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FaST News - Weeks of April 8 - 30, 2013

OUTSTANDING EMPLOYEES – YEAR IN AND YEAR OUT:  In the past three weeks, two employees have been recognized for outstanding service to SBCC.

JUAN PATINO was announced as one of five California Community College Classified Employees of the Year on April 5. Juan, who has worked at SBCC for nearly 25 years, will travel to Sacramento on May 7 to officially receive his award from the system’s Board of Governors. President Lori Gaskin described Juan as a campus ambassador and often among the first employees with whom students, families and guests interact when they come to SBCC.   “Juan's genuineness, dedication and attention to the beauty of the campus communicate caring, hospitality, and a ‘home away from home’ welcome. Together with our entire grounds department, Juan works tirelessly to create the first impression... and the grounds that lend a sensibility to the campus experience.”

MARSHA WRIGHT was named SBCC Administrator of the Year on March 28.  Marsha has worked for SBCC for over 30 years.  Her nominator describes her as having provided “long-term and outstanding service to the college and a simple focus: it’s all about the students!  As Director of EOPS/CARE, she works closely with students and is intimately engaged in student success.  She possessed the skills, experience and knowledge… to be an effective leader and is highly revered by her employees, peers, and colleagues alike.” In addition, Marsha is involved in and encourages professional development and volunteers her personal time in leadership roles at non-profit organizations.

Other SBCC Administrator of the Year finalists were:  Dr. Jack Friedlander, Karen Sophiea, Jason Walker, and Dan Watkins.

Congratulations to Juan and Marsha for these well-deserved honors and what they contribute to SBCC every day, year-in and year out.

SBCC will celebrate co-winning the prestigious 2013 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence on Tues., April 23 from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. at the Student Services Patio.  Please plan on joining your colleagues and guests for a festive afternoon of brief remarks, music and sweet treats as we mark this momentous occasion of being named the #1 community college in the nation.

WOMEN’S AQUATICS.  The Athletic Department announced that women’s swimming will be added to the slate of Vaqueros’ intercollegiate offerings beginning spring semester 2014.  Recruitment of a coach and tentative team members are underway and further details will be announced at an organizational meeting scheduled in early May. According to Athletic Department Director Ryan Byrne, the decision to add women’s swimming was based on a number of factors: a demonstrated student interest and athletic abilities as expressed in three years of survey data, a desire to provide equitable opportunities for female students to participate in intercollegiate athletics, and a growth trend in women’s aquatic programs in community colleges throughout the region.  

The SBCC women’s swim team will compete in the Western State Conference (WSC) against other area colleges including Allan Hancock College, Cuesta College, and Ventura College and other community college in the greater Los Angeles area. The Athletic Department also is considering an implementation plan for women's water polo, citing the interest and complementary nature of the two sports.

FOUNDATION FOR SBCC STUDENT SUCCESS CAMPAIGN.  There’s still time to donate to the Foundation for SBCC’s Campaign for Student Success which kicked off March 15 and closes April 30.  As of April 3, the campaign has raised $389,284. With the matching funds, every donation up to $408,000 through April 30 will be matched 50 cents on each dollar, meaning that every $1 pledged results in $1.50 to support SBCC students. Monies raised go toward such needed programs and services as scholarships, book grants, tutoring, child care stipends for single parents, library and learning resources, and Continuing Education classes. 

MEDIA VIOLENCE. On Wed., April 10, the Sigma Chi Eta Communication Honor Society and the SBCC Communication Department will host a panel discussion on mediaviolence called "Aiming at MediaViolence.” This free event will be held in the Garvin Theater from6:00 -7:30 p.m.  The presentation is open to both the campus and general community and will feature a panel including a leading USC researcher on media and culture as well as two leading professionals from the Hollywood film industry. These individuals will all speak on the topic of media violence with a specific focus on how violent media content affects our culture and what responsibility media producers have for the content that is produced for public consumption.  For more information, please contact Professor Sarah Hock at ext. 4395 or

OUTLOOK ON GLOBAL ECONOMY AND INVESTMENT OPTIONS. California State University Channel Islands’ Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics and SBCC Center’s for Lifelong Learning will present “Global Economy & Investment Options” on Fri., April 12 from 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. at the Garvin Theatre.  The speaker will be CSUCI’s Institute for Global Economic Research Director Dr. Sohn Won Sohn, who will share his economic and investment outlook for the U.S., Europe, China and Santa Barbara County and the possible implications on business in the South Coast Region.  Dr. Sohn is vice chairman of the multi-national retailer Forever 21, Commissioner for the Port of Los Angeles and Professor of Economics for CSUCI’s School of Business & Economics.  The event is free and a continental breakfast will be served.  Please register to  For more information: 437-3552 or

Mon., April 15
Legends of Jazz Concert
7:00 p.m., Gavin Theatre, $15 general admission

Fri., April 26
Music Now! Concert
7:00 p.m., Garvin Theatre, $15 general admission, $10 students/seniors

Students will present the latest trends in music and electronic composition. Directed by Dominic Camardella.

