Campus Weekly

SFCC celebrated HSE grads on May 16

County Commissioner Camilla Bustamante, Ph.D., gave an inspiring keynote address at the High School Equivalency (HSE) graduation ceremony. The celebration honored the 55 graduates.

Highlights from the program:

Letty Naranjo, Adult Education Senior Director
Remarks and Introductions
Margaret Peters, Vice President for Academic & Student Affairs
George R. Gamble, Ph.D., Chair of the Governing Board
Introduction of Adult Education Staff and Faculty
Kristen Krell, ACE Program Manager
Keynote Speaker
Camilla Bustamante, Ph.D., Santa Fe County Commissioner
Musical Interlude
“Be Still” by Los Lobos
Performed by Jonathan Harrell, Academic Advisor
Reflections & Possibilities
Daniela Gurule, HSE Graduate, Recruitment Coordinator
Student Speakers
Amanda Gonzales
Elizabeth Zambrano
Musical Interlude
“Solo un Momento” by Vicentico
Performed by Jonathan Harrell, Academic Advisor
Presentation of Certificates
Margaret Peters, Vice President for Academic & Student Affairs
See the full program here.

Check SFCCNM Facebook this week to see more images.

Reading celebrated Katie Besser Awards at Meow Wolf; Richard Bradford Creative Writing scholarship winner announced

Left to right: SFCC Foundation Executive Director Kelly Marquez, SFCC Foundation Richard Bradford Memorial Creative Writing Scholarship winner Virginia Gonzales and SFCC Foundation Operations Coordinator Maria Montoya at the awards celebration in the Rainbow, Rainbow space at Meow Wolf.

The Katie Besser Award winners were celebrated in Meow Wolf’s new Rainbow Rainbow space. The awards were named for the late Katie Besser in recognition of her love of literature and creative writing. The event celebrated students’ creative expression through writing, photography and media arts. Writers representing SFCC’s diverse community read from their winning works.

Participants mingled around snacks and copies of Accolades.

Professor Genevieve Betts

Professor Genevieve Betts began the reading by welcoming everyone and thanking those responsible for the awards. Several students read their winning pieces.

The thirteenth annual winner of Santa Fe Community College Foundation’s Richard Bradford Memorial Creative Writing Scholarship was announced at the conclusion of the awards celebration. Virginia Gonzales will receive 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.

Read all of the winning entries in Accolades.

Copies of Accolades designed by Vitória Oliveira Dos Santos and featuring the winning image for the image/photography category, “Illusion” by Ayla Humphrey.

Kids Campus celebrates with festive graduation

Congratulations to SFCC’s youngest graduates, the 25 Kids Campus pre-k children who were honored May 19 in a special ceremony and lively performance of songs and dances in the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center.

Thank you to all the Kids Campus teachers and staff who educate and nurture their students every day! Learn more about how Kids Campus can help your family. Encourage SFCC students to apply since their children have priority access.

Left to right as identified in the program: Ms. Julie (teacher), Ms. Magali (teacher); Deyanira Contreras (Director of KC); Ms. Perla (teacher), Ms. Hilda (teacher assistant), Ms. Prisma (teacher); Nicholas Reilly (Assistant Director of KC). 

Thanks to Executive Todd Lovato Executive Director for Marketing and Public Relations for sharing these images. Also, enjoy this lively video from SFCC Facebook reels!

Author Colum McCann spoke about the power of storytelling at SFCC on May 19

As part of the Santa Fe International Literary Festival, author Colum McCann spoke at SFCC for a free event for students and the community.

Writers of all ages joined Colum McCann and Narrative4 staff for an inspired event on Friday morning (May 19). Over coffee and muffins, folks shared their stories, listened to each other carefully, and engaged in writing exercises both challenging and fun.

Kate McCahill Department Chair, English and Communications said, “Despite the rain outside, a crowd of about sixty showed up for this event – one we hope we can recreate in 2024 and beyond.”

To hear author Colum McCann talk about his writing, check out this interview he did with Megan Kamerick on KUNM. (Note she is standing next to him with the headset in the photo above.)

