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October - November 2015

On October 12, SBCC President Lori Gaskin announced that she will be retiring from the college effective August 1, 2016.  She has led SBCC since July 2012 and will leave the California Community College system next August with a combined 35 years of service, both as faculty and as an academic leader.

SBCC District Board President Marianne Kugler said, “During her tenure, Lori has provided exemplary leadership to the college reflected in her demonstrated abilities for creating participative decision-making structures, for developing planning processes, and for building strong operational programs which lead to student success. I especially commend Lori for her unwavering commitment to focus on the whole student including their health, well-being and welfare.” Dr. Kugler added, “On behalf of our entire Board, we thank Lori for having served the college and our students and the entire community with such knowledge, decisiveness, and grace. She will be greatly missed.”

For additional details about Dr. Gaskin’s career and contributions to the college and to the community, please go to:

ACCJC ACCREDITATION SITE TEAM VISIT. SBCC’s accreditation site team visit was held September 26 – October 1 with the college receiving 11 commendations and four recommendations in the preliminary findings shared at the exit visit.  Among the commendations, the college was cited for our culture of openness and receptivity; innovation; array of academic, support and learning resources for students; integration of technology; fiscal transparency; and our aesthetically pleasing grounds in the face of the drought.  The ACCJC will evaluate the team’s recommendations and make a final determination of the college’s accreditation status, along with any commendations and/or recommendations identified by the team. This determination is expected in January 2016.

CAREER SKILLS INSTITUTE.  In September SBCC launched the Career Skills Institute to address the growing gap between the skills employers need and want, and the skills the current workforce has. According to SBCC Dean of Educational Programs Melissa Moreno, there is a growing body of research showing that employers need a workforce trained in such soft skills as communication, team building, management, innovation, critical thinking, writing, and conflict resolution. The CSI addresses the employers’ needs offering courses in the areas of business, design and technology. The noncredit courses are short (8 to 16 hours each), and the innovative format for most courses is a flipped classroom concept, powered by Student pay a small fee to access a playlist to view in advance, and come to a tuition-free class to solve a real-world industry problem, practicing skills learned in the lectures. Students come away with a portfolio piece, demonstrating skills learned. All courses are matched grouped in noncredit certificates. Students earning noncredit certificates also earn a digital badge – an online representation of their certificate they can post on LinkedIn, Facebook, or their own web page.  For more information please visit the Career Skills Institute website at

Esther Frankel, Professor, Computer Information Systems, joined SBCC in 1997.  She received her A.B. degree from Barnard College, A.M. degree from the University of Pennsylvania; and M.B.A. degree from Temple University.

What teaching tip or counseling advice do you have for other faculty?

I think teaching is all about passion….and balance. Convey your excitement about the material you are teaching, yet understand the student perspective. I consider myself to be very fortunate because I teach in a field that is changing, is exciting, and is constantly in the minds (and in the hands) of students. Be sure to find a balance between reaching students on an individual basis and fairness to all students. 

What careers or jobs did you have before working at SBCC?

My first (real world) job was working as a cashier in a department store. It was my first foray into customer support, and I learned so much that helped me in my career. I started college as a Biology major and taught Biology 1 lab as an undergraduate. I have a Master’s degree in Music History and Theory, and taught music history and theory when I was in graduate school. From there, I worked as a health claims examiner, and I completed an M.B.A. in Finance while employed at the insurance company. When I moved to Santa Barbara, I got a job in information technology (please don’t ask what computer we were using, as it would “date” me), and worked at various companies in the Santa Barbara area. I also had my own consulting company for a number of years assisting organizations in the implementation of new systems and technologies.

Who was your most influential teacher and why?
My high school string teacher was definitely my most influential teacher. I attended a music magnet high school in NYC--not the “Fame” school, the other one! He demanded so much of his students but he did so with love and with a purpose.

What is your favorite student line or excuse?
“Can you teach today’s class in your New York accent?”

What do you love about your job?
I think all of us would answer this question in the same way: it is amazing to have an opportunity to positively impact the lives of others.

What have been your greatest accomplishment and / or challenge?
My parents are Holocaust survivors. They came to this country after having gone through a very, very traumatic experience, with little family, no money, the inability to speak English, and limited education. From the outside, you would think that it would be highly unlikely that I would complete a college degree (let alone two graduate degrees), yet I was able to do so. I’m fortunate to be working at an institution that is so dedicated to changing the world; I consider my career here to be one of my greatest accomplishments. At the same time, I need to acknowledge the fact that my success is a tribute to the strength and persistence that they model every day.

What is the one thing most people don’t know about you?
Given the fact that I’m from New York, I believe the one thing that people don’t know about me is that I’m an Oakland Raiders fan. This is our year!

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
I just finished practicing viola so I would have to say that it is playing the viola in tune.  No wait! That would be perfect happiness for Jim Mooy and John Clark. All kidding aside, I would say that perfect happiness is spending time with family and friends.

What is your personal motto?
“The secret to success is making your vocation your vacation.”—Mark Twain

Jim Kruidenier, Professor, Mathematics, joined the SBCC faculty in 1990.  He received his B.S. degree and M.A. degree from UCSB.

