Campus Weekly

First Massage Therapy grads celebrate program completion

Congratulations to the graduates of the SFCC Massage Therapy Program. They have completed the education requirements to sit for the National Exam and apply for a New Mexico Massage Therapy License, after which they become professional LMTs! Our graduates received both a Certificate and Associate Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Massage Therapy.

The students gathered for a photo in front of the Ethyl the Whale (sculpture) on their last day to celebrate their amazing accomplishment of not only being the first cohort to complete the massage therapy program, but also during a pandemic! The five graduates completed the program, have scheduled their National Exam for next month and after they have passed the exam then will be able to work as professionals in the field of massage therapy.

SFCC is now accepting applications for the Massage Therapy program for the Spring 2022 semester! Please visit Massage Therapy’s program page for more information.

Julianna Santillanes is the lead instructor and contact for questions regarding the program. The Program Director Ute Jannsen-Kerr and Julianna Santillanes first met to design the program in August 2019, started the first cohort in August 2020, and are happy to have graduated the first cohort in October 2021, as well as welcome new students!

Photo: Left to right, Adan Mendez (student); Anne Blog (student); Aurora Downs (student); Sara Saneva (student); Marjorie Campbell (student); Julianna Santillanes (lead faculty); Emily Graves (faculty).

News and Announcements

STEM Pathways for Girls conference October 30 in-person at SFCC

STEM Pathways for Girls conference
October 30 in-person at SFCC.
For girls in 5th-8th grade
Saturday, October 30, 2021

This fall’s conference will include 12 in-person workshops at SFCC plus online keynote speakers. Register at or call

$25 enrollment fee, waived upon request.

Do you have a family member or neighbor who would benefit from this STEM Santa Fe event? Encourage them to sign up now to reserve a spot.


Covid Vaccine and Booster Clinic

Covid Vaccine and Booster Clinic
Every Thursday and Friday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in
Jemez Rooms

Walk-ups are welcome, but to ensure your spot register for an appointment
If you have questions about boosters, talk to your healthcare provider and use the tool at

The New Mexico Department of Health is providing COVID-19 vaccination and booster clinics 10 a.m to 4 p.m. every Thursday and Friday through February 2022. There will be no clinics when the campus is closed.

Notification about the Annual Security Report

As required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), SFCC is providing you with the comprehensive Annual Security Report (ASR) that contains information related to law enforcement authority and practices of campus police and security forces, incident reporting procedures for students and employees, and policies that have been used in preparing this report. In addition, information about how the campus community is notified regarding immediate threats, emergency response and evaluation procedures, campus crime statistics is included, as well as information about campus and community resources available to the campus community and important safety tips. The report may be accessed online by clicking on the following link: Please take a few minutes to review this information. You may request a hard copy of the report by mail by contacting the SFCC Safety and Security Department.

If you have questions about this report or would like more information, please feel free to contact our Safety and Security Department at SFCC or Bobbie Mascarenas at or 428-1014.


Sewer line repairs ongoing

Facilities and Operations started sewer line repairs at the SFCC main campus on October 18.

Repairs will be taking place in room 131 Continuing Education, and 415 Culinary Arts. Surrounding areas may hear loud noises coming from these rooms during the time of this project.

For any questions or concerns, please call Facilities and Operations at 505-428-1670, or email .

Thank you for your patience while these necessary repairs are completed.

School of Arts, Design and Media Arts Faculty and Staff Exhibition continues

SFCC’s School of Arts, Design and Media Arts Faculty and Staff Exhibition continues through January 13.

Director of Art on Campus Linda Cassel said, “This exhibition showcases a good cross-section of the tremendous artwork produced by SFCC’s Arts, Design and Media Arts talented faculty and staff. It’s really a terrific selection of artwork ranging from incredible woodworking furniture pieces to digital art. This show gives people an opportunity to see the types of art taught at the college.”

You’re encouraged to stop by from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday when the campus is open. Also invite your friends and prospective art students to stop by. The public is welcome to visit but must wear a mask while on SFCC’s campus.

SFCC has outstanding fine art, design, and media art studios. The faculty and staff are recognized artists both locally and on the national level.

For more information about the gallery, contact SFCC’s Director of Art on Campus Linda Cassel at or 505-428-1501.

Images: Photos by J. David Jones of the October 6 opening.

Bookstore flash sale

The SFCC is offering 50 percent off everything except food and drink beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, October 11. Get your SFCC gear and supplies!

