Campus Weekly

SFCC's Veteran's Legacy Project presented first big event

Thank you to the leadership of Stephen Martinez, Ph.D. and the SFCC Veteran’s Legacy Program (VLP) team, the first major lecture event happened April 26 at the Santa Fe Veteran’s Cemetery.

The VLP commemorates our New Mexican Veterans through the discovery and sharing of their stories. SFCC VLP encourages students, faculty, and teachers at colleges, universities and K-12 level in New Mexico and beyond to immerse themselves in the rich historical resources found within National Cemetery Administration cemeteries, and related historical documents. Participants can research Veterans interred in New Mexico’s cemeteries and develop educational tools that increase public awareness of Veteran service and sacrifice.

Students from NM School for the Arts listened to a lecture given by Stephen Martinez about those interred there from the Civil War.

A special thank you to SFCC contributing team members:

  • Steve Martinez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History
  • Alison Johnson, M.A., Assistant Professor and Co-Program Head of Film and
    Media Arts
  • Peter Taussig, M.I.G., Associate Professor and Chair of Media Arts, Film and Photography

Also, SFCC recognizes these individuals who contributed so much to the succcess of the event:

  • Former SFCC Foundation Member Ken Dettelbach, J.D., Vietnam Veteran and community leader with his own successful, non-profit organization serving veterans. He has taken a leadership role and advocates for SFCC’s veterans.
  • Cameron Sperry,
    K-12 Coordinator, M.A. Santa Fe School for the Arts
  • Victor Vasquez, Director of Santa Fe National Cemetery.
  • Thank you also to President Becky Rowley, Ph.D. and Veterans Resource Coordinator Krystal Patton for their support. We thank the many other individuals, organizations and funders for making this possible.

    SFHS Junior Navy ROTC was there for the color guard and presentation of the flag.

    See more images on the SFCC Veterans Resource Facebook page.

    Read more from this story:
    Santa Fe New Mexican, 04/27/2022, National Cemetery ‘makes it real’ for students to explore Santa Fe’s history.”

    News and Announcements

    Register now for Katie Besser Awards at 5 p.m. May 4 on Zoom

    We hope you will join us from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday May 4 for the Katie Besser Awards Celebration and the launch of the 2022 Accolades digital publication of the winning work (writing and image awards).

    SFCC foundationThe SFCC Foundation will also announce the Richard Bradford Memorial Creative Writing Scholarship winner! The event is sponsored by the SFCC Library, SFCC Creative Writing Program and SFCC Foundation.

    Mark your calendar and register to sign up at

    SFCC community invited to Peer Opioid program online at 1 to 3 p.m. May 3

    The SFCC community is invited to join the PEER OPIOID PROGRAM GUEST Sky and campusSPEAKERS event from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 3 via Zoom.

    Six speakers from Presbyterian HealthCare Services Peer Opioid Program will share their experiences as Peers working in the Emergency Departments at Presbyterian Hospital.

    Join the event at this link:

    Dental program participated in ADEA Hill Day

    2022 ADEA Hill Day – Oral Health Advocacy – meeting with Senator Heinrich’s staff – April 25

    Dr. Aamna Nayyar, Samantha Montoya (top photo) and student Vianeth Lozoya virtually met with Claire Wengrod (photo below) from Sen. Martin Heinrich’s office and made their voices heard about the importance of Oral healthcare and Education. This meeting was part of the American Dental Education Association [ADEA]’s Capitol Hill Day – Oral Health Advocacy Day. Thank you to Brian Robinson, Program Manager for Advocacy and Government Relations from ADEA for organizing this event.

    Dr. Nayyar also serves as the Co-Chair of the NM Oral Health Coalition.

    To learn about ADEA, please visit:
    To learn about NMOHC, please visit:

    To learn about SFCC’s Dental Programs, please contact or 505-428-1258

    SFCC County invites students and families to May 7 planting event

    Santa Fe County has sent an invitation to all students and families to join in a planting event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 7. The tree planting will be at the Valle Vista Boys and Girls Club, 8 Las Lomas Drive, Santa Fe NM 87508.

    This event is part of a series of events in celebration of Earth Day.

    No gardening experience is necessary. The County will provide all the tools and training you will need!

    You are welcome and encouraged to bring your own shovel, gloves, and snacks. These items will be provided if you do not have your own. Drinking water will be provided. Please bring a reusable water bottle.

