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FaST News - Weeks of February 17 - March 14, 2014

HAYWARD AWARD WINNER.  The Faculty Recognition Committee and the Academic Senate are pleased to announce that Jody Millward, Ph.D., Professor of English, has been selected to receive the 2014 Excellence in Education Award in the name of former Chancellor Gerald D. Hayward.  The award presentation will be held at the Board of Governors of the California Community College System’s meeting on March 4.  Nominated by her colleague Sandy Starkey, Jody joins a statewide group of outstanding community college faculty who have a track record of excellence, both in teaching and in professional activities, and have demonstrated commitment to their students, profession, and college. According to Academic Senate President Kenley Neufeld, Jody has a passionate commitment to open access for community college students and to the overall California community college mission as her record of service to the college on the local and state levels demonstrate.  “It would not be an exaggeration to say that she has devoted her professional life to helping underserved students succeed and transfer. Jody was instrumental in developing the MET (Multi-cultural English Transfer) and CAP (College Achievement Program).”  President Lori Gaskin said, “Jody is so deserving of this recognition and the statement it makes about her contributions and commitment to this noble profession. I join our colleagues in celebrating this honor and in recognizing all that she does to advance our students' academic goals and dreams.”

TECHNOLOGY AWARD WINNER.  Paul Bishop, Vice President of Information Technology, received the Technology Leadership Award for 2013 from the Technology, Research and Information Systems Division of the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and the Board of Governors of the California Community College System.  Paul was recognized for “extraordinary effectiveness, influence, diplomacy, and career achievement within the field of higher educational technology management on both individual campuses and the greater California Community College System.”  Nominator Dan Watkins specifically cited Paul’s leadership on several local initiatives including Wireless Implementation, Blackboard Transact (ID Cards, Registers, Doors, On Campus Purchases), Document Management, Network Backbone Upgrade, Video Conferencing, and most recently the successful deployment of a VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure).  President Lori Gaskin said, “Paul has not only been at the forefront of this effort at SBCC but he has assumed a significant role statewide in contributing to and shaping the manner in which technology is used to advance and further the mission of the community colleges. We are fortunate to benefit from Paul's vision, leadership, commitment, and understanding of the impact that technology can have in strengthening and supporting the teaching/learning process.”

FACULTY LECTURER.  Professor of Biological Sciences Blake Barron will present the 35th annual Faculty Lecture on Wed., March 12, at 2:30 p.m. at the SBCC Sports Pavilion.  The topic will be “Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll: Sensations and Rhythms of Life.”  The campus community is invited to attend and encouraged to arrive early – Interactive biology exhibits will start at 1:30 p.m.

NEW BOARD OFFICERS.  At its annual organizational meeting, the Santa Barbara Community College District Board of Trustees elected Lisa Macker as president of the board for the 2014 calendar year.  Marsha Croninger was named vice president. Lisa previously served two terms as vice president.  She currently holds the position of controller at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care of Santa Barbara. Other members of the SBCC board are Marty Blum, Veronica Gallardo, Dr. Peter Haslund, Dr. Marianne Kugler, and Craig Nielsen.  Cristian Alvarez serves as student trustee

FACULTY EXCELLENCE AWARD RECIPIENT FOR FEBRUARY 2014.  PATRICK FOSTER.  Chair of SBCC’s Construction Technology Department, Patrick has worked at SBCC since 2008.  He received his B.A. from the University of Southern California and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

What teaching tip or counseling advice do you have for other faculty?
Be flexible and spontaneous enough to allow students alternatives in completing work.

What careers or jobs did you have before working at SBCC?
I taught English and Social Studies at Oak Grove High School in Ojai and Basic Skills at SBCC and UCSB.  I also was a carpenter/contractor for years.

Who was your most influential teacher and why?
It was a distinguished USC physics professor who, when too many students did poorly on his tests, felt it was his fault and tried to explain things better.

What is your favorite student line or excuse?
 “I thought the midterm was next week.”

What are you reading now?
The Odyssey (6th time)

What do you love about your job?
The variety of activities…and the students.

What has been your greatest accomplishment and/or challenge?
Greatest accomplishment: establishing the Construction Academy (physical plant, program, AS/Certificate status).

