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News Link - September 12, 2013


CNM Community Unites for Convocation on Friday

CNM’s annual Convocation for all faculty and staff is set for Friday. 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 Main Campus Central Lot, which is located at the northwest corner of Coal Ave. and Buena Vista Dr. Featured speakers include President Kathie Winograd, nationally-renowned poet and educator Taylor Mali and Albuquerque Poet Laureate Hakim Bellamy. Click here to see Taylor Mali perform “What Teachers Make.” Lunch will be served near the Student Resource Center lawn and the college will reopen at 1 p.m.

Health Benefit Costs Increasing, Beginning with Current Paycheck

If you participate in CNM health insurance benefits, you will see a change in your take home pay starting this week. Insurance premium increases of 6.6 percent for medical and 3 percent for dental become effective the first payroll of September. For example, an employee enrolled in Blue Cross/Blue Shield High Option with single coverage can expect to see an increase of about $6.41 for their health coverage. An employee with two-party coverage will increase approximately $12.18, and family coverage will increase by $16.27. 

All Students Will Have to Log In with a Different Password on Sept. 17

Due to a major technology upgrade, all students will have to log in to CNM’s online services or computer network with a different password beginning at 7 a.m. on Sept. 17. At that time, default passwords will have been reset to the student’s nine-digit Student ID number followed by the student’s date of birth (i.e. 010190 for Jan. 1, 1990). Beginning at 7 a.m. on Sept. 17, students should log into myCNM with the default password. After logging in, students will need to change their default password to a new password. The new password will require a minimum of eight characters, including at least one uppercase letter, one lowercase letter and one number. Click here for step-by-step instructions on changing passwords. Students can also watch this video that shows how to change their password.

The technology upgrade will begin at 5 p.m. on Sept. 16, so students will not be able to access any CNM online services or the CNM network from 5 p.m. on Sept. 16 until 7 a.m. on Sept. 17. The exception will be the distance learning service Blackboard – students will be able to access Blackboard with their current password until approximately 2 a.m. on Sept. 17 via

All open computer labs will close at 5 p.m. on Sept. 16 due to the technology outage.

If students experience problems with logging in or changing their passwords, there is a phone number dedicated to this issue: 505-224-4468. Students can also email the ITS Service Desk at

Employees Honored with Candy Dish Awards at Governing Board Meeting

At the September Governing Board meeting on Tuesday, 15 employees were honored for recent outstanding work at the college with the monthly CNM Candy Dish Awards. CNM faculty members from the School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences – Elizabeth Bennett, Asa Stone, Marissa Juarez and Carson Bennett – were honored for hosting a dual credit orientation event for 57 Amy Biehl High School students who were preparing to begin dual credit classes at CNM this fall. Employees who worked to secure and implement a Workforce Training Center grant also were honored. They included Andrea Sisneros-Wichman, Lisa Aldon, Jude Baca-Miller, Stephanie Britton, Kathy Duquette, Jessie Harwell, Aaron Cabral, Richard Dahl, Jeffrey Granger and Wanda Helms. The employees worked together to launch the Solar Center of Excellence at the WTC and the goals for the grant were exceeded in one year, even though the grant was set up for a three-year timeline. Another Candy Dish Award was presented to EMS Program Director Jessica Medrano, who helped to secure a donation of an ambulance that is serving as a training site for EMS students.

Congratulations to all the Candy Dish Award winners!

October Is Open Enrollment Period for Dental and Vision Benefits, and Switch Enrollment Period for Medical Benefits

The switch enrollment period for medical benefits and open enrollment for dental and vision benefits takes place throughout October. This is the time New Mexico Public Schools Insurance Authority (NMPSIA) offers open enrollment for United Concordia Dental and Davis Vision. You can also switch healthcare plans on Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Presbyterian. All changes made will be effective Jan. 1, 2014. For more information, please contact Human Resources at 224-4600.

Flexible Spending Account Can Save You Tax Money

By joining CNM’s Cafeteria Plan (Flexible Spending Account), you can guarantee tax savings for yourself, and therefore, put more money into your own pocket. The plan allows employees to allocate money from their pay before taxes are taken out and have the funds put into an employee account that can be used to pay for medical expenses throughout the year. An amount of your choosing is withdrawn from your paycheck each pay period for the account. You simply submit receipts for reimbursement. The plan can reimburse twice each month. The deadline to apply for the Cafeteria Plan is Oct. 31, 2013. The plan goes into effect Jan. 1, 2014. Your payroll taxes are calculated at about 25 percent of your pay. When you put some of your salary into the Cafeteria Plan, that 25 percent stays in your pocket instead of going to taxes. How much would you save?

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BIT Welcomes Back Faculty and Staff with Barbecue

The School of Business & Information Technology helped to strengthen community spirit at CNM with a barbecue to welcome faculty and staff to the new school year. “It was a great event to welcome back faculty and staff for the fall term and a great way to introduce our new faculty to others within BIT,” said Donna Diller, the school’s dean. Click here to read more.

CNMers Listen to ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’ at TEDxABQ Event

More than two dozen CNM faculty and staff members joined in with 2,000 people at Popejoy Hall on Sept. 7 to be enlightened, inspired and entertained by TEDxABQ, an event where New Mexico’s leading thinkers and doers share “ideas worth spreading.” Click here to read more.

Tech Outage Scheduled for Sept. 14 at 10 p.m. Until Sept. 15 at 10 a.m.

