Campus Weekly

Vanessa Rodriguez selected as FamilyU’s student fellow

Vanessa Rodriguez, SFCC Student Parent Fellow. Photo courtesy of Generation Hope

SFCC student Vanessa Rodriguez was selected as the SFCC  FamilyU Student Parent Fellow.

Rodriguez, 21, is pursuing a certificate in phlebotomy and an associate degree in biological sciences. In addition to being a student and mom to a two-year-old son and 10-month-old daughter who she shares with her husband Joab, she also works full-time. From an early age, her passion has centered on bettering her community. Rodriguez said, “During my Family U fellowship, I am excited to build awareness and visibility of student parents because I believe everyone deserves access to higher education and the ability to build intergenerational wealth.”

SFCC is one of seven colleges to participate in Generation Hope’s FamilyU (2022-2024) technical assistance cohort. Through FamilyU, Generation Hope partners with colleges and universities across the country to increase the number of parenting students who complete their program studies and graduate. Although parenting students account for 1 in 5 undergraduates nationwide, their odds of completion are far slimmer than students who are not parenting. Despite having higher GPAs than students without children, parenting students are 10 times less likely to graduate due to inadequate support systems. SFCC joined the Generation Hope’s Family U technical assistance program with a commitment to help SFCC parenting students defy these odds.

SFCC is expanding its support of parenting students through several college-wide initiatives supported by leaders across multiple college departments on the FamilyU team. Through SFCC’s FamilyU work, the college is developing and implementing strategies to enhance parenting students’ experiences at the college. The college has also created several family-friendly campus spaces, including a family study room in the college library. The Student Parent Success Program, a program of the college’s Early Childhood Center of Excellence (ECCOE), provides 1:1 support, coaching, and stipends for younger parenting students at the college. The program has also established a Student Parent Advisory Group to amplify parenting students’ voices in decision-making both within the program and across the college. ECCOE and the Student Parent Success Program also host parent workshops and family activities for both parenting students and the broader community.

Joining the FamilyU Cohort experience in the second and final year, Student Parent Fellows are integral members of each school’s team, working together with academic and administrative staff to create a more family-friendly campus. As the SFCC Student Parent Fellow, Rodriguez will serve as a liaison between students and the FamilyU team. She will participate in the work of both the cross-departmental Family U team and Student Parent Success Program and develop her own student parent advocacy project, with the support of the college.

Student Parent Success Project Manager Rachel Kutcher said, “SFCC welcomes parenting students and strives to ensure their SFCC experience is fulfilling and successful. We’re excited to have Vanessa join our team as we deepen our commitment to parenting students’ achievements and leadership at SFCC.”

For more information about Generation Hope’s Family U Fellows visit  For information on SFCC’s parent resources contact Rachel Kutcher at or 505-428-1325 or  visit

SFCC Library presents Castaway: poems afloat in the realms of life, death, and the imagination

A Reading with Miriam Sagan online at 5 p.m. August 29

Pre-Register at

Miriam Sagan will read from her most recently published book of poetry, “Castaway.” The poems in “Castaway” speak to journeys between opposing worlds: illness and health, the self and the landscape, dry land and rising sea. The long narrative poem at the book’s heart — “The Librarian at Sea-Level” — chronicles Sasha, who refuses to leave her library as the ocean engulfs San Francisco, and her neighbor, Mr. Vishnu, the archetypical Preserver. There are also poems of desert and drought, of archaeological ruins and the present, and of how to die and how to live.

Miriam Sagan

Miriam Sagan is the author of more than thirty books of poetry, fiction, and memoir. Her most recent include “Start Again” (Red Mountain, 2022) and “A Hundred Cups of Coffee” (Tres Chicas, 2019). She is a two-time winner of the New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards as well as a recipient of the City of Santa Fe Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and a New Mexico Literary Arts Gratitude Award. She has been a writer in residence in four national parks, Yaddo, MacDowell, Gullkistan in Iceland, Kura Studio in Japan, and a dozen more remote and interesting places. She works with text and sculptural installation as part of the creative team Maternal Mitochondria in venues ranging from RV Parks to galleries. She founded and directed the Creative Writing Program at Santa Fe Community College until her retirement. Her poetry was set to music for the Santa Fe Women’s Ensemble, incised on stoneware for two haiku pathways, and projected as video inside an abandoned building during the pandemic. (Note: Stroll though the Courtyard and see SFCC’s haiku pathway initiated by Miriam Sagan.)

