Campus Weekly

College leaders talk about voting on bonds

Santa Fe Community College President Dr. Becky Rowley, IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin, SFIS Superintendent Roy Herrera and NMSD Superintendent Dr. Rosemary Gallegos spoke with Estevan Gonzales about how passage of the upcoming vote on Bond B and Bond C will benefit education and libraries within the Santa Fe community on Oct. 15.

You can also read these recent newspaper columns by President Rowley and IAIA President Robert Martin: Albuquerque Journal, Oct. 16, “Bonds B, C support colleges and libraries with no tax hike” and Santa Fe New Mexican, Oct. 18, “Support bonds that support higher education.”

Hear these other recent radio broadcasts: Oct. 7 President Becky Rowley talked with Richard Eeds on KTRC 1260 | 103.7 about how Bond B for Libraries and Bond C for Higher Education on the ballot in the election will benefit the college and the community.

President Rowley also recently discussed the bond issues on KSFR with Tom Towbridge.

“These Bonds will not raise property taxes,” said SFCC President Becky Rowley, Ph.D. “The outcome could greatly impact Santa Fe Community College, our state’s economy and the future of students throughout the state.”

Important election dates:
• Absentee Voting: Oct. 6–31
• Early Voting: Oct. 17–31
• Election Day: Tues., Nov. 3.

Read more here.  

News and Announcements

Santa Fe Literary Review annual reading event 5 p.m. Oct. 22

This year’s SFLR annual reading event is online on Zoom this year at 5 p.m. Thursday, October 22.

On Zoom, register now:


Register for free retirement talk Wednesday morning

Join Live Local Online learning conversations at 9 a.m. Wednesdays through Nov. 18. Enjoy a cup of your favorite morning beverage as you learn from home. Free to everyone. Just register with CE online. If you have questions, call CE at 505-428-1676.
Register for the free sessions here.

Upcoming Despierta Topics:

10/21 Peter Murphy – Financial and Retirement Planning
10/28 Priscilla Zimmermann – Music and Singing for Health
11/4 Ginna Sloane – Yoga and Fitness
11/11 William Neuwirth – The Natural World and Chaco Canyon
11/18 Richard Rosemont – Rock and Roll Musical History

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. SFCC Counseling Services has provided the following resource links. You can also access additional information in our Canvas Site, The Chill Room.
To speak with a SFCC Counselor please contact us at
Services are free to registered students.

Mental Illness Awareness

October recognizes Mental Illness Awareness and World Mental Health. For resources provided by your SFCC Counseling Services please see The Chill Room in CANVAS. Our new Module for monthly resources. and watch this video about living with anxiety. from NAMI.
For more information or to speak with a counselor please contact
Look for the new support groups starting this month.

Energy Performance Contract construction begins

SFCC has begun the construction phase of our Energy Performance Contract with Siemens with Safety as SFCC’s highest priority throughout the project. This project will include many energy efficiency upgrades throughout campus (LED light fixture retrofits, Low flow water
retrofits, Exterior building envelope efficiency improvements, equipment upgrades, Microgrid control system, two new 710 kW Li-Ion batteries and 1000KW natural gas generator and 2000 amp distribution switchgear).

The Building envelope solutions work started on Oct. 12 to fully weather strip and seal doors and windows.

We appreciate your patience while SFCC completes these very important energy efficiency upgrades. If you have any questions please contact Andrea Mueller, Facilities & Operations Project
Manager at or 505-930-9781.

Controlled Environment Agriculture to participate in fall conferences

Controlled Environment Agriculture will participate in several state, national and international conferences this month.


Rating The News So You Don’t Have To: In The Trenches With Sarah Hood

Sponsored by the SFCC Library
1 to 2 p.m.
October 29, 2020

“I worked as a media analyst with Ad Fontes Media for ten weeks. Here’s my story.” Join Sarah Hood as she takes you inside the world of media analysis with one of the fastest-growing news rating companies, Ad Fontes Media. From Alternet to Alex Jones, she’s rated it all so you don’t have to. How’d she score the gig? With whom did she work? By what methodology did she and her fellow analysts rate the news? Get the skinny on that and much more. AND…SFCC scored a win out of this too! What are we getting?

Come find out!