Display of Santa Fe International Literary Festival authors in SFCC Library

The Santa Fe International Literary Festival concluded on May 21. SFCC Library is proud to offer books by almost every single author featured at this year’s event. Whether you attended the Festival, would like to discover fabulous new writers on your own, or just want to indulge in some excellent summer reading, drop by the Library during open hours to browse our display!

Entrance closures May 22-26 for safety and security camera upgrades

The main entrance will be closed May 22-23 and the north entrance of the college will be closed May 24-26 due to road work. APIC, the contractor that is replacing the security cameras on campus, will be removing existing concrete to install a camera pole at each entrance and pouring new concrete. Facilities and security are aware of the work. Please contact Chris Gettler at 505-428-1136 if you have any questions.

Work on Richards Ave. and Avenida del Sur begins May 22; note road closures

Please read this important message regarding the latest construction for the Santa Fe Connector. Commission District 5:

NE/SE Connector Road(s)Project
(Richards Ave. and Avenida Del Sur Intersection)

Beginning Monday, May 22, 2023, the Contractor for Santa Fe County Public Works Department (SFCPWD) will begin construction of the roundabout at the Richards Avenue and Avenida Del Sur intersection. To safely accommodate the construction, it will be necessary to close a segment of Richards Avenue and Avenida del Sur.

Richards Ave. will be closed from south of the Santa Fe Community College main entrance to East Chili Line Road in the Rancho Viejo Subdivision. Avenida del Sur will be closed from Canada del Rancho to Richards Ave. These closures will be in effect for up to 60 calendar days. During this time, SFCPWD will provide detour and business access signage identifying alternative routes around the closures.
Motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists are advised to seek alternate routes and urged to allow additional time to accommodate the detours.
For additional information regarding this project, please visit or contact SFCPWD at (505) 992-3010.
Thank you for your patience, continued cooperation, and please use caution in the work zones.

See the maps in greater detail by clicking on these links:

The college will continue to share information on the project as it receives information from project managers and county officials.

Check out Commencement photos on Facebook

If you haven’t seen the wonderful photo album posted on Facebook, see them here.

If you don’t have Facebook, see this selection of images:

Red Cross Veterans Resiliency Workshop: Trauma Talk, 6 p.m. Wednesday in VRC

Red Cross supports military and veteran families with free and confidential workshops. Whether you or a family member have recently entered the military or you are a long-time veteran, navigating the many transitions connected with military and veteran service can be hard. Resiliency workshops aim to ease the stress that comes with these changes.

The Red Cross Resiliency Workshops are FREE for veterans, service members, and their families.

Call 505-262-6162 to reserve your seat. The talk will be in the Veterans Resource Center, near the base of the Campus Center stairwell in Room LL302.

SFCC and HEC close May 27-29, 2023 for Memorial Day

Enjoy a long weekend next weekend as Santa Fe Community College, including William C. Witter Fitness Education Center and the Santa Fe Higher Education Center, will be closed Saturday, May 27 through Monday, May 29 in honor of Memorial Day.  Registration for credit classes and Continuing Education classes continues 24/7 at The summer semester starts Monday, June 5.

SFCC enters partnership with Genuine Foods for food service

On Monday, May 8, Vice President for Finance & CFO Nick Tellas wrote to staff and faculty the following message:

Today we are excited to announce that we have officially entered into a partnership with Genuine Foods to manage and operate the SFCC food services program. In this partnership, Genuine Foods will collaborate with the college on the offerings that will be available to our students, faculty, staff, and community. Genuine Foods is excited to bring a lot of great programing to our campus, including:

  • Healthy food options
  • Partnerships with our Controlled Environment Agriculture program and greenhouse
  • Sustainable programming   
  • Marketing and special events
  • Enhanced Catering offerings
  • Improved coffee/café program

We are actively working on an opening schedule for the coffee shop and expect to open the program in the coming weeks, with the Cafeteria to open closer to the Fall semester. We will announce the official opening dates soon.

We invite you to check out Genuine Foods’ website, and we’ll be sending out more information in the coming weeks.

SFCC Advanced Medical Assisting Certificate

Accredited specific education includes performing clinical and administrative procedures in settings such as physician’s offices, clinics and ambulatory settings. Course are sequenced to build skill level and prepare students for a career in the growing medical field.

