Campus Weekly

SFCC awarded $200,000 EPA job-training grant

Last week the EPA hosted a press conference announcing EPA and Santa Fe Community College Partner to Provide Environmental Job Training. The following participated in the joint announcement: David Gray, Acting Regional Administrator, U.S. EPA, Region 6; Eric Chavez, Field Representative for Ben Ray Luján, U.S. Senator Teresa Leger Fernandez, U.S. Representative; Rebecca K. “Becky” Rowley, Ph.D., Santa Fe Community College President; Gil Vigil, Executive Director of Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council and Rebecca Roose, New Mexico Environment Department.

Read more in the March 20 story by Theresa Davis in the Albuquerque Journal, “SFCC wins $200K grant for environmental job training.”

Also, read James Barron’s March 20 story in the Santa Fe New Mexican, “Santa Fe college program trains in environmental work, life.”

Applications will open later this spring. If you know someone who’d like to be notified when they do, have them send an email to

Photo: Previous training session participants in green HAZWOPER (Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response) suits.

News and Announcements

Register by Tuesday for late-starting classes

Did you know there is still a large selection of classes for the last 8-weeks? There are art, film, culinary, business, health classes and many more that will start March 22. Not sure what’s available visit the page featuring late-starting classes. Encourage your friends and family to register this week. If they’ve never attended SFCC, then have them visit

If you’d like to look for a class, visit Then go into MySFCC and register.

Employees may use their EEB benefits.


Warm water pool opens March 22, make your reservations

The warm water pool opens on March 22.

The college will use the same protocols and procedures as were implemented for the regular lap swimming pool.

Please follow the registration instructions as well as the specified COVD-safe guidelines. SFCC will offer three lanes to adhere to the social distancing guidelines. Hours of operation will be 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. through noon on Saturdays. Reservations are for 50-minutes of exercise. There is a $7 fee.

Also, read details in the link below about registering and hours for the regular lap pool.


Celebrate Women's History Month

The U.S. recognizes March as Women’s History Month. A variety of resources are available to learn about women’s achievements. Read more about Women’s History Month.

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.

We’re sharing this historical photo (above) of 1918 women welders. SFCC’s lead welding faculty Jake Lovato shared information that was published in the AWS Student Chapter newsletter about SFCC’s women in welding. In the inset photo is Monique Lujan. Lujan earned an AAS in Welding Technologies with 5 welding certifications. Lujan started her career as welder last year through an apprenticeship with UA Local 412 Plumbers and Pipefitters union. See more about SFCC’s women welders.

Photo: Women Electric Welders at Hog Island Shipyard, 1918 National Archives “Women at Work Collection”


Register for Spring Readings in the Library

Santa Fe Community College’s Library and Creative Writing Program will host a series of readings of original works throughout April and May. All readings are free and open to the public.

The public is invited to attend, but must pre-register in advance to attend any or all of these at

Schedule of readings and topics:
Thursday, April 22, Noon to 1:30 p.m. Students in Emily Stern’s Creative Non-Fiction read their works. Pre-register by April 21 to get Zoom link.
Thursday, April 29, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Students in Genevieve Bett’s Exploring Creative Writing spring 2020 class will read their work. Pre-register by April 28 to get Zoom link.
Thursday, May 6, 5 to 6 p.m. SFCC Faculty and Staff Annual Springtime Reading. Pre-register by May 5 to get Zoom link.
Wednesday, May 12, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Students in Terry Wilson’s Exploring Creative Writing read their work. Pre-register by May 11 to get Zoom link.


Join April community book discussion, get book from SFCC library now

Community Book Discussion

The SFCC Library is partnering with the Santa Fe Public Library to bring you programming for Santa Fe’s Big Read of the book
Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea. The SFCC Library will be hosting two discussions about the book. Students, community members, faculty, and staff are all welcome to join us online to talk about the book.
Multiple copies of the book have been purchased by the SFCC Library. Put in an order to checkout a copy using the SFCC Library’s curbside services:

Register to attend our online discussions (you can register for either discussion or both):

Wednesday, April 21 7-8:30pm


Wednesday, April 28 noon to 1:30pm


Consider donation to scholarship in Kyle Pacheco's honor

Please consider making a gift to the Kyle Pacheco Memorial Endowed Scholarship through Santa Fe Community College Foundation at or mail a check to SFCC Foundation, Room 109, 6401 Richards Avenue, Santa Fe, NM, 87508.

If you missed the story about Kyle Pacheco’s passing, read this 3/09/2021 story from the Santa Fe New Mexican, “Culinary Community in Santa Fe mourns young Native chef.”

Photo: 2016 file photo of Kyle Pacheco displaying his Skills USA medal.

