Campus Weekly

Plan to vote on GO Bond C and Bond B

During the upcoming Nov. 3 election, voters will have an opportunity to vote on General Obligation Bond C for Higher Education and Bond B for Academic Libraries.

“These Bonds will not raise property taxes,” said SFCC President Becky Rowley, Ph.D. “The outcome could greatly impact Santa Fe Community College, our state’s economy and the future of students throughout the state.”

Bond C

$2 Million for safer, more improved learning environments at SFCC.

If the bond passes, SFCC will receive $2 million for asset protection, including fire suppression systems, stucco, and fencing.

If passed, $36,848 Bond B funds will help the SFCC Library help students succeed:
• The bond is critically important to the SFCC library. The funds will pay for almost all of SFCC’s EBSCO research databases, and supports the costs of the library’s book purchases and electronic resources.

Important election dates:
Absentee Voting: Oct. 6–31
Early Voting: Oct. 17–31
Election Day: Tues., Nov. 3.

News and Announcements

Complete your Census by Wednesday

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.

The deadline to fill out the census is this Wed., Sept. 30. The courts are weighing in on an extension of the deadline. But don’t wait, fill out your census immediately!

Register for free Despierta series that begins Wednesday

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.
Register for the free sessions here.

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

Listen! John Boyce and Petro Hull on Richard Eeds

Listen to Santa Fe Community College Sculpture Head John Boyce and Instructor Petro Hull discuss the Sculpture and Fine Arts Programs with Richard Eeds on KTRC 1260 | 103.7.


Teaching and Learning in the Online Classroom Oct. 6

The English Department presents the next workshop in the Fall Workshop series, “Teaching and Learning in the Online Classroom: An Interactive Workshop” from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, October 6.

Featuring panelists Austin Eichelberger, Sarah Hood, Lenny Gannes, Emily Stern, Belin Tsinnajinnie. Moderated by Laura Smith.
This workshop is open to all, but you must register in advance.


Explore late starting, short term classes

For those interested in beginning or continuing their studies mid-semester, there are a variety of short-term classes starting soon!

See the course catalog for more information, class descriptions and course prerequisites. Classes are being added and filled daily. For a complete list of mid-semester, short term classes, look up the available classes or use the schedule builder. Don’t delay. Register today.

Tell your friends or family that might be interested.


Library speaker series resumes October 14 with Aamna Nayyar

Station of Abraham, the Patriarch: Traveling in Saudi Arabia , A Faculty Presentation Sponsored by the SFCC Libary. Presented by Aamna Nayyar on 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 14.
Register to attend at

Aamna Nayyar will share her travel experience in Saudia Arabia in 2007-2008 and 2019-2020.

Travelling acts a reminder for us. Travelling reminds us of our purpose on this earth. In this geographically and socially bordered world, let us explore “ourselves”,
away from 8-5 living and find who we are, where are we going and appreciate our today by knowing our past, and plan for our future. Travel with Aamna to the Station of Abraham [may peace be upon him].

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

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.


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 this week 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


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.

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.”


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.

9/23/2020, Santa Fe New Mexican,Land trust model floated for development of midtown campus.”

9/18/2020, Santa Fe Reporter, “Award Winning Coverage.” Story about national award for Santa Fe Reporter that was the result of collaboration with SFCC.

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”

Student Spotlight

Apply for 2020-2021 SFCC and Foundation Scholarships

SFCC has state, institutional and Foundation private scholarships available for new and returning students to help pay for college for the upcoming academic year. Scholarships are available for full and part-time students in all qualified areas of study including but not limited to: Business, Early Childhood, Engineering, Nursing, Computer Studies, Culinary. There are scholarships for Native American students, Hispanic students and students with disabilities (must be registered with the SAS department), international and non-U.S. citizens.

Financial need, a cumulative and term GPA of 2.50 and enrollment in at least 6 credit hours in a degree plan are required for most scholarships.

You may apply for an SFCC scholarship now at:

A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a Dreamer’s Financial Aid Application (non US Citizens only) will be required to determine need. The Dreamers Financial Aid Application can be found at: under “FORMS”.

If you have questions please email the Financial Aid Office at from your SFCC student email account. Make sure to include your Student ID number in the email.

If awarded, your scholarship may be continued until you graduate providing you continue to meet the criteria.

Lock in your scholarship now for current and upcoming academic years.


Library offers e-reserve textbooks for some classes - see if they have yours!

SFCC Library is offering e-reserve textbooks for students! Some (not all!) of your required course books may be available full-text through BibliU. On the Library’s homepage ( click on ‘Course Reserves from BibliU’ in the turquoise search box. For more information and tutorials, visit


Tasty Tuesday: Free burrito Tuesday at 1 p.m.

Valentina’s Restaurant at 945 W. Alameda Street will provide a free handheld burrito plus chips and salsa to the first 100 SFCC students between 1 and 3 p.m. on Tuesday, September 29.

Bring your student ID and fall class schedule. Sponsored by Student Activities. Join the Student Activities Facebook Group to make sure you hear about all their great events.

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

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!

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.

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

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.

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.


Faculty Select & Open Educational Resources (OER) Training

Faculty Select & Open Educational Resources (OER) Training 2 p.m. Tuesday September 29.

This training offered by the SFCC Library will introduce instructors to Faculty Select, SFCC’s OER database.

What are Open Educational Resources (OER)? OER textbooks are free quality textbooks that students can access without paying anything.

Register for tomorrow’s event here.

For more information see the SFCC Library’s Facebook Event or contact Val Nye at:


What's Tech got to do with it? Online teaching series by Jen Breneiser, Ph.D.

Organization and communication: Key Elements for Student and Faculty Success in Online Teaching and Learning 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 29.

Click here to join the meeting on Tuesday!


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!!

Celebrate WOW award recipients at 2 p.m. Wednesday

Please note: There will be a Microsoft Teams meeting for employees to honor the WOW award recipients from 2 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29. If you did not get an email invitation, reach out to Lucia Lucero at

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:


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:


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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Val Nye on national panel on Equity and Access this Thursday

Library Director Val Nye will be speaking as a panelist for the national ACRL-Choice Webinar at noon Thursday, Oct. 1. She will speak about the SFCC Library’s work during COVID. The panel is titled: Equity and Access in the Age of COVID-19: How Academic Libraries Can Build a Better Digital Content Strategy. The webinar is October 1 at Noon. Anyone can attend. Registration is free at this link.

As colleges and universities continue to grapple with the implications of reopening and the need for more effective remote learning, what will the “new normal” look like for academic libraries? How is the COVID-19 pandemic accelerating existing trends, and what new imperatives has it created for librarians? This panel will bring together librarians, institutional leaders, analysts, and technology developers to discuss the changing role of libraries in an unprecedented and uncertain time, against the backdrop of ongoing digital transformation across the higher education landscape.