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National Aquaponics Conference comes to NM; Workshop & tours scheduled at SFCC
SFCC is proud of all of the work being done by the Controlled Environment Agriculture program. They had a major role in bringing the national Aquaponics Conference to New Mexico (Sept.15-17 in Albuquerque).
SFCC is providing a full-day pre-conference workshop at the college on Thursday, Sept 14. CEA Academic Director R. Charlie Shultz, Greenhouse technician Pedro Casa Cordero and Trades Technician Gabe Smith will be involved all day. Industry experts and New Mexico State University extension specialists will assist. In the afternoon Gabe, Pedro and Charlie will teach the hands-on portion. The college will also host tours of SFCC facilities on Saturday, Sept. 16 for conference tour attendees, who will also tour Desert Verde (SFCC adjunct professor Andrew Neighbor’s indoor farm). The Saturday tours are reserved for conference attendees, but SFCC invites everyone to join the free greenhouse tours (and produce giveaways) at the SFCC Open House on Sept. 21.
In addition, CEA staff faculty and students will be giving eight talks at the conference. Here are the topics:
“Creating a Sustainable Educational Pipeline for the CEA Workforce through a Remote Dual-Credit High School College Model” R. Charlie Shultz (Academic Director – CEA)
“The Role of Open-Source Software to Help Optimize CEA Operations” Samual Funk (Student – CEA)
“Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture Aquaponic Systems Designed to Support Local Ecosystems to Demonstrate Restorative Aquaculture in STEM” Conner Wood (Recent Graduate – CEA)
“The Evolution of a Commercial Farm” Andrew Neighbour (Adjunct Professor – CEA)
“Food Safety Live Panel Session” Andrew Neighbour (Adjunct Professor – CEA)
“Vermicomposting with Indian Blues (Perionyx excavates) Working Toward a Zero-Waste Facility and Recapturing Valuable Nutrients” Jacqueline George and R. Charlie Shultz (Student and Academic Director – CEA)
“How Thirsty is your Wet Wall – A Look at the Deployment of Smart Water Technologies in Commercial Greenhouse Settings” Gabe Smith (Trades Technician)
“Beyond Survival: Creating Water, Food and Energy Systems to Empower Myanmar’s Villages in a Time of War” Joe Pate (Adjunct Faculty – CEA)
Welcome Katie Studer, new Career and Transfer Advisor
Career and Transfer Services Update: Katie Studer is the new Career and Transfer Advisor. She is available to work with students who are considering career paths, connecting their degree to a career, developing job search skills, and more.
Katie can support students in using Career Coach, the career exploration and job search tool available to SFCC students and community members. Career Coach includes tools to support people in the job search process including a Resume Builder and job postings from local employers. For those still researching which careers to pursue, Career Coach provides an individualized Career Assessment tool to identify strengths, potential fields of interest, and how they connect to academic programs at SFCC.
Katie is also available to work with students who plan to transfer from Santa Fe Community College to a 4-year institution. Katie can help students consider which schools and programs are available and support them in their transition. Katie’s office is located in the Welcome and Advising Center on campus and appointments can be made to meet with Katie virtually and in-person. To book an appointment with Katie for career and transfer advising, click here.
To reach Katie Studer for reasons unrelated to an appointment, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 505-428-1027.
SFCC student to give talk on Pakistan at 5 p.m. Sept. 16 at Travel Bug
Creative Writing student Adam Matthews Fergusson will present a slideshow with photos, tell stories and read excerpts from his writing, from his trip to Pakistan. He has a Certificate in Creative Writing and is pursuing an A.A. in Creative Writing.
Where: Travel Bug Coffee Shop – 839 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe When: 5 p.m. – Saturday, September 16
Here is his invitation:
“Come discover the beautiful country of Pakistan! A country bursting with culture, history, hospitable people, and natural beauty. On this journey we’ll cross the Wagah border from India over to the historic city of Lahore, on to the capital of Islamabad. From there we ‘ll take a 17-hour bus ride on the Karakoram Highway, following the Indus river up to Gilgit, the gateway into the incredible Hunza Valley. Home to the Hunzakuts, who are some of the longest living people in the world, living off the land, tucked deep in the valleys of the Karakoram mountains. We ‘ll travel the Silk Road all the way to the border of China and back down to the ancient city of Peshawar. A city on the Afghanistan border and one of the oldest cities in Asia. Join me to discover the hidden gem that is Pakistan.”
