Campus Weekly

TRIO grant will support student success

TRIO will be able to continue its great work with our students!

SFCC received a new $275,105 TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) grant from the U.S. Department of Education aimed at helping increase the number of low-income college students, first-generation students and those with disabilities to complete an SFCC two-year degree and transfer to a four-year college or university. The award amount is for the first year but is expected to be renewed each year for five years.

SFCC’s Interim Director of TRIO Danielle Gonzales said, “We are encouraging students to apply in upcoming semesters. Students can apply online at Once the application is complete, one of our staff members will be in touch with the student to schedule an interview.”

Gonzales added, “It can be difficult to acclimate to the college experience, but SFCC’s TRIO students have a chance to thrive through the personal interaction that our services afford. We have a dedicated and resilient staff who work diligently to continue to serve our students during the pandemic.”

Read more details about TRIO in this press release.

Photo: TRIO students from 2018.

News and Announcements

Fall Continuing Education Schedule now online

Whether you’re looking for professional development opportunities or want to explore your creativity, learn a new language or take a short-term online health or fitness class you’ll find lots of options in the Fall Continuing Education Schedule.
Also, check out the many Kids Stuff STEAM camps online.

Students can register for noncredit classes anywhere, anytime. Employees: To use your EEBs for Continuing Education classes, complete the EEB form before you register, then contact Continuing Education at or 505-428-1676. Their team will help you and your dependents complete registration.

Also, let your friends and family members know about the free Despierta series online.


Capital Improvement Projects updates

There are multiple Capital Improvement Projects now in progress. Here are some updates:

Parking Upgrades – Phase I includes the Main Lot, Carpool lot, ADA accessible lot and small TATC east lot. Currently, the Main lot and Carpool lot are closed and will re-open at the beginning of November (pending weather delays). The ADA accessible lot near the Main Entrance and Visual Arts Building Entrance and the east lot of the TATC are still open for use, but may close for work in the coming month (this is also pending weather).

Waste Water Treatment Plant Gravity Sewer line and irrigation is in progress and will be completed by beginning of November (pending weather delays). This project does not directly affect SFCC traffic, as the work is located to the south of Kids Campus and the loop road. This project will connect SFCC’s WWTP sewer to a new gravity sewer line, which will divert our waste water to Ranchland Utility to avoid costly repairs to the existing 36-year-old WWTP and is sustainable well into the future.

While we apologize for any inconvenience, we appreciate your patience. For questions, please contact F & O (Facilities and Operations) Project Manager (formerly POM), Andrea Mueller at 505-930-9781.

Census 2020 day of action

Time to complete your 2020 Census is running out!

The census is a simple count of everyone in the United States, regardless of age, immigration status, or any other factor. It is used to determine the distribution of federal dollars and political representation for New Mexico over the next 10 years.

A census undercount means cuts for Title I schools and school food programs, cuts for firefighters and first responders, less funding for improving roads, and reduced access to health care for the next 10 years. It also impacts our political representation. It is critical that all of our voices are heard.

The census is important. Your responses are secure. Time is running out. Count everyone in your household today at

If you’ve completed your census, please spread the word! Take action today to ensure a complete count.


OIT Maintenance 7 a.m. to noon Sept. 20

OIT will be performing system maintenance from 7 a.m. to noon on Sunday, September 20, 2020. All systems will be affected by intermittent outages.

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

Diversity in the Writing Classroom: An Interactive Workshop

The English Department presents the first workshop in the Fall Workshop series, “Diversity in the Writing Classroom: An interactive workshop” at 1 p.m. on September 23.

The workshop will feature panelists Doris Cheng, Austin Eichelberger, Susan Joplin, Jay Muskett and Tintawi Kaigziabiher. Moderated by Dave Joplin.

Register for this and all fall workshops at


English Dept. Fall Workshop series

Santa Fe Community College’s English Department will present a Fall Workshop Series for writers, teachers, students and Santa Fe community members from Sept. 23 through Nov. 12. Pre-register for workshops at

This is the schedule for the Fall Workshops Series for writers, teachers, students and Santa Fe community members:

Sept. 23
1 p.m.
Diverse Voices in the Writing Classroom
Oct. 6.
2:30 p.m.
Teaching and Learning in an Online Classroom
Oct. 28.
3 p.m.
The Podcast as a Learning Tool
Nov. 12.
3 p.m.
Writing to Heal: Making Art in a Changing World

For more information, contact Kate McCahill via email at or call 505-428-1903.


