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Register for upcoming 'Into the Beautiful North' events

The SFCC Library is partnering with the Santa Fe Public Library to bring you programming for Santa Fe’s Big Read of the book “Into the Beautiful North” by Luis Alberto Urrea. The SFCC Library will host two discussions about the book. Students, community members, faculty and staff are all welcome to join us online to talk about the book.
Multiple copies of the book have been purchased by the SFCC Library. Put in an order to checkout a copy using the SFCC Library’s curbside services:

Register to attend SFCC Library’s free online discussions (you can register for either discussion or both):

Wednesday, April 21 7-8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 28 noon to 1:30 p.m.

A full list of events can be found here.

We’d like to highlight some other special events with an SFCC connection.

Make your reservation now for a special fundraising dinner via Zoom with author Luis Alberto Urrea on April 30. (Your dinner will be delivered to you! See the photo above.) Money raised will help Literacy Volunteers based at SFCC. Chef Carmen Rodriguez is creating four incredible choices of your choosing. His Santa Fe style:
1. Carne Asada con Chimichurri
2. Salmon en Nogada
3. Pollo en Mole
4. Poblanos Rellenos

Delivered to your home to raise funds for literacy!
Tickets available until April 25
at, or TEXT literacysfreads to 243725 on your smartphone.

Also, don’t miss Roxanne Tapia of MPR when she acts in the free Teatro Paraguas performances this weekend! Read more here and see details below under Employee Announcements.

News and Announcements

Register today for talk, 'What We Owe Children: Something Better than School' on April 20

Join Stephen DeGuilio, Ph.D., for his talk, “What We Owe Our Children: Something Better than School” from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. April 20. Pre-register today.

The online presentation is sponsored by the SFCC Library.

Description: We hear that the U.S. public education system is failing, especially for the less privileged. Can we apply science to ensure that our next generation of professionals, social leaders, and workers of all kinds acquire the skills and knowledge they need to understand our environmental and human needs?

Please register by April 19 to join at The presentation login information will be sent to the email address you provide the morning of the presentation.


Readings in the Library: Creative Non-fiction noon Apr. 22

Spring 2021 Reading Series:

Creative Non-Fiction
with Emily Stern and SFCC Student Writers

Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 22

Register to attend at


What's that noise? Deadbolt Installation in progress

Please be aware that deadbolt installation has begun and will continue for approximately two weeks. AB-1 Locksmith Service will be working in the 100, 200, 300, 500, 600, 700, and 800 areas.

They will be installing deadbolts in specific doors and will skip rooms that may be occupied at the time. They will create lots of noise with the drilling and each door takes about 30 minutes to complete.

Please contact Noe Villarreal with questions at 428-1825.

Miriam Sagan talk and other SFCC Library events online

Did you know that the SFCC YouTube Channel has a playlist titled “SFCC Library Events
where you can can find recordings of past Library events?

Recent events in the playlist:


Register now for April 30 fundraising dinner online with author Luis Alberto Urrea

Make your reservation now for a special fundraising dinner via Zoom with author Luis Alberto Urrea (“Into the Beautiful North”) on April 30. (Your dinner will be delivered to you!) Money raised will help Literacy Volunteers based at SFCC. Chef Carmen Rodriguez is creating four incredible choices of your choosing. His Santa Fe style:
1. Carne Asada con Chimichurri
2. Salmon en Nogada
3. Pollo en Mole
4. Poblanos Rellenos

Chef Carmen Rodriguez started working in professional kitchens at the age of 13. He has been hand selected by Bon Appétit Magazine to participate in the 2021 “Favorite Chef” competition. Chef Carmen has created a unique menu for the fundraising event to complement “Into the Beautiful North.”

Tickets are $100 and include the delivered meal. Individuals wishing to support Literacy Volunteers who live outside the meal delivery area can purchase a $50 ticket to join the online festivities.

Funds raised support Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe based at SFCC. Tickets available until April 26 at, or TEXT literacysfreads to 243725 on your smartphone. Read more LVSF Dinner PR v4.


OIT Maintenance Sunday April 25, 7 a.m. to noon

OIT will be performing system maintenance on Sunday, April 25, 2021 from 7 a.m. to noon.
All systems will be affected by intermittent outages.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the OIT Service Desk at (505) 428-1222

Register for Summer Nutrition Courses

Interested in learning more about Nutrition, or even pursuing a 22 credit hour Certificate in Nutrition?

There are online classes in Nutrition available this summer, register early! Registration opens Tuesday, April 13 for NM residents.


