Campus Weekly

Mexican Consulate officials visit the campus

Left to right: Business student Ana Ochoa, Early Childhood Education student Byanka Tarango, pre-nursing student Kimberly Juarez, the Honorable Norma Ang Sanchez (Consul of Mexico), President Randy W. Grissom, Carmen Gonzales, Ph.D., (retired/former Vice President for Student Success), Board member Martha Romero, Ph.D., the Honorable Maxaira Baltazar (Deputy Counsul) and Executive Director of SFCC Foundation Deborah Boldt stopped by the Visual Arts Gallery during a campus tour last Thursday.

The three students shared stories about how they benefited from IME Becas scholarships they have received in the past. IME is an acronym for Institute for Mexicans abroad and beca is the Spanish word for grant or scholarship. The scholarship is awarded from the Mexican Federal government to students of Mexican origin and descent living in the U.S. and is matched 1:1 by the SFCC Foundation.

News and Announcements

Cecilia Cervantes Ph.D. selected as interim president

SFCC’s Governing Board announces that it has selected Cecilia Y.M. Cervantes, Ph.D., as the Interim President of the college. The SFCC Governing Board launched a search for the position after President Randy W. Grissom announced his retirement on Aug. 4. Grissom’s retirement is effective Oct. 31.

Gov. Board President Linda Siegle said, “We are thrilled to offer the position to Dr. Cervantes. She has the experience to build on the progress the college has made in increasing graduation rates and fostering student success. She has a strong background in collaborating with community partners, business and industry to provide greater opportunities to students.”

Board member Kathy Keith added, “The students were particularly impressed by her commitment to diversity and that she is bilingual.”

Cervantes has extensive experience working in higher education serving primarily in leadership roles at community colleges.

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SUN PATH featured in the College and Career Pathways Institute Newsletter

Partnership Spotlight: Sunny Outcomes in New Mexico’s Integrated Education & Training Programs

Three years ago, New Mexico began the Skill Up Network: Pathways Acceleration in Technology and Healthcare (SUN PATH) funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Initiative (TAACCCT). Thanks to Santa Fe Community College, the Consortium lead, CCPI was part of every step.

As Kristen Krell, Director of the New Mexico SUN PATH Consortium put it:

“Integrated Education Training programs have expanded across the state, moving more New Mexicans through training programs and into the workforce each year. And the CCPI trainings and support have truly been a catalyst for systemic change in New Mexico.”


Canceled: flu vaccination clinic at SFCC

Due to state budget constraints, the NM Department of Health has reported it will not be able to get enough flu vaccine to partner with SFCC in hosting a free vaccination clinic this fall. Community members are encouraged to seek alternative sites such as their own medical providers, pharmacies such as Walgreens and CVS and other hosted community events. The Department of Health will have vaccines available for special needs populations and certain sites will have some limited supplies of vaccines for the uninsured. Contact the Department of Health at 476-2600 for more information.


'Self-Care for the Real World' workshop

SFCC faculty and staff members are invited to attend Self-Care for the Real World: Building Resilience in the Workplace Friday, October 13 from 9 a.m. to noon. This session will offer stress management and self-care strategies for preventing burnout related to professional overwhelm and exhaustion. Erin Doerwald, Program Director of the Sky Center/NM Suicide Intervention Project, will conduct the session.

For more information, contact Kate Latimer, ext. 1839. To register, email Counseling Services. Professional Development credit will be awarded by HR for attendance.

'Economics of Happiness Conference'

SFCC is a partner in the coming Economics of Happiness Conference October 12-14 at the James A. Little Theater at the NM School for the Deaf. Reconnecting with our Local Future, the conference will explore and explain how we humans can shift direction – environmentally, economically, and spiritually – from a globalized system of exploitation, inequality and environmental degradation toward local cultures and economies that support renewal, resilience, and human and planetary well-being. Tickets are on sale now. For more information, call 505-663-6392.


