Campus Weekly

Battle Under the Hood: A successful collaboration

SFCC had its first ever Battle Under the Hood competition at Capital High School on Oct. 18. This event gave Capital High School students a small taste of what to expect in the automotive program.

This event was made possible with the help of:

SFCC Automotive Technologies
SFCC Office of Recruitment & Dual Credit
College & Career Plaza
• Capitol Ford (provided two vehicles for students to work on)
• Honda Subaru of Santa Fe (provided two vehicles for students to work on)

Check out Capital High’s Facebook page.
See more photos of the event.

News and Announcements

SFCC receives $3 million Title V grant for Hispanic Serving Institutions

SFCC is one of 43 institutions across the country to receive a $3 million five-year, U.S. Department of Education Title V Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program (DHSI) grant.

SFCC’s Title V DHSI Project, Minority Academic Pathways to Success (MAPS), seeks to build systemic institutional capacity to implement the Guided Pathways model – a transformational approach that removes barriers Hispanic and low-income students face in achieving post-secondary success.

U.S. Department of Education, Title V, Part A of the Higher Education Act, is providing $3 million (93 percent of project funds) to support this five-year project. The SFCC Foundation is raising an additional $225,000 (7 percent of project funds) of dollar-for-dollar match that establishes an endowment fund for minority and low-income student scholarships.

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich said, “Santa Fe Community College serves a tremendous role in northern New Mexico and beyond by educating our students and training our workforce. I’m pleased this grant will help advance SFCC’s transformative approach to supporting Hispanic and low-income students achieve post-secondary success and develop the next generation of leaders in our state. I remain committed to doing all I can to put higher education within reach for every student in New Mexico, and ensure that educators have the resources, training and support they need for students to succeed.”

Read more in the story, “SFCC receives $3 million grant” from the Los Alamos Daily Post.

Photo: U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich at SFCC.

SFCC's FAFSA Rodeo a success!

So many thanks to our partners and Financial Aid experts who volunteered to support students at the SFCC FAFSA Rodeo at the Santa Fe HEC. Thanks to Dion’s and Coca Cola for their support, as well as all of the partners: Santa Fe Community College (NM), NMHU School of Social Work, Northern New Mexico College, The University of New Mexico – UNM, St. John’s College, NM FAFSA- Fund Your Future!
Check out these great images from Santa Fe HEC’s Facebook page.

Photo: Director of Outreach and Recruitment Marcos Maez and Student Admissions Counselor Daniela Gurule.

SFCC's Native American Heritage Month begins with opening ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday in Campus Center

The Indigenous Peoples Club is organizing a series of special events to celebrate the national Native American Heritage Month. Join President Becky Rowley, Ph.D., for the opening ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 4 in the Campus Center.

Currently scheduled Native American Heritage Month activities:

  • Nov. 4 11 a.m. Opening Ceremony, Campus Center: President Becky Rowley, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Student Success Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos, Data Technician Marvin Gabaldon and SFCC student Jeslyn Rosetta will speak.
  • Nov. 5
  • Nov. 7 and Nov. 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Art show, main hallway
  • Nov. 11 to 15 Rock your mocs week
  • Nov. 19
    • 10 a.m. A.J. Goldman Presentation, Campus Center
    • 11:30 a.m. Short Films Screening, Room 216 Lecture Hall. Screening by IAIA – James Lujan, Department Chair of Cinematic Arts & Technology at the Institute of American Indian Arts.
    • 1:30 p.m. Red Dress/Red Sand Project – Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women , Courtyard
      Red dresses on display beginning Nov. 4. Each represents a missing or murdered Indigenous woman.

Vote Tuesday!

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5.

If you missed the League of Women Voter’s Candidate Forum for SFCC’s governing board watch the video.

In Position 3, Ruth Howes and Jody Pugh are the candidates.

In Position 5, David Dannenberg, Miguel Acosta and Pier Quintana are the candidates.

Here’s a link to the League of Women Voters guide. SFCC’s board candidates are featured on Page 3 and 4.

Employees: See Policy 4-35 Leave Policy under Leave with Pay. 4. Voting Leave.

Blood Drive Wednesday, November 6

Blood Drive sponsored by vitalant on Wednesday, November 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Jemez Rooms.

Learn more about blood basics and the national blood supply at

For information call 877-258-4825.

