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News Link – April 26, 2012

Celebrate Students at Graduation Ceremony Saturday

CNM’s 2012 Spring Graduation Ceremony will take place at Tingley Coliseum this Saturday (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 is free. Employees participating in the ceremony procession should be at the event no later than 11 a.m. For more info, call Student Activities at 224-3238.

New Dean of CHSS Announced

The selection committee for the position of dean of the School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences is pleased to announce that Erica Volkers has been named the new dean of CHSS. Erica will officially move into her new leadership role on May 7. Volkers joined CNM in 2006 as the Director of Education Programs. In 2011, she transitioned to the position of associate dean of CHSS. In December 2011, Erica successfully defended her dissertation – her Ph.D. in Education and Human Resources Studies will be conferred in May.

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 be able to 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.

my CNM Email in Process of Being Phased Out – All Employee Email in my CNM Will Be Moved to Outlook May 5

The my CNM email system is in the process of being eliminated from use at CNM because it is becoming outdated and unreliable. The my CNM email environment will no longer be accessible to employees starting May 5. Only the email component of my CNM is being discontinued – the rest of the functions in my CNM will remain the same.

Employees who only use the Microsoft Outlook email environment won’t be affected by this process, unless you have old emails that have been left in the my CNM email environment. If applicable, those old my CNM emails will be automatically moved to your Outlook account on May 5. Please take some time to delete unneeded emails from your Outlook account in order to increase your email storage capacity. Remember, after you delete emails, you still have to empty your “Deleted Items” folder to permanently remove the emails and free up space.

For employees who still regularly use the my CNM email system, all of your emails will be automatically moved to the Microsoft Outlook environment, the official email system for CNM employees, on May 5. If emails are sent to your my CNM account on or after May 5, they will automatically be forwarded to your Microsoft Outlook account. If you have the auto-forward option set in your my CNM account, directing your incoming emails to a non-CNM account, this option will not carry over to the Outlook environment. Please note that your email address, username and password will remain the same in the Microsoft Outlook environment. But you will no longer access email from the my CNM environment.

Accessing your email in Outlook:

  • From an offsite location, you can access your Microsoft Outlook email account by going to the front page of – click on the “Faculty & Staff Resources” link in the left-hand column of the front page, then click on the “Employee Email” link. You will then use your regular CNM username and password to access your email through Microsoft Outlook.
  • If you are on the CNM network on a CNM computer, you can also access Microsoft Outlook by clicking on the Microsoft Outlook icon on your desktop.

If you have questions related to this email transfer from my CNM to Microsoft Outlook, please contact the ITS Service Desk at or at 224-4357.

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. 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:
Faculty Conversation:
April 27, Main Campus at 10-11:30 a.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.

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, which is during the break between 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.

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.

Health Care Premium Increases Take Effect in September

Insurance coverage premiums through the New Mexico Public Schools Insurance Authority will be increased 7.77 percent for health care and 6.5 percent for dental starting in September. For the high option family coverage, Blue Cross Blue Shield coverage will rise $12 per pay period and Presbyterian will rise $10.70 per pay period for CNM employees. The low option family coverage for BCBS will rise $10.10 per pay period and for Presbyterian it will rise $9 per pay period. The increase in single coverage for either of the two plans will be slightly less. The United Concordia dental health plan will rise $1 per pay period for the high or low option for family coverage. CNM pays 75 percent of health premiums for full-time employees making $25,000 or more per year and 80 percent for full-time employees making $24,999 or less. For more information, contact your Human Resources technician at 224-4600 or call NMPSIA at 800-548-3724.

For Your Information

Summer Term Parking Permits for Paid Lots on Sale Now
Parking permits for paid lots for the 2012 summer term are on sale for $43. Permits can be purchased either in person at the Cashier’s Office or through payroll deduction. If you purchase your permit through payroll deduction and have filled out paperwork within the last year, you do not need to renew your information.  Those who purchase permits through payroll deduction will remain in that status until otherwise specified. For more information call Parking Services at 224-4637.

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
  • Advanced Technology Center Learning Center and Computer Lab – closed

E Building Closed May 1-10
Due to removal of asbestos and other materials, the E Building on Main Campus will be closed from May 1-10. Please observe all warning signs and stay clear of the interior of the building.

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