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SFCC community invited to Celebration of Life for Meaghan Hopkins at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Boardroom

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SFCC extends condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of SFCC instructor Margaret “Meaghan” Hopkins, who recently passed away. As many of you know, she was a dedicated employee who served the college and SFCC students in multiple ways, both as faculty member and as a staff member as a tutor.

Everyone is welcome to attend a Celebration of Life in Meaghan’s honor at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14 in the Boardroom. (This is an in-person event.) Please see the invitation below. Please contact Shirley Vialpando at if you would like to help with planning.

SFCC’s Human Resources office shared she was a: Professor School of Business, Professional Studies, and Education; (Dates of Service: 03/12/2012-Current); Other titles: President’s Office Council, Tutoring Center Tutor, TRIO Tutor, Faculty Senate Representative.

Cheryl Sensibaugh, Faculty Senate Chair, at the last governing board meeting read the following biography that was submitted by Meaghan Hopkins for consideration of being one of three adjunct faculty representatives for Faculty Senate. It had been recently submitted and it’s in Meaghan Hopkins’ own words:

“I have been teaching Accounting and Business at SFCC and working as a tutor at the SFCC Tutoring Center for 10 years. Originally from New Orleans, I have lived in Northern New Mexico for over 25 years. I have received 2 degrees and a certificate from SFCC and I am working on a third degree.
My service at SFCC includes being elected as Adjunct Faculty Representative for more than 9 years and participating on various college committees including President’s Diversity Advisory Committee (PDAC), Strategic Planning Committee, Finance Committee, Institutional Planning Committee, AQIP Pathway Project, and Faculty Senate Policy subcommittee.

During my tenure as Adjunct Faculty Representative, the main Adjunct Faculty office expanded to nearly twice its size, more than doubling the number of workstations and adding lockers for faculty, and there were additional improvements to the auxiliary adjunct offices as well. Adjunct Faculty have received pay increases for teaching, including adding steps to the pay matrix, and the pay has increased for service on Faculty Senate and other committees and training opportunities as well.
My goal is to represent you and your needs with an emphasis on equity and parity for adjuncts, always keeping in mind our mission to serve the best interests of our students. We have some new Deans and Associate Deans as well as new Chairs and Lead Faculty, and now is an excellent time for new policies and practices that will benefit everyone.
I look forward to working with all of you and thank you for your consideration.”

In addition to all of these many responsibilities, she also frequently helped with free tax preparation with AARP Tax Aide. SFCC appreciates all she contributed to the college.

Don’t miss Aalpana-making, a form of circular ground art, in the courtyard Thursday beginning with the creation from 9 to 11 a.m. Enjoy until dismantled at 5 p.m.

Aalpana, a form of circular ground art rooted in ceremonial art traditions from South Asia.

SFCC’s Library and President’s Diversity Advisory Committee (PDAC) present Aalpana-making, a form of circular ground art rooted in ceremonial art traditions from south Asia. Come see the Aalpana art in person at the SFCC central courtyard on Thursday, Sept 15 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and feel free to join in the symbolic process of closure when it’s dismantled at 5 pm. The artist, faculty member Sudeshna Senguptna, will be present during the Aalpana-making process from 9 to 11 a.m. to engage with the audience.

Shalimar Krebs, co-chair of PDAC said, “This circular-art-making event at SFCC hopes to mark and symbolize the coming together of our campus community at the beginning of this school year.”

Aalpana ground art is an ancient form of ‘ephemeral art happening’ rooted in ceremonial art traditions of south Asia, in which the art-making process offers a collective experience to the individual viewers and participants gathering around it through the duration of the artform. Temporary in nature, traditionally the process of creating this form of circular floor art brings people together to welcome and celebrate special occasions. Our natural tendency to form a unified whole from smaller parts — help people, who gather around it develop a calming focus to collectively set goals for common good and work together.

SFCC art instructor Sudeshna Sengupta, MFA, will present the Aalpana-making. Sudeshna is an Adjunct Faculty member at the SFCC School of Arts, Design, & Media Arts. Her career as a teaching artist spans multiple decades, continents, and cultures that inform her pedagogy of decolonizing studio art. Besides her academic training and contemporary art practice, Sudeshna Sengupta grew up with and around various traditional art forms in India, all of which continue to nurture her. Last Thursday, many attended her online presentation about Aalpana-making, which was very informative. See it at We hope many more will enjoy the actual Aalpana-making this Thursday. Photos of the event will be posted to the SFCC library’s Facebook page:

Questions? Contact SFCC Library Director Valerie Nye at or at 505-428-1506 or email SFCC art instructor Sudeshna Sengupta at

Another example of Aalpana.

