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Congratulations to nursing pin recipients!

The nursing pin recipients light their lamps and read the nursing pledge.
Congratulations to the December 2023 nursing pinning recipients!

The nurse pinning ceremony is a solemn ceremony, which includes the reading of the Florence Nightingale Pledge, lighting of the Lamp of Knowledge, as well as the pinning. The lamp lighting ceremony formally recognizes the students’ entry into the nursing profession as the lamp symbolizes the light that a nurse becomes to patients and as a symbol of hope and comfort to those suffering. The tradition commemorates the heroine of nursing Florence Nightingale, who was seen in the dark alleys with a lamp while caring for the injured soldiers of the Crimean War.

Congratulations to those who received their nursing pins on December 7 after much rigorous study and commitment. Also, thank you to SFCC’s dedicated faculty and staff who supported them on their journey.

Associate of Applied Nursing

Norma Castillo
Sage De La Garza
Roqia Hussaini

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Sr. Mary Gianna
Alanna Whitney
Alexa Reyes
Mildred Rodriguez
Erin Trujillo
Nicholas Velazquez

Here are highlights from the program:

Processional Songs:

Good Old Days: Macklemore ft Kesha
Count on me: Bruno Mars

Welcome & Introductions: Lucas Gonzales, MSNEd, RN, CNE, Director of Nursing Education

Student Speaker: Alexa Reyes, Dual Degree Graduate

Keynote Speaker: Duwane Goodwin, MSN, RN, CNEn

Bestowing of Pins: Lukas Archuleta and Anjani Ziznewski Dual Degree Students, Class of Spring

History of Pinning: Natasha Trujillo, MSN, RN

Lamp of Knowledge: Janelle Moya, MSN, RN

Florence Nightingale Pledge: Kristi Erikson, MSN, RN, CNEcl

Closing Remarks: Lucas Gonzales, MSNEd, RN, CNE, Director of Nursing Education

Enjoy this selection of photos from Ben Lauer. Please click on images to see larger.

SFCC honored Chair George Gamble for his dedication at his final governing board meeting

President Becky Rowley presented SFCC Governing Board Chair George Gamble with a Nambe plaque and lifetime college fitness pass thanking him for his hard work and dedication to the college. President Rowley said, “It has been indeed a pleasure to work with you. I want to thank you for your kindness working with the staff your full six years on the board, but particularly during your term as Chair.” She added Chair Gamble was great at getting the college to look at things and the way we did them to see how the College could improve. President Rowley said “That has made us better.”

Chair Gamble said he enjoyed his time serving on the board. “I’ve listened, observed and asked lots of questions, poked, nudged and learned a lot. I learned a lot from Becky and from being around at the college and talking with people around the college and observing what’s going on.” He noted among SFCC’s achievements during his time on the board was getting through the worst of the pandemic. He added the Automotive Technologies Center was built and flourished under “the fabulous Julia Furry.” He also expressed his dream that some day the college “has an electric lowrider car that Becky could ride around in for recruitment.”

Board members praised him for his calm demeanor while serving as Chair. He always was eager to hear a variety of opinions on issues and welcomed feedback.

Watch the tribute to Chair Gamble beginning at about 1:50:35 at the end of the Dec. 6 governing board on our YouTube channel.

New fitness hours at William C. Witter Fitness Education Center start Jan. 16

The William C. Witter Fitness Education Center Fitness Education will be extending hours beginning Tuesday, January 16. This extension of open hours runs continuously through all interims and the remainder of 2024.

The new hours for the FEC other than the pool:
Mon.-Thurs. 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Friday 6:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

New pool hours:
Mon.-Fri. 6:30 a.m.-7 p.m
Sat. 8 a.m.-1p.m.

The new hours go into effect at the start of the spring term on Jan. 16.

Save the date: New Student Orientation 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Tues., Jan. 9

Participants in the Library’s Escape Room in the SFCC Library.

Encourage prospective, new and returning students to participate in the New Student Orientation (NSO).

Tuesday, January 9

11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

The NSO will begin in the main hallway with a Resource Fair from 11 a.m.-noon and presentations will begin in the SFCC Governing Boardroom (room 223) at noon. From 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., the SFCC Library will be leading the very popular “Escape Room Challenge.” Finally, at 2 p.m., a campus tour will be provided. For information call 505-428-1270.

Enjoy your Winter Break

SFCC and SF HEC are closed December 18, 2023 through January 1, 2024 for Winter Break
Buildings also closed Dec. 16 and 17 except for pre-approved activities 

SFCC wishes you well, as you enjoy your Winter Break! In this season of gratitude, we thank everyone at the college for all you do!

Santa Fe Community College and the Santa Fe Higher Education Center, the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center and the college’s early childhood development center, Kids Campus will close for Winter Break from Saturday, December 18, 2023 through Monday, January 1, 2024. No classes or activities will be held and no other student services will be available during this time. Snow removal and grounds maintenance will not be operational during this time. Services will resume on Tuesday, January 2, 2024. All buildings including the Willliam C. Witter Fitness Education Center will be closed to the public on Saturday, December 16 and Sunday, December 17 except for pre-approved activities.

Spring Semester 2024 credit and noncredit class registration is available 24/7 at Spring semester begins on Tuesday, January 16.

Staff Reminder: Please put on your out-of-office email message and on your telephone. Remember prospective students and new students might try to reach out during the break. Please share in your message when you will return.

Construction of NE/SE Connector Road(s) in Santa Fe County Postponed for Winter Season

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The following message was sent by Santa Fe County on Dec. 8, 2023.

