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Deyanira "Deya" Contreras becomes Director of Kids Campus

Deyanira “Deya” Contreras

Santa Fe Community College announces Deyanira “Deya” Contreras was selected as Director of Kids Campus. Contreras, an experienced bilingual early childhood educator and administrator, began her role as director on October 25.

“Deya brings a wealth of early childhood classroom teaching experience and administrative experience to her new role as the Director of Kids Campus,” Director of the Early Childhood Center of Excellence (ECCOE) Catron Allred said. “She is a caring and thoughtful leader, and I know that Kids Campus will grow and thrive in the years to come under her leadership.”

Kids Campus at the ECCOE serves as a learning laboratory and demonstration site for those studying early childhood education as well as offering a five-star nationally accredited program through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the highest level of accreditation

Kids Campus serves children 2 months to 5 years old. With a capacity to serve 138 kids, Kids Campus offers tuition-based programs for infants, toddlers and 2-year-olds and free Early PreK and PreK classrooms for 3 and 4 year- olds.

Contreras brings 15 years of experience in the early childhood field – eight years as an infant, toddler, early pre-K and pre-K bilingual teacher and seven years of administrative experience as a director and assistant director. She also has worked as a faculty member since 2018 in the SFCC Teacher Education program. Contreras has a bachelor’s degree in early childhood multicultural education from New Mexico Highlands University and a master’s degree in early childhood education from Grand Canyon University.

Contreras said, “I look forward to leading Kids Campus. Early childhood education provides a significant positive experience for our children as it helps them develop their social, language and cognitive skills. Early childhood care and education is more than preparation for kindergarten. It offers the holistic development of a child’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical needs in order to build a solid and broad foundation for lifelong learning and wellbeing.”

Michelle Rosen-Hatcher, who retired last summer was the Kids Campus Director since 2016. Allred said, “Michelle was a wonderful Kids Campus director, and we thank her for her time and dedication to the families and children she served. Under her leadership, Kids Campus was able to stay open during Covid and provide high-quality childcare for the families in our community. We wish her well in her next adventures!”

For more information, contact Catron Allred at or call 505-428-1321.

News and Announcements

President Rowley announces covid vaccine requirement

In an email today, President Rowley notified the campus community that SFCC will begin requiring Covid-19 vaccines for all students, faculty, and staff who attend classes or work on campus.

View the complete SFCC vaccine requirement. Here are the key details:

  • By November 30, 2021: All faculty and staff who work on campus or need to be at any College facility are required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, have received at least one dose of an approved vaccine, or have obtained a vaccine exemption. All faculty and staff are required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or have an approved exemption by Convocation on January 6, 2022.
  • By January 18, 2022: All students who attend classes in person, or come to Main Campus, the Santa Fe Higher Education Center, or College-operated facilities, are required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, have received at least one dose of an approved vaccine, or have obtained a vaccine exemption.

Students, faculty, and staff can upload their proof of vaccination using the SFCC Health Screener App. Review the instructions at to learn how to upload proof of vaccination.

Exemption application forms and corresponding instructions can be downloaded on the vaccine requirement page.

Additional details and a set of Frequently Asked Questions are also available on the vaccine requirement page.

The college will maintain its current on-campus health requirements: All SFCC employees, students, and visitors are required to wear a mask while on campus and to continue practicing social distancing.


First-gen and Proud! SFCC celebrates First-generation College Day 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 8

In recognition of First-Generation College Day, please join TRIO and the Office of Student Engagement in celebration and support of our first-generation students, staff, and faculty.

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, November 8
Campus Center near the Welcome and Advising Center

All are invited to recognize, celebrate and support first-generation students, staff, and faculty! Stop by for a treat, decorate a sign, share your story and some encouraging words, and have your picture taken for a future display honoring the accomplishments of our first-gen students.

Celebrate students who have overcome barriers to become the first in their families to attend college!

SFLR annual reading a success! Last call for 2022 SFLR submissions TODAY

The Santa Fe Literary Review annual reading on October 21 was quite successful. Click the photo for a larger image.

The Santa Fe Literary Review (SFLR) is published annually by SFCC. An in-print literary journal, SFLR features work by local, national, and international writers and artists. From June 1 to November 1 each year, we invite submissions of poetry, fiction, dramatic writing, and nonfiction of general literary interest, as well as visual art. In recent issues, we’ve proudly featured the work of such writers as Tommy Orange, Layli Long Soldier, and Kirstin Valdez Quade.

