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FaST News - Weeks of January 29 - February 15, 2013

At its annual organizational meeting on December 13, the Santa Barbara Community College District Board of Trustees elected Marty Blum as president of the board for the 2013 calendar year. Lisa Macker was re-named board vice president. Both were elected to the board in 2010. Trustee Blum served in Santa Barbara City government for more than 20 years including two terms as mayor, a member of the City Council and as a planning commissioner. Trustee Macker currently works as an accountant for the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County. Marsha Croninger and Dr. Peter Haslund are returning members of the SBCC board. New members elected in November are Veronica Gallardo, Marianne Kugler and Craig Nielsen. Ashley Jeter serves as student trustee.

MEASURE V BOND OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE. Community members Sally Green and Lee Moldaver were elected chair and co-chair respectively of the SBCC Measure V Citizens’ Oversight Committee. Funds from Measure V, a $77.2 million construction improvement bond issue passed on June 3, 2008, are helping the college do needed renovation of aging buildings and upgrading its infrastructure. In addition to Ms. Green and Mr. Moldaver other members include: Bernice James, Michael Just, Elie Katzenson, Jack Ostrander, and Charles “Tobe” Plough. Since 2008, Measure V funds have supported major capital improvement projects at SBCC including modernization of the Drama/Music Building, renovation of the pedestrian bridge connecting the east and west campuses, resurfacing of the La Playa Stadium track and field, and refurbishing the interior of the Learning Resource Center. Current projects under way are the modernization of the Humanities Building and upgrades to the West Campus Snack Shop.

Professor of Early Childhood Education, Kelly has worked at SBCC since 1992. He received his B.A. degree from Indiana University, his M.A. degree from Ball State University, and his Ed.D. from Nova Southeastern University.

What teaching tip or counseling advice do you have for other faculty?
Enjoy what you are doing. Be in the moment with your student(s) as you bring your “A” game.

What careers or jobs did you have before working at SBCC?
Before I became an Early Childhood Educator, I had jobs that included working in a dry cleaning store, cleaning fraternity houses, and selling gourmet chocolate. Selling chocolate was the most glamorous of them all. As an Early Childhood Educator, I have been a classroom teacher for infants, toddlers, pre-school children, and children in an after-school program. Also, I have been a director of a child development center as well as an ECE consultant.

Who was your most influential teacher and why?
During my educational career, I have had the opportunity to have had many outstanding teachers. One of them was Mr. Deputy, one of my elementary school teachers. He helped me believe I was smart, confident, and I could be successful in what I chose to do. It was and still is a powerful memory for me.

What is your favorite student line or excuse?
After many demonstrations over many weeks of class, “How do I log in to MOODLE?”

What are you reading now?
For my own professional development, I am reading Creative is a Verb by Patti Digh. It is amazing and I highly recommend it to everyone. For fun, I am reading Seating Arrangement by Maggie Shipstead.

What do you love about your job?
I love the relationships I build with students. Early Childhood Education is about relationships. So it is only natural for me to spend time modeling for students how to build a relationship as well as do so with the goal of understanding how each individual learns, what she/he is passionate about, etc. It just makes sense to me.

What has been your greatest accomplishment and/or challenge?
Becoming the person I am. It is both an accomplishment and continues to be a challenge. Becoming the person I am is the result of my many years on the planet and it is my contribution to the planet as well.

What's one thing most people don't know about you?
I have been known to be seen swinging on the swings at East Beach. I highly recommend it. It is great fun!

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
My idea is to be with my husband and friends walking on the beach at sunset and then having some wonderful food, great conversation, and drinking a glass of champagne. It just doesn’t get any better than that.

What historical figure would you most want to meet?
One of many individuals would be Maria Montessori. Considering what she accomplished during her life, I find her interesting and I would enjoy talking with her about it. There are many others I would like to meet, but let’s start with her.

What is your favorite place in the world?
I have several favorite places – my front porch, walking on the beaches in Santa Barbara, strolling the boulevard in Paris, being in Bali, and the list continues and continues.

