Campus Weekly

Registration for spring semester begins this week

It’s time to register for the spring semester! Priority registration (SFCC students who are New Mexico residents; earned more than 30 credit hours and have declared a degree) begins on Monday, Nov. 9. General registration begins Tuesday, Nov. 10.

Registration is ongoing through Jan. 18. Spring classes begin Jan. 19, 2021.

Early registration is encouraged to secure a space for in-demand classes and to meet requirements for certificates and degrees.

President Becky Rowley, Ph.D., said, “Santa Fe Community College understands that the pandemic has impacted families in the region. Our staff is ready to help students find a pathway that can get them quickly into the workforce with better paying jobs. While SFCC is very affordable, our financial aid staff can help students find additional resources to support them on their journey. And, with flexible online classes it’s a great time to earn a degree that transfers to a four-year program.”

Most spring classes will be offered online. SFCC is waiving its distance learning online fees – a potential savings of $75.

Read the spring registration press release to find out about the many short-term certificates that you could pursue this spring, as well as other options.

Illustration by Sarah Martinez, SFCC Marketing & Public Relations


News and Announcements

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!

Invite your friends and family to Virtual Info Session at 6 p.m. Thursday

Do you have friends, neighbors or family members who’ve been interested in attending SFCC, but who have questions or just don’t know how to start the application process?
Encourage them to attend the Virtual Info Session at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12.

Here’s more about the session:
Join us at 6 p.m. Thursday, November 12 for Explore Your Options, a virtual information session for the upcoming Spring 2021 semester.

Learn more about SFCC’s:
• dynamic and relevant programs
• affordable path to a degree
• short term certificates that lead to jobs
• financial aid and scholarships to pay for school
• dual credit classes for high school students
The session also takes attendees though a step-by-step process on how to apply and register for classes.

Encourage your friends, neighbors and family to register for the Virtual Info Session here:

Or share the event on Facebook. Thanks for helping recruit new students to SFCC!

SFCC's Virtual Tribute to Our Veteran Community this Wednesday

Krystal Patton Interim Director of SFCC’s Veterans Resource Center, Student Involvement Coordinator Mary Eleas of the Office of Student Development have coordinated with Doreen Gallegos of Marketing & Public Relations to prepare “SFCC’s Virtual Tribute to Our Veteran Community.” It will be shared this Wednesday, Nov. 11. Please visit SFCC Youtube channel at your leisure on Wednesday to view and share with family and friends.

Veterans, thank you for your service!

File photo: Veterans Resource Center

Register for free CE talk about Chaco Canyon at 9 a.m, Wednesday

Join Live Local Online learning conversations at 9 a.m. Wednesdays through Nov. 18. Enjoy a cup of your favorite morning beverage as you learn from home. Free to everyone. Just register with CE online. If you have questions, call CE at 505-428-1676.
Register for the free sessions here.

Upcoming Despierta Topics:

11/11 William Neuwirth – The Natural World and Chaco Canyon
11/18 Richard Rosemont – Rock and Roll Musical History

World Kindness Day 2020

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!


Diversity and Inclusion: Putting the pieces together with artist and storyteller Pi Luna

Sponsored by the SFCC Library
2 p.m. November 10
Register online:

What happens when the world falls apart? What happens when one side splits from the other, and then those sides split further, and the fragmentation repeats. What happens when our social fabric begins to unravel? How do we find common ground? In this presentation, artist and storyteller Pi Luna explains 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.


Writing to Heal: Making Art in a Changing World, 3 p.m. Thursday

 Writing to Heal: Making Art in a Changing World

The final installment of the Fall Workshop Series is Writing to Heal: Making Art in a Changing World. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 12.

Writing to Heal will feature conversation with David Joplin, Tintawi Kaigzibiher, Manny Loley, Milton Riess, Terry Wilson and Will Wilson. Susan Joplin will serve as moderator.

The Fall Workshop writing series is brought to you by SFCC English Department and the SFCC Professional Development fund.

Register at: toheal.


OIT Maintenance 5:30 p.m. December 16

OIT will be performing system maintenance from 5:30 to 11 p.m. on Wednesday, December 16, 2020. All systems will be affected by intermittent outages.

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

Governing Board Meeting Oct. 28 meeting on Youtube

The Oct. 28 Governing Board Meeting video is available here.

