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‘Celebration of the Book’ opened with a festive reception

A steady stream of visitors filled the Visual Arts Gallery for the opening reception of the “Celebration of the Book.

The college hosted a festive opening reception for the “Celebration of the Book” exhibition on Feb. 15. The exhibition continues through March 22.

All of the artists represented in the exhibition are members of the Santa Fe Book Arts Group or Libros New Mexico Book Arts Guild. They use a wide range of materials, designs, and techniques to create original works of sculptural, two-dimensional, or multi-dimensional book art.

The exhibition will close a six-month “Celebration of the Book.” To view a list of all events, visit

Dean James (Jim) Wysong, Ed.D., welcomed everyone to the exhibition. He recognized the Santa Fe Book Arts Group and Libros New Mexico Book Arts Guild for the year-long book arts celebration. He also thanked Patricia Peace, Director of the Center of Book Arts and Printmaking; Linda Cassel , Director of Art on Campus; and J. David Jones, Media Arts Print Lab Technician for their work in organizing the exhibition and reception.

Director of Art on Campus Linda Cassel said, “SFCC is thrilled to host the final event for the “Celebration of the Book.” This will give everyone an opportunity to see the full exhibition and to meet the artists who have enriched our community. SFCC has a strong Printmaking and Book Arts program, where many of the featured artists developed their talents.”

The Santa Fe Book Arts Group is a 501(c)3 non-profit that provides resources and opportunities for book artists to learn and share the skills of their craft. BAG consists of about 200 members who participate in monthly meetings, workshops, exhibits, and collaborative projects.

The SFCC Visual Arts Gallery is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information about the SFCC Visual Arts Gallery, contact Director of Art on Campus Linda Cassel via email at or call 505-428-1501.

Thank you to Dean James Wysong and J. David Jones for sharing images from the opening! Click on images to see them larger.

Participate in Black History Month event 11:15 a.m. -1 p.m. Wed., Feb. 28

Please encourage students to attend SFCC’s Black History Month event, a student and employee discussion panel. Employees are also encouraged to attend. We strongly encourage attendees to not only enjoy a meal, but also to stay and engage in meaningful conversations with our esteemed panelists of students and employees.

Wednesday, February 28
Jemez Rooms
11:15 a.m. -1 p.m.

Sponsored by Student Activities and PDAC.

SFCC main campus to close for Professional Development Day on March 1

No college services or classes on March 1

SFCC will not offer any services or classes on Friday, March 1, while faculty and staff participate in a campus-wide Professional Development Day. Professional Development Day is one of the initiatives of the college that provides ways to support SFCC students in achieving their educational goals.

SFCC’s main campus (6401 Richards Avenue) including the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center will be closed on March 1.

The Santa Fe Higher Education Center, 1950 Siringo Road, will observe regular office hours on March 1.

SFCC’s Kids Campus will also be open and observe regular hours on March 1.

Employees should watch their emails for information regarding Professional Development Day.

Alumna recognized for her ASL interpreting work in North Carolina

Kimberly Martin-Engel was awarded the AAS in American Sign Language Interpreting from SFCC on 5/12/2000.

SFCC is thrilled to learn that Kim Martin was recognized in North Carolina for her work in that field. Read this story from Education NC: A long time educator and advocate for the deaf wins statewide award for interpreting

OIT Maintenance Feb. 25 & 29

OIT will be performing maintenance from 6 a.m. to noon on Sunday, February 25, 2024. All systems will be affected by intermittent outages.

OIT will be performing network maintenance Thursday, February 29, 2024 beginning at 10 p.m. This maintenance will cause network, internet and VPN outages during this time.

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

ECCOE Brain Builders Series Feb. 23: Building Protective Supports for Vulnerable Children and Families

The 2023-2024 speaker series focuses on infants and toddlers and the amazing work that goes into brain development during the earliest years. View a PDF of the schedule here and see the entire list with registration links below:

February 23, 2024
12-1 pm Zoom
Building Protective Supports for Vulnerable Children and Families
Dr. Brenda Jones Harden; Zero to Three & Columbia University School of Social Work
Adriana E. Molina; Allies for Every Child
Michele Harwood; CASA First
Register Here

SFCC representatives attended Hispano Round Table of New Mexico 29th annual tribute to Hispano legislators

Left to right: Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos, Ed.D.; Representative Tanya Mirabal Moya; SFCC Foundation Board President Jeff Szabat; Executive Director SFCC Foundation Kelly Marquez; Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Ivan Lopez Hurtado, Ph.D.; Governing Board Member Lina Germann and President Becky Rowley, Ph.D., attended the Hispano Round Table of New Mexico’s annual tribute dinner to Hispano legislators.

See Black History Month displays in SFCC Library

Stop by the SFCC Library to see the displays for Black History Month.

Diné storyteller Manny Loley, Ph.D., will read at 6 p.m. Wed. and lead creative session Feb. 28

Diné storyteller Manny Loley, Ph.D.

 Register at

SFCC Library announced Diné storyteller Manny Loley, Ph.D., will be the next speaker in  The Writing Generation Series with an online reading at 6 p.m. Feb. 21 and a follow-up creative session at 6 p.m. Feb. 28.

This free online series is open to the public and consists of two types of events: Readings by writers and creative sessions when attendees will be given writing prompts and time to write. Featured speaker Manny Loley, Ph.D., will read a selection of his writings on Feb. 21 and will follow-up with a creative session on Feb. 28.  Register at will receive a Zoom link the morning of the event.

Manny Loley bio:

Manny Loley is a Diné storyteller. He earned a Ph.D. in English and literary arts from the University of Denver, and an M.F.A. in fiction from the Institute of American Indian Arts. Loley is an inaugural In-Na-Po Fellow, and a member of Saad Bee Hózhǫ́: Diné Writers’ Collective. Since 2018, he has served as director of the Emerging Diné Writers’ Institute at Navajo Technical University. His work has found homes in Poetry Magazine, Pleaides Magazine, the Massachusetts Review, the Santa Fe Literary Review, Broadsided Press, the Yellow Medicine Review, and the Diné Reader: an Anthology of Navajo Literature, among others. His writing has been thrice nominated for Pushcart Prizes. Loley is at work on a novel titled, “They Collect Rain in Their Palms.”

As a Diné storyteller, Manny Loley writes in multiple genres including poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and sometimes in photographs. His poetry is written in both English and in Diné bizaad (Navajo language), which engages with ancestral and contemporary Diné experiences. Loley’s fiction pieces include short stories and excerpts from his novel in progress. His fiction blends genres to tell Diné stories that spans the cultural beauty, depth, grit, and complexity of Diné life. Central to Loley’s writing practice are the stories and teachings passed on to him by his grandparents, his mother, and his family. These stories and teachings are focal points in his creative nonfiction as he attempts to write thought provoking pieces that explores themes of storytelling praxis, what it means to be gay in Diné culture, and much more.

Bá Yáti’: Translating Our Worlds
Creative Generative Writing session on Feb. 28

Loley writes about the session, “In Diné thought, the storyteller can be viewed as a conduit for stories. While the storyteller may have autonomy to tell a variety of stories, there also exists a symbiotic relationship between human beings and the natural world. In fact, these two groups are not mutually exclusive but variations of people. Personhood, in Diné thought, extends beyond human beings to include the vast network of communicators that exist in the natural world. More than anything, it is recognized the natural world is a relative.

“To be in kinship as a storyteller is to honor this familial relationship through the act of translation, not only of languages but also of experience. How do we translate saad (i.e., words, language, speech, sound)? How do we translate experience? What are the possibilities of translation? These are some of the ideas and questions we’ll be thinking and writing about in this generative session.”

