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Congratulations to nursing pin 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 8 after much rigorous study and commitment throughout the pandemic! Also, thank you to SFCC’s dedicated faculty and staff who supported them on their journey.

SFCC partners with University of New Mexico to offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing so students can obtain an associate and a bachelor’s degree in Nursing without leaving the community. Upon completion of a nursing degree at SFCC, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam, (NCLEX), to become a registered nurse.

Fall 2022
Nurse Graduates

Associate Degree, Nursing
Sandra Adondakis
Gabriella Gonzales
Cordelia Gray
Jennie Harvey
Mark Rodriguez

Bachelor of Science, Nursing
Starla Barrett
Kayla Camp
Emily Folks
Kimberly Juarez Campos
Ryan Kruskamp
Katelyn Quintana
Jasmin Ramirez

Here are the highlights of this year’s program:

Processional Song
Memories—Maroon 5
Welcome and Land Acknowledgement Statement
Becky Rowley, PhD, Santa Fe Community College President
Terri Tewart, MSN, RN, Dean of the School of Science, Health, Engineering and Math and the School of Fitness Education
Lucas Gonzales, MSNEd, RN, CNE, Director of Nursing Education
History of Pinning:
Lukas Archuleta, Student Nurses Association President
Student Speaker:
Kayla Camp, Graduating BSN Student
Keynote Speaker:
Gladys Buchanan, RN, MSN, Clinical Instructor
Bestowing of Pins:
Erika Carrasco and Julian Sierra, BSN Students, Class of Spring 2023
Lamp of Knowledge:
Lucas Gonzales, MSNEd, RN, CNE
Florence Nightingale Pledge:
Kristi Erikson, MSN, RN, CNEcl, Assistant Professor, Nursing
Closing Remarks:
Terri Tewart, MSN, RN
Recessional Song:
Signed, Sealed, Delivered—Stevie Wonder

Café con las comadres – Dec. 14

Cafe Con Las Comadres is a gender inclusive community of friends who gather at the mesa (table) to empower the lives of one another through advocacy, navigation, support, and resources.  In a safe shared space, comadres will gather to visit, be informed, share, and have opportunities to listen to special guest speakers.  All students are welcome to share a cup of coffee and sweet treats.

Cafe Con Las Comadres meets 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. the second Wednesday of the month (October 12, November 9, and December 14) in the Student Wellness Center – West Wing Lower Level 312D.

 RSVP’s are welcomed but not necessary – please contact Loretta at or call 505-428-1919.  Sponsored by Student Activities and hosted by Doctora Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos.

OIT Maintenance 5 p.m. to midnight
Thursday, December 15

OIT will be performing maintenance from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Thursday, December 15, 2022. All systems will be affected by intermittent outages. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the OIT Service Desk at (505) 428-1222.

Winter Break campus closure Dec. 17-Jan. 2

SFCC, SFCC Higher Education Center, Kids Campus and William C. Witter Fitness Center will be closed for Winter Break from December 17 through January 2. Services will resume on January 3. Enjoy your break! If you need registration assistance this week, call 505-428-1270 or book an appointment with an advisor. Registration continues 24/7 for returning students at MySFCC. The spring semester begins on January 17.

Read more.

Spring Continuing Education Schedule now available online

The SFCC Spring Continuing Education Schedule now available online. Print copies can be found in the racks at SFCC, the Santa Fe Higher Education Center and around town. Visit for tips on registering and to view the variety of offerings.

“We are very excited about our spring course offerings. Our most popular instructors are back with some new courses and old favorites. We also have almost a dozen new instructors teaching a variety of new courses,” said Nick Wernicki, Director of Continuing Education. “While many of our courses are returning to the classroom, we are still offering lots of online classes and outdoor adventures.”

Food and Wine
Sommelier Nancy Shapardanis will offer four new wine classes and promises to have something for everyone. Do you want to understand wine from the vineyard to the glass, or just want to know the basics of how to taste wine like a pro? Shapardanis has a class for you. Learn the art of pairing wine and food or become an expert in Italian wine styles. Or expand your culinary skills with Aditi Thatte and learn the secrets of Indian vegetarian cooking.

