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News Link - September 5, 2013


CNM Community Unites for Convocation on Sept. 13

CNM’s annual Convocation for all faculty and staff will take place on Friday, Sept. 13. 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. The Central Parking Lot on Main Campus will be closed Sept. 11, 12 and 13 in preparation for Convocation. Permit holders for the Central Lot will be allowed to park in the North, JS and PPD lots. The Central Lot will reopen Sept. 16.

CNM First in New Mexico to Offer Cloud Computing Course Series

This fall, CNM became the first public college or university in New Mexico to have a VMware IT Academy offering classes in “cloud computing,” a fast-growing technology that is making it possible for businesses to have all the computer power they need without investing in expensive hardware and software. The course series prepares students to pass a national certification, which can draw lucrative salaries. Click here to read more.

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.

All Students Will Have to Change Their CNM Passwords Beginning the Morning of Sept. 17

Due to a major technology upgrade, all students will have to change their CNM passwords to access CNM online services and resources beginning at 7 a.m. on Sept. 17. By default as of 7 a.m. on Sept. 17, student passwords will be reset to the student’s nine-digit Student ID number followed by their six-digit date of birth (i.e. 010190 for Jan. 1, 1990). After logging into myCNM with the default password, students will have to change their password to something other than their “reset” default password. Click here to access a web page with step-by-step instructions for changing a student’s 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 from 5 p.m. on Sept. 16 until 7 a.m. on Sept. 17. The exception will be Blackboard – students will be able to access Blackboard with their current password until approximately 2 a.m. on Sept. 17 via

Faculty Load and Compensation (FLAC) Update – Deadline to Acknowledge Assignments Today

Faculty Load and Compensation (FLAC) processes require faculty to review and acknowledge course assignments. Instructions and a training video are available by clicking on the “Employees” tab in myCNM, then look for the “Tutorials” area in the upper right corner.

Part-time Faculty & Full-time Faculty Overloads – Fall course assignments are currently available for review and acknowledgement through myCNM.  The deadline to acknowledge assignments is today, Sept 5. For courses beginning on Aug. 26, the first paycheck will be on Friday, Sept. 13.  Note that course pay is based on the Workload for any given course. The Workload column is listed on the Faculty Load and Compensation Acknowledgement Form. The definition of Workload is weekly contact hours plus office hours multiplied by the number of weeks for the course. The part-time course compensation is calculated on the Workload multiplied by the appropriate hourly rate.

Please disregard the contact and credit hour figures listed on the Faculty Load and Compensation Acknowledgement Form when evaluating pay. The contact and credit hour columns do not contain the numbers used in the Workload formula. Rather, they are used by other entities at the college when processing data related to functions other than pay.

With the implementation of Faculty Load and Compensation, the Payroll Department will be automatically loading the personal and sick leave for part-time instructor classes. In the past, it was a manual process, and all leaves were loaded near the start of the term. With FLAC, part-time instructors will now see their leave added to their banks when they begin receiving payment for a class. For more information, click here. If you have any questions, please contact Audrey Beck at or by phone at extension 51969.

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).

Academic Affairs Surpasses Graduation Goal for 2012-13

CNM awarded a total of 7,055 associate degrees and certificates during the 2012-13 academic year, far surpassing Academic Affairs’ goal of 5,559 degrees and certificates. A total of 5,042 CNM graduates earned those awards. “I’m extremely proud of everybody in Academic Affairs and the entire CNM community that supports our efforts every day,” said Vice President for Academic Affairs Sydney Gunthorpe. “It’s great to know we surpassed our goal, but it’s much more rewarding to know that each of these degrees and certificates will help our graduates be more successful in their careers and in life. With each degree and certificate earned, the prospects for a student, their family, our community and our state are lifted a little higher. That’s what makes the accomplishment of this goal so rewarding – knowing the positive ripple effects that come from each student’s success.” Academic Affairs has a five-year plan in place to continue increasing the number of graduates each year.

Sharon Gordon-Moffett Receives Scholarship

Sharon Gordon-Moffett, CNM’s director of Service Learning and Skills USA, is one of two people in the country to receive the Dave Berryman Leadership Development Scholarship. Click here to read more.

CNM to Play Role in Next Week’s ABQ Tech Fiesta

Lisa Aldon of CNM’s Workforce Training Center will speak on Sept. 13 at 11:30 a.m. as part of the week-long ABQ Tech Fiesta. The fiesta is a celebration of tech talent and groups that cultivate a thriving tech community in the Albuquerque area. Her talk will be titled “Moving from Ideas to Action” and she’ll present at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Also, CNM’s School of Applied Technologies is a sponsor of the ABQ Tech Fiesta’s Sept. 9 Women in Technology luncheon scheduled for noon at the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum. In addition, as part of the fiesta, the WTC will host a “Social and Digital Media Community Night” on Sept 10 at 6 p.m. in partnership with CNM’s Small Business Development Center. The open house is designed to introduce prospective students to an upcoming series of classes focusing on digital and social media. More information on the Digital and Social Media Community night can be found at

For Your Information

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 drop in for a conversation with an achievement coach and academic advisor on Sept. 17 from 10 a.m.-noon in H Building – Food Court. They can get help with basic questions about programs, schedule of classes, dates and deadlines, general questions and CNM resources.

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.

Westside Campus Students Invited to Have Coffee With a Coach and Academic Advisor
The Westside Campus will have an achievement coach and academic advisor available to answer general student questions about anything pertaining to CNM on Thursday, Sept. 5 from 1-3 p.m. in the Michael J. Glennon Building atrium. Free coffee will be provided.

Professional and Personal Development Opportunities

Developing a Plan for Wellness
Would you like to head into the holidays with a customized fitness and healthy eating wellness plan? If yes, enroll in “Developing a Plan for Wellness,” hosted by Employee Training. Modules include fitness concepts, healthy eating and stress management techniques. From Tai Chi to Zumba, you’ll be introduced to a variety of workout options, modified for you, and you’ll go home after each class with a “heart healthy” recipe. Go to the Employee Training website for the schedule and click here to enroll. Classes are scheduled on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 – 6:30 pm beginning Sept. 11 through Nov. 20 in the Student Resource Center, Room 204.

Get on the Path to Healthy Eating and a Healthy Life
Do you want to eat healthy and make your heart happy? Are you trying to find healthy and delicious recipes? Discover the benefits of eating well with Chef Julian Griego and learn how to turn your favorite "not-so-healthy" foods into heart healthy recipes in this class that is scheduled for Sept. 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Smith Brasher Hall, Room 132. Enroll today to get simple, affordable and delicious recipes. Participants will also make and enjoy a healthy lunch. Be sure to email your favorite unhealthy foods to by Thursday, Sept. 5.

Employee Training Hosts Fundamentals of Supervision this Fall
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 the Student Resource Center, Room 204. The Sept. 13 session will be in Smith Brasher Hall, Room132 from 2-5 p.m. to avoid conflicting with CNM Convocation. To register for any of these trainings go to the ET Registration portal.  If you have questions, email or call 505-224-3070.

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