CEA delivers fresh greens to Campus Cupboard

Richard C. “Charlie” Shultz, Lead Faculty for Controlled Environment Agriculture, delivered fresh lettuce from the SFCC greenhouse on Wednesday, Oct. 6 to the Campus Cupboard Food Pantry. He will continue to make more fresh produce deliveries on Wednesday afternoons. In the future, he hopes to have some tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and other produce.

Campus Cupboard Food Pantry Coordinator Ed Worden said the Campus Cupboard is open from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. He added, “I do arrange for alternate time/day pick up for one or two students per week, typically leaving a prepacked box in the nearby TRIO office, or similar, if I’m unable to be here and let the student in to shop. This is something we recently started but I expect it to become more popular.”

Folks can contact or call 505-428-1775 to arrange after-hours pick up/shopping.

The Campus Cupboard Food Pantry (302 E) is in the lower level (down the stairs nearest the Campus Center). It is open to all. Visit Campus Cupboard Food Pantry for details.

Campus Cupboard is made possible through the generous support of the Anderson Charitable Foundation, SFCC’s Clay Club, SFCC employees contributing through payroll deduction and the SFCC Foundation.

Contact Kelly Marquez at to discuss a donation or to start contributions through SFCC payroll deductions.

File photo: Greens growing in the SFCC greenhouse.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. During the COVID-19 pandemic domestic violence has increased around the world. In Santa Fe, Esperanza Shelter supports victims of domestic violence with resources and housing. Phone 505-474-5536, visit , or call the 24-Hour Crisis Hotline: 505-473-5200 or 1-800-473-5220. In Albuquerque, contact the Domestic Violence Resource Center, 505-248-3165 or

If you would like to speak with an SFCC licensed Counselor please contact Counselors are here to help.

No Minor Sale educational booth by SFCC SMILES Club

SFCC SMILES Club and the Dental Department partnered with No Minor Sale campaign, in educating the community about the dangers of flavored tobacco products.

For details on SFCC Dental Programs, please contact or visit

For details on No Minor Sale, please contact or visit

Click the photos for a larger image.

SFCC and WMNU partner to help student complete, and ease transfer

SFCC President Becky Rowley, Ph.D. with WNMU President Joseph Shepard, Ph.D. at signing on SFCC Campus

Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) and Western New Mexico University (WMNU) are partnering to help SFCC students complete associate degrees and easily transfer to WNMU. Santa Fe Community College President Becky Rowley, Ph.D., and Western New Mexico University President Joseph Shepard, Ph.D., signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on September 20, paving the way for a full articulation agreement, which will guarantee SFCC students who have earned an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree admission to Western New Mexico University to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

SFCC President Rowley said, “This is a big win for our students who will not only be able to transfer to Western New Mexico University, but also be able to get transfer advice from WNMU representatives while studying at SFCC to make the transition so much easier.” WNMU President Shepard added, “We are proud to be working toward ensuring Santa Fe Community College graduates a shot at advancing their education and training through completing four-year degrees at WNMU, where we will count every credit they earned as part of their associate degrees.”

Read more…

Kids Campus openings

Kids Campus at SFCC has a few openings available for our FREE Early Program! All children must have reached their third (3rd) birthday before September 1, 2021.

Kids Campus free Early Pre-K hours are Monday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays from 8:30-11:30 am.

We also offer a wraparound program, which includes one extra hour in the morning (7:30-8:30 a.m.) and one extra hour in the afternoon (2-3 p.m) for a monthly fee of $350. We do not offer after-care on Fridays.


If you are interested, please call us at 505-428-1354 or send us an email at:

Dell Education Month

Faculty, staff, students and alumni can save up to $200 on select PCs for your personal technology needs through October 31.

Share this with family and friends too – it’s for everyone!

Access Education Purchase Program benefits here:

Policy Updates 2021-22 Policy Review Schedule

Policy Updates
2021-2022 Policy Review Schedule. The policies scheduled for shared governance review during the academic year 2021-2022 are posted on SFCC Connect: Campus Resources > Policy Review.
Revised Procedures. Please become familiar with the newly updated Procedures in the links below and address any questions to the Policy Owners listed.

College Policies and Procedures are posted at SFCC Policies. If you have questions or would like to learn more, please contact Laura J. Mulry, ext. 1776.

