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Student Profile: Cesar Perez
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“Space impacts the way people feel and how they approach life Some watching the renovations wonder why bond-funding goes
and work,” SFCC Vice President of Finance and Administration into improving physical surroundings while other priorities,
Meridee Walters said. “This is not about decorating. This is such as employee wages, seem to be stuck. But by law, bond
about creating a space where learning excellence happens.” funds can only be used on tangible items, not salaries. The
renovations carry other kinds of employee benefits, however:
Through campus renovations, SFCC is exploring ways to create
water-based paints, energy efficient light fixtures, even the glues
an environment that the community will want to bond to as they
used to fasten down new carpet are environmentally friendly,
strive for success. Beyond clubs and academic support programs,
making for a healthier, greener environment.
research, intuition and experience pointed in a direction
recognized by Frank Lloyd Wright: Build it, and they will come.
“ I t s ays t o e ve r y b o d y, ‘ Th i s i s a p l a ce
This philosophy is one that Walters has pondered for some time.
“How can physical plant and student facilities contribute to where something great is going to
student retention? What does that look like?” h a p p e n a n d i f yo u’r e h e r e, yo u c a n d o
Most students and visitors have an answer to that question: s o m e t h i n g g r e a t .’”
“It looks fantastic!” The campus transformation includes new ~ Meridee Walters
floors, furniture and fashionable wall colors that draw people Vice President of Finance and Administration
into spaces to study, talk or relax between classes. The facelift is
funded by a bond issue approved by local voters in 2010. Maintenance costs were reduced by replacing old carpet with
tiles that are tougher and easier to clean. The same number of
Interior designer Ronnie DiCappo, AAHID, ASID, of Hartman
custodians can keep the floors clean, even with the addition of two
+ Majewski Design Group, developed color and fabric schemes.
new buildings. New boilers, chillers and roofs that were funded by
She described the look as Contemporary Santa Fe, with patinaed
the bond will operate more efficiently, reducing costs. A planned
colors that reflect the New Mexico landscape. “I got the idea
solar array could save the college $350,000 in electricity costs.
right away that it was going to be forward thinking,” she said.
These savings eventually can be applied to salaries, Walters said,
The standard-issue colors of institutional learning – boring noting, however, “It is going to take a little time.”
beiges and hospital greens – were not in contention. “Those
Meanwhile, the new roundabout entrance to the campus has cut
days are over,” Walters said. “It says to everybody, ‘This is a place
traffic backup, helping to reduce the carbon footprint created by
where something great is going to happen and if you’re here, you
commuting. Also contributing to cleaner air is a new paved path
can do something great.’ We want people who walk in here to
connecting trails to Rancho Viejo that provide a safer, greener
think, ‘I have arrived.’ Because they have.”
route for walking or biking to campus.
The work is far from finished. The Enrollment and Student
Services Center is undergoing remodeling to make it more
inviting and useful to students. Plans are at the drawing-board
stage for a community garden that will use compost created by
the Sustainable Technologies Center. It will also train Culinary
Arts students to grow their own produce.
Fu n Fa c t s
3.4 tons of carpeting removed
1.8 tons of new carpeting installed
16 tons of new tile laid
The new 20-by-20-inch tile laid end to end would reach
The new information desk will be modeled after a concierge desk at a from SFCC to Santa Fe Place (3.76 miles)
five-star hotel. Maps will guide visitors to their location and concierge The new baseboard tiles would stretch from SFCC to
staff will assure that visitors have the best information available.
beyond the I-25 underpass (1.7 miles)
For more images of the renovations on campus, visit www.sfcc.edu.
taste this good?
Who thought education could
The new East Wing Eatery, located in McCann’s steel-cut oatmeal. Lunch All the breads will be baked on campus
what was formerly the Instructional includes Ruebens and roast beef by Kelly or her initiates. Also look for
Technology Center, is now serving sandwiches, and updated takes on ham campus-made hot chocolate and chai,
takeout breakfasts and lunches that and cheese (with apple chutney) and pickles, sauerkraut, salad dressing,
compete with the top casual dining mac and cheese (with green chile). sandwich fillings and spreads, soups,
restaurants in Santa Fe. cookies and desserts.
The welcoming, brightly tiled and
“I’m not just going for the best food painted café was designed by SFCC “It is ambitious,” Cohen admits.
on campus; I want to be the best food Arts and Design students. Cohen and
Because many students will work in the
in the area,” Eatery Chef-Manager sous chef Nick Griffin, a culinary arts
Eatery, Cohen chose to use a partially
Danny Cohen said. “People are going to student, developed the menu. Griffin
automatic coffee maker that will assure
compare us to the best places in town.” has restaurants in his blood; his family
the coffee quality remains consistent.
