News Link - Feb 16, 2012

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No Classes on Monday, President’s Day; Offices at All Campuses Remain Open

On Monday, Feb. 20, no classes will be held in honor of President’s Day. All offices, however, will remain open.

Black History Month Celebrations Continue

The celebration of Black History Month continues with a Brown Bag Lecture by faculty member Dr. Charles Becknell on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at noon in the Main Campus Library. His lecture is entitled: “Carrying Lanterns in Daylight: The Dilemma of Black Women Intellectuals.” To find out about more events happening in honor of Black History Month, visit . Contact Olivia Baca at 224-3278 or with any questions.

Discuss Academic Calendar Proposal Pros and Cons on Blog

A new blog has been created to provide the CNM community with an 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 now has a discussion board feature. 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 a 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.

Beware of Phishing Emails
Many CNM e-mail accounts have received fraudulent phishing e-mails recently. A common form of “phishing” are e-mails that claim to be from a legitimate organization, or college-related department, asking for personal information such as passwords, birthdates, social security numbers, etc. Please remember that CNM will never ask for your personal information through e-mail, so do not respond to any suspicious e-mails or open any attachments associated with them. If you receive suspicious e-mails, do not respond to them; just delete them out of your mailbox.

CNM Annual Reports/2012 Calendars Available
If you would like a copy of the CNM Annual Report/2012 Calendar please stop by the CNM Marketing and Communications Office on Main Campus in the A Building, Room 105.

Oakland Ave. Near Workforce Training Center Closed Feb. 17
The road just south of the Workforce Training Center, Oakland Ave., will be closed on Feb. 17 for a film shoot. The campus parking lot can be accessed from Eagle Rock Ave., the next street north of Oakland.

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.

TRiO Offering Workshops to All Students
TRiO Student Support Services is hosting a series of workshops during the spring term that are open to all students. Help make students aware of the following workshops:

Financial Aid, Scholarships and Budgeting Workshop Thursday, Feb. 23 Main Campus SRC 204 1-2:30 p.m.
University Transfer Workshop Tuesday, March 20 Main Campus SSC Cafeteria 9-10:30 a.m.
University Transfer Workshop Wednesday, March 21 Montoya Campus J-124 9-10:30 a.m.
Student Advocacy and Disability Wednesday, Apr. 18 Main Campus SRC 204 1:30-3 p.m.

Read to Me Program Seeking Book Donations
The CNM Foundation is currently accepting donated books for children until March 31. Books will go to benefit children in the community through the Albuquerque Business & Education Compact. Contact the CNM Foundation at 224-4686 if you would like to donate books. They can be picked up, you can put them in interoffice mail or drop them off at the Foundation Office on Main Campus, A Building, Room 130.

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.

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.

Unser Blvd. Near Rio Rancho Campus Under Construction
Construction on Unser Blvd between Paseo del Volcan and King Blvd. near the Rio Rancho Campus began on 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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