Campus Weekly

Welcome back staff. Join faculty at Convocation on Jan. 7

Welcome back staff! Staff will join in welcoming back our faculty for our Convocation on at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 7.

While it’s hard to come back after a well-deserved Winter Break, it is exciting to put 2020 behind us and start looking forward.

Staff and faculty should have received a notification via email alerting you to the upcoming Convocation, which begins at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan.7. See the latest schedule at convocation kick off and schedule.

News and Announcements

Jan. 3 Campus Update: Buildings remain closed, services and classes continue online

President Becky Rowley, Ph.D., shared a campus update on Jan. 3, 2021. She wrote:

I hope your winter break has been restful, restorative, and healthful. The college is diligently preparing for the spring 2021 semester, with winter break concluding January 3 and online classes kicking off January 19.

I want to give you a quick update on the status of SFCC as we journey together into the New Year.

Prior to the break, the Main Campus and Santa Fe Higher Education Center closed to students, the public, and employees. As we enter the spring semester, please note: The college campus will remain closed on ground. Services and classes will continue online as usual. If you have additional questions on how this closure pertains to your particular area, please contact your Dean or Supervisor.


Kids Campus resumed programming on Jan. 4

Kids Campus resumed programming on Monday, Jan 4 and will continue serving children (infants – Pre K) Monday – Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Wait list applications are available on line at

SFCC among 5 colleges to collaborate on admissions, transfers

On Dec. 18, The Santa Fe New Mexican ran the story, “SFCC among 5 colleges to collaborate on admissions.”

Reporter James Barron began his story by writing: A new student experience is in the works at five New Mexico colleges.

Through a collaborative effort three years in the making — the first of its kind in the nation — one admissions application could one day open the door to a wider variety of classes and support and ease the process of transferring from one school to another.

The project, announced Friday, has the potential to grow to more state institutions.

The move is expected to affect student recruitment, registration, financial aid and advisement at each of the five participating schools.

“We’re trying to put students’ needs ahead of what has been a little bit easier for [colleges to do] in the past and look at it from a student’s perspective,” said Becky Rowley, president of Santa Fe Community College, which is participating in the partnership.


American Red Cross classes offered Spring 2021

Opportunities for American Red Cross training are available, register now at with the CRN listed below. For more information, call 428-1608, or click the course title to view a flyer.

Lifeguard Certification
CRN 30688 HLED 1150
January 22 – 31

First Aid & CPR/AED
Friday, February 12th
CRN 30691 HLED 1120

Water Safety Instructor Course
April 9 – 18
CRN 30693 HLED 1140

President Becky Rowley and President Rick Bailey write My View about new collaborations

SFCC’s President Becky Rowley and Northern College President Rick Bailey wrote: “My View: Colleges introduce new collaborations” that appeared Dec. 12 in the Santa Fe New Mexican. They share the advantages of the Enterprise Resource Planning System.

The column also states, “As momentous as this new project is, it is only one example of how we are collaborating and innovating across the state. For example, Northern New Mexico College and Santa Fe Community College already have begun discussions with CNM about coordinating and specializing in career technical programs.

“Similar coordination and distribution of emphasis areas already has paid dividends in our partnerships with Los Alamos National Laboratory, where Northern focuses on radiological control technician education and training, and SFCC specializes in machinist-engineering pathways. These programs help fill two of the lab’s most pressing career pipelines. More are in the works.”


Campuswide power shutdown January 8 - 10, 2021

A message from Facilities and Operation:

Friday-Sunday, January 8-10, 2021

No on-campus activities should be scheduled these 3 days!
Work will begin at 5 a.m. January 8, 2021.

While our plan is to maintain VPN resources, it’s possible they could be unavailable during this time. Our team has planned for every contingency possible and any changes to this plan will be communicated immediately.

Email and Canvas will remain available.
The HEC will not be affected.

For questions or concerns, please contact Project Manager Karin Pitman at or 505-428-1720.

We apologize for the inconvenience.


Hear Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos on KSFR podcast on SFCC's spirit of giving during the pandemic

Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Thomasinia Gallegos-Ortiz spoke with M.K. Mendoza on KSFR on Dec. 24 during the program “SFCC and Local DJ Daniel J Get Creative While Giving During Holiday Season.” She spoke about the college’s many initiatives to help the community and our students throughout the pandemic.


Check out the Continuing Education offerings

Take a look at the variety of offerings available! You’ll find classes that are fun, some offer professional development and others can enrich your health and wellness.

