Campus Weekly

Schedule Released for Professional Development Day, Oct. 19

Just a reminder that Santa Fe Community College will not offer any services or classes on Friday, Oct. 19, while faculty and staff participate in a campus-wide Professional Development Conference. The conference is one of the initiatives of the college to continue to provide ways to support SFCC students in achieving educational goals. SFCC’s Kids Campus, La Familia’s Southside Clinic and KSFR will be open.

View the complete schedule (details may be subject to change).

News and Announcements

Hispanic Heritage Month events continue through October 15

This week’s National Hispanic Heritage Month events.

October 9
Lecture by Dr. Andrew Lovato, SFCC Associate Professor, Communications
“Santa Fe Hispanic Culture”
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Board Room

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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Salsa Contest Winners

Yolanda Villegas, SFCC custodial staff member, celebrates her first-place salsa contest victory with SFCC Interim President Cecilia Cervantes, Ph.D. Judges comments included:

First Place: Yolanda Villegas (salsa de molcajete, which combines centuries-old techniques to combine flavors and bring out the best of each), “Good taste!; Long strips of tomatoes- very good!; Great taste!”
Second Place: Chris Pacheco, “The tomatoes were predominant; Pineapple- smooth consistency and good taste.”
Third Place: Carlos Villegas (chile del arbol red sauce), “Good spicy kick at the end!; Really hot but very flavorful; Nice!”

Many thanks to all who participated in the contest, the judges and the many supporters of the event. See more photos of the celebration on Facebook.

Listen to KSFR’s (101.1 FM) report.

EPA Environmental Job Training Graduation, Oct. 12

Celebrate the graduation of the latest cohort to complete the EPA Environmental Job Training from 11 a.m. to noon, Friday, Oct. 12 at the biowall in the Health and Sciences Center.

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.

NMSA Exhibit through Oct. 11

The all Visual Art Department New Mexico School for the Arts (NMSA) student exhibition “Birch” opened at SFCC’s Visual Arts Gallery last week. The exhibit runs through Oct. 11.

All of the art work on display is created by students of NMSA. The works will be for sale and proceeds will benefit the NMSA’s visual arts department, the school’s residential and outreach programs.

Tennis Tournament, Oct. 12-14

Mens & Womens Singles, Mens & Womens Doubles and Mixed Doubles at SFCC’s Fitness Education Center. First rounds will start at 4 p.m., Fri., Oct. 12. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13 and 14, the rounds will start at 8:30 a.m. Participants must be at least 18 years of age with a 3.5 rating or lower. Registration fees are $25 per person for individual events and $30 for doubles per team. Register online at or at the FEC by Oct. 11.

For more information, call 505-428-1656.

Volunteer: Expanding Your Horizons, Oct. 13

STEM Santa Fe’s Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) conference, Saturday, Oct. 13, is focused on encouraging girls to consider careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) by interacting with women STEM role models, attending hands-on workshops and a STEM Fair.

The event’s keynote speaker will be France A. Córdova, Director of the National Science Foundation.

To volunteer visit STEM Santa Fe. Email with questions.

SFCC in the news

News about the college was included in these pieces from the Santa Fe New Mexican:
In the letters column: Letter about this past weekend’s Santa Fe Woman’s Club Flea Market, which helps raise money for scholarships for women at SFCC.
A story in Oct. 1, Santa Fe New Mexican: “Enrollment at Santa Fe Community College Continues to Decline.”

Dr. Cervantes spoke with KSFR about enrollment, PILAS and Open House

Reporter Ellen Lockyer of KSFR 101.1 FM spoke with SFCC Interim President Cecilia Cervantes, Ph.D. about how SFCC is addressing declining enrollment, paid student internships, the Oct. 25 SFCC/HEC Open House and more. Listen here.

Student Spotlight

SFCC Sound Bites - graduate Orlando Dugi

SoundCloud Sound Bites: SFCC Fashion Design graduate Orlando Dugi — “I think because I’m a little older, I was able to focus a lot more on what I was doing, on what I came here for.”

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.

Complete your FAFSA!

Need money to pay for school? Complete the 2018-2019 FAFSA online now. Are you an International or Undocumented student? Then complete the 2018-2019 Dreamers Financial Aid form here.

Check with Financial Aid to learn more, in the Welcome and Advising Center, via email or call 428-1268.

HSE/GED Orientation Oct. 9

Registration for High School Equivalency/GED tests is open now. Classes begin Oct. 15 in Spanish and English.

New students must attend an orientation session. The final session is 5 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9. Registration for new students will take place at orientation. Registration for returning students begins Oct. 1.

For information, contact Lynne Matthes, 428-1433, visit or see the press release.

Printmaking student wins First Place at State Fair

Student Mike Kimball received the first place award in the fine arts exhibition printmaking category for his linoleum block print “Santa Fe Station.” The print depicts the New Mexico Rail Runner Express trains in front of the Santa Fe depot in the Railyard as passengers disembark. The 18″ x 18″ block print was carved and printed in instructor Jennifer Lynch’s Relief Printmaking course in 2017. In addition to the blue ribbon, a cash prize was also awarded.


Employee Announcements

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.

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.

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.

Andrew Lovato, Ph.D. interviewed on Mayor's program

Andrew Lovato, Ph.D. was interviewed for Mayor Alan Webber’s City Hall Live program. Check out the fascinating video.

SFCC represented at Zero to Three Conference

Director of the Early Childhood Center of Excellence Jennifer Duran-Sallee reports that New Mexico was well-represented at the ZERO to THREE (Early Childhood Conference) last week in Denver. “We’re learning so much,” she said.

The Zero to Three mission “is to ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life. The organization states, “At ZERO TO THREE, we envision a society that has the knowledge and will to support all infants and toddlers in reaching their full potential.”

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WAC advisers and students celebrated increased retention rates with Swingin' Sixties event

The Welcome and Advising Center celebrated increased student retention rates with a Swingin’ Sixties party last Friday. Check out these fun photos.