Campus Weekly

SFCC celebrated Dental Pinning Ceremony on July 28

Congratulations to the recipients of Dental pins at the ceremony on July 28.

Congratulations to all the recipients of the Dental pins at the ceremony on July 26. It’s a solemn, yet festive occasion recognizing all of the hard work of the students who have completed their programs. Congratulations, too, to all of the faculty and staff who helped the dental program students achieve their goals!

Thirteen dental assistants received a pin for completing dental assisting certificates.

1 – Advanced DA Certificate

12 – Certificate in Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary [EFDA]

See more images on Facebook.

To learn about the dental programs, please contact Dr. Aamna Nayyar at

Great participation at recent New Student Orientation

Marcos Maez reports great success at the July 29 New Student Orientation. He said, “SFCC hosted 30 students and close to 50 total attendees when we included family and friends who came as guests. A heartfelt expression of gratitude to all SFCC staff, faculty, and administration for their wonderful contributions in making our NSOs a big success! Holly Beamon, Nicole Ferreira , and I sincerely appreciate the collective effort that has created a positive and welcoming experience for our incoming students. We are looking forward to our upcoming August NSOs!”

Thank you to Student Ambassador Marcelo Figueiredo for sharing these great photos!

The NSOs are open to new and prospective students. Encourage your friends and family to RSVP for upcoming sessions so they can easily enroll for the fall semester.

Orientation Date/Time:

Wednesday, August 9 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Tuesday, August 15 from 12 p.m.-2 p.m.*

Times noted with an asterisk above will have optional campus tours available after the orientations. Please RSVP by filling out the form on this web page. An RSVP is strongly encouraged so the college can best prepare for attendees. Check out this fun video that Student Ambassador Marcelo Figueiredo shot. There’s no sound, but you can see how busy the NSO was that day!

College services unavailable during employee meeting on Thursday, Aug.10

SFCC services are unavailable until 11 a.m. Thursday, August 10.
William C. Witter Fitness Education Center will open at noon.
SFCC’s Kid’s Campus and SF HEC will observe regular office hours.

Santa Fe Community College’s services including front desk reception, academic advising, registration assistance and the cashier’s office will not be available until 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 10. due to a campuswide Convocation employee meeting. Services will resume after 11 a.m. via email, phone, online and in-person.

William C. Witter Fitness Education Center will be closed until noon on August 10.  SFCC’s Kids Campus and the Santa Fe Higher Education Center will observe regular office hours.

Create a Free Will using easy online tool

Executive Director of SFCC Foundation Kelly Marquez shared this opportunity to create a Free Will in a recent email:

Valued supporters like you help the Santa Fe Community College Foundation empower our students on their educational journeys toward a successful future. We wouldn’t be able to strengthen this community without you. In gratitude, I’m writing to share news of our exciting new partnership that offers you a resource to complete a vital life task.

The Santa Fe Community College Foundation partnered with FreeWill: a free online estate planning tool!

This partnership comes just in time for National Make-A-Will Month, the best time of the year to create or update your will. Here are a few reasons why you might want to complete this essential task:

  • Security: Creating your will and estate plan allows you to communicate important financial and healthcare decisions, so you’re prepared for whatever the future may hold.  
  • Peace of mind: A will allows you to provide for the people and pets you love, so you know that no matter what, they will be supported. 

Make your Free Will at:

Impact: By including a legacy gift in your will, you can sustain the future of Santa Fe Community College and help secure our learning environment for the next generation!

Nearly 67% of American adults do not have an up-to-date estate plan, and it’s a crucial document that helps you care for your loved ones and steward your assets. FreeWill’s online tool guides you through writing your will in about 20 minutes — and it’s completely free to use.

As you write your will, FreeWill makes it simple to plan a legacy gift of any size to the SFCC Foundation. Your legacy gift can plant a seed of support that will grow to empower hardworking young people who are the future of our community!

Thanks for your continued support.

Exhibition “Entwined: Memory, Experience and Serendipity” opens 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 14

The exhibition featuring the art of Ilse Bolle continues through Oct. 11.

Ilse Bolle’s “Cycles,”16x22x2, Handmade paper, encaustic found objects

SFCC’s Visual Arts Gallery opens the art exhibition, “Entwined: Memory, Experience, Serendipity” featuring the art of Ilse Bolle, with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14. The public is welcome to attend the free reception with refreshments at the Visual Arts Gallery. The exhibition continues through Oct. 11.

Ilse Bolle, “Healing FromWithin XIVIII,” 62x8x8, Handmade paper, mixed media

Ilse Bolle’s fiber constructions are a fascinating combination of mixed media and sculpture. Bolle uses paper she makes by hand, twigs she harvests from the local landscape and waxed linen thread, which she uses to construct a simple, strong sculptural form. Found pieces of rusted metal, ubiquitous in the arroyos around Santa Fe, are then added to the composition. The juxtaposition of natural and man-made elements creates a remarkably earthy, stable beauty. At the same time, Bolle’s work maintains an aesthetic that captures and releases an emotional reaction.

Director of Art on Campus Linda Cassel said, “We’re pleased to showcase the creative work of Ilse Bolle. Her artwork invites the viewer to experience her clever artistic interplay of unconventional and traditional natural materials, which presents a refreshing illustration of conviviality and life.”

Ilse Bolle bio:

After immigrating from Germany in 1969, Ilse Bolle raised a family and continued her education at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. She achieved a BS Ed. in Art Education in 1982 and a MA in Studio Art in 1987. For 26 years, Ilse taught art in the public schools while maintaining a working studio. After she retired from teaching, she and her late husband moved to Santa Fe where she concentrates on her art full-time.

Ilse’s work was chosen for the 8th International Triennale of Tapestry in Lodz, Poland, and exhibited and collected by private and corporate collectors throughout the United States, Germany, Canada and Mexico.

