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FaST News - Weeks of March 18 - March 29, 2013

Kathleen (Kathy) Molloy, Santa Barbara City College Professor of English/English Skills, has been selected by her peers to present the college’s 34th Annual Faculty Lecture on Wed., March 20. Delivering the lecture is considered the highest honor bestowed on a faculty member each year. The March 20 presentation, titled “Those Who Can Teach: Those Who Can’t Go into a Less Significant Line of Work,” will take place at 2:30 p.m. at the Garvin Theater on the West Campus, immediately followed by a reception. The event is free and open to the community. 

Kathy’s selection was supported by nominations from colleagues and students with such comments as “Kathy’s dedication to her students and her service is world class” to “I have never met a teacher who has been so interested in what I have to say and what I am writing about” to “She is the very best professor I have ever had.  She gives so much of herself to the classroom.”

Regarding the lecture, Kathy says the California Community College System is under incredible pressure to be all things to all people. The Student Success Task Force has made recommendations, and the California Legislature and Governor Brown seek to implement these and more in an effort to increase the completion rates of our students, while state and national groups urge us to adopt practices and programs aimed at getting our students through our colleges more quickly and efficiently. During her faculty lecture, Kathy will share findings from research, including student surveys, interviews and classroom observations, which reveal a picture of community college students that both contradicts and reinforces teachers’ perceptions as educators and suggests effective practices and strategies to help students succeed.  To learn more about the lecture and Kathy’s background, please go to:

'SHOW US YOUR LOVE’ LAUNCH A HUGE SUCCESS.  Several hundred people came to the SBCC Sports Pavilion on Fri., March 15, to help the Foundation for SBCC kick off its second annual student success fundraising campaign. This year, the campaign seeks to raise $1 million in six weeks from 5,000 donors, with matching funds from major donors.  SBCC staff were on hand to talk about their programs and/or services with visitors, on-stage musicians kept the mood festive with lively music, and food prepared by both SBCC’s Culinary Department and other vendors was enjoyed by all. The highlight of the evening was the premiere of “Show Us Your Love,” a special SBCC video prepared specifically for the campaign. Noozhawk intern and SBCC student Gabriella Slabiak reported on the event:  To learn more about the campaign and/or donate, please go to:

OUTSTANDING CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR.  Human Resources is accepting nominations for Outstanding Classified Employee of the Year through Thurs., April 4.  The winner and finalists will be announced and recognized at the April 25 Board of Trustees’ meeting. For more details and to submit an employee for consideration, please see the nomination form that was sent with the e-mail for this issue of FaST News.

Assistant Professor/Librarian Elizabeth Bowman has worked at SBCC since 2006.  She received her B.A. degree from the University of California Santa Cruz and her M.L.S. degree from State University of New York at Albany.

What teaching tip or counseling advice do you have for other faculty?
Use your librarians!  Energetic, smart, peripatetic professionals are eager to serve, teach, and consult with you.  

What careers or jobs did you have before working at SBCC?
I worked as a library director at two independent boarding high schools for over 20 years. One was in California and another in New York.  It was a rich and unique experience; living where you work and working where you live is not for everyone but it can have a very positive effect on both your family and your vocation.

Who was your most influential teacher and why?
Sixth grade, hands down.  The remarkable Mrs. Talbot who made up for lost time in the previous grades (oops, I forgot to learn how to do multiplication up to that point) and demanded critical thought, hard work, high quality, and deeper awareness of any topic or issue we addressed.  Pretty much this year was my college preparation and I admired and tried to emulate her thereafter.

What is your favorite student line?
"This [library] looks like it would be a good place to study!"

What are you reading now?
What am I not reading?  Venice: Lion City: The Religion of Empire by Garry Wills and The Sea by John Banville.

What do you love about your job?
I love that my job requires me to be the kind of person I want to be anyway: respectful, curious, constantly learning, patient, enthusiastic, collaborative.

What has been your greatest accomplishment and/or challenge?
Achieving my Master’s degree while raising two toddlers and working at a full-time job was a definite challenge.

What's one thing most people don't know about you?
I studied karate for several years.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A beautiful, delicious, and long meal with dear friends and family.

