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News Link - December 13, 2012

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CNM to Close for Holiday Break Dec. 19 Through Jan. 1

During CNM’s Holiday Break from Dec. 19 through Jan. 1, all CNM campuses and buildings will be closed. Please be sure to contribute to the college’s sustainability and energy-saving efforts by shutting down all computers, monitors, printers and speakers before leaving for the Holiday Break. Please do not unplug computers from power sources, however, since ITS runs tests on the systems during the break. Any appliances in your office area, such as coffee makers, should be unplugged before you leave for the break. Also, heating in buildings will be turned down substantially during the break to save energy, so be sure to take home any plants you may have in your office. Please remember to remove perishable foods from refrigerators and your work space. The custodial staff will remove any remaining food that might go bad during the break, but they will not remove any personal items. With CNM’s past and recent installation of new, more energy efficient appliances, now is also a great time to take home your personal appliances (i.e. refrigerators, space heaters and microwaves) that you might still have in your work area.

CNM wishes you and yours a very happy and safe holiday season!

Timesheets for First Pay Period of January Must Be Submitted Before Holiday Break

The deadline for electronic timesheet approvals for the first pay period of 2013 is Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. Since the days leading up to Holiday Break can be busy, it is recommended that employees submit their timesheets by Friday (Dec. 14), and approvers approve those timesheets Monday (Dec. 17). The first paycheck of 2013 covers the two-days prior to leaving on break (Dec. 17 & 18) and eight days when CNM is closed. Below is what each employee group needs to do:
Full-time hourly – enter 16 hours of regular time or leave used, 64 hours of Holiday time and submit to your approver, preferably by Friday (Dec. 14). Approvers must approve the timesheet and should approve them by the end of the day on Monday (Dec. 17).
Part-time hourly – Most part-time employees will not work during the break and should only have hours entered on Monday and Tuesday (Dec. 17 & 18). But if you do work during the closure, enter actual hours worked. No leave can be taken during the break. Approvers must approve the timesheet.
Work-Study employees – Most student employees will not work during the break and should only have hours entered on Monday and Tuesday (Dec. 17 & 18). But if you do work during the closure, enter actual hours worked. Approvers must approve the timesheet.
Full-time Professional – Enter any leave used on Monday and Tuesday (Dec. 17 & 18); the system will automatically pay the 64 hours of Holiday pay.

For questions or concerns, call the Payroll Department at Ext. 4-4444.

Conversations with the President”

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 for discussion, so please have some topics in mind if you plan to participate. To participate, RSVP to one of the sessions below by emailing Diana Chavez. Coffee will be provided. The schedule for “Coffee and Conversations with the President” follows:

  • Main Campus: Jan. 11 from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Student Resource Center, Richard Barr Board Room
  • South Valley Campus: March 22 from 1:30-3 p.m. in SV-10
  • Rio Rancho Campus: March 29 from 2:30-4 p.m. in RR-101
  • Montoya Campus: April 12 from 10:30 a.m.-noon in H Building, Room 126
  • Westside Campus: April 26 from 1:30-3 p.m. in Westside I, Room 313

Many Full-time Faculty Positions Being Posted for Hire

There will be 43 full-time faculty positions open in the weeks ahead, some of which are already posted. Please visit to learn more about the positions that are currently open and keep checking back for more postings soon.

New Executive Director for Academic Affairs Announced

The selection committee for the position of Executive Director for Academic Affairs is pleased to announce that Paul Quan has been selected. Paul will officially move into his new leadership role on Jan. 2. Paul began his CNM career in 1997 as director of Computing Technology. Since then, he has served as a part-time faculty member, associate dean in the School of Business & Information Technology (BIT) overseeing Business Graphics, Computer Information Systems, Information Technology, Integrated Studies, and Office Technology, and most recently as interim dean of BIT. Prior to joining CNM, Paul served 21 years in the United States Air Force. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of California (Berkeley) and a master’s in Systems Management from the University of Southern California. Please join in welcoming Paul to this very important leadership position at CNM.

Appointments for Academic Advising Not Required Jan. 2-4 and Jan. 7-11

Academic Advisement will be suspending appointments Jan. 2-4 and Jan. 7-11, but students will still be able to access advisors on a walk-in basis during those dates. Students are encouraged to make appointments with academic advisors prior to the holiday break (Dec. 19-Jan. 1) to avoid waiting in line for advising Jan. 2-4 and Jan. 7-11. Academic Advisement will resume taking appointments on Jan. 14.

