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Creative writing students participated in Santa Fe International Literary Festival
SFCC creative writing professor Terry Wilson was invited to bring her students as free guests of the Santa Fe International Literary Festival. The students were invited to read in the Convention Courtyard, which was free to the public.
The following is Terry Wilson’s personal account of highlights from the whirlwind weekend of the events she participated in, along with the photos she shared:
The Santa Fe Literary Festival gets better every year!
Friday night, May 19, opened with N. Scott Momaday, who was Honorary Festival Chair. Momaday is a Kiowa elder who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1969 for his book, “House Made of Dawn.” Momaday discussed the power of story and he was accompanied on stage by his daughter, Jill, who listed the many, many accolades and awards her father has won. After she finished naming all his accomplishments, her father paused.
“Let’s just leave it at that,” he said, grinning. As her father, the author, storyteller, and educator spoke, Jill gazed at him so lovingly. At the end of the evening, I met N. Scott Momaday and told him how as an English teacher at SFCC, we used an excerpt from “House Made of Dawn” in one of our textbooks for years, and students really responded to those rich and textured details. “Story tells us who we are,” Momaday said.
The next speaker was Colum McCann, one of the most transformative writers working today. McCann was born and raised in Dublin and he was interviewed by Deborah Taffa. He is the author of seven novels and his work has been published in 40 languages. He discussed “Let the Great World Spin,” and also “Apeirogon” which was a global bestseller. He also described his new book, “American Mother” (available in Jan., 2024) which deals with the assassination of the journalist, James Foley, in 2014. This will be McCann’s first non-fiction book.
“The job of the writer is to reveal the human heart. We as authors try to get this right. And sometimes, we use fiction to tell the truth.” Earlier in his life, McCann rode across the United States on a bicycle so he could listen to people and tell their stories. “Writing is dangerous,” he said. “We live in fractured times. The most important word is ‘REPAIR.’ How do we repair the fractures in our world?”
In his book, “Apeirogon,” McCann writes the story of an Israeli man and a Palestinian man, both of whom had lost daughters in the ongoing Middle East conflict. And they became friends. “Apeirogon is not just about Israel and Palestine,” McCann said. It’s also about Belfast.”
“Tell someone else’s story to learn compassion,” McCann said. “Storytelling can save us.”
The next morning, Saturday, May 20, Jennifer Egan took the stage, along with moderator, Alex Parsons. Egan, the author of “Visit from the Goon Squad” which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2011, said she hates writing about herself. She grew up as an observer because she was a stepchild in two different families. “I always felt like an outsider,” she said, and explained how this taught her watchfulness. Egan has written six novels, plus several non-fiction essays. She is knowledgeable on many different topics and has had stories published in The New York Times Magazine.
Egan discussed how she tries to make the inner life of characters comprehensible to the reader. She wants the reader to understand that the choices the character makes are the only choices they could make because of who they are. “Fiction crosses the barrier we can’t cross anywhere else–getting into the interior of the characters’ minds,” she said.
When asked how she enters a story she wants to write, she explained, “I often begin with PLACE. Then I ask myself, ‘Who is seeing that place?’ Place is the start, and then I improvise.”
When asked about doing research and how it fits into her writing, Egan said, “Research never feels like research– research is generative, meaning, it sparks other ideas.”
After Jennifer Egan spoke on the big stage, several students of mine and I were privileged to join Egan in the Tesuque Room where we spent an hour asking Ms. Egan questions about her writing process which she graciously answered. We discussed Chat GPT which she had talked about briefly on the Big Stage.
According to Egan, “CHAT GPT is an embodiment of Group-think. I try to get ahead of Groupthink, even the Group-think that’s in my own brain. Chat GPT is not that creative. Let’s all get out of the realm of GROUP-THINK and come up with our own ideas!” Which she suggests we can access if we read deeply, not just scroll down on our phones.
Egan is involved in PEN, which deals with protecting cultural elements that allow writers to write.
Once our meeting with Jennifer Egan was finished, my students and I headed for the courtyard and the outdoor stage which they were about to read on. I was so proud of each student for getting up there in front of an audience and performing the pieces they had written in my Spring “Exploring Creative Writing” class. They were all a bit nervous, but the audience could not tell because they read with so much humor and expression. Some of my students had never read in front of a large audience before!
Some of the feedback from the writers follows:
Mark Friedman said, “I felt like I was facing the whole world for the first time! When they listened, I felt valued, like my writing was important.”
Jesse Colvin shared, “Now that I’ve done this reading on stage, I can handle other challenges in my life. Maybe even write a book!”
As a teacher, and as a writer myself, I feel so lucky to have been able to attend the Santa Fe Literary Festival with my students and watch them succeed on stage! Plus, I learned so much about writing, myself, things I can share with future students! This is such a rich and important event for the writers and students of Santa Fe!
