Campus Weekly

Meet Carlos Lira of East Wing Eatery

Carlos Lira, 20, is the friendly face that you’ll see most days at the East Wing Eatery.  Lira is studying to earn his associate degree in business administration.

Lira has spent about four years working in coffee shops.  “My interest has turned into a hobby, almost an obsession,” Lira said.  He loves the intricacies of making coffee drinks for customers. He also will talk to customers to suggest coffee drinks that he thinks would suit their tastes.

“I used to be incredibly shy, but now I enjoy talking with customers,” Lira said.  He speaks readily with his customers in English or Spanish depending on their preference.  “I used to be reluctant to speak in Spanish, but now I like that I can relate well to Spanish-speaking customers,” he said. He has several regulars who stop by the East Wing Eatery.

Read the full story here

News and Announcements

Native American Heritage Month activities conclude with Red Sand Project

Thanks to the Indigenous Peoples Club and Marvin Gabaldon for a great month of activities raising awareness of Native American Heritage.

On Tuesday, November 19, the Red Sand Project Sidewalk Installation was created in the courtyard.

Read Katherine Lewin’s article about SFCC’s participation in the Red Sand Project Red Sand and Red Dresses in the Santa Fe Reporter.

See photos of the Red Sand Installation and other Native American Heritage Month activities here.

New Kids Campus Website Launches

The Kids Campus introduced its colorful new website on Nov. 20. The new mobile-responsive site features an online calendar, blog and an electronic application form. The Kids Campus offers five-star early childhood education to more than 130 children ranging from infant to pre-k. Discounts are available to SFCC students and staff.

Thanks to SFCC’s digital strategist Hayley Horowitz, Mindshare Labs, as well as Kids Campus staff Ashly Sandoval, “Amelia” Gonzales and Michelle Rosen.

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!

Upgraded MySFCC portal: demos Nov. 25 and 26

Upgrades to MySFCC portal launched on November 22!

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

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.

Therapy Dogs in the Library! Dec. 4 and 5

SFCC Library is hosting sweet and friendly therapy dogs during Finals Week to provide relaxation and stress relief to students, faculty, and staff.

Library’s Instruction Room (Room 545)
Wednesday, December 4 and Thursday, December 5
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Come cuddle a canine!

Art and Design Faculty and Staff Exhibition- Opening and Reception Dec. 5

Santa Fe Community College’s Visual Arts Gallery presents an exhibition by faculty and staff members of SFCC’s School of Arts, Design and Media Arts at Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Ave.

The exhibition opens from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5 and closes Thursday, Jan. 30. About 50 individuals’ work will be featured in the exhibition.

Photo: Cosmic Landscape Series #13, 20″ x 20″, Jennifer Lynch


Art Student Studio Tour Dec. 5

Art Student Studio Tour
December 5, 2019
4 to 6 p.m.

During the opening reception of the SFCC Art and Design Faculty and Staff Exhibition, 20 student studios will be open. This is an excellent opportunity for the public to see the art offerings at the college, as well as to speak to the student artists.

In addition to the open student studios, there will be also students’ work featured in the foyer of the Fine Arts and Design Building.

Photo: Joan Zalenski student studio


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

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!


The following stories mentioned or focused on SFCC:

Santa Fe Reporter, 11/20/2019, Red Sand and Red Dresses. The story is about the Indigenous Peoples Club and bringing awareness to missing and murdered indigenous women.

Student Spotlight

SGA trip to national conference in Los Angeles

SFCC’s Student Government Association attended the ASGA Conference in Los Angeles, California on November 15th-17th where they networked with other Student Governments from around the country.

The SGA members attended over 20 different workshops where they learned about best practices on how to become more efficient and effect with our students at SFCC. The SGA Executive Team learned a lot and are excited to start implementing more best practices with SFCC’s Student Government.

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:

New Business Hiring Event Dec. 9


Monday, December 9
1 to 4 p.m.
Campus Center

Spectrum Retirement Communities is opening a new independent retirement community called Las Soleras Senior Living, across the street from Presbyterian Hospital, southside Santa Fe.

Full and part-time openings for their restaurant, 24-hour concierge, events and programming, housekeeping, and maintenance. Apply online at and/or bring your resume, ready to interview. Open to the community. Current students and graduates encouraged to apply.

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.


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

Employee Announcements

The Big Book of Blues Guitar: The History, The Greats―And How to Play by Andrew Lovato

Andrew Lovato has a new book coming out, scheduled for release on December 1, 2019.

About the book, from Amazon website:

The book covers the history of the guitar and of the blues, including a personal appreciation of the great musicians who have shaped the genre and created such an awe-inspiring legacy. Lovato’s system of blues guitar instruction, built on his lifetime of teaching, can bring musicians of any level to a rewarding and creative lifelong relationship with the guitar as well as immersion in its blissful union with the blues.


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:

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PILAS Fall 2019

PILAS (Programa de Internos, Los Alamos) held its Fall 2019 Celebration last week. The program celebrated another successful semester, which had 23 students in internships across 9 academic areas with eighteen Employer-Mentors. By the end of the Spring 2020 semester, a total of 110 SFCC student interns will have participated in the PILAS paid internship program.

PILAS academic areas this semester included Greenhouse & Water, Arts and Design, Business Administration, Media Arts, Film, Legal, Engineering, and ISCS (Information Systems and Computer Science). PILAS reports that an anticipated 39% of fall interns will be offered employment.

PILAS Fall 2019 was funded by the Regional Development Corporation, a private non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to improving economic development in New Mexico.