Discover the joys of the region’s geology and history
Enjoy learning about the geology of our region with Kirk Kempter on a variety of hiking trips. William Neuwirth, a biologist and naturalist, will lead online classes as well as offer a hiking excursion. Join SFCC’s history professor Stephen C. Martinez, Ph.D., for a three-part brown bag lunch lecture series on 19th century New Mexico history.

Gain business and career skills
Whether you’re looking for professional development opportunities or want to break into the “New Collar” workforce you can choose from a variety of options. There are dozens of classes offered either online or in person.

If you have questions about the schedule, contact Continuing Education at or 505-428-1676. The Continuing Education (CE) staff can help you complete your registration.

SFCC student wins first place in Nonfiction category in Santa Fe Reporter’s Writing Contest

Susan Griego, a student in Genevieve Betts’ Exploring Creative Writing class, won first place in the Nonfiction category of the Santa Fe Reporter’s Writing Contest for her story, “La Tierra Nuevo Mexico.”

You can read Susan Griego’s winning entry along with the other winners’ essays here.


Also, The Santa Fe Reporter in the Nov. 23 issue published the winners of the Fiction category. The newspaper asked Kate McCahill, SFCC faculty advisor and editor-in-chief of the Santa Fe Literary Review to judge the fiction category. You can see those winning entries here.

Also, we’d like to note that the nonfiction entries were judged by the Santa Fe Reporter’s Senior Correspondent Julia Goldberg, who also teaches at SFCC as an adjunct faculty member.

Kudos to the SFCC English and Creative Writing programs!

SMILES Club raffle 2022 winners

Winners of SMILES Club donation Raffle 2022!

Place Prize Winner

  1. $200 value Electric toothbrush Pack – Karen Reza
  2. $50 donut card – Martha Flores
  3. Starbuck Gift Set – Augustine Ortiz
  4. SFCC Winter Hat – Gaylene Flanagan
  5. SFCC Winter Hat – Dechen Tsewang
  6. SFCC Winter Hat – Brenda Garcia
  7. SFCC Winter Hat – Karen Reza
  8. SFCC Tote bag with goodies – Jaqueline Ontiveros
  9. SFCC Tote bag with goodies – Brianna Montoya
  10. SFCC Tote bag with goodies – Terri Tewart

For details on SFCC’s Dental Department and SMILES Club, please email or visit:

Fall 2022
Commencement Ceremony Moved to
Spring 2023

To maximize engagement and keep the campus community as safe as possible during a particularly active cold, flu and COVID season, Santa Fe Community College will postpone its 2022 fall commencement ceremony – originally scheduled for Dec. 10, 2022. The ceremony will be combined with SFCC’s spring 2023 commencement ceremony, scheduled for 10 a.m. on May 13, 2023.

“We decided it was safest to combine this fall’s event with our spring ceremony, when it should be safer to gather in large numbers,” said SFCC President Becky Rowley, Ph.D. “We know some may be disappointed and we invite and encourage all fall SFCC graduates to participate in our spring ceremony, where you will be recognized and celebrated for your hard work and accomplishment.”

Unless separately noted, this postponement does not impact other SFCC events or regular college business or activities. More details on the Spring 2023 commencement ceremony are forthcoming.

New Balancing Robot STEM Kits at SFCC Library

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

For more information contact:

Free STEM Kits at SFCC Library –
Solar System Bracelets

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

The kits are made available to the SFCC community through the Santa Fe Children’s Museum.

Come by the SFCC library to pick up a kit to use to explore the solar system with your kids! Kits are available during the library’s regular hours. For more information contact:

Katie Besser Student Awards – submit entries through March 1, 2023

Entries are being accepted for the Katie Besser Student awards now through noon on March 1, 2023.
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.

Sponsored by SFCC Foundation, as well as SFCC Media Arts & Liberal Arts

Don’t wait, register now!

Registration for spring semester has begun. Please let your friends and family know that the college is ready to help them enroll and get a fresh start in 2023.

Classes begin on Tuesday, January 17. Now, however, is the time to start the enrollment process. Visit Apply & Register. Already enrolled? Book an appointment ASAP with an advisor to avoid the last minute rush to get the classes you need. Check out the options for in-person and online appointments here.

SFCC is ready to serve everyone — no matter where you are on your educational journey. Let others know about the more equitable placement initiative. SFCC is now weighing multiple placement measures such as a high school GPA rather than just relying on a single placement test. Read more here.

