News Link - August 22, 2013


Welcome Students to Fall Term on Monday

Monday is the start of the fall term, so please be ready to help students through the challenging first week of classes. As of this morning, 26,295 students are enrolled for the fall term. At the end of this same day of the registration period last fall, enrollment was at 26,531.

CNM Going Smoke Free Except in Limited Areas

To further advance CNM’s commitment of providing a healthy environment to work and learn, the CNM Governing Board has passed a new policy to prohibit smoking and the use of tobacco-related products of any kind, including e-cigarettes, on all CNM campuses and sites except in clearly marked “Designated Smoking Areas.” The new policy goes in effect on Monday, the first day of the fall term. Beginning Monday, please help to inform students and employees of the new policy. Click here to access maps that show where the “Designated Smoking Areas” are located at each CNM location. Feel free to print out a map so you are able to inform people of the “Designated Smoking Areas” if they are unaware of the new policy.

Click here for more information about the new policy and to access resources for those who want to quit smoking.

New SharePoint 2010 Environment Launched

CNM’s SharePoint intranet environment has been redesigned and upgraded to SharePoint 2010. The look is different, but all sites and content have been successfully moved over to the new 2010 site. Click here for more information about how the SharePoint content is now organized and how to access your department’s SharePoint content.

Faculty and Students Moving to Microsoft Office 2013 for Fall Term

Beginning with the start of the fall term, all computers in computer labs and classrooms, as well as faculty computer systems, will be upgraded to Microsoft Office 2013 (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, etc.). Click here to view free tutorials on using the Office 2013 products. For more information, please contact the ITS Service Desk at or call 224-HELP (4357).

Volunteer Shifts Still Available for Suncat Days

Volunteers are still needed at all campuses for Suncat Days next week. Staff, faculty and student employees are encouraged to volunteer a few hours of time to distribute information, answer questions and welcome students. Information and maps will be provided at the volunteer stations and employees who work two shifts will receive a special thank you gift. Grab a friend, get out of the office and help build community during the first week of fall term! Be sure to get supervisor permission before signing up. To volunteer, visit, where you can see what shifts are open.

Renovated Robert P. Matteucci Building New Home to Bookstore, Foundation and Culinary Arts

The newly renovated building at the northwest corner of Basehart Rd. and University Blvd. has been officially named in honor of longtime Governing Board member Robert P. Matteucci, who ended 27 years of service to the Board in March. The Robert P. Matteucci building is home to the CNM Bookstore, the Foundation and the Culinary Arts program.

Convocation Set for Sept. 13

CNM’s annual Convocation for all faculty and staff will take place on Friday, Sept. 13. All campuses and offices will be closed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will take place under a tent in the Central Lot on Main Campus – featured speakers include President Kathie Winograd, nationally-renowned poet and educator Taylor Mali and Albuquerque Poet Laureate Hakim Bellamy. Lunch will be served near the Student Resource Center lawn.

Student Services Center Under Construction

The Student Services Center on Main Campus will be under construction during the fall term. Please use the entrance on the north side of the building – the main west-facing entrance is under construction. Construction work will take place after 5 p.m.

All Students Will Have to Reset Their Passwords as of Sept. 16

Please be aware that due to a technology upgrade, all students will have to reset their CNM passwords to access CNM online services and resources beginning at 5 p.m. on Sept. 16. Instructions on how to reset passwords will be distributed to students.

New Dean of School of Math, Science & Engineering Announced

The selection committee for the position of Dean of the School of Math, Science & Engineering has announced that Dr. John Cornish has been selected as the new of dean of MSE. He will officially move into his new position on Sept. 9. Dr. Cornish has a long history working with faculty, students and administration in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. For 11 years, he worked in the Arts & Sciences Department as Associate Dean.  In that role, he worked with math, biology, chemistry and physics faculty members in curriculum development, class scheduling, facilities management, supervision of technical support staff in the science labs, supervision of part-time faculty, and budget management for laboratory supplies, safety, and equipment. During the past nine years as Program Operation Director in distance learning at the University of New Mexico, Dr. Cornish expanded his interaction with and support of STEM faculty by engaging in efforts to deliver courses online and via television in math, biology, chemistry, earth and planetary sciences, sustainability studies, environmental science, electrical and computer engineering, computer science, civil and construction engineering, and mechanical engineering. He has also served as Dean of Language and Literature at Mt. Hood Community College; registrar and acting Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs at the College of Santa Fe; acting Vice Provost for Extended University at UNM, as well as an academic adviser and an assistant professor. 

