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News Link November 14, 2013


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.

Deadline for Mandatory Hazard Communication Training Is Dec. 1

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has revised its Hazard Communication standards. As a result, all employees hired prior to Jan. 1, 2013 are required to complete a revised Hazard Communication training, which is federally mandated. The deadline to complete the training is Dec. 1. Employees hired after Jan. 1, 2013, were trained on the new standards. For more information or to register, go to the Employee Training website.

CNM’s Got Talent – Support Leading the Way Through Entertainment

An entertaining fundraiser for the CNM Leading the Way campaign – “CNM’s Got Talent” – is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. at the Workforce Training Center. Employees from various departments and campuses will be sharing their talent and entertaining the employee community to raise funds for student scholarships. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for non-students and are currently on sale from Leading the Way committee members. They can also be purchased at the time of the event. Audience members can enjoy pizza and popcorn during the show and be entered to win a number of great door prizes. For more info, contact Marshall Quam at 224-4686 or

Learn About CNM’s Employee Assistance Program and Get a Complimentary Chair Massage at Upcoming Workshops

CNM’s Employee Assistance Program is a valuable resource available to all faculty, staff, and student employees. EAP is a voluntary program that offers free and confidential assessments, short-term counseling, referrals, and follow-up services to employees who have personal and/or work-related problems. An EAP representative will be available on Thursday, Nov. 14 and Friday, Nov. 15 to explain the program and answer questions. The orientation will be followed by a stress management workshop and an opportunity for you to get a free five-minute chair massage provided by Stone Circle, Three Deep Breaths Massage and Massage Envy. If you plan to attend, please register for one of the workshops below in the CNM Events Calendar by clicking here. For more info, call Human Resources at 224-4600.

Thursday, Nov. 14, 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Main Campus, in the Student Resource Center, Richard Barr Boardroom
  • Montoya Campus in the J Building, Room 122
  • Rio Rancho Campus, Room 105

Friday, Nov. 15, 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the following locations:

  • South Valley Campus, SV-10
  • Westside Campus, WSII, Room 115
  • Workforce Training Center, Room 101 and 103

Students Volunteer to Help Ruidoso Rebuild from 2012 Fire

Students from CNM’s Carpentry, Electrical, Welding and Automotive programs recently traveled to Ruidoso to help the city rebuild from the “Little Bear” fire that destroyed 125 structures in 2012. Read more.

CNM Honors Presbyterian for Investment in Students

Presbyterian Healthcare Services recently donated $100,000 to fund scholarships for CNM students in the healthcare fields. Read more.

Blackboard Unavailable Nov. 21 at 11 p.m. Until Nov. 22 at 5 a.m.

Due to necessary maintenance, Blackboard will be unavailable from 11 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21 until 5 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 22.

Celebrate International Students Day

International Students Day is coming up on Nov. 17. CNM has more than 860 foreign-born students enrolled in classes. Event organizers are asking faculty members to engage their students in this celebration the following week by having discussions in their classes about how international students make CNM a richer, more diverse place of learning. Instructors can also encourage their international students to participate in the first International Students Day writing contest. The deadline for submissions is Monday, Nov. 18. Winning entries will be published on the CNM website. For more info, you can also email

Join President Winograd in Discussions About the Direction of CNM

Faculty and staff members are invited to join President Winograd for conversations in small, informal gatherings to discuss your topics of interest. There will be no preset topics, but President Winograd encourages themes that address innovation, graduation, meeting workforce needs and how CNM can improve in the years ahead. To participate, RSVP to one of the sessions below by emailing Diana Chavez.

Montoya Campus:

      Wednesday, Nov. 20, 3-5 p.m., H Building, Room 126

Main Campus:

      Friday, Nov. 22, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Richard Barr Board Room

Rio Rancho Campus:

      Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2-4 p.m., Room 101

Westside Campus:

    Wednesday, Dec. 4, 3-5 p.m., WSI Building, Room 313


Supervisor Academy at WTC Starts Jan. 24

The Workforce Training Center will offer a 12-module skill series for CNM managers and supervisors, called the Supervisor Academy, that will be held every Friday between Jan. 24 and April 11 from 9 a.m.-4 pm. Modules will include: Introduction to Supervision; Effective Communication; Change Management; Conflict Management; Team Building; Coaching, Feedback and Delegation; Delivering Powerful Performance Appraisals; Employment Law and Human Resources; Hiring Right; Problem Solving and Decision Making; Time and Stress Management; Empowerment. Cost of the class series is $415 with a CNM Employee Training Approval Form. For more information, contact Shanna Logan at 224-5206 or, or go to the WTC website.

