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News Link October 10, 2013


Be Informed on Affordable Care Act

The Patient Protection Affordable Care Act will mandate that employers make benefits eligible to employees who work 30 hours or more per week. CNM already offers health insurance to employees who work less than 30 hours per week. CNM is fully committed to maintaining benefits at their current level for part-time employees. However, the New Mexico Public Schools Insurance Authority (NMPSIA) will be assessing costs after the Act has been fully implemented in order to determine if changes to benefits eligibility are necessary. CNM is also working with a benefits consultant to assess options in order to ensure the college continues to be diligent and thoughtful in providing CNM employees a robust benefits program. 

Because there are still many unknown variables, CNM is unable to provide advice to individual employees because each employee’s circumstances are unique. In the meantime, CNM encourages employees to research their options by accessing these resources:

The Kaiser Family Foundation’s website also offers a calculator tool for health insurance premiums at As CNM receives new information that could be helpful in decision-making processes, the college will provide updates.

Faculty Member/Wildland Firefighter Shares Expertise with Students

Between the end of the spring term in late April and July 8, Brian Henington, a CNM wildland firefighting instructor, was home four days. The rest of the time he was fighting wildland fires, including one where he battled a blaze next to the 19 firefighters who later died in the Arizona Yarnell Hill Fire. Read more.

Celebrate Graduates by Participating in Fall Graduation Ceremony

Support CNM graduates by participating in the Fall 2013 Graduation Ceremony that will take place at Tingley Coliseum on Saturday, Dec. 7, at noon. It’s the perfect opportunity to show your support for the academic success of CNM students. The deadline to order graduation regalia to participate in the Graduation Ceremony is Nov. 6 at 5 p.m. Click here for more information, including how to order regalia.

Community Invited to Offer Ideas on Educational Innovation at CNM

Community members are invited to provide their thoughts on how CNM can be more innovative with education and partnerships in the community during focus group sessions Oct. 11-12. If you know of anybody who is not currently taking classes and is not currently employed at CNM that might want to participate, please pass along the invitation. Community members are being asked  to share their ideas on how CNM can advance its mission through innovative projects, curriculum and connections in the community. The focus groups will be held on Oct. 11-12 on Main Campus in Jeannette Stromberg Hall, Room 208, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Coffee and bagels will be served. Interested community members can RSVP or learn more by visiting or by emailing

PNM Sustainable Technology Lab to be Dedicated Oct. 16

The PNM Sustainable Technology Lab, formerly the Sustainable Technology Lab, will be dedicated at the CNM Workforce Training Center on Oct. 16. A reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. with remarks at 6 p.m. Also on hand will be recipients of the PNM Renewable Technology Success Awards. Begun in 2009, these awards recognize students pursuing careers in green industries. Also to be honored are the winners of the 2013 PNM Reduce Your Use grants designed to help nonprofits take energy efficiency measures. To RSVP or for more information, contact Daysha Trujillo at 224-4685 or

Faculty Needed to Help Develop College Dashboard System

CNM is embarking on a large-scale initiative to expand the CNM community’s use of informational, electronic dashboards. The Office of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness is seeking interested faculty members who would like to participate in the development of the vision and strategies to promote this large-scale initiative. Development of this initiative would likely include travel to organizations that represent best practices. If you are interested, please contact Juliane Ziter at

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 Oct. 23. CNM’s vital role in the community is served through the energy, vision and attitude of its most important resource – employees. These awards honor those who go above and beyond to further the vision, mission and goals of the college. For more information about the award or to submit a nomination, click here.

CNM Distance Learning Specialists to Present at State Conference

Three CNM distance learning specialists have been selected to present at the annual New Mexico Technology in Education Conference scheduled for Nov. 13-15 at the Hotel Albuquerque. CNM speakers and topics include: Patricia Miera and Jessica Rosazza-Williams, “Making Standards Matter: Implementing a New Distance Learning Classroom,” and Hallie A. Ray, “Why Web-Enhance Your Traditional Course?” Click here to learn more about the presentations.

CNM Welcomes New Hires

Click here to see who is new to CNM.

ITS Seeks Your Input on its Services Through Customer Satisfaction Survey

Please take a few minutes to complete the annual ITS Customer Satisfaction Survey. Your input will help guide performance improvement initiatives in the year ahead and beyond. The survey closes on Oct. 18, so participate today. Click here to take the survey.

Help CNM Lead the Way in Helping Those in Need

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 or contact any of the committee members listed on the site. Employees who contribute $24 or more per year, or at least $1 per paycheck, receive a gift from the campaign.

Student Health Fair Connects Students with Health Services Oct. 22-23

The Student Activities Office and the School of Adult & General Education (SAGE) are inviting all students to a Student Health Fair that will be taking place Oct. 22-23 in the Student Services Center. For more information, including health-related organizations that will be on site, click here.

Help Human Resources Improve its Web Presence

CNM’s Human Resources department and the Web Strategy department are seeking volunteers to provide input that will help guide a redesign of the HR web pages on Groups of no more than seven volunteers will meet for an hour with an HR representative and a Web Strategy representative to view the HR website and discuss how it could be improved and how it can better serve as a valuable resource to all appropriate visitors, such as employees and job seekers. What kind of experience have you had with the HR website? What do you like about it? What would you suggest changing or adding? If you have recently worked somewhere else, were there aspects of the HR websites at other organizations you would like to see incorporated at CNM?

