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President Rowley shares statement about Supreme Court affirmative action ruling
“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.”
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.”
Volunteers needed for tomorrow’s Pancakes on the Plaza
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:
SFCC, Kids Campus, Santa Fe HEC closed on July 4 for Independence Day
No classes or services will be available on Tuesday, July 4. Classes and services resume July 5.Please note: SFCC is open on Monday, July 3.
Santa Fe Community College and the Santa Fe Higher Education Center will observe Independence Day on Tuesday, July 4. No classes will be held, and no student services will be available. SFCC’s child development center, Kids Campus will be closed.
Summer credit and noncredit classes will resume on Wednesday, July 5, after the holiday. Staff at SFCC main campus (6401 Richards Ave.) and the Santa Fe HEC (1950 Siringo Road) will resume services beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 5. Kids Campus is closed July 3-7 in observance of Independence Day and the rest of the week for Summer Break. Kids Campus will resume summer operations on Monday, July 10.
SFCC participated in the 30th anniversary of Pride on the Plaza by being part of the Pride Parade. Thank you to all who represented SFCC. A special shout out of thanks to sj Miller, Ph.D., for spearheading the participation through the President’s Diversity Advisory Committee (PDAC).
PDAC’s new co-chair Marcos Maez, Director of Student Engagement & Recruitment, also participated along with others from the SFCC community.
“It was a lot of fun and it was a great experience to be a part of with SFCC,” sj Miller, Ph.D., said.
Everyone expressed gratitude for the various Pride T-shirts that were designed and ordered by MPR’s Publication Specialist Dorothy Piriz.
Thank you to Student Involvement Coordinator Mary Eleas and members of the Office of Enrollment and Student Engagement for presenting a fun luncheon event to create more community as the campus reflected on Pride and Juneteenth. The June 21 event offered a way to build bonds with one another like a family as we remove the stigma of what is happening in the world and the unkindness towards all humans. SFCC stands together as one and we support each other.
East Wing Eatery closed for the summer
The East Wing Eatery is closed for the summer. SFCC hopes to have it re-open 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 https://www.sfcc.edu/online/ to check out the options.
Please note https://www.sfcc.edu/online/ 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 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.
New Student Orientations continue this summer; RSVP encouraged
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!
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!
In an email on Thursday, June 13 Executive Director of Marketing and Public Relations Todd Lovato shared the following about the public website:
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.
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.
Bookstore management changes; will reopen July 10
Bookstore under Follet Higher Education opens July 10.
Nick Telles, Vice President for Finance & CFO, shared the following message on June 9:
The college will be transitioning bookstore management and operations from Barnes and Noble College to Follett Higher Education. This transition will officially occur on June 30, 2023.
Barnes and Noble has been handling adoptions for all summer classes that started on June 5 and Barnes & Noble has communicated that there are no problems with course materials at this time.
The courses scheduled for the Summer II Semester that begins on July 3, 2023, do not currently have any course material or textbook requirements. Therefore, Summer II courses will not be compromised during the transition.
Barnes and Noble has also communicated the below important dates relating to course materials:
All summer term course materials will be available in the campus store until the week of June 19.
Barnes and Noble’s last day of business will be Friday June 23, 2023, to clear equipment and take inventory prior to June 30, 2023.
In addition, the campus store will have to be closed the week of July 3- July 7 so that Follett Higher Education can set up operations. Follet will reopen the campus store on July 10. 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 setup 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.
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:
EFFECTIVE MAY 22, 2023 UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE 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 www.sfcconnectors.com 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
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Educators admitted free on July 9 at International Folk Art Market, volunteers sought for market
This year the International Folk Art Market is once again admitting educators and first responders free to the market for the Community Market Day on Sunday, July 9. Educators and first responders will need to present their IDs. The International Folk Art Market will be at the Railyard this year. To attend you need to arrive before the timed-access times of 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets are required for other guests. Purchase tickets here. Youth – Sunday Ages 16 and under MUST be ticketed but receive free admission. Proof of age may be required for entrance.
The International Folk Art Market (July 6-9) is still seeking volunteers. There are opportunities to also help in advance of the market. It’s an incredible opportunity for volunteers to connect with the local and global community, learn about folk art, network, and most importantly, support artists! The organization offers perks to volunteers for sharing their time — a volunteer T-shirt, on-site hospitality that provide food and drinks, a .50 cent Rail Runner ticket for volunteers traveling to Market, and a Sunday morning volunteer-only shopping experience just to name a few benefits. Read more about volunteer opportunities at https://folkartmarket.org/volunteer.
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.”
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.
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, Katherine.email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. Stipends may be provided by the SFCC Title V grant, when available:
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.
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!”
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.”
If you have questions about the schedule or where to get a print copy, contact Continuing Education at email@example.com or 505-428-1676. The CE staff can help you complete your registration.
Student art exhibition continues through Aug. 18
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 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, Sculpture2nd place: James Wilson, Sculpture2nd 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
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
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.
“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.”
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 email@example.com or 505-428-1775 for more information.