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Bellevue University joins Santa Fe Higher Education Center

Santa Fe Higher Education Center announces the partnership with Bellevue University to provide new pathways to higher education for residents of northern New Mexico. To celebrate the new partnership, (pictured) Bellevue University’s President Mary B. Hawkins joined SF HEC Interim Director, Meghan McGarrity; SFCC President Becky Rowely, Ph.D.; Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Simon Brackley; and Bellevue University’s local Relationship Manager Mark Wood.

The new partnership will offer SFCC students the opportunity to continue their education beyond associate degrees at one of the nation’s leaders in preparing students for lifelong career success with career-relevant knowledge and skills. Students will be able to transfer all of their college credits, including full associate degrees, toward accelerated, online bachelor’s and master’s degrees in their chosen career field.

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News and Announcements

Santa Fe HEC presents Free FAFSA Rodeo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 26

Santa Fe Higher Education Center presents Free FAFSA Rodeo. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. at Santa Fe Higher Education Center, 1950 Siringo Road (across from Santa Fe High).

The event is an opportunity for Santa Fe high schools to compete to see which school can increase their FAFSA completion numbers the most. The event is in partnership with New Mexico Education Assistance Foundation.

Free food and drinks provided by Dion’s Pizza and Coca-Cola Bottling Company. Students and parents can register for the event at

Students will complete the FSA ID, FAFSA, write a scholarship application and apply for two scholarships all in one stop. Call 505-428-1725 for information.

Artist Stephen Buxton gives free lecture at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 23 near Main Entrance

Artist Stephen Buxton will give a free lecture at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23 in the front entry of the Main building (across from the Cashiers office). His work is on display there through Friday, Oct. 25.

Here is part of his artist statement from David Rothermal Contemporary: “I am a self-taught artist and life’s experience is my classroom. I have dabbled on an academic level exploring every aspect of art such as drawing, painting, ceramics, glass casting and design.

“Using found objects such as sand paper, metal, rubber and ephemera, I construct my images in a very spontaneous and quick process, never overworking the concept at hand. I am very concerned about the issues of shape, placement, balance, color and negative space with the intention of using only minimal material but at the same time allowing for an intricate and detailed composition…”

His lecture is sponsored by SFCC Art on Campus. For information call 428-1501.


SFCC Governing Board Candidates Forum, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29 in Board Room

The League of Women Voters SFCC Governing Board Candidate Forum will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29 in the Board Room.

In Position 3, Ruth Howes and Jody Pugh are the candidates.

In Position 5, David Dannenberg, Miguel Acosta and Pier Quintana are the candidates.

Early Voting continues through Nov. 2. See Early Voting locations here.

Election Day is Nov. 5.

Here’s a link to the League of Women Voters guide. SFCC’s board candidates are featured on Page 3 and 4.

SFCC will live stream the forum.

SFCC Celebrated Indigenous Peoples Day

The Indigenous Peoples Club attended the inaugural Indigenous Peoples Day celebration at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque. Read more about the inaugural event in the Albuquerque Journal.

The club joined with the Spirit of Writing Art and Justice collective for readings in the library.
Read a related story in the Santa Fe Reporter.

See more photos here.

Photo above: Participants in the festivities at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center included: Thomasinia Gallegos Ortiz, Nalini Sosa,
Lee Standing Elk, Bernadette Gonzales, Brooke Gondara, Rusty Rodke, Danielle Gonzales and Marvin Gabaldon.

2019 SFCC Arts and Crafts Fair: Call for Vendors

This year’s SFCC Arts and Crafts Fair will be held Saturday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendor space is still available. For more information, contact Fran Nawrocki, or call 428-1675.

Office of Student Development Halloween Extravaganza

The Office of Student Development presents
Halloween Extravaganza

  • 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
    Office Decorating Contest
  • 10:45 to 11:15 a.m.
    Kids Campus Parade (Campus Center)
  • 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
    Students and Staff Costume Contest (Campus Center)
  • 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
    FREE Safe Trick or Treating Event

Smoke and Alcohol-free event. No weapons (real or fake) permitted. Masks permitted during office decorating contest and costume contest only.

