Campus Weekly

Vote on Bond B and Bond C, Election Day is Tuesday

Tuesday is Election Day! If you haven’t already voted take the opportunity on Nov. 3.

Note to SFCC employees: All employees who are eligible to vote in the general election may take up to two hours with pay to go to the polls on Election Day, Nov. 3. Please work with individual supervisors to determine the best time to take your leave so that services to students and the public will not be interrupted. Statewide Bonds B (for libraries) and C (for higher education) are on the ballot, and each contain funding for SFCC. Read more about how the funding will impact SFCC here.

See Secretary of State Voter Information.
If you live in Santa Fe County, read Santa Fe County Clerk Elections Information.


News and Announcements

Register for free CE talk about yoga and fitness Wednesday morning

Join Live Local Online learning conversations at 9 a.m. Wednesdays through Nov. 18. Enjoy a cup of your favorite morning beverage as you learn from home. Free to everyone. Just register with CE online. If you have questions, call CE at 505-428-1676.
Register for the free sessions here.

Upcoming Despierta Topics:

11/4 Ginna Sloane – Yoga and Fitness (in photo)
11/11 William Neuwirth – The Natural World and Chaco Canyon
11/18 Richard Rosemont – Rock and Roll Musical History

Oct. 20 Campus Update rolls back recent openings

In response to state health orders, President Rowley has released a campus update. Please note, the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center, SFCC Library and Higher Education Center are closed to the public until further notice. Read the full update here:


Submit veteran names for remembrance today, Nov. 2 for Veterans Day tribute

Students and Employees: If you have a family member who is a veteran, please send us their name and military branch by Monday, Nov. 2. The Office of Student Development and Veterans Resource Center has 288 flags and SFCC would love to have a name on each flag. We want to honor our veterans, so please join us. (This includes parents and grandparents still alive or who have passed.) Also, let us know if you’re a veteran! Veterans Day honors all of those who have served the country in war or peace — those who have died or are alive. Email Interim Coordinator of the Veterans Resource Center Krystal Patton at

A video is being made for viewing on Veterans Day.

Writing to Heal: Making Art in a Changing World, Nov. 12

 Writing to Heal: Making Art in a Changing World

The next installment of the Fall Workshop Series is Writing to Heal: Making Art in a Changing World. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 12.

Register at:


Santa Fe Literary Review reading a success

Santa Fe Literary Review’s annual reading event on Oct. 22 was a well-attended Zoom gathering. There was a diverse group of writers, who read their pieces from the latest issue of SFLR. Also, photographer Isatsu Kaiziahiher spoke about his striking image on page 121 and artist Stephen Abban Junior spoke via Zoom from his home in Ghana about his artwork, which graces pages 42 and 43 of the edition. Laura Rosenfeld, SFCC art instructor, also shared the image of the original painting that was used on the cover to the delight of attendees. The comments field was filled with enthusiastic responses to all the creative contributors.

SFLR Faculty Advisor Kate McCahill said while it was different from previous in-person gatherings it was exciting to include contributors in other parts of the country and the globe.

In the photo, Mervyn R. Seivwright, of Jamaican heritage and born in London, called in from Germany to read his poem, “Dangling.”


Governing Board Meeting Oct. 28 meeting on Youtube

The Oct. 28 Governing Board Meeting video is available here.

Controlled Environment Agriculture to participate in fall conferences

Controlled Environment Agriculture will participate in several state, national and international conferences in October and November.


Energy Performance Contract construction begins

SFCC has begun the construction phase of our Energy Performance Contract with Siemens with Safety as SFCC’s highest priority throughout the project. This project will include many energy efficiency upgrades throughout campus (LED light fixture retrofits, Low flow water
retrofits, Exterior building envelope efficiency improvements, equipment upgrades, Microgrid control system, two new 710 kW Li-Ion batteries and 1000KW natural gas generator and 2000 amp distribution switchgear).

The Building envelope solutions work started on Oct. 12 to fully weather strip and seal doors and windows.

We appreciate your patience while SFCC completes these very important energy efficiency upgrades. If you have any questions please contact Andrea Mueller, Facilities & Operations Project
Manager at or 505-930-9781.

