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FaST News - September 19 - October 4

SALT. Starting this month, SBCC students and alumni can sign up for SALT, a new financial guidance product that can help navigate the often rough waters of money management, student loans, and making wiser financial decisions for the future.  The college partnered with American Student Assistance, a nonprofit organization, to offer this service as a no-cost benefit to users. 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:

 CENTER FOR LIFELONG LEARNING LAUNCHES. SBCC’s Center for Lifelong Learning officially launched with the opening of CLL’s fall term on September 9.  By the end of the first week, the CLL had received almost 6,000 enrollments in the 506 classes offered mostly at SBCC’s Schott Campus and Wake Campus.  The low-fee classes, workshops and seminars are offered during the weekday, evenings and weekends through December 14. Go to: for more information.

SANDRA L.  STARKEY:  Sandy Starkey, Associate Professor, English, has worked at SBCC since 1996.  She received her A.A. degree from SBCC and her B.A. and M.A. degrees from UCSB.  

What teaching tip or counseling advice do you have for other faculty?
Don’t be afraid to try new things in the classroom, even if you are outside your comfort zone. If something we try turns out to be a failure, we still learn and grow from this. 

What careers or jobs did you have before working at SBCC?
I worked at Angelo’s liquor store and Taffy’s pizza. 

Who was your most influential teacher and why?
At SBCC, Jinny Webber, Elinor Flewellen and Charles Courtney taught me how to be a student and praised me as a writer. At UCSB, Frank McConnell was my favorite teacher. His passion for literature was contagious, and he had a wicked sense of humor. 

What is your favorite student line or excuse?
I like to tease students when they say (as they often do), “I was absent last time. Did we do something important?” I respond with, “Nope, we just wasted time like we usually do.” It’s a gentle way of getting them to rethink that question.

What are you reading now?
I am just finishing Roseanne Cash’s memoir Composed.

What do you love about your job?
I love mentoring students and watching their confidence build as they work their way through our courses. 

What has been your greatest accomplishment and/or challenge?
Sometimes I spend so much time worrying about students who aren’t successful that I forget to look around at those who are thriving. Some students face so many challenges: work, poverty, responsibilities at home, disabilities, addiction. When they don’t succeed, I sometimes feel discouraged as a teacher. 

What's one thing most people don't know about you?
I was a teen parent when I was a student here at SBCC

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A Saint Bernard puppy.

What historical figure would you most want to meet?

What is your favorite place in the world?

What is your personal motto? 
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” Anais Nin

ATKINSON GALLERY. Artist Deborah Zlotsky exhibit’s LifeLike will be on display at SBCC’s Atkinson Gallery through September 30.  Ms. Zlotsky focuses on documenting nature and inventing nature in her blown graphite drawings on mylar. Small Images will open on October 4.  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.

CAREER AND LIFE TRANSITIONS.  The Career and Life Transitions (CLT) Program, SBCC’s  re-entry program for adults returning to college after a break in their education, meet every Thursday at 12:30 p.m. in the Career Center (SS 282).  These students are also known as non-traditional students and include mid-life changers, mature workers seeking retraining, parents (single or married) returning to the workforce, veterans, recently released parolees, students with disabilities or in rehabilitation, and community members interested in becoming SBCC students.  Please encourage anyone who falls into these categories and who is interested in learning more about attending SBCC to come to a CLT Thursday meeting.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS.  Assemblymember Das Williams and SBCC will host an “Emergency Preparedness Fair” on Sat., Sept. 21 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on West Campus.  Free educational material, training and giveaways will be available.  Guests can learn firsthand about how to get involved in community safety efforts and how to prepare your family, pets and workplace in case of a natural disaster or emergency situation

UNITED WAY DAY OF CARING.  SBCC will host its annual United Way Day of Caring team on Sat., Sept. 28 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Volunteers can sign up for any available worksite sponsored by United Way or join the SBCC team who will work on a campus project assigned by Dr. Mike Gonella, Director of Environmental Horticulture, and/or at the Orfalea Early Learning Center.  SBCC has claimed the #1 spot for the largest team for the Day of Caring for the past three years.  Co-chairs Dr. Paul Bishop and Lisa Lopez encourage all faculty, staff, students and families and friends to sign up by e-mailing Lisa at

TREE PLANTING.  In honor of the second Annual Green Apple Day of Service  SBCC will plant five Cercis Canadensis trees at the Administration Building on Sat., Sept. 28 from10:00 a.m.- Noon.  The planting of these trees will improve the ecology of our campus in terms of nitrogen fixation and will support campus spirit through their bright red blooms. The activity is representative of SBCC’s initiative to develop and implement a District-wide Sustainability Plan, and the  campus and general community are invited to attend

SBCC Songwriters – Sun., Sept. 29, 7:00 p.m., Fé Bland Forum, West Campus, $10 general admission

Monday Madness at Soho – Mon., Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m., Soho Music Club, 1221 State St.,Santa Barbara, $10 cover charge

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

BUS STOP.  The SBCC Theatre Group will present the romantic comedy Bus Stop by William Inge from October 18 - November 2 at the Garvin Theatre. Directed 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. For ticket information and performance times, go to or call the Box Office at 805-965-5935.

