Campus Weekly

Covid-19 Vaccine Requirement for Spring 2022

In an email announcement on November 1, President Rowley notified the campus community that SFCC will begin requiring Covid-19 vaccines for all students, faculty, and staff who attend classes or work on campus.

View the complete SFCC vaccine requirement. Here are the key details:

  • By November 30, 2021: All faculty and staff who work on campus or need to be at any College facility are required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, have received at least one dose of an approved vaccine, or have obtained a vaccine exemption. All faculty and staff are required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or have an approved exemption by Convocation on January 6, 2022.
  • By January 18, 2022: All students who attend classes in person, or come to Main Campus, the Santa Fe Higher Education Center, or College-operated facilities, are required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, have received at least one dose of an approved vaccine, or have obtained a vaccine exemption.

Students, faculty, and staff can upload their proof of vaccination using the SFCC Health Screener App. Review the instructions at to learn how to upload proof of vaccination.

Exemption application forms and corresponding instructions can be downloaded on the vaccine requirement page.

Additional details and a set of Frequently Asked Questions are also available on the vaccine requirement page.

The college will maintain its current on-campus health requirements: All SFCC employees, students, and visitors are required to wear a mask while on campus and to continue practicing social distancing.

News and Announcements

Krystal Patton of VRC to participate in Veterans Day Events

Krystal Patton, Interim Director of the Veterans Resource Center, reports The U.S. Navy is “sailing” into Santa Fe for Navy Week, featuring live demonstrations, performances, and engagements, November 8-14, 2021. Navy Week is the service’s signature outreach program, designed to give the citizens of Santa Fe the opportunity to learn about the Navy, its people and its importance to national security and prosperity. Navy Weeks are coordinated by the Navy Office of Community Outreach (NAVCO).

The Navy is highlighting “Sailors of Santa Fe,” citizens within the community who have served in the Navy. “With prior Navy service the organization has asked me to lead The Pledge of Allegiance at the Veterans Day ceremony,” Patton said.

  • 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at Bataan Building
  • 2 p.m. Nov. 11 concert on the Plaza

Veterans Day at SFCC, flags on campus and video

At SFCC, the VRC and Office of Student Development will be placing flags along the westside of campus as was done last year. Those driving by on Richards will be able to see the flags and we will have these up the week of November 8-12. These flags represent our current student veterans and honor the veterans of the dependents who are attending SFCC this semester. Our faculty and staff who have served, as well as their family members will also be honored. Each flag will also have a name tag honoring a specific veteran. Send the names and branch of service to Mary Eleas at

SFCC will post a Veterans Day salute video on YouTube on Nov. 11.

Photo: File photo featuring veterans scholarship recipients. In the center is Krystal Patton, who graduated from SFCC, and is now the Interim Director of the Veteran’s Resource Center.

SFCC welcomes CNM colleagues November 11

This Thursday, Nov. 11, SFCC welcomes 15 colleagues from Central New Mexico Community College. They are participants in CNM’s Executive Leadership Year. ELY, as it’s known, brings together emerging leaders throughout the college in a year-long exploration of leadership. The group will visit Main Campus to learn more about SFCC and for us to learn more about CNM so that we can build relationships and learn from each other.

After a tour of campus led by Director of Student Recruitment & Outreach Marcos Maez, they will attend a luncheon. President Rowley will provide the plenary, and share her leadership journey in higher education. Following lunch, faculty and staff from both colleges with meet with their counterparts for peer-to-peer discussions. This event is separate from, but will nourish, our strong partnership with CNM through the CHESS ERP project. If you see our CNM colleagues while they are here, be sure to say hello.

First-gen and Proud! SFCC celebrates First-generation College Day 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 8

In recognition of First-Generation College Day, please join TRIO and the Office of Student Engagement in celebration and support of our first-generation students, staff, and faculty.

