News Link March 1, 2012

March 1, 2012

Review Protocols and Be Prepared for an Emergency Situation

If you are ever in the vicinity of an emergency situation on CNM property, here are some guidelines to follow and be aware of:

  • Uniformed security or law enforcement officers, in most cases, are the first responders and will be the first line of communication for those in the immediate vicinity of potentially dangerous situations on a CNM site. In an emergency situation, try to remain calm and always comply immediately with the instructions provided by CNM Security, the Albuquerque Police Department or other law enforcement agencies that might be responding to the emergency. Do not question authorities unnecessarily or cause any other kind of unnecessary distraction during an emergency situation. CNM Security is always in charge of an emergency on CNM property unless APD or another law enforcement agency assumes command.
  • If CNM Security orders the "lockdown" of a building or multiple buildings, that means that all exterior doors that provide entrance to a building or exit from a building are locked down to prevent entrance or exit from the building.
  • If you are in a building during a lockdown, remain indoors and immediately go to the nearest room that provides shelter from open hallways or lobbies. Turn off the lights in the room and if the door is equipped with a lock, lock the door to the room.
  • An emergency text alert will be sent to provide more information as soon as possible. In some cases, an emergency situation might be resolved in just a few minutes, before an emergency alert can be delivered via text. In emergency situations that last more than a few minutes, CNM's emergency alert system will provide warnings, guidance and updates. If you are not signed up for emergency alerts, log in to my CNM and look for the " AttentionCNM " emergency alert link in the left-hand column.
  • During a lockdown, do not attempt to leave until notified by security or police. In large, multi-story buildings, please be patient. Officers might need to go door-to-door and floor-to-floor to notify everybody of an "All Clear," meaning the situation has been resolved.
  • If you are outside when a lockdown is announced, seek safety in a different building nearby if it is safe to do so. If not, seek cover or hide behind a large, heavy object, such as a vehicle, large tree or wall.

These tips are only some of the protocols to be aware of during an emergency. Please click here to become more informed on what to do during an emergency situation. All emergency situations are different, and it takes a strong team effort from everybody to minimize danger. For CNM employees who have not taken the mandatory "Campus Safety and Emergency Response Training," please do so at your first opportunity. To access the employee training, click here and look for the "CNM Employees" column. Click on "Mandatory Training," then click on "Campus Safety and Emergency Response Training."

Help CNM Identify Classrooms That Need Work

CNM is seeking your help in identifying classrooms that need "refreshing." In other words, classrooms that need any type of maintenance or repair to things like doors, walls, whiteboards, light bulbs, clocks, ceiling tiles, signage, etc. We need faculty and staff input to ensure that all classrooms in need of work are scheduled for maintenance. A survey form has been created for you to identify specific classrooms that need work, as well as the type of maintenance that they need. There is also a comment section for issues not addressed in the list. To submit information on more than one classroom, you will need to complete a separate survey form for each classroom. Please click here to help CNM "refresh" our classroom environments. The goal is to address as many classroom issues as possible during the upcoming Spring Break, so please submit your requests as soon as possible. Your input is greatly appreciated.

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 .

Make Your Voice Heard on Academic Calendar Proposal Blog

Weigh in with your thoughts about the Academic Calendar proposal through an interactive blog discussing the pros and cons of moving 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.

For Your Information

ITS Service Desk to Have Adjusted Hours during Spring Break
During the CNM Spring Break, the ITS Service Desk will have abbreviated hours from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, March 12, through Friday, March 16. The Service Desk will return to normal hours (Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.) on Monday, March 19.

Farewell Reception Planned for Xeturah Woodley
A farewell reception honoring Xeturah Woodley will be held Friday, March 9, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Resource Center, Room 204 on Main Campus. Stop by to wish her well in her next position as vice president of instruction for the Community College of Aurora in Colorado. Woodley, currently associate vice president for Academic Affairs and interim dean of the school of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences, will be resigning from CNM in March.

Cultural Events Committee Seeking Members
If you are interested in planning upcoming activities with the Cultural Events Committee, contact Monica Monje by e-mail or at 224-3568. The committee is currently planning events for Women's History Month in March.

How Should We Accommodate People with Disabilities on
This week on the CNM Website Redesign blog, learn more about ways to better accommodate people with disabilities on the website, and the guidelines CNM is required to follow related to the Americans with Disabilities Act. 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.

Share Your Research or Teaching Interests at Faculty Brown Bag Series in April
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 as well as students. Planning is under way for two events this term that will occur on yet to be determined dates in April at the Montoya and Westside campuses. Organizers are seeking proposals from faculty members who would like to share their research and interests with the CNM community. 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. Please contact faculty members Brandon Morgan ( ) and Sue Ruth ( ) to submit a proposal for the Westside event. If you're interested in the Montoya Campus event, please send proposals to faculty member Colin Olson ( ).

Due to Construction Project, Main Campus ATM Being Removed
The CU Anytime ATM located near University Blvd. and Basehart Rd. in the parking lot near Smith Brasher Hall will be removed due to a construction project.

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, or call 224-4667 for more information.

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