Manny Loley’s events are the second in the Generative Writing Series. Janna Lopez, Santa Fe Poet Laureate Ambassador, led the first two sessions in January. Later in the semester Serena Rodriguez will read at 6 p.m. March 20 and lead a creative session at 6 p.m. April 3.

On May 1, the first semester of the series will conclude with an online reading for participants from the previous events, as they get the chance to share their work.

Registration for all Writing Generation Series events is online at: Registrants will be notified of additional series events as they are added. All events are online. Zoom links will be sent to participants who register the morning of each event. Other writers participating in the series and the dates of their events will be announced in 2024.

Austin Eichelberger, assistant professor of English, Technical and Communications Lead Faculty, has worked closely with the Library to set up the series. Read more about SFCC’s Creative Writing program.

For more information on The Writing Generation Series, please contact SFCC Library Director Valerie Nye at or 505-428-1506.

Paralegals of Santa Fe Networking Group meets Feb. 22

SFCC Paralegal Studies program has created a networking group to bring together paralegals, legal assistants, and legal secretaries in Northern New Mexico. The group meets the fourth Thursday of the month, with the exception of March (Spring Break). The next meeting is 5:30 p.m., February 22 at the HEC.

Leaving Utopia: A Reading and Discussion with Miriam Sagan at 5 p.m. March 19

Pre-reregister for the 75-minute online event here:

Miriam Sagan will read from and discuss her novella, “Commune of the Golden Sun” (Cholla Needles, 2024). Four young protagonists leave the commune they were raised in in central New Mexico and go out in search of a wider world they’ve been told has been destroyed.
They find themselves in the process and heal broken intergenerational relationships.
The second half of the event will be an open discussion on tips for writing the short novel, using magical realism and speculative fiction, and writing a relief in difficult times.
Bio: Miriam Sagan is the author of over thirty books of poetry, fiction, and memoir. Her most recent include Castaway (Red Mountain, 2023) and A Hundred Cups of Coffee (Tres Chicas, 2019). She is a two-time winner of the New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards as well as a recipient of the City of Santa Fe Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and a New Mexico Literary Arts Gratitude Award. She has been a writer in residence in four national parks, Yaddo, MacDowell, Gullkistan in Iceland, Kura Studio in Japan, and
a dozen more remote and interesting places. She works with text and sculptural installation as part of the mother/daughter creative team Maternal Mitochondria (with Isabel Winson-Sagan) in venues ranging from RV parks to galleries. She founded and directed the creative writing program at Santa Fe Community College until her retirement.

Zoom invitations for the event will be sent out the morning of the reading. For more information, please contact SFCC Library Director Valerie Nye at or 505-428-1506.

CE hosted an art opening on Feb.1; see the art outside room 567

Visitors enjoyed checking out the art and having tasty treats at the CE art opening and reception.

SFCC’s Continuing Education hosted an art opening on Feb. 1. The art exhibit on display outside of Room 567 features work by CE instructors, as well as talented CE students. The art work will be on display until mid-May. Continuing Education offers more than two dozen art courses throughout the year. Browse through the CE catalog and learn more by visiting or email for more information. Thank you to Bella Marie for sharing the photos!

Aamna Nayyar spoke on KTRC and KSWV to recruit volunteers for free dental event

Aamna Nayyar, D.D.S, Director of the Dental Health Program

ICYMI: Director of the Dental Health Program Aamna Nayyar, D.D.S., shared a Call for Volunteers for the Santa Fe Mission of Mercy (MOM) event happening this April with KTRC 1260 | 103.7 Radio Host Richard Eeds.

Listen to the podcast.

Dr. Nayyar also shared information about the college’s dental certificate and degree programs that lead to good-paying careers in New Mexico, noted for a need for more professionals in this in-demand career. SFCC’s Dental Health Program is partnering with New Mexico Mission of Mercy (NM MOM) on a free, two-day dental/medical clinic. The event requires more than 1,000 volunteers. The free clinic provides basic dental care and limited medical treatment, consultation, and education. It’s April 26-27 at the Santa Fe Convention Center. Volunteer info is here.

Aamna Nayyar was interviewed by George Anaya on KSWV on Jan. 30. She spoke about the need for volunteers for the free dental event, Santa Fe Mission of Mercy.

SFCC had info table at STEAM Day at the capitol

SFCC’s table with information and interactive activities at STEAM Day at the capitol.

Dean Barry Hubbard, Ph.D., reports that faculty and staff from SFCC’s School of Trades, Advanced Technology and Sustainability staffed a table at STEAM Day at the capitol last week. Read more about the day’s activities in this report from the LANL Foundation in the Los Alamos Daily Post, “Students Speak Up At 2024 STEAM Day At The Legislature.”

STEM Kits – Name Rockets & Robot Necklaces!
Available at the SFCC Library

Free Name Rocket and Robot Necklace STEM Kits are available for kids ages 4-7 at the SFCC Library.  All materials are included in the kits courtesy of the Santa Fe Children’s Museum.

The number of kits we have are limited, so come by the library soon!

For more information contact:

International Holocaust Remembrance Day and Celebration of Black History Month

This message was sent on Jan. 30, 2024:

Dear SFCC Community,

Today we reflect on two significant events in our history: the International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the Celebration of Black History Month. Each community has endured incommensurable atrocities and yet have provided powerful legacies of strength, hope, and resiliency. Let us take a moment to reflect, honor, and celebrate these lives lost and their unyielding visions to keep their communities flourishing.

January 27 commemorates the anniversary and celebration of the liberation of those held in Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi extermination and death camp, in 1945. The United Nations affirmed that “The Holocaust, which resulted in the murder of one-third of the Jewish people, along with countless members of other minorities, will forever be a warning to all people of the dangers of hatred, bigotry, racism, and prejudice.” 

Black History Month is February, a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. In 1976, President Gerald Ford declared that we must “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” Since then, every American president has designated February as Black History Month and endorsed a specific theme.

The 2024 theme is dedicated to the global influence of African Americans in preserving their history and using memory as empowerment through the visual arts in performance, literature, fashion, folklore, language, film, music, architecture, culinary and other forms of artistic and cultural expression.

Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor, cautioned us that “To remain silent and indifferent is the greatest sin of all.” let it serve as a guiding reminder that we must remain steadfast in our efforts to fight for liberation of those who still struggle for the right to be free from persecution.

Kind regards,

President’s Diversity Advisory Committee (PDAC)
Becky Rowley, SFCC President
sj Miller, PDAC Co-chair
Marcos Maez, PDAC Co-chair

Día Internacional de la Conmemoración del Holocausto y celebración del Mes de la Historia Afroamericana

Estimada comunidad SFCC, 

Hoy reflexionamos sobre dos acontecimientos importantes de nuestra historia: el Día Internacional de la Conmemoración del Holocausto y la celebración del Mes de la Historia Afroamericana. Cada comunidad respectiva ha soportado atrocidades inconmensurables y, sin embargo, ha dejado poderosos legados de fuerza, esperanza y resiliencia. Tomémonos un momento para reflexionar, honrar y celebrar estas vidas perdidas y sus visiones inquebrantables de mantener florecientes sus comunidades. 

El 27 de enero se conmemora el aniversario y celebración de la liberación de los detenidos en Auschwitz-Birkenau, el mayor campo de exterminio nazi, en 1945. Las Naciones Unidas afirmaron que “El Holocausto, que resultó en el asesinato de un tercio de los judíos “La gente, junto con innumerables miembros de otras minorías, será para siempre una advertencia para todas las personas sobre los peligros del odio, la intolerancia, el racismo y los prejuicios.”