Artist’s Statement:

“While growing up in rural Germany, I developed a special bond with nature. I loved creating with seedpods, tree bark, twigs, vines and grasses and, to this day, still gather most of the materials that I incorporate in my work.

Layers of handmade paper, with inclusions of textural elements, and knotted stick structures of willow and tamarisk are the bases for my fiber constructions. This process allows me to enclose space and explore the relationship between flat and curved surfaces. Process is very important to me, and I strive for simple, yet strong forms, always working with the natural color of the materials.

Paper and the process of making it has become an essential element in my work. The meshing and bonding of individual fibers create a strong yet pliable substance rich in texture. I enjoy slight, tactile imperfections and often emphasize them for their organic beauty.

Found objects in the form of rusted metal find their way into my work. I value the past and its remains, for they provide insight and context to the present and connections to the future.”

The SFCC Visual Arts Gallery is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information about the SFCC Visual Arts Gallery, contact Director of Art on Campus Linda Cassel via email at or call 505-428-1501.

OIT Maintenance
6 a.m. to noon
Sunday, August 13

OIT will be performing maintenance on Sunday, August 13th, 2023 from 6 a.m. – 12 p.m.

All systems will be affected by intermittent outages.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the OIT Service Desk at (505) 428-1222.

Fitness Educational Center receives two awards from Santa Fe Reporter’s Best of Santa Fe

Congratulations to SFCC’s William C. Witter Fitness Educational Center for recognition in the Santa Fe Reporter’s Best of Santa Fe. It took First place in the Best Small Gym category and Second in Fitness Classes.

Here’s what the Santa Fe Reporter wrote:

Best Small Gym

  1. Santa Fe Community College

Fitness Director Herman Garcia tells SFR this facility at Santa Fe Community College is a “hidden gem” (no pun intended, we think), and even though it’s not all that small, this gym should get the attention it deserves. The staff here form a tight-knit community that knows its members on a first-name basis and strives to maintain a clean, operational and educational environment for everyone who comes here. (Don’t forget about fitness classes.)

Best Fitness Classes

2. Santa Fe Community College

Enjoy the 124,000 square feet at Santa Fe Community College’s fitness facility any way you want. Learn a thing or two while you’re there in one of the facility’s fitness classes such as tai chi or yoga.

SFCC participated in Northern New Mexico Workforce Connection Enrollment drive

SFCC along with many community partners participated in the Northern New Mexico Workforce Connection Fall Enrollment drive. Thank you to Recruitment Coordinator Daniela Gurule for coordinating with the partners and programs. Thanks to Digital Recruitment and Marketing Specialist Ben Lauer for sharing photos from the event.

Update: Coffee Shop should open soon

Nick Telles sent this message on July 28:

We were hopeful to open the coffee shop earlier this month, however the permitting process required by the state Fire Marshall and the NM Environment Department has taken longer than anticipated. The good news is, as of yesterday, we received approval from the NM Environment Department which is essentially the last step in the process in order for SFCC to open our food services operation. While we have been given verbal approval by the NMED, we will need to have the physical food handling certificate in hand before we are legally permitted to open food service operations. We are still waiting on receiving the physical food handling permit—which could arrive any day now. Genuine Foods is prepared to open the coffee shop promptly after we receive the food handling permit.

Thank you for your patience—we are almost there!

If you have any specific questions regarding food services please contact Trish Campbell, Director Food Services at or 505-428-1013.

SFCC to offer coding and creativity opportunities with support from Apple

File photo of student using an Apple laptop.

SFCC will offer the Santa Fe region new learning opportunities around coding and creativity, with the support of Apple’s Community Education Initiative. Community partners include Santa Fe Public Schools, Santa Fe Indian School, Boys & Girls Club of Santa Fe/Del Norte, and STEM Santa Fe, which will work with the college and Santa Fe Community College Foundation to cultivate digital literacy, digital equity, and coding and creativity experience to Santa Fe’s diverse community.

SFCC President Becky Rowley, Ph.D., said, “Santa Fe Community College is thrilled Apple is supporting our work to offer training in coding and other creative digital skills to young people who have had limited access to such opportunities in the past.”

The initiative will reach youth in a variety of locations primarily in the Santa Fe Public Schools, Santa Fe Indian School, as well as at the Boys & Girls Club based at the Santa Fe Place Mall. STEM Santa Fe will assist with the initiative.

Read the full press release here.

For more information about SFCC’s role in this program, contact Dean of Continuing Education and Contract Training Kris Swedin via email at or call 505-428-1253.

Roundabout opens at Richards Ave. and Avenida Del Sur; note upcoming closure

We have good news for those coming to the college via Avenida Del Sur

From Santa Fe County:

On Friday, July 21 Santa Fe County opened the newly constructed roundabout to traffic on Richards Ave. and Avenida del Sur intersection according to our sixty-day calendar contract timeframe. This is the first of six roundabouts slated for the Northeast and Southeast Connectors Roads Project. Motorists and pedestrians, please be aware that contractors will still be cleaning up the construction site and installing signage along the roadway.

In addition to this reopening, the Rancho Viejo trail connection located at the southwest quadrant of this intersection has also been completed and will officially reopen to pedestrian and bicycle traffic on July 21st. Please consider taking advantage of the new segment of trail during these long summer days and as always, please be safe.

It is important to note that there will be a subsequent closure of Richards Ave. and Avenida del Sur in upcoming months for a brief 24-hour period to install solar street lighting. Due to supply chain delays the vendor could not provide the materials during the initial closure and is working with Santa Fe County to replace the street light bases in a timely fashion.

Anticipate Upcoming Closure (mid-August):

Tentatively, beginning mid-August, Santa Fe County will close a portion of Richards Avenue North of Dinosaur Trail and South of Beckner Rd. for the construction of the second roundabout. Please note that Dinosaur Trail will not be closed. The contractor has 60 days to complete this new segment of road, slating the reopening for October 2023. Residents can anticipate detour maps, construction scheduling and other relative information on the anticipated closure one week before construction commences. 

