Campus Weekly

Transfer Day a big success!

Our students got a chance to speak to recruiters from a variety of colleges and universities. Thank you to Melba Ramos for sharing photos from that day. Thank you to Megan Woods who coordinated activities.

News and Announcements

Celebrate International Women's Day 11 a.m. March 9 in Campus Center

Celebrate International Women’s Day with the SFCC SOW Art & Justice Collective.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Monday, March 9
Campus Center

Come share about the women who inspire and uplift you and your communities.

Write your notes to the future you want to create, a future without gender-based violence, on old school typewriters!

SFCC Planetarium Event: Cosmic Castaways

Come be a cosmic castaway with the SFCC Planetarium!

7 p.m. Thursday, March 12
2 p.m. Saturday, March 14
5 p.m. Saturday, March 14

For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit

$8 for adults (13+);
$5 for SFCC students, seniors (60+), military, and kids (under 13)

If you have questions, please contact:
Amanda R. Truitt, Ph.D., Astronomy Faculty & Planetarium Coordinator, or call 505-428-1721

Spring 2020 Planetarium Event Schedule

Library Event: Gender Identity Justice in Schools and Communities, 2 p.m. March 25

At 2 p.m. on March 25, in the SFCC Library, sj Miller, Ph.D. will present “Gender Identity Justice in Schools and Communities.” The audience will view sj Miller’s TEDTalk and there will be a book discussion about Dr. Miller’s new book: Gender Identity Justice in Schools and Communities. Sponsored by the SFCC Library and SFCC President’s Diversity Advisory Committee.


Let's stay healthy!

Here are some friendly reminders on how to keep well.

Check it out:

Nominate SFCC for Best of Santa Fe!

Please take a moment and NOMINATE Santa Fe Community College Fitness Education Center to be BEST of Santa Fe in the following categories:

  • Best Fitness Class
  • Best Pilates Studio
  • Best Yoga Studio

To nominate, visit the Santa Fe reporter website:


Therapy Dogs in the Library!!

The Library will host therapy dogs in the Instruction Room during Midterms week.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 11 and Thursday, March 12, you will find furry and friendly dogs in the Instruction Room (Room 545) to help relieve stress and anxiety. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome! Come cuddle a canine!

SFCC and HEC closed for spring break, March 16-22

Santa Fe Community College and the Santa Fe Higher Education Center will close the week of March 16-22 for Spring Break. No classes or activities will be held and no other student services will be available. All campus facilities will be closed, including Kids Campus and the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center. The AARP’s Tax-Aide NM will not provide free tax preparation at the Santa FE HEC during this week.


SFCC and Literacy Volunteers cohost U.S. naturalization ceremony, 10 a.m. March 25

Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) and Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe (LVSF) will cohost a United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) administrative naturalization ceremony beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 25 in the Jemez Rooms. About 40 applicants, including two LVSF students, will become new citizens!

Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber will give the opening remarks and President Becky Rowley, Ph.D., will give a keynote address.

SFCC welcomes everyone to attend.

Women's History Month Celebration, 11 a.m. March 25, Room 216

Join us for the upcoming talk for Women’s History Month at 11 a.m. March 25 in Room 216 for “Ability and Disability: How Blindness Became a Vehicle for a New, More Joyous, Creative Life and the celebration of Women’s History Month,” featuring Yolanda Nava, Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist and author of Journey Through the Dark.

Nava is an award-winning veteran broadcast journalist and author of the award-winning book of Latino virtues, It’s All in the Frijoles: 100 Famous Latinos Share Real Life Stories, Favorite Folktales, Time-tested Dichos and Inspiring Words of Wisdom. She was a news reporter, anchor and talk show host on NBC and CBS stations in Los Angeles and Sacramento. She also hosted a nationally syndicated television magazine and founded KCMY/TV.


Thank you to organizers of Black History Month

Thank you to all the organizers of Black History Month. A big thank you to The BHM and LGBTQ Planning Committee of Yuri Findlay, Dr. Steve Martinez, Emily Stern and John Ketchens!

Black History Month concluded with Oriana Lee’s variety show. The lively and moving performance by Oriana Lee and others was preceded by a presentation of a City Proclamation from Councilor Signe I. Lindell on behalf of Mayor Alan Webber.

Congratulations to the committee that organized the series of events. Thank you to the support of PDAC for the delicious food at the event.

See more photos from that day and other Black History Month events in 2020.

Photo: Oriana Lee sang and inspired the audience at the event.

Labor Management Relations Board Meeting CANCELLED

The Labor Management Relations Board Meeting scheduled for Friday, March 13, 2020 has been cancelled.

Please contact Audrey Lucero at or 505-428-1148 if you have questions or concerns.

Tangent/Trajectory art opening a success

The Tangent/Trajectory art exhibition opened with great success on Feb. 14. The exhibition continues through March 26, but will be closed during Spring Break.

Read more and see photos here.

Photo: SFCC’s Director of Art on Campus Linda Cassel, painter Christina Hall-Strauss and sculptor Don Redman at the Feb. 14 opening.


Jazz brunch for student scholarships on March 29

Jazz Brunch for Student Scholarships!
$55 per person

11 a.m. Sunday, March 29th– Sunday Morning Brunch with the Jazz Ensemble from New Mexico School for the Arts (NMSA)

Please join us on Sunday, March 29, 2020, 11 a.m. for a jazz brunch at Dave’s Jazz Bistro in the Santa Fe School of Cooking, 125 N Guadalupe St. This exciting event will benefit students of Santa Fe Community College’s Adult Education Department with scholarships to complete their high school equivalency and college tuition.

