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FaST News - October 16 - November 1, 2013

FaST News is issued on a periodic basis when SBCC is in session. Please send faculty and staff news to Public Information Officer Joan Galvan at or call ext. 2307. Time-sensitive information should be received at least three weeks in advance.  

DORANTES LECTUREErin Gruwell, award-winning education activist and founder of the Freedom Writers Foundation, will deliver the keynote address at the 23rd Annual Leonardo Dorantes Memorial Lecture on Wed., Nov. 6 beginning at 12:45 p.m. at the Garvin Theatre.  Ms. Gruwell is best-known for creating Freedom Writer Methods, a progressive teaching philosophy and curricula valuing diversity that is designed to achieve excellence from all students. At Wilson High School, Ms. Gruwell and her 150 students, who were written off by the education system, told their collective stories in the book Freedom Writers Diary, the name selected in recognition of the civil right activists the Freedom Riders. In 2007, Paramount Pictures turned the New York Times’ bestseller into a major motion picture starring Hilary Swank.  The film Freedom Writers will be shown on Tues., Nov. 5, the evening before the Dorantes lecture, beginning at 7:15 p.m. in A-211.  Both events are free and open the campus and general community.

SAVE THE DATE.  Party Rock II, our annual holiday party, is scheduled for Fri., Dec. 13 from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. at the Campus Center.  Please mark your calendars and come prepared to celebrate the holiday season and mark the end of fall semester with your colleagues.  Watch your campus-wide e-mail for more details.

SHAKEOUT.  SBCC will participate in the Great California Shakeout, the statewide annual earthquake drill, on Thurs., Oct. 17 at approximately 10:17 a.m.  When the pre-recorded message is broadcast between 10:17- 10:25 a.m. to classrooms on campus, please have everyone drop to the floor, take cover under a sturdy desk or table and hold on to your shelter and be prepared to move with it until the shaking stops.   If there is no nearby table or desk, drop to the floor and then if possible, move to an inside corner of the room. Do not move to another location or run outside.  Earthquakes occur without any warning and may be so violent that you cannot run or crawl.  Please help keep our students and campus community safe by participating in this very important statewide drill.

EXPERIENCE JAPANESE CULTURE. The SBCC School of Modern Languages and the Japanese Language Program will sponsor a “Japanese Tea Ceremony” on Fri., Oct. 18 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. at the Shinkan-An Teahouse at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, 1212 Mission Canyon Road, in Santa Barbara.  A $2 advance ticket for tea and sweets is currently being sold at the School of Modern Languages Office (ECC22).

QUATTRO FORMA. A group of SBCC colleagues -- made up of current and retired faculty and administrators -- will read from Quattro Forma, a collection of their poetry on Fri., Oct.18 beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Granada Books, 1224 State Street, in Santa Barbara.  The poets are Terre Ouwehand, who teaches in the English Department, Alice Scharper, dean of educational programs, Jim Chesher, who is retired from the Philosophy Department, and Lana Rose, who is retired from Counseling. Quattro Forma can be found at the SBCC Bookstore, Curious Cup Bookstore, Granada Books, The Book Den, Chaucer’s and at all four branches of the Santa Barbara Public Library.  

BUS STOP opens at the Garvin Theatre on Fri., Oct, 18Directed by R. Michael Gros, the play focuses on an eclectic group of bus travelers who hole up in a cheerful roadside diner in the middle of a howling Kansas snowstorm.  They are joined by the local sheriff, bus drive and two diner waitresses for an interesting evening on a cold night. Bus Stop runs through November 2. For ticket information and performance times, go to or call the Box Office at 805-965-5935.

Jazz Combos at the Fé Bland Forum – Sun., Oct. 20, 7:00 p.m., Fé Bland Forum, West Campus, $10 general admission.

Jazz Night at Soho – Mon., Oct. 21, 7:00 p.m., Soho Music Club, 1221 State St., Santa Barbara, $10 cover charge.

Fall Chamber Concert - Sun., Nov. 3, 7:00 p.m., First United Methodist church, 305 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, $15 general admission with proceeds to benefit the Music Department scholarship fund.

NATIONAL AUTHORS SPEAKING AT SBCC.  Tim O’Brien, who wrote the landmark book The Things They Carried about the Vietnam War, will answer questions and answers on Thurs., Oct. 24 at 7:00 p.m. in A-211.  Mr. O’Brien’s appearance will follow a free lecture he will give on Wed., Oct. 23 beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Marjorie Luke Theatre in Santa Barbara.  Maxine Hong Kingston, author of The Woman Warrior, will read from her work on Fri., Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Garvin Theatre. Sponsored by the SBCC English Department, both college events are underwritten through the generosity of author and poet Diana Raab.