 El Mes de la Historia Afro Americana es febrero, tiempo para reconocer la importancia de los afroamericanos en la historia de Estados Unidos. En 1976, el presidente Gerald Ford declaró que debemos “aprovechar la oportunidad para honrar los logros de los afroamericanos, con demasiada frecuencia ignorados, en todos los ámbitos de nuestra historia.” Desde entonces, cada presidente estadounidense ha designado febrero como el Mes de la Historia Afroamericana y ha respaldado un tema específico. 

 El tema de 2024 está dedicado a la influencia global de los afroamericanos en la preservación de su historia y el uso de la memoria como empoderamiento a través de las artes visuales en la interpretación, la literatura, la moda, el folclore, el lenguaje, el cine, la música, la arquitectura, la gastronomía y otras formas artísticas y culturales expresión. 

 Elie Wiesel, un sobreviviente del Holocausto, nos advirtió que “permanecer en silencio e indiferente es el mayor pecado de todos.” Que sirva como recordatorio de que debemos permanecer firmes en nuestros esfuerzos para luchar por la liberación de aquellos que todavía luchan por el derecho a estar libres de persecución. 


Comité Asesor de Diversidad del Presidente (PDAC) 
Becky Rowley, Presidenta de SFCC 
sj Miller, Copresidente del PDAC 
Marcos Maez, Copresidente del PDAC 

SFCC partners with Grant County to offer free workforce training

File photo: SFCC’s popular fiber optics training.

SFCC has partnered with Grant County to offer free workforce development trainings. The popular workforce trainings offered by SFCC include online sessions for a Customer Service Bootcamp (on either February 20 and June 4) and Hospitality Industry Overview Trainings (Thursdays February 22 – March 21), as well as in-person certified fiber optic training (either May 13-17 or Oct. 28-Nov. 1).

Randy J. Hernandez, Planning and Community Development Director of Grant County, said, “I’m excited that Grant County, with funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, has partnered with Santa Fe Community College to conduct a series of workforce development trainings.  These free educational trainings are available to all employers, employees and the public with the intent to develop career-based opportunities that foster prosperity for individuals, businesses and our community while building a resilient and competitive workforce.”

“Santa Fe Community College is honored to work with Grant County and your communities,” SFCC Dean of Continuing Education and Contract Training Kris Swedin said, “We deliver quality workforce training tailored to the needs of employers and students. Completing students will earn SFCC Digital Badges that can be shared with employers to showcase their skills.”

Registration for the free classes for Grant County residents is through Grant County. Scroll down on the Grant County home web page and view under Latest News to see complete descriptions of these Workforce Development trainings: Customer Service Bootcamp,  Hospitality Industry Overview and Certified Fiber Optics Technician.

For details on the trainings being offered see the full press release.

Appointments open for free tax assistance

Service available from Jan. 29 to April 15

SFCC and AARP Foundation Tax-Aide will offer in-person tax assistance and preparation by appointment. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service. The services are provided by volunteers from the community. Appointments can be made now at Tax preparation services will be done on SFCC’s main campus in rooms 408 and 410.

The State Coordinator of AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program Gene Varela said, “We’re delighted to partner again with Santa Fe Community College to offer this free service through AARP’s Foundation. We require appointments.  Services are being offered in classrooms near the spacious Campus Center at SFCC.”

All appointments can be made online. Individuals who do not have internet access can call 505-428-1780 beginning Jan. 30. Appointments, which are expected to quickly fill, will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning Monday, Jan. 29 and ending Monday, April 15. For information, please leave a voicemail at 505-428-1780. Volunteers will return calls when possible. Multiple year returns may also require multiple appointments.

Tax-Aide services are not available during any holidays observed by SFCC including Spring Break from March 25 through April 1. Tax-Aide services will also observe all SFCC closures and weather delays. Appointments affected by weather delays or closures will be rescheduled. Visit to see notices of weather delays or closures.

Intake and other forms may be picked up at the site during tax preparation hours or you may download these forms at  Please arrive 15-30 minutes early for your appointment.

Please note: Individual appointments must be made for each member of a household or group that is filing a return. For taxpayers who are married and filing jointly, both individuals must be present to sign documents. Exceptions may be made only when a spouse is unable to be present due to health issues.

See details of what to bring at:

Become an ESL or Basic Literacy Tutor

Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe’s 12-hour training workshop prepares volunteers to tutor adults in English as a Second Language or Basic Literacy.

ESL Tutor Training
Orientation: Online, Thursday, April 11, 4-6 p.m.
Training: In Person, Friday, April 12 & Saturday, April 13, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
(There will also be a 2-hour follow-up workshop.)

Basic Literacy Tutor Training
Orientation: In person,  Thursday, February 29, 4-6 p.m.
Training: In person training Saturday, March 2, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (with a lunch break).

For more information, please call 505-428-1353 or visit to apply to be a tutor.

Volunteers needed; register now for NM MOM free dental event on April 26-27

Every year the New Mexico Mission of Mercy Dental Event travels to a different city in our state to offer free dental services to those most in need. This year, the event will be April 26-27 at the Santa Fe Convention Center. The group needs about 1,000 volunteers to help with the event. SFCC is a major partner in this event. SFCC’s Dental Health Program Director Dr. Aamna Nayyar and a team from SFCC’s Health and Sciences will be working with volunteers to get ready for the event. Any and all volunteers from the community are encouraged to apply before April 9 at You can also register by scanning the QR code in the graphic above.

The free dental clinic will help underserved New Mexicans. The free service will include everyone from homeless veterans to working adults who do not have the funds to pay for dental care. Many young children are served during the event.

Be a part of the largest charity event in the state!

When you register you can let organizers know when you would be able to volunteer. Volunteers are needed throughout the event. No special skills are required. Invite your neighbors and friends to participate with you. When you register you’ll be given information on available meals during volunteer hours, etc.

SFCC shared how it serves student parents with a roundtable discussion and tour of family-friendly spaces

A group of presenters, parenting students and members of SFCC’s leadership team and the Family U national leadership gathered for a photo. Deputy Cabinet Secretary of New Mexico Department of Higher Education Patricia Trujillo, Ph.D., is standing second from the left between President Becky Rowley Ph.D., and Family U Student Parent Fellow Vanessa Rodriguez. Governing Board member Lina Germann is standing second from the right.

SFCC leadership, staff and students participated in a dynamic roundtable discussion with national leadership of Family U, an initiative of Generation Hope.  SFCC is one of the seven colleges in the country participating in the 2022-24 Family U Cohort. The Family U Cohort is a comprehensive, customized, evidence-based, two-year capacity-building experience designed to build and refine institutional competencies to improve student parent success. In partnership with institutional staff and student parents, colleges and universities participate in peer learning convenings and campus-focused independent coaching sessions.

Following the presentations and discussion, a campus tour with support staff and several student parents highlighted the family-friendly spaces on campus. The front-page Santa Fe New Mexican story on Feb. 9 by Margaret O’Hara, “SFCC offers resources for students to attend college, parent at the same time,” shared insightful comments from SFCC students and highlights from the tour.

Thank you to all who assisted in the family-friendly campus spaces tour, which visited the planetarium, SFCC Library, Campus Cupboard, The Exchange, Science on a Sphere and many other spots. Andrea Mueller, assistant director for facilities and campus planning at SFCC, and Jenelle Romero, student parent led the tours.

Learn more about Parenting Student Resources.

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Important deadlines approaching

Career and Major Exploration Workshops

SFCC’s Exploratory Academic Advisors and Career & Transfer Advisor will be hosting a Career and Major Exploration Workshop series on February 13, March 5, and April 9. All SFCC students are welcome to attend any and every workshop in this series to learn about how to make career and major decisions using self-reflection! Join us in Room 212 or use the QR code to get the meeting link from the Career and Transfer Services webpage! All workshops begin at Noon.

