Campus Weekly

Welcome back for fall semester!

Welcome back everyone!

If you haven’t checked out SFCC’s updated website, we encourage you to check it out at

MPR’s team continues to work hard to update the website to reflect our new learning environment. We think the image above reflects how we’ll be mainly operating this fall. The majority of classes will be online. For those still navigating the types of classes, please visit the synchronous vs. asynchonous web page. We also ask for your patience, as the team continues to tweak the website.

In some rare exceptions, a few hands-on classes will meet some of the time on campus. The college is still following strict COVID-19 protocols. To find out the latest information visit There are links on that page for Employee FAQs and Student FAQs. No one will be allowed on campus without following the protocols. See Employee on Campus Protocol. Also, students will have to follow the Student on Campus Protocol. Students are only allowed as designated for their assigned class times. Employees and the students who are coming onto campus must complete the COVID-19 safety module, which will come in a link through SFCC email. Also, you can log into MySFCC and click on the KnowBe4 link to complete your training.

Since communication is key, please check your SFCC email regularly for information and updates. Also, if you haven’t already signed up, we encourage everyone to join the SFCC In This Together Facebook group. It’s a great way to keep connected and share information.

News and Announcements

Campuswide Power Shutdowns scheduled for 8/29 and 9/3

In order for the Automotive Technologies Center facility to be connected to permanent power, the following two campuswide power shutdowns have been scheduled.

Saturday, August 29 – 6 a.m to noon
6 a.m. OIT shutdown; 7 to 11 a.m. power shutdown; Noon OIT startup

Thursday, September 3 – 3:30 to 9:30 p.m.
3:30 p.m. OIT shutdown; 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. power shutdown; 9:30 p.m. OIT start

  • F&O staff is coordinating power generation for essential services
  • Remote technology services available during the shutdown
  • Wi-Fi and network connectivity in offices/classrooms down
  • The HEC will not be affected

Please contact Dobby Schmidt (x1226), Maintenance Manager, with Facilities & Operations if your facility requires coverage by a generator during the shutdowns.

For any other questions, please contact Karin Pitman, Director Project Manager, with Facilities & Operations (x1720).

SFCC Film Open House gives prospective students a preview of classes and class formats

On August 18, the faculty of SFCC’s Film program held an online open house for potential students. It was a good way for the film program to discuss how classes would be taught and address some student questions and concerns. The open house was recorded and can be viewed on YouTube at


Governing Board Meeting 1:30 p.m. August 26; Learning Center District Board 1 p.m.

The August 26 Learning Center District Board Meeting will begin at 1:00 p.m. The Governing Board Meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m.

Because of the current public health emergency, this meeting will not be held in person. Board members will attend through a virtual online platform. The public may attend this meeting by logging onto YouTube . Written public comments may be submitted to Audrey Lucero at at least 24 hours before the meeting. Public comments will be read out loud during the meeting (up to 3 minutes per comment).

Radio series features teachers of traditionally hands-on classes

Listen to previous episodes here.

Teaching the trades and other traditionally “hands-on” classes in a socially distant world presented our faculty with many new challenges. To learn more about some of these programs and what SFCC classes will look like for students this Fall, tune into KSWV 810 AM & 99.9 FM on Mondays and Wednesday mornings from 8-8:30 a.m. starting this coming Monday, August 10. Featured programs include: Automotive Technology, Culinary Arts, Film, Solar and Sustainable Technologies, Alternative Fuels, Controlled Environment Agriculture and more.

Each segment features faculty who will talk about their department’s programs, career opportunities, adaptive teaching strategies, safety protocols for on-campus instruction and more. Stream at or tune-in on the radio. Links to the interviews will be posted on our event page after they air.

