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Attend SANTA FE LITERARY REVIEW reading at 5 p.m. Thursday; please RSVP

Free reading at 5 p.m. Oct. 19 in SFCC Visual Arts Gallery

Register at

The public is invited to a free reading at the SFCC Visual Arts Gallery, from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19. Please register at For those who would like to join the celebration remotely, a link will be sent out.

The SFLR editors wrote in this issue’s letter to the reader:

““There’s no hiding something that wants to be found,” writes Melissa Darcey Hall in her story, “Leave the Bone Buried.” Creation is like that: that which was hidden rises to the surface, manifesting in ways the artist might never have intended—or imagined. Once fashioned, a good myth takes on a life of its own, evolving over time through countless retellings. And for the writers and artists—the makers of myths—it’s so often the case that our message, our voice, finds us, and not the other way around […]

Through dozens of manifestations, the myth lies at this issue’s core, and with it, a celebration of every story wishing to be found.”

The SFLR is created each year by SFCC faculty, students, and alumnae. This year’s issue features work by contributors from SFCC, Santa Fe, and around the world, and also includes an interview with Amber McCrary, a Diné artist and the founder of Abalone Mountain Press.

Complimentary copies of the SANTA FE LITERARY REVIEW (SFLR) are available for pickup at the Santa Fe Public Library branches, the Vista Grande Public Library in Eldorado, and at the SFCC Library.

The 2023 issue of the SFLR is available for viewing or download at For a selection of writing and art, visit For more information about the publication or the event, contact SFLR Faculty Advisor Kate McCahill by email at, or call 505-428-1903.

News and Announcements

Early voting at SFCC campus begins Sat.; watch governing board candidate forum video

Early voting for the Nov. 7 election, which includes the selection of an SFCC governing board candidate, as well as the opportunity to vote on the SFCC municipal general obligation bond begins this Saturday. SFCC is one of the early voting locations. Early Voting will be in Room 408, adjacent to Campus Center. Hours are:  from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. -7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Did you miss the League of Women Voters forum featuring SFCC governing board candidates and SFPS District 2 candidates on Oct. 10 in the Jemez Rooms? Two candidates, Lorenzo Dominguez and Lina Germann are seeking a position on the SFCC governing board. Chair George Gamble is leaving the board. Check out the video below.

Mo Charnot of The Santa Fe Reporter wrote about the two candidates in the Sept. 14 story, “Two Seek SFCC Board Seat: Challengers vie to increase engagement, expand programs at community college.” The two are vying for an open position. Board members serve six-year terms. From that story: The open position is currently held by board Chair George Gamble, who tells SFR he decided not to run again because he believes the body “needs new ideas, new passions, new DNA every once in a while” and that it is “time for some new perspectives.”

On Oct. 6, The Santa Fe New Mexican shared two stories about the candidates: SFCC board candidates aim to bolster recruitment, retention and Santa Fe Community College Board candidates questionnaires. Please note if you have trouble opening the links (because of the newspaper pay wall), you can see copies at the SFCC Library.

Important Dates for Upcoming Election
Absentee Voting Begins Oct. 10
Download an absentee ballot application – HERE

Early Voting Oct 10 – Nov 4
Vote in person at the Santa Fe County Clerk’s Office, 100 Catron St. in Santa Fe, beginning Tuesday, Oct. 10 through Saturday, Nov. 4. The office is open Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and on one Saturday, Nov. 4 only from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Other early voting locations open beginning Saturday, Oct. 21 from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. -7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
Please Note: SFCC will be an Early Voting location. Early Voting will be in Room 408, adjacent to Campus Center.

Election Day: Tuesday, Nov 7, 2023
Vote in person at a number of locations from 7a.m. – 7 p.m. on Election Day.
– See all locations  SFCC is not an election day voting site, voters will need to go their neighborhood locations.

Important: Don’t forget to vote on the SFCC bond!

Visit to learn more details about the SFCC general obligation bond. SFCC urgently needs these funds to repair peeling stucco and so much more! There is not enough money in SFCC’s general fund to pay for upgrades that are needed now!

The SFCC local bond is not about creating new spaces. Instead, it is about reimagining, renewing and rehabilitating our existing spaces to more efficiently serve our students and the community. The goal is to create a more streamlined, safe and enjoyable experience for everyone on campus. Bond funding would also help us upgrade technology to deliver high-quality education in classroom, workshop and lab settings as well as remotely.

​Bond allocations focus on the areas of greatest need identified in the SFCC Master Plan.

The facilities and technology upgrades are intended to develop a framework for our projected needs and growth over the next 10 years. SFCC is using available capacity to issue new bonds because it has paid off prior bonds. The debt service is remaining the same. The 2023 Bond would NOT increase property tax rates and would actually slightly decrease property tax rates.

Applications open through Nov. 1 for free PROTEC training for Business Systems Technology and Social Media Basics

Participants can earn digital badges verifying achievement in fully in-person training Nov. 6-17

Santa Fe Community College in partnership with Santa Fe County and New Mexico Workforce Connection announces a training program for Santa Fe County residents to gain in-demand skills that prepare them to work with businesses and local nonprofit organizations. The instructor-led training will be delivered in person from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday from November 6 to November 17 at the SFCC main campus, 6401 Richards Ave. Applications are due Nov. 1. Apply at:

Professional Readiness for Technical Career Program (PROTEC) offers preparatory training for entry-level employment in a variety of industries and is designed for individuals who are currently unemployed, under-employed, re-entering the workforce or looking to increase their hireability in Santa Fe County. Accepted participants will prepare for industry badges in Business Technology Systems and Social Media Basics through hands-on training and workshops to gain key job-readiness skills through more than 30 hours of free accelerated training followed by up to 50 hours of paid training and internships. Training includes Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook and customer service.

Accepted participants will develop job search skills to help them seek employment after completion of the program. CORE Score soft skills assessment and training will also be available to students. CORE Score includes skills such as critical thinking, communication, customer service, adaptability and drive for results. Apply online and get more information at Training scholarships and stipends are available to qualifying participants.

For more information about this PROTEC program or for assistance in applying call SFCC Continuing Education and Contact Training between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 505-428-1676 or email

HR flu vaccine clinic Wednesday in Campus Center has been cancelled

The Flu Clinic on October 18, 2023 has been cancelled due to a Pharmacist staffing issue. There is no available Immunizing Pharmacist that day due to illness and post procedure recuperation.

HR is working to schedule another clinic, if possible. 

Thanks to all who helped with Eclipse events

Thank you to the SFCC team led by Associate Dean Kelly Trujillo, Ph.D., and chemistry professor Cheryl Sensibaugh, Ph.D., (along with many other SFCC staff and faculty) as well as the Santa Fe Stargazers (who brought out telescopes with filters) who made SFCC’s viewing of the annular solar eclipse a big success! Many community members came to campus to watch the viewing with special solar glasses, to make solar viewing tubes, to see the light of the eclipse dance through shadows in the courtyard and to also watch the livestream (images of eclipse) on the screens in the classroom (all shown above).

Santa Fe New Mexican photographer Luis Sanchez Saturno is shown in several images carrying his young son. The photos he took at SFCC ran on the front page of the Santa Fe New Mexican on Sunday!

Dental students offered free screenings and oral health education at El Rancho de Las Golondrinas Harvest Festival

Free Dental Screenings and Oral Health Education were offered to the community by our CDHC and DAST students, at the El Rancho De Las Golondrinas Harvest Festival on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. October 7, 2023.