Diversity and Inclusion: Putting the pieces together with artist and storyteller Pi Luna

Sponsored by the SFCC Library
2 p.m. November 10
Register online:

What happens when the world falls apart? What happens when one side splits from the other, and then those sides split further, and the fragmentation repeats. What happens when our social fabric begins to unravel? How do we find common ground? In this presentation, artist and storyteller Pi Luna explains how she uses diverse perspectives to assemble new stories. Like a puzzle, when the pieces come together, something new emerges–a story of hope, healing, and shared humanity. Watch her process, hear her story, and be prepared to be inspired.


Laptop discounts for staff, faculty and students

The Office of Information Technology is excited to announce a partnership with Dell. Students, Staff and Faculty may purchase laptops, monitors and computer accessories with the SFCC educational discount.

To get started log into and click on the Dell Computer Discount icon under Resources. Discounts are available on laptops and computer accessories.

Learn more about higher education bond and library bond

Santa Fe Community College President Dr. Becky Rowley, IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin, SFIS Superintendent Roy Herrera and NMSD Superintendent Dr. Rosemary Gallegos spoke with Estevan Gonzales about how passage of the upcoming vote on Bond B and Bond C will benefit education and libraries within the Santa Fe community on Oct. 15. Hear the podcast here.

You can also read these recent newspaper columns by President Rowley and IAIA President Robert Martin: Albuquerque Journal, Oct. 16, “Bonds B, C support colleges and libraries with no tax hike” and Santa Fe New Mexican, Oct. 18, “Support bonds that support higher education.”

Hear these other recent radio broadcasts: Oct. 7 President Becky Rowley talked with Richard Eeds on KTRC 1260 | 103.7 about how Bond B for Libraries and Bond C for Higher Education on the ballot in the election will benefit the college and the community.

President Rowley also recently discussed the bond issues on KSFR with Tom Towbridge.

“These Bonds will not raise property taxes,” said SFCC President Becky Rowley, Ph.D. “The outcome could greatly impact Santa Fe Community College, our state’s economy and the future of students throughout the state.”

• Election Day: Tues., Nov. 3.

Read more here.


SFCC in the news

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

9/23/2020, Santa Fe New Mexican,Land trust model floated for development of midtown campus.”

9/18/2020, Santa Fe Reporter, “Award Winning Coverage.” Story about national award for Santa Fe Reporter that was the result of collaboration with SFCC.

9/18/2020, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Santa Fe Community College enrollment drops.

9/14/2020, Albuquerque Journal, “SF Community College enrollment drops 25 percent”

9/13/20, Rio Rancho Observer, “Collaboration brings masks, other supplies to Navajo nation,” story about SFCC nursing student with Operation Bandana.

Listen to Santa Fe Community College Sculpture Head John Boyce and Instructor Petro Hull discuss the Sculpture and Fine Arts Programs with Richard Eeds on KTRC 1260 | 103.7.

Still openings in late fall CE classes

As the weather cools down, consider signing up for a Continuing Education class. There are still openings for classes this month. See Fall Continuing Education Schedule.

Employees: To use your EEBs for Continuing Education classes, complete the EEB form before you register, then contact Continuing Education at or 505-428-1676. Their team will help you and your dependents complete registration.


Capital Improvement Projects updates

There are multiple Capital Improvement Projects now in progress. For more information on parking lot closures, roof repairs, etc. read here.

While we apologize for any inconvenience, we appreciate your patience. For questions, please contact F & O (Facilities and Operations) Project Manager (formerly POM), Andrea Mueller at 505-930-9781.


Inside SFCC

In this issue, read about how TRIO supports a new mom, about how Amanda Hatherly developed SFCC’s COVID-19 Workforce training, the upcoming bond issues and more. In noteworthy find out more about the Susan Bailey Estate’s donation to SFCC Library.


Student Spotlight

SGA President encourages students to vote on Nov. 3

In a letter to students on Friday, SGA President Ian Martinez provided information about voting and encouraged SFCC students to let their voices be heard in this election.

He provided information on how to register to vote and how to request an absentee ballot. He also encourages students to vote in person if possible.

Student Art and Writing Awards - submit your work now!

Submit your work now for the Katie Besser Student Art & Writing Awards.


  • Poetry
  • Fiction
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Academic essay
  • Text & Image
  • Instructor-nominated
  • en español

Email your entry and any questions to Emily Stern:

Submit WRITING ENTRIES as Microsoft Word attachments, double-spaced, five (5) page maximum per entry. Submit TEXT & IMAGE entries as PNGs or JPEGS (6) submissions—total.

Please remove any identifying information from the entry itself.

Include an email message with your name, the title and category of your entry, and your email address and phone number.

