Campus Weekly

Register for summer classes on Tuesday

Now is the best time to secure the classes you want to take this summer.

Summer session registration opens 8 a.m. Tuesday, April 10. Summer session (four- and eight-week classes) runs from June 5 through July 29. Priority registration begins today, April 10, for New Mexico residents (students who physically reside in New Mexico; have earned more than 30 credit hours and have declared a degree).

Summer is a great time to pick up a class that you might need to advance in your career. Or perhaps you have a family member home from college who is looking to pick up a class this summer.

For information on applying and registering visit For more information, please contact the Welcome and Advising Center, 505-428-1270, 

Fall registration opens next week!

MPR in collaboration with Cisneros Design wins Gold Winner Award for Education Pathways brochure

Marketing and Public Relations, in collaboration with local agency Cisneros Design, received a “Gold Winner” award during the 38th Annual EduAdAwards for “Outstanding Work” on its Education Pathways brochure.

The award-winning campaign showcases the guided pathways at SFCC, which are designed to make it easier and more efficient for students to find their interest and complete certificates and degrees.  Each year, EduAdAwards recognize excellence in the field of educational marketing and advertising. This year, over 2,000 entries were received from some 1,000 colleges and universities from across the country, as well as numerous foreign countries.

Visit the Educational Pathways web page.

April is National Community College Month

April is National Community College month, which recognizes the vital role that community colleges play in building the local workforce and economy.  

Invite family and friends to celebrate with us by attending an event, visiting the campus, or enrolling in a class. Registration for summer, fall and summer Continuing Education begins this month.

Consider posting on social media about your love of SFCC and community colleges with the hashtags: #CCMonth #SFCCNM #SFCCProud.

Several April events highlight the college’s role in the community:

Listen to SFCC Academic Director Charlie Shultz in conversation with KSFR 101.1 FM Our Santa Fe host Andy Lovato about the Controlled Environment Agriculture Program’s April 29 Open House & Seed Giveaway and other Community College Month events:

Visit to learn more about Community College Month, and SFCC’s mission to empower students and strengthen community. Check back for other events and event detail!

Attend Career & Transfer Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 25

Great job opportunities begin with a great résumé.

Invite students, your friends and family members to stop by the SFCC Career & Transfer Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 25 in the Campus Center.

Tell everyone to bring copies of their résumé. Talk with more than 50 employers including many from health care providers including CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, nonprofit organizations, hotels, retail stores as well as many other major employers such as Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Also, meet representatives of SFCC, as well as four-year colleges and universities (Eastern New Mexico University, Institute of American Indian Arts, Texas Tech University, University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University, Northern New Mexico College, New Mexico Highlands University, Western New Mexico University, New Mexico Tech, Northern Arizona University and Fort Lewis College) about transfer opportunities.  Free event. SFCC, Campus Center, 6401 Richards Ave. Call 505-428-1406 or email for information.

Here’s a list (more to be added) of participants:

  • Home Instead
  • Dion’s
  • Santa Fe Recovery Center
  • CHRISTUS St. Vincent
  • Benchmark Human Services
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Growing Up New Mexico
  • New Mexico Pain Center of Santa Fe
  • Eastern New Mexico University
  • Rocky Mountain Youth Corps
  • Quail Run Association
  • Texas Tech University
  • Windgate Healing Arts
  • UNM
  • Youth Shelters and Family Services
  • New Mexico State University
  • Santo Niño Regional Catholic School
  • Santa Fe Care Center
  • Buffalo Thunder
  • Mario Chavez Designer Jewelry
  • The Club at Las Campanas
  • Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails
  • Montecito Santa Fe and MC Santa Fe, LLC
  • Prsim Autism Services
  • Edgewater Federal Solutions
  • Ambercare
  • Educational Opportunity Center
  • Northern New Mexico College
  • N3B-Los Alamos
  • Snelling Staffing
  • Santa Maria El Mirador
  • Comparion Insurance Agency
  • Santa Fe Community College
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Historic Santa Fe Foundation
  • LANL Student Programs Office
  • Institute of American Indian Arts
  • New Mexico Highlands University
  • Indian Resources Development
  • Mewbourne Oil Company
  • UNM Medical Group, Inc.
  • Mewbourne Oil Company
  • Kuckelman Pump Service
  • Santa Fe County Human Resources
  • Nurses With Heart Home Care
  • Homewise
  • JGMS Government Services
  • Taos Ski Valley, Inc.
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • New Mexico Tech
  • Fort Lewis College
  • Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless
  • Temple Beth Shalom
  • Western New Mexico University
  • Target
  • Bernalillo County Metropolitan detention Center
  • Drury Plaza Hotel
  • Northern New Mexico College
  • DMC/D Maahs Construction, LLC
  • Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado

Are you interested in exploring career possibilities? Visit SFCC’s Career Services web page.

CEA Open House from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 29 at TATC

Greenhouse technician and instructor Pedro Casas Cordero displays an array of tomatoes.

Santa Fe Community College’s Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) program and the Aquaponics and Hydroponics Club, with support from Student Government Association, will host a CEA/Greenhouse Open House from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 29 in the Trades and Advanced Technology Center (TAT C) next to the large greenhouse complex.

The free event is open to all.

  • Tours will begin every 30 minutes.
  • Learn about hydroponics, aquaponics and algae cultivation.
  • Free seedlings for attendees.
  • Culinary samples
  • Free kids coloring corner

The SFCC Culinary Arts program will provide free food samples made with produce from the SFCC Greenhouse, grown by advanced CEA students and prepared by advanced Culinary Arts students. 

Learn more about SFCC’s programs focused on sustainability in the areas of food, energy and water.

