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Library and PDAC present two art events in September on Aalpana-making, a form of circular ground art

Aalpana, a form of circular ground art rooted in ceremonial art traditions from South Asia.

SFCC’s Library and President’s Diversity Advisory Committee (PDAC) present two art events in September on Aalpana-making, a form of circular ground art rooted in ceremonial art traditions from south Asia. Shalimar Krebs, co-chair of PDAC said, “This circular-art-making event at SFCC hopes to mark and symbolize the coming together of our campus community at the beginning of this school year.”

SFCC art instructor Sudeshna Sengupta will present both the online lecture and the live Aalpana-making.

What: Aalpana ground art is an ancient form of ‘ephemeral art happening’ rooted in ceremonial art traditions of south Asia, in which the art-making process offers a collective experience to the individual viewers and participants gathering around it through the duration of the artform. Temporary in nature, traditionally the process of creating this form of circular floor art brings people together to welcome and celebrate special occasions. Our natural tendency to form a unified whole from smaller parts — help people, who gather around it develop a calming focus to collectively set goals for common good and work together.

Online lecture: Aalpana-making online talk from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, September 8. Participants must pre-register at

Live demonstration: Live viewing of Aalpana-making in the SFCC Courtyard (6401 Richards Ave. Santa Fe, N.M.) from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 15. The actual art creation will take much longer. The Aalpana will be available for viewing until sunset when it will be dismantled.

Who: Sudeshna Sengupta, MFA is an Adjunct Faculty member at the SFCC School of Arts, Design, & Media Arts. Her career as a teaching artist spans multiple decades, continents, and cultures that inform her pedagogy of decolonizing studio art. Besides her academic training and contemporary art practice, Sudeshna Sengupta grew up with and around various traditional art forms in India, all of which continue to nurture her life and art.

Online lecture: Noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, September 8. Participants must pre-register at

Live demonstration: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 15 in the SFCC Courtyard. The Aalpana will be available for viewing until it is dismantled at sunset.

Another example of Aalpana.

Online lecture: Zoom video conference platform, noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 8. Participants who pre-register will receive a Zoom link, which will be sent the morning of the event.

Live demonstration: SFCC’s Courtyard, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sept. 15. Visitors are welcome to see the Aapana circular ground art until it is dismantled at sunset.

Cost: Free. The public is welcome to the online lecture and to view the Aalpana- making.

Questions? Contact SFCC Library Director Valerie Nye at or at 505-428-1506 or email SFCC art instructor Sudeshna Sengupta at

N.M. Higher Education Department awards funds to SFCC for an endowed faculty chair in the Early Childhood Center of Excellence

The New Mexico Higher Education Department announced that it will invest over $3 million from the state’s Higher Education Endowment Fund for initiatives focused on education, economic development, and other priorities aimed at moving the state forward.  

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham approved the funds earlier this year, which are directed at growing the capacity of state colleges and universities to prepare students for careers in high-need areas and conduct research in priority areas including technology, health, education, and agriculture.  

N.M. Higher Education Cabinet Secretary Staphanie M. Rodriguez

“New Mexico’s public colleges and universities are innovation hubs and are vital for meeting workforce needs and driving economic development in every region,” Higher Education Secretary Stephanie M. Rodriguez said. “Thanks to Gov. Lujan Grisham and our higher education partners, we are making long-term investments in the programs and professionals that New Mexico needs to maintain meaningful progress in education, workforce development, science, technology, and more.”

Among the funding is: $175,000 to SFCC for an endowed faculty chair in the Early Childhood Center of Excellence.

Read more in the press release.

Become a Basic Literacy tutor, training begins Sept. 16

Become a Basic Literacy tutor.
Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe’s three-day, 12-hour training workshop prepares volunteers to tutor adults in Basic Literacy skills. The workshop will be offered from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, September 16 and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, September 17 (with a follow-up workshop 6-8 weeks later). For more information, please call 428-1353 or visit to apply to be a tutor.

Check out SFCC’s schedule for Sept. 21 Open House events in partnership with IAIA

The IAIA Campus and SFCC campus are a quick drive or bike ride away. So stop by Open Houses on both campuses. Map courtesy of IAIA.

