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Student Activities honored Indigenous Peoples at Nov. 14 event
The Student Activities event, “SFCC Celebrates Indigenous Peoples Month,” was on Nov. 14 in the Campus Center. Speakers included Liam Morning Star (Land Acknowledgment), Danny Suazo (Staff Speaker) and Ethan Perez (Student Speaker).
Hip Hop artist G Precious (from Okay Owingeh) performed. G Precious has received many awards for her music including:
G Precious has been recognized, nominated and won several music awards spanning across the United States and World
Indian Summer Music Award (Nominations 2016, 2017)
New Mexico Music Award Winner (Multiple Wins)
Native American Music Award Winner (2023)
Summer Solstice Indigenous Music Award (Nominee 2023)
International Indigenous Hip Hop Award (Nominee 2023)
Academic Advisor Danny Suazo, who is from Taos Pueblo, shared his perspective with his speech:
“This month is not a month to celebrate but rather a month to memorialize the struggles of Indigenous people. Many of you may be familiar with New Mexico History. Taos Pueblo/Red Willow has been at the heart of many rebellions. We gave refuge to Popay, who planned the Pueblo Revolt from our Village. Our people also fought the U.S. Army Regulars and militia during the Taos Rebellion in 1847. The old pueblo church was destroyed and now is a cemetery and symbol of our ancestors who fought so that we may carry on our sacred traditions.
“But the battles were not only fought with guns and knives. They were also fought in the courtrooms and the halls of Congress. In 1906, through presidential decree, 75,000 acres of sovereign land became a part of the Carson National Forest. The sacred Blue Lake wilderness area would be open to timber foresting, mining and grazing for over 60 years. In 1970 legislation was passed and signed by President Richard Nixon that gave the Blue Lake Wilderness area back to Taos Pueblo in a landmark decision that would change Indian Public Policy.”
Suazo added, “The following statement was made by one our religious leaders about the relationship Taos Pueblo has with its sacred land.
“We have lived upon this land from days beyond history’s records, far past any living memory, deep in the time of Legend. The story of my people and the story of this place are a single story. No man can think of us without thinking of this place. We are always joined together.” Translated from Tiwa
Suazo continued, “Assimilation was the goal of the U.S. government with the establishment of boarding schools. Assimilation through education and the mantra “ kill the Indian to save the man” was the goal. Words like savages and uncivilized were frequent in legislation used to establish these schools. Many children were taken from their homes to these boarding schools and the mechanism for social change was in motion.
The experiences of these children were traumatic. Indigenous peoples continue to feel the effects of this historical trauma. My grandparents and others experienced this as recently has 100 years ago. In 1923 when my grandpa was 10 years old he was taken away to the United States Industrial Indian School, known as Santa Fe Indian School today.”
We thank Danny Suazo for sharing his speech with Campus Weekly. We thank Student Activities, Student Involvement Coordinator Mary Eleas and all who participated to make this event successful. A special thank you to SGA Treasurer Marcelo Figueiredo for taking photos. Also, thank you to Jonathan Harrell for sending his photo of Danny Suazo.
No classes will be held, and no student services will be available.
Fall credit and noncredit classes will resume on Monday, November 27. Staff at SFCC main campus (6401 Richards Ave.) and the Santa Fe HEC (1950 Siringo Road) will resume services beginning at 8 a.m. November 27. The William C. Witter Fitness Center will reopen at 7 a.m. Monday, November 27. Kids Campus reopens on Monday, November 27.
Message about Native American Heritage Month
Message sent on Nov. 14
Dear SFCC Community,
We are honored to recognize and celebrate Native American Heritage Month. This is a time for reflection, appreciation, and acknowledgement of the rich and diverse cultures, histories, and contributions of Indigenous peoples in our community and beyond.
At Santa Fe Community College, we embrace the importance of fostering a campus environment that values inclusivity and cultural diversity. We encourage all members to of our college community to engage in educational initiatives, events, and discussions that highlight the resilience of, wisdom, and contributions of Indigenous peoples. By doing so, we contribute to the ongoing dialogue surrounding the importance of preserving and promoting Indigenous cultures.
We honor the legacy of Indigenous peoples and recognize their enduring impact on our shared history and shaping a future that values and respects the diversity of all voices.
Thank you for joining us in celebrating Native American Heritage Month and for embracing the spirit of unity, respect, and inclusion that defines our college community at SFCC.
Come celebrate Indigenous Peoples Month with SFCC Student Activities on November 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Campus Center. Please encourage students to attend.
Message about Transgender Awareness Week, noting Nov. 20 (today) is Transgender Day of Remembrance
The following message: Transgender Awareness Week, Nov. 13-19 was sent on Nov. 14
Dear SFCC Community,
This week is Transgender Awareness Week. Throughout the week, transgender people are celebrated by sharing their stories, triumphs, political breakthroughs, and experiences. The week also brings attention to how transgender people and their allies can advance advocacy about the ongoing prejudice, discrimination, and violence that continue to affect the transgender community.
