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FaST News - November 2014

EXEMPLARY PROGRAM NOMINEE.  The Faculty Recognition Committee announced that the Academic Senate has nominated SBCC’s Dual Enrollment Program for the prestigious Board of Governors’ Exemplary Program Award with this year’s theme "Transitions from High School to College: Assisting Students in Meeting their Educational Goals." Since 1998, SBCC has had one of the largest and most robust Dual Enrollment (DE) Programs in California. Currently the college offers more than 100 Dual Enrollment sections at Carpinteria High School, Dos Pueblos High School, San Marcos High School, Santa Barbara High School and Alta Vista/La Cuesta High School. Both general education (IGETC) and Career Technical Education (CTE) courses are offered, and more than 2,000 high school students receive college credit per semester. Congratulations to Dual Enrollment director and staff Claudia Johnson, Gwynn Hladyniuk, Daisy Garcia and Dean Melissa Moreno.  Appreciation is also extended to former director and staff Lauren Wintermeyer and Jesus Vega and past Dean Diane Hollems.

PARTY ROCK 2014.  Be sure to mark the date on your calendar and plan to join us on Fri., Dec. 12 beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the Campus Center for the 3rd annual Party Rock.  There will be plenty of food, fellowship and entertainment as we celebrate the end of fall semester and the holiday season, “mele kalikimaka” style!

Barbara Bell, Associate Professor of English, has worked at SBCC since 1997.  She earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees from Texas A & M University.

What teaching tip or counseling advice do you have for other faculty?

Always be well-prepared for your classes, but leave room for the unexpected: a student question/comment or bit of inspiration that can take the class into a different and dynamic--but still productive--direction.

What careers or jobs did you have before working at SBCC?
I started teaching college English classes when I was 21 as a Teaching Assistant at Texas A&M University—just weeks after I had graduated with my B.A. and a couple of days after starting my graduate studies (we were required to take three grad classes and teach two undergrad classes at the same time).  After I earned my M.A., I accepted a position as a full-time English instructor at Francis Marion University in Florence, South Carolina.  After five years at FMU, I was hired at SBCC.  So aside from a bit of retail work and a gig mowing lawns in college, I’ve been teaching (and grading) college composition and literature for most of my adult life.  Whew.

Who was your most influential teacher and why?
Ms. Pack, my favorite high school English teacher.  She introduced me to Shakespeare in ninth grade (we read Julius Caesar and put Brutus on trial) then helped me navigate through six more plays during my senior year.  I was hooked.  Whenever I visit Shakespeare’s Globe in London—with students or on my own—I always send her pictures and my reviews of the plays.

What is your favorite student line or excuse?
“I don’t go to class when it’s raining.”

What are you reading now?
I’m juggling two books right now:  Beyond the University:  Why Liberal Education Matters by Michael S. Roth and Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction by Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd.

What do you love about your job?
Every semester is a fresh start, a blank page, a total “do-over.” I can try new readings, new strategies, and new assignments each term.  And I never know who will be in my classes or what we’ll accomplish together.  It’s wonderful to watch students learn to love learning.  I also love the fact that I get to work with creative, innovative, like-minded people, and we get to talk about reading and writing and thinking and ideas . . . for a living

What has been your greatest accomplishment and/or challenge?
I packed up my life and moved cross-country twice--once to the east coast, once to the west coast--to take teaching positions in places and at colleges where I didn’t know a soul.  In both situations, I grew professionally and made life-changing and, I hope, life-long friends.

What's one thing most people don't know about you?
I’m a big Bruce Springsteen fan.  I know that will shock a lot of people, but it’s true.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Taking a long 50-60 mile bicycle ride, on a windless, traffic-free road, in a part of the world I’ve never seen before.  Or sitting around with friends/family and laughing and laughing and laughing…

What historical figure would you most want to meet?
William Shakespeare or Margaret Thatcher.

What is your favorite place in the world?
London, England or rural Texas—depending upon my mood.

What is your personal motto?
“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans” (borrowed from John Lennon).

UNITED WAY EMPLOYEE CAMPAIGN.  SBCC’s Annual United Way Employee Campaign continues through December 2.  This year’s theme is “Supporting our Community through Education.” If your gift is a minimum of $115, you can designate a portion of your gift to specific charities, including the Santa Barbara City Foundation.  Payroll deduction is also available and all donors also are eligible for raffle prizes.  If you did not receive your United Way pledge form or need further information, please contact campaign coordinator Lisa Lopez at or ext. 2792.