—Adam Matthews Fergusson
RUN SANTA FE at SFCC on Oct. 1
Stay alert; Closures on Dinosaur Trail and Richards Ave.
SFCC realizes how disruptive the construction of the NE/SE Connector Project has been to everyone traveling to the college.
Keep in mind that these projects have many variables beyond the College’s control. The construction is ongoing. SFCC wants you to stay alert and stay safe. For your safety, please sign up for the County and SFCC Alert systems.
Sign up for County Emergency Alerts
For road updates, please sign up for the county emergency alerts atAlert Santa Fe.
You can always find the latest about emergencies and weather alerts regarding campus closures in the top banner at sfcc.edu. If you did not receive the email alerts or text messages regarding the August closure, register (at the top green button) and update your information for the SFCC Alert system RAVE.
On Sept. 1, SFCC received this latest update from Santa Fe County:
NE/SE Connector Road(s)Project Richards Ave. Closed from Dinosaur Trail to Zinnia Lane; RichardsAve. and Dinosaur Trail Closure
Santa Fe, NM – Beginning Monday, September 11, 2023, the contractor for Santa Fe County will begin construction of a roundabout at Richards Avenue, north of the Dinosaur Trail intersection for the NE/SE Connector Project. To safely accommodate the construction, it will be necessary to close a segment of Richards Avenue.
Richards Ave. will be closed immediately north of Dinosaur Trail extending north, to immediately south of Zinnia Lane (north of the I-25 southbound bridge). This closure will be in effect for up to 60 calendar days. During this time, Santa Fe County will provide detour and business access signage identifying alternative routes around the closure.
In advance of the temporary closure on September 11, please be aware, that beginning on September 5, earth work will be occurring in the area and flagging operations will be instituted. While a closure is unnecessary for this work, minor traffic delays may occur.
Motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists are advised to seek alternate routes and urged to allow additional time to accommodate the detours.
For additional information regarding this project, please visit www.sfcconnectors.com or contact Santa Fe County Public Works at (505) 992-3010.
Thank you for your patience, continued cooperation, and please use caution in the work zones.
SFCC and IAIA Open House events on Sept. 21
Save the date!Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) and Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) are pleased to announce they will partner—again—and host open house events on the same day, Thursday, September 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at SFCC (6401 Richards Ave.) and 1 to 5 p.m. at IAIA (83 Avan Nu Po Road). Visitors are encouraged to visit both campuses—only a six-minute drive or 11-minute bike ride apart—for exciting demos, art exhibits, campus tours, and to meet students, staff, and faculty at both schools.
SFCC Open House, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sept. 21, 6401 Richards Ave.
SFCC’s Open House runs from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Attendees can tour art studios, the SFCC greenhouse, the Algae/Biofuels Lab, and the William C. Witter Fitness Educational Center. See demonstrations of jewelry making, bronze pouring, and raku firing in the Fine Art Building. Contribute to an art installation at a Suminagashi (Japanese paper marbling) Workshop where you can create Weathergrams, short poems on paper. Check out demonstrations at the planetarium and the Science on Sphere® Theater. Tour the film studio. Stop by the Automotive Technology Center to go to a fun car show. Visit the Campus Center to sign-up for tours, visit with representatives from Health and Science programs and see demonstrations of steamroller printmaking. While in the Campus Center, get free produce from the SFCC greenhouses and enjoy Frito pies from Genuine Foods from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. while grooving to the sounds of DJ Manny Godsey.
IAIA Open House, 1 to 5 p.m., Sept. 21, 83 Avan Nu Po Road
IAIA’s open house takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. First, stop by the Dance Circle to hear opening remarks by IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee Nation) at 1 p.m. Visit IAIA’s welcome table, and sign up for guided tours on the IAIA campus. Check out numerous demonstrations in the Academic Building’s studios and open studios by artists in our Artist-in-Residence Program. See IAIA’s one-of-a-kind, fully articulating Digital Dome in the Ells Science and Technology Building. Head over to the Performing Arts and Fitness Center to tour our gym, fitness center, classrooms, and performance spaces. Get vaccinated for free for COVID-19, Influenza, Pneumonia, Tdap, and Shingles. Connect with nature through IAIA’s Land-Grant Garden and around campus. Enjoy free appetizers and refreshments in the Dance Circle—vegetarian options are available.
Read more details in this press release. Please note: Many activities will occur in the Campus Courtyard. SFCC will update this web page with the schedule soon. Also, check out the IAIA schedule as it evolves. Director of Art on Campus Linda Cassel is coordinating SFCC’s open house. For information, contact her via email at email@example.com or call 505-428-1501.
