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News Link – March 22, 2012

Meet the CHSS Dean Finalists at Upcoming Forums

Three finalists have been chosen to interview for the position of Dean of the School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences. Each finalist will hold a 45-minute forum, as well as a “meet and greet” at the Main, Montoya and Westside Campuses on Tuesday, March 27. Click here for a list of meet and greet opportunities. The forums are as follows:

Main Campus - Smith Brasher Hall Room 211
Erica Volkers - 8 a.m.
Leonard Assante - 8:45 a.m.
Lisa Wilson - 9:30 a.m.

Montoya Campus - J Building Room 122
Erica Volkers- 11:30 a.m.
Leonard Assante- 12:15 p.m.
Lisa Wilson- 1 p.m.

Westside Campus - WS II Room 209
Erica Volkers- 2:45 p.m.
Leonard Assante- 3:30 p.m.
Lisa Wilson- 4:15 p.m.

Participate in Spring Graduation Ceremony — Order Your Regalia Now

CNM’s Spring 2012 Graduation Ceremony will take place at Tingley Coliseum on the grounds of EXPO New Mexico on Saturday, April 28, at noon. The deadline to order caps and gowns to participate in the Graduation Ceremony is Monday, April 9 at 5 p.m. This is the perfect opportunity to show your support for student success. Please e-mail Brandon Seber, Student Activities coordinator, at to submit your cap and gown order with the following information:

  • Name
  • Height, weight and cap size (small, medium, large)
  • Degree type (associate, bachelor’s, master’s, Ph.D.)
  • Field of study
  • College/University
  • City and state in which your College/University is located
  • Please indicate if you need a gown package or just the hood, gown, cap or tassel.

If you have participated in a previous CNM Graduation, simply send a message to the e-mail above indicating that you will attend the Graduation Ceremony and that your information should be on file. If you already own regalia and plan to attend the ceremony, please indicate that through the e-mail above so enough seats will be reserved. For more info, call 224-3238.

Graduation Applications for Students Wanting to Participate in Grad Ceremony Due March 30

The application deadline for students who plan to participate in the Spring 2012 Graduation Ceremony is quickly approaching on March 30. Help spread the word about graduation by providing this video to students eligible to graduate. They can also visit for more information about the Graduation Ceremony, which will take place on April 28 at Tingley Coliseum.

Get a Seat for ‘Coffee and Conversations with the President’

Faculty and staff members are invited to join President Winograd for conversations in small, informal gatherings to discuss your topics of interest. There will be no preset topics for discussion, so please have some topics in mind if you plan to participate. Separate conversations have been scheduled for faculty and staff, since there are topics of interest specific to each group. To encourage engaging discussions, there will only be 12 seats per session. To participate, RSVP to one of the sessions below by emailing Samantha Sengel . Coffee will be provided. The schedule for “Coffee and Conversations With the President” follows:

Faculty Conversations:
1:30 – 3 pm
3 – 4:30 pm
1 – 2:30 pm
1 – 2:30 pm
Smith Brasher Hall, Main Campus
Max Salazar Hall on Main Campus
Westside Campus
Max Salazar Hall on Main Campus
Staff Conversations:
9 – 10:30 am
3:30 – 5 pm (FULL)
Student Services Center on Main Campus
Louis E. Saavedra Administration Building on Main Campus

Event to Showcase Published Works of CNM Faculty, Staff

CNM is pleased to announce the second annual “CNM Authors: Creative Works by Faculty and Staff” event that will celebrate and honor faculty and staff who have had their work published in 2011 or thus far in 2012. It will take place on April 10 at 4 p.m. in the Main Campus Library, located in the Student Resource Center. New Mexico Centennial Author Don Bullis will serve as the keynote speaker.

All faculty and staff members who have published or created original work in 2011 or thus far in 2012 are encouraged to submit their work for recognition. CNM Libraries will publish a bibliography and acquire copies of all submitted works for display within the Main Campus Library. The event will take place during National Library Week. Qualifying works include book chapters, conference posters, conference presentations, essays, journal articles, magazine articles, monographs, musical compositions, newspaper editorials, novellas, original fine art pieces, plays, poetry, short stories, and video productions. If you have questions, contact Olivia Baca of CNM Libraries at 224-3278 or . Submissions can be related to an employee’s work at CNM or they can be independent of CNM.

The College looks forward to celebrating the works and talents of CNM’s outstanding faculty and staff.