Transgender Awareness Week leads up to the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) on November 20. TDOR observes and honors the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence that year.
Please join our SFCC and our neighboring communities by encouraging people to talk about the importance of honoring and celebrating all transgender people, not just here but from all over the world.
Learn about trans people by educating yourself with credible resources about community, language, issues, stories, and actions.
Dual credit has become more popular with high school students this year, according to SFCC Director of Student Engagement and Recruitment Marcos Maez. About 20% of the college’s total enrollment this semester are dual credit students, he reports, and the number of dual credit students enrolled increased 23% from the 2022 fall semester.
“Currently, we are experiencing our highest-ever fall semester enrollment of dual credit students in SFCC’s history, with 880 students registered,” Maez tells SFR. “Equally noteworthy is the diversity among our dual credit students…81% of dual credit students are students of color.”
SFCC honored veterans
SFCC honored veterans at a special ceremony during the Veterans Resource Fair on November 9.
Thank you to Doreen Gallegos for producing the video tribute honoring our veterans, which was shown during the ceremony.
Also, thank you to Student Involvement Coordinator Mary Eleas and the SGA team, who placed the flags in recognition of the SFCC community’s veterans.
Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos, Ed.D., recognized as the NASPA Outstanding Community College Professional
Congratulations to Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos, Ed.D, for being recognized in early November with the Outstanding Community College Professional Award. The award is given by The Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) Foundation, an international organization for student affairs professionals.
She was nominated by two professionals, who shared that she met or exceeded the criteria:
Active involvement with the profession, NASPA, and Community College research, policies, or practice; at the regional level (She served as DEI coordinator for NASPA conferences, assigned mentor for young professionals, co-chair for NM NASPA conference, and general presenter).
Contributed to creating a campus environment that promotes student learning and personal development
Outstanding individual contribution to innovative and responsive services and programs that address varied and emerging needs of students
A minimum of five years’ experience in student affairs (She is finishing up year 27 in student affairs.)
Active individual NASPA IV-West membership (She had been active since late 90’s and re-established in 2019).
Regarding the recognition, she stated, “When you love what you do it does not feel like work. I am fortunate to work with so many outstanding individuals who make such a difference for our students and community.”
Marcos Maez represented MPR at Northern NM WIN Biannual Convening
Marcos Maez reports, “On November 2, I had the pleasure of attending the WIN Biannual Convening on behalf of SFCC’s Marketing and Public Relations. I had the opportunity to attend informative breakout sessions and connected with a number of employers, support organizations, governmental agencies, and other important stakeholders where we gathered to discuss workforce opportunities and solutions in north-central New Mexico.”
Here’s some information about the Work Integration Network (WIN):
WIN is a recipient of a $6.4 million American Rescue Plan Good Jobs Challenge grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA).
WIN aims to transform and diversify the regional economy by building a robust workforce in the key areas of Healthcare and Skilled Trades, leading to increased equity and more high-paying jobs. WIN will be open to unemployed or underemployed adults, or adults looking to skill up and get a good paying job with benefits.
Address need for qualified workers in identified industry sectors
Establish and strengthen regional networks for participant support
Assist un- and underemployed to gain good-paying employment
UA 412 Mobile Training Unit to remote locations
Articulation between industry training, higher education, and state academic institutions
Seven North-Central New Mexico Counties: Colfax, Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Santa Fe, and Taos.
Navigators (4) to direct participants to education, training and support services
New faculty at participating institutions in both industry sectors
I-BEST instruction and support for each institution
Mobile Training Unit for Skilled Trades Sector
% of WBL Coordinator Training & Education
Clinical Coordinator for Healthcare Sector
Travel, communication & outreach, supplies
Life Skills trainings and other wrap-around services for participants
Winter Coat Drives for students and their kids through Dec. 1
Drop off gently used, clean winter outerwear for adults and kids at the Student Wellness Center through December 1. Clothing for kids may also be dropped off at Kids Campus through December 1.
SFCC hosted Civil Air Patrol Conference and Banquet
Dean James (Jim) Wysong, Ed.D., reports “On October 20 and 21, SFCC hosted the Civil Air Patrol (USAF Auxiliary) New Mexico Wing Annual Conference and Awards Banquet. This was an opportunity to bring together CAP members, cadets, and aviation enthusiasts to celebrate the accomplishments of the New Mexico Wing. The conference featured informative sessions and engaging discussions on a range of topics. Outstanding achievements of CAP members were recognized at the banquet, which also provided an opportunity for attendees to network with CAP and USAF professionals from across the state.
As a long-time pilot, and a member of the Santa Fe CAP Squadron, I was pleased to be the sponsor of the event. I also presented two education sessions on Aviation Weather Hazards. Attendees were also treated to two shows at our Planetarium.
The Civil Air Patrol’s mission is supporting America’s communities with emergency response, diverse aviation and ground services, youth development and promotion of air, space and cyber power through aerospace education.”