Paralegals of Santa Fe Networking Group initial meeting September 28
SFCC Paralegal Studies program is creating a networking group to bring together paralegals, legal assistants, and legal secretaries in Northern New Mexico. The first meeting is 5:30-7 p.m. on September 28 at the HEC.
Roof J renovations begin in mid-September
Roof renovations will begin over the Library, TV Studio, KSFR Radio Station and the East Wing. There will be some construction noise while the work is in progress.
For more information, contact Andrea Mueller, Facilities & Operations Assistant Director & Campus Planning at firstname.lastname@example.org or 505-930-9781
Video of Miriam Sagan’s ‘Castaway’ poetry reading now available
If you missed Miriam Sagan’s recent reading, “Castaway” brought to you on Zoom by the SFCC Library, check it out. Note: Watch for several minutes and then you will see Miriam Sagan in the full screen. Read more about her reading in the press release.
Spur Trail gates reopen; please stay on the trail
To protect college students and employees as well as the public during the NE/SE Connector project, as well as during the decommissioning of the wastewater plant, SFCC was obliged to close off the Spur Trail gates that provide access to Main Campus.
The Spur Trail gates reopened on Friday, August. 25. All users are reminded to stay on the trail. For your own safety, do not walk or ride off the trail. The college will be working to improve signage and wayfinding along the trail. In the meantime, please respect college property and remain on the trail. Thank you.
SANTA FE LITERARY REVIEW available for pickup
Free reading at 5 p.m. Oct. 19 in SFCC Visual Arts Gallery
The SFLR editors wrote in this issue’s letter to the reader:
““There’s no hiding something that wants to be found,” writes Melissa Darcey Hall in her story, “Leave the Bone Buried.” Creation is like that: that which was hidden rises to the surface, manifesting in ways the artist might never have intended—or imagined. Once fashioned, a good myth takes on a life of its own, evolving over time through countless retellings. And for the writers and artists—the makers of myths—it’s so often the case that our message, our voice, finds us, and not the other way around […]
Through dozens of manifestations, the myth lies at this issue’s core, and with it, a celebration of every story wishing to be found.”
The SFLR is created each year by SFCC faculty, students, and alumnae. This year’s issue features work by contributors from SFCC, Santa Fe, and around the world, and also includes an interview with Amber McCrary, a Diné artist and the founder of Abalone Mountain Press.
Road closure at Governor Miles and Richards, sign up for alerts
Governor Miles Road at Richards Avenue is closed as of Wednesday Aug. 23 for repairs. No estimate of when it will open. Seek alternative route. Future road construction announcements will be provided through Alert Santa Fe.
Sharing this observation: As you travel on Richards Avenue from Rodeo Road toward the college, the portion of Governor Miles that goes east is closed for maintenance. The section of Governor Miles that goes west is open.
Construction projects and timelines have been variable due to supply chain issues and staffing.
Genuine Foods Coffee Shop now open, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Genuine Foods Coffee Shop is open and is serving breakfast burritos, drinks, coffee, sandwiches, pizza and salads. Currently, the hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Genuine Foods needs to add staff to support the kitchen operation to open the cafeteria.
Genuine Foods is hiring! Please encourage friends or family to apply here for a cook position. Trish Campbell, Director of Food Services, said the cook position is open. She shared, “Candidates should have some experience because they will have to hit the ground running and have knowledge of prep, cook, equipment and such. They also have to be personable and ready to please as we will be customer-oriented. They need to handle a fast-paced environment and take direction well. Starting pay is $18 per hour. I will also have a couple cashier positions opening soon and more than likely some catering positions, as well.”
With more than 150 years of experience in the education industry, Follett is trusted by more than 1,000 campuses across the U.S and Canada to help drive student success and support the higher education journey. As the latest to join the Follett network, Santa Fe Community College will benefit from Follett’s unique industry perspective and expertise, giving students, faculty and staff, alumni, and the entire campus community a cohesive and engaging campus retail experience.
Follett Higher Education is an equal opportunity employer. If you know someone who’d like to work at the bookstore, please have them apply online at www.follett.com/careers.
East Wing Eatery currently closed
The East Wing Eatery is closed for now. SFCC hopes to have it reopen later in the fall semester. We’ll share in Campus Weekly any updates.
Accredited specific education includes performing clinical and administrative procedures in settings such as physician’s offices, clinics and ambulatory settings. Course are sequenced to build skill level and prepare students for a career in the growing medical field.
