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‘IMMORTAL’ exhibition opening celebrated SFCC ceramic artists who passed in recent years

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.

A wide range of work is included in the exhibition.

At the opening, Program Head of Sculpture John Boyce shared these thoughts:

John Boyce spoke at the opening.

“Life is short, but art is long, not forever, but long enough. Art becomes a part of that which endures beyond our last breath. Art caries us on beyond our singular selves and connects us to the greater self. Art gives meaning to our brief lives, and gives that meaning to all who touch what we have made, who experience us through what we have left behind.

“When speaking of an artist’s work we say, “I own an Andy Warhol.” This odd use of language which seems to confuse the artist with their art is not an error, far from it; it signifies a deep truth, that these inanimate objects are a living part of the artist who made them. …

“I live with and use the work of several of the artists we show today. I use their art every day along with the work of artists who lived hundreds of years ago, artists whose names I will never know, but who I know through my experience of the art they made.

“Art is said to be either high or low, ceramics often being thought of as a low form of art, a craft, utilitarian. This class differentiation has its uses, but I ask you today to look at art another way, that art is either shallow or deep. Some art though touching millions will last only a moment and be forgotten, it is shallow art. Another piece of art will touch only a few yet it will resonate through a thousand years, it is deep art.

“I believe the art we see here today is deep art, it contributes to a conversation that has been going on for at least 8,000 years, and will continue on for as long as there are people to see and touch the works of artists.”

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.

Jennifer Breneiser, Ph.D., to serve as interim associate dean for the School of Arts and Design and School of Liberal Arts

Carlos Balladares will serve as interim department chair for Social and Behavioral Sciences

Dean James (Jim) Wysong sent the following announcement on January 30:

Associate Dean Shalimar Krebs has recently left us to take a position with the Los Alamos National Laboratory.  This is a fantastic opportunity for Shalimar to advance in his career, and we wish him well.  Shalimar will be greatly missed at SFCC, where he has made innumerable contributions – both as a faculty member and as an administrator.  His leadership in our Pathways Project, as co-chair of the President’s Diversity and Advisory Committee, and our recent initiatives in placement and developmental education are only the latest of a long list of contributions he has made here at SFCC. 

Jennifer Breneiser, Ph.D.

Dr. Jennifer Breneiser will be taking Shalimar’s place as interim associate dean for the School of Arts and Design and School of Liberal Arts, effective immediately.  I have great confidence in Dr. Breneiser’s ability to step into this position, based on her outstanding leadership of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and her many other contributions to the college. 

Carlos Balladares

It is also my pleasure to announce that Carlos Balladares will be assuming the duties of interim department chair for Social and Behavioral Sciences. Changes like these represent opportunities for professional growth and new challenges. Please give Jen and Carlos your full support as they take on these new roles.

“The Exchange” clothing closet coming in February – donate now

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.

Student Nurses
Association Club
Blood Drive

Friday, February 10, 2023
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
SFCC Board Room, room 223

The Student Nurses Association Club invites you to make a difference by donating blood this February. Walk-ins are welcome! Or call 505-246-1490 or click below to schedule an appointment.

In Memoriam: Paul Matthew Cook

Paul Matthew Cook

SFCC shares with sadness the passing of Paul Matthew Cook, who spent much time at SFCC, particularly at the William C. Witter Fitness Center. The Santa Fe New Mexican recently published his obituary. He passed December 27, 2022. It states:

“Paul was served in Santa Fe by the disability waiver and made many friends with Challenge NM, R-Way and Santa Lucia.

Paul was a familiar face in the community and always ready to give a big hug. Paul’s caregiver Dan Saladen was his best friend and helped him for 20+ years. Dan made sure Paul enjoyed swimming at SFCC, exercise at Chavez Center, lunches at local restaurants, Special Olympics -bowling, movies, and the annual Snowball Catilian. Paul will be missed by everyone that knew him and his hugs.” Read the full obituary here.

