Campus Weekly

SFCC's Regional High School Exhibition a success!

Students from five high schools participated in the First Annual Regional High School exhibition. At the April 18 opening reception at the Visual Arts Center, cash awards were announced for winners in the various categories. Check out the exhibition, which continues through April 28.

Here are the participants from the various schools with the winners designated:

Santa Fe High School
Saul Garcia
Saige Guevara Dean’s Choice $100
Gabrielle Herbert
Corey Lee
Mason Nichols
Karla Rubio
Lien Tran Best Concept $100
Nico Turner

Dean James Wysong congratulates Kaieva Jade Carpenter.

Santa Fe Waldorf School

Kaieva Jade Carpenter Outstanding Creative Merit $100

New Mexico School for the Arts
Vanezia Aguayo
Ellie Angel
Hailey Chanler
Cruz Davis-Martinez
Willa Heil
Amorese Stephenson Rios
Zovae Rios
Elena Bunker Ruiz Honorable Mention $50
Magdalene Ruth Sanchez Honorable Mention $50
Sophia Van Luchene
Elijah Valdez
Clara West

Mandela International Magnet
Jillian Tompson

Dean Wysong congratulates Max Tischler of The Masters Program for Best of Show.

Master’s Program
Ariana Macias
Karen Medina
Kaylee Parker
Leslie Prado
Max Tischler Best of Show $500
Tristyn Trujillo

There was a strong showing for this first juried high school art exhibition. Director of Art on Campus Linda Cassel said, “It was a success for our first year and will be bigger and better next year.” Thank you to SFCC Foundation for support with the awards.

Special guests in attendance for the opening included: Superintendent of Santa Fe Public Schools Larry Chavez, Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Schools Michael Hagele, Santa Fe Public School Board Member Carmen Gonzales, Art Education Coordinator, Santa Fe Public Schools Cristina Gonzalez, SFCC President Becky Rowley, Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Margaret Peters, Dean of Liberal Arts and School of Art and Design James Wysong and Assistant Dean of Liberal Arts and School of Art and Design Shalimar Krebs.

Stop by this week to see the exhibition this week. It will be on display 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Thursday.

News and Announcements

SFCC County invites students and families to May 7 planting event

Santa Fe County has sent an invitation to all students and families to join in a planting event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 7. The tree planting will be at the Valle Vista Boys and Girls Club, 8 Las Lomas Drive, Santa Fe NM 87508.

This event is part of a series of events in celebration of Earth Day.

No gardening experience is necessary. The County will provide all the tools and training you will need!

You are welcome and encouraged to bring your own shovel, gloves, and snacks. These items will be provided if you do not have your own. Drinking water will be provided. Please bring a reusable water bottle.

Participants are expected to adhere to COVID-19 guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding social distancing and use of masks. Pre-registration is required. We encourage you to register and arrive at 9 a.m. You can register at:

Download a flyer in English and Spanish.


Register now for Katie Besser Awards at 5 p.m. May 4 on Zoom

We hope you will join us from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday May 4 for the Katie Besser Awards Celebration and the launch of the 2022 Accolades digital publication of the winning work (writing and image awards).

SFCC foundationThe SFCC Foundation will also announce the Richard Bradford Memorial Creative Writing Scholarship winner! The event is sponsored by the SFCC Library, SFCC Creative Writing Program and SFCC Foundation.

Mark your calendar and register to sign up at

EPA training graduation at Northern NM College at 10 a.m. April 29

The EPA training graduation is scheduled for 10 a.m. April 29 for the Event Center in the Administration Building at Northern New Mexico College.

Janet Kerley has taught the class at Northern, which was supported by an EPA grant.

File photo: An EPA training exercise at SFCC.


Register now for best selection of classes!

Encourage your friends and neighbors to apply and register for the summer term and Fall semester soon!

For details visit: For information about Financial Aid or the Opportunity Scholarship for the Fall semester, email Call 505-428-1270 for registration assistance.

If you’re an employee, consider using your EEB benefit. Register now to get the best class selections!

Help end mental health stigma on campus

Want to help end mental health stigma on campus? Come be part of the solution.

Mental health discussion group
co-sponsored by the SFCC library & counseling services
Noon to 1 p.m.
Tuesdays April 19, April 26, May 3, May 10.

