Campus Weekly

Applications are open now for free Environmental Technician training

Students in the EPA Environmental Technician training participated in a training exercise last year.

SFCC is accepting applications for its free Environmental Technician training program, which provides the training, skills and certifications necessary to enter a wide range of job opportunities in the environmental profession. Applications will be accepted through March 22, 2023.

The free training runs March 27 through April 28 Mondays through Fridays at the Santa Fe Higher Education Center, 1950 Siringo Road. This intensive 5-week training program provides certifications and skills for entry level job positions:

  • General Hazardous Waste Site Worker (HAZWOPER) (40 hours)
  • CPR and First Aid
  • Forklift Operator (8 hours)
  • OSHA Construction Standards, (30 hours)
  • Confined Space Entry and Non-Entry Rescue (8 hours)
  • Solid Waste Management (8 hours)
  • Hazardous Waste Management (RCRA) (24 hours)
  • Phase I and Phase II Environmental Assessments (16 hours)
  • Environmental Sampling (24 hours)
  • DOT HazMat (16 hours)
  • The training also will help students to become career-ready with assistance preparing résumés and practicing interviewing techniques.

Applicants must be able to attend the entire five-week program, have a high school diploma or GED, be 18 years or older, be fully vaccinated for the COVID-19 virus, be able to lift 30 pounds and must be unemployed, underemployed or low-income. Veterans are encouraged to apply.

The program is possible through a $200,000 grant SFCC received from the Environmental Protection Agency. The initiative will help advance economic opportunities and address environmental justice issues in underserved communities. Sponsors and partners include: Los Alamos National Laboratory, Northern New Mexico College, Eight Northern Indian Pueblo Council, U.S. EPA and AGC New Mexico.

For more information and to fill out an application, visit Still have questions? Contact Evelyn Gonzales at or 505-428-1866 or Janet Kerley at or 505-800-8765.

Stop by Campus Cupboard and The Exchange Open House from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28

Stop by from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Campus Cupboard Food Pantry (Lower Level, Rooms 304A & 305) to see the expanded services: The Exchange and Baby Cupboard. Campus Cupboard is supported by SFCC Foundation. For information call: 505-428-1775 or email: .

Free Red Cross Effective Communication Resiliency Workshop for veterans & their families at 6 p.m. Tuesday in VRC

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SFCC’s Veterans Resource Center hosts a free Red Cross Effective Communication Resiliency Workshop for veterans and their families from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 in the Veterans Resource Center in Room LL302 at the base of the stairwell. Red Cross supports military and veteran families with free and confidential workshops. Whether you or a family member have recently entered the military, or you are a long-time veteran, navigating the many transitions connected with military and veteran service can be hard. Reconnection workshops aim to ease the stress that comes with these changes. Free event. Call 505-262-6162 to reserve a seat. For more information, email or call 505-428-1305.

No classes or services on March 3, Professional Development Day

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The college will not offer any services or classes on Friday, March 3, 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 3.

The Santa Fe Higher Education Center, 1950 Siringo Road, will observe regular office hours on March 3.

SFCC’s Kids Campus will also be open and observe regular hours on March 3.

Read more here. (Employees: See details of the schedule here.)

Give Kids a Smile (GKAS) Day/SMILES Dental Day a big success at Kids Campus

On Give Kids a Smile [GKAS] day/ SMILES Dental Day at Kids Campus on February 9 the following services were provided: free dental screenings, oral health education, fluoride application, fun learning games and goodies. 75 kids were served. 15 Dental assisting students, 3 doctors and 4 dental assistants volunteered to make this a memorable event. Thank you to La Familia Dental staff for your partnership.

For information on SFCC’s dental programs, please contact: or call (505) 428-1258.

New Greenhouse STEM Kits Available at the Library

Free Greenhouse STEM Kits are available for kids ages 4-7. All materials are included in the kits courtesy of the
Santa Fe Children’s Museum.

Come by the library to pick up a kit to use and explore growing plants from seeds with your kids! Kits are available during the library’s regular hours.

For more information

February Blood Drive Results

Here are the results for the Santa Fe Community College Blood Drive on February 10, 2023.

The confirmed collected blood units are 28, which is 6 more units than our collection goal.

The 28 units of blood collected can save up to 3 lives per unit. This means that the 28 units of blood collected at the SFCC Blood Drive can save up to 84 lives.

Great work everyone!

