From the President . . . . . .
Achieving the Dream . . . .
2 Calendar Highlights
Dental Hygiene students . . 3 July 13-16
Groundbreaking . . . . . . . . 4 Junior Wrangler Camp, for ages 9 to 16. 566-
THE SAN JUAN COLLEGE Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 3214.
July 15, dusk
“Freaky Friday,” summer movie shown outside
Fine Arts Center. Free.
July 16, 7 p.m.
Summer Band plays in Orchard Park. Free.
July 17, 7 p.m.
VOLUME 24 ISSUE 4 JULY/AUGUST 2004 Summer Band plays at Gateway Museum. Free.
NSF grant funds
situation in the classroom to facilitate a higher level of July 19-23, 1-4 p.m.
expertise in teaching math and science using Astronomy Camp, for ages 10 to 15. 566-3214
Currently, 15 pre-service teachers and 17 in-service July 19-23, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
teachers are receiving instruction in such topics as Camp Scrubs, for ages 10 to 15. 566-3214.
Geology of the Four Corners Region and Adobe Rock
‘N Roll, Exploring Energy, Deep Ocean Research, July 24, 7 p.m.
Statistical Analysis of Data, Exploring Light and Color, Summer Band plays at the Farmington Library.
Use of Microsoft Excel and Power Point, Biology, Free.
Chemistry, and Math Explorations using National
an Juan College, in partnership with Farmington, Institute of Health Image Processing, Mathematical July 26-30, 1-4 p.m.
Aztec, Bloomfield, and Central Consolidated Modeling using Geometer’s Sketchpad, “Who Done It Summer Adventure Camp, for ages 10 to 15.
School Districts as well as Navajo Preparatory Crime Scene”—Using DNA Fingerprinting, and Use of 566-3214.
School and Nenahnezad Community School, have Microscopes to View Various Types of Cells.
Some of the materials used in the workshops July 26-30, 1-4 p.m.
have been developed at the Harvard Smithsonian Outdoor Ceramics, for ages 10 to 15. 566-3214.
Institute for Astrophysics, the National Institutes
of Health Center for Image Processing, the Illinois July 30, 7 p.m.
Institute for Statistics Education, Chaos, Fractals, Summer Orchestra plays at the Farmington
and Dynamical Systems Institute at Fermi Library. Free.
National Accelerator Labs, and Geometer’s
Sketchpad Institute at University of California, August 5, dusk
Berkeley. The workshop instructors are employees “Looney Tunes: Back in Action,” summer movie
from San Juan College and all of the county’s shown outside Fine Arts Center. Free.
Over the two-year period of the grant, 30 pre- August 16-September 9
service and 30 in-service teachers will receive the San Juan College Faculty Art Show.
training. Each participant will also receive
approximately $1,000 in materials for his/her
Laura Lehleitner and Nikki Lewis, above, pre-service teacher education students, experiment
classroom as well as a stipend for each in-service
teacher and tuition paid for nine credits for each
with sound on straw oboes. The two have completed most of their San Juan College courses
and are in the beginning stages of their UNM K-8 teacher education program.
pre-service teacher. he fall semester starts August 23, 2004.
Registration is currently ongoing. Students
received a two-year $300,000 Advanced can register for classes in person, by phone
Technology Education grant from the or on the web. Advised registration for students
National Science Foundation to promote to meet with their advisors will be held from 8
training in the use of technology in math and a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, August 17, in the
science classrooms, grades 5-8. Jana Wallace, Educational Services Center. Late registration is
assistant professor of math at SJC, is the August 18 and 19.
project director. Web registration is available by logging on to
The grant will allow existing teachers to www.sanjuancollege.edu. Click on SJC On-Line
earn credits that will aid them in becoming Registration, which will take you to Campus
“highly qualified” as defined in the No Child Connect Web.
Left Behind Act. The grant will also provide Students who have not been enrolled at San
specialized training in math and science Juan College and concurrent high school
technology to pre-service teachers studying to students need to come to the Admissions Office
earn a bachelor’s degree in education. Each in the Educational Services Center to register in
pre-service teacher will be paired with an in- person. Information: 566-3300.
service teacher in a team-teaching, mentoring
SAN JUAN COLLEGE COMMUNICATOR / JULY/AUGUST 2004
president’s College receives Achieving the
DESK Dream grant for student success
n June a group of us traveled to Austin, TX, to who receive government-supported financial aid.
an Juan College is among 27 community col-
learn about the Lumina Foundation’s The colleges selected are committed to increas-
leges in five states selected to participate in
Achieving the Dream grant program, which ing student success and best communicated their
Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges
funds colleges who are trying to improve the suc- vision for accomplishing that.
Count, an initiative designed to enhance the aca-
cess of their students. The College received a With assistance from this grant, San Juan
demic success of low-income and minority students.
