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SFCC team, student Zachary DeLay earn WERC awards

SFCC’s Team Blue Nanno competed for the first time in this event and earned a $1,500 Engineering NM Resource Network Pollution Prevention Award from WERC (Waste-Management Education Research Consortium). SFCC student Zachary DeLay was recognized with one of Intel’s $1,000 Terry McManus Outstanding Student Awards. SFCC was the only community college among the 11 colleges and universities and 21 teams. SFCC’s team won for its solution of heavy metal removal via phytoremediation. Team Blue Nanno included Team Leader James Muir, Zachary DeLay, Natasha Farmer, Annie Padilla, Jeremiah Star, Olivia Rivera and Oscar Lopez. Frank Currie and Stephen Gómez, Ph.D., served as advisors. The team gave special thanks to colleagues Ondine Frauenglass, Luke Spangenburg and Miguel Maestas as well as sponsors the Algae Foundation, ATEC (Algae Technology Energy Consortium) and NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory).


2020 student writing and art awards

The SFCC Library hosted the Katie Besser Awards celebration online last month, recognizing SFCC’s emerging writers, photographers and mixed media artists. SFCC’s  School of Liberal Arts and SFCC Foundation sponsored the awards, which were directed by faculty member Emily Stern.

Named for the late Katie Besser in recognition of her love of literature and creative writing, the event celebrated creative expression through writing, photography and media arts. Writers representing SFCC’s diverse community read from their winning works. 

Sylvia Pincheira received the SFCC Foundation’s Richard Bradford Memorial Creative Writing Scholarship, worth $1,000. Author Michael McGarrity, arts advocate Charmay Allred, and former Santa Fe Councilwoman Rebecca Wurzburger established the award in honor of the author of the 1968 classic Red Sky at Morning. See the complete list of the 2020 Katie Besser Student Award Winners.


Free, fresh food available through June 26

After serving more than 50,000 free, fresh meals for the community, SFCC’s partnership with World Central Kitchen will conclude with pick-up from 2 to 4 p.m. this Friday, June 26. The college thanks World Central Kitchen, YouthWorks, faculty and staff and all of the local chefs who made the effort possible.


Kids Campus gets grant for Pre-K program

Kids Campus at the Early Childhood Center of Excellence received a New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department grant to support a free six-week summer jumpstart program for Pre-K children transitioning to kindergarten. The program, which runs through July 30, focuses on literacy, math and social-emotional skills. Kids Campus Director Michelle Rosen said, “As a five-star CYFD- and National Association for the Education of Young Children-accredited, high-quality early childhood education program, we’re pleased to receive this grant to provide a free, much needed Pre-K program to support children transitioning to kindergarten.”

Learn more about the reopening of Kids Campus. All programs adhere to strict covid-19 health and safety protocols.