To find out more and register for this exceptional Sunday Morning Jazz brunch benefit, please visit:


Gerald Clay Basketball tournament - online registration now available

The annual Gerald Clay Memorial Basketball tournament will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 4, and Sunday, April 5, in the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center. Click on the link below to learn more about registration and how to volunteer.


AARP Foundation Tax-Aide at the Santa Fe HEC

Free 2020 tax preparation will be provided by AARP Foundation at the Santa Fe HEC, 1950 Siringo Road.

Tax preparation assistance will be available from February 3 to April 15. Appointments are available Mondays and Tuesdays from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Appointments can be made online starting January 10.

Full details available at:


SFCC in the news

The following stories either featured or mentioned SFCC.

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

KRWG Public Media, 02/27/20,
Heinrich, Collins Introduce Two-Generation Economic Empowerment Act. President Becky Rowley was quoted as supporting the Act, which seeks to address intergenerational poverty.

Student Spotlight

Katie Besser Student Awards - submit your work NOW - Deadline extended to 5 p.m. March 13!

SFCC Liberal Arts and Media Arts
Katie Besser Student Awards Call for submissions!

Deadline for entry: Extended! 5 p.m.on Friday, March 13, 2020
Prizes: Winners in each category receive $50, runners-up $25

  • Poetry
  • Fiction
  • Creative Non-fiction
  • Academic Essay
  • Text/Image
  • Instructor-nominated
  • en Español

Winners will be considered for the Richard Bradford Scholarship.

All winners, runners-up, and honorable mentions will be published in Accolades and invited to read at the celebration at Meow Wolf in May.


SGA Campus Center Meeting with Frito Pies! Wednesday, March 11

For students only! Frito Pies!

Wednesday, March 11
noon to 1 p.m.
Campus Center

Questions? Contact, or call 505-428-1856

Recruitment visit this week: NNMC, Fort Lewis & Bellevue

If you’re thinking of transferring to a four-year college, the Transfer Station in the Welcome and Advising Center is a great way to explore your opportunities.

Representatives from colleges are here frequently to provide you information on admissions, academic programs, scholarships, financial aid and more.

This week’s visiting schools:

Northern New Mexico College
Tuesday, March 10
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Fort Lewis College
Tuesday, March 10
12:30 to 3 p.m.

Bellevue University
Thursday, March 12
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Northern New Mexico College and Western New Mexico University will be here the week after spring break:
Northern New Mexico College
Monday, March 23
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Western New Mexico University
Wednesday, March 25
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, contact advisor Megan Woods, 505-428-1770.

LANL Foundation Career Pathways Scholarship (Deadline April 19)

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

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

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

Applications are currently being accepted. Visit LANL Foundation Scholarships.

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


Employee Announcements

Karin Pitman painting to be included in MasterWorks of NM

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

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

Photo: Down by the Seashore by Karin Pitman

View a larger image of the painting here.


Janelle Johnson at the ACCA conference

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

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

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

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

New book chapter by sj Miller, Ph.D.

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

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

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

Faculty/Staff Nominations for Student Commencement Speaker

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

The criteria is:

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

Spring 2020 SFCC Student Commencement Speaker Nomination Form

Sahaj Khalsa position paper published

Sahaj Khalsa, Program Director of the Emergency Medical Services Institute & AHAC, was a contributor to a position paper, which has been adopted by the National Association of EMS Educators and will be published in an upcoming issue of Prehospital Emergency Care.

According to Khalsa, “It is an opening conversation on what I consider to be a critical issue not just in EMS education, but all of healthcare.”

Read the position paper: “The Impact of Cultural Humility in Prehospital Healthcare Delivery and Education a Position Paper from the National Association of EMS Educators (NAEMSE)”.


AARP Foundation tax service for SFCC employees - reserve your spot now!

AARP Foundation has set aside two mornings at specific times for SFCC employees to get their taxes done for free: Thursday, Feb. 27 and Thursday, Mar. 12.

There are only 32 openings and staff can call Tina LaCaze at 505-428-1725 to schedule a time. Employees should review the information on what to bring with them and the limitations as to the type of returns AARP can do by visiting

Based on the number of available tax preparers we can serve 16 people each day at these times:
8:15 am – 4 people
9:00 am – 4 people
9:45 am – 4 people
10:30 am – 4 people

Submit your OIT Project for consideration

Once a year, the Technology Advisory Committee (TAC) issues a call for project proposals to the campus. All proposals submitted go through the TAC project evaluation process, which is the framework we use to select the projects that best support SFCC’s Strategic Plan and current priorities, as well as provide the greatest value to the campus.

The project must cost more than $5,000 and/or take more than 40 hours to implement.

Please ensure you have spoken to and received approval from an Executive Team Member prior to submission. Executive Team Members: Rebecca Rowley, Todd Lovato, Yash Morimoto, Nick Telles, Cori Bergen, Henry Mignardot, Margaret Peters, Deborah Boldt and Meghan Mcgarrity.

Submit a project request to OIT.

For questions or support, please contact Erica Keppel ( or (505) 428-1133)


Excellence and Team Award nominations

SFCC’s Office of Human Resources welcomes everyone to participate in the nomination for the Employee Excellence and Team Award for the 2020 Service Awards, which will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. April 29. Please read the nomination form for qualifications before nominating an Employee or Team.

Deadline to submit nominations is Friday, March 13, 2020!
Employee Excellence Award Nomination Online Form.
Team Excellence Award Nomination Online Form.


The walking group is back!

The Walking Group is convening again every Friday 12-1 PM in front of the Fitness Education Center. If you are interested to walk in our beautiful SFCC backyard, explore the Spur Trail and get your dose of Vitamin D, send an email to to be placed on the email list for weekly updates and reminders.

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Lauren Camp Poetry Posts

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

Lauren Camp frequently teaches writing classes through Continuing Education.

Poetry Posts Map