NATIONAL AUTHORS SPEAKING AT SBCC.  Tim O’Brien, who wrote the landmark book The Things They Carried about the Vietnam War, and Maxine Hong Kinston, author of The Woman Warrior, will speak at SBCC this fall.  Mr. O’Brien will host a question-and-answer session about his work on Thurs., Oct. 24 at 7:00  p.m. in SBCC’s Administration Building, Room 211.  The Things They Carried also is the subject of this year’s community-wide reading project “Santa Barbara Reads.”  Ms. Kingston, best known for her contributions to Chinese-American literature and the 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 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.  Other academic events are being planned for the two weeks prior to October 26.  The Day of the Dead observance will end with a reception on Fri., Nov. 1 beginning at 5:30 p.m. on the library patio.  Both the campus and general community are invited.  More details will be coming in future FaST News.

NEW HIRES.  Welcome to the following employees who joined SBCC in September: Orin Fails, Technical Services Specialist, IT, and Paul Miller, Director, Bookstore.

(Faculty and Staff)
BOARD OF DIRECTORSMichael Medel, Coordinator of Student Outreach and Orientation, has been named to the United Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara’s Board of Directors.

LONGEVITY.  In addition to Alan McKenzie, IT, who celebrated 20 years of service to the college in August, we congratulate the following employees who also reached benchmark years last month:  Sandra Flores, International Student Program, 20 years, Anita Menchaca, 15 years, Bookstore; and Brad Gyll, Facilities and Operations, 10 years.

RISING STAR.  SBCC music major Chelsea Chaput took home the top prize on September 7 at the Rising Star competition at the Chumash Casino Resort.  A resident of Buellton and graduate of Santa Ynez Valley Union High School, Chelsea beat out 11 other finalists to earn the title, $5,000 and other prizes.  The event was covered by local media including KEYT-TV, Noozhawk, Santa Barbara News Press, and Santa Maria Times  Congratulations Chelsea!

FOOTBALL.  Two Vaqueros were recognized for their outstanding play earlier in the season by being named Defense Players of the Week from the American Pacific Conference.  Congratulations to Morgan Nevin, a sophomore linebacker, and Zak Arnell, a freshman free safety.  The Vaqueros got their first win over rival Allan Hancock in 21 years on September 14 with a 15 – 14 victory.  (Contributor – Dave Loveton)

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK.  Brandie Harris, a forward on the Vaqueros’ women’s soccer team, was selected as female Athlete of the Week (September 9) by the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table. Brandie is a sophomore who attended Dos Pueblos High School.  (Contributor – Dave Loveton)

SBCC’s new smoke-free, tobacco-free policy was reported by KEYT-TV on August 27.

Dr. Jack Friedlander’s editorial about the launch of SBCC’s Center for Lifelong Learning appeared in the September 1 Santa Barbara News Press and September 3 Noozhawk.

A feature on SBCC Foundation Board of Directors’ President Madeleine Jacobson ran in the September 1 Noozhawk

The value of education in reducing recidivism was presented at the SBCC Board of Trustees’ Education Subcommittee and reported in the September 9 Santa Barbara Independent.

The first day of Center for Lifelong Learning classes was featured in the September 9 Noozhawk.

SBCC Faculty Excellence Award recipients were featured in the September 11 Noozhawk.

Employee Alexandra Thierjung was interviewed on September 16 by KEYT-TV while staffing a SBCC booth at the Santa Barbara Bridal Expo at the Earl Warren Showground.  Alexandra, along with colleague Adrienne Betty, was on hand to share information with the attendees about SBCC’s outdoor locations and services for both wedding ceremonies and receptions.

Employees Angie Esqueda, Paulmena Kelly, Cindy Long, and Beverly Schwamm were pictured in the “First Week of School Year” photo montage in the September Mesa Paper.  The launch of the Center for Lifelong Learning also was featured this issue.

Mon., Sept. 23: Board Facilities Subcommittee, 4:00 p.m., A 218C

Wed., Sept. 25: Academic Senate, 3:00 p.m., BC 214

Thurs., Sept. 26: Board Monthly Meeting, 4:00 p.m., A211

Tues., Oct. 1: College Planning Council, 3:00 p.m., A 218C

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

Mon., Oct. 7: Board Fiscal Subcommittee, 4:00 p.m., A 218C

Wed., Oct. 9: Academic Senate, 3:00 p.m., BC 214

Thurs., Oct. 10: Board Study Session, 4:00 p.m., A 218C

Tues., Oct. 15: College Planning Council, 3:00 p.m., A 218C

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 21

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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