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News Link - December 5, 2013


Show Support for Graduates – Attend Graduation Ceremony Saturday

Albuquerque’s First Poet Laureate Hakim Bellamy will be the keynote speaker at CNM’s 2013 Fall Graduation Ceremony that takes place Saturday, Dec. 7, at noon in Tingley Coliseum.

Timesheet Approvals Due by 1 p.m. on Friday

Electronic timesheet approvals for the current pay period are due by 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6. Please submit your timesheet before the deadline to ensure your payroll is processed before the Holiday Break. Electronic timesheet approvals for the following pay period are due by 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 16. At the end of January 2014, employee W-2 forms will be mailed to the address on your biweekly paycheck advice. If your address is not correct, please log into myCNM, select the Employee Tab and then click on the link for “Personal Information.” This is where you’ll be able to update your “Payroll (Employees only)” address.

You’re Invited to a Holiday Reception on Dec. 10 to Celebrate Your Commitment to Student Success

The CNM Governing Board and President Winograd invite you to a holiday reception to celebrate your year-long commitment to the success of students. The reception will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 3-5 p.m. in the Richard Barr Boardroom in the Student Resource Center.

CNM Offers Extended Hours When It Reopens After Winter Break on Jan. 2

When CNM reopens after the Winter Break, the Main, Montoya, Rio Rancho, South Valley and Westside campuses will provide extended hours for Student Services offices. CNM’s Student Services offices will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 2, and Friday, Jan. 3, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4. The 2014 Spring Term begins Monday, Jan. 6.

Foreign-born Students Celebrated on International Students Day

CNM celebrated International Students Day the week of Nov. 17 and held an essay contest for foreign-born students. The topic of the essays focused on the students’ experience in America.

Donate Clothes for Students Through Job Connection Services’ Clothing Exchange

Job Connection Services will host its annual Clothing Exchange on Dec. 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Services Center cafeteria on Main Campus. Employees can donate gently used, professional clothing for the Clothing Exchange by dropping off clothes at JCS in the Student Services Center, Room 207 through Dec. 11. On Dec. 12, students who need clothes for job interviews will be able to select clothing free of charge. For more information, contact JCS at 224-3060.

Help CNM Lead the Way in Helping Those in Need – And See Where Your Division Ranks in Participation

sign up and donate to the charity of your choice, go to Leading the Way’s web page. There is also a competition among divisions to have the highest participation. See where your division currently ranks in the graph below. You can access weekly updates on the competition by clicking here, which also currently has the number of employees contributing by department. There’s still plenty of time to go for the win, so consider donating if you haven’t already. Employees who contribute $24 or more per year, or at least $1 per paycheck, receive a gift from the campaign. The campaign runs through the end of the year.

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The Name of the Show Was Right on – ‘CNM’s Got Talent’

Song, dance and stand-up comedy by entertaining and talented CNM employees rang in the college’s first “CNM’s Got Talent” show on Nov. 21 at the Workforce Training Center. Click here to read more and see who’s got talents that you probably didn’t know about.

Employee Tuition Waiver Can Only Be Used for a Specific Course Once

Employees cannot request a tuition waiver for a specific course more than once. For more information on the CNM policy in The Source, click here and look for Section 4.1.

Mandatory Training Upcoming for All Timesheet Approvers

The Payroll Department is implementing Mandatory Timesheet Approver Training to educate approvers on timesheet procedures. All timesheet approvers will be required to complete the training by April 30. If you are an approver of timesheets, you will receive an e-mail with instructions and a link to the training. For more information, email

Some Changes on the Way for Spring Term

There are a number of changes on the way for the 2014 Spring Term, including a new requirement for payments made during the Winter Break and a new requirement for students who might need to take a class for a third time. For more information on these items and other important news for the Spring Term, go to

SAGE Hosts Successful Conference

A total of 230 people from 33 educational institutions attended workshops and special interest breakout sessions and heard from two keynote speakers during a two-day, statewide conference hosted by CNM’s School of Adult & General Education. Click here to read more.

CNM Welcomes New Employees

Click here to see who’s new at CNM.

Special Holiday Hours Listed on Web Page

Click here to find a list of adjusted holiday hours – look for the “Holiday Hours & Closings” link at the right of the page.

Job Announcements for Posting Over Holiday Break Due by Dec. 10

Job announcements for posting over the Holiday Break must be submitted to Human Resources no later than noon on Tuesday, Dec. 10. Contact Rayleen Valencia in Human Resources at 224-4600 if you have questions.

