist Michael Beitz will host an Artist Lecture at 6 p.m. tonight (Jan. 31) on Main Campus in the Smith Brasher Hall auditorium, Room 100.

For Your Information

Employee Contact Info in Outlook Address Book and Online Employee Directory Being Updated as Part of Preparations for New Phone Plan
Beginning Monday, Feb. 4, you may notice some updates to employee information in the Address Book section of your Microsoft Outlook email account, which contains employee contact information and job titles that are populated by CNM's "ActiveDirectory." These changes will be mirrored in the online employee directory, which is also fed by ActiveDirectory. These updates are being made as part of the college's Dial Plan initiative to ensure that all employee contact information will be as accurate as possible before any Dial Plan changes are initiated.

The new Dial Plan will be rolled out over the next few months as members of the Dial Plan Team meet with individual departments to explain the process and impacts to each department.

CNM, UNM to Sign Engineering Transfer Agreement on Feb. 5
On Feb. 5, the CNM-UNM partnership called STEM UP will host a signing event to finalize and celebrate the Engineering Degree Transfer Agreement that will provide students with a clear pathway to earning an associate degree at CNM that will directly transfer into UNM's School of Engineering. The signing event will take place on the CNM Main Campus in Jeannette Stromberg Hall, Room 208. Representatives from the UNM Provost office, College of Engineering and the UNM Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management will be on hand to sign the agreement with CNM Vice President of Academic Affairs Sydney Gunthorpe, CNM Dean of Math Science & Engineering Rich Calabro and CNM Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management Eugene Padilla.

CNM 'Private Eye' Helps You Solve the Mysteries of Purchasing
Click here to access a video to find out if you've unsuspectingly fallen into the trap of becoming a "Pay On Invoice Violator" or the dreaded "P-Card Player."

Micali Leadership Institute Sponsoring One-Day Professional Development Event Titled 'Creating Our Campus Culture: We're All in This Together'
The Micali Leadership Institute (MLI) will sponsor a one-day professional development event for CNM staff and faculty, "Creating Our Campus Culture: We're All in This Together,' on March 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Advanced Technology Center. The day will include morning breakout sessions by, for and about CNM employees; lunch; and an afternoon presentation by Stephen M. R. Covey, Jr., author of "Speed of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything," and "Smart Trust: Creating Prosperity, Energy, and Joy in a Low-Trust World." Staff and faculty-led presentations are being sought for the 45-minute morning sessions. Presentations may fall under any of the following themes.

  • Achieving and Maintaining Health & Wellness
  • Building Financial Security
  • Developing Campus Culture - ex. caring, civility, teamwork, communication,
  • Embracing Change
  • Promoting Safety and Security
  • Valuing Service – ex. understand the benefits of delivering excellent customer service, team support.

If you would like to contribute to the event as a presenter, please complete this form and submit it by February 22, 2013. Presenters will be notified by March 7th. If you would like to attend as a participant, please register here. For more information about this event, contact Ruby Martinez at or 224-4741.

Local Employers Are Looking for CNM Students and Graduates
CNM's Job Connection Services will host its annual job fair on Feb. 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Workforce Training Center. A wide range of organizations that have vacant positions available or expect to have some soon will be represented. The job fair allows students to meet employers and learn about possible career opportunities. CNM students and graduates are encouraged to visit Job Connection Services prior to the event to polish their résumés, fine-tune their interview skills, and devise strategies for making a favorable impression at this major recruitment event. For more information, call 224-3060.

Learn About Healthy Eating and Lifestyle Choices at Free Classes on Montoya Campus
CNM will be hosting a "Brown Bag Lunch and Learn Series" on Tuesdays in February at the Montoya Campus. The one-hour classes will help you get started on the path to a more wholesome lifestyle. The series is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture called "Healthy Meals, Fit for Life." All four of the classes will be held from noon to 1 p.m. and those attending are welcome to bring their own lunch. The schedule follows:

  • Feb. 5 — "Eating on the Run"
  • Feb. 12 — "The Mediterranean Diet"
  • Feb. 19 — "Volumetrics and Weight Loss"
  • Feb. 26 — "Eating Out in a Healthy Way"

The classes (you can sign up for one or all four) will be held at the Montoya Campus J Building, Room 124. For more information, call 224-5200. Registration for the classes is handled by the CNM Workforce Training Center — click here to register online.