The certificate is accelerated, eligible for financial aid, offered in both Fall and Spring semesters. It includes a practicum in a doctor’s office or hospital and National Certification tests. The certificate is embedded in the Medical Assisting Associate Degree.

Students must complete an application to start the acceptance process.

March with PDAC for Santa Fe Pride on June 24

sfcc truck at pride parade
File photo of SFCC’s participation in a past Pride Parade.

Santa Fe Pride takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 24 at the Santa Fe Historic Plaza.

SFCC’s PDAC invites you to march with us for this year’s annual celebration of Santa Fe Pride. Those who wish to march, we will meet at the Lamy Building at 413 Old Santa Fe Trail at 11 a.m. The GSA from The Masters Program will march with us!


The route will head north on Santa Fe Trail, turn left and then right, and head past La Fonda Hotel. At the Plaza, the route will turn left, head to Lincoln Ave, and turn right. The parade stops at Palace Ave. All parade participants must continue moving up Lincoln Avenue to Federal Place and turn left. Parking is available in the Convention Center lot.

For more information on the week’s festivities, visit this web page:

Also, if you are interested in assisting a PDAC subcommittee with planning SFCC’s role, please contact sj Miller, Ph.D., at

Porsche Roadrunner Club drew dozens to ATC tech session

SFCC Librarian Valerie Nye and her husband Joel Yelich had the pleasure of attending the Porsche Roadrunner Club free tech session and tour of of SFCC’s Automotive Technologies Center. They shared these photos from the fun, informative and well-attended event.

Val Nye said, “It was a full house and a great tour of the working spaces. The students in the program are amazing! They seem to be a really strong team together – good friends who share a passion for cars.”

To learn more about the Automotive Technologies program contact Director of Automotive Technologies Julia Furry via email at or call 505-429-1177.

Enjoy Poetry Posts through May 31

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

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

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

For more information please contact Sudeshna Sengupta at

Congratulations to Spring 2023 nursing graduates

Student Speaker Matthew Legits thanked SFCC faculty who supported him when he dealt with the trauma of his brother’s sudden death during Level IV nursing classes. (Photo by Chris Corrie.)

The nurse pinning ceremony is a solemn ceremony, which includes the reading of the Florence Nightingale Pledge, lighting of the Lamp of Knowledge, as well as the pinning. The lamp lighting ceremony formally recognizes the students’ entry into the nursing profession as the lamp symbolizes the light that a nurse becomes to patients and as a symbol of hope and comfort to those suffering. The tradition commemorates the heroine of nursing Florence Nightingale, who was seen in the dark alleys with a lamp while caring for the injured soldiers of the Crimean War.

Congratulations to those who received their nursing pins on May 10 after much rigorous study and commitment throughout the pandemic! Also, thank you to SFCC’s dedicated faculty and staff who supported them on their journey.

SFCC partners with University of New Mexico to offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing so students can obtain an associate and a bachelor’s degree in Nursing without leaving the community. Upon completion of a nursing degree at SFCC, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam, (NCLEX), to become a registered nurse.

SFCC’s Pinning Ceremony honored nursing graduates. Congratulations to these students who persevered and showed dedication these past few years.

Nurse Graduates
Associate Degree in Nursing
Elizardo Gamboa
Kyle Grinold
Veronica Johnson
Clara Lopez
Carmen Olguin
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Erika Carrasco
Matthew Legits
Shea McInerney
Kristy Morgan
Kevin Parkinson
Michael Paxson
Juliette Rohde
Michelle Roos
Evelyn Rouse
Julian Sierra
Audra Van Arsdale
Grayce Zayas
From left to right: Advisor Cahalan Fiddes, Director of Nursing Education Lucas Gonzales, Associate Dean Kelly Trujillo, student speaker Matthew Legits, Dean Terri Tewart, Assistant Professor Nursing Natasha Trujillo.

