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Register for short-term classes starting in October

Fall is a great time to enjoy classes — either in-person or online.

Are you interested in picking up another class this term?  Do you have a general education class you need for your program?  Registration is open for late starting classes – don’t wait and contact your academic advisor to discuss some of the courses that are starting on October 17. 

Book your academic advising appointment by clicking the following link:

See more about mid-semester, short-term classes here. Late starting classes include options in:

  • Adobe Construction
  • Alternative Fuels
  • Communication-Public Speaking
  • Culinary
  • English- Punctuation and Grammar
  • Massage – Intro Massage class for those who want to study massage
  • Office Technology – Word, ppt, excel
    Psychology – Intro to Psych.
  • Sociology
  • Fitness
  • Business/Entrepreneurship – Intro to Entrepreneurship, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics
  • Film and Media Arts
  • Education classes
  • Mathematics
  • And more!

A listing of mid-semester classes can be found at

Free dental X-rays by appointment

The SFCC Dental Program is offering free dental x-rays by appointment for the next four weeks.

  • No dental insurance is necessary.
  • If interested contact Aamna Nayyar in office # 455, 505-428-1258,
  • The free dental X-ray (worth $80 – $100) is open to all SFCC students, employees, and their families and friends.
  • Consent form signing will be required before taking x-rays.
  • All x-rays are taken under direct supervision of a NM licensed dental staf

Free X-rays will be scheduled on a Monday or a Tuesday between 8 to 10 a.m. during October and November.

‘The Spell: The magic of words and imagery’ opens from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6

Joany Raina, Contrademic, Recycled textiles, 53cm x 50cm

SFCC’s Visual Arts Gallery presents the art exhibition, “The SPELL: The Magic of Words and Imagery,” which opens with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, October 6 in the gallery. The exhibition features the artwork of more than two dozen women from Santa Fe who work in diverse media and runs through Thursday, December 8.

Director of Art on Campus Linda Cassel said, “We have an incredible mix of talented artists who will show work. They are all sharing art that reflects the theme. The artists have had fun with the multiple meanings of ‘The SPELL’ in the sense of words and the alphabet, as well as the magical theme of casting a spell.”

The exhibition statement: “The words and imagery we project daily intentionally or unintentionally are powerful. They have the energy and ability to help, heal, hinder, hurt, and encourage. Our words and images create our reality or the reality of others. In this time and space, we can make a difference by evoking a SPELL of hope and possibilities beyond our fondest dreams.”

The following artists will participate: Fairley Barnes, Ilse Bolle, Rebecca Bradshaw, Ro Calhoun, Linda Cassel, Julie Catron, Meg Davenport, Monique de Nys, Rose Driscoll, Alexandra Eldridge, Willi Haye, Christy Hengst, Marjo Hébert, Elizabeth Hunt, Ann Laser, Marietta Leis, Susan Ohori, Kate O’Neill, Amy Parrish. Patricia Pearce, Margaret Peters, Joany Raina, Diane Rolnick, Miriam Sagan, Penny Truitt, Suzanne Vilmain, DeeAnne Wagner, Erika Wanenmacher and Isabel Winson-Sagan.

The Santa Fe Visual Arts Gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

SFCC Library continues Big Read discussions about ‘There, There’

At left, the cover of “There, There.” At right, the author Tommy Orange.

The Santa Fe Community College library is partnering with the Santa Fe Public Library to sponsor four book discussion groups in September and October. Sign up today to participate in the Tuesday noon online discussion at Santa Fe Public Library is one of 62 organizations nationwide selected to receive a 2022-2023 NEA Big Read grant. The grant will support a community reading program focusing on “There, There” by Tommy Orange in September through November 2022.

“There, There” is a novel by Tommy Orange, an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, that follows the unexpectedly connected lives of 12 characters from Native American communities who travel to a big, and ultimately volatile, powwow in the city of Oakland, California. Themes of the book include urbanity, authenticity, importance of stories and storytelling, individual vs. collective, violence, substance addiction and the concept of home and community.

The Big Read program kicked off on September 15 and will culminate with Tommy Orange’s in-person author event on November 5.

