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FaST News - December 2015

PARTY ROCK.  Join us at our annual holiday party on Fri., Dec. 11 beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the Campus Center.  This year’s theme is “Ice and Spice” and we’ll share excellent food, music, and fellowship with our colleagues. The grand raffle drawing will be held at 1:30 p.m. and the person must be present to win. Don’t forget to bring a homemade dessert to share with others.

GROUNDBREAKING.  SBCC held a groundbreaking ceremony on Wed., Dec. 2 to officially mark the beginning of construction on the new West Campus Classroom & Office Building.  College trustees and officials, faculty and staff, along with the project’s architectural and project management teams, were on hand for remarks and for the symbolic first shoveling of dirt.  For more information, go to:

SBPD.  The Santa Barbara Police Department has opened its newest Community Policing Office on the SBCC campus.  The office is located in A-125 in the McDougall Administration Building on East Campus. An officer will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 – 11 a.m. when SBCC is in session. Please encourage students to stop in with questions or concerns regarding the community.

Susan Houlihan-Davis, Athletic Trainer and Professor, Health Education and Physical Education

What teaching tip or counseling advice do you have for other faculty?
Give (graded) steps to complete a research paper. Credit for each step seems to help the student stay on track (i.e. topic, references, draft and then final paper) and less procrastination if points are possible.

What careers or jobs did you have before working at SBCC?
This was my first-full time job teaching and classified. I have worked with UCSB Intramurals, Los Alamitos High School and Torrance High School.

Who was your most influential teacher and why? 
My most influential teacher was Daniel Arnheim in my Master’s program because he was so knowledgeable in the field I was pursuing. He was very motivational and with great insight.

What is your favorite student line or excuse?
“My printer ran out of ink” At least one student every semester for 20 years has used that one.

What do you love about your job?
To see a student who has the passion to help others and is eager to learn and take the steps to succeed.

What has been your greatest accomplishment and/or challenge?
To raise my son Stephen into a very respectful, smart young man.

What's one thing most people don't know about you?
On this campus, most don’t know that I teach three classes and work full-time as the first female athletic trainer at this institution. Also, I have been here the longest as the athletic trainer.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Waking up each day healthy and enjoying my job.

What is your personal motto?
Positive thoughts are happy thoughts.

ATKINSON GALLERY.  For Spring semester 2016, exhibits will includethe works offaculty Ed Inks from January 29 – March 25 and the Student Show from April 15 – May 6. The Atkinson Gallery is located in the Humanities Building, Room 202. Hours – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Wednesday from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and from 3 – 6 p.m. www.//

GARVIN THEATRE. Two new plays are scheduled for spring 2016.  From March 4-19, the Theatre Group at SBCC will present Sarah Ruhl’s comedy about marriage, intimacy and electricity, IN THE NEXT ROOM or the vibrator play. The final show in the season will be PROOF by David Auburn, winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play, April 15-30, in the Jurkowitz Theatre. For ticket information, call the Garvin Theatre Box Office at 805-965-5935or purchase tickets online at

(Faculty, Administrators and Staff)
NEW COMMISSIONER.  Jessica Tade, SBCC Foundation, has been appointed for a two-year term as Third District Commissioner for the Human Services Commission of Santa Barbara, a public agency dedicated to changing the lives of Santa Barbara Country residents through public service. 

PUBLISHED AUTHORElizabeth “Libby” Gans, Earth & Planetary Sciences, is the co-author of Roadside Geology of Southern California. The book, one in a nation-wide series, takes a look at the iconic geographical features of the Southern California landscape.

NUTCRACKER. SBCC will be well represented in the Santa Barbara Festival Ballet’s annual presentation of Nutcracker at the Arlington Theatre on December 12 and 13.  Cast members include faculty Tracy Kofford, IT Director Dan Watkins and his son Ben Watkins; and retiree Jack Ullom. This Santa Barbara-based performance is one of the few in the state to feature a full orchestra.  Call the Arlington Box Office at 805-963-4408 for tickets.

AWARDS.  The staff of the SBCC Channels won a total of 14 awards at the SoCal conference of the Journalism Association of Community Colleges hosted in Fullerton in November. Congratulations!

On-the-Spot Honorable Mention Copy Editing- Jessika Karlsson
On-the-Spot Honorable Mention News Photo – Dan Feldtkeller
On-the-Spot 2nd Place News Writing – Rachel Bakich
On-the-Spot 1st Place Opinion Writing – Mac Welby
2nd Place –Online General Discussion
1st Place Editorial – Channels Staff
4th Place Feature (non-profile) – Laney Delgado
4th Place Informational Graphic- Antony Marchiando
3rd Place Feature Photo – Ryan Cullom
1st Place Feature Photo – Nicole Haun
2nd Place Sports Feature – Nicole Wong
1st Place Sports Feature Photo – Ryan Cullom
1st Place Illustration - Antony Marchiando
1st Place Video Journalism – Daniela Jette, Elise Bredenberg, Antony Marchiando

PAINTED CAVE AWARD.  This fall, SBCC’s literary journal Painted Cave, was awarded the best online student-driven, faculty-advised literary journal of California community colleges.. Published twice a year, the editorial staff oversees online submissions from student contributors not only from California but from community colleges in Arizona, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Oregon and Utah as well.


  • November 2: SBCC women’s water polo team won its second straight WSC championship.
  • November 16: SBCC women’s golf team captured its fourth CCCAA State Women’s Golf Championship and Vaqueros’ Carolin Chang won the State individual title.
  • November 18: SBCC Women’s Volleyball team claimed its fourth straight North WSC Women’s Volleyball title.
  • November 22: Vaqueros’ Katelynn Womack was named Player of the Year for WSC North Women’s volleyball and seven teammates made all-conference. They included: Shannon Friend, Tristen Thompson, Hannah Cantrell, Kaitlyn Clemann, Shiloe Parsons, Paige Sabin, and Isabella Thompson.  Coach Ed Gover was named co-Coach of the Year, the fifth time he has received this prestigious honor.
  • November 30: Six SBCC football players were named to the All-American Pacific League football team led by unanimous choice Issac McClain.  He was joined by Jacob Ortale, Elijah Cunningham, Joel Whitford, Clayton Hanly, and Osha Washington.

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