Diversity and Inclusion: Putting the pieces together with artist and storyteller Pi Luna

Sponsored by the SFCC Library
2 p.m. November 10
Register online:

What happens when the world falls apart? What happens when one side splits from the other, and then those sides split further, and the fragmentation repeats. What happens when our social fabric begins to unravel? How do we find common ground? In this presentation, artist and storyteller Pi Luna explains how she uses diverse perspectives to assemble new stories. Like a puzzle, when the pieces come together, something new emerges–a story of hope, healing, and shared humanity. Watch her process, hear her story, and be prepared to be inspired.


Laptop discounts for staff, faculty and students

The Office of Information Technology is excited to announce a partnership with Dell. Students, Staff and Faculty may purchase laptops, monitors and computer accessories with the SFCC educational discount.

To get started log into and click on the Dell Computer Discount icon under Resources. Discounts are available on laptops and computer accessories.

SFCC in the news

The following stories either featured or mentioned SFCC or one of its employees.

9/23/2020, Santa Fe New Mexican,Land trust model floated for development of midtown campus.”

9/18/2020, Santa Fe Reporter, “Award Winning Coverage.” Story about national award for Santa Fe Reporter that was the result of collaboration with SFCC.

9/18/2020, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Santa Fe Community College enrollment drops.

9/14/2020, Albuquerque Journal, “SF Community College enrollment drops 25 percent”

9/13/20, Rio Rancho Observer, “Collaboration brings masks, other supplies to Navajo nation,” story about SFCC nursing student with Operation Bandana.

Listen to Santa Fe Community College Sculpture Head John Boyce and Instructor Petro Hull discuss the Sculpture and Fine Arts Programs with Richard Eeds on KTRC 1260 | 103.7.

SFCC’s Poetry Posts refreshed

Former professor and founder of SFCC’s Creative Writing Program Miriam Sagan, who installed and continues to maintain Poetry Posts across SFCC’s Main Campus, has added new poems to the Posts (find them on the Poetry Posts Map). Ten poems by Malena Mörlingis that were curated by Santa Fe Poet Laureate Elizabeth Jacobson are featured. Mörlingis is a Swedish-American poet and translator and the author of two books of poetry, Ocean Avenue, which won the New Issues Press Poetry Prize in 1998, and Astoria, published by Pittsburgh Press in 2006. She is a Research Associate at the School For Advanced Research on the Human Experience in Santa Fe.

To assume the shape of shadows
that swim in the tall
road-side grass
below a strand of Elms
is also to vanish.

From “To Forget Who You Are.”

Fall Continuing Education Schedule now online

Whether you’re looking for professional development opportunities or want to explore your creativity, learn a new language or take a short-term online health or fitness class you’ll find lots of options in the Fall Continuing Education Schedule.
Also, check out the many Kids Stuff STEAM camps online.

Students can register for noncredit classes anywhere, anytime. Employees: To use your EEBs for Continuing Education classes, complete the EEB form before you register, then contact Continuing Education at or 505-428-1676. Their team will help you and your dependents complete registration.


Capital Improvement Projects updates

There are multiple Capital Improvement Projects now in progress. For more information on parking lot closures, roof repairs, etc. read here.

While we apologize for any inconvenience, we appreciate your patience. For questions, please contact F & O (Facilities and Operations) Project Manager (formerly POM), Andrea Mueller at 505-930-9781.


Inside SFCC

In this issue, read about how TRIO supports a new mom, about how Amanda Hatherly developed SFCC’s COVID-19 Workforce training, the upcoming bond issues and more. In noteworthy find out more about the Susan Bailey Estate’s donation to SFCC Library.


 The Podcast as a Learning Tool — An Interactive Workshop

 The Podcast as a Learning Tool — An Interactive Workshop
3 p.m. October 28

The next installment of the Fall Workshop Series is  The Podcast as a Learning Tool — An Interactive Workshop.

Register at:


Student Spotlight

Counseling Services general and grief support groups starting 10/19

Greetings from Counseling Services,

The past several months have been a challenging time for everyone and Counseling Services is here to support you. Remote learning has come with the added difficulty of social isolation, and on top of that, many of us have lost love ones throughout the pandemic. To help you connect with each other outside the classroom setting as well as to receive support around the grieving process, we are offering a second round of online support groups in addition to newly-offered grief support groups. The groups will take place via a secure video platform for the second half of the fall semester, beginning the week of 10/19 and meeting for 6 weeks.