The SFCC library is offering two online and two in-person opportunities to discuss the book. All Santa Fe community members are welcome.

Questions? Contact Valerie Nye at:

Here is information from the NEA about “There, There”:

Here is information about Santa Fe’s Big Read from the Santa Fe Public Library:

Recruitment Coordinator Daniela Gurule participated in the Ugly Music Day event on Oct. 1.

SFCC represented at Ugly Music Day on Oct. 1 at CHOMP

Recruitment Coordinator Daniela Gurule distributed information about SFCC and talked with participants at Ugly Music Day on October 1 at CHOMP in Santa Fe.

The event description: Ugly Music Day is a free, all-ages music and arts mini festival that promotes giving value back to things that most may not value, as well as sustainable living through art & music.

Santa Fe will celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day with a full weekend of events

Santa Fe has designated October 8 – 10 as Indigenous Peoples Day Weekend Celebration. Indigenous dance groups have been invited to participate in the celebration on Saturday and Sunday. There will also be special activities on Monday, Oct. 10 at various locations. Visit for more information.

Joint Open House events with IAIA were a big success!

Isabel Winson-Sagan led a sumanigashi paper marbling workshop.

SFCC partnered with IAIA for its first joint Open House on September 22. The event was a huge success! A special thank you to Director of Galleries Linda Cassel for her coordination and planning. Also, thank you to Director of the Center of Book Art and Printmaking Patricia Pearce and Media Arts Print Lab Technician David Jones for their assistance.

Thank you also to everyone else at SFCC and IAIA who participated in making the first joint open house events a success! There were so many wonderful highlights it’s hard to single out any particular event, but here are just some fun anecdotes: CEA Academic Program Director Charlie Schulz shared that during the course of the Open House about 150 people toured the greenhouse! Doug Jones Program Head, Fine Woodworking said about 50 people attended the woodturning demo and many others toured their studios. And a big shout out to the East Wing Eatery, which served free Frito pies to so many attendees! Thank you also to SFCC Foundation for supporting the event.

SFCC also had some surprise visitors from Cuba, New Mexico. Director of Student Recruitment & Engagement Marcos Maez shared, “They actually had heard about it through IAIA – given the large number of Indigenous students that the Cuba Independent School District serves.

“We were surprised since they came onto campus unannounced. Thankfully, Student Engagement Coordinator Mary Eleas stepped up in a big way and took the large group of students and chaperones over to the Open House. They also received a warm welcome from Associate VP for Student Success, Dr. Thomasina Ortiz-Gallegos.

“The students and chaperones were thrilled with what they saw and will be arranging future visits with my office so that they can have an in-depth admissions presentation and campus tours.”

Marcos Maez had also tried to arrange buses to come from Santa Fe Public Schools, but they declined due to their early release schedule that day. He plans to reach out to them and other schools for future open houses.

See more images on SFCC’s Facebook page. Also, check out the video from IAIA’s Facebook page to see what was happening there.

SFCC celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month on Sept. 20 with festivities

Ballet Folklorico Santa Fe and Mariachi Xochitl perform.

SFCC celebrated National Hispanic Heritage Month on campus on September 20 with Mariachi music, Ballet Folklorico, and tacos from Sanchez Tacos. The festivities opened with a welcome from Student Involvement Coordinator Mary Eleas followed by a heartfelt speech from Associate Vice President for Student Success Dr. Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos. Director of Student Engagement & Recruitment Marcos Maez swore in the newest officers of the Student Government Association, president Emiliano Diaz and treasurer Yasmine Montalvo. There was a festive atmosphere.

SFCC back recruiting at college fairs

SFCC participated in a college fair at Moriarty High School.

Recruitment Coordinator Daniela Gurule says the Office of Recruitment and Student Outreach is back attending in-person college fairs this semester.

Her first stop of the semester was at Moriarty High School and she said it was great to be out talking with students in person.

She said met some students who were interested in studying welding.

