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U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich discusses clean energy at SFCC

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich discussed the future of a clean energy workforce in New Mexico as he toured the college’s energy, trades and sustainability programs last Thursday.

The guided tour included conversations with President Becky Rowley, along with members of Automotive Technologies, Distributed Energy Technologies and Systems, Biofuels, and Controlled Environment Agriculture.

Photos: Top photo, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich tours SFCC greenhouse with President Rowley and R. Charlie Shultz and Dean Julia Deisler. Center photo, Charlie Shulz holds a tilapia and talks about aquaponics as part of the Controlled Environment Agriculture program. Bottom photo: Dean Julia Deisler and President Becky Rowley talk to U.S. Sen. Heinrich adjacent to the electric charging stations at the new Automotive Technologies Center.

Photos Courtesy of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich’s office.

See more great photos taken by Cynthia Adams for the SFCC CEA Facebook page.

News and Announcements

NMPTAC presents free online webinar: Introduction to Government Contracting on Sept. 15

New Mexico Procurement Technical Assistance Center (NMPTAC) will present a virtual Introduction to Government Contracting. The free webinar runs from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15. You must pre-register by today, Monday, Sept. 13. You will receive a link on Sept. 14 to attend.

Go to and register at:

New Mexico PTAC (Procurement Technical Assistance Center) is housed at SFCC, where its mission is to counsel, train and assist New Mexico business owners to obtain government contracts, thereby advancing economic growth in New Mexico.


Massage Therapy appointments still available through Oct. 16

The Massage Therapy Program cohort is offering $25 massages Mondays and Thursdays through October 16. There are still appointments available between now and October 16, sign up now!

Ninety-minute appointments (including intake, 60-minute massage and post-massage survey) can be made at Patrons must provide proof of COVID vaccination and are limited to one massage appointment per week. The $25 fee will be applied toward the students’ credentialing examinations.

If you need assistance with timetap, email If you have questions about the massage appointments or the program, email

OIT Maintenance 7 a.m. Sept. 19

OIT will be performing system maintenance on 7 a.m. to noon Sunday, Sept. 19 2021. All systems will be affected by intermittent outages.

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

Apply now for free environmental technician training

Anyone interested in a career as an environmental technician should apply now for SFCC’s free Environmental Technician training program, which provides the training, skills and certifications necessary to enter a wide range of job opportunities in the environmental profession.

The free training runs September 20 through October 21 Mondays through Fridays at the Santa Fe Higher Education Center, 1950 Siringo Road. The intensive 5-week training program classes provide certifications and skills for entry level job positions:

  • General Hazardous Waste Site Worker (HAZWOPER) 40 hours
  • CPR and First Aid
  • Forklift Operator (8 hours)
    OSHA Construction Standards, 30 hours
  • Confined Space Entry and Non-Entry Rescue (8 hours)
  • Solid Waste Management (8 hours)
  • Hazardous Waste Management (RCRA) (24 hours)
  • Phase I and Phase II Environmental Assessments (16 hours)
  • Environmental Sampling (24 hours)
  • DOT HazMat (16 hours)

For more information and to fill out an application, visit Still have questions? Contact Evelyn Gonzales at or 505-428-1866 or Janet Kerley at or 505-800-8765.


SFCC Library presents online Haibun Workshop with Miriam Sagan on Oct. 5, pre-register now

SFCC Library presents a free online Haibun Workshop with Miriam Sagan from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 5.

Haibun is the prose and haiku combination first developed in Japan. It can be considered the original hybrid form. Participants will learn about haibun and write pieces that include timed writing, diary entries, and flash memoir. We’ll practice with placement of haiku, contrast, and metaphorical thinking.
The workshop is for writers at all levels. Background material and resources will be sent to each participant before the workshop.

Miriam Sagan is a poet and author of more than 30 books. She founded and directed the Creative Writing program at Santa Fe Community College until her retirement.

Send registration requests to Miriam Sagan at Space is limited. Participants must register to receive Zoom link.

September is Suicide Prevention Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, dedicated to raising awareness of suicide and advocating for the prevention of this public health crisis. Your SFCC Counselors are sharing national and local resources.

