Campus Weekly

SFCC participates in Operation Hospital Gown

Here’s a report from Interim Director of Santa Fe Higher Education Center Meghan McGarrity about Operation Hospital Gown: “CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center has launched Operation Hospital Gown, a volunteer effort to sew 1,000 hospital gowns for use by front-line health care workers. The Chief Nursing Executive wept when she tried it on. They work better than the regular gown, and don’t gap when used with a face shield.

“Some partners include SFCC, MeowWolf, Santa Fe Opera Guild and Make Santa Fe and many others. CSV is providing all of the fabric and notions. We need pattern cutters and sewists. Media Arts Faculty member Peter Taussig modified the pattern and printed it on poster paper so we could distribute it out to the cutting and sewing groups.

“On April 25, Director of Assessment and Accreditation Jill Carlson, Assistant Director of Biofuels Ondine Frauenglass and I (Meghan McGarrity) completed 44 hospital gown kits. I have 10 kits that need to be sewn. Anyone who is interested in sewing may contact me. The hospital still has 1,000 yards of fabric to distribute, so if anyone feels like cutting patterns, or sewing additional gowns, I can coordinate getting more materials from the hospital.

“Time estimates are about 20 minutes to cut the pattern (if you’re someone like Jill and know what you’re doing) and about 2.5 hours to sew a gown. The hospital requests sewists with a fairly high skill level as the fabric we’re working with is a bit on the challenging side.”

Contact Meghan McGarrity for more information. Thank you to all involved!

See more terrific photos in SFCC’s Facebook In this Together.

Photo: Meghan McGarrity, Jill Carlson and Ondine Frauenglass work on making hospital gowns.

News and Announcements

Library Events added! New way to RSVP

Readings in the Library this spring will be held on the Zoom video conferencing platform.

To RSVP for upcoming events, visit: to receive an invitation 30 minutes prior to the event.

To keep up-to-date on how to view these events, visit SFCC Library Facebook page. Please note: The SFCC Library Facebook page will post these talks after the events.

Upcoming Events:

April 27
12 to 1 p.m.
Emily Stern
Student Readings: Creative Non-fiction
May 6
2 to 4 p.m.
Charlie Shultz
Fellowship in Travelogue: Adventures in Israel
May 7
5 to 6 p.m.
Faculty and Staff Spring Reading


Questions? Ask a Librarian!

SFCC Library launched a new chat feature. The staff is available to chat from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. If no one is available, you can send an email and they will get in contact with you. The chat is monitored and replied to live by the SFCC library staff. With screen sharing, they can help you find what you’re looking for as if you were meeting in person.

Just go to the library home page, and click on the “Questions? Ask a Librarian!” bar on the bottom right.


SFCC Library hosts RESCHEDULED "Coffee and Conversations" May 1

The SFCC Library is hosting an ongoing series: “Coffee and Conversations.”

At 11 a.m. on Friday, May 1 the conversation will be about the essay, The Distance Between Us by Julian Hoffman. The essay is available through the library’s elibrary at
One of the questions we will be discussing is: “What does this essay say about beauty?”

If you are logged on via VPN, you can also access the essay here.

RSVP to receive an invitation 30 minutes prior to the event:


Inside SFCC 2020, Vol. 2 released on Friday

In this issue of Inside SFCC, we share the college’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Charlie Shultz Fellowship in Travelogue: Adventures in Israel

Join SFCC’s Library for an armchair travelogue from 2 to 4 p.m. May 6.

Controlled Environment Agriculture Lead Faculty Charlie Shultz shares photos and experience from his fellowship from the Jewish National Fund, made available through SFCC Foundation Board Member Elise Arena. Learn about Israel’s resource management, sustainability, historic sites, and collaborative ways to address global challenges.

RSVP to receive a meeting invitation 30 minutes before the event.


Student Emergency Assistance Fund

SFCC Foundation has established the Student Emergency Assistance Fund to help students in need during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Please help us grow this fund and help as many of our students as possible at this difficult time by making a donation today!
If you have trouble accessing the donation site, please try a different browser. Google Chrome is recommended.

If you are a student and wish to apply for emergency assistance, follow this link to apply online.


