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News Link - November 8, 2012


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

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. Some of the organizations that will be present include Presbyterian, Blue Cross Blue Shield, YMCA, Sports & Wellness, Walgreen’s, Natural Life and Complete Nutrition. Flu shots will also be available. 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. To RSVP or for more information, contact Jennifer McDonald at or Ext. 4-4673.

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.

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.

Flexible Spending Account Updates

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.

Air National Guard Honor Guard to Present Flags in Honor of Veterans Day

On Monday, Nov. 12, in honor of Veterans Day that occurs on Nov. 11, the Air National Guard Honor Guard will present the flag of the United States of America in honor of Veterans at flagpoles around the college. The ceremonies will take place at the flagpoles at the following times and locations on Monday:

  • Main Campus, 2:30 p.m. at  the flag poles located outside the Student Resource Center
  • Montoya Campus, 10 a.m.
  • Westside Campus, 11:30 a.m.
  • Rio Rancho Campus, 1:30 p.m.

Expert to Talk About PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injuries at Montoya Campus

Dr. Joseph Sadek, Ph.D., who leads the V.A. Psychiatric Poly Trauma Team, will speak about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injuries on Wednesday, Nov. 14, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Montoya Campus H Building, Room 126. It will be a great opportunity for faculty and staff who interact with military veteran students to understand more about how these conditions affect those who are afflicted. The presentation is co-sponsored by the CNM Veterans Student Club, the VetSuccess Center and the Dean of Students office.

Acclaimed Filmmaker Presents ‘Images of Indians: From Reel to Real’

Dr. Victoria Mudd, who won an Academy Award for Best Documentary for her work as director on the Native American film “Broken Rainbow” in 1985, will present her video, “Images of Indians: From Reel to Real,” from 6 to 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at Main Campus, Smith Brasher Hall Auditorium, Room 100. “Images of Indians: From Reel to Real” documents how Native Americans have been portrayed in film, from the earliest depictions to the present. Clips from movies such as Dances With Wolves, Stagecoach, Little Big Man and Smoke Signals are included. During the playing of the video, Dr. Mudd will provide historical and social context while using a combination of lecture, slideshow and archival footage to show how the portrayal of Native Americans on film has been changing as more Native American filmmakers get their experiences and stories to the screen. Her presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session. This event is being organized by the CNM Native American Advisement Team in honor of Native American Heritage Month. For more information, call 224-4351.

For Your Information

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.

Poetry and Spoken Word Event Set for Nov. 15
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

Learn How to Save a Life at Free CPR Training on Friday
Project Heart Start, the New Mexico Heart Institute and a CNM event planning class have teamed up to offer free cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) trainings, which could prepare you to save somebody’s life. Trainings will be held on Friday in Jeannette Stromberg Hall, Rooms 201 and 203 from 2:30-4 p.m. The free training will familiarize you with the hands-only CPR technique that can be used in emergency situations when somebody is suffering from a cardiac arrest, such as a heart attack. The trainings will include a short video, followed by practicing the technique on mannequins, all of which takes only a half-hour.

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.


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.

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

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.
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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