Receipt of entries will be acknowledged by email. Results will be announced via email in April.

Applicants must be enrolled in at least three credits in Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 semesters.


SGA Special Elections!

Now is the time for new student leaders to step up to the plate as Student Government Association has open positions!

Are you hungry for new opportunities? Do you want to make a difference?
Are you looking for an opportunity to step out of your comfort zone?
Do you want to represent the voice of your peers?

SGA currently has 2 open Executive Officer Positions & 6 open Senator Positions.


Register now to explore NM Tech in November

Virtual Exploration Day @ Tech!
Noon to 3 November 7 or November 21

This is a chance for prospective students and their families to learn more about Tech’s academic programs from our faculty, as well as various student services such as financial aid, housing, student clubs, and much more!

Below you will find a basic layout of the schedule (all times listed are Mountain Standard Time).

Noon – Welcome and Student Service Q&A
1:00 p.m. – Engineering Presentation
2:00 p.m. – Science Presentation
3:00 p.m. – Closing and Final Q&A

RSVP at the following link:

Saturday, November 7:

Saturday, November

We are excited
to connect with you and share all of the amazing opportunities that you will
be presented with as a Techie!

Four-year university information sessions this week

Representatives from the following schools will be holding online information sessions for SFCC Students soon:

Bellevue University
Tuesday and Thursday
10 a.m. to noon
Click here to attend the Bellevue Info Session!

Wednesday, November 4
10 a.m. to noon
Click here for the NMSU session!

SFCC Student Weekly Connection

Click here to read last week’s student newsletter, presented by the Vice President for Student Success, Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos.

The newsletter includes information about Counseling Services Support Groups, information on voting, scholarship opportunities, Veterans Day and more!


Apply for 2020-2021 SFCC and Foundation Scholarships

SFCC has state, institutional and Foundation private scholarships available for new and returning students to help pay for college for the upcoming academic year. Scholarships are available for full and part-time students in all qualified areas of study including but not limited to: Business, Early Childhood, Engineering, Nursing, Computer Studies, Culinary. There are scholarships for Native American students, Hispanic students and students with disabilities (must be registered with the SAS department), international and non-U.S. citizens.

Financial need, a cumulative and term GPA of 2.50 and enrollment in at least 6 credit hours in a degree plan are required for most scholarships.

You may apply for an SFCC scholarship now at:

A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a Dreamer’s Financial Aid Application (non US Citizens only) will be required to determine need. The Dreamers Financial Aid Application can be found at: under “FORMS”.

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

If awarded, your scholarship may be continued until you graduate providing you continue to meet the criteria.

Lock in your scholarship now for current and upcoming academic years.


Student Emergency Fund assistance

If you are currently enrolled in the Fall semester and experiencing financial challenges apply for some assistance from the Student Emergency Assistance Fund. Applications can be found in MYSFCC under Resources (Emergency Assistance Fund). Applications are reviewed frequently, and funds are directly awarded to your account. Please note: funds cannot cover the cost of tuition or books.

Apply now for LANL Foundation scholarships

The LANL Foundation’s Career Pathways Scholarship is now open, with a Nov. 16 deadline. Funds for the Spring 2021 semester are available for students pursuing an Associate Degree, trade or certification. Career Pathways Scholarships are in the amount of $750/semester for up to four semesters (up to $3000 total). Please see the 2021 Spring Career Pathways – Call for Applications – PR for details.

For more information and to access the online application, visit:

Veteran scholarships available

Are you a current veteran or a veteran’s dependent and a New Mexican resident? If so, you may qualify for the Veterans Scholarship. Visit for more information.

SFCC Student Activities Group on Facebook

The Office of Student Development has a new, private Facebook group, SFCC Student Activities!

The group is for current SFCC students only and will be a virtual space where students can interact and participate in OSD activities.

Visit to join today!


Employee Announcements

Meghan McGarrity appointed to Economic Development Advisory Committee

Interim Director of the Santa Fe Higher Education Center Meghan McGarrity has been appointed by Mayor Alan Webber to the City’s Economic Development Advisory Committee.

The role of EDAC is to assist the governing body with implementation of the city’s economic development plan and recommending policy that leads to a more business friendly environment within city government; making recommendations to the governing body for economic development projects and making recommendations on proposed ordinances and regulations on impacts to Santa Fe businesses. EDAC is composed of one city council member and 9 members representing a broad range of business interests, including small and large businesses, arts and culture industries; development, design, construction, hospitality, technology, retail trade, workforce development, healthcare and organized labor and services.