SFLR aims to promote a diverse range of writers and artists, and to present a wide variety of stories, styles, and cultural perspectives. We’re especially committed to promoting voices that aren’t always empowered in the publishing world, so if you’re a writer of color, an Indigenous person, a non-native English speaker, a female, a member of the LGBTQIAPK+ community, a differently-abled person, a trauma survivor, or anyone else frequently silenced or ignored by the modern media, please submit. SFLR cares about sharing your voice with the world.

Our 2022 theme is “Resilience: Adaptation, Empathy, and Hope.” Our submissions period opens June 1, 2021, and closes November 1, 2021. We accept submissions of poetry, dramatic writing,
fiction, creative nonfiction, and visual art. Submit your work for free through Submittable.

Submit your creative non-fiction, poetry, fiction, visual art, or dramatic writing now!


New Poetry Posts on Campus

New poetry posts by Kathryne Lim on campus.

In an October 27 blog post, Miriam Sagan previewed one of the poetry posts on campus which have recently been updated.

Magdalena, NM

Your land is a tapestry of ribbon
and rattlesnakes, sky stitched
above it like an untouched stream.
Mornings, I collect eggs from your basin,
my fingers powdery and warm all day.
It’s impossible not to see the shape of a woman
in a mountain range, here a mound of breast,
there an aching for rivers long dead.

Take a walk today and checkout the poetry posts on the SFCC Campus. Use this map to find them.


Covid Vaccine and Booster Clinic

Covid Vaccine and Booster Clinic
Every Thursday and Friday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in
Jemez Rooms

Walk-ups are welcome, but to ensure your spot register for an appointment
If you have questions about boosters, talk to your healthcare provider and use the tool at

The New Mexico Department of Health is providing COVID-19 vaccination and booster clinics 10 a.m to 4 p.m. every Thursday and Friday through February 2022. There will be no clinics when the campus is closed.

In Memoriam: John Paul LeDoux, Ph.D.

SFCC extends heartfelt condolences to the family, colleagues and students of Professor John LeDoux, Ph.D., a beloved instructor of Spanish, who passed away on October 19. He retired in 2019 after teaching for almost 20 years at the college.

Please read about his extraordinary life:

Also, see this great story from Santa Fe New Mexican’s education writer Jessica Pollard, “LeDoux shared New Mexican Spanish knowledge,” published on October 31.

SFCC Foundation scholarship set up

SFCC foundation

SFCC Foundation has set up a Presidential Title V scholarship that will serve Hispanics and low income students through Title V in his memory. Every dollar donated will automatically be matched. Visit to learn more and to donate.

Images: Portrait, SFCC 2005 file photo. Retirement photo at 2019 Awards ceremony. John Paul LeDoux, Ph.D., is seated in the front row.

First Massage Therapy grads celebrate program completion

Congratulations to the graduates of the SFCC Massage Therapy Program. They have completed the education requirements to sit for the National Exam and apply for a New Mexico Massage Therapy License, after which they become professional LMTs! Our graduates received both a Certificate and Associate Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Massage Therapy.

The students gathered for a photo in front of the Ethyl the Whale (sculpture) on their last day to celebrate their amazing accomplishment of not only being the first cohort to complete the massage therapy program, but also during a pandemic! The five graduates completed the program, have scheduled their National Exam for next month and after they have passed the exam then will be able to work as professionals in the field of massage therapy.

SFCC is now accepting applications for the Massage Therapy program for the Spring 2022 semester! Please visit Massage Therapy’s program page for more information.

Julianna Santillanes is the lead instructor and contact for questions regarding the program. The Program Director Ute Jannsen-Kerr and Julianna Santillanes first met to design the program in August 2019, started the first cohort in August 2020, and are happy to have graduated the first cohort in October 2021, as well as welcome new students!

Photo: Left to right, Adan Mendez (student); Anne Blog (student); Aurora Downs (student); Sara Saneva (student); Marjorie Campbell (student); Julianna Santillanes (lead faculty); Emily Graves (faculty).

