Campus Weekly

News and Announcements

Public Address System Test, April 6

The Office of Information Technology will continue to test its new emergency public address system on the SFCC campus from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 6. The test is a “hyper spike,” a high-volume signal that emits from an external speaker. The sound from the speaker will travel approximately one quarter of a mile to cover the boundary of the campus.

Thank you for your patience as we continue to develop these important college safety functions.

Campus Cupboard Reopening, April 6

SFCC Campus Cupboard will reopen this Friday, April 6. It will be open every Friday from noon to 4 p.m. and is still located on the south side of Kid’s Campus. An SFCC ID is required to access the Cupboard.

Donations of food and funds are always accepted. For more information, contact Bobbie (Barb) Mascarenas, ext. 1014.

Santa Fe Literary Review poets nominated for Pushcart Prizes

Two poets featured in last year’s Santa Fe Literary Review (SFLR), David James (“No Amount of Time”) and Douglas MacDonald (“The Handle”) have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes. Congratulations to the poets is in order as is congratulations to the SFLR editorial staff, particularly poetry editors Austin Eichelberger, Serena Rodriguez and Nancy Beauregard who worked fastidiously to select the very best from over 1,000 submissions. Excellent work!

For more information about SFLR, contact Faculty Adviser Kate McCahill, ext. 1903.

Learn more about this prestigious award.

I-CAST and EDA Contracts awarded to SFCC

SFCC has been awarded a pair of contracts by the International Center for Appropriate and Sustainable Technology (I-CAST) in partnership with the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) to develop and deliver energy efficiency and solar training for a Youth Workforce Development Program.

For more information about this program and others offered through SFCC’s EnergySmart Academy, contact Amanda Hatherly, ext. 1805.


Waste Water Treatment Plant Construction Update

The Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) renovations and upgrades project is progressing with no problems and is ahead of schedule. The site leveling and grading is complete and the plumbing and installation of additional ‘sludge beds’ is under construction. See photos.

Mental Health First Aid Training — Spots still available

Santa Fe Community College in partnership with CYFD will host two opportunities to attend the Mental Health First Aid training course on campus. In this 8-hour training, participants will learn about the potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems. Trainees will become familiar with a 5-step action plan to help an individual in crisis or connect them with appropriate professional care. The training will be offered Thursday, April 5 and Friday, April 6, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This one-day course is free and open to the public. Space is limited. To register, please call 505-428-1907.

Volunteers Needed for Graduation, May 12

This spring’s commencement ceremony begins at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 12 on campus in the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center gymnasium.

Volunteers are needed to help the event run smoothly. If you’re interested in volunteering, contact Registrar Kathleen Sena, ext. 1385.

Art Business Summit at SFCC, April 6 and 7

The Clark Hulings Fund for Visual Artists and the Art Business Institute are offering discounted tickets to the Second Annual Art Business Summit for all SFCC students, faculty, staff and alumni. The summit is a business development seminar for working artists. The seminar takes place on Friday and Saturday, April 6-7, here on campus.

Read more. . .

Frontiers in Science Lecture, April 10

SFCC students and faculty and staff members are invited to attend a free lecture presented by Los Alamos National Laboratory Frontiers in Science: Kilopower – Powering NASA Missions on Mars from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Tues., April 10 in the Jemez Rooms. Join LANL project lead Patrick McClure and chief reactor designer David Poston as they discuss the design and testing of Kilopower: simple nuclear reactor developed at the Laboratory in conjunction with NASA that may one day power a colony in space.

A recruiter from the Laboratory will be available before and after the event to answer questions about internships and hiring at the Lab.

Read more. . .

New Class: Continuing Education's 'Drones for Small Business'

SFCC’s drone course will clarify the FAA’s small drone rules and help you to obtain the FAA Remote Pilot certificate, as well as to present ways to effectively use your drone to help your business succeed and avoid costly mistakes.

The class is four sessions beginning April 14.


Next Generation Water Summit, April 29-May 1

SFCC is the education partner for this year’s Next Generation Water Summit taking place at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center April 29 through May 1. Water education workshops will be here on campus before and after the summit.

The workshops include: Greywater Basics, Rainwater Accredited Professional (ARCSA AP) Class, Water Efficiency Rating Score and Commercial Water Auditing among others. This is the first time several of these courses will be presented in New Mexico and are open to professionals and students.

For detailed information about the courses and to register, visit: or call 505-428-1866. Information about the 2018 Next Generation Water Summit can be found at:

Read more. . .

Student Spotlight

PTK News

Phi Theta Kappa members have been busy, read all of the latest news.

Students interested in Phi Theta Kappa can contact Dr. Andrew Lovato or Dr. Jane Abbott.

PTK members attended the regional spring convention at UNM, Valencia. Pictured: New Mexico Regional Officer; Jenna Rivera, (SFCC PTK Secretary); Colin Maez, (SFCC PTK President); Judy Towers, (SFCC Alumni Member); New Mexico Regional Officer.