November is Native American Heritage Month
The U.S. celebrates Native American Heritage Month in November. SFCC values the college’s many Indigeneous students, faculty and staff members.
Visit https://nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov/ to learn more about the history of Native American Heritage Month. The website also has valuable links for instructors and students. The site includes audio, video and links to archival photographs and much more.
Important message about commencement
This message was sent on October 27, 2023
Dear SFCC Community,
This Spring, our 2023-24 commencement ceremony will celebrate 40 years of Santa Fe Community College. The ceremony is scheduled for May 11, 2024, at the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center.
The Spring 2024 celebration promises to be a momentous occasion, filled with nostalgia and pride as we reflect on four decades of academic excellence. Join us in the spring as we come together to celebrate our graduates’ achievements and the rich history of our institution.
The college has combined its Fall and Spring commencement ceremonies into an annual commencement celebration, held at the end of the Spring semester. Students who receive their diplomas and certificates in Summer or Fall are invited to join Spring graduates at the ceremony.
Thank you for understanding and your support. More details about the Spring Commencement celebration will follow soon.
Bernadette Gonzales. MA Ed. (she, her, hers) Registrar |Office of the Registrar
Clay Club will have Ceramic Sale on Nov. 29 and 30
SFCC’s Clay Club presents the Ceramics Sale. 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 29 and 30 in the Main Hallway. Discover the fine work by talented student artists, purchase one-of-a-kind handcrafted gifts. Mainly selling functional ceramics (cup, plates, bowls, etc.), but also some sculpture work and traditional micaceous pottery. Bid on items in the Silent Auction. One hundred percent of the Clay Club Silent Auction proceeds benefit Campus Cupboard, the college’s food pantry that supports students and employees experiencing food insecurity.
EMSI Awning Construction began on October 30
Construction on an awning for the EMSI area will begin Monday, October 30. This will support students learning in an outdoor environment. Construction is expected to last approximately 8 weeks. It may be noisy at times, but not extremely so. Access to La Familia will not be impacted by construction.
If you missed Genevieve Betts’ reading of poems from “A New Kind of Tongue,” you can now watch the video.
You can learn more about her book and the recent event here.
SFCC and IAIA host Holiday Arts and Crafts Fairs on Dec. 9
This year the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) and SFCC will again host Holiday Arts and Crafts Fairs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the same day, Saturday, December 9. All the artists’ tables have now been reserved.
SFCC Library has launchpad tablets to lend for 3- to 5-year-old kids
The SFCC Library has six Launchpad learning tablets for children ages 3-5 years old. Launchpad learning tablets are loaded with apps, videos, storybooks, games just for kids. 100% secure. No internet needed. With an SFCC ID these tablets designed for kids can be used in the library’s Family Study Room and they can be checked out with headphones for four weeks at a time.
The Launchpad titles available at the SFCC Library are: Estoy Listo Para Escuela, Food for Thought!, Learning Castle! Pawsitively Scientific, Puppy Talk!, and School of Fun. Stop by the library’s main desk to request a Launchpad tablet. Questions? Contact the library at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 505-428-1352.
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.
Mark your calendars for HESI Nursing Admission Exams in Jan. and Feb.
Paralegals of Santa Fe Networking Group meeting Nov. 30 at HEC
SFCC Paralegal Studies program is creating a networking group to bring together paralegals, legal assistants, and legal secretaries in Northern New Mexico. The next meeting is 5:30-7 p.m. on November 30 at the HEC.
Spring registration has begun – meet with your advisor now to prepare
Current students should meet with their advisors to prepare for Spring registration, which is now open. In MySFCC, click on “Academic Advising (Online/In Person)” in the “Schedule an Appointment” section, or visit https://www.sfcc.edu/academic-advising/advising-appointments/ to find your advisor and book an appointment.
Need help with rent, utilities or repairs? Local assistance application closes Nov. 30
Nancy Gonzales, SFCC Resource Coordinator, shared information about the upcoming deadline for people to apply for assistance through the local initiative sponsored by the Santa Fe New Mexican, The Empty Stocking fund.
The Empty Stocking Fund can help with past due rent/mortgages and utilities, dental and medical assistance, tuition, household goods, home/auto repairs, and more.
To apply for a gift, submit an application here. If eligible, an in-person interview will be arranged, and if approved, funds will then be distributed. The deadline is Nov. 30 or when 600 verified applications have been received. If you know a student who does not have access to a computer they can go to any of the Santa Fe Public Libraries or the SFCC Library.
Please note: If you are a student facing a sudden financial emergency, the SFCC Foundation encourages you to apply to the Student Emergency Assistance Fund. You can find an application on MySFCC under Student Resources and click the green pill button Emergency Assistance Fund there.