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255
  • New Mexico Crisis and Access 1-855-466-7100
  • Depression Hotline 1-888-273-5174
  • Self-Harm Hotline 1-877-455-0628
  • Trans Lifeline 1-877-565-8860
  • TREVOR Crisis Hotline 1-866-488-7386

Please reach out to your SFCC Counseling Services at or by calling 505-428-1682 or 505-428-1839.

Policy Updates 2021-22 Policy Review Schedule

Policy Updates
2021-2022 Policy Review Schedule. The policies scheduled for shared governance review during the academic year 2021-2022 are posted on SFCC Connect: Campus Resources > Policy Review.
Revised Procedures. Please become familiar with the newly updated Procedures in the links below and address any questions to the Policy Owners listed.

College Policies and Procedures are posted at SFCC Policies. If you have questions or would like to learn more, please contact Laura J. Mulry, ext. 1776.

Please get vaccinated, another clinic at SFCC on Sept. 22

Please get vaccinated. The best way to thrive at SFCC and keep your families and communities safe is by getting your COVID-19 vaccinations.

Vaccines work and save lives. While a vast majority of Santa Feans have strongly embraced vaccinations, including SFCC employees and students, we are not done. Vaccines provide strong defenses for keeping our community safe, and are an important strategy in eradicating this virus.

COVID-19 Drive-Up Vaccine Clinic
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Santa Fe Community College
West Wing Parking Lot

  • Ages 12+ (for minor waiver click link) COVID-19 Consent-Permiso
  • No Appointment Required
  • No Insurance Required
  • No ID Required

SFCC is offering a community COVID-19 vaccination clinic in the West Wing Parking Lot. The event will be hosted by the New Mexico Department of Health.

No appointment is necessary, but to reserve a spot for yourself or a minor use special event code WHJBT. People can also register without the code under Santa Fe Community College.

Want to find a vaccine clinic at another time and location? Register online for your vaccine at

Apply for the VAX PASS

Fully-vaccinated individuals are encouraged to apply for the SFCC VAX PASS (formerly called FAST PASS).

If you have already signed up for a FAST PASS that is sufficient. You do not need a VAX PASS.

Here’s how to apply for your card:

  • Scan or take a photo of your completed CDC COVID -19 Vaccination card.
  • Send the scanned copy or photo to Lucia Lucero at
  • Lucia will issue the card on the date you are considered Fully Vaccinated (14 days after your last vaccination).


Interested in adobe construction? Check out October classes

Kurt Gardella reports that interest in the adobe construction program continues. He had an enthusiastic response for his class, which began last week. He notes two more classes in the adobe construction program will be offered in October. You can register now to save a place.

ADOB 112, Adobe Wall Construction (CRN 20050) class begins October 18 and will be a blended (online and in-person) class. The class will meet on campus October 30, October 31, November 20 and November 21. Adobe contractor Ernest Aragon will lead the hands-on instruction.

ADOB 113, The Passive Solar Adobe Design class (CRN 20051) begins October 18 and is an online asynchronous class.

Questions about the Adobe Construction program? Contact Kurt Gardella.

Register to attend Santa Fe Literary Review online Oct. 22 reading

Please note: Kate McCahill, SFLR Faculty Advisor writes, “I’m writing to let you know that, after careful thought, we’ve decided to hold this year’s Annual Reading and Reception event remotely on Zoom. That means that anyone who contributed can participate, from wherever they are! To register, click here, and the login information will be emailed to you on the morning of the event. Feel free to share the link with family and friends! All are welcome at this wonderful annual event.”
Complimentary copies of the SANTA FE LITERARY REVIEW are available at the Santa Fe Public Library branches, El Dorado library, the Santa Fe Higher Education Center, 1950 Siringo Road, and at the SFCC Library.

Read more about this year’s issue in this press release.

For more information about the publication or the event, contact Kate McCahill, SFLR Faculty Advisor and Editor-in-Chief by email at, or call 505-428-1903.


CHESS selects Workday to transform student experience, operations

From the August 26 press release: Many students face an uphill battle when considering or attending college. From figuring out registration, placement and advising to managing course scheduling, degree completion and transfer, colleges have not made it easy. The Collaborative for Higher Education Shared Services, or CHESS, has a vision to transform the student experience and modernize operations. For the first time in our nation, five independent community colleges have voluntarily come together to launch an Enterprise Resource Planning platform (ERP) capitalizing on the power of shared resources and decision-making.

