Campus Weekly

Congratulations High School Equivalency Graduates!

The college honored SFCC High School Equivalency graduates during a Tuesday ceremony in the Fitness Center. Sixty-nine students successfully completed their HSE exams in the Adult Education, Academic and Career Education (ACE) Program and received a High School Equivalency Certificate. Guests included keynote speaker Eric Vasquez (One Stop Operator at Northern Area Local Workforce Development Board); Ericka Van Eckhoutte (WIOA Director of Adult/Dislocated Worker for Northern New Mexico); as well as student speakers Josephine (Josie) Valdez, Norma Lizbeth Martinez Jaramillo, and Jeremiah Delgado.

Congratulations, SFCC High School Equivalency graduates! We are so proud of you. SFCC is here for you as you continue your journey through college.

Photo, L to R: Christy Carrillo Trinidad, I-BEST CNA program graduate and ACE program student; Carla Passos-Morgan, ACE Coordinator; Kristen Krell, ACE manager; Daniela Gurule, Student Admissions Counselor and Speaker; Letty Naranjo, Director of Adult Education. Photo Credit: Margaret Peters

News and Announcements

Katie Besser Awards, Richard Bradford Memorial Scholarship Winner, and Accolades

Santa Fe Community College’s emerging writers, photographers and mixed media artists were recognized during the Katie Besser Awards celebration hosted online by the SFCC Library on May 4. 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.

The twelfth annual winner of Santa Fe Community College Foundation’s Richard Bradford Memorial Creative Writing Scholarship was announced at the conclusion of the awards celebration. Christine Schwatken 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.

View the event video:

Accolades, which includes the winning entries, is available to download here.


Listen! President Rowley interview online

ICYMI, Listen to last week’s interview with Santa Fe Community College President Becky Rowley and host Richard Eeds on KTRC 1260 | 103.7.

Job Opportunity: CHESS Training Officer

We’re excited to announce that CHESS, the Collaborative for Higher Education Shared Services, has an opening for a Training Officer. Perhaps you or someone you know may be interested in applying for this position. Please see the job announcement online. The deadline is May 31.

Thank you for your support of CHESS and the Enterprise Resource Planning and Student Information Systems projects. We look forward to celebrating together when the ERP goes live in December.


SFCC Graduation available online

On Saturday, May 14 the college held its first in-person commencement ceremony since fall 2019. The livestreamed ceremony was a festive and heartfelt affair, highlighted by keynotes speeches from Monica Leyba, Chief Nurse Executive of CHRISTUS St. Vincent Medical Regional Center, and student speaker Maria “Lourdes” Estrada, 51, who overcame many obstacles to earn her Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education.

This spring, approximately 335 SFCC graduates earned 371 awards (236 certificates and 135 associate degrees). 34 of these students received more than one award. Complete grad stats

View the ceremony on the SFCC YouTube channel.

Invitation to make advanced art this summer and fall!

Advanced Projects Book as Sculpture will be an ONLINE choice for book making and learning about materials for art with Art and Design teacher, Marci Easterbrook. The class meets synchronously on Monday and Wednesday mornings in summer, and in fall, just on Thursday mornings.

ARTS 2115 D1 uses your art work, including photos, watercolors and drawings for book/sculpture and teaches new techniques on paper, fabric, wood, clay and metal for surface design and bindings that are exciting and creative.

Contact Marci Easterbrook, for questions. Both classes require permission for advanced projects from Patricia Pearce, for registration. CRN 10172 is Summer. CRN 20797 is Fall.

NM LFC analysts toured SFCC and met with administrators

New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee Higher Education Analyst Connor Jorgensen and Senior Fiscal Analyst Nina Chavez met with President Rowley and college administration on Thursday to tour SFCC.

The LFC describes its mission: To provide the Legislature with objective fiscal and public policy analyses, recommendations, and oversight of state agencies to improve performance and ensure accountability through the effective allocation of resources for the benefit of all New Mexicans.

World Central Kitchen assists at SFCC

In response to the wildfires World Central Kitchen has again mobilized at SFCC to provide meals to those impacted by the fires, which have now been declared a disaster by Biden administration in order to provide additional financial resources. The SFCC Culinary Program has been coordinating with World Central Kitchen.

WCK is currently looking for volunteers to help with prepping, cleaning, cooking and packaging.

They need volunteers in two different shifts, especially on the weekend.

See this recent KOB report about Youth Works cooking at SFCC for World Central Kitchen.

Please sign up at this link:

Also, FYI: To get wildfire updates: The state has launched the following website

The state is encouraging New Mexicans to use the site as their primary source of fire info.

Marcos Maez and Christi Balzarini spoke at Business Expo & Career Resource Fair

SFCC Director of Dual Credit Marcos Maez reports, “Christi Balzarini and I had the pleasure of serving on one of the Panel Conversations for the 2022 Business Expo & Career Resource Fair (on April 22) that was put on by the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce. Our session focused on SFCC certificate programs on the credit and non-credit side. I also provided general information on SFCC and how people can enroll at our college.

