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Join Live Local Online learning conversations at 9 a.m. Wednesdays beginning on Sept. 30. Enjoy a cup of your favorite morning beverage as you learn from home. Free to everyone. Just register with CE online and they will connect you with instructors and community guests hosted by Continuing Education staff. You will receive a Zoom meeting notice before the conversations begin.
Invite your friends and family members. If you have questions, call CE at 505-428-1676.
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Despierta Topics
9/30 Kirt Kempter – Geology
10/7 William Tabbernee – Archaeology of Ancient Cities
10/14 Marvin Galbaldon – Native Beading Artist
10/21 Peter Murphy – Financial and Retirement Planning
10/28 Priscilla Zimmerman – Music and Singing for Health
11/4 Ginna Sloane – Yoga and Fitness
11/11 William Neuwirth – The Natural World and Chaco Canyon
11/18 Richard Rosemont – Rock and Roll Musical History

News and Announcements

English Department presents Diversity in the Writing Classroom on Sept. 23

The English Department presents the first workshop in the Fall Workshop series, “Diversity in the Writing Classroom: An interactive workshop” at 1 p.m. this Wednesday, Sept. 23. It is open to all, but you must register in advance.

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

LGOB Capital Projects Update

Facilities and Operations has been been very busy in spite of COVID-19. Many Local General Obligation Bond (LGOB) capital projects have been completed, are in progress or in planning stages.

Director Project Manager Karin Pitman provided a detailed list with some great pictures of recent and ongoing projects. Read the full list and see some great pictures here.

If you have questions about any of these projects, please contact Karin Pitman, Director Project Manager, Facilities and Operations, or 505-428-1720.

Photo: FEC Tennis Court Resurfacing Project


Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce Job Fair Sept. 23 & 24

The Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce hosts the 16th Annual Business Expo and Job Fair. This year the fair is a two-day virtual event on September 23 & 24, 2020!

The online event will take place 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 23 and noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 24 via the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce website, chamber expects more than 80 booths and more than 300 job listings.

For more information, please contact the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce at (505) 988-3279.

SF Reporter wins First Place awards and sheds light on SFCC

We’re happy to share some great news from the Santa Fe Reporter that also brings recognition to SFCC. The story “Roadmap to Resilience” was a collaboration of Julia Goldberg and the late Luke Spangenburg. Two SFCC students were writers for the project. Also, SFCC media arts grad Anson Stevens-Bollens, Santa Fe Reporter Art Director, won a First Place for cover design. Congratulations!

Julia Goldberg, a long-time journalist and editor, teaches at SFCC as an adjunct faculty member.

Student journalists wrote about sustainability programs at SFCC as part of the New Mexico Fund for Public Interest Journalism internship/mentorship program. Goldberg led four students in each cohort. The six-week training includes two weeks of classroom training consisting of two two-hour classes; two weeks of field work for reporting with the students working independently in the field for at least one week; and two weeks of writing and editing with the students working in consultation with the program’s mentor for planning and editing.

The student writers included Olivia Abeyta and Max Looft from Santa Fe High School and Anna Girdner and James Taylor from SFCC.

SFCC’s so proud of The Santa Fe Reporter’s awards that have shined a national spotlight on SFCC. Also, it was touching to hear this news after the sudden loss of Luke Spangenburg.


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.

Roofing Upgrades – Bid Lot 1 and 2 include roof renovations to roofs above Facilities & Operations, 400s area labs and halls, Library, KSFR, OIT Help Desk/Offices, 600s area classrooms, labs and offices and 700s area for all Arts Design and Media Arts spaces. The project will be complete by end of October (pending weather delays).

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.

National Suicide Prevention Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. For resources and information please see Counseling Services’ new Module in The Chill Room on Canvas for Monthly Mental Health Observances. Here you can watch a presentation with warning signs and see available resources.

Suicide_Prevention Presentation provided by SFCC Counseling Services.

Contact for more information or to seek support.


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

These are the remaining workshops for writers, teachers, students and Santa Fe community members:

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.


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.

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

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.


TRIO grant supports SFCC 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.

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.”


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.

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.

SFCC in the news

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

9/18/2020, Santa Fe New Mexican, “Santa Fe Community College enrollment drops.

9/14/2020, Albuquerque Journal, “SF Community College enrollment drops 25 percent”

9/10/20 SFCC president Becky Rowley spoke at The Hill’s virtual Future of Education event on Sept. 10. See the second video posted on the site. Read the article from the Diverse Education website, “Lawmakers and University Leaders Discuss the Future of Education at Virtual Summit.”

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.

