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FEC Limited Reopening: swimming, tennis & basketball!

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

Employees can also make reservations for the lap pool, singles play tennis court or the half-court basketball beginning Oct. 12.
Here’s the Employee process to set up your appointment:
Step 1: Register online for SFCC Employee Fitness using CRN 21591
Step 2: Create an account at:
Step 3: Choose your “Service” (3 appts. max at any time) at that site.
Step 4: Enter Coupon Code SFCCF20EMPL before making the actual reservation.
Step 5: Choose your date and time.
Step 6: Show up for your appointment – enjoy!

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

Please note for this week: Only employees can participate in lap swimming and you must make a pool lane reservation in advance. Appointments are for 45 minutes and begin on the hour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Questions? Please contact Fitness Facility Director Herman Garcia at 505-428-1751.

News and Announcements

News from Controlled Environmental Agriculture Department

R. Charlie Shultz, Lead Faculty of Controlled Environment Agriculture shared some exciting news:
Our CEA program faculty, staff and students will participate in two upcoming conferences.

They will participate in both events and will duplicate their presentations:
1. The Aquaponics Association Virtual Conference Oct. 16-18, 2020
2. The International Aquaponics Congress Nov. 18-27, 2020

At both conferences CEA plans to make two presentations:
1. SFCC student Nate Downey and Charlie Shultz will present results from their on-going home-delivery of fresh produce from the SFCC greenhouse in exchange for marketing survey data.
2. Pedro Casas (greenhouse technician, CEA faculty), Frank Currie (Lead Faculty, Distributed Energy Technologies) and Charlie Shultz will present a new video created by Film professor Milton C. Reiss and the film department at SFCC about the Greenhouse and Energy Distribution.

Also later this month, Nate Downey and Charlie Shultz will present a poster on his home delivery in response to COVID to the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute 65th annual conference.

Photo: From SFCC CE Facebook page. Greenhouse technician Pedro Casas at right.

SFCC’s Poetry Posts Refreshed

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

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

From “To Forget Who You Are.”

Listen! President Rowley discusses bond issues on Richard Eeds 3 p.m. Wed.

Tune in at 3 p.m. Wednesday, October 7! Santa Fe Community College President Becky Rowley will talk with Richard Eeds on KTRC 1260 | 103.7 about how passage of Bond B for Academic Libraries and Bond C for Higher Education in the upcoming election will benefit the Santa Fe community.  


Complete your Census now

Time to complete your 2020 Census is running out!

The census is a simple count of everyone in the United States, regardless of age, immigration status, or any other factor. It is used to determine the distribution of federal dollars and political representation for New Mexico over the next 10 years.

A census undercount means cuts for Title I schools and school food programs, cuts for firefighters and first responders, less funding for improving roads, and reduced access to health care for the next 10 years. It also impacts our political representation. It is critical that all of our voices are heard.

The census is important. Your responses are secure. Time is running out. Count everyone in your household today at

If you’ve completed your census, please spread the word! Take action today to ensure a complete count.

Fill out your census immediately! The courts ruled that the deadline was extended to Oct. 31.

Plan to vote on Bond C and Bond B

During the upcoming Nov. 3 election, voters will have an opportunity to vote on General Obligation Bond C for Higher Education and Bond B for Academic Libraries.

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

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


Register for free Despierta series Wednesday mornings

Join Live Local Online learning conversations at 9 a.m. Wednesdays through Nov. 18. Enjoy a cup of your favorite morning beverage as you learn from home. Free to everyone. Just register with CE online and they will connect you with instructors and community guests hosted by Continuing Education staff.

Invite your friends and family members. If you have questions, call CE at 505-428-1676.
Register for the free sessions here.

Upcoming Despierta Topics

10/7 William Tabbernee – Archaeology of Ancient Cities
10/14 Marvin Galbaldon – Native Beading Artist
10/21 Peter Murphy – Financial and Retirement Planning
10/28 Priscilla Zimmermann – Music and Singing for Health
11/4 Ginna Sloane – Yoga and Fitness
11/11 William Neuwirth – The Natural World and Chaco Canyon
11/18 Richard Rosemont – Rock and Roll Musical History

Listen! John Boyce and Petro Hull on Richard Eeds

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


Teaching and Learning in the Online Classroom Oct. 6

The English Department presents the next workshop in the Fall Workshop series, “Teaching and Learning in the Online Classroom: An Interactive Workshop” from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, October 6.