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) and Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) are pleased to partner for open house events on September 21. For the first time, IAIA and SFCC are hosting open house events on the same day. Participants are encouraged to visit both campuses—which are only a six-minute drive or 11-minute bike ride apart—for exciting demos, art exhibits, and campus tours, and to meet students, staff, and faculty at both schools.

Santa Fe Community College, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 6401 Richards Avenue, Santa Fe, N.M. 87508

Check out the SFCC Open House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tour art studios and see demonstrations of steamroller printmaking, papermaking, bronze pouring, jewelry making and raku firing. Visit the tintype photo booth and the film studio. Participate in a Suminagashi Workshop to create Weathergrams, which combine short poems with suminagashi-Japanese marbling.
See demonstrations at the SFCC Planetarium and the Science on Sphere® Theater. Join tours of the Greenhouse and Algae/Biofuels Lab. Go to the Automotive Technology Center for a multi-point inspection on your car. Stop by the Culinary Arts Garden for free produce and Frito pies (from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.) from the East Wing Eatery while grooving to the sounds DJ Manny Godsey.

Check out the detailed schedule for SFCC’s Open House. Thank you to the SFCC Foundation for support!

The Institute for American Indian Arts, 1 to 5 p.m., 83 Avan Pu Road, Santa Fe N.M. 87508
IAIA will offer a mix of in-person and livestream events from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. as IAIA celebrates its 60th birthday. If you missed the bronze pour and raku firing at SFCC or want to see either process again, you can at IAIA’s open house. Watch video projections and a demonstration of IAIA’s one-of-a-kind, fully articulating Digital Dome. Take part in an acting class, listen to readings from IAIA’s talented BFA and MFA in Creative Writing students and alums, and check out an art show. Tour the beautiful Land Grant vegetable and flower gardens and meet the Thunder Bees who help them grow in IAIA’s apiary. If you’re still hungry after having a Frito pie at SFCC, you can try an array of menu options from the on-campus café, Bon Appetit.

Please note: IAIA will have a detailed schedule soon.

Register at Eventbrite.

The School of Fitness Education welcomes everyone back!

The SFCC School of Fitness welcomes you back for the Fall Semester! When you see them, let them know how much you appreciate them.

This semester even more Fitness classes are offered in person, while also giving students online options. The Physical Education faculty and staff welcomes students this semester. Also, let your friends and family members know that there are still options to use the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center by getting a punch card or day pass at Visit the FEC website to keep up-to-date on hours, access to basketball courts, tennis courts and more.

Enjoy Labor Day holiday!

We know how hard everyone works, so enjoy Labor Day on Monday, September 5. SFCC, Kids Campus and the HEC will all be closed that day. Classes and services resume on Tuesday, September 6. Read about the history of Labor Day here.

SFCC Library will offer online and in-person discussion groups for “There, There” by Tommy Orange for NEA Big Read

At left, the cover of “There, There.” At right, the author Tommy Orange.

The Santa Fe Community College library is partnering with the Santa Fe Public Library to sponsor four book discussion groups in September and October. Santa Fe Public Library is one of 62 organizations nationwide selected to receive a 2022-2023 NEA Big Read grant. The grant will support a community reading program focusing on “There, There” by Tommy Orange in September through November 2022.

“There, There” is a novel by Tommy Orange, an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, that follows the unexpectedly connected lives of 12 characters from Native American communities who travel to a big, and ultimately volatile, powwow in the city of Oakland, California. Themes of the book include urbanity, authenticity, importance of stories and storytelling, individual vs. collective, violence, substance addiction and the concept of home and community.

The Big Read program will kick off on September 15 and will culminate with Tommy Orange’s in-person author event on November 5.

The SFCC library is offering two online and two in-person opportunities to discuss the book. All Santa Fe community members are welcome.

Questions? Contact Valerie Nye at:

Here is information from the NEA about “There, There”:

Here is information about Santa Fe’s Big Read from the Santa Fe Public Library:

East Wing Eatery open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday

The East Wing Eatery will reopen Tuesday, Aug. 23, for the Fall Semester 2022.

Hours of operation are limited due to limited staff:
Tuesday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Student Employees are still needed, please apply by contacting Chef Micaela at 505-428-1313.

