Campus Weekly

Graduation events kick off with EMSI Paramedic Graduation

Congratulations to all SFCC fall graduates, including graduates of the SFCC Emergency Medical Services Institute, who were recognized during a Paramedic Graduation Ceremony, Nov. 26. Fourteen graduates took part in the ceremony, which held at the bio wall and included an address from Dr. David Rosen. Verity Bornet was the student speaker.

Upcoming celebrations:

  • Nursing Pinning Ceremony — 5 p.m., Wednesday, December 4, Fitness Education Center
  • Respiratory Care Graduation — 11 a.m., Friday, December 6, Bio Wall
  • SFCC Commencement — 10 a.m., Saturday, December 7, Fitness Education Center

Back Row (Left to Right):
Brett Gonzales, John Penman, Chad Drummond, Tayler Garcia-Anaya, Kyra Taylor, Frank Garcia.

Front Row (Left to Right):
Zion Rodriguez, Tanner Elliott, Daniel Sanchez, Sean Callin, Alicia Vargas, Rocio Jaramillo, Verity Bornet.

News and Announcements

SFCC Commencement Fast Facts

SFCC 2019 Fall Graduation Fast Facts

This December, 361 SFCC graduates are eligible to receive 417 awards. Forty-five students will receive more than one award. Of those awards, 289 are for certificates.

  • Seventy-one percent are from Santa Fe; six percent from Albuquerque, two percent each from Española, Los Alamos, and Santa Cruz. The remaining graduates are primarily from 30 communities around the state (ranging from Abiquiú to Vadito) with the highest concentration from Northern New Mexico.
  • The graduates range in age from 17 to 78.
  • More than half self-identify as Latino/Hispanic, and eight percent identify themselves as American Indian or Alaska Native.
  • Twenty-one graduates identify themselves as military veterans, military spouses or dependents of military veterans.
  • Several awards are being given for the first time at the college this year, including AA in Fine Arts-Printmaking and Book Arts, Certificate in Computer Hardware and Software, and Certificate in Patient Care Assistant.
  • The highest number of awards are in the health care sector and include Certificate in Nursing Assistant (49), Certificate in Phlebotomy (22) and A.A.S. in Nursing (31). There are 14 students receiving an AA in Business Administration this fall.
  • The associate degrees to be awarded include Associate in Arts (66), Associate in Applied Arts (1), Associate in Science (3) and Associate in Applied Science (58).

30th Annual SFCC Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair Sat. Dec 7, 9 to 4

Free Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair
Saturday Dec. 7, 9 to 4 p.m.
SFCC Main Hallway and Campus Center

30th Annual SFCC Arts and Crafts Fair. The event features about 75 artists, who sell items ranging from fine art to regional handcrafted goods. Shoppers can browse through a selection of jewelry, baked goods, woven handbags, pottery, painting, scarves, tinwork, straw appliqué and woodcarvings. For this holiday-themed event, shoppers will find a good variety of holiday cards and ornaments. For more information call 505-428-1675.


Cabinet Secretary Bill McCamley to provide commencement keynote

New Mexico Cabinet Secretary of Workforce Solutions Bill McCamley will provide the keynote address to the Class of Fall 2019. Commencement begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 in the William C. Witter Fitness Center on campus at 6401 Richards Ave.

McCamley is a statewide leader in job creation activities, workforce training and border trade. At the Department of Workforce Solutions, Secretary McCamley’s responsibilities include maintaining an efficient unemployment insurance system, building more effective apprenticeship and career pathway programs, and enforcing New Mexico’s wage and human rights laws.


Art and Design Faculty and Staff Exhibition- Opening and Reception Dec. 5

Santa Fe Community College’s Visual Arts Gallery presents an exhibition by faculty and staff members of SFCC’s School of Arts, Design and Media Arts at Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Ave.

The exhibition opens from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5 and closes Thursday, Jan. 30. About 50 individuals’ work will be featured in the exhibition.