A Peek Inside: The Process of Novel Writing with Miriam Sagan

2-3 p.m., April 12 online
Miriam Sagan will read from her new novel Shadow on the Minotaur (Red Mountain Press, 2021) and discuss sources of inspiration, structural challenges, and getting inside a character’s head. The heroine of the book, Thea, has survived the war in Bosnia only to find herself isolated and unable to cross the street in Brooklyn. Also, her shadow is missing.
A cast of diverse characters helps in her healing–a mystic rabbi, a surfer acupuncturist, a professor turned curandera. The novel asks the question–how
do we recover from trauma? It also has a good cake recipe.
Bring your own questions about fiction writing for discussion.
Register to attend:

A link to the event will be sent to the email address you provide the morning of the reading.
Sponsored by the SFCC Library

Photo: Miriam Sagan


Colleges adopt degree auditing platform to keep students on track

Colin Wood wrote in the Feb. 24 issue of EDSCOOP about the new degree (Uachieve) auditing software that SFCC will be adopting.
The story states, “The higher education software developer CollegeSource on Wednesday announced that two community colleges will adopt its degree auditing platform in the hope of reducing excess credits for transferring students and expediting the path to graduation.
Santa Fe Community College in New Mexico and Ozarks Technology Community College in Springfield, Missouri, are each planning implementations of the company’s uAcheive platform to automate various aspects of degree auditing and academic planning. Through “tailored reports” that outline student progress, along with “robust transfer articulation,” advisers can ensure students have selected their most direct route to graduation.”


Register now for AARP Tax Aide, appointments filling fast

Due to the pandemic, a special drive-up (by appointment) service is being offered by AARP Foundation Tax Aide.

Please note: Santa Fe Higher Education Center remains closed to the public. All AARP Tax Aide appointments are drive-up only. Please remain in your car and call the number on the sign when you arrive. In-person and walk-in appointments are not available.
Please visit for guidelines, details, downloadable forms and to schedule your appointment.

Appointments available: Feb. 9 through April 15
Cost: Free
Days and hours of operation: 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday

You must register for your appointments. Register soon since appointments are limited. Register here.


Register for Janie Chodosh's talk: Elephant Doctor of India

The Elephant Doctor of India

2 to 3 p.m. April 27 online

Janie Chodosh spent three weeks in Assam, India with conservationist and elephant doctor, Dr. KK Sarma. Her book, “The Elephant Doctor of India” explores his work in saving and protecting elephants, how the largest tea growing region in the world affects these magnificent creatures, and the ecology of the elephants. She will show slides and read from her new book.
Sponsored by the SFCC Library

Register to attend (an invitation will be sent to the email address you provide the morning of the event):


Midtown Campus news

Several news stories in recent weeks indicated that the Midtown Campus developer wanted to end its contract with the city and the City Council has ended the agreement. SFCC is a partner in the Midtown Campus planning.

3/11/2021, Santa Fe New Mexican, “City of Santa Fe plans forums to discuss how to use midtown campus”

2/10/21, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Santa Fe City Council hears development options for midtown campus”

1/28/2021, Santa Fe New Mexican, Santa Fe agrees to terminate midtown development contract”

Image: Santa Fe Higher Education Center is on the edge of the Midtown Campus.

American Red Cross classes offered Spring 2021

Opportunities for American Red Cross training are available, register now at with the CRN listed below. For more information, call 428-1608, or click the course title to view a flyer.

Water Safety Instructor Course
April 9 – 18
CRN 30693 HLED 1140

Register now for CE class about mindfulness that begins on Thursday

Are you interested in learning more about mindfulness? CE is offering an 8-session class on Mindfulness Practice that starts this Thursday. Register now to secure your spot.

Employees use your EEB Benefit. Need assistance with registration? Call 505-428-1676 or email


Media related to ERP system initiative to assist students

Many stories, columns and radio interviews are highlighting the Shared Services Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) initiative including these:

2/22/2021 published a story, “Clovis Community College, four other New Mexico colleges form shared technology alliance.”

2/15/2021, Diverse Education featured the story: “Five New Mexico Colleges Plan to Establish Joint Service System”

02/05/21, “Cline’s Corner podcast podcast”: President Becky Rowley outlined the benefits students will receive through SFCC’s partnership with five New Mexico colleges on a new technology system when she spoke with Lynn Cline, host of KSFR 101.1 FM’s Cline’s Corner.
2/1/21, Community College Daily, Partnering to streamline services and reduce costs

2/11/21, PR Newswire, Five New Mexico Colleges Band Together to Share One Enterprise Technology System

1/22/2021, KTRC radio, Northern New Mexico College President Rick Bailey and President Becky Rowley explore the benefits students will experience with a new technology system shared by five colleges on the Richard Eeds Show on KTRC.

