Campus Weekly

Callahan Jobe receives $2500 welding scholarship

Air Products announced that SFCC student Callahan Jobe is the recipient of this year’s $2,500 Air Products Women of Gases and Welding Scholarship. Callahan became interested in welding while serving as an AmeriCorps member at Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity. She said while working there she discovered a love of welding. “It’s an empowering skill to put melting metal together,” the 28-year-old said. She emailed faculty member Jake Lovato about her interest in the program. She said he drove to the Habit for Humanity construction site to tell her about the scholarship opportunity. She put in her application and is thrilled to be the scholarship recipient.

Callahan wants to help SFCC recruit more women into the welding program. “I want to help the younger generation explore the trades, which I was not exposed to in high school,” she said. “I hope to one day teach other women how to weld.”

Read more from this story from Yahoo Finance about “Company Supports “GAWDA Gives Back” Initiative and Fifth Recipient of the Air Products Women of Gases and Welding Scholarship.”

Photo: SFCC student Callahan Jobe takes a break to talk with instructor Jake Lovato during welding class.

News and Announcements

Indigeneous Peoples Day reading, 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 14 in the library

Everyone is welcome to attend the Indigenous Peoples’ Day Reading from 4-6 pm., Monday, Oct. 14 in the SFCC Library.

The event is brought to you by the SFCC Indigenous Peoples’ Club and the SFCC SOW (Spirit of Writing) Art & Justice Collective.

For more information or if you’d like to read, please email or

918 Dual Credit students registered this fall!

The number of Dual Credit students continues to grow. Director of Recruitment and Dual Credit Marcos Maez reports that 918 Dual Credit students were registered for the Fall 2019 semester. SFCC also had a record of 54 classes being taught on six high school campuses. Our reach went as far as Raton High School.

This semester Dual Credit students are taking more than 4,840 credit hours.

Dual Credit students make up more than 16% of our enrollment.

To compare, 721 Dual Credit students were registered for the Fall 2017 semester. That is nearly a 200 student difference! Dual Credit continues to grow and we thank all 21 of our partner high schools for contributing to the success of the SFCC Dual Credit program!

Photo: Marcos Maez at a recruitment trip to Capital High School.

No SF Trails Bus Service to Campus Monday, October 14

Santa Fe Trails will not be providing bus service to campus on Monday, October 14 (Indigenous Day, a holiday for city workers). SFCC will be open and classes will be in session, so make carpool arrangements now!

Free Flu Vaccine Clinic: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 15 in Jemez Rooms

Free flu vaccines for ages two and up will be available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 15 in the Jemez rooms. This event is sponsored by SFCC Department of Nursing and Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center. This event is open to the public and is free.

For more information please contact | 505-428-1837

LANL and partners hiring event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 15 at SF HEC

New Mexico Workforce Solutions is partnering with Los Alamos National Laboratory and their contractors for a collaborative hire event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Santa Fe Higher Education Center, 1950 Siringo Road. More than 300 positions are available in a wide array of fields including engineering, welding, laboratory technicians, security, project management and more! Employers will review resumes and will conduct interviews with qualified applicants. Arrive prepared for success, leave with a new career!

To apply for job openings please visit

LANL HEC Hire Event 10-15-19


Santa Fe Literary Review reading and reception on Oct. 17

SFCC will host a free reading and reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 in SFCC’s Visual Arts Gallery to launch the 2019 edition of the Santa Fe Literary Review, SFCC’s in-print annual magazine of arts and letters. The theme is “Raices: Down to the Roots.” Featuring work by local and international writers and artists alike, the SFLR honors the unique ideas, unconventional approaches, and diverse voices of our city, our state, our nation and our world.

Contributing writers will read their work. Contributing artists and authors will sign copies of the Santa Fe Literary Review. The reception will feature a gallery exhibition of featured art from the Santa Fe Literary Review. The reception begins at 5 p.m. and the reading begins at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and refreshments will be served. Venue is wheelchair accessible; American Sign Language interpreters will be provided.

Of note: The new SFLR includes a story short story by award-winning and best-selling author Tommy Orange, recipient of the 2019 PEN/Hemingway Award for his debut novel, There, There. The edition also features an interview with the author.


SF HEC kicks off Bellevue partnership at 10 a.m. Oct. 17 in Campus Center

Santa Fe Higher Education Center announces the partnership with Bellevue University to provide new pathways to higher education for Northern New Mexicans. To celebrate the new partnership Bellevue University’s local Relationship Manager Mark Wood will host a grand opening and information session at 10 a.m. Oct. 17 at the Santa Fe Community College campus, 6401 Richards Avenue.

Students who attend the grand opening event can enter to win one of two $1,000 grants, which can be applied to a degree at Bellevue University. Free refreshments will be served.

Mark Wood works full-time in Santa Fe to support students. Contact him at and 505-474-5023.


