SJC Dental Hygiene Program is Accepting Patients

The San Juan College Dental Hygiene Program is currently accepting patients in its clinic.  The program offers excellent preventive services, including cleanings, X-rays, examinations, oral cancer screenings, sealants and fluoride treatments – all at greatly reduced prices.

These services are performed by students under the supervision of a licensed dentist and licensed dental hygienists in a congenial, low-stress environment.  Patients will receive high quality service from students eager to learn.

Clinic hours this semester are 8 a.m. to Noon and 1 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Because this is an educational program, it does take a little longer, but services are thorough.  Call (505) 566-3126 to make an appointment.

National “Give Kids a Smile” Day Event

The San Juan College Dental Hygiene program and the local Dental Society are teaming up again to participate in the National “Give Kids a Smile” Day on Friday, February 3, 2017. This is the 14th year the College’s Dental Hygiene program has participated in the event.

From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., dental hygiene students and local dentists will be providing dental care, free of charge, to economically disadvantaged children, ages 5 to 12, from the community. San Juan College dental hygiene students will provide patients with oral hygiene education provide X-rays, cleanings and fluoride. Community dentists will provide oral examinations and dental treatment.

“Along with numerous community dentists, hygienists, students and faculty from the Dental Hygiene Program, the public schools, the Farmington Boys and Girls Club, United Way, Subway and many others have generously joined in the effort to make this a true community event,” says Dr Julius Manz, SJC Dental Hygiene Program director.

More than 50 children are expected to be seen again this year. In the past, more than $50,000 worth of dental work has been performed in a single day. Children from Farmington, Aztec, Bloomfield, Shiprock and Kirtland will receive services.

Services will be provided by a volunteer staff of dental hygiene students, San Juan College dental hygiene faculty, community dentists, hygienists and assistants. In addition to the dentists volunteering in the clinic, community orthodontists, endodontists and oral surgeons have volunteered to accept pro bono referrals from the Give Kids a Smile Day effort. The American Dental Association sponsors this event nationally on an annual basis, and the Northwest District Dental Society is sponsoring it locally.

Give Kids a Smile Day provides an opportunity for area dentists and College students to give back to the children in the community. In addition to providing diagnostic services through examinations and radiographs, patients obtain continuing care by community dentists.

Appointments for the clinic are being made through the San Juan United Way (contact Cathryn Abeyta at 326-1195) in conjunction with public school nurses and the Farmington Boys & Girls Club. No appointments are made at the clinic, and walk-ins will not be able to be seen.

The following organizations are participating:

  1. San Juan College Dental Hygiene Program – providing facilities, staff and students
  2. San Juan United Way – scheduling patients
  3. Farmington Boys & Girls Club – providing patients
  4. Farmington Municipal Schools – screening and referring children through the school nurses
  5. Subway – providing free lunch for volunteers
  6. New Mexico Dental Association, the Northwest District Dental Society and San Juan College Dental Hygiene Program – volunteers and dental supplies.

For more information, contact the San Juan College Dental Hygiene Program at 566-3126.

Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday with SJC

Join San Juan College when the African American Club hosts a street vendor style celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday.

The event will take place on Monday, January 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the student lounge.

Events will include an African drumming presentation by Dr. Teun Fetz, music by San Juan Community Gospel Choir, Harriet Tubman Monologue by Dr. Francis Vitali, MLK speeches recited by Pastor Neil Johnson, as well as an exhibit of African American art.  There will be Soul Cuisine Soul Food for sale.

For more information, contact Alicia Middleton, San Juan College African American Club Advisor, at 566-3220 or

San Juan College Orchestra performs on Friday, January 27, at 7 p.m.

Enjoy an evening of music when the San Juan College Orchestra performs on Friday, January 27, at 7 p.m., in the Henderson Fine Arts Performance Hall, as part of the San Juan College Silhouette Series.

The SJC Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Teun Fetz, assistant professor of Music will take the stage and deliver a performance sure to delight. The concert features pieces including Handel’s Royal Fireworks Music, Haydn Symphony #49, as well as music from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows movie by Alexandre Desplat and John Williams.  The orchestra will play an arrangement of Jupiter from the legendary piece the Planets by Gustav Holst, Hatikvah by Elliot Del Borgo, and a French horn feature movement from Mozart’s Concerto for Horn in E Flat featuring soloist Karon Lyon. Music covers Baroque, Classical, 20th Century, and Modern eras and includes classic orchestral repertoire and contemporary movie film music.

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.

