New FPD Substation Opening at SJC

The partnership between San Juan College (SJC), SJC’s Department of Public Safety, and the Farmington Police Department (FPD) continues to enhance the safety of the college and community with the opening of a new police substation. Located in the College’s Health and Human Performance Center (HHPC) on the Farmington campus, the community is invited to attend the substation opening celebration, Wednesday, March 29, from 4 to 6 p.m.

“We are extremely appreciative of this collaborative endeavor,” said Dave Eppich, SJC vice president of Student Services. “Taking a proactive approach is vital to supporting our safe learning environment for our students, employees and community.”

The HHPC serves as an optimal location for the new substation. Open from 4:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and until 8 p.m. on Fridays, as well as 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, the HHPC has one of the largest number of daily visitors on campus. This, in turn, provides an opportunity for the FPD to have additional interaction with the community. No additional construction was needed, as the substation will be housed in an existing office of the HHPC.

The new substation is scheduled to officially open on March 29.The secured location will provide officers with 24 hour access, seven days a week.

“San Juan College is such a major part of the fiber of the Farmington community,” said FPD Police Chief, Steve Hebbe, “We are very pleased to be partnering to improve public safety.”

“Along with the new substation, Chief Hebbe and his staff have worked closely with us over the last several years to implement a variety of other resources that maximize safety on campus,” Eppich continued.

In 2015, FPD provided a full-time School Resource Officer on the college’s main campus. Housed at the Farmington campus, the resource officer is available to facilitate campus safety training, support SJC Department of Public Safety (DPS) officers and assist students and employees. Through a memorandum of understanding, the FPD commissions SJC Public Safety officers to handle parking violations, allowing FPD to utilize their resources in other areas of the community.

FPD also engages college students and employees in safety training exercises. The partnership also benefits the college’s DPS officers with access to higher level training courses through the Criminal Justice Training Authority.

“This collaborative effort and partnership is, without a doubt, a win-win for the safety and well-being of our College and our community,” Eppich said.

One Book/ One Community Announces 2017-2018 Selection

The San Juan College One Book/One Community Committee is pleased to announce the 2017-2018 selection: The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History through the Heart of the Grand Canyon, by Kevin Fedarko.

This non-fiction adventure tale tells of the fastest boat ride ever down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon in 1983.  The book touches on topics such as engineering, conservation, outdoor recreation, biology, mathematics, psychology, and information literacy.

The San Juan College One Book/One Community project originated in 2010 as a two-year Distinguished Teaching Chair project of San Juan College Professor of English Traci HalesVass. It is based on the philosophy that a community that opens a book together closes it in greater harmony. It was developed to build a sense of community while promoting literacy. One Book, One Community is intended to promote campus and community dialogue through curriculum projects, discussions and a presentation by the author.

Several interesting activities related to the book are already being planned for 2017-2018 and will be announced once the calendar is set. For more information on One Book/One Community, contact Danielle Sullivan at

Apple Blossom Beard and Mustache Competition

Men – Show off your best beard and mustache at the Apple Blossom Beard and Mustache Competition, Thursday, April 6, beginning at 7 p.m., in the San Juan College Little Theatre.

Sponsored by the San Juan College School of Humanities, and Professional and Support Staff Associations, the event will be hosted by Dr. Paul D. Roof, educator and facial hair enthusiast. For a $5 entry fee, participants will compete in three categories – Beard, Mustache, and Partial, which includes goatees, sideburns and beard with no mustache. The event is open to all ages. The audience will select winners for best, longest and most original, by voting with their spare change. All proceeds from the event will benefit a local charity.

Participants are required to pre-register by contacting the San Juan College Box Office at 566-3465. Rules and regulations are also available by calling the SJC Box Office.

In addition to the Beard and Mustache Contest, Dr. Roof will also discuss his experiences as they relate to life, social media and beard culture.

SJC presents The African Diaspora to America

Join the San Juan College’s African American Club with the presentation of The African Diaspora to America, Friday, March 17, at 6 p.m., at the Farmington Civic Center. Dr. Teun Fetz, San Juan College Music professor and his African Drumming Class will kick off the event.