Thank you for the continued support.

Fall semester hours for on-campus bookstore: 9-5 Monday through Thursday, 9-1 Fridays

Fall semester bookstore hours begin Monday, August 22. The bookstore is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. It is open from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Fridays.

SFCC’s on-campus bookstore reopened under the operation of Barnes & Noble College.

The on-campus bookstore offers textbooks, course materials, notebooks, pens, and other office and school supplies – as well as snacks and drinks! Need to speak to someone at the bookstore? Call 505-428-1218.

Near the end of each term, students will have an opportunity to sell books back and return rental books at the bookstore or through mail.

Students can begin ordering books at the new bookstore website and select free on-campus pick-up.

Students can also select several shipping methods. Additionally, students can go directly to the on-campus store to buy books off the shelf at the new on campus store.

Please be patient as Barnes and Noble College Bookstore is still stocking up on books and so there might be limited inventory at this early stage.

Students can email to see if a book is in stock or with any other bookstore-related questions. BNC will continuously be receiving deliveries and expects to have all books available in the store by the start of classes. Students can order books either as a “guest” or they can “sign up/create account” on the bookstore website. The benefit to creating an account is that the order history will be saved.

For questions or additional assistance please email

An Important Note on Using Financial Aid for Purchases

Financial Aid purchases are available beginning on August 8, 2022.

Students receiving Financial Aid should wait until their aid is available before purchasing books. However, if students purchase books out of pocket and later become eligible for aid, they can be reimbursed through disbursement provided their aid is authorized and the award is enough to cover the purchase. Financial aid accounts are open through September 7, 2022. More financial aid information is available at the SFCC Financial Aid Office.

Read more about the Bookstore and Copy Center here.

SFCC participated in Feria Southside – Southside Fair

The Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce and the City of Santa Fe Office of Economic Development hosted the Feria Southside – Southside Fair.

SFCC’s Office of Recruitment and Student Engagement participated in the well-attended event on August 18.

SFCC continues to reach out at in-person events.

This event was created to support Santa Fe’s local business community off Airport Road and the Southside area to offer business resources and educational opportunities to Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs and businesses on the Southside.

Dignitaries visited campus to discuss $6.4 million EDA Good Jobs Challenge Grant

Dignitaries visited SFCC on Aug. 15. Left to right: Patricia Trujillo, Ph.D, Deputy Secretary of New Mexico Higher Education Department; Edward Martinez, President Luna Community College; Congresswoman Teresa Leger Fernandez; Mike Holtzclaw, Chancellor UNM-Los Alamos; SFCC President Becky Rowley; Alejandra Castillo, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development.

New Mexico Congresswoman Teresa Leger Fernandez and U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Alejandra Castillo were among a host of special guests to visit the SFCC campus on Aug. 15. The EDA is awarding a $6.4 million EDA Good Jobs Challenge Grant to create pathways into high-paying jobs in healthcare and construction with a focus on “Latino, Indigenous, and formerly incarcerated individuals, as well as individuals recovering from a substance use disorder,” according to EDA press release.

Community colleges in the state, including Santa Fe Community College, are among key partners in the collaborative project, which seeks to educate and train local talent and place them to meet workforce demands.

“This grant brings all the key players back to the table and is incredibly important,” said SFCC President Becky Rowley. “We’re creating a pipeline where all providers can participate in the same system at the same time to give students the best training they can.”

The N.M. initiative – which is under the lead of the Northern N.M.Workforce Economic Development District and includes multiple agency partners, including SFCC and the Regional Development Corporation – was selected from a pool of 509 applicants.

The announcement also included a $3 million grant to the Santa Clara Pueblo. Learn more about the nationwide project.

Fall meditations in the Planetarium
Monday through Friday
7:45 to 8:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

You are invited to the SFCC planetarium for morning and lunch meditations. Bring your own practice and relax your mind and body under the stars to Tibetan bowls, native flutes, or healing music. These are not guided sessions. Bring a mat or use the planetarium seating.

If you have interest in running a guided meditation during any of these sessions, please contact Frank Currie ( <>).

We look forward to helping you stay mindful…or at least sane this semester!

