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Governor announces Opportunity Scholarship

Gov. Lujan Grisham announced the Opportunity Scholarship – a proposal to help more students of any age attend college tuition free – at the 2019 Governor’s Higher Education Summit on September 18. The news caught the attention of the national media.

SFCC loved the front page image and interview with SGA president Ian Widdrick Martinez from the Sept. 19 Santa Fe New Mexican story, “Scholarship plan aims to close state’s tuition gap.”

The Santa Fe New Mexican granted us permission to share Gabriela Campos’ image (above) featuring left to right, SGA president Ian Widrick Martinez, Executive Assistant Lucia Lucero and SFCC Foundation’s Director of Annual Giving Kelly Smith!

Here are just a few of the many stories that ran on the proposal:
CBS News, New Mexico proposes free state college tuition for all residents
NPR, All Things Considered: New Mexico Proposes Free Tuition For All State Colleges
New York Times, “New Mexico Announces Plan for Free College for State Residents”
Rolling Stone, “New Mexico Aims to Set a New Bar for Affordable Higher Education”

News and Announcements

100 Thousand Poets for Change event at 1 p.m. Sat. by Ethyl the Whale

SSFCC will host a Santa Fe 100 Thousand Poets for Change event from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 28 outdoors by the Ethyl the Whale sculpture on the college campus. Michael Rothenberg organizes the international event. In Santa Fe, poet Miriam Sagan (former director of the creative writing program at SFCC) and Santa Fe Poet Laureate Elizabeth Jacobson are organizing the Santa Fe event.

More than 25 poets will participate. Each poet will read one poem that speaks to peace, justice, sustainability – social, environmental and political change. Readers include Jacobson, Joan Logghe, Tom Ireland, Behyzad Dayeny, Jamie Figueroa, John Macker, Barbara Rockman, Serena Rodriguez, Barbara Robidoux, Mary McGinnis, Shuli Lamden, Laura Mulry and many others. The readers include community poets, as well as staff, faculty, students, alumni and friends of SFCC.

The public is invited to this free event!


100 Thousand Poets for Change radio interview Tues. 3:30 p.m.

Listen to KTRC ‘s Richard Eeds Show this Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 3:30 p.m., to learn about Santa Fe Community College’s event 100 Thousand Poets for Change.

STEM Santa Fe seeking registrants and volunteers for Oct. 5 event

STEM Santa Fe will offer its 2019 STEM Pathways for Girls at SFCC on Oct. 5 here at SFCC. The conference is open to Northern New Mexico fifth to eighth grade girls. There are still a limited number of registration spots.

Lina Germann is also seeking out more volunteers for the event. STEM Santa Fe is working hard to introduce STEM to students at an early age. They appreciate the support from SFCC. If you’d like to volunteer, please send an email.


Sold-out Conference on Early Childhood Education a huge success!

Last week’s Conference on Early Childhood Education, featuring the leading child trauma expert, Bruce D. Perry, was a resounding success on a topic crucial to NM’s future: our children. Governor Michelle Luján Grisham offered the keynote address. Santa Fe Community College Early Childhood Center of Excellence and Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation presented this event, which includes the Early Childhood Symposium and New Mexico Home Visiting Summit.

See photos and short videos at LANL Foundation’s Facebook page.

SFCC's president participated in Higher Education Summit panel

SFCC President Dr. Becky Rowley served as a panelist at The 2019 Governor’s Higher Education Summit. She responded to an audience member question about what the challenges are for first-year students and ways in which we can address them, including providing financial education about loans, grants and scholarships as well as increasing student support services beyond academic counseling.

See more photos of SFCC participants.

Photo: SFCC president Dr. Becky Rowley and Chair of SFCC’s Governing Board Linda Siegle at the 2019 Governor’s Higher Education Summit

U.S. Department of Education official tours SFCC

Scott Stump, an assistant U.S. education secretary, toured SFCC on Sept. 17. The Santa Fe New Mexican wrote, Stump “praised the college for its efforts to combine federal and local funding to support programs that connect high school students with the demands of local industry.”

