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Biowall restored, celebration to come

Thanks to SFCC Grounds Manager Malvina Canon and a crew from Facilities and Operations SFCC’s biowall in the Health & Science Center has come back to life. A biowall is a botanical filter that naturally cleans the air in a building. The wall provides a refreshing sensation of having a piece of nature in an indoor space.

Malvina Canon has worked on this revitalization project for eight years. Funds from the past bond election made her vision a reality! Above, Malvina celebrates in front of the finished biowall. We’ll soon announce a celebration for the whole campus.

Thanks to Melba Ramos and Dean Jenny Landen for sharing other images. Check out these photos.

News and Announcements

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 27
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Entertainment — Oriana Lee’s Variety Show
in the Campus Center.


Campus closes on March 6 for Professional Development Day

Staff and faculty SAVE the DATE! Also, remind students that the campus will be closed.
Also, please note: As part of Professional Development Day, staff and faculty will participate from 9:45 to 11 a.m. in a Shooter-on-Campus Drill.
See details on the drill here.


Kids Campus receives donation from Thornburg employees

Thornburg Investment Management’s Compliance Department received the firm’s quarterly Five Star Team award. When a team is recognized for doing a great job they receive $500.00 to donate to the organization of their choice. Thornburg’s Compliance Department has chosen to donate their $500.00 award to SFCC Kids’s Campus!

SFCC Planetarium Event: A Journey to Mars

Journey to Mars with the SFCC Planetarium!
7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27
2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29
5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29

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

Thanks to Fishbowl participants

The President’s Diversity Advisory Committee offered two fishbowl events. The discussions focused around the idea of “What Does it Mean to Be a Hispanic Serving Institution?”

Thank you to organizers Shalimar Krebs and Ernest Kavanaugh. A special thanks to all who participated, particularly our students who shared input. This information will inform PDAC’s upcoming retreat.

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.


Ageless Living Dialogue 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27

Santa Fe Ageless Living Dialogues & Screenings
Thursday, February 27th – 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The Higher Education Center
1950 Siringo Road (Corner of Siringo and Yucca).

Based On An Episode From The Series Featuring Gay and Katie Hendricks

This Free monthly series offers inspiring, informative and collaborative conversations based on a number of relevant and meaningful topics from the Ageless Living Television Series. Come share what you know, meet new friends, build an inspired, informed community and talk about important subjects that can improve the quality of your life.

Free Guest Pass Required – Admission limited to 100 people.


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.

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:


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.

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

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.

SFCC in the news

The following stories either featured or mentioned SFCC.

Great recent stories about Andrew Lovato, Ph.D. and his new book on blues guitar:
Santa Fe New Mexican, 2/07/20, “Guitar Hero 101”

Albuquerque Journal, 2/23/20, “A Gift For Guitar”

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

Student Spotlight

SGA president Ian Martinez participates in governor's press conference

SGA president Ian Martinez SGA President attended the governor’s press conference discussing outcomes within the 30 day legislative session. Ian was acknowledged as a SFCC college student because of the Opportunity Scholarship that will impact many college students around the state of New Mexico. Ian spoke in favor of the scholarship earlier this year in a Sept. 18 story in the Santa Fe New Mexican, “Governor announces scholarship expansion at New Mexico colleges, universities.”
Photo: SGA president Ian Martinez with Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham

SGA Student of the Month: German Garcia

German has been a student at the college for a year and a half studying Allied Health. He is also a student employee on campus at the Testing Center!

German has been selected for his outstanding acts of kindness to his peers. In addition he is an excellent student leader in his classes, and at his work. He takes initiative when something needs to be done. He continues to show a positive attitude every day , works hard and assists his peers to help them get to where they need to be. He received his award February 14, 2020 during the Student Government Association meeting.

Students: Free food for your input on SFCC's future! Noon on Feb. 26

A Student Input session is being held at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 26 in the Board Room. This session is part of the strategic planning process, and a great opportunity to share your thoughts concerning SFCC’s future direction.

All students are invited, and free food will be served.

For more information contact Yash Morimoto or call 428-1765.

Three students to visit and train at NASA site

Three SFCC students – Rebecca Frieberg, Matthew Frye and Matthew Tsoodle – were selected to attend the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) Onsite Experience at Stennis Space Center, March 2 to 6.

All three students are older, nontraditional students who said they are grateful to have this opportunity. Frieberg, 58, is studying for an associate degree in Excercise Science. Frey, 30, is studying in the Engineering Technologies program. Tsoodle, 33, is studying for an associate degree in Engineering Technology.

While at NASA, students form teams and establish fictional companies interested in Mars exploration.


New chemistry scholarship for students passionate about arts

The LANL Foundation has announced that Bryan Fearey And Maureen Connolly have endowed a Chemistry Scholarship for students passionate about the arts.

The couple created the Fearey/Connolly Endowed Scholarship for Science and the Arts to honor their enduring commitment to science and to provide financial support to students with a similar interest with chemistry at its core and a passion for performance music and/or visual arts. The initial endowment will provide a $10,000 four-year scholarship ($2,500 a year for up to four years) to one recipient annually.

Applications will re-open for LANL Foundation scholarships next fall. All applicants for the LANL Foundation scholarships will be considered.


Recruitment visits this week: NNMC and 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 schools:

Northern New Mexico College
Monday, February 24
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bellevue University
Thursday, February 27
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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

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.