What is your personal motto?
It is quite simple and yet powerful – ENJOY!


ATKINSON GALLERY. SBCC’s Atkinson Gallery will host Jeepers Creepers!: Christopher Ulivo from February 1- 22. Christopher joined the SBCC Art Department faculty in 2012. In this exhibit, he will present recent egg tempera painting panels along with a number of graphite sketches. In describing his work, Christopher says, “In any particular painting one might find wolfmen, archeologists, ghosts, explorers, or cowboys commingling in a primal wood, a medieval cathedral, at sea, or on stage.” He continues, “My treatment of history, adventure and exploration has more empathetic humor and awe rather than drama or conquest.” In his work, Christopher is “striving for vitality and believability in each painting no matter how improbable the narrative.” 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 4:30 p.m. 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.

KINESIS. A number of SBCC dance students, along with faculty instructor Tracy Kofford, will perform in Kinesis, a concert sponsored by the Santa Barbara Dance Alliance. The event will take place Friday and Saturday, February 1 – 2 at the Center Stage Theatre in Santa Barbara. The February 1 concert will be held at 8:00 p.m.; the February 2 performance will be held at 2:00 p.m. and again at 8:00 p.m. Choreographed by local artists, Kinesis will highlight contemporary, ballet, lyrical, jazz and modern dance. Tickets: $50 patrons, $22 general, and $18 for SBDA members, seniors and students. According to Tracy, funds raised will go to keep dance alive in Santa Barbara and for scholarships to youth in need so they can continue to dance.

PLAYING BASKETBALL FOR A CAUSE. The SBCC Men's & Women's Basketball teams invite the campus community to join them on Sat., Feb. 9 at the doubleheader with the Vaqueros vs. the Ventura College Pirates at the SBCC Sports Pavilion. Tip-off times: Men- 5:00 p.m., Women - 7:00 p.m. As part of the nation-wide Coaches vs. Cancer campaign, both teams are joining together to raise awareness and funds for the fight against cancer with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.  Events will include raffle prizes, a bake sale, Wall of Hope, and halftime entertainment by the Ben Page Youth Center. All donations are welcome.  If you would like to donate as part of the raffle or take part in the fight, please contact Randy Moharram at or Melissa Gutierre at

GARVIN THEATRE. 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

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

An Evening of Chamber Music
Fri., Feb. 1, 7:00 p.m.
First United Methodist Church
305 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara
$15 general, $10 students/seniors
Join Linda Holland and friends for this special concert of chamber music.

Jazz Night at Soho
Mon., Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m.
Soho Music Club
1221 State St., Santa Barbara
$10 cover charge
Small group and big band jazz featuring the award-winning Lunch break and Good Times Bands.

(Faculty, Staff and Foundation for SBCC)
PLAYFEST. SBCC Theatre Arts’ Co-Chair R. Michael Gros was interviewed in the January 17 Santa Barbara Independent about his involvement in the first Santa Barbara PlayFest, which ran January 18 –19 at the college’s Garvin Theatre. For the full article, written by reporter Charles Donelan, go to:

DANCE PERFORMANCE. SBCC Dance instructor Tracy Kofford recently participated in A Leap of Faith, the newest work of the Santa Barbara Dance Alliance. Performances were held January 16-20 at UCSB’s Hatlen Theatre. Tracy was joined by Kyle Castillo, Monica Ford and Christina Sanchez with choreography by Christopher Pilafian.

PACIFIC COAST BUSINESS TIMES’ TOP 50. Congratulations to Vanessa Patterson, Executive Director of the Foundation for SBCC, and Betty Pazich, Dean of Educational Programs, for being named to Pacific Coast Business Times’ Top 50 in the Tri-Counties in their respective fields. Vanessa was selected for “Who’s Who in Nonprofits and Foundations" and Betty was named to “Who’s Who in Healthcare.”