Construction of NE/SE Connector Road(s) in Santa Fe County Postponed for Winter Season
NE SE Connector Construction Zones
Santa Fe, NM- Santa Fe County Public Works announces the postponement of pavement and weather-sensitive construction for the Northeast and Southeast Connector Roads project beginning Friday, December 15, 2023. To date, approximately 90% of the earthwork and 85% of waterline and drainage culverts have been installed, with two of the six roundabouts open to traffic.

Santa Fe County Public Works will however continue to work during the winter months installing solar lighting, waterline, and drainage culverts on the Southeast Connector and Avenida Del Sur as weather permits. Public access within the work zones is strictly prohibited. Traffic control and barricades will be in place along the following construction zones:

Northeast Connector west of Richards Ave to existing Rabbit Road.
Southeast Connector south of Rabbit Road to Ave. Del Sur.
Del Sur east of Richards Ave to the Southeast Connector.

These work zones pose significant hazards to pedestrians and motorists if breached, emphasizing the need to strictly adhere to safety precautions. Santa Fe County prioritizes constituent safety, urging all pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists to respect road closures and take precautions when navigating work zones.

Construction is expected to resume by the end of March 2024 or weather-permitting conditions.

For more information and additional safety resources, please contact Johnny Baca, Project Manager 3 at

SFCC Arts and Crafts Fair a big success

Thank you to Fran Nawrocki and Chad Gaspar with Conference Services as well as the amazing crew from Facilities and Operations for making the SFCC Arts and Crafts Fair a success. We also thank everyone who supported the artists at SFCC, as well as at our partners in the crafts fairs, IAIA!

Thank you Ben Lauer for some great photos from the fair. Here are just a sample of those. Watch SFCC NM Facebook for more images to be posted soon.

OIT Maintenance 5 p.m. Dec. 14

OIT will be performing maintenance from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. Thursday, December 14, 2023, All systems will be affected by intermittent outages.

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

SFLR announces Pushcart Nominees

SFLR Faculty Advisor, Editor-in-Chief Kate McCahill shared the exciting news of the nominees of writers and their work for the Pushcart Prize. These nominees are not SFCC students, but were published in the SFLR this year. Students/interns/editors chose these works as the “best” of the review.

The Pushcart Prize is an American literary prize published by Pushcart Press that honors the best “poetry, short fiction, essays or literary whatnot” published in the small presses over the previous year. Magazine and small book press editors are invited to submit up to six works they have featured.

For questions, contact Kate McCahill at

‘Portals,’ a pop-up student Sculpture Exhibition and Sale runs through Dec. 15

This work of art by Rocio Rodriguez will be in “Portals,” a pop-up Sculpture Exhibition and Sale featuring work by SFCC students.
Sculpture by SFCC student Colin Barker.

SFCC’s Art on Campus announces “Portals,” a pop-up student Sculpture Exhibition and Sale in the Fine Arts Center lobby runs through Dec. 15 and can be seen during open campus hours. The student exhibition includes explorations in steel, clay, plexiglass and mixed media.

Contact Linda Cassel, Director of Art on Campus, at 505-428-1501 or via email at for information.

Video of SFCC Library reading by Austin Eichelberger

SFCC Library and the SFCC Creative Writing program sponsored a reading with Austin Eichelberger from his novel in progress, “The Longdream.” Check out the video.

Santa Fe Reporter story highlights SFCC’s growth in dual credit students

Check out the Santa Fe Reporter Nov. 15 story, “Advancing College & Careers: High school students pursue SFCC’s dual enrollment program in record numbers.” The story shares information on the growth in the College’s dual credit classes. Both Niki McKay and Marcos Maez are quoted in the story.

Here’s a brief excerpt:

Dual credit has become more popular with high school students this year, according to SFCC Director of Student Engagement and Recruitment Marcos Maez. About 20% of the college’s total enrollment this semester are dual credit students, he reports, and the number of dual credit students enrolled increased 23% from the 2022 fall semester.

“Currently, we are experiencing our highest-ever fall semester enrollment of dual credit students in SFCC’s history, with 880 students registered,” Maez tells SFR. “Equally noteworthy is the diversity among our dual credit students…81% of dual credit students are students of color.”

Marcos Maez represented MPR at Northern NM WIN Biannual Convening

Marcos Maez reports, “On November 2, I had the pleasure of attending the WIN Biannual Convening on behalf of SFCC’s Marketing and Public Relations. I had the opportunity to attend informative breakout sessions and connected with a number of employers, support organizations, governmental agencies, and other important stakeholders where we gathered to discuss workforce opportunities and solutions in north-central New Mexico.”

Camilla M. Bustamante, Ph.D.,
Northern New Mexico WIN Project Director and SFCC Director of Student Engagement & Recruitment
Marcos Maez

Here’s some information about the Work Integration Network (WIN):

WIN is a recipient of a $6.4 million American Rescue Plan Good Jobs Challenge grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA).

WIN aims to transform and diversify the regional economy by building a robust workforce in the key areas of Healthcare and Skilled Trades, leading to increased equity and more high-paying jobs. WIN will be open to unemployed or underemployed adults, or adults looking to skill up and get a good paying job with benefits.


  • Address need for qualified workers in identified industry sectors
  • Establish and strengthen regional networks for participant support
  • Assist un- and underemployed to gain good-paying employment
  • UA 412 Mobile Training Unit to remote locations
  • Articulation between industry training, higher education, and state academic institutions


  • Seven North-Central New Mexico Counties: Colfax, Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Santa Fe, and Taos.


  • Navigators (4) to direct participants to education, training and support services
  • New faculty at participating institutions in both industry sectors
  • I-BEST instruction and support for each institution
  • Articulation Specialist
  • Mobile Training Unit for Skilled Trades Sector
  • % of WBL Coordinator Training & Education
  • Clinical Coordinator for Healthcare Sector
  • Travel, communication & outreach, supplies
  • Life Skills trainings and other wrap-around services for participants

Important message about commencement

This message was sent on October 27, 2023

Photo from the May 2023 commencement.

