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Black History Month organizers kick off activities

Black History Month started a day late due to last week’s snowstorm. But activities got into full swing on Feb. 5. The organizers describe the “Shades of Color” series as a multicultural journey to learn about and recognize the accomplishments of African diaspora and LGBTQ+ individuals and organizations.

In the photo above, some of the organizers and presenters (from left to right) John Ketchens, Stephen Martinez, Ph.D., Andrew Lovato, Ph.D., Emily Stern and Yuri Findlay. Stephen Martinez, Ph.D., talked about the New York Times The 1619 Project and shared a video. A blues guitar demo and conversation about the blues was led by Andrew Lovato, Ph.D., SFCC professor and author of The Big Book of Blues Guitar: The History, The Greats and How to Play. Samples of popular African-American foods were enjoyed by participants.

The event concluded with Bryan Stevenson’s Ted Talk entitled “We Need to Talk About An Injustice”. Bryan Stevenson is a public-interest lawyer who has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned.

See more photos.

News and Announcements

Inside SFCC launches in new mobile-friendly format

The college launched its first volume of Inside SFCC in a new, mobile-friendly format. The publication comes directly to your inbox. If you’ve not yet seen it, check it out and subscribe here.

Listen to podcasts of Yuri Findlay talking about Black History Month

Yuri Findlay, Director of Medical Assisting and Phlebotomy, was a recent guest on Richard Eeds Show on KRTC. Listen to the podcast.

Findley and Stephen Martinez, Ph.D., also were guests on KSFR radio. Listen to “Why Celebrating Black History Month Means Celebrating All of Us”

SFCC celebrates Black History Month - Shades of Color 2020

Please join this multicultural journey to learn about and recognize the accomplishments of African diaspora and LGBTQ+ individuals and organizations.

Black History Month events this week:
February 11

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Jemez Room 1 “Bayard Rustin” video – Civil and Gay Rights Leader, read more.

February 12
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Jemez Room 1 Poet Tyrone Wright and “PBS Reconstruction Part I”, introduced by Stephen Martinez, Ph.D.


SFCC Visual Arts Gallery presents Tangent/Trajectory, opening 4 p.m. Feb. 14

Christina Hall-Strauss, Sand Patterns 6, 40×32

Don Redman, Wallenda 2


Show featuring Don Redman and Christina Hall-Strauss opens from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14.

Santa Fe Community College’s Visual Arts Gallery presents the exhibition, Tangent/Trajectory, which opens from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14. The exhibition features the work of sculptor Don Redman and painter Christina Hall-Strauss.

The two diverse artists will offer a showcase of art that conveys energy, light and motion.

The exhibition is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays Feb. 14 through March 26 (Closed for SFCC Spring Break March 16 through March 22)


SFCC Planetarium: Distant Worlds, Alien Life? 5 p.m. Feb. 15 FREE SHOW

Come explore Distant Worlds with the SFCC Planetarium!
For more information please visit


If you have questions, please contact:
Amanda R. Truitt, Ph.D., Astronomy Faculty & Planetarium Coordinator, or call 505-428-1721

Spring 2020 SFCC Planetarium Event Schedule

Toastmasters meets noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays in Room 410

Find your voice! Toastmasters is a fun practice space for public speaking and leadership tips and tools. Students, staff, faculty and community members are all welcome.
Powertalkers/Toastmasters meets noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays in Room 410.
Contact Rusty Rodke,, 505-469-1810 for info.

February Library Event: 6 p.m. Feb. 19

February library events feature faculty publications
SFCC Library, Room 516
Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Ave.

Feb. 19
6 to 7 p.m.
Book signing and performance: The Big Book of Blues Guitar: The History, the Greats—And How to Play by Andrew Leo Lovato.

People who own guitars are welcome to bring their guitars for a mini guitar lesson following the book discussion.

Read more about the book.


Adjunct Faculty information is now available!

Adjunct Faculty Information is now available to view or download.

Go to MySFCC, click on choose Documents from the Faculty navigation and go to Campus Resources, Documents, Academic and Student Affairs and select Adjunct Faculty Information or click on this link.

Fishbowl events: Feb. 20 and 21

PDAC has scheduled its first fishbowl events. PDAC is hosting discussions around the idea of “What Does it Mean to Be a Hispanic Serving Institution?”

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, in the Boardroom
10 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21, in the Boardroom

Please note the new location for Feb. 21 event. Both events are in the Boardroom.