Here are highlights from the program:
Processional Song
Good Old Days- Macklemore (Featuring Kesha)
Welcome and Land Acknowledgement Statement
Becky Rowley, PhD, Santa Fe Community College President
Terri Tewart, MSN, RN, Dean of the School of Science, Health, Engineering and Math and the School of Fitness Education
Lucas Gonzales, MSNEd, RN, CNE, Director of Nursing Education
History of Pinning
Lukas Archuleta, Served as SFCC Student Nurses Association President 2022
Student Speaker:
Matthew Legits, Graduating BSN Student
Keynote Speaker
Nancy Bartlett MSN, RN, AACN

Bestowing of Pins
Alexa Reyes and Alanna Whitney, BSN Students, Class of Fall 2023
Lamp of Knowledge & Florence Nightingale Pledge
Marcy Aguilar, RN, MSN Clinical Instructor
Closing Remarks
Lucas Gonzales, MSNEd, RN, CNE
Director of Nursing Education

Recessional Song
I’m Still Standing- Elton John

Book as Sculpture summer class offered Mondays and Wednesdays

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

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

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

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

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

Summer CE schedule is available online

The Summer Continuing Education Schedule is now available online. Print copies can be found in the racks at Santa Fe Community College, the Santa Fe Higher Education Center and around town. Visit for tips on registering and to view the variety of offerings.

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

Read about several new classes in this press release.

If you have questions about the schedule or where to get a print copy, contact Continuing Education at or 505-428-1676. The CE staff can help you complete your registration.

Become a volunteer tutor & help change a life

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

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

ESL Tutor Training June 1-3, 2023

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

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

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Registration now open for summer and fall

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

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

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

Important dates to know for Summer session

Online FAFSA Workshops/Talleres FAFSA en línea

Financial Aid Office  English FAFSA Workshops
Online Wednesdays 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For the link and more information:

Oficina de Ayuda Financiera Talleres FAFSA en español
en línea los jueves de 11 a.m. a 1 p.m.

Para más información, elige la fecha que quieres atender:

Students: Need childcare? Make sure you’re on the Kids Campus waitlist

When a spot comes available at the Kids Campus, students get priority placement. Kids Campus wants to support student parents and hopes that those needing childcare will get on the waitlist.

Children of degree-seeking SFCC students, SFCC employees, and full-time students at the Higher Education Center are prioritized for placement to support a two-generation philosophy of education at the college.

Visit the Kids Campus website for more information. Students receive a 10% discount on the cost of Kids Campus and N.M. Early Childhood Education and Care Development offers Child Care Assistance to income-eligible students.

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 | |

Summer Online Teaching & Learning Opportunities begin May 22

Contact Michelle F. Renteria to get registered, Stipends may be provided by the SFCC Title V grant, when available:

Congratulations to Kelly Marquez, graduate of Leadership Santa Fe

Congratulations to Kelly Marquez, Executive Director of SFCC Foundation, who is a recent graduate of Leadership Santa Fe! SFCC continues a strong partnership with Leadership Santa Fe and has many graduates on our campus.

From the website: Leadership Santa Fe program is designed to enhance leadership resources for the community of Santa Fe. We accomplish this by giving civic-minded people a vehicle for their community-oriented energies and providing access to community leaders and policymakers. In the program, thirty Leadership Santa Fe participants will, over the course of eight months, attend workshops focused on building leadership skills, and sessions dedicated to various civic awareness topics. Participants meet with established leaders in county and city governments, business, education, human services, and the arts, and explore ways to meet the challenges of Santa Fe’s future. This integrated form of leadership building ensures that each individual identifies their strengths as a leader in the community, learns how to work with others to find sustainable solutions, and cultivates a network of community leaders.

To learn more visit

Dawn Wink shares the story of wearing her mother’s Ph.D. regalia for commencement

Dawn Wink who received her Ph.D. this past year shared the very personal story of how she was gifted her mother’s regalia to use for SFCC’s commencement.

You can read her story and see some incredible photos and video on her blog: Dawn Wink: Dewdrops. It’s a very moving story. As she explains, “Wearing my mom’s Ph.D. regalia is layered with stories, roots, memories and dreams. Por mi familia…”

Marcos Maez to perform John Macker’s ‘Black Range Trilogy’ May 26 through June 11 at Teatro Paraguas

Marcos Maez will perform in one act of John Macker’s “Black Range Trilogy” at Teatro Paraguas. In Coyote Acid, son Luke (Marcos Maez) returns from his own stretch in jail for robbery, following in his dead father’s footsteps. It’s thirty years later, and an older Esther (Esta Gutierrez) may or may not remember where the loot was buried, or even the names of the flowers she has planted for decades.

