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FaST News - April 30 - May 15, 2015

SBCC RETIREES.  Congratulations to the following individuals who have retired or will retire from SBCC during the 2014-2015 academic year.  On behalf of the college, thank you for all your contributions and best wishes for a happy and fulfilling next chapter in your lives.

Mary Arnoult                      
HR Technician II                                
8 years

Lindsey Bramlett-Smith       
Professor, Mathematics                      
20 years

Yoko Fujita                         
Payroll Technician                             
24 years

Raymond Launier                
Professor, Psychology                       
19 Years         

Harla Morelli                      
Administrative Assistant II                  
14 years

David Morris                      
Assistant Professor, History                 
11 Years                     

Terre Ouwehand                 
Associate Professor, English               
26 Years

Beverly Schwamm               
Administrative Assistant III                
15 years          

Louis Spaventa                   
Professor, English Skills                     
14 Years

Shar-Lynn Timm                  
HR Technician II (Conf.)                    
44 years                      

Rosie Tower                        
Payroll Manager                               
30 years          

MEMORIAL TREE DEDICATION.  On Wed., May 6 at 4 p.m., SBCC’s Associated Student Government will host a memorial dedication in honor of the victims of last May’s tragic shooting in Isla Vista.  Six red bud trees with individual plaques honoring the six UC Santa Barbara students will be planted in a secluded area at the entrance to SBCC’s West Campus. 

SBCC MEN’S INTERCOLLEGIATE TENNIS will be reinstituted in the 2015-2016 season.  The decision was made after the Santa Barbara Tennis Patrons, a local organization with a goal of expanding opportunities for competitive tennis, successfully reached an initial fundraising benchmark of $45,000, which represents the first half of a proposed three-year commitment.  The dollar amount reflects matching funds from the SBCC Foundation during its annual Campaign for Student Success. The earlier decision to suspend the program was based on decreasing student interest and declining retention rates in intercollegiate men’s tennis over the past decade.  “The Santa Barbara Tennis Patrons’ success in raising these initial funds demonstrates significant community support of men’s intercollegiate tennis,” said Ryan Byrne, SBCC Athletic Director. “The college greatly appreciates the commitment of these dedicated individuals and we are hopeful that we can carry forward this momentum into a successful re-launch of the team.”

Bill Spiewak, Adjunct Instructor, Environmental Horticulture, joined SBCC in 1995. Involved with tree care since 1977, he is a Board-Certified Master Arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture and a Registered Consulting Arborist with the American Society of Consulting Arborists.

What teaching tip or counseling advice do you have for other faculty?
Be prepared. Make it fun. Keep calm and carry on. 

What careers or jobs did you have before working at SBCC?
I waited on tables, sold furniture, and managed a restaurant dining room.  But the job related most toward teaching has been my 38-year career in tree trimming, owning a tree care business, and as a consulting Arborist.

Who were my most influential teachers and why? 
As a student at SBCC I was inspired most by Bob Cummings and Larry Friesen, both master biology teachers.  Throughout my career, I’ve had many great opportunities learning from scientists and peers in my field.  However, my wife and children have been the source of greatest influence.  Raising a family, responsibility, communicating and loving each other is the most significant experience that has contributed to how I live, communicate, and teach.  I better have learned something after 40 years.

What do I love about excuses?
Most of the excuses are health or vehicle related.  Why are they telling me this and where is the assignment after one or two weeks?   A good excuse is actually pretty creative and can make parts of teaching fun. It is interesting how some students have a lot of confidence in their presentation of an excuse and others are testing the waters. I hate the sad ones.

What do you love about your job?
It’s great to share my experiences with students who are interested.  During class, there are the clock watchers, the yawners, and those that have a lot of energy and ask questions which keep me on top of my game.  Relating my knowledge and experience in ways that are engaging is extremely challenging and rewarding.  It’s great when I feel that students really get it.  I often run into former students and love hearing about what they are doing and how they are applying their tree knowledge from my class.

What has been your greatest accomplishment and/or challenge?
My current lifestyle is my greatest achievement. I feel like I have a good balance between work and play.  My greatest challenge is not growing old too fast so I can enjoy where I’m at.  Funny how so many students are working into the start of their careers, contemplating the road ahead, and I think about how I’ve been on that road and now I’m trying to wind mine down.  I wouldn’t go back.  It was fun and a great ride.  Now I’m embracing the next phase…clearly the hierarchy of needs?