Featuring panelists Austin Eichelberger, Sarah Hood, Lenny Gannes, Emily Stern, Belin Tsinnajinnie. Moderated by Laura Smith.
This workshop is open to all, but you must register in advance. Read more about the Fall Workshop series.


Explore late starting, short-term classes

For those interested in beginning or continuing their studies mid-semester, there are a variety of short-term classes starting soon!

See the course catalog for more information, class descriptions and course prerequisites. Classes are being added and filled daily. For a complete list of mid-semester, short-term classes, look up the available classes or use the schedule builder. Don’t delay. Register today.

Tell your friends or family that might be interested.


Library speaker series resumes October 14 with Aamna Nayyar

Station of Abraham, the Patriarch: Traveling in Saudi Arabia , A Faculty Presentation Sponsored by the SFCC Libary. Presented by Aamna Nayyar on 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 14.
Register to attend at

Aamna Nayyar will share her travel experience in Saudia Arabia in 2007-2008 and 2019-2020.

Travelling acts a reminder for us. Travelling reminds us of our purpose on this earth. In this geographically and socially bordered world, let us explore “ourselves”,
away from 8-5 living and find who we are, where are we going and appreciate our today by knowing our past, and plan for our future. Travel with Aamna to the Station of Abraham [may peace be upon him].

Virtual Pet Therapy Oct. 15 at noon

Virtual Pet Therapy
Noon to 1 p.m.
October 15, 2020
RSVP at:

Unfortunately, SFCC Library can’t hold its usual therapy dog sessions during Fall Midterms. We’re sad, too, but like so much else these days, we’ve moved online! Your pets probably already interrupt your work/study-from-home life, so we’re holding a Zoom meeting just for them! Featuring some of our regular dog therapists, this is one video conference pets ARE invited to. We want to meet your animals — cats, dogs, horses, birds, turtles, whatever!


LGOB Capital Projects Update

Facilities and Operations has been been very busy in spite of COVID-19. Many Local General Obligation Bond (LGOB) capital projects have been completed, are in progress or in planning stages.

Director Project Manager Karin Pitman this week provided a detailed list with some great pictures of recent and ongoing projects. Read the full list and see some great pictures here.

If you have questions about any of these projects, please contact Karin Pitman, Director Project Manager, Facilities and Operations, or 505-428-1720.

Photo: FEC Tennis Court Resurfacing Project


Capital Improvement Projects updates

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

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


Fall Continuing Education Schedule now online

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

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


Laptop Discounts for Staff, Faculty and Students

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

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

SFCC in the news

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/10/20 SFCC president Becky Rowley spoke at The Hill’s virtual Future of Education event on Sept. 10. See the second video posted on the site. Read the article from the Diverse Education website, “Lawmakers and University Leaders Discuss the Future of Education at Virtual Summit.”

Student Spotlight

Monday Funday at Chicago Dog 11:30 a.m.

Chicago Dog, 600 Cerrillos Road, will provide a free speciality hot dog, chips, and drink to the first 100 SFCC students between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Monday, October 5. Vegetarian options are available.

Bring your student ID and fall class schedule. Sponsored by Student Activities. Join the Student Activities Facebook Group to make sure you hear about all their great events.

Find your future with 4-year university information sessions

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

Wednesday, October 7
10 a.m. to noon
Click here for the NMSU session!

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

NAU Virtual Info Session
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Monday, October 12th
Click here to attend the NAU information session!