CHESS selects Workday to transform student experience, operations

From the August 26 press release: Many students face an uphill battle when considering or attending college. From figuring out registration, placement and advising to managing course scheduling, degree completion and transfer, colleges have not made it easy. The Collaborative for Higher Education Shared Services, or CHESS, has a vision to transform the student experience and modernize operations. For the first time in our nation, five independent community colleges have voluntarily come together to launch an Enterprise Resource Planning platform (ERP) capitalizing on the power of shared resources and decision-making.

CHESS has selected Workday, Inc. to provide solutions that will help realize the group’s vision. Workday’s suite of applications, which includes financial management, human capital management, and student services, will assist CHESS colleges to quickly respond to change while critical business operations continue to run smoothly and securely. The enterprise technology solution is strategically designed so that students can use an intuitive system that restructures outdated administrative functions. Choosing Workday is a major step forward in making this innovative dream a reality. Implementation will begin this fall. CHESS is structured so that additional colleges from any U.S. location have the ability to join and take advantage of increased opportunities for students, shared resources, and improved administrative efficiencies


Register for fall Continuing Education classes now

The new continuing education catalog is now available online for viewing and download.

Read about some new classes here.

Browse the fun and interesting noncredit classes and then enroll online today.


Watch Convocation video for important messaging

Did you miss President Rowley’s welcome at Convocation?

President Rowley spoke to the importance of continued masking and discussed a potential vaccine mandate at SFCC.

Watch the video.

Updated Procedures for Policy 2-25 & Policy 7-1

Please become familiar with the newly updated Procedures for Policy 7-1 Information Technology Resources, Usage and Security and for Policy 2-25 Mandatory Advising. Please review the Procedures in the links below and address any questions to the Policy Owner listed.

All of the college’s Policies and Procedures are posted at SFCC Policies. If you have questions or would like to learn more about college policies, please contact Laura Mulry, ext. 1776.

SFCC's Equity Statement

President Rowley’s shared SFCC’s Equity Statement with all in a June 12 email.


For the protection of our community...

When coming on campus:

SFCC in the news

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

10/06/2021, Santa Fe New Mexican, “New Mexico’s teacher-prep programs face challenges amid surging vacancies.”

10/01/2021, Pasatiempo, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Join the Haibun renaissance.” Interview with Miriam Sagan about SFCC Library presentation of haibun writing workshop.

09/26/2021, Santa Fe New Mexican, “NATIVE BOARDING SCHOOLS: Buried history coming to light in New Mexico”

09/24/2021, Santa Fe New Mexican In shifting job market, teens face increasing demand for diverse skill sets

09/15/2021, Santa Fe New Mexican, Heinrich’s Completion Bill Praised

09/18/2021, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Santa Fe college students to document veterans’ lives”

09/09/2021, AP News, “New Mexico’s $37 million plan to recruit more teachers”

9/03/2021, Santa Fe Reporter, “Balloted Candidates for mayor and City Council secure their spot on Nov. 2 ballot”

Student Spotlight

Submit your work to the 2022 SFCC Katie Besser Student Art & Writing Awards

Submit to the 2022 SFCC Katie Besser Student ART & WRITING Awards

Submission cateogries include:

  • Academic Essay
  • Text & Image/Photography
  • Instructor Nominated
  • Poetry
  • Fiction
  • Creative Nonfiction

All entries in all categories can be in English and Spanish.Cada entrada en cada categoría pueden ser en inglés o en Español.

Fall 2021 submission deadline Friday, December 10 at 5 p.m.


Coming soon: new degree audit tool! UAchieve

The Registrar’s office is excited to announce that soon students and advisors will have a new tool available to help monitor progress toward a degree. Watch your Campus Weekly, email, and MySFCC for more details!

Online Parent Support Group begins Nov. 2

Jocelyn Hernandez Monsalvo, SFCC Student Resource Coordinator, and Rosalie Lipfert, SFCC Counselor, are offering an online Parent Support Group for SFCC student parents.

The group will meet on Zoom for one hour at 10 a.m. Tuesdays beginning November 2 until the end of the semester. Discussion topics will include navigating resources, focusing and study strategies, asking for help, setting boundaries, establishing a support system, and envisioning the future after SFCC. The group is free, confidential, and not part of your student record.

The meeting dates are November 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30.

Please email if you are interested in joining the group and you will be sent the Zoom link.

Career Readiness presentations at noon Tuesdays beginning Oct. 19

Career Readiness Presentations
Tuesdays at 12 noon

An Elevator pitch is a brief speech that describes you and your ambitions.
November 2nd — RESUME BUILDING
Your resume includes your skills, abilities, experience, and what qualifies you for the position or positions you are applying for.

