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FaST News - Weeks of February 19 - March 8, 2013

BUDGET FORUMS.  SBCC President Lori Gaskin, Executive Vice President Jack Friedlander and Vice President of Business Services Joe Sullivan will host three budget forums the next two weeks to update the campus community on the impact of the passage of Proposition 30 on SBCC.

*Wednesday February 20, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., BC 237 (West Campus)
*Thursday February 21, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., ECC 28 (East Campus)
*Tuesday, February 26, 12:30 -1:30 p.m., Schott Center, Room 31

 Agenda items include introduction, enrollment picture and trends, fiscal and facilities update, facilities planning and improvement followed by a question and answer period. 

CAMPAIGN FOR STUDENT SUCCESS.  The Foundation for SBCC formally will launch its next Campaign for Student Success on Fri., March 15 from 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. in the Sports Pavilion. One of the highlights will be the premiere of “Show Us Your Love,” a special musical video featuring SBCC students, faculty, administrators, and staff.  “Where Is The Love?” was originally recorded by hip-hop group The Black Eyed Peas and was rewritten by SBCC student Meighann Helene.  The SBCC music video will appear on the Foundation’s website and will air on local television stations. The Campaign for Student Success supports a number of critical areas for students including scholarships, book grants, tutoring, internships, child care, and special programs such as Running Start, a summer transition program for high school graduates, and SPARC (Single Parent Arriving Ready for College).

STUDENT ART AT GOURMET DINING ROOM. Radiance, the first Atkinson Gallery Annex exhibition of the year opens at the Atkinson Gallery with a reception on Wed., Feb. 20 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Curated by Atkinson Gallery Intern Emilia Dattilo, Radiance features nine SBCC student artists whose diverse conceptual interpretations of the theme are executed with different styles and techniques. The exhibition features paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture, all with vibrant representation of the works being created in SBCC’s art classes and programs.  Radiance will be on display from February 20 through April 5 in the Gourmet Dining Room on East Campus. The Atkinson Gallery is partnering with the Culinary Arts Program to continue the Annex's student-curated student exhibition program while the Humanities Building is under construction.  In addition to the exhibit space, Culinary Arts is providing the refreshments for the February 20 reception. Radiance will be available for viewing during the Gourmet Dining Room’s regular hours: Mon. – Fri., 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. and Thurs. – Fri., 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

ATKINSON GALLERY.  SBCC’s Atkinson Gallery will close Jeepers Creepers!: Christopher Ulivo on February 20.  Claudio Pérez-Pavón will open March 1 with an artist’s talk at the Fé Bland Forum beginning at 4:00 p.m.  A reception will follow from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Atkinson Gallery.  This is the first U.S. solo exhibition for Ms. Perez- Pavón, an award-winning Mexican painter.  “Her emotionally charged oil paintings are created on superimposed translucent surfaces including tightly wound monofilament and acrylic sheets.  Through her physical investigation of transparency, Ms. Pérez-Pavón conveys nuanced narratives that explore both her subjects’ inner lives and their implied relationships. By literally adding layers, the artist builds meaning and metaphor.” The exhibit will run from March 1 – April 5. The Atkinson Gallery is currently located at WC 301 next to the Garvin Theatre on West campus. Hours: Mon. - Thurs., 10 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. and Fri. - Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 805-965-0581, ext. 3484.

JOB AND INTERNSHIP FAIR.  Due to weather concerns, the Career Center's Job and Internship Fair has been rescheduled to Wed., Feb. 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on West Campus.  More than 40 employers will be on hand to discuss potential jobs and internships with students.  For more information, go to:

SWAT TEAM TRAINING.  The Santa Barbara Police SWAT team will visit SBCC on Wed., Feb. 27 with a presentation open to the campus community from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. in the Sports Pavilion. Concurrently team members will visit a number of the campus’ larger classrooms, Library/LRC and the Garvin Theatre.  From 6:00 – 9:30 p.m., the team will conduct a private simulation training in the Student Services’ building.  Student Services will close promptly at 5:00 p.m.

SMPCW FUNDRAISER.  On Sun., March 2, the San Marcos Parent-Child Workshop will sponsor “Under the Sea,” a fundraiser to honor former SMPCW Director Bea Hamlin.  The event will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Cabrillo Arts Pavilion in Santa Barbara; tickets are $20 at the door.   According to a news release, Ms. Hamlin directed the workshop from 1969 to 2005, “sending hundreds of Santa Barbara and Goleta children off to a strong start in their school careers.  Throughout her tenure at SMPCW, Ms. Hamlin, along with assistant directors Paula Phillips, Derry Godar, Jan Kovarick and Diane Gonzales, created a safe and supportive environment at the school and by doing so, instilled confidence and caring in many parents and children in the community.” For more information about “Under the Sea,” contact Director Lea Blackburn at 964-8994 or  The SMPCW is a licensed, cooperative preschool and parent education program instructed by SBCC’s Continuing Education Division.

