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News Link - September 27, 2012


Deadline for Faculty to Register for Conference on Teaching and Learning Is Oct. 5

CNM’s first annual Conference on Teaching and Learning will be held on Friday, Oct. 19, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Albuquerque Convention Center. The conference, developed by faculty for faculty, is a comprehensive professional development opportunity for all CNM faculty. The program includes dozens of 50-minute sessions presented by CNM faculty or staff on a variety of topics. To view the conference program and to register, click here. Deadline to register is Oct. 5.

Videos from Convocation Available to View

If you would like to view the videos that played at Convocation during President Winograd’s address, which included interviews with community leaders and CNM employees, click here.
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 An amount of your choosing is withdrawn from your paycheck each pay period for the account.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.

Drop-in Training Held for New

The CNM Website Redesign Team will be holding a drop-in training for the new Content Management System, Plone, and the new, on Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Main Campus in the Student Resource Center, Room 103 Computer Lab. Feel free to drop in with questions about Plone or the new, which is scheduled to go live in mid-October.

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).

Clarification on Spring Break Dates

In previous communications that linked to the 2012-13 Payroll Calendar, incorrect dates were listed on the Payroll Calendar in regards to the 2013 Spring Break. Please note that Spring Break will take place March 11-17.

For Your Information

Vote on Whether You Would Like to See Return of CNM Monster Mash Costume Contest
Are you interested in seeing the return of the Monster Mash, CNM’s Fall Costume Contest and Carnival, this year? Vote here!

Volunteer as a Crew Member at Balloon Fiesta
Each year, Dean of Students Rudy Garcia organizes a group of CNM employees to serve as support crew for a hot-air balloon piloted by CNM Governing Board Chair Blair Kaufman during Balloon Fiesta. Serving on the crew involves getting up very early in the morning and typically finishing by 1 p.m. in the afternoon. If you are interested, a crew meeting will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at Main Campus in the Student Services Center, Room 205 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact Dr. Garcia, longtime crew chief, at

Find Out About Latest in Juvenile Diabetes Research at Event on Main Campus
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation will be hosting a research update with Dayton Coles, JDRF International Board Member, on Friday, Sept 28, at 8:30 a.m. in Smith Brasher Hall on Main Campus. Find out about the latest research funded by JDRF and the groundbreaking developments that have been made in the effort to cure type 1 diabetes. CNM employees and students are welcomed to attend. Bagels and Coffee will be included. Please RSVP today at 255-4005.

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.

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.

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

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.

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