Automotive Technologies program earns national ASE accreditation

SFCC Automotive Technologies class

The Automotive Technologies program has earned accreditation from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) through February 1, 2028. The program underwent rigorous evaluation to achieve the coveted recognition.

Julia Furry, Director of Automotive Technologies said, “The designation means a lot to our regional auto industry partners who value the ASE accreditation. It also assures the community that better technicians will join the workforce.”

A 17,000 square foot state-of-the-art Automotive Technologies Center offers a well-equipped space that provides students with the background and knowledge to earn the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certification in up to eight competency areas: Automotive Engine Repair, Auto Maintenance and Light Truck Repair, Automatic Transmission Transaxle, Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning, Brakes, Manual Transmission and Drive Train, Steering and Suspension, Electricity/Electronic Systems and Engine Performance. Students can also earn an A.A.S. in Automotive Technologies.

Read quotes from regional employers and more in this press release. Also, see the Feb. 21 Santa Fe New Mexican story by Margaret O’Hara, “Santa Fe Community College’s auto repair program receives accreditation” and the Santa Fe New Mexican editor’s Feb. 18 column, “PHILL CASAUS Commentary: Sometimes, it’s the certificate, not the degree, that makes a difference.”

For more information about SFCC’s Automotive Technologies program, visit or contact Julia Furry via email at or call 505-428-1177.

Participate in Basic Needs Survey through March 1

The UNM Basic Needs Project Team is conducting a statewide study to understand the extent of basic needs insecurities among students, faculty, and staff across all public New Mexico colleges and universities and offer participants the opportunity to share solutions.

What is the Basic Needs Statewide Study?

  • A survey to assess basic needs insecurities of students, staff, and faculty at all public colleges and universities in New Mexico.
  • Survey topics include food security, housing security, mental health, transportation access, and participant recommendations for solutions.
  • The survey takes about 10 min.
  • The survey is completely anonymous. 
  • This is the first statewide study in the nation to include full- time, part-time, and adjunct faculty and staff.


  • Any current student, faculty, or staff (full-time or part-time) at a NM public college or university can participate.
  • 16 – 17 yr old dual-enrolled students may participate.
  • This survey is for anyone on the continuum of needs security. Everyone can have their say to improve higher ed!


  • Some institutions have paper copies available. Please see the list at the end of these FAQs for locating a copy with a stamped envelope for you to return.
  • If your institution is not on this list and you would like to receive paper copies, please contact us at


  • The online survey is open February 15th – March 1st.
  • Paper surveys must be returned via pre-addressed and postage paid envelope by Wednesday, March 15.


  • 40% of students who start college in NM do not finish.  This study will help us understand some of the causes.
  • A goal of the study is to contribute to the conversation about equity in higher education because some groups of students have much higher rates of needs insecurity as well as higher dropout rates.
  • Faculty and staff needs insecurities have not been documented.
  • Data are needed to better inform spending priorities in higher education.
  • Survey completers will have a chance to win a $40 egift card to Amazon or Walmart.  We are raffling more than $30,000 in gift cards!

A closer look:

  • The survey is mostly closed questions (e.g. multiple choice and yes/no) but includes a few open ended question for more detailed information and participant recommendations.
  • Because the survey is anonymous, responses are completely confidential and will never be tied to participants.  If you supply your name and email for the raffle it will be de-linked from your survey.


  • Initial results will be shared widely in May 2023.
  • A Tableau site with data from all institutions will be made publicly available.
  • Responses to open-ended questions and any comments provided will not be shared with any information that might be used to identify individual participants.
  • The data will be used to create evidence-based interventions and inform The 2030 Project: Reducing Needs Insecurity in NM Higher Education, a statewide consortium.

The UNM Basic Needs Project is a research team of faculty and students. The study is  funded by Governor Lujan Grisham’s Food Initiative and the NM Higher Education Department.

Contact us:

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:

Register for late-starting classes

Tell your friends and family that this is an ideal time to sign up for late-starting classes for the spring semester. There’s still time to book an online appointment with an advisor to help you select the class that will best serve your needs. Or call 505-428-1270 for assistance in applying or registering.

Let everyone know that you can find your path to academic and career success at SFCC. Registration is now open for short-term classes that run eight weeks or less.

Choose from classes in seven different pathways including arts and communication, business, healthcare, teacher education, science and engineering, law and social sciences, and trades and sustainability. Not sure what’s your Pathway? Visit

Call 505-428-1270 or visit for more information.

