Campus Weekly

Join us at Spring 2020 Virtual Commencement Ceremony

Please join the college in celebrating the Spring 2020 graduates at a Virtual Commencement Ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 20. While graduates won’t be on campus, they will be celebrated as their names and awards are announced during a live broadcast on KSWV 99.9 FM/810 AM (live at that will also stream live on YouTube at and on SFCVTV-16 on Comcast.

President Becky Rowley, Ph.D., said, “The Spring 2020 graduates will always be remembered for their resilience, persistence and hard work in achieving their goals during this incredibly challenging time. Our community needs the talents of these graduates more than ever.”

“Commencement is a time-honored tradition and we would have loved to hold an in-person ceremony. Our commencement committee, however, explored a variety of options but ultimately determined that with the volume of graduates, family members and community members who would like to support our graduates that an in-person ceremony was not a safe and viable option during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I applaud our Spring 2020 graduates who have overcome so much to reach this milestone. I extend gratitude to faculty and staff who helped our graduates reach their goal.”

Estevan Gonzales, general manager of KSWV, will open the program at 10 a.m. with a brief Q & A session with President Rowley. Representatives of the SFCC Governing Board and Student Government Association President Ian Widrick Martinez will give a brief welcome. Dean Camilla Bustamante, Ph.D., and Dean Jenny Landen will offer short congratulatory messages. Three faculty readers will read the names of the graduates. The ceremony will conclude at 11 a.m.

In addition to the live broadcast, Santa Fe Community Television (SFCTV-16 on Comcast) will broadcast the Virtual Commencement Ceremony at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 23; at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 24; at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 25 and at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 27 on Santa Fe Community Television (SFCTV-16), Comcast Channel 16 through cable.

Learn more about our graduates by reading the SFCC 2020 Graduation Fast Facts.

News and Announcements

Kids Campus offers free Jump Start program for Pre-K kids starting June 22

SFCC Kids Campus was awarded a CYFD-NM Pre-K grant to support a six-week summer jump start program for Pre-K children transitioning to kindergarten.

The Jump Start program for Pre-K children will run June 22 through July 30.

Free for all families (enrollment determined on a first-come, first serve basis. Limited spots available.)
8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays (wrap around available)
Meals included (Breakfast, lunch and snack)
Low ratios. (Maximum of 10 children in each classroom)
NAEYC accredited AND 5- Star CYFD awarded
Highly qualified and experienced staff
Focus on Kindergarten transition including literacy, math and social emotional skills.

Other fee-based early childhood education programs are also available beginning June 22.

All programs will be adhering to health and safety protocols.

For more information, please contact Kids Campus at


Library books and laptops due from spring semester

A Friendly Reminder:
All library items checked out from the library during the spring semester were due on May 31. Please return all items (except laptops) to the campus book drops located outside the buildings. One book drop is in the campus parking lot circle at the main entrance and another book drop is on the east side of campus in the parking lot behind the Health and Sciences Center. Library staff is checking the book drops daily.

If you have an overdue laptop please make an appointment to return the laptop by making a reservation by clicking here.
If you have any questions please contact the library at: or 505-428-1352

Policy updates

Last month, the SFCC Governing Board approved a minor revision to Policy 7-1 Information Technology Resources, Usage and Security with the addition of a reference to the Gramm-Leach-Bliley ACT(GLBA) Safeguards Rule.

All employees are required to be familiar with and adhere to college policies, which are posted at SFCC/policies. If you have questions or would like to learn more about policies or the Shared Governance Policy Review Process, contact Policy Officer Laura J. Mulry at ext. 1776 or

Listen! Robert Eggers on Cline's Corner

In case you missed it!
KSFR 101.5 host Lynn Cline interviewed World Central Kitchen liaison Robert Egger on her show Cline’s Corner. They talked about SFCC’s partnership with World Central Kitchen to provide free, fresh meals for the community. Meals are available on SFCC’s main campus Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons from 2 to 4 p.m. through June 26. More info here.