What historical figure would you most want to meet?
Mary Wollstonecraft, Margaret Fuller, Sor Juana or any of a number of brilliant women in history, who thought, wrote, painted or sang--whatever they accomplished--without support of family, community, culture, or church.  Remarkable and original minds and spirited individuals!

What is your favorite place in the world?
I am drawn to the ocean, any ocean, and so Santa Barbara is an ideal place to be for me.  My current other favorite place is Venice, Italy, where I was fortunate enough to travel to in May 2012--stupendous! I have only traveled to relatively few other places yet, so there are many discoveries of "favorites" ahead of me.  

What is your personal motto?
I try to model curiosity with all students and say: "I don't know! Let's find out!"

MANUEL UNZUETA.  SBCC faculty member and artist Manuel Unzueta tragically lost a significant amount of his stored artwork in a fire behind Santa Barbara home in early March.  For those interested in making a contribution to assist Manuel in his recovery, Union Bank (formerly Santa Barbara Bank and Trust) has set up a fund.  Please write checks to MILAGRO FUND and put “Unzueta” on the memo line.  SBCC’s EOPS and the EOPS club currently have plans under way for a fundraising event, and we will share details as they become available. 

Colonel Barbara A. Jones, commander of the 30th Medical Group at Vandenberg Air Force Base, will be the noon keynote speaker at the SBCC “Women Veterans and U.S. Military Women’s Recognition & Resource Day” on Tues., March 19 at the East Campus Friendship Plaza.  The event is being held in recognition of Women's History Month and California Women's Military Week from March 17 –23.  According to Coordinator Magdalena Torres, the formal program and keynote address will be held from noon to 1:15 p.m. Resource tables with representatives from various government, public and private agencies, as well as the college, will be on hand from 10:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.  The campus community is invited to stop by and let our women veterans know now much we appreciate all they have done on behalf of our country.

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 - 8:00 p.m. at the Garvin Theatre.  The event is sponsored by SBCC’s Center for Lifelong Learning and free of charge. 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.  The event is free of charge.

MEDIA VIOLENCE. On Wed., April 10, the Sigma Chi Eta Communication Honor Society and the SBCC Communication Department will host a panel discussion on mediaviolence called "Aiming at MediaViolence.” This free event will be held in the Garvin Theater from6:00 -7:30 p.m.  The presentation is open to both the campus and general community and will feature a panel including a leading USC researcher on media and culture as well as two leading professionals from the Hollywood film industry. These individuals will all speak on the topic of media violence with a specific focus on how violent media content affects our culture and what responsibility media producers have for the content that is produced for public consumption.  For more information, please contact Professor Sarah Hock at ext. 4395 or

OUTLOOK ON GLOBAL ECONOMY AND INVESTMENT OPTIONS. California State University Channel Islands’ Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics and SBCC Center’s for Lifelong Learning will present “Global Economy & Investment Options” on Fri., April 12 from 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. at the Garvin Theatre.  The speaker will be CSUCI’s Institute for Global Economic Research Director Dr. Sohn Won Sohn, who will share his economic and investment outlook for the U.S., Europe, China and Santa Barbara County and the possible implications on business in the South Coast Region.  Dr. Sohn is vice chairman of the multi-national retailer Forever 21, Commissioner for the Port of Los Angeles and Professor of Economics for CSUCI’s School of Business & Economics.  The event is free and a continental breakfast will be served.  Please register by April 8 to  For more information: 437-3552 or

COLLECTIVE DANCE CONCERT. SBCC’s Physical Education, Health Education, Dance, and Athletics Department will host the first annual spring dance concert Collective under the direction of  faculty and artistic director Tracy Kofford on Friday and Saturday, April 19 –20 at Center Stage Theatre in Santa Barbara.  The program will include local, national and international choreographers and feature works by SBCC Dance faculty and students, Danah Bella DanceWorks, UCSB Student Company, Santa Barbara Dance Theater, Fusion Dance Company, Nebula Dance Lab and others. Times: Fri., April 19, 8:00 p.m.; Sat., April 20, 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; Tickets: $15 Student/ $20 general admission; Center Stage Theatre: 963-0408 or

GARVIN THEATRE PRESENT LAUGHTER.  Through March 23, the SBCC Theatre Group is presenting 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 is directed by R. Michael Gros, SBCC Theatre Arts Department Co-Chair. For tickets and more information, please visit

ATKINSON GALLERY.  Claudia Pérez-Pavón is currently on exhibit 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 be on display through April 5. The Atkinson Gallery is currently located at WC 301 next to the Garvin Theatre. Hours: Mon. - Thurs., 10 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. and Fri. - Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  965-0581, ext. 3484.