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 at CNM’s Main Campus and Montoya Campus. Bins are located near the cafeteria and CNM Connect on Main Campus and at the cafeteria at Montoya Campus. Unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the location 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 throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas and to support the development of children. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, click here.  You can also contact Marshall Quam in the CNM Foundation at 224-4685.

Why is Writing Important? English Faculty Member Helps Produce Video That Answers the Question

CNM English faculty member Trish O'Connor led an effort along with Career Technical Education faculty members and some individuals from the community to create a video titled “Why Is Writing Important?” English faculty members will be using the video to help students understand the critical importance of writing in pursuing careers and excelling as a professional in any field. And all faculty members are encouraged to promote the message of the video. Check out the video.

For Your Information.

It’s Time to Submit Proposals for Master Plan Projects
It’s time to submit proposals for the CNM Technology and Facilities Master Plan. If you would like to submit a proposal for the Master Plan process, please note the Dec. 4 deadline. Master Plan proposals represent projects that exceed $50,000 in estimated expense, and all proposals are submitted to the divisional vice president in advance of the deadline. Proposal forms are available here. Process deadline information is available here. If you have questions, please contact Juliane Ziter at

Isotopes Parking Lots Unavailable to CNM on Nov. 19
Due to the Albuquerque Municipal Special Election, the Isotopes parking lots will be unavailable for CNM students and employees on Tuesday, Nov. 19

Part of Ted Chavez Hall Parking Lot to be Closed Nov. 22
The west end of the Ted Chavez Hall parking lot will be unavailable for parking on Friday, Nov. 22, due to a scheduled event.

CNM to Offer Learning Community Courses Again this Spring
This spring CNM will once again offer learning community courses in which students enroll in two or more classes together with other students to create a “community” of learners. Instructors team up to teach these paired courses and to provide students the support needed at all levels of study. The camaraderie of co-enrollment may help some students stay in school longer, but learning communities offer more: consistent curriculum between courses, high-quality learning and collaborative learning. In the learning community model lines are blurred between individual courses. Learning communities function as a single giant course that the students and faculty members work on for a full term.

Open Enrollment Period for Dental and Vision Benefits and Switch Enrollment Period for Medical Benefits Extended to Nov. 30
The switch enrollment period for medical benefits and open enrollment for dental and vision benefits has been extended to Nov. 30. This is the time that the New Mexico Public Schools Insurance Authority (NMPSIA) offers open enrollment for United Concordia Dental and Davis Vision. You can also switch plans on Blue Cross/Blue Shield Medical and Presbyterian Medical plans. For more info on the plans, call Human Resources at 224-4600.

Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance Program Enrollment for 2014 Extended to Nov. 30
The deadline for enrolling in FSA or DCAP for 2014 has been extended to Nov. 30. For more information on the programs, contact HR at 224-4600.

Founder/Director of the Heroin Awareness Project to Speak at Montoya Campus
The founder and director of the Heroin Awareness Project, Jennifer Weiss, will be the next speaker in the Montoya Campus Guest Speaker Series. She will speak on Nov. 19 at 3 p.m. Her son, a La Cueva High School student, died of a heroin overdose after becoming addicted to a pain killer following a sports injury. His death led her to found the Heroin Awareness Project. For more info, call extension 51169.

Montoya Campus Hosts Discussion of ‘The Art of Hajj’ on Nov. 20
On Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 3-4 p.m., join a discussion on “The Art of Hajj”by Venetia Porter, which is part of the Muslim Journeys grant. Have great conversation, cookies, and coffee in the Montoya Campus J Building, Room 124 (next to Montoya Library). For more information, email Bridget O’Leary-Storer at

Westside Campus Library Hosts Discussion on the Book ‘Home’ on Nov. 14
Join the Westside Library Book Group to discuss Home by Toni Morrison on Nov. 14 at 4 p.m. in the Westside Learning Commons. Contact Amy Baker at for more information.

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