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FaST News - Weeks of April 15 - 30, 2015

2015 FACULTY LECTURER.  Dr.Sonia Zúñiga-Lomelí, Santa Barbara City College Professor of Spanish, will deliver the college’s 36th Annual Faculty Lecture on Wed., April 15. Delivering the lecture is considered the highest honor bestowed on a faculty member each year.  The presentation, titled From Rabbits to Spanglish: Journey of a Language,” will take place at the SBCC Garvin Theatre on West Campus at 2:30 p.m. followed immediately by a reception.  The event is open to both the campus community and general public.

CAMPAIGN FOR STUDENT SUCCESS. The SBCC Foundation launched its annual Campaign for Student on April 6 continuing through May 1. During the campaign, the SBCC Foundation raises funds for the greatest needs of the college. In recent years, these have included scholarships, book grants, Disabled Student Programs and Services, tutoring, STEM resources, continued education/Center for Lifelong Learning, and student/athlete programs. Donations can be made to the Campaign for Student Success by sending a check payable to the SBCC Foundation or online at  For more information, call the SBCC Foundation at( 805) 730-4401.

Ellen Stoddard, Assistant Professor/Director, Parent-Child Workshop, joined SBCC in 1988. She received her M.A. degree from Pacific Oaks College, California. 

What teaching tip or counseling advice do you have for other faculty? 
I think it is critical to pay attention to the relationship I have with each student (child or adult).  A relationship based on mutual respect forms the foundation for learning and growth.

What careers or jobs did you have before working at SBCC?
In college I worked as a waitress.  Since college, my career has always centered on early childhood education.  Before SBCC I worked in a Head Start program, a private preschool, and at Pacific Oaks College. 

Who was your most influential teacher and why?
My parents.  They believed I could do anything I wanted to do and provided unconditional support.

What is your favorite student line or excuse?
“Sorry I am late; just as we were leaving the house, she had to poop.”  (Remember I work with the parents of young children).

What do you love about your job?
I love the variety and the creativity involved in my job.  I love working with people who are highly motivated to be learning what I am teaching.  And of course I love the children, who are infinitely interesting and make me laugh every day.

Greatest challenge?
My greatest challenge involves raising my daughter.  Due to circumstances beyond our control, she does not have an easy time navigating the world and helping her find her place as an independent, happy adult continues to challenge me.

What's one thing most people don't know about you?
I love to read mystery novels and frequently stay up until early hours of the morning to find out what happened.

What is your personal motto?
“What you do speaks so loudly, I can’t hear what you say.”  I’ve seen variations of this quotation attributed to different people; it resonates with me and I try to hold the message as my guiding principle

FACULTY LECTURE.  Friday, April 17 is the deadline to nominate a faculty member for the 2015-2016 Faculty Lecturer.  Application can be submitted online at  or by completing a paper application available next to each ballot box located at central locations around campus. These include Administration Building mailroom, Campus Center near coffee area, IDC building mailroom, Library near coffee area, LRC, Humanities Building 2nd floor hall, Physical Education, Gateway Tutor Center, Student Services (info desk), BC and the EBS Computer lab.

CULINARY GRANT. Santa Barbara Culinary Arts has contributed $15,000 from the proceeds of its fundraising cookbook Santa Barbara Culinary Arts: A Taste of Santa Barbara’s Culinary Bounty and other culinary events to SBCC’s School of Culinary Arts & Hotel Management. SBCA endows the Santa Barbara Culinary Arts Scholarship in honor of Julia Child at the college. The $15,000 SBCA donation is increased by a partial matching grant as part of the Santa Barbara City College Foundation's Campaign for Student Success. bringing the total donation to $22,500. The first edition of the cookbook featuring 62 top recipes from restaurants, caterers and fine food purveyors in Santa Barbara County sold out quickly and was celebrated at the cookbook launch party with many of the chefs providing food and signing copies.