Scheduled guests & dates are as follows:
8/10 – Julia Furry and Allen Mirabal, Automotive Dept.
8/12 – Jerry Dakan, Culinary Dept.
8/17 – Ute Jannsen-Kerr, Massage/Fitness Dept.
8/19 – Milton Riess, Film Dept.
8/24 – Xubi Wilson, Green Building/Solar Dept.
8/26 – Stephen Gómez, Ph.D., Alternative Fuels and Sustainability
8/31 – R. Charlie Shultz and Pedro Casas, Controlled Environment Agriculture and Greenhouse


EnergySmart COVID-19 class featured in SF New Mexican

Dillon Mullen of the Santa Fe New Mexican featured EnergySmart Academy and workforce training in the story, “COVID-19 course at SFCC gets national audience.”

The story was also broadcast on KOB-TV.

If you’re interested in registering for the class or for more information, please send an email to Amanda Hatherly at

Photo: Director of SFCC’s EnergySmart Academy Amanda Hatherly.


Wallet Hub ranks SFCC #13 for top community colleges in nation

KSFR-radio announced on air last week that SFCC was ranked #13 in the nation by Wallet Hub.

We also saw that it was ranked as #1 in the state!

Wallet Hub looks at affordability, value and many other factors in preparing its rankings.


Census reporting deadline moved up to September 30

Why is the census important? New Mexico is currently undercounted. If New Mexico undercounts residents by only 1%, we would lose $780 Million Dollars. (

Be counted! If you have received an invitation, respond using your Census ID.

If you haven’t received a census letter or paper questionnaire with your Census ID, wait to respond. Census workers will drop off paper questionnaires at your front door.

When people respond online or over the phone using their Census ID or mail back their completed paper questionnaire, we can get the best count of the community.


Gloria Ladson-Billings, Ph.D., keynote available to view

Faculty and staff were energized by Gloria Ladson-Billings, Ph.D., who delivered the keynote address, “Educating Past Pandemics,” for convocation on Aug. 13.

She spoke about the four pandemics we all are facing, lessons learned from history, academic achievement vs. student learning, cultural competence, the digital divide and much more. She highlighted her talk with a dynamic presentation on hip-hop as a cultural influence.

Take time to revisit this presentation or share it with others.

It can be viewed on SFCC’s Youtube channel here.

SFCC partner NTx-Bio featured on KOB-TV for role in vaccine manufacturing

NTx-Bio, which is one of the college’s partners in the Innovation Center was recently featured in a story on KOB-TV,
“Santa Fe company could help manufacture COVID-19 vaccines.”

Wow! That’s incredible news. Read more about NTx-Bio.

Photo: NTx-Bio co-founders (far right) at the ribbon cutting with U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (center) in 2016.

Testing Center to provide Hi Set testing in August

The Testing Center will provide official HiSet testing services in August.

The Testing Center will be offering the exams from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, but you must register in advance.

Register for for the HiSet at:

Please note: Due to Covid 19, students have not had access to the GED and Hi Set tests. It is important that students take advantage of this opportunity to complete their High School Equivalency as it might not be available again during the fall semester.

Santa Fe LITERARY REVIEW available for pick up

Complimentary copies of the 2020 SANTA FE LITERARY REVIEW are available for safe curbside pickup at the Santa Fe Public Library branches, at the SFCC Library and the Santa Fe Higher Education Center. See the details regarding times and locations in this press release.

The SANTA FE LITERARY REVIEW is produced annually by SFCC students, faculty and alumnae. This keepsake publication features work by regional writers and artists, as well as contributors from around the world. To learn more, visit Santa Fe Literary Review. Also, preview the magazine here.

Mark your calendars and reserve a spot at the online reception on October 22. Register here.

SFCC's phased Reopening Plan

In alignment with SFCC’s 2020 COVID-19 Strategic Plan, the “SFCC CARES: COVID-19 Readiness Plan” for fall semester 2020 emphasizes a smart and compassionate return to campus. The carefully measured approach will continue to balance the educational and health needs of our campus.

As circumstances stand today, our fall semester may not feel significantly different than our summer. The best way to ensure the safety of our community is to minimize our person-to-person contact.

The above statements are from the comprehensive SFCC: Cares Covid-19 Readiness Plan. The plan is a 58-page document.

The college is currently in Phase 0 and will move into Phase 1 at the beginning of the fall semester.

