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FaST News - Weeks of June 17 - July 5, 2013

FACULTY LECTURER.  Blakely Barron, Professor of Biological Sciences, has been named the 2013- 2014 Faculty Lecturer of the Year.  The award is considered the highest honor bestowed on a SBCC faculty member by his or her peers. Blake received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UCSB and has been associated with SBCC since 1999

Upon being named a Faculty Excellence Award recipient in 2011- 2012, Blake offered a few thoughts about teaching.
What teaching tip or counseling advice do you have for other faculty?

Challenge and entertain your students at the same time.  Most students are eager to learn so set the bar for your students high and then give them specific support and learning techniques to help them build the rungs of their own ladder to greater understanding.  There is a difference between a teacher teaching and a student learning.  Just because you think you have taught a concept to a student does not mean they have actually learned it. Ask them.

Who was your most influential teacher and why?
My parents who exposed me to as many wonders of the world as they could from an early age and helped me develop a sensible work ethic and the value of a hard day's work.

What do you love about your job?
I love to see the "light bulb effect", that satisfying alert expression of understanding and increased self-confidence on my students’ faces. 

What is your personal motto? Be prepared...opportunities for personal and professional growth happen all the time.  I learned a lot as a boy scout. 

INTERIM DEAN.  Dr. Dean Nevins
 has been selected as interim dean, Educational Programs, for the 2013- 2014 academic year. Dean will oversee the programs formally under the direction of Betty Pazich, who is retiring from the college in July.  These programs include the Health and Human Services Division, the Physical Education/Heath Education Division, the Teacher Education Program and the Orfelea Early Learning Center.  He also will serve as administrator for the college's Perkins grant and administrative liaison to the Curriculum Advisory Committee and the Faculty Professional Development Committee. Dean, who is a faculty member and former chair of the Computer Science Department, completed his term as Academic Senate President in May. 

SBCC Continuing Education will host the ADULT HIGH SCHOOL and GED GRADUATION on Friday, June 14 at the Student Services Building Patio.  A total of 180 adult students qualified to receive their diploma or GED certificate for the 2012 -2013 academic year.  Speakers include: Dr. Jack Friedlander, Executive Vice President, Educational Programs; Mayra Carvajal, Keynote, Yessenia Nuñez (Adult High School), and Sonia Kline (GED). 

SBCC THEATRE GROUP TO START NEW SEASON IN JULY. The Theatre Group at SBCC will begin the 2013-2014 season with the quirky musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Directed by R. Michael Gros and musical direction by David Potter, The 25th Annual 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.  The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will feature Madelyn Adams, Lilli Babb, Brian Harwell, Miller James, Emily Jewell, Skyler Jones, Whitney Claire Kaufman, Allison Lewis, Tad Murroughs and Taylor Winfield Babcock. Performances will be held at the Garvin Theatre, July 12-27, Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:00 p.m., with previews on July 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday, July 14, 2:00 p.m. performance will be live-captioned for the hearing-impaired.  Ticket prices are: Previews $16 general/$13 seniors/$8 students, Thursday evening and Sunday matinees $22 general/$17 seniors/$12 students, Friday and Saturday evenings $24 general/$19 seniors/$15 students.

The rest of the season will include the classic Bus Stop October 18 – November 2.  From March 7 – 22, 2014 the hilarious comedy Noises Off will be offered and the season will end April 25- May 10 with the poignant new play Ground at the Jurkowtiz Theatre. As an added bonus, the student showcase Project Love will be presented in November 2013.  SBCC staff and faculty can purchase season tickets for as low as $52 for four plays.  For more information, season tickets, or tickets to the July play, go to: or call the Box Office at 965-5935.

FOOTBALL GAMES BACK TO SATURDAY.  With the start of the Fall 2013 schedule, the Vaqueros’ football team will return to Saturday afternoon games.  Ryan Byrne, athletic director, said the decision was made to move games to Friday evenings last year as a cost-saving measure.  “By moving back to Saturday afternoons, we feel like we’re going to get the best of both worlds,” he said.  “We’ll be able to have our students, local fans and media attend with no conflicts.  And by having the games at 1:00 p.m., it will allow us to reduce overhead costs because it won’t be quite as long a day.”  For the fall football schedule, go to:

Welcome to the following employees who have joined SBCC in the past few months: Benjamin Compton, Textbooks Buyer; Chien-ei Yu, Media Arts Laboratory Technician; Angelica Lepiz, Facilities and Operations Custodian; Maria Lopez-Pacheco, Payroll Technician; Carol Schulman, Curriculum Coordinator; Judy Taggart, Center for Lifelong Learning Associate Director; Kendall Harris, Center for Lifelong Learning Associate Director; Joanne Hardarson, Payroll Technician; Pamela Polowy, Human Resources Technician II (Confidential);and Mark Broomfield, Facilities and Operations Grounds Maintenance Supervisor. Also welcome to Don Willis, who joined the Athletics Department as offensive line coach for the Vaqueros’ football team.

(Faculty and Staff)
THEATER AWARDS.  In May, three SBCC Theatre Arts faculty received recognition for their work at the 2013 Independent Theater Awards competition: R. Michael Gros for his direction of Present Laughter; Pamela Shaw for her costume design for The Liar (Ensemble) and Present Laughter; and Patricia Frank for her scenic and lighting design for Present Laughter.  Three actors also were honored for their performances in SBCC productions: Katherine Bottoms for A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Present Laughter; Emily Jewell for Avenue Q and Arthur Hanketfor Present Laughter.  With six awards, Present Laughter was described as “clearly the year’s most lauded production.”

