Campus Weekly

SFCC hosts 200 girls at STEM conference

The Expanding Your Horizons STEM conference for fifth through eighth grade girls at the college on Oct. 21 was a tremendous success. Congratulations to co-chairs SFCC faculty member Lina German and Kate Gomez for organizing the event. Thanks goes out to all of the SFCC volunteers. View more photos on Santa Fe STEM’s Facebook page.

News and Announcements

Condolences to family and friends of James N. McLaughlin

The college regrets to announce that former SFCC President James N. McLaughlin passed away October 28 from complications related to MDS, a blood cancer. After joining SFCC in 2001 as Dean of Administrative Services, Jim was appointed as Interim President in 2003, and served as college’s fifth President from 2004 to 2006.

Our condolences are with Jim’s family. A service is taking place from 2 to 4 p.m. on Nov. 19 at the Institute of American Indian Arts. For more information, you can contact Sheila Ortego McLaughlin at

Welcome Dr. Cervantes

Dr. Cecilia Cervantes will join SFCC as its interim president on Nov. 8. Cervantes most recently worked as a consultant in curriculum development at the Minneapolis Public Schools. From 2008-2015, Cervantes served as president of Hennepin Technical College, the largest technical college in Minnesota. She has also brings experience working in higher education in New Mexico. Learn more. Welcome to SFCC, Dr. Cervantes!

Spring 2018 Registration Begins Nov. 7

Registration for spring 2018 begins Tues., Nov. 7 for New Mexico residents. Please encourage students to plan their spring semesters by visiting an academic adviser in the WAC. View the course schedule.

More details and information on who is eligible for pre-registration beginning today, Nov. 6.


Fall Graduation Ceremony

SFCC will celebrate its first Fall Graduation this year beginning at 10 a.m., Saturday, December 9 on campus 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. 1385.

Continuing Education offers 'New Collar' Job Training Classes in November

SFCC’s Innovation Center is pleased to announce new CE classes in digital fabrication and New Collar Jobs. Fab Lab Hub, a part of the international Fab Lab Network based at the Center for Bits and Atoms at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is bringing next generation manufacturing and training to Santa Fe. Two November courses will open the Fab Lab program, which focuses on the digital transformation of traditional manufacturing skills.


NM Environmental Job Training Program Information Session Nov. 15

SFCC will present an information session on the New Mexico Environmental Job Training Program at 6 p.m. Nov. 15 in Room 213. The five-week intensive training will run Jan. 22 through Feb. 23, 2018. An Environmental Protection Agency grant will cover the training costs for unemployed, underemployed or low-income applicants who are accepted into the program. Find out more about the program and apply online.

For additional information, contact Janet Kerley or call Evelyn Gonzales, ext. 1866.


'Guns to Art Show' – a benefit for scholarships

The “Guns to Art” Benefit Show runs Nov. 7 through 17 with a reception and live auction Friday, Nov. 17 from 4 to 7 p.m. at form & concept, 435 S. Guadalupe St. Proceeds from the event will benefit art and welding scholarships at SFCC and the non-partisan non-profit organization New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence.

Decommissioned firearms aren’t the most pliable artistic medium, but that hasn’t stopped faculty and students at SFCC from reshaping them into stunning artworks. They’ve been hard at work bending, slicing, shredding and melting old guns into sculptures, jewelry and even apparel.

Learn more about this event in an interview with Jeremy Thomas, SFCC forging/sculpture instructor, and Spencer Beckwith of KUNM.

Employee AFLAC Flexible Spending Accounts

Representatives from AFLAC will be on campus from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 10 in the Boardroom, Room 223. Find out about Flexible Spending options for medical and childcare expenses. If you already have the flexible spending benefit through AFLAC, you must meet with an AFLAC representative to renew the option. Please contact Alicia, ext. 1389, in HR to make an appointment.

$1,600 Raised for Puerto Rico

Diane Tintor reports that the jewelry donations and sale raised nearly $1,600 to support the people of Puerto Rico in recovering from Hurricane Maria. Thank you to the SFCC community who supported this effort by contributing and buying jewelry.