Readings In the Library: Exploring Creative Writing with Genevieve Betts 12:30 p.m. 4/27

Exploring Creative Writing with Genevieve Betts and SFCC Student Writers

April 27
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Register to attend at


Governing Board Approves Policies

The SFCC Governing Board recently approved the revised policies listed below. Click on the links to read each policy. Please address any questions to the Policy Owner or Author listed.

Approved policies are posted at SFCC Policies. If you have questions or would like to learn more about college policies or the Shared Governance Policy Review Process, contact Laura Mulry, ext. 1776 or

Katie Besser Student Art & Writing Awards Celebration 4 p.m. May 5

Katie Besser Student Art & Writing Awards Celebration
4 to 6 p.m. May 5
Please RSVP to attend this online event at

Students will share their winning works and the SFCC Foundation will present one winner with the Richard Bradford Memorial Scholarship.

Among those introducing our Student Winners at the KBA Celebration will be 2021 KBA judges: SFCC alumni and writer, Tyrone Wright; poet laureate of Santa Fe, Elizabeth Jacobson; artist and illustrator Turner Mark-Jacobs; Dr. Camilla Bustamannte; and author Demetria Martinez.

The KBA is presented by SFCC English and Creative Writing, SFCC Media Arts, The SFCC Foundation, and with the generosity and support of our esteemed judges, SFCC Media Arts Student Intern, Najmeh Mousavi, The SFCC Library, and the Santa Fe Literary Review.


Register for workshop: 'Contemporary Haiku and Short Forms' with Miriam Sagan at 6 p.m. May 4, 2021

SFCC Library will present a workshop with Miriam Sagan, “Contemporary Haiku and Short Forms: How To Write Flash Poems and Reduce Stress!” an online workshop with Miriam Sagan from 6 to 8 p.m. May 4.

Learn about the Japanese traditions of haiku, and how haiku is written today in English. Also expect five-line poems (tanka) and humorous poems (senryu). Haiku can be written in a peaceful garden or on a mountain, but it can also be written while you’re stuck in traffic or with a cell phone.

Expect to do a lot of writing and have some finished tiny poems that you like. There will be a handout on international haiku resources. This is for poets, journal keepers, and anyone who wants to enter the moments of life. Haiku favors the beginner!

Santa Fe Community College has a haiku pathway in its main courtyard. Some of these local haiku will also be part of the inspiration for the workshop.

Space is limited. Send registration requests to:

Photo: Haiku on SFCC’s Haiku Pathway


MPR Request now on MySFCC

You can now access the Marketing and Public Relations Job Request Form from MySFCC. Just look in your apps for MPR Request.

MPR is happy to assist with event promotions, webpage updates, and strategic marketing consultations.

Warm water pool open, make your reservations

The warm water pool is now open.

The college will use the same protocols and procedures as were implemented for the regular lap swimming pool.

Please follow the registration instructions as well as the specified COVD-safe guidelines. SFCC will offer three lanes to adhere to the social distancing guidelines. Hours of operation will be 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. through noon on Saturdays. Reservations are for 50-minutes of exercise. There is a $7 fee.

Also, read details in the link below about registering and hours for the regular lap pool.


Register for Spring Readings in the Library

Santa Fe Community College’s Library and Creative Writing Program will host a series of readings of original works throughout April and May. All readings are free and open to the public.

The public is invited to attend, but must pre-register in advance to attend any or all of these at

Schedule of readings and topics:
Thursday, April 22, Noon to 1:30 p.m. Students in Emily Stern’s Creative Non-Fiction read their works. Pre-register by April 21 to get Zoom link.
Thursday, April 29, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Students in Genevieve Bett’s Exploring Creative Writing spring 2020 class will read their work. Pre-register by April 28 to get Zoom link.
Thursday, May 6, 5 to 6 p.m. SFCC Faculty and Staff Annual Springtime Reading. Pre-register by May 5 to get Zoom link.
Wednesday, May 12, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Students in Terry Wilson’s Exploring Creative Writing read their work. Pre-register by May 11 to get Zoom link.


Register for Janie Chodosh's talk: 'The Elephant Doctor of India'

The Elephant Doctor of India
2 to 3 p.m. April 27 online

Janie Chodosh spent three weeks in Assam, India with conservationist and elephant doctor, Dr. KK Sarma. Her book, “The Elephant Doctor of India” explores his work in saving and protecting elephants, how the largest tea growing region in the world affects these magnificent creatures, and the ecology of the elephants. She will show slides and read from her new book.
Sponsored by the SFCC Library

Register to attend by April 26 (an invitation will be sent to the email address you provide the morning of the event):


Midtown Campus news

The City Council has ended the agreement with the previously selected developer and continues to explore options. SFCC is a partner in the Midtown Campus planning.