Open to students, faculty, and staff. A brief reading on a mental health topic will be sent out each week to be discussed in group. Reading not required for participation.

Email for more info and to receive the meeting link.

Read the latest issue of Inside SFCC

During Community College Month, Inside SFCC has wonderful stories about how the college is good for business. Learn more about SFCC’s business administration program, as well as how PROTEC serves the community. Read the latest issue here.

Photo: Accounting graduate Lucy Felt.

SFCC Student Art Show Opening from 4 to 6 p.m. May 12

Come to SFCC’s Student Art Show Opening Reception from 4 to 6 p.m. May 12 in the Visual Arts Gallery. The exhibition will continue through Aug. 4. SFCC students will exhibit sculpture, printmaking, book arts, ceramics, jewelry, media arts, drawing, painting, film, fine woodworking and photography. Free event. Masks required. Call 505-428-1501 or email for information.

File photo: Jesus Gallegos at 2019 Media Arts Exhibition.

Policy Updates

Last month, the Governing Board approved revisions to two policies. Please become familiar with them. If you have questions, contact the Policy Owners listed.

College Policies and Procedures are posted at SFCC Policies. If you would like to learn more, please contact Laura J. Mulry, ext. 1776.

Share your love for SFCC during Community College Month

April is National Community College Month.

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

Read Governing Board Chair George Gamble’s My View column from the 04/03/22 Opinion section of the Santa Fe New Mexican, “SFCC: A garden to nourish dreams, which celebrates Community College Month and shines a spotlight on SFCC and all it has to offer to nourish dreams with a particular emphasis and thanks to the legislature and governor for approving the expanded Opportunity Scholarship.

See also the governing board’s proclamation about Community College Month here.

For more visit:

Save the date! Spring Commencement May 14, 2022

Save the Date
10 a.m. May 14, 2022
Spring Commencement Ceremony

William C. Witter Fitness Center
Santa Fe Community College

Video Livestream for those who wish to view remotely at, as well as live simulcast on SFCTV-16 on Comcast.

Covid-safe: social distancing and masks required.

The Spring Commencement will be rebroadcast on Comcast at these times: 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 18, 7 p.m. Friday, May 20 and noon Sunday, May 22 (MT).

More details to come!

File photo: 2018 graduation

Haiku Trail at Audubon Center opens 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 13

Former chair of SFCC’s Creative Writing Program Miriam Sagan announced on her blog that the new Haiku Trail at the Randall Davey Audubon Center and Sanctuary will open from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 13.

Poets include Miriam Sagan, Assistant Executive Director of Marketing and Public relations Laura J. Mulry, as well as many former SFCC students.

Image: Haiku from the trail by Laura J. Mulry.


UNM/SFCC Health Ambassadors application opens April 1

The UNM – SFCC HC Ambassadors Program will begin taking applications for Fall 2022 SFCC students who are interested in pursuing healthcare careers. This federally funded program provides opportunities for students from economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds to explore healthcare options while also offering tutoring support to be successful in college. The deadline for the application process is September 15, 2022.

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


Faculty, staff, students and alumni invited to share work for Library Resource Guide

The Creative Writing Department is growing its visibility, community, and engagement by developing an SFCC Library Guide of works by All SFCC Community, including all genres and mediums by faculty (all), staff, students, and alumni. This collection will be regularly updated, available as an SFCC Library Guide.
Please click to upload and share your work. Please copy and paste the prompts below for each entry you add. This will allow pieces to be disseminated in multiple categories.

  • Your name:
  • Your SFCC connection:
  • List all that apply: Student, Alumni, SFCC Title, and Department/area of study (when applicable):
  • Link(s) to your SFCC website Bio page or Department’s page (when applicable) and/or relevant personal sites:
  • Title of your piece:
  • Genre /Medium of your piece:
  • Where can we find this work? (links, Google Doc. of a PDF, etc.)
  • Any brief comments you would like to include in the listing.

Questions? Contact Emily Stern at 505-428-1467.

Veterans Legacy Program launches new website

The Santa Fe Community College Veterans Legacy Program (SFCC VLP) has launched a new webiste,, which commemorates our New Mexican Veterans through the discovery and sharing of their stories. SFCC VLP encourages students, faculty, and teachers at colleges, universities and K-12 level in New Mexico and beyond to immerse themselves in the rich historical resources found within National Cemetery Administration cemeteries, and related historical documents.

