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Fast News - October 2014

EXPRESS TO SUCCESS WINS TOP NATIONAL HONOR.  On September 30, Excelencia in Education honored SBCC’s Express to Success Program as America’s top program in the Associate Degree Category at increasing Latino success in college. ESP Project Director Kathy Molloy and student Diana Soto represented the college in Washington, D.C. for the award ceremony and workshops.

DORANTES LECTURE.  This year’s 24th Annual Leonardo Dorantes Memorial Lecture will be held on Wed., Nov.  5, and features speakers Matthew Boger and Timothy Zaal in the presentation “From Hate to Hope.”  The program will include the airing of the Academy Award-nominated documentary film “Facing Fear,” which shares the speakers’ own remarkable true story of an earlier hate crime and the power of forgiveness and reconciliation. The Dorantes Lecture will be held from 12:45 - 2:05 p.m. at the Garvin Theatre and followed by a reception.

COTTAGE, SBCC COLLABORATION.  Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and SBCC have partnered to keep SBCC athletes safer on the playing field and court during sports season.  The collaboration features the introduction of Triax Smart Impact Monitor (SIM) meters which athletes on the SBCC men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, and men’s football teams wear during practice and competition.

Geordie Armstrong serves as adjunct faculty in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department.

What teaching tip or counseling advice do you have for other faculty?
I think we tend to lose sight of the individuals in front of us and instead turn them into one indecipherable body of people, like Golden Retrievers, at the front of the class. I try to keep in mind with every class that these are people I want to know and that their stories and perspectives will help me understand the world from a different viewpoint.

What careers or jobs did you have before working at SBCC?
Before I taught geography at SBCC, I taught at Ventura College and Antioch. I was a librarian for several years and most of my time as a librarian was spent at San Francisco State, but I also worked as an elementary school librarian in town. I worked in museum education at the Oakland Museum of California and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York. I taught English as a Second Language at a school for refugees. I was also a bartender and waitress for many years.

Who was your most influential teacher and why?
There were many teachers in my life who influenced me in both positive and negative ways. It is hard to say who influenced me most without discrediting the many people who made me who I am. However, I often credit Curtis Solberg as the teacher I looked up to most. He was my first college professor at age 15 and after a summer with him I wanted to be a community college instructor as well. Everything I worked for after led me to where I am now.

What is your favorite student line or excuse?
My favorite thing a student has said is I helped them see the world differently and when they are out and about now they read the landscape and people around them in ways they never had before.

What do you love about your job?
I love very many aspects of my job. I love the energy of the students, especially in the beginning of a semester when they are excited and elated at their prospective new semesters. I love watching them challenged as the semester moves along and watching their frustration (often) turn into satisfaction or even elation as they conquer the challenges in class and in their lives. I love that they challenge me professionally and personally to understand the material I present as well as the attitude I present.

I love that they want to change the world and that I can give them direction on that and that I utilize their desire to make a difference by getting them to clean the beach, the streets, the ocean, to collect food for the Unity Shoppe, march in the AIDS walk, and start their own clubs on campus searching for energy solutions, sustainability solutions, clean water solutions.

I love that a student-teacher relationship is one of the most intimate in that you see a person at their best and worst, at their most frustrated and most excited, you watch them run a gamut of emotions with you including admiration and true anger, and in the end they just leave. I don’t love the leaving part. But I love that I get to know them in a way usually reserved for family and partners.

I also love my colleagues, their wealth of information, their insight, and their humor. I also love that my job allows me a lot of opportunities for community outreach. I participate in science nights at local elementary schools, career days at the middle schools, panel discussion on what high school students can do with their education, local food drives, environmental clean ups, water resources, homeless student advocates.  My job allows me the chance to participate in all of this and tap the resources available at SBCC to have some impact on the community around me. I love that SBCC means the same thing it meant to me when I was 15 years old, a place that gives me inspiration and hope and that has always made me to do the best with what I’ve been given.

What has been your greatest accomplishment and/or challenge?
My greatest accomplishment was going to college. I never thought college or education was something available or possible for me until my high school counselor, J.R Richards, told me I should enroll in SBCC the summer after my freshman year of high school. My intellectual and financial failings made me think college was an impossibility, and I didn’t think I was entitled to an education. School was always challenging in some way and was the first and best thing I did for myself.

