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FaST News - Weeks of April 28 - May 9, 2014

***Classified – Career Technical Education Programs Outreach Coordinator Elizabeth Stein was selected as the 2014 Classified Employee of the Year.  The announcement was made at the April 24 District Board meeting.  Runners up were:  Emma Cruz, Continuing Education; Shelby Harrington, International Students Program; Scott Kennedy, IT: and Robert Mendoza, Duplicating.  Other nominees were: Melanie Belanger, Alejandra Martinez, Julio Martinez, Pablo Ochoa, Theresa Richards, Patricia Schuster, Karen Shannon, Beverly Stephen, and Dan Yanez. 

 ***Administrator – Vice President of Human Resources Pat English was named the 2014 Administrator of the Year at the March 27 District Board meeting.  Finalists were: Karen Sophiea, Marketing, Publications, and Scheduling; Dan Watkins, IT; and Lauren Wintermeyer, Dual Enrollment.  Other nominees were: Shelly Dixon, Robert Else, Jack Friedlander, and Carola Smith.

FACULTY LECTURER.  The Faculty Lecturer Committee announced that Spanish Professor Sonia Zuniga-Lomeli has been selected as SBCC’s 2014-2015 Faculty Lecturer.  The award is the highest honor that faculty can bestow on a peer. A member of the School of Modern Languages (formerly Foreign Languages Department) since 1990, Sonia has been a strong educational advocate on campus who has been involved in the development of self-paced language courses and language proficiency and placement testing. She helped design and implement the first American Sign Language and Japanese intensive summer programs, served as a Study Abroad director to Cuba, Chile, and Costa Rica, and helped lay the groundwork for Sigma Delta Mu, the national Spanish Honor Society. Sonia has served on the Academic Senate and numerous college committees and assists each year with the annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Day) celebration on campus. We look forward to Sonia’s Faculty Lecture presentation next spring.

FACULTY EXCELLENCE AWARD RECIPIENTS.  The Faculty Recognition Committee and the Academic Senate have announced the names of the 2014 -2015 Faculty Excellence Award recipients. Congratulations to:

  • Geordie Armstrong, Earth & Planetary Sciences
  • Barbara Bell, English
  • Katie Laris, Theatre Arts/Stage
  • Julie Smith, Early Childhood Education
  • Bill Spiewak, Environmental Horticulture
  • Ellen Stoddard, Parent-Child Workshop

ACADEMIC SENATE.  Kim Monda, Professor of English/English Skills, was elected to serve as Academic Senate president-elect during 2014-2015 and then will assume a two-year term as president for the following two academic years.  A former Faculty Excellence Award recipient, Kim joined the SBCC faculty in 1995.

BOOKSTORE SIGNINGPatrick Foster, Construction Academy Director, will sign copies of his new book The Proper Study of Buddhism, on Thurs., May 1, from 11: 30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the SBCC Bookstore.  A member of the SBCC faculty since 2008 and former Faculty Excellence Award recipient, Patrick received his B.A. degree in Philosophy and Ph.D. in Religious Studies from UCSB.  Earlier in his career, he taught high school English and Social Studies at Oak Grove School in Ojai, the only Krishnamurti school in the U.S.

PROS AND CONS OF FRACKING.  The Philosophy Department invites the campus community to a presentation – complete with audience participation – by five SBCC students who will participate in an ethics case competition in Tucson regarding the financial, ethical and legal take on hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking. The presentation will be held Thurs., May 1, beginning at 4 p.m. in BC 224 on West Campus.  The competing students are: Taylor Adnan, Rory Fearon, Tyler Rhodes, Ash Sarena, and Katie Stephens.  Faculty advisors are Marc Bobro and Manuel Raya.