OIT Maintenance 7 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 18

OIT will be performing maintenance from 7 a.m. to noon Sunday, September 18, 2022. All systems will be affected by intermittent outages.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the OIT Service Desk at (505) 428-1222

Free drive-up flu vaccine clinic 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wed. Sept. 21 by West Wing building

The campus community and the public are welcome to come to the free drive-up flu vaccine clinic from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21 outside the West Wing Building. This is a free event, first-come first-served. Please bring your health insurance card. For information, call 505-428-1228.

Please bring your insurance card. along with the consent form.

IInformed Consent for Immunization with Inactivated Vaccine
Flu Vaccine Information (English)

Por favor, trae su trajeta de seguro y el formulario de consentimiento firmado.

Consentimiento informado para vacunación con vacuna inactivada
Vacuna contra la influenza (gripe) informacion

Become a Basic Literacy tutor, training begins Sept. 16

Become a Basic Literacy tutor.
Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe’s three-day, 12-hour training workshop prepares volunteers to tutor adults in Basic Literacy skills. The workshop will be offered from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, September 16 and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, September 17 (with a follow-up workshop 6-8 weeks later). For more information, please call 428-1353 or visit to apply to be a tutor.

Check out SFCC’s schedule for Sept. 21 Open House events in partnership with IAIA

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Stop by the Automotive Technologies Center between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to get a free multi-point inspection during the Sept. 21 Open House. Check the schedule to find out more.

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) and Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) are pleased to partner for open house events on September 21. For the first time, IAIA and SFCC are hosting open house events on the same day. Participants are encouraged to visit both campuses—which are only a six-minute drive or 11-minute bike ride apart—for exciting demos, art exhibits, and campus tours, and to meet students, staff, and faculty at both schools.

Santa Fe Community College, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 6401 Richards Avenue, Santa Fe, N.M. 87508

Check out the SFCC Open House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tour art studios and see demonstrations of steamroller printmaking, papermaking, aluminum pouring, woodworking, jewelry making and raku firing. Visit the tintype photo booth and the film studio. Participate in a Suminagashi Workshop to create Weathergrams, which combine short poems with suminagashi-Japanese marbling.

Get free produce in the Culinary Arts Garden while it lasts and take a tour of the greenhouses. Check the schedule to find out more.

Enjoy presentations at the SFCC Planetarium and the Science on a Sphere® Theater. Join tours of the Greenhouse and Algae/Biofuels Lab. Go to the Automotive Technology Center for a multi-point inspection on your car. Stop by the Culinary Arts Garden for free produce and Frito pies (from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.) from the East Wing Eatery while grooving to the sounds DJ Manny Godsey.

Check out the detailed schedule for SFCC’s Open House. Thank you to the SFCC Foundation for support!

The Institute for American Indian Arts, 1 to 5 p.m., 83 Avan Pu Road, Santa Fe N.M. 87508
IAIA will offer a mix of in-person and livestream events from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. as IAIA celebrates its 60th birthday. If you missed the bronze pour and raku firing at SFCC or want to see either process again, you can at IAIA’s open house. Watch video projections and a demonstration of IAIA’s one-of-a-kind, fully articulating Digital Dome. Take part in an acting class, listen to readings from IAIA’s talented BFA and MFA in Creative Writing students and alums, and check out an art show. Tour the beautiful Land Grant vegetable and flower gardens and meet the Thunder Bees who help them grow in IAIA’s apiary. You can try an array of menu options from the on-campus café, Bon Appetit.

Please note: Schedules are subject to change. For the latest visit:

Register at Eventbrite for updates.

Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe presents several special events with Phil Yeh from Sept. 22-25

Literacy Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe, based at SFCC, is sponsoring a four-day event from Sept. 22 -25 when artist, writer and literacy advocate Phil Yeh – with the assistance of students and local artists –will paint a three-panel mural aimed at elevating literacy as a part of the education crisis we all face. Among the events are a book signing 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23 at Collected Works (202 Galisteo) and a brunch event (advance tickets required) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25 at La Fonda where the mural will be unveiled. To learn more and reserve a brunch ticket, visit Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe.

Artist, author and literacy advocate Phil Yeh.

Phil Yeh is an artist, author, and literacy advocate. Phil has painted murals throughout New Mexico and has also set his stories in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Carlsbad.

Phil founded Cartoonists Across America & The World in 1985 after being inspired by Wally Amos to do something about the literacy crisis around the world. His band of artists has painted more than 1,700 murals across the U.S. and in more than a dozen countries working with some of the most talented international artists, including painting a mural on a Santa Fe city bus with local youth to support Literacy Volunteers back in 2010.

