Campus Weekly

Encourage students to participate in 11 a.m. Wed. FAFSA Zoom sessions

Join a 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday online workshop. Visit for details.

Do you know a current or prospective student who wants Financial Aid, as well as access to New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship and so much more? Make sure you let them know about our weekly 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday FAFSA workshops on Zoom. Students as well as their families are welcome to attend.

Many times students think they don’t qualify for financial aid. Did you know that the majority of SFCC students are eligible?

Now is the time for students to get their FAFSA done. Parents are encouraged to join online. You’ll need some paperwork and other info to fill out a FAFSA form. For details and a Zoom link, visit

Online Certificate in Community Dental Health Coordinator (CDHC) is coming to SFCC

Online Certificate in Community Dental Health Coordinator [#CDHC] is coming to Santa Fe Community College [#sfccnm]. CDHC license is transferable to all 50 states. Please contact your State about the CDHC requirement.

Stay tuned! For details, contact:

Please watch this video of Dr. Jane Grover from ADA is talking about the CDHC program at SFCC:

Who are CDHC? Read

New rules to allow some education retirees to return to education

New rules are in place that will allow some education retirees to return to work. For an explanation of the rules, see: 2022 Return to Work Guidance | NM Educational Retirement Board (

A 6/29/2022 story in the Santa Fe New Mexican, “Some retired N.M. teachers eager to get back in classroom under new law,” shared some of the details. In the article, Dean Terri Tewart was quoted about how the ruling might help SFCC fill some positions at SFCC.

ESL Program tours Auto Technologies Center

On June 17 ESL students visited the Automotive Technologies Center on campus. ESL Program Specialist Jeff Hornstein writes:

On behalf of the ESL Program, I write to thank you and everyone at the ATC for hosting our program for the tours yesterday. The students really enjoyed them. Some students expressed interest in participating in your program or referring family members, friends, or coworkers to the program. I shared the info about the open house with our instructors and on our social media. I have attached some photos.  I hope that we can make the tours an annual event.

View more photos on the ESL Facebook page:

Student and Faculty online services: Banner 9 coming soon

Banner 9 Self-Service, with an enhanced new look is coming soon for Students, Staff and Faculty.  You’ll get an improved user experience created to give Students, Staff, and Faculty the information and access they need to succeed.
What’s new?

  • A new look to the Student Profile
  • Intuitive Registration Tools
    • Plan ahead
    • Craft multiple scenarios
  • Faculty and Advisor Self-Service

Upcoming training opportunities will be announced soon.

Barnes and Noble now hiring bookstore employees

Barnes and Noble is hiring for:

  • Store Manager
  • Part time supervisor
  • Part time sellers

Job postings can be found at the following links:

Information about working with Barnes & Noble:

Santa Fe, NM  Jobs

East Wing Eatery Summer Hours
Mon – Fri, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The East Wing Eatery is pleased to announce new hours of operation with students working in a class setting this semester focused on learning.

Your support is greatly appreciated!

East Wing Eatery Summer Hours
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Questions? Please contact Micaela Deaton

The Santa Fe Coffee Bar is coming to campus

The Santa Fe Coffee Bar, a locally owned and operated Santa Fe business will begin providing numerous drinks, breakfast, deli, and pastry food items in the coffee shop location in the campus center. The Santa Fe Coffee Bar will be selling locally distributed Iconik Coffee Roasters products and will focus on obtaining goods from local New Mexico distributors. The Santa Fe Coffee Bar plans to open in July.

Overall success rate of Dual Credit students improves

Marcos Maez, Director of Student Dual Credit, Engagement & Recruitment shared, “At the conclusion of the Spring 2022 semester, the overall success rate (completion of an SFCC class with a grade of C or higher) of our Dual Credit student population was 89%! That is a four percent increase from Spring 2021. This is an incredible accomplishment and a reminder of the tremendously important role our Dual Credit students have as part of our SFCC family. We applaud and thank the more than 20 partner high schools who choose to work with us each semester.”