To learn about the SFCC Dental Assisting program, please visit:

To learn about the SFCC CDHC program, please visit:

Any questions, please email:

SFCC Library presents Genevieve Betts: Online Poetry Reading, “A New Kind of Tongue” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, pre-register

Pre-Register at:

About the book: As a collection, Genevieve Betts’ “A New Kind of Tongue” includes poems that are sometimes quirky, sometimes lyrical, sometimes edgy, and sometimes humorous. Language—our understanding of it, its regionality, and its many intricacies—is a main theme rooted within the book’s strong sense of place. Between the East Coast, specifically Brooklyn, and the Southwest, specifically Santa Fe, comparisons are made, narratives are shared, and observations are acknowledged.

A series of centos is also braided throughout this collection that exclusively uses language from outside texts such as Haruki Murakami’s “Kafka On the Shore,” Tom Robbins’ “Even Cowgirls Get the Blues,” David Mitchell’s “Ghostwritten,” and Angela Carter’s short story “The Bloody Chamber.” Betts reshapes the language of these texts to speak her own voice through the voices of others. This voice and her lens takes a feminist perspective with subject matter that includes family, work, the political climate, and other aspects of life, revealing hidden truths alongside shared truths of these recently-lived experiences.

For more information, please contact Valerie Nye at the SFCC Library: 505-428-1506.

Applications open until Nov. 10 for Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair artisans

This year Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) and SFCC will again host Holiday Arts and Crafts Fairs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the same day, Saturday, December 9. SFCC is accepting artist applications, you can find the form here:
Applications for the SFCC fair are due by Friday, November 10. For additional information call 505-428-1402, 505-428-1675, or email

OIT Maintenance
5 a.m. to noon Oct. 22, 2023

OIT will be performing maintenance 
5 a.m. to 12 noon Sunday, October 22, 2023

All systems will be affected by intermittent outages. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the OIT Service Desk at 505-428-1222

Indigenous Pottery class has pop-up show now through Oct. 27

The Indigenous Pottery class taught by Carmelita Topaha has a “pop up” exhibition in the main foyer of the Visual Arts Building. The show will be up until Friday, October 27, 2023.

Also, see these opportunities for trainings and workshops

Indigenous Pottery Instructor Carmelita Topaha is sharing information about upcoming trainings and workshops including two that will be at SFCC.

SFCC Library presents online reading from ‘The Longdream,’ by Austin Eichelberger at 5 p.m. Nov. 15

SFCC professor and author Austin Eichelberger.

What: Santa Fe Community College Library presents an online reading from SFCC professor Austin Eichelberger’s novel-in-progress, “The Longdream.”

About the book (Brief description of the work in progress for back cover): The fall could have killed Darren, but instead, slipping off his apartment balcony restarts his life. After a month-long coma, Darren wakes up in a Denver hospital to his wife crying over him—the wife he’d divorced in his coma dream. Now awake and more reliant on her than ever, Darren must learn to live in his injured body as he’s haunted by lists of rules for masculinity and memories of the man he fell in love with while unconscious. Back at a job he hates and dealing with estranged family, his artistic joy foundering and grief from his father’s suicide festering, Darren must decide what life he wants and make it his waking reality.

The book cover for “The Longdream.”

Who:  Austin Eichelberger is an Assistant Professor of English and Writing at Santa Fe Community College. He completed his MA at Longwood University in 2009 and his MFA in Fiction at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in 2018. Originally from the Appalachian region of Virginia, he is a creative consultant and visual artist in Santa Fe, New Mexico. More than 80 pieces of his creative writing have been published by journals and anthologies, including “Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine,” “Pithead Chapel” and “Nanoism.” His visual art recently appeared in “The Pinch.” He was a finalist in the 2016 Larry Brown Short Story Award and in 2017 he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. See some of his writing at

When:  5 p.m. Nov. 15

Where: Online. Pre-registration to attend the online event is required. A Zoom invitation with a link will be sent to registrants the morning of the event. Please register at:

Cost: Free. Space is limited. Participants must pre-register to receive Zoom link.

SFCC recognized at Santa Fe High football game for our support of SFPS

Marcos Maez, Director of Student Engagement and Recruitment holds a banner for SFCC in one photo and a plaque recognizing SFCC for its support of Santa Fe Public Schools in the other image.

SFCC was recognized at Friday Night’s Santa Fe High School football game for our continued support of Santa Fe Public Schools and their athletics program. We’re grateful to be acknowledged for such an important and successful partnership. 

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Paralegals of Santa Fe Networking Group meeting Oct. 26 at HEC

SFCC Paralegal Studies program is creating a networking group to bring together paralegals, legal assistants, and legal secretaries in Northern New Mexico. The next meeting is 5:30-7 p.m. on October 27 at the HEC.

U.S. Dept. of Ed officials praise SFCC’s leading work in higher education

SFCC students joined President Becky Rowley, Ph.D., for a photo with the visiting dignitaries on Sept. 24.

U.S. Department of Education Under Secretary James Kvaal and Assistant Secretary for the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education Amy Lloyd visited SFCC, as well as Navajo Technical University and Diné College on Monday, Sept. 25.

“New Mexico is at the vanguard of how we as a nation can make college affordable and what is possible when higher education isn’t priced out of students’ reach. New Mexico is really ahead of the curve when it comes to some of the challenges facing students today, and the incredible investments are paying off in helping students earn credentials and get jobs,” Under Secretary Kvaal said.  

U.S. Department of Education Under Secretary James Kvall, Acting N.M. Higher Education Secretary Patricia Trujillo, Ph.D., and Assistant Secretary for the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education Amy Lloyd (an SFCC alumna) visited SFCC’s campus on Sept. 25.

“New Mexico is an exemplar for free college programs that equitably increase opportunity for people to pursue postsecondary credentials, which is one of the many reasons why we’re here,” said Assistant Secretary for the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education Amy Loyd. “Community colleges like Santa Fe Community College, my alma mater, help students develop a college identity while being responsive to both student and industry needs.”

From the beginning of her administration, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has made college access and affordability a priority. New Mexico passed the Opportunity Scholarship Act in 2022, creating the nation’s most inclusive tuition-free college program, which has since benefited 36,000 New Mexicans, the majority of whom are first-generation college students and students of color. The state has also more than doubled the number of working health care professionals and teachers receiving debt relief through state-funded student loan repayment programs.   

The U.S. Department of Education under the Biden-Harris Administration continues to prioritize support for Minority Serving Institutions and addressing the student debt crisis, particularly as U.S. Supreme Court decisions struck down the nearly 50-year precedent of race-conscious admissions in higher education and stopped the administration’s student debt relief program earlier this year.  

All 29 public colleges and universities in New Mexico enroll enough Hispanic and Native American students to qualify for the federal designation of Minority Serving Institutions, including four tribal colleges, 24 Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) and four Native American Nontribal Serving Institutions (NANTSIs). New Mexico also graduates a higher proportion of Hispanic students than any other state.  

Students participated in the discussions with U.S. Dept. of Education Under Secretary James Kvall.
The students shared their experiences and challenges during the roundtable discussions.

“In a moment where college access and affordability are being called into question on a national level, I am proud that New Mexico is leading through example by implementing the country’s most progressive tuition-free college program, dramatically expanding student debt relief, and increasing supports for a wide array of students,” said Acting Higher Education Secretary Patricia Trujillo, Ph.D. “We are honored that the U.S. Department of Education recognizes New Mexico as a state that believes in the power of higher education, and we will continue to do whatever it takes to make it possible for historically underserved students to not only come through the doors to college but also walk across the stage on graduation day.”  

At SFCC, officials learned about how first-generation, parenting students, and other non-traditional students are being helped through the college’s many student support programs. At least one in every three SFCC students are also parents of young children and are eligible for on-campus childcare through the college’s Early Childhood Center of Excellence. SFCC also serves a high proportion of undocumented and DACA students, many of whom have grown up in the Santa Fe area.  