For more about the events and the organization visit

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

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

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

Visual Arts Gallery presents ‘The SPELL: The magic of words and imagery’ with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 6

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

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

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

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

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

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

SANTA FE LITERARY REVIEW now available at libraries

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

The SFLR editors wrote in the introduction:

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

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

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

Continuing Education classes in Edgewood

SFCC will offer in-person Continuing Education (CE) classes in Edgewood in September and October. SFCC’s Dean of Continuing Education and Contract Training Kris Swedin announced the CE department has partnered with the Town of Edgewood and the Greater East Mountain Chamber of Commerce to offer personal enrichment classes there.

Edgewood Mayor Audrey J. Jaramillo said, “Our new Santa Fe Community College enrichment classes begin in September and October and will contribute dynamically to our Edgewood lifestyle! We love the Town of Edgewood and place high value on the outdoors, recreation, and access to services and educational choices. I am grateful to Kris Swedin, Dean of Continuing Education and Contract Training at SFCC; Bernadette Montoya, former NMSU vice president and Edgewood resident; and Linda Burke, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce, for their diligence in partnering with the Town to create this education program. As public servants of our Town, we are pleased to offer these enrichment classes.”

Executive Director, Greater East Mountain Chamber of Commerce Linda Burke added, “It’s exciting to have SFCC Enrichment classes right here in Edgewood. Our goal is maintaining a strong community focus—all instructors are local experts, and the classes are topics that resonate with the East Mountain community. Best of all, these short-term classes offer new opportunities for personal growth and social connections. The Chamber is thrilled to partner with Santa Fe Community College and the Town of Edgewood to bring this together and we hope to see a strong community response and benefit.”

If you have friends and family in the Edgewood area, please share the information about the September and October classes and registration in this press release.

View Edgewood classes in this flyer.

SFCC Library will offer online and in-person discussion groups for “There, There” by Tommy Orange for NEA Big Read

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

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

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

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

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

Questions? Contact Valerie Nye at:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for the continued support.

Inside SFCC 2022, Vol. 3
SFCC celebrates student success

Mask wearing strongly encouraged when indoors on campus

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

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

Let Campus Weekly share your news!
Let us know about your accomplishments and other news that you’d like to share. Please remember that the deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday to get an item in the next week’s issue. Submit here.

UNM – SFCC Healthcare Ambassadors Program application deadline Sept. 15

Applications are being accepted for Fall 2022 SFCC students who are interested in pursuing healthcare careers. This federally funded program provides opportunities for students from economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds to explore healthcare options while also offering tutoring support to be successful in college. The deadline for the application process is September 15, 2022. For more information on eligibility and program benefits, see program information sheet. in a new tab)

Students: Need childcare? Make sure you’re on the Kids Campus Waitlist

Kids have fun exploring and learning at Kids Campus.

When a spot comes available at the Kids Campus, students get priority placement. Kids Campus wants to support student parents and hopes that those needing childcare will get on the waitlist.

Children of degree-seeking SFCC students, SFCC employees, and full-time students at the Higher Education Center are prioritized for placement to support a two-generation philosophy of education at the college.

Visit the Kids Campus website for more information. Students receive a 10% discount on the cost of Kids Campus and N.M. Early Childhood Education and Care Development offers Child Care Assistance to income-eligible students.

SFCC 2022-2023 Scholarship Application Available Now

SFCC can help you pay for college with scholarships. One simple application puts you in consideration for state institutional and Foundation private scholarships. Scholarships are available for new and returning, part time and full-time students to help pay for college for the upcoming academic year. Scholarships are also available for second-generation college students, Veterans, Native American students, Hispanic students and students with disabilities (must be registered with the SAS department at SFCC offers performance-based scholarships through Contract for a Better Tomorrow (CBT).

For more information and to apply go to:

If you have questions or need assistance email the Financial Aid Office at from your SFCC student email account. Make sure to include your Student ID number in the email.
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SFCC Library family study room now open

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

SFCC Library Fall semester hours are:

Mon. – Thurs. 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Fri. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sat. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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

Apply NOW for Fall Semester Student Employment

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

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

To be eligible, students must meet the following requirements:

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

Contact for further information.

Student Resource Center is here for you

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

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

505–428-1194 | |

Update: Sydney Scherr lecture at WHEELS Museum cancelled

Regrettably the Wheels Museum has cancelled Sydney Scherr’s lecture: Mohan’s Chariot: A Journey into Divine Creativity. Please do not plan to go to ABQ.