Santa Fe Literary Review reading a success

Santa Fe Literary Review’s annual reading event on Oct. 22 was a well-attended Zoom gathering. There was a diverse group of writers, who read their pieces from the latest issue of SFLR. Also, photographer Isatsu Kaiziahiher spoke about his striking image on page 121 and artist Stephen Abban Junior spoke via Zoom from his home in Ghana about his artwork, which graces pages 42 and 43 of the edition. Laura Rosenfeld, SFCC art instructor, also shared the image of the original painting that was used on the cover to the delight of attendees. The comments field was filled with enthusiastic responses to all the creative contributors.

SFLR Faculty Advisor Kate McCahill said while it was different from previous in-person gatherings it was exciting to include contributors in other parts of the country and the globe.

In the photo, Mervyn R. Seivwright, of Jamaican heritage and born in London, called in from Germany to read his poem, “Dangling.”


Oct. 20 Campus Update rolls back recent openings

In response to state health orders, President Rowley has released a campus update. Please note, the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center, SFCC Library and Higher Education Center are closed to the public until further notice. Read the full update here:


Controlled Environment Agriculture to participate in fall conferences

Controlled Environment Agriculture will participate in several state, national and international conferences in October and November.


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.

Still openings in late fall CE classes

As the weather cools down, consider signing up for a Continuing Education class. There are still openings for classes this month. See Fall Continuing Education Schedule.

Employees: To use your EEBs for Continuing Education classes, complete the EEB form before you register, then contact Continuing Education at or 505-428-1676. Their team will help you and your dependents complete registration.


Capital Improvement Projects updates

There are multiple Capital Improvement Projects now in progress. For more information on parking lot closures, roof repairs, etc. read here.

While we apologize for any inconvenience, we appreciate your patience. For questions, please contact F & O (Facilities and Operations) Project Manager (formerly POM), Andrea Mueller at 505-930-9781.


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.

9/23/2020, Santa Fe New Mexican,Land trust model floated for development of midtown campus.”

9/18/2020, Santa Fe Reporter, “Award Winning Coverage.” Story about national award for Santa Fe Reporter that was the result of collaboration with SFCC.

9/18/2020, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Santa Fe Community College enrollment drops.

Listen to Santa Fe Community College Sculpture Head John Boyce and Instructor Petro Hull discuss the Sculpture and Fine Arts Programs with Richard Eeds on KTRC 1260 | 103.7.

Student Spotlight

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.


What's Next? Four-year university information sessions this week

Representatives from the following schools will be holding online information sessions for SFCC Students this week:

Eastern New Mexico University
1 to 2 p.m.
Tuesday, November 10
Click here to join the ENMU event!
If you cannot make the scheduled session or prefer a one on one session, feel free to schedule a thirty-minute session to meet with an ENMU Admissions staff member:

Bellevue University
Tuesday and Thursday
10 a.m. to noon
Click here to attend the Bellevue Info Session!

Register now to explore NM Tech November 21

Virtual Exploration Day @ Tech!
Noon to 3 p.m. November 21

This is a chance for prospective students and their families to learn more about Tech’s academic programs from our faculty, as well as various student services such as financial aid, housing, student clubs, and much more!

Below you will find a basic layout of the schedule (all times listed are Mountain Standard Time).

Noon – Welcome and Student Service Q&A
1:00 p.m. – Engineering Presentation
2:00 p.m. – Science Presentation
3:00 p.m. – Closing and Final Q&A

RSVP at the following link:

Saturday, November 7:

Saturday, November

We are excited
to connect with you and share all of the amazing opportunities that you will
be presented with as a Techie!

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.

Apply now for LANL Foundation scholarships

The LANL Foundation’s Career Pathways Scholarship is now open, with a Nov. 16 deadline. Funds for the Spring 2021 semester are available for students pursuing an Associate Degree, trade or certification. Career Pathways Scholarships are in the amount of $750/semester for up to four semesters (up to $3000 total). Please see the 2021 Spring Career Pathways – Call for Applications – PR for details.

For more information and to access the online application, visit:

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

Participate in Staff and Faculty Reading, Dec. 3

The Staff and Faculty Reading will be from 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.

