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News Link - September 13, 2012


Convocation Brings Together CNM Community Friday Morning

Is CNM ready for the students of tomorrow? And the rising expectations of producing more college graduates for a changing workforce? CNM President Kathie Winograd will address these topics and more during the 2012 CNM Convocation. The event for all faculty and staff will be held Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Central Parking Lot on Main Campus. The day will begin with coffee followed by President Winograd's address, which will also include video clips of prominent voices in the community who will talk about the hopes they have for CNM and its role of supporting the workforce needs of the region’s economy. CNM students and employees will also appear on video, expressing their expectations and goals for CNM in the coming years. Following President Winograd’s address, employees will spend the latter part of the morning with their division colleagues (meeting locations below). Convocation will wrap up with lunch on the Student Resource Center lawn. The college will be closed until 1 p.m.
Please note: Convocation is an event solely for faculty and staff and is not intended to include family members, students, visitors, etc. Since all offices are closed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., student employees are not allowed to work during the duration of Convocation.

If you have questions, email Jennifer McDonald at

Convocation Breakout Session Locations

Academic Affairs:
Vice President Sydney Gunthorpe
Faculty – Student Resource Center Lawn Tent
Administrative Coordinators and Specialists – Richard Barr Board Room, SRC 204
Library and Assistance Centers for Education – SRC 203

CNM Connect
First Floor of the Library in the SRC

Finance and Operations:
Vice President Kathy Ulibarri
Central Parking Lot Tent

Student Services
Vice President Phillip Bustos
Smith Brasher Hall, Room 100

Workforce Training Center
SRC 202D

Find Out What National Media Is Saying About Community Colleges

In a recent New York Times column, Thomas Friedman talks about “New Rules” for the future of education. A line from the story: “We have to prepare more Americans for the new jobs that are being created in a world fueled by new technology. That’s why investments in our people” — in more community colleges, Pell grants and vocational-training classes — “are more important than ever.” Read this story, and others related to community colleges by clicking here.

Mark Your Calendar for State of the Master Plan Event

All CNM employees are invited to join President Winograd and college leaders in a presentation of the Technology and Facilities Master Plan. Ideas and initiatives for future Master Plans will also be discussed. Please feel free to attend on Sept. 20 from 9-10:30 a.m. in the Main Campus Student Resource Center, Richard Barr Boardroom.

Leading the Way Committee Taking Volunteers

The CNM Foundation is gearing up to kick-off this year's Leading the Way Employee Giving Campaign. If you are interested in joining the planning committee for the campaign, please contact Marshall Quam at or at 224-4686. Make a difference in the community by being part of the planning committee. Leading the Way provides CNM employees the opportunity to make a tax-deductible donation to the charity of their choice through United Way of Central New Mexico.

Benefits Enrollment Expanded for Children Up to Age 26

In addition to medical benefits, eligibility for dental, vision, and life benefits have now been expanded for children of employees up to age 26, married or single. If you would like to re-enroll your child who was cancelled from these benefits on their 25th birthday, if they have not yet turned 26, please contact Human Resources at 224-4600 to complete the required paperwork. The deadline is September 21, 2012. The effective date will be October 1, 2012.

Healthy Meals, Fit for Life Offers Free Class on Sept. 15

Learn some healthy cooking and living habits through a class on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Smith-Brasher Hall, Room 125 on Main Campus. The Healthy Meals, Fit for Life program is a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant-funded project designed to educate people on healthier cooking and living habits.  The program is now offering free courses through the Workforce Training Center for anyone who is interested.  Classes take place on occasional Saturdays and include nutritional education, exercise and cooking a meal.  Visit and click on classes and then click USDA Healthy Meal Grant to register for Saturday’s course and see upcoming offerings.

For Your Information

School of Adult & General Education Seeking Used Books
SAGE is currently accepting donations of used books to be distributed to students enrolled in developmental reading courses this term. The school’s goal is to collect one book for every student enrolled in a developmental reading course. By collecting and distributing used books the school can promote literacy and the joy of reading. All genres of books are welcomed. You can contact Patrick Flink at or at extension 5-0940 to donate used or unwanted books.

Learn How to Improve Productivity with your iPad
Find yourself asking "How do I use this thing?" Attend a free workshop to improve your workplace productivity with your iPad. The hour long workshop will cover: installing apps, creating folders, rearranging the screen, how to find settings for your apps, how to change the keyboard, how to set up your Outlook email and calendar, and what iCloud is and how to use it. Attendees must bring their own iPads. The workshop is followed by a 30-minute open lab.

There will also be a demonstrations of useful apps such as Dropbox, Notability, Notes and Evernote, and iWorks apps.

Workshops schedule:

West Side Campus
Friday, Sept. 17, 10:30 a.m.-noon.
Michael J Glennon Building, Room 213

Rio Rancho Campus
Friday, Sept. 28, 9-10:30 a.m.
Room 1056

Main Campus
Friday, Oct. 12, 10-11:30 a.m.
Smith Brasher Hall, Room 114

Montoya Campus
Friday, Oct. 26, 3-4:30 p.m.
H Building, Room 105

Westside Campus
Friday, Nov. 9, 8-9:30 a.m.
WS II, Room 116

Montoya Campus Hosts Book Club
At 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 27, the Montoya Campus Book Club will host a discussion on Toni Morrison’s novel, The Bluest Eye. It’s a tragic tale of an African American girl who yearns to have beautiful blue eyes. 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 with any questions.

Administration Updates in Academic Affairs

Lis Turkheimer Named Executive Director of Academic Affairs
Lis Turkheimer began her career at CNM in 1984 when she was hired as a Library Aide at the Montoya Campus. Since that time she has held the positions of Learning Center Supervisor, Director for the Assistance Centers for Education, and Interim Associate Dean in the School of Adult & General Education. She holds a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of New Mexico and is certified in Quality Management. She has used those skills to co-facilitate CNM Action Teams such as the First Year Experience Team and the Non-Retained Survey Team.

Michael Cranney Named Associate Dean of AT
Michael Cranney joined CNM in 1999 and has held a number of positions including Director of Instruction and full-time instructor. His connection to the college started much earlier when he took a math course at then-TVI as a high school student long before dual credit was an option. He subsequently earned a diploma in Laser Electro-Optic Technology and worked in that field for a number of years. He earned a bachelor’s in Economics and Finance and a master’s in Applied Economics.

Dr. Paula Smith-Hawkins Named Associate Dean of CHSS
Dr. Paula Smith-Hawkins has served as a faculty member at Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz., where she taught history and sociology. She worked as a Division Dean at a college in Minneapolis, as Academic Dean in the Marshall Islands, and as Operations Manager in the Registrar’s Office at the University of New Mexico.

Lisa Gurule Named Interim Associate Dean of MSE
Lisa Gurule began her career at CNM in 1999 as a part-time instructor and became full-time in 2011. She taught Nutrition and was instrumental in the creation of the Dietary Manager certificate, as well as ensuring the transferability of credits in Nutrition. She has served as chair of Nutrition, Chemistry, Geography, Earth and Planetary Science, and Natural Science (CGENS).

Phil Carman Named Associate Dean of MSE
Phil began at CNM in 1998 as an Astronomy and Physics instructor and served as chair of Astronomy and Physics, chair of CGENS and interim Associate Dean of MSE. He holds a bachelor’s in Physics and Astronomy from Stony Brook University and a master’s in Space Sciences from the Florida Institute of Technology.

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