$50,000 planning grant for this year and will be College hopes to improve graduation, transfer and
San Juan College will receive a $50,000 planning
applying for $400,000 to cover a four-year inten- success rates among low-income students and stu-
grant and will be eligible for additional funding to
sive retention plan. dents of color. For young people and adults across
implement plans. San Juan College’s proposal will
It is important for us as a community college this region, SJC is the primary pathway to educa-
focus on retaining students and helping them to
to make sure our students achieve their goals, tional and economic opportunity. Almost 40 percent
complete their goals.
whether those goals are to get a degree and go to of the students are minority, primarily Native
Achieving the Dream is funded by Lumina
work to support their family, to earn college cred- Americans and Hispanics. Many of the students
Foundation for Education and involves several
its that will transfer to a university, or to make have little history of college-going and have signifi-
national organizations. The first phase of the initia-
sure their skills are updated so they can continue cant learning needs: 85 percent are first-generation
tive will directly involve the selected colleges in
to perform their jobs well. college-goers; 98 percent of new students in 2001-02
Florida, North Carolina, New Mexico, Virginia and
Statistics show that most students at San Juan placed into at least one developmental course.
Texas. In future years, the initiative will expand to
College do achieve their dreams. The number of Partners supporting the national project are: the
involve eligible community colleges in additional
students transferring to a four-year New Mexico American Association of Community Colleges;
states. Currently in the planning phase, the national
college or university has grown 18 percent per Community College Leadership Program at the
program will be launched in the fall 2004.
year on average since 1995. And the number of University of Texas-Austin; Community College
A team of national reviewers selected the 27
students completing degrees and certificates has Research Center, Teacher’s College, Columbia
participating institutions from among 60 communi-
grown more than 13 percent per year on average University; Futures Project, Brown University; Jobs
ty colleges that submitted proposals. Eligible col-
over the past eight years. In May, more than 650 for the Future; MDRC and Public Agenda.
leges were regionally accredited, public, associate
students graduated with a degree or certificate. The application for the $400,000 grant is due in
degree-granting institutions. Each college was
Because we serve a large population of Native the spring 2005. This year will be spent drawing up
required to have an enrollment that was at least 33
American students, we are concerned that these a plan and writing the proposal.
percent minority students or 50 percent students
students, too, graduate at high rates, and that they
have the tools they need to succeed in college. San
Juan College is ranked fifth nationally in the num-
ber of Native American graduates, and the num- Navajo Nation Teacher Consortium meets on campus
ber of Native American graduates accurately
reflects the area population. In 2003-04, 136 Native embers of the Navajo Nation Teacher University of New Mexico, University of Northern
American students received degrees or certifi- Education Consortium gathered on the Colorado, Fort Lewis College, UNM-Gallup,
cates, representing almost 25 percent of all SJC College campus in May for their quarterly Northern Arizona University, Arizona State
graduates. meeting. The goal of the NNTEC is to improve coor- University and the Navajo Nation Scholarships and
Students who don’t have a tradition of going dination and delivery of teacher education pro-
to college, whose parents did not graduate from a grams offered by post-secondary institutions to
four-year institution, or who come from a low- Navajo and non-Navajo teacher education students.
income or minority population, are often at risk of San Juan College became a member of the consor-
dropping out, or of not attempting to pursue a tium last winter.
college degree in the first place. The federally The meeting focused on strategies for advancing
funded Educational Dedication and Goal the representation of Navajo teachers in schools
Enhancement (EDGE) program shepherds them serving the reservation. One significant gap is the
through some of the challenges of entering an low number of Native American secondary math
institution of higher education and has been and science teachers. Strategies recommended
extremely successful in encouraging students include promoting teaching careers among current
through some tough spots. . . . continued on page 3 college students majoring in math or science and
assisting elementary teachers to fulfill requirements
needed to become licensed at the secondary level.
SJC assistant math professor Vernon Willie
shared with the group how he uses Navajo geo- Elaine Benally, director of the SJC west campus in Kirtland, and Dr. Joseph Suina from the
graphic and cultural features to link math concepts Institute of American Indian Education at the University of New Mexico.
for all his students. Willie’s presentation on the
Published Bimonthly by
MARKETING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS, 566-3202 Four Sacred Mountains captivated everyone pres- Financial Assistance Office. Elaine Benally is San
Dr. Carol J. Spencer, President • Linda Plemons Baker, Editor ent. Juan College’s representative for the consortium,
SJC B o a r d : E v e l y n B . B e n n y , D o n C a r l s o n , S t e v e n S . D u n n , S i d n e y C .
Martin, Eva B. Stokely, D. Craig Walling, Edward Wood The meeting attracted representatives from the and Vicky Ramakka is the alternate.
2 SAN JUAN COLLEGE COMMUNICATOR / JULY/AUGUST 2004
Dental Hygiene students treat patients in residential facility
San Juan College’s dental hygiene program is hygiene instruction and dental hygiene services to cent.
making a name for itself in community service residents. “As our population ages, it is imperative “This is an extraordinary event in the history of
learning. The senior dental hygiene students have that students understand the needs of this special our program. It’s rare that students receive such
been treating develop- group,” says Spaight. high scores. Looks like we are doing the right
mentally disabled The dental hygiene thing!” says Spaight. WREB is the clinical exam
patients from the local program’s primary focus students must pass to gain licensure in the state of
ResCare, a residential is dental hygiene educa- New Mexico. The board includes 10 other western
facility for people with tion. The program states, so a passing score allows new graduates to
developmental disabili- includes clinical and lec- practice in Colorado, Utah, Arizona and Texas.
ties. The Medicaid mobile ture oriented instruction. For more information on dental education call
dental group lost funding Upon completion of the Carrie Jo Gonzales at 566-3642. For information on
last year, so the ResCare two-year program stu- dental care services call Shirley Chester at 566-3126.
residents were without dents will receive an
any treatment until the associate of applied sci-
San Juan College pro- ence degree. The second- Native American Program sets
gram stepped in.
