Campus Weekly

SFCC celebrated Diversity Day

Thank you to all in the President’s Diversity Advisory Council (PDAC) and everyone else who participated in SFCC’s Diversity Day. Thanks to: sj Miller, Ph.D., who chaired the event. Also, a special thank you to Dr. Aamna Nayyar for recruiting so many participants for booths, as well as Director of Student Engagement & Recruitment Marcos Maez and Student Involvement Coordinator Mary Eleas for their assistance in bringing in Pantry Dos, which provided a very tasty free lunch.

The college had a lot of participation from the various programs, as well as outside nonprofits and organizations. The Masters Program (TMP) also participated. Thank you to all for making the event such a success!

Thank you to Jacque Anderson (Clinical Coordinator Medical Assisting, Phlebotomy and Community Health Worker) and Ben Lauer (Marketing & Public Relations) for sharing these terrific photos! To learn more about PDAC email

Dean Wysong and Milton Riess met with Raton Public School District to expand dual credit film tech training classes

On Friday, April 14, Dean James (Jim) Wysong, Ph.D., and professor Milton Riess traveled to Raton to meet with staff from the Raton Public School District concerning an agreement to expand SFCC’s Dual Credit Film Technician Training Program to Raton.  SFCC Dual Credit Specialist, Niki McKay,  joined the meeting remotely. This new agreement will offer students in Raton the same opportunities that SFCC will be begin providing at Santa Fe High School and at the New Mexico School for the Arts in the upcoming school year.

 Dr. Wysong said, “It is important to remember that the film industry has the potential to bring economic development and job opportunities to all parts of New Mexico, not just the Albuquerque and Santa Fe metropolitan areas. With new ventures starting in the rural areas of the state, such as Raton, we are ready to work with our partners at Raton High School to prepare students for work in this field.”  Later, Wysong and Reiss met with officials from the City of Raton and Colfax County to tour a repurposed elementary school, where El Raton Media Works plans to begin operating a production facility through a public-private partnership with the city and county.  The SFCC Film Department has been an advisor and consultant to this project for the past two years, seeing this as a logical part of the plan to expand training and create job opportunities in the industry.     

Interview with President Rowley about CHESS featured in Inside Higher Ed Report

An interview with President Becky Rowley, Ph.D. on CHESS is the first case study in the report from Inside Higher Ed: “Adaptation across the higher ed landscape.”

Click on this link to access a free download for the full report. Find the president’s interview beginning on Page 8.

Tune in at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday to hear about Porsche rally on Saturday; also hear podcasts about CEA Open House

Listen UP! This Tuesday, May 2, at 10:30 a.m. on Que Suave Radio when SFCC Automotive Technologies Program reps Julia Furry, Allen Mirabal and Martin Gonzales will share info on the Roadrunner Region Porsche Club of America event with Pat Gonzales and Gabriel Garcia (aka the Auto Angel) on the Rusty Nut Show KSWV 810 | 99.9. Tune in to learn more about the Porsche rally coming to Santa Fe Community College at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 6. More details are at

ICYMI: Hear Academic Director Richard Charlie Shultz talk with KTRC 1260 | 103.7 Radio Host Richard Eeds about SFCC events celebrating National Community College Month and the Controlled Environment Agriculture Open House and Seedling Giveaway April 29. (embed link

ICYMI: You can also hear Charlie in an interview on Que Suave with Estevan Gonzales, KSWV 810 | 99.9 here. They discuss how the Controlled Environment Agriculture program promotes food security, water conservation, and caring for the environment as well as the Community College events at SFCC.

Career & Transfer Fair was a success

Holly Beamon, Director of Advising, First Year Experience and Career Services, reports, “It was so great getting the opportunity to host our Spring Career & Transfer Fair for the first time since being at SFCC; however, it totally wouldn’t have been possible without all the help and support of so many of my fabulous colleagues at SFCC!

“We had 78 employers, and 12 transfer college representatives present at the event – it was amazing to be surrounded by so much positive energy in the West Wing and connect in person with so many lovely members of the community!  We had 61 students and 21 members of the community formally check-in for the fair; although, we know that there were even more who were sharing their résumés with employers, engaging in dialogue and scheduling follow up interviews.”

