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News Link - October 11, 2012

New Launches on Monday

The redesign of will launch on Monday morning. The new site design was planned with input from CNM students and employees. One of the primary goals of the redesign was to make the site easier to navigate and understand, especially for common tasks like student registration. Some of the new features of the site will include:

  • A much-improved search engine.
  • New Content Management System (CMS), which is a free, open-source CMS called Plone. It’s the same CMS used by the City of Albuquerque and Albuquerque Public Schools.
  • The new, behind-the-scenes CMS will make it much easier to quickly edit and update content.
  • As a free and open-source CMS, CNM will not need to pay contract or software fees and the college will be able to collaborate with other state or local government agencies like the City of Albuquerque and APS to create new features while sharing development costs.
  • The new CMS meets modern Web and usability standards, including ADA requirements, security needs, multi-browser support and RSS standards.
  • The new site will have a “Most Popular Now” section, which will automatically reveal the most visited pages on
  • A new “Community Photo Pool” powered by Flickr allows CNM employees or students to submit photos to be considered for the pool – some will be featured on the home page.

After launch, improvements will continue to be made as feedback and user-testing results are evaluated. More information will be provided in upcoming News Links about training opportunities for content contributors.

Banner Upgrade to Result in New Look and Navigation Monday

A necessary upgrade of the Banner Self-Service system will launch on Monday (Oct. 15) and result in a new look and improved screen navigation for end users. The upgrade will affect most Banner-related services, including Banner services in myCNM. Due to the upgrade, all Banner functions will be unavailable beginning Friday, Oct. 12, at 5 p.m. through Sunday, Oct. 14, at 4 p.m. Some of the services that will be unavailable during this time period include INB and Banner Self-Service (grades, registration, employee time entry, online requisitions, etc.). If you have questions or concerns about the outage, contact ITS at 224-4357 or

To help you get oriented to the new look of the system that will appear on Monday, screen shot examples for each tab in Banner, such as the “Employees” and “Finance” tabs, are available in the attachment to this email, along with points of contact for each tab if you have questions.

Here are some general points to be aware of related to the upgrade:

  • Content has not changed
  • Links are the same
  • Verbiage is the same
  • What you saw in the older version of Banner Self-Service will still be there in the new version.

What’s different?

  • On some screens the orientation of links may have changed (in some instances, menu items that were listed vertical are now horizontal)
  • Links listed in vertical menus are now boxes you can select for navigation (moving your mouse over each box should highlight the item for selection)
  • Tabs are now displayed as buttons along the top of the screen (still horizontally listed)
  • In some instances, reports and lists will now show shaded column headers (this has improved readability, but will be an adjustment).

Support CNM and Higher Education – Vote on Bond C

Don't sit on the sidelines during this critical election season for CNM and higher education institutions across the state. Show your support for the vital role CNM serves in our community, as well as the critical role higher education serves across the state, by voting on Higher Education Bond C. No tax rate increase would be associated with the passage of this bond. 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
    Absentee voting is under way. Early voting is under way at the Bernalillo County “My Vote Center” at 620 Lomas Blvd. NW from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday until Nov. 3. On Oct. 20, 16 other early voting sites will open across the county from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 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. The deadline to register to vote is Tuesday, Oct. 9. Election Day for the General Election is Nov. 6.

October Is Open Enrollment Period for Dental and Vision Benefits/Switch Enrollment for Medical Benefits

The switch enrollment period for medical benefits and open enrollment for dental and vision benefits takes place through the month of October. This is the time that the New Mexico Public Schools Insurance Authority (NMPSIA) offers open enrollment for United Concordia Dental and Davis Vision. You can also switch plans on Blue Cross/Blue Shield Medical and Presbyterian Medical plans. All changes made will be effective January 1, 2013. For more information, please contact Human Resources at 224-4600.

Flexible Spending Account Can Save You Tax Money

By joining CNM’s Cafeteria Plan (Flexible Spending Account), you can guarantee tax savings for yourself, and therefore put more money into 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 is Oct. 31. 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.

For Your Information

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.