    Participants are expected to adhere to COVID-19 guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding social distancing and use of masks. Pre-registration is required. We encourage you to register and arrive at 9 a.m. You can register at:

    Download a flyer in English and Spanish.


    Tune in to hear President Rowley at 3 p.m. May 10

    LISTEN UP! President Becky Rowley will talk about the latest news at the college, in-person Graduation, the Class of 2022, and more with host Richard Eeds on Tuesday, May 10, at 3 p.m. on the Richard Eeds Show, KTRC 1260 | 103.7.

    Register now for best selection of classes!

    Encourage your friends and neighbors to apply and register for the summer term and Fall semester soon!

    For details visit: For information about Financial Aid or the Opportunity Scholarship for the Fall semester, email Call 505-428-1270 for registration assistance.

    If you’re an employee, consider using your EEB benefit. Register now to get the best class selections!

    Help end mental health stigma on campus

    Want to help end mental health stigma on campus? Come be part of the solution.

    Mental health discussion group
    co-sponsored by the SFCC library & counseling services
    Noon to 1 p.m.
    Tuesdays April 19, April 26, May 3, May 10.

    Open to students, faculty, and staff. A brief reading on a mental health topic will be sent out each week to be discussed in group. Reading not required for participation.

    Email for more info and to receive the meeting link.

    Read the latest issue of Inside SFCC

    During Community College Month, Inside SFCC has wonderful stories about how the college is good for business. Learn more about SFCC’s business administration program, as well as how PROTEC serves the community. Read the latest issue here.

    Photo: Accounting graduate Lucy Felt.

    SFCC Student Art Show Opening from 4 to 6 p.m. May 12

    Come to SFCC’s Student Art Show Opening Reception from 4 to 6 p.m. May 12 in the Visual Arts Gallery. The exhibition will continue through Aug. 4. SFCC students will exhibit sculpture, printmaking, book arts, ceramics, jewelry, media arts, drawing, painting, film, fine woodworking and photography. Free event. Masks required. Call 505-428-1501 or email for information.

    File photo: Jesus Gallegos at 2019 Media Arts Exhibition.

    Policy Updates

    Last month, the Governing Board approved revisions to two policies. Please become familiar with them. If you have questions, contact the Policy Owners listed.

    College Policies and Procedures are posted at SFCC Policies. If you would like to learn more, please contact Laura J. Mulry, ext. 1776.

    Registration open for Summer CE classes

    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 racks around town. Visit for tips on registering and to view the variety of offerings.

    Dean of Continuing Education and Contract Training Kris Swedin said, “Summer is the perfect time to relax with painting, creative writing or jewelry making. You can learn new photographic techniques to capture the beauty of the region’s landscapes and sunsets. You can explore how to attract bees and birds to your backyard. There are also many options for acquiring new professional skills and certifications.”

    For in-person classes, strict COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed. Masks are required on campus. Also, participants will need to follow the college’s COVID-19 vaccine requirements. 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.

    Employees: Consider using your EEB benefit to take a class this summer!

    Read more about plant-based cooking, classes to explore regional geology, many language classes and much more.

    County and City recognized SFCC during Community College Month

    April was National Community College Month.

    The last week of April included the recognition and proclamation of Community College Month from Santa Fe County and the City of Santa Fe. Hear County Commissioners sing the praises of SFCC at their last board meeting. Tune in at the 1:15:10 mark and listen through the 1:27:50 mark at this Youtube link:

    Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber joined the SFCC governing board meeting on April 27 to read the City’s proclamation. You can watch him speak about the importance of the college at 30:45 mark concluding at 36:48 mark of the SFCC governing boar meeting at:

    It was heartwarming to hear all of the support the college has from the County and City. Most of these officials have attended classes at SFCC and appreciate all the college offers!

    See also the governing board’s proclamation about Community College Month here.

    For more visit:

    Save the date! Spring Commencement May 14, 2022

    Save the Date
    10 a.m. May 14, 2022
    Spring Commencement Ceremony

    William C. Witter Fitness Center
    Santa Fe Community College

    Video Livestream for those who wish to view remotely at, as well as live simulcast on SFCTV-16 on Comcast.

    Covid-safe: social distancing and masks required.

