Campus Weekly

SFCC represents at annual burning of Zozobra

Daniela Gurule, student admissions counselor, Marcos Maez, director of student recruitment and community outreach and Hayley Horowitz, digital marketing and recruitment specialist await the crowds at Zozobra, this past Friday. More than 60,000 spectators attended the event.
Photo: Camilo Candelaria

News and Announcements

Attend: Presidential search listening sessions, Sept. 6 & 7

Share your views on what Santa Fe Community College needs in its next president.

The college governing board is beginning its search for a permanent president.

The public is invited to attend one of the following listening sessions:
Sept. 6: noon to 1 p.m. | 2 to 3 p.m. | 7 to 8 p.m.
Sept. 7: 11 a.m. to noon | 1 to 2 p.m.

The listening sessions will be in the SFCC Board Room 223 on campus, 6401 Richards Ave.

Your feedback will help the governing board identify the characteristics best suited for a successful president.

Can’t attend? Share your thoughts at

Please contact executive assistant to the president Donna Wells at 505-428-1201 or email to confirm your attendance.

Thank you for sharing your input!

Testing Center renovations ongoing, September closures

The Testing Center (Room 611) renovations began last week, and are scheduled to take about a month. Throughout the renovation period, the Testing Center will administer walk-in tests such as Accuplacer and class make-up tests, HiSET and CLEP in Room 611A. There may be some construction noise and dust, but the center will have earplugs for you!

In addition, during renovation, the Testing Center will not be able to offer Pearson Vue tests (those include GED, NES and EMT tests) for about four weeks. When the renovated Testing Center reopens in October, it will offer enhanced capabilities, including additional seating and new computers in room 611C. If you have any further questions about testing during the renovation period, contact Testing Center Manager Ellen Roth at or 428-1910.

Read more about other special closure times in September at the Testing Center.

Call for participation: Hispanic Heritage Month — Request for funding deadline Sept. 7

Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15-October 15. The President’s Diversity Advisory Committee is coordinating Hispanic Heritage Month at SFCC. We want to be sure to capture all the different activities that we are offering at SFCC (music, food, art, history, culture) so we can promote them and encourage campus and community participation.

If you/your colleagues are planning activities as part of Hispanic Heritage Month, please submit details (title, date/time, location, description) to Aamna Nayyar, ext. 1258, PDAC Chairperson, by Fri., Sept. 7. To request funding assistance from PDAC to help support your activity, fill out the form on the Intranet/Team Sites/President’s Diversity Advisory Committee.

Continuing Education Open House, Sept. 13

Ever wanted to learn a second language? The Spanish course offerings are many but French, German and Italian are also available. Ever wanted to impress your friends with your creations in the kitchen or learn more about how nutrition supports health? Thinking about retirement? Get tips on a wide range of considerations as you prepare for that stage of your life. Find out about these offerings and much more during the Continuing Education open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 13 in Room 131.

For more information visit CE or call ext. 1676.

'Haiku in the Garden' with Miriam Sagan, Sept. 15

Join Miriam Sagan for Haiku in the Garden, a haiku writing workshop suitable for all, from 1 to 3 p.m., Sat., Sept. 15 at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden Pavilion, 715 Camino Lejo.

Cost: Member $15; Not-yet-member $20. Learn more and register with the Santa Fe Botanical Garden.

Communities in Schools Call for Volunteers

Communities in Schools New Mexico is one of more than 100 affiliates of the national nonprofit organization. The goal is to provide K-12 children, who are either at or below poverty level, with the support they need to be successful in school and graduate on time. These are the current volunteer needs: tutoring in reading and/or math, general classroom assistance, and basic needs (e.g. weekly food distribution for families in need). Because our students’ primary language is Spanish, we desperately need bilingual volunteers and those who are willing to work with middle school and high schools students. Contact Kate


¡Viva! Fitness for Full-Time endorsed in editorial

The Santa Fe New Mexican wrote an editorial “Back to school gets physical at SFCC,” which commended the ¡Viva! Fitness for full-time students initiative. The editorial states, “Going back to college locally just became more fun — and likely, healthier — for full-time Santa Fe Community College students.” Don’t forget to remind students (with 12 credit hours or more) that they can participate after they fill out the ¡Viva! Fitness Waiver on MySFCC.

Student Spotlight

SFCC Sound Bites - graduate Autumn Billie

SoundCloud Sound Bites: SFCC Film graduate Autumn Billie — “Never give up. It took me about three years to get my degree…What’s special about this school is that students are committing to something for their future and for success…but at the same time they might be parent or working or still trying to figure out what they’re going to do. It’s very inspiring to see my peers going into such a big commitment and handling those things and balancing them. Be diligent and be kind to yourself.”

Petition to graduate online, Sept. 7 deadline for December graduation

Students can now petition to graduate online using MySFCC. The application is found on the
Student Tab under Student Resources or on the Launchpad under Student Records. The deadline to submit the form for December’s commencement ceremony is Sept. 7.

For more information, contact the Registrar’s Office, ext. 1385.

Financial aid reminders

Financial Aid Refunds for full term classes will be issued by the Cashier’s Office the week of Sept. 17. Late starting classes may delay your refund.

Need money to pay for school? Complete the 2018-2019 FAFSA online now. Are you an International or Undocumented student? Then complete the 2018-2019 Dreamers Financial Aid form here.

Check with Financial Aid to learn more, in the Welcome and Advising Center, via email or call 428-1268.

Employee Announcements

Business card and Name badge form

Phase II of making name badges available is underway. If you are an adjunct faculty member or a term employee, or if you need to replace your badge, fill out a request form: MySFCC/Intranet/Campus Resources/Online Forms/MPR.

If you have any questions about the form or process for business cards and name badges, contact Jennifer Bleyle, ext. 1667.

Plant Based Nutrition class for employees begins Sept. 18

Sign up now for Plant Based Nutrition, a free Employee Wellness Program class Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. beginning Sept. 18 and running for 9 sessions.

Discover the health benefits of a plant based diet, take home new recipes and have a great lunch. This program is from the Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine which has delivered this course nationally for over 10 years. Sponsored by the Professional Development fund.

To sign up, contact Amanda Hatherly.

Welcome Tammy Duran, Director of Advising, First-Year Experience and Career Services

Welcome Tammy Duran, Director of Advising, First-Year Experience and Career Services. She brings a wealth of experience — 15 years in education. Much of her work experience has been in higher education academic advising. She worked for more than a decade at Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque.

The Santa Fe native is happy to be back serving the community where she grew up. “I’m excited to be here. I’m impressed with the students, faculty and staff that I’ve met at Santa Fe Community College,” Duran said. “I’m looking forward to working with everyone at the college to promote student success.”

Stop by the WAC to say hello or contact Tammy Duran at ext. 1457.

Frequently Asked Questions on new employee Intranet

Employees have a new Intranet system that replaces JACK.

Yes, JACK has retired. (Thanks to Sarah Korzel Martinez for the awesome graphic!)

The new system is for college employees only. Students will continue to use only MySFCC.


Helping flood victims

We know that folks are looking for ways to help some of the flood victims in our SFCC community. Lucia Lucero has created a Go Fund Me page that will help the family of two of the college employees affected. For more information visit the Go Fund Me page.

Learn about TRiO from our students

“TRiO is a place where I feel comfortable and I can do my studies without interruptions.” -Michelle Plummer

Read Michelle’s full testimonial about TRiO.

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