Campus Weekly

SFCC Transitions to Online

The college is making significant strides in transitioning to an online learning environment. Thank you to all staff and faculty who have adapted to these unprecedented circumstances and who continue to work hard to provide education and services to our students.

We want to hear from you! Please send your selfies, a video selfie (shorter than 60 seconds) or a screenshot of how you’re adapting to working from home. Please send to or text message to 505-480-3865.

We understand that this is a challenging time for everyone.

The college is here for you! Please keep up-to-date with messaging for students, faculty and staff. Check your SFCC email often. In addition to our website, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Also, please know that we’re frequently updating SFCC’s Covid-19 page with updates and an FAQ.

Photo: Respiratory Care online class, shared by Jeff Wolf

News and Announcements

President Becky Rowley's March 23 update - no on-campus classes for the remainder of this semester

President Becky Rowley’s updates will be sent via email and/or posted at

If you have trouble reaching the page, you can read her message here.

Kids Campus Update

In a March 23 Kids Campus Family Update, director Michelle Rosen-Hatcher provided information on the Kids Campus’ continued closure.

The email is posted under Administrative Updates on the SFCC Covid-19 page.

You can also follow Kids Campus updates on the Kids Campus Blog.

Let's stay healthy!

Here are some friendly reminders on how to keep well.

Check it out:

During closure, keep these numbers handy

In New Mexico, during the COVID-19 outbreak keep these numbers handy for you and your family:

All Health Concerns: 1-855-600-3453
All Other Concerns, such as food, childcare, etc.: 1-833-551-0518

OIT Maintenance 7 a.m. Mar. 29

OIT will be performing system maintenance from 7 a.m. to noon on Sunday, March 29, 2020. All systems will be affected by intermittent outages.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the OIT Service Desk at 505-428-1222

SFCC in the news

The following stories either featured or mentioned SFCC.

Albuquerque Journal, 3/20/20, Outbreak leaves SFCC graduation, budget in doubt

Santa Fe New Mexican,3/7/20, Preparing for a gunman: Active-shooter drill at Santa Fe Community College. Read this story with excellent photos from the March 6 shooter-on-campus drill to learn more about how the college prepares for such an event.

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.

Student Spotlight

Online tutoring available for Canvas courses

All courses that have a Canvas component now have access to this online tutoring service.

Here are the steps to access Brainfuse:

  • Go to the links on the left side of the home page of the Canvas course.
  • Brainfuse online tutoring is listed at the bottom.
  • Click on this link.
  • On the top will show “Welcome to Brainfuse Online Tutoring.”
  • Click on the blue button to “Launch Brainfuse.”

Also helpful is a 6:49 minute video giving an overview of Brainfuse and how to navigate through this online tutoring service.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Robert Gutierrez, Interim Director of the SFCC Tutoring Center, at

How to deal with change to online courses

In dealing with necessary course changes, some things to keep in mind include staying organized, avoiding multitasking, making the most of video lectures, setting a schedule, finding new strategies, working with groups, and staying connected.

The University of Michigan has shared a document that addresses many of these issues and offers some helpful advice. Check it out:


LANL Foundation Career Pathways Scholarship (Deadline April 19)

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation is now accepting applications for its Spring 2020 Career Pathways Scholarship.
Career Pathways scholarships provide $1,500 awards for two-year degrees, certifications and trades. Current high school seniors and anyone who has earned a high school diploma or GED/High School Equivalency (HSE) may apply for these funds. Those currently enrolled in a GED/High School Equivalency program and are near completion are eligible to apply through this application, as well.

Career Pathways scholarships are offered twice yearly. Recipients will be announced in late May, with funds available for summer or fall enrollment. These scholarships may be renewed for a second year without the need to reapply, as long as certain criteria are met.

Applicants must be permanent residents of LANL Foundation’s northern New Mexico service area comprising Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe or Taos counties. Funding may be applied to any accredited post-secondary educational institution in- or out-of-state.