See a larger photo of Scott Stump with members of the Governing Board, SFCC Foundation and other representatives of the college.


Kenyans tour SFCC for cultural exchange

The mission of an all-volunteer non-profit Global Running Culture is to better the lives of youth through the powers of sport and education in three communities where running is a vital part of the culture: Northern New Mexico, Abraham Kosegi’s village of Matunget, Kenya and Copper Canyon, Mexico. The visiting Kenyan delegation was led by: Hon.Sergon Jematiah Florence, Member of East African Legislative Assembly and Hon. H.E. Stanley Kiptis, Governor of Baringo County.

Abraham Kosgei is the co-founder of Global Running Culture. He is a retired professional runner who was named to the 2000 Kenyan Olympic Team in the 1,500M Run. Abraham Kosegi is the Executive Director of the Pojoaque Pueblo Wellness Center.

See more photos of the Kenyan visitors here.

Gmail availability ends Sept. 30

In May 2019, the Office of Information Technology (OIT) migrated all student, staff and faculty accounts to Office 365, which allows students and staff to have one login for computer access and email.

On Monday, Sept. 30, 2019 accounts with addresses will become invalid. It is important for anyone still using gmail to login and move any Google content they wish to keep. Update any accounts (Netflix, Amazon, etc.) that might use your old email address to a personal email address or to your new Outlook account.

Office 365 (Outlook) email can be accessed via MySFCC. Log in and click the Outlook icon, using the same username and password as your MySFCC login. All email addresses are

Contact the OIT Service Desk with questions: 505-428-1222, Room 528.

Thanks for guiding our students to graduation

Many of you will recall, SFCC set a Wildly Important Goal of having a 20 percent graduation rate for 2020.
We’re on track to attain that goal. Here is some of that data:

The Fall 2016 cohort graduation rate is at 25% and the Fall 2017 is 20%, which puts us right on target for reaching and exceeding our 20X20 Graduation Goal!

Our retention rates also continue to climb as we reached a 66.5% rate for Fall 2017 to Fall 2018 — a 2% increase!

Thank you to everyone for your continued commitment to our students’ success!

Please use side entrance to FEC beginning Sept. 27

The William C. Witter Fitness Education Center has been undergoing a stucco transformation. The entire front entrance will be blocked off with scaffolding beginning Friday, Sept. 27. Patrons will need to use the side entrance where the maintenance bay is currently located – just on the other side of the wall from the front entrance. The construction will last until about mid-October. We’ll keep you posted.

Sorry for this temporary inconvenience. But we think you’ll love the final results. Thanks to all the Santa Fe voters, who approved this project and others.

SFCC in the news

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

Sun Journal, 09/19/2019, CMCC announces new faculty members The announcement includes information about Susan Winter, a former SFCC nursing instructor.

Los Alamos Daily Post, 09/18/2019, Heinrich Fights For Pathway To Affordable College
The press release includes: “I am pleased to support Degrees Not Debt. As the cost of higher education increases, the federal financial aid programs have lagged behind student need. This bill will make college affordable for many more NM students, including students who will attend SFCC. And just as importantly, eliminating or significantly reducing student debt will allow graduates to enter their chosen professions as earners who are not saddled with student loan debt,” said Santa Fe Community College President Becky Rowley.

Rio Grande Sun, 9/12/19, Eva Marie Campos: SFCC alumnus obituary. We extend our sympathies to her family.

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!

Student Spotlight

UNM representative will visit this week

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

University representatives will provide information on admissions, academic programs, scholarships, financial aid, housing and more. Here’s a list of upcoming campus visits.

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

Half price SFCC student bus passes at the Bookstore available now

Great news! Half price bus tickets are now available at the Bookstore!

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.

Please note new times for running and walking groups starting in Oct.

The college offers employees a meet-up for a Walking and Running Group. Please note the new times that begin in October. (The light and temperatures are changing!)

• Walking Group will switch on 10/4 to Fridays 12-1 PM
• Running Group will switch 10/15 to Tuesdays 12-1 PM

Both groups meet in front of the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center.

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.

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