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, November 8
Campus Center near the Welcome and Advising Center

All are invited to recognize, celebrate and support first-generation students, staff, and faculty! Stop by for a treat, decorate a sign, share your story and some encouraging words, and have your picture taken for a future display honoring the accomplishments of our first-gen students.

Celebrate students who have overcome barriers to become the first in their families to attend college!

November is National Native American Heritage Month

November is a national month of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S. Find resources to learn, appreciate and celebrate National Native American Heritage Month at


OIT Maintenance 7 a.m. to noon Nov. 14

OIT will be performing system maintenance 7 a.m. to noon Sunday, November 14, 2021. All systems will be affected by intermittent outages.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the OIT Service Desk at (505) 428-1222

World Aids Day Events Dec. 1 & 2

SFCC will offer two events that are open to the public via Zoom in recognition of World AIDS Day.

6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1
The first event is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 when several contributors to Between Certain Death and a Possible Future: Queer Writing on Growing Up with the AIDS Crisis read from the newly released book, followed by a Q&A with the book’s editor and contributing authors.

12:15 to 3:30 p.m. Dec.2
The second event will happen from 12:15 to 3:30 p.m. Dec.2 when there will be the showing of the film: United in Anger: A History of Act Up (2012) followed by Q & A with queer author and scholar Sarah Schulman.

Participants need to pre-register for either event at


Deyanira "Deya" Contreras becomes Director of Kids Campus

Santa Fe Community College announces Deyanira “Deya” Contreras was selected as Director of Kids Campus. Contreras, an experienced bilingual early childhood educator and administrator, began her role as director on October 25.

Contreras brings 15 years of experience in the early childhood field – eight years as an infant, toddler, early pre-K and pre-K bilingual teacher and seven years of administrative experience as a director and assistant director. She also has worked as a faculty member since 2018 in the SFCC Teacher Education program. Contreras has a bachelor’s degree in early childhood multicultural education from New Mexico Highlands University and a master’s degree in early childhood education from Grand Canyon University.


New Poetry Posts on Campus

New poetry posts by Kathryne Lim on campus.

In an October 27 blog post, Miriam Sagan previewed one of the poetry posts on campus which have recently been updated.

Magdalena, NM

Your land is a tapestry of ribbon
and rattlesnakes, sky stitched
above it like an untouched stream.
Mornings, I collect eggs from your basin,
my fingers powdery and warm all day.
It’s impossible not to see the shape of a woman
in a mountain range, here a mound of breast,
there an aching for rivers long dead.

Take a walk today and checkout the poetry posts on the SFCC Campus. Use this map to find them.


In Memoriam: John Paul LeDoux, Ph.D.

SFCC extends heartfelt condolences to the family, colleagues and students of Professor John LeDoux, Ph.D., a beloved instructor of Spanish, who passed away on October 19. He retired in 2019 after teaching for almost 20 years at the college.

Please read about his extraordinary life:

Also, see this great story from Santa Fe New Mexican’s education writer Jessica Pollard, “LeDoux shared New Mexican Spanish knowledge,” published on October 31.

SFCC Foundation scholarship set up

SFCC foundation

SFCC Foundation has set up a Presidential Title V scholarship that will serve Hispanics and low income students through Title V in his memory. Every dollar donated will automatically be matched. Visit to learn more and to donate.

Images: Portrait, SFCC 2005 file photo. Retirement photo at 2019 Awards ceremony. John Paul LeDoux, Ph.D., is seated in the front row.

First Massage Therapy grads celebrate program completion

Congratulations to the graduates of the SFCC Massage Therapy Program. They have completed the education requirements to sit for the National Exam and apply for a New Mexico Massage Therapy License, after which they become professional LMTs! Our graduates received both a Certificate and Associate Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Massage Therapy.

The students gathered for a photo in front of the Ethyl the Whale (sculpture) on their last day to celebrate their amazing accomplishment of not only being the first cohort to complete the massage therapy program, but also during a pandemic! The five graduates completed the program, have scheduled their National Exam for next month and after they have passed the exam then will be able to work as professionals in the field of massage therapy.

