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News Link - November 1, 2012


Employees Invited to Attend Jeannette Stromberg Hall Grand Re-Opening Event and Health Fair

All employees are encouraged to join President Kathie Winograd and CNM Governing Board members at the Grand Re-Opening of Jeannette Stromberg Hall and the S Building on Friday, Nov. 9. From 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. CNM’s healthcare and community partners will be outside the south entrance to JS to provide employees with information about special discounts and information on topics like fitness, healthy eating, wellness checks and more. At 2:30, the grand re-opening ceremony will take place, followed by student-led tours of the new facilities in the JS and S buildings. For more information, contact Jennifer McDonald at or Ext. 4-4673.

Time Off to Vote in General Election Tuesday

CNM encourages all employees to exercise your right to vote! Employees who are registered voters and have not voted early, whose normal work day begins at 9 a.m. or earlier and ends at 4 p.m. or later, are entitled to two hours off to vote in the General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 6. The time of release is the decision of the supervisor.

Don’t Forget to Vote on Bond C

Don't sit on the sidelines during this critical election season for CNM and higher education institutions across the state. Vote on Higher Education Bond C. No tax rate increase would be associated with the passage of this bond. Click here to view a video with a message from President Winograd about what the bond would do for CNM.

If Bond C passes during the General Election, it would provide $119.4 million for facility improvements at public colleges and universities across the state. CNM would receive $10.5 million that would be used to improve learning environments for students and faculty, position CNM to reduce its energy costs and provide much-needed renovations to aging facilities at Main Campus and the South Valley Campus. Main Campus would receive long overdue upgrades to the aged science labs in the L Building. The South Valley Campus would also receive improvements to aging facilities. CNM and institutions across the state are in great need of repairs and improvements to facilities in order to provide the high quality educational experience New Mexicans deserve. Be sure to exercise your right to vote! Vote on Higher Education Bond C!

  • Voting Information
    Early voting sites are open across Bernalillo County from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Saturday, Nov. 3. To view all the early voting sites in Bernalillo County and more voting information, click here. For early voting sites and other voting information for Sandoval County residents, click here. Election Day for the General Election is Nov. 6.

Support Student Success – Participate in Fall Graduation Ceremony

CNM’s Fall 2012 Graduation Ceremony will be held at Tingley Coliseum on Saturday, Dec. 8, beginning at noon. This is the perfect opportunity to show your support for students who are reaching their academic goals. The deadline to order your graduation regalia for participation in the Graduation Ceremony is Nov. 5 at 5 p.m. Please e-mail to submit your cap and gown order with the following information:


Cap size (small, medium, large)
Degree type (associate, bachelor’s, master’s, Ph.D.)
Field of study
City and State in which your College/University is located

    • If you have participated in a previous CNM Graduation Ceremony, email to indicate that you will attend the Graduation Ceremony and that your information should be on file. Once your regalia has arrived, there will be an e-mail sent to inform you of the arrival.  There will be a parking pass and a map in the bag with your regalia.
    • If you own your own regalia, please email to ensure that we have enough chairs for you and your fellow colleagues. Also, a parking pass will be required to enter the gates of Expo New Mexico – passes will be available by stopping by the Student Activities Office in the Student Services Center (SSC109) beginning Nov. 5 and ending on Dec. 6 at 5 p.m. Email if you have questions.


New Dean Selected for HWPS

The selection committee for the position of dean of the School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety has announced that Dr. Tamra Mason has accepted the position of dean of HWPS. Dr. Mason will officially move into her new leadership role on January 2, 2013. Dr. Mason received her Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of New Mexico in 1999. She began her service at CNM as a full-time math instructor in 2000 and served four years as chair of the Math Department. She became the associate dean for the School of Math, Science & Engineering in 2007 and held that position for four years. She spent the past year at UNM, where she has focused on redesigning freshmen courses to improve student learning and success. Please welcome Dr. Mason to this very important leadership position at CNM.

NMPSIA Provides Summary of Benefits and Coverage

The New Mexico Public Schools Insurance Authority has provided CNM with an overview of the medical plan benefits it provides to CNM employees. The attached cover letter and documents from NMPSIA provide some easy-to-understand information about your insurance coverage, including common questions and answers and the costs you might incur for common medical events under your insurance plan. Attached to this email are a cover letter and the summaries of what your Presbyterian or Blue Cross/Blue Shield plan covers. For more information, contact Human Resources.