Kelly Trujillo, Ph.D., has joined SFCC as Associate Dean for the School of Science, Health, Engineering, and Mathematics and the School of Fitness Education

Kelly Trujillo, Ph.D., Associate Dean for the School of Science, Health, Engineering, and Mathematics and the School of Fitness Education.

Please welcome Kelly Trujillo, Ph.D., who has joined SFCC as the new Associate Dean for the School of Science, Health, Engineering, and Mathematics and the School of Fitness Education. Dr. Trujillo grew up in Santa Fe, earned his B.S. in Biology from New Mexico Tech, and went on to obtain a Ph.D. in Molecular Medicine from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio.

For 20 years, Dr. Trujillo conducted research in the field of genome instability and epigenetics; first as a post-doctoral fellow at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, then as a staff scientist at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, and finally on faculty at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Dr. Trujillo returned to NM in 2016, where he shifted his focus from biomedical research to become an advocate for STEM education. Most recently, Dr. Trujillo directed the Achieving in Research, Math, and Science (ARMAS) Center at New Mexico Highlands University. This center has been nationally recognized for its unique mechanism of support for underrepresented students interested in pursuing STEM degrees.

Associate Dean Kelly Trujillo can be reached at or by calling 505-428-1769.

SFCC participates in Generation Hope’s FamilyU

Thomas  Peña, 2018 graduate, shown with his son.

SFCC is one of seven colleges to participate in Generation Hope’s FamilyU technical assistance program. Through FamilyU, Generation Hope partners with colleges and universities across the country to increase the number of parenting students who complete their program studies and graduate. The program is sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, among others.

Although parent students account for 1 in 5 undergraduates nationwide, their odds of completion are far slimmer than students who are not parenting. Despite having higher GPAs than students without children, parenting students are 10 times less likely to graduate due to inadequate support systems.

The FamilyU technical assistance program was created to bolster their odds for completion.

“SFCC is honored to be part of Generation Hope’s FamilyU program to help our student parents complete their degrees and graduate,” said SFCC President Becky Rowley, Ph.D. “We look forward gaining expertise so we may better support our students who are raising children.” See the national press release.

New Fall CE schedule available

The new Fall Continuing Education schedule is now available online and in print. Visit the CE web page for tips on registering and to view the variety of offerings. Dean of Contract Training and Continuing Education Kris Swedin said, “This fall we’ve got a more extensive schedule available with a variety of classes, both online and in-person. Fall is ideal for taking time for personal enrichment or expanding your professional skills.”

Check out the wide variety of classes from Western Swing dancing to an armchair tour of Archeological Treasures of the Byzantine World. Read more.

Inside SFCC 2022, Vol. 3
SFCC celebrates student success

Best Fitness Classes in Santa Fe!

Congratulations to the The Santa Fe Community College Fitness Education Center for winning the Santa Fe Reporter‘s “Best Of” Category for Best Fitness Classes in Santa Fe!

Read the full write-up here:…/best-of-santa-fe-2022…/

Mask wearing strongly encouraged when indoors on campus

Due to the recent surge in Covid cases, SFCC is sharing this message at its entrances:

We strongly encourage face masks inside the building. Recomendamos encarecidamente el uso de mascarillas dentro del edificio.

The Santa Fe Coffee Bar is now open!

We have a new coffee shop in the Campus Center area – The Santa Fe Coffee Bar.  They will be 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday .  They offer a variety of food such as breakfast burritos, pastries, coffee, sandwiches, drinks, and snacks.  Please welcome them to campus and pick up something yummy to eat.  

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.

PILAS Internship Fall 2022 deadline extended to Sept. 2

The application to participate in our PILAS program for the Fall 2022 term has been extended to Friday, September 2.  Please contact Sara Baca by phone 505-428-1406 or

The application to participate in our PILAS program for the Fall 2022 term has been extended to Friday, September 2.  Please contact Sara Baca by phone 505-428-1406 or for more information:

PILAS is an internship program that allows students to gain real hands-on skills while earning an hourly wage.  PILAS Interns have excellent opportunities to be mentored by outstanding professional, gain excellent resume building, cover letter and mock interview skills for future opportunities, and build a solid network of professionals.

Do not pass up this opportunity!

