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Discuss Academic Calendar Proposal Pros and Cons on Blog

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, launched last week, now has a discussion board feature, which currently includes a tutor’s perspective on a proposed 8-week summer term. After logging on to the blog, look for the “Discussion Board” link in the upper left column. The blog is hosted in Blackboard Learn. Attached to this e-mail is a set of instructions to enroll for the blog. Even if you’re currently a Blackboard user, you will need to “self-enroll” to access the blog. Use your regular CNM username and password to log in and follow the attached directions. Go to to join in the discussion. If you have questions about how to access the blog or discussion board, call 224-4669.

Student E-mail Will Be Inaccessible March 9-14 for Maintenance

Due to necessary maintenance, students’ myCNM e-mail accounts will not be functional from 6 p.m. on Friday, March 9, through 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14, which is the week of Spring Break. Distance Learning will not be affected by the outage. For more information, contact the ITS Service Desk at 224-4357 or e-mail .

Faculty Encouraged to Submit Presentation Proposals for Faculty Brown Bag Series Set for April

Planning is under way for the continuation of the Faculty Professional Brown Bag series that began in fall 2011. Two spring 2012 events will occur on yet to be determined dates in April at the Montoya and Westside campuses. The Faculty Professional Brown Bag series provides faculty members with opportunities to share current research efforts or teaching interests with other faculty members, and it provides a great opportunity to meet and network with faculty members from other parts of the college

Organizers are seeking proposals from those interested in being part of a faculty panel. Panel members will be allotted 10 to 15 minutes to discuss topics such as current research, teaching interests, academic approaches or other engaging teaching issues. The events will be open to students, so please consider that there will be a mixed audience when developing potential topics of discussion.

If you’re interested in submitting an informal proposal for the Westside Campus event, please send a short abstract of your proposal (no more than 250 words) to faculty members Brandon Morgan ( ) and Sue Ruth ( ). If you’re interested in the Montoya Campus event, please send proposals to faculty member Colin Olson ( ). If you’re interested in participating as a panelist or an attendee, please respond to one of the faculty members above with the days and times that would work best for you. Your input will help the committee accommodate as many faculty members as possible. If you have any other questions, please contact the faculty members above.

Student Job Fair Set for Feb. 29 – More Than 40 Employers Expected

Job Connection Services will host its annual job fair on Wednesday, February 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Workforce Training Center. More than 40 employers are expected to be represented. The job fair will allow students to meet employers and learn about possible career opportunities. CNM students and graduates are encouraged to visit Job Connection Services prior to the event to polish their résumés, fine-tune their interview skills, and devise strategies for making a favorable impression at this event. For more information, call Job Connection Services at 224-3060.

For Your Information

Financial Aid to Host Informational Events During Financial Aid Awareness Week
On Thursday, Feb. 23, CNM’s Financial Aid office will host a financial aid presentation from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Student Resource Center Room 205 on Main Campus, and a FAFSA presentation and workshop from 6-8 p.m. in Smith Brasher Hall Room 100 on Main Campus. The events are part of the national Financial Aid Awareness Week. For more info, call 224-3090.

Nominate a Student for Women in Non-Traditional Career Awards
The CNM Chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges is taking nominations for its Women in Non-Traditional Career Awards, which will be presented on March 29. Faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate a female student in a non-traditional, typically male-dominated career field such as construction, plumbing, HVAC, etc. You can make a nomination by filling out the form attached to this e-mail and returning it to AAWCC President Erica Volkers either by e-mail or by dropping it off in Max Salazar 414 on Main Campus by February 24. If you have questions about nominations please call Julie Fisher, AAWCC member, at 224-4238.

Free Flu Shots at Montoya and ATC
Walgreens is visiting CNM campuses this week to provide free flu shots to students and employees. Shots are given from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Two more opportunities remain: today at Montoya Campus in the cafeteria and tomorrow at the Advanced Technology Center in Room 108. No insurance is required. For more information, call the Student Health Center at 224-3080

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 . To see more events happening in honor of Black History Month, visit .

Pro-rated Parking Passes Available in Main Campus North Lot, Upper SSC
A limited number of paid parking permits are available for students and employees on Main Campus for the North Lot and the Upper SSC Lot for the remainder of the Spring Term. The regular cost of the permits is $43, but the permits are being prorated for the remainder of the term at a cost of $32. If you’re interested in purchasing a paid parking permit for the remainder of the term, visit the Cashier’s Office in the Student Services Center on Main Campus.

Northeast Entrance of Michael J. Glennon Building at Westside Closed Monday
On Monday, Feb. 13, the northeast entrance of the Michael J. Glennon Building at Westside Campus will be closed due to outdoor tile construction in the area. This is the entrance that faces the roundabout nearest to the bus stop, not the main entrance to the building. The construction should be finished within two to three days.

How is Writing for the Web Different? Find Out on Web Redesign Blog
This week on the CNM Website Redesign blog, learn about writing for the web. 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.

Construction on Unser Blvd. Near Rio Rancho Campus Begins Feb. 13
Unser Blvd between Paseo del Volcan and King Blvd. near the Rio Rancho Campus will be under construction beginning Feb. 13 and is anticipated to last eight months. For more information, visit and click on the traffic update link in the lower left corner, which also allows you to sign up for weekly e-mail updates on the project.

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