The certificate is accelerated, eligible for financial aid, offered in both Fall and Spring semesters. It includes a practicum in a doctor’s office or hospital and National Certification tests. The certificate is embedded in the Medical Assisting Associate Degree.
Students must complete an application to start the acceptance process.
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Public Benefits Clinic from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. today
A Public Benefits Clinic will provide support to SFCC students seeking state assistance. Details are as follows:
Date: September 11
Time: 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Room 413
Services include help with Medicaid, food stamps (SNAP), and pre-K/daycare applications. No appointments are needed; assistance is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Please bring the required documents noted in the flyer.
Info session for Medicaid health insurance and alternatives for students on Wednesday
Counseling services available for students
Apply now for AwardSpring Scholarships
Here are the requirements that must be met for all Foundation scholarships for the Fall 2023 semester:
GPA (2.5 or higher) Completion Rate (67% or higher) Satisfactory Academic Status Enrollment (6 credit hours or higher) FAFSA on file Completed Financial Aid file For more assistance and information, please contact The Financial Aid office at email@example.com.
Schedule an online FAFSA appointment
Students who need FAFSA assistance can now schedule an appointment via a Calendly link. There are no longer weekly virtual FAFSA hours during the fall semester.
Scheduling via Calendly allows students to schedule a specific time, allowing the time needed to complete their FAFSA. At this time, with many students inquiring for FAFSA assistance, the virtual hours wouldn’t allow for great one-on-one assistance.
Irina Thomas, Printmaking student at SFCC, is currently showing her Linocuts at Dulce Capital Bakery and Coffee Shop located in the El Mercado Plaza. The show will be up until September 20. Dulce hours are 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. everyday but Sunday.
Irina Thomas was born and educated as an architect in the southern city of Rostov-on-Don in Russia, former Soviet Union. Santa Fe has been her home for the last 25 years.
All her prints were done in Santa Fe Community College’s studios, and she sincerely thanks this wonderful place, its teachers, gallery staff, and many friends she met here for inspiration and support.
The ideas for my prints come spontaneously from the feelings of awe, delight, bewilderment, and anticipation of nothing short of a miracle in every moment of life.
I feel that Printmaking is a very democratic form of art, as it allows sharing messages of our time more freely and readily than any other form. Although printmaking commands solid design and engineering of the plates, in time, as this medium became my best friend, I discovered that I could “do less and get more” – true freedom of expression!
The laconic statement of a linocut can be, without being an illustration, a “right on” aphorism or a “would be funny if not so true” folk saying.
It can reflect a subtle wish in prayer or be a snapshot of a dream. The composition of black and white lines can convey all the colors of human emotions and light to dark gradations of the mind. That is magic!
The Office of Recruitment and Student Outreach is hiring a Student Recruitment Ambassador to assist with leading campus tours for individuals and large groups, to support SFCC’s Recruitment and Dual Credit team and assist with projects as needed. Our Ambassador will also participate in community and Santa Fe Public School events like college and career fairs and application drives.
Students will work a maximum 20 hours per week. Must be registered for at least 3 CR in summer and 6 CR in fall and maintain a minimum of a 2.5 GPA. Pay is $15/hour. Students do not need to be work-study eligible.
Ambassadors make a difference by providing excellent customer service, completing and fulfilling online and in-person orders, coordinating on-campus delivery events, maintaining inventory reports and ensuring products are readily available, maintaining a positive atmosphere, ensuring the cleanliness of space, and providing other opportunities to make a difference. Assist with campus events and activities. Ambassadors may have some physical requirements to fulfill.
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.
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.
Please donate items for Open House Friends of the Arts Garage Sale
Please donate an item or two for the Open House Friends of the Arts Garage sale: Household, decorative and collectible items, cd’s, albums, books, costume jewelry, hats, etc. Please drop items off at the Gallery office no later than Tuesday, September 19. All proceeds go towards prizes for the SFCC student exhibit.
The sale will happen during the Open House on Sept. 20. Invite your friends and family to stop by!
Academic Referral Process
For those who are new or may benefit from a quick refresher, please don’t forget about our academic referral process. The academic referral form allows both faculty and academic advisors to support students in an intentional and comprehensive way – providing wrap around services to students who are struggling within the classroom.
If you have a student who is struggling in the classroom, please let the advising team know via the academic referral form. The sooner the advising team learns of your concern through the form, which requires campus VPN access, the better as it increases our chance of successfully intervening at a pivotal point in the student’s academic journey.