The diaspora will be performed by Elevé Dance Theatre from the Pocono Mountains of East Stroudsburg, Pa. It is told as a story in song and dance that begins in Africa and travels in time to America depicting its rich history. Each musical piece is narrated by KwanzaaMama.  Her main purpose is to inform and educate. She seeks to inspire dreams for the young and to celebrate the cultural diversity that enriches our community. There will be guest performances by the San Juan College African drummers, Faedra Johnson of First Indian Church, Dr. Francis Vitali of the University of New Mexico Farmington Center, and psalmists “The Mackeys.”

Elevé Dance Theatre opened its doors in 2013 with the vision to provide opportunities for youth who may otherwise be unable to access performing art programs that are available in larger cities. Students have shown a tremendous progression in their artistic development, confidence, self-esteem and passion for the arts.

In the last two years, students of Elevé Dance Theatre, have performed at many local community events and venues in the East Coast Tri-State area including the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monroe County Tele-thon, the Monroe County Image Awards, the Dorney Park Dance Festival and New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC). These students have had the opportunity to attend and perform at dance festivals and workshops around the Tri-State area. With these opportunities, they have worked with celebrity choreographers for Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Fifth Harmony as well as teachers from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dance Theater of Harlem and the American Ballet Theater.

Admission to the event is free. The African American Club will host a fundraising concession stand, along with an African art and food for sale as well as a special drawing for art prizes during intermission. Tickets are $5 for 1, and $15 for 5. All proceeds will benefit the San Juan College African American Club.

For more information, contact Alicia Middleton, San Juan College African American Club sponsor, at 505-566-3220.

SJC Volunteer Center is accepting nominations for Volunteers of the Year

Whether they are providing care to people who are homeless, enriching children’s lives, or giving a few hours to a domestic violence shelter, volunteers generously offer their hands and hearts in countless ways to make a difference.

In appreciation of the community’s volunteers, San Juan College Volunteer Center is accepting nominations for Volunteers of the Year now through Saturday, April 1, 2017.  This recognition is held in conjunction with National Volunteer Week, April 23-29.

“We love the opportunity to recognize the volunteers in our community,” explains Lucy Haber of the San Juan College Volunteer Center.  “This reception is a great time to celebrate how volunteers and their agencies have touched lives in the past year.”

Under the theme of  “We (heart) Volunteers”, Volunteers of the Year will be awarded in five categories – Individual Adult, Individual Youth for those 18 years of age and younger, Group for those with 2 or more volunteers, Senior (65 years of age and older) and  Student Service Learning. Service Learning incorporates classroom study with community service, all while encouraging personal growth and civic responsibility.

Awards will be based on volunteers’ reliability, positive influence on others, leadership, inspiration to others, initiative, helpfulness, enthusiasm, dedication, flexibility and compassion. Those nominated must have performed their volunteer service in San Juan County during 2016.

Award winners will be chosen through a selection committee, comprised of members from the Volunteer Center’s Advisory Committee. For a nomination form, call the Volunteer Center at 566-3690, or download a form from  and click on “Volunteer of the Year Nomination Form 2016”once you reach the web page.

Volunteers of the Year will be named at the 27th Annual Volunteer of the Year Awards Reception, Thursday, April 13, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., in the 9000 rooms, at the Henderson Fine Arts Center.

National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 through the Points of Light Institute. The event serves as a call to action for Americans to volunteer and inspire others by example.

For more information about Volunteers of the Year nominations or community volunteer opportunities, call the Volunteer Center at 566-3690, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

March 3 is AstroFriday at the San Juan College Planetarium

The San Juan College Planetarium’s AstroFriday presentation for Friday, March 3, is Journey to the Center of the Milky Way. Show times are at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.

This seven-minute full-dome video starts in the dry and empty Atacama Desert in Chile, home of the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT). Thanks to the extraordinary air conditions, in combination with the technological power of the VLT, the audience will be able to view the center of the Milky Way, which is mostly blocked by dust and gas. By observing the heart of the galaxy over a period of 20 years, the VLT and the Keck telescopes have been able to observe the motion of more than 100 stars and identify the exact position of an otherwise invisible object – a supermassive black hole four million times the mass of the Sun.