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

Monday Madness at Soho
Mon., March 4, 7:00 p.m.
Soho Music Club
1221 State St., Santa Barbara
$10 cover charge
The 18-piece professional membership big band under the direction of Issac Jenkins puts on an evening of the very best in contemporary big band music.

Faculty/Student Concert
Sun., March 10, 7:00 p.m.
Fé Bland Forum, West Campus
$15 general – proceeds to benefit the scholarship fund
The Music faculty joins forces with outstanding student performers for an eclectic evening of chamber music.

Jazz Night at Soho
Mon., March 18, 7:00 p.m.
1221 State St., Santa Barbara
$10 cover charge
Small group and big band jazz featuring the Lunch Break and Good Times Bands.

GARVIN THEATRE PRESENT LAUGHTER. On March 8-23, the SBCC Theatre Group will present Noël Coward's 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. As 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 R. Michael Gros, SBCC Theatre Arts Department Co-Chair. For tickets and more information, please visit


GOLF CLASSIC. The 20th annual SBCC Golf Classic will tee off on Mon., March 11 at La Cumbre Country Club. The event is the biggest fundraiser of the year for SBCC Athletics and provides support for 400 student-athletes and cheerleaders. This year’s theme is “Honoring the Past and Celebrating the Future” and will recognize Santa Barbara Bank & Trust, now a part of Union Bank. For more than 50 years, Santa Barbara Bank & Trust has reinvested in the Central Coast by supporting critical programs in education, youth activities and athletics.  The bank has supported SBCC Athletics, in particular, for more than 20 years. The 18-hole tournament is a four-person scramble with awards in three flights. The entry fee is $300 (or $325 after March 7). There are multiple contests, special gifts and prizes, including a Hole-in-One contest and a putt for $5,000. There also will be a silent auction and raffle. For more information, call the SBCC Golf Classic hotline at 805-730-4076.

IMPACT OF INTERNETJeffrey Cole, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication’s Center for the Digital Future, will present the lecture “Trends, Fads & Transformation: The Impact of the Internet” on Fri,, April 5 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Garvin Theatre.  The event is sponsored by SBCC’s Center for Lifelong Learning. Dr. Cole is an international authority on communications, technology and current and emerging media and has served as an adviser to the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush White House administrations, as well as to Vice President Al Gore. On the corporate side, his clients have included Microsoft, Sony, Time-Warner, and AT&T.  Prior to joining USC, Dr. Cole was a member of the UCLA faculty and served as director of the UCLA Center for Communication Policy.  At UCLA and now at USC Annenberg, he founded and directs the World Internet Project, a long-term longitudinal look at the effects of computer and Internet technology, which is conducted over 25 countries. In his April 5 presentation, Dr. Cole will cover such thought-provoking topics as how the Internet and technology are transforming our society from the decline of traditional media such as newspapers and television to the proliferation and impact of cell phones and social media networking.  The lecture will be followed by a question and answer period. Tickets can be purchased for $10 from the Garvin Theatre Box Office (805-965-5935) or at the door. 

CENTER FOR LIFELONG LEARNINGAndy Harper has been selected as Executive Director for SBCC’s Center for Lifelong Learning.  The Center, which will launch this fall under the umbrella of SBCC, will offer not-for-credit, fee-based courses and seminars for the general community. Andy is no stranger to SBCC having worked for the college’s Continuing Education Division as a program director since 2009.  In this role, he planned and monitored budgets totaling more than $1.5 million and managed both fee-based and state-funded courses and programs with up to 250 classes and 120 instructors per term.   Andy developed over 400 Continuing Education updated and new course outlines and served as community liaison with 30 off-campus sites including retirement facilities, Parent Child Workshops, local churches and community centers. Before coming to SBCC, Andy worked for nine years at UCSB Extension as Director of Language and Culture Programs.  He has an extensive background in teaching and teacher training in institutions throughout the U.S. and internationally.

