Campus Weekly

SFCC celebrated annual PDAC Diversity Day

There were 45 information tables at PDAC’s annual Diversity Day.

This year’s President’s Diversity Advisory Committee (PDAC) Diversity Day was a huge success thanks to all who helped organize it, those who staffed tables and all who came from SFCC and the community to help celebrate. SFCC thanks PDAC co-chairs Director of Student Engagement and Recruitment Marcos Maez and Professor of Teacher Education sj Miller, Ph.D., as well as members of PDAC. This year there were 45 information tables. Many more SFCC departments were represented this year. There were many community organizations that also participated. SFCC also thanks all of the students who worked with Student Involvement Coordinator Mary Eleas to create a festive atmosphere for the event.

As always, we thank the hard-working custodial staff from Facilities and Operations who set up tables for the event.

Many characterized the day as fun and informative. Some people wore clothing that represented their cultural heritage adding to the festive atmosphere. SFCC Governing Board member Lina Germann wrote on Facebook that she wore a Lebanese Abaya to reflect her heritage. (She’s seen in the video below.)

Also, a special thank you to Director of Dental Health Dr. Aamna Nayyar and Ben Lauer of MPR who shared photos of the event. The following video was created by Aamna Nayyar, who has served on PDAC for many years. Dr. Nayyar said, “The credit goes to the PDAC for organizing this event and thanks to all and everyone from the campus and the community for making it fun and memorable.”

Here are a few more photos taken by Aamna Nayaar and Ben Lauer. Click on images to see larger.

News and Announcements

SF County announces temporary closure of Rabbit Road to complete roundabout

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Santa Fe County announced: Beginning Monday, April 22, 2024, the Contractor for Santa Fe County Public Works Department (SFCPWD) will begin the construction of the Rabbit Road connection to the Southeast Connector, recently named Falcon Way, and also providing the tie into Oshara Blvd via a new roundabout.  To safely accommodate the construction, it will be necessary to close a segment of Rabbit Road to Oshara Blvd for approximately (6) weeks and route traffic through a temporary detour.  As part of this construction, the contractor is subject to provide adequate traffic control and advance messaging of this closure.

Motorists should account for increased travel time, avoid speed, and exercise caution while navigating detours. Work zones pose significant hazards to pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists if breached, emphasizing the need to strictly adhere to safety precautions and traffic control.

The SFCPWD and the Contractor apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank the public for their patience and understanding during the construction.

For more information and additional safety resources, please contact Mike Hart, Project Manager III at

Further project information is available on the project website at

Pop-up monoprint artist reception 4-6 p.m. Saturday

Monoprint Exhibition
April 26-May 9
Reception/Saturday, April 27, 4-6 p.m.
Lobby of Visual Arts Building of SFCC

Students: Stuart Diamond, Naomi Eldridge, Raj Hajela, Shelley Longmire, A. Kathrina Storm, Irina Thomas, Joan Yokom, Janie Zackin
Instructor: Mike Kimball

For more information, contact Director of Art on Campus Linda Cassel at or call 505-428-1501.

On the Radio: Community College Month interviews on The Richard Eeds Show

National Community College Month at SFCC Interviews on The Richard Eeds Show, KTRC 1260 | 103.7

  • ICYMI: Academic Director Charlie Shultz talked about the Controlled Environment Agriculture Program and the recent Greenhouse Open House. Listen to Academic Director Charlie Shultz talk about the Controlled Environment Agriculture Program, the Greenhouse Open House and the National Community College events at SFCC: With Richard Eeds, on KTRC 1260 | 103.7 (
  • Mon., April 22, 3 p.m. Tomás Duran, Academic Director of the School of Fitness Education, seeks runners, walkers and their dogs for the Hound Hustle, a fundraiser for the Santa Fe Animal Shelter at SFCC with a 5k human only run/walk and a 1k human and dog run/walk. That event is Sunday, April 28.
  • Tues., April 23, 2 p.m. Director of the Automotive Technologies Program Julia Furry outlines the details of the student-run Broken Parts Car Club Show on Friday, April 26.

Roof J Stucco Repairs beginning April 23, 2024

Repairs will include roof area above East Wing.  There will be some construction noise while work is in progress for 1-2 weeks, weather permitting.


Andrea Mueller, Facilities & Operations Assistant Director &
Campus Planning |  | 505.930.9781

Free Dental event this Friday and Saturday at SF Convention Center

Santa Fe Community College is proud to be one of the sponsors of the NM Mexico Mission of Mercy (NM MOM) free dental clinic on Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26 at the Santa Fe Convention Center at 201 W. Marcy Street.

The event is open to anyone who needs services. You, your children, your family or friends are all welcome. For more information visit

SFCC hosts a Career Fair from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday

Los Alamos National Laboratory had an information table at last year’s Career Fair. Dozens of employers will be available at this year’s event including SFCC’s Continuing Education and Contract Training Department.

Santa Fe Community College’s Career Services will host a Career Fair from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24 in the Main Entrance Hallway and Campus Center. Bring copies of your résumé. Talk with employers from multiple career fields including healthcare, education, arts and communication, trades and sustainability, science and engineering, law, and business including City of Santa Fe, CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Growing Up New Mexico, Nusenda Credit Union, and Pecos National Historical Park. Call 505-428-1406 or email for information.

Please note: The Continuing Education and Contract Training Department at SFCC is looking for instructors to teach Microsoft Office Suite, Home and Garden, Arts and Crafts, Outdoor Adventure, Digital Skills, and Sustainability and will have a table at the Career Fair. Call 505-428-1676 for more information.

The Career Fair is open to the public. Encourage students, your friends and family members to attend.

Dog Therapy in the Library 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Thursday, May 2

SFCC Library is hosting a pre-finals visit from furry, friendly therapy dogs! Please join us in the Library on Thursday, May 2nd from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for some canine cuddling and stress relief. Sponsored in conjunction with the Santa Fe Animal Shelter’s Pet Outreach.

Paralegals of Santa Fe Networking Group meeting 5:30 p.m. April 25 at HEC

SFCC Paralegal Studies program is creating a networking group to bring together paralegals, legal assistants, and legal secretaries in Northern New Mexico. The group will meet the fourth Thursday of the month, with the exception of December (Winter Break) and March (Spring Break).

The next meeting is at the Santa Fe Higher Education Center at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 25.

Participants will read at final online Writing Generation Series event at 6 p.m. May 1

The WRI-GEN: The Writing Generation series that was presented by the SFCC Library will culminate with an online reading of work by those who attended the other sessions at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 1. Participants who attended any of the speaker presentations or online creative sessions are invited to read work that was inspired by the series. If you’ve already registered for the previous readings you will get an email invitation with the Zoom link on the morning of the event. Even if you’re not reading or have not ever participated and would like to attend, please pre-register at

Austin Eichelberger, Professor of English and Writing, worked closely with the Director of the SFCC Library Valerie Nye to set up the series. Eichelberger is also the Fiction Editor of The Santa Fe Literary Review. Read about SFCC’s Creative Writing program at

For more information on The Writing Generation Series, please contact SFCC Library Director Valerie Nye at or 505-428-1506. Valerie Nye reports that more than 130 people have participated in the series.