Jeannette Stromberg Library Stays Open Late Tonight for Finals

CNM Libraries has partnered with the Assistance Centers for Education to extend hours and provide tutors in the Jeannette Stromberg Library located in the Student Resource Center on Main Campus tonight, Dec. 5. The library will remain open until 11 p.m. Tutors in math, English, biology and chemistry will be available in the library. Thanks to Academic Affairs, free coffee and cookies will be served each evening beginning at 9 p.m., while supplies last. Contact Renée Goodvin at for more information.

CNM and Office of U.S. Senator Tom Udall Hosting Women’s Career Success Conference

The Office of U.S. Senator Tom Udall and CNM will host a Women’s Career Success Conference on Thursday, Dec. 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Workforce Training Center. The conference will bring together area employers, nonprofit organizations and federal agency officials to help women in New Mexico enhance their careers. Women can learn about starting their own business, improving skills or new careers. It will also offer career resources and training programs. For more information, contact Senator Udall’s Albuquerque office at 346-6791 or email Limited space is available – to sign up go to

For Your Information

Students Can Learn About CNM-NMSU Pathway to Hospitality and Tourism Careers
Students can now get their associate’s degree in Hospitality and Tourism at CNM and then transfer to NMSU and get their bachelor’s degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management, all without ever leaving Albuquerque. An advisor will be available to meet with students Dec. 5 and 6 to tell them how. The Dec. 5 advisement session will be from 1-4 p.m. at Main Campus, Smith Brasher Hall, Room 132. The Dec. 6 session will be from 9 a.m.-noon at the NMSU Albuquerque Campus, 4501 Indian School Rd. NE. For more information, contact NMSU’s Julie Correa at or 575-646-5918.

Support Group Available for LGBTQ Students
Clinical Counseling Services in the Student Health Center is sponsoring a new student support group for those who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Questioning
(LGBTQ). Students are invited to attend, ask questions, share experiences and give and receive support. The first informational meeting will be held Jan. 10 at 11 a.m. in the Student Health Center. Future meeting times and locations will be determined according to facilitators’ and participants’ availability and will be discussed at the first meeting. For more information or for those who prefer to have individual counseling, call Clinical Counseling Services at 224-3082.

Workforce Training Center to Offer Advanced PV Courses
The CNM Workforce Training Center will offer a new series of photovoltaics (PV) courses in 2014 through the Advanced PV Academy. This academy is a follow-up to courses offered in 2012-13 through a Solar Center of Excellence grant. In order to qualify to take the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) exam and be a NABCEP certified PV professional, the organization requires 40 to 58 hours of advanced courses. CNM’s Advanced PV Academy meets that requirement. For more information on the courses, which begin Jan. 24, click here. All four modules can be taken for a discounted price of $699.

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 Spring 2014 Course Dates and Deadlines link. The page includes a “Last Day to Register” chart for all late-start classes.

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 Parking Permits on Sale
Employees and students can now purchase spring term parking permits.

Free Flu Shots Available Dec. 10
Through a partnership between Walgreens, the Mexican Consulate and Academic Advisement and Job Connection Services, free flu shots will be available on Tuesday, Dec. 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Services Center near the cafeteria. The flu shots are available to the community as well. Parents wanting young children to receive the shot are required to bring the child’s immunization card. For more information, contact Academic Advisor Nancy Valenzuela at 224-4000 ext. 51578 or at

Need Some Help Wrapping Gifts? Stop by Main Campus Cafeteria on Thursday
Students from CNM’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the national honor society for two-year colleges, will be available to wrap your gifts for a small donation to the PTK Scholarship Fund on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Services Center cafeteria on Main Campus. The donations are based on the size of the gifts to be wrapped. It’s a great opportunity to get some of your presents wrapped while supporting student scholarships. For more information, email
Montoya Book Group to Discuss ‘MiddleSex’
Join the Montoya Library Book Group to discuss “Middlesex” by Jeffrey Eugenides on Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m. in the J Building, Room 124. Contact Daniel Hay at for more information.

Lead the Way and Support Toys for Tots
The United States Marine Corp 4th Battalion and CNM’s Leading the Way Campaign have teamed up to collect toys for the local Toys for Tots Foundation. Toy collection bins have been set up on Main Campus at CNM Connect and the cafeteria, and at Montoya Campus in the cafeteria. Unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the locations or you can contact Marshall Quam ( to pick up toys in your area. The objective of Toys for Tots is to help less fortunate children experience the joy of Christmas and to support their development. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, click here. You can also contact the CNM Foundation at 224-4685.

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