Opportunity Santa Fe shares story about STEM Scaffold program

Opportunity Santa Fe shared the story, “STEM Scaffold Santa Fe @ Capitol High School.” The story shares how SFCC participates in this mentorship program.

Visual Arts Gallery presents virtual exhibition

Transfigured Night 50x10x20” High fired ceramic, wood, steel, plastic, oil paint, gold leaf.

Santa Fe Community College’s Visual Arts Gallery presents “Painterly Objects” a virtual online exhibition featuring the work of SFCC sculpture faculty member John Boyce from August 28 through October 8. The exhibition features 21 pieces.


Laptop Discounts for Staff, Faculty and Students

The Office of Information Technology is excited to announce a partnership with Dell. Students, Staff and Faculty may purchase laptops, monitors and computer accessories with the SFCC educational discount.

To get started log into and click on the Dell Computer Discount icon under Resources. Discounts are available on laptops and computer accessories.

Nursing student featured in Rio Rancho Observer

Robin Carillo Ortiz of Operation Bandana NM was featured in the story, “Collaboration brings masks, other supplies to Navajo nation,” in the Rio Rancho Observer. Robin Carillo Ortiz is a full-time nursing student at SFCC.

From the story: “Ortiz said the experience has reminded her why she wanted to go back to school at age 47 to become a nurse. She is enrolled in the dual program with Santa Fe Community College and the University of New Mexico for nursing.

“One of the reasons I went back to school was because I got tired of watching on the news and seeing hurricanes, earthquakes and floods and all of these disasters, and I wanted to run into the chaos. And having no skills to offer, I would just be more of a liability than an asset. And so, I said, ‘OK, that is it; I am going to go back to school and get those skills,’” she said.

Ortiz would like to become a community health nurse.”

To find out how you can help visit or follow Operation Bandana on Facebook.

SFCC in the news

The following stories either featured or mentioned SFCC or one of its employees.

09/04/2020, Los Alamos Daily Post, “LANL hosts education, workforce training conversation.” SFCC’s role was discussed.

08/30/2020, Santa Fe New Mexican, New girls soccer coach at Santa Fe High has had long journey of discovery. Explores how sj Miller’s journey led to coaching girls soccer at Santa Fe High.

8/17/20, Santa Fe New Mexican, “COVID-19 course at SFCC gets national audience.” To register for the class or for more information, please send an email to Amanda Hatherly at

8/10/2020, KOB News,
“Santa Fe company could help manufacture COVID-19 vaccines.” It features SFCC Innovation Center partner Ntx Bio.

Student Spotlight

Students get free tacos from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Sanchez Tacos

Invite your students to join Student Activities for Tasty Tuesday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at Sanchez Tacos Food Truck, 1901 St. Michael’s Drive. Sponsored by Student Activities. Students need to present an I.D. and class schedule. Vegetarian options available.

Congratulations new SGA officers

We’re to introduce you to SFCC’s 2020-2021 Student Government Association! Here are the new officers: Ian Widrick Martinez, president; Grecia Tovar, secretary; Ana Chavez, treasurer; Carlos Suarez, program assistant; Ivan Avila, DACA; Jaqueline Loya, Liberal Arts; Andrea Loibl, Arts, Design and Media Arts; Gabrielle Real, Trades and Advanced Technologies Business, Professional Studies and Education; and Maria (Mary Elias), Advisor. Congratulations to the Student Government Association team!

SFCC Student Activities Group on Facebook

The Office of Student Development has a new, private Facebook group, SFCC Student Activities!

The group is for current SFCC students only and will be a virtual space where students can interact and participate in OSD activities.

Visit to join today!


Students: Do you need a laptop or hotspot?

Students: Do you need a laptop or internet access for online classes? SFCC has hotspots and laptops available for checkout. You must be a credit seeking student and be registered for the fall semester to qualify for this program.

Use this link to request an appointment:

Book an appointment

You will need to follow the protocols at the link below to come to campus for your appointment:

Protocols to come on campus.

