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Dean Bernadette Jacobs honored with celebration

Faculty, staff and students, as well as members of the community attended a reception for Dean Bernadette Jabobs, Ph.D., who retired last week. We thank her for her dedication to students and the college, and wish her the best as she begins her retirement.

Photo above: Dean Bernadette Jacobs, who retired last week, receives congratulations from Dr. Aamna Nayyar, Director of Department of Dental Health. Special thanks to Ashley Martinez, who took these photos.

See more festive photos here.

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 4
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Jemez Room 1
“400 years of slavery in North America” as part of the New York Times The 1619 Project and at noon “The Journey of Man” genetics video. Introduced by Stephen Martinez, Ph.D., SFCC history professor.
February 5
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Jemez Room 1
African American food history, Blues Guitar demo by Andrew Lovato, Ph.D. SFCC professor and author of The Big Book of Blues Guitar: The History, The Greats and How to Play and short videos featuring Black artists.


SFCC Planetarium: Distant Worlds, Alien Life? 7 p.m. Feb. 6 CANCELLED

This event has been cancelled, we apologize for any inconvenience:

Come explore Distant Worlds with the SFCC Planetarium!
For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit

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

If you have questions, please contact:
Amanda R. Truitt, Ph.D., Astronomy Faculty & Planetarium Coordinator, or call 505-428-1721

Spring 2020 SFCC Planetarium Event Schedule

February Library Events: 3 p.m. Thursday, 6 p.m. Feb. 19

February library events feature faculty publications
SFCC Library, Room 516
Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Ave.

Feb. 6
3 to 4 p.m.
Panel discussion, book sales and signing of Three Paths, One God: Traditional Scriptures and New Prayers by Aamna Nayyar, Min Kantrowitz and Victoria Reder.

The book brings together beliefs from Jewish, Christian and Muslim scripture, liturgy and prayer. The book represents diverse points of view and encourages religious understanding and tolerance.

Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the President’s Diversity Advisory Committee.

Read more about the book.

Feb. 19
6 to 7 p.m.
Book signing and performance: The Big Book of Blues Guitar: The History, the Greats—And How to Play by Andrew Leo Lovato.

People who own guitars are welcome to bring their guitars for a mini guitar lesson following the book discussion.

Read more about the book.


Listen to podcasts of Yuri Findlay talking about Black History Month

Yuri Findlay, Director of Medical Assisting and Phlebotomy, was a recent guest on Richard Eeds Show on KRTC. Listen to the podcast.

Findley and Stephen Martinez, Ph.D., also were guests on KSFR radio. Listen to “Why Celebrating Black History Month Means Celebrating All of Us”

Helicopter arriving at SFCC Tuesday for training purposes

Don’t be alarmed if you see or hear a medical flight helicopter on campus on Tuesday. One will be arriving at the track field for training purposes for our EMSI and other medical students.

Deconstructing Racism in New Mexico Day Feb. 13

Deconstructing Racism New Mexico has been organizing since its inception so many years ago. Please visit their website to learn more about their work and how you can be involved:

SFCC Visual Arts Gallery Presents Tangent/Trajectory, opening 4 p.m. Feb. 14

Christina Hall-Strauss, Sand Patterns 6, 40×32

Don Redman, Wallenda 2


Show featuring Don Redman and Christina Hall-Strauss opens from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14.

Santa Fe Community College’s Visual Arts Gallery presents the exhibition, Tangent/Trajectory, which opens from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14. The exhibition features the work of sculptor Don Redman and painter Christina Hall-Strauss.

The two diverse artists will offer a showcase of art that conveys energy, light and motion.

The exhibition is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays Feb. 14 through March 26 (Closed for SFCC Spring Break March 16 through March 22)


Fishbowl events: Feb. 20 and 21

PDAC has scheduled its first fishbowl events. PDAC is hosting discussions around the idea of “What Does it Mean to Be a Hispanic Serving Institution?”

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, in the Boardroom
10 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21, in the Jemez Rooms

PDAC would like to encourage as much participation as possible. These discussions will enrich SFCC’s PDAC strategic planning retreat.

Jazz Brunch for Student Scholarships Mar. 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, 11:00am 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:


Facilities and Operations (formerly POM) moved to Room LL305

The Facilities and Operations (formerly Plant Operations and Management) offices and maintenance shop will undergo renovations beginning in February. During construction, Facilities and Operations staff and offices will temporarily move to the West Wing, Lower Level, Room LL305. They will be open for business in the new location beginning Monday, January 27.