1/7/2021, University Business, “5 New Mexico colleges launch groundbreaking partnership”

12/18/2020, Santa Fe New Mexican, “SFCC among 5 New Mexico colleges to collaborate on admissions/transfers”

12/12/20, Santa Fe New Mexican, “My View: Colleges introduce new collaborations.”

SFCC in the news

The following stories or radio shows either featured or mentioned SFCC or one of its employees.

3/2/21,KVSF, Richard Eeds interviews Lenny Gannes. Here it here.

2/19/21, Los Alamos Daily Post, “SFCC presents Migrating Songbirds Small and Mighty,” about Professor Lenny Gannes, Ph.D.’s March 9 talk through the SFCC library.

2/19/21, Santa Fe Reporter, “Bright futures.” Story package overseen by SFCC faculty member Julia Goldberg who mentored a team that identified a few key issues driving youth activism — climate change, immigration, LGBTQ rights and social justice — and sought out youth who have worked on these concerns. One story is by SFCC student Magnificent Farrell.

2/10/21, Santa Fe Reporter, Marti Mills’ cookie business XOnuevo was featured in the story, “Beer and cookies.” She studied Culinary Arts at SFCC.

Student Spotlight

Thousands of NM students may now be eligible for SNAP food benefits

Thousands of New Mexico college students might be eligible for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits, commonly known as food stamps, the New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) and Higher Education Department (HED) announced March 1.

Read more details about eligibility in the March 2 story from the Los Alamos Daily Post: “Thousands Of New Mexico College Students May Now Be Eligible For SNAP Food Benefits Through Coronavirus Relief.”

Photo: Stephanie Rodriguez, Acting HED Secretary


Northern Arizona virtual visit 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 24

Northern Arizona invites students to a virtual visit from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 24.
To join the Zoom meeting click on the link below.
For questions about all that NAU has to offer please email Joey Mack at


March 3 COVID-19 Update for Students

On March 3, President Rowley shared a message about the College’s optimistic changes for the summer semester based on COVID-19 vaccination progress.

SFCC’s Virtual Commencement Ceremony is scheduled for May 15 at 10 a.m.

Read the full update here.


TRIO accepting student applications

The TRIO Program is recruiting new students. Student Support Services (SSS) TRIO is a federally funded grant program designed to work with 160 Santa Fe Community College students. The program serves income-eligible students, first-generation students and students with disabilities. Please encourage students to apply to participate in TRIO.

TRIO continues to serve students with tutoring and other resources in an online capacity.

TRIO provides the following services:

  • Tutoring: math, science and writing
  • Cultural, educational and community service events
  • Workshops: FAFSA, financial literacy, online learning, study skills, self-care, self-advocacy
  • Scholarship Assistance
  • Transfer to a 4-year college or university
  • Academic coaching with a personalized success plan
  • Career exploration

Find applications and more information at TRIO Student Services. Questions? Contact or call 505-428-1130.


Student Weekly Connection March 12

This week’s Student Success newsletter, SFCC Weekly Connection contains great information about resources, transfer opportunities, and student activities events, and more! Also read: Student voices needed for input on SFCC’s masterplan visioning summit.


Employee Announcements

February WOWs! Michelle Rosen and Ann Black

The WOW nominees for the month of February are Director of Kids Campus Michelle Rosen and Director of Grants Ann Black! Congratulations and thanks for your outstanding work!

Michelle Rosen nominated by Brookney Gondara

I would like to nominate Michelle and her entire team at Kid’s Campus for outstanding contributions and excellence in their work during the pandemic. They have gone above and beyond in striving to safely keep Kid’s Campus open and serving families in our communities.

Ann Black nominated by Meghan McGarrity

I want to recognize and express gratitude for members of the PDAC Professional Development Day Planning Task Force. They freely contributed their time and expertise to bring together the day’s events. Our theme for professional development day, Anti-Racist Leadership, is a direct result of the President’s Diversity Advisory Committee’s response to the murder of George Floyd, and I am proud of the group’s commitment to lead SFCC as an actively anti-racist institution.

I have cherished working with Ann on this project. I am impressed with the breadth of her knowledge and experience. She is kind, responsive, helpful, and encouraging. She has been generous sharing her strengths, and I credit her with stewarding this project in a way that kept the team both connected and focused. In the midst of juggling the myriad details of the professional development day, Ann also experienced significant COVID-influenced challenges while working on this project. Even when managing these additional hurdles, Ann’s work and help have been superlative. Not only am I grateful for what I’ve learned from her; I’m excited for the privilege of working with her going forward.

March 3 Campus Update and COVID Vaccines

In a email to employees on March 3, President Rowley shared information on priority vaccinations for Higher Education.

Read the full update here.


Remote Work Reimbursement

The Remote Work Reimbursement Form is available on SFCC Connect. You must be logged via VPN to access the form.