Beat the Rush – Submit Print Requests for Spring Classroom Materials Now

Make the start of the spring term easier for you and the Duplicating & Postal Center by avoiding the printing rush at the beginning of the spring term. Submit your request for syllabi and other printed materials needed for the first week of classes now to ensure timely delivery. Printing wait times during the week prior and the week of the start of the spring term can be up to three business days. DPC is asking all instructors to plan ahead and avoid the last-minute rush so your request can be completed as quickly as possible. If you have any questions, contact DPC at Ext. 4-4554.

For Your Information

Parking Permits for Spring Term on Sale
Parking permits for the spring term will go on sale starting Dec. 10. Due to technical difficulties, paid permits will not be sold online; they can be purchased in person at the Cashier’s Office. Full-time employees can pay for parking permits through payroll deduction. If you are already signed up for payroll deduction for parking permits, there is no need to sign up again. For more information, call 224-4636.

Web Content Training Workshop Scheduled for Jan. 16
For those designated to contribute content to the website, a Web Content Training Workshop is scheduled on Jan. 16 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Student Resource Center, Room 103. The workshop will provide training on the new content management system, Plone, and CNM’s web standards and style guide. To sign up, go to

Tax Help New Mexico Seeking Volunteers
Tax Help New Mexico, CNM’s free tax preparation service, is seeking volunteers for the 2013 tax season. Training sessions for volunteers will take place on the following dates:

  • Saturdays: January 5, 12 & 19 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Monday through Thursday: January 14, 15, 16 & 17 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Monday through Thursday: January 14, 15, 16 & 17 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

To reserve a space in one of these sessions, email Geraldine Alires. Volunteers who complete the training will receive a certificate from the IRS and from the Tax Help New Mexico program.

Vice President for Academic Affairs Office Temporarily Relocated to A Building
While renovations are being made to the LSA Building on Main Campus, the Vice President for Academic Affairs office has been temporarily relocated from LSA-101 and LSA-102 to the A Building, Room A-104. All phone extensions will remain the same. Phones and computers should be operational on Tuesday. If you need assistance please call 224-4427. The occupants of the second floor of LSA are not affected by this renovation.

Give the Gift of Learning with WTC e-Gift Card
The Workforce Training Center is offering an e-gift card that can be used to pay for non-credit courses at the WTC. There is no expiration date for the card. For more information about the e-gift card, click here or call 224-5200.

Tax Changes Could Affect Paychecks in January
Several tax cuts are set to expire at the end of the year unless the United States Congress extends them, as well as a previous cut to Social Security contributions. A two percent cut in Social Security contributions is set to expire at the end of the year. The payroll withholding tax could return to 6.2 percent, in place of the current 4.2 percent. Please note that these changes could impact your net take-home pay starting in January if the cuts are not extended by Congress. More information about the tax cuts that are set to expire at the end of 2012 can be viewed here.

Make Sure Your Address on File Is Correct for W-2 Mailings in January
In January, W-2 tax forms will be mailed to your address on file in Payroll. Please verify that your address on file is correct by logging in to myCNM. Click on the “Employees” tab, then click on the “Personal Information” link under “Online Services” to access your address. Under “Online Services,” you can also click on “Tax Forms” to review your W-4 payroll withholdings. If you would like to change your payroll withholdings for 2013, visit the Payroll Office in the A Building.

Workforce Training Center Offers New Courses in 2013
The Workforce Training Center will be offering several new courses, which are free to those who qualify, related to green building starting in January 2013, thanks to a grant from the Department of Workforce Solutions. The courses are:

  • LEED Certification Prep Classes for Green Associate and AP, beginning Jan. 22
  • BPI Building Analyst (inspection and analysis of a home’s energy consumption), beginning Jan. 28
  • Weatherization Installer beginning April 8
  • LEED for Contractors – Operations and Maintenance, beginning April 2
  • LEED for Contractors – Certification Prep Classes for Green Associate and AP, beginning Feb. 20

For more information, call 224-5271 or email

Still Time to Make a Difference – Donate to Leading the Way
The deadline to donate to the CNM Foundation's Leading the Way employee giving campaign is nearing, but there is still time to participate. With a donation of $24, which can be payroll deducted in increments of $1 per paycheck throughout 2013, donors will receive a CNM hooded sweatshirt as a “thank you” for donating. Please contact Marshall Quam at or 224-4686 for a donation form or if you have questions.

ITS Service Desk Closed During Winter Break, Dec. 19 Through Jan. 1
The ITS Service Desk will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 14, Dec. 17 and Dec. 18, then it will be closed for Winter Break from Dec. 19 through Jan. 1. In the spring term, the Service Desk will be open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. On Saturdays from Jan. 12 through Feb. 2, the Service Desk will be open from 8 a.m. to noon. For more information, contact the Service Desk at 224-HELP (4357) or at

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