Students treated 12
ary focus of the program
is to serve as a treatment
up college prep workshop
people from the local facility, allowing the pro-
facility, providing overall gram to treat many The Native American Program of San Juan
dental hygiene care underinsured individu- College, in coordination with the Learning Center
including cleaning, radi- als in the community. of Diné College, will present a College Preparation
ographs and extractions. Also students can fulfill Workshop for students who will enter college this
Senior students gain their clinical require- fall. The workshop will be held 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.,
hands-on experience Dental hygiene students Edie Ivie and Bernalea Liesse were two of the students pro- ments. The program is Wednesday, August 4, at the Henderson Fine Arts
viding service to residents of ResCare, a home for people with disabilities.
while providing an moving into the Center. A free lunch will be provided for student
invaluable service to their patients. Medicaid dental arena with an onsite dentist, but participants. Workshops topics include "Look,
Paula Spaight, Dental Hygiene director at San the San Juan College dental clinic is first and fore- Stop, Listen - Take College Seriously," "Financial
Juan College, says, “This is a win-win for the com- most a teaching clinic. Aid for College," "Getting the Most out of
munity as well as the dental hygiene students. A recent validation for the Dental Hygiene Advisors," "The Transcript Story," "Selecting a
Community service learning is a new trend in den- Program is the excellent Western Regional Major," and "You are Accountable."
tal education. Our students are on the cutting edge Examining Board (WREB) scores from the 2004 Representatives from Native American educa-
with this new curriculum.” graduating class. Nine students took this clinical tional funding agencies will present documentation
The dental program also sends senior students exam and five of them scored above 95 percent. One requirements and eligibility criteria for funding to
to LifeCare, a local residential home for senior citi- student received 100 percent on her exam and a sec- the student participants. For workshop registration
zens. Students treat 20-30 patients, offering oral ond scored 99.7 percent. The passing score is 75 per- information, call the Native American Program,
San Juan College, at (505) 566-3321 or 3363.
Students celebrate 100% pass rate on dental exam President’s Message . . .from page 2
The Talent Search program, also federally fund-
followed by the jurisprudence exam (dental law) later ed, targets middle school students and has coun-
For the second year in a row, 100 percent of the
in the summer. Graduates of the program may then selors working in both the Bloomfield and Central
members of the graduating class of the San Juan
apply for licensure and pursue employment. Consolidated school districts to help students set
College Dental Hygiene Program have passed their
Students in the program work closely with area their sights on a college education.
Dental Hygiene National Board Examination. Not
dentists and dental hygienists to ensure they are But it is not enough that our students are edu-
only did all the students pass the exam, but they
prepared with the scientific background and clinical cated. Do they also get jobs once they complete
scored higher than the national average in six out of
skills to be good hygienists. Program director Paula their studies? Data from the New Mexico
10 categories. The national pass rate for the exam is 75
Spaight credits members of the SJC program faculty, Department of Labor and the San Juan College
percent. The highest score was a 94, earned by Edie
including both dentists and hygienists, for their Placement Office report that more than 80 percent
invaluable input into the success of the program. The of our graduates are employed by the end of the
This is the second graduating class for the Dental
positive results of this board exam is a reflection of first quarter following graduation.
Hygiene program. Students started the program in
how effective both classroom teaching and clinical Further evidence of our commitment to student
the fall 2002 semester and graduated in ceremonies
instruction are. success will come this fall, when we enact manda-
on May 8. The graduating class of 2003 also passed
Members of the 2004 graduating class are: Lisa tory placement for all students enrolling in math or
the boards at 100 percent.
Crispin, Sue Fresquez, Marina Hampton, Christina English classes. Students will be tested before they
The comprehensive board exam covers
Harp, Lynderra Henderson, Erin Holmes, Bonnie enroll in one of these classes to ensure they start in
everything in the dental hygiene curriculum
Hooper, Eden Ivie, Catalina Johnson, Bernalea Leisse, the appropriate course for their skills. That way
including prerequisite courses and basic sciences.
Cathy Rutherford and Angela Sewell. they are more likely to succeed.
Students are required to take the exam to receive
For students interested in the dental hygiene In these and many more ways, we work to help
licensure as dental hygienists. The next step will be
program at San Juan College, call (505) 566-3642. our students pursue their dreams.
the clinical exam in Phoenix and Denver mid-May,
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Construction to begin on new Learning Commons
lans are to break ground this summer on the new “We solicited input from student groups, library at a college. San Juan College, especially, is a
Learning Commons building, a 42,000-square- staff and faculty to make sure we created a space that gathering place for students and other community
foot addition to the existing Student Union meets the needs members, so the facility
Building. The ceremonial groundbreaking will take of our was designed with that in
place before construction begins and the public will be students,” mind.
invited, so watch for updates. explains Dr. Designed by the
This new facility represents a continued Carol J. Spencer, Albuquerque firm of
commitment to learning and a focus on students. It will San Juan Dekker/Perich/Sabatini,
house the library, but will also be a learning center for College the Learning Commons
students, combining various functions and services president. “We will be the the College
under one roof –the library, student study space, have come to Boulevard front door to
Student Activities offices, student government and understand that the campus and will be
intramurals, exhibition space, meeting rooms and space the line is really constructed at a cost of
for quiet study, with a central rotunda and grand blurred between $7.5 million. The two-
staircase tying the areas together. studying, story addition will
researching, and feature glass walls that
Vanderbilt honored socializing, but
take advantage of the
views to the southeast
with excellence award
thing is that it all results in learning for our students. and will be a lantern at night with transparent views
They work in small groups, they read over a cup of into the student space.
coffee, they search the web, they write papers, they Anticipated to be a 12-month project, the
San Juan College biology professor Dr. Callie debate with faculty, they get involved in student clubs. Learning Commons is expected to be complete the
Vanderbilt was honored with the 2004 Lou and And, so we wanted to do more than build a building, summer or fall of 2005.
