News Link - July 11, 2013


CNM Is Going Smoke Free

The CNM Governing Board has approved a proposal to make all CNM campuses smoke free. The use of tobacco products, including the use of chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes, is now limited to designated smoking areas and banned from all other areas at all CNM campuses and locations. Designated smoking areas have been identified at all CNM locations. CNM is dedicated to promoting a healthy environment in which to learn and work.  If you’d like help with quitting, check out these resources to help you quit.

CNM Employees Required to Take Revised OSHA Hazard Communication Training

OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) has revised its Hazard Communication standards. Hazard Communication training is federally mandated, and all employees hired prior to Jan. 1, 2013 are required to complete the revised training. Employees who completed Hazard Communication after Jan. 1 were trained on the new standards. The deadline for completion is Dec. 1, 2013. Learn more about the required training at this website. If you have questions, email or call 505-224-3070.

Reset Your phone System Password on July 31

Due to necessary upgrades to CNM’s Avaya phone system, all faculty and staff voicemail passwords will be reset to the default. Also, default voicemail greetings will automatically go into effect until you reset your password and record a new greeting.  Employees will not be able to access voicemails or change greetings by phone without resetting your password.  However, voicemails will continue to be forwarded to your email account and can be played through Outlook.  Please wait to reset your password until July 31 or thereafter, when the technical upgrades will be complete. To reset your password, follow the instructions below.

Setting your Avaya Mailbox Password
Please be sure to follow the voice prompts carefully to complete the Avaya mailbox initialization process.
1. Call the system access number. The system access number is 44801 (on campus) or 224-4801 (off campus). If calling the off campus number, press [#] to interrupt the greeting and enter your 5-Digit extension when prompted.

a. Enter your temporary password, which will be the last eight digits of your Employee ID number, excluding the 0 at the beginning, and press [#]. Continue to step 2
b. If you hear a spoken name and it is notyour name, Press [*] [#]. Enter your 5 digit extension then enter your temporary password (Employee ID number) followed by [#]. Proceed to step 2.
c. After completing step 1-b if the system didn’t identify your name correctly, please contact the ITS Service Desk at Ext. 44357 and enter a service desk ticket so that ITS can correct the issue. The info that you will need to provide ITS is the following:

    i. What name or message did you hear when you dialed the access number?
    ii. Your 5-Digit extension and your name.
    iii. your physical location (cubical or office #)
    2. After completing step 1-a or 1-b, the system will prompt you to enter a new password followed by [#]. You will be asked to verify the password, reenter the same password followed by [#].

Your Avaya mailbox password change is now complete.

Math, English, Reading Boot Camps May Be Students Ticket to Success

For students needing a jump start to advance from developmental education classes to college-level courses, one-week boot camps offered by CNM this summer may be their ticket to success. Read more at

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. To apply for admission into the school, which will open for the fall semester, go to More information about the school and a list of frequently asked questions are also on the site.

CHSS Builds Community with Picnic

As a way to strengthen bonds and build community in the School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences, the school held its Second Annual CHSS Picnic at Roosevelt Park on June 28. Read more at

CNM Students Excel at National SkillsUSA Championships

CNM students continued the college’s tradition of excellence at the National SkillsUSA Championships, bringing home two medals and nine top 10 finishes. Click here to read more.

Celebrate CNM Student Success Award in Your Email Signature

As you know, CNM was recently recognized by the American Association of Community Colleges with its prestigious Student Success Award. You can join in the celebration of this great accomplishment for CNM by adding the image attached to this email to your email signature. Directions for creating an email signature and embedding an image are provided below for both Microsoft Office 2007 and Microsoft Office 2010.

Access directions for creating an email signature in Office 2007 by clicking here. (Make sure to follow the directions to add a picture so you can insert the Student Success Award Winner graphic in your email signature).

Access directions for creating an email signature in Office 2010 by clicking here. (Make sure to follow the directions to add a picture so you can insert the Student Success Award Winner graphic in your email signature).

