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FaST News - Weeks of June 2 - 30, 2015

SBCC CULINARY ARTS STUDENTS COMPETE ON THE INN CROWDIf you’re a serious foodie or enjoy cooking competitions, check out The Inn Crowd this Saturday, June 6 on KEYT-TV, Channel 3 at 6:30 p.m. Three SBCC students - Omar Uribe, Timothy Levadnuk, and Lucas Chagas – fight  it out for top honors on The Inn Crowd’s 3rd Annual SBCC Cooking Challenge.  Filmed on campus, the show features an esteemed panel of judges including our own Randy Bublitz.  For more details and updates, go to

TEMPORARY STADIUM CLOSURE. La Playa Stadium will be closed from June 29 to August 4 for needed repair to the college’s track.  For safety reasons, the closure includes all entrances to the stadium with no access to the stadium steps.  According to SBCC Athletic Director Ryan Byrne, the four-week closure of La Playa Stadium will only be a short-term measure and once completed, SBCC will have the same system as many of the top competitive venues in the country.

2015- 2016 FACULTY LECTURER.  Dr. Kelly Lake,
Professor, Early Childhood Education, has been named SBCC’s 2015- 2016 Faculty Lecturer.  Kelly joined the college in 1992 and received his B.A. degree from Indiana University, his M.A. degree from Ball State University, and his Ph.D. from Nova Southeastern University.  According to the Faculty Lecturer Committee, “Kelly's dutiful and unrelenting efforts in our local community, at SBCC and statewide provide our students with wonderful learning experiences in and out of the classroom. His kind demeanor, intellect and his devoted work ethic make him a wonderful colleague and inspiring teacher. His diligent work on our campus has directly benefited our students, and his thoughtful dedication and passion are evident in the myriad of committees and endeavors to which he has contributed over the years.”  Delivering the annual Faculty Lecture is considered the highest honor bestowed on a faculty member each year.  

2015 – 2016 FACULTY EXCELLENCE AWARD RECIPIENTS.   The Academic Senate and the Faculty Recognition Committee recently announced the 2015-2015 recipients for the SBCC Faculty Excellence Awards.  Congratulations to:

  • Laura Castro, Articulation  
  • Esther Frankel, Computer Information Systems
  • Susan Houlihan-Davis, Health Education
  • Jim Kruidenier, Mathematics
  • Bob Stockero, Automotive Services and Technology
  • Gail Tennen, English Skills

TENURE FACULTY.  Nine faculty will advance to tenure status beginning Fall 2015.  They were recognized at a special college reception on April 30. Congratulations to:

  • Lydia Aguirre-Fuentes, Counseling
  • Michele Britton-Bass, Counselor, DSPS
  • Ellen Carey, Library
  • Pat Frank, Theatre Arts
  • Jana Garnett, Director, DSPS
  • Brenda Hudson, Cosmetology
  • Tracy Kofford, Dance
  • Pamela Shaw, Theatre Arts
  • Danielle Terveen, Radiographic & Imaging Sciences

ACADEMIC SENATE.   After spring elections, the Academic Senate announced that Priscilla Butler was selected as President-Elect.  The new and returning senators elected for new three-year terms are:

  • Cornelia Alsheimer-Barthel, Business Division
  • Melissa Menendez, English Division (Second Senator)
  • Anna Parmely, Mathematics Division
  • Steve DaVega, Fine Arts Division (Second Senator)
  • Stan Bursten, Social Sciences Division
  • Jennifer Maupin, Science Division
  • Gwyer Schuyler, Educational Support Division - (finishing Oscar Zavala’s term)
  • Sonia Zuniga-Lomeli, School of Modern Languages/English as a Second Language - (finishing Priscilla Butler's term)

INSTRUCTORS’ ASSOCIATION BOARD – Four new members were elected to the Instructors’ Association Executive Board for 2015 – 2017.  They are Jan Shultz, Carmen Rivero, Geordie Armstrong and Jamie Campbell. Outgoing members include: Bronwen Moore, Sally Sanger, Jeff Gray and Erin O’Connor. 

ADJUNCT FACULTY RETIREES.  On behalf of the college, thank you and best wishes to Celeste Barber and Marcy Moore, long-standing adjunct faculty, who both retired from teaching at SBCC at the end of Spring semester. 

THEATRE GROUP AT SBCC CELEBRATES 70TH ANNIVERSARY, ANNOUNCES 2015 – 2016 PLAYS. This year marks the 70th anniversary season of the Theatre Group at SBCC.  Be sure to watch for special upcoming anniversary events.

  • The first production of the season will be July 10-25, 2015 in the Garvin Theatre featuring THE MUSIC MAN, Book, Music and Lyrics by Meredith Willson, Story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey.

  • From October 16-31, 2015 in the Garvin Theatre, the Theatre Group at SBCC will present the thrilling Sherlock Holmes mystery, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES, adapted by David Pichette and R. Hamilton Wright.

  • Next in the Garvin Theatre, March 4-19, 2016, the Theatre Group at SBCC will present Sarah Ruhl’s comedy about marriage, intimacy and electricity, IN THE NEXT ROOM or the vibrator play.  Please note:  This play contains adult material – not suitable for children.
  • 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, 2016 in the Jurkowitz Theatre. 

  • As the student showcase production, the SBCC Theatre Arts Department will present GOOD KIDS by Naomi Iizuka, November 12-21, 2015 in the Jurkowitz Theatre.  Originally commissioned by the Big Ten Consortium.  Please note: This play contains adult language and situations.