Applications are currently being accepted. Visit LANL Foundation Scholarships.

The deadline to submit Career Pathways applications is April 19, 2020.

If you have questions or need assistance, email


Want paid summer research experience?

New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation (NMAMP) is accepting application for the Summer Community College Opportunity for Research Experience (SCCORE).

Apply by April 6, 2020.

For more information contact Miguel Maestas or Ed Worden

Deadline for completed petitions to graduate extended to May 15

Ready to graduate this spring?
The deadline to get completed Petition to Graduate for Spring 2020 has been extended to May 15.
Petitions should be sent to

Employee Announcements

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 30. Please read the nomination form for qualifications before nominating an Employee or Team.

Deadline to submit nominations is Thursday, April 9, 2020!
Employee Excellence Award Nomination Online Form.
Team Excellence Award Nomination Online Form.


New book chapter by sj Miller, Ph.D.

sj Miller, Ph.D., has a new book chapter, Gender Identity is trans-sectional turn: Expanding the theory of trans*ness into literacy practice published in the book by Cris Mayo and Mollie Blackburn (Eds.),Queer, Trans, and Intersectional Theory in Educational Practice: Student, Teacher, and Community Experiences (pp. 35-49) by Routledge Press.

The piece focuses on middle and high school students and examines how, when youth resist exclusionary practices that seek to reinforce gender identity normativity, they participate in forms of resistance that create and inspire forms of new knowledges to develop. These changes carry tremendous potential for future gender identities to be recognized. Their resistance can reposition educators to make a trans-sectional turn, a shift in educational contexts that generates new actions. Miller states, “In my analysis, I show how trans-sectional theories are better able to engage complexities of gender identity, queerness, and race and push the hidden stabilities in other theories that address these issues.”

Read more about the book on the Amazon website: Queer, Trans, and Intersectional Theory in Educational Practice: Student, Teacher, and Community Experiences

Karin Pitman painting to be included in MasterWorks of NM

One of Karin Pitman’s (SFCC’s Facilities & Operations) watercolor paintings, Down by the Seashore, has been accepted into the MasterWorks New Mexico 22nd Annual Juried Standard & Miniature/Small Fine Art Show and Sale in Albuquerque. The Spring Show is in fact four separately juried shows (watercolors, pastels, oils/acrylics, miniatures/small works) that are hung together after judging and the awarding of ribbons and prizes.

Masterworks has been canceled. We will post an update if and when it is rescheduled.

Photo: Down by the Seashore by Karin Pitman

View a larger image of the painting here.


Janelle Johnson at the ACCA conference

Janelle C. Johnson, MA, LPCC, Senior Counselor just returned from the national American College Counseling Association Conference in Washington D.C.

Along with her colleague Sandra Davis from Jefferson College in St. Louis Johnson presented the Community College Roundtable on how colleges are providing services to meet the non-academic needs students by creating Student Resource and Advocacy programs on campus.

Johnson is completing a three-year term serving on the ACCA executive council in the presidential role.

Photo: SFCC’s Janelle Johnson and Sandra Davis from Jefferson College

Faculty/Staff Nominations for Student Commencement Speaker

Consider the students whom you have worked with and alongside of for the distinguished honor of being the Spring SFCC Commencement Ceremony speaker.
The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 27. Please submit your nominations to Associate Vice President for Student Success – Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos.

The criteria is:

• Graduating, eligible to walk in May, 2020.
• Overall cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher
• Significant contributions to the SFCC community
• Outstanding record of achievement in academics and/or leadership and service
• Permission from student to be nominated

Spring 2020 SFCC Student Commencement Speaker Nomination Form

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 Khalsa, “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)”.


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)


Lauren Camp Poetry Posts

Lauren Camp and SFCC’s Poetry Posts were featured in Miriam Sagan’s blog, “Miriam’s Well.”

Lauren Camp frequently teaches writing classes through Continuing Education.

Poetry Posts Map

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