N.M. Higher Education Department announces faculty endowment awards, including award for SFCC Nursing faculty endowment

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The New Mexico Higher Education Department announced that it has awarded $110.5 million in faculty endowment funds to 13 colleges and universities across New Mexico to recruit and retain faculty and put other supports in place to increase the number of teachers, nurses and social workers graduating and entering the workforce in New Mexico.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham approved the funds earlier this year, which the agency awarded through a competitive application process to ensure that the funds are put to work in the highest-need and highest-impact regions and programs. Educator preparation programs will receive a total of $50 million, with social work programs receiving another $30.5 million and nurse education programs receiving $30 million. Overall, awarded New Mexico colleges and universities will receive funds to support 58 endowed faculty positions statewide. The funds are expected to enroll over 700 new students and support nearly 7,000 students overall in New Mexico.

“This funding will enhance our ability to attract and keep talented faculty to grow and sustain the pipeline of licensed educators, nurses, and social workers that support the lifelong success, health and well-being of New Mexicans,” Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said.

“The $2 million endowment funds for nursing faculty stipends at Santa Fe Community College are critical to meet the demand for expanding nursing education in the region. Each full-time nursing faculty will receive a stipend in addition to their salary. We’re happy to provide our faculty with a steady source of income, so they can focus on their roles as educators. This endowment will make it possible to accept eight to sixteen more students into our nursing program. Santa Fe Community College is expanding our faculty with one full-time and another part-time nurse educator. We are incredibly grateful to the New Mexico Higher Education Department and the New Mexico Nurses Association for working on the pathway for this grant funding.”

SFCC’s Dean of Sciences, Health, and Engineering and Math Terri Tewart

Read more about the grant awardees in the full press release announcement in the September 24 issue of Los Alamos Daily Post, “New Mexico Higher Education Higher Education Department invests $110.5 Million For Teacher Education, Nursing, And Social Work.”

Santa Fe Literacy Volunteers and Phil Yeh featured in Santa Fe New Mexican

Phil Yeh, literacy advocate

Santa Fe Literacy Volunteers, based at SFCC, presented literacy advocate, author and artist Phil Yeh at several events. Claudia Silva of the Santa Fe New Mexican wrote about the program, students, and the mural that Literacy students helped paint at SFCC in the Sept. 25 story, “Mural work helps channel struggles with reading, writing.

An excerpt from the story:

Yeh created the design for the mural, but he wanted students from the Literary Volunteers of Santa Fe to help. Though many had no experience painting, they were ready to pick up a brush and get to work.

“The murals create a visual,” Yeh said. “That enables us to talk about the issue.”

The issue in question: the staggering number of people who don’t know how to read and write. According to a 2020 Gallup analysis of data collected by the U.S. Department of Education in 2012, 2014 and 2017, 54 percent of adults in the country have a literacy below a sixth grade level.

The Department of Education also found 21 percent of adults do not have the literacy skills to complete tasks that require comparing and contrasting information, paraphrasing or making low-level inferences.”

The mural was unveiled at a fund-raising brunch on Sunday at La Fonda. To read more about the program or to become a volunteer tutor visit .

Café con las comrades – Oct. 12

Cafe Con Las Comadres is a gender inclusive community of friends who gather at the mesa (table) to empower the lives of one another through advocacy, navigation, support, and resources.  In a safe shared space, comadres will gather to visit, be informed, share, and have opportunities to listen to special guest speakers.  All students are welcome to share a cup of coffee and sweet treats.

Cafe Con Las Comadres meets 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. the second Wednesday of the month (October 12, November 9, and December 14) in the Student Wellness Center – West Wing Lower Level 312D.

 RSVP’s are welcomed but not necessary – please contact Loretta at or call 505-428-1919.  Sponsored by Student Activities and hosted by Doctora Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos.

Early Childhood Center of Excellence offers free early childhood speaker series with equity and social justice focus; next talk on Oct. 14

The Early Childhood Center of Excellence (ECCOE) offers a free early childhood speaker series featuring national and New Mexico experts focused on equity and social justice in early childhood teacher preparation. This series is for higher education faculty and anyone interested in bringing equity to their work with young children and families. This free virtual series runs from September 2022 through May 2023. Registration is open now!