Participants research Veterans interred in New Mexico’s cemeteries and develop educational tools that increase public awareness of Veteran service and sacrifice.

For questions about the Veterans Legacy Program, please contact Steve Martinez.


Listen to KUNM story about Opportunity Scholarships

KUNM reporter Alice Fordham recently visited campus and interviewed SFCC student Fyqa Hilmi as part of her story about the Opportunity Scholarship.

Read and listen to this KUNM, 03/21/22 report, Free tuition sends some students back to school


Call for submissions for Multilingual Resources for an SFCC English Learners Library Guide

Associate Professor of English Emily Stern is coordinating with SFCC Library Director Valerie Nye to develop a list of multilingual resources for an SFCC English Learners Library Guide.

Emily Stern said, “The global equity in learning lens promotes expanding and growing relationships, reading comprehension, and access across all languages and courses by supporting multilingual learning using a relational, strengths approach.”
Read more at:

The SFCC English Learners Library Guide will be organized according to SFCC’s designated Pathways. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to add contributions and suggestions of resources that would aid SFCC’s English learners.

Please add your contributions to this Google document:
Here are just a few examples of some resources identified for the Arts and Communication Pathway:

English Language Arts Glossary (ENGL/SPAN)
ENG/SPAN Literary Terms and Devices Glossary (NY State and NYU)

Here are other Pathways that we’d like to expand with resources:
• Business
• Health Sciences
• Law and Social Justice
• Science and Engineering
• Teacher Education
• Trades and Sustainability

Questions? Contact Emily Stern at 505-428-1467.

East Wing Eatery Hours change: 8 a.m to noon T-F

After a successful soft opening in February, the East Wing Eatery announces its new hours. The café will be open 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Friday. Eatery manager Chef Micaela Deaton says she and the student workers have been very busy and are working hard to meet campus demand. The eatery will be closed Mondays for prep and planning.

Thank you for your continued support of the East Wing Eatery!

Book massage therapy appointments now

Appointments for the Spring semester Student Massage Therapy clinics are open at

Here are the details about this semester’s clinics:

  • $25 for a 60 minute Swedish-Therapeutic Student Massage
  • March 21 through May 13
  • Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays
  • 1:15 p.m.; 3 p.m.; 4:45 p.m. appointments

Good news! There are twice as many students this semester, so more appointments are available. Also, appointments are now open to the public.

All appointments will be in the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center. As per the Covid protocol for the FEC, all who enter must arrive wearing a mask and show a proof of vaccination to be admitted.

Visit the Massage Therapy Program page to learn more about the college’s program.

Contact Massage Therapy program lead Julianna Santillanes at 505-428-1293 for questions about the program.

Need food? Campus Cupboard welcomes all

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

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

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

Contact or 505-428-1775 for more information.
Campus Cupboard is supported by SFCC Foundation.

Visit Campus Cupboard for more information.

Campus Cupboard is supported by SFCC Foundation.

Mask requirement remains in effect (for now)

Mask requirement remains in effect.
In a campus update on February 18, it was announced that SFCC’s current health and safety practices, including the mask requirement, remain in effect.


Financial Well-being and Literacy Mini-course now available

Student Success has launched a Financial Well-being and Literacy course to help our students ensure they are on a path to financial well-being and making good choices about their money and their future.

Here is a preview, an introduction by SFCC Student Resource Coordinator Jocelyn Hernandez-Monsalvo:

Nusenda and SFCC also have a co-branded Financial Wellness website with lots of useful information and tools:

You can access the course by clicking on the “Financial Literacy” button in the Welcome section of the MySFCC home page.

Order free at-home covid tests

As some of you may have heard, the USPS is offering free covid tests with free shipping. For your information purposes only, below is the link and some additional information.

Place Your Order for Free At-Home Covid-19 Tests
Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of 4 free at-home tests from Here’s what you need to know about your order:
• Limit of one order per residential address
• One order includes 4 individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests
• Orders will ship free starting in late January

Also, if you need more information about at-home test kits, New Mexico testing sites or Vault tests visit:


Policy Updates

At the Oct. 27 meeting, the Governing Board approved the addition of the Cash Reserves section to Policy 1-31 Governing Board Financial Oversight. You can view the Cash Reserves information under Policy Process L. If you have any questions, please contact Vice President of Finance/Chief Financial Officer Nick Telles, Vice President of Finance/Chief Financial Officer, ext. 1161. Thank you.