PDAC would like to encourage as much participation as possible. These discussions will enrich SFCC’s PDAC strategic planning retreat.

2020 Census positions available

If you need work, the U.S. Census Bureau is hiring!

Census positions are different from other jobs in a key way: Financial assistance recipients can work up to 30 hours without any impact to their SNAP (formerly the food stamp program) or TANF (cash assistance for non-food needs) benefits. Census pay rates in New Mexico range from $16 to $17.50/ hour, plus .58/ mile and extra pay on Sundays.

Text nmjobs to 313131 for a link to apply.

HSE/GED Prep and I-BEST registration open

New student registration for high school equivalency and GED preparation classes is open through February 17. Returning students may register until February 20. Classes in Spanish and English begin on February 24. For more information, call 505-428-1356 or go to


Jazz brunch for student scholarships on March 29

Jazz Brunch for Student Scholarships!

$55 per person
11 a.m. Sunday, March 29th– Sunday Morning Brunch with the Jazz Ensemble from New Mexico School for the Arts (NMSA)

Please join us on Sunday, March 29, 2020, 11 a.m. for a jazz brunch at Dave’s Jazz Bistro in the Santa Fe School of Cooking, 125 N Guadalupe St. This exciting event will benefit students of Santa Fe Community College’s Adult Education Department with scholarships to complete their high school equivalency and college tuition.

To find out more and register for this exceptional Sunday Morning Jazz brunch benefit, please visit:


AARP Foundation Tax-Aide at the Santa Fe HEC

Free 2020 tax preparation will be provided by AARP Foundation at the Santa Fe HEC, 1950 Siringo Road.

Tax preparation assistance will be available from February 3 to April 15. Appointments are available Mondays and Tuesdays from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Appointments can be made online starting January 10.

Full details available at:


Register early for the Gerald Clay Basketball tournament

The annual Gerald Clay Memorial Basketball tournament will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 4, and Sunday, April 5, in the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center.

Registration by cash or check only is available at the FEC front desk. Online registration is expected to be available soon.

Proceeds from the event support scholarships for Exercise Science students and equipment for the gymnasium. Contact Herman Garcia, 505-428-1751.

The committee is also seeking volunteers to assist with the event.

To volunteer, visit:
Volunteer with the 2020 Gerald Clay Memorial Basketball Tournament.

Donations without registration are also accepted, with checks payable to Santa Fe Community College Foundation.

SFCC in the news

The following stories either featured or mentioned SFCC.

Santa Fe Reporter, 2/5/20, Read Kate McCahill’s terrific Letter to the Editor.

Santa Fe New Mexican, 1/22/20, “Meeting on Richards Ave. rescheduled” Meeting rescheduled after recent snowstorm to Feb. 11.

Student Spotlight

Facebook Career Connections Fellowships (Internships)*

DEADLINE, February 28, 3 pm, 2020: Facebook announced January 28, 2020 that it is launching Facebook Career Connections in the north central New Mexico area in the summer of 2020. Career Connections is a Facebook initiative that connects local businesses with innovative, Facebook-trained collegiate talent for three-month long fellowships (internships). The program provides both businesses and students with access to exclusive Facebook trainings and professional development opportunities. It is designed to bolster the success of local businesses, train college students for the 21st century workforce and develop career pathways to retain and strengthen the state’s local talent pipeline.

All accepted students will receive the below. It’s completely free!

  • A chance to be the first in NM to be a part of this Facebook program
  • Exclusive training on soft and hard skills to prepare you for your future career
  • Connection to local internships that pay at minimum $12/hour
  • Mentorship by a dedicated Facebook employee throughout your internship
  • Connection to Facebook staff and local networking opportunities

Apply ASAP, as openings are limited. Click here for more information.


Recruitment visits this week: NAU, Bellevue, NNMC

If you’re thinking of transferring to a four-year college, the Transfer Station in the Welcome and Advising Center is a great way to explore your opportunities.

Representatives from colleges are here frequently to provide you information on admissions, academic programs, scholarships, financial aid and more.

This week’s visiting schools:
Northern Arizona University
Wednesday, February 12
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Northern New Mexico College
Thursday, February 13
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bellevue University
Thursday, February 13
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, contact advisor Megan Woods, 505-428-1770.

Free and confidential counseling available to students

SFCC Counseling Services provides free and confidential counseling to students. Please come by and meet our staff. We are located in Suite 201 adjacent to the Enrollment Center.