Ruth Allison Faculty Excellence Award at we wanted to address these demands. I believe that the Students and community members should also
College graduation Learning Commons will meet and exceed everyone’s be aware that a portion of the parking lot adjacent to
ceremonies May 8. expectations.” what is now the rose garden will be fenced off to be
In addition, the first Meetings were held throughout the winter with used as a staging area for construction equipment.
Bert Levine Staff stakeholders to set the plan for the space. The project Traffic flow will also be affected, so use caution when
Excellence Award was will blend the social and academic functions common driving near the construction area.
presented to Kay Brown,
for the School of Science.
Dr. Vanderbilt has
taught at San Juan Arts and Literary Magazine Partnership, a subsidiary of the Interstate Oil
College for nine years Illumina, the San Juan College Arts and Literary and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC).
and has been active on Magazine, is inviting submissions to the third Keith Thomas, federal projects manager with
many committees. She helped coordinate edition, which will be designed by the Publication IOGCC, organized the workshop with the
regional science fairs and has been a team Design class this fall. Deadline to submit poetry, assistance of SJC, the Oil Conservation
member for the Knowledge Bowl to help raise drawings, short stories, essays, photographs, Division of the New Mexico Department of
money for literacy. She is a past president of the paintings or other creative work is September 10. Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources
College Association and currently serves as Information: Kimberly Robison, 566-3442. Pick up (OCD) and local oil and gas companies. The
science department chairperson. The Allison submission forms in the library, the Reading and workshop was funded in part by the
Award was established in 1986 by Ruth and the Writing Center, and Humanities office, room 1840. Environmental Education Grant Program of
late Lou Allison. the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Kay Brown, recipient of the Levine Staff Success Center Tutors The two-day workshop showed educators the
Excellence Award, has worked at the College for The Student Success Center is currently hiring economic and environmental impact of coal
20 years as an admin- students to tutor college courses beginning August, seam natural gas development in the Four
istrative assistant. She 2004. Applicants must be enrolled in at least six credit Corners area.
has been credited with hours in the fall semester. Tutors are needed in math,
building strong part- science, writing, accounting, economics and foreign TEC Enrollment
nerships among faculty language. For more information contact Susan San Juan College and the four school districts
and creates a caring and Grimes, tutor program coordinator, at 566-3175. welcome juniors and seniors in high school to
harmonious workplace apply for the Technical Education Center. Students
through her service to can earn college and high school credits while still
Natural Gas Education
others and through her attending high school. Programs of study are
Local educators had an opportunity to learn
quality work. Retired automotive, auto body, diesel, building trades,
about the impact of coal seam natural gas
businessman Bert Levine machining, welding, electronics, art, drafting and
exploration and production in the San Juan
created the award this health occupations. Deadline to enroll is September
Basin during a workshop co-sponsored by the
year to honor a staff employee who has 3. Call your high school guidance counselor or
SJC Regional Energy Training Center (RETC),
supported the spirit of San Juan College’s vision. Steve Wamel at 566-3216.
University Programs and the Energy Education
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New degrees offered in Physical Therapist online and Geographic Science
an Juan College’s Physical Therapist Assistant program further expands what we are able to do and beginning in this fall.
Program will add an on-line degree program in allows us to meet some serious needs.” The GIST program teaches the principles and
the fall 2005 and is currently accepting applicants. The Commission for Accreditation in Physical practices involved in collecting, analyzing and
Wendy Bircher, director of the program, encourages Therapy Education has accredited the program making decisions based on geographic
interested students to begin their application process through 2009.As the program is designed, students information. GIST is a component in many
now and begin to take the general education courses will be able to graduate within three years. occupations including community planning,
required for the degree. There is a separate application and deadlines for resource management, oil land use and
Up to 12 students will be accepted each semester the online program, but the requirements are the agriculture, gas and mining industries,
into this new program. Students will receive all same as the day program. Deadline for all application environmental impact, government, private and
classroom instruction online, with four to six on- materials is four months prior to attendance in the academic research. Jobs that include GIST are
campus labs scheduled for weekends throughout the technical portion of the program. Until then, students cartographers; surveyors; agricultural, civil,
semester. Students in the on-line program will also be can work on completing prerequisite coursework. electrical, environmental and mechanical
able to conduct their training at any of a number of Contact Wendy Bircher at (505) 566-3407 or engineers; soil conservationists; range managers;
clinical sites statewide. Students will upload lecture email@example.com. Or log on to foresters; geological mapping technicians; and
material and will complete exams at any site where www.sanjuancollege.edu/academics/MSH/Pta/ for emergency response personnel.
they can be proctored. more information on applying for the program. Contact Don Hyder, program coordinator,
“This is probably the first program of its type in the eginning this fall semester, San Juan 566-3772 or HyderD@sanjuancollege.edu.