What's one thing most people don't know about you?
I’m color blind.  I also love my doxies.  I think they are brown and black.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Perfection is impossible.  I can’t go there.  But I know I’ve got it pretty damn good.  I’ve been in love for 40 years.  My two kids are grown, working in good careers, out of the house, and mostly self-sufficient.  I love my dogs.  I’m learning to live within my means.  I work for myself in a well-established career at my own hours, a half mile from home.  I teach about trees at SBCC part time, teach group fitness part time, cycle and stand-up paddleboard part time, and love yard work (my own).  I feel comfortable getting older with the all new experiences and aches and pains that frequently come my way and have to laugh at the way it all comes down.  Got to adapt.  Oh, I love taking naps after lunch.

What is your personal motto?
Fail to plan, plan to fail.


SBCC Foundation /SBCC Scholarship Reception
Fri., May 8
2:30 - 4 p.m.
Student Services Building Patio 

Outstanding Student Awards Reception
Fri., May 8
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Campus Center 

Commencement /Graduation
Fri., May 15
5 - 7 p.m.
La Playa Stadium 

Commencement Reception
Fri., May 15
7 – 8 p.m.
La Playa Stadium Parking Lot 2C

BOOK STORE CLEARANCE SALE.  The SBCC Bookstore will hold its annual spring sale on Tuesday – Wednesday, May 5 – 6 with a large number of items discounted by up to 40 percent.  Merchandise will be on display both inside and outside the store and include clothing, art supplies, and both electronic and gift items.  Come early for the best selection. Store hours are 7:45 a.m. – 6 p.m. 

BIKE-TO-SBCC = BREAKFAST ON MAY 6.  In celebration of May as national bike month, the SBCC Commute Team is hosting a free pancake breakfast at the campus Bike Shop on Wed., May 6 from 7:30 – 11 a.m. for employees and students who bike to SBCC on that date or sign up for for free carpooling services.

PET A DOG.  In order to help ease students’ stress over finals, the Luria Library will launch its second therapy dog event “Check Out a Dog and Lower Your Stress!” for students on Thurs., May 7 from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. outside the college’s Luria Library on West Campus. Partnering with SBCC is All for Animals, a local nonprofit dedicated to enriching the lives of young people through personal interaction with specially trained therapy animals.

PLANTS, PLANTS, PLANTS.  The Environmental Horticulture Department will host its annual plant sale on Sat., May 9 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Lifescape Gardens on East Campus. Door prizes and complimentary refreshments will be offered throughout the day. Tours of the garden will be offered by Environmental Horticulture students, and staff will be on site to offer gardening advice.  Dr. Michael Gonella, the staff and students have been busy in the greenhouse cultivating a variety of plants for sale including including fruit-bearing trees, plants and vines, flowering plants, and succulents. Be sure to come check out the sale.


ATKINSON GALLERY.  The Annual Student Exhibition continues at the Atkinson Gallery through May 8.  The Atkinson Gallery is the college’s showcase for the visual arts and hosts exhibitions of contemporary art each academic year featuring international, national, regional and student artists working in a wide range of styles and media.  Location - Humanities Building, Room 202.  Hours - Monday- Thursday: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  www.//

DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE.   The Theatre Group at SBCC’s comedy Dead Man’s Cell Phone, directed by Katie Laris, closes May 2 at the Garvin Theatre. Tickets can be purchased at the Garvin Theatre Box Office, 805-965-5935 or online at

Concert Choir
Sat., May 2, 7 p.m.
First United Methodist Church
305 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara
$15 general, $10 students/seniors

Symphony Concert
Sun., May 3, 7 p.m.
Garvin Theatre, SBCC West Campus
$15 general admission, $10 students/seniors

Jazz Combos at Soho
Thurs., May 5, 7 p.m.
Soho Music Club, 1221 State St., Santa Barbara
$10 cover charge

Jazz Choir Concert
Fri., May 8, 7 p.m.
Unitarian Society
1535 Santa Barbara St., Santa Barbara
$10 general, $5 students/seniors

Quire of Voyces
Sat., May 9, 7 p.m.
Sun., May 10, 3 p.m.
St. Anthony’s Seminary
2300 Garden St., Santa Barbara
$20 general, $15 students/seniors

Concert Band Concert
Sun., May 10, 7 p.m.
Garvin Theatre, SBCC West Campus
$15 general admission, $10 students/seniors

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

(Faculty, Administrators and Staff)
CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEE OF YEAR.   Jesse Valentine Felix, administrative assistant, Community Services, was named 2015 Classified Employee of the Year on April 23.  Finalists included:  Melanie Belanger, marketing communications specialist, Marketing and Publications; Joyce McPheter, administrative assistant, Educational Programs; Patty Schuster, wellness program nurse, Student Health Services; and Dan Yanez, duplications technician, Duplicating.  Congratulations to all!

