At SFCC you will find your path to academic and job success. Discover outstanding faculty, excellent programs, affordable tuition and support throughout your journey. Enroll at SFCC to advance your career, complete a certificate or associate degree, or transfer to a four-year institution.
Share your thoughts on internal communications Mon.–Weds., August 14-16
Over the next three days, all employees will have the opportunity to help identify ways to improve the College’s internal communications. We want to hear from you. Interact Communications, a higher education consulting firm that specializes in community college communications will facilitate the conversations. Please share your feedback with Dr. Diane Walleser, Interact CEO, and Mary DeLuca, vice president and senior strategist. You should have received an invitation from President Rowley for the Interact meetings. If not, please plan to attend in person or remotely.
Day 1: Monday, August 14
9-11:30 a.m.: Interact Internal Communications Scan with Faculty
Interact facilitators will meet with small focus groups in person to further explore opportunities for internal communications strategies
Day 3: Wednesday, August 16
10- 11:30 a.m.: All faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the final session with Interact and a presentation on recommendations and next steps Jemez Rooms
We hope you will join us in contributing to this opportunity to share your insights, ideas, and perspectives. Contact: Laura Mulry, Marketing & Public Relations, 505-946-7980.
Interact Internal Communications Audit Facilitators August 14-16, 2023
Interact is a full-service marketing and enrollment agency exclusively serving two-year colleges in North America. Our team has extensive experience within the two-year college market, supporting colleges, consortia, and statewide systems, at every level – from a student’s first inquiry to graduation.
Diane Walleser, Ed.D., Acting CEO, is Interact’s vice president of client strategy and outcomes. She is responsible for identifying optimal solutions for clients and ensures clients receive the custom research, marketing tool or enrollment initiative necessary to drive the desired results. Previously, she served as Vice President for Enrollment Management at Borough of Manhattan Community College in the City University of New York system. She also served as Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Services at Columbus State Community College (Ohio) and as Vice President of Enrollment Management and Marketing at Madison Area Technical College (Wisconsin). In 2013, Diane was awarded AACRAO’s SEM Award of Excellence for her leadership in strategic enrollment management at two-year institutions. Prior to beginning her work in higher education, Diane spent fifteen years in private industry in finance and brand management leadership roles. Diane has an Ed.D. in higher education leadership from Edgewood College (Wisconsin); an M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, a bachelor of science in business administration from Viterbo University (Wisconsin), and an associate of applied science in finance from Western Technical College (Wisconsin).
Mary De Luca, Vice President, Account Services, guides clients with research, strategy, and creative solutions to build their college brands, drive enrollment, and advance community support. She’s a frequent contributor to Interact’s blogs and webinars to provide 2-year college marketers with the tips and tools they need to work smarter, not harder. With more than three decades of community college experience, Mary developed a nationally respected communications division and successful college brand from the ground up during her leadership tenure at the multi- campus Community College of Baltimore County (Maryland). While producing and managing multimedia communications to build enrollment, student success, and public support, Mary cultivated creativity and excellence—resulting in her team winning more than 100 Paragon and Medallion awards from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations. Mary has an M.A. in Publication Design from the University of Baltimore, where she earned the graduate program’s Ampersand Award for exceptional achievement in marrying words and images. She also served as the NCMPR District 1 Director.
SFCC co-sponsored along with the Santa Fe Boys & Girls Club the Aug. 6 free Lensic 360 concert at SWAN Park in Santa Fe.
The evening began with Boys & Girls Club of Santa Fe/Del Norte Battle of the Bands winner, Knotted Cord! Then Satsang performed.
This is just one of the many community events where members of SFCC Office of Recruitment had a presence in recent weeks. SFCC continues to work hard on getting out the message about all the college offers.
Genuine Foods Coffee Shop now open
Thank you all for your patience waiting for the completion of the permitting process from the NM Environment Department.
The Genuine Foods Coffee Shop is open and is serving breakfast burritos, drinks, coffee, sandwiches, pizza and salads. The cafeteria should open in the next few weeks since Genuine Foods needs to add staff to support the kitchen operation. Please encourage friends or family to apply here for a cook position.
Read this announcement of Genuine Foods new partnership with Santa Fe Community College here.
SFCC Library & English Department present Staff & Faculty Reading from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday
SFCC Library & English Department will present the Faculty and Staff Reading in the SFCC Library Reading Room from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, August 16. Refreshments will be served.
SFCC faculty and staff will read their original creative work. All staff and faculty are invited to read, but should contact Kate McCahill to sign up. For more information, send an email to Kate McCahill at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 505-428-1903.
Everyone in the community is invited to this free in-person event!