Listen to KSFR podcast of Julia Furry speaking with Lynn Cline about upcoming car show

Lynn Cline of KSFR’s Cline’s Corner interviewed Director of Automotive Technologies Julia Furry on April 12 on KSFR.

Julia Furry spoke about the details of the upcoming Broken Parts (student club) Car Show on April 26, as well as the Automotive Technologies program.

Listen to the podcast here.

Broken Parts Car Club Car Show on Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

One of the entries in last year’s Broken Parts Club Car Show.

SFCC’s Automotive Technologies student car club – the Broken Parts Club – is hosting a car show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 26 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. The public is invited to attend the show.

“This is our third annual car show and it is always a lot of fun. We ask the car owners to explain what’s special about their vehicle. We’ve added the category Owned by Individuals 21 and Younger, so young people aren’t competing against more experienced car enthusiasts. The winners primarily get bragging rights, some prizes and a special trophy that will be made by the SFCC welding department. Every year the welding students come up with a unique design for the trophies,” Furry said.

Winners will be in the following categories: Domestic, European, Imports, Classic or Owned by Individuals 21 and Younger. 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 earned accreditation from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

Splish Splash: Car club made some cash

It was a beautiful day on April 12 when the Broken Parts Car Club (Automotive Technologies student club) had their car wash fundraiser to support club activities. Thanks to Ben Lauer and Todd Lovato for sharing these great images. Even the Director of Automotive Technologies Julia Furry pitched in to make sure everyone had their vehicles sparkling clean for the weekend. Click on images to see larger.

Register now for Hound Hustle on Sunday

SFCC is sponsoring the Hound Hustle, which will support the Santa Fe Animal Shelter on Sunday, April 28. Read more at TCR Productions.

Register in advance at:
$5 discount with code SFCC

DISTANCE: 5K (3.1mile) Run & Fitness Walk HUMAN ONLY, 1 Mile HUMAN & DOGS non-competitive.

RACE FEE: 5K & 1 Mile
$30 Early before April 21
$35 Late April 22 to April 26
$40 Packet Pick Up April 27
$50 Race Day April 28

AGE CATEGORIES: 8 & under, 9 – 11, 12 – 15, 16 – 19, 20 – 24, 25 – 29, 30 – 34, 35 – 39, 40 – 44, 45 – 49, 50 – 54, 55 – 59, 60 – 64, 65 – 69, 70 – 74, 75 – 79, 80 & over

AWARDS: All finishers in the 5K & 1 Mile will receive a finish ribbon. 5K overall male and female winners will receive $250. 1st , 2nd , 3rd place finishers in 5K run age division will receive a medal.

COSTUME CONTEST: Best dressed DOG with Male Adult, Best dressed DOG with Female Adult, Best dressed DOG with a Kid. Winner will be determined by audience feedback.

SUPPORTING: Santa Fe Animal Shelter, a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Our federal tax ID # is 85-6000484.

Invitation to Graduate Nurse Pinning ceremony at 11 a.m. May 9

Hello All,
It is that time of year again!
We would like to invite you all to join us in celebrating the
Santa Fe Community College Graduate Nurse Pinning Ceremony
Date: May 9, 2024
Time:  11 a.m.
Location: The SFCC William C. Witter Fitness Education Center.
This tradition is a momentous ceremony for the nursing community. It represents the nursing students’ hard work and dedication towards their coursework and clinicals. Please join us in this most gracious time and observance of becoming a nurse.
Thank you!

SFCC Nursing Program

PROTEC offers free 21st Century Skills Training

Applications due May 1 for training June 4–June 18 with an opportunity for a paid internship

SFCC in partnership with the New Mexico Department of Workforce Connections announce applications are open for a free training intensive to earn MicroCredentials in Google, Microsoft and Apple applications. Participants can jumpstart their careers by learning new technology through hands-on classes and internships. Qualified applicants will be eligible to earn up to $1400. For more information, program details and to apply visit Applications are due by May 1.

Free Information Sessions:

  • 5:30 p.m. April 9
    Zoom Video Conference Platform
    For zoom link, visit
  • 11 a.m. on April 24
    SFCC Continuing Education Offices
    6401 Richards Ave.

The Professional Readiness and Technical Experience for Careers (PROTEC) program begins June 4 and classroom training runs through June 18 at the Santa Fe Higher Education Center, 1950 Siringo Road. Those who complete the program successfully can intern with local employers from June 24 through August 31. The hands-on intensive program gives students the opportunity to work with cloud-based technology, including AI, to increase workplace collaboration, communication and productivity.

The MicroCredential PROTEC badge includes a minimum of 30-hours in basic proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Apple and Google Workspace, GPTChat, customer service and application of current social media tools. Students will update their resume and create a professional LinkedIn page. Classes are designed and taught by working business technology professionals.

Participant requirements: Students must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or equivalent. For applications visit

PROTEC offers preparatory training for entry-level employment in a variety of industries and is designed for individuals who are currently unemployed, underemployed or looking to increase their employability in New Mexico.

For more information about the PROTEC program contact SFCC Continuing Education program at 505-428-1676 or

Games and Puzzles in the Library

This month, the SFCC Library presents a series of displays celebrating the New York Times’ daily puzzles! Come see our selection of 5-letter titles (WORDLE), as well as beautiful books on mosaics (TILES) and modernist photographer Paul Strand (STRANDS).

Play SPELLING BEE on our whiteboard in front, or try your hand at our special CONNECTIONS game on the mezzanine level. Also, jigsaw puzzles are back in the Reading Room—come by for a brain break!

Visual Arts Gallery hosts an opening reception for ‘Cocoon’ from 4 to 6 p.m. May 9

Al Kittel’s “Sunbeam” Acrylic on Canvas 48″x48″ 2022

Solo exhibition of work by Al Kittel

The Visual Arts Gallery will host a reception for “Cocoon,” a solo exhibition of the work of Al Kittel, from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 9.

Al Kittel is an artist and painter whose work depicts her complex experience living with a progressive neurological condition called Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA). FA is a physically debilitating and chronically fatiguing disease which also causes a shortened lifespan.

Her oldest brother, Aaron, was diagnosed with the same condition and passed away at the age of 33, after being bed-bound for the better part of a year, she shared. Kittel said, “I have always known that my life was going to be condensed into fewer years than most people and after watching Aaron pass, I knew I wouldn’t suffer through what he did. I recently turned 32 and before my body deteriorates to a degree where my physical suffering outweighs the quality of my life, I will pursue medical assistance in dying.” Her exhibition “Cocoon” will present paintings that draw from this experience, and which share the unique perspective that Kittel has gained through living with FA.

Jared Weiss, Program Head of Drawing and Painting said, “Al’s work is complex and multifaceted. With this, she is unafraid to depict the intensity of life though autobiographical subject matter and imagery. Her paint handling and saturated palette gives an energy and vibrance to her figurative works, which also allows space for the viewer to see both Al’s story as well as their own.”