Apply for 2020-2021 SFCC and Foundation Scholarships

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

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

You may apply for an SFCC scholarship now at:

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

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

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

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


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

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


SGA President encourages students to vote on Nov. 3

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

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

Student Emergency Fund assistance

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

Apply now for LANL Foundation scholarships

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

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

Congratulations new SGA officers

We’re to introduce you to SFCC’s 2020-2021 Student Government Association! Here are the new officers: Ian Widrick Martinez, president; Grecia Tovar, secretary; Ana Chavez, treasurer; Carlos Suarez, program assistant; Ivan Avila, DACA; Jaqueline Loya, Liberal Arts; Andrea Loibl, Arts, Design and Media Arts; Gabrielle Real, Trades and Advanced Technologies Business, Professional Studies and Education; and Maria (Mary Elias), Advisor. Congratulations to the Student Government Association team!

Veteran scholarships available

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

SFCC Student Activities Group on Facebook

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

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

Visit to join today!


Students: Do you need a laptop or hotspot?

Students: Do you need a laptop or internet access for online classes? SFCC has hotspots and laptops available for checkout. You must be a credit seeking student and be registered for the fall semester to qualify for this program.

Use this link to request an appointment:

Book an appointment

You will need to follow the protocols at the link below to come to campus for your appointment:

Protocols to come on campus.

Questions? Email or call (505) 428-1222.

Employee Announcements

What's Tech got to do with it? Online teaching series by Jen Breneiser, Ph.D.

Organization and Communication:
Key Elements for Student and Faculty Success
in Online Teaching and Learning

Join Jen Breneiser, PhD., as she shares her 13 years of experience in higher education, while identifying key organizational and communication-related strategies for student and faculty success in online courses.

Date: 2 to 3 p.m., Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Click here to join the meeting on Wednesday!

Brought to you by: OTL Steering Committee and the office of VPASA


Library Speaker Series: Call for Presentations

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

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

Contact Val Nye at:

Congratulations to new Staff Senate officers

The winners of the Staff Senate Election announced on Sept. 18:

Co-Chair: Meghan McGarrity (shown in mask) is the Interim Director of the Santa Fe HEC. As former Co-Chair for Staff Senate, she began the conversation with the Administration regarding equitable salaries for SFCC employees. Though we made a lot of important progress, COVID has brought us to a new starting point. Meghan will continue to advocate for salaries that sustain SFCC staff and faculty.

Communications Officer: Sabrina Calija (wearing headphones) is a recent addition to the college, joining the Office of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness in 2019. She has been a Data Analyst for five years and came to us from the Santa Fe Public Schools. Sabrina is a doer when it comes to fostering relationships, sharing information, and empowering and build up others. Her commitment is to doing her best and being willing to learn in every situation. Sabrina is looking forward to contributing to the success of the Staff Senate and the college.

Our new officers were introduced formally at the October 2 meeting.

Much thanks to our Election Officer, Val Nye, for coordination our election process this year!!

Submit nominations for WOW awards

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

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

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


Let Campus Weekly share your news

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Luke Spangenburg Memorial: 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 8

Please Join a Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Luke Spangenburg — 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Oct. 8, 2020.
See the invitation from the college and Santa Fe Community College Foundation: memorial_spangenburg

At 11 a.m. Oct. 8 tune in here:

Tributes continue to come in for Luke Spangenburg, who died on Labor Day weekend. The college and the world have lost one of the great champions for sustainability.

Luke Spangenburg was SFCC’s Innovation Center director and director of Biofuels, Center of Excellence and a national leader in algae research. Read his bio.

Ondine Frauenglass, TATC Lab Technician, shared this message: Luke’s wife Sarah has expressed that, in lieu of electronic communications, traditional cards sent to the family home would be deeply appreciated.
Send to:
Sarah Ghiorse, Nico and Sadie
9 La Barbaria Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505

Luke is also survived by his mother Judy Brookman, three sisters Patricia Boyle, Nikki Spangenburg, Kelly Sgrillo and their families.
Read from the Santa Fe New Mexican about Luke Spangenburg. And this tribute from EPSCOR newsletter.

Julia Goldberg of the Santa Fe Reporter shared a personal reflection as well as comments from many in SFCC’s sustainability programs. Read her story, “A Lasting Vision: Sustainability expert Luke Spangenburg leaves behind a legacy of working to make the world a better place.”
See his obituary.
Above photos: Luke Spangenburg at the tour of SFCC’s biolab with U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Luke in the lab, Luke giving a tour for Oren Lyons, Indigenous and Environmental Activist.