Dental Health/SMILES Club educates kids at Montessori

SFCC Community Dental Health/SMILES club brought smiles and education to Montessori School.

SFCC Community Dental Health/ SMILES Club students had lots of fun playing with and educating about Oral Health to the 2-4 years old kids at Santa Fe Montessori on Feb 2, 2023.

NOTE: February is Children Oral Health Month. Read more here.

Check out more fun photos of the event on Facebook.

For information about SFCC Dental Programs, please email at

Visual Arts Gallery to open ‘Land, Space and Color – An Exhibit of Paintings by Felix Voltsinger” on March 16

Opening Reception: 4 to 6 p.m. March 16

Artist’s Gallery Talk: Begins 12:30 p.m. March 31

Artist and long-time SFCC art instructor Felix Voltsinger

Santa Fe Community College Visual Arts Gallery presents the art exhibition, “Land, Space and Color – An Exhibit of Paintings by Felix Voltsinger,” which opens with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 16 and runs through Thursday, April 19 in the gallery at 6401 Richards Avenue. The exhibition features the artwork of Russian-born artist and School of Arts and Design faculty member Felix Voltsinger. He will give a Gallery Talk about his work and his approach to painting at 12:30 p.m. on Friday March 31, in the gallery.

Voltsinger, an accomplished plein-air artist, has taught painting and drawing to SFCC students every semester since 2008. He plans to retire from teaching at the end of this semester after a long and successful career.

Laura Rosenfeld, Program Head for drawing, painting and foundations at SFCC states, “This exhibition celebrates a valued faculty member and an approach to painting that demands great skill as well as a determined spirit in order to feel as well as see and interpret the land.”

This exhibition of paintings and detailed drawings is the result of many years painting in a traditional plein-air mode. Voltsinger loves nature and delights in taking extended camping trips to work in remote locations. While he often creates pieces in one session, he also returns to the same place at the same time of day to continue to develop a piece. He uses his sketches, memory, and imagination to create larger works in the studio, eschewing the use of photographic reference. Whether at the easel, by the campfire, or sitting on the riverbank with a cup of tea, he constantly strives to be a better observer, opening himself to the richness and complexity of nature and deepening his understanding of the world around him.

Valley of the Gods, oil on canvas, 30” x 44”

Born in St. Petersburg, Russia in the Soviet era, he demonstrated artistic talents early in life and was directed to attend the Academy of Fine Arts in St Petersburg from age 12 to his completion of a master’s degree in his twenties. Of Jewish ancestry, Voltsinger emigrated to New York City in the early 1980s. In New York he worked as a freelance illustrator and art conservator, relying on the traditional training provided by the classically-based Soviet academy system.

His love of painting and landscape brought him to the Western United States and Colorado where he lived in a small mountain cabin off the grid 9,000 feet above Salida, Colorado for more than a decade. During this time, he supported himself solely through the sales of his paintings.

As he approaches age 70, Voltsinger said, “I plan to live off the grid again at 8,000 feet, as a painter and spiritually-questing hermit, near the Continental Divide many miles west of Socorro with a tremendous view of the curvature of the earth.”

Arts and Design Dean James (Jim) Wysong, Ed.D., states, “We have been very fortunate to have Felix on our faculty. His passion, for both painting and teaching, has made him very popular with our students. While we will miss him dearly, we wish him all the best in his new endeavors.”

For more information about the exhibition or the gallery, contact Art of Campus Director Linda Cassel via email at or call 505-428-1501.

Donate to “The Exchange” clothing closet

If you would like to donate clothing or toys, the following items are now being accepted:

  • Winter Clothing (Gently used)
  • Professional Women and Men’s Clothing
  • Kid’ Clothing (Gently-used)
  • Kid’s Toys (not broken or damaged)

Bring donations to Room LL305 or LL311 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Wednesday. For more information please call 505-428-1582.

SFCC arts and design department presented workshops to SFPS teachers

SFCC’s School of Arts, Design and Media Arts hosted teachers from Santa Fe Public Schools on their Professional Development Day on Friday, February 17.

The workshops were fun for SFPS teachers and it introduced many teachers to the types of art, design and media arts classes available at the college. A flyer was also distributed that let teachers know about a fall art show that will showcase art by high school students. SFCC thanks the many faculty members, staff and students who assisted with the workshops.

