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News Link - November 7, 2013


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.
South Valley Campus: Monday, Nov. 11, 1-3 p.m., SV-10
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

HR Executive Director’s Goal: Making CNM the Place Where the Best Want to Work

New Human Resources Executive Director Denise Montoya’s goal is to make CNM “the place where the best people want to work.” How does CNM accomplish that goal? Read more.

CNM’s Got Talent – Put Yours on Display While Supporting Leading the Way

An entertaining fundraiser for the CNM Leading the Way campaign – “CNM’s Got Talent” – is scheduled to be held on Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. at the Workforce Training Center. Any employee can sign up to share their talent and have an opportunity to have fun and entertain the employee community for a great cause. The deadline to sign up is Friday, Nov. 8. If you know of a colleague who has a great talent, please encourage them to put it on display for Leading the Way! Tickets will be sold prior to and at the event, and all proceeds will support student scholarships. If you’d like to perform, you must fill out this form by Nov. 8. For more info, call Katy Boyles at 224-4674.

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

The Leading the Way employee giving campaign is under way. To 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.


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.

To Help Ensure Quality and Consistency, Peer Reviews of CNM Distance Learning Classes to Begin Soon

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 will begin in about two weeks 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. Reviewers will need access to a course for approximately 14-21 days to complete the review. A QM Peer Review Report with feedback will be provided to both the instructor and the school following the review. For more info on QM standards, click here.

CNM Welcomes New Hires

Click here to see who is new to CNM.

Nominate a Colleague for Employee Excellence Award

Nominations are being accepted for the annual Employee Excellence Awards, which recognize employees for exceptional contributions to the CNM community. Deadline to submit a nomination is Nov. 8. For more information about the award or to submit a nomination, click here.

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, 2013, 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

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

CNM to Honor Veterans During ‘Veterans Week’

CNM will salute military veterans with a week-long schedule of ceremonies and activities that will kick off on Nov. 11, Veteran’s Day. This will be the first year that CNM will recognize veterans with several events through the week. Read more.

CNM Celebrates American Indian Heritage Month

November is American Indian Heritage Month and CNM is celebrating with a resource fair, a “Rock Your Mocs” event and more. Read more.

For Your Information

Your Feedback Sought on Plans to Develop a Mentoring Program for CNM Students
CNM is in process of creating a volunteer mentoring program to help students succeed in class and graduate on time. The program will pair CNM faculty or staff volunteers with students in order to create a welcoming environment while also supporting student success. Your feedback is highly valuable in the development of this program. Please participate in this brief, seven-question survey by clicking here.

Official Mileage Between CNM Campuses Posted for Mileage Reimbursements
The official commuting distances and routes between CNM campuses have been updated for mileage reimbursement purposes.

Suncat Career Connection Has New Look
Job Connection Services has a new look for its job-posting page. Employers are now posting jobs for CNM students and graduates in “Suncat Career Connection.” Gets New Home
A website that CNM has maintained for over five years has a new home. has moved to Share New Mexico. Share New Mexico provides additional resources for CNM faculty, staff and students. Share has combined local, regional and statewide resource guides to create a more robust tool. In addition, there are data resources with mapping capabilities, community library and volunteer opportunities. The resource information for food, healthcare, housing, legal, education and workforce services from are still available on the new site. For more info, contact Ann Lyn Hall at

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 Book Group to Discuss ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’
Join the Montoya Library Book Group to discuss “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini today, Nov. 7 at 5:30 p.m. in the Montoya Campus Library.

Web Page Provides Info on Intersession Classes Offered During Winter Break
Beginning this winter during CNM’s normal break between the fall and spring terms, CNM will offer a selection of classes in a condensed, three-week format. Visit for the list of intersession courses, requirements and answers to “Frequently Asked Questions.”

Enrollment Services Rolls Out Transfer Evaluation System – Trainings Available
Enrollment Services is officially rolling out the TES (Transfer Evaluation System). To learn how to use and assist students with the new system, please attend one of the training sessions listed below. To sign up for a training or for more information, click here.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2-3:30 p.m., Main Campus, SSC 203
  • Wednesday, Nov. 20, 9-10:30 a.m., Main Campus, SSC 203
  • Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2-3:30 p.m., Main Campus, SSC 205

BMX Lot Closed on Friday Due to UNM Football Game
The BMX Lot located just east of Isotopes Park will be inaccessible to CNM employees and students on Friday due to a University of New Mexico football game on Friday evening.

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