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SFCC celebrated Black History Month with panel and discussion

Panelists at Black History month included: (left to right) Student Ambassador Owen Belt, Director of Student Wellness Center LaNysha Adams, Ph.D., and Student Employee Janae Heffenger.

On Feb. 28, Student Activities and the President’s Diversity Advisory Committee presented the panel, “Breaking Barriers, Building Legacies” in the Jemez Rooms. Those who attended were able to enjoy a lunch provided through funds from PDAC and Student Activities.

Director of Student Engagement & Recruitment (and PDAC co-chair) Marcos Maez said, “The panelists did an excellent job highlighting New Mexico’s Black history, their experiences at SFCC, and what we at SFCC can do to help our students of color succeed.”

Thanks to Marcos Maez and Ben Lauer for images. Click on the images to see larger.

Capital High students visited SFCC on Feb. 23

Maria Gonzales, one of the Community in the Schools Site Coordinators at Capital High, is surrounded by excited Capital High Students who visited SFCC on Feb. 13.

Executive Director of Marketing and Public Relations Todd Lovato shared that on Feb . 23, Communities in the Schools New Mexico (CISNM) Capital High School Site Coordinators took 30 students to Santa Fe Community College for a campus tour. The goal was for them to become familiar with the programs offered and the college admissions process.

“Most of the students in attendance had never toured the SFCC campus but have clear potential as college students,” shared Thomas “Sinte” Torrez, a CHS Site Coordinator.

Capital High Students had fun touring SFCC. Photos Courtesy of Communities in the Schools.

East Wing Eatery opens from 8:30 to 11:45 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday

Chef Milton Viarrubia shared that The East Wing Eatery is now open from 8:30 -11:45 a.m. The East Wing Eatery now has its Point of Sales (POS) system, so they no longer will be able to give out free samples as they did during their soft-opening. Please note that East Wing Eatery will be accepting credit cards only in the POS system. Cash tips will be accepted for student workers. This week service will be available Tuesday through Thursday. Beginning Monday, March 11, East Wing Eatery plans to be open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. and will continue those hours until East Wing Eatery begins to lose practicum students based on their hourly requirement fulfilment for class.

Chef Villarrubia hopes that hours will expand at some point. He thanks everyone for their patience and support.

SFCC Foundation announces two presentations by Michael Zeiler about upcoming eclipse

Register in advance for either 5:30 p.m. March 19 or 2 p.m. March 20 events at SFCC’s Planetarium

Michael Zeiler

Santa Fe Community College Foundation will present eclipse-chasing geographer and cartographer Michael Zeiler and his multi-media tour of the path of the April 8, 2024 eclipse at two separate presentations at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 and at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 20 in the SFCC Planetarium, 6401 Richards Avenue. Attendees must pre-register at The $25 admission will help SFCC Foundation support the Space and Earth Experiences, so more young students can experience the Planetarium, Science on a Sphere and more.

The approximately one-hour program by Zeiler includes an animated flyover as simulated from the view of a spacecraft 100 miles high and detailed maps of the eclipse path. Special attention will be given to the Midwest and Texas, an eclipse destination for many amateur astronomers. One obsession of all eclipse chasers is to maximize the odds of clear skies during totality. Zeiler will discuss how to weigh many factors such as proximity to longest duration, ease of mobility on the local road network, climatological records for April, and how weather systems respond to local topography. He’ll also explore the wide variety of eclipse viewing venues, everything from a stadium to a mountain peak, major cities or national parks, and museums or zoos.  Zeiler will also present his research on how many people will travel to totality’s path on Eclipse Day and discuss the economic impacts for regions in the U.S. He’ll also preview what comes after the 2024 eclipse, both in North America and around the world.

Micheal Zeiler bio:

Michael Zeiler has more than 20 years of experience diagramming GIS concepts, building data models, and programming and produces the maps and animations on Great American Eclipse website. He is a geographer who recently retired from the leading provider of geographic information systems (GIS) software, Zeiler has witnessed total solar eclipses since 1991. In 2009 while writing his book, Modeling Our World, he realized how advanced GIS technology could be applied to publish new eclipse maps of high precision and good cartographic quality. After creating his first eclipse map for the total solar eclipse of July 22, 2009, Zeiler launched in 2010 to showcase new and historic eclipse maps. Recognizing the widespread public interest in the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse, Zeiler launched on August 21, 2014. He is a member of the International Astronomical Union Working Group on Solar Eclipses and is honored to have an asteroid (53253) Zeiler named after him.

Space is limited. Reserve your seats as soon as possible at For more information about the event contact: SFCC Foundation Operations Coordinator Maria Montoya via email at or call 505-428-1178.

SFCC Library announces Serena Rodriguez is the next speaker in The Writing Generation Series

Free online reading at 6 p.m. March 20 followed by a creative session at 6 p.m. April 3
Pre-register at

Serena Rodriguez

SFCC Library announces writer Serena Rodriguez will be the next speaker in The Writing Generation Series with an online reading at 6 p.m. March 20 and a follow-up creative session at 6 p.m. April 3.

This free online series is open to the public and consists of two types of events: Readings by writers and creative sessions when attendees will be given writing prompts and time to write. Featured speaker Serena Rodriguez will read a selection of her writings at 6 p.m. March 20 and will follow-up with a creative session at 6 p.m. April 3.  (Note there is a two-week break between sessions due to Spring Break.)

Pre-register at

Serena Rodriguez bio:

Serena Rodriguez’s work has been published in Poetry, Inverted Syntax, Santa Fe Literary Review, and Revolute, among others; she was the winner of the Santa Fe Accolades Poetry Contest 2017 and The Roadrunner Review Poetry Prize 2022 and was a 2020 Loraine Williams Poetry Prize finalist for The Georgia Review. She graduated from the Institute of American Indian Arts with an MFA in Creative Writing. Serena works as a Creative Writing Visiting Professor at IAIA. Born in Mississippi, she lives in New Mexico with her partner and kiddo, where they hike the Bosque and eat all the tacos.

For the March 20 reading Rodriguez will read poetry and prose-poetry. For the April 3 creative writing session, she will lead interactive writing exercises with the group that reference themes from her reading.

Austin Eichelberger, Professor of English and Writing, has worked closely with the SFCC Library to set up the series. Eichelberger is also the Fiction Editor of The Santa Fe Literary Review. Read about SFCC’s Creative Writing program at

For more information on The Writing Generation Series, please contact SFCC Library Director Valerie Nye at or 505-428-1506.

Therapy Dogs in the Library 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 6

SFCC Library is hosting a midterms visit from furry, friendly therapy dogs! Please join us in the Library on Wednesday, March 6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for some canine cuddling and stress relief. Sponsored in conjunction with the Santa Fe Animal Shelter’s Pet Outreach.

