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Schedule Swedish-Therapeutic Massage appointments now
SFCC’s Massage Therapy program offers Swedish-Therapeutic student massage appointments. Appointments are available March 13 through May 13. Appointments can be made by visiting https://sfcc.timetap.com/.
Massage Therapy Program Lead Julianna Santillanes said, “We’re excited to offer our student Massage Therapy Clinic to the community for the third year. We have 12 students, so please check individual student schedules for availability. Hope to see you there!”
Here are the details about this semester’s clinics:
$25 per 60-minute Swedish-Therapeutic student massage
Stop by The Exchange for free clothing and children’s items
Check out this Facebook video tour of “The Exchange,” SFCC’s new, free clothing closet, located next to the Campus Cupboard. Student Involvement Coordinator Mary Eleas leads the tour (with an assist from students Katia, Liam, Gabe, and Jessica) of the new family-friendly space. Kids are welcome to enjoy a small play area while you “shop” for free clothing. (There are clothing items for children from 0 to 4 years of age, as well as casual and professional clothing for adults and teens.) Students and employees, come by! Lower-level rooms 305 & 304A.
Tuesday and Thusdays: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays: 2 to 4:30 p.m.
Would you like to donate items to The Exchange?
The Exchange is accepting donations during the hours mentioned above. Bring donations either to Room 304 or 305a. You can also drop them off in Room LL311. The Exchange is not accepting any more children’s clothes at this time. They are accepting children’s books and gently used toys. The Exchange is particularly seeking men’s and women’s professional clothing.
Visit Dental student table clinics from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 9
DENTAL TABLE CLINICS Dental Assisting and Dental Health student table clinics. Learn. The research, the innovative ideas, and talents. Open to the public. Dental professionals can earn up to 2 CE units. (NMBODHC 188.8.131.52 A (1)) Thursday, March 9, 2023 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Health & Sciences Center Atrium [By Bio wall] Contact: 505-428-1258 or email@example.com.
March is Women’s History Month
In March, the nation celebrates Women’s History Month. You can find a variety of teaching materials as well as links to online events at Women’s History Month (womenshistorymonth.gov) You can read how March became designated as Women’s History Month in the U.S. at the website of the National Women’s History Alliance. The National Women’s History Alliance, which spearheaded the movement for March being declared National Women’s History Month, has announced the women’s history theme for 2023, “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories.” International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8. The 2023 international theme is Embrace Equity and you can read more at https://www.internationalwomensday.com/ For a state-focused story, read “Writing ourselves back into the story,” from the March issue of El Palacio Magazine. The story contains background on the state roadside historical markers that highlight women.
Give Kids a Smile (GKAS) Day/SMILES Dental Day a big success at Kids Campus
On Give Kids a Smile [GKAS] day/ SMILES Dental Day at Kids Campus on February 9 the following services were provided: free dental screenings, oral health education, fluoride application, fun learning games and goodies. 75 kids were served. 15 Dental assisting students, 3 doctors and 4 dental assistants volunteered to make this a memorable event. Thank you to La Familia Dental staff for your partnership.
SFCC Wastewater Treatment Plant closure & decommissioning work begins March 6
SFCC is in its final phase to permanently close our Wastewater treatment plant and transfer our waste to Ranchland Utility regional facility. This will benefit SFCC in several ways, including reuse of treated water for irrigation purposes used in the local community, no additional capitol funding resources needed to support 36+ old infrastructure that has extended beyond its useful life, and future opportunities to repurpose land in accordance with SFCC 2021 Master Plan.
There will be construction activities extending through May 2023. Please note there will be no impact to services during this project. For more information contact Andrea Mueller, Facilities & Operations Assistant Director & Campus Planning at firstname.lastname@example.org or 505-930-9781.