“I’m proud of our students, who shared their compelling stories with Under Secretary Kvaal and Assistant Secretary Loyd during their visit to the college,” said SFCC President Becky K. Rowley, Ph.D. “Under Secretary Kvaal was clearly invested in what the students had to say, while SFCC alumna Assistant Secretary Loyd connected with the students’ experiences and challenges. The conversation is sure to have provided informed and thoughtful feedback for our U.S. Department of Education officials to consider.”

See many more images of the dignitaries’ visit and campus tour on SFCCNM Facebook.

SFCC Library has launchpad tablets to lend for 3- to 5-year-old kids

The SFCC Library has six Launchpad learning tablets for children ages 3-5 years old. Launchpad learning tablets are loaded with apps, videos, storybooks, games just for kids. 100% secure. No internet needed. With an SFCC ID these tablets designed for kids can be used in the library’s Family Study Room and they can be checked out with headphones for four weeks at a time.

The Launchpad titles available at the SFCC Library are:
Estoy Listo Para Escuela, Food for Thought!, Learning Castle!
Pawsitively Scientific, Puppy Talk!, and School of Fun. Stop by the library’s main desk to request a Launchpad tablet. Questions? Contact the library at: or 505-428-1352.

Free Covid and flu shots available 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 30 in Jemez Rooms

Santa Fe Community College will host a free Covid and flu vaccine clinic from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, October 30 in the Jemez Rooms at SFCC main campus, 6401 Richards Ave. Shots will be provided by Best Buy Drugs, an independent pharmacy in Albuquerque.

Here are the details:

Covid and Flu Vaccination Clinic
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 30
Jemez Rooms, SFCC, 6401 Richards Ave.

No preregistration required. Please bring your insurance card. There will be no co-pay for recipients. While an insurance card is preferred, everyone is eligible. No one will be turned away.

Details on flu shot: The regular strength flu shots will be available for everyone aged 6 months and older. High-dose flu shots that are recommended for ages 65 years and older will also be available (commonly called the senior flu shot).

Details on Covid vaccine: The new monovalent Covid vaccine is targeting the XBB1.5 variant. The Covid vaccine will be Moderna brand. Moderna produces a 25mcg single dose vial for ages 6 months to 11 years old. Moderna’s 50mcg dose will be offered to everyone aged 12 years and older.

This clinic is first come, first served. The vaccinations are being brought to the college by Best Buy Drugs, an independent pharmacy in Albuquerque that has been locally owned for more than 60 years.

Please note there is a road closure at Richards Avenue and Dinosaur Trail due to county road construction. Alternate routes to the college are via Rabbit Road (from St. Francis Drive) or through Rancho Viejo to Avenida del Sur. Visit to see a map and updates.

SFCC had fun at inaugural RUN SANTA FE 5K!

Thank you to Recruitment Coordinator Daniela Gurule from the Office of Recruitment and Student Engagement for sharing these awesome photos of the winners celebrating at the Oct. 1 inaugural RUN SANTA FE 5 K at SFCC! Congratulations to all who helped make this a successful event as well as those who participated! You’re all winners! Click on the images to see them larger.

EdReady for student success in English

EdReady is a new application, now available on MySFCC as part of the multiple measures initiative. Many degree plans require completion of ENGL 1110. While there is no pre-requisite for ENGL 1110, students may choose to use EdReady if they are unsure of the English (ENGL) course to take to best support their success. Based on the results of their EdReady assessment, students might choose to enroll in a support lab for their class (ENGL 110L) or take ENGL 100 or another preparatory class before embarking on ENGL 1110.  Students might also choose to use the tools in EdReady to review material and prepare on their own before class begins.

EdReady keeps information private. It is only used when a student shares their results with an advisor or faculty member and requests guidance. That makes it a very low-risk and helpful tool for students.

Try it yourself by logging into MySFCC and clicking “EdReady English Assessment.”  After a self-assessment, EdReady will record your initial score and provide useful, easy-to-use study materials to help you improve. When you are ready to use your score to help you choose your English classes, you can have Ed Ready generate a report and email it to yourself and anyone you choose, like a professor or an advisor. The report contains both your initial score and the level you are at currently, based on your self-guided study.

If you have questions about using EdReady for English placement guidance, reach out to your Academic Advisor for more information.

SFCC hosted Battle Under the Hood challenge at Capital High on Sept. 27

SFCC hosted the third annual “Battle Under the Hood” challenge at Capital High on Wednesday where four competing teams diagnose problems with four vehicles. A 1999 Porsche Carrara and a Slingshot were also showcased.

Thank you to Eloisa Sanchez, CHS Gear-Up Coordinator, Julia Furry, Head of Automotive Technologies, and instructors, Allen Mirabal, Adam Griego and Skip Saurman. Our partners at Honda Subaru and Capitol Ford provided the vehicles and shared their expertise.

SFCC’s Automotive Technologies instructor Adam Griego’s all-girl team won the 1st Place with the most thorough diagnostic report.

Congratulations to Adam Griego’s all girls’ team who won 1st place with the most thorough diagnostics report! Thank you to Dual Credit Specialist Niki McKay for sharing these photographs.

Stay alert; Closures on Dinosaur Trail and Richards Ave.

Map from Santa Fe County alert news release.
Click on the map to see it bigger.

SFCC realizes how disruptive the construction of the NE/SE Connector Project has been to everyone traveling to the college.

Keep in mind that these projects have many variables beyond the College’s control. The construction is ongoing. SFCC wants you to stay alert and stay safe. For your safety, please sign up for the County and SFCC Alert systems.

Sign up for County Emergency Alerts

For road updates, please sign up for the county emergency alerts at Alert Santa Fe.

Campus Closures

You can always find the latest about emergencies and weather alerts regarding campus closures in the top banner at If you did not receive the email alerts or text messages regarding the August closure, register (at the top green button) and update your information for the SFCC Alert system RAVE.

On Sept. 1, SFCC received this latest update from Santa Fe County:

NE/SE Connector Road(s)Project
Richards Ave. Closed from
Dinosaur Trail to Zinnia Lane;
Ave. and Dinosaur Trail Closure

Santa Fe, NM – Beginning Monday, September 11, 2023, the contractor for Santa Fe County will begin construction of a roundabout at Richards Avenue, north of the Dinosaur Trail intersection for the NE/SE Connector Project. To safely accommodate the construction, it will be necessary to close a segment of Richards Avenue.

Richards Ave. will be closed immediately north of Dinosaur Trail extending north, to immediately south of Zinnia Lane (north of the I-25 southbound bridge). This closure will be in effect for up to 60 calendar days. During this time, Santa Fe County will provide detour and business access signage identifying alternative routes around the closure.

In advance of the temporary closure on September 11, please be aware, that beginning on September 5, earth work will be occurring in the area and flagging operations will be instituted. While a closure is unnecessary for this work, minor traffic delays may occur.

Motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists are advised to seek alternate routes and urged to allow additional time to accommodate the detours.

For additional information regarding this project, please visit or contact Santa Fe County Public Works at (505) 992-3010.

Thank you for your patience, continued cooperation, and please use caution in the work zones.

Roof J renovations begin in mid-September

Roof renovations will begin over the Library, TV Studio, KSFR Radio Station and the East Wing. There will be some construction noise while the work is in progress.

For more information, contact Andrea Mueller, Facilities & Operations Assistant Director & Campus Planning at or 505-930-9781

Road closure at Governor Miles and Richards, sign up for alerts

Governor Miles Road at Richards Avenue is closed as of Wednesday Aug. 23 for repairs. No estimate of when it will open. Seek alternative route. Future road construction announcements will be provided through Alert Santa Fe.