POSTSCRIPT: My new Fall semester English 1320 “Exploring Creative Writing” class begins August 21 and ends Dec. 9. The class is 3 credits and the Course Registration # is 20720. It is on the SFCC campus. Come join us! Questions about the class? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ESL Literacy Training for tutors begins Thursday, June 1
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: https://lvsf.org. Call 428-1353 for more information.
ESL Tutor TrainingJune 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.
Vote for Fitness Center and fitness classes in Santa Fe Reporter’s Best of Santa Fe by Wednesday
Thank you to Herman Garcia, Fitness Facility Director, for sharing this notice! If the QR code does not work for you or you want to vote directly online, visit https://vote.sfreporter.com/. Vote today. All voting closes on Wednesday, May 31.
Student Massage Clinic was a huge success
SFCC Student Massage Clinic was a huge success in the Spring 2023 semester! Our 12 students’ massages served 480 clients in two months, raising almost $10,000 through the SFCC Foundation. These funds will support the Massage Therapy program and pay for the national exams for our graduates.
Thank you to everyone who participated and supported the students and we will see you next Spring! The Massage Therapy program is now accepting applications for the next cohort starting in the Fall 2023 semester. Please visit the Massage Therapy program page for program requirements and to fill out an application.
NM Higher Ed offers debt relief to health care workers
The program covers more than 25 health occupations and licenses in allied health, dental, medical and mental health fields. Included are medical doctors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and advanced practice nurses, mental health counselors, licensed clinical social workers, speech language pathologists, and occupational therapists. A full list of eligible professions is available at hed.state.nm.us.
Recipients must commit to practicing in an area of the state designated by the Health Profession Advisory Committee as a health professional shortage area for a minimum of two years. Currently, 28 out of the state’s 33 counties are designated as whole county shortage areas and four are listed as partial shortage areas.
Practitioners must be U.S. Citizens or permanent residents, established New Mexico residents for at least 12 consecutive months, licensed or certified in the State of New Mexico as of July 1, 2022, and employed at least 36 hours per week. Preference is given to graduates of New Mexico colleges and universities.
Listen to KSFR podcast with selections from Accolades
Professor Andrew Lovato, Ph.D., on his May 25 KSFR radio show, Our Town, interviewed Professor Genevieve Betts and two student writers (Jesse Colvin and Virginia Gonzales) whose work is in Accolades. Virginia Gonzales is the recipient of the Richard Bradford Memorial Scholarship for Creative Writing.
Dr. Lovato asked the participants to share about their writing and editing processes. Enjoy the lively exchange and readings here.
March with PDAC for Santa Fe Pride on June 24
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 first 19 people to join us receive a free SFCC Pride Shirt!
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.
Also, if you are interested in assisting a PDAC subcommittee with planning SFCC’s role, please contact sj Miller, Ph.D., at email@example.com.
Reading celebrated Katie Besser Awards at Meow Wolf; Richard Bradford Creative Writing scholarship winner announced
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 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’sRichard 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.
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.
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!
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. See more photos on SFCCNM Facebook.
Highlights from the program:
Welcome 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.
Student art exhibition continues through Aug. 18
The opening reception for the Student Art and Design exhibition on May 11 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
Sculpture2nd place: James Wilson
Sculpture2nd place (2): Roberto Espinosa
Drawing/Painting: Jesus Miguel Avena
Drawing 2nd place: Nancy Nielsen
Drawing 2nd place (2): Catherine Le Baigue
Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday. The gallery is closed on days when the campus is closed. The exhibition continues through August 18.
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:
EFFECTIVE MAY 22, 2023 UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE 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 www.sfcconnectors.com 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:
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
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Book as Sculpture summer class offered Mondays and Wednesdays
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.
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.”
If you have questions about the schedule or where to get a print copy, contact Continuing Education at firstname.lastname@example.org or 505-428-1676. The CE staff can help you complete your registration.
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.
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.
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.
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 two acts 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.
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!
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
Policy Updates – Admission of Transfer Students & Admission Criteria
Last month, 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.
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.
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.”
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, Katherine.email@example.com.
CHESS Connection Newsletter – May 29
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, information about the SIS (Student Information System) project, and upcoming maintenance.
Civil Air Patrol encourages cadets to attend college
Dean James (Jim) Wysong shared photos of the recent Civil Air Patrol event at the college. He wrote, “I have been fostering our relationship with them, since they have a strong educational commitment by encouraging their cadets to attend college in order to become Air Force officers.”
Nathan Lederman wrote the story, “Civil Air Patrol introduces youth to flight” in The Santa Fe New Mexican on May 20. The story explains that the Civil Air Patrol provides search and rescue support to law enforcement agencies and also runs a youth development program where cadets from ages 12 to 18 are taught lessons on a slew of topics from aerospace education to character development.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
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
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.
“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.”
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 email@example.com or 505-428-1775 for more information.