KSJE Radio goes visual

Grand opening of KSJE Visual Radio Studio.
Grand opening of KSJE Visual Radio Studio.

What is a visual radio station?  For KSJE, the new element is an opportunity to gain visibility – literally. This summer an additional studio was created from an office space and now passersby can view Studio A through the window.  In addition, new software and equipment was installed to enable the radio station to broadcast live video and audio through the internet.

KSJE General Manager, Scott Michlin, is excited for the changes at the radio station. “KSJE’s new visual Studio A is an exciting new way to interact with our current and future listeners,” says Michlin. “We hope that by adding video to our radio interviews, people will be more engaged with the stories, news and events we share on KSJE. This project would not be possible without the support from KSJE members and San Juan College.”

The project was paid for by KSJE members, grant funds, and San Juan College. For more information on KSJE or to view radio interviews, visit KSJE.com.

BHP Billiton Youth Camp in its fifth year

students at BHP campWhat do you want to be when you grow up? Kids enrolled in the fifth year of the BHP Billiton Youth Camp, had an opportunity to explore an answer to this question.

Campers, who included sixth and seventh grade students from Aztec, Bloomfield, Farmington, Kirtland and Shiprock, experienced workshops throughout the week focused on 15 careers and college courses.

For instance, campers explored veterinary medicine with San Juan College’s Dr. Debra Reed, who also is a professor with SJC’s Veterinary Technology Distance Learning Program. One camper said, “It was amazing because I got to wear a surgeon’s uniform while learning about dogs’ skeletons and muscles from the life-like models at the College.”

Students also had the opportunity to explore a career in carpentry. Campers built birdhouses using power tools and learned the importance of math in everyday projects. “I loved making bird houses,” one camper said. “It was so much fun to learn how to use the tools and then see what I had made!”

At the 6th grade-closing event, Sincere Antonio, who attended the first-year camp shared how the camp helped him decide what he wants to study after high school graduation. He aspires to be a mechanical engineer after experiencing building a catapult in LEGO Robotics and using tools and measurements in the woodworking session.

“We cannot thank our Camp instructors enough,” said Elaine Benally, director of San Juan College West. “By sharing their career knowledge and passion, they, in turn, are motivating our youth to pursue their dreams.”

Those who were involved this year included David Mayeux, San Juan College Planetarium director; Qinqin Schoser, School of Energy Instrumentation and Controls Technology instructor; Luke Renner, San Juan College Digital Media Arts and Design professor; staff from the Kirtland Fire Department; the Navajo Nation Fish and Wildlife Department and Dr. Don Hyder, San Juan College Biology instructor.

The BHP Billiton Youth Camp is funded by the BHP Billiton Foundation through a permanent endowment at the San Juan College Foundation.

Meet Dr. Boomer Appleman New Vice President of Student Services

Dr. Boomer Appleman
Dr. Boomer Appleman, Vice President of Student Services

Dr. Boomer Appleman recently joined San Juan College as the Vice President of Student Services. Dr. Appleman comes to San Juan College from East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, where he has been employed for the past six years.

Dr. Appleman has an associate degree in Business Administration from Northern Oklahoma College, a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from Oklahoma State University, and a master’s degree in Adult Education from the University of Central Oklahoma.  Appleman also earned his doctoral degree in higher education from Oklahoma State University.

During Dr. Appleman’ s nearly 20-year career in higher education, he has served as a faculty member, Dean of Students, and as an Assistant Vice President for Student Development.

“He has a wide breadth of experience in strategic enrollment management, student affairs, case management, housing, and residential life,” says President Toni Hoppergrass.  “We are excited to welcome Dr. Appleman to the San Juan College team.”

On a personal note, Dr. Appleman enjoys DIY outdoor projects. He and his wife Andrea love to travel, where they have visited 41 of the 50 states.  In conjunction with his wife’s short-term studies abroad, they also have traveled the world. Their latest trip abroad was to Ireland, Scotland and England.

This fall, Andrea Appleman will join Koogler Middle School in Aztec, teaching eighth grade Science. The Applemans have one son, Vaughn, who is a sophomore at University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) and plays defensive end for the UCO Broncos.

The Applemans have experienced a warm welcome to the area and are looking forward to exploring all the wonders of the Four Corners

Student film garners state, regional and national attention

The work of Digital Media Arts and Design (DMAD) students recently received attention when their documentary film, Navajo Youth Build, was entered in the New Mexico Film Office Showcase.  It can be seen on YouTube by searching Navajo Youth Build.   Directed by DMAD student Macee Hunt, several DMAD students including Maurice Johnson, Jonah John and Tyrell Etsitty played a key role in producing the film.