What's one thing most people don't know about you?
I have a Ph.D. in Religious Studies (UCSB).

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A world at peace and in harmony.

What historical figure would you most want to meet?
The Buddha

What is your favorite place in the world?
Santa Barbara

What is your personal motto?
Stand by your commitments; allow others to save face.

GARVIN THEATRE.  The Theatre Group at SBCC will present the comedy, NOISES OFF, by Michael Frayn and directed by Rick Mokler, March 5-22 in the Garvin Theatre. Called “the funniest farce ever written” by the New York Post, Michael Frayn’s riotous romp brilliantly follows both the onstage calamities and the backstage shenanigans of a woefully inept theatre troupe attempting to perform a sex comedy appropriately titled "Nothing On." Flubbed lines, slammed doors and dropped trousers abound in this madcap melee of theatrical mishaps.   NOISES OFF will feature Jay Carlander, Ann Dusenberry, Sean Jackson, Jon Koons, Ed Lee, Janina Mason, Jenna Scanlon, Polly Firestone Walker, and Raymond Wallenthin. Performances will be March 5-22, Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.  Previews on March 5- 6 at 7:30 p.m.  The Sunday, March 9 performance at 2 p.m. will be live-captioned for the hearing-impaired.  All performances have the assisted-listening system available and the Garvin Theatre is wheelchair accessible.  Ticket prices are: previews $16, general/$13 seniors/$8 students; Thursday evening and Sunday matinees $22 general/$17 seniors/$12 students; Friday and Saturday evenings  $24 general/$19 seniors/$15 students.  Parking is free and near the theatre.  For information or reservations call the Garvin Theatre Box Office at 805-965-5935 or purchase tickets online at

SBCC GOLF CLASSIC.  Renee Grubb, co-founder of Village Properties Realtors, will be honored at the 21st Annual SBCC Golf Classic. The event will tee off on Monday, March 10 at La Cumbre Country Club in Santa Barbara.  The tournament is the biggest fundraiser of the year for SBCC Athletics and benefits the 400 student-athletes and cheerleaders who participate in the 17-sport intercollegiate Athletic Program. The theme of this year's classic is "Creating Opportunities for Student Success.”  The 18-hole Golf Classic is a four-person scramble with awards in three flights. The individual entry fee is $300. There are multiple contests, special gifts and prizes, including a Hole-in-One contest and a putt for $5,000. There also will be a silent auction and raffle.  For more information about the March 10 tournament, call the SBCC Golf Classic Hotline at 805-730-4076.

EDIBLE BOOK FESTIVAL.  One of SBCC’s most colorful and tasty special events returns this spring with the Luria Library announcing the 5th annual Edible Books Festival on Tuesday, April 1 from 2 – 4 p.m. Further details will be announced at the following link:

Monday Madness at Soho, Monday, March 3, 7:30 p.m., Soho Music Club, 1221 State St., Santa Barbara, $10 cover charge

Faculty/Student Concert – Sunday, March 9, 7 p.m., Fé Bland Forum, SBCC West Campus, $15 general admission (to benefit the scholarship fund)

Jazz Night at Soho, Monday, March 17, Soho Music Club, 1221 State St., Santa Barbara, $10 cover charge

STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS. The Financial Aid Office has announced that SBCC’s scholarship application period is open for the 2014-2015 academic year.  Over 115 different scholarships and more than $500,000 are available to be given out to deserving SBCC students.  Faculty are encouraged to inform their students about the scholarship application and encourage them to apply as soon as possible at  The application period will close on Monday, March 3 at 4:30 p.m. and Financial Aid will not be accepting any late applications so please encourage students to apply right away.