CHESS has selected Workday, Inc. to provide solutions that will help realize the group’s vision. Workday’s suite of applications, which includes financial management, human capital management, and student services, will assist CHESS colleges to quickly respond to change while critical business operations continue to run smoothly and securely. The enterprise technology solution is strategically designed so that students can use an intuitive system that restructures outdated administrative functions. Choosing Workday is a major step forward in making this innovative dream a reality. Implementation will begin this fall. CHESS is structured so that additional colleges from any U.S. location have the ability to join and take advantage of increased opportunities for students, shared resources, and improved administrative efficiencies


Exhibition of student work from New Mexico School for the Arts at SFCC August 18 through September 30

An exhibition of student work from the New Mexico School of Arts will be featured in SFCC’s Main entry lobby at the college starting August 18. Poetry and images were created in collaboration with the students and the Poet Laureate, Elizabeth Jacobson. Read more about the collaboration on the Axel Contemporary website: Everything Feels Recent When You’re Faraway. The exhibition will be up until the end of September.

Photo: Elizabeth Jacobson leads a summer workshop at Young Park. Courtesy of Axel Contemporary.

Register for fall Continuing Education classes now

The new continuing education catalog is now available online for viewing and download.

Read about some new classes here.

Browse the fun and interesting noncredit classes and then enroll online today.


Watch Convocation video for important messaging

Did you miss President Rowley’s welcome at Convocation?

President Rowley spoke to the importance of continued masking and discussed a potential vaccine mandate at SFCC.

Watch the video.

Updated Procedures for Policy 2-25 & Policy 7-1

Please become familiar with the newly updated Procedures for Policy 7-1 Information Technology Resources, Usage and Security and for Policy 2-25 Mandatory Advising. Please review the Procedures in the links below and address any questions to the Policy Owner listed.

All of the college’s Policies and Procedures are posted at SFCC Policies. If you have questions or would like to learn more about college policies, please contact Laura Mulry, ext. 1776.

SFCC's Equity Statement

President Rowley’s shared SFCC’s Equity Statement with all in a June 12 email.


For the protection of our community...

When coming on campus:

  • Masks are required.
  • Practice social distancing
  • Avoid congregating in groups.
  • Avoid staying in public, indoor spaces for extended time periods.
  • Children are allowed on campus. Masks required.
  • Fully vaccinated? Please apply for the VAX PASS.
  • Departments, programs, and unique spaces may require special protocols or safety requirements.
  • Appointments are highly encouraged.

Governing Board Approves Policies

At its June meeting, the SFCC Governing Board approved updates to SFCC Policy 6-12 Surveillance Cameras. Please review the policy in the link below and address any questions to the Policy Owner/Author listed.
Policy 6-12 Surveillance Cameras
Nick Telles, Vice President of Finance/Chief Financial Officer, ext. 1161

College Policies and Procedures are posted at SFCC Policies. If you have questions or would like to learn more about policies, please contact Laura Mulry, ext. 1776.

eTranscripts via Parchment now available!!

SFCC’s transcript request process is now entirely online – no more submitting paper or PDF forms! Current and former students can visit to be guided through the process.

There is a $5 charge for electronic transcripts, and requests will be processed quickly.


Student Spotlight

Register now for classes that begin Oct. 18

Want to take a short 8-week class? Register now for classes that begin October 18.

1) Contact an advisor at Academic Advising at 505-428-1275 or

2) Registration is at Interested students are encouraged to contact SFCC’s Welcome and Advising Center at 505-428-1270.

Student Weekly Connection Sept. 10

Read about last week’s “Guess How Many Winner”, Student Ambassador Elections, Fall student support groups, free food through Campus Cupboard, paid positions as a student worker, September 10 deadline to drop a 16-week class, counseling services and library services. Also, see some new information from the Santa Fe Recovery Center, which provides evidence-based, trauma-informed, holistic treatment of substance use disorders through residential and outpatient settings. Services are available in English and Spanish.


Fall semester support groups forming!

Counseling Services is offering a new round of telehealth support groups this fall, including General Support, Grief Support, Psychological Support for Physical Illness, and Building Healthy Relationships.

Each group will meet for 6 weeks beginning the week of August 30th, and each session will last one hour. Meeting times will be determined based on participant availability.
Please email if you are interested in participating or sign up here (please only sign up for one group)

Your SFCC Counselors Janelle and Rosalie look forward to having you!