Notification about the Annual Security Report

As required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), SFCC is providing you with the comprehensive Annual Security Report (ASR) that contains information related to law enforcement authority and practices of campus police and security forces, incident reporting procedures for students and employees, and policies that have been used in preparing this report. In addition, information about how the campus community is notified regarding immediate threats, emergency response and evaluation procedures, campus crime statistics is included, as well as information about campus and community resources available to the campus community and important safety tips. The report may be accessed online by clicking on the following link: Please take a few minutes to review this information. You may request a hard copy of the report by mail by contacting the SFCC Safety and Security Department.

If you have questions about this report or would like more information, please feel free to contact our Safety and Security Department at SFCC or Bobbie Mascarenas at or 428-1014.


Sewer line repairs ongoing

Facilities and Operations started sewer line repairs at the SFCC main campus on October 18.

Repairs will be taking place in room 131 Continuing Education, and 415 Culinary Arts. Surrounding areas may hear loud noises coming from these rooms during the time of this project.

For any questions or concerns, please call Facilities and Operations at 505-428-1670, or email .

Thank you for your patience while these necessary repairs are completed.

School of Arts, Design and Media Arts Faculty and Staff Exhibition continues

SFCC’s School of Arts, Design and Media Arts Faculty and Staff Exhibition continues through January 13.

Director of Art on Campus Linda Cassel said, “This exhibition showcases a good cross-section of the tremendous artwork produced by SFCC’s Arts, Design and Media Arts talented faculty and staff. It’s really a terrific selection of artwork ranging from incredible woodworking furniture pieces to digital art. This show gives people an opportunity to see the types of art taught at the college.”

You’re encouraged to stop by from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday when the campus is open. Also invite your friends and prospective art students to stop by. The public is welcome to visit but must wear a mask while on SFCC’s campus.

SFCC has outstanding fine art, design, and media art studios. The faculty and staff are recognized artists both locally and on the national level.

For more information about the gallery, contact SFCC’s Director of Art on Campus Linda Cassel at or 505-428-1501.

Images: Photos by J. David Jones of the October 6 opening.

Bookstore flash sale

The SFCC is offering 50 percent off everything except food and drink beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, October 11. Get your SFCC gear and supplies!

CEA delivers fresh greens to Campus Cupboard

Richard C. “Charlie” Shultz, Lead Faculty for Controlled Environment Agriculture, delivered fresh lettuce from the SFCC greenhouse on Wednesday, Oct. 6 to the Campus Cupboard Food Pantry. He will continue to make more fresh produce deliveries on Wednesday afternoons. In the future, he hopes to have some tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and other produce.

Campus Cupboard Food Pantry Coordinator Ed Worden said the Campus Cupboard is open from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. He added, “I do arrange for alternate time/day pick up for one or two students per week, typically leaving a prepacked box in the nearby TRIO office, or similar, if I’m unable to be here and let the student in to shop. This is something we recently started but I expect it to become more popular.”

Folks can contact or call 505-428-1775 to arrange after-hours pick up/shopping.

The Campus Cupboard Food Pantry (302 E) is in the lower level (down the stairs nearest the Campus Center). It is open to all. Visit Campus Cupboard Food Pantry for details.

Campus Cupboard is made possible through the generous support of the Anderson Charitable Foundation, SFCC’s Clay Club, SFCC employees contributing through payroll deduction and the SFCC Foundation.

Contact Kelly Marquez at to discuss a donation or to start contributions through SFCC payroll deductions.

File photo: Greens growing in the SFCC greenhouse.

SFCC and WMNU partner to help student complete, and ease transfer

SFCC President Becky Rowley, Ph.D. with WNMU President Joseph Shepard, Ph.D. at signing on SFCC Campus

Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) and Western New Mexico University (WMNU) are partnering to help SFCC students complete associate degrees and easily transfer to WNMU. Santa Fe Community College President Becky Rowley, Ph.D., and Western New Mexico University President Joseph Shepard, Ph.D., signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on September 20, paving the way for a full articulation agreement, which will guarantee SFCC students who have earned an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree admission to Western New Mexico University to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

SFCC President Rowley said, “This is a big win for our students who will not only be able to transfer to Western New Mexico University, but also be able to get transfer advice from WNMU representatives while studying at SFCC to make the transition so much easier.” WNMU President Shepard added, “We are proud to be working toward ensuring Santa Fe Community College graduates a shot at advancing their education and training through completing four-year degrees at WNMU, where we will count every credit they earned as part of their associate degrees.”

