From left: Mayor of Santa Fe Alan Webber, SFCC Interim President Cecilia Cervantes, Ph.D., and LANL Director Terry Wallace, Ph.D.

Los Alamos National Laboratory Regional Community Leaders’ Update

SFCC and the SFCC Foundation welcomed Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Dr. Terry Wallace and hosted the Community Leaders Breakfast. More than 200 guests met LANL’s new director and learned the latest news from the lab.

Karyn Dodier

Graduation: SFCC Before High School

Karyn Dodier, a dual credit student at The MASTERS Program and SFCC, was selected for the New Mexico All-State Academic Team. Phi Theta Kappa and the New Mexico Independent Community College Association sponsor the annual recognition. Dodier will receive an Associate in Applied Science in Film Directing and Performance from SFCC one week before she graduates from high school. She received a certificate in Film Production in December.

Jake Lovato

Lovato Receives Welding Award

SFCC Welding Lead Instructor Jake Lovato has received the American Welding Society’s Howard E. Adkins Memorial Instructor Section Award. The honor recognizes quality instructional performance devoted to the promotion and expansion of welding skills and knowledge.

Andrew Lovato

Santa Fe, New Mexico’s New Historian

Associate professor Andrew Lovato, Ph.D., has been named the City of Santa Fe’s third historian. An author and lecturer, Lovato’s plans include a lecture series on Santa Fe’s forgotten voices and looking at its history from different angles. He is interested in celebrating Santa Fe’s diversity and diverse cultures and in recording oral histories.

Fab Lab Santa Fe Launched at SFCC

Sarah Boisvert, Fab Lab Founder

SFCC’s Innovation Center has launched Fab Lab Santa Fe in the Trades and Advanced Technology Center. Fab Lab Santa Fe is a part of the international digital FABrication LABoratory network based at MIT. Fab Labs democratize access to the tools of digital fabrication. Fab Lab Hub, LLC, a New Mexico company whose mission is to foster New Collar job training and entrepreneurship, operates Fab Lab Santa Fe at SFCC and Archimedes Fab Lab at the Santa Fe Business Incubator. Fab Lab Santa Fe brings a Digital Badging program to SFCC for technical skills needed in smart manufacturing. Digital Badges are portable credentials that verify attaining expertise in a specific area of study. Fab Lab Santa Fe can make molds, prototype parts, microfluidic and wearable electronic devices, and furniture, among other services.



New Associate Deans

From left: Brooke Gondara, Colleen Lynch and Shalimar Krebs are the new associate deans.

Brooke Gondara is the new Associate Dean of the Schools of Trades, Advanced Technologies and Sustainability and of Business, Professional Studies and Education. Gondara has taught at the university level and at Tribal and community colleges. She earned a doctorate in Education with an emphasis in Community College Leadership and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Oregon State University and completed post-doctoral studies in presidential leadership at Harvard University.

Colleen Lynch is the new Associate Dean of the School of Sciences, Health, Engineering and Math and the School of Fitness Education. Lynch started her career at SFCC more than 25 years ago as a Learning Lab Manager for Developmental Studies and then became tutor coordinator, grant writer and Tutoring Center Director. She has been lead faculty and chair or co-chair of Mathematics since 2006 and also chaired the Curriculum Committee. She is actively involved in the New Mexico Statewide General Education Steering Committee. She holds a B.A. from the College of William and Mary as well as an M.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College.

Shalimar Krebs is the new Associate Dean of the Schools of Liberal Arts and of Arts, Design and Media Arts. Krebs previously taught for SFCC in Media Arts for five years and served as the Coordinator of the Tutoring Center. He has a Master’s in Educational Leadership and a Bachelor’s in Documentary Studies from New Mexico Highlands University, as well as associate degrees in Physical Sciences, General Engineering and Biological Sciences — all from SFCC.

SFCC Welcomes Santa Fe Century

The Santa Fe Century is partnering with SFCC to relocate its annual rides and races to the college’s campus beginning this year, on May 19 and 20. The new, larger venue will provide ample parking for the Century’s 2,400 expected riders, will allow for more vendors during on-site registration and packet pick-up and for a more expansive Vintage Bike Celebration on May 19.

Relocating to SFCC allows the Century to add a mountain bike ride for the first time in its 33-year history. The Century is giving the opportunity for registrants to donate to the SFCC Foundation on their registration form, funding that supports student success. The Santa Fe Century is the first major cycling event in the spring in the Southwest and is open to riders of all ages and abilities. More at

SFCC Receives Energy Efficiency and Solar Training Award

The International Center for Appropriate and Sustainable Technology (I-CAST), in partnership with the U.S. Economic Development Administration, has awarded SFCC contracts to develop and deliver energy efficiency and solar training for a Youth Workforce Development Program. One contract will help disadvantaged youth across Colorado and Utah and a second is for youth in New Mexico and Texas. SFCC’s EnergySmart Academy will train the instructors in the various communities and provide tools and resources.