In coordination for Santa Fe Public Schools, the County will be issuing a full detour at the beginning of the school year that may impact routes to Amy Biehl, IAIA, Santa Maria de la Paz, SFCC, BTI, ATC, and Easter Seals Disability Services.

We want to thank the residents for their patience as traffic detours may delay your route to work, school, or for recreational purposes. This is the largest and most anticipated road project in Santa Fe County history, and we trust that upon completion will become the most powerful conduit in effectively connecting the Community College District.

For additional information regarding the project, please visit or contact Johnny Baca, Project Manager 3, at

Visual Arts Gallery presents Spencer Snyder’s Sculptural Ceramics

Meet the artist at the closing reception from 2-4 p.m. Aug. 24

Visual Arts Gallery presents “Spencer Snyder’s Sculptural Ceramics,” a pop-up show in the main foyer of the Fine Arts Building, 6401 Richards Avenue. The show is open to view now through closing reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, August 24.  Refreshments will be served at the closing reception.

Director of Art on Campus Linda Cassel said, “SFCC hopes to have more of these short-term pop-up shows on campus. We’re excited to showcase the sculptural ceramics of one our talented students Spencer Snyder. We invite everyone to stop by and meet the artist at the closing reception.”

Spencer Snyder bio: Spencer Snyder’s long career has included performing with Nikolais Dance Theatre and the French Art Theater in New York City. His vocation in ceramics began after his move to Santa Fe in 2008. Spencer started With Micaceous Pottery at Santa Fe Clay with Anita Ginocchio and went on to earn an associate degree in Ceramics at SFCC in 2019. Spencer Snyder also has a master’s degree in choreography and a Bachelor of Arts in Cinema, both from UCLA and an A.A. in Interior Design. He has, as well, enjoyed several exhibitions of his photography.

Artist’s Statement: “My sculptural ceramic work celebrates form and volume. The sensuous shapes reflect my love of motion and the spiritual energy I find as I work in clay.” -Spencer Snyder 2023

The public can stop by to see Spencer Snyder’s pop-up show anytime during hours that the campus is open. For more information about the pop-up show or the SFCC Visual Arts Gallery, contact Director of Art on Campus Linda Cassel via email at or call 505-428-1501.

Follett Higher Education now operating bookstore; snacks have arrived!

The bookstore is now being operated by Follett Higher Education.

Bookstore hours:

8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday
8:30 – 3 p.m. Friday
Closed Saturday & Sunday

Visit the web page for the bookstore at

With more than 150 years of experience in the education industry, Follett is trusted by more than 1,000 campuses across the U.S and Canada to help drive student success and support the higher education journey. As the latest to join the Follett network, Santa Fe Community College will benefit from Follett’s unique industry perspective and expertise, giving students, faculty and staff, alumni, and the entire campus community a cohesive and engaging campus retail experience.

Follett Higher Education is an equal opportunity employer. If you know someone who’d like to work at the bookstore, please have them apply online at

SFCC hosts reception for opening of Following the Manito Trail exhibit from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, August 26

Santa Fe Community College will host an opening reception for the traveling exhibition Following the Manito Trail from the Millicent Rogers Museum from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, August 26 in the Main Hallway on campus, 6401 Richards Avenue. The exhibition will continue through October 15.

SFCC’s Director of Art on Campus Linda Cassel said, “We’re so pleased to be able to share the rich cultural history shared in the Following the Manito Trail exhibition so well-prepared by the curators at the Millicent Rogers Museum on our campus. It’s an enlightening exhibition that will also touch the hearts of so many Hispanic families from northern New Mexico.”

Representatives from the Millicent Rogers Museum will be at the opening reception to talk with attendees about the development of the exhibition. Refreshments will be served.

Banners tell the stories of many families from northern New Mexico.

The Millicent Rogers Museum shares this about the exhibition:

“Following the Manito Trail is a cultural heritage exhibition that shares the migration experiences, creative practices, and largely untold stories of Manito (Hispanic New Mexican) families from Taos County and its surrounding area. These families carried their culture with them through their migrations to other states for seasonal and permanent work during the 19th and 20th centuries. These migrations represent Manito family values in surviving, even if it meant leaving the homes they cherished.”

Their contributions significantly impacted the American West through their labor in sheepherding, coal mining, railroad construction, and the sugar beet fields. Wherever they went, they never forgot their roots in New Mexico, and they shaped their new homes in other states to preserve and adapt their cultural traditions that they brought with them. For some families, the following generations stayed in their diaspora homes, and, for others, they returned to New Mexico. Through their descendants, Manito families carry on the legacy of shaping the northern New Mexico cultural landscape through professions in medicine, the humanities, the arts, linguistics, and agriculture.”

The exhibition highlights Manito family histories; the significance of storytelling, agricultural, poetic, religious and culinary practices to Manito families.

The public is welcome at the reception and is invited to stop by any time during SFCC campus open hours to view the exhibition.

Read more about The Manito Trail.

For more information about the exhibition, contact Director of Art on Campus Linda Cassel via email at or call 505-428-1501.

Professor Kate McCahill at a previous reading.

SFCC Library & English Department present Staff & Faculty Reading from 4-5 p.m. Aug. 16

Save the date! SFCC Library & English Department will present the Faculty and Staff Reading in the SFCC Library Reading Room from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, August 16. Refreshments will be served.

SFCC faculty and staff will read their original creative work. All staff and faculty are invited to read, but should contact Kate McCahill to sign up. For more information, send an email to Kate McCahill at or call 505-428-1903.