Fall Readings in the Library, Nov. 7, 11, 20 and 21

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

Schedule of SFCC Fall Readings in the Library:

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

SFCC Native American Heritage Month Art Show November 7 and 8

The Indigenous Peoples Club is celebrating Native American Heritage month in November. Come check out the Art Show Thursday and Friday, November 7 and 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Main Hallway.

For more information or to reserve a table ($20 per table per day), contact Marvin Gabaldon, 428-1835
or Brooke Gondara, 428-1941.

Halloween was a howling succcess!

Thanks to the Office of Student Development for a fun and safe Halloween event. Also, thanks to the students, faculty and staff who worked so hard to make this a thrilling event!

The excitement began with Kids Campus who brought over all the superheroes. The kids had fun dancing to the Monster Mash and other fun Halloween songs. Wonder Woman (aka Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos) welcomed all the youngsters and asked how many want to be superheroes that go to college. Check out some of the fun photos from Facebook.

Thanks again to OSD:
Ernest Kavanaugh, Director
Mary Eleas, Student Involvement Coordinator
Patricia Parks, Administrative Assistant
Jennie Valdez, ENLACE
Erica Abeyta, Prevention & Wellness

See other photos from Halloween.

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

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

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

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

SOS Earth Docent Team

2019 SFCC Arts and Crafts Fair: Call for Vendors

This year’s SFCC Arts and Crafts Fair will be held Saturday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendor space is still available. For more information, contact Fran Nawrocki, or call 428-1675.

Governing Board Approves Policy 2-12 Student Records

The SFCC Governing Board has approved Policy 2-12 Student Records and the Procedures have been updated. Please click on the links to learn more:

College policies are online 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

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
  • Wednesda Jan. 22, 5:30 p.m., SFCC Room 711
  • Saturday Feb. 1, 10 a.m., Travel Bug, 839 Paseo de Peralta

Veterans & Family Appreciation Day

Veterans & Family Appreciation Day
Thursday November 14, 2019
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Main Hallway & Jemez Rooms

SFCC’s Veterans and Family Appreciation Day is an event to show appreciation for military veterans and their families. It is a resource and job fair, all are welcome.

For more information email or call 505-428-1314.

No buses coming to SFCC on Veteran's Day

The Santa Fe Trails Buses will be on a Sunday service schedule on Monday, November 11, 2019. The route to the college will NOT be running that day. Also, the Railrunner will be operating on limited Sunday schedule. Make car pool or other arrangements to get to the college on Veteran’s Day.


Updated MySFCC portal coming to your computer November 22

Check out the upgrades to MySFCC portal

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

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

POM office relocation

Plant and Operations Management offices will be moving to a new location during our P&OM Renovation and construction. POM will be located in office suite LL305 from December 1, 2019 to April 30, 2020.


The following story and opinion column focused on the upcoming SFCC governing board election:

Albuquerque Journal, 11/03/2019, “Five running for two SFCC seats.”

Santa Fe New Mexican, 11/03/2019, editorial “Show up and be counted on Tuesday.”

Student Spotlight

NASA Virtual Career Fair - register Monday, Nov. 4

Are you interested in working at NASA?  NASA offers internship opportunities and careers in technical and non-technical occupations such as engineering, communications, information technology and more. 

Please join us for the NASA Virtual Career Fair on November 6th by pre-registering to attend by Monday, November 4th by clicking on the following link:  Once registered, you can view the virtual live event on Wednesday, November 6th from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm, EST,  (1 p.m. in Santa Fe) at

Recruitment Visits this week: Northern New Mexico College and UNM

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

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

This week’s visiting schools:

Northern New Mexico College
Monday, November 4
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

University of New Mexico
Tuesday, November 5
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Institute of American Indian Arts
Wednesday, November 6
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

SGA Meeting Friday, November 8 at noon

The Santa Fe Community College Student Government Association (SGA) welcomes all students to its regular meetings. SGA is a shared governance group that is elected by the student body to represent the interests and concerns of the student body to Administration, Faculty and Staff. All students are encouraged to let their voices be heard and to be ACTIVE!

The Student Government Association meets on the second Wednesday of the month from noon to 1 p.m. An agenda will be available 72 hours before the Regular meeting on the SGA bulletin board out in the Campus Center.

Fall 2019 Regular SGA Upcoming Meeting Schedule:

  • Noon-1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, 2019 (SGA Thanksgiving), Board Room, Room 223

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact or (505) 428-1856

Participate in SFCC’s Student Satisfaction Survey

Students, please check your SFCC email to participate in this important survey, which the colleges use to make important improvements to the college. Click on the email titled “Your Opinion Matters!” and complete the survey. We know you care about SFCC and we are grateful for your input.