    The Spring Commencement will be rebroadcast on Comcast at these times: 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 18, 7 p.m. Friday, May 20 and noon Sunday, May 22 (MT).

    More details to come!

    File photo: 2018 graduation

    Haiku Trail at Audubon Center opens 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 13

    Former chair of SFCC’s Creative Writing Program Miriam Sagan announced on her blog that the new Haiku Trail at the Randall Davey Audubon Center and Sanctuary will open from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 13.

    Poets include Miriam Sagan, Assistant Executive Director of Marketing and Public relations Laura J. Mulry, as well as many former SFCC students.

    Image: Haiku from the trail by Laura J. Mulry.


    UNM/SFCC Health Ambassadors application opens April 1

    The UNM – SFCC HC Ambassadors Program will begin taking applications for Fall 2022 SFCC students who are interested in pursuing healthcare careers. This federally funded program provides opportunities for students from economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds to explore healthcare options while also offering tutoring support to be successful in college. The deadline for the application process is September 15, 2022.

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


    Faculty, staff, students and alumni invited to share work for Library Resource Guide

    The Creative Writing Department is growing its visibility, community, and engagement by developing an SFCC Library Guide of works by All SFCC Community, including all genres and mediums by faculty (all), staff, students, and alumni. This collection will be regularly updated, available as an SFCC Library Guide.
    Please click to upload and share your work. Please copy and paste the prompts below for each entry you add. This will allow pieces to be disseminated in multiple categories.

    • Your name:
    • Your SFCC connection:
    • List all that apply: Student, Alumni, SFCC Title, and Department/area of study (when applicable):
    • Link(s) to your SFCC website Bio page or Department’s page (when applicable) and/or relevant personal sites:
    • Title of your piece:
    • Genre /Medium of your piece:
    • Where can we find this work? (links, Google Doc. of a PDF, etc.)
    • Any brief comments you would like to include in the listing.

    Questions? Contact Emily Stern at 505-428-1467.

    Veterans Legacy Program launches new website

    The Santa Fe Community College Veterans Legacy Program (SFCC VLP) has launched a new webiste,, which commemorates our New Mexican Veterans through the discovery and sharing of their stories. SFCC VLP encourages students, faculty, and teachers at colleges, universities and K-12 level in New Mexico and beyond to immerse themselves in the rich historical resources found within National Cemetery Administration cemeteries, and related historical documents.

    Participants research Veterans interred in New Mexico’s cemeteries and develop educational tools that increase public awareness of Veteran service and sacrifice.

    For questions about the Veterans Legacy Program, please contact Steve Martinez.


    Mask requirement remains in effect (for now)

    Mask requirement remains in effect.
    In a campus update on February 18, it was announced that SFCC’s current health and safety practices, including the mask requirement, remain in effect.


    Call for submissions for Multilingual Resources for an SFCC English Learners Library Guide

    Associate Professor of English Emily Stern is coordinating with SFCC Library Director Valerie Nye to develop a list of multilingual resources for an SFCC English Learners Library Guide.

    Emily Stern said, “The global equity in learning lens promotes expanding and growing relationships, reading comprehension, and access across all languages and courses by supporting multilingual learning using a relational, strengths approach.”
    Read more at:

    The SFCC English Learners Library Guide will be organized according to SFCC’s designated Pathways. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to add contributions and suggestions of resources that would aid SFCC’s English learners.

    Please add your contributions to this Google document:
    Here are just a few examples of some resources identified for the Arts and Communication Pathway:

    English Language Arts Glossary (ENGL/SPAN)
    ENG/SPAN Literary Terms and Devices Glossary (NY State and NYU)

    Here are other Pathways that we’d like to expand with resources:
    • Business
    • Health Sciences
    • Law and Social Justice
    • Science and Engineering
    • Teacher Education
    • Trades and Sustainability

    Questions? Contact Emily Stern at 505-428-1467.

    East Wing Eatery Hours: 8 a.m. to noon T-F

    After a successful soft opening in February, the East Wing Eatery announces its new hours. The café will be open 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Friday. Eatery manager Chef Micaela Deaton says she and the student workers have been very busy and are working hard to meet campus demand. The eatery will be closed Mondays for prep and planning.

    Thank you for your continued support of the East Wing Eatery!