The group meeting times are as follows (you would only need to be available for one time per week):
Wednesday at noon: Support Group 1
Thursday at 4 p.m.: Support Group 2
Wednesday at 3 p.m.: Grief Group 1
Thursday at 11 a.m.: Grief Group 2

Please sign up here or email if you are interested in participating. We very much look forward to meeting with you!


Find your future with 4-year university information sessions

Representatives from the following schools will be holding online information sessions for SFCC Students soon:

Bellevue University
Tuesday and Thursday
10 a.m. to noon
Click here to attend the Bellevue Info Session!

Wednesday, October 21
10 a.m. to noon
Click here for the NMSU session!

SFCC Student Weekly Connection

Click here to read this week’s student newsletter, presented by the Vice President for Student Success, Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos.

This week’s newsletter includes information about Counseling Services Support Groups, the SGA’s pumpkin carving contest, the Payne Fellowship, information on voting, scholarship opportunities, and more!


Library open by reservation

The SFCC library is now open by reservation for students who would like to study on campus. The current hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Reservations must be made 24 hours ahead of time. The reservations are for individual independent study. There are no group study areas available at this time.

Students won’t be able to come directly to the library, they will need to check in with Security at the campus entrance and pass the COVID security screening, daily. People studying in the library must wear masks over their nose and mouth during their entire time on campus. Reservations are currently being made for library tables and for browsing the library’s collection.

Computer access is not currently available but will be added soon. For a full description of the protocol for visiting the library, to view a full list of services, and to make reservations visit:
If you have questions contact the library at: or 505-428-1352


SFCC Library has computers available by reservation!

The SFCC library now has five computers available by reservation for student use. The computers include the following programs: Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat DC, Adobe After
Effects 2020, Adobe Animate 2020, Adobe Audition 2020, Adobe Bridge 2020,
Adobe Character Animator 2020, Adobe Creative Cloud, Adobe Dimension, Adobe
Dreamweaver 2020, Adobe Illustrator 2020, Adobe InCopy 2020, Adobe InDesign
2020, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Lightroom Classic, Adobe Media Encoder 2020,
Adobe Photoshop 2020, Adobe Prelude 2020, Adobe Premiere Pro 2020, Adobe
Premiere Rush, ARCHICAD 22 R1 USA, Autodesk Inventor Professional 2020,
Autodesk Revit 2019, IronPython 2.7.3, Maxon Cinema 4D 22, Python Launcher,
and internet browsers.

Computers are available to students by reservation and for 2-hours each day.

The library’s current hours are Monday-Thursday 9 1 p.m.

For more information and to make reservations visit:


Study space at the HEC

Reservations for study space are available Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at the
following times: 8:00-10:00, 9:00-11:00, 10:30-12:30, 11:30-1:30, 1:00-3:00,
2:00-4:00. Please complete the form on the HEC homepage. Santa Fe HEC staff will follow up with confirmation of the reservation.

**Availability of study space is subject to change based on the Governor’s health and safety orders**


Apply for 2020-2021 SFCC and Foundation Scholarships

SFCC has state, institutional and Foundation private scholarships available for new and returning students to help pay for college for the upcoming academic year. Scholarships are available for full and part-time students in all qualified areas of study including but not limited to: Business, Early Childhood, Engineering, Nursing, Computer Studies, Culinary. There are scholarships for Native American students, Hispanic students and students with disabilities (must be registered with the SAS department), international and non-U.S. citizens.

Financial need, a cumulative and term GPA of 2.50 and enrollment in at least 6 credit hours in a degree plan are required for most scholarships.

You may apply for an SFCC scholarship now at:

A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a Dreamer’s Financial Aid Application (non US Citizens only) will be required to determine need. The Dreamers Financial Aid Application can be found at: under “FORMS”.

If you have questions please email the Financial Aid Office at from your SFCC student email account. Make sure to include your Student ID number in the email.

If awarded, your scholarship may be continued until you graduate providing you continue to meet the criteria.

Lock in your scholarship now for current and upcoming academic years.


Library offers e-reserve textbooks for some classes - see if they have yours!

SFCC Library is offering e-reserve textbooks for students! Some (not all!) of your required course books may be available full-text through BibliU. On the Library’s homepage ( click on ‘Course Reserves from BibliU’ in the turquoise search box. For more information and tutorials, visit


SGA President encourages students to vote on Nov. 3

In a letter to students on Friday, SGA President Ian Martinez provided information about voting and encouraged SFCC students to let their voices be heard in this election.

He provided information on how to register to vote and how to request an absentee ballot. He also encourages students to vote in person if possible.