The electronic form is located on my.SFCC.edu
Click on SFCC Connect (Intranet)
Select Academic Referral 2023-2024, under Featured Links (Left Side of Page)
Referrals are routed instantaneously to an advisor. Advisors then reach out to their advisee via phone/email. They check in, explain the reason for their outreach, and determine how to best help based upon their dialogue with the student in addition to the information submitted within the referral. Depending upon the situation, advisors educate, provide holistic care, strategize with the student, make referrals to others on campus, etc. Once the concern is addressed, the advisor updates the referral status and enters their notes in the system, which will update the faculty member on the outcome of the referral. Faculty access this information by clicking into the referral response via the email confirmation of their submission (click show approval history and then show approval comments).
If you have any questions and/or concerns about this resource, please do not hesitate to reach out via phone at 505-428-1275 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Message about Interact Communications sessions
In an email on August 29, President Rowley sent the following message.
Thank you to those of you who were able to participate in the Interact internal communication retreats. Your input is important and appreciated. This is only the beginning of our journey to identify possibilities, overcome challenges, and energize the sense of community we value.
I am committed to thoroughly exploring and following through on the recommendations that you identified in the Interact meetings. With your valuable feedback, I feel confident that we will accomplish a great deal together. I will be collaborating with our Interact consultants (Mary and Diane) to outline a strategy for our next steps of this project. I will also be reaching out to many of you as we prepare next steps.
In case you were unable to attend or want to review, please see below.
Thank you for your participation and engagement during this important project. I look forward to developing goals and outcomes together.
Becky Rowley, Ph.D. President
Faculty: Please share with students about Student Success Program
Email sent Aug. 31. Sent on behalf of Rachel Kutcher, Student Parent Success Program Manager:
Please help us support parenting students in your courses by sharing information about the Student Parent Success Program on your Canvas course, in your office, or in your classroom. You can share the below bullet points with students. (Also, download the PDF flyers in your Aug. 31 email.)
Copy Center open 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. in LL307
Jonathan Harrell and Roxanne Tapia perform in ‘United in Blood’ Sept. 8-24
Academic Advisor Jonathan Harrell and MPR Executive Assistant Roxanne Tapia are among the cast members of “United in Blood: The Revolutionary Poetry and Music of Chile” being performed at Teatro Paraguas from Sept. 8-24. See more details about the performance and tickets here.
Book launch & reading for Professor Betts’ book at 5 p.m. Sept. 17 at Teatro Paraguas
Professor Genevieve Betts will read from her new book (poetry collection), “A New Kind of Tongue,” at 5 p.m. Sept. 17 at Teatro Paraguas. Read more about the book, author and event here. The event is free. Donations welcome.
Enjoy 4 hours administrative leave; note rules and guidelines
President Becky Rowley, Ph.D., shared this message in an email on Aug. 21, 2023:
Dear Colleagues, It’s time to enjoy New Mexico’s fall events. I am authorizing four hours of administrative leave for full-time ‘regular, probationary, and term status’ employees (prorated for those employees working part-time). Use this time to participate in local community events or just to recharge. I know everyone has been working hard and I appreciate all you do.
A few rules:
You must take the hours between now and Monday, Nov. 13.
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.
As always, please consult with your supervisor to coordinate your time off. If you have any questions about your leave, please contact the Office of Human Resources.
Becky Rowley, Ph.D.
‘Addressing ChatGPT in Your Course Syllabus and Policy’ video available
Check out the latest SFCC Library presentation led by Reference and Instruction Librarian Sarah Hood. The presentation and discussion was during Convocation on Aug. 18 regarding “Addressing ChatGPT in Your Syllabus and Policies.”
Annual Mandatory Cybersecurity Awareness Training
On August 16th, all SFCC employees will be assigned Mandatory Cybersecurity Awareness Training.
Current Employees will have two months to complete the training. New employees hired throughout the academic year will be assigned the course on their start date and will have two months to complete the training.
We appreciate your compliance with the important annual training requirements.
Fall Online Teaching and Learning training opportunities
The office of Online Teaching and Learning (OTL) encourages faculty members to improve their online teaching skills with Title V supported trainings. Contact Michelle Rentería at email@example.com to register or for more information. Visit https://www.qualitymatters.org/PD-schedule for the full Quality Matters schedule of classes.
