Campus Weekly

Kids Campus distributes education kits and messages of love

Our kids from Kids Campus were feeling the love as they arrived to be met by their teachers and staff at Kids Campus. They made the a flier shown to share the love. (Click on the image to see a bigger view of the teachers and staff.)

Each kit contained specific materials for Infants, Toddlers, Twos, Early Pre-K and Pre-K children. These kits were thoughtfully and carefully assembled to go along with lessons that the teachers will provide in the next four weeks.

Thanks for all who worked so hard to make this happen!

See more photos.

Photo above: Pre-K teachers Abrianna Martinez and Nick Reilly hold “We Love You” signs as parents and kids arrive amid excitement to pick up their educational kits.

News and Announcements

Katie Besser Awards presentation/reading at 3 p.m. May 14

The SFCC Library will host the Katie Besser Awards presentation online from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 14.

Emily Stern will lead the presentation, which will include the announcement of the Richard C. Bradford scholarship. The event is presented by SFCC Liberal Arts and Media Arts.

The event celebrates students’ creative expression through writing, photography and media arts.

An RSVP is required to attend at to receive a meeting invitation 30 minutes before the event.

All student award finalists are considered for the Richard C. Bradford Scholarship. Named for the author of the 1968 classic “Red Sky at Morning,” the scholarship was initiated by author Michael McGarrity, arts advocate Charmay Allred and former Santa Fe city councilwoman Rebecca Wurzburger. The winner will be announced at the event.

The Katie Besser Writing Awards are directed by Emily Stern and sponsored by the SFCC Foundation.

Congratulations students! Please see a list of the Katie Besser Award winners.

SFCC Counts! Census 2020

Why is the census important? If New Mexico undercounts residents by only 1%, we would lose $780 Million Dollars. (

Be counted! If you have received an invitation, respond using your Census ID.

If you haven’t received a census letter or paper questionnaire with your Census ID, wait to respond. Census workers will drop off paper questionnaires at your front door.

When people respond online or over the phone using their Census ID or mail back their completed paper questionnaire, we can get the best count of the community.

Virtual Therapy Pets

Unfortunately, SFCC Library can’t hold its usual therapy dog sessions during Finals. We’re sad, too, but like so much else these days, we’re moving online! our pets probably already interrupt your work/study-from-home life, so we’re holding a Zoom meeting just for them! Featuring some of our regular dog therapists, this is one video conference pets ARE invited to. We want to meet your animals — cats, dogs, horses, birds, turtles, whatever!

RSVP is required:

See KOB-TV feature on SFCC and World Central Kitchen

Kai Porter of KOB-TV 4 produced a terrific story, “Santa Fe Community College students earning credit for cooking meals for those in need” It aired May 8.

May 8 Governing Board Meeting

At the May 8 Governing Board meeting, the Board declared a “bona fide financial emergency.” Watch the virutual Board meeting in it’s entirety on SFCCC’s YouTube channel at

See The Santa Fe New Mexican’s May 10 story, “Santa Fe Community College to raise tuition, fees by 22 percent.”

See the Albuquerque Journal’s May 8 story, “Expected drop in enrollment prompts SFCC to raise fees.”

Automotive Technologies Center progress

Construction is progressing rapidly on the Automotive Technologies Center. All steel has been erected and the building will soon be fully enclosed. Though the project may experience some delays due to covid-19, it remains well within budget and on track to receive a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.

View larger photo here.

Continuing Education update

Continuing Education has launched a new online registration system featuring summer class offerings. Now students can register for noncredit classes anywhere, anytime. Continuing Education will offer online personal enrichment classes along with online professional development classes on UGotClass and Ed2Go. To use your EEBs for Continuing Education classes, complete the EEB form before you register, then contact Continuing Education at or 505-428-1676. Their team will help you and your dependents complete registration.

Questions? Ask a Librarian!

SFCC Library launched a new chat feature. The staff is available to chat from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. If no one is available, you can send an email and they will get in contact with you. The chat is monitored and replied to live by the SFCC library staff. With screen sharing, they can help you find what you’re looking for as if you were meeting in person.

Just go to the library home page, and click on the “Questions? Ask a Librarian!” bar on the bottom right.


SFCC receives funding from VW settlement for Auto Tech Center

The college received great news from the New Mexico Environment Department regarding funding from the Volkswagen Settlement. The notification stated:

The VW Settlement Steering Committee has selected the Santa Fe Community College project for funding in the following amount:
• Automotive Tech Center: $22,298

This funding is for the Light Duty Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (LDEVSE) Program.