Are you or someone you know struggling to figure out how to get a certificate or associate degree? An SFCC advisor can work with you to figure out the fastest way to earn a credential. Also, explore the new Pathways web pages as a guide.

Students, Faculty and Staff receive 15% discount at Santa Fe Coffee Bar and Deli

Santa Fe Coffee Bar and Deli is pleased to offer a 15% discount to Faculty, Staff, and all currently enrolled students. Must present a college ID or faculty/staff ID upon checkout. Pertains to all items at the coffee bar and deli only.

Santa Fe Reporter story explains on-demand buses that serve SFCC community

The Santa Fe Reporter story on Nov. 9 by Andy Lyman, “In demand-drivers mean in-demand buses,” featured Paul Volmer, an SFCC film student, as well as Director of Student Engagement and Recruitment Marcos Maez, who also serves on the City Transit Advisory Board. Route 21 (which comes to the college) is currently an on-demand route, which means riders must contact dispatchers when they need a ride on the bus. (It is not currently operating on a regular bus schedule and is only available on weekdays.) Also, other routes that feed into that route are also impacted. The story states, “For on-demand service on Santa Fe Trails routes 5, 6, 21, 22 and the Museum Hill route on weekdays and weekends as well as Route 24 and 26 on weekends, contact dispatchers at (505) 955-2001.” Keep that number handy if you need to use the bus. Bike riders might find it necessary to take the bus on days there is snow and ice. For more information visit the Santa Fe Trails site.

New 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

Phlebotomy Program is now accepting applications for Spring 2023

table with syringes

The Phlebotomy Program is now accepting applications. You can get your Phlebotomy Certificate in one semester. You will acquire patient communication skills, study anatomy and physiology, and come to understand legal and ethical patient considerations. The phlebotomist is responsible for the proper collection, processing, and waive testing of blood specimens and various patient excretions. Upon completion, you’ll be eligible to take the national licensing exam through the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). Learn more and apply:

APRENDE early childhood apprenticeship program applications open for spring semester

SFCC announces the launch of the APRENDE apprenticeship program for early childhood education in the spring 2023 semester. SFCC is now accepting applications. The program is funded through the support of the City of Santa Fe, which approved $900,000 in funding at its September 28 Governing Body meeting. The economic support is from American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Recovery Funds in support of Early Childcare Job Development Services with the SFCC Early Childhood Education Center of Excellence (ECCOE).

The APRENDE Early Childhood Educator Apprenticeship program, sponsored by the SFCC ECCOE, is an associate degree program designed for students to use their work experience integrated with their college coursework.

Apprentices will take courses at SFCC while employed at a registered or licensed early childhood program, under the guidance of a qualified mentor teacher. Apprentices earn the Child Development Certificate (CDC), the Early Childhood Professional Certificate, and an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education through the APRENDE Program, leading to higher wages and a lead teacher credential. APRENDE will also offer additional opportunities for professional development and wraparound supports.

Read more in the press release.

More information about the APRENDE program can be found at

A link to the apprentice application is available at

Visit Equity FAQ web page

SFCC’s Equity Statement and Equity web page are now linked to an Equity FAQ page. Visit the Equity FAQ page. The Equity FAQ page is an evolving web page. Feedback or questions? Contact President’s Diversity Advisory Committee’s co-chairs Shalimar Krebs or sj Miller, Ph.D.

Respiratory Care accepting applications for Spring 2023 cohort

Prepare for a fast-paced, high-demand career. Blend high-tech training with compassionate care as you gain the skills required to be a specialist in assessing and treating people with breathing and cardiopulmonary disorders. Work closely with doctors, nurses and other clinicians in emergency rooms, critical care units, diagnostic centers, clinics and home health care organizations.

Learn more and apply:

Mask wearing strongly encouraged when indoors on campus

Due to the recent surge in Covid cases, SFCC is sharing this message at its entrances:

We strongly encourage face masks inside the building. Recomendamos encarecidamente el uso de mascarillas dentro del edificio.

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.

Student employees celebrated at luncheon

Participants at the Student Employee appreciation luncheon.