Enjoy Dia de los Muertes Celebration While Supporting CNM Students
On Nov. 1, the Hyatt Regency Downtown (330 Tijeras Ave. NW) will hold its 5th Annual Dia De Los Muertos Celebration from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. CNM students and alums will participate in the event. Fantastic food, entertainment and a silent auction are just a few highlights of the evening. CNM culinary students will be providing delicious food and CNM art students will be creating I-Madonarri chalk art. Calavera dress encouraged – you can also get your face painted at the event! Ticket proceeds will benefit the CNM Foundation’s Culinary Arts Scholarship Endowment. The scholarship provides support to CNM students in need of financial assistance for tuition or to purchases books or tools required for their courses. Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased through You can also sponsor a student. Parking for the event is free. For more information, call the CNM Foundation at 224-4685.

Accomplished Author Visits CNM for Poetry Reading
The CNM Writing Group will be hosting accomplished writer James Arthur to CNM’s Main Campus on Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. in Smith Brasher Hall, Room 100. The poetry reading begins at 7 and will be followed by a Q & A session. The event is free and open to employees, students and the public. Arthur’s debut poetry collection, “Charms Against Lightning,” was recently released by Copper Canyon Press. Arthur was born in Connecticut and grew up in Canada. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Poetry, Ploughshares, and The American Poetry Review. He has received the Amy Lowell Travelling Poetry Scholarship, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Poetry, a residency at the Amy Clampitt House, and a Discovery/The Nation Prize. James is currently a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University and he is a wonderful poet and teacher. This is a great opportunity to hear him read and to talk with him about poetry, writing, and a writer’s life! For more info, email

Make CNM Heart Start a Part of Your Class
CNM Heart Start is looking for faculty who are willing to share some of their class time to help students learn hands-only CPR. The demonstrations will last approximately 30 minutes and will be held 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 5 through Nov. 8. The CNM Heart Start project is being led by a CNM event planning class. You can help them reach their goal of training 500 students. If you have any questions, or to sign up for the project, email instructor Laura Hines at or email student Rozlyn Griego at

Diversity Speaker Series Continues With Dr. Eliseo “Cheo” Torres
Dr. Eliseo “Cheo” Torres will speak about “Healing Rituals and Medicinal Plants of Mexico and the Southwest: Curanderos y Yerbitas” at the CNM Main Campus Library on Oct. 24 from 3-4:30 p.m. Dr. Torres, UNM Vice President for Student Affairs, grew up around the Texas and Mexico border, where he learned the lore and knowledge of curanderismo, Mexican folk medicine. He is the author of two books on the topic: “Curandero: A Life in Mexican Folk Healing” and “Healing with Herbs and Rituals: A Mexican Tradition.” For more information, email or call 224-3278.

Celebrated Poets Headline Spoken Word Event at Main Campus Library
On Oct. 18 at 3 p.m., the Main Campus Library will host “CNM Speaks: The Sound of Our Community.” Albuquerque’s first Poet Laureate, Hakim Bellamy, will perform, as well as Andrea J. Serrano, an Albuquerque-native and accomplished poet. CNM students and employees are invited to sign up for an open mic session. Bellamy is a national and regional Poetry Slam Champion and holds three consecutive poetry slam titles at the University of New Mexico. Serrano is the creator and host of “Speak, Poet: Voz, Palabra y Sonido,” a monthly poetry venue. In fall 2012, her book “My Ranchera Hips Can’t Dance Salsa and Other Poems” will be published. For more info, call 224-3278 or email

Check Out This Month’s Issue of Express
In this month’s issue of Express: The First Annual Conference on Teaching and Learning at CNM is making an impressive debut with national student engagement and retention expert Dr. Vincent Tinto delivering the keynote address; Take a look back at Convocation 2012 and hear from employees and students in the Express Video; See if you’re in the photo slide show from Convocation by clicking on the “Eye on CNM” link; One talented CNM dual credit student was awarded CNM’s first full-ride scholarship thanks to the new Chester French and Diana Stewart Presidential Scholarship. These stories and more in this month’s issue of Express.