Here’s also a recent story about these projects on KRQE.


Inside SFCC 2020, Vol. 2

In this issue of Inside SFCC, we share the college’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Listen to Santa Fe Reporter podcast about SFCC and World Central Kitchen

Listen to Santa Fe Reporter’s Katherine Lewin’s recent podcast, “Season 3 Episode 8: 3,000 Meals A DaySanta Fe Community College partners with other distributors to bring meals to Northern New Mexico.” She visited the campus on April 30 to get a behind the scenes look into SFCC’s Culinary Arts kitchen as work continues with World Central Kitchen.

Student Emergency Assistance Fund

SFCC Foundation has established the Student Emergency Assistance Fund to help students in need during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Please help us grow this fund and help as many of our students as possible at this difficult time by making a donation today!
If you have trouble accessing the donation site, please try a different browser. Google Chrome is recommended.

If you are a student and wish to apply for emergency assistance, follow this link to apply online.


Summer and Fall registration is now open! Consider taking a class

SFCC’s fall semester registration has begun. All online fees have been waived for the summer and fall semesters.

Registration opened for all on April 21. You need to use the Look for Classes in the drop down menu.

Employees: Please consider using your EEB benefit by signing up for a class this summer or fall. Also, let your friends and family know about the selection of classes they can attend from the safety of their homes.

Perhaps, you have a family member graduating from high school soon. They can get a jump start on college by enrolling now. Have them reach out to the Welcome and Advising Center at to get started.

For more information, please see President Rowley’s message to students.

Note: Summer online classes will begin on June 8.


Help nursing students make a difference by making masks

Nursing students and CNAs Erin Price and Robin Carrillo Ortiz have been making masks to help the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. They started the group, Operation Bandana New Mexico in March to make face masks for NM health care workers. Note, these are not N95 masks, but masks for extra protection.

Follow the Operation Bandana New Mexico link to sign up to help. If you aren’t on Facebook, you can sign up to volunteer in different capacities (sew, cut, make phone calls, etc) at this link, which is at the top of the Facebook page, too:
Operation Bandana NM Google Forms Sign-up

The group provides mask materials and needs people to sew at all levels. Please disclose your sewing skill level so they can determine what is appropriate as some of the material is like gold!

Did you know that Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham recognized SFCC’s dynamic nursing students who organized this at her press conference last week?
Bravo Erin Price and Robin Carillo Ortiz! Kudos well deserved.

Photo above shared by Meghan McGarrity from SFCC In This Together Facebook page.

SFCC in the news

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

KOBTV, 5/8/2020,
Santa Fe Community College students earning credit for cooking meals for those in need

Santa Fe New Mexican, 5/7/2020, Editorial,
OUR VIEW: Look for points of light in these dark times

Santa Fe New Mexican,5/7/2020, “Santa Fe Community College students, volunteers prepare meals for those in need”

Albuquerque Journal North, 5/3/2020 “SFCC’s World Central Kitchen feeds the hungry”

Community College Daily, 4/30/20 “Food distro project provides meals, work experience”

Santa Fe New Mexican, 4/21/20 “Letter to the editor: Community College puts students first,” a great letter written by SGA president Ian Widrick Martinez.

Santa Fe New Mexican, 4/19/20, SFCC, “SFCC, Los Alamos lab join to offer machinist program”

Los Alamos Daily Post, 4/16/20 “SFCC and Los Alamos National Laboratory Announce Collaboration”

Student Spotlight

SFCC students receive Nightingale Scholarships

SFCC Students Madison Taylor Hayden and Skye Momaday-McKinney were among 20 students to win $1000 Nightingale Scholarships from the New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence to assist them in pursuit of Nursing Degrees.


SFCC credit for volunteering

SFCC students continue to make a difference and are receiving college credit for their work!
Culinary Arts and Nursing students receive credit for their work on the SFCC, World Central Kitchen free meals for the community program. Medical Assisting students are also screening volunteers and receiving credit.

SFCC & World Central Kitchen provide food for students

SFCC students can pick up meals to feed either two or four people from 2 to 4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. To find the food distribution location, follow this map.

Schedule a remote appointment with your Advisor

Remote Academic Advising appointments are now available. Click here to schedule a remote appointment with your Academic Advisor.

Note: You must be logged in to MySFCC to schedule an appointment.


Testing Center Update: Placement exam options are available

Options for English and Math placement testing are available for current and prospective students during our current campus closure. Please contact for further information or to schedule your exam.