ECCOE Brain Builders Series continues at noon on March 8

Building Strong Children: The Role of Culture and Family in Child Development

March 8, 2024
12-1 pm Zoom
Building Strong Children: The Role of Culture and Family in Child Development
Dr. Deana Around Him; Child Trends
Zachariah BenFamily Leadership
Jovanna Archuleta; LANL Foundation
Register Here

Your donations will keep the Campus Cupboard stocked.

Donate to Campus Cupboard and have your donation doubled!

View SFCC Foundation Newsletter

Did you know that since Campus Cupboard was established it has been primarily funded through employee donations? More people in our SFCC community need to use the Campus Cupboard. Financial donations are needed to meet the demand. If you can donate now, your tax-deductible donation will be doubled. (Please note: The Campus Cupboard welcomes all and serves employees, as well as students who also are struggling with food insecurity.)

The following message was sent to the SFCC Campus Community by SFCC Foundation on Feb. 15. Please note the deadline has been extended to March 8 to have your donations doubled. Donations are needed now to continue operating through the semester! Thank you for helping fight hunger and food insecurity within the SFCC community.

Working Together to Combat Food Insecurity

I’ve worked with the Santa Fe Community Foundation for over ten years. During this time, SFCCF has helped countless students make up for the extra costs of attending school. Often, the bare necessities add up big for students— childcare, gas, rent, prescriptions, and even food.

One of the most critical programs we fund through donor assistance is the SFCC Campus Cupboard. The Campus Cupboard is a food pantry for anyone experiencing food insecurity. One in five low-income New Mexicans does not know where their next meal is coming from. Many of our students are among those considered food insecure.

This pantry is a lifeline for students, their families, and even some of our staff. Since 2021, the Campus Cupboard has seen a 637% increase in use. Last year, we helped 347 households.

For February, we will provide a 1:1 match for every donation to the Campus Cupboard. So, for every dollar you put in, the Foundation will put in a dollar, too.

The Cupboard is a vital resource and something we prioritize funding to the fullest because, unfortunately, more and more people need it yearly as costs for basic necessities continue to rise.

Please consider donating to the Campus Cupboard this month.

Kelly A. Marquez
Executive Director SFCC Foundation

View video of reading by Diné storyteller Manny Loley, Ph.D.

Diné storyteller Manny Loley, Ph.D., had an online reading on Feb. 21 for The Writing Generation Series and had a follow-up free online creative writing session on Feb. 28.

This free online series is open to the public and consists of two types of events: Readings by writers and creative sessions when attendees will be given writing prompts and time to write. Register at will receive a Zoom link the morning of the event.

Read Manny Loley’s bio and more in the press release.

Check out Manny Loley’s reading his poetry on Feb. 22. You will get the opportunity to hear what his work sounds like in both in the Navajo language and English.

For more information on The Writing Generation Series, please contact SFCC Library Director Valerie Nye at or 505-428-1506.

Save the date! PDAC Annual Diversity Day is from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. April 17

A display at last year’s Diversity Day.

The SFCC President’s Diversity Advisory Committee (PDAC) wants to take this opportunity and invite college leadership, staff and/or faculty representatives to join us for the upcoming PDAC Annual Diversity Day on Wednesday, April 17 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Are you, your department or program interested in participating with an information table or have an activity that you’d like to suggest? Send an email to PDAC co-chairs: Marcos Maez at  and sj Miller, Ph.D., at

Greenhouse STEM kits now available for kids 4-7 at SFCC Library

Greenhouse STEM Kits are now available at the SFCC Library.
Free Greenhouse STEM Kits are available for kids ages 4-7. All materials are included in the kits courtesy of the Santa Fe Children’s Museum. For more information, contact SFCC Library Director Valerie Nye at or call 50-428-1506.

KRQE-TV report highlights family-friendly spaces

Family U Student Fellow Vanessa Rodriguez was one of the student parents featured in the KRQE-TV report.

Check out this recent KRQE-TV report that highlighted SFCC’s family friendly spaces. Reporter Karla Sosa interviewed Rachel Kutcher (Student Parent Success Manager in the Early Childhood Center of Excellence), as well as two student parents: Vanessa Rodriguez and Jenelle Romero.

See the story and full video in the following link. Click in the top right video square to see the full report:

Learn more about Parenting Student Resources.

Leaving Utopia: A Reading and Discussion with Miriam Sagan at 5 p.m. March 19

Pre-register for the 75-minute online event here:

Miriam Sagan will read from and discuss her novella, “Commune of the Golden Sun” (Cholla Needles, 2024). Four young protagonists leave the commune they were raised in in central New Mexico and go out in search of a wider world they’ve been told has been destroyed.
They find themselves in the process and heal broken intergenerational relationships.
The second half of the event will be an open discussion on tips for writing the short novel, using magical realism and speculative fiction, and writing a relief in difficult times.

Bio: Miriam Sagan is the author of over thirty books of poetry, fiction, and memoir. Her most recent include Castaway (Red Mountain, 2023) and A Hundred Cups of Coffee (Tres Chicas, 2019). She is a two-time winner of the New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards as well as a recipient of the City of Santa Fe Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and a New Mexico Literary Arts Gratitude Award. She has been a writer in residence in four national parks, Yaddo, MacDowell, Gullkistan in Iceland, Kura Studio in Japan, and a dozen more remote and interesting places. She works with text and sculptural installation as part of the mother/daughter creative team Maternal Mitochondria (with Isabel Winson-Sagan) in venues ranging from RV parks to galleries. She founded and directed the creative writing program at Santa Fe Community College until her retirement.

SFCC hosted SFPS’s successful STEM Fair

Families gathered in the Campus Center to hear the results at the Santa Fe Public Schools District STEM Fair Awards ceremony.

SFCC hosted Santa Fe Public School’s successful STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Fair. SFCC appreciates the work of Associate Dean Kelly Trujillo, Ph.D., (Associate Dean; School of Science, Health, Engineering, and Math and School of Fitness Education) and Chemistry faculty member Cheryl Sensibaugh, Ph.D., and other instructors and staff, who led activities. SFCC also extends gratitude to the dedicated employees in Conference Services, Office of Information Technology, Facilities and Operations and others who made the STEM Fair possible. In addition to bringing in so many young people, the evening awards event brought in parents and other family members to the college campus.

Assistant Dean Kelly Trujillo, Ph.D., shared this report:

SFCC hosted the Santa Fe Public School District’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Fair on Feb. 22.  Approximately 180 young geniuses (3rd thru 8th graders) from the area congregated to share their ideas and innovations with judges from the Santa Fe Alliance for Science, an organization dedicated to STEM education and enrichment for Santa Fe youth.

The fair was directed by the SFPS STEM Coordinator, Mr. Arturo Lujan, who orchestrated the judging and activities for the kids.  SFCC’s Space and Earth Experiences group, headed by Associate Dean Kelly Trujillo and Chemistry Instructor, Dr. Cheryl Sensibaugh provided a scavenger hunt for the kids, which took them to 10 locations on campus where students participated in a variety of STEM activities led by SFCC instructors and staff.

Thank you to Assistant Dean Kelly Trujillo for sharing photos!