For information, contact Richard “Charlie” Shultz, Academic Director of the Controlled Environment Agriculture program, at or call 505-428-1205. 

Save the date: PDAC Diversity Day, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 26

Participate in PDAC Diversity Day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday April 26. Anyone or campus group who would like to have a table or make a presentation should contact co-chairs Dr. sj Miller at or Marcos Maez at

The President’s Diversity Advisory Committee sent the following message:

“We want to hear from your team and provide them with the opportunity to share what diversity means to them in their work. We want people to look at diversity from a range of lenses, not just culture and ethnicity.   

We will reserve tables for any departments who would like to participate. This event is open to the public and food will be provided to students and community members. We are hoping and anticipating a good turnout. 

Please email Dr. sj Miller and Marcos with:

  • Your name or names
  • Name of your Group
  • Teaching Area, etc.”

SFCC hosted sessions for Monothon Santa Fe

SFCC instructor and Master Printer Ro Calhoun (left) prints a piece by student worker Caylah Brewer (right).

SFCC’s printmaking program successfully hosted sessions for Monothon Santa Fe’s Print Week from April 1-8. Read more about Monothon Santa Fe. It was a prestigious honor for the college and will expose more artists to the program at SFCC.

was presented by The City of Santa Fe Arts and Culture Department.

Monothon Santa Fe is a community-based, fundraising event organized to benefit the local youth arts non-profit, Partners in Education, through the sale of one-of-a-kind monotype artworks by local artists and the generosity of the Santa Fe community.

Monothon Santa Fe’s Print Week ran from April 1-8 and was hosted by a collection of Santa Fe’s finest print studios. The event concludes with the Monothon Exhibition, April 22 through May 26, where a selected piece from each participating artist is shown and sold. The exhibition will be at the City’s Community Gallery, 201 Marcy Street.

For more information about SFCC’s role, contact Director of Center for Book Art and Printmaking Patricia Pearce at or at 505-428-1504.

Become a volunteer tutor & help change a life

Are you passionate about literacy and enjoy helping people one on one? Become a BL (Basic Literacy) or ESL (English as a Second Language) tutor today and support a student in learning vital speaking, reading, writing, and numeracy skills.

Tutors and students meet twice a week for about 90 minutes (based on their schedules). A 9-month commitment is needed. Please fill out an application on the Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe website: Call 428-1353 for more information.

Basic Literacy Tutor Training May 4 – 6, 2023

  • Orientation: 4 – 6 p.m. Thursday, May 4
  • Training: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (with a lunch break) Saturday, May 6

ESL Tutor Training June 1-3, 2023

  • Orientation: 4 – 6 p.m. Thursday, June 1
  • Session 1: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, June 2
  • Session 2: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, June 3

Orientation will be held online, and training sessions will take place at SFCC. An introductory meeting and all sessions are required.

Greenhouse STEM Kits are back in stock at the library!

The very popular and free Greenhouse STEM Kits are available once again for kids ages 4-7. All materials are included in the kits courtesy of the Santa Fe Children’s Museum.

Come by the library to pick up a kit to use and explore growing plants from seeds with your kids! Kits are available during the library’s regular hours.

For more information contact:

Broken Parts Car Club show 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 21

SFCC’s student car club – the Broken Parts Club – is hosting a car show from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 21 outside the Automotive Technologies Center on campus, 6401 Richards Avenue. Those who would like to show their automobile should register as soon as possible by contacting the Director of Automotive Technologies Julia Furry at or by phone at 505-428-1177. Space is limited to 36 vehicles. The public is invited to attend the show.

Students in Automotive Technologies had a great time at last year’s car show.

“This event has turned out to be a lot of fun. We ask the car owners to explain what’s special about their vehicle. The winners primarily get bragging rights, some prizes of tools and a special trophy that will be made by the SFCC welding department. They are using pistons from engines to make the trophies,” Furry said.

Winners will be determined in the following categories: Domestic, European or Japanese. Lowriders are welcome. The student club’s members are studying Automotive Technologies at SFCC.

A 17,000 square foot state-of-the-art Automotive Technologies Center offers a well-equipped space that provides students with the background and knowledge to earn the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certification in up to eight competency areas: Automotive Engine Repair, Auto Maintenance and Light Truck Repair, Automatic Transmission Transaxle, Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning, Brakes, Manual Transmission and Drive Train, Steering and Suspension, Electricity/Electronic Systems and Engine Performance. Students can also earn an A.A.S. in Automotive Technologies.

The Automotive Technologies program has recently earned accreditation from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

SFCC Student Art and Design exhibition opens 4-6 p.m. May 11 in Visual Arts Gallery

File photo of work from last year’s exhibition.

SFCC’s Student exhibition will open from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 11 in the Visual Arts Gallery.

Work will include: Jewelry, Sculpture (including Glass, Santos, Fiber Arts), Printmaking/Book Arts, Fine Woodworking, Ceramics, Photography, Painting/Drawing, Media Arts and Film).
The show will run from Thursday, May 11 until Friday, August 18, 2023.

“Land, Space and Color – An Exhibit of Paintings by Felix Voltsinger” continues through April 19

The art exhibition, “Land, Space and Color – An Exhibit of Paintings by Felix Voltsinger,” opened with a reception on March 16 and runs through Thursday, April 19 in the gallery. The exhibition features the artwork of Russian-born artist and School of Arts and Design faculty member Felix Voltsinger. Read more about the exhibit and Felix Voltsinger in the press release.

Dean Jim Wysong shared these images from the opening and said, “Despite the weather, it was well attended, and many of Felix‘s former students turned out to honor him as he is transitioning into retirement after this term.”