Here’s more information:

3 one-act plays by Santa Fe poet/playwright John Macker

May 26-June 11, 2023 | Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m.

$25 general admission and $15 limited income

Buy tickets online or make reservations (pay at door) at 505-424-1601

Learn more about the show here

SFCC celebrated Janelle Johnson’s retirement

SFCC recognized the many accomplishments of Senior Counselor Janelle Johnson at a reception on May 10. Janelle Johnson served many students throughout the years in her role as counselor. She also served as the president of the Staff Senate and was one of the founding members of the campus BIT team. She has been an adjunct faculty member in social sciences and is a certified fitness instructor. Nationally, she is the past president of the American College Counseling Association.

Janelle said, “It has been a rewarding journey serving students for 23 years. To my wonderful colleagues and friends at SFCC. Thank you for celebrating with me.”

See more photos from last week’s Campus Weekly here.

Read the English and Communications Department spring newsletter

The English and Communications Department was very busy this past semester. Also, several instructors have news about awards or publications.

Thank you to Kate McCahill, Department Chair, English and Communications, for sharing the newsletter. You can read it here.

Genevieve Betts’ second poetry collection now available for preorder

English and Creative Writing instructor Genevieve Betts’ second collection of poetry, A New Kind of Tongue, is now available for preorder: . Bonus SFCC connection: The cover is from a painting by Dion Valdez, Jared Valdez’ brother!

Rancho Viejo Homeowners Association in room 124C

Rancho Viejo HOA is renting an office space, room 124C, as of May 1. The signs have been updated to list their office space.  If someone asks you how to find them, please direct them to the administrative office area. Thank you!

Contact information:

Pauline Sandoval, CMCA, AMS
Community Association Manager
Rancho Viejo North Community Association Inc.

The Rancho Viejo North HOA office is located at the Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richard’s Avenue Room #124 C (in the Administrative Offices area), Santa Fe, NM 87508 and the new telephone number is 505-428-1992.

Office hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Tel (505) 428-1992

After hour common area emergencies (844) 744-4316

May Computer Updates

Effective 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, Microsoft Operating System and Office updates will be deployed. You will have until 7 p.m. Thursday May 25 to install these updates at your convenience. After the deadline the updates will be installed automatically and force a restart of your machine.

It is critical to install Security/Windows updates to protect your systems from malicious attacks. Please install these patches as soon as you receive notification that you have updates to install. The updates may take some time to install so please plan accordingly. For iMac users no action necessary, updates will be installed automatically overnight every third Tuesday of each month. 

If you need assistance, please contact the Service Desk at (505) 428-1222.

Policy Updates – Admission of Transfer Students & Admission Criteria

Last month,the Governing Board approved merging Policy 2-6 Admission of Transfer Students into Policy 2-20 Admission Criteria, among other edits. This aligns with the Board’s goal of making it easier for College community members to find what they are looking for while reducing the total number of policies. Policy 2-6 has been repealed and is no longer in effect. Please click on the link below to become familiar with the revised version of Policy 2-20. For more information, contact the Policy Owner, Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Margaret Peters or the Policy Author, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos, Ed.D.

·       SFCC Policy 2-20 Admission Criteria

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

Workday Student is Coming!

Greetings from CHESS!

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

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

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

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

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

Kathy Ulibarri 

CEO, Collaborative for Higher Education Shared Services

(505) 221-4965

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

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

These are the newly updated Policies:

·       Policy 8-1 College Branding

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

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

April WOW – Cheryl Sensibaugh

Kelly Trujillo nominated Cheryl Sensibaugh for the April WOW award.

“Cheryl has demonstrated an amazing dedication to serving regional youth through our Space and Earth Experiences (SEE) project. With her help, we have had over 1000 students (3rd to 12th graders) visit our Planetarium, Science on a Sphere Theater, and Controlled Environmental Agriculture facilities this semester. She has been the main contact point for coordinating such visits, helps to determine the curriculum we deliver, and completely redesigned our webpage to make these opportunities known to the broader community.”

Congratulations, Cheryl!