Following the video presentation there will be a sky show, using the Planetarium’s star projector to depict the March night sky.

Spring 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 Moon, the colorful double star Gamma Andromedae, and our binary north star, Polaris. If weather conditions are particularly favorable, participants may also see deep-sky objects as the fanciful “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 announced as a silver-level Military Friendly School Award recipient

San Juan College was recently announced as a silver-level Military Friendly School Award recipient for 2017. For more than a decade, Military Friendly ratings have set the standard for companies and colleges demonstrating positive employment and education outcomes for veterans and their families.

Military Friendly® Awards showcase the most powerful and effective programs of more than 200 companies and 1,200 post-secondary schools that were designated as “Military Friendly” in November. Of those designated, 154 employers and 541 schools have been recognized for excellence in different categories, highlighting not only “Are you Military Friendly?” but “How Military Friendly are you.”

“All of our Military Friendly award recipients set the standard for excellence,” said Daniel Nichols, Chief Product Officer of Victory Media and head of Military Friendly development. “They offer exceptional examples of what it means not just to build a program that meets federal requirements, but one that serves the military and veteran community from classrooms to careers.”

San Juan College is committed to ensuring veterans, like every other student on campus, find their success. “Being named Military Friendly is a huge tribute to San Juan College as a whole and especially the hard work of the Veteran Center staff,” Veteran Center Coordinator David Drake said. “We hope that our work in the Center helps veterans feel at home at San Juan College, and ultimately, earn the degree and their Challenge Coin.”

Challenge Coins are awarded by the Veteran Center to veterans who earn a degree or certificate at San Juan College.

For more information on the San Juan College Veteran Center, stop by the center in Room 1717 or call 505-566-3970.

Farmington Cinematheque Series presents Lion

The Farmington Cinematheque Series presents Lion, Saturday, March 25, at 7 p.m., in the Little Theatre.

A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on a train that takes him thousands of miles across India, away from home and family. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories and his unwavering determination, he sets out to find his lost family and return to his first home.

This film is rated PG-13 for thematic material and some sensuality.

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.

SJC Theatre presents Alice in Wonderland

The San Juan College Theatre will present its spring production, Alice in Wonderland, March 9, 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 7 p.m., and March 19, at 2 p.m. in the San Juan College Little Theatre.

Lewis Carroll’s classic adventure, Alice in Wonderland is proudly presented by San Juan College. We invite you to join us down the rabbit hole in this original premier adaptation created by Mollie Mook-Fiddler. Mook-Fiddler served as the Theatre instructor at San Juan College until her death in November 2016. She completed this adaptation before her passing. Aerial and acrobatic play along with puppetry and an exciting new take on this coming of age storybook favorite will delight audiences of all ages. Physical theatre artist Alyse Marie Neubert will direct and work with the cast and crew to create a truly unique evening of theatre in the Southwest.

Make your reservations now for one of two Mad Hatter Tea Parties, slated for Saturday, March 11 and Saturday, March 18 at 6 p.m.  Tickets for the party are $20 per person.  For information and reservations, call 566-3430.

Tickets are $12 adults, $10 students and seniors, $8 children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased in the San Juan College Box Office or on the website at For tickets or further information, call the San Juan College Box Office at 566-3430.

San Juan College Symphonic Band performs on Friday, February 24, at 7 p.m.

Enjoy an evening of music when the San Juan College Symphonic Band performs on Friday, February 24, at 7 p.m., in the Henderson Performance Hall, as part of the San Juan College Silhouette Series.

The band, conducted by Dr. Teun Fetz, will perform a diverse selection of concert band music including marches, romantic ballads, as well as driving up-tempo pieces featuring woodwinds, brass, and percussion. Music will include Quiet Music and Screamers March, a medley of circus march themes by Douglas Wagner, Sleep by Eric Whitacre, Variants on a Nautical Hymn, by Mark Williams. The evening will also include Walking to the Sky, by Robert Buckley, Washington Post March by John Philip Sousa, Where Eagles Soar, by Steven Reineke, The Whispering Tree, by George Farmer, With Each Sunset Comes The Promise of a New Day, by Richard Saucedo, and Woodwind Polka by Andy Clark.

This will be a great performance you won’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.