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SFCC Employees:Katie Cadena-Priebe, Donna Castro, Chris Falance, Julie Gallegos, Chad Gaspar, Todd Lovato, Lucia Lucero, Dr. Yash Morimoto, Amelia Morand, Fran Nawrocki, Margaret Peters, Dorothy Piriz, Dr. Becky Rowley, Carole Sheldon, Roxanne Tapia, Dr. Jared Valdez
Food Vendors: El Parasol, Muchos, Genuine Foods
Interpreters: Mariah Garcia (ASL), Cynthia Jiron (ASL), Maria Cristina Lopez (Spanish), Flor de Maria Olivia (Spanish).
Thank you also to members of PDAC who participated in the “fishbowl” discussion: Kelly Trujillo, Ph.D.; Valerie Nye; sj Miller, Ph.D. (co-chair); Toni Coffman; Dr. Aamna Nayyar; Briget Trujillo and Marcos Maez (co-chair). SFCC also appreciates SFCC employees who participated in the discussion about Cultural Humility: Lucas Gonzales, Yash Morimoto, Ph.D., Letty Naranjo and José Humberto Nevárez.
Thank you to Ben Lauer who shared the following images from the day:
Come to Fall Family Festival from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday
The Fall Festival is an event for SFCC students and employees and their families. Plan on bringing your family and join in the fun. There will be pumpkin decorating, music, face painting, mask painting, book walk (like a cake walk but with books as prizes), cake walk, a movie and popcorn section, a safe space for very little littles (0-3 years) where they can roll around, and play with age appropriate toys, and there we will also provide a sensory safe space. Volunteers and those who would like to donate new or gently used costumes, or cakes for the cake walk, should respond to the email sent on October 11 by Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos, Ed.D.
Faculty, please encourage student parents to come with their kids! The event is sponsored by Student Affairs, Student Activities and the Student Parent Partnership.
Richards Ave. now open
Yay! The roundabout at Richards Ave. and Dinosaur Trail is now open. Please note: Some construction on Rabbit Road and other parts of Dinosaur Trail continues.
Here’s the official notice from Santa Fe County:
The Santa Fe County Public Works Department is excited to announce an early opening of the newly constructed roundabout at Richards Avenue and Dinosaur Trail. Effective Friday, October 20, 2023, at 3:00pm Richards Ave will be fully operational and open to traffic. This is the second of six roundabouts slated for the Northeast and Southeast Connectors Roads Project.
While we are satisfied to reopen Richards Avenue in advance of schedule, we want to inform our residents that the west connection to Dinosaur Trail will be established at a later date. In the interim, the existing signalized intersection located south of this roundabout will remain in full operation to ensure consistent traffic flow. Moreover, the east connection to Rabbit Road is currently under construction and will be opened at a later date.
On September 11, 2023, the contractor commenced work on this roundabout with the strict timeline to complete and reopen Richards Ave within (60) calendar days. Due to an aggressive schedule and optimum weather, this work was completed in (40) days.
This is a great example of the commitment made by Santa Fe County to the community, to streamline any disruptions to traffic while we complete this important road project. Santa Fe County envisions the Northeast and Southeast Connectors Roads project as the most dynamic transportation conduit of the Community College District, strengthening connectivity and safety in this growing community.
SFCC’s $23 million Local General Obligation Bond will provide a number of benefits. Bond funding is restricted and can only be used for improving our facilities and technologies. Bond projects include:
Create a new entry pavilion to welcome and direct students and community members.
Create a Student Hub to centralize the services our students need.
Upgrade technologies to enhance teaching and learning and internet connectivity.
Improve emergency management and campus safety.
Add wayfinding and signage to better navigate Main Campus.
Renovate classrooms and labs to reconfigure space to work for multiple programs.
Renovate the Kids Campus to replace carpeting, windows, and increase childcare capacity.
Renovate the Trades & Advanced Technology Center to comply with current building codes.