Season tickets are available by phone or in person at the Garvin Box Office.  Tickets for four plays are available for as little as $60 per person.  The Garvin and Jurkowitz Theatres are wheelchair accessible, have the assisted listening system, and selected performances are live-captioned for the hearing impaired.  Free parking is near the theatres.  Single tickets will go on sale June 15.  Call the Garvin Box Office at 805-965-5935 for a season brochure or check out

(Faculty, Administrators and Staff)
NATIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE.  SBCC Dean Kenley Neufeld was selected to a joint advisory task force formed by The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) to suggest changes to the current definitions and instructions accompanying the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Academic Libraries Component for FY 2015. The ARL/ACRL task force will work to provide formal recommendations to IPEDS by early July 2015 and will offer virtual opportunities to engage and inform the larger community of this work.

AUTHOR.  Dr. Patrick Foster, Construction Academy, has written a new book An Absence of Meaning: The Deeper Reasons for Why Civilization is Unraveling.  The book is available on Amazon.

AWARD WINNER.  Graphic Design Adjunct Faculty Anna Lafferty’s book design for Old Spanish Days: Santa Barbara History Through Public Art was a finalist for Best Overall Design Non-Fiction in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book competition. 

NATIONAL BOOK NOMINEE.  Retired Public Information Officer Jim Williams’ Western novel Cattle Drive has been nominated for the Annual First-Time Novel “Peacemaker Award” by the national Western Fictioneers.  The book is available on Amazon.

Contributor – Dave Loveton
THREE EX-VAQUEROS INDUCTED INTO SANTA BARBARA COURT OF CHAMPIONS.   Frank Carbajal, Jim Eyen and Gerry Karczewski were inducted into the Santa Barbara Court of Champions on May 31 The Court of Champions is a Hall of Fame for basketball players, coaches, executives and community leaders. Frank Carbajal spent 10 years as SBCC’s head basketball coach, compiling a 195-115 record in 10 seasons from 1978-88. He guided the Vaqueros to four WSC championships and two runner-up finishes. Jim Eyen was Coach Carbajal’s assistant coach from 1979-82, helping the Vaqueros to three straight playoff appearances.  Gerry Karczewski played two years at SBCC under Coach Carbajal and went 47-12, helping the Vaqueros win a WSC title in 1983.  In his sophomore year, he was the WSC MVP, first-team All-State and a Junior College All-American. 

ALL WSC, COACH OF THE YEAR.  After winning the first Western State Conference title in at least 45 years, SBCC was well-represented on the All-WSC men’s track and field team, which was announced on May 28. The Vaqueros earned 12 spots, including six on the first team. Scott Fickerson was named Coach of the Year. Bas van Leersum, who won the first State individual championship for SBCC in 31 years, was a first-team choice in the 400 hurdles and 400 meters. He won both events in the WSC Finals at La Playa Stadium and went on to capture Southern Cal and State titles in the 400 hurdles. Bas broke the school record in the 400 hurdles four times and set a career best of 52.20 in the State meet at the College of San Mateo. Aaron Mateski, who took third in the State javelin, was a first-team selection, along with Luke McAllister (high jump); Marvin Magg (shot put, javelin, hammer, discus); John Morgan (shot put, discus) and Adam Grimmitt (3000 steeplechase). Alex Heuchert, the fifth-place finisher in the State 1500, made the second team in the 1500 and 5000. Other second-team picks were Tyler Higby (100, 200, long jump); Bradley Apodaca (5000, 10,000) and Joey Ochoa (shot put). Honorable mention went to Phillip Skopnik (hammer) and Martin Montes (10,000).

On May 26, the Women’s Track and Field team also was well represented with All-WSC honors.  Jessica Escalante, Olivia Loy and Anyel Thomas were named to first-team and six other Vaqueros made the elite squad.  Jessica was all-conference in the javelin, 100 and 200 meters; Oliviamade it in the 200 and 400 and Anyel in the triple jump. Jessica and Olivia both took fourth in the State Meet to earn All-American honors in the javelin and 200, respectively.  Juliette Alliaume (100 high hurdles, high jump) and Hailey Brundy (javelin) were second-team choices. Honorable mention went to Emilie Arnoldi (long jump, triple jump), Alyssa Garrett (400 hurdles), Dean Roell (1500) and Marla Bonser (200, 400).

MALE STUDENT-ATHLETE OF YEAR.  On May 7, Matt Henderson was named SBCC’s Male Student-Athlete of the Year for the 2014 – 2015 season. A native of Chico, Matt was a two-year starter at shortstop on the Vaquero baseball team. He was a first-team All-WSC North selection this year and one of two players to receive the overall Gold Glove title in the WSC North. Matt had a 3.26 grade-point average and received his A.A. degree in Liberal Arts: Social and Behavioral Science emphasis this spring.  

FEMALE STUDENT-ATHLETE OF YEAR. On May 7, Kaitlyn Crooker was selected as SBCC’s Female Student-Athlete of the Year for the 2014-15 year.  A native of Alameda, Kaitlyn came to the Vaquero soccer team as a forward last fall after playing her freshman year at NCAA Division 1 Grand Canyon University. She was the No. 2 scorer in the Western State Conference and earned first-team All-WSC honors for the Vaqueros, who won their second WSC title in the last three years and their first outright crown with records of 14-3-5 and 9-0-3. It is the first time SBCC has ever gone unbeaten in conference play.  Kaitlyn had a perfect 4.0 GPA this past year and received her A.A. degree in Liberal Arts: Science and Mathematics.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CROWN.  Vaqueros Golfer Brett Patton captured the Southern California Individual Men’s Golf Championship at Olivas Link in Ventura on May 4. 


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