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News Link - November 27, 2013


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 during the break – all buildings and campuses will be inaccessible during this time. CNM wishes you and yours a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Albuquerque’s First Poet Laureate to Speak at Graduation Ceremony

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. Click here to read more.

Excellence Awards Highlight Outstanding Employees

Twelve faculty and staff members were honored with the prestigious CNM Employee Excellence Awards at a recent luncheon. The awards recognize employees for exceptional contributions to the CNM community. Click here to read more.

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. If you have employees who need to access the training in Spanish, they can go to “My Account” after logging in and select the Spanish option. Employees hired after Jan. 1, 2013, should have already been trained on the new standards. Student employees are exempt from the training, except for those who encounter hazardous materials in their day-to-day work. Click here to see directions for how to access the training. For more information or questions, 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
Amid Joy and Laughter, Girl Scouts Learn They Can Do Anything During CNM Tour of CTE Programs
How many little girls can fit in the cab of a big rig? At least 11, CNM School of Applied Technologies (AT) instructors learned on Friday. Click here to read more.

Wanda Helms Named Executive Director of Purchasing and Materials Management

Wanda Helms, formerly the Senior Director of Contracts and Grants for the Business Office, has been named Executive Director of Purchasing and Materials Management. Helms has over 20 years of experience in governmental financial management. Prior to joining CNM, she served as the Administrative Services Division Director and Chief Financial Officer for both the New Mexico Taxation & Revenue Department and the New Mexico Corrections Department. Helms also served as an internal auditor for the Administrative Office of New Mexico Courts and financial auditor for the New Mexico State Land Office. Helms had been serving as interim Director of Purchasing since September.

Jeannette Stromberg Library to Stay Open Late During 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 from Dec. 2-5. 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.

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, so your family members can also take advantage of the opportunity. 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

International Guests Tour School of Applied Technologies

On Nov. 11, the School of Applied Technologies (AT) hosted a brief visit of representatives from Grenada, Tanzania, Belarus, Nigeria, Singapore and Thailand. During their visit to New Mexico, coordinated by the U.S. State Department and the Albuquerque Center for International Visitors, they stopped at CNM to learn about how the college delivers career and technical education. They were impressed with the various ways AT and CNM provide student support and were excited to hear about dual credit opportunities. They wrapped up their visit with tours of the automotive, carpentry, diesel, electrical and welding labs, where they met with faculty and students.

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.
Workforce Training Center: Monday, Dec. 2, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., WTC 207
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

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.

For Your Information

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

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.

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.

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

Montoya Campus Library Events

Join a Discussion onRumi: Poet and Mystic’
On Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 3-4 p.m., there will be a discussion on the book “Rumi: Poet and Mystic,” edited and translated by Reynold A. Nicholson. You’re invited to join in a great conversation with cookies, and coffee in the J Building, Room 124 (across the hall from the Montoya Library). For more information, contact Bridget O’Leary-Storer at

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.

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