Newslink 01-05-2012

News Link – January 5, 2011

Welcome Students to Spring Term Monday
Welcome back from the winter break. The spring term begins Monday; please be ready to help students as they navigate through the first couple weeks of classes. As of this morning, 25,097 students are enrolled for the spring term.

Faculty Phone Extensions Have Changed

All faculty phone extensions have been changed, effective Jan. 4. If you are a faculty member, please make sure you have the new contact information on your syllabus and other appropriate locations. You can look up your new permanent phone extension by visiting . On this web page, phone extensions for full-time faculty members are separated by schools and are listed in alphabetical order by last name. Phone extensions for part-time faculty members, and employees who serve as both staff members and instructors are contained in two separate lists in alphabetical order. All three lists are accessible from the above web page, which also contains instructions for setting up your voicemail.

Important note – you will need to enter the last eight digits of your CNM employee ID number to set up your voicemail account. Do not enter the “0” that is the first number of your employee ID, or the system will try to route you to an operator.

From any CNM phone at any campus, faculty members can be reached by simply dialing their five-digit extension. All faculty extensions will begin with a “5.” To reach an instructor from an off-campus phone or cell phone, a person will need to dial 224-4000, then enter the instructor’s five-digit extension.

As of Jan. 4, faculty members have access to their new extensions from any off-campus phone, including access to setting up voicemail. The deadline for faculty to set up their voicemail is Jan. 13 . Faculty members should create a personal greeting that identifies your name and position, rather than the auto-greeting that only provides a name.

Instructors are able to access their voicemail from a CNM phone by dialing extension 44801, then entering your five-digit extension. From an off-campus phone or cell phone, instructors can access their voicemail by dialing 224-4801, then entering their five-digit extension. The Microsoft Outlook address book should currently be updated with the new extensions, as well as the online Staff/Faculty Directory that’s accessible from the front page of

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the ITS Service Desk at or 224-HELP (4357).

Update on Part-time Faculty Pay Schedule

If you are a part-time faculty member, your last paycheck for full-term courses taught in the 2011 fall term will be issued to you on Jan. 20, 2012. As a part-time instructor, you are paid on an Equal Pay Basis, which means the total dollar amount on your Letter of Appointment (LOA) is divided equally among the scheduled pay periods for each term. For part-time instructors teaching the full, 15-week term for the 2012 spring term, pay will be distributed equally among 10 pay periods. The paydays for part-time instructors teaching the full 15 weeks of the 2012 spring term will be:

February 3

February 17

March 2

March 16

March 30 (3rd paycheck of the month – no voluntary deductions, such as insurance, taken out)

April 13

April 27

May 11

May 25

June 8

Part-of-term contracts are paid by the course dates included in the LOA.

Letters of Appointment (LOA) for 2012 Spring Term

Letters of Appointment are scheduled to be issued during the week of January 23, 2012. Faculty members have two e-mail accounts with CNM, a “myCNM” account and a “Microsoft Outlook” account. LOAs will be sent to your Outlook account from Jeff Medina in Human Resources. His e-mail address is .  The subject line will read “Spring Contracts due back…” To avoid any interruptions in receiving your pay, please return the signed LOA as soon as possible, and no later than Friday, February 3, 2012. Faculty members who teach for more than one school will be receiving their LOAs individually and at different times. LOAs are distributed by school. If you have questions, please contact Human Resources at 224-4600.

All Distance Learning Courses Should Now Be in Blackboard Learn

For the spring term, all Distance Learning and web-enhanced courses will be offered on the Blackboard Learn platform. Instructors who have not moved their spring term courses to the Blackboard Learn platform should do so immediately. Several open labs staffed by Distance Learning specialists will be held at the Main, Westside and Montoya campuses to help with the course migration. Visit for the lab schedule.

The Blackboard CE8 platform will be decommissioned on Jan. 17. Instructors should retrieve or back up any course material they would like to keep. After Jan. 17, users attempting to log into any of the old "Blackboard" URLs, such as or, will be redirected to the Blackboard Learn site at  Distance Learning and ITS staff will be available to assist in retrieving content inadvertently left behind in CE8.

For Your Information

Electronic Budget Transfer Approval Process Streamlined

The electronic budget transfer approval process has been streamlined. For non-grant departmental accounts, budget transfer approvals are now only required from the department control agent and the budget office. Electronic approvals are no longer required from divisional vice presidents. This change will expedite online budget transfer processing.  If you have any questions about this change or need assistance with online budget transfers (via Finance Self Service), please call the Budget Office at 224-3450.

Parking Permits for Paid Lots Required Jan. 9

Beginning with the start of the spring term on Monday, permits for all paid parking lots will be required to be displayed. Parking permits for paid lots are on sale for $43 and 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. Call Parking Services at 224-4637 for more info.

Grab Some Breakfast and Benefit the Rust Scholarship
From Jan. 24-26, 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. 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. Click here to find and print a flyer. This donation will only take place at this Dunkin’ Donuts location and you must present a flyer upon purchase . The Rust Scholarship provides emergency financial assistance to CNM students to help them through tough times in order to stay in school. Call the CNM Foundation at 224-4685 for more information.

Blog Documents Web Redesign Efforts for

The process to CNM website will be receiving a facelift in the year ahead. The Website Redesign Team would like to share the process with the CNM community as it progresses. Visit to learn more about the process and get a sneak peak at developments as the redesign takes shape.

Carlisle to Close at Lead Ave. on Jan. 8

The intersection at Lead Ave. and Carlisle Blvd. will be closed from Jan. 8-29. For updates on the city’s Lead and Coal Improvement Project, visit .

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