Workshop 1: February 13 Introduction to Self-Exploration
Workshp 2: March 5, Career and Major Self-Reflection
Workshop 3: April 9, Now What? Putting It All Together

Please contact with any questions.

Family Friendly Study Hours are from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursdays in the Library Family Study Room

Transfer Fair 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 20 in Main Hallway

SFCC Career and Transfer Services will be hosting a Transfer Fair in the Main Building Main Hallway. Representatives from 4-year schools will be on campus to talk to SFCC students about their academic programs.

Questions? Call 505-428-1406 or email

Family Financial Literacy – English Section begins Feb. 27

LANL Foundation Career Pathways Scholarship application is open

Applications are now open for LANL Foundation Career Pathways Scholarships. Please note it will take time to fill out an application. Applications are due by April 1. Apply here.

Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors Spring 24 begins Feb. 21
Parents can earn $250 gift card for completion

SFCC Early Childhood Center of Excellence and Fathers New Mexico are co-facilitating this 10-week parent leadership class, using the national Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors curriculum. Each session focuses on a “dicho” or popular saying to anchor the lesson and centers you as your child’s first teacher. Topics promote school readiness, being an advocate for your child, parent leadership, positive use of technology, civic engagement, and goal-setting for family success. 

All participants must have at least one child age 0-3. Parents age 24 and under will receive priority registration to meet program funding guidelines. If more than one adult from your family would like to take part, please fill out a registration form for each of you.

Registered participants are expected to attend all 10 sessions and will receive gift cards worth $250 for attending all 10 approximately two weeks after class ends.

Classes are 6:00-8:00pm ONLINE via Zoom:  
Wednesday, February 21 and 28
Wednesday, March 6, 13, and 29

No Class March 27 for spring break at SFCC
Wednesday, April 3, 10, 17, and 24
Wednesday, May 1

Congratulations Fall Graduates

Important information for Fall Graduates from the Office of the Registrar:


Diplomas will be sent by the end of January, both digitally and through traditional mail.
(This is the one you put in a frame.)

Official Transcripts

You may go online to request your official transcripts at Transcripts are your official, legal document to show you have been awarded a degree or certificate.
(This is the one you send to your employer, transfer college, etc.)


Please monitor your emails during the week of Feb 5-9 for an invitation to the Spring 2024 Commencement Ceremony. The Commencement Ceremony will be held on May 11, 2024.
(This is the celebration of your achievement/s.)

Commencement regalia (cap, gown, and tassel) information is pending. Continue to check your email and announcements for information when it becomes available. Commencement details will be in your invitation. 

Explore opportunities to work with young children

There are three options at SFCC to build your résumé, gain early childhood work experience and get paid! Check out the APRENDE Early Childhood Teacher Apprenticeship Program, apply for work study positions at Kids Campus by contacting, or Child Care On Call worker positions.

Petition to Graduate in Spring 2024

If you are eligible to graduate, you can now submit your petition to graduate next spring. The application opened in MySFCC on December 10. Graduates will be able to RSVP for spring commencement beginning in February.

Follow Student Parent Success Program on social media!

Financial Aid News: 2024-2025 FAFSA now open ; SFCC scholarship and loan applications open

The Department of Education announced that the newly overhauled 2024-25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, opened to students and families by December 31, 2023.

The SFCC Spring 2024 Scholarship Application will be available on January 2, 2024.
The SFCC Spring 2024 Student Loan Application will be available on January 2, 2024.

Questions? Call 505-428-1268 or email

Mark your calendars for HESI Nursing Admission Exams in Jan. and Feb.

East Wing Eatery is hiring student employees

The East Wing Eatery needs student employees. Contact Rosina Chaparro at to learn more and apply.

Student Writing Awards – submit entries through March 1, 2024

Entries are being accepted for the SFCC writing awards now through 12 noon on March 1, 2024.
Categories include poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, academic essay, image/photography, instructor-nominated, & en español. Winners receive $50 and runners-up receive $25

Winners, runners-up, and honorable mentions will all be published in Accolades, will be invited to read at the celebration, and will also be considered for the SFCC Foundation Richard Bradford Memorial Creative Writing Scholarship.

  • Applicants must be enrolled in at least three credits and should not yet have earned a degree.
  • Entries should be no more than 5 pages in length, typed, and attached as Word documents (or jpgs for images/photography).
  • No more than 6 submissions, excluding instructor nominations.
  • Please remove any identifying information from the entries.

Email submissions (or questions) to Please include name, A#, phone number, and the titles & categories of entries.

Counseling services available for students

Apply now for AwardSpring Scholarships

Here are the requirements that must be met for all Foundation scholarships for the Fall 2023 semester:

  • GPA (2.5 or higher)
  • Completion Rate (67% or higher)
  • Satisfactory Academic Status
  • Enrollment (6 credit hours or higher)
  • FAFSA on file
  • Completed Financial Aid file

For more assistance and information, please contact The Financial Aid office at

Schedule an online FAFSA appointment

Students who need FAFSA assistance can now schedule an appointment via a Calendly link. There are no longer weekly virtual FAFSA hours during the fall semester. 

Scheduling via Calendly allows students to schedule a specific time, allowing the time needed to complete their FAFSA. At this time, with many students inquiring for FAFSA assistance, the virtual hours wouldn’t allow for great one-on-one assistance.

Seeking Student Recruitment Ambassador

Are you outgoing and enjoy working with people? Join our student recruitment team!

The Office of Recruitment and Student Outreach is hiring a Student Recruitment Ambassador to assist with leading campus tours for individuals and large groups, to support SFCC’s Recruitment and Dual Credit team and assist with projects as needed. Our Ambassador will also participate in community and Santa Fe Public School events like college and career fairs and application drives.

Please contact Daniela Gurule at or 505-428-1149 if you are interested!

Interested in helping others? Campus Cupboard is seeking student employees

Interested in helping others? Campus Cupboard is hiring three Students as Campus Cupboard, The Exchange and Office Ambassadors.

Interested call 505-428-1582  or email

Students will work a maximum 20 hours per week. Must be registered for at least 3 CR in summer and 6 CR in fall and maintain a minimum of a 2.5 GPA. Pay is $15/hour. Students do not need to be work-study eligible.

Ambassadors make a difference by providing excellent customer service, completing and fulfilling online and in-person orders, coordinating on-campus delivery events, maintaining inventory reports and ensuring products are readily available, maintaining a positive atmosphere, ensuring the cleanliness of space, and providing other opportunities to make a difference. Assist with campus events and activities. Ambassadors may have some physical requirements to fulfill.

Students: Need childcare? Make sure you’re on the Kids Campus waitlist

When a spot comes available at the Kids Campus, students get priority placement. Kids Campus wants to support student parents and hopes that those needing childcare will get on the waitlist.

Children of degree-seeking SFCC students, SFCC employees, and full-time students at the Higher Education Center are prioritized for placement to support a two-generation philosophy of education at the college.

Visit the Kids Campus website for more information. Students receive a 10% discount on the cost of Kids Campus and N.M. Early Childhood Education and Care Development offers Child Care Assistance to income-eligible students.

Student Resource Center is here for you

Connect with Community Resources
The Student Resource Center focuses on providing information to students about resources throughout the community and providing appropriate referrals to agencies. The resources focus on basic needs such as: housing and shelter, food, legal services, transportation, childcare services, utility payment assistance, and physical and mental health services. All services are free and confidential.