PDAC Statement for International Transgender Day of Visibility

On Friday, March 31 SFCC President Dr. Becky Rowley sent the following message on behalf of the President’s Diversity Advisory Committee (PDAC):

Dear SFCC Community:

Please join the President’s Diversity Advisory Committee and our college community as we recognize International Transgender Day of Visibility, today, March 31. Together, we celebrate and amplify the accomplishments of transgender and gender nonconforming people. Today also helps us to bring awareness to the work that still needs to be done to achieve trans rights and trans justice.

You can read President Biden’s Proclamation on the Transgender Day of Visibility. In addition, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed into law House Bill 207, which expands the list of protected classes to include gender and includes the definitions within the Human Rights Act for sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disabilities, among other revisions. Read the Act here

As an ally, the SFCC community remains steadfast in its commitment to learning with and from each other, while elevating the voices of trans and gender nonconforming people from across the world.

Please take a moment to reflect on the significance of today.


Becky Rowley, Ph.D., President, and the
President’s Diversity Advisory Committee Members

Fine Woodworking program participated in Home Show at Convention Center

SFCC’s Fine Woodworking program’s display that the Santa Fe Home show.

Thank you to Dean James (Jim) Wysong, Ph.D., for sharing these images of SFCC’s Fine Working program’s booth/display at the Santa Fe Home show on the weekend of March 11-12 at the Convention Center.

The Fine Woodworking program features:

  • Well equipped studios with modern machinery and hand tools comparable with those used in a small woodworking business.
  • Small class size assures individual attention. sc
  • Courses taught by accomplished woodworking professionals, Monday through Saturday, morning, afternoon, and evening.

Students can pursue a certificate and/or an associate degree.

SFCC’s fine woodworking students become prepared for self-employment, for positions in the craft industry, or for continued study toward a bachelor’s degree at a four-year institution.

Read more about the program. For more information, contact program head Douglas Jones at or call 505-428-1741.

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NMHED Updates on Required COVID-19 Reporting

In a March 10 email, Vice President for Strategy and Organizational Effectiveness Yash Morimoto shared the following update regarding the college COVID reporting policies and best practices:

SFCC continues to monitor and follow guidance from public health officials and state and local government on mitigating and addressing exposure to COVID-19. The State of New Mexico and New Mexico Higher Education Department recently announced they will no longer require the reporting of COVID-19 cases amongst student, staff, and faculty who are on campus via the Rapid Response Submission Portal.

Our college continues to take the transmission and threat of infectious diseases seriously and we remain committed to keeping our community as safe as possible. Please note the following:

  • The college no longer requires reporting of COVID-19 positive cases to SFCC’s Contact Tracing Team.
  • However, it is very important we continue keep each other safe and follow health and safety best practices. The college continues to follow guidelines from the CDC Quarantine and Isolation Calculator, which details the following:
    • You should isolate from others when you have COVID-19.
    • You should also isolate if you are sick and suspect that you have COVID-19 but do not yet have test results.
    • Ending isolation is detailed on the CDC’s Isolation and Precautions for People with COVID-19 webpage – “Ending Isolation”.
  • Positive or suspected positive individuals should coordinate closely with supervisors to make appropriate accommodations, as well as reporting for absences using regular sick leave.
    • If you are out of sick leave and contracted COVID-19, please contact the Office for Human Resources to determine if other options are available to you.
  • The college custodial staff continues its rigorous cleaning and disinfecting protocols, which includes a campus-wide daily schedule, with emphasis on bathrooms, and higher traffic and enclosed spaces.
  • Additionally, Facilities and Operations staff have made significant improvements to college ventilation and filtration systems and those systems are up and running.

The College will continue to follow best practices, community levels, and infectious disease developments.

Schedule Swedish-Therapeutic Massage appointments now

Appointments with massage students are available March 13 through May 13.

SFCC’s Massage Therapy program offers Swedish-Therapeutic student massage appointments. Appointments are available March 13 through May 13. Appointments can be made by visiting

All appointments will be in the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center. Masks are required and will be provided for everyone participating in the Student Massage Clinic.

Massage Therapy Program Lead Julianna Santillanes said, “We’re excited to offer our student Massage Therapy Clinic to the community for the third year. We have 12 students, so please check individual student schedules for availability. Hope to see you there!”

Here are the details about this semester’s clinics:

  • $25 per 60-minute Swedish-Therapeutic student massage
  • March 13 through May 13
  • Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
  • 1:15, 3:00 and 4:45 p.m. appointments

To learn more about SFCC’s Massage Therapy Program visit or contact Massage Therapy Program Lead Julianna Santillanes at or 505-428-1293.

Stop by The Exchange for free clothing and children’s items

A variety of clothing is available at The Exchange.

Check out this Facebook video tour of “The Exchange,” SFCC’s new, free clothing closet, located next to the Campus Cupboard. Student Involvement Coordinator Mary Eleas leads the tour (with an assist from students Katia, Liam, Gabe, and Jessica) of the new family-friendly space. Kids are welcome to enjoy a small play area while you “shop” for free clothing. (There are clothing items for children from 0 to 4 years of age, as well as casual and professional clothing for adults and teens.) Students and employees, come by! Lower-level rooms 305 & 304A.


Tuesday and Thusdays: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 2 to 4:30 p.m.

Would you like to donate items to The Exchange?

The Exchange is accepting donations during the hours mentioned above. Bring donations either to Room 304 or 305a. You can also drop them off in Room LL311. The Exchange is not accepting any more children’s clothes at this time. They are accepting children’s books and gently used toys. The Exchange is particularly seeking men’s and women’s professional clothing.