She heard that some students were offered internships and job offers during the fair! Need help finding a job? Visit Career Services.

Don’t miss Faculty and Staff Spring Reading at 5 p.m. Thursday in SFCC Library

Readings in the Library: Faculty and Staff Annual Springtime Reading will be presented from 5 – 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 4 in the SFCC Library.

All faculty and staff in any school or department are invited to read their original creative work aloud at this beloved and supportive springtime event. To sign up to read, please email

Refreshments will be served. Brought to you by the SFCC Library and the English Department.

Car wash fundraiser from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Friday at ATC

Image by Sasin Tipchai from Pixabay.

The Broken Parts Car Club will be hosting a Car Wash from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Friday, May 5 outside of the Automotive Technologies Center (ATC).

They are charging $10 for this club fundraiser, but will gladly accept more donations.

Respiratory Care hosts info sessions on May 2, 4, 9 and 11

Respiratory Care Therapy program will host a free series of information sessions:

  • 10 a.m. to noon May 2
  • Noon to 2 p.m. May 4
  • 10 a.m. to noon May 9
  • Noon to 2 p.m. May 11

All sessions are in Room 433 in the Health and Sciences Building, SFCC Campus, 6401 Richards Avenue.  Learn more about Respiratory Therapy and how to apply for admission. Read more about the Respiratory Care Therapy program at Applications open on July 1 for the Spring 2025 semester. For more information, contact Jessica Barrera, Program Director of Respiratory Therapy Care, at or call 505-428-1723.

Applications due on May 3 for free Fiber Optics Technician Training

SFCC in partnership with Santa Fe County and the New Mexico Department of Workforce Connections announce applications are open for a free training bootcamp to become a certified fiber optics technician.

The Professional Readiness for Technical Careers (PROTEC) program begins on Monday, May 8 and continues through Friday, May 12 at SFCC Higher Education Center, 1950 Siringo Road. Applications are due on May 3. More information and applications are available at

The free five-day, hands-on intensive program gives students the opportunity to earn three certifications from the Fiber Optic Association that are recognized throughout the world and aligned to industry standards. These credentials will remain valid for three years, after which they can be renewed by the student. Students can earn the following certifications: Certified Fiber Optic Technician, Certified Fiber Optic Specialist in Splicing, and Certified Fiber Optic Specialists in Testing and Maintenance.

Certified fiber optics technicians are in demand. Local employers include Vexus Fiber Company working in Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Las Cruces.

Included in the training are these three opportunities for certification.

Read more in the press release.

Enjoy Poetry Posts through May 31

The SFCC campus community is invited to enjoy this semester’s Poetry Posts displayed throughout the campus featuring the beautiful melding of words and colors created by Sudeshna Sengupta’s Color Theory students for their Color & Emotions module in this Online-Synchronous class.

“The posts at SFCC function as a curated gallery, where the posts enliven a familiar place for staff, faculty, and students with art and poetry,” said Miriam Sagan, a former professor of Creative Writing at SFCC, who brought this project to the campus.

Congratulations to Deborah Alexander, Maria Bacelona, Rena Espinoza, Ann Hogan, Lisa Rossbacher, Rebecca Sanchez, and Lisa Wermeling for the excellent work exploring emotions expressed through colors and words that are featured in this project. The display continues till May 31.

For more information please contact Sudeshna Sengupta at

Listen to KSFR podcasts spotlighting Community College Month events

Check out these podcasts from Andrew Lovato’s program Our Santa Fe, which featured guests from SFCC.

Last Thursday’s broadcast focused on the SFCC car show and the upcoming Diversity Day. Guests included Automotive Technology faculty and sj Miller, Phd., speaking about equity and Diversity Day. Listen here.

Another recent broadcast featured Richard “Charlie” Shultz talking about the Controlled Environment program and the CEA Open House. Hear his interview here.