Sharing this observation: As you travel on Richards Avenue from Rodeo Road toward the college, the portion of Governor Miles that goes east is closed for maintenance. The section of Governor Miles that goes west is open.

Construction projects and timelines have been variable due to supply chain issues and staffing.

For any future road updates please sign up for Alert Santa Fe.

Accelerated Medical Assisting Program now accepting applications

Accredited specific education includes performing clinical and administrative procedures in settings such as physician’s offices, clinics and ambulatory settings. Course are sequenced to build skill level and prepare students for a career in the growing medical field.

The certificate is accelerated, eligible for financial aid, offered in both Fall and Spring semesters. It includes a practicum in a doctor’s office or hospital and National Certification tests. The certificate is embedded in the Medical Assisting Associate Degree.

Students must complete an application to start the acceptance process.

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Prepare for the Career & Transfer Fair with the October CTS Workshop Series

Career and Transfer Services will be hosting three workshops as part of their October CTS Series in preparation for the Career and Transfer Fair on November 1

Résumé Workshop
Tuesday, October 24
Noon –  1 p.m.   Room 204-I (I-Room) in the Student Affairs Office

Thursday, October 26 & Friday, October 27
Personal résumé advising with Academic Advisor Julia Gonzales
Noon to 1 p.m., First come, first served!
Student Affairs Office

Networking Practice workshop
Monday, October 30
Noon to 1 p.m. Networking Practice workshop
Room 204-I (I-Room) in the Student Affairs Office

The first 5 students to attend any of these workshops will receive a $10 Starbucks gift card!

Limited Financial Aid Services November 2-3

The Financial Aid Office will have limited staff available Thursday and Friday, November 2-3 due to annual training. The office will remain open but some services may not be available until the following week.

Printmaking student Ruth Omlin has art exhibition continuing until Dec. 31

SFCC Printmaking Student Ruth Omlin’s work will be on display at the Art On Barcelona Gallery at UUSF, 107 W Barcelona, Santa Fe. The exhibition will be on display through December 31. The gallery is open 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Mon.-Fri., and 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Sundays. Learn more at

Student Writing Awards – submit entries through March 1, 2024

Entries are being accepted for the SFCC writing awards now through 12 noon on March 1, 2024.
Categories include poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, academic essay, image/photography, instructor-nominated, & en español. Winners receive $50 and runners-up receive $25

Winners, runners-up, and honorable mentions will all be published in Accolades, will be invited to read at the celebration, and will also be considered for the SFCC Foundation Richard Bradford Memorial Creative Writing Scholarship.

  • Applicants must be enrolled in at least three credits and should not yet have earned a degree.
  • Entries should be no more than 5 pages in length, typed, and attached as Word documents (or jpgs for images/photography).
  • No more than 6 submissions, excluding instructor nominations.
  • Please remove any identifying information from the entries.

Email submissions (or questions) to Please include name, A#, phone number, and the titles & categories of entries.

Spring registration begins Nov. 7 – meet with your advisor now to prepare

Current students should meet with their advisors to prepare for Spring registration, which will be here before you know it. In MySFCC, click on “Academic Advising (Online/In Person)” in the “Schedule an Appointment” section, or visit to find your advisor and book an appointment.

If you have questions or need assistance, reach out to

Applications now open for Spring 2024 PILAS Paid Internship Program

PILAS offers SFCC students the opportunity to get PAID to be mentored! The PILAS Internship Program is open to SFCC students who meet the following criteria:

  • Have declared in an Associate Degree or Certificate program
  • 18 years or older
  • Have reliable transportation
  • Willing to check and respond to SFCC email DAILY
  • Maintain a GPA of C or better during the semester of the internship
  • Agree to abide by the Professional Code of Conduct for the PILAS Internship Program

The January 24 PILAS Internship will run from January 22 through May 3, and will include 14 weeks of 10-20 hours per week of work. Interns will earn three credit hours toward their degree. The internship will be comprised of 120 paid internship hours, 3 in-person seminars, midterm and final papers, and evaluations from their mentor. Other important job-seeking skills will be covered, including resumes, mock interviews and more.

Students must complete an application and submit an essay to qualify for the program. Internships are limited, apply early for your best chance at placement. Deadline is December 15, 2023.

For more information, visit, or contact Louise Majorey at 505-428-1684 or

Save the date: Career and Transfer Fair 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday , November 1

The SFCC Career and Transfer Fair will take place on from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, November 1 in the West Wing, Campus Center, and Jemez Rooms. Local businesses and 4-year transfer institutions will be on campus to share information with students and community members. Come to learn about local employers and transfer school options. Save the date and plan to join us on November 1!

If you have any questions, please reach out to Career Services by email or call 505-428-1406.

Counseling services available for students

Apply now for AwardSpring Scholarships

Here are the requirements that must be met for all Foundation scholarships for the Fall 2023 semester:

  • GPA (2.5 or higher)
  • Completion Rate (67% or higher)
  • Satisfactory Academic Status
  • Enrollment (6 credit hours or higher)
  • FAFSA on file
  • Completed Financial Aid file

For more assistance and information, please contact The Financial Aid office at

Schedule an online FAFSA appointment

Students who need FAFSA assistance can now schedule an appointment via a Calendly link. There are no longer weekly virtual FAFSA hours during the fall semester. 

Scheduling via Calendly allows students to schedule a specific time, allowing the time needed to complete their FAFSA. At this time, with many students inquiring for FAFSA assistance, the virtual hours wouldn’t allow for great one-on-one assistance.

Important dates for fall semester

Student Recruitment Ambassador needed

The Office of Recruitment and Student Outreach is hiring a Student Recruitment Ambassador to assist with leading campus tours for individuals and large groups, to support SFCC’s Recruitment and Dual Credit team and assist with projects as needed. Our Ambassador will also participate in community and Santa Fe Public School events like college and career fairs and application drives.

Please contact Daniela Gurule at or 505-428-1149 if you are interested!

Interested in helping others? Campus Cupboard is seeking student employees

Interested in helping others? Campus Cupboard is hiring three Students as Campus Cupboard, The Exchange and Office Ambassadors.

Interested call 505-428-1582  or email

Students will work a maximum 20 hours per week. Must be registered for at least 3 CR in summer and 6 CR in fall and maintain a minimum of a 2.5 GPA. Pay is $15/hour. Students do not need to be work-study eligible.

Ambassadors make a difference by providing excellent customer service, completing and fulfilling online and in-person orders, coordinating on-campus delivery events, maintaining inventory reports and ensuring products are readily available, maintaining a positive atmosphere, ensuring the cleanliness of space, and providing other opportunities to make a difference. Assist with campus events and activities. Ambassadors may have some physical requirements to fulfill.

Registration open for late-starting fall classes

Do you know someone who’s interested in taking classes at SFCC, but doesn’t know where to start? Encourage them to visit the Educational Pathways. Find classes at

Encourage your friends and family members to come to the college. Remind folks about the Opportunity Scholarship, as well as the Lottery Scholarship for recent high school graduates.

For information on applying and registering visit For more information, please contact the Welcome and Advising Center, 505-428-1270, 

Students: Need childcare? Make sure you’re on the Kids Campus waitlist

When a spot comes available at the Kids Campus, students get priority placement. Kids Campus wants to support student parents and hopes that those needing childcare will get on the waitlist.

Children of degree-seeking SFCC students, SFCC employees, and full-time students at the Higher Education Center are prioritized for placement to support a two-generation philosophy of education at the college.