Director of Art on Campus Linda Cassel said, “The exhibition, ‘Cocoon,’ will be a celebration of life and one’s connection to it through art.”

“Cocoon” opens from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 9 at SFCC’s Visual Arts Gallery and runs until Wednesday, June 5.

The SFCC Visual Arts Gallery is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, except when the college is closed. For more information about the SFCC Visual Arts Gallery, contact Director of Art on Campus Linda Cassel via email at or call 505-428-1501.

SFCCI Student Showcase 4:30-7 p.m. May 2 at SF HEC

SFCC announces the Santa Fe Creative Coding Initiative (SFCCI) will present the first SFCCI Student Showcase, 4:30 to 7 p.m. May 2 at the Santa Fe Higher Education Center, 1950 Siringo Road. The event is free and open to the public.

SFCCI is a community partnership, providing challenge-based learning opportunities in digital creativity and coding to learners and educators throughout Santa Fe, with support from Apple’s Community Education Initiative. Since the launch of SFCCI more than 300 students have participated.

SFCCI Director Jim Sanborn said, “This is our first student showcase; we’re really excited for our students. For many, our initiative has provided their first exposure to coding and digital media projects using Apple technology. The showcase is really a celebration of learning and accomplishment, offering students a forum to share their work and experiences. It will be an inspiring community event.”

The SFCCI Student Showcase will spotlight content produced by students using Apple technology and curricula during this school year. SFCCI has learning labs at Santa Fe High School, Milagro Middle School, Santa Fe Community College, and Santa Fe Indian School. Other key partners include STEM Santa Fe and the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Fe/Del Norte, which operates the Teen Center and the Tech Club at the Santa Fe Place Mall.  In addition to these learning labs, the Santa Fe Public Schools 21st Century Learning program is introducing coding on iPad to elementary school students at various sites.

The event will feature over 20 student presentations of student learning. Some highlights of the SFCCI showcase include:

  • A demo of an app developed by students at Santa Fe Indian School to help manage the school.
  • The Boys and Girls club will present an app design they are working on for their membership.
  • SFCCI classrooms will be open during the event for people to learn more about the program.

For more information about SFCCI visit  For information about the event, please send an email to or call 575-776-4752.

Santa Fe Creative Coding Initiative participated in a STEM Santa Fe event.

RSVP deadline extended to Tuesday for Santa Fe World Affairs Forum on April 25 and 26 at SFCC

Please read below for information on how employees and degree-seeking students can gain free access to talks.

This year, the Santa Fe World Affairs Forum Annual Symposium on April 25 and 26 at SFCC will take a deep dive into the questions of American international influence as the global order rests on increasingly shaky pillars. Can the U.S. still retain its democratic form of government and compete in this increasingly complex and troubled world? Is so how?

Cost: SFWAF Members and affiliates both days: $95. Non-members: $120. Thursday only: $75; Friday only $65. College and university students both days: $60 (which includes meals). The symposium fee includes continental breakfasts, buffet lunches, coffee and tea service both days.

Registration and Payment: Email by Tuesday, April 23. Space is limited and reservations are first come, first serve. Fees for the symposium may be paid by check made out to SFWAF and mailed to The Santa Fe World Affairs Forum, PO Box 31965, Santa Fe, NM 87594. (Please include your name and contact information if not an SFWAF member and email if you send a check). Payment can also be made with a credit card through the SFWAF Paypal account: Payments are non-refundable after April 23. Please visit for additional registration information and program updates. Conference seating is first come; first serve.

Free access to SFCC employees and degree-seeking students to talks (not the meals) by RSVP reservation by Tuesday, April 23. Since SFCC is a sponsor of this event, faculty, staff and students who are in associate degree programs are invited to drop in free for any of the talks, but should send an email to by Tuesday to let organizers know what session or sessions you plan on attending. Please bring your SFCC ID. For others including Continuing Ed and non-degree students, SFWAF charges members and partner organization member fees for two days ($95 member fee or the daily fee.)

Stephen Martinez, Ph.D., full-time faculty member (History) and Director of Veterans Legacy Grant Program at SFCC is the faculty sponsor for the event.

SFWAF 2024 Annual Symposium Schedule – (Schedule subject to change.)

Thursday, April 25

9:00-9:30 Registration

9:30-10 Welcome – Dr. Becky Rowley, President SFCC, Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber, and Dr. Patricia H Kushlis, SFWAF President

10:00-11:30Overview:  America’s Place in the World – Still Indispensable?”  Ambassador (retired) Eric Rubin, US Ambassador (retired) to Bulgaria and former president of the American Foreign Service Association 

11:30-11:45 Coffee break

11:45-1:15 Ambassador (retired) John Herbst, ”Is the US Abandoning 80 Years of Global Leadership?  Why Stopping the Kremlin in Ukraine is Necessary.”   Ambassador Herbst was U.S. ambassador to Uzbekistan and Ukraine, and is currently Senior Director Eurasia Center, at the Atlantic Council.

1:15-2:15 Buffet Lunch

2:15 – 3:45 Ambassador (retired) William H Itoh, “Re-engaging Asia for 2024” Ambassador Itoh serves as Professor of the Practice in the Department of Public Policy at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is also a Senior Advisor to McLarty Associates, an international business consulting firm. Ambassador Itoh had a distinguished career in public service with the Department of State. From 1995-1999 he served as U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand. Prior to his appointment to Bangkok, he was Executive Secretary of the National Security Council at the White House (1993-1995).
Friday, April 26, 2024

9:00-9:15 Registration

9:15 – 10:45 Dr. Siegfried Hecker, “How do we Rebuild the Nuclear Order?” Professor of Practice, Texas A&M University and Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, CA, Professor Emeritus, Stanford University and Director Emeritus, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Coffee break

11:00 – 12:30 Emile Nakhleh,  “U.S. Involvement in the Middle East:  A Plea for Clarity” Former Senior Intelligence Service (SIS) Officer (CIA), a former Research Professor and Director, GNSPI (UNM), a Founding Director, Political Islam Strategic Analysis Program (CIA), a Founding Director, Global and National Security Policy Institute (UNM), a Life Member, Council on Foreign Relations, a Consultant on the Middle East, political Islam, radicalization, terrorism, and intelligence.

Buffet Lunch

1:15-2 University and College Student Panel Discussion Chaired by Ambassador (retired) Mark L Asquino, former US Ambassador to Equatorial Guinea

Coffee break

2:15-3:45 Dr. Nicholas Cull, Professor of Communication, University of Southern California (USC) Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Global Communication Policy Fellow, Center Leadership and Policy;  title:  “A Historical Approach to Discerning Fact from Fiction – Lessons for Dealing with Disinformation in the Information Age

3:30-3:45 Closing – Dr. Patricia H. Kushlis

Any questions should be sent via email to

Robot Resist STEM Kits available at SFCC Library

Free Robot Resist 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 SFCC library to pick up a kit to use to explore resistance with your kids! Kits are available during the library’s regular hours.

