Solar Eclipse Day of Observance

The first day of classes at San Juan College is Monday, August 21, which is also the day of a solar eclipse. For many Native Americans, however; the eclipse has sacred significance that requires them to observe the day by remaining indoors and refraining from usual activities. San Juan College is honoring that tradition by allowing Native American students the option of an excused absence for that day. Faculty and employees will also be allowed to observe the day as well.

“San Juan College is a multicultural community that respects and values the heritage and traditions of all its members,” says Dr. Toni Hopper Pendergrass, San Juan College president, “and it is important that we recognize this belief and tradition.”

While San Juan College will not close for the day, there may be some classes that will be canceled. A listing of those classes will be posted on the San Juan College website by Friday, August 18, at sanjuancollege.edu/EclipseClosures.

Faculty who have Native American students in their classes will allow excused absences, help them make up any missed work, and provide missed class materials. Native American employees are asked to notify their supervisors of their intention to remain at home for the day.

For those employees and students who intend to view the eclipse, David Mayeaux, director of the San Juan College Planetarium, will have two telescopes set up adjacent to Parking Lot F for the duration of the eclipse. Observers should wear protective eyewear and avoid looking directly at the sun to avoid damage to their vision.

Deep Solar Eclipse over Farmington on August 21

View a total solar eclipse Monday, August 21, when the San Juan College Planetarium holds a special filtered telescopic observing session of the eclipse at the main campus.  The observing session, weather permitting, will be set up on the grass south of the Cultural Center Building, north east of parking lot F, bordering the clock tower building, beginning at 10 a.m. and will continue until the eclipse ends at 1:09 p.m.

“A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly between the Earth and the Sun,” explains David Mayeux, San Juan College Planetarium program coordinator.  “From space, the shadow of the Moon is cast onto the surface of the Earth, tracing a thin, dark line called the umbra, or deep-shadow, on our surface.”  “Farmington is expected to receive approximately 82% coverage of the maximum eclipse, at 11:41 a.m;” continues Mayeux. “The first contact of the Moon’s disk to the Sun will be at 10:18 a.m. proceeding through the maximum contact at 11:41 p.m. The Moon’s silhouette will continue to cross the Sun from our point of view until the last contact at 1:09 p.m.”

Eclipse glasses are available in the San Juan College Bookstore for non-magnified, safe viewing.  The cost for each pair is $1.25 while supplies last. Eclipse cards are also available for $1.00.

The event is free and open to the public.  There is no capacity limit.

For further information, call David Mayeux at 505-566-3361. The Planetarium show schedule and other information is available at sanjuancollege.edu/Planetarium/index.htm.

August 18 is AstroFriday at the San Juan College Planetarium

The San Juan College Planetarium’s AstroFriday presentation for Friday, August 18, is Path of Totality. Show times are at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.

This 30-minute video teaches about the natural phenomenon that creates a total eclipse as well as the relative movement of objects in our solar system. Participants will explore the history, mythology and current science surrounding total eclipses. Hands-on web-based activities and lessons will be used to measure and approximate the angular size and distance of objects in the sky. Participants will view how the time-lapse of the eclipse will appear at the naked-eye level, then magnified, filling up the top of the Planetarium dome.

Summer sky maps will be given out while supplies last.  There is no admission charge, 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 spectacular Saturn and the planet Jupiter with its Galilean moons. Binary star targets include the gold and blue Albireo. If weather conditions are particularly favorable, participants may also see such deep-sky objects as the Ring Nebula in Lyra, the globular cluster M13 in Hercules, the Sagittarius Star Cloud, and the Dumbbell Nebula M27 in Cygnus.

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

Educational Service Center Extended Fall Hours

To provide students with additional time to prepare for the fall semester, San Juan College Educational Services Center (Clock Tower Building) will stay open until 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday, August 14 through August 26. The Center will be open on Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., during this time.

Please note one exception – The Educational Services Center will be closed from 8 a.m. to noon, on Tuesday, August 15 for Convocation – but the Center will remain open until 6 p.m. that evening.

This includes the following offices – Advising and Counseling Center, Business Office, Enrollment Services, and Financial Aid.

Regular hours will resume Monday, August 28. Regular hours are Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m.to 5 p.m.

New students can apply online at www.sanjuancollege.edu/admissions. Continuing students can register through My SJC Portal or www.sanjuancollege.edu/register.

Hours will be posted on the website at www.sanjuancollege.edu/admissions. For more information, contact San Juan College Enrollment Services, at 505-566-3545.

SJC Campus Closed for Convocation

The San Juan College campus offices and departments, including the Bookstore and Library will be closed from 8 a.m. to noon, on Tuesday, August 15.

This is to allow all staff and faculty to attend Convocation in preparation for the fall semester. College offices and departments will reopen at noon.

San Juan College West in Kirtland will open at 1 p.m. San Juan College East in Aztec will open at noon and close at 6 p.m.

Additionally, the Health and Human Performance Center (HHPC) will maintain regular hours, opening at 4:30 a.m. and closing at 9 p.m.

New students can apply online at www.sanjuancollege.edu/admissions. Continuing students can register through My SJC Portal or www.sanjuancollege.edu/register.