Associate Vice President of Student Success Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos, Ed.D., shared, “We celebrated our student employees during a special luncheon (November 30) where students enjoyed a delicious lunch catered by Dos Amigos, and received a gift card to Starbucks and an SFCC swag bag filled with lots of cool SFCC treats.  During the event I expressed appreciation to our student employees for their exemplary dedication as we understand they are a student first and balancing life and student responsibilities all while offering exemplary customer service in their position with the college.

“Students received a certificate of appreciation and if their supervisor was present they also said nice things about them.  Janelle Johnson said she really appreciated Christopher (student employee) for his dedication and support of the Student Wellness Center.  Loretta Lopez said she appreciated how Melissa and Emiliano just jump right in and really help all areas but appreciates most how they are willing to walk a student to where they need to be. Student employees also expressed appreciation of their supervisors and how they felt like they belonged to an extended family.”

SGA seeking Senators & Officers for Spring 2023


Make a difference and make your voice heard. The Student Government association is looking for new members for the Spring 2023 semester. You can gain leadership skills, be a role model, expand your resume, and receive a stipend.

Executive Officer Positions

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer

Senator Positions

  • Liberal Arts, Arts, Design, and Media Arts
  • Trades, Advanced Technology & Sustainability, Business and Education
  • Health, Math and Science, Fitness Center
  • Technology
  • Veteran
  • LGBTQ+

$15/hr. for 8 hours per week and a $100-150 tuition stipend after midterms. Students do not need to be work-study eligible to apply. Pick up your registration packet in the Office of Student Engagement & Recruitment, Room LL311. Packets are due no later than 4:00 pm, February 10th to the Office of Student Engagement. Online elections will be announced at a later date.

Counseling Services adds Uwill Mental Health and Wellness service

SFCC has partnered with Uwill, a mental health and wellness platform for colleges, as an extension to SFCC Counseling Services. Students have an immediate, secure, and convenient way to receive online-based counseling services should the need arise.

  • Choose a therapist based on your preferences including issue, gender, language, ethnicity
  • Choose a time that fits your schedule with day, night and weekend availability
  • Choose your appointment type, video, phone, chat, or message.

Register for a Uwill account using your SFCC email address. For details, refer to the Uwill FAQ and User Guide.

LANL Foundation Four-year Undergraduate Scholarships opportunity

The LANL Foundation’s four-year undergraduate scholarships are open to students pursuing a four-year undergraduate degree in any field of study. Students submit one application to be considered for more than 30 unique scholarship awards. Scholarships range from $1,000 for a single year up to $20,000 over four years. Learn more and apply:

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.

SFCC Library family study room now open

If you’re a student parent, we have good news for you! The SFCC Library has opened a new family study room for students who have children. The room has a space for children with toys, books, and special-sized furniture. The room will have three computer stations and room for students working on laptops.

It is open all hours the library is open. It will be available to current students when they have their children with them. Please note: This is not daycare, students must remain with their children. The library’s restroom adjacent to the study room has been updated and is family-friendly with a changing station.

SFCC Library Fall semester hours are:
Mon. – Thurs. 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Fri. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sat. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

SFCC 2022-2023 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 need 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.

Student Resource Center is here for you

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

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

505–428-1194 | |

Watch your email for login information and system details!

Celebrate Malvina Canon’s retirement at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 15 at Biowall

Malvina Cannon shown in 2020 at the revitalized Biowall.

Please join us for a celebration of Grounds Manager Malvina Canon’s retirement. We will be gathering at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 15 at the Biowall! She has made sure that our campus grounds have been beautiful and welcoming!

She led the Biowall revitalization project that took seven years of dedication to refresh and bring the Biowall back to life! The lush greens and beautiful flowers have made the space a welcoming spot for gatherings, study and relaxation.

We wish Malvina the best in her new endeavors. For those who don’t know, she’s had success with her musical career. We know she’ll be able to devote more of her time to recording and performing now!

Thank you for making employee party a success!

Thanks to all who helped make the employee party a success!
Special thanks to:

  • SFCC Foundation (paid for all the food and some decorations)
  • Celebrations Committee (paid for the DJ, photo booth, decorations and desserts)

Thank you to all, but in particular to:
Lucia Lucero, Audrey Lucero, Dobby Schmidt, Maria Montoya, Kelly Marquez, Erica Keppel, Linda Cassel, Patricia Pierce, Patricia Ward, Fran Nawrocki, Antonette Tapia, Ashley Martinez, Chad Gasper, Shane ; Robert Gott ; David Stone; James Lloyd; Michael Martinez , Reyna Varela and Orlando Trujillo!