Fund critical repairs to our 40-year old facilities (stucco, windows, doors).
This bond would not increase property taxes. You can learn more about bond tax rates – as well as how SFCC has responsibly stewarded bond funding from past elections – at www.votesfcc.com.
Beginning Oct. 21 and through Nov. 4, you can vote on Main Campus in Room 408, just around the corner from Campus Center; SFCC is not a voting site on Election Day.
Absentee Voting and early voting continue through Nov. 4.
Election Day is Tues., Nov. 7.
Eligible employees are allowed voting time as per Policy 4-35 Leave. Please coordinate with your supervisor.
Thank you for your continued support of the College and for exercising your right to vote.
Becky Rowley, Ph.D.
Executive Director of Marketing and Public Relations Todd Lovato discusses local Bond issue
Tune In! Estevan Gonzales interviews Todd Lovato about bond election
Tune In! on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 8:30 a.m. on Que Suave Radio when Executive Director of Marketing & Public Relations Todd Lovato will talk about SFCC’s local bond election request with Estevan Gonzales. Learn what approval of SFCC’s $23 million bond would fund to increase student achievement, centralize student services, and upgrade technologies and facilities to enhance teaching and learning. What’s more, the bond will not increase property taxes.
Listen to Executive Director of Marketing and Public Relations Todd Lovato on Richard Eeds
ICYMI, learn more about Santa Fe Community College’s local bond request in the conversation Executive Director of Marketing & Public Relations Todd Lovato shared with KTRC 1260 | 103.7 Radio Host Richard Eeds. Listen to the podcast now. Learn more at VoteSFCC.
Get ready for campus events on Halloween
This year’s Halloween activities on Tuesday, October 31, are open to members of the SFCC community — students and employees. Start thinking about how your department could decorate your office and think about participating in the costume contest! These events are sponsored by the SFCC Halloween Committee, the SFCC Foundation and Student Activities. To obtain entry forms for the office decorating contest, please email Mary Eleas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See video of Genevieve Betts’ Poetry Reading
If you missed Genevieve Betts’ reading of poems from “A New Kind of Tongue,” you can now watch the video.
You can learn more about her book and the recent event here.
SFLR reading a success
Many attended the Oct. 19 SANTA FE LITERARY REVIEW (SFLR) in person, while others joined online. Thank you To Dean James “Jim” Wysong, Ph.D., and Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs Margaret Peters for sharing images from the event.
Registration open for STEM PATHWAYS FOR GIRLS Conference at SFCC on Nov. 4
The popular STEM PATHWAYS FOR GIRLS Conference will return again to SFCC on Nov.4 Please share registration information with those who have girls or nonbinary or gender nonconforming students in fifth through eighth grade who might be interested. Registration is at https://www.stemsantafe.org/.
Glass Art Exhibition & Sale opening from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 3; closing 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 12
Check out a Glass Art Exhibition & Sale (Oct. 30 -Nov. 12) in the lobby of the Fine Arts Building. Everyone is invited to attend the opening from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2 as well as a closing from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 12. Please note: The flyer above was produced before Richards Ave. was re-opened.
Aquatic Exercise Association Workshops November 10-11, 2023 open to students and SFCC Community
Aquatic Exercise Association Workshops will be held at SFCC fron November 10-11, 2023. The workshops are a co-sponsored event for professional development, but workshops are also opened to community and student stakeholders.
Workshops inculde: Upper Body Core & More, SplAsh: Cardio Combos 3.0, Boot Camp Shallow, SplAsh: Intervals: Circuit Edition & Let’s Roll – Self Care for Fitness Instructors. All workshops will be held at the Santa Fe Community College William C. Witter Fitness Education Center at 6401 Richards Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87508.
Advanced registration is required, NO ONSITE registrations will be accepted. Specific event information & registration link at www.aeawave.org under Calendar/AEA Education. Questions? Email email@example.com – Phone 888-232-9283 or 912-289-3559
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. 505-428-1000
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.