Fiber Optic Technician Bootcamp Dec. 11-15
Fiber Optic Technician Bootcamp December 11 – 15, 2023, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. M – F
This five-day, hands-on intensive program gives students the opportunity to earn three certifications from the Fiber Optic Association that are recognized throughout the world and aligned to industry standards. These credentials will remain valid for three years, after which they can be renewed by the student. Students can earn the following certifications: Certified Fiber Optic Technician, Certified Fiber Optic Specialist in Splicing, and Certified Fiber Optic Specialist in Testing and Maintenance. Participant requirements: Students must be able to distinguish colors and have good finger dexterity. No prior workforce training is required.
The East Wing Eatery needs student employees. Contact Rosina Chaparro at email@example.com to learn more and apply.
Student Writing Awards – submit entries through March 1, 2024
Entries are being accepted for the SFCC writing awards now through 12 noon on March 1, 2024. Categories include poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, academic essay, image/photography, instructor-nominated, & en español. Winners receive $50 and runners-up receive $25
Winners, runners-up, and honorable mentions will all be published in Accolades, will be invited to read at the celebration, and will also be considered for the SFCC Foundation Richard Bradford Memorial Creative Writing Scholarship.
Applicants must be enrolled in at least three credits and should not yet have earned a degree.
Entries should be no more than 5 pages in length, typed, and attached as Word documents (or jpgs for images/photography).
No more than 6 submissions, excluding instructor nominations.
Please remove any identifying information from the entries.
Email submissions (or questions) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include name, A#, phone number, and the titles & categories of entries.
Applications for Spring 2024 PILAS Paid Internship Program due by Dec. 15
PILAS offers SFCC students the opportunity to get PAID to be mentored! The PILAS Internship Program is open to SFCC students who meet the following criteria:
Have declared in an Associate Degree or Certificate program
18 years or older
Have reliable transportation
Willing to check and respond to SFCC email DAILY
Maintain a GPA of C or better during the semester of the internship
The January 24 PILAS Internship will run from January 22 through May 3, and will include 14 weeks of 10-20 hours per week of work. Interns will earn three credit hours toward their degree. The internship will be comprised of 120 paid internship hours, 3 in-person seminars, midterm and final papers, and evaluations from their mentor. Other important job-seeking skills will be covered, including resumes, mock interviews and more.
Students must complete an application and submit an essay to qualify for the program. Internships are limited, apply early for your best chance at placement. Deadline is December 15, 2023.
Here are the requirements that must be met for all Foundation scholarships for the Fall 2023 semester:
GPA (2.5 or higher)
Completion Rate (67% or higher)
Satisfactory Academic Status
Enrollment (6 credit hours or higher)
FAFSA on file
Completed Financial Aid file
For more assistance and information, please contact The Financial Aid office at email@example.com.
Schedule an online FAFSA appointment
Students who need FAFSA assistance can now schedule an appointment via a Calendly link. There are no longer weekly virtual FAFSA hours during the fall semester.
Scheduling via Calendly allows students to schedule a specific time, allowing the time needed to complete their FAFSA. At this time, with many students inquiring for FAFSA assistance, the virtual hours wouldn’t allow for great one-on-one assistance.
Are you outgoing and enjoy working with people? Join our student recruitment team!
The Office of Recruitment and Student Outreach is hiring a Student Recruitment Ambassador to assist with leading campus tours for individuals and large groups, to support SFCC’s Recruitment and Dual Credit team and assist with projects as needed. Our Ambassador will also participate in community and Santa Fe Public School events like college and career fairs and application drives.
Students will work a maximum 20 hours per week. Must be registered for at least 3 CR in summer and 6 CR in fall and maintain a minimum of a 2.5 GPA. Pay is $15/hour. Students do not need to be work-study eligible.
Ambassadors make a difference by providing excellent customer service, completing and fulfilling online and in-person orders, coordinating on-campus delivery events, maintaining inventory reports and ensuring products are readily available, maintaining a positive atmosphere, ensuring the cleanliness of space, and providing other opportunities to make a difference. Assist with campus events and activities. Ambassadors may have some physical requirements to fulfill.
Students: Need childcare? Make sure you’re on the Kids Campus waitlist
When a spot comes available at the Kids Campus, students get priority placement. Kids Campus wants to support student parents and hopes that those needing childcare will get on the waitlist.
Children of degree-seeking SFCC students, SFCC employees, and full-time students at the Higher Education Center are prioritized for placement to support a two-generation philosophy of education at the college.
Visit the Kids Campus website for more information. Students receive a 10% discount on the cost of Kids Campus and N.M. Early Childhood Education and Care Development offers Child Care Assistance to income-eligible students.
Student Resource Center is here for you
Connect with Community Resources The Student Resource Center focuses on providing information to students about resources throughout the community and providing appropriate referrals to agencies. The resources focus on basic needs such as: housing and shelter, food, legal services, transportation, childcare services, utility payment assistance, and physical and mental health services. All services are free and confidential.
Conèctese con los Recursos de la Comunidad El Centro de Recursos para Estudiantes se enfoca en proporcionar información a los estudiantes sobre los recursos en toda la comunidad y proporcionar referencias apropiadas a las agencias. Los recursos se centran en necesidades básicas como: vivienda y refugio, alimentos, servicios legales, transporte, servicios de cuidado infantil, asistencia para el pago de servicios públicos y servicios de salud física y mental. Todos los servicios son gratuitos y confidenciales.