Next phase of NE/SE Connector Road Project delayed due to supply chain issues
Santa Fe County shared this information on August 8:
While preparing for the construction of the second round-about for the NE/SE Connector Roads Project, Santa Fe County was notified that due to extended waterline material lead times and scheduling, the closure at Richards Ave. and Dinosaur Trail, previously scheduled for August 14, 2023, will need to be postponed until late August or early September.
Regretfully, a full detour will need to be established weeks after the start of the school year. Santa Fe County has been in coordinator with Santa Fe Public Schools in preparation for the detour. Residents, please be aware that the detour may impact routes to Amy Biehl, IAIA, Santa Maria de la Paz, Santa Fe Community College, Bicycle Technologies International, The Academy for Technology and the Classics, and Easter Seals Disability Services. Santa Fe County will publish an official press release when the full closure will be initiated.
We want to thank constituents for their patience as traffic detours may delay your route to work, school, or for recreational purposes. Santa Fe County will continue to closely monitor this sensitive project scheduling and minimize traffic disruptions in this corridor.
Great participation at recent New Student Orientation
Marcos Maez reports great success at the July 29 New Student Orientation. He said, “SFCC hosted 30 students and close to 50 total attendees when we included family and friends who came as guests. A heartfelt expression of gratitude to all SFCC staff, faculty, and administration for their wonderful contributions in making our NSOs a big success! Holly Beamon, Nicole Ferreira , and I sincerely appreciate the collective effort that has created a positive and welcoming experience for our incoming students. We are looking forward to our upcoming August NSOs!”
Thank you to Student Ambassador Marcelo Figueiredo for sharing these great photos!
The NSOs are open to new and prospective students. Encourage your friends and family to RSVP the upcoming session so they can easily enroll for the fall semester.
Tuesday, August 15 from 12 p.m.-2 p.m.*
The tie noted with an asterisk above will have optional campus tours available after the orientations. Please RSVP by filling out the form on this web page. An RSVP is strongly encouraged so the college can best prepare for attendees.
Create a Free Will using easy online tool
Executive Director of SFCC Foundation Kelly Marquez shared this opportunity to create a Free Will in a recent email:
Valued supporters like you help the Santa Fe Community College Foundation empower our students on their educational journeys toward a successful future. We wouldn’t be able to strengthen this community without you. In gratitude, I’m writing to share news of our exciting new partnership that offers you a resource to complete a vital life task.
Impact: By including a legacy gift in your will, you can sustain the future of Santa Fe Community College and help secure our learning environment for the next generation!
Nearly 67% of American adults do not have an up-to-date estate plan, and it’s a crucial document that helps you care for your loved ones and steward your assets. FreeWill’s online tool guides you through writing your will in about 20 minutes — and it’s completely free to use.
As you write your will, FreeWill makes it simple to plan a legacy gift of any size to the SFCC Foundation. Your legacy gift can plant a seed of support that will grow to empower hardworking young people who are the future of our community!
Thanks for your continued support.
Exhibition “Entwined: Memory, Experience and Serendipity” opens 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 14
The exhibition featuring the art of Ilse Bolle continues through Oct. 11.
SFCC’s Visual Arts Gallery opens the art exhibition, “Entwined: Memory, Experience, Serendipity” featuring the art of Ilse Bolle, with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14. The public is welcome to attend the free reception with refreshments at the Visual Arts Gallery. The exhibition continues through Oct. 11.
Ilse Bolle’s fiber constructions are a fascinating combination of mixed media and sculpture. Bolle uses paper she makes by hand, twigs she harvests from the local landscape and waxed linen thread, which she uses to construct a simple, strong sculptural form. Found pieces of rusted metal, ubiquitous in the arroyos around Santa Fe, are then added to the composition. The juxtaposition of natural and man-made elements creates a remarkably earthy, stable beauty. At the same time, Bolle’s work maintains an aesthetic that captures and releases an emotional reaction.
Director of Art on Campus Linda Cassel said, “We’re pleased to showcase the creative work of Ilse Bolle. Her artwork invites the viewer to experience her clever artistic interplay of unconventional and traditional natural materials, which presents a refreshing illustration of conviviality and life.”
Ilse Bolle bio:
After immigrating from Germany in 1969, Ilse Bolle raised a family and continued her education at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. She achieved a BS Ed. in Art Education in 1982 and a MA in Studio Art in 1987. For 26 years, Ilse taught art in the public schools while maintaining a working studio. After she retired from teaching, she and her late husband moved to Santa Fe where she concentrates on her art full-time.
Ilse’s work was chosen for the 8th International Triennale of Tapestry in Lodz, Poland, and exhibited and collected by private and corporate collectors throughout the United States, Germany, Canada and Mexico.
“While growing up in rural Germany, I developed a special bond with nature. I loved creating with seedpods, tree bark, twigs, vines and grasses and, to this day, still gather most of the materials that I incorporate in my work.
