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SBCC Foundation holds President’s Circle Fall Reception

On September 29, the SBCC Foundation held a lovely President’s Circle Fall Reception on the campus’s Garvin Patio. About 50 major donors, Foundation board and staff, and SBCC leadership mingled on the patio while enjoying expansive ocean and mountain views, libations and live music. Read the story that appeared in the Oct. 7 issue of the S.B. Independent here.

COVID vaccination deadline covered by KEYT-TV

On Sept. 30, KEYT’s John Palminteri visited the SBCC main campus to talk with students about the COVID-19 vaccination requirement and the $100 cash incentive being offered to those who received their shots and uploaded their vaccination cards by the Oct. 1 deadline. Watch the report here.

SBCC Theatre Group opens 75th anniversary season with ‘Ripcord’

The Theatre Group at Santa Barbara City College celebrates a remarkable 75 years in operation this season. The company traces its roots to 1946, when performances began at the Alhecama Theater. Now proudly occupying the beautifully remodeled Garvin Theater on SBCC’s West Campus, the Group presents “Ripcord” through Oct. 30. Read the S.B. Independent story here.

Two SBCC athletes recognized by local and statewide groups

Paige Rudi of the SBCC women’s volleyball team was named the California Community College Women’s Volleyball Association (CCCWVCA) State Player of the Week on Oct. 11. In addition, she received honorable mention as the week’s female athlete of the week by Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table. Eden Tal of the SBCC water polo team also received honorable mention from the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table on Oct. 11.
To keep up to date on SBCC athletics news, visit the Official Home for SBCC Vaqueros.

SBCC Theatre Arts Department presents ‘Laughing with Durang’ 

Join our talented students as they present an evening of short plays by the much-celebrated playwright Christopher Durang, whose unique blend of humor and quirkiness will be fully on display in the intimate Jurkowitz Theatre, Nov. 10-20.

SBCC receives Hispanic-Serving Institution program grant

On Sept. 1, SBCC was awarded a Title V “Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (DHSI) Program” grant. The grant award is for nearly $3 million over a five-year period starting Oct. 1, 2021. 

The grant has five main objectives: expand outreach, enrollment and academic planning; increase completion in transfer level math and English; increase first to second year retention rate; decrease time to degree completion; and increase transfers to four-year institutions. 

Dr. Melissa Menendez, chair of the English Department, has been selected to lead the college in achieving these objectives as the grant director. 

By definition, Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) are colleges or universities where Hispanic students comprise at least 25 percent of the full-time equivalent student body. Hispanic Serving Institutions must be certified as such by the U.S. Department of Education.

Board approves Juneteenth as official college holiday 

At their Sept. 23 meeting, the SBCC Board of Trustees approved Juneteenth as an official college holiday. Observed on June 19, Juneteenth is celebrated in commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19 that the Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas, with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. In 2021 Juneteenth was made a federal holiday. Visit the Juneteenth website for more information.

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