Campus Weekly

News and Announcements

Presidential search listening sessions, Sept. 6 and Sept. 7

Share your views on what Santa Fe Community College needs in its next president.

The college governing board is beginning its search for a permanent president.

The public is invited to attend one of the following listening sessions:
Sept. 6: noon to 1 p.m. | 2 to 3 p.m. | 7 to 8 p.m.
Sept. 7: 11 a.m. to noon | 1 to 2 p.m.

The listening sessions will be in the SFCC Board Room 223 on campus, 6401 Richards Ave.

Your feedback will help the governing board identify the characteristics best suited for a successful president.

Can’t attend? Share your thoughts at

Please contact executive assistant to the president Donna Wells at 505-428-1201 or email to confirm your attendance.

Thank you for sharing your input!

Wilson featured on 'CBS This Morning'

Head of Photography Will Wilson was featured in a Sunday ‘CBS This Morning’ segment on a new exhibit in the Library of Congress. Wilson’s work is featured in the new exhibit, “Not an Ostrich,” which was culled from some 14 million photos. “What I wanted to say is that Native Americans are still here. We’re resurgent. We’re doing exciting, creative, different things,” Wilson, Diné, says in his CBS interview. Watch.


Controlled Environment Agriculture featured in Santa Fe Reporter

SFCC’s Controlled Environment Agriculture and Charlie Shultz (lead faculty member) were featured in last week’s Santa Fe Reporter story Finding Oscar.

Photo: Julia Goldberg, Santa Fe Reporter

Testing Center renovations begin Aug. 27, other closures

The Testing Center (Room 611) renovations are scheduled to begin during the week of August 27-31, and are scheduled to take about a month. Throughout the renovation period, the Testing Center will administer walk-in tests such as Accuplacer and class make-up tests, HiSET and CLEP in Room 611A. There may be some construction noise and dust, but the center will have earplugs for you!

In addition, during renovation, the Testing Center will not be able to offer Pearson Vue tests (those include GED, NES and EMT tests) for about four weeks. When the renovated Testing Center reopens in October, it will offer enhanced capabilities, including additional seating and new computers in room 611C. If you have any further questions about testing during the renovation period, contact Testing Center Manager Ellen Roth at or 428-1910.

Read more about other special closure times in September at the Testing Center.

SFCC participates at New Normal event

Daniela Gurule, student admissions counselor from Marketing and Public Relations, and Jennifer Gurule, program assistant and HEC employee, spoke with dozens of young people attending the New Normal event (a health fair focused on sobriety and addiction recovery), which featured the Grammy Award winning band Ozomatli at Northern New Mexico College on Aug. 17.

Check out the photos on Santa Fe’s Higher Education Facebook page.

Aamna Nayyar featured in story on Muslim faith

Director of the Dental department Aamna Nayyar was interviewed for the Santa Fe New Mexican’s story, “Northern New Mexico Muslims focus on faith, holiday as Taos County case fuels stereotypes.” She is the chair of the President’s Diversity Advisory Committee (PDAC).


SFCC alumna Cindy Nava featured in Spanish-language documentary

SFCC alumna and 2017 keynote graduation speaker Cindy Nava is sharing a link to a Spanish-language documentary, La Frontera Cruza: tres historias de nuestros tiempos. She is one of three people who shares her experience of being an undocumented student. The producer is Jim Morrison from Univision. She currently serves as Deputy Chief Administrative Officer of the national organization United States Hispanic Leadership Institute. Congratulations Cindy!

Watch the documentary here.

¡Viva! Fitness for Full-Time endorsed in editorial

The Santa Fe New Mexican wrote an editorial “Back to school gets physical at SFCC,” which commended the ¡Viva! Fitness for full-time students initiative. The editorial states, “Going back to college locally just became more fun — and likely, healthier — for full-time Santa Fe Community College students.” Don’t forget to remind students (with 12 credit hours or more) that they can participate after they fill out the ¡Viva! Fitness Waiver on MySFCC.

