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President's Spring 2020 Presentation 2 p.m. on Jan. 13

President’s Spring 2020 Address and Conversation with the President, 2 to 3 p.m. Monday, January 13 in the Jemez Rooms. President Becky Rowley welcomes your questions, input and feedback.

ESL new student orientations begin Jan. 14

Beginning January 27, SFCC’s ESL Program will offer English as a Second Language classes to adults who want to learn English. Classes are taught at SFCC, Cesar Chavez Elementary School, and El Camino Real Academy. Morning and evening classes are at SFCC; classes at Cesar Chavez Elementary School and El Camino Real Academy are in the evening.

New students must attend ONE of the three-hour orientation sessions listed below. Orientation includes testing and placement as well as registration for the courses.

Orientation / Registration
Santa Fe Community College, Adult Education Department, 6401 Richards Ave.

  • Tuesday, January 14: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. OR 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 15: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. OR 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 21: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. OR 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 22: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. OR 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

There is a registration fee of $25 [cash or money order] that can be applied to more than one course and includes all class materials.

Midtown Registration Fair 1 to 6 p.m. Jan. 16

Santa Fe Community College will offer a special one-day Midtown Campus Registration Fair from 1 to 6 p.m on Thursday, Jan. 16 at the Santa Fe Higher Education Center, 1950 Siringo Road. SFCC staff will be on hand to help people sign up for spring classes, which begin on Jan. 21. Prospective students should bring along a photo I.D. to start the process.

You don’t need to pre-register to attend, but if you contact SFCC in advance you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a gift card courtesy of Santa Fe Community College Foundation. Express your interest either at or call 505-428-1667.


Plant and Operation Management moving to LL305 during construction

This spring, Plant Operations and Management will be in a new location during office renovation and construction. POM will move into the office suite in the West Wing, Lower Level Room 305 on January 13 and will remain there through May.

Continuing Education open house 10 to 1 p.m. Jan. 23

Santa Fe Community College
Continuing Education Spring Open House.
Thurs., Jan. 23
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ever wanted to learn a second language? The Spanish course offerings are many but French, German and Italian are also available. Ever wanted to impress your friends with your creations in the kitchen or learn more about how nutrition supports health? Thinking about retirement? Get tips on a wide range of considerations as you prepare for that stage of your life. Find out about these offerings and much more during the Continuing Education open house at Santa Fe Community College, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thurs., Jan. 23 in the hallway outside the Continuing Education Office, 6401 Richards Avenue.

Instructors will be displaying their work and talking to students about their classes. Students can register for classes, and refreshments will be served.

For more information, visit or call 505-428-1676.

February Library Events

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.

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.


AARP Tax-Aide at the Santa Fe HEC

Free 2020 tax preparation will be provided by AARP 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:


Campus shutdown Monday, Jan. 20 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

The College will be completely shut down on Monday, January 20 for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Electricity will be out for the entire site to accommodate electrical infrastructure installation at the Automotive Technologies building. As a safety precaution, employees are expected to shut down all electronics in their areas including computer workstations, monitors, and printers. No one will be allowed on site that day for any reason. Email, Canvas, and the public website will remain accessible during the outage. However, many services such as class registration and payments will not be available.

Employees should shut down their electronics before leaving for the holiday weekend, or by Sunday evening at 6 p.m. at the latest.

The Santa Fe Higher Education Center (HEC) will also be closed, but will not be subject to the electrical shut down.

SFCC Campus Safety & Security: 505-428-1224.

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.

Policy Updates

The SFCC Governing Board has approved policies that recently have been revised. Procedures have also been updated. Please click on the links to learn more:

Policy 1-31 Governing Board Financial Oversight
Policy 2-3 Student Concerns and Complaints Procedures
Policy 2-12 Student Records
Policy 2-12 Student Records Procedures
Policy 7-1 Information Technology Resources, Usage & Security Procedures

College policies are online at SFCC/policies. If you have questions or would like to learn more about policies or the Shared Governance Policy Review Process, contact Policy Officer Laura J. Mulry at ext. 1776 or

HSE/GED Prep and I-BEST registration open

New student registration for high school equivalency and GED preparation classes is open through January 13. Returning students may register until January 17. Classes in Spanish and English begin January 21. For more information, call 505-428-1356 or go to


Under Construction: Auto Tech Center

Construction has begun on the new, 17,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Automotive Technologies Center on the southeast corner of campus. Please share these contacts should anyone need directions to the construction site or information:
Karin Pitman, SFCC Automotive Technologies Center Project Manager at 428-1720
Julia Furry, Director of Automotive Technologies – 428-1177.

The college thanks our local voters who supported the need for educating more skilled automotive technicians when they approved the $7 million bond to build the center. The ATC is designed to become eligible to earn a LEED Gold energy designation using various sustainable strategies. The architectural renderings from Greer Stafford/SJCF ARCHITECTURE, Inc. are posted online. The Automotive Technologies Program offers multiple certificates as well as an Associate in Applied Science degree, all of which lead to in-demand, good-paying jobs.