2021-2022 Policy Review Schedule. The policies scheduled for shared governance review during the academic year 2021-2022 are posted on SFCC Connect: Campus Resources > Policy Review. College Policies and Procedures are posted at SFCC Policies. If you have questions or would like to learn more, please contact Laura J. Mulry, ext. 1776.

For the protection of our community...

When coming on campus:

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.

04/05/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican, editorial in support of Mayor’s Guaranteed Income program (with young parent/students at SFCC), “A guaranteed income could be the way out of poverty.”

04/05/2022, Los Alamos Reporter, “Annual Caregiver Day is Saturday at Santa Fe Community College.”

04/05/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican,
“New Mexico introduces new diploma path for adults.” Story includes comments from SFCC’s Adult Continuing Education Manager Kristen Krell.

04/03/22 Santa Fe New Mexican, “Guaranteed income pilot relieves some financial stress for student parents.”

04/02/2022, New York Times, “What if college was free? This state is trying to find out.” Read details on NM Opportunity Scholarship.

03/31/2022, Los Alamos Daily Post, “New Mexico Higher Education to receive federal funding.” Includes TRIO program.

03/31/2021, KRQE-TV, “Santa Fe approves scholarship funds for veterans.”

3/19/21, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Colleges also working out how to foot educators pay.”

03/18/2022, Albuquerque Journal, “NM launches push to boost nursing schools.”

03/15/2022, Los Alamos Daily Post, “SFCC School Of Art & Design Juried Exhibit Of Local High School Student Artwork Opening Reception April 18”

03/14/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican, Smartboard, Monday March 14 – “SFCC hosts ecolinguistic justice presentation”

3/5/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Governor signs bill, expanding New Mexico free college program.” Story includes quotes from President Becky Rowley, Ph.D. and Director of Automotive Technologies program Julia Furry.

3/4/2022 Associated Press, “Governor signs free college bill, expands coverage.”

3/4/2022, Albuquerque Journal, “Governor signs bill to expand free tuition.”

3/2/2022, KRQE, “Higher Education Department breaks down Opportunity Scholarship”

Student Spotlight

Tired of studying alone? REconnect with the Library!

Tired of studying alone?
Come to the Library!

Questions? Email or call 505-428-1352.


SFCC Student Weekly Connection 04/22

Read the latest Student Weekly Connection for information on upcoming FAFSA workshops, registration for Summer and Fall, applications accepted for student employment, SFCC/UNM Health Ambassadors, SFCC Dental program, Career Coach (offers more than 85 jobs in the region) and more.

Community Against Violence

945 Salazar Road, Taos, NM 87571 | 575-758-8082 | |
24 Hour Helpline 575-758-9888 | Text line 575-770-2706
Community Against Violence (CAV) offers services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Services include legal and medical advocacy services, counseling and support groups, children’s programs, community prevention and outreach programs, and information and resources for those in need. CAV is also able to provide on-site emergency shelter for adults and children and short and long-term transitional housing programs.

Línea de ayuda las 24 horas 575-758-9888 | Línea de texto 575-770-2706
Community Against Violence (CAV) ofrece servicios a sobrevivientes de violencia doméstica y sexual. Los servicios incluyen servicios de defensa legal y médica, grupos de asesoramiento y apoyo, programas para niños, programas comunitarios de prevención y alcance, e información y recursos para los necesitados. CAV también puede proporcionar refugio de emergencia en el lugar para adultos y niños y programas de vivienda de transición a corto y largo plazo


Dental Program now accepting applications for Fall 2022

Now Accepting Applications Dental Program – Fall 2022

Certificate in Dental Assisting: [3 semesters]


  • ENG 109 or above
  • AHAC 151 or current CPR/BLS certificate

Associate in Applied Science in Dental Health: [5 semesters]


  • HLCR 113
  • ENG 109 or above
  • AHAC 151 or current CPR/BLS certificate

Certificate in Advanced Dental Assisting Skills: [1-2 semesters]


  • At least 1-year experience in dentistry is required for those who have onsite training and no formal college education.

To apply, contact the program:
Phone: 505-428-1258


FAFSA Workshops: 11 a.m. Wed., May 25

Upcoming FASFA workshop begins at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 25.

