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FaST News - Weeks of September 27 - September 13, 2013

TOBACCO-FREE, SMOKE-FREE POLICY CHANGE.  As of August 5, SBCC is now a tobacco-free, smoke free campus.  Campus ambassadors wearing special SBCC T-shirts will be out and about on campus for the first three weeks of classes greeting new students and guests and reminding everyone about the new policy. The decision to change from a former non-smoking campus with designated smoking areas followed extensive discussion and debate among campus constituents and shared governance groups and committees in the spring. Reasons cited were maintaining a healthy and safe workplace and campus, eliminating second-hand smoke hazards, and curtailing discarded cigarette butts resulting in trash on campus and beach and ocean pollution.  The new policy applies throughout the SBCC main campus and the Scott and Wake campuses and for visitors and the general community attending college-related events.  Smoking cessation programs are available for faculty, staff and students through Human Resources and Student Health Services.

CENTER FOR LIFELONG LEARNING LAUNCHES.  SBCC’s Center for Lifelong Learning starts fall term on September 9.  The CLL hosted a highly successful open house celebration at the Wake Campus on Sat., Aug. 24, which featured a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Goleta Mayor Roger Aceves, Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider, and Assemblyman Das Williams.  The event also featured demonstrations by instructors, entertainment and refreshments. To take a look at the more than 500 CLL offerings this fall, go to: http://www.sbcc/cll/

FACULTY EXCELLENCE AWARD RECIPIENT FOR SEPTEMBER 2013:  SHERI SHIELDS. R.N. Sheri, Associate Professor of A.D. Nursing, has worked at SBCC since 1995.  She received her B.S.N. degree from California State University, Fresno and her M.S.N. degree from California State University, Dominguez Hills. 

What teaching tip or counseling advice do you have for other faculty?
If you do not like your job or profession, find something else you do like.

What careers or jobs did you have before working at SBCC?
I worked my way through college working at Denny's and have worked in nursing ever since.

Who was your most influential teacher and why?
My geography professor was fantastic -- he really loved what he did and it showed.  His classroom was always filled with very meaningful stories to illustrate the concepts that he was attempting to teach.  He also had a great job because he traveled around the world every summer to learn the most up-to-date information about the area he was teaching about.  I work as a nurse in the summer to do the same thing -- to provide new experiences to best illustrate high standards of nursing care for my students.

What is your favorite student line or excuse?
I do not know because there are so many.

What are you reading now?
Defending Jacob by William Landay

What do you love about your job?
Writing new jokes about important information to make my students laugh while getting them to remember important concepts.

What has been your greatest accomplishment and/or challenge?
Redesigning an entire nursing curriculum to best meet the needs of today's student and today's health care community.

What's one thing most people don't know about you?
I have a great life.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Spending time with my family and friends laughing.

What historical figure would you most want to meet?
Florence Nightingale

What is your favorite place in the world?

What is your personal motto?
Hard work always pays off

NEW STUDENT LEADERSHIPElie Katezenson has been named Associated Student Government president for the 2013 - 2014 academic year.  As the child of ex-patriates, Elie grew up in Turkey, Germany, and the Netherlands before coming to SBCC. She is a political science and photography double major who will be transferring to a four-year university in fall 2014. This will be Elie’s third year on the Student Senate and she is looking forward to this year's new projects and goals. Her personal projects include pursuing campus-wide fossil fuel divestment as well as creating a coalition between students at SBCC and UCSB.  Levi Palencia is joining Elie in a student leadership role by serving as student trustee to the SBCC Board Trustees and as a member of the ASG Executive Officers’ team.  Other ASG officers are: Joy Merkin, Gracie Maynetto, Monica Villavicencio, Neekta Izadian, Maria Leftwich, and Gabby Cevallos.

ATKINSON GALLERY. Artist Deborah Zlotsky will open the fall exhibits at SBCC’s Atkinson Gallery with a reception on Fri., Aug. 30 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.  In the series, LifeLike, Ms. Zlotsky blurs boundaries between documenting nature and inventing nature in her blown graphite drawings on mylar.  Her exhibit will be on display through Mon., Sept. 30.  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. (Closed Labor Day, Mon., Sept. 2)

NEW FACULTY.   Joining SBCC’s faculty this fall are: Robert Fischer, Biological Sciences instructor; Douglas Folsom, Physics instructor; and Matthew Kay, Biological Sciences instructor.  One-year temporary contract faculty include: Sonja Gallagher, Mathematics instructor; Christine Grant, Instructor/Academic counselor;  John Robertson, English Skills instructor; Mark Scamahorn, English Composition instructor (one-semester temporary contract – fall 2013) and  Cynthia Walker, English Composition instructor (one-semester temporary contract – spring 2014)

NEW HIRES.  Welcome to the following employees who have joined SBCC since August 5: Christina Frank, Garvin Theatre; Michael Gamboa, Athletics; Rachel Gann, Library; Brandon Huttenlocher, Media Arts; Alejandra Rangel, Food Services (Accounting); John Thomas Rose, Journalism (Channels); Timothy Stone, Professional Development Center; and James Zavas, Fiscal Services. Also Sheldon Canley, a star running back at Lompoc High School and San Jose State University, has been named running backs coach for SBCC football.  Matt Jones, a four-year starter at Harvard University, will be joining the college as men’s volleyball coach

LONGEVITY.  Congratulations to Alan McKenzie, IT, who celebrated 20 years of service to the college in August.  