SFCC is now accepting applications for the Massage Therapy program for the Spring 2022 semester! Please visit Massage Therapy’s program page for more information.

Julianna Santillanes is the lead instructor and contact for questions regarding the program. The Program Director Ute Jannsen-Kerr and Julianna Santillanes first met to design the program in August 2019, started the first cohort in August 2020, and are happy to have graduated the first cohort in October 2021, as well as welcome new students!

Photo: Left to right, Adan Mendez (student); Anne Blog (student); Aurora Downs (student); Sara Saneva (student); Marjorie Campbell (student); Julianna Santillanes (lead faculty); Emily Graves (faculty).

Notification about the Annual Security Report

As required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), SFCC is providing you with the comprehensive Annual Security Report (ASR) that contains information related to law enforcement authority and practices of campus police and security forces, incident reporting procedures for students and employees, and policies that have been used in preparing this report. In addition, information about how the campus community is notified regarding immediate threats, emergency response and evaluation procedures, campus crime statistics is included, as well as information about campus and community resources available to the campus community and important safety tips. The report may be accessed online by clicking on the following link: Please take a few minutes to review this information. You may request a hard copy of the report by mail by contacting the SFCC Safety and Security Department.

If you have questions about this report or would like more information, please feel free to contact our Safety and Security Department at SFCC or Bobbie Mascarenas at or 428-1014.


Sewer line repairs ongoing

Facilities and Operations started sewer line repairs at the SFCC main campus on October 18.

Repairs will be taking place in room 131 Continuing Education, and 415 Culinary Arts. Surrounding areas may hear loud noises coming from these rooms during the time of this project.

For any questions or concerns, please call Facilities and Operations at 505-428-1670, or email .

Thank you for your patience while these necessary repairs are completed.

School of Arts, Design and Media Arts Faculty and Staff Exhibition continues

SFCC’s School of Arts, Design and Media Arts Faculty and Staff Exhibition continues through January 13.You’re encouraged to stop by from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday when the campus is open. Also invite your friends and prospective art students to stop by. The public is welcome to visit but must wear a mask while on SFCC’s campus.

SFCC has outstanding fine art, design, and media art studios. The faculty and staff are recognized artists both locally and on the national level.

For more information about the gallery, contact SFCC’s Director of Art on Campus Linda Cassel at or 505-428-1501.

Kids Campus openings

Kids Campus at SFCC has a few openings available for our FREE Early Program! All children must have reached their third (3rd) birthday before September 1, 2021.

Kids Campus free Early Pre-K hours are Monday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays from 8:30-11:30 am.

We also offer a wraparound program, which includes one extra hour in the morning (7:30-8:30 a.m.) and one extra hour in the afternoon (2-3 p.m) for a monthly fee of $350. We do not offer after-care on Fridays.


If you are interested, please call us at 505-428-1354 or send us an email at:

Register for fall Continuing Education classes now

The new continuing education catalog is now available online for viewing and download.

Read about some new classes here.

Browse the fun and interesting noncredit classes and then enroll online today.


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When coming on campus:

Student Spotlight

Spring 2022 Registration opens this week

Spring 2022 priority registration (those who have 30-hours or more and declared degree) opens today, November 8. It opens to everyone else tomorrow, November 9.

The spring semester begins Tuesday, January 19.The college has developed a guide to registering detailed at
If you are registering for in-person classes, be sure to provide proof of vaccination via the SFCC Health Screener App. See for guidance on how to upload your documentation.

New students can get started at by clicking the Apply Now button. All students are encouraged to work with an academic advisor. Remote appointments or in-person appointments can be made by emailing or calling 505-428-1275.

First-gen and Proud! SFCC celebrates First-generation College Day 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 8

In recognition of First-Generation College Day, please join TRIO and the Office of Student Engagement in celebration and support of our first-generation students, staff, and faculty.