Janelle Johnson, MA, LPCC, Senior Counselor
Rosalie Lipfert, LMSW, Counselor
Bianca Ovalle, Art Therapy Intern
Mariliana Lopez Cabrera, student worker and campus outreach

You can contact us at or call 428-1682. Counselors are available 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Counselors can assist you with:

  • Low Motivation
  • Stress Management
  • Community Referrals
  • Relationship Problems
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Sexual Assault
  • Gender Identity
  • Substance Abuse
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Loss
  • Family Concerns
  • Test Anxiety



Want to save money on books?

SFCC Library has many textbooks for common classes available for a 2-hour loan in the library. Find out if they have your books at

For more information visit:

Need money to pay for school?

The FAFSA is available!

A completed FAFSA is required for students to be able to qualify for financial aid and also to qualify for some scholarships.

Students hoping to receive financial aid for Spring and Summer 2020 should fill out the 2019-20 FAFSA.

Students preparing for Fall 2020 should fill out the 2020-2021 FAFSA, which is also available.

Please contact the financial aid office with questions:, 428-1268

SFCC SOW – Spirit of Writing Art and Justice Collective spring meetings

Please join SFCC and Santa Fe Community members to explore and create events and learning opportunities about the intersections of art and justice.

All writers, artists, readers, performers, appreciators, thinkers are welcome.

Tuesdays from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm in Room 414A

For more information, please email or call (505) 428-1467.

Employee Announcements

Governor appoints Nick Telles to State Investment Council

Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer Nick Telles was appointed to the State Investment Council on January 21 by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham fulfilling the requirement that a chief financial officer of a state institution of higher education be a Member of the Council.

Nick will serve as Public Member of the Council, while continuing his work at the college.

Congratulations Nick! We know his expertise will benefit all in the state.


Dr. Aamna Nayyar recognized as KMDC panelist

Dr. Aamna Nayyar was recognized for serving as the panelist at the Karachi Medical and Dental College (KMDC- Alumni Conference on Dec 21, 2019, held at KMDC, Karachi, Pakistan. The Certificate of Recognition is presented to her By Dr. Arshad Hassan. Dr. Hassas is the Principal of Dow Dental College in Karachi, Pakistan.
Photo credits: Abdullah Shah

For information on Dental programs at SFCC, please contact: Aamna Nayyar at 505-428-1258 or and visit:

SFCC cited in city press release, "Santa Fe named a sustainable city of the year"

Amanda Hatherly, SFCC’s Director of Center of Excellence, New Mexico EnergySmart Academy has been working on a curriculum and training program to reduce water use at restaurants, hotels and other commercial properties. She shared a City of Santa Fe press release that cites SFCC’s role , “Santa Fe named sustainable city of the year”

The press relase states, “A new partnership with the Santa Fe Community College, funded by a National Science Foundation Grant, was formed to develop workforce curriculum and training certifications in an effort to expand the number of auditors for restaurants, hotels and other commercial properties.”

Kudos to Amanda Hatherly for her hard work in contributing to Santa Fe’s water sustainability!

Be safe in the snow

Winter Safety at SFCC

  • Wear proper footwear & clothing
  • Watch your step
  • Don’t walk and use your phone
  • Stay on cleared pathways
  • Be safe on the roads


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Photos and gratitude for a successful Library event

The Feb. 6 Reading in the Library featured three co-authors: Dr. Aamna Nayyar, Min Kantrowitz and Victoria Reder who spoke about their book: Three Paths, One God: Traditional Scriptures and New Prayers. The event was well-attended with participants talking about the similarities and differences among their faiths. They also had a dynamic discussion about working on such a collaborative process to write the book.

A message from faculty member/author Aamna Nayyar:

Thank you very much to Valerie Nye, SFCC Librarian for hosting a GREAT book reading and signing event on Feb 6, 2020 at SFCC Library from 3 pm- 4 pm. It was a well-attended and well-received event. Thanks to the SFCC’s President’s Diversity Advisory Committee (PDAC) for sponsoring it.

See photos of the event here.

For information/reviews and purchase of the book, please click here.

To join the book’s FB group, please click here.

The SFCC PDAC acknowledges the rich diversity of the community we serve. The PDAC will develop, implement, and measure activities in support of achieving diversity goals. For information on the PDAC activities, please contact Meghan McGaritty at