Student Emergency Fund assistance

If you are currently enrolled in the Fall semester and experiencing financial challenges apply for some assistance from the Student Emergency Assistance Fund. Applications can be found in MYSFCC under Resources (Emergency Assistance Fund). Applications are reviewed frequently, and funds are directly awarded to your account. Please note: funds cannot cover the cost of tuition or books.

Apply now for LANL Foundation scholarships

The LANL Foundation’s Career Pathways Scholarship is now open, with a Nov. 16 deadline. Funds for the Spring 2021 semester are available for students pursuing an Associate Degree, trade or certification. Career Pathways Scholarships are in the amount of $750/semester for up to four semesters (up to $3000 total). Please see the 2021 Spring Career Pathways – Call for Applications – PR for details.

For more information and to access the online application, visit:

Veteran scholarships available

Are you a current veteran or a veteran’s dependent and a New Mexican resident? If so, you may qualify for the Veterans Scholarship. Visit for more information.

SFCC Student Activities Group on Facebook

The Office of Student Development has a new, private Facebook group, SFCC Student Activities!

The group is for current SFCC students only and will be a virtual space where students can interact and participate in OSD activities.

Visit to join today!


Employee Announcements

Conversation with the president 3:30 p.m. Oct. 19

President Rowley welcomes your questions, input and feedback. Conversation with the President Monday, Oct. 19 from 3:30 p.m to 4:30 p.m. on MS Teams. Look for the invitation in your inbox!

Open Educational Resources (OER) & Faculty Select Training Oct. 19

10 a.m. Monday, October 19 online
This training offered by the SFCC Library will introduce instructors to Faculty Select, SFCC’s OER database.

What are Open Educational Resources (OER)? OER textbooks are free quality textbooks that students can access without paying anything.

Why OER and why OER now?

  • Students are struggling to pay bills and purchase textbooks (especially now). By creating a course with an OER textbook, students can access the course material on the first day of class without any barriers that may be created by book ordering or financial aid.
  • Using no-cost textbooks provides equity. All students have access to the same material on the first day of class.

The SFCC library has always had a significant role to play in providing equity to students who cannot purchase textbooks. In an all-electronic environment, and in a time when we must quarantine physical items for 3 days, the in-person reserve model in which students use books for short periods of time does not work well. Libraries around the country are struggling to fill this important need – but there are no sustainable models for libraries who want to provide students access to electronic textbooks in the United States at this time. To learn more about Faculty Select and OER, register for the training at the link below. The Zoom invitation will be sent to you by noon of the morning of the training. Using OER creates equity. Questions? Contact Val Nye at: Sign up here:


Using Images and Film in Online Teaching 2:30 p.m. Oct. 21

What’s Tech Got to Do with It? An Online Teaching Series:
Using Images and Film in Online Teaching
Following Copyright law and Fair Use guidelines

by Valerie Nye SFCC Library Director

Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Time: 2:30 pm– 3:30 pm
Where: Zoom link (click here)
Brought to you by: OTL Steering Committee and the office of VPASA


Policy Update: Accrued Annual Leave extended to Dec. 31

Last month, in response to a request from employees, the Governing Board approved a Resolution related to Policy 4-35 Leave under Policy Process F, extending the accrued annual leave deadline to December 31.
All employees are required to be familiar with and adhere to college policies, which are posted at SFCC/policies. If you have questions or would like to learn more about policies or the Shared Governance Policy Review Process, contact Policy Officer Laura J. Mulry at ext. 1776 or


Just In Passing: Faculty and Staff Lunchtime Conversations Oct. 20

Tuesday, October 20 at Noon Join us on Zoom:

Join us for our next Just in Passing conversation. These are casual lunchtime conversations – a way to keep connected to SFCC while we are working at home (or isolated on campus). Participants will: Share something unexpected that happened to you since the lockdown—humorous, good, or something you aren’t yet sure is good or bad. What positive “things” have happened to you since the lockdown in March?
Questions? Email:


Dr. Aamna Nayyar panelist for Interfaith event in Albuquerque

President Diversity Advisory Committee (PDAC) member, Dr. Aamna Nayyar served as a panelist in an interfaith event hosted by the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of greater Albuquerque on Wednesday, Oct 7, 2020 from 10:30 am- 11:30 am.