Hear Richard Eeeds interview President Rowley about SFCC updates

Richard Eeds of KTRC talked with President Becky Rowley, Ph.D., on Friday, June 12. She discussed the fall semester increases for tuition and fees. The president also responded to Eed’s many other questions regarding the campus, the HEC and the Midtown Campus.

Listen to the podcast.

Please note changes in fall tuition and fees

Changes in tuition and fees that were approved at the May 8 special governing board meeting are in effect for the 2020-2021 academic year.

SFCC is waiving its online distance learning fees for the summer and fall semesters – a savings of up to $75


Operation Bandana still needs help with mask making, phone calls, deliveries and more!

Nursing students and CNAs Erin Price and Robin Carrillo Ortiz started the group, Operation Bandana New Mexico in March to make face masks for NM health care workers. Note, these are not N95 masks, but masks for extra protection.

Follow the Operation Bandana New Mexico link to sign up to help. If you aren’t on Facebook, you can sign up to volunteer in different capacities (sew, cut, make phone calls, donate sanitation supplies, etc.) at this link:
Operation Bandana NM Google Forms Sign-up

The group provides mask materials and needs people to sew at all levels. Please disclose your sewing skill level so they can determine what is appropriate as some of the material is like gold!

We recently spoke with the duo and their main request: We Need More Help With All Tasks.

School of Fitness Education Newsletter, 2020 Vol. 3

The School of Fitness Education Newsletter 2020 Vol. 3 is packed with great information on meditation, thinking positive, activating your glutes, improving the mind-muscle connection, inspiring quotes, healthy eating tips, and so much more!


Automotive Technologies Center progress

Construction is progressing rapidly on the Automotive Technologies Center. All steel has been erected and the building will soon be fully enclosed. Though the project may experience some delays due to covid-19, it remains well within budget and on track to receive a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.

See the latest images on Facebook SFCC in this Together.

View larger photo here.

Santa Fe New Mexican editorial recommends studying at SFCC and Northern NM College

A Santa Fe New Mexican editorial stated “Getting basics online at Santa Fe Community College or Northern New Mexico College might be a better bang for a buck than sending thousands out of state right now.”

Read the full column: Santa Fe New Mexican, 5/27/2020 OUR VIEW: To the Class of 2020: It’s your time now

Student Emergency Assistance Fund

SFCC Foundation has established the Student Emergency Assistance Fund to help students in need during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Please help us grow this fund and help as many of our students as possible at this difficult time by making a donation today!
If you have trouble accessing the donation site, please try a different browser. Google Chrome is recommended.

If you are a student and wish to apply for emergency assistance, follow this link to apply online.


Fall registration continues! Consider taking a class

SFCC’s fall semester registration continues.

You need to use the Look for Classes in the drop down menu.

Employees: Please consider using your EEB benefit to take classes.

Perhaps, you have a family member graduating from high school. Help them get a jump start on college by enrolling now. Have them reach out to the Welcome and Advising Center at or call 505-428-1270 to get started.

Please read the fall registration press release.


Sharing stories related to Midtown Campus

There have been many recent stories related to the development of Midtown Campus. SFCC and Santa Fe Higher Education Center are key partners. Here are some updates:

Santa Fe New Mexican, 5/28/2020, “More sound stages slated for midtown”

Santa Fe New Mexican, 5/19/2020, “More details emerge for midtown campus vision”

Albuquerque Journal, 5/17/2020, “Santa Fe Art Institute carves out a niche on Midtown campus”

Albuquerque Journal, 5/12/2020, “Santa Fe hears from Midtown developer”

SFCC in the news

The following stories either featured or mentioned SFCC or one of its employees.