TURKEY GIVEAWAY.  The campus community is invited to support the EOPS/CARE Program's annual Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner Giveaway for single parent students enrolled in the CARE Program.  This year, foe every $30 donated, one family will be provided with an entire Thanksgiving meal - complete with all the trimmings -- and a pumpkin pie.  Please help these single parent students make lasting memories with the families.  You can donate on the SBCC Foundation online donation page, mail a check to the SBCC Foundation, or call the Foundation office at 730-4401.  

ATKINSON GALLERY.  The Atkinson Gallery’s first-ever SBCC Art Alumni Invitational exhibit opened on Fri., Nov. 7. The exhibit showcases work from nine artists who studied in the SBCC Art Department between 1966 and 2013.  “We are celebrating the future by celebrating our past,” said Sarah Cunningham, Atkinson Gallery Director. “This exhibit is the beginning of a larger effort to reconnect with our past students,” added Joy Kunz, Chair of the Art Department.  “The Art Department serves over 2400 students a year and we want to celebrate their accomplishments as alumni of SBCC.”  Working with faculty and community contacts, Sarah identified a cross-section of talented alumni artists working in the many media taught in the Art Department including painting, printmaking, sculpture, installation and ceramics.

The featured alumni artists are Ken Bortolazzo, Evelyn Contreras, Jules de Balincourt, Jessica Mei Flemming, Noel Korten, Miri Mara, Madeleine Tonzi, Cal Volner-Dison, Eric Vrymoed.  The exhibit is generously supported by the Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation and funded in part by the Organizational Development Program using funds provided by the City of Santa Barbara in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission. The Atkinson Gallery is located on East Campus in Room 202 of the Humanities Building. Gallery. Hours are: Monday- Thursday from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Friday – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. All gallery exhibits and lectures are free and open to the public.

ALZHEIMER’S WALK.  The Certified Nursing Assistants’ program invites the campus community to join the SBCC team on Sat., Nov. 8 for “Walk to End Alzheimer’s.” This year’s walk will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Earl Warren Showgrounds (registration 9:00 a.m.; ceremony 10:00 a.m.) The team is called the SBCC Rupe Troupe, in honor of Dorothy D. Rupe, who died of the disease, and her husband Arthur Rupe, who generously supports the CNA program each year in her memory. To register and/or donate, please go to

**For First Time
In Concert with Josephine Brummel & Nathan Maurer
Sat., Nov. 8, 3:00 p.m.
Garvin Theatre, West Campus
$15 general; $10 for seniors and students
The performance will feature works for two pianos including such famous classical composers as Rachmaninov, Ravel, Shostakovich, Piazzolla, Schumann and Gershwin. Josephine, adjunct instructor in SBCC’s Music Department, has been associated with the college since 1989 and Nathan serves as SBCC staff music accompanist. 

Music Now!
Fri., Nov. 14, 7:00 p.m.
Garvin Theatre, West Campus
$15 general; $10 for seniors and students
A concert of original music and images by students and faculty from the Electronic Music/Sound Recording classes.  Dominic Camardella directs.

Chamber Singers
Sat., Nov. 15, 7:00 p.m.
El Montecito Presbyterian Church
1455 East Valley Road, Montecito
$15 general; $10 for seniors and students

Jazz Ensemble Concert
Mon., Nov. 17, 7:00 p.m.
Garvin Theatre, West Campus
$15 general; $10 for seniors and students. The award-winning Big Bands return with the best of the old and new big band traditions.

Symphony Concert
Sun., Nov. 23, 7:00 p.m.
Garvin Theatre, West Campus
$15 general; $10 for seniors and students
James Mooy returns to lead the Central Coast’s finest community orchestra in performance.

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

 For tickets, please call the Garvin Theatre Box Office at 965-5935.

