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News Link - October 3, 2013


Take a Look Back at Convocation 2013

Click here to revisit the uplifting Convocation experience through video. The video was produced by CNM’s Media Production Services.

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 our 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.

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.

Mayor Applauds Electrical Trades Students for Wiring Habitat Houses

CNM electrical trades students proudly listened Sept. 25 as Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry thanked them for doing all the electrical wiring without charge  in a new 1,100-square foot Habitat for Humanity home soon to be occupied by Amanda Uhrig and her 6-year-old son Deamyn Uhrig. Click here to read more.

Math Pilot Program Explores New Equation for Learning

A small pilot program initiated this fall at CNM might one day change the way math is taught and learned.  CNM math instructor Erin Joseph became interested in a new method of teaching after she noticed that many students retake math courses multiple times in traditional face-to-face classrooms. Because they are being taught as a group, students, she noted, are sometimes pushed to the next topic or level when they haven’t yet mastered the one they were studying. Click here to read more.

Distance Learning Courses to be Reviewed by ‘Quality Matters’

The national Quality Matters (QM) program 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 this fall for QM Internal Peer Reviews of distance learning classes. As part of the Internal QM Peer Review Process, distance learning instructors will receive constructive feedback and ideas for improving their online courses in order to enhance the learning experience for CNM students. After courses to be reviewed are identified, a peer reviewer will contact the school and instructor to schedule a review. Reviewers will need access to a course for about 14 to 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 information on QM standards and the QM process, click here. If you have questions, contact Brian Sailer at

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.

Grand Opening 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

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 “Course Dates and Deadlines” link on the 2014 Spring Term Schedule of Classes web page that will be available on Oct. 21. This page will include a “Last Day to Register” chart for all late-start classes – look for the “Part of Term” headline in the chart to find the last day to register for the late-start classes you plan to take.

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.

Spring Term registration for continuing students will begin Nov. 4.

Psychology Faculty Members to Host 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

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

The Student Activities Office and the School of Adult and 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.

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.

Art Students Use CNM Sidewalk as Their Canvas

Most people these days don’t see a sidewalk as a canvas. But for the students in Lynn Johnson’s Drawing II class, CNM sidewalks are serving as a timeless canvas that links contemporary art to 16th Century Italy. Click here to read more.

CNM to Offer Intersession Courses 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. These classes, which will be held from Monday, Dec. 16, through Saturday, Jan. 4, will provide students with an opportunity to complete a class quickly in order to shorten their time to graduation. Click here for more information, including the intersession classes that will be offered.

SAGE & MSE Reviewing Accuplacer Scores

The math departments in the School of Adult & General Education and School of Math, Science & Engineering are working on a project to review and possibly reset Accuplacer cut scores, which determine the level of courses a student is prepared to take. This initiative will focus on ensuring alignment between the cut scores and the content of the courses into which students place. Any recommendations for revised cut scores will be made during fall semester. For more information about the project, contact Linda Martin at

Balloon Fiesta, Paseo del Norte/I-25 Construction to Affect Traffic

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta runs Saturday through Oct. 13. When Balloon Fiesta wraps up, 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 for info on the construction project.

For Your Information

Libraries Offering Large Selection of Downloadable E-books
The CNM Libraries is now offering a large collection of downloadable e-books that include a wide variety of books to supplement learning. The Libraries have teamed with EBSCO to offer around 200,000 titles. To download the e-books, computers are required to have Adobe Digital Edition software, which is scheduled to be installed in all computer labs by Oct. 1. Employee computers will receive the software at a later date. You can search for books in the collection by going to the CNM Libraries, then look for “Resources” and click on “EBSCO ebooks.” For more information, call 224-3274 or email

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

October Is Open Enrollment Period for Dental and Vision Benefits, and Switch Enrollment Period for Medical Benefits
The switch enrollment period for medical benefits and open enrollment for dental and vision benefits take place throughout October. This is the time that New Mexico Public Schools Insurance Authority (NMPSIA) offers open enrollment for United Concordia Dental and Davis Vision. You can also switch healthcare plans on Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Presbyterian. All changes made will be effective Jan. 1, 2014. For more info, contact Human Resources at 224-4600.

Look for Insurance Information Packets from CNM in Your Home Mail
All CNM employees should have received a packet of information regarding the “New Health Insurance Marketplace Coverage Options and Your Health Coverage.” Healthcare Reform regulations under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) require employers to notify all employees about available coverage that will be available on Jan. 1, 2014, through the Health Care Reform Marketplaces. The notice serves as your Employer Notice about the Health Insurance Marketplace as required by law. Please review the content of the package you receive carefully. If you have questions, contact CNM Human Resources at ext. 20399 or email

Workforce Training Center to offer Sustainable Business Series
The CNM Workforce Training Center will offer trainings in a Sustainable Business Series entitled “Grow Your Business and Turn Green to Gold.” The first in the series will be “Introduction to Green Business,” a 12-hour course that will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays Nov. 5-14 from 6-9 p.m. Cost of the course is $179. The second class will be “Green Project Management” to be conducted on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The course cost is $119. The third in the series is “Introduction to Green Purchasing” to be taught Tuesday, Nov. 19 and Thursday, Nov. 21 from 6-9 p.m. Cost of the class is $89. For more information, call 224-5200 or click here.

Hands-only CPR to be Taught in Classrooms
CNM is participating in Project Heart Start, a hands-only CPR training event organized by CNM’s Event Planning class. Facilitators will go into classes and train students in hands-only CPR. Students will not be eligible for certification after the training, but will learn the skills that can save a life. The trainings will run from Monday, Nov. 18 through Thursday, Nov. 22. Instructors interested in hosting a training session in their class should contact Nicole Rodriquez at or instructor Charlene Selbee at by Oct. 11.

Isotopes Parking Lot C Unavailable on Election Day, Oct. 8
On Election Day, Oct. 8, the city will be using Isotopes Stadium as a voting location. Isotopes Parking Lot C will be reserved for voters. Isotopes Lot B off of Avenida Cesar Chavez will be available for CNM students and employees.

Montoya Campus Hosts Discussion on Cultural Understanding – ‘Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys’
The CNM Montoya Campus Library is hosting a new reading and discussion series called "Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys.” The discussion series is part of a grant-funded effort called “Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys.” These discussions are designed “to help public audiences in the United States become more familiar with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims around the world and within the U.S.” Students, employees and community members are invited to attend the first discussion focused on the book “The Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam” by F.E. Peters. It will be held in the J Building, Room 124 on Oct. 9 from 3-4:30 p.m. For more information, email

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.
  • Interested in Developing Team Building for Your Department? Scheduling options are: Oct. 4, 8, 9, and 10.
  • Mental Health First Aid Training: Oct. 24-25, 1-5 p.m., Main Campus, SB 132

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