Visit the Kids Campus website for more information. Students receive a 10% discount on the cost of Kids Campus and N.M. Early Childhood Education and Care Development offers Child Care Assistance to income-eligible students.

Student Resource Center is here for you

Connect with Community Resources
The Student Resource Center focuses on providing information to students about resources throughout the community and providing appropriate referrals to agencies. The resources focus on basic needs such as: housing and shelter, food, legal services, transportation, childcare services, utility payment assistance, and physical and mental health services. All services are free and confidential.

Conèctese con los Recursos de la Comunidad El Centro de Recursos para Estudiantes se enfoca en proporcionar información a los estudiantes sobre los recursos en toda la comunidad y proporcionar referencias apropiadas a las agencias. Los recursos se centran en necesidades básicas como: vivienda y refugio, alimentos, servicios legales, transporte, servicios de cuidado infantil, asistencia para el pago de servicios públicos y servicios de salud física y mental. Todos los servicios son gratuitos y confidenciales.

505–428-1194 | |

Professional Development Day on Friday focuses on Roadmap to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Belonging+ (DEIAB+)

Fall Professional Development Day will take place this Friday (October 20), online and on campus in the Jemez Rooms. This day will focus on a Roadmap to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Belonging+ (DEIAB+).

Staff and Faculty are encouraged to attend the in-person sessions. The day will begin at 8 a.m. and will conclude at 3:30 p.m. Here is the Zoom link for those joining online.

Please see a detailed Schedule of Events and Speaker’s bios.

For more information, please contact

Dr. Aamna Nayyar gave a virtual lecture to dental students in Morocco

Dr. Aamna Nayyar, Director of Dental Health Department virtually guest lectured to the Morrocco dental students in Morocco (Univ. Mohammed VI – Centre de Soins Dentaire –, as part of the Global Dental Ambassadors. The Global Dental Ambassadors group (GDA) is a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization which is a grassroots and volunteer led and driven group of dental professionals who share the mission to participate in academic and cultural exchanges among
oral health professionals and institutions around the globe. Topics for her volunteer lecture and case presentations were, “Updates on Dental Caries” and “Pain management and Narcotics”.

The presentation was Oct 2-3, 2023. Using the digital platforms of ZOOM and Microsoft Teams.

To learn more about GDA, visit:

To learn about SFCC’s Dental programs, visit:

Any questions, email

September WOW – Randy Orona Torres

Congratulations to September 2023 WOW Award winner Randy Orona Torres, nominated by Isabella Jefferson:

“Randy Orona Torres is an exceptional educator who consistently demonstrates a compassionate approach in his interactions with both students and parents. He is diligent in keeping parents informed about any developments pertaining to their child’s behavior.”

Please be sure to nominate who you think is doing a great job here at SFCC. The submission form can be found at the SFCC Connect portal, or by reaching out to Katie Cadena Priebe,

CHESS Workday Learning Implementation

A team from SFCC is participating in a CHESS Workday Learning Implementation. Workday Learning is an Enterprise Learning Management System (LMS) aimed at the employee learning experience. It will be integrated within our existing Workday tenant to provide simplified access. The SFCC team includes HR, IT, Marketing, and OTL employees. The project kicked off on 9/21 and is expected to be completed in March.

Have any questions about the project? Contact Donna Castro in HR or Cori Bergen in IT.

Procedures updated for Policy 1-29, Governing Board Self Evaluation

The Governing Board has reviewed and posted with minor edits the Procedures for Policy 1-29, Board Self Evaluation Instrument. College Policies and Procedures are online at SFCC Policies. To learn more, contact Policy Officer Laura J. Mulry, ext. 1776.

Faculty Senate Officers elected for Fall 2023

Congratulations and welcome to the Fall 2023 Faculty Senate officers:

SFCC STEM faculty – Free professional development opportunity

Another FREE professional development opportunity is here. October 9 through November 27, 2023 ESCALA Education is offering a course called CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE TEACHING IN STEM IN HSIs (9 hours).

This STEM-focused conversation about teaching practices mini-course is facilitated by STEM faculty in HSIs and delves into the cultural disconnects Latinx students feel when developing STEM identities. Each of the six sessions introduces an evidence-based practice that will provide a more culturally responsive learning experience for Latinx students in STEM courses.

It is a completely asynchronous course and will be completed on your own time. Course fee ($1,800) is paid through Title V Grant. Adjunct faculty are eligible for a stipend of $288 with successful completion.

For more information contact Monika Bechtel at or 505-428-1033.

Academic Referral Process

For those who are new or may benefit from a quick refresher, please don’t forget about our academic referral process. The academic referral form allows both faculty and academic advisors to support students in an intentional and comprehensive way – providing wrap around services to students who are struggling within the classroom.

If you have a student who is struggling in the classroom, please let the advising team know via the academic referral form. The sooner the advising team learns of your concern through the form, which requires campus VPN access, the better as it increases our chance of successfully intervening at a pivotal point in the student’s academic journey.

The electronic form is located on

Click on SFCC Connect (Intranet)

Select Academic Referral 2023-2024, under Featured Links (Left Side of Page)

Referrals are routed instantaneously to an advisor. Advisors then reach out to their advisee via phone/email. They check in, explain the reason for their outreach, and determine how to best help based upon their dialogue with the student in addition to the information submitted within the referral. Depending upon the situation, advisors educate, provide holistic care, strategize with the student, make referrals to others on campus, etc. Once the concern is addressed, the advisor updates the referral status and enters their notes in the system, which will update the faculty member on the outcome of the referral. Faculty access this information by clicking into the referral response via the email confirmation of their submission (click show approval history and then show approval comments).

If you have any questions and/or concerns about this resource, please do not hesitate to reach out via phone at 505-428-1275 or by email at

Message about Interact Communications sessions

In an email on August 29, President Rowley sent the following message.

Dear Colleagues:

Thank you to those of you who were able to participate in the Interact internal communication retreats. Your input is important and appreciated. This is only the beginning of our journey to identify possibilities, overcome challenges, and energize the sense of community we value.

I am committed to thoroughly exploring and following through on the recommendations that you identified in the Interact meetings. With your valuable feedback, I feel confident that we will accomplish a great deal together. I will be collaborating with our Interact consultants (Mary and Diane) to outline a strategy for our next steps of this project. I will also be reaching out to many of you as we prepare next steps.

In case you were unable to attend or want to review, please see below.

Wednesday, Aug. 16, Interact Communications:

Thank you for your participation and engagement during this important project. I look forward to developing goals and outcomes together.


Becky Rowley, Ph.D.

Duplicating Center open 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. in LL307

Enjoy 4 hours administrative leave; note rules and guidelines

President Becky Rowley, Ph.D., shared this message in an email on Aug. 21, 2023:

Dear Colleagues, It’s time to enjoy New Mexico’s fall events. I am authorizing four hours of administrative leave for full-time ‘regular, probationary, and term status’ employees (prorated for those employees working part-time). Use this time to participate in local community events or just to recharge. I know everyone has been working hard and I appreciate all you do.

A few rules:

  1. You must take the hours between now and Monday, Nov. 13.
  2. Administrative leave cannot be accumulated for use outside this time period and cannot be considered as work time for purposes of overtime compensation.
  3. Supervisors are reminded to schedule this time off in a way that does not negatively impact services.
  4. See Policy 4-35 Leave.

As always, please consult with your supervisor to coordinate your time off. If you have any questions about your leave, please contact the Office of Human Resources.

Thank you.

Becky Rowley, Ph.D.


