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FaST News - Weeks of September 8 - 27, 2014

FaST News is issued on a periodic basis when SBCC is in session. Please send faculty and staff news to Public Information Officer Joan Galvan at or call ext. 2307. Time-sensitive information should be received at least three weeks in advance.  

FACULTY AWARDS. Congratulations to the following faculty and college programs that were honored at the annual Faculty Awards Reception on August 22:

  • 2014 – 2015 Faculty Lecturer - Sonia Zuniga-Lomeli
  • Hayward Award Recipient – Jody Millward
  • Stanback-Stroud Diversity Award Nominee – SBCC School of Modern Languages
  • Rice Diversity and Equity Award Nominee-Program – Express to Success Program
  • Rice Diversity and Equity Award Nominee-Individual - Denise Bacchus
  • 2014- 2015 SBCC Faculty Excellence Award Recipients - Geordie Armstrong, Barbara Bell, Katie Laris, Julie Smith, Bill Spiewak, and Ellen Stoddard

NEW FACULTY.  Welcome to the following full-time faculty who joined SBCC this fall.

  • Lydia Aguire-Fuentes, Counseling
  • Linda Beers, DSPS
  • Sarah Boggs, English
  • Yen-Kuang Chou, Mathematics
  • Eric Flores, Counseling
  • Christy Grant, Counseling
  • Salmaun Masooman, Computer Science
  • Sarah Orr, Associate Degree Nursing
  • Michelle Puailoa, Cosmetology
  • Joshua Ramirez, Psychology
  • Jennifer Robinson, Computer Applications and Office Management
  • Trudy Ryan, Radiographic Imaging
  • Lesley-Anne Taylor, DSPS
  • Eli Villanueva, EOPS Counseling
  • Eileen Vlcek-Schamahorn, English Skills

NEW ADMINISTRATORS AND STAFF.   Welcome to the following employees who were recognized at the August 22 All Campus Day.

  • Craig Armstrong, Security
  • Shane Bandy, Bookstore
  • Alexandria Barminski, DSPS
  • Alena Cable, Food Services
  • Roberto Carrillo, Culinary Arts
  • Violet Casillas, Learning Resources Center
  • Elsa Chavez, Financial Aid
  • Angelica Contreras, Transcripts
  • Maria Escamilla, Bookstore
  • Joe Farias, Athletics 
  • Lisa Gardner Flores, Non-Credit Educational Programs
  • Libby Gans, Earth & Planetary Sciences
  • David Kafer, Media Arts     
  • Ross Kilkenny, Food Services
  • Ben Murphy, Health and Wellness
  • Jose Ochoa, Facilities and Operations
  • Daniel Parra, Security
  • Sandra Poblano, Facilities & Operations
  • Alan Price, Dean, Educational Programs
  • Jessica Self, Orfalea Center
  • Michael Winger, Information Technology
  • Calais Yee, Orfalea Center

DAY OF CARING.  Faculty, staff, students and family members and friends are invited to sign up for the SBCC team for United Way’s Annual Day of Caring on Sat., Sept. 20.  The day begins with a Continental Breakfast and Rally at 8 a.m. at the Ben Page Youth Center in Santa Barbara.  At 9 a.m., teams leave for their assigned volunteer activities assisting nonprofit agencies and schools, including SBCC’s Horticulture Department, with various projects.  According to SBCC coordinator Lisa Lopez, SBCC has place #1 with the largest number of volunteers (average 250) for the past four years.  This year’s goal is 300 volunteers.  To register for the SBCC team, call Lisa at ext. 2792 or e-mail her at

THEATRE ENSEMBLE. Presented by DramaDogs, a Theatre Company, SBCC faculty member Bonnie Lewis will co-direct Dance Me to the End of Love, an ensemble of eight short plays by E. M. Lewis (no relation).  The plays delve into the human condition covering everything from relations between friends, family members, and teacher to students. The cast includes Ken Gilbert (co-director), Bonnie Lewis, George Coe, Kathy Marden, Jennifer Marco and SBCC student Mark Urbanowicz.  Performances will be held September 26 through October 5 at the Center State Theatre, 751 Paseo Nuevo Mall in Santa Barbara.  First weekend: Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.; Second weekend: Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.  Tickets are $23 general and $18 for seniors and students.  Phone: Center Stage Theatre Box Office at (805) 963-0408 or online

SBCC Songwriters
Sat., Sept. 27, 7 p.m.
Fe Bland Forum, SBCC West Campus
$10 general admission

Jazz Night at Soho
Mon., Oct. 6, 7 p.m.
Soho Music Club, 1221 State St., Santa Barbara
Small group and big band jazz featuring the award-winning Lunch Break and Good Times Bands.
$10 cover charge

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

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

The classic play, The Heiress by Ruth Goetz and Augustus Goetz and directed by Katie Laris, 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. 

