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Accolades showcases Katie Besser Art & Writing Award winners

Last Wednesday a festive celebration was hosted on Zoom to recognize the winners of the Katie Besser Art & Writing Awards as well as to announce the winner of the Richard Bradford Creative Writing Endowed Writing Scholarship. Read the names of all of the winners here.

SFCC Foundation Director of Annual Giving Kelly Marquez Smith announced that Emmanuelle John is the recipient of the $1,000 scholarship. 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.

Click to see “Accolades,” which includes the winning image and art entries. Also, see more details and a slide show of the winning images here.

Thanks to all who made the event possible! The Katie Besser Art & Writing 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 and support of our judges, SFCC Media Arts Student Intern Najmeh Mousavi, The SFCC Library, and the Santa Fe Literary Review. The Katie Besser Art & Writing Awards are directed by Emily Stern. For more information, email or call 505-428-1467.

Photo: SFCC student Emmanuelle John reacts with a big smile as her name is read as the recipient of the Richard Bradford Creative Writing Scholarship during the Zoom celebration.

News and Announcements

Virtual Commencement at 10 a.m. Sat. May 15

Tune in on Sat. May 15 to SFCC’s virtual commencement on either Youtube or Santa Fe Community Television (SFCTV-16 on Comcast).

Join us in celebrating our Spring graduates at a virtual commencement at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 15. While graduates won’t be on campus, they will be celebrated as their names and awards are announced during a live stream on YouTube at and on SFCVTV-16 on Comcast. The virtual ceremony will salute graduates who completed either in the Spring semester or will at the end of the Summer term.

President Becky Rowley, Ph.D., said, “I’m excited and proud to recognize the Spring 2021 graduating class. These students really persisted through the worst of the pandemic. Most of our students have spent the past year taking classes online. Some of our graduates needed to follow strict safety protocols to get hands-on skills and professional guidance such as our welding students and those in the health care field. Seeking an academic credential is always challenging and these students overcame the many obstacles they faced during the pandemic with the support of our dedicated faculty and staff who’ve supported these students on their educational journey.

“We’re thrilled that a special friend of SFCC – Chef José Andrés, the world-famous chef and humanitarian of World Central Kitchen – will give an inspiring congratulatory message to our graduates during the virtual ceremony.”

In addition to the live broadcast, Santa Fe Community Television (SFCTV-16 on Comcast) will re-broadcast the Virtual Commencement Ceremony at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 18; 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 19; and at 6 p.m. Saturday May 22.

Read more about the graduating class here

Photo: Friend of SFCC – Chef José Andrés, Founder of World Central Kitchen – will share words of wisdom.


RSVP to attend 'Exploring Creative Writing' with Terry Wilson's students on May 12

Hear students from Terry Wilson’s Exploring Creative Writing class at 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 12.

This will be the last of the readings presented by SFCC Creative Writing and SFCC Library.

Please RSVP here.


Save 6 p.m. May 18 for HSE graduation

Save 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 18 for our online Graduation ceremony for our HSE (High School Equivalency) graduates.

SFCC has more than 50 students earning their HSE (GED) credential and we expect about 30 students to participate in the graduation ceremony. The keynote speaker will be New Mexico Higher Education Department Adult Education Division Director Amber Rodriguez.

The public is invited to view the program at

Santa Fe Reporter: 'Southside Pride' includes SFCC

The Santa Fe Reporter’s cover story, “Southside Pride: Santa Feans find pride, success despite stigma, the pandemic and a sluggish economy,” included in the story interviews with Student Resource Coordinator Joceyln Hernandez Monsalvo, MSW as well as SGA’s president Ian Widrick Martinez who will graduate this Saturday.

Photo: Ian Widrick Martinez

See CCA video featuring Charlie Shultz, Juliana Tiano and Nate Downey on Earth Day

On Earth Day, April 22, the Center for Contemporary Arts, as a follow-up to the film, “Seeding Change,” hosted a presentation featuring SFCC’s Lead Faculty of Controlled Environment Agriculture Charlie Shultz, Juliana Tiano (her husband Tejinder studied biofuels at SFCC) of Reunity Resources (which offers internships for SFCC students) and former SFCC student Nate Downey, who is developing an aquaponics farm.

Photo: Nate Downey when he was operating his lettuce delivery system as an SFCC internship.


Final Parking Lot Closures May 17-22

SFCC’s Consultant, Sunland Construction, will be working on SFCC parking lots the following days. Please plan to park elsewhere on the dates listed or your vehicle could be towed!

