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SFCC opening reception for Al Kittel’s “Cocoon” exhibition from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday in Visual Arts Gallery

“Call Me What You Need To,” Acrylic on Canvas

SFCC proudly presents “Cocoon,” an exhibition featuring the art of Al Kittel. The exhibition opens with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 9 at SFCC’s Visual Arts Gallery. She and her work were featured in the cover story, “Finishing Touches: Santa Fe Artist seeks peace through her painting,” in the May 3 edition of Pasatiempo in The Santa Fe New Mexican. Staff Writer Brian Sandford, who wrote the story also shared in Pasatiempo’s Editor’s Note: Big as life about his experience interviewing Al Kittel about the circumstances surrounding her upcoming death.

Al Kittel is an artist and painter whose work depicts her complex experience living with a progressive neurological condition called Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA). FA is a physically debilitating and chronically fatiguing disease, which also causes a shortened lifespan.

Her oldest brother, Aaron, was diagnosed with the same condition and passed away at the age of 33, after being bed-bound for the better part of a year, she shared. Kittel said, “I have always known that my life was going to be condensed into fewer years than most people and after watching Aaron pass, I knew I wouldn’t suffer through what he did. I recently turned 32 and before my body deteriorates to a degree where my physical suffering outweighs the quality of my life, I will pursue medical assistance in dying.” Her exhibition “Cocoon” will present paintings that draw from this experience, and which share the unique perspective that Kittel has gained through living with FA.

“Al’s work is complex and multifaceted. With this, she is unafraid to depict the intensity of life though autobiographical subject matter and imagery. Her paint handling and saturated palette gives an energy and vibrance to her figurative works, which also allows space for the viewer to see both Al’s story as well as their own.”

Jared Weiss, Program Head of Drawing and Painting

Director of Art on Campus Linda Cassel said, “The exhibition, ‘Cocoon,’ will be a celebration of life and one’s connection to it through art.”

Please invite your friends and family to stop by for the reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday. The exhibition continues through June 5 in the Visual Arts Gallery.

Green Fire Times issue focuses on SFCC programs

The May/June issue of Green Fire Times features many intiatives from SFCC’s Trades and Sustainability programs. The informative issue includes writing from SFCC faculty, staff and students on topics such as algae, water conservation, controlled environment agriculture and more. See the issue at Note on the opening page there is a Donate Now button, since the publication primarily operates with the support of readers. SFCC appreciates The Green Fire Times long-time coverage of college programs. If you’d like to proceed to the issue without making a donation, click the “Not today” message at the bottom. Also, The Green Fire Times print edition is available in racks around town.

Thank you from Dr. Aamna Nayyar for supporting NM Mission of Mercy

Dr. Aamna Nayyar, Director Department of Dental Health, is sending a “THANK YOU!” for your volunteer service at NM Mission of Mercy (NM-MOM), 2024.

Your generous support of our recent New Mexico Mission of Mercy event in Santa Fe, NM on April 26 and 27 helped create 784 new smiles for underserved New Mexico residents!   Without your support, this event would not have been possible, and we thank you!  Over $1,062,000 dollars in treatment was donated by 903 volunteers at New Mexico Mission of Mercy.

Please know that we are grateful for your participation in this successful event as are the 784 patients who received free services.

Special THANKS to SFCC for being one of the major sponsors of this event.

Special THANKS to the SFCC Marketing & Public Relations department.

Special THANKS to Dr. Lina Germann (SFCC Board Member), Terri Tewart (Dean), Dr. Kelly Trujillo (Associate Dean), Jessica Balladares (Director, Medical Assisting & Phlebotomy), Anne Reines (Nursing), Jacque Anderson (Allied Health), Medical Assisting students, Respiratory Therapy students and the Dental students.

Also please take a few minutes to provide your feedback!  Click on this Survey:

To see pictures of the event, please click on the following links:

To learn about SFCC’s Dental Programs, please visit: or email:

Sanchez Tacos truck will be at FEC from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 9

SFCCI Student Showcase highlighted creative coding skills

The first Santa Fe Creative Coding Initiative (SFCCI) Showcase on May 2 at the Santa Fe Higher Education Center was a big success!

SFCCI is a community partnership, providing challenge-based learning opportunities in digital creativity and coding to learners and educators throughout Santa Fe, with support from Apple’s Community Education Initiative. Since the launch of SFCCI more than 300 students have participated.

The SFCCI Student Showcase spotlighted content produced by students using Apple technology and curricula during this school year. SFCCI has learning labs at Santa Fe High School, Milagro Middle School, Santa Fe Community College and Santa Fe Indian School. Other key partners include STEM Santa Fe and the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Fe/Del Norte, which operates the Teen Center and the Tech Club at the Santa Fe Place Mall. In addition to these learning labs, the Santa Fe Public Schools 21st Century Learning program is introducing coding on iPad to elementary school students at various sites. Hear a recent podcast from the Richard Eeds show about SFCCI.

Director of the Santa Fe Creative Coding Initiative Jim Sanborn cited these highlights from the SFCC Student Showcase:

  • 15 student presentations
  • All SFCCI partners represented: SFCC, SFPS, SFIS, Boys/Girls Club, STEM SF
  • Great turnout, more than 100 students, educators, family members filled the HEC lobby
  • Wonderful welcome from President Becky Rowley, Ph.D.
  • ,Live app demo from SFIS seniors
  • 6 app designs from Boys/Girls Club members
  • STEM stop-motion animation from Milagro Middle School
  • 21st Century Learning schools throughout SF presented digital media about their schools.

Click on the images to see larger.

Beautiful work displayed at Glass Club sale

The Glass Club had a sale on May 1 and 2. Here are some images from the sale. Click on photos to see larger.

Statement of Acknowledgment for Cinco de Mayo/ Declaración de reconocimiento por el Cinco de Mayo

The following was shared with the SFCC Community on May 3, 2024.

Dear SFCC Community,

As a Hispanic Serving Institution, Santa Fe Community College proudly recognizes Cinco de Mayo as a momentous occasion to honor the rich heritage and invaluable contributions of our Latino/Latina/Latinx community. Cinco de Mayo stands as a powerful symbol of resilience, unity, and determination in the face of adversity, reminding us of the remarkable strength and spirit that define our community.

We reflect on the historic significance of the Battle of Puebla and its enduring legacy, which resonates far beyond borders. It serves as a poignant reminder of the triumph of courage over hardship, inspiring us to overcome challenges with dignity and grace.

As we gather to commemorate Cinco de Mayo, let us embrace the diversity that enriches SFCC and our community. Together, let us celebrate the cultures, traditions, and voices that collectively shape our shared identity. Through understanding, respect, and solidarity, may we continue to foster an inclusive environment where every individual feels valued, empowered, and heard.

Como institución al servicio de los hispanos, Santa Fe Community College reconoce con orgullo el Cinco de Mayo como una ocasión trascendental para honrar la rica herencia y las invaluables contribuciones de nuestra comunidad latinx. El Cinco de Mayo se erige como un poderoso símbolo de resiliencia, unidad y determinación frente a la adversidad, recordándonos la notable fuerza y el espíritu que definen a nuestra comunidad.