For more information contact:

Celebrate Community College Month with SFCC

April is National Community College month, which recognizes the vital role that community colleges play in building the local workforce and economy. Celebrate with us by coming out to one of our events in April, or by posting on social media about your love of SFCC and community colleges with the hashtags: #CCMonth #SFCCNM #SFCCProud

Visit to read President Rowley’s My View column in the Santa Fe New Mexican and other information as well as a link to Community College Month events.

East Wing Eatery hours

Chef Milton Villarrubia shared the following update:

Here are East Wing Eatery’s hours and open dates:

April 2-4 – Open from 8:30-11
April 8-11 – Open from 8:30-11
April 15-18 – Open from 8:30-11
April 22-25 – Open from 8:30-11
April 29-May 2 – Open from 8:30-11
May 6-10 Closed for the semester
Not open on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays.

East Wing Eatery will be serving a few breakfast and lunch items along with coffee, tea and espresso. The East Wing will be using product that is made by our culinary students. Our new café will be credit card only for payment and cash for tipping. We appreciate your patience and support and look forward to serving you. Please come and support the students of the Culinary Arts program and the East Wing Eatery.

Increase in scams impacting our community – a message from SFCC CIO Cori Bergen

I wanted to take a moment to let you know that we are seeing an increase in scams affecting our community.

These scams may come in the form of phone calls, email, text messages, and online or print ads. Scammers will use available information and manipulation to try to coerce you into giving up personal information, money, or both.

Here are a couple common scams to watch out for:

Employment: Scammers may advertise extremely lucrative and flexible jobs. They will charge a fee or request information before you can apply. Only apply for jobs that you have researched and found on reputable sites.

Tech Support: These are often phone calls, malicious ads, or text messages that claim a device or computer has been hacked. They may direct you to a website to install a tool, which is the hack. You will then be asked to pay money to recover the device.

Remember that Microsoft and other companies will not contact you about your hacked device.

Impostor: You may be contacted by a person claiming to be a government official. They may claim to be able to cancel your social security number or a visa unless you provide them with information or money.

Financial Aid: They may require you to pay up front fees, promise loan forgiveness, or ask for your FAFSA username and password. You do not need to pay to apply for the FAFSA or scholarships and should never share your passwords with anyone.

Here are a few ways you can protect yourself:

  • Remember that anyone can be a target.
  • Be skeptical about unsolicited requests for information or money.
  • Confirm requests and information using known reliable sources.
  • Secure your devices and accounts.
  • Monitor and configure privacy settings of online and social media accounts and limit what you post.
  • Continue to Educate yourself and your family about fraud and scams. and are good sources for more information. I’ve included a few relevant links at the end of this message.

Thank you for your time,

Cori Bergen
Chief Information Officer

Greenhouse STEM kits now available for kids 4-7 at SFCC Library

Greenhouse STEM Kits are now available at the SFCC Library.
Free Greenhouse STEM Kits are available for kids ages 4-7. All materials are included in the kits courtesy of the Santa Fe Children’s Museum. For more information, contact SFCC Library Director Valerie Nye at or call 50-428-1506.

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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.

Pre-Finals Snacks in the Library
11:30 a.m. April 29, 9 a.m. April 30, 1 p.m. May 1, and May 2

As a pre-finals treat, the Library is providing students with snacks and beverages! First come, first served; while supplies last– come by to get yours!

Family Story Time – I Hear a Pickle! 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23

Campus Cupboard business hours through May 15

Summer and fall registration now open

Summer registration opened for all on April 9. Fall registration opens for everyone on Tuesday, April 16. Many popular classes fill quickly, so make sure you are ready to register.

For application and registration information, please visit For more information, call 505-428-1270 or email

Not sure of what classes you need for your certificate or associate degree? Visit to make an appointment with an academic advisor.

Career-related Events Spring 2024

Wellness Wednesday: Relax in the planetarium -next session May 8

Family Friendly Study Hours are from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursdays in the Library Family Study Room

Explore opportunities to work with young children

There are three options at SFCC to build your résumé, gain early childhood work experience and get paid! Check out the APRENDE Early Childhood Teacher Apprenticeship Program, apply for work study positions at Kids Campus by contacting, or Child Care On Call worker positions.

Follow Student Parent Success Program on social media!

Financial Aid News: 2024-2025 FAFSA now open ; SFCC scholarship and loan applications open

The Department of Education announced that the newly overhauled 2024-25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, opened to students and families by December 31, 2023.

The SFCC Spring 2024 Scholarship Application will be available on January 2, 2024.
The SFCC Spring 2024 Student Loan Application will be available on January 2, 2024.

Questions? Call 505-428-1268 or email

East Wing Eatery is hiring student employees

The East Wing Eatery needs student employees. Contact Rosina Chaparro at to learn more and apply.

Counseling services available for students

Apply now for AwardSpring Scholarships

Here are the requirements that must be met for all Foundation scholarships for the Fall 2023 semester:

  • GPA (2.5 or higher)
  • Completion Rate (67% or higher)
  • Satisfactory Academic Status
  • Enrollment (6 credit hours or higher)
  • FAFSA on file
  • Completed Financial Aid file

For more assistance and information, please contact The Financial Aid office at

Schedule an online FAFSA appointment

Students who need FAFSA assistance can now schedule an appointment via a Calendly link. There are no longer weekly virtual FAFSA hours during the fall semester. 

Scheduling via Calendly allows students to schedule a specific time, allowing the time needed to complete their FAFSA. At this time, with many students inquiring for FAFSA assistance, the virtual hours wouldn’t allow for great one-on-one assistance.

Seeking Student Recruitment Ambassador

Are you outgoing and enjoy working with people? Join our student recruitment team!

The Office of Recruitment and Student Outreach is hiring a Student Recruitment Ambassador to assist with leading campus tours for individuals and large groups, to support SFCC’s Recruitment and Dual Credit team and assist with projects as needed. Our Ambassador will also participate in community and Santa Fe Public School events like college and career fairs and application drives.

Please contact Daniela Gurule at or 505-428-1149 if you are interested!

Interested in helping others? Campus Cupboard is seeking student employees

Interested in helping others? Campus Cupboard is hiring three Students as Campus Cupboard, The Exchange and Office Ambassadors.

Interested call 505-428-1582  or email

Students will work a maximum 20 hours per week. Must be registered for at least 3 CR in summer and 6 CR in fall and maintain a minimum of a 2.5 GPA. Pay is $15/hour. Students do not need to be work-study eligible.

Ambassadors make a difference by providing excellent customer service, completing and fulfilling online and in-person orders, coordinating on-campus delivery events, maintaining inventory reports and ensuring products are readily available, maintaining a positive atmosphere, ensuring the cleanliness of space, and providing other opportunities to make a difference. Assist with campus events and activities. Ambassadors may have some physical requirements to fulfill.

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.

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.