ACE Earns Recertification from International Tutor Training Program

The College Reading & Learning Association has granted CNM’s Assistance Centers for Education with its recertification as an International Tutor Training Program. Among the comments about ACE from CRLA: “Well organized application and program. Training is conducted by a team of trainers that keep tutors at all campuses/centers on the same page. Good sample of cooperation and attention to CRLA guidelines.” CRLA certifies tutoring programs and authorizes programs to certify their tutors meeting the program’s approved guidelines.

Enjoy Dia de los Muertes Celebration While Supporting CNM Students

On Nov. 1 from 5:30- 8:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Downtown (330 Tijeras Ave. NW), the 5th Annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration will take place. It will also benefit the CNM Foundation Culinary Arts Scholarship Endowment. Enjoy fantastic food created by the CNM Culinary students and Hyatt staff, art by the CNM Art students, entertainment and a silent auction. Calavera dress encouraged – you can also get your face painted at the event! Tickets are $30 per person and tickets will be available for purchase at the door – cash or check payment only. Parking for the event is free. The CNM Foundation Culinary Arts scholarship provides support to CNM students in need of financial assistance for tuition, books or tools for their courses. For more information, call the Foundation at 224-4685.

For Your Information

New CMS and Web Writing Workshops Available for Web Contributors
Workshops on the new website content management system and writing for the web are available. Attending a workshop is mandatory before being granted access to the new content management system. The next workshops are:
•  Friday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Main Campus in the SRC, Room 103
•  Wednesday, Nov. 7, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Main Campus in the SRC, Room 103

STEM-UP Transfer Center Celebrates Opening on Main Campus
CNM’s new STEM-UP Transfer Center will celebrate its opening on Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. just outside the L Building, near the Student Resource Center lawn. STEM-UP (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Undergraduate Pathways) is a U.S. Department of Education grant-funded effort. CNM and the University of New Mexico received a joint-grant to address the significant need in New Mexico and across the country for more graduates in the STEM fields. Stop by the event and learn more about the resources offered at the center, including individualized tutoring, STEM advising, mentoring by peer mentors, assistance with transfer to UNM, and information on STEM degrees at CNM and UNM. At 11 a.m. on Nov. 14, prizes and breakfast burritos will be handed out. For more information on the event, call Lisa Paton at 224-3253 or email, or feel free to stop by the STEM Transfer Center in the L Building, Room 200.

Help CNM Identify Classrooms That Need Work
CNM is seeking your help in identifying classrooms that need “refreshing.” In other words, classrooms that need any type of maintenance or repair to things like doors, walls, whiteboards, light bulbs, clocks, ceiling tiles, signage, etc. We need faculty and staff input to ensure that all classrooms in need of work are scheduled for maintenance. A survey form has been created for you to identify specific classrooms that need work, as well as the type of maintenance that they need. To submit information on more than one classroom, you will need to complete a separate survey form for each classroom. Please click here to help CNM “refresh” our classroom environments. The goal is to address as many classroom issues as possible during the upcoming holiday break, so please submit your requests as soon as possible. Your input is greatly appreciated.

Participate in The Big Read and Discuss ‘Bless Me, Última’
CNM Libraries is partnering with ABC Libraries on The Big Read. Three discussions will be held at CNM Libraries on Rudolfo Anaya’s “Bless Me, Última,” a coming-of-age story set in post-World War II eastern New Mexico.  A boy named Tony meets a curandera named Última and learns about people, nature, and the battle between good and evil. The Main Campus discussion will be held in Spanish, with the other two in English.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 13, Main Campus Library in SRC, (en Español), 5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 14, Westside Campus Library, MJG Building, Room 108, 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 15, Montoya Campus Library, J Building, Room 123C, 5:30 p.m.

Refreshments will be served at all discussions. Contact Olivia Baca, for more information.

Judge Sharon Walton Talks About ‘Criminal Justice from Behind the Gavel’
As part of the Education to Careers Speaker Series, Metropolitan Court Judge Sharon Walton will discuss “Criminal Justice from Behind the Gavel” on Nov. 7 from noon to 1 p.m. on Main Campus in Smith Brasher Hall, Room 100. The event is open to all interested students and prospective students, and is presented by the CNM Criminal Justice Department and Lewis University Department of Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies.

