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President Candidate Forums wrap up today and tomorrow

The last two forums with SFCC Presidential Candidates begin at 2 p.m. today and tomorrow in the Jemez Rooms. Today’s forum is with Rebecca K. (Becky) Rowley, Ph.D., and tomorrow’s is with Rey Rivera, Ed.D.

See coverage in this morning’s Santa Fe New Mexican.


FEC Grand Reopening, Thursday

Join us from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday to celebrate the reopening of the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center following its phase one renovations. The official ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 5:30 pm. Come see the newly remodeled interior, the enhanced resistance training center and much more. Free SFCC water bottle available for for the first 50 guests. All attendees can pick up a free day pass to try out the fitness center themselves.

Come see why Journal North readers voted the FEC as Santa Fe’s best gym.

Two new exhibits

Be sure to check out two new exhibits on campus that opened last week.

A Media Arts Student Exhibition is on display in the Visual Arts Gallery through Friday, April 12. The exhibition, “Confluence: direction + delineation” includes work incorporating animations, video, photography, Photoshop, digital painting, typography and advanced digital projects. Also, the outside display case features a tribute displaying work by students of long-time media arts instructor Anita Quintana, who recently passed away. Check out these photos from the recent opening.

Imprisoned by Heritage, a celebration of survival of life, a series of prints by Claire Lissance is on display in the 500-wing alcove until the end of May.

For more information, contact Linda Cassel, Director of Art on Campus, 505-428-1501.


PRO-TEC info sessions, March 14, 26, 27 and 30

SFCC, in partnership with Santa Fe County and the Northern Area Local Workforce Development Board, announces a series of free information sessions on March 14, March 26, March 27 and March 30 about the Professional Readiness for Technical Careers (PRO-TEC) program, which begins April 22 at the college.


Welding Technology Program recognized

SFCC’s Welding Technology Program curriculum has recently been reviewed by United Association (Union of Plumbers, Fitters, Welders & Service Techs) and determined that students who complete the SFCC program are eligible for direct entry into the United Association of Plumbers, Pipefitters, Welders and HVACR Technicians through UA Local 412.

In an email, Training Director Ray Trujillo noted, “this approval bears great credit upon your welding program, the School of Trades, Advanced Technologies and Sustainability, and Santa Fe Community College as a whole. This process involved a detailed analysis of your curriculum, instructors knowledge and experience along with the quality of student produced by your institution.”

Transfer Day: a success

Academic advisor Melba Ramos reports that last week’s Transfer Day was a great success.

“Many schools expressed interest in coming back to SFCC soon because they got to talk to so many students interested in their programs.”

Stay tuned for more info on visitors to the SFCC Transfer Station!

See photos.

Thank you!

Thank you to all who made SFCC’s Black History Month activities a great success!

Contributors and Sponsors: Dr. Jamal Martin, Dr. Steve Martinez, Dr. Timothy Nelson, George Geder, Rita Powdrell, Isaac Bonnett, Cathryn McGill, Tony Morgan, Ray Sean Marchi, Nikesha Breeze, Tony Buford, Ramon Lavado, LaToya Chism, Wyetta Bradley and Tone Forrest.

Thank you for your support: Interim President Cecilia Cervantes, Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber, Linda Cassel, Behzad Dayeny and Food Services, Marketing and Public Relations (MPR), Fran Nawrocki and Ben Lauer, Plant Operations Management (POM), Presidents Diversity Advisory Committee (PDAC), SFCC Foundation, Office of Student Development (OSD), Office of African American Affairs (OAAA), NAACP: Santa Fe Chapter and Jambo Cafe

Event Planning Committee: Yuri Findlay, Dr. Steve Martinez, Mary Eleas, Wyetta Bradley, Ernest Kavanaugh and John Ketchens.

NOMINATE: Santa Fe Reporter's Best of Santa Fe 2019

Please take a moment and nominate our new and improved SFCC Fitness Education Center to be included in the Santa Fe Reporter’s Best of Santa Fe 2019. Nominations are open until March 17 and voting starts May 1.

Nomination categories:

Best Fitness Class
Weight lifting
Boutique Fitness
Yoga studio

Get your team ready!

Registration for the Third Annual Gerald Clay Memorial Basketball Tournament (April 6 and 7, 2019) is open now at New Mexico Sports Online.

For more information, contact Miquela Martinez, ext. 1656 or 1615.

If you don’t play basketball, but you want to join in the fun by volunteering to support the event, contact Sandra Brintnall, ext. 1508. You may also sign up online to volunteer.

Student Spotlight

Call for submissions: Katie Besser Writing Awards deadline TOMORROW at NOON

Submissions for the Katie Besser Writing Awards are open now. Submit your works in the following categories: poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction/personal essay, academic essay and the new categories of text/image and instructor-nominated.

The deadline for submissions is noon, Tuesday, March 12, 2019.

Winners, runners-up and honorable mentions will be published in Accolades and will be invited to read at the celebration, to be held May 1.

For more information, see the flier, or email Emily Stern.

REMINDER: Student Bus Passes available at Bookstore

Reduced rate Santa Fe Trail bus passes are available for purchase at the SFCC Bookstore for $17 (30-day) or $60 (120-day). SFCC photo ID required. Financial aid funds can be used to purchase passes.

