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FaST News - November 21 - December 13, 2013

VAQUEROS CAPTURE STATE TITLE. The SBCC Women’s Golf Team captured their third Women’s State Golf Championship in the last eight years on November 19.  Fanny Johansson, a freshman from Sweden, was named the individual champion.  SBCC Women’s Golf also won the state title in 2006 and 2008.  On November 11, the team claimed the Southern California Regional Women’s Golf Championship after winning the Western State Conference Title with a perfect 32-0 record. Fanny earned the WSC individual women’s golf player of the year and Coach Chuck Melendez was named WSC Coach of the Year. With this victory, SBCC can now claim nine state titles in intercollegiate sports.  Congratulations! (Contributor – Dave Loveton)

CALIFORNIA PROFESSOR OF THE YEAR.  Dr. Manoutchehr M. Eskandari-Qajar, Professor of Political Science, was named the 2013 California Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).  He was selected from nearly 300 top professors in the United States and was the only California professor to receive a spot in the winners’ circle. The U.S. Professors of the Year program salutes the most outstanding undergraduate instructors in the country—those who excel as teachers and influence the lives and careers of their students. It is recognized as one of the most prestigious awards honoring undergraduate teaching.  For more information about Dr. Eskandari and the award, please go to:

SIGMA CHI ETA.  SBCC's Alpha Beta Chapter of the Sigma Chi Eta Communication Honor Society was awarded the prestigious National Chapter of the Year Award. This is the second time that the chapter has received this national honor, also having won in 2009. According to Faculty Advisor Sarah Hock,” the award is a credit to the work of our amazing students.”  Among their activities, the 25-member chapter sponsored Debate Watch 2012, a viewing of the last Presidential debate which was attended by over 300 students and Aiming at Media Violence, a panel discussion by Hollywood film industry professionals at the Garvin Theatre with over 200 attendees.

BOARD OF GOVERNORS’ RECOGNITION.  In honor of SBCC receiving the Aspen Award for Community College Excellence, SBCC Board of Trustee President Marty Blum and SBCC President Lori Gaskin were in Sacramento last week to represent the college at the Board of Governors (BOG) for the California Community Colleges meeting. The BOG presented SBCC with a resolution and Dr. Brice Harris, Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, provided the introduction and comments in support of our efforts. 

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF PARIS TRANSFER AGREEMENT. SBCC and the American University of Paris recently announced the signing of a new Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG).  In addition to guaranteed admission, SBCC students who meet the conditions of the TAG are also guaranteed to graduate from American University of Paris in two years. SBCC is among one of the few of the 112 community colleges in California to offer this specific transfer opportunity   The college now  has 18 Transfer Admission Guarantees with four-year colleges and universities throughout the United States.  The TAG with AUP expands this opportunity to Europe.  For more information, please go to:

SAVE THE DATE.  Party Rock II, our annual SBCC holiday party, is scheduled for Fri., Dec. 13 from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. at the Campus Center.  Please mark your calendars, bring your favorite potluck side dish or salad and come celebrate the holiday season and the end of fall semester with your colleagues. There will be plenty of food, entertainment and raffle prizes. Watch your campus-wide e-mail for more details.

FACULTY EXCELLENCE AWARD RECIPIENT FOR NOVEMBER 2013: JANET ROBERTSON. Assistant Professor, Health Information Technology/Cancer Information Technology, Janet is certified as a Registered Health Information Administrator and received her B.S. degree from East Carolina University.

What teaching tip or counseling advice do you have for other faculty? 
Get to know your students so that you can best understand what excites them about learning and what learning methods are best for them.

What careers or jobs did you have before working at SBCC?
I worked for 18+ years in the health care management field.  I have been an HIM Director, Coding Assistant Director, Admitting/ER Registration Manager, Consultant in HIM and taught HIT at East Los Angeles College face-to-face for five years before coming to SBCC.

Who was your most influential teacher and why?
The Program Director/Instructor at East Carolina University in the HIA program, Mrs. Peggy Woods.  She was down-to-earth and treated each student with respect.  She not only taught us about HIA, but she taught us how to deal with people and situations that we may encounter in our careers.