Meghan McGarrity is participating as a representative of the HEC and SFCC. Dean Camilla Bustamante, Ph.D. has represented SFCC for the last two years. Thank you Dr. Bustamante for your service and congratulations to Meghan McGarrity for your recent appointment.

Using Images and Film in Online Teaching - Nov. 10

What’s Tech Got to Do with It? An Online Teaching Series

Using Images and Film in Online Teaching
Following Copyright law and Fair Use guidelines
10 to 11 a.m.
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
On Zoom link

Join Valerie Nye, SFCC’s Library Director as she shares her knowledge in copyright law and fair use guidelines.

“Images and film enrich classes, especially in an online environment. Learn how to use images and film while following copyright law and fair use guidelines. Learn where to find unrestricted material for your classes.”

Brought to you by the OTL Steering Committee and the office of VPASA


In Memoriam: Former SFCC instructor Patricia Ann Bohn Goehe

SFCC extends sympathies and condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of former SFCC speech instructor Patricia Ann Bohn Goeh. She previously taught with the Teacher Academy in the early 2000s. She taught her last Public Speaking class in the Fall of 2013.

Read more about her amazing life and academic contributions here.


SFCC Department of Dental Health provides PreK screenings

SFCC Department of Dental Health provided free dental screenings and education to PreK grades at a non-profit organization on Wednesday, Sept 30, 2020. Thanks to our alumni Shahana Jawadi, RDH, EFDA for volunteering in the screening. It is always a joy to see smiles on the faces of little angels.

For information on SFCC’s Dental Programs, please visit: For questions, please contact:

Photo credits: Aamna Nayyar. PreK student helping our stuff Monster with oral hygiene.

Policy Update: Accrued Annual Leave extended to Dec. 31

Last month, in response to a request from employees, the Governing Board approved a Resolution related to Policy 4-35 Leave under Policy Process F, extending the accrued annual leave deadline to December 31.
All employees are required to be familiar with and adhere to college policies, which are posted at SFCC/policies. If you have questions or would like to learn more about policies or the Shared Governance Policy Review Process, contact Policy Officer Laura J. Mulry at ext. 1776 or


Dr. Aamna Nayyar panelist for Interfaith event in Albuquerque

President Diversity Advisory Committee (PDAC) member, Dr. Aamna Nayyar served as a panelist in an interfaith event hosted by the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of greater Albuquerque on Wednesday, Oct 7, 2020 from 10:30 am- 11:30 am.

Recording can be seen here:
For questions about PDAC diversity activities, please contact Meghan McGarrity: For questions about interfaith, please contact Aamna Nayyar:

Library Speaker Series: Call for presentations

The SFCC Library is continuing the faculty and staff speaking series that we started last spring. We want to hear from you if you would like to share information on something you have published, researched, thought about, or a place you have traveled through.

Last spring’s series included presentations about newly publish books by Aamna Nayyar, Andy Lovato, and sj Miller. Charlie Shultz shared his travel experience through Israel. We want to highlight the interesting and important work being produced and considered by SFCC staff, so please be in contact if you would like to give a presentation.

Contact Val Nye at:

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


Video of Val Nye's Equity and Access panel now available

Library Director Val Nye spoke as a panelist for the national ACRL-Choice Webinar on Oct. 1. She spoke about the SFCC Library’s work during COVID for the panel titled “Equity and Access in the Age of COVID-19: How Academic Libraries Can Build a Better Digital Content Strategy.”

If you missed the panel, you can see it now here.


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.

Fighting the virus, remember we're in this together

SFCC appreciates that everyone is working hard to keep you, your family and coworkers safe from contracting COVID-19. The rate of transmission in New Mexico has increased in recent weeks, so we appreciate your vigilance on and off campus.

For those feeling isolated at this time, we welcome you to visit our SFCC In This Together Facebook page.

Just as a reminder, the campus buildings are closed except for those who’ve received prior approval. Please note: The SFCC Library, Santa Fe Higher Education Center and the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center are closed to the public until further notice. Online services continue campus wide. SFCC’s library is continuing its drive-up curbside service.

SFCC appreciates everyone’s flexibility during this time. Just a friendly reminder: Everyone who comes to campus must wear a mask. Please read guidelines for face-coverings.

Visit SFCC’s COVID-19 updates and guidelines if you have any questions.