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News Link - October 18, 2012


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. 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
    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. Election Day for the General Election is Nov. 6.

New Live!

The redesign of was launched on Monday. If you encounter any broken links or other problems with the new website, you can report issues by clicking here. There have been some changes to navigation and the names of links that will take some time to get used to. Remember, there’s a much-improved search engine that can also help you find pages. For more information on the new website, click here.

CNM Employees Recognized for Outstanding Work

Senior Director of Financial Aid Lee Carrillo and Director of Security Ernie Chavez were recognized for outstanding work they performed last month during the monthly meeting of the CNM Governing Board. Both were awarded at the meeting with CNM glass candy dishes as part of the recognition. Carrillo was recognized for his leadership in making sure CNM was ready to deliver more than $23 million in financial aid to over 12,000 students on Disbursement Day last month. Chavez was recognized for his leadership during CNM’s quick response to a bomb threat near Montoya Campus last month that resulted in a temporary lockdown. A separate effort led by Chavez also led to the Albuquerque Police Department donating 40 stolen bikes that were never claimed to CNM students in need.

Celebrated Poets Headline Spoken Word Event at Main Campus Library Today

Today 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

Banner Upgrade Results in New Look and Navigation

A necessary upgrade of the Banner Self-Service system launched Monday, resulting in a new look and improved screen navigation for end-users. The upgrade will affect most Banner-related services, including Banner services in myCNM. 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).

For Your Information

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

Westside Campus MJG Building to Undergo Construction Work
On Friday, preparation for construction work on the façade of the Michael J. Glennon Building will begin. Fencing will be placed around the building and plywood enclosures will be put in place at the entrances to the building as basic safety precautions. Please observe all of the construction zone signage throughout the construction project.

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

Westside Campus Holding Raffle to Benefit Leading the Way
The Westside Campus will be holding a raffle for gift baskets ranging in value from $5 to $35 with all money raised going to the Leading the Way giving campaign. Raffle tickets will be available Oct. 22-31 in the Michael J. Glennon Building atrium for $1 each from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The raffle drawing will take place on Oct. 31. You don’t have to be present to win. For questions about the gift baskets or the drawing, call 224-5476.

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

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 can be purchased through 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.

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:
$2,500 $625
$2,000 $500
$1,500 $375
$1,000 $250
$500 $125


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

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

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

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 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 Monday, Oct. 22 from 6-8 p.m.
  • UNM Student Union Building, Lobo Rooms A & B, on Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 12-1 p.m.

For more information please visit

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.

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