    Book massage therapy appointments now

    Appointments for the Spring semester Student Massage Therapy clinics are open at

    Here are the details about this semester’s clinics:

    • $25 for a 60 minute Swedish-Therapeutic Student Massage
    • March 21 through May 13
    • Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays
    • 1:15 p.m.; 3 p.m.; 4:45 p.m. appointments

    Good news! There are twice as many students this semester, so more appointments are available. Also, appointments are now open to the public.

    All appointments will be in the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center. As per the Covid protocol for the FEC, all who enter must arrive wearing a mask and show a proof of vaccination to be admitted.

    Visit the Massage Therapy Program page to learn more about the college’s program.

    Contact Massage Therapy program lead Julianna Santillanes at 505-428-1293 for questions about the program.

    Need food? Campus Cupboard welcomes all

    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.
    Campus Cupboard is supported by SFCC Foundation.

    Visit Campus Cupboard for more information.

    Campus Cupboard is supported by SFCC Foundation.

    Order free at-home covid tests

    The USPS is offering free covid tests with free shipping. For your information purposes only, below is the link and some additional information.

    Place Your Order for Free At-Home Covid-19 Tests
    Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of 4 free at-home tests from Here’s what you need to know about your order:
    • Limit of one order per residential address
    • One order includes 4 individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests
    • Orders will ship free starting in late January

    Also, if you need more information about at-home test kits, New Mexico testing sites or Vault tests visit:


    Policy Updates

    At the Oct. 27 meeting, the Governing Board approved the addition of the Cash Reserves section to Policy 1-31 Governing Board Financial Oversight. You can view the Cash Reserves information under Policy Process L. If you have any questions, please contact Vice President of Finance/Chief Financial Officer Nick Telles, Vice President of Finance/Chief Financial Officer, ext. 1161. Thank you.

    2021-2022 Policy Review Schedule. The policies scheduled for shared governance review during the academic year 2021-2022 are posted on SFCC Connect: Campus Resources > Policy Review. College Policies and Procedures are posted at SFCC Policies. If you have questions or would like to learn more, please contact Laura J. Mulry, ext. 1776.

    For the protection of our community...

    When coming on campus:

    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.

    04/05/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican, editorial in support of Mayor’s Guaranteed Income program (with young parent/students at SFCC), “A guaranteed income could be the way out of poverty.”

    04/05/2022, Los Alamos Reporter, “Annual Caregiver Day is Saturday at Santa Fe Community College.”

    04/05/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican,
    “New Mexico introduces new diploma path for adults.” Story includes comments from SFCC’s Adult Continuing Education Manager Kristen Krell.

    04/03/22 Santa Fe New Mexican, “Guaranteed income pilot relieves some financial stress for student parents.”

    04/02/2022, New York Times, “What if college was free? This state is trying to find out.” Read details on NM Opportunity Scholarship.

    03/31/2022, Los Alamos Daily Post, “New Mexico Higher Education to receive federal funding.” Includes TRIO program.

    03/31/2021, KRQE-TV, “Santa Fe approves scholarship funds for veterans.”

    3/19/21, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Colleges also working out how to foot educators pay.”

    03/18/2022, Albuquerque Journal, “NM launches push to boost nursing schools.”

    03/15/2022, Los Alamos Daily Post, “SFCC School Of Art & Design Juried Exhibit Of Local High School Student Artwork Opening Reception April 18”

    03/14/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican, Smartboard, Monday March 14 – “SFCC hosts ecolinguistic justice presentation”

    3/5/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Governor signs bill, expanding New Mexico free college program.” Story includes quotes from President Becky Rowley, Ph.D. and Director of Automotive Technologies program Julia Furry.

    Student Spotlight

    Congratulations to SFCC algae finalist teams!

    Stephen Gomez, Ph.D. shared the exciting news that three teams from the SFCC algae program are finalists in a national competition! Congratulations to all of the students and a special shout out to Stephen Gomez, Ph.D., who has taken such a strong leadership role in SFCC’s algae program to garner such strong national recognition.

    The teams include:

    • The Clean Water Cultivators
    • Toxic Ambrosia Salad
    • Underground Ocean Farmers

    The finalist teams will be continuing their research through next year. We wish them luck, but we know it’s their hard work that will help them win. Yes, there’s big prize money involved!

