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SFCC English Dept. offers Fall Workshops

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.

The series is a result of support provided by the Santa Fe Community College Foundation Professional Development Fund. Kate McCahill, Assistant Professor of English, and Austin Eichelberger, Adjunct Professor of English, were recipients of the funding and attended the AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs) Conference in March. The annual conference is the largest of its kind in the nation, and brings together educators of all levels, popular and literary authors, publishers and editors. Inspired by the AWP conference sessions, McCahill and Eichelberger will develop and coordinate the free workshop series. The sessions on the Zoom platform will be led by a panel of writers, educators and journalists.

Participants will need to make a reservation for the individual workshops in advance at A Zoom link will be sent to participants on the day of the event.

This is the schedule for the Fall Workshops Series for writers, teachers, students and Santa Fe community members:

Sept. 23
1 to 2:30 p.m.
Diverse Voices in the Writing Classroom
Oct. 6.
2:30 to 4 p.m.
Teaching and Learning in an Online Classroom
Oct. 28.
3 to 4:30 p.m.
The Podcast as a Learning Tool
Nov. 12.
3 to 4:30 p.m.
Writing to Heal: Making Art in a Changing World

Pre-register for workshops at

For more information, contact Kate McCahill via email at or call 505-428-1903. Employees who would like more information about SFCC Foundation Employee Development Fund can contact Meghan McGarrity via email at

News and Announcements

In Memoriam: Luke Spangenburg

SFCC expresses condolences and sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of Luke Spangenburg, who died suddenly. 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:

Thank you all for the tremendous outpouring of support and condolence for SFCC’s loss at the death of our friend and colleague Luke Spangenburg.

I am reaching out again for Luke’s family to let you know that his death was the result of a massive heart attack from which there would have been no possibility of recovery. His death under the stars in the Jemez mountains of New Mexico was very quick and, to those of us who knew him well, a perfect place from which to leave a world he loved so well and worked so hard to repair.

I will keep you advised of planning for an SFCC memorial service to take place later this month. There will be a private, family-only memorial service this weekend. 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.

President Rowley to speak at The Hill's virtual Future of Education event

SFCC president Becky Rowley will speak at The Hill’s virtual Future of Education event on Sept. 10.

The Hill has gathered a suite of national talent to discuss the education hot-button issues that the pandemic has exposed. They will dig deep into the challenges of distance learning, the unevenness in school funding across America, the upsides of breaking away from brick and mortar education habits and how teachers can best be trained in this online educational landscape. The program will be anchored by Steve Clemons, The Hill’s Editor-at-Large.


Listen to Richard Eeds interview with Dean Jim Wysong

Richard Eeds interviewed Dean James (Jim) Wysong, Ed.D., on Aug. 27 on KTRC radio. You can listen to the interview by going to the Richard Eeds webpage and scroll down and click on the SFCC logo.

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 on Saturdays!

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.

Dean Camilla Bustamante's story published on University of Vermont blog

Dean Camilla Bustamante, Ph.D., recently published “Querencia y Comida: Nuevo Mexicanx Tradition as Model for Food Resilience” in the University of Vermont’s blog.

It’s an excellent piece that concludes, “Community food traditions are threatened by imported food commodities and systems and the threat to community health prevails. As our traditional community food systems are challenged, so is identity. Knowledge of oneself and sense of community is necessary for mental and spiritual health, and when nature is part of our community, our physical health is a benefactor. The messages of our ancestors remain constant and the traditions contribute to the livelihood of the lands and its peoples.”


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.

In Memoriam: Dolly Gray-Bussard

SFCC expresses sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of Dolly Gray Bussard who died Aug. 18.

She served on the Santa Fe Community College Foundation Board from 2002 t0 2004. SFCC Foundation mourns her loss and has gratitude for her years of service. In addition, she is remembered for her work with Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe. Kimberly Wiley President, Board of Directors wrote: “The Board of Directors of Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe mourns the loss of our dear friend, former board member, volunteer tutor and very generous patron. In 2015 Dolly sponsored our Workplace Program to tutor adults working in local businesses. Since then approximately 360 students in over 30 local businesses have been tutored in reading and writing English.”