New spring semester hours for East Wing Eatery

Café con las Comadres every second Wednesday

SFCC presents Café Con Las Comadres, hosted by Doctora Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos, every second Wednesday of the month.  Join us for our next gathering in the West Wing Upper-Level Student Affairs comfort area  (next to the I-Room),  from 8:30 a.m – 9:30 a.m.  This is a gender-inclusive community of friends who gather to empower the lives of one another through advocacy, navigation, support, and resources.   This is a safe shared space. 

RSVPs are welcomed but not necessary – please contact Loretta at or call 505-428-1919.  Sponsored by Student Activities and hosted by Doctora Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos.

Make appointments now for free Tax-Aide assistance at the main campus

SFCC and AARP Foundation will once again offer free tax services. This year services will be in-person at the main campus from 3 to 5 p.m. weekdays from January 30 through April 18. You must schedule an appointment in advance — preferably online. If someone has no computer access, they can call 505-428-1780. Leave a clear voicemail with your name and phone number. Volunteers will return calls when possible.

Please Note: To protect Tax-Aide volunteers and the taxpayers they serve, taxpayers are required to wear masks during their appointment. Volunteers will be wearing masks.

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

Visit for details about what to bring and to make your appointment.

Tax-Aide will follow SFCC Tax-Aide closures, holidays (closed for Spring Break) and delays. Read the full press release here.

SFCC Library hosts Children’s Storytime event on March 15

Children’s Storytime in the SFCC Library Family Study Room
2 to 3 p.m.

Next event March 15

We will be joined by the Santa Fe Children’s Museum with a Children’s Storytime and the opportunity to take home complimentary children’s STEAM kits. All SFCC Community Members Are Welcome

Questions? email:

‘Immortal’ exhibition closes March 9

This untitled piece was made by Carolyn Stupin, a long-time SFCC math teacher, who died in December 2021.

‘Immortal,’ an exhibition in the SFCC Visual Arts Gallery, features the work of seven potters/ceramic artists from SFCC who have passed in the last two years.

Brian Sandford wrote in Pasatiempo on January 20, “SFCC artist and student Suzanne Vilmain says she came up with the idea of the exhibit after losing (Michelle) Goodman, ‘an artist I’ve known and loved for 40 years.’ Vilmain says she approached John Boyce, the college’s head of sculpture, about presenting a group memorial.

The exhibition honors the memory of the following artists with displays of their work: Juliet Calabi, Michelle Goodman, Maia Sampson Michael, Carolyn Stupin, Eddie Hironaka, Donna Thompson and Frank Willett. Willett taught wheel-throwing classes for many years at SFCC, as well as at Santa Fe Clay. He was awarded the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2013. He taught and inspired many potters in the region.

The exhibition continues through March 9. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information call SFCC Director of Art on Campus Linda Cassel at 505-428-1501.

Mask wearing strongly encouraged when indoors on campus

Due to the recent surge in Covid cases, SFCC is sharing this message at its entrances:

We strongly encourage face masks inside the building. Recomendamos encarecidamente el uso de mascarillas dentro del edificio.

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.

NMHU Transfer information
Tuesdays 10 a.m to 3 p.m.

A representative from New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU) will be on campus to discuss options for continuing your educational journey to earn your bachelor’s or master’s degree. The representative can provide information on admissions, academic programs, scholarships, financial aid and more to prospective students. The NMHU representative will be available from from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through May 9 in the main hallway outside the Welcome and Advising Center. For more information, contact Mary E. Angell at

Online FAFSA Workshops/Talleres FAFSA en línea

Financial Aid Office  English FAFSA Workshops
Online every Wednesday  11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For the link and more information:

Oficina de Ayuda Financiera Talleres FAFSA en español
en línea todos los jueves de 11 a.m. a 1 p.m.

Para más información, elige la fecha que quieres atender:

Opening Doors/Abriendo Puertas Parent Leadership Class
March 8 through May 24

Wednesdays, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, SFCC Kids Campus

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 and centers you as your child’s first teacher. Topics include promoting school readiness, family well-being, and advocacy, early childhood development, early literacy, bilingualism, early math, positive use of technology, attendance, civic engagement, parent leadership, goal setting, and planning for family success.  Free dinner and child care! Earn $250 for attending all 10 sessions! Registration required (space limited): 
Must have at least one child ages 0-5. Preference given to parents under 30. 