What is your favorite student line or excuse? 
I am always pleasantly surprised when they honestly state that they just forgot/missed the deadline and do not really have an excuse.  I think this type of honesty takes a lot of courage.  I really do not have a favorite excuse other than that because it is usually related to "the computer kicked me out" or some other technical issues.

What are you reading now?
And The Mountains Echoed
by Khaled Hosseini

What do you love about your job?  
The people that I work with are very open-minded and creative.  The challenge of pursuing a better way to present the course content to the students. 

What has been your greatest accomplishment and/or challenge? 
This award and the CHIA Educator of the Year award are probably my greatest accomplishments in my career.  I also feel accomplished when I get an email from a student/graduate letting me know about their accomplishments, i.e., passing the national certification exam or getting a job.   My greatest challenge has been raising my twin daughters and, lately, knowing how to let go.  I am also challenged by working at home and not having daily face-to- face interaction with the rest of the world.

What's one thing most people don't know about you? 
That I love to hike, dance and exercise in the pool.  Also that I am a dog lover.

What is your idea of perfect happiness? 
Not trying to find perfect happiness and just being happy in the moment.

What historical figure would you most want to meet?
Florence Nightingale

What is your favorite place in the world?
Anywhere that my husband and daughters are.

What is your personal motto?
Treat others as you would like to be treated.

More than 50 Center for Lifelong Learning instructors will be selling their artwork and crafts created in CLL classes at the “Holiday Crafts Faire” on Sat., Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Wake Center Campus, 300 North Turnpike, in Santa Barbara.  Stroll the grounds while you pick up some one-of-a-kind gifts for family and friends and enjoy the music which will be provided all day by talented CLL music class teachers and their students.  CLL e-Gift Cards also will be available. The CLL registration office also will be open during the faire for those interested in signing up for CLL Winter 2014 classes.  The term starts January 2014.

Chamber Singers - Fri., Nov. 22, 7:00 p.m., El Montecito Presbyterian Church, 1455 East Valley Road, Montecito, $15 general admission, $10 students/seniors

Symphony Concert - Sun., Nov. 24, 7:00 p.m., Garvin Theatre, $15 general admission, $10 students/seniors

 Jazz Combos at Soho – Mon., Dec. 2, 7:00 p.m., Soho Music Club, 1221 State St., Santa Barbara, $10 cover charge.

Concert Choir -Sat., Dec. 7, 7:00 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 305 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, $15 general admission, $10 students/seniors

Concert Band Concert, Sun., Dec. 8, 7:00 p.m., Garvin Theatre, $15 general admission, $10 students/seniors

Quire of Voyces, Sat., Dec. 21, 7:00 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 22, 3:00 p.m., St. Anthony’s Seminary, 2300 Garden St., Santa Barbara, $20 general admission, $15 students/seniors

PROJECT LOVE, SBCC’s original student production presented by the SBCC Theatre Arts Department, continues through November 23 at the Jurkowitz Theatre.  Project Love is a devised documentary play, conceived and developed in creative collaboration with a core group of SBCC students, a team of designers, co-creator Alice Scharper and director Katie Laris.  The core text of the production is taken from interviews with a variety of individuals. The student actors involved formulated questions that were relevant to them pertaining to the nature of love such as “How do you decide to let someone into your heart?” or “Why is love fleeting?”  Within six weeks, 12 interviews were completed, transcribed, reviewed, edited and woven into a script for a one-hour staged reading held for a limited audience in July. This fall, additional actors were added and the final script was created. For ticket information, go to or call the Box Office at 965-5935. 

ATKINSON GALLERYEvery Night is a Pizza Night: Paintings by Siobhan McBride is on display at the Atkinson Gallery through December 6.  Using gouache on a small scale, Ms. McBride depicts views of a strange, yet familiar, world imbued with a sense of anxiety and anticipation. She was born in Seoul, South Korea and currently lives in Miami. Ms. McBride received her MFA in painting from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005 and has been an artist-in-residence at the Roswell Artist in Residence Program, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Workspace Program, Yaddo, Jentel, and the Vermont Studio Center.  Her work has been shown recently at NURTUREart, the Pelham Art Center, DC Moore, and Eight Modern. 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.  805-965-0581, ext. 3484.