Processes for Summer/Fall Registration and end of Spring term

In an email to students, Associate Vice President for Student Success, Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos laid out SFCC’s registration process and dates for Summer and Fall 2020. The email also detailed steps should take to withdraw from or drop classes in Spring 2020 as well as how to petition to graduate.


Access to Wifi

SFCC Wifi is available in the parking lots during daylight hours (, and Xfinity has opened Wi-Fi hotspots for free use.

Deadline for completed petitions to graduate extended to May 15

Ready to graduate this spring?
The deadline to get completed Petition to Graduate for Spring 2020 has been extended to May 15.
Petitions should be sent to

Students who are eligible to graduate and who fulfill their academic requirements by the end of Spring 2020 will graduate and will receive their diploma.

The best way to apply to graduate is by going into your student portal and apply online. Go to MySFCC; click on Forms and Documents; Under Registrar heading, click on Petition to Graduate. Complete the document and submit.

LANL Foundation Career Pathways Scholarship (Deadline extended to May 22)

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation is now accepting applications for its Spring 2020 Career Pathways Scholarship. The deadline has been extended to May 22.
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. Funds are 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 May 22.

If you have questions or need assistance, email


Employee Announcements

Volunteers needed to support food distribution

In partnership with SFCC Foundation and World Central Kitchen, the SFCC Culinary and Controlled Environment Agriculture programs are providing food to people in need in our community. Every protective measure is being taken to assure that we are safely preparing and distributing food.

For those of you who would like to support food distribution, you may sign up at the following link:

By volunteering for this project, you are committing to at least one 3-hour shift to distribute food or help direct traffic. You will receive training and PPE and our gratitude for your service to our community. Please communicate directly with your supervisor regarding the potential use of your time on this project.

Contact: Shirley Vialpando at


SFCC Welcomes Luis Olivas, Director of Human Resources

Please welcome Luis Olivas, our new Director of Human Resources. He is excited to help serve everyone here at SFCC and further the college’s mission of empowering students and strengthening the community.

This is Luis’ first role in higher education. Past experience has included tech startups, tribal casinos, large insurance brokerages, heavy manufacturing, and consulting. Originally from Albuquerque, Luis received a B.A. in Sociology and an MBA, both from UNM. His interests include hiking the length of the Rio Grande, promoting primary and secondary educational equity, and spending time outside.

Money at Work: TIAA retirement workshop

TIAA will be hosting two workshops on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, that will provide information on retirement plans. They will discuss the importance of planning early, maximizing your retirement plan contributions and how understand asset allocation principles affects the management of financial objectives. Given current circumstances, this is a great opportunity to receive expert advice.

Two online sessions will be offered, one at 9:00 a.m. and the other at 11:30 a.m. Please click on the link below if you would like to register.

Register for 9 a.m. workshop.

Register for 11:30 a.m. workshop.


OIT cybersecurity tips and training

OIT sent out a message reminding employees how to keep their computer environments safe when working from home.

OIT should be offering cybersecurity training starting next week. The full message can be seen here.

You will also see an email reminding you to take cybersecurity training. KnowBe4 is the Cybersecurity Training System. You can log into to My.SFCC and click on the KnowBe4 Icon to access your assigned Cybersecurity Training.


Let Campus Weekly share your news

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Operation Hospital Gown Update

Ezra Estes, Ondine Frauenglass and Linda Cassel completed 21 hospital gowns for Christus St. Vincent and have received another bolt of fabric that will provide pattern pieces for 60 more gowns. To date, the hospital has received over 220 gowns toward their 1,000 gown goal. Jill Carlson is sewing an additional 23 gowns on her own. All of the fabric for the project has been given to teams cutting pattern pieces and those kits are moving to available stitchers as quickly as possible. Other partners in this project include the Santa Fe Opera Guild, MAKE Santa Fe, and MeowWolf.

Miguel Maestas and Peter Taussig are manufacturing the headband pieces for face shields, and with a recent contribution from the Santa Fe HEC, are now working to complete the face shields and share them where needed.

Other SFCC sewists including Cori Bergin and Emily Powell are helping to stitch masks to support the students, faculty and staff at Cesar Chavez Community School in Albuquerque. Operation Bandana New Mexico will provide all the materials to make 200 masks.

To get involved contact Meghan McGarrity or call 505-428-1604.

Photo shared by Meghan McGarrity from SFCC In This Together Facebook page.