Campus Weekly

Veterans and Family Appreciation Day

Congratulations to SFCC’s Veterans Resource Center for a successful Veterans and Family Appreciation Day last week. Veterans and Family Appreciation day is an event to show appreciation for military veterans and their families. It is also a resource and job fair.

For more information on the Veterans Resource Center, email or call 505-428-1314.

Photo: Krystal Patton, SFCC Veterans Resource Center Coordinator with the Santa Fe High School Navy JROTC

News and Announcements

Meet First Cohort of Certificate in Advanced Dental Assisting Skills

Meet SFCC’s first Cohort of Certificate in Advanced Dental Assisting Skills This new certificate started in Fall 2019 and will be offered in Fall each year.

Watch video interviews with:


Aamna Nayyar thanks the girls on behalf of the department. You did GREAT!

Native American Heritage Month: lecture, films and Red Sand project Tuesday, Nov. 19

The Indigenous Peoples Club is organizing a series of special events to celebrate the national Native American Heritage Month.

November 19 Native American Heritage Month activities:

  • 10 a.m. A.J. Goldman Presentation, Campus Center
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Short Films Screening, Room 216 Lecture Hall. Screening by IAIA – James Lujan, Department Chair of Cinematic Arts & Technology at the Institute of American Indian Arts. The film events are co-sponsored by SFCC Indigeneous Peoples Club, Spirit of Writing Art & Justice Collective and the Institute of American Indian Arts.
  • 1:30 p.m. Red Dress/Red Sand Project – Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women , Courtyard
    Red dresses on display beginning Nov. 4. Each represents a missing or murdered Indigenous woman.
  • 3 to 7 p.m. Short Films Screening , Planetarium. Screening by IAIA – James Lujan, Department Chair of Cinematic Arts & Technology at the Institute of American Indian Arts. The film events are co-sponsored by SFCC Indigeneous Peoples Club, Spirit of Writing Art & Justice Collective and the Institute of American Indian Arts.


Photo: Santa Clara and Hopi Buffalo Dancers

Read more about Native American Heritage Month and see more photos of Pueblo dance groups that participated in Rock your Mocs week..

HEC Active Shooter Drill Nov. 20, 9 to 10 a.m.

In an ongoing and concerted effort to provide training and preparation for the realities of working in a modern public institution, the Higher Education Center will hold a campus-wide shooter-on-campus drill from approximately 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Nov. 20, 2019. Your participation is essential to rollout this crucial exercise — which will involve employees and students at HEC, as well as a number of external emergency agencies.

The HEC will remain open on Nov. 20. Note that there will be disruptions to classes, services and regular work while this exercise plays out. In planning for this event, please hold classes and activities as planned, with the understanding that a take-over drill will take place and HEC students and staff are asked to participate.

No drills or related activities will take place on the Main SFCC Campus on this date.

For more detaila and schedule: Santa Fe Higher Education Center to Hold Shooter-on-Campus Drill, Nov. 20


Performing Arts Showcase 7 p.m. Nov. 20 in Jemez Rooms

Mark your calendar for the free Performing Arts Showcase from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 20. in the Jemez Rooms.

SFCC Music, Drama, and Dance classes will present a Performing Arts Showcase. Chorus, voice, guitar, piano, acting scenes, ballet, belly dance, flamenco and hip-hop will be included.

SFCC Chorus will team up with a special guest women’s ensemble from St. John’s United Methodist Church. For information, call 505-428-1000.

Photo: Members of last year’s flamenco class.

Fall Readings in the Library Nov. 20 and 21

SFCC Student Services, Creative Writing Program and the SFCC Library present Fall 2019 Readings in the Library. Faculty and students read their work on Nov. 7, 11 and 20. The public is invited to the free events. Refreshments will be served. Note: The Nov. 21 reading features SFCC faculty and staff members reading their work.

