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SFCC and IAIA Open House events on Wednesday

SFCC’s printmaking studio will be open. There also will be demonstrations of steamroller printmaking and paper making in the Courtyard. See more details in the schedule.

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, 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. Also, don’t miss the film department tour and Web program demonstration. 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.

Check out the Science on a Sphere® on Wednesday. You can also visit the SFCC Planetarium. Check the schedule for presentation times.

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.

There are many more activities. Check out the detailed schedule for SFCC’s Open House events. 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.

Join celebration for Hispanic Heritage Month from 11:30 to 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Courtyard

File photo of 2018 Hispanic Heritage Month performance by Ballet Folklorico.

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.

SFCC Library presents Storytime from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21 in partnership with SF Children’s Museum and Kids Campus

Santa Fe Community College’s Library in partnership with Santa Fe Children’s Museum and SFCC’s Kids Campus to present Storytime for children from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, September 21 in the SFCC Library, 6401 Richards Ave. During this event, which is concurrent with the SFCC Open House, the public is welcome to drop in anytime. Children will be able to take home complimentary STEAM kits.

SFCC Library Director Valerie Nye said, “We’re excited about this event. We’re currently working on future partnerships with the Children’s Museum and Kids Campus to provide programs, science kits and pop-up exhibits in our community.”

“We are excited to offer more opportunities for student parents at SFCC to participate in family-friendly activities and use great spaces like the library family study room as they are working toward degrees and certificates at the college,” Director of the SFCC Early Childhood of Excellence Catron Allred added. “This event is the perfect launch for a wonderful partnership with the SFCC Library, Santa Fe Children’s Museum and Kids Campus.”

SFCC’s Kids Campus is a five-star nationally accredited program through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the highest level of accreditation. Kids Campus serves children two months to five years old in a full-time program.

The Storytime event will give the community an opportunity to see SFCC Library’s new family study room, which opened this fall semester. The room has a space for children with toys, books, and special-sized furniture. The room has three computer stations and room for SFCC students working on laptops. It is open during SFCC library hours. It is available to current students when they have their children with them. The library’s restroom adjacent to the study room has been updated and is family-friendly with a changing station.

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.

For more information about the Storytime event, contact Valerie Nye at or call 505-428-1506.

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 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

For information, call 505-428-1228.

Listen to radio shows about Open House events

Hear about the events and activities on the Sept. 21 IAIA/ SFCC joint open house from Presidents Dr. Robert Martin and Dr. Becky Rowley during these radio interviews:

Monday, Sept. 19:

• 1 p.m. on KSFR 101.1 FM with Reporter Kevin Meerschaert

• 3 p.m. on KTRC 1260 | 103.7 The Richard Eeds Show

Tuesday, Sept. 20:

• 8 a.m. on KSWV 810 | 99.9 with host Estevan Gonzales

Santa Fe New Mexican publishes ‘My View’ column from IAIA and SFCC presidents about Open House events

President Becky Rowley, Ph.D

IAIA president Robert Martin and President Becky Rowley’s column, “My View: Joint open house set this week at IAAI and SFCC,” ran in Sunday’s Santa Fe New Mexican. Here’s the welcome from the column:

“We at the Institute of American Indian Arts and Santa Fe Community College invite everyone to join us for our joint open houses Wednesday — a day of creativity in action. This is the first time IAIA and SFCC are partnering to present simultaneous open house events showcasing our state-of-the-art facilities, talented faculty and our greatest assets — our hardworking and creative students. Our events will be full of celebration, education and fun for all ages. Our beautiful and serene campuses south of Santa Fe are just six minutes apart by car and 11 minutes by bicycle, making it easy to attend both colleges’ events.” Read more here.

FREE dental treatment on September 23 & 24 in Farmington

Free dental care and instruction on caring for your teeth is provided for free at the NM Mission of Mercy event.

Dr. Aamna Nayyar shares that there is FREE dental treatment available on September 23 & 24 in Farmington as part of NM Mission of Mercy project.

Location: McGee Park San Juan County Fairground, Farmington, NM

Dates: September 23 & 24, 2022

Schedule an appointment today! There is no charge for treatment received. You can save thousands of dollars. No immigration status or insurance required. Walk-ins available at the door. To schedule an appointment, please click here:

For more information, contact SFCC Dental Department Director at

To learn about SFCC Dental Programs, please click here:

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

Photos from Aalpana-making with Sudeshna Sengupta

Café con las comrades – Oct. 12

Cafe Con Las Comadres is a gender inclusive community of friends who gather at the mesa (table) to empower the lives of one another through advocacy, navigation, support, and resources.  In a safe shared space, comadres will gather to visit, be informed, share, and have opportunities to listen to special guest speakers.  All students are welcome to share a cup of coffee and sweet treats.

Cafe Con Las Comadres meets 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. the second Wednesday of the month (October 12, November 9, and December 14) in the Student Wellness Center – West Wing Lower Level 312D.

 RSVP’s are welcomed but not necessary – please contact Loretta at or call 505-428-1919.  Sponsored by Student Activities and hosted by Doctora Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos.

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.

Register for Santa Fe Literary Review Zoom reading 5:30 to 7 p.m. October 20

Register now for the SANTA FE LITERARY REVIEW online reading from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20. You must pre-register for link at

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.
Se habla Español.

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 | |

Please complete CHESS ERP Survey #2 by Monday, Sept. 19

The Collaborative for Higher Education Shared Services (CHESS) wants to hear from you! 

This is a major, college-wide endeavor for SFCC and our CHESS partners, and we need your input to inform our communications as we progress towards the go-live date in December. 