Your answers to these kinds of questions will help HR and MCO develop a new HR web presence that will better serve the CNM community. The sessions will be held each hour on Nov. 5 in the LSA Building, Room 103. Please sign up for sessions ahead of time through the CNM Events Calendar at For more information, email

October Is Open Enrollment Period for Dental and Vision Benefits/Switch Enrollment for Medical Benefits

The switch enrollment period for medical benefits and open enrollment for dental and vision benefits takes place through the month of October. 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. All changes made will be effective January 1, 2014. For more information, please contact Human Resources at 224-4600.

Flexible Spending Account Can Save You Money – Deadline Is Oct. 31

By joining CNM’s Cafeteria Plan (Flexible Spending Account), you can guarantee tax savings for yourself; therefore, put more money into your own pocket. The plan is a system in which employees can allocate money from their paycheck before taxes are taken out and have the funds put into an employee account that can be used to pay for medical expenses throughout the year. An amount of your choosing is withdrawn from your paycheck each pay period for the account. You simply submit receipts for reimbursement. The plan can reimburse twice each month.  The deadline to apply for the Cafeteria Plan is October 31, 2013. The plan goes into effect January 1, 2014.

Your payroll taxes are calculated at about 25 percent of your pay. When you put some of your salary into the Cafeteria Plan, that 25 percent stays in your pocket instead of going to taxes. How much would you save?

If you defer this amount annually: 

You will save approximately this amount on taxes:












Grand Opening Celebration for Robert P. Matteucci Hall Set for Oct. 18

You are invited to attend the grand opening celebration of Robert P. Matteucci Hall on Friday, Oct. 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Remarks will begin at 11:30 a.m. Guests will receive a tour of the building’s state-of-the-art cooking and baking laboratories and the new bookstore. Attendees will also learn about CNM’s Hospitality and Tourism program and how the CNN Foundations helps students succeed. Refreshments will be provided by the CNM Advanced Baking and Pastry program. RSVP to Celena Tekala at 224-4412 or

Paseo del Norte/I-25 Construction to Affect Traffic

After Balloon Fiesta wraps up on Oct. 13, construction will begin on the Paseo del Norte/I-25 Reconstruction Project. Please be prepared for upcoming traffic delays, especially around the Workforce Training Center and Advanced Technology Center. Visit to sign up for traffic alerts or for more info on the construction project, which is projected to last 14 months.

For Your Information

Save the Date for Monster Mash Photo Costume Contest
Monster Mash is back! CNM’s annual costume contest will take place on Oct. 31 with online voting taking place on CNM’s facebook page. A photo booth will be set up in the Student Resource Center Paseo from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Drag out your scariest, funniest, or most clever costume and get ready to submit your photo to be part of the contest. Keep an eye out for more information coming soon.

Psychology Faculty Hosting Mountain States Teaching of Psychology Conference
On Saturday, Oct. 19, CNM psychology faculty members will host the Mountain States Teaching of Psychology Conference that will be held at the Montoya Campus from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The conference will feature two keynote speakers, including Richard Straub of the University of Michigan-Dearborn and David Seal of Tulane University. The conference is designed for psychology instructors at high schools, community colleges and four-year universities. More information on the conference can be found at this website or by emailing Jim Johnson at or Shelly Metz

CNM Main Campus Writing Group Hosts Visiting Writer
The CNM Main Campus Writing Group, with support from the Student Activities Office, is hosting a visiting writer event on Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Smith Brasher Hall auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. The reader will be poet Dana Levin, who has written three books of poetry. The first book, “In the Surgical Theatre,” was awarded the 1999 American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize and went on to earn numerous awards for emerging poets. The reading will be followed by a Q&A session and a book signing. Levin has been a teacher of creative writing and literature for more than 20 years and served as the Russo Endowed Chair in Creative Writing at the University of New Mexico (2009-2011). She currently co-chairs the Creative Writing and Literature Department at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. For more info, contact Rebecca Aronson at224-4000 (Ext. 50311).
“A Place at the Table” Documentary on Hunger to be Screened Oct. 23
CNM’s Healthy Meals Fit for Life Program, School of Business & Information Technology (BIT), Participant Media, Active Voice and Project Feed the Hood are hosting a free screening of the movie “A Place at the Table” on Wednesday, Oct. 23, in Smith Brasher Hall, Room 100 from 4-7 p.m. “A Place at the Table” is a documentary that investigates incidents of hunger experienced by millions of Americans and proposed solutions to the problem. Among those in the movie are Jeff Bridges, Tom Colicchio and Ken Cook. People wanting to attend need to RSVP by Oct. 21 by calling 224-4000 Ext. 50833 or emailing
It’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month – Please Be Informed on Cyber Security
October is National Cyber Security Awareness month. Please remember that information security is everyone’s responsibility, and the best defense against cybercrime is everybody being well-informed.  Please visit for more information.

Professional and Personal Development Opportunities

Employee Training Department Offers Valuable Opportunities this Fall
The Employee Training department is offering a variety of valuable employee trainings this fall designed to help employees gain the knowledge, skills and abilities required to progress personally and professionally. Go to the Employee Training website to find full descriptions of all the classes and instructions on how to enroll. Among trainings being offered are:

  • Mental Health Brown Bag Lunch Series on Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders: Oct. 25 from noon to 1 p.m., Montoya Campus, H-126
  • Communicating for Effective Customer Service (for student employees): Oct. 10, 10 a.m.-noon, Montoya Campus, J-124; Oct. 17, 10 a.m.-noon, Westside Campus, WSC I-313; Nov. 11, 10 a.m.-noon, South Valley Campus, SV-10; and Dec. 5, 10 a.m.-noon, Advanced Technology Center, Room 108.
  • Mental Health First Aid Training: Oct. 24-25, 1-5 p.m., Main Campus, SB 132

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