8/23/2020, Los Alamos Daily Post, “SFCC Visual Arts Gallery Presents Virtual Exhibition ‘Painterly Objects’ Aug. 28 Through Oct. 8”

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

Enjoy Paletas on Monday

Monday, September 21 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Paleteria Oasis, 418 Cerrillos Road. A paleta with fresh fruit will be free to the first 100 students. Bring your student id.

Explore 4-year universities with virtual information sessions

Representatives from the following schools will be holding online information sessions for SFCC Students this week:

Bellevue University
Tuesday and Thursday
10 a.m. to noon

Wednesday, September 23
10 a.m. to noon

SGA President encourages students to vote on Nov. 3

In a letter to students on Friday, SGA President Ian Martinez provided information about voting and encouraged SFCC students to let their voices be heard in this election.

He provided information on how to register to vote and how to request an absentee ballot. He also encourages students to vote in person if possible.

Student Emergency Fund assistance

If you are currently enrolled in the Fall semester and experiencing financial challenges apply for some assistance from the Student Emergency Assistance Fund. Applications can be found in MYSFCC under Resources (Emergency Assistance Fund). Applications are reviewed frequently, and funds are directly awarded to your account. Please note: funds cannot cover the cost of tuition or books.

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!


Veteran scholarships available

Are you a current veteran or a veteran’s dependent and a New Mexican resident? If so, you may qualify for the Veterans Scholarship. Visit for more information.

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

Pool will open to faculty and staff only beginning Sept. 28

Great news for our employees – faculty and staff! As we slowly begin our transition into Phase Two of the COVID-19 re-opening plan, you will be the first to be able to begin lap swimming at the William C. Witter Fitness Center on Sept. 28. As always, this reopening is proceeding with COVID employee on campus protocols to keep you and your co-workers safe. Please note right now, only employees can participate and you must make a pool lane reservation in advance. Appointments are for 45 minutes and begin on the hour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Here’s process to set up your appointment:
Step 1: Register online for SFCC Employee Fitness using CRN 21591
Step 2: Create an account at:
Step 3: Make your lap pool lane reservation appointment (3 appts. max at any time) at that site.
Step 4: Show up for your appointment – enjoy!

Things to Remember:

• You need to wear a proper facemask at all times when on SFCC Campus (except when in the water). See face covering guidelines.
• Always maintain at least 6-feet social distancing.
• Your temperature will be taken upon entry of the Fitness Education Center, you will be asked current COVID screening questions.
• No showers and no locker rooms are available, come dressed to swim.
• A limited number of restrooms will be available off the main lobby.
• Please bring your own drinking water.
• Leave promptly after your swim session has ended.
• Please respect the facility manager and lifeguards on duty and adhere to their guidelines.

Questions? Please contact Fitness Facility Director Herman Garcia at 505-428-1751 or 505-629-2954.

Library Speaker Series: Call for Presentations

The SFCC Library is continuing the faculty and staff speaking series that we started last spring. We want to hear from you if you would like to share information on something you have published, researched, thought about, or a place you have traveled through.

Last spring’s series included presentations about newly publish books by Aamna Nayyar, Andy Lovato, and sj Miller. Charlie Shultz shared his travel experience through Israel. We want to highlight the interesting and important work being produced and considered by SFCC staff, so please be in contact if you would like to do a presentation.

Contact Val Nye at:

Congratulations to new Staff Senate officers

The winners of the Staff Senate Election announced on Sept. 18:

Co-Chair: Meghan McGarrity (shown in mask) is the Interim Director of the Santa Fe HEC. As former Co-Chair for Staff Senate, she began the conversation with the Administration regarding equitable salaries for SFCC employees. Though we made a lot of important progress, COVID has brought us to a new starting point. Meghan will continue to advocate for salaries that sustain SFCC staff and faculty.

Communications Officer: Sabrina Calija (wearing headphones) is a recent addition to the college, joining the Office of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness in 2019. She has been a Data Analyst for five years and came to us from the Santa Fe Public Schools. Sabrina is a doer when it comes to fostering relationships, sharing information, and empowering and build up others. Her commitment is to doing her best and being willing to learn in every situation. Sabrina is looking forward to contributing to the success of the Staff Senate and the college.

Our new officers will assume their new positions in October and will be introduced formally at the October 2 meeting.

Much thanks to our Election Officer, Val Nye, for coordination our election process this year!!

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


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:


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 lecture 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

Luke Spangenburg Memorial at 11 a.m. Oct. 8

Please save 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 to view the Luke Spangenburg Memorial at

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.

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:

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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National Hispanic Heritage month is Sept. 15 to Oct. 15

National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.

Educators can find resources by visiting the National Hispanic Heritage Month website.