March 3, 2014
Joan Galvan, Public Information Officer
SBCC Names 30 Student-Area Winners in Great Books Curriculum Competition
Thirty Santa Barbara-area college and high school students were honored as winners of a Santa Barbara City College Great Books Curriculum awards luncheon at SBCC last month.
Building on the success of the last two years, invitations were extended to students at SBCC and three area high schools to interpret the great play Antigone by Sophocles in the categories of expository writing, creative writing or visual arts.
Last fall, more than 1,000 copies of the play were distributed to students at Alta
Vista Middle College (a collaboration between Alta Vista Alternative High School and
SBCC), Carpinteria High School, SBCC, and Santa Barbara High School. To increase their
exposure to the play’s themes, students had the opportunity to attend in-class workshops
and lectures and view scenes performed by local actors at the Santa Barbara Museum
of Art, SBCC, and each of the participating high schools.
More than 200 entries for the competition, which was funded by the Apgar Foundation and the SBCC Foundation, were submitted with 30 winners selected.
SBCC is only one of six community colleges in the nation to offer a Great Books Curriculum. Each semester more than 900 students take at least one course which exposes them to the literary canon of the world’s greatest literature, thematically linked to works by more contemporary writers. Approximately 20 to 25 faculty teach classes focusing on Great Books through reading, study skills, composition, critical thinking, philosophy, world religion, politics, drama, literature and poetry.
“The Great Books Curriculum features enduring works of literature,” said Celeste Barber, SBCC instructor of English Composition and Literature and Great Books Curriculum Coordinator. “We are tremendously grateful to the Apgar Foundation and the SBCC Foundation for providing the funding that has allowed us to introduce local students to the world of Great Books and to our wonderful campus through this contest.”
Thirty students from Alta Vista Middle College, Carpinteria High School, Santa Barbara City College and Santa Barbara High School, were named winners in the SBCC’s Great Books Curriculum contest. Pictured are: (front row, left to right) Katherine Nixon (SBCC), Jenai Howard (SBCC), Stephanie Ramirez (SBCC), Jenna Madden (CHS), Kristina Burch (CHS), Erin Durflinger (CHS), Jordyn Morente (CHS), Karina Hernandez (CHS), Claire Lindstrom (SBHS), Bubby Vernon (SBHS), Tessa Kriegman (SBHS), and Celeste Barber, SBCC Great Books Curriculum Coordinator (back row, left to right) Aaron Wilson (SBCC), Taliesin Tyndall (SBCC), Katie Rice (AVMC), Meg Leach (AVMC), Haley Powell (AVMC), Brooke Hymer (CHS), Alicia Alcasas (AVMC), Faith Ellington Baker (AVMC), Rudy Beltran (CHS), Tess Francavilla (SBHS) and Cece Campos (SBHS).
Not pictured: Elena Salcido (SBCC), Madeleine Greenbaum (AVMC), Zoe Brock (AVMC), Lily Woodbury (AVMC), Bailey Dare Chaconas (AVMC), Joel Vences (CHS), Teralyn Butler (CHS), and Sophie Haber (SBHS).
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