If you’re interested in the Opportunity Scholarship or any other financial aid, you will need to fill out a FAFSA form! So don’t miss out, sign up now.

Have your 2019 income tax and wage information available in order to apply for this year’s financial aid (through Summer 2022)
Have 2020 info to apply for next year (Fall 2022 – Summer 2023)

Parents’ information should be used if the student is under 24 years old and not married or independent.

The workshops will take place on the Zoom video conferencing platform. For more information, contact Financial Aid Office at or call 505-428-1268.

Apply NOW for Spring and Summer Semester Student Employment

Apply NOW for Spring and Summer Semester Student Employment at Santa Fe Community College!

Student Work Study is a financial aid need-based program that provides a student funds earned through part-time employment currently paying at a rate of $12.32 per hour. Eligible students can work up to 20 hours per week and work is scheduled around your school schedule.

To be eligible, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Completed the 2021-2022 and 2022-2022 FAFSA
  • Enrolled now and in at least 3-degree related credit hours for the summer semester

Contact for further information.

Register now for Summer and Fall terms

Are you planning to register for the summer term or Fall semester? You can start checking out available classes now by visiting:

Students are strongly encouraged to work with an academic advisor prior to registering. Contact at Academic Advising at 505-428-1275 or You can also schedule a remote appointment with an Academic Advisor.

Counseling Services support groups for the second half of Spring semester!

Counseling Services is offering new rounds of telehealth groups, including a General Support Group and a Nursing Support Group. Each group will meet for 6 weeks beginning the week of April 4, and each session will last one hour.

Drop-in General Support: Wednesdays at 12 p.m.

  • Stay engaged and supported through the final 8 weeks of Spring semester
  • Learn techniques and skills to lower test anxiety
  • Acquire healthy and fun methods of de-stressing
  • Share your concerns and accomplishments through group support
  • Drop-in when you can or when you need to

Drop-in Nursing Support: Fridays at 12 p.m.

  • Receive the support you need to stay engaged in the nursing program
  • Learn techniques to lower test anxiety, including meditation and breathing exercises
  • Share your challenges in a safe, supportive, and confidential space
  • Support your fellow nursing student peers and receive support from them
  • Drop-in when you can or when you need to

Additionally, Counseling is continuing to collaborate with the SFCC Library to offer another four-part series of a Mental Health Discussion Group open to students, faculty, and staff. Be on the lookout for further announcements. Meeting day and time TBD.

Please email if you are interested in participating in one of these groups. As always, individual sessions are available by appointment. Janelle and Rosalie, your SFCC Counselors, very much look forward to having you!

Printmaking student's work featured at Dulce Capital Bakery

John Drabanski, who has studied printmaking and photography at SFCC, is exhibiting a selection of his prints and photographs on the wall of Dulce Capital Bakery, 1100 Don Diego Ave.

“I’m grateful for this opportunity. I thank my long-time mentor Patricia Pearce for making this arrangement. I also thank Linda Cassel for her assistance, as well,” Drabanski said.

This semester, he’s enjoying being in a letterpress print class taught by Gordon Fluke.

Director of SFCC’s Center for Book Art and Printmaking Patricia Pearce and Director of Art on Campus Linda Cassel are coordinating with the owners to have a series of 2-dimensional art exhibitions by SFCC art students and instructors.

Molly and Armando Martinez took over the business after working for the previous owners. The two met in an SFCC English class!

Here’s a story from the Santa Fe New Mexican about the couple We think that story is as sweet as their baked goods.

Student Resource Center is here for you

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

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

505–428-1194 | |

SFCC 2021-2022 Scholarship Application Available Now

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

For more information and to apply go to:

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

Employee Announcements

Seeking donations for those displaced by fires

Associate Vice President of Student Success Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos has offered her office as a drop-off point for donated foods and supplies to those displaced by the terrible forest fires.

She shared, “I am from San Miguel County and I live just on the other side of the mountain where the Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon fires are burning uncontrollably. Besides some smoky days, we are good. However, so many of my dear friends have been evacuated and so many more have lost everything. Las Vegas has a few shelters for folks to stay and for people to go by for urgent needs. Today, I ask you for your help.”

