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News Link - September 6, 2012


Employees, Students Encouraged to Attend Strategic Planning Forums

CNM faculty, staff and students are invited to attend upcoming strategic planning forums as the college gathers input that will be used to develop new Strategic Direction goals. When the new Strategic Direction goals are decided upon, they will guide all major efforts at CNM for the next five years beginning in January 2013. The college needs your help in identifying areas that should be given the most prominence in developing five-year goals. Preparing for the students of the future and the workforce needs of the region’s economy will be among the topics of discussion during the forums. President Winograd will participate in the two remaining forums.

Faculty and staff forum:
Monday, Sept. 10, at Montoya Campus H Building, Room 103, 3:30-5 p.m.
Please RSVP via email at or call 224-3450.

Student forum:
Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Main Campus Student Resource Center, Room 204, 1:30-3 p.m.
Students should also RSVP by emailing or by calling 224-3450.

CNM Community Unites for Convocation Sept. 14

CNM’s annual Convocation will be held Friday, Sept. 14, at 8 a.m. in the Main Campus Central Lot, located on the northwest corner of Coal Ave. and Buena Vista Dr. CNM faculty and staff will join together in the morning to hear from President Winograd. Then, based on past attendee feedback, the second portion of Convocation will be breakout sessions by division. Convocation will conclude with employees joining together again for lunch on the Student Resource Center lawn. All campuses and departments will be reopen at 1 p.m. The Central Lot will be closed Sept. 12-14 for Convocation preparations. All Central Lot permit holders will be emailed instructions on where to park on those days.

Please note: Convocation is an event solely for faculty and staff and is not intended to include student employees, family members, students, visitors, etc. Since all offices are closed from 8 a.m.-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 Academic Centers for Education – SRC 203

CNM Connect
First Floor of the Library

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

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.

Job Connection Services Hosting Open House, Workshops and Clubs

Stop by the Job Connection Services Office at Main Campus on Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for its Open House, when you can find out about everything JCS has to offer this term. Every visitor will receive a token of appreciation. There will also be snacks provided, games and the opportunity to enter drawings for prizes that include an overnight stay at Tamaya Resort, Cinemark movie tickets and lunch at Tango Café. Sol the Suncat is also expected to stop by.

Throughout the fall term, JCS will also offer resume and interview workshops and host its “Tuesday at Two” Job Club, which are open to all CNM students and graduates. Follow these links to find out more about Workshops and the Job Club.

Part-Time Faculty Letters of Appointment Issued Beginning Week of Sept. 10

Letters of Appointment (LOAs) for part-time faculty are scheduled to be issued beginning the week of Sept. 10.  LOAs will be distributed to CNM instructors’ email addresses from the Faculty Contracts Administrator ( The subject line will read Fall 2012 Letters of Appointment.” To avoid any interruptions in receiving pay, instructors should expedite review and acceptance of the Letters of Appointment and respond to the email with their “I accept” reply no later than 5 p.m. on Sept. 28. Faculty members who teach for more than one school will receive separate LOAs for each respective school.

The first paycheck for part-time faculty teaching full-term courses is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 28. Pay for short-term courses will begin with the start of the course and be paid through the pay periods when courses are taught.  There are nine pay periods for the 2012 Fall Term, beginning Sept. 28 through January 18, 2013.

For more detailed information, please click here to access a fact sheet entitled “Part-Time Faculty Pay.” To access the 2012-13 Payroll Calendar, click here.

If you have questions regarding your Letters of Appointment, please send an email to or leave a message with one of the Human Resources Associates at 224-4600.

Service Desk Has Extended Hours for Start of Term

The ITS Service Desk will have extended hours on Saturdays to provide extra support for students and employees for the first four weeks of the term (through Sept. 22) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can contact the ITS Service Desk by calling 224-HELP (4357) or by emailing

For Your Information

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. They will also talk about ideas and initiatives that will impact future Master Plans. Please feel free to join in this update on Sept. 20 from 9-10:30 a.m. in the Main Campus Student Resource Center, Richard Barr Conference Room.

Montoya Campus Tutoring Services Changes Locations
The Assistance Centers for Education has made some recent changes in the rooms in which they offer tutoring at Montoya Campus. The ACE Learning Center for writing is now located in J Building, Room 103 and Math, Science, English as a Second Language, and GED tutoring are now located in J 107. In addition, rooms J110 and J102 are exclusively computer classrooms. Reservations can be made by sending a request to

Health Care Premium Increases Take Effect in September
Insurance coverage premiums through the New Mexico Public Schools Insurance Authority will be increased 6.13 percent for medical health care. For the high option family coverage, Blue Cross Blue Shield coverage will rise about $9.50 per pay period and Presbyterian will rise about $8.50 per pay period for CNM employees. The low option family coverage for BCBS will rise about $8 per pay period and Presbyterian will rise about $7 per pay period. The increase in single coverage for either of the two plans will be slightly less. CNM pays 75 percent of health premiums for full-time employees making $25,000 or more per year and 80 percent for full-time employees making $24,999 or less. For more information, contact your Human Resources Technician at 224-4600.

Respiratory Therapy Program Passes Reaccreditation with Flying Colors
On Aug. 24, the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) determined that the CNM Respiratory Therapy program maintained compliance with accreditation Standards and CoARC Accreditation Policies and Procedures. Based on the outcomes reported, the Respiratory Therapy program has met or exceeded all currently set thresholds for success on each of the required outcome measures. The Commission commended the CNM faculty for their commitment to continuous quality improvement in education, as demonstrated by their participation in programmatic accreditation.

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.

New York Times Offers Discounted Digital Subscription to Students, Employees
The New York Times is offering CNM a special rate for its digital services -- 99¢ for the first 4 weeks, then 50 percent off the regular rate thereafter. The discounted rates range from $7.50 a month for unlimited access to and the NYTimes smartphone apps to $17.50 a month for unlimited access to and the NYTimes tablet and smart-phone apps. You can keep this special rate as long as you are a college student, faculty or staff member. For more information, click here.

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