DEAN DOUG HERSH is a regular contributor to Tech Edge/California Community College. His most recent Pedagogy 2.0 column is titled “Rhodes Less Traveled”.

JAMES BEARD WINNER. Jennifer Jasinksi, a SBCC Culinary Arts alum, was recently named the James Beard Foundation Award winner for Best Chef Southwest.  A Santa Barbara native, she currently owns Rioja Restaurant in Denver and will be competing on Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters” beginning July 24.  Jennifer credits SBCC’s Professor Emeritus John Dunn for preparing her for the “hard-edged world of restaurants. He probably gave me the best real-world experience of what it was going to be like. He really did a lot for that program.”

PROS AND CONS OF GOOGLE GLASS. SBCC students Spencer Moore, Tyler Rhodes, Rory Fearon and Luke Ramirez won first place in their division at the 2013-2013 International Business Ethics Case Competition in May in San Diego. Coached by Philosophy Professors Marc Bobro and Manny Raya, the team performed at a “graduate school level” according to one judge, in their creative take on “Marketing Google Glass.” This years IBECC had 26 teams with undergraduate and graduate teams competing in separate divisions.

COLLEGE ATHLETES OF YEAR.  Six Vaquero athletes were honored as College Athletes of the Year in their respective sports in May at the 46th annual Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table Hall of Fame Dinner: Cecilia Instebo (women's cross country); Cliff Lekas (men's track & field); Bruna Magalhaes (women's tennis); Morgan Nevin (football); Steven Reveles (baseball); Charlotte Skjonsby (women's golf). Keia Nobles (women's basketball) won the Scholar-Athlete of the Year award for SBCC.  (Contributor – Dave Loveton)

SHORTSTOP EARNS ALL-AMERICAN. SBCC shortstop Steven Reveles was named All-American in baseball in May.  Pitcher Tyler Gilbert and outfielder Zach Zehner were selected to the All-Southern California squad. Steven, a sophomore from Dos Pueblos High School, has accepted a scholarship to the University of Nebraska. He was voted Player of the Year in the WSC North after batting .305 and leading the state in stolen bases with 30. He batted in the leadoff spot and struck out just 11 times in 154 at-bats and was the leading hitter in conference play with a .372 average.  (Contributor – Dave Loveton)

Chuck Roth being named SBCC aquatics coach was covered in the April 19 Santa Barbara News Press and May 19 Presidio Sports.

SBCC students Ben Golabre and Gabriella Guillen having their film “Paradise Café” screened at the Cannes Film Festival was reported May 1 on KEYT-TV - Channel 3, the May 9 and May 10 Santa Barbara Independent, May 12 Santa Barbara News Press, and June 5 Santa Barbara Seasons blog.

The Scheinfeld Center’s New Venture Challenge Student finalists was featured in the May 3 Santa Barbara Sentinel and May 4 Noozhawk.

The graduation of SBCC’s first CERT (Community Emergency Response Training) class was covered in the May 3 Noozhawk and May 4 Santa Barbara News Press.

The Foundation for SBCC’s fundraising party for Larry Crandell’s 90th birthday was featured in the May 5 Noozhawk.

Faculty member Pam Guenther commented on a new national study regarding high school math curriculum in the May 7 Wall Street Journal (online).

Kristin Frascella was interviewed about the SBCC Career Fair on May 7 by KEYT-TV,
Channel 3.

Winners of the Great Books Curriculum Essay Contests were featured in the May 10 CASA magazine.

The Montecito Rotary Club awarding scholarships to deserving Career Technical Education students was covered in the May 15 Noozhawk and May 15 Santa Barbara Independent.

SBCC receiving Citrix IT Academy designation was reported in the May 17 Noozhawk and May 20 Santa Barbara Independent.

President Lori Gaskin joining the Cottage Health System Board of Directors was reported in the May 21 Santa Barbara Independent, May 24 Noozhawk, and May 31 CASA magazine.

The Foundation for SBCC’s Scholarship Ceremony was featured in the May 23 Noozhawk and May 27 Santa Barbara Independent.

SBCC’s May 24 commencement was covered in the May 23 and 25 Noozhawk, on May 24 by KEYT-TV - Channel 3, and May 25 Santa Barbara News Press.

Results of the Foundation for SBCC’s “Show Us Your Love” fundraising campaign were featured in the May 30 Montecito Journal.

The Athletics Department moving Vaqueros’ football games back to Saturday this fall was reported in the May 31 Santa Barbara News Press.

Director of Finance Brad Hardison was interviewed about the value of a college degree on June 3 by KEYT-TV, Channel 3.

SBCC alum Jennifer Jasinksi winning the James Beard Foundation award for Best Chef Southwest was featured in the June 6 Santa Barbara News Press.

Professor Joe White wrote an editorial about philanthropist Marilyn Gevirtz and the impact of war which was published in the June 9 Santa Barbara News Press.

Professor Esther Frankel was interviewed about IT academies at SBCC in the June 11 Santa Barbara Independent (online).

Dr. Mike Gonella was interviewed about the SBCC Lifescape Garden and Chumash Preserve in the Spring/Summer 2013 issue of Montecito Magazine. Tours of the facility also were announced in the Spring 2013 SB Seasons magazine.

Mon., June 24:  4:00 p.m.,Board of Trustees’ Facilities Subcommittee, A 218

Thurs., June 27: 4:00 p.m., Board of Trustees’ Monthly Meeting, A211

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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