Campus Weekly

Check out SFCC's new digital Fast Facts

Santa Fe Community College announces the release of a digital edition of Fast Facts 2020-2021. View this handy reference at

The information is also available as a downloadable PDF at the same web page. Fast Facts 2020-21 reflects data from the end of the Fall 2020 semester.

The 2020-2021 Fast Facts is divided into easily accessible sections:
Mission, Vision, Governing Board
Helping Our Community
Credit Student Profile
Five Colleges Share Technology Sources
Financial Information
Continuing Education
SFCC Foundation.

News and Announcements

Register now for AARP Tax Aide, appointments filling fast

Due to the pandemic, a special drive-up (by appointment) service is being offered by AARP Foundation Tax Aide.

Please note: Santa Fe Higher Education Center remains closed to the public. All AARP Tax Aide appointments are drive-up only. Please remain in your car and call the number on the sign when you arrive. In-person and walk-in appointments are not available.
Please visit for guidelines, details, downloadable forms and to schedule your appointment.

Appointments available: Feb. 9 through April 15
Cost: Free
Days and hours of operation: 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday:

Contact: 505-428-1780 for information voice mails only, volunteers will return calls when possible.

Holiday or other closures: Any unexpected COVID-related closures, HEC observed holidays closures, SFCC/HEC Spring Break March 15 – 22 and Spring Holiday April 2 – 4; and HEC weather delays or closures (appointments affected by weather delays or closures will be re-scheduled).

You must register for your appointments. Register soon since appointments are limited. Register here.

Former culinary arts student's cookie business featured in "Beer and Cookies"

In the Feb. 10 issue of The Santa Fe Reporter, Marti Mills’ cookie business XOnuevo was featured in the story, “Beer and cookies.” She studied Culinary Arts at SFCC.

Here’s an interesting morsel from this cookie story, “Mills would go on to complete culinary training at the Santa Fe Community College at the age of 13—something that required special permission from the school’s dean. Additionally, she says, she’s committed to sourcing ingredients locally.”

“My absolute favorite at the moment is the lavender shortbread,” she says. “The lavender is grown organically by my friend in Santa Fe.”

She shared with Campus Weekly: “I am 37 and I have been baking since I was five. I started the cookie business during the pandemic but I have been making and selling food and art for decades — cookies really seemed to cheer everyone up during these hard times.”

Inset photo: Marti Mills with teddy bear cookies. In the photo is a suribachi grinding bowl she made at SFCC in the ceramics department. Photo used by permission.


OIT Maintenance 7 a.m. Sunday February 21

OIT will be performing system maintenance 7 a.m. to noon on Sunday, February 21.

All systems will be affected by intermittent outages. Sorry for any inconvenience.

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

Letter to the Editor: More Swimming

The Santa Fe New Mexican published the following letter on 2/06/2021:

More swimming
Now more than ever, physical fitness is important for our physical and emotional health. Unfortunately, both public and private fitness centers have had to scale back operations to comply with New Mexico Department of Health guidelines. Many, including Santa Fe Community College, have moved fitness classes to online platforms. We are grateful for our awesome outdoor playgrounds in the mountains; however, they are not accessible to all. The Genoveva Chavez Community Center has managed to reopen in a COVID-19-safe manner for its patrons and staff. Congratulations and thank you. We are happy to announce that Santa Fe Community College will reopen the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center lap swimming pool by reservation (visit or call 505-428-1751). Exercise encourages us to practice more discipline and patience in our daily lives — habits that help us navigate these trying times. We need more fitness, more sanity and more COVID-19-safe opportunities to exercise.
Ute Jannsen-Kerr
Santa Fe Community College
academic director, School of Fitness Education


PROTEC applications due by Feb. 19

Do you know someone who has lost a job or needs new skills?

Professional Readiness for Technical Career Program (PROTEC) offers preparatory training for entry-level employment in a variety of industries and is designed for individuals who are currently unemployed, under-employed, re-entering the workforce or looking to increase their hire-ability in Santa Fe County. Accepted applicants will have an opportunity for a paid internship.