Automotive Technologies program hosts Roadrunner car club with Porsches at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 6 at ATC

SFCC will host a tech session at the Automotive Technology Center for the Roadrunner Region Porsche Club of America at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 6 on SFCC campus, 6401 Richards Avenue. Members will drive Porsches to rally at the center. The club and college welcome the public to attend the tour and see the Porsches. Attendance is free, but attendees are encouraged to email Rob Ryan at for planning purposes. For more information about the SFCC Automotive Technology Center and SFCC’s Automotive Technologies Program contact Director of Automotive Technologies Julia Furry at or call 505-428-1177.

Book as Sculpture summer class offered Mondays and Wednesdays

Marci Easterbrook: Plant life, paste and tea stained papers, slip case and sewn book.

New class: THE BOOK AS SCULPTURE: Narratives in Visual Play & Form
Marci Easterbrook
Arts and Design Advanced Projects – ARTS 2115L D1 CRN 10117 3 Credits
Jun 05 – Jul 29 Eight weeks Monday and Wednesday 9-2 p.m. ONLINE SYNCHRONOUS

Explore materials to create unique books with sculptural dimension and content. Play with ideas, text and forms. Traditional and contemporary methods of book binding
combine surface with 3-D structures.

This ONLINE SYCHRONOUS CLASS will use paper pulp, fabric, wood, clay, metal, fiber, altered books and re-purposed materials to create a home studio of learning.

Art making is intensive, fun and creates sculpture and book objects. Discover new ways to tell your story.
For more information contact Marci Easterbrook, Illustrator Book Artist Papermaker Printmaker. Visit: For Registration contact Melba Ramos or Patricia Pearce

Summer CE schedule is available online

The Summer 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.

Director of Continuing Education Nicholas Wernicki, Ph.D. said, “This summer we’ve got many new classes, both in person and online. Short-term or one-day summer classes can easily fit in around your summer vacation plans. Summer is also a great time to study at a more leisurely pace for either personal enrichment or to gain new professional skills.”

Read about several new classes in this press release.

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.

Meow Wolf will host Katie Besser Awards from 5 to 7 p.m. May 11

The First Place image award by Ayla Humphrey.

Santa Fe Community College’s emerging writers and artists will be recognized during the Katie Besser Student Writing Awards celebration hosted by Meow Wolf on from 5 to 7 p.m. May 11. The awards were named for the late Katie Besser in recognition of her love of literature and creative writing. The event celebrates students’ creative expression through writing and image. Writers representing SFCC’s diverse community will read from their winning works.

The thirteenth annual winner of Santa Fe Community College Foundation’s Richard Bradford Memorial Creative Writing Scholarship will be announced at the conclusion of the awards celebration. Named for the author of the 1968 classic Red Sky at Morning, the scholarship was initiated by author Michael McGarrity, the late arts advocate Charmay Allred, and former Santa Fe city councilwoman Rebecca Wurzburger.

These are this year’s Katie Besser Student Award winners by category:

First Place:
Ayla Humphrey – “Illusion”

First Place:
Laurie Hilton – “Border”

Runners Up:
Aja Riggs – “Autofill”
Christine Schwatken – “When No One’s Looking”
Charmayne Samuelson – “Mesmer Mirage”

Honorable Mention:
Ian Reschke – “Disillusionment”

First Place:
Jesse Colvin – “Lessons in Adobe”

Runner Up:
Abigail Rael – “Pass Through Me”

Honorable Mention:
Aja Riggs – “Missing Piece”

Creative Non-Fiction
First Place:
Abigail Rael – “Who Learned What?”

Runners Up:
Brielle D. – “y = mx + b, maybe?”
Rosalie Calhoun – “Toad Tripping”

Honorable Mention:
Charmayne Samuelson – “The Vortex of Death”

Academic Essay
First Place:
Virginia Gonzales – “Getting Better”

Runners Up:
Luis Ramirez – “Tech in Time”
Saif Mahmood – “Televising Criminal Trials”

The Katie Besser Awards are presented through a collaboration of SFCC’s English and Creative Writing programs, SFCC’s Media Arts department, SFCC Foundation, and with the generosity of SFCC Media Arts graphic design student Vitória Oliveira Dos Santos. The Katie Besser Student Writing Awards are directed by Genevieve Betts.

