News Link September 26, 2009


CNM to Offer Intersession Courses During Winter Break

Beginning this winter during CNM’s normal break between the fall and spring terms, CNM will offer a selection of classes in a condensed, three-week format. These classes, which will be held from Monday, Dec. 16, through Saturday, Jan. 4, will provide students with an opportunity to complete a class they might need to graduate in a short timeframe, allowing them to shorten their time to graduation. These intersession classes will only be offered in an online format, so only students who have experience taking CNM distance learning classes should consider taking an intersession class. The classes will not meet on campus (except for HLTH 1001) and a student can only take one intersession class. Since the subject matter will be taught in three weeks, instead of the standard 16-week format for courses in the fall and spring terms, students should understand that these classes will require a significant commitment of time and energy for three weeks. It’s estimated that typical students would need to devote 30 to 35 hours per week to their class work. Also, intersession classes will not be eligible for financial aid. These are the intersession classes that will be open for registration for continuing students on Nov. 4:

  • HVAC 1130 – Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Code and Safety I (Instructor TBA)
  • FIN 1010 – Financial Literacy (Cheryl Bernier)
  • CIS 1310 – Intro to Digital Media (Jose Velez)
  • CIS 1420 – Intro to Computer Networking (Hye Clark)
  • PSY 1105 – Intro to Psychology (Asa Stone)
  • ARTH 1101 – Intro to Art (Jessica Rosazza-Williams)
  • WMST 1150 – Intro to Women’s Studies (Rinita Mazumdar)
  • CST 1150 – Intro to Cultural Studies (George Ann Gregory)
  • PHIL 1110 – Intro to Philosophical Thought (Cecily Kuehl-Shank)
  • HLTH 1001 – Clinical Preparation (Instructor TBA, course meets Jan. 3-4 only)
  • NUTR 1010 – Personal Practical Nutrition (Vickie Filutze)
  • BIO 1410 – Biology for Health Sciences (Anthony Aragon)
  • MATH 1330 – Intro to Probability and Statistics (Cynthia Griffin-Ediger)
  • CSE 1101 – College Success (Therese Baca-Radler)

Starting with Spring Term, Changes in Registration Deadlines

Beginning with the 2014 Spring Term, a change in policy will require all students to be registered in classes prior to the start of the part of term in which the classes are scheduled. The Spring Term begins Jan. 6. For full-term courses that begin the week of Jan. 6, students will have to be registered in those classes by Jan. 5. For students who plan to take late-start classes that begin after the first week of the Spring Term, students should check the “Course Dates and Deadlines” link on the 2014 Spring Term Schedule of Classes web page that will be available on Oct. 21. This page will include a “Last Day to Register” chart for all late-start classes – look for the “Part of Term” headline in the chart to find the last day to register for the late-start classes you plan to take.

Studies have clearly shown that students succeed at a much higher rate when they are engaged in the learning process from the very beginning of a class. CNM is making this change because it will help more students successfully complete their classes.

Spring Term registration for continuing students will begin Nov. 4.

Look for Insurance Information Packets from CNM in Your Home Mail

All CNM employees will be receiving a packet of information regarding the “New Health Insurance Marketplace Coverage Options and Your Health Coverage.” This communication will be sent to all CNM employees via United States Postal Service prior to Oct. 1. Healthcare Reform regulations under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) require employers to notify all employees about available coverage through the Health Care Reform Marketplaces beginning on Jan. 1, 2014. CNM is required to send notice to all faculty, staff and student employees, including those who are benefits eligible and non-benefits eligible. The notice is intended to serve as your Employer Notice about the Health Insurance Marketplace as required by law. Please review the content of the package you receive carefully. Should you have questions, please contact CNM’s Human Resources Department at 505-224-4000 ext. 20399 or email

Students Can Learn More About Their Major or a Major They’re Considering at CHSS ‘Major Mixer’ on Oct. 4