Your voice matters, so please don’t miss out on this opportunity to help us better understand the SFCC community’s level of awareness and commitment to this project. Your feedback is anonymous, and you can complete the survey anytime between now and 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 19. 

Click here for the survey.

The survey results will be shared with the Workday Implementation Team and the CHESS college presidents to help inform our communications. Central New Mexico Community College, Clovis Community College, Northern New Mexico College, and Santa Fe Community College, which are CHESS Wave 1 colleges, will go live with the new Workday technology platform in December.

CHESS is conducting a second survey to learn more about your level of awareness and commitment regarding the new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) project, which will launch in mid-December through the state-of-the-art technology platform called Workday. All faculty and staff at SFCC and CHESS member colleges will interact with the new technology platform on differing levels – at a minimum, you will use the Workday platform to manage your personal information, timesheets, benefits, tax information, and more. Others will use Workday, which is replacing Banner, every day as an essential part of their work.

For more information about the Workday project, please read the CHESS Connection newsletter and visit

Help us guide this important project forward by completing the survey. Your participation is highly appreciated. 

Valerie Nye participates in American Library Association panel on ‘Practical Strategies for Defending Books in Your Library,’ as part of Banned Books Week

Valerie Nye, Director of SFCC Library Director

Libraries nationwide will join the American Library Association to highlight increased censorship of books during this year’s Banned Books Week, taking place September 18-24, 2022. The American Library Association (ALA), Unite Against Banned Books (UABB) and the Banned Books Week Coalition are planning extensive programming during the week, bringing together authors, librarians and scholars to share perspectives on censorship.

Thousands of schools, bookstores and libraries throughout the country will be sponsoring local events during the 40th Banned Books Week with a special focus on the recent sharp rise in book bans. In 2021, ALA recorded 1,597 individual book challenges or removals — the most attempts to ban books since ALA began tracking more than 20 years ago. The theme of the 2022 Banned Books Week is “Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us.”

SFCC Library Director Val Nye will participate in the national online panel at 1 p.m. ET. Here’s a description of the panel: Drawing on ripped-from-the-headlines censorship challenges, four experienced library workers will provide practical strategies and resources that library workers can use to defend challenged materials.

Read more in this 09/15/2022 Business Wire story, “American Library Association Highlights Increasing Censorship Attempts During Banned Books Week Programming.”

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:

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 to receive $500,000 for Veterans Legacy Program

Stephen Martinez, Ph.D is the principal investigator for the Veterans Legacy Project. Read more about the team here.

On Sept. 6, SFCC got some exciting news, as shared in a press release:

U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and U.S. Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández (D-N.M.) are welcoming $500,000 from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) National Cemetery Administration (NCA) heading to Santa Fe Community College . The funding will support SFCC’s Veterans Legacy Program (VLP) and a student-based project to create digital profiles of veterans at the Santa Fe National Cemetery, with a focus on elevating the stories of Hispanic, Native and LGBTQ+ veterans.

“Our state has long had one of the highest rates of military volunteerism in the nation. For generations, servicemembers from all walks of life have proudly served. However, far too many stories of courage and service from underrepresented communities have gone untold. I’m proud to welcome this funding for Santa Fe Community College and their community-based Veterans Legacy Program that is shining a light on more veterans in New Mexico,” Heinrich said, Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees funding for VA.

History professor Stephen Martinez, Ph.D., and President Becky Rowley, Ph.D., at the first major lecture event for the Veterans Legacy Program on April 26 at the Santa Fe Veteran’s Cemetery.

“New Mexicans have a proud legacy of serving in our Armed Forces, bravely answering the call of duty for our country,” Luján said. “I’m proud to welcome this grant to the Santa Fe Community College that will preserve our shared history and provide the tools for future generations to learn about the sacrifices made by the generations before them. This is one step forward in recognizing our veterans and the sacrifices they have made in service to our nation.”

“We must do more than thank our veterans for their service. This $500,000 grant will help preserve the legacy of their heroism and sacrifice for generations to come,” Leger Fernández said. “We must be better ancestors than descendants, and the Veterans Legacy Program will uplift and enshrine the stories of our Hispanic and Indigenous veterans with the reverence they deserve.”

“We are grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs for the continued support of our Veterans Legacy Program,” Becky Rowley said, Ph.D., president of Santa Fe Community College. “Our faculty and staff worked closely with local veterans, SFCC students, and Santa Fe Public Schools and New Mexico School for the Arts students to capture and share the important and compelling stories of our veterans. Thanks to these funds, we’re excited to expand our reach to include more profiles of our Hispanic, Native American and LGBGTQ+ veterans.”

For more details read Robert Nott’s story from Sept. 10 in the Santa Fe New Mexican, “Veterans legacy project gets $500,000 in federal funds to expand.”

Visit the Veterans Legacy Program website for more information.

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.

09/15/2022, Business Wire, “American Library Association Highlights Increasing Censorship Attempts During Banned Books Week Programming”

09/15/2022, Los Alamos Daily Post, “SFCC Library, Santa Fe Children’s Museum And SFCC’s Kids Campus Present Storytime Sept. 21”

09/14/2022, Albuquerque Journal, “Chef Andy Barnes uses his love and excitement for cooking to nurture his culinary journey” Chef studied at SFCC.

09/10/2022, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Veterans legacy project gets $500,000 in federal funds to expand”

09/10/2022, Los Alamos Daily Post, “SFCC Visual Arts Gallery Presents ‘The SPELL: The Magic Of Words And Imagery’ Oct. 6-Dec. 8”

09/04/2022, Los Alamos Daily Post, “Heinrich, Luján, Leger Fernández Welcome $500,000 In Federal Investments For SFCC To Create Digital Profiles Of Veterans at Santa Fe National Cemetery”

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.