  • May 17-21 – West Wing Parking Lot*
  • May 18-21 – Fitness Education Center (FEC) Parking Lot*
  • May 21-22 – Health & Sciences Parking Lot
  • May 21-22 – Service Court

* This work will be phased, see map for areas closed by date.

Thank you for accommodating this work! For questions, contact Karin Pitman, Project Manager (505) 428-1720.


Server Infrastructure Upgrade May 18-28

Santa Fe Community College will undergo a large-scale server infrastructure upgrade between May 18 and 28, 2021. This comprehensive hardware upgrade project is part of OIT’s commitment to provide reliable, secure and state-of-the art technology to faculty, staff and students.

The upgrade will involve some computer system downtime, as well as some intermittent computer service outages. OIT is scheduling their work after hours and on weekends to minimize impact. Please note the dates and times listed below.

Impacted services include Banner self-service, the SFCC Connect Intranet, OIT Ticketing System, file shares, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Teams, Office 365, lab software, wireless internet, and phones and voicemail. The public website will not be impacted during the upgrade.

Maintenance Times are as Follows:

  • May 18-20 & May 23-28, between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m. – Intermittent outages in college online systems.
  • May 21-23 – There will also be full system downtime between approximately 5 p.m. Friday, May 21 and noon on Sunday, May 23. The important work that takes place during this time span will have the biggest impact to our services. Users should plan to be offline during this time.

OIT appreciates your support and patience during this process. If you have questions about the server infrastructure upgrade, please contact the OIT service desk at 505-428-1222.

What's that noise? Deadbolt Installation in progress

Please be aware that deadbolt installation has begun and will continue for approximately two weeks. AB-1 Locksmith Service will be working in the 100, 200, 300, 500, 600, 700, and 800 areas.

They will be installing deadbolts in specific doors and will skip rooms that may be occupied at the time. They will create lots of noise with the drilling and each door takes about 30 minutes to complete.

Please contact Noe Villarreal with questions at 428-1825.

Recent SFCC Library events now available online

Did you know that the SFCC YouTube Channel has a playlist titled “SFCC Library Events
where you can can find recordings of past Library events?

Recent events in the playlist:

Photo: Stephen DeGuilio, Ph.D. presenter of What We Owe Children: Something Better than School.


Register for Summer Nutrition Courses

Interested in learning more about Nutrition, or even pursuing a 22 credit hour Certificate in Nutrition?

There are online classes in Nutrition available this summer, register early! Registration opens Tuesday, April 13 for NM residents.


Hear Miriam Sagan's radio interview on Cline's Corner

bannerFounder of the SFCC Creative Writing Program and former professor Miriam Sagan talks with KSFR 101.5 host Lynn Cline about her May 4 free workshop, “Contemporary Haiku and Short Forms: How to Write Flash Poems and Reduce Stress.” SFCC Library sponsored the event. Hear the interview.


Governing Board Approves Policies

The SFCC Governing Board recently approved the revised policies listed below. Click on the links to read each policy. Please address any questions to the Policy Owner or Author listed.

Approved policies are posted at SFCC Policies. If you have questions or would like to learn more about college policies or the Shared Governance Policy Review Process, contact Laura Mulry, ext. 1776 or

Warm water pool open re-opens on Monday, May 10

The warm water pool is now again open. It was closed due to a maintenance issue.

The college will use the same protocols and procedures as were implemented for the regular lap swimming pool.

Please follow the registration instructions as well as the specified COVD-safe guidelines. SFCC will offer three lanes to adhere to the social distancing guidelines. Hours of operation will be 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. through noon on Saturdays. Reservations are for 50-minutes of exercise. There is a $7 fee.

Also, read details in the link below about registering and hours for the regular lap pool.


Register for Spring Readings in the Library

Santa Fe Community College’s Library and Creative Writing Program will host a series of readings of original works throughout April and May. All readings are free and open to the public.

The public is invited to attend, but must pre-register in advance to attend any or all of these at

This week’s is the last reading of the semester:

Wednesday, May 12, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Students in Terry Wilson’s Exploring Creative Writing read their work. Pre-register by May 11 to get Zoom link.


Midtown Campus news

The City Council has ended the agreement with the previously selected developer and continues to explore options. SFCC is a partner in the Midtown Campus planning.

3/31/2021, Santa Fe New Mexican “Midtown campus focus shifts to rezoning, planning for incremental development”

3/11/2021, Santa Fe New Mexican, “City of Santa Fe plans forums to discuss how to use midtown campus”

Image: Santa Fe Higher Education Center is on the edge of the Midtown Campus.