The Exchange and Baby Cupboard are expanded services of Campus Cupboard Food Pantry Campus Cupboard is supported by SFCC Foundation. For information call: 505-428-1775 or email:

New spring semester hours for East Wing Eatery

Café con las Comadres every second Wednesday

SFCC presents Café Con Las Comadres, hosted by Doctora Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos, every second Wednesday of the month.  Join us for our next gathering on April 12 in the West Wing Upper-Level Student Affairs comfort area  (next to the I-Room),  from 8:30 a.m – 9:30 a.m.  This is a gender-inclusive community of friends who gather to empower the lives of one another through advocacy, navigation, support, and resources.   This is a safe shared space. 

RSVPs are welcomed but not necessary – please contact Loretta at or call 505-428-1919.  Sponsored by Student Activities and hosted by Doctora Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos.

Make appointments now for free Tax-Aide assistance at the main campus

SFCC and AARP Foundation will once again offer free tax services. This year services will be in-person at the main campus from 3 to 5 p.m. weekdays from January 30 through April 18. You must schedule an appointment in advance — preferably online. If someone has no computer access, they can call 505-428-1780. Leave a clear voicemail with your name and phone number. Volunteers will return calls when possible.

Please Note: To protect Tax-Aide volunteers and the taxpayers they serve, taxpayers are required to wear masks during their appointment. Volunteers will be wearing masks.

Intake and other forms may be picked up at the site during tax preparation hours or you may download these forms from the SFCC website.  Please arrive 15-30 minutes early for your appointment.

Visit for details about what to bring and to make your appointment.

Tax-Aide will follow SFCC Tax-Aide closures, holidays (closed for Spring Break) and delays. Read the full press release here.

Mask wearing strongly encouraged when indoors on campus

Due to the recent surge in Covid cases, SFCC is sharing this message at its entrances:

We strongly encourage face masks inside the building. Recomendamos encarecidamente el uso de mascarillas dentro del edificio.

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Update your résumé with
résumé advising walk-in hours April 17 & 18

If you need help polishing up your résumé or practicing your elevator pitch, please reach out to Career Services at for assistance or attend one of our upcoming résumé advising walk-in sessions with Advisor Julia Gonzales. Résumé advising is offered on a first come, first served bases in the Welcome & Advising Center on the following dates:

  • 5:30-6:30 p.m. Monday, April 17
  • noon – 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 18

Participate in Course Scheduling Survey before April 24

The Scheduling Task Force and the SFCC Foundation need your help creating a schedule that works for current students.

Participate in the survey before April 24 at

Participants will be entered in a drawing for gift cards.

Kids Campus Info Sessions April 11 and 18

The Student Parent Success Program and Kids Campus are partnering to provide two info sessions about Kids Campus enrollment and financial supports for student parents on 3:30 p.m. April 11 or 10 a.m. April 18. Please click on the flyers below for information in Spanish and English.

NMHU Transfer information
Tuesdays 10 a.m to 3 p.m.

A representative from New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU) will be on campus to discuss options for continuing your educational journey to earn your bachelor’s or master’s degree. The representative can provide information on admissions, academic programs, scholarships, financial aid and more to prospective students. The NMHU representative will be available from from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through May 9 in the main hallway outside the Welcome and Advising Center. For more information, contact Mary E. Angell at

Online FAFSA Workshops/Talleres FAFSA en línea – workshops restart April 19

Financial Aid Office  English FAFSA Workshops
Online Wednesdays 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – No workshops April 5 & 12.

For the link and more information:

Oficina de Ayuda Financiera Talleres FAFSA en español
en línea los jueves de 11 a.m. a 1 p.m. No hay talleres el 5 y 12 de abril.

Para más información, elige la fecha que quieres atender:

Students: Need childcare? Make sure you’re on the Kids Campus waitlist

When a spot comes available at the Kids Campus, students get priority placement. Kids Campus wants to support student parents and hopes that those needing childcare will get on the waitlist.

Children of degree-seeking SFCC students, SFCC employees, and full-time students at the Higher Education Center are prioritized for placement to support a two-generation philosophy of education at the college.

Visit the Kids Campus website for more information. Students receive a 10% discount on the cost of Kids Campus and N.M. Early Childhood Education and Care Development offers Child Care Assistance to income-eligible students.

SFCC Library family study room now open

If you’re a student parent, we have good news for you! The SFCC Library has opened a new family study room for students who have children. The room has a space for children with toys, books, and special-sized furniture. The room will have three computer stations and room for students working on laptops.

It is open all hours the library is open. It will be available to current students when they have their children with them. Please note: This is not daycare, students must remain with their children. The library’s restroom adjacent to the study room has been updated and is family-friendly with a changing station.

SFCC Library Spring semester hours are:
Mon. – Thurs. 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Fri. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sat. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

SFCC 2022-2023 scholarship application available now

SFCC can help you pay for college with scholarships. One simple application puts you in consideration for state institutional and Foundation private scholarships. Scholarships are available for new and returning, part-time and full-time students to help pay for college for the upcoming academic year. Scholarships are also available for second-generation college students, Veterans, Native American students, Hispanic students and students with disabilities (must be registered with the SAS department at SFCC offers performance-based scholarships through Contract for a Better Tomorrow (CBT).

For more information and to apply go to:

If you have questions or need assistance email the Financial Aid Office at from your SFCC student email account. Make sure to include your Student ID number in the email.
Se habla Español.

Student Resource Center is here for you

Connect with Community Resources
The Student Resource Center focuses on providing information to students about resources throughout the community and providing appropriate referrals to agencies. The resources focus on basic needs such as: housing and shelter, food, legal services, transportation, childcare services, utility payment assistance, and physical and mental health services. All services are free and confidential.