Watch video to learn more about tuition-free college

The recording of the public information session on tuition-free college provided by the New Mexico Higher Education Department on August 19 is now available. You can view it via the link below or at the main website at  Thank you to the New Mexico Educational Assistance Foundation for hosting this session.

Understanding Tuition-Free College in New Mexico – YouTube


Applications are being accepted for Fall 2022 SFCC students who are interested in pursuing healthcare careers. This federally funded program provides opportunities for students from economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds to explore healthcare options while also offering tutoring support to be successful in college. The deadline for the application process is September 15, 2022. For more information on eligibility and program benefits, see program information sheet. in a new tab)

Art student Kristina Jacobs opens show in MN

SFCC Fine Art & Sculpture student Kristina Jacobs’ art show, Tathāgata: Visions, Pathways and Messages, opens September 1, 2022 and runs through September 30, 2022 at the Jackson Center for the Arts, 309 2nd Street, Jackson, MN 56143. Kristina will be showing clay paintings, sculpture and poetry.

An opening reception and artist talk will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, September 2, 2022 CST. Kristina’s artist talk and a gallery walk through will be recorded and made available online for those out of state or unable to attend in person. To learn more, visit:

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.

SFCC 2022-2023 Scholarship Application Available Now

SFCC can help you pay for college with scholarships. One simple application puts you in consideration for state institutional and Foundation private scholarships. Scholarships are available for new and returning, part time and full-time students to help pay for college for the upcoming academic year. Scholarships are also available for second-generation college students, Veterans, Native American students, Hispanic students and students with disabilities (must be registered with the SAS department at SFCC offers performance-based scholarships through Contract for a Better Tomorrow (CBT).

For more information and to apply go to:

If you have questions or need assistance email the Financial Aid Office at from your SFCC student email account. Make sure to include your Student ID number in the email.
Se habla Español.

New SFCC Library family study room now open

If you’re a student parent, we have good news for you! The SFCC Library has opened a new family study room for students who have children. The room has a space for children with toys, books, and special-sized furniture. The room will have three computer stations and room for students working on laptops.

SFCC Library Fall semester hours are:

Mon. – Thurs. 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Fri. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sat. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

It is open all hours the library is open. It will be available to current students when they have their children with them. Please note: This is not daycare, students must remain with their children. The library’s restroom adjacent to the study room has been updated and is family-friendly with a changing station.

Apply NOW for Fall Semester Student Employment

Apply NOW for Fall Semester Student Employment at Santa Fe Community College!

Student Work Study is a financial aid need-based program that provides student funds earned through part-time employment. Eligible students can work up to 20 hours per week and work is scheduled around your school schedule. Please note payment for student workers is $15 an hour!

To be eligible, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Completed the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 FAFSA
  • Enrolled now and have at least 3-degree related credit hours for the summer semester and 6 credit hours for fall.

Contact for further information.

Students talk about Advanced Dental Assisting Skills Certificate

In these short videos, students share their reasons for choosing SFCC’s Certificate in Advanced Dental Assisting Skills. Thanks to Aamna Nayyar for sharing them! Visit the Dental Program page or contact for information about the program.
Dianna Fernandez, DA discusses in Spanish why she chose SFCC Certificate in Advanced DA Skills
Mariah Salazar, DA shares her story

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.

505–428-1194 | |

In Memoriam: Meaghan Hopkins

SFCC extends condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of SFCC instructor Meaghan Hopkins who recently passed away. As many of you know, she was a dedicated employee who served the college and SFCC students in multiple ways.

SFCC’s Human Resources office shared she was a: Professor School of Business, Professional Studies, and Education; (Dates of Service: 03/12/2012-Current); Other titles: President’s Office Council, Tutoring Center Tutor, TRIO Tutor, Faculty Senate Representative.