Therapy Dogs in the Library 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Thursday, March 9
SFCC Library is once again sponsoring a midterms visit from furry, friendly therapy dogs! Please join us in the Library from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 9 for some canine cuddling and stress relief. Sponsored in conjunction with the Santa Fe Animal Shelter’s Pet Outreach.
Veterans Resource Center hosts VA Town Hall on PACT ACT 6 p.m. March 13 in Jemez Rooms
A presentation about the new PACT Act law that expands VA benefits and health care to Vietnam, Gulf, and Iraq/Afghanistan War veterans suffering from exposure to “Agent Orange,” burn pits, and other toxic substances while in service.
20 new “presumptive” conditions have now been added to VA’s treatment eligibility list.
Guest speakers will be:
Robert McKenrick, Director, NMVAHCS
Cesar Romero, Director, VBA
Donnie Quintana, Cabinet Secretary, DVS
To livestream the town hall meeting: Access.live/2022PACTActTownHall; or call(855) 531-1092.
Apply by March 22 for free Environmental Technician training
SFCC is accepting applications for its free Environmental Technician training program, which provides the training, skills and certifications necessary to enter a wide range of job opportunities in the environmental profession. Applications will be accepted through March 22, 2023.
The free training runs March 27 through April 28 Mondays through Fridays at the Santa Fe Higher Education Center, 1950 Siringo Road. This intensive 5-week training program provides certifications and skills for entry level job positions:
General Hazardous Waste Site Worker (HAZWOPER) (40 hours)
CPR and First Aid
Forklift Operator (8 hours)
OSHA Construction Standards, (30 hours)
Confined Space Entry and Non-Entry Rescue (8 hours)
Solid Waste Management (8 hours)
Hazardous Waste Management (RCRA) (24 hours)
Phase I and Phase II Environmental Assessments (16 hours)
Environmental Sampling (24 hours)
DOT HazMat (16 hours)
The training also will help students to become career-ready with assistance preparing résumés and practicing interviewing techniques.
Applicants must be able to attend the entire five-week program, have a high school diploma or GED, be 18 years or older, be fully vaccinated for the COVID-19 virus, be able to lift 30 pounds and must be unemployed, underemployed or low-income. Veterans are encouraged to apply.
Visual Arts Gallery to open ‘Land, Space and Color – An Exhibit of Paintings by Felix Voltsinger” on March 16
Opening Reception: 4 to 6 p.m. March 16
Artist’s Gallery Talk: Begins 12:30 p.m. March 31
Santa Fe Community College Visual Arts Gallery presents the art exhibition, “Land, Space and Color – An Exhibit of Paintings by Felix Voltsinger,” which opens with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 16 and runs through Thursday, April 19 in the gallery at 6401 Richards Avenue. The exhibition features the artwork of Russian-born artist and School of Arts and Design faculty member Felix Voltsinger. He will give a Gallery Talk about his work and his approach to painting at 12:30 p.m. on Friday March 31, in the gallery.
Voltsinger, an accomplished plein-air artist, has taught painting and drawing to SFCC students every semester since 2008. He plans to retire from teaching at the end of this semester after a long and successful career.
Laura Rosenfeld, Program Head for drawing, painting and foundations at SFCC states, “This exhibition celebrates a valued faculty member and an approach to painting that demands great skill as well as a determined spirit in order to feel as well as see and interpret the land.”
This exhibition of paintings and detailed drawings is the result of many years painting in a traditional plein-air mode. Voltsinger loves nature and delights in taking extended camping trips to work in remote locations. While he often creates pieces in one session, he also returns to the same place at the same time of day to continue to develop a piece. He uses his sketches, memory, and imagination to create larger works in the studio, eschewing the use of photographic reference. Whether at the easel, by the campfire, or sitting on the riverbank with a cup of tea, he constantly strives to be a better observer, opening himself to the richness and complexity of nature and deepening his understanding of the world around him.
For more information about the exhibition or the gallery, contact Art of Campus Director Linda Cassel via email at email@example.com or call 505-428-1501.