OIT will be releasing a GlobalProtect VPN client update on 11/28/23. The GlobalProtect client will update without user interaction the next time a VPN connection is established following the release.
Please contact the OIT Service Desk with any questions at (505) 428-1222 or in room 528.
SFCC hires Ivan Lopez Hurtado, Ph.D., as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
SFCC announced Nov. 10 that it has hired Ivan Lopez Hurtado, Ph.D., as its Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. He will begin working at the College in January 2024.
The Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs will focus on leadership and coordination for teaching and learning, facilitation of transfer partnerships with four-year institutions, working with faculty and staff on assessment and program review, and other academic projects.
SFCC Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Margaret Peters said, “I am delighted that Dr. Lopez Hurtado will be joining the SFCC team. He provides a wealth of experience from his many years in higher education in New Mexico.”
Lopez Hurtado said, “I am profoundly grateful to the SFCC community for extending this incredible opportunity to me and entrusting my ability to make a meaningful impact on the institution’s academic mission. I eagerly anticipate the chance to integrate my experience, fostering a collaborative environment with the exceptional SFCC team. This opportunity marks an exciting new chapter in my professional journey, and I am genuinely thrilled to contribute to the continued success and growth of SFCC.”
Lopez Hurtado was born and raised in Tampico, Mexico. During his senior year in high school, he became a teaching assistant at an orphanage at the kindergarten level.
Lopez Hurtado received his B.S. degree in Industrial Physics Engineering with highest honors from Tec de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico, 1995 and an M.S. degree in Automation with highest honors from Tec de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico, 1998. After working as a Geophysicist for Schlumberger, as a Field Service Engineer for JOT Automation, as a Project Engineer for VI Technology, and as Program Director for the Mechatronics Undergraduate Program and Tec de Monterrey, Campus Juarez, he came to Albuquerque to obtain a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, that he received in 2008 from the University of New Mexico (UNM). In 2006, Lopez Hurtado received the Outstanding Student Award from the Department of Electrical Engineering during his doctoral program. His research was Control Systems across Networks, and he presented and published in several conferences and journals. Last year, he completed the Institute for Educational Management Program at Harvard University.
Since 2016, he has served as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Northern New Mexico College. He previously served as Dean of the College of Engineering and Technology and Chair of the Department of Engineering at the same institution. He is also an Associate Professor of Engineering and Technology at NNMC after being granted tenure in 2012.
Since 1997, he has taught at Tec de Monterrey, Campus Monterrey, Campus Juarez, Campus Tampico, the University of New Mexico, and Northern New Mexico College.
He served as the director of multiple grants in those roles, including the U.S. Dept. STEM Title III, NIH NM-INBRE project, NSF S-STEM project, U.S. Dept. of Ed-CCRAA, Title V, PPHOA (Co-Director), PNM Smart Grid, NSF S-STEP (Co-PI). He is a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission and a program evaluator for ABET. He also serves as a statewide New Mexico Academic Advisory Committee member to the N.M. Higher Education Department, the N.M. EPSCoR Statewide Advisory Board Member, and the NM-INBRE Steering Committee member.
Lopez Hurtado became a U.S. citizen in 2015 and has been married to Alma Liñan for 22 years. They have two daughters, Alma and Diana.
Bravo to Sage Paisner; Foto Forum exhibit was the Nov. 3 Pasatiempo cover story
Dean James “Jim” Wysong, Ed.D., shared “As you may know Sage Paisner, Head and Assistant Professor of Photography, operates Foto Forum in the Railyard on Paseo de Peralta. On Nov. 3 Foto Forum celebrated the opening of Black SNAFU by Houston based artist André Ramos-Woodard. Bravo to Sage and André for being the Nov. 3 cover story in Pasatiempo.”
Please Provide Your Feedback on Professional Development Day
As requested by President Rowley in a November 2 email, please take a moment to complete this brief survey regarding the Fall 2023 Professional Development Day held Friday, October 20. The survey takes an estimated 3 minutes to complete. Your feedback will help SFCC to evaluate this event and plan future trainings. Thank you for your time!
Congratulations to October 2023 WOW Award winner Juan Alvarez de Castillo nominated by Aamna Nayyar:
“I have known Juan for more than a decade. He is a nice and very helpful person. In the past he also assisted the dental program with his volunteer services but this last week, he went above and beyond by offering free service by loading and unloading the chairs all by himself. I and the dental student employee were carrying all the chairs ourselves from the dental lab to the fitness area. There were several people we met on our way, but Juan was the only one who offered unconditional help. I and the student employee could not lift the chairs as they were heavy, so we were pushing them all the way. He himself offered help and insisted on helping, he loaded them all in his truck and drove to the fitness center with the dental student employee and helped her with the unloading. On that hot day, he appeared as an angel. Juan is a great example of SFCC’s Value, “We value PEOPLE and demonstrate our commitment through building a community of collaboration and trust, celebrating diversity, and fostering a vibrant system of shared governance.”
