SFCC displayed the Pride flag (rainbow colors) along with the U.S. flag, the New Mexico State flag and the Transgender Flag (pink, white and light blue) in recognition of Pride Month. SFCC recognizes and celebrates Pride Month.
Automotive Technologies Center Open House from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 21
Suburu representatives to talk about opportunities in the industry
Tour SFCC’s Gold LEED certified Automotive Technologies Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 21. Visitors will have the opportunity to hear presentations about industry career opportunities at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. by Subaru regional representative Mitchell Mays, as well as Honda/Suburu of Santa Fe Director of Operations Ted Nime and General Manager Jason Bass. Members of SFCC’s Financial Aid office will answer questions about the Opportunity Scholarship and other financial aid at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Director of SFCC’s Automotive Technologies program Julia Furry said, “There’s a huge demand for certified automotive technicians. Our speakers will also be glad to answer questions about other career opportunities in the auto industry such as accounting, sales and marketing.”
Here are highlights of Mays’ career and education:
Business Management degree from Bryant University Providence, Rhode Island.
Owned and operated a Service Station and Repair Facility
10 Years Subaru Retail in Vermont, all at one dealer, held numerous positions: Sales, Sales Manager, General Manager, Service Advisor, Service Manager
28 Years with Subaru of America, positions held: District Service Manager, Regional Service Operations Manager, District Sales Manager, Regional Parts and Service Manager, Zone Marketing
Manager, Retailer Development Manager and Subaru University Regional Manager.
Business Management degree from Bryant University Providence, Rhode Island.
OIT will be performing maintenance from 7 a.m. to noon Sunday, June 19, 2022. All systems will be affected by intermittent outages. If you have questions or concerns, please contact theOIT Service Desk at (505) 428-1222
Register by June 17 to attend free Distributed Energy Summit
Interested in issues around climate change and energy issues? Or do you wonder how our state can reach Net Zero emissions by 2050 and the role energy must play in this and in holding global warming to 1.5 degrees?
Register for a free in-person tour at SFCC June 24
A special aspect of the summit is the option of free, in-person tours between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 24 of SFCC’s Smart and Microgrid Training Center, battery energy storage system, solar photovoltaic generation array and controlled agriculture environment greenhouses (registration required).
The entire summit is free and open to the public. Please pre-register by 5 p.m. Friday. Read more.
For Information about SFCC’s Distributed Energy Program and upcoming classes, visit the program page here.
Amy Lloyd confirmed for U.S. Education Dept. post
The Senate on June 8 confirmed Amy Loyd, a former community college student, as the U.S. Education Department’s (ED) assistant secretary for career, technical and adult education.
Loyd has served as a senior advisor at ED as she awaited her confirmation. She was nominated to lead ED’s Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE) in August 2021. Previously, she was acting assistant secretary and deputy assistant secretary of policy and strategic initiatives in OCTAE from April 2021 to August.
Prior to that, Loyd — who attended SFCC and Northern New Mexico College — was a vice president at Jobs for the Future for 10 years, where she led the organization’s programs in college and career pathways, workforce development with a focus on economic advancement, state and federal policy and in diversity, equity and inclusion.
She previously was director of education at the Cook Inlet Tribal Council in Alaska, leading a network of schools and programs providing comprehensive, culturally responsive education, training and wraparound services to the Alaska Native and Native American communities. Loyd also led the startup of a prisoner re-entry residential education and workforce development social enterprise and was a high school math teacher and family advocate.
East Wing Eatery Summer Hours
Mon – Fri, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The East Wing Eatery is pleased to announce new hours of operation: East Wing Eatery Summer Hours Monday- Friday 8am- 2pm
Film professor Milton Riess shared the exciting news from Stagecoach Foundation that seven students who recently went through February/March PROTEC production assistant training have been hired to work on the film, “Cursed.”
These are the seven who were hired:
Alysse Salas Kira Jones Rafael Martinez Christina Romero Wynn Wink Patrick Madden John Helfrich
Elizabeth Kianu Stahmer, Director of the Stagecoach Foundation, added that they are hopeful there will be more additional hires.
