SJC Theatre department presents a Reader’s Theatre Performance of Really Really

Experience the masterful art of playwriting in an intimate setting when the San Juan College Theatre department presents a Reader’s Theatre Performance of Really Really, Saturday, April 21, at 7 p.m., in the Black Box Theatre.

Really Really is a contemporary drama that pushes the edges and embraces the harsh reality of today’s youth. At an elite university, when the party of the year results in the regret of a lifetime, one person will stop at nothing to salvage a future that is suddenly slipping away. In this quick-witted and gripping comic tragedy about ‘Generation me,’ it’s every man for himself.

Readers Theatre staging is minimal and actors present a rehearsed, dramatic experience that pays particular attention to the deeper themes, style, cadence and pros of the text. It differs from a full-scale production, in that its purpose is to provide its audience with an auditory experience of the writer’s unique voice, cadence, tempo and use of language. There is a short break after the play ends, and the audience is invited back to attend a discussion of the play’s deeper meanings, themes and overall impact.

Donations are taken at the door. For more information about this unique theatre experience, call the San Juan College Box Office or visit

San Juan College to host FAFSA Fiesta

San Juan College will host a Spring Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Fiesta Wednesday, April 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Suns Room #1019 on the Farmington campus. At the FAFSA Fiesta new students, current students and anyone considering college will be able to fill out their FAFSA with the assistance of the San Juan College Financial Aid Department staff.

Degree-seeking students who fill out a FAFSA at the event will be eligible to win a scholarship to San Juan College from the San Juan College Foundation. Two winners will be chosen for either a $250 scholarship for part-time students or a $500 scholarship for full-time students. The scholarship must be used in the fall 2018 semester.  Students must be degree-seeking with a minimum 2.0 GPA. The scholarship is non-transferable.

The 2018-19 FAFSA includes fall 2018, spring 2019 and summer 2019 using 2016 tax information.

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) determines a student’s eligibility for federal financial aid, which can be awarded in grants, scholarships, work-study and educational loans. Grants, scholarships and work-study awards are considered investment dollars toward a student’s education and do not have to be paid back unless a student withdraws or fails courses.

At the FAFSA Fiesta, computers will be available for students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.  Staff will be on hand to answer any questions and assist with the application.  Once the FAFSA is completed, students will get immediate results and the information will become available to the schools that were listed.

Free popcorn, free drinks, giveaways and door prizes will be at the FAFSA Fiesta as well.

For more information about the FAFSA Fiesta, visit or call 505-566-3564.

SJC Respiratory Therapy Information Session

Would you like to make a lasting and meaningful difference by helping care for patients with lung or heart disorders?

The San Juan College Respiratory Therapy program will host an information session for perspective students, Friday, March 30, at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., and Wednesday, April 11 at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the Health Sciences Room 3402, on the San Juan College Farmington campus.

This information session will provide an overview of the associate degree program in Respiratory Therapy at San Juan College. It will include discussions about the application process, program costs, fees, requirements and pre-requisite information.

For information, contact Karen Tuohey, Respiratory Therapy Clinical Coordinator, at 505-566-3854.

San Juan College Orchestra Performs

Enjoy an evening of music when the San Juan College Orchestra performs on Friday, April 20, at 7 p.m., in the Henderson Fine Arts Performance Hall, as part of the San Juan College Silhouette Series.

The San Juan College Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Teun Fetz, assistant professor of Music will perform several hard-hitting pieces including the Chaminade Concertino for Flute performed by soloist Tabatha Platero. Featured composers for the performance include Brian Balmages and Steven Bryant. The evening will feature a cello and several classic and contemporary orchestra pieces.

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

Ramamuri: The Foot Runners of the Sierra Madra

Experience history coming to life when Diana Molina brings to life, Ramamuri: The Foot Runners of the Sierra Madra, Friday, April 20, at 7 p.m., in the Little Theatre.

Raramuri, Uto-Aztecan for Tarahumara, are among the world’s best runners from lives spent traversing the canyon walls and plateaus of the Sierra Madre in northern Mexico. In a personal narrative, complemented by anthropological ethnographic and scientific research, Diana Molina will feature the exceptional Raramuri culture, discuss the impact of modern society on their lifestyle and highlight the amazing expanse of the canyon environment with stunning photographs taken while living among the tribe for extended periods of time.

Diana Molina is a professional photographer and writer who lives in southern New Mexico’s Mesilla Valley. Her sociological essays have appeared numerous magazines and journals including Elle, Esquire, National Geographic Traveler, Vogue, Texas Highways, and New Mexico Magazine. She has exhibited her photography and works of art in exhibits in universities and museums throughout the Southwest.

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.

African Drumming Ensemble Performs

Enjoy an evening of world music when the African Drumming Ensemble performs on Friday, April 13, at 7 p.m., in the Little Theatre, as part of the San Juan College Silhouette Series.

The African Drumming Ensemble is led by master drummer, Dr. Teun Fetz, assistant professor of Music at San Juan College. The group will perform West African traditional dance and drumming music from Liberia, Ivory Coast, Guinea and America. This fun, energetic and interactive performance is one you don’t want to miss.

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

San Juan College welcomes Brad Goode to Jazz Festival


The San Juan College Jazz Big Band will be backing up special guest trumpeter Brad Goode to highlight the 19th annual Jazz Festival on Friday, April 6, at 7 p.m., in the Henderson Fine Arts Center Performance at San Juan College.