Cheryl Sensibaugh, Faculty Senate Chair, read the following biography that was submitted by Meghan Hopkins for consideration of being one of three adjunct faculty representatives for Faculty Senate. It had been recently submitted and it’s in Meaghan Hopkins’ own words:

“I have been teaching Accounting and Business at SFCC and working as a tutor at the SFCC Tutoring Center for 10 years. Originally from New Orleans, I have lived in Northern New Mexico for over 25 years. I have received 2 degrees and a certificate from SFCC and I am working on a third degree.
My service at SFCC includes being elected as Adjunct Faculty Representative for more than 9 years and participating on various college committees including President’s Diversity Advisory Committee (PDAC), Strategic Planning Committee, Finance Committee, Institutional Planning Committee, AQIP Pathway Project, and Faculty Senate Policy subcommittee. During my tenure as Adjunct Faculty Representative, the main Adjunct Faculty office expanded to nearly twice its size, more than doubling the number of workstations and adding lockers for faculty, and there were additional improvements to the auxiliary adjunct offices as well. Adjunct Faculty have received pay increases for teaching, including adding steps to the pay matrix, and the pay has increased for service on Faculty Senate and other committees and training opportunities as well.
My goal is to represent you and your needs with an emphasis on equity and parity for adjuncts, always keeping in mind our mission to serve the best interests of our students. We have some new Deans and Associate Deans as well as new Chairs and Lead Faculty, and now is an excellent time for new policies and practices that will benefit everyone.
I look forward to working with all of you and thank you for your consideration.”

No services have been scheduled. We’ll share information when it becomes available.

Coffee with Kathy, CHESS CEO, 10 to 11 a.m. Aug. 31

Dr. sj Miller’s article ‘Students with Complex Gender Identities & Authentic Cariño’ featured in Teacher’s College Record

Dr. sj Miller’s article, “Students with Complex Gender Identities & Authentic Cariño” was the featured article in the current issue of Teachers College Record. Please email Dr. Miller if you would like a copy, or click here:

WOW Awards – Teresa Roybal and Amy Pell

The June WOW goes to Teresa Roybal, she was nominated by Erica Keppel. July goes to Amy Pell, also nominated by Erica Keppel.

June: “Teresa always goes above and beyond for each team that she is a part of. She always volunteers to do extra work without being asked.” — Erica Keppel

July: “Amy Pell not only works extremely hard, but always makes sure that her team is taken care off. She is a servant leader that sets a great example for everyone around her. She is extremely dedicated to make sure that the Workday go live is a success.” – Erica Keppel

Jocelyn Hernandez-Monsalvo now Case Manager for Student Accessibility Services

Jocelyn Hernandez-Monsalvo, MSW

Congratulations to Jocelyn Hernandez-Monsalvo who is now the Case Manager for Student Accessibility Services. You can contact her at, or 505-428-1711.

New online key request form

Facilities and Operations is happy to announce a new online key request form. This form will be located in the SFCC Connect page under online forms within the Facilities Folder. We believe the online key request will allow for wider access, simple submission

process and a better layer of tracking. Please note that this is a different request than our Maintenance ticketing system, Please see link to SFCC Connect to access key request now!

CHESS — Collaborative for Higher Education Shared Services

CHESS Connection Newsletter – August

If you’re wondering what’s happening with the Workday implementation, find out in August’s Chess Connection Newsletter

This month’s newsletter contains information on becoming a change agent, a video introduction to Workday, some insight into the CHESS implementation team are doing, and an invitation to Coffee with Kathy on August 31.

Policy Updates: Leave, Acceptable Use of IT Resources

Click on the links below to become familiar with the College’s new and updated Policies and Procedures. Please contact the Policy Owner for more information.


  • Policy 7-1 New Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources
    Cori Bergen, Chief Information Officer, ext. 1185

    There are two policies numbered 7-1: 7-1 New: Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources and 7-1 Active: Information Technology Resources, Usage, and Security. Policy 7-1 Active will be repealed when additional policies in Section 7 are approved by the Governing Board.


College Policies and Procedures are posted at SFCC Policies. To learn more, contact Laura J. Mulry, ext. 1776.

Marcos Maez named one of “Forty Under 40 Top Business Leaders” by Santa Fe Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

SFCC’s Director of Student Engagement & Recruitment Marcos Maez

Congratulations to Marcos Maez, Director of Student Engagement & Recruitment Marcos Maez, who was selected as one of “Forty Under 40 Top Business Leaders” by the Santa Fe Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

SFCC thanks Marcos Maez for his leadership on campus and in the community.

He and the other recipients will be honored at a special dinner and awards program on September 30. Read more here.

