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SFCC students participated in SF Literary Festival

SFCC student Marcelina (Marcy) Gallegos reads some deeply moving poetry at the Santa Fe Literary Festival.

Creative writing faculty Kate McCahill and Shuli Lamden coordinated with Clare Hertel, co-founder of the Santa Fe Literary Festival, to secure 16 free all-access passes for students, an exclusive lunch for eight with a festival author, and a place on the community stage for some SFCC poets and creative writing students and Terry Wilson, one of SFCC’s creative writing faculty. The passes alone were valued at thousands of dollars.

Terry Wilson opened up the mid-Saturday (May 21) free, public reading in the Santa Fe Convention Center Courtyard. Terry read a piece called “Housemother,” a reflection written from when she worked at Ingleside Home for Girls in 1970 in Buffalo when she was quite young. (It was a Home for Unwed Mothers.) Terry said the work was pretty relevant since Margaret Atwood had spoken a few hours earlier about “Handmaids’ Tale.

Sterling Scherchel presents powerful poetry

The Santa Fe New Mexican story May 21 story by Claudia Silva, “Santa Fe celebrates literature with Literary Festival” included extensive interviews with SFCC students Marcelina Gallegos and Sterling Scherchel.

Here’s an excerpt from the Santa Fe New Mexican story, “Sterling Scherchel — a young Black poet who uses the pronouns “they” and “them” — said they wrote a poem to send a message about race and justice to the festival’s mostly white audience.

Scherchel’s poem, “White,”explored the “white moderate’s” failure to offer equity to marginalized people as it espouses diversity and inclusion.

“I think a lot of people like to pat themselves on the back for just even seeing artists like us,” Scherchel said. “So I didn’t want to just get up on stage and be one more person of color performing for free, for those people who can walk away and say, ‘Oh, yeah, I consume diverse content.’ I wanted them to actually hear what I was saying and walk away feeling a sense of obligation.”

Terry Wilson will offer “Exploring Creative Writing” class (English 1320) starting Aug. 24. CRN is #20204. Contact her at for more information.

Read more and see more photos here.

News and Announcements

Vote for SFCC for Best of Santa Fe today!

Please take a moment to cast your vote for our fabulous fitness classes (and in particular yoga) as part of the Santa Fe Reporter’s “Best of Santa Fe 2022.” Please encourage your students to vote! It is fantastic that we made it through the nomination process and now we can win this!
Votes need to be in by 5/31/22

Click on “Health Services” and SFCC will show up as an option under “Fitness Classes” and “Yoga Studio.”

Literacy Volunteers of SF present Phil Yeh book signing 3 to 5 p.m. June 4

Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe are hosting a book signing with literacy advocate Phil Yeh on June 4 at Allá.

Phil Yeh Book Signing
Saturday, June 4
3 to 5 p.m.
Allá Bookstore

Phil Yeh is an artist, author, and literacy advocate. Phil has painted murals throughout New Mexico and has also set his stories in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Carlsbad.

Please contact Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe
at 505-428-1353 or for more info.

Job Opportunities: CHESS Training Officer, Payroll Director

We’re excited to announce that CHESS, the Collaborative for Higher Education Shared Services, has an opening for a Training Officer and Payroll . Perhaps you or someone you know may be interested in applying for this position. Please see the job announcement online. For strongest consideration, please submit materials by 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.


Summer update: No masks or vaccine requirements

In an email to the campus community on May 16, SFCC President Becky Rowley thanked the campus community for its dedication and announced the end of both the vaccination and mask requirements.


Seven PROTEC participants hired for film

Film professor Milton Riess shared the exciting news from Stagecoach Foundation that seven students who recently went through February/March PROTEC production assistant training have been hired to work on the film, “Cursed.”
These are the seven who were hired:

Alysse Salas
Kira Jones
Rafael Martinez
Christina Romero
Wynn Wink
Patrick Madden
John Helfrich

Elizabeth Kianu Stahmer, Director of the Stagecoach Foundation, added that they are hopeful there will be more additional hires.

Congratulations to the PROTEC team run through SFCC’s CE and Contract Training under the direction of Dean Kris Swedin. A special thanks goes to SFCC’s Milton Riess who led much of the PROTEC film trainings along with other top film professionals in the region. Also, thanks to the leadership in funding from Santa Fe County and the other PROTEC sponsors.
Image: File photo of Milton Riess.

USA Today includes SFCC in story addressing debt crisis

Chris Quintana of USA Today interviewed Vice President for Strategy and Organizational Effectiveness Yash Marimoto, Financial Aid Program Director Kelly Durbin and Associate Vice President of Student Success Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos about how SFCC has worked to reduce debt for our students for his 05/22/2022 story, “Free college or federal student loans? These alternatives could help solve student debt crisis.”

If you don’t have a subscription, you can see the story as it was republished on Yahoo News here.

The national story begins, “As President Joe Biden mulls the possibility of widespread student loan forgiveness, a community college in New Mexico may offer insight to prevent the need for future mass cancelation.

Just 1% of the college’s student body borrows to pay for college, according to federal data, though it wasn’t always that way.