Note: A copy of Accolades, which includes the winning entries, can be obtained by contacting Genevieve Betts at

Car show was a great success

The Broken Parts Car Club produced the very successful SFCC Car Show on April 21. The student club’s members are studying Automotive Technologies at SFCC. Thank you to all those who contributed to the success — particularly Automotive Technologies Director Julia Furry, the automotive technology instructors and Welding instructor Estevan Ortega for the trophies made of pistons. Winners were awarded in the following categories: Domestic, European or Japanese.

Thank you to Digital Recruitment and Marketing Specialist Ben Lauer, Assistant Executive Director of MPR Laura J. Mulry, and Systems Network Administrator OIT Chris Liebson who shared these wonderful photographs!

Listen to recent KSFR show featuring Steve Martinez, Ph.D., talking about Veteran’s Legacy Grant Program

SFCC Assistant Professor of History Steve Martinez, Ph.D., discussed the Veterans Legacy Project with Andy Lovato on the KSFR-FM show Our Santa Fe. Listen to the whole interview here:…/03-23-2023-with-dr-steve-martinez .

Visit the Veleteran’s Legacy Grant Program Official Site: .

To learn more to email

Become a volunteer tutor & help change a life

Are you passionate about literacy and enjoy helping people one on one? Become a BL (Basic Literacy) or ESL (English as a Second Language) tutor today and support a student in learning vital speaking, reading, writing, and numeracy skills.

Tutors and students meet twice a week for about 90 minutes (based on their schedules). A 9-month commitment is needed. Please fill out an application on the Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe website: Call 428-1353 for more information.

Basic Literacy Tutor Training May 4 – 6, 2023

  • Orientation: 4 – 6 p.m. Thursday, May 4
  • Training: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (with a lunch break) Saturday, May 6

ESL Tutor Training June 1-3, 2023

  • Orientation: 4 – 6 p.m. Thursday, June 1
  • Session 1: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, June 2
  • Session 2: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, June 3

Orientation will be held online, and training sessions will take place at SFCC. An introductory meeting and all sessions are required.

Greenhouse STEM Kits are back in stock at the library!

The very popular and free Greenhouse STEM Kits are available once again for kids ages 4-7. All materials are included in the kits courtesy of the Santa Fe Children’s Museum.

Come by the library to pick up a kit to use and explore growing plants from seeds with your kids! Kits are available during the library’s regular hours.

For more information contact:

SFCC Student Art and Design exhibition opens 4-6 p.m. May 11 in Visual Arts Gallery

File photo of work from last year’s exhibition.

SFCC’s Student exhibition will open from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 11 in the Visual Arts Gallery.

Work will include: Jewelry, Sculpture (including Glass, Santos, Fiber Arts), Printmaking/Book Arts, Fine Woodworking, Ceramics, Photography, Painting/Drawing, Media Arts and Film).
The show will run from Thursday, May 11 until Friday, August 18, 2023.

NMHED Updates on Required COVID-19 Reporting

In a March 10 email, Vice President for Strategy and Organizational Effectiveness Yash Morimoto shared the following update regarding the college COVID reporting policies and best practices:

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.

Stop by The Exchange for free clothing and children’s items

A variety of clothing is available at The Exchange.

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.

The Exchange and Baby Cupboard are expanded services of Campus Cupboard Food Pantry Campus Cupboard is supported by SFCC Foundation. For information call: 505-428-1775 or email:

New spring semester hours for East Wing Eatery

Café con las Comadres every second Wednesday

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 May 10 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 or call 505-428-1919.  Sponsored by Student Activities and hosted by Doctora Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos.

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.

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Therapy Dogs in the Library from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday

SFCC Library is once again hosting a pre-finals visit from furry, friendly therapy dogs! Please join us in the Library from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 4 for some canine cuddling and stress relief. Sponsored in conjunction with the Santa Fe Animal Shelter’s Pet Outreach.

Students can meet author Colum McCann at Story Exchange event from 9 a.m. to noon on May 19

Kate McCahill is coordinating the event.