More than 20 schools partner with SFCC to offer Dual Credit classes.

“The Dual Credit Office is grateful to the SFCC faculty and staff for all they do to ensure that our Dual Credit students have all the possible tools they need to succeed. Our office is proud to serve these remarkable students!”

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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.

Invitation to make advanced art this fall!

Advanced Projects Book as Sculpture will be an ONLINE choice for book making and learning about materials for art with Art and Design teacher, Marci Easterbrook. The class meets synchronously in the fall on Thursday mornings.

ARTS 2115 D1 uses your art work, including photos, watercolors and drawings for book/sculpture and teaches new techniques on paper, fabric, wood, clay and metal for surface design and bindings that are exciting and creative.

Contact Marci Easterbrook, for questions. Both classes require permission for advanced projects from Patricia Pearce, for registration. Note: CRN 20797 is the designation for the Fall semester.

Apply NOW for Summer and Fall Semester Student Employment

Apply NOW for Summer Semester Student Employment at Santa Fe Community College!

Student Work Study is a financial aid need-based program that provides student funds earned through part-time employment. Eligible students can work up to 20 hours per week and work is scheduled around your school schedule. Please note payment for student workers is $15 an hour beginning on July 1!

To be eligible, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Completed the 2021-2022 and 2022-2022 FAFSA
  • Enrolled now and have at least 3-degree related credit hours for the summer semester and 6 credit hours for fall.

Contact for further information.

New UAchieve tools coming soon to replace Schedule Builder

UAchieve Planner and Schedmule will soon be added to the UAchieve toolset available in MySFCC. The new tools will provide schedule planning and schedule building tools for students, replacing Schedule Builder. Contact Registrar Bernadette Gonzales for more information.

Art student Judith Gordon showing work at Dulce Capital Bakery

Judith Gordon’s work at Dulce Capital Bakery

Judith Gordon, who has studied printmaking and art at SFCC, is exhibiting a selection of her prints at Dulce Capital Bakery, 1100 Don Diego Ave.

“I love the process of developing unique techniques such as combining watercolor, oils or digital with printmaking and then adding pastels, colored pencils or other mediums to express my deep regard for nature.” — Judith Gordon

Director of SFCC’s Center for Book Art and Printmaking Patricia Pearce and Director of Art on Campus Linda Cassel are coordinating with the owners to have a series of 2-dimensional art exhibitions by SFCC art students and instructors. Molly and Armando Martinez took over the business after working for the previous owners. The two met in an SFCC English class!

Student Daniel Peaslee selected for Stowe Story Labs Screenwriting Training

The New Mexico Film Office and Stowe Story Labs announced that ten projects were chosen for the first New Voices • New Mexico screenwriting training program for emerging New Mexican screenwriters.

SFCC Film student Daniel Peaslee was one of those selected. Congratulations Daniel! We look forward to hearing about the development of your screenplay.

For more information about SFCC’s film program, email Milton Riess.

Congratulations to SFCC algae finalist teams!

Stephen Gomez, Ph.D. shared the exciting news that three teams from the SFCC algae program are finalists in a national competition! Congratulations to all of the students and a special shout out to Stephen Gomez, Ph.D., who has taken such a strong leadership role in SFCC’s algae program to garner such strong national recognition.

The teams include:

  • The Clean Water Cultivators
  • Toxic Ambrosia Salad
  • Underground Ocean Farmers

The finalist teams will be continuing their research through next year. We wish them luck, but we know it’s their hard work that will help them win. Yes, there’s big prize money involved!

Here’s what Dr. Gomez shared, “There were 65 teams in the competition and only 15 were advanced to be finalists.
SFCC has three of the 15 slots. Our students will be competing with U.C. Berkeley, Purdue, Colorado State University, Arizona State University, University of Texas, and University of Puerto Rico.”

We note SFCC only had three teams and all three are finalists!

