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FaST News - Weeks of March 24 - April 18, 2014

IN PASSING.  Lorenzo Dall’Armi
, SBCC superintendent-president from 1968 to 1969, passed away on March 8 in Santa Barbara after a short illness. Mr. Dall’Armi stepped into the SBCC superintendent-president role in 1968 following the resignation of Dr. Robert C. Rockwell, who left the college to take a position elsewhere.  Previously he served as SBCC Administrative dean of business services, was promoted to assistant superintendent and then appointed by the Board of Trustees to act as superintendent-president until the office was permanently filled. Mr. Dall’Armi served as superintendent-president for the 1968-1969 academic year and was then followed by the appointment Dr. Julio Bortolazzo.  Afterwards he transitioned to the Santa Barbara County Education Office where he served as superintendent until his retirement. Mr. Dall’Armi is survived by his wife Patti, two daughters, and three grandchildren.

STATEWIDE CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR NOMINEE.  SBCC has nominated Nancy Tolivar, IT, for the Classified Employee of the Year award sponsored by the Chancellor’s Office for the California Community Colleges.  Nancy's contributions to significant campus-wide IT projects including the current door locks projects, her effective to interface with key IT vendors, her upbeat and can-do spirit, her personable disposition, and her unflagging dedication to SBCC are attributes which merit recognition. Congratulations, Nancy!

ALERTU. The campus community is reminded to sign up for SBCC AlertU, an emergency messaging system (EMS) which provides cell phone-based text messaging in the case of an emergency. Through the system, SBCC can provide subscribers with information and updates on campus emergency situations; it also provides for two-way communication with any subscriber who may be involved or observing a real-time emergency. AlertU is completely voluntary and users are required to opt-in to enable their personal cell phone to send and receive messages in the case of an emergency. Subscribers also can opt-out at any time. Test messages are sent four times per year to insure the integrity of the system and each user will be charged standard text messaging rates by their cell phone service provider. To sign up, text “SBCC” to 253788 and reply Y to text message or go to:

Sheila Wiley, Associate Professor of English Skills, has worked at SBCC since 2004.  She received her A.A. degree from Rio Hondo College; her B.S. degree from California State Polytechnic, Pomona; her Multi-Subject Credential from California State University, Northridge; and her M.A., Reading Specialist Credential, from University of California, Santa Barbara.

What teaching tip or counseling advice do you have for other faculty?
One of the best parts of teaching at Santa Barbara City College is how every semester a new group of individuals enter my classroom, and we create a new community. Everyone has their own background and life experiences, but we share this brief moment of learning. My best advice is to remember that each student is different, each class has its own dynamics, and much can be learned from what each student brings into the classroom.

What careers or jobs did you have before working at SBCC?
I taught 5th grade at Marymount School for many years. It was a wonderful experience, and it has greatly shaped my views on teaching.  I have many fond memories of those years. Some of my closest and dearest friends are fellow teachers from my Marymount days.

Who was your most influential teacher and why?
My most influential teacher was Dr. Dolores Pollock, who was head of Marymount School during my years there. Although she was not my teacher in any classroom setting, she taught me the greatest strengths I have as a teacher: to be fair, to be kind, to be a life-long learner and to bring balance in my approach to challenges.

What is your favorite student line or excuse?
Note:  This very favorite excuse was said in one sentence, so I am writing it as one sentence.

“I was on my way to class cuz I knew my essay was due but I saw this really hot girl walking on Cliff right before West Campus, so I turned to check her out and ran into the back of the car in front of me, then I had to get out and wait for the police cuz I really smashed her car and then the police came but I did not have my driver’s license so I had to call my mom who had to leave work and go home to get my license but then my mom got a flat tire and had to call AAA and so I had to call my sister who had to leave work but before she got to me she had to pick up her daughter from pre-school so by the time my sister arrived I was really hungry and then we got something to eat and so I missed your class.”   

What are you reading now?
I am currently reading True Compass: A Memoir by Edward M. Kennedy. This book was given to me by a dear friend who understands and lives a life of service for the greater good.

What do you love about your job?
First and foremost, I love the students. Seeing the students enter my classroom with anxieties and concerns about school and then helping them to turn those fears into successes and motivation is what brings me the greatest satisfaction. My classes have been focused on student engagement with text and writing. Nothing brings me greater joy than when a student tells me that they are proud to say that they read an entire book for the first time.

What has been your greatest accomplishment and/or challenge?
My greatest accomplishment has been raising my three children. Each child is so different from the next that raising them was not without its challenges.  However, they have given Steve (husband) and me so much joy, and we are very proud of the people that they are today.

