Campus Weekly

Robotics Club helps high school students with FRC

SFCC’s Robotics Club has been working with high school students and community mentors to build a robot for the FIRST Robotics Competition. The group is working evenings and Saturdays in an upstairs space in the SFCC Fitness Center.

Jen Kitrell is a parent whose daughter first got involved as a child in Minnesota. She appreciates the support that Dean Jenny Landen has given the program in arranging space for the team.

The team is starting small this year. Kitrell would love to see it expand with more adults. Those interested should contact her at Mentors are not just scientists – some are skilled at computer programming and others have skills using power tools.

Students interested in the Robotics Club should contact either Sara Lanctot or Michael Frey.

Photo: Left to right: Stu Ehrich, mentor (retired auto mechanic, fabricator); Juan de La Riva, Capital High student; Rosemary Moore, Santa Fe High student; Michael Frey, SFCC engineering student (a co-founder of SFCC Robotics Club); Mark DeVolder, mentor (retired Los Alamos National Lab engineer) and Amanda Kitrell, Santa Fe High student.

See more photos and read more.

News and Announcements

Black History Month finishes with celebration

Black History Month concluded with Oriana Lee’s variety show. The lively and moving performance by Oriana Lee and others was preceded by a presentation of a City Proclamation from Councilor Signe I. Lindell on behalf of Mayor Alan Webber.

Congratulations to the committee that organized the series of events. Thank you to the support of PDAC for the delicious food at the event.

See more photos from that day and other Black History Month events in 2020.

Photo: Oriana Lee sang and inspired the audience at the event.

Campus closes on March 6 for Professional Development Day

Staff and faculty SAVE the DATE! Also, remind students that the campus will be closed.
Also, please note: As part of Professional Development Day, staff and faculty will participate from 9:45 to 11 a.m. in a Shooter-on-Campus Drill.
See details on the drill here.

This schedule is tentative, keep checking MySFCC and email for updates:

Time Activity Location
8 to 8:30 a.m. Breakfast Campus Center
8:30 to 9 a.m. CDC’s Coronavirus Guidance for Schools Campus Center
9 to 9:30 a.m. Pre-Drill Brief Campus Center
9:30 to 9:45 a.m. Return to Offices Offices
9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Drill Offices
10:45 to 11:30 a.m. Hotwash Campus Center
11:45 a.m to 12:45 p.m. Lunch Campus Center
1 to 2 p.m. Session 1 Various Locations
2 to 2:30 p.m. Cupcake Break Bio-Wall
2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Session 2 Various Locations


Learning Center District Board and Governing Board meeting on YouTube

In case you missed it, the Learning Center District Board meeting and SFCC Board meeting is now available on YouTube:

LCDB and SFCC Board Meeting 2-26-2020

Use caution in parking lots on March 6, contractors at work

SFCC will be updating several parking lots in the coming year. Please note that beginning at 6 a.m. Friday, March 6 subcontractors working with SFCC’s Consultant, Horrocks Engineers, will be sequentially taking borings (core samples) of parking lots around the main campus to begin a Phase One Evaluation Study of SFCC’s Parking Lots.

To see where they will be working see this SFCC Parking Lots-Map .

SFCC Planetarium Event: Mayan Archeoastronomy

Come experience Mayan archeoastronomy with the SFCC Planetarium!
7 p.m. Thursday, March 5
2 p.m. Saturday, March 7
5 p.m. Saturday, March 7

For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit

$8 for adults (13+);
$5 for SFCC students, seniors (60+), military, and kids (under 13)

If you have questions, please contact:
Amanda R. Truitt, Ph.D., Astronomy Faculty & Planetarium Coordinator, or call 505-428-1721

Spring 2020 Planetarium Event Schedule

Tangent/Trajectory art opening a success

The Tangent/Trajectory art exhibition opened with great success on Feb. 14. The exhibition continues through March 26, but will be closed during Spring Break.

Read more and see photos here.

Photo: SFCC’s Director of Art on Campus Linda Cassel, painter Christina Hall-Strauss and sculptor Don Redman at the Feb. 14 opening.


Celebrate International Women's Day 11 a.m. on March 9

Celebrate International Women’s Day with the SFCC SOW Art & Justice Collective.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Monday, March 9
Campus Center

Come share about the women who inspire and uplift you and your communities.

Write your notes to the future you want to create, a future without gender-based violence, on old school typewriters!

Jazz brunch for student scholarships on March 29

Jazz Brunch for Student Scholarships!
$55 per person

11 a.m. Sunday, March 29th– Sunday Morning Brunch with the Jazz Ensemble from New Mexico School for the Arts (NMSA)

Please join us on Sunday, March 29, 2020, 11 a.m. for a jazz brunch at Dave’s Jazz Bistro in the Santa Fe School of Cooking, 125 N Guadalupe St. This exciting event will benefit students of Santa Fe Community College’s Adult Education Department with scholarships to complete their high school equivalency and college tuition.