Conèctese con los Recursos de la Comunidad El Centro de Recursos para Estudiantes se enfoca en proporcionar información a los estudiantes sobre los recursos en toda la comunidad y proporcionar referencias apropiadas a las agencias. Los recursos se centran en necesidades básicas como: vivienda y refugio, alimentos, servicios legales, transporte, servicios de cuidado infantil, asistencia para el pago de servicios públicos y servicios de salud física y mental. Todos los servicios son gratuitos y confidenciales.

505–428-1194 | |

Join Zoom presentation: How Do You Spell ‘Future’ with AI? at 2-3 p.m. Thursday, April 27

OIT Instructional designer/technologist Julia Dunkin will join librarians Valerie Nye and Sarah Hood for a new discussion about the future of AI on Zoom.

SFCC Library and Online Teaching and Learning (OTL) collaborate in the second campus conversation on ChatGPT from 2-3 p.m. Thursday, April 27. Like all things technology, AI has continued to grow astoundingly quickly. This session seeks to cover a short review of ChatGPT and what it can do, but will go beyond, sharing information about the company, its future, and its influence. What strategies have been developed to prevent its usage in schools—in SFCC specifically—and how can it be detected, if at all?

The talk will open for questions and discussion, but not before exploring some creative ways faculty (and students) have not only accepted but also embraced the usage of ChatGPT in class. Panelists will include: Julia Dunkin (OTL), Sarah Hood (Library) and Val Nye (Library).

Join at:

Questions, contact Val Nye at:

Please volunteer to make Commencement a success

Participate in Faculty and Staff Spring Reading 5 p.m. May 4

Readings in the Library: Faculty and Staff Annual Springtime Reading will be held from 5 – 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 4.

All faculty and staff in any school or department are invited to read their original creative work aloud at this beloved and supportive springtime event. To sign up to read, please email

Refreshments will be served. Brought to you by the SFCC Library and the English Department.

March WOW – Melissa Martinez

Adrien Gallegos nominated Melissa Martinez for the March WOW award.

“Melissa really went the extra mile with us when explaining and helping us through our first PCard experience with Workday…and our second, when we forgot how to do it. Both times I reached out to her, she replied and was helping within the hour. She is so friendly and happy to help with our awesome new system!”

Congratulations, Melissa!

Please be sure to nominate who you think is doing a great job here at SFCC. The submission form can be found at the SFCC Connect portal, or by reaching out to Katie Cadena Priebe,

Dr. Lenny Gannes to present “Bird Migration on Two Continents” at Renesan April 17

SFCC Sciences Chair Lenny Gannes, Ph.D., is presenting the class “Bird Migration on Two Continents” at the Renesan Institute for Lifelong Learning from 1 to 3 p.m. on Monday, April 17. Dr. Gannes will speak about the incredible migration of birds through Israel. There is another session on April 24 with Janie Chodosh, field naturalist, environmental educator, and writer. Janie and Lenny share a love of birds and awe for the miracle of bird migration, which has led them to different parts of the world to learn about, watch, and study birds.

SFCC Sciences Chair Lenny Gannes, Ph.D. and a warbler

CHESS — Collaborative for Higher Education Shared Services

CHESS Connection Newsletter – April 3

If you’re wondering what’s happening with the Workday implementation, check out the latest CHESS Connection!

This month’s newsletter contains information about Delegations which allow other workers to perform tasks on your behalf. Plus, learn about Tip Sheets that have been added and or updated.

Winner of 2023 ACCA award for Professional Leadership, Janelle Johnson!
Pictured (L to R): Amanda Allen, Janelle Johnson.

Janelle Johnson receives ACCA Award

Janelle Johnson was awarded the 2023 Professional Leadership award from the American College Counseling Association at the recent national conference held in Savannah, GA last week. The conference was attended by 350+ counseling professionals from universities and colleges around the country.

Janelle says:
“It was a complete surprise and I am humbled to have been nominated by my peer counseling professionals for the award. The inscription reads “For your continued dedication and exemplary service to the field of college counseling.”

Congratulations, Janelle!

Photo at right: Janelle Johnson receives 2023 Award for Professional Leadership from Amanda Allen, ACCA Board Member. Photo courtesy of Scott Sokoloski, ACCA Board member.

Policy Updates: Micro-Credentials and Employee Accessibility

Last month, the Governing Board approved the policies listed below. Please click on the links to become familiar with them. Contact the Policy Owners for more information.

These are the new and newly updated Policies:

College Policies and Procedures are posted at SFCC Policies. To learn more, contact Laura J. Mulry, ext. 1776.

Defensive driving certification class May 18

As per policy 5-10, everyone is required to take a Defensive Driving Class prior to operating SFCC vehicles.

The next Defensive Driving Class has been scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon on Thursday May 18 in Health and Sciences room 487. Please arrive promptly or the class will end late. To receive full credit for the class, you must arrive promptly at 8:00a.m. and attend the full 4-5 hours.

Please register by calling or emailing either Jackie Gutierrez (, 505-428-1756) or Steve Silva (, 505-428-1403).

Please provide the following information when you call or email to register for the class:

  • Full name of individual attending.
  • Department Name
  • Individual’s New Mexico driver license number and a copy of the individuals driver’s license if not already on file

Fleet vehicles are a great cost-effective way for employees to travel for work related reasons without incurring any personal vehicle expense and having to wait for a reimbursement.

If you have any questions about the program or the classes, please call Jackie or Steve at the numbers listed above.

Dawn Wink, Ph.D., shares latest research with National Association for Bilingual Education Conference

SFCC Director of Teacher Education Dawn Wink

SFCC Director of Teacher Education Dawn Wink, Ph.D., recently shared on her blog Dew Drops, “I was beyond grateful to share ideas of Decolonizing Multilingual Education Research Through Wildness, Beauty, Imagination, Lilyology, and Scholarly Personal Narrative with the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) Conference 2023.