Check out the presentation:

“Christi Balzarini serves as the Director of Program Sales for Continuing Education & Contract Training. She did a great job highlighting a number of the CE offerings.”

Consider an online summer book arts class

Online Summer Studio Course!

Looking to get your hands engaged with materials and art projects that become books and sculpture? This online class will expand your arts learning and skills and you will learn online, while working from home. This course is fun, discovery based, and earns 3 credits.
It’s a great way to explore 3D and storytelling with paper, clay, wood, fabric and metal in unique ways. contact instructor, Marci Easterbrook, with questions.

CRN 10172 3 credits.
Arts and Design Advanced Projects: Arts 2115L D1.
9 a.m. until noon Monday and Wednesday
June 6-July 30

See examples and read more here:Summer-2022-Book-as-Sculpture-flyer

Image: “Read Me” Altered Book by Marci Easterbrook
Altered pages rolled and bound with wire

SFCC Student Art Show Exhibit now open

Stop by SFCC’s Student Art Show in the Visual Arts Gallery. The exhibition will continue through Aug. 4. SFCC students are exhibiting 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.

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

Register now!

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!

Read the latest issue of Inside SFCC

The latest issue of 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: Aaron Lopez, PROTEC grad, photo by Joshua Fresquez.

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:

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.

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.

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.

Visit Campus Cupboard for more information.

Campus Cupboard is supported by SFCC Foundation.

Image: Refrigerated items are now available at Campus Cupboard.

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:

  • Practice social distancing
  • Avoid congregating in groups.
  • Avoid staying in public, indoor spaces for extended time periods.
  • Children are allowed on campus.
  • Departments, programs, and unique spaces may require special protocols or safety requirements.
  • Appointments are highly encouraged.

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.

05/01/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican, New Mexico aims to reverse trend of poor math scores.” Story includes interview with SFCC Math Professor Susan Lemke.

04/30/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Project to align Rabbit Road with I-25 set to begin in summer” The story shares a map of the construction area and other related information.

04/27/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican, “National Cemetery ‘makes it real’ for students to explore Santa Fe’s history.” Read about SFCC’s Veteran’s Legacy Program event.

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

FAFSA Workshop: 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 be on the Zoom video conferencing platform. For more information, contact Financial Aid Office at or call 505-428-1268.

Student Weekly Connection 5/20/22

Read this week’s Student Weekly Connection for information on registration, Campus Cupboard, Counseling Services, the Healthcare Ambassadors program, and more!


Student Daniel Peaslee selected for Stowe Story Labs Screenwriting Training

The New Mexico Film Office and Stowe Story Labs announced the ten projects were chosen for the first New Voices • New Mexico screenwriting training program for emerging New Mexican screenwriters.

SFCC Film student Daniel Peaslee was one of those selected. Congratulations Daniel! We look forward to hearing about the development of your screenplay.

For more information about SFCC’s film program, email Milton Riess.


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.

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


Apply NOW for Summer Semester Student Employment

Apply NOW for 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. 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 Academic Advising at 505-428-1275 or You can also schedule a remote appointment with an Academic Advisor.

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

Amanda Hatherly at the Santa Fe Children's Museum

SFCC’s Amanda Hatherly was a special guest facilitator in building mini Corsi-Rosenthal boxes at the Santa Fe Children’s Museum last Saturday!

Q: What is a Corsi–Rosenthal Box?
A: Also called a Corsi–Rosenthal Cube, a Corsi-Rosenthal Box is a design for a do-it-yourself air purifier.

During this Science Saturday program, children learnt about air quality/air filtration and how it relates to health and safety during COVID and the fires. Also about energy/insulation with fun interactive experiments with lightbulbs and infrared cameras.

Emily Stern interview in Santa Fe Magazine

SFCC faculty member Emily Stern was interviewed about teaching and writing for the current issue of Santa Fe Magazine. The entire article is not available online but you can see a blurb here and a FB post promoting the article here.

Photo: Emily Stern article courtesy of Santa Fe Magazine. Click for a larger image.

Amanda Hatherly receives special award

Amanda Hatherly was recognized for her contributions to the Santa Fe Water Efficiency Partnership Team. The presenter stated:

“The City of Santa Fe and the NGWS planning committee would like to present a special award to Amanda Hatherly who is the Director of the EnergySmart Academy at the SFCC.

Amanda is a very special and hard working individual. Not only did she help us create an award winning educational program through the SFCC but she also linked us with Lane Community College and an NSF grant to help us expand the training online so that anyone in the nation could take advantage of it. She was also the person who engaged our City Council to designate Santa Fe as a Bee City, USA and is a gamechanger in this community. Someone who makes things happen.

We are all so grateful and appreciative of your years of work with the Santa Fe Water Efficiency Partnership Team in building an award winning program and wish you the most happiness in your future endeavors.”