What teaching tip or counseling advice do you have for other faculty? 
You will make mistakes, so admit them, learn from them, and do better next time; but never be afraid of them.

What careers or jobs did you have before working at SBCC?
No other career.  I have worked at a sports store, a liquor store, an inventory service, and as a laborer digging ditches.  I was also a playground leader for a summer recreational program.  And I delivered newspapers.

Who was your most influential teacher and why? 
Paul Kelly and Darryl Cooper.  The first taught me how to think, and the second was interested in working with me.

What is your favorite student line or excuse?
I don't have one.

What do you love about your job?
Working with students.

What has been your greatest accomplishment and/or challenge?
Sometimes I teach math well, and that is my greatest challenge.

What's one thing most people don't know about you?
I don't like coconut.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
No such thing.

What is your personal motto?
Never give up.

SBCC LIBRARIAN IN IV.  Thanks to the Associated Students of UCSB and the SBCC Luria Library, a SBCC librarian is available one night a week in Isla Vista to assist students and others with research and related needs.  The librarian is located at UCSB’s Pardell Center on Wednesdays from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. through December 2, except for November 11 and 25.  While anyone who lives in IV is welcome to ask for help, the college is hopeful that our own students will take advantage of this additional service.

The SBCC COMMUTE INCENTIVE PROGRAM is back this fall with all types of incentives for the campus community. Faculty, administrators and staff can earn up to $2 per day for biking, walking, taking the shuttle, bus, train, or riding a scooter/motorcycle to campus. Students can earn a free parking permit, campus gift cards, lunches/breakfast, and more. Shuttles are operating between Main Campus and the Wake Campus and the City of Santa Barbara lot located on Garden at Cabrillo throughout the day Monday through Thursdays.  For more information, go to 

The Campus Store, EOPS Department and the EOPS Club invite the campus community to the DIA DE LOS MUERTOS celebration on Thurs., Oct. 29 from 29 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in front of the Campus Store.  There will be art, music and related activities as well as a community alter for which guests are invited to bring photos of loved ones who have passed.  Special deals also will be available in the Campus Store.  Plan on stopping by!

SBCC Scheinfeld Center’s ENLIGHTENED ENTREPRENEURSHIP SERIES will host entrepreneur Gene Montesano, founder of Lucky Brand Jeans and The Montesano Group, on Fri., Oct. 30, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the Fé Bland Forum on West Campus. During this round of the Scheinfeld Center's popular Enlightened Entrepreneurship Series, the hosts will interactively explore with Gene Montesano his extraordinary story of being a long-term successful local entrepreneur, including insights from decades of successful experience. This event is open to the public and free of charge. However, space is limited and RSVPs are required. To register for the event, please go to:

Renowned anti-racism author and educator Tim Wise will deliver the keynote address at the 25th Annual LEONARDO DORANTES MEMORIAL LECTURE at SBCC on Tues., Nov. 10.  The lecture will be held from 12:45 to 2:05 p.m. at the Garvin Theatre on West Campus and a reception and book signing will follow the presentation. Mr. Wise’s lecture, titled “Resurrecting Apartheid, from Ferguson to the Voting Booth to the Border – Combating Racism in the Post-Obama Era,” is one in a series of presentations sponsored by the college to heighten awareness and understanding of racial and ethnic differences.

GARVIN THEATRE.  The Theatre Group at SBCC's production of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles, a new adaptation by David Pichette and R. Hamilton Wright, and directed by R. Michael Gros, is currently playing through October 31 in the Garvin Theatre. On the evening of Halloween, audience members are encouraged to wear their best Sherlock Holmes or Steam Punk costume to get in the spirit of the mystery. Performances are Thursday through Saturday through October 31 at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. All performances have the assisted listening system available and the Garvin Theatre is wheelchair accessible. For ticket information or reservations call the Garvin Theatre Box Office at 805-965-5935 or purchase tickets online at

ATKINSON GALLERY.  ISOLATED, an exhibition about solitary confinement by Richard Ross, will be on display at the Atkinson Gallery through December 4. The ISOLATED exhibit is the most recent component of UCSB Professor Richard Ross’ 10-year effort to document the juvenile justice system in the United States. In this show, Mr. Ross critiques the pervasive use of solitary confinement with a combination of documentary photographs, audio clips from interviews with incarcerated youth, and a facsimile of an isolation cell. 
The Atkinson Gallery is located in the Humanities Building, Room 202. Hours - Monday- Thursday: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY PROGRAM was awarded continuing accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.  Congratulations to the faculty and staff for this well-deserved honor.

The SBCC FOUNDATION received a Bank of America grant for $7,500 in support of SBCC’s Gateway to Student Success Program.

SBCCs CENTER FOR LIFELONG LEARNING recently had an article about its startup and operations posted on the Learning Resources Network (LERN) web site.