When:  5 p.m. Tuesday, August 29, 2023                              

Where: Online. Pre-registration to attend the online event is required. A Zoom invitation will be sent to you the morning of the event. Please pre-register at:

Cost: Free. Space is limited. Participants must register to receive the Zoom link.

Bookstore reopens; now managed by Follett Higher Education

The bookstore reopens on Monday, July 10.

The bookstore is now being operated by Follett Higher Education.

Bookstore hours:

8:30 a.m. through 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday

8:30 through 3 p.m. Friday

Closed Saturday & Sunday

Visit the web page for the bookstore at

With more than 150 years of experience in the education industry, Follett is trusted by more than 1,000 campuses across the U.S and Canada to help drive student success and support the higher education journey. As the latest to join the Follett network, Santa Fe Community College will benefit from Follett’s unique industry perspective and expertise, giving students, faculty and staff, alumni, and the entire campus community a cohesive and engaging campus retail experience.

Follett Higher Education is an equal opportunity employer. If you know someone who’d like to work at the bookstore, please have them apply online at

Please note this from earlier messaging from Nick Telles: After the reopening on July 10, Follett will be communicating the course material adoption process for the Fall Semester 2023.

The SFCC Office of Information Technology is currently working with Follett to set up IT systems. After the essential IT systems are functional, the college will be working on integrating Financial Aid processes. We will let the college know of any new Financial Aid process requirement as we change to Follett.

We appreciate your patience as we make this transition on a very short timeline.

KRQE story about Molina scholarships references SFCC’s dual credit health care programs with Santa Fe Indian School

A file photo from the Phlebotomy certificate program.

A recent KRQE story about Molina Cares $1,000 scholarships for Santa Fe Indian School students who received certificates in either Phlebotomy or for a Community Health Care Worker from SFCC referenced the dual credit programs offered through SFCC. Dual Credit Instructor Yvonne John, alongside Molina Healthcare’s Buffie Saavedra, were featured discussing their organizational partnerships to recognize Santa Fe Indian School graduates pursuing healthcare careers. In May of this year, 19 students graduated from SFIS’s Dual Credit Program with a certificate from SFCC. Each of these students received $1,000 scholarships from Molina Health Care and the New Mexico Caregivers Coalition. Read more at the link below. Please note that the video is in the top right corner and you need to watch the ad prior to the segment running.

President Rowley shares statement about Supreme Court affirmative action ruling

President Becky Rowley, Ph.D.

“The Supreme Court’s recent ruling to end affirmative action in the college admissions process is a disheartening action that will resonate throughout all corners of higher education, including community colleges like ours. Santa Fe Community College is an open enrollment campus, as well as a designated sanctuary campus, and remains steadfast in its commitment to our underrepresented students and residents. This unfortunate Supreme Court decision is a reminder that institutions of higher education must take additional proactive steps to identify and counter the deeply engrained systems and perceptions of racial, gender, socioeconomic and additional biases that exist in our country and communities. Members of the College are engaging in conversations both internally and externally to ensure that strong and proactive steps are taken to protect and support students of color as they navigate the college process and find meaningful careers and enriched lives. Santa Fe Community College remains committed to breaking down systemic barriers of discrimination and we stand in solidarity with our peer colleges and universities throughout the country who are outraged by this decision.”

Welcome Laurie Saylor as new associate dean

Laurie Saylor, Associate Dean of the School of Trades, Advanced Technologies, and Sustainability and the School of Business, Professional Studies, and Education

Please welcome Laurie Saylor, who joins the SFCC community today, July 3 as a new associate dean.