Summer and Fall registration is now open! Consider taking a class

SFCC’s fall semester registration has begun. All online fees have been waived for the summer and fall semesters.

Registration opened for all on April 21. You need to use the Look for Classes in the drop down menu.

Employees: Please consider using your EEB benefit by signing up for a class this summer or fall. Also, let your friends and family know about the selection of classes they can attend from the safety of their homes.

Perhaps, you have a family member graduating from high school soon. They can get a jump start on college by enrolling now. Have them reach out to the Welcome and Advising Center at to get started.

For more information, please see President Rowley’s message to students.

Note: Summer online classes will begin on June 8.


Katie Besser Awards presentation/reading at 3 p.m. May 14

The SFCC Library will host the Katie Besser Awards presentation online from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 14.

Emily Stern will lead the presentation, which will include the announcement of the Richard C. Bradford scholarship. The event is presented by SFCC Liberal Arts and Media Arts.

The event celebrates students’ creative expression through writing, photography and media arts.

As for all library Zoom events, you need to RSVP to receive a meeting invitation 30 minutes before the event.

All student award finalists are considered for the Richard C. Bradford Scholarship. Named for the author of the 1968 classic “Red Sky at Morning,” the scholarship was initiated by author Michael McGarrity, arts advocate Charmay Allred and former Santa Fe city councilwoman Rebecca Wurzburger. The Katie Besser Writing Awards are directed by Emily Stern and sponsored by the SFCC Foundation.

Help nursing students make a difference by making masks

Nursing students and CNAs Erin Price and Robin Carrillo Ortiz have been making masks to help the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. They started the group, Operation Bandana New Mexico in March to make face masks for NM health care workers. Note, these are not N95 masks, but masks for extra protection.

Follow the Operation Bandana New Mexico link to sign up to help. If you aren’t on Facebook, you can sign up to volunteer in different capacities (sew, cut, make phone calls, etc) at this link, which is at the top of the Facebook page, too:
Operation Bandana NM Google Forms Sign-up

The group provides mask materials and needs people to sew at all levels. Please disclose your sewing skill level so they can determine what is appropriate as some of the material is like gold!

James Wysong, Ed.D., selected as Dean of the School of Liberal Arts, and the School of Arts and Design

The college has selected James Wysong, Ed.D, as the new Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and the School of Arts, Design, and Media Arts. The college’s previous dean, Bernadette Jacobs, Ph.D., retired in January. Wysong and other candidates participated in open forums on campus in February and early March. He will begin working at the college in July.

SFCC President Becky Rowley, Ph.D., said, “We’re delighted that Dr. James Wysong has accepted the position. He has a strong background in community college education both as a faculty member and an administrator. He is committed to student success. The college welcomes Dr. Wysong.”

Margaret Peters, Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, said, “We look forward to working with Dr. Wysong, an accomplished administrative leader who is well-versed in multiple facets of academic operations including curriculum development and delivery, strategic planning and assessment, and the recruitment and professional development of a diverse and caring faculty and staff. He also brings experience in leading efforts to increase the recruitment, retention and completion of minority students, particularly Hispanics, at his current institution.”


Powertalkers Toastmasters now online! Thursdays at noon

Powertalkers Toastmasters student club is now online on Zoom Thursdays at 12 noon. Email to join us for fun and educational meetings and help in navigating video conferencing. Students, faculty and staff are all welcome!

Are you or someone you know struggling?

We’ve compiled a list of resources available outside of the college for those in need. Perhaps your spouse, child or neighbor has lost their job. Or maybe you know a student or neighbor, who doesn’t have money for food. There are a variety of resources for those struggling. Let’s help each other by sharing this information with others.

If you would like to recommend another community resource for us to add, please send info to


SFCC in the news

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

Santa Fe New Mexican, 4/21/20 “Letter to the editor: Community College puts students first,” a great letter written by SGA president Ian Widrick Martinez.

Santa Fe New Mexican, 4/19/20, SFCC, “Los Alamos lab join to offer machinist program”

Los Alamos Daily Post, 4/16/20 “SFCC and Los Alamos National Laboratory Announce Collaboration”

Mirage News, 4/17/20, “Los Alamos National Laboratory and Santa Fe Community College announce new program for machinists”

Santa Fe New Mexican, Pasatiempo 4/17/20, “Zoom to semester’s end with SFCC writers”

Santa Fe New Mexican, 4/12/20 Advisor Gerard Martinez y Valencia was featured in a major story on April 12 in the Santa Fe New Mexican. He talked about his role as the Teen Choir music director at Santa Maria de la Paz during the time of social distancing for the story, “This Easter Sunday, home is a holy place.”