Questions? Email or call (505) 428-1222.

Did you have checked out equipment from this summer? Please return them no later than August 14 to avoid late fees. Use the same link to book a return appointment.

Employee Announcements

HR announces WOW awards

The Office of Human Resources announced twelve WOW Recipients for their dedicated work and commitment to Santa Fe Community College! Congratulations Teresa Roybal, Rosella Varela, Yvonne Martinez, Reyna Varela, Stuart Graw, Tim Doyle, Norbert Utz, Linda Ortiz , Jonathon Lujan, Amanda Hatherly, Doreen Jaramillo, Chris Gettler!

Read more about these employees’ outstanding contributions to the college.

Please be sure 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


Flu shots for employees available 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 18

Employees can get a curbside flu shot from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18. Please drive up to the tents set up by the West Wing entance. Flu shots will be courtesy of Albertson’s Pharmacy. Please bring your insurance card to get your shot. Also, check your SFCC email for a message sent on Sept. 4 from HR with more information and a form to download and fill out. This is an employee-only event. For more information contact Michelle Harding, Human Resources.

Dr. Aamna Nayyar hosts discussion on teaching dental subjects virtually

Dr. Aamna Nayyar, Director of Dental Department, hosted an international level open discussion session on teaching dental materials virtually, on Aug. 19. The session was well attended by dental and allied dental faculty and staff from around the globe. The session was sponsored by, American Dental Education Association [ADEA]

To learn about the SFCC’s Dental Programs, please contact:


Belin Tsinnajinnie, Ph.D., gave national math lecture

Belin Tsinnajinnie, Ph.D., Associate Professor and co-chair of Math, gave a presentation for the national Let’s Talk Math With Your Friends via Zoom through the University of Alabama on Sept. 3.

You can watch the presentation “Disprupting Settler Colonial Mindsets in Mathematics” here.

Dr. Aamna Nayyar participates as a panelist in interfaith event

Dr. Aamna Nayyar, a member of SFCC’s President’s Diversity Advisory Committee (PDAC), participated as the panelist in the interfaith event hosted by “Women Ministry in ANEW2” on Aug 22, 2020. The topic was, “What’s different? What is Same?” The event was well attended by females from various faiths and belief systems.

Recording of the event:

For information on SFCC’s President’s Diversity Advisory Committee (PDAC), please visit:


In Memoriam: Anne Fullerton

SFCC extend our condolences to the family of Anne Fullerton who died in July. She previously worked as an SFCC adjunct faculty member.

We’re sorry we were not alerted to her obituary earlier, but recently carried this story, “Anne Seagrave Fullerton, 70, Raised in Darien, Class of ’68, Counselor, Volunteer, Loved Hiking.”


Dean Camilla Bustamante's story published on University of Vermont blog

Dean Camilla Bustamante, Ph.D., recently published “Querencia y Comida: Nuevo Mexicanx Tradition as Model for Food Resilience” in the University of Vermont’s blog.

It’s an excellent piece that concludes, “Community food traditions are threatened by imported food commodities and systems and the threat to community health prevails. As our traditional community food systems are challenged, so is identity. Knowledge of oneself and sense of community is necessary for mental and spiritual health, and when nature is part of our community, our physical health is a benefactor. The messages of our ancestors remain constant and the traditions contribute to the livelihood of the lands and its peoples.”


sj Miller, Ph.D., featured as new girls soccer coach

sj Miller, Ph.D, a professor in SFCC’s Teacher Academy, was featured in a front page story, New girls soccer coach has had a long journey of discovery, Aug. 31 in the Santa Fe New Mexican. Miller, a 1988 graduate, was a star (women’s soccer) player at Santa Fe High who was a three-time All-State performer from 1984-87 and earned regional All-American status as a senior. The connection continued as a teacher and coach at the school from 1996-2005 before Miller focused on an academic career that provided a wealth of new experiences.

The story identifies sj Miller as the first “transgender coach in the state.” But sj has a more nuanced way of expressing identity as noted in this bio. Miller will continue working at SFCC, while balancing the coaching job. Miller also works as an online instructor for Vanderbuilt University in the school’s Ph.D. Educational and Leadership program.

