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FaST News - December 2014

PARTY ROCK 2014.  Join us on Fri., Dec. 12 beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the Campus Center for the 3rd annual Party Rock.  Try your hand at SBCC Trivia or just relax to music provided by our very own Noel Gomez as DJ and the band Honeysuckle Possums.  At 1:45 p.m., one lucky person will win the grand raffle prize of an iPad mini. Tropical attire is encouraged but not required. Come prepared to enjoy an early afternoon of good food and company and lots of fun. 

NEW FOUNDATION EXECUTIVE DIRECTORGeoff Green will join the college as SBCC Foundation executive director in February 2015.  Former executive director of The Fund for Santa Barbara, Geoff will guide the foundation on its mission to maximize philanthropic dollars so SBCC can maintain its high level of excellence in student programs and resources.  “Geoff's fine work with The Fund for Santa Barbara is evidence of the caliber and quality of his leadership and the magnitude of his commitment to social change, the common good, and our community,” said President Lori Gaskin. “This aligns so well with the mission of the SBCC Foundation and our collective focus on providing higher education opportunities to all. The college joins the foundation in warmly welcoming Geoff to his new role."

HAYWARD AWARD NOMINEE.  The Academic Senate and the Faculty Recognition Committee announced that Celeste Barber, a long-term adjunct in the English Department, is the SBCC 2014 nominee for the prestigious Hayward Award.  Celeste's most significant contribution to the campus has been the establishment of the Great Books Curriculum and her ongoing administration of the program for the past 11 years. She has successfully written grants through which the Great Books Curriculum program has extended the college outreach through the fall semester student writing competition, the UCSB collegiate connections, and the collaborative work with three local high schools.  As the Great Books Curriculum has grown, the program generated student and faculty interest campus wide. Eleven SBCC instructors and 600 students participated in the October 2014 Odyssey Great Read. All events – lectures, live performances, and the selected readings – were accessible to the entire student community. This semester, Odyssey events included three scholarly lectures, one workshop, two dramatic performances, and a musical event celebrating Kurdish culture at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Congratulations to Celeste on this well-deserved honor.

Quire of Voyces
Sat., Dec. 20, 7:00 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 21, 3:00 p.m.
St. Anthony’s Seminary, 2300 Garden St., Santa Barbara
$20 general; $15 for seniors and students
Join the Quire of Voyces in the remarkable acoustics of St. Anthony’s Seminary Chapel.

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

(Campus Wide)
CLL WINS AWARDS.  The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) has received two major awards from Learning Resources Network (LERN) an international professional organization and the world’s largest association in continuing education and lifelong learning. LERN named the CLL the top winner for its marketing practices among lifelong learning and continuing education providers. “Thanks to our dedicated staff and teachers, the CLL received both an Excellence in Marketing award for our ‘Look & Learn’ video series and also an Excellence in Brochure Design award for the new look of our printed class schedules,” said Andy Harper, CLL Executive Director. The CLL was chosen for these honors from among 140 competing lifelong learning and continuing educations providers worldwide.  To learn more, go to:

NUTCRACKER.  This year’s performances of the “40th Annual Nutcracker at the Arlington, with Live, Full Symphony Orchestra” on December 13 and 14 will feature members of the SBCC family.  SBCC faculty Tracy Kofford will dance with the Santa Barbara Festival Ballet as the Arabian Cavalier, administrator Dan Watkins will perform as a Dad and Dan’s son Ben will play the roles of Fritz and a Baker.  Past SBCC Board Trustee Desmond O’Neill will give his final performances as Herr Drosselmeyer, the magical Clockwork Doll Maker, and then dance as Mother Ginger.  Three performances are scheduled over the two days and this is one of only four Nutcracker Ballets in California that hosts a full orchestra.  For times and ticket information, please go to:

CULINARY ARTS ON KEYT. On November 10, KEYT-TV, Channel 3 ran a special feature segment by reporter John Palminteri on SBCC’s Culinary Arts Department.  As John explained,   “An outside cafe, and ocean view five-star restaurant, and many call it the ‘best kept secret’ in Santa Barbara's foodie community. Staffed by the next top chefs, restaurant owners and possibly TV food stars, the Santa Barbara City College Culinary Arts department is serving up to 300 meals each day at lunch and often has a full house for its gourmet dining room. Many of the students not only love cooking and the food business, they see a chance at a job, right out of college, in about two years. Here is an insight to the tastiest college course around from the classroom kitchen to the dining room tables.”

(Faculty and Staff)
AWARD WINNER.  Faculty Jason Milner won the CMC^3 (California Mathematics Council Community Colleges for Northern and Central Regions) Excellence in Teaching Award at its Fall Conference December 5- 6 in Monterey. Jason has been a very active long-time member of  CMC^3 and served on the CMC^3  South board from 2003-2006.  He also designed the logo for the San Diego American Mathematics Association of Two-Year Colleges’ conference, a very catchy fractal wave.  Congratulations to Jason.

WHO’S WHO.  Ann Marie Kopeikin, Director and Co-Chair, Vocational Nursing, was named to Pacific Coast Business Times “Who’s Who in Healthcare” in the November 7 – 13 issue.  Center for Lifelong Learning Director Andy Harper was named to the newspaper’s “Who Who in Nonprofits and Education” in the December 5 – 11 issue. Congratulations to Ann Marie and Andy.