What's one thing most people don't know about you?
I love to garden. I am a farmer’s daughter so I like to think I have a green thumb. This summer was my first attempt at cultivating heirloom tomatoes which I bought at a SBCC gardening event. They were a part of most of my meals throughout the summer: on sandwiches, in salads, or just sprinkled with salt and olive oil.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Working in my garden, tending my roses, with my cat, Tiger Lily, laying in the sun by my side.

What historical figure would you most want to meet?
I would love to meet Eleanor Roosevelt, a strong, fiercely determined woman who challenged gender roles while encouraging the advancement of women and supporting her husband in his great work.

What is your favorite place in the world?
My favorite place in the world is anywhere my family is gathered together. I have seven brothers and sisters, many nieces and nephews, and my wonderful mother, who at 91 is still keeping up with all of us. We love to get together for dinners at the beach or barbeques at my brother’s house in Colorado. They are all great storytellers, and our nights together are filled with laughter.

What is your personal motto?
Don’t straighten your back. This is actually more of a family motto, passed down from my mother, who emigrated from Ireland. It means to never stop working, because there will always be more to do. 

EDIBLE BOOK FESTIVAL.  One of SBCC’s most colorful and tasty events returns to campus next month. The 5th Edible Book Festival will be held Tues., April 1 from 2 – 4 p.m. at the SBCC Luria Library.  The activity, which is free and open to the community, is part of the International Book Festival, a yearly event held on or near April 1 throughout the world and which unites book readers and food lovers from all cultures. Interested SBCC faculty, staff and students are invited to use their imagination to create an “edible book.”  You can pick a famous line, a favorite story or character, or a pun on a title.  Or you can simply create something edible in the shape of a book.  Prize categories include: Best in Show, Most Delicious, Judge’s Choice, Most Humorous, Most Like a Book, Most Like One of the Great Books, and Most like the SBCC Reads 2014 Book – The Big Burn.  The exhibit viewing will be on display at the Luria Library from 2 - 4 p.m.  Winners will be announced at 4 p.m. with eating commencing shortly afterwards.

SHOW US YOUR LOVE.  The SBCC Foundation will launch its 2014 fundraising campaign Show Us Your Love on Fri., April 4 from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Sports Pavilion.  The free celebration will feature an Old Spanish Days theme, and tasty food prepared by the Culinary Department.  Another highlight will be the announcement of the winners of the videos featuring individuals and departments chanting the SBCC cheer.  Funds raised during the eight-week campaign will go toward critical programs supporting our students.  

*Art and Art History Club: docent-led tour of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art on Wed., April 9 from 4:15 – 5 p.m. featuring exhibits by Alice Aycock and Michelle Stuart.  RSVP to Brenna Nicolas at

*Art Department: trip to Getty Center on Sat., April 19 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., $27 per person.  Sign up at Cashiers Office in Student Services Building.

*SBCC Art Scholarship Applications are still available. Art Department Scholarships are always based either solely or in part on merit, portfolio review, and faculty recommendation.  Students applying for scholarships must submit a portfolio of five representative pieces. The art Department Scholarship Portfolio Review will take place on Fri., April 18, and the award ceremony (and opening reception for the Annual Student Exhibition) will be held Fri., April 25 from 5 -7 p.m. For details please see:

Legends of Jazz Concert, Mon., April 14, 7 p.m., Garvin Theatre, West Campus, $15 general

Music Now!  Fri., April 24, 7 p.m., Garvin Theatre, West Campus, $15 general, $10 students/seniors.

Quire of Voyces
, Sat., April 26, 7 p.m., and Sun., April 27, 3 p.m., St. Anthony’s Seminary, 2300 Garden St., Santa Barbara, $20 general, $15 students/seniors. Tickets available at Garvin Theatre Box Office at 965-5935.

APRIL: FINANCIAL AWARENESS MONTH. Faculty and staff are encouraged to share the following information with students.
Are you returning to SBCC for Fall?  Fill out your 2014 - 2015 FAFSA or Dream Act Application with us during specific days and times in the month of April and receive a FREE Lunch voucher to be used on May 1 at our Financial Aid “Fiesta”.  If you have already completed your 1415 FAFSA or Dream Application and need to make corrections or help filling out documents, we would encourage you to stop by during our specific days and times in April for a FREE Lunch voucher. Drop in the Financial Aid Office, Room 210 in the Student Services Building during the month of April on Wednesday the 9th, 16th, 23rd or 30th from 2- 5 p.m. or Friday the 4th, 11th, 18th or 25th from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Let us help you!  

INTERNATIONAL WEEK has been scheduled for April 20 -27 with a full array of activities being planned and culminating with the annual International Soccer Tournament on April 26 - 27 at La Playa Stadium.  Watch your campus e-mail for more details.

