Campus Weekly

SFCC's Red Sand installation project

In observance of national Native American Heritage month SFCC students, faculty and staff members participated in a Red Sand art installation project on Nov. 27. The red sand that was spread along the cracks in the Courtyard represent the many indigenous women who as Associate Dean Brooke Gondara said “are metaphorically falling through the cracks” of people’s consciousness. The number of missing and murdered indigenous women continues to grow. This project hopes to have people stop and think about those women. The Red Sand Project is a participatory artwork that uses sidewalk interventions, earthwork installations and convenings to create opportunities for people to question, connect and take action against vulnerabilities that can lead to human trafficking and exploitation. Read more about Red Sand Project.

The activities for Native American Heritage Month at SFCC were sponsored by the SFCC Native Community, PDAC and the SACNAS Club.

Photo: Tara Duran, student president of SFCC’s Native American Club (who is enrolled with Pojoaque Pueblo and also has Navajo roots); Marvin Galbadon, SFCC data technician (and an organizer of Native American Heritage Month activities from San Juan Pueblo) and Brooke Gondara, SFCC associate dean (an organizer of the Red Sand campus event, Northern Cheyenne).

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News and Announcements

Campus Update from the Interim President

If you missed last week’s update from Dr. Cervantes, catch it here. Also, Spring 2019 Convocation begins Thurs., Jan. 10 with the campus-wide meeting scheduled for Mon., Jan. 14. See the agenda.

ARTS 112 exhibit opening Wed., Dec. 5

Students of ARTS 112 Explore Arts and Design are featured in a new exhibit in SFCC’s Visual Arts Gallery opening with a reception Wed., Dec. 5 beginning at 4:30 p.m.

ARTS 112 is a dual credit course bringing together students from area high schools and introducing them to many of the area disciplines within the SFCC School of Arts, Design and Media Arts. Through their participation in projects done in several of the areas, the students gain an introduction to some of the materials, processes and fundamentals of two and three-dimensional compositions.

Science on a Sphere

Experience SFCC’s Science on a Sphere during free presentations:

Mon., Dec. 3, noon to 2 p.m.
Wed., Dec 5, 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Mon., Dec. 10, noon to 2 p.m.
Wed., Dec 12, 4 to 5:30 p.m.

The Science on a Sphere is an educational product of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The satellite imagery has been provided by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). For more information, contact Lenny Gannes, ext. 1757.

End of year performance Dec. 4

Students from Chorus, Voice Class and Guitar Class will present a Music Showcase with a wide variety of music from 6 to 7 p.m., Tues., Dec. 4 at in the Jemez Rooms.

For more information, contact the School of Arts, Design, and Media Arts, ext. 1731.

Emily Stern/Memoir Class Reading in the Library Dec. 5

Emily Stern and her Memoir class will read from their work beginning at 2:30 p.m. Wed., Dec. 5 in the Library. The reading is free to attend, and refreshments will be served.

For more information email

Early Childhood Education Spanish Cohort Graduation Party Dec. 6

The Early Childhood Education Spanish Certificate program will celebrate its first graduating class of 45 students with a graduation party Thurs., Dec. 6 from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Jemez Rooms.

Come and celebrate the class and all of their hard-earned achievements. For the majority of the students, this is the first opportunity to pursue their studies; many of whom are immigrants and whose first language is Spanish.

For more information, contact Tiffany Bracamontes, ext. 1749.

Paramedicine graduation Dec. 3

Graduates receiving certificates or associate degrees in paramedicine will be celebrated at a graduation ceremony beginning at 1 p.m. Mon. Dec. 3 at the Bio Wall (Health & Sciences Building Atrium).

For more information contact, Director of Emergency Medical Services Institute Sahaj Khalsa, ext. 1820.

Photo: Director of Emergency Medical Services Institute Sahaj Khalsa

Nursing Pinning Ceremony Dec. 5

SFCC’s Nursing Pinning Ceremony is at 4 p.m. Dec. 5 in the Jemez Rooms. The pinning ceremony is a time-honored nursing school tradition that dates back to the 1860s when Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, was awarded the Red Cross of St. George in recognition for her service during the Crimean War. To share the honor, she in turn presented the medal of excellence to her brightest graduates. By 1916, the practice of pinning new nursing graduates was standard throughout the U.S.

Three graduates earning their A.A.S. in Nursing will be pinned and 13 graduates earning both their A.A.S. and B.S. degrees from University of New Mexico in Nursing will be pinned.