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, November 8
Campus Center near the Welcome and Advising Center

All are invited to recognize, celebrate and support first-generation students, staff, and faculty! Stop by for a treat, decorate a sign, share your story and some encouraging words, and have your picture taken for a future display honoring the accomplishments of our first-gen students.

Celebrate students who have overcome barriers to become the first in their families to attend college!

SFCC Student Weekly Connection 11/5

Read this week’s SFCC Student Weekly Connection for information on Spring 2022 registration, Fall 2021 Virtual Commencement, free food, free money, the First Gen and Proud Celebration, and the resource of the week: Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program which serves low-income pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to 5 years of age.


Student Employment Opportunities are available!

Student Work Study is a financial aid need-based program that provides a student funds earned through part-time employment and pays the minimum wage for Santa Fe County.

Eligible students can work up to 20 hours per week and work is scheduled around your school schedule. In addition to helping you pay for your education, the work-study program helps you gain work experience, develop your skills, and build a possible pathway to future employment opportunities.

To be eligible, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Must complete the 2021-2022 FAFSA and any additional requested verification items
  • Must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 degree related credit hours for fall.
  • Must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

If you are interested in student employment, you can email the Student Employment Office at for further information.

Online Parent Support Group begins Nov. 2

Jocelyn Hernandez Monsalvo, SFCC Student Resource Coordinator, and Rosalie Lipfert, SFCC Counselor, are offering an online Parent Support Group for SFCC student parents.

The group will meet on Zoom for one hour at 10 a.m. Tuesdays beginning November 2 until the end of the semester. Discussion topics will include navigating resources, focusing and study strategies, asking for help, setting boundaries, establishing a support system, and envisioning the future after SFCC. The group is free, confidential, and not part of your student record.

The meeting dates are November 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30.

Please email if you are interested in joining the group and you will be sent the Zoom link.

Career Readiness presentations continue with Résumé building at noon Tuesday Nov. 16

Career Readiness Presentations
Tuesdays at 12 noon


An overview of the services Career Coach provides and how to get the word out about YOU.
Techniques on how to look for career-related occupations or jobs to bring in supplemental income to support yourself during school of for family.

For more information contact Gerard J. Martínez at
505-428-1406 or

Submit your work to the 2022 SFCC Katie Besser Student Art & Writing Awards

Submit to the 2022 SFCC Katie Besser Student ART & WRITING Awards

Submission cateogries include:

  • Academic Essay
  • Text & Image/Photography
  • Instructor Nominated
  • Poetry
  • Fiction
  • Creative Nonfiction

All entries in all categories can be in English and Spanish.Cada entrada en cada categoría pueden ser en inglés o en Español.

Fall 2021 submission deadline Friday, December 10 at 5 p.m.


uAchieve simplifies degree audits

With uAchieve you can visualize degree progress through charts and graphs, view course descriptions, easily navigate degree requirements, and run “what-if” audits. Additionally, your advisor can analyze your degree audit to help you plan your graduation path.

Click on the “Degree Audit – uAchieve” app in MySFCC to access uAchieve.more details!

SFCC 2021-2022 Scholarship Application Available Now

SFCC can help you pay for college with scholarships. One simple application puts you in consideration for state institutional and Foundation private scholarships. Scholarships are available for new and returning, part time and full-time students to help pay for college for the upcoming academic year. Scholarships are also available for second-generation college students, Veterans, Native American students, Hispanic students and students with disabilities (must be registered with the SAS department at SFCC offers performance-based scholarships through Contract for a Better Tomorrow (CBT).

