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News Link November 21, 2013


Winter's on Its Way – Be Prepared for Possible Delays or Closures Due to Weather

If the CNM District is affected by snow or icy conditions, making travel dangerous, please remember the most timely ways to receive information on whether CNM has been closed or is on an abbreviated schedule is the "AttentionCNM" emergency text messaging system, the CNM website and the CNM weather line at 224-4SNO (4766). Emails will also be sent to all CNM email accounts. Announcements of closures or abbreviated schedules that occur during regular hours will also be announced on local television and radio stations. For information on how an abbreviated schedule due to weather – such as a two-hour delay – affects classes or employees, go to

To sign up or to ensure your contact information is correct for AttentionCNM text alerts, login to myCNM and click on the AttentionCNM icon in the left column or go to

CNM to Test Emergency Messaging System Today – Sign Up for Text Alerts or Update Your Contact Info

CNM will be conducting a test of its emergency messaging system, "AttentionCNM," today, Nov. 21. AttentionCNM is the college's emergency messaging system that sends texts to your cell phone and messages to your email account when there's an emergency situation or when the college is closed or operating on a delayed schedule due to weather. Please login to AttentionCNM to sign up or to make sure your contact information for the service is correct. You can have messages sent to a maximum of three different cell phones and three different email accounts. To sign up or to update your contact information for AttentionCNM messages, login to myCNM and click on the AttentionCNM icon in the left column or go to

CNM Closed Nov. 28-Dec. 1 for Thanksgiving Holiday

All CNM offices will be closed and no classes will be held from Thursday, Nov. 28, through Sunday, Dec. 1, for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. CNM will be conserving resources and turning down all heating systems on Thursday and Friday – all buildings and campuses will be inaccessible during this time.

CNM Signs MOU with Eastern New Mexico University

CNM has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) that allows students taking career technical education courses at CNM – such as drafting, welding and culinary arts – to obtain a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (B.A.A.S.) from ENMU. Click here to read more.

No Turkey for Instructor Fabian Lopez – He'll Be Recruiting in Alburquerque (Spain) for RoboRAVE International

Fabian Lopez won't be eating turkey and watching football with his family this Thanksgiving. Instead, he'll be in Alburquerque (yes, there's an "r" after the first "u" in Spain's Duke Town) trying to interest the local school officials and students in participating in his favorite project – RoboRAVE International. Click here to read more.

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.
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

Green Chamber of Commerce Recognizes CNM as Top Recycler

CNM was recently recognized by the New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce for its efforts to recycle and reduce waste. CNM was one of 17 organizations statewide to receive the honor on Nov. 15, "America Recycles Day." Click here to read more.

Things to Keep in Mind for 2014 Spring Term

Visit to access a list of important news and changes at the college for the 2014 Spring Term.

CNM's Got Talent – Support Leading the Way Through Entertainment Tonight

An entertaining fundraiser for the CNM Leading the Way campaign – "CNM's Got Talent" – is scheduled for this evening, 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 CNM 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 door. 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

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.

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.

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.

To Help Ensure Quality and Consistency, Peer Reviews of CNM Distance Learning Classes Starting

Quality Matters (QM) is the standard that has been adopted by the Distance Learning Advisory Board for CNM's distance learning classes. In an effort to assist in faculty professional development, promote excellence in online teaching, and to ensure quality and consistency in online course offerings at CNM, a process is getting under way that will involve QM Internal Peer Reviews of CNM distance learning classes. As part of the Internal QM Peer Review Process, DL instructors will receive constructive feedback and ideas for improving their online courses in order to enhance the learning experience for CNM students. After courses for review have been identified, a "peer reviewer" will contact the appropriate school and the CNM instructor to schedule a review. For more info on QM standards, click here.

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 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 the CNM Foundation at 224-4685.

Voicemail at All Campuses May Be Inaccessible From 5:30 to 10 p.m. on Saturday During Phone System Maintenance

Due to necessary maintenance on the CNM phone system, voicemail may be inaccessible from 5:30 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23. If you try to retrieve voicemail during this time frame and you're not successful, please try again after the specified maintenance period.

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 in 2013 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.

Spring Parking Permits on Sale Online Beginning Nov. 25

Employees can begin purchasing spring term parking permits online starting Nov. 25. Students can begin purchasing paid permits starting Dec. 2. For more information on how to obtain paid parking permits or a free general parking permit, click here.

CNM Welcomes New Hires

Click here to see who is new to CNM.

For Your Information.

Learning Community Courses Offer Students Camaraderie and More
For the spring term, CNM will continue to 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. Learning communities offer students a strong sense of camaraderie, as well as the following benefits: consistent curriculum between courses, high-quality learning and collaborative learning. Learning communities function as a single course that the students and faculty members work on for a full term.

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.

Deadline to Submit Proposals for Master Plan Projects Dec. 4
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

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.

Part of Smith Brasher Hall Lot Reserved for EMT Event on Friday
The far west side of the Smith Brasher Hall parking lot will be reserved for an event hosted by CNM's Emergency Medical Services program. Ambulances will be on display and EMS personnel will be on hand to answer questions.

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, click here or 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.

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