You can see the full schedule through May, as well as register for any events for the speaker series here.

SFCC to receive $500,000 for Veteran’s Legacy Project

On Sept. 6, SFCC got some exciting news, as shared in a press release:

U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and U.S. Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández (D-N.M.) are welcoming $500,000 from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) National Cemetery Administration (NCA) heading to Santa Fe Community College . The funding will support SFCC’s Veterans Legacy Program (VLP) and a student-based project to create digital profiles of veterans at the Santa Fe National Cemetery, with a focus on elevating the stories of Hispanic, Native and LGBTQ+ veterans.

“Our state has long had one of the highest rates of military volunteerism in the nation. For generations, servicemembers from all walks of life have proudly served. However, far too many stories of courage and service from underrepresented communities have gone untold. I’m proud to welcome this funding for Santa Fe Community College and their community-based Veterans Legacy Program that is shining a light on more veterans in New Mexico,” Heinrich said, Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees funding for VA.

History professor Stephen Martinez, Ph.D., and President Becky Rowley, Ph.D., at the first major lecture event for the Veterans Legacy Program on April 26 at the Santa Fe Veteran’s Cemetery.

“New Mexicans have a proud legacy of serving in our Armed Forces, bravely answering the call of duty for our country,” Luján said. “I’m proud to welcome this grant to the Santa Fe Community College that will preserve our shared history and provide the tools for future generations to learn about the sacrifices made by the generations before them. This is one step forward in recognizing our veterans and the sacrifices they have made in service to our nation.”

“We must do more than thank our veterans for their service. This $500,000 grant will help preserve the legacy of their heroism and sacrifice for generations to come,” Leger Fernández said. “We must be better ancestors than descendants, and the Veterans Legacy Program will uplift and enshrine the stories of our Hispanic and Indigenous veterans with the reverence they deserve.”

“We are grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs for the continued support of our Veterans Legacy Program,” Becky Rowley said, Ph.D., president of Santa Fe Community College. “Our faculty and staff worked closely with local veterans, SFCC students, and Santa Fe Public Schools and New Mexico School for the Arts students to capture and share the important and compelling stories of our veterans. Thanks to these funds, we’re excited to expand our reach to include more profiles of our Hispanic, Native American and LGBGTQ+ veterans.”

For more details read Robert Nott’s story from Sept. 10 in the Santa Fe New Mexican, “Veterans legacy project gets $500,000 in federal funds to expand.”

Visit the Veterans Legacy Program website for more information.

Register for Santa Fe Literary Review Zoom reading 5:30 to 7 p.m. October 20

Register now for the SANTA FE LITERARY REVIEW online reading from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20. You must pre-register for link at

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

The SFLR editors wrote in the introduction:

This year’s issue features work by contributors from SFCC, Santa Fe, and around the country. The magazine also includes an exclusive interview with Darryl Lorenzo Wellington, the 2021-23 Poet Laureate of Santa Fe. An uprooted Southerner who is now a New Mexican, he has been a professional journalist for more than 20 years, with articles, fiction, and poetry in The Nation, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Boston Review, and elsewhere.

This year’s issue is available for viewing or download at, and selected writings are available at

For more information about the publication contact SFLR Faculty Advisor and Editor-in-Chief Kate McCahill at

East Wing Eatery open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tuesday through Friday

The East Wing Eatery will reopen Tuesday, Aug. 23, for the Fall Semester 2022.

Hours of operation are limited due to limited staff:
Tuesday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Student Employees are still needed, please apply by contacting Chef Micaela at 505-428-1313.

Thank you for the continued support.

Mask wearing strongly encouraged when indoors on campus

Due to the recent surge in Covid cases, SFCC is sharing this message at its entrances:

We strongly encourage face masks inside the building. Recomendamos encarecidamente el uso de mascarillas dentro del edificio.

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.