Recording can be seen here:
For questions about PDAC diversity activities, please contact Meghan McGarrity: For questions about interfaith, please contact Aamna Nayyar:

Library Speaker Series: Call for presentations

The SFCC Library is continuing the faculty and staff speaking series that we started last spring. We want to hear from you if you would like to share information on something you have published, researched, thought about, or a place you have traveled through.

Last spring’s series included presentations about newly publish books by Aamna Nayyar, Andy Lovato, and sj Miller. Charlie Shultz shared his travel experience through Israel. We want to highlight the interesting and important work being produced and considered by SFCC staff, so please be in contact if you would like to give a presentation.

Contact Val Nye at:

Submit nominations for WOW awards

The Office of Human Resources announced twelve WOW Recipients for their dedicated work and commitment to Santa Fe Community College! Congratulations Teresa Roybal, Rosella Varela, Yvonne Martinez, Reyna Varela, Stuart Graw, Tim Doyle, Norbert Utz, Linda Ortiz , Jonathon Lujan, Amanda Hatherly, Doreen Jaramillo, Chris Gettler!

Read more about these employees’ outstanding contributions to the college.

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


Video of Val Nye's Equity and Access panel now available

Library Director Val Nye spoke as a panelist for the national ACRL-Choice Webinar on Oct. 1. She spoke about the SFCC Library’s work during COVID for the panel titled “Equity and Access in the Age of COVID-19: How Academic Libraries Can Build a Better Digital Content Strategy.”

If you missed the panel, you can see it now here.


Let Campus Weekly share your news

Let us know about your accomplishments and other news that you’d like to share. Please remember that the deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday to get an item in the next week’s issue. Submit here.

SFCC Department of Dental Health provides PreK screenings

SFCC Department of Dental Health provided free dental screenings and education to PreK grades at a non-profit organization on Wednesday, Sept 30, 2020. Thanks to our alumni Shahana Jawadi, RDH, EFDA for volunteering in the screening. It is always a joy to see smiles on the faces of little angels.

For information on SFCC’s Dental Programs, please visit: For questions, please contact:

Photo credits: Aamna Nayyar. PreK student helping our stuff Monster with oral hygiene.

Employee FEC access by appt. for lap swimming, singles tennis and half-court basketball

The public can make limited individual appointments from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to noon on Saturdays beginning Oct. 12 for the lap pool swimming, to use the tennis courts for singles play and half-court basketball at the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center. See details on the hours, etc. here. The public will pay $7 per visit.

Employees can also make reservations.
Here’s the Employee process to set up your appointment:
Step 1: Register online for SFCC Employee Fitness using CRN 21591
Step 2: Create an account at:
Step 3: Choose your “Service” (3 appts. max at any time) at that site.
Step 4: Enter Coupon Code SFCCF20EMPL before making the actual reservation.
Step 5: Choose your date and time.
Step 6: Show up for your appointment – enjoy!

Things to Remember:
• You must wear a proper facemask at all times when on SFCC Campus (except when in the water). See face covering guidelines.
• Always maintain at least 6-feet social distancing.
• Your temperature will be taken upon entry of the Fitness Education Center, you will be asked current COVID screening questions.
• No showers and no locker rooms are available, come dressed to exercise.
• A limited number of restrooms will be available off the main lobby.
• Please bring your own drinking water.
• Leave promptly after your exercise session has ended.

Professional Development Day, Oct. 23: No SFCC classes

Staff and Faculty: Save the date and check your email for details on Professional Development Day on Friday, Oct. 23.

The SFCC Main Campus and the Santa Fe Higher Education Center, whose campuses have been closed (with limited exceptions) to prevent the spread of COVID-19, will be entirely closed on Friday, Oct. 23. There will be no SFCC classes or student services available while faculty and staff participate in a campus-wide Professional Development Day.

Santa Fe Higher Education Center’s partner institutions are offering classes online this semester. New Mexico Highlands University students can contact Mary Anne Sandoval at if they need assistance. Bellevue University students may contact Mark Wood at

SFCC’s child development center, Kids Campus, has scheduled parent/teacher conferences on Oct. 23. Kids Campus has reopened with a limited capacity and is following strict COVID-19 safety protocols.

SFCC’s William C. Witter Fitness Education Center, which remains closed except by appointment, will not be open on Oct. 23.

The SFCC Library will be closed on Oct. 23 with limited online services.

Classes will resume on Saturday, Oct. 24. The college will resume online student services on Monday, Oct. 26.

Read more.