Read her obituary here:


Governing Board Meeting Aug. 26 available for viewing

You can now view the Aug. 26 Governing Board Meeting on SFCC Youtube channel here.

Radio series features teachers of traditionally hands-on classes

Listen to previous episodes here.

Teaching the trades and other traditionally “hands-on” classes in a socially distant world presented our faculty with many new challenges. To learn more about some of these programs and what SFCC classes will look like for students this Fall, listen to the recorded interviews from KSWV.

Each segment featured faculty who talked about their department’s programs, career opportunities, adaptive teaching strategies, safety protocols for on-campus instruction and more.

Scheduled guests interviewed were as follows:
8/10 – Julia Furry and Allen Mirabal, Automotive Dept.
8/12 – Jerry Dakan, Culinary Dept.
8/17 – Ute Jannsen-Kerr, Massage/Fitness Dept.
8/19 – Milton Riess, Film Dept.
8/24 – Xubi Wilson, Green Building/Solar Dept.
8/26 – Stephen Gómez, Ph.D., Alternative Fuels and Sustainability
8/31 – R. Charlie Shultz and Pedro Casas, Controlled Environment Agriculture and Greenhouse


EnergySmart COVID-19 class featured in SF New Mexican

Dillon Mullen of the Santa Fe New Mexican featured EnergySmart Academy and workforce training in the story, “COVID-19 course at SFCC gets national audience.”

The story was also broadcast on KOB-TV.

If you’re interested in registering for the class or for more information, please send an email to Amanda Hatherly at

Photo: Director of SFCC’s EnergySmart Academy Amanda Hatherly.


Wallet Hub ranks SFCC #13 for top community colleges in nation

KSFR-radio announced on air last week that SFCC was ranked #13 in the nation by Wallet Hub.

We also saw that it was ranked as #1 in the state!

Wallet Hub looks at affordability, value and many other factors in preparing its rankings.


Census reporting deadline moved up to September 30

Why is the census important? New Mexico is currently undercounted. If New Mexico undercounts residents by only 1%, we would lose $780 Million Dollars. (

Be counted! If you have received an invitation, respond using your Census ID.

If you haven’t received a census letter or paper questionnaire with your Census ID, wait to respond. Census workers will drop off paper questionnaires at your front door.

When people respond online or over the phone using their Census ID or mail back their completed paper questionnaire, we can get the best count of the community.


Visual Arts Gallery presents virtual exhibition

Santa Fe Community College’s Visual Arts Gallery will present a virtual online exhibition, “Painterly Objects,” featuring the work of SFCC sculpture faculty member John Boyce from August 28 through October 8. The exhibition features 21 pieces.

The SFCC Campus and the college’s Visual Arts Gallery are closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. “We really want to keep the community engaged with SFCC’s Visual Arts Gallery and the art department,” said Linda Cassel, Director of SFCC’s Art on Campus. “We followed extreme COVID-19 safety precautions in setting up the exhibition. The exhibition is stunning. We are excited to share images and a video for a virtual exhibition at”

The video of the exhibition was produced by SFCC Film Equipment and Lab Technician Ashley Martinez.

Read more about “Painterly Objects.”

Inset photo: John Boyce’s Transfigured Night
50″ x 10″ x 20” High fired ceramic, wood, steel, plastic, oil paint, gold leaf.

SFCC's phased Reopening Plan

In alignment with SFCC’s 2020 COVID-19 Strategic Plan, the “SFCC CARES: COVID-19 Readiness Plan” for fall semester 2020 emphasizes a smart and compassionate return to campus. The carefully measured approach will continue to balance the educational and health needs of our campus.

As circumstances stand today, our fall semester may not feel significantly different than our summer. The best way to ensure the safety of our community is to minimize our person-to-person contact.

The above statements are from the comprehensive SFCC: Cares Covid-19 Readiness Plan. The plan is a 58-page document.

