Campus Weekly

Come listen to Baracutanga’s joyful music on Sunday night!

Join SFCC and bring your friends to a fun evening of listening and dancing to Baracutanga this Sunday evening at 6:30 p.m. at SWAN Park, 5300 Jaguar Drive in Santa Fe. Doors open at 6 p.m. This show is sponsored by SFCC and is being produced by AMP Concerts. Although the event is free, AMP asks everyone to register in advance at

Feel free to bring chairs to the concert. There will be food vendors and water filling stations. Parking is limited. AMP encourages everyone to ride their bikes or walk in if possible.

Baracutanga is a seven-piece band representing four different countries (Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, USA), that blends South American ancestral traditions with a modern sensibility, whose exciting and distinct Latin flavor keeps crowds dancing and always wanting more. Baracutanga creates songs that cross linguistic and cultural barriers, building bridges between the south and the north, overcoming the barriers of discrimination and promoting intercultural experiences that empower Latinos and all people with a positive message of self-affirmation.

Be sure to stop by the SFCC tent and say hi. Bring your friends and family!

Check out the band’s awesome video.

Read more about Baracutanga and the August 1 concert..

Photo: Courtesy of Baracutanga. Photo credit: Q.Q. Jade Photography

News and Announcements

Film program hosts in-person open house July 31

SFCC welcomes the public to a Film Department Open House 12 Noon to 3 p.m. this Saturday, July 31
Learn about the college’s film program, jobs in the industry and see live production demos.

Come to campus and meet SFCC Film Faculty members and representatives from the film industry including the New Mexico Film Office and Stagecoach Foundation.

Noon to 3 p.m. July 31. Attend all events or stop by for a part of the program.

  • Noon to 1 p.m. – Presentations in the Campus Center with student testimonials. Confirmed guest speakers: Stagecoach Foundation, Santa Fe Film Office and former SFCC students who are now successful in the industry.
  • 1-2 p.m. – tours every 15 minutes. Mix and mingle with attending presenters when not taking a tour.
  • 2-3:15 p.m. – class demos: Sample classes in Grip, Film Crew, Drone and Editing post- production.

Please Note: Everyone needs to wear a mask.


Youth Summit July 27 sponsored by SFCC

SFCC is a sponsor of Youth Summit 2021: Shaping our Future! organized by state Rep. Tara Lujan. The event is at Capital High from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 27. Doors open at 7 a.m.

This one-day event is free to high school students and will feature a welcome from Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, discussions on education, health, and climate justice. U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján and Lt. Gov. Howie Morales are scheduled to participate in the event. See the event agenda in English or Spanish.

The event will include giveaways of laptops, gift cards, and school supplies!

The event is sponsored by a variety of community organizations including the Boys & Girls Club and Santa Fe Public Schools.

Must read! Inside SFCC 2021, Vol. 1

The latest issue of Inside SFCC was released last Wednesday, featuring great stories on:

  • New Auto Technologies Center
  • Celebrating grads
  • Chef Educator of the Year Jerry Dakan
  • CHESS: Colleges Unite for student success
  • Revitalized Culinary Arts Garden
  • Award-winning student work in ‘Accolades’
  • Remembering Kyle Pacheco


Check out SFCC's new online student orientation

Student Success has recently released a new online Student Orientation. Take it yourself, and share it with our students. Here’s a preview:

Learn how to become a successful student with SFCC’s online Student Orientation!

It includes:
• A welcome from our college leadership
• Information about student services
• How to access student resources
• Information on navigating the mySFCC student portal

In just 30 minutes, you’ll be ready to succeed at SFCC. Click here to get started:

What’s Happening with the ERP/SIS?

The Presidents of the five partner colleges in our Enterprise Resource Planning/Student Information Services initiative have formed the nonprofit CHESS, the Collaborative for Higher Education Shared Services.

Currently, a team is in the process of negotiating with the preferred vendor. We remain in the quiet phase, which means we must maintain confidentiality and cannot share details. We look forward to making an announcement next month. In addition, teams are working on staffing, data governance, communications, fundraising, and much more.