Will Wilson featured in CPIX exhibition through Oct. 26 at Foto Forum

Congratulations to Will Wilson for his spectacular exhibition at the Foto Forum (1714 Paseo de Peralta)! The exhibition CIPX Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange opened with a well-attended reception on August 5 and continues through October 26. Photo Forum gallery hours are Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 5 p.m.

He shares in his artist statement:

“As an indigenous artist working in the 21st century, employing media that range from historical photographic processes to the randomization and projection of complex visual systems within virtual environments, I am impatient with the way that American culture remains enamored of one particular moment in a photographic exchange between Euro-American and Aboriginal American societies: the decades from 1907 to 1930 when photographer Edward S. Curtis produced his magisterial opus The North American Indian. For many people even today, Native people remain frozen in time in Curtis photos. Other Native artists have produced photographic responses to Curtis’s oeuvre, usually using humor as a catalyst to melt the lacquered romanticism of these stereotypical portraits. I seek to do something different. I intend to resume the documentary mission of Curtis from the standpoint of a 21st century indigenous, trans-customary, cultural practitioner. I want to supplant Curtis’s Settler gaze and the remarkable body of ethnographic material he compiled with a contemporary vision of Native North America.

​”I propose to create a body of photographic inquiry that will stimulate a critical dialogue and reflection around the historical and contemporary “photographic exchange” as it pertains to Native Americans. My aim is to convene with and invite indigenous artists, arts professionals, and tribal governance to engage in the performative ritual that is the studio portrait. This experience will be intensified and refined by the use of large format (8×10) wet plate collodion studio photography. This beautifully alchemic photographic process dramatically contributed to our collective understanding of Native American people and, in so doing, our American identity.

“In August of 2012, at the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe, I initiated the Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange (CIPX). This was the initial spark for an ongoing intervention into the history of photography that I plan to undertake. I aim to link history, form, and a critical dialogue about Native American representation by engaging participants in dialogue and a portrait session using the wet plate process. This multi-faceted engagement will yield a series of “tintypes” (aluminum types) whose enigmatic, time-traveling aspect demonstrates how an understanding of our world can be acquired through fabricated methods. Through collaboration with my sitters I want to indigenize the photographic exchange.

“Ultimately, I want to ensure that the subjects of my photographs are participating in the what post-colonial critic Homi K. Bhabha has termed the, “re-inscription of their customs and values in a way that will lead to a more equal distribution of power and influence in the cultural conversation.” It is my hope that these Native American photographs will represent an intervention within the contentious and competing visual languages that form today’s photographic canon. This critical indigenous photographic exchange will generate new forms of authority and autonomy. These alone—rather than the old paradigm of assimilation–can form the basis for a re-imagined vision of who we are as Native people.”

Read more here.

Information for Employees about August Payroll Deductions

The upcoming changes to payroll have raised some questions about voluntary deductions. A recent email on July 29 addressed these issues. Check your email for detailed information and reach out to Amy J. Pell, CPA, Associate VP, Controller, Office of Financial Services if you have additional questions.

SFCC employee musicians Jonathan Harrell and Roxanne Tapia can be seen (and heard) at Chomp in September

Local music group Mélange, playing original music by Phredgeoff (Jeff) Tarnoff and Jojo Sena de Tarnoff, can be heard at Chomp, located at 505 Cerrillos Road. The group plays at Chomp the evenings of September 10 and 24. The group includes Academic Advisor Jonathan Harrell on bass and MPR Executive Assistant Roxanne Tapia on tenor saxophone. Mélange plays a lively fusion of jazz, funk, and Latin music featuring Jeff Tarnoff on piano and JoJo Tarnoff on flute. Tapia can also be seen (on screen) as part of the Santa Fe Playhouse Fiesta Melodrama.

New employees: We’d like to get to know you!

Staff Senate is encouraging new staff employees to come to an upcoming Staff Senate to introduce yourselves.

Campus Weekly would also love to introduce new staff and faculty members. Please send us your name, job title, when you started at SFCC, brief bio and photo (it can be a selfie!) to Submit News.

If you’re new to SFCC, we’d love to introduce you to the our community. We’re happy you’re working with us at SFCC!

Submit WOW nominations!

