Campus Weekly

PILAS interns recognized at completion ceremony

PILAS interns participated in a completion ceremony on Nov. 19. Shown from left to right (with the employer listed second): Valeria Quintana, Revolution Farms; Annie Padilla, Reunity Resources; Tyler Exe, National Center for Genome Resources; Ya’el Chaikind, SFCC’s PILAS Internship Coordinator; David Plonski, Ranchland Utility; Cecilia Cervantes, Ph.D. Interim President; Jane Bias, VooVoo Design; Jared Montaño, Sacred Garden; Jesus Gallegos, Wise Fool; Jessie Woods, The Montecito; and Inge Sullivan, Studio G.

Twenty eight students and 16 employers participated this semester in the paid internship program. The program gives students the opportunity to work with area businesses and nonprofits to gain valuable, employable skills while earning an hourly wage paid by SFCC. Los Alamos National Security, LLC, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and SFCC Foundation funded the program.

Employers and students who would like to participate next semester should contact Ya’el Chaikind at 428-1418 or by Nov. 28.

Read more about PILAS (Programa de los Internos) here.

News and Announcements

Native American Heritage Month: Film Wind River and Red Sand Project, Tues., Nov. 27

Native American Heritage Month activities will continue on Tuesday, Nov. 27.

Tuesday, Nov. 27, 11 a.m. The movie Wind River will be shown in the Lecture Room, Room 216. The film centers on the disappearance of an indigenous woman.

Tuesday, Nov. 27 1 p.m. Join everyone in the Courtyard for the Red Sand Project. The organization encourages public art (sometimes sidewalk) projects that incorporate red sand to raise awareness about human trafficking. The participatory installations help create dialog and lead people to question, connect and take action against vulnerabilities that can lead to human trafficking and exploitation.

A disproportionate number of girls and women from Native communities have disappeared as the result of exploitation and violence. See this recent story by the Associated Press, “Study: Weak reporting on missing, murdered Native women.”

Sponsored by the SFCC Native Community, PDAC and the SACNAS Club.

Photo: A.J. Goldman talked last week about his project UNCOVERING America. See more photos in the link below.


SFCC Clay Club Sale Nov. 28 and 29

This year’s Clay Club Sale is Wed., Nov. 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thurs., Nov. 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the main hallway.

SFCC Clay Club members – all students – will sell functional and sculptural works in porcelain, earthenware, stoneware and micaceous clays. The group includes aspiring young artists, lifelong learners and professional potters.

Photo: clay piece by student Cheryl Hoagland

End of year performances, Dec. 2 and 4

SFCC Dance and Drama classes will present an end-of-semester showcase of their work on Sun., Dec. 2 beginning at 7 p.m. at El Museo, 555 Camino de la Familia. In addition to drama, students will perform belly dance, jazz, flamenco, and hip-hop.

Students from Chorus, Voice Class and Guitar Class will present a Music Showcase with a wide variety of music from 6 to 7 p.m., Tues., Dec. 4 at in the Jemez Rooms.

For more information, contact the School of Arts, Design, and Media Arts, ext. 1731.

Emily Stern/Memoir Class Reading in the Library rescheduled for Dec. 5, Annual Holiday Reading on Nov. 29

Due to the recent snowstorm, Emily Stern and her Memoir class reading has been rescheduled for 2:30 p.m. Wed., Dec. 5 in the Library.

SFCC’s Library and Creative Writing Program host a series of readings in the SFCC Library. The Annual Holiday Reading by SFCC Faculty and Staff Members is at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29. All readings are free to attend, and refreshments will be served.

For more information email

Sicily and Beyond, last info session Dec. 8

Learn about the Continuing Education trip Sicily and Beyond: Images and Insights Spring 2019 (Course # LS422 01/CRN 31283) with instructors Bernadette Jacobs and Diane Tintor during an information session Sat., Dec. 8 at 10 a.m. at Travel Bug, 839 Paseo de Peralta. The trip is May 13 – June 1, 2019.

Cost per person: $2,999 for double occupancy or $3,409 for single occupancy plus registration fee of $499. Deposit of $500 and registration fee of $499 is due at registration. For more information and trip itinerary contact SFCC Continuing Education at 505-428-1676 or

Pardon Our Mess

The William C. Witter Fitness Education Center will be closed for beautification and upgrades Dec. 8 through Jan. 13, 2019. Your support of local bonds helped fund these renovations.

Additionally, the gymnasium will be closed for floor refurbishing Dec. 3 through Feb. 4, 2019.

