Free App for Students & Staff Turns Smartphones into a Personal Security Device

Native American Center students ready to use Rave Guardian app
Students from SJC Native American Center and Shannon Benally, Native American Center Administrative Assistant, are ready to utilize the new Rave Guardian app on their smartphones.

As part of San Juan College’s ongoing commitment to campus safety, the Department of Public Safety has launched Rave Guardian, a free mobile app that turns any smartphone into a personal safety device.

By downloading this free safety app, students, faculty and staff, as well as community members while on any SJC campus, can enhance their personal safety.  This app is in addition to the Rave Alert that San Juan College continues to use to share information about campus closures, extreme weather, and other campus emergencies.

The Rave Guardian app helps to keep students, faculty, staff and community members safe while on SJC campuses by giving direct connections to campus safety. The app also has a safety feature that directly connects people to San Juan College Public Safety (or 9-1-1 if off-campus) in an emergency situation, as well as the ability to submit an anonymous tip to the campus Department of Public Safety office.

Another safety feature of the Rave Guardian app is users can create a profile of information about themselves, and invite family and friends to their safety network as their “Guardians.” They can then request one or more of their Guardians to virtually walk with them on or off campus. It’s like having an emergency blue light system and a trusted friend with them at all times.

“We encourage all students, faculty and staff to enhance their personal safety and the safety of their friends when on SJC campuses by downloading the free app.” says Kenny Hibner, director of San Juan College Public Safety.

The Rave Guardian App can be downloaded in the Apple or Google Play stores by searching for “Rave Guardian.” You can also learn more at www.raveguardian.com.

Kim Webster will showcase her work in an exhibit titled A Day at the Races

Kim Webster will showcase her work in an exhibit titled A Day at the Races, at the Henderson Fine Arts Center Art Gallery, May 4 to May 25.

An opening reception will be held Friday, May 4, from 5 to 7 p.m., in the Henderson Fine Arts Center Art Gallery.

The show titled, A Day at the Races will feature oil painting of artist Kim Webster. There are two currents in Webster’s recent work – The portrait and the crowd study. Sometimes a portrait will develop from a crowd study, or photographing un-posed people in large groups at parades or outdoor festivals. This allows the artist to capture natural poses.

“With this show, A Day at the Races, I’ve tried to capture the excitement, drama and pageantry of the horse track,” says Webster. “A lot more goes on at the track than people realize. These paintings are a culmination of four years of visits to the San Juan Downs.”

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.

Broadening Horizons Lecture Series presents a lecture by Anne Mataczynski, discussing Autism awareness

The Citizens Bank Broadening Horizons Lecture Series at San Juan College presents a lecture by Anne Mataczynski, discussing Autism awareness, Monday, April 23, at 7 p.m. at the San Juan College Little Theatre.

Anne Mataczynski, owner of GEM learning Center, will introduce three keys to minimize meltdowns, so loved ones can blossom. Topics will include raising awareness of autism in order to make better teachers, coworkers and community members. Questions will be answered why individuals with autism don’t follow the usual pathway of natural childhood development. The David Autism Approach will be introduced to help Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

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.

April 20th is AstroFriday at the SJC Planetarium

The San Juan College Planetarium’s AstroFriday presentation for Friday, April 20, is Solar Quest. Show times are at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.

A 12-minute solar full-dome show about how the Sun and Earth are interconnected and how we are “Living with a Star”. The show discusses the impacts of space weather and how the Earth’s atmosphere and magnetic field protects all life on Earth. A live evening sky show will be presented to observe the evening sky of April.

Spring 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.

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 Moon and our nearest planetary neighbor, Venus. If weather conditions are particularly favorable, participants may also see deep-sky objects such as the M81 and M82 galaxies, Orion Nebula (M42), and the Seven Sisters, or Pleiades.

For further information, call David Mayeux at 505-566-3361. The Planetarium show schedule and other information is on the SJC Planetarium Facebook page.