STEM Kits – Name Rockets & Robot Necklaces!
Available at the SFCC Library

Free Name Rocket and Robot Necklace STEM Kits are available for kids ages 4-7 at the SFCC Library.  All materials are included in the kits courtesy of the Santa Fe Children’s Museum.

The number of kits we have are limited, so come by the library soon!

For more information contact:

Appointments open for free tax assistance

Service available from Jan. 29 to April 15

SFCC and AARP Foundation Tax-Aide will offer in-person tax assistance and preparation by appointment. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service. The services are provided by volunteers from the community. Appointments can be made now at Tax preparation services will be done on SFCC’s main campus in rooms 408 and 410.

The State Coordinator of AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program Gene Varela said, “We’re delighted to partner again with Santa Fe Community College to offer this free service through AARP’s Foundation. We require appointments.  Services are being offered in classrooms near the spacious Campus Center at SFCC.”

All appointments can be made online. Individuals who do not have internet access can call 505-428-1780 beginning Jan. 30. Appointments, which are expected to quickly fill, will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning Monday, Jan. 29 and ending Monday, April 15. For information, please leave a voicemail at 505-428-1780. Volunteers will return calls when possible. Multiple year returns may also require multiple appointments.

Tax-Aide services are not available during any holidays observed by SFCC including Spring Break from March 25 through April 1. Tax-Aide services will also observe all SFCC closures and weather delays. Appointments affected by weather delays or closures will be rescheduled. Visit to see notices of weather delays or closures.

Intake and other forms may be picked up at the site during tax preparation hours or you may download these forms at  Please arrive 15-30 minutes early for your appointment.

Please note: Individual appointments must be made for each member of a household or group that is filing a return. For taxpayers who are married and filing jointly, both individuals must be present to sign documents. Exceptions may be made only when a spouse is unable to be present due to health issues.

See details of what to bring at:

Become an ESL Tutor

Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe’s 12-hour training workshop prepares volunteers to tutor adults in English as a Second Language or Basic Literacy.

ESL Tutor Training
Orientation: Online, Thursday, April 11, 4-6 p.m.
Training: In Person, Friday, April 12 & Saturday, April 13, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
(There will also be a 2-hour follow-up workshop.)

For more information, please call 505-428-1353 or visit to apply to be a tutor.

No experience or second language necessary!

Volunteers needed; register now for NM MOM free dental event on April 26-27

Every year the New Mexico Mission of Mercy Dental Event travels to a different city in our state to offer free dental services to those most in need. This year, the event will be April 26-27 at the Santa Fe Convention Center. The group needs about 1,000 volunteers to help with the event. SFCC is a major partner in this event. SFCC’s Dental Health Program Director Dr. Aamna Nayyar and a team from SFCC’s Health and Sciences will be working with volunteers to get ready for the event. Any and all volunteers from the community are encouraged to apply before April 9 at You can also register by scanning the QR code in the graphic above.

The free dental clinic will help underserved New Mexicans. The free service will include everyone from homeless veterans to working adults who do not have the funds to pay for dental care. Many young children are served during the event.

Be a part of the largest charity event in the state!

When you register you can let organizers know when you would be able to volunteer. Volunteers are needed throughout the event. No special skills are required. Invite your neighbors and friends to participate with you. When you register you’ll be given information on available meals during volunteer hours, etc.

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.

Register now for short-term classes that start March 11

For those interested in beginning or continuing their studies mid-semester, SFCC has a variety of short-term classes starting soon in areas such as Accounting, Business, English, Math, Healthcare, Fitness, Nutrition, Psychology and more!

Current students, remember that SFCC’s tuition structure allows students taking 12 credits to take up to 18 credits for no additional tuition cost.

See the course catalog for more information, class descriptions and course prerequisites. For a complete list of mid-semester, short-term classes, look up Spring 24 classes here. Don’t delay. Register today.

Need help? Schedule an appointment with a member of our team!

If you are a current student, you can also schedule an appointment with your advisor or call the Welcome and Advising Center at 505-428-1270.

Find late starting classes for Spring 2024 semester here.

Family Video Game Night on March 8

Important deadlines approaching

Career and Major Exploration Workshops continue Tuesday

SFCC’s Exploratory Academic Advisors and Career & Transfer Advisor will be hosting a Career and Major Exploration Workshop series on February 13, March 5, and April 9. All SFCC students are welcome to attend any and every workshop in this series to learn about how to make career and major decisions using self-reflection! Join us in Room 212 or use the QR code to get the meeting link from the Career and Transfer Services webpage! All workshops begin at Noon.

Workshop 1: February 13 Introduction to Self-Exploration
Workshop 2: March 5, Career and Major Self-Reflection
Workshop 3: April 9, Now What? Putting It All Together

Please contact with any questions.

Family Friendly Study Hours are from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursdays in the Library Family Study Room

Transfer Fair 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 20 in Main Hallway

SFCC Career and Transfer Services will be hosting a Transfer Fair in the Main Building Main Hallway. Representatives from 4-year schools will be on campus to talk to SFCC students about their academic programs.

Questions? Call 505-428-1406 or email

Family Financial Literacy – English Section begins Feb. 27

LANL Foundation Career Pathways Scholarship applications due by April 1

Applications are now open for LANL Foundation Career Pathways Scholarships. Please note it will take time to fill out an application. Applications are due by April 1. Apply here.

Explore opportunities to work with young children

There are three options at SFCC to build your résumé, gain early childhood work experience and get paid! Check out the APRENDE Early Childhood Teacher Apprenticeship Program, apply for work study positions at Kids Campus by contacting, or Child Care On Call worker positions.

Petition to Graduate in Spring 2024

If you are eligible to graduate, you can now submit your petition to graduate next spring. The application opened in MySFCC on December 10. Graduates will be able to RSVP for spring commencement beginning in February.

Follow Student Parent Success Program on social media!

Financial Aid News: 2024-2025 FAFSA now open ; SFCC scholarship and loan applications open

The Department of Education announced that the newly overhauled 2024-25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, opened to students and families by December 31, 2023.

The SFCC Spring 2024 Scholarship Application will be available on January 2, 2024.
The SFCC Spring 2024 Student Loan Application will be available on January 2, 2024.

Questions? Call 505-428-1268 or email

East Wing Eatery is hiring student employees

The East Wing Eatery needs student employees. Contact Rosina Chaparro at to learn more and apply.

Counseling services available for students

Apply now for AwardSpring Scholarships

Here are the requirements that must be met for all Foundation scholarships for the Fall 2023 semester:

  • GPA (2.5 or higher)
  • Completion Rate (67% or higher)
  • Satisfactory Academic Status
  • Enrollment (6 credit hours or higher)
  • FAFSA on file
  • Completed Financial Aid file

For more assistance and information, please contact The Financial Aid office at

Schedule an online FAFSA appointment

Students who need FAFSA assistance can now schedule an appointment via a Calendly link. There are no longer weekly virtual FAFSA hours during the fall semester. 