Reflexionamos sobre el significado histórico de la Batalla de Puebla y su legado perdurable, que resuena mucho más allá de las fronteras. Sirve como un recuerdo conmovedor del triunfo del coraje sobre las dificultades, inspirándonos a superar los desafíos con dignidad y gracia.

Mientras nos reunimos para conmemorar el Cinco de Mayo, acojamos la diversidad que enriquece a SFCC y a nuestra comunidad. Juntos, celebremos las culturas, tradiciones y voces que colectivamente dan forma a nuestra identidad compartida. A través de la comprensión, el respeto y solidaridad sigamos fomentando un entorno inclusivo donde cada individuo se sienta valorado, empoderado y oído.

¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

Kind regards,

President’s Diversity Advisory Committee (PDAC)
Becky Rowley, SFCC President
sj Miller
, PDAC Co-chair
Marcos Maez, PDAC Co-chair

Santa Fe Community College Land Acknowledgment Statement
Santa Fe Community College acknowledges that the lands beneath the college are the unceded sovereign lands of the Pueblo Nations of Tesuque, Nambe, Pojoaque, San Ildefonso, Ohkay Owingeh, Cochiti, Kewa, San Felipe, Santa Ana, Zia, and Jemez and that New Mexico’s Indigenous peoples, their governance, cultures, languages, and religions have been systemically attacked over centuries of settler colonial erasure. SFCC recognizes and respects Indigenous Peoples as the original and current stewards of the land where we learn, work, and grow.

SFCC commits to recognize the collective histories and to engage in restorative actions that demonstrate inclusive support for Indigenous community members while practicing responsible stewardship of the land. By honoring and listening to Indigenous voices SFCC will embody anti-racism through ongoing restorative action for social justice.

Amy Loyd will provide keynote address at Commencement at 10 a.m. Saturday

Santa Fe Community College announces Amy Loyd, Ed.L.D., the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education at the U.S. Department of Education will give the keynote address at the SFCC Commencement at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 11 in the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center. The ceremony will honor graduates who completed last summer, in fall 2023, or will complete this spring semester or summer term. The event will be simultaneously shown live at The ceremony also celebrates the College’s 40th anniversary.

SFCC President Becky Rowley, Ph.D., said “SFCC is honored that Dr. Amy Loyd will provide the Commencement keynote address. It’s a full circle moment since Dr. Loyd started her higher education journey at SFCC. Last fall she toured our college and met with many parenting students. She was impressed with our work and emphasized the important role of community colleges in helping students develop a college identity while being responsive to both student and industry needs.”

At commencement, the college will honor first-generation college graduates – the first in their families to complete a college credential – by having them wear special first-generation honor cords. “SFCC is proud that 73 percent of its graduates are first-generation college students,” added President Rowley. “The college recognizes they are now role models for their families and community members who are looking to them as trailblazers.”

Amy Loyd, Ed.L.D.Keynote Speaker

Amy Loyd, Ed.L.D., is the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education at the U.S. Department of Education. In this role, she oversees national programs related to career and technical education, community colleges, adult education and literacy, and correctional education.

Prior to joining the Biden-Harris Administration, Dr. Loyd was a Vice President at Jobs for the Future (JFF), where she designed and led programs across the United States that improve education and workforce outcomes. Her work at JFF focused on state and regional policies, practices, and cross-sector partnerships that engaged K-12 education, community colleges, adult education, workforce development, economic development, and employers to build systems of college and career pathways, leveraging career and technical education. She also oversaw JFF’s work in workforce development with a lens on economic advancement, state and federal policy, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. She previously was the Director of Education at Cook Inlet Tribal Council, leading a network of schools providing culturally responsive education, training, and wraparound services to the Alaska Native and Native American communities.

Dr. Loyd attended Santa Fe Community College and Northern New Mexico Community College, and holds a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s College and a doctorate in education leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she was an adjunct lecturer on building career pathways to increase opportunity and equity.

Aylin VillalobosStudent Speaker
Aylin Villalobos, 24, is a first-generation college student who moved with her parents to the U.S. from Mexico when she was four. She loves all sports, but particularly combat sports where she is an accomplished karate practitioner, kickboxer, jiu-jitsu purple belt and mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter. She earned her Massage Therapy Certificate and A.A.S. degree in Massage Therapy. “My massage therapy skills have helped me in my work as a coach for a girls volleyball team as well as for MMA competitions,” she said. Villalobos, who commutes from Albuquerque, is grateful for SFCC Foundation scholarships, as well as employment at SFCC. She began as a student worker and now works as the Operations Office Coordinator in Facilities and Operations.

Currently, Villalobos is pursuing an A.A. degree in business. Her interest in business was sparked when she began working with her parents at their food truck. She’s also helped with marketing for the Jackson Wink MMA Academy. She plans to transfer to the University of New Mexico Public Administration program.

Read interesting statistics about our graduates in the Fast Facts section of this press release.

Fitness Education Center will close to patrons on May 11

FEC closed for SFCC Commencement, will reopen with regular hours on Monday, May 13

Santa Fe Community College will close the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center (FEC) on Saturday, May 11 since the SFCC community will celebrate commencement that day. Read the  press release for more details on the ceremony.

SFCC’s William C. Fitness Center will reopen at 6:30 a.m. Monday, May 13. Registration is now open to all for the summer term beginning on June 3 and the fall semester beginning on August 16. For information on registration visit or call 505-428-1270.

Read more about the William C. Fitness Education Center at Patrons who would like to drop in to use the center need to purchase a day pass by visiting For assistance call 505-428-1615.

Jeanne Walker’s pop-up sculpture show ‘Henosis’ in Visual Arts lobby

Sculpture student, Jeanne Walker has a pop-up show, “Henosis” in the floor space of the Visual Arts Lobby area. The sculptures of wood and metal are up now and will be up until June 10.

This installation explores the white culture myth of “Rugged Individualism” in contrast to the structures and policies enjoyed by the wealthy; connections, networks, and social supports. These connections and networks sustain not only wealth, but power. Rugged Individualism is a classic divide and conquer technique designed to control and de-power the 98%.
This work asks us to recognize and cultivate the power of connections and networks for all of us. These pieces represent collaboration, that we are better when we work together. Let us develop connections, unions, cooperatives, collaboratives, community support systems so that we can all be successful.

Jeanne Walker’s artist statement

SFCC hosted a Career Fair on April 24

Students and community members attended the event.

Santa Fe Community College’s Career Services hosted a Career Fair on April 24. Employers from multiple career fields including healthcare, education, arts and communication, trades and sustainability, science and engineering, law, and business including City of Santa Fe, CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Growing Up New Mexico, Nusenda Credit Union, and Pecos National Historical Park attended.

Thank you to Career Services and everyone else who helped make the day a success. Thank you to Ben Lauer for sharing the photos.

Students from SFCC and The MASTERS Program participated in Santa Fe World Affairs Forum’s annual symposium

President Becky Rowley, Ph.D., provided opening remarks at the Santa Fe World Affairs Forum’s annual symposium.