FAFSA and Scholarship Workshop

Get ready for the fall semester in this FAFSA and Scholarship Workshop:

Monday, April 2 from 9 to 11 a.m. in Room 204-I
Tuesday, April 3 during Transfer Day activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Financial Aid staff will direct students to the Financial Aid Computer Lab
Thursday, April 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. in Room 204-I

Financial Aid staff members will be available to assist you with completing your 2018-2019 FAFSA and the SFCC Foundation scholarship application during the workshop.

This is a free event. Drop in and get set for the fall semester. Parents Welcome. For more information, contact Financial Aid, ext. 1268 or visit event page.

College Transfer Day, April 3

Meet representatives from New Mexico’s four-year colleges and universities at SFCC’s College Transfer Day Tuesday, April 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Main Hallway. Interested students should bring their transcripts with them. SFCC students should order official transcripts no later than March 15 to be sure to have them in time. Go to the Registrar’s Office Welcome and Advising or order transcripts online.

For more information, contact Academic Adviser Melba Ramos, ext. 1880 or see the SFCC calendar.

Seattle Film Institute Information Session, April 12

SFCC AA majors can move on to Seattle Film Institute to earn a BA degree in filmmaking in only 13 months. Students can choose to take the program in Seattle, Washington or through distance education in New Mexico.

Meet President, David Shulman, and learn about this unique program. Students can also go on to earn an MA in Producing and MFA in filmmaking programs offered through distance education during an information session from 4 to 6 p.m., Thurs., April 12 in room 563. Session open to the public.

For more information, contact Monique Anair, ext. 1738.

Student Voice, April 4

Students, please join us for the “Student Voice 2018” Event from noon to 1:30 p.m., Wed., April 4 in the Boardroom, Room 223. Your voice matters, let it be heard.

Sponsored by Student Government Association, Student Activities, Student Ambassadors, SFCC Connect, NSLS and the Office of Student Development. Lunch included. RSVP suggested to or 505-428-1856.

Respiratory Care Application open through April 30

Applications for the Respiratory Care 2018 cohort are open now through April 30. Acceptance letters will be sent no later than May 11. If the cohort is not full applications will be accepted after May 11 on a first come first served basis until the cohort is full.

For more information about the program, assistance with the application process and academic advising, please contact Rebecca Jeffs, ext. 1723 or Cahalan Fiddes, ext. 1462.

The 2018 application, application instructions and program information is available on the SFCC Respiratory Care page.

Learn more about the profession.

SFCC Scholarship Application Deadline Friday, May 25

Don’t Leave $$$ on the Table!

SFCC can help you pay for college with scholarships. One simple application puts you in consideration for all SFCC endowed Foundation and Institutional scholarships. Apply online today.

Funding is limited: lock in your scholarship now for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Scholarships are awarded based upon availability of funds. Financial need and a minimum GPA are required for some scholarships. Students are required to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Scholarships are available for international and non-U.S. citizen students. International students should complete the 2018-2019 Dreamers Financial Aid Application available online and from the Financial Aid Office.

Learn more online, by emailing Financial Aid or calling 505-428-1268. Se habla Español.

Sopho-MORE workshop series

The Sopho-MORE workshop series is designed to help students succeed by providing information and advice that they can use on a variety of different levels: educational achievement, career goals, life skills and more.

April 10: From Diplomas To Resumes
April 25: Transferring 101

For more details about each session visit here. For more information, contact Emily Powell, ext. 1448.

G.A.M.E. is back!

G.A.M.E (Great Achievement in Men’s Education) recognizes and provides participants with academic and personal support, encouragement, and a connection to campus and community services, so they can be academically successful at SFCC.

Degree-seeking male students at SFCC are welcome. Men from minority or underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to join. Click here for flyer.

Meetings Dates:
April 26, noon to 1:15 p.m., I-room (204-E)

Lunch provided by Student Activities. For more information, contact Jonathan Harrell, 505-428-1531 or Danny Suazo, 505-428-1922

Dental Program accepting applications for fall 2018

SFCC’s Dental Department is accepting applications now for earning a Certificate in Dental Assisting, an Associate degree in Dental Health and/or a Certificate in Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary (EFDA) applications for fall 2018.

The application and qualification criteria for the program can be found online. For more information, contact Dental Department Director Aamna Nayyar, ext. 1258.

¡Palabra!: Male-to-Female (MTF)

Male-to-Female (MTF) is a person born or assigned at birth as biologically male, who self-identifies as female and who takes the sex, gender, and identity of a female through dress, mannerisms, behaviors, and may include hormone therapy, and/or surgery. View definition in Spanish.

Brought to you by the Center for Diversity and Integrated Learning.