In the New Year, think about the new you! Employees use your EEB Benefit. Need assistance with registration? Call 505-428-1676 or email

Inside SFCC Vol. 5

Inside SFCC Vol. 5 was released on December 21, 2020.

Read about SFCC’s Spirit of giving * Expressions of gratitude * Tribute to Veterans * Commencement


Of Interest: My View: Patricia Trujillo "Higher education includes different paths"

Patricia Trujillo, Ph.D., deputy secretary of the New Mexico Higher Education Department wrote a My View column that ran in the Dec. 22 issue of the Santa Fe New Mexican, “Higher education includes different paths.” Her column begins, “Too often in our beloved state, I hear stereotypes about the culture of higher education, such as “New Mexicans don’t value higher education,” or “college isn’t for everyone.” I disagree. What experience has taught me is, that given the opportunity and support, higher education is for everyone. Students who find their path become the powerful workers who create our communities.

The higher education landscape in New Mexico includes a spectrum of opportunity to earn degrees at research and comprehensive universities, community colleges, career technical programs, and via adult basic education. Students can participate in one or many of these pathways to a career.”


SFCC Visual Arts Gallery presents SFCC's Hidden Talents

Santa Fe Community College’s Visual Arts Gallery will present a virtual online exhibition, “SFCC’s Hidden Talents,” featuring the work of five SFCC faculty members who do not teach art. The virtual exhibition is now available online through Jan. 31.

Assistant Professor of English, Creative Writing, and Humanities and interim chair of Advising and Communication Emily Stern will show her mixed media work, Nursing instructor Lucas Gonzales will exhibit his watercolors and three Welding instructors Jake Lovato, Clayton Peshlakai and Estevan Ortega will share their welded sculptures.

“It’s exciting to show this work by SFCC’s talented faculty, who don’t teach in our art department. The work is exciting and as diverse as they are,” said Linda Cassel, Director of SFCC’s Art on Campus.

Read the full press release.

Photo: Emily Stern’s “Cage,” mixed media, 12 x 12.


The Chill Room is back!

“The Chill Room” is back and filled with a variety of resources to support your wellbeing. We have added some tips for the holidays. You can self-enroll through MySFCC in the Resources area or follow this link:
Your SFCC Counseling Services is here to help. For more information or to set up an appointment please contact us at


Laptop discounts for staff, faculty and students

The Office of Information Technology is excited to announce a partnership with Dell. Students, Staff and Faculty may purchase laptops, monitors and computer accessories with the SFCC educational discount.

To get started log into and click on the Dell Computer Discount icon under Resources. Discounts are available on laptops and computer accessories.

SFCC in the news

The following stories either featured or mentioned SFCC or one of its employees.

12/18/20, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Estevan Ortega at the Visual Arts Gallery”

12/17/2020, Los Alamos Daily Post, LANL Community Conversation Highlights COVID, Economy.

12/12/20, Santa Fe New Mexican, “My View: Colleges introduce new collaborations.”

12/12/20, Santa Fe New Mexican , “Our View: Stronger local food systems will strengthen N.M.” Column cites SFCC’s Controlled Environmental Agriculture as a world leader.

December issue, Sandoval Signpost. See Page 21 of link on website for story, Virtual Show “Hidden Talents” includes Bernalillo artist Jake Lovato.”

11/25/20, Buzzfeed News ran the story, “15 Contemporary Indigenous Photographers Whose Work You Should Know.” Professor Will Wilson is cited as one of top contemporary Indigenous photographers, as well as former SFCC photography student Kali Spitzer.

11/21/20 “Visual Arts Gallery Presents Virtual Exhibition ‘SFCC’s Hidden Talents’ In Santa Fe Dec. 4 Through Jan. 31”

Student Spotlight

Support your SFCC Bookstore: Spring 21 textbooks on sale January 4

COVID-19 got messy. Getting ready for classes shouldn’t be.

Shop online at SFCC Bookstore & get all the supplies you need to stay organized this school year.

Textbook purchase begins January 4th.
Go to and support your local bookstore.


Grand Canyon University welcomes SFCC students

Grand Canyon University invites SFCC students to explore their transfer options:

They have provided this flyer for SFCC Students:

For more information contact:
Christi Balzarini


Apply for 2020-2021 SFCC and Foundation Scholarships

SFCC has state, institutional and Foundation private scholarships available for new and returning students to help pay for college for the upcoming academic year. Scholarships are available for full and part-time students in all qualified areas of study including but not limited to: Business, Early Childhood, Engineering, Nursing, Computer Studies, Culinary. There are scholarships for Native American students, Hispanic students and students with disabilities (must be registered with the SAS department), international and non-U.S. citizens.