For more information, call 505-428-1218.

Dog Therapy in the Library, March 13 & 14

The SFCC Library is hosting therapy dogs! Wednesday and Thursday, March 13 and 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Library Instruction Room, room 545.

There will be cute and friendly dogs in the Library Instruction Room to help you de-stress and relax! Come cuddle a canine!

For more information, call 505-428-1352.

Respiratory Care 'Meet the Department', March 15

Applications for the Respiratory Care 2019 cohort are open now and will be accepted on a first come first served basis until the Fall 2019 Cohort is full.

Meet the Department and drop in Advising
in Room 442 on:
Friday: March 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information about the program, assistance with the application process and academic advising, please contact Rebecca Jeffs, ext. 1723 or Cahalan Fiddes, ext. 1462.

The 2019 application, application instructions and program information is available on the SFCC Respiratory Care page.

Learn more about the profession.

Deadline to switch credit to audit, March 15

The deadline to switch a class from credit to audit is March 15. Check with Financial Aid before you make changes to see how it impacts your eligibility. Check with Financial Aid to learn more, 505-428-1268.

HSE/GED Prep Classes Orientation for Session 3, April 1-4

The registration period for SFCC HSE/GED preparation classes is open through April 4. Classes begin April 8 in Spanish and English. For more information, call 505-428-1356 or go to

New students are required to attend the four-day orientation April 1-4. The four-day orientation is offered in the mornings from 9 a.m. to noon or in the evenings from 5 to 8 p.m. In orientation, students will have the opportunity to meet with an advisor, create an individualized learning plan, and register for classes. A $25 fee covers classes and class materials and is due on the last day of orientation.


SFCC Talent Show April 25 - sign up now

Students! Sign up for the SFCC Talent Show, Thursday, April 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. We’re looking for singers, rappers, musicians, dancers, film makers, poets and writers, fashion designers, artists – show us what you’ve got!

To sign up, contact student admissions counselor Daniela Gurule, 505-428-1149 or email The deadline to sign up is Friday, April 19.

Employee Announcements

Volunteers Needed: STEM Festival

Volunteers are needed to support this year’s STEM Santa Fe Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival that takes place Friday, March 15 on campus. Click here to volunteer.


In Memoriam: Anita Quintana

The college extends its condolences to the family and friends of Anita Quintana, who recently passed away. She began working as an adjunct faculty member in the Media Arts department in August 2006. The display case outside the Visual Arts Gallery features a tribute displaying work by students of the long-time media arts instructor. The show continues until April 12.

Santa Fe New Mexican Obituary and Legacy Guest Book for long-time SFCC Arts Department Adjunct Faculty Member Anita Quintana is now available. A sympathy card will be in the Adjunct Faculty Office room 226 until March 15.

See more photos of the display.

"Dining with the Artist" with Marvin Gabaldon

Marvin Gabaldon, data technician, and artist (Ohkay Owingeh, Taos, Acoma) will be featured during Hotel Santa Fe’s Dining with the Artist beginning at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 13. For $35 Prix Fixe, the menu includes Tortilla Soup or Greens Salad, Scottish Salmon or Chicken Breast and Creme Brulee or Pear Tart.

For reservations, call 505-955-7805 or email

Employee and Team Excellence Award Nominations

This is your chance to nominate your colleagues to be recognized for demonstrated excellence with one or more of SFCC’s values: Student Learning, Excellence, Value People, Social Responsibility or Integrity.

Nominations can be made in each category: Staff Full-Time, Staff Part-Time, Faculty Full-Time or Adjunct Faculty. The winners will be announced during the SFCC Annual Service Awards on April 26 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Staff and Faculty Nomination Form
Team Nomination Form

Nominations must be submitted to Human Resources by Friday, March 15.

Wonderful Outstanding Worker (WOW) Award

Once a month a Wonderful Outstanding Worker (WOW) winner is selected from those nominated. Be part of recognizing your fellow employees for their outstanding service by nominating your colleagues. Download the form to make your nomination and submit it to Human Resources in room LL309.

The winner of the WOW Gram will receive a $25 Visa gift card, a WOW pin and an invitation to a Board meeting to be recognized by the SFCC Governing Board members and President. Winners will also be featured on the Intranet.

For more information, contact Alicia Huerta, ext. 1389.

Wellness at SFCC

Please consider joining your colleagues in the following activities:

• Mindful Meditation: The Planetarium will be open to students and SFCC employees from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. Please observe the following guidelines: no talking, eating, drinks or cell phones.

• Yoga sessions led by Andrew Kerr from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Board Room. If you have yoga mats, please bring them but they’re not necessary. Some will be provided.

• Walking group walks the trails from noon to 1 p.m. Fridays. Meet in front of the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center. Group walks rain or shine.

Drop-ins welcome.

Dignitaries visit Kids Campus

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and President of Save the Children Action Network Mark Kennedy Shriver visited Kids Campus early pre-k classes on Wednesday to read picture books and discuss the importance of early childhood education. Pictured: Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Mark Kennedy Shriver

Pictured: Kids Campus’ administrative team with Governor Lujan Grisham.

Pictured: Jennifer Duran-Sallee, Ph.D., Director of the Early Childhood Center of Excellence, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, SFCC Interim President Cecilia Cervantes.