COOKBOOK FUNDRAISER TO SUPPORT SBCC CULINARY ARTS. The nonprofit group Santa Barbara Culinary Arts (SBCA) will host a fundraising cookbook launch party on Sat., May 3 from 1 - 3 p.m. at the SBCC Gourmet Dining Room.  The cookbook Santa Barbara Culinary Arts- A Taste of Santa Barbara’s Culinary Bounty features 62 top recipes from Santa Barbara County chefs, caterers and food purveyors including our SBCC’s own Randy Bublitz, Stephane Rapp, Sandy Allain, and Roberto Lopez Carrillo.  Proceeds from the cookbook and the launch party benefit the SBCA’s endowment of the Santa Barbara Culinary Arts Scholarship in Honor of Julia Child for students in SBCC’s School of Culinary Arts. The launch party admission price of $25 includes food samples, wine tasting and access to chefs for questions and cookbook signing. The cookbook will be available for purchase for $25. To order tickets, please go to:

ASTRONOMY PUBLIC LECTURE.  Upon his retirement next month, Earth and Planetary Professor Fred Marschak will be honored with a public lecture on Sat., May 3 at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. The event will be held from 7:15- 8:30 p.m. at the museum’s Fleischmann Auditorium.   Titled “48 Years of Astronomy & Space Exploration – in Honor of Fred Marschak’s Life-Long Commitment to Teaching,” David Seidel, Deputy Education Director at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will present an overview of the advances made in the field in the last half century and during the course of Fred’s teaching career.  Program sponsors include SBCC, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, and the Dorothy Largay and Wayne Rosing Foundation.  While the lecture is free of charge, tickets are required.  The campus community can pick them up at EBS 114 between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. or reserve tickets by going to:

SBCC TOWN HALL MEETING. The SBCC Alcohol and Substance Awareness Program and Project Hope will host a town hall meeting on Wed., May 14 to discuss the problems caused by underage drinking and what our community is doing to address this important issue. The event will be held in EBS 309 on East Campus from 6 - 7:30 p.m.  The meeting will include a panel of substance abuse professionals from SBCC, UCSB, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, Santa Barbara Unified School District, and Santa Barbara Police Department.

(Tickets available at Garvin Theatre Box Office, West Campus, 965-5935)

Big Band Blowout, Mon., May 5, 7 p.m., Garvin Theatre, West Campus, $15 general, $10 students/seniors.

Chamber Singers & Concert Choir, Sat., May 10, 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 305 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, $15 general, $10 seniors.

Symphony Concert, Sun., May 11, 7 p.m., Garvin Theatre, West Campus, $15 general, $10 students/seniors

Jazz Combos at Soho, Wed., May 14, 7 p.m., Soho Music Club, 1221 State St., Santa Barbara, $10 cover charge

Concert Band Concert, Sun., May 18, 7 p.m., Garvin Theatre, West Campus, $15 general, $10 students/seniors


  • President’s Honor Roll Ceremony and Reception
    Fri., May 9, 11:30 a.m., Student Services Patio        
  • SBCC Foundation Scholarship Reception
    Fri., May 16, 2:30 p.m., Students Services Patio
  • Outstanding Student Awards Reception
    Fri., May 16, 5:45 p.m., Campus Center
  • Commencement
    Fri., May 23, 5 p.m., La Playa Stadium         

GARVIN THEATRE.  The Theatre Group at SBCC’s presentation of Ground continues at the Garvin Theatre through May 10 at the Jurkowitz Theatre on West Campus.  Written by Lisa Dillman and directed by R. Michael Gros, the play is set on the border of New Mexico and Mexico and focuses on the clash of culture, law, and visible and invisible boundaries. Ticket prices are: Wednesday and Thursday evenings, Saturday and Sunday matinees, $22 general/$17 seniors/$12 students; Friday and Saturday evenings, $24 general/$19 seniors/$15 students.  Tickets can be purchased at the Garvin Theatre Box Office, 965-5935 or online at