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SFCC Employee Community Garden

SFCC’s Director of the Innovation Center Ondine Frauenglass announced that the SFCC Employee Community Garden, outside the East Wing Eatery, will offer the garden boxes for adoption to SFCC departments. For example the Film program has volunteers who will cultivate one of the boxes. Any SFCC Employee who is interested in participating can contact Ondine Frauenglass at This is a pilot project to set up a community garden on campus and to revitalize the Culinary Garden area.

There will be weekly information and planning sessions outside the East Wing Eatery in the Garden from 4- 6 p.m. Wednesdays (starting on April 24 through May 15).

The first group workday will be on Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. May 1.

Vegetables and herbs once thrived in the garden next to the East Wing Eatery. Employees are invited to help revitalize the garden. Send an email to to let her know if you’re interested in participating.

Sarah Hood accepted into CJCLS Mentoring Program

Please join SFCC in congratulating Sarah Hood for being accepted into the Community and Junior Colleges Libraries Section (CJCLS) Mentoring Program for the 2024-25 academic year. Sarah will be mentoring other community college librarians, staff, and/or MLS college students interested in community college librarianship. This is a wonderful opportunity for leadership as well as representing SFCC. CJCLS is a division of the Association of College & Research Libraries. Congratulations, Sarah Hood.

Sarah Hood.

Summer Online Teaching & Learning Training Opportunities

Visit for the Quality Matters Workshop schedule. Contact Michelle Renteria to register.

April Computer Updates

Effective 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 17 Microsoft Operating System and Office updates will be deployed. You will have until 7 p.m. Wednesday May 1 to install these updates at your convenience. After the deadline the updates will be installed automatically and force a restart of your machine.

It is critical to install Security/Windows updates to protect your systems from malicious attacks. Please install these patches as soon as you receive notification that you have updates to install. The updates may take some time to install so please plan accordingly.

For iMac users no action necessary, updates will be installed automatically overnight every third Tuesday of each month.

If you need assistance, please contact the Service Desk at (505) 428-1222.

March WOW – Michael Tewart

Congratulations to March 2024 WOW Award winner Michael Tewart was nominated by Aamna Nayyar

“I want to nominate Michael Tewart. He is one of those people who is always ready and willing to help others. Whenever we have issue in our dental lab, I ask his help before anyone else. Today, also an EFDA student was having issue with her typodont and even

after my best, I could not help her. I took the student to Michael’s office and WOW!!! he did it! He helped the student by saving her time and money by fixing her Typodont, right there. THANK YOU, Michael.”

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,

Pet of the Month Update – January through April

Here are the Duplicating Center’s Pets Of the Month for January through April! Click the photos for a larger image.

Could your pet be next? Submit your pet of the month photo!

Send pictures of your pet to Each month a pet will be chosen, and notepads will be available with their picture. The proud owner will receive a 36×36 poster of their pet.

The Duplicating Center hopes to collect enough pictures to create a 2025 SFCC Pet Calendar.


  • Must be a your own photo, no professional portraits
  • Must be submitted by the last week of each month

Contact Michael at the Duplicating Center with questions.

Sarah Hood will be a featured panelist at American Library Association conference

Sarah Hood

SFCC is pleased to announce that Sarah Hood, representing the SFCC Library, will be a featured panelist at the American Library Association’s national conference this summer in San Diego, California.

The panel, “One More Hat: Community College Librarians as AI Leaders on Campus,” will be a discussion on the pivotal role of generative AI in higher education, with a focus on community college libraries. Please join SFCC in recognizing Sarah’s contribution to this important conversation.

Defensive Driving Certification Class May 22

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 1 p.m. Wednesday May 22, 2024 in the West Wing area in room 212. (Please arrive promptly or it will cause the class to go further in time.)

To receive full credit for the class, you must arrive promptly at 8 a.m. and attend the full 4-5 hours.

Please register by calling or emailing: X 1756 X 1403

Please provide the following information when you call or email us to make a reservation for the class:

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

Volunteers needed for commencement on May 11

The Registrar’s office is seeking volunteers for commencement. Volunteers will be needed between 8 a.m. and noon on Saturday, May 11. 

A number of duties need to be covered by SFCC Staff members including front door greeter, gym door greeter, student check in, seating of guests, and more. Please help us make commencement a success!

Please contact for more information on available volunteer opportunities. 

Andrew Lovato, Ph.D., named as City Historian

Andrew Lovato, Ph.D., is the City of Santa Fe historian for 2024.

The City of Santa Fe made this announcement about Andrew Lovato, Ph.D., a longtime professor at SFCC in both the academic and Continuing Education program:

Dr. Andrew Lovato is the new City of Santa Fe Historian for 2024.  

A native of Santa Fe, is a descendant of Pueblo and Hispanic cultures and has spent his career as a professor at The College of Santa Fe and Santa Fe Community College and as an author promoting empathy and respect for differing cultural perspectives. 

The City historian is a community-engaged position; the theme for the current historian is Cultural Storytelling. 

“Andrew Lovato brings to this role not only a deep historical understanding of Santa Fe and its cultures but great emotional intelligence and empathy and a bridge-building, collaborative approach,” said Santa Fe Arts and Culture Director Chelsey Johnson. “He’s a natural storyteller and gatherer of stories, and we’re excited for Santa Feans to take him up on his invitation to share their own and enrich our city’s cultural understanding.” 

Lovato’s proposed projects include collaboration with local organizations such as Littleglobe, the Santa Fe Public Library, and The Museum of New Mexico focusing on storytelling as a medium for education and social change; the creation of a radio and podcast series to broadcast local storytelling on public radio, with an intergenerational and intercultural lens; collaborating with the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission, of which he is currently chair; and focusing on the arts as a vehicle for storytelling through visual arts, dance, theater, film, and music.

Lovato is a contributing author of four other books related to New Mexico’s history and culture. He has also written numerous articles and has given lectures to diverse groups such as the Santa Fe Fiesta, the Institute of American Indian Arts, and the Newcomers Club of Santa Fe.  

Additionally, he has taught college courses specifically drawing on content related to the history and culture of Santa Fe. He has given two TED talks: “Keeping Cultural Authenticity: A Santa Fe Story” and” Why History Matters.” His weekly radio show “Our Santa Fe” explores the city’s past, present and future through conversations with notable Santa Feans, airs every Thursday from 6:30-7:30 pm on KSFR. Lovato received his Ph.D. in Communication with an emphasis in Intercultural Communication from the University of New Mexico in 2000 and was selected as a Fulbright Scholar in 2008. Lovato’s books include Santa Fe Hispanic Culture: Preserving Identity in a Tourist Town and The Year Zozobra Escaped.

Shane Tolbert’s Best Western artist-run space receives Fulcrum grant

Shane Tolbert’s artist-run space, which he operates along with artist James Sterling Pitt has been awarded a Fulcrum Grant. Tolbert is the SFCC Academic Director of Arts and Design. The Fulcrum Fund provides grants to artists and artist collectives of $2,000 to $10,000 totaling $70,000. It is an annual grant program created and administered by 516 ARTS as a partner in the Regional Regranting Program of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Here’s a description of the funded project:

Best Western // Santa Fe

Housed in a former sheet metal shop, Best Western is a 600 sq ft artist-run space dedicated to hosting three or four exhibitions annually. The programming strives to create a national context for local artists through curated group and solo shows that identify threads parallel to larger narratives. Best Western is a tongue and cheek way of acknowledging the hubris of starting an art gallery in Santa Fe, which already has 250 galleries. Our core mission is to elevate the visual art discourse in Northern New Mexico through accessible and free public programming.