Scheduling via Calendly allows students to schedule a specific time, allowing the time needed to complete their FAFSA. At this time, with many students inquiring for FAFSA assistance, the virtual hours wouldn’t allow for great one-on-one assistance.

Seeking Student Recruitment Ambassador

Are you outgoing and enjoy working with people? Join our student recruitment team!

The Office of Recruitment and Student Outreach is hiring a Student Recruitment Ambassador to assist with leading campus tours for individuals and large groups, to support SFCC’s Recruitment and Dual Credit team and assist with projects as needed. Our Ambassador will also participate in community and Santa Fe Public School events like college and career fairs and application drives.

Please contact Daniela Gurule at or 505-428-1149 if you are interested!

Interested in helping others? Campus Cupboard is seeking student employees

Interested in helping others? Campus Cupboard is hiring three Students as Campus Cupboard, The Exchange and Office Ambassadors.

Interested call 505-428-1582  or email

Students will work a maximum 20 hours per week. Must be registered for at least 3 CR in summer and 6 CR in fall and maintain a minimum of a 2.5 GPA. Pay is $15/hour. Students do not need to be work-study eligible.

Ambassadors make a difference by providing excellent customer service, completing and fulfilling online and in-person orders, coordinating on-campus delivery events, maintaining inventory reports and ensuring products are readily available, maintaining a positive atmosphere, ensuring the cleanliness of space, and providing other opportunities to make a difference. Assist with campus events and activities. Ambassadors may have some physical requirements to fulfill.

Students: Need childcare? Make sure you’re on the Kids Campus waitlist

When a spot comes available at the Kids Campus, students get priority placement. Kids Campus wants to support student parents and hopes that those needing childcare will get on the waitlist.

Children of degree-seeking SFCC students, SFCC employees, and full-time students at the Higher Education Center are prioritized for placement to support a two-generation philosophy of education at the college.

Visit the Kids Campus website for more information. Students receive a 10% discount on the cost of Kids Campus and N.M. Early Childhood Education and Care Development offers Child Care Assistance to income-eligible students.

Student Resource Center is here for you

Connect with Community Resources
The Student Resource Center focuses on providing information to students about resources throughout the community and providing appropriate referrals to agencies. The resources focus on basic needs such as: housing and shelter, food, legal services, transportation, childcare services, utility payment assistance, and physical and mental health services. All services are free and confidential.

Conèctese con los Recursos de la Comunidad El Centro de Recursos para Estudiantes se enfoca en proporcionar información a los estudiantes sobre los recursos en toda la comunidad y proporcionar referencias apropiadas a las agencias. Los recursos se centran en necesidades básicas como: vivienda y refugio, alimentos, servicios legales, transporte, servicios de cuidado infantil, asistencia para el pago de servicios públicos y servicios de salud física y mental. Todos los servicios son gratuitos y confidenciales.

505–428-1194 | |

KOAT-TV features LaNysha Adams, Ph.D., Director of the SFCC Wellness Center, who survives and thrives with “Me Power”

LaNysha Adams, Ph.D.

LaNysha Adams, Ph.D., Director of the SFCC Wellness Center, talked about defying a medical diagnoses and surviving with the mantra of “Me Power” in a KOAT-TV feature on Feb. 27.

Read more and see the video on KOAT, “Local author strives to empower others after cardiac arrest.”

Read more about the Director of the Wellness Center and see information about downloading her book “Me Power” here. See her website for current reviews, interviews, and invited talks:

sj Miller, Ph.D., to give keynote: LIBERATION FOR LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC Students at Fairfield University

sj Miller, Ph.D.

Fairfield University announced that “Our Keynote Speaker is Dr. Sj Miller who will speak to, “LIBERATION FOR LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC Students” This presentation will focus on the urgency of responding to the needs of LGBTQIA and BIPOC students. This lecture will explore how the lives and freedoms of LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC students are hinged to our in/actions, and how their liberation is inexorably bound up within ours. Policies, outdated practices, and damaging beliefs that foreclose possibilities for their self-determination will be discussed. This lecture will help participants develop tools and strategies that will support student liberation: to center their voices, to learn with and from them, is to honor, uplift and celebrate their lived experiences; and, to provide them with a sense of hope and probability that the world will be better prepared to welcome them and those yet to come. Read more here about the March 14 presentation.

Dr. Aamna Nayyar discusses NM MOM on KSFR 6:30 p.m. March 7

Director of the Dental Department Dr. Aamna Nayyar

Hear all about it! Santa Fe Community College’s Director of the Dental Health Program Dr. Aamna Nayyar will join KSFR 101.1 FM Host Dr. Andrew Lovato on Thursday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m. to talk about the New Mexico Mission of Mercy (NM MOM) free dental clinic this April. Dr. Nayyar will describe the volunteer opportunities, the range of free dental care provided, and the college’s dental degree programs that lead to good-paying careers. Listen here: free clinic is April 26 and 27 at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. The event needs more than 1,000 volunteers. Go to to sign up for this important community event.

Patricia Pearce discusses “Celebration of the Book” on Cline’s Corner

ICYMI, Director of the Center for Book Arts and Printmaking Patricia Pearce in conversation ( with KSFR 101.1 FM Cline’s Corner Host Lynn Cline about the “Celebration of the Book” exhibit at Santa Fe Community College’s Visual Arts Gallery. All the artists are members of the Santa Fe Book Arts Group or Libros New Mexico Book Arts Guild. Don’t miss it! Come to the college by March 22.

Dual Credit Specialist Niki McKay had column in Santa Fe New Mexican about the value of dual credit

SFCC Dual Credit Specialist Niki McKay wrote the following column, which appeared on the Feb. 12 Education page of the Santa Fe New Mexican. Niki also shared the photos (with the student’s permission) to use in Campus Weekly.

For many students, dual credit courses are just the ticket
By Niki McKay

Linda holds a charcoal sketch that she made in Jared Weiss’s class. Click on images to enlarge.

Santa Fe High School senior Linda Melara draws in her sketchbook every day, inventing new characters and referencing popular ones in Japanese animanga. It’s an interest that led her to take a dual credit class in drawing at Santa Fe Community College, where she earned both high school and college credits.

Linda is just one of the students I see regularly at her high school library. Meeting students where they are is our foundational philosophy for SFCC’s outreach and recruitment office.

As part of the dual credit program, I visit three high schools in Santa Fe every week for “office hour” appointments and seven other high schools at the beginning and end of the semesters, offering college advisement, application and registration sessions.

Sketch by Linda Melara.

Dual credit students are a vital part of the community at SFCC, and their success is a source of pride. About 86% of the dual credit students earn As, Bs and Cs in their college coursework.

Like many high school students, Linda didn’t know what to expect when she started her Drawing I class, which met twice a week for eight weeks in the summer. It was her first experience with students of all ages.

But the encouraging nature of the class helped her feel at ease, especially when students took turns sharing stories from their lives. Eager to try different techniques and media, Linda enjoyed the class, even the critiques.

