Campus Weekly

SFCC Halloween Extravaganza!

It was a Halloween Extravaganza at SFCC last Thursday. Students, staff and faculty all got involved in the festivities. Kids from Kids Campus paraded through Campus Center, many as their favorite super heroes. The afternoon community trick or treating event brought in hundreds of costumed kids who received treats from various departments. Read about the contest winners. View more photos on Facebook.

News and Announcements

Best wishes to President Grissom

We received many responses to our request last week for thanks and reminisces for President Grissom. If you missed Randy’s Greatest Hits – view some of the highlights of his tenure at SFCC.

Also see President Grissom’s departing My View column in yesterday’s Santa Fe New Mexican.

SFCC Governing Board honors President Grissom

At last week’s board meeting, the Governing Board honored President Grissom with a proclamation, plaque and medal. Read the proclamation.

Photo: SFCC Governing Board chair Linda Siegle and President Grissom

President Grissom recognized by Siemens Industry leadership

Also at last week’s board meeting, Bill Kipnis, Senior New Mexico Project Developer for Energy and Water for Siemens Industry, spoke about President Grissom’s contributions to northern New Mexico. He expressed particular gratitude for the college’s partnership with Siemens to develop and implement the BEAMTC Building and Energy Automation Microgrid Training Center on campus.

Photo: POMS staff with Seimens Microgrid and IGA teams

SFCC Foundation event launches Science On a Sphere

Santa Fe Community College Foundation recognized President Randy Grissom’s retirement in conjunction with the official launch of Science On a Sphere at a fundraising event last week. The festive evening helped establish the Randy W. Grissom Presidential Endowed Scholarship with pledges received to support other programs of the college, such as Contract for a Better Tomorrow. Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Higher Education Department Barbara Damron, Ph.D. was among the many dignitaries in attendance.

Another highlight of the evening was the opportunity to view several electric vehicles brought by representatives of Austin Electric. Attendees were wowed by demonstrations of the S.O.S. given by Chief Information Officer Jeremy Lovato, Chair of the Science Department Lenny Gannes, Ph.D and head of the S.O.S. advisory committee of the Foundation Ed Barker, Ph.D. . Check out this video produced by the Santa Fe New Mexican.

Photo: SFCC Governing Board chair Linda Siegle, SFCC Foundation Board Emeritus Nancy Witter, President Grissom, NM Cabinet Secretary of Higher Education Barbara Damron, Ph.D. and incoming Foundation Board President Carmen Gonzales, Ph.D.

Labor Management Relations Board Communications Box

SFCC’s Labor Management Relations Board (LMRB) has set up a Communications Box at the Main Entrance to the college for interested parties to submit comments and suggestions. Submissions will be collected daily and shared with the members of the Board. The LMRB handles petitions for representation of individual bargaining units and prohibited practices complaints. Petitions and complaints must be mailed or hand delivered to Santa Fe Community College, Labor Management Relations Board, c/o Donna Wells, Executive Assistant of Boards, 6401 Richards Avenue, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87508.

For information, contact Donna Wells, ext. 1148. The next meeting of the LMRB is Friday, Nov. 10, at 9 a.m. in the Board Room, West Wing 223. Coming soon: LMRB web page, dedicated LMRB email address and online comments/suggestions form.

Applications are for WISC (Women’s International Study Center) fellowships due Nov. 1

Writers, artists, scholars, professionals, innovators and entrepreneurs are encouraged to apply for WISC fellowships. The application deadline is Wed., Nov. 1. WISC seeks proposals aligned with their focus areas: the arts, sciences, cultural preservation, business and philanthropy to pursue work relevant to the interests and experiences of women.

Applications are welcome from individuals or groups needing a place to work on creative work or a publication; scholars with research interests in a local archive or collection; project developers seeking a space to develop a program or proposal; or others whose work relates to advancing scholarship and awareness of the achievements of women in WISC’s focus areas. Please see the list of past WISC Fellows for an idea of the breadth of topics WISC has accepted in the past.

Continuing Education offers New Collar Manufacturing Classes in November

SFCC’s Innovation Center is pleased to announce new CE classes in digital fabrication and New Collar Jobs. Fab Lab Hub, a part of the international Fab Lab Network based at the Center for Bits and Atoms at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is bringing next generation manufacturing and training to Santa Fe. Two November courses will open the Fab Lab program, which focuses on the digital transformation of traditional manufacturing skills.