FUNDRAISER FOR MANUEL UNZUETA. SBCC’s EOPS Club is a co-sponsor of the Milagro community benefit for faculty member and artist Manuel Unzueta and his family which will be held Thur., April 18, from 5:00 -8:00 p.m. at El Paseo Restaurant in the 800 block of State Street in Santa Barbara. As announced earlier, Manuel lost nearly all his artwork in a fire at his home last month.  The benefit will feature live music, appetizers, a silent art auction, and a no-host bar.  A donation of $15 is suggested.  In addition, the EOPS Club asks the campus community to consider special donations to the EOPS Club, all of which also will go to Manuel and his family.  Those checks should be made out to the EOPS Club and returned to Marsha Wright, EOPS/CARE director. 

HONORS PROGRAM CONFERENCE.  The 10th Annual SBCC Student Conference, hosted by the Honors Program, will be held on Fri., April 19, from 11:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. in the BC Building Courtyard.  Titled “The Power of the Individual: A Decade of Powerful Thinking,” the program will feature topic submissions from students who were encouraged to submit in all types of media.  According to Faculty Advisor Melanie Eckford-Prossor, the subject was kept broad and wide to encourage all students, regardless of majors, to participate.

COLLECTIVE DANCE CONCERT. SBCC’s Physical Education, Health Education, Dance, and Athletics Department will host the first annual spring dance concert Collective under the direction of  faculty and artistic director Tracy Kofford on Friday and Saturday, April 19 –20 at Center Stage Theatre in Santa Barbara.  The program will include local, national and international choreographers and feature works by SBCC Dance faculty and students, Danah Bella DanceWorks, UCSB Student Company, Santa Barbara Dance Theater, Fusion Dance Company, Nebula Dance Lab and others. Times: Fri., April 19, 8:00 p.m.; Sat., April 20, 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; Tickets: $15 Student/ $20 general admission; Center Stage Theatre: 963-0408 or

*“corrosion/erosion" will open at the Atkinson Gallery Annex on Wed., April 10 with a reception from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Gourmet Dining Room.  The exhibit will run through May 17. Inspired by the deterioration of both natural and synthetic elements, Atkinson Gallery intern and exhibit curator, Emilia Dattilo, has teamed up with eight SBCC student artists to produce this show. 

*The 2013 Annual Student Exhibit will open with an Art Department Open House and Exhibit reception on Fri., April 19, from 5:00- 8:00 p.m. Activities include  “3D/Ceramics Open House from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. at ECC40 (Loma Alta Drive); “2D/4D/Art History Open House from 6:00- 7:00 p.m. in WC1, WC 2, and WC 3 on West Campus; the Student Exhibit Reception from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in WC3 on West Campus; and an Awards Ceremony at 7:00 p.m. in WC3 on West Campus. The Atkinson Gallery is currently located at WC 301 next to the Garvin Theatre. Hours: Mon. - Thurs., 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. and Fri. - Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  965-0581, ext. 3484. 

BECKY’S NEW CAR. The Theatre Group at SBCC will present the new comedy Becky’s New Car by Steven Dietz as the final play in the 2012-2013 season.  Directed by Katie Laris, Becky’s New Car will run April 24-May 11 at the Jurkowitz Theatre.Becky Foster is caught in middle age, middle management and in a middling marriage—with no prospects for change on the horizon.  Then one night a recently widowed millionaire stumbles into the car dealership where Becky works and she is offered nothing short of a new life. Becky’s New Car will feature Leslie Gangl Howe, Martin Bell, Tom Hinshaw, Josh Jenkins, Jon Koons, Melissa Morgan Squire and Bre PiantanidaPerformances are April 26 - May 11, previews on April 24- 25.  Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:00 p.m., Saturday matinees on May 4 and May 11 at 2:00 p.m., in addition to 7:30 p.m. performance..  Call the Garvin Theatre Box Office at 965-5935 for ticket prices, reservations and information or purchase tickets online at

.  The School of Modern Languages (SoML) will sponsor a tea ceremony on Fri., April 26 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the EBS Building, Room 102.  Admission is free; if you would like to drink tea, please purchase a $2 ticket in advance from the SoML Office in ECC 22.   Japanese instructors Yachiyo Roberts and Kazue Hata are coordinating the event.

JAZZ FINALIST. Congratulations to the SBCC Lunch Break Jazz Ensemble who was selected as a finalist for the Monterey Next Gen Jazz Festival.  The group competed on Sun., April 7 in Monterey.  While the ensemble was not awarded a final slot for the Monterey Jazz Festival in September, SBCC was only one of six finalists selected from all the universities and colleges that applied and the only community college to earn such a coveted spot for three years in a row.  Congratulations to Jim Mooy and the entire ensemble for jazz performances well done!