‘Addressing ChatGPT in Your Course Syllabus and Policy’ video available

Check out the latest SFCC Library presentation led by Reference and Instruction Librarian Sarah Hood. The presentation and discussion was during Convocation on Aug. 18 regarding “Addressing ChatGPT in Your Syllabus and Policies.”

Annual Mandatory Cybersecurity Awareness Training

On August 16th, all SFCC employees will be assigned Mandatory Cybersecurity Awareness Training.

Current Employees will have two months to complete the training. New employees hired throughout the academic year will be assigned the course on their start date and will have two months to complete the training.

We appreciate your compliance with the important annual training requirements.

If you have questions about this training, please contact

To access the assigned training, log into, click on the KnowBe4 link under Applications, then click on Training to see all assigned trainings.

CHESS — Collaborative for Higher Education Shared Services

CHESS Connection Newsletter – September 2023

If you’re wondering what’s happening with Workday, check out the latest CHESS Connection!

This newsletter contains information on role-based training, a tip sheet for creating receipts, more on reporting, and upcoming benefits open enrollment.

Fall Online Teaching and Learning training opportunities

The office of Online Teaching and Learning (OTL) encourages faculty members to improve their online teaching skills with Title V supported trainings. Contact Michelle Rentería at to register or for more information. Visit for the full Quality Matters schedule of classes. 

Opt-In to get Student Parent Success newsletter

Did you know that more than 1 in 5 college students nationally is a parent and that 42% of student parents are enrolled at community colleges? The Student Parent Success Program, a program of the SFCC Early Childhood Center of Excellence, distributes a monthly student parent newsletter, events, and resources to student parents. Please help us reach more student parents – staff and faculty, use this form to opt-in to our emails so that you receive information on events, resources, and opportunities that you can share with student parents: And student parents, use the form on our webpage to opt-in to our emails directly:

WOW awards – nominate an outstanding coworker today!

The Office of Human Resources recognizes WOW recipients for their dedicated work and commitment to Santa Fe Community College.

Please be sure to nominate someone who you think is doing a great job here at SFCC.
The award is a $25.00 gift certificate from Amazon.
The submission form can be found at the SFCC Connect portal, Home » Online Forms/Surveys/Tests » Online Forms » Office of Human Resources or nominate by reaching out to Katie Cadena Priebe at

New employees: We’d like to get to know you!

Staff Senate is encouraging new staff employees to come to an upcoming Staff Senate to introduce yourselves.

Campus Weekly would also love to introduce new staff and faculty members. Please send us your name, job title, when you started at SFCC, brief bio and photo (it can be a selfie!) to Submit News.

If you’re new to SFCC, we’d love to introduce you to the our community. We’re happy you’re working with us at SFCC!


Welcome Shane Tolbert as Academic Director of Arts and Design

Shane Tolbert

Dr. James (Jim) Wysong, Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and the School of Art and Design recently shared this announcement:


It is my pleasure to announce that Mr. Shane Tolbert has recently started in the position of Academic Director of Arts and Design. In this position, Shane will help advance the goals of the School of Arts and Design, focusing on several key areas including: grants, articulation and transfer agreements, recruitment and retention efforts, assessment

and program review, community engagement, and special projects. Shane will also continue to teach drawing and painting classes and pursue his own artistic interests. Shane has truly “hit the ground running,” and has already started making progress. Please

welcome him to our team. Shane’s bio is included below.

Shane Tolbert received his BFA in Painting from the University of Houston in 2008 and his MFA in Painting from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2010. He has worked

across disciplines in drawing, sculpture and collage with a primary focus in painting. Tolbert’s explorations are concerned with the process and materiality of painting, and the way images can be made by relying on chance, unorthodox materials, and gesture.

His recent work on found supports show a growing consciousness of the ecological impact of his studio practice, but also a new interest in the signs of embedded meaning and history of discarded building material and refuse. Tolbert has participated in the Edward Albee Foundation Residency in Montauk, New York and the Ucross Foundation Residency in Wyoming. Recent projects include a revolving public art installation at Northpark Mall in Dallas as well as commissions for United Airlines at Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. His work has been reviewed in Art in America, Glasstire, and Visual Art Source, among others; and his writings have been published in Southwest Contemporary. He is represented by McClain Gallery in Houston. His work can be viewed online at

James (Jim) Wysong, Ed.D.

“Shane brings experience as a working artist, college professor, and a respected member of the Santa Fe art community to this position.”

“A big part of what I expect Shane to do in his new role is to forge new connections and reinforce existing ones within the community. His work will also focus on showcasing the educational opportunities that SFCC offers for students considering
a career in the arts.”

Dr. Jim Wysong

Ongoing news and events

Genuine Foods Coffee Shop open, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; now hiring

The Genuine Foods Coffee Shop is open and is serving breakfast burritos, drinks, coffee, sandwiches, pizza and salads. Currently, the hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Genuine Foods needs to add staff to support the kitchen operation to open the cafeteria.

Genuine Foods is hiring! Please encourage friends or family to apply here for a cook position. Trish Campbell, Director of Food Services, said the cook position is open. She shared, “Candidates should have some experience because they will have to hit the ground running and have knowledge of prep, cook, equipment and such. They also have to be personable and ready to please as we will be customer-oriented. They need to handle a fast-paced environment and take direction well. Starting pay is $18 per hour. I will also have a couple cashier positions opening soon and more than likely some catering positions, as well.”

If you have any specific questions regarding food services please contact Trish Campbell, Director Food Services at

Spur Trail gates reopen; please stay on the trail

To protect college students and employees as well as the public during the NE/SE Connector project, as well as during the decommissioning of the wastewater plant, SFCC was obliged to close off the Spur Trail gates that provide access to Main Campus.

The Spur Trail gates reopened on Friday, August. 25. All users are reminded to stay on the trail. For your own safety, do not walk or ride off the trail. The college will be working to improve signage and wayfinding along the trail. In the meantime, please respect college property and remain on the trail. Thank you.

Video of Miriam Sagan’s ‘Castaway’ poetry reading available

If you missed Miriam Sagan’s recent reading, “Castaway” brought to you on Zoom by the SFCC Library, check it out. Note: Watch for several minutes and then you will see Miriam Sagan in the full screen. Read more about her reading in the press release.

CE partners with Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado; opens Fall registration

Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado

Santa Fe Community College’s Continuing Education announces a partnership with the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado in Tesuque. Registration for classes at the resort property is now open along with more than 150 offerings in SFCC’s Fall Continuing Education Schedule now available online. Print copies are available in the racks at Santa Fe Community College, the Santa Fe Higher Education Center and around town. Visit for tips on registering and to view the variety of offerings available in-person and online for personal enrichment or to develop professional skills.

SFCC Director of Continuing Education Nicholas “Nick” Wernicki said, “We are thrilled to be partnering with the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado to offer some of our most popular classes on the Four Seasons property. These classes will offer a chance for personal enrichment in a magnificent setting. Attendees can enjoy the Ancient Sky-Watchers class accompanied by the Four Seasons signature S’mores and hot-cocoa. We invite the community to join Professor Steve Martinez for an afternoon of 19th Century New Mexico history or popular art instructor Michael Long for an outdoor art experience both offered at the Four Seasons property with a mouthwatering lunch at the seasonally inspired Terra Restaurant included.”

Bixente Pery, General Manager of Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado added, “Four Seasons is excited to partner with Santa Fe Community College to welcome people to experience the ambiance and cuisine of Rancho Encantado while enjoying superb lectures offered by talented instructor.” Bar and Restaurant General Manager Faith Shroeder said, “We are proud to share our signature restaurant with the community, featuring the flavors of northern New Mexican cuisine with global influences, all with sweeping views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains.”

