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News Link October 17, 2013


Grand Opening Celebration for Robert P. Matteucci Hall Set for Friday

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. Refreshments will be provided by the CNM Advanced Baking and Pastry program. As part of the celebration, the bookstore is offering a 20 percent discount on a single clothing and/or gift item. There will also be prizes, including an IPOD Nana with a gift card given away. Two games will be played giving people the opportunity to win pens, gift cards and T-shirts. RSVP to Celena Tekala at 224-4412 or

Cooperative for Teaching & Learning Seeks Presenters for 2nd Annual Conference on Teaching and Learning

CNM’s Cooperative for Teaching and Learning (CTL) invites members of the CNM community to submit proposals for the 2nd Annual Conference on Teaching and Learning that’s scheduled for Feb. 21, 2014. The unifying focus of the conference is “Cultivating Reflective Practice.”  Through reflection, educators become more aware of the relationship between their instructional decisions and student learning. This awareness then underpins self-directed professional development aimed at improving student learning. The conference will provide context in which participants can engage in self-reflection while exploring important topics and ideas related to teaching and learning.  The deadline for submitting a proposal is Monday, Oct. 28. For more information about the conference, click here.

CHSS Major Mixer a Hit with Students and Faculty

More than 125 students attended the School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences’ Major Mixer on Oct. 4, which allowed students to meet faculty members and learn about the majors they’re considering. Faculty members are already looking forward to the next Major Mixer. Read more.

CNM’s Service to American Indians Catches Eye of White House

CNM’s efforts to reach out to its American Indian students have caught the eye of the White House. Click here to read more.

Hundreds of Ideas Emerge from Brainstorming Session

In what might have been one of the biggest brainstorming meetings ever at CNM, hundreds of good ideas emerged from the Academic Affairs breakout session held immediately following the Sept. 13 Convocation. Click here to read more.

CNM Faculty Can Apply To Be a CTL Innovation Faculty Developer

CNM faculty members now have the opportunity to share their most innovative and effective classroom strategies by applying to be a “Innovation Faculty Developer” through the Cooperative for Teaching & Learning.  This program provides a one semester (1) course release or project compensation to allow faculty time to disseminate a proven instructional strategy more widely—in the department, school, and/or college.  One faculty member will be selected from each of the 6 schools at CNM. The deadline for submitting an application is Monday, October 28, 2013. Click here for more information.

Save the Date, Oct. 30, for 3rd Annual Master Plan Event

You’re invited to attend the 3rd Annual State of the Master Plan Event on Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Richard Barr Board Room in the Student Resource Center. This event kicks off the new Master Planning cycle and gives you the opportunity to hear the status of the large technology and facilities projects planned for the college.

CNM Celebrates PNM’s Commitment to Future of State’s Workforce

CNM and PNM celebrated the dedication of the PNM Sustainable Technology Lab at the CNM Workforce Training Center on Wednesday, Oct. 16. Formerly the Sustainable Technology Lab, the facility was renamed to honor PNM’s investment in CNM’s efforts to train the workforce of tomorrow in the sustainable energy fields. Read more.

Support Available for Families Who Lost Income During Government Shutdown Furloughs

CNM Connect can provide support for employees and students whose families were impacted by the recent furloughs caused by the U.S. Government shutdown. Achievement Coaches are available to help with your specific situations and help create a plan for moving forward. Coaches can help develop financial plans to meet obligations, identify community resources and advise students on available scholarships. Call 224-3186 if you would like to set up a confidential appointment. Also, here are a couple links that provide information on services that can help families impacted by furloughs:

  • Resources listed on Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham’s website
  • Resources available at Albuquerque Assistance Fair to be held Saturday.

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. For more information about the award or to submit a nomination, click here.

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. Keep an update on your division and your department by checking the Leading the Way website. The Leading the Way campaign is having a competition among divisions and departments to see who acquires the highest participation. Go for the win!