The college began with the closure last March with Phase 0 and moved into Phase 1 at the beginning of the fall semester.

For a concise, illustrated guide to the college’s phased reopening plan please visit


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.

Capital Improvement Projects scheduled for July and August

We are excited to announce several upcoming Capital Improvement Projects scheduled to begin in July and August as follows:

August 3 to end of October (3 months)– Phase I Parking Lot Improvements to repave SFCC’s Main Lot, crack seal, fog and stripe Accessible Lot, Carpool Lot and TATC West Lot.

July 20 to November 20 (120 Days) – Roofing Upgrades for Main Campus

August 3 to November 3 (3 months) – Waste Water Treatment Plant Gravity Sewer line transfer to Ranchlands Utility & Irrigation Upgrades

The Main Lot will be closed starting in August and all other lots are available for parking during construction. 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.

Operation Bandana still needs help with mask making, phone calls, deliveries and more!

We recently spoke with the Nursing student duo Robin Carillo Ortiz and Erin Price of Operation Bandana NM and their main request was: We Need More Help With All Tasks.

They have returned as full-time nursing students. They are looking for other students or staff who could take on coordinating the operation this fall.

To find out more about their needs for mask making, help with deliveries, supply donations for The Navajo Nation and assistance with phone calls read this recent update from Inside SFCC, “Nursing students lead Operation Bandana.”

SFCC in the news

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

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.

8/10/2020, KOB News,
“Santa Fe company could help manufacture COVID-19 vaccines.” It features SFCC Innovation Center partner Ntx Bio.

8/7/20, Santa Fe New Mexican: Pasatiempo “Pressed for Space: The Santa Fe Literary Review’s 15th issue.”

7/29/20, Santa Fe Reporter, Best of Santa Fe Guide, Santa Fe Reporter’s Best of Santa Fe Guide.

Here are the winners:

• Best Fitness Classes: SFCC Fitness Education Center Second place!
• Best Pilates Studio: SFCC First place!
• Best Yoga Studio: SFCC Third place!

7/23/20, Los Alamos Daily Post, LANL Foundation Awards Career-Bound Students With Its 2020 Career Pathways Scholarships, Investing In Scholars Of All Ages Set To Improve Their Lives And Communities

07/22/2020, Santa Fe Reporter Higher Ed Looking Ahead

Student Spotlight

Campus Cupboard now delivers food Friday afternoons

Ed Worden of SFCC’s Campus Cupboard will be packing bags of food items for students. There will be pantry staples, snacks and canned goods. SFCC Students experiencing food insecurity are encouraged to take advantage of this new service.

Students should call 428-1775 on Friday afternoons (noon to 4 p.m.) and drive up to the West Wing entrance. Groceries will be delivered into their trunk or left outside for pickup. Please note: Deliver day has changed to Friday.

Campus Cupboard is distributing in collaboration with the Food Depot, and no one will be turned away.

For more information, call Ed Worden at 428-1775.

Student Ambassadors are recruiting


  • $750 stipend each semester
  • Strengthen leadership skills
  • Use your voice
    Get involved with your community


  • Friday meeting/trainings 9:30 a.m. to noon
  • 150 Leadership service hours
  • Maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Develop and lead programs to support fellow students

If you want to join and be a Student Ambassador be sure to fill this application and email it to


Sign up for STEM Core at SFCC

SFCC’s STEM Core is a community of students taking classes together with support from a specialist focused on your success. We are here to help you reach your goals. Checkout STEM Core’s Fall 2020 classes and apply now at

Do you want to…

  • Get on the fast track to a fun, challenging, meaningful and highly paid career?
  • Study with a group of motivated, hard-working students and get extra support?
  • Increase your chances to earn a paid internship with a local employer?

Ed Worden, 505-428-1818,


InterVarsity Christian Fellowship seeks members

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship has offered to provide a college campus support ministry for students at SFCC.

Sign up to join the weekly gathering and help the group get established as an official organization on campus.

Contact Barb Griego ( or Isaac Arellano ( for more information.