Thank you!

Student Spotlight

New Schedule Builder registration tool

The new Schedule Builder will allow you to add courses, generate all possible schedule combinations and select the set of classes that fits you best. Read all about it and view a tutorial video. Access the Schedule Planner from mySFCC student portal.

Download the step by step instructions.

ENMU recruiter on campus, Nov. 28

A recruiter with Eastern New Mexico University will be on campus to speak with students concerning programs available at ENMU from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wed., Nov. 28 in the Welcome and Advising Center.

For more information, contact academic adviser Melba Ramos at 428-1880.

Dog Therapy in the Library, Nov. 28 and 29

Our SFCC Library is again hosting therapy dogs! Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 28 and 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be cute and friendly dogs in the Library Instruction Room to help you de-stress and relax! Come cuddle a canine!

Hospitality & Tourism students attend IMEX Trade Show

Three student members of the SFCC Hospitality, Tourism & Culinary Club, joined 100 students from universities in the United States, Canada and Mexico at the Future Leaders Forum in conjunction with the IMEX Trade Show, the largest trade show.

Photo: From left to right: Alexis Lynch, Elijah Naranjo, Daniel Zamora.


Call for submissions: Katie Besser Writing Awards

Submissions for the Katie Besser Writing Awards are open now. Submit your works in the following categories: poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction/personal essay, academic essay and the new categories of text/image and instructor-nominated.

The deadline for submissions is noon, Monday, March 12, 2019.

Winners, runners-up and honorable mentions will be published in Accolades and will be invited to read at the celebration, to be held May 1.

For more information, see the flier, or email Emily Stern.

LANL Foundation Scholarship Application Open

Funding is available for the spring 2019 semester. Students may apply online now. The deadline to apply is November 29.

Students may also access the LANL Foundations’ online application portal from the SFCC External Scholarships webpage here.

Employee Announcements

SFCC's Office of Financial Services closed Tues., Nov. 27

The Office of Financial Services, including Cashiers, Payroll, Purchasing and General Services, will be closed from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tues., Nov. 27. Staff members in these areas will be involved in a community service project. The offices will reopen Wed., Nov. 28 at 8 a.m.

In case of emergency, please contact Vice President of Finance Nick Telles, ext. 1161.

Governing Board Approves Policies

The SFCC Governing Board approved the policies listed below that were recently established or revised. It is each employee’s responsibility to be familiar with College policies. Please click on the links to learn about these:

1-1 Establishing College Policies
1-2 Governing Board Authority, Roles and Responsibilities
1-3 Governing Board Conflict of Interest
1-4 Governing Board Code of Conduct
1-24 Diversity and Equity
1-26 Litigation

The Governing Board repealed these policies:
1-2 Format for College Policies (merged into Policy 1-1)
1-7 Governing Board Membership & Vacancies (merged into Policy 1-2)
1-8 Board Agenda Preparation (merged into Policy 1-2)
Merged and repealed policies are posted here:

College policies are online at SFCC/policies. If you have questions or would like to learn more about policies or the Shared Governance Policy Review Process, contact Laura J. Mulry, ext. 1776.

SFCC Employee Holiday Party, Nov. 30

‘Tis the season to Jingle and Mingle!

Please join us at the annual SFCC Employee Holiday Party Fri., Nov. 30 from 6 to 10 p.m. in the Campus Center. The party is open to all employees plus one guest (18 & over). Dinner will be served between 6 and 7:30 p.m.

Dinner * Dancing * Photobooth * Cash Bar

Sponsored by Santa Fe Community College Foundation and SFCC Celebrations Committee.

Open/Switch Enrollment remains open through Friday

The open/switch enrollment period for employee benefits remains open through November. Changes may be made through Fri., Nov. 30 with Alicia Huerta in HR, Room 309A.

Learn more about the options.

Volunteers Needed: Fall Commencement Ceremony Dec. 8

SFCC’s Fall Commencement Ceremony is 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 8 in the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center gymnasium.

Volunteers are needed to help the event run smoothly. If you’re interested in volunteering, contact Registrar Kathleen Sena, ext. 1264.

Join the Friday walking group at noon

Did you have fun walking the trails with Ute Jannsen-Kerr on Professional Development Day? Or did you hear about all the fun the group had? Employees can join the fun every Friday. The walking group meets at noon in front of the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center and returns at 1 p.m. These dedicated walkers go rain or shine, so dress appropriately and bring a water bottle.

Check out these photos!