Photo: Cosmic Landscape Series #13, 20″ x 20″, Jennifer Lynch


Rescheduled: SFCC Faculty and Staff Holiday Reading Dec. 5

SFCC Faculty and Staff
Holiday Reading
Thursday, December 5 at 5 p.m.

Faculty and staff interested in reading their own creative work should email to be added to the list. All SFCC Faculty and Staff are welcome and encouraged to participate!

Sponsored by the SFCC Creative Writing Program, the SFCC Library and Student Services


Art Student Studio Tour Dec. 5

Art Student Studio Tour
December 5, 2019
4 to 6 p.m.

During the opening reception of the SFCC Art and Design Faculty and Staff Exhibition, 20 student studios will be open. This is an excellent opportunity for the public to see the art offerings at the college, as well as to speak to the student artists.

In addition to the open student studios, there will be also students’ work featured in the foyer of the Fine Arts and Design Building.

Photo: Joan Zalenski student studio


Greenhouse Grand Opening Dec. 14

The SFCC Aquaponics & Hydroponics Club invite you to the SFCC Greenhouse Grand Opening!

There will be public tours, educational demonstrations, and free food donated by local businesses.

Saturday, December 14
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information, please call 505-428-1205


New Kids Campus Website Launches

The Kids Campus introduced its vibrant new website on Nov. 20. The new mobile-responsive site features an online calendar, blog and an electronic application form. The Kids Campus offers five-star early childhood education to more than 130 children ranging from infant to pre-k. Reduced rates are available to SFCC students and staff.

Thanks to SFCC’s digital strategist Hayley Horowitz, Mindshare Labs, as well as Kids Campus staff Ashly Sandoval, “Amelia” Gonzales and Michelle Rosen.

Meet First Cohort of Certificate in Advanced Dental Assisting Skills

Meet SFCC’s first Cohort of Certificate in Advanced Dental Assisting Skills This new certificate started in Fall 2019 and will be offered in Fall each year.

Watch video interviews with:


Aamna Nayyar thanks the students on behalf of the department. You did GREAT!

Volunteers Needed: Fall Commencement Ceremony Dec. 7

Volunteers are needed to help the event run smoothly. If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Registrar Kathleen Sena, ext. 1385.

The ceremony takes place at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 7 in the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center gymnasium.

Therapy Dogs in the Library! Dec. 4 and 5

SFCC Library is hosting sweet and friendly therapy dogs during Finals Week to provide relaxation and stress relief to students, faculty, and staff.

Library’s Instruction Room (Room 545)
Wednesday, December 4 and Thursday, December 5
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Come cuddle a canine!

Southern Italy: Insights and Images Spring 2020

Southern Italy: Insights and Images
Only 20 seats available!
With Bernadette Jacobs and Diane Tintor
May 4 – 8 and May 18 – 30, 2020

Travel to Naples, Capri, Sorrento, Bari, Trulli Di Alberobello and Matera in an area of Italy called the “Tuscany of the South.” Investigate the Greek, Roman and religious art and architecture of southern Italy along with the influence of classical Greek archetypes that helped shape Western culture. Start your experience with a week-long in-person course at SFCC. Then your travel adventure begins!

Receive credit for prior learning for any credit student who wants to earn 3 credit hours.

Information Sessions:

  • Saturday Oct. 26, 10 a.m., Travel Bug, 839 Paseo de Peralta
  • Sunday, Nov. 24, 11 a.m., Travel Bug, 839 Paseo de Peralta
  • Sunday Dec. 8, 2 p.m., Travel Bug, 839 Paseo de Peralta
  • Wednesday Jan. 22, 5:30 p.m., SFCC Room 711
  • Saturday Feb. 1, 10 a.m., Travel Bug, 839 Paseo de Peralta

Student Spotlight

Leslie Orena Quintana Ayala to address Class of Fall 2019

Student speaker Leslie Orena Quintana Ayala, 20, will receive a Certificate in Early Childhood Development. She was born in Guatemala and moved to Santa Fe when she was 14. She chose to study with the Spanish-speaking student group to pursue her studies. The Santa Fe High graduate works full time as a server at Mampuku Ramen while enrolled in evening classes. She is taking classes in English to earn an associate degree in Early Childhood Education. She plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree at New Mexico Highlands University. “I chose Early Childhood Education because my best memory of a teacher in Guatemala was a pre-k teacher who taught me that you can have fun and learn at the same time.”

