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View SFCC virtual commencement celebration

Last Saturday, SFCC celebrated its first-ever virtual commencement ceremony! Thanks to all who tuned in and sent social media messages to #SFCCProud. We had some initial technical difficulties, but appreciate all who stayed with the live broadcast and sent messages in real time on Youtube to our graduates.
Watch the video at

Photos: Screenshots from virtual commencement ceremony video. At very top: Host Estevan Gonzales interviews President Becky Rowley, Ph.D. Immediately below that image SFCC Governing Board Chair Jack Sullivan addresses the graduates. Bottom image: SGA President Ian Martinez gives an inspirational message to the graduating class.

News and Announcements

SFCC worked with AMP Concerts for state's first drive-in concert

SFCC’s Director of Recruitment and Dual Credit Marcos Maez welcomed concertgoers on Saturday evening. He said the college enjoys serving the community and he encouraged people to think about enrolling in classes this fall. He emphasized that SFCC’s staff is here to help with registration and to help people achieve their dreams. The Detroit Lightning concert produced by AMP Concerts was presented in the SFCC main parking lot.

Photo: Marcos Maez speaks to the crowd, while his image is projected on the large screen behind him. See this photo larger.


President Rowley weighs in on legislature's revised budget

A recent story included President Becky Rowley’s response to the New Mexico Legislature’s revised budget:

6/19/20, Santa Fe New Mexican “Higher Education cuts could freeze hiring, jeopardize research aid.”

Governing Board meeting Wednesday, 1 to 5 p.m. June 24

The June 24th Governing Board Meeting will begin at 1:00 p.m.

Because of the current public health emergency and campus closure, this Meeting will not be held in person. Board members will attend through a virtual online platform. The public may attend this Meeting live on YouTube SFCC Governing Board Meeting 6/24/20. Written public comments may be submitted to Audrey Lucero at at least 24 hours before the meeting. Public comments will be read out loud during the meeting (up to 3 minutes per comment).

An agenda will be available on the SFCC website 72 hours prior to the meeting. Instructions for web-streaming or online attendance will be provided in the agenda.

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

Cooling Tower Notice!

SFCC’s Cooling Tower has recently been replaced. While controls are being set as a part of the installation process, the Cooling Tower will be turned off on Monday and Tuesday, June 22-23. Air handlers at SFCC will continue to function and blow air, but there will be no chilled water these days Room temperatures throughout campus may be affected.

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.

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.

Student Emergency Assistance Fund - still accepting donations!

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.

Santa Fe New Mexican, 6/21/20, “Summer programming if you can find it offers respite for families” A CE class is highlighted in the story.

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”

Student Spotlight

Apply for 2020-2021 SFCC and Foundation Scholarships

SFCC has state institutional and Foundation private scholarships available for new and returning students to help pay for college for the upcoming academic year.

Scholarships are available for full and part-time students in all qualified areas of study including but not limited to: Business, Early Childhood, Engineering, Nursing, Computer Studies, Culinary and more.
There are scholarships for Native American students, Hispanic students and students with disabilities (must be registered with the SAS department), international and non-U.S. citizens.

Financial need, a minimum cumulative and term GPA of 2.50 and enrollment in at least 6 credit hours in a degree plan are required for most scholarships.
You may apply for an SFCC scholarship now at:

A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a Dreamer’s Financial Aid Application (non-US Citizens only) will be required to determine need. The Dreamers Financial Aid Application can be found at: under “FORMS”.

If you have questions please email the Financial Aid Office at from your SFCC student email account. Make sure to include your Student ID number in the email.

If awarded, your scholarship may be continued until you graduate providing you continue to meet the criteria.

Lock in your scholarship now for current and upcoming academic years.

Apply by July 15 for Health Sciences Ambassadors Program

The UNM Health Sciences Center Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion offers
the Health Sciences Ambassadors Program hosted at SFCC.
The program is an academic year-long program providing new students from economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds who are interested in health careers a year to year program to ensure they matriculate and graduate to their next level of education.

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

Apply online now!

The deadline for the Health Sciences Ambassadors Program at Santa Fe Community College is July 15th, 2020. For more information contact Briana Villegas at


Current Resources for Online Learning

Not sure where to get help in an online learning environment? While the SFCC college buildings are closed for the summer, please know that SFCC employees are working online to help you navigate through this challenging time. Are you unsure who to reach out to for registration, advising, payments, tutoring, financial aid, online placement tests, mental health counseling or other services? Check out


Bellevue offers online information sessions 10 a.m. Tuesdays & Thursdays

What’s next after you earn your associate degree from SFCC? We’re here to help, along with our partner Bellevue University. Mark Wood, a representative from Bellevue University will be online providing information on admissions, academic programs, scholarships, financial aid and more to prospective students.

Mark will be available through Zoom every Tuesday and Thursday, from 10 a.m. to noon. Follow the link below to chat.

For more information, please contact
Mark at or 505-474-5023

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.


Employee Announcements

NAPE Equity Webinar 9 a.m. June 25

Join us for NAPE’s Inspiring Courage to Excel through Self-Efficacy Webinar June 25th at 9am. Register Here

Self-efficacy is defined as “the belief or perception that one is capable of organizing and executing the actions necessary to succeed at a given task.” Students with a high self-efficacy tend to be more resilient and persistent in the face of adversity, attributes critical to success in a STEM career. Self-efficacy and self-confidence are student attributes that teachers and faculty can influence through micro-affirmations. Research has shown that people who maintain a high degree of self-efficacy are more agreeable in trying new tasks and persist with hard work when attempting to tackle difficult problems. In addition, they have greater interest, motivation, and engagement. This workshop will prepare educators to inspire courage in their students to excel by articulating the benefits of a self-efficacy for students; by identifying behaviors associated with high and low self-efficacy; and how to apply strategies to promote a high self-efficacy. This workshop will prepare educators to build student self-efficacy through intentional microaffirmations, provide actionable strategies for implementation in the classroom, and offer a turn-key coachable model for helping students build their own self-efficacy. Ultimately, this course empowers and enables educators to inspire courage in their students to persist through difficulty and to excel.


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.

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.


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PDAC issues statement on George Floyd's murder

The President’s Diversity Advisory Committee issued a statement on George Floyd’s murder on Juneteenth.

The June 19, 2020 statement begins:

Black Lives Matter.

George Floyd’s life was stolen by a white police officer. We witness that his life was taken as result of systemic racist practice and the authorities who uphold it. A bankrupt system of violence, oppression, brutality and aggression that must be reformed.

We respond to this atrocity with our eyes opened demanding change. We hear and see the pain of our communities. We cannot change this pain but we can provide a path to bring justice, and reform to defeat racism. Being “not racist” is not adequate. We must be anti-racist.

Read the full statement on the PDAC web page.

Also, read how the state of New Mexico observed the day by lowering the flag to half staff for the weekend. The state has recognized Juneteenth as a state holiday since 2006.

The U.S. National Archives issued this press release: “National Archives Safeguards Original ‘Juneteenth’ General Order” about how it will preserve the original document associated with Juneteenth.