CLT MEETING. The Career and Life Transitions (CLT) Program, SBCC's college re-entry program that serves adults returning to the learning community after a break in their education, invite interested participants to a weekly meeting held Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. in the Career Center, Room 282 in the Student Services Building.  These students are also known as "non-traditional students" and include mid-life changers, mature workers seeking retraining, parents and single parents returning to the workforce, veterans, recently released parolees, students with disabilities or in rehabilitation, and community members interested in becoming students at SBCC.  Please share details about this ongoing meeting with appropriate current or prospective students.

SIMMS/MANN INSTITUTE HOSTS FIRST COMMUNITY COLLEGE THINK TANK. On February 14-15, the Simms/Mann Institute for Education and Community Development hosted one of the first community college think tanks to address the growing issue of the healthy development of the child, family, and the community in light of today’s fast-paced lifestyle created by technology, globalization, and changing economic conditions.  The Foundation for SBCC is partnering in this effort with the Simms/Mann Institute, which is led by President Dr. Victoria Simms and a member of the Foundation Board. Participants heard from two internationally recognized experts in early childhood development and neuroscience: Patricia Kuhl, Ph.D., and Andrew Meltzoff, Ph.D., co-directors of the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle.  The Simms/Mann Institute also announced its first ever Fellowship program with seven fellows for 2013-2014. The interdisciplinary group includes SBCC’s Beth Rizo, Ellen Stoddard, Katherine Worsdale and Judy Osterhage.  The Fellows will participate in a specially designed, year-long program aimed at professional development and each will conduct a project based on topics presented at the think tank. They will then present their project findings to the community at the second Simms/Mann Institute Think Tank scheduled for early 2014. Foundation for SBCC Board President Neil Kreisel said, “We are excited to work in partnership with the Simms/Mann Institute for Education and Community Development to bring attention to the importance of early childhood development and the rapidly changing and complex structure of family and social dynamics.” 

FUNDING RECIPIENT.  The Helping Hands program at SBCC is the most recent beneficiary of funding from the Association for Senior Care.  Helping Hands, part of the Dorothy D. Rupe Certified Nursing Assistant and Home Health Aide Program, provides financial assistance for students that help cover expenses such as child care, personal health care or car repairs so they can remain in the program. The Association for Senior Care is a group of healthcare professionals in Santa Barbara County engaged in providing services across the healthcare continuum. 

SUMMER JAZZ INSTITUTE. SBCC is preparing for its first annual Santa Barbara City College Intensive Jazz Institute (SBCC-IJI) in collaboration with New York City’s Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC).  The annual six-week residency, which runs from mid-June through the end of July, will accept 60 advanced students and preprofessionals into a rigorous, full-time immersion program. The Santa Barbara Independent’s Joseph Miller tracked the development of this project with SBCC-IJI director Winnie Swalley and JALC director and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis in a recent article:

(Faculty and Staff)
HELIUM RUSH. Marine Diving Technology faculty member Don Barthelmess recently had his article “The Santa Barbara Helium Rush: A Reflection of the Legacy of Dan Wilson’s 400’ Gas Dive” published in the March 2013 issue of the Journal of Diving History.  As Don explains in the article’s lead paragraphs, “The roots of deepwater diving technology are firmly embedded in Santa Barbara. This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of a significant historic dive that revolutionized commercial diving and the expansion of offshore deepwater oil exploration. In 1962, Santa Barbara abalone diver, Hugh ‘Danny’ Wilson, saw a need for the commercial use of mixed gas diving techniques in order to position himself for offshore petroleum exploration diving support. On November 3, 1962, he dove to over 400 feet off the east end of Santa Cruz Island in the Santa Barbara Channel, using oxy-helium (Heliox) as a breathing gas. The dive became a catalyst for the worldwide expansion of commercial diving and equipment in deepwater.  It created what I refer to as ‘The Santa Barbara Helium Rush.’ It also established Santa Barbara as the birthplace of deepwater industrial diving and techniques.”