I share the video of my presentation with you here.

This further explores the ideas that I presented on wildness, beauty, and imagination within Translanguaging and Transdisciplinary Resesarch in ELT to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Association of Language Teachers (KSAALT) TESOl, as part of their keynote speaker series.

Thank you ever so much for sharing the journey of language, landscape, wildness, beauty, and imagination.”

Travel Authorization & Expense Reports in Workday

Here are a few reminders regarding Travel in Workday:

  1. Spend authorizations must be submitted and approved before any travel-related purchases are made.
  2. After travel is completed, an expense report must be submitted with the following: 
    • Note the spend authorization number. 
    • Include all procurement card (P-Card) transactions.

If an expense needs to be reassigned to the traveler, please contact the Purchasing Office. 

  1. Once the expense report is complete (contains ALL expenses), check the box to close out the spend authorization. This is the only way to release any remaining travel funds from encumbrance back into the budget. 
  2. All spend authorizations in draft form should be cancelled if no longer needed. 
  3. Do not use the itemization functionality unless you need to split a transaction between multiple funding sources (ex. Cost centers / grants). 

For more information, check out the Create, Edit, and Close Spend Authorizations Tip Sheet and the Create Expense Reports Tip Sheet. You can also review the Travel 101 on-demand training in My SFCC on the Workday app.  

2022 W-2s available in Legacy Employee Services

W-2s have been issued and are available to all employees in Banner Self-Service. Paper forms for those not consenting to electronic delivery were mailed on Jan 26th.  They are not available for pick-up.

Instructions to print your W-2:

  • In MySFCC, use the Employee drop down menu on the left to click on Legacy Employee Services.  This takes you to Banner Self-Service.
  • Click on Tax Forms, W-2 Wage and Tax Statement and choose Tax Year 2022.

Message about preferred names

The following message was shared on Friday, February 3:

Dear Faculty,

While the college has always supported our students, we now have another technological opportunity to provide an empowering, safe, and nondiscriminatory educational and work environment.  Beginning on Monday February 6, students will be able update their preferred name in Self Service Banner (SSB9).

The student’s legal name will be on your class roster and their preferred name, if applicable, will appear in parenthesis.  For example, Gonzales, Bernadette (Charmaine).  For legal purposes, the student’s legal name will still appear on all formal documents such as Financial Aid information, 1098-T’s and transcripts.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

With kind regards,

Bernadette Gonzales. MA Ed. (she, her, hers)
Registrar |Office of the Registrar
505-428-1881 |

Title V Professional Development for Faculty

During the Spring 2023 semester, the SFCC Title V Hispanic Serving Institution grant will be supporting a number of professional development opportunities for faculty in online teaching and in culturally responsive teaching for STEM faculty. Title V can cover the cost of registration and, in some cases, compensation for faculty. For information about the Spring 2023 Faculty Professional Development through Title V please see this link:

WOW awards – nominate an outstanding coworker today!

The Office of Human Resources recognizes WOW recipients for their dedicated work and commitment to Santa Fe Community College.

Please be sure to nominate someone who you think is doing a great job here at SFCC.

The submission form can be found at the SFCC Connect portal, Home » Online Forms/Surveys/Tests » Online Forms » Office of Human Resources or nominate by reaching out to Katie Cadena Priebe at

New employees: We’d like to get to know you!

Staff Senate is encouraging new staff employees to come to an upcoming Staff Senate to introduce yourselves.

Campus Weekly would also love to introduce new staff and faculty members. Please send us your name, job title, when you started at SFCC, brief bio and photo (it can be a selfie!) to Submit News.

If you’re new to SFCC, we’d love to introduce you to the our community. We’re happy you’re working with us at SFCC!


Girl Scouts recently visited SFCC’s Health and Sciences programs

Girl Scouts made a recent visit to SFCC. Thanks to all who made them feel welcome on their recent visit. We understand they toured Health and Sciences and had a great time. Thanks to Academic Advisor Sarah Wernsing who shared these images.

Ongoing news and events

SFCC Wastewater Treatment Plant closure & decommissioning work through May 2023

SFCC is in its final phase to permanently close our Wastewater treatment plant and transfer our waste to Ranchland Utility regional facility. This will benefit SFCC in several ways, including reuse of treated water for irrigation purposes used in the local community, no additional capitol funding resources needed to support 36+ old infrastructure that has extended beyond its useful life, and future opportunities to repurpose land in accordance with SFCC 2021 Master Plan.

There will be construction activities extending through May 2023. Please note there will be no impact to services during this project. For more information contact Andrea Mueller, Facilities & Operations Assistant Director & Campus Planning at or 505-930-9781.

SFCC signs agreement with NMHU to streamline transfer for SFCC business and accounting grads

SFCC and New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU) have signed an articulation agreement so SFCC students who complete either an Associate in Arts in Accounting or Business Administration can easily transfer to NMHU to pursue either a Bachelor of Business Administration or a Bachelor of Sciences in General Business.

Barry Hubbard, Ph.D., SFCC Dean of Trades, Advanced Technologies and Sustainability & the School of Business, Professional Studies and Education said, “This articulation agreement further strengthens a long-standing relationship with NM Highlands University. By following these improved pathways, SFCC students will be able to transfer smoothly into one of NMHU’s Bachelor of Business Administration concentrations or their Bachelor of Sciences in General Business.”

