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FaST News - December 13, 2012

The first annual “Party Rock Holiday Extravaganza” is set for tomorrow, Fri., Dec. 14, beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the Campus Center. Come prepared for plenty of food, entertainment and camaraderie with your SBCC colleagues!

The first spring exhibit at the Atkinson Gallery will feature Jeepers Creepers! Christopher Ulivo from Feb. 1- 22, 2013. Christopher joined the SBCC Art Department faculty in 2012. An opening reception will be held on Fri., Feb. 1 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. with an artist’s lecture on Wed., Feb. 13 beginning at 5:30 p.m. The Atkinson Gallery is currently located at WC 301 next to the Garvin Theatre on SBCC’s West campus. Hours: Mon. - Thurs., 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. and Fri.- Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., 805-965-0581, ext. 3484.

Tickets are available in advance at the Garvin Theatre Box Office, SBCC West campus, 805-965-5935 and one hour prior to the performance.

An Evening of Chamber Music
Fri., Feb. 1, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
First United Methodist Church, 305 East Anapamu, Santa Barbara
$12 general, $8 students/seniors
Join Linda Holland and friends for this special concert of chamber music.

Jazz Night at Soho
Mon., Feb. 11, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Music Club, 1221 State Street, Santa Barbara
$12 cover charge. Small group and big band jazz from the award-winning Lunch Break and Good Times Bands.

GARVIN THEATRE. On March 8-23, 2013, the SBCC Theatre Group will present the classic comedy PRESENT LAUGHTER at the Garvin Theatre. Fresh off a highly successful Broadway revival, PRESENT LAUGHTER is one of Noël Coward's funniest and most delightful comedies. The devastatingly handsome and thoroughly charming matinee idol Garry Essendine struggles to plan his upcoming trip to Africa, his elegant New York apartment is invaded by a love struck ingénue, an adulterous producer and a married seductress, not to mention Garry's estranged wife and a crazed young playwright. Just before Garry escapes, the full extent of his misdemeanors is discovered and all hell breaks loose. PRESENT LAUGHTER will be directed by SBCC Theatre Arts Department Co-Chair R. Michael Gros.  Call the Garvin Theatre Box Office at 805-965-5935 or purchase tickets online for either production at


STANBACK-STROUD DIVERSITY AWARD NOMINEE. Pamela Guenther, Associate Professor of Mathematics, has been named the SBCC nominee for the 2013 Regina Stanback-Stroud Diversity Award by the Academic Senate and the Faculty Recognition Committee. According to her nomination application, Pam is an exceptional leader and teacher and a true pioneer who has brought many innovative programs to the Math Department.  She is a founding member of Partnership for Student Success and brought the concept of immersion and accelerated learning to the Math Department. The majority of Pam’s students in her Express to Success (ESP) classes are from EOPS and DSPS and the data comparing the student success in her ESP classes to that of the success in general math classes at the same level has been overwhelmingly positive for many years.  Without this intervention, it is more likely that the success of this student population would have been significantly lower than that of the mainstream population of students.  Pam’s dedication, organization, creativity, vision, sheer grit and determination have inspired these students to lift themselves up well above the levels of their own previous expectations. Congratulations to Pam on this well-deserved nomination.

FACULTY EXCELLENCE AWARD NOMINATIONS. The Faculty Recognition Committee is accepting nominations for the 2013 – 2014 Faculty Excellence Awards. The selection is based on in-depth nomination letters with criteria including positive impact on students both academically and personally; positive impact on peers, colleagues, and the campus; and personal reasons for nominating this individual. Competition is open to all full-time, adjunct and Continuing Education faculty. Applications must be received by March 15, 2013. For additional information, please contact Laura Welby, SBCC Faculty Recognition Committee, at ext. 2252.

Ryan Heinberg, who joined SBCC in 2010, has resigned as SBCC men’s tennis coach. In 2012, Ryan led the Vaqueros to their best season in his three years at the helm with an 8-3 overall record. They tied for second place in the Western State Conference at 5-3. Ryan brought a strong background as a former tennis student-athlete at Duke University and dynamic coaching skills to our men’s tennis team, and we are all very proud of what he accomplished on behalf of his teams and for the college. He is a staunch advocate for student-athletes and we wish him the best for the future.

