Gas Company of New Mexico Grant

Dr Lorenzo Reyes Mary Homan Dr Toni Hopper Pendergrass Dr Joe Pope Present Gas Compnay of New Mexico Grant
The New Mexico Gas Company and its parent company, Emera, Inc., provided San Juan College’s Center for Workforce Development with a grant award of $50,000 during the College’s February Board of Trustees meeting. The funds will be utilized to support activities and projects related to promoting business and job attraction, and the creation and retention of job opportunities. The grant award is part of a $5 million Economic Development Fund to support economic growth in New Mexico. Pictured left to right: Dr. Lorenzo Reyes, Director of San Juan College Center for Workforce Development; Mary Homan, New Mexico Gas Company Development and Community Affairs Manager; Dr. Toni Hopper Pendergrass, President of San Juan College; Dr. Joe Pope, San Juan College Board of Trustees Vice Chairman.

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).

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

“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.”

New Mexico Gas Co., the largest natural gas distribution utility in New Mexico, serves approximately 520,000 customers across the state. New Mexico Gas is a subsidiary of Emera Inc., a geographically diverse energy and services company headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

CyberCon 2018

As recent headlines show, cyber security is everyone’s business. Whether it is your TV spying on you, hacked emails, identity theft, or business fraud, the connected world makes everyone vulnerable to cyberattacks. Business owners, professionals, educators, students, and everyone else using a computer in their daily life has a role in cyber security. Our third annual 2018 CyberCon brings experts in cybersecurity to the local community for a conference on this extremely important topic.

CyberCon 2018 will be held February 21 and 22, 2018 at San Juan College in the Henderson Fine Arts Center.  Business and Industry Professionals Day on Wednesday, February 21, begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 4:15 p.m.  Youth Day, Thursday, February 22, is scheduled to run from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is sponsored by San Juan College’s Center for Workforce Development. CyberCon 2018 is free but participants must register at Eventbrite.com as seating is limited.

Business and Industry Professionals Day, February 21, kicks off with keynote speaker Richard Hammer on “Hardening Your Identity.”  Hammer is a research and development scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory and a senior cyber security engineer. Other speakers include Dr. Daniel Manson, Professor and department Chair in Computer Information Systems at California State Polytechnic University. Keynote Lunch speaker is Matthew Henderson, Intelligence Analyst, FBI Albuquerque Field Office.

Topics at Cybercon 2018 will include cyber security resiliency, identity protection, critical infrastructure protection, and education in cybersecurity. In addition, experts in industry specific areas will present on cybersecurity for oil and gas, health care systems, electric utilities, the media, and education.

The second day, February 22, will focus on Youth.  This will be a hands-on educational day for middle and high school students. Speakers from the previous day will introduce topics including careers in cybersecurity, Patriot Games, and social media security.  There also will be an opportunity to form Cybersecurity Clubs so that students may continue to learn about cybersecurity.

For more information or to register for either day go to www.sanjuancollege.edu/cybercon or call Kathi Hail at (505) 566-3804.

SJC Silhouette Series presents the World Famous Gregory Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre

Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 24, at 7 p.m., when the San Juan College Silhouette Series presents the World Famous Gregory Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre, in the Henderson Fine Arts Center Performance Hall.

The World Famous Gregory Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre is a family-oriented blend of the unique comedy and juggling skills of Gregory Popovich and the extraordinary talents of his performing pets. Each of the show’s 15 cats and 10 dogs were once strays, rescued from animal shelters. Now, they love to show off on stage by performing a variety of stunts and skits.

Don’t miss this performance. Tickets are $22 for adults, $20 for students, $18 for seniors and $15 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available for purchase online at sanjuancollege.edu/silhouette. For tickets or further information, call the San Juan College Box Office at 505-566-3430.

SJC Silhouette Series presents the BYU Ballet Company

Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 10, at 7 p.m., when the San Juan College Silhouette Series presents the BYU Ballet Company, in the Henderson Fine Arts Center Performance Hall.

The BYU Theatre Ballet is Brigham Young University’s top ballet touring company.  Student in the BYU Theatre Ballet perform regularly on and off campus in both traditional full-length classical ballets and innovative contemporary choreographic works. Theatre Ballet has performed the well-known ballet productions of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake to sold-out audiences.

Don’t miss this performance. Tickets are $22 for adults, $20 for students, $18 for seniors and $15 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available for purchase online at sanjuancollege.edu/silhouette. For tickets or further information, call the San Juan College Box Office at 505-566-3430.

SJC Theatre will present its spring drama, Dancing at Lughnasa

The San Juan College Theatre will present its spring drama, Dancing at Lughnasa, March 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 at 7 p.m., and March 11, at 2 p.m. in the San Juan College Little Theatre.

