Campus Weekly

News and Announcements

2018 Spring Commencement this Saturday

This spring’s commencement ceremony begins at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 12 on campus in the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center gymnasium.

Cabinet Secretary for Education, Barbara Damron, Ph.D. will be the keynote speaker. Student Speaker Mollie Leila-Rose Kelly graduates with an Associate of Arts in Psychology. She plans to address the topic “Overcoming the Divisiveness of Today.”

Please note: the FEC will be closed to patrons until noon Saturday.


Bike to School Day, May 9

Bike to School Day is Wednesday, May 9. Join a group biking to SFCC in honor of the day. Meet at Java Joe’s on Rodeo Rd. at 7:15 a.m. and join in the “commute” via the Rail Trail and Spur Trail.

SFCC Welding t-shirt sales this week

Support SFCC Welding students this week by purchasing a t-shirt from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mon., Tues., or Wed. in the Campus Center.

Proceeds will support the SFCC chapter of the American Welding Society and Peter Garbett (SkillsUSA State champion in welding, sculpture) as he prepares for the national competition in Louisville, Kentucky in June.

T-shirts are $20. For more information, contact Jake Lovato, ext. 1206.

"Seat of Learning" visits Tuesday

You have an opportunity to participate in Jane Lackey & Thomas Lehn’s project, “Seat of Learning,” on Thursday, May 10. For their project the artists will use the Axle vehicle as a mobile studio to collect individuals’ narratives about objects they bring.

Find out more about scheduling an appointment and participating in this intriguing project.

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Continuing Education Open House, May 23

Ever wanted to learn Spanish? Ever dream of making cheese, painting or drawing, “one day?” Ever wanted to impress your friends with your creations in the kitchen? Find out about these offerings and much more during the Continuing Education open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Wed., May 23 in Room 131.

For more information, visit CE online or call 505-428-1676.

TRiO Achievers Dinner celebrates success

On May 2, 14 graduating TRiO participants as well as 16 TRiO participants who made the Dean’s list celebrated their accomplishments with TRiO staff and special guests at TRiO’s Achievers Dinner.

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SFCC's First High School Welding Competition

SFCC recently held its first competition for high school students in welding. Jake Lovato, Lead Welding Instructor, said, “our plan is to have students see our welding shop and to compete! They see how great our program is and register for the fall. We have some interest. So we have achieved our goal.”


Awesome Foundation Santa Fe accepting grant applications

The Santa Fe chapter of the Awesome Foundation is accepting applications for a $1,000 micro-grant that will be awarded to invest in a local project that aims to make Santa Fe a better place to live, work and play. Applications are due by June 1, 2018, with the grant to be awarded in July.

See all of the details.

Choral Concert shared SFCC voices

Dr. Cecilia Cervantes attended last week’s concert and had this glowing review: “It was lovely! Fred Graham is our new conductor. He and our students were fabulous!”

The chorus sang a medley of songs that ranged from works by Benjamin Britten to Welsh melodies. The concert concluded with the state song, “O, Fair New Mexico.” Special guest baritone, C. Scott Hagler, sang a stirring solo for the piece “Oh, My Love’s Like a Red, Red Rose” by R. Scott Coulter. Margaret Coxwell accompanied the chorus.

For information on the fall chorus class, contact Fred Graham.

Poetry posts featuring Carol Moldaw

The ten poetry posts on SFCC campus currently showcase Carol Moldaw’s poetry–both new work and a selection of older poems, including a favorite, “Beads of Rain.”


Experience Diversity Day on Facebook

If you missed the activities on Diversity Day last month, check out Facebook where there are picture posts (1 and 2), Aamna Nayyar’s speech, the Buffalo Dance, Japanese drumming and African drumming videos.

Thanks to Aamna Nayyar for putting these together. Thanks to her and Marvin Gabaldon, co-chairs of the President’s Diversity Advisory Committee, for organizing the day with PDAC, and finally, thank you to all on campus who supported and attended the event.

Photo: The Serpent Trail Dance Group from Ohkay Owingeh

Santa Fe Century sponsorships available

The Santa Fe Concert Band is offering a limited number of sponsorships for students who want to ride in the Santa Fe Century on May 20. There are 25, 50 and 100-mile rides. This ride starts and ends at the college.

If you are interested, please contact Mike Thompson, Adjunct Faculty Member in Engineering at or call 440-666-8119.

Student Spotlight

Apply NOW for SFCC scholarships

Don’t miss out on SFCC scholarships, the deadline to apply for next fall and spring is coming up quickly, May 25. It’s just one application for most SFCC endowed Foundation and Institutional scholarships. The application is online.