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


Last FAFSA Zoom workshop
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Wednesday
August 31

Parents are welcome to attend Zoom sessions.

Do you know a current or prospective student who wants Financial Aid, as well as access to the New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship and so much more? Make sure you let them know about SFCC’s last 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday FAFSA workshop on Zoom. Students as well as their families are welcome to attend.

Many times students think they don’t qualify for financial aid. Did you know that the majority of SFCC students are eligible?

Now is the time for students to get their FAFSA done. Parents are encouraged to join online. You’ll need some paperwork and other info to fill out a FAFSA form. For details and a Zoom link, visit

Opportunity Scholarship info at ReachHigherNM

The New Mexico Higher Education Department recently announced a new online resource to help New Mexicans understand tuition-free college via the Opportunity and Lottery Scholarships!

Please share with any family or friends who might have questions about the Opportunity Scholarship!

Summer update: No masks or vaccine requirements

In an email to the campus community on May 16, SFCC President Becky Rowley thanked the campus community for its dedication and announced the end of both the vaccination and mask requirements.

Keep posted on wildfire updates

To get wildfire updates: The state has launched the following website:

The state is encouraging New Mexicans to use the site as their primary source of fire info. If you need assistance or shelter, call the Fire Resource Hotline 1-800-432-2080.

Thanks to all who had helped with World Central Kitchens at SFCC. They have concluded operations here at this time.

Need food? Campus Cupboard welcomes all

Campus Cupboard now offers refrigerated items

The Campus Cupboard (Room LL302E) in-person shopping hours are:
Mondays: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., Tuesdays: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Thursdays: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

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 or 505-428-1775 for more information.

Visit Campus Cupboard for more information.

Campus Cupboard is supported by SFCC Foundation.

Order free at-home covid tests

The USPS is offering free covid tests with free shipping. For your information purposes only, below is the link and some additional information.

Place Your Order for Free At-Home Covid-19 Tests
Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of 4 free at-home tests from Here’s what you need to know about your order:
• Limit of one order per residential address
• One order includes 4 individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests
• Orders will ship free.

Also, if you need more information about at-home test kits, New Mexico testing sites or Vault tests visit:

Let’s help slow the spread of the virus

Let’s keep everyone safe and remember:

  • If you are feeling ill, you should not come into work, and avoid any type of social setting. The College wants you to feel better before you return to work.
  • If you are feeling ill: Get tested and isolate yourself from others as much as possible. We need to help mitigate the health risk to others.
  • Call 1-855-600-3453 for testing information and results.
  • If you do contract COVID-19, seek medical attention immediately. Notify your supervisor and human resources. These cases need to reported, SFCC is here to support you.

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

Do you need information on testing? Visit

Remember to wash your hands for a full 20 seconds!

SFCC in the news

The following stories or radio shows either featured or mentioned SFCC or one of its employees. Some stories also are related to NM higher education.

08/24/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican, “New Mexico student loan borrowers say they’re happy for any relief”

08/24/2022, Albuquerque Journal, “Homemade dishes make The Pantry Dos a stand-out restaurant for breakfast, lunch or dinner”

08/13/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Santa Fe Community College offering dual online, in person classes”

08/04/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican, “SFCC gets federal aid to create jobs”

08/03/2022, Albuquerque Journal, “$6.4M grant for job development benefits rural NM”

08/03/2022, Los Alamos Daily Post, “SFCC’s Early Childhood Education Program Announces Expanded Financial Support This Fall”

08/01/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Business people, Aug. 1, 2022” Announcement about Dean Barry Hubbard, Ph.D.

07/23/2022, Albuquerque Journal, “Center awarded National Endowment for the Humanities grant” Photography department chair Will Wilson to participate.

07/22/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Xfinity reports widespread outage in Santa Fe, Los Alamos”.

07/20/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Xfinity reports widespread internet outage in Santa Fe, Los Alamos”

07/11/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Hotels bring on Santa Fe students for summer”.

07/11/2022, Community College Daily,  News Makers – Barry Hubbard.

07/09/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Helping Improve Santa Fe for 130 years.” Story mentions that the Santa Fe Woman’s Club has raised funds for scholarships for women at SFCC.