News Link June 13, 2013


Jeannette Stromberg Hall Renovation Earns LEED Gold Certification

The newly renovated Jeannette Stromberg Hall on Main Campus has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. It is the second building on a CNM campus and the first renovation project to receive the coveted LEED Gold honor. Read more at

CNM’s Annual GED Graduation Ceremony Set for Saturday

Some 227 students from throughout the area who have passed the General Educational Development (GED) exam over the past year will don caps and gowns on Saturday, June 15, and participate in the 26th annual CNM-sponsored GED Graduation Ceremony. The event -- one of the largest GED graduations in the country -- will be held at 10 a.m. at the Kiva Auditorium in the Albuquerque Convention Center. Read more at

President Winograd Blogs About the New College and Career High School on Main Campus

President Kathie Winograd blogs about the importance of the new APS-CNM high school on Main Campus, which has been officially named the College and Career High School at CNM. What’s your take on the new high school that will open for the fall term? Join the conversation at

State Laws for New Purchasing Guidelines Start Going Into Effect June 14 – Presentation on New Purchasing Procedures Set for Today

New state laws passed by the New Mexico Legislature related to procurement practices (Senate Bills 182 and 443) will start going into effect on June 14. The laws include changes to protocols related to sole sourcing, emergency procurements and penalties for violating these new processes. Penalties for violations can range from misdemeanors to felonies. All CNM employees who are involved in the purchasing of goods or services for CNM should become well-informed on the new laws. The Purchasing Department will conduct a presentation on the new purchasing laws today:
Main Campus
June 13, 3-4:30 p.m. in SRC Richard Barr Boardroom
For more information, contact the Purchasing Department at 224-4552.

Access CNM Connect Community Resources in SharePoint

The CNM Connect staff maintains a comprehensive list of external community resources that can be accessed by the CNM community. There are a myriad of resources, such as child services, counseling services, affordable clothing, temporary housing programs and domestic violence shelters. The lists are available in SharePoint. Just click here and use your regular CNM username and password.

STEM-UP Program Makes It Easier for Students to Graduate with AS and BS Degrees

CNM and UNM are working together to make it easier for students to graduate with associate and bachelor degrees in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Read more at

Instructor Brandon Morgan Earns Ph.D.

Brandon Morgan, CNM history instructor, successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation May 16 in the UNM History Department. His dissertation is titled “Columbus, New Mexico, and Palomas, Chihuahua: Transnational Landscapes of Violence, 1888-1930.” He teaches history at CNM with a focus on Latin American and New Mexican history. He also teaches U.S. History and Western Civilization.

Instructor Monique Lacoste Successfully Defends Ph.D. Dissertation

Monique Lacoste, full-time instructor in the CNM Communication Department, successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation on May 31. The title of her dissertation is “Utter(ing) Unspeakability: Identity, Meaning and Mediatization in the Greg Haidl Gang Rape Trial.” Her Ph.D. is in communication from the University of Washington Communication Department. She has been teaching at CNM since spring 2012 and full time since fall 2012.

Banner, myCNM to be Unavailable June 22-23

Starting June 22 at 7 a.m. through June 23 at 6 a.m., the following services will be unavailable due to technology upgrades: Banner and online services under myCNM, including registration, electronic payments, grades, Web for Faculty, student email and myCourses. myCNM e-mail can still be accessed through This system outage will not affect access to Distance Learning/Blackboard. If you have any questions or concerns related to these outages, contact the ITS Service Desk at 224-4357 or send an e-mail to

CNMOnline Competes in Social Media Madness — If You Like CNMOnline, Vote!

CNM’s social media efforts are going head-to-head in a contest hosted by Albuquerque Business First (formerly NM Business Weekly) in the “Large Companies” category against competitors such as New Mexico State University and PNM. If you like CNM’s social media presence, you can vote for CNM here. Remember to check in with CNM online on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

End of Fiscal Year Drawing Near – Close Out Purchase Orders<

With June 30 quickly approaching, department review and action is needed to close out purchase orders that are no longer being used. Keep in mind that goods and services must be received by Friday, June 28 in order to be charged to your department’s current fiscal year budget. Refer to guidelines in the Fiscal Year Memo by clicking here.

For Your Information

Wish Rich Calabro Well in Retirement at Celebration June 25
A retirement celebration will be held on June 25 for Rich Calabro, dean of the School of Math, Science & Engineering. Stop by and wish him well from 3-5 p.m. in the LSA Building, Room 103.

Two Full-Time Faculty Needed for Universal Design Action Project Team
The team for the Universal Design Action Project, selected as one of the high-profile improvement projects for the college, will begin its work soon. The team is in need of more full-time faculty representation. This project will examine and assess technology access issues for all users of technology at CNM, focused particularly on college compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act as it relates to information technology and instructional materials. This team will formulate recommendations to college leaders related to gaps in service and compliance. The team will work for at least one year and will meet for approximately four to five hours per month. Please contact Juliane Ziter at for more information.