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: https://bit.ly/protecbusiness23.
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 https://bit.ly/protecbusiness23. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attend SFCC’s Regional Middle and High School Exhibition opening reception from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday
Stop by the Visual Arts Gallery on Saturday, October 28, to attend the college’s Second Annual High School and Middle School Regional Art Exhibition in the Visual Arts Gallery. The public is welcome. Refreshments will be served and prizes will be awarded to winners of the competition. Please come and support the community’s young artists and prospective students! For information, contact Director of Galleries Linda Cassel via email at email@example.com.
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, October 21!
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.
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: https://www.sfcc.edu/sfcc-holiday-arts-and-crafts-fair/ Applications for the SFCC fair are due by Friday, November 10. For additional information call 505-428-1402, 505-428-1675, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Indigenous Pottery class has pop-up show now through Friday
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
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.
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 austineichelberger.com.
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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Longdream2023.
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
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.
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: email@example.com or 505-428-1352.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 505-930-9781
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.
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.
Live Crockpot Cooking demos for students at noon on Wednesday
TRIO and Student Resource Center are co-hosting live Crockpot cooking demos in the TRIO office, LL313 from noon to 12:30 on October 25. This free event will demonstrate easy and delicious recipes. Students will be able to sample the dishes and get their crockpot questions answered.
Slow Cookers can allow you to save time, money, and effort with simple one-pot meals. Come get some tips and tricks from the experts. Learn why crockpot cooking is perfect for busy individuals and families.
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 https://www.uusantafe.org/art-on-barcelona.html.
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 email@example.com. 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 https://www.sfcc.edu/academic-advising/advising-appointments/ to find your advisor and book an appointment.
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.
Career and Transfer Fair 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday , Nov. 1
The SFCC Career and Transfer Fair will take place 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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Read an interview with Chef Milton Villarubia about the East Wing Eatery
The Santa Fe Reporter last week ran this feature: 3 Questions with Milton Villarubia about the East Wing Eatery. Please note the story stated he had hoped to open this Tuesday, but it’s not possible at this time. Once everything is good to go, MPR will share messaging. In the meantime, stop by because he is doing some “soft openings” offering free taste tests.
Former Second Street Brewery executive chef Milton Villarrubia III took on the manager position after working in the college’s culinary classes as a lab technician for years.
We’re excited to welcome Milton Villarrubia in his role as the East Wing Eatery manager.
Welcome Shane Tolbert as Academic Director of Arts and Design
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 https://www.mcclaingallery.com/artists/shane-tolbert.
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
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 – https://um6ss.ma/faculte-de-medecine-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.
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, Katherine.email@example.com.
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.
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:
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 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 my.SFCC.edu
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Message about Interact Communications sessions
In an email on August 29, President Rowley sent the following message.
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.
Thank you for your participation and engagement during this important project. I look forward to developing goals and outcomes together.
Becky Rowley, Ph.D. President
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:
You must take the hours between now and Monday, Nov. 13.
Administrative leave cannot be accumulated for use outside this time period and cannot be considered as work time for purposes of overtime compensation.
Supervisors are reminded to schedule this time off in a way that does not negatively impact services.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com to register or for more information. Visit https://www.qualitymatters.org/PD-schedule 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: https://forms.office.com/r/fr3gyHqQBC And student parents, use the form on our webpage to opt-in to our emails directly: www.sfcc.edu/family-resources.
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.
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 has also been having a soft, unofficial opening of the cafeteria. Stop by and check it out.
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.”
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
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.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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 SFCC.edu
In an email on Thursday, June 13 Executive Director of Marketing and Public Relations Todd Lovato shared the following about the public website:
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.
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
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.
For more information about SFCC’s role in this program, contact Dean of Continuing Education and Contract Training Kris Swedin via email at email@example.com 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:
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 505-428-1775 for more information.