Dean Barry Hubbard shared,

“I am pleased to announce the new Associate Dean of the School of Trades, Advanced Technologies, and Sustainability and the School of Business, Professional Studies, and Education, Laurie Saylor. Laurie comes to us from Hillsborough Community College in Florida with over 20 years experience in higher education. She has served in various roles including adjunct instructor, instructional designer, full-time faculty, department chair, and most recently, director of online learning. Additionally, she taught in the public K-12 education sector in Ohio and New Mexico for a number of years prior to her work in higher education. Laurie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Ohio University and a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of New Mexico. Outside of work, she and her wife enjoy hiking, exercising, collecting healthy vegan recipes, and exploring national parks.

I want to thank the search committee, Vice President Peters, and President Rowley for their assistance with the screening and selection process. Laurie’s first day will be July 3, 2023.”

Yash Mori Moto

Yash Morimoto, Ph.D., discusses Supreme Court affirmative action ruling

ICYMI: Vice President of Strategy and Organizational Effectiveness Yash Morimoto discussed the U.S. Supreme Court’s rejection of affirmative action in college admissions with KTRC 1260 | 103.7 Radio Host Richard Eeds on June 29. Listen to the interview:

East Wing Eatery closed for the summer

The East Wing Eatery is closed for the summer. SFCC hopes to have it reopen during the fall semester. We’ll share in Campus Weekly any updates.

SFCC launches new web page for online programs

Santa Fe Community College SFCC has launched a web page that provides a basic guide to programs offered online. Visit to check out the options.

Please note is an evolving web page that will be updated. Some of the programs listed also have in-person classes available, as well as online classes. An online college education offers students the opportunity to study from the comfort of home and on a flexible schedule. Classes are often available on demand and students can access course materials and assignments from anywhere with an internet connection.

SFCC offers a variety of online programs to earn a certificate and/or an associate degree. These offerings include programs in: Accounting, Alternative Teacher Licensure, American Sign Language & Interpreter Preparation, Business Administration, Creative Writing, Human Services, Information Services and Computer Science, Nutrition, Paralegal Studies and Psychology. Prospective students should reach out to the program contact on the individual program pages to determine if the program will help them achieve their academic and career goals.

Prospective students who have not attended the college in the past should visit Returning students should set up an appointment with an advisor to make sure when they enroll that the courses will fit into a certificate or degree plan. Visit to set up either an online or in-person advising appointment.

Prospective students should also be aware that in the past year, the college has expanded its in-person offerings in many subject areas. For many programs, hands-on experience is key to developing career skills. Prospective students should think about what type of classes fits their personal learning style.

Visit to read more about the types of online classes offered at the college. Also, read to make sure you have access to the proper internet connections and equipment to participate in online classes.

New Student Orientations continue this summer; RSVP encouraged

students holding hands

Do you know someone who’s coming to the college for the first time? SFCC will offer a series of New Student Orientations that will help students adjust to college life and discover the many resources available.

Please share this message with prospective students:

Find Yourself at SFCC!
Join us for our new student orientation. Meet fellow students. Explore SFCC’s beautiful campus. Get helpful tips for college success. We look forward to welcoming you to our campus community!
Five different times. Choose one that fits your schedule!

Orientation Date/Time:

  • Monday, July 10 from 2 p.m.-4 p.m.*
  • Saturday, July 29 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.*
  • Wednesday, August 9 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 15 from 12 p.m.-2 p.m.*

Times noted with an asterisk above will have optional campus tours available after the orientations. Please RSVP by filling out the form on this web page. An RSVP is strongly encouraged so the college can best prepare for attendees.

All new student orientations will begin in the Jemez Rooms. Open to all new and prospective students! Family and friends are also welcome to attend!

Have any other questions?

Contact: 505-428-1270 or send an email to any of the addresses below:

Enhancements to

In an email on Thursday, June 13 Executive Director of Marketing and Public Relations Todd Lovato shared the following about the public website:

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing today to update you on an exciting development on our public website. For more than a year, a team of my MPR teammates have worked on a project to enhance our website offerings for prospective students.