Opt-In to get Student Parent Success newsletter
Did you know that more than 1 in 5 college students nationally is a parent and that 42% of student parents are enrolled at community colleges? The Student Parent Success Program, a program of the SFCC Early Childhood Center of Excellence, distributes a monthly student parent newsletter, events, and resources to student parents. Please help us reach more student parents – staff and faculty, use this form to opt-in to our emails so that you receive information on events, resources, and opportunities that you can share with student parents: https://forms.office.com/r/fr3gyHqQBC And student parents, use the form on our webpage to opt-in to our emails directly: www.sfcc.edu/family-resources.
Erica Keppel recognized as “Forty Under 40 Top Business Leaders”
Erica Keppel was named one of “Forty Under 40 Top Business Leaders” by the Santa Fe Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
She said, “I feel humbled and honored to receive the 40 under 40 recipients’ recognition. I want to start off by thanking God for this opportunity.
This recognition is not only for me but for all those who have mentored me throughout the years and have given me the opportunity to become who I am today.”
Nominated by Candice Mirabal “This employee has gone above and beyond in his janitorial duties ever since he was assigned to the HEC. He helped me, as a disabled worker, move equipment and organize it so it could be easily located. He also helped an instructor pack heavy equipment into her car when she was going to teach an off-site class all while maintaining his daily duties. His eagerness to help made the department more cost efficient as we all knew Gilbert was willing to help without complaint. If I bring something from the mail room, he will meet me at my car to help with lifting which also helps general services. The Director Janet Kerley, and the Dean Kris Swedin, all want to acknowledge Gilbert and thank him for his continued help at the HEC.”
Please be sure to nominate who you think is doing a great job here at SFCC. The submission form can be found at the SFCC Connect portal, or by reaching out to Katie Cadena Priebe, Katherine.firstname.lastname@example.org.
WOW awards – nominate an outstanding coworker today!
The Office of Human Resources recognizes WOW recipients for their dedicated work and commitment to Santa Fe Community College.
Exhibit of Ilse Bolle’s art continues through Oct. 11
SFCC’s Visual Arts Gallery opens the art exhibition, “Entwined: Memory, Experience, Serendipity” featuring the art of Ilse Bolle, with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14. The public is welcome to attend the free reception with refreshments at the Visual Arts Gallery. The exhibition continues through Oct. 11.
Ilse Bolle’s fiber constructions are a fascinating combination of mixed media and sculpture. Bolle uses paper she makes by hand, twigs she harvests from the local landscape and waxed linen thread, which she uses to construct a simple, strong sculptural form. Found pieces of rusted metal, ubiquitous in the arroyos around Santa Fe, are then added to the composition. The juxtaposition of natural and man-made elements creates a remarkably earthy, stable beauty. At the same time, Bolle’s work maintains an aesthetic that captures and releases an emotional reaction.
Director of Art on Campus Linda Cassel said, “We’re pleased to showcase the creative work of Ilse Bolle. Her artwork invites the viewer to experience her clever artistic interplay of unconventional and traditional natural materials, which presents a refreshing illustration of conviviality and life.”
Ilse Bolle bio:
After immigrating from Germany in 1969, Ilse Bolle raised a family and continued her education at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. She achieved a BS Ed. in Art Education in 1982 and a MA in Studio Art in 1987. For 26 years, Ilse taught art in the public schools while maintaining a working studio. After she retired from teaching, she and her late husband moved to Santa Fe where she concentrates on her art full-time.
Ilse’s work was chosen for the 8th International Triennale of Tapestry in Lodz, Poland, and exhibited and collected by private and corporate collectors throughout the United States, Germany, Canada and Mexico.
“While growing up in rural Germany, I developed a special bond with nature. I loved creating with seedpods, tree bark, twigs, vines and grasses and, to this day, still gather most of the materials that I incorporate in my work.
Layers of handmade paper, with inclusions of textural elements, and knotted stick structures of willow and tamarisk are the bases for my fiber constructions. This process allows me to enclose space and explore the relationship between flat and curved surfaces. Process is very important to me, and I strive for simple, yet strong forms, always working with the natural color of the materials.
Paper and the process of making it has become an essential element in my work. The meshing and bonding of individual fibers create a strong yet pliable substance rich in texture. I enjoy slight, tactile imperfections and often emphasize them for their organic beauty.
Found objects in the form of rusted metal find their way into my work. I value the past and its remains, for they provide insight and context to the present and connections to the future.”