For a concise, illustrated guide to the college’s phased reopening plan please visit


Listen: Kate McCahill on Cline's Corner

Listen to the podcast as Santa Fe Community College Faculty Advisor Kate McCahill talks about the new edition of the Santa Fe Literary Review with Lynn Cline on KSFR 101.1 FM’s Clines Corner.


Congratulations dental program graduates!

On Aug. 7, Dr. Aamna Nayyar hosted a virtual pinning/graduation ceremony for the dental certificate graduates. Congratulations to Dr. Nayyar, the dental program faculty, staff and hard working students who had to finish their studies following strict COVID-19 safety protocals! The hard work paid off. Many in the class have already started working in jobs with their new skills. Several students will continue to work to get their associate degrees. Two graduates said they plan to go on to higher education with their sights on becoming dentists! Dr. Aamna Nayaar, you and your team inspire us all!

Inset photo: Screenshot from virtual pinning. Image shows Natalia Gonzalez, who received her certificate in dental assisting. She is working toward an AAS in Dental Health and wants to continue to study to become a dentist.
Watch this video of the celebration.

Laptop Discounts for Staff, Faculty and Students

The Office of Information Technology is excited to announce a partnership with Dell. Students, Staff and Faculty may purchase laptops, monitors and computer accessories with the SFCC educational discount.

To get started log into and click on the Dell Computer Discount icon under Resources. Discounts are available on laptops and computer accessories.

Capital Improvement Projects scheduled for July and August

We are excited to announce several upcoming Capital Improvement Projects scheduled to begin in July and August as follows:

August 3 to end of October (3 months)– Phase I Parking Lot Improvements to repave SFCC’s Main Lot, crack seal, fog and stripe Accessible Lot, Carpool Lot and TATC West Lot.

July 20 to November 20 (120 Days) – Roofing Upgrades for Main Campus

August 3 to November 3 (3 months) – Waste Water Treatment Plant Gravity Sewer line transfer to Ranchlands Utility & Irrigation Upgrades

The Main Lot will be closed starting in August and all other lots are available for parking during construction. While we apologize for any inconvenience, we appreciate your patience. For questions, please contact F & O (Facilities and Operations) Project Manager (formerly POM), Andrea Mueller at 505-930-9781.

Operation Bandana still needs help with mask making, phone calls, deliveries and more!

We recently spoke with the Nursing student duo Robin Carillo Ortiz and Erin Price of Operation Bandana NM and their main request was: We Need More Help With All Tasks.

They have returned as full-time nursing students. They are looking for other students or staff who could take on coordinating the operation this fall.

To find out more about their needs for mask making, help with deliveries, supply donations for The Navajo Nation and assistance with phone calls read this recent update from Inside SFCC, “Nursing students lead Operation Bandana.”

SFCC in the news

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

8/7/20, Santa Fe New Mexican: Pasatiempo “Pressed for Space: The Santa Fe Literary Review’s 15th issue.”

7/29/20, Santa Fe Reporter, Best of Santa Fe Guide, Santa Fe Reporter’s Best of Santa Fe Guide.

Here are the winners:

• Best Fitness Classes: SFCC Fitness Education Center Second place!
• Best Pilates Studio: SFCC First place!
• Best Yoga Studio: SFCC Third place!

7/23/20, Los Alamos Daily Post, LANL Foundation Awards Career-Bound Students With Its 2020 Career Pathways Scholarships, Investing In Scholars Of All Ages Set To Improve Their Lives And Communities

07/22/2020, Santa Fe Reporter Higher Ed Looking Ahead

Student Spotlight

Support Group offered by Counseling Services

The past several months have been a challenging time for everyone, and remote learning has come with the added difficulty of social isolation. To help you connect with each other outside the classroom setting, we are offering an online support group via a video platform. Here you can connect with your peers about how you are doing, find solidarity in shared experiences, and gain support from each other and from the Counseling Services staff. Please fill out the form below to choose the best meeting time(s) for you. We very much look forward to meeting with you!

For more information, please contact Rosalie Lipfert, LMSW
Counselor, Santa Fe Community College


InterVarsity Christian Fellowship seeks members

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship has offered to provide a college campus support ministry for students at SFCC.

