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SFCC Dental Pinning Ceremony 2021

SFCC’s Dental Pinning Ceremony 2021 was presented from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, July 30 in the SFCC Campus Center. The ceremony was well-attended.

Congratulations to our recognized dental students:

  • 12 students received pins for Certificate in Dental Assisting
  • 1 student for Certificate in Advanced DA Skills
  • 2 students for AAS degree in Dental Health
  • 7 students for Certificate of completion in Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary [EFDA]

Dr. Aamna Nayaar, director of the Dental Health program, said, “Thank you to the SFCC Governing board, Administration, Dean Terri Tewart, all the Health & Sciences Directors, Admins, Admissions, Records, OIT, SMILES Club, SGA, Event planner, Plant Operations, and all – for your support in making this event possible.”

A Facebook photo album of the event can be viewed online here.

News and Announcements

Barnes & Noble to provide bookstore services starting August 16

Exciting news! Barnes & Noble will provide bookstore services starting August 16.

Barnes and Noble is working diligently with SFCC’s OIT, accounting and financial aid offices to make as much of a smooth transition possible. SFCC already has good systems and planning in place to link in student financial aid into the new Barnes and Noble online bookstore.

Plans are to go live with the Barnes & Noble online bookstore beginning Aug. 16. Barnes & Noble is confident there will not be any issues with meeting that date for book orders to begin then. It is anticipated that books will be shipped and received within three days of ordering.

As more information becomes available, it will be posted at

Fab Lab's Open House and demos continue this week at SF HEC

Santa Fe Reporter’sstory published Aug. 3, “Gearing Up The New Collar Innovation Center prepares workers for the jobs of the future” detailed Sarah Boisvert’s plans for the New Collar Innovation Center based at SF Higher Education Center.

Read all about free tours and demonstrations there this week!
For more information contact

Inset photo: Sarah Boisvert file photo


'Southwest Monochromes' will have closing reception from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Aug. 12

Everyone is welcome to attend a closing reception from Santa Fe Community College Visual Arts Gallery closing reception for ‘Southwest Monochromes – A collection of black and white photographs by Jim Wysong’ from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, August 12 at SFCC Visual Arts Gallery. Free event, SFCC Visual Arts Gallery, 6401 Richards Ave. Masks required to attend. Visit online at A video tour of the exhibit is available on SFCC’s YouTube channel: Contact SFCC’s Director of Art on Campus Linda Cassel at or 505-428-1501 for more information. View the exhibition.

James (Jim) Wysong, Ed.D., oversees academic operations at SFCC in the School of Liberal Arts and the School of Arts, Design, and Media Arts. Before he joined the college in 2020, he was a frequent visitor to New Mexico. His love for photography, geology and the outdoors drew him to the state. The opportunity to join the leadership team at SFCC has afforded Dr. Wysong the ability to combine his passions, pursuing his academic career here in the land that he loves.

Photo: “The Galisteo Wave,” by Jim Wysong.


Fall 2021 Continuing Education Catalog now available!

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.


OIT Maintenance 7 a.m. Aug. 15

OIT will be performing system maintenance from 7 a.m. to noon Sunday, August 15, 2021.

All systems will be affected by intermittent outages.

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

SFCC Pilates, No. 1 in Best of Santa Fe

The Santa Fe Reporter cited SFCC as having the #1 Best Pilates Studio in the 2021 Best of Santa Fe issue on July 28.

From the issue:
Best Pilates Studio
1. Santa Fe Community College: Leslie Jackson

Pilates itself was created in the early 1900s, and practitioner/instructor types like the Santa Fe Community College’s Leslie Jackson keep the dream alive. It’s a popular form of exercise, and one that comes with myriad (and noticeable) benefits within a few short weeks. Jackson teaches everyone from beginners to the advanced, and it’s all but certain there’s a tier that’s just right for you.


Film Open House welcomed prospective students and community

Congratulations to all for a successful Film Open House on Saturday, July 31!

Thank you to Film co-chair Milton Riess who reports about 56 people attended. He expressed gratitude to SFCC Foundation and the administration, facilities staff, security and MPR and many others who assisted that day.

Riess said, “Without a doubt, the largest thank you needs to go to Dean James Wysong and Associate Dean Shalimar Krebs. It was their tireless energy and planning that made their brainchild come to life. They are an unstoppable team.”

