News Link - July 18, 2013


UNM and CNM Announce Building Collaboration in Rio Rancho

The University of New Mexico and Central New Mexico Community College have agreed to collaborate on the design and construction of their next facility in Rio Rancho, Presidents Robert G. Frank and Kathie Winograd announced today. The building will be sited at a location to be determined on the adjacent campuses of UNM West and CNM Rio Rancho and focus on the academic needs of the STEHM disciplines: science, technology, engineering, healthcare, and mathematics. Read more here.

Open Forums Set for School of Math, Science & Engineering Dean Candidates

Candidates for the dean of the School of Math, Science & Engineering will be on campus Friday, July 26 and will participate in open forums where they will give an overview of their experience/background. The remaining time will be open for questions from the attendees.  The open forums will be recorded and uploaded to a website for review for those who cannot attend.  Evaluation forms will be available at each forum. They will be shared with the hiring team. The candidates and times of their forums are: Ruth Hidalgo, 10-11 a.m.; John Cornish, 11 a.m.-noon; and Phil Carman, 1-2 p.m. All forums will be held in JS208.

Construction on Student Services Building Store Front to Begin July 22

Construction on the Student Services Building Store Front is set to begin Monday, July 22.  The construction will take place after hours between 5:15 p.m. to 3 a.m. on a daily basis. It will occur over the next 120 days, expected to be completed by Nov. 17. The west main front entrance will be blocked off. The following is some additional information about the construction project.

  • Access for all occupants will be the north entrance to the building on the first and second floors only.
  • No employees will be allowed in the building after 5 p.m.
  • There will also be construction activity on the weekends. Access to the building will be denied then as well.
  • Everyone leaving the building is asked to make sure students do not enter after 5 p.m.
  • Requests for access after 5 p.m. will not be approved.
  • Barriers will be built around some the equipment that will be used during the demolition and construction.
  • Faculty and staff are to encourage students to come in early for service. However if it is convenient, they should refer them to other campuses.  
  • As a reminder, departments that use queue lines, make sure they are brought in at the time of closing.
  • In the meantime, all newspaper racks as well as the kiosk (table) will be located on the first floor north entrance.
  • All emergency exit doors will be available. These are for exit purposes only.
  • The food court will also be closed after 5 p.m. to prevent students coming into the construction area.

Anyone with questions should call 224–4747.

SharePoint 2010 to Launch This Fall

The new and improved SharePoint 2010 is launching this Fall!  Get yourself and members of your department up to speed on the new look and feel and tools offered in SharePoint 2010 during one of the ITS-offered Power User or End User training sessions. These sessions are intended for faculty and staff. There are only a few spaces left. So sign up today.
End User training will provide a basic overview of SharePoint 2010 and how to navigate around the new  environment. It will also include tutorials on basic SharePoint functionality, such as uploading and editing documents.
Power User training is intended for staff who will be managing SharePoint permissions, creating new sites, document libraries, forms and workflow.
You only need to sign up for one session. If you sign up for a power user session, you do not need to sign up for the end user session.
Dates:  Power User -- 3 sessions on July 22 and 1 session on July 23rd (next week); End User -- 3 sessions on July 23 (next week)
To sign-up:

  • Access the Employee Training Registration portal at
  • Step 1: Create a New Profile
    • If you remember your student profile, click log in on the linked page.  If not, you can create a new profile by clicking on Create New Profile and following the instructions below.
      • Click on “Create New Profile” and select “Create a Student Profile (single user).” 
      • Click on “Create Profile”.
      • Create a username and password. Keep your login information in a safe place.
      • Enter all the requested information with a red asterisk and select “Submit.”
      • From the “Welcome, CNM Student” screen, click on “Courses” from the left-hand navigation.
      • You will receive an email confirming your profile setup.
  • Step 2: Register for Classes
    • Once logged in, from the left-hand navigation select “Courses” then select subcategory “CNM Employees” then select subcategory “Performance Support.”
    • Click the button “Add to Cart” next to the appropriate SharePoint training course you want to enroll in and the class name will display in the box labeled “Shopping Cart.” 
    • Click “Checkout.”
    • Click on the box that reads: “Agree to Refund Policy” next to each class, then click “Checkout” at the bottom of the page. 
    • You will receive an email with your class registration.

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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. A smoke-free campus campaign will begin at the start of the fall term and will include a communications campaign, smoke-free campus signage, designated smoking area signage and resources to help CNM students and employees go smoke free. Once the campaign has begun, enforcement of the CNM smoke-free policy will commence.

CNM to Honor Two at the 2013 Annual Donor Appreciation Dinner

A Central New Mexico Community College faculty member and a distinguished alumnus will be honored at the July 18 CNM Donor Appreciation Dinner scheduled for 6:15 p.m. at the Hotel Albuquerque. Read more at

Caterpillar Dealership Gives CNM Diesel Technology Program $12,500

Wagner Equipment, the local dealership of Caterpillar products, has awarded the CNM Diesel Technology Program in the School of Applied Technologies, a grant of $12,500. This will be matched by another $12,500 gift from the Caterpillar Foundation headquartered in Peoria, Ill. Read more at

CNM to Offer Learning Community Courses Again this Fall

This fall Central New Mexico Community College will once again offer learning community courses where students enroll in two or more classes together to create a “community” of learners. Instructors team up to teach these paired courses and to provide students the support and attention needed at all levels of study and in many different departments. Read more at

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.

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.

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If you are pursuing a Bachelors, Masters or Doctoral degree, PEEPS is here to support you! Join CNM Professionals Excelling in Educational Passions, (PEEPS) for encouragement, inspiration, innovation, discussion and fun. Brown-bag luncheons will occur the first Friday of each month at TC 104 Main Campus. If you would like to join the PEEPs, please contact Jeannie Baca at Ext. 3368 or at

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.

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. 

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

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