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SBCC The Bridge

Santa Barbara City College's Community Newsletter

AUGUST, 2023

Erika Endrijonas, Ph.D.,  begins as Superintendent/President

Erika Endrijonas, Ph.D., began her new role as SBCC Superintendent/President on Tuesday, Aug. 1, marking her return to SBCC (she was the Dean of Career and Technical Services from 2000 to 2009). Most recently she served as Superintendent/ President of Pasadena City College since January 2019. 

"My first week back at SBCC has been wonderful,” said Dr. Endrijonas. “I had my sights set on returning to SBCC for over a decade, and I am still pinching myself that my dream became a reality. I have started to meet folks here on campus — some for the first time, some I haven't seen in 14 years — and it does feel like I have come home. I look forward to the next few weeks on campus as we launch our Fall 2023 semester and as I start to meet members of our local community who hold a special place in their hearts for SBCC.”

A staff and faculty "Meet & Greet" for Dr. Endrijonas was held on Monday, Aug. 7, ushering in the new era with coffee, pastries and welcoming conversation. 

A fond farewell to Dr. Murillo

Dr. Murillo's official last day as Interim Superintendent/President was Monday, July 31. She has held the interim position since the beginning of fall semester, 2021, and is on contract until Sept. 6, which will be her final day. Until then she and Dr. Endrijonas will work together to create a "bridge" between their leadership. 
Click here to read Dr. Murillo's farewell letter to staff. She read it in its entirity at the July 20 Board of Trustees meeting

Commencement 2023 in the memory books

A short three months ago SBCC students celebrated a huge milestone in their lives, with their families, faculty, and staff cheering them on. Relive the Commencement memories by viewing the live-streamed video of the ceremony, and please enjoy photos of the day's events, courtesy of the SBCC Office of Communications.
Student Housing Survey to assess housing challenges

SBCC will be launching a student housing needs survey on Sept. 13, 2023, with the goal of gathering information to better understand the needs, impacts and housing challenges that specific student populations may be facing.

This anonymous and voluntary 15-minute survey will be sent directly to students in order to gather vital feedback. This research will be utilized to better understand the needs of SBCC students as they pertain to student housing. It will allow the College to make informed decisions on how to address these challenges in the future. 

Questions? Visit, and see the Student Housing FAQs at the bottom of the page. 

New MTD line to serve SBCC-bound passengers from Eastside/Carpinteria

There’s new express bus service coming to the South Coast! Starting Monday, Aug. 28, commuters can hop on the Line 19x to get to and from Carpinteria, Milpas Street on Santa Barbara’s Eastside, and SBCC, with service running year round except during SBCC Spring and Winter breaks.
The new bus route promises to be a great  solution for staff, faculty and students in getting to and from campus. For information on Line 19x and more, go to SB MTD Maps & Schedules. Read the SB Independent article for more information on this and other expanded MTD routes. 

SBCC Scholarship recipients celebrated in SB Independent insert

The June 29 issue of the Santa Barbara Independent included a special eight-page insert celebrating all 822 recipients of this year's SBCC Foundation scholarships, and the generous donors who make them possible. 
Scholarships are a time-tested way to reduce economic barriers and encourage students along their educational journey. View the insert (PDF) on the SBCC Foundation website.

More News

Click on the links for more in-depth features: 
KEYT-TV - SBCC School of Extended Learning Kicks off Open House Pre-event coverage from Aug. 12.
Inside Higher Ed: Community Colleges Double Down on Dual Enrollment. SBCC's Acting Director of Admissions & Records and Dual Enrollment Angelica Contreras is featured.
Community College Daily: Next cohort of colleges selected for MentorLinks. SBCC's Dean of Educational programs Jens-Uwe Kuhn selected as individual mentor to serve the MentorLinks mentor team. 
EOS Magazine features Geology professor Eiko Kitao: Eiko Kitao: Fossil Hunter and Passionate Educator
Vaquero Voices Podcast: SBCC's Hong and Akil get to know Board President Jonathan Abboud, as well as Associate Professor and Librarian/Library Department Chair Ellen Carey. Find current and past episodes here