Here is information about the Algae Prize in the link below:

To learn more about the teams and/or the algae program, please contact Stephen Gomez at

Now Accepting Applications Dental Program – Fall 2022

denal students

Certificate in Dental Assisting: [3 semesters]


  • ENG 109 or above
  • AHAC 151 or current CPR/BLS certificate

Associate in Applied Science in Dental Health: [5 semesters]


  • HLCR 113
  • ENG 109 or above
  • AHAC 151 or current CPR/BLS certificate

Certificate in Advanced Dental Assisting Skills: [1-2 semesters]


  • At least 1-year experience in dentistry is required for those who have onsite training and no formal college education.

To apply, contact the program:
Phone: 505-428-1258

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 | |

SFCC 2022-2023 Scholarship Application Available Now

SFCC can help you pay for college with scholarships. One simple application puts you in consideration for state institutional and Foundation private scholarships. Scholarships are available for new and returning, part time and full-time students to help pay for college for the upcoming academic year. Scholarships are also available for second-generation college students, Veterans, Native American students, Hispanic students and students with disabilities (must be registered with the SAS department at SFCC offers performance-based scholarships through Contract for a Better Tomorrow (CBT).

For more information and to apply go to:

If you have questions or need assistance email the Financial Aid Office at from your SFCC student email account. Make sure to include your Student ID number in the email.
Se habla Español.

In Memoriam: Stella Chávez Usner

SFCC extends condolences to longtime Spanish instructor and language program chair Carole Chávez Hunt on the loss of her mother Stella Chávez Usner. Read more about services and her mother’s remarkable life here:

Criminal Justice instructor serves veterans’ families

SFCC instructor Joseph Villegas serves as the volunteer chaplain at Santa Fe National Cemetery.

Joseph Villegas, an adjunct instructor who teaches multiple courses in SFCC’s Criminal Justice program, volunteers in an important way to assist veterans’ families.  He volunteers as the chaplain at military funerals: when no clergy is available, when the person is not affiliated with a religious organization or if the deceased’s family does not have the means to pay for a chaplain.

For 34 years Villegas has served as a chaplain in the military and for the state.  Since 2015, he has served as the New Mexico State Police and FBI Chaplain – Albuquerque Division.  It’s not an easy job. He often is called on scene for homicides, sudden child deaths and violent crimes.

Off campus, Joseph Villegas, is affectionately called Chappy José.  Most police officers, EMTs and firefighters in the region know him by name, since he responds to calls when one is either injured or killed. He’s there for the injured or dying person. His support extends to offering comfort to their families and colleagues.

Many in our state have seen his strong presence at the Santa Fe National Cemetery, as he serves in his volunteer role as chaplain at the services for those being committed to their final resting place. “That cemetery is the gateway to Northern New Mexico and important hub for veterans of the northern part of the state. I am honored to dignify the death of our veterans whether they are faith-based or not. I never charge for that service,” Villegas explains. He said, “I think with the exception of Arlington National Cemetery, I am the only chaplain offering free services at a national veterans cemetery.”

The Marine veteran also willingly steps up to serve as needed. Recently, at one graveside service there was no one to play taps. He went and got his trumpet and played taps. Some days, he’s at two or three services.

In his role at SFCC, he loves teaching. He also enjoys his interactions with Interim Veterans Resource Coordinator Krystal Patton and history professor Steve Martinez, who leads the SFCC Veteran’s Legacy Program. “I tell everyone that SFCC is a gem for veterans and everybody.”

Counselors Janelle Johnson and Rosalie Lipfert present at ACCA Summer Symposium

SFCC counselors, Janelle Johnson, LPCC and Rosalie Lipfert, LCSW were asked to present at the virtual American College Counseling Association, ACCA Summer Symposium on June 17, 2022. Their presentation “Lessons Learned from the Pandemic” was well received with over 50 counselors from the U.S. and Canada in attendance.