FamilyU Fellowship questions answered during office hours

SFCC is proud to announce a one-year fellowship for student parents enrolled at our institution. Student Parent Fellows will receive a $20,000 stipend to help SFCC enhance our student parent supports over the next year. This opportunity is a part of our participation in a program called FamilyU, which is offered by Generation Hope, a nonprofit organization that is working with colleges and universities to create more family-friendly campuses across the country. To learn more about the fellowship opportunity and eligibility requirements, visit

If you are you a student parent considering applying for the FamilyU Student Parent Fellowship and have a question about the application process? Ask during office hours to get your answer directly from a FamilyU coach at Generation hope.

Office hours for questions are:

  • 5-6 p.m. Tuesday, February 23
  • 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 28
  • 2-3 p.m. Wednesday March 8
  • 1-2 p.m Monday March 13

Learn more and get the zoom link at:

The application is due by 11:59 PM ET on Monday, March 20th. Apply here!(

Katie Besser Student Awards – submit entries through March 1, 2023

Entries are being accepted for the Katie Besser Student awards now through noon on March 1, 2023. 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.

Sponsored by SFCC Foundation, as well as SFCC Media Arts & Liberal Arts

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.

SFCC Library family study room now open

If you’re a student parent, we have good news for you! The SFCC Library has opened a new family study room for students who have children. The room has a space for children with toys, books, and special-sized furniture. The room will have three computer stations and room for students working on laptops.

It is open all hours the library is open. It will be available to current students when they have their children with them. Please note: This is not daycare, students must remain with their children. The library’s restroom adjacent to the study room has been updated and is family-friendly with a changing station.

SFCC Library Spring semester hours are:
Mon. – Thurs. 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Fri. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sat. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

SFCC 2022-2023 scholarship application available now

SFCC can help you pay for college with scholarships. One simple application puts you in consideration for state institutional and Foundation private scholarships. Scholarships are available for new and returning, part-time and full-time students to help pay for college for the upcoming academic year. Scholarships are also available for second-generation college students, Veterans, Native American students, Hispanic students and students with disabilities (must be registered with the SAS department at SFCC offers performance-based scholarships through Contract for a Better Tomorrow (CBT).

For more information and to apply go to:

If you have questions or need assistance email the Financial Aid Office at from your SFCC student email account. Make sure to include your Student ID number in the email.
Se habla Español.

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 | |

Professional Development Day is Friday, March 3
Schedule below

8:30 a.m.- noon: All Staff and Faculty, including Adjunct professors, will please complete the KnowBe4 online mandated training. You will receive an invitation from KnowBe4 on February 25, 2023. Please check your spam.

If you do not receive an invitation by Monday February 27, please let Jane Yuster know. The morning time is to be used for this purpose, unless your department has planned all day meetings which take priority.

8:30am-noon: All Spanish speaking staff will please report to the Jemez room for live Mandated Training. It is critical you sign in when taking the training so you may receive credit for it. This training will be conducted in Spanish.

12:00-1:00 p.m.: Lunch on your own

1:00-4:00 p.m.: Departmental Trainings

8:30 a.m. al mediodía: Todo el personal y la facultad, incluidos los profesores adjuntos, completarán la capacitación obligatoria en línea de KnowBe4. Recibirá una invitación de KnowBe4 el 25 de febrero de 2023. Verifique su correo no deseado.

Si no recibe una invitación antes del lunes 27 de febrero, informe a Jane Yuster. El tiempo de la mañana debe usarse para este propósito, a menos que su departamento haya planificado reuniones de todo el día que tengan prioridad.

8:30 a.m. al mediodía: todo el personal de habla hispana se presentará en la sala Jemez para recibir capacitación obligatoria en vivo. Es fundamental que se registre cuando tome la capacitación para que pueda recibir crédito por ella. Esta capacitación se llevará a cabo en español.

12:00-1:00 p.m. Almuerzo por su cuenta

1:00-4:00pm Capacitaciones departamentales

February Computer Update Alert

Effective Thursday February 23, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. Microsoft Operating System and Office updates will be deployed. You will have until Thursday March 9, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. to install these updates at your convenience. After the deadline the updates will be installed automatically and force a restart of your machine.

It is critical to install Security/Windows updates to protect your systems from malicious attacks. Please install these patches as soon as you receive notification that you have updates to install. The updates may take some time to install so please plan accordingly. For iMac users no action necessary, updates will be installed automatically overnight every third Tuesday of each month.