Enrollment Services Rolls Out Transfer Evaluation System

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. For more information, call 224-3160.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 6, 9-10:30 a.m., Main Campus, SSC 203
  • 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

Spring 2014 ITS Imaging Schedule

ITS will soon be preparing the CNM computer labs for the upcoming Spring term. ITS staff would like to encourage faculty and lab staff to review the schedule and provide feedback. If there are issues or concerns, contact the ITS Service Desk at or call 224-4495. You can see the schedule at this site.

Show Your Spooky Spirit During 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 Breezeway 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. If you’re not on Main Campus, you can enter the contest by emailing a photo of your outfit to Post photos of your costume online and be sure to hashtag them #CNMMonsterMash.

For Your Information

Road to College Walk-a-Thon to Bring 300 High School Students to CNM
On Wednesday, Oct. 23, about 300 Amy Biehl High School students will walk from their downtown campus to the CNM and UNM campuses – a 2.5 mile hike – to demonstrate their commitment to college. Over half of the high school students will be the first in their family to finish high school. The Walk-a-Thon offers a unique opportunity for students and families to visualize their path to college. CNM President Kathie Winograd will speak to the students on the CNM campus, and Albuquerque Mayor Berry will be walking from CNM to UNM with the students. For more information go to this website.

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? 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 this site. For more information, email

Student Clubs Hosting Food Drive
CNM student clubs are participating in a food drive sponsored by Roadrunner Food Bank from Oct. 21-31. You can donate non-perishable food items at all CNM campuses. On the Main campus, take your donations to CNM Connect, the cafeteria or ACE. At the Montoya Campus, donate your food items in the H Building cafeteria. For more information, email or

Enrollment Services Unavailable Oct. 24 from 8a.m.–Noon
Due to an Enrollment Services staff meeting, all Enrollment Services Offices will be closed from 8 a.m.-noon on Thursday, Oct. 24. The offices will reopen at noon.

Cupcakes for CNM Foundation
Support the CNM Foundation Leading the Way Campaign by purchasing cupcakes from the School of Applied Technologies. Place your orders through Oct. 25. Cupcake delivery will be Oct. 31 between 8 a.m. and noon. Cost of the cupcakes is $10 a dozen, $5 a half dozen and $1 per cupcake. To order or for more info, email or

Showcase Your Talent and Help Fundraise for Leading the Way
An entertaining fundraiser for the CNM Leading the Way campaign – “CNM’s Got Talent” – will be held on Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. at the Workforce Training Center. Any employee is welcome to sign up to share their talent and have an opportunity to have fun, entertain and amuse the employee community for a great cause. Tickets will be sold prior to and at the event, and all proceeds will support student scholarships. Help lead the way through entertainment. If you’d like to perform, please fill out this form by Nov. 1.

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.

Montoya Campus Hosts Discussion on Cultural Understanding – ‘Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys’
On Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 3-4 p.m., the Montoya Campus will explore “Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction” by Jonathan A.C. Brown. Please come for great conversation, cookies and coffee in J Building, Room 124. For more info, email

Library Discussions: World War Z at Westside Campus Library
Join the World War Z discussion at the Westside Campus Library at 4 p.m. on Oct. 24 in the WS1 Building, Room 205. Email aupah1@cnm.edufor more information.

CNM Main Campus Writing Group Hosts Visiting Writer
The CNM Main Campus Writing Group 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. You can read her bio here. 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. Click here for more info.

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 this site for more information.

CNM Community Invited to Attend UNM Distinguished Lecture Series Oct. 28
James Burke, a distinguished British broadcaster, science historian, author and television producer, will speak at UNM’s Keller Hall on Oct. 28 at 5 p.m. His lecture is titled “Universities: The Future Isn’t What It Used To Be.”

Free Flu Shots Available at CNM in October and November
CNM students and employees can get free flu shots in October and November. Bring your insurance card if you have insurance, but if not, the shots are still free. Dates and locations for the shots are:

  • Main Campus – Oct. 21-22, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Student Services Center
  • Montoya – Oct. 23-24, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., cafeteria
  • Westside – Oct. 28-29, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., CNM Connect Area
  • South Valley – Oct. 30-31, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., main administration area
  • Workforce Training Center – Nov. 4-5, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

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:












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:

    • Health Insurance Marketplace

    • New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange

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

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