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FaST News - Weeks of June 23 - July 11, 2014

BOND MEASURE.  On June 12, the SBCC District Board approved a resolution to place a $288 million bond measure on the November 4, 2014 ballot.  The bond will allow for modernizing, upgrading, and replacing aged and deteriorating academic facilities and technologies at SBCC’s three campuses and ensure that our students have access to high-quality, affordable colleges classes and programs to help them prepare for careers and/or transfer to four-year universities.  Among the facilities on the project list are replacement of the Campus Center, construction of the new East Campus Classroom and Office Building (replacing a number of aged portable buildings), Administration and Occupational Education Building modernization, Student Services Building modernization, Wake Campus replacement, and Schott Campus modernization. Bond funding also would assist with building efficiency and energy generation projects and site and infrastructure improvements.  The $288 million bond annually would cost homeowners an estimated $16.65 per every $100,000 of their homes’ assessed valuation (not market value).  Bond measures require annual audits and the creation of an independent citizens’ oversight committee.  SBCC President Lori Gaskin said, “This is an action of great significance and importance to the future of SBCC and I commend the SBCC Board of Trustees for its vision, wisdom, and leadership.”

--The 2014- 2015 season will begin with the black comedy, Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring, directed by Katie Laris, July 11-26, 2014 in the Garvin Theatre.   Abby and Martha are two charming old ladies with a deadly habit of sharing their arsenic and “just a pinch” of cyanide-laced elderberry wine with all their lonely gentlemen callers.  When their nephew Mortimer, a drama critic on the eve of his engagement, finds the body of one of their victims, he soon discovers that his whole family is insane.  He is forced to put his marriage plans on hold indefinitely until he can restore some degree of sanity into the household. 

--Next in the fall, October 17-November 1, 2014 in the Garvin Theatre, will be the classic play, The Heiress by Ruth Goetz and Augustus Goetz, directed by Katie Laris. The Heiress is the story of Catherine Sloper, a shy and awkward woman whose mother died in childbirth and whose father is a prominent and wealthy New York doctor.  Caught between the demands of her emotionally distant father and her passionate young suitor, Catherine must navigate the terrain of love and regret, desire and duty, a chance for happiness and the double-edged sword of a large family fortune.

-- In the spring, March 6-21, 2015, the Theatre Group will present the comedy, Light Up the Sky by Moss Hart, directed by R. Michael Gros.  Light up the Sky is an amusing comedy about show folks caught in the midst of a new production.  The play takes place in a hotel room prior to the opening of a new show and follows a truck-driver-turned-playwright watching his first play being produced in Boston. As the opening approaches, tempers mount and only a miracle seems likely to save a play that seems destined to flop spectacularly. 

--Following in the Jurkowitz Theatre will be the new play, Dead Man’s Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Katie Laris, April 17-May 2, 2015. An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet café. A stranger at the next table who has had enough.  And a dead man—with a lot of loose ends. Quirky heroine Jean embarks on a mission carrying a stranger’s cell phone as her guide determined to make things right and along the way discovers friendship, despair and a new romance.

--The student showcase production will be the new play Ten Red Kings by Mark Rigney, directed by R. Michael Gros.  One year into college and still grieving over the sudden death of her sister, Margot 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.  A contemporary play built on contemporary concerns, Ten Red Kings will run November 12-22, 2014 in the Jurkowitz Theatre. 

Season tickets range from $52-76 for four plays and can be purchased by calling the Garvin Theatre Box Office at 965-5935.  Single tickets also are available.

(Campus Wide)
YEAR WITHOUT WAR.  The SBCC nonprofit group 2020 A Year Without War hosted its first reception on June 6 at the college’s Luria Conference and Press Center.  More than 100 supporters – both college and community leaders -- turned out.  Second District Supervisor Janet Wolf presented a proclamation saying “Citizens of Santa Barbara County are proud that A Year Without War was born right here where the environmental movement was born and is destined for similar success around the globe.” Professor Joe White expressed gratitude to all who have helped grow the two-year organization into a global community.  A goal of 2020 A Year Without War is to have at least 10 percent of the global population in support of the cause, creating a tipping point by year 2020.

GRANT MAKING A DIFFERENCE. SBCC’s Single Parent Achievement Program recently received an award of $90,000 from the Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara to provide child-care support for low-income single mothers, allowing them to attend the college.

(Faculty and Staff)
LONGEVITY. Congratulations to the following employees who reached benchmark years of service in May: Rosie Tower, Payroll, 30 years; Marianna Mashek, Center for Lifelong Learning, 15 years;  Awanda Johnson, Cosmetology, 10 years; and Servelio Ramirez, Facilities & Operations, 10 years.

ASTRONOMIST.  Dos Pueblos High School graduate and SBCC Planetary Science tutor Daniel Godinez was the subject of the cover article of the June 5 Santa Barbara Independent.  Daniel’s gift at astronomy was what led retired faculty Fred Marschak to offer the young student a tutoring position at the college. Daniel is off to Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York this fall on a full four-year scholarship.

THEATRE AWARD.  SBCC student and theatre major Pacomio Sun received a Santa Barbara Independent “Indy” Award for his performance as Bo in the Theatre Group at SBCC’s production of Bus Stop. This was his first lead role in a play. Congratulations!

PAINTED CAVE.  Faculty and literary advisor Chella Courington announced that the first issue of SBCC’s literary journal Painted Cave went live on May 17. Staff include students Christine Brown, editor, Poetry; Patty Haddad, editor, Fiction; and Grady Olsen, associate editor, Poetry. A peer-reviewed publication, Painted Cave features works exclusively by student writers at community colleges nationwide.  To read the first issue, please go to.

SBART AWARDS. Five SBCC student-athletes were selected as Athletes of the Year and Chuck Melendez was named College Coach of the Year at the 47th annual Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table Hall of Fame banquet in May. Honored players were Morgan Nevin (football), Ian Roberts (men’s cross country), Felix Mory (men’s golf), Fanny Johansson (women’s golf) and Brandie Harris (women’s soccer). Chuck Melendez, the coach of the men’s and women’s golf teams, was named College Coach of the Year after guiding the SBCC women to a 32-0 WSC campaign and a 66-3 overall record that produced the third state golf title in the last eight years.  Congratulations to all.  (Contributor – Dave Loveton)

OUTSTANDING ATHLETE & SCHOLAR. Congratulations to Vaquero Kit Larson who was named to the All-Southern California and All-American baseball teams by the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association. Earlier this year, Kit made the All-State Academic baseball squad with a 3.76 GPA. (Contributor – Dave Loveton)

NEW BOOK.  Retiree and writer Jim Williams’ latest Western novel Cattle Drive – Desperate Men Do Desperate Things was released May 15 by High Noon Press.                                 While Jim has been writing and placing short stories for several years, this is his first complete novel.  The book is currently available via Amazon (for Kindles) and a paperback version is scheduled to soon follow.

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