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“Immortal” exhibition opens Thursday in Visual Arts Gallery with reception from 2 to 5 p.m.

Exhibition features works by SFCC ceramic artists who have passed in last two years

Michelle Goodman is one of the ceramic artists whose work will be showcased in “Immortal.”
Ceramic artwork by Michelle Goodman.

Everyone is welcome to attend “IMMORTAL,” an opening reception from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday, January 26.

The 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.

Eddie Hironaka

The SFCC Visual Arts Gallery will honor 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.

Frank Willett taught at SFCC

Frank 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.

Red Cross offers ‘Defusing Anger’ workshop for veterans and their families at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 in Veterans Resource Center

The Red Cross Reconnection Workshops provide tools for veterans, service members, and their families to cope with the challenges that come with military-related transitions. The Reconnection Workshops utilize small-group discussions to help participants learn to reconnect with others.

There will be six workshops this Spring semester, one per month, and topics relevant to readjustment. The first workshop ‘Defusing Anger’ is from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday January 26 in the SFCC Veterans Resource Center, in the lower level in Room LL302. That room is at the base of the campus center stairwell. It can also be accessed via the elevator in the campus center.

New spring semester hours for East Wing Eatery

OIT Maintenance 6 a.m. – noon Jan. 29

OIT will be performing maintenance from 6 a.m. to noon on Sunday, January 29th, 2023. All systems will be affected by intermittent outages.

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

Applications open for free PROTEC intensive fiber optics training

Close-up up of PROTEC students in a fiber optics training class get hands-on training.

PROTEC will offer free training 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Feb. 13 – 17, 2023 at SFCC Higher Education Center. Applications due on Feb. 3. Qualified applicants will get up to 80 hours paid internships.

SFCC in partnership with Santa Fe County and the New Mexico Department of Workforce Connections announce applications are open for a free training bootcamp to become a certified fiber optics technician. Qualified applicants will get up to 80 hours paid internships.

The Professional Readiness for Technical Careers (PROTEC) program begins on Monday, Feb. 13 and continues through Friday, Feb.17 at SFCC Higher Education Center, 1950 Siringo Road. Applications are due on Feb. 3. More information and applications are available at

The free five-day, hands-on intensive program gives students the opportunity to earn three certifications from the Fiber Optic Association that are recognized throughout the world and aligned to industry standards. These credentials will remain valid for three years, after which they can be renewed by the student. Students can earn the following certifications: Certified Fiber Optic Technician, Certified Fiber Optic Specialist in Splicing, and Certified Fiber Optic Specialists in Testing and Maintenance. 

Certified optics technicians are in demand. Local employers include Ward Cabling, LLC, Continental Divide Electric Cooperative, and Facebook Contractors. 

Included in the training are these three opportunities for certifications:

Certified Fiber Optics Technician Course

This introductory 3-day fiber optic tech course is designed for anyone interested in becoming a Certified Fiber Optic Technician. This Fiber Optic Training combines theory and 85 percent hands-on activities to prepare the student to take the CFOT (Certified Fiber Optic Technician) test that is sanctioned by the FOA (Fiber Optics Association) and given and graded on the final class day. This course also introduces the student to industry standards governing FTTD (Fiber To The Desk), FTTH (Fiber To The Home) and Distribution Cabling. Students will learn how to identify fiber types, recognize various connectors used in fiber installation; and install, terminate, splice, and properly test installed fiber cable to existing standards. This program explores the history and future of fiber optics and fiber optics capabilities, and basic testing and troubleshooting. Anyone interested in becoming a Certified Fiber Optics Technician should attend this class.

Certified Fiber Optics Specialist in Testing and Maintenance Course

This 2-day, 16-hour program is designed to offer advanced training to anyone involved with the testing and maintenance of fiber optics networks. A focal point in the program is to offer a general, easy to understand, approach to fiber optics testing standards with little theory and considerable hands-on activities. This comprehensive program explains the variety of testing standards, equipment and technological approaches used in fiber network testing and splicing and how to choose among them. This 85 percent hands-on course explores the overall spectrum of testing and maintenance of single mode fiber optics networks and provides a detailed overview and demonstration of various pieces of equipment used in testing and maintenance. Subject matter includes a detailed study of ANSI/TIA/EIA-526-(7)A, OTDR fundamentals and uses, OTDR vs. Insertion Loss Testing, Return Loss Testing, and Attenuation testing using the Power Source and Light Meter.