Convocation begins January 5, 2023

Convocation begins with the President’s welcome in the Jemez rooms at 9 a.m. on Thursday, January 5. 

View the most up-to-date convocation schedule at

Defensive Driving Certification class 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 10

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 Tuesday January 10th, 2023, from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the Boardroom room 223. (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 8:00 a.m. and attend the full 4-5 hours.

Please register by calling or emailing or

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.

Thank you!  Hope to see you there!!!!

Workday Training News

Workday Is Coming! Wave 1 colleges (CNM, CCC, NNMC, SFCC) continue to be on target for going live with Workday in just a few weeks: on Sat., Dec. 17. Making this dream a reality is thanks to the amazing contributions and extraordinary commitment from the Implementation Team. Meet the project team members here. On Dec. 17, data and information related to Finance, Human Resources, and Payroll that’s currently in Banner will be live in Workday. CHESS will oversee Payroll on behalf of our colleges, and a Payroll Transition Team is working on the details to ensure a smooth move. Be sure to thank your coworkers for their many months of work devoted to developing and launching our fabulous new Workday technology. We can’t wait to see the results!

CHESS Job Opportunity: Check out the job posting for a CHESS Workday Support Manager. The position seeks someone who is self-motivated, eager to contribute, and wants to learn; has strong managerial, communication, and interpersonal skills; enjoys working in a dynamic, team-oriented environment; and has experience in configuring and supporting all aspects of Workday along with keen attention to detail and timing. Share the post with anyone who might be interested. CHESS is looking to hire the right candidate as soon as possible.

Training is Here! Beginning Dec. 1, Workday training starts for all employees and all managers. Training will focus on Workday self-service activities. You will learn to update your profile information, record time worked, request time off, and more. All employees must complete the 30-minute training session. Supervisors and managers will need to complete an additional 30-minute training session. Depending on your role and your assigned tasks in Finance, Payroll, and Human Resources, more training may be required.

The Training Team offers 4 types of learning opportunities:

  1. Self-Paced: recorded videos, e-learning
  2. Instructor-Led: presentations and demonstrations of key activities
  3. In-System: some Workday screens provide field-specific instructions and links to helpful information
  4. Self-Guided: tip sheets and other documents that provide step-by-step instructions

The Training Team looks forward to making sure you are well prepared to use Workday. Got questions? Don’t hesitate to reach out to SFCC’s Workday Training Team members:

Read about accomplishments in English and Communications Department

Kate McCahill recently shared the departmental newsletter for English and Communications. It includes an impressive list of accomplishments! Read the newsletter here.

November WOW Award:
Erik Gellert

Nominated by John Cordova:

“During the Covid 19 pandemic , Erik Gellert went far beyond expectations to create and implement an online class with little help, Erik is always eager to help and is an asset to the College.”

CHESS — Collaborative for Higher Education Shared Services

CHESS Connection Newsletter – November 28

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

This month’s newsletter contains a lot of information on upcoming training as Workday rolls out. Everyone will need to take training, so check it out!

WOW awards – nominate an outstanding coworker today!

Do have anyone you would like to nominate for the WOW award in your department?

The WOW award is given monthly to employees who demonstrate outstanding customer service.
Please nominate at SFCC Connect- Online Forms/Office of Human Resources (OHR)-Wonderful Outstanding Worker!

Thank you SFCC Workday test group!

Workday test group, from left: Marcos Maez, Diana Roembach, Loretta Lopez, Lourdes Parks, Laura White, Mindy Watson, and Mason Kovac

Special thanks to our SFCC colleagues who recently took a test drive on the new Workday platform. They were seeing it for the first time. They provided valuable feedback on the training presentations and tip sheets. We’re ready to go live with Workday on Dec. 17. Want to know more about how easy it will be to leave Banner behind and use the new system? Ask anyone in the group, from left: Marcos Maez, Diana Roembach, Loretta Lopez, Lourdes Parks, Laura White, Mindy Watson, and Mason Kovac. More info at

