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FaST News - Weeks of May 7 - 24, 2013

RETIREES.   The following SBCC faculty and staff have retired or will retire from the college from July 2012 to October 2013. We thank each of them for their many years of service and wish them well for the future.

July 2012
Susan “Sue” Ehrlich, 12-1/2 years

August 2012
Michael Guillen, 24years, Agnes Kalisher, 12 years, John Lorelli, 21 years,and

Tom Zeiher, 25 years

December 2012
Dennis Bishop, 21 years; Luis Castillo, 28 years; Michael Cochran, 10 years; Sara Fargo, 10 years; Marsha Fritzen, 18 years; Leslie Griffin, 12-1/2 years; Jane Metiu, 34 years; and Jodi Simpson, 30 years

January 2013       
Paula Coffey, 11 years

April 2013
Susan Danielson, 10 years

May 2013
Gary Carroll, 37 years, and Ana Maria Ygualt, 19 years

October 2013
Betty Pazich, 12 years

CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR.  Raquel Alvarado, ESL Student Services Assistant, was named the 2013 Outstanding Classified Employee of the Year on April 25.  Raquel has worked at SBCC since 2006. Her nominator described her “as truly a key person in the ESL Department because she instinctively knows our students. She has established her own style and intuitive sense of helping students through the application, orientation, and registration process. Moreover, each year, she has led the ESL Department’s effort to ensure the students receive the best chance at receiving financial aid by organizing workshops.  This year she has particularly been involved in ESL Department organizational and communication matters as part of the merger with non-credit ESL, such as networking off-campus with the Student Services staff at the Schott Center and Wake Center. She is nicknamed ‘the Octopus’ because she is incredibly competent in multi-tasking, while keeping her cool and getting all of the jobs done.” Raquel is currently taking accounting and computer classes at SBCC and hopes to transfer to California State University Channel Islands to major in business. She volunteers frequently at Washington School where her two children attend and also been a “big sister” to troubled youth.

Honorable mentions for Classified Employee of the Year included: Jesus Aguilera, Lead Facilities Assistant at the Wake Center; Mary Arnoult, Human Resources Technician II; Soheyla Javanbakth, Laboratory Teaching Assistant in Computer Science; and Julio Martinez, Media Technician in the Cartwright Learning Resource Center.


  • PATRICK FOSTER, Construction Technology
  • JANET ROBERTSON, Health Information Technology/Cancer Information Management
  • SHERI SHIELDS, Vocation Nurse/Associate Degree Nursing Program
  • SANDY STARKEY, English
  • LAURIE VASQUEZ, Disabled Student Programs and Services
  • SHEILA WILEY, English Skills

RICE DIVERSITY AWARD NOMINEESThe Academic Senate and the Faculty Recognition Committee recently announced that Pamela Guenther, Associate Professor of Mathematics, has been named as the individual nominee and SBCC selected for the college category for the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office John W. Rice Diversity and Equity Awards. 

Pam’s nominator said
“Pam is an exceptional leader and teacher, a true pioneer who has brought many innovative programs to the Math Department and who has contributed to statewide and national initiatives. She works hard and effectively to serve and promote our diverse student population.” Pam has been actively involved over the years in Basic Skills initiatives which have led to the college receiving two Title V grants. The funding has been used to develop and start such programs as Express to Success and STEM Transfer, both of which are designed to accelerate and increase the number of students, primarily underrepresented, to complete their two-year studies and/or pursue majors in Science, Technology, Engineer and Mathematics.

SBCC also was nominated in the college category for the Rice Diversity and Equity Award.  Specifics included co-winning the 2013 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, strong academic programs and award-winning student success initiatives, a growing number of Transfer Admission Guarantee status and articulation agreements, a robust Career Technical Education Program, and a focus on academic counseling and planning.

FOUNDATION FOR SBCC CAMPAIGN MEETS GOAL.  The Foundation for SBCC successfully closed its “Show Us Your Love” fundraising campaign on April 30 raising $1 million to support SBCC students.  Over 500 active volunteers and thousands of generous donors assisted in the six-week effort.  Contributions will go toward student book grants, scholarships, vocational resources, childcare, internships, increased access to the library, along with many other services.  Thanks to everyone who generously gave contributions and/or the gift of their time, and kudos to the Foundation for SBCC for reaching their fundraising goal.