NM Listens event October 15
Youth Vote – Your Voice – Your Vote

New Mexico Listens (a statewide project, under the auspices of  “A More Perfect Union” a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded to the New Mexico Council for the Humanities) and the Human Rights Alliance/PRIDE Santa Fe will be hosting a panel discussion to empower, engage, motivate & support the teen and youth citizens of the Santa Fe community to become involved in civil civic and political discourse surrounding human and voting rights.

Join the discussion 10:30 a.m. October 15 at the BioWall. If you can’t be there in person, register to attend via zoom:

SGA welcomes new officers

Student Involvement Coordinator Mary Eleas welcomes new SGA officers (at right in the blazers) SGA president Emiliano Diaz and SGA treasurer Yasmine Montalvo.

After a welcome and introductory remarks by Associate Vice President Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos, Ed.D., at the beginning of the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month on September 20, Student Involvement Coordinator Mary Eleas and Director of Student Engagement & Recruitment Marcos Maez introduced the new officers for Student Government Association (SGA).

Director of Student Engagement & Recruitment Marcos Maez swore in the new SGA officers.

Emiliano Diaz

SGA President

Emiliano is an Engineering student. He works in the Welcome and Advising Center as a student employee. His hobbies include taking classes to produce music and working in an extensive professional music studio with classmates.

To quote Emiliano:

“I love the opportunities and experiences that SFCC has extended me, and this is one of many reasons why I am highly motivated in representing our student body. (As SGA President), I will advocate and represent the student body’s voice and needs. I have a desire to hear and understand all the different voices, experiences, and opinions on campus on how to best represent you. Being a student, as well as the Student Government President I am motivated and passionate to make our community better for all.”

Yasmine Montalvo

SGA Treasurer

Yasmin shared that she is majoring in Bioengineering. She plans to represent the wants and needs of her fellow students, no matter how big or small.

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.

SFCC 2022-2023 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 need 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.

SFCC Library family study room now open

If you’re a student parent, we have good news for you! The SFCC Library has opened a new family study room for students who have children. The room has a space for children with toys, books, and special-sized furniture. The room will have three computer stations and room for students working on laptops.

It is open all hours the library is open. It will be available to current students when they have their children with them. Please note: This is not daycare, students must remain with their children. The library’s restroom adjacent to the study room has been updated and is family-friendly with a changing station.

SFCC Library Fall semester hours are:
Mon. – Thurs. 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Fri. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sat. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Apply NOW for Fall Semester Student Employment

Apply NOW for Fall Semester Student Employment at Santa Fe Community College!

Student Work Study is a financial aid need-based program that provides student funds earned through part-time employment. Eligible students can work up to 20 hours per week and work is scheduled around your school schedule. Please note payment for student workers is $15 an hour!

To be eligible, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Completed the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 FAFSA
  • Enrolled now and have at least 3-degree related credit hours for the summer semester and 6 credit hours for fall.

Contact for further information.

Student Resource Center is here for you

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

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

505–428-1194 | |

Photos from Ute’s Retirement Party

Thank you to Dr. Aamna Nayyar for sharing these photos from Ute Jannsen-Kerr’s retirement party:

Will Wilson in exhibition, opening 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Millicent Rogers Museum

Will Wilson’s Connecting the Dots: Cameron Straightdown Sefx, archival pigment print from digital photograph

Photography instructor Will Wilson is featured in the exhibition, “Southwest Reflections: In Between Shadows of the Land” at the Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos. The opening reception is from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 8. The exhibit continues through Jan. 29, 2023.

From the press release, “Offering a common thread to life, everything that exists bears a shadow. As the second installment of the Millicent Rogers Museum’s “New Mexico Artists” series, this exhibition offers a diverse exploration of artists’ portrayals of environmental relationships and the ways these events become conveyed through shadows, reflections, and movements.”

Read the complete press release. Also, note Will Wilson will participate in a discussion at the museum from 1- 2 p.m. on Nov. 6: “Land: Reflection, Regeneration, and Art” Roundtable, Will Wilson and Pola Lopez. 