Capital High students visit Drury Hotel with SFCC

DIrector of Recruiting Marcos Maez reports that Capital High students were able to get an in-depth look of what a career in hospitality is all about. They received a tour from the Drury Hotel General Manager Keith Kirk. These students are part of a Capital High business class taught by Mr. Aaron Girdner.

SFCC’s Office of Recruitment & Dual Credit provided the transportation, while the SFCC Hospitality and Tourism program set up the visit for the Drury Hotel. The goal of this outreach effort was to strengthen the Hospitality and Tourism program at SFCC. The feedback from the students and their teacher was very positive, and SFCC looks forward to continuing and expanding on these efforts.

Photo: SFCC’s Director of Hospitality and Tourism Katherine Fox-Ehlert (left) talks with students as they tour behind-the-scenes at the Drury Hotel.

Katie Besser Student Awards - submit your work NOW - Deadline March 9!

SFCC Liberal Arts and Media Arts
Katie Besser Student Awards Call for submissions!

Deadline for entry: noon on Monday, March 9, 2020
Prizes: Winners in each category receive $50, runners-up $25

  • Poetry
  • Fiction
  • Creative Non-fiction
  • Academic Essay
  • Text/Image
  • Instructor-nominated
  • en Español

Winners will be considered for the Richard Bradford Scholarship.

All winners, runners-up, and honorable mentions will be published in Accolades and invited to read at the celebration at Meow Wolf in May.


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.


Employee Announcements

Open forums with candidates for Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and the School of Arts, Design, and Media Arts

Mark your calendars for the upcoming campus visits of the six finalists for Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and the School of Arts, Design, and Media Arts. Each candidate will meet with Dr. Rowley and Margaret Peters, tour the campus, have lunch, and participate in an open forum.

The forums are scheduled from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. on the following dates:
Monday, Feb. 24 – Room 216 – Shalimar Krebs
Thursday, Feb. 27 – Room 570 – Brookney Gondara
Monday, Mar. 2 – Room 216 – James Wysong
Tuesday, Mar. 3 – Room 216 – Daniel Barwick
Wednesday, Mar. 4 – Jemez 1 – Brian Kirby
Thursday, Mar. 5 – Room 216 – Milford Muskett

There will be an opportunity for you to ask questions and visit with the candidates.

NMEPSCoR welcomes SFCC faculty member Frank Currie

A recent article on The New Mexico Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NM EPSCoR) website detailed Frank Currie’s vital grant-funded role in the Smart- and Micro-grid Training Center here at SFCC:

The NM SMART Grid Center is pleased to announce the most recent faculty hire for the project: Frank Currie, who is leading development of the Smart- and Micro-grid Training Center at Santa Fe Community College (SFCC). Within this role, Frank will spearhead development of the Distributed Energy Systems Program, an AAS and AS degree program specializing in smart grid and microgrid systems technician training.

“I am excited to build the program I wish had existed when I started school,” Frank said.

Read more on the NMEPSCoR website…

Photo credit: NMEPSCoR


AARP Foundation tax service for SFCC employees - reserve your spot now!

AARP Foundation has set aside two mornings at specific times for SFCC employees to get their taxes done for free: Thursday, Feb. 27 and Thursday, Mar. 12.

There are only 32 openings and staff can call Tina LaCaze at 505-428-1725 to schedule a time. Employees should review the information on what to bring with them and the limitations as to the type of returns AARP can do by visiting

Based on the number of available tax preparers we can serve 16 people each day at these times:
8:15 am – 4 people
9:00 am – 4 people
9:45 am – 4 people
10:30 am – 4 people

Submit your OIT Project for consideration

Once a year, the Technology Advisory Committee (TAC) issues a call for project proposals to the campus. All proposals submitted go through the TAC project evaluation process, which is the framework we use to select the projects that best support SFCC’s Strategic Plan and current priorities, as well as provide the greatest value to the campus.

The project must cost more than $5,000 and/or take more than 40 hours to implement.

Please ensure you have spoken to and received approval from an Executive Team Member prior to submission. Executive Team Members: Rebecca Rowley, Todd Lovato, Yash Morimoto, Nick Telles, Cori Bergen, Henry Mignardot, Margaret Peters, Deborah Boldt and Meghan Mcgarrity.

Submit a project request to OIT.

For questions or support, please contact Erica Keppel ( or (505) 428-1133)


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.

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.

Veterans Legacy Program

The Veterans Legacy Program (VPL), initiated in 2016, represents the NCA’s educational outreach initiative for the nation. Each VLP project is to create an experience of learning that builds community and commemoration of veterans’ legacy, by sharing positive narratives, which may be used to teach, both about the unique individual qualities of the Veteran and about Veterans as a community.

A local group has formed to respond to the NCA’s next solicitation for VPL proposals. Our Legacy Project Committee includes Dr. Steve Martinez, Professor of History at Santa Fe Community College (SFCC), Ken Dettelbach, a Vietnam Veteran and community leader with his own successful, non-profit serving veterans, and Dr. Michael Droge, a retired University President. The three also serve together on the New Mexico Military Museum Foundation’s Education Committee, and that Foundation could become another key partner for the Legacy Project.

The program was recognized at the legislature.

Photo: 2020 NM State Endorsement of the Veterans Legacy Program