PLANT SALE. The Environmental Horticulture Department will hold its annual plant sale on Sat., May 11 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. A wide variety of vegetables, natives, succulents, ornamentals, and much more will be available, and staff and students will be on hand to offer gardening advice.  Visitors can also take guide-led tours of the Lifescape Garden.  Admission and parking are free.

WOMEN’S AQUATICS MEETINGAn organizational meeting will be held for the SBCC upcoming Women’s Aquatics team on Thurs., May 16 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Sports Pavilion. It will offer athletes and their families an opportunity to learn about the swim program which will launch in spring 2014 and also to gauge possible interest in Women’s water polo. The new Vaquero Women’s Aquatics team will practice at San Marcos High. SBCC will compete in the Western State Conference, which currently has eight women’s swimming programs including Ventura and Cuesta. With the addition of SBCC and Allan Hancock, there will be 10 women’s swim teams in 2014.  (Contributor – Dave Loveton)

Friday, May 17

  • Foundation for SBCC Scholarship Program and Reception, 2:00 p.m., Student Services Building Patio
  • Students Awards Program and Reception, 5:30 p.m., Campus Center

Friday, May 24

  • 64th Annual Commencement, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., La Playa Stadium. Speakers include President Lori Gaskin and Academic Senate President Dean Nevins.  The student address will be given by Robert Gutierrez, who will be graduating with associates’ degrees in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. Robert plans to transfer to a four-year university after completing his second summer research program in stem cell engineering at Brown University.  After he earns his bachelor’s degree, he plans to pursue a doctorate in bioengineering research.

CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEE WEEK will be observed at SBCC the week of May 19 – 25.  To celebrate, our CSEA chapter leadership invites faculty and staff to an ice cream social on Thurs., May 23 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. in Friendship Plaza (outside Student Services Building). 

Mon., May 13
Big Band Blowout! 
7:00 p.m.
Garvin Theatre, $15 general admission, $10 students/seniors

Sat.., May 18 and Sun., May 19
Quire of Voyces with the Santa Barbara Symphony
8:00 p.m. on May 18
3:00 p.m. on May 19
Granada Theatre, Santa Barbara
Tickets at Granada Theatre Box Office – 899-2222

ATKINSON GALLERY AND ATKINSON GALLERY ANNEX. The 2013 Annual Student Exhibit at the Atkinson Gallery and “corrosion/erosion" at the Atkinson Gallery Annex (Gourmet Dining Room) will close on Fri., May 17. The Atkinson Gallery is currently located at WC 301 next to the Garvin Theatre. Hours: Mon. - Thurs., 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. and Fri. - Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  965-0581, ext. 3484.

which is the final play in the 2012- 2013 season forthe Theatre Group at SBCC, will close on May 11 at the Jurkowitz Theatre.Becky Foster is caught in middle age, middle management and in a middling marriage—with no prospects for change on the horizon.  Then one night a recently widowed millionaire stumbles into the car dealership where Becky works and she is offered nothing short of a new life. Call the Garvin Theatre Box Office at 965-5935 for ticket prices, reservations and information or purchase tickets online at

. Lyndsay Mass has joined SBCC as Controller replacing Leslie Griffin. Her responsibilities include fiscal reporting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, auxiliary accounts, auditing and budget development. Lyndsay comes from the private sector bringing over seven years of relevant experience. Lucinda (Cindy) Young is staying on as the interim assistant controller until that open position is filled.

WOMEN’S AQUATICS COACHBrian “Chuckie” Roth has been selected as head coach of the SBCC women’s swim team, which will make its debut in the spring of 2014.  Chuckie, a former swimmer at Temple City High, Citrus College and UCSB, will continue coaching girls’ swimming and water polo at San Marcos High School where he has worked since 2004. He is also the Physical Education department chair at San Marcos. Last year, Chuckie was voted Teacher of the Year for his school and received the Distinguished Educator of the Year for Santa Barbara County.  (Contributor – Dave Loveton)

THE CHANNELS  SWEEPS 27 AWARDS. A 15-student delegation representing The Channels newspaper staff won a total of 27 awards at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges annual convention held in April in Sacramento. The Channels staff won the JACC Pacesetter award, granted to the four colleges with the highest total scores earned in one-the-spot and mail-in competitions. The publication also won general excellence in both the print and online categories.