Certified Fiber Optics Specialist in Splicing Course

This Splicing Specialist Training includes a complete PowerPoint presentation explaining the importance of high-performance splicing and further details the points necessary to achieve these splices. The depth of this presentation is much greater than most textbooks and provides background information about splicing that is very important to the student. An overview of OTDR functions and trace understanding is also provided during this presentation. The 85 percent hands-on classroom activities will provide training in both fusion and mechanical splicing of either single or multimode fiber optic cables. Inside or outside plant fiber optic cable types will be utilized at instructor’s discretion during these hands-on sessions along with fiber optics enclosures and splice trays. The student will be responsible for successfully making and testing both mechanical and fusion splices. In addition to the basic splicing activities outlined above, the student will further be required to correctly and efficiently install spliced fibers into splice trays and enclosures. The student will further be required to achieve a splice loss of less than 0.15 dB for all splices and demonstrate proficiency in interpretation of splice loss using OTDR splice traces.

Participant requirements: Students must be able to distinguish colors and have good finger dexterity. No prior workforce training is required.  For applications visit

PROTEC offers preparatory training for entry-level employment in a variety of industries and is designed for individuals who are currently unemployed, underemployed or looking to increase their hire-ability in Santa Fe County.

For more information about the PROTEC program contact SFCC Continuing Education program at 505-428-1676 or

Café con las Comadres – 8:30 a.m. 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. 

 RSVP’s 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 Jan. 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.

CHRISTUS unveiled rehabilitation services vehicle customized by SFCC Automotive Technologies and Welding programs

CHRISTUS and SFCC dignitaries and representatives celebrate the unveiling of a customized rehabilitation services vehicle. The commemorative license plate with the name Javier recognizes the initiative that was led by the late Javier Gonzales. He initiated the conversation for the cooperative arrangement about a year and a half ago when he was Vice President and Chief Development Officer of the St. Vincent Hospital Foundation.

CHRISTUS Regional Medical Center and SFCC celebrated the unveiling of a customized rehabilitation services vehicle on January 11.

Here’s how this wonderful collaboration came together:

The expressed need for a vehicle for the Christus Rehabilitation department started with a conversation with the late Javier Gonzales (who was at the time Vice President and Chief Development Officer of the St. Vincent Hospital Foundation) more than a year and a half ago.  At that time, the rehab department needed a vehicle to practice car transfers as well as other functional activities to provide safe transfer for patients to their home environment. Javier Gonzales had a conversation with Russell Stowers, the Director for the rehab department at that time.  He promptly worked with SFCC Automotive Technologies department to secure an agreement to retrofit a “car trainer” that would be appropriate to work with patients at Christus St. Vincent. Javier Gonzales passed away from cancer in February 2022. See his obituary.

Javier Gonzales, who served as a County Commissioner and Santa Fe Mayor, had supported Santa Fe Community College throughout his career. He was also a strong advocate for St. Vincent Hospital Foundation.

He was a friend of the Automotive Technologies program director Julia Furry. She was pleased to have the opportunity to support this worthy cause of preparing a vehicle. She coordinated with the automotive and welding faculty at SFCC. They worked with one of their donated vehicles to customize the vehicle.

Celebrating a great collaboration, from left to right: Director of Automotive Technologies Julia Furry, Dean of School of Trades, Advanced Technologies & Sustainability, and the School of Business Professional Studies, and Education Barry Hubbard, Ph.D. , SFCC President Becky Rowley, Ph.D., and Chair of the St. Vincent Hospital Foundation Board of Directors Randy Grissom. Randy Grissom retired as SFCC president in 2017.

Automotive faculty member Allen Mirabal was very excited to assist by cutting a car in half to have it fit in the needed space and make it safe for use. Julia and Allen met with the CHRISTUS physical therapy staff and they explained what they needed and how a vehicle would help them. They came to campus and chose a vehicle.

The students of the program and the SFCC car club began dismantling the Mazda removing the engine and other items that could cause safety issues. The trunk was left intact so family members could practice loading in a wheelchair or walker. After that was done, Estevan Ortega and the Welding program took it and welded casters to the front to make it easy to move and created a cap for the front of the vehicle.  Dorothy Piriz of SFCC Marketing & Public Relations worked with specifications to design a vehicle wrap that displays both the colors and mission statements of both the college and hospital.