SFLR Call for Submissions!

The submission period for the 2019 issue of The Santa Fe Literary Review is now open through November 1. This year’s theme is The Spaces Between: Exploring freedom, distance, movement and time.

Submission categories include dramatic writing, creative nonfiction, poetry, fiction and visual art. Details are online, or for more info email


Fall Readings in the Library, Nov. 7, 11, 20 and 21

SFCC Student Services, Creative Writing Program and the SFCC Library present Fall 2019 Readings in the Library. Faculty and students read their work on Nov. 7, 11 and 20. The public is invited to the free events. Refreshments will be served. Note: The Nov. 21 reading features SFCC faculty and staff members reading their work.

Schedule of SFCC Fall Readings in the Library:

  • 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 – Poetry with Shuli Lamden and class
  • 1-2:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11 – Creative Non-Fiction with Kate McCahill and class
  • 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20 – Exploring Creative Writing with Terry Wilson and class
  • 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 – Faculty and Staff Holiday Reading

Invite your friends to SFCC Library’s Room 516 for these free readings. Questions: Contact

A Pilgrimage to New Worlds at the SFCC Planetarium, Nov. 21

A Pilgrimage to New Worlds will be presented 6 to 7 p.m. Nov. 21 in SFCC’s Planetarium. Reservations required.

Join us on a journey of discovery as we venture out into the Universe to explore distant new worlds, known as Exoplanets!

Find the SFCC Planetarium on Facebook @GetStarryEyedSFCCNM

Reserve tickets here

Algae Cultivation videos released

Explore SFCC’s Algae Cultivation program with new videos featuring students who were part of SFCC’s Algae Technology Education Consortium (ATEC) pilot program.

SFCC TATC YouTube Video Playlist
When you click on the link, YouTube will begin auto-playing the first video in the playlist. All playlist videos are listed in the upper right corner, where you can navigate to other videos in the list.

2019 Opportunity Santa Fe CWG Grantees Announced

SFCC-led Collaborative Working Group, Campus Connections, was awarded a $5,000 grant to continue its work.

The Campus Connections group proposes to introduce a College Placement Bootcamp hosted at SFCC and the Sante Fe HEC in the summer of 2020 in order to enable more SFPS students to place into college-level classes.


Campus Cupboard has new hours

The Campus Cupboard is open from 2 to 4 p.m. every Monday-Thursday. The Campus Cupboard is located at the bottom of the stairs outside the cafeteria near the Veterans Resource Center.   Campus Cupboard is not open when campus is closed. Anyone with an SFCC ID or proof of registration in our Adult Education program may visit the Cupboard once a week.

If you need additional information, please e-mail Ed Worden or call x1818. Please help get the word out!

SFCC in the news

The college has been recently mentioned or featured in the following:

Santa Fe New Mexican, 10/12/2019, New Mexico pushes federal financial aid application.

This story featured several SFCC students and emphasized the importance of FAFSA. SFCC Financial Aid Director Kelly Durbin and interim Santa Fe Higher Education Center Director Meghan McGarrity are quoted in the story.

Student Spotlight

Spots available for Trade Mart Field Trip to Garment District New York City

Trip Dates: October 29 – November 1
Cost: Tuition for ARTS 1996, airfare and incidentals.

Students will tour various factories such as Vogue Too Pleating, Schmalberg Custom Flowers, Shima Seiki knitting machine company and Hecht’s Sewing Machine Co. They will also visit Top Notch pattern service. In Brooklyn we tour Martin Greenfield Custom Tailor. We are currently working on booking a visit with Donna Karan’s Urban Zen studio as well as Dara Lamb, Women’s tailor. The weekend will be a visit to the Vogue Costume Institute, Fashion at the Met and FIT museum.

If you have questions or would like to sign up, please contact Ezra Estes or call 505-428-1358.