3/31/2021, Santa Fe New Mexican “Midtown campus focus shifts to rezoning, planning for incremental development”

3/11/2021, Santa Fe New Mexican, “City of Santa Fe plans forums to discuss how to use midtown campus”

2/10/21, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Santa Fe City Council hears development options for midtown campus”

Image: Santa Fe Higher Education Center is on the edge of the Midtown Campus.

Register now for CE class about hydroponics

Don’t have time for a class during the semester? Consider taking a Saturday workshop in hydroponics (May 1) with Richard C. (Charlie) Schulz (shown in the inset photo). Register now to secure your spot.

Employees use your EEB Benefit. Need assistance with registration? Call 505-428-1676 or email


Media related to ERP/SIS initiative to assist students

Many stories, columns and radio interviews are highlighting the ERP/SIS (Enterprise Resources Planning and Student Information System). CHESS (Collaborative for Higher Education Shared Services) is the non-profit collaborative organization.

4/3/2021, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Five New Mexico colleges’ shared services plan receives state funding.”

3/30/2021, Los Alamos Reporter, “New higher education nonprofit CHESS to offer students more flexibility.”

3/30/2021, Inside Higher Ed, “New Mexico Institutions Create Shared Services Collaborative.”

SFCC in the news

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

4/8/21, Los Alamos Daily Post, “Mason Updates Community Leaders On LANL Initiatives.” LANL director Thom Mason mentions partnership with SFCC.

4/5/2021, Santa Fe New Mexican, New Mexico opens coronavirus shots to residents 16 and older

4/4/2021, Santa Fe New Mexican, Rachel Kutcher’s column “LEARNING SANTA FE: Community gathers to support education of young parents,”focused on Expanding Opportunities for Young Children’s program supported by the Santa Fe Foundation. The program based at SFCC supports young parents pursuing a health degree. The story featured SFCC student Ariana Coriz, who is from Santo Domingo/Kewa and has a two-year-old child.

4/1/2021, KSFR, Migratory Birds Return to New Mexico As Weather Warms. Deborah Begel interviews Lenny Gannes.

3/20/2021, Santa Fe New Mexican, Opinion piece by SFCC grad, “Remove barriers to economic growth.”

3/20/2021 Albuquerque Journal, “SFCC wins $200K grant for environmental job training.”

3/20/2021 Santa Fe New Mexican, “Santa Fe college program trains in environmental work, life.”

3/2/21,KVSF, Richard Eeds interviews Lenny Gannes. Hear it here.

Student Spotlight

Student Weekly Connection April 16

This week’s Student Weekly Connection – find information on Early Registration, How to participate in vendor demonstrations of software to be used for future student registration and administration, Resources for students including the Teen Health Center, and lots more!

Check it out at


Upcoming NNMC info sessions matched to your interest

Northern New Mexico Info Sessions
Please email Louise Majorey for the ZOOM Link to the session you are interested in attending:

  • Psychology & Liberal Arts Students 4/20 1-3 p.m.
    Dr.Tara Lopez, Chair of Integrated Studies Program, will present Northern’s Bachelor of Arts degree for students interested in Criminal Justice, Psychology & Humanities
  • Careers in Engineering 4/22 1-3 p.m.
    Dr.S.Ahmed, Chair of Engineering & Steve Cox, Faculty will present Northern’s Bachelor of Engineering degree. Learn about Internships and Careers in Engineering
  • Careers in Science 4/27 1-3 p.m.
    Dr.S. Nandy, Science Faculty & NNMC Students will present Northern’s Bachelor of Science degrees. Learn about careers in Environmental Science, Biology & Chemistry

Apply by May 3 for Health Sciences Ambassador Program

The UNM Health Sciences Center Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion offers the Health Sciences Ambassadors Program hosted at SFCC.

The program is an academic year-long program providing new students from economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds who are interested in health careers a year-to-year program to ensure they matriculate and graduate to their next level of education.

For more information on eligibility and program benefits, see the program information sheet.

Apply online now!


ENMU Virtual Visit 1 p.m. April 27

astern New Mexico University will be hosting a Virtual Visit session Tuesday, April 27th from 1 to 2 p.m. Admissions staff will be available to answer all your questions and can help with the transfer application.