PROTEC is an SFCC collaboration with Santa Fe County and New Mexico Workforce Connection. Read more here.

The application deadline has been extended to Feb. 19. Apply at

For more information about the PROTEC program contact SFCC Continuing Education program at 505-428-1676 or

Hear a recent interview about PROTEC here.

Photo: CE Enrollment Specialist Paloma Anaya-Trujillo


Observe Black History Month with these resources

February is Black History Month. We’re sorry we’re unable to celebrate in person, but we’re happy to share some resources available to you. Here are many free government resources.

New Mexico Highlands University, one of our Santa Fe Higher Education Center partners is sharing these resources: NMHU Black History Month 2021. There are some great suggestions for activities, as well as available resources.

The University of New Mexico has invited all to attend its many Black History Month virtual events.

Also, watch Campus Weekly for details from SGA, which is planning a Black History Month virtual Town Hall at 11 a.m. Feb. 25. We’ll share a link when it becomes available.

Inset photo: File photo from Feb. 27, 2020. Poets Tintawi Kaigziabiher, D. Anaya and Oriana Lee participated in a Black History Month celebration.

Partnering to streamline services, reduce costs

Jim Patterson wrote in Community College Daily a Feb. 1 story regarding SFCC’s collaboration with other colleges to help students.

His story begins: A collaborative project among a group of New Mexico colleges aims to tackle a broad range of thorny issues facing higher education – from outdated data management and gaps in tech staffing, to trimming inefficiencies through economies of scale.

But it is also focused on the student experience, the planners of the effort say, with sensitivity to how student habits and expectations may have changed during the last year, and with an interest to allow broader access to courses among the partnering institutions. …

Image used in story: SGA president Ian Widrick Martinez helps distribute meals during SFCC’s collaboration with World Central Kitchen.


Listen to a new podcast with Stephen Martinez, Ph.D.

Katherine Lewin, the host and producer of The Santa Fe Reporter’s “Reported,” interviews SFCC History Professor Stephen M. Martinez, Ph.D., for the latest podcast episode, “New Mexico is a state now and the other pandemic.” You’ll learn about the state’s first three governors, the role of Spanish language newspapers and much more.

If you missed the previous podcast when Steve Martinez, Ph.D., spoke about the origins of statehood, the legislature and the feud with Texas as well as other bright and dark spots of the period before New Mexico became a state,
listen to the podcast.

Image: Santa Fe Reporter’s graphic design for REPORTED.


Cline's Corner radio show features Becky Rowley

President Becky Rowley outlined the benefits students will receive through SFCC’s partnership with five New Mexico colleges on a new technology system when she spoke with Lynn Cline, host of KSFR 101.1 FM’s Cline’s Corner on Feb. 5. Listen to the podcast.


Register for lap swimming appointments

The registration system for making appointments for lap swimming is now open.

The lap pool lanes are available to the public for limited individual appointments that begin on the hour from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. There is a $7 fee. (Employees please refer to recent email from Human Resources to use the codes as part of your employee benefits.)


Certificate in Massage Therapy now an Approved Program with NCBTMB

The Certificate in Massage Therapy at SFCC is now an Approved Program with NCBTMB (National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork)!
Our graduates will be able to apply to be Nationally/Board Certified in Massage Therapy and will have a national license.
Visit to learn more.


Stories about legislative initiative to expand Opportunity Scholarship

Several news outlets have reported on a legislative initiative to expand the Opportunity Scholarship. Here are some of the stories:

02/05/2021 AP News by Cedar Attanasio : “New Mexico legislature considers college tuition funding”

02/05/21, KOB News, “New Mexico Legislature considers college tuition funding”

Library Spring 2021 Curbside Services

The SFCC Library is offering curbside services for the spring semester. Students, faculty, and staff may request library items for pickup here:

Students may request printing services for curbside pickup here:

Curbside hours are

  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays
  • by appointment.

Send questions to:

Migrating Songbirds - Small and Mighty March 9

Migrating Songbirds – Small and Mighty, an online presentation with Lenny Gannes, Ph.D.
at 1 p.m. March 9, 2021.