Layers of handmade paper, with inclusions of textural elements, and knotted stick structures of willow and tamarisk are the bases for my fiber constructions. This process allows me to enclose space and explore the relationship between flat and curved surfaces. Process is very important to me, and I strive for simple, yet strong forms, always working with the natural color of the materials.
Paper and the process of making it has become an essential element in my work. The meshing and bonding of individual fibers create a strong yet pliable substance rich in texture. I enjoy slight, tactile imperfections and often emphasize them for their organic beauty.
Found objects in the form of rusted metal find their way into my work. I value the past and its remains, for they provide insight and context to the present and connections to the future.”
SFCC celebrated Dental Pinning Ceremony on July 28
Congratulations to all the recipients of the Dental pins at the ceremony on July 26. It’s a solemn, yet festive occasion recognizing all of the hard work of the students who have completed their programs. Congratulations, too, to all of the faculty and staff who helped the dental program students achieve their goals!
Thirteen dental assistants received a pin for completing dental assisting certificates.
1 – Advanced DA Certificate
12 – Certificate in Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary [EFDA]
Visual Arts Gallery presents Spencer Snyder’s Sculptural Ceramics
Meet the artist at the closing reception from 2-4 p.m. Aug. 24
Visual Arts Gallery presents “Spencer Snyder’s Sculptural Ceramics,” a pop-up show in the main foyer of the Fine Arts Building, 6401 Richards Avenue. The show is open to view now through closing reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, August 24. Refreshments will be served at the closing reception.
Director of Art on Campus Linda Cassel said, “SFCC hopes to have more of these short-term pop-up shows on campus. We’re excited to showcase the sculptural ceramics of one our talented students Spencer Snyder. We invite everyone to stop by and meet the artist at the closing reception.”
Spencer Snyder bio: Spencer Snyder’s long career has included performing with Nikolais Dance Theatre and the French Art Theater in New York City. His vocation in ceramics began after his move to Santa Fe in 2008. Spencer started With Micaceous Pottery at Santa Fe Clay with Anita Ginocchio and went on to earn an associate degree in Ceramics at SFCC in 2019. Spencer Snyder also has a master’s degree in choreography and a Bachelor of Arts in Cinema, both from UCLA and an A.A. in Interior Design. He has, as well, enjoyed several exhibitions of his photography.
Artist’s Statement: “My sculptural ceramic work celebrates form and volume. The sensuous shapes reflect my love of motion and the spiritual energy I find as I work in clay.” -Spencer Snyder 2023
The public can stop by to see Spencer Snyder’s pop-up show anytime during hours that the campus is open. For more information about the pop-up show or the SFCC Visual Arts Gallery, contact Director of Art on Campus Linda Cassel via email at email@example.com or call 505-428-1501.
Follett Higher Education now operating bookstore; snacks have arrived!
The bookstore is now being operated by Follett Higher Education.
With more than 150 years of experience in the education industry, Follett is trusted by more than 1,000 campuses across the U.S and Canada to help drive student success and support the higher education journey. As the latest to join the Follett network, Santa Fe Community College will benefit from Follett’s unique industry perspective and expertise, giving students, faculty and staff, alumni, and the entire campus community a cohesive and engaging campus retail experience.
Follett Higher Education is an equal opportunity employer. If you know someone who’d like to work at the bookstore, please have them apply online at www.follett.com/careers.
SFCC hosts reception for opening of Following the Manito Trail exhibit from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, August 26
SFCC’s Director of Art on Campus Linda Cassel said, “We’re so pleased to be able to share the rich cultural history shared in the Following the Manito Trail exhibition so well-prepared by the curators at the Millicent Rogers Museum on our campus. It’s an enlightening exhibition that will also touch the hearts of so many Hispanic families from northern New Mexico.”
Representatives from the Millicent Rogers Museum will be at the opening reception to talk with attendees about the development of the exhibition. Refreshments will be served.
The Millicent Rogers Museum shares this about the exhibition:
“Following the Manito Trail is a cultural heritage exhibition that shares the migration experiences, creative practices, and largely untold stories of Manito (Hispanic New Mexican) families from Taos County and its surrounding area. These families carried their culture with them through their migrations to other states for seasonal and permanent work during the 19th and 20th centuries. These migrations represent Manito family values in surviving, even if it meant leaving the homes they cherished.”
Their contributions significantly impacted the American West through their labor in sheepherding, coal mining, railroad construction, and the sugar beet fields. Wherever they went, they never forgot their roots in New Mexico, and they shaped their new homes in other states to preserve and adapt their cultural traditions that they brought with them. For some families, the following generations stayed in their diaspora homes, and, for others, they returned to New Mexico. Through their descendants, Manito families carry on the legacy of shaping the northern New Mexico cultural landscape through professions in medicine, the humanities, the arts, linguistics, and agriculture.”