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

Support Student Success – Participate in Fall Graduation
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
Please indicate if you need a gown package or just the hood, gown, cap or tassel.

If you have participated in a previous CNM Graduation Ceremony, e-mail 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 e-mail 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.

Business Office Relocations
Payroll staff will be relocating to the back side of the Business Office in the A Building due to space renovation. Please visit Heather in A-32 to conduct Payroll related business. Beginning today at 3 p.m., administrative coordinators who pick up paychecks for their departments can pick them up in Accounts Payable, temporarily relocated to A-126, which is located across the hall from Human Resources and Purchasing.

Montoya Campus Library Book Club Delves Into ‘Life of Pi’
At 5:30 p.m. on Oct.  25, the Montoya Campus Book Club will host a discussion on Yann Martel’s novel, “Life of Pi.” This imaginative and unforgettable read is a winner of the Man Booker Prize. Copies are available for checkout at the Montoya Campus Library. The Book Club is open to employees, students and the public. Refreshments will be served. Contact Daniel Hay at for more information.

Native American Staff and Faculty Association Seeks New Members
In 2008, CNM American Indian/Alaskan Native staff and faculty gathered to discuss recruitment, retention and graduation of CNM American Indian/Alaskan Native students and to form a Native American Staff and Faculty Association (NASFA). It was a strong beginning and participants helped to support programs, initiatives and events across CNM. Currently, the association has only a few active participants.  If you are a CNM employee who is interested in reviving the NASFA or becoming a new participant, please contact Yolanda Pacheco at or ext. 44330.

Dependents of Faculty Eligible for Tuition and Fee Waivers
As a result of the recent collective bargaining agreements (CBA) between CNM and the bargaining units for full- and part-time faculty, dependents of faculty are now eligible for tuition and fee waivers. It’s the same benefit that was authorized for regular full- and part-time employees not covered by a CBA. CNM will waive tuition, registration and technology fees for CNM courses for spouses, domestic partners, and dependent children of eligible faculty or staff.

  • The spouse, domestic partner, and dependent children of regular full-time faculty members are eligible for waivers of up to 12 credit hours per calendar year.
  • The spouse, domestic partner, and dependent children of regular part-time faculty members are eligible for waivers of up to four credit hours per calendar year. Part time instructors must be working as an instructor during the term in which the waiver is requested and must complete their assignment for the term to avoid repayment.
  • Domestic partners who have registered through CNM’s Human Resources Department are eligible for this benefit.
  • A dependent child (including step-children, children of domestic partner, and legal guardianship) is eligible until their 24th birthday. The dependent may not turn 24 years of age during the course of an academic term in which the benefit is used.

Interested and eligible faculty members should make an appointment with their Human Resources Technician to complete the required paperwork. This benefit is effective 2012 Fall Term, so dependents of eligible faculty members who have already registered for classes covered by the benefit may take their paperwork from HR to the cashier’s office for reimbursement.

Contact your HR Technician to set up an appointment by calling 224-4600.

MRCOG Seeks Input from CNM Community on Traffic in Main Campus/University Area
The Mid-Region Council of Governments, UNM and CNM have initiated a project to evaluate transit, parking services and land development within the UNM/CNM/Sunport corridor. While evaluating the area’s diverse transportation needs, this project will recommend near- and long-term transit, land-use and parking strategies to improve these services for CNM and UNM. This study is being conducted in a manner that will qualify the resulting improvements for potential federal funding. Two public meetings are scheduled to discuss the project and seek input from students and employees of CNM, UNM, and UNM Hospital, and any other area business representatives or residents with an interest in the area’s traffic patterns:

  • Loma Linda Community Center, 1700 Yale Blvd. SE on Oct. 22 from 6-8 p.m.
  • CNM Student Resource Center, Room 204, on Oct. 25 from noon-1 p.m.