If you need assistance, please contact the Service Desk at (505) 428-1222.

James Marshall’s work included in exhibition in Ft. Worth through March 11

James Marshall, Program Head of Ceramics, has art that is included in the exhibition, “Compendium Revealed” at the William Campbell Gallery in Fortworth, Texas from February 11 to March 11. Read more about the exhibition at

Dr. Aamna Nayyar featured in Bulletin of Dental Education

Dr. Aamna Nayyar, Director of Dental Health

Dr. Aamna Nayyar, SFCC Director of Dental Health was recently featured in the Bulletin of Dental Education – ADEA Connect Ambassador Spotlight: Dr. Aamna Nayyar

Aamna Nayyar, D.D.S., is a Community Ambassador for ADEA SIG on Dental Hygiene Clinical Coordinators. Read more about Dr. Nayyar and her professional experience below. She is highlighted based on her contributions to ADEA Connect. Link to the full article here.

Congratulations to Dr. Aamna Nayyar for this latest national recognition!

For information about SFCC Dental Programs, please email at

Winter 2023 Human Resources Newsletter / Boletín de invierno de Recursos Humanos

The Office of Human Resources shared its winter newsletter: 

2022 W-2s available in Legacy Employee Services

W-2s have been issued and are available to all employees in Banner Self-Service. Paper forms for those not consenting to electronic delivery were mailed on Jan 26th.  They are not available for pick-up.

Instructions to print your W-2:

  • In MySFCC, use the Employee drop down menu on the left to click on Legacy Employee Services.  This takes you to Banner Self-Service.
  • Click on Tax Forms, W-2 Wage and Tax Statement and choose Tax Year 2022.

Message about preferred names

The following message was shared on Friday, February 3:

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 |

CHESS — Collaborative for Higher Education Shared Services

CHESS Connection Newsletter – February 27

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

This month’s newsletter contains a lot of information on Workday features such as profile pictures and reporting, as well as information about the CHESS team and employment opportunities.

February WOW – Kristina Lally

Kristina Lally was nominated for January 2023 WOW award. Congratulations Kristina!

Kristina Lally was nominated by Jessica Balladares:

“Kristina is consistently working towards getting all student records in place for graduation. She is diligently assisting me with questions and helping me to get processes completed towards the support of students. She is dedicated and committed to her work!”

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,

Spring 2023 Online Teaching & Learning Pins and Training Opportunities

Earn the OTL pins to signify your online course has met SFCC and Quality Matters standards of online course design. Reach out to the SFCC OTL Department to begin the review process.

SFCC Online Course Development Standards Training on Canvas

  • Monday, January 30th – Sunday, February 19th
  • Monday, February 27th – Sunday, March 19th
  • Monday, March 27th – Sunday, April 16th

Contact Michelle F. Renteria to enroll,

Quality Matters Courses/Workshops

  • Designing Your Online Course (DYOC)
  • Designing Your Blended Course (DYBC)
  • Improving your Online Course (IYOC)
  • Creating Presence in Your Online Course (CPOC)
  • Addressing Accessibility and Usability (AAU)
  • Accessing Your Learners (AYL)
  • Gauging Your Technology Skills (GYTS)
  • Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR)

Contact the SFCC OTL Department for starting dates and registration, by phone at 505-428-1166 or email at

Title V Professional Development for Faculty

During the Spring 2023 semester, the SFCC Title V Hispanic Serving Institution grant will be supporting a number of professional development opportunities for faculty in online teaching and in culturally responsive teaching for STEM faculty. Title V can cover the cost of registration and, in some cases, compensation for faculty. For information about the Spring 2023 Faculty Professional Development through Title V please see this link:

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 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

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!


SFCC Student Activities presented Black History Month Special Event

A special video presentation and music were part of the event.

In honor of Black History Month, SFCC Student Activities hosted a special event with videos, speeches, poems and music on Tuesday, Feb. 21. Ruthy Watson, Ph.D., gave the keynote.

YouthWorks catered a BBQ menu that featured pulled chicken, pork, vegetarian options and some delicious sides. Dr. Aamna Nayaar thanked Student Involvement Coordinator Mary Eleas for ensuring there were vegetarian options.

Thank you to Dr. Aamna Nayaar and Ben Lauer for sharing these images. It looks like everyone also got into the spirit of Mardi Gras!