LANL Foundation Career Pathways Scholarship (Deadline Nov. 17)

LANLFoundation is accepting applications for
2019 Career Pathways Scholarships

Career Pathways scholarships provide $1,500 awards for two-year degrees, certifications and trades. Current high school seniors and anyone who has earned a high school diploma or GED/High School Equivalency (HSE) may apply for these funds. These scholarships may be renewed for a second year and a total of $3,000 without the need to reapply, as long as certain criteria are met.

Career Pathways scholarships are offered twice yearly. November 17 is the deadline for the fall awards. Recipients will be announced in December, with funds available in January, 2020. Applications for the spring cycle will be accepted beginning in March.

Detailed criteria and online applications are available at

Also, are you a student or know a student who needs assistance filling out the application? Wyetta Bradley, who is serving as a LANL Foundation student ambassador is available Tuesday, Thursday and Friday on an appointment basis. Sign up in the TRiO office (in room LL313) or email Wyetta.

Students who are completing an Associate’s degree and will be enrolling in a 4-year degree program starting Fall 2020, the LANL Foundation also offers 4-year scholarships and SFCC students would be eligible to apply as undergraduates. The deadline is January 21, 2020 for next Fall.


Employee Announcements

Dr. Amedeo Marquez announces new publication

Dr. Amedeo Marquez is proud to announce her newest publication. Chapter 11, “Towards a More Social Social Psychology”, a contribution to A Critical Introduction to Psychology, Robert K. Beshara, Ed. Nova Science Publishers, NY, NY 2019.

This publication is a scholarly effort to analyze chapters from popular Introduction to Psychology textbooks, in an effort to critique mainstream psychology and include transdisciplinary and inclusive research from outside the United States.

Dr. Amedeo Marquez’ chapter is a tribute to her professor, Dr. Tomas Atencio, one of the first sociologists from New Mexico (Dixon), to earn his doctorate from UNM.

Aquaponics workshop CE classes Nov. 9 and 10

Richard C. (Charlie) Shultz and Pedro Cordero Casas presented a workshop on Nov. 2 in Albuquerque. Read more about the event and collaboration with NMSU.

Also, if you’re interested in exploring Hydroponics and Aquaponics, but don’t have time for a semester-long class consider two upcoming workshops on Nov. 9 and Nov. 10 offered through Continuing Education. Register for both classes and save. Call 428-1675 to register.

David Jones attends Alexander Girard symposium

Both SFCC students Jesus Gallegos and Media Arts Tech David Jones were awarded scholarships to attend the Museum of International Folk Arts Girard: Culture x Design symposium on the art and legacy of Alexander Girard, considered one of the most important designers of the 20th century. It was through instructor Arlyn Nathan’s efforts that SFCC representatives were chosen for this honor. (Due to illness, Jesus Gallegos was unable to attend, but was honored to receive the scholarship.)

Read more about the MOIFA exhibition Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe, which closed Oct. 27.

The Girards donated the entire folk art collection of 100,000 objects and he designed the MOIFA building where they are housed. He and his wife lived the last 40 years of his life in Santa Fe and he designed the restaurant, The Compound.

Check out more information and photos from David Jones of the symposium.

SFCC Faculty and Staff Holiday Reading

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

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

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


Open Enrollment through November 15

Open Enrollment will be conducted October 1 to November 15, 2019 and allows regular employees working at least 30 hours per week the opportunity to add medical, dental and vision and/or add eligible dependents to insurance coverage. Changes that are made to coverages during the open switch enrollment time period will go into effect January 1, 2020.

Adjunct and temporary employees working the equivalent of at least 30 hours per week can make changes to medical coverage only.

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Dr. Aamna Nayyar: Making a Difference for Students

Santa Fe Community College professor Dr. Aamna Nayyar was recognized for her focus on student learning at the 11th annual QM Connect conference last week.

Quality Matters (QM), the global organization leading quality assurance in online and innovative digital teaching and learning environments, held its 11th annual QM Connect conference in Grapevine, Texas , October 27 – 30, 2019.

This year’s theme, “Committing to Excellence for Learners” — explores using the QM quality assurance system to achieve and maintain quality learning outcomes. The agenda for attendees is to connect with ideas, people and resources. These ideas will provide a path forward to create high-quality, technology-enhanced learning.

Photos taken by Ross Skeegan

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