SJC was awarded Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to San Juan College by Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

An Award of Financial Reporting Achievement has been awarded to the individual(s) or department designated by the government as primarily responsible for preparing the award-winning CAFR.

The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

Government Finance Officers Association is a major professional association servicing the needs of nearly 19,000 appointed and elected local, state, and provincial-level government officials and other finance practitioners. It provides top quality publications, training programs, services, and products designed to enhance the skills and performance of those responsible for government finance policy and management. The association is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with offices in Washington, D.C.

For further information regarding the CAFR contact San Juan College Executive Vice President, Ed DesPlas at 505-566-3253.

San Juan College announces holiday hours

The Educational Services Center at San Juan College, located in the clock tower building, will be closing at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, November 21 due to the holiday.

The entire SJC campus will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday from Wednesday, November 22 through Sunday, November 26. No classes will be held at the Farmington, Aztec or Kirtland campuses.

The Library will close at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, November 21 and will remain closed from Wednesday, November 22 through Sunday, November 26.

In addition, the Health and Human Performance Center (HHPC) will close at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22 and will remain closed through November 23 in observance of Thanksgiving. The HHPC will resume normal hours on Friday, November 24, from 4:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, November 25, from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  For a complete list of HHPC hours, go to www.sanjuancollege.edu/hhpc.

All SJC classes will resume on Monday, November 27, and regular schedules for all campus building will resume that day as well.

39th annual Luminarias display, Saturday, December 2

Start your holiday season with a peaceful glow when San Juan College provides its gift to the community with the 39th annual Luminarias display, Saturday, December 2.

A glimmering array of bags will shine from rooftops, along sidewalks, in courtyards and select campus parking lots throughout the evening. The community can choose to drive or walk through. Walkers can begin enjoying the display at 5 p.m., while the driving route will open at 6 p.m. The Park n’ Ride Red Apple Luminaria Trolley will be available from 6 to 8 p.m., with pick up and drop off at Piedra Vista High School.

Center for Business, the School of Technology and Trades, and the north Child and Family Development Center, which are accessible by traveling south on College Boulevard from Pinon Hills Boulevard.

Drivers will enter the College from Butler Avenue traveling north on Sunrise Parkway. They will then follow the marked route through the campus and exit at College Boulevard, where traffic will be required to turn south to 30th Street. Please note that the Pinon Hills Boulevard entrance to the college will be closed during the Luminaria display. As a courtesy, all drivers are asked to turn their lights off as they drive through the display.

Mary’s Kitchen will have snacks and beverages available for sale from 5 to 8:30 p.m. San Juan College’s listener-supported radio station, KSJE 90.9-FM will broadcast your favorite Christmas carols. Weather permitting, the Planetarium will host its annual Star Gaze from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., in the inner courtyard. A telescope will be set up to view the night sky. The Silhouette Performing Arts Series will have a special presentation of Christmas Carol at 7 p.m. in the Little Theatre. Ticketed guests will enter through the south side doors as characters from Christmas Carol guide them to their seats.

The Office of Student Activities coordinates the event with help from the San Juan College Physical Plant, students, staff and community volunteers who set up and light the candles. The week prior, hundreds of area school children help fill paper bags with sand and candles, which are then set out by the College students and staff.

San Juan College invites community members and groups to contribute to this annual tradition by assisting with the set-up of bags on Friday, December 1, or lighting the candles at 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 2.

For further information about the event, contact the San Juan College Office of Student Activities at 566-3403.

SJC Theatre department presents Christmas Carol

Get into the holiday spirit when the San Juan College Theatre department presents Christmas Carol, November 30, December 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9, at 7 p.m., and a matinee showing December 10, at 2 p.m., in the Little Theatre.

Stingy businessman Ebenezer Scrooge is known as the meanest miser in London. He overworks and underpays his humble clerk, Bob Cratchit, whose little son, Tiny Tim, is crippled and may soon die. He also has nothing to do with his nephew, Fred, because his birth cost the life of his beloved sister. On Christmas Eve, Scrooge has a haunting nightmare from being visited by the ghost of his business partner, Jacob Marley. He is visited by three ghosts and is given one last chance to change his ways and save himself from the grim fate that befell Marley.

Guest artist Dallas Padoven directs this theatre production. This classic telling is brought to the stage by the San Juan College Theatre Department. The special showing on Saturday, December 2 leads out to the annual San Juan College Luminaria display.

Tickets are $12 for adults; $10 for students and seniors; $8 children 12 and under. Tickets are available online at sanjuancollege.edu/silhouette. For further information or to purchase tickets in person, contact the San Juan College Box Office at 505-566-3430.

Broadening Horizons Lecture Series presents a faculty lecture by Chris Strouthopoulos

The Citizens Bank Broadening Horizons Lecture Series at San Juan College presents a faculty lecture by Chris Strouthopoulos, discussing solar projects in Tibet and the Himalaya, Thursday, November 16, at 7 p.m. in the San Juan College School of Energy Merrion Room.