Register to attend:

This event is sponsored by the SFCC Library.


Midtown Campus news

Several news stories in recent weeks indicated that the Midtown Campus developer wanted to end its contract with the city and the City Council has ended the agreement. SFCC is a partner in the Midtown Campus planning.

2/10/21, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Santa Fe City Council hears development options for midtown campus”

1/28/2021, Santa Fe New Mexican, Santa Fe agrees to terminate midtown development contract”

Jan. 28, Santa Fe Reporter, “Lights out for Midtown master developer: Council to reconvene evaluation team and consider alternative”

12/16, Santa Fe New Mexican, Editorial: “Developer’s exit brings new midtown opportunities”

Image: Santa Fe Higher Education Center is on the edge of the Midtown Campus.

American Red Cross classes offered Spring 2021

Opportunities for American Red Cross training are available, register now at with the CRN listed below. For more information, call 428-1608, or click the course title to view a flyer.

First Aid & CPR/AED
Friday, February 12
CRN 30691 HLED 1120

Water Safety Instructor Course
April 9 – 18
CRN 30693 HLED 1140

Kids Campus resumed programming on Jan. 4

Kids Campus resumed programming on Monday, Jan. 4 and will continue serving children (infants – Pre K) Monday – Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Wait list applications are available online at


Register now for CE cooking classes and more in February

Want to get healthy this winter? Or just have fun? Check out the many CE classes that start soon.

Employees use your EEB Benefit. Need assistance with registration? Call 505-428-1676 or email


Media related to ERP system initiative to assist students

Many stories, columns and radio interviews are highlighting the Shared Services Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) initiative including these:

2/11/21, PR Newswire, Five New Mexico Colleges Band Together to Share One Enterprise Technology System

1/22/2021, KTRC radio, Northern New Mexico College President Rick Bailey and President Becky Rowley explore the benefits students will experience with a new technology system shared by five colleges on the Richard Eeds Show on KTRC.

1/7/2021, University Business, “5 New Mexico colleges launch groundbreaking partnership”

12/18/2020, Santa Fe New Mexican, “SFCC among 5 New Mexico colleges to collaborate on admissions/transfers”

12/12/20, Santa Fe New Mexican, “My View: Colleges introduce new collaborations.”

SFCC in the news

The following stories or radio shows either featured or mentioned SFCC or one of its employees.

1/29/21,KSWV, Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos shares her educational journey

1/16/21, The Santa Fe New Mexican, “Moving Arts Española, Moving on Up” Story mentions possible SFCC collaboration.

1/11/21 Santa Fe New Mexican, “New Mexico Education Department seeks more funds for Opportunity Scholarship”

1/9/21, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe celebrates 35 years”

12/18/20, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Estevan Ortega at the Visual Arts Gallery”

Student Spotlight

Northern New Mexico College Virtual Transfer Visit 1 p.m. Feb. 16

Find Your Future at Northern New Mexico College

Coming up this Tuesday, February 16th from 1 to 3 p.m., Northern New Mexico College is hosting an ALL MAJORS – INFO SESSION via ZOOM. Log on to learn more about the admissions process and all that NNMC has to offer.

Please email Louise Majorey for the ZOOM Link @

TRIO accepting student applications

The TRIO Program is recruiting new students. Student Support Services (SSS) TRIO is a federally funded grant program designed to work with 160 Santa Fe Community College students. The program serves income-eligible students, first-generation students and students with disabilities. Please encourage students to apply to participate in TRIO.

TRIO continues to serve students with tutoring and other resources in an online capacity.

TRIO provides the following services:

  • Tutoring: math, science and writing
  • Cultural, educational and community service events
  • Workshops: FAFSA, financial literacy, online learning, study skills, self-care, self-advocacy
  • Scholarship Assistance
  • Transfer to a 4-year college or university
  • Academic coaching with a personalized success plan
  • Career exploration

Find applications and more information at TRIO Student Services. Questions? Contact or call 505-428-1130.


