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Culinary garden gets revitalized through joint effort

SFCC Foundation has partnered with several organizations to revitalize and create a community culinary arts garden. GYO (Grow Your Own, which originally installed the raised beds), will work with Block to Block Community Gardens, a charitable organization that aids in restoration and creation of community gardens nationally. This group is associated with Love, Tito’s. Soil was also delivered by Reunity Farms. The partners launched the revitalized community culinary garden near the East entrance with a blessing and prayers by a Tesuque Pueblo elder on Saturday, April 17.

About 20 people (following COVID safe protocols) from SFCC, Grow Your Own, Block to Block and special guests from Tesuque Pueblo, Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo and Central New Mexico’s Horticulture Department celebrated the launch with a dedication ceremony and work day to revitalize the community culinary arts garden.

The gardens will provide produce for the culinary arts department and those in need at SFCC and Santa Fe. There are also plans for a Harvest Festival on Oct. 2. (Watch Campus Weekly, as well as the upcoming issue of Inside SFCC for more details and interviews with community partners.) The project will be coordinated by Ondine Frauenglass, Interim Director, SFCC Innovation Center, and overseen by Deborah Boldt, Executive Director, SFCC Foundation and Julia Deisler, Interim Dean, School of Trades, Advanced Technology, and Sustainability; School of Business, Professional Studies; and Education. Stephen Gomez, Ph.D., SFCC TATC; Linda Cassel, Arts on Campus; Ashley Martinez, SFCC Film; Chef Micaela Deaton and SFCC Culinary Arts and the Controlled Environment Agriculture staff and students are also involved in the initiative.

See more photos from the workday.

News and Announcements

Readings In the Library: Exploring Creative Writing with Genevieve Betts 12:30 p.m. 4/29

Exploring Creative Writing with Genevieve Betts and SFCC Student Writers

April 29
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Register to attend at


See CCA video featuring Charlie Shultz, Juliana Tiano and Nate Downey on Earth Day

On Earth Day, April 22, the Center for Contemporary Arts, as a follow-up to the film, “Seeding Change,” hosted a presentation featuring SFCC’s Lead Faculty of Controlled Environment Agriculture Charlie Shultz, Juliana Tiano (her husband Tejinder studied biofuels at SFCC) of Reunity Resources (which offers internships for SFCC students) and former SFCC student Nate Downey, who is developing an aquaponics farm.

Photo: Nate Downey when he was operating his lettuce delivery system as an SFCC internship.


Final SFCC Library discussion of 'Into the Beautiful North' on Wednesday

The SFCC Library is partnering with the Santa Fe Public Library to bring you programming for Santa Fe’s Big Read of the book “Into the Beautiful North” by Luis Alberto Urrea. The SFCC Library’s final discussion about the book is this Wednesday. (Please register by Tuesday!) Students, community members, faculty and staff are all welcome to join us online to talk about the book.

Register to attend SFCC Library’s free online discussion:

Wednesday, April 28 noon to 1:30 p.m.

A full list of events can be found here..


What's that noise? Deadbolt Installation in progress

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

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

Please contact Noe Villarreal with questions at 428-1825.

Recent SFCC Library events now available online

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

Recent events in the playlist:

Photo: Stephen DeGuilio, Ph.D. presenter of What We Owe Children: Something Better than School.


Register for Summer Nutrition Courses

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

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


Hear Miriam Sagan's radio interview on Cline's Corner

bannerFounder of the SFCC Creative Writing Program and former professor Miriam Sagan talks with KSFR 101.5 host Lynn Cline about her May 4 free workshop, “Contemporary Haiku and Short Forms: How to Write Flash Poems and Reduce Stress.” SFCC Library is sponsoring the event. Hear the interview. To register for the workshop, email Miriam at


Governing Board Approves Policies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Space is limited. Send registration requests to:

Photo: Haiku on SFCC’s Haiku Pathway


MPR Request now on MySFCC

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

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

Warm water pool open, make your reservations

The warm water pool is now open.

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

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

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


Register for Spring Readings in the Library

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


Midtown Campus news

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

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

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

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

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

Register now for CE summer golf classes

Summer CE classes are now online. (Also, please note you can still register for some spring classes, too.) Register now to secure your spot.

Want to get some fresh air this summer? Consider a golf class!