February is recognized as national Black History Month. Each February we acknowledge the struggles, adversity, strength and history of the Black American experience in the United States. This year’s theme, “Black Resistance,” recognizes Black Americans’ resistance to historic oppression in pursuit of self-determination and equality. There are a wide range of resources for faculty, students and staff at

Ongoing news and events

Recording: ChatGPT’s Implications for Higher Ed

By now you’ve probably heard of ChatGPT, the free AI platform that can “write” full-length, college-level essays on virtually any topic in seconds. From academic integrity to assessment, ChatGPT’s impact on higher education will be far-ranging. This session includes a demo of how ChatGPT works, implications for higher education and how other colleges and universities are responding. This session was led by SFCC librarians.

See ChatGPT information and resources:

Work has begun on connector roads to SFCC

Click on the graphic to enlarge. From the web page. See more maps and video there.

Work expected to continue until fall

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported in the Jan. 25 story, “County hopes construction of connector roads leads to growth south of city,” that “Santa Fe County is starting the construction phase of a more than $20 million infrastructure project 20 years in the making, which aims to provide better access to Santa Fe Community College and accommodate future growth south of the city. …

“The “northeast connector” involves construction of roadway and two roundabout intersections between Dinosaur Trail and Rabbit Road, giving drivers a direct route between them. Currently, drivers traveling west from Rabbit Road are required to drive through the Oshara Village subdivision to reach Dinosaur Trail or busy Richards Avenue.

“The “southeast connector” will serve as an alternate route from Rabbit Road to Avenida del Sur to reduce traffic congestion on Richards Avenue. This route also will provide secondary emergency access to the community college, according to the county.”

To see videos and maps about this project visit: Also, hear about this on KSFR-radio.

New 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

Registration continues for Spring Continuing Education classes, many start next month

The SFCC Spring Continuing Education Schedule is available online. Print copies can be found in the racks at SFCC, the Santa Fe Higher Education Center and around town. Visit for tips on registering and to view the variety of offerings.

Food and Wine
Sommelier Nancy Shapardanis will offer four new wine classes and promises to have something for everyone. Do you want to understand wine from the vineyard to the glass, or just want to know the basics of how to taste wine like a pro? Shapardanis has a class for you. Learn the art of pairing wine and food or become an expert in Italian wine styles. Or expand your culinary skills with Aditi Thatte and learn the secrets of Indian vegetarian cooking.

Discover the joys of the region’s geology and history
Enjoy learning about the geology of our region with Kirk Kempter on a variety of hiking trips. William Neuwirth, a biologist and naturalist, will lead online classes as well as offer a hiking excursion. Join SFCC’s history professor Stephen C. Martinez, Ph.D., for a three-part brown bag lunch lecture series on 19th century New Mexico history.

Gain business and career skills
Whether you’re looking for professional development opportunities or want to break into the “New Collar” workforce you can choose from a variety of options. There are dozens of classes offered either online or in person.

If you have questions about the schedule, contact Continuing Education at or 505-428-1676. The Continuing Education (CE) staff can help you complete your registration.

Free STEM Kits at SFCC Library

The kits are made available to the SFCC community through the Santa Fe Children’s Museum. Kits are available during the library’s regular hours. For more information contact:

Balancing Robot STEM Kits at SFCC Library

Come by the SFCC library to pick up a kit to use to explore balance with your kids!  Kits are available during the library’s regular hours.

For more information contact:

Solar System Bracelets

Solar System Bracelet STEM kits are available for kids ages 4-7 at the SFCC library. Instructions are in English and Spanish and all materials are included in the kits.

Come by the SFCC library to pick up a kit to use to explore the solar system with your kids!

Name Rockets!

Available at the SFCC Library

Free Name Rocket 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.

Come by the library to pick up a kit to use and explore shapes & rockets with your kids! Kits are available during the library’s regular hours.

For more information contact:

Early Childhood Center of Excellence offers free early childhood speaker series with equity and social justice focus; next talk on March 10

The Early Childhood Center of Excellence (ECCOE) offers a free early childhood speaker series featuring national and New Mexico experts focused on equity and social justice in early childhood teacher preparation. This series is for higher education faculty and anyone interested in bringing equity to their work with young children and families. This free virtual series runs from September 2022 through May 2023. Registration is open now!

You can see the full schedule through May, as well as register for any events for the speaker series here.