Schedule of upcoming SFCC Fall Readings in the Library:

Invite your friends to SFCC Library’s Room 516 for these free readings. Questions: Contact

Clay Club Holiday Sale Nov. 20 and 21

Santa Fe Community College’s Annual Student SFCC Clay Club Ceramics Sale
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.

Sale profits are split 60-40 between the artists and the Clay Club, which uses the proceeds to hold visiting artist workshops, to maintain the unique soda kiln and to purchase supplies to make the ceramics classes at SFCC a superb educational experience.

Presented by SFCC Clay Club Students

Wednesday, November 20, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 21, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Silent Auction will close at 2 p.m. on Thursday, November 21.
Proceeds from the Silent Auction benefit SFCC’s Campus Cupboard.

SFCC, Main Hallway, 6401 Richards Ave.
Free admission. Free parking.

Contact The School of Arts, Design, and Media Arts at 505-428-1731 for more information.

A Pilgrimage to New Worlds Nov. 21 -early show added

A Pilgrimage to New Worlds at the SFCC Planetarium, Nov. 21
4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and
>6 to 7 p.m

Join us on a journey of discovery as we venture out into the Universe to explore distant new worlds, known as Exoplanets!

Find the SFCC Planetarium on Facebook @GetStarryEyedSFCCNM

Seating is on a first-come-first-served basis.

Bookstore closing Nov. 21 at 11 a.m. for computer upgrade

The Bookstore will be closing on Thursday, November 21, 2019 @ 11:00 A.M for computer upgrade. The bookstore will reopen the following day, November 22, 2019 at 8 a.m.

Updated MySFCC portal coming to your computer Nov. 22

Check out the upgrades to MySFCC portal

The upgrades to MySFCC portal will launch on November 22. Get a sneak peak and demonstration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 18-21 at the OIT table outside the Welcome and Advising Center.

The upgrades will make navigation to services faster for everyone. Come by and see how much easier MySFCC will be for students, faculty and staff. Demonstrations will continue after the launch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 22, 25 and 26 at the OIT table outside the Welcome and Advising Center.

Fine Woodworking Open House Nov. 23

Stop by the Fine Woodworking Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23.

SFCC’s Fine Woodworking Open House features furniture and designs made by students and faculty at SFCC. Talk with students and instructors, tour SFCC’s studios, and find out more about the college’s hands-on program for learning fine woodworking skills. SFCC, Rooms 424-426, 6401 Richards Ave.

For more information about the Fine Woodworking program contact Douglas Jones via email at or call 505-428-1741.

Photo: “Turquoise Table” by Eric Olson

SFCC Cafeteria Thanksgiving Meal Nov. 26

Tuesday, November 26 the SFCC Cafeteria will be serving a Thanksgiving meal including fresh roasted turkey, sage stuffing, candied yams, mashed potatoes, giblet gravy, sweet corn & english peas, and famous candied cranberries. All for $8!

Volunteers Needed: Fall Commencement Ceremony Dec. 7

SFCC’s Fall Commencement Ceremony is 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 7 in the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center gymnasium.

Volunteers are needed to help the event run smoothly. If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Registrar Kathleen Sena, ext. 1385.

Pushcart Prize Nominees Behzad Dayeny and Lynda Myers

Behzad Dayeny, Director of SFCC Food Services, and Lynda Myers, current SFCC Creative Writing student, have been nominated by SFLR editors for the prestigious Pushcart Prize. Serena Rodriguez and Nancy Beauregard nominated “Deep Down,” Dayeny’s poem, and “Adam and Eve on E Street, 1952” by Myers.

To learn more about the Pushcart, visit:

Southern Italy: Insights and Images Spring 2020

Southern Italy: Insights and Images
Only 20 seats available!
With Bernadette Jacobs and Diane Tintor
May 4 – 8 and May 18 – 30, 2020

Travel to Naples, Capri, Sorrento, Bari, Trulli Di Alberobello and Matera in an area of Italy called the “Tuscany of the South.” Investigate the Greek, Roman and religious art and architecture of southern Italy along with the influence of classical Greek archetypes that helped shape Western culture. Start your experience with a week-long in-person course at SFCC. Then your travel adventure begins!

