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News Link October 31, 2013


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 for the Graduation Ceremony is Nov. 6 at 5 p.m. Click here for more information, including how to order regalia.

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. The classes, held Monday, Dec. 16, through Saturday, Jan. 4, will provide students with an opportunity to quickly complete a class in order to shorten their time to graduation. You can visit for the list of intersession courses, requirements and answers to “Frequently Asked Questions.”

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.

CNM and UNM West Host Visioning Charette for Rio Rancho Nov. 4

CNM, UNM West and the Rio Rancho community will continue discussions on education, workforce and career pathway opportunities in Rio Rancho and Sandoval County, and how CNM and UNM West can support those needs at their Rio Rancho campuses. The event will take place at UNM West from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 4. For more information, call 925-8692 or email

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.

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.

CNM Honors Wells Fargo’s Investment in Student Success

Wells Fargo Bank recently donated $100,000 to support CNM’s “Making Money Work,” a program that provides high school students across the state with the opportunity to take a CNM dual credit class on financial literacy. On Wednesday, CNM named Wells Fargo as an official sponsor of the Student Resource Center’s Tutoring and Computer Center. Read more.

Main Campus Library Hosts a Diversity Speaker Series Event Titled ‘Our Cultural History/Our Voice’

CNM Libraries will hold its annual Diversity Speaker Series event on Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 3-4:30 p.m. in the Main Campus Library. It will feature Dr. Carmen R. Samora, who will share her insights on oral history and how it can broaden your understanding of history in general. Dr. Samora earned her Ph.D. in American Studies at the University of New Mexico. She teaches courses in race and social justice, as well as biography using oral histories and life stories of Latino intellectuals who were active during the second half of the 20th century. For more information about the event, email

Students to Complete Online Course Evaluations Nov.20-Dec. 1

Students will be completing online course evaluations between Nov. 20 and Dec. 1.  Their assessment of courses and instructors is highly valued by CNM. They are used to help improve and maintain the quality of CNM courses. Students have been emailed directions on how to access the course evaluations.

Continue the Discussion About the Real Meaning of CNM Connect on President Winograd’s Blog

In her latest blog post, President Winograd discusses the CNM Connect philosophy, which is much larger than just what happens in the CNM Connect offices. Keep the conversation going 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.

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.

For Your Information

Learn More About CNM’s Employee Assistance Program Nov. 14-15
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 Nov. 14 and Nov. 15 to explain the program and answer your questions. The EAP program orientation will be followed by a short stress management workshop and an opportunity to get a five-minute chair massage at most locations. The chair massages are sponsored by Stone Circle and Three Deep Breaths Massage. The Nov. 14 sessions will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the following locations:

  • Main Campus, 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Student Resource Center, Richard Barr Boardroom
  • Montoya Campus in the J Building, Room 122
  • Rio Rancho Campus, Room 105

The Nov. 14 sessions will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the following locations:

  • South Valley Campus, SV-10
  • Westside Campus, WSII, Room 115
  • Workforce Training Center, Room 101 and 103

For more information, contact Human Resources at 224-4600.

Annual Novel Slam at Westside Campus Features Spooky Literature
The 2013 Novel Slam at the Westside Campus will be celebrating Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos with literature. The four-day event runs through today, Oct. 31. Students, faculty, staff and community members read literature for 10 minutes at a time from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Along with spooky props, there’s also an altar (Offrenda) to remember those who have passed, as well as an arts and crafts space where participants can decorate sugar skulls and make paper marigolds. Featured literature will be The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft, Big Mouth and Ugly Girl by Joyce Carol Oates, The Haunting of Hill House by Shirely Jackson, as well as New Mexico ghost stories and zombie literature. Students can even bring their own story or poem to read. For more information, email

Banner Finance Revitalization News 
The Accounts Payable Department is working to automate its processes through the Banner Revitalization project. As the first step in that process, beginning Nov. 1 Accounts Payable will accept scanned copies of approved invoices for payment. The approved invoices should be emailed to Please put the vendor name and the PO/BO/DPO number in the subject line of the email. This does not apply to P-card purchases at this time. A new notification system for electronic requisitions and budget transfer disapprovals will be in place soon. This system will automatically send an email to the submitter if a document is disapproved. The email will include the reason for the denial. More to come on this exciting process improvement.

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. Help develop a new HR web presence that will better serve the CNM community. The sessions will be held 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

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.

  • 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

Library Events

Muslim Journeys: The Story of the Qur'an:  Its History and Place in Muslim Life
On Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 3-4 p.m., join in on a discussion of “The Story of the Qur'an: Its History and Place in Muslim Life” by Ingrid Mattson. Please come for great conversation, cookies, and coffee in the J Building, Room 124. For more info, email

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

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!

More Ways to Support Leading the Way

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.

Goodie Basket’ Raffle at Westside Campus
The Westside Campus will be raffling off “goodie baskets” to benefit the Rust Opportunity Scholarship through the CNM Foundation’s Leading the Way Campaign. Baskets and their contents are donated by CNM faculty, staff and students. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased in CNM Connect, any Westside faculty office or in the MJG Atrium Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Fridays 8 a.m.-1 p.m. The raffle will take place in CNM Connect on Thursday, Oct. 31 at 3 p.m. You don’t have to be present to win. Please help support student scholarships. For more info, contact Shelby McCorkle at 224-5476.

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