An overview of the services Career Coach provides and how to get the word out about YOU.
Techniques on how to look for career-related occupations or jobs to bring in supplemental income to support yourself during school of for family.

For more information contact Gerard J. Martínez at
505-428-1406 or

SFCC Student Weekly Connection 10/15

Read this week’s SFCC Student Weekly Connection for information on the new Parent Support Group, a new STEM Mentorship program looking for paid mentors, VaxAid, scholarships, the resource of the week: Cancer Foundation for New Mexico, and lots more!


There's still time to register for late-starting fall classes

Registration is now open for late-starting short-term classes. Explore options at

Select classes are available in art, business, construction, communications, culinary arts, history, psychology, sustainable technology and more.

1) Contact an advisor at Academic Advising at 505-428-1275 or

2) Registration is at Interested students are encouraged to contact SFCC’s Welcome and Advising Center at 505-428-1270.


SFCC 2021-2022 Scholarship Application Available Now

SFCC can help you pay for college with scholarships. One simple application puts you in consideration for state institutional and Foundation private scholarships. Scholarships are available for new and returning, part time and full-time students to help pay for college for the upcoming academic year. Scholarships are also available for second-generation college students, Veterans, Native American students, Hispanic students and students with disabilities (must be registered with the SAS department at SFCC offers performance-based scholarships through Contract for a Better Tomorrow (CBT).

For more information and to apply go to:

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

Student Resource Center connects students with community programs

The Student Resource Center helps students connect with various services, programs and agencies. We can help link up with several community resources including: Housing, Food, Utility Payment Assistance, Childcare, Physical Health and Legal Services. For more information and assistance, please contact Student Resource Coordinator Jocelyn Hernandez Monsalvo at 505-428-1194 or visit

El Centro de Recursos Estudiantiles ayuda a los estudiantes a conectarse con varios servicios programas y agencias. Podemos ayudar a conectarse con varios servicios comunitarios, que incluyen: Vivienda, Comida, Asistencia para Pagos de Servicios Públicos, Cuidado de Niños, Salud Física y Servicios Legales. Para obtener más información y asistencia, comuníquese con la Coordinadora de Recursos Estudiantiles Jocelyn Hernandez Monsalvo al 505-428-1194 o visite

Order your books now at SFCC Online bookstore

We are proud to announce that Santa Fe Community College’s online bookstore operated by Barnes & Noble is live and ready to serve you! Access it at


Openings for Student Employment at SFCC

Student work study is a financial aid need-based program that provides student funds earned through part-time employment currently paying at a rate of $12.32 per hour.

Eligible students can work up to 20 hours per week. In addition to helping you pay for your education, the work study program helps you gain work experience, develop your skills, and build a possible pathway to future employment opportunities.

To be eligible, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Must complete the 2021-2022 FAFSA and any additional requested verification items
  • Must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 degree-related credit hours for fall.
  • Must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

If you are interested in student employment, you can email Susie Weaver at or for further information.

Great scholarship news for fall semester!

Great news!

The state is now funding the Lottery Scholarship at 100 percent!

For more information watch these videos from area broadcasters: KOB, KRQE and KOAT.

Also, some more great news about the New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship and other resources. See these highlights from the June 4 Santa Fe New Mexican story.

“The lottery scholarship program wasn’t the only good news for college students. The New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship, which benefits students who are not eligible for the lottery scholarship, such as returning adult learners and students who attend college part time, received an increase of $11 million for next year.
And the state has received $104 million in federal funds through the American Rescue Plan Act for student relief grants, Rodriguez said.

Read the full story here.

Want more information about how to apply for scholarships? Visit

Need help paying for internet service? You might qualify for federal assistance - application available May 12

The latest COVID relief act includes an internet benefit for low-income and Native American households. You could qualify for $50 to $75 in monthly assistance.

Details about the benefit can be found at
On May 12, you can apply at


Employee Announcements

Retirement gathering at 9 to 10 a.m. Oct. 27 for Jill Carlson

Employees are invited to stop by from 9 to 10 a.m. at the OPIE office (or in the garden depending on the weather) to congratulate Jill Carlson as she retires from the college. Jill has contributed much to the success of the college in her role as Director of Assessment and Accreditation. She also was active in a leadership role in Staff Senate. SFCC wishes her the best in her retirement.