Receive credit for prior learning for any credit student who wants to earn 3 credit hours.

Information Sessions:

  • Saturday Oct. 26, 10 a.m., Travel Bug, 839 Paseo de Peralta
  • Sunday, Nov. 24, 11 a.m., Travel Bug, 839 Paseo de Peralta
  • Sunday Dec. 8, 2 p.m., Travel Bug, 839 Paseo de Peralta
  • Wednesday Jan. 22, 5:30 p.m., SFCC Room 711
  • Saturday Feb. 1, 10 a.m., Travel Bug, 839 Paseo de Peralta

Shhhh! It's quiet time in the SOS theater noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays

Science on a Sphere (SOS) Theater (Room 803) welcomes anyone who wants to spend some Quiet Time during the lunch hour.

Come relax and meditate if you wish. The Blue Marble will be silently rotating in the darkened SOS Theater from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Please refrain from talking or eating; sit anywhere including the floor.

SOS Earth Docent Team


The following stories mentioned or focused on SFCC:

Santa Fe Reporter, 11/13/2019, “Higher Ed for More Hispanics: SFCC gets competitive $3 million grant to increase graduation rates of minority and low-income”

Story is about the grant and includes interviews with Ann Black, Colleen Lynch and Julie Gallegos.

Student Spotlight

FAFSA Fall Fest: Cash for College Workshop Nov. 18 to 22

The Santa Fe Community College Financial Aid Office
FAFSA Fall Fest: Cash for College Workshop
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
November 18 through November 22
Room 202G

Want help paying for college? This free Financial Aid workshop is for you.

The SFCC Financial Aid Department will give you one-on-one assistance to help you complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA application and the 2020-2021 SFCC Foundation Scholarship application.

This event is especially beneficial for current SFCC students and future first-time college students. Parents are encouraged to attend.
Drawings will be held for $50 gift cards (donated by the SFCC Foundation) and SFCC swag!

What do you need to bring?

  • 2018 Tax returns
  • 2018 W-2 Forms
  • Social Security numbers (if issued)
  • Resident card A# (if not a U.S. citizen but an eligible non-US citizen)
  • Parent’s date of birth
  • Date parents were married, remarried, separated, divorced, or widowed.

Recruitment Visit this week: Northern New Mexico College

If you’re thinking of transferring to a four-year college, the Transfer Station in the Welcome and Advising Center is a great way to explore your opportunities.

Representatives from colleges are here frequently to provide you information on admissions, academic programs, scholarships, financial aid and more.

This week’s visiting school:

Northern New Mexico College
Wednesday, November 20
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, contact advisor Megan Woods, 505-428-1770.

City of Santa Fe seeking members for Mayor's Youth Advisory Board

City of Santa Fe is seeking members for the Santa Fe Mayor’s Youth Advisory Board (MYAB)
Young People Ages 13-21 Encouraged To Apply By December 7, 2019

The City of Santa Fe recognizes youth as a high priority in the community and is looking for motivated youth that are eager to create change in their community.

The purpose of the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Board is to provide, in a timely manner, input, suggestions or recommendations to the Governing Body of the City of Santa Fe pertaining to matters affecting youth in the community. The board will be responsible for providing future input, suggestions or recommendations to the Governing Body of the City of Santa Fe pertaining to issues that affect youth in the community when deemed necessary and appropriate or upon request.

There are currently three (3) vacant board seats and three (3) alternate seats open. The board meets the fourth Thursday of every month from 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm (date and time are subject to change.)