Support Group offered by Counseling Services

The past several months have been a challenging time for everyone, and remote learning has come with the added difficulty of social isolation. To help you connect with each other outside the classroom setting, we are offering an online support group via a video platform. Here you can connect with your peers about how you are doing, find solidarity in shared experiences, and gain support from each other and from the Counseling Services staff. Please fill out the form below to choose the best meeting time(s) for you. We very much look forward to meeting with you!

For more information, please contact Rosalie Lipfert, LMSW
Counselor, Santa Fe Community College


Cashier's Office accepting appointments for in-person payment

The Cashier’s Office will be making appointments for students who need assistance with cash payments beginning Tuesday, August 25.

Hours will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays only.

Please make your appointment in advance by calling the Cashier’s Office at 428-1008.

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.

Online Student Orientation is available now!

The SFCC Online Student Orientation is available now! This is a Free Canvas course that is a ‘self-enroll’ course.

Please enroll online at:


Career Services Virtual Drop-In Clinic Tuesdays and Thursday

SFCC Career Services Virtual Drop-In Clinic
Sessions Available Tuesdays and Thursdays
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Resumes
  • Application Letters
  • Job Searches
  • Career Coaching

Book a session online


Contract for a Better Tomorrow scholarship application open

The 2020-2021 application for the Domanica Foundation Contract for a Better Tomorrow (CBT) Scholarship Program is open!

CBT is a performance-based scholarship, which helps students complete and graduate from one of SFCC’s certificate or associate degree programs. CBT is for first-generation college students and is open to US Citizens, Permanent Residents, International and non-US students.

Please visit our website for eligibility requirements.


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 and more.
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 minimum 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.

Employee Announcements

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.

It’s quoted in the story, “The heavy workload of teaching and coaching will give Miller an opportunity to display the organizational skills that were readily apparent 25 years ago.” Santa Fe High head boys soccer coach Chris Eadie, a teacher at Santa Fe High since 1997, had Miller as an assistant coach from 1998-2004. Eadie said, “Miller’s ability to detail classroom instruction and practice schedules down to the minute was a skill that would put many peers to shame. It’s sj’s thoroughness and organization that are really unrivaled.”

SFCC congratulates sj Miller on this new journey and are glad that sj can continue to shed light on the nuances of gender identity.

Sarah Hood to participate in National Elections 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

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.


Flu shots for employees available 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 18

Employees can get a curbside flu shot from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18. Please drive up to the tents set up by the West Wing entance. Flu shots will be courtesy of Albertson’s Pharmacy. Please bring your insurance card to get your shot. Also, check your SFCC email for a message sent on Sept. 4 from HR with more information and a form to download and fill out. This is an employee-only event. For more information contact Michelle Harding, Human Resources.

HR is accepting WOW award nominations!

WOW (Wonderful Outstanding Worker) awards are a great way to show your appreciation for your co-workers.

You can submit nominations via online form on the intranet, SFCC Connect. If you are working from home, you must be using Global Protect VPN in order to access the intranet. Go to and nominate someone today!

Human Resources is accepting nominations and devising ways to celebrate outstanding workers online.

Contact Luis Olivas with questions.


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Belin Tsinnajinnie, Ph.D., gave national math lecture

Full-time faculty member Belin Tsinnajinnie, Ph.D., gave a presentation for the national Let’s Talk Math With Your Friends via Zoom through the University of Alabama on Sept. 3. Here’s the title and description of his talk: Disprupting Settler Colonial Mindsets in Mathematics: “ Diversity and inclusion projects to support aspiring and current mathematicians from marginalized communities are often framed through some need for diversity and inclusion to advance the fields of mathematics. However, these conversations often fail to center the needs and goals of marginalized and underrepresented communities. In this talk, I discuss diversity and inclusion initiatives through lens that is informed by frameworks that identify mathematics education as settler colonialism and my own experiences of inclusion/exclusion. I call for a shift in the ways we can frame conversations of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in mathematics by asking: How do diversity and inclusion efforts in mathematics and mathematics education directly empower marginalized communities?”

Check out a video of the talk here.