ATKINSON GALLERY.   The Annual Student Exhibition is on display at the Atkinson Gallery from April 25 – May 16.  Each year, the gallery hosts a juried exhibition of work by students from SBCC’s Art Department. . This year's juror, Elyse Gonzalez, is the curator of exhibitions at the UCSB Art, Design and Architecture Museum. Representative of the full range of classes and abilities, accepted pieces highlight work by both beginning and advanced students in all media.  The exhibiting artists include: Michael Alcantar, Byron Blanco, Karl Blasius, Rand Boschee, Mindy Cheng, Marcos Christodoulou, Emma Clark, Sasha Colbert, Cedar Conway, Journey Coward, Yanley Delgado, Xin Ding, Ben Eckert, Brady Freeman, Hugh Grant-Chapman, Isaac Hernandez, Stanley Holder, Trevor Hudgins, Veronica Ivanta, Seeon Kim, Norman Krohn, Jean-Dwight Ledbetter, Isabella Manfredi, Susan Melican, Mariah Moon, Jacqueline Navarez Lincoln, Nicolas Oeffling, Julia Paradiz, J. G. Pattilo, Kaitlyn Plante, Jennifer Ringer, Kathi Scarminach, Sarah Shank, Mariya Shestakova, Amber Silva, Jose Solis, Charles Starr, Victor Torrico, Sumio Ueda, Primo Um, Crystal White, Yi (Sam) Xuen Zhang, Michael Young, Trevor Zarker and Tyler Zarker.  Regular Atkinson Gallery hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.- 7 p.m., Friday - Saturday 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. For more information: or ext. 3484. 

SHOW US YOUR LOVE.  The SBCC Foundation’s Show Us Your Love fundraising campaign, which was launched with a celebration gala on campus on April 4, continues through May 31. This year’s campaign seeks to raise $2 million in eight weeks from 10,000 donors. The campaign includes 12 call-night sessions staffed by SBCC students, alumni, volunteers and community leaders and offers free access to Friends Asking Friends, an online fundraising tool utilizing social media and e-mail to allow participants to mobilize their entire social network to raise funds for SBCC students.  Last year’s Campaign for Student Success raised more than $1.1 million. The Campaign for Student Success was started in 2011 and is the most important initiative that the SBCC Foundation embarks upon to raise funds for critical programs and student support. Visit or text "sbccLOVE" to 41411 to find out how you can help.

EDIBLE BOOK FESTIVAL WINNERS.   Kudos to the Luria Library and the winners of the fifth Edible Book Festival held April 1.  Most Humorous - James and the Giant Peach. Virginia Stawiecki; Most Like a Non-Edible Book - Very Hungry Caterpillar, Beth Ruiz; Most Beautiful - Blue Water Gold Rush, Becky Saffold;  Most Delicious - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's StoneSerina Soto;  Most Like one of the Great Books - Great Gatsby,  SBCC Human Resources Department;  Most Like a SBCC Reads Book - The Things They Carried , Michelle Bone;  Judges' Choice - Edible Schoolyard  [on behalf of the SBCC Student Sustainability Coalition]; Most Creative – Willy Wonka from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Natasha Mendoza and Luz Garcia; and Best in Show - Like Water for Chocolate/Como agua para chocolate, Lauren Peikert.  To see the entries, go to:

(Faculty, Administrators and Staff)
SBCC FACULTY WINS AWARD.  Annette Cordero, Assistant Professor of English Skills, was honored on April 12 by the Santa Barbara Education Foundation with one of three HOPE Awards which recognize contributions to outstanding public education. A tenth-generation Santa Barbaran, Annette has worked at SBCC since 1997 and served eight years on the Santa Barbara Unified School District Board of Education.  For more than 25 years, she has worked in the community advocating for educational equity, particularly working to address the achievement gap. The Santa Barbara Education Foundation describes Annette as a “passionate, courageous, and tenacious advocate for the underserved students in our community.” She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Adelante Charter School and the Santa Barbara High School Alumni Association.

LONGEVITY. Congratulations to the following employees who reached benchmark years of service recently:

  • March 2014:  Kathy Rowley, Professional Development Center, 10 years; and Marsha Wright, EOPS, 30 years
  • April 2014: Chris Miller, IT, 25 years

SECOND NATIONAL CHEER TITLE. SBCC outdueled Riverside Community College in the final competition to win its second United Spirit Association (USA) National Collegiate Championship on March 23 – 24 in Anaheim. The Vaquero cheerleaders also took first in 2009 and have three runner-up finishes since 2004 in the two-year college division. Coach Coral De Alba said, “They really deserved this win. It reminded me that the size of your team doesn't play into the ‘bigger is better’ phrase, as our competition was nearly double in size. Precision and ‘hitting’ the stunts was the key to our win over the two days.”  The members of the Vaqueros’ national championship team are Ashley Aguilera, Alanna Somers, Jaylee Trubia, Ashley Thompson, Mackenzie Upshaw, Rachel Greenwood, Cynthia Contreras, Melissa Peacock, Jessica Sniter, Shelby Hallford, Natalie Espinoza, Samantha Puryear, Courtney Martin, Aiya Wellman and Izzy Macaluso. (Contributor – Dave Loveton)

