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News Link - November 15, 2012


Timesheet Approvals Due Today Because of Thanksgiving Holiday

With the Thanksgiving holiday next week, electronic approvals of timesheets are due by 1 p.m. today, Nov. 15.  All paper timesheets were due on Wednesday. The early deadlines will allow employees to receive their next paychecks before the college closes for the holiday weekend on Thursday, Nov. 22.

CNM Video Captures Joy of TRiO’s 10th Anniversary Celebration

Take a look back at TRiO’s 10th Anniversary Celebration and hear from TRiO graduates, TRiO employees and CNM Governing Board members who attended the ceremony last month. Click here to access the video on YouTube.

Enrollment for Flexible Spending Account Extended to Nov. 30 – Plan Can Save You Money

By joining CNM’s Cafeteria Plan (Flexible Spending Account), you can guarantee tax savings for yourself, and therefore keep more money in 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 An amount of your choosing is withdrawn from your paycheck each pay period for the account.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 deadline to apply for the Cafeteria Plan has been extended to Friday, November 30. The plan goes into effect January 1, 2013.

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:





















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

If You’re Currently in Cafeteria Plan, You Must Incur Expenses by March 15, 2013

If you are participating in CNM’s 2012 Cafeteria Plan Flexible Spending Accounts, please note that you must incur related expenses no later than March 15, 2013, or the expenses will not be eligible for reimbursement from your account. All 2012 Flexible Spending Account reimbursement requests must be submitted to our third party servicer, The Cafeteria Plan Company, by March 31, 2013.

New Dean Selected for BIT

The selection committee for the position of dean of the School of Business & Information Technology has announced that Donna Diller has been selected and she has accepted the position of dean of BIT. Donna will officially move into her new leadership role on Jan. 2. Donna began her CNM career in 2006 as director of Culinary Arts and Hospitality programs in BIT.  Since then, she has served as a full-time faculty member, director of Instruction, program coordinator, grant manager and associate dean overseeing Accounting, Business Administration, Hospitality & Tourism, Culinary Arts, Project Management and Financial Literacy. Prior to her time at CNM, Donna worked in business, hospitality, community relations and education.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Concordia University in Organizational Management and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from New Mexico State University. Please welcome Donna to this very important leadership position at CNM.


Poetry and Spoken Word Event Set for Today in Main Campus Library

Accomplished poets Levi Romero and David Martinez will perform their poetry at the “CNM Speaks: Poetry and Spoken Word” event that will be held Nov. 15 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

For Your Information

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.

Be Aware That 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.

Participate in The Big Read and Discuss ‘Bless Me, Última’ Thursday at Montoya Campus
CNM Libraries is partnering with ABC Libraries on The Big Read. A discussion will be held on Rudolfo Anaya’s “Bless Me, Última,”a coming-of-age story set in post-World War II eastern New Mexico, on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 5:30 p.m. at the Montoya Campus Library, located in the J Building, Room 123-C.  A boy named Tony meets a curandera named Última and learns about people, nature, and the battle between good and evil. Refreshments will be served. Contact Olivia Baca, for more information.

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.

New Student Film Club Seeks New Members
A new student film club called the DAT Club has been created with a goal of creating student-led films. Any students or alumni interested in making films, not just film students, are encouraged to join the club and participate in film projects. For more information, contact DAT Club Vice President Madison Coss at

Arena Drive at Unser Blvd. Near Rio Rancho Campus Closed Nov. 15-19

Arena Dr. in Rio Rancho will be closed at Unser Blvd. from Nov. 15-19 as construction on the Unser Blvd. Widening Project nears completion. Traffic during this time will be detoured to King Blvd. Speed limits will be 25 miles per hour in the area. For more info, visit the City of Rio Rancho website.

Costco Offers CNM Community Discount
Costco is offering the CNM community a $10 cash card when you sign up for a one-year membership, which costs $55. For an executive membership, which costs $110, CNM community remembers receive a $20 cash card. You just need to print out a flier and take it Costco with you to take advantage of the offer. To obtain the flier, or to view other discounts for the CNM community, click here.

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