Best Western is an Artist-Run Space operated by Shane Tolbert and fellow artist, James Sterling Pitt. They organize 3-4 exhibitions a year in addition to artist talks and readings. This project is always free and open to the public. Shane Tolbert said, “The grant is unrestricted and will help us cover our expenses for the 2024 season.” 

The space is open from 1-4 p.m. Saturdays and by appointment during the run of each exhibition. 

Address: 4328 Airport Rd. Ste. B, Santa Fe, NM 87507


Policy Updates

Policy 8-4 Conference Services, Facilities Rental,
and Public Expression

Last month, the Governing Board approved Policy 8-4 Conference Services, Facilities Rental, and Public Expression. They also approved merging Policy 10-1 Collaborative Use of College Property into Policy 8-4. Therefore, Policy 10-1 has been repealed and is no longer effective. Please click on the link and become familiar with this policy:

·       Policy 8-4 Conference Services, Facilities Rental, and Public Expression

For additional information on Policy 8-4, contact Todd Lovato, Chief Communications Officer/Executive Director of Marketing and Public Relations. All College Policies and Procedures are posted at SFCC Policies. To learn more, contact Policy Officer Laura J. Mulry, ext. 1776.

Procedures for Policy 6-12 Surveillance Cameras

POLICY UPDATE: Campus Safety & Security Supervisor Chris Gettler has updated the Procedures for Policy 6-12 Surveillance Cameras. The Procedures address Body-Worn Surveillance Cameras, which SFCC’s security officers now wear. Please read through them.

·       Policy 6-12 Surveillance Cameras Procedures

For additional information, please reach out: Chris Gettler or

Policy 8-6 Public Information and News Media

Last month, the Governing Board also approved Policy 8-6 Public Information and News Media. Please click on the link and become familiar with this policy:

·       Policy 8-6 Public Information and News Media

For additional information on Policy 8-6, contact Todd Lovato, Chief Communications Officer/Executive Director of Marketing and Public Relations. All employees are responsible for adhering to College Policies and Procedures. They are posted at SFCC Policies. To learn more, contact Policy Officer Laura J. Mulry, ext. 1776.

Listen to Dr. Aamna Nayyar discuss NM MOM on KSFR podcast

Director of the Dental Department Dr. Aamna Nayyar

Hear all about it! Santa Fe Community College’s Director of the Dental Health Program Dr. Aamna Nayyar joined KSFR 101.1 FM Host Dr. Andrew Lovato on Thursday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m. to talk about the New Mexico Mission of Mercy (NM MOM) free dental clinic this April. Dr. Nayyar described the volunteer opportunities, the range of free dental care provided, and the college’s dental degree programs that lead to good-paying careers. Listen here: The free clinic is April 26 and 27 at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center.

Duplicating Center accepting photos for SFCC Pet of the Month

Send pictures of your pet to Each month a pet will be chosen, and notepads will be available with their picture. The proud owner will receive a 36×36 poster of their pet.

The Duplicating Center hopes to collect enough pictures to create a 2025 SFCC Pet Calendar.


  • Must be a your own photo, no professional portraits
  • Must be submitted by the last week of each month

Contact Michael at the Duplicating Center with questions.

Spring Online Teaching & Training Learning Opportunities

Online Teaching & Learning present opportunities for training funded by Title V this spring. Explore Quality Matters Workshops at Reach out to the OTL Department for more information. To register contact Michelle Renteria at or 505-428-1166.

Generative AI Syllabus Policy Consults with Sarah Hood: one-on-one, small group or departmental

Want to create a Generative AI policy for your syllabus but not sure where to start? Sarah Hood is happy to provide a 1-on-1, small-group or departmental consultation. Book an appointment here:

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 award is a $25.00 gift certificate from Amazon.
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

CHESS — Collaborative for Higher Education Shared Services

CHESS Connection Newsletter – March 13, 2024

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

This new newsletter combines information about the CHESS Workday Student Project Kickoff, Continuing Education Kickoff, and upcoming reporting training.

Opt-In to get Student Parent Success newsletter

Did you know that more than 1 in 5 college students nationally is a parent and that 42% of student parents are enrolled at community colleges? The Student Parent Success Program, a program of the SFCC Early Childhood Center of Excellence, distributes a monthly student parent newsletter, events, and resources to student parents. Please help us reach more student parents – staff and faculty, use this form to opt-in to our emails so that you receive information on events, resources, and opportunities that you can share with student parents: And student parents, use the form on our webpage to opt-in to our emails directly:

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!


CEA Open House

welcomed community

CEA Academic Director Richard C. “Charlie” Shultz led many greenhouse tours at the CEA Open House.

Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) Open House showcased sustainability programs and Culinary Arts

While the weather was cool and windy outside, visitors got to see how plants thrive in the controlled environment of the greenhouse.

Visitors to the Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) Open House on April 20 got the opportunity to learn about the biofuels, algae, SFCC’s microgrid, solar system, hydroponics and aquaponics. They also were able to sample some tasty treats prepared by the Culinary Arts program. Thank you Chef Jerry Jeff Dakan and your team of students! Check out a selection of photos that Ben Lauer captured at the event. Click on the images to see them larger.

CE summer registration open; three new partnerships

Click on the cover above to see a PDF of the Summer 2024 catalog.

The Summer Continuing Education Schedule is now available online. Print copies can be found in the racks at Santa Fe Community College, the Santa Fe Higher Education Center and around town. Visit for tips on registering and to view the variety of offerings. With dozens of classes offered, there are many opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Nicholas Wernicki, Associate Dean of Continuing Education and Contract Training said, “Santa Fe Community College Continuing Education is excited to welcome three new community partners this summer that will expand our offerings in gardening, traditional New Mexico art forms, and storytelling through the lens of art and artist. The summer catalog itself is a piece of art with a colorful cover that features Wendy Rodrigue Magnus, wife of the late artist George Rodrigue. Wendy is bringing Rodrigue’s Blue Dog art and storytelling to the Four Seasons for two experiences this July. I think all these classes will be wildly popular with the communities we serve.”

The new partners include the Rodrigue Life and Legacy Foundation, New Mexico State’s College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (Santa Fe County Extension) and the Spanish Colonial Arts Society.

Rodrigue Life and Legacy Foundation partners with CE 

Wendy Rodrigue Magnus is the founder of the Rodrigue Life and Legacy Foundation, a non-profit organization that inspires children of all ages and backgrounds with unique programming centered on the life and art of American artist George Rodrique (1944-2013).

Today, Wendy is married to Douglas Magnus of Santa Fe, a renowned silversmith and photographer, as well as owner of the Tiffany Cerrillos turquoise mine. Douglas Magnus was a close friend and artistic collaborator to George Rodrigue and often accompanies Wendy on the Life & Legacy Tour. Magnus also produces the “Rodrigue Video Narrative,” a library of short films highlighting individual Rodrigue artworks.

