Campus Weekly

Have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving break

In this season of giving thanks, SFCC wants to express gratitude to our entire campus community. Faculty, staff and students: You’ve all continued to work hard during challenging times!

The college, Kid’s Campus and the Santa Fe Higher Education Center will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 25 through Sunday, Nov. 29 for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. There will be no classes or services available during that time. Read more.

We thought you would enjoy SFCC’s Celebration Committee’s presentation from the Gratitude Gathering last week. We express gratitude to Lucia Lucero for sharing the presentation, as well as those who contributed quotes. See it here.

The slide above was part of the Gratitude Gathering presentation.

The CDC offers these tips for a safe Thanksgiving.


News and Announcements

Station of Abraham presentation available on YouTube

Dr. Aamna Nayyar wants to thank the SFCC Library for hosting the virtual speakers series. On Oct 14, 2020 the topic was “Station of Abaraham – Travel to Saudia Arabia.” Here is the recording for those who could not attend:

For questions about this presentation, please contact,
For questions about the SFCC library, please contact,


The Chill Room is back!

“The Chill Room” is back and filled with a variety of resources to support your wellbeing. We have added some tips for the holidays. You can self-enroll through MySFCC in the Resources area or follow this link:
Your SFCC Counseling Services is here to help. For more information or to set up an appointment please contact us at


SFCC Visual Arts Gallery virtual exhibit, SFCC's Hidden Talents, Dec. 4 through Jan. 31

SFCC’s Visual Arts Gallery will present a virtual online exhibition, “SFCC’s Hidden Talents,” featuring the work of five SFCC faculty members who do not teach art. The exhibition will run online from Dec. 4 through Jan. 31.

Assistant Professor of English, Creative Writing, and Humanities and interim chair of Advising and Communication Emily Stern will show her mixed media work, Nursing instructor Lucas Gonzales will exhibit his watercolors and three Welding instructors Jake Lovato, Clayton Peshlakai and Estevan Ortega will share their welded sculptures.

The SFCC Campus and the college’s Visual Arts Gallery are closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. “It’s exciting to show this work by SFCC’s talented faculty, who don’t teach in our art department. The work is exciting and as diverse as they are,” said Linda Cassel, Director of SFCC’s Art on Campus. “We appreciate having the opportunity to offer the virtual exhibition. We want to keep the community engaged with Santa Fe Community College during this time.”

See details about images in press release.


President Rowley's message about Governor's Nov. 13 Public Health Order & SFCC

In an email to students, faculty, and staff Saturday, SFCC President Becky Rowley announced that during the shelter in place order, only Allied Health and occupational programs with licensure requirements would be allowed on campus during the next two weeks. The President offered support and encouragement to the SFCC community in this fight to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Read the full message here.


Thank people for Kindness this month with Kindness Card

For World Kindness Day, Counseling Services is providing you with a Kindness Card to share with someone and thank them for their acts of kindness throughout the month of November.

“World Kindness Day is a global day that promotes the importance of being kind to each other, to yourself, and to the world. This day, celebrated on November 13 of each year, has the purpose is to help everyone understand that compassion for others is what binds us all together.”

Contact for more information.


Fitness Education Newsletter

A new School of Fitness Education Newsletter is available here:

This issue has a great anti-aging workout for seniors, an article on strengthening your core through running, information on how dips (not ranch or veggie, but full-body dips) work your muscles!


Artist and storyteller Pi Luna's talk now available online

Last week, the Library sponsored the event, “Diversity and Inclusion: Putting the pieces together, with artist and storyteller Pi Luna.” During her presentation, Luna explained 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. The presentation is available here.


Thank you for supporting libraries and higher education

SFCC appreciates the support on the passage of Bond B (for libraries) and Bond C (for higher education). Both bonds were passed in the recent election.

Funds from Bond B will support SFCC’s library and other libraries around the state.
As a result of the passage of Bond B: $36,848 Bond B funds will help the SFCC Library help students succeed by paying for almost all of SFCC’s EBSCO research databases, will support the costs of the library’s book purchases and electronic resources.

The passage of Bond C will provide $2 million to SFCC for safer, more improved learning environments at SFCC with asset protection, including fire suppression systems, stucco, and fencing.

Throughout the state, passage of Bond C will support the educational institutions we have already invested in, giving them the resources they need to provide a safe, quality education with updated technology. Your voted in support of Go Bond C is an investment New Mexico’s future!

Thank you for your support!

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.

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.

President Rowley participated in STEMM regional conference

On Nov. 10 President Becky Rowley, Ph.D., participated in The National Academies of Sciences Engineering and Medicine’s virtual workshop series, “Meeting Regional STEMM Workforce needs in the Wake of Covid-19: A Virtual Workshop Series.” The program welcome and overview, as well as the summary were presented by Chair Jeff Bingaman, former United States Senator of New Mexico.

President Rowley was part of the panel, “Key services that support equitable access to workforce training.” The panelists were asked to “discuss higher education and social service strategies to connect displaced workers with training opportunities to meet local STEMM employment needs.”