(SFCC) will host a Story Exchange Narrative 4 event with author Colum McCann from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, May 19 in the SFCC Jemez Rooms. English and Creative Writing students from Santa Fe’s colleges and high schools are welcome and encouraged to attend this free event and meet the author. Refreshments will be served.  Please register at  For more information, email Kate McCahill at or 505-428-1903.  This event is sponsored by the Santa Fe International Literary Festival’s Young Writers and Readers Program, Story Exchange Narrative 4 and SFCC.

Colum McCann is the author of seven novels, three collections of stories and two works of non-fiction. His most recent novel, Apeirogon, became an immediate New York Times bestseller and won several major international awards. Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, he has been the recipient of many international honors, including the U.S National Book Award, the International Dublin Literary Prize, a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres from the French government, election to the Irish Arts Academy, several European awards, the 2010 Best Foreign Novel Award in China and an Oscar nomination. In 2017 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts. His work has been published in more than 40 languages.  He is the president and co-founder of the nonprofit global story exchange organization, Narrative 4. See  more about him at

Registration now open for summer and fall

Do you know someone who’s interested in taking classes at SFCC, but doesn’t know where to start? Encourage them to visit the Educational Pathways. Find classes at

Encourage your friends and family members to come to the college. Remind folks about the Opportunity Scholarship, as well as the Lottery Scholarship for recent high school graduates.

For information on applying and registering visit For more information, please contact the Welcome and Advising Center, 505-428-1270, 

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

Online FAFSA Workshops/Talleres FAFSA en línea – workshops restart April 19

Financial Aid Office  English FAFSA Workshops
Online Wednesdays 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – No workshops April 5 & 12.

For the link and more information:

Oficina de Ayuda Financiera Talleres FAFSA en español
en línea los jueves de 11 a.m. a 1 p.m. No hay talleres el 5 y 12 de abril.

Para más información, elige la fecha que quieres atender:

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 Library Spring semester hours are:
Mon. – Thurs. 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Fri. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sat. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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 SFCC offers performance-based scholarships through Contract for a Better Tomorrow (CBT).

For more information and to apply go to:

If you have questions or need assistance email the Financial Aid Office at 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.

505–428-1194 | |

Reminder to complete Workday survey by May 2

Your input is important. Please complete the Workday Survey #6 by close of business Tues., May 2. It will help us know how well the adoption of the Finance, HR, and Payroll platforms is going so we can make improvements where needed. The survey will take you less than 5 minutes.

Click HERE for the survey.

Stephen Gomez, Ph.D., to serve on Board of the New Mexico Academy of Science

stephen gomez

Congratulations to Stephen (Steve) Gomez, Ph.D, (Assistant Professor and Chair, Department of Advanced Technologies and Sustainability), who will now serve on the Board of the New Mexico Academy of Science! This is a huge recognition of Steve Gomez and his contributions to science education and research. He is the only board member from a community college. The NMAS Board unanimously approved his membership on the board. We’re glad he’ll be bringing our college’s perspective to the board.

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:

Workday Student is Coming!

Greetings from CHESS!

For those who are new at our member colleges, please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Kathy Ulibarri, and I am the CEO of the nonprofit Collaborative for Higher Education Shared Services (CHESS).

SFCC is a participating member of CHESS, and we are excited to announce that we are about to begin the implementation process for the Workday Student Information System platform, or “Student,” with our other member Wave 1 colleges: Central New Mexico Community College, Clovis Community College, and Northern New Mexico College. The Workday Student project includes Academic Advising, Recruitment and Admissions, Curriculum Management, Financial Aid, Student Records, Faculty Assignments and Scheduling, and Student Financials.

The CHESS Board, consisting of the member college presidents, has developed the CHESS Student Information System Visioning Statement and Financial Aid Supplement that highlight our two priorities: 1) improving the student experience by increasing modernization, accessibility, and mobility resulting in higher student outcomes and performance metrics; and 2) improving administrative processes to increase productivity, efficiency, capacity, collaboration, and access to data and reporting.