SFCC in the news

The following stories either featured or mentioned SFCC.

Santa Fe New Mexican, 12/26/19, Immigrant reflects on Cuban New Year’s celebration

Santa Fe New Mexican, 1/4/20, Letters to the Editor: Easy Choice

Albuquerque Journal, 1/12, How do we cross an arroyo? Story details several options to connect and extend Richards Ave. Meeting to discuss the options is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13 at SF Higher Education Center, 1950 Siringo.

Student Spotlight

New student orientation 11 a.m. or 6 p.m. Jan. 15

New student orientation is Wednesday, January 15 in the Main Hallway. Students can attend either of two orientation sessions that day: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 6 to 7:30 p.m. No reservations needed.

Each orientation session will begin promptly with opening remarks, followed by a campus tour and resource information. Each student is welcome to bring one guest. Staff and leadership will be available to answer questions.

For more information, please call 505-428-1275.

First SFCC student recipient of NMCWA scholarship

Student Allison Kittel is the first-ever SFCC student recipient of the New Mexico State Committee for the National Museum of Women in the Arts’ Scholarship. Allison will be receiving a $2500 ($1250 per semester) scholarship in 2020-2021. This was the organization’s first award to a community college and was years in the making with great help from Dean Bernadette Jacobs, Barbara Bloomberg, Jackie M, Kelly Smith and the NMCWA Scholarship Award Committee.

The New Mexico State Committee furthers the mission of The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA), the only major museum in the world solely dedicated to championing women through the arts. For more information visit:

Student journalists featured in Reporter's State of the Art

SFCC student-journalists Tintawi Kaigziabiher, Tristan Van Cleave and TMP student-journalist Maya Aronson were featured in last week’s Santa Fe Reporter cover story, State of the Art. These students are all members of the 2019 Fall cohort for the NM Fund for Public Interest Journalism, a project of the Santa Fe Reporter.


Former student Taz Bramlette featured in January Eldorado Living

The artist spotlight in the January edition of Eldorado Living, a print-only magazine for residents of greater Eldorado, featured former SFCC woodworking student Taz Bramlette. In the article, Taz mentions his experience in the fine woodworking program at SFCC as being a catalyst in the evolution of his craft. He studied woodturning at SFCC for approximately 6 years.

Photo: Spalted cottonwood crotch vessel. First place and best in show at NM State Fair


Join Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration honoring TMP students

Santa Fe Branch of the NAACP invites everyone to celebrate the success of three students in The MASTERS Program along with other students who will be honored at the Capitol ceremony on Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Commemoration.

What: MLK, Jr., Birthday Commemoration
Why: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award
Who: 11th and 12th grade Santa Fe Public and Charter School Students
When: 12 Noon, Monday, January 20, 2020
Where: New Mexico State Capitol Rotunda
The public is invited.


Spring 2020 Payment Information

There will not be administrative drops in the Spring 2020 semester.

Students should have one of the following payment arrangements in place by the first day of class, January 21, 2020:

  • Payment in full
  • Payment plan
  • Preauthorized financial aid
  • Third-party payment. If you need to arrange third-party payment, please contact Linda Pena at 428-1871

Contact the Cashier’s office with questions, 428-1211.

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 Bradshaw 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.


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

Employee Announcements

Dr. sj Miller releases two new books on gender identity in education

Two new books written by Dr. sj Miller about gender identity in pre-K through University Education have recently been published.

‘about Gender Identity Justice in Schools and Communities’ (


‘About Navigating Trans and Complex Gender Identities’ (

Click here for more detail about these publications.

sj is available for presentations, talks, keynotes and professional development.


Aamna Nayyar co-authors 'Three Paths, One God: Traditional Scriptures and New Prayers'

A message from Aamna Nayyar, Director Department of Dental Health, and member of SFCC’s PDAC:

“[I’m] sharing with you the book that I co-authored/compiled. The book is about religious tolerance and hopefully, it will be my small contribution toward world peace. Amen.”

From book description on

Three paths, One God. Jewish, Christian, Muslim. Scripture, liturgy, and contemporary prayer. Three women, each following her faith, praying and seeking, marking times of our days, celebrating the unfolding of our lives, pursuing sacred paths toward God. Thus, this book!

As active practitioners of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, the authors recognize the power of religious belief and practice in our lives.

Publisher’s Note


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In Memoriam: Susan M. Bailey

SFCC Adjunct Professor Susan M. Bailey passed away on December 23, 2019. The college wishes to express sympathy to her family, friends, colleagues and students. Dean Bernadette Jacobs said she has heard from many faculty and students who said Susan M. Bailey was a beloved instructor who shared her passion for art history with her students.

Read her obituary at