She said, “If you can, it would be absolutely amazing if you could donate any of the following items:

  • Detergent
  • Dish Soap
  • Toiletries
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Razors
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Dog and Cat food
  • Litter for Cats
  • Kennels for dogs and cats
  • Towels (so they can take a shower)
  • Gatorade
  • Capri Sun (drinks for kids)
  • Bottled Water
  • Snacks
  • Sugar-free Snacks for diabetics
  • Bread
  • Lunch meat
  • Paper goods
  • Sugar
  • Potatoes
  • canned milk
  • Cup of Noodles
  • Soup in a bowl
  • Diapers (all sizes)
  • Baby Formula
  • Paper towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Gently used men’s, women’s and children’s clothing (socks and underwear)
  • Anything else you think might be helpful.

Please bring donated to her office. Or she will meet you outside if you feel more comfortable. Email

Thank you for your assistance!

Image: Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos

March Wow: Jessica Balladares

WOW Award for March goes to Jessica Balladares!

Nominated by Toni Coffman for Jessica Balladares.

Here is what Toni wrote for Jessica:

Jessica Balladares is one of the hardest working individuals I have worked with at SFCC. She is very dedicated to her students, her multiple jobs, and the school. She has been working two jobs since August of 2021, never complains and seamlessly does both very
well! She is always smiling and ready to jump in to help anyone who needs it. As interim program director she has made such a difference in all the programs she is in charge of. As an example, for the medical assisting students in a certificate program she
went through each one’s record in the fall to ensure they had the correct classes they needed in order to graduate in the spring and if they were missing any, she tried to get them registered for the spring. She has been doing the clinical directors position in
addition for medical assisting, community health worker and phlebotomy. She is a miracle worker!! She has given a lot to this college and deserves to be recognized!

April Wow Award: Gayle Torrez

The April Wow Award goes to Gayle Torrez!

Nominated by Kristen Krell for Gayle Torrez

Here is what Kristen wrote for Gayle:

I — backed by six other staff in the Adult Education Department — nominate Gayle Torres for the WOW award in recognition of her outstanding leadership, knowledge, and commitment demonstrated consistently here for over 25 years. She is retiring in April and is well-deserving of this recognition. Despite at times challenging circumstances, Gayle has served as a steady, devoted, and level-headed leader in the AE department, and we just couldn’t have functioned without her. She shares her detailed knowledge of the adult education system with her peers; trains and supports new staff members; responds promptly to data requests; provides guidance in identifying performance goals for all AE programs; and responds to a wide range of student needs always with patience and kindness. She is unfailingly friendly in her interactions with others and maintains a high level of integrity in all that she does. The Adult Education community will truly miss her and the expertise that she brings to our field. Thank you, Gayle!

Please volunteer to help make Commencement a success!

Our students are thrilled about the upcoming in-person commencement. We hope as many employees as possible will be there to congratulate our spring graduates.

We need your help, since we don’t have as many student ambassadors and many are graduating and can’t help us. Be part of the excitement and show your support of our students. Please volunteer to help make the commencement a success!

Call for volunteers to assist with Graduation – 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 14, 2022

  • Greeters
  • Assist with students and student line-up
  • Ushers (assist guests with seating), handing out programs
  • Assist with video recording/livestream

Please contact Bernadette Gonzales, Registrar by email @

Image: SFCC Commencement file photo

Employees: Are you getting a degree? Share your news

Staff and Faculty: Are any of you getting a new degree? Share the news with Campus Weekly. We’d love a brief description and a photo to share in Campus Weekly!

Submit here.

EMSI Director Sahaj Khalsa assisted in Ukraine

During Community College month, SFCC recognizes that our faculty and staff often serve the greater world community, as well as our own. #CCMonth #SFCCNM

SFCC EMS Institute Program Director Sahaj Khalsa recently returned from Poland and Lviv, Ukraine where he assisted with the delivery of 16 tons of food and other aid to the people of Ukraine. He also participated in the distribution of some of the aid to a school in Lviv, which has been converted into a refugee center housing 85 individuals displaced from other parts of Ukraine. A tour of the aid warehouse with a local physician running the medical side of their aid network revealed many medical-related needs that exist in Ukraine.

Sahaj (second from the right in photo) is working with local healthcare partners and foundations to help meet those urgent needs.

Anthology Nominated for Lambda Literary Award!