For more information and to apply go to:

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

Student Resource Center connects students with community programs

The Student Resource Center helps students connect with various services, programs and agencies. We can help link up with several community resources including: Housing, Food, Utility Payment Assistance, Childcare, Physical Health and Legal Services. For more information and assistance, please contact Student Resource Coordinator Jocelyn Hernandez Monsalvo at 505-428-1194 or visit

El Centro de Recursos Estudiantiles ayuda a los estudiantes a conectarse con varios servicios programas y agencias. Podemos ayudar a conectarse con varios servicios comunitarios, que incluyen: Vivienda, Comida, Asistencia para Pagos de Servicios Públicos, Cuidado de Niños, Salud Física y Servicios Legales. Para obtener más información y asistencia, comuníquese con la Coordinadora de Recursos Estudiantiles Jocelyn Hernandez Monsalvo al 505-428-1194 o visite

Order your books now at SFCC Online bookstore

We are proud to announce that Santa Fe Community College’s online bookstore operated by Barnes & Noble is live and ready to serve you! Access it at


Employee Announcements

Emily Stern to read at SFCC World AIDS Day Event

SFCC World AIDS Day Event
Book Launch: Between Certain Death and a Possible Future: Queer Writing on Growing up with the AIDS Crisis
6 -7:30 p.m., December 1
Zoom, Pre-register at

Several contributors to Between Certain Death and a Possible Future: Queer Writing on Growing Up with the AIDS Crisis, including full-time faculty member Emily Stern, will read from the newly released book, followed by a Q&A with the authors.

Emily will also be moderating the Q&A session with Sarah Shulman after the second World AIDS Day event,
Showing of film United in Anger: A History of Act Up, followed by and discussion with queer author, activist and film co-creator Sarah Schulman

October WOW - Teresa Roybal

The WOW Award for the month of October 2021

Teresa Roybal, nominated by Toni Coffman.

I am nominating Teresa Roybal for her outstanding work that she has done recently for the adjunct faculty. The system she put in place in August for adjunct contract signing was flawless. She sent out clear instruction as to the process and sent out notification
during each step. This was a tremendous effort considering the amount of adjunct faculty and multiple contracts that are signed. In addition she recently aided the Faculty Senate Adjunct Representatives by preparing a spreadsheet of adjunct faculty members and their email address so that we could update the adjunct faculty email list that was outdated. This was quite a task and one that we greatly appreciated and allowed OIT to do the update. She is always going out of her way to go the extra mile.

Dr. sj Miller to present at UNM-Gallup Diversity Summit, register now

UNM-Gallup is hosting an online diversity summit on November 4 and 5. Here is information about the talk, which sj Miller, Ph.D. will present on Nov. 5:

Understanding and addressing how the National Political Climate for LGBTQIA+ folx directly impacts New Mexico’s students, faculty and staff.

With the current shift in the Presidency, laws that once protected, and still protect LGBTQIA+ folx have once again been taken into question. These laws which are vulnerable to shifting political climates result as uncertain, mercurial, and at times, frightening. This presentation will highlight how the National landscape directly impacts New Mexico’s LGBTQIA+ students, faculty and staff in our post-secondary college system. Together, we will discuss emerging nomenclature, discuss how institutions can better meet the needs of these populations, and consider how to sustain this work over time.

Registration and a Zoom link to Dr. Miller’s talk is on the online agenda.


MFA requirement Nov. 8, opt-in now!

SFCC Office of Information Technology (OIT) is integrating Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) as a security best practice. MFA improves the security of our accounts, data, and information. MFA will be required for Microsoft applications by November 12, 2021. Early opt-in is available through November 8. Required implementation between November 8 and 12. Submit an OIT ticket to opt-in.

MFA is when a user must provide two or more pieces of evidence to verify their identity to gain access to an app or digital resource. MFA is used to protect against hackers by ensuring that digital users are who they say they are.

MFA will require you to configure an authentication device for MFA. You can either use the Microsoft authenticator app or configure a phone number for either SMS or phone call.

After MFA is enabled, upon your next login to MS Office 365, it will redirect you to a page where you can choose your MFA. You can either:

  • provide a telephone number to receive a code via a phone call or text message, or
  • configure the Microsoft authenticator app, which will have to be downloaded through your cell phone’s app store. OIT suggests the use of the Microsoft Authenticator app over codes as it is considered more secure.