GARVIN THEATRE.  The Theatre Group at SBCC will present the play GROUND, written by Lisa Dillman and directed by R. Michael Gros from April 23 – May 10 at the Jurkowitz Theatre on West campus. This challenging personal drama, which takes place on the border of New Mexico and Mexico, focuses on the clash of culture, law, and visible and invisible boundaries.  Performances are April 23 - May 10, Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., Saturday matinees May 3 and May 10 at 2 p.m.  The Sun., April 27, 2 p.m. performance will be live-captioned for the hearing impaired.  Ticket prices are: Previews April 23 and 24, $16 general/$13 seniors/$8 students; 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.  Honest to Goodness: Tim Berg & Rebekah Myers will be on display at the Atkinson Gallery through April 11.  A multimedia studio art collaborative based in Claremont, California, the pair aim to distill the stereotypical perceptions and associations within our culture into visually compelling objects, sculptures and installations. Jointly they have participated in multiple solo exhibitions including An embarrassment of riches (2013) and On the brink (2011) both at Dean Project Gallery in New York, NY, and As Luck Would Have It (2009) at Nääs Konsthantverk Galleri in Göteborg, Sweden. Over the years, they have also participated in numerous group exhibitions in the US, Mexico, South Korea, Qatar and Kuwait. Mr. Berg works as an Associate Professor at Pitzer College in Claremont; Ms. Myers received her BFA degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder and continued her studies in graphic design at the California College of the Arts.  Regular Atkinson Gallery Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.- 7 p.m., Friday - Saturday 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. The gallery is closed March 22 – 30. For more information: or ext. 3484. 

SERVICE AWARD.  On March 18, the SBCC CARE Program received the Santa Barbara Commission for Women’s 2014 Service Award for District 2 at the County Board of Supervisors’ meeting.  In 2010 the EOPS summer bridge program, SPARC (Single Parents Arriving Ready for College) also received this same award.  Marsha Wright, EOPS Director, said “This recognition is a direct reflection of the excellent work done by the EOPS staff, and specifically, Chelsea Lancaster who provides the daily support to our single parent students.”The District 2 representative for the Santa Barbara Commission for Women stated that, "Many outstanding organizations help shape Santa Barbara County, particularly those who advocate for women in need. To recognize, honor and celebrate the achievements of these organizations, the Santa Barbara County Commission for women established the Commission for Women Service Awards, which is celebrated in March, during Women’s History Month. The recipients demonstrate their commitment and service to the Santa Barbara Community 365 days of the year and the Commission takes pride in shining the spotlight on them."

SIMMS MANN CONFERENCE. SBCC faculty/fellows recognized at the February 13Simms/Mann Institute for Education and Community Development’s Early Childhood Education Conference and Think Tank included Judy Osterhage, Ellen Stoddard and Katie Worsdale.  Also attending were SBCC Administrators Lori Gaskin and Betty Pazich and Board Trustees Marty Blum, Marsha Croninger and Dr. Peter Haslund.  The SBCC Foundation was represented by Executive Director Vanessa Patterson Bechtel and Board members Madeline Jacobson, Neil Kreisel, David Donor and Gail Kvistad.  Hosting the event was Dr. Victoria Simms Mann, a leader in early childhood development and education, the founder of the Simms/Mann Institute, and a member of the SBCC Foundation Board.

(Faculty, Administrators and Staff)
BUSINESS LEADERS.  President Lori Gaskin and Scheinfeld Center Director Melissa Moreno were named to Pacific Coast Business Times’ “Who’s Who in Business Leadership” the week of February 14.

OUTER SPACE. Candee  Gyll, Admissions and Records, has been selected as one of 50 people nation-wide to attend the NASA celebration of 50 years of Deep Space communications. On April 1 and 2, Candee and her smartphone will be seeing select sites that NASA has encouraged the group to share with her "social site" followers, both from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, and then from the Deep Space Network Complex in Goldstone, California.  Candee has a lifelong love of space exploration and has been in communication with various NASA social sites (JPL, International Space Station (ISS) updates, and various astronauts) for the past couple of years.  “As the days are approaching, it has been interesting to communicate with the other ‘49’ and to hear the common enthusiasm as many are flying in from all over America. I am looking forward to sharing this amazing experience with my SBCC community.”
To follow Candee:  Facebook page - "Candee Gyll". Twitter: #DSN50#NASASocial

CONFERENCE PRESENTER. Nancy Tolivar, IT, made a presentation at the the annual Blackboard ‘Spring Training’ Conference March 2-5 in Arizona titled “SBCC Case Study – Implementation of a Campus-Wide Access Control System.”  Nancy outlined the challenges and successes of this large-scope project that is nearing completion.