Dr. sj Miller gave keynote for Global Citizenship Foundation online event: Celebrating Gender Inclusive Learning Spaces

Dr. sj Miller gave a keynote for International UNESCO’s Global Citizenship Foundation in celebration of PRIDE on June 30.
The title of the talk was: Why Gender Identity Justice Matters for Everyone.

Policy Update: Compensation and Benefits

On May 25, the Governing Board approved Policy 4-36 Compensation and Benefits. All employees should become familiar with this current version of the policy. If you have questions, please contact Vice President for Strategy and Organizational Effectiveness Yash Morimoto, Ph.D., or Chief Human Resources Officer Jane Yuster. All college Policies and Procedures are posted at SFCC Policies. If you would like to learn more, contact Laura J. Mulry, ext. 1776.

WOW for May: Michael Arellano

WOW nominee Michael Arellano, nominated by Erica Keppel, who wrote, “Mike came to the rescue when we started Finance and HCM testing in Workday. I had left the OPIE conference room to head over to the service desk when I saw him in the hall. I let him know of the problems we were having and he took care of them immediately. Thanks for your help Mike”

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!

Here’s where to send sympathy cards in memory of Kenneth McPherson

This brief obituary was published here.

At this time, there is not a memorial service scheduled for Kenneth (Ken) McPherson.

Please note: An OIT representative has said that his sister and brother-in-law are understandably grieving. Cards may be sent to:

Linda & David Reed

543 Loop Rd., Killeen, TX 76542.

Read more about Ken’s many SFCC contributions in a previous Campus Weekly.

Emily Stern article courtesy of Santa Fe Magazine. Click for a larger image.

Emily Stern interview in Santa Fe Magazine

SFCC faculty member Emily Stern was interviewed about teaching and writing for the current issue of Santa Fe Magazine. The entire article is not available online but you can see a blurb here and a FB post promoting the article here.

Submit WOW nominations!

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


Ro Calhoun’s exhibition opens in North Carolina

Ro Calhoun, adjunct professor at Santa Fe Community College, will be show her artwork at the Creativity, Community and Emergence: Book Artists Finding Hope in Isolation Exhibit  at The Cleveland County Arts Council in Shelby, N.C. from July 7 through August 11.

Opportunity Scholarship info at ReachHigherNM

The New Mexico Higher Education Department recently announced a new online resource to help New Mexicans understand tuition-free college via the Opportunity and Lottery Scholarships!

Please share with any family or friends who might have questions about the Opportunity Scholarship!

Summer update: No masks or vaccine requirements

In an email to the campus community on May 16, SFCC President Becky Rowley thanked the campus community for its dedication and announced the end of both the vaccination and mask requirements.

Keep posted on wildfire updates

To get wildfire updates: The state has launched the following website:

The state is encouraging New Mexicans to use the site as their primary source of fire info. If you need assistance or shelter, call the Fire Resource Hotline 1-800-432-2080.

Thanks to all who had helped with World Central Kitchens at SFCC. They have concluded operations here at this time.

SFCC Student Art Show Exhibit now open

Stop by SFCC’s Student Art Show in the Visual Arts Gallery. The exhibition will continue through Aug. 4. SFCC students are exhibiting sculpture, printmaking, book arts, ceramics, jewelry, media arts, drawing, painting, film, fine woodworking and photography. The gallery is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 505-428-1501 or email for information.

Register now!

Encourage your friends and neighbors to apply and register for the fall semester soon!

For details visit: For information about Financial Aid or the Opportunity Scholarship for the Fall semester, email Call 505-428-1270 for registration assistance.

If you’re an employee, consider using your EEB benefit. Register now to get the best class selections!

Registration open for Summer CE classes

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 racks around town. Visit for tips on registering and to view the variety of offerings.

Dean of Continuing Education and Contract Training Kris Swedin said, “Summer is the perfect time to relax with painting, creative writing or jewelry making. You can learn new photographic techniques to capture the beauty of the region’s landscapes and sunsets. You can explore how to attract bees and birds to your backyard. There are also many options for acquiring new professional skills and certifications.”