The exhibition highlights Manito family histories; the significance of storytelling, agricultural, poetic, religious and culinary practices to Manito families.
The public is welcome at the reception and is invited to stop by any time during SFCC campus open hours to view the exhibition.
Miriam Sagan will read from her most recently published book of poetry, “Castaway.” The poems in “Castaway” speak to journeys between opposing worlds: illness and health, the self and the landscape, dry land and rising sea. The long narrative poem at the book’s heart — “The Librarian at Sea-Level” — chronicles Sasha, who refuses to leave her library as the ocean engulfs San Francisco, and her neighbor, Mr. Vishnu, the archetypical Preserver. There are also poems of desert and drought, of archaeological ruins and the present, and of how to die and how to live.
Miriam Sagan is the author of more than thirty books of poetry, fiction, and memoir. Her most recent include “Start Again” (Red Mountain, 2022) and “A Hundred Cups of Coffee” (Tres Chicas, 2019). She is a two-time winner of the New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards as well as a recipient of the City of Santa Fe Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and a New Mexico Literary Arts Gratitude Award. She has been a writer in residence in four national parks, Yaddo, MacDowell, Gullkistan in Iceland, Kura Studio in Japan, and a dozen more remote and interesting places. She works with text and sculptural installation as part of the creative team Maternal Mitochondria in venues ranging from RV Parks to galleries. She founded and directed the Creative Writing Program at Santa Fe Community College until her retirement. Her poetry was set to music for the Santa Fe Women’s Ensemble, incised on stoneware for two haiku pathways, and projected as video inside an abandoned building during the pandemic. (Note: Stroll though the Courtyard and see SFCC’s haiku pathway initiated by Miriam Sagan.)
When: 5 p.m. Tuesday, August 29, 2023
Where: Online. Pre-registration to attend the online event is required. A Zoom invitation will be sent to you the morning of the event. Please pre-register at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Sagan2023
Cost: Free. Space is limited. Participants must register to receive the Zoom link.
East Wing Eatery currently closed
The East Wing Eatery is closed for now. SFCC hopes to have it reopen later in the fall semester. We’ll share in Campus Weekly any updates.
Accredited specific education includes performing clinical and administrative procedures in settings such as physician’s offices, clinics and ambulatory settings. Course are sequenced to build skill level and prepare students for a career in the growing medical field.
The certificate is accelerated, eligible for financial aid, offered in both Fall and Spring semesters. It includes a practicum in a doctor’s office or hospital and National Certification tests. The certificate is embedded in the Medical Assisting Associate Degree.
Students must complete an application to start the acceptance process.
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.
Congratulations to Darrylinn Tafoya who received Maxine Williams Scholarship
The American Association of Medical Assistants® Maxine Williams Scholarship
Congratulations to our Medical Assistant Graduate Darrylinn Tafoya who received the Maxine Williams Scholarship. This is a special recipient of a very deserving award, and the Medical Assisting Program is proud of her accomplishments!
The Maxine Williams Scholarship Fund provides educational assistance to deserving medical assisting students.
Named after Maxine Williams, a founder of the American Association of Medical Assistants and its first president, the program was established in 1959. The fund is supported entirely by private contributions.
Apply by Sept. 8 for SFCC Student Parent Success Program
SFCC is offering individual coaching and support and up to $600/semester to student parents under age 30 with a child ages 0-5 or expecting. Apply by September 8 to participate: https://forms.office.com/r/nhfsZxjPCG.
Apply by Aug. 31 to participate in the SFCC Student Government Association
Irina Thomas, Printmaking student at SFCC, is currently showing her Linocuts at Dulce Capital Bakery and Coffee Shop located in the El Mercado Plaza. The show will be up until September 20. Dulce hours are 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. everyday but Sunday.
Irina Thomas was born and educated as an architect in the southern city of Rostov-on-Don in Russia, former Soviet Union. Santa Fe has been her home for the last 25 years.
All her prints were done in Santa Fe Community College’s studios, and she sincerely thanks this wonderful place, its teachers, gallery staff, and many friends she met here for inspiration and support.
The ideas for my prints come spontaneously from the feelings of awe, delight, bewilderment, and anticipation of nothing short of a miracle in every moment of life.
I feel that Printmaking is a very democratic form of art, as it allows sharing messages of our time more freely and readily than any other form. Although printmaking commands solid design and engineering of the plates, in time, as this medium became my best friend, I discovered that I could “do less and get more” – true freedom of expression!
The laconic statement of a linocut can be, without being an illustration, a “right on” aphorism or a “would be funny if not so true” folk saying.
