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News Link - February 2, 2012

New Blog Provides Opportunity to Discuss Academic Calendar Online
A new blog has been created to provide the CNM community with an open online forum to discuss the pros and cons related to the Academic Calendar Committee’s proposal to move the college from the current three-term schedule to a semester-based schedule. The blog is hosted in Blackboard Learn to help more employees become familiar with the online environment where many faculty and students interact. Attached to this e-mail is a set of instructions to access the blog. Use your regular CNM username and password to log in. If you’re already familiar with Blackboard Learn, you can go to and click on the “New Academic Calendar Proposal” link in the upper right of the page.

Tax Help New Mexico Open
Tax Help New Mexico – the free tax preparation service for New Mexico households that earned less than $50,000 in 2011 or for those who are age 65 and older – is now open. As in years past, Tax Help is taking appointments for CNM employees who want to take advantage of the service. Contact Geraldine Alire s by e-mail or at 224-4929 to make an appointment. For more information on Tax Help, click here .

Free Flu Shots Offered to CNM Community
Walgreens will be visiting CNM campuses next week to provide free flu shots to students and employees. The shots will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday (Feb. 6) at the South Valley Campus in Room SV-40, Tuesday (Feb. 7) at the Westside Campus in the atrium of the Michael J. Glennon Building, Wednesday (Feb. 8) at Main Campus in the Student Services Center outside the cafeteria, Thursday (Feb. 9) at Montoya Campus in the cafeteria and Friday (Feb. 10) at the Advanced Technology Center in Room 108. No insurance is required. For more information, call the Student Health Center at 224-3080.

Strategic Planning Action Projects Move Forward
The Strategic Planning Team received approval from President's Council and the Executive Team to move forward with the following Action Projects:
-- Student Engagement Action Project
-- Employee Development Action Project
-- Continuation of First Year Experience and Faculty for Student Success Action Project
-- Universal Design Action Project

Please keep an eye out to learn more about these Action Projects as the college will seek participation on these important teams. Also, please watch for updates on current Action Project recommendations.

Montoya Campus Speaker Talks Federal Jobs
On Feb. 8 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Montoya Campus J Building, Room 124, the Montoya Campus Speaker Series will present speaker Jake Archer for a presentation entitled “Applying for Federal Jobs in Today’s Economy.” The presentation will focus on the new electronic process the Federal Government uses to announce and fill federal government positions. As a human resources specialist, Archer will discuss the education requirements and hiring process used by the federal government. Student employment opportunities such as the Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP) and Student Career Employment Program (SCEP) will also be discussed.

For Your Information
Construction on Unser Blvd. Near Rio Rancho Campus Begins Feb. 13
Unser Blvd between Paseo del Volcan and King Blvd near the CNM Rio Rancho Campus, will be under construction beginning Feb. 13 and is anticipated to last eight months. Be aware of this construction when traveling to and from the Rio Rancho Campus. For more information, visit and click on the traffic update link in the lower left corner.
Black History Month Celebrations Continue
The CNM Libraries invite you to celebrate Black History Month by acquiring a flyer that highlights the biography of a prominent African American that you can post in your office, on your department door or on a campus bulletin board. Flyers are available at each campus library or by contacting Olivia Baca at 224-3278 or .
What is Information Architecture? Find Out on Web Redesign Blog
This week on the CNM Website Redesign blog, learn about information architecture and how it fits into website redesign. The Website Redesign Team has created the blog to share the process of the website redesign with the CNM community as it progresses. Visit to get a sneak peak at developments as the redesign takes shape.
School to World Event Set for Feb. 25
School to World will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Albuquerque Convention Center. This event is designed to help 8th grade students decide their career pathways as well as which classes to take in high school. In the past, 1,200 students from across the state have attended the event. If you would like to promote your school or program at the event, please go to to register. If you have any questions, contact Jennifer McDonald in the Outreach Services Office at Ext. 224-4673.

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