Register now for CE summer golf classes

Summer CE classes are now online. (Also, please note you can still register for some spring classes, too.) Register now to secure your spot.

Want to get some fresh air this summer? Consider a golf class!

Employees use your EEB Benefit. Need assistance with registration? Call 505-428-1676 or email


'Hung Out to Dry,' printmaking exhibit continues until June 11

SFCC’s Visual Arts Gallery presents SFCC’s Visual Arts Gallery presents “Hung Out to Dry,” a virtual printmaking exhibition through June 11.

The exhibition features a mix of unframed prints by SFCC faculty and students hung in display to showcase the variety of work produced in the SFCC printmaking classes. Visit to see the exhibition.

SFCC’s Visual Arts Gallery is closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. The virtual exhibition was co-curated by SFCC Visual Arts Gallery Director Linda Cassel and SFCC Director of The Center for Book Art and Printmaking Patricia Pearce. “We think this exhibit shows the diversity of the medium of printmaking. It is an extremely exciting opportunity to explore the magical world of mark making,” Pearce said.

Printmaking classes are offered on a regular basis. Read more about the Printmaking and Book Arts program

Photo: Letterpress printing press in an SFCC printmaking studio.


Media related to ERP/SIS initiative to assist students

Many stories, columns and radio interviews are highlighting the ERP/SIS (Enterprise Resources Planning and Student Information System). CHESS (Collaborative for Higher Education Shared Services) is the non-profit collaborative organization.

04/26/2021,, “HIGHER ED SALVATION IN THE LAND OF ENCHANTMENT: New Mexico colleges join forces to lower costs, eye opportunities in other states.”

4/3/2021, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Five New Mexico colleges’ shared services plan receives state funding.”

3/30/2021, Los Alamos Reporter, “New higher education nonprofit CHESS to offer students more flexibility.”

SFCC in the news

The following stories or radio shows either featured or mentioned SFCC or one of its employees.

5/3/2021, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Smartboard: SFCC to livestream commencement ceremony”

4/8/21, Los Alamos Daily Post, “Mason Updates Community Leaders on LANL Initiatives.” LANL director Thom Mason mentions partnership with SFCC.

4/5/2021, Santa Fe New Mexican, New Mexico opens coronavirus shots to residents 16 and older

4/4/2021, Santa Fe New Mexican, Rachel Kutcher’s column “LEARNING SANTA FE: Community gathers to support education of young parents,”focused on Expanding Opportunities for Young Children’s program supported by the Santa Fe Foundation. The program based at SFCC supports young parents pursuing a health degree. The story featured SFCC student Ariana Coriz, who is from Santo Domingo/Kewa and has a two-year-old child.

4/1/2021, KSFR, Migratory Birds Return to New Mexico As Weather Warms. Deborah Begel interviews Lenny Gannes.

3/20/2021, Santa Fe New Mexican, Opinion piece by SFCC grad, “Remove barriers to economic growth.”

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

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

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

Student Spotlight

Deadline for Health Sciences Ambassador Program extended to May 31

The UNM Health Sciences Center Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion offers the Health Sciences Ambassadors Program hosted at SFCC.

The program is an academic year-long program providing new students from economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds who are interested in health careers a year-to-year program to ensure they matriculate and graduate to their next level of education.

For more information on eligibility and program benefits, see the program information sheet.

Apply online now!


Student Weekly Connection May 7

This week’s Student Weekly Connection – find information on the virtual commencement, Homeless Legal Clinic, Watermark Scholars Program, UNM Health Ambassadors Program, and more!

Check it out at


Summer scholarship application now available

Scholarships are available for full and part-time students in all qualified areas of study including but not limited to: Business, Early Childhood, Engineering, Nursing, Computer Studies, Culinary and more. There are scholarships for Native American students, Hispanic students and students with disabilities (must be registered with the SAS department), international and non-U.S. citizens. Please visit for more information.

Need help paying for internet service? You might qualify for federal assistance - application available May 12

The latest COVID relief act includes an internet benefit for low-income and Native American households. You could qualify for $50 to $75 in monthly assistance.

Details about the benefit can be found at
On May 12, you can apply at


HEC offers group study space by reservation

SFCC students may now reserve group study space at the Santa Fe Higher Education Center, 1950 Siringo Road, through Thursday May 13.
Groups of up to 7 students may make a reservation.
Time slots are 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
To make a reservation, email with Study Space Reservation in the subject line.
Include the names, telephone numbers and email addresses of everyone in the group in the reservation email. Also include the date and time slot that you would like to reserve.
Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Drop-in appointments are not available. Anyone not listed on the reservation will not be allowed to enter the Santa Fe HEC.