SFCC Library presents Castaway: poems afloat in the realms of life, death, and the imagination

A Reading with Miriam Sagan online at 5 p.m. August 29

Pre-Register at

Miriam Sagan will read from her most recently published book of poetry, “Castaway.” The poems in “Castaway” speak to journeys between opposing worlds: illness and health, the self and the landscape, dry land and rising sea. The long narrative poem at the book’s heart — “The Librarian at Sea-Level” — chronicles Sasha, who refuses to leave her library as the ocean engulfs San Francisco, and her neighbor, Mr. Vishnu, the archetypical Preserver. There are also poems of desert and drought, of archaeological ruins and the present, and of how to die and how to live.

Miriam Sagan

Miriam Sagan is the author of more than thirty books of poetry, fiction, and memoir. Her most recent include “Start Again” (Red Mountain, 2022) and “A Hundred Cups of Coffee” (Tres Chicas, 2019). She is a two-time winner of the New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards as well as a recipient of the City of Santa Fe Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and a New Mexico Literary Arts Gratitude Award. She has been a writer in residence in four national parks, Yaddo, MacDowell, Gullkistan in Iceland, Kura Studio in Japan, and a dozen more remote and interesting places. She works with text and sculptural installation as part of the creative team Maternal Mitochondria in venues ranging from RV Parks to galleries. She founded and directed the Creative Writing Program at Santa Fe Community College until her retirement. Her poetry was set to music for the Santa Fe Women’s Ensemble, incised on stoneware for two haiku pathways, and projected as video inside an abandoned building during the pandemic. (Note: Stroll though the Courtyard and see SFCC’s haiku pathway initiated by Miriam Sagan.)

When:  5 p.m. Tuesday, August 29, 2023                              

Where: Online. Pre-registration to attend the online event is required. A Zoom invitation will be sent to you the morning of the event. Please pre-register at:

Cost: Free. Space is limited. Participants must register to receive the Zoom link.

East Wing Eatery currently closed

The East Wing Eatery is closed for now. SFCC hopes to have it reopen later in the fall semester. We’ll share in Campus Weekly any updates.

SFCC launches new web page for online programs

Santa Fe Community College SFCC has launched a web page that provides a basic guide to programs offered online. Visit to check out the options.

Please note is an evolving web page that will be updated. Some of the programs listed also have in-person classes available, as well as online classes. An online college education offers students the opportunity to study from the comfort of home and on a flexible schedule. Classes are often available on demand and students can access course materials and assignments from anywhere with an internet connection.

SFCC offers a variety of online programs to earn a certificate and/or an associate degree. These offerings include programs in: Accounting, Alternative Teacher Licensure, American Sign Language & Interpreter Preparation, Business Administration, Creative Writing, Human Services, Information Services and Computer Science, Nutrition, Paralegal Studies and Psychology. Prospective students should reach out to the program contact on the individual program pages to determine if the program will help them achieve their academic and career goals.

Prospective students who have not attended the college in the past should visit Returning students should set up an appointment with an advisor to make sure when they enroll that the courses will fit into a certificate or degree plan. Visit to set up either an online or in-person advising appointment.

Prospective students should also be aware that in the past year, the college has expanded its in-person offerings in many subject areas. For many programs, hands-on experience is key to developing career skills. Prospective students should think about what type of classes fits their personal learning style.

Visit to read more about the types of online classes offered at the college. Also, read to make sure you have access to the proper internet connections and equipment to participate in online classes.

Library Summer Hours

The SFCC Library hours for Summer Session are:

Monday-Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday-Sunday: Closed

Please note: In addition to being available online during these hours to answer your questions, library staff is also available online on Fridays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

You can contact the library online either via email at or via chat on our homepage:

SFCC Accelerated Medical Assisting Certificate

Accredited specific education includes performing clinical and administrative procedures in settings such as physician’s offices, clinics and ambulatory settings. Course are sequenced to build skill level and prepare students for a career in the growing medical field.

The certificate is accelerated, eligible for financial aid, offered in both Fall and Spring semesters. It includes a practicum in a doctor’s office or hospital and National Certification tests. The certificate is embedded in the Medical Assisting Associate Degree.

Students must complete an application to start the acceptance process.

SFCC had fun at SFCC Night at the Fuego

SFCC employees enjoyed helping promote the college at SFCC Night at the Fuego.

Thanks to Director of Student Engagement and Recruitment Marcos Maez for working so hard with the Office of Student Engagement and Recruitment to organize the 8th annual night at the Fuego!

He shared, “The Office of Recruitment coordinated the 8th annual SFCC Night at the Fuego. 

Kelly Marquez threw out the first pitch.

Executive Director of the SFCC Foundation Kelly Marquez threw out the game’s first pitch.

Director of the Tutoring Center Robert Gutierrez (Staff Senate co-chair) sang the national anthem. 

The SFCC Foundation gave out raffle tickets for some fun gift bags. They had invited SFCC alumni to attend and paid for their tickets. They also provided drink tickets to those alumni as well. 

Niki McKay, Nicole Ferreira (Academic Advisor), and I launched 10 T-shirts into a frenzied audience. Each fan who purchased any cold beverage received their very own SFCC drink koozies. We also gave out SFCC caps and SFCC umbrellas as special prizes for fans who could answer multiple choice questions regarding the storied and rich history of SFCC. 

We had a big crowd and SFCC employees, students, and alumni were loud and proud from beginning to end. Our 8th annual SFCC Night at the Fuego was a rousing success!”

Keep this event on your radar for next year! Thank you to Lucia Lucero, Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs and former SFCC employee Rebecca Estrada (now with LANL) for sharing such fun photos with Campus Weekly!

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Important dates for fall semester

Irina Thomas Linocuts at Dulce

Irina Thomas, Printmaking student at SFCC, is currentLly showing her Linocuts at Dulce Capital Bakery and Coffee Shop located in the El Mercado Plaza. The show will be up until September 20.
Dulce hours are 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. everyday but Sunday.

Irina Thomas was born and educated as an architect in the southern city of Rostov-on-Don in Russia, former Soviet Union. Santa Fe has been her home for the last 25 years.