Student Weekly Connection Feb. 12

This week’s Student Success newsletter, SFCC Weekly Connection contains great information about resources, transfer opportunities, and student activities events, and Black History Month!


Submit your work for Katie Besser Student Art and Writing Awards

When inspiration strikes, remember to submit your work for the Katie Besser Student Art and Writing awards!

Categories include Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction/Academic Essay, Text & Image.

For more informataion on prizes and how to submit your work, visit:


New Mexico Tech Open House Feb. 20

Research @ Tech Day
February 20, 2021
noon to 3 p.m.

Log on to learn more about all that NM Tech has to offer. Research @ Tech Day is a chance for prospective students and their families to learn more about academic programs from Tech faculty, as well as various student services such as financial aid, housing, student clubs, and more.

Learn more and RSVP: Research @ Tech Day


WNMU Virtual Transfer Workshop March 2

Interested in becoming a teacher? Interested in transferring to and studying at Western New Mexico University?

Then plan on attending the upcoming
WNMU School of Education Virtual transfer workshop
3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 2

Representatives from the Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary and Special Education departments, as well as from Admissions and Financial Aid will be available to answer all your questions about transferring and completing a teaching degree.

To RSVP and be sent the event Zoom link please reach out to Renee at,

ENMU Virtual Visit 1 p.m. March 4

Eastern New Mexico University will be hosting a Virtual Visit session from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 4. Admissions staff will be available to answer all your questions and can help with the transfer application.

Click here at the scheduled time to join the visit.

If you cannot make this time or prefer a one on one session, feel free to schedule a thirty-minute virtual session to meet with one of our staff members or a fifteen-minute phone call here: or reach out anytime to Michael at 575.562.2182 or Shawn at 575.562.2406.


Employee Announcements

Sydney Scherr featured artist on Artsy Shark

Sydney Scherr is head of the Jewelry and Metal Arts program at Santa Fe Community College, according to her bio at

Sydney’s art is featured in the Art Business website, Artsy Shark. In the feature, she describes herself as a visual storyteller.

Photo: “Phoenix” Cloisonné Enamel Necklace/Brooch by Sydney Scherr


Sign up to read for the Faculty and Staff Annual Springtime Reading

Readings in the Library: Faculty and Staff Annual Springtime Reading
5 to 6 p.m. May 6, 2021

All faculty and staff are invited to read their original creative work aloud at this beloved and supportive springtime event. To sign up to read, email

January WOWs! Edward Segura and Frances Valdez

The WOW nominees for the month of January are Edward Segura and Frances Valdez! Congratulations and thanks for your outstanding work!

Edward Segura nominated by Michelle Harding -Collectively OIT is professional and responds quickly to SFCC employees. I have dealt with Mr. Edward Segura numerous times this week and he has consistently provided the utmost professional customer service while taking care of the needs of others. His helpful yet calm demeanor serves well when talking some off the ledge when disaster strikes.

Frances Valdez nominated by Aamna Nayyar-I am nominating Frances Valdez [from Jackie Gutierrez’s office]. Frances is very professional and efficient. In this COVID-19 campus closure, she is one of those who keeps positive and make sure that her duties are done on time.

NAPE Micromessaging Webinar Feb. 17

Micromessaging to Reach and Teach Every Student™
This webinar addresses gender- and culturally based implicit biases that occur in the classroom and manifest through “micromessages.” This unique program provides participants with an awareness of the power of micromessages, including looks, gestures, tone of voice, or the framing of feedback that subtly yet powerfully shape our culture, our classrooms, and the individuals within them.
10 to 11:30 q.m. Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Register now for this and other FREE Nape Webinars today!

The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) grant funds are supporting this professional development. If you have any questions, please contact Ann Black at or 928-779-4584.