Congratulations to the PROTEC team run through SFCC’s CE and Contract Training under the direction of Dean Kris Swedin. A special thanks goes to SFCC’s Milton Riess who led much of the PROTEC film trainings along with other top film professionals in the region. Also, thanks to the leadership in funding from Santa Fe County, Stagecoach Foundation, Inc., and the other PROTEC sponsors. Image: File photo of Milton Riess.
Check out SFCC Facebook images and video from Commencement!
On Saturday, May 14 the college held its first in-person commencement ceremony since fall 2019. The livestreamed ceremony was a festive and heartfelt affair, highlighted by keynotes speeches from Monica Leyba, Chief Nurse Executive of CHRISTUS St. Vincent Medical Regional Center, and student speaker Maria “Lourdes” Estrada, 51, who overcame many obstacles to earn her Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education.
This spring, approximately 335 SFCC graduates earned 371 awards (236 certificates and 135 associate degrees). 34 of these students received more than one award. Complete grad stats
See the joyful photos for our in-person commencement on Facebook.
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.”
“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!”
SFCC will observe Juneteenth on Monday, June 20
On May 25, President Rowley issued the following statement regarding Juneteenth:
Juneteenth National Independence Day is the oldest known celebration of the formal abolishment of slavery in the United States. In 2021, President Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law, officially making June 19 a federal holiday.
I am pleased to announce that SFCC will honor this day by adding it as a permanent paid holiday for eligible employees. Beginning this year, and thereafter, the college will close in recognition of this important event.
This year, June 19 is a Sunday. Therefore, the college will close on Monday, June 20 to observe Juneteenth. SFCC Main Campus, Kids Campus, and the Santa Fe Higher Education Center will be closed. No classes or student services will be available. Flags will be lowered to half-staff Saturday, June 18, through Monday, June 20, in commemoration.
SFCC students participated in SF Literary Festival
Creative writing faculty Kate McCahill and Shuli Lamden coordinated with Clare Hertel, co-founder of the Santa Fe Literary Festival, to secure 16 free all-access passes for students, an exclusive lunch for eight with a festival author, and a place on the community stage for some SFCC poets and creative writing students and Terry Wilson, one of SFCC’s creative writing faculty. The passes alone were valued at thousands of dollars.
Terry Wilson opened up the mid-Saturday (May 21) free, public reading in the Santa Fe Convention Center Courtyard. Terry read a piece called “Housemother,” a reflection written from when she worked at Ingleside Home for Girls in 1970 in Buffalo when she was quite young. (It was a Home for Unwed Mothers.) Terry said the work was pretty relevant since Margaret Atwood had spoken a few hours earlier about “Handmaids’ Tale.
Terry Wilson will offer “Exploring Creative Writing” class (English 1320) starting Aug. 24. CRN is #20204. Contact her at Therese.Wilson@sfcc.edu for more information.
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Opportunity Scholarship info at ReachHigherNM
The New Mexico Higher Education Department recently announced ReachHigherNM.com a new online resource to help New Mexicans understand tuition-free college via the Opportunity and Lottery Scholarships!
Please share ReachHigherNM.com 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.
Congratulations to SFCC High School Equivalency graduates
The college honored SFCC High School Equivalency graduates during a Tuesday ceremony in the Fitness Center. Sixty-nine students successfully completed their HSE exams in the Adult Education, Academic and Career Education (ACE) Program and received a High School Equivalency Certificate. Guests included keynote speaker Eric Vasquez (One Stop Operator at Northern Area Local Workforce Development Board); Ericka Van Eckhoutte (WIOA Director of Adult/Dislocated Worker for Northern New Mexico); as well as student speakers Josephine (Josie) Valdez, Norma Lizbeth Martinez Jaramillo, and Jeremiah Delgado.
Congratulations, SFCC High School Equivalency graduates! We are so proud of you. SFCC is here for you as you continue your journey through college.
Photo, L to R: Christy Carrillo Trinidad, I-BEST CNA program graduate and ACE program student; Carla Passos-Morgan, ACE Coordinator; Kristen Krell, ACE manager; Daniela Gurule, Student Admissions Counselor and Speaker; Letty Naranjo, Director of Adult Education. Photo Credit: Margaret Peters.
USA Today includes SFCC in story addressing debt crisis
If you don’t have a subscription, you can see the story as it was republished on Yahoo News here.