Conèctese con los Recursos de la Comunidad El Centro de Recursos para Estudiantes se enfoca en proporcionar información a los estudiantes sobre los recursos en toda la comunidad y proporcionar referencias apropiadas a las agencias. Los recursos se centran en necesidades básicas como: vivienda y refugio, alimentos, servicios legales, transporte, servicios de cuidado infantil, asistencia para el pago de servicios públicos y servicios de salud física y mental. Todos los servicios son gratuitos y confidenciales.

505–428-1194 | |

sj Miller, Ph.D., will serve as consultant on a major research project

sj Miller, Ph.D.

Congratulations to sj Miller, Ph.D., a professor of Teacher Education, who will serve as a consultant on a major research project. Dr. Miller shared this information about the project:

Project Title: A novel approach for equitable characterization of gender and its use in exposing subgroup discrepancies in polygenic score associations. Funded by National Human Genome Research Institute. Multiple Investigators: Dr. Jacob Michaelson and Dr. John Strang, $1,400,003 over 4 years. Dr. sj Miller, Consultant.

ABSTRACT: Minoritized groups, such as gender minorities, do not currently benefit from medical research when multiple genetic factors such as height or skin color, or suicide risk are influenced by two or more genes. The research suggests that sex and gender must be parsed in order for predictors of accuracy. Biomedical research relies on a checklist or write-in of gender identity descriptors, which do not capture the continuous and simultaneous nature of dimensional binary and nonbinary gender experiences. This absence perpetuates the exclusion of gender and its intersection with designated sex in genetic research. This research seeks to close this gap by calibrating and genetically characterizing the Gender Self-Report (GSR), a broadly disseminable method for obtaining measurable data. The proposed research will provide value to gender minority groups by seeking a better understanding of how multiple genetic factors within the scores apply specifically to them, and not just the cisgender proportional majority.

Nicole Ferreira, Ph.D., invited to publish an article with PMLA, the journal of the Modern Language Association

Academic advisor Nicole Ferreira, Ph.D., was invited to publish an article with PMLA, the journal of the Modern Language Association. Her article is titled “What is the Value of the Persianate to Afghan Studies? Or, What Can Afghan History Tell Us About the Persianate?
Lessons from the 16th and 17th Centuries.” Dr. Ferreira’s work will be included in a special feature, “The Persianate,” to be published in PMLA in March 2024.

Dr. Ferreira received her doctorate from the University of California-Berkeley in 2022. Her article in PMLA is the culmination of archival work carried out in India and the United Kingdom, as well as academic presentations given at UCLA and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

In her research, Dr. Ferreira enjoys writing about topics like memory, humor, community-building, and storytelling. She loves translating these ideas into academic advising, seeing how students imagine and narrate their own “life stories” during their time in college. She is proud to work with an exceptionally accomplished group of academic advisors at SFCC.

You can access PMLA through JSTOR, included with your SFCC library account!

Nicole Ferreira, Ph.D., in Tajikistan, 2016

Duplicating Center accepting photos for SFCC Pet of the Month

Send pictures of your pet to Each month a pet will be chosen, and notepads will be available with their picture. The proud owner will receive a 36×36 poster of their pet.

The Duplicating Center hopes to collect enough pictures to create a 2025 SFCC Pet Calendar.


  • Must be a your own photo, no professional portraits
  • Must be submitted by the last week of each month

Contact Michael at the Duplicating Center with questions.

Workday Learning migration

SFCC has migrated the Learning Management System from KnowBe4 to Workday Learning.  If you had incomplete required training, you will be re-enrolled into the course in the new system.   The Office of Human Resources will hold training sessions over the next two weeks (dates/times to follow). A presentation and tip sheet that explains Learning Basics for all employees and managers is available on site at  Please remember, Workday Learning will not be replacing our Student LMS, Canvas.

January WOW – Katie Cadena Priebe

Congratulations to January 2024 WOW Award winner Katie Cadena Priebe nominated by Carrie Morgan Cannella:

“Because she is so very helpful and always has a smile for everyone!”

Please be sure to nominate who you think is doing a great job here at SFCC. The submission form can be found at the SFCC Connect portal, or by reaching out to Katie Cadena Priebe,

Jonathan Harrell, click for larger image

Jonathan Harrell enhances “Mariana Pineda” production with music

Academic Advisor Jonathan Harrell contributes his musical talent to the Teatro Paraguas production of Federica Garcia Lorca’s play “Mariana Pineda.” Harrell will be playing acoustic guitar during the production.

Harrell says, “Music was so important to Lorca, so it’s great to be able to provide some music for his play. My role is a sort of wandering guitarist, coming in and out of the scenes, playing in the background of key moments in the play. There’s a point where I accompany the lead character, Mariana, as she sings to herself right after meeting with her co-conspirators—they are all plotting to overthrow the king. The song that Lorca chose for that moment is from a 19th-century Spanish opera and it speaks perfectly to the underlying danger in the story. We adapted the original melody and came up with an arrangement that fits the quiet tension of the moment. I really like how it came out. “

The play runs  February 16 – March 3, 2024,  Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2:00 p.m. For more information visit:

Spring Online Teaching & Training Learning Opportunities

Online Teaching & Learning present opportunities for training funded by Title V this spring. Explore Quality Matters Workshops at Reach out to the OTL Department for more information. To register contact Michelle Renteria at or 505-428-1166.

Academic Referral Reminder

Please don’t forget about our early alert/academic referral process this spring semester. The academic referral form allows both faculty and academic advisors to support students in an intentional and comprehensive way – providing wrap around services to our students.

If you have a student who is struggling in the classroom, please let the advising team know via the academic referral form. The sooner the advisor learns of your concern through the form, which requires VPN access, the better as it increases their chance of successfully intervening and supporting faculty/students at a pivotal point in time.

The electronic form is located on
Click on SFCC Connect (Intranet)
Select Academic Referral 2023-24, under Featured Links (Left Side of Page)

Referrals are routed instantaneously to an advisor. Advisors reach out to their advisee via phone/email. They check in, explain the reason for their outreach, and determine how to best help based upon their dialogue with the student in addition to the information submitted within the referral. Depending upon the situation, advisors educate/offer options, provide holistic care, strategize with a student, make referrals to others on campus resources, etc. Once the concern is addressed, the advisor updates the referral status and enters their notes in the system, which will update the faculty member on the outcome of the referral if they log back in to check the status. Faculty access this information by clicking into the referral response via the email confirmation of their submission (click show approval history and then show approval comments).

If you have any questions and/or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out via phone at 505-428-1275 or by email at

Step-by-step academic referral guide

Shane Tolbert, Over Committed & Okay, 2023, Acrylic on Canvas, 52×32 in.
Shane Tolbert, Academic Director of Arts & Design

Shane Tolbert solo exhibition – Memory Dilemma at McClain Gallery in Houston
Jan. 13 – Feb. 24

McClain Gallery is happy to announce Shane Tolbert’s third solo exhibition: Memory Dilemma. The exhibition expounds on the artist’s process based work, including figurative drawings for the first time, alongside his painting and collage work. Playing off of Tolbert’s layering technique, the drawings reveal a cyclical return to imagery, thought process, and the way themes are honed through thoughtful play and automatic response.  Tolbert furthers his experimental practice and mines the studio as a place of potential: somewhere memory and experience, stored in his body and muscle, can translate onto canvas or paper and tell him something he didn’t know before. As Tolbert puts it: “[Memory and experience] accumulate in my emotional state each day I enter the studio and compound in the work over time like sedimentary layers of mudslides and volcanic ash.” Studio ephemera, like painter’s tape, often makes it into the finished work, as a reminder of the originating space. Read full press release at:

Generative AI Syllabus Policy Consults with Sarah Hood: one-on-one, small group or departmental

Want to create a Generative AI policy for your syllabus but not sure where to start? Sarah Hood is happy to provide a 1-on-1, small-group or departmental consultation. Book an appointment here:

WOW awards – nominate an outstanding coworker today!