The Contract for a Better Tomorrow (CBT) application is more involved, but it’s worth the extra effort. CBT will help cover the expenses of tuition, fees and books and you will earn some money to put towards your living expenses. The application deadline is also May 25. Scholarships are awarded based upon availability of funds.

Financial need and a minimum GPA are required for some scholarships.

Students are required to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Scholarships are available for international and non-U.S. citizen students. International students should complete the 2018/19 Dreamers Financial Aid Application available online and from the Financial Aid Office.

Come in and see a member of the Financial Aid office staff, in the Welcome and Advising Center. Learn more online, by emailing Financial Aid or calling 505-428-1268. Se habla Español.

Veterans Scholarship

The City of Santa Fe Veterans’ Advisory Board and the SFCC Foundation provide the SFCC Scholarship for Veterans and Dependents.

The application for the 2018-2019 is currently available on the SFCC Financial Aid webpage. The application deadline is May 25.

Book Buyback this week

Book buyback will take place at the SFCC Bookstore Wed. and Thurs., May 9 and 10 (8:30 a.m.-1 p.m and 2-5:15 p.m.) and Fri., May 11 (8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.).

Art lockers must be cleaned out by May 13

All students and faculty please note: Yearly Spring clean out of material from the Sculpture Department. This includes all lockers, storage areas and classrooms. Any material, art, or unfinished work left will become SFCC property, thrown away or recycled.

Sunday, May 13, is the final day to remove all items. The studio will be open.

Resume Review day, May 15

Bring your resume to Career Services’ Resume Review Day May 15 in room 204-E. Register for a 45-minute appointment beginning May 10. This is a free service.

Work with an expert resume writer. Bring your most recent resume, preferably on a flash drive. No new resumes will be created May 15.

Call 428-1303 or stop by our office, room 204-E to register. Walk-ins also welcome on Resume Day.

Resumes are both created and reviewed at Career Services Walk-In Clinics.

High School Equivalency Commencement Ceremony, May 16

The Adult Education Department is holding its annual HSE/GED Commencement beginning at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 16, at the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center gymnasium.

Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber will deliver the keynote address. All are welcome to attend.

Paramedic program accepting application through July 31

Santa Fe Community College’s Emergency Medical Services Institute is accepting Paramedic Training Program applications through July 31 for the year-long certificate program that starts October 15. Get all the details.

For more information on the SFCC’s Emergency Medical Services Institute or to download a copy of the application, go to or contact director Sahaj Khalsa at 505-428-1820 or

Dog therapy in the Library

Students preparing for finals last week got to take advantage of Dog Therapy in the Library.

Thanks to the SFCC Library and the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society Outreach Team.

See photos on Facebook.

High School Equivalency/GED Classes for Summer

The application period for classes to prepare for the High School Equivalency/GED tests is opens May 1. Classes begin June 4 in Spanish and English.

New students must fill out and submit an orientation packet. Packets are available now at the Adult Education office on the SFCC campus, 6401 Richards Avenue in Room 502, between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and until 5 p.m. Fridays. New students must attend an orientation session. The sessions are scheduled for 5 to 9 p.m., Monday, May 14 and 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Friday, May 18. Registration for new students will take place at orientation.

For information, contact Lynne Matthes or call ext. 1356.


Dental Program accepting applications for fall 2018

SFCC’s Dental Department is accepting applications now for earning a Certificate in Dental Assisting, an Associate degree in Dental Health and/or a Certificate in Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary (EFDA) applications for fall 2018.

The application and qualification criteria for the program can be found online. For more information, contact Dental Department Director Aamna Nayyar, ext. 1258.

Employee Announcements

SFCC Leadership Graduation

The SFCC Leadership Institute and the SFCC Culture, Justice and Learning Institute celebrated their graduates last week with a reception and series of testimonials.

See a list of the graduates and a photo of those able to attend the ceremony.

Carlson named Mighty Mentor

Jill Carlson, Director of Assessment and Accreditation, received a Mighty Mentor Award at the Higher Learning Commission’s annual conference in Chicago in April. She was nominated by multiple peer reviewers for her professionalism, knowledge, mentoring skill, organization, patience and openness to diversity of opinion on their team. Good work, Jill!

Photo: Jill Carlson with fellow Mighty Mentor Michael Boyd of Kankakee Community College in Illinois

¡Palabra!: Sikh

Sikh: Sikhism, or Sikhi Sikkhī, from Sikh, meaning a “disciple”, or a “learner”, is a religion that originated in the Punjab region of the Indian subcontinent about the end of the 15th century. It is one of the youngest of the major world religions. See the definition in Spanish.

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