For assistance or more information, please contact Office Coordinator Antonette Tapia at 428-1670.

Register early for the Gerald Clay Basketball tournament

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.

Registration by cash or check only is available at the FEC front desk. Online registration is expected to be available soon.

Proceeds from the event support scholarships for Exercise Science students and equipment for the gymnasium. Contact Herman Garcia, 505-428-1751.

SFCC in the news

The following stories either featured or mentioned SFCC.

Santa Fe Reporter, 1/28/20, “On the Cutting Edge of Water Efficiency” Story mentions SFCC role as a partner.

Santa Fe New Mexican, 1/22/20, “Meeting on Richards Ave. rescheduled” Meeting rescheduled after recent snowstorm to Feb. 11.

Student Spotlight

Campus Center Meeting for students at noon on Feb. 5

The Student Government Association invites students to a meeting from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5 in the campus center. Pepperoni and cheese pizza will be served.

Recruitment visit 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
Wednesday, February 5
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bellevue University
Thursday, February 6
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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

Free and confidential counseling available to students

SFCC Counseling Services provides free and confidential counseling to students. Please come by and meet our staff. We are located in Suite 201 adjacent to the Enrollment Center.

Janelle Johnson, MA, LPCC, Senior Counselor
Rosalie Lipfert, LMSW, Counselor
Bianca Ovalle, Art Therapy Intern
Mariliana Lopez Cabrera, student worker and campus outreach

You can contact us at or call 428-1682. Counselors are available 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Counselors can assist you with:

  • Low Motivation
  • Stress Management
  • Community Referrals
  • Relationship Problems
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Sexual Assault
  • Gender Identity
  • Substance Abuse
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Loss
  • Family Concerns
  • Test Anxiety



Want to save money on books?

SFCC Library has many textbooks for common classes available for a 2-hour loan in the library. Find out if they have your books at

For more information visit:

Need money to pay for school?

The FAFSA is available!

A completed FAFSA is required for students to be able to qualify for financial aid and also to qualify for some scholarships.

Students hoping to receive financial aid for Spring and Summer 2020 should fill out the 2019-20 FAFSA.

Students preparing for Fall 2020 should fill out the 2020-2021 FAFSA, which is also available.

Please contact the financial aid office with questions:, 428-1268

Katie Besser Student Awards - submit your work for consideration

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.


SFCC SOW – Spirit of Writing Art and Justice Collective spring meetings begin Jan. 21

Please join SFCC and Santa Fe Community members to explore and create events and learning opportunities about the intersections of art and justice.

All writers, artists, readers, performers, appreciators, thinkers are welcome.

Tuesdays from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm in Room 414A

For more information, please email or call (505) 428-1467.

Employee Announcements

Dr. Aamna Nayyar recognized as KMDC panelist

Dr. Aamna Nayyar was recognized for serving as the panelist at the Karachi Medical and Dental College (KMDC- Alumni Conference on Dec 21, 2019, held at KMDC, Karachi, Pakistan. The Certificate of Recognition is presented to her By Dr. Arshad Hassan. Dr. Hassas is the Principal of Dow Dental College in Karachi, Pakistan.
Photo credits: Abdullah Shah

For information on Dental programs at SFCC, please contact: Aamna Nayyar at 505-428-1258 or and visit:

SFCC cited in city press release, "Santa Fe named a sustainable city of the year"

Amanda Hatherly, SFCC’s Director of Center of Excellence, New Mexico EnergySmart Academy has been working on a curriculum and training program to reduce water use at restaurants, hotels and other commercial properties. She shared a City of Santa Fe press release that cites SFCC’s role , “Santa Fe named sustainable city of the year”

The press relase states, “A new partnership with the Santa Fe Community College, funded by a National Science Foundation Grant, was formed to develop workforce curriculum and training certifications in an effort to expand the number of auditors for restaurants, hotels and other commercial properties.”

Kudos to Amanda Hatherly for her hard work in contributing to Santa Fe’s water sustainability!

Be safe in the snow

Winter Safety at SFCC

  • Wear proper footwear & clothing
  • Watch your step
  • Don’t walk and use your phone
  • Stay on cleared pathways
  • Be safe on the roads


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