Thanks to all who assisted in making this happen. This is community collaboration at its best!

SFCC Library hosts Children’s Storytime event Feb. 15

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

Next event Feb. 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:

Additional Storytime events are scheduled from 2 to 3 p.m. the following Wednesdays:

  • February 15, 2023
  • March 15, 2023

Applications open until Jan. 31 for free Film production assistants training program

File photo: SFCC film students.

PROTEC will offer free training on weekends February 11 – 26
Applications due on January 31, qualified applicants will get up to 160 hours paid work experience

Santa Fe Community College in partnership with Santa Fe CountyStagecoach Foundation, Inc., and Santa Fe Film Office announce applications are open for a free training program to become a film and television production assistant. Qualified applicants will get up to 160 hours paid work experience.

The Professional Readiness for Technical Careers (PROTEC) program will run on weekends and begins on Saturday, February 11 and continues through Sunday, February 26 at Santa Fe Community College. Applications are due on Jan. 31. More information and applications are available at

The partners have teamed up to provide a multilevel, detailed Production Assistant (PA) training program. This program will provide participants with training in on-set safety, on-set etiquette, production office skills, OSHA-10 certification, interview and résumé building skills, exposure to industry standard equipment, effective communication skills and more.

Elizabeth Kianu Stahmer of Stagecoach Foundation, Inc. said, “This is an amazing opportunity and pathway into the rapidly expanding film industry here in New Mexico. It’s been an honor to work with so many wonderful folks across so many institutions to make this dream into a reality.”

Classes will begin the weekend of February 11 and continue for three weekends concluding on February 26. There will be a mix of in-person at Santa Fe Community College and online classes. Instructors are industry professionals who will bring current experience to their classes. See the class schedule at

The Production Assistant program offers an on-the-job training component for Santa Fe County residents. The program serves to incentivize productions to provide Production Assistant opportunities to participants who complete the Production Assistant training. Santa Fe County will provide 50 percent reimbursement of the qualifying participants’ $15 an hour wages for up to 160 hours physically worked by the participant. Production companies are approved by Stagecoach Foundation, Inc., Santa Fe County, and SFCC.

Milton Riess, co-chair of the SFCC film program said, “Working as a Production Assistant is one of the best ways to gain experience on film and television sets. Being a PA allows you to be exposed to every craft in this industry and see exactly what may interest you and how to move into these specific fields. A PA is a demanding job, and this training program is a great way to prepare yourself for this exciting industry and an even more rewarding career.”

Participant requirements: No prior workforce training is required. Participants must be a high school graduate or equivalent, aged 18 years old or older, have a valid driver’s license, and be a Santa Fe County resident. For applications visit

PROTEC offers preparatory training for entry-level employment in a variety of industries and is designed for individuals who are currently unemployed, underemployed, or looking to increase their hire-ability in Santa Fe County.

For more information about the PROTEC program contact SFCC Continuing Education program at 505-428-1676 or For details about the production assistant training contact SFCC Film Co-chair Milton Riess at or 505-428-1421.

Spring Continuing Education Schedule now available online

The SFCC Spring Continuing Education Schedule now 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!

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

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.

UNM – SFCC Healthcare Ambassadors Program application deadline Jan. 26

Applications are being accepted for Spring 2023 SFCC students who are interested in pursuing healthcare careers. This federally funded program provides opportunities for students from economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds to explore healthcare options while also offering tutoring support to be successful in college. The deadline for the application process is January 26, 2023. For more information on eligibility and program benefits, see program information  sheet.

Student Parents! New programs offer paid support

SFCC Student Parent Advisory Group

Join the SFCC Student Parent Advisory Group to help improve the college experience for student parents like you!
Earn $350/semester to give input on and create new programs and opportunities at SFCC. You will need to commit to 3 hours a month and participate in monthly meetings and activities.
Preference will be given to parents under the age of 30 with a child ages 0-5, but all are encouraged to apply.

Click to Apply to the Student Parent Advisory Group!