The drawing professor, Jared Weiss, also worked on his own sketches with the class, and Linda described his work as inspiring. She told me the experience helped her build confidence and sharpened her skills.
At SFCC, we’re dedicated to helping other students like Linda. In fact, 855 students are registered for college classes this semester, making up one-fifth of the student body.

We partner with 21 high schools and also work with home-school students. Half take classes at their high schools, which are taught by adjunct faculty, and half take classes at SFCC’s main campus.
The most popular program is the film department. But students take a broad range of classes, including health care, culinary, automotive, welding and greenhouse courses. The college offers 500 classes approved for dual credit.

As an educator, I’ve often heard people question whether teens are prepared for life after high school. Participating in a dual credit program offers a wise answer. What better way to show that students are prepared for college or a career than to “practice college” during their high school years?

Director of Recruitment and Outreach Marcos Maez and Dual Credit Specialist Niki McKay at last year’s Commencement Ceremony.

Every college and university in New Mexico offers dual credit programs. Tuition and college fees are waived as long as the students work with their high school counselors and college advisers to choose approved classes. The school districts pay for required materials.

Students typically choose one of two paths: career exploration or general education coursework. I recommend picking a first class based on an interest area with attention to the instructional method. SFCC has in-person, hybrid, online and other options. Learning what instructional method fits the student’s learning style is a great benefit of taking college classes early.

Linda shared with me that she used to be worried about her next steps after high school graduation, but she sees SFCC as a good fit. I am excited to read the next chapter of her story.

sj Miller, Ph.D., selected to serve on Editorial Board of National Education Policy Center

sj Miller, Ph.D., was selected to be on the Editorial Board of the National Education Policy Center (NEPC).

The mission of the National Education Policy Center is to provide high-quality information in support of democratic deliberation about education policy. They are guided by the belief that the democratic governance of public education is strengthened when policies are based on sound evidence and support a multiracial society that is inclusive, kind, and just.

Registration open for Social Work Education Summit on April 12

Registration is now open for the Social Work Education Summit on April 12.

While this event flyer was submitted by New Mexico Highlands University, note that the registration form states that the Social Work Education Summit on April 12 is at New Mexico Tech in Socorro. You can register here.

This event is for educators, not students.

February Computer Updates

Effective Thursday February 22, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. Microsoft Operating System and Office updates will be deployed. You will have until Friday March 5, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. to install these updates at your convenience. After the deadline the updates will be installed automatically and force a restart of your machine.

It is critical to install Security/Windows updates to protect your systems from malicious attacks. Please install these patches as soon as you receive notification that you have updates to install. The updates may take some time to install so please plan accordingly.

For iMac users no action necessary, updates will be installed automatically overnight every third Tuesday of each month.

If you need assistance, please contact the Service Desk at (505) 428-1222.

sj Miller, Ph.D., will serve as consultant on a major research project

sj Miller, Ph.D.

Congratulations to sj Miller, Ph.D., a professor of Teacher Education, who will serve as a consultant on a major research project. Dr. Miller shared this information about the project:

Project Title: A novel approach for equitable characterization of gender and its use in exposing subgroup discrepancies in polygenic score associations. Funded by National Human Genome Research Institute. Multiple Investigators: Dr. Jacob Michaelson and Dr. John Strang, $1,400,003 over 4 years. Dr. sj Miller, Consultant.

ABSTRACT: Minoritized groups, such as gender minorities, do not currently benefit from medical research when multiple genetic factors such as height or skin color, or suicide risk are influenced by two or more genes. The research suggests that sex and gender must be parsed in order for predictors of accuracy. Biomedical research relies on a checklist or write-in of gender identity descriptors, which do not capture the continuous and simultaneous nature of dimensional binary and nonbinary gender experiences. This absence perpetuates the exclusion of gender and its intersection with designated sex in genetic research. This research seeks to close this gap by calibrating and genetically characterizing the Gender Self-Report (GSR), a broadly disseminable method for obtaining measurable data. The proposed research will provide value to gender minority groups by seeking a better understanding of how multiple genetic factors within the scores apply specifically to them, and not just the cisgender proportional majority.

Nicole Ferreira, Ph.D., invited to publish an article with PMLA, the journal of the Modern Language Association

Academic advisor Nicole Ferreira, Ph.D., was invited to publish an article with PMLA, the journal of the Modern Language Association. Her article is titled “What is the Value of the Persianate to Afghan Studies? Or, What Can Afghan History Tell Us About the Persianate?
Lessons from the 16th and 17th Centuries.” Dr. Ferreira’s work will be included in a special feature, “The Persianate,” to be published in PMLA in March 2024.

Dr. Ferreira received her doctorate from the University of California-Berkeley in 2022. Her article in PMLA is the culmination of archival work carried out in India and the United Kingdom, as well as academic presentations given at UCLA and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

In her research, Dr. Ferreira enjoys writing about topics like memory, humor, community-building, and storytelling. She loves translating these ideas into academic advising, seeing how students imagine and narrate their own “life stories” during their time in college. She is proud to work with an exceptionally accomplished group of academic advisors at SFCC.

You can access PMLA through JSTOR, included with your SFCC library account!

Nicole Ferreira, Ph.D., in Tajikistan, 2016

Duplicating Center accepting photos for SFCC Pet of the Month

Send pictures of your pet to Each month a pet will be chosen, and notepads will be available with their picture. The proud owner will receive a 36×36 poster of their pet.

The Duplicating Center hopes to collect enough pictures to create a 2025 SFCC Pet Calendar.


  • Must be a your own photo, no professional portraits
  • Must be submitted by the last week of each month

Contact Michael at the Duplicating Center with questions.

Workday Learning migration

SFCC has migrated the Learning Management System from KnowBe4 to Workday Learning.  If you had incomplete required training, you will be re-enrolled into the course in the new system.   The Office of Human Resources will hold training sessions over the next two weeks (dates/times to follow). A presentation and tip sheet that explains Learning Basics for all employees and managers is available on site at  Please remember, Workday Learning will not be replacing our Student LMS, Canvas.

January WOW – Katie Cadena Priebe

Congratulations to January 2024 WOW Award winner Katie Cadena Priebe nominated by Carrie Morgan Cannella:

“Because she is so very helpful and always has a smile for everyone!”

Please be sure to nominate who you think is doing a great job here at SFCC. The submission form can be found at the SFCC Connect portal, or by reaching out to Katie Cadena Priebe,

Spring Online Teaching & Training Learning Opportunities

Online Teaching & Learning present opportunities for training funded by Title V this spring. Explore Quality Matters Workshops at Reach out to the OTL Department for more information. To register contact Michelle Renteria at or 505-428-1166.

Academic Referral Reminder

Please don’t forget about our early alert/academic referral process this spring semester. The academic referral form allows both faculty and academic advisors to support students in an intentional and comprehensive way – providing wrap around services to our students.