    Here’s what Dr. Gomez shared, “There were 65 teams in the competition and only 15 were advanced to be finalists.
    SFCC has three of the 15 slots. Our students will be competing with U.C. Berkeley, Purdue, Colorado State University, Arizona State University, University of Texas, and University of Puerto Rico.”

    We note SFCC only had three teams and all three are finalists!

    Here is information about the Algae Prize is in the links below.

    To learn more about the teams and/or the algae program, please contact Stephen Gomez at


    Soon-be-grads welcomed to SFCC at Say Yes event

    Director of Recruitment and Dual Credit Marcos Maez reports that soon-to-be high school grads were welcomed to campus for a meet-and-greet dinner on April 28.

    He reports: “The students, families, and SFCC folks in attendance were treated to a delicious dinner that was catered by our friends at Real Burger. The point of the event was not to talk to our visitors in a formal info session or college fair type of way, rather, the SFCC employees had the opportunity to sit with the students and engage with them directly. It was impactful. The parents, especially, seemed to really be moved by the faculty, staff, and SFCC students who took the time to get to know their child.

    These students will now begin their time at the college with the advantage of knowing some familiar faces who will be resources for them during their academic journey at SFCC.

    The event was put on by The Office of Student Dual Credit, Engagement, and Recruitment.

    Shout Outs to: Margaret Peters, Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos, Dean Jim Wysong, Janelle Johnson, Danielle Gonzales, Carlos Balladares, Jessica Balladares, Milton Riess, SGA vice president Seth Wagner, Liam Morningstar, Chris Gettler, and of course Daniela Gurule, Niki McKay, and Mary Eleas for attending and making our soon-to-be students and their families feel so welcome.”

    Image: Students were given Congratulations Grads balloons, which added to the festive evening.

    Students get discount at SF Literary Festival

    Creative writing faculty Kate McCahill and Shuli Lamden have arranged to have six SFCC students read at the Santa Fe Literary Festival from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Saturday May 21.

    One of the Festival organizers Clare Hertel has announced that the NM student discount gets SFCC students into any of the author events for $15! Student please use the code NMSTUDENT.

    Read more about the Santa Fe Literary Festival.

    Register for online discussion about childcare at 4 p.m. May 4

    Join us Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. for an online presentation about SFCC’s KidsCampus childcare services for students with children at SFCC. We will review the Child Care Assistance process for SFCC’s students. The session will be translated into Spanish. Register at:

    Read more Kids-Campus-Information-Session

    Need a quiet place to work? REconnect with the Library!

    Need a quiet place to work?
    Find a table in the Library’s quiet study area!

    Questions? Email or call 505-428-1352.


    SFCC Student Weekly Connection 04/29

    Read the latest Student Weekly Connection for information on student employment at the Campus Cupboard and elsewhere at SFCC, Emergency Student funds, legal teleclinics, Career Coach (offers more than 85 jobs in the region), support groups and more.

    Enlace Comunitario

    Enlace Comunitario 505-246-8972 | 2425 Alamo Ave SE Albuquerque, NM 87106 | |
    Enlace Comunitario provides various services to domestic violence survivors. They offer case management, legal services, transitional housing, financial training and education, support groups, and counseling. Enlace Comunitario offers their services in English and Spanish with the ability to translate into other languages. Visit their webpage to learn more about their services.

    Enlace Comunitario brinda diversos servicios a sobrevivientes de violencia doméstica. Ofrecen administración de casos, servicios legales, vivienda de transición, capacitación financiera y educación, grupos de apoyo y terapia. Enlace Comunitario ofrece sus servicios en inglés y español con la posibilidad de traducir a otros idiomas. Visite su página web para obtener más información sobre sus servicios.


    Dental Program now accepting applications for Fall 2022

    Now Accepting Applications Dental Program – Fall 2022

    Certificate in Dental Assisting: [3 semesters]


    • ENG 109 or above
    • AHAC 151 or current CPR/BLS certificate

    Associate in Applied Science in Dental Health: [5 semesters]


    • HLCR 113
    • ENG 109 or above
    • AHAC 151 or current CPR/BLS certificate

    Certificate in Advanced Dental Assisting Skills: [1-2 semesters]


    • At least 1-year experience in dentistry is required for those who have onsite training and no formal college education.

    To apply, contact the program:
    Phone: 505-428-1258


    FAFSA Workshops: 11 a.m. Wed., May 25

    Upcoming FASFA workshop begins at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 25.