The Office of Human Resources recognizes WOW recipients for their dedicated work and commitment to Santa Fe Community College.

Please be sure to nominate someone who you think is doing a great job here at SFCC.

The award is a $25.00 gift certificate from Amazon.
The submission form can be found at the SFCC Connect portal, Home » Online Forms/Surveys/Tests » Online Forms » Office of Human Resources or nominate by reaching out to Katie Cadena Priebe at

SFCC professor, SFLR contributors and artists participate in “Giving Voice to Image 11” exhibition at ViVO Contemporary through March 24

 Genevieve Betts, assistant professor at SFCC, is among the artists featured in “Giving Voice To Image 11” a collaboration of artists and local poets. Learn more about the exhibition in the recent ViVO Contemporary Newsletter. The show opened with a reading and reception on January 5 and runs January 5 – March 24. Several former and current SFLR contributors and art students are participating. (Noted below, there might be others who are unidentified.)

2024 Poet / Artist Pairings

H. Marie Aragon  /  Ilse Bolle (exhibited at SFCC)
Nancy Beauregard SFCC ALUM   /  Nina Glaser (in this year’s SFLR)
Genevieve Betts (SFCC faculty)  /  Barrie Brown
Mary Dezember  /  Norma Alonzo
Frank Falcone  /  Warren Keating
Joyce Hayden  /  Laurinda Stockwell
Michou Landon  / Tracy King 
Kristian Macaron  /  Gary Oakley (in this year’s SFLR)
Jeanne Simonoff  (in a past issue of SFLR) /  Ann Laser (exhibited at SFCC)
John Macker  /  Opening Poem
Daron Mueller  /  Closing Poem

Minds Apart V 16 x 18 x 4 Handmade Paper, Encaustic, Silk and Found Objects by Ilse Bolle

CHESS — Collaborative for Higher Education Shared Services

CHESS Connection Newsletter – February 14, 2024

If you’re wondering what’s happening with Workday, check out the latest CHESS Connection!

This new newsletter combines information about the wave 2 ERP schools, SIS, and Workday Learning as well as Workday support information.

Opt-In to get Student Parent Success newsletter

Did you know that more than 1 in 5 college students nationally is a parent and that 42% of student parents are enrolled at community colleges? The Student Parent Success Program, a program of the SFCC Early Childhood Center of Excellence, distributes a monthly student parent newsletter, events, and resources to student parents. Please help us reach more student parents – staff and faculty, use this form to opt-in to our emails so that you receive information on events, resources, and opportunities that you can share with student parents: And student parents, use the form on our webpage to opt-in to our emails directly:

New employees: We’d like to get to know you!

Staff Senate is encouraging new staff employees to come to an upcoming Staff Senate to introduce yourselves.

Campus Weekly would also love to introduce new staff and faculty members. Please send us your name, job title, when you started at SFCC, brief bio and photo (it can be a selfie!) to Submit News.

If you’re new to SFCC, we’d love to introduce you to the our community. We’re happy you’re working with us at SFCC!


Please help feed student success.

Consider a February donation to Campus Cupboard.

Donate to Campus Cupboard and have your donation doubled!

View SFCC Foundation Newsletter

Did you know that since Campus Cupboard was established it has been primarily funded through employee donations? More people in our SFCC community need to use the Campus Cupboard. Financial donations are needed to meet the demand. If you can donate now, your tax-deductible donation will be doubled. (Please note: The Campus Cupboard welcomes all and serves employees, as well as students who also are struggling with food insecurity.)

The following message was sent to the SFCC Campus Community by SFCC Foundation on Feb. 15.

Working Together to Combat Food Insecurity

I’ve worked with the Santa Fe Community Foundation for over ten years. During this time, SFCCF has helped countless students make up for the extra costs of attending school. Often, the bare necessities add up big for students— childcare, gas, rent, prescriptions, and even food.

One of the most critical programs we fund through donor assistance is the SFCC Campus Cupboard. The Campus Cupboard is a food pantry for anyone experiencing food insecurity. One in five low-income New Mexicans does not know where their next meal is coming from. Many of our students are among those considered food insecure.

This pantry is a lifeline for students, their families, and even some of our staff. Since 2021, the Campus Cupboard has seen a 637% increase in use. Last year, we helped 347 households.

For February, we will provide a 1:1 match for every donation to the Campus Cupboard. So, for every dollar you put in, the Foundation will put in a dollar, too.

The Cupboard is a vital resource and something we prioritize funding to the fullest because, unfortunately, more and more people need it yearly as costs for basic necessities continue to rise.

Please consider donating to the Campus Cupboard this month.

Kelly A. Marquez
Executive Director SFCC Foundation

Videos of reading and creative sessions by poet Janna Lopez available

The Santa Fe Community College Library and SFCC’s Creative Writing program have partnered to offer a free online series that is open to the public and consists of two types of events: readings by New Mexico writers and creative sessions when attendees will be given writing prompts and time to write.

If you missed the January 24 reading by Janna Lopez you can now watch it here:

This video is from the Jan. 24 reading of “such is” by Janna Lopez.

On Jan 31, Lopez shared her creative approach of self-conversation with attendees. Read the full press release with Janna Lopez’s bio here and see the video below:

This video shows Janna Lopez lead a creative writing session on Jan. 29.

The series will continue with readings and creative sessions throughout the spring. The public is encouraged to join some or all of the free online events. Register to get a Zoom link to attend at

Future series events:

Manny Loley Reading on Wednesday, February 21 at 6 p.m.
Manny Loley Creative Session on Wednesday, February 28 at 6 p.m.

Serena Rodriguez Reading on Wednesday, March 20 at 6 p.m.
Serena Rodriguez Creative Session on Wednesday, April 3 at 6 p.m.

Final Attendee Reading (to shed the spotlight on the online event participants and attendees), May 1 at 6 p.m.

For more information on The Writing Generation Series, please contact SFCC Library Director Valerie Nye at or 505-428-1506.

Spring CE registration open; many new offerings

New CE partnerships and new classes will help entrepreneurs and small business owners

Santa Fe Community College announces the Spring Continuing Education Schedule is now available online. Print copies can be found in the racks at Santa Fe Community College, the Santa Fe Higher Education Center and around town. Visit for tips on registering and to view the variety of offerings. With more than 180 classes offered, there are many opportunities for personal and professional growth. The Spring schedule has many new classes, including several to help entrepreneurs and small business owners.

SFCC Director of Continuing Education Nicholas “Nick” Wernicki, Ph.D., said, “The New Year is a great time to explore new opportunities. I’m very excited to announce our newest partnership with the Santa Fe Small Development Center and Century Bank to offer a series of four in-person classes on Tuesday evenings that will cover small business basics from start-up to succession planning. We also have many new classes this semester that will fuel people’s entrepreneurial spirit.”

The business partnership classes are offered from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and include: Strategic Business Alliances on February 13; Loans, Part 1 on February 20; Loans, Part 2 on February 27; Succession Planning for Your Business on March 3.

“The Santa Fe Small Business Development Center has been helping businesses start and grow since 1989,” said Santa Fe Small Business Development Center Director Deborah Collins. “Santa Fe Community College is our host institution and this partnership with SFCC’s CE department and Century Bank makes perfect sense. Together we hope to reach even more people through these trainings, increasing their awareness of the assistance available to them in their community.”