Leaders at the Santa Fe Community College say, among other measures, they’ve stopped automatically offering loans to students and require students to take a workshop before borrowing. That, along with support from state scholarships directed at local students and federal grants, have been key in reducing debt loads for students. …”

Image: File photo of Financial Aid Program Director Kelly Durbin.

Opportunity Scholarship info at ReachHigherNM

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!

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


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.

Congratulations to SFCC 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.

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.

Keep posted on wildfire updates

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. If you need assistance or shelter, call the Fire Resource Hotline 1-800-432-2080.

Thanks to all who had helped with World Central Kitchens at SFCC. They have concluded operations here at this time.

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.

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!

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.

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.


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.

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


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.

05/27/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican, “We’ve got a castle, let’s put on a show!” Story includes two SFCC students in Shakespeare play.

05/25/2022, Santa Fe Reporter, “Home Recording.” Story is about recording artist Jaco Imani, who studied with SFCC instructor Jason Goodyear.

05/23/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Nina Otero teacher inspires with encouragement, love of her work” This story has a reference to a teacher who offered a quote about the award recipient. The teacher quoted teaches with SFCC Early Childhood Education program.

05/22/2022,Santa Fe New Mexican, “OUR VIEW – Graduation season is here — be proud”

05/22/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Santa Fe’s Class of 2022 celebrates the end of a rocky four years” Story includes Eddie Cassidy, a grad from Desert Sage Academy who plans to attend SFCC.

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.

Student Spotlight

Register now! Summer classes begin June 6

Are you planning to register for the summer term? It begins Monday, June 6. Check 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.

SFCC students in Shakespeare's Hamlet

SFCC students Ashlinn Barber-Woeltjen (Rosencrantz) and Juniper Barber-Woeltjen (Ophelia) are among a teenage cast of “Hamlet,” which opened last weekend and will run this coming weekend at 7 p.m. Friday-Sunday, June 3-5 at Seton Castle, Seton Village (google for directions). Tickets are $20;


Judith Gordon's work featured at Dulce Capital Bakery

Judith Gordon, who has studied printmaking and art at SFCC, is exhibiting a selection of her prints at Dulce Capital Bakery, 1100 Don Diego Ave.

Judith Gordon shares her technique: My technique:

“To create a first layer of paint on paper, I use either a digital print on paper as a base, or watercolor/oil paint on a plate, and then use a printmaking press to transfer that paint. Subsequently, I add combinations of oil, pastel, watercolor, or colored pencils on that base coat.”

Reception to meet the artist
Dulce, 110 Don Diego Suite A,
2:30 p.m-4 p.m.
Friday, June 17

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!

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.


Student Weekly Connection 5/20/22

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


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


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.

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

Marcos Maez completes MBA at NM Highlands with concentration in Marketing

Congratulations to Director of Recruitment & Dual Credit Marcos Maez!
He completed his MBA with a concentration in Marketing from New Mexico Highlands University.

He will be graduating with a cumulative 4.0 GPA. Due to the fires in the Las Vegas area, the NMHU graduation has been postponed.

Marcos shared, “When the graduation is rescheduled, I have been given the honor by the NMHU School of Business, Media, and Technology to serve as the flagbearer for the commencement ceremony. I will be leading all graduates from my respective school into the gymnasium. It is truly one of the great honors of my life.”

“I am grateful to my remarkable colleagues at SFCC for their encouragement and support. As a first generation Hispanic male college student, I sincerely hope that my accomplishment can inspire other first generation students in my community. If I can do it, anyone can.”

Congratulations Marcos. Thank you for inspiring so many of our students!

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

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

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 Saturday, May 21!

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 learned 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 received 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.


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!

Submit here.

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!

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


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.

SFCC will observe Juneteenth holiday on June 20

On May 25, President Rowley issued the following statement regarding Juneteenth:

Juneteenth National Independence Day is the oldest known celebration of the formal abolishment of slavery in the United States. In 2021, President Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law, officially making June 19 a federal holiday.

I am pleased to announce that SFCC will honor this day by adding it as a permanent paid holiday for eligible employees. Beginning this year, and thereafter, the college will close in recognition of this important event.

This year, June 19 is a Sunday. Therefore, the college will close on Monday, June 20 to observe Juneteenth. SFCC Main Campus, Kids Campus, and the Santa Fe Higher Education Center will be closed. No classes or student services will be available. Flags will be lowered to half-staff Saturday, June 18, through Monday, June 20, in commemoration.

If you are comfortable being around others in an open air environment, Earthseed Black Arts Alliance is presenting “Love and Happiness Second Annual Juneteenth Celebration,” a free concert and community gathering on the Santa Fe Plaza on Sunday evening, June 19.

As we honor this holiday, it is a reminder that as a community we must continue to actively fight against racism and engage in education and activities that promote meaningful advances in equity, justice, and community solidarity for all. I encourage you to explore Juneteenth activities, which will take place throughout the weekend of June 19. Here are some additional resources:
New Mexico Black Leadership Council
New Mexico True
Visit Albuquerque
AMP Love & Happiness Concert