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Thanks for making Fall Fest a success!

Thank you to all the students and members of the Office of Student Development who made Fall Fest such a success! We appreciate the participation of everyone on campus! Fall Fest was sponsored by the Office of Student Development, Student Ambassadors, Student Government Association, Freedom Ambassadors and ENLACE.

Check out more photos here.

News and Announcements

Dr. Stephen Martinez: "Know Your Rights" on Constitution Day, Sept. 17

In observance of Constitution Day, Stephen Martinez, Ph.D., will speak about “Know Your Rights” from 11:30 to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17 in Board Room (Room 223). Learn more about the U.S. Constitution. Everyone is invited to attend.

This program is sponsored by Office of Student Development, Student Activities, Student Ambassadors, Student Government Association and Freedom Ambassadors. For more information, call ext. 1686.

Spirit of Writing Art and Social Justice Collective open to all

The SFCC Spirit of Writing Art and Social Justice Collective, AKA SOW, began in Spring 2017. It was started by students interested in having space to workshop and share, as well as explore intersections of art, culture, and justice. All are welcome to attend, including listeners, fans and organizers.

SOW meets 1 to 2 p.m. Thursdays in the student lounge in Media Arts, the 600s hallway.

On October 14, SOW and the SFCC Library will host an Indigenous People’s Day Reading. If you’re interested in reading a 5 to 7 minute piece or helping with event visioning and planning, please email or

Thanks to all who helped build our enrollment for fall!

We’re excited to report that our enrollment (as of Sept. 13) is down less than 1 percent due to the hard work of so many. As many of you might recall, a year ago it was projected that SFCC could have a 10 percent drop in enrollment due to a variety of factors.

A big shout out to thank everyone who contributed to this success! Sometimes it takes more than a village.

In addition, to all of the outreach done by Marcos Maez and MPR’s recruitment team, we have to thank ALL for their collaboration and outreach efforts to prospective and continuing students who had yet to register, to students who had not registered for a number of semesters, and to students who were in jeopardy of being disenrolled for non-payment during the weeks leading up to the semester! SFCC Associate Vice President for Student Success Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos led that effort.
Thank you to everyone who continues to support our students’ success!

La Tertulia: Conversación en español

La Tertulia is a free conversation group open to students, faculty, staff and community members, led by native speakers of Spanish. These gatherings are designed to provide an opportunity to practice Spanish in a comfortable & stimulating environment, regardless of the level of proficiency.

La Tertulia meets
Mondays & Wednesdays
Sept. 4 – Nov. 27, 2019
Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Room 805

Sponsored by the Department of World Languages.
For more invormation contact Carole Chávez Hunt 505–428–1761.

Reflections on new poetry posts at SFCC

We’re excited to share Miriam Sagan’s recent blog about the latest poetry posts on campus. Sagan is SFCC’s former chair of Creative Writing.

Photo: Left to right, Miriam Sagan and Julie Chase-Daniel, the poet/artist whose work is up on the posts. Courtesy of Miriam Sagan.

100 Thousand Poets for Change on Sept. 28

Please plan on attending 100 Thousand Poets for Change from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 28 outside by Ethyl the Whale.


East Wing Eatery open Monday through Thursday

The East Wing Eatery reopened last week. The hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Check out the East Wing Eatery’s fresh pastries, sandwiches and salads!

Engage: The strategic planning process

The college is officially kicking off its five-year strategic plan for 2020-25. The process will identify priorities on how to best serve our students and our community. This process will be highly collaborative and require participation from the SFCC community.

Be a part of the future of SFCC. Be engaged.

View a video kick-off from President Rowley.

For more information contact Julie Gallegos, ext. 1520.


SFCC in the news

SFCC was featured or mentioned in several publications in recent weeks:

Santa Fe Reporter, 09/11/2019, “A Hand Up: SFCC fights state’s abysmal graduation, literacy rates with back-to-school programs” Adult Education’s HSE/GED program along with the I-BEST component is showcased in this major feature.

LANL Connections, 09/11/2019, “First students start innovative STEM program at SFCC” Learn about STEM Core and how this program is getting students engaged and on the track to employment.

Student Spotlight

NMSU, ENMU and UNM want you!

If you are considering transferring to a four-year college, be sure to visit the Transfer Station in the Welcome and Advising Center this month.

Representatives from New Mexico State University, Eastern New Mexico University and the University of New Mexico will provide information on admissions, academic programs, scholarships, financial aid, housing and more.

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 16

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 19

10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 25

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 30

For more information, contact academic advisor Megan Woods at 428-1770

Construction students check out stucco process at FEC

Joseph Montoya, Instructor, Building Sciences and Construction Technologies, points out the finer details of the re-stucco job currently taking place at the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center. Learn more.

See the above photo larger here.

Half price SFCC student bus passes at the Bookstore, beginning Thursday, Sept. 19

Great news! Half price bus tickets will be sold at the Bookstore starting Thursday, Sept. 19!

Made possible with funds from Santa Fe Community College Foundation.

Read more about the bus schedules.

Career Services now offers extended Walk In Clinic hours

Work all day? SFCC Evening student? Want to meet with a Career Counselor, but can’t get in earlier?

Career Services has begun adding SPECIAL EXTENDED HOURS to two of the Walk In Clinics in September (Sept. 3 and 17), with more to come in October.

Go to our web calendar for details:

Employee Announcements

Register now for NAPE Equity Workshops and Webinar

The National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) will be providing two Equity Workshops (one for Faculty and another for Support Support Staff) and a Webinar for all Faculty and Staff.

  • Equity Webinar
    All Faculty and Staff
    Thursday, September 26
    3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Micro-Messaging and the Impact of Culture
    Student Success Staff Focused
    SFCC Board Room
    Friday, September 27
    8:30 a.m. to Noon
  • Recruiting and Retaining Non-Traditional Students
    Faculty Focused
    SFCC Board Room
    Friday, September 27
    1 to 4:30 p.m.

Register now to take advantage of this great opportunity!

For more information, contact Ann Black.


Administrative leave still available for the Balloon Fiesta/NM celebrations

It’s time to enjoy New Mexico’s unique celebrations! President Becky Rowley is authorizing four hours of administrative leave for full-time ‘regular status’ employees (prorated for those employees working part-time/regular status). Use this time to participate in local community events, such as the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Oct. 5-13.

Please consult with your supervisor to coordinate your time off. A few rules: you must take the hours between Friday, August 30 and Sunday, October 13, 2019. 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. See Policy 4-35 Leave.

Join the trail running group on Tuesdays and Thursdays; and walking group on Thursdays

The college offers employees a meet-up for current and “newbie” trail runners in front of the William C. Fitness Education Center at 6:30 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. Please note: The time has changed to 6:30 a.m., so runners will be ready for their workday. All are welcome. Please note: The running group has added Thursdays due to increased interest.

The Walking Group has moved to Thursdays from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., also meeting in front of the FEC.

For questions in regards to the trail running, please contact Herman Garcia and questions in regards to the Walking Group should go to Ute Jannsen-Kerr.

ESCALA HSI Faculty Summer Retreat

A select group of SFCC faculty and staff representatives recently attended the ESCALA Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Faculty Summer Retreat.

The ESCALA HSI Faculty Summer Retreat is the only teaching workshop that focuses on increasing student success in Hispanic-Serving Institutions through culturally relevant teaching.


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