Veena Parboteeah, Ph.D., NMHU Dean, School of Business, Media, and Technology said, “We are excited to strengthen our partnership through the articulation agreement, which will ensure a smooth transition for students transferring from SFCC to Highlands. By following this pathway, students will also be prepared to succeed in the programs offered by the Department of Business Administration at NMHU. With our presence at the Higher Education Center (HEC) in Santa Fe, students can get help, thanks to Mr. Robert Anaya and his team. We also plan advising sessions at the center to engage with students in Santa Fe and surrounding areas.”

The articulation agreement specifies what classes will be accepted to satisfy prerequisites. SFCC business and accounting students are strongly encouraged to work with an academic advisor to ensure that they are taking the relevant course work to attain their goals.

SFCC’s Accounting and Business programs offer classes online, so it’s convenient for people who are working to study for a degree at a time that’s most convenient for them.

To learn more about SFCC’s Business and Accounting programs, call 505-428-1308. Also, visit the Accounting program page: and Business program page: New students can apply and register by calling 505-428-1270.

Museum STEP Passes available at Library

With the STEP Pass, you and up to 5 people can use the card for free admission to:

  • Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
  • Santa Fe Children’s Museum
  • IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Art
  • Santa Fe Botanical Garden

Passes check out for two weeks at a time.

For more information contact:

Recording: ChatGPT’s Implications for Higher Ed

By now you’ve probably heard of ChatGPT, the free AI platform that can “write” full-length, college-level essays on virtually any topic in seconds. From academic integrity to assessment, ChatGPT’s impact on higher education will be far-ranging. This session includes a demo of how ChatGPT works, implications for higher education and how other colleges and universities are responding. This session was led by SFCC librarians.

See ChatGPT information and resources:

Work has begun on connector roads to SFCC

Click on the graphic to enlarge. From the web page. See more maps and video there.

Work expected to continue until fall

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported in the Jan. 25 story, “County hopes construction of connector roads leads to growth south of city,” that “Santa Fe County is starting the construction phase of a more than $20 million infrastructure project 20 years in the making, which aims to provide better access to Santa Fe Community College and accommodate future growth south of the city. …

“The “northeast connector” involves construction of roadway and two roundabout intersections between Dinosaur Trail and Rabbit Road, giving drivers a direct route between them. Currently, drivers traveling west from Rabbit Road are required to drive through the Oshara Village subdivision to reach Dinosaur Trail or busy Richards Avenue.

“The “southeast connector” will serve as an alternate route from Rabbit Road to Avenida del Sur to reduce traffic congestion on Richards Avenue. This route also will provide secondary emergency access to the community college, according to the county.”

To see videos and maps about this project visit: Also, hear about this on KSFR-radio.

New OIT Service Desk Hours
Phone service 24 hours a day Mon. – Fri.

On November 1st the OIT Service Desk extended its phone hours to better serve students, staff and faculty.

Phone Hours

Monday – Friday: 24 hours
Saturday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Office Hours
Room 528

Monday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. to noon
Sunday: Closed

Registration continues for Spring Continuing Education classes, many start next month

The SFCC Spring Continuing Education Schedule is available online. Print copies can be found in the racks at SFCC, the Santa Fe Higher Education Center and around town. Visit for tips on registering and to view the variety of offerings.

Food and Wine
Sommelier Nancy Shapardanis will offer four new wine classes and promises to have something for everyone. Do you want to understand wine from the vineyard to the glass, or just want to know the basics of how to taste wine like a pro? Shapardanis has a class for you. Learn the art of pairing wine and food or become an expert in Italian wine styles. Or expand your culinary skills with Aditi Thatte and learn the secrets of Indian vegetarian cooking.

Discover the joys of the region’s geology and history
Enjoy learning about the geology of our region with Kirk Kempter on a variety of hiking trips. William Neuwirth, a biologist and naturalist, will lead online classes as well as offer a hiking excursion. Join SFCC’s history professor Stephen C. Martinez, Ph.D., for a three-part brown bag lunch lecture series on 19th century New Mexico history.

Gain business and career skills
Whether you’re looking for professional development opportunities or want to break into the “New Collar” workforce you can choose from a variety of options. There are dozens of classes offered either online or in person.

If you have questions about the schedule, contact Continuing Education at or 505-428-1676. The Continuing Education (CE) staff can help you complete your registration.

Free STEM Kits at SFCC Library

The kits are made available to the SFCC community through the Santa Fe Children’s Museum. Kits are available during the library’s regular hours. For more information contact:

Balancing Robot STEM Kits at SFCC Library

Come by the SFCC library to pick up a kit to use to explore balance with your kids!  Kits are available during the library’s regular hours.

For more information contact:

Solar System Bracelets

Solar System Bracelet STEM kits are available for kids ages 4-7 at the SFCC library. Instructions are in English and Spanish and all materials are included in the kits.

Come by the SFCC library to pick up a kit to use to explore the solar system with your kids!

Name Rockets!

Available at the SFCC Library

Free Name Rocket STEM Kits are available for kids ages 4-7 at the SFCC Library.

All materials are included in the kits courtesy of the Santa Fe Children’s Museum.

Come by the library to pick up a kit to use and explore shapes & rockets with your kids! Kits are available during the library’s regular hours.

For more information contact:

Early Childhood Center of Excellence offers free early childhood speaker series with equity and social justice focus; next talk on April 14

The Early Childhood Center of Excellence (ECCOE) offers a free early childhood speaker series featuring national and New Mexico experts focused on equity and social justice in early childhood teacher preparation. This series is for higher education faculty and anyone interested in bringing equity to their work with young children and families. This free virtual series runs from September 2022 through May 2023. Registration is open now!

You can see the full schedule through May, as well as register for any events for the speaker series here.

Visit Equity FAQ web page

SFCC’s Equity Statement and Equity web page are now linked to an Equity FAQ page. Visit the Equity FAQ page. The Equity FAQ page is an evolving web page. Feedback or questions? Contact President’s Diversity Advisory Committee’s co-chairs Shalimar Krebs or sj Miller, Ph.D.

