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FaST News - Weeks of July 15 - 27, 2013

ACCREDITATION.  On July 3, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) notified SBCC that the college has been removed from warning status for being deficient in meeting the governance-related accreditation standards. The college has remained fully accredited since the warning , which is the lowest level of accreditation sanction, was issued in 2012 and and it did not apply to the college’s academic and student programs. SBCC will be required to file a followup report by March 14, 2014 which will be followed by a visit of ACCJC representatives. SBCC will receive its next comprehensive evaluation by ACCJC in fall 2015. 

TOBACCO-FREE, SMOKE-FREE POLICY CHANGE.  On August 5, SBCC will convert to a tobacco-free, smoke free campus.  The policy change was approved by the Board of Trustees at its regular meeting on June 27.  For the past nine years, SBCC has been a non-smoking campus with designated smoking areas.  The recommendation for the change followed extensive discussion and debate among campus constituents and shared governance groups and committees. 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 will apply throughout the SBCC main campus and the Scott and Wake campuses and for visitors and the general community attending college-related events. SBCC will continue to make smoking cessation programs available to students, faculty and staff through Student Health Services and Human Resources.

CLL CELEBRATION.  The campus community is invited to the Center for Lifelong Learning’s grand opening celebration on Sat., Aug. 24 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at the Wake Campus, 300 North Turnpike, in Santa Barbara.  Guests can learn more about the affordable classes, workshops and seminars which will be offered by CLL in areas such as Arts & Crafts, Computers, Current Events, Fitness, Genealogy, Health, Home & Garden, Languages, Literature, Parent Education, Performing Arts, Psychology & Spirituality, and Science & Nature. Most classes will cost only $5 per classroom hour or less. Refreshments and entertainment for both adults and children will be available. The opening ceremony will begin at 1:45 p.m. followed by intermittent drawings for prizes and the opportunity to sign up on the spot for classes.

SPELLING BEE. The quirky musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee opened July 12 at the Garvin Theatre.  Directed by R. Michael Gros and musical direction by David Potter, The Putnam County Spelling Bee is a humorous tale of overachievers’ angst chronicling the experience of six adolescents vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime.  Performances led by the Theatre Group for SBCC will run through July 27.  For times and ticket prices, go to: or call the Box Office at 965-5935.

NEW HIRES.  Welcome to the following employees who have joined SBCC since June 28: Juan Bautista, Security; Enrique Gonzalez, Facilities and Operations (Grounds); Jose Acosta Leon, Facilities and Operations (Maintenance); Cecilia Contreras Martinez, Biology; Oscar Najar, Facilities and Operations (Grounds); Jim Tourville, Facilities and Operations (Maintenance); and Nicole Louie, Student Services (Transcripts).  Also welcome to Lance Kronberg, who has been named head coach of the SBCC women’s tennis team.

(Campus-Wide and Foundation for SBCC)
COMMUNITY COLLEGE PHILANTHROPYNeil Kreisel, Board President for the Foundation for SBCC, and Vanessa Patterson, Executive Director for the Foundation for SBCC, co-authored an editorial about the importance of donations for community colleges which was posted on the July 8 edition of Chronicle of Higher Education.

(Faculty and Staff)
BOARD DIRECTORSHIPDr. Larry Friesen has been named to the board of trustees of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.  According to the museum, Larry has supported many of its projects and programs, including website design and assisting with the new Bird Hall. Larry also donates the subscription proceeds from his daily Nature Journal email to the museum and the funds are used for scholarships for students who want to pursue natural history research at the museum. 

BODY DONATIONS FOR SCIENCEDr. Barry Tanowitz was featured in the July 11 Santa Barbara Independent regarding one of his SBCC anatomy classes and the positive impact that it has made on students.

ALL-AMERICAN. SBCC freshman Bruna Magalhaes has been named an Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-American for 2013. The freshman from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, won the first State women's singles title in SBCC history on April 28 at the 113th Ojai Tournament. Bruna, who was 19-0 on the year, also captured the Western State Conference singles title and finished second in doubles with Nadya Bravo. Congratulations! (Contributor – Dave Loveton)

Santa Barbara County Education Office Superintendent Bill Cirone’s editorial “Real Jewels of State’s Community Colleges (SBCC and Allan Hancock College)” was  featured in the May 30 Santa Ynez Valley News.

SBCC Continuing Education Division’s Adult High School/GED graduation was covered in the June 14 Noozhawk and the June 15 Santa Barbara Independent.

Judy Taggart joining the Center for Lifelong Learning as associate director was announced in the June 21 Noozhawk.

The tobacco-free, smoke-free policy change at SBCC was reported by KEYT-TV, Channel 3 on June 28, July 1 Edhat , July 1 and July 7 Noozhawk, and July 3 Santa Barbara Independent.

Previews of  The 24th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee  ran in the July Family Life, July 6 Santa Barbara News Press and July 11 Santa Barbara Independent.

ACCJC lifting the college’s accreditation warning status was reported on July 9 by KSBY-TV, Channel 6, Noozhawk, Santa Barbara Independent, and Santa Barbara News Press.

Wed., July 17: 3:00 p.m., Academic Senate Summer Meeting, BC214
Mon., July 22: 4:00 p.m., Board of Trustees’ Facilities Subcommittee, A218
Thurs., July 25: 4:00 p.m., Board of Trustees’ Monthly Meeting, A211




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