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


'Hung Out to Dry,' printmaking exhibit continues until June 11

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

The exhibition features a mix of unframed prints by SFCC faculty and students hung in display to showcase the variety of work produced in the SFCC printmaking classes. The virtual exhibition continues through June 11. Visit to see the exhibition.

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

Printmaking classes are offered on a regular basis. Read more about the Printmaking and Book Arts program

Photo: Letterpress printing press in an SFCC printmaking studio.


Media related to ERP/SIS initiative to assist students

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

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

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

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

SFCC in the news

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Student Spotlight

Student Weekly Connection April 23

This week’s Student Weekly Connection – find information on upcoming Resume and Interview workshops, HEC Study space, the new “Allow your life to thrive” DWI Campaign, St. John’s United Methodist Church Bag N’ Hand Food Pantry and much more!

Check it out at


NNMC careers in science info session 4/27

Please email Louise Majorey for the ZOOM Link for the upcoming Careers in Science session:

Careers in Science 4/27 1-3 p.m.
Dr.S. Nandy, Science Faculty & NNMC Students will present Northern’s Bachelor of Science degrees. Learn about careers in Environmental Science, Biology & Chemistry

Apply by May 3 for Health Sciences Ambassador Program

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

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

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

Apply online now!


ENMU Virtual Visit 1 p.m. April 27

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


Sara Lanctot in NASA STEM stars presentation available to watch

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


SFCC Library opens on limited basis by reservation

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

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

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

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


March 3 COVID-19 Update for Students

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

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

Read the full update here.


Employee Announcements

March WOWs!

The WOW nominee for the month of March is Library Technician Francelia Lopez. Congratulations and thanks for your outstanding work!

Francelia Lopez nominated by William Murray:

I would like to nominate Francelia Lopez as A frequent library user I’ve worked with Francelia many times to find just the right book. I’ve also worked with her to keep the library safe, clean and sanitized for everyone. She’s always more than helpful and makes finding a book a special time.

Nominate someone for next month: WOW nomination form
Note: You must be on campus or VPN to submit a nomination.

Janie Chodosh featured in Pasatiempo story, 'Elephant Doctor of India'

SFCC instructor Janie Chodosh and her book, “Elephant Doctor of India,” were featured in the story, “Call of the Wild: Elephant Doctor of India” by Jennifer Levin Santa Fe New Mexican’s Pasatiempo (April 23). Janie Chodosh is an SFCC instructor in the biology department. She teaches field ecology and environmental science. She is also an adjunct faculty member in the SFCC English department.

Photo: Janie Chodosh in Kaziranga National Park, Assam India


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

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


Emily Stern in Crush/Repeat! 2021 art show

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

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


Is this room clean? Door Hanger and Seal Cleaning Protocol

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Register now!

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


Conversation with the President video available

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


Sydney Scherr shares Friends of Folk Art lecture video

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

See more photos and read more about her lecture here.

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

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


March 3 Campus Update and COVID Vaccines

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

Read the full update here.


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

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

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

How to enroll for COVID 19 vaccine

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

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

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

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


Reminder: Don't speak to ERP vendors

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

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

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


Let's help slow the spread of the virus

Let’s keep everyone safe and remember:

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

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

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

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

Call 1-855-600-3453 for testing information and results. A new testing site at 2501 Camino Entrada at Fire Station #7 is open 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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

Please do your part, to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Stay home, stay safe, stay healthy.

Do you need information on testing? Visit

Remember to wash your hands for a full 20 seconds!

Submit nominations for WOW awards

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


Let Campus Weekly share your news

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.

Santa Fe HEC opens up study space by reservation

SFCC students may now reserve group study space at the Santa Fe Higher Education Center, 1950 Siringo Road, through Thursday May 13.
Groups of up to 7 students may make a reservation.
Time slots are 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
To make a reservation, email with Study Space Reservation in the subject line.
Include the names, telephone numbers and email addresses of everyone in the group in the reservation email. Also include the date and time slot that you would like to reserve.
Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Drop-in appointments are not available. Anyone not listed on the reservation will not be allowed to enter the Santa Fe HEC.

SFCC and the HEC recognize that some students may need support from their peers to succeed in their academic programs. Although the pandemic has closed our campuses to most student activities, student success depends upon access to a safe, comfortable space to work, learn and study.

Faculty: Please let your students know that this opportunity is available.

More details can be seen at the link below:
HEC Study Room detailed information