Click to view fall catalog

Read about the full selection of classes in the press release.

Advance registration is required for the classes at Four Seasons, as well as other offerings through SFCC’s Continuing Education program.

If you have questions about the schedule or where to get a print copy, contact Continuing Education at or 505-428-1676. The CE staff can help you complete your registration.

Please see the schedule for other exciting class partnerships. Read about the Sake 101 class offered at Izanami Restaurant (page 10) and The Back in Time class (page 3) given as you ride aboard the Sky Railway.

Following the Manito Trail exhibit continues through Oct. 15

Santa Fe Community College hosted an opening reception for the traveling exhibition Following the Manito Trail from the Millicent Rogers Museum on Aug. 26. The exhibition continues in the Main Hallway through October 15.

SFCC’s Director of Art on Campus Linda Cassel said, “We’re so pleased to be able to share the rich cultural history shared in the Following the Manito Trail exhibition so well-prepared by the curators at the Millicent Rogers Museum on our campus. It’s an enlightening exhibition that will also touch the hearts of so many Hispanic families from northern New Mexico.”

Banners tell the stories of many families from northern New Mexico.

The Millicent Rogers Museum shares this about the exhibition:

“Following the Manito Trail is a cultural heritage exhibition that shares the migration experiences, creative practices, and largely untold stories of Manito (Hispanic New Mexican) families from Taos County and its surrounding area. These families carried their culture with them through their migrations to other states for seasonal and permanent work during the 19th and 20th centuries. These migrations represent Manito family values in surviving, even if it meant leaving the homes they cherished.”

Their contributions significantly impacted the American West through their labor in sheepherding, coal mining, railroad construction, and the sugar beet fields. Wherever they went, they never forgot their roots in New Mexico, and they shaped their new homes in other states to preserve and adapt their cultural traditions that they brought with them. For some families, the following generations stayed in their diaspora homes, and, for others, they returned to New Mexico. Through their descendants, Manito families carry on the legacy of shaping the northern New Mexico cultural landscape through professions in medicine, the humanities, the arts, linguistics, and agriculture.”

The exhibition highlights Manito family histories; the significance of storytelling, agricultural, poetic, religious and culinary practices to Manito families.

Stop by any time during SFCC campus open hours. Read more about The Manito Trail.

For more information about the exhibition, contact Director of Art on Campus Linda Cassel via email at or call 505-428-1501.

Create a Free Will using easy online tool

Executive Director of SFCC Foundation Kelly Marquez shared this opportunity to create a Free Will in a recent email:

Valued supporters like you help the Santa Fe Community College Foundation empower our students on their educational journeys toward a successful future. We wouldn’t be able to strengthen this community without you. In gratitude, I’m writing to share news of our exciting new partnership that offers you a resource to complete a vital life task.

The Santa Fe Community College Foundation partnered with FreeWill: a free online estate planning tool!

This partnership comes just in time for National Make-A-Will Month, the best time of the year to create or update your will. Here are a few reasons why you might want to complete this essential task:

  • Security: Creating your will and estate plan allows you to communicate important financial and healthcare decisions, so you’re prepared for whatever the future may hold.  
  • Peace of mind: A will allows you to provide for the people and pets you love, so you know that no matter what, they will be supported. 

Make your Free Will at:

Impact: By including a legacy gift in your will, you can sustain the future of Santa Fe Community College and help secure our learning environment for the next generation!

Nearly 67% of American adults do not have an up-to-date estate plan, and it’s a crucial document that helps you care for your loved ones and steward your assets. FreeWill’s online tool guides you through writing your will in about 20 minutes — and it’s completely free to use.

As you write your will, FreeWill makes it simple to plan a legacy gift of any size to the SFCC Foundation. Your legacy gift can plant a seed of support that will grow to empower hardworking young people who are the future of our community!

Thanks for your continued support.

Enhancements to

In an email on Thursday, June 13 Executive Director of Marketing and Public Relations Todd Lovato shared the following about the public website:

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing today to update you on an exciting development on our public website. For more than a year, a team of my MPR teammates have worked on a project to enhance our website offerings for prospective students.

We are pleased to announce that some of these website revisions – which include some updates to program and department pages – are being introduced today. Website updates and adaptations are an ongoing process. I’d like to point out, however, that the focus of these latest revisions was primarily to enhance the experience of prospective students on our site as they navigate the admissions process and explore educational pathways at SFCC. The updates provide enhanced access to career information, registration guidance and support resources. They also address some on-going technical and user navigation issues.

Many of the recent updates are best viewed by exploring SFCC offerings via the college’s Educational Pathways landing page.

These enhancements have been carefully developed using higher education best practice research, website and search engine optimization (SEO) traffic analytics, consultation with local web developers and writers, as well as ongoing consultation and collaboration with many of our colleagues throughout the campus.

Also, please note that these changes provide MPR with new features and additional ways to collaborate with programs and departments to further improve the website and provide prospective students easier access to information about college programs.

As with any web updates, there is the possibility of small, easily fixable glitches like broken links or re-directs. As we comb for these bugs, I ask for your help by keeping an eye out for anything out of the ordinary. Please contact MPR with these updates using the MPR Job Request Form. This will enable us to quickly address issues. Please continue to review and update your department’s respective webpages for out-of-date or excessive information. Please note, today’s message pertains to the college’s public website, and does not include changes to MySFCC or the SFCC Connect Intranet, which are not under MPR’s purview.

I’d like to thank my MPR team and colleagues across campus for their persistence, collaborative energy, and continued focus on our college’s future students.

We look forward to continuing to work with you in promoting SFCC’s outstanding programs to our community.

SFCC to offer coding and creativity opportunities with support from Apple

File photo of student using an Apple laptop.

SFCC will offer the Santa Fe region new learning opportunities around coding and creativity, with the support of Apple’s Community Education Initiative. Community partners include Santa Fe Public Schools, Santa Fe Indian School, Boys & Girls Club of Santa Fe/Del Norte, and STEM Santa Fe, which will work with the college and Santa Fe Community College Foundation to cultivate digital literacy, digital equity, and coding and creativity experience to Santa Fe’s diverse community.

SFCC President Becky Rowley, Ph.D., said, “Santa Fe Community College is thrilled Apple is supporting our work to offer training in coding and other creative digital skills to young people who have had limited access to such opportunities in the past.”

The initiative will reach youth in a variety of locations primarily in the Santa Fe Public Schools, Santa Fe Indian School, as well as at the Boys & Girls Club based at the Santa Fe Place Mall. STEM Santa Fe will assist with the initiative.

Read the full press release here.

For more information about SFCC’s role in this program, contact Dean of Continuing Education and Contract Training Kris Swedin via email at or call 505-428-1253.

Required COVID-19 Reporting

SFCC continues to monitor and follow guidance from public health officials and state and local government on mitigating and addressing exposure to COVID-19. The State of New Mexico and New Mexico Higher Education Department recently announced they will no longer require the reporting of COVID-19 cases amongst student, staff, and faculty who are on campus via the Rapid Response Submission Portal.

Our college continues to take the transmission and threat of infectious diseases seriously and we remain committed to keeping our community as safe as possible. Please note the following:

  • The college no longer requires reporting of COVID-19 positive cases to SFCC’s Contact Tracing Team.
  • However, it is very important we continue keep each other safe and follow health and safety best practices. The college continues to follow guidelines from the CDC Quarantine and Isolation Calculator, which details the following:
    • You should isolate from others when you have COVID-19.
    • You should also isolate if you are sick and suspect that you have COVID-19 but do not yet have test results.
    • Ending isolation is detailed on the CDC’s Isolation and Precautions for People with COVID-19 webpage – “Ending Isolation”.
  • Positive or suspected positive individuals should coordinate closely with supervisors to make appropriate accommodations, as well as reporting for absences using regular sick leave.
    • If you are out of sick leave and contracted COVID-19, please contact the Office for Human Resources to determine if other options are available to you.
  • The college custodial staff continues its rigorous cleaning and disinfecting protocols, which includes a campus-wide daily schedule, with emphasis on bathrooms, and higher traffic and enclosed spaces.
  • Additionally, Facilities and Operations staff have made significant improvements to college ventilation and filtration systems and those systems are up and running.

