News Link - June 6, 2013


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

Deans Council Cooks Up Community Service for Ronald McDonald House

Members of the CNM Deans Council became cooks for a day when they prepared dinner for some 60 people at the Albuquerque Ronald McDonald House. Read more at

State Laws for New Purchasing Guidelines Start Going Into Effect June 14 – Employees Involved in Purchasing Encouraged to Attend Presentation on New Rules

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 attend a presentation by the Purchasing Department that will inform you on the new laws and prepare you for the new documentation processes.

Here is the schedule for the presentations:
Main Campus (Two separate sessions)
June 12, 1-2:30 p.m. in SRC Richard Barr Boardroom
June 13, 3-4:30 p.m. in SRC Richard Barr Boardroom
South Valley Campus
Thursday, June 6, 3-4 p.m. in SV-49.
For more information, contact the Purchasing Department at 224-4552.

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.

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.

Instructor Brandon Moran Earns Ph.D.

Brandon Moran, 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.

Faculty Load and Compensation (FLAC) Update – Action by Faculty Required

Newly implemented Faculty Load and Compensation (FLAC) processes require faculty to review and acknowledge course assignments. Instructions and a training video are available on the Employee Tab of myCNM in the Tutorial area (upper right corner).

Part-time Faculty – Summer course assignments are currently available for review and acknowledgement through myCNM.  The deadline to acknowledge assignments is Friday, June 7.  For courses beginning on May 20, the first paycheck will be on Friday, June 21.  Note that course pay is based on the Workload for any given course. The Workload column is listed on the Faculty Load and Compensation Acknowledgement Form. The definition of Workload is weekly contact hours plus office hours multiplied by the number of weeks for the course.  The part-time course compensation is calculated on the Workload multiplied by the appropriate hourly rate.

Please disregard the contact and credit hour figures listed on the Faculty Load and Compensation Acknowledgement Form when evaluating pay. The contact and credit hour columns do not contain the numbers used in the Workload formula. Rather they are used by other entities at the College when processing data related to functions other than pay.

Elliot Konetzni Named New Assistant Director of Web Strategy

Elliot Konetzni, former senior web architect in Information Technology Services, has been named CNM’s new Assistant Director of Web Strategy in the Marketing and Communications Office. Elliott, who has worked at CNM for seven-and-a half years, is overseeing content and design for CNM websites.

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CNM Students and Faculty Moving to Microsoft Office 2013 in Fall
Academic Affairs and BIT are in the process of adopting Microsoft Office 2013 for the Information Technology course IT-1010. As a result, ITS will migrate all instructional computer labs/classrooms, as well as faculty systems, to Microsoft Office 2013 (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, etc.) for the 2013 fall term. In order to make this transition as smooth as possible, ITS has partnered with Academic Affairs to set up one Office 2013 test system in each computer lab/classroom. These test systems will have all the other instructional software associated with that computer lab/classroom on them so that faculty and lab staff can test both the Microsoft Office 2013 software and how the other instructional software interacts with the Office suite. Rooms in which the course IT-1010 is currently being taught for the summer term will have Office 2010 only for the remainder of the summer term. BIT is in the process of scheduling Office 2013 training for CNM faculty and lab staff, and a schedule will be forthcoming in future editions of News Link. If you have questions or concerns related to this initiative, please contact the ITS Service Desk at, or call 224-HELP. For more information about what’s new in Office 2013, click here.

Two Full-Time Faculty Needed for Universal Design Action Project Team
The Universal Design Action Project, selected as one of the high-profile improvement projects for the college will begin their 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.

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.

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.

Banner, Other Services to be Unavailable June 8-10 and June 22-23
Starting June 8 from 7 a.m. through June 10 at 6 a.m., and starting June 22 at 7 a.m. until 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

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. 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

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

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.

TRiO Accepting Summer Applications
TRiO Student Support Services is now accepting applications for the summer term. Students may access TRiO’s online application by clicking here. Trio Student Support Services offers resources such as personalized academic guidance, coaching and one-on-one tutoring to students who are income-eligible, first-generation college students and/or have a documented disability and wish to graduate and transfer to a four-year university. For more info, call 224-4375.

Job Connection and Employee Training Offer Workshop on ‘Applying for Jobs at CNM’
Job Connection Services will present a special employability workshop for CNM employees on “Applying for Jobs at CNM: Using Your Head to Get Ahead” on Tuesday, June 11 at 3 p.m. in SRC 204. During this session, people will be introduced to Job Connection Services, the CNM application, cover letter and resume writing, preparing for interviews and professional development. For more information on the workshop, click here.

Golf Tournament Fundraiser Benefits CNM Foundation Scholarship
The Facility Managers Association of New Mexico will host a golf tournament on July 19 that will benefit CNM’s New Mexico Facility Managers Association Scholarship Endowment. The endowment supports students enrolled in trade programs, such as mechanical, electrical, heating and air conditioning, and plumbing trades. For more information about how to participate, visit

CNM Receives $4,500 Grant from National Endowment for Humanities
The National Endowment for Humanities, in association with the American Library Association (ALA), has awarded CNM Libraries a $4,500 programming grant as part of the NEH’s Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys program. Go to to read more.

Celebrity Cruises Offers Discounts to Faculty
Celebrity Cruises is celebrating “Local Heroes” by offering them $100 to spend on board when they book a summer cruise in Alaska, Bermuda or Europe. Plus, people can combine this special offer with other Celebrity Cruise offers. The offer applies to active or retired faculty, military members, police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians. For more information, call Classic Travel, Inc. at 888-4448 or click here.

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