September WOWs

WOW nominee for the month of September 2021.

Julia Dunkin, nominated by Tekla Johnson.

Both Marisol Nevarez, and I, from First Born nominate Julia for the WOW award. Julia is amazing because she is:


We have a lot of issues with Canvas and videos. Anytime we reach out to Julia she is quick to respond, friendly (even though we call and email all the time, often repeating the same requests because we can’t remember how to do it) and fixes our problem – usually
within the hour. She totally knows what she is doing and always gives the impression she is genuinely happy to help.

We appreciate her! Our work lives are definitely better by having her on our team.

Gerard Martínez y Valencia producer of "A Song For Ruth" mini-doc

Gerard Martínez y Valencia is a producer of a mini-documentary film project that follows the creative process of a musical composition titled “Remembering Ruth Bader Ginsburg” by distinguished American composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. The Dallas Symphony performed the world premiere of “Remembering Ruth Bader Ginsburg” on October 7, 2021.


In Memoriam: John Paul LeDoux, Ph.D.

SFCC extends heartfelt condolences to the family, colleagues and students of Professor John LeDoux, Ph.D., a beloved instructor of Spanish, who passed away on October 19. He retired in 2019 after teaching for almost 20 years at the college.

Please read about his extraordinary life:

SFCC Foundation scholarship set up

SFCC foundation

SFCC Foundation has set up a scholarship that will serve Hispanics and low income students through Title V in his memory. Every dollar donated will automatically be matched. Visit to learn more and to donate.

Images: Portrait, SFCC 2005 file photo. Retirement photo at 2019 Awards ceremony. John Paul LeDoux, Ph.D., is seated in the front row.

Employees: Watch email for required Multi-Factor Authentication instructions

The Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) implementation project will roll out soon. Keep an eye out for an SFCC email and information in SFCC Connect for steps on how you will set up your MFA by November 12. Employees will be required to participate for Outlook 365 and VPN. The new system, which will add an identification code in addition to your password, will enhance safety and security for employees and SFCC information.

At this time, the MFA project is only for employees, some contractors and student employees.

More information will be shared either via email and/or in SFCC Connect announcements.

New covid contact tracing email

SFCC’s point of contact for COVID-19 contact tracing has changed.
Contract tracing requests are now be managed through the email address. Thank you for updating your processes accordingly.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Nick Telles505-428-1161.

Thanks to Janelle Moya for an outstanding job serving as the college’s COVID-19 contact tracer.

How to enroll for the COVID 19 vaccine

Please review the state’s latest vaccine registration information to see how to enroll for the COVID-19 vaccine.

SFCC encourages you to enroll soon, so our state can more effectively distribute the vaccine and notify you when vaccine doses will be available in your area.

NOVID phone app: The City of Santa Fe has partnered with NOVID to slow the spread of the virus. Download the free app at Read more about the app in this Dec. 15 Santa Fe Reporter story, “Spread the Word, not COVID-19.”


Let's help slow the spread of the virus

Let’s keep everyone safe and remember:

SFCC COVID protocols require that everyone wear a mask at all times on campus.

• If you are feeling ill, you should not come into work, and avoid any type of social setting. The College wants you to feel better before you return to work.

If you are feeling ill: Get tested and isolate yourself from others as much as possible. We need to help mitigate the health risk to others.

Call 1-855-600-3453 for testing information and results.

• If you do contract COVID-19, seek medical attention immediately. Notify your supervisor and human resources. These cases need to reported, SFCC is here to support you.

Please do your part, to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Stay home, stay safe, stay healthy.

Do you need information on testing? Visit

Remember to wash your hands for a full 20 seconds!

Submit nominations for WOW awards

The Office of Human Resources reminds you 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


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.

In Memoriam: Professor John Paul LeDoux, Ph.D.

SFCC extends heartfelt condolences to the family, colleagues and students of Professor John LeDoux, Ph.D., a beloved instructor of Spanish, who passed away on October 19. He retired in 2019 after teaching for almost 20 years at the college.

Please read about his extraordinary life:
Please revisit that link to see when services are added.

SFCC Foundation scholarship set up

SFCC foundation

SFCC Foundation has set up a scholarship that will serve Hispanics and low income students through Title V in his memory. Every dollar donated will automatically be matched. Visit to learn more and to donate.

Images: Portrait, SFCC 2005 file photo. Retirement photo at 2019 Awards ceremony. John Paul LeDoux, Ph.D., is seated in the front row.