CCPRO AWARDS.  Melanie Belanger, Marketing and Publications, and Dave Loveton, Athletics, received a total of five awards at the Community College Public Relations Organization’s annual conference April 23- 24. 

  • Posters- Atkinson Gallery posters – 1st and 3rd place (two entries)
  • Wild Card - McDonalds Tray liners -1st place
  • Website – Athletics Department – 3rd place
  • Direct Mailer – College Fair postcard – 3rd place

SMALL BUSINESS DIRECTOR.  Julie Samson, director of the Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, has been named director of the Santa Barbara County Small Business Development Center.  In this role for the Santa Barbara County SBDC, which is located at SBCC’s Scheinfeld Center, Julie oversees partnership development and outreach, capacity building for the region’s small business service offerings and is responsible for effective program outcomes in regional business growth, entrepreneurship and overall economic impact.

SHIFTING BOUNDARIES.   At the April 24 annual conference sponsored by the Honors Program, Mikey Benor won first place in the Alex Prizes with his film “Rock Bottom Peak,” a short film highlighting the severe hardships of a young man batting bipolar disorder.  Lauren Sousa took second place and Kelli Forman was third. 

LANCASTER TOURNAMENT.  At the 30th annual Lancaster Public Speaking Tournament on April 24 themed “Shifting Boundaries,” student Caroline Guldbrandsen took top honors with her persuasive speech on “Why Being Called a ‘Bitch’ is a Good Things.”  Runner up was Tilly McCullik who addressed “Why ‘Virginity’ is a Useless Social Construct.” The other three finalists were Mikey Benor, Daniel Bernal, and Stephanie Mamonova.  This year’s contest drew 270 entries and was sponsored by the Lancaster Fund, Union Bank and the SBCC Foundation.

Contributor – Dave Loveton
VAQUEROS WIN TOP WSC NORTH HONORS.  Baseball catcher James Hill was selected as co-Player of the Year on the All-WSC North baseball team and SBCC’s Jeff Walker earned co-Coach of the Year honors. James shared his award with Oxnard pitcher Blake Redman and Jon Larson of Oxnard was also named Coach of the Year. The Vaqueros and Condors tied for the conference title with 17-7 records. It was the second Coach of the Year honor for Jeff, who also guided the Vaqueros to a WSC title in his first season in 2012.  He is the first Vaquero baseball coach with two conference titles.

TRACK AND FIELD WSC TITLE.   Bas van Leersum won the 400 meters and 400 hurdles on April 24 and SBCC captured the WSC Championship in men’s track and field on its home turf at La Playa Stadium. The Vaqueros topped the 10-team field with 138 points, edging College of the Canyons by 10.  

BASEBALL WSC TITLE.   Vaqueros starting pitcher Sean Barry threw seven strong innings on April 24 and afternoon and SBCC’s offense scored three runs on just six hits to claim a share of the WSC North baseball title with a 3-1 win at Allan Hancock College.  The Vaqueros tied Oxnard for first at 17-7. It was the fifth WSC title in SBCC baseball history and third in the last five years.THREE VAQUEROS MAKE ACADEMIC ALL-STATE.  Three SBCC players were named to the Academic All-State Baseball team on April 20.  Congratulations to starting pitcher Sean Barry; Kit Larson, who made the All-Academic team for the second straight year; and infielder Cody Santana

SBART ATHLETE OF THE WEEK.   Rachelle Visser was selected female Athlete of the Week by the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table on April 20.   She was a three-time winner in the Western State Conference Championships, setting meet and school records in the 200 IM, 400 IM and 200 butterfly. She also swam anchor on the victorious 400 medley relay.

FIRST WSC SWIM TITLE.  Vaqueros Rachelle Visser won the 200 butterfly and Katherine Warren dominated the 1650 freestyle on April 18 at the Ventura Aquatic Center as SBCC claimed its first WSC women’s swimming championship in just the second year of the program.



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