Faculty and staff from the School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences will host the CHSS Major Mixer on Friday, Oct. 4, from 4-6 p.m. on Main Campus in the Student Resource Center, Room 204. It’s a great opportunity for students to learn more about their majors or a major they are considering. Faculty and staff will be able to provide insights on majors and answer students’ questions. Students can also have a staff member walk them through a degree audit to see how close they are to graduation. Food and drinks will be available, as well as the chance to win prizes. For more information, email Elizabeth Bennett at, Hector Navarro at or Paula Smith-Hawkins at

New Electronic Form Allows for More Efficient Processing of Personnel Actions

CNM’s Human Resources (HR) Department is focused on process improvement through automation by leveraging HR technology. On Sept. 23, HR in partnership with Payroll and Information Technology Services, went live with the Electronic Personnel Action Form (EPAF). This new automated process allows HR to process paperless personnel actions. EPAFs are automated and permit data to default into the Banner system form without manual data entry, improving data integrity and streamlining employment transactions. The forms enable HR to process personnel actions rapidly, through an electronic approval process that provides an audit trail. EPAF advantages include the ability to track progress electronically; it is created online and applied to the Banner system electronically. Information is keyed once, minimizing the chance for data entry errors. The EPAF’s were implemented this week and will enhance efficiencies. Contact HR at 224-4600 for more information.

President Winograd Talks About Convocation, Poetry and One of the Most Important Professions in the World; Join the Conversation

President Winograd blogs about the powerful poetry performed at Convocation, as well as one of the most important professions in the world – teaching. Join the conversation at

Students from Health Leadership High School Visit CNM to Learn About College and Career Options

Fifty students from the Health Leadership High School in Albuquerque recently visited CNM’s School of Health Wellness & Public Safety, seeing first-hand what college and career choices might be available to them. Click here to read more.

Libraries Offering Large Selection of Downloadable E-books

The CNM Libraries is now offering a large collection of downloadable e-books that include a wide variety of books to supplement learning. The Libraries have teamed with EBSCO to offer around 200,000 titles. To download the e-books, computers are required to have Adobe Digital Edition software, which is scheduled to be installed in all computer labs by Oct. 1. Employee computers will receive the software at a later date. You can search for books in the collection by going to the CNM Libraries, then look for “Resources” and click on “EBSCO ebooks.” For more information, call 224-3274 or email

Learn How to Optimize Your Use of Electronic Documents in Adobe Acrobat XI Workshop for CNM Employees

CNM employees are invited to participate in an online workshop delivered by Adobe on the new Adobe Acrobat XI software. The software has been installed on some CNM computers and employees can also request the software by emailing The workshop will help employees learn how to maximize the software and create interactive forms, build PDF e-portfolios, e-sign documents, archive documents and even integrate video and 3-D objects into your PDFs. You’ll also learn how to take advantage of new form-building technology that makes it easier to build electronic forms from scratch. You can register for the training by clicking here.

Purchasing Department Reorganizes

The Purchasing Department will be taking on a significant new initiative to automate and improve procurement processes. Through a recent reorganization of the Purchasing & Materials Management department, Charlotte Gensler will be leading this initiative as the Senior Purchasing Analyst. Wanda Helms has agreed to serve as interim director of Purchasing, in addition to her current role as director of Contracts and Grants, while a search for a permanent Purchasing director is conducted. Wanda will assume these responsibilities immediately and she can be reached in Purchasing at 224-4551 or ext. 52010.

Health Benefit Costs Increased in September

If you participate in CNM health insurance benefits, you will see a change in your take home pay starting this month. Insurance premiums increased 6.6 percent for medical and 3 percent for dental 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 health coverage. The premium for an employee with two-party coverage will increase approximately $12.18, and family coverage will increase by $16.27.

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 take place throughout October. This is the time that 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.

For Your Information

Vets to Learn about Programs and Services Available to Them at Orientation Sessions
Veterans attending CNM are invited to attend an orientation of programs and services available to them. The Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP)/Veteran Orientation will be held Sept. 26 from 1-4 p.m. and Sept. 27 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. No advanced registration is required. During the orientation veterans will receive an overview of Veterans Affairs programs and benefits, funding opportunities through the Upward Bound for Veterans program, need-to-know facts on VRAP and information about financial aid assistance. The orientation is sponsored by the CNM VetSuccess Center. For more information, call the VetSuccess on Campus Counselor J.R. Romero at 224-3265.