He added, “And nothing would have happened if it were not for Ashley Martinez, the greatest Film Tech in the world–I mean Universe. And a special thank you to Marcos Maez and Nicky McKay who saved day and led tours after a couple of people were not able to help.”

Dean Wysong added, “Our community partners were big part of this too, for which we are grateful and appreciative: Hutton Broadcasting and Richard Eeds, Estevan Gonzales at KSWV Suave Radio, The Santa Fe Film Office, IATSE Local 480, The Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Santa Fe, IAIA, and the Stage Coach Foundation.”

Attendees were able to hear from industry spokespeople, get demonstrations of film equipment, meet SFCC grads in the industry and hear about film classes this fall.

SFCC foundationThank you to SFCC Foundation, the New Mexico Film Office and Stagecoach Foundation for their support of the event.

Want to learn more about the film program? Visit

Thank you to Doreen Gallegos for capturing images from the event, as well as helping out with the Film Open House.

See more photos here.

SFCC sponsored August 1 concert and recruited at the event

SFCC welcomed community members to the AMP concert featuring Baracutanga on August 1 on Santa Fe’s Southside at SWAN Park.

Despite the threats of rain, it was a lively concert with good attendance!

Inset photos: Baracutanga performs at the AMP concert at SWAN Park. Marcos Maez and Daniela Gurule welcome concertgoers to the SFCC information table.

Please see more photos shared by Rebecca Estrada here.

Danika Padilla of SFCC Foundation featured as 2021 Woman of Influence

Danika Padilla for Meow Wolf

Albuquerque Business First featured Danika Padilla of Meow Wolf and SFCC Foundation as a Woman of Influence in it’s July 28 issue.

Here is the story:
By Megan Martin – Data Reporter, Albuquerque Business First

As the senior director of social impact for Meow Wolf, Danika Padilla works to inspire creativity in all. She leads the interactive art company’s efforts around social and environmental responsibility at their locations in New Mexico, Nevada and Colorado.
Padilla is responsible for creating Meow Wolf’s first corporate social responsibility program, and puts her words into action both inside and outside of the office. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Santa Fe Community College Foundation and Emerge New Mexico.
Why do you believe you are a Woman of Influence? To be a woman of influence, we must constantly show up to engage and inspire others. I do this everyday through my work with Meow Wolf, my involvement with the local community and by using my voice to constantly speak up for historically marginalized people.
What needs to happen for more American women to reach the top levels of leadership in business? Women in America need systems to support them. Business in the U.S. was made for men, and to fully embrace women in top levels of leadership we need to address a number of issues. First, women must have pay equity and be paid appropriately for their contributions and work. … We must also implement family friendly business practices that better support the work-life balance. This includes paid family leave, available and affordable childcare, reproductive health care and numerous policies that create an environment where women can succeed. I am also a huge proponent of women uplifting other women. For too long the stereotype has been that there isn’t room at the top, now we must do the work to make the table bigger for all of our voices. We must mentor women throughout their careers to inspire and support them.
In what ways, beyond your job description, do you give back to the community? Working with and for our community is in my DNA. From a young age, I’ve been a community organizer working to register people to vote, canvassing for environmental protections and volunteering with numerous nonprofit organizations.


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


What’s Happening with the ERP/SIS?

The Presidents of the five partner colleges in our Enterprise Resource Planning/Student Information Services initiative have formed the nonprofit CHESS, the Collaborative for Higher Education Shared Services.

Currently, a team is in the process of negotiating with the preferred vendor. We remain in the quiet phase, which means we must maintain confidentiality and cannot share details. We look forward to making an announcement next month. In addition, teams are working on staffing, data governance, communications, fundraising, and much more.

Here are the CHESS partners:

  • CNM
  • Clovis Community College
  • Northern New Mexico College
  • San Juan College
  • SFCC

Here are the members of the CHESS Executive Team:

For more about SFCC and CHESS, contact Interim Chief Information Officer Cori Bergen, Project Manager Erica Keppel or Communications Officer Laura Mulry.

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 SFCC Fast Pass, which will help us lessen mask requirements in the future.
  • 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.


Fall registration continues, new tuition structure

Let your friends and family know that fall registration has begun.
The fall semester begins Monday, August 23.

SFCC is offering a new tuition structure beginning Fall 2021 that will allow students who wish to take 12 to 18 credit hours to pay for only 12 credit hours. Students will be charged tuition per credit hour up to 12 credit hours. After 12 credit hours, there will be no additional tuition charge up to and including 18 credit hours. Additional credit hours beyond 18 will be charged at the regular credit hour rate.