Here are the CHESS partners:

  • CNM
  • Clovis Community College
  • Northern New Mexico College
  • San Juan College
  • SFCC

Here are the members of the CHESS Executive Team:

For more about SFCC and CHESS, contact Interim Chief Information Officer Cori Bergen, Project Manager Erica Keppel or Communications Officer Laura Mulry.

For the protection of our community...

When coming on campus:

  • Masks are required.
  • Practice social distancing
  • Avoid congregating in groups.
  • Avoid staying in public, indoor spaces for extended time periods.
  • Children are allowed on campus. Masks required.
  • Fully vaccinated? Please apply for the SFCC Fast Pass, which will help us lessen mask requirements in the future.
  • Departments, programs, and unique spaces may require special protocols or safety requirements.
  • Appointments are highly encouraged.

Governing Board Approves Policies

At its June meeting, the SFCC Governing Board approved updates to SFCC Policy 6-12 Surveillance Cameras. Please review the policy in the link below and address any questions to the Policy Owner/Author listed.
Policy 6-12 Surveillance Cameras
Nick Telles, Vice President of Finance/Chief Financial Officer, ext. 1161

College Policies and Procedures are posted at SFCC Policies. If you have questions or would like to learn more about policies, please contact Laura Mulry, ext. 1776.

Listen to podcast of President Becky Rowley's interview with Richard Eeds

Listen to the podcast of President Becky Rowley’s interview with Richard Eeds on KTRC 1260 | 103.7. Hear about the new Automotive Technology Center, scholarship money to pay for college, changes at SFCC, and more.

eTranscripts via Parchment now available!!

SFCC’s transcript request process is now entirely online – no more submitting paper or PDF forms! Current and former students can visit to be guided through the process.

There is a $5 charge for electronic transcripts, and requests will be processed quickly.


'Southwest Monochromes' virtual exhibition continues through Aug. 12

SFCC’s Visual Arts Gallery presents ‘Southwest Monochromes – A collection of black and white photographs by Jim Wysong.” The virtual exhibition opens at 4 p.m. Friday, June 25 and continues online through Aug. 12. View the exhibition.

James (Jim) Wysong, Ed.D., oversees academic operations at SFCC in the School of Liberal Arts and the School of Arts, Design, and Media Arts. Before he joined the college in 2020, he was a frequent visitor to New Mexico. His love for photography, geology and the outdoors drew him to the state. The opportunity to join the leadership team at SFCC has afforded Dr. Wysong the ability to combine his passions, pursuing his academic career here in the land that he loves.

Photo: “Diesel Classic,” by Jim Wysong.


SFCC's Equity Statement

President Rowley’s shared SFCC’s Equity Statement with all in a June 12 email.


Juneteenth Statement

On June 18, members of PDAC and the Land Acknowledgement Task Force, issued a statement on Juneteenth. In addition, the Santa Fe New Mexican ran the statement from President Becky Rowley in the “Letters to the Editor, SFCC continues its work against racism” on Friday.

With the support of Congress, President Joe Biden signed a bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday.

Read more about the history related to Juneteenth.


Fall registration continues, new tuition structure

Let your friends and family know that fall registration has begun.
The fall semester begins Monday, August 23.

SFCC is offering a new tuition structure beginning Fall 2021 that will allow students who wish to take 12 to 18 credit hours to pay for only 12 credit hours. Students will be charged tuition per credit hour up to 12 credit hours. After 12 credit hours, there will be no additional tuition charge up to and including 18 credit hours. Additional credit hours beyond 18 will be charged at the regular credit hour rate.

The college has developed a guide to registering detailed at

On-campus assistance is available for many student services.

Whether you plan to reach out in person or online, it’s strongly suggested that you set up an appointment in advance. To get started with advising, students are encouraged to contact SFCC’s Welcome and Advising Center at 428-1270 or


Register for Nutrition Courses

Interested in learning more about Nutrition, or even pursuing a 22 credit hour Certificate in Nutrition?

There are online classes in Nutrition available this summer and fall.