The Santa Fe World Affairs Forum Annual Symposium on April 25 and 26 at SFCC took a deep dive into the questions of American international influence as the global order rests on increasingly shaky pillars. The questions posed were can the U.S. still retain its democratic form of government and compete in this increasingly complex and troubled world? If so, how?

Stephen Martinez, Ph.D., full-time faculty member (History) and Director of Veterans Legacy Grant Program at SFCC was the SFCC faculty sponsor for the event. Other faculty attended, as well. President Becky Rowley, Ph.D., provided the opening remarks. SFCC students and students from The MASTERS program (TMP) got an opportunity to hear speakers address serious global issues and to participate in discussions at the Santa Fe World Affairs Forum April 25 and 26 at SFCC. We thank Dr. Martinez for sharing several photos of students and others at the Santa Fe World Affairs Forum. SFCC was a sponsor of this year’s symposium. For more information about the organization, please send an email to

SFCC will partner to present prestigious film workshop this summer


The Santa Fe New Mexican story, “Free film workshop set at Santa Fe Community College this summer” explained that the prestigious graduate film program at New York University Tisch School of the Arts will offer a film workshop July 14 through Aug. 3 at SFCC. The story states:

Jennifer LaBar-Tapia, director of the Santa Fe Film Office, said she and other local officials collaborated for almost a year to bring the workshop to the area, which is aimed at aspiring Native American filmmakers.

“It’s a really big deal because Tisch is one of the top film schools in the world,” she said. “And to have them here [in] Santa Fe is major.”

The application deadline is April 30 and can be completed by emailing or online at

Eligible residents include those of Pueblo or Indigenous descent; those who are 18 or older; those who are enrolled in college, recent graduates, or on a break from college; and those who are “passionate about telling Indigenous stories,” according to a news release sent by the county. Previous film production experience isn’t required.

According to the news release, participants will develop skills in Indigenous storytelling through a focus on directing, writing, hands-on filmmaking and technical instruction.

Campus Weekly reached out to SFCC Film Department Chair Milton Riess, who was one of the individuals who collaborated for more than a year to set this up. “This is major,” Riess said, “We will be hosting most of the classes on SFCC campus. This will include our sound stages and editing facilities.  We will also be providing film equipment and students to help crew their short films.  Also, they will be filming many of their films on SFCC campus. I and the SFCC Film Department team will be teaching the on-set safety part.  Also, we will provide mentorship to the technical crews on camera, lighting and sound.”

Pop-up monoprint artist exhibition continues through May 9

Monoprint Exhibition
April 26-May 9

Students: Stuart Diamond, Naomi Eldridge, Raj Hajela, Shelley Longmire, A. Kathrina Storm, Irina Thomas, Joan Yokom, Janie Zackin
Instructor: Mike Kimball

For more information, contact Director of Art on Campus Linda Cassel at or call 505-428-1501.

Click the images from the April 27 opening to see larger.

SF County announces temporary closure of Rabbit Road to complete roundabout

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Santa Fe County announced: Beginning Monday, April 22, 2024, the Contractor for Santa Fe County Public Works Department (SFCPWD) will begin the construction of the Rabbit Road connection to the Southeast Connector, recently named Falcon Way, and also providing the tie into Oshara Blvd via a new roundabout.  To safely accommodate the construction, it will be necessary to close a segment of Rabbit Road to Oshara Blvd for approximately (6) weeks and route traffic through a temporary detour.  As part of this construction, the contractor is subject to provide adequate traffic control and advance messaging of this closure.

Motorists should account for increased travel time, avoid speed, and exercise caution while navigating detours. Work zones pose significant hazards to pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists if breached, emphasizing the need to strictly adhere to safety precautions and traffic control.

The SFCPWD and the Contractor apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank the public for their patience and understanding during the construction.

For more information and additional safety resources, please contact Mike Hart, Project Manager III at

Further project information is available on the project website at

Roof J Stucco Repairs beginning April 23, 2024

Repairs will include roof area above East Wing.  There will be some construction noise while work is in progress for 1-2 weeks, weather permitting.


Andrea Mueller, Facilities & Operations Assistant Director &
Campus Planning |  | 505.930.9781

Invitation to Graduate Nurse Pinning ceremony at 11 a.m. May 9

Hello All,
It is that time of year again!
We would like to invite you all to join us in celebrating the
Santa Fe Community College Graduate Nurse Pinning Ceremony
Date: May 9, 2024
Time:  11 a.m.
Location: The SFCC William C. Witter Fitness Education Center.
This tradition is a momentous ceremony for the nursing community. It represents the nursing students’ hard work and dedication towards their coursework and clinicals. Please join us in this most gracious time and observance of becoming a nurse.
Thank you!

SFCC Nursing Program

PROTEC offers free 21st Century Skills Training in June; apply now

Apply now for training June 4–June 18 with an opportunity for a paid internship

SFCC in partnership with the New Mexico Department of Workforce Connections announce applications are open for a free training intensive to earn MicroCredentials in Google, Microsoft and Apple applications. Participants can jumpstart their careers by learning new technology through hands-on classes and internships. Qualified applicants will be eligible to earn up to $1400. For more information, program details and to apply visit

The Professional Readiness and Technical Experience for Careers (PROTEC) program begins June 4 and classroom training runs through June 18 at the Santa Fe Higher Education Center, 1950 Siringo Road. Those who complete the program successfully can intern with local employers from June 24 through August 31. The hands-on intensive program gives students the opportunity to work with cloud-based technology, including AI, to increase workplace collaboration, communication and productivity.

The MicroCredential PROTEC badge includes a minimum of 30-hours in basic proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Apple and Google Workspace, GPTChat, customer service and application of current social media tools. Students will update their resume and create a professional LinkedIn page. Classes are designed and taught by working business technology professionals.

Participant requirements: Students must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or equivalent. For applications visit

PROTEC offers preparatory training for entry-level employment in a variety of industries and is designed for individuals who are currently unemployed, underemployed or looking to increase their employability in New Mexico.

For more information about the PROTEC program contact SFCC Continuing Education program at 505-428-1676 or

Games and Puzzles in the Library

This month, the SFCC Library presents a series of displays celebrating the New York Times’ daily puzzles! Come see our selection of 5-letter titles (WORDLE), as well as beautiful books on mosaics (TILES) and modernist photographer Paul Strand (STRANDS).

Play SPELLING BEE on our whiteboard in front, or try your hand at our special CONNECTIONS game on the mezzanine level. Also, jigsaw puzzles are back in the Reading Room—come by for a brain break!

Robot Resist STEM Kits available at SFCC Library

Free Robot Resist STEM kits are available for kids ages 4-7 at the SFCC library. All materials are included in the kits courtesy of the Santa Fe Children’s Museum.

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

For more information contact:

Increase in scams impacting our community – a message from SFCC CIO Cori Bergen

I wanted to take a moment to let you know that we are seeing an increase in scams affecting our community.