This is a multi-year project, involving many dedicated and talented staff from across the institutions, and the work is already underway. This summer, we will wrap up our key Pre-Planning data collection work with the conclusion of the Operational and Academic Alignment Assessment (O3A) and Deployment Prep Navigator (DPN) and Campus Information Workbook (CIW). We will launch the Planning Phase when implementation teams will be onboarded, and the Project Plan will be developed and finalized based on the results of the Pre-Planning efforts. The Planning Phase is expected to last through September.

We understand that many individuals will be off campus this summer, so be on the lookout for an invitation to a Full Kickoff event when classes resume for the fall term. In the meantime, please enjoy the Workday SIS Wave 1 Kickoff Lite Video here!

Kathy Ulibarri 

CEO, Collaborative for Higher Education Shared Services

(505) 221-4965

Policy Updates: College Branding; Political Activity, Solicitation, and Vending

At their March 29 meeting, the Governing Board approved the policies listed below. Please click on the links to become familiar with them. For more information Contact the Policy Owner Todd Lovato, Executive Director of Marketing and Public Relations.

These are the newly updated Policies:

·       Policy 8-1 College Branding

·       Policy 8-2 Political Activity, Solicitation, and Vending

College Policies and Procedures are posted at SFCC Policies. To learn more, contact Policy Officer Laura J. Mulry.

Jennifer Lynch, Exhibit Spectra at Richard Levy Gallery Apr. 5 – May 13; reception May 5

Color aquatint by Jennifer Lynch (previous show)

Jennifer Lynch, adjunct faculty for Printmaking and Book Arts Exhibit Spectra at Richard Levy Gallery, 514 Central Avenue SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

April 5-May 13, 2023
Artist Reception: May 5, 6-8 p.m.

Richard Levy Gallery is pleased to present Spectra, an exhibition of abstract paintings and unique prints by Jennifer Lynch. This exhibition includes selections from various bodies of work spanning 13 years.

Spectra comprises otherworldly compositions that examine both the macrocosm and the microcosm.  Lynch’s paintings are inspired by networks found in nature, from the nervous system to crystalline structures. In each piece, the artist reconfigures compositions from previous works while playing with scale to present new perspectives. The artist paints using printing inks as the medium which are applied with stencils, masks and rollers. The titles of her paintings are names of asteroids and Latin names of wildflowers.

Please volunteer to make Commencement a success

March WOW – Melissa Martinez

Adrien Gallegos nominated Melissa Martinez for the March WOW award.

“Melissa really went the extra mile with us when explaining and helping us through our first PCard experience with Workday…and our second, when we forgot how to do it. Both times I reached out to her, she replied and was helping within the hour. She is so friendly and happy to help with our awesome new system!”

Congratulations, Melissa!

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,

CHESS — Collaborative for Higher Education Shared Services

CHESS Connection Newsletter – April 17

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

This month’s newsletter contains information about the Employee Profile, Training and the Student Information System (SIS).

Policy Updates: Micro-Credentials and Employee Accessibility

Last month, the Governing Board approved the policies listed below. Please click on the links to become familiar with them. Contact the Policy Owners for more information.

These are the new and newly updated Policies:

College Policies and Procedures are posted at SFCC Policies. To learn more, contact Laura J. Mulry, ext. 1776.

Defensive driving certification class May 18

As per policy 5-10, everyone is required to take a Defensive Driving Class prior to operating SFCC vehicles.

The next Defensive Driving Class has been scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon on Thursday May 18 in Health and Sciences room 487. Please arrive promptly or the class will end late. To receive full credit for the class, you must arrive promptly at 8:00a.m. and attend the full 4-5 hours.

Please register by calling or emailing either Jackie Gutierrez (, 505-428-1756) or Steve Silva (, 505-428-1403).

Please provide the following information when you call or email to register for the class:

  • Full name of individual attending.
  • Department Name
  • Individual’s New Mexico driver license number and a copy of the individuals driver’s license if not already on file

Fleet vehicles are a great cost-effective way for employees to travel for work related reasons without incurring any personal vehicle expense and having to wait for a reimbursement.