Using Images and Film in Online Teaching - Nov. 10

What’s Tech Got to Do with It? An Online Teaching Series

Using Images and Film in Online Teaching
Following Copyright law and Fair Use guidelines
10 to 11 a.m.
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
On Zoom link

Join Valerie Nye, SFCC’s Library Director as she shares her knowledge in copyright law and fair use guidelines.

“Images and film enrich classes, especially in an online environment. Learn how to use images and film while following copyright law and fair use guidelines. Learn where to find unrestricted material for your classes.”

Brought to you by the OTL Steering Committee and the office of VPASA


Equity Through Open Resource Learning 2 p.m. Nov. 16

What’s Tech Got to Do with It? An Online Teaching Series
Equity Through Open Resource Learning

By Stanley (Austin) Eichelberger, Adjunct Professor of English, Valerie Nye, SFCC Library Director and Steve Martinez, PhD., Assistant Professor of History

2 to 3 p.m.
Monday, November 16, 2020
Zoom meeting (Click here)

Join our presenters in the exploration of equity in the classroom through freely-accessed resources and easily integrated materials for students and other advantages of OER.


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


Library Speaker Series: Call for presentations

The SFCC Library is continuing the faculty and staff speaking series that we started last spring. We want to hear from you if you would like to share information on something you have published, researched, thought about, or a place you have traveled through.

Last spring’s series included presentations about newly publish books by Aamna Nayyar, Andy Lovato, and sj Miller. Charlie Shultz shared his travel experience through Israel. We want to highlight the interesting and important work being produced and considered by SFCC staff, so please be in contact if you would like to give a presentation.

Contact Val Nye at:

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

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.

Hundreds view Siemens/SFCC microgrid presentation

The main industry microgrid publisher, “Microgrid Knowledge,” hosted a presentation on dual nested microgrids. Bill Kipnis Senior Project Developer: Energy and Water Conservation of Siemens Smart Infrastructure Division presented the concept of linking more than one microgrid.

SFCC’s Executive Director of Facilities Henry Mignardot showed SFCC’s campus plus greenhouse microgrids, and then a Siemens power engineer Dean Gakos gave a technical presentation.

Here’s some of the information that was shared with attendees by organizers:

“Microgrid controllers, the brains of the microgrid, have grown in sophistication in recent years. The industry often describes use of this advanced intelligence in terms of a microgrid’s forecasting abilities, load management strategies, or the selling of services to the central grid.

But now we’re beginning to see the microgrid intelligence used in another way — the connection of microgrids with one another to achieve greater efficiencies, the nesting of microgrids.

“The point is that the lower cost of microgrid hardware, distributed energy assets and storage are increasing the number of different types of applications. And that’s driving a more flexible approach,” said Bill Kipnis, senior business development manager at Siemens Business Performance and Sustainability Division.

Nested microgrids are able to utilize the most efficient generation assets within the pairings for optimal operation. This enhances grid capability and creates more reliable deficit coverage. Nesting also opens up additional — and potentially more lucrative — options for market participation and more effective smoothing of renewable energy fluctuations, Kipnis said.

The well-known Bronzeville, Chicago microgrid offers an example of a nested microgrid. The Illinois Institute of Technology microgrid is being nested with the planned Bronzeville community microgrid. The nested microgrid is now in the simulation phase.

“A single commercial microgrid controller is capable of multi microgrid management,” Kipnis said. “These microgrids can operate interconnected, nested or autonomously where they are islanded from each other or the main grid.”

Santa Fe Community College, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, offers another example. The nested microgrid will provide the college with resilient power and help it meet sustainability goals, as well as serve as an educational workforce development tool. The college already has an operating solar plus storage nanogrid, used to educate students and provide energy for its hydroponic farming system. The nanogrid is now being nested within the microgrid, which is under construction.

During the one-hour webinar, Henry Mignardot, Executive Director for facilities and operations at the community college, described the history of the college’s dual nested microgrid project and its purpose, operations, and future role. He was joined by Kipnis and Dean Gakos, microgrid engineer at Siemens Distributed Energy Systems, who offered a deep dive into dual nested microgrids.”

More than 900 people signed up and received a copy of the presentation, and over 500 attended via the virtual event.

Congratulations to all involved in this very successful event!

Photo: Henry Mignardot