Kudos and Noteworthy


SFCC helped celebrate Santa Fe Pride this year with a float sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Integrated Learning. The float proved to be a crowd favorite with dance music streaming from the SFCC truck. Thanks to Emily Stern, Coordinator of SFCC’s Center for Diversity and Integrated Learning for organizing our participation!


Heidi Weingart, director of Advising and First Year Experience, was recently elected to the board of directors for Musical Theatre Southwest, which supports and educates the community through artistic collaboration.

SFCC Associate Professor of Psychology Bruno Gagnon, Ph.D., was named University of New Mexico’s 2015-2016 Online Teacher of the Year. The award acknowledges excellence in the challenging teaching and learning arena of online distance education.

Adjunct faculty member Annette M. Rodriguez won the Catherine Prelinger Award from the Coordinating Council for Women in History. The award, named for Catherine Prelinger, is intended to enhance the work of a contemporary scholar whose academic path has not followed a traditional path. Ms. Rodriguez dropped out of her New Mexican high school her junior year, later obtained a GED and in her 30s returned to school to complete a B.A. and an M.A. She is a Ph.D. candidate in American Studies at Brown University.

Class of 2016 Commencement

Congratulations to SFCC’s Class of 2016! This year, 745 graduates earned 892 degrees and certificates. Of those, 119 received more than one degree. The youngest graduate is 17, while the oldest is 76. Popular cartoonist Ricardo Caté (Kewa/Santo Domingo) provided the keynote at the commencement ceremony on May 14. The only Native American cartoonist in daily publication, his cartoons are known for their wry, poignant humor. Graduate Kyle Pacheco (Kewa/Santo Domingo), who received an Associate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts, provided the student remarks. In addition, Antonieta Portillo, 17, also spoke. She graduated with a Certificate of Academic Transfer from SFCC one week before her graduation from The MASTERS Program, a high school located on the SFCC campus. See more photos at www.sfcc.edu/graduation.


Pictured: Mayor Javier Gonzales, SFCC Board Member Jack Sullivan, SFCC President Randy W. Grissom, SFCC Foundation Board Member Kenneth Dettelbach (Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 996), members of the VVA Chapter 996 who participated in the Color Guard presentation and SFCC Veterans Resource Specialist Gregory Scargall.

More than 25 community partners offered information to veterans seeking housing options from emergency housing to permanent residency at the Veterans Housing Forum last spring. “It’s time for all of us to give our compassion, show our cariño (love) for all veterans,” Mayor Javier Gonzales said.


The SFCC Governing Board has elected new officers. Pictured, from left, Linda Siegle, Member; Kathleen Keith, Chair; Jack Sullivan, Secretary; Dr. Martha G. Romero, Member; Pablo Sedillo, Vice Chair; and President Rancy W. Grissom. Mark Konda will serve as Student Ex-Officio Member.

grissom-checkMatthew Bunkowski, Financial Adviser, Morgan Stanley and Board Member of the Santa Fe Human Rights Alliance, presented a check in the amount of $17,400 to President Randy Grissom for the Santa Fe Human Rights Alliance LGBTQ Title V Presidential Endowed Scholarship. SFHRA’s contribution brings the total to $59,600—one of the larger endowed scholarships at the SFCC Foundation.

For information about this and other scholarships at SFCC, contact Scholarship Coordinator Meghan McGarrity at 505-428-1281 or meghan.mcgarrity@sfcc.edu.

Dr. Bernadette Jacobs has been appointed Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and of the School of Arts, Design, and Media Arts. Dr. Camilla Bustamante has been appointed Dean of the School of Trades, Technology, Sustainability and Professional Studies and of the School of Business and Education. Jeremy Lovato has been named Chief Information Officer.

Alumna Cindy Nava’s article After 15 Internships, I Can Finally be Hired for Wages was recently featured on the Huffington Post Blog. Nava is finishing a master’s degree at the University of New Mexico.

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Art and About

Photography Head Will Wilson’s work is currently showing at the Portland Art Museum in the exhibit Contemporary Native Photographers and the Edward Curtis Legacy. His student Kali Spitzer has her own show at the Portland Art Museum. When the curator came out last year to discuss the show with Wilson, he invited her to the college’s student-run Red Dot Gallery where she saw Kali’s work and invited her to show in PAM’s new Center for Contemporary Native Art.

The Visual Arts Gallery currently features more than 120 pieces from students in Architectural Design, Book Arts, Ceramics, Drawing, Fashion Design, Fine Woodworking, Glass, Jewelry, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Santero Carving and Sculpture. The exhibit continues through Aug. 17.