These scams may come in the form of phone calls, email, text messages, and online or print ads. Scammers will use available information and manipulation to try to coerce you into giving up personal information, money, or both.

Here are a couple common scams to watch out for:

Employment: Scammers may advertise extremely lucrative and flexible jobs. They will charge a fee or request information before you can apply. Only apply for jobs that you have researched and found on reputable sites.

Tech Support: These are often phone calls, malicious ads, or text messages that claim a device or computer has been hacked. They may direct you to a website to install a tool, which is the hack. You will then be asked to pay money to recover the device.

Remember that Microsoft and other companies will not contact you about your hacked device.

Impostor: You may be contacted by a person claiming to be a government official. They may claim to be able to cancel your social security number or a visa unless you provide them with information or money.

Financial Aid: They may require you to pay up front fees, promise loan forgiveness, or ask for your FAFSA username and password. You do not need to pay to apply for the FAFSA or scholarships and should never share your passwords with anyone.

Here are a few ways you can protect yourself:

  • Remember that anyone can be a target.
  • Be skeptical about unsolicited requests for information or money.
  • Confirm requests and information using known reliable sources.
  • Secure your devices and accounts.
  • Monitor and configure privacy settings of online and social media accounts and limit what you post.
  • Continue to Educate yourself and your family about fraud and scams. and are good sources for more information. I’ve included a few relevant links at the end of this message.

Thank you for your time,

Cori Bergen
Chief Information Officer

Greenhouse STEM kits now available for kids 4-7 at SFCC Library

Greenhouse STEM Kits are now available at the SFCC Library.
Free Greenhouse STEM Kits are available for kids ages 4-7. All materials are included in the kits courtesy of the Santa Fe Children’s Museum. For more information, contact SFCC Library Director Valerie Nye at or call 50-428-1506.

Student Car Club got super-charged with students from The MASTERS Program

Experienced car enthusiasts share their knowledge and show their vehicles alongside students at the Broken Parts (student club) car show.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reporter Maya Hilty and photo editor Jim Weber came to the April 26 Broken Parts Car Show for the story, “Students and longtime enthusiasts bond over love for cars.” The reporter interviewed both students from The MASTERS Program (TMP), as well as the Director of Automotive Technologies Julia Furry. The story explains how TMP students have formed a club to learn more about cars. The club is open to any SFCC student, but has attracted TMP students, who come to the Automotive Technologies Center on Fridays. Club members learn from each other and community college instructors, often doing projects such as updating the transmission or brakes on their own cars.

In the story here’s what Julia Furry shared: “One of the things that we really love about this is we have the younger generation that loves cars, but they don’t have the money,” said Julia Furry, Santa Fe Community College Automotive Technologies director. “They look to the older generation, and these guys are coaching them on how to get a job, how to fix things and how you can grow into owning something like a Ferrari.” Members of the Santa Fe Vintage Car club often participate in the car shows, along with other car enthusiasts.

From the story, it seems everyone got a kick out of seeing Mushi Paglayan’s “kid-size Barbie Jeep” started by adding gas and a little coaxing. It was noted that Kian LeMasters worked with him on the project for over a year to be able to compete in the show.

Check out photos that Ben Lauer got at the car show. Click on images to see them larger.

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.

Campus Cupboard business hours through May 15

Summer and fall registration now open

Summer registration opened for all on April 9. Fall registration opens for everyone on Tuesday, April 16. Many popular classes fill quickly, so make sure you are ready to register.

For application and registration information, please visit For more information, call 505-428-1270 or email

Not sure of what classes you need for your certificate or associate degree? Visit to make an appointment with an academic advisor.

Wellness Wednesday: Relax in the planetarium -next session May 8

Family Friendly Study Hours are from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursdays in the Library Family Study Room

Explore opportunities to work with young children

There are three options at SFCC to build your résumé, gain early childhood work experience and get paid! Check out the APRENDE Early Childhood Teacher Apprenticeship Program, apply for work study positions at Kids Campus by contacting, or Child Care On Call worker positions.

Follow Student Parent Success Program on social media!

Financial Aid News: 2024-2025 FAFSA now open ; SFCC scholarship and loan applications open

The Department of Education announced that the newly overhauled 2024-25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, opened to students and families by December 31, 2023.

The SFCC Spring 2024 Scholarship Application will be available on January 2, 2024.
The SFCC Spring 2024 Student Loan Application will be available on January 2, 2024.

Questions? Call 505-428-1268 or email

East Wing Eatery is hiring student employees

The East Wing Eatery needs student employees. Contact Rosina Chaparro at to learn more and apply.

Counseling services available for students

Apply now for AwardSpring Scholarships

Here are the requirements that must be met for all Foundation scholarships for the Fall 2023 semester:

  • GPA (2.5 or higher)
  • Completion Rate (67% or higher)
  • Satisfactory Academic Status
  • Enrollment (6 credit hours or higher)
  • FAFSA on file
  • Completed Financial Aid file

For more assistance and information, please contact The Financial Aid office at

Schedule an online FAFSA appointment

Students who need FAFSA assistance can now schedule an appointment via a Calendly link. There are no longer weekly virtual FAFSA hours during the fall semester. 

Scheduling via Calendly allows students to schedule a specific time, allowing the time needed to complete their FAFSA. At this time, with many students inquiring for FAFSA assistance, the virtual hours wouldn’t allow for great one-on-one assistance.

Seeking Student Recruitment Ambassador

Are you outgoing and enjoy working with people? Join our student recruitment team!

The Office of Recruitment and Student Outreach is hiring a Student Recruitment Ambassador to assist with leading campus tours for individuals and large groups, to support SFCC’s Recruitment and Dual Credit team and assist with projects as needed. Our Ambassador will also participate in community and Santa Fe Public School events like college and career fairs and application drives.

Please contact Daniela Gurule at or 505-428-1149 if you are interested!

Interested in helping others? Campus Cupboard is seeking student employees

Interested in helping others? Campus Cupboard is hiring three Students as Campus Cupboard, The Exchange and Office Ambassadors.

Interested call 505-428-1582  or email

Students will work a maximum 20 hours per week. Must be registered for at least 3 CR in summer and 6 CR in fall and maintain a minimum of a 2.5 GPA. Pay is $15/hour. Students do not need to be work-study eligible.

Ambassadors make a difference by providing excellent customer service, completing and fulfilling online and in-person orders, coordinating on-campus delivery events, maintaining inventory reports and ensuring products are readily available, maintaining a positive atmosphere, ensuring the cleanliness of space, and providing other opportunities to make a difference. Assist with campus events and activities. Ambassadors may have some physical requirements to fulfill.

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

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

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

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

Student Resource Center is here for you

Connect with Community Resources
The Student Resource Center focuses on providing information to students about resources throughout the community and providing appropriate referrals to agencies. The resources focus on basic needs such as: housing and shelter, food, legal services, transportation, childcare services, utility payment assistance, and physical and mental health services. All services are free and confidential.