Dia de los Niños

Join San Juan College Herencia Latino Center, Enlace, and the Farmington Police Department for Dia de los Niños, Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m.to noon, in the parking lot of San Juan College’s 30th Street campus.

This family fun event is free and will provide an array of safety activities, including car seat installations, and a Child ID kit booth. Kids and parents alike are sure to be fascinated by Farmington Police Department’s bomb robot. There will also be plenty of games – including face painting and balloons.

In addition, adults can sign up for San Juan College ESL (English as a Second Language) classes and learn more about the Farmington Police Department Citizens’ Academy and Women With Insight program. The programs provide participants with insight into the world of law enforcement and personal protection through classroom instruction and hands-on exercises.

“We’re excited to partner with the Farmington Police Department in providing an opportunity for our community to keep safety at the forefront, meet with our local police officers all while enjoying a morning filled with fun activities,” said Arely Caro, event co-coordinator, and SJC Enlace ambassador/coordinator.

Georgette Allen, community relations liaison for the Farmington Police Department, emphasized the importance of building strong relationships with community members, “The Farmington Police Department welcomes opportunities to partner with community groups in an effort to strengthen our relationship with the public we serve. These partnerships are an essential element in keeping Farmington a safe place for families to live, work and play.

For more information about Dia de los Niños, visit www.sanjuancollege.edu/DiaDeLosNinos or contact Arely Caro at 505-566-3873 or at caron@sanjuancollege.edu.

San Juan College Foundation Hall of Fame Presents Inductees

The San Juan College Foundation’s Hall of Fame paid tribute to three people who have contributed to the growth and excellence of the College over its history. On Thursday, March 15, the San Juan College Foundation Hall of Fame recognized the achievements of Nisa Bruce, Traci HalesVass, and Garry Smothers.

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

Nisa Bruce, Hall of Fame Inductee
Nisa Bruce

Nisa Bruce was hired as an instructor of nursing in 1993. After more than 24 years at San Juan College, she retired as the Director of the Department of Nursing in 2017. During her tenure she worked as an instructor and Assistant Professor of Nursing where she taught in the classroom, laboratory and clinical settings. As an Assistant Director of the Nursing Program, she assisted the director in oversight of the program and curriculum development. As Director, she was instrumental in supervision and management, maintaining accreditation requirements with the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and approval through the New Mexico Board of Nursing, as well as assisting with statewide curriculum development and teaching courses in the statewide curriculum. Bruce was instrumental in helping to bring the University of New Mexico nursing partnership and statewide nursing curriculum to San Juan College. The project began in the fall of 2009, the curriculum was developed in 2010 and the first New Mexico Education Consortium (NMNEC) class was admitted to San Juan College in the fall of 2014.

Bruce was a member and chair of the Instructional Affairs Council (IAC) 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 (NMCNE).

Traci HalesVass, Hall of Fame Inductee
Traci HalesVass

Traci HalesVass taught writing at San Juan College from 1998 to 2002 and again from 2008 to her retirement in 2017. She taught writing courses, including a Basic Writing Workshop Advanced Composition, Technical Writing, and Creative Writing courses. She was instrumental in starting the Creative Writing Certificate in 2009. Many of her composition courses were themed courses, such as Rebel Voices, The Beats, and One Book, One Community. She taught Gay Lit as a combined course with a Political Science class taught by the late Dr. Judy Palier. HalesVass was certified as a Safe Zone ally. She also was instrumental in starting online teaching at San Juan College.

In 2010, Traci received a San Juan College Foundation grant to start One Book, One Community. In this, a book is chosen each year for the campus and community to read and share in related activities and discussions, which also includes a campus visit by the author. When the grant ended, she and her committee were able to continue One Book, One Community. Thanks to funding from the San Juan College Foundation the program continues today as an important college and community event.