Century Bank Vice President/Commercial Relationship Manager Christy R. Majors said, “We’re excited to partner with the SFCC CE department and the Santa Fe Small Business Development Center to help more people learn the financial and interpersonal skills to effectively operate their businesses.”

There are many new classes offered that could help fuel your entrepreneurial spirit. Read more.

Advance registration is required for CE classes through SFCC’s Continuing Education program.

If you have questions about the schedule or where to get a print copy, contact Continuing Education at or 505-428-1676. The CE staff can help you complete your registration.

Video of SFCC Library reading by Austin Eichelberger

SFCC Library and the SFCC Creative Writing program sponsored a reading with Austin Eichelberger from his novel in progress, “The Longdream.” Check out the video.

SFCC Library has launchpad tablets to lend for 3- to 5-year-old kids

The SFCC Library has six Launchpad learning tablets for children ages 3-5 years old. Launchpad learning tablets are loaded with apps, videos, storybooks, games just for kids. 100% secure. No internet needed. With an SFCC ID these tablets designed for kids can be used in the library’s Family Study Room and they can be checked out with headphones for four weeks at a time.

The Launchpad titles available at the SFCC Library are:
Estoy Listo Para Escuela, Food for Thought!, Learning Castle!
Pawsitively Scientific, Puppy Talk!, and School of Fun. Stop by the library’s main desk to request a Launchpad tablet. Questions? Contact the library at: or 505-428-1352.

Ongoing construction on Beckner Road; right turns only

Santa Fe County photo of intersection of Richards Ave. and Dinosaur Trail. Visit

Yay! The roundabout at Richards Ave. and Dinosaur Trail is now open. Please note: Some construction on Rabbit Road and other parts of Dinosaur Trail continues. Also, The Santa Fe New Mexican ran a story on Dec. 31 stating that the City is allowing right hand turns only on Beckner Road.

Here’s the official notice from Santa Fe County:

The Santa Fe County Public Works Department is excited to announce an early opening of the newly constructed roundabout at Richards Avenue and Dinosaur Trail. Effective Friday, October 20, 2023, at 3:00 pm Richards Ave will be fully operational and open to traffic. This is the second of six roundabouts slated for the Northeast and Southeast Connectors Roads Project.

While we are satisfied to reopen Richards Avenue in advance of schedule, we want to inform our residents that the west connection to Dinosaur Trail will be established at a later date. In the interim, the existing signalized intersection located south of this roundabout will remain in full operation to ensure consistent traffic flow. Moreover, the east connection to Rabbit Road is currently under construction and will be opened at a later date.   

On September 11, 2023, the contractor commenced work on this roundabout with the strict timeline to complete and reopen Richards Ave within (60) calendar days.  Due to an aggressive schedule and optimum weather, this work was completed in (40) days. 

This is a great example of the commitment made by Santa Fe County to the community, to streamline any disruptions to traffic while we complete this important road project. Santa Fe County envisions the Northeast and Southeast Connectors Roads project as the most dynamic transportation conduit of the Community College District, strengthening connectivity and safety in this growing community.

For additional information regarding the project, please visit or contact Johnny Baca, Project Manager 3, at

For any future road updates please sign up for Alert Santa Fe.

Re: Beckner Road. According to a Nov. 2 story in the Santa Fe New Mexican, Beckner Road will have ongoing construction for six to eight months. Read the story, “Beckner “Road to be closed for six to eight more months, city says” A story in the Dec. 30 issue of the Santa Fe New Mexican stated, “Santa Fe says Beckner Road is all right (turns) for now”

See video of Genevieve Betts’ Poetry Reading

If you missed Genevieve Betts’ reading of poems from “A New Kind of Tongue,” you can now watch the video.

You can learn more about her book and the recent event here.

Construction of NE/SE Connector Road(s) in Santa Fe County Postponed for Winter Season

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The following message was sent by Santa Fe County on Dec. 8, 2023.

Construction of NE/SE Connector Road(s) in Santa Fe County Postponed for Winter Season
NE SE Connector Construction Zones
Santa Fe, NM- Santa Fe County Public Works announces the postponement of pavement and weather-sensitive construction for the Northeast and Southeast Connector Roads project beginning Friday, December 15, 2023. To date, approximately 90% of the earthwork and 85% of waterline and drainage culverts have been installed, with two of the six roundabouts open to traffic.

Santa Fe County Public Works will however continue to work during the winter months installing solar lighting, waterline, and drainage culverts on the Southeast Connector and Avenida Del Sur as weather permits. Public access within the work zones is strictly prohibited. Traffic control and barricades will be in place along the following construction zones:

Northeast Connector west of Richards Ave to existing Rabbit Road.
Southeast Connector south of Rabbit Road to Ave. Del Sur.
Del Sur east of Richards Ave to the Southeast Connector.

These work zones pose significant hazards to pedestrians and motorists if breached, emphasizing the need to strictly adhere to safety precautions. Santa Fe County prioritizes constituent safety, urging all pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists to respect road closures and take precautions when navigating work zones.

Construction is expected to resume by the end of March 2024 or weather-permitting conditions.

For more information and additional safety resources, please contact Johnny Baca, Project Manager 3 at

SFCC to offer coding and creativity opportunities with support from Apple

File photo of student using an Apple laptop.

SFCC will offer the Santa Fe region new learning opportunities around coding and creativity, with the support of Apple’s Community Education Initiative. Community partners include Santa Fe Public Schools, Santa Fe Indian School, Boys & Girls Club of Santa Fe/Del Norte, and STEM Santa Fe, which will work with the college and Santa Fe Community College Foundation to cultivate digital literacy, digital equity, and coding and creativity experience to Santa Fe’s diverse community.

SFCC President Becky Rowley, Ph.D., said, “Santa Fe Community College is thrilled Apple is supporting our work to offer training in coding and other creative digital skills to young people who have had limited access to such opportunities in the past.”

The initiative will reach youth in a variety of locations primarily in the Santa Fe Public Schools, Santa Fe Indian School, as well as at the Boys & Girls Club based at the Santa Fe Place Mall. STEM Santa Fe will assist with the initiative.

Read the full press release here.

For more information about SFCC’s role in this program, contact Dean of Continuing Education and Contract Training Kris Swedin via email at or call 505-428-1253.

Required COVID-19 Reporting

SFCC continues to monitor and follow guidance from public health officials and state and local government on mitigating and addressing exposure to COVID-19. The State of New Mexico and New Mexico Higher Education Department recently announced they will no longer require the reporting of COVID-19 cases amongst student, staff, and faculty who are on campus via the Rapid Response Submission Portal.

Our college continues to take the transmission and threat of infectious diseases seriously and we remain committed to keeping our community as safe as possible. Please note the following:

  • The college no longer requires reporting of COVID-19 positive cases to SFCC’s Contact Tracing Team.
  • However, it is very important we continue keep each other safe and follow health and safety best practices. The college continues to follow guidelines from the CDC Quarantine and Isolation Calculator, which details the following:
    • You should isolate from others when you have COVID-19.
    • You should also isolate if you are sick and suspect that you have COVID-19 but do not yet have test results.
    • Ending isolation is detailed on the CDC’s Isolation and Precautions for People with COVID-19 webpage – “Ending Isolation”.
  • Positive or suspected positive individuals should coordinate closely with supervisors to make appropriate accommodations, as well as reporting for absences using regular sick leave.
    • If you are out of sick leave and contracted COVID-19, please contact the Office for Human Resources to determine if other options are available to you.
  • The college custodial staff continues its rigorous cleaning and disinfecting protocols, which includes a campus-wide daily schedule, with emphasis on bathrooms, and higher traffic and enclosed spaces.
  • Additionally, Facilities and Operations staff have made significant improvements to college ventilation and filtration systems and those systems are up and running.

