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Help nursing students make a difference by making masks

Nursing students and CNAs Erin Price and Robin Carrillo Ortiz have been making masks to help the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. They started the group, Operation Bandana New Mexico in March to make face masks for NM health care workers. Note, these are not N95 masks, but masks for extra protection.

Follow the Operation Bandana New Mexico link to sign up to help. If you aren’t on Facebook, you can sign up to volunteer in different capacities (sew, cut, make phone calls, etc) at this link, which is at the top of the Facebook page, too:
Operation Bandana NM Google Forms Sign-up

The group provides mask materials and needs people to sew at all levels. Please disclose your sewing skill level so they can determine what is appropriate as some of the material is like gold!

Robin Carrillo Ortiz is a Level One nursing student and CNA who chose this career to help those in need during times of crisis and life changes. It appears her career is off to an interesting start.

Erin M. Price is a Level One nursing student and CNA. She works at the Campus Cupboard and is the Vice President of the STEM Club. She was selected as Student of the Month in March and her parking spot is currently a great place to get WiFi.

Both students are LANL Foundation and SFCC Foundation scholars.

Photo: profile picture from Operation Bandana New Mexico FB Page

News and Announcements

Summer registration opens April 13 and 14, consider taking a class

SFCC’s summer semester will be online. All online fees have been waived for the summer and fall semesters.

Priority registration begins on April 13. Note: Priority registration is for SFCC students who are New Mexico residents; earned more than 30 credit hours and have declared a degree. Then registration opens for all on April 14. You need to use the Look for Classes in the drop down menu.

Employees: Please consider using your EEB benefit by signing up for a class this summer. Also, let your friends and family know about the selection of classes they can attend from the safety of their homes.

Perhaps, you have a family member graduating from high school soon. They can get a jump start on college by enrolling in a summer class. Have them reach out to the Welcome and Advising Center at to get started.

For more information, please see President Rowley’s message to students.


James Wysong, Ed.D., selected as Dean of the School of Liberal Arts, and the School of Arts and Design

The college has selected James Wysong, Ed.D, as the new Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and the School of Arts, Design, and Media Arts. The college’s previous dean, Bernadette Jacobs, Ph.D., retired in January. Wysong and other candidates participated in open forums on campus in February and early March. He will begin working at the college in July.

SFCC President Becky Rowley, Ph.D., said, “We’re delighted that Dr. James Wysong has accepted the position. He has a strong background in community college education both as a faculty member and an administrator. He is committed to student success. The college welcomes Dr. Wysong.”

Margaret Peters, Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, said, “We look forward to working with Dr. Wysong, an accomplished administrative leader who is well-versed in multiple facets of academic operations including curriculum development and delivery, strategic planning and assessment, and the recruitment and professional development of a diverse and caring faculty and staff. He also brings experience in leading efforts to increase the recruitment, retention and completion of minority students, particularly Hispanics, at his current institution.”


Powertalkers Toastmasters now online! Thursdays at noon

Powertalkers Toastmasters student club is now online on Zoom Thursdays at 12 noon. Email to join us for fun and educational meetings and help in navigating video conferencing. Students, faculty and staff are all welcome!

April Online Readings in the Library Events

Readings in the Library this spring will be held on the Zoom video conferencing platform. To keep up-to-date on how to view these events, visit SFCC Library Facebook page. Please note: The SFCC Library Facebook page will post these talks after the events.

April 8
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Genevieve Betts
Exploring Creative Writing
April 16
1 to 2 p.m.
Julia Goldberg
Student Reading: Fiction
April 22
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Shuli Lamden
Student Reading: Poetry
April 27
12 to 1 p.m.
Emily Stern
Student Readings: Creative Non-fiction


Are you or someone you know struggling?

We’ve compiled a list of resources available outside of the college for those in need. Perhaps your spouse, child or neighbor has lost their job. Or maybe you know a student or neighbor, who doesn’t have money for food. There are a variety of resources for those struggling. Let’s help each other by sharing this information with others.

If you would like to recommend another community resource for us to add, please send info to


SFCC Library hosts "Coffee and Conversations" April 23

The SFCC Library is hosting an ongoing series: “Coffee and Conversations.” At 11 a.m. on April 23 the conversation will be about the essay, The Distance Between Us by Julian Hoffman. The essay is available through the library’s elibrary at
One of the questions we will be discussing is: “What does this essay say about beauty?”

The Zoom meeting will start here: (Password: Hoffman)

If you are logged on via VPN, you can also access the essay here.


Student Market Research project brings you free, fresh food during the closure!

SFCC students are delivering produce from the SFCC Greenhouse during the closure.

Sign up to see if you’re eligible to get fresh produce delivered to your door!

Please contact Nate Downey:


Share your photos!

SFCC faculty and staff are making big adjustments to working remotely. View the photos they have shared of their workspaces in our FB Album #SFCC Stay at Home. Submit your own selfies or video clips at

During closure, keep these numbers handy

In New Mexico, during the COVID-19 outbreak keep these numbers handy for you and your family:

All Health Concerns: 1-855-600-3453

All Other Concerns, such as food, childcare, etc.: 1-833-551-0518

Keep up to date by visiting Covid Response Page

The college continues to respond to questions from faculty, staff and students. Many of the answers that you seek can be found by visiting the Covid Response page. Keep checking back to that page to see the latest updated information.

SFCC in the news

The following stories either featured or mentioned SFCC or one of its employees.

