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FaST News - February 2015

WATER HERO.  The City of Santa Barbara recently awarded SBCC the 2014 Water Hero Award for the college’s commitment to improving sustainability efforts on campus, reducing water usage and retrofitting facilities. SBCC can now save over $35,000 on utility bills annually and reduce water use by 30 percent with campus-retrofits.  To learn more details and/or to watch an accompanying 7-minute video featuring Mark Broomfield, Julie Hendricks Jay Sullivan, Josh Murray and Carlos Campos, please go to:

BOARD OF TRUSTEES NAMES NEW OFFICERS. At its annual organizational meeting in December, the Santa Barbara Community College District Board of Trustees elected Marianne Kugler as president of the board for the 2015 calendar year.  Marty Blum was elected as board vice president. President Kugler joined the SBCC Board in November 2012 and represents Area 2 (Goleta).  Vice President Marty Blum was elected to the SBCC board in November 2010 and represents Area 7 (Santa Barbara).  She served as 2013 board president. Also at the December organizational meeting, Jonathan Abboud was sworn in as trustee for Area 6 (Isla Vista and Santa Barbara), replacing Lisa Macker, who left the board after serving a four-year term.  Other members of the SBCC board are Marsha Croninger (Area 5 – Mission Canyon and Santa Barbara), Veronica Gallardo (Area 3 – Santa Barbara), Dr. Peter Haslund (Area 1 – Carpinteria and Montecito), and Craig Nielsen (District 4 – Santa Barbara).  Nicholas Steil serves as student trustee.

Katherine “Katie” Laris, Associate Professor/Director, Theatre Arts/Stage, joined SBCC in 2003.  She received her B.A. degree from Reed College and her M.F.A. degree from Columbia University.

What teaching tip or counseling advice do you have for other faculty?
One point I make right away to my classes is that future work, ideas and inspiration will more likely come from the other students in the class than from me, and that it is incumbent upon each person to bring their very best self to class every day. 

What careers or jobs did you have before working at SBCC?
I started as a maid when I was 15 at San Ysidro Ranch and in Santa Barbara I worked at JC Penney, Newberry’s lunch counter and Samarkand.  In New York City, I worked for many years as a television producer and writer creating television shows for Animal Planet, ESPN and Discovery.

Who was your most influential teacher and why? 
I had many wonderful teachers at Santa Barbara High including an English teacher named Burt Eikelberry who taught me how to write and gave me a lifelong passion for American Southern literature.

What is your favorite student line or excuse?
To be honest, I really don’t have a favorite excuse. In our department we say, “The show must go on!”

What do you love about your job?
Many things—the excitement of the first day of class and meeting all the new students, seeing how a set of strangers can really bond and form a community over the course of a semester, and getting surprised by an affecting moment of performance in class or rehearsal.

What has been your greatest accomplishment and/or challenge?
Raising two wonderful boys.

What's one thing most people don't know about you? 
I played women’s rugby for several years for Reed College, but we pretty much always lost to schools with actual sports programs.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Spending a day with friends and family hiking in the mountains and then swimming in the ocean and finally enjoying a long delicious dinner discussing politics and literature.

What is your personal motto?
 E. M. Forster:  “Only connect.”

BIKE SHOP.  The new SBCC bike shop is now open and the campus community is invited to a grand opening on Mon., Feb. 9 at 1 p.m. to check it out.  The do-it-yourself repair shop is located at the pedestrian bridge on the East Campus side and regular shop hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Visit for more information on commuting sustainably.

LEGACY PROJECT.  An ongoing archive highlighting SBCC’s rich history through written memoirs, biographies, chronologies and videos can be found at the web site Legacy Project: In the Beginning. New contributions are welcomed by all retired board members, faculty, management and staff.  Please share the link with others and encourage them to share their earlier memories about teaching/working at SBCC.