EIN News, 5/28/2020, “ECECD Holds First Transition Committee Meeting in Partnership with The Hunt Institute”

Santa Fe New Mexican, May 27/2020, “SFCC announces facility closures and staff reduction”

KOBTV, 5/8/2020,
“Santa Fe Community College students earning credit for cooking meals for those in need”

Student Spotlight

Studio G is here to help entrepreneurs

Want to become an entrepreneur? Studio G is here to help students and alumni (graduates from the past five years). Visit Studio G at SFCC. On that page, click the Apply Now to get involved.

If you’re interested in starting or growing a business, click here to learn about Studio G’s statewide network based at NMSU.

Apply now for new Massage Therapy certificate program

SFCC is now accepting and reviewing applications to enter the Certificate of Massage Therapy program. SFCC is launching that program with online only classes in the fall semester for those accepted into the program. For information on admission to the program visit SFCC Massage Therapy program.

Ute Jannsen-Kerr, who is directing the certificate program said, “The college is excited to offer this new program. Massage therapy contributes to the health and well-being of those seeking stress relief, as well as relief from aches and pains. People must apply this summer to be reviewed for access to beginning online classes this fall.” Graduates of the program will be eligible to take the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEX) in order to qualify for NM State licensure.

Note: All fall classes for this program will be online. Please apply now to secure a spot in the program. For more information contact Ute Jannsen Kerr at
or call 505-428-1420.


Career Services Virtual Drop-In Clinic Tuesdays and Thursday

SFCC Career Services Virtual Drop-In Clinic
Sessions Available Tuesdays and Thursdays
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Resumes
  • Application Letters
  • Job Searches
  • Career Coaching

Book a session online


Student featured in story about seeking medical help for daughter

SFCC student Tintawi Kaigziabiher was featured along with her family in the May 23 Santa Fe New Mexican story, “Santa Fe girl could overcome sickle cell anemia, thanks to brother.” The family is now in Colorado for her daughter’s bone marrow transplant.

Tintawi Kaigziabiher participated in this year’s Katie Besser Student Awards. She was last year’s recipient of the Richard Bradford Creative Writing Memorial Scholarship.

A Go Fund Me Page has been set up to help the family. Also, follow progress on that page.

Photo: Tintawi Kaigziabiher. Photo taken in 2019.

How to retrieve belongings from lockers or cubicles

Students who require access to retrieve belongings from lockers or cubicles can contact the point person listed below for the area that needs to be accessed:

William C. Witter Fitness Center Lynda Trujillo;
SHEM/Woodworking Tami Crespin
Arts Design and Media Arts Julie-ann Burgett
The Masters Program Tami Crespin
Other areas SFCC Safety and Security

Students who have made appointments will be required to come on campus at their appointment time wearing a mask. No one will be permitted access if they have COVID symptoms (dry cough, history of recent fever of 100.4 or higher, fatigue); or recent out of state travel in the past 2 weeks; or confirmed exposure to a positive COVID case; or presents with a temperature of 100.4 or higher.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during these events.

SFCC credit for volunteering

SFCC students continue to make a difference and are receiving college credit for their work!
Culinary Arts and Nursing students receive credit for their work on the SFCC, World Central Kitchen free meals for the community program. Medical Assisting students are also screening volunteers and receiving credit.

SFCC & World Central Kitchen provide food for students

SFCC students can pick up meals to feed either two or four people from 2 to 4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays through June 26. To find the food distribution location, follow this map.


Processes for Summer/Fall Registration and end of Spring term

In an email to students, Associate Vice President for Student Success, Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos laid out SFCC’s registration process and dates for Summer and Fall 2020. The email also detailed steps should take to withdraw from or drop classes in Spring 2020 as well as how to petition to graduate.


Congratulations to SFCC team and student who won WERC awards

Congratulations to the SFCC team, which earned a WERC (Waste-Management Education Research Consortium) Engineering NM Resource Network Pollution Prevention Award ($1500). SFCC student Zachary DeLay also was recognized with one of Intel’s Terry McManus Outstanding Student Awards ($1,000).