We are pleased to announce that some of these website revisions – which include some updates to program and department pages – are being introduced today. Website updates and adaptations are an ongoing process. I’d like to point out, however, that the focus of these latest revisions was primarily to enhance the experience of prospective students on our site as they navigate the admissions process and explore educational pathways at SFCC. The updates provide enhanced access to career information, registration guidance and support resources. They also address some on-going technical and user navigation issues.

Many of the recent updates are best viewed by exploring SFCC offerings via the college’s Educational Pathways landing page.

These enhancements have been carefully developed using higher education best practice research, website and search engine optimization (SEO) traffic analytics, consultation with local web developers and writers, as well as ongoing consultation and collaboration with many of our colleagues throughout the campus.

Also, please note that these changes provide MPR with new features and additional ways to collaborate with programs and departments to further improve the website and provide prospective students easier access to information about college programs.

As with any web updates, there is the possibility of small, easily fixable glitches like broken links or re-directs. As we comb for these bugs, I ask for your help by keeping an eye out for anything out of the ordinary. Please contact MPR with these updates using the MPR Job Request Form. This will enable us to quickly address issues. Please continue to review and update your department’s respective webpages for out-of-date or excessive information. Please note, today’s message pertains to the college’s public website, and does not include changes to MySFCC or the SFCC Connect Intranet, which are not under MPR’s purview.

I’d like to thank my MPR team and colleagues across campus for their persistence, collaborative energy, and continued focus on our college’s future students.

We look forward to continuing to work with you in promoting SFCC’s outstanding programs to our community.

Library Summer Hours

The SFCC Library hours for Summer Session are:

Monday-Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday-Sunday: Closed

Please note: In addition to being available online during these hours to answer your questions, library staff is also available online on Fridays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

You can contact the library online either via email at or via chat on our homepage:

Display of Santa Fe International Literary Festival authors in SFCC Library

The Santa Fe International Literary Festival concluded on May 21. SFCC Library is proud to offer books by almost every single author featured at this year’s event. Whether you attended the Festival, would like to discover fabulous new writers on your own, or just want to indulge in some excellent summer reading, drop by the Library during open hours to browse our display!

Work on Richards Ave. and Avenida del Sur begins May 22; note road closures

Please read this important message regarding the latest construction for the Santa Fe Connector. Commission District 5:

NE/SE Connector Road(s)Project
(Richards Ave. and Avenida Del Sur Intersection)

Beginning Monday, May 22, 2023, the Contractor for Santa Fe County Public Works Department (SFCPWD) will begin construction of the roundabout at the Richards Avenue and Avenida Del Sur intersection. To safely accommodate the construction, it will be necessary to close a segment of Richards Avenue and Avenida del Sur.

Richards Ave. will be closed from south of the Santa Fe Community College main entrance to East Chili Line Road in the Rancho Viejo Subdivision. Avenida del Sur will be closed from Canada del Rancho to Richards Ave. These closures will be in effect for up to 60 calendar days. During this time, SFCPWD will provide detour and business access signage identifying alternative routes around the closures.
Motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists are advised to seek alternate routes and urged to allow additional time to accommodate the detours.
For additional information regarding this project, please visit or contact SFCPWD at (505) 992-3010.
Thank you for your patience, continued cooperation, and please use caution in the work zones.

See the maps in greater detail by clicking on these links:

The college will continue to share information on the project as it receives information from project managers and county officials.

SFCC enters partnership with Genuine Foods for food service

On Monday, May 8, Vice President for Finance & CFO Nick Tellas wrote to staff and faculty the following message:

Today we are excited to announce that we have officially entered into a partnership with Genuine Foods to manage and operate the SFCC food services program. In this partnership, Genuine Foods will collaborate with the college on the offerings that will be available to our students, faculty, staff, and community. Genuine Foods is excited to bring a lot of great programing to our campus, including:

  • Healthy food options
  • Partnerships with our Controlled Environment Agriculture program and greenhouse
  • Sustainable programming   
  • Marketing and special events
  • Enhanced Catering offerings
  • Improved coffee/café program

We are actively working on an opening schedule for the coffee shop and expect to open the program in the coming weeks, with the Cafeteria to open closer to the Fall semester. We will announce the official opening dates soon.