SFCC Director of Continuing Education Nicholas “Nick” Wernicki said, “We are thrilled to be partnering with the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado to offer some of our most popular classes on the Four Seasons property. These classes will offer a chance for personal enrichment in a magnificent setting. Attendees can enjoy the Ancient Sky-Watchers class accompanied by the Four Seasons signature S’mores and hot-cocoa. We invite the community to join Professor Steve Martinez for an afternoon of 19th Century New Mexico history or popular art instructor Michael Long for an outdoor art experience both offered at the Four Seasons property with a mouthwatering lunch at the seasonally inspired Terra Restaurant included.”
Bixente Pery, General Manager of Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado added, “Four Seasons is excited to partner with Santa Fe Community College to welcome people to experience the ambiance and cuisine of Rancho Encantado while enjoying superb lectures offered by talented instructor.” Bar and Restaurant General Manager Faith Shroeder said, “We are proud to share our signature restaurant with the community, featuring the flavors of northern New Mexican cuisine with global influences, all with sweeping views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains.”
Advance registration is required for the classes at Four Seasons, as well as other offerings through SFCC’s Continuing Education program.
If you have questions about the schedule or where to get a print copy, contact Continuing Education at email@example.com or 505-428-1676. The CE staff can help you complete your registration.
Please see the schedule for other exciting class partnerships. Read about the Sake 101 class offered at Izanami Restaurant (page 10) and The Back in Time class (page 3) given as you ride aboard the Sky Railway.
Following the Manito Trail exhibit continues through Oct. 15
SFCC’s Director of Art on Campus Linda Cassel said, “We’re so pleased to be able to share the rich cultural history shared in the Following the Manito Trail exhibition so well-prepared by the curators at the Millicent Rogers Museum on our campus. It’s an enlightening exhibition that will also touch the hearts of so many Hispanic families from northern New Mexico.”
The Millicent Rogers Museum shares this about the exhibition:
“Following the Manito Trail is a cultural heritage exhibition that shares the migration experiences, creative practices, and largely untold stories of Manito (Hispanic New Mexican) families from Taos County and its surrounding area. These families carried their culture with them through their migrations to other states for seasonal and permanent work during the 19th and 20th centuries. These migrations represent Manito family values in surviving, even if it meant leaving the homes they cherished.”
Their contributions significantly impacted the American West through their labor in sheepherding, coal mining, railroad construction, and the sugar beet fields. Wherever they went, they never forgot their roots in New Mexico, and they shaped their new homes in other states to preserve and adapt their cultural traditions that they brought with them. For some families, the following generations stayed in their diaspora homes, and, for others, they returned to New Mexico. Through their descendants, Manito families carry on the legacy of shaping the northern New Mexico cultural landscape through professions in medicine, the humanities, the arts, linguistics, and agriculture.”
The exhibition highlights Manito family histories; the significance of storytelling, agricultural, poetic, religious and culinary practices to Manito families.
Stop by any time during SFCC campus open hours. Read more about The Manito Trail.
For more information about the exhibition, contact Director of Art on Campus Linda Cassel via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 505-428-1501.
Create a Free Will using easy online tool
Executive Director of SFCC Foundation Kelly Marquez shared this opportunity to create a Free Will in a recent email:
Valued supporters like you help the Santa Fe Community College Foundation empower our students on their educational journeys toward a successful future. We wouldn’t be able to strengthen this community without you. In gratitude, I’m writing to share news of our exciting new partnership that offers you a resource to complete a vital life task.
Impact: By including a legacy gift in your will, you can sustain the future of Santa Fe Community College and help secure our learning environment for the next generation!
Nearly 67% of American adults do not have an up-to-date estate plan, and it’s a crucial document that helps you care for your loved ones and steward your assets. FreeWill’s online tool guides you through writing your will in about 20 minutes — and it’s completely free to use.
As you write your will, FreeWill makes it simple to plan a legacy gift of any size to the SFCC Foundation. Your legacy gift can plant a seed of support that will grow to empower hardworking young people who are the future of our community!
Thanks for your continued support.
Enhancements to SFCC.edu
In an email on Thursday, June 13 Executive Director of Marketing and Public Relations Todd Lovato shared the following about the public website:
I am writing today to update you on an exciting development on our public website. For more than a year, a team of my MPR teammates have worked on a project to enhance our website offerings for prospective students.
We are pleased to announce that some of these website revisions – which include some updates to program and department pages – are being introduced today. Website updates and adaptations are an ongoing process. I’d like to point out, however, that the focus of these latest revisions was primarily to enhance the experience of prospective students on our site as they navigate the admissions process and explore educational pathways at SFCC. The updates provide enhanced access to career information, registration guidance and support resources. They also address some on-going technical and user navigation issues.