It can reflect a subtle wish in prayer or be a snapshot of a dream. The composition of black and white lines can convey all the colors of human emotions and light to dark gradations of the mind. That is magic!
Last New Student Orientations this Tuesday; RSVP encouraged
Do you know someone who’s coming to the college for the first time? SFCC will offer a series of New Student Orientations that will help students adjust to college life and discover the many resources available.
Please share this message with prospective students:
Find Yourself at SFCC! Join us for our new student orientation. Meet fellow students. Explore SFCC’s beautiful campus. Get helpful tips for college success. We look forward to welcoming you to our campus community! Five different times. Choose one that fits your schedule!
Tuesday, August 15 from 12 p.m.-2 p.m.*
Times noted with an asterisk above will have optional campus tours available after the orientations. Please RSVP by filling out the form on this web page. An RSVP is strongly encouraged so the college can best prepare for attendees.
All new student orientations will begin in the Jemez Rooms. Open to all new and prospective students! Family and friends are also welcome to attend!
Have any other questions about New Student Orientation?
Degree-seeking students can qualify for laptop drawing just by registering and completing their FAFSA
Students who register for a minimum of three credit hours and complete their FAFSFA by August 21, 2023 will have their name entered in a drawing to win a laptop! Don’t wait until the last minute, register today!
Student Recruitment Ambassador needed
The Office of Recruitment and Student Outreach is hiring a Student Recruitment Ambassador to assist with leading campus tours for individuals and large groups, to support SFCC’s Recruitment and Dual Credit team and assist with projects as needed. Our Ambassador will also participate in community and Santa Fe public School events like college and career fairs and application drives.
Students will work a maximum 20 hours per week. Must be registered for at least 3 CR in summer and 6 CR in fall and maintain a minimum of a 2.5 GPA. Pay is $15/hour. Students do not need to be work-study eligible.
Ambassadors make a difference by providing excellent customer service, completing and fulfilling online and in-person orders, coordinating on-campus delivery events, maintaining inventory reports and ensuring products are readily available, maintaining a positive atmosphere, ensuring the cleanliness of space, and providing other opportunities to make a difference. Assist with campus events and activities. Ambassadors may have some physical requirements to fulfill.
Students: Need childcare? Make sure you’re on the Kids Campus waitlist
When a spot comes available at the Kids Campus, students get priority placement. Kids Campus wants to support student parents and hopes that those needing childcare will get on the waitlist.
Children of degree-seeking SFCC students, SFCC employees, and full-time students at the Higher Education Center are prioritized for placement to support a two-generation philosophy of education at the college.
Visit the Kids Campus website for more information. Students receive a 10% discount on the cost of Kids Campus and N.M. Early Childhood Education and Care Development offers Child Care Assistance to income-eligible students.
Student Resource Center is here for you
Connect with Community Resources The Student Resource Center focuses on providing information to students about resources throughout the community and providing appropriate referrals to agencies. The resources focus on basic needs such as: housing and shelter, food, legal services, transportation, childcare services, utility payment assistance, and physical and mental health services. All services are free and confidential.
Conèctese con los Recursos de la Comunidad El Centro de Recursos para Estudiantes se enfoca en proporcionar información a los estudiantes sobre los recursos en toda la comunidad y proporcionar referencias apropiadas a las agencias. Los recursos se centran en necesidades básicas como: vivienda y refugio, alimentos, servicios legales, transporte, servicios de cuidado infantil, asistencia para el pago de servicios públicos y servicios de salud física y mental. Todos los servicios son gratuitos y confidenciales.
Session at 9 a.m. Friday on ‘Addressing ChatGPT in your course/syllabus policies’
Convocation continues this week with many important sessions. There continues to be much interest in ChatGPT. Faculty and staff are invited to attend the 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 18 session: “Addressing ChatGPT in your course/syllabus policies.” It will be in person in Room 570 and available in Hyflex. The session will be presented by SFCC library by Val Nye, Sarah Hood and Laura Smith.
On August 16th, all SFCC employees will be assigned Mandatory Cybersecurity Awareness Training.
Current Employees will have two months to complete the training. New employees hired throughout the academic year will be assigned the course on their start date and will have two months to complete the training.
We appreciate your compliance with the important annual training requirements.
Fall Online Teaching and Learning training opportunities
The office of Online Teaching and Learning (OTL) encourages faculty members to improve their online teaching skills with Title V supported trainings. Contact Michelle Rentería at firstname.lastname@example.org to register or for more information. Visit https://www.qualitymatters.org/PD-schedule for the full Quality Matters schedule of classes.
