Joseph Villegas, an adjunct instructor who teaches multiple courses in SFCC’s Criminal Justice program, volunteers in an important way to assist veterans’ families. He volunteers as the chaplain at military funerals: when no clergy is available, when the person is not affiliated with a religious organization or if the deceased’s family does not have the means to pay for a chaplain.
For 34 years Villegas has served as a chaplain in the military and for the state. Since 2015, he has served as the New Mexico State Police and FBI Chaplain – Albuquerque Division. It’s not an easy job. He often is called on scene for homicides, sudden child deaths and violent crimes.
Off campus, Joseph Villegas, is affectionately called Chappy José. Most police officers, EMTs and firefighters in the region know him by name, since he responds to calls when one is either injured or killed. He’s there for the injured or dying person. His support extends to offering comfort to their families and colleagues.
Many in our state have seen his strong presence at the Santa Fe National Cemetery, as he serves in his volunteer role as chaplain at the services for those being committed to their final resting place. “That cemetery is the gateway to Northern New Mexico and important hub for veterans of the northern part of the state. I am honored to dignify the death of our veterans whether they are faith-based or not. I never charge for that service,” Villegas explains. He said, “I think with the exception of Arlington National Cemetery, I am the only chaplain offering free services at a national veterans cemetery.”
The Marine veteran also willingly steps up to serve as needed. Recently, at one graveside service there was no one to play taps. He went and got his trumpet and played taps. Some days, he’s at two or three services.
In his role at SFCC, he loves teaching. He also enjoys his interactions with Interim Veterans Resource Coordinator Krystal Patton and history professor Steve Martinez, who leads the SFCC Veteran’s Legacy Program. “I tell everyone that SFCC is a gem for veterans and everybody.”
On June 17 ESL students visited the Automotive Technologies Center on campus. ESL Program Specialist Jeff Hornstein writes:
On behalf of the ESL Program, I write to thank you and everyone at the ATC for hosting our program for the tours yesterday. The students really enjoyed them. Some students expressed interest in participating in your program or referring family members, friends, or coworkers to the program. I shared the info about the open house with our instructors and on our social media. I have attached some photos. I hope that we can make the tours an annual event.
Student and Faculty online services: Banner 9 coming soon
Banner 9 Self-Service, with an enhanced new look is coming soon for Students, Staff and Faculty. You’ll get an improved user experience created to give Students, Staff, and Faculty the information and access they need to succeed.
A new look to the Student Profile
Intuitive Registration Tools
Craft multiple scenarios
Faculty and Advisor Self-Service
Upcoming training opportunities will be announced soon.
The Santa Fe Coffee Bar is coming to campus in July
The Santa Fe Coffee Bar, a locally owned and operated Santa Fe business will begin providing numerous drinks, breakfast, deli, and pastry food items in the coffee shop location in the campus center. The Santa Fe Coffee Bar will be selling locally distributed Iconik Coffee Roasters products and will focus on obtaining goods from local New Mexico distributors. The Santa Fe Coffee Bar plans to open in early July.
New Student Orientations for new and prospective students
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!
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.
Alumna Cindy Nava gets Presidential appointment to HUD
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.”
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 1 p.m.
The East Wing Eatery is pleased to announce new hours of operation with students working in a class setting this semester focused on learning.
Your support is greatly appreciated!
East Wing Eatery Summer Hours Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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!”
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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.
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
Art student Judith Gordon showing 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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org). 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 email@example.com from your SFCC student email account. Make sure to include your Student ID number in the email. Se habla Español.
Counselors Janelle Johnson and Rosalie Lipfert present at ACCA Summer Symposium
SFCC counselors, Janelle Johnson, LPCC and Rosalie Lipfert, LCSW were asked to present at the virtual American College Counseling Association, ACCA Summer Symposium on June 17, 2022. Their presentation “Lessons Learned from the Pandemic” was well received with over 50 counselors from the US and Canada in attendance.
Dr. sj Miller will keynote Global Citizenship Foundation online event: Celebrating Gender Inclusive Learning Spaces
Dr. sj Miller will keynote for International UNESCO’s Global Citizenship Foundation in celebration of PRIDE. The title of the talk is: Why Gender Identity Justice Matters for Everyone.
The presentation asks: In a world where gender identity is often met with social and political resistance, how can we move into a space where the right to exist is undebatable? Where self-determination is readily accepted as a rite of passage. Mobilization for transformations about gender identity must move beyond empty declarations of equality: We need a social movement infrastructure built from boots to the ground where work should be started before kindergarten so that its impact can be seen, felt, and sustained over time. What can and does this world look like and what can we do to contribute to a gender identity liberation?
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.”
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.
Emily Stern interview in Santa Fe Magazine
SFCC faculty member Emily Stern was interviewed about teaching and writing for the current issue of Santa Fe Magazine. The entire article is not available online but you can see a blurb here and a FB post promoting the article here.
Submit WOW nominations!
The Office of Human Resources reminds you to nominate who you think is doing a great job here at SFCC. The nomination form can be found at the SFCC Connect portal, or by reaching out to Joanne Romero firstname.lastname@example.org
Online Certificate in Community Dental Health Coordinator (CDHC) is coming to SFCC
Online Certificate in Community Dental Health Coordinator [#CDHC] is coming to Santa Fe Community College [#sfccnm]. CDHC license is transferable to all 50 states. Please contact your State about the CDHC requirement.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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