Congratulations to SJCHS for Earning High PARCC Scores

Congratulations to San Juan College High School (SJCHS) – During the school’s first year, the Class of 2020 recorded some of the highest scores in the state for the 2017 Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test.

SJCHS students scored number one for K-12 in English Language Arts Standards (ELA), and number two high school for proficiency in math. This test was administered to all 10th graders, however; SJCHS students took the test as 9th graders.

PARCC is New Mexico’s annual Math and English Language Arts assessment for all students in grades 3-11. PARCC assesses real-world skills like problem solving, critical thinking, and reasoning. The results identify where students are doing well or where they need more support. Scores are intended to be used alongside other meaningful information, including a student’s classroom performance, report card grades, and teacher observations.

“I’m extremely proud of our teachers and students for this accomplishment,” said Don Lorett, SJCHS principal. “I would specifically like to recognize the efforts of English instructor Robbin Lewis, and Math instructor Dena Burgert. The scores reflect their classroom achievements.”

“As an administrator, our job is to set up an environment of success,” he continued. “I can honestly say this first year was a success, thanks to the leadership of Dr. Toni Hopper Pendergrass and the San Juan College team, Farmington Municipal Schools Superintendent Dr. Eugene Schmidt, as well as the partnership among area superintendents, and the support of our community.”

“I am elated with the scores our San Juan College High School students achieved during its first year,” complimented Dr. Toni Hopper Pendergrass. I would like to thank Principal Lorett and the great team for their exceptional work and dedication in bringing this wonderful collaboration to fruition.”

“I join with our Four Corners community in expressing our pride for the accomplishments of our SJCHS students and staff,” noted Farmington Municipal School Superintendent Schmidt. “In just its first year, this unique blend of Aztec, Bloomfield, Central and Farmington students in partnership with San Juan College re-imagined the possibilities of earning a college “AA” degree and high school diploma in four years. To all, I extend my congratulations for a job well done in setting a high standard and achieving great success.”

SJCHS is a free, public high school on the campus of San Juan College.  The school opened in the fall of 2016 with a cohort of 80 students. Operating under the direction of Farmington Municipal Schools, SJCHS serves students who reside in and is a collaboration among the Aztec, Bloomfield, Central Consolidated and Farmington School Districts. Starting with the Class of 2021, SJCHS is adding 100 freshmen students every year to the student body. Students will graduate with a New Mexico High School Diploma of Excellence, as well as an Associate Degree or Certificate from San Juan College.

For more information about SJCHS, call 505-566-3986 or visit www.sjchs.sanjuancollege.edu.

Cinematheque Series presents A Street Cat Named Bob

The Farmington Cinematheque Series presents A Street Cat Named Bob, Friday, August 4, at 7 p.m., in the Little Theatre.

This film tells the moving and life-affirming true story of the unlikely friendship between a young homeless busker, James Bowen, and the stray ginger cat named Bob who changed his life.

This film is not rated.

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 566-3430.

Farmington Cinematheque Series presents Landfill Harmonic

The Farmington Cinematheque Series presents Landfill Harmonic, Friday, July 21, at 7 p.m., in the Little Theatre.

The world generates about a billion tons of garbage a year. Those who live with it and from it are poor, like the people of Cateura, Paraguay.  And here they are transforming it into beauty. This documentary follows the Orchestra as it takes its inspiring spectacle of trash into music around the world. Follow the lives of a garbage picker, a music teacher and a group of children from a Paraguayan slum that out of necessity started creating instruments entirely out of garbage. This film is a beautiful story about the transformative power of music, which also highlights two vital issues of our times, poverty and waste pollution.

This film is not rated.

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 566-3430.

Chris Cook exhibit titled, Hidden Treasurers

Chris Cook will showcase an array of pastel art in an exhibit titled, Hidden Treasurers, August 4 – 25, at the San Juan College Henderson Fine Arts Center Gallery.

A closing reception will be held Friday, August 25, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Light is everything. It is elusive and can transform an ordinary landscape or figure into something magical. No other medium captures the vibrancy and intensity of light and color in the same way as pastel. For this, and many other reasons, Cook loves the power of pastel.

The Henderson Fine Arts Center Art Gallery is open Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For further information about this exhibit or other Gallery events, contact the Art Gallery at 505-566-3464.

Cinematheque Series presents The Zoo Keepers Wife

The Farmington Cinematheque Series presents The Zoo Keepers Wife, Friday, July 7, at 7 p.m., in the Little Theatre.

The real-life story of a working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during World War II.  In 1939 Poland, Antonina Zabinska (portrayed by two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan Zabinski (Johan Heldenbergh of The Broken Circle Breakdown), have the Warsaw Zoo flourishing under his stewardship and her care. When their country is invaded by the Germans, Jan and Antonina are stunned and forced to report to Reich’s newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck.  To fight back on their own terms, Antonina and Jan covertly begin working with the Resistance and put into action plans to save lives out of what has become the Warsaw Ghetto, with Antonina putting herself and even her children at great risk.

This film is rated PG-13 for thematic elements, disturbing images, violence, brief sexuality, nudity and smoking.

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 566-3430.