Dear SFCC Community,

This Spring, our 2023-24 commencement ceremony will celebrate 40 years of Santa Fe Community College. The ceremony is scheduled for May 11, 2024, at the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center.

The Spring 2024 celebration promises to be a momentous occasion, filled with nostalgia and pride as we reflect on four decades of academic excellence. Join us in the spring as we come together to celebrate our graduates’ achievements and the rich history of our institution.

The college has combined its Fall and Spring commencement ceremonies into an annual commencement celebration, held at the end of the Spring semester. Students who receive their diplomas and certificates in Summer or Fall are invited to join Spring graduates at the ceremony.

Thank you for understanding and your support. More details about the Spring Commencement celebration will follow soon.


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

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Interested in Creative Writing? Many options available

students reading book

English and Communications Department Chair Kate McCahill shared the following message about Creative Writing classes this spring:

If you’ve enjoyed the more creative components of the class, like freewriting or writing personal narrative, please read on for course descriptions and departmental contact info. 

Our first offering is ENGL 1320: Exploring Creative Writing. If you’re new to writing, or you want to try writing poetry, fiction, and personal narrative, this is the perfect place to start.  This welcoming class is all about having fun with the three major creative writing genres – and to learn more about your potential as a creative writer. There are two sections in the spring – one fully online asynchronous and one online synchronous (Wednesdays 6-8:45 PM on Zoom). ENGL 1320 counts for 3 Gen Ed Creative/Fine Arts credits. To register, use CRN 30104 (fully online) or CRN 30543 (Zoom).

Jared Valdez will be teaching ENGL 2320: Introduction to Fiction. This class will be meeting on-ground, seminar-style, once per week (Tuesdays, 1-3:45). Expect in-depth class discussions, productive workshop sessions, and exposure to a range of groundbreaking and inspired fiction writing. It counts for 3 credits towards the Creative Writing degree or certificate. No textbook costs. To register, use CRN 30601.

Genevieve Betts will be teaching ENGL 2330: Introduction to Poetry. This popular class facilitates original poetry in a range of formats and stylistic approaches. It’s fully online asynchronous, and counts for 3 credits towards the Creative Writing degree or certificate. To register, use CRN 30404.

Deborah Begel will be teaching ENGL 2340: Introduction to Creative Non-Fiction. It’s a wonderful course for those drawn to memoir, personal narrative, or journaling – the focus of the course is writing from your lived experience. This class will be meeting on-ground, seminar-style, once per week (Thursdays, 9-11:45 a.m.). It counts for 3 credits towards the Creative Writing degree or certificate. To register, use CRN 30106.

Stanley “Austin” Eichelberger will be teaching ENGL 2367: Intermediate Multi-Genre Creative Writing Workshop. This class centers around the writing workshop – sharing your work with your peers and instructor, and reading and critiquing work by your peers. You’ll be invited to share and read work in a range of genres (CNF, Fiction and Poetry). As an end product, you’ll produce a body of revised, edited work. To register, use CRN 30106.

If you’re struggling to register or you aren’t sure what to take please contact your advisor, or email Kate McCahill, English department chair, at

Petition to Graduate in Spring 2024

If you are eligible to graduate, you can now submit your petition to graduate next spring. The application opened in MySFCC on December 10. Graduates will be able to RSVP for spring commencement beginning in February.

Sculpture installation -“Constant Transformation”

Installation by sculpture student Rocio Rodriguez Linares, “Constant Transformation,” in TATC hallway, if entering from Visual Arts Building past the first classroom on the right.

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Financial Aid News: 2024-2025 FAFSA opens December 31; SFCC scholarship and loan applications open Jan. 2

The Department of Education today announced that the newly overhauled 2024-25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, will be open to students and families by December 31, 2023.

The SFCC Spring 2024 Scholarship Application will be available on January 2, 2024.
The SFCC Spring 2024 Student Loan Application will be available on January 2, 2024.

Questions? Call 505-428-1268 or email

Mark your calendars for HESI Nursing Admission Exams in Jan. and Feb.

Register now, schedule an appointment with your advisor now to prepare

Academic Advisor Emily McCarthy meets with a student. Advisors can help students determine the best path to obtain a certificate or associate degree.

Current students should meet with their advisors to prepare for Spring registration, which is now open. In MySFCC, click on “Academic Advising (Online/In Person)” in the “Schedule an Appointment” section, or visit to find your advisor and book an appointment.

Visit to find classes and get registration tips.

If you have questions or need assistance, reach out to

East Wing Eatery is hiring student employees

The East Wing Eatery needs student employees. Contact Rosina Chaparro at to learn more and apply.

Student Writing Awards – submit entries through March 1, 2024

Entries are being accepted for the SFCC writing awards now through 12 noon on March 1, 2024.
Categories include poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, academic essay, image/photography, instructor-nominated, & en español. Winners receive $50 and runners-up receive $25

Winners, runners-up, and honorable mentions will all be published in Accolades, will be invited to read at the celebration, and will also be considered for the SFCC Foundation Richard Bradford Memorial Creative Writing Scholarship.

  • Applicants must be enrolled in at least three credits and should not yet have earned a degree.
  • Entries should be no more than 5 pages in length, typed, and attached as Word documents (or jpgs for images/photography).
  • No more than 6 submissions, excluding instructor nominations.
  • Please remove any identifying information from the entries.

Email submissions (or questions) to Please include name, A#, phone number, and the titles & categories of entries.