Opt-In to get Student Parent Success newsletter
Did you know that more than 1 in 5 college students nationally is a parent and that 42% of student parents are enrolled at community colleges? The Student Parent Success Program, a program of the SFCC Early Childhood Center of Excellence, distributes a monthly student parent newsletter, events, and resources to student parents. Please help us reach more student parents – staff and faculty, use this form to opt-in to our emails so that you receive information on events, resources, and opportunities that you can share with student parents: https://forms.office.com/r/fr3gyHqQBC And student parents, use the form on our webpage to opt-in to our emails directly: www.sfcc.edu/family-resources.
SFCC won third place in Blue and Gold Tournament
SFCC participated in the Santa Fe High School Blue and Gold Golf Tournament at Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe. This promotional opportunity was sponsored by the Office of Student Recruitment.
Team members included Steve Martinez, Ph.D.; Terri Strauss; Raymon Cutter; and Adam Strauss.
Of Note: SFCC’s team, led by Dr. Steve Martinez, won third place in the tournament, shooting an impressive 54 on the 72 par “Championship Course” course.
Herman Garcia completes Triple Bypass bike ride
Herman Garcia, Fitness Facility Director, completed the Triple Bypass bike ride on Saturday, July 22, in Avon ,Colorado. It was 118 miles climbing three ski passes (Juniper, Loveland, and Vail), 10,800 feet of climbing in one day. He explains that this was his fifth. He said the last one was in 2015, however, and he’s “a wee bit older now.” Garcia added, “I won’t lie, it was tough. At times, I just had to tell my lying legs to shut up, lol.”
While he admits that most of the competitors were half his age, he says “age is just a number.”
In addition to his role as Fitness Facility Director, Herman Garcia teaches fitness classes. Check out his many fall fitness classes that still have openings. He teaches indoor cycling, water fitness (Aqua Fit) and a boot camp class. Find out why SFCC folks call him the “Hermanator.”
Erica Keppel recognized as “Forty Under 40 Top Business Leaders”
Erica Keppel was named one of “Forty Under 40 Top Business Leaders” by the Santa Fe Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
She said, “I feel humbled and honored to receive the 40 under 40 recipients’ recognition. I want to start off by thanking God for this opportunity.
This recognition is not only for me but for all those who have mentored me throughout the years and have given me the opportunity to become who I am today.”
Doug Jones in “New Alchemy” art exhibition through Aug. 15
Doug Jones, Program Head, Fine Woodworking had an opening on Saturday, July 29, 4-7 p.m. at Tierra Mar Gallery, 225 Canyon Road, Santa Fe. “New Alchemy” includes furniture and sculptural objects.
Congratulations to Natalie Solis July 2023 WOW Award winner
Nominated by Jon Arellano:
“Natalie goes above and beyond for SFCC Students, Parents and Staff. For the last few months, our department has undergone some major staff changes and Natalie has maintained a positive attitude while providing incredible customer
service to our student population and her colleagues. Personally, I am very grateful for her patience and Financial Aid knowledge of policy and procedure. She is a valuable resource to the SFCC community and our department specifically.”
Please be sure to nominate who you think is doing a great job here at SFCC. The submission form can be found at the SFCC Connect portal, or by reaching out to Katie Cadena Priebe, Katherine.email@example.com.
Jennifer Lynch featured in Albuquerque Journal “In The Studio”
Learn more about fellow SFCC faculty member Jennifer Lynch in this article about her education, her life, and her work as a printmaker and painter:
Ahní Rocheleau, adjunct faculty for the School of Art and Design has her work in a show: Southwest Contemporary’s 12 New Mexico Artists to Know June 3, 2023 – September 2, 2023 516 ARTS MUSEUM, 516 Central Avenue SW, Albuquerque, NM. Read more: Southwest Contemporary.
WOW awards – nominate an outstanding coworker today!
The Office of Human Resources recognizes WOW recipients for their dedicated work and commitment to Santa Fe Community College.
Congratulations to Assessment Honor Award winners!
SFCC presented the first Assessment Honor Awards at Convocation. The Assessment Honors Awards recognized teams and individuals who embraced the Assessment process on various levels, which allowed SFCC to achieve 100% completion of the assessments for the first time since the school began doing its assessments.
Congratulations also to Ruthy Watson, Ph.D., Director of Assessments, Program Review and Special Projects for leading the process, which allowed SFCC to 100% completion! Thank you also to Margaret Peters, Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, shown here presenting the awards.
2023 Fast Starter Award:Owen Stenzel; EMSI, School of Sciences, Health, Engineering and Math. For quickly grasping the focus of Assessments in Improve and utilizing it effectively.
2023 Consider It Done Award: Jessica Balladares; Phlebotomy and Medical Assisting – School of Sciences, Health, Engineering and Math. For reliability, dependability, and efficiency in completing Assessments.
2023 Positive Participator Award: Julianne Santillanes; Massage Therapy – School of Fitness Education. For approaching the Assessment process as a learning experience with a curious spirit and positive attitude.