WRITE-IN.  There’s still one session left in the Cartwright Learning Resource Center’s November Write-ins at the CLRC. The campus community has been able to enjoy this unique opportunity as writers come together and work side by side.  As long as you’re working on a writing project and like to hang out with like minds and take in the creative atmosphere, you’re welcome. The write-in sessions have been hosted in the CAI lab so computer access is available but you can bring your own laptops and notebooks as well.  Writing Center staff will be on hand for assistance and additional resources.  The last session will be held Fri., Nov. 22, from 11:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in CAI 1 (LRC 111).

. Please remind students to sign up for SALT, a new financial guidance product, offered by the college as a no-cost benefit in partnership with American Student Assistance, a nonprofit organization. Activating a SALT membership gives students access to interactive money management tools, a personal dashboard that tracks all of the student’s federal loans in one place, loan advice from SALT counselors, and “My Money 101” – a self-paced, online resource that teaching practical money management, and access to thousands of jobs and internships.  Please encourage students to check out the SBCC SALT web site and sign up at

(Faculty and Staff)
PATRICK FOSTER, Construction Academy director, recently published a new book The Proper Study of Buddhism.  The book, which is available on Amazon, is geared toward those teaching, practicing, or interested in the subject of Buddhism.

LONGEVITY. Congratulations to the following employees who reached benchmark years of service to the college in October: Ana Jimenez, Financial Aid, 30 years; Cindy Salazar, Student Life, 25 years; Hector Barbosa, Facilities and Operations, 15 years; and Maria Lopez-Manzo, Continuing Education, 15 years

COMPUTER PROGRAM TEAM TAKES TOP HONOR. The SBCC computer program team SBCC One won first place as the Top Scoring Two-Year College at the 2013 Southern California Regionals for the International Collegiate Programming Competition (ICPC) on November 9 in Riverside.   The team, made up of Joel Green, Erwan Lent, and Ben Rhoda, ranked 14th overall, scoring higher than all teams from UCSB, University of San Diego, CSU Long Beach, CSU Channel Islands, Chapman, CSU Los Angeles, Loyola Marymount University, CSU Fullerton, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Asuza Pacific, and others.  This is the third year of the last four that SBCC has been ranked top two-year college. A second team SBCC Alpha, consisting of Andrea Brenner-Billet, Shawn Leavy, and Sean Sutherland, also competed successfully, outranking teams from UCSB, UC Riverside, and CSU Fullerton. The ICPC challenges three-person student teams to solve a set of eight programming problems in five hours.  This year, 91 teams from 30 institutions in the Southern California area competed. SBCC’s success in pitting themselves against students from world-class universities is a testament to the hard work, determination, and intellect of our students, according to the Computer Science faculty.  Congratulations to Rob Dependahl, Jackie Kuehn, Dean Nevins and Stephen Strenn and teaching assistants Soheyla Javanbakht and James Howard.

MESA. In October, a select group of SBCC students honed their leadership skills at a special invitation-only conference in San Diego for math-based majors. The event was sponsored by the California Utilities Diversity Council. The 10th annual Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) Student Leadership Conference held last weekend offered extensive professional and leadership development through direct interaction with industry mentors and speakers. The hand-picked MESA students, all science, engineering, or math majors, represented over 30 universities and community colleges from across the state.  SBCC participants were:  Julian Carachure, Sophomore. Computer Engineering; Irvin Lazaro, Sophomore, Computer Engineering; and Justin Oroz, Junior, Electrical Engineering.

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL CLINCHES TITLE. The SBCC Women’s Volleyball team won a share of the Western State Conference North title with a victory over L.A. Mission on November 20.  The victory was the 10th straight win for SBCC and the fourth WSC North title in the last five years.  SBCC will share the title with LA Pierce.

CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS WIN.  The Vaqueros Men’s and Women’s cross country teams have qualified for berths in the State Championships on November 23.  Ian Roberts took second place in a field of 199 runners on November 8 leading SBCC’s men to an 11th-place finish in the Southern California Cross Country Championships in Saugus. SBCC’s women finished 18th and also earned a state berth. This is the second straight year that both Santa Barbara teams have qualified for State.  Ian captured the individual men’s title in the WSC Cross Country Championships at College Park in Oxnard on October 24.