We invite you to check out Genuine Foods’ website, and we’ll be sending out more information in the coming weeks.

SFCC Accelerated Medical Assisting Certificate

Accredited specific education includes performing clinical and administrative procedures in settings such as physician’s offices, clinics and ambulatory settings. Course are sequenced to build skill level and prepare students for a career in the growing medical field.

The certificate is accelerated, eligible for financial aid, offered in both Fall and Spring semesters. It includes a practicum in a doctor’s office or hospital and National Certification tests. The certificate is embedded in the Medical Assisting Associate Degree.

Students must complete an application to start the acceptance process.

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.

LANL Foundation announces scholarship recipients

Eight SFCC students who were awarded LANL Foundation scholarships in the spring semester of 2023. Congratulations to these students who will either continue at SFCC or further their studies elsewhere.

LANL Career Pathways Scholarship Recipients:

Alicia Archuleta: a 2023 Career Pathways Scholarship recipient and 2023 Capital High School graduate. Alicia plans to pursue a degree in Diagnostic Sonography, but will be taking her prerequisite courses at SFCC.
Angel Lopez: a 2023 Career Pathways Scholarship recipient and 2023 Capital High School graduate. He is studying to be a Mechanical Engineer.
Joanna Johnston: a 2023 Career Pathways Scholarship recipient pursuing a LADAC Certification.
Laura Garcia: a 2023 Career Pathways Scholarship recipient pursuing an AA in Human Services.
Renata James: a 2023 Michael A. Hiskey Endowed Nursing Scholarship recipient. She is pursuing a degree in Nursing.
Franco Inigo Legaspi: a 2023 Capital High School graduate and recipient of the Anchorum St. Vincent/Christus St. Vincent Medical Pathways Scholarship. He is pursuing a degree in Nursing.

Other LANL Foundation scholarship recipients:

Leslie Garcia: a 2023 Capital High School graduate and recipient of the Communities in Schools’ Future Forward Scholarship. She was attending SFCC when she was awarded but will attend UNM in the Fall to pursue a degree in Engineering.
Amy Norris: a 2023 Bronze Scholarship recipient. She was attending SFCC when she was awarded but will be attending Western University in the Fall to pursue a degree in Social Work.

Tutoring Center
Summer Semester Hours

Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Room 326LL, lower level West Wing, next to the Atrium

Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are recommended.
Schedule an appointment by clicking on “Tutoring Center” in MySFCC, or by calling 505-428-1260.

Student Recruitment Ambassador needed

The Office of Recruitment and Student Outreach is hiring a Student Recruitment Ambassador to assist with leading campus tours for individuals and large groups, to support SFCC’s Recruitment and Dual Credit team and assist with projects as needed. Our Ambassador will also participate in community and Santa Fe public School events like college and career fairs and application drives.

Please contact Daniela Gurule at or 505-428-1149 if you are interested!

Interested in helping others? Campus Cupboard is seeking student employees

Interested in helping others? Campus Cupboard is hiring three Students as Campus Cupboard, The Exchange and Office Ambassadors.

Interested call 505-428-1582  or email

Students will work a maximum 20 hours per week. Must be registered for at least 3 CR in summer and 6 CR in fall and maintain a minimum of a 2.5 GPA. Pay is $15/hour. Students do not need to be work-study eligible.

Ambassadors make a difference by providing excellent customer service, completing and fulfilling online and in-person orders, coordinating on-campus delivery events, maintaining inventory reports and ensuring products are readily available, maintaining a positive atmosphere, ensuring the cleanliness of space, and providing other opportunities to make a difference. Assist with campus events and activities. Ambassadors may have some physical requirements to fulfill.

Registration now open for fall

Do you know someone who’s interested in taking classes at SFCC, but doesn’t know where to start? Encourage them to visit the Educational Pathways. Find classes at

Encourage your friends and family members to come to the college. Remind folks about the Opportunity Scholarship, as well as the Lottery Scholarship for recent high school graduates.