SCHOLAR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR. On March 31, Brandie Harris, a record-setting forward on the women’s soccer team, was named Scholar-Athlete of the Year for SBCC by the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table. The sophomore from Dos Pueblos High broke the school record with 30 goals last year during a 13-6-2 campaign that produced a runner-up finish in the Western State Conference (8-2-2). She scored 44 goals in her two-year career.  Brandie piled up 11 points in a game last season with five goals and an assist in a 7-0 win over Oxnard on October 25.  She was the WSC North Player of the Year and her 64 points tied Jessica Domenichelli for the single-season school record. Brandie carries a 3.77 GPA with 49 units completed and will receive her A.A. degree in Math and Science. “Soccer has helped keep me on track academically,” said Brandie, who recently accepted an athletic scholarship to Cal State San Bernardino and hopes to become a nurse. (Contributor – Dave Loveton)

HALL OF FAME. Retiree Patricia “Pat” Moorhouse MacPhee, a longtime coach and administrator at SBCC, was recognized at the April 24 District Board meeting for her selection to the California Community College Athletic Association Hall of Fame.  Going into the Hall of Fame as women’s tennis coach, Pat is the most successful coach in SBCC history, winning 19 Western State Conference titles in 21 seasons as women's volleyball and women's tennis coach in the 1970s and 1980s. She coached women's volleyball for six years, compiling a 128-16 record with five WSC championships and four Coach of the Year awards. She was the women's tennis coach for 15 years, finishing with a 250 - 28 record, 14 WSC titles and 10 Coach of the Year honors. Pat won nearly 90 percent of her games during a 21-year career at SBCC with a 378 - 44 record (.896). She was named CCC Tennis Coaches Association State Coach of the Year in 1991, inducted into the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table Hall of Fame in 1999 and the CCC Tennis Hall of Fame in 2000.  Congratulations to Pat on this most recent honor!  (Contributor – Dave Loveton)

Outreach Librarian Elizabeth Bowman was interviewed about the April 1 Edible Book Festival in the March 26 Santa Barbara News Press.

The SBCC District Board’s joint meeting with the Carpinteria Unified School District Board was covered in the April 1 Noozhawk.

Marine Diving Technology faculty and students commented on diving search tools being used in the Malaysian Airline recovery on KEYT-TV, Channel 3 on April 2.

The SBCC Foundation’s gala opening of the 2014 Show Us Your Love fundraising campaign was covered in the April 4 Noozhawk and April 18 Montecito Journal.

President Lori Gaskin was featured in Sara Caputo’s “Productivity Corner” column in the April 5 Santa Barbara News Press.

SBCC tennis team players Teresa Downey and Monica Kunz were highlighted in columnist Mark Patton’s column “Moms play winning tune at SBCC” in the April 13 Santa Barbara News Press.

The Scheinfeld Center’s New Venture Challenge will be honored at the 4th Annual Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards Dinner on May 9, as reported in the April 15 Santa Barbara Independent.

Student Holly Highfill being named a Coca Cola Community College Academic Team Gold Scholar was reported in the April 18 Noozhawk and April 24 Santa Barbara News Press.

Sigma Chi Eta’s Freedom of Information panel presentation on April 23 was announced in the April 18 Noozhawk

Board President Lisa Macker and faculty Don Barthelmess were highlighted in columnist Erin Graffey’s social coverage of the Alpha Resource Center Circle of Life luncheon in the April 20 Santa Barbara News Press.

Astronomy Professor Fred Marschak’s public lecture on May 3 was reported in the April 21 and April 24 Santa Barbara News Press and April 26 Santa Barbara Independent.

Adjunct faculty Mark McIntire’s recent guests on his AM 1290 radio show Minds that Matter included Brad Hardison, director of financial aid, and SALT student ambassador Tommy Callonea. 


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