SFCC and the HEC recognize that some students may need support from their peers to succeed in their academic programs. Although the pandemic has closed our campuses to most student activities, student success depends upon access to a safe, comfortable space to work, learn and study.

Faculty: Please let your students know that this opportunity is available.

More details can be seen at the link below:
HEC Study Room detailed information

Sara Lanctot in NASA STEM stars presentation available to watch

If you missed the live video of SFCC grad Sara Lanctot as one of the presenters at the recent NASA STEM stars presentation, it’s available here.


SFCC Library open on limited basis by reservation

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

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

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

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


March 3 COVID-19 Update for Students

On March 3, President Rowley shared a message about the College’s optimistic changes for the summer semester based on COVID-19 vaccination progress.

SFCC’s Virtual Commencement Ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. May 15.

Read the full update here.


Employee Announcements

Expanded exercise opportunities for employees

Employees check your emails last week for an email from Ute Jannsen-Kerr. It detailed how you can access more exercise opportunities starting this week at the FEC through the appointment system, as well as how to register for a free online Office Yoga Class.

If you are having difficulty, accessing the appointment system, please contact Lynda Trujillo by email at so she can assist you.

Please note: Re: You will use a Spring CRN through May 31. Watch your email for a new one after June 1.

Julia Goldberg wins a First Place journalism award

SFCC writing instructor and Santa Fe Reporter senior correspondent Julia Goldberg just won a First Place in the science/tech feature writing category in the 2021 Society of Professional Journalists Top of the Rockies contest for the following story, “Model Citizens: Scientists join together to show the power of data in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.”


Belin Tsinnijinnie, Ph.D., featured on 'MΣΣT a Mathematician!'

SFCC math professor Belin Tsinnijinnie, Ph.D., is currently the featured interview on the website “MΣΣT a Mathematician!” Watch the interview here.

“MΣΣT a Mathematician!” is a collection of video interviews with mathematicians from different backgrounds, especially from historically excluded groups. The mission of MΣΣT a Mathematician is to share the stories of these mathematicians with the aim of introducing students to role models and fostering a sense of community. MΣΣT a Mathematician is committed to amplifying voices and increasing visibility of academic mathematicians from underrepresented groups while advocating for a more inclusive mathematics community that reflects the diversity in the world.

In Memoriam: Margaretmary Wood

Santa Fe Community College expresses sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of Margaretmary Woodd, administrative assistant for Trades & Technology. She passed on April 26. We will share information on a memorial when it becomes available.

Her family has deep connections with the SFCC family. Her husband, Ed Woodd, is a popular pickelball instructor. Her daughter, Brianna Kirkland, graduated from SFCC with an associate degree in media arts and has taught classes about web design at SFCC.

March WOWs!

The WOW nominee for the month of March is Library Technician Francelia Lopez. Congratulations and thanks for your outstanding work!

Francelia Lopez nominated by William Murray:

I would like to nominate Francelia Lopez as A frequent library user I’ve worked with Francelia many times to find just the right book. I’ve also worked with her to keep the library safe, clean and sanitized for everyone. She’s always more than helpful and makes finding a book a special time.

Nominate someone for next month: WOW nomination form
Note: You must be on campus or VPN to submit a nomination.

Janie Chodosh featured in Pasatiempo story, 'Elephant Doctor of India'

SFCC instructor Janie Chodosh and her book, “Elephant Doctor of India,” were featured in the story, “Call of the Wild: Elephant Doctor of India” by Jennifer Levin Santa Fe New Mexican’s Pasatiempo (April 23). Janie Chodosh is an SFCC instructor in the biology department. She teaches field ecology and environmental science. She is also an adjunct faculty member in the SFCC English department.

Photo: Janie Chodosh in Kaziranga National Park, Assam India

See Dr. Chodosh’s talk about her book at


Dr. Stephanie Amedeo Marquez' 'I Got You, Babe'

Dr. Stephanie Amedeo Marquez published a creative non-fiction short story “I Got You, Babe” in the Pikes Peak Writers’ first anthology, Fresh Starts, available now from various book outlets (Amazon, Barnes and Noble) There will be a reading/signing scheduled at Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver, CO in June of 2021.


Emily Stern in Crush/Repeat! 2021 art show

SFCC professor Emily Stern will be part of the Crush/Repeat Art Show, which opened Saturday, April 17 with a Crush/Repeat 2021! virtual opening. Watch the opening here.