New spring semester hours for East Wing Eatery
Café con las Comadres every second Wednesday; next gathering on March 8
SFCC presents Café Con Las Comadres, hosted by Doctora Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos, every second Wednesday of the month. Join us for our next gathering on March 8 in the West Wing Upper-Level Student Affairs comfort area (next to the I-Room), from 8:30 a.m – 9:30 a.m. This is a gender-inclusive community of friends who gather to empower the lives of one another through advocacy, navigation, support, and resources. This is a safe shared space.
RSVPs are welcomed but not necessary – please contact Loretta at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 505-428-1919. Sponsored by Student Activities and hosted by Doctora Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos.
Make appointments now for free Tax-Aide assistance at the main campus
SFCC and AARP Foundation will once again offer free tax services. This year services will be in-person at the main campus from 3 to 5 p.m. weekdays from January 30 through April 18. You must schedule an appointment in advance — preferably online. If someone has no computer access, they can call 505-428-1780. Leave a clear voicemail with your name and phone number. Volunteers will return calls when possible.
Please Note: To protect Tax-Aide volunteers and the taxpayers they serve, taxpayers are required to wear masks during their appointment. Volunteers will be wearing masks.
Intake and other forms may be picked up at the site during tax preparation hours or you may download these forms from the SFCC website. Please arrive 15-30 minutes early for your appointment.
‘Immortal,’ an exhibition in the SFCC Visual Arts Gallery, features the work of seven potters/ceramic artists from SFCC who have passed in the last two years.
Brian Sandford wrote in Pasatiempo on January 20, “SFCC artist and student Suzanne Vilmain says she came up with the idea of the exhibit after losing (Michelle) Goodman, ‘an artist I’ve known and loved for 40 years.’ Vilmain says she approached John Boyce, the college’s head of sculpture, about presenting a group memorial.
The exhibition honors the memory of the following artists with displays of their work: Juliet Calabi, Michelle Goodman, Maia Sampson Michael, Carolyn Stupin, Eddie Hironaka, Donna Thompson and Frank Willett. Willett taught wheel-throwing classes for many years at SFCC, as well as at Santa Fe Clay. He was awarded the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2013. He taught and inspired many potters in the region.
The exhibition continues through March 9. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information call SFCC Director of Art on Campus Linda Cassel at 505-428-1501.
Mask wearing strongly encouraged when indoors on campus
Due to the recent surge in Covid cases, SFCC is sharing this message at its entrances:
We strongly encourage face masks inside the building. Recomendamos encarecidamente el uso de mascarillas dentro del edificio.
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.
NMHU Transfer information Tuesdays 10 a.m to 3 p.m.
A representative from New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU) will be on campus to discuss options for continuing your educational journey to earn your bachelor’s or master’s degree. The representative can provide information on admissions, academic programs, scholarships, financial aid and more to prospective students. The NMHU representative will be available from from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through May 9 in the main hallway outside the Welcome and Advising Center. For more information, contact Mary E. Angell at email@example.com.
Online FAFSA Workshops/Talleres FAFSA en línea
Financial Aid Office English FAFSA Workshops Online every Wednesday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
FamilyU Fellowship questions answered during office hours
SFCC is proud to announce a one-year fellowship for student parents enrolled at our institution. Student Parent Fellows will receive a $20,000 stipend to help SFCC enhance our student parent supports over the next year. This opportunity is a part of our participation in a program called FamilyU, which is offered by Generation Hope, a nonprofit organization that is working with colleges and universities to create more family-friendly campuses across the country. To learn more about the fellowship opportunity and eligibility requirements, visit generationhope.org/2022-familyu-cohort.
If you are you a student parent considering applying for the FamilyU Student Parent Fellowship and have a question about the application process? Ask during office hours to get your answer directly from a FamilyU coach at Generation hope.
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.