Dual Enrollment has moved from the Main Campus to the Schott Campus (Rooms 7, 9, and 13)

Three departments have moved to new offices beneath the Pedestrian Bridge on the edge of East Campus: Faculty Resource Center (ECC 40), Security (ECC 41) and Purchasing (ECC 42).

BLACK HISTORY MONTH.  In honor of Black History Month, the American Ethnic Studies Department and SBCC Ethnics Studies Club will offer the following events in February.
*Film Viewing: Eyes on the Prize: Awakenings 1954 – 1955
Tues., Feb. 3, 1- 2 p.m., H240

*Film Viewing: Malcolm X: A Tribute
Tues., Feb. 17, 1-2:30 p.m., H240

For more information, please contact faculty advisor Craig Cook at or ext. 4742.

TALES OF WOO AND WOE. To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Drama Dogs brings Tales of Woo and Woe: A Journey of the Heart to Center Stage Theater from February 6-14. Devised by SBCC Professor Emerita Jinny Webber, this show illuminates the challenges and joys of love as presented in the plays, poems, and songs of Shakespeare. E. Bonnie Lewis, SBCC Physical Education instructor and co-artistic director of Drama Dogs with Ken Gilbert, will be seen in this play, and most of the other actors have studied at SBCC and appeared in SBCC plays and concerts: Josh Jenkins, Jennifer Marco, George Coe, Hylla Sue Fisher, and Mack Urbanowicz. Tickets available at  or the box office: (805) 963-0408. Matinees on February 8 and 14 are "pay what you can," a minimum of $8 at the door. Evening shows are at 8 p.m.; $23. General, $18 students and seniors. 

LIGHT UP THE SKY.  From March 6-21, the Theatre Group at SBCC will present the comedy Light Up the Sky by Moss Hart, directed by R. Michael Gros, at the Garvin Theatre on West Campus.  Light up the Sky is an amusing comedy about show folks caught in the midst of a new production. The play takes place in a hotel room prior to the opening of a new show and follows a truck-driver-turned-playwright watching his first play being produced in Boston. As the opening approaches, tempers mount and only a miracle seems likely to save a play that seems destined to flop spectacularly. For ticket information, please call the Garvin Theatre Box Office at 965-5935.

TRIP TO GETTY CENTER.  The Art Department is featuring a field trip to the Getty Center on Fri., March 6 for “On view: JMW Turner: Painting Set Free.”  This is the first major exhibition on the West Coast devoted to the masterful British painter.  It brings together over 60 key oil paintings and watercolors that the artist produced in the final years of his life.  Cost is $30 per person; payment in full is required at the SBCC Cashier’s Office in order to reserve a space on the bus.  The fee covers transportation only; no museum admission charge.  Bus departs SBCC at 9 a.m. and returns at approximately 5 p.m.

An Evening of Chamber Music
Fri., Feb. 6, 7 p.m.
First United Methodist church, 305 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara
$15 general admission, $10 students/seniors

Chamber Music CD Release Concert
Sun., Feb. 8, 2 p.m.
Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Road, Santa Barbara
$20 general admission

Jazz Night at Soho
Mon., Feb. 9, 7 p.m.
Soho Music Club, 1221 State St., Santa Barbara
$10 cover charge

Monday Madness at Soho
Mon., March 2, 7:30 p.m.
Soho Music Club, 1221 State St., Santa Barbara
$10 cover charge

Faculty/Student Concert
Sun., March 8, 7 p.m.
Fe Bland Forum, SBCC West Campus
$15 general admission – proceeds to benefit the scholarship fund

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

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION PERIOD OPENS.  The Financial Aid Office has announced that the college scholarship application period is now open for the 2015-2016 academic year. Financial Aid has over 150 different scholarships and more than $500,000 available to be awarded to deserving SBCC students.  Please inform your students of the SBCC scholarship application and encourage them to apply as soon as possible at  The application period will close on March 2 at 11:59 p.m. and late applications will not be accepted. Please encourage your students to apply now.