Interested applicants may apply by submitting a letter of interest and a resume to:
Yolanda Vigil
City Clerk’s Office
200 Lincoln Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501
or by email:

Costa Rica Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Costa Rica Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) is an 8-week summer research opportunity, fully-funded by the LSA for Minority Participation Program.

Qualifications to apply:

  • U.S. Citizenship or permanent residency
  • Able to obtain a passport
  • Interested in scientific research in a tropical rain forest
  • Qualifying minority participant (African American, Hispanic American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Native Pacific Islander)
Contact: Gregoria Cavazos, 428-1842, gregoria.cavazos@sfcc.eduu

Katie Besser Student Awards - submit your work for consideration

SFCC Liberal Arts and Media Arts
Katie Besser Student Awards Call for submissions!

Deadline for entry: noon on Monday, March 9, 2020
Prizes: Winners in each category receive $50, runners-up $25

  • Poetry
  • Fiction
  • Creative Non-fiction
  • Academic Essay
  • Text/Image
  • Instructor-nominated
  • en Español

Winners will be considered for the Richard Bradshaw Scholarship.

All winners, runners-up, and honorable mentions will be published in Accolades and invited to read at the celebration at Meow Wolf in May.


Employee Announcements

Listen: Sarah Boisvert on KSFR Wake Up Call podcast

Wake Up Call Segment Host/Producer MK Mendoza speaks with Founder of Santa Fe’s own Fab Lab Hub, Sarah Boisvert about the November 4 New Collar Job Summit.

Listen to the podcast here, click the Listen button at the bottom of the page.

Listen: Patty Armstrong on KSFR's Healthy Woman

Saturday, November 16, 2:30 – 3 pm, Career Services on KSFR radio’s Healthy Woman program, Career Services Coordinator Patty Armstrong chatted with program host, Jewel Cabeza de Vaca about SFCC Career Services, with a focus on the strengths and challenges of age 50+ women in the job market, returning to work, updating skills, and recareering.

Listen to the podcast here:

SFCC Faculty and Staff Holiday Reading Nov. 21

SFCC Faculty and Staff
Holiday Reading
Thursday, November 21 at 5 p.m.

Faculty and staff interested in reading their own creative work should email to be added to the list. All SFCC Faculty and Staff are welcome and encouraged to participate!

Sponsored by the SFCC Creative Writing Program, the SFCC Library and Student Services


Winter Party Nov. 22

SFCC Employee Winter Party
Friday, November 22nd
6 to 10 p.m. in the Campus Center

  • ❄❄ Dinner!❄❄
  • ❄❄ Dancing! ❄❄
  • ❄❄ Cash bar! ❄❄
  • ❄❄ Bring a “plus one“! ❄❄
  • ❄❄ Please, no children!❄❄
            (book your sitter now)

Please bring non-perishable food items for donation to the Food Pantry.

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Climbing Kilimanjaro by Cori Bergen

I have considered climbing one of the Seven Summits, which are the highest peaks on each continent, for several years. I chose Kilimanjaro because it is not a technical climb, but still has the difficulties of weather and altitude. It is the tallest peak on the African continent and located in Tanzania. It is made up of three volcanic cones. Climbing Kilimanjaro means that you climb the highest cone named Kibo and reach Uhuru peak at 5895 M or 19.341 Ft.

My husband and I spent three months preparing for the climb. We hiked, backpacked and climbed peaks almost every weekend. Altitude sickness is one of the main reasons people fail to make the peak and we wanted to be prepared.

We chose the Lemosho route, which requires 8 days of hiking to complete the trip. On summit day we started hiking at midnight. We reached the summit at 6:30 a.m. and then only had a few minutes to snap some photos. As you can see by my photo our summit day was miserably cold and icy and we headed back down to base camp quickly. We then had to descend another 9,000 feet in two days to finish the trip.

I’m very proud of the achievement and hope that it inspires others to follow their dreams. I’m not sure where I’m headed next, but I’m sure it will be exciting!

See larger photo here