Campus Weekly

Invite prospective students to register for upcoming New Student Orientations

Students enjoying our beautiful campus.

SFCC welcomes new students and their families to join us for any of our in-person New Student Orientations. If you know someone who’s interested in attending SFCC this fall, please invite them to register to attend one of the orientations.

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!

  • 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 28
  • 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 12
  • 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 30
  • Noon to 2 p.m. Monday, August 15
  • 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, August 15

All new student orientations will be held in the Campus Center.

Open to all new and prospective students! Family and friends are also welcome to attend!

Register at

SFCC celebrates Pride Month, getting new flag

U.S. Flag, New Mexico Flag, Pride Flag and Trans Flag at SFCC Campus.

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 until the beginning of last week when it was torn in the wind. SFCC recognizes and celebrates Pride Month.

A new flag has been ordered. While we’re sad the flag was torn in the wind, it was an opportunity to update it to a more inclusive flag as suggested by PDAC co-chairs Shalimar Krebs and sj Miller, Ph.D. At press time, it was on order. Read more about the new flag design here.

June 2021 marked the 50th anniversary of annual Pride traditions. Visit Santa Fe Human Rights Alliance’s web page for information about 2022 Santa Fe events. You’ll also see numerous resources. Also, to learn more about Santa Fe Community Foundation’s Envision program and how to donate, visit here. Also, discussions have begun about SFCC’s participation in June 25 Pride on the Plaza event. If interested in participating, please email PDAC co-chairs Shalimar Krebs or sj Miller, Phd.

Read more from the Library of Congress about the history of Pride Month. Also, see this resource page.

Photo by Doreen Gallegos, MPR.

Alumna Cindy Nava gets Presidential appointment to HUD

SFCC alumna Cindy Nava

Cindy Nava, an SFCC alumna, is currently received a presidential appointment to serve with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). She most recently was the executive director of Transform Education New Mexico. She was SFCC’s 2017 keynote commencement speaker. Here’s more about her appointment from a KOAT story: Cindy Nava said, “This appointment is bittersweet because of the progress that Transform Education NM has made in realizing equity for all public school students in New Mexico,” Nava said. “As an English language learner myself, and a former undocumented immigrant, I was able to deeply relate and see myself in the students we served.”

Nava will become the first former recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals to receive a presidential appointment. DACA allows for children brought to the United States to eventually obtain citizenship. Ten years ago, President Barack Obama established DACA.

Her work with TENM has helped to make sure all New Mexican children are getting sufficient educational assistance and guidance.

“I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to serve my country in this capacity,” Nava said. “HUD is an agency responsible for creating and enacting policy that directly impacts the communities I represent and which have played fundamental roles in my success.”

Read more in the Santa Fe New Mexican June 19 story by Phill Casaus, “DACA helped propel Santa Fe High grad to presidential appointment.”

Stop by Automotive Open House today

Automotive Technologies Center Open House
from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
June 21

SFCC’s Automotive Technologies Center

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.

Find out more and register at Stop by today even if you didn’t get a chance to register.

SFCC’s ATC supports students with the latest in computerized diagnostic equipment and electric vehicle maintenance capabilities.

Read more about the event here. For information about the Automotive Technologies program, contact Director of Auto Technologies Program Julia Furry via email at or call 505-428-1177.

Bookstore sale happening Tuesday and Wednesday

It was shared at Staff Senate that anticipation of the inventory process that will begin on Thursday, June 23-24, that there are deep discounts at the SFCC bookstore. So stop by before Thursday to check out what remains. There are miscellaneous supplies, etc.

ESL, Kids Campus enjoyed visit with SF Raptor Center

Amy Loyd confirmed for U.S. Education Dept. post

The Senate on June 8 confirmed Amy Loyd, a former SFCC 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 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 2 p.m.

Questions? Please contact Micaela Deaton

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!”

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.

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.

View the event video:

Accolades, which includes the winning entries, is available to download 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 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 $12 an hour, but will increase to $15 an hour on July 1!

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

Contact for further 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 2021-2022 Scholarship Application Available Now

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

For more information and to apply go to:

If you have questions or 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.

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.

Marcos Maez completes MBA at NM Highlands with concentration in Marketing

Marcos Maez, Director of Recruitment & Dual Credit

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 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.

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


Podcast features EMSI Director Sahaj Khalsa

EMSI Director Sahaj Khalsa

Director of SFCC’s Emergency Medical Institute Sahaj Khalsa recently shared this with colleagues on Linkedin.  “Very excited to share this podcast episode discussing bias in EMS and what we can do as educators or other leaders to address it. Honored to have been asked to discuss the issue and hope it can continue the conversation and lead to the change our profession, and the patients we care for, deserve and need.

Take the time to give it a listen, and share with your friends, coworkers and students. Then let us know what you’re doing to confront and eliminate disparities in patient care.”

Read more and listen to the podcast

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. Free event. Masks required. 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!

Policy Updates

Last month, the Governing Board approved revisions to two policies. Please become familiar with them. If you have questions, contact the Policy Owners listed.

College Policies and Procedures are posted at SFCC Policies. If you would like to learn more, please contact Laura J. Mulry, ext. 1776.

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 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.

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.

06/05/2022, 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.

04/30/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Project to align Rabbit Road with I-25 set to begin in summer” The story shares a map of the construction area and other related information.

04/27/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican, “National Cemetery ‘makes it real’ for students to explore Santa Fe’s history.” Read about SFCC’s Veteran’s Legacy Program event.