News Link - May 23, 2013

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How Can CNM Pave a Faster Track to Graduation for Students? Check Out President Winograd’s Blog and Join the Conversation

President Kathie Winograd blogs about the need for CNM to provide students with new opportunities to get on a faster track to graduation. The current 8-week courses being offered this summer could help pave the way. Join in the conversation at http://blogging.cnm.edu/.

LouAnne Lundgren to Serve as Interim Dean of SAGE

LouAnne Lundgren has been named the interim dean for the School of Adult & General Education (SAGE), replacing the recently retired Pam Etre-Perez. LouAnne officially moved into her new leadership role on Monday.  She will serve in the interim capacity until a new dean is selected. Since August 2005, she has been an associate dean in SAGE. Prior to that, she served as director of instruction in SAGE.

Kenneth Chavez Named Interim Associate Dean in SAGE
Kenneth Chavez has been named an interim associate dean in SAGE. Kenneth has been at CNM since 2005, serving as a full-time faculty member in the reading and English disciplines. Most recently, Kenneth was serving as faculty chair for Reading and College Success. Suzanne Harris-Smith will now assume those duties.

BIT Announces Two New Associate Deans

Two new associate deans have been named in the School of Business & Information Technology (BIT) – Dawn Addington and Barbara Johnson. Dawn will oversee Accounting, Business, Culinary Arts, Financial Services, Hospitality and Tourism and Office Technology. She has worked for CNM since September 1987 and served as program director/chair overseeing the Accounting, Business Associate of Arts and Financial Services since 1992. She has served as the BIT representative and co-facilitator of CNM’s Student Academic Assessment Committee.
Barbara will oversee Computer Information Programs and Information Technology. She joined the college’s Technology Department in 1996 as a computer programming faculty member, after working as a software development engineer and program manager at Rockwell International. She became curriculum chair for the computer programming and networking areas when these Technology Department computer courses were integrated into BIT.  In 2009, Barbara was elected BIT's CIS Faculty Chair.

CNM Trains Financial Coaches Across U.S. to Help Those Struggling Financially

In these times of economic hardships, CNM is helping thousands of people from coast to coast learn how to ease their budget woes. Based on the model used by CNM Connect, CNM is training hundreds of representatives at nonprofit organizations and community colleges across the country to be financial coaches. Go to http://cnm.edu/facultystaffnews to read more.

Photovoltaics and Solar Heating Curriculum Developed by CNM Going Public

Photovoltaics and solar heating course curriculum that has been developed and taught by industry experts who are also instructors at CNM’s Workforce Training Center is being made available to “green” training providers across the country. Go to http://cnm.edu/facultystaffnews to read more.

CNM Instructor Debra Maese Helps Lift Families Out of Homelessness

Debra Maese helps to improve the prospects of the homeless, one family at a time, by teaching parenting skills through a partnership between CNM’s Workforce Training Center and Saranam, an organization that helps the homeless through education and temporary housing. Read more at http://cnm.edu/facultystaffnews.

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).

Full-time Faculty with Overload Assignments – Overload assignments are currently available on myCNM.  Review and acknowledge assignments by Tuesday, May 28, at noon.  For assignments beginning on May 20, the first paycheck including overload pay will be on June 7.

Overload course compensation is calculated as follows:  $30/hour multiplied by Workload. 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.

If an instructor’s home school is CHSS or MSE, then the overload course compensation is calculated in one of two ways to account, in part, for the fact that the typical semester is longer in these academic schools: 1) $30/hour multiplied by Workload; OR 2) course credit hours multiplied by a rate which is based on degree status ($550/Bachelor’s; $600/Master’s; $650/Doctorate). The overload rate is the higher of the two calculations.

Part-time Faculty – Summer course assignments will be available on Saturday, May 25, 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.

Faculty Invited to Participate on Sustainability Curriculum Team

Faculty members from all CNM schools are encouraged to join the revitalized Sustainability Curriculum Team that is charged with vetting, prioritizing and selecting projects and opportunities for integrating sustainability concepts and theories into the curriculum. Participating faculty members should have a strong interest in supporting CNM sustainability efforts to contribute to a more sustainable environment. The team will begin meeting this summer. Interested faculty should contact Lis Turkheimer, list@cnm.edu, by Friday, June 14.

For Your Information

Ongoing Project to Update Phone System Results in Staff Phone Extension Changes
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 http://cnm.edu/phonechanges and look for the “Department Cutover Schedule and Timeline” link near the bottom-center of the page for the schedule (an updated schedule will be coming soon). 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 http://cnm.edu/phonechanges for more information about the types of extensions and for a list of frequently asked questions.