CERT CLASS GRADUATES.  SBCC’s first CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) held its final drill and graduation ceremony on Fri., May 3.  The class included: Jesus Aguilera, Lorrie Belleti, Kathy Brown, Olga Gonzales, Candee Gyll, Harla Hampton-Morelli, Kevin McNichol, Lorraine Michalak, Rob Morales, Josh Murray, Israel Nava, Juan Patino, Kara Pizano, Tracy Reynolds, Joe Rivas, Luis Ruiz, Anne Stark, Alexandra Thierjung, and Mariel Zurita.

SBCC’s FILM AND TELEVISION DEPARTMENT recently received two prestigious awards:

  • Top 100. The department was named one of the top 100 undergraduate programs in the U.S. for Video Production Degree Programs by Koyote Software, an audio and video software provider. According to Koyote, SBCC was described as “offering an array of courses for both film majors and non-majors who want to develop an appreciation for film. Students have opportunities to participate in film and media research as well as analysis through studies delivered on-campus, online, internationally (through Study Abroad) and at film festivals, such as the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, AFI Fest in Hollywood and the Los Angeles International Film Festival. The top 100 list was compiled based on each program’s depth and breadth of educational offerings within film, media, cinema and video production, including access to multi-disciplinary opportunities for students and ability to participate in research. The company also evaluated outside recommendations by third-party reviews and accrediting organizations, as well as opportunities for students to pursue graduate studies.   
  • Cannes Film Festival. SBCC will be represented at the international Cannes Film Festival May 15- 26 by adjunct faculty Ed Kaplan, who will teach a screen writing seminar at the American Pavilion, and two film students Benjamin Golabre and Gabriella Guillen.  The creative team’s 10-minute film “Paradise Cafe,” written by Gabi and directed by Ben, was submitted and selected for airing at Cannes in the Short Film Corner. “Paradise Cafe” was an original project for the 10-10-10 Student Competition of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival held earlier this year.

LURIA LIBRARY. The SBCC Luria Library is one of 75 applicants selected by the Association of College and Research Libraries to participate in the first year of the program “Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success.”  The SBCC team, currently composed of Elizabeth Bowman, Robert Else and Sheila Wiley, is in the preliminary stages of the project which will study the impact of library instruction and coaching on English Skills students.

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ETHICS COMPETITION   SBCC will have team representation at the 2013 International Business Ethics Competition in San Diego on May 8-9.  Coached by Professors Manny Raya and Marc Bobro, the students will give a presentation on the marketing of Google’s Glass, a wearable mobile technology product.  The team will present to a consumer advocacy “watchdog” group and cover the financial, legal and ethical considerations of Glass.

CITRIX ACADEMY. SBCC’s Computer Information Systems Department recently received designation as the first Citrix Information Technology Academy in Southern California. With the new designation, SBCC will offer official Citrix “vendor curriculum” beginning later this year. 

(Faculty and Staff)
CCPRO AWARD.  Melanie Belanger, Graphic Designer, won first place in the statewide 2013 CCPRO (Community College Public Relations Organization) annual competition for her design of the SBCC Viewbook, a student recruitment tool.

LONGEVITY.  Congratulations to the following employees who reached benchmark years of service in April: Kara Pizano, Purchasing, 15 years, and Jamie Richardson, Admissions and Records, 15 years.  

WOMEN’S TENNIS.  On April 28, Bruna Magalhaes rallied from a 6-5 second-set deficit to claim the Community College State women‘s tennis singles championship at the Ojai Tournament. Bruna, the No. 1 seed, beat No. 2  seed Sarah Anderson of Fullerton to claim the first state singles title for a SBCC tennis player.  Bruna, a freshman from Brazil completed a perfect 19-0 season and also was chosen female Athlete of the Week (April 15)  by the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table

TRACK AND FIELD. On April 30, Cliff Lekas, Ian Roberts, Emily Bernath and Kodie Hebert were named to the first-team All-Western State Conference Track & Field squad Second-team choices for the Vaqueros included Kathryn Rucker, Kaytee Krivulka, Tristan Lake, Carl Davis, Randy Davis, Cody Bidlow, Geoff Brown, James Herb and Aaron Mateski. Emily Walker made honorable mention, along with Nicole Bartlett, Sara Jungersten, Kalina Rock, Samantha Wikmark, Amy Connor, John Nealon, Darren Smith, German Hernandez and John Morgan.