United States,” says Bircher. “The online component is College will offer a new degree in
“We couldn’t have done this without San Juan
Geographic Information Science and
Technology (GIST). Students will be able to
Local family sends three
College’s and community support,” adds Bircher. “We choose from a one-year certificate or a two-year
associate of applied science degree. Specific
generations to college
have one of the best programs in the country. Already
San Juan College has the only physical therapist GIST courses will be offered beginning in the
spring 2005, but students can take prerequisites Three generations of a local family currently
assistant degree program in the state. This online
take classes at San Juan College, proving that
Universities graduate students this spring
lifelong learning can be a family affair. Fred H.
Johnson, Fred R. Johnson, and Andrew
Johnson, father, son, and grandson are all
University of New Mexico Graduates Bachelor of Business Administration, Management Major enrolled in various classes at the college.
Fall 2003, B.S. in Elementary Education -- Candace Keith Ashmore, Robert Conaway, Ryan Downey-Cum
Capps, Keren Michelle Howerton Dawes, Rheanna Frost, Laude, Brian Hart, Lucinda Jim, Matt Montoya-Magna Fred H. Johnson retired from a career in
David W. Gardner, Amy Lingo, Patricia Lucas, Frankie Cum Laude, Leo Olguin, Lawrence Raymond, Diana accounting in 2003. He had worked as
Montoya, Siromani Dasi Prespentt, Becky Randleman, Spendlove, Christina Tso, Tammy Wimsatt-Cum Laude controller of Fort Lewis College and retired
Aimee M. Sewell, Amy Michelle Southern from the Strata Information Group. Fred was
Bachelor of Business Administration, Information
Completion of Licensure Program -- Emily Bobrick, Systems -- Adam M. Kinney born in Chicago and graduated from high
Rebecca Casey, Teresa Cash, Heidi Hawkinson, Karen A. school in Missoula, MT, and from Montana
Kramer, Sharon Price, Martha Michelle Rempe Bachelor of Social Work -- Molly Archambeau-Magna State University in 1961. Fred and his wife
Cum Laude, Nelline Barton, Nancy Beardon, Gloria Dee, Karolyn settled in Aztec in 1998. He began
Spring 2004 , B.S. in Elementary Education -- Charliss L. Kenneth Ellison, Sandy Gurule-Cum Laude, Celia
Benally, Brenda L. Chambers, Shelley R.Gonzales, Kyle M. Hannah, Ernest Harrell, Letoy Harrison, Jewel Haws- attending classes at San Juan College following
Haws, Shawna R. Lee, Michelle A. Lewis, Rhonda R. Magna Cum Laude, Carol John, Roseline Jose, Jenniffer his retirement. Fred said, “After a career in
Salazar, Julie Scott, Alissa M. Upton, Kali J. Warner Kennedy, Jennifer Martinez, Susan Montoyo, Lainna management where I had employees who took
Newman, Diane Romero, Kiesha Stafford, Michelle
B.S. in Secondary Education -- Phillip “Burt” Bowles Williams-Magna Cum Laude, Georgette Wilson-Cum care of all the processing details, I realized I
Laude, Delta Yazzie needed to learn things from the ground up.”
Completion of Licensure Program -- Glenda J. Freese, Fred R. Johnson, Fred’s son, graduated from
Patricia Schille, Jessica K. Sledzinski, Kelly Weier, Crystal Bachelor of Arts Criminal Justice Studies -- Robert Gross, high school in California in 1976. He moved to
R. Williams Deanna McQuitty-Cum Laude, John Ortiz, Charlotte
Ratliff, Shawna Light Tache Farmington in 1981 and currently works for
Summer 2004, Completion of Licensure Program -- Beitzel Corporation. He and his wife Lisa have
Christie Vliss B.A. Early Childhood Education -- Karri Guin-Summa two sons, Andrew and Matthew. In spite of a
Cum Laude, Patricia Johnson, Lindsey Williams
Spring 2004, M.A. in Education - Elementary/Secondary - demanding work schedule, he finds time to
- Marcy M. Christie, Linda Bockmon Garrison, Jennifer F. Master’s of Business Administration -- Robbie Allen, take classes to enhance his skills. Like his
Hank, Karen Hohmann, Valeria Jean Pino-Lee, Mary Elizabeth Berry, Donna Brooks, Jonna Cronk, Jay Ely, father, Fred takes classes in the business school.
Schumacher-Hoerner, Penny L. Stuber Frances Jernigan, Sharon Jones, Paul Francis Martin, Andrew Johnson, Fred R’s son and Fred
Bertha Matches, Randy Pacheco, Debbie Serrano, Caroline
Summer 2004 Sherman, Mike Stark, Frank Wagener H.’s grandson, is a 2002 graduate of
Master of Arts in Education - Elementary/Secondary -- Farmington High School. He was born and
Anna Marie Dusenbery, C. Ann Iron-Moccasin, Roselyn Master of Social Work -- Pamela Aanstad, Pamela Bent, raised in Farmington. Following graduation
Sandoval, Pamela Sossaman, Jon Tensfield, Mavis Yazzie Jill Caritas, Jacqueline Chavez, Tammy Crowell, Victoria from high school Andrew attended one year at
Davis, Anne DiZenzo, Elizabeth Ellis, Melissa Fuka,
B.S. in Nursing -- Lisa Bourne, Lisa Gayle Lewis Jimmie Hall, Constance Lehi, Susan Moore, Victoria New Mexico Tech in Socorro. He has returned
Pettigrew, Shelia Tso, Erica Weaver to attend San Juan College full time pursuing a
New Mexico Highlands University Graduates technical degree.
Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting -- Master of Arts Educational Leadership -- Don Lorett
Michelle Blair, David Busch-Cum Laude, Casey Cancilla- Following family tradition, Matthew
Cum Laude, Sheri Ferguson-Cum Laude, Evelyn Garcia, M.A. in Special Education -- Louise Catron, Connie Johnson, Andrew’s younger brother, will be
Brett Gladden-Summa Cum Laude, Carl Ned James- Collyer, Anne J.Cross attending San Juan College this fall.
Magna Cum Laude
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Students paint walls with wisdom Kids Kamps offer summer fun
If your kids are looking for summer fun and
uotations from imminent historical figures learned has been forgotten.” B.F. Skinner (Math and
adventure, check out Kids Kamps offered by the
such as Eleanor Roosevelt, B. F. Skinner and Science)
Community Learning Center.
Mark Twain are emblazoned on the walls “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the
Treat your budding stargazer to Astronomy
throughout the main campus of San Juan College, a majority it’s time to pause and reflect.” Mark Twain
Camp. This camp for ages 10 to 15 will have dif-
project undertaken by the Office of Student (Humanities)
ferent space and astronomy activities, interactive
Activities. A total of six quotes will be painted on “The future belongs to those who believe in the
videos, planetarium sky shows, star maps and
walls by the end of the beauty of their dreams.”
building planispheres. The camp runs from 1 to
summer, including space in Eleanor Roosevelt
4 p.m., July 19-23. Fee is $45.
the Child and Family (Hallway between 9000’s
For horse-lovers ages 9 to 16, there’s the
Development Center, and 1000’s)
Junior Wrangler Camp being held July 13-16.
Health and Human “Do not go where the
Children will learn grooming techniques and
Performance Center and path may lead, go instead
safety for horses along with beginning riding
hallways near various where there is no path and
skills. The camp will meet on Tuesday and
public spaces. The main leave a trail.” Ralph Waldo
Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., and on
purpose is to inspire Emerson. (Information
Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30
conversation by passersby Technology Center)
p.m. Fee is $160 and includes a T-shirt and a
and get people thinking, “Our character is what
bucket of tools for each student to take home.
explains Amy Binger, one we do when we think no
Have you ever wondered what nurses really
of the volunteer student one is looking.” H. Jackson
do or if working in a hospital laboratory makes
painters. The appearance of Brown Jr. (Student
you a mad scientist? Camp Scrubs, for ages 10 to
the quotes was designed by Lounge)
15, will explore the roles of people who keep us
Marcia Sterling, intramurals “We are the makers of
well. Class runs July 19-23, from 9 a.m. to 12
coordinator, and Christina music, and we are the
p.m. Fee is $45.
Morton, a student dreamers of dreams.”
For the budding artist, ages 10 to 15, Outdoor
government officer. Also Willy Wonka (Music
Christina Morton, Amy Binger and Marcia Sterling put finishing touches on one Ceramics will focus on creating a birdhouse and
helping to paint is Rhonda Department)
of the wall murals. a garden sculpture. Class runs July 26-30, from 1
Mobley. Watch for the “If we are ever to attain
to 4 p.m. Fee is $55.
following quotes around world peace, we must first
If you are age 10 to15 and looking for out-
campus: begin with the children.” Ghandi (Child and Family
door excitement, come join the Summer
“Education is what survives when all you have Development Center)
Adventure Camp, offering backpacking, hiking,
Former student shows film at Sundance Festival
rock climbing and river rafting. Summer
Adventure Camp will run July 26-30, from 1 to 4
p.m. On Wednesday, adventurers will take a
day hike, and on Friday they will top off the
ormer San Juan College student, Larry Alwine and worked in the Media Department.
week with an afternoon rafting on the Animas
Blackhorse Lowe is winning acclaim for his During these classes he made his first short films
River. Cost is $100.
short film Shush. Lowe, a 25-year-old Navajo Celebration and Happy Boy. These films were pro-
filmmaker, recently completed the film, which won duced using digital video and edited on computer.
awards for Best in Show and Best Director at the In 2001, Lowe moved to Phoenix and began
Scottsdale Community College student film attending Scottsdale Community College. There he
awards. In addi- learned filmmaking using 16mm equipment. He
tion, the film was made a total of 15 short films including Shush,
shown at the 2004 which he produced in 2003. Shush, a 10-minute
Sundance Film short film, follows a young Navajo man as he tries
Festival in January, to protect his little sister from her abusive
as one of the festi- boyfriend. It has received acclaim and recognition
val’s indigenous at the Santa Fe Film Festival, the New York
short films. International Independent Film Festival, the
Lowe was born Sundance Film Festival, the Sami Easter Film
in Farmington and Festival in Norway and the American Indian Film
raised in the Festival in San Francisco. Next fall, students in San Juan College’s Diesel Technology program will have the
opportunity to learn on a new 500-horsepower, 14-lliter Detroit Diesel engine,
Nenahnezhad Lowe is now wrapping up production on his which rolled off the factory floor in early May and was delivered to campus May 4.