BOOK SIGNINGS. Continuing Education Adjunct Instructor Joan Z. Calder has two upcoming book signings for her book Airplanes in the Garden: Monarch Butterflies Take Flight. The first is Sun., Feb. 3 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Curious Cup in Carpinteria and a second one on Sat., March 23 at Tecelote Bookstore in Montecito. Airplanes in the Garden is the recipient of Learning Magazine 2013 Teachers’ Choice for Children’s Books Award, Mom’s Choice Awards Gold Recipient, and Creative Child Magazine 2012 Award for Kids Storybooks.

ALL-STATE. SBCC linebacker Morgan Nevin and offensive tackle Wade Norberg were selected to the All-State Region 5 football squad. Morgan, a freshman from Truckee, Calif., was the top tackler in Southern California, averaging 11.8 per game for the Vaqueros, who went 4-6. He had 45 solo tackles and 15 for loss. Wade, a
sophomore from South Lake Tahoe, was a two-year starter for the Vaqueros. (Contributor - Dave Loveton)

WSC. Two SBCC Women’s Basketball players were named WSC Players of the Week: Sophomore Michelle Herrera received the honor the week of January 23 as did teammate Brooke Amenta the week of December 19. (Contributor – Dave Loveton)

(President Emeritus)
DR. PETER MacDOUGALL, SBCC president emeritus, was interviewed in the January 3 Santa Barbara Independent about his four-year term and contributions as a member of the Board of Governors for the California Community College System. The full article, written by reporter Brandon Fastman, can be found at:

Lance Kronberg, who played on CIF and State Championship teams at Santa Barbara High and SBCC respectively, has been named head coach of the men’s tennis team. The Santa Barbara native previously coached the tennis team in 2001-2002. He led the Vaqueros to a WSC title with a 10-2 record in 2001 and was named Coach of the Year. As a player, Lance helped SBCC capture the 1989 State Championship. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from UC Santa Cruz and was a two-time All-American tennis player. He has been on the staff of the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club for 15 years, serving as head professional from 1997-2002 and 2006 to the present. (Contributor - Dave Loveton)

Nominations are currently being accepted for the following awards:
John W. Rice Diversity & Equity Award. 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 for 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.

(December 2012)
Community forums for the Center for Lifelong Learning were featured in the December 3 Noozhawk and the December Mesa Paper.

The SBCC District Board of Trustees electing new officers was reported in the December 13, Noozhawk, on December 14 by KCOY-TV, Channel 12, and the December 23 Santa Barbara News Press.

Potential reductions in SBCC arts and Physical Education classes were covered in the December 27 Noozhawk.

(January 2013)
An update on SBCC’s Measure V Bond Oversight Committee was featured in the January 8 Noozhawk and the January 21 Santa Maria Times.

Continuing Education adjunct instructor Gerri French discussed her class “Your Nutrition and the Environment” in the January 10 Santa Barbara Independent.

The January Board of Trustees’ monthly meeting was covered in the January 24 Noozhawk and the January 26 Santa Barbara Independent.

The impact of the passage of Proposition 30 on SBCC was reported on KEYT-TV, Channel 3 on January 28.

Wed., Jan. 30
: 2:00 p.m., Classified Consultation Group, CC 223
Wed., Jan. 30: 4:00 p.m., SBCC Board of Trustees’ Ed Policies Committee, A218
Thurs., Jan. 31: 4:00 p.m., SBCC Board of Trustees’ Special Meeting, A218
Tues., Feb. 5: 3:00 p.m., College Planning Council (CPC), A 218
Wed., Feb. 6: 2:00 p.m., Classified Consultation Group, CC 223
Mon., Feb. 11: 4:00 p.m., SBCC Board of Trustees’ Fiscal Committee, A218
Wed., Feb. 13: 3:00 p.m., Academic Senate, BC 214
Thurs., Feb. 14: 4:00 p.m., SBCC Board of Trustees’ Study Session, A218
Tues., Feb. 19: 3:00 p.m.,College Planning Council (CPC), A218
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
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


*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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