These enhancements have been carefully developed using higher education best practice research, website and search engine optimization (SEO) traffic analytics, consultation with local web developers and writers, as well as ongoing consultation and collaboration with many of our colleagues throughout the campus.
Also, please note that these changes provide MPR with new features and additional ways to collaborate with programs and departments to further improve the website and provide prospective students easier access to information about college programs.
As with any web updates, there is the possibility of small, easily fixable glitches like broken links or re-directs. As we comb for these bugs, I ask for your help by keeping an eye out for anything out of the ordinary. Please contact MPR with these updates using the MPR Job Request Form. This will enable us to quickly address issues. Please continue to review and update your department’s respective webpages for out-of-date or excessive information. Please note, today’s message pertains to the college’s public website, and does not include changes to MySFCC or the SFCC Connect Intranet, which are not under MPR’s purview.
I’d like to thank my MPR team and colleagues across campus for their persistence, collaborative energy, and continued focus on our college’s future students.
We look forward to continuing to work with you in promoting SFCC’s outstanding programs to our community.
SFCC to offer coding and creativity opportunities with support from Apple
SFCC will offer the Santa Fe region new learning opportunities around coding and creativity, with the support of Apple’s Community Education Initiative. Community partners include Santa Fe Public Schools, Santa Fe Indian School, Boys & Girls Club of Santa Fe/Del Norte, and STEM Santa Fe, which will work with the college and Santa Fe Community College Foundation to cultivate digital literacy, digital equity, and coding and creativity experience to Santa Fe’s diverse community.
SFCC President Becky Rowley, Ph.D., said, “Santa Fe Community College is thrilled Apple is supporting our work to offer training in coding and other creative digital skills to young people who have had limited access to such opportunities in the past.”
The initiative will reach youth in a variety of locations primarily in the Santa Fe Public Schools, Santa Fe Indian School, as well as at the Boys & Girls Club based at the Santa Fe Place Mall. STEM Santa Fe will assist with the initiative.
For more information about SFCC’s role in this program, contact Dean of Continuing Education and Contract Training Kris Swedin via email at email@example.com or call 505-428-1253.
Required COVID-19 Reporting
SFCC continues to monitor and follow guidance from public health officials and state and local government on mitigating and addressing exposure to COVID-19. The State of New Mexico and New Mexico Higher Education Department recently announced they will no longer require the reporting of COVID-19 cases amongst student, staff, and faculty who are on campus via the Rapid Response Submission Portal.
Our college continues to take the transmission and threat of infectious diseases seriously and we remain committed to keeping our community as safe as possible. Please note the following:
The college no longer requires reporting of COVID-19 positive cases to SFCC’s Contact Tracing Team.
However, it is very important we continue keep each other safe and follow health and safety best practices. The college continues to follow guidelines from the CDC Quarantine and Isolation Calculator, which details the following:
You should isolate from others when you have COVID-19.
You should also isolate if you are sick and suspect that you have COVID-19 but do not yet have test results.
Ending isolation is detailed on the CDC’s Isolation and Precautions for People with COVID-19 webpage – “Ending Isolation”.
Positive or suspected positive individuals should coordinate closely with supervisors to make appropriate accommodations, as well as reporting for absences using regular sick leave.
If you are out of sick leave and contracted COVID-19, please contact the Office for Human Resources to determine if other options are available to you.
The college custodial staff continues its rigorous cleaning and disinfecting protocols, which includes a campus-wide daily schedule, with emphasis on bathrooms, and higher traffic and enclosed spaces.
Additionally, Facilities and Operations staff have made significant improvements to college ventilation and filtration systems and those systems are up and running.
The College will continue to follow best practices, community levels, and infectious disease developments.
Museum STEP Passes available at Library
With the STEP Pass, you and up to 5 people can use the card for free admission to:
See this video of the latest presentation from the SFCC Library – How do you spell the future with AI. This was the conversation from April 27.
Message about preferred names
While the college has always supported our students, we now have another technological opportunity to provide an empowering, safe, and nondiscriminatory educational and work environment. Beginning on Monday February 6, students will be able update their preferred name in Self Service Banner (SSB9).
The student’s legal name will be on your class roster and their preferred name, if applicable, will appear in parenthesis. For example, Gonzales, Bernadette (Charmaine). For legal purposes, the student’s legal name will still appear on all formal documents such as Financial Aid information, 1098-T’s and transcripts.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 505-428-1775 for more information.