The college has developed a guide to registering detailed at

On-campus assistance is available for many student services.

Whether you plan to reach out in person or online, it’s strongly suggested that you set up an appointment in advance. To get started with advising, students are encouraged to contact SFCC’s Welcome and Advising Center at 428-1270 or


Register for Nutrition Courses

Interested in learning more about Nutrition, or even pursuing a 22 credit hour Certificate in Nutrition?

There are online classes in Nutrition available this summer and fall.


Midtown Campus news

The City Council has ended the agreement with the previously selected developer and continues to explore options. SFCC is a partner in the Midtown Campus planning.

5/12/2021, Santa Fe New Mexican, “More than half of Santa Fe’s midtown campus buildings eyed for demolition”

Image: Santa Fe Higher Education Center is on the edge of the Midtown Campus.

Get creative! Art, writing and more CE classes available

Summer CE classes are ongoing with a mix of online and in-person classes. Lots of fun topics to explore this summer, such as railroads to exploring the relationship of Frieda Khalo and Diego Rivera. Register now to secure your spot.

Also, check out online options for kids, too!

Employees use your EEB Benefit. Need assistance with registration? Call 505-428-1676 or email


Student Spotlight

Young parents apply by Aug. 11 for chance to get $400 per month

SFCC has exciting news from the Mayors for a Guaranteed Income project. If you are a young parent (age 18-30), you might be eligible to receive $400 a month while going to college.

Applications can be found here:

Qualified applicants will go through a random selection process. This selection process will be conducted by an independent research team at the University of Pennsylvania. One hundred SFCC students can be randomly selected to receive the funding.

To qualify, applicants must meet all of the following qualifications:
• Between the ages of 18 and 30
• A primary caregiver of a child under 18
• Planning on attending classes in the Fall of 2021 and are going to be a Certificate or Degree seeking student
• Has been enrolled in at least one class at SFCC prior to the Fall of 2021
• Make less than 200% of the federal poverty level (Many SFCC students qualify. )

If you are not eligible or one of the randomly selected participants, there are still many resources available to you through SFCC. Here are some sites with more information:

Applications will close on 8/11/21

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.

Therapy dogs are back! Aug. 18 and 25

Please join us for in-person canine cuddling at the Library.

Wednesday, August 18th and Wednesday, August 25th
10 to 11 a.m.

Please follow on-campus guidelines found at

Student Weekly Connection July 30

Check out the July 30 Student Weekly Connection for information on in-person services, computer and internet needs, applying for scholarships, applying for paid peer-to-peer mentorships, WIOA info sessions to get free training, applications for student employment (if you are enrolled for 6 hours or more), Santa Fe Suites supportive housing, Therapy dogs at the library in August and much more!


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

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.

Convocation 9 a.m. Thursday, August 12

Fall semester convocation kick-off will happen on August 12.

President Rowley will begin welcome week with an address at the mandatory all faculty and staff meeting at 9 a.m. Thursday, August 12.

See the current schedule here:

Check back for schedule updates! Also, look for alerts in your SFCC email.

Hear Richard Eeds interview with Dean Jim Wysong and Milton Riess

Listen to the podcast of Dean Jim Wysong and Milton Riess’ interview interview with Richard Eeds on July 31 on KTRC 1260 | 103.7. Hear about SFCC’s film program and the recent open house.

Yash Morimoto column: Help those you love go to college

Yash Moriomoto’s My View column: “Help those you love go to college,” originally ran in the Santa Fe New Mexican on July 18. It was written by Yash Morimoto, Associate Vice President for Planning and Institutional Effectiveness

My grandmother offered me this advice almost 25 years ago when I was about to graduate from high school: “The only thing you can procrastinate is smoking cigarettes.” Her dream was that I go to college. At the time, my family was on food stamps and relied on what little income I brought in from part-time jobs. My younger siblings were in elementary and high school, and I felt strong pressure to work to provide for our family.

My mother on the other hand would say, “Why go to college? You’re going to drop out anyway.” Part of me believed this. English wasn’t my first language. Working and going to school was burdensome. I wasn’t always the best student. Going to college felt not only scary but irresponsible, if not downright impossible. My grandma, however, was insistent I attend college. Her encouragement changed my life’s trajectory. In the spring, I completed my doctorate in higher education leadership.