ATKINSON GALLERY. The exhibit Valley of the Deer: Jillian McDonald, which opened January 23 at the Atkinson Gallery, will be on display through February 20.  For over 10 years, Jillian McDonald has been creating work that simultaneously embraces and critiques the genre of horror films. An immersive three-channel video installation, Valley of the Deer was filmed during a nine-month artist residency at the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown, Scotland. “Each scene is a separate composition and a nearly still image where little movement, save hair in wind or an animal moving its head, betrays the stillness,” says the artist. For each venue, Ms. McDonald also creates a unique wall drawing featuring the characters from the video. Ms. McDonald is a Canadian artist who divides her time between Canada and New York. She is Associate Professor of Art at Pace University with numerous solo and group exhibition credits. The Atkinson Gallery is located on East Campus in Room 202 of the Humanities Building. Gallery hours are: Monday- Thursday from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Friday – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. All gallery exhibits and lectures are free and open

(Campus Wide)
ACADEMY DESIGNATION. SBCC recently has been designated as a CompTIA Authorized Academy. With the new designation by this industry trade association, the CIS Department will begin offering its first of a series of CompTIA certification courses on cloud computing. The first, CIS 115, (Cloud Computing Essentials) is offered as a short course online this spring. Cloud computing, the migration of information technology services to the internet, represents a paradigm shift in enterprise computing, and organizations will need to manage their computing technologies in a different way than they have in the past. The CNEE Department also offers a number of CompTIA certification courses: A+ (CNEE 102 and 112), N+ (CNEE 110), and Security + (CNEE 120). Some are offered online as well. As an added benefit, students who take the CompTIA certification classes will receive a discount on their certification exams.

YEAR WITHOUT WAR. The nonprofit 2020 Year Without War was named Edhat’s Non-Profit of the Week on December 13, 2014.  The social movement, whose primary goal is to achieve a one-year global ceasefire in 2020, began at SBCC more than 30 months ago.  Since then, Professor Joe White and student volunteers have amassed more than 30,000 followers in over 120 countries.  Proclamations of support have been awarded by the Cities of Santa Barbara, Lompoc, Carpinteria and Akron, Ohio.  2020 AYWW currently has over three-dozen partner organizations, including the Princess Basma Youth Resource Center (Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development), Beacon of Hope for Afghan Children Society, Catholic Church of the Beatitudes (Santa Barbara), National Veterans Foundation, and Veterans for Peace. Two strategic goals of the organization are to have 100 peace organization partners by 2016 and to formally request partners to demand a global peace in the year 2020.  For more information, go to

(Faculty and Staff)
AWARD WINNER.  Adjunct English Professor Lisette Davis Ward recently has written literary reviews for the Santa Barbara News Press.  She reviewed the murder mystery suspense novel The Paris Winter by Imogen Robertson in December and Family Furnishings, a collection of short stories by Nobel Prize winner Alice Munroe in January. 

PRESENTATION AWARD WINNER.  SBCC student Adrian Marquez received one of the 2014 SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos & Native Americans in Science) Student Presentation Awards following the organization’s national conference in Los Angeles last October.  Adrian presented on "Development of Improved Assays for Cell Adhesion through Local Application of Forces to Cells." SACNAS was founded over 40 years ago by career academics and research scientists committed to unifying their voice and offering guidance to Hispanics/Chicanos & Native Americans in the STEM fields. Today, the national conference is a gathering of nearly 4,000 students and professionals.

ALL STATE HONORS. On January 5,Elijah King and Mitch Wishnowsky were named to the All-State Region IV team by the California Community College Football Coaches Association. Elijah, a freshman from Huntington, W.Va., was the second-leading receiver in the American Pacific League.  Mitch Wishnowsky, from Gosnells, Western Australia. handled the kickoffs for the Vaqueros and was one of the best punters in California. His 39.8-yard punt average was tops in the APL and No. 6 in the state. The Vaqueros went 7-4 last season and played in a bowl game (the Golden State Bowl) for the first time in 17 years.  (Contributor – Dave Loveton)



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