Campus Weekly

Automotive Technologies Look Forward to New Facility

A busy day in SFCC’s automotive class. Students are looking forward to when they will move out of temporary, cramped quarters to the Automotive Technology Center, which will begin construction next year through voter-approved bond funds.

Shown in class: Left to right: Sean Rodriguez (far left), Dennis Herrera (in back of the shop), Curtis Nieto, Alexander Schandelwein, Nathaniel Sindelar (in background) and Leonardo Sanchez Quiroz. Photo by Gil Sena

News and Announcements

Hispanic Heritage Month events wrap up today

National Hispanic Heritage Month events conclude today.

October 15
Miguel Dominguez, Singer
Noon to 12:30 p.m.
Campus Center

Mauricio Lopez y Aspen Santa Fe Baile Folklorico
12:30 to 1 p.m.
Campus Center

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Congratulations to the Oct. 2018 EPA graduates!

Graduates of the EPA grant job-training program received the certificates they earned at a special commencement ceremony last Friday, Oct. 12. Janet Kerley was the instructor of the EPA’s Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) Program. Kris Swedin, Director of Continuing Education and Contract Training, said “the students are extremely lucky to have such a nationally recognized instructor. She was one of the contributors who helped draft the language for the federal EPA Brownfields legislation.”

Photo: Dean Camilla Bustamante, Ph.D. addresses the graduates. Click on the link below to see more photos.


Cecilia Cervantes, Ph.D.'s column, "Go Bond D will help New Mexicans succeed"

Interim President Cecilia Cervantes, Ph.D.’s My View column ran in the Sun. Oct. 14 edition of the Santa Fe New Mexican. Her opinion piece, “GO Bond D will help New Mexicans succeed,” emphasized that SFCC along with other higher education institutions and specialty schools will be able to accomplish goals that will help New Mexicans succeed.

Absentee voting began Oct. 9. Early voting begins this Saturday, Oct. 20. Election Day is Nov. 6, when polls will be open between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Santa Fe Housing Action Coalition Survey

Santa Fe Community College is partnering with Santa Fe Housing Action Coalition (SFHAC) to collect more data about the housing and commuting experiences of people working in Santa Fe County.

English Survey:

Spanish Survey:


Santa Fe Trails Bus Route Updates

Santa Fe Trails announced route changes last week. Effective October 20, there will be an additional trip to the NM599 Rail Runner stop leaving SFCC at 12:57 p.m. See all of the changes and view the 2018 Bus Schedule on the website.

SFLR Reading and Reception, Oct. 18

Celebrate this year’s Santa Fe Literary Review from 5 to 7 p.m., Thurs., Oct. 18 in the Visual Arts Gallery. All are welcome and refreshments will be served.

Download a copy of the publication or stop by the SFCC Library to get a free copy.

Free Flu Vaccine Clinic, Oct. 24

Get this year’s flu shot from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wed., Oct. 24 in the Jemez Rooms. The free flu vaccinations will be administered by nurses from Christus St. Vincent with support from SFCC nursing faculty members and students.

Co-sponsored by Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center.

SFCC and HEC Night, Oct. 25

Save the date for SFCC and HEC Night, Open house from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25 in the SFCC Campus Center.

For more information, contact Marcos Maez, 505-428-1779.

Will Wilson and former student featured in National Geographic

Photography head Will Wilson and one of his former photography students, Kali Spitzer and their contemporary tintype photographs are featured in National Geographic’s article, “Reclaiming an old medium to tell new stories of Native Americans.” The article states: His evocative photographs counter longstanding stereotypes and distortions, contributing to “a re-imagined vision of who we are as Native people,” says Wilson.

Alum Andrés J. Mercado interviewed by EMS World

SFCC Alum Andrés J. Mercado was recently interviewed by EMS World for the story, “Five Questions With: Andres Mercado, MIH Officer with Santa Fe (N.M.) Fire Dept.” He will also be a presenter at the EMS World Expo in Nashville, Tenn. on Nov. 1.

He was featured in the Inside SFCC’s Winter issue in the story, “SFCC students and graduates use education to improve community.”

SFCC in the news

News about the college was mentioned or featured in these publications.