Student Spotlight

SGA Food Distribution 10 a.m. May 1 at HEC

SGA proudly announces its last food care package giveaway for the 2019-2020 academic year!

On behalf of Student Government Association in partnership with the Campus Cupboard, we will be distributing food care packages for 70 students at 10 a.m. to noon, Friday, May 1 at the Santa Fe Higher Education Center (HEC) at 1950 Siringo Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505.

These food care packages contain 1 Cornish Hen, 1 package of Mashed Potatoes, 1 package of Gravy, 1 can of Corn and 1 can of Green Beans or Peas and other various items all for FREE!

If you would like to receive your care package, we ask that you do not get out of your vehicle as you drive by the HEC main entrance to receive your care package from an SGA Officer. This is a first come first served event. Bring your student ID.

SFCC student Nate Downey continues to deliver greens

SFCC student Nate Downey has been delivering produce from the SFCC Greenhouse during the closure.

He says that he has already enrolled 250 households where he will deliver greens through the end of the semester for his class project. He said, however, he is developing a waiting list if any of the households drop out of the project.

If you’d like to be added to the waiting list, please contact Nate Downey:

Photo: Nate Downey on a recent delivery in a Santa Fe neighborhood.

Schedule a remote appointment with your Advisor

Remote Academic Advising appointments are now available. Click here to schedule a remote appointment with your Academic Advisor.

Note: You must be logged in to MySFCC to schedule an appointment.


Testing Center Update: Placement exam options are available

Options for English and Math placement testing are available for current and prospective students during our current campus closure. Please contact for further information or to schedule your exam.

SFCC welding graduates are essential workers

A message from SFCC Lead Welding Instructor Jake Lovato:

Great news! even in these strange times. SFCC has two students now who are essential workers. Monique Lujan and Carlos Zamora will start jobs in construction with UA Local Union 412 Plumbers and Pipe Fitters. Both students will be working at INTEL in Rio Rancho.

Monique Lujan
Awarded AWS Student Chapter Member Award in March 2020, one of two for New Mexico in March 2020
Third place Skills USA at state, Welding Art.
Welding Certificate 3.9 GPA 2018
AAS Welding Technologies 3.9 GPA 2019

Carlos Zamora
Second Place Skills USA at State, Welding Fabrication
Welding Certificate 2017
AAS Welding Technologies 2018

Latest student update from the President

In an email on Thursday, President Rowley informed students of the college’s decision to waive distance learning fees for Summer and Fall 2020. She also let students know that the Summer and Fall Schedules are now available and registration begins April 13.

Read the full message from the President here.


Watch President's meeting with students on YouTube

In case you missed it, you can watch the President’s meeting with students on SFCC’s YouTube Channel. The meeting took place on April 9, 2020.


Processes for Summer/Fall Registration and end of Spring term

In an email to students, Associate Vice President for Student Success, Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos laid out SFCC’s registration process and dates for Summer and Fall 2020. The email also detailed steps should take to withdraw from or drop classes in Spring 2020 as well as how to petition to graduate.


Access to Wifi

SFCC Wifi is available in the parking lots during daylight hours (, and Xfinity has opened Wi-Fi hotspots for free use.

Registration for summer and fall

Note to students: Your academic advisor can help you make the right decisions as you work towards completing your degree. Please contact your advisor at Catalog information is available on-line here.
Schedule builder is available through mySFCC.

Summer 2020 schedule of courses will be viewable on April 8, and early registration begins on April 13.

Fall 2020 schedule of courses will be viewable on April 8, and early registration begins on April 20.
Schedules can be viewed at (click on look for classes).

Deadline for completed petitions to graduate extended to May 15

Ready to graduate this spring?
The deadline to get completed Petition to Graduate for Spring 2020 has been extended to May 15.
Petitions should be sent to

Students who are eligible to graduate and who fulfill their academic requirements by the end of Spring 2020 will graduate and will receive their diploma.

