Inside SFCC Vol 3 Noteworthy

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SFCC welcomes Dean Barry Hubbard

The college is pleased to announce that Barry Hubbard, Ph.D., has joined SFCC as Dean of the School of Trades, Advanced Technologies, and Sustainability and the School of Business, Professional Studies, and Education. Dr. Hubbard noted that he was drawn to the position because of his experience as a community college instructor and administrator in programs designed to prepare students for careers post graduation. He found New Mexico’s innovative approach to increasing access to higher education through free tuition to be a significant game changer. 

“We’re excited to welcome Dr. Hubbard,” said SFCC President Becky Rowley, Ph.D. “He’s eager to work with community partners to help develop our programs and provide a pipeline into the workforce.”

Most recently Dr. Hubbard was dean at Hillsborough Community College, Dale Mabry Campus, in Tampa, where he served on the faculty union council and as its president. He holds a B.A. in Music from Roanoke College, an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction and a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology, both from the University of South Florida. He also has a diploma in Project Management from the University of Westminster’s Business School in London, UK. Read more.

SFCC to participate in Generation Hope’s FamilyU

SFCC is one of seven colleges to participate in Generation Hope’s FamilyU technical assistance program. Through FamilyU, Generation Hope partners with colleges and universities across the country to increase the number of parenting students who complete their program studies and graduate. The program is sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, among others.

Although parent students account for 1 in 5 undergraduates nationwide, their odds of completion are far slimmer than students who are not parenting. Despite having higher GPAs than students without children, parenting students are 10 times less likely to graduate due to inadequate support systems.

The FamilyU technical assistance program was created to bolster their odds for completion.

“SFCC is honored to be part of Generation Hope’s FamilyU program to help our student parents complete their degrees and graduate,” said SFCC President Becky Rowley, Ph.D. “We look forward gaining expertise so we may better support our students who are raising children.” See the national press release.

Three algae teams finalists in national competition

Three student teams from the SFCC Algae Program are finalists in the national AlgaePrize competition, from the Bioenergy Technologies Office at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The competition encourages students to pursue innovative ideas for the development, design, and invention of technologies to build the algae bioeconomy, a renewable energy source. 

Sustainable Technologies Chair Stephen Gómez, Ph.D., who leads the teams, shared, “There were 65 teams in the competition and only 15 were advanced to be finalists. SFCC has three of the 15 slots. Our students will be competing with U.C. Berkeley, Purdue, Colorado State University, Arizona State University, University of Texas, and University of Puerto Rico.”

Students are gaining real-world science, technology, engineering, and mathematics experience while helping to develop the next generation of bioenergy professionals. The finalist teams will continue their research through the upcoming fall and spring semesters. They will present their final reports in April 2023. Winning teams will receive a trophy, prize money, and national recognition. Read more.

Film Program students earn awards, get hired, and more…

Film Program student Rob Tode, a SAG-AFTRA and Broadway Equity Actor, came to SFCC to learn more about directing film and TV. 

“Having worked on hundreds of sets and stages over the past 30 years, and directed dozens of theater productions, I figured I might be able to direct film, too,” said Tode, who is the theatre director and drama teacher at Capital High School. He now has two films garnering international awards.

Film Co-Chair Milton Riess offered Tode just what he needed. “Milton is an excellent mentor. Whenever I got stuck I would reach out to him for advice and he would always immediately respond,” said Tode. “Extremely helpful for someone like me, who hasn’t taken a film class since the 90s. I was a bit nervous returning to the classroom as a student, but Milton was instrumental at allaying my fears.”

These are the award-winning films Tode wrote, directed and produced in the spring Video Production 2 class. 

“Funny You Should Say That” (2022)


  • Best Director – Rob Tode (Istanbul Film Awards)
  • Best Comedy Short Film (Istanbul Film Awards)
  • Best Actor – Ryan Dobbs (Madras Independent Film FestivalIndia)
  • Best Director International Short Film – Rob Tode (Madras Independent – India)
  • Finalist Best Comedy Short
    (King’s Cross Film FestivalLondon, UK)
  • Best Comedy Short
    (World Film CarnivalSingapore)
  • Critics’ Choice -Best Director – Rob Tode
    (World Film Carnival-Singapore)
  • Best Short Film – Gold
    (Dark Comedy Film FestivalLos Angeles)
  • Nominee for Best Short
    (Shorted Film FestivalLos Angeles)

Officially selected and screened at the Berlin Flash Film Festival, Rome Prisma Film Festival, Reel Comedy Fest, Ukrainian Dream Film Festival, SHORT to the Point, Focus International Film Festival, Istanbul Film Awards, World Film Carnival, Madras Independent Film Festival, Dark Comedy Film Festival, Kings Cross Film Festival, Feel the Reel International Film Festival, Shorted Film Festival, Brazil New Visions Film Fest. 

“The Glass” (2022)


  • Best Comedy Short
    (King’s Cross Film Festival – London, UK)
  • Best Comedy Short
    (Cine Paris Film FestivalFrance)
  • Best Silent Short Film
    (Druk International Film Festival – Bhutan)
  • Outstanding Achievement
    (World Film Carnival – Singapore)
  • Critics Choice Award
    (Madras Independent Film Festival)

Officially selected and screened at the Cine Paris Film Festival, Parapacurts Comedy Festival, Panama Series Film Festival, Kino Film Festival, Brazil New Visions Film Festival, Nightpiece Film Festival at the  Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Druk International Film Festival, World Film Carnival, Madras Independent Film Festival, King’s Cross Film Festival, and Albuquerque Film & Music Experience.

PROTEC Production Assistant participants hired for film, “Cursed”

Stagecoach Foundation announced that seven students who went through February/March PROTEC production assistant training were hired to work on the film, “Cursed.” These are the students who were hired: Alysse Salas, Kira Jones, Rafael Martinez, Christina Romero, Wynn Wink Patrick Madden and John Helfrich.

The Continuing Education and Contract Training Office coordinates the (Professional Readiness for Technical Careers) PROTEC trainings. SFCC Film Program Co-chair Milton Riess led much of the trainings along with other top film professionals. Santa Fe County, Stagecoach Foundation, Inc., and other sponsors funded the training.

Student Daniel Peaslee selected for Stowe Story Labs Screenwriting Training

The New Mexico Film Office and Stowe Story Labs announced 10 projects that were chosen for the first New Voices • New Mexico screenwriting training program for emerging New Mexican screenwriters.

SFCC Film student Daniel Peaslee was among those selected. He is participating in the screenwriting training, which continues through November. Read More…