Sara Lanctot in NASA STEM stars presentation available to watch

If you missed the live video of SFCC grad Sara Lanctot as one of the presenters at last week’s NASA STEM stars presentation, it’s available here.


SFCC Library opens on limited basis by reservation

The library is open to current students by reservation beginning Monday, March 29. The regular hours are from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Make reservations by visiting:

Please note: SFCC’s Library’s priority is to maintain a safe environment and for this reason we have made changes to the library space and services to keep everyone safe.

When you come to campus with a library reservation, you must check in with Security at the college entrance and you must present a Student ID. You cannot come directly to the library.

Reservations are required for all library users. Study reservations are available for a maximum of 2 hours and reservations must be made 24 hours ahead of time. Along with taking reservations for table and chair space for studying, the library is taking reservations to browse the shelves for books, DVDs, and CDs. The browsing reservations are available for a maximum of 30 minutes each day.


March 3 COVID-19 Update for Students

On March 3, President Rowley shared a message about the College’s optimistic changes for the summer semester based on COVID-19 vaccination progress.

SFCC’s Virtual Commencement Ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. May 15.

Read the full update here.


Employee Announcements

Dr. Stephanie Amedeo Marquez' 'I Got You, Babe'

Dr. Stephanie Amedeo Marquez published a creative non-fiction short story “I Got You, Babe” in the Pikes Peak Writers’ first anthology, Fresh Starts, available now from various book outlets (Amazon, Barnes and Noble) There will be a reading/signing scheduled at Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver, CO in June of 2021.


Emily Stern in Crush/Repeat! 2021 art show

SFCC professor Emily Stern will be part of the Crush/Repeat Art Show, which opened Saturday, April 17 with a Crush/Repeat 2021! virtual opening. Watch the opening here.

Crush/Repeat is an annual art show for queer community and friends where participants pick a small art project to repeat in some manner every day for the month of March. A celebratory public show in April includes a curated gallery of visual projects with opportunity for performances and artist talks.


Roxanne Tapia plays Irma in Teatro Paraguas' 'Into the Beautiful North'

Teatro Paraguas presents a Live Zoom performance
“Into The Beautiful North” by Karen Zacarías
adapted from the novel by Luis Alberto Urrea
Directed by JoJo Sena de Tarnoff

MPR Executive Assistant Roxanne Tapia will be playing Irma, Nayeli’s aunt and the mayor of Tres Camarones.

Click on a date to register for the live zoom performance:
7 p.m. Friday, April 23
2 p.m. Saturday, April 24
2 p.m. Sunday April 25

This production is part of a community-wide event initiated by the Santa Fe Public Library and sponsored by a Big Read Project grant from the Nation Endowment of The Arts. Please visit for a full list of activities, or visit the Big Read website at


Is this room clean? Door Hanger and Seal Cleaning Protocol

The custodial staff will be using door hangers and door seals to easily identify rooms that have been used and need to be cleaned. The protocol is as follows:

Door Hangers:
All Rooms receive 2 Door Hangers are checked twice daily

  • Door hangers will be placed on exterior side of door handle and dated at the time cleaning and sanitation is completed.
  • A second door hanger will be placed to indicate room has been used since last cleaning. Green = Clean/Red = Dirty
  • Once a clean room has been used SFCC Staff and Faculty should turn door hanger from green to red as a communication to custodial staff that the room is in need of cleaning.

Yellow Door Seals:
Applied to rooms that are seldom used, checked twice daily

  • Once a room is cleaned and sanitized, door seal will be dated and applied to door.
  • A broken door seal will indicate that a room has been used and is in need of cleaning.

NAPE Webinar: Realizing Potential with Mindset 10 a.m. May 5

Realizing Potential with Mindset
Realizing Potential with Mindset is designed to assist educators in transforming their practice to foster a growth mindset in themselves and in their students. Using a growth-mindset approach in teaching is especially effective in developing equitable learning environments that support every student. This course provides an overview of growth mindset, including key characteristics, benefits, and strategies to employ in the classroom.
Wednesday, May 5, 2021, 10 am to 11:30 am

Register now!

The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) grant funds are supporting this professional development. If you have any questions, please contact Ann Black at or 928-779-4584.


Conversation with the President video available

In case you missed it, the Conversation with the President that was held for employees on Monday April 5 is available to view on YouTube.


Sydney Scherr shares Friends of Folk Art lecture video

Watch the video of FRIENDS OF FOLK ART LECTURE by Sydney Scherr “Mohan’s Chariot: A Journey into Divine Creativity.”

See more photos and read more about her lecture here.