Midtown Campus news

The City Council has ended the agreement with the previously selected developer and continues to explore options. SFCC is a partner in the Midtown Campus planning.

5/12/2021, Santa Fe New Mexican, “More than half of Santa Fe’s midtown campus buildings eyed for demolition”

Image: Santa Fe Higher Education Center is on the edge of the Midtown Campus.

Get creative! Art, writing and more CE classes available

Summer CE classes are ongoing with a mix of online and in-person classes. Lots of fun topics to explore this summer, such as railroads to exploring the relationship of Frieda Khalo and Diego Rivera. Register now to secure your spot.

Also, check out online options for kids, too!

Employees use your EEB Benefit. Need assistance with registration? Call 505-428-1676 or email


Student Spotlight

SFCC 2021-2022 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 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.

Openings for Student Employment at SFCC

Student work study is a financial aid need-based program that provides student funds earned through part-time employment currently paying at a rate of $12.32 per hour.

Eligible students can work up to 20 hours per week. In addition to helping you pay for your education, the work study program helps you gain work experience, develop your skills, and build a possible pathway to future employment opportunities.

To be eligible, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Must complete the 2021-2022 FAFSA and any additional requested verification items
  • Must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 degree-related credit hours for fall.
  • Must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

If you are interested in student employment, you can email Susie Weaver at or for further information.

Apply now for Math Jam - Aug 3-5

SFCC is offering a FREE three morning, in-person Math Jam starting August 3. Math Jam is a fun, supportive, and stress-free math program for students who want to start in a higher-level math course this fall.

The Math Jam program will meet on campus Tue-Thu, August 3 to 5, 9 a.m.-noon.

Photo: This 2016 file photo shows Shalimar Krebs when he was teaching a math class.


Student Weekly Connection July 23

Check out the July 23 Student Weekly Connection for information on new student orientation, guidance for coming on campus, applying for scholarships, Santa Fe Suites supportive housing and much more!


Student Employment Openings - Apply now!

Student Work Study is a financial aid need-based program that provides a student funds earned through part-time employment currently paying at a rate of $12.10 per hour.
Eligible students can work up to 20 hours per week. In addition to helping you pay for your education, the work study program helps you gain work experience, develop your skills, and build a possible pathway to future employment opportunities.
To be eligible, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Must complete the 2020-2021 (for summer employment) and 2021-2022 FAFSAs and any additional requested verification items
  • Must be enrolled in a minimum of 3 credit hours for summer and 6 credit hours for fall.
  • Must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

If you are interested in student employment, you can email the Student Employment Office at for further information.

Great scholarship news for fall semester!

Great news!

The state is now funding the Lottery Scholarship at 100 percent!

For more information watch these videos from area broadcasters: KOB, KRQE and KOAT.

Also, some more great news about the New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship and other resources. See these highlights from the June 4 Santa Fe New Mexican story.

“The lottery scholarship program wasn’t the only good news for college students. The New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship, which benefits students who are not eligible for the lottery scholarship, such as returning adult learners and students who attend college part time, received an increase of $11 million for next year.
And the state has received $104 million in federal funds through the American Rescue Plan Act for student relief grants, Rodriguez said.

Read the full story here.

Want more information about how to apply for scholarships? Visit

Need help paying for internet service? You might qualify for federal assistance - application available May 12

The latest COVID relief act includes an internet benefit for low-income and Native American households. You could qualify for $50 to $75 in monthly assistance.