NAPE Culturally Responsive Teaching Webinar March 5

Eliminating Barriers through Culturally Responsive Teaching
This toolkit is intended to help educators develop mindsets to meet the needs of their students and to implement curriculum that utilizes students’ cultural perspectives and home or community knowledge. Culturally responsive teaching is when educators relate content and instructional strategies to the cultural backgrounds of their students. Through a process of examination, reflection, and action, educators investigate their own experiences with Culturally Responsive Pedagogy (CRP) and develop a unique CRP reflection tool customized to their specific context for use in evaluating practices. Please note, this webinar is part of SFCC’s Professional Development Day, and is an afternoon workshop option.
3 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 5, 2021

Register now for this and other FREE Nape Webinars today!

The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) grant funds are supporting this professional development. If you have any questions, please contact Ann Black at or 928-779-4584.


Employees: Conversation with the President video available

Employees: Save the Date - Professional Development Day on March 5

Employees: Please save 8:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 5 for Professional Development Day. A subcommittee of SFCC’s President’s Diversity Advisory Committee is working with other collaborators to present a dynamic conference day of online workshops and interaction revolving around equity, diversity and inclusion. The overall theme is Anti-Racist Leadership.

As the day gets closer, you’ll be getting more details.

How to enroll for COVID 19 vaccine

Please see the President’s update from Jan. 8 to see how to enroll for the COVID-19 vaccine.

SFCC encourages you to enroll soon, so our state can more effectively distribute the vaccine and notify you when vaccine doses will be available in your area.

NOVID phone app: The City of Santa Fe has partnered with NOVID to slow the spread of the virus. Download the free app at Read more about the app in this Dec. 15 Santa Fe Reporter story, “Spread the Word, not COVID-19.”

Since the update was released, there has been additional information about the phases of distribution. Read more here.


Gerard Martinez y Valencia shares opinion in My View column

Gerard Martinez y Valencia shared his opinion in the Jan. 17 issue of of the Santa Fe New Mexican in the “My View: Seize opportunity for cultural healing.”


Reminder: Don't speak to ERP vendors

In an email on Dec. 15, President Rowley shared an ERP update.

She stated: After months of incredibly hard work by dozens of our colleagues here and at our partner colleges at CNM, Clovis Community College, Northern New Mexico College, and San Juan College with the Shared Services Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) initiative, I am pleased to announce that our Shared Services ERP Request for Proposals will be posted on Friday, Dec. 18…
Later in the full message she notes,

“Thank you to our coworkers who have dedicated many hours to the Shared Services ERP RFP. Thank you, also, to all of you for continuing to honor the mandate that we must avoid all vendor contact now through the awarding of the contract next summer. We have already received a lot of outreach from vendors, and that has not been limited to those in OIT. Therefore, please remember to avoid responding to vendors. Should you hear from a vendor, please refer them to Gerrie Becker, Chief Procurement Officer for the RFP, 505-224-4551. Gerrie is the only person authorized to speak with vendors.”


Let's help slow the spread of the virus

Human Resource Director Luis Olivas shared this message on Nov. 20:
With COVID-19 cases increasing to the highest levels we have seen since the start of the pandemic, I just want to remind everyone of a few important pieces of information.

• Public health orders require that everyone wear a mask at all times outside of your home.

Social distance in public and avoid gatherings with people outside your household.

• 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. A new testing site at 2501 Camino Entrada at Fire Station #7 is open 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

• If you do contract COVID-19, seek medical attention immediately. Notify your supervisor and human resources, these cases need to reported, we are 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

Remember to wash your hands for a full 20 seconds!

Submit nominations for WOW awards

The Office of Human Resources reminds you to nominate who you think is doing a great job here at SFCC. The nomination form can be found at the SFCC Connect portal, or by reaching out to Joanne Romero


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.

Please review equity statements and provide comments by 2/18

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The Equity Task Force is excited to share two working drafts of the Equity Statement. The Equity Statement is a collaborative project highlighting and demonstrating SFCC’s commitment to equity, belonging, and inclusivity. Your participation is essential to the success of this effort.

Please take a moment to review, reflect and provide your input. Please provide feedback by Thursday, February 18.

Please click here for information and instructions:
American Sign Language (ASL)

If you have any questions, please contact
We look forward to your thoughts.