DAY OF THE DEAD.  SBCC’s Annual Day of the Dead observance will be held from Sat., Oct. 26 through Fri., Nov. 1  The celebration will be marked by traditional altars put up by SBCC faculty, staff, students and members of the community on display in the Luria Library beginning October 26.  The Day of the Dead observance will end with a reception on November 1 beginning at 5:30 p.m. on the library patio.  Both the campus and general community are invited to this event which will feature refreshments, a Chumash blessing, entertainment, arts and crafts and a mini-mercado. 

TRANSFER DAY/COLLEGE FAIR.  SBCC will sponsor two events on Wed., Nov. 6 for students seeking to transfer or to find the right college for the first time. From 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., the Transfer Center will host the annual Transfer Day on West Campus.  Students can speak with up to 95 admission representatives from a wide range of postsecondary institutions.  That evening from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Earl Warren Showgrounds, local high school students and their families are invited to the annual College Fair.  In addition to talking with the various admission representatives, guests can attend  two workshops by local financial professionals that will cover strategies on securing scholarships, grants, loans, and federal and state aid for educational costs. College Fair sponsors include SBCC, UCSB, Westmont College, the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara and Cal-SOAP.

CONVERSATION WITH JACK NADELSBCC’s Scheinfeld Center Enlightened Entrepreneurship Series will host decorated World War II veteran entrepreneur and award-winning business author Jack Nadel, founder of Jack Nadel International, on Fri., Nov. 8, from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Fé Bland Forum on West Campus. This event is open to the public and free of charge. However, space is limited and RSVPs are required. To register for the event, please go to:  Mr. Nadel will also receive the inaugural Entrepreneurial Lifetime Notable Achievement Award, also known as the “ELNA” award, celebrating his tenure as a global entrepreneur and passion for fostering entrepreneurship in others. The award recognizes Elna Scheinfeld and her late husband, James D. Scheinfeld, whose vision to encourage and support the development of new businesses, promote entrepreneurship, and assist existing businesses in Santa Barbara was born from his genuine regard and commitment of equal access to educational opportunities for all individuals. The event will be presented by Scheinfeld Center Director Melissa Moreno and moderated by SBCC Business Professor Bonnie Chavez.  The audience will have an opportunity to personally interact and network during a reception following the presentation and all attendees will be gifted with a copy of Jack Nadel’s award-winning new book, The Evolution of an Entrepreneur, sponsored by Union Bank.

SMALL IMAGES opened at the Atkinson Gallery on October 4.  During the in-gathering, 246 artworks by 121 artists were submitted for review. Artists Tim Berg and Rebekah Myers served as co-jurors and selected a  total of 43 pieces from 35 artists to be on display.  Mr. Berg and Ms. Myers operate a multimedia studio art collaborative based in Claremont. Jointly they have participated in multiple solo exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions in the U.S., Mexico, South Korea, Qatar and Kuwait. Small Images will on display through November 1. 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.

SALT. 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

The SBCC Academic Senate and the Faculty Recognition Committee are accepting nominations for the following awards:

Exemplary Program Award. This year’s theme is Assessment for Placement: Effective Practices, Alternatives, and Improving Outcomes. Programs that provide innovative strategies for implementing assessments, placing students, preparing students for placement exams, and are scalable are just some of the possible emphasis of eligible programs. Deadline: Fri., Oct. 18.

Hayward Award for Excellence in Education.  This award recognizes a faculty member for demonstrating the highest level of commitment to their students, college and profession. Applicants, who must be full-time faculty this year, should have a record of outstanding professional activities and active participation on campus.  Deadline: Fri., Nov. 8. 

For a list of criteria and application for either award, please contact Faculty Recognition Committee Chair Sheila Wiley at or ext. 5156.

(Faculty and Staff)
UNITED WAY DAY OF CARING.  Led by Dr. Paul Bishop and Lisa Lopez, SBCC once again took top honors at the September 28 United Way’s Day of Caring with the largest team of volunteers.  More than 200 faculty, administrators, staff, students and family members and friends helped spruce up our college and the Orfalea Learning Center.  The SBCC team also sent members over to McKinley Elementary School when their assigned volunteers did not arrive.  Thanks to everyone who came out and pitched in for this worthy community event.

SPORTS FIGURE. Vaqueros Football Coach Craig Moropoulos was named Sports Figure of the Month for October by Presidio Sports. According to writer Barry Punzal, “In this area, the name Moropoulos is synonymous with football coach. Craig Moropoulos learned long ago that coaching was in his blood. His father, the legendary Mike Moropoulos, was an outstanding football coach at Santa Barbara High. So, it was his destiny to follow his father in the profession.”  Craig has been coaching football for 29 years with the last seven at SBCC.  The Vaqueros are currently 5-0 for the season.