Details about the benefit can be found at
On May 12, you can apply at


Student Resource Center connects students with community programs

The Student Resource Center helps students connect with various services, programs and agencies. We can help link up with several community resources including: Housing, Food, Utility Payment Assistance, Childcare, Physical Health and Legal Services. For more information and assistance, please contact Student Resource Coordinator Jocelyn Hernandez Monsalvo at 505-428-1194 or visit

El Centro de Recursos Estudiantiles ayuda a los estudiantes a conectarse con varios servicios programas y agencias. Podemos ayudar a conectarse con varios servicios comunitarios, que incluyen: Vivienda, Comida, Asistencia para Pagos de Servicios Públicos, Cuidado de Niños, Salud Física y Servicios Legales. Para obtener más información y asistencia, comuníquese con la Coordinadora de Recursos Estudiantiles Jocelyn Hernandez Monsalvo al 505-428-1194 o visite

Employee Announcements

Yash Morimoto column: Help those you love go to college

Yash Moriomoto’s My View column: “Help those you love go to college,” originally ran in the Santa Fe New Mexican on July 18. It was written by Yash Morimoto, Associate Vice President for Planning and Institutional Effectiveness

My grandmother offered me this advice almost 25 years ago when I was about to graduate from high school: “The only thing you can procrastinate is smoking cigarettes.” Her dream was that I go to college. At the time, my family was on food stamps and relied on what little income I brought in from part-time jobs. My younger siblings were in elementary and high school, and I felt strong pressure to work to provide for our family.

My mother on the other hand would say, “Why go to college? You’re going to drop out anyway.” Part of me believed this. English wasn’t my first language. Working and going to school was burdensome. I wasn’t always the best student. Going to college felt not only scary but irresponsible, if not downright impossible. My grandma, however, was insistent I attend college. Her encouragement changed my life’s trajectory. In the spring, I completed my doctorate in higher education leadership.

My story isn’t unique. I frequently witness the incredible resilience and dedication of the students of Santa Fe Community College, where I work.

During my doctoral research, I interviewed 15 community college presidents around the country to find out how they ascended to their position. I learned it was most often their siblings, parents, grandparents, an uncle or an aunt who encouraged them to pursue the further education that set them up for later success. One of the presidents even told me he was tricked into going to college.

One thing I know now that I wish I knew back then: Going to a college like SFCC is the best path to a good-paying job.

Over a lifetime, attending a community college is a smarter investment than finding a low-paying job out of high school. It can also offer considerable savings over enrolling at an expensive college or university, moving away from home and drowning in debt.

Many of the instructors teaching at community colleges also moonlight at universities. The only difference is the tuition you pay. Community colleges often offer small class sizes and provide supportive staff members to help you with more than academic challenges. Many students face food insecurity, poverty and other obstacles that make obtaining a college degree a challenge without support. I am eternally grateful that my grandmother persuaded me to go to college.

I am deeply excited for two new developments expected to benefit SFCC students. First, the SFCC Governing Board recently changed the tuition structure to enable students to take six classes for the price of four. Research shows students who take more classes complete their education at substantially higher rates.

Second, there is additional money available for students. The New Mexico Lottery will pay 100 percent of tuition to recent high school graduates. New Mexico’s Opportunity Scholarship will help adult learners return to college. Also, various state, private and federal scholarship funds could cover books and living expenses.

After earning my bachelor’s degree, I returned to school part time to further my education while working. It took me 20 years because I was working and life circumstances derailed me at times. I wish I could have gone full time. This year, students in the region have the chance to get the funds to attend college full time and get a better-paying job sooner. My grandma did not get to see me complete my education, but her message to me will resonate for a lifetime: Don’t procrastinate. Don’t let anyone tell you that you are not “college material.” College is waiting for you.

Yash Morimoto is the associate vice president for planning and institutional effectiveness at Santa Fe Community College.

Have you seen these artworks on campus?

If you have any knowledge of the whereabouts of either these two pieces of artwork, please contact Linda Cassel at (505) 660-1857 or

Artist Ned Jacobs
Study/Nez Perce Warrior
Charcoal on paper
23 3/4 x 12 3/4 inches
31 1/4 x 20 1/4 x 1 inches (framed)

Artist Lew Tilley
Magic Jugglers
Oil on canvas
50 x 30 inches

Pasatiempo story on photography of Dean Jim Wysong

In the July 16 issue of Pasatiempo, writer Michael Abatemarco promotes Dean Wysong’s exhibit and love of photography: Jim Wysong at SFCC’s Visual Art Gallery

In last week’s Albuquerque Journal, Assistant Arts Editor Kathaleen Roberts interviewed Dean Jim Wysong for the story, “Scouring New Mexico for Unusual Angles.”