If you have any questions about the program or the classes, please call Jackie or Steve at the numbers listed above.

Travel Authorization & Expense Reports in Workday

Here are a few reminders regarding Travel in Workday:

  1. Spend authorizations must be submitted and approved before any travel-related purchases are made.
  2. After travel is completed, an expense report must be submitted with the following: 
    • Note the spend authorization number. 
    • Include all procurement card (P-Card) transactions.

If an expense needs to be reassigned to the traveler, please contact the Purchasing Office. 

  1. Once the expense report is complete (contains ALL expenses), check the box to close out the spend authorization. This is the only way to release any remaining travel funds from encumbrance back into the budget. 
  2. All spend authorizations in draft form should be cancelled if no longer needed. 
  3. Do not use the itemization functionality unless you need to split a transaction between multiple funding sources (ex. Cost centers / grants). 

For more information, check out the Create, Edit, and Close Spend Authorizations Tip Sheet and the Create Expense Reports Tip Sheet. You can also review the Travel 101 on-demand training in My SFCC on the Workday app.  

Message about preferred names

The following message was shared on Friday, February 3:

Dear Faculty,

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.

With kind regards,

Bernadette Gonzales. MA Ed. (she, her, hers)
Registrar |Office of the Registrar
505-428-1881 |

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:

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

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!


Janelle Johnson’s retirement

3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 10
Campus Center

Please join us in celebrating the retirement of Senior Counselor Janelle Johnson, LPCC next Wednesday, May 10 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Ongoing news and events

SFCC Wastewater Treatment Plant closure & decommissioning work through May 2023

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 or 505-930-9781.

SFCC signs agreement with NMHU to streamline transfer for SFCC business and accounting grads

SFCC and New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU) have signed an articulation agreement so SFCC students who complete either an Associate in Arts in Accounting or Business Administration can easily transfer to NMHU to pursue either a Bachelor of Business Administration or a Bachelor of Sciences in General Business.

Barry Hubbard, Ph.D., SFCC Dean of Trades, Advanced Technologies and Sustainability & the School of Business, Professional Studies and Education said, “This articulation agreement further strengthens a long-standing relationship with NM Highlands University. By following these improved pathways, SFCC students will be able to transfer smoothly into one of NMHU’s Bachelor of Business Administration concentrations or their Bachelor of Sciences in General Business.”

Veena Parboteeah, Ph.D., NMHU Dean, School of Business, Media, and Technology said, “We are excited to strengthen our partnership through the articulation agreement, which will ensure a smooth transition for students transferring from SFCC to Highlands. By following this pathway, students will also be prepared to succeed in the programs offered by the Department of Business Administration at NMHU. With our presence at the Higher Education Center (HEC) in Santa Fe, students can get help, thanks to Mr. Robert Anaya and his team. We also plan advising sessions at the center to engage with students in Santa Fe and surrounding areas.”

The articulation agreement specifies what classes will be accepted to satisfy prerequisites. SFCC business and accounting students are strongly encouraged to work with an academic advisor to ensure that they are taking the relevant course work to attain their goals.

SFCC’s Accounting and Business programs offer classes online, so it’s convenient for people who are working to study for a degree at a time that’s most convenient for them.

To learn more about SFCC’s Business and Accounting programs, call 505-428-1308. Also, visit the Accounting program page: and Business program page: New students can apply and register by calling 505-428-1270.

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:

Recording: ChatGPT’s Implications for Higher Ed

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.

See ChatGPT information and resources:

Work has begun on connector roads to SFCC

Click on the graphic to enlarge. From the web page. See more maps and video there.

Work expected to continue until fall

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported in the Jan. 25 story, “County hopes construction of connector roads leads to growth south of city,” that “Santa Fe County is starting the construction phase of a more than $20 million infrastructure project 20 years in the making, which aims to provide better access to Santa Fe Community College and accommodate future growth south of the city. …

“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.”

To see videos and maps about this project visit: Also, hear about this on KSFR-radio.

New 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

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:

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.

For more information contact:

Solar System Bracelets

Solar System Bracelet STEM kits are available for kids ages 4-7 at the SFCC library. Instructions are in English and Spanish and all materials are included in the kits.

