SBCC FACULTY AWARD OF THE MONTH
Advisor to Student Activities, 1968-1970, Adjunct 1980-1990, Full-time since 1990
Education: B.S. University of Omaha 1966 (Education), MA University of California Santa Barbara 1969 (Education), Ph.D. advanced to candidacy but did not complete dissertation.
Quotations from nominations: “Kathy is valued and respected as one of the hardest working counselors, always bringing important information to the table…(She) is steadfast, loyal to the college…. (She is) cooperative and always open to new views and perspectives… consistent in her attitude and dedication to her professional values and principles… (Kathy) consistently gives 200% to students…. Her patient and informative style makes the student feel listened to and supported.”
Careers and Jobs before SBCC: Taught at two junior high schools for a semester in Oxnard/Port Hueneme area. Taught at Carpinteria High School for two years. Assistant Dean of Student Activities at Merced College for five years. Executive Secretary to the President of Rayne Corporation. Technical Typist for Oceanographic Services and for Dames and Moore.
Hobbies and Interests: Kathy’s main passions are travel and scuba diving. Her first trip was to Jakarta, Indonesia, where her sister was teaching school. This sparked her interest in cultural anthropology. She took several classes from Henry Bagish and later trips have included seeing the Dani people in Irian Jaya and Vietnam. Kathy’s travels have taken her to the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal of India, the Pyramids of Egypt, Borubudur on Java, Ankor Wat in Cambodia, and to Machu Pichu in Peru. She has scuba dived in Cuba, in Palau on Bali, the Red Sea, and in the Philippines.
Most Influential Teacher: Connie Claussen, Head of Women’s PE at Omaha University. ‘She told our methods class that if we made a difference in the life of a student each year of our career, we could feel that we had made a major contribution to our profession. I’ve tried to do that in the lives of the students I have worked with at SBCC.”
What is your favorite place in the world?: My favorite place in the world is Biak, Indonesia. I had never heard of it until I was returning my sister’s dog to her and the plane touched down in Biak. My plane landed there and I fell in love with the Irian people. Bows and arrows or machetes in hand as they walked out of the forest, pig over shoulder. Totally frightening until they big grins flashed across their faces. We discovered a small cove with warm shallow water and spent one of the best days in my life floating in the water, talking about life with a photographer from National Geographic.
My Favorite Motto: My mother used to tell the story of the Ant and the Grasshopper. I really internalized that story. My favorite motto is “never put off for tomorrow what you can do today.”
What most people don’t know about you: Kathy and her twin sister were performers – they performed with baton, danced ballet and tap, sang and played the piano. “We would go to school during the day, perform in the evening, get up early in the morning to do homework. We would perform or take lessons on the weekends.” They once met the McGuire Sisters and performed for them backstage. She was very active in her church, where they learned stage presence, value of being of service to others, and developed a sense of self that has served her well. An all A student, Kathy was valedictorian of her high school class of 459 students; her twin sister was salutatorian. Kathy was Miss Majorette of America while in high school. She entered several beauty pageants and was runner up to Miss Omaha in 1963/4.