Director of the SFCC Medical Simulation Center, Ramar Jette, will address the class. Marlena Lewis and Heather Galeano are the student speakers.

For more information, contact Director of Nursing Education, Terri Tewart at ext. 1836.

Fall Commencement Ceremony Dec. 8

SFCC’s Fall Commencement Ceremony is 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 8 in the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center gymnasium.

Representative Ben Ray Lujan will deliver the keynote address and this year’s student speaker is Rosa Turner who will be receiving both an Associate in Arts in Accounting and Associate in Arts in Business Administration.


Arts & Crafts Fair Dec. 8

After the Commencement Ceremony be sure to make your way over to the Arts & Crafts Fair in the main hallway and Campus Center from 9 to 4 p.m., Sat., Dec. 8.

For more information, contact Fran Nawrocki, ext. 1675.

Wilson featured in PBS documentary

Will Wilson was recently featured in the PBS documentary Native Art NOW!.

The documentary examines the evolution of Native contemporary art over the last 25 years, presenting personal perspectives from internationally acclaimed Native contemporary artists. Wilson appears at about the 23-minute mark.

Landen quoted in Inside Higher Ed

Jenny Landen, dean of the School of Sciences, Health, Engineering and Math was interviewed for a recent article in Inside Higher Ed, Public and Private Institutions Partner to Produce More Nurses, More Quickly.

Sicily and Beyond, last info session Dec. 8

Learn about the Continuing Education trip Sicily and Beyond: Images and Insights Spring 2019 (Course # LS422 01/CRN 31283) with instructors Bernadette Jacobs and Diane Tintor during an information session Sat., Dec. 8 at 10 a.m. at Travel Bug, 839 Paseo de Peralta. The trip is May 13 – June 1, 2019.

Cost per person: $2,999 for double occupancy or $3,409 for single occupancy plus registration fee of $499. Deposit of $500 and registration fee of $499 is due at registration. For more information and trip itinerary contact SFCC Continuing Education at 505-428-1676 or

Pardon Our Mess

The William C. Witter Fitness Education Center will be closed for beautification and upgrades Dec. 8 through Jan. 13, 2019. Your support of local bonds helped fund these renovations.

Additionally, the gymnasium will be closed for floor refurbishing Dec. 3 through Feb. 4, 2019.

Thank you!


Student Spotlight

Spring payment deadline Jan. 8

Before students leave for winter break, remember the payment deadline for the spring 2019 semester is January 8! Verify your financial aid today, don’t lose your spring classes.

Need money to pay for school? Complete the 2018-2019 FAFSA online now. Are you International or Undocumented? Then complete the 2018-2019 Dreamers Financial Aid form.

Contact Financial Aid, 505-428-1268.

New Schedule Builder registration tool

The new Schedule Builder will allow you to add courses, generate all possible schedule combinations and select the set of classes that fits you best. Read all about it and view a tutorial video. Access the Schedule Planner from mySFCC student portal.

Download the step by step instructions.

Call for submissions: Katie Besser Writing Awards

Submissions for the Katie Besser Writing Awards are open now. Submit your works in the following categories: poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction/personal essay, academic essay and the new categories of text/image and instructor-nominated.

The deadline for submissions is noon, Monday, March 12, 2019.

Winners, runners-up and honorable mentions will be published in Accolades and will be invited to read at the celebration, to be held May 1.

For more information, see the flier, or email Emily Stern.

Employee Announcements

Wellness and Kindness programming continues

Please consider joining your colleagues in the following upcoming activities:

• Mindful Meditation: The Planetarium will be open to students and SFCC employees from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays on Dec. 4 and Dec. 11. Please observe the following guidelines: no talking, eating, drinks or cell phones.

• Iyengar Yoga sessions led by Andrew Kerr from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday on Dec. 5 in the Board Room. If you have yoga mats, please bring them but they’re not necessary. Some will be provided.

• Walking group walks the trails at noon to 1 p.m. Fridays. Meet in front of the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center. Group walks rain or shine.

Drop-ins welcome.

Feb. 13, 2019 Shooter-on-Campus Drill

More details will available as we get closer to the date, but please see an overview of the Feb. 13 drill planned in conjunction with Santa Fe County and the City of Santa Fe emergency management teams.

Join the Friday walking group at noon

Did you have fun walking the trails with Ute Jannsen-Kerr on Professional Development Day? Or did you hear about all the fun the group had? Employees can join the fun every Friday. The walking group meets at noon in front of the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center and returns at 1 p.m. These dedicated walkers go rain or shine, so dress appropriately and bring a water bottle.

Check out these photos!