To find out more and register for this exceptional Sunday Morning Jazz brunch benefit, please visit:


Gerald Clay Basketball tournament - online registration now available

The annual Gerald Clay Memorial Basketball tournament will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 4, and Sunday, April 5, in the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center. Click on the link below to learn more about registration and how to volunteer.


AARP Foundation Tax-Aide at the Santa Fe HEC

Free 2020 tax preparation will be provided by AARP Foundation at the Santa Fe HEC, 1950 Siringo Road.

Tax preparation assistance will be available from February 3 to April 15. Appointments are available Mondays and Tuesdays from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Appointments can be made online starting January 10.

Full details available at:


Adjunct Faculty information is now available!

Adjunct Faculty Information is now available to view or download.

Go to MySFCC, click on choose Documents from the Faculty navigation and go to Campus Resources, Documents, Academic and Student Affairs and select Adjunct Faculty Information or click on this link.

Kids Campus receives donation from Thornburg employees

Thornburg Investment Management’s Compliance Department received the firm’s quarterly Five Star Team award. When a team is recognized for doing a great job they receive $500.00 to donate to the organization of their choice. Thornburg’s Compliance Department has chosen to donate their $500.00 award to SFCC Kids’s Campus!

SFCC in the news

The following stories either featured or mentioned SFCC.

KRWG Public Media, 02/27/20,
Heinrich, Collins Introduce Two-Generation Economic Empowerment Act. President Becky Rowley was quoted as supporting the Act, which seeks to address intergenerational poverty.

Albuquerque Journal, 2/25/20, “Luján creates job creation package” In the story, the reporter writes, “He told the Journal he consulted with past and current directors at the national laboratories, educators, business and community leaders before the legislation was crafted. He said the workforce training legislation had a focus on institutions such as Northern New Mexico College, Santa Fe Community College and Central New Mexico Community College.”

Great recent stories about Andrew Lovato, Ph.D. and his new book on blues guitar:
Santa Fe New Mexican, 2/07/20, “Guitar Hero 101”

Albuquerque Journal, 2/23/20, “A Gift For Guitar”

Student Spotlight

Spring Transfer Fair 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 3

Are you graduating this spring and planning the next steps on your career pathway?

Explore transfer options by meeting with admissions representatives from over ten area colleges and universities. Learn more about four-year degrees and plan your next steps after graduating.

Spring 2020 Transfer Fair
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tuesday, March 3
Outside the Welcome and Advising Center in the Main Hallway.


Katie Besser Student Awards - submit your work NOW - Deadline March 9!

SFCC Liberal Arts and Media Arts
Katie Besser Student Awards Call for submissions!

Deadline for entry: noon on Monday, March 9, 2020
Prizes: Winners in each category receive $50, runners-up $25

  • Poetry
  • Fiction
  • Creative Non-fiction
  • Academic Essay
  • Text/Image
  • Instructor-nominated
  • en Español

Winners will be considered for the Richard Bradford Scholarship.

All winners, runners-up, and honorable mentions will be published in Accolades and invited to read at the celebration at Meow Wolf in May.


SGA president Ian Martinez participates in governor's press conference

SGA president Ian Martinez SGA President attended the governor’s press conference discussing outcomes within the 30 day legislative session. Ian was acknowledged as a SFCC college student because of the Opportunity Scholarship that will impact many college students around the state of New Mexico. Ian spoke in favor of the scholarship earlier this year in a Sept. 18 story in the Santa Fe New Mexican, “Governor announces scholarship expansion at New Mexico colleges, universities.”
Photo: SGA president Ian Martinez with Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham

SGA Student of the Month: German Garcia

German has been a student at the college for a year and a half studying Allied Health. He is also a student employee on campus at the Testing Center!

German has been selected for his outstanding acts of kindness to his peers. In addition he is an excellent student leader in his classes, and at his work. He takes initiative when something needs to be done. He continues to show a positive attitude every day , works hard and assists his peers to help them get to where they need to be. He received his award February 14, 2020 during the Student Government Association meeting.

Three students to visit and train at NASA site

Three SFCC students – Rebecca Friedberg, Matthew Frye and Matthew Tsoodle – were selected to attend the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) Onsite Experience at Stennis Space Center, March 2 to 6.

All three students are older, nontraditional students who said they are grateful to have this opportunity. Frieberg, 58, is studying for an associate degree in Excercise Science. Frey, 30, is studying in the Engineering Technologies program. Tsoodle, 33, is studying for an associate degree in Engineering Technology.

While at NASA, students form teams and establish fictional companies interested in Mars exploration.


New chemistry scholarship for students passionate about arts

The LANL Foundation has announced that Bryan Fearey And Maureen Connolly have endowed a Chemistry Scholarship for students passionate about the arts.