Student Spotlight

TATC Student Club Open House, Aug. 28

Learn about School of Trades, Advanced Technologies and Sustainability student clubs in the TATC lobby Tuesday, Aug 28 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Clubs in the TATC include Aquaculture and Hydroponics, Biofuels, Mycology, SACNAS (STEM), Solar, Spirulina, Toastmasters, Welding, Hula-hoop, Culinary, Hospitality and Tourism, and more!

For more information, contact Margaretmary Wood, ext. 1295. Free pizza, while it lasts!

Petition to graduate online, Sept. 7 deadline for December graduation

Students can now petition to graduate online using MySFCC. The application is found on the
Student Tab under Student Resources or on the Launchpad under Student Records. The deadline to submit the form for December’s commencement ceremony is Sept. 7.

For more information, contact the Registrar’s Office, ext. 1385.

Employee Announcements

Patricia Pearce has art exhibition at Vivo Gallery through Sept. 4

Patricia Pearce is currently exhibiting art in “Alchemy in the Moment,” an exhibition that runs through Sept. 4 at Vivo Contemporary Gallery, 725 Canyon Road.

Vivo Contemporary Art Gallery describes her work this way: Pearce’s art draws from continual exploration, which she continues to do every day in her studio. “The making of a piece of art is the art; what is left at the end of the creation is just residue of the art.” Embracing this attitude, her creativity expands beyond specific disciplines. It allows her the freedom to explore, take risks, immerse herself in process — choosing the appropriate medium for the moment. For her, art is a form of communication. It is an important and critical conversation with the material she has chosen. That conversation with the materials and her inspiration expands to build a powerful dialogue that leads her to unique and expressive visual forms.

Photo: Patricia Pearce’s – “Dwelling IV” – 13.36 x 3.5″ – Assemblage


MPR Requests, new digital slide form

Have an event on campus? Want to promote it on the digital screens? In addition to the Job Request and Event Promotion forms, you can now submit a request for just a digital screen with MPR here.

If you have questions about the form or the job request/promo process in general, please contact MPR, ext. 1667.

Frequently Asked Questions on new employee Intranet

Employees have a new Intranet system that replaces JACK.

Yes, JACK has retired. (Thanks to Sarah Korzel Martinez for the awesome graphic!)

The new system is for college employees only. Students will continue to use only MySFCC.

Need to learn more navigation tools? Log in to the Intranet and register for one of the free training sessions: 11:30 to 12:30 on Tues. Aug. 28; 1:30 to 2:30 Wed. Aug. 29; or 4 to 5 p.m. Thurs. Aug. 30. Having trouble either accessing the Intranet or difficulty registering for the training? Contact Tricia Kattell via email or by calling ext. 1515.


NMPSIA Program Guides available for employees

The New Mexico Public Schools Insurance Authority (NMPSIA) program guides are now available. Please stop by Human Resources Department in LL309 to pick one up.

Helping flood victims

We know that folks are looking for ways to help some of the flood victims in our SFCC community. Lucia Lucero has created a Go Fund Me page that will help the family of two of the college employees affected. For more information visit the Go Fund Me page.

Hajj, the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca (Makkah)

Hajj, the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca (Makkah), explained for non-Muslims

August 20 was Islamic Pilgrimage to Makkah in Saudi Arabia and, August 21 was Eid-ul-adha (Celebration of Sacrifice – remembering when Abraham (May peace be upon him) was asked to sacrifice his son (may peace be upon him), but it was replaced by a ram with the mercy of God Almighty. A common greeting during this celebration is “Eid Mubarak” meaning “Blessed celebration”.

For further information:
Hajj, the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca (Makkah), explained for non-Muslims; A Biblical perspective; Interview with Malcolm X after return from Mecca, Hajj in 1964; Mohammad Ali’s pilgrimage to Makkah; Americans performing Hajj; A PBS documentary; Annual Muslim Pilgrimage explained by Forbes; Eid, Yum Kippur and Day of Arafat.

Information provided by Aamna Nayyar, co-chair of President’s Diversity Committee (PDAC).