Sign up to join the weekly gathering and help the group get established as an official organization on campus.

Contact Barb Griego ( or Isaac Arellano ( for more information.


Student Ambassadors are recruiting


  • $750 stipend each semester
  • Strengthen leadership skills
  • Use your voice
    Get involved with your community


  • Friday meeting/trainings 9:30 a.m. to noon
  • 150 Leadership service hours
  • Maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Develop and lead programs to support fellow students

If you want to join and be a Student Ambassador be sure to fill this application and email it to


Sign up for STEM Core at SFCC

SFCC’s STEM Core is a community of students taking classes together with support from a specialist focused on your success. We are here to help you reach your goals. Checkout STEM Core’s Fall 2020 classes and apply now at

Do you want to…

  • Get on the fast track to a fun, challenging, meaningful and highly paid career?
  • Study with a group of motivated, hard-working students and get extra support?
  • Increase your chances to earn a paid internship with a local employer?

Ed Worden, 505-428-1818,


Cashier's Office accepting appointments for in-person payment

The Cashier’s Office will be making appointments for students who need assistance with cash payments beginning Tuesday, August 25.

Hours will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays only.

Please make your appointment in advance by calling the Cashier’s Office at 428-1008.

SFCC Student Activities Group on Facebook

The Office of Student Development has a new, private Facebook group, SFCC Student Activities!

The group is for current SFCC students only and will be a virtual space where students can interact and participate in OSD activities.

Visit to join today!


Campus Cupboard delivers food Thursday afternoons

Ed Worden of SFCC’s Campus Cupboard will be packing bags of food items for students. There will be pantry staples, snacks and canned goods. SFCC Students experiencing food insecurity are encouraged to take advantage of this new service.

Students should call 428-1775 on Thursday afternoons (noon to 4 p.m.) and drive up to the West Wing entrance. Groceries will be delivered into their trunk or left outside for pickup.

Campus Cupboard is distributing in collaboration with the Food Depot, and no one will be turned away.

For more information, call Ed Worden at 428-1775.

Students: Do you need a laptop or hotspot?

Students: Do you need a laptop or internet access for online classes? SFCC has hotspots and laptops available for checkout. You must be a credit seeking student and be registered for the fall semester to qualify for this program.

Use this link to request an appointment:

Book an appointment

You will need to follow the protocols at the link below to come to campus for your appointment:

Protocols to come on campus.

Questions? Email or call (505) 428-1222.

Did you have checked out equipment from this summer? Please return them no later than August 14 to avoid late fees. Use the same link to book a return appointment.

Online Student Orientation is available now!

The SFCC Online Student Orientation is available now! This is a Free Canvas course that is a ‘self-enroll’ course.

Please enroll online at:


Career Services Virtual Drop-In Clinic Tuesdays and Thursday

SFCC Career Services Virtual Drop-In Clinic
Sessions Available Tuesdays and Thursdays
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Resumes
  • Application Letters
  • Job Searches
  • Career Coaching

Book a session online


Contract for a Better Tomorrow scholarship application open

The 2020-2021 application for the Domanica Foundation Contract for a Better Tomorrow (CBT) Scholarship Program is open!

CBT is a performance-based scholarship, which helps students complete and graduate from one of SFCC’s certificate or associate degree programs. CBT is for first-generation college students and is open to US Citizens, Permanent Residents, International and non-US students.

Please visit our website for eligibility requirements.


SGA seeks new officers, senators

Student Government Association president Ian Widrick Martinez invites all students to consider becoming an SGA leader.

Student Government Association has two open Executive Officer Positions and seven open Senator Positions.

Executive Officer Positions:
• Vice-President
• Secretary
Senator Positions:
• Liberal Arts, Arts, Design and Media Arts
• Trades, Advanced Technology & Sustainability, Business and Education
• Health, Math and Science, Fitness Center
• Communication & Public Relations
• 2 SGA Appointed Senator Positions

Requirements to run for office:
 WEDNESDAY meetings/trainings 11:30-1:30 p.m.
 A minimum of 14-24 office hours per month depending on position.
 Maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
 Have a declared major and enrolled in a minimum of six (6) credit hour classes in the current semester.