All her prints were done in Santa Fe Community College’s studios, and she sincerely thanks this wonderful place, its teachers, gallery staff, and many friends she met here for inspiration and support.

 Artist Statement

The ideas for my prints come spontaneously from the feelings of awe, delight, bewilderment, and anticipation of nothing short of a miracle in every moment of life.

I feel that Printmaking is a very democratic form of art, as it allows sharing messages of our time more freely and readily than any other form. Although printmaking commands solid design and engineering of the plates, in time, as this medium became my best friend, I discovered that I could “do less and get more” – true freedom of expression!

The laconic statement of a linocut can be, without being an illustration, a “right on” aphorism or a “would be funny if not so true” folk saying.

It can reflect a subtle wish in prayer or be a snapshot of a dream. The composition of black and white lines can convey all the colors of human emotions and light to dark gradations of the mind. That is magic!

The prints are $150- $350 unframed, matted.
For more information, please contact Irina at

Last New Student Orientations this Wednesday and Aug. 15; RSVP encouraged

New and prospective students at New Student Orientation participate in activities to learn about the college, such as this fun SFCC Library Escape Room activity. Images from SFCC Library’s Facebook page.

Do you know someone who’s coming to the college for the first time? SFCC will offer a series of New Student Orientations that will help students adjust to college life and discover the many resources available.

Please share this message with prospective students:

Find Yourself at SFCC!
Join us for our new student orientation. Meet fellow students. Explore SFCC’s beautiful campus. Get helpful tips for college success. We look forward to welcoming you to our campus community!
Five different times. Choose one that fits your schedule!

Orientation Date/Time

  • Wednesday, August 9 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 15 from 12 p.m.-2 p.m.*

Times noted with an asterisk above will have optional campus tours available after the orientations. Please RSVP by filling out the form on this web page. An RSVP is strongly encouraged so the college can best prepare for attendees.

All new student orientations will begin in the Jemez Rooms. Open to all new and prospective students! Family and friends are also welcome to attend!

Another team of new students participated in the SFCC Library Escape Room activity during NSO.

Have any other questions about New Student Orientation?

Contact: 505-428-1270 or send an email to any of the addresses below:

Degree-seeking students can qualify for laptop drawing just by registering and completing their FAFSA

Students who register for a minimum of three credit hours and complete their FAFSFA by August 21, 2023 will have their name entered in a drawing to win a laptop! Don’t wait until the last minute, register today!

Tutoring Center
Summer Semester Hours

Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Room 326LL, lower level West Wing, next to the Atrium

Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are recommended.
Schedule an appointment by clicking on “Tutoring Center” in MySFCC, or by calling 505-428-1260.

Student Recruitment Ambassador needed

The Office of Recruitment and Student Outreach is hiring a Student Recruitment Ambassador to assist with leading campus tours for individuals and large groups, to support SFCC’s Recruitment and Dual Credit team and assist with projects as needed. Our Ambassador will also participate in community and Santa Fe public School events like college and career fairs and application drives.

Please contact Daniela Gurule at or 505-428-1149 if you are interested!

Interested in helping others? Campus Cupboard is seeking student employees

Interested in helping others? Campus Cupboard is hiring three Students as Campus Cupboard, The Exchange and Office Ambassadors.

Interested call 505-428-1582  or email

Students will work a maximum 20 hours per week. Must be registered for at least 3 CR in summer and 6 CR in fall and maintain a minimum of a 2.5 GPA. Pay is $15/hour. Students do not need to be work-study eligible.

Ambassadors make a difference by providing excellent customer service, completing and fulfilling online and in-person orders, coordinating on-campus delivery events, maintaining inventory reports and ensuring products are readily available, maintaining a positive atmosphere, ensuring the cleanliness of space, and providing other opportunities to make a difference. Assist with campus events and activities. Ambassadors may have some physical requirements to fulfill.

Registration now open for fall

Do you know someone who’s interested in taking classes at SFCC, but doesn’t know where to start? Encourage them to visit the Educational Pathways. Find classes at

Encourage your friends and family members to come to the college. Remind folks about the Opportunity Scholarship, as well as the Lottery Scholarship for recent high school graduates.

For information on applying and registering visit For more information, please contact the Welcome and Advising Center, 505-428-1270, 

Online FAFSA Workshops/Talleres FAFSA en línea

Financial Aid Office  English FAFSA Workshops
Online Wednesdays 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For the link and more information:

Oficina de Ayuda Financiera Talleres FAFSA en español
en línea los jueves de 11 a.m. a 1 p.m.

Para más información, elige la fecha que quieres atender:

Students: Need childcare? Make sure you’re on the Kids Campus waitlist

When a spot comes available at the Kids Campus, students get priority placement. Kids Campus wants to support student parents and hopes that those needing childcare will get on the waitlist.

Children of degree-seeking SFCC students, SFCC employees, and full-time students at the Higher Education Center are prioritized for placement to support a two-generation philosophy of education at the college.

Visit the Kids Campus website for more information. Students receive a 10% discount on the cost of Kids Campus and N.M. Early Childhood Education and Care Development offers Child Care Assistance to income-eligible students.

Student Resource Center is here for you

Connect with Community Resources
The Student Resource Center focuses on providing information to students about resources throughout the community and providing appropriate referrals to agencies. The resources focus on basic needs such as: housing and shelter, food, legal services, transportation, childcare services, utility payment assistance, and physical and mental health services. All services are free and confidential.

Conèctese con los Recursos de la Comunidad El Centro de Recursos para Estudiantes se enfoca en proporcionar información a los estudiantes sobre los recursos en toda la comunidad y proporcionar referencias apropiadas a las agencias. Los recursos se centran en necesidades básicas como: vivienda y refugio, alimentos, servicios legales, transporte, servicios de cuidado infantil, asistencia para el pago de servicios públicos y servicios de salud física y mental. Todos los servicios son gratuitos y confidenciales.