Please be sure to nominate who you think is doing a great job here at SFCC. The submission form can be found at the SFCC Connect portal, or by reaching out to Katie Cadena Priebe, Katherine.firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHESS Connection Newsletter – October 2023
If you’re wondering what’s happening with Workday, check out the latest CHESS Connection!
This newsletter contains information on open enrollment, customizing your display language, more on reporting, and job openings with CHESS.
Read an interview with Chef Milton Villarubia about the East Wing Eatery
The Santa Fe Reporter last week ran this feature: 3 Questions with Milton Villarubia about the East Wing Eatery. Please note the story stated he had hoped to open this Tuesday, but it’s not possible at this time. Once everything is good to go, MPR will share messaging. In the meantime, stop by because he is doing some “soft openings” offering free taste tests.
Former Second Street Brewery executive chef Milton Villarrubia III took on the manager position after working in the college’s culinary classes as a lab technician for years.
We’re excited to welcome Milton Villarrubia in his role as the East Wing Eatery manager.
CHESS Workday Learning Implementation
A team from SFCC is participating in a CHESS Workday Learning Implementation. Workday Learning is an Enterprise Learning Management System (LMS) aimed at the employee learning experience. It will be integrated within our existing Workday tenant to provide simplified access. The SFCC team includes HR, IT, Marketing, and OTL employees. The project kicked off on 9/21 and is expected to be completed in March.
Procedures updated for Policy 1-29, Governing Board Self Evaluation
The Governing Board has reviewed and posted with minor edits the Procedures for Policy 1-29, Board Self Evaluation Instrument. College Policies and Procedures are online at SFCC Policies. To learn more, contact Policy Officer Laura J. Mulry, ext. 1776.
Message about Interact Communications sessions
In an email on August 29, President Rowley sent the following message.
Thank you to those of you who were able to participate in the Interact internal communication retreats. Your input is important and appreciated. This is only the beginning of our journey to identify possibilities, overcome challenges, and energize the sense of community we value.
I am committed to thoroughly exploring and following through on the recommendations that you identified in the Interact meetings. With your valuable feedback, I feel confident that we will accomplish a great deal together. I will be collaborating with our Interact consultants (Mary and Diane) to outline a strategy for our next steps of this project. I will also be reaching out to many of you as we prepare next steps.
In case you were unable to attend or want to review, please see below.
Thank you for your participation and engagement during this important project. I look forward to developing goals and outcomes together.
Becky Rowley, Ph.D. President
Duplicating Center open 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. in LL307
Opt-In to get Student Parent Success newsletter
Did you know that more than 1 in 5 college students nationally is a parent and that 42% of student parents are enrolled at community colleges? The Student Parent Success Program, a program of the SFCC Early Childhood Center of Excellence, distributes a monthly student parent newsletter, events, and resources to student parents. Please help us reach more student parents – staff and faculty, use this form to opt-in to our emails so that you receive information on events, resources, and opportunities that you can share with student parents: https://forms.office.com/r/fr3gyHqQBC And student parents, use the form on our webpage to opt-in to our emails directly: www.sfcc.edu/family-resources.
WOW awards – nominate an outstanding coworker today!
The Office of Human Resources recognizes WOW recipients for their dedicated work and commitment to Santa Fe Community College.
Support SFCC artists and community artists and artisans by buying work at one of the upcoming art shows or the SFCC and IAIA craft fairs.
Mark your calendars:
SFCCClay Club Ceramics Sale in the Main entrance hallway
November 29 – 30 (9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) The Clay Sale is an annual event sponsored by The Clay Club. There will be 24 tables of ceramics products created by talented Clay Club members for sale. This is a great opportunity to shop for the holidays and to get beautiful, unique pieces made by local artists. Silent auction of donated ceramic art will benefit the Campus Cupboard.
“Portals,” a Art on Campus pop-up student Sculpture Exhibition and Sale in the Fine Arts Center lobby
Opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30.
Exhibition and sale from Nov. 27 through Dec. 15.
The show features student artwork and includes explorations in steel, clay, plexiglass and mixed media.
SFCC Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair (Main Hallway and Campus Center) and IAIA Holiday Art market (Performing Arts and Fitness Center at 83 Avan Nu Po Road).
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 9 (stop by both a short trip between campuses!)
The SFCC Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair will feature jewelry, metal art, tinwork, holiday ornaments, hand carved birds and angels, beadwork, baskets, leatherwork, quilts, handmade vintage stockings, wreaths, straw applique, photography, greeting cards, scarves, ponchos, wooden bowls, ceramic dishware and mugs, decorated elk & deer skulls/antlers, fiber art, small canvas paintings, aroma products and much more.
