Campus Weekly

Get your vaccine from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at SFCC

If you haven’t yet gotten your COVID-19 vaccine, consider coming to the vaccination clinic this Wednesday at SFCC. Here are details:

COVID-19 Drive-Up Vaccine Clinic
Wednesday, September 1, 2021
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

West Wing Parking Lot

  • Ages 12+ (for minor waiver click link) COVID-19 Consent-Permiso
  • No Appointment Required
  • No Insurance Required
  • No ID Required

SFCC is offering a community COVID-19 vaccination clinic in the West Wing Parking Lot. The event will be hosted by the New Mexico Department of Health.

No appointment is necessary, but to reserve a spot for yourself or a minor use special event code WHJBT. People can also register without the code under Santa Fe Community College.

News and Announcements

Apply now for free environmental technician training program

Anyone interested in a career as an environmental technician can apply now for SFCC’s free Environmental Technician training program, which provides the training, skills and certifications necessary to enter a wide range of job opportunities in the environmental profession.

The free training runs September 20 through October 21 Mondays through Fridays at the Santa Fe Higher Education Center, 1950 Siringo Road. The intensive 5-week training program classes provide certifications and skills for entry level job positions:

  • General Hazardous Waste Site Worker (HAZWOPER) 40 hours
  • CPR and First Aid
  • Forklift Operator (8 hours)
    OSHA Construction Standards, 30 hours
  • Confined Space Entry and Non-Entry Rescue (8 hours)
  • Solid Waste Management (8 hours)
  • Hazardous Waste Management (RCRA) (24 hours)
  • Phase I and Phase II Environmental Assessments (16 hours)
  • Environmental Sampling (24 hours)
  • DOT HazMat (16 hours)

The training also will help students to become career-ready with assistance preparing résumés and practicing interviewing techniques.

Applicants must be able to attend the entire five-week program, have a high school diploma or GED, be 18 years or older, be fully vaccinated for the COVID-19 virus, be able to lift 30 pounds and must be unemployed, underemployed or low-income. Veterans are encouraged to apply.

The program is possible through a $200,000 grant SFCC received from the Environmental Protection Agency.

For more information and to fill out an application, visit Still have questions? Contact Evelyn Gonzales at or 505-428-1866 or Janet Kerley at or 505-800-8765.


No classes or services on Labor Day, September 6

There are no classes or services on Monday, September 6 in observance of Labor Day. Please note: Saturday classes are in session.

Read more about the history of Labor Day here.

Enjoy your day off!

Get into the new energy revolution, register for a Distributed Energy class now

Be part of the new energy revolution! Get the education and experience you need to enter the field of smart grids and distributed energy technology with a certificate in Distributed Energy Technologies and Systems at SFCC.

DESG 1110, Intro to Smart Grids (CRN 20764) is a 14-week class that starts September 6 and provides an overview of technologies and design strategies associated with the Smart Grid. Students gain experience with Smart Grid monitoring and control technologies and participate in the analysis and planning of sustainable electrical systems using industry-standard software modeling tools.

Want to learn more?

Contact Frank Currie via email at or call 505-428-1916.


'Rio Bravo Fine Art Gallery at SFCC' show continues through Sept. 23

Santa Fe Community College’s Visual Arts Gallery presents “Rio Bravo Fine Art Gallery at SFCC” through Sept. 23. For those who cannot attend the show, please visit

Director of SFCC Visual Arts Gallery said, “This spectacular exhibition will showcase 28 artists who are featured at Rio Bravo Fine Art Gallery. SFCC is delighted to collaborate with Eduardo Alicea. The show will introduce so many to the full range of artistic talent at the gallery. We’re also honored to include work by H. Joe Waldrum as well as many other outstanding artists.”

Rio Bravo Fine Art Gallery in Truth or Consequences offers an exceptional array of contemporary and historical fine art.

Of note: One artist, Ricky Padilla, will have three paintings exhibited at our SFCC show as a fundraiser for Missing, Murdered Indigenous Women. All proceeds from the sale of these paintings will go to the Missing, Murdered Indigenous Women Organization,

Padilla lives in Alamo on the Navajo Reservation. The subject of missing and murdered women is important to him as he has had “people from my reservation go missing.” He has also had “family from To’Hajiilee on the Navajo Nation who have been murdered.”