SFCC employee musicians Jonathan Harrell and Roxanne Tapia perform with Mélange & Teatro Paraguas

Local music group Mélange, playing original music by Phredgeoff (Jeff) Tarnoff and Jojo Sena de Tarnoff, can be heard next at Chomp after the New Year. The group includes Academic Advisor Jonathan Harrell on bass and MPR Executive Assistant Roxanne Tapia on tenor saxophone. Mélange plays a lively fusion of jazz, funk, and Latin music featuring Jeff Tarnoff on piano and JoJo Tarnoff on flute. Both Harrell and Tapia will also be performing with the Teatro Paraguas Orchestra in the holiday show, A Musical Piñata for Christmas on Dec. 16 at 7 p.m., Dec. 17 and 18 at 2 p.m.

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!


Art exhibition features work by Jared Weiss at Ellsworth Gallery through January 2

“Golden,” Oil on Canvas, 30 x 30

Visit Ellsworth Gallery for hours.

Jared Weiss, Art and Design Faculty, has an exhibition “The Party’s Over” at the Ellsworth Gallery, 215 E. Palace Avenue, Santa Fe until January 2, 2023. Visit Ellsworth Gallery for more information and hours.

Jared Weiss teaches Life Drawing I & II, Painting II, Major Projects, Watercolor I & II, and Drawing & Painting Advanced Projects at SFCC.

His bio from Ellsworth Gallery:

Jared Weiss is an artist currently living and working in New Mexico. His work explores themes of memory and the complex relationship between one’s internal world and environment. Weiss’s applications of exaggerated color in deliberately gestural, layered brush strokes mimic the imperfections of sensory recall as memories mingle with layered fragments of the human psyche. Emerging from these layers are dream-like depictions of figures engaged in their own abstracted worlds, blurring with their surroundings in scenes somehow eerily familiar. He received his BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design and his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.

Catch this exhibition before it ends on Jan. 2!

Ongoing news and events

SFCC Library partners with State Library to offer access to Scribe Mini Station for Blind and Print-Disabled

Scribe Mini Station at SFCC Library

SFCC Library has partnered with the New Mexico State Library to offer access to a Scribe Mini Station for individuals eligible for Blind and Print-Disabled services to enable them to download audio books. SFCC Library is the first academic library in the country to offer this service.

The Scribe Mini is a self-service station for patrons who are familiar with the digital cartridge process. This service will be available to members of the public (who are eligible for Blind and Print-Disabled services) during SFCC Library’s open library hours. More information about the Library for the Blind and Print Disabled and applications for using the service can be found here: For a list of eligibility requirements for using this audio service visit

For more information about SFCC Library’s services either email or call 505-428-1352.  For more information about the State Library’s Library for the Blind and Print Disabled either email or call 505-476-9770 or 1-800-456-5515.

Read more….

SFCC Library hosts upcoming Children’s Storytime events, next event Jan. 18

Children’s Storytime in the SFCC Library Family Study Room
2 to 3 p.m.

Next event Jan. 18

We will be joined by the Santa Fe Children’s Museum with a Children’s Storytime and the opportunity to take home complimentary children’s STEAM kits. All SFCC Community Members Are Welcome

Questions? email:

Additional Storytime events are scheduled from 2 to 3 p.m. the following Wednesdays:

  • November 16, 2022
  • January 18, 2023
  • February 15, 2023
  • March 15, 2023

Early Childhood Center of Excellence offers free early childhood speaker series with equity and social justice focus; next talk on Jan. 13

The Early Childhood Center of Excellence (ECCOE) offers a free early childhood speaker series featuring national and New Mexico experts focused on equity and social justice in early childhood teacher preparation. This series is for higher education faculty and anyone interested in bringing equity to their work with young children and families. This free virtual series runs from September 2022 through May 2023. Registration is open now!

You can see the full schedule through May, as well as register for any events for the speaker series here.

Will Wilson in exhibition at Millicent Rogers Museum through Jan. 29

Will Wilson’s Connecting the Dots: Cameron Straightdown Sefx, archival pigment print from digital photograph

Photography instructor Will Wilson is featured in the exhibition, “Southwest Reflections: In Between Shadows of the Land” at the Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos. The opening reception is from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 8. The exhibit continues through Jan. 29, 2023.