Chris Strouthopoulos, assistant professor of College Success Strategies at San Juan College, will discuss the solar projects completed by San Juan College students. The projects ranged from providing power for a remote village medical clinic to a 900-year-old Tibetan Buddhist monastery perched on the side of a 25,000 foot mountain. The presentation will include pictures and video. Discussion will include this summer’s upcoming project.

The Citizens Bank Broadening Horizons Lecture Series includes local authors, faculty and guest speakers on a wide range of interesting topics, and is sponsored by Citizens Bank, the San Juan College Foundation and KSJE Radio. The lecture is free and open to the public.

For information on the Citizens Bank Broadening Horizons Lecture Series, contact the San Juan College Box Office at 566-3430.

Enjoy and evening of music by San Juan College Jazz Big Band

Enjoy an evening of music when the San Juan College Jazz Big Band performs on Thursday, November 30, at 7 p.m., in the Henderson Fine Arts Center Performance Hall, as part of the San Juan College Silhouette Series.

The San Juan College Jazz Big Band is made up of professional and young talented musicians. This concert will feature a variety of genres including Waltz, Swing, Groove, Funk and Rock. Music will include Gordon Goodwin, Horace Silver, Eddie Harris, Les Hooper and more. A special presentation will feature talented break-dancers in one of the popular pieces. Don’t miss this special evening of music.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and seniors. Tickets are available online at sanjuancollege.edu/silhouette. For further information or to purchase tickets in person, contact the San Juan College Box Office at 505-566-3430.

San Juan College Symphonic Band performs an evening of music

Enjoy an evening of music when the San Juan College Symphonic Band performs on Friday, November 17, at 7 p.m., in the Henderson Fine Arts Center Performance Hall, as part of the San Juan College Silhouette Series.

The symphonic band led by conductor Dr. Teun Fetz, assistant professor of Music, will feature an array of powerful and sensitive compositions with a wide range of emotions, feelings and musical brilliance. The concert will feature Farmington High School Band Director Chris Argotsinger as trombone soloist on the Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Concerto for Trombone and Military Band. The band will perform Basque Lullaby and Good Night, Dear Heart by Dan Forrest and Con Brio March by Ralph Ford. Two pieces will be performed by Samuel Hazo – Fantasy on a Japanese Folk Song and For Heaven and the Future. The evening will feature the trombone section in the famous Lassus Trombone by Henry Fillmore.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and seniors. Tickets are available online at sanjuancollege.edu/silhouette. For further information or to purchase tickets in person, contact the San Juan College Box Office at 505-566-3430.

SJC HHPC host Turkey Toss Disc Golf Tournament

The San Juan College Health and Human Performance Center is hosting a Turkey Toss Disc Golf Tournament on Saturday, November 11. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the tournament starts at 9 a.m.

There are three entry fee options:

  • $30 per golfer OR $5 with a 15 pound turkey
  • $20 with at least 6 canned food items
  • Free entry with a spiral sliced ham (5 pound minimum)

The proceeds and items from this event will benefit the San Juan United Way. The United Way will also be on hand to accept donations of frozen turkeys and hams as well as canned and nonperishable food from 7 to 10 a.m.

For more information contact the San Juan College Outdoor Equipment Rental Center at 505-566-3979.

SJC Student Activities office presents the movie, Megan Leavey

The San Juan College Student Activities office is presenting a series of family movies.  Megan Leavey will be shown on Friday, November 10, at 7 p.m., in the Henderson Fine Arts Center Performance Hall.

The true life story of Megan Leavey, a young Marine corporal whose unique discipline and bond with a military combat dog saved many lives during her deployment in Iraq. Assigned to clean up the K-9 unit after a disciplinary hearing, Leavey starts to identify with Rex, a particularly aggressive dog that she trains. Over the course of their service, Megan and Rex complete more than 100 missions until an improvised explosive device injures both, putting their fates in jeopardy. The film is rated PG-13.

For further information, call the Student Activities Office at 566-3403.

Dual Credit Parent Nights

Did you know that your teen can begin college while still in high school? Find out how at one of two Dual Credit Parent Nights. The first event is Tuesday, November 7 at 6 p.m. at the San Juan College Henderson Fine Arts Center in rooms 9008 through 9010. The second event is Tuesday, November 14 at 6 p.m. on the San Juan College West Campus in room 115, 69 County Road 6500 in Kirtland.

The Dual Credit Program at San Juan College allows eligible junior or senior high students from Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), private, home-schooled and public high schools to enroll in San Juan College courses. Students receive high school core and academic elective credit as well as college credit for the courses taken.

Through the Dual Credit Program, the cost of tuition is covered by the students’ high school through the State of New Mexico. Students who complete Dual Credit courses will receive high school credit, meet high school graduation requirements and any credits earned are eligible to transfer to other universities throughout the country.

With more than 400 Dual Credit classes to choose from, high school students can explore career possibilities all while saving time and money by earning high school and college credits at the same time.

The meeting is open to all San Juan County parent of high school students, as well as high school students. The presentation is expected to last 30 minutes with a question and answer session to follow. Refreshments will be served.

For information about the San Juan College Dual Credit program, contact your guidance counselor or go to sanjuancollege.edu/DualCredit or contact Steve Wamel at 505-566-3216.