Due to scheduled system maintenance being performed on CNM’s Main Campus Data Center, the following services will be unavailable from Saturday, Sept. 14 at 10 p.m. until Sunday, Sept. 15 at 10 a.m.: Banner;; student and employee e-mail; myCNM; Sharepoint; wireless network access on all campuses; network printing on all campuses; voicemail messaging;;; any applications using Microsoft SQL Server; and Power Clock. Blackboard, the distance learning environment, will not be affected by this outage. To access CNM’s Blackboard site directly go to: If you have any questions or concerns prior to this outage, contact the ITS Service Desk at or 224-HELP (4357). 

CNM Libraries Roll Out Traveling Service

CNM Libraries will roll out a new pilot program, the Traveling Library service, to the faculty and staff offices on the fourth and fifth floors of Max Salazar Hall starting on Sept. 17 from 1-3 p.m. Every third Tuesday of the month from 1-3 p.m., library staff members David Hernandez Rivero and Tomomi Miller will travel through MS with a cart of books to help faculty and staff become better acquainted with the libraries’ services. For more information, email

CNM Welcomes New Hires and Celebrates Retirees

Click here to see who is new to CNM and who has recently retired.

For Your Information

ITS Needs Your Help – ‘K:’ Drive Running Out of Space
The “K Drive” and users’ home directories are running out of storage space. The Office of Information Technology Services needs your immediate help in freeing up storage space. Click here for instructions on how to clean out unneeded files.  

Academic Advisement to Close for Staff Meetings on Select Dates
Academic Advisement will be closed for department staff meetings on the following dates and times:
Friday, Sept. 20, 8:30-10 a.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 25,  8:30-10 a.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 2,  8:30-10 a.m.
Friday, Oct. 11,  8:30-9:30 a.m.
Friday, Oct. 18,  8:30-10 a.m.

Payroll Moves to New Location
Starting on Tuesday, Sept. 17, the Payroll Office can be found at their new location in Room A-110 (the former Foundation Office, down the hall from Human Resources). Payroll staff will have limited access to emails and phone calls during the move on Tuesday.  If you have an urgent payroll issue during that time, please contact the Business Office at Ext. 44457.

SAGE To Host State Conference for Teachers of ESL and Adult Basic Education Students SAGE will be hosting the annual NMTESOL-NMAEA state-wide conference at CNM’s Workforce Training Center Oct. 25-26. This is a professional development conference for teachers and tutors of ESL and ABE students.  Since CNM is hosting the event, all CNM employees can attend for a reduced fee of only $50.  The conference includes 28 professional development workshops and panels. Consult your department for available funds and help with registration. Consult the website for group registration instructions or more information. If you want to pay your own fee and register independently, click here. If you would like to present (presenters pay only $25 for the whole conference) submit a proposal by clicking here.

Make a Difference by Joining Leading the Way Campaign Committee
The 2013 Leading the Way Campaign is gearing up for the CNM employee giving campaign that starts later this fall. Campaign chairs Kathy Ulibarri and Erica Volkers are seeking interested individuals who would like to serve as committee members. A Leading the Way meeting will be held on Monday, Sept. 23 in the Richard Barr Board Room in the Student Resource Center from 9-10 a.m. as an information session to review the structure of this year's campaign. For more information, contact Marshall Quam, campaign manager, at 224-4686 or

Montoya Campus Holds Coffee with a Coach and Academic Advisor
Students at the Montoya Campus are invited to get their questions answered by an achievement coach and academic advisor on Sept. 17 from 10 a.m.-noon in the H Building Food Court. Free coffee will be available.

Students Can Meet Tutors at Montoya Campus Event
Research shows that students who take advantage of tutoring are more successful in school. Montoya Campus students are invited to meet and greet the tutors from the Assistance Centers for Education and learn about free tutoring. The meet and greet will be held Sept. 24 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the H Building commons area. Contact Shiva Hardee at 224-5524 for more information.

Professional and Personal Development Opportunities

Learn How to Prepare Healthy Meals for Diabetics from CNM Nutrition Instructor
Sharon Himmelstein, CNM nutrition instructor, will teach a one-hour class on “Diabetes: Prevention & Treatment Strategies” for the Meals on Wheels (MOW) Albuquerque program Friday, Sept. 13, from noon to 1 p.m. The class will take place at the MOW’s kitchen, 5901 Harper NE. The class is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Healthy Meals Fit for Life grant that CNM was awarded several years ago.

Employee Training Department Offers Valuable Opportunities this Fall
The Employee Training department is offering a variety of valuable employee trainings this fall designed to help employees gain the knowledge, skills and abilities required to progress personally and professionally. Go to the Employee Training website to find full descriptions of all the classes and instructions on how to enroll. Among trainings being offered are:

  • Mental Health Brown Bag Lunch Series: Sept. 27, 12-1 p.m., Main Campus, KC-25
  • Communicating for Effective Customer Service (for student employees): Oct. 10, 10 a.m.-noon, Montoya Campus, J-124; Oct. 17, 10 a.m.-noon, Westside Campus, WSC I-313; Nov. 11, 10 a.m.-noon, South Valley Campus, SV-10; and Dec. 5, 10 a.m.-noon, Advanced Technology Center, Room 108.
  • Interested in Developing Team Building for Your Department? Scheduling options are: Oct. 4, 8, 9, and 10.
  • Mental Health First Aid Training: Oct. 24-25, 1-5 p.m., Main Campus, SB 132
  • Developing a Plan for Wellness: Wednesday evenings Sept. 11-Nov. 20, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

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