Order your books now at SFCC Online bookstore

We are proud to announce that Santa Fe Community College’s online bookstore operated by Barnes & Noble is live and ready to serve you! Access it at


Check out SFCC's new online student orientation

Student Success has recently released a new online Student Orientation. Take it yourself, and share it with our students. Here’s a preview:

Learn how to become a successful student with SFCC’s online Student Orientation!

It includes:
• A welcome from our college leadership
• Information about student services
• How to access student resources
• Information on navigating the mySFCC student portal

In just 30 minutes, you’ll be ready to succeed at SFCC. Click here to get started:

SFCC 2021-2022 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 assistance email the Financial Aid Office at from your SFCC student email account. Make sure to include your Student ID number in the email.
Se habla Español.

Openings for Student Employment at SFCC

Student work study is a financial aid need-based program that provides student funds earned through part-time employment currently paying at a rate of $12.32 per hour.

Eligible students can work up to 20 hours per week. In addition to helping you pay for your education, the work study program helps you gain work experience, develop your skills, and build a possible pathway to future employment opportunities.

To be eligible, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Must complete the 2021-2022 FAFSA and any additional requested verification items
  • Must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 degree-related credit hours for fall.
  • Must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

If you are interested in student employment, you can email Susie Weaver at or for further information.

Great scholarship news for fall semester!

Great news!

The state is now funding the Lottery Scholarship at 100 percent!

For more information watch these videos from area broadcasters: KOB, KRQE and KOAT.

Also, some more great news about the New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship and other resources. See these highlights from the June 4 Santa Fe New Mexican story.

“The lottery scholarship program wasn’t the only good news for college students. The New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship, which benefits students who are not eligible for the lottery scholarship, such as returning adult learners and students who attend college part time, received an increase of $11 million for next year.
And the state has received $104 million in federal funds through the American Rescue Plan Act for student relief grants, Rodriguez said.

Read the full story here.

Want more information about how to apply for scholarships? Visit

Need help paying for internet service? You might qualify for federal assistance - application available May 12

The latest COVID relief act includes an internet benefit for low-income and Native American households. You could qualify for $50 to $75 in monthly assistance.

Details about the benefit can be found at
On May 12, you can apply at


Student Resource Center connects students with community programs

The Student Resource Center helps students connect with various services, programs and agencies. We can help link up with several community resources including: Housing, Food, Utility Payment Assistance, Childcare, Physical Health and Legal Services. For more information and assistance, please contact Student Resource Coordinator Jocelyn Hernandez Monsalvo at 505-428-1194 or visit

El Centro de Recursos Estudiantiles ayuda a los estudiantes a conectarse con varios servicios programas y agencias. Podemos ayudar a conectarse con varios servicios comunitarios, que incluyen: Vivienda, Comida, Asistencia para Pagos de Servicios Públicos, Cuidado de Niños, Salud Física y Servicios Legales. Para obtener más información y asistencia, comuníquese con la Coordinadora de Recursos Estudiantiles Jocelyn Hernandez Monsalvo al 505-428-1194 o visite

Employee Announcements

In Memoriam: Bernadette Marie Tennyson

SFCC extends condolences to the family and friends of Bernadette Marie Tenyson. According to her recent obituary:

Bernadette Marie Tennyson Bernadette dedicated her life to public education as she worked for the Santa Fe Public Schools, Santa Fe Community College, New Mexico School for the Deaf, and the Public Education Department for the State of New Mexico and served on the SMHS Foundation Board.
Bernadette passed away after battling cancer on September 2, 2021 surrounded by her family.


sj Miller, Ph.D., joins Pulitzer team at Thrive

sj Miller, Ph.D., joins Pulitzer team as a Pulitzer Fellow for Thrive Community School.

The team will develop standards-aligned units that engage their students in The 1619 Project, and other journalism and historical sources, to strengthen connections to existing curricula, practice media literacy skills, and build empathy. Projects will be shared publicly through Pulitzer Center’s lesson library and virtual professional development programs. The Pulitzer Center’s K–12 education programs and resources cultivate a more curious, informed, empathetic, and engaged public by connecting teachers and students with underreported global news stories and the journalists who cover them.