For information on applying and registering visit For more information, please contact the Welcome and Advising Center, 505-428-1270, 

Important dates to know for Summer session

Online FAFSA Workshops/Talleres FAFSA en línea

Financial Aid Office  English FAFSA Workshops
Online Wednesdays 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For the link and more information:

Oficina de Ayuda Financiera Talleres FAFSA en español
en línea los jueves de 11 a.m. a 1 p.m.

Para más información, elige la fecha que quieres atender:

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.

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 | |

Geneva “Cookie” Look

Dean Barry Hubbard, Ph.D. sent the following announcement:

“Colleagues – I am excited to announce the promotion of Geneva “Cookie” Look to Academic Director of Trades for HVAC, Plumbing, and Building Science & Construction Technology. Cookie has had a long successful history as a maintenance superintendent in the energy sector. She has experience and knowledge of construction project management, supervision/administration, OSHA safety standards, procurement, and NCCER standards. Additionally, Cookie has partnered previously with Harbor Community College to establish an Energy Pathway Program which included curriculum/training development, recruitment, teaching in the program, and job placement. Cookie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Master of Business Administration from the University of La Verne and a Certificate in Project Management from Cal State University, Dominquez Hills.

Cookie has been serving as a Temp Program Developer for the School of Trades, Advanced Technologies, and Sustainability and will now transition into this new role beginning July 1. Please help me congratulate her on the new position!”

Kelly Durbin was celebrated at June 30 retirement party

Colleagues dropped by the Campus Center from 2 to 4 p.m. on June 24 to congratulate Kelly Durbin (shown in red and black blouse) on her retirement.

The former Director of Financial Aid helped many of our students achieve their dream of obtaining an affordable college education. SFCC wishes her the best in the new adventures that await in retirement.

Tomas Duran is the new School of Fitness Education Academic Director

SFCC is excited to introduce our new School of Fitness Education Academic Director Tomas Duran. Ute Jansen-Kerr retired from the position last semester. Tomas said, “I’m super excited to be a part of this talented SOFE Team!  We’re excited to grow our fitness community within the SFCC circle and the city of Santa Fe and beyond.”

Tomas Duran

Although new to this position, Tomas is no stranger to the fitness center. With more than 24 years at the fitness center, chances are, you’ve taken one (or many) of his aquatic classes.

Make sure to stop by and congratulate him on your next visit to the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center.

June WOW – Erin Trask

Congratulations to Erin Trask
June, 2023 WOW Award winner
Nominated by Steve Converse

“Never too busy to assist, strong team member and a valuable positive asset”

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,

Ahní Rocheleau show at 516 Arts through Sept. 2

Ahní Rocheleau, adjunct faculty for the School of Art and Design has her work in a show:
Southwest Contemporary’s 12 New Mexico Artists to Know
June 3, 2023 – September 2, 2023
516 ARTS MUSEUM, 516 Central Avenue SW, Albuquerque, NM.
Read more: Southwest Contemporary.

Summer Online Teaching & Learning Opportunities

Contact Michelle F. Renteria to get registered, Stipends may be provided by the SFCC Title V grant, when available:

CHESS — Collaborative for Higher Education Shared Services

CHESS Connection Newsletter – June 26

If you’re wondering what’s happening with the Workday implementation, check out the latest CHESS Connection!

This newsletter contains lots of information on org charts, more reporting tips and an update on SIS.

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 award is a $25.00 gift certificate from Amazon.
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!


Get your free tickets now for SFCC Night at the Fuego

6 p.m. Thursday,

July 20

The SFCC Office of Recruitment & Student Outreach is coordinating SFCC Night at the Fuego VIII. Enjoy a fun evening with the SFCC community to cheer on the Fuego baseball team.

Demand for tickets is always high, so please contact Director of Student Engagement & Recruitment Marcos Maez to secure your free tickets as soon as possible. (There is a limited amount of tickets.) Contact him at

When: Thursday, July 20

Where: Fort Marcy Park

Time: 6 p.m. 

