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News Link – April 5, 2012

CNM Participating in Best Colleges to Work for Program – Look for Survey Emails from ModernThink and Provide Your Input

CNM is participating in the Chronicle of Higher Education's Great Colleges to Work for 2012 program. A random sample of faculty and staff will receive links to a survey through your email account from "ModernThink." If you have been selected to participate, you have already received emails with the survey from ModernThink on March 18 and 25, and April 1. More reminder emails will be on the way. The program is designed to gather benchmarking data from higher education institutions nationwide and to recognize colleges that have created great workplaces. CNM will receive valuable feedback from the program on the current workplace environment at CNM and potential areas for improvement. Please take time to complete the survey if you receive it. To ensure the confidentiality of your responses, your survey will be processed by ModernThink LLC, a research and consulting firm focusing on workplace excellence. CNM will not be given any information that would allow for responses to be tracked to any one individual. If you have already completed the survey, thanks for your participation. For more information on the Great Colleges Program, click here . The deadline to complete the survey is April 13.

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 email 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 email 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 email above so enough seats will be reserved. For more info, call 224-3238.

Graduation Parking Free for Ceremony Participants; $5 Parking Fee for Other Attendees
Employees who will be participating in the procession and wearing regalia in the graduation ceremony will receive a parking pass when they pick up their regalia at the CNM Bookstore on Main Campus in the Student Services Center. For participants who already have a cap and gown, parking passes can be picked up at the Student Activities Office on Main Campus in the Student Services Center. The parking passes for participants will provide free access to parking through Gate 3 of EXPO New Mexico, which is accessible from the intersection of San Pedro and Copper. General parking for graduates, employees and other supporters attending the event will be through Gate 8, which is accessible from Louisiana, just south of Lomas. Parking for graduates will be free. The parking fee will be $5 per vehicle for employees, family and other supporters who are not participating in the graduation procession.

Admission to Tingley Coliseum is free for the Graduation Ceremony. For more info, call the Student Activities Office at 224-3238.

CNM Authors Event Showcases Original Works of Faculty, Staff

The reception for the CNM Authors event, honoring faculty and staff who have been published or have created original works of art in 2011 or 2012, will be held on Tuesday, April 10, at 4 p.m. in the Main Campus Library in the Student Resource Center (SRC). View the impressive works of faculty and staff, hear from keynote speaker and New Mexico Centennial Author Don Bullis about his perspective on creativity, enjoy hors d'oeuvres and meet the faculty and staff who are being honored. Call Olivia Baca at 224-3278 for more information.

Faculty Co-Facilitators Needed for Action Projects

Faculty members are encouraged to take leadership roles as co-facilitators on one of the Action Project Teams that will begin work in fall 2012. Co-facilitators work together to manage the team by calling and facilitating meetings, handling or assigning administrative details, orchestrating all team activities, and overseeing preparations for reports and presentations. The co-facilitators should have a strong interest in quality improvement and be good at working with individuals and groups. Faculty members will receive project compensation for 50-75 hours per term. Please see the application attached to this email for more details and information about the new Action Projects, which are Universal Design, First-Year Experience Continuation, Student Engagement, and Employee Development. Please submit your application to Juliane Ziter by Tuesday, April 11.

Lead and Coal Avenues Return to One-Way Streets on April 8

Due to the recent rain and snow, the return of Lead Ave. and Coal Ave. to one-way streets has been postponed until April 8. Only one lane will be open on each street as the final phase of the Lead and Coal Improvement Project continues.

For Your Information

Montoya Campus to Close During Term Break May 4-18
Due to a large electrical project related to construction at the Montoya Campus, the campus will be completely closed from May 4 through May 18. This closure will occur between the spring and summer terms. All employees are encouraged to make arrangements with their supervisors to work from another campus for the duration of the closure. For more information, call 224-5551.

Workshop Offered for Students with Disabilities
The Disability Resource Center, in conjunction with TRiO Student Support Services, is hosting a workshop on Student Advocacy and Disability on April 18 from 1:30-3 p.m. in the Main Campus Student Resource Center, Room 204. The workshop will cover self advocacy in education, resources for students with disabilities and other help with leading an active and successful school life. For more information, contact the Disability Resource Center at 224-3259 or Magda Martinez at 224-4376.

Argos, the Online Reporting Environment, Gets Redesigned
A redesigned version of Argos is available for users of the dynamic online environment that provides employees with access to detailed enrollment and budget reporting tools. The redesign of Argos included input from department leaders and module coordinators around the College.

The new design, which has heightened security controls, now allows users to access only the reports they need, rather than being presented with reports that didn't pertain to their department role. Users accessing information from Banner will also have an improved experience. The new design includes a new dashboard tool that will allow employees to choose from a clearly defined list of existing reports. Employees who have been familiar with running reports from the "QuickLaunch" shortcuts option will notice some changes. Since reports have moved to new locations, previous shortcuts will not be functional. Users can receive assistance in creating new personalized QuickLaunch shortcuts. For questions about the new design of Argos, please email . The Argos Redesign Team thanks everybody who participated in the planning and implementation of this project.

Monthly Dunkin' Donuts Rust Scholarship Fundraiser Next Thursday
The Dunkin' Donuts on the corner of Central Ave. and Mesa St., just north of Main Campus, will be donating a portion of its sale proceeds to the Rust Opportunity Scholarship every second Thursday of the month – the next opportunity is April 12. The Rust Scholarship provides emergency financial assistance to CNM students who are facing unexpected financial difficulties. If you present a flyer from the CNM Foundation upon purchase, 20 percent of the proceeds from your purchase will be donated to the scholarship fund. This donation will only take place at the above Dunkin' Donuts location and you must present a flyer upon purchase. To obtain a flyer, visit .

It's Not too Late to Invite Project Heart Start Into Your Classes for CPR Training
Would you like your students to know how to save a life? Thanks to a student-organized effort, you can provide your students the opportunity to learn the essential skills to be a life-saving hero. The CNM Event Planning class is organizing CNM Project Heart Start, a hands-only CPR training. Students from the Event Planning class will visit CNM classrooms, conduct a short presentation and bring a CPR facilitator and CPR mannequins for demonstration and practice. It will take approximately 30 minutes for both the video and actual training. The training will take place the week of April 9-13. If you are interested in having a training during any of your classes, please contact Marcia Sims at . If you cannot host a training this year but would like to at a later date, please let her know. The students are excited to pass on this knowledge and empower faculty and students to save lives!

Caring for Elderly Workshops Offered by Workforce Training Center
A series of workshops about caring for aging loved ones and care-giving options will be held at the Workforce Training Center throughout April and May. The series is being co-hosted through the New Mexico Association for the Continuity of Care. Visit , click on classes and under Health, Safety & Education find the "Eldercare Series." Each of the five workshops is $15 or you can register for all five for a discount. Materials are included. CNM Employees get a 10 percent discount when they register. For more info, call 224-5200.

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.

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