The couple created the Fearey/Connolly Endowed Scholarship for Science and the Arts to honor their enduring commitment to science and to provide financial support to students with a similar interest with chemistry at its core and a passion for performance music and/or visual arts. The initial endowment will provide a $10,000 four-year scholarship ($2,500 a year for up to four years) to one recipient annually.

Applications will re-open for LANL Foundation scholarships next fall. All applicants for the LANL Foundation scholarships will be considered.


Recruitment visit this week: Bellevue

If you’re thinking of transferring to a four-year college, the Transfer Station in the Welcome and Advising Center is a great way to explore your opportunities.

Representatives from colleges are here frequently to provide you information on admissions, academic programs, scholarships, financial aid and more.

This week’s visiting school:

Bellevue University
Thursday, March 5
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, contact advisor Megan Woods, 505-428-1770.

Employee Announcements

Sahaj Khalsa position paper published

Sahaj Khalsa, Program Director of the Emergency Medical Services Institute & AHAC, was a contributor to a position paper, which has been adopted by the National Association of EMS Educators and will be published in an upcoming issue of Prehospital Emergency Care.

According to Sahaj,”It is an opening conversation on what I consider to be a critical issue not just in EMS education, but all of healthcare.”

Read the position paper: “The Impact of Cultural Humility in Prehospital Healthcare Delivery and Education a Position Paper from the National Association of EMS Educators (NAEMSE)”.


Open forums with candidates for Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and the School of Arts, Design, and Media Arts

Mark your calendars for the upcoming campus visits of the six finalists for Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and the School of Arts, Design, and Media Arts. Each candidate will meet with Dr. Rowley and Margaret Peters, tour the campus, have lunch, and participate in an open forum.

The forums are scheduled from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. on the following dates:
Monday, Feb. 24 – Room 216 – Shalimar Krebs
Thursday, Feb. 27 – Room 570 – Brookney Gondara
Monday, Mar. 2 – Room 216 – James Wysong
Tuesday, Mar. 3 – Room 216 – Daniel Barwick
Wednesday, Mar. 4 – Jemez 1 – Brian Kirby
Please note: The Thursday, March 5 candidate has withdrawn.

There will be an opportunity for you to ask questions and visit with the candidates.

AARP Foundation tax service for SFCC employees - reserve your spot now!

AARP Foundation has set aside two mornings at specific times for SFCC employees to get their taxes done for free: Thursday, Feb. 27 and Thursday, Mar. 12.

There are only 32 openings and staff can call Tina LaCaze at 505-428-1725 to schedule a time. Employees should review the information on what to bring with them and the limitations as to the type of returns AARP can do by visiting

Based on the number of available tax preparers we can serve 16 people each day at these times:
8:15 am – 4 people
9:00 am – 4 people
9:45 am – 4 people
10:30 am – 4 people

Submit your OIT Project for consideration

Once a year, the Technology Advisory Committee (TAC) issues a call for project proposals to the campus. All proposals submitted go through the TAC project evaluation process, which is the framework we use to select the projects that best support SFCC’s Strategic Plan and current priorities, as well as provide the greatest value to the campus.

The project must cost more than $5,000 and/or take more than 40 hours to implement.

Please ensure you have spoken to and received approval from an Executive Team Member prior to submission. Executive Team Members: Rebecca Rowley, Todd Lovato, Yash Morimoto, Nick Telles, Cori Bergen, Henry Mignardot, Margaret Peters, Deborah Boldt and Meghan Mcgarrity.

Submit a project request to OIT.

For questions or support, please contact Erica Keppel ( or (505) 428-1133)


Excellence and Team Award nominations

SFCC’s Office of Human Resources welcomes everyone to participate in the nomination for the Employee Excellence and Team Award for the 2020 Service Awards, which will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. April 29. Please read the nomination form for qualifications before nominating an Employee or Team.

Deadline to submit nominations is Friday, March 13, 2020!
Employee Excellence Award Nomination Online Form.
Team Excellence Award Nomination Online Form.


NMEPSCoR welcomes SFCC faculty member Frank Currie

A recent article on The New Mexico Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NM EPSCoR) website detailed Frank Currie’s vital grant-funded role in the Smart- and Micro-grid Training Center here at SFCC:

The NM SMART Grid Center is pleased to announce the most recent faculty hire for the project: Frank Currie, who is leading development of the Smart- and Micro-grid Training Center at Santa Fe Community College (SFCC). Within this role, Frank will spearhead development of the Distributed Energy Systems Program, an AAS and AS degree program specializing in smart grid and microgrid systems technician training.

“I am excited to build the program I wish had existed when I started school,” Frank said.

Read more on the NMEPSCoR website…

Photo credit: NMEPSCoR


The walking group is back!

The Walking Group is convening again every Friday 12-1 PM in front of the Fitness Education Center. If you are interested to walk in our beautiful SFCC backyard, explore the Spur Trail and get your dose of Vitamin D, send an email to to be placed on the email list for weekly updates and reminders.

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