News Link - July 26, 2013


Open Forums for School of Math, Science & Engineering Dean Candidates Take Place Today

Finalists for the dean of the School of Math, Science & Engineering will be on campus today and will participate in open forums. They will discuss their backgrounds and there will be time allotted for questions from 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 Jeannette Stromberg Hall, Room 208.

Employees Honored at Excellence Award Luncheon

Twenty-two CNM employees were honored at the July 19 Employee Excellence Award Luncheon for going above and beyond. Read about the award recipients at

Linda Martin Named New Permanent Associate Dean for MSE

Linda Martin has been hired as a permanent associate dean for the School of Math, Science & Engineering. She has been serving as interim associate dean of MSE since January. Linda obtained her bachelor’s in mathematics from Oberlin College and her master’s in mathematics from the University of Washington. Her CNM career as a full-time mathematics instructor began in January 1998. Phil Carman, interim MSE dean, said, “Linda has done an outstanding job as interim associate dean since her appointment early this year. Her often-innovative approaches to the complex issues MSE has faced have been invaluable, and we are very pleased that we will continue to benefit from her expertise and experience.”

CNM’s I-BEST Programs Help Students Finish Trade Courses Faster

CNM’s Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training programs (I-BEST) helps students meet basic education requirements while taking credit-courses, like students in some electrical trades classes. Read more at

Deans Council Participates in Wings for L.I.F.E. Dinner

As part of the Deans Council’s continuing efforts to become more involved in the community, the group participated in a dinner at Wings for L.I.F.E. on July 22. Read more at

Construction on Student Services Center Store Front Started

Construction on the Student Services Center Store Front began Monday, July 22.  The construction will take place after hours from 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 of the equipment that will be used during the demolition and construction.
  • Faculty and staff should encourage students to come in early for service. If it is convenient for students, they should refer them to other campuses.  
  • As a reminder, departments that use queue lines need to 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.

CNM 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 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. Learn more about the required training at this website. If you have questions, email or call 505-224-3070.

Setting Your Avaya Mailbox Password

Due to necessary upgrades to CNM’s Avaya phone system, all faculty and staff voicemail passwords will be reset to the default on July 31. 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. Please be sure to follow the voice prompts carefully to complete the Avaya mailbox initialization process.

1. Call the system access number – 4-4801 (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 nine-digit Employee ID number and press [#]. Continue to step 2.

b. If you hear a recorded name and it is not your name, and you are accessing the system from your desk phone, please contact the ITS Service Desk at extension 4-4357. If you are trying to reach your mailbox through another phone press [*] [#]. Enter your five-digit phone extension. Then enter your temporary password (last eight digits of your employee ID number) followed by [#]. Proceed to step 2.

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. Select option 3 to record a greeting and follow the prompts.

For Your Information

Records & Property Controls Relocating
Records & Property Control is relocating to CNM’s Physical Plant building (PPD) on Main Campus on Sept. 6.  The move will take approximately three weeks. Please return checked out record(s) and boxes by July 31. Records & Property Control will temporarily not be able to accept boxes for storage or destruction after July 31. During the move, records may be checked out only on an emergency basis. Records & Property Control will notify departments when boxes can be accepted for storage or destruction. If you have any questions regarding the move, please contact Records & Property Control staff at extensions 4-4630, 4-4617 or 4-4614.

CNM’s Making Money Work Registration Deadline Set for Sept. 20
The deadline for high school students to enroll in CNM’s Making Money Work course, an online dual credit financial literacy class, is Sept. 20. The course, offered at no cost, counts for both high school and college credit. Read more at

Employee Training to Host Workshops on Stress Management
Employee Training will host three workshops in August on Stress Management at Work. The workshop at Montoya Campus is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 1 from 10– 11:30 a.m. in H126. Main Campus is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 2 from 2 –3:30 p.m. in SB 132 and Westside Campus is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 5 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. A new term is about to begin, and as always it will bring a 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. Come prepared to do some moving (nothing strenuous), breathing and relaxing.

Fundamentals of Supervision Offered to Aspiring Leaders
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 SRC 204. The Sept. 13 session will be in SB-132 from 2-5 p.m. To register for any of these trainings go to the ET Registration portal.  If you have questions, email or call 505-224-3070.

Parking Permits 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 and vehicle information, including license plate number and their state-issued disabled plate or vehicle disabled plate registration, to the Disability Resource Center at Main Campus or Montoya Campus.

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, click here.

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