The national story begins, “As President Joe Biden mulls the possibility of widespread student loan forgiveness, a community college in New Mexico may offer insight to prevent the need for future mass cancelation.
Just 1% of the college’s student body borrows to pay for college, according to federal data, though it wasn’t always that way.
Leaders at the Santa Fe Community College say, among other measures, they’ve stopped automatically offering loans to students and require students to take a workshop before borrowing. That, along with support from state scholarships directed at local students and federal grants, have been key in reducing debt loads for students. …”
Katie Besser Awards, Richard Bradford Memorial Scholarship Winner, and Accolades
Santa Fe Community College’s emerging writers, photographers and mixed media artists were recognized during the Katie Besser Awards celebration hosted online by the SFCC Library on May 4. The awards were named for the late Katie Besser in recognition of her love of literature and creative writing. The event celebrated students’ creative expression through writing, photography and media arts. Writers representing SFCC’s diverse community read from their winning works.
The twelfth annual winner of Santa Fe Community College Foundation’s Richard Bradford Memorial Creative Writing Scholarship was announced at the conclusion of the awards celebration. Christine Schwatken will receive the $1,000 scholarship. Named for the author of the 1968 classic Red Sky at Morning, the scholarship was initiated by author Michael McGarrity, the late arts advocate Charmay Allred and former Santa Fe city councilwoman Rebecca Wurzburger.
Accolades, which includes the winning entries, is available to download here.
Invitation to make advanced art this summer and 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 on Monday and Wednesday mornings in summer, and in fall, just 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.
Meet art student Judith Gordon at reception at 2:30 to 4 p.m. Friday 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
Meet the artist at reception:
Dulce Capital Bakery
110 Don Diego Suite A, 2:30 to 4 p.m. Friday, June 17
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!
Apply NOW for Summer 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.
To be eligible, students must meet the following requirements:
Completed the 2021-2022 and 2022-2022 FAFSA
Enrolled now and in at least 3-degree related credit hours for the summer semester
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!
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.
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 email@example.com). SFCC offers performance-based scholarships through Contract for a Better Tomorrow (CBT).
If you have questions or need assistance email the Financial Aid Office at firstname.lastname@example.org from your SFCC student email account. Make sure to include your Student ID number in the email. Se habla Español.
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
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.
Marcos Maez completes MBA at NM Highlands with concentration in Marketing
Congratulations to Director of Recruitment & Dual Credit Marcos Maez! He completed his MBA with a concentration in Marketing from New Mexico Highlands University.
He will be graduating with a cumulative 4.0 GPA. Due to the fires in the Las Vegas area, the NMHU graduation has been postponed.
Marcos shared, “When the graduation is rescheduled, I have been given the honor by the NMHU School of Business, Media, and Technology to serve as the flagbearer for the commencement ceremony. I will be leading all graduates from my respective school into the gymnasium. It is truly one of the great honors of my life.”
“I am grateful to my remarkable colleagues at SFCC for their encouragement and support. As a first generation Hispanic male college student, I sincerely hope that my accomplishment can inspire other first generation students in my community. If I can do it, anyone can.”
Congratulations Marcos. Thank you for inspiring so many of our students!
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.
Amanda Hatherly received special award
Amanda Hatherly was recognized for her contributions to the Santa Fe Water Efficiency Partnership Team. The presenter stated:
“The City of Santa Fe and the NGWS planning committee would like to present a special award to Amanda Hatherly who is the Director of the EnergySmart Academy at the SFCC. Amanda is a very special and hard working individual. Not only did she help us create an award winning educational program through the SFCC but she also linked us with Lane Community College and an NSF grant to help us expand the training online so that anyone in the nation could take advantage of it. She was also the person who engaged our City Council to designate Santa Fe as a Bee City, USA and is a gamechanger in this community. Someone who makes things happen. We are all so grateful and appreciative of your years of work with the Santa Fe Water Efficiency Partnership Team in building an award winning program and wish you the most happiness in your future endeavors.”
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 email@example.com
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. Free event. Masks required. Call 505-428-1501 or email Linda.Cassel@sfcc.edu for information.
Encourage your friends and neighbors to apply and register for the fall semester soon!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 about plant-based cooking, classes to explore regional geology, many language classes and much 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.
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.
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 USPS.com. 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. https://special.usps.com/testkits