Employee Announcements

Siegfried Maximilian Halus, April 8, 1943 to MARCH 27, 2018

Siegfried Halus died after a short illness in Santa Fe, at the age of 74. After moving to Santa Fe in 1990 he taught photography at the Institute of American Indian Art and served as chair of the visual and performing arts division at Santa Fe Community College. Read the full obituary.

Photo: Santa Fe New Mexican, courtesy of Annie Sahlin.

CE - Kids Stuff Registration Open

Registration for Continuing Education’s Kids Stuff for Summer is open now. Employees’ EEB can be used towards these classes and camps.

See the schedule of great options. For more information or to register, call ext. 1676.

Financial Aid Update

The Financial Aid staff is thrilled to report that the Financial Aid Default Rate at SFCC has improved by nearly 8% over the past 4 years. Read all about changes made in how student loans are handled that led to this improvement. Good job!

Khalsa Elected to NAEMSE Board

EMSI and AHAC Program Director Sahaj Khalsa was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the National Association of EMS Educators (NAEMSE) for a three year term. Khalsa will officially take the seat on the board during Annual Educator Symposium & Trade Show in Washington, D.C. this fall. Congratulations, Sahaj!

Lovato honored by Union Sportsmen's Alliance

Welding Instructor Jake Lovato was honored by the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance and Sportsman Channel for his community service with a Texas Whitetail hunt that was featured in the premier episode of Alliance’s new TV show, Brotherhood Outdoors. Watch the YouTube commercial or read more online.

Read your work - Springtime Faculty and Staff Reading, May 3

Don’t miss this spring’s faculty and staff reading. Are you an SFCC faculty or staff member interested in reading your work aloud? If so, email to get your name on the list before Fri., April 27.

The reading begins at 5 p.m., Thurs., May 3 in the Library Reading Room.

SFCC Employee Satisfaction Survey open through April 9

Last week all SFCC faculty and staff received an email invitation with a unique survey link from Ruffalo Noel Levitz (RNL). The survey will remain open through Monday, April 9, 2018 at midnight. You may complete it from any location where you can access your email. Please be prepared to spend 15-20 minutes completing it. A paper survey for Spanish speakers is available through the Office of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness (OPIE). Only Spanish speaking staff have the option to fill out the survey on paper. Supervisors should ensure that all other staff members have access to a computer with an internet connection to complete the survey.

The survey results should be received from RNL in late May or early June. A summary of the results will be shared with the campus after the faculty return for the Fall 2018 semester.

Read more about the survey and what actions have been taken in the past as a result of the satisfaction survey.

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding the survey, please contact OPIE staff Barbara Griego or Julie Gallegos. We know that your time is valuable and we appreciate your feedback. Please use this survey as an opportunity to share your thoughts on what SFCC is doing well and what needs to be improved.

Nominations for Employee Excellence and Team Award open now until April 13

Human Resources welcomes everyone to participate in the nomination of colleagues for the Employee Excellence and Team Award for the 2018 Service Awards April 27. Be sure to review the nomination form for details regarding the qualifications for nominees. Please remember SFCC’s core values when considering a nomination: Student Learning, Excellence, Value People, Social Responsibility and Integrity.

Nomination boxes will be at Kids Campus, the Fitness Center, the Adjunct Faculty Office, Human Resources and Presidents Office. You may also submit them electronically to Alicia Huerta. For more information, contact Alicia, ext. 1389. The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, April 13.

SFCC Diversity Day, April 23

The SFCC community is invited to participate and celebrate with us, SFCC Diversity Day scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, April 23 in the Campus Center and main courtyard. Celebrate diverse cultures, languages, food, dance, crafts and more.

For information, contact Aamna Nayyar, ext. 1258 or Marvin Gabaldon, ext. 1835. Proudly sponsored by President Diversity Advisory Committee (PDAC).

Save the Date, 2018 Service Awards April 27

This year’s SFCC Service Awards will be Friday, April 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. All employees are invited to cheer on their colleagues. Those being honored may also bring one guest. Please take a moment to review the list and contact Alicia Huerta with any questions, ext. 1389.

DeafTEC Workshops, April 28

DeafTEC-Austin Community College will be offering a Writing in the Disciplines Workshop (9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with lunch provided) and a Math Workshop (1 to 5 p.m.) Saturday, April 28 in Room 487.

These workshops are open to SFCC faculty members and SFPS/SFIS dual credit faculty members in math and STEM programs. Get all the details.

For more information, contact Ann Black SFCC Grants Director at or 928-779-4584 (cell)

Workshop supported by RIT – the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, DeafTEC-ACC, the National Science Foundation, Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, and the Santa Fe Community College Foundation.

Career Services at SFCC, Fantastic Futures April 18

Did you know SFCC hosts the largest hiring event in Santa Fe every April, the Fantastic Futures Career, Education, and Training Resource Fair? Free to students, graduates, and community members, our April 18, 2018 event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Main Hall and Campus Center. Employers are charged a small fee to book a table. More information is on our Employer Services web page.

For more information contact Patty Armstrong, ext. 1406