BRANDIE HARRIS, the top goal-scorer in Southern California, was chosen WSC North Player of the Year in Women’s Soccer.Thesophomore forward from Dos Pueblos finished the regular season with a school-record 29 goals. The Vaqueros finished third in the WSC North and earned a trip to the Southern California Regional.    Sophomore forward Briana Lopez was a first-team all-conference selection, along with Heather Rivera and Emelie Netteberg.  Jackie Holmer made the second team and Shirley Benitez and Sonja Gustavsson were honorable mentions.

ADAM COLTON, a sophomore midfielder from England, has been selected as men’s soccer Player of the Year in the Western State Conference. He scored two goals and distributed a team-high eight assists for the Vaqueros (11-7, 11-5), who finished second in conference behind Oxnard.  Midfielder Jamie Sporcic, the Vaqueros’ top scorer with 11 goals and four assists, was a first-team All-WSC choice, along with defender George Wakefield and forwards Dylan Murphy and Vincente Perez, Omar Montalvo and Cody Lucas received second-team honors and Medhi Bedache and Liron Cohen were honorable mentions.

On November 7, football SBCC linebacker Morgan Nevin was picked as the American Pacific Conference Defensive Player of the Week after a record-setting performance in a 38-17 loss to Santa Monica. Morgan, a sophomore from Truckee, was honored for the third time this season after making a school-record 28 tackles, including 10 solo.  Teammate Marcus Hoerberg, a sophomore kicker from Sweden, was named Special Teams Player of the Week on October 24. . (Contributor – Dave Loveton)

JIM WILLIAMS, past SBCC public information officer, continues with writing books in his Wolf Creek series.  Hot off the presses is Wolf Creek Book 10: O Deadly Night.  Another book is scheduled for release early next year.

The SBCC Theatre Arts’ production of Bus Stop was reviewed in the October 17 Santa Barbara Independent.

The Center for Lifelong Learning was the feature non-profit organization of the week in the October 26 Edhat.

Veterans Resource Day at SBCC was covered in the October 29 Noozhawk, on November 6 by KEYT-TV, and November 7 Santa Barbara Independent.

Dr. Adam Green was interviewed about the upcoming eco-entrepreneurial program on October 29 by KEYT-TV.

Dr. Michael Robinson and Mark Broomfield were interviewed about SBCC’s new weather station on October 30 by KEYT-TV.

Entrepreneur Jack Nadel speaking at the Scheinfeld Enlightened Entrepreneurship Series was reported in the November 2 Noozhawk and November 8 Santa Barbara News Press.

ExxonMobil Foundation awarding a STEM grant to the SBCC Foundation was covered in the November 7 Noozhawk and November 14 Santa Barbara Independent.

SBCC’s new TAG with American University of Paris was reported in the November 13 Noozhawk and the November 18 Santa Barbara Independent.

Dr. Manou Eskandari being named 2013 California Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation and Council for Advancement and Support of Education was reported in the November 14 Noozhawk, Santa Barbara Independent and Santa Barbara News Press.

The SBCC Theatre Arts’ student production of Project Love was reviewed in the November 15 Noozhawk and Santa Barbara Independent.

The exhibit Every Night is a Pizza Night: Paintings by Siobhan McBride was reviewed in the November 15 Santa Barbara News Press. 

SBCC’s computer programming team taking top community college honors in regional competition was covered in the November 15 Santa Barbara News Press and November 18 Santa Barbara Independent

The Center for Lifelong Learning launch was featured in the Fall 2013 issue of the Santa Barbara County Education Office News.


Wed., Nov. 27: Academic Senate, 3:00 p.m., BC 214

Mon., Dec. 2: Board Fiscal Subcommittee, 4:00 p.m., A 218C

Tues., Dec. 3: College Planning Council, 3:00 p.m., A 218C

Wed., Dec. 4: Classified Consultation Group, 2:00 p.m., CC 223

Wed., Dec. 4: Academic Senate, 3:00 p.m., BC 214

Thurs., Dec. 5: Board Study Session, 4:00 p.m., Luria Conference and Press Center

Mon., Dec. 9: Board Facilities Subcommittee, 4:00 p.m., A 218C

Tues., Dec. 10: College Planning Council, 3:00 p.m., A 218C

Wed., Dec. 11: Classified Consultation Group, 2:00 p.m., CC 223

Thurs., Dec. 12: Annual Organization Board meeting, 4:00 p.m., A211





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