ATKINSON GALLERY.  Entangled Grid, the first art exhibit of the spring semester, is currently on display at the  Atkinson Gallery’s permanent location in the newly renovated Humanities Building on East Campus. Artist Ann Diener’s most recent drawings were created by overlaying images of the city of Los Angeles as it now exists onto its historical blueprint. The grids morph alternately into the crisscross of streets, stained glass windowpanes and towering steel frameworks. Linear rather than solid, Ms. Diener’s Los Angeles is cacophonously impermanent, in a state of constant flux. The artist’s one-person exhibitions include Bank Gallery in Los Angeles, the UCSB Art, Design and Architecture Museum in Santa Barbara, Electric Works Gallery in San Francisco and the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum (now the Museum of Contemporary Art). Her work has been featured by Bank Gallery at several art fairs including Pulse in London, Aqua in Miami and Preview Berlin in Berlin.  The Entangled Grid exhibit will run until February 28.  Regular Atkinson Gallery Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday -Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The gallery will be closed February 14- 17. For more information: or ext. 3484. 

ATKINSON GALLERY ANNEX.  At the Atkinson Gallery Annex, Chaos & Creation features a group of ten talented SBCC student artists whose conceptual interpretations of the theme are executed with different styles and techniques. Featuring painting, etchings, drawings, prints, and sculpture, this vast representation of works is a product of the students' environment and the work they create in the SBCC Art Department. Chaos and Creation will be on display at the John Dunn Gourmet Dining Room on East Campus during regular business hours through March 14. 

SBCC READS. The Luria Library is pleased to announce the SBCC READS 2014 title: The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America by Timothy Egan.  Free copies of the book are available to students at the Library Reference Desk.  The library will be hosting a faculty panel on the topics in the book in March, and other activities are scheduled around town in the next few months including an author’s speaking engagement at UCSB.  For updated details, go to:

(Faculty and Staff)
BRAD HARDISON, Director of Financial Aid, has been appointed as one of the primary non-federal financial aid negotiators for two-year public colleges in the U.S.   Nominated by the Community College Financial Aid Professional Association, Brad will participate with other college representatives and the Department of Education in sessions this spring in Washington, D.C. to draft regulations for financial aid programs. 

Adjunct faculty MARK McINTIRE will present a paper on Massive Open Online Courses as the annual Gaede Institute Conference “MOOCing the Liberal Arts” at Westmont College on February 14.

MICHAEL MEDEL has been name Director of Admissions and Records.  He was formerly Coordinator of Student Outreach and Orientation.

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

  • November 2013: Julian Hidalgo, Facilities and Operations, 25 years; Guadalupe Huerta, Facilities and Operations, 25 years; Jose Hurtado, Facilities and Operation, 25 years; and Pam Lasker, Theatre Arts, 25 years
  • December 2013: Sandy Everson, Information Technology, 15 years; Jan Jackson, Educational Programs, 20 years; and Lorraine Michalak, Health Technologies, 10 years
  • January 2014: (none)

At The Society of Professional Hispanic Engineers (SHPE) student chapter’s first spring semester general meeting, Armando Veloz, electrical engineer for Moog and officer for the Santa Barbara SHPE Professional chapter presented scholarships to students JASMIN GUERRERO, EDITH RODRIGUEZ, and LUIS DELGADO.

President Lori Gaskin was interviewed as part of a round-up story regarding community leaders’ 2013 personal accomplishments in the January 1 Santa Barbara News Press.

The Barker Foundation grant to the Culinary Arts Department was featured in the January 6 Noozhawk and January 10 Santa Barbara News Press.

 Lisa Macker’s appointment as president of the SBCC District Board of Trustees was announced in the January 7 Noozhawk and January 10 Santa Barbara News Press.

 The SBCC “Get Focused, Stay Focused” conference was featured in the January 9 Santa Barbara News Press and a January 10 KEYT-TV segment.

 SBCC students were interviewed as part of a January 13 KEYT-TV segment regarding California community colleges tightening up financial aid requirements in 2016.

 A Center for Lifelong Learning class on water harvesting, which was modeled on SBCC sustainability efforts, was featured in a January 27 KEYT-TV segment.

 An increase in SBCC nonresident student fees beginning in fall 2014 was reported in the January 27 Noozhawk and January 30 Santa Barbara Independent.

 Nite Bites, the new restaurant venture by SBCC Culinary Arts graduates Carlos Lomeli and Stephan Wild, was featured in the February 5 Santa Barbara News Press.

 Adjunct faculty Mark McIntire’s recent guests on his AM 1290 radio show Minds that Matter have included Tony Arroyo, Les Carroll, Craig Case, Robyn Freedman and Lori Gaskin.


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