Click here to get more information and an application packet!

Application packets must be submitted by 5 p.m. August 20 to

Ian Widrick Martinez adds, “Together, the student voice has never been stronger.”

Apply now for new Massage Therapy certificate program

SFCC is now accepting and reviewing applications to enter the Certificate of Massage Therapy program. SFCC is launching that program with online only classes in the fall semester for those accepted into the program. For information on admission to the program visit SFCC Massage Therapy program.

Ute Jannsen-Kerr, who is directing the certificate program said, “The college is excited to offer this new program. Massage therapy contributes to the health and well-being of those seeking stress relief, as well as relief from aches and pains. People must apply this summer to be reviewed for access to beginning online classes this fall.” Graduates of the program will be eligible to take the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEX) in order to qualify for NM State licensure.

Note: All fall classes for this program will be online. Please apply now to secure a spot in the program. For more information contact Ute Jannsen Kerr at
or call 505-428-1420.


Apply for 2020-2021 SFCC and Foundation Scholarships

SFCC has state institutional and Foundation private scholarships available for new and returning students to help pay for college for the upcoming academic year.

Scholarships are available for full and part-time students in all qualified areas of study including but not limited to: Business, Early Childhood, Engineering, Nursing, Computer Studies, Culinary and more.
There are scholarships for Native American students, Hispanic students and students with disabilities (must be registered with the SAS department), international and non-U.S. citizens.

Financial need, a minimum cumulative and term GPA of 2.50 and enrollment in at least 6 credit hours in a degree plan are required for most scholarships.
You may apply for an SFCC scholarship now at:

A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a Dreamer’s Financial Aid Application (non-US Citizens only) will be required to determine need. The Dreamers Financial Aid Application can be found at: under “FORMS”.

If you have questions please email the Financial Aid Office at from your SFCC student email account. Make sure to include your Student ID number in the email.

If awarded, your scholarship may be continued until you graduate providing you continue to meet the criteria.

Lock in your scholarship now for current and upcoming academic years.

Employee Announcements

HR is accepting WOW award nominations!

WOW (Wonderful Outstanding Worker) awards are a great way to show your appreciation for your co-workers.

You can submit nominations via online form on the intranet, SFCC Connect. If you are working from home, you must be using Global Protect VPN in order to access the intranet. Go to and nominate someone today!

Human Resources is accepting nominations and devising ways to celebrate outstanding workers online.

Contact Luis Olivas with questions.


Sign up for Fall CE classes

Continuing Education is online this fall. There is a robust selection of classes, such as language classes, professional development and personal enrichment classes. So whether you’d like to learn about cooking or upgrade your technology skills there are classes to fit your needs.

Registration is online and easy to access. Consider using your EEB benefits.

Students can register for noncredit classes anywhere, anytime. Employees: To use your EEBs for Continuing Education classes, complete the EEB form before you register, then contact Continuing Education at or 505-428-1676. Their team will help you and your dependents complete registration.

To browse classes and register go to:

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Visual Arts Gallery presents virtual exhibition

Santa Fe Community College’s Visual Arts Gallery will present a virtual online exhibition, “Painterly Objects,” featuring the work of SFCC sculpture faculty member John Boyce from August 28 through October 8. The exhibition features 21 pieces.

The SFCC Campus and the college’s Visual Arts Gallery are closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. “We really want to keep the community engaged with SFCC’s Visual Arts Gallery and the art department,” said Linda Cassel, Director of SFCC’s Art on Campus. “We followed extreme COVID-19 safety precautions in setting up the exhibition. The exhibition is stunning. We are excited to share images and a video for a virtual exhibition at”

The video of the exhibition was produced by SFCC Film Equipment and Lab Technician Ashley Martinez.

Read more about “Painterly Objects.”

Inset photo: John Boyce’s Transfigured Night
50″ x 10″ x 20” High fired ceramic, wood, steel, plastic, oil paint, gold leaf.