Campus Weekly

News and Announcements

SFCC Celebrates Black History Month, starting today

Celebrate Black History Month with “Shades of Color” a series of four events throughout February.

Monday, Feb. 4 screening of “Blackdom” video, introduced by Dr. Steve Martinez in the Jemez Rooms 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 12 a conversation with Dr. Jamal Martin on Contemporary Issues Facing People of Color in the Jemez Rooms 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 19 a Black History Panel discussion with Dr. Steve Martinez and guest panelist, George Geder in Board Room, room 223 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 28 entertainment celebrating the month in the Jemez Rooms 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sponsored by SFCC’s President’s Diversity Advisory Committee. For more information contact SFCC’s Office of Student Development, 505-428-1665.


SFCC Celebrated Head Coverings around the World

Head coverings from Around the World were celebrated on campus last Thursday as a tie into World Hijab Day last Thursday.

Thanks to ALL the organizers, sponsors, volunteers, supporters, and attendees. All attendees got the option to try the head covering from various parts of the world. An educational bulletin board on the various head coverings was also well received by the attendees.

This event was sponsored by the President’s Diversity Advisory Committee (PDAC). For more information contact PDAC Chair Aamna Nayaar.

Photo: Noe Villareal, safety specialist, wearing a head covering from Africa.

See more photos.


SFCC represents at AWS Awards

Clayton Peshlakai, SFCC welding instructor was named American Welding Society (AWS) 2018 Welding Instructor of the year.

Daniel Johnson, SFCC class of 2018, received the 2018 award for “Recognition of outstanding school, community and industry achievements and for generous contributions of time and effort.” Johnson is currently attending NM Tech to become a Welding Engineer.

Congratulations! See photos.

SFCC and Santa Fe Literacy Volunteers hosted Naturalization Ceremony

Santa Fe Community College and Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe (LVSF) cohosted a naturalization ceremony Friday, Feb. 1 for 67 candidates who took the Oath of Allegiance administered by Director Jesse Mendez in United States Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Albuquerque.

SFCC Interim President Cecilia Cervantes, Ph.D., gave a moving keynote address. She became emotional in her address to “her fellow Americans” as she passionately spoke of her grandparents’ immigration to the U.S. from Mexico and encouraged the new U.S. citizens to have pride in their new country, but to also embrace their heritage as they move forward. SFCC student Maeve Long sang the national anthem. Individuals from 22 different countries participated in the Naturalization Ceremony.

The following new U.S. citizens were participants in the Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe program based at SFCC: Maria Ugarte de Rosales, Norma Gutiérrez and Mayra Diaz. Check out the slide show on Facebook.

Photo: Interim President Cecilia Cervantes, Ph.D. was the featured guest speaker at the Naturalization Ceremony.

Get your team ready!

Registration for the Third Annual Gerald Clay Memorial Basketball Tournament (April 6 and 7, 2019) is open now at New Mexico Sports Online.

For more information, contact Miquela Martinez, ext. 1656 or 1615.

If you don’t play basketball, but you want to join in the fun by volunteering to support the event, contact Sandra Brintnall, ext. 1508. You may also sign up online to volunteer.

Student Spotlight

Veterans' Scholarships awarded

Ten students were awarded Veterans’ scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year. The scholarship fund for veterans and their dependents was established through a partnership among Santa Fe Community College Foundation, the City of Santa Fe Veterans Advisory Board and U.S. Bank.


Two deadlines: Feb. 8

Ready to graduate this spring? The deadline to Petition to Graduate for spring 2019 is Friday, Feb. 8. The link to petition to graduate is found on:
• mySFCC
• Student Tab
• Student Resources
• Petition to Graduate
For more information, contact the Registrar’s Office, 428-1267.

Also, Feb. 8 is the last day to drop classes and receive a full refund for the spring semester. Check with Financial Aid before you drop a class to see how it impacts your award, 505-428-1268 or email

Eastern New Mexico University Recruitment Visit, Feb. 14

A recruiter with Eastern New Mexico University will be on campus to speak with students concerning programs available at ENMU from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thurs., Feb. 14 in the Welcome and Advising Center. For more information, contact academic advisor Melba Ramos at 428-1880.

Media Arts Students: Submit your Work, deadline Feb. 19

SFCC’s Media Arts department and Visual Arts Gallery are proud to introduce the first ever MART Student Showcase to be on view March 7 through April 12. This is an exciting opportunity for students to show off their artwork.

Applications are available for pick up in Room 605. The deadline to submit your application is Feb. 19.

For more information, stop by Room 605 or call 505-428-1248.

High School Equivalency/GED Prep Orientation Feb. 18-21

The second session for High School Equivalency/GED prep classes begins Feb. 25 in Spanish and English. Returning students may register Feb. 18 through 22. For more information, call 505-428-1356 or go to

New students are required to attend the four-day orientation February 18 – 21. The four-day orientation is offered in the mornings from 9 a.m. to noon or in the evenings from 5 to 8 p.m. In orientation, students will have the opportunity to meet with an advisor, create an individualized learning plan, and register for classes. A $25 fee covers classes and class materials.

For information about Adult Education programs, contact Lynne Matthes at 505-428-1433 or or visit


Call for submissions: Katie Besser Writing Awards

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

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

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

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

¡Viva! - Full-time students sign up now!

¡Viva! Free Fitness for Full-time Students continues this spring. Students registered for 12 credit hours or more will be able to access the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center from 1 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and all day (6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.) Friday.

To get started, students enrolled in 12 credits hours must sign a liability waiver, available now on MySFCC. Students can check their enrollment status and number of credit hours by checking their class schedule on MySFCC.

If you have questions or need some additional information about your enrollment status, you can call the Welcome and Advising Center at 505-428-1270.

Employee Announcements

Employees: Please attend one of three remaining Compensation Study Focus groups

Reminder: All Faculty (including Adjunct), Staff and Administrators are encouraged to participate in a Compensation Study focus group.

The college’s Compensation Study is currently underway!

SFCC has contracted with Evergreen Solutions to conduct a compensation study. This study is being conducted to ensure accurate job classifications and associated duties. It will also enable the implementation of an internally equitable and competitive compensation strategy.

Here’s how you play a very important role in this process:

Attend an upcoming Compensation Study Focus Group session to provide feedback on our current compensation and classification practices. During this session, you will receive instructions on how to provide input on your job classification using the online Job Assessment Tool (JAT). The JAT will give each employee an opportunity to describe the type of work they perform within their job classification.
Note: the JAT will also be administered in Spanish. Please contact Alicia Huerta for the JAT in Spanish.

Please attend one of these sessions, if you have not already attended one.

Monday, Feb. 4, 2 – 3 p.m. in the Board Room, 223
Thursday, Feb. 7, 11 a.m. – noon in the Board Room, 223
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2 – 3 p.m. in the Board Room, 223


Deyanira Contreras, Assistant Director for Curriculum & Instruction at Kids Campus and adjunct faculty member with the bilingual cohort ECDC, has passed the U.S. Citizenship test.

Congratulations, Deyanira on achieving this milestone.

Wellness at SFCC

Please consider joining your colleagues in the following activities:

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

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

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

Drop-ins welcome.

Feb. 13, 2019 Shooter-on-Campus Drill

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

Are You Ready to Work?

SFCC Career Services has a new web page Are You Ready to Work?.

Featured on the page is a link to Innovate+Educate’s free CoreScore™ work readiness assessment and SkillUp™, to improve those scores. Also listed are free resources to improve computer skills, information about employment for minors, and the Federal Bonding program, to assist at risk or hard to place job seekers.

For more information, contact Career Services, 505-428-1406.