ATKINSON GALLERY.  Every other year, the Atkinson Gallery hosts an invitational featuring new work by the faculty in the SBCC Art Department. This bi-annual exhibit, which will be on display until September 26, showcases the strength and diversity of the faculty's professional work while simultaneously illustrating the breadth and depth of the media taught at the college including drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture and time-based media. Artists include faculty members Liv Aanrud, Christopher Bates, Brian Scott Campbell, Stephanie Dotson, Elizabeth Folk, Nathan Hayden, Laura Krifka, Ed Inks, Thomas Larson, Michelle Onstot, Rafael Perea de la Cabada, Marie Schoeff, Christopher Ulivo and Barbara Vilander. 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.  

MARINE DIVING PARTNERSHIP.  SBCC’s Marine Diving Technologies Department has begun a new partnership with California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo to perform light construction and inspection operations at the university’s Center for Coastal Marine Studies facility in Port San Luis Obispo.  The partnership was covered in the July 2014 issue of the International Diving Schools Association News magazine.

(Faculty and Staff)
DOCTORATE DEGREE.  Cami Vignoe recently earned her Ph.D. in Leadership and Change from Antioch University in Santa Barbara.  Her doctoral dissertation is titled “Living Aloha: Portraits of Resilience, Renewal, Reclamation and Resistance.”  Congratulations on this benchmark in your academic career!

FAMILY SELF-SUFFICIENCY.  Martha Lizalde, Non-Credit Programs, recently completed the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara (HACSB)’s Family Self-Sufficiency program. The program is an initiative designed to help move families receiving housing assistance and related government subsidies to more independent lifestyle.  Martha, who is a SBCC student program advisor, provides assistance to the FSS Planning Committee about available college non-credit and credit classes and services.

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT.  Adjunct instructor Tony Galvan has three photographs currently on display at “At Home in the Wild,” a nature exhibit showing through October at the Wildling Museum in Solvang.

ART AWARD.  Center for Lifelong art teacher Bob Mask was honored with the Santa Barbara Art Association Juror’s Choice Award.  Titled “Crusade to Jerusalem,” the painting was on display earlier in the summer at the Faulkner Gallery of the Santa Barbara Central Library.

SHORT FILM WINNER.  Adjunct instructor Ted Mills was a winner in UCSB’s Arts & Lectures’ Short Film Competition with his three-minute comedy “What a Pool Believes.” The film was shot on location in Santa Barbara in the style of Charlie Chaplain, Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton.  Ted credits current and former SBCC students with assistance: Meighann A. Helene, Nik Blaskovich, Daniel Hayrapetian, and Devyn Williams. 

CHANGE IN STATUS.  Congratulations to the following employees on their new positions at the college: Michael Medel, Director, Admissions and Records; Melissa Moreno, Dean, Educational Programs; Kenley Neufeld, Dean, Educational Programs; and Vanessa Pelton, Coordinator, Enrollment Services.

LONGEVITY. Congratulations to the following employees who reached benchmark years of service in the past two months: (July) David Wong, Faculty Resource Center, 30 years; Devin Lanei, Information Technology, 15 years; and Ben Navarro, Facilities & Operations, 15 years. (August) Beverly Schwamm, Office of Executive Vice President, 15 years; Carola Smith, International Student Programs, 15 years; Adolfo Corral, EOPS, 10 years; and Lyn Paulos, DSPS, 10 years.

UCLA AWARD.  Congratulations to SBCC graduate Laura Elena Vega, a UCLA transfer, who was one of 39 outstanding students to receive a Transfer Alliance Program (TAP) Scholarship for the 2014-2015 academic year. Recipients must be certified as having completed the Honors/Scholars Programs at their community college, and the scholarship awards $5,000 toward academic study

INSET. Six SBCC students were among the nine participants in the Internships in Nanosystems Science, Engineering and Technology (INSET) program this summer on the University of California Santa Barbara Campus.  The program brought together science and engineering community college undergraduates who gained first-hand research experience in a dynamic, collaborative research environment.  SBCC participants included: Adrian Marquez, Chemical Engineering major; Jacey Van Wert, Biology major; Dylan Beard, Physics major; Lester De la Cruz, Computer Engineering major; Lennon Ganz, Computer Science major, and Nicholas Pfister, Physics major. The interns were matched individually with UCSB faculty and graduate student laboratory mentors who provided training and support. They also attended weekly meetings, special seminars, and had the opportunity to develop their presentation skills. The INSET program is hosted by the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI), a collaborative effort established by the State of California and located on the UCSB and UCLA campuses. 




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