FINANCIAL AID SCHOLARSHIP PERIOD OPENS. The Financial Aid Office has announced that its scholarship application period is now open for the 2013-2014 school year.  Financial Aid has over 160 different scholarships and more than $500,000 available to  award to deserving SBCC students.  Faculty are asked to please inform your students of this  SBCC scholarship application and encourage them to apply as soon as possible at  The scholarship application period will close on Mon., March 4 at 4:30 p.m. and no late applications will be accepted.  Please encourage your students to apply now.

(Campus Wide)
ENERGY LOAN AWARD.  SBCC was awarded $750,000 to fund energy efficiency upgrades on campus from the California Energy Commission’s Energy Conservation Assistant Act program.  The college will upgrade exterior lights, streetlights, parking lot lights and pathway lights to ones emitting diode (LED) technology and the latest generation linear and compact fluorescent lights. SBCC expects to receive approximately $166,623 in incentives from Southern California Edison, save an estimated 694,261 kWh of electricity and $97,197 in energy costs.  The simple payback on the loan amount is 7.7 years.

NEW HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMY.  San Marcos High School recently announced the launch of its new Entrepreneurship Academy which will be supported by SBCC’s Dual Enrollment Program and the Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.  The academy will offer Dual Enrollment classes, Advanced Placement economics, and opportunities for students to develop business plans and pitch them to potential funders.

SACRAMENTO VISIT INCLUDED IN NEW COURSE.  A new two-unit Political Science course in which students “shadow” and interact with State legislators for one week in Sacramento was featured in the February 17 Noozhawk.  Political Science Department Chair Dr. Manoutchehr Eskandari-Qajar and student Erika Sandberg were interviewed for the story. To read the full article by Noozhawk intern Gabriella Slabiak, go to:

CULINARY ARTS and GDR IN THE SPOTLIGHT.  SBCC’s Randy Bublitz, chair of the School of Culinary Arts, and the team of students who prepare and serve meals at the Gourmet Dining Room were featured in the February 15 Santa Barbara Sentinel.  To read the article by columnist Wendy Jenson and to see the tempting dishes prepared by the student chefs, go to: (page 8)

GAME CHANGERSDr. Jack Friedlander was interviewed for the recent academic paper “Integrating Student Supports and Academics,” one in a series of Game Changers’ documents for use by colleges to generate discussion about innovative models for substantially increasing student completion rates.  The series is part of Completion by Design, an initiative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Postsecondary Success Strategy.

TOP CYCLIST. Congratulations to cyclist Cody O’Reilly who won the Red Trolley Classic Criterium recently held in San Diego.  Also competing were fellow SBCC students Alex Shelton and Tucker Eurman.  According to Cameron Sublett, faculty advisor for the SBCC Cycling club, Cody beat some of the best in collegiate men's cycling in the state including students from USC, UCSD, Cal Poly, and UCLA for the top spot.

10-10-10 WINNER. SBCC student Gabriella Guillen won first place in screenwriting in the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s 10-10-10 filmmaking competition.  The contest gives high school and college-age young adults a chance to make a 10-minute short in 10 days during the Film Festival.  Gabriella’s award-winning script was titled “Paradise Cafe,” a look at a genie and a man who didn’t want his three wishes. Faculty member Michael Stinson served as co-organizer for the competition.

GREAT BOOKS ESSAY CONTEST.  Three SBCC students were among the 13 winners of SBCC’s recent Great Books Curriculum essay contest.  Held last fall, the contest titled “Plato’s ‘Crito’ and the Honorable Life” drew over 50 entries from SBCC students, Santa Barbara High School, and Alta Vista Middle College (a collaboration between Alta Vista Alternative High School and SBCC).  Each student wrote an essay comparing a text of their choice to Socrates’ lesson in how to live the righteous life.  SBCC winners were: Gavin Scott (first place) and Kathryn Lubahn and Maryam Ranjbarzadehm (honorable mentions).  Faculty member Celeste Barber, who oversees the Great Books Curriculum, coordinated the project

Nominations are currently being accepted for the following awards:

  For the first time, the Management Group of SBCC will recognize an Outstanding Administrator of the Year.  The primary purpose of this award is to honor colleagues who demonstrate excellence in their administrative role at SBCC and who are exemplary role models for all administrators and employees.  The deadline to complete and submit a nomination to Human Resources is Thurs., Feb. 28   The winner(s) will be selected by vote of the management group and announced at the March 28 Board of Trustees’ meeting.  