The College Jazz Big Band, led by Adjunct Instructor of Music Delbert Anderson will perform a variety of pieces including Impressions by John Contrane. The band will perform Blue by Bobby Shew and Cold Duck Time by Eddie Harris, featuring Goode. Canadian vocalist Rhonda Head will perform The Girl From Ipanema by Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Goode has appeared as a lead trumpeter with many big bands and symphony orchestras. His 15 solo recordings that can be heard on the Delmark, Sunlight, SteepleChase, and Origin labels. He is a unique and instantly recognizable virtuoso. Whether working as a soloist, bandleader, lead trumpet man or sideman, he is consistently one of the busiest performers in the United States.

There will be a clinic at 12 p.m. noon for anyone interested, especially middle school and high school students attending the festival. There will be a jam session featuring Goode beginning at 9 p.m., at Clancy’s Irish Pub & Grill. Both of these events are free and open to the public.

Tickets for the Jazz Fest are $18 for adults, $15 for students, and $12 for seniors and children 12 and under. Tickets are available online at For further information or to purchase tickets in person, contact the San Juan College Box Office at 505-566-3430.

March 16 is AstroFriday at the San Juan College Planetarium

The San Juan College Planetarium’s AstroFriday presentation for Friday, March 16, is The Astronomy of Harry Potter. Show times are at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.

This live sky show and tour of the heavens identifies astronomical objects whose names appear in the popular Harry Potter series of books by J.K. Rowling and its corresponding movies. Did you know that the character of Sirius Black (Harry’s godfather in the series) was named for the brightest star in the night sky as seen from Earth? That is also the chief star in the constellation of the Great Dog, the animal that Sirius could morph into in the stories. He isn’t the only character with an astronomical name. You will learn MANY of the characters’ names in the real sky with your own eyes.

Summer sky maps will be given out while supplies last.  There is no admission charge, and no reservations are taken or required, but there is a maximum seating capacity of 60 in the Planetarium, so seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to preserve dark-adaption, no one will be admitted late once the show has started.

Due to construction of the West Classroom Complex, entrance and exit to the Planetarium is through the outside door from the courtyard between the Planetarium and the Little Theatre.

Weather permitting, a free public stargaze with telescopes will be held at 8:30 p.m. in the courtyard between the Planetarium and the Little Theatre, after the last show. The Stargaze will last a maximum of one hour.

There is no capacity limit for the stargaze.  Plan to view the colorful double star Gamma Andromedae and the binary North Star, Polaris. If weather conditions are particularly favorable, participants may also see deep-sky objects such as the “E.T. Cluster” in Cassiopeia, the Seven Sisters star cluster, the majestic Orion Nebula, and the Beehive Cluster in Cancer.

For further information, call David Mayeux at 505-566-3361. The Planetarium show schedule and other information is available online at

San Juan College Foundation Hall of Fame Reception

The San Juan College Foundation’s Hall of Fame will pay tribute to three people who have contributed to the growth and excellence of the College over its history.

On Thursday, March 15, at 7 p.m., in the Little Theatre, the San Juan College Hall of Fame will recognize the achievements of Nisa Bruce, Traci HalesVass, and Garry Smothers.

This is the 17th year the San Juan College Foundation has presented these awards.

Nisa Bruce began her career in 1993 at San Juan College as a Nursing Instructor. During her 24-year tenure, she advanced from an instructor to the Director of the Department of Nursing. She was instrumental in helping bring the University of New Mexico nursing partnership and statewide nursing curriculum to San Juan College. She was a member and chair of the Instructional Affairs Council and member and chair of the Nursing Education Advisory Committee of the New Mexico Board of Nursing. She served on the New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium and was a member of the New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence.

Traci HalesVass taught writing at San Juan College for 12 years. She taught courses from the Basic Writing Workshop and Advanced Composition, to technical and creative writing classes. She was instrumental in starting the Creative Writing Certificate and online teaching. Many of her composition classes were themed courses such as Rebel Voices and The Beats. She inspired students as a writing professor, and created One Book, One Community, a program that continues today as an important college and community event.

Garry Smothers began his career at San Juan College at the Physical Plant in 2000. He spent 16 years proudly representing the Physical Plant, supervising the day-to-day operations. As Assistant Director and Director of Physical Plant, he provided valuable leadership, vision and strategy for updating and modernizing San Juan College facilities through remodel and new construction projects. He was instrumental in the College expanding from 360,000 square feet to over one million square feet of facilities. He was the ultimate ambassador of San Juan College, representing its values, goals and objectives on campus, in the community and at the state level.

The Hall of Fame evening will include a reception and presentation of awards to honorees. The event is open to the public. For more information, contact the San Juan College Foundation at 505-566-3200.

Farmington Cinematheque Series presents Lady Bird

The Farmington Cinematheque Series presents Lady Bird, Saturday, March 17, at 7 p.m., in the Little Theatre.

Lady Bird is an American comedy-drama film written and directed by Greta Gerwig. Set in Sacramento, California, it is a coming-of-age story of a high-school senior (Saoirse Ronan) and her turbulent relationship with her mother (Laurie Metcalf).

This film is rated R for language, sexual content, brief graphic nudity and teen partying.

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.