Set in the fictional Irish village of Ballybeg, Ireland, Dancing at Lughnasa is a memory play, told from the perspective of an adult, Michael. He recalls a summer spent at his aunt’s home when he was seven-years old. The five Mundy sisters, all unmarried, live in a big cottage just outside of the small village. During the summer of 1936, Michael watches as his aunts’ search for and find the potential for love – only to lose it as the hardships of life begin to cripple them. The sisters’ face the breakup of their family unit and a future filled with heartache and tragedy.

Brian Friel’s multi award-winning play is a masterpiece, portraying the strength and bravery of five sisters who dance wildly in a final celebration of their lives, before they change forever.

Tickets are $15 adults, $12 students and seniors, $8 children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased in the San Juan College Box Office or on the website at www.sanjuancollege.edu/silhouette.  For tickets or further information, call the San Juan College Box Office at 566-3430.

Cinematheque Series presents Whose Streets

The Farmington Cinematheque Series presents Whose Streets, Friday, February 16, at 7 p.m., in the Little Theatre.

Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, Whose Streets? is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis Missouri. Grief, long-standing racial tensions and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy. Empowered parents, artists, and teachers from around the country come together as freedom fighters. As the National Guard descends on Ferguson with military grade weaponry, these young community members become the torchbearers of a new resistance. Whose Streets? is a powerful battle cry from a generation fighting, not for their civil rights, but for the right to live.

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.

SJC Academic and Career Engagement (ACE) Center helps students prepare for both the GED® and HiSet® exam

Want to earn your high school equivalency diploma?  Now is your chance!

The San Juan College Academic and Career Engagement (ACE) Center helps students prepare for both the GED® and HiSet® exam within each individual’s timeframe. Along with an academic focus on language arts, math and science, students also gain technology, management and leadership skills.

“Not only does the ACE Center help students prepare to take their High School Equivalency exam, our staff also assists with college preparation, employability skills, and career exploration,” explains Jenny Lambert-Beaty, director of Adult Education and Learning Initiatives. “Our program helps students succeed beyond gaining their high school equivalency diploma – we help them build a future in the workplace and in life.”

Onboarding sessions will be held in January, February and March. Those interested in attending are required to complete a pre-onboarding packet prior to attending an onboarding session. Onboarding packets can be obtained by stopping by the ACE Center at 3539 East 30th Street, Suite 104 in Farmington, or visiting the website at sanjuancollege.edu/ACECenterApply.

For more information, call the San Juan College ACE Center at 505-566-3270.

Four Corners Art Association will host an exhibit titled 50 Years United in the Arts, at the Henderson Fine Arts Center Art Gallery

The Four Corners Art Association will showcase a wide variety of mediums in an exhibit titled 50 Years United in the Arts, at the Henderson Fine Arts Center Art Gallery, February 2 to February 23.

An opening reception will be held Friday, February 2, from 5 to 7 p.m., in the Henderson Fine Arts Center Art Gallery.

The Four Corners Art Association and its members are pleased to have San Juan College host the group in celebration of their 50th year. The show will feature art produced by its current members. The group is open to any artist with members from beginners to professionals, working in a wide variety of mediums.

The mission of the Four Corners Art Association is to support local art and artists, giving them a forum to meet, show, discuss or demonstrate art in its various forms. Through the past 50 years the Association’s membership has included most of the artists of the region at one time or another.

Four Corners Art Association hopes to continue supporting the arts for the next 50 year.

If you are an artist or aspiring to be and would like to meet other artists in the area, please consider joining. They meet at the Farmington Civic Center on the second Monday of every month, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

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.

Enjoy an evening of music when the San Juan College Symphonic Band performs

Enjoy an evening of music when the San Juan College Symphonic Band performs on Friday, February 23, at 7 p.m., in the Henderson Fine Arts Center Performance Hall, as part of the San Juan College Silhouette Series.

The band, directed by Dr. Teun Fetz, will feature two soloists – Phil Meda will play drumset on Otto Schwartz’s Funk Attack and Samuel Nez will play flute on Sketches for Flute by Andre Waignein. The band will play several up-tempo tunes and a few slower ballads for a great mix of power and passion. See the talents of students and community members from 14 to 80 come together to represent the San Juan College Music Department.

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 sanjuancollege.edu/silhouette. For further information or to purchase tickets in person, contact the San Juan College Box Office at 566-3430.

SJC Dental Hygiene Program host 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 2, 2018. This is the 15th year the College’s Dental Hygiene program has participated in and hosted 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.  To make an appointment call the United Way hotline Mon-Thu, 9:00am-4:00pm at 505-326-4357.  Walk-ins will not be able to be seen.  Children must be accompanied by their parent or guardian.

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.