Between Certain Death and a Possible Future: Queer Writing on Growing Up with the AIDS Crisis edited by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, Arsenal Pulp Press, which includes work by SFCC Creative Writing Faculty Emily Stern, has been nominated for a 34th Annual Lambda Literary Award. The finalists were selected by a panel of over 60 literary professionals from more than 2,300 book submissions — the highest in Lammy Award history. More info here:

In Memoriam: Elizabeth Rydman Harris

SFCC extends sympathy to the family, colleagues and students of long-time Continuing Education instructor Elizabeth Rydman Harris who passed away on March 28.

Elizabeth Harris, affectionately called “Zozobra’s seamstress,” taught classes in SFCC’ Continuing Education department since 2007. She taught many classes that included “Make a Pattern From a Garment,” “Beginning Sewing I,” and “Modern Embroidery.”

CE administrative assistant Maria Montoya shared, “Elizabeth was our CE sewing instructor. Her students loved taking her classes and we often get phone calls asking if she is teaching sewing again. She will be missed. She was a wonderful person.”

Robert Nott wrote a story (4/12/22) in the Santa Fe New Mexican “Zozobra’s seamstress made outfits for puppets annual burning.” The story details how she designed and made the Michael Jackson jacket for last year’s Zozobra, as well as for previous Zozobra burning events.


Congratulations to Rosalie Lipfert, now Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Rosalie Lipfert now a Licensed Clinical Social Worker

A big congratulation goes to Rosalie who just passed the state licensure exam and is now a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in New Mexico.

SFCC Counselors presented at NM conference.

SFCC counselors Janelle Johnson, LPCC and Rosalie Lipfert, LCSW recently presented at the New Mexico Counseling Association state conference, Resiliency & Reconnection in Albuquerque.

Their presentation “Lessons Learned from the Pandemic: Acuity, Access and Adapting to Changing Needs,” was about the steps counseling services undertook during the pandemic to provide telehealth counseling, form campus partnerships, and create new strengths in delivery of mental health services for students.

GoFundMe page to help former employee Ted Bolleter

The SFCC community was incredibly sad to hear the news of a fire, which swept through former employee Ted Bolleter’s home. He was seriously burned and his family is struggling.

Ted (David) Bolleter worked at the college as the aquatics supervisor at the William C. Fitness Education Center from January 2011 until May 2020. He also worked as an SFCC adjunct instructor and Continuing Education teacher during that time.

His daughter Savannah Bolleter-Baca, worked at the college as Fitness Desk receptionist from July 2017 through May 2020. She also had been an adjunct fitness instructor since February 2015.

Read more about the fire in this April 2 story from the Santa Fe New Mexican, “Retired Santa Fe assistant fire chief injured in blaze that destroyed his home

Also, see this recent story from the April 8 edition of the Santa Fe New Mexican, “Santa Fe assistant fire chief speaks about about losing his home to blaze.”

His daughter Sarah Bolleter-Baca has set up a Go Fund Me page on behalf of the family. Visit to read more about how you can donate.

The SFCC community is keeping the family in our thoughts during this extremely difficult time.

File photo: Ted Bolleter.

Exploring Stories at the Intersection of Languages and Landscape

Exploring Stories at the Intersection of Languages and Landscape Through Wildness, Beauty, and Imagination
Dawn Wink’s March 30 presentation is now available to view online:

Gerald “Jerry” Friedman presented at Capital High and SF High

Director of Recruitment & Dual Credit Marcos Maez, shared that SFCCC Physics professor, Gerald “Jerry” Friedman, Ph.D., presented to a large group of Capital High School students Wednesday, April 6, about all things science. He did the same presentation at Santa Fe High School the previous week.

Maez said, “These presentations were in collaboration with our great College and Career Plaza partners. Jerry provided students with a fun, live-action presentation. We discussed a variety of career options
in STEM, SFCC Dual Credit and transfer degree offerings. The students then had the opportunity to participate in physics experiments on principles of motion, gravity, acceleration and optics.”

New "Disability Justice from A to Z" coloring book includes Emily Stern's artwork

English and Creative Writing Faculty Emily Stern is among the artists included in the new “Disability Justice from A to Z,” a coloring book for all ages, recently published by Sins Invalid.

More info is available at The SFCC Library will also soon have a hard copy available.

Emily Stern drawing
Emily Stern artwork: U is for Unity, Unshamed, and Universal Health Care. Click for larger image.