Students Invited to Coffee with a Coach at Westside Campus
Students are welcome to drop by and ask questions about schedules, dates, programs, financial aid and more on June 27 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Michael J. Glennon Building atrium. Achievement coaches and academic advisors will be available to answer questions. Coffee, granola bars and popsicles will be offered to students.

Employee Training Offers Workshop on ‘Resolving Conflict through Caring, Courage and Civility’
This workshop is scheduled for Friday, July 12 from 9–11 a.m. in Smith Brasher Hall, Room132. Conflict in the workplace can be destructive.  It promotes distrust, destroys morale and hurts productivity. Managed in the wrong way, real and legitimate differences between people can quickly spiral out of control, resulting in situations where cooperation breaks down. Yet, conflict is inevitable and when approached positively can result in strengthened relationships, improved team work, more productive departments and enhanced employee engagement. In this session, learn how to approach conflict positively by:

  • Modifying our own attitudes and behaviors
  • Focusing on issues rather than on individuals
  • Creating and managing a positive environment to minimize conflict
  • Understanding the power of Courage and Civility

To register, go to the Employee Training registration Portal.

New Online Investor Training Available for Employees – Deadline to Register June 14
CNM is offering a new online training program that can help employees bolster their financial security through basic investing tips and valuable information on managing personal finance, retirement planning and more. The online training program is called “Investor Education in Your Workplace” and CNM was selected as a provider. The training program will last 10 weeks, through Aug. 16, and the deadline to register is June 14. Participants in this program have increased their financial knowledge by an average of 30-40 percent and improved financial behaviors by an average of 50-60 percent. Click here to register and get started. For more information, email

Employee Training Department’s Fundamentals of Supervision Training Moved to Fall
The 10-week “Fundamentals of Supervision” training course, which was originally scheduled to be offered May 31-Aug. 9, is being rescheduled to fall. More information on the new dates will be available later. For more information, email

Join in on Discussion of ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’
Come join in the discussion of the book “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini on July 11 at 4 p.m. in the Westside Campus library, room WS1-200. The book club discussion will take place in the learning commons, near the couches. Several copies of the books are available for check-out at the Westside Campus library help desk. 

Nominate a Colleague for Employee Excellence Award
Nominations are being accepted for the annual Employee Excellence Awards, which recognize employees for exceptional contributions to the CNM community. Deadline to submit a nomination is June 21. CNM’s vital role in the community is served through the energy, vision and attitude of its most important resource – employees. These awards honor those who go above and beyond to further the vision, mission and goals of the college. For more information about the award or to submit a nomination, click here.

Students Invited to ‘Resiliency and Managing Stress’ Workshop
This workshop is for any students who are experiencing excessive stress and would like to reduce the effects and levels of stress. This workshop will provide strategies for developing resiliency and realistic expectations as students continue to pursue their education and career goals. Students will learn how to improve self-confidence, inner strength and resiliency in order to help them succeed at school and beyond. The Resiliency and Managing Stress workshop will take place: June 28 from 1:30 to 3 p.m., on Main Campus in the Student Services Center Cafeteria. To register, go to the CNM Calendar of Events on the homepage, or call 224-4375 or email This workshop, which is being presented by Outcomes, Inc., is open to all CNM students.

Students Can Get Equipped to Succeed by Attending ‘Science Success Tools’ Workshop
This workshop will help students succeed in science courses by improving in the following areas: time management; note taking; reading comprehension; test taking; active listening; stress management; memorization techniques; and more. The Science Success Tools workshop will take place: Friday June 21, 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Main Campus in Max Salazar Hall, Room 201. To register, go to the CNM Calendar of Events on the homepage, or call 224-4375 or email This workshop is open to all CNM students and is presented by TRiO Student Support Services.
Montoya Campus Book Club to Discuss “World War Z”
Join the Montoya Campus Book Club at 5:30 p.m. on June 20 in the J Building, Room 123C, for a discussion on Max Brooks’ World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War. Carlos Orellana wrote in his Booklist review, this is “a horror fan’s version of Studs Terkel's The Good War… Like George Romero's Dead trilogy, World War Z is another milestone in the zombie mythology.” Refreshments will be served. Contact Daniel Hay,, for more information.

Project Heart Start Seeks Volunteers
Project Heart Start is seeking CNM volunteers trained in compression cardio-pulmonary resuscitation to facilitate at a mass CPR training event on June 22 at the UNM Johnson Center Gym in Albuquerque and at Meadowlark Senior Center in Rio Rancho. The course is not for certifications. As a result, facilitators are not required to be certified instructors, but rather people who perform CPR as part of their professional roles. In addition, EMTs and RTs can earn four hours of CE credits but need to register through Eventbrite and stay the entire four hours of the program. Facilitator training will take place online where they view a 20-minute facilitator video. On the day of the event they are expected to arrive by 6:30 a.m. Each facilitator will receive breakfast and a complimentary t-shirt. An orientation and “just in time” training will be held at 7:15 a.m., followed by the actual program at 8 a.m. The event will end by noon. The video can be seen at People can sign up for the Albuquerque training at and for the Rio Rancho training at Click on the “register” button.  For more information call 843-2814 or email

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