SFCC congratulates sj Miller on this new journey and is glad that sj can continue to shed light on the nuances of gender identity.

Sarah Hood to participate in National Elections series

presented by
The Santa Fe World Affairs Forum and The League of Women Voters of Santa Fe County.

SFCC Reference and Instruction librarian Sarah Hood will participate in Part II. Here is the schedule:

Sept. 16:
Maggie Toulouse Oliver, New Mexico Secretary of State:
Election Security Issues in 2020 and How They are Being Addressed in New Mexico

Sept. 23:
Sarah Hood, Reference and Instruction Librarian who teaches information literacy at Santa Fe Community College, media analyst with Ad Fontes Media: Elections 2020: Fact vs. Fiction: How to Wade Through the (Insanity)

Sept. 30:
in Lonna Rae Atkeson, Professor and Regents Lecturer Political Science at the University of New Mexico:
Election Security, Fraud and Voter Confidence

All three webinars will be held on Zoom from 11 a.m. to 12:15 on successive Wednesdays. For more information, email or visit

In Memoriam: Luke Spangenburg

Tributes continue to come in for Luke Spangenburg, who died on Labor Day weekend. The college and the world have lost one of the great champions for sustainability.

The Santa Fe New Mexican story, “LUKE SPANGENBURG: SFCC director of biofuels was black belt, professional cyclist, champion of sustainability” shared much of his spectacular life story.

Luke Spangenburg was SFCC’s Innovation Center director and director of Biofuels, Center of Excellence and a national leader in algae research. Read his bio.

Ondine Frauenglass, TATC Lab Technician, shared this message:

Thank you all for the tremendous outpouring of support and condolence for SFCC’s loss at the death of our friend and colleague Luke Spangenburg.

I am reaching out again for Luke’s family to let you know that his death was the result of a massive heart attack from which there would have been no possibility of recovery. His death under the stars in the Jemez mountains of New Mexico was very quick and, to those of us who knew him well, a perfect place from which to leave a world he loved so well and worked so hard to repair.

Luke’s wife Sarah has expressed that, in lieu of electronic communications, traditional cards sent to the family home would be deeply appreciated.

Send to:
Sarah Ghiorse, Nico and Sadie
9 La Barbaria Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505

Luke is also survived by his mother Judy Brookman, three sisters Patricia Boyle, Nikki Spangenburg, Kelly Sgrillo and their families.

Julia Goldberg of the Santa Fe Reporter shared a personal reflection as well as comments from many in SFCC’s sustainability programs. Read her story, A Lasting Vision: Sustainability expert Luke Spangenburg leaves behind a legacy of working to make the world a better place.


New Marketing and Public Relations Request Form (MPR Request)

The MPR request forms have been combined into one online form, that is available only on the intranet. The Event Promotion, Digital Slide Request and MPR Job Request Form have been replaced by this one form, called MPR Request.

You can find the MPR Request form in SFCC Connect:
1) Top menu: Departments-> Marketing and Public Relations (MPR)

2) Left menu: Online Forms -> Marketing and Public Relations (MPR)

3) Top menu: Campus Resources -> Online Forms -> Marketing and Public Relations (MPR)

As the form is now on the intranet, please know that you have to be on campus or connected via VPN (Global Protect) to access the form.

We look forward to hearing from you! Please contact Roxanne Tapia ( with questions or suggestions.


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Becky Rowley participated in higher ed talk on The Hill

SFCC president Becky Rowley spoke at The Hill’s virtual Future of Education event on Sept. 10. The Hill’s virtual events generally attract 65,000 viewers.

To see the video, revisit the The Hill’s virtual Future of Education site, then scroll down to the second video under the title “Session Two: Higher Education Confronts a Pandemic.” The whole video is interesting. Check out the discussion with Rolando Montoya, Ph.D., Interim President of Miami Dade College, Becky Rowley, Ph.D., President, Santa Fe Community College and Tiffany Jones, Senior Director of Higher Education Policy, The Education Trust, that starts at about the 1:00:50 mark in the video. President Rowley joins the conversation at about 1:09:39.

The program was anchored by Steve Clemons, The Hill’s Editor-at-Large. See also the article from the Diverse Education website,“Lawmakers and University Leaders Discuss the Future of Education at Virtual Summit.