SFCC Library family study room now open
If you’re a student parent, we have good news for you! The SFCC Library has opened a new family study room for students who have children. The room has a space for children with toys, books, and special-sized furniture. The room will have three computer stations and room for students working on laptops.
It is open all hours the library is open. It will be available to current students when they have their children with them. Please note: This is not daycare, students must remain with their children. The library’s restroom adjacent to the study room has been updated and is family-friendly with a changing station.
SFCC 2022-2023 scholarship application available now
SFCC can help you pay for college with scholarships. One simple application puts you in consideration for state institutional and Foundation private scholarships. Scholarships are available for new and returning, part-time and full-time students to help pay for college for the upcoming academic year. Scholarships are also available for second-generation college students, Veterans, Native American students, Hispanic students and students with disabilities (must be registered with the SAS department at firstname.lastname@example.org). SFCC offers performance-based scholarships through Contract for a Better Tomorrow (CBT).
If you have questions or need assistance email the Financial Aid Office at email@example.com from your SFCC student email account. Make sure to include your Student ID number in the email. Se habla Español.
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.
Effective Thursday February 23, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. Microsoft Operating System and Office updates will be deployed. You will have until Thursday March 9, 2023 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.
James Marshall’s work included in exhibition in Ft. Worth through March 11
W-2s have been issued and are available to all employees in Banner Self-Service. Paper forms for those not consenting to electronic delivery were mailed on Jan 26th. They are not available for pick-up.
Instructions to print your W-2:
In MySFCC, use the Employee drop down menu on the left to click on Legacy Employee Services. This takes you to Banner Self-Service.
Click on Tax Forms, W-2 Wage and Tax Statement and choose Tax Year 2022.
Message about preferred names
The following message was shared on Friday, February 3:
While the college has always supported our students, we now have another technological opportunity to provide an empowering, safe, and nondiscriminatory educational and work environment. Beginning on Monday February 6, students will be able update their preferred name in Self Service Banner (SSB9).
The student’s legal name will be on your class roster and their preferred name, if applicable, will appear in parenthesis. For example, Gonzales, Bernadette (Charmaine). For legal purposes, the student’s legal name will still appear on all formal documents such as Financial Aid information, 1098-T’s and transcripts.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Kristina Lally was nominated for January 2023 WOW award. Congratulations Kristina!
Kristina Lally was nominated by Jessica Balladares:
“Kristina is consistently working towards getting all student records in place for graduation. She is diligently assisting me with questions and helping me to get processes completed towards the support of students. She is dedicated and committed to her work!”
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, Katherine.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring 2023 Online Teaching & Learning Pins and Training Opportunities
Earn the OTL pins to signify your online course has met SFCC and Quality Matters standards of online course design. Reach out to the SFCC OTL Department to begin the review process.
SFCC Online Course Development Standards Training on Canvas
Contact the SFCC OTL Department for starting dates and registration, by phone at 505-428-1166 or email at email@example.com.
Title V Professional Development for Faculty
During the Spring 2023 semester, the SFCC Title V Hispanic Serving Institution grant will be supporting a number of professional development opportunities for faculty in online teaching and in culturally responsive teaching for STEM faculty. Title V can cover the cost of registration and, in some cases, compensation for faculty. For information about the Spring 2023 Faculty Professional Development through Title V please see this link: https://www.sfcc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/Fees-and-Stipends-for-PD-Spring-23-to-post.pdf
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.
SFCC participated in Higher Education and Adult Education Day at the Roundhouse on March 2. We’d like to send a special shoutout to President Rowley, our SFCC representatives, and all our colleagues from around the state who were there to advocate for higher education and Adult Education.
By now you’ve probably heard of ChatGPT, the free AI platform that can “write” full-length, college-level essays on virtually any topic in seconds. From academic integrity to assessment, ChatGPT’s impact on higher education will be far-ranging. This session includes a demo of how ChatGPT works, implications for higher education and how other colleges and universities are responding. This session was led by SFCC librarians.