What's one thing most people don't know about you?
I’ve run seven marathons and climbed several peaks including Longs Peak in Colorado, Santa Maria in Guatemala, and Mount Rainier in Washington.  I’m also a wedding officiant, but to date I’ve only ever married a trans-man and a drag queen.

What is your personal motto?
“A life lived in fear is a life half lived”

ATKINSON GALLERY.  The Atkinson Gallery is currently hosting the annual Small Images exhibition until October 31.  The exhibition gathered an unprecedented amount of attention even before opening on October 3, as a total of 372 pieces by 177 different local artists were submitted for consideration. This marked a significant increase in participation from the 246 pieces by 121 artists received in 2013.  From these submissions, juror Tif Sigfrids selected 39 works from 29 artists for display.  This year’s exhibit is made possible with generous support from the Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation.  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. 

HOMER’S ODYSSEY.  The Great Books Curriculum is sponsoring a number of events in October exploring this year’s selection Homer’s Odyssey.

*Theatre Performance: The Odyssey
Adaptation performed for the stage by Boxtales Theatre Group
Mon., Oct. 13, 7 p.m. and Tues., Oct. 14, 7 p.m.
Center Stage Theatre, Paseo Nuevo Mall, Santa Barbara

*Lecture: “Odysseus: a very modern hero?”, Dr. Helen Morales, UCSB Classics Department
Wed., Oct. 15, 3 - 4:30 p.m., Physical Sciences Building, Room 101
Reception to follow.

*Creative Writing Workshops for SBCC Students
Facilitator: Dr. Cynthia Davis
Tues., Oct. 28, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m., Luria Library Conference Room

GREAT AMERICAN SHAKEOUT.  SBCC will participate in the 2014 Great California Shakeout on Thurs., Oct. 16. This annual statewide earthquake drill is designed to keep the campus community safe and prepared for possible earthquakes.  The drill, which takes only one minute, incorporates the steps of “Drop, Cover and Hold On.”  SBCC will broadcast the alert sometime between 10:16 a.m. and 10:25 a.m. to each classroom on campus. When the prerecorded message airs, please be prepared to have you (and your fellow faculty, staff or students) drop to the ground (before the earthquake knocks you down); take cover by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and hold on to your shelter and be prepared to move with it until the shaking stops.  For preparedness information and resources specific to Santa Barbara City College, visit

THEATRE GROUP AT SBCC’s NEXT PLAY.  The classic play, The Heiress by Ruth Goetz and Augustus Goetz and directed by Judy Garey, will run from October 17 - November 1 in the Garvin Theatre. 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.  For tickets, please call the Garvin Theatre Box Office at 965-5935. 

GETTY VILLA ART TRIP.  The Art Department is sponsoring a field trip to the Getty Villa in Malibu on Sat., Oct. 18.  The bus leaves West Campus at 9 a.m., arrives at the Getty Villa at 11 a.m., returns at 3 p.m. and arrives back on campus at 5 p.m.  The cost is $30 and covers transportation only.  There is no admission charge to the museum.  Sign up at the SBCC Cashiers Office in Student Services.

Monday Madness at Soho
Mon., Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m.
Soho Music Club, 1221 State St., Santa Barbara
The 18-piece professional membership big band under the direction of legendary jazzman Issac Jenkins
$10 cover charge

Jazz Concert
Sat., Nov. 1, 7 p.m.
Fe Bland Forum, West Campus
$10 cover charge

Fall Chamber Concert
Sun., Nov. 2, 7 p.m.
First United Methodist Church
305 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara
$15 general (proceeds to benefit scholarship fund)
The Music faculty joins in a celebration of unique chamber music presentation.

**For First Time
In Concert with Josephine Brummel & Nathan Maurer
Sat., Nov. 8, 3 p.m.
Garvin Theatre, West Campus
$15 general
The performance will feature works for two pianos including such famous classical composers as Rachmaninov, Ravel, Shostakovich, Piazzolla, Schumann and Gershwin. Ms. Brummel, adjunct instructor in SBCC’s Music Department, has been associated with the college since 1989 and Mr. Maurer serves as SBCC staff music accompanist. 