Workforce Training Center to offer Sustainable Business Series
The CNM Workforce Training Center will offer trainings in a Sustainable Business Series entitled “Grow Your Business and Turn Green to Gold.” The first in the series will be “Introduction to Green Business,” a 12-hour course that will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays Nov. 5-14 from 6-9 p.m. Cost of the course is $179. The second class will be “Green Project Management” to be conducted on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The course cost is $119. The third in the series is “Introduction to Green Purchasing” to be taught Tuesday, Nov. 19 and Thursday, Nov. 21 from 6-9 p.m. Cost of the class is $89. For more information, call 224-5200 or click here.

Payroll Office in New Location
The Payroll Office has moved to its new location in the A Building, Room 110.  The location for departments to pick up paychecks has not changed – please continue to pick up payroll from the Business Office in A-30.

Hands-only CPR to be Taught in Classrooms
CNM is participating in Project Heart Start, a hands-only CPR training event organized by CNM’s Event Planning class. Facilitators will go into classes and train students in hands-only CPR. Students will not be eligible for certification after the training, but will learn the skills that can save a life. The trainings will run from Monday, Nov. 18 through Thursday, Nov. 22. Instructors interested in hosting a training session in their class should contact Nicole Rodriquez at or instructor Charlene Selbee at by Oct. 11.

Survivor Stories of Hiroshima Bomb to be Told at Westside Campus Event
Survivors of the Hiroshima bombing will share their stories on Monday, Sept. 30, from 10:30-11:45 a.m. in the Westside Campus auditorium, WSI-304. Kiyomi Kono’s talk is entitled “I’ll Never Forget the Day.” Translator will be Nobuko Morikawa. Michiko Nishida will talk about “My Mother’s A Bomb Experience,” and Kenso Tanaka’s talk will be on “Hiroshima Today: The A-Bombed Willow Gave Me Life and Hope.” The event is sponsored by “Breaking the Silence”(Real Stories-in-Performance), Asian American Studies and Peace Studies Programs of UNM. For more information, contact Mary Bates-Ulibarri at the Westside Campus Library, 224-4000, Ext. 52552

Stop by for a Tour of Records Retention & Property
Records Retention & Property Control has moved to PPD 131 & 132. If you’d like to stop by, department members will be happy to give you a tour, and show you the new Records Retention movable shelving system. Departments may send records for storage, destruction or may check out records beginning Oct. 1. If you have any questions, please contact Records Retention staff at 4-4630, 4-4617 or 4-4614.

TEDxABQ Seeks Speakers for February Meeting
TEDxABQ is once again looking for some educational "ideas worth spreading" for the Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 TEDxABQED. The deadline for speaker applications is Oct 31. The speaker application can be found at this link. TEDx events, which have taken place in 1,200 cities and 133 countries, are off-shoots of the original TED events, which were born in Silicon Valley as a way to disseminate “ideas worth spreading,” TED’s slogan.

Isotopes Parking Lot C Unavailable on Election Day, Oct. 8
On Election Day, Oct. 8, the city will be using Isotopes Stadium as a voting location. Isotopes Parking Lot C will be reserved for voters. Isotopes Lot B off of Avenida Cesar Chavez will be available for CNM students and employees.

Montoya Campus Hosts Discussion on Cultural Understanding – ‘Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys’
The CNM Montoya Campus Library is hosting a new reading and discussion series called "Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys.” The discussion series is part of a grant-funded effort called “Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys.” These discussions are designed “to help public audiences in the United States become more familiar with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims around the world and within the U.S. The Bookshelf is intended to address both the need and the desire of the American public for trustworthy and accessible resources about Muslim beliefs and practices and the cultural heritage associated with Islamic civilizations.” Students, employees and community members are invited to attend the first discussion focused on the book “The Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam” by F.E. Peters. It will be held in the J Building, Room 124 on Oct. 9 from 3-4:30 p.m. For more information, email

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. For more information, contact Marshall Quam, campaign manager, at 224-4686 or\.

Professional and Personal Development Opportunities

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

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