Come by the SFCC library to pick up a kit to use to explore the solar system with your kids!

Name Rockets!

Available at the SFCC Library

Free Name Rocket 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.

Come by the library to pick up a kit to use and explore shapes & rockets with your kids! Kits are available during the library’s regular hours.

For more information contact:

Early Childhood Center of Excellence offers free early childhood speaker series with equity and social justice focus; next talk on May 12

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.

Visit Equity FAQ web page

SFCC’s Equity Statement and Equity web page are now linked to an Equity FAQ page. Visit the Equity FAQ page. The Equity FAQ page is an evolving web page. Feedback or questions? Contact President’s Diversity Advisory Committee’s co-chairs Shalimar Krebs or sj Miller, Ph.D.

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  Thank you to the New Mexico Educational Assistance Foundation for hosting this session.

Understanding Tuition-Free College in New Mexico – YouTube

Need food? Campus Cupboard welcomes all

Campus Cupboard now offers 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.

Let’s help slow the spread of the virus

Let’s keep everyone safe and remember:

  • If you are feeling ill, you should not come into work, and avoid any type of social setting. The College wants you to feel better before you return to work.
  • If you are feeling ill: Get tested and isolate yourself from others as much as possible. We need to help mitigate the health risk to others.
  • Call 1-855-600-3453 for testing information and results.
  • If you do contract COVID-19, seek medical attention immediately. Notify your supervisor and human resources. These cases need to be reported, SFCC is here to support you.

Please do your part, to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Stay home, stay safe, stay healthy.

Do you need information on testing? Visit

SFCC strongly encourages face masks inside the building. Recomendamos encarecidamente el uso de mascarillas dentro del edificio.

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.

04/24/23, KRQE News, “Community: New Mexico offering free bootcamp to be a fiber optics technician”

04/24/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Smartboard “- Santa Fe Community College announces graduation ceremony for environmental technician program; Santa Fe Community College seeking applications for free fiber optics technician boot camp”

04/24/2023, Los Alamos Daily Post, “SFCC, Santa Fe County, Workforce Connection Announce Applications Open For Free Training Bootcamp To Become A Certified Fiber Optics Technician”

04/20/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, editorial: Our View “At SFCC, students can realize opportunity”.

04/20/2023, Los Alamos Daily Post, “Santa Fe Community College Respiratory Care Therapy Program Information Sessions Begin May 2”

04/15/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “City wants to add midtown campus library to local system

03/29/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Ceremony in Santa Fe honors ‘ultimate sacrifice'”

03/21/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Explaining veto, governor says dual-credit task force would be unfunded, redundant”

03/12/2023, Of Interest: Santa Fe New Mexican, “MY VIEW LEO JARAMILLO: Keep New Mexico a leader for college access, affordability”

03/12/2023, Roswell Daily Record, “Local Students Visit Santa Fe”

03/11/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “BARBARA GUDWIN, 1947-2023
Former school board member had passion for helping kids, community
” (Former SFCC Foundation board member)

03/10/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Students present STEM projects”

02/21/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Santa Fe Community College’s auto repair program receives accreditation”

02/18/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “PHILL CASAUS: Sometimes, it’s the certificate, not the degree, that makes a difference”

02/12/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Paramedic students looking deeper. Focus on new portable ultrasound equipment in classroom with EMSI instructor Drew Congdon.

02/11/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Film industry figures say commissioner Jennifer LaBar-Tapia helps make Santa Fe great place to film”. Story includes quotes from Milton Riess, SFCC Film faculty and PROTEC television and film production assistant instructor.

02/08/202, New Mexico Magazine, “The Story Behind Ethyl the Whale.”

01/28/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “State Public Education Secretary Steinhaus announces retirement”. (He previously taught at SFCC.)

01/28/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Former inmates lobby for bill to restore voting rights”

01/25/2023, KRQE-TV, “Santa Fe school district creates initiative after rise in non-English-speaking students”

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.

01/23/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “County hopes construction of connector roads leads to growth south of city”