505–428-1194 | |

Convocation begins at 9 a.m. Thursday with President’s opening

President Becky Rowley, Ph.D.

Employees: You should have received an email invitation. The link and schedule should appear in your Microsoft Teams calendar.

Those joining in-person in the Jemez Rooms are encouraged to arrive early. Breakfast burritos will be served! Also, if you plan to join the Hyflex meeting please log on prior to 9 a.m.

Please see the full convocation schedule here.

Fall Online Teaching and Learning training opportunities

The office of Online Teaching and Learning (OTL) encourages faculty members to improve their online teaching skills with Title V supported trainings. Contact Michelle Rentería at to register or for more information. Visit for the full Quality Matters schedule of classes. 

Opt-In to get Student Parent Success newsletter

Did you know that more than 1 in 5 college students nationally is a parent and that 42% of student parents are enrolled at community colleges? The Student Parent Success Program, a program of the SFCC Early Childhood Center of Excellence, distributes a monthly student parent newsletter, events, and resources to student parents. Please help us reach more student parents – staff and faculty, use this form to opt-in to our emails so that you receive information on events, resources, and opportunities that you can share with student parents: And student parents, use the form on our webpage to opt-in to our emails directly:

Herman Garcia completes Triple Bypass bike ride

Herman Garcia, Fitness Facility Director, completed the Triple Bypass bike ride on Saturday, July 22, in Avon ,Colorado. It was 118 miles climbing three ski passes (Juniper, Loveland, and Vail), 10,800 feet of climbing in one day. He explains that this was his fifth. He said the last one was in 2015, however, and he’s “a wee bit older now.” Garcia added, “I won’t lie, it was tough. At times, I just had to tell my lying legs to shut up, lol.”

While he admits that most of the competitors were half his age, he says “age is just a number.”

In addition to his role as Fitness Facility Director, Herman Garcia teaches fitness classes. Check out his many fall fitness classes that still have openings. He teaches indoor cycling, water fitness (Aqua Fit) and a boot camp class. Find out why SFCC folks call him the “Hermanator.”

Erica Keppel recognized as “Forty Under 40 Top Business Leaders”

Erica Keppel Director of IT Projects

Erica Keppel was named one of “Forty Under 40 Top Business Leaders” by the Santa Fe Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

She said, “I feel humbled and honored to receive the 40 under 40 recipients’ recognition. I want to start off by thanking God for this opportunity.

This recognition is not only for me but for all those who have mentored me throughout the years and have given me the opportunity to become who I am today.”

Doug Jones in “New Alchemy” art exhibition through Aug. 15

Doug Jones’ Pedestals, from previous exhibit

Doug Jones, Program Head, Fine Woodworking had an opening on Saturday, July 29, 4-7 p.m. at Tierra Mar Gallery, 225 Canyon Road, Santa Fe. “New Alchemy” includes furniture and sculptural objects.

Learn more at:

The exhibition continues through August 15, 2023.

July WOW – Natalie Solis

Congratulations to Natalie Solis
July 2023 WOW Award winner

Nominated by Jon Arellano:

“Natalie goes above and beyond for SFCC Students, Parents and Staff. For the last few months, our department has undergone some major staff changes and Natalie has maintained a positive attitude while providing incredible customer

service to our student population and her colleagues. Personally, I am very grateful for her patience and Financial Aid knowledge of policy and procedure. She is a valuable resource to the SFCC community and our department specifically.”

Please be sure to nominate who you think is doing a great job here at SFCC. The submission form can be found at the SFCC Connect portal, or by reaching out to Katie Cadena Priebe,

Jennifer Lynch featured in Albuquerque Journal “In The Studio”

Cosmic Landscape Series #14, Jennifer Lynch (from a previous show)

Learn more about fellow SFCC faculty member Jennifer Lynch in this article about her education, her life, and her work as a printmaker and painter:

Ahní Rocheleau show at 516 Arts through Sept. 2

Ahní Rocheleau, adjunct faculty for the School of Art and Design has her work in a show:
Southwest Contemporary’s 12 New Mexico Artists to Know
June 3, 2023 – September 2, 2023
516 ARTS MUSEUM, 516 Central Avenue SW, Albuquerque, NM.
Read more: Southwest Contemporary.

CHESS — Collaborative for Higher Education Shared Services

CHESS Connection Newsletter – July 2023

If you’re wondering what’s happening with the Workday implementation, check out the latest CHESS Connection!

This newsletter contains lots of information on shortcuts, custom reports and an update on SIS.

WOW awards – nominate an outstanding coworker today!

The Office of Human Resources recognizes WOW recipients for their dedicated work and commitment to Santa Fe Community College.

Please be sure to nominate someone who you think is doing a great job here at SFCC.
The award is a $25.00 gift certificate from Amazon.
The submission form can be found at the SFCC Connect portal, Home » Online Forms/Surveys/Tests » Online Forms » Office of Human Resources or nominate by reaching out to Katie Cadena Priebe at

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!


SFCC team wins third place at Santa Fe High Blue and Gold Tournament

SFCC participated in the Santa Fe High School Blue and Gold Golf Tournament at Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe. This promotional opportunity was sponsored by the Office of Student Recruitment.

Team members included Steve Martinez, Ph.D.; Terri Strauss; Raymon Cutter; and Adam Strauss.

Of Note: SFCC’s team, led by Dr. Steve Martinez, won third place in the tournament, shooting an impressive 54 on the 72 par “Championship Course” course.

Ongoing news and events

CE partners with Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado; opens Fall registration

Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado

Santa Fe Community College’s Continuing Education announces a partnership with the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado in Tesuque. Registration for classes at the resort property is now open along with more than 150 offerings in SFCC’s Fall Continuing Education Schedule now available online. Print copies are available in the racks at Santa Fe Community College, the Santa Fe Higher Education Center and around town. Visit for tips on registering and to view the variety of offerings available in-person and online for personal enrichment or to develop professional skills.