For Your Information

CNM Foundation Creates the Bobby Matteucci Presidential Scholarship
After 26 years of service on the CNM Governing Board, the CNM Foundation will honor Bobby Matteucci for his exceptional contributions to CNM and education in general while also transforming the life of a worthy student. The Bobby Matteucci Presidential Scholarship will provide a graduating high school senior dual credit student, who plans to attend CNM, with a $2,500 per year stipend for two years to pay for educational expenses. Students who receive the scholarship must maintain a 3.0 GPA, be enrolled full-time at CNM and be engaged in community service. The CNM Foundation is now seeking “50 Friends for Bobby” who will contribute $1,000 to fund a Presidential Scholarship to honor Bobby for his 26 years of service to CNM and his prolific public service in our community and state. Contributors at that level will be highlighted at this year’s CNM Foundation Donor Appreciation Dinner, when the endowed scholarship will be announced. Gifts may be pledged through United Way of Central New Mexico or made on-line at Contact the CNM Foundation at 224-4685 for more information.

Parking Permits Go on Sale July 29
CNM parking permits go on sale starting July 29. All fall term paid permits and general parking permits must be ordered online through myCNM. Individuals parking in the free general lots will need the new general parking permits for the 2013-2014 academic year. Eligible full-time employees interested in having their parking permit fees deducted from their payroll need to contact Parking Services at Ext. 51622. Also, people who already are on the payroll deduction plan and have to update their vehicle information need to contact Parking Services at Ext. 51622. Individuals who display a state-issued disabled permit must also display the new CNM disabled permit for the 2013-2014 Academic Year. They need to take their driver’s license, vehicle information including license plate number and their state-issued disabled plate or vehicle disabled plate registration to the Disabled Resource Center at Main Campus or JMMC.

Retirement Withholding Updates from the Payroll Department
Effective July 1, the ERA withholding rates have increased. You will see this change on your July 19 pay check. The employee contribution rate has increased .7 percent, from 9.4 percent to 10.1percent.  CNM’s contribution has also increased, from 10.9 percent to 13.15 percent. As a reminder, the 2013 457-Deferred Compensation limit is $17,500, and $23,000 for employees who are age 50 or over.

Employee Training to Host Workshops on Stress Management at Work
Employee Training (ET) will host two workshops in August on Stress Management at Work,               one at the Main Campus and the other at the Montoya Campus. A new semester is about to begin, and as always it will bring a powerful mix of experiences for staff, faculty and students alike, including excitement, hopefulness, anticipation, anxiety and high (sometimes unrealistic) expectations. This workshop will be a “hands-on” training focused on stress management techniques that you can use in the moment to help cope with this demanding time of year. We will look at both physical and cognitive stress management techniques, as well as interpersonal strategies. Come prepared to do some moving (nothing strenuous), breathing and relaxing. To register, go to the ET Registration portal and follow the attached instructions. The workshop at the Montoya Campus will be on Aug. 1 from 10-11:30 a.m. in H 126. The one at the Main Campus will be Aug. 2 from 2-3:30 p.m. in SB 132. If you have questions, email or call 505-224-3070.

Web Writing Workshop Set for July 31 for Web Content Contributors
A Web Writing Workshop will be held for those who would like to become web content contributors on The workshop will be held July 31 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Main Campus in the Student Resource Center, Room 103. To register, go to

Paper-based GED Exam Sessions Full
All first-time, paper-based GED exam sessions at CNM are filled for 2013. Students wanting to take the GED exam for the first time should visit to register for the computer-based GED.

Test for Pilot Access Control/Lockdown of Doors Scheduled July 16, 17, 18
On July 16, 17 and 18 CNM will test a pilot program for access control/lockdown of doors on six buildings at three different campuses. They include: July 16 -- Montoya Campus, TW and H Buildings; July 17 -- Main Campus, New Culinary/Foundation/Bookstore Building, SRC and JS Buildings; and July 18 -- Westside Campus, WSC1 New Building. The testing will occur at 6 a.m. and should not impact classes or morning building access.

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

New Employee Orientation Phase III Sessions Scheduled for Rest of 2013
New Employee Orientation Phase III sessions have been scheduled for the rest of the calendar year. The trainings will be offered on July 19, Aug. 16, Sep. 20, Oct. 18 and Nov. 15. This orientation is required for all full-time faculty and staff within 30 days of hire. Participants will receive an overview of the college’s vision of “Changing Lives, Building Community” and have the opportunity to listen to CNM’s senior leadership talk about the functions of various offices and departments.  Go to the Employee Training website to register.

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

Circus Savings for CNM Employees, Families, Friends
CNM employees, families and friends can save $5 a ticket at the Ringling Brothers’ Barnum and Bailey Circus Aug. 9-11 at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho. Contact Nickole Hanna at 866-248-8740 Ext. 31430 or for more information or to purchase tickets.

Book Club Discussion
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.

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