Conèctese con los Recursos de la Comunidad El Centro de Recursos para Estudiantes se enfoca en proporcionar información a los estudiantes sobre los recursos en toda la comunidad y proporcionar referencias apropiadas a las agencias. Los recursos se centran en necesidades básicas como: vivienda y refugio, alimentos, servicios legales, transporte, servicios de cuidado infantil, asistencia para el pago de servicios públicos y servicios de salud física y mental. Todos los servicios son gratuitos y confidenciales.

505–428-1194 | |

SFCC honored employees at Service Awards on May 2

SFCC celebrated employee Service Awards on May 2 in the Jemez Rooms. Congratulations to all of the recipients! Please click on the images of the program below to see it larger.

Here are some images from the festivities. Please click on images to make larger.

English and Communications Department newsletter now available

Kate McCahill, English and Communications Department Chair has shared the latest newsletter.

Click link below to read the PDF:

Advisor Jonathan Harrell to perform in Ironweed Productions’ “Seeds: A Tapestry in 5 Scenes” by Scott Harrison May 16-19

Academic Advisor Jonathan Harrell

Visit to learn more and purchase tickets.

Academic Advisor Jonathan Harrell is one of nine actors performing in “Seeds: A Tapestry in 5 Scenes” by Scott Harrison The play is produced by Ironweed Productions and will be presented at Teatro Paraguas for one weekend only, May 16-19. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Harrell says, “I’m excited to be part of this production of original plays. They touch on a lot in short amounts of time: life, death, memory, family. The piece that I’m in involves a grandson visiting his ailing grandmother, maybe for the last time, and the unexpected but profound connections that they share in those brief moments. Time plays a big role throughout all the pieces. We’re reminded that we only have so much time in this life.”

April 2024 WOW award – Carla Benavidez

Congratulations to April 2024 WOW Award winner Carla Benavidez!  Carla was nominated by Monika Bechtel:

“Carla Benavidez is very professional, kind, friendly worker who goes always that extra mile to make sure to answer any of my questions, helps me with whatever problem I have and does it in timely manner. She is always super helpful and is just a joy to work with”

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 Donna Castro at

Pet of the Month – May

May’s Pet of the Month belongs to Janelle Johnson!

Procedures Update for SFCC Policy 2-7 Admission of International Students

POLICY UPDATE: The Procedures for SFCC Policy 2-7 Admission of International Students have been updated. For more information about Policy 2-7 and its Procedures, please contact Nicole Ferreira, Ph.D., Academic Advisor and International Coordinator, Principal Designated School Official.

SFCC Employee Community Garden

SFCC’s Director of the Innovation Center Ondine Frauenglass announced that the SFCC Employee Community Garden, outside the East Wing Eatery, will offer the garden boxes for adoption to SFCC departments. For example the Film program has volunteers who will cultivate one of the boxes. Any SFCC Employee who is interested in participating can contact Ondine Frauenglass at This is a pilot project to set up a community garden on campus and to revitalize the Culinary Garden area.

There will be weekly information and planning sessions outside the East Wing Eatery in the Garden from 4- 6 p.m. Wednesdays (starting on April 24 through May 15).

The first group workday was from 4 to 6 p.m. May 1.

Vegetables and herbs once thrived in the garden next to the East Wing Eatery. Employees are invited to help revitalize the garden. Send an email to to let her know if you’re interested in participating.

Sarah Hood accepted into CJCLS Mentoring Program

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Please join SFCC in congratulating Sarah Hood for being accepted into the Community and Junior Colleges Libraries Section (CJCLS) Mentoring Program for the 2024-25 academic year. Sarah will be mentoring other community college librarians, staff, and/or MLS college students interested in community college librarianship. This is a wonderful opportunity for leadership as well as representing SFCC. CJCLS is a division of the Association of College & Research Libraries. Congratulations, Sarah Hood.

Sarah Hood.

Summer Online Teaching & Learning Training Opportunities

Visit for the Quality Matters Workshop schedule. Contact Michelle Renteria to register.

Pet of the Month Update – January through April

Here are the Duplicating Center’s Pets Of the Month for January through April! Click the photos for a larger image.

Could your pet be next? Submit your pet of the month photo!

Send pictures of your pet to Each month a pet will be chosen, and notepads will be available with their picture. The proud owner will receive a 36×36 poster of their pet.

The Duplicating Center hopes to collect enough pictures to create a 2025 SFCC Pet Calendar.


  • Must be a your own photo, no professional portraits
  • Must be submitted by the last week of each month

Contact Michael at the Duplicating Center with questions.

Defensive Driving Certification Class May 22

As per policy 5-10, everyone is required to take a Defensive Driving Class prior to operating SFCC vehicles.

The next Defensive Driving Class has been scheduled for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday May 22, 2024 in the West Wing area in room 212. (Please arrive promptly or it will cause the class to go further in time.)

To receive full credit for the class, you must arrive promptly at 8 a.m. and attend the full 4-5 hours.

Please register by calling or emailing: X 1756 X 1403

Please provide the following information when you call or email us to make a reservation for the class:

  • Full name of individual attending.
  • Individual’s New Mexico driver license number; and a copy of the individuals driver’s license if not already on file
  • Department Name
  • Fleet vehicles are a great cost-effective way for employees to travel for work related reasons without incurring any personal vehicle expense and having to wait for a reimbursement.

If you have any questions about the program or the classes, please call Jackie or Steve at the numbers listed above.

Volunteers still needed for commencement on May 11

The Registrar’s office is seeking volunteers for commencement. Volunteers will be needed between 8 a.m. and noon on Saturday, May 11. 

A number of duties need to be covered by SFCC Staff members including front door greeter, gym door greeter, student check in, seating of guests, and more. Please help us make commencement a success!

Please contact for more information on available volunteer opportunities. 

Policy Updates

Policy 8-4 Conference Services, Facilities Rental,
and Public Expression

Last month, the Governing Board approved Policy 8-4 Conference Services, Facilities Rental, and Public Expression. They also approved merging Policy 10-1 Collaborative Use of College Property into Policy 8-4. Therefore, Policy 10-1 has been repealed and is no longer effective. Please click on the link and become familiar with this policy:

·       Policy 8-4 Conference Services, Facilities Rental, and Public Expression

For additional information on Policy 8-4, contact Todd Lovato, Chief Communications Officer/Executive Director of Marketing and Public Relations. All College Policies and Procedures are posted at SFCC Policies. To learn more, contact Policy Officer Laura J. Mulry, ext. 1776.

Procedures for Policy 6-12 Surveillance Cameras

POLICY UPDATE: Campus Safety & Security Supervisor Chris Gettler has updated the Procedures for Policy 6-12 Surveillance Cameras. The Procedures address Body-Worn Surveillance Cameras, which SFCC’s security officers now wear. Please read through them.

·       Policy 6-12 Surveillance Cameras Procedures

For additional information, please reach out: Chris Gettler or

Policy 8-6 Public Information and News Media

Last month, the Governing Board also approved Policy 8-6 Public Information and News Media. Please click on the link and become familiar with this policy:

·       Policy 8-6 Public Information and News Media

For additional information on Policy 8-6, contact Todd Lovato, Chief Communications Officer/Executive Director of Marketing and Public Relations. All employees are responsible for adhering to College Policies and Procedures. They are posted at SFCC Policies. To learn more, contact Policy Officer Laura J. Mulry, ext. 1776.