Sydney Scherr, program head of SFCC’s jewelry and metal arts, is an award winning designer, goldsmith, sculptor, illustrator and educator.

Visit Syndey Scherr’s website. Sydney is scheduled to be showcasing her jewelry at La Fonda of Santa Fe starting March 26 from 10 a.m. through 6 p.m. and will be there many Fridays through Sundays.


March 3 Campus Update and COVID Vaccines

In a email to employees on March 3, President Rowley shared information on priority vaccinations for Higher Education.

Read the full update here.


Sign up to read for the Faculty and Staff Annual Springtime Reading

Readings in the Library: Faculty and Staff Annual Springtime Reading
5 to 6 p.m. May 6, 2021

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

How to enroll for COVID 19 vaccine

Please see the President’s update from Jan. 8 to see how to enroll for the COVID-19 vaccine.

SFCC encourages you to enroll soon, so our state can more effectively distribute the vaccine and notify you when vaccine doses will be available in your area.

NOVID phone app: The City of Santa Fe has partnered with NOVID to slow the spread of the virus. Download the free app at Read more about the app in this Dec. 15 Santa Fe Reporter story, “Spread the Word, not COVID-19.”

Since the update was released, there has been additional information about the phases of distribution. Read more here.


Reminder: Don't speak to ERP vendors

In an email on Dec. 15, President Rowley shared an ERP update.

She stated: After months of incredibly hard work by dozens of our colleagues here and at our partner colleges at CNM, Clovis Community College, Northern New Mexico College, and San Juan College with the Shared Services Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) initiative, I am pleased to announce that our Shared Services ERP Request for Proposals will be posted on Friday, Dec. 18…
Later in the full message she notes,

“Thank you to our coworkers who have dedicated many hours to the Shared Services ERP RFP. Thank you, also, to all of you for continuing to honor the mandate that we must avoid all vendor contact now through the awarding of the contract next summer. We have already received a lot of outreach from vendors, and that has not been limited to those in OIT. Therefore, please remember to avoid responding to vendors. Should you hear from a vendor, please refer them to Gerrie Becker, Chief Procurement Officer for the RFP, 505-224-4551. Gerrie is the only person authorized to speak with vendors.”


Let's help slow the spread of the virus

Let’s keep everyone safe and remember:

• Public health orders require that everyone wear a mask at all times outside of your home.

Social distance in public and avoid gatherings with people outside your household.

• 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. A new testing site at 2501 Camino Entrada at Fire Station #7 is open 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

• If you do contract COVID-19, seek medical attention immediately. Notify your supervisor and human resources. These cases need to 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

Remember to wash your hands for a full 20 seconds!

Submit nominations for WOW awards

The Office of Human Resources reminds you to nominate who you think is doing a great job here at SFCC. The nomination form can be found at the SFCC Connect portal, or by reaching out to Joanne Romero


Let Campus Weekly share your news

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Virtual printmaking exhibition runs April 23 to June 11

SFCC’s Visual Arts Gallery presents SFCC’s Visual Arts Gallery presents “Hung Out to Dry,” a virtual printmaking exhibition from April 23 through June 11.

The exhibition features a mix of unframed prints by SFCC faculty and students hung in display to showcase the variety of work produced in the SFCC printmaking classes. The virtual exhibition will open on Friday April 23 and continue through June 11. Visit to see the exhibition.

SFCC’s Visual Arts Gallery is closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. The virtual exhibition was co-curated by SFCC Visual Arts Gallery Director Linda Cassel and SFCC Director of The Center for Book Art and Printmaking Patricia Pearce. “We think this exhibit shows the diversity of the medium of printmaking. It is an extremely exciting opportunity to explore the magical world of mark making,” Pearce said.

Prints were produced by the following participants: Gina Aranda, Rebecca Bradshaw, Jim Coogan, Ginger Delater, Mascha Denzinger, John Drabanski, Brewster E. Fitz, Gordon Fluke (instructor), Judith Gordon, Lynn Grimes, Kim Kulow Jones, Mike Kimball (instructor), Jennifer Lynch (instructor), Barbara Macks, TJ Mayberry, Brooke Remmert, Frank Remmert, Sudeshna Sengupta, Joan Stango and Peter Wilkenson.

The processes featured in the exhibition include: collagraph, engraving, intaglio, letterpress, linocut, mixed media, monotype, photopolymer, relief print, screen print, solar plate etching and wood block print.

Printmaking classes are offered on a regular basis. Read more about the Printmaking and Book Arts program. Summer registration opens April 13.

Photo: Letterpress printing press in an SFCC printmaking studio.