(Faculty and Staff)
NURSE’S TOUCH AWARD.  Ann Marie Kopekin, Associate Professor, Vocational Nursing, was named one of four recipients of the Assessment Technologies Institute Nursing Education’s Nurse’s Touch Award.  More than 550 nursing educators were nominated. Ann Marie was recognized for her leadership ability, excellent interpersonal and professional communication skills and encouragement for students in finding balance between personal and professional needs.  As part of her honor, she will receive the Nurse’s Touch product for one class for a year.  The educational product includes interactive simulators, tutorials, case studies and practice and proctored assessments.

NAFSA COACHCarola Smith, Senior Director of International Students Program, was selected as a coach for the NAFSA: Association of International Educators’ Academy for International Education—Class 11.  Based on her leadership in international education and her NAFSA experience, Carola will be among the team who will help guide new international education specialists as academy trainees.  The coaches will offer the trainees the opportunity to explore the field’s major practice areas and to quickly connect with critical resources.

DSPS SUPPORT.  DSPS students at SBCC have a new audio resource to help with their studies through Learning Ally audiobooks.  Instructor and Assistive Technologies Specialist Laurie Vasquez was instrumental in developing the SBCC training program and marketing it to eligible students, said DSPS Director Jana Garrett.  Through a grant, the audiobook service is free to all eligible students and SBCC currently has 144 students signed up and has ordered 799 books. To learn more, go to:

(President Emeritus)
BOARD CHAIRMAN. John Romo, who served as SBCC President from 2002 to 2008, was named as the new Chairman of the Board for Direct Relief International.  John, who was associated with SBCC for 27 years, has been active on numerous boards including Cottage Health System, Planned Parenthood of Santa Barbara/Ventura/San Luis Obispo and the California Family Health Council.

VOLUNTEER TEACHER.  In retirement, Professor Emeritus Marie Foley has traded in her SBCC English skills classes for a slightly younger group of students.  As a Partner in Education volunteer, Marie has spent the last year tutoring second graders at Adams Elementary School.  As was reported in Goshawk, she said, “I had tutored adults with literacy volunteers and in Adult Ed Basic Skills for many years.  I’ve tutored in my grandchildren’s classes and have always found and decided it would be fun to change to elementary students.  I chose second grade because I knew the focus would be on language arts.” Upon reflecting upon her role as an educator and a volunteer, Marie said, “I was probably most influenced by several college professors who showed me, finally, how to read literature deeply, to think critically and to write intelligently. Those were the qualities I tried to promote in my students at SBCC and the qualities I try to instill through my volunteer work.” With nearly 70 hours of service, Marie will be back in the classroom as a volunteer tutor this fall at Adams Elementary.

Congratulations to SBCC student KATHERINE PEPE, who received a second-place award in a national essay competition for her essay answering the question, “How Can We Obey The Law Against War?” The contest was sponsored by the West Suburban Faith-Based Peace Coalition of Wheaton, Illinois to celebrate the 85th anniversary of the signing of the Kellogg-Briand Pact, a.k.a. The Pact of Paris. Katherine also has been an active member of SBCC’s 2020 A Year Without War team.

Student Brandon Thibeault receiving the first Don Richardson Memorial Music Scholarship was reported in the July 15 Noozhawk, July 19 Santa Barbara News Press, and July 20 Santa Barbara Independent.

Judy Taggart being named Center for Lifelong Learning Associate Director was featured  in the July 20 Pacific Coast Business Times.

Student Quincy Briscoe biking across North America to raise funds for needy children in Cambodia was covered in the July 28 Santa Barbara News Press and on July 29 by KEYT-TV.

The Center for Lifelong Learning and its grand opening celebration was featured in the August 9 CASA Magazine, August 14 and 24 Noozhawk, August 15 and 21 Santa Barbara Independent, August 21 Santa Barbara News Press, August 21 Santa Ynez Valley News, and August 24 Edhat and KEYT-TV.  CLL Executive Director Andy Harper was interviewed on the “Mornings with Gary and Katherine” show on KLITE radio on August 22.  Also  an in-depth article about the CLL was featured in Frank Newton’s “Frank Talk for Seniors” in the August 27 Santa Barbara News Press.

Dr. Adam Green and students Alex Corella and Carlos Inigo were interviewed about raising money through the crowd-funding website Indiegogo for a future SBCC self-sustaining permaculture garden in the August 18 Santa Barbara News Press.

Earl Armstrong joining the SBCC Foundation Board was reported in the August21 Noozhawk.

SBCC President Lori Gaskin was interviewed on the “Mornings with Gary and Katherine” show on KLITE radio on August 26 regarding the beginning of fall semester.

Employee Mary James, who celebrated 45 years of service to the college in July, was recognized in the August Mesa Paper.

Tues., Sept. 3: 3:00 p.m., College Planning Council, A 218C
Wed., Sept. 4: 2:00 p.m., Classified Consultation Group, CC223
Thurs., Sept. 5: 4:00 p.m., Board Educational Policies Subcommittee, A218C
Mon., Sept. 9: 4:00 p.m., Board Fiscal Subcommittee, A218C
Wed., Sept. 11: 3:00 p.m., Academic Senate, BC 214
Thurs., Sept. 12: 4:00 p.m., Board Study Session, A218C
Tues., Sept. 17: 3:00 p.m., College Planning Council, A 218C
Wed., Sept. 18: 2:00 p.m., Classified Consultation Group, CC223
Mon., Sept. 23: Board Facilities Subcommittee, A218C
Wed., Sept. 25: 3:00 p.m., Academic Senate, BC 214
Thurs., Sept. 26: 4:00 p.m., Board Monthly Meeting, A211




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