Emily Stern to read at SOMOS Taos on June 18th in honor of LGBTQ+ Month

Ariel Gore & Emily Stern at SOMOS Taos in honor of LGBTQ+ Month on June 18th.

The reading will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 18 in the SOMOS Salon & Bookshop at 108 Civic Plaza Drive in Taos, NM.


SFCC bids farewell to Vaune Hegmann

SFCC bids farewell to Vaune Hegmann. Since 2009, she has worked to help SFCC provide academic and programmatic access to students with disabilities. During her tenure, the office continually evolved to reflect current pedagogy in the field of disability services. This was reflected in the name changes of the department over the years: Special Services to Office of Disability Services and ODS to Student Accessibility Services. Vaune embraced a Social Justice Model of service to students and was an early proponent of Universal Design in Learning here on campus. We will miss her ready smile, sense of humor, and compassionate presence. Best wishes to her in her future endeavors.

She came to NM after working in Post-Katrina New Orleans for three years. She coordinated Project Homecoming, a disaster recovery initiative.

Here are several of her accomplishments during her time at the college:

  • Member of the BIT (Behavioral Intervention Team) for 13 years
  • Member of NM AHEAD (Association on Higher Education and Disability) for 13 years
  • Served on PDAC for 9 years
  • Board member of NM AHEAD (Association on Higher Education and Disability) for 5 years
  • Served as staff senate officer-2 years
  • Pass it Forward recipient last month!! 2022
  • Current Board member of Casa Milagro

Calling all STEM Faculty: Online course for Culturally Responsive Teaching in STEM

Culturally Responsive Teaching in STEM

Calling all STEM Faculty!
ESCALA Educational Services is offering a summer mini course on Culturally Responsive Teaching in STEM for faculty at Hispanic Serving Institutions. Registration for this virtual course is funded by SFCC Title V. Nine-month and adjunct faculty are also eligible for a stipend of $270 after successful completion of the course.
Course Features:

  • Four (4) highly interactive Zoom sessions that demonstrate culturally responsive teaching methods, including dynamic lecturing and how to design equitable small group discussions;
  • Examples of how to embed culturally responsive teaching into Math, Chemistry, Bio and Engineering course activities.
  • Annotated reference lists of the latest STEM research on motivation, culture, and cognition;
  • Reflective analysis on your own teaching and assessment practices.

Pick either session to attend:
Session 1: June 6 – 9 | 9-10:45 am (PST)
Session 2: June 6 – 9 | 12-1:45 pm (PST)

For more information contact Julie Gallegos, Title V Project Director at

Title V Team seeks a Professional Development Director (.2.5 FTE)

The Title V Team is seeking a Professional Development Activity Director (.25 FTE)

The Title V Core Team is seeking a current faculty or staff member who is passionate about professional development and who can commit 25% of their time (including summer) to serve in this role for the remainder of the Title V grant (fall 2024).

Professional Development Activity Goal: Strengthen Guided Pathways and student support systems through faculty and staff professional development that focuses on Hispanic and low-income student success. The Professional Development Activity Director will work to provide continuous professional development opportunities for faculty and staff that lead to improved academic and student services outcomes for students.

Types of Training Funded by Title V include:

  • Canvas LMS faculty learning modules
  • Online teaching courses such as Quality Matters® or the Certificate of Online Teaching
  • ESCALA Certificate for Teaching and Learning in a Hispanic Serving Institution
  • Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) best practices (speakers, workshops, conference, etc.)
  • Cultural awareness and competence for faculty and staff
  • Pathways and pathways advising strategies
  • Math instructions and curriculum
  • Open Educational Resources (OER)

For the full Professional Development Activity Director position description please contact Julie Gallegos, Title V Project Director, at

In Memoriam: Kenneth (Ken) E. McPherson

SFCC extends condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Kenneth (Ken) E. McPherson, who passed away on May 3.

He began working at the college 9/11/2005 as a Distance Learning Instruction Designer until 10/27/2006. Then from 10/30/2006 to 6/28/2019 he was a Web Developer in OIT. He also was a Photoshop instructor. He was born in 1949.

At this time, there was not a notice of a memorial. We will update that information as it becomes available.

Dental Dept. leadership attended opening of 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.
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To learn more about SFCC’s Dental Programs, please contact or 505-428-1258

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!

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!

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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.

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

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

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

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

Please do your part, to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Stay home, stay safe, stay healthy.

Do you need information on testing? Visit

Remember to wash your hands for a full 20 seconds!

Submit nominations for WOW awards

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


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Opportunity Scholarship info at

The New Mexico Higher Education Department recently announced a new online resource to help New Mexicans understand tuition-free college via the Opportunity and Lottery Scholarships!

The website contains detailed information on the scholarship, eligibility, how to apply, participating schools, and Frequently Asked Questions about the scholarship. There’s also a quick interview wizard to help you determine eligibility.

Remember to share with any family or friends who might have questions about the Opportunity Scholarship!