PUBLISHED POET.  Michelle Detorie, Cartwright Learning Resources Center, has had her first full-length poetry collection After-Cave published by Ahsahta Press, one of the country’s leading publishers of experimental poetryA feminist, feral-poetic odyssey, After-Cave invites the reader to move with its possibly human, possibly alive narrator toward a discovery of livability.  A hybrid text, After-Cave contains experiments in sound and syntax, language that moves like weather systems and migratory birds, troubling notions of linear time and traversing the spaces of human-made and “natural” disaster.  To read poems from the collection, go to:

LONGEVITY. Congratulations to the following employees who reached benchmark years of service in November: Magdalena Torres,  Veterans Support Program, 40 years; Susan Pittmon, Health Services, 20 years; Christina Lomeli, Financial Aid, 10 years; and Wendy Schafer, PBX/Switchboard, 10 years. 

LATEST ISSUE.  Faculty Adviser Chella Courington announced the publication of the November issue of Painted Cave, a literary journal founded by creative writing students at SBCC.  The work represents the talent of 20 writes enrolled in community colleges in six states.  Special recognition goes to: Fiction Editors: Patricia Sanders, Juliet Way-Henthorne and Sam Westervelt;Poetry Editors: Allison Fuerst, Grady Olson and Martin Salter;Creative Nonfiction Editors: Ariana Gil, Tony Inda, Zach Parker and Haley Walrath and Webmaster: David Peacock.   To read the issue, go to:

(Vaqueros –Team Awards*)
FOOTBALL TEAM IN BOWL GAME. The Vaqueros football team made their first bowl appearance since 1997 by playing Cerritos in the Golden State Bowl in Norwalk on November 22.  SBCC was edged out 22 – 19 but ended 7-3 for the season and finished third in the American Pacific League. 

WSC TITLE. SBCC swept Cuesta College on November 19 to secure its third straight WSC North women’s volleyball title. Katelynn Womack had 11 kills and hit .300 for 12th-ranked Santa Barbara, which finishes the regular season with records of 20-5 overall and 11-1 in the WSC. It was the fifth straight win and 16th in 17 matches for the Vaqueros. “We played with a lot of composure, our passing was on and our serving was on,” said Coach Ed Gover. “We had a great temperament tonight. We were relaxed and focused. We came out with determination and it showed on the court.”  It was the third straight WSC North crown and fifth in six years for the Vaqueros.

WOMEN’S WATER POLO TEAM VICTORIOUS. SBCC’s Women’s Water Polo team claimed its first WSC title by defeating L.A. Valley 9-5 on November 8 in Glendora.  Freshman Rocio Fesembeck, a graduate of Santa Barbara High School, poured in five goals to help seal the victory.  Coach Chuckie Roth said, “This (win) would have been the farthest thing from my mind at the beginning of the season.  We have grown so much as people, players and as a team.  Winning the WSC was just icing on the cake.” On November 14, the Vaqueros closed out their first season 17- 13 and tied for fifth in Southern California.  They won the WSC Championship with an 8-1 record.

(Vaqueros – Individual Awards and Honors*)
ALL-AMERICAN. On December 4, five Vaqueros were named to the All American Pacific League in football. First team recipients were Ivan Malinarich-Campos, Elijah King and Mitch WishnowskyCedric Cooper made the second-team offense while Jay Terry was a second-team defensive selection. 

ATHLETE OF THE WEEKAlex Heuchert was named Athlete of the Week by the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table on November 24.  The sophomore from San Marcos High School finished fourth in the State men’s cross country championships on November 22.  His time of 20:20 was the fastest ever by an SBCC runner on the 4-mile course and he earned All-American honors as one of the top 13 finishers.

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL ALL-WSC.  Madelon Leiphardt was named MVP of the All-WSC North women’s volleyball team on November 23.  The sophomore from Dos Pueblos High School was a two-year starter and guided the Vaqueros to their third straight WSC North crown with an 11-1 record. Madelon was also selected to the All-Southern Cal Regional team.  Sophomore libero Eryn Young, last year’s WSC Player of the Year, was a first-team all-conference choice along with the Vaqueros’ Katelynn Womack and Taylor Badois. Tristen Thompson and Sydney Kantor made the second team. Kaitlyn Clemann and Alissa La Rocca were honorable mention. 

MEN’S SOCCER ALL-WSC.  On November 18 Mehdi Badache and Albi Skendi were named first-team All-WSC in men’s soccer.  Mehdi, a sophomore from Tunisia, switched from defender to forward about a third of the way through the season and finished as the team’s scoring leader with seven goals and four assists. Albi, a freshman from Albania, was solid as a center defender and occasionally came up to play forward. He had two goals and two assists. 

WOMEN’S SOCCER WSC and COACH OF YEAR. On November 18 sophomore Sandy Grimaldo was selected WSC North Player of the Year for women’s soccer and John Sisterson was named Coach of the Year. It is the second Coach of the Year honor for John on the women’s side. In 2011, he was named WSC Men’s and Women’s Coach of the Year. In eight years with the women, John’s record is 128-44-37. Kaitlyn Crooker was a first-team all-conference choice, along with Hannah Martin and Alex Abbott, Chiara Kehl and Karin Nordin  Second-team picks were Lena Gustafsson, Madison Shaw, Emily Erwin and Jackie Hollmer. Astrid Thiel and Laura Romero were honorable mention.

VOLLEYBALL COACH EARNS 300th WIN.  SBCC Women’s Volleyball Coach Ed Gover reached an historic benchmark on November 12 when the Vaqueros swept past Ventura to give Ed his 300th career victory.  He is 300 – 187 in 24 seasons as head coach and has led his team to seven WSC championships, including four of the last five years.  “I’m really proud of the players we have and the commitment to our program and how hard they work every day in practice,” said Ed, a longtime Physical Education teacher at Santa Barbara Junior High who started coaching the Vaquero women in 1991. “This brings up a lot of memories for me. Every team I’ve had is unique and special and I’ve had some great assistant coaches along the way. I’m very proud to be a part of this program.” 

*Contributor – Dave Loveton



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