Sahaj Khalsa gave national keynote and workshop emphasizing equity and inclusion

Sahaj Khalsa, the program director of the Emergency Services Medical Institute at SFCC, recently returned from Florida, where he attended and presented at the National Association of EMS Educators (NAEMSE) Symposium. Sahaj Khalsa is a Board member of NAEMSE and has long led efforts within that organization to increase diversity, equity and inclusion in EMS education programs. He was the primary author of a NAEMSE position paper advocating that more be done to increase equity and inclusion in EMS. He also helped author one of the first research manuscripts examining disparities in pain management in EMS care of prehospital patients.

At the conference, Sahaj facilitated a workshop, ‘The Cultural Humility Summit,’ to discuss equity and inclusion in EMS. Multiple national EMS leadership organizations participated in the workshop, as did the federal agency National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), that federal agency that oversees EMS in the U.S. He also delivered a keynote presentation, ‘Educating Culturally Competent EMS Providers,’ on how we can better educate culturally aware and engaged EMS providers. NHTSA asked NAEMSE to continue collaborating with other national stakeholder organizations in causing change in the profession. The SFCC EMSI looks forward to being at the forefront of these conversations and pushing for positive change in our profession.

Professional Development Funding Committee is accepting funding requests

The professional development funding committee is accepting applications for professional development funding.

If you are interested, please log into the committee team site on SFCCConnect Intranet, and click “Documents” on the left menu to access the application materials. All applications materials are on the intranet (SFCC Connect), so you must be logged in via VPN or on campus to access them.

Fill out the pdf application, and submit your requests directly to Luis Olivas, Jim Wysong, or

The committee meets the last Friday of every month, so please submit funding requests in a timely manner.

Policy Update: Revised Procedures for Policy 6-3

Policy Update: Revised Procedures for Policy 6-3
Please become familiar with the newly updated Procedures for Policy 6-3 Payroll and Salary Deductions. Please review the Procedures in the link below and address any questions to the Policy Owner listed.

6-3 Payroll and Salary Deductions Procedures

Nick Telles , Vice President of Finance/Chief Financial Officer, ext. 1161

All college Policies and Procedures are posted at
SFCC Policies. If you have questions or would like to learn more, please contact
Laura J. Mulry , ext. 1776.

July WOWs

The WOW employees for July 2021 are:

Mariano Chavez
Luis Nominated Mariano for working to add Clovis Community College and other Colleges and HEI’s to our MS Teams domain, in anticipation of future work were we might need to collaborate with on the ERP. Mariano reached out to other HEI’s IT departments to help get this completed.

Gilbert Sanchez was nominated by Malvina Cannon for his continued years of service at SFCC, dedication and loyalty over the past 19 years.

Have you seen these artworks on campus?

If you have any knowledge of the whereabouts of either these two pieces of artwork, please contact Linda Cassel at (505) 660-1857 or

Artist Ned Jacobs
Study/Nez Perce Warrior
Charcoal on paper
23 3/4 x 12 3/4 inches
31 1/4 x 20 1/4 x 1 inches (framed)

Artist Lew Tilley
Magic Jugglers
Oil on canvas
50 x 30 inches

How to enroll for the COVID 19 vaccine

Please review the state’s latest vaccine registration information to see how to enroll for the COVID-19 vaccine.

SFCC encourages you to enroll soon, so our state can more effectively distribute the vaccine and notify you when vaccine doses will be available in your area.

NOVID phone app: The City of Santa Fe has partnered with NOVID to slow the spread of the virus. Download the free app at Read more about the app in this Dec. 15 Santa Fe Reporter story, “Spread the Word, not COVID-19.”


Let's help slow the spread of the virus

Let’s keep everyone safe and remember:

SFCC COVID protocols require that everyone wear a mask at all times on campus.

• 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!

Submit nominations for WOW awards

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 Joanne Romero


Let Campus Weekly share your news

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Book gains national buzz & includes Emily Stern's writing

Creative Writing Faculty member Emily Stern is thrilled to be among the authors in the soon-to-be-released anthology, “Between Certain Death and a Possible Future: Queer Writing on Growing Up with the AIDS Crisis,” edited by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore and currently available for purchase at Arsenal Pulp Press for pre-order and a launch date of October 5 on Arsenal Pulp Press. Edited by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, exciting reviews are already coming out, including being named a Most Anticipated Book of 2021 in: