Kudos & Noteworthy


Vice President for Student Success Carmen Gonzales,Ph.D., was elected to the Board of Directors of the Online Learning Consortium. The OLC is devoted to advancing quality online learning by providing professional development, instruction, best practice publications and guidance to educators, online learning professionals and organizations around the world. Director of Disability Services

Vaune Hegmann was voted President Elect of the New Mexico Association on Higher Education and Disability. NM AHEAD is a state affiliate of the national organization which envisions, “… a postsecondary experience that embraces disability and is free from barriers.” Hegmann, who earned degrees from Louisiana State University and Loyola University New Orleans, has worked with special needs populations for 28 years. After Hurricane Katrina, she coordinated the disaster recovery efforts of the Presbytery of South Louisiana. For more information about NM AHEAD or the Office of Disability Services, contact Vaune Hegmann, 505-428- 1071 or vaune.hegmann@sfcc.edu.

SFCC art and woodworking students showcased their work in the Design Competition at the Santa Fe Homebuilders Show, hosted by the Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association and sponsored by the Public Service Company of New Mexico. Congratulations to the nine students who won awards across several categories.


Director of Assessment and Accreditation Jill Carlson co-presented on the topic “AQIP Pathway Systems Portfolio Wins and Try-Agains: Pounding and Heckling Parliamentary Style” at the Higher Learning Commission annual meeting in Chicago. President Randy Grissom, Vice President for Academic Affairs Margaret Peters, and several others from SFCC attended the fun and informative session.

Director of Teacher Education Dawn Wink presented at the TESOL International Conference in Baltimore. The conference focused on ideas around Language, Culture, and Identity. Read more about Wink’s experience at the Conference on her blog.

SFCC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter of Alpha Kappa Xi hosted the regional spring convention for 18 chapters from around the state. Professor of Speech Communications Andrew Lovato, Ph.D., gave the keynote address, “Understanding Cultural Differences and Reducing Ethnocentrism.”

Vice President for Student Success Carmen Gonzales, Ph.D., received the international administrator’s award for supporting and helping to grow Phi Theta Kappa at SFCC.

The April program of the School of Liberal Arts’ “Readings at the Library” featured Associate Professor of English, Speech and Reading Miriam Sagan. Sagan founded the college’s Creative Writing department, and established and directed the student-run Santa Fe Literary Review. Sagan is the author of 25 books, including poetry, fiction and nonfiction. Her most recent works include the novel Black Rainbow and the collection, Geographic: A Memoir of Time and Space. Those who also read from their work are student Johnathan Perez (Nambe Pueblo), who is working toward a degree in Creative Writing, and Director of Food Services Behzad Dayeny. Dayeny is originally from Iran and has been living in Santa Fe since 1984. He began writing at an early age and has been published in the Santa Fe Literary Review.

Spring Fling

Students, staff and faculty members enjoyed this year’s Spring Fling with music by Polyphony and the Santa Fe Wadaiko Drummers. Thanks to the Student Government Association for sponsoring the event.