Faculty Members Named as CNM Presidential Fellows

CNM President Kathie Winograd and Vice President for Academic Affairs Sydney Gunthorpe have announced that CNM faculty members Joshua Krause, Kelley Peters, Brian Sailer and David Valdes have been selected as the first CNM Presidential Fellows. More information about the program and what the Fellows will be working on will be shared soon. Please join in congratulating these faculty members on becoming CNM Presidential Fellows.

Student Health Center an Important Resource

CNM’s Student Health Center offers a variety of valuable health services for students, especially those on a tight budget. A student’s recent trip to the Student Health Center resulted in a referral to the University of New Mexico Hospital emergency room, which might have saved the student’s life. Click here to read more about the care and resources available at the Student Health Center.

For Your Information

Be Sure to Display Parking Permits Beginning Monday
If you haven’t already, it’s time to get your fall term general or paid parking permit. Click here for instructions on the online process to obtain a parking permit.

Construction on Paseo del Norte Begins in October
Construction on the Paseo del Norte interchange with I-25 will begin in October and will impact traffic on Alameda Blvd., and likely travel times to the CNM Westside Campus, the Advanced Technology Center and the Workforce Training Center. For more info, go to

Upper SSC, BMX Parking Lots Closed Aug. 24, 25 and 31 Due to Fireworks
The Upper SSC parking lot and the BMX parking lot will be closed because of fireworks shows on the following dates: Isotopes fireworks Aug. 24-25 and UNM football fireworks Aug. 31.

TRiO Accepting Fall Applications
TRiO Student Support Services is now accepting applications for the fall term. Access TRiO’s online application. 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. If you have questions, call 224-4375.

CNM Academic Advisement Hosts UNM Advisor
University of New Mexico academic advisor Sarah Kieltyka is working from the CNM Academic Advisement department Monday through Thursday to help students who plan to transfer to UNM. She works from UNM on Fridays. She is available by appointment at 659-6488 and can also be reached at

WTC Hosts Community Night for Upcoming Social Media Academy
The Workforce Training Center will hold a community night for area businesses and community members Sept. 10 from 6-8 p.m. to learn about the upcoming Social Media Academy. The free special event is designed to be a time for prospective students to mingle with instructors, visit facilities, have questions answered by instructors and hear from a law expert on Internet copyright and intellectual property ownership. Refreshments will be available. Register for the community night at

Professional and Personal Development Opportunities

Developing a Plan for Wellness
Would you like to head into the holidays with a customized fitness and healthy eating wellness plan? If yes, enroll in “Developing a Plan for Wellness,” hosted by Employee Training. Modules include fitness concepts, healthy eating and stress management techniques. From Tai Chi to Zumba, you’ll be introduced to a variety of workout options, modified for you, and you’ll go home after each class with a “heart healthy” recipe. Go to the Employee Training website for the schedule and click here to enroll. Classes are scheduled on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 – 6:30 pm beginning Sept. 11 through Nov. 20 in the Student Resource Center, Room 204.  
Employee Training Hosts Fundamentals of Supervision this Fall
If you are interested in being a leader at CNM, this training is for you! Offered during the fall term, this 12-week workshop combines the fundamentals of supervision with information specific to supervising at CNM. Participants will be introduced to CNM presenters on topics ranging from planning and goal-setting to supervising, ethics and conflict resolution. The training is scheduled on Fridays from Sept. 6 through Nov. 22 from 9 a.m.–noon in the Student Resource Center, Room 204. The Sept. 13 session will be in Smith Brasher Hall, Room132 from 2-5 p.m. to avoid conflicting with CNM Convocation. To register for any of these trainings go to the ET Registration portal.  If you have questions, email or call 505-224-3070.
Get on the Path to Healthy Eating and a Healthy Life
Do you want to eat healthy and make your heart happy?  Are you trying to find healthy and delicious recipes?  Discover the benefits of eating well with Chef Julian Griego and learn how to turn your favorite "not-so-healthy" foods into heart healthy recipes in this class that is scheduled for Sept. 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Smith Brasher Hall, Room 132. Enroll today to get simple, affordable and delicious recipes. Participants will also make and enjoy a healthy lunch. Be sure to email your favorite unhealthy foods to by Thursday, Sept. 5.
Customer Service Course Designed for Student Employees
Employee Training is offering a course for student employees on “Communicating for Effective Customer Service,” which will be held on Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. to noon in Smith Brasher Hall, Room132. The course will cover basic principles and proven techniques that can assist front-line staff in providing exceptional customer service. The facilitator is Dalia Baca. Click here for more info.

Having Trouble Accessing Mandatory Trainings: Use Google Chrome
If you are having difficulty accessing or logging into any of the online mandatory trainings, including the new Hazard Communication training, please use Google Chrome as your browser. If you don’t have Google Chrome on your computer, contact the ITS Service Desk at 224-HELP (4357) or send an email to

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