Watch for an upcoming issue of Campus Weekly, which will feature photos from the well-attended opening.

Image: Ricky Padilla’s Water is Life, acrylic, 20” d.


Apply for the VAX PASS

Fully-vaccinated individuals are encouraged to apply for the SFCC VAX PASS (formerly called FAST PASS).

If you have already signed up for a FAST PASS that is sufficient. You do not need a VAX PASS.

Here’s how to apply for your card:

  • Scan or take a photo of your completed CDC COVID -19 Vaccination card.
  • Send the scanned copy or photo to Lucia Lucero at
  • Lucia will issue the card on the date you are considered Fully Vaccinated (14 days after your last vaccination).


Watch Convocation video for important messaging

Did you miss President Rowley’s welcome at Convocation?

President Rowley spoke to the importance of continued masking and discussed a potential vaccine mandate at SFCC.

Watch the video.

Interested in adobe construction? Check out October classes

Kurt Gardella reports that interest in the adobe construction program continues. He had an enthusiastic response for his class, which began last week. He notes two more classes in the adobe construction program will be offered in October. You can register now to save a place.

ADOB 112, Adobe Wall Construction (CRN 20050) class begins October 18 and will be a blended (online and in-person) class. The class will meet on campus October 30, October 31, November 20 and November 21. Adobe contractor Ernest Aragon will lead the hands-on instruction.

ADOB 113, The Passive Solar Adobe Design class (CRN 20051) begins October 18 and is an online asynchronous class.

Questions about the Adobe Construction program? Contact Kurt Gardella.

EMRD announces SFCC will receive grant from DOE

The New Mexico Energy and Minerals and Resources Department August 19 press release states, “The Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department’s (EMNRD) Energy Conservation and Management Division (ECMD), was awarded $750,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for an exciting new opportunity to train New Mexicans on energy efficiency and energy management. In cooperation with four higher education institutions, Doña Ana Community College, Northern New Mexico College, San Juan College, and Santa Fe Community College, ECMD will facilitate continuing education, training, and technical assistance to support industry professionals as they adapt to advanced energy technologies.”

This is exciting news for SFCC. Congratulations to Amanda Hatherly, Director, EnergySmart Academy Santa Fe Community College, for her ongoing work in this area.

The EnergySmart Academy will develop short workshops and online classes for builders, architects, code officials and others related to advanced technologies such as Heat Pump Water Heaters, Cold Climate Air Source Heat Pumps, Microgrids and commercial and residential green building codes.

Please see SFCC’s current online energy and water conservation classes here:

Photo: Amanda Hatherly


Massage Therapy appointments available now

The Massage Therapy Program cohort will offer $25 massages Mondays and Thursdays from August 23 through October 16. Ninety-minute appointments (including intake, 60-minute massage and post-massage survey) can be made at Patrons must provide proof of COVID vaccination and are limited to one massage appointment per week. The $25 fee will be applied toward the students’ credentialing examinations. If you need assistance with timetap, email If you have questions about the massage appointments or the program, email

Barnes & Noble Online Bookstore Update

On August 11, Nick Telles sent an update about the new Barnes & Noble online bookstore. The bookstore went live on August 16.

Read the full update here.

The following message went out to students August 16:

CHESS selects Workday to transform student experience, operations

From the August 26 press release: Many students face an uphill battle when considering or attending college. From figuring out registration, placement and advising to managing course scheduling, degree completion and transfer, colleges have not made it easy. The Collaborative for Higher Education Shared Services, or CHESS, has a vision to transform the student experience and modernize operations. For the first time in our nation, five independent community colleges have voluntarily come together to launch an Enterprise Resource Planning platform (ERP) capitalizing on the power of shared resources and decision-making.