Duplicating Center accepting photos for SFCC Pet of the Month

Send pictures of your pet to Each month a pet will be chosen, and notepads will be available with their picture. The proud owner will receive a 36×36 poster of their pet.

The Duplicating Center hopes to collect enough pictures to create a 2025 SFCC Pet Calendar.


  • Must be a your own photo, no professional portraits
  • Must be submitted by the last week of each month

Contact Michael at the Duplicating Center with questions.

Generative AI Syllabus Policy Consults with Sarah Hood: one-on-one, small group or departmental

Want to create a Generative AI policy for your syllabus but not sure where to start? Sarah Hood is happy to provide a 1-on-1, small-group or departmental consultation. Book an appointment here:

WOW awards – nominate an outstanding coworker today!

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

Please be sure to nominate someone who you think is doing a great job here at SFCC.

The award is a $25.00 gift certificate from Amazon.
The submission form can be found at the SFCC Connect portal, Home » Online Forms/Surveys/Tests » Online Forms » Office of Human Resources or nominate by reaching out to Donna Castro at

CHESS — Collaborative for Higher Education Shared Services

CHESS Connection Newsletter – April 24, 2024

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

This new newsletter combines CHESS Workday Student Project Updates, upcoming training for employees who manage grants in Workday, a new alignment workstream in the SIS project and CHESS website updates.

Opt-In to get Student Parent Success newsletter

Did you know that more than 1 in 5 college students nationally is a parent and that 42% of student parents are enrolled at community colleges? The Student Parent Success Program, a program of the SFCC Early Childhood Center of Excellence, distributes a monthly student parent newsletter, events, and resources to student parents. Please help us reach more student parents – staff and faculty, use this form to opt-in to our emails so that you receive information on events, resources, and opportunities that you can share with student parents: And student parents, use the form on our webpage to opt-in to our emails directly:

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

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

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

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


SFCC will celebrate HSE (GED) recipients

at 5:30 p.m. May 14

File photo of a previous ceremony to recognize HSE (GED) recipients

SFCC Financial Aid Director Harrison “Harry” Rommel, Ph.D, will deliver keynote address

Harrison “Harry” Rommel, Ph.D., SFCC Financial Aid Director

Santa Fe Community College will celebrate 70 students who successfully completed their High School Equivalency (HSE) in the Adult Education, Academic and Career Education (ACE) program at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 14 at the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center, 6401 Richards Avenue. SFCC Financial Aid Director Harrison “Harry” Rommel, Ph.D., who began his academic journey by earning a GED at SFCC, will provide the keynote address. The Student Speakers are Arysbet Pinera and Susana Talavera. 

Harrison “Harry” Rommel, Ph.D., Keynote Speaker
Harrison “Harry” Rommel, Ph.D., is the Financial Aid Director at Santa Fe Community College. Prior to joining SFCC, Dr. Rommel served as the Academic Finance Director at the New Mexico Higher Education Department where he oversaw the finances of New Mexico’s public institutions and financial aid programs, including the creation of the New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship.

Prior to entering public service, Dr. Rommel studied physical chemistry and contributed to the development of organic light emitting diode materials, also known as “OLEDs” in televisions and phone screens today. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, magna cum laude, from the University of New Mexico and a doctorate in Physical Chemistry from the University of Washington. In addition to his role as SFCC’s Financial Aid Director, he teaches Chemistry and studies accounting at Central New Mexico Community College with the goal of becoming a certified public accountant. But perhaps most importantly, Dr. Rommel began his academic career at SFCC more than 30 years ago when he earned his GED from the Adult Education Division in 1993. He is humbled and honored to return and serve the college that began his career.

Arysbet PineraStudent Speaker
Arysbet Pinera, 21, represents the best of Adult Education. She participated in the Integrated Education Training (IET) program to simultaneously complete both her GED and Nursing Assistant Certificate. Arysbet plans to pursue an associate degree in Nursing at SFCC with the goal of becoming a Registered Nurse. She said, “having twins has been a rewarding yet challenging experience for me. The demands of caring for two toddlers can be overwhelming at times, but the Adult Education program has been a big help for me. The program offered me the help I needed, from access to childcare services to career opportunities, allowing me to focus on my personal growth and career development.”

Susana TalaveraStudent Speaker
Susana Talavera Is a 56-year-old mother of five who was born in Chihuahua, Mexico. She came to the U.S. 32 years ago to seek a better life for her family. She had been out of school for 40 years when she came to SFCC. She demonstrated a great deal of persistence and in March she completed her GED in Spanish. She said, “It is never too late to start studying. If I can do it, you can do it.”

The SFCC Academic and Career Education (ACE) program helps students prepare for their High School Equivalency (HSE) credential as well as college and career upon completion of their HSE. Students prepare for the GED or HiSET exams to fulfill requirements for the HSE set by the state of New Mexico. The Integrated Education Training (IET) Program at SFCC provides students with career pathways for automotive maintenance and light repair, facilities maintenance technologies, Certified Nursing Assistant, and Phlebotomy. Students work toward attainment of an entry level credential while learning job-related skills, and strengthening their reading, writing, and math abilities.

CE summer registration open; three new partnerships

Click on the cover above to see a PDF of the Summer 2024 catalog.

The Summer Continuing Education Schedule is now available online. Print copies can be found in the racks at Santa Fe Community College, the Santa Fe Higher Education Center and around town. Visit for tips on registering and to view the variety of offerings. With dozens of classes offered, there are many opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Nicholas Wernicki, Associate Dean of Continuing Education and Contract Training said, “Santa Fe Community College Continuing Education is excited to welcome three new community partners this summer that will expand our offerings in gardening, traditional New Mexico art forms, and storytelling through the lens of art and artist. The summer catalog itself is a piece of art with a colorful cover that features Wendy Rodrigue Magnus, wife of the late artist George Rodrigue. Wendy is bringing Rodrigue’s Blue Dog art and storytelling to the Four Seasons for two experiences this July. I think all these classes will be wildly popular with the communities we serve.”

The new partners include the Rodrigue Life and Legacy Foundation, New Mexico State’s College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (Santa Fe County Extension) and the Spanish Colonial Arts Society.

Rodrigue Life and Legacy Foundation partners with CE 

Wendy Rodrigue Magnus is the founder of the Rodrigue Life and Legacy Foundation, a non-profit organization that inspires children of all ages and backgrounds with unique programming centered on the life and art of American artist George Rodrique (1944-2013).

Today, Wendy is married to Douglas Magnus of Santa Fe, a renowned silversmith and photographer, as well as owner of the Tiffany Cerrillos turquoise mine. Douglas Magnus was a close friend and artistic collaborator to George Rodrigue and often accompanies Wendy on the Life & Legacy Tour. Magnus also produces the “Rodrigue Video Narrative,” a library of short films highlighting individual Rodrigue artworks.