Wendy Rodrigue Magnus will teach these classes this summer:

  • Reflections of George Rodrigue’s New Mexico (12:30 to 4 p.m. July 8)
    Join Wendy Rodrigue Magnus at the Four Seasons Resort as she shares selections of her late husband’s original Santa Fe-inspired artwork in an intimate and unplugged art and storytelling experience. A New Orleans-inspired lunch by the Four Seasons is included.
  • Blue Dog & the Healing Art of Storytelling (12:30 to 4 p.m. July 29)
    Wendy Rodrigue Magnus presents a personal and provocative session using art and storytelling as tools for expanded thinking, emotional growth, and cultural awareness at the Four Seasons Resort. Wendy leads the class on a journey of illness, death, and grief as a path to living and joy. She reminds us, through George’s story and her own, that one person can change the world. A New Orleans-inspired lunch by the Four Seasons is included.

NMSU College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (Santa Fe County Extension campus)

This summer get tips on water conservation and growing techniques from the classes through NMSU’s Santa Fe County Extension campus in these classes:

  • Harvesting Water in Landscape and Land Remediation (10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 2)
  • Gardening with Native Plants (10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 9)
  • Container and Small Space Herb Gardens (10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 16)

The Spanish Colonial Arts Society
Through the partnership with The Spanish Colonial Arts Society you can gain a behind the scenes tour and lecture of their extensive collection of treasures in this class:

  • Heritage Arts of New Mexico (10 a.m.-noon July 16)

Continuing Education offers many more classes throughout the summer. Advance registration is required for all CE classes through SFCC’s Continuing Education program.

If you have questions about the schedule or where to get a print copy, contact Continuing Education at or 505-428-1676. The CE staff can help you complete your registration. Follow SFCC Continuing Education on social media: Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn.

Video of Serena Rodriguez reading available

SFCC Library hosted speaker writer Serena Rodriguez online for a reading for the Writing Generation series on March 20.

Serena Rodriguez’s work has been published in Poetry, Inverted Syntax, Santa Fe Literary Review, and Revolute, among others; she was the winner of the Santa Fe Accolades Poetry Contest 2017 and The Roadrunner Review Poetry Prize 2022 and was a 2020 Loraine Williams Poetry Prize finalist for The Georgia Review. She graduated from the Institute of American Indian Arts with an MFA in Creative Writing. Serena works as a Creative Writing Visiting Professor at IAIA.

See the video of Serena Rodriguez’s March reading below:

Please note: May Final Attendee Reading (to shed the spotlight on the online event participants and attendees), will be at 6 p.m. May 1.

‘Leaving Utopia: Miriam Sagan’s reading and discussion” video available

The video of Miriam Sagan’s reading and discussion of Leaving Utopia is now available for viewing. The reading was sponsored by SFCC Library.

To learn more about the reading and her novella, “Commune of the Golden Sun,” read the press release about the March 19 event.

SF County announces Construction of NE/SE Connector Road(s) resumes

Click on map to enlarge.

This message is from Santa Fe County:

Effective March 18, 2024, construction will resume on the Northeast and Southeast Connector Roads project after its winter suspension, Santa Fe County announced today.

Construction will commence with road paving operations on the Northeast Connector east of Richards Ave. to existing Rabbit Road. Future phasing of work will be announced as work proceeds.

Limited work continued, however, throughout the winter suspension (12-15-23 through 3-18-24) allowing for some drainage and concrete work to be completed. Additionally, approximately 50% of the broadband conduit and related infrastructure was installed. To date, approximately 95% of the earthwork and 85% of waterline and drainage culverts have been installed, with two of the six roundabouts open to traffic.   

Residents, please be aware that during paving operations on the Northeast Connector, public access within the work zones is strictly prohibited. Traffic control and barricades will also be in place along the following construction zones:

  • Southeast Connector south of Rabbit Road to Ave del Sur.
  • Ave Del Sur east of Richards Ave to the Southeast Connector.

These work zones pose significant hazards to pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists if breached, emphasizing the need to strictly adhere to safety precautions. Santa Fe County prioritizes constituent safety, urging all pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists to respect road closures and take precautions when navigating work zones.

For more information and additional safety resources, please contact Johnny Baca, Project Manager III at

Further project information is available on the project website at:

View video of reading by Diné storyteller Manny Loley, Ph.D.

Diné storyteller Manny Loley, Ph.D., had an online reading on Feb. 21 for The Writing Generation Series and had a follow-up free online creative writing session on Feb. 28.

This free online series is open to the public and consists of two types of events: Readings by writers and creative sessions when attendees will be given writing prompts and time to write. Register at will receive a Zoom link the morning of the event.

Read Manny Loley’s bio and more in the press release.

Check out Manny Loley’s reading his poetry on Feb. 22. You will get the opportunity to hear what his work sounds like in both in the Navajo language and English.

For more information on The Writing Generation Series, please contact SFCC Library Director Valerie Nye at or 505-428-1506.

STEM Kits – Name Rockets & Robot Necklaces!
Available at the SFCC Library

Free Name Rocket and Robot Necklace 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.

The number of kits we have are limited, so come by the library soon!

For more information contact:

CE art exhibition continues outside room 567 through mid-May

Visitors enjoyed checking out the art and having tasty treats at the CE art opening and reception.

SFCC’s Continuing Education hosted an art opening on Feb. 1. The art exhibit on display outside of Room 567 features work by CE instructors, as well as talented CE students. The art work will be on display until mid-May. Continuing Education offers more than two dozen art courses throughout the year. Browse through the CE catalog and learn more by visiting or email for more information. Thank you to Bella Marie for sharing the photos!

Videos of reading and creative sessions by poet Janna Lopez available

The Santa Fe Community College Library and SFCC’s Creative Writing program have partnered to offer a free online series that is open to the public and consists of two types of events: readings by New Mexico writers and creative sessions when attendees will be given writing prompts and time to write.

If you missed the January 24 reading by Janna Lopez you can now watch it here:

This video is from the Jan. 24 reading of “such is” by Janna Lopez.

On Jan 31, Lopez shared her creative approach of self-conversation with attendees. Read the full press release with Janna Lopez’s bio here and see the video below:

This video shows Janna Lopez lead a creative writing session on Jan. 29.

The series will continue with readings and creative sessions throughout the spring. The public is encouraged to join some or all of the free online events. Register to get a Zoom link to attend at

Future series event:

Final Attendee Reading (to shed the spotlight on the online event participants and attendees), May 1 at 6 p.m.

For more information on The Writing Generation Series, please contact SFCC Library Director Valerie Nye at or 505-428-1506.

Video of SFCC Library reading by Austin Eichelberger

SFCC Library and the SFCC Creative Writing program sponsored a reading with Austin Eichelberger from his novel in progress, “The Longdream.” Check out the video.