The College will continue to follow best practices, community levels, and infectious disease developments.

Museum STEP Passes available at Library

With the STEP Pass, you and up to 5 people can use the card for free admission to:

  • Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
  • Santa Fe Children’s Museum
  • IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Art
  • Santa Fe Botanical Garden

Passes check out for two weeks at a time.

For more information contact:

SFCC ChatGPT conversation

Part 1: ChatGPT’s Implications for Higher Ed

This session includes a demo of how ChatGPT works, implications for higher education and how other colleges and universities are responding. This session was led by SFCC librarians.

See ChatGPT information and resources:

Part 2: How do you spell the future with AI

See this video of the latest presentation from the SFCC Library – How do you spell the future with AI. This was the conversation from April 27.

Message about preferred names

Dear Faculty,

While the college has always supported our students, we now have another technological opportunity to provide an empowering, safe, and nondiscriminatory educational and work environment.  Beginning on Monday February 6, students will be able update their preferred name in Self Service Banner (SSB9).

The student’s legal name will be on your class roster and their preferred name, if applicable, will appear in parenthesis.  For example, Gonzales, Bernadette (Charmaine).  For legal purposes, the student’s legal name will still appear on all formal documents such as Financial Aid information, 1098-T’s and transcripts.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

With kind regards,

Bernadette Gonzales. MA Ed. (she, her, hers)
Registrar |Office of the Registrar
505-428-1881 |

OIT Service Desk Hours
Phone service 24 hours a day Mon. – Fri.

On November 1st the OIT Service Desk extended its phone hours to better serve students, staff and faculty.

Phone Hours

Monday – Friday: 24 hours
Saturday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Office Hours
Room 528

Monday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. to noon
Sunday: Closed

Free STEM Kits at SFCC Library

The kits are made available to the SFCC community through the Santa Fe Children’s Museum. Kits are available during the library’s regular hours. For more information contact:

Greenhouse STEM Kits
The very popular and free Greenhouse STEM Kits are available once again for kids ages 4-7. All materials are included in the kits courtesy of the Santa Fe Children’s Museum.

Come by the library to pick up a kit to use and explore growing plants from seeds with your kids! Kits are available during the library’s regular hours.

For more information contact:

Balancing Robot STEM Kits at SFCC Library

Come by the SFCC library to pick up a kit to use to explore balance with your kids!  Kits are available during the library’s regular hours.

For more information contact:

Solar System Bracelets

Solar System Bracelet STEM kits are available for kids ages 4-7 at the SFCC library. Instructions are in English and Spanish and all materials are included in the kits.

Come by the SFCC library to pick up a kit to use to explore the solar system with your kids!

Name Rockets!

Available at the SFCC Library

Free Name Rocket STEM Kits are available for kids ages 4-7 at the SFCC Library.

All materials are included in the kits courtesy of the Santa Fe Children’s Museum.

Come by the library to pick up a kit to use and explore shapes & rockets with your kids! Kits are available during the library’s regular hours.

For more information contact:

Need food? Campus Cupboard welcomes all

Campus Cupboard offers fresh, canned and refrigerated items.

The Campus Cupboard (Room LL302E) in-person shopping hours are:
Mondays: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., Tuesdays: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Thursdays: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

If you cannot visit during the current open hours listed or are not
comfortable with in-person shopping, check out Bookings for more options. To access Bookings, log in to MySFCC, look under Schedule an Appointment, and click on the pink button labeled Campus Cupboard (Online). You can access the reservation and delivery option 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Students, staff, and faculty are all welcome to visit the Campus Cupboard weekly for free groceries and other household items that may be available. Personal hygiene (menstrual) products are available from Free Flow NM.
Contact or 505-428-1775 for more information.

Visit Campus Cupboard for more information.

Campus Cupboard is supported by SFCC Foundation.

SFCC in the news

The following stories or radio shows either featured or mentioned SFCC or one of its employees. Some stories also are related to NM higher education.

09/16/23, Santa Fe New Mexican, MY VIEW ROBERT MARTIN – Celebrate at IAIA/SFCC open house this week

09/12/23, Santa Fe New Mexican, “OUR VIEW- SFCC’s aquaponics program gets moment to shine”

09/06/23, Santa Fe Reporter, “Tech Pathways: Community orgs work with public education to bring students digital opportunities through Apple Community Education Initiative”

09/03/23, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Water matters: Local honorees of the Alliance for Water Efficiency”

08/31/23, KRQE-TV, “Santa Fe Community College Main Campus closed for water repair”

08/31/23, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Santa Fe Community College expects to reopen Tuesday if water issue is fixed”

08/30/23, Los Alamos Daily Post, “SFCC Main Campus To Remain Closed Thursday Due To Low Water Pressure” 

08/30/23, Santa Fe New Mexican, “SFCC to stay closed Thursday due to water pressure problem

08/29/23, Santa Fe Reporter, “Ballot Building: Aug. 29 marked Candidate Filing Day”

08/29/23, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Candidate filing day draws 11 hopefuls for City Council, 5 for school board”

08/26/23, Los Alamos Daily Post, “Santa Fe Literary Review Reading Thursday Oct. 19”

08/25/23, Santa Fe New Mexican, Pasatiempo, “Out There, LISTEN & LEARN, Different trail in Santa Fe”

08/21/23, Santa Fe New Mexican, “NMSurf brings wireless service to SFCC neighborhoods”

08/19/23, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Proposed south side development includes cemetery”

08/16/2023, Santa Fe Reporter, “Early Learning Core: New Mexico targeted early childhood education as a solution to learning gaps. How far can it go?”

08/16/2023, Los Alamos Daily Post, “SFCC And IAIA Invite Community To Open Houses Sept. 21”

08/01/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Santa Fe’s planned purchase of land for Richards Ave. from Game Commission back on”

08/03/2023, Albuquerque Journal, “$6.4M grant for job development benefits rural NM” From the story, ” Santa Fe Community College is identified as the “backbone” institution in the health care sector.”

07/28/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “City approves agreement with Midtown Santa Fe Productions for film studio expansion

07/31/2023, KOB-TV, “Santa Fe approves plan to expand film studio”

07/27/2023, Rio Grande Sun, “Santa Fe Community College offers coding and creativity opportunities with support from Apple”

07/26/2023, Santa Fe Reporter Best of Santa Fe 2023 – Health Services.  First: Best Small Gym, Second: Fitness Classes.

07/24/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican “Smartboard “- SFCC partners with Four Seasons Rancho Encantado”

07/24/2023, The Paper, “Apple helps Santa Fe, Native students expand digital skills”

07/18/2023, Los Alamos Daily Post, “Santa Fe Community College Offers Coding & Creativity Opportunities With Support From Apple”

07/17/2023, Los Alamos Daily Post, “SFCC Hosts Reception For ‘Following The Manito Trail’ Exhibition From Millicent Rogers Museum Aug. 26”

07/13/2023, Santa Fe New Mexican, “SFCC student parent working to make sure others are represented”

07/09/2023, Albuquerque Journal, “In the Studio: Jennifer Lynch”