Contact person for tickets is Marcos Maez.

Limit is 4 tickets per person. 

Ongoing news and events

Summer CE schedule is available online

The Summer Continuing Education Schedule is now available online. Print copies can be found in the racks at Santa Fe Community College, the Santa Fe Higher Education Center and around town. Visit for tips on registering and to view the variety of offerings.

Director of Continuing Education Nicholas Wernicki, Ph.D. said, “This summer we’ve got many new classes, both in person and online. Short-term or one-day summer classes can easily fit in around your summer vacation plans. Summer is also a great time to study at a more leisurely pace for either personal enrichment or to gain new professional skills.”

Read about several new classes in this press release.

If you have questions about the schedule or where to get a print copy, contact Continuing Education at or 505-428-1676. The CE staff can help you complete your registration.

Student art exhibition continues through Aug. 18

The Student Art and Design exhibition in the Visual Arts Gallery.

The opening reception for the Student Art and Design exhibition on May 11 was a festive gathering for SFCC and members of the community. Thank you to Director of Galleries Linda Cassel for organizing the exhibition and opening.

Dean Wysong announced the winners.

Dean James (Jim) Wysong, Ph.D., said in addition to awarding Student Art Award prizes, SFCC also recognized our retiring art faculty members: Laura Rosenfeld, James Marshall, and Felix Voltsinger. SFCC extends best wishes to the retiring art faculty members!

Dean Wysong added, “We hosted approximately 150 guests during the opening between 4 and 6 p.m.”

The following are the Student Art Award Winners. Please note that in some categories there were two Second Places awarded, when the judges determined two deserved that recognition: Jewelry: Nyal A. Tack, Fine Woodworking: Pam English, Printmaking/Bookarts: John Drabanski, Photography: Jeremy Oversier, Ceramics: Sabrina Pratt, Ceramics 2nd place: Aurelia Gomez, Sculpture: Polina Smutko, Sculpture 2nd place: James Wilson, Sculpture 2nd place (2): Roberto Espinosa, Drawing/Painting: Jesus Miguel Avena, Drawing 2nd place: Nancy Nielsen, and Drawing 2nd place (2):   Catherine Le Baigue.

Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday. The gallery is closed on days when the campus is closed. The exhibition continues through August 18.

SFCC Wastewater Treatment Plant closure & decommissioning work through July 2023

SFCC is in its final phase to permanently close our Wastewater treatment plant and transfer our waste to Ranchland Utility regional facility. This will benefit SFCC in several ways, including reuse of treated water for irrigation purposes used in the local community, no additional capitol funding resources needed to support 36+ old infrastructure that has extended beyond its useful life, and future opportunities to repurpose land in accordance with SFCC 2021 Master Plan.

There will be construction activities extending through July 2023. Please note there will be no impact to services during this project. For more information contact Andrea Mueller, Facilities & Operations Assistant Director & Campus Planning at or 505-930-9781.

Required COVID-19 Reporting

SFCC continues to monitor and follow guidance from public health officials and state and local government on mitigating and addressing exposure to COVID-19. The State of New Mexico and New Mexico Higher Education Department recently announced they will no longer require the reporting of COVID-19 cases amongst student, staff, and faculty who are on campus via the Rapid Response Submission Portal.

Our college continues to take the transmission and threat of infectious diseases seriously and we remain committed to keeping our community as safe as possible. Please note the following:

  • The college no longer requires reporting of COVID-19 positive cases to SFCC’s Contact Tracing Team.
  • However, it is very important we continue keep each other safe and follow health and safety best practices. The college continues to follow guidelines from the CDC Quarantine and Isolation Calculator, which details the following:
    • You should isolate from others when you have COVID-19.
    • You should also isolate if you are sick and suspect that you have COVID-19 but do not yet have test results.
    • Ending isolation is detailed on the CDC’s Isolation and Precautions for People with COVID-19 webpage – “Ending Isolation”.
  • Positive or suspected positive individuals should coordinate closely with supervisors to make appropriate accommodations, as well as reporting for absences using regular sick leave.
    • If you are out of sick leave and contracted COVID-19, please contact the Office for Human Resources to determine if other options are available to you.
  • The college custodial staff continues its rigorous cleaning and disinfecting protocols, which includes a campus-wide daily schedule, with emphasis on bathrooms, and higher traffic and enclosed spaces.
  • Additionally, Facilities and Operations staff have made significant improvements to college ventilation and filtration systems and those systems are up and running.

