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FaST News - May 14 - 23, 2014

COMMENCEMENT.  SBCC’s 65th Annual Commencement will be held Fri., May 23 beginning at 5 p.m. at La Playa Stadium.  Between 500 to 600 students are expected to participate in the ceremony.  The national anthem will be sung by students Wilma Enberg and Zammi Zwane.  President Lori Gaskin will make opening remarks followed by Academic Senate President Kenley Neufeld.  Kristen Webb, who will receive an A.A. degree in Communications Studies, will deliver the student commencement address.

2013 - 2014 RETIREES. Please join us at the Board of Trustees’ meeting on Thursday, May 22 beginning at 4 p.m. to recognize the following faculty and staff who have or will be retiring from SBCC between July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.

Jan Anderson
Earth & Planetary Sciences and Continuing Education
December 2013 (16 years)

Sharon Coffield
August 2013 (15-1/2 years)

Robert Dependahl
Computer Science                            
May 2014 (33 years)

Carol Diamond                     
Computer Applications & Office Management
May 2014 (25 years)

Gregory Grunt                     
Information Technology                    
March 2014 (14-1/2 years)

Gerry Lewin                         
Disabled Student Programs &  Services                    
May 2014 (18 years)

Deborah Mackie                   
Academic Counseling                        
May 2014 (28 years)

Fred Marschak                     
Earth & Planetary Sciences                
May 2014 (33 years)

Elida Moreno                       
English Skills                                      
May 2014 (38 years)

Jose Santos-Perez                 
Facilities & Operations                      
October 2013 (14-1/2 years)

Instructor/Assistive Technologies Specialist Laurie Vasquez has worked at SBCC since 1999.  She received her D.S.P.S. B.A. degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

What teaching tip or counseling advice do you have for other faculty?
Ask the student!   I have seen the hands-off approach many times because our colleagues may struggle when they are presented with a student having a disability.  The student is often the best person to ask regarding how they feel and what they think.  I often talk about the partnerships in education between student and instructor.  

What careers or jobs did you have before working at SBCC?
My career has been in education and disabilities from Pre-K to Post-secondary.  I have seen the lifespan of disability up close and personal.  I have watched parents receive the news that their young child has a disability to watching parents "take over" for their son or daughter as they come to college for the first time.  Respecting the fine line between support and enabling is a delicate balance.  When you add instructors into the mix you have a constant balancing act of supporting the instructor and student in the learning environment.  Everyone wins if we are collaborative.

Who was your most influential teacher and why?
The one who told me it was OK to change the world one student at a time...   :-)
I also remember my third grade teacher fondly.  You can’t forget the formative experiences. The school was named after her.  She had the true presence of a teacher who was caring, strict, encouraging and had the best smile and belly laugh.

What is your favorite student line or excuse?
Not really my favorite but listening to students tell me that don't want to use accommodations because they feel they can do it all themselves.  Then the middle of the semester comes around and they are failing.  They are mortified and embarrassed because they finally understand we exist to support their hopes and dreams.

What are you reading now?

The Second Machine Age by Erik Brynjolfsson, The Digital Age by Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen. And many educational readings along the way.  It is endless.

What do you love about your job?
Never a dull moment, it changes constantly.  In a day, I am meeting with students, faculty, staff, and community organizations.  I collaborate at a state, national and international level.  I can make an impact on creating accessible environments (digital, brick and mortar), instruction (online, face-to face and hybrid), and college enterprise level systems (learning management and online student support systems).  I am fully involved in making changes in policy and procedures to support the shift towards universal design.  Through my continued work on committees, Academic Senate and this year as Vice President of Academic Senate, I continue to expand my understanding of the college as a whole.  We are so complex, so diverse and innovative, there is no moss growing under my feet! Every day, I challenge myself to problem solve, as I try to look at the issues from different perspectives.

What has been your greatest accomplishment and/or challenge?
The greatest accomplishment is seeing students come to the realization they can succeed, attain good grades and transfer to private colleges, UCs and CSUs.  I love running into former students who tell me I was a great support to them.  I remember the police officer who was a former student who came back to me so he could learn the latest assistive technology tools to aid him on the job.  What more does one need?

What's one thing most people don't know about you?
I was named after the character Laurie, in the novel Little Women. 

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Being around loved ones

What historical figure would you most want to meet?
Helen Keller.  In this age of digital revolution I would love to see how she views today’s world of technology.  So much has been invented to support persons with disabilities especially, those with vision loss.

What is your favorite place in the world?
Any place outdoors, hiking in vast open spaces.  Especially, when I can see water flowing, and I can sit in solitude.  No noise or chatter except nature’s sound.

