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President Candidate Forums continue today

Today’s President Candidate forum with Kim E. Armstrong, Ph.D., begins at 2 p.m. today in the Jemez Rooms. See coverage in today’s Santa Fe New Mexican.


FEC Grand Reopening, March 14

Join us from 5 to 6 pm on March 14 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.

Be part of the flash mob at the FEC

You are invited to CELEBRATE our Grand Reopening of the Fitness Education Center on Thursday, March 14 from 5 to 6 p.m.

If you want to be part of a planned flash mob during the event, please feel free to drop in on any of our current Zumba classes. Cindy created a fun routine to “Celebrate” by Pitbull:

Cindy’s classes: M/W 11-11:50 a.m. & T 12-12:50 p.m.
Kim’s class: R 12-12:50 p.m.
Star’s class: T/R 10-10:50 a.m.
Bryana’s class: M/W 5:30-6:20 p.m.

All classes are being offered in room 1005 (Aerobics Room). The practice will be part of the regular Zumba class, usually after a 10 minute warm-up. If you are not enrolled in these classes, please leave quietly after the conclusion of the “celebrate” moves.

A big THANK-YOU to all of our fabulous Zumba instructors for their enthusiasm.

Mayor Alan Webber celebrated Black History Month along with top entertainers

Student Invovlement Coordinator Mary Eleas kicked off festivites at the closing ceremony of Black History Month on Feb. 28 by introducing interim president Cecilia Cervantes, Ph.D. who spoke about the college’s commitment to diversity and providing a welcoming campus to all. She introduced Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber and spoke of SFCC’s ongoing dialogue with the City about the Midtown Campus.

Mayor Webber spoke about hearing Martin Luther King, Jr. and how that fueled his commitment to social justice and equality. He talked about how the City’s Police Department is particularly addressing equal treatment of all people.

The afternoon’s dynamic line-up of entertainment included Blues and Soul vocalist Cathryn McGill, hip-hop artist RaySean (an SFCC student) and Gospel and R & B singer Toni Morgan. Morgan was former back-up singer for Gladys Knight and won the Best Gospel Singer in New Mexico award in 2015. (See photos.)

Photo: Interim President Cecilia Cervantes, Ph.D. and Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber display the mayor’s Proclamation for Black History month.


Artists Eclectic Exhibit Closes with reception

The exhibit in the Visual Arts Gallery, Artists Eclectic, closed February 20 with a reception. The exhibit featured works by SFCC faculty and staff members.

See photos.

Environmental Job Training Program Info sessions, March 6

SFCC will present two information sessions on the New Mexico Environmental Job Training Program at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 6 in JCI Building, Room 101 on the Northern New Mexico College campus, 921 N. Paseo de Oñate in Española. The free five-week intensive training will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, May 20 through June 21, at NNMC in Española.


SFCC Design Exhibit at SF Home Show, March 9 and 10

Students and faculty from SFCC’s Fine Woodworking and Sculpture programs will participate in a design exhibition at the Santa Fe Home Show Saturday (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), March 9 and 10 in the lobby of the Santa Fe Convention Center, 201 W. Marcy Ave. Tickets are $5. For more information, please call 505-982-1774.

Photo: Rocking Chair by Larry Buechley.

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

SFCC College Transfer Day, Tomorrow

Are you looking to continue your studies toward a four-year degree? Do you know what the requirements are for entrance into New Mexico’s colleges and universities? Have you explored all the options? Santa Fe Community College’s advisors and Welcome and Advising Center can help you prepare for your next degree at the 2019 Spring College Transfer Day on Tuesday, March 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Main Hallway. It’s free.

For more information, contact Melba Ramos, Academic Advisor at 505-428-1880 or


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.

Deadline to switch credit to audit, March 8

The deadline to switch a class from credit to audit is March 8. 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.

SFCC Talent Show - 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.

Call for submissions: Katie Besser Writing Awards deadline March 12

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.

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 433 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.

Employee Announcements

FACULTY: Counseling Services is here for your students

As we approach the halfway point of the spring semester Counseling Services would like to remind staff and faculty that they are here to support our students. Please remind students that they have access to free and confidential services with a licensed counselor or counselor intern.

We are happy to come by your classroom for a brief 5 minute announcement if you would like. Students can make an appointment by coming by, calling us or emailing

Janelle Johnson, LPCC, 428-1682 or
Stacy Wyllie, LMFT, 428-1839 or
Fatehpal Khalsa, Counselor Intern, 428-1426 or

Professional Development Day, Friday

Professional Development Day is this Friday, March 8. There will be a plenary session for faculty and staff in the morning and breakout sessions in the afternoon. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. The theme for this day is “Best practices for improving the student experience using tools and technology.”

View the agenda, sign up for break out sessions beginning Tuesday in HR or Friday morning beginning at 8:30. Also, please see the times and locations of the afternoon sessions.

Dr. Gagnon's class

Bruno Gagnon’s UNM class on love and relationships, The Psychology of Love, is featured on Course Hero.

“How we love and whom we ‘choose’ to love are largely unconscious processes that we have very little control over,” says Dr. Bruno Gagnon.

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.


"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 CANCELED MARCH 6 due to Labor Management Relations Board Meeting. 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.

Learn about TRiO from our students

Trio is like family; they are always making sure I have the resources I need. They offer advice and assistance to help with you reach your goals and earn a degree. They provide support and different types of training in small group workshops that I find very helpful.
-Tara Duran

Applications for the program are available in room LL313, downstairs in the West Wing. For more information visit here, email or call 505-428-1364.