If you have a student who is struggling in the classroom, please let the advising team know via the academic referral form. The sooner the advisor learns of your concern through the form, which requires VPN access, the better as it increases their chance of successfully intervening and supporting faculty/students at a pivotal point in time.

The electronic form is located on
Click on SFCC Connect (Intranet)
Select Academic Referral 2023-24, under Featured Links (Left Side of Page)

Referrals are routed instantaneously to an advisor. Advisors reach out to their advisee via phone/email. They check in, explain the reason for their outreach, and determine how to best help based upon their dialogue with the student in addition to the information submitted within the referral. Depending upon the situation, advisors educate/offer options, provide holistic care, strategize with a student, make referrals to others on campus resources, etc. Once the concern is addressed, the advisor updates the referral status and enters their notes in the system, which will update the faculty member on the outcome of the referral if they log back in to check the status. Faculty access this information by clicking into the referral response via the email confirmation of their submission (click show approval history and then show approval comments).

If you have any questions and/or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out via phone at 505-428-1275 or by email at

Step-by-step academic referral guide

Generative AI Syllabus Policy Consults with Sarah Hood: one-on-one, small group or departmental

Want to create a Generative AI policy for your syllabus but not sure where to start? Sarah Hood is happy to provide a 1-on-1, small-group or departmental consultation. Book an appointment here:

WOW awards – nominate an outstanding coworker today!

The Office of Human Resources recognizes WOW recipients for their dedicated work and commitment to Santa Fe Community College.

Please be sure to nominate someone who you think is doing a great job here at SFCC.

The award is a $25.00 gift certificate from Amazon.
The submission form can be found at the SFCC Connect portal, Home » Online Forms/Surveys/Tests » Online Forms » Office of Human Resources or nominate by reaching out to Katie Cadena Priebe at

CHESS — Collaborative for Higher Education Shared Services

CHESS Connection Newsletter – February 28, 2024

If you’re wondering what’s happening with Workday, check out the latest CHESS Connection!

This new newsletter combines information about the wave 2 ERP schools, SIS, and Workday Learning as well as Workday support information. Plus a workday nugget about time entry deadlines.

Opt-In to get Student Parent Success newsletter

Did you know that more than 1 in 5 college students nationally is a parent and that 42% of student parents are enrolled at community colleges? The Student Parent Success Program, a program of the SFCC Early Childhood Center of Excellence, distributes a monthly student parent newsletter, events, and resources to student parents. Please help us reach more student parents – staff and faculty, use this form to opt-in to our emails so that you receive information on events, resources, and opportunities that you can share with student parents: And student parents, use the form on our webpage to opt-in to our emails directly:

New employees: We’d like to get to know you!

Staff Senate is encouraging new staff employees to come to an upcoming Staff Senate to introduce yourselves.

Campus Weekly would also love to introduce new staff and faculty members. Please send us your name, job title, when you started at SFCC, brief bio and photo (it can be a selfie!) to Submit News.

If you’re new to SFCC, we’d love to introduce you to the our community. We’re happy you’re working with us at SFCC!


Dental Department celebrated

Give Kids a Smile Day and National Children Dental Health Month

Dental Department educated many kids about dental health

SFCC’s Department of Dental celebrated national Give Kids a Smile (GKAS) day (1st Friday of February) and National Children Dental Health Month (February 2024).

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), dental caries infections (cavities) are four times more common than childhood asthma and three times more likely than childhood obesity. And this condition among children is largely preventable.

SFCC Department of Dental Health took the opportunity to spread the word about how not maintaining good oral health impact kids’ health and quality of life. The following activities are to be highlighted,

  1. We did the MOU with SFPS
  2. Provided FREE oral screenings
  3. Provided FREE oral health education
  4. Provided FREE dental health kits
  5. 830+ kids of 0-5 years of age were served
  6. 16 pre-schools from SFPS were served
  7. 3 private/ other pre-schools were served including the SFCC’s Kids Camus
  8. 13 dental assisting students and 1 staff, volunteered
  9. 836+ volunteer hours

We want to thank American Dental Association (ADA), Henry Schein dental supply company and NM Dental Association Foundation for their support with the dental kits.

We also want to thank La Familia Dental Staff (Dr. Jeuregui, Carla, Denise, Tine and Andrea) for their help with the Oral Screenings.

See more photos on Facebook.

To learn more about SFCC’s Dental Programs, please visit: or call (505) 428-1258 or email:

SFCC thanks Dr. Aamna Nayyar for leading the Dental Health faculty, staff and students for this great community outreach project!

‘Celebration of the Book’ continues through March 22

The college hosted a festive opening reception for the “Celebration of the Book” exhibition on Feb. 15. The exhibition continues through March 22.

All of the artists represented in the exhibition are members of the Santa Fe Book Arts Group or Libros New Mexico Book Arts Guild. They use a wide range of materials, designs, and techniques to create original works of sculptural, two-dimensional, or multi-dimensional book art.

The exhibition will close a six-month “Celebration of the Book.” To view a list of all events, visit

Dean James (Jim) Wysong, Ed.D., welcomed everyone to the exhibition. He recognized the Santa Fe Book Arts Group and Libros New Mexico Book Arts Guild for the year-long book arts celebration. He also thanked Patricia Peace, Director of the Center of Book Arts and Printmaking; Linda Cassel , Director of Art on Campus; and J. David Jones, Media Arts Print Lab Technician for their work in organizing the exhibition and reception.

Director of Art on Campus Linda Cassel said, “SFCC is thrilled to host the final event for the “Celebration of the Book.” This will give everyone an opportunity to see the full exhibition and to meet the artists who have enriched our community. SFCC has a strong Printmaking and Book Arts program, where many of the featured artists developed their talents.”

The Santa Fe Book Arts Group is a 501(c)3 non-profit that provides resources and opportunities for book artists to learn and share the skills of their craft. BAG consists of about 200 members who participate in monthly meetings, workshops, exhibits, and collaborative projects.

The SFCC Visual Arts Gallery is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information about the SFCC Visual Arts Gallery, contact Director of Art on Campus Linda Cassel via email at or call 505-428-1501.

Thank you to Dean James Wysong and J. David Jones for sharing images from the opening! Click on images to see them larger.

SFCC professor, SFLR contributors and artists participate in “Giving Voice to Image 11” exhibition at ViVO Contemporary through March 24

 Genevieve Betts, assistant professor at SFCC, is among the artists featured in “Giving Voice To Image 11” a collaboration of artists and local poets. Learn more about the exhibition in the recent ViVO Contemporary Newsletter. The show opened with a reading and reception on January 5 and runs January 5 – March 24. Several former and current SFLR contributors and art students are participating. (Noted below, there might be others who are unidentified.)