Please be sure to nominate who you think is doing a great job here at SFCC. The submission form can be found at the SFCC Connect portal, or by reaching out to Katie Cadena Priebe,

CHESS — Collaborative for Higher Education Shared Services

CHESS Connection Newsletter – May 15

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

This newsletter contains more information about the CHESS Acronyms, a new Tip Sheet on direct deposit, Adoption Survey results and more!

WOW awards – nominate an outstanding coworker today!

The Office of Human Resources recognizes WOW recipients for their dedicated work and commitment to Santa Fe Community College.

Please be sure to nominate someone who you think is doing a great job here at SFCC.
The award is a $25.00 gift certificate from Amazon.
The submission form can be found at the SFCC Connect portal, Home » Online Forms/Surveys/Tests » Online Forms » Office of Human Resources or nominate by reaching out to Katie Cadena Priebe at

New employees: We’d like to get to know you!

Staff Senate is encouraging new staff employees to come to an upcoming Staff Senate to introduce yourselves.

Campus Weekly would also love to introduce new staff and faculty members. Please send us your name, job title, when you started at SFCC, brief bio and photo (it can be a selfie!) to Submit News.

If you’re new to SFCC, we’d love to introduce you to the our community. We’re happy you’re working with us at SFCC!


Student Art & Design exhibit opened with awards presentation

Dean Wysong announced the awards for the Student Art & Design Exhibition

Large crowd attended Art & Design ceremony

The opening reception for the Student and Design exhibition was a festive gathering for SFCC and members of the community. Thank you to Director of Galleries Linda Cassel for organizing the exhibition and opening.

Dean James (Jim) Wysong, Ph.D., said in addition to awarding Student Art Award prizes, SFCC also recognized our retiring art faculty members: Laura Rosenfeld, James Marshall, and Felix Voltsinger. SFCC extends best wishes to the retiring art faculty members!

Dean Wysong added, “We hosted approximately 150 guests during the opening between 4 and 6 p.m.”

The following are the Student Art Award Winners. Please note that in some categories there were two Second Places awarded, when the judges determined two deserved that recognition:

Jewelry: Nyal A. Tack

Fine Woodworking: Pam English

Printmaking/Bookarts: John Drabanski

Photography: Jeremy Oversier

Ceramics: Sabrina Pratt

Ceramics 2nd place: Aurelia Gomez

Sculpture: Polina Smutko

Sculpture 2nd place: James Wilson

Sculpture 2nd place (2): Roberto Espinosa

Drawing/Painting: Jesus Miguel Avena

Drawing 2nd place: Nancy Nielsen

Drawing 2nd place (2):   Catherine Le Baigue

Ongoing news and events

SFCC Wastewater Treatment Plant closure & decommissioning work through May 2023

SFCC is in its final phase to permanently close our Wastewater treatment plant and transfer our waste to Ranchland Utility regional facility. This will benefit SFCC in several ways, including reuse of treated water for irrigation purposes used in the local community, no additional capitol funding resources needed to support 36+ old infrastructure that has extended beyond its useful life, and future opportunities to repurpose land in accordance with SFCC 2021 Master Plan.

There will be construction activities extending through May 2023. Please note there will be no impact to services during this project. For more information contact Andrea Mueller, Facilities & Operations Assistant Director & Campus Planning at or 505-930-9781.

Required COVID-19 Reporting

SFCC continues to monitor and follow guidance from public health officials and state and local government on mitigating and addressing exposure to COVID-19. The State of New Mexico and New Mexico Higher Education Department recently announced they will no longer require the reporting of COVID-19 cases amongst student, staff, and faculty who are on campus via the Rapid Response Submission Portal.

Our college continues to take the transmission and threat of infectious diseases seriously and we remain committed to keeping our community as safe as possible. Please note the following:

  • The college no longer requires reporting of COVID-19 positive cases to SFCC’s Contact Tracing Team.
  • However, it is very important we continue keep each other safe and follow health and safety best practices. The college continues to follow guidelines from the CDC Quarantine and Isolation Calculator, which details the following:
    • You should isolate from others when you have COVID-19.
    • You should also isolate if you are sick and suspect that you have COVID-19 but do not yet have test results.
    • Ending isolation is detailed on the CDC’s Isolation and Precautions for People with COVID-19 webpage – “Ending Isolation”.
  • Positive or suspected positive individuals should coordinate closely with supervisors to make appropriate accommodations, as well as reporting for absences using regular sick leave.
    • If you are out of sick leave and contracted COVID-19, please contact the Office for Human Resources to determine if other options are available to you.
  • The college custodial staff continues its rigorous cleaning and disinfecting protocols, which includes a campus-wide daily schedule, with emphasis on bathrooms, and higher traffic and enclosed spaces.
  • Additionally, Facilities and Operations staff have made significant improvements to college ventilation and filtration systems and those systems are up and running.