Financial need, a cumulative and term GPA of 2.50 and enrollment in at least 6 credit hours in a degree plan are required for most scholarships.

You may apply for an SFCC scholarship now at:

A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a Dreamer’s Financial Aid Application (non US Citizens only) will be required to determine need. The Dreamers Financial Aid Application can be found at: under “FORMS”.

If you have questions please email the Financial Aid Office at from your SFCC student email account. Make sure to include your Student ID number in the email.

If awarded, your scholarship may be continued until you graduate providing you continue to meet the criteria.

Lock in your scholarship now for current and upcoming academic years.


Student Emergency Fund assistance

If you are currently enrolled in the Spring semester and experiencing financial challenges apply for some assistance from the Student Emergency Assistance Fund. Applications can be found in MYSFCC under Resources (Emergency Assistance Fund). Applications are reviewed frequently, and funds are directly awarded to your account. Please note: Funds cannot cover the cost of tuition or books.

SFCC Student Activities Group on Facebook

The Office of Student Development has a new, private Facebook group, SFCC Student Activities!

The group is for current SFCC students only and will be a virtual space where students can interact and participate in OSD activities.

Visit to join today!


Employee Announcements

Employees: Convocation starts Jan. 7

Staff and Faculty you should have received a notification via email alerting you to the upcoming Convocation, which begins at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan.7. See the latest schedule at convocation kick off and schedule.

SFCC's Student Resource Coordinator ready to serve students

It’s always exciting when a former student joins our staff. Please welcome Jocelyn Hernandez Monsalvo, MSW !

She said, “I am very excited to be returning to SFCC as an employee and look forward to connecting with students and finding community resources to help students fulfill their educational goals at SFCC.”

In her new role, Jocelyn (who also speaks Spanish) will focus on helping students who may be experiencing non-academic barriers such as lack of food, housing, or financial help, which affects their academic performance.

In December 2017, Jocelyn graduated from SFCC with an AA in Criminal Justice, then went on to New Mexico Highlands, where she earned a BA in Criminal Justice and later a Master’s in Social Work. Her experience includes working at the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Solace Crisis Treatment Center, and Youth Shelter and Family Services at their Transitional Living Program.

Please reach out to her at or call 505-428-1194.

SFCC locksmith Paul Arellano featured in Santa Fe New Mexican as foster parent

SFCC’s locksmith Paul Arellano was featured in the Dec. 24 story, “Santa Fe man opens his home and heart to foster boys.” in the Santa Fe New Mexican. All photos by Luis Sánchez Saturno.

Reporter Dillon Mullan wrote that through the years Arellano has served as a foster parent for 70 boys from Española and Santa Fe.

Arellano has also adopted two brothers. His youngest is studying computers at the Santa Fe’s Early College Opportunities program.


Dean Camilla Bustamante, Ph.D., to retire Feb. 1

Camilla Bustamante, Ph.D., has announced she will retire as Dean of Schools of Trades, Advanced Technologies and Sustainability of Business, Professional Studies and Education on Feb. 1.

SFCC appreciates her leadership and dedication. She was instrumental in the development and expansion of the SFCC Trades and Technology building and programs that have become internationally recognized. She also was a leader in SFCC’s World Central Kitchen collaboration and so many community outreach projects. Read more about her accomplishments here. Please extend your congratulations and messages to her at or at 505-428-1639.

Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Margaret Peters wrote, “I’d like to thank Dean Bustamante for her years of dedication to SFCC and our students.

“The search for a new Dean will begin in Spring 2021. I will be in touch with you all as we move forward with the process. In the meantime, I am pleased to announce that Dr. Julia Deisler has agreed to serve as Interim Dean upon Dean Bustamante’s departure (Feb. 1). Dean Bustamante and Dr. Deisler will continue to work together in January to facilitate a smooth transition. Dr. Deisler does not intend to apply for the permanent position—and I am grateful for her willingness to serve in the interim role as the hiring process moves forward.”

Deepest Sympathy for Linda Peña

It is with great sadness that the SFCC community expresses its sympathy to Linda Peña and her family on the passing of her father, Raymond Peña. Please keep Linda and her family in your thoughts as they go through this difficult time.

President Rowley's Dec. 15 ERP update

In an email on Dec. 15, President Rowley shared an ERP update.