Marcos Maez was honored as one of ’40 Under Forty Business Leaders’ by Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

SFCC colleagues joined in the celebration recognizing Marcos Maez as one of “40 Under Forty Top Business Leaders” by the Santa Fe Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Congratulations to Director of Student Engagement & Recruitment Marcos Maez, who was selected as one of “40 Under Forty Top Business Leaders” by the Santa Fe Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He was honored on September 30 at a special dinner and awards program.

SFCC thanks Marcos Maez for his leadership on campus and in the community.

Read more here.

Employees – Save the date!
Winter Party 6 p.m. Dec. 2

The SFCC Employee Winter Party has been scheduled for 6 to 11 p.m. on Friday, December 2. The party will be held in the Campus Center. Donations will be collected at the event to help give back our community. Watch your email for the official announcement and details on how to RSVP.

Valerie Nye participated in American Library Association panel on ‘Practical Strategies for Defending Books in Your Library,’ as part of Banned Books Week

Valerie Nye, Director of SFCC Library Director

Libraries nationwide joined the American Library Association to highlight increased censorship of books during this year’s Banned Books Week, which was September 18-24. The American Library Association (ALA), Unite Against Banned Books (UABB) and the Banned Books Week Coalition planned extensive programming during the week, bringing together authors, librarians and scholars to share perspectives on censorship.

Thousands of schools, bookstores and libraries throughout the country sponsored local events during the 40th Banned Books Week with a special focus on the recent sharp rise in book bans. In 2021, ALA recorded 1,597 individual book challenges or removals — the most attempts to ban books since ALA began tracking more than 20 years ago. The theme of the 2022 Banned Books Week is “Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us.”

SFCC Library Director Val Nye participated in the national online panel. Here’s a description of the panel: Drawing on ripped-from-the-headlines censorship challenges, four experienced library workers will provide practical strategies and resources that library workers can use to defend challenged materials.

Read more in this 09/15/2022 Business Wire story, “American Library Association Highlights Increasing Censorship Attempts During Banned Books Week Programming.”

The Geometry of Light show continues through Nov. 26

SFCC Ceramics Program Head James Marshall has a joint exhibition at the Gerald Peters Contemporary gallery through Nov. 26. “The Geometry of Light” investigates the formal and conceptual relationships between James Marshall and Florence Miller Pierce, two artists for whom light, dimensional space and perception is both the content and context of their work. The exhibition continues through November 26, 2022

See the exhibition at:

Gerald Peters Contemporary

1011 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe

Read more:

WOW Awards – Doreen Jaramillo

WOW winner for the month of August 2022 is Doreen Jaramillo.

“Doreen Jaramillo is always in a good mood when I talk with her . She is always happy to answer any payroll questions and is such a dedicated worker. Thank you, Doreen, for all of your hard work with the Workday ERP implementation and everything that you do on a daily basis. You’re the best!” –WOW nomination

Submit WOW nominations!

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 Katie Cadena-Priebe at

CHESS — Collaborative for Higher Education Shared Services

CHESS Connection Newsletter – September

If you’re wondering what’s happening with the Workday implementation, check your email for September’s CHESS Connection newsletter

This month’s newsletter contains information on becoming a change agent (the next change agent meeting is Sept. 14), a video introduction to Workday, some insight into the CHESS implementation team are doing, and an invitation to Coffee with Kathy on September 28.

SFCC employee musicians Jonathan Harrell and Roxanne Tapia perform with Mélange

Local music group Mélange, playing original music by Phredgeoff (Jeff) Tarnoff and Jojo Sena de Tarnoff, can be heard at Chomp, located at 505 Cerrillos Road. The group plays at Chomp next on the evening of Saturday, October 8. The group includes Academic Advisor Jonathan Harrell on bass and MPR Executive Assistant Roxanne Tapia on tenor saxophone. Mélange plays a lively fusion of jazz, funk, and Latin music featuring Jeff Tarnoff on piano and JoJo Tarnoff on flute.

