News Link — May 3, 2012

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New Dean of Applied Technologies Announced

The selection committee for the position of dean of the School of Applied Technologies has announced that John Bronisz has been selected as the next dean of AT. Bronisz will officially move into his new leadership role on Monday, May 7. He has been serving as an associate dean in AT since 2007, and prior to that he was director of Transportation Programs. Bronisz began his career at CNM in 1998 as a part-time faculty member for the Automotive Technology program and he became a full-time faculty member in 2001. John was also a CNM student, completing the automotive program in 1982 and earning a Liberal Arts associate degree in 1991.

my CNM Email Being Phased Out — All Employee Email in my CNM Will Be Moved to Outlook Friday, May 5

The my CNM email system is in the process of being eliminated from use at CNM. Because of the upcoming discontinuance of the my CNM email service, all CNM employees currently using my CNM email will have their email transferred to the Microsoft Exchange (Outlook) environment, the official email system for CNM employees. The transfer of employee email from my CNM to Microsoft Outlook will occur on Friday, May 5.

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.
  • Or, you can bookmark the following Web address for your Microsoft Outlook account —
  • 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 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.

CNM is eliminating the my CNM email environment because it is becoming outdated and unreliable. Only the email component of my CNM is being discontinued – the rest of the functions in my CNM will remain the same.

CNM student email accounts will be moved from the my CNM email environment to a new email system in mid-June.

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.

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.

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 Presbyterian 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

Gas Service Interruption Affects Some Main Campus Buildings
On Friday (May 4), gas service will be interrupted to a number of buildings on Main Campus in order to perform a test on the underground gas piping. The following buildings will be without hot water and may experience some cooler temperatures. The outage is scheduled for one day but may take longer if any problems are found. The following buildings will be affected:
Student Services Center
Max Salazar Hall
Ken Chappy Hall
Ted Chavez Hall
Ted Chavez Temporary Buildings
Science Laboratory Building (L Building)
Physical Plant
South Temporary Buildings

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.

Some Services Have Adjusted Hours between Terms
During the break between terms, the ITS Service Desk will have abbreviated hours from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, May 4, through Friday, May 18. The Service Desk will return to normal hours (Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.) on Monday, May 21. The CNM Libraries will also have abbreviated hours during the break between terms.

Updates from the AQIP Team
The Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) Team is currently updating the Systems Portfolio, a process that contributes to CNM’s vision, mission and goals. The portfolio includes nine categories. For the first time, there is faculty participation in each category.

AQIP is the accreditation process through which CNM maintains its accredited status with the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Through AQIP, CNM demonstrates that it meets the Higher Learning Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation while integrating the principles and benefits of continuous improvement to the culture of the college.

AQIP Category

Committee Members

Helping Students Learn

Rich Calabro ( MSE)
Nancee Mancel (SAGE)
Jennifer Schaller (CHSS)
Tammy Strickler (Academic Advisement)

Accomplishing Other Distinctive Objectives

Barbara Bates (BIT)
Jennifer Cornish (Multi Campus)
Janna Goodyear (PT SAGE)
Anna Sanchez (Foundation)

Understanding Students’ and Other Stakeholders’ Needs

Wally Cates (BIT)
Ann Lyn Hall (CNM Connect)
Eugene Padilla (Enrollment Services)
Ronald Reid (CHSS)

Valuing People

Karren Johnson (PT CHSS)
Audrey Gramstad (Distance Education)
Sydney Gunthorpe (BIT)
Jackie Robinson (FT HWPS)

Leading and Communicating

Chris Burns (BIT)
Alexis Kerschner (MCO)
Samantha Sengel (President’s Office)

Supporting Institutional Operations

David Beach (BIT)
Michael Crane (MSE)
Loretta Montoya (Business Office/Budget)
Lis Turkheimer (Academic Affairs/ACE)

Measuring Effectiveness

Glenn Damiani (Institutional Research)
Christopher Frechette (CHSS)
Anna East Gilletly (MSE)
Dawn Kenney (Institutional Research)

Planning Continuous Improvement

Diane Burke (WTC)
Jack Wilder (HWPS)
Pat Seitz (CHSS)
Juliane Ziter (Planning)

Building Collaborative Relationships

Jennifer McDonald (School Relations)
Jean Silesky (CHSS)
Clarissa Sorensen-Unruh (MSE)
Erica Volkers (CHSS)

Get Familiar with End of Fiscal Year Due Dates
The Business Office has now released its 2012 Year-End Memo, outlining all due dates and requirements for year-end purchases. Please review to ensure that your purchases are paid out of the current fiscal year. Control Agents will be receiving a hard copy along with a list of open purchase orders. You can also access the memo at the Business Office website . If you have questions, please contact the Business Office at 224-4457.

Updated Master Plan Available
The CNM Master Plan was recently updated in March with some new projects and is accessible at . A new Master Plan process was implemented this year, resulting in more inclusiveness related to the selection of projects that make the Master Plan list.

Accounts Payable Introduces Email Inbox for Vendor Invoices
The Accounts Payable Department has launched an email mailbox for vendor invoices: . Vendors are now given the option of mailing an invoice or sending it electronically. If you receive an invoice from a vendor electronically, please forward it to the email above.

Some Main Campus Parking Lots Closed May 4-7 for Sealing and Striping
From Friday, May 4 through Monday, May 7, the Central Parking Lot and West Smith Brasher Parking Lot will be closed for sealing and restriping. Please obey all signage.

Beware of Phishing Email
ITS sent out an email alert earlier this week in reference to a phishing email – a fraudulent email attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details. If you received a suspicious email with the subject like “Great News!” with reference to a “webmail weekly news forum”, this message was a phishing scam. Please refer to your ITS alerts for more clarification on phishing and identifying suspicious emails. Remember, CNM will never ask for your personal information, such as usernames, passwords, Social Security numbers, etc. through email.

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.

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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