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

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

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

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

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

2019 SFCC Arts and Crafts Fair: Call for Vendors

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

Please use side entrance to FEC while stucco work continues

The William C. Witter Fitness Education Center has been undergoing a stucco transformation. The entire front entrance will be blocked off with scaffolding beginning Friday, Sept. 27. Patrons will need to use the side entrance where the maintenance bay is currently located – just on the other side of the wall from the front entrance. The construction will last until about mid-October. We’ll keep you posted.

Sorry for this temporary inconvenience. But we think you’ll love the final results. Thanks to all the Santa Fe voters, who approved this project and others.

Halloween extravaganza for the community

Free and Safe Trick or Treat Halloween Extravaganza from 3:30 to 7 p.m. October 31. Event is sponsored by SFCC Student Activity Fees in the Office of Student Development.

This popular event is offered free to everyone in the community.

Scary Astronomy: Halloween at the SFCC Planetarium

Come explore the spookiest parts of our Universe on Halloween! Discover ghostly nebulae, zombie stars, killer asteroids, black holes and more. Costumes encouraged, all ages welcome! Make reservations now, the late show is already sold out!

Find the SFCC Planetarium on Facebook @GetStarryEyedSFCCNM

Early Show, 5-6:30 PM (, SOLD OUT)

Late Show, 6:30-8 PM (, SOLD OUT)

Late-Late Show, 8-9:30 PM (, SOLD OUT)


SFCC in the news and opinion columns

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

Santa Fe New Mexican, Oct. 4, “Neb. university offering courses through Higher Education Center.” Story is about HEC partnership with Bellevue University and announcement about Oct. 17 event.

Albuquerque Journal, Sept. 15, “Amid mistrust, look to journalism, libraries and college.” Guest column by Sarah Hood, SFCC reference and instruction librarian.

Albuquerque Journal, 09/27/2019, “SF should refocus area’s development effort on tech.” Dave Dannenberg is founder of XFormGov, a software company based in Santa Fe, and was previously a technology executive at Intel Corp. He is a candidate for SFCC Governing Board in the November election.

Therapy Dogs in the Library 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. October 9 and 10

The Library will be hosting friendly and affectionate therapy dogs to help with your mid-term stress and anxiety! Wednesday, October 9th and Thursday, October 10th 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Library Instruction Room. Students and employees welcome! Come cuddle a canine!

Student Spotlight

Savannah College of Art and Design visit 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday Oct. 7

A representative from Savannah College of Art and Design will be on campus providing information on admissions, academic programs, scholarships, financial aid, housing and more to prospective students. The SCAD representative will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, October 7 at the Transfer Station outside the Welcome and Advising Center.

Northern New Mexico College Visit 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 8

A representative from Northern New Mexico College will be on campus providing information on admissions, academic programs, scholarships, financial aid and more to prospective students.

The NNMC representative will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m at the Transfer Station outside the Welcome and Advising Center.

Northern New Mexico will also be visiting October 14 and 29, as well as November 4, 12, and 20. All visits will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Transfer Station.

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

Deadline to change audit/credit status is Friday, Oct. 11

Reminder: Friday, October 11 is the deadline if anyone wants to change their audit/credit status for a sixteen-week class. If you have concerns about how it will impact your financial aid, please contact the Financial Aid office.

SGA Meeting noon to 1 p.m. Friday, October 11

The Santa Fe Community College Student Government Association (SGA) welcomes all students to its regular meetings. SGA is a shared governance group that is elected by the student body to represent the interests and concerns of the student body to Administration, Faculty and Staff. All students are encouraged to let their voices be heard and to be ACTIVE!

The Student Government Association meets on the second Wednesday of the month from noon to 1 p.m. An agenda will be available 72 hours before the Regular meeting on the SGA bulletin board out in the Campus Center.

Fall 2019 Regular SGA Upcoming Meeting Schedule:

  • Noon-1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, Lecture Hall room 216
  • Noon-1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, 2019 (SGA Thanksgiving), Board Room, Room 223

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact or (505) 428-1856

Deadline to apply for Santa Fe Reporter internship is Oct. 11

The Santa Fe Reporter is offering a paid internship opportunity. The deadline to apply has been extended to Friday, Oct. 11.

The internship is run through the Santa Fe Reporter’s nonprofit arm, runs six weeks, pays $500 and, upon successful completion, students have their work published in the Santa Fe Reporter and receive a certificate. Julia Goldberg, an outstanding journalist, runs the program, so students work directly with her. Please note that part of the application requests: Please provide a short (five to eight paragraphs) arts-related writing sample; for example: a book, theater, movie or music review.


STEM Core Club Thursdays 2 to 3 p.m.