Read more…

Kids Campus openings

Kids Campus at SFCC has a few openings available for our FREE Early Program! All children must have reached their third (3rd) birthday before September 1, 2021.

Kids Campus free Early Pre-K hours are Monday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays from 8:30-11:30 am.

We also offer a wraparound program, which includes one extra hour in the morning (7:30-8:30 a.m.) and one extra hour in the afternoon (2-3 p.m) for a monthly fee of $350. We do not offer after-care on Fridays.


If you are interested, please call us at 505-428-1354 or send us an email at:

Policy Updates 2021-22 Policy Review Schedule

Policy Updates
2021-2022 Policy Review Schedule. The policies scheduled for shared governance review during the academic year 2021-2022 are posted on SFCC Connect: Campus Resources > Policy Review.
Revised Procedures. Please become familiar with the newly updated Procedures in the links below and address any questions to the Policy Owners listed.

College Policies and Procedures are posted at SFCC Policies. If you have questions or would like to learn more, please contact Laura J. Mulry, ext. 1776.

CHESS selects Workday to transform student experience, operations

From the August 26 press release: Many students face an uphill battle when considering or attending college. From figuring out registration, placement and advising to managing course scheduling, degree completion and transfer, colleges have not made it easy. The Collaborative for Higher Education Shared Services, or CHESS, has a vision to transform the student experience and modernize operations. For the first time in our nation, five independent community colleges have voluntarily come together to launch an Enterprise Resource Planning platform (ERP) capitalizing on the power of shared resources and decision-making.

CHESS has selected Workday, Inc. to provide solutions that will help realize the group’s vision. Workday’s suite of applications, which includes financial management, human capital management, and student services, will assist CHESS colleges to quickly respond to change while critical business operations continue to run smoothly and securely. The enterprise technology solution is strategically designed so that students can use an intuitive system that restructures outdated administrative functions. Choosing Workday is a major step forward in making this innovative dream a reality. Implementation will begin this fall. CHESS is structured so that additional colleges from any U.S. location have the ability to join and take advantage of increased opportunities for students, shared resources, and improved administrative efficiencies


Register for fall Continuing Education classes now

The new continuing education catalog is now available online for viewing and download.

Read about some new classes here.

Browse the fun and interesting noncredit classes and then enroll online today.


Watch Convocation video for important messaging

Did you miss President Rowley’s welcome at Convocation?

President Rowley spoke to the importance of continued masking and discussed a potential vaccine mandate at SFCC.

Watch the video.

Updated Procedures for Policy 2-25 & Policy 7-1

Please become familiar with the newly updated Procedures for Policy 7-1 Information Technology Resources, Usage and Security and for Policy 2-25 Mandatory Advising. Please review the Procedures in the links below and address any questions to the Policy Owner listed.

All of the college’s Policies and Procedures are posted at SFCC Policies. If you have questions or would like to learn more about college policies, please contact Laura Mulry, ext. 1776.

SFCC's Equity Statement

President Rowley’s shared SFCC’s Equity Statement with all in a June 12 email.


For the protection of our community...

When coming on campus:

SFCC in the news

The following stories or radio shows either featured or mentioned SFCC or one of its employees.

10/31/2021, Santa Fe New Mexican, “LeDoux shared New Mexican Spanish knowledge,”

10/06/2021, Santa Fe New Mexican, “New Mexico’s teacher-prep programs face challenges amid surging vacancies.”

10/01/2021, Pasatiempo, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Join the Haibun renaissance.” Interview with Miriam Sagan about SFCC Library presentation of haibun writing workshop.

09/26/2021, Santa Fe New Mexican, “NATIVE BOARDING SCHOOLS: Buried history coming to light in New Mexico”

09/24/2021, Santa Fe New Mexican In shifting job market, teens face increasing demand for diverse skill sets

09/15/2021, Santa Fe New Mexican, Heinrich’s Completion Bill Praised

09/18/2021, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Santa Fe college students to document veterans’ lives”

09/09/2021, AP News, “New Mexico’s $37 million plan to recruit more teachers”

9/03/2021, Santa Fe Reporter, “Balloted Candidates for mayor and City Council secure their spot on Nov. 2 ballot”

Student Spotlight

Career Readiness presentations continue with Résumé building at noon Tuesday Nov. 2

Career Readiness Presentations
Tuesdays at 12 noon

Your resume includes your skills, abilities, experience, and what qualifies you for the position or positions you are applying for.