Applications for Spring 2024 PILAS Paid Internship Program due by Dec. 15

PILAS offers SFCC students the opportunity to get PAID to be mentored! The PILAS Internship Program is open to SFCC students who meet the following criteria:

  • Have declared in an Associate Degree or Certificate program
  • 18 years or older
  • Have reliable transportation
  • Willing to check and respond to SFCC email DAILY
  • Maintain a GPA of C or better during the semester of the internship
  • Agree to abide by the Professional Code of Conduct for the PILAS Internship Program

The January 24 PILAS Internship will run from January 22 through May 3, and will include 14 weeks of 10-20 hours per week of work. Interns will earn three credit hours toward their degree. The internship will be comprised of 120 paid internship hours, 3 in-person seminars, midterm and final papers, and evaluations from their mentor. Other important job-seeking skills will be covered, including resumes, mock interviews and more.

Students must complete an application and submit an essay to qualify for the program. Internships are limited, apply early for your best chance at placement. Deadline is December 15, 2023.

For more information, visit, or contact Louise Majorey at 505-428-1684 or

Counseling services available for students

Apply now for AwardSpring Scholarships

Here are the requirements that must be met for all Foundation scholarships for the Fall 2023 semester:

  • GPA (2.5 or higher)
  • Completion Rate (67% or higher)
  • Satisfactory Academic Status
  • Enrollment (6 credit hours or higher)
  • FAFSA on file
  • Completed Financial Aid file

For more assistance and information, please contact The Financial Aid office at

Schedule an online FAFSA appointment

Students who need FAFSA assistance can now schedule an appointment via a Calendly link. There are no longer weekly virtual FAFSA hours during the fall semester. 

Scheduling via Calendly allows students to schedule a specific time, allowing the time needed to complete their FAFSA. At this time, with many students inquiring for FAFSA assistance, the virtual hours wouldn’t allow for great one-on-one assistance.

Seeking Student Recruitment Ambassador

Are you outgoing and enjoy working with people? Join our student recruitment team!

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.

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.

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Convocation kicks off at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 4

President Becky Rowley sent the following message on Dec. 8:

SFCC Colleagues,

I look forward to seeing you during the Spring 2024 convocation kickoff on January 4, 2024 in the Jemez Rooms. Breakfast will be provided, and will be available by 8:30 a.m. If you have special dietary restrictions, please contact Lucia Lucero at

Please refer to the link below for the most up-to-date convocation schedule and links to the meetings you are attending remotely.

Donate to Campus Cupboard by Dec. 31 to double impact; funds needed to help feed campus community

Thanks to all the employees who donated toward the Campus Cupboard in conjunction with the Winter Party!

Executive Director of SFCC Foundation Kelly Marquez said, “Our campus community’s food needs have increased and we really need everyone’s support. If people donate before Dec. 31 their contributions will be doubled.”

With increased demand for food and other household items, the Campus Cupboard funding is getting depleted. So much so that there are concerns that the cupboard would not be able to fully operate through all of next year.

Kelly Marquez explains the contributed dollars go a long way since the Campus Cupboard is able to purchase food at a reduced rate through the Food Depot. She says while people are tempted to just drop off food, she said it’s not efficient since often the food is due to expire and people don’t fully understand the Cupboard’s needs.

The Campus Cupboard serves students, as well as staff and faculty members who are facing food insecurity. Donate to Campus Cupboard:

Refrigerated items are also available in the Campus Cupboard.

Help feed student success through SFCC’s Campus Cupboard, a food pantry for anyone who is experiencing food insecurity. One in five low-income New Mexicans doesn’t know where his or her next meal is coming from. Some of our students are among those considered food insecure. They struggle to go to school while trying to support themselves and their families.

Also, as many realize many of our students are parents to infants and young children. The Campus Cupboard expanded to meet those needs by providing baby food and diapers.

Financial contributions are welcome. Your generosity and support will aid us in continuation of our work among the most needy on our campus, and will be greatly appreciated. Your contribution is tax deductible, as we are a federally recognized 501(c) 3 tax-exempt charity. Monetary donations may be made through the donation button for SFCC Foundation.

When you make your donation scroll down to click on Campus Cupboard or include that information in the comments section of the donation form. Questions? Send the SFCC Foundation a message.

Congratulations to Dave Sicko on his retirement

Colleagues gathered to celebrate Dave Sicko’s retirement.

Colleagues gathered to celebrate David “Dave” Sicko’s retirement on Dec. 6 in the SFCC Boardroom.

SFCC appreciates all of Dave’s work teaching at SFCC. He was an engaging, dedicated history professor who brought history to life.

Sicko joined the Social Science and Humanities faculty at SFCC in 2013, having come from the Four Corners where he taught history at Diné College. Before coming to New Mexico, he was an Assistant Professor at Mississippi State University, Meridian Campus, and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Florida State University. His Ph.D. is in American history, and he has specialized in Early America, Native American history, and Borderlands history. He also served on the Faculty Senate.

Colleagues get silly and have fun celebrating Dave as he begins his retirement.

We thank Carlos Balladares for sharing some fun photos that he captured at the retirement gathering!

Three cheers for Dave! 

English and Communications Departmental Winter newsletter

There’s a lot of news in the English and Communications Departmental Winter newsletter. Read the latest issue here.

Lauren Camp

Instructor Lauren Camp featured in NM PBS series

Creative Writing Instructor and New Mexico Poet Laureate Lauren Camp presents “Poetry as a Way To ‘Build Empathy’” on the NMPBS’ series Our Land: New Mexico’s Environmental Past, Present and Future. Camp’s video was featured in the newsletter “Our Land Weekly” on Dec. 5, and she reads her poems on the Our Land YouTube and Instagram sites.