New spring semester hours for East Wing Eatery

Applications due Feb. 3 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. 

To read more about the certification courses and requirements view the press release.

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.

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.

For more details read the press release.

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

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.

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.

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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

Apply to join SFCC Student Parent Advisory Group

Apply to 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!

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 | |

CNM offers Independent Quality Matters Course to Faculty, begins Jan. 31

Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) is offering a dedicated course, Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR), to SFCC faculty. Shawn McGee and Marian Chavez, CNM Senior Instructional Consultants with Innovation and Instructional Support department, will facilitate the two-week course beginning Jan 31, 2023. To register, contact Michelle F. Renteria at

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.

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

In Memoriam: Gordon Fluke

Gordon Fluke. (File photo from when he was CE Director.)

Long-time SFCC Director of Continuing Education and Printmaking and Book Arts instructor Gordon Fluke passed away after an illness on January 24. Fluke joined the college in August 1996 and retired as the Director of Continuing Education in 2016. In recent years, he continued to work as an instructor in Printmaking and Book Arts. He was known for his expertise in letterpress, papermaking and book arts. A talented artist, Fluke was the owner of J.D. Grahame Cracker Press, a small private press focused on working with hand-set type and hand-bound works of art. He exhibited his work often and his art was showcased in an SFCC exhibition, “Chapters,” which coincided with his retirement as CE Director in 2016.

Although the ideas behind Fluke’s work always began with a clear intention of indicting societal ills or sharing personal history, he often infused it with levity though pop culture, bright imagery and his signature sarcasm. Fluke studied art at Temple University where he graduated with a B.S. Ed. Art Education, Cum Laude in 1981. A decade later, he received an M.F.A. in printmaking from Arizona State University. While he began his career as a painter and mixed media artist, he gravitated toward printmaking and book arts, media in which he excelled. He earned recognition for his art – such as inclusion in The Best of Printmaking, an International Collection – and became a familiar name in the letterpress and book arts worlds.

During his tenure in college administration, much of his energy was focused on serving students both as an instructor and as a leader in designing and developing noncredit classes. But that time was not devoid of artmaking. In 2007, Fluke was one of nine artists from around the world invited to participate in the first International Printmaking Workshop at the Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts in Xi’an, China.

Gordon Fluke, left, shown with his husband Jeff Atwell at his 2016 art opening of “Chapters.”

Fluke is survived by Jeffrey (Jeff) Atwell, his husband of 37 years. Atwell worked in SFCC’s Marketing & Public Relations until his retirement in 2018. He appreciates all of the expressions of sympathy, but is requesting privacy right now. If you’d like to share a card with him, you can bring or send it to Todd Lovato in Marketing & Public Relations and it will be forwarded.

A friend has set up fundraising efforts to help with medical expenses. Those who want to learn more can email

SFCC appreciates Gordon Fluke’s dedication to our students and extends sympathy to Jeff Atwell, his family, friends and colleagues.

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  – update by Feb. 2

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!

January WOW – Mason Kovac

Mason Kovac was nominated for January 2023 WOW award. Congratulations Mason!

“As a primarily remote employee, I made my first week-long trip to SFCC was last week for Convocation. I was conducting more than a dozen training sessions across 6 different classrooms that had recently been updated to hyflex. Despite trying to finalize hyflex, Mason went to each room ahead of my sessions to ensure that all the technology was working, he stayed throughout the session and performed software updates. He was very positive, friendly, and supportive with everyone in each session. SFCC is very fortunate to have such a wonderful resource available in times of stress such as when technology fails.”

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

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.’”

Paintings above by Art Faculty Jared Weiss. “Right There and Then,” oil on canvas, 20 x 24. “If You Didn’t Have the Look, You Needed it,” oil on Canvas, 36 x 48. All images courtesy of Jared Weiss.

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:

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!


Work begins on connector roads

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

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported last week in the 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.

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

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!

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

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”

01/05/2023, 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”