CHESS has selected Workday, Inc. to provide solutions that will help realize the group’s vision. Workday’s suite of applications, which includes financial management, human capital management, and student services, will assist CHESS colleges to quickly respond to change while critical business operations continue to run smoothly and securely. The enterprise technology solution is strategically designed so that students can use an intuitive system that restructures outdated administrative functions. Choosing Workday is a major step forward in making this innovative dream a reality. Implementation will begin this fall. CHESS is structured so that additional colleges from any U.S. location have the ability to join and take advantage of increased opportunities for students, shared resources, and improved administrative efficiencies


Exhibition of student work from New Mexico School for the Arts at SFCC August 18 through September 30

An exhibition of student work from the New Mexico School of Arts will be featured in SFCC’s Main entry lobby at the college starting August 18. Poetry and images were created in collaboration with the students and the Poet Laureate, Elizabeth Jacobson. Read more about the collaboration on the Axel Contemporary website: Everything Feels Recent When You’re Faraway. The exhibition will be up until the end of September.

Photo: Elizabeth Jacobson leads a summer workshop at Young Park. Courtesy of Axel Contemporary.

Register for fall Continuing Education classes now

The new continuing education catalog is now available online for viewing and download.

Browse the fun and interesting noncredit classes and then enroll online today.


Santa Fe Literary Review now available at libraries

Complimentary copies of the SANTA FE LITERARY REVIEW are available at the Santa Fe Public Library branches, El Dorado library, the Santa Fe Higher Education Center, 1950 Siringo Road, and at the SFCC Library.

“This issue of the SFLR, themed ‘Tapestry: Diversity, Culture, and Common Ground,’ was a shot of hope for everyone who participated. …. – SFLR Editors

This year’s issue features work by contributors from SFCC, Santa Fe, and around the country. The magazine also includes an exclusive interview with award-winning writer Kirstin Valdez Quade, author of “The Five Wounds,” her debut novel about a New Mexican family’s extraordinary year of love and sacrifice.

This year’s issue is available for viewing or download at, and selected writings are available at

The SFCC Creative Writing Department, in tandem with the SFCC Library, will host a reading for contributors and the public at 5 p.m. October 21. Details of the event will be determined based on the current public health orders and with concern for the safety of participants. Whether it is on campus or online, the event is free for all.

For more information about the publication or the event, contact Kate McCahill, SFLR Faculty Advisor and Editor-in-Chief by email at, or call 505-428-1903.


Updated Procedures for Policy 2-25 & Policy 7-1

Please become familiar with the newly updated Procedures for Policy 7-1 Information Technology Resources, Usage and Security and for Policy 2-25 Mandatory Advising. Please review the Procedures in the links below and address any questions to the Policy Owner listed.

All of the college’s Policies and Procedures are posted at SFCC Policies. If you have questions or would like to learn more about college policies, please contact Laura Mulry, ext. 1776.

Must read! Inside SFCC 2021, Vol. 1

The recent Inside SFCC was released last month and features great stories on:

  • New Auto Technologies Center
  • Celebrating grads
  • Chef Educator of the Year Jerry Dakan
  • CHESS: Colleges Unite for student success
  • Revitalized Culinary Arts Garden
  • Award-winning student work in ‘Accolades’
  • Remembering Kyle Pacheco


For the protection of our community...

When coming on campus:

  • Masks are required.
  • Practice social distancing
  • Avoid congregating in groups.
  • Avoid staying in public, indoor spaces for extended time periods.
  • Children are allowed on campus. Masks required.
  • Fully vaccinated? Please apply for the VAX PASS.
  • Departments, programs, and unique spaces may require special protocols or safety requirements.
  • Appointments are highly encouraged.

Governing Board Approves Policies

At its June meeting, the SFCC Governing Board approved updates to SFCC Policy 6-12 Surveillance Cameras. Please review the policy in the link below and address any questions to the Policy Owner/Author listed.
Policy 6-12 Surveillance Cameras
Nick Telles, Vice President of Finance/Chief Financial Officer, ext. 1161

College Policies and Procedures are posted at SFCC Policies. If you have questions or would like to learn more about policies, please contact Laura Mulry, ext. 1776.

eTranscripts via Parchment now available!!

SFCC’s transcript request process is now entirely online – no more submitting paper or PDF forms! Current and former students can visit to be guided through the process.

There is a $5 charge for electronic transcripts, and requests will be processed quickly.


SFCC's Equity Statement

President Rowley’s shared SFCC’s Equity Statement with all in a June 12 email.