Donate to Peggy Guttman Van Hulsteyn Presidential Title V Endowed Scholarship now, to have contribution doubled

Peggy Guttman Van Hulsteyn

Peggy Guttman Van Hulsteyn, who passed away in April, was an instructor at SFCC during the early years of the college. She shared her many skills and talents in marketing and writing. She was an accomplished writer and author who wrote for Mademoiselle, Cosmopolitan, Modern Bride, Country Living, Cat Fancy, New Mexico Magazine, American Way and newspapers such as the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Miami Herald, the Kansas City Star, the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Examiner, and USA Today. Her work was translated into Japanese, Spanish, Dutch, and Portuguese and appeared in Australian periodicals. During her career, she served as assistant travel editor of Mademoiselle magazine, southeastern director of publicity for American International Pictures in Atlanta, owner of an award-winning advertising agency in Austin, and was an advertising lecturer at the University of Texas.

After her 2000 diagnosis with Parkinson’s she wrote the book, “Yoga and Parkinson’s Disease,” which was endorsed by Michael J. Fox and appeared on the Fox Foundation’s recommended reading list and which the CEO of the National Parkinson’s Foundation called “a must read.” She was also a “Guest Blogger” for the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Read more in her obituary.

Throughout the years, she remained devoted to the students at SFCC and the college’s mission. The Peggy Guttman Van Hulsteyn Presidential Title V Endowed Scholarship was set up to honor her memory. Visit to make a tax-deductible donation through SFCC Foundation.

SFCC is a designated Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), through a U.S. Department of Education Title V Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program (DHSI) grant received 1:1 matching funds for building scholarship endowments. which benefit Hispanic and other low-income students. All gifts to the Peggy Guttman van Hulsteyn Presidential Title V Endowed Scholarship will be matched 1:1, doubling your impact.

Please consider a tax-deductible contribution to honor Peggy through a gift to SFCCF toward the endowed scholarship in her name.

November WOW – Krystel Sanchez

Congratulations to November 2023 WOW Award winner Krystel Sanchez nominated by Deyanira Contreras:

“Krystel Sanchez is the Aprende Early Childhood Teacher Apprentice Manager, even though she is not part of the Kids Campus team directly, Krystel always offers her help to cover classrooms when we are short staffed or with anything we need from helping in the classrooms to covering the front desk. Her teamwork spirit is outstanding. Krystel is an excellent manager of the Aprende program, her leadership is inspiring.”

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,

November computer updates

Effective Monday November 27, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. Microsoft Operating System and Office updates will be deployed. You will have until Friday December 11, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. to install these updates at your convenience. After the deadline the updates will be installed automatically and force a restart of your machine.

It is critical to install Security/Windows updates to protect your systems from malicious attacks. Please install these patches as soon as you receive notification that you have updates to install. The updates may take some time to install so please plan accordingly.

For iMac users no action necessary, updates will be installed automatically overnight every third Tuesday of each month.

If you need assistance, please contact the Service Desk at (505) 428-1222.

CHESS — Collaborative for Higher Education Shared Services

CHESS Connection Newsletter – November 2023

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

This newsletter contains information on the Student Information System (SIS) progress, and upcoming change with “My Tasks”, new tip sheets, and CHESS staffing updates including new hires and job openings.

Policy Update: Procedures for Policy 8-2 Political Activity, Solicitation, and Vending on Campus

Please review the recently updated Procedures for Policy 8-2 Political Activity, Solicitation, and Vending on Campus. For additional information on Policy 8-2, contact Todd Lovato, Executive Director of Marketing and Public Relations. All College Policies and Procedures are posted at SFCC Policies. To learn more, contact Policy Officer Laura J. Mulry, ext. 1776.

Listen: CE Artist and Instructor Michael Long discusses the creative process on KSFR

ICYMI: Continuing Education artist and instructor Michael Long spoke about the creative process with “Moment to Moment” host Lynda Hope on KSFR 101.1 FM, in the interview “The Essence of Your True Nature.”

GlobalProtect VPN Client Update 11/28/23

OIT will be releasing a GlobalProtect VPN client update on 11/28/23. The GlobalProtect client will update without user interaction the next time a VPN connection is established following the release.

Please contact the OIT Service Desk with any questions at (505) 428-1222 or in room 528.

Defensive Driving Certification Class February 7, 2024

As per policy 5-10, everyone is required to take a Defensive Driving Class prior to operating SFCC vehicles.

The next Defensive Driving Class has been scheduled for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday February 7, 2024 in the East Wing area in room 570. (Please arrive promptly or it will cause the class to go further in time.)

To receive full credit for the class, you must arrive promptly at 8 a.m. and attend the full 4-5 hours.

Please register by calling or emailing: X 1756 X 1403

Please provide the following information when you call or email us to make a reservation for the class:

  • Full name of individual attending.
  • Individual’s New Mexico driver license number; and a copy of the individuals driver’s license if not already on file
  • Department Name
  • Fleet vehicles are a great cost-effective way for employees to travel for work related reasons without incurring any personal vehicle expense and having to wait for a reimbursement.

If you have any questions about the program or the classes, please call Jackie or Steve at the numbers listed above.

In Memoriam: Richard ‘Rick’ Abeles

Richard “Rick” Abeles

SFCC offers sympathy to the family and friends of longtime-SFCC supporter Richard “Rick” Abeles, who recently passed away. Rick Abeles, JD, was the Immediate Past SFCC Foundation Board President and was an Emeritus Board Member. He co-founded the Santa Fe Children’s Museum and served on many local boards including the Metropolitan Water Board. He received his B.A. in Physics from Amherst College and his Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School.