Cohen has taught in SFCC’s Culinary owns Bella Notte, an Italian restaurant in
The café also features an oven that uses
Arts Program since 2008 and worked as Estancia. Kosta Becker, who graduated
radiant heat, convection and microwaves
a chef since 1997. from the Culinary Arts Program but
to heat sandwiches and toast bagels.
continues to fine tune his skills by taking
Culinary Arts Lead Instructor Michelle
classes, will serve as pastry chef and “We can make a ham and cheese panini
Roetzer created the idea of the café as
daytime manager. in 45 seconds,” Cohen said.
an outlet for students’ work. “The East
Wing Eatery provides students with The Commercial Baking class will Speed and ambition aside, the true test
the experience they need to help them prepare the butter block – the fine layers of the Eatery will be the bottom line. It is
become valuable employees,” she said. of dough and butter that create flaky expected ultimately to support itself.
croissants. Culinary arts student Leslie
Students are placed with local
Kelly will bake bread and desserts. Leslie
restaurants to earn required externship
has worked in restaurants since she was
hours, but “in many cases, we were
12, but this is the first time she’s helped
putting them in a situation where they
plan menus and test recipes, she said.
couldn’t succeed” because they lacked
first-hand experience and training, Once the foundations of a quality
Roetzer said. Students working in restaurant are established, student chefs
the Eatery will learn to organize a will prep food and work the register.
workstation, prioritize orders and
“This is a perfect way for them to get
develop the tools necessary to work at a
job experience,” said Cohen. Core staff
busy restaurant. 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
members are paid, while others gain job
Monday through Friday
East Wing Eatery’s breakfast menu experience or earn externship hours.
features smoothies, pastries and www.sfcc.edu/east_wing_eatery
In MeMorIaM Also famous for his big smile, Isaac Garcia
SFCC mourns the loss of two of its own. combined his love of the outdoors with
a desire to help. Born in Calcutta, India,
Arthur (Artie) Ortiz was a beloved member
and orphaned, he was adopted when he
of the SFCC community since the college’s
was three months old and brought to
founding in 1983. During his 29 years
the U.S. An accomplished student, Isaac
at SFCC, he worked in various positions,
was homeschooled, obtained a GED and
including Account Tech I, Shipping &
earned an associate degree in leadership
Receiving, Receiving Technician, Purchasing
and outdoor education at SFCC. He worked as a lifeguard and
Specialist, Purchasing Supervisor and
facilities manager at the Witter Fitness Education Center. Most
Material Processing Coordinator. He made
recently, he was a county firefighter and a member of the
a lasting and positive contribution to each one. Artie will be
Atalaya Search and Rescue team. Isaac passed away on
remembered for his smile and generosity, especially when he
March 16 of aortic dissection. He was 25.
visited each office doing his mail runs in
the afternoons. Both men will be missed.
Cesar Perez Students Receive Scholarships from
Local Organizations. Five students –
Athlete. Student. Coach.
all the first in their families to attend
Although only a few years older than college – have received scholarships
the players on the league soccer team he to support their academic efforts.
coaches, Cesar Perez, 20, is a commanding The scholarships are awarded by the
leader. Over the past four years, he has
Kiwanis Club and Santa Fe Professional
taken his team, los Aguilas (the Eagles),
Business Women. Each of these
from a middling team to one that made it
to the state tournament last year. TRiO students was awarded a
scholarship for $500 a semester:
Born in Parril, Chihuahua, Perez moved Yvette Medina, Brigina Valencia,
to Albuquerque with his mother and Jacqueline Herrera, Sainie Atencio
an older sister when he was 7. His
and Margaretmary Woodd.
mother always dreamed he would go
into medicine, and that’s exactly where SFCC’s Contract for a Better
he headed when he enrolled in the Tomorrow scholarship recipients
respiratory therapy program at SFCC. were celebrated for their good
But when Perez started his clinical practice at a hospital in Albuquerque, doubts grades and their commitment to
about his career choice started surfacing. Instead of the model he dreamed of, where completing their studies April 5 by
he spent time getting to know his patients and talking to them, he found the process their underwriters, the Domanica
of treating people too rushed and impersonal. For him, there was something missing Foundation and the GROW
in the day-to-day routine. SFCC Foundation. Hooray, CBT
The young soccer coach knows when a team needs to change strategy in order to Students! (See photo below right
win. Perez realized he needed to change his personal strategy to find a career he and more at www.sfcc.edu/galleries/
would really love. ContractforABetterTomorrow. )
He remembered a particularly difficult time during his junior year in high school, Winner! SFCC Director of Marketing
when he ruptured his ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) in a game. The injury had also Communications Jeff Atwell was
ruptured any chances of a university scholarship or a life as a competitive soccer player. awarded the Silver Paragon Award from
One of his teachers who noticed he was depressed pulled him out of class to talk. Perez the National Council for Marketing
recalled how the teacher made a difference in that period of his life. and Public Relations for his design
Perez also began thinking about his coaching as a form of teaching. His relationship of the invitation to the Trades and
with the los Aguilas team is personal – he gets to know the players, figuring out how they Advanced Technologies grand opening,
work together, what motivates them. He is included in birthday celebrations and invited held in May 2011. The national award
to other events in players’ lives. recognizes outstanding achievement
It occurred to Perez he could stay at SFCC, but instead of the health and sciences field, in two-year college marketing and
he could study to be the kind of teacher who inspired him back in high school when he public relations.
needed it most.