The College will continue to follow best practices, community levels, and infectious disease developments.

Museum STEP Passes available at Library

With the STEP Pass, you and up to 5 people can use the card for free admission to:

  • Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
  • Santa Fe Children’s Museum
  • IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Art
  • Santa Fe Botanical Garden

Passes check out for two weeks at a time.

For more information contact:

SFCC ChatGPT conversation

Part 1: ChatGPT’s Implications for Higher Ed

This session includes a demo of how ChatGPT works, implications for higher education and how other colleges and universities are responding. This session was led by SFCC librarians.

See ChatGPT information and resources:

Part 2: How do you spell the future with AI

See this video of the latest presentation from the SFCC Library – How do you spell the future with AI. This was the conversation from April 27.

Message about preferred names

Dear Faculty,

While the college has always supported our students, we now have another technological opportunity to provide an empowering, safe, and nondiscriminatory educational and work environment.  Beginning on Monday February 6, students will be able update their preferred name in Self Service Banner (SSB9).

The student’s legal name will be on your class roster and their preferred name, if applicable, will appear in parenthesis.  For example, Gonzales, Bernadette (Charmaine).  For legal purposes, the student’s legal name will still appear on all formal documents such as Financial Aid information, 1098-T’s and transcripts.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

With kind regards,

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

Work has begun on connector roads to SFCC

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

Work expected to continue until fall

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

“The “northeast connector” involves construction of roadway and two roundabout intersections between Dinosaur Trail and Rabbit Road, giving drivers a direct route between them. Currently, drivers traveling west from Rabbit Road are required to drive through the Oshara Village subdivision to reach Dinosaur Trail or busy Richards Avenue.

“The “southeast connector” will serve as an alternate route from Rabbit Road to Avenida del Sur to reduce traffic congestion on Richards Avenue. This route also will provide secondary emergency access to the community college, according to the county.”

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

OIT Service Desk Hours
Phone service 24 hours a day Mon. – Fri.

On November 1st the OIT Service Desk extended its phone hours to better serve students, staff and faculty.

Phone Hours

Monday – Friday: 24 hours
Saturday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Office Hours
Room 528

Monday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. to noon
Sunday: Closed

Free STEM Kits at SFCC Library

The kits are made available to the SFCC community through the Santa Fe Children’s Museum. Kits are available during the library’s regular hours. For more information contact:

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

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

For more information contact:

Balancing Robot STEM Kits at SFCC Library

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

For more information contact:

Solar System Bracelets

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

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

Name Rockets!

Available at the SFCC Library

Free Name Rocket STEM Kits are available for kids ages 4-7 at the SFCC Library.

All materials are included in the kits courtesy of the Santa Fe Children’s Museum.

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

For more information contact:

Need food? Campus Cupboard welcomes all

Campus Cupboard now offers refrigerated items

The Campus Cupboard (Room LL302E) in-person shopping hours are:
Mondays: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., Tuesdays: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Thursdays: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

If you cannot visit during the current open hours listed or are not
comfortable with in-person shopping, check out Bookings for more options. To access Bookings, log in to MySFCC, look under Schedule an Appointment, and click on the pink button labeled Campus Cupboard (Online). You can access the reservation and delivery option 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Students, staff, and faculty are all welcome to visit the Campus Cupboard weekly for free groceries and other household items that may be available. Personal hygiene (menstrual) products are available from Free Flow NM.
Contact or 505-428-1775 for more information.

Visit Campus Cupboard for more information.

Campus Cupboard is supported by SFCC Foundation.

SFCC in the news

The following stories or radio shows either featured or mentioned SFCC or one of its employees. Some stories also are related to NM higher education.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

01/25/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, City Council Actions Noted: Allocation of $900,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funds to support an early child care work development program with Santa Fe Community College.

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