STUDENT WRITING CONTESTS. Faculty are encouraged to invite their students who are interested in writing to consider entering the Dylan Willson Essay Contest ( and the Robert Emmons Poetry Contest (  Both contests are open to students who are enrolled in at least six units of SBCC coursework on the date the prizes are awarded. The deadline to enter is Fri., March 15 at 4:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the California Community College Board of Governors, this award recognizes a college, a program, or an individual faculty member (full or part-time) which demonstrates outstanding achievements in the areas of diversity and equity.  Based on the nominations, the Faculty Recognition Committee will make recommendations to the Academic Senate who will make the final choice for SBCC’s entry. The deadline to submit a nomination is Fri., March 15. For a review of your nomination ahead of time by the Faculty Recognition Committee, the deadline is Fri., March 1.  Contact Laura Welby at welby@sbcc.edufor more details. 

2013-2014 FACULTY EXCELLENCE AWARDS.  All full-time, adjunct and Continuing Education faculty are eligible for nominations for outstanding teaching and service to the college.  Faculty members who have received the award in the past are not eligible. However faculty members who have been nominated in the past but did not receive the award may be nominated again.   The Faculty Recognition Committee will review all applications and recommend finalists to the Academic Senate. The deadline to turn in nominations is Fri., March 15.  For a review of your nomination ahead of time by the Faculty Recognition Committee, the deadline is Fri., March 1.  Contact Laura Welby at for more details.  

SBCC President Lori Gaskin commented on the potential impact of Governor Jerry Brown’s higher education reform proposals in the January 31 Santa Barbara Independent.

Faculty member Christopher Ulivo’s art exhibit “Jeepers, Creepers” at the Atkinson Gallery was reviewed the January 31 Santa Barbara Seasons blog and February 8 Santa Barbara News Press.

SBCC student Gabriella Guillen winning the screenwriting category at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s 10-10-10 competition was featured in the February 4 Santa Barbara News Press.

SBCC’s Great Books Curriculum essay contest was featured in the February 6 Noozhawk, February 7 Santa Barbara Independent, February 15 Santa Barbara News Press and the February Mesa Paper.

USC’s Dr. Jeffrey Cole presenting on internet trends at the Garvin Theatre on April 5 was reported in the February 13 Noozhawk.

Andy Harper being named the Center for Lifelong Learning Executive Director was reported in the February 14 Noozhawk, the February 15 Santa Barbara Independent, and the February 15 KCLU Radio news.

Dr. Jack Friedlander was interviewed about SBCC’s STEM Transfer Program in the February 15 Chronicle of Higher Education.  The article focused on the growing national trend of these types of programs in both community colleges and four-year colleges and universities. A picture of SBCC STEM student Celina Prado in her Biology class/lab accompanied the article.

Dr. Doug Hersh discussed SBCC’s growth in student online enrollment in the February 17 Santa Maria Times.

The SBCC Board of Trustees naming Marty Blum and Lisa Macker as president and vice president respectively was reported in the February Mesa Paper.


Wed., Feb. 20: 2:00 p.m., Classified Consultation Group, CC 223
Wed., Feb. 20: 5:00 p.m., Measure V Bond Oversight Committee, Luria Conference and Press Center
Thurs., Feb. 21: 4:00 p.m., SBCC Board of Trustees’ Special Meeting/Study Session, A 218
Mon., Feb. 25: 4:00 p.m., SBCC Board of Trustees’ Facilities Committee, A 218
Wed., Feb. 27: 3:00 p.m., Academic Senate, BC 214
Thurs., Feb. 28: 4:00 p.m., SBCC Board of Trustees’ Monthly Meeting, A211
Tues., March 5, 3:00 p.m.,College Planning Council (CPC), A218
Wed., March 6, 2:00 p.m., Classified Consultation Group, CC 223
Mon., March 11: 4:00 p.m., SBCC Board of Trustees; Fiscal Committee, A 218
Wed., March 13: 3:00 p.m., Academic Senate, BC 214
Thurs., March 14: 4:00 p.m., SBCC Board of Trustees’ Study Session, A 218
Tues., March 19, 3:00 p.m., College Planning Council (CPC), A218
Wed., March 20, 2:00 p.m., Classified Consultation Group, CC 223
Mon., March 25, 4:00 p.m., SBCC Board of Trustees’ Facilities Committee, A 218
Wed., March 27: 3:00 p.m., Academic Senate, BC 214
Thurs., March 28, 4:00 p.m., SBCC Board of Trustees’ Monthly Meeting, A211


*The dates/times/locations of the above meetings are correct at the time FaST News is issued.  Please check SBCC Website for most current updates.





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