GRANT RECIPIENT.  SBCC’s Health Information Technology Department was awarded a $2,500 program grant from the California Health Information Association.  Funds will be used to streamline the process involved in placing students in clinical practicum sights.  By reducing the steps and time required for placement, students will have increased time to focus on completing course requirements.

(Faculty and Staff)
PUBLISHED AUTHOR.  Dr. Dean Nevins, Professor of Computer Science, had his paper CS 1 Language Adoption at California Community Colleges: 2012, published in the March 2013 issue of ACM Inroads.  The publication is considered among the top in the field dedicated to computer science education and is put out by the Association for Computing Machinery.

  Congratulations to the following employees who reached benchmark years of service in March: Ricardo Guerrero, Facilities and Operations, 20 years; and Lisa Lopez, Information Technology, 15 years. 

INTERNSHIP.  Student Edith Rodriguez has been invited to participate in the 10-week NSF FREEDM (Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management) summer REU program.  Edith will work with Dr. Chris Edrington at Florida State University on a FREEDM research project from May 26 until August 2.

SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR.  Women’s Basketball player Keia Nobles was selected as SBCC’s 2012-13 Scholar-Athlete of the Year and received her award on April 1 at the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table luncheon in Santa Barbara.  Keia, who is from Oxnard, is a sophomore on the Women’s Basketball team, which went 17-13 and made the Southern California Regional for the eighth time in nine years. She averaged 7.0 points and 5.4 rebounds. In the classroom, Keia is majoring in Social Sciences and has completed more than 76 credits with a 3.7 GPA. “SBCC has helped me become a better person and helped me realize that basketball and school go together,” she said. “You have to find time to study and balance things out.” Keia is on the President’s Honor Roll at SBCC and wants to continue playing basketball at either Notre Dame de Namur in California, Eastern Nazarene in Quincy, Mass., or Presentation College in South Dakota.  (Contributor – Dave Loveton)

WSC COASTAL MEET.  On March 27, SBCC won seven events to claim the WSC Coastal track and field title in a six-team competition at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo. (Contributor – Dave Loveton)

NORTH-SOUTH TITLE. On March 18, Men’s Golf player Brett Patton took the individual title and SBCC claimed the championship of the North-South Invitational men’s golf tournament at Blacklake Golf Resort in Nipomo. (Contributor – Dave Loveton)

Andy Harper being named the executive director for the Center for Lifelong Learning was reported in the March 15 Pacific Coast Business Times.

New officers for the Measure V Citizens’ Oversight Committee was announced in the March 15 CASA Magazine.

The Association for Senior Care providing funding to SBCC’s Helping Hands Program* was reported in the March 15 Noozhawk.

SBCC co-winning the 2013 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence on March 19 was covered by local, regional and national media. Outlets include: SBCC Channels. CASA Magazine, Noozhawk, Santa Barbara Independent, Santa Barbara News Press, Santa Barbara Latino, San Luis Obispo Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Sacramento Bee, Fresno Bee, Associated Press, New York Daily News, NBC Latino, Wall Street Journal. Chronicle of Higher Education, Community College Times, Inside Higher Education, EdSource, and the White House Blog.

SBCC student Billy Spencer volunteering in Haiti over spring break was featured in the March 22 Santa Barbara News Press.

USC’s Dr. Jeff Cole speaking at the Garvin Theatre on the impact of the Internet on April 5 was covered in the April 1 Noozhawk and the April 2 Santa Barbara Independent.

KEYT-TV, Channel 3, reported on the proposal for banning smoking areas at SBCC on April 3.

An update on the Foundation for SBCC’s Campaign for Student Success was reported in the April 3 Noozhawk and the April 7 Santa Barbara Independent.

KEYT-TV, Channel 3, reported on the proposal for hiring an armed police officer at SBCC on April 5.

*(Helping Hands, part of the Dorothy D. Rupe Certified Nursing Assistant and Home Health Aide Program, provides financial assistance for students that helps cover expenses such as child care, personal health care or car repairs so they can remain in the program.)

Wed., April 10: 3:00 p.m., Academic Senate, BC 214                                                                   

Thurs., April 11: 4:00 p.m., SBCC Board of Trustees’ Study Session, A 218

Tues., April 16: 3:00 p.m., College Planning Council (CPC), A218

Wed., April 17: 2:00 p.m., Classified Consultation Group, CC 223

Mon., April 22: 4:00 p.m., Board of Trustees’ Facilities Committee, A218

Wed., April 24:  3:00 p.m., Academic Senate, BC 214

Thurs., April 25, 4:00 p.m., SBCC Board of Trustees’ Monthly Meeting

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