2024 Poet / Artist Pairings

H. Marie Aragon  /  Ilse Bolle (exhibited at SFCC)
Nancy Beauregard SFCC ALUM   /  Nina Glaser (in this year’s SFLR)
Genevieve Betts (SFCC faculty)  /  Barrie Brown
Mary Dezember  /  Norma Alonzo
Frank Falcone  /  Warren Keating
Joyce Hayden  /  Laurinda Stockwell
Michou Landon  / Tracy King 
Kristian Macaron  /  Gary Oakley (in this year’s SFLR)
Jeanne Simonoff  (in a past issue of SFLR) /  Ann Laser (exhibited at SFCC)
John Macker  /  Opening Poem
Daron Mueller  /  Closing Poem

Minds Apart V 16 x 18 x 4 Handmade Paper, Encaustic, Silk and Found Objects by Ilse Bolle

CE art exhibition continues outside room 567 through mid-May

Visitors enjoyed checking out the art and having tasty treats at the CE art opening and reception.

SFCC’s Continuing Education hosted an art opening on Feb. 1. The art exhibit on display outside of Room 567 features work by CE instructors, as well as talented CE students. The art work will be on display until mid-May. Continuing Education offers more than two dozen art courses throughout the year. Browse through the CE catalog and learn more by visiting or email for more information. Thank you to Bella Marie for sharing the photos!

Videos of reading and creative sessions by poet Janna Lopez available

The Santa Fe Community College Library and SFCC’s Creative Writing program have partnered to offer a free online series that is open to the public and consists of two types of events: readings by New Mexico writers and creative sessions when attendees will be given writing prompts and time to write.

If you missed the January 24 reading by Janna Lopez you can now watch it here:

This video is from the Jan. 24 reading of “such is” by Janna Lopez.

On Jan 31, Lopez shared her creative approach of self-conversation with attendees. Read the full press release with Janna Lopez’s bio here and see the video below:

This video shows Janna Lopez lead a creative writing session on Jan. 29.

The series will continue with readings and creative sessions throughout the spring. The public is encouraged to join some or all of the free online events. Register to get a Zoom link to attend at

Future series events:

Manny Loley Reading on Wednesday, February 21 at 6 p.m.
Manny Loley Creative Session on Wednesday, February 28 at 6 p.m.

Serena Rodriguez Reading on Wednesday, March 20 at 6 p.m.
Serena Rodriguez Creative Session on Wednesday, April 3 at 6 p.m.

Final Attendee Reading (to shed the spotlight on the online event participants and attendees), May 1 at 6 p.m.

For more information on The Writing Generation Series, please contact SFCC Library Director Valerie Nye at or 505-428-1506.

Spring CE registration open; many new offerings

New CE partnerships and new classes will help entrepreneurs and small business owners

Santa Fe Community College announces the Spring Continuing Education Schedule is now available online. Print copies can be found in the racks at Santa Fe Community College, the Santa Fe Higher Education Center and around town. Visit for tips on registering and to view the variety of offerings. With more than 180 classes offered, there are many opportunities for personal and professional growth. The Spring schedule has many new classes, including several to help entrepreneurs and small business owners.

There are many new classes offered that could help fuel your entrepreneurial spirit. Read more.

Advance registration is required for CE classes through SFCC’s Continuing Education program.

If you have questions about the schedule or where to get a print copy, contact Continuing Education at or 505-428-1676. The CE staff can help you complete your registration.

Video of SFCC Library reading by Austin Eichelberger

SFCC Library and the SFCC Creative Writing program sponsored a reading with Austin Eichelberger from his novel in progress, “The Longdream.” Check out the video.

SFCC Library has launchpad tablets to lend for 3- to 5-year-old kids

The SFCC Library has six Launchpad learning tablets for children ages 3-5 years old. Launchpad learning tablets are loaded with apps, videos, storybooks, games just for kids. 100% secure. No internet needed. With an SFCC ID these tablets designed for kids can be used in the library’s Family Study Room and they can be checked out with headphones for four weeks at a time.

The Launchpad titles available at the SFCC Library are:
Estoy Listo Para Escuela, Food for Thought!, Learning Castle!
Pawsitively Scientific, Puppy Talk!, and School of Fun. Stop by the library’s main desk to request a Launchpad tablet. Questions? Contact the library at: or 505-428-1352.

Ongoing construction on Beckner Road; right turns only

Santa Fe County photo of intersection of Richards Ave. and Dinosaur Trail. Visit

Yay! The roundabout at Richards Ave. and Dinosaur Trail is now open. Please note: Some construction on Rabbit Road and other parts of Dinosaur Trail continues. Also, The Santa Fe New Mexican ran a story on Dec. 31 stating that the City is allowing right hand turns only on Beckner Road.

Here’s the official notice from Santa Fe County:

The Santa Fe County Public Works Department is excited to announce an early opening of the newly constructed roundabout at Richards Avenue and Dinosaur Trail. Effective Friday, October 20, 2023, at 3:00 pm Richards Ave will be fully operational and open to traffic. This is the second of six roundabouts slated for the Northeast and Southeast Connectors Roads Project.

While we are satisfied to reopen Richards Avenue in advance of schedule, we want to inform our residents that the west connection to Dinosaur Trail will be established at a later date. In the interim, the existing signalized intersection located south of this roundabout will remain in full operation to ensure consistent traffic flow. Moreover, the east connection to Rabbit Road is currently under construction and will be opened at a later date.   

On September 11, 2023, the contractor commenced work on this roundabout with the strict timeline to complete and reopen Richards Ave within (60) calendar days.  Due to an aggressive schedule and optimum weather, this work was completed in (40) days. 

This is a great example of the commitment made by Santa Fe County to the community, to streamline any disruptions to traffic while we complete this important road project. Santa Fe County envisions the Northeast and Southeast Connectors Roads project as the most dynamic transportation conduit of the Community College District, strengthening connectivity and safety in this growing community.

For additional information regarding the project, please visit or contact Johnny Baca, Project Manager 3, at

For any future road updates please sign up for Alert Santa Fe.

Re: Beckner Road. According to a Nov. 2 story in the Santa Fe New Mexican, Beckner Road will have ongoing construction for six to eight months. Read the story, “Beckner “Road to be closed for six to eight more months, city says” A story in the Dec. 30 issue of the Santa Fe New Mexican stated, “Santa Fe says Beckner Road is all right (turns) for now”

See video of Genevieve Betts’ Poetry Reading

If you missed Genevieve Betts’ reading of poems from “A New Kind of Tongue,” you can now watch the video.

You can learn more about her book and the event here.

Construction of NE/SE Connector Road(s) in Santa Fe County Postponed for Winter Season

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The following message was sent by Santa Fe County on Dec. 8, 2023.

Construction of NE/SE Connector Road(s) in Santa Fe County Postponed for Winter Season
NE SE Connector Construction Zones
Santa Fe, NM- Santa Fe County Public Works announces the postponement of pavement and weather-sensitive construction for the Northeast and Southeast Connector Roads project beginning Friday, December 15, 2023. To date, approximately 90% of the earthwork and 85% of waterline and drainage culverts have been installed, with two of the six roundabouts open to traffic.