    If you’re interested in the Opportunity Scholarship or any other financial aid, you will need to fill out a FAFSA form! So don’t miss out, sign up now.

    Have your 2019 income tax and wage information available in order to apply for this year’s financial aid (through Summer 2022)
    Have 2020 info to apply for next year (Fall 2022 – Summer 2023)

    Parents’ information should be used if the student is under 24 years old and not married or independent.

    The workshops will take place on the Zoom video conferencing platform. For more information, contact Financial Aid Office at or call 505-428-1268.

    Apply NOW for Spring and Summer Semester Student Employment

    Apply NOW for Spring and Summer Semester Student Employment at Santa Fe Community College!

    Student Work Study is a financial aid need-based program that provides a student funds earned through part-time employment currently paying at a rate of $12.32 per hour. Eligible students can work up to 20 hours per week and work is scheduled around your school schedule.

    To be eligible, students must meet the following requirements:

    • Completed the 2021-2022 and 2022-2022 FAFSA
    • Enrolled now and in at least 3-degree related credit hours for the summer semester

    Contact for further information.

    Register now for Summer and Fall terms

    Are you planning to register for the summer term or Fall semester? You can start checking out available classes now by visiting:

    Students are strongly encouraged to work with an academic advisor prior to registering. Contact at Academic Advising at 505-428-1275 or You can also schedule a remote appointment with an Academic Advisor.

    Counseling Services support groups for the second half of Spring semester!

    Counseling Services is offering new rounds of telehealth groups, including a General Support Group and a Nursing Support Group. Each group will meet for 6 weeks beginning the week of April 4, and each session will last one hour.

    Drop-in General Support: Wednesdays at 12 p.m.

    • Stay engaged and supported through the final 8 weeks of Spring semester
    • Learn techniques and skills to lower test anxiety
    • Acquire healthy and fun methods of de-stressing
    • Share your concerns and accomplishments through group support
    • Drop-in when you can or when you need to

    Drop-in Nursing Support: Fridays at 12 p.m.

    • Receive the support you need to stay engaged in the nursing program
    • Learn techniques to lower test anxiety, including meditation and breathing exercises
    • Share your challenges in a safe, supportive, and confidential space
    • Support your fellow nursing student peers and receive support from them
    • Drop-in when you can or when you need to

    Additionally, Counseling is continuing to collaborate with the SFCC Library to offer another four-part series of a Mental Health Discussion Group open to students, faculty, and staff. Be on the lookout for further announcements. Meeting day and time TBD.

    Please email if you are interested in participating in one of these groups. As always, individual sessions are available by appointment. Janelle and Rosalie, your SFCC Counselors, very much look forward to having you!

    Printmaking student's work featured at Dulce Capital Bakery

    John Drabanski, who has studied printmaking and photography at SFCC, is exhibiting a selection of his prints and photographs on the wall of Dulce Capital Bakery, 1100 Don Diego Ave.

    “I’m grateful for this opportunity. I thank my long-time mentor Patricia Pearce for making this arrangement. I also thank Linda Cassel for her assistance, as well,” Drabanski said.

    This semester, he’s enjoying being in a letterpress print class taught by Gordon Fluke.

    Director of SFCC’s Center for Book Art and Printmaking Patricia Pearce and Director of Art on Campus Linda Cassel are coordinating with the owners to have a series of 2-dimensional art exhibitions by SFCC art students and instructors.

    Molly and Armando Martinez took over the business after working for the previous owners. The two met in an SFCC English class!

    Here’s a story from the Santa Fe New Mexican about the couple We think that story is as sweet as their baked goods.

    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 | |

    SFCC 2021-2022 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.

    Employee Announcements

    Thank you for supporting those impacted by wildfires

    SFCC thanks Associate Vice President of Student Success Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos who organized last week’s drive to collect and deliver items for those impacted by the terrible wildfires in the Las Vegas, N.M. area. She and SFCC thanks all of the faculty and staff who assisted her in collecting and delivering items.

    She announced Thursday that she wrapped up donation trips on Friday, since the Red Cross is now serving the community.

    See more images from SFCC’s Facebook page.

    Thanks to everyone for their donations! A special thank you to Chef Jerry Dakan, who prepared food, with culinary arts students and to the Controlled Agriculture program, which provided greens for salads!

    Thank you for your assistance!

