Family Game Day and Movie Night hosted by San Juan College

San Juan College will host Family Game Day and Movie Night on Friday, May 19.  Family Game Day will be held from 4-7 p.m. in the Learning Commons Plaza and the Henderson Fine Arts Center. Family Movie Night will feature The Lego Batman Movie beginning at dusk (approximately 8:30 p.m.). It will be shown on the wall outside the pottery lab of the Henderson Fine Arts Center.

This afternoon to evening fun and free family-friendly event will include games, activites and the chance to see everything San Juan College has to offer. Learn more about Kids Kollege, get assistance with registration and learn more about the different degree programs at San Juan College.

Food will be available for purchase at the event and outside food is permitted; however, grills of any kind are prohibited on campus.  Families are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to sit on.

Glass, drugs or alcohol will not be permitted.  Smoking is permitted only in designated smoking areas, which are clearly marked.

For more information about Family Game Day, call 505-566-3118.  For more information about Movie Night, call 505-566-3403.

SJC is Lit Up Blue for Autism Awareness

During the month of April, San Juan College will shine blue lights at night on the Clock Tower to help increase awareness, acceptance and understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder.  The goal is to help all individuals with ASD thrive and succeed personally, professionally, and academically.

April is World Autism Awareness Month, and April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day, an internationally recognized day, as designated by the United National General Assembly.

Autism is a complex disability that interferes with the development of communication and social interaction skills.  More accurately know as Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD, it is a lifelong disorder that can make learning difficult and may lead to challenging behaviors.  ASD is estimated to affect as many as 1 in every 45 American children.

Each week in April, San Juan College will post information about ASD to its Facebook page.  Please check in regularly to learn more about behavioral characteristics, treatments, and things you can do to help.

San Juan College Choir and Company

The San Juan College Choir and Company groups will rock the evening away with you at the spring concert, Friday, April 28, at 7 p.m., in the Henderson Fine Arts Center Performance Hall.

The Concert Choir will present a diverse and exciting selection of music including Step One from the musical Kinky Boots, and a bluegrass tune, Pineywood Mountain; Last Train Runnin’, a gospel/spiritual; Everybody Rejoice from the Wiz; Dai, Dai, Dai, a Jewish folk song, and more.

Following intermission, the Company Vocal band will take the stage to present a variety of pop, rock, and country music. Titles include Free Ride, Road Not Taken by Lauren Alaina, Like A Prayer by Madonna, Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves’ by Aretha Franklin and R.O.C.K. in the USA by John Mellencamp.

It will be an exciting night filled with music for all ages.

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

VanAnn Moore brings to life, Amazing Women of the Wild West

Experience history coming to life when VanAnn Moore brings to life, Amazing Women of the Wild West: A Territorial Chautauqua as Dona Tules Barcelo, Susan Shelby Magoffin, and Lydia Spencer Lane, Friday, April 28, at 7 p.m., in the Little Theatre.

Amazing Women of the Wild West investigates New Mexican women through living history portrayals of Dona Tules (Gertrudes Barcelo), Susan Shelby Magoffin and Lydia Spencer Lane. These women represented what it took to survive and thrive during very colorful and extremely challenging times in New Mexico’s Territorial era.

VanAnn Moore is a Chautauqua performer and researcher who has brought a dozen historical characters alive for the New Mexico Humanities Council’s audiences, and audiences throughout the nation and world for over 14 years.

The Chautauqua performances are free and sponsored by the San Juan College Foundation, the New Mexico Humanities Council, the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, San Juan College Encore Program and KSJE 90.9 FM.

For further information, contact the San Juan College Box Office, at 566-3430.

SJC Theatre department presents a Reader’s Theatre Performance of The Human’s

Experience the masterful art of playwriting in an intimate setting with the San Juan College Theatre department presents a Reader’s Theatre Performance of The Human’s, Saturday, April 15, at 7 p.m., in the Black Box Theatre.

The middle-class family seems to be spiraling toward perilous entropy in The Humans, the blisteringly funny, bruisingly sad and altogether wonderful play by Stephen Karam.

Reader’s Theatre offers its audience the ability to experience the masterful art of playwriting in an intimate setting. 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.

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

Farmington Cinematheque Series presents Moonlight

The Farmington Cinematheque Series presents Moonlight, Saturday, April 8, at 7 p.m., in the Little Theatre.

A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. At once a vital portrait of contemporary African American life and an intensely personal and poetic meditation on identity, family, friendship, and love, Moonlight is a groundbreaking piece of cinema that reverberates with deep compassion and universal truths.

This film is rated R for some sexuality, drug use, brief violence, and 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 566-3430.

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.