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

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

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

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


SFCC Library presents

Touching the Veil: An online discussion of the book, the work, and the life of a hospice nurse
5 p.m. November 1

Author Cheryl Marita

 SFCC Library presents ‘Touching the Veil: An online discussion of the book, the work, and the life of a hospice nurse’ from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1
Pre-registration required at

Touching the Veil: End of Life Stories through the Eyes of a Nurse” holds answers to unspoken questions of today’s world. In fifteen short stories, Cheryl Marita, RN, describes in vivid detail her role as a nurse at the bedside of hospice patients, friends, and family during their last days. Marita shares her own reactions to allow the reader into the dying process, which decades ago was part of everyday life. Join her in her memoir as Marita explores the intimacy of caregiving and of being with the dying. The honesty and intimacy of each story allows the reader to explore their own life, their own inevitable death. Each story brings the reader closer to Marita as she accepts death as part of the human condition, witnesses the compassion of both the dying and their caregivers, and learns how to deal with her own living with dying.

Cheryl Marita received her Creative Writing Certificate from SFCC in 2019. Cheryl Marita, R.N., M.A., started writing as a columnist on her high school newspaper, then took a hiatus of fifty-five years as a hospice nurse and health care leader. She lives in Northern New Mexico and provides Palliative Care at a local hospital. Her work is published in the Santa Fe Literary Review and Bosque Rhythms. See more at

Will Wilson featured in CIPX exhibition through Oct. 26 at Foto Forum

Congratulations to Will Wilson for his spectacular exhibition at the Foto Forum (1714 Paseo de Peralta)! The exhibition CIPX Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange opened with a well-attended reception on August 5 and continues through October 26. Photo Forum gallery hours are Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 5 p.m.

Read his artist statement and more here.

Fall meditations in the Planetarium
Monday through Friday
7:45 to 8:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

You are invited to the SFCC planetarium for morning and lunch meditations. Bring your own practice and relax your mind and body under the stars to Tibetan bowls, native flutes, or healing music. These are not guided sessions. Bring a mat or use the planetarium seating.

If you have interest in running a guided meditation during any of these sessions, please contact Frank Currie ( <>).

We look forward to helping you stay mindful…or at least sane this semester!

Watch video to learn more about tuition-free college

The recording of the public information session on tuition-free college provided by the New Mexico Higher Education Department on August 19 is now available. You can view it via the link below or at the main website at  Thank you to the New Mexico Educational Assistance Foundation for hosting this session.

Understanding Tuition-Free College in New Mexico – YouTube

SFCC participates in Generation Hope’s FamilyU

Thomas  Peña, 2018 graduate, shown with his son.

SFCC is one of seven colleges to participate in Generation Hope’s FamilyU technical assistance program. Through FamilyU, Generation Hope partners with colleges and universities across the country to increase the number of parenting students who complete their program studies and graduate. The program is sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, among others.

Although parent students account for 1 in 5 undergraduates nationwide, their odds of completion are far slimmer than students who are not parenting. Despite having higher GPAs than students without children, parenting students are 10 times less likely to graduate due to inadequate support systems.

The FamilyU technical assistance program was created to bolster their odds for completion.

“SFCC is honored to be part of Generation Hope’s FamilyU program to help our student parents complete their degrees and graduate,” said SFCC President Becky Rowley, Ph.D. “We look forward gaining expertise so we may better support our students who are raising children.” See the national press release.

Need food? Campus Cupboard welcomes all

Campus Cupboard now offers refrigerated items

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

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

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

Visit Campus Cupboard for more information.

Campus Cupboard is supported by SFCC Foundation.

Fall semester hours for on-campus bookstore: 9-5 Monday through Thursday, 9-1 Fridays

Fall semester bookstore hours begin Monday, August 22. The bookstore is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. It is open from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Fridays.

SFCC’s on-campus bookstore reopened under the operation of Barnes & Noble College.

The on-campus bookstore offers textbooks, course materials, notebooks, pens, and other office and school supplies – as well as snacks and drinks! Need to speak to someone at the bookstore? Call 505-428-1218.

Near the end of each term, students will have an opportunity to sell books back and return rental books at the bookstore or through mail.

Students can begin ordering books at the new bookstore website and select free on-campus pick-up.

Students can also select several shipping methods. Additionally, students can go directly to the on-campus store to buy books off the shelf at the new on campus store.