What is your personal motto?
Get up and do it again and create a new perspective.  Be surprised by the little gifts offered to you along the way.  You might learn something!

.  The IA recently announced the five faculty who will be serving on the 2014- 2015 Executive Board.  Congratulations to: Cornelia Alsheimer, Jeff Gray, Erin O’Connor, Anna Parmely, and Lynne Stark.

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.  

SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM. Hosted by the college and the SBCC Foundation, the annual SBCC Scholarship Program and Reception will be held on Fri., May 16 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the Student Services Plaza.  More than 600 scholarships totaling $750,000 will be awarded to deserving students.  President Lori Gaskin will make opening remarks and Blake Barron, 2013-2014 Faculty Lecturer, will deliver the keynote address. 

The OUTSTANDING STUDENTS AWARDS RECEPTION will be held Fri., May 16 beginning at 5:45 p.m. in the Campus Center. The W.I.S.E (Women in Science and Engineering) Club will be recognized as the SBCC Student Club of the Year along with 54 outstanding students named by academic departments and college service departments.

CSEA BREAKFAST AND ICE CREAM SOCIAL.  SBCC will host two activities during National Classified School Employees Week May 18 – 24 to recognize all classified staff:

  • Mon., May 19 – Breakfast Celebration, 8 – 9 a.m., Pedotti Courtyard.  Members of the President’s Cabinet will serve guests.
  • Wed., May 21 – Ice Cream Social – 2-3:30 p.m., Pedotti Courtyard

The Annual ADULT HIGH SCHOOL and GED GRADUATION will be held Fri., June 13 at 6:00 p.m. in the Student Services Plaza. This event is sponsored by Continuing Education with many of the graduates overcoming severe challenges in order to achieve this landmark in their education.

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

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

ATKINSON GALLERY.   The Annual Student Exhibition is on display at the Atkinson Gallery through 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.    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 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.

(Faculty, Administrators and Staff)
CCPRO AWARDS.  Congratulations to the Marketing Department and Public Information Office for recent awards in the state-wide Community College Public Relations Organization competition.

  • First Place: Overall Advertising/Promotional Campaign - #1 Community College -  Melanie Belanger, Joan Galvan and Karen Sophiea
  • Second Place: Direct Mail Piece – Atkinson Gallery - Melanie Belanger and Karen Sophiea
  • Second Place: Wild Card category – Faculty Lecture medallion - Melanie Belanger and Karen Sophiea

COOKING FOR A CAUSE.  Thanks to Chefs Randy Bublitz, Charlie Fredericks and Stephane Rapp and their team of SBCC Culinary Arts students for donating their expertise to the YMCA’s annual “Reaching for Stars” fundraiser on May 7.  Proceeds benefit Youth and Family Services YMCA programs for local at-risk youth.

NATIONAL OFFICER.  Outreach Librarian Elizabeth Bowman has been elected vice-chair/chair-elect of the Community and Junior College Libraries Section of the Association of Colleges and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association.  In this role, Elizabeth will represent the interests of community college libraries on a national level.

PUBLISHED AUTHOR. Faculty Denise Bacchus is a contributor to the Research and Planning (RP) Group for California Community Colleges’ Spring 2014 Practically Speaking: Community College Practices that Help (re)define Student Support primer.  Denise’s article is titled “Student Oral Histories Project” and discusses student development of multi-media oral histories which focus on the lives of significant family members and individuals whose voices are missing from published works. To read the article (page 84), go to:
Denise also credits colleague David Wong for being an early supporter and adding the Student Oral History Project to the Faculty Resource Center site on the SBCC Web site.  M

UNITED WAY RECOGNITION.  IT’s Lisa Lopez, who has co-chaired the SBCC United Way Employee campaign for the past eight years, was named UW’s Outstanding Employee Campaign Manager (more than 250 employees) for 2013.  Lisa accepted the award at the UW 91st Annual Awards Celebration on May 7 at the Biltmore Hotel.

NEW VENTURE CHALLENGE.  Five SBCC students took the $5,000 grand prize for their new business proposal in the Scheinfeld Center’s 4th Annual New Venture Challenge.  Doni Nahmias, Kian Maalizaden, Shawn Michael, Paige Grandstaff and Sara Skaugrud invented Re-Leash,TM  a retractable and quick release surfboard. The product was developed in SBCC’s popular Enterprise Launch course where students develop a product or service in a single semester.  The second-place collegiate award ($3,000) went to SBCC alumna and current Antioch University student Adele De Batz for Goddess Moto.TM   This company creates sleek motorcycle wear for women riders. The third-place collegiate award ($2,000) went to SBCC student Tom Garnett for Monocool,TM  bringing the classic monocle to the modern world.  Along with the college winners, three high school winners also were named.

