SFCC Student Weekly Connection December 4, 2020

Good Morning SFCC Students!!

Please read below for important information and updates.


The virtual Fall 2020 commencement will be on Friday, December 12 at 10AM.  The link will be shared with all graduates and distributed next week!  Congratulations to all Fall 2020 graduates!

As you may have heard NM’s COVID-19 cases are on the rise.  Below is some information you may find helpful as we are collectively navigating through the challenges this pandemic may be creating for you and your loved ones.

  • Public health orders require that everyone wear a mask at all times outside of your home.
  • Social distance and avoid gatherings as much as possible.
  • If you are feeling ill, avoid any type of social settings.   
  • In an effort to continue our services to you, the College provides nearly all services on-line.  Visit for more information.
  • If you are feeling ill, get tested and isolate yourself from others as much as possible. For test site information and to learn more about SFCC’s Covid-19 updates visit:

1)  The Campus Cupboard is offering FREE FOOD distribution each Friday from 12-4pm.  Students can drive-up to the West Wing for a contactless pick-up.  We currently do not require any student identifiable proof.  Students do not leave your vehicles drive-up, open your trunk and your food will be placed in your trunk.

1)  Are you a currently enrolled in the Fall semester and are experiences some financial challenges?  have you experienced a recent emergency and need just a little help?  Apply today through the Student Emergency Fund.  Applications can be found on your MYSFCC page under Resources (Emergency Assistance Fund).  Applications are reviewed frequently, and funds are directly awarded to your account.  (The funds cannot cover the cost of tuition or books.)

2)  Did you know that you may be eligible for FREE GRANT MONEY?  Have you completed your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  If not, it’s easy, apply today at  Even if you are taking a few classes, you may still be eligible.  For more information please contact our financial aid office at (505) 428-1268.   The 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 applications are available now.

Important Dates
1)  Students will not be dropped for non-payment.  If you are currently enrolled, you must pay in full or make payment arrangements with the cashier’s office.  Contact them today at

2) Students need to pay their current balance in order to register for the subsequent term.  Please contact the Cashiers office today or visit your student account online (

2)  Please check out the attached Important Dates document for other updates.

Library Updates
Do you have a laptop or hotspot checked out from the SFCC campus?  The library is now making appointments for returning technology to campus.  To make an appointment visit:  Technology returns are only being accepted at the library’s loading dock.  If these appointment times don’t work with your schedule, send an email to: and we will work with you to find a time.  If you have technology checked out, look for an email with more details coming to you via email this week.

Spring 2021 early registration is happening NOW!  Visit with your professional academic advisor to confirm your academic plans and review course offerings.  Book you appointment today!

Student SENATE Positions Open!
Please see the attachments for VP and Secretary Positions as well as Liberal Arts, Trades, Business, Fitness and SHEM Senator Positions from SGA about the open Senate Positions.  Apply today!

Study Abroad Opportunity
A message from the Executive Director of the Colorado European Union Center of Excellence at the University of Colorado Boulder, Felicia Naranjo Martinez: Our Center is leading a 5-week Summer Study Program in Brussels and Luxembourg, July 12 – August 13, 2021 and I would like very much to include interested students from SFCC on the trip.

The program is called Brussels Global Seminar – An Inside Look at the European Union

  • Program/location highlights
  • 5-week program in Belgium
  • 1st week on-site visits to EU Institutions those include:
    • EU Commission
    • Parliament and Parlimentarium
    • Council of the European Union in Brussels and
    • In Luxembourg, the European Court of Justice, European Investment Bank and the Court of Auditors
  • There will be City Tours of both Brussels and Luxembourg
  • During the program there will also be visit to the US Mission to the EU and NATO
  • Classes both a Colloquium, taught by Kaija Schilde from the University of Boston and on EU Institutions and European Union Politics taught by Frank Wendler from the University of Hamburg begin the second week of the program and will be held at the University of Brussels Libre
  • Students will stay in hotels in Brussels and in Luxembourg the first week of the program and will move into dorm accommodations at the University of Brussels Libre for the remaining four weeks of the program
  • Students can look forward to lots of support and individualized attention from staff members who on call 24/7
  • Students are encouraged to apply for scholarships
  • Contact Felicia Naranjo Martinez, Executive Director, Colorado European Union Center of Excellence
    University of Colorado Boulder | The Graduate School | Boulder, Colorado 80309 | 720-252-2902

As you prepare for finals week, remember you are incredible, and you have worked very hard to get to this point!  Believe in yourself.  Take time to study, and do forget to calm your mind and rest as you prepare for your finals.  Below is a message from the Office of Student Development, Mary Eleas.

Always Your Champion,
Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos, Ed.D.
Associate Vice President for Student Success
Santa Fe Community College