Visit Equity FAQ web page

SFCC’s Equity Statement and Equity web page are now linked to an Equity FAQ page. Visit the Equity FAQ page. The Equity FAQ page is an evolving web page. Feedback or questions? Contact President’s Diversity Advisory Committee’s co-chairs Shalimar Krebs or sj Miller, Ph.D.

Santa Fe Reporter story explains on-demand buses that serve SFCC community

The Santa Fe Reporter story on Nov. 9 by Andy Lyman, “In demand-drivers mean in-demand buses,” featured Paul Volmer, an SFCC film student, as well as Director of Student Engagement and Recruitment Marcos Maez, who also serves on the City Transit Advisory Board. Route 21 (which comes to the college) is currently an on-demand route, which means riders must contact dispatchers when they need a ride on the bus. (It is not currently operating on a regular bus schedule and is only available on weekdays.) Also, other routes that feed into that route are also impacted. The story states, “For on-demand service on Santa Fe Trails routes 5, 6, 21, 22 and the Museum Hill route on weekdays and weekends as well as Route 24 and 26 on weekends, contact dispatchers at (505) 955-2001.” Keep that number handy if you need to use the bus. Bike riders might find it necessary to take the bus on days there is snow and ice. For more information visit the Santa Fe Trails site.

Watch video to learn more about tuition-free college

The recording of the public information session on tuition-free college provided by the New Mexico Higher Education Department on August 19 is now available. You can view it via the link below or at the main website at  Thank you to the New Mexico Educational Assistance Foundation for hosting this session.

Understanding Tuition-Free College in New Mexico – YouTube

Need food? Campus Cupboard welcomes all

Campus Cupboard now offers 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.

Let’s help slow the spread of the virus

Let’s keep everyone safe and remember:

  • If you are feeling ill, you should not come into work, and avoid any type of social setting. The College wants you to feel better before you return to work.
  • If you are feeling ill: Get tested and isolate yourself from others as much as possible. We need to help mitigate the health risk to others.
  • Call 1-855-600-3453 for testing information and results.
  • If you do contract COVID-19, seek medical attention immediately. Notify your supervisor and human resources. These cases need to be reported, SFCC is here to support you.

Please do your part, to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Stay home, stay safe, stay healthy.

Do you need information on testing? Visit

SFCC strongly encourages face masks inside the building. Recomendamos encarecidamente el uso de mascarillas dentro del edificio.

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.

02/21/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Santa Fe Community College’s auto repair program receives accreditation”

02/18/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “PHILL CASAUS: Sometimes, it’s the certificate, not the degree, that makes a difference”

02/12/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Paramedic students looking deeper. Focus on new portable ultrasound equipment in classroom with EMSI instructor Drew Congdon.

02/11/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Film industry figures say commissioner Jennifer LaBar-Tapia helps make Santa Fe great place to film”. Story includes quotes from Milton Riess, SFCC Film faculty and PROTEC television and film production assistant instructor.

02/08/202, New Mexico Magazine, “The Story Behind Ethyl the Whale.”

01/28/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “State Public Education Secretary Steinhaus announces retirement”. (He previously taught at SFCC.)

01/28/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Former inmates lobby for bill to restore voting rights”

01/25/2023, KRQE-TV, “Santa Fe school district creates initiative after rise in non-English-speaking students”

01/25/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, City Council Actions Noted: Allocation of $900,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funds to support an early child care work development program with Santa Fe Community College.

01/23/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “County hopes construction of connector roads leads to growth south of city”

01/23/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Smartboard – SFCC Visual Arts Gallery presents ‘Immortal’ & Veterans group hosts Defusing Anger Workshop”

01/23/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, 01/23/2023, “JANET ANN WISE, 1953-2023 Communicator used her abilities to make a difference in Santa Fe” Donations in her memory, can be made online for Campus Cupboard.

01/22/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “College and Career Plaza offers help for all S.F. high schoolers” Director of Student Engagement & Recruitment Marcos Maez is the president Board of Directors at College & Career Plaza.

01/11/2023, KSFR radio, “New Vehicle To Help CHRISTUS Rehab Patients”

01/11/2023, Albuquerque Journal, “New rehabilitation tool unveiled”

01/10/2023, KOB-4, “Santa Fe Community College offers free set training program”

01/09/2023, KRQE-TV, “Santa Fe film office offering free training opportunity”

01/06/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican (Pasatiempo) “Life of the Party” about the artwork of Jared Weiss, SFCC art faculty member.