Switch Enrollment available through Nov. 30

The open and switch enrollment period for employment benefits runs through Wed., Nov. 30. For more information contact Alicia Huerta, ext. 1389.


Call for SFCC faculty and staff writers

Share your writing during this year’s SFCC Faculty and Staff Holiday Reading scheduled for 5 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 30 in the library. To participate, contact Kate McCahill, ext. 1903.

Student Spotlight

LGBTQ+ & Ally Support Group Mondays

SFCC Counseling Services intern, Sam Ringer, is offering a free and confidential LGBTQ+ & Ally Support Group for students focused on exploring identity through empowered creative expression from 1 to 2 p.m., Mondays, Nov. 6 through 27 in Room 571. For more information, email or call ext. 1426.

Santa Fe Trails Bus Service

Please be sure to remind students that, in observance of Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 10, there will be no bus service to the college. While the system-wide schedule for the day will be on a Saturday schedule, there is no bus service to SFCC on Saturdays.

Need help with research?

Students can get help with research during two workshops from noon to 2 p.m., Tues., Nov. 14 and 4 to 6 p.m., Wed., Nov. 15. Both sessions will be help in the Library Instruction Room, room 545. Get help with topic selection, thesis statements, keyword searching, source evaluation, outlines, drafts, citations and more. Drop by for 10 minutes or stay for two hours. For more information, contact the Library, ext. 1352.


LANL Foundation Scholarship Application Open

Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF) is now accepting applications for 2018 awards. The largest scholarship pool in Northern New Mexico, LAESF supports students from Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe and Taos counties pursuing higher education in all fields of study.

Scholarships of $1,000 are also available for nontraditional students seeking a two-year degree or certification through the Regional College/Returning Student program. Deadline to apply for these scholarships is November 28, 2017, with awards announced in January 2018.


Veterans United Fall Raffle

The Veterans United Club are selling raffle tickets to raise money for student veterans programs at SFCC, now through Nov. 29 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day in VRC Room LL302C. Tickets are $10 for 1 or $20 for 3. For more information, contact Greg Scargall, ext. 1305.

1st: Mac Book Air
2nd: 65″ Flat Screen 4K TV
3rd: Nintendo Switch Mario Odyssey Edition
4th: GoPro 5 Black 4k

Employee Announcements

Celebrate National Distance Learning Week

The office of Online Teaching and Learning (OTL), the Office of Student Accessibility Services (SAS), SUN PATH Consortium and the President’s Diversity Advisory Committee (PDAC) invites faculty members to participate in the following workshops presented by Quality Matters:

9 to 10 a.m., Tues., Nov. 7 in Room 466: Creating Accessible Word Documents on a PC. The workshop explores how to create accessible documents using Microsoft Word on a PC.

9 to 10 a.m., Wed., Nov. 8 in Room 416: Creating Captioned Video. This workshop explores how to use YouTube and Amara to quickly and easily add closed captioning to videos and animations.

Johnson Interviewed by Inside Higher Ed

Senior Counselor Janelle Johnson was interviewed for a recent article in Inside Higher Ed: All by Myself. The article discusses the issue of loneliness college students experience, with Johnson focusing on the challenges of first generation and Dreamer students.

Harrell performing in The Crucible

Academic Adviser Jonathan Harrell has returned to the stage in Ironweed Production’s The Crucible by Arthur Miller. Performances continue Thursday-Sunday through November 12 at El Museo Cultural, 555 Camino de la Familia.

Tickets are $17 and $25 with a $3.00 discount for seniors (65 and older), students and the military. Tickets can be reserved and purchased by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 800-838-3006 (Press 1) or online. Tickets can also be reserved and purchased at

Photo: Harrell performing in The Crucible

¡Palabra!: Queer

Queer is an umbrella term that can refer to anyone who transgresses society’s view of gender or sexuality. The definitional indeterminacy of the word Queer, its elasticity, is one of its constituent characteristics: “A zone of possibilities.“ View definition in Spanish.

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