See his obituary here. He and his wife Kathy had in recent years moved out of state to be closer to their daughter while his wife Kathy faced health challenges. Katheleen “Kathy” Koretz Abeles passed away in December 2022. She was also an avid supporter of Santa Fe Community College.

Richard “Rick” Abeles and his wife Kathleen “Kathy” shown in this image from a 2015 SFCC Foundation scholarship fundraising event.

The Santa Fe New Mexican story, “RICHARD ‘RICK’ ABELES, 1937-2023: Children’s museum, community college dear to lawyer” expressed his devotion to helping the students of SFCC through the SFCC Foundation.

Here are some excerpts from Santa Fe New Mexican reporter Maya Hilty’s story:

“In 2010, he joined the board of the Santa Fe Community College Foundation, which supports students through scholarships and supports the college through special project grants. He served for nearly a decade, including four years as board president during some rocky times for the college, his daughter said.

Treasurer Steve Gaber, recruited to the board about six years ago by Abeles, praised him as responsible for “dramatically” growing foundation funds and making it a significant part of the college today.

Abeles also served as an ambassador for the college during his tenure on the board and beyond, Gaber and foundation Executive Director Kelly Marquez said.

“He talked about the community college all the time. He took classes; he played pickleball at the community college for years; he and his wife created an endowment through the foundation,” Marquez said. “Personally, he helped mentor me in a bunch of different ways, reminded me [to be] strong and made me understand how to be the best I could possibly be.”

“He knew everybody in Santa Fe and had a relationship with so many people,” Marquez continued. “He brought people to us, and they would give large gifts … just because Rick told them how the college makes such a difference in people’s lives.” “

The family has requested in lieu of flowers that donations in his memory be made to the SFCC Foundation.

SFCC hires Ivan Lopez Hurtado, Ph.D., as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

Ivan Lopez Hurtado, Ph.D.

SFCC announced Nov. 10 that it has hired Ivan Lopez Hurtado, Ph.D., as its Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. He will begin working at the College in January 2024.

The Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs will focus on leadership and coordination for teaching and learning, facilitation of transfer partnerships with four-year institutions, working with faculty and staff on assessment and program review, and other academic projects.

SFCC Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Margaret Peters said, “I am delighted that Dr. Lopez Hurtado will be joining the SFCC team. He provides a wealth of experience from his many years in higher education in New Mexico.”

Lopez Hurtado said, “I am profoundly grateful to the SFCC community for extending this incredible opportunity to me and entrusting my ability to make a meaningful impact on the institution’s academic mission. I eagerly anticipate the chance to integrate my experience, fostering a collaborative environment with the exceptional SFCC team. This opportunity marks an exciting new chapter in my professional journey, and I am genuinely thrilled to contribute to the continued success and growth of SFCC.”

Lopez Hurtado was born and raised in Tampico, Mexico. During his senior year in high school, he became a teaching assistant at an orphanage at the kindergarten level.

Lopez Hurtado received his B.S. degree in Industrial Physics Engineering with highest honors from Tec de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico, 1995 and an M.S. degree in Automation with highest honors from Tec de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico, 1998. After working as a Geophysicist for Schlumberger, as a Field Service Engineer for JOT Automation, as a Project Engineer for VI Technology, and as Program Director for the Mechatronics Undergraduate Program and Tec de Monterrey, Campus Juarez, he came to Albuquerque to obtain a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, that he received in 2008 from the University of New Mexico (UNM). In 2006, Lopez Hurtado received the Outstanding Student Award from the Department of Electrical Engineering during his doctoral program. His research was Control Systems across Networks, and he presented and published in several conferences and journals. Last year, he completed the Institute for Educational Management Program at Harvard University.

Since 2016, he has served as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Northern New Mexico College. He previously served as Dean of the College of Engineering and Technology and Chair of the Department of Engineering at the same institution. He is also an Associate Professor of Engineering and Technology at NNMC after being granted tenure in 2012.

Since 1997, he has taught at Tec de Monterrey, Campus Monterrey, Campus Juarez, Campus Tampico, the University of New Mexico, and Northern New Mexico College.

He served as the director of multiple grants in those roles, including the U.S. Dept. STEM Title III, NIH NM-INBRE project, NSF S-STEM project, U.S. Dept. of Ed-CCRAA, Title V, PPHOA (Co-Director), PNM Smart Grid, NSF S-STEP (Co-PI). He is a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission and a program evaluator for ABET. He also serves as a statewide New Mexico Academic Advisory Committee member to the N.M. Higher Education Department, the N.M. EPSCoR Statewide Advisory Board Member, and the NM-INBRE Steering Committee member.

Lopez Hurtado became a U.S. citizen in 2015 and has been married to Alma Liñan for 22 years. They have two daughters, Alma and Diana.

New workplace ethics procedure for policy 4-1: SFCC Workplace Ethics and Code of Conduct Policy

A new procedure has been added 4-1: Workplace Ethics and Code of Conduct Procedures for Marketing, Recruiting, Admissions, and Financial Aid Personnel. College Policies and Procedures are online at SFCC Policies. To learn more, contact Policy Officer Laura J. Mulry, ext. 1776.

Read an interview with Chef Milton Villarubia about the East Wing Eatery

The Santa Fe Reporter on Oct. 18 ran this feature: 3 Questions with Milton Villarubia about the East Wing Eatery. Please note the story stated he had hoped to open this Tuesday, but it’s not possible at this time. Once everything is good to go, MPR will share messaging. In the meantime, stop by because he is doing some “soft openings” offering free taste tests.

Former Second Street Brewery executive chef Milton Villarrubia III took on the manager position after working in the college’s culinary classes as a lab technician for years.

We’re excited to welcome Milton Villarrubia in his role as the East Wing Eatery manager.