SFCC Director of Continuing Education Nicholas “Nick” Wernicki said, “We are thrilled to be partnering with the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado to offer some of our most popular classes on the Four Seasons property. These classes will offer a chance for personal enrichment in a magnificent setting. Attendees can enjoy the Ancient Sky-Watchers class accompanied by the Four Seasons signature S’mores and hot-cocoa. We invite the community to join Professor Steve Martinez for an afternoon of 19th Century New Mexico history or popular art instructor Michael Long for an outdoor art experience both offered at the Four Seasons property with a mouthwatering lunch at the seasonally inspired Terra Restaurant included.”

Bixente Pery, General Manager of Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado added, “Four Seasons is excited to partner with Santa Fe Community College to welcome people to experience the ambiance and cuisine of Rancho Encantado while enjoying superb lectures offered by talented instructor.” Bar and Restaurant General Manager Faith Shroeder said, “We are proud to share our signature restaurant with the community, featuring the flavors of northern New Mexican cuisine with global influences, all with sweeping views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains.”

Click to view fall catalog

Read about the full selection of classes in the press release.

Advance registration is required for the classes at Four Seasons, as well as other offerings through SFCC’s Continuing Education program.

If you have questions about the schedule or where to get a print copy, contact Continuing Education at or 505-428-1676. The CE staff can help you complete your registration.

Please see the schedule for other exciting class partnerships. Read about the Sake 101 class offered at Izanami Restaurant (page 10) and The Back in Time class (page 3) given as you ride aboard the Sky Railway.

Enhancements to

In an email on Thursday, June 13 Executive Director of Marketing and Public Relations Todd Lovato shared the following about the public website:

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing today to update you on an exciting development on our public website. For more than a year, a team of my MPR teammates have worked on a project to enhance our website offerings for prospective students.

We are pleased to announce that some of these website revisions – which include some updates to program and department pages – are being introduced today. Website updates and adaptations are an ongoing process. I’d like to point out, however, that the focus of these latest revisions was primarily to enhance the experience of prospective students on our site as they navigate the admissions process and explore educational pathways at SFCC. The updates provide enhanced access to career information, registration guidance and support resources. They also address some on-going technical and user navigation issues.

Many of the recent updates are best viewed by exploring SFCC offerings via the college’s Educational Pathways landing page.

These enhancements have been carefully developed using higher education best practice research, website and search engine optimization (SEO) traffic analytics, consultation with local web developers and writers, as well as ongoing consultation and collaboration with many of our colleagues throughout the campus.

Also, please note that these changes provide MPR with new features and additional ways to collaborate with programs and departments to further improve the website and provide prospective students easier access to information about college programs.

As with any web updates, there is the possibility of small, easily fixable glitches like broken links or re-directs. As we comb for these bugs, I ask for your help by keeping an eye out for anything out of the ordinary. Please contact MPR with these updates using the MPR Job Request Form. This will enable us to quickly address issues. Please continue to review and update your department’s respective webpages for out-of-date or excessive information. Please note, today’s message pertains to the college’s public website, and does not include changes to MySFCC or the SFCC Connect Intranet, which are not under MPR’s purview.

I’d like to thank my MPR team and colleagues across campus for their persistence, collaborative energy, and continued focus on our college’s future students.

We look forward to continuing to work with you in promoting SFCC’s outstanding programs to our community.

Student art exhibition continues through Aug. 18

The Student Art and Design exhibition in the Visual Arts Gallery.

The opening reception for the Student Art and Design exhibition on May 11 was a festive gathering for SFCC and members of the community. Thank you to Director of Galleries Linda Cassel for organizing the exhibition and opening.

Dean Wysong announced the winners.

Dean James (Jim) Wysong, Ph.D., said in addition to awarding Student Art Award prizes, SFCC also recognized our retiring art faculty members: Laura Rosenfeld, James Marshall, and Felix Voltsinger. SFCC extends best wishes to the retiring art faculty members!

Dean Wysong added, “We hosted approximately 150 guests during the opening between 4 and 6 p.m.”

The following are the Student Art Award Winners. Please note that in some categories there were two Second Places awarded, when the judges determined two deserved that recognition: Jewelry: Nyal A. Tack, Fine Woodworking: Pam English, Printmaking/Bookarts: John Drabanski, Photography: Jeremy Oversier, Ceramics: Sabrina Pratt, Ceramics 2nd place: Aurelia Gomez, Sculpture: Polina Smutko, Sculpture 2nd place: James Wilson, Sculpture 2nd place (2): Roberto Espinosa, Drawing/Painting: Jesus Miguel Avena, Drawing 2nd place: Nancy Nielsen, and Drawing 2nd place (2):   Catherine Le Baigue.

Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday. The gallery is closed on days when the campus is closed. The exhibition continues through August 18.

SFCC Wastewater Treatment Plant closure & decommissioning work through July 2023

SFCC is in its final phase to permanently close our Wastewater treatment plant and transfer our waste to Ranchland Utility regional facility. This will benefit SFCC in several ways, including reuse of treated water for irrigation purposes used in the local community, no additional capitol funding resources needed to support 36+ old infrastructure that has extended beyond its useful life, and future opportunities to repurpose land in accordance with SFCC 2021 Master Plan.

There will be construction activities extending through July 2023. Please note there will be no impact to services during this project. For more information contact Andrea Mueller, Facilities & Operations Assistant Director & Campus Planning at or 505-930-9781.

Required COVID-19 Reporting

SFCC continues to monitor and follow guidance from public health officials and state and local government on mitigating and addressing exposure to COVID-19. The State of New Mexico and New Mexico Higher Education Department recently announced they will no longer require the reporting of COVID-19 cases amongst student, staff, and faculty who are on campus via the Rapid Response Submission Portal.

