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APRIL 2021

SBCC ranked No. 2 Community College in the U.S. for 2021

Best Value Schools has ranked Santa Barbara City College as the No. 2 Best Online College among community colleges in the nation for 2021. Their rankings explore multiple categories designed to help students looking for the best and most affordable schools including amenities and overall valuable college experiences that suit their needs. Read more...

Luz Reyes-Martin honored by AWC-SB

Luz Reyes-Martin, Executive Director of Public Affairs and Communications at SBCC, is one of two women to be honored by the Santa Barbara Chapter of the Association for Women in Communications (AWC-SB) at the 13th Annual Women of Achievement Awards on April 30. Starshine Roshell, award-winning journalist and previous recipient of the Women of Achievement Award will emcee the event. Read the Noozhawk story...

Ezekiel Contreras Forrest honored with Leadership Award

Ezekiel Contreras Forrest has been awarded one of three Board of Governors Student Leadership Awards, initiated for the first time in 2021. The awards were presented by Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley and student members of the California Community College Board of Governors at the opening of the General Assembly for the Student Senate of the California Community Colleges. 

Student filmmaker Benny Chen receives attention – and awards –  at major film festivals worldwide

Poster for “Sunshine in the Rain”
When setting out to create his first film, the goal of film production student Benny Chen and his cast and crew was “to produce a high quality, festival-worthy film that can connect and touch people’s hearts.” His short film, “Sunshine in the Rain,” does just that.
A story of lost love and courage, “Sunshine in the Rain” was chosen to be an official selection at both the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and the Amsterdam World International Film Festival. While the winner has yet to be announced, it was also named as a finalist for Best Short Feature at the Vancouver Independent Film Festival. 
In February it received awards for Best Student Film and Best First-time Director from Los Angeles Cinematography AWARDS (LACA). In March the Los Angeles Film Awards named “Sunshine in the Rain” the Best Narrative Short Film, Best Drama, and finalist for Best Picture. Benny Chen also won for Best First-time Director. 
In a recent interview with SBCC’s student newspaper, The Channels, Benny said, “Filming, to me, is a tool to help broken hearts.”

Justin