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News Link – April 12, 2012

NewsLink-banner.jpg Meet the Finalists for Dean of Applied Technologies on Friday

Everybody is welcome to meet and hear from the finalists for the position of dean of the School of Applied Technologies during open forums on Friday, April 13, at the Advanced Technology Center, Room 108. The schedule is as follows:
Tonette Baldin — 9-9:50 a.m.
John Bronisz — 10-10:50 a.m.

Video of the forums along with more information about the finalists will be available following the forums. For more information, contact Sydney Gunthorpe at or 224-4426.

CNM Sustainability Day Set for April 19

It's time to celebrate the college's green efforts with CNM Sustainability Day. Beginning today, the CNM Sustainability Team will provide daily links to videos on different aspects of sustainability at CNM, in the community and around the world. Then, on CNM Sustainability Day April 19, CNM employees can watch a special video featuring members of the CNM community talking about sustainability efforts. The video will tell employees where to pick up a special Sustainability Day token of appreciation for all your daily sustainability efforts. Also on Sustainability Day, CNM employees and students will be handing out sustainability seed paper to CNM students and to CNM faculty members for classroom distribution. This paper, when planted, will grow into a variety of flowers!

Below is a link to the first 'Video of the Day' series. This video provides you with an overview of the importance of sustainability and it honors the birth of the Environmental Movement that started with Earth Day 42 years ago. The video also provides examples of ways in which we can restore our planet and embrace sustainable development. Feel free to share these videos with your students. Click here to access the video.

Blackboard Service Moving to Blackboard Managed Hosting

Over the past several months conversations with Distance Learning faculty, Distance Learning staff and ITS have been taking place related to the status of our Learning Management System, Blackboard Learn. Based on recommendations from these groups, CNM has decided to move our internally hosted Blackboard Learn service back to Blackboard Learn Managed Hosting. ITS and DL staff will be working over the next month with Bb Managed Hosting staff to craft the migration of our DL courses and services to the Blackboard servers. Some of the benefits to Blackboard Learn Managed Hosting are the following:

  • Experience: Blackboard works with hundreds of institutions. Blackboard brings over 11 years of education sector experience and insights in helping clients solve the issues they're facing.
  • Expertise: Blackboard team of over 200 industry experts across four continents is skilled both in Blackboard applications and in managed hosting, enabling them to provide superior customer support and technical service.
  • Scalability & Security: Blackboard deploys top-tier datacenters and redundant infrastructure, deploying industry best practices to provide scalability and security.
  • Relationship & Stability: Blackboard is a stable partner, committed to education, with the resources to continuously innovate across the learner experience while delivering the relationship simplicity and accountability of a single provider.
  • 24/7 support
  • Our Blackboard Service will not be impacted by CNM's system maintenance schedules

As those of you who will be teaching this summer will be upgrading/copying your courses for the summer term, please be aware of this upcoming change. DL staff will be providing information to you within the next week regarding the migration of courses to the managed hosting services. The process will remain similar to the requests you have made in the past for your new term courses.

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

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. 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.

CNM Governing Board Hosts Public Forums on Redistricting

The CNM Governing Board has scheduled two public forums to gather input from the community regarding the adjustment of boundaries for the CNM Districts based upon 2010 Census information. Here's the schedule: • Wednesday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m., Westside Campus, Westside Phase II Building, Room 116
• Thursday, April 19 at 6 p.m., Main Campus, Louis E. Saavedra Administration (LSA) Building, Room 103
For more information, contact the Marketing and Communications Office at 224-4667.

Join the Conversation about Campus Diversity

Faculty and staff members are invited to join in the latest Campus Diversity conversation, "Inclusive Excellence: Conversations about Campus Diversity," on April 17 from 11 a.m. to noon in the Student Resource Center, Room 202D. The discussion will focus on current practices used to engage in integrating diversity, excellence and inclusion efforts into our institutional operations. Come share your thoughts on how CNM can expand these efforts. For more information, contact Pamela Etre-Perez ( ) or Zachary Shank ( ).

For Your Information

Interim Director of Human Resources Named
Rose Orozco-Monroy has been named interim director of Human Resources. She will serve in the position until a search process is conducted and completed for a permanent leader of the department. Paul Lucero, a full-time faculty member in the School of Business & Information Technology, will serve as a consultant to CNM to help the college assess the operations of the Human Resources department and make recommendations for how the department can best meet the needs of the college moving forward. Paul Lucero teaches human resources courses in the Business Administration program at CNM and he provides consulting and auditing services to human resources departments around the country. CNM's search for a permanent director of the Human Resources department won't begin until the consulting work is further along.

Deadline to Vote in Faculty Chair Elections Is Friday
The ballots have gone out to faculty members for the two Faculty Chair elections that are being run. The two contested Chair elections are for the Therapeutic Health Programs in the School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety and the Manufacturing Programs in the School of Applied Technologies. All of the other Faculty Chair incumbents are running unopposed. The deadline to vote on the two contested Chair positions is Friday, April 13, at 5 p.m.

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 at Montoya Campus are making arrangements with their supervisors to work from another campus for the duration of the closure.

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.

Workshop Offered for Students with Disabilities
banner 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.

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.

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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