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KEYT-TV covers the first day of Fall classes

On the first day of Fall classes, KEYT-TV news reporter John Palminteri visited SBCC’s main campus, commenting on the atmosphere of enthusiasm and the increase in students over last year. Pointing out that 60 percent of the classes are hybrid, he talked with students about the opportunity to take classes either in-person or online. Most said they prefer in-person, but having the option for online classes for scheduling reasons was seen as a benefit to at least one of them. He said the students he spoke to were optimistic about their futures here at SBCC and beyond.

The college’s outreach efforts were credited with getting students who were “stalled out or on the sidelines” to come back to campus, whether they want to pursue vocational training or have plans to transfer to a four-year institution.

To get the full story, watch the three-minute broadcast.

BAMP mural: A visual celebration of the Black and African-American experience

“Music is playing, the sun is shining and a group of artists and students are painting a colorful mural on a wall...” So began the KCLU public radio broadcast on Aug. 26, describing an event that featured the creation of a vibrant new mural on the Campus Center wall. 

On Aug. 24, KCLU news reporter Caroline Feraday was on hand at the Umoja orientation, as artists from the Bay Area Mural Program (BAMP) worked together with Umoja students, their families and members of the Black Faculty and Staff Association to create a project celebrating the Black and African-American experience.
Calling it “a simple scene of joy,” Feraday noted that it provided an opportunity for students to come together and work on an art project in a way that hadn’t been possible during the past two years of the pandemic.

Although planning had been in the works for a couple of months, actual work on the project started when the BAMP artists arrived on Monday, Aug. 22, and continued throughout that week. 

Listen to the KCLU broadcast.

Now that the work has been completed, the next time you come to campus make your way over to the wall of Campus Center that faces the Humanities building to see this inspiring and beautiful work of art for yourself.

View photos of the work in progress during the Umoja orientation and the finished work.
Emma Trelles (photo by Regina Reese)

Emma Trelles receives Academy of American Poets fellowship 

In 2021, composition and creative writing instructor Emma Trelles was named Poet Laureate for the City of Santa Barbara. This year, Emma was selected as one of 22 poets in the United States to be recognized by the Academy of American Poets with a prestigious Poet Laureate Fellowship. As a Poet Laureate Fellow, Trelles will receive a $50,000 stipend to support her public work and craft. Read more in:
S.B. Independent 
S.B. News Press

Carola Smith named Vice President of the School of Extended Learning

At their meeting on Sept. 15, the Board of Trustees announced that Carola Smith has been selected to serve as Vice President of SBCC’s School of Extended Learning. Smith has served as the Interim Vice President, School of Extended Learning for nearly one year and has been with SBCC for more than 25 years. During that time she worked extensively with a variety of academic and student support programs. Read the official press release here.

SBCC ranked among best community colleges in California, an online resource providing information on schools and colleges across the United States, ranked SBCC as the No. 2 best community college in California for 2023. According to one student reviewer, “Santa Barbara City College is an excellent school. The classes are engaging and the professors are especially helpful.”

Cosmetology Program ranked among the best in California

“Best Universities” recently issued their report on the top Cosmetology schools in California, ranking the program at SBCC at No. 5. Known for delivering comprehensive and up-to-date lists of college rankings, Best Universities noted that the SBCC program is highly competitive and that upon graduation, students will be well-trained creative professionals with the fundamental skills needed to pass the California State Board licensing exam. 
At their meeting on Sept. 15, the SBCC Board of Trustees passed a resolution to join in with others across the United States to proclaim Sept.15-Oct 15, 2022, as Hispanic Heritage Month. National Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to honor the invaluable ways in which Hispanics contribute to our society. Read the resolution.

Newest class of the SBCC Vaqueros Hall of Fame announced

The SBCC Athletics department is proud to announce the newest class of the SBCC Vaqueros Hall of Fame inductees, who were honored alongside the 2020 and 2021 Vaquero Hall of Fame inductees at the SBCC football season opener on Sept. 3 against Allan Hancock College.

Read about this year’s inductees.

The 2022-2023 season has begun!

Stay up to date on all the Vaquero teams, all the games, all the scores and all the news at the official website for the Santa Barbara City College Vaqueros.

There you can view current team rosters, purchase tickets to games, read news recaps and more. 

Evelyn Contreras and Tamar Halpern Sept 8-Oct.19

The Atkinson Gallery at SBCC is pleased to present an exhibition of work by Evelyn Contreras and Tamar Halpern, two artists who are inspired by traditional media such as printmaking and painting while incorporating unusual technical skills, digital references and a-typical mediums. Both artists are alumni of the Santa Barbara City College studio art program. Visit the Atkinson Gallery website for more info.

SBCC Music concerts in Sept.

Monday Madness at SOhO, Sept. 26, 7 p.m. This 18-piece band is under the direction of Andrew Martinez. The cover charge is $15 at the door. SOhO Restaurant and Music Club is located at 1221 State Street.
Applied Music Recital #1, Sept. 30,12:30 p.m. SBCC Applied Music students will perform the first of three recitals for the semester on SBCC's main campus in DM 101. Free admission.

The Theatre Group at SBCC presents ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ Oct.12-29, Garvin Theatre

You won’t want to miss this award-winning comedy that is part Monty Python, part Sherlock Holmes. Set in the 1920s on the opening night of the Cornley University Drama Society’s newest production, “The Murder at Haversham Manor,” things quickly go from bad to utterly disastrous. An unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead and actors who trip over everything don’t stop the accident-prone thespians as they battle against all odds to make it through to their final curtain call. Visit The Theatre Group at SBCC website for more information and tickets.

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