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Indigenous Peoples Club visits legislature

Members of SFCC’s Indigenous Peoples Club and SFCC college officials met with Sen. Benny Shendo, D-Jemez Pueblo, at the Roundhouse on Feb. 8. They asked for his endorsement as SFCC seeks to become a Native American Serving Institution. The college will host a major event with New Mexico tribes on May 28 at the college that will address that issue.

All of the participants received a certificate recognizing their participation on American Indian Day.

Photo: Left to right: Indigenous Peoples Club members Carmen Varela (student and tutor), Sara Eagle Pieper, Cheyenne Benally (guest: daughter of Christine Charging Cloud), Christine Charging Cloud, Marvin Gabaldon, Bernadette Gonzales and Hamilton Tafoya.

News and Announcements

Please participate in Accreditation visits on Feb. 17 and 18

SFCC will host a Peer Review Team from the Higher Learning Commission on Monday and Tuesday, February 17 – 18. This is the site visit required as part of our Reaffirmation of Accreditation. A series of meetings will be held in order for the team to verify our compliance with the HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation. See SFCC-CQR-Final-Schedule. After the visit, the Peer Review Team will submit a report to SFCC and the Commission with their findings. This will help to determine the future accreditation pathway for the College.

Please read: Criteria for Accreditation.

Please mark these important times on your calendars:

3:45 to 4:45 p.m. Mon. Feb. 17 Open Forum for Faculty in Jemez Rooms.

9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Tues. Feb. 18 Open Forum for Staff in Jemez Rooms.

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.


Fishbowl events:
Feb. 20 and 21

PDAC has scheduled its first fishbowl event. 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.

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 19
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Jemez Room 1 Poet Tyrone Wright and “PBS Reconstruction Part II” (Post Civil War) introduced by Dr. Steve Martinez, Ph.D., SFCC history professor.
February 20
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Jemez Room 1 The MASTERS Program NAACP Youth “Justice and Culture” discussion and “I Am Me” video.


SFCC Planetarium Event: From Earth to the Universe

Journey from Earth to the universe with the SFCC Planetarium!
For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit

$8 for adults (13+);
$5 for SFCC students, seniors (60+), military, and kids (under 13)

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

Give Kids a Smile Day at Kids Campus: a big success!

Thanks for a WONDERFUL Give Kids a Smile Day- SFCC Kids Campus- Feb 6, 2020!

Free dental education: 98 kids
Free oral health screenings: 50 kids

Faculty and the dental assisting students
La Familia Dental staff (Dr. Edwin Steffy, Dr. Julia Atkinson, Dr. Lidia Ausberry and Tina Broderick, RDH
Teachers and staff of SFCC’s Kids Campus
#AmericanDentalAssociation (ADA) Foundation and #Colgate (for free toothbrush and toothpaste giveaways)

Read more and see more photos here.

For information on SFCC’s Department of Dental Health, please contact Dr. Aamna Nayaar or call 505-428-1258.

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.

Gerald Clay Basketball tournament - online registration now available

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. Click on the link below to learn more about registration and how to volunteer.


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:


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.

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


SFCC in the news

The following stories either featured or mentioned SFCC.

Santa Fe New Mexican, 2/07/20, “Guitar Hero 101”

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

OIT Maintenance 7 a.m. Feb. 23

OIT will be performing system maintenance from 7 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. All systems will be affected by intermittent outages.

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

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.

Student Spotlight

SGA Potato Bar noon on Feb. 19

sga_logo The Student Government Association is hosting a baked potato bar for students from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19 in the Campus Center.

Facebook Career Connections Fellowships (Internships)*

DEADLINE, 3 p.m. February 28: 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 visit this week: Bellevue

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 school:

Bellevue University
Thursday, February 20
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



Spring Transfer Fair 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 3

Are you graduating this spring and planning the next steps on your career pathway?

Explore transfer options by meeting with admissions representatives from over ten area colleges and universities. Learn more about four-year degrees and plan your next steps after graduating.

Spring 2020 Transfer Fair
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tuesday, March 3
Outside the Welcome and Advising Center in the Main Hallway.


Employee Announcements

Excellence and Team Award nominations

SFCC’s Office of Human Resources welcomes everyone to participate in the nomination for the Employee Excellence and Team Award for the 2020 Service Awards, which will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. April 29. Please read the nomination form for qualifications before nominating an Employee or Team.

Deadline to submit nominations is Friday, March 13, 2020!
Employee Excellence Award Nomination Online Form.
Team Excellence Award Nomination Online Form.


The walking group is back!

The Walking Group is convening again every Friday 12-1 PM in front of the Fitness Education Center. If you are interested to walk in our beautiful SFCC backyard, explore the Spur Trail and get your dose of Vitamin D, send an email to to be placed on the email list for weekly updates and reminders.

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 Telles 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:

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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