STEM Core Club Location Change: Thursdays 1:30 to 2 p.m. in 204i

The STEM Core Club has moved to the I-room!

The STEM Core Club was formed this semester in order to provide a forum for students to engage with STEM, collaborate on projects, and connect to the broader community.

The club meets 1:30 p.m. Thursdays in room 204i (The I-room). For more information, contact

LANL Foundation Career Pathways Scholarship (Deadline Nov. 17)

LANLFoundation is accepting applications for
2019 Career Pathways Scholarships

Career Pathways scholarships provide $1,500 awards for two-year degrees, certifications and trades. Current high school seniors and anyone who has earned a high school diploma or GED/High School Equivalency (HSE) may apply for these funds. These scholarships may be renewed for a second year and a total of $3,000 without the need to reapply, as long as certain criteria are met.

Career Pathways scholarships are offered twice yearly. November 17 is the deadline for the fall awards. Recipients will be announced in December, with funds available in January, 2020. Applications for the spring cycle will be accepted beginning in March.

Detailed criteria and online applications are available at

Also, are you a student or know a student who needs assistance filling out the application? Wyetta Bradley, who is serving as a LANL Foundation student ambassador is available Tuesday, Thursday and Friday on an appointment basis. Sign up in the TRiO office (in room LL313) or email Wyetta.

Students who are completing an Associate’s degree and will be enrolling in a 4-year degree program starting Fall 2020, the LANL Foundation also offers 4-year scholarships and SFCC students would be eligible to apply as undergraduates. The deadline is January 21, 2020 for next Fall.


Recruitment Visits this week: Grand Canyon University and Fort Lewis College

If you’re thinking of transferring to a four-year college, the Transfer Station in the Welcome and Advising Center is a great way to explore your opportunities.

Representatives from colleges are here frequently to provide you information on admissions, academic programs, scholarships, financial aid and more.

This week’s visiting schools:

Grand Canyon University
Wednesday, October 23
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Fort Lewis College
Thursday, October 24
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

For more information, contact advisor Megan Woods, 505-428-1770.

Need money for school?

Need money to pay for school? Complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA online now!

Are you International or Undocumented? Then complete the 2019-2020 Dreamers Financial Aid form (English) or Solicitud de ayuda financiera para los soñadores 2019-2020 (Español)

Participate in SFCC’s Student Satisfaction Survey

Students, please check your SFCC email to participate in this important survey, which the colleges use to make important improvements to the college. Click on the email titled “Your Opinion Matters!” and complete the survey. We know you care about SFCC and we are grateful for your input.

Employee Announcements

Open Enrollment through November 15

Open Enrollment will be conducted October 1 to November 15, 2019 and allows regular employees working at least 30 hours per week the opportunity to add medical, dental and vision and/or add eligible dependents to insurance coverage. Changes that are made to coverages during the open switch enrollment time period will go into effect January 1, 2020.

Adjunct and temporary employees working the equivalent of at least 30 hours per week can make changes to medical coverage only.

Collaborative Annual Employee Review (CAER)

Time to set your SMART goals for the remainder of FY19-20. For more details refer to the Sept. 27 email from Nick Telles.

The purpose of the CAER is to promote employee growth and development; to review our contribution to the teams and the college community that we serve; to contribute to SFCC’s continuous quality improvement efforts; and to promote communication.

The CAER form evaluation process is required for all permanent SFCC staff and recommended but not required for SFCC temporary staff.

Please note new times for running and walking groups starting in Oct.

The college offers employees a meet-up for a Walking and Running Group. Please note the new times that begin in October. (The light and temperatures are changing!)

• Walking Group will switch on 10/4 to Fridays 12-1 PM
• Running Group will switch 10/15 to Tuesdays 12-1 PM

Both groups meet in front of the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center.

For questions in regards to the trail running, please contact Herman Garcia and questions in regards to the Walking Group should go to Ute Jannsen-Kerr.

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