From the press release, “Offering a common thread to life, everything that exists bears a shadow. As the second installment of the Millicent Rogers Museum’s “New Mexico Artists” series, this exhibition offers a diverse exploration of artists’ portrayals of environmental relationships and the ways these events become conveyed through shadows, reflections, and movements.”

Read the complete press release. Also, note Will Wilson will participate in a discussion at the museum from 1- 2 p.m. on Nov. 6: “Land: Reflection, Regeneration, and Art” Roundtable, Will Wilson and Pola Lopez. 

Fall meditations in the Planetarium
Mon. – Fri at 7:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.

You are invited to the SFCC planetarium for morning and lunch meditations. Bring your own practice and relax your mind and body under the stars to Tibetan bowls, native flutes, or healing music. These are not guided sessions. Bring a mat or use the planetarium seating.

If you have interest in running a guided meditation during any of these sessions, please contact Frank Currie ( <>).

We look forward to helping you stay mindful…or at least sane this semester!

Watch video to learn more about tuition-free college

The recording of the public information session on tuition-free college provided by the New Mexico Higher Education Department on August 19 is now available. You can view it via the link below or at the main website at  Thank you to the New Mexico Educational Assistance Foundation for hosting this session.

Understanding Tuition-Free College in New Mexico – YouTube

Need food? Campus Cupboard welcomes all

Campus Cupboard now offers 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.

Fall semester hours for on-campus bookstore: 9-5 Monday through Thursday, 9-1 Fridays

Fall semester bookstore hours begin Monday, August 22. The bookstore is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. It is open from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Fridays.

SFCC’s on-campus bookstore reopened under the operation of Barnes & Noble College.

The on-campus bookstore offers textbooks, course materials, notebooks, pens, and other office and school supplies – as well as snacks and drinks! Need to speak to someone at the bookstore? Call 505-428-1218.

Near the end of each term, students will have an opportunity to sell books back and return rental books at the bookstore or through mail.

Students can begin ordering books at the new bookstore website and select free on-campus pick-up.

Students can also select several shipping methods. Additionally, students can go directly to the on-campus store to buy books off the shelf at the new on campus store.

Please be patient as Barnes and Noble College Bookstore is still stocking up on books and so there might be limited inventory at this early stage.

Students can email to see if a book is in stock or with any other bookstore-related questions. BNC will continuously be receiving deliveries and expects to have all books available in the store by the start of classes. Students can order books either as a “guest” or they can “sign up/create account” on the bookstore website. The benefit to creating an account is that the order history will be saved.

For questions or additional assistance please email

An Important Note on Using Financial Aid for Purchases

Financial Aid purchases are available beginning on August 8, 2022.

Students receiving Financial Aid should wait until their aid is available before purchasing books. However, if students purchase books out of pocket and later become eligible for aid, they can be reimbursed through disbursement provided their aid is authorized and the award is enough to cover the purchase. Financial aid accounts are open through September 7, 2022. More financial aid information is available at the SFCC Financial Aid Office.

Let’s help slow the spread of the virus

Let’s keep everyone safe and remember:

  • 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 be 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

SFCC strongly encourages face masks inside the building. Recomendamos encarecidamente el uso de mascarillas dentro del edificio.

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.

11/30/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Our View – For college, tests aren’t always the answer”

11/25/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Santa Fe Community College dumps ‘not very accurate’ admissions tests”

11/28/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Classes to resume next week for local students, SFCC moves fall commencement to spring 2023, SFCC Clay Club to hold sale this week”

11/15/2022, Los Alamos Daily Post, “ECECD Awards $7 Million In Endowments To Support Early Childhood Programs At New Mexico Colleges & Universities”

11/15/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Report to state education committee shows students continue to struggle in math”

11/14/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Smartboard” details SFCC fall break and new SFCC Library Scribe Mini Station.

11/09/2022, Las Vegas Optic, “Luna Community College joins Collaborative for Higher Education Shared Services (CHESS)”

11/09/2022, Albuquerque Journal, “NM HED awards $110.5m in endowments”

11/09/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Art exhibition honors women who served”

11/09/2022, Santa Fe Reporter, “In-demand drivers mean on-demand buses.”

11/01/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Supporter of early education amendment celebrating ahead of voters’ decision.”