Jennifer Lynch featured in "The Printers Proof: Artist and Printer Collaborations" exhibit and video

Adjunct Faculty member Jennifer Lynch is one of six featured printers in the Albuquerque Museum exhibition “The Printers Proof: Artist and Printer Collaborations,” which runs from February 19 through May 15.

Lynch is featured in the video on the exhibition website.

Also, read this 03/05/2021 Albuquerque Journal story, “Exhibit looks at the artist, printmaker relationship.

Read more about Jennifer and her work at
Image: Jennifer Lynch in the studio. Photo by Kerry Kehoe. Used with permission by the artist.


Krystal Patton will serve on Santa Fe Veterans Alliance board

Interim Veterans Resource Coordinator Krystal Patton was offered a position on the board of directors for the Santa Fe Veterans Alliance. She said, “I’m excited for this opportunity and look forward to supporting our community and veterans.” She added, “The Alliance assists veterans within our community who need additional resources. I began participating in online voting sessions at the end of January. We’re looking to hopefully have a Zoom meeting this month.”

Patton is a U.S. Navy Veteran. Veterans who need assistance can reach her via email at krystal.patton or call her at 505-428-1305. Visit SFCC Veterans Resources Center for more information.

Photo: Veterans Resource Coordinator (Interim) Krystal Patton.

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 since the beginning of the academic year, which began in August, we’d love to introduce you to the SFCC community. We’re happy you’re working with us at SFCC!

Express Scripts coverage of at-home tests

Employees, check your email from Jan. 27 for a message from Human Resources explaining how to get coverage of free covid tests using Express Scripts coverage at pharmacies.

How to submit your proof of Vaccination

  1. Access the SFCC Health Screener app using one of these methods:
    • Download on your phone. Go to your app store and search for “SFCC Health Screener.” The mobile app seems easiest to use, and can also be downloaded at the bottom of page after clicking the “SFCC Health Screener” button above.
    • Click ‘Health Screener (COVID-19)’ app button from MySFCC

  2. Sign in using your SFCC credentials with “LOGIN WITH EXISTING ACCOUNT”
  3. Upload a copy of your vaccine card by clicking “COVID-19 SCREENER” and following the instructions

Contact for

  • Application support
  • Assistance uploading vaccination card
  • If you have already uploaded your proof of vaccine and need to resubmit

View SFCC Vaccine Requirement

HR has provided the following document to guide you through the submission process:
SFCC Health Screener App Guide

Policy Updates 2021-22 Policy Review Schedule

Policy Updates
2021-2022 Policy Review Schedule. The policies scheduled for shared governance review during the academic year 2021-2022 are posted on SFCC Connect: Campus Resources > Policy Review.

Revised Procedures. Please become familiar with the newly updated Procedures in the links below and address any questions to the Policy Owners listed.

College Policies and Procedures are posted at SFCC Policies. If you have questions or would like to learn more, please contact Laura J. Mulry, ext. 1776.

How to enroll for the COVID -19 vaccine

Please review the state’s latest vaccine registration information to see how to enroll for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccine booster shots are now available. Check with your area pharmacy for details.

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.”


Let's help slow the spread of the virus

Let’s keep everyone safe and remember:

SFCC COVID protocols require that everyone wear a mask at all times on campus.

• If you are feeling ill, you should not come into work, and avoid any type of social setting. The College wants you to feel better before you return to work.

If you are feeling ill: Get tested and isolate yourself from others as much as possible. We need to help mitigate the health risk to others.

Call 1-855-600-3453 for testing information and results.

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

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.

Continuing Education Summer Schedule now available

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 racks around town. Visit for tips on registering and to view the variety of offerings.

Dean of Continuing Education and Contract Training Kris Swedin said, “Summer is the perfect time to relax with painting, creative writing or jewelry making. You can learn new photographic techniques to capture the beauty of the region’s landscapes and sunsets. You can explore how to attract bees and birds to your backyard. There are also many options for acquiring new professional skills and certifications.”

For in-person classes, strict COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed. Masks are required on campus. Also, participants will need to follow the college’s COVID-19 vaccine requirements. 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.

Employees: Consider using your EEB benefit to take a class this summer!

Read more about plant-based cooking, classes to explore regional geology, many language classes and much more.