The Geometry of Light show continues through Nov. 26

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

See the exhibition at:

Gerald Peters Contemporary

1011 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe

Read more:

SFCC bids farewell to Tiffany Bracamontes

Tiffany at her retirement celebration

SFCC faculty and staff gathered to celebrate Tiffany Bracamontes’ many years of tireless service to Santa Fe Community College on her last day of employment at SFCC, August 31st. We wish Tiffany the best in her next chapter!

One coworker shared the following tribute:

“Tiffany has been an incredibly dedicated employee. I’ll always remember the time when people had been sent home several years ago because it was starting to snow hard. I was about to leave and ran into a young man in the front entrance, who told me he had driven through the snow from Albuquerque and needed help with registration for the next semester.  The Welcome and Advising Center had the gate down and it was dark. I knocked on the side door and Tiffany opened it. I explained that there was the young man who was waiting in the front reception area and asked if I should tell him to call another day. She immediately came out and said where is he, I am going to get him registered right now! So she did. It was a very slippery and snowy ride home that afternoon and I know she had to stay much longer to help him.

I have always appreciated her cheerful attitude and ready smile for our students. I wish her much joy in her retirement.”

Emily Drabanski, Staff Writer

WOW Awards – Doreen Jaramillo

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

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

Submit WOW nominations!

The Office of Human Resources reminds you to nominate who you think is doing a great job here at SFCC. The nomination form can be found at the SFCC Connect portal, or by reaching out to Katie Cadena-Priebe at

CHESS — Collaborative for Higher Education Shared Services

CHESS Connection Newsletter – September

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

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

SFCC employee musicians Jonathan Harrell and Roxanne Tapia can be seen (and heard) at Chomp in September

Local music group Mélange, playing original music by Phredgeoff (Jeff) Tarnoff and Jojo Sena de Tarnoff, can be heard at Chomp, located at 505 Cerrillos Road. The group plays at Chomp next on the evening of Saturday, September 24. The group includes Academic Advisor Jonathan Harrell on bass and MPR Executive Assistant Roxanne Tapia on tenor saxophone. Mélange plays a lively fusion of jazz, funk, and Latin music featuring Jeff Tarnoff on piano and JoJo Tarnoff on flute. Tapia can also be seen (on screen) as part of the Santa Fe Playhouse Fiesta Melodrama.

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

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

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

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


SFCC celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 20 in the Courtyard

SFCC will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with events from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20

National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. For historical information, images, resources for teachers and more visit: National Hispanic American Heritage Month. Associate Vice President for Student Success Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos, Ed.D., announced SFCC will celebrate from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20 in the Courtyard. All are welcome to attend.

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

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

Read his artist statement and more here.

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

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

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

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

Watch video to learn more about tuition-free college

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

Understanding Tuition-Free College in New Mexico – YouTube

SFCC participates in Generation Hope’s FamilyU

Thomas  Peña, 2018 graduate, shown with his son.

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

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

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

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

Need food? Campus Cupboard welcomes all

Campus Cupboard now offers refrigerated items

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

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

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

Visit Campus Cupboard for more information.

Campus Cupboard is supported by SFCC Foundation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For questions or additional assistance please email

An Important Note on Using Financial Aid for Purchases

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

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

Registration for Fall CE classes continues

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

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

Bookstore is hiring

The Santa Fe Community College bookstore is hiring temporary, part-time booksellers. If you know someone who is looking for a job, please let them know.

Apply by Nov. 4 for Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair

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

The 2022 Santa Fe Community College
Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair

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

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

Let’s help slow the spread of the virus

Let’s keep everyone safe and remember:

  • If you are feeling ill, you should not come into work, and avoid any type of social setting. The College wants you to feel better before you return to work.
  • If you are feeling ill: Get tested and isolate yourself from others as much as possible. We need to help mitigate the health risk to others.
  • Call 1-855-600-3453 for testing information and results.
  • If you do contract COVID-19, seek medical attention immediately. Notify your supervisor and human resources. These cases need to reported, SFCC is here to support you.

Please do your part, to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Stay home, stay safe, stay healthy.

Do you need information on testing? Visit

Remember to wash your hands for a full 20 seconds!

SFCC in the news

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

07/22/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Xfinity reports widespread outage in Santa Fe, Los Alamos”.

07/20/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Xfinity reports widespread internet outage in Santa Fe, Los Alamos”

07/11/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Hotels bring on Santa Fe students for summer”.

07/11/2022, Community College Daily,  News Makers – Barry Hubbard.

07/09/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Helping Improve Santa Fe for 130 years.” Story mentions that the Santa Fe Woman’s Club has raised funds for scholarships for women at SFCC.