IAIA Holiday Art Market will feature the work of Indigenous artists, including traditional incised and carved pottery from Eric Tafoya (Santa Clara Pueblo), traditional and contemporary beadwork by Juniper Anderson (Navajo), bronze and glass works by Adrain Wall (Jemez Pueblo), functional porcelain and stoneware by Margarita Paz Pedro (Laguna Pueblo and Santa Clara Pueblo), wood carvings including Kachinas by Timothy Talawepi (Hopi), contemporary Native jewelry by Cree LaRance (Navajo, Hopi, and Assiniboine) and more.
Richards Ave. now open; ongoing construction on Beckner Road
Yay! The roundabout at Richards Ave. and Dinosaur Trail is now open. Please note: Some construction on Rabbit Road and other parts of Dinosaur Trail continues.
Here’s the official notice from Santa Fe County:
The Santa Fe County Public Works Department is excited to announce an early opening of the newly constructed roundabout at Richards Avenue and Dinosaur Trail. Effective Friday, October 20, 2023, at 3:00pm Richards Ave will be fully operational and open to traffic. This is the second of six roundabouts slated for the Northeast and Southeast Connectors Roads Project.
While we are satisfied to reopen Richards Avenue in advance of schedule, we want to inform our residents that the west connection to Dinosaur Trail will be established at a later date. In the interim, the existing signalized intersection located south of this roundabout will remain in full operation to ensure consistent traffic flow. Moreover, the east connection to Rabbit Road is currently under construction and will be opened at a later date.
On September 11, 2023, the contractor commenced work on this roundabout with the strict timeline to complete and reopen Richards Ave within (60) calendar days. Due to an aggressive schedule and optimum weather, this work was completed in (40) days.
This is a great example of the commitment made by Santa Fe County to the community, to streamline any disruptions to traffic while we complete this important road project. Santa Fe County envisions the Northeast and Southeast Connectors Roads project as the most dynamic transportation conduit of the Community College District, strengthening connectivity and safety in this growing community.
Printmaking student Ruth Omlin has art exhibition continuing until Dec. 31
SFCC Printmaking Student Ruth Omlin’s work will be on display at the Art On Barcelona Gallery at UUSF, 107 W Barcelona, Santa Fe. The exhibition will be on display through December 31. The gallery is open 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Mon.-Fri., and 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Sundays. Learn more at https://www.uusantafe.org/art-on-barcelona.html.
Genuine Foods Coffee Shop open, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; now hiring
The Genuine Foods Coffee Shop is open and is serving breakfast burritos, drinks, coffee, sandwiches, pizza and salads. Currently, the hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Genuine Foods has also been having a soft, unofficial opening of the cafeteria. Stop by and check it out.
Genuine Foods is hiring! Please encourage friends or family to apply here for a cook position. Trish Campbell, Director of Food Services, said the cook position is open. She shared, “Candidates should have some experience because they will have to hit the ground running and have knowledge of prep, cook, equipment and such. They also have to be personable and ready to please as we will be customer-oriented. They need to handle a fast-paced environment and take direction well. Starting pay is $18 per hour. I will also have a couple cashier positions opening soon and more than likely some catering positions, as well.”
To protect college students and employees as well as the public during the NE/SE Connector project, as well as during the decommissioning of the wastewater plant, SFCC was obliged to close off the Spur Trail gates that provide access to Main Campus.
The Spur Trail gates reopened on Friday, August. 25. All users are reminded to stay on the trail. For your own safety, do not walk or ride off the trail. The college will be working to improve signage and wayfinding along the trail. In the meantime, please respect college property and remain on the trail. Thank you.
Create a Free Will using easy online tool
Executive Director of SFCC Foundation Kelly Marquez shared this opportunity to create a Free Will in a recent email:
Valued supporters like you help the Santa Fe Community College Foundation empower our students on their educational journeys toward a successful future. We wouldn’t be able to strengthen this community without you. In gratitude, I’m writing to share news of our exciting new partnership that offers you a resource to complete a vital life task.
Impact: By including a legacy gift in your will, you can sustain the future of Santa Fe Community College and help secure our learning environment for the next generation!
Nearly 67% of American adults do not have an up-to-date estate plan, and it’s a crucial document that helps you care for your loved ones and steward your assets. FreeWill’s online tool guides you through writing your will in about 20 minutes — and it’s completely free to use.
As you write your will, FreeWill makes it simple to plan a legacy gift of any size to the SFCC Foundation. Your legacy gift can plant a seed of support that will grow to empower hardworking young people who are the future of our community!
Thanks for your continued support.
Enhancements to SFCC.edu
In an email on Thursday, June 13 Executive Director of Marketing and Public Relations Todd Lovato shared the following about the public website:
I am writing today to update you on an exciting development on our public website. For more than a year, a team of my MPR teammates have worked on a project to enhance our website offerings for prospective students.
