Campus Weekly

FEC Reopening was a great "Celebration"!

SFCC gave the public an opportunity to see the many upgrades and improvements made in the interior of the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center during its grand reopening.

Cecilia Cervantes, Ph.D. said, “We’re excited to have the community come and see how gorgeous the updated fitness center is. Of all of the college’s buildings, this one gets the most use by all generations.”

VIPs in attendance were the Witter Family; Ed Moreno, District 5 County Commissioner; Jack Sullivan, Vice Chair, SFCC Governing Board.

Festivities ended with a flash mob by faculty, staff and students. See more photos on Facebook.

Photo (l-r): Commissioner Moreno, Trina and Nancy Witter (with granddaughter Avery), Dr. Cervantes and Henry Mignardot.

News and Announcements

Conversation with the President, Tuesday

Join Dr. Cervantes for a Conversation with the President from 2 to 3 p.m., Tuesday, May 14 in the Jemez Room. The SFCC Governing Board-approved budget for 2019-2020 will be reviewed. Please bring your questions and comments.

Municipal Judge Virginia Vigil to provide keynote at commencement on Saturday, May 18

Santa Fe Community College announces Santa Fe Municipal Court Judge Virginia Vigil will provide the keynote address to the 460 graduates of the Class of Spring 2019. Commencement begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18 in the Witter C. Fitness Center.

Student speakers are Manuel Kavanaugh and Linda Linda Peña.

Of Note: For the Academic Year 2018-19 there is a 20 percent increase in the number (331) of male graduates. Additionally, there is a nine percent increase of total awards (538) to be given this spring in comparison to (494) spring 2018.


Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Dinner, June 20

This year’s Chaîne des Rôtisseurs dinner is from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., Thursday, June 20 in the Jemez Rooms.

Enjoy a uniquely crafted gourmet celebration while you support education and inspiring Santa Fe’s culinary community. Proceeds benefit Cooking with Kids and Santa Fe Community College Foundation’s Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Culinary Arts Endowed Scholarship.

Tickets for are available for purchase now. For more information contact the SFCC Foundation, 505-428-1175 or visit the Facebook event.

Campus Cupboard Food Drive continues

Help stock the Cupboard! Bring non-perishable food donations for Campus Cupboard during this special food drive through Friday, May 17. Look for the “Campus Cupboard” bins located around campus. Donations of money can be made through the SFCC Foundation. Donations of non-perishable canned goods, especially proteins and snacks are needed.

The Campus Cupboard is open from 12 to 4 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the Spring and Summer 2019 semesters. The Campus Cupboard is now located at the bottom of the stairs outside the cafeteria near the Veterans Resource Center. Thanks to Santa Fe Community College Foundation for support!

If you need additional information, please e-mail Bobbie Mascarenas or call ext. 1014. Please help get the word out!

Sculpture and Film: Blending Mediums, May 16

See promotional videos produced by SFCC Film Department featuring the SFCC Sculpture program at Jean Cocteau Cinema at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 16, 418 Montezuma Ave. Public screening and reception, doors open at 7 p.m.


Continuing Education and Contract Training Open House, May 21

Get all the details about CE’s summer offerings during an open house 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 21 in Room 131 and the main hallway.

Meet instructors, learn about classes and register for Continuing Education classes. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Continuing Education at 505-428-1676.

High School Equivalency (HSE) Graduation Ceremony, May 21

Cheer on the latest group of students who have successfully completed the GED/HiSET Examinations from May 2018 to May 2019 during a graduation ceremony beginning at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 21 in the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center gymnasium.

The Keynote address will be delivered by New Mexico’s Lt. Governor Howie Morales.

For more information, contact SFCC’s Adult Education office, ext. 1356.

Best of Santa Fe - Vote Now!

SFCC has been nominated in Santa Fe Reporter’s Best of Santa Fe this year in multiple categories.

Best Fitness Class
Best Pilates Studio
Best Weightlifting
Best Yoga Studio

Voting is open now through May 31, visit Santa Fe Reporter and support SFCC.

Student Spotlight

PILAS Certificates Awarded

Congratulations to the 24 students who completed their Spring 2019 PILAS internships. During a ceremony May 8, students, employers, and faculty members shared highlights of their internship experiences and the ways the PILAS internships helped students along their career path.