She said, “I’ve learned at the college that how you treat and teach a child will have an impact that lasts a lifetime. If a child has a traumatic childhood, it can lead to serious problems throughout that person’s life. If you give a child a good experience, that child could someday become the president or a leader in the community. I’m grateful for all I’ve learned.”


New Business Hiring Event, Dec. 9


Monday, December 9
1 to 4 p.m.
Campus Center

Spectrum Retirement Communities is opening a new independent retirement community called Las Soleras Senior Living, across the street from Presbyterian Hospital, southside Santa Fe.

Full and part-time openings for their restaurant, 24-hour concierge, events and programming, housekeeping, and maintenance. Apply online at and/or bring your resume, ready to interview. Open to the community. Current students and graduates encouraged to apply.

City of Santa Fe seeking members for Mayor's Youth Advisory Board

City of Santa Fe is seeking members for the Santa Fe Mayor’s Youth Advisory Board (MYAB)
Young People Ages 13-21 Encouraged To Apply By December 7, 2019

The City of Santa Fe recognizes youth as a high priority in the community and is looking for motivated youth that are eager to create change in their community.

The purpose of the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Board is to provide, in a timely manner, input, suggestions or recommendations to the Governing Body of the City of Santa Fe pertaining to matters affecting youth in the community. The board will be responsible for providing future input, suggestions or recommendations to the Governing Body of the City of Santa Fe pertaining to issues that affect youth in the community when deemed necessary and appropriate or upon request.

There are currently three vacant board seats and three alternate seats open. The board meets the fourth Thursday of every month from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (date and time are subject to change.)

Interested applicants may apply by submitting a letter of interest and a resume to:
Yolanda Vigil
City Clerk’s Office
200 Lincoln Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501
or by email:

SGA trip to national conference in Los Angeles

SFCC’s Student Government Association attended the ASGA Conference in Los Angeles, California on November 15th-17th where they networked with other Student Governments from around the country.

The SGA members attended over 20 different workshops where they learned about best practices on how to become more efficient and effect with our students at SFCC. The SGA Executive Team learned a lot and are excited to start implementing more best practices with SFCC’s Student Government.

Costa Rica Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Costa Rica Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) is an 8-week summer research opportunity, fully-funded by the LSA for Minority Participation Program.

Qualifications to apply:

  • U.S. Citizenship or permanent residency
  • Able to obtain a passport
  • Interested in scientific research in a tropical rain forest
  • Qualifying minority participant (African American, Hispanic American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Native Pacific Islander)
Contact: Gregoria Cavazos, 428-1842, gregoria.cavazos@sfcc.eduu

Employee Announcements

Got the Blues? Get the cure from Dr. Lovato!

Santa Fe City Historian and Associate Professor Andrew Lovato, Ph.D., will be on the radio twice this Friday, playing his guitar and talking about his new book, “The Big Book of Blues Guitar: The History, The Greats―And How to Play.”

Listen Up!

Andy has been teaching guitar at SFCC for more than 30 years. He has taught over 1,000 people to play guitar (one out of every 80 people in Santa Fe). He is the author of Santa Fe Hispanic Culture: Preserving Identity in a Tourist Town, The Year Zozobra Escaped: Featuring Zozobra’s Great Escape, and Elvis Romero and the Cosmic White Corvette. He holds master’s and doctoral degrees from UNM and a bachelor’s degree from College of Santa Fe. In 2008, he was selected as a Fulbright Scholar.


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Stephen Gaber receives Philanthropic Leadership Award

Congratulations to Santa Fe Community College Foundation Treasurer Stephen Gaber, who was recognized by the Santa Fe Community Foundation for his dedication to building healthy and vital communities. Stephen received the Philanthropic Leadership Award on October 7 at the 2019 Piñon Awards Ceremony.

Photo credit: Jane Phillips Photography