THEATRE GROUP AT SBCC’s NEXT PLAY.  The Theatre Arts Department at SBCC will presents a student showcase production and premiere of the new play Ten Red Kingsby Mark Rigney, directed by R. Michael Gros,  November 12- 22 in the Jurkowitz Theatre on West Campus. One year into college and still grieving over the sudden death of her sister, Margo Cates plans to spend every waking minute of summer vacation honing her skills at World of Warcraft.  But before she can even log on, Margot finds herself unwillingly whisked away to a wilderness camp for online gaming addicts.  Cut off from technology, the campers and counselors wrestle with personal demons both online and off.  A contemporary play built on contemporary concerns, Ten Red Kings uses music, dance, and live-action avatars to capture the ever-shrinking gap between reality and digital fantasy.   This production will feature talented student actors: Astrid Alexandersson, Drew Anderson, Waldo Damaso-Figueroa, Morgan Darnall, Samantha Demangate, Colton Fair, Caesar Franco, Lazer Friedman, Dean Garcia, Natalie Ginsberg, Vera Olin, Sara Persson, Amanda Probst, Kendrick Surrell, Hannah Wade, Sabrina Wagner, and Laksmini Wiyantini.  The production team includes  R. Michael Gros, Tom Garey, Patricia Frank, Ben Crop, Nola Yergen, and Britni Alleman.  Playwright Mark Rigney will be in residence at SBCC the week of November 18.  Performances will run November 12 - 16, November 19 -22, Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2:00 p.m., Sat., Nov. 22 at 2:00 p.m. The Sun., Nov. 16 performance will be live-captioned for the hearing-impaired.  Ticket prices are $16 general/$13 seniors/$8 students and seating is general admission.  Call the Garvin Theatre Box Office at 805-965-5935 or purchase tickets online at

CLL CELEBRATES FIRST YEAR.  The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) invites the campus community to celebrate and enjoy local artists, artisans, live music and more while getting started on holiday shopping at the Sat., Nov. 15 Arts & Crafts Fair.  The event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Wake Campus, 300 North Turnpike Road in Santa Barbara. Admission is free and the fair features fine arts, ceramics, jewelry, fabric arts, glass art and other handcrafted gifts for purchase, created by CLL teachers and students.  Cake will be served and raffle winners announced at 3:00 p.m.

VETERANS RECOGNITION DAY.  The Veterans Support Resource Center will host the annual “Veterans Recognition Day” on Wed., Nov. 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Friendship Plaza on East Campus. Local community resources and SBCC campus services and clubs will be on hand to share information.  Keynote speakers scheduled at noon are Thomas W. Hofer, Senior Manager Systems Engineer Raytheon Goleta and Tanisha R. Velez, Program Security Manager Raytheon Goleta, both of whom are Navy veterans. Please plan on stopping by to recognize our local veterans.

SOCCER TOURNAMENT.  The International Soccer Tournament, sponsored by the International Student Support Program, will be held November 22-23 at La Playa Stadium.  The campus community is invited to come out and cheer on the teams.

(Faculty and Staff)
BOOK ILLUSTRATOR.  Faculty and Graphic Designer Anna Lafferty and her writing colleague Erin Graffy de Garcia, were interviewed in the October 25 Noozhawk about their working relationship and publishing seven books about Santa Barbara through Erin’s business, Keiran Publishing Co.  In addition, Anna designs covers and graphics for other local authors and studios.

LONGEVITY. Congratulations to the following employees who reached benchmark years of service in October: Liz Auchincloss, IT, 25 years; Anne Stark, Nursing, 15 years; Rita Wrolstad, IT, 15 years; Chelsea O’Connell, Biological Sciences, 10 years; Arturo Pichardo, IT, 10 years; and Nick Sidoti, Security, 10 years.

BRINGS HOME AWARDS.  The Channels staff won nine awards at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges So-Cal Conference held in October at Cal State Fullerton.  The honors included GE for online excellence, first place for video story, and second place for web-based media and feature photoTwelve members of the Channels staff, along with faculty advisors John Rose and Patricia Stark. Congratulations!

POSTER WINNERS. Two SBCC MESA students had their posters recognized at the Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos & Native Americans in Science Annual Conference held October 16 – 18 in Los Angeles. Adrian Marquez placed in the category of engineering and Cristina Soto was recognized in the category of mathematics.  Over 3,000 students attended the conference. 

FOOTBALL TEAM HONORS.  On Nov. 6, Presidio Sports recognized the SBCC football team as “Team of the Month.” Currently with a record-tying seven wins this season, the Vaqueros have a tremendous depth of players, according to Coach Craig Moropoulous.  He also credits his assistant coaches – Kevin Aimlie, Rob Adam, Dan Lever and Adam Grant -  with the success. “The players have come together and are playing confident and a lot of credit goes to those guys.” (Contributor – Dave Loveton)

WSC HONORS.  SBCC Mehdi Badache was selected as Western State Conference male Athlete of the Week on October 20.  Mehdi is a sophomore from Tunisia. (Contributor – Dave Loveton)


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