SFCC Student Parent Success Program

SFCC is launching a new program to support the academic success and wellbeing of parenting students and families. And have some fun too!
Click to Apply to the SFCC Student Parent Success Program for Spring 2023

SFCC Student Parent Success Program Flyer

Eligibility and Benefits:

  • Student parents under 30 with at least one child ages 0-5 or students expecting a child
  • Enrolled in an SFCC certificate program
  • Must enroll in 6 or more credits per term
  • Individual coaching and support
  • Connect with peers
  • Participate in family activities
  • Receive up to $750/semester

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.

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Jan. 26. 3 p.m. Mission: Celebrate. Workday is live and it’s time to party! Come to the Board Room on Thursday, Jan. 26, at 3 for the celebration. A virtual party with our CHESS partners participating at the same time. That’s Clovis, CNM, Northern and SFCC. There will be cake and cookies. Be there!

SFCC Library hosts conversation on ChatGPT’s Impact on Higher Ed 1 p.m. Jan. 31

ChatGPT’s Impact on Higher Ed: A Responsive Conversation
1-2 p.m. January 31, 2023 Online via Zoom

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 will include a demo of how ChatGPT works, how other colleges and universities are responding and opportunity for participants to discuss how we as a campus community might respond. This discussion will be led by SFCC librarians. This conversation is for SFCC employees only.

Register to receive a zoom link the day of the conversation:

Questions? Contact Sarah Hood at

Discontinuation of Title V funding for LERN Classes through CE

Title V will no longer be funding the following LERN classes through continuing education:

  • Advanced Teaching Online
  • Designing Online Instruction
  • Fostering Online Discussion

Faculty members who register for these courses moving forward will no longer be eligible to have registration or stipend costs covered. We do, however, hope to fund stipends for a Hyflex teaching course that is taking place in cooperation with Online Teaching and Learning in the near future. Please watch for that course information and for dates to be announced. For additional information, please contact Carole Sheldon at

January Computer Update Alert  

Effective 7 p.m. Thursday January 19, 2023 Microsoft Operating System and Office updates will be deployed. You will have until 7 p.m. Thursday February 2, 2023 to install these updates at your convenience. After the deadline the updates will be installed automatically and force a restart of your machine.

Note: Every month 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 do not hesitate to call the Service Desk at (505) 428-1222.

CHESS — Collaborative for Higher Education Shared Services

CHESS Connection Newsletter – January 17

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 upcoming training as Workday rolls out. Everyone will need to take training, so check it out!

Joseph L. Villegas, Sr. featured in 10 Who Made a Difference

SFCC Adjunct Instructor Joseph L. Villegas, Sr.

SFCC Adjunct Instructor Joseph L. Villegas, Sr., was featured in the December 2022 – The Santa Fe New Mexican “10 Who Made a Difference.” Mr. Villegas is also an active member with the American Legion Lucero Y Nava Post 12 – Santa Fe. The American Legion Lucero Y Nava Post 12 – Santa Fe is All-volunteer honors guard marches to and from memorial sites within the spacious national cemetery almost unnoticed, breaking the quiet at a burial only when members fire off volleys of blanks from 12-gauge shotguns, taps, and the unfolding of the United States Flag and presentation to the grieving. They do not expect recognition, thanks for applause, several members said. You can watch the profile of American Legion Post 12 Honor Guard at 8:45 of the video.

December WOW – Rod Hasson

Rod Hasson was nominated for December 2022 WOW award. Congratulations Rod!

“Rod has always been exceptionally friendly, patient, knowledgeable, and goes the extra mile every time you need his help. I can’t express begin to express the gratitude I feel towards his never-ending professionalism and respect he treats you with no matter how stupid you end up being.”

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

Art instructor Jared Weiss featured in Pasatiempo; exhibition continues through Feb. 12

“Golden,” oil on canvas, 30 x 30, by Jared Weiss

Jared Weiss, Art and Design Faculty, was featured in the Jan. 6 issue of Pasatiempo, in the story titled, “Life of the Party.” (Note: If you have difficulty opening the link it’s also posted here on Yahoo News.)