Santa Fe Reporter story explains on-demand buses that serve SFCC community

The Santa Fe Reporter story on Nov. 9 by Andy Lyman, “In demand-drivers mean in-demand buses,” featured Paul Volmer, an SFCC film student, as well as Director of Student Engagement and Recruitment Marcos Maez, who also serves on the City Transit Advisory Board. Route 21 (which comes to the college) is currently an on-demand route, which means riders must contact dispatchers when they need a ride on the bus. (It is not currently operating on a regular bus schedule and is only available on weekdays.) Also, other routes that feed into that route are also impacted. The story states, “For on-demand service on Santa Fe Trails routes 5, 6, 21, 22 and the Museum Hill route on weekdays and weekends as well as Route 24 and 26 on weekends, contact dispatchers at (505) 955-2001.” Keep that number handy if you need to use the bus. Bike riders might find it necessary to take the bus on days there is snow and ice. For more information visit the Santa Fe Trails site.

Watch video to learn more about tuition-free college

The recording of the public information session on tuition-free college provided by the New Mexico Higher Education Department on August 19 is now available. You can view it via the link below or at the main website at  Thank you to the New Mexico Educational Assistance Foundation for hosting this session.

Understanding Tuition-Free College in New Mexico – YouTube

Need food? Campus Cupboard welcomes all

Campus Cupboard now offers refrigerated items

The Campus Cupboard (Room LL302E) in-person shopping hours are:
Mondays: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., Tuesdays: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Thursdays: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

If you cannot visit during the current open hours listed or are not
comfortable with in-person shopping, check out Bookings for more options. To access Bookings, log in to MySFCC, look under Schedule an Appointment, and click on the pink button labeled Campus Cupboard (Online). You can access the reservation and delivery option 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Students, staff, and faculty are all welcome to visit the Campus Cupboard weekly for free groceries and other household items that may be available. Personal hygiene (menstrual) products are available from Free Flow NM.
Contact or 505-428-1775 for more information.

Visit Campus Cupboard for more information.

Campus Cupboard is supported by SFCC Foundation.

Let’s help slow the spread of the virus

Let’s keep everyone safe and remember:

  • If you are feeling ill, you should not come into work, and avoid any type of social setting. The College wants you to feel better before you return to work.
  • If you are feeling ill: Get tested and isolate yourself from others as much as possible. We need to help mitigate the health risk to others.
  • Call 1-855-600-3453 for testing information and results.
  • If you do contract COVID-19, seek medical attention immediately. Notify your supervisor and human resources. These cases need to be reported, SFCC is here to support you.

Please do your part, to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Stay home, stay safe, stay healthy.

Do you need information on testing? Visit

SFCC strongly encourages face masks inside the building. Recomendamos encarecidamente el uso de mascarillas dentro del edificio.

SFCC in the news

The following stories or radio shows either featured or mentioned SFCC or one of its employees. Some stories also are related to NM higher education.

03/29/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Ceremony in Santa Fe honors ‘ultimate sacrifice'”

03/21/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Explaining veto, governor says dual-credit task force would be unfunded, redundant”

03/12/2023, Of Interest: Santa Fe New Mexican, “MY VIEW LEO JARAMILLO: Keep New Mexico a leader for college access, affordability”

03/12/2023, Roswell Daily Record, “Local Students Visit Santa Fe”

03/11/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “BARBARA GUDWIN, 1947-2023
Former school board member had passion for helping kids, community
” (Former SFCC Foundation board member)

03/10/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Students present STEM projects”

02/21/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Santa Fe Community College’s auto repair program receives accreditation”

02/18/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “PHILL CASAUS: Sometimes, it’s the certificate, not the degree, that makes a difference”

02/12/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Paramedic students looking deeper. Focus on new portable ultrasound equipment in classroom with EMSI instructor Drew Congdon.

02/11/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Film industry figures say commissioner Jennifer LaBar-Tapia helps make Santa Fe great place to film”. Story includes quotes from Milton Riess, SFCC Film faculty and PROTEC television and film production assistant instructor.

02/08/202, New Mexico Magazine, “The Story Behind Ethyl the Whale.”

01/28/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “State Public Education Secretary Steinhaus announces retirement”. (He previously taught at SFCC.)

01/28/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Former inmates lobby for bill to restore voting rights”

01/25/2023, KRQE-TV, “Santa Fe school district creates initiative after rise in non-English-speaking students”

01/25/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, City Council Actions Noted: Allocation of $900,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funds to support an early child care work development program with Santa Fe Community College.

01/23/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “County hopes construction of connector roads leads to growth south of city”

01/23/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Smartboard – SFCC Visual Arts Gallery presents ‘Immortal’ & Veterans group hosts Defusing Anger Workshop”

01/23/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, 01/23/2023, “JANET ANN WISE, 1953-2023 Communicator used her abilities to make a difference in Santa Fe” Donations in her memory, can be made online for Campus Cupboard.

01/22/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “College and Career Plaza offers help for all S.F. high schoolers” Director of Student Engagement & Recruitment Marcos Maez is the president Board of Directors at College & Career Plaza.

01/11/2023, KSFR radio, “New Vehicle To Help CHRISTUS Rehab Patients”

01/11/2023, Albuquerque Journal, “New rehabilitation tool unveiled”

01/10/2023, KOB-4, “Santa Fe Community College offers free set training program”

01/09/2023, KRQE-TV, “Santa Fe film office offering free training opportunity”

01/06/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican (Pasatiempo) “Life of the Party” about the artwork of Jared Weiss, SFCC art faculty member.