Community, west first feature length film called 5th World, a love The engine, valued at $21,000, was donated in part by Stewart & Stevenson. It is a
Series 60 EGR (exhaust gas recirculating) engine, featuring the latest in emission
of Kirtland. He story set on the Navajo Reservation. Lowe writes, t r w
design. This type of engine operates an over-the-road, 18-wheel truck. Pictured
attended Farmington High School, graduating in directs and edits all of his films. He is currently liv- above with the new engine are: standing, Merrill Carpenter, SJC diesel instructor;
1996. Following graduation he began taking classes ing in Kayenta, AZ, working with Shonie De La Mike Shaner, service supervisor; Ray Scattergood, branch manager; seated: Mark
Trennepohl, SJC diesel instructor; and John Hines, parts and service manager.
at San Juan College, where he studied painting and Rosa, an independent film maker, on a documen- The engine is computer controlled, and students will learn the latest emission
photography with Bill Hatch and Jim Burgess. tary on Meth use on the reservation to educate technology and computer diagnostic software. Bugs will be programmed in to the
engine, and students will have to troubleshoot and fix them. Approximately 40 stu-
In 1998 his interests moved to video production. Navajo citizens and government officials about the a
dents, including both high school and college-age, will be enrolled in the Diesel
He took courses from Robert Bottomley and Ken extensive problem with methamphetamines. Technology program for next fall.
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Team approach to leadership training impacts group
hanks to two departments at San Juan College, Health and Human Performance Center provides the Training Center – it seems like such an obvious fit! I
the Farmington Library staff is getting a full experiential team training at the High Endeavors appreciated the way Scott tied the morning’s class
dose of team building this summer – working Challenge Course. to the afternoon activities.”
with the Business and Industry Training Center in the The facilitators, Guadalupe (Lupe) Barrett and Mark Wolf, circulation manager, wrote, “For
morning and leaping into the High Endeavors Scott King, have cross-trained in both areas to provide me, the best part had nothing to do with the
Challenge Course in a consistent prescribed course at all. I got the resolution to a
the afternoon. The training decades-old self-esteem issue just by participating.
two departments experience. That made the experience priceless.”
have teamed up to The Training The Business and Industry Training Center
offer leadership Center and provides customized training and related services
training that is the HHPC in leadership and management; computer;
available to any both offer workforce development; customer service; and
group or business. training in health occupations.
The first team leadership The High Endeavors Challenge Course (HECC)
building day was and is a comprehensive ropes course and can offer
designed for library teamwork programs to help groups test new skills and set
supervisors. Over the skills, and by higher standards for cooperation. Groups
summer, these combining experience a series of non-competitive problem-
supervisors will expertise, solving challenges.
return with their have created For information, contact Julie Rasor at the
work groups, for a a synergy that Training Center, 566-3592, or Bryan Maxey,
total of nine team benefits the Outdoor Leadership and Recreation, 566-3113.
Staff from the Farmington Library practice one of the team-b uilding exercises they learned during
For the librarians, their leadership training on campus. Mary Lee
the Training Center is
providing AchieveGlobal’s Team Leadership training, reference services coordinator, commented, “I was
World Religions course offered
“Building a Foundation of Trust,” but can customize surprised to learn that this was the first time that the
the training to meet any business’s specific needs. The High Endeavors program had partnered with the f you are interested in learning about world
religions and how people of different cultures
believe, you may be interested in a course that
Check out special classes offered this fall San Juan College’s School of Humanities will offer
this fall on the Philosophy of Religion.
This new class will explore the human religious
experience, drawing from six religious systems –
For the fall semester, which starts August 23, San Reeves, will explore the horticulture and history of
Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism
Juan College’s English department will offer the orchids.
and Taoism. The three-credit hour class will invite
following literature and creative writing classes. Biology of the Mind (BIOL 298-42), with Dr.
class members to share their experiences and will
Kimberly Robison will conduct the writing Merrill Adams, will help students understand the
incorporate discussions on such topics as science
workshop Creative Writing: Fiction (ENGL 222-11), biological basis of high level mental processes such as
and religion, death and the issue of theodicy
challenging students to expand their imaginations cognition, memory, consciousness and learning.
(defense of God’s goodness and omnipotence in
and writing skills. Child Growth and Development (ECED 225-41)
view of the existence of evil). Topics will include the
Dr. Andi Penner will teach Women’s Literature will study prenatal and child development, as well as
holy or sacred reality, salvation, scripture, religious
(ENGL 235-51). Students will celebrate the variety, nurturing the spirit of a child and will be taught by
symbols, rites of worship and ethics.
complexity and power of women’s voices expressed Dr. Judy Hudson.
The course does not attempt to prove one
through poetry and story, essay and autobiography. Advanced Composition (ENGL 211-41) will be
religious system is better than another, but will
Students will create their own essays and journals. taught by Kimberly Robison. Students will read
explore and attempt to describe and analyze the
In American Literature to 1865 (ENGL 251-11), drama, poetry and fiction from international authors.
universal phenomenon of religion.