The College will continue to follow best practices, community levels, and infectious disease developments.

Museum STEP Passes available at Library

With the STEP Pass, you and up to 5 people can use the card for free admission to:

  • Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
  • Santa Fe Children’s Museum
  • IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Art
  • Santa Fe Botanical Garden

Passes check out for two weeks at a time.

For more information contact:

SFCC ChatGPT conversation

Part 1: ChatGPT’s Implications for Higher Ed

This session includes a demo of how ChatGPT works, implications for higher education and how other colleges and universities are responding. This session was led by SFCC librarians.

See ChatGPT information and resources:

Part 2: How do you spell the future with AI

See this video of the latest presentation from the SFCC Library – How do you spell the future with AI. This was the conversation from April 27.

Message about preferred names

Dear Faculty,

While the college has always supported our students, we now have another technological opportunity to provide an empowering, safe, and nondiscriminatory educational and work environment.  Beginning on Monday February 6, students will be able update their preferred name in Self Service Banner (SSB9).

The student’s legal name will be on your class roster and their preferred name, if applicable, will appear in parenthesis.  For example, Gonzales, Bernadette (Charmaine).  For legal purposes, the student’s legal name will still appear on all formal documents such as Financial Aid information, 1098-T’s and transcripts.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

With kind regards,

Bernadette Gonzales. MA Ed. (she, her, hers)
Registrar |Office of the Registrar
505-428-1881 |

Work has begun on connector roads to SFCC

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

Work expected to continue until fall

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported in the Jan. 25 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.

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

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:

Greenhouse STEM Kits
The very popular and free Greenhouse STEM Kits are available once again for kids ages 4-7. All materials are included in the kits courtesy of the Santa Fe Children’s Museum.

Come by the library to pick up a kit to use and explore growing plants from seeds with your kids! 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!

Name Rockets!

Available at the SFCC Library

Free Name Rocket STEM Kits are available for kids ages 4-7 at the SFCC Library.

All materials are included in the kits courtesy of the Santa Fe Children’s Museum.

Come by the library to pick up a kit to use and explore shapes & rockets with your kids! Kits are available during the library’s regular hours.

For more information contact:

Need food? Campus Cupboard welcomes all

Campus Cupboard offers fresh, canned and 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.

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.

06/26/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Smartboard Santa Fe Community College launches new web page for online programs”

06/23/23, Los Alamos Daily Post, “SFCC: Launches New Web Page For Online Programs”

06/07/2023, Santa Fe Reporter, “Transit advisory board members want to get back to work. The mayor just needs to appoint them”

06/07/2023, Searchlight New Mexico, “Plutonium by degrees” and “The ABCs of a nuclear education”

06/04/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Celebrations.” Includes info on SFCC Foundation’s Richard Bradford scholarship winner and Katie Besser award-winners.

05/31/2023, Los Alamos Daily Post, “Santa Fe Community College Announces Katie Besser Student Awards”

05/24/2023, Inside Higher Ed, “Leveling Off at the Bottom”

05/22/2023, Santa Fe Reporter, “Morning Word – Rancho Viejo detours begin”

05/20/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Civil Air Patrol introduces youth to flight”

05/17/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “White House initiative helps Santa Fe schools’ Work Based Learning Program”

05/17/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Pasa Plus: Weekend events in Northern New Mexico – Civil Air Patrol Aerospace open house”

05/12/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “SFCC graduate waited a long time but realized her dream”

05/08/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Veterans group puts middle schoolers on the hunt for history at national cemetery”

05/16/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Our View – A salute to the power of words”