President's Honor Roll Reception
Fri., April 17
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Winslow Maxwell Overlook, East Campus

SBCC Foundation /SBCC Scholarship Reception
Fri., May 8
2:30 - 4 p.m.
Student Services Building Patio

Outstanding Student Awards Reception
Fri., May 8
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Campus Center 

Commencement /Graduation
Fri., May 15
5 - 7 p.m.
La Playa Stadium 

Commencement Reception
Fri., May 15
7 – 8 p.m.
La Playa Stadium Parking Lot 2C

***As part of the “The Amazing Race” lecture series, the Chicano/a Department and the Department of American Ethnic Studies will present “Sandra De La Roza, Photographer & Artist” on Wed., April 15 beginning at 6 p.m. in Administration Building, Room 211.

***The SBCC Astronomy Club and Phi Theta Kappa will sponsor “Eyes on Earth” on Fri., April 17, from 2 – 3 p.m. in Earth and Biological Sciences Building, Room 309.  The speaker is Dr. Diane Evans, Director for Earth Science and Technology at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

DANCE COLLECTIVE.  The SBCC Spring Dance Concert, Collective will be held Friday and Saturday, April 17 – 18 at Center Stage Theatre in Santa Barbara.  According to Instructor Tracy Kofford, the students have been working very hard since January with student, faculty and guest choreographers to present the annual dance concert.  For times and ticket information, call Center Stage Theatre at 963-0408 or go to:

INTERNATIONAL WEEK. SBCC’s annual International Week will be held from April 20-26.  During the event, the Honors Program will host its annual conference, and several other programs and departments are planning events during the same week, exploring different cultures through music, crafts, traditional costumes, film screenings, food fairs, and other activities. The topic of the Honors Colloquium will be Shifting Boundaries, which will also be the overarching theme for this year’s International Week.  Please watch your e-mail for more details.

JOB & INTERNSHIP FAIR.  The last of three spring job fairs this spring will be held Wed., April 22 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Campus Center Walkway on East Campus.  Currently 15 employers have signed up with more scheduled to come. Students are welcome to drop in to the Career Center for help with resume and interview practice prior to the fair.  For more information, go to

LANCASTER TOURNAMENT.  The campus community is invited to the final round of the 30th annual Lancaster Public Speaking Tournament on Fri., April 24 from 7 – 8 p.m. in the FéBland Forum on West Campus.  Five finalists will deliver five-minute persuasive speeches on this year’s theme “Shifting Boundaries.”  Judges will be made up of community members including First District Supervisor Salud Carbajal.  For more information, please contact Cameron Sublett, faculty director, at

SCIENCE DISCOVERY DAY.  SBCC’s STEM Program will host its second “Science Discovery Day” on Sat., April 25 from 1 – 5 p.m. on East Campus.  This event is geared toward the entire family so the campus community is invited to bring children and other guests to observe interactive displays showcasing the wonders of our world. 

  • Live sea and land critters
  • Video game and programming demonstrations
  • Fun, interactive chemistry experiments
  • Biotechnology and glowing bacteria
  • Hands-on earthquake demonstrations
  • Solar telescopes

Detailed maps showing the location of all activities will be available at the welcome desk in front of the SBCC Bookstore upon arrival. Science Discovery Day is generously funded through a Title V Department of Education grant.  For more information, please phone Dr. Jens-Uwe Kuhn at ext. 4319.

CELEBRATE SHAKESPEARE. Tales of Woo and Woe: A Journey of the Heart comes to the Faulkner Gallery on Sat., April 25 at 3 p.m. This compilation of Shakespeare's words and songs will be performed in celebration of his birthday week, sponsored by the Santa Barbara Public Library. The event is free and open to the public. Written by SBCC Professor Emerita Jinny Webber and co-directed by E. Bonnie Lewis, P.E. Department, Tales of Woo and Woe features a group of talented actors who bring to life the many sides of love. No knowledge of Shakespeare is required to enjoy this show. The Faulkner Gallery is located across the hall from the Central Library in downtown Santa Barbara at 40 East Anapamu Street. Seating is limited. 

FINANCIAL AID AWARENESS.  Faculty and staff are asked to encourage students to attend a financial aid awareness special event on Thurs., April 30 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Friendship Plaza (next to Student Services Building) on East Campus. Students can learn about filling out FAFSA and other financial aid forms, check their financial status, and get information about SALT and other financial aid programs.  As an added bonus, there will be refreshments, giveaways and raffle prizes.