CERTIFICATION. Database Administrator Scott Kennedy recently passed the Oracle DBA examination and is now a Certified Professional.  Congratulations!

LONGEVITY. Congratulations to the following employees who reached benchmark years of service to the college in September:  Bekki Miller, Bookstore, 15 years, and Joe Sullivan, 10 years.

MESA STUDENT AT LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE. With sponsorship by SBCC’s MESA Program, Irvin Lazaro, a second-year computer engineering major, attended the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) National Institute for Leadership Advancement conference in Denver during the summer.  A group shot of the 250 attendees, all leaders at their individual SHPE chapters, were featured on the SHPE fall 2013 issue cover with Irvin proudly representing SBCC.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK.  Jarred Evans was named Offensive Player of the Week for the American Pacific Conference for two straight weeks this fall.  Jarred, a sophomore quarterback from Queens, NY, was recognized by the APC specifically for his part in the Vaqueros’ victories over Compton on September 21 and L.A. Valley on September 28.  Fellow team member Josh Martin also was named as APC Offensive Player of the Week in October.  In his first start as quarterback, the freshman from Beaumont High played a key role in the Vaqueros’ victory over L.A Southwest on October 5.  (Contributor – Dave Loveton)

INVITATIONAL CHAMPION.  Track and Field player Ian Roberts captured the individual title in the SBCC Invitational cross country race at Shoreline Park on October 11. Ian, a sophomore from Ventura High, covered the 4-mile course in 22:25, five seconds ahead of the second place runner.  (Contributor – Dave Loveton)

GOLF MEDALISTS. SBCC golfer Fanny Johansson captured medalist honors at WSC No. 4 on October 9 at San Dimas Canyon Golf Club. The freshman from Sweden shot 4-over 76 and teammates Vanesa Villa and Maggie Daly tied for second at 80. The Vaqueros totaled 322 strokes to beat College of the Canyons by 20.  (Contributor – Dave Loveton)

FILM AWARD WINNER.  Andrej Landin, Class of 2011, transferred to Chapman University after completing his studies at SBCC.  His short film Into the Silent Sea won the BAFTA 10th Annual Student Film Award 2013 and is now an official selection at the Telluride Film Festival 2013.  Congratulations!

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AWARD. Ian Gilbert, a SBCC graduate majoring in Earth and Planetary Sciences, received UC Riverside’s undergraduate “Award for Academic Excellence in Geology” and the “Science Circle Award,” given to only the top 10 students in the entire university for excellence in scholarship and scientific research. Upon entering the graduate program, Ian has received the Dean’s Distinguished Fellowship.  He has traveled to Prague, Czech Republic, and to Yunnan, China to present his research as both an undergraduate and graduate student.

Authors Tim O’Brien and Maxine Hong Kingston coming to SBCC this fall were reported in the September 16 Noozhawk and the September 29 Santa Barbara Independent.

SBCC Faculty Excellence Award recipients were featured in the September 20 Santa Barbara News Press and September 26 Santa Barbara Independent.

Kristin Frascella, Career Center, was interviewed by KEYT-TV at the SBCC Job Fair on September 24. 

Ann Marie Kopeikin, Nursing, receiving the national Nurses’ Touch Award was reported on September 26 by Noozhawk and KSBY-TV, October 1 Santa Barbara Independent, and October 4 Santa Barbara News Press.

Paul Bishop and Lisa Lopez were quoted as SBCC spokespersons for United Way’s Day of Caring in the September 29 Santa Barbara News Press.

SBCC’s upcoming Day of the Dead observance was featured in the October 2 Noozhawk.

Faculty member Manny Raya discussed his life journey and where it has led him in an interview posted on the October 3 State and Mission.

Jackson Weed, Morgan Nevin, Dillon Sheedy and Jake Pettit, all SBCC football players from Truckee, were interviewed by columnist Mark Patton about their collective hometown motivation for the sport in the October 3 Santa Barbara News Press.

Educator Erin Gruwell presenting the upcoming 23rd annual Dorantes Lecture was reported in the October 8 Noozhawk.

The November 6 College Fair was announced in the October 10 Noozhawk.

Journalist Hooman Majd’s visit to SBCC to speak on U.S. – Iranian relations was covered on October 10 by KEYT-TV and on October 11 by Noozhawk.


Wed., Oct. 16: Classified Consultation Group, 2:00 p.m., CC 223

Mon., Oct. 21: Board Facilities Subcommittee, 4:00 p.m., A218C

Wed., Oct. 23: Academic Senate, 3:00 p.m., BC 214

Thurs., Oct. 24: Board Monthly Meeting, 4:00 p.m., A211

Tues., Oct. 29: College Planning Council, 3:00 p.m., A 218C

Wed., Oct. 30: Classified Consultation Group, 2:00 p.m., CC 223









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