New faculty begin tenure-track

Recently hired faculty (pictured at the orientation dinner on Aug. 21) begin their four-year tenure-track course on the first day of the Fall 2023 semester. Pictured, from left to right, are: Vanessa Olguin, Academic Counseling; Liliana Hensel, Parent Child Workshop Director; Kimberly Jordan, Associate Degree Nursing; Lisa Adams, Cosmetology/Esthetician; Diego Ramirez, Physical Health Education; Karen Tepaz, Arts/Ceramics; Luis Hernandez, School of Modern Languages/Spanish; Tino Garcia, English Composition and Literature; Christina Trujillo, English Composition and Literature; Christopher Bernt, Chemistry; Denise Aranda-Cedillos, English as a Second Language; and Daniel Zarate, Biological Sciences/Environmental Studies. (Not pictured: Grace Greaney, Nursing; Trevor Hess, Academic Counselor; Selina Portera, Library; Jonathan Ward, Umoja Counselor.) The instructors will become fully-tenured at the end of the 2026-2027 school year.

Local teens experience college on campus through Summer Bridge programs

This summer two of SBCC's innovative "Summer Bridge" programs - The PEAC Program and Running Start - welcomed local students on campus to experience college-level coursework and gain confidence and motivation to seek higher education in their lives.
Read the press release "SBCC Summer Bridge programs offer local teens a jumpstart to college" for more on these life-changing opportunities for future Vaqueros. Please enjoy photos of the PEAC program visits and Running Start graduation ceremony

Colorado Plateau field seminar a memorable experience for students and staff

In late May, SBCC Geology department staff and students took off for an unforgettable 15-day excursion of the National Parks of northern Arizona, Colorado, and Utah. The course is designed as an "honors level" field experience where principles and concepts learned in first year geology classes can be applied and interpreted in the field. Please enjoy the stunning photos by photographer Boxuan Zhan for SBCC. 

Old Spanish Days' 'El Mercado de la Playa' a proud memory

SBCC partnered with Old Spanish Days Fiesta by hosting its four-day "El Mercado de la Playa" (Aug. 3-6) on the campus parking lot by La Playa Stadium. Watch the KEYT news coverage of the El Mercado, and its coverage of SBCC student Jack Harwood, who was named "2023 Spirit of Fiesta," the first-ever male to receive the honor in the event's 99-year history.

Hutchinson, Escobar, are Faculty Excellence awardees 

Just before the end of the Spring semester, the Faculty Recognition Committee, led by Darin Garard, announced the Faculty Excellence award winners for the 2022-23 school year. The recipients are Communication Department Professor, Carrie Hutchinson, Ph.D; and Director of Creative Writing, Activities Director/RISE, and peer tutor/mentor Joshua Escobar. 
Click here to read more about the good work Carrie and Joshua do for students, staff and the community, and what their nominators said about them. Congrats to both of you! 

SBCC Athletics begins Fall season

Headlines from SBCC Athletics include a preview of Men's the soccer team, and profile of the new Men's and Women's head soccer coach Alexander Zermeno. 

Bookmark the SBCC Vaqueros website for headlines and updated information on all of the teams, in addition to game schedules for the coming school year.

In Memoriam: Sue Watkins, Barbara Dunaway and Ana Maria Ygualt, Ph.D

Recently the college announced the passings of retired instructors Sue Wakins (SBCC HIT/CIM programs), Barbara Dunaway (SBCC Math Lab), and Ana Maria Ygualt, Ph.D (School of Modern Languages). Click on their names to read tributes by their colleagues as well as obituaries for these valued members of the SBCC family. 

SBCC Theatre Group announces auditions for next production

Mark your calendars! The upcoming season of SBCC Theatre Group has been announced, and you can find the productions listed here. Auditions for the next production, "Emma" by Kate Hamill based on the novel by Jane Austen, are taking place Tuesday, Aug. 29, 6-9 p.m. (info here).

And while you're at it, don't forget to vote for SBCC Theatre Group in the SB Independent's Best of Santa Barbara Readers' Poll by Aug. 30. Vote here.

Atkinson Gallery announces Fall exhibitions

  • Sept. 6-Oct. 18 - Chicana/o/x Time and Space, Curated by Thomas Carrasco
  • Nov. 1-Dec. 8 - New Landscapes I
    Click here for details on upcoming exhibitions.

SBCC Music gears up for Fall season

SBCC's renowned music program features a variety musical groups that perform on campus and throughout the community. Find the performances on SBCC Music's upcoming events page.

SBCC is hiring!
SBCC Human Resources accepting applications for newly-opened positions

Know anyone interested in working at SBCC, or wanting to make a change in your own career at the college? Check out the latest job openings here.  

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