From the Santa Fe New Mexican:
10/2/2018, Hotels, restaurants struggle to fill kitchen openings Also, in addition to the story, check out the terrific photo of Chef Jerry Jeff Dakan and Chef Patrick Mares preparing chile.
10/6/2018, Libertarians go missing in forums, polls
10/7/2018, Save water, money with an audit
10/8/2018, Kids play area planned at Audubon
10/14/2018, “Encouraging Santa Fe girls to blossom at STEM event.” Congratulations to Lina Germann, all the volunteers and SFCC staff who worked on this event!

From Los Alamos Daily Post:
10/8/2018, SFCC Announces Commencement Ceremony for EPA Grant Job-Training Program Participants

Student Spotlight

Petition to Graduate in December NOW

Ready to graduate in December? Submit your Petition to Graduate now, don’t delay. The link to petition to graduate is found on:

• mySFCC
• Student Tab
• Student Resources
• Petition to Graduate

For more information, contact the Registrar’s Office, 428-1267.

Film Student Kaela Waldstein wins a Regional Emmy Award

Kaela Waldstein took home a Rocky Mountain Southwest Regional Emmy Award on Sept. 22 in the category of Special Event Coverage Live or Edited for her short film, “International Folk Art Market.” Milton Riess, head of the Santa Fe Community College Film program said, “An Emmy is the greatest honor awarded in television. Kaela Waldstein deserves this recognition. She’s a stand-out student. I’m glad to see a woman get this recognition, since women do not always get acknowledgment in the male-dominated profession. It’s all about the quality of the work and that’s what it should be, not the gender.”

Read Alex Devore’s 3 Questions interview from the Oct. 11 edition of the Santa Fe Reporter where she talks about her inspiration and aspirations.

Also, hear KSFR’s John Shannon’s interview with Kaela Waldstein.


Deadline to withdraw, Oct. 26

The deadline to withdraw from 16-week credit classes is October 26. Check with Financial Aid first to see how it impacts your eligibility.

Contact Financial Aid, in the Welcome and Advising Center, via email or call 428-1268.

Printmaking student showcases "Reticent Shootist" through Nov. 14

John Drabanski, a student in Patricia Pearce’s Advanced Projects class, has his piece, “Reticent Shootist,” on display in the case to the right of the entrance of the Visual Arts Gallery. It will be exhibited through Nov. 14.


Employee Announcements

Johnson featured in Inside Higher Ed

Senior Counselor Janelle Johnson was recently interviewed for an article in Inside Higher Ed, Colleges Use Technology to Help Students Manage Mental Health.

Johnson is currently serving as president of the American College Counseling Association.

Librarian Sarah Hood featured in about Fake News Fighting Game

Sarah Hood, Reference and Instruction Librarian, was interviewed about using “Factitious,” a game for gaining skills in recognizing Fake News. She will present a session on Professional Development Day titled, “Detect Fake News Search Online Like a Pro!” to address this topic.

Read, American University, 10/8/2018, Teachers Find Fake News Fighting Game Useful in the Classroom.

Can Meditation Change the Brain?

“Mindfulness and meditation are still being researched, but there is a substantial body of evidence that shows our thought patterns can influence our overall health and well-being.”

Learn more about “Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body” by Drs. Daniel Goleman and Richard J. Davidson.

The SFCC Library maintains a meditation room for staff and faculty use. For more information, contact the Library at ext. 1352.

Information provided by the President’s Diversity Advisory Council.

Open/Switch Enrollment begins Oct. 18 with health fair

The open/switch enrollment period for employees kicks off with a health fair 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thurs., Oct. 18 in the Jemez Rooms. The health fair will include biometric screenings, blender bike, trail mix, a chance to complete your personal health assessment and other great health and wellness education and activities. Giveaways and Door Prizes!

Changes may be made through Fri., Nov. 30 with Alicia Huerta in HR, Room 309A.

Learn more about the options.

Call for participation! SFCC & HEC Night, Oct. 25

On Thursday, October 25, the SFCC Office of Recruitment & Community Outreach will host the inaugural SFCC & HEC Night Open House program from 6 – 8 p.m. in the Campus Center. We cordially invite you to be a part of this exciting program. This event is open to any interested prospective students and their families. They will be invited to obtain information about our degrees, programs, and much more.

If you or a student representative of your program is able to participate, please email Marcos Maez the name of the program, the representative’s name, email address and telephone number.

Faculty and Staff Reading in the Library, Nov. 29

If you would like to participate in the Faculty and Staff Annual Holiday Reading during this Fall’s Readings in the Library series, please let Kate McCahill know by Nov. 1.

The reading begins at 5 p.m., Thurs., Nov. 29 in the Library Reading Room.