Student Spotlight

Fall semester support groups forming!

Counseling Services is offering a new round of telehealth support groups this fall, including General Support, Grief Support, Psychological Support for Physical Illness, and Building Healthy Relationships.

Each group will meet for 6 weeks beginning the week of August 30th, and each session will last one hour. Meeting times will be determined based on participant availability.
Please email if you are interested in participating or sign up here (please only sign up for one group)

Your SFCC Counselors Janelle and Rosalie look forward to having you!


Student Weekly Connection August 27

Read about Wednesday’s vaccine clinic, grief support at Gerard’s House, counseling services, free food through Campus Cupboard and opportunities for paid positions with Student Government.


Order your books now at SFCC Online bookstore

We are proud to announce that Santa Fe Community College’s online bookstore operated by Barnes & Noble is live and ready to serve you! Access it at


Check out SFCC's new online student orientation

Student Success has recently released a new online Student Orientation. Take it yourself, and share it with our students. Here’s a preview:

Learn how to become a successful student with SFCC’s online Student Orientation!

It includes:
• A welcome from our college leadership
• Information about student services
• How to access student resources
• Information on navigating the mySFCC student portal

In just 30 minutes, you’ll be ready to succeed at SFCC. Click here to get started:

SFCC 2021-2022 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 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.

Openings for Student Employment at SFCC

Student work study is a financial aid need-based program that provides student funds earned through part-time employment currently paying at a rate of $12.32 per hour.

Eligible students can work up to 20 hours per week. In addition to helping you pay for your education, the work study program helps you gain work experience, develop your skills, and build a possible pathway to future employment opportunities.

To be eligible, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Must complete the 2021-2022 FAFSA and any additional requested verification items
  • Must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 degree-related credit hours for fall.
  • Must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

If you are interested in student employment, you can email Susie Weaver at or for further information.

Great scholarship news for fall semester!

Great news!

The state is now funding the Lottery Scholarship at 100 percent!

For more information watch these videos from area broadcasters: KOB, KRQE and KOAT.

Also, some more great news about the New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship and other resources. See these highlights from the June 4 Santa Fe New Mexican story.

“The lottery scholarship program wasn’t the only good news for college students. The New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship, which benefits students who are not eligible for the lottery scholarship, such as returning adult learners and students who attend college part time, received an increase of $11 million for next year.
And the state has received $104 million in federal funds through the American Rescue Plan Act for student relief grants, Rodriguez said.

Read the full story here.

Want more information about how to apply for scholarships? Visit

Need help paying for internet service? You might qualify for federal assistance - application available May 12

The latest COVID relief act includes an internet benefit for low-income and Native American households. You could qualify for $50 to $75 in monthly assistance.

Details about the benefit can be found at
On May 12, you can apply at


Student Resource Center connects students with community programs

The Student Resource Center helps students connect with various services, programs and agencies. We can help link up with several community resources including: Housing, Food, Utility Payment Assistance, Childcare, Physical Health and Legal Services. For more information and assistance, please contact Student Resource Coordinator Jocelyn Hernandez Monsalvo at 505-428-1194 or visit

El Centro de Recursos Estudiantiles ayuda a los estudiantes a conectarse con varios servicios programas y agencias. Podemos ayudar a conectarse con varios servicios comunitarios, que incluyen: Vivienda, Comida, Asistencia para Pagos de Servicios Públicos, Cuidado de Niños, Salud Física y Servicios Legales. Para obtener más información y asistencia, comuníquese con la Coordinadora de Recursos Estudiantiles Jocelyn Hernandez Monsalvo al 505-428-1194 o visite

Employee Announcements

Sahaj Khalsa gave national keynote and workshop emphasizing equity and inclusion

Sahaj Khalsa, the program director of the Emergency Services Medical Institute at SFCC, recently returned from Florida, where he attended and presented at the National Association of EMS Educators (NAEMSE) Symposium. Sahaj Khalsa is a Board member of NAEMSE and has long led efforts within that organization to increase diversity, equity and inclusion in EMS education programs. He was the primary author of a NAEMSE position paper advocating that more be done to increase equity and inclusion in EMS. He also helped author one of the first research manuscripts examining disparities in pain management in EMS care of prehospital patients.