The best way to apply to graduate is by going into your student portal and apply online. Go to MySFCC; click on Forms and Documents; Under Registrar heading, click on Petition to Graduate. Complete the document and submit.

Online tutoring available for Canvas courses

All courses that have a Canvas component now have access to this online tutoring service.

Here are the steps to access Brainfuse:

  • Go to the links on the left side of the home page of the Canvas course.
  • Brainfuse online tutoring is listed at the bottom.
  • Click on this link.
  • On the top will show “Welcome to Brainfuse Online Tutoring.”
  • Click on the blue button to “Launch Brainfuse.”

Also helpful is a 6:49 minute video giving an overview of Brainfuse and how to navigate through this online tutoring service.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Robert Gutierrez, Interim Director of the SFCC Tutoring Center, at

LANL Foundation Career Pathways Scholarship (Deadline extended to May 22)

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation is now accepting applications for its Spring 2020 Career Pathways Scholarship. The deadline has been extended to May 22.
Career Pathways scholarships provide $1,500 awards for two-year degrees, certifications and trades. Current high school seniors and anyone who has earned a high school diploma or GED/High School Equivalency (HSE) may apply for these funds. Those currently enrolled in a GED/High School Equivalency program and are near completion are eligible to apply through this application, as well.

Career Pathways scholarships are offered twice yearly. Funds are available for summer or fall enrollment. These scholarships may be renewed for a second year without the need to reapply, as long as certain criteria are met.

Applicants must be permanent residents of LANL Foundation’s northern New Mexico service area comprising Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe or Taos counties. Funding may be applied to any accredited post-secondary educational institution in- or out-of-state.

Applications are currently being accepted. Visit LANL Foundation Scholarships.

The deadline to submit Career Pathways applications is May 22.

If you have questions or need assistance, email


Several SFCC students are featured in LANL scholars video!

If you haven’t seen this yet, check out this video that features LANL scholars. You’ll recognize quite a few of our SFCC students! Many of the recent LANL Foundation Career Pathways Scholars at SFCC were STEM Core, TRiO or both. We’re so proud of all of you! Thanks for sharing your stories. A special shout-out to SFCC student Wyetta Bradley, who worked to assist most applicants and nearly all of the winners!

Employee Announcements

Share your creativity in the Spring Faculty and Staff Reading!

Join faculty, staff, students, and community members for this annual celebration of SFCC writers.

Interested in reading your creative work aloud? Email to add your name to the list. Each reader has five minutes. All are welcome!

With special thanks to Valerie Nye, the SFCC Library, and the English Department.

RSVP to receive an email invitation 30 minutes before the event.

Emily Stern is part of Seattle group art show that had virtual opening

Emily Stern was part of a group art show, originally to open in Seattle on April 11, but instead was a virtual opening. See more here.

Stern’s work is called “Photo Albums from the Future.” She expressed thanks to the fine woodworking department for letting her use some of their scraps for her work.

See more of her art from the exhibition here.

sj Miller video available

If you missed sj Miller’s presentation on Gender Identity, you can view the recording here.


OIT cybersecurity tips and training

OIT sent out a message reminding employees how to keep their computer environments safe when working from home.

OIT should be offering cybersecurity training starting next week. The full message can be seen here.

You will also see an email reminding you to take cybersecurity training. KnowBe4 is the Cybersecurity Training System. You can log into to My.SFCC and click on the KnowBe4 Icon to access your assigned Cybersecurity Training.


All SFCC Staff and Faculty_Team on MS Teams

Join the conversation on the All SFCC Staff and Faculty_Team on Microsoft Teams. This is a great place to ask questions, get answers, and share information. Check it out!


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.

"The Chill Room: Living Life Remotely" Canvas Resource

SFCC Counseling Services announces “The Chill Room: Living Life Remotely” a new virtual wellness space in Canvas. It looks like a class, but there are no required assignments.

The Chill Room was created to provide resources during the challenges of COVID-19. Resources include mindfulness exercises, fitness videos, stress management activities and much more!

The Chill Room is available to use as needed for anyone enrolled in a Canvas course. Both students and faculty will have access. Log into Canvas and check out The Chill Room today!