“The “northeast connector” involves construction of roadway and two roundabout intersections between Dinosaur Trail and Rabbit Road, giving drivers a direct route between them. Currently, drivers traveling west from Rabbit Road are required to drive through the Oshara Village subdivision to reach Dinosaur Trail or busy Richards Avenue.
“The “southeast connector” will serve as an alternate route from Rabbit Road to Avenida del Sur to reduce traffic congestion on Richards Avenue. This route also will provide secondary emergency access to the community college, according to the county.”
Food and Wine Sommelier Nancy Shapardanis will offer four new wine classes and promises to have something for everyone. Do you want to understand wine from the vineyard to the glass, or just want to know the basics of how to taste wine like a pro? Shapardanis has a class for you. Learn the art of pairing wine and food or become an expert in Italian wine styles. Or expand your culinary skills with Aditi Thatte and learn the secrets of Indian vegetarian cooking.
Discover the joys of the region’s geology and history Enjoy learning about the geology of our region with Kirk Kempter on a variety of hiking trips. William Neuwirth, a biologist and naturalist, will lead online classes as well as offer a hiking excursion. Join SFCC’s history professor Stephen C. Martinez, Ph.D., for a three-part brown bag lunch lecture series on 19th century New Mexico history.
Gain business and career skills Whether you’re looking for professional development opportunities or want to break into the “New Collar” workforce you can choose from a variety of options. There are dozens of classes offered either online or in person.
If you have questions about the schedule, contact Continuing Education at firstname.lastname@example.org or 505-428-1676. The Continuing Education (CE) staff can help you complete your registration.
Free STEM Kits at SFCC Library
The kits are made available to the SFCC community through the Santa Fe Children’s Museum. Kits are available during the library’s regular hours. For more information contact: email@example.com
Balancing Robot STEM Kits at SFCC Library
Come by the SFCC library to pick up a kit to use to explore balance with your kids! Kits are available during the library’s regular hours.
Early Childhood Center of Excellence offers free early childhood speaker series with equity and social justice focus; next talk on March 10
The Early Childhood Center of Excellence (ECCOE) offers a free early childhood speaker series featuring national and New Mexico experts focused on equity and social justice in early childhood teacher preparation. This series is for higher education faculty and anyone interested in bringing equity to their work with young children and families. This free virtual series runs from September 2022 through May 2023. Registration is open now!
You can see the full schedule through May, as well as register for any events for the speaker series here.
Santa Fe Reporter story explains on-demand buses that serve SFCC community
The Santa Fe Reporter story on Nov. 9 by Andy Lyman, “In demand-drivers mean in-demand buses,” featured Paul Volmer, an SFCC film student, as well as Director of Student Engagement and Recruitment Marcos Maez, who also serves on the City Transit Advisory Board. Route 21 (which comes to the college) is currently an on-demand route, which means riders must contact dispatchers when they need a ride on the bus. (It is not currently operating on a regular bus schedule and is only available on weekdays.) Also, other routes that feed into that route are also impacted. The story states, “For on-demand service on Santa Fe Trails routes 5, 6, 21, 22 and the Museum Hill route on weekdays and weekends as well as Route 24 and 26 on weekends, contact dispatchers at (505) 955-2001.” Keep that number handy if you need to use the bus. Bike riders might find it necessary to take the bus on days there is snow and ice. For more information visit the Santa Fe Trails site.
Watch video to learn more about tuition-free college
The recording of the public information session on tuition-free college provided by the New Mexico Higher Education Department on August 19 is now available. You can view it via the link below or at the main website at hed.state.nm.us. Thank you to the New Mexico Educational Assistance Foundation for hosting this session.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 505-428-1775 for more information.
01/25/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, City Council Actions Noted: Allocation of $900,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funds to support an early child care work development program with Santa Fe Community College.