Wendy Rodrigue Magnus will teach these classes this summer:

  • Reflections of George Rodrigue’s New Mexico (12:30 to 4 p.m. July 8)
    Join Wendy Rodrigue Magnus at the Four Seasons Resort as she shares selections of her late husband’s original Santa Fe-inspired artwork in an intimate and unplugged art and storytelling experience. A New Orleans-inspired lunch by the Four Seasons is included.
  • Blue Dog & the Healing Art of Storytelling (12:30 to 4 p.m. July 29)
    Wendy Rodrigue Magnus presents a personal and provocative session using art and storytelling as tools for expanded thinking, emotional growth, and cultural awareness at the Four Seasons Resort. Wendy leads the class on a journey of illness, death, and grief as a path to living and joy. She reminds us, through George’s story and her own, that one person can change the world. A New Orleans-inspired lunch by the Four Seasons is included.

NMSU College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (Santa Fe County Extension campus)

This summer get tips on water conservation and growing techniques from the classes through NMSU’s Santa Fe County Extension campus in these classes:

  • Harvesting Water in Landscape and Land Remediation (10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 2)
  • Gardening with Native Plants (10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 9)
  • Container and Small Space Herb Gardens (10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 16)

The Spanish Colonial Arts Society
Through the partnership with The Spanish Colonial Arts Society you can gain a behind the scenes tour and lecture of their extensive collection of treasures in this class:

  • Heritage Arts of New Mexico (10 a.m.-noon July 16)

Continuing Education offers many more classes throughout the summer. Advance registration is required for all CE classes through SFCC’s Continuing Education program.

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. Follow SFCC Continuing Education on social media: Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn.

Video of Serena Rodriguez reading available

SFCC Library hosted speaker writer Serena Rodriguez online for a reading for the Writing Generation series on March 20.

Serena Rodriguez’s work has been published in Poetry, Inverted Syntax, Santa Fe Literary Review, and Revolute, among others; she was the winner of the Santa Fe Accolades Poetry Contest 2017 and The Roadrunner Review Poetry Prize 2022 and was a 2020 Loraine Williams Poetry Prize finalist for The Georgia Review. She graduated from the Institute of American Indian Arts with an MFA in Creative Writing. Serena works as a Creative Writing Visiting Professor at IAIA.

See the video of Serena Rodriguez’s March reading below:

Please note: May Final Attendee Reading (to shed the spotlight on the online event participants and attendees), will be at 6 p.m. May 1.

‘Leaving Utopia: Miriam Sagan’s reading and discussion” video available

The video of Miriam Sagan’s reading and discussion of Leaving Utopia is now available for viewing. The reading was sponsored by SFCC Library.

To learn more about the reading and her novella, “Commune of the Golden Sun,” read the press release about the March 19 event.

SF County announces Construction of NE/SE Connector Road(s) resumes

Click on map to enlarge.

This message is from Santa Fe County:

Effective March 18, 2024, construction will resume on the Northeast and Southeast Connector Roads project after its winter suspension, Santa Fe County announced today.

Construction will commence with road paving operations on the Northeast Connector east of Richards Ave. to existing Rabbit Road. Future phasing of work will be announced as work proceeds.

Limited work continued, however, throughout the winter suspension (12-15-23 through 3-18-24) allowing for some drainage and concrete work to be completed. Additionally, approximately 50% of the broadband conduit and related infrastructure was installed. To date, approximately 95% of the earthwork and 85% of waterline and drainage culverts have been installed, with two of the six roundabouts open to traffic.   

Residents, please be aware that during paving operations on the Northeast Connector, public access within the work zones is strictly prohibited. Traffic control and barricades will also be in place along the following construction zones:

  • Southeast Connector south of Rabbit Road to Ave del Sur.
  • Ave Del Sur east of Richards Ave to the Southeast Connector.

These work zones pose significant hazards to pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists if breached, emphasizing the need to strictly adhere to safety precautions. Santa Fe County prioritizes constituent safety, urging all pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists to respect road closures and take precautions when navigating work zones.

For more information and additional safety resources, please contact Johnny Baca, Project Manager III at

Further project information is available on the project website at:

View video of reading by Diné storyteller Manny Loley, Ph.D.

Diné storyteller Manny Loley, Ph.D., had an online reading on Feb. 21 for The Writing Generation Series and had a follow-up free online creative writing session on Feb. 28.

This free online series is open to the public and consists of two types of events: Readings by writers and creative sessions when attendees will be given writing prompts and time to write. Register at will receive a Zoom link the morning of the event.

Read Manny Loley’s bio and more in the press release.

Check out Manny Loley’s reading his poetry on Feb. 22. You will get the opportunity to hear what his work sounds like in both in the Navajo language and English.

For more information on The Writing Generation Series, please contact SFCC Library Director Valerie Nye at or 505-428-1506.

STEM Kits – Name Rockets & Robot Necklaces!
Available at the SFCC Library

Free Name Rocket and Robot Necklace STEM Kits are available for kids ages 4-7 at the SFCC Library.  All materials are included in the kits courtesy of the Santa Fe Children’s Museum.

The number of kits we have are limited, so come by the library soon!

For more information contact:

CE art exhibition continues outside room 567 through mid-May

Visitors enjoyed checking out the art and having tasty treats at the CE art opening and reception.

SFCC’s Continuing Education hosted an art opening on Feb. 1. The art exhibit on display outside of Room 567 features work by CE instructors, as well as talented CE students. The art work will be on display until mid-May. Continuing Education offers more than two dozen art courses throughout the year. Browse through the CE catalog and learn more by visiting or email for more information. Thank you to Bella Marie for sharing the photos!

Videos of reading and creative sessions by poet Janna Lopez available

The Santa Fe Community College Library and SFCC’s Creative Writing program have partnered to offer a free online series that is open to the public and consists of two types of events: readings by New Mexico writers and creative sessions when attendees will be given writing prompts and time to write.

If you missed the January 24 reading by Janna Lopez you can now watch it here:

This video is from the Jan. 24 reading of “such is” by Janna Lopez.

On Jan 31, Lopez shared her creative approach of self-conversation with attendees. Read the full press release with Janna Lopez’s bio here and see the video below:

This video shows Janna Lopez lead a creative writing session on Jan. 29.

The series will continue with readings and creative sessions throughout the spring. The public is encouraged to join some or all of the free online events. Register to get a Zoom link to attend at

Future series event:

Final Attendee Reading (to shed the spotlight on the online event participants and attendees), May 1 at 6 p.m.

For more information on The Writing Generation Series, please contact SFCC Library Director Valerie Nye at or 505-428-1506.

Video of SFCC Library reading by Austin Eichelberger

SFCC Library and the SFCC Creative Writing program sponsored a reading with Austin Eichelberger from his novel in progress, “The Longdream.” Check out the video.

SFCC Library has launchpad tablets to lend for 3- to 5-year-old kids

The SFCC Library has six Launchpad learning tablets for children ages 3-5 years old. Launchpad learning tablets are loaded with apps, videos, storybooks, games just for kids. 100% secure. No internet needed. With an SFCC ID these tablets designed for kids can be used in the library’s Family Study Room and they can be checked out with headphones for four weeks at a time.