After this is completed, any new logins to Microsoft 365 applications will trigger verification via the method you’ve selected.

After the early opt-in period, OIT will require MFA implementation by department. OIT will contact employees who have not yet configured MFA during the week of November 8. You can opt-in now at your leisure to reduce stress when the requirement goes into effect between November 8 and 12 with MFA completed for all users by November 12.

Policy Updates 2021-22 Policy Review Schedule

Policy Updates
2021-2022 Policy Review Schedule. The policies scheduled for shared governance review during the academic year 2021-2022 are posted on SFCC Connect: Campus Resources > Policy Review.

Revised Procedures. Please become familiar with the newly updated Procedures in the links below and address any questions to the Policy Owners listed.

College Policies and Procedures are posted at SFCC Policies. If you have questions or would like to learn more, please contact Laura J. Mulry, ext. 1776.

Gerard Martínez y Valencia producer of "A Song For Ruth" mini-doc

Gerard Martínez y Valencia is a producer of a mini-documentary film project that follows the creative process of a musical composition titled “Remembering Ruth Bader Ginsburg” by distinguished American composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. The Dallas Symphony performed the world premiere of “Remembering Ruth Bader Ginsburg” on October 7, 2021.


How to enroll for the COVID 19 vaccine

Please review the state’s latest vaccine registration information to see how to enroll for the COVID-19 vaccine.

SFCC encourages you to enroll soon, so our state can more effectively distribute the vaccine and notify you when vaccine doses will be available in your area.

NOVID phone app: The City of Santa Fe has partnered with NOVID to slow the spread of the virus. Download the free app at Read more about the app in this Dec. 15 Santa Fe Reporter story, “Spread the Word, not COVID-19.”


Let's help slow the spread of the virus

Let’s keep everyone safe and remember:

SFCC COVID protocols require that everyone wear a mask at all times on campus.

• 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.

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

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

Do you need information on testing? Visit

Remember to wash your hands for a full 20 seconds!

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


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SFCC Automotive Technologies Center designated LEED Gold

Santa Fe Community College announces that the U.S. Green Building Council has certified the college’s Automotive Technologies Center at the Gold Level under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for New Construction rating system. The building earned 66 documented and approved points.

“SFCC is proud to have achieved LEED Gold for the Automotive Technology Center,” said SFCC president Becky Rowley, Ph.D. “Our students, faculty and staff have an amazing building with state-of-the-art technology classrooms and labs that will prepare our students for well-paid professional opportunities in automotive technologies. The Center furthers the college’s commitment to sustainability and energy conservation.”

SFCC’s ATC supports students with the latest in computerized diagnostic equipment and electric vehicle maintenance capabilities. The 17,500 square foot building is equipped with classrooms and spaces that emulate the automotive customer service experience of an auto dealership including parts management, inventory control, quick repairs, and beginning to end of work ticketing system. Educational spaces include a large shop space with lifts, three specialized labs: chassis/suspension, electric and EV/hybrid engine/power train, a computer/trainer classroom, offices, and support spaces. The Flex Lab, located off the main entry plaza, doubles as a car showroom for events and is designed to be shared with other SFCC programs. The entry/corridor features a gallery sponsored by the Santa Fe Concorso that houses automotive photographs and memorabilia. Outside, there are four Electrical Vehicle Charging stations, an entry plaza, picnic tables, visitor parking, and fenced storage for program cars. The center replaces the previous 2,000 square foot leased garage space that was quite a distance from the main campus.

Director of Automotive Technologies Julia Furry said, “We’re thrilled that our new building has achieved the LEED Gold designation. It’s fitting that the ATC will be training students to repair and maintain EV/hybrid vehicles in this space. Also, anyone can use the Chargepoint EV charging stations in front of the building (which can be found by drivers using the mobile app available at Our students are loving taking classes in this new, spectacular, high-tech space.”

Read more…