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News Link – April 19, 2012

Happy Sustainability Day CNM!

It’s time to celebrate the college’s green efforts. As part of CNM’s celebration of Sustainability Day, CNM President Kathie Winograd and faculty and staff members discuss how CNM is practicing sustainability inside and outside the classroom in the CNM Sustainability Day Video . Be sure to watch the entire video to learn where you can pick up your CNM employee Sustainability Day item of appreciation for your daily sustainability efforts. In addition to the item of appreciation, you can also pick up some free seed paper that, when planted, will grow into flowers.

New Student Email System Coming in Mid-June

CNM students will benefit from a new student email service that will provide much greater storage space and many more email features. Students will still access the new email service through my CNM when it is launched, and all of their emails residing in the current email service will be transferred to the new service at the time of implementation in mid-June. A Web page has been developed for students and will be updated with more information, including training materials, in coming weeks. Information materials for faculty and staff members who provide support to students will also be provided in the coming weeks.

Provide Feedback on AT Dean Candidates — Forum Videos Available

If you were unable to attend the forums held by the finalists for dean of the School of Applied Technologies, video of each forum, candidate résumés and a short survey to provide your feedback on each candidate. Please complete the survey forms by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 20. The hiring committee will review all feedback as part of the decision-making process.

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. Conversations have been scheduled for faculty and staff separately, since there are topics of interest specific to each group, as well as dates for mixed groups and a date for alumni and community members. To encourage engaging discussions, there will be a limited number of 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:

Staff Conversation:
April 26, Main Campus at 9-10:30 a.m.
Faculty Conversation:
April 27, Main Campus at 10-11:30 a.m.
Faculty/Staff Conversation:
April 23, South Valley Campus at 2-3:30 p.m.
Faculty/Staff Conversation:
April 27, Rio Rancho Campus at 2-3:30 p.m.
Alumni/Community Conversation:
May 1, Main Campus at 2-4 p.m.

Celebrate Student Success at Graduation Ceremony April 28

CNM’s 2012 Spring Graduation Ceremony will take place at Tingley Coliseum on April 28 at noon. All CNM faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the event. The keynote speaker for the graduation ceremony will be New Mexico Lt. Governor John Sanchez. Employees who will be participating 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. Employees participating in the ceremony procession should be at the event no later than 11 a.m. For more info, call the Student Activities office at 224-3238.

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. Montoya Campus faculty members should be aware that grades are due 48 hours after their final exam or final class, and that the Montoya Campus won’t be accessible after May 4.

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 the Learning Management System, Blackboard Learn. Based on recommendations from these groups, CNM has decided to move its 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.   

Payroll Deduction Changes Effective July 1

In July 2011, the New Mexico Educational Retirement Board (NMERB) contribution rate for employees increased by 1.75 percent. Effective July 1, 2012, the 1.75 percent contribution rate is shifting from the employee to the employer (CNM), resulting in an increase in employee’s net take-home pay. Also Effective July 1, New Mexico Retiree Health Care Authority (NMRHCA) contributions will increase by .083 percent.  The employee deduction is increasing from 0.917 percent to 1.00 percent.  Additionally, CNM’s portion of the contribution is increasing from 1.834 percent to 2.00 percent.

Nominations for Individual Excellence Awards Due Tomorrow

Nominations are due Friday, April 20 for Individual Excellence Awards. If you know a CNM employee 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.

For Your Information

GED Fee Increasing
Effective April 30, the fee to take the General Education Development(GED) exam through the CNM Assessment Center will increase to $35 for first-time examinees. The retest fee will remain at $15.

Computer Labs and Learning Centers to Close or Abbreviate Hours Between Terms
While students are away between terms from May 4-19, some computer labs and Assistance Centers for Education (ACE) Learning Centers  will close or have abbreviated hours. The schedule is as follows:

  • Main Campus Learning Center (Student Resource Center Room 203):
    Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Main Campus Business Resource Center (Smith Brasher Hall Room 212):
    Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Main Campus Library Computer Lab:  Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. to 5p.m.
  • Montoya Campus Learning Centers and Computer Labs – closed
  • South Valley Campus Learning Centers and Computer Labs – closed
  • Westside Campus Learning Center and Computer Labs – closed
  • Rio Rancho Campus Learning Center and Computer Labs – closed

Lead Ave. Closed from Mulberry to Oak Near I-25 Saturday Through Monday Morning
Beginning at approximately 5 a.m. Saturday, April 21, and lasting as late as the morning of Monday, April 23, Lead Ave. SE will be totally closed from Mulberry St. SE to Oak St. SE and closed to thru traffic at University Blvd. so that crews can complete necessary construction on the Lead & Coal Improvements Project. During this closure, westbound traffic on Lead Avenue will be detoured as follows:
-- North on Mulberry Street
-- West on Silver Avenue
-- North on Oak Street
-- West on Central Ave.
-- South on Broadway Blvd.
-- Back to Lead Ave.

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.

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! RoboRAVE is seeking adult volunteers to serve 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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