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News Link - September 20, 2012


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.

Automated ‘Screen Lock’ on Instructional Computers to Be Extended to 30 Minutes

ITS will be adjusting the automated screen lock function on instructional computers to better accommodate classroom instruction. Currently, the screen lock feature is activated after 15 minutes of inactivity. After implementation on Oct. 1, the screen lock feature won’t activate until 30 minutes of inactivity. This will only affect password-protected computer screensavers in instructional classrooms and student-use computer labs/classrooms. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the ITS Service Desk at, or call 224-HELP (4357).

CNM Connect Offering Small Business Workshops in October

Starting or Growing a Business? CNM Connect, ACCION and WESST are teaming up to provide a FREE small business workshop series every Friday in October. This series is designed to help inform individuals interested in growing or starting a small business. Topics covered in the workshops will be financing and funding, managing finances, business plan building, fundamentals of entrepreneurship, and more. Participants will benefit from the series format as each workshop builds upon the previous workshop. Click here to find out more.

Flu Shots Offered at Most Campuses in October

Walgreens will be offering flu shots on most CNM campuses in the coming weeks. Shots are free to students and insurance will be taken for faculty and staff members. Students should bring their student ID and employees should bring their insurance information. Dates and locations follow:

Main Campus
Oct. 22-23, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., next to the Student Services Center cafeteria (held in conjunction with the Health fair in the SSC atrium).

Westside Campus
Oct. 24-25, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., in the atrium of the Michael J. Glennon Building

Workforce Training Center
Oct. 29-30, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., in the vending area

Montoya Campus
Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., in the cafeteria

Advanced Technology Center
Nov. 5-6, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., in Room 135

South Valley Campus
Nov. 7-8, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., in Room 32

Protect Yourself Against Whooping Cough

There has been a dramatic increase in cases of Pertussis (whooping cough) in New Mexico over the past two years. Pertussis begins with cold-like symptoms, with runny nose, congestion, maybe a fever and mild cough. It is a highly contagious disease but is treatable with antibiotics. The Public Health Department asks that infected individuals stay at home for the five days they are on appropriate antibiotics to help prevent the spread of whooping cough. If you have had a cough for more than two weeks, it is advised that you visit your primary care giver, the CNM Student Health Center or the New Mexico Department of Health to be evaluated and treated if needed. It is especially important to be evaluated and treated if needed if you are around children under one year old or people who have compromised immune systems.

Most people have received a vaccination for Pertussis at a young age, but the vaccination does not provide lifelong immunity. If you have not been vaccinated for tetanus, diphtheria and a cellular Pertussis in the past 10 years, you should consult with your primary care provider.

Albuquerque Quality Network Offers Tools-to-Action Workshop

On Sept. 27, the Albuquerque Quality Network will host a series of workshops that will provide valuable tools that you can use immediately. Three workshops are offered and attendees can choose two of the three: Principles of Quality Research and Quality Evidence, Essential Lean Tools, and Leadership through Knowledge of Yourself and Others. To find out more, visit

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 a 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 Sept. 21. The effective date will be October 1, 2012.

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.

For Your Information

Some Business Office Staff Temporarily Relocated
While renovations are made to the Business Office at Main Campus, some staff members have temporarily relocated to A Building, Room 126. Accounts Payable and Contracts and Grants staff have moved to A-126; however, all phone extensions will remain unchanged. Phones and computers should be operational today (Sept. 20). If you need assistance with an accounts payable or accounting issue during this transition, please visit A-25 or call 224-4457.<.p>

Business Office Hires New Administrative Coordinator
The Business Office is pleased to announce that Heather McCollon has been hired as the department’s Administrative Coordinator and may be reached at 224-4457. Related to CNM employee travel, Heather is facilitating employee Fast Park passes and will need all approved travel requests from departmental coordinators to process travel expenses. Please come by to meet Heather in A Building, Room 32.

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.

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

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:

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

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