Nominate a Colleague for Employee Excellence Award
Nominations are being accepted for the annual Employee Excellence Awards. Deadline to submit nominations is June 21. CNM serves a vital role in its community through the energy, vision and attitude of its most important resource -- employees. For more information about the award, or to submit a nomination, click here.

Banner, Other Services to be Unavailable June 8-10
Starting June 8 from 7 a.m. through June 10 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 https://mail.google.com/a/cnm.edu. This system outage will not affect access to Distance Learning/Blackboard. If you have any questions or concerns related to this outage, contact the ITS Service Desk at 224-4357 or send an e-mail to itsservicedesk@cnm.edu.

Disability Resource Center Changing Hours
The Disability Resource Center is changing its hours of operation. The center hours are moving from the current hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., to the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., effective June 3. Call 224-3259 for more information.

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.

TRiO Accepting Summer Applications
TRiO Student Support Services is now accepting applications for the summer term. You 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 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 Around” 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, contact Employee Training.

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 from July 12 through 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 workforce@cnm.edu.

Employee Training Department Offers Fundamentals of Supervision Training
The Employee Training Department is offering a 10-week “Fundamentals of Supervision” training opportunity, facilitated by faculty member Holly Hitzemann from May 31-Aug. 9. The workshop combines fundamentals of supervision with information specific to supervising at CNM. Participants will be introduced to CNM presenters on topics from planning and goal setting to supervising ethics and conflict resolution. The training will be from 1-5 p.m. at the Montoya Campus in J Building, Room 124. To register, go to the Employee Training website and click on the “Employee Training Registration Portal” link in the left column. For more information, email EmployeeTraining@cnm.edu.

BMX Lot to be Unavailable
The BMX parking lot will be unavailable starting this Thursday through Sunday due to the Duke City BMX Nationals taking place at the BMX facility this weekend.  Call 224-4000 ext. 51622 if you have questions.

Use Online Employee Directory for Updated Employee Contact Information
Some employees have had their phone extensions changed recently as part of a major upgrade to the phone system at CNM. The most up-to-date source for employee contact information at this time is the online “Employee Directory,” which can be accessed at the bottom-middle of cnm.edu under the headline “Faculty & Staff.” The Global Address List in Outlook is in the process of being updated. As part of the phone system project, 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 www.cnm.edu/phonechanges for more information about the types of extensions and for a list of frequently asked questions. Changes to faculty members’ phone numbers/extensions were part of an earlier phase of this project last year – no new changes will be made to faculty phone numbers or extensions. An update on which departments have been assigned new phone extensions so far will be provided in next week’s News Link.

New Technology for cnm.edu Delayed to June 24
The launch date for the following technology has been delayed to June 24 due to technical issues. Beginning June 24, no matter what kind of tablet or smartphone somebody uses to access cnm.edu, a new state-of-the-art technology called “responsive design” will provide visitors with a consistently sharp and proper presentation of cnm.edu that will improve accessibility. This new technology for cnm.edu will also bring some other refinements to the look and feel of cnm.edu.

NMPSIA Program Guides/Benefits
July 2013 New Mexico Public Schools Insurance Authority (NMPSIA) Program Guides are now available. The program guide outlines general information on medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability. NMPSIA offers Blue Cross Blue Shield Medical, Presbyterian Medical, United Concordia Dental, Davis Vision, The Standard Basic/Voluntary Life and The Standard Long Term Disability. If you would like a hard copy, please contact Human Resources at 224-4600 or click here for an online pdf version.

Employability Workshops for students
Employability workshops for students, which provide students with tips on things like resume writing and interview skills, are being offered this summer on Main Campus and the Montoya Campus. Click here for the Main Campus schedule. Click here for the Montoya Campus Schedule.

Students at Montoya Campus Offered a Meet-and-Greet with Tutors on May 30
Students at the Montoya Campus will have the opportunity to meet and greet tutors from the Assistance Centers for Education and find out about free tutoring at the campus on May 30 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the H Building Commons Area. There will be free coffee and cookies. For more information, call Shiva Hardee at 224-5524.

New Online Investor Training Available for Employees
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, from May 8-Aug. 16. 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 EmployeeTraining@cnm.edu.

University Village Hotel Offering CNM Employees, Students Discount on Rooms
University Village extended-stay hotel, located at 1901 University Blvd. SE, is offering a 10 percent discount to CNM students and employees. The rooms are available nightly, weekly and monthly. No lease is required. Students and faculty need to show proof of attendance/employment at CNM (class schedule or ID) in order to receive the discount. For more information, call the hotel at 400-1785.

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