In light of the timing of Ryan’s resignation, immediately prior to the start of the tennis season, the Athletics Department is taking the opportunity to re-evaluate our slate of intercollegiate offerings. Athletics is a dynamic entity and we need to be aware and responsive to the expansive interests and emerging needs for all our student athletes. The primary mission of the Athletics Department is to help students reach their academic goals. With declining retention rates and local interest in Intercollegiate Men’s Tennis over the past decade, we are looking at other intercollegiate offerings that more effectively meet the direction of the interests and abilities of our student population. We will keep you up-to-date on our progress. Thank you for your continued support of the SBCC Athletics Programs. It is a great motivating factor to our coaches, staff and student-athletes. Go Vaqueros! (from Ryan Byrne, Director, SBCC Athletics Department)

PORTAL TO PIER. Students from SBCC’s Marine Diving Technologies Program are assisting Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s Center for Coastal Marine Sciences with its Portal to the Pier project. In a continuing effort to increase access and bring the marine environment into the classroom, the center’s Marine Operations staff is working with Cal Poly mechanical and electrical engineering students with designing, building and installing a tracked, underwater webcam that users can operate through a web browser from anywhere an internet connection is available. SBCC students are installing the track for the underwater webcam, The center describes the partnership as a great example of intra-institutional cooperation and resource pooling. “The SBCC Marine Diving student divers get a safe and convenient location to practice diving on a large steel structure, something that would normally require an expensive boat trip to oil rigs in the Southern California bight or the Gulf of Mexico. Cal Poly gets a free inspection of the underwater structure of the Cal Poly Pier and installation of the webcam track, a 60 foot long, 600 pound, fiberglass I-beam.”

(Faculty and Staff)
FACULTY RECEIVES DIVING AWARD. Ed Stetson, a long-time adjunct instructor in the Marine Diving Technologies Program, was named a recipient of the NOGI Award, the oldest and most prestigious award in the diving industry. The NOGI is presented to divers who have made exceptional contributions in their field. Ed received the award in the category of sports and education. A career professional with more than 30 years of experience, Ed teaches both seamanship and diving at SBCC.

LONGEVITY AWARDS. Congratulations to the following employees who reached benchmark years of service in December: Sharon Coffield, Accounting, 15 years, and Susan Danielson, Continuing Education, 10 years.

December 12 - Basketball guard/forward Keia Nobles was named North Division women’s basketball Player of the Week by the Western State Conference.

November 29 - Football linebacker Morgan Nevin, the No. 1 tackler in Southern California, and offensive lineman Wade Norberg were selected to the first team All-American Pacific Conference football squad. Three other Vaqueros made all-conference. Freshman quarterback Jarred Evans landed on the second-team offense while sophomore end Collin Powell and sophomore cornerback Delency Parham made second-team defense.

November 29 – Basketball forward Brooke Amenta was named the WSC North Player of the Week for women’s basketball.

November 20 - Nine SBCC soccer players were named to the All-WSC North women’s soccer team. First-team choices were sophomore midfielder Courtney Allard and a trio of freshmen -- forwards Brandie Harris and Sandy Grimaldo, plus defender Linn Viklund of Sweden. Sarah Atmajoana, Alex Abbott and Sonja Gustafsson were second-team selections. Justina Silva and goalie Brianna Robinson received honorable mention.

November 20 - Seven SBCC players were named to the All-Western State Conference men’s soccer team. Freshman midfielders Adam Colton and Kian Chachi and sophomore midfielder Juan Sanchez were first-team selections for the Vaqueros. Second-team honors went to defender George Wakefield and goalie Ismael Guzman. Forward Chijioke Aranotu and midfielder Jamie Sporcic were honorable mention.

SBCC’s Express to Success Program winning the 2012 Chancellor’s Student Success Award was posted on the November 19 Los Angeles Times.

President Lori Gaskin’s appointment to the Fighting Back steering committee was reported in the November 21 Noozhawk and November 21 Santa Barbara News Press.

SBCC Theatre Group’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” was reviewed in the November 20 Santa Barbara Independent.

KEYT-TV, Channel 3 covered the EOPS/CARE’s annual Thanksgiving drive for needy students on November 21. A mention of the project also was posted on the ABC Nightly News web site on November 21.

The Center for Lifelong Learning’s community forums were covered in the November 22 Santa Barbara Independent, the December 3 Noozhawk, and the December issue of The Mesa Paper.

Phi Theta Kappa’s fall induction of new members was posted on the November 24 Santa Barbara Independent.










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