Volunteers Needed for College Action Project Teams — Deadline March 30

The Strategic Planning Team is seeking your help to steer the next large improvement initiatives at the college. Four Action Projects have been selected and volunteers are needed to serve on the following Action Project Teams:

  • Universal Design: developing a more coordinated approach to compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and to eliminate barriers for all people at CNM.
  • First Year Experience Continuation: continue progress on earlier recommendations and develop the Faculty for Student Success model.
  • Student Engagement: developing mechanisms to improve student engagement and support students through mentoring.
  • Employee Development: developing systems that improve new employee orientation, succession planning, and career progression options.

Each of the projects will be led by a team of individuals representing multiple departments across the college. Teams meet approximately two times per month and the membership commitment will be approximately 1 year. If you have any questions regarding the Action Projects, please contact: Juliane Ziter at 224-4704 or . Deadline for application submission has been extended to March 30. The membership application is attached – please submit it to Thank you for considering this important volunteer opportunity.

President Winograd Sets New Graduation Goal

In this month’s issue of Express, President Winograd talks about the college’s new goal to graduate at least 6,000 students by the 2014-15 academic year. Also in Express, two CNM faculty members contribute sections to a popular national guide that prepares students for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT); CNM prepares to launch a new center for military veteran students; and a new simulated hospital environment opens in Jeannette Stromberg Hall. Also, check out the flash mob that broke out in the Student Services Center to promote last month’s Job Fair in the Express video. Click here for this month’s issue of Express.

Classrooms Being Refreshed Thanks to Employees Providing Requests

Prior to Spring Break, a survey form was e-mailed to CNM faculty and staff, asking employees to identify classrooms that needed maintenance work. Academic Affairs received 166 requests for maintenance on classrooms. Many of those requests were addressed by the Facilities Department during Spring Break, and the rest will be addressed when the classrooms are vacated between the end of the spring term and the beginning of the summer term. Academic Affairs and the Facilities Department thank everybody who helped to identify classrooms that needed maintenance in order to provide a better learning environment for students.

For Your Information

Submit a Nomination for Excellence Awards
Nominations are currently being accepted for both individual and team Excellence Awards. If you know a CNM employee or team that has provided excellent service to the CNM community, nominate them for an excellence award! Any employee, student or community member can make a nomination. Please contact Eugene Padilla or Nicole Romero at 224-4721 for more information. The deadline to make a Team Excellence Award nomination is May 25 and the deadline for an Individual Excellence Award nomination is April 20.

Microsoft & Adobe Products Being Patched Automatically
As of January of this year, CNM’s ITS department began proactively patching all Microsoft and most Adobe products on CNM desktop computers. Automated system maintenance is performed through a process that remotely accesses and updates all CNM computers. However, laptops that aren’t connected to CNM’s wired networks for an extended period of time do not get updated. Nor can updates be performed over wireless connections. In order for CNM laptops to receive updates they must be connected to CNM’s wired network at least once a month. Another quick and easy way to get updates to any software package on your computer is to simply call the ITS Service Desk (224-4357) — the Service Desk technicians can remotely connect to your computer and push the updates to your system while you are on the phone. Please be aware that ITS does not push all available updates because there are some systems that require very specific software versions on your system in order for them to function properly. If you have any questions regarding patches or software updates — please contact the ITS Service Desk at 224-HELP.

iPads Now Available Through Libraries
Thanks to CNM Connect, iPads are now available for checkout through the CNM Libraries. iPads can be checked out for three hours at a time, and can be used anywhere. A CNM ID is required to check out an iPad from CNM Libraries.

Read to Me Program Seeking Book Donations for Children
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.

CNM Seeking New Faculty for Nursing Program
CNM is seeking to hire new part-time and full-time instructors for the college’s popular nursing program. For qualified candidates interested in pursuing these opportunities, there will be an open house held Monday, March 26, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Jeannette Stromberg Hall Room 101 and 107 on Main Campus.

Help Future Robotics Experts by Volunteering for RoboRAVE
RoboRAVE (Robots Are Very Educational) will be holding its annual robot competition on May 5 at the Albuquerque Convention Center and RoboRAVE needs your help! RAVE is seeking adults to help by serving as track monitors, score runners, ticket takers and more. No experience is necessary. Volunteers will also get free breakfast and lunch, a RoboRAVE t-shirt and free parking at the Downtown Wells Fargo. For more information, or to participate, visit or e-mail Fabian Lopez at .

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