2023 Above and Beyond Award: Dr. Dawn Wink; Early Childhood Education and Teacher Education – School of Business, Education and Professional Studies. For showing initiative and dedication to the Assessment process, being adaptable and persistent in finding answers to Assessment questions and challenges.
2023 Overall Best Assessment Award: Kate McCahill; English and Creative Writing – School of Liberal Arts. For clear details and information in the narratives in Assessments, checking all areas, and providing information that is pertinent to the learning outcomes.
2023 Team Awesome Awardwas given to Student Affairs. Accepting the award were Andrew Arellano (Financial Aid Coordinator), Holly Beamon (Director of Advising, First Year Experience and Career Services), Dr. Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos (Associate Vice President for Student Affairs) and Mary Eleas (Student Involvement Coordinator). For demonstrating outstanding teamwork and synergy in completing Assessments to improve student outcomes.
SFCC Director of Continuing Education Nicholas “Nick” Wernicki said, “We are thrilled to be partnering with the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado to offer some of our most popular classes on the Four Seasons property. These classes will offer a chance for personal enrichment in a magnificent setting. Attendees can enjoy the Ancient Sky-Watchers class accompanied by the Four Seasons signature S’mores and hot-cocoa. We invite the community to join Professor Steve Martinez for an afternoon of 19th Century New Mexico history or popular art instructor Michael Long for an outdoor art experience both offered at the Four Seasons property with a mouthwatering lunch at the seasonally inspired Terra Restaurant included.”
Bixente Pery, General Manager of Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado added, “Four Seasons is excited to partner with Santa Fe Community College to welcome people to experience the ambiance and cuisine of Rancho Encantado while enjoying superb lectures offered by talented instructor.” Bar and Restaurant General Manager Faith Shroeder said, “We are proud to share our signature restaurant with the community, featuring the flavors of northern New Mexican cuisine with global influences, all with sweeping views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains.”
Advance registration is required for the classes at Four Seasons, as well as other offerings through SFCC’s Continuing Education program.
If you have questions about the schedule or where to get a print copy, contact Continuing Education at firstname.lastname@example.org or 505-428-1676. The CE staff can help you complete your registration.
Please see the schedule for other exciting class partnerships. Read about the Sake 101 class offered at Izanami Restaurant (page 10) and The Back in Time class (page 3) given as you ride aboard the Sky Railway.
Enhancements to SFCC.edu
In an email on Thursday, June 13 Executive Director of Marketing and Public Relations Todd Lovato shared the following about the public website:
I am writing today to update you on an exciting development on our public website. For more than a year, a team of my MPR teammates have worked on a project to enhance our website offerings for prospective students.
We are pleased to announce that some of these website revisions – which include some updates to program and department pages – are being introduced today. Website updates and adaptations are an ongoing process. I’d like to point out, however, that the focus of these latest revisions was primarily to enhance the experience of prospective students on our site as they navigate the admissions process and explore educational pathways at SFCC. The updates provide enhanced access to career information, registration guidance and support resources. They also address some on-going technical and user navigation issues.
These enhancements have been carefully developed using higher education best practice research, website and search engine optimization (SEO) traffic analytics, consultation with local web developers and writers, as well as ongoing consultation and collaboration with many of our colleagues throughout the campus.
Also, please note that these changes provide MPR with new features and additional ways to collaborate with programs and departments to further improve the website and provide prospective students easier access to information about college programs.
As with any web updates, there is the possibility of small, easily fixable glitches like broken links or re-directs. As we comb for these bugs, I ask for your help by keeping an eye out for anything out of the ordinary. Please contact MPR with these updates using the MPR Job Request Form. This will enable us to quickly address issues. Please continue to review and update your department’s respective webpages for out-of-date or excessive information. Please note, today’s message pertains to the college’s public website, and does not include changes to MySFCC or the SFCC Connect Intranet, which are not under MPR’s purview.
I’d like to thank my MPR team and colleagues across campus for their persistence, collaborative energy, and continued focus on our college’s future students.
We look forward to continuing to work with you in promoting SFCC’s outstanding programs to our community.
SFCC to offer coding and creativity opportunities with support from Apple
SFCC will offer the Santa Fe region new learning opportunities around coding and creativity, with the support of Apple’s Community Education Initiative. Community partners include Santa Fe Public Schools, Santa Fe Indian School, Boys & Girls Club of Santa Fe/Del Norte, and STEM Santa Fe, which will work with the college and Santa Fe Community College Foundation to cultivate digital literacy, digital equity, and coding and creativity experience to Santa Fe’s diverse community.
SFCC President Becky Rowley, Ph.D., said, “Santa Fe Community College is thrilled Apple is supporting our work to offer training in coding and other creative digital skills to young people who have had limited access to such opportunities in the past.”