We are pleased to announce that some of these website revisions – which include some updates to program and department pages – are being introduced today. Website updates and adaptations are an ongoing process. I’d like to point out, however, that the focus of these latest revisions was primarily to enhance the experience of prospective students on our site as they navigate the admissions process and explore educational pathways at SFCC. The updates provide enhanced access to career information, registration guidance and support resources. They also address some on-going technical and user navigation issues.
These enhancements have been carefully developed using higher education best practice research, website and search engine optimization (SEO) traffic analytics, consultation with local web developers and writers, as well as ongoing consultation and collaboration with many of our colleagues throughout the campus.
Also, please note that these changes provide MPR with new features and additional ways to collaborate with programs and departments to further improve the website and provide prospective students easier access to information about college programs.
As with any web updates, there is the possibility of small, easily fixable glitches like broken links or re-directs. As we comb for these bugs, I ask for your help by keeping an eye out for anything out of the ordinary. Please contact MPR with these updates using the MPR Job Request Form. This will enable us to quickly address issues. Please continue to review and update your department’s respective webpages for out-of-date or excessive information. Please note, today’s message pertains to the college’s public website, and does not include changes to MySFCC or the SFCC Connect Intranet, which are not under MPR’s purview.
I’d like to thank my MPR team and colleagues across campus for their persistence, collaborative energy, and continued focus on our college’s future students.
We look forward to continuing to work with you in promoting SFCC’s outstanding programs to our community.
SFCC to offer coding and creativity opportunities with support from Apple
SFCC will offer the Santa Fe region new learning opportunities around coding and creativity, with the support of Apple’s Community Education Initiative. Community partners include Santa Fe Public Schools, Santa Fe Indian School, Boys & Girls Club of Santa Fe/Del Norte, and STEM Santa Fe, which will work with the college and Santa Fe Community College Foundation to cultivate digital literacy, digital equity, and coding and creativity experience to Santa Fe’s diverse community.
SFCC President Becky Rowley, Ph.D., said, “Santa Fe Community College is thrilled Apple is supporting our work to offer training in coding and other creative digital skills to young people who have had limited access to such opportunities in the past.”
The initiative will reach youth in a variety of locations primarily in the Santa Fe Public Schools, Santa Fe Indian School, as well as at the Boys & Girls Club based at the Santa Fe Place Mall. STEM Santa Fe will assist with the initiative.
For more information about SFCC’s role in this program, contact Dean of Continuing Education and Contract Training Kris Swedin via email at email@example.com or call 505-428-1253.
Required COVID-19 Reporting
SFCC continues to monitor and follow guidance from public health officials and state and local government on mitigating and addressing exposure to COVID-19. The State of New Mexico and New Mexico Higher Education Department recently announced they will no longer require the reporting of COVID-19 cases amongst student, staff, and faculty who are on campus via the Rapid Response Submission Portal.
Our college continues to take the transmission and threat of infectious diseases seriously and we remain committed to keeping our community as safe as possible. Please note the following:
The college no longer requires reporting of COVID-19 positive cases to SFCC’s Contact Tracing Team.
However, it is very important we continue keep each other safe and follow health and safety best practices. The college continues to follow guidelines from the CDC Quarantine and Isolation Calculator, which details the following:
You should isolate from others when you have COVID-19.
You should also isolate if you are sick and suspect that you have COVID-19 but do not yet have test results.
Ending isolation is detailed on the CDC’s Isolation and Precautions for People with COVID-19 webpage – “Ending Isolation”.
Positive or suspected positive individuals should coordinate closely with supervisors to make appropriate accommodations, as well as reporting for absences using regular sick leave.
If you are out of sick leave and contracted COVID-19, please contact the Office for Human Resources to determine if other options are available to you.
The college custodial staff continues its rigorous cleaning and disinfecting protocols, which includes a campus-wide daily schedule, with emphasis on bathrooms, and higher traffic and enclosed spaces.
Additionally, Facilities and Operations staff have made significant improvements to college ventilation and filtration systems and those systems are up and running.
The College will continue to follow best practices, community levels, and infectious disease developments.
Museum STEP Passes available at Library
With the STEP Pass, you and up to 5 people can use the card for free admission to:
While the college has always supported our students, we now have another technological opportunity to provide an empowering, safe, and nondiscriminatory educational and work environment. Beginning on Monday February 6, students will be able update their preferred name in Self Service Banner (SSB9).
The student’s legal name will be on your class roster and their preferred name, if applicable, will appear in parenthesis. For example, Gonzales, Bernadette (Charmaine). For legal purposes, the student’s legal name will still appear on all formal documents such as Financial Aid information, 1098-T’s and transcripts.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
If you cannot visit during the current open hours listed or are not comfortable with in-person shopping, check out Bookings for more options. To access Bookings, log in to MySFCC, look under Schedule an Appointment, and click on the pink button labeled Campus Cupboard (Online). You can access the reservation and delivery option 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Students, staff, and faculty are all welcome to visit the Campus Cupboard weekly for free groceries and other household items that may be available. Personal hygiene (menstrual) products are available from Free Flow NM. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 505-428-1775 for more information.