Our college continues to take the transmission and threat of infectious diseases seriously and we remain committed to keeping our community as safe as possible. Please note the following:

  • The college no longer requires reporting of COVID-19 positive cases to SFCC’s Contact Tracing Team.
  • However, it is very important we continue keep each other safe and follow health and safety best practices. The college continues to follow guidelines from the CDC Quarantine and Isolation Calculator, which details the following:
    • You should isolate from others when you have COVID-19.
    • You should also isolate if you are sick and suspect that you have COVID-19 but do not yet have test results.
    • Ending isolation is detailed on the CDC’s Isolation and Precautions for People with COVID-19 webpage – “Ending Isolation”.
  • Positive or suspected positive individuals should coordinate closely with supervisors to make appropriate accommodations, as well as reporting for absences using regular sick leave.
    • If you are out of sick leave and contracted COVID-19, please contact the Office for Human Resources to determine if other options are available to you.
  • The college custodial staff continues its rigorous cleaning and disinfecting protocols, which includes a campus-wide daily schedule, with emphasis on bathrooms, and higher traffic and enclosed spaces.
  • Additionally, Facilities and Operations staff have made significant improvements to college ventilation and filtration systems and those systems are up and running.

The College will continue to follow best practices, community levels, and infectious disease developments.

Museum STEP Passes available at Library

With the STEP Pass, you and up to 5 people can use the card for free admission to:

  • Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
  • Santa Fe Children’s Museum
  • IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Art
  • Santa Fe Botanical Garden

Passes check out for two weeks at a time.

For more information contact:

SFCC ChatGPT conversation

Part 1: ChatGPT’s Implications for Higher Ed

This session includes a demo of how ChatGPT works, implications for higher education and how other colleges and universities are responding. This session was led by SFCC librarians.

See ChatGPT information and resources:

Part 2: How do you spell the future with AI

See this video of the latest presentation from the SFCC Library – How do you spell the future with AI. This was the conversation from April 27.

Message about preferred names

Dear Faculty,

While the college has always supported our students, we now have another technological opportunity to provide an empowering, safe, and nondiscriminatory educational and work environment.  Beginning on Monday February 6, students will be able update their preferred name in Self Service Banner (SSB9).

The student’s legal name will be on your class roster and their preferred name, if applicable, will appear in parenthesis.  For example, Gonzales, Bernadette (Charmaine).  For legal purposes, the student’s legal name will still appear on all formal documents such as Financial Aid information, 1098-T’s and transcripts.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

With kind regards,

Bernadette Gonzales. MA Ed. (she, her, hers)
Registrar |Office of the Registrar
505-428-1881 |

OIT Service Desk Hours
Phone service 24 hours a day Mon. – Fri.

On November 1st the OIT Service Desk extended its phone hours to better serve students, staff and faculty.

Phone Hours

Monday – Friday: 24 hours
Saturday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Office Hours
Room 528

Monday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. to noon
Sunday: Closed

Free STEM Kits at SFCC Library

The kits are made available to the SFCC community through the Santa Fe Children’s Museum. Kits are available during the library’s regular hours. For more information contact:

Greenhouse STEM Kits
The very popular and free Greenhouse STEM Kits are available once again for kids ages 4-7. All materials are included in the kits courtesy of the Santa Fe Children’s Museum.

Come by the library to pick up a kit to use and explore growing plants from seeds with your kids! Kits are available during the library’s regular hours.

For more information contact:

Balancing Robot STEM Kits at SFCC Library

Come by the SFCC library to pick up a kit to use to explore balance with your kids!  Kits are available during the library’s regular hours.

For more information contact:

Solar System Bracelets

Solar System Bracelet STEM kits are available for kids ages 4-7 at the SFCC library. Instructions are in English and Spanish and all materials are included in the kits.

Come by the SFCC library to pick up a kit to use to explore the solar system with your kids!

Name Rockets!

Available at the SFCC Library

Free Name Rocket STEM Kits are available for kids ages 4-7 at the SFCC Library.

All materials are included in the kits courtesy of the Santa Fe Children’s Museum.

Come by the library to pick up a kit to use and explore shapes & rockets with your kids! Kits are available during the library’s regular hours.

For more information contact:

Need food? Campus Cupboard welcomes all

Campus Cupboard offers fresh, canned and 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.

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.

08/01/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Santa Fe’s planned purchase of land for Richards Ave. from Game Commission back on”

07/28/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “City approves agreement with Midtown Santa Fe Productions for film studio expansion

07/31/2023, KOB-TV, “Santa Fe approves plan to expand film studio”

07/27/2023, Rio Grande Sun, “Santa Fe Community College offers coding and creativity opportunities with support from Apple”

07/26/2023, Santa Fe Reporter Best of Santa Fe 2023 – Health Services.  First: Best Small Gym, Second: Fitness Classes.

07/24/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican “Smartboard “- SFCC partners with Four Seasons Rancho Encantado”

07/24/2023, The Paper, “Apple helps Santa Fe, Native students expand digital skills”

07/18/2023, Los Alamos Daily Post, “Santa Fe Community College Offers Coding & Creativity Opportunities With Support From Apple”

07/17/2023, Los Alamos Daily Post, “SFCC Hosts Reception For ‘Following The Manito Trail’ Exhibition From Millicent Rogers Museum Aug. 26”

07/13/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “SFCC student parent working to make sure others are represented”

06/26/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Smartboard Santa Fe Community College launches new web page for online programs”

06/23/23, Los Alamos Daily Post, “SFCC: Launches New Web Page For Online Programs”

06/07/2023, Santa Fe Reporter, “Transit advisory board members want to get back to work. The mayor just needs to appoint them”

06/07/2023, Searchlight New Mexico, “Plutonium by degrees” and “The ABCs of a nuclear education”

06/04/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Celebrations.” Includes info on SFCC Foundation’s Richard Bradford scholarship winner and Katie Besser award-winners.