SOFTBALL. First baseman Natalie Orosco and center fielder Samantha Cabada were selected to the first-team All-WSC Gold Division softball squad on April 30.  Pitcher Victoria Lucido, shortstop Alice Cen, second baseman Amanda Caras and left fielder Danielle de Castro were second-team choices.

BASEBALL.  Sophomore shortstop Steven Reveles, a graduate of Dos Pueblos High School, was selected as the baseball Player of the Year in the WSC North on April 28 and Tyler Gilbert from Santa Cruz shared the Pitcher of the Year award with Cuesta’s Andrew Nelson.

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL. Sophomore Aquiles Montoya was named to the first-team All-WSC men’s volleyball squad on April 25.  Teammate Jarred Lincoln was a second-team choice.

MEN’S GOLFSteven Lam, a freshman from Hong Kong, took medalist honors in the 36-hole WSC Men’s Golf Finals on April 22.
(Contributor – Dave Loveton)


Updates and final results for the Foundation for SBCC’s “Show Us Your Love” fundraising campaign was reported in the April 7 Santa Barbara News Press, April 26 CASA magazine and April 30 and May 1 Noozhawk, and May 6 Santa Barbara Independent. 

Brandon Elementary School’s video thanking SBCC for computer donations was featured in the April 10 Channels.

Student Lorena Lopez tabling at the Campus Center to create awareness about organ donations was covered on April 11 by KEYT-TV, Channel 3.

SBCC’s campus-wide Aspen Prize celebration was covered in the April 14 Noozhawk, April 23 KEYT-TV, Channel 3, April 24 Channels, April 24 Santa Barbara News Press, and April 25 Santa Barbara Independent

The Athletics Department launching Women’s Aquatics in spring 2014 was reported in the April 15 Santa Barbara Independent, April 19 Noozhawk, and April 19 Santa Barbara News Press.

Marsha Wright receiving the first SBCC annual Administrator of the Year Award was featured in the April 16 Channels

Student Edith Rodriguez, who spoke at the Aspen Institute Prize for Community College Excellence luncheon in Washington, D.C. in March, discussed her background and her future plans in a April 16 Channels’ interview.

Sigma Chi Eta’s sponsorship of a panel discussion by three Hollywood entertainment authorities on violence in the media was reported in the April 16 Channels.

The Channels receiving 27 statewide awards for journalism excellence was reported in the April 18 Noozhawk, April 18 Santa Barbara Independent and April 26 Santa Barbara News Press.

The student art exhibit “Corrosion/Erosion” was reviewed in the April 19 Santa Barbara News Press.

The Theatre Group for SBCC’s production of “Becky’s New Car” was reviewed in the April 19 and 24 Santa Barbara News Press, April 30 Santa Barbara Independent, May 2 Montecito Journal and May 2 Noozhawk.

Juan Patino’s selection as one of five California Community College classified employees of the year was reported in the April 21 Channels

SBCC District Board of Trustees’ Vice President Lisa Macker and President Lori Gaskin attended the Alpha Resource Center’s 60th anniversary reception which was featured in the April 21 Santa Barbara News Press.

The final drill and graduation for SBCC’s first CERT class was covered in the April 30 and May 3 Noozhawk, April 30 Santa Barbara Independent and May 4 Santa Barbara News Press.  

The Scheinfeld Center’s third annual New Venture Challenge was reported in the May 3 Santa Barbara Sentinel and May 4 Noozhawk.

SBCC’s Nursing Department and nursing students were featured in the May 5 Santa Barbara News Press’ annual Tribute to Nursing special section.

Wed., May 8: 2:00 p.m., Classified Consultation Group, CC 223

Wed., May 8: 3:00 p.m., Academic Senate, BC 214                                                                      

Thu., May 9:  4:00 p.m., Board of Trustees’ Study Session, A 218

Mon., May 20: 4:00 p.m.,Board of Trustees’ Facilities Committee, A 218

Tues., May 21: 3:00 p.m., College Planning Council (CPC), A 218

Wed., May 22: 2:00 p.m., Classified Consultation Group, CC 223

Thurs., May 23: 4:00 p.m., Board of Trustees’ Monthly Meeting, A211




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