Crush/Repeat is an annual art show for queer community and friends where participants pick a small art project to repeat in some manner every day for the month of March. A celebratory public show in April includes a curated gallery of visual projects with opportunity for performances and artist talks.


Is this room clean? Door Hanger and Seal Cleaning Protocol

The custodial staff will be using door hangers and door seals to easily identify rooms that have been used and need to be cleaned. The protocol is as follows:

Door Hangers:
All Rooms receive 2 Door Hangers are checked twice daily

  • Door hangers will be placed on exterior side of door handle and dated at the time cleaning and sanitation is completed.
  • A second door hanger will be placed to indicate room has been used since last cleaning. Green = Clean/Red = Dirty
  • Once a clean room has been used SFCC Staff and Faculty should turn door hanger from green to red as a communication to custodial staff that the room is in need of cleaning.

Yellow Door Seals:
Applied to rooms that are seldom used, checked twice daily

  • Once a room is cleaned and sanitized, door seal will be dated and applied to door.
  • A broken door seal will indicate that a room has been used and is in need of cleaning.

Conversation with the President video available

In case you missed it, the Conversation with the President that was held for employees on Monday April 5 is available to view on YouTube.


March 3 Campus Update and COVID Vaccines

In a email to employees on March 3, President Rowley shared information on priority vaccinations for Higher Education.

Read the full update here.


Sign up to read for the Faculty and Staff Annual Springtime Reading

Readings in the Library: Faculty and Staff Annual Springtime Reading
5 to 6 p.m. May 6, 2021

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

How to enroll for COVID 19 vaccine

Please see the President’s update from Jan. 8 to see how to enroll for the COVID-19 vaccine.

SFCC encourages you to enroll soon, so our state can more effectively distribute the vaccine and notify you when vaccine doses will be available in your area.

NOVID phone app: The City of Santa Fe has partnered with NOVID to slow the spread of the virus. Download the free app at Read more about the app in this Dec. 15 Santa Fe Reporter story, “Spread the Word, not COVID-19.”

Since the update was released, there has been additional information about the phases of distribution. Read more here.


Reminder: Don't speak to ERP vendors

In an email on Dec. 15, President Rowley shared an ERP update.

She stated: After months of incredibly hard work by dozens of our colleagues here and at our partner colleges at CNM, Clovis Community College, Northern New Mexico College, and San Juan College with the Shared Services Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) initiative, I am pleased to announce that our Shared Services ERP Request for Proposals will be posted on Friday, Dec. 18…
Later in the full message she notes,

“Thank you to our coworkers who have dedicated many hours to the Shared Services ERP RFP. Thank you, also, to all of you for continuing to honor the mandate that we must avoid all vendor contact now through the awarding of the contract next summer. We have already received a lot of outreach from vendors, and that has not been limited to those in OIT. Therefore, please remember to avoid responding to vendors. Should you hear from a vendor, please refer them to Gerrie Becker, Chief Procurement Officer for the RFP, 505-224-4551. Gerrie is the only person authorized to speak with vendors.”


Let's help slow the spread of the virus

Let’s keep everyone safe and remember:

SFCC COVID protocols require that everyone wear a mask at all times on campus.

Social distance in public and avoid gatherings with people outside your household.

• If you are feeling ill, you should not come into work, and avoid any type of social setting. The College wants you to feel better before you return to work.

If you are feeling ill: Get tested and isolate yourself from others as much as possible. We need to help mitigate the health risk to others.

Call 1-855-600-3453 for testing information and results.

• If you do contract COVID-19, seek medical attention immediately. Notify your supervisor and human resources. These cases need to 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

Remember to wash your hands for a full 20 seconds!

Submit nominations for WOW awards

The Office of Human Resources reminds you to nominate who you think is doing a great job here at SFCC. The nomination form can be found at the SFCC Connect portal, or by reaching out to Joanne Romero


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Faculty & Staff Reading shared powerful poems and stories

Faculty and Staff presented readings as part of the SFCC Creative Writing Spring Readings in the Library. Readings included works by Karin Pitman, Bethany Carson, Val Nye, Shuli Lamden and Kate McCahill. Dr. Aamna Nayaar offered everyone a special treat when she read one of her grandfather’s Urdu short stories. He was a famous fiction writer. Read more about Dr. Azam Kuraivi here.

The reading had listeners both tearing up with emotion and other times, such as during Terry Wilson’s reading listeners broke into uncontrollable laughter. Thank you to our faculty and staff members who shared their work during this special evening!

Zoom photo: Shuli Lamden reads.