LONGEVITY.  Congratulations to the following employees who reached benchmark years of service in February: Norma Bahena, Continuing Education Computer Outreach, 15 years; and Melanie Rogers, 10 years, Institutional Assessment, Outreach and Planning.

SBCC STUDENT INVOLVED IN GROUNDBREAKING DISCOVERY.  SBCC Student Robert Salazar, who participated in last summer’s INSET program at UCSB, has been credited with a possible medical discovery that may have far-reaching effects on the use of ultrasound:

UC BERKELEY PRE-HEALTH CONFERENCE. On March 1-2, 16 SBCC students in the college’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Transfer Program attended the 6th Annual UC Berkeley Pre-Health Conference.  The conference was hosted by the American Medical Student Association and UC Berkeley Premedical Chapter for providing resources and educating peers about the field of medicine and public health.  After a keynote address, students attended breakout workshops ranging from MCAT to healthcare reform to public health and medical student panels.   The group was chaperoned by SBCC staff Sabrina Barajas and Marisa Trujillo.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL.  Sophomore Sara Crane was named first-team All-WSC North Keia Nobles and Michelle Herrera were honorable mentions. (Contributor – Dave Loveton)

GOLF WINNERS. The SBCC Men’s Golf team won its first team title of the season in early March at the Santa Barbara Invitational men’s golf tournament.  Vaquero Steven Lam parred the first playoff hole to claim the individual title. (Contributor – Dave Loveton)


SBCC’s plans for constructing a new office/classroom building on West Campus was covered on the February 20 KEYT-TV, Channel 3 news.

SBCC students having the option to utilize SmartRide, a real-time carpool application, was reported on the February 20 KCOY-TV, Channel 12 news.

The latest SBCC budget forum presentation by President Lori Gaskin, Executive Vice President Jack Friedlander and Vice President Joe Sullivan was covered in the February 21 Santa Barbara News Press.

The SBCC Board of Trustees’ special meeting to discuss a proposed future capital bond measure was reported in the February 22 Noozhawk.

Changes in the SBCC Continuing Education Division was featured in Frank Newton’s column “Frank Talk” in the February 26 Santa Barbara News Press.

SBCC students participating in a Study Abroad program in Rome, Italy were featured on the February 28 KEYT-TV, Channel 3 news.

Kathy Molloy being named SBCC Faculty Lecturer was covered in the February 28 Noozhawk and March 1 Santa Barbara Independent.

Announcements and reviews of SBCC’s Theatre Group “Present Laughter” were featured in the March 5 and March 14 Santa Barbara Independent, the March 7 Montecito Journal, the March 8 and March 15 Noozhawk, and the March 8 Santa Barbara News Press.

The Foundation for SBCC’s launch for the student fundraising campaign “Show Us Your Love” was reported in the March 7 and March 15 Noozhawk, March 11 Santa Barbara Independent, and the March 15 KEYT-TV, Channel 3 news.

The Scheinfeld Center hosting a presentation by the founders of Barefoot Wine was featured in the March 7 Santa Barbara News Press.

SBCC’s participation in the 2013 Art Career Day Conference at SBCC on April 6 was announced in the March 12 Santa Barbara Independent.

The first annual SBCC Intensive Jazz Institute (SBCC-IJI) in collaboration with New York City’s Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) were featured in the March 14 Santa Barbara Independent and the March 16 Santa Barbara News Press.

Artist Claudia Perez-Pavon’s current exhibit at the Atkinson Gallery was reviewed in the March 15 Santa Barbara News Press.

SBCC’s Veterans’ Support Program hosting Women Veterans’ Recognition and Resource Day on March 19 was reported in the March 15 Santa Barbara Independent.

The Association for Senior Care providing funding for SBCC’s Helping Hands Program was featured in the March 15 Noozhawk.

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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