Dr. Janet P. Gerstner will lead students in a survey of Nationally-renowned New Mexican author Denise
Course instructor is Dr. Earl M. Caudill, who
American literature. The course will examine early Chavez will work with the class.
taught at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA,
American writings, reflecting on how each author Western Civilization to 1700 (HIST 121-41) taught
for more than 10 years. A graduate of Vanderbilt
defined, critiqued, or defended some of the dominant by Dr. David Bramhall will examine why people built
University and an ordained minister, Dr. Caudill
myths and beliefs that identify us as “American.” pyramids or Gothic cathedrals, lived as serfs or kings,
brings a wealth of knowledge of the subject matter,
In Survey of World Literature I (ENGL 261-11), lived in peace or war, and in the process students will
enthusiasm for the material, and a commitment to
Dr. Vicki Holmsten will help students expand their gain an understanding of today’s conflicts.
academic openness and excellence.
worlds by reading and studying great world literature In Gender and the Media, students will examine
The course is listed as Philosophy 299:
written from antiquity to 1650. English 111 (Freshman the historical, cross-cultural, and social science
Philosophy of Religion and is offered at 5:30 p.m. on
Composition) is a prerequisite for students enrolling perspectives concerning the roles of men and women
Tuesdays. If you have questions, e-mail Dr. Caudill
in this course. and their portrayal in the media. Drs. Andrea Ericksen
at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Lisa Wilson, dean of the
The honors program will offer the following and Paul Roof will team-teach the course. For more
School of Humanities, at 505-566-3447. Fall classes
classes. information call Dr. Connie Jacobs at 566-3235 or Dr.
begin August 23.
World of Orchids (BIOL 298-41), taught by Linda Merrill Adams at 566-3771.
SAN JUAN COLLEGE COMMUNICATOR / JULY/AUGUST 2004 7
Calendar of Events
July 9, 7-9 p.m.
outside Fine Arts Center. Free.
Kid’s Night at the SJC Planetarium: “Solar Queen: July 24, 7 p.m.
Extended Voyage.” Information: 566-3403. Free with Summer Band plays at the Farmington Library. Free. 6
August 11, 4-6 p.m.
SJC ID. Information: 566-3386. Advised registration for students at San Juan College
East in Aztec and West in Kirtland. Call to make an
July 12, 6 p.m. 3 4
July 26-30, 1-4 p.m. appointment (334-3831, East; 598-5897, West).
Auditions for three one-act plays, Black Box Theatre For the budding artist, Outdoor Ceramics, for ages 10 to
(room 1401). Needed: three women, two men in their 15, will focus on two large projects. Fee is $55. S
August 16-September 9
early twenties. Call Debbie Doggett, 970-259-5115. Information: Community Learning Center, 566-3214. San Juan College Faculty Art Show, Art Gallery.
Reception Friday, August 27, from 5 to 7 p.m.
1 3 4
July 26-30, 1-4 p.m.
Junior Wrangler Camp, for horse lovers ages 9 to 16. Summer Adventure Camp, for ages 10 to 15, designed 5
August 17, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Fee is $160 and includes a T-shirt and a bucket of tools. to introduce kids to a wide array of outdoor activities. Advised registration, Educational Services Center.
Information: Community Learning Center, 566-3214. Cost is $100. Information: Community Learning Center,
566-3214. August 23
Dusk, July 15 Fall semester classes begin. Sign up for classes at
“Freaky Friday,” summer movie sponsored by the A 9
July 27-August 1, 6-9 p.m. www.sanjuancollege.edu. Information: 566-3300.
Office of Student Activities, shown outside Fine Arts “The Day Before and the Day After,” an installation
Center. Free. art/performance piece in response to 9/11, 6
August 26, 4-6 p.m.
Performance Hall Free. Reception 6 p.m., Friday, July First anniversary of Encore, the Senior College, room
July 16, 7 p.m. 28, in the Performance Hall lobby. Designed by Michael 1908. Information: 566-3214.
Summer Band plays in Orchard Park, downtown Darmody.
Farmington. Free. Information: 566-3386. September 3
July 30, 5 p.m. Deadline for high school juniors and seniors to apply
July 17, 7 p.m. Payment deadline for pre-registration. Information: for the Technical Education Center. Call guidance
Summer Band plays at Gateway Museum, Business Office, 566-3396. counselor or Steve Wamel, 566-3216.
Farmington. Free. Information: 566-3386.
July 30, 7 p.m. Art Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-5
July 19-23, 1-4 p.m.
4 Summer Orchestra plays at the Farmington Library. p.m., Friday.
Astronomy Camp, for ages 10 to 15, featuring space Free. Information: 566-3386. Library hours: 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m.-5 p.m.,
and astronomy activities. Information: Community Friday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday; 1-5 p.m., Sunday.
Learning Center, 566-3214. Fee is $45. 3
August 4, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Box office in Henderson Fine Arts Center: 566-3430. Hours: 9
Native American Program, in coordination with the a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday.
July 19-23, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
2 1 Learning Center of Diné College, will present a College
Camp Scrubs, for ages 10 to 15. Children will explore Preparation Workshop for students who will enter
the roles of radiology technicians, nurses, paramedics, college this fall. Fine Arts Center. Call 566-3321 or 3363. San Juan College seeks to provide equal access to its programs,
respiratory therapists, pharmacists and more. Fee is services and activities for people with disabilities. Please give 48 hours
$45. Information: Community Learning Center, 566- August 5, dusk notice to arrange accommodation for known disabilities. Call 566-
3214. “Looney Tunes: Back in Action,” summer movie shown 3
3430 or 566-3242 to make arrangements.
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