The initiative will reach youth in a variety of locations primarily in the Santa Fe Public Schools, Santa Fe Indian School, as well as at the Boys & Girls Club based at the Santa Fe Place Mall. STEM Santa Fe will assist with the initiative.
For more information about SFCC’s role in this program, contact Dean of Continuing Education and Contract Training Kris Swedin via email at email@example.com or call 505-428-1253.
Student art exhibition continues through Aug. 18
The opening reception for the Student Art and Design exhibition on May 11 was a festive gathering for SFCC and members of the community. Thank you to Director of Galleries Linda Cassel for organizing the exhibition and opening.
Dean James (Jim) Wysong, Ph.D., said in addition to awarding Student Art Award prizes, SFCC also recognized our retiring art faculty members: Laura Rosenfeld, James Marshall, and Felix Voltsinger. SFCC extends best wishes to the retiring art faculty members!
Dean Wysong added, “We hosted approximately 150 guests during the opening between 4 and 6 p.m.”
The following are the Student Art Award Winners. Please note that in some categories there were two Second Places awarded, when the judges determined two deserved that recognition: Jewelry: Nyal A. Tack, Fine Woodworking: Pam English, Printmaking/Bookarts: John Drabanski, Photography: Jeremy Oversier, Ceramics: Sabrina Pratt, Ceramics 2nd place: Aurelia Gomez, Sculpture: Polina Smutko, Sculpture2nd place: James Wilson, Sculpture2nd place (2): Roberto Espinosa, Drawing/Painting: Jesus Miguel Avena, Drawing 2nd place: Nancy Nielsen, and Drawing 2nd place (2): Catherine Le Baigue.
Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday. The gallery is closed on days when the campus is closed. The exhibition continues through August 18.
SFCC Wastewater Treatment Plant closure & decommissioning work through July 2023
SFCC is in its final phase to permanently close our Wastewater treatment plant and transfer our waste to Ranchland Utility regional facility. This will benefit SFCC in several ways, including reuse of treated water for irrigation purposes used in the local community, no additional capitol funding resources needed to support 36+ old infrastructure that has extended beyond its useful life, and future opportunities to repurpose land in accordance with SFCC 2021 Master Plan.
There will be construction activities extending through July 2023. Please note there will be no impact to services during this project. For more information contact Andrea Mueller, Facilities & Operations Assistant Director & Campus Planning at firstname.lastname@example.org or 505-930-9781.
Required COVID-19 Reporting
SFCC continues to monitor and follow guidance from public health officials and state and local government on mitigating and addressing exposure to COVID-19. The State of New Mexico and New Mexico Higher Education Department recently announced they will no longer require the reporting of COVID-19 cases amongst student, staff, and faculty who are on campus via the Rapid Response Submission Portal.
Our college continues to take the transmission and threat of infectious diseases seriously and we remain committed to keeping our community as safe as possible. Please note the following:
The college no longer requires reporting of COVID-19 positive cases to SFCC’s Contact Tracing Team.
However, it is very important we continue keep each other safe and follow health and safety best practices. The college continues to follow guidelines from the CDC Quarantine and Isolation Calculator, which details the following:
You should isolate from others when you have COVID-19.
You should also isolate if you are sick and suspect that you have COVID-19 but do not yet have test results.
Ending isolation is detailed on the CDC’s Isolation and Precautions for People with COVID-19 webpage – “Ending Isolation”.
Positive or suspected positive individuals should coordinate closely with supervisors to make appropriate accommodations, as well as reporting for absences using regular sick leave.
If you are out of sick leave and contracted COVID-19, please contact the Office for Human Resources to determine if other options are available to you.
The college custodial staff continues its rigorous cleaning and disinfecting protocols, which includes a campus-wide daily schedule, with emphasis on bathrooms, and higher traffic and enclosed spaces.
Additionally, Facilities and Operations staff have made significant improvements to college ventilation and filtration systems and those systems are up and running.
The College will continue to follow best practices, community levels, and infectious disease developments.
Museum STEP Passes available at Library
With the STEP Pass, you and up to 5 people can use the card for free admission to:
See this video of the latest presentation from the SFCC Library – How do you spell the future with AI. This was the conversation from April 27.
Message about preferred names
While the college has always supported our students, we now have another technological opportunity to provide an empowering, safe, and nondiscriminatory educational and work environment. Beginning on Monday February 6, students will be able update their preferred name in Self Service Banner (SSB9).
The student’s legal name will be on your class roster and their preferred name, if applicable, will appear in parenthesis. For example, Gonzales, Bernadette (Charmaine). For legal purposes, the student’s legal name will still appear on all formal documents such as Financial Aid information, 1098-T’s and transcripts.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
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 email@example.com or 505-428-1775 for more information.