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

*The Campus Bookstore, in partnership with Food Services, Student Senate, SBCC Ambassadors, SBCC Dance Club and the SBCC School of Cosmetology will host HALLOWEEN 2004, “The Dancing Dead.”  Come join the fun on Thur., Oct. 30 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. for “Zombie Thriller Style” makeup artistry, KJEE Radio, a flash mob complete with dance lessons, pumpkin pie-eating contest, Dance Club demonstration, and a Bookstore sale and raffle with proceeds to benefit charity. 

*The SBCC Assessment Department invites the campus for a Halloween Coffee Break and Bake Off on Fri., Oct. 31 between 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. in Student Services 250 (Assessment Room).  Coffee will be provided and guests are asked to bring a treat to share.  Awards will be given for best costumes and baked goods

TRANSFER DAY and COLLEGE FAIR.   More than 80 college and university representatives from around the country will be on hand at SBCC for Transfer Day on Wed., Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on West Campus.  Later that evening, high school students and their families can attend the  annual College Fair from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara. In addition to the representatives, two financial workshops will be offered. The fair is sponsored by SBCC, Westmont College, UCSB, and the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara.

ALZHEIMER’S WALK.  The Certified Nursing Assistants’ program invites the campus community to join the SBCC team on Sat., Nov. 8 for “Walk to End Alzheimer’s.” This year’s walk will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Earl Warren Showgrounds  (registration 9 a.m.; ceremony 10 a.m.) The team is called the SBCC Rupe Troupe, in honor of Dorothy D. Rupe, who died of the disease, and her husband Arthur Rupe, who generously supports the CNA program each year in her memory. To register and/or donate, please go to

DAY OF CARING.  For the fourth year in a row, SBCC has the largest volunteer team at the United Way’s Annual Day of Caring on September 20.  More than 400 members of the campus community including students, staff, administrators, Board of Trustees and their families turned out at 13 nonprofit work sites and organizations.  The Horticulture project at SBCC included the planting two trees in front of the Humanities Building.  Special thanks to team coordinator Lisa Lopez and to Paul Bishop for their leadership roles.

(Faculty and Staff)
IMPROVING STUDENTS’ BUDGETS.  Director of Financial Aid Brad Hardison was interviewed about ways to help student improve their personal budgets in the September 16 issue of Voices from the Aid Office published by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.  Brad’s office encourages students to think about the long-term impact of student loan debt and repayment, including the need to budget repayment into their monthly expenses.  The goal is to try to change the dynamics from borrowing the maximum loan amount to only borrowing what the student needs for their educational expenses. 

LONGEVITY. Congratulations to the following employees who reached benchmark years of service in September: Naomi Doyle, Earth and Planetary Sciences, 30 years; Jesus Aguilera, Facilities & Operations, 25 years; Susan Houlihan-Davis, Athletics, 20 years; Jerry Thomas, Information Technology, 20 years; Soheyla Javanbakht, Computer Science, 15 years; Martha Lizalde, Non-Credit Programs, 15 years; Judy Osterhage, Foster Care Program, 15 years; Susan Williams, Biological Sciences, 15 years; Anna Akot, Early Childhood Education, 10 years; Loretta Chapin, Non-Credit Programs, 10 years; Jodie Crawford, Human Resources, 10 years; and Joyce Merek, Communication, 10 years.

INTERACTIVE AWARD.  SBCC students Jonathon Steelsmith, Tyler Hall, Michael Bachmann, Colin Allen, and Alberto Villabos recently won a prestigious award for "Most Interactive Project" for a remote controller for businesses and homes.  The event was Cal Hacks, the first major collegiate hackathon in the Bay Area, which was held October 3 – 5 at UC Berkeley’s California Memorial Stadium with over 2,000 students attending.  The SBCC team developed a unique solution using a remote radio to capture the title and now has sponsorship from companies including Sparkfun, Intel, and Texas Instruments.  Congratulations!

ATHLETE OF WEEK.  SBCC Women’s Volleyball setter Madelon Leiphardt was selected as Western State Conference female Athlete of the week for Week #3.  A sophomore, Madelon is from Goleta where she attended Dos Pueblos High School. (Contributor – Dave Loveton)



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