Submit this form if you are eligible for Remote Work Reimbursement. If you were eligible last fall, you are likely still eligible if you are working from home. Speak with your supervisor if you have questions about your eligibility.

Music instructors Fred Graham and Deborah Wagner share recorded recital

Adjunct faculty Fred Graham (performing arts program head, voice class, chorus) and Deborah Wagner (music theory) have recorded an art song recital featuring the works of Franz Schubert, Gwyneth Walker, Claude Debussy, and Reynaldo Hahn. The recital is a part of their work as the artistic leadership team for the Sangre de Cristo Chorale.


Sydney Scherr featured artist on Artsy Shark

Sydney Scherr is head of the Jewelry and Metal Arts program at Santa Fe Community College, according to her bio at

Sydney’s art is featured in the Art Business website, Artsy Shark. In the feature, she describes herself as a visual storyteller.

Photo: “Phoenix” Cloisonné Enamel Necklace/Brooch by Sydney Scherr


Sign up to read for the Faculty and Staff Annual Springtime Reading

Readings in the Library: Faculty and Staff Annual Springtime Reading
5 to 6 p.m. May 6, 2021

All faculty and staff are invited to read their original creative work aloud at this beloved and supportive springtime event. To sign up to read, email

NAPE Culturally Responsive Teaching Webinar April 7

Micromessaging: Leading for Equity
Educators want their students to succeed. School mission statements show commitment to equity. Yet, gaps persist. Leading for Equity addresses the critical ways in which an equity perspective reveals changes necessary for student success. We bring equity to the forefront of leaders’ work as we begin to: understand how unconscious bias is embedded in our educational systems; increase awareness of the messages we are sending through systems, policies and procedures, community engagement, supervision, and classroom interactions; and realize the scope of change necessary to ensure we serve every student well.
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 7

Register now for this and other FREE Nape Webinars today!

The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) grant funds are supporting this professional development. If you have any questions, please contact Ann Black at or 928-779-4584.


How to enroll for COVID 19 vaccine

Please see the President’s update from Jan. 8 to see how to enroll for the COVID-19 vaccine.

SFCC encourages you to enroll soon, so our state can more effectively distribute the vaccine and notify you when vaccine doses will be available in your area.

NOVID phone app: The City of Santa Fe has partnered with NOVID to slow the spread of the virus. Download the free app at Read more about the app in this Dec. 15 Santa Fe Reporter story, “Spread the Word, not COVID-19.”

Since the update was released, there has been additional information about the phases of distribution. Read more here.


Reminder: Don't speak to ERP vendors

In an email on Dec. 15, President Rowley shared an ERP update.

She stated: After months of incredibly hard work by dozens of our colleagues here and at our partner colleges at CNM, Clovis Community College, Northern New Mexico College, and San Juan College with the Shared Services Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) initiative, I am pleased to announce that our Shared Services ERP Request for Proposals will be posted on Friday, Dec. 18…
Later in the full message she notes,

“Thank you to our coworkers who have dedicated many hours to the Shared Services ERP RFP. Thank you, also, to all of you for continuing to honor the mandate that we must avoid all vendor contact now through the awarding of the contract next summer. We have already received a lot of outreach from vendors, and that has not been limited to those in OIT. Therefore, please remember to avoid responding to vendors. Should you hear from a vendor, please refer them to Gerrie Becker, Chief Procurement Officer for the RFP, 505-224-4551. Gerrie is the only person authorized to speak with vendors.”


Let's help slow the spread of the virus

Human Resource Director Luis Olivas shared this message on Nov. 20:
With COVID-19 cases increasing to the highest levels we have seen since the start of the pandemic, I just want to remind everyone of a few important pieces of information.

• Public health orders require that everyone wear a mask at all times outside of your home.

Social distance in public and avoid gatherings with people outside your household.

• If you are feeling ill, you should not come into work, and avoid any type of social setting. The College wants you to feel better before you return to work.

If you are feeling ill: Get tested and isolate yourself from others as much as possible. We need to help mitigate the health risk to others.

Call 1-855-600-3453 for testing information and results. A new testing site at 2501 Camino Entrada at Fire Station #7 is open 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

• If you do contract COVID-19, seek medical attention immediately. Notify your supervisor and human resources, these cases need to reported, we are here to support you.

Please do your part, to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Stay home, stay safe, stay healthy.

Do you need information on testing? Visit

Remember to wash your hands for a full 20 seconds!

Submit nominations for WOW awards

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


Let Campus Weekly share your news

Let us know about your accomplishments and other news that you’d like to share. Please remember that the deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday to get an item in the next week’s issue. Submit here.

Instructor to have short story published in anthology

Congratulations to Stephanie Amadeo Marquez, Ph.D., who will have a short story, “I Got You, Babe” in the upcoming

She is an adjunct faculty in Liberal Arts, who teaches psychology and sociology classes.