GERTRUDE CALDEN AWARD. Student Savannah Maya was selected as the 2014 recipient of the Gertrude Calden Award for outstanding volunteer service. The award, which carries a $500 prize, was established through the estate of Gertrude Beckwith Calden, who served on the SBCC Foundation Board of Directors from 1976 to 2001. Savannah serves on the SBCC Students for Sustainability Coalition and the EOPS Club. In the community she is a board member of Conservation of American Pyramids and is a core member of PODER (People Organizing in Defense for Equal Rights of Santa Barbara youth). Honorable mention went to Rachel Dagbovie and Ana Huynh.

LANCASTER TOURNAMENT.  Student Elena Salcido was named the winner of the annual Lancaster Public Speaking Tournament in April.  Others making the final cut of five were Jennifer Cruz, Sanna Forsen, Anna Logan, and Gustavo Perez. The topic of beauty was explored from all directions with Elena’s winning presentation focusing on the beauty of lying and how it helps us all get through the day. Union Bank donated a total of $1,700 in prize awards.

ARABIC SCHOLARSHIP.  Robert Vessel, a former student of SBCC’s Arabic Department, was awarded with the Critical Language Scholarship, a program of the U.S. Department of State, to continue his Arabic studies in the Middle East.  Robert is the third student from SBCC to receive this prestigious fellowship.

BASEBALL PLAYOFFS. The third-seeded Vaqueros baseball team (27-13) continue in the Southern Cal Sectional playoffs facing WSC North champion and number two seed Oxnard (31-10) in a best of three-game series beginning Fri., May 16.  SBCC has won four straight in the playoffs, the farthest any Vaqueros baseball team has advanced in postseason.  Best of luck! (Contributor – Dave Loveton)

SCHOLAR-ATHLETES. Seven members of the SBCC men’s and women's soccer teams were named to the inaugural 2013 State Scholar-Athlete team. Defender Dylan Murphy, forward Pontius Olsen and goalie Logan Deeney were chosen for the elite men's squad.  WSC North Player of the Year Brandie Harris was selected for the women's Scholar team, along with Heather Rivera, Jackie Holmer and Mackenzie Rios. The California Community College Soccer Coaches Association gave the award to all athletes who completed at least 24 semester or 36 quarter units and boast a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher. (Contributor – Dave Loveton)

by Sara Caputo
Summer is fast approaching!  Let me guess... you want to use your time wisely this summer to once and for all get that office cleaned up and get that computer desktop cleared off and of course get to inbox ZERO once and for all, right?  If so, then here are three things to consider to make it happen:

1.  Block time out to work through each area you want to see improvement in.
2.  Set up a reward system so once an area is done, you get to do something or buy something you want.
3.  Remember that it doesn't matter where you start - JUST GETTING STARTED SOMEWHERE IS WHAT MATTERS!  Take each section (paper files, bookcases, credenza, Inbox area, piles, floor, etc.) and put a timeframe around it and set a timer.  Turn up the music and get going on purging and clearing space for the next year  

Continuing Education’s upcoming DMV training course for undocumented immigrants was covered in the April 27 Santa Barbara News Press (Associated Press wire service story).

Updates on the SBCC Foundation’s “Show Us Your Love” fundraising campaign ran in the April 29 Noozhawk and May 2 CASA magazine.

The Scheinfeld New Venture Challenge for students was reported in the April 29 and May 9 Noozhawk and May 14 Santa Barbara Independent.

The Santa Barbara Culinary Arts fundraiser with proceeds to benefit SBCC Culinary Art students was featured in the April 30 Santa Barbara News Press and May 1 Santa Barbara Independent.

The Annual Student Art Exhibition at the Atkinson Gallery was featured in the May 2 Santa Barbara News Press.

SBCC’s culinary support of the YMCA “Reach for the Stars” fundraiser was reported in the May 5 Santa Barbara Independent.

Student Robert Salazar’s origami art project under construction in the Humanities Building was covered on May 6 by KEYT-TV, Channel 3.

Results of the recent community survey regarding SBCC’s facilities improvement and modernization needs were reported in the May 9 Edhat, May 9 Noozhawk and May 12 Santa Barbara Independent. 

SBCC Outstanding Employees of the Year were featured in the May 8 Noozhawk and May 9 Santa Barbara News Press.

A review of the SBCC Jazz Ensemble’s performance at the Garvin Theatre ran in the May 14 Santa Barbara News Press.




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