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Chef Jerry Dakan awarded NM ACF Chef Educator of the Year

SFCC congratulates Chef Jerry Dakan, who has been awarded the New Mexico American Culinary Foundation’s Chef Educator of the Year.

Leonard G. Bailey II shared, “The New Mexico State Chapter is proud to announce that Jerry Dakan has been awarded the New Mexico ACF Chapter Chef Educator of the Year. Chef Dakan is a leader in the industry, but more importantly a dedicated pillar in his community. His work with the World Central Kitchen during the COVID-19 outbreak demonstrates his connection and love of the community that he serves. His dedication to his students at Santa Fe Community College and mentoring young chefs in competitions and apprenticeships is indicative of his commitment to the industry and the people it serves. This award of excellence is about the character as well as the skill of the chef.”

Leonard G. Bailey II CEC, CIC, BSCA
NM013 Chapter President 1/18-3/21
Chairman of the Board 3/21 – present

Visit Culinary Arts to learn more about the program.

News and Announcements

SMILES Club shares video for Dental Assistants Recognition Week

Happy Dental Assistants Recognition Week 2021

Please watch the video tribute to the dental assistants by our SMILES Club.

For details on dental programs, please contact or 505-428-1258.


Enjoy Spring Holiday, April 2-4

Enjoy SFCC’s Spring Holiday, April 2-4. There will be no classes or services during that time at SFCC or the Santa Fe HEC.

Employees: Don’t forget to turn on your out-of-office greeting.

Photo: Blooming plant on the Biowall.


MPR Request now on MySFCC

You can now access the Marketing and Public Relations Job Request Form from MySFCC. Just look in your apps for MPR Request.

MPR is happy to assist with event promotions, webpage updates, and strategic marketing consultations.

Stephanie Rodriguez confirmed as Higher Education Cabinet Secretary

Stephanie Rodriguez was unanimously confirmed by the Senate as cabinet secretary for the New Mexico Higher Education Department in mid-March following her appointment by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

Rodriguez joined the New Mexico Higher Education Department last summer and served as acting secretary since September of 2020. During her tenure she has fostered collaboration among New Mexico’s public and Tribal colleges and universities, and fellow agencies to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, improve communication, and develop committees and policies to improve outcomes for students and communities across the state.


In Memorium: KSFR's Tom Towbridge

Award-winning journalist Tom Towbridge died March 9. He featured SFCC in news segments on KSFR, the radio stationed based at SFCC. SFCC extends sympathy to his family, friends and colleagues.

Hear KSFR’s announcement of his passing in this podcast.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported, “Longtime New Mexico radio news reporter dies”

Read his obituary here.


Warm water pool opened 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:

Pre-register by April 11.
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


Join Stephen DeGuilio for talk, "What We Owe Children: Something Better than School" on April 20

Join Stephen DeGuilio, Ph.D., for his talk, “What We Owe Our Children: Something Better than School” from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. April 20. Pre-register by April 19.

The online presentation is sponsored by the SFCC Library.

Description: We hear that the U.S. public education system is failing, especially for the less privileged. Can we apply science to ensure that our next generation of professionals, social leaders, and workers of all kinds acquire the skills and knowledge they need to understand our environmental and human needs?

Please register by April 19 to join at The presentation login information will be sent to the email address you provide the morning of the presentation.


AARP Tax Aide appointments end April 15

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

Please note: Although the IRS has extended its deadline, AARP Tax Aide at SF HEC must conclude it services on April 15.

Please schedule your appointment ASAP.

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 by April 26 (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 classes about greenhouses and hydroponics

Don’t have time for a class during the semester? Consider taking a Saturday workshop in greenhouse design and operation (April 17) or hydroponics (May 1) with Richard C. (Charlie) Schulz (shown in the inset photo). 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.

3/20/2021 Albuquerque Journal, “SFCC wins $200K grant for environmental job training.”

3/20/2021 Santa Fe New Mexican, “Santa Fe college program trains in environmental work, life.”

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

2/24/2021,, “Colleges adopt degree auditing platform to keep students on track.”

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

SFCC Library opens on limited basis by reservation

The library is open to current students by reservation beginning Monday, March 29. The regular hours are from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Make reservations by visiting:

Please note: SFCC’s Library’s priority is to maintain a safe environment and for this reason we have made changes to the library space and services to keep everyone safe.

When you come to campus with a library reservation, you must check in with Security at the college entrance and you must present a Student ID. You cannot come directly to the library.

Reservations are required for all library users. Study reservations are available for a maximum of 2 hours and reservations must be made 24 hours ahead of time. Along with taking reservations for table and chair space for studying, the library is taking reservations to browse the shelves for books, DVDs, and CDs. The browsing reservations are available for a maximum of 30 minutes each day.


New round of support groups begin April 5

Counseling Services is opening up an online Support Group as well as a Grief Support Group to new members. Taking place via a secure video platform for the second half of the spring semester, the groups will begin the week of April 5th and meet for 6 weeks.
Group sessions will meet for 1 hour.

The group meeting times are as follows:

  • Support Group: Thursdays at 5:30pm (1hr)
  • Grief Support Group: Thursdays at 2pm (1hr)

Please email if you are interested in participating. We very much look forward to having you join our groups!

Student Weekly Connection March 26

This week’s Student Weekly Connection – new info about support groups, SGA nominations, the Santa Fe Recovery Center, and lots more check it out!


Withdrawal date for 16-week courses extended to Apr 1

Students may independently withdraw from a 16-week course through April 1.

Please do not hesitate to contact anyone in the Office of the Registrar if you require further information.

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.


Employee Announcements

Dr. Aamna Nayyar presented a talk about "Prayers and Healing" at ADEA on March 15

Dr. Aamna Nayyar shared, “I was honored to present about “Prayers and Healing” at the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Annual Session 2021.

The talked was aired live on Monday March 15, 2021 from 2:15 to 3:15 pm ET.

To learn about the SFCC’s Dental Programs, please contact

Stephanie Amadeo Marquez, Ph.D.'s short story to be included 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.

Conversation with the President 3:30 p.m. Apr. 5

Please check your March 23 email for an outlook invitation to the online discussion.

President Rowley will be answering questions and addressing concerns related to campus reopening, and ongoing COVID safety precautions.

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.

Miriam Sagan featured in SFWE virtual concert

Miriam Sagan, the founder and director of SFCC’s Creative Writing program until her retirement, was featured in Santa Fe Women’s Ensemble’s Still Singing III: Seasons and Cycles of Life. The ensemble revisited its performance of her poem, “Mementos of the Compass of Time” that was set to music by composer David W. Beatty. The video concert is available and free to watch.

Photo: From left, sponsors of commission Jim and Pauline Toevs; poet Miriam Sagan composer David W. Beatty.


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.


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


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Sydney Scherr shares Friends of Folk Art lecture video

Watch the video of FRIENDS OF FOLK ART LECTURE by Sydney Scherr “Mohan’s Chariot: A Journey into Divine Creativity.”

See more photos and read more about her lecture here.

Of note: The Hindu belief system has a rich history of creating and using chariots, or “temple cars.” … Sydney Scherr is the only woman in the world to be invited to work on a chariot as this is the work of men, men who learned the art of the Chariot makers from their fathers and grandfathers. …
It is the only chariot in the world adorned with enamels, and these were Scherr’s contribution to this remarkable chariot.

Sydney Scherr, program head of SFCC’s jewelry and metal arts, is an award winning designer, goldsmith, sculptor, illustrator and educator.

Since 1979, in addition to teaching, Scherr has worked in the jewelry industry in New York as a designer, prototype developer, production manager and bench worker. Concurrent with working in the industry she maintained her own jewelry design studio specializing in unique and custom jewelry work in silver, gold, platinum and enamels. She also creates large scale sculpture in exotic hardwoods, silver, enamel and gems.

Visit Syndey Scherr’s website. Sydney is scheduled to be showcasing her jewelry at La Fonda of Santa Fe starting March 26 from 10 a.m. through 6 p.m. and will be there many Fridays through Sundays.