NM Environmental Job Training Program Information Session Nov. 15

SFCC will present an information session on the New Mexico Environmental Job Training Program at 6 p.m. Nov. 15 in Room 213. The five-week intensive training will run Jan. 22 through Feb. 23, 2018. An Environmental Protection Agency grant will cover the training costs for unemployed, underemployed or low-income applicants who are accepted into the program. Find out more about the program and apply online.

For additional information, contact Janet Kerley at or call Evelyn Gonzales, ext. 1866.


Switch Enrollment available through Nov. 30

The open and switch enrollment period for employment benefits runs through Wed., Nov. 30. For more information contact Alicia Huerta, ext. 1389.


Call for SFCC faculty and staff writers

Share your writing during this year’s SFCC Faculty and Staff Holiday Reading scheduled for 5 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 30 in the library. To participate, contact Kate McCahill, ext. 1903.

Fall Graduation Ceremony

SFCC will celebrate its first Fall Graduation this year beginning at 10 a.m., Saturday, December 9 on campus in the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center gymnasium.

Volunteers are needed to help the event run smoothly. If you’re interested in volunteering, contact Registrar Kathleen Sena, ext. 1385.

Student Spotlight

Nava to lead Learning Alliance New Mexico

SFCC alum Cindy Nava has recently been named as the new executive director of Learning Alliance New Mexico. She and other new staff members will be formally welcomed by Learning Alliance during a reception November 2.

Photo: UNM Newsroom


LGBTQ+ & Ally Support Group Mondays

SFCC Counseling Services intern, Sam Ringer, is offering a free and confidential LGBTQ+ & Ally Support Group for students focused on exploring identity through empowered creative expression from 1 to 2 p.m., Mondays, Oct. 30 through Nov. 27 in Room 571. For more information, email or call ext. 1426.

School of Business Advising Open House Nov. 2

Current business students or prospective students considering enrollment in business or accounting degree or certificate programs, should plan to stop by between 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thurs., Nov. 2, in room LL322 to meet faculty, learn about the degrees and certificates offered and get on-the-spot advisement for the spring 2018 semester. Registration for NM residents begins Tues., Nov. 7.

Representatives from SFCC’s Career Services and Financial Aid will also be available to answer questions. Additionally, those interested in transferring can meet with an academic adviser from New Mexico Highlands University.

For more information, contact Kathleen Finn-Brown, ext. 1745.

LANL Foundation Scholarship Application Open

Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF) is now accepting applications for 2018 awards. The largest scholarship pool in Northern New Mexico, LAESF supports students from Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe and Taos counties pursuing higher education in all fields of study.

Scholarships of $1,000 are also available for nontraditional students seeking a two-year degree or certification through the Regional College/Returning Student program. Deadline to apply for these scholarships is November 28, 2017, with awards announced in January 2018.


Veterans United Fall Raffle

The Veterans United Club are selling raffle tickets to raise money for student veterans programs at SFCC, now through Nov. 29 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day in VRC Room LL302C. Tickets are $10 for 1 or $20 for 3. For more information, contact Greg Scargall, ext. 1305.

1st: Mac Book Air
2nd: 65″ Flat Screen 4K TV
3rd: Nintendo Switch Mario Odyssey Edition
4th: GoPro 5 Black 4k

Employee Announcements

SFCC featured in American Association for Respiratory Care magazine

Respiratory Care program was featured in the October issue of the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) magazine: Saving Respiratory Care at Santa Fe Community College.


Hatherly served as panel member

Amanda Hatherly (Director, New Mexico EnergySmart Academy) participated in the NM Chapter’s Citizens’ Climate Lobby Change statewide conference in Santa Fe this past weekend. Learn more.

Harrell performing in The Crucible

Academic Adviser Jonathan Harrell has returned to the stage in Ironweed Production’s The Crucible by Arthur Miller. Performances continue Thursday-Sunday through November 12 at El Museo Cultural, 555 Camino de la Familia.

Tickets are $17 and $25 with a $3.00 discount for seniors (65 and older), students and the military. Tickets can be reserved and purchased by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 800-838-3006 (Press 1) or online. Tickets can also be reserved and purchased at

Wells' documentary finalist for NM Filmmakers Showcase Award

Congratulations to the NM Filmmakers Showcase finalists in the Documentary Category, including Donna Wells, directory of Horse Shelter Diaries.

The NM Filmmakers Showcase Award Ceremony is at 6:30 p.m., Sat., Nov. 4, with a screening of all the winning films beginning at 1 p.m., Sun., Nov. 5 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th St. SW in Albuquerque. Both events are free to the public.

Photo: Donna Wells accepting award at the La Femme International Film Festival in October 2016.


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