    Images: Top: Chef Jerry Dakan, Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos and San Miguel County Commissioner Michael Garcia met to discuss needs in the area. Inset, greens from the greenhouse.

    March Wow: Jessica Balladares

    WOW Award for March goes to Jessica Balladares!

    Nominated by Toni Coffman for Jessica Balladares.

    Here is what Toni wrote for Jessica:

    Jessica Balladares is one of the hardest working individuals I have worked with at SFCC. She is very dedicated to her students, her multiple jobs, and the school. She has been working two jobs since August of 2021, never complains and seamlessly does both very
    well! She is always smiling and ready to jump in to help anyone who needs it. As interim program director she has made such a difference in all the programs she is in charge of. As an example, for the medical assisting students in a certificate program she
    went through each one’s record in the fall to ensure they had the correct classes they needed in order to graduate in the spring and if they were missing any, she tried to get them registered for the spring. She has been doing the clinical directors position in
    addition for medical assisting, community health worker and phlebotomy. She is a miracle worker!! She has given a lot to this college and deserves to be recognized!

    April Wow Award: Gayle Torrez

    The April Wow Award goes to Gayle Torrez!

    Nominated by Kristen Krell for Gayle Torrez

    Here is what Kristen wrote for Gayle:

    I — backed by six other staff in the Adult Education Department — nominate Gayle Torres for the WOW award in recognition of her outstanding leadership, knowledge, and commitment demonstrated consistently here for over 25 years. She is retiring in April and is well-deserving of this recognition. Despite at times challenging circumstances, Gayle has served as a steady, devoted, and level-headed leader in the AE department, and we just couldn’t have functioned without her. She shares her detailed knowledge of the adult education system with her peers; trains and supports new staff members; responds promptly to data requests; provides guidance in identifying performance goals for all AE programs; and responds to a wide range of student needs always with patience and kindness. She is unfailingly friendly in her interactions with others and maintains a high level of integrity in all that she does. The Adult Education community will truly miss her and the expertise that she brings to our field. Thank you, Gayle!

    Please volunteer to help make Commencement a success!

    Our students are thrilled about the upcoming in-person commencement. We hope as many employees as possible will be there to congratulate our spring graduates.

    We need your help, since we don’t have as many student ambassadors and many are graduating and can’t help us. Be part of the excitement and show your support of our students. Please volunteer to help make the commencement a success!

    Call for volunteers to assist with Graduation – 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 14, 2022

    • Greeters
    • Assist with students and student line-up
    • Ushers (assist guests with seating), handing out programs
    • Assist with video recording/livestream

    Please contact Bernadette Gonzales, Registrar by email @

    Image: SFCC Commencement file photo

    Employees: Are you getting a degree? Share your news

    Staff and Faculty: Are any of you getting a new degree? Share the news with Campus Weekly. We’d love a brief description and a photo to share in Campus Weekly!

    Submit here.

    Anthology Nominated for Lambda Literary Award!

    Between Certain Death and a Possible Future: Queer Writing on Growing Up with the AIDS Crisis edited by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, Arsenal Pulp Press, which includes work by SFCC Creative Writing Faculty Emily Stern, has been nominated for a 34th Annual Lambda Literary Award. The finalists were selected by a panel of over 60 literary professionals from more than 2,300 book submissions — the highest in Lammy Award history. More info here:

    Congratulations to Rosalie Lipfert, now Licensed Clinical Social Worker

    Rosalie Lipfert now a Licensed Clinical Social Worker

    A big congratulation goes to Rosalie who just passed the state licensure exam and is now a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in New Mexico.

    SFCC Counselors presented at NM conference.

    SFCC counselors Janelle Johnson, LPCC and Rosalie Lipfert, LCSW recently presented at the New Mexico Counseling Association state conference, Resiliency & Reconnection in Albuquerque.

    Their presentation “Lessons Learned from the Pandemic: Acuity, Access and Adapting to Changing Needs,” was about the steps counseling services undertook during the pandemic to provide telehealth counseling, form campus partnerships, and create new strengths in delivery of mental health services for students.