Hunt has been working as an intern for the Farmington based non-profit agency, Capacity Builders.  The agency houses the Navajo Youth Build program, which offers an alternative educational and learning experience for youth who want to earn their high school equivalency while learning a trade.

“The overall objective was to show how this program, Navajo Youth Build, helps these kids to re-write their stories and build better lives,” claims Hunt.  “In doing this film, I wanted to create an emotionally candid movie that any at risk youth could relate to after they viewed it.”

“The 10-minute film showcases the lives of the Navajo Youth Build participants and staff,” Hunt explains. “The documentary, which was filmed in Kirtland and Shiprock, features testimonials from the students who share their stories of abuse, alcoholism, and drug addiction.”

“Their stories are powerful and inspiring in how they have grown and overcome these challenges through their involvement in the program,” Hunt added. “We loved working with the participants and it was rewarding to share their feeling of accomplishment and success as they viewed the film for the first time.”

The documentary created by Hunt and Johnson was also viewed by the Regional Youth Build Leadership Development office in Dallas, Texas and at the Department of Labor office in Washington, D.C.  In addition, the film was selected as a featured film for the Santa Fe Network, a streaming media platform built to showcase the extraordinary cultural, artistic and intellectual resources of the Santa Fe region and all of New Mexico.

Navajo Youth Build project
Participants of the Navajo Youth Build project walk with Macee Hunt, second from left, as she and other students from the Digital Media Arts and Design program film the documentary sharing inspiring testimonials.

Pow Wow returns to San Juan College

Student holding pow wow t-shirts
SJC students outside the Native American Center

Join the festivities when the All Nations Leadership Association and the San Juan College Native American Center bring the Pow Wow back to San Juan College.

The All Nations Leadership Association and the San Juan College Native American Center will host the 10th annual San Juan College Pow Wow, Friday, September 21, and Saturday, September 22, on the North side of campus at the outdoor playing fields. The event is expected to run Friday evening and all day on Saturday.

“We are very excited for this year’s Pow Wow,” says Byron Tsabetaye, director of the Native American Center.  “The Pow Wow is making its return to campus. Our students have worked hard for more than a year to make sure we offer a very special event for the College and the larger community, as Pow Wows bring people together from all nations.”

Students from the All Nations Leadership Association have also been working with SJC alumni in planning the Pow Wow. “The alumni have been a huge resource for all of us,” says LaManda Atcitty, vice president for the All Nations Leadership Association.  “Some of the alumni even remember the days when the Pow Wow was originally held on campus in the old gym area.”

“The Pow Wow fits in nicely with our mission statement,” continues Atcitty. “The All Nations Leadership Association’s mission is to promote the sharing of culture across campus and to encourage Native American students to pursue leadership opportunities.”

During Saturday’s event, Ms. Indian San Juan College 2017-2018, Kahlaya Rose McKinney, will pass her crown to the newly selected Ms. Indian San Juan College for the 2018-2019 school year.  Ms. Indian San Juan College has been a long-running tradition, which further promotes cultural awareness and understanding of tribal/indigenous nations. During her reign, McKinney has served as a role model, leader and representative of San Juan College while sharing her Native American culture with a wider audience.  The pageant will take place prior to the Pow Wow, with the winner crowned at the event.

Invited host groups include the Northern Host Drum, “The Horses,” from Ft. Defiance, Arizona, with the lead singer, Kenny Brown, and the Southern Host Drum, “Cozad,” from Anadarko, Oklahoma, with lead singer, Rusty Cozad. Mike Salabiye will preside as the master of ceremonies, while Michael will serve as arena director, with Audio Chief providing the sound system.

There will be a general admission to the Pow Wow.  Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Artists or vendors with art and goods related to Native American culture can reserve spaces by calling 505-566-3321 or emailing nac@sanjuancollege.edu.

The San Juan College Pow Wow is an alcohol and drug-free event. For further information, call the San Juan College Native American Center at 566-3321 or 566-3623.

Student Activities Summer Movie series presents Incredibles 2

The San Juan College Student Activities office will present a series of movies under the stars this summer.  Incredibles 2 will be shown on Friday, September 28, at sunset (approximately 8:30 – 9 p.m.) on the Graduation Plaza.