Frequently Asked Questions for MySFCC

The new web portal MySFCC launched last week. This is now the students’ main entry point for their class information, announcements, registration and financial information. Faculty and staff can also use the portal for their personal transactions.

MySFCC is easier to navigate than JACK, which will no longer be available to students. For some FAQ about MySFCC read here.

Congratulations to OIT for all of their hard work in making this a fun, easier and more contemporary access web point for the campus community!


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.

Greenhouse classroom arrived

Thanks to all for who helped in getting the new greenhouse classroom safely delivered and situated last week.

Student Spotlight

Dog therapy in the Library

Take a break from midterms and come cuddle a canine in the Library’s Instruction Room, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 11 and 12.

Brought to you by the SFCC Library and the Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Human Society.

Dog at Duck Track, by Alex Katz, 1976.

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

Santa Fe Trails Bus Service

Please be sure to remind students that, in Observance of Columbus Day (Indigenous Peoples’ Day), Monday, Oct. 9 there will be no bus service to the college. While the system-wide schedule for the day will be on a Saturday schedule, there is no bus service to SFCC on Saturdays.

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. 9 through Nov. 27 in Room 571. For more information, email or call ext. 1426.

Student Success Series through October

Invite students to join SFCC’s Counselors each Wednesday in October for workshops focusing on their success. The next workshop in the series focuses on Test Anxiety from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Wednesday, October 11 in Room 487. Other topics addressed will include Stress Management (Oct. 18) and Relaxation Training (Oct. 25).

Sponsored by Counseling Services in collaboration with the SFCC Nursing Program. For more information, contact Counseling Services, ext. 1839.

Registration for High School Equivalency/GED for second session

Registration for the second session of classes this fall to prepare for the High School Equivalency/GED tests is now open through October 13. New students must complete an orientation packet and attend an orientation session. Classes begin October 16 in Spanish and English. For details, see the press release. For more information, call Adult Education at ext. 1356 or contact Lynne Matthes, ext. 1433

SFCC International Dinner

Phi Theta Kappa and the Center for Diversity and lntegrated Learning presents the SFCC lnternational Dinner: A potluck dinner to provide a chance for the SFCC community to come together and celebrate and learn about each others’ cultures and languages and to share stories. Join in the fun from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 20 in the Jemez Rooms.

You and your family are invited to bring a favorite family dish to share and even a musical instrument. Kid-friendly. For more information, email Phi Theta President Angela Luna or CDIL. See the invitation in Spanish.

Employee Announcements

SFCC Supports NM Mission of Mercy

SFCC’s Dental and Respiratory Departments supported the NM Mission of Mercy (NM-MOM) during the weekend of Sept. 22.

1,360 volunteers helped to create 1,304 new smiles at the NM-MOM. Over $1.1 million dollars in dental treatment was donated to the patients. The Dental faculty members and students volunteered in Dental Hygiene Education, Dental assisting and entertained pediatric patients.

Respiratory faculty members and students volunteered in the Medical Triage area. They were complemented on their performance for catching some significant patient health issues.

See photos of the event on Facebook.

The next New Mexico Mission of Mercy will be in Las Cruces, spring 2019. Volunteer registration will begin six months before the event. Find more information at NMDentalFoundation or contact Aamna Nayyar, ext. 1258 or Rebecca Jeffs, ext. 1723.

Volunteers needed for girls' STEM event

Faculty members are still needed to help at STEM Expanding Your Horizons, a STEM event for girls (fifth through eighth grade). The conference will inspire 200 girls to explore science, technology, engineering and math with female scientists for a full day. If you have questions, contact Assistant Professor of Mathematics Tracy Roberts:, ext. 1519. To volunteer go to the EYH volunteer page.

¡Palabra!: Pansexual

Pansexual people are people whose primary romantic, emotional, physical, and sexual attractions and connections can be with some members of all sexes and genders to varying degrees (though not necessarily at the same time).

The term is used to describe people of all sexes and genders. View definition in Spanish.

Brought to you by the Center for Diversity and Integrated Learning.