His exhibition “The Party’s Over” at the Ellsworth Gallery, 215 E. Palace Avenue, is open through February 12. Visit Ellsworth Gallery for more information. Gallery hours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

Weiss is quoted in Brian Sandford’s story:

“I think of the figures in the work as actors on a stage,” Weiss says. “The figures in my paintings are very engaged in whatever action they are performing. They have urgency. It’s like a small snippet of a theatrical production: figures are often looking at something that we as the viewer can’t see because it is out of frame or obscured in some way. When the figure is turned away, the viewer has more space to create their own story about what is happening.

“For me, the more open-ended an image is, the more potential the viewer has to be an active participant in what the painting ‘means.’”

Also, Sandford wrote: Gallery owner Barry Ellsworth praises the distinctive way Weiss incorporates the Land of Enchantment’s landscapes, calling him a deep thinker who carefully considers his words and actions. He was attracted to Weiss’ work because “besides the obvious skill and dedication that he puts into it, I love work that, like, captures a moment. I feel like the moments that he captures are so special. They’re these sort of dream moments.”

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:

Read about accomplishments in English and Communications Department

Kate McCahill recently shared the departmental newsletter for English and Communications. It includes an impressive list of accomplishments! Read the newsletter here.

WOW awards – nominate an outstanding coworker today!

Do have anyone you would like to nominate for the WOW award in your department?

The WOW award is given monthly to employees who demonstrate outstanding customer service.
Please nominate at SFCC Connect- Online Forms/Office of Human Resources (OHR)-Wonderful Outstanding Worker!

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!


Come to CE Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday in Room 131, main campus

Everyone’s invited to Continuing Education’s Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24 in Room 131 of SFCC’s main campus.

Bring a friend and come and meet the staff, instructors and fellow students. Learn more about our wide array of classes and register while enjoying refreshments with the Continuing Education Team.

Popular CE dance classes are back at an in-town location.

“We are very excited about our spring course offerings. Our most popular instructors are back with some new courses and old favorites. We also have almost a dozen new instructors teaching a variety of new courses,” said Nick Wernicki, Director of Continuing Education. “While many of our courses are returning to the classroom, we are still offering lots of online classes and outdoor adventures.”

Ongoing news and events

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

SFCC Library partners with State Library to offer access to Scribe Mini Station for Blind and Print-Disabled

Scribe Mini Station at SFCC Library

SFCC Library has partnered with the New Mexico State Library to offer access to a Scribe Mini Station for individuals eligible for Blind and Print-Disabled services to enable them to download audio books. SFCC Library is the first academic library in the country to offer this service.

The Scribe Mini is a self-service station for patrons who are familiar with the digital cartridge process. This service will be available to members of the public (who are eligible for Blind and Print-Disabled services) during SFCC Library’s open library hours. More information about the Library for the Blind and Print Disabled and applications for using the service can be found here: For a list of eligibility requirements for using this audio service visit

For more information about SFCC Library’s services either email or call 505-428-1352.  For more information about the State Library’s Library for the Blind and Print Disabled either email or call 505-476-9770 or 1-800-456-5515.

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Early Childhood Center of Excellence offers free early childhood speaker series with equity and social justice focus; next talk on Jan. 13

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.

Will Wilson in exhibition at Millicent Rogers Museum through Jan. 29

Will Wilson’s Connecting the Dots: Cameron Straightdown Sefx, archival pigment print from digital photograph

Photography instructor Will Wilson is featured in the exhibition, “Southwest Reflections: In Between Shadows of the Land” at the Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos. The opening reception is from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 8. The exhibit continues through Jan. 29, 2023.

From the press release, “Offering a common thread to life, everything that exists bears a shadow. As the second installment of the Millicent Rogers Museum’s “New Mexico Artists” series, this exhibition offers a diverse exploration of artists’ portrayals of environmental relationships and the ways these events become conveyed through shadows, reflections, and movements.”

Read the complete press release. Also, note Will Wilson will participate in a discussion at the museum from 1- 2 p.m. on Nov. 6: “Land: Reflection, Regeneration, and Art” Roundtable, Will Wilson and Pola Lopez. 

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.

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”

01/05/2023, Los Alamos Daily Post, “SFCC Opens Applications For Free Weekend PROTEC Film & TV Production Assistant Training To Begin Feb. 11”

12/22/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Tipping culture slowly changing since pandemic”

11/30/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Our View – For college, tests aren’t always the answer”

11/25/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Santa Fe Community College dumps ‘not very accurate’ admissions tests”