Everyone’s favorite family of superheroes is back in Incredibles 2 – but this time Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell) and Dash (voice of Huck Milner) to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life. It’s a tough transition for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) must find a way to work together again – which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible.

The film is rated PG.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket and refreshments.  In case of bad weather the movie will be moved into the Henderson Performance Hall.

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

Farmington Cinematheque Series presents Come What May

The Farmington Cinematheque Series presents Come What May, Saturday, September 22, at 7 p.m., in the Little Theatre.

A German resistant (August Diehl) searches for his son on the roads of France, even as the Wehrmacht spills over the border.  A Scottish captain, (Matthew Rhys) who is desperately trying to rejoin the retreating British, joins the man.

This film is rated R.

The Farmington Cinematheque Series is sponsored by the San Juan College Henderson Fine Arts Center, the San Juan College Library and KSJE Radio.  It features documentaries and independent films not released on a national level.

Tickets are $5, and are available at the San Juan College Box Office. For further information, call the Box Office at 505-566-3430.

10th Annual San Juan College Pow-Wow

Join the festivities when the San Juan College Native American Center and the All Nations Leadership Association present the 10th Annual San Juan College Pow-Wow on campus, Friday, September 21 and Saturday, September 22.  The event is expected to run from 4 to 9 p.m. on Friday, and 1 to 9 p.m. on Saturday.

Invited host groups include the Northern Host Drum, The Horses, from Ft. Defiance, Arizona, with the lead singer, Kenny Brown, and the Southern Host Drum, Cozad, from Anadarko, Oklahoma, with lead singer, Rusty Cozad. Mike Salabiye will preside as the master of ceremonies, while Michael Grant will serve as arena director. Head Gourd Dancer is San Juan College alumni, Duane Harris, with Audio Chief providing the sound system.

New this year to the Pow Wow is the coronation of 2018-19 Ms. Indian San Juan College. Crowning the new princess will be reigning Ms. Indian San Juan College, Kahlaya Rose McKinney, as part of the Saturday evening events.

The Pow Wow will include a variety of arts, crafts and food. General admission to the Pow Wow is $3; $2, over 60 (with photo ID), $1 with San Juan College ID, and children under five are free.  Advanced purchase from September 19-20 at the San Juan College Native American Center is $1 for general admission. Cash only.

Arts and crafts spaces are available to reserve. Call 505-566-3623 or visit nac@sanjuancollege.edu or www.sanjuancollege.edu/nac for more information.

The San Juan College Contest Pow-Wow is an alcohol and drug-free event.

For further information, call the San Juan College Native American Program at 505-566-3623.

Chautauqua Performances presents The Pilot with the Magic Hat: Escape in Vietnam by Bill Martin

Experience history coming to life when Bill Martin brings to life, The Pilot with the Magic Hat: Escape in Vietnam, Friday, September 21 at 7 p.m., in the Little Theatre.

Retired Naval aviator, Bill Martin commanded an all-volunteer unit of Navy helicopter gunships stationed deep in the Mekong Delta in 1967 and 1968. His unit was part of the famed Seawolf Squadron, one of the most highly decorated Navy squadron of the Vietnam War. This presentation depicts the sights and sounds of actual combat during some of the fiercest battles of the Tet Offensive.

Bill explains his role in the freeing of 33 South Vietnamese POWs and his unusual part in the dramatic and hair-raising rescue of 200 orphans and eight nuns from the clutches of the Viet Cong. Under the seat of his chopper he carried a folding magic table, collapsible top hat and a bag of tracks. Between firefights he popped into the jungle villages to entertain families, gaining friends as well as important intelligence information.

Bill Martin is a magician, escapologist and retired Naval aviator. He has been a Golden Glove boxer, carnival wrestler, hard rock miner, tractor mechanic, and nightclub entertainer. He has performed Houdini’s famous milk can escape on national television.

The Chautauqua performances are free and funded by the San Juan College Foundation, and presented by the San Juan College Encore Program, KSJE 90.9 FM, and the New Mexico Humanities Council.

For further information, contact the San Juan College Box Office, at 566-3430.

Student Activities Summer Movie- Avengers, Infinity War

The San Juan College Student Activities office will present a series of movies under the stars this summer.  Avengers, Infinity War will be shown on Friday, September 14, at sunset (approximately 8:30 – 9 p.m.) on the Graduation Plaza.

Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet – the evil Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the artifacts to inflict his twisted will on reality. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led us to this moment.

The film is rated PG-13.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket and refreshments.  In case of bad weather the movie will be moved into the Henderson Performance Hall.

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