LONGEVITY. Congratulations to Michael Medel, Director, Admissions and Records, who celebrated 10 years of service to the college in February. 

BOOK AUTHOR. Professor Emerita Jinny Webber will read from and sign copies of her new book Dark Venus on Tues., March 25  at 7 p.m. at Granada Books, 1224 State Street next to the Granada Theatre and on Thurs., March 27 at 7 p.m.  at 3321 State Street in Loreto Plaza. Volume 2 of Jinny’s Shakespeare Actor Trilogy, Dark Venus is a story of love and poetry as well as theatre. Besides continuing the adventures of the boy actor Alexander (Sander) Cooke, the plot focuses on a remarkable woman, Amelia Bassano Lanyer. The presumed dark lady of Shakespeare's sonnets, Amelia published her own book of poetry in 1611 and this novel shows what drove her to write it. 

ACADEMIC TEAM SCHOLAR. Student Holly Highfill, has been selected as a 2014 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold Scholar.  Sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, the program recognizes 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze Scholars and provides nearly $200,000 in scholarships annually. The competition is administered by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and an independent panel of judges considers outstanding academic rigor, grade point average, academic and leadership awards, and engagement in college and community service in the selection process.  Holly, who currently serves as SBCC Phi Theta Kappa vice president, will receives a $1,500 scholarship and a special medallion. 

SCIENCE INTERNSHIP. SBCC student Brandan Boyle has been selected to participate in the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Community College Internships program at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory for the 2014 Summer Term. Brandan will be assisting scientists and engineers with the design and fabrication of nanotechnology-based, vacuum-supporting and infrared-blocking windows for soft x-ray, superconducting spectrometer systems.

SWIM TEAM VICTORY. Emily Foster captured two events and swam on the victorious 400 free relay team on Fri., Feb. 28, leading SBCC to its first ever victory in Women’s swimming at the Ventura Aquatic Center. Emily, a sophomore from Dos Pueblos High School, won the 200 individual medley and 100 freestyle. Rachelle Visser and Sienna van Alphen were also two-time winners.  The three made up the free relay team with fellow student Janina Schultz leading off.  (Contributor – Dave Loveton)

ALL-STATE.  Baseball relief pitcher Kit Larson and outfielder Edward Epperson were chosen for the 2014 Academic All-State Baseball team.  Kit, a freshman relief pitcher from Mill Valley, California, has a 3.76 GPA.  Edward, a freshman outfielder from Lafayette, California, carries a 3.53. Forty-three players made the list, which requires a GPA or 3.5 or higher. “They’re both great in and out of the classroom,” said Coach Jeff Walker. “I’m very proud of them. It’s a huge achievement individually as well as for our team to have multiple players on the Academic All-State team.”  (Contributor – Dave Loveton)

Realtor Renee Grubb being honored at the SBCC Golf Classic was covered in the February 13 Noozhawk and February 14 CASA magazine.

Professor Joe White was interviewed about SBCC’s  project A Year without War in the February 16 Santa Barbara News Press.

SBCC’s Science Discovery Day was reported in the February 20 Noozhawk and March 11 Santa Barbara News Press and in a two-page pictorial spread in the March 17 Santa Barbara Latino.

The Simms/Mann Institute for Education and Community Development’s Early Childhood Education Conference and Think Tank was featured in the February 20 Montecito Journal and the March 4 Noozhawk.

Grounds Supervisor Mark Broomfield, who has been involved with SBCC water conservation projects, was interviewed by KEYT-TV, Channel 3 on February 25 and March 4.

Professor Blake Barron delivering the annual Faculty Lecture was reported in the February 26 Noozhawk and the March 8 Santa Barbara Sentinel.

The Great Books Curriculum luncheon and awards ceremony was featured in the March 3 Edhat, March 3 Noozhawk, and March 3 Santa Barbara News Press.

The play Noises Off at the Garvin Theatre was reviewed in the March 2 Santa Barbara News Press, the March 3 and March 11 Santa Barbara Independent, and the March 5 Noozhawk.

The life and career of SBCC president emeritus Lorenzo Dall’Armi was featured in the March 14 Santa Barbara News Press.

The Edible Book Festival was featured in the March 17 Noozhawk and March 23 Santa Barbara Independent.

Adjunct faculty Mark McIntire’s recent guests on his AM 1290 radio show Minds that Matter included Dr. Peter Haslund, professor emeritus and SBCC Board Trustee, and Gail Kvistad,  local television host and SBCC Foundation Board member.

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