Photo: “Divided Sky” by Jim Wysong.

Fully vaccinated? Consider getting a Fast Pass

Are you fully vaccinated? Find out how you can get a Fast Pass campus access card here.

You are being given this information to provide an opportunity for fully-vaccinated individuals to gain faster access to the Santa Fe Community College campus and the Santa Fe Higher Education Center. You are not required to participate. You can continue to have access by going through SFCC COVID-19 screening protocols. For the most up-to-date information visit:

Your privacy and confidential personal health information is important to SFCC. This information will be kept in a secure computer file that is only accessed by the SFCC Contact Tracing Team and the COVID-19 Point of Contact for the purposes of administrating the SFCC COVID -19 Safety protocols.

Just a reminder: The campus still has limited access. Essentially, the buildings are closed unless you have specific business on campus. Those coming to the campus need to follow protocols. But if you are returning or anticipating returning to work on campus, going to attend an in-person class or coming regularly for appointments you might want to consider applying for the Fast Pass. Again, this is just an option, not a requirement.

View Margaretmary Woodd's memorial posted on YouTube

If you missed the remote memorial and celebration of life of SFCC’s beloved Margaretmary Woodd who passed away April 27 after a 16-year battle with cancer, you can view the recording here.

Memorial gifts in honor of Margaretmary can be made to: When you donate, please note in the comments section that you are donating in memory of Margaretmary Woodd. Funds will be used to benefit the SFCC Culinary Garden to honor Margaretmary’s true love and gift for gardening.

SFCC expresses sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of Margaretmary Woodd, administrative assistant for Trades & Technology.


James Marshall 'Emergent' exhibition at Gerald Peters Contemporary through July 31

Gerald Peters Contemporary Gallery hosts James Marshall’s solo exhibition ‘Emergent,’ through July 31. James Marshall is a full-time faculty member in SFCC’s School of Arts, Design, and Media Arts.


Expanded exercise opportunities for employees

Employees check your recent emails and SFCC Connect announcement for information on how employees can access the FEC. It detailed how you can access more exercise opportunities at the FEC through the appointment system, as well as how to register for a free online Office Yoga Class. You need to enter the Employee Code and also sign up with the Employee CRN on the register for classes page.

If you are having difficulty, accessing the appointment system, please contact Lynda Trujillo by email at so she can assist you.

Please note: Re: You will use your CRN for summer.

How to enroll for the COVID 19 vaccine

Please review the state’s latest vaccine registration information to see how to enroll for the COVID-19 vaccine.

SFCC encourages you to enroll soon, so our state can more effectively distribute the vaccine and notify you when vaccine doses will be available in your area.

NOVID phone app: The City of Santa Fe has partnered with NOVID to slow the spread of the virus. Download the free app at Read more about the app in this Dec. 15 Santa Fe Reporter story, “Spread the Word, not COVID-19.”


Let's help slow the spread of the virus

Let’s keep everyone safe and remember:

SFCC COVID protocols require that everyone wear a mask at all times on campus.

• 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 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

Remember to wash your hands for a full 20 seconds!

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


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.

Need money for tuition, books and supplies? Apply now.

Don’t leave $$$$$ on the table. SFCC offers dozens of scholarships. Regardless of your eligibility for FASFA you may be eligible for an SFCC Foundation scholarship.

See flyers on these links about three different scholarships to reach your goals:

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 students to help pay for college for the upcoming academic year. Scholarships are available for full and part-time students. There are scholarships for Native American students, Hispanic students and students with disabilities (must be registered with the SAS department at

Get your application in ASAP so you’ll be ready for the fall semester. Visit the Financial Aid web page for more details.

Also, there’s more money available than ever before for students through the Lottery and Opportunity scholarships. Don’t miss out on this great time to get the money you need to continue your studies. With scholarships, you’ll have less debt in the future.

Do you have questions or need help with the process?
Email or call 505-428-1268 They can set up an in-person or online consultation to assist you.