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.

Employees: Consider using your EEB benefit to take a class this summer!

Read more.

UNM/SFCC Health Ambassadors open April 1 – September 15

The UNM – SFCC HC Ambassadors Program will begin taking applications for Fall 2022 SFCC students who are interested in pursuing healthcare careers. This federally funded program provides opportunities for students from economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds to explore healthcare options while also offering tutoring support to be successful in college. The deadline for the application process is September 15, 2022.

For more information on eligibility and program benefits, see program information sheet.

Need food? Campus Cupboard welcomes all

Campus Cupboard now offers refrigerated items

The Campus Cupboard (Room LL302E) in-person shopping hours are:
Mondays: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., Tuesdays: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Thursdays: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

If you cannot visit during the current open hours listed or are not
comfortable with in-person shopping, check out Bookings for more options. To access Bookings, log in to MySFCC, look under Schedule an Appointment, and click on the pink button labeled Campus Cupboard (Online). You can access the reservation and delivery option 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Students, staff, and faculty are all welcome to visit the Campus Cupboard weekly for free groceries and other household items that may be available. Personal hygiene (menstrual) products are available from Free Flow NM.
Contact or 505-428-1775 for more information.

Visit Campus Cupboard for more information.

Campus Cupboard is supported by SFCC Foundation.

Order free at-home covid tests

The USPS is offering free covid tests with free shipping. For your information purposes only, below is the link and some additional information.

Place Your Order for Free At-Home Covid-19 Tests
Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of 4 free at-home tests from Here’s what you need to know about your order:
• Limit of one order per residential address
• One order includes 4 individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests
• Orders will ship free.

Also, if you need more information about at-home test kits, New Mexico testing sites or Vault tests visit:

Let’s help slow the spread of the virus

Let’s keep everyone safe and remember:

  • If you are feeling ill, you should not come into work, and avoid any type of social setting. The College wants you to feel better before you return to work.
  • If you are feeling ill: Get tested and isolate yourself from others as much as possible. We need to help mitigate the health risk to others.
  • Call 1-855-600-3453 for testing information and results.
  • If you do contract COVID-19, seek medical attention immediately. Notify your supervisor and human resources. These cases need to 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!

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.

06/25/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican, “New Mexico boy to receive bone marrow transplant from sister.” Story is about former SFCC student Moustapha Idrissa’s efforts to raise money for medical bills related to treatment of his son. Moustapha Idrissa worked in the SFCC greenhouse and studied Controlled Environment Agriculture.

06/22/2022, Los Alamos National Laboratory newsletter, “Connecting community members with college and career pathways: Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Rebecca Estrada understands importance of educating the community for an educated workforce

06/18/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican, “DACA helped propel SFHS grad to presidential appointment.” Story is about SFCC alumna Cindy Nava.

06/05/2022, Los Alamos Daily Post, “SFCC: Automotive Technologies Center Open House June 21”

05/27/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican, “We’ve got a castle, let’s put on a show!” Story includes two SFCC students in Shakespeare play.

05/25/2022, Santa Fe Reporter, “Home Recording.” Story is about recording artist Jaco Imani, who studied with SFCC instructor Jason Goodyear.

05/23/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Nina Otero teacher inspires with encouragement, love of her work” This story has a reference to a teacher who offered a quote about the award recipient. The teacher quoted teaches with SFCC Early Childhood Education program.

05/22/2022, USA Today and Yahoo, “Free college or federal student loans? These alternatives could help solve student debt crisis

05/22/2022,Santa Fe New Mexican, “OUR VIEW – Graduation season is here — be proud”

05/22/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Santa Fe’s Class of 2022 celebrates the end of a rocky four years” Story includes Eddie Cassidy, a grad from Desert Sage Academy who plans to attend SFCC.

05/01/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican, New Mexico aims to reverse trend of poor math scores.” Story includes interview with SFCC Math Professor Susan Lemke.