CHESS Workday Learning Implementation

A team from SFCC is participating in a CHESS Workday Learning Implementation. Workday Learning is an Enterprise Learning Management System (LMS) aimed at the employee learning experience. It will be integrated within our existing Workday tenant to provide simplified access. The SFCC team includes HR, IT, Marketing, and OTL employees. The project kicked off on 9/21 and is expected to be completed in March.

Have any questions about the project? Contact Donna Castro in HR or Cori Bergen in IT.

Procedures updated for Policy 1-29, Governing Board Self Evaluation

The Governing Board has reviewed and posted with minor edits the Procedures for Policy 1-29, Board Self Evaluation Instrument. College Policies and Procedures are online at SFCC Policies. To learn more, contact Policy Officer Laura J. Mulry, ext. 1776.

Duplicating Center open 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. in LL307

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:

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!


CE announces Spring schedule and new partnerships
Registration now open!

Click to browse CE Spring 2024 schedule

New CE partnerships and new classes will help entrepreneurs and small business owners

Santa Fe Community College announces the Spring Continuing Education Schedule is now available online. Print copies can be found 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. With more than 180 classes offered, there are many opportunities for personal and professional growth. The Spring schedule has many new classes, including several to help entrepreneurs and small business owners.

SFCC Director of Continuing Education Nicholas “Nick” Wernicki, Ph.D., said, “The New Year is a great time to explore new opportunities. I’m very excited to announce our newest partnership with the Santa Fe Small Development Center and Century Bank to offer a series of four in-person classes on Tuesday evenings that will cover small business basics from start-up to succession planning. We also have many new classes this semester that will fuel people’s entrepreneurial spirit.”

The business partnership classes are offered from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and include: Strategic Business Alliances on February 13; Loans, Part 1 on February 20; Loans, Part 2 on February 27; Succession Planning for Your Business on March 3.

“The Santa Fe Small Business Development Center has been helping businesses start and grow since 1989,” said Santa Fe Small Business Development Center Director Deborah Collins. “Santa Fe Community College is our host institution and this partnership with SFCC’s CE department and Century Bank makes perfect sense. Together we hope to reach even more people through these trainings, increasing their awareness of the assistance available to them in their community.”

Century Bank Vice President/Commercial Relationship Manager Christy R. Majors said, “We’re excited to partner with the SFCC CE department and the Santa Fe Small Business Development Center to help more people learn the financial and interpersonal skills to effectively operate their businesses.”

There are many new classes offered beginning in January that could help fuel your entrepreneurial spirit.

Open Your Own Food Truck

File photo of student in Culinary Arts lab during Open House.

(9 to 11 a.m. Saturdays, Jan. 20-Feb. 10)

Have you always wanted to be your own boss? You can! But opening a business is risky, so you want to be smart about it. This course walks you through the entire process from dream to reality. It will cover whether to buy or lease the food truck, where to find new and used food trucks, how to get the money, the menu, marketing, financials, naming your business, the permits and licenses you will need, and the marketing necessary to make it go.

Instructor John Self was in restaurant management as general manager and vice president of operations of several restaurant chains. Along the way, he opened and owned three restaurants and a comedy club. After going back to school, he became a professor of hotel and restaurant management at the University of Alabama, Golden Gate University, and Cal Poly Pomona.

Introduction to Swift Programming (a programming language for Apple platforms)

(5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 20-April 30)

Swift and Xcode. Learn programming concepts in the Swift language, as well as software development and user interface concepts in the Xcode integrated development environment. Through a collection of hands-on labs and small projects, students will develop and test apps on various Apple devices, including iPads and iPhones. This course will prepare students for the Develop in Swift Fundamentals industry certification.

Registration includes the test fee for students to take industry certification. Previous programming experience is helpful but not required for this class.

Instructor Jim Sanborn is the Director of the Santa Fe Creative Coding Initiative and a Certified Swift Developer. He has been a computing professional for more than 40 years, working as a developer, technical leader, director, and educator for many organizations, including Intel, MITRE, UNM, and SFCC. He earned a BA in Math from the University of Rochester and an MS in Computer Science from the University of Maryland.

Advance registration is required for CE classes 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.

Ongoing news and events

SFCC Library has launchpad tablets to lend for 3- to 5-year-old kids

The SFCC Library has six Launchpad learning tablets for children ages 3-5 years old. Launchpad learning tablets are loaded with apps, videos, storybooks, games just for kids. 100% secure. No internet needed. With an SFCC ID these tablets designed for kids can be used in the library’s Family Study Room and they can be checked out with headphones for four weeks at a time.

The Launchpad titles available at the SFCC Library are:
Estoy Listo Para Escuela, Food for Thought!, Learning Castle!
Pawsitively Scientific, Puppy Talk!, and School of Fun. Stop by the library’s main desk to request a Launchpad tablet. Questions? Contact the library at: or 505-428-1352.

Richards Ave. now open; ongoing construction on Beckner Road

Santa Fe County photo of intersection of Richards Ave. and Dinosaur Trail. Visit

Yay! The roundabout at Richards Ave. and Dinosaur Trail is now open. Please note: Some construction on Rabbit Road and other parts of Dinosaur Trail continues.

Here’s the official notice from Santa Fe County:

The Santa Fe County Public Works Department is excited to announce an early opening of the newly constructed roundabout at Richards Avenue and Dinosaur Trail. Effective Friday, October 20, 2023, at 3:00 pm Richards Ave will be fully operational and open to traffic. This is the second of six roundabouts slated for the Northeast and Southeast Connectors Roads Project.