SFCC in the news

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

10/15/20, KSWV, 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 Bond B and Bond C. will benefit education and libraries within the Santa Fe community. Hear the podcast here.

10/16/20, Albuquerque Journal, “Bonds B, C support colleges and libraries with no tax hike” and Santa Fe New Mexican, Oct. 18, “Support bonds that support higher education.”

10/07/20, KTRC, 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.

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

Student Spotlight

Grand Canyon University welcomes SFCC students

Grand Canyon University invites SFCC students to explore their transfer options:

They have provided this flyer for SFCC Students:

For more information contact:
Christi Balzarini


Meet UNM Law!

Meet UNM Law!

Please join staff, faculty, and students for an informative virtual presentation on all that the University of New Mexico School of Law has to offer. There will be short presentations, followed by ample time for Q & A.

Date: Thursday, December 3, 2020
Time: 11:00 am


Support your SFCC Bookstore: Spring 21 textbooks on sale January 4

COVID-19 got messy. Getting ready for classes shouldn’t be.

Shop online at SFCC Bookstore & get all the supplies you need to stay organized this school year.

Textbook purchase begins January 4th.
Go to and support your local bookstore.


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.

Sponsored by SFCC English and Creative Writing, SFCC Media Arts, and SFCC Foundation.


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, 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.

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

And the October WOW Awards go to... Ted Polkinghorn and Janelle Moya

The WOW recipients for the month of October are Janelle Moya and Ted Polkinghorn.

Ted Polkinghorn provides great customer service and goes out of his way to make sure your needs are met.

Janelle Moya has really shown Leadership for the COVID Task Force.


Reminders on how to slow the spread of the virus

Human Resource Director Luis Olivas shared this message on Nov. 20:
With COVID-19 cases increasing to the highest levels we have seen since the start of the pandemic, I just want to remind everyone of a few important pieces of information.

• Public health orders require that everyone wear a mask at all times outside of your home.

Social distance in public and avoid gatherings with people outside your household.

• 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. A new testing site at 2501 Camino Entrada at Fire Station #7 is open 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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

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

President Rowley's messaging about ERP

SFCC has joined forces with several other institutions to better support and serve our students and employees. Clovis Community College, CNM, Northern New Mexico College, SFCC (and eventually San Juan College) have come together to develop a shared system of student, human resources, and financial services. Our collective vision is to reimagine and to transform the student experience through this project.

This highly complex initiative is called Shared Services Enterprise Resource Planning (often referred to as ERP). This project has been in the works for many months and requires enormous input and collaboration on multiple levels. Interim Chief Information Officer Cori Bergen is the point person for SFCC, and her team and other staff members have been working intensely to identify all the ways we can improve our institutional systems. I want to thank everyone who has already contributed to this bold project. Your contributions will advance our practices so that our students find it easier to manage and reach their educational objectives. New Mexico Independent Community Colleges is coordinating the efforts across participating colleges with Laura Mulry serving as NMICC’s Communications Officer.

Please read more for important directives regarding this process.


Holiday Timesheet deadline Nov. 24

Because of the Thanksgiving holiday closure, timesheets are due by Tuesday, November 24 for the period ending Sunday, November 29.

Participate in Staff and Faculty Reading, Dec. 3

The Staff and Faculty Reading will be from 5 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 3.

Interested in reading your writing aloud? All faculty and staff, including those who have retired from SFCC, are welcome and encouraged to participate! Email to add your name to the list. Readers are asked to adhere to a five-minute time

To attend the virtual event, please register at

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.

Just in Passing: Faculty & Staff Lunchtime Conversation Dec. 3

Just in Passing conversation
Noon, Thursday, December 3
Join on Zoom:

Join us for a casual lunchtime conversation – a way to keep connected to SFCC while we are working at home (or isolated on campus).

  • Share something unexpected you have seen or experienced on Zoom
  • Share a holiday plan or tradition you hope to continue this year

Noon, Thursday, December 3
Join on Zoom:

Questions Email


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. She worked at SFCC from 2002-2013.

Read more about her amazing life and academic contributions here.


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.


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


Let Campus Weekly share your news

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SFCC recognizes Native American month

While we’ve not been able to safely gather for activities such as we have in the past, SFCC celebrates our Indigenous faculty, students and staff during Native American Heritage Month. Please visit that government site for a variety of resources.

There are more than 570 federally-recognized tribes across the United States. New Mexico is home to 23 of the tribes, 19 Pueblo tribes, three Apache tribes and the Diné.

Here’s a look at last year’s activities. Last year SFCC Indigenous People’s Club also presented the Red Sands and Red Dresses project. Read more about that from this story in the Santa Fe Reporter.

Also, while we’re observing our stay-at-home orders, here are some other virtual resources available during this time:
New Mexico Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

File photo: In February, prior to the campus shutdown, SFCC’s Indigenous Peoples Club visited the legislature.