My story isn’t unique. I frequently witness the incredible resilience and dedication of the students of Santa Fe Community College, where I work.

During my doctoral research, I interviewed 15 community college presidents around the country to find out how they ascended to their position. I learned it was most often their siblings, parents, grandparents, an uncle or an aunt who encouraged them to pursue the further education that set them up for later success. One of the presidents even told me he was tricked into going to college.

One thing I know now that I wish I knew back then: Going to a college like SFCC is the best path to a good-paying job.

Over a lifetime, attending a community college is a smarter investment than finding a low-paying job out of high school. It can also offer considerable savings over enrolling at an expensive college or university, moving away from home and drowning in debt.

Many of the instructors teaching at community colleges also moonlight at universities. The only difference is the tuition you pay. Community colleges often offer small class sizes and provide supportive staff members to help you with more than academic challenges. Many students face food insecurity, poverty and other obstacles that make obtaining a college degree a challenge without support. I am eternally grateful that my grandmother persuaded me to go to college.

I am deeply excited for two new developments expected to benefit SFCC students. First, the SFCC Governing Board recently changed the tuition structure to enable students to take six classes for the price of four. Research shows students who take more classes complete their education at substantially higher rates.

Second, there is additional money available for students. The New Mexico Lottery will pay 100 percent of tuition to recent high school graduates. New Mexico’s Opportunity Scholarship will help adult learners return to college. Also, various state, private and federal scholarship funds could cover books and living expenses.

After earning my bachelor’s degree, I returned to school part time to further my education while working. It took me 20 years because I was working and life circumstances derailed me at times. I wish I could have gone full time. This year, students in the region have the chance to get the funds to attend college full time and get a better-paying job sooner. My grandma did not get to see me complete my education, but her message to me will resonate for a lifetime: Don’t procrastinate. Don’t let anyone tell you that you are not “college material.” College is waiting for you.

Yash Morimoto is the associate vice president for planning and institutional effectiveness at Santa Fe Community College.

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

Pasatiempo story on photography of Dean Jim Wysong

In the July 16 issue of Pasatiempo, writer Michael Abatemarco promotes Dean Wysong’s exhibit and love of photography: Jim Wysong at SFCC’s Visual Art Gallery

Recently, Albuquerque Journal’s Assistant Arts Editor Kathaleen Roberts interviewed Dean Jim Wysong for the story, “Scouring New Mexico for Unusual Angles.”

Photo: “Divided Sky” by Jim Wysong.

Fully vaccinated? Consider getting a Fast Pass

Are you fully vaccinated? Find out how you can get a Fast Pass campus access card here.

For the most up-to-date information visit:

Fast passes provide information about the colleg
Your privacy and confidential personal health information is important to SFCC. This information will be kept in a secure computer file that is only accessed by the SFCC Contact Tracing Team and the COVID-19 Point of Contact for the purposes of administrating the SFCC COVID -19 Safety protocols.

Just a reminder: The campus still has limited access. Essentially, the buildings are closed unless you have specific business on campus. Those coming to the campus need to follow protocols. But if you are returning or anticipating returning to work on campus, going to attend an in-person class or coming regularly for appointments you might want to consider applying for the Fast Pass. Again, this is just an option, not a requirement.

Expanded exercise opportunities for employees

Employees check your recent emails and SFCC Connect announcement for information on how employees can access the FEC. It detailed how you can access more exercise opportunities at the FEC through the appointment system, as well as how to register for a free online Office Yoga Class. You need to enter the Employee Code and also sign up with the Employee CRN on the register for classes page.

If you are having difficulty, accessing the appointment system, please contact Lynda Trujillo by email at so she can assist you.

Please note: Re: You will use your CRN for summer.

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.

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. As we scoured the news, watched our family members and loved ones fall ill, and struggled to maintain our own physical and mental health, we found deep solace in the tapestries of words and images delivered to us. Amidst grief, fear, and inertia, we used the editorial process to ground ourselves. Poring through submissions as they streamed in from around the world, we were reminded over and over that the human spirit is a tough and resilient thing, capable of creating and inventing even in times of darkness

In this year’s issue, we share stories, poems, essays, and images depicting the poles of loss and light that have so characterized these extraordinary pandemic times. A testament to the raw sense of wonder that exists within every creative soul, this issue lies rooted in the common ground upon which we all reside.” – 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.