She stated: After months of incredibly hard work by dozens of our colleagues here and at our partner colleges at CNM, Clovis Community College, Northern New Mexico College, and San Juan College with the Shared Services Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) initiative, I am pleased to announce that our Shared Services ERP Request for Proposals will be posted on Friday, Dec. 18…
Later in the full message she notes,

“Thank you to our coworkers who have dedicated many hours to the Shared Services ERP RFP. Thank you, also, to all of you for continuing to honor the mandate that we must avoid all vendor contact now through the awarding of the contract next summer. We have already received a lot of outreach from vendors, and that has not been limited to those in OIT. Therefore, please remember to avoid responding to vendors. Should you hear from a vendor, please refer them to Gerrie Becker, Chief Procurement Officer for the RFP, 505-224-4551. Gerrie is the only person authorized to speak with vendors.”

President Rowley will share more at Convocation.


And the November WOW Awards go to... Roy Harsher and Dobby Schmidt

The WOW recipients for the month of November are Roy Harsher and Dobby Schmidt.

Roy Harsher nominated by Pedro Castillon-I am nominating Roy is due to his willingness to go above and beyond his duties. He is always willing to help with any IT issues myself or department is experiencing. If he is not able to solve the issue alone, he works with his colleagues to get the job done in a timely and efficient manner. He is a great team player and he makes navigating through any IT issues easy and user friendly. Please accept this statement as my nomination for the WOW Award for Roy Harsher.

Dobby Schmidt nominated by Karin Pitman-Since the advent of COVID, Dobby and his staff have continued to work hard keeping up with all the campus systems (sometimes with a reduced staff) and he has taken on a wide variety of additional tasks with a jovial spirit. During the construction of the Automotive Technologies Center, he and his staff assisted with building numerous shelving units that required assembly upon arrival at SFCC, and they spent several days moving equipment from Bisbee Court to the new ATC facility. He and his staff have also been on campus working many extra hours setting up and taking down generators for the many power outages we have experienced recently. Under his leadership, they have all been very congenial to work with during these challenging times.


Dean Jenny Landen to retire Feb. 1, 2021

We extend our best wishes to Dean Jenny Landen as she finishes her final months at Santa Fe Community College. She has announced that she will retire on Feb. 1, 2021.

Read Dean Jenny Landen’s Message in which she sends holiday greetings and writes about her move to Virginia and her difficult decision to retire. We all know how important family is and we honor her decision.

SFCC extends gratitude for her exemplary leadership particularly through the pandemic. You can send her a message of congratulations at

Aamna Nayyar interview on SARLC Talk Show

Dr. Aamna Nayyar was interviewed by and aired live on SARLC Talk Show on Nov 20, 2020. SARLC is a Riyadh, Saudi Arabia based female only social club with more than 23,000 members. Recording of the interview can be seen here:

For details on this topic, please contact:

For details on SFCC’s President Diversity Advisry Committee (PDAC), please contact:


Reminders on how to slow the spread of the virus

Human Resource Director Luis Olivas shared this message on Nov. 20:
With COVID-19 cases increasing to the highest levels we have seen since the start of the pandemic, I just want to remind everyone of a few important pieces of information.

• Public health orders require that everyone wear a mask at all times outside of your home.

Social distance in public and avoid gatherings with people outside your household.

• 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. A new testing site at 2501 Camino Entrada at Fire Station #7 is open 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

• If you do contract COVID-19, seek medical attention immediately. Notify your supervisor and human resources, these cases need to reported, we are here to support you.

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

Submit nominations for WOW awards

The Office of Human Resources reminds you to nominate who you think is doing a great job here at SFCC. The nomination form can be found at the SFCC Connect portal, or by reaching out to Joanne Romero


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David Rudolph's "The Big Picture TV" sculpture now at SFCC

For those who were able to visit campus last semester, you probably saw that an exciting addition was brought near the entrance of the Fine Arts Building. (We know most of you weren’t on campus!)

Sculptor David Rudolph has loaned “The Big Picture TV” sculpture to the college with the support of the Director of Art on Campus Linda Cassel and SFCC Foundation. The sculpture was a hit when it first was revealed in California and more recently in the Santa Fe Railyard.

SFCC foundation

In David Rudolph’s letter of intent he wrote, “Some of the reasons and primary goals of moving the “Big TV” to the SFCC campus are to inspire creativity, imagination, communication and to provide an outdoor venue for continued education and creative exploration. We have seen the “Big TV” create an atmosphere of empowerment for all who come in contact with it for both thought and action.”

We invite you to hear artist David Rudolph speak about his art in a wonderful video produced by Ashley Martinez of this amazing work of art. Read all of David Rudolph’s DavidR-BTV-Letter-of-Intent-to-SFCC. To see the video visit