SFCC’s team won for its solution of Heavy Metal Removal via Phycoremediation. See their brochure. Members of the SFCC’s Team Blue Nanno included Team Leader James Muir, Zachary DeLay, Natasha Farmer, Annie Padilla, Jermiah Star, Olivia Rivera and Oscar Lopez. Advisors were Frank Currie and Stephen Gómez, Ph.D. In the team’s oral presentation they also gave special thanks to: Ondine Frauenglass, Luke Spangenburg and Miguel Maestas as well as sponsors The Algae Foundation, ATEC (Algae Technology Energy Consortium) and NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory).


Congratulations to winners of Katie Besser Student Awards and Richard Bradford Memorial Scholarship

Congratulations to all of the recipients of the Katie Besser Student Awards and the tenth annual winner of Santa Fe Community College Foundation’s Richard Bradford Memorial Creative Writing Scholarship.

The SFCC Library hosted the event on Zoom. See the video.

Photo: Sylvia Pincheira reacts on Zoom when she hears that she is the recipient of SFCC Foundation’s Richard Bradford Memorial Creative Writing Scholarship.


Employee Announcements

Volunteers still needed to support food distribution through June 26

In partnership with SFCC Foundation and World Central Kitchen, the SFCC Culinary and Controlled Environment Agriculture programs are providing food to people in need in our community. Every protective measure is being taken to assure that we are safely preparing and distributing food.

For those of you who would like to support food distribution, you may sign up at this volunteer link.

By volunteering for this project, you are committing to at least one 3-hour shift to distribute food or help direct traffic. You will receive training and PPE and our gratitude for your service to our community. Please communicate directly with your supervisor regarding the potential use of your time on this project.

Contact: Shirley Vialpando at


Want to help with making PPE?

You can be part of the SFCC teams making PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). Here’s how some of your colleagues helped:

Ezra Estes, Ondine Frauenglass and Linda Cassel completed 21 hospital gowns for Christus St. Vincent and have received another bolt of fabric that will provide pattern pieces for 60 more gowns. To date, the hospital has received over 220 gowns toward their 1,000 gown goal. Jill Carlson is sewing an additional 23 gowns on her own. All of the fabric for the project has been given to teams cutting pattern pieces and those kits are moving to available stitchers as quickly as possible. Other partners in this project include the Santa Fe Opera Guild, MAKE Santa Fe, and MeowWolf.

Miguel Maestas and Peter Taussig are manufacturing the headband pieces for face shields, and with a recent contribution from the Santa Fe HEC, are now working to complete the face shields and share them where needed.

Other SFCC sewists including Cori Bergin and Emily Powell are helping to stitch masks to support the students, faculty and staff at Cesar Chavez Community School in Albuquerque. Operation Bandana New Mexico will provide all the materials to make 200 masks.

To get involved contact Meghan McGarrity or call 505-428-1604.

Photo shared by Meghan McGarrity from SFCC In This Together Facebook page.

Your rights: Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

Human resources provided guidance on employee rights under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, including what leave entitlements are covered and who is eligible.

For a quick overview, see this helpful Quick Benefits Tips poster from the Department of Labor.


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.

Dental EFDA alumna makes masks for healthcare workers

Director of Dental Health Dr. Aamna Nayyar wants to recognize that Shahana Jawadi, one of SFCC’s dental EFDA graduates personally stitched hundreds of cloth masks that have helped many dental and medical healthcare workers. Dr. Nayyar said, “THANK YOU Shahana. We need many more like you.”

Shahana Jawad RDH, EFDA, received her Expanded Dental Functions Auxillary certificate from SFCC in 2018. She periodically takes dental Continuing Education courses at SFCC. She has returned to work now, but was happy to have been able to provide so many masks to people in the healthcare field.

She shared this mask-video of stitching masks.

Photos: Top left: Shahana Jawadi, RDH, EFDA, masks and her son Saad Jawadi.

To learn about the SFCC Dental Programs, please visit: and contact Aamna Nayyar, Director Department of Dental Health at Aamna.nayyar@sfcc,edu or call 505-428-1258