Santa Fe New Mexican, 4/12/20 Advisor Gerard Martinez y Valencia was featured in a major story on April 12 in the Santa Fe New Mexican. He talked about his role as the Teen Choir music director at Santa Maria de la Paz during the time of social distancing for the story, “This Easter Sunday, home is a holy place.”

Albuquerque Journal, 3/27/20, “SFCC closed for rest of spring semester

Santa Fe New Mexican, 3/27/20, “New Mexico’s public schools closed for the semester,” story includes information about SFCC.

Student Spotlight

Schedule a remote appointment with your Advisor

Remote Academic Advising appointments are now available. Click here to schedule a remote appointment with your Academic Advisor.

Note: You must be logged in to MySFCC to schedule an appointment.


Latest student update from the President

In an email on Thursday, President Rowley informed students of the college’s decision to waive distance learning fees for Summer and Fall 2020. She also let students know that the Summer and Fall Schedules are now available and registration begins April 13.

Read the full message from the President here.


Watch President's meeting with students on YouTube

In case you missed it, you can watch the President’s meeting with students on SFCC’s YouTube Channel. The meeting took place on April 9, 2020.


Processes for Summer/Fall Registration and end of Spring term

In an email to students, Associate Vice President for Student Success, Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos laid out SFCC’s registration process and dates for Summer and Fall 2020. The email also detailed steps should take to withdraw from or drop classes in Spring 2020 as well as how to petition to graduate.


Access to Wifi

SFCC Wifi is available in the parking lots during daylight hours (, and Xfinity has opened Wi-Fi hotspots for free use.

Registration for summer and fall

Note to students: Your academic advisor can help you make the right decisions as you work towards completing your degree. Please contact your advisor at Catalog information is available on-line here.
Schedule builder is available through mySFCC.

Summer 2020 schedule of courses will be viewable on April 8, and early registration begins on April 13.

Fall 2020 schedule of courses will be viewable on April 8, and early registration begins on April 20.
Schedules can be viewed at (click on look for classes).

Deadline for completed petitions to graduate extended to May 15

Ready to graduate this spring?
The deadline to get completed Petition to Graduate for Spring 2020 has been extended to May 15.
Petitions should be sent to

Students who are eligible to graduate and who fulfill their academic requirements by the end of Spring 2020 will graduate and will receive their diploma.

The best way to apply to graduate is by going into your student portal and apply online. Go to MySFCC; click on Forms and Documents; Under Registrar heading, click on Petition to Graduate. Complete the document and submit.

Online tutoring available for Canvas courses

All courses that have a Canvas component now have access to this online tutoring service.

Here are the steps to access Brainfuse:

  • Go to the links on the left side of the home page of the Canvas course.
  • Brainfuse online tutoring is listed at the bottom.
  • Click on this link.
  • On the top will show “Welcome to Brainfuse Online Tutoring.”
  • Click on the blue button to “Launch Brainfuse.”

Also helpful is a 6:49 minute video giving an overview of Brainfuse and how to navigate through this online tutoring service.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Robert Gutierrez, Interim Director of the SFCC Tutoring Center, at

LANL Foundation Career Pathways Scholarship (Deadline extended to May 22)

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation is now accepting applications for its Spring 2020 Career Pathways Scholarship. The deadline has been extended to May 22.
Career Pathways scholarships provide $1,500 awards for two-year degrees, certifications and trades. Current high school seniors and anyone who has earned a high school diploma or GED/High School Equivalency (HSE) may apply for these funds. Those currently enrolled in a GED/High School Equivalency program and are near completion are eligible to apply through this application, as well.

Career Pathways scholarships are offered twice yearly. Funds are available for summer or fall enrollment. These scholarships may be renewed for a second year without the need to reapply, as long as certain criteria are met.

Applicants must be permanent residents of LANL Foundation’s northern New Mexico service area comprising Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe or Taos counties. Funding may be applied to any accredited post-secondary educational institution in- or out-of-state.

Applications are currently being accepted. Visit LANL Foundation Scholarships.

The deadline to submit Career Pathways applications is May 22.

If you have questions or need assistance, email


Several SFCC students who are LANL scholars featured in video

If you haven’t seen this yet, check out this video that features LANL scholars. You’ll recognize quite a few of our SFCC students! We’re so proud of all of you! Thanks for sharing your stories.

Employee Announcements

Emily Stern is part of Seattle group art show that had virtual opening

Emily Stern was part of a group art show, originally to open in Seattle on April 11, but instead was a virtual opening. See more here.

Stern’s work is called “Photo Albums from the Future.” She expressed thanks to the fine woodworking department for letting her use some of their scraps for her work.

See more of her art from the exhibition here.

sj Miller video available

If you missed sj Miller’s presentation on Gender Identity, you can view the recording here.


OIT cybersecurity tips and training

OIT sent out a message reminding employees how to keep their computer environments safe when working from home.

OIT should be offering cybersecurity training starting next week. The full message can be seen here.

You will also see an email reminding you to take cybersecurity training. KnowBe4 is the Cybersecurity Training System. You can log into to My.SFCC and click on the KnowBe4 Icon to access your assigned Cybersecurity Training.


All SFCC Staff and Faculty_Team on MS Teams

Last week saw the introduction of the All SFCC Staff and Faculty_Team on Microsoft Teams. This is a great place to ask questions, get answers, and share information. Check it out!


Let Campus Weekly share your news

Let us know about your accomplishments and other news that you’d like to share. Please remember that the deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday to get an item in the next week’s issue. Submit here.

School of Fitness Education Newsletter

The School of Fitness Newsletter released on Friday contains some great stories about the immune system, exercise for seniors, home workouts, excellent back stretches, and even some planting tips!

Check it out here.