News Link - June 27, 2013


Take an Inspiring Look Back at CNM’s Spring Graduation Ceremony

Get an up-close look at the powerful emotion that permeated CNM’s Spring Graduation Ceremony through the video lens of Media Production Services. Click here for an inspiring look back.

Due to July 4 Holiday, Timesheets Need to be Submitted Early

Since CNM is closed on July 4, timesheets need to be submitted early. All paper timesheets are due to payroll today by noon. Electronic timesheets need to be submitted and approved by Friday at 1 p.m.

EMS Program to Present Compelling Research to National Association

After a rare education research endeavor, CNM faculty members in the Emergency Medical Services program will present their compelling research findings at the National Association of EMS Educators conference Aug. 5-10 in Washington D.C. Read more at

Albuquerque Business First Salutes Anna Sanchez

Anna Sanchez, senior development director for the CNM Foundation, has been named one of Albuquerque Business First’s “40 Under Forty” honorees. She will be recognized at a dinner Friday from 6-9 p.m. at the Sandia Resort. During the event, the weekly business magazine will honor young professionals who are rising stars in their fields. Anna has worked for the CNM Foundation since 2008 when she was hired as the alumni and communications coordinator, managing the CNM Alumni Association and communication strategies for the organization. As the senior development director, she’s responsible for the Foundation’s fundraising initiatives and donor relations to generate private resources to support CNM and its students.  

‘Suncat Times’ E-newsletter Offers New Communication Vehicle 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 two issues of The Suncat Times that have been emailed to students, click here.

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. 

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

Fiscal Year Ends this Week – 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

CNM Website’s Emergency News Feature to be Tested on Friday
At about 9 a.m. on Friday, June 28, please be aware that the CNM website’s Emergency News feature will be tested. You might see the red emergency features appear on the website for a short period, but it will only be a test for the new template.

Strengthen Your Financial Know-how with an Online Training Opportunity for Employees – Deadline Extended to June 28
Employees still have until Friday to register for a new online investor training program. The training, which will last 10 weeks through Aug. 6, is designed to 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. 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

Learn How to Embrace and Adapt to Change at Professional Development Workshop
CNM’s Employee Training Department will host a workshop that will help you embrace and adapt to change called “Who Moved My Cheese?” on July 26 from 1 to 5 p.m. on Main Campus in Smith Brasher Hall, Room 132. In this day and age, change is inevitable. The workshop will use the story of “Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life,” a motivational book by Spencer Johnson, to highlight important lessons about adapting to change. For more information, or to register, email

Spring Break in Academic Calendar for 2014
CNM’s 2014 Spring Break will take place March 17-23. Click here to view CNM’s 2013-14 Academic Calendar.

Motorcycle Parking Area in PPD Lot 3 Being Moved
The motorcycle parking area in the Physical Plant Department Lot 3 on Main Campus is being moved to the southwest corner of the lot today. The motorcycle parking area is being moved because of safety concerns.

STEM UP to Visit Montoya and Westside Campuses
STEM UP will set up information tables at the Montoya and Westside campuses in July to inform students about educational and career pathways in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. Representatives will be at the Montoya Campus on Wednesday, July 3 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and at the Westside Campus on July 24 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. STEM UP also organizes UNM Walk-Abouts for CNM students planning to transfer to UNM. The Walk-Abouts allow students to tour the UNM campus and UNM STEM departments. The next UNM Walk-About will take place July 12 from 7:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more info about any of these events, call 224-3253 or email

Cashier’s Office Opening at Westside Campus
CNM is opening a Cashier’s Office at the Westside Campus on July 1. Hours of operation will be Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., with a closure for lunch from 12:30-1:30 p.m. The office will accept payments for tuition and fees, student identification cards, parking citations, printing services, GED tests, etc.  It will also distribute financial aid, but not until the fall term. The Montoya Campus Cashier’s Office will be changing its hours of operation to match those of the Westside Campus Cashiers’ hours -- Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a closure for lunch from 12:30-1:30 p.m. For more info, call 224-3471.

Supervisor Academy Offered Through Workforce Training Center
The Workforce Training Center is offering a 12-module Supervisor Academy for CNM managers and supervisors on Fridays July 12-Sept. 27 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The skills training will be held at the Workforce Training Center and will cost $415 with a CNM Employee Training Approval Form. Topics to be covered include Introduction to Supervision; Effective Communication; Change Management; Conflict Management; Team Building; Coaching, Feedback and Delegation; Delivering Powerful Performance Appraisals; Employment Law and Human Resources; Hiring Right; Problem Solving and Decision Making; Time and Stress Management; and Empowerment. To register contact the Workforce Training Center at 224-5200 or

Volunteer to Read or Bring Your Kids to Suncat Story Time
CNM Libraries will host its next Suncat Story Time on July 5 at 9:30 a.m. in the Main Campus Library in the Student Resource Center. Volunteers will read their favorite children’s books and the kids will also be able to make arts and crafts. For more info, or to volunteer as a reader, email

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 – 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 of receiving new phone numbers or extensions. Many 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. 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.

Please Know Your Service Dog Manners
Please be considerate of service dogs. Remember that when you meet a person with a service dog, the dog is working. Do not do anything to interrupt the dog while it’s working. If you want to socialize with the dog -- like pet it -- speak to the owner first. Do not offer it food and don’t be offended if the handler doesn’t want to chat about the animal.  

Students Can Boost Their Bottom Line at Financial Literacy Workshop
CNM students are invited to a Financial Literacy Workshop on Friday, June 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Max Salazar Hall, Room 301. Students will be able to learn about resources and services that can help them improve their financial outlook. Presenters will include New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union; New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department; UNM Care Plan; CNM Financial Aid staff; and UNM Scholarships staff. For more information, call 224-3253 or email CNM’s STEM UP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Undergraduate Pathway) program is hosting the workshop.

Book Club Discussions
Discuss ‘Home’ at Montoya Campus Library Book Club
Join the Montoya Campus Book Club at 5:30 p.m. on July 18 in the J Building, Room 123-C for a discussion on Toni Morrison’s “Home.” Tayari Jones wrote in her San Francisco Chronicle review: “Morrison is known for a certain brutality in her plotting, and this wrenching novel is no exception. But ‘Home’ also brims with affection and optimism. The gains here are hard won, but honestly earned, and sweet as love.” 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. 

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