For the sixth year in a row, SBCC took UNITED WAY DAY OF CARING’S top team award on September 19 with 250 people providing services to a number of work sites and non-profit organizations, including Main Campus. Thanks go to the SBCC student clubs, Associated Student Government, SBCC cheerleaders, the ESL Department, the SBCC Neighborhood Task Force, and Grounds Supervisor Mark Broomfield for coordinating the horticulture project on campus. A special thanks goes to Lisa Lopez for coordinating this tremendous effort.

(Faculty, Administrators and Staff)
ESTHER FRANKEL, CIS, attended CompTIA’s Academy Educator & Learning Partner Conference in Chicago over the summer and was quoted about her impressions in Certification magazine.

JACK FRIEDLANDER, executive vice president, was appointed to Santa Barbara County’s Workforce Development Board.  The board will provide input to redesign the county’s workforce system and develop innovative strategies to help businesses, individuals, and industries achieve and sustain economic vitality across all communities of the county.

LIBBY GANS, Earth and Planetary Sciences, served as race director for the Goleta Education Foundation’s Lemon Fun Run in September.  More than 375 runners, adults, and children raised over $11,000 to benefit elementary school students in Goleta. 

ANNE STARK, Allied Health and Nursing, recently was honored with the Assessment Technologies Institute’s Educator with the Nurse’s Touch Award.  The prestigious national award is given annually to four educators who excel at integrating professional and interpersonal skills into their nursing practice and the education of students and who understand that “nursing care is both an art and a science.” 

CAMERON SUBLETT, Communications, was named the recipient of an Emerging Scholars Award from the University of California Center – Sacramento.  Cameron, who is a doctoral student at the UCSB Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, was recognized for excellence in public policy research in online learning and student achievement.

CAMILLA VIGNOE, Counseling, completed the requirement for her Ph.D. in Leadership and Change from Antioch University (Yellow Spring, Ohio) in the spring with the publishing of her dissertation “Living Aloha, Portraits of Resilience, Renewal, Reclamation, and Resistance.”

DEBRA VON BERNUTH, Sonography Director, was interviewed in the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography quarterly newsletter.  Read her “Sonography Program Spotlight” at

SIGMA CHI ETA WINS NATIONAL AWARD. The National Communication Association selected SBCC’s chapter of Sigma Chi Eta, Alpha Beta, to receive the National Chapter of Year Award. This is the third time in the club’s eight-year history that it has won this prestigious national award. The award is based on the outstanding work of last year's Communication honor society students, including their outreach event with Direct Relief International. The award will be given at this year's NCA conference in Las Vegas in November.

SBCC’s chapter of PHI THETA KAPPA recently inducted 160 new members into the international honor society.  Membership currently stands at approximately 400 students.  PTK members are volunteering this year with such nonprofit groups as Habitat for Humanity and Casa Esperanza Homeless Center in Santa Barbara and the chapter will be participating in a coastal cleanup in Isla Vista at the end of October.

ALUM DIRECTING FIRST FILM. Students in Faculty Curtis Bieber’s Film and Television Production course “Directing for the Camera” heard from a very special guest speaker earlier this semester. Graduate Benjamin Golabre has the distinction of being the first graduate of the department to begin production on his first full-length feature “She Dreams of Fireflies.” The film was written by Ben’s associate Monique Rosario and the scheduled cast currently includes Mary Wilson (formerly of the Supremes), Dominique Swain, Jonathan Lipniki, Ryan Slater, Wolfgang Bodison and Karron Graves.Filming will begin in upstate New York in the spring with a production delivery date for fall of 2016.  First honors are not new to Ben as he, along with fellow SBCC student Gabriella Gullen, attended the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in 2013 to present their 10-minute student film “Paradise Café” at the festival’s Short Film Corner.

JIM WILLIAMS, former Public Information Officer, won first prize in the 5th Annual Peacemaker Awards, Western Fictioneers, Profession Authors of Traditional Western Novels and Short Stories, for 2015 Best First Novel. Cattle Drive is a fictional tale of an 1873 cattle drive across North Texas during a hot summer and a cattleman’s desperate attempt to push 3,000 longhorns to a market to avoid financial ruin. 

KAROLYN HANNA, Professor Emeritus of Nursing, was named a recipient of the “Big Heart Award” from the Friendship Center in Santa Barbara.

Contributor – Dave Loveton

WSC ATHLETE OF THE WEEK. On October 8, Carolin Chang was named Western State Conference Female Athlete of the Week for all fall sports in Week #5. She was honored after winning the prestigious North-South Invitational at Morro Bay Golf Course by seven shots on Sept. 27-28. Carolin has been the medalist in three tournaments this year and runner-up in three others.

TENNIS TEAMS NAME NEW COACHES.  Randy Moharram was selected as head coach of the SBCC men’s and women’s tennis teams  He spent six years (2008-2014) as an assistant for the SBCC men’s basketball team and currently teaches in the SBCC Health and Education Department. Michael Mickelson, a USPTA tennis pro who has taught for the City of Santa Barbara and in Florida, will be the assistant coach for the Vaquero men and Christina Klein, a former star on Westmont College’s nationally ranked teams in 2006-2007 and a tennis and fitness instructor, will be the women’s assistant coach.



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