An overview of the services Career Coach provides and how to get the word out about YOU.
Techniques on how to look for career-related occupations or jobs to bring in supplemental income to support yourself during school of for family.

For more information contact Gerard J. Martínez at
505-428-1406 or

Online Parent Support Group begins Nov. 2

Jocelyn Hernandez Monsalvo, SFCC Student Resource Coordinator, and Rosalie Lipfert, SFCC Counselor, are offering an online Parent Support Group for SFCC student parents.

The group will meet on Zoom for one hour at 10 a.m. Tuesdays beginning November 2 until the end of the semester. Discussion topics will include navigating resources, focusing and study strategies, asking for help, setting boundaries, establishing a support system, and envisioning the future after SFCC. The group is free, confidential, and not part of your student record.

The meeting dates are November 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30.

Please email if you are interested in joining the group and you will be sent the Zoom link.

SFCC Student Weekly Connection 10/29

Read this week’s SFCC Student Weekly Connection for information on family, couples and individual art therapy or counseling offered by Tierra Nueva Counseling Center. You’ll also find information on scholarship opportunities, fall commencement, Veterans Day, and much more!


Fall Semester Employment Opportunities still available!

Student Work Study is a financial aid need-based program that provides a student funds earned through part-time employment and pays the minimum wage for Santa Fe County.

Eligible students can work up to 20 hours per week and work is scheduled around your school schedule. In addition to helping you pay for your education, the work-study program helps you gain work experience, develop your skills, and build a possible pathway to future employment opportunities.

To be eligible, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Must complete the 2021-2022 FAFSA and any additional requested verification items
  • Must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 degree related credit hours for fall.
  • Must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

If you are interested in student employment, you can email the Student Employment Office at for further information.

Submit your work to the 2022 SFCC Katie Besser Student Art & Writing Awards

Submit to the 2022 SFCC Katie Besser Student ART & WRITING Awards

Submission cateogries include:

  • Academic Essay
  • Text & Image/Photography
  • Instructor Nominated
  • Poetry
  • Fiction
  • Creative Nonfiction

All entries in all categories can be in English and Spanish.Cada entrada en cada categoría pueden ser en inglés o en Español.

Fall 2021 submission deadline Friday, December 10 at 5 p.m.


uAchieve simplifies degree audits

With uAchieve you can visualize degree progress through charts and graphs, view course descriptions, easily navigate degree requirements, and run “what-if” audits. Additionally, your advisor can analyze your degree audit to help you plan your graduation path.

Click on the “Degree Audit – uAchieve” app in MySFCC to access uAchieve.more details!

There's still time to register for late-starting fall classes

Registration is now open for late-starting short-term classes. Explore options at

Select classes are available in art, business, construction, communications, culinary arts, history, psychology, sustainable technology and more.

1) Contact an advisor at Academic Advising at 505-428-1275 or

2) Registration is at Interested students are encouraged to contact SFCC’s Welcome and Advising Center at 505-428-1270.


SFCC 2021-2022 Scholarship Application Available Now

SFCC can help you pay for college with scholarships. One simple application puts you in consideration for state institutional and Foundation private scholarships. Scholarships are available for new and returning, part time and full-time students to help pay for college for the upcoming academic year. Scholarships are also available for second-generation college students, Veterans, Native American students, Hispanic students and students with disabilities (must be registered with the SAS department at SFCC offers performance-based scholarships through Contract for a Better Tomorrow (CBT).

For more information and to apply go to:

If you have questions or assistance email the Financial Aid Office at from your SFCC student email account. Make sure to include your Student ID number in the email.
Se habla Español.