SFCC Library has launchpad tablets to lend for 3- to 5-year-old kids

The SFCC Library has six Launchpad learning tablets for children ages 3-5 years old. Launchpad learning tablets are loaded with apps, videos, storybooks, games just for kids. 100% secure. No internet needed. With an SFCC ID these tablets designed for kids can be used in the library’s Family Study Room and they can be checked out with headphones for four weeks at a time.

The Launchpad titles available at the SFCC Library are:
Estoy Listo Para Escuela, Food for Thought!, Learning Castle!
Pawsitively Scientific, Puppy Talk!, and School of Fun. Stop by the library’s main desk to request a Launchpad tablet. Questions? Contact the library at: or 505-428-1352.

Ongoing construction on Beckner Road; right turns only

Santa Fe County photo of intersection of Richards Ave. and Dinosaur Trail. Visit

Yay! The roundabout at Richards Ave. and Dinosaur Trail is now open. Please note: Some construction on Rabbit Road and other parts of Dinosaur Trail continues. Also, The Santa Fe New Mexican ran a story on Dec. 31 stating that the City is allowing right hand turns only on Beckner Road.

Here’s the official notice from Santa Fe County:

The Santa Fe County Public Works Department is excited to announce an early opening of the newly constructed roundabout at Richards Avenue and Dinosaur Trail. Effective Friday, October 20, 2023, at 3:00 pm Richards Ave will be fully operational and open to traffic. This is the second of six roundabouts slated for the Northeast and Southeast Connectors Roads Project.

While we are satisfied to reopen Richards Avenue in advance of schedule, we want to inform our residents that the west connection to Dinosaur Trail will be established at a later date. In the interim, the existing signalized intersection located south of this roundabout will remain in full operation to ensure consistent traffic flow. Moreover, the east connection to Rabbit Road is currently under construction and will be opened at a later date.   

On September 11, 2023, the contractor commenced work on this roundabout with the strict timeline to complete and reopen Richards Ave within (60) calendar days.  Due to an aggressive schedule and optimum weather, this work was completed in (40) days. 

This is a great example of the commitment made by Santa Fe County to the community, to streamline any disruptions to traffic while we complete this important road project. Santa Fe County envisions the Northeast and Southeast Connectors Roads project as the most dynamic transportation conduit of the Community College District, strengthening connectivity and safety in this growing community.

For additional information regarding the project, please visit or contact Johnny Baca, Project Manager 3, at

For any future road updates please sign up for Alert Santa Fe.

Re: Beckner Road. According to a Nov. 2 story in the Santa Fe New Mexican, Beckner Road will have ongoing construction for six to eight months. Read the story, “Beckner “Road to be closed for six to eight more months, city says” A story in the Dec. 30 issue of the Santa Fe New Mexican stated, “Santa Fe says Beckner Road is all right (turns) for now”

Required COVID-19 Reporting

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.

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:

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

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.

04/07/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Water Matters: Spring into Action”

04/07/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Smartboard April 8, 2024 – SFCC announces summer continuing education classes”

04/03/2024, Albuquerque Journal, “Deadly strike in Gaza hits home in New Mexico”

04/03/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “SFCC biofuels team among finalists in nationwide algae competition”

03/30/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “MY VIEW BECKY ROWLEY – SFCC celebrates 40 years of student success”

03/27/2024, Los Alamos Daily Post, “SFCC Celebrates Community College Month In April”

03/23/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “MY VIEW LINDA OSBORNE – Change a life: Become a literacy tutor”

03/23/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “New city historian sees second stint in the role as chance to share Santa Feans’ stories”

03/20/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “New Mexico state, federal lawmakers look to boost college enrollment, graduation”

03/16/2024, Los Alamos Daily Post, “SFCC Hosts Broken Parts Car Club Show April 26”

03/13/2024, Santa Fe Reporter, “3 Questions with Writer Miriam Sagan”

03/12/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Road construction near Santa Fe Community College resumes Monday”

03/04/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Santa Fe remembers pandemic losses at annual memorial”

02/29/24, Los Alamos Daily Post, “Santa Fe Community College Foundation Announces Two Presentations By Michael Zeiler About Upcoming Eclipse”

02/28/2024, Santa Fe Reporter, “SFCC Faculty to Board: Full-time Salaries Barely Living Wage”

02/29/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Santa Fe Community College faculty pushes board for higher wages.”

02/22/2024, KUNM radio, “Workforce bills would add funds for apprenticeships and trainings”

02/21/2024,, “Youth Climate Action panelists announced; 2024 Green Schools Conference.” Article cites SFCC GED grad Magnificent Farrell in story.

02/20/2024, KRQE-TV, “Teahouse participates in Restaurant Week.” Story focuses on focuses on Executive Chef Martin Blanco who studied Culinary Arts at SFCC.

02/19/2024, KRQE-TV, “New Mexico college is turning campus into family-friendly environment.”

02/15/2024, Community College Daily, “Newmakers.” Article highlights Mayra Gutierrez.

02/14/2024, Los Alamos Daily Post, “SFCC Library presents leaving utopia; A Reading and Discussion with Miriam Sagan.”

02/12/2024, Education News North Carolina, “A long time educator and advocate for the deaf wins statewide award for interpreting” Kimberly Martin-Engel (Kim Martin) was awarded the AAS in American Sign Language Interpreting from SFCC on 5/12/2000.

01/28/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, Celebrations, Jan. 28, 2024 – Faces & place. Mayra Gutierrez is the new director of the state’s office for the home-visiting program First Born and More, based in the Early Childhood Center of Excellence at the college.

01/24/2024, EdNC, “North Carolina once led the way in early childhood policy and investment. Five other states are showing us how to do it again.” Story cites progress in New Mexco and includes quote from Catron Allred, ECCOE director.

01/20/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “MY VIEW LENNY GANNES- SFCC is losing faculty because of pay”

01/19/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Out There! – LISTEN UP Self-conversation starters.” Story about SFCC Library’s Writing Generation Series.

01/16/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Parents of young woman killed in hit-and-run on I-25 still hope for answers” Story about SFCC student Maeve Long, who passed.

01/15/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Internship program paves the way to film industry jobs”

01/15/2024, Albuquerque Business First, “New Santa Fe internship program looks to give residents pathway to work in film.”

01/14/2024, KRQW, “Tax prep, help offered at Santa Fe Community College campus”

01/12/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican Pasatiempo, “Love is the not-so-secret ingredient in the pies at Harry’s Roadhouse” Story is about SFCC Culinary Arts program grad Pastry Chef Karina Lira.

01/12/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Appointments open for AARP Foundation tax help at SFCC campus”

01/09/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Santa Fe County seeks UNM study on global sustainability center”

01/09/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Clay statue of Aztec god makes stop at Southside Branch Library”

01/08/2024, Rio Rancho Observer, “Sen. Heinrich Tours Santa Fe Community College”

01/05/2024, KRQE, “Santa Fe groups come together to pioneer film internship program”

01/02/2024, Santa Fe Reporter, “25 Things We Love About Santa Fe Right Now.” Stories cites East Wing Eatery.