For more information please visit

Speaker Series Host Will Talk About Requirements for Federal Jobs
On Oct. 24, the Montoya Campus speaker series will host Human Resources Specialist, Jake Archer, who will discuss the education requirements and hiring process used by the Federal Government, including the new electronic process used to announce and fill government positions. Archer will speak at the Westside Campus from 10:30 a.m. to noon in WS II, Room 124, and then at Montoya Campus from 1:30-3 p.m. in the H Building, Room 126. For more information, call 224-5524 or email
Spring 2013 ITS Computer Lab Imaging Schedule Available
ITS will soon be preparing the CNM computer labs for the upcoming Spring 2013 term. ITS staff would like to encourage faculty and lab staff to review the schedule below and provide feedback if there are issues or concerns by contacting the ITS Service Desk at, or calling 224-4495.

  • Oct. 19:
    • Review of computer classroom/lab schedules for Spring 2013 term
    • Need documentation of academic software changes & updates for all computer classrooms/labs (Updated image management test plans due)
    • Build/deploy Spring 2013 “test image” for faculty/lab staff review-  signs up on test systems in computer labs/classrooms
  • Nov. 2:
    • Deployment of Spring 2013 test image is complete - “Ready for testing” signs on select test systems in computer labs/classrooms
    • ITS portion of “Image Management Test Plans” are due to Academic Affairs – posted on test systems
  • Nov. 5:
    • Academic Chair, faculty and lab staff begin review of Spring 2013 test image – lab staff go through test plans
    • Feedback corrections to ITS for Spring 2013 test images
  • Nov. 16:
    • Academic Chair, faculty and lab staff conclude review of test image
    • Corrections made to test image – retest images as necessary
  • Nov. 21:
    • System images for Spring 2013 is “frozen” - Post signs - “Official Spring 2013 image for Room: __________”
    • ITS begins image deployment in select computer labs/classrooms
    • Academic Affairs portion of “Image Management Test Plans” are due back to ITS
  • Dec. 3:
    • ITS begins final deployment of system images in ALL computer labs/classrooms – deployments to continue  through Jan 4th
  • Jan. 4: – Deployment of final images complete.


CNM Safety News for Fire Prevention Week
The biggest risk in using small space heaters in any area at home or work is the risk of a fire. No matter where a fire occurs, fires are always devastating and can affect an entire floor with smoke and water damage. The following is a list of safety precautions to use while operating portable electric space heaters so people and property will not be at risk.

  • Always read through and understand the heater’s operating manual(s) before using the heater. Not all heaters are designed with the same features, so even if two heaters look alike, they may be very different.
  • Keep the heater far away from fabric, combustible and flammable liquids and other compounds, furniture, bedding, paper, clothing, and curtains. Most heaters require a minimum distance of three feet of clearance around the unit for safe operation.
  • Always inspect the plug for damage before each use. Unplug the unit when it is not in use.
  • Plug the heater into a wall outlet without attempting to bypass the grounding prong if the heater is equipped with a three-prong electrical connection. If a heater needs to be grounded, bypassing that requirement could be hazardous.
  • Do not sit the heater on soft or fluffy surfaces, like blankets, pillows or cushions. The heater could tip over.
  • Do not allow any foreign objects to enter the intake or exhaust ports. Electrical shock may occur.
  • Electric heaters draw a lot of electrical current, even though they are small. Do not allow multiple electric heaters to draw off of a single electrical circuit. Doing so may cause the circuit breaker or fuse to overload and blow.
  • Do not use extension cords with electric space heaters. The extension cord may overheat and become a fire hazard. If an extension cord must be used, use a cord that is 10 or 12 AWG (American Wire Gauge), or one that is rated to support a current of 2000 watts.
  • Be sure the plug fits snugly into the electrical outlet. Do not allow a loose plug to dangle. This can also become a fire hazard.
  • If an electrical outlet is worn, replace it or have it replaced before running a space heater with it.
  • Do not cover the heater with anything while it is in operation.
  • Keep the documentation that the manufacturer sends with the unit for further reference at a later date. Manuals provide important customer service and warranty information if there is a need for it.

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News Link is a weekly e-newsletter provided by the Marketing and Communications Office for CNM faculty and staff. To submit an item for inclusion, please e-mail the Marketing and Communications Office. Please include “News Link” in the subject line of the e-mail. The deadline for News Link is 3 p.m. Wednesdays.