Interns were honored with certificates of completion by President Cervantes and PILAS Internship Coordinator Ya’el Chaikind.

For more information on participating as an intern or mentor in the PILAS program, contact Ya’el Chaikind, MA, LMHC, GCDF, or 505-428-1418.

Pictured (l-r): Zachary DeLay, Ruby Lopez, Oryon Blay, Dimple Mathew, Dillon Snow, Armand Sena, Jennifer Lein and Isabel Chavez Casas


SFCC Chorus performs at First Presbyterian Church

The SFCC Chorus performed to a full crowd as part of the TGIF Concert Series at First Presbyterian Church earlier this month. The group, directed by Fred Graham, performed works of Mozart and Haydn, among other composers. The concert concluded with a stirring rendition of the New Mexico state song, “O Fair New Mexico,” written by Elizabeth Garrett.

ESL Summer Classes, Orientations May 22 and 29

SFCC will offer an intensive 4-week English as a Second Language session June 3 to June 27 to any adult who wants to learn English. New students must attend an orientation session prior to registration.

All of the orientation and registration sessions take place in the Adult Education Office.

10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 22
5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 22
10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 29
5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 29


Lifeguard Certification Class - sign up now!

Enroll in the American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Class to be held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday, May 29 through June 1 now. Register with CRN # 10258 at

Prequalifications: must be at least 15 years of age and pass the ARC swim test.

For more information, call 505-428-1608.

LANL Foundation Career Pathways Scholarship Deadline is May 31

Previously known as the Regional College / Returning Student (RCRS) Scholarship, Career Pathways will continue to provide $1500 awards for two-year degrees, certifications and trades but now no longer requires applicants to have a gap in formal education. The scholarship is renewable for up to two years and a total of $3,000 with no need to reapply—as long as recipients remain in good academic standing and are making progress towards completion.

As with all LANL Foundation scholarships, students must be a resident of the Northern New Mexico seven-county area that includes Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe or Taos. Funding may be applied to any accredited post-secondary educational institution, in or out of state.

Applications are currently being accepted online. The deadline to apply is May 31, 2019.

SFCC Department of Dental Health accepting applications for 2019-2020 academic year

The SFCC Department of Dental Health is now accepting applications for 2019-2020 academic year.

Certificate in Dental Assisting (3-semester, full-time program)
Certificate in Advanced Dental Assisting Skills (part-time, evening and online available)
AAS in Dental Health (5-semester, full-time program)
Certificate in Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary (EFDA) (2-semester program with online and weekends available)

For information contact, Aamna Nayyar, 505-428-1258 or or visit

Don’t Leave $$$ on the Table!

SFCC can help you pay for college with scholarships. One simple application puts you in consideration for all SFCC endowed Foundation and Institutional scholarships. Apply online today. Application deadline is May 24.

Funding is limited: lock in your scholarship now for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Scholarships are awarded based upon availability of funds. Financial need and a minimum GPA are required for some scholarships. Students are required to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Scholarships are available for international and non-U.S. citizen students. International students should complete the 2019-2020 Dreamers Financial Aid Application available online and from the Financial Aid Office.

Learn more online, by emailing Financial Aid or calling 505-428-1268. Se habla Español.

Employee Announcements

Khalsa Published in Biomed Central

Sahaj Khalsa director of SFCC’s Emergency Medical Services Institute & AHAC has had a paper published at Biomed Central. The paper, Influence of patient race on administration of analgesia by student paramedics is posted now.

Congratulations, Sahaj!

Faculty and Staff - have you published?

Check out the newest display in the Library featuring published works by SFCC faculty and staff members.

Have you published, but don’t see your name on the list? Contact Laura Smith, collections and instruction librarian, and let her know the details, ext. 1368.

SFCC in the News

The first phase of upgrades that have been completed at the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center were featured in the Santa Fe New Mexican, Santa Fe Community College showing off fitness center upgrades.

Dr. Aamna Nayyar’s son and SFCC alumnus, Abdulla Shah was profiled by the UNM Newsroom, Abdullah Shah overcomes disability to graduate in three years. He’s also received UNM’s Outstanding Senior Award.

Carole Chávez Hunt’s opinion column, “My View: SFCC teachers struggling to meet the demands,” ran May 5 in the Santa Fe New Mexican. Carole Chávez Hunt is a professor of Spanish and Portuguese and is the chair of World Languages at SFCC.