The College will continue to follow best practices, community levels, and infectious disease developments.

Museum STEP Passes available at Library

With the STEP Pass, you and up to 5 people can use the card for free admission to:

  • Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
  • Santa Fe Children’s Museum
  • IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Art
  • Santa Fe Botanical Garden

Passes check out for two weeks at a time.

For more information contact:

Message about preferred names

Dear Faculty,

While the college has always supported our students, we now have another technological opportunity to provide an empowering, safe, and nondiscriminatory educational and work environment.  Beginning on Monday February 6, students will be able update their preferred name in Self Service Banner (SSB9).

The student’s legal name will be on your class roster and their preferred name, if applicable, will appear in parenthesis.  For example, Gonzales, Bernadette (Charmaine).  For legal purposes, the student’s legal name will still appear on all formal documents such as Financial Aid information, 1098-T’s and transcripts.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

With kind regards,

Bernadette Gonzales. MA Ed. (she, her, hers)
Registrar |Office of the Registrar
505-428-1881 |

OIT Service Desk Hours
Phone service 24 hours a day Mon. – Fri.

On November 1st the OIT Service Desk extended its phone hours to better serve students, staff and faculty.

Phone Hours

Monday – Friday: 24 hours
Saturday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Office Hours
Room 528

Monday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. to noon
Sunday: Closed

Need food? Campus Cupboard welcomes all

Campus Cupboard offers fresh, canned and refrigerated items.

The Campus Cupboard (Room LL302E) in-person shopping hours are:
Mondays: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., Tuesdays: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Thursdays: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

If you cannot visit during the current open hours listed or are not
comfortable with in-person shopping, check out Bookings for more options. To access Bookings, log in to MySFCC, look under Schedule an Appointment, and click on the pink button labeled Campus Cupboard (Online). You can access the reservation and delivery option 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Students, staff, and faculty are all welcome to visit the Campus Cupboard weekly for free groceries and other household items that may be available. Personal hygiene (menstrual) products are available from Free Flow NM.
Contact or 505-428-1775 for more information.

Visit Campus Cupboard for more information.

Campus Cupboard is supported by SFCC Foundation.

SFCC in the news

The following stories or radio shows either featured or mentioned SFCC or one of its employees. Some stories also are related to NM higher education.

01/28/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, Celebrations, Jan. 28, 2024 – Faces & place. Mayra Gutierrez is the new director of the state’s office for the home-visiting program First Born and More, based in the Early Childhood Center of Excellence at the college.

01/24/2024, EdNC, “North Carolina once led the way in early childhood policy and investment. Five other states are showing us how to do it again.” Story cites progress in New Mexco and includes quote from Catron Allred, ECCOE director.

01/20/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “MY VIEW LENNY GANNES- SFCC is losing faculty because of pay”

01/19/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Out There! – LISTEN UP Self-conversation starters.” Story about SFCC Library’s Writing Generation Series.

01/16/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Parents of young woman killed in hit-and-run on I-25 still hope for answers” Story about SFCC student Maeve Long, who passed.

01/15/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Internship program paves the way to film industry jobs”

01/15/2024, Albuquerque Business First, “New Santa Fe internship program looks to give residents pathway to work in film.”

01/14/2024, KRQW, “Tax prep, help offered at Santa Fe Community College campus”

01/12/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican Pasatiempo, “Love is the not-so-secret ingredient in the pies at Harry’s Roadhouse” Story is about SFCC Culinary Arts program grad Pastry Chef Karina Lira.

01/12/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Appointments open for AARP Foundation tax help at SFCC campus”

01/09/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Santa Fe County seeks UNM study on global sustainability center”

01/09/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Clay statue of Aztec god makes stop at Southside Branch Library”

01/08/2024, Rio Rancho Observer, “Sen. Heinrich Tours Santa Fe Community College”

01/05/2024, KRQE, “Santa Fe groups come together to pioneer film internship program”

01/02/2024, Santa Fe Reporter, “25 Things We Love About Santa Fe Right Now.” Stories cites East Wing Eatery.

12/05/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Business people, Dec. 5, 2023

12/04/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, Boys & Girls Clubs teaching digital arts in new tech space Story about SFCC Creative Coding Initiative.

11/25/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Regional holiday fairs abound in Northern New Mexico”

11/10/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, Pasatiempo, “Editor’s Note: Young Talent” about Regional High School and Middle School Art Show at SFCC Visual Arts Gallery, as well as the full page photo of one of the winning entries: “Final Frame: Slowsundown by Ellie Angel”

11/10/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Out There! The plot thickens” Story about Austin Eichelberger’s online reading with SFCC Library.

11/2/2023, Los Alamos Daily Post, “SFCC To Host Annual Holiday Arts And Crafts Fair And IAIA Holiday Art Market Saturday Dec. 9”

10/27/2023, Los Alamos Daily Post, “Santa Fe Community College Announces Information Sessions About Accelerated Medical Assistant Program”

10/21/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “MY VIEW BECKY ROWLEY – SFCC bonds will support community’s future”

10/18/2023, Santa Fe Reporter, “3 Questions With Chef Milton Villarrubia”

10/18/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Richards Avenue near Santa Fe Community College set to reopen Friday”

10/18/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Data shows varied voting records for local election candidates”

10/17/2023, Los Alamos Daily Post, “Higher Education Dept. Recommends $307.5M For Campus Improvement Projects Statewide Including $5.6M To UNM-LA”

10/17/2023, Santa Fe Reporter, “Morning Word!HED proposes $307 million in school improvements.”

10/10/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Santa Fe school board, community college board candidates say public input important”

09/16/23, Santa Fe New Mexican, MY VIEW ROBERT MARTIN – Celebrate at IAIA/SFCC open house this week

09/12/23, Santa Fe New Mexican, “OUR VIEW- SFCC’s aquaponics program gets moment to shine”

09/06/23, Santa Fe Reporter, “Tech Pathways: Community orgs work with public education to bring students digital opportunities through Apple Community Education Initiative”

09/03/23, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Water matters: Local honorees of the Alliance for Water Efficiency”

08/31/23, KRQE-TV, “Santa Fe Community College Main Campus closed for water repair”

08/31/23, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Santa Fe Community College expects to reopen Tuesday if water issue is fixed”

08/30/23, Los Alamos Daily Post, “SFCC Main Campus To Remain Closed Thursday Due To Low Water Pressure” 

08/30/23, Santa Fe New Mexican, “SFCC to stay closed Thursday due to water pressure problem

08/29/23, Santa Fe Reporter, “Ballot Building: Aug. 29 marked Candidate Filing Day”

08/29/23, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Candidate filing day draws 11 hopefuls for City Council, 5 for school board”

08/26/23, Los Alamos Daily Post, “Santa Fe Literary Review Reading Thursday Oct. 19”

08/25/23, Santa Fe New Mexican, Pasatiempo, “Out There, LISTEN & LEARN, Different trail in Santa Fe”

08/21/23, Santa Fe New Mexican, “NMSurf brings wireless service to SFCC neighborhoods”

08/19/23, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Proposed south side development includes cemetery”

08/16/2023, Santa Fe Reporter, “Early Learning Core: New Mexico targeted early childhood education as a solution to learning gaps. How far can it go?”

08/16/2023, Los Alamos Daily Post, “SFCC And IAIA Invite Community To Open Houses Sept. 21”

08/01/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Santa Fe’s planned purchase of land for Richards Ave. from Game Commission back on”

08/03/2023, Albuquerque Journal, “$6.4M grant for job development benefits rural NM” From the story, ” Santa Fe Community College is identified as the “backbone” institution in the health care sector.”