News Link - June 20, 2013

‘Suncat Times’ E-newsletter Offers New Communication Channel to Students

The Marketing and Communications Office has launched a new e-newsletter for students that is delivered to students’ CNM email accounts. The newsletter – The Suncat Times – is similar to News Link, but it’s focused on information that will support students’ educational journey at CNM. Departments can submit items to be considered for inclusion in the newsletter at To check out the first edition of The Suncat Times that was emailed to students last week, click here.

Banner, myCNM to be Unavailable from 7 a.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday

Starting Saturday, June 22 at 7 a.m. through Sunday, 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. Students’ 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

Applications Being Accepted for APS-CNM High School

High school students and families interested in the new College and Career High School, which is being operated through a partnership between CNM and Albuquerque Public Schools, can now apply to enroll in the school online. For more information and to apply for admission into the school, which will open for the fall semester, go to

Welcome CNM’s New Chief of Security

William Duran is CNM’s new Chief of Security. He comes to CNM with more than 25 years of experience in the public sector, mainly in law enforcement. He most recently served as deputy director of the State of New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division in Santa Fe and has been a part-time faculty member in CNM’s Criminal Justice program. He was a Captain for the Pueblo of Sandia Police Department and served as Chief of Police for the City of Moriarty. He also served in the United States Air Force from 1983-2005. Mr. Duran is finishing his master’s degree at UNM’s School of Public Administration, with a concentration in human resources. He started his new job on June 17. 

Tax Help New Mexico Generates $19 Million in Tax Refunds

Tax Help New Mexico, sponsored by Central New Mexico Community College and United Way of Central New Mexico, prepared 31,478 tax returns and generated about $19.2 million in tax refunds for 19,700 customers this year. The statistics were announced at a recent lunch honoring the nearly 200 volunteers who helped people prepare tax returns for free this tax season. Read more at

GED Graduation Day Brings Smiles to Graduates, Families

The families cheered and the 227 graduates beamed during the June 15 General Educational Development (GED) graduation ceremony sponsored by CNM. It is believed to be one of the largest GED graduations in the country. Read more at

Phil Carman to Serve as Interim Dean of MSE

Phil Carman, currently an associate dean in the School of Math, Science & Engineering, will begin serving as interim dean of MSE, effective July 1. Phil joined CNM in 1998 as an astronomy and physics instructor. He also served as chair of the Astronomy and Physics Department, chair of CGENS and interim associate dean of MSE. He holds a BS in physics and astronomy from Stony Brook University and an MS in space sciences from the Florida Institute of Technology. Academic Affairs plans to have a permanent dean in the position by the start of the fall term.

SAGE, MSE to Review and Possibly Reset Accuplacer Cut Scores

The math departments in SAGE and MSE are embarking on a project to review and possibly reset Accuplacer cut scores (the dividing lines between placement into different classes). This initiative will focus on the alignment between the cut scores and the content of the courses into which students place. Recommendations for revised cut scores will be made during fall term. For more information about the project, contact Linda Martin at

Enrollment Services Closed June 26 from 8 a.m.–12 p.m.

Due to an Enrollment Services staff meeting, all Enrollment Services offices will be closed from 8 a.m.–12 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26. All Enrollment Services Offices will reopen at noon.

Nominate a Colleague for Employee Excellence Award – Deadline Is Friday

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.

FLAC Changes How Leave Is Added to Leave Banks for PT Instructors

With the implementation of Faculty Load and Compensation, the Payroll Department will be automatically loading the personal and sick leave for part-time instructor classes. In the past, it was a manual process, and all leaves were loaded near the start of the term. With FLAC, part-time instructors will now see their leave added to their banks when they begin receiving payment for a class. For more information, click here. If you have any questions, please contact Audrey Beck at or by phone at extension 51969.

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 Tuesday, 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.

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.

Workforce Training Center to Continue Offering Nursing Continuing Education
The Workforce Training Center has been given the go-ahead by the New Mexico Nurses Association to continue offering Nursing Continuing Education units for their Introduction to IV Procedures Class. The WTC can offer 7.1 contact hours per student for two years. People may register online at Click on courses. You will find the course listed in Nursing located under Health, Safety & Education. For more information on nursing or health education courses at the WTC, call 224-5200.

CNM Connect Donates Textbooks, Available on Reserve at CNM Libraries
Due to a generous donation by CNM Connect, 75 popular textbooks have been added to the CNM Libraries Reserves collection. CNM Libraries loans out current textbooks for three hours at a time. The relatively short loan time permits many students to use the same textbook on any given day. The remainder of the Reserves collection consists of textbooks and other class materials loaned or donated to the Libraries. Faculty members are encouraged to place copies of their current textbooks on reserve at the Libraries, by loan or donation.  For more information, email

More Departments Will Join New Phone System in Coming Weeks – Financial Aid, Cashier’s Office and Assessment Center Up Next
As part of a major, ongoing project to upgrade CNM’s phone system capabilities, staff members are in the process receiving new phone numbers or extensions. Some departments have already made the change, and more will be on the way. Go to and look for the “Department Cutover Schedule and Timeline” link near the bottom-center of the page for the schedule. 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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

Join in on Discussion of ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ at Westside Campus
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. 

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 aTools 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.

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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.