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

The club meets every Thursday at 2 p.m. in room 805. For more information, contact

NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars - Apply by October 16

NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars gives community college STEM students an authentic NASA experience and encourages them to finish a 2-year degree or transfer to a 4-year university to pursue a NASA-related field or career. (source: NCAS website)


  • U.S. citizenship
  • High school graduate or equivalent and at least 18 years of age
  • Registered at a U.S. community college during the semester of the onsite workshop
  • Concurrent enrollment or completion of 9+ hours of STEM coursework
  • Able to commit to a 5 week online session
  • Internet access

Apply at

For more information contact: | 505-428-1818

Half price SFCC student bus passes at the Bookstore available now

Great news! Half price bus tickets are now available at the Bookstore!

Made possible with funds from Santa Fe Community College Foundation.

Read more about the bus schedules.

Employee Announcements

Faculty & Staff In-Service Day 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 18 in FEC

We are pleased to announce the details of our Faculty and Staff In-Service Day scheduled to run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18 in the Fitness Education Center. This day will be dedicated to receiving your feedback for our 2020-2025 Strategic Plan. Below is additional information about what to expect that day.

Unlike past Professional Development days there will be no breakout sessions in the afternoon. Instead, there will be a full day of activities and discussion, with some participation from students. This event will be facilitated by Dr. Michael Burke, a retired college president/professor/planner who now resides in Santa Fe.

If you require vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free food options, please contact Lucia Lucero at so that we can get an accurate count.

A limited number of stipends are available for adjuncts who would like to participate in the event. Stipends are for $75 and are on a first-come, first-serve basis.  If you are interested please contact Julie Gallegos by noon on October 11.

For more information refer to the recent president’s email or see the detailed schedule.


Administrative leave still available for the Balloon Fiesta/NM celebrations

It’s time to enjoy New Mexico’s unique celebrations! President Becky Rowley is authorizing four hours of administrative leave for full-time ‘regular status’ employees (prorated for those employees working part-time/regular status). Use this time to participate in local community events, such as the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Oct. 5-13.

Please consult with your supervisor to coordinate your time off. A few rules: you must take the hours between Friday, August 30 and Sunday, October 13, 2019. Administrative leave cannot be accumulated for use outside this time period and cannot be considered as work time for purposes of overtime compensation. Supervisors are reminded to schedule this time off in a way that does not negatively impact services. See Policy 4-35 Leave.

Collaborative Annual Employee Review (CAER)

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

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

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

SFCC Health Fair: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11 in Jemez rooms

The SFCC Health Fair is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, October 11 in the Jemez Rooms. Employees can take part in biometric screenings, health assessment and other wellness education activities from 6:45 a.m. to noon.

Employees can also obtain open/switch enrollment information at this health fair.

Presbyterian members can sign up for an onsite health screening appointment by going to

Blue Cross Blue Shield of NM members will not need an appointment as a care van will be located in front of SFCC.

If you have any questions please contact the Office of Human Resources.


Open Enrollment through November 15

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

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

Nominations for Fall 2019 Commencement Student Speaker

In preparation for the Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 7 the Registrar’s office is seeking nominations for a student speaker. To nominate a student, please download and fill out a Fall 19 SFCC Student Commencement Speaker Nomination Form (1) and return to Associate Vice President for Student Success Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos by Friday, Oct. 18.

The criteria for prospective speakers are:

  • Graduating, eligible to walk in the December 2019 Graduation Ceremony
  • Petition to Graduate on file in the Office of the Registrar
  • Overall cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher
  • Significant contributions to the SFCC community
  • Outstanding record of achievement in academics and/or leadership and service
  • Permission from student to be nominated

If you have any questions please contact Kathleen Sena.

Photo: Linda Peña, one of last year’s student speakers at Spring Commencement.

Roxanne Tapia in The Happiest Song Plays Last

Roxanne Tapia, MPR’s Executive Assistant, is busy rehearsing for her role of Yasmín in Quiara Alegría Hudes’ The Happiest Song Plays Last, which will open on October 10 at the Santa Fe Playhouse.

The Happiest Song Plays Last is the third play in Hudes’ Elliot Trilogy. The entire trilogy is being done in Santa Fe this fall beginning with Elliot: A Soldier’s Fugue, continuing with Water by the Spoonful, and finishing with The Happiest Song Plays Last.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

OSD Winter Clothing Drive Contest - sign up your department by October 10

The Office of Student Development is encouraging departments to sign up for their Winter Clothing Drive Contest. Departments will gather gently used coats, hoodies, gloves, beanies, scarves, sweaters, and NEW socks for the benefit of SFCC students. The winter clothing drive will run through November 15. Departments can win cash prizes: First Place $150, Second Place $100 and Third Place $50.

If your department would like to participate, please send Department Name and Contact Person Name to by October 10.

Learn about TRiO from our students

“TRiO has helped me tremendously in my academic progress, with my time management skills, and by providing moral support. Since joining TRiO I have made the Dean’s list three times and have excelled in every course.” – Elena Ortega

Read Elena’s full testimonial about TRiO.

Applications for the TRiO program are available in room LL313, downstairs in the West Wing. For more information visit here, email or call 505-428-1364.