Please be patient as Barnes and Noble College Bookstore is still stocking up on books and so there might be limited inventory at this early stage.

Students can email to see if a book is in stock or with any other bookstore-related questions. BNC will continuously be receiving deliveries and expects to have all books available in the store by the start of classes. Students can order books either as a “guest” or they can “sign up/create account” on the bookstore website. The benefit to creating an account is that the order history will be saved.

For questions or additional assistance please email

An Important Note on Using Financial Aid for Purchases

Financial Aid purchases are available beginning on August 8, 2022.

Students receiving Financial Aid should wait until their aid is available before purchasing books. However, if students purchase books out of pocket and later become eligible for aid, they can be reimbursed through disbursement provided their aid is authorized and the award is enough to cover the purchase. Financial aid accounts are open through September 7, 2022. More financial aid information is available at the SFCC Financial Aid Office.

Registration for Fall CE classes continues

The new Fall Continuing Education schedule is now available online and in print. Visit the CE web page for tips on registering and to view the variety of offerings. Dean of Contract Training and Continuing Education Kris Swedin said, “This fall we’ve got a more extensive schedule available with a variety of classes, both online and in-person. Fall is ideal for taking time for personal enrichment or expanding your professional skills.”

Check out the wide variety of classes from Western Swing dancing to an armchair tour of Archeological Treasures of the Byzantine World. Read more.

Apply by Nov. 4 for Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair

SFCC is preparing for the return of the Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair. Here are the details:

The 2022 Santa Fe Community College
Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, December 10

Artist applications are due Friday, November 4.
For additional information call 505-428-1402/505-428-1675 or email

Let’s help slow the spread of the virus

Let’s keep everyone safe and remember:

  • 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!

SFCC in the news

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

09/19/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican, Smartboard – Santa Fe Community College’s Library children storytime, SFCC Visual Arts Gallery presents ‘The SPELL: The Magic of Words and Imagery’

09/18/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican, “My View: Joint open houses set this week for IAIA, SFCC,” column by IAIA president Robert Martin and SFCC president Becky Rowley.

09/15/2022, Business Wire, “American Library Association Highlights Increasing Censorship Attempts During Banned Books Week Programming”

09/15/2022, Los Alamos Daily Post, “SFCC Library, Santa Fe Children’s Museum And SFCC’s Kids Campus Present Storytime Sept. 21”

09/14/2022, Albuquerque Journal, “Chef Andy Barnes uses his love and excitement for cooking to nurture his culinary journey” Chef studied at SFCC.

09/10/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Veterans legacy project gets $500,000 in federal funds to expand”

09/10/2022, Los Alamos Daily Post, “SFCC Visual Arts Gallery Presents ‘The SPELL: The Magic Of Words And Imagery’ Oct. 6-Dec. 8”

09/04/2022, Los Alamos Daily Post, “Heinrich, Luján, Leger Fernández Welcome $500,000 In Federal Investments For SFCC To Create Digital Profiles Of Veterans at Santa Fe National Cemetery”

08/29/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican, “SFCC to host Aalpana-making events”

08/29/2022, The Clarion, “Joining Family U to Help Parents”

08/26/2022, Los Alamos Daily Post, “SFCC Library/PDAC: Aalpana-Making Events Sept. 8, 15”

08/24/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican, “New Mexico student loan borrowers say they’re happy for any relief”

08/24/2022, Albuquerque Journal, “Homemade dishes make The Pantry Dos a stand-out restaurant for breakfast, lunch or dinner”

08/13/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Santa Fe Community College offering dual online, in person classes”

08/04/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican, “SFCC gets federal aid to create jobs”

08/03/2022, Albuquerque Journal, “$6.4M grant for job development benefits rural NM”

08/03/2022, Los Alamos Daily Post, “SFCC’s Early Childhood Education Program Announces Expanded Financial Support This Fall”

08/01/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Business people, Aug. 1, 2022” Announcement about Dean Barry Hubbard, Ph.D.

07/23/2022, Albuquerque Journal, “Center awarded National Endowment for the Humanities grant” Photography department chair Will Wilson to participate.