Student Resource Center connects students with community programs

The Student Resource Center helps students connect with various services, programs and agencies. We can help link up with several community resources including: Housing, Food, Utility Payment Assistance, Childcare, Physical Health and Legal Services. For more information and assistance, please contact Student Resource Coordinator Jocelyn Hernandez Monsalvo at 505-428-1194 or visit

El Centro de Recursos Estudiantiles ayuda a los estudiantes a conectarse con varios servicios programas y agencias. Podemos ayudar a conectarse con varios servicios comunitarios, que incluyen: Vivienda, Comida, Asistencia para Pagos de Servicios Públicos, Cuidado de Niños, Salud Física y Servicios Legales. Para obtener más información y asistencia, comuníquese con la Coordinadora de Recursos Estudiantiles Jocelyn Hernandez Monsalvo al 505-428-1194 o visite

Order your books now at SFCC Online bookstore

We are proud to announce that Santa Fe Community College’s online bookstore operated by Barnes & Noble is live and ready to serve you! Access it at


Openings for Student Employment at SFCC

Student work study is a financial aid need-based program that provides student funds earned through part-time employment currently paying at a rate of $12.32 per hour.

Eligible students can work up to 20 hours per week. In addition to helping you pay for your education, the work study program helps you gain work experience, develop your skills, and build a possible pathway to future employment opportunities.

To be eligible, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Must complete the 2021-2022 FAFSA and any additional requested verification items
  • Must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 degree-related credit hours for fall.
  • Must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

If you are interested in student employment, you can email Susie Weaver at or for further information.

Great scholarship news for fall semester!

Great news!

The state is now funding the Lottery Scholarship at 100 percent!

For more information watch these videos from area broadcasters: KOB, KRQE and KOAT.

Also, some more great news about the New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship and other resources. See these highlights from the June 4 Santa Fe New Mexican story.

“The lottery scholarship program wasn’t the only good news for college students. The New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship, which benefits students who are not eligible for the lottery scholarship, such as returning adult learners and students who attend college part time, received an increase of $11 million for next year.
And the state has received $104 million in federal funds through the American Rescue Plan Act for student relief grants, Rodriguez said.

Read the full story here.

Want more information about how to apply for scholarships? Visit

Need help paying for internet service? You might qualify for federal assistance - application available May 12

The latest COVID relief act includes an internet benefit for low-income and Native American households. You could qualify for $50 to $75 in monthly assistance.

Details about the benefit can be found at
On May 12, you can apply at


Employee Announcements

Dr. sj Miller to present at UNM-Gallup Diversity Summit, register now

UNM-Gallup is hosting an online diversity summit on November 4 and 5. Here is information about the talk, which sj Miller, Ph.D. will present on Nov. 5:

Understanding and addressing how the National Political Climate for LGBTQIA+ folx directly impacts New Mexico’s students, faculty and staff.

With the current shift in the Presidency, laws that once protected, and still protect LGBTQIA+ folx have once again been taken into question. These laws which are vulnerable to shifting political climates result as uncertain, mercurial, and at times, frightening. This presentation will highlight how the National landscape directly impacts New Mexico’s LGBTQIA+ students, faculty and staff in our post-secondary college system. Together, we will discuss emerging nomenclature, discuss how institutions can better meet the needs of these populations, and consider how to sustain this work over time.

Registration and a Zoom link to Dr. Miller’s talk is on the online agenda.


MFA requirement begins Nov. 8, opt-in now!

SFCC Office of Information Technology (OIT) is integrating Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) as a security best practice. MFA improves the security of our accounts, data, and information. MFA will be required for Microsoft applications by November 12, 2021. Early opt-in is available through November 8. Required implementation between November 8 and 12. Submit an OIT ticket to opt-in.

MFA is when a user must provide two or more pieces of evidence to verify their identity to gain access to an app or digital resource. MFA is used to protect against hackers by ensuring that digital users are who they say they are.

MFA will require you to configure an authentication device for MFA. You can either use the Microsoft authenticator app or configure a phone number for either SMS or phone call.

After MFA is enabled, upon your next login to MS Office 365, it will redirect you to a page where you can choose your MFA. You can either:

  • provide a telephone number to receive a code via a phone call or text message, or
  • configure the Microsoft authenticator app, which will have to be downloaded through your cell phone’s app store. OIT suggests the use of the Microsoft Authenticator app over codes as it is considered more secure.

After this is completed, any new logins to Microsoft 365 applications will trigger verification via the method you’ve selected.

After the early opt-in period, OIT will require MFA implementation by department. OIT will contact employees who have not yet configured MFA during the week of November 8. You can opt-in now at your leisure to reduce stress when the requirement goes into effect between November 8 and 12 with MFA completed for all users by November 12.

September WOWs

WOW nominee for the month of September 2021.