Farmington Cinematheque Series presents Hitchcock/Truffaut

The Farmington Cinematheque Series presents Hitchcock/Truffaut, Friday, February 4, at 7 p.m., in the Little Theatre.

In 1962, Francois Truffaut persuaded Alfred Hitchcock to sit with him for a week-long interview in which the great British auteur would share with his young admirer the secrets of his cinema.  Based on the original recordings of this meeting, used to produce the seminal book Hitchcock/Truffaut, this film illustrates the greatest cinema lesson of all time and plunges us into the world of the creator of Psycho, The Birds, and Vertigo.  Hitchcock’s singular vision is elucidated and brought vividly to life by today’s leading filmmakers:  Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Arnaud Desplechin, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Wes Anderson, James Gray, Olivier Assayas, Richard Linklater, Peter Bogdanovich, and Paul Schrader.

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.

Campuses will be closed for winter break December 19 through January 1.

The San Juan College campus will be closed for the winter break Monday, December 19 through Sunday, January 1.

There will be no classes or activities scheduled, and all offices will be closed. This includes the main campus, as well as the East Campus in Aztec, West Campus in Kirtland, and all other satellite locations.

The Health and Human Performance Center (HHPC) will be closed only on December 24. It will observe normal hours the remainder of the time: Monday through Thursday, 4:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday, 4:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.; and Saturday 6:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. The HHPC is closed on Sundays.

The San Juan College Department of Public Safety will continue to have security officers on duty around the clock. If you need assistance, please contact a security officer at 566-3333 or 215-3091.

New students can apply online at Continuing students can register through My SJC Portal or The campus will reopen on Monday, January 2. Spring semester classes begin on Monday, January 16.

December 9 is AstroFriday at the San Juan College Planetarium

The San Juan College Planetarium’s AstroFriday presentation for Friday, December 9, is The Star of Bethlehem:  A Mystery Revealed. Show times are at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.

The video portion of the presentation explores possible astronomical explanations for the phenomenon known as The Christmas Star and presents reconstructions of the night sky around the time of the birth of Christ, yielding stunning surprises about several celestial events occurring in the years surrounding that time. The video will be followed by a live sky show presentation depicting the night sky as it appeared over 2000 years ago, complete with time-lapse simulations of the movements of celestial bodies over several months and years of time.

Free winter 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.

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 waxing gibbous  Moon, the planet Neptune, and the colorful binary star, Gamma Andromedae. If weather conditions are particularly favorable, participants may also see deep-sky objects such as the glittering Double Cluster in Perseus, the “E.T. Cluster in Cassiopeia, the Andromeda Galaxy, M31, the Pleiades star cluster, and the Orion Nebula.

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

Register today for the spring Dual Credit Program

Register today for the spring San Juan College Dual Credit Program.  Spring semester classes start, January 16.

The Dual Credit Program at San Juan College gives area high school juniors and seniors a jump-start on their college degree while still in high school.

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

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.

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.

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

Luminaria Stargaze

The San Juan College Planetarium’s “AstroSaturday” presentation for Saturday, December 3, is the Luminaria Stargaze. The stargaze is from 6:30 and 9:30 p.m.

San Juan College will have the annual luminaria lighting on campus and the Planetarium will offer a three-hour stargaze in the courtyard between the planetarium and the Little Theatre.

There is no capacity limit for the stargaze. There will be an opportunity to glimpse the brilliant planet Venus, as well as a chance to view the beautiful crescent Moon. The planet Mars should be visible for roughly the first half of the observation session.  More distant and challenging planets, Uranus and Neptune may be available for viewing.  Deep-sky objects including Andromeda Galaxy and the “E.T. Cluster” (it really looks like a stick figure of E.T.) maybe viewable. Others include the Great nebula in Orion, the Double Cluster in Perseus, the Pleiades, Seven Sisters, as well as the double star systems, Gamma Andromendae and Albireo.

Parking is available in the designated parking places on campus for the walk-through of the luminaria event.  If weather conditions are unfavorable, the event will be canceled.

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

Christmas Concert performed by SJC Choir and Company groups

The San Juan College Choir and Company groups will perform a Christmas concert, Thursday, December 15, at 7 p.m., in the Henderson Fine Arts Center Performance Hall.

The Company Ensemble will help get you in the Holiday spirit with songs such as Calypso Lullaby, Christmas Pops Trio, Jingle-Bell Rock, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town and more.

The San Juan College Concert Choir will present a variety of songs including the familiar Carol of the Bells, Christmas Kum Ba Ya, Sing with the Angels, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, and many, many more.

It will be an evening of feel-good Christmas music.

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.