At the conference, Sahaj facilitated a workshop, ‘The Cultural Humility Summit,’ to discuss equity and inclusion in EMS. Multiple national EMS leadership organizations participated in the workshop, as did the federal agency National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), that federal agency that oversees EMS in the U.S. He also delivered a keynote presentation, ‘Educating Culturally Competent EMS Providers,’ on how we can better educate culturally aware and engaged EMS providers. NHTSA asked NAEMSE to continue collaborating with other national stakeholder organizations in causing change in the profession. The SFCC EMSI looks forward to being at the forefront of these conversations and pushing for positive change in our profession.

Professional Development Funding Committee is accepting funding requests

The professional development funding committee is accepting applications for professional development funding.

If you are interested, please log into the committee team site on SFCCConnect Intranet, and click “Documents” on the left menu to access the application materials. All applications materials are on the intranet (SFCC Connect), so you must be logged in via VPN or on campus to access them.

Fill out the pdf application, and submit your requests directly to Luis Olivas, Jim Wysong, or

The committee meets the last Friday of every month, so please submit funding requests in a timely manner.

Policy Update: Revised Procedures for Policy 6-3

Policy Update: Revised Procedures for Policy 6-3
Please become familiar with the newly updated Procedures for Policy 6-3 Payroll and Salary Deductions. Please review the Procedures in the link below and address any questions to the Policy Owner listed.

6-3 Payroll and Salary Deductions Procedures

Nick Telles , Vice President of Finance/Chief Financial Officer, ext. 1161

All college Policies and Procedures are posted at
SFCC Policies. If you have questions or would like to learn more, please contact
Laura J. Mulry , ext. 1776.

Reminder: Conversation with the President at 4 p.m. Thursday

Just a friendly reminder for faculty and staff to join A Conversation with the President from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, September 2. You should have received an invitation in your email.

July WOWs

The WOW employees for July 2021 are:

Mariano Chavez
Luis Nominated Mariano for working to add Clovis Community College and other Colleges and HEI’s to our MS Teams domain, in anticipation of future work were we might need to collaborate with on the ERP. Mariano reached out to other HEI’s IT departments to help get this completed.

Gilbert Sanchez was nominated by Malvina Cannon for his continued years of service at SFCC, dedication and loyalty over the past 19 years.

Have you seen these artworks on campus?

If you have any knowledge of the whereabouts of either these two pieces of artwork, please contact Linda Cassel at (505) 660-1857 or

Artist Ned Jacobs
Study/Nez Perce Warrior
Charcoal on paper
23 3/4 x 12 3/4 inches
31 1/4 x 20 1/4 x 1 inches (framed)

Artist Lew Tilley
Magic Jugglers
Oil on canvas
50 x 30 inches

How to enroll for the COVID 19 vaccine

Please review the state’s latest vaccine registration information to see how to enroll for the COVID-19 vaccine.

SFCC encourages you to enroll soon, so our state can more effectively distribute the vaccine and notify you when vaccine doses will be available in your area.

NOVID phone app: The City of Santa Fe has partnered with NOVID to slow the spread of the virus. Download the free app at Read more about the app in this Dec. 15 Santa Fe Reporter story, “Spread the Word, not COVID-19.”


Let's help slow the spread of the virus

Let’s keep everyone safe and remember:

SFCC COVID protocols require that everyone wear a mask at all times on campus.

• 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!

Submit nominations for WOW awards

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 Joanne Romero


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.

sj Miller, Ph.D., joins Pulitzer team at Thrive

sj Miller, Ph.D., joins Pulitzer team as a Pulitzer Fellow for Thrive Community School.

The team will develop standards-aligned units that engage their students in The 1619 Project, and other journalism and historical sources, to strengthen connections to existing curricula, practice media literacy skills, and build empathy. Projects will be shared publicly through Pulitzer Center’s lesson library and virtual professional development programs. The Pulitzer Center’s K–12 education programs and resources cultivate a more curious, informed, empathetic, and engaged public by connecting teachers and students with underreported global news stories and the journalists who cover them.