    Exploring Stories at the Intersection of Languages and Landscape

    Exploring Stories at the Intersection of Languages and Landscape Through Wildness, Beauty, and Imagination
    Dawn Wink’s March 30 presentation is now available to view online:

    Gerald “Jerry” Friedman presented at Capital High and SF High

    Director of Recruitment & Dual Credit Marcos Maez, shared that SFCCC Physics professor, Gerald “Jerry” Friedman, Ph.D., presented to a large group of Capital High School students Wednesday, April 6, about all things science. He did the same presentation at Santa Fe High School the previous week.

    Maez said, “These presentations were in collaboration with our great College and Career Plaza partners. Jerry provided students with a fun, live-action presentation. We discussed a variety of career options
    in STEM, SFCC Dual Credit and transfer degree offerings. The students then had the opportunity to participate in physics experiments on principles of motion, gravity, acceleration and optics.”

    New "Disability Justice from A to Z" coloring book includes Emily Stern's artwork

    English and Creative Writing Faculty Emily Stern is among the artists included in the new “Disability Justice from A to Z,” a coloring book for all ages, recently published by Sins Invalid.

    More info is available at The SFCC Library will also soon have a hard copy available.

    Emily Stern drawing
    Emily Stern artwork: U is for Unity, Unshamed, and Universal Health Care. Click for larger image.

    Jennifer Lynch featured in "The Printers Proof: Artist and Printer Collaborations" exhibit and video

    Adjunct Faculty member Jennifer Lynch is one of six featured printers in the Albuquerque Museum exhibition “The Printers Proof: Artist and Printer Collaborations,” which runs from February 19 through May 15.

    Lynch is featured in the video on the exhibition website.

    Also, read this 03/05/2021 Albuquerque Journal story, “Exhibit looks at the artist, printmaker relationship.

    Read more about Jennifer and her work at
    Image: Jennifer Lynch in the studio. Photo by Kerry Kehoe. Used with permission by the artist.


    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 since the beginning of the academic year, which began in August, we’d love to introduce you to the SFCC community. We’re happy you’re working with us at SFCC!

    Express Scripts coverage of at-home tests

    Employees, check your email from Jan. 27 for a message from Human Resources explaining how to get coverage of free covid tests using Express Scripts coverage at pharmacies.

    How to submit your proof of Vaccination

    1. Access the SFCC Health Screener app using one of these methods:
      • Download on your phone. Go to your app store and search for “SFCC Health Screener.” The mobile app seems easiest to use, and can also be downloaded at the bottom of page after clicking the “SFCC Health Screener” button above.
      • Click ‘Health Screener (COVID-19)’ app button from MySFCC

    2. Sign in using your SFCC credentials with “LOGIN WITH EXISTING ACCOUNT”
    3. Upload a copy of your vaccine card by clicking “COVID-19 SCREENER” and following the instructions

    Contact for

    • Application support
    • Assistance uploading vaccination card
    • If you have already uploaded your proof of vaccine and need to resubmit

    View SFCC Vaccine Requirement

    HR has provided the following document to guide you through the submission process:
    SFCC Health Screener App Guide

    Policy Updates 2021-22 Policy Review Schedule

    Policy Updates
    2021-2022 Policy Review Schedule. The policies scheduled for shared governance review during the academic year 2021-2022 are posted on SFCC Connect: Campus Resources > Policy Review.

    Revised Procedures. Please become familiar with the newly updated Procedures in the links below and address any questions to the Policy Owners listed.

    College Policies and Procedures are posted at SFCC Policies. If you have questions or would like to learn more, please contact Laura J. Mulry, ext. 1776.

    How to enroll for the COVID -19 vaccine

    Please review the state’s latest vaccine registration information to see how to enroll for the COVID-19 vaccine.

    Vaccine booster shots are now available. Check with your area pharmacy for details.

    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.”


    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.

    • 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


    Let Campus Weekly share your news

    Let us know about your accomplishments and other news that you’d like to share. Please remember that the deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday to get an item in the next week’s issue. Submit here.

    Dental program leadership celebrates new VTCC clinic

    SFCC’s Dental Department leadership attended the Ribbon Cutting ceremony of the Villa Therese Catholic Charities [VTCC]’s brand new clinic at the new location, on April 26. This clinic provides free limited medical and dental services to those in need. SFCC’s Dental students assist in providing the free dental services. SFCC’s Dental Department Director, Dr. Aamna Nayyar serves as the Board member of VTCC.
    To learn more about VTCC or to schedule an appointment, please visit:
    To learn more about SFCC’s Dental Programs, please contact or 505-428-1258