Judge Walton was appointed to Metropolitan Court in 199 and has served continuously as a Judge in the Criminal Division. With a case load of about 8,000 cases a year, Judge Walton handles misdemeanor criminal cases, traffic cases and felony first appearances. She has served in state and local government since 1987, including terms as an Assistant Attorney General, Deputy General Counsel for the New Mexico Corrections Department and Corrections Administrator. She also served as the Associate Warden for the Penitentiary of New Mexico Maximum Security Unit and as an Assistant City Attorney for the Albuquerque Police Department. Judge Walton also teaches Evidence, Criminal Procedure and Paralegal Studies at CNM.

University Transfer Workshop and Tour of UNM Set for Nov. 7
Students interested in transferring to a four-year college or university can learn more about the process at the University Transfer Workshop on Nov. 7 from 11 a.m. to noon in the Student Services Center cafeteria. From 1 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Nov. 7 at the UNM Student Support & Services Center (1155 University Blvd. at corner of University and Cesar Chavez), students are also invited to attend a UNM Information Session and UNM Tour. The info session and trolley tour will inform students about UNM campus life, the application process, financial aid, housing and more. Space is limited for the trolley tour. To reserve a space or for more information, call 224-4375 or email

Poetry and Spoken Word Event Set for Nov. 18
Poets Levi Romero and David Martinez will perform their poetry at the “CNM Speaks: Poetry and Spoken Word” event that will be held Nov. 18 at 3 p.m. at the Main Campus Library in the Student Resource Center. CNM employees and students are also invited to share their poetry during an open mic session. The New Mex­ico State Library and the Depart­ment of Cul­tural Affairs named Romero as one of five Cen­tennial Poets during the state’s centennial celebrations. He’s the author of “A Poetry Remembrance” and “In the Gathering of Silence.” Romero also teaches Chicano Studies at the University of New Mexico. Martinez has been featured at “Speak, Poet” events in Albuquerque and “Poetry at the Library” in Española. For more information, email

Blackboard Learn 9.1 Development Server Goes Offline Nov. 26
The Blackboard Learn 9.1 Development server located at will be taken offline permanently on Nov. 26. This development server was used as the staging area of those courses moved from the old Blackboard Campus Edition 8 (CE8) server. CNM faculty developed and also migrated courses to this location in preparation for the deployment of the production Bb Learn server at Unfortunately, the learn/dev environment has the previous Blackboard Learn version (Release 9.1 Service Pack 6) which is outdated in relation with the current production deployment at (Release 9.1 Service Pack 8). CNM’s Office of Information Technology Services has deployed an updated Release 9.1 Service Pack 8 development server at to accommodate your current course development needs.  This updated development environment is now open for business.  Therefore, you will be able to develop in the Service Pack 8 environment and seamlessly move your course material into production when it becomes necessary. If you need assistance moving your course/development material from into before learn/dev is taken offline, please contact the CNM Distance Learning Specialist assigned to your school: Hallie Ray ( for HWPS & MSE; Jessica Rosazza-Williams ( for AT & BIT; Patricia Miera ( for CHSS & SAGE; Rafael Martinez ( for BIT & CHSS. Please note that DL faculty and DL courses take priority with assistance. Face-2-Face Web-enhances courses will be addressed as time and staffing permit. If you have any questions, please contact Audrey Gramstad, Administrative Director of Distance Learning and Instructional Support at

Nominate a Colleague for Employee Excellence Award
Nominations are being accepted for the annual Employee Excellence Awards. Deadline to submit a nomination is Nov. 9. CNM serves a vital role in its community through the energy, vision and attitude of its most important resource – employees. For more information about the award, or to submit a nomination, click here.

Help Change Lives by Leading the Way
The 2012 Leading the Way Employee Giving Campaign is now under way. You can donate to the charity of your choice, a CNM Scholarship or even to your department or school. This year’s thank you gift is a hooded CNM sweatshirt, and is available to those who donate at least $1 per pay period, or $24 annually. Departments that have 100 percent participation will be celebrated with a pizza party. For more information, call 224-4685.

NMHEAR Conference Seeks Presentation Proposals
The 19th annual New Mexico Higher Education Assessment and Retention (NMHEAR) Conference, scheduled for February 28 and March 1, 2013 in Albuquerque, will provide an opportunity for faculty, staff, and administrators to share ideas about assessment and retention initiatives that promote student success. The theme of this year’s conference is “The Role of Assessment in Student Success: How do YOU Define Student Success?” Dr. George Kuh will be the guest speaker. The mission of the NMHEAR Conference is to provide a forum for a wide variety of innovative assessment and retention presentations. For more information about the conference or to submit a proposal, click here. The deadline to submit a proposal is Nov. 16.

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