Garry Smothers, Hall of Fame Inductee
Garry Smothers

Garry Smothers began his career at San Juan College in 2000 as the Assistant Director of Physical Plant. Smothers spent the next 16 years proudly representing the Physical Plant by prioritizing, providing resources, and supervision of the daily operations of maintaining over one million square feet of facilities and multiple acres of grounds. As Director of Physical Plant, he provided valuable leadership, vision and strategy for updating and modernizing San Juan College facilities through re-model and new construction projects. During his tenure at San Juan College, Smothers contributed to an overall effort that resulted in an expansion 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 the state level. He was always the “go-to” person to provide campus tours to both new and prospective San Juan College employees as well as dignitaries.  His presentation skills, participation and involvement with the San Juan College Bond initiative were instrumental in achieving a successful campaign.

For more information, contact the San Juan College Foundation at 505-566-3200.

Broadening Horizons Lecture Series at San Juan College presents a special lecture by Madison Steiner

The Citizens Bank Broadening Horizons Lecture Series at San Juan College presents a special lecture by Madison Steiner, creator of Peach’s Neet Feet, Thursday, April 19, at 7 p.m., at the San Juan College Little Theatre.

 

Join us for an enlightening discussion with Madison Steiner, the creator of Peach’s Neet Feet, which brings joy to the lives of children who have experienced great hardships in the form of chronic illness and disability. Steiner also will discuss her nationwide Hustle Kindness movement, encouraging people to perform random acts of kindness.

 

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.

Farmington Cinematheque Series presents The Disaster Artist with The Room (Double Show)

The Farmington Cinematheque Series presents The Disaster Artist with The Room (Double Show), Saturday, May 19, at 7 p.m., in the Little Theatre.

The Disaster Artist is a movie about Greg Sestero, an aspiring film actor, who meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau in an acting class and they form a unique friendship and travel to Hollywood to make their dreams come true. This film is rated R for language throughout and some sexuality and nudity.

The Room centers on a successful banker’s (Tommy Wiseau) fiancée (Juliette Danielle) who tempts and manipulates his best friend (Greg Sestero). This movie is rated R for sexuality, language and brief violence.

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.

New Mexico Gas Company promotes Economic Development

Economic Development and Community Affairs Manager, Mary Homan, presented the award to San Juan College President, Dr. Toni Hopper Pendergrass.
Economic Development and Community Affairs Manager, Mary Homan, presented the award to San Juan College President, Dr. Toni Hopper Pendergrass, Director of the Center for Workforce Development, Dr. Lorenzo Reyes and Board of Trustees member, Dr. Joseph Pope, during the College’s February Board of Trustees meeting.

In effort to promote regional economic development in the Four Corners area, the New Mexico Gas Company (NMGC) and its owner, Emera, Inc., have awarded $50,000 to the San Juan College Center for Workforce Development (SJCCWD).

“We are extremely grateful to the New Mexico Gas Company for their generous award, which will be utilized to help further our efforts in promoting business and job attraction within our community,” Dr. Hopper Pendergrass said.

“Having the additional funding to train and re-career people in our area is tremendously important,” Dr. Reyes added. “Not only will it assist us in training our local workforce, but it will also assist us in our efforts in the creation and retention of job opportunities.”

When Emera acquired the New Mexico Gas Company last summer, both agreed with the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission’s (PRC) Utility Staff and the New Mexico Attorney General’s office to establish a $5 million Economic Development Fund that NMGC and Emera developed to invest and support New Mexico communities and contribute to the overall economic growth in the state. The $50,000 award is part of that effort.

“We are delighted to partner with San Juan College in contributing funds that will assist those in the Four Corners area,” Homan said. “The funds contributed from this economic grant will not be passed on to NMGC customers.”

Farmington Cinematheque Series presents Phantom Thread

The Farmington Cinematheque Series presents Phantom Thread, Saturday, April 28, at 7 p.m., in the Little Theatre.

Set in the glamour of 1950’s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) are at the center of British fashion. Women come and go through Woodcock’s life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma (Vicky Krieps), who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover.

This film is rated R for language.

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.