Julia Dunkin, nominated by Tekla Johnson.

Both Marisol Nevarez, and I, from First Born nominate Julia for the WOW award. Julia is amazing because she is:


We have a lot of issues with Canvas and videos. Anytime we reach out to Julia she is quick to respond, friendly (even though we call and email all the time, often repeating the same requests because we can’t remember how to do it) and fixes our problem – usually
within the hour. She totally knows what she is doing and always gives the impression she is genuinely happy to help.

We appreciate her! Our work lives are definitely better by having her on our team.

Gerard Martínez y Valencia producer of "A Song For Ruth" mini-doc

Gerard Martínez y Valencia is a producer of a mini-documentary film project that follows the creative process of a musical composition titled “Remembering Ruth Bader Ginsburg” by distinguished American composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. The Dallas Symphony performed the world premiere of “Remembering Ruth Bader Ginsburg” on October 7, 2021.


New covid contact tracing email

SFCC’s point of contact for COVID-19 contact tracing has changed.
Contract tracing requests are now be managed through the email address. Thank you for updating your processes accordingly.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Nick Telles505-428-1161.

Thanks to Janelle Moya for an outstanding job serving as the college’s COVID-19 contact tracer.

How to enroll for the COVID 19 vaccine

Please review the state’s latest vaccine registration information to see how to enroll for the COVID-19 vaccine.

SFCC encourages you to enroll soon, so our state can more effectively distribute the vaccine and notify you when vaccine doses will be available in your area.

NOVID phone app: The City of Santa Fe has partnered with NOVID to slow the spread of the virus. Download the free app at Read more about the app in this Dec. 15 Santa Fe Reporter story, “Spread the Word, not COVID-19.”


Let's help slow the spread of the virus

Let’s keep everyone safe and remember:

SFCC COVID protocols require that everyone wear a mask at all times on campus.

• If you are feeling ill, you should not come into work, and avoid any type of social setting. The College wants you to feel better before you return to work.

If you are feeling ill: Get tested and isolate yourself from others as much as possible. We need to help mitigate the health risk to others.

Call 1-855-600-3453 for testing information and results.

• If you do contract COVID-19, seek medical attention immediately. Notify your supervisor and human resources. These cases need to reported, SFCC is here to support you.

Please do your part, to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Stay home, stay safe, stay healthy.

Do you need information on testing? Visit

Remember to wash your hands for a full 20 seconds!

Submit nominations for WOW awards

The Office of Human Resources reminds you to nominate who you think is doing a great job here at SFCC. The nomination form can be found at the SFCC Connect portal, or by reaching out to Joanne Romero


Let Campus Weekly share your news

Let us know about your accomplishments and other news that you’d like to share. Please remember that the deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday to get an item in the next week’s issue. Submit here.

Krystal Patton of VRC to participate in Veterans Day Events

Krystal Patton, Interim Director of the Veterans Resource Center, reports The U.S. Navy is “sailing” into Santa Fe for Navy Week, featuring live demonstrations, performances, and engagements, November 8-14, 2021. Navy Week is the service’s signature outreach program, designed to give the citizens of Santa Fe the opportunity to learn about the Navy, its people and its importance to national security and prosperity. Navy Weeks are coordinated by the Navy Office of Community Outreach (NAVCO).

The Navy is highlighting “Sailors of Santa Fe,” citizens within the community who have served in the Navy. “With prior Navy service the organization has asked me to lead The Pledge of Allegiance at the Veterans Day ceremony,” Patton said.

  • 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at Bataan Building
  • 2 p.m. Nov. 11 concert on the Plaza

Veterans Day at SFCC, flags on campus and video

At SFCC, the VRC and Office of Student Development will be placing flags along the westside of campus as was done last year. Those driving by on Richards will be able to see the flags and we will have these up the week of November 8-12. These flags represent our current student veterans and honor the veterans of the dependents who are attending SFCC this semester. Our faculty and staff who have served, as well as their family members will also be honored. Each flag will also have a name tag honoring a specific veteran. Send the names and branch of service to Mary Eleas at

SFCC will post a Veterans Day salute video on YouTube on Nov. 11.

Photo: File photo featuring veterans scholarship recipients. In the center is Krystal Patton, who graduated from SFCC, and is now the Interim Director of the Veteran’s Resource Center.