While we are satisfied to reopen Richards Avenue in advance of schedule, we want to inform our residents that the west connection to Dinosaur Trail will be established at a later date. In the interim, the existing signalized intersection located south of this roundabout will remain in full operation to ensure consistent traffic flow. Moreover, the east connection to Rabbit Road is currently under construction and will be opened at a later date.   

On September 11, 2023, the contractor commenced work on this roundabout with the strict timeline to complete and reopen Richards Ave within (60) calendar days.  Due to an aggressive schedule and optimum weather, this work was completed in (40) days. 

This is a great example of the commitment made by Santa Fe County to the community, to streamline any disruptions to traffic while we complete this important road project. Santa Fe County envisions the Northeast and Southeast Connectors Roads project as the most dynamic transportation conduit of the Community College District, strengthening connectivity and safety in this growing community.

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

For any future road updates please sign up for Alert Santa Fe.

Re: Beckner Road. According to a Nov. 2 story in the Santa Fe New Mexican, Beckner Road will have ongoing construction for six to eight months. Read the story, “Beckner “Road to be closed for six to eight more months, city says”

See video of Genevieve Betts’ Poetry Reading

If you missed Genevieve Betts’ reading of poems from “A New Kind of Tongue,” you can now watch the video.

You can learn more about her book and the recent event here.

Printmaking student Ruth Omlin has art exhibition continuing until Dec. 31

SFCC Printmaking Student Ruth Omlin’s work will be on display at the Art On Barcelona Gallery at UUSF, 107 W Barcelona, Santa Fe. The exhibition will be on display through December 31. The gallery is open 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Mon.-Fri., and 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Sundays. Learn more at

Genuine Foods Coffee Shop open, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; now hiring

The Genuine Foods Coffee Shop is open and is serving breakfast burritos, drinks, coffee, sandwiches, pizza and salads. Currently, the hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Genuine Foods has also been having a soft, unofficial opening of the cafeteria. Stop by and check it out.

Genuine Foods is hiring! Please encourage friends or family to apply here for a cook position. Trish Campbell, Director of Food Services, said the cook position is open. She shared, “Candidates should have some experience because they will have to hit the ground running and have knowledge of prep, cook, equipment and such. They also have to be personable and ready to please as we will be customer-oriented. They need to handle a fast-paced environment and take direction well. Starting pay is $18 per hour. I will also have a couple cashier positions opening soon and more than likely some catering positions, as well.”

If you have any specific questions regarding food services please contact Trish Campbell, Director Food Services at

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.

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.

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.

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:

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

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.

11/10/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, Pasatiempo, “Editor’s Note: Young Talent” about Regional High School and Middle School Art Show at SFCC Visual Arts Gallery, as well as the full page photo of one of the winning entries: “Final Frame: Slowsundown by Ellie Angel”

11/10/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Out There! The plot thickens” Story about Austin Eichelberger’s online reading with SFCC Library.

11/2/2023, Los Alamos Daily Post, “SFCC To Host Annual Holiday Arts And Crafts Fair And IAIA Holiday Art Market Saturday Dec. 9”

10/27/2023, Los Alamos Daily Post, “Santa Fe Community College Announces Information Sessions About Accelerated Medical Assistant Program”

10/21/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “MY VIEW BECKY ROWLEY – SFCC bonds will support community’s future”

10/18/2023, Santa Fe Reporter, “3 Questions With Chef Milton Villarrubia”

10/18/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Richards Avenue near Santa Fe Community College set to reopen Friday”

10/18/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Data shows varied voting records for local election candidates”

10/17/2023, Los Alamos Daily Post, “Higher Education Dept. Recommends $307.5M For Campus Improvement Projects Statewide Including $5.6M To UNM-LA”

10/17/2023, Santa Fe Reporter, “Morning Word!HED proposes $307 million in school improvements.”

10/10/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Santa Fe school board, community college board candidates say public input important”

09/16/23, Santa Fe New Mexican, MY VIEW ROBERT MARTIN – Celebrate at IAIA/SFCC open house this week

09/12/23, Santa Fe New Mexican, “OUR VIEW- SFCC’s aquaponics program gets moment to shine”

09/06/23, Santa Fe Reporter, “Tech Pathways: Community orgs work with public education to bring students digital opportunities through Apple Community Education Initiative”

09/03/23, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Water matters: Local honorees of the Alliance for Water Efficiency”

08/31/23, KRQE-TV, “Santa Fe Community College Main Campus closed for water repair”

08/31/23, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Santa Fe Community College expects to reopen Tuesday if water issue is fixed”

08/30/23, Los Alamos Daily Post, “SFCC Main Campus To Remain Closed Thursday Due To Low Water Pressure” 

08/30/23, Santa Fe New Mexican, “SFCC to stay closed Thursday due to water pressure problem

08/29/23, Santa Fe Reporter, “Ballot Building: Aug. 29 marked Candidate Filing Day”

08/29/23, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Candidate filing day draws 11 hopefuls for City Council, 5 for school board”

08/26/23, Los Alamos Daily Post, “Santa Fe Literary Review Reading Thursday Oct. 19”

08/25/23, Santa Fe New Mexican, Pasatiempo, “Out There, LISTEN & LEARN, Different trail in Santa Fe”

08/21/23, Santa Fe New Mexican, “NMSurf brings wireless service to SFCC neighborhoods”

08/19/23, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Proposed south side development includes cemetery”

08/16/2023, Santa Fe Reporter, “Early Learning Core: New Mexico targeted early childhood education as a solution to learning gaps. How far can it go?”

08/16/2023, Los Alamos Daily Post, “SFCC And IAIA Invite Community To Open Houses Sept. 21”

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

08/03/2023, Albuquerque Journal, “$6.4M grant for job development benefits rural NM” From the story, ” Santa Fe Community College is identified as the “backbone” institution in the health care sector.”