The Launchpad titles available at the SFCC Library are:
Estoy Listo Para Escuela, Food for Thought!, Learning Castle!
Pawsitively Scientific, Puppy Talk!, and School of Fun. Stop by the library’s main desk to request a Launchpad tablet. Questions? Contact the library at: or 505-428-1352.

Ongoing construction on Beckner Road; right turns only

Santa Fe County photo of intersection of Richards Ave. and Dinosaur Trail. Visit

Yay! The roundabout at Richards Ave. and Dinosaur Trail is now open. Please note: Some construction on Rabbit Road and other parts of Dinosaur Trail continues. Also, The Santa Fe New Mexican ran a story on Dec. 31 stating that the City is allowing right hand turns only on Beckner Road.

Here’s the official notice from Santa Fe County:

The Santa Fe County Public Works Department is excited to announce an early opening of the newly constructed roundabout at Richards Avenue and Dinosaur Trail. Effective Friday, October 20, 2023, at 3:00 pm Richards Ave will be fully operational and open to traffic. This is the second of six roundabouts slated for the Northeast and Southeast Connectors Roads Project.

While we are satisfied to reopen Richards Avenue in advance of schedule, we want to inform our residents that the west connection to Dinosaur Trail will be established at a later date. In the interim, the existing signalized intersection located south of this roundabout will remain in full operation to ensure consistent traffic flow. Moreover, the east connection to Rabbit Road is currently under construction and will be opened at a later date.   

On September 11, 2023, the contractor commenced work on this roundabout with the strict timeline to complete and reopen Richards Ave within (60) calendar days.  Due to an aggressive schedule and optimum weather, this work was completed in (40) days. 

This is a great example of the commitment made by Santa Fe County to the community, to streamline any disruptions to traffic while we complete this important road project. Santa Fe County envisions the Northeast and Southeast Connectors Roads project as the most dynamic transportation conduit of the Community College District, strengthening connectivity and safety in this growing community.

For additional information regarding the project, please visit or contact Johnny Baca, Project Manager 3, at

For any future road updates please sign up for Alert Santa Fe.

Re: Beckner Road. According to a Nov. 2 story in the Santa Fe New Mexican, Beckner Road will have ongoing construction for six to eight months. Read the story, “Beckner “Road to be closed for six to eight more months, city says” A story in the Dec. 30 issue of the Santa Fe New Mexican stated, “Santa Fe says Beckner Road is all right (turns) for now”

Required COVID-19 Reporting

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

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

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

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

Museum STEP Passes available at Library

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

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

Passes check out for two weeks at a time.

For more information contact:

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

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

Phone Hours

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

Office Hours
Room 528

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

SFCC in the news

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

04/15/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “SFCC to introduce new program in critical care”

04/07/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Water Matters: Spring into Action”

04/07/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Smartboard April 8, 2024 – SFCC announces summer continuing education classes”

04/03/2024, Albuquerque Journal, “Deadly strike in Gaza hits home in New Mexico”

04/03/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “SFCC biofuels team among finalists in nationwide algae competition”

03/30/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “MY VIEW BECKY ROWLEY – SFCC celebrates 40 years of student success”

03/27/2024, Los Alamos Daily Post, “SFCC Celebrates Community College Month In April”

03/23/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “MY VIEW LINDA OSBORNE – Change a life: Become a literacy tutor”

03/23/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “New city historian sees second stint in the role as chance to share Santa Feans’ stories”

03/20/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “New Mexico state, federal lawmakers look to boost college enrollment, graduation”

03/16/2024, Los Alamos Daily Post, “SFCC Hosts Broken Parts Car Club Show April 26”

03/13/2024, Santa Fe Reporter, “3 Questions with Writer Miriam Sagan”

03/12/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Road construction near Santa Fe Community College resumes Monday”

03/04/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Santa Fe remembers pandemic losses at annual memorial”

02/29/24, Los Alamos Daily Post, “Santa Fe Community College Foundation Announces Two Presentations By Michael Zeiler About Upcoming Eclipse”

02/28/2024, Santa Fe Reporter, “SFCC Faculty to Board: Full-time Salaries Barely Living Wage”

02/29/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Santa Fe Community College faculty pushes board for higher wages.”

02/22/2024, KUNM radio, “Workforce bills would add funds for apprenticeships and trainings”

02/21/2024,, “Youth Climate Action panelists announced; 2024 Green Schools Conference.” Article cites SFCC GED grad Magnificent Farrell in story.

02/20/2024, KRQE-TV, “Teahouse participates in Restaurant Week.” Story focuses on focuses on Executive Chef Martin Blanco who studied Culinary Arts at SFCC.

02/19/2024, KRQE-TV, “New Mexico college is turning campus into family-friendly environment.”

02/15/2024, Community College Daily, “Newmakers.” Article highlights Mayra Gutierrez.

02/14/2024, Los Alamos Daily Post, “SFCC Library presents leaving utopia; A Reading and Discussion with Miriam Sagan.”

02/12/2024, Education News North Carolina, “A long time educator and advocate for the deaf wins statewide award for interpreting” Kimberly Martin-Engel (Kim Martin) was awarded the AAS in American Sign Language Interpreting from SFCC on 5/12/2000.

01/28/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, Celebrations, Jan. 28, 2024 – Faces & place. Mayra Gutierrez is the new director of the state’s office for the home-visiting program First Born and More, based in the Early Childhood Center of Excellence at the college.

01/24/2024, EdNC, “North Carolina once led the way in early childhood policy and investment. Five other states are showing us how to do it again.” Story cites progress in New Mexco and includes quote from Catron Allred, ECCOE director.

01/20/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “MY VIEW LENNY GANNES- SFCC is losing faculty because of pay”

01/19/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Out There! – LISTEN UP Self-conversation starters.” Story about SFCC Library’s Writing Generation Series.

01/16/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Parents of young woman killed in hit-and-run on I-25 still hope for answers” Story about SFCC student Maeve Long, who passed.

01/15/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Internship program paves the way to film industry jobs”

01/15/2024, Albuquerque Business First, “New Santa Fe internship program looks to give residents pathway to work in film.”

01/14/2024, KRQW, “Tax prep, help offered at Santa Fe Community College campus”

01/12/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican Pasatiempo, “Love is the not-so-secret ingredient in the pies at Harry’s Roadhouse” Story is about SFCC Culinary Arts program grad Pastry Chef Karina Lira.

01/12/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Appointments open for AARP Foundation tax help at SFCC campus”

01/09/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Santa Fe County seeks UNM study on global sustainability center”

01/09/2024, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Clay statue of Aztec god makes stop at Southside Branch Library”

01/08/2024, Rio Rancho Observer, “Sen. Heinrich Tours Santa Fe Community College”

01/05/2024, KRQE, “Santa Fe groups come together to pioneer film internship program”

01/02/2024, Santa Fe Reporter, “25 Things We Love About Santa Fe Right Now.” Stories cites East Wing Eatery.