CNM Libraries Receives Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities
CNM Libraries has received a grant called "Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys" from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA). The program aims to familiarize public audiences in the United States with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world. The grant provides CNM Libraries with books, films, and a one-year subscription to the Oxford Islamic Studies Online database. The collection reflects five themes: American Stories, Connected Histories, Literary Reflections, Pathways of Faith, and Points of View. To learn more about the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf, please see:

Related lectures, film screenings, and book discussions will be held at the Montoya Campus Library this spring. If you are interested in participating in any events, please contact Alana McGrattan or Bridget O'Leary at

Free Résumé and Interview Workshops Set
Whether you need a job now or want to prepare for employment after graduation, you can attend Job Connection Services' Employability Workshops. Offered on alternating weeks during the spring term, these workshops provide CNM students and graduates with quality instruction in résumé writing and interview strategies. Bring your questions, and let our staff help you prepare for the job search process. For workshop locations and schedules, go to

CNM's Job Club Is Accepting New Members
Join CNM's valuable job club, Tuesday at Two. Membership is open to CNM students and graduates. Hosted by Job Connection Services, Tuesday at Two provides weekly topics for discussion, opportunities to network with other job seekers and professional advisement from employment specialists. For further information, visit . The club meets on Main Campus, Student Services Center, Room 207 on Tuesdays, at 2 p.m., of course.

WTC Offers Supervisor Academy, Starting Feb. 1
CNM managers and supervisors are eligible to participate in the Supervisor Academy, which takes place at the Workforce Training Center on Fridays (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) from Feb. 1 through April 26. Employees interested in participating must have their supervisor's approval. Cost to the employee's department is $415. For more information about the Supervisor Academy and the topics covered each Friday, click here, or call 224-5206 or email

Tax Help Appointments for Employees begin Feb. 9
CNM employees who meet the Tax Help New Mexico requirements can make appointments to get their taxes done. Appointments are scheduled with Geraldine Alires by email at Appointments are available on Fridays from 2-6 p.m. starting Feb. 8. Appointments will occur in the THNM Basehart portable on Main Campus. For more information about Tax Help, click here.

Changes for CNM Printing Services
caption: Printing services at Main Campus are in the process of moving to a new print server. This migration should have no adverse effect on how or where users currently print, and it will not affect Banner printers. The migration to the new print server is expected to take approximately two months. ITS will begin a methodical migration - building by building - until all Main Campus computer printing has been rerouted. See the 'Main Campus Printer Migration to Print02 Schedule' under the ITS\Desktop Support public folder in Outlook for the tentative schedule. See the image below. After your area has been switched to the new print server, you will need to select your default printer one time. Follow these steps to do so:

  • select 'Devices and Printers' from the Start Menu
  • right-click the printer you wish to set as your default printer
  • select 'Set as Default Printer' from the drop-down menu

Please do not do this before your area has been moved to the new printer server as your default printer may not remain set that way the next time you login.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding these changes, please contact the ITS Service Desk at, or call 224-HELP (4357).

Adult Literacy Movement Seeks Volunteers – Gene Grant to Speak at Event
The Adult Literacy Movement of Albuquerque (ALMA), which has several CNM employees on its board, is seeking literacy volunteers. A Literacy Volunteer Event will take place on Feb. 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Main Campus in the Student Resource Center, Richard Barr Board Room. Gene Grant, host of KNME In Focus, will speak at the event. To RSVP, or for more information about ALMA, call 224-4306, 224-3966 or email You can also visit the ALMA web page.

Law Expert to Speak at CNM Society of Law and Psychology Event
The CNM Society of Law and Psychology will host keynote speaker Kevin Dougherty, JD, on Jan. 31 from 6 to 7 p.m. in Jeannette Stromberg Hall, Room 303. CNM students, faculty, staff and the general public are welcome to attend. Mr. Dougherty served in the United States Air Force for over 20 years. He has also served as a military district attorney and former judge. Mr. Dougherty currently offers instruction in Criminal Justice. Mr. Dougherty's talk will focus on current topics in which psychology and the law intersect. There will be a question-and-answer session and refreshments will be available. For more information, email

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

Paid Parking Lots to Have Gate Arms Removed Beginning Feb. 11
Starting Feb. 11, all paid parking lots will have the gate arms at the entrances removed permanently. Vehicles, however, must still display the proper paid parking permit to park in the designate lot or they will be cited. Paid parking permit rules are enforced in paid parking lots Monday through Thursday from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Paid parking lots are open for vehicles displaying a general parking permit Monday through Thursday after 4:30 p.m. and all day Friday through Sunday. For more information, call 224-4636.

CNM Connect Gains National Attention from Community College Times
The Community College Times, one of the leading national voices on community colleges, spreads the word about CNM Connect. Click here to access a story that was published last week about CNM Connect, the innovative model with a holistic approach to serving students that is starting to be emulated at colleges around the country.

CNM Celebrating National CTE Month With CTE Open House Feb. 22
In conjunction with National Career Technical Education Month, CNM will be rolling up its sleeves as it prepares to host its first CTE Open House on Feb. 22. More than 1,700 middle and high school students from across the state have already signed up to get hands-on with CTE programs. For more information, click here.

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