Now Cesar is in his second year at SFCC, but headed in a new direction in the Teacher
Education Program. He knows the science courses he took to prepare for a medical
career will not go to waste, because he plans to earn endorsements in science and math.
“A teacher has to know his stuff very, very well,” Perez said. “It’s a blessing to know all
And his mother – who had hoped he would land in the medical field – is on board with
the new plan. “She respects my decision. She told me, ‘You’re going to learn what you
need so you can get a profession that you want to get up every morning to do.’”
There’s no question the soccer player/coach/teacher who knows his science is now on
track to be a leader in one of Santa Fe’s classrooms.
ECDC = Kids Campus. The name is new, dual-credit statistics. Dual credit allows Owl Released After Recovery.
but the same great teachers and staff students to earn both high school and After five weeks of care and a passing
continue providing quality education college credit. It’s working: all 17 TMP grade from “mouse school,” a great
and child care. The program underwent 2011 graduates are enrolled in college. horned owl that was wounded on
an extensive process to select a new Of those, eight are at SFCC. The average campus was released back into its
name and logo to better reflect its student earned 23 credits from SFCC habitat. Witnesses say the owl was
mission. Kids Campus serves children while in high school. WTG, TMP! fleeing a flock of ravens when it flew
8 weeks to 5 years old. Parents or into a window. Assistant Professor of
Candidates for President Named. The
guardians do not need to be associated Biology Janie Milner said one of the
SFCC Governing Board has announced
with SFCC to enroll their children. owl’s eyes was injured.
six candidates to interview for the
“We provide quality service in a position of President of the college. The owl was taken to the Wildlife Center
wonderful facility,” Assistant Vice Co-chairs Carole Brito and Linda Siegle outside of Española. Upon its recovery,
President for Business Services and led the selection process, working with the owl was brought to campus and
Purchasing Bob McWilliams said. “We a 19-member committee to narrow the released near where it was found.
want everyone to know about it and application field. The candidates are:
“He just fluttered off and didn’t look
feel welcome at Kids Campus.” • Pamela Anglin, C.P.A., Ed.D., President, back,” Milner said. Campus security
Kids Campus is open Monday-Friday Paris Junior College, Paris, Tex. guards report hearing the owl call at
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. • Dorothy Duran, Ph.D., Vice President night – with its mate responding
for Academic Affairs, Iowa Western in turn.
Student Wins National Competition.
Community College, Council
Kitchen Design student Karen Klavuhn Bowls for Kids’ Sake. SFCC’s Clay
was one of 10 students to win a Club raised $455 to benefit Adelante,
scholarship after she designed a safe, • Richard Eugene Durán, Ed.D., President, a Santa Fe Public Schools program
functional kitchen for a family of three Oxnard College, Oxnard, Calif. that supports homeless students. Club
in under three hours. She was among • Ana Guzman, Ed.D., President, Palo members donated about 30 clay bowls
400 students from 31 colleges who Alto College, San Antonio, Tex. that were displayed for sale on a table
competed in the National Kitchen & • Margie C. Huerta, Ph.D., President, marked to benefit the organization
Bath Association and GE Appliances Doña Ana Community College, during the club’s holiday sale.
Charette Competition. Her design New Mexico State University, Same Program. New Time. SFCC’s
received an honorable mention, which Las Cruces, NM. Campus Connection on KSFR 101.1 FM
came with a $1,000 scholarship.
• Leslie Anne Navarro, Ph.D., President, now airs Saturdays from 1:30 to 2 p.m.
Mastering Masters. Founded in 2010, Morton College, Cicero, Ill. The bi-weekly public affairs talk show,
The MASTERS Program (TMP), an early hosted by SFCC’s Meg Lenzer, focuses
college charter school on the SFCC on news and newsmakers from SFCC.
campus, has released its first year of
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President and Governing Board
Thursday, May 17, 1 p.m.
Sheila Ortego, Ph.D. President
Andrea B. Bermúdez, Ed.D. Chair
Commencement Chris Abeyta Vice Chair
Wednesday, May 23, 5 p.m. Bruce R. Besser Secretary
William C. Witter Fitness Education Center Carole A. Brito Member
Dr. Rod Risely, Executive Director of the Phi Linda S. Siegle Member
Theta Kappa Honor Society, will provide the Jason DeLeau Ex-officio
Commencement Address. The Student Speaker Student Member
is Barbara Griego, a Contract for a Better Produced by SFCC’s Marketing and Public Relations
Tomorrow Scholarship recipient and Phi Theta Department. Janet Wise, Executive Director
Kappa member. Writing and editing: Janet Wise, Kay Bird,
Jennifer Bleyle, Laura J. Mulry
SFCC will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday,
Layout: Jeffrey Atwell
May 28, in honor of our service men and women,
Photos: Jeffrey Atwell, Kay Bird, Leisha Johnson
and on Wednesday, July 4, in celebration of
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