Santa Fe County Public Works will however continue to work during the winter months installing solar lighting, waterline, and drainage culverts on the Southeast Connector and Avenida Del Sur as weather permits. Public access within the work zones is strictly prohibited. Traffic control and barricades will be in place along the following construction zones:

Northeast Connector west of Richards Ave to existing Rabbit Road.
Southeast Connector south of Rabbit Road to Ave. Del Sur.
Del Sur east of Richards Ave to the Southeast Connector.

These work zones pose significant hazards to pedestrians and motorists if breached, emphasizing the need to strictly adhere to safety precautions. Santa Fe County prioritizes constituent safety, urging all pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists to respect road closures and take precautions when navigating work zones.

Construction is expected to resume by the end of March 2024 or weather-permitting conditions.

For more information and additional safety resources, please contact Johnny Baca, Project Manager 3 at

Required COVID-19 Reporting

SFCC continues to monitor and follow guidance from public health officials and state and local government on mitigating and addressing exposure to COVID-19. The State of New Mexico and New Mexico Higher Education Department recently announced they will no longer require the reporting of COVID-19 cases amongst student, staff, and faculty who are on campus via the Rapid Response Submission Portal.

Our college continues to take the transmission and threat of infectious diseases seriously and we remain committed to keeping our community as safe as possible. Please note the following:

  • The college no longer requires reporting of COVID-19 positive cases to SFCC’s Contact Tracing Team.
  • However, it is very important we continue keep each other safe and follow health and safety best practices. The college continues to follow guidelines from the CDC Quarantine and Isolation Calculator, which details the following:
    • You should isolate from others when you have COVID-19.
    • You should also isolate if you are sick and suspect that you have COVID-19 but do not yet have test results.
    • Ending isolation is detailed on the CDC’s Isolation and Precautions for People with COVID-19 webpage – “Ending Isolation”.
  • Positive or suspected positive individuals should coordinate closely with supervisors to make appropriate accommodations, as well as reporting for absences using regular sick leave.
    • If you are out of sick leave and contracted COVID-19, please contact the Office for Human Resources to determine if other options are available to you.
  • The college custodial staff continues its rigorous cleaning and disinfecting protocols, which includes a campus-wide daily schedule, with emphasis on bathrooms, and higher traffic and enclosed spaces.
  • Additionally, Facilities and Operations staff have made significant improvements to college ventilation and filtration systems and those systems are up and running.

The College will continue to follow best practices, community levels, and infectious disease developments.

Museum STEP Passes available at Library

With the STEP Pass, you and up to 5 people can use the card for free admission to:

  • Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
  • Santa Fe Children’s Museum
  • IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Art
  • Santa Fe Botanical Garden

Passes check out for two weeks at a time.

For more information contact:

OIT Service Desk Hours
Phone service 24 hours a day Mon. – Fri.

On November 1st the OIT Service Desk extended its phone hours to better serve students, staff and faculty.

Phone Hours

Monday – Friday: 24 hours
Saturday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Office Hours
Room 528

Monday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. to noon
Sunday: Closed

Need food? Campus Cupboard welcomes all

Campus Cupboard offers fresh, canned and refrigerated items.

The Campus Cupboard (Room LL302E) in-person shopping hours are:
Mondays: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., Tuesdays: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Thursdays: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

If you cannot visit during the current open hours listed or are not
comfortable with in-person shopping, check out Bookings for more options. To access Bookings, log in to MySFCC, look under Schedule an Appointment, and click on the pink button labeled Campus Cupboard (Online). You can access the reservation and delivery option 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Students, staff, and faculty are all welcome to visit the Campus Cupboard weekly for free groceries and other household items that may be available. Personal hygiene (menstrual) products are available from Free Flow NM.
Contact or 505-428-1775 for more information.

Visit Campus Cupboard for more information.

Campus Cupboard is supported by SFCC Foundation.

SFCC in the news

The following stories or radio shows either featured or mentioned SFCC or one of its employees. Some stories also are related to NM higher education.

02/28/2024, Santa Fe Reporter, “SFCC Faculty to Board: Full-time Salaries Barely Living Wage”

02/29/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Santa Fe Community College faculty pushes board for higher wages.”

02/28/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Santa Fe Community College faculty pushes board for higher wages”

02/22/2024, KUNM radio, “Workforce bills would add funds for apprenticeships and trainings”

02/21/2024,, “Youth Climate Action panelists announced; 2024 Green Schools Conference.” Article cites SFCC GED grad Magnificent Farrell in story.

02/20/2024, KRQE-TV, “Teahouse participates in Restaurant Week.” Story focuses on focuses on Executive Chef Martin Blanco who studied Culinary Arts at SFCC.

02/15/2024, Community College Daily, “Newmakers.” Article highlights Mayra Gutierrez.

02/14/2024, Los Alamos Daily Post, “SFCC Library presents leaving utopia; A Reading and Discussion with Miriam Sagan.”

02/12/2024, Education News North Carolina, “A long time educator and advocate for the deaf wins statewide award for interpreting” Kimberly Martin-Engel (Kim Martin) was awarded the AAS in American Sign Language Interpreting from SFCC on 5/12/2000.

01/28/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, Celebrations, Jan. 28, 2024 – Faces & place. Mayra Gutierrez is the new director of the state’s office for the home-visiting program First Born and More, based in the Early Childhood Center of Excellence at the college.

01/24/2024, EdNC, “North Carolina once led the way in early childhood policy and investment. Five other states are showing us how to do it again.” Story cites progress in New Mexco and includes quote from Catron Allred, ECCOE director.

01/20/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “MY VIEW LENNY GANNES- SFCC is losing faculty because of pay”

01/19/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Out There! – LISTEN UP Self-conversation starters.” Story about SFCC Library’s Writing Generation Series.

01/16/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Parents of young woman killed in hit-and-run on I-25 still hope for answers” Story about SFCC student Maeve Long, who passed.

01/15/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Internship program paves the way to film industry jobs”

01/15/2024, Albuquerque Business First, “New Santa Fe internship program looks to give residents pathway to work in film.”

01/14/2024, KRQW, “Tax prep, help offered at Santa Fe Community College campus”

01/12/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican Pasatiempo, “Love is the not-so-secret ingredient in the pies at Harry’s Roadhouse” Story is about SFCC Culinary Arts program grad Pastry Chef Karina Lira.

01/12/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Appointments open for AARP Foundation tax help at SFCC campus”

01/09/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Santa Fe County seeks UNM study on global sustainability center”

01/09/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Clay statue of Aztec god makes stop at Southside Branch Library”

01/08/2024, Rio Rancho Observer, “Sen. Heinrich Tours Santa Fe Community College”

01/05/2024, KRQE, “Santa Fe groups come together to pioneer film internship program”

01/02/2024, Santa Fe Reporter, “25 Things We Love About Santa Fe Right Now.” Stories cites East Wing Eatery.

12/05/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Business people, Dec. 5, 2023

12/04/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, Boys & Girls Clubs teaching digital arts in new tech space Story about SFCC Creative Coding Initiative.