PLANTS, PLANTS, PLANTS.  The Environmental Horticulture Department will host its annual plant sale on Sat., May 9 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Lifescape Gardens on East Campus. Door prizes and complimentary refreshments will be offered throughout the day. Tours of the garden will be offered by Environmental Horticulture students, and staff will be on site to offer gardening advice.  Dr. Michael Gonella, the staff and students have been busy in the greenhouse cultivating a variety of plants for sale including including fruit-bearing trees, plants and vines, flowering plants, and succulents. Be sure to come check out the sale.


ATKINSON GALLERY.  The Annual Student Exhibition will be on display at the Atkinson Gallery from April 17 – May 8.  A reception and award ceremony will be held Fri., April 18 from 5 – 7 p.m. at the gallery.  The Atkinson Gallery is the college’s showcase for the visual arts and hosts six exhibitions of contemporary art each academic year featuring international, national, regional and student artists working in a wide range of styles and media.  Location - Humanities Building, Room 202.  Hours - Monday- Thursday: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  www.//

DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE.   The Theatre Group at SBCC’s last offering for the 2014 – 2015 season will be the quirky comedy Dead Man’s Cell Phone, directed by Katie Laris. “An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet café. A woman at the next table who has had enough. And a dead man—with a mysterious past. So begins Dead Man's Cell Phone, a wildly imaginative new comedy by Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl. Heroine Jean embarks on an unexpected journey guided by a stranger’s cell phone determined to make things right.  Along the way she discovers friendship, despair and romance.”  Performers include Brian Harwell, Kathy Marden, Leona Paraminski, Shannon Saleh, Jenna Scanlon and Justin Stark. Dead Man’s Cell Phone will be performed in the Jurkowitz Theatre on SBCC’s West Campus beginning April 17- May 2, Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., Saturday matinees April 25 and May 2 at 2 p.m. Tickets: $16 general/$13 seniors/$8 students, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, Saturday and Sunday matinees $22 general/$17 seniors/$12 students, Friday & Saturday evenings  $24 general/$19 seniors/$15 students. Tickets can be purchased at the Garvin Theatre Box Office, 805-965-5935 or online at

Chamber Singers
Sat., April 18, 7 p.m.
First United Methodist Church, Santa Barbara
$15 general admission, $10 students/seniors

Music Now!
Fri., April 24, 7 p.m.
Garvin Theatre, SBCC West Campus
$15 general admission, $10 students/seniors

Big Band Blowout!
Mon., April 27, 7 p.m.
Garvin Theatre, SBCC West Campus
$15 general admission, $10 students/seniors

Concert Choir
Sat., May 2, 7 p.m.
First United Methodist Church
305 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara
$15 general, $10 students/seniors

Symphony Concert
Sun., May 3, 7 p.m.
Garvin Theatre, SBCC West Campus
$15 general admission, $10 students/seniors

Jazz Combos at Soho
Thurs., May 5, 7 p.m.
Soho Music Club, 1221 State St., Santa Barbara
$10 cover charge

Jazz Choir Concert
Fri., May 8, 7 p.m.
Unitarian Society
1535 Santa Barbara St., Santa Barbara
$10 general, $5 students/seniors

Quire of Voyces
Sat., May 9, 7 p.m.
Sun., May 10, 3 p.m.
St. Anthony’s Seminary
2300 Garden St., Santa Barbara
$20 general, $15 students/seniors

Concert Band Concert
Sun., May 10, 7 p.m.
Garvin Theatre, SBCC West Campus
$15 general admission, $10 students/seniors

For tickets, please call the Garvin Theatre Box Office at 965-5935.

(College Wide)
VISITING LECTURER.  The Middle East Studies Program has chosen Peter Jacobson as its first Distinguished Visiting Lecturer in Middle East Studies for the academic year 2015- 2016.  The position is mirrored on that of the Political Science Department and will allow the program to bring outside perspectives that will enrich the students’ learning experiences. Mr. Jacobson has had a distinguished academic and military career and years of experience and expertise in Middle East affairs, particularly in Israeli-Palestinian politics. He has served as guest lecturer in several of SBCC’s Middle East Studies classes over the years and brings a needed perspective to the complex web that is the politics of the Middle East.  As part of his assignment, Mr. Jacobson will give lectures in Professor Elizabeth Imhof's History of the Middle East class as well as in Professor Manou Eskandari’s Middle East Government and Politics class in 2015-2016.

GOLF CLASSIC.  Founder and chairman of Armstrong Associates, Earl Armstrong received an honor and a trophy on March 16 in the 22nd annual Santa Barbara City College Golf Classic at La Cumbre Country Club.  Mr. Armstrong, who is a strong believer in the power of athletics, has devoted his time to SBCC to help improve educational opportunities for all students. The theme of this year’s tournament was “Building Opportunities for Student Success.”  The event is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the 18 intercollegiate athletic teams at SBCC, and 30 teams and 120 players participated in the 18-hole competition. The tournament was followed by a buffet dinner and silent auction for sports and entertainment prizes. The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians was the major tournament sponsor along with Union Bank, Pacifica Suites, Morgan Adams, Inc., Smithson Painting, BMW of Santa Barbara, Presqu’ile Winery and Jordano’s. (Contributor – Dave Loveton)

(Faculty, Administrators and Staff)
U.S. PROFESSOR OF THE YEAR NOMINEEProfessor Joe White has been selected as SBCC’s nomination for U.S. Professor of the Year, a highly regarded national program recognizing outstanding teaching sponsored by CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. President Lori Gaskin said, “We all know of Joe's excellence in the classroom, the budding philosophers that he inspires, and his work to enrich the teaching and learning experience for students through such efforts as 2020 A Year Without War.”  SBCC faculty have been honored in the past with Dr. Manou Eskandari named as U.S. Professor of the Year for California in 2013.

ADMINISTRATORS OF THE YEAR.  At the March 26 SBCC Board of Trustees meeting, Allison Canning, Associate Dean, Educational Programs, and Dan Watkins, Director, Information Technology Infrastructure and Systems, were named 2015 Administrators of the Year. Marilynn Spaventa, Dean, Educational Programs, was selected as honorable mention.  Congratulations to all.  The 2015 Classified Employee of the Year will be announced at the April 23 Board meeting.  

Contributor – Dave Loveton
CHEER SQUAD WINS SECOND STRAIGHT COLLEGIATE TITLE.  SBCC beat Riverside for the second straight year to claim the United Spirit Association (USA) Collegiate Championship on March 22-23 at the Anaheim Convention Center.  It is the third USA title for the Vaqueros, who are coached by Coral de Alba. They won the Two-Year College All-Girl Show Cheer division on March 22-23. SBCC’s cheer squad is made up of 23 “outstanding females with incredible strength and endurance,” according to Coral.  Team members are Alanna Somers, Jaylee Trubia, Ashley Aguilera, Ashley Thompson, Sam Puryear, Aiya Wellman, Tara Hays, Izzy Macaluso, Rachel Greenwood, Journey Jost, Liz Brunson, Brooklyn Blagg, Makenna Jansen, Brooke Sheets, Cynthia Contreras, Sydney Kokkeby, Taylor Shaffer, Lindsay Baldwin, Bre Garica, Chynna James, Aurora Zemjanis, Natalie Espinoza and Fay Stensson.  Congratulations! 

SCHOLAR-ATHLETES OF THE YEAR Hannah Martin and Kit Larson have been selected as SBCC’s Scholar-Athletes of the Year for the 2014-15 academic year. Hannah is a sophomore with a 3.73 GPA. The central midfielder from Newburyport, Maine helped the Women’s Soccer team capture its second WSC North title in the last four years in the fall of 2014. The Vaqueros went 14-3-5 overall and had their first-ever undefeated conference campaign (9-0-3). Hannah was a first-team All-WSC choice who led the team with nine assists. She has had scholarship offers and hopes to continue her career at UCSB, Hawaii or another NCAA Div. 1 school. Kit Larson is an All-American relief pitcher who helped the baseball team to a fifth-place State finish last year, the best in school history. The right-hander from Mill Valley, Calif., has a 3.7 GPA and has accepted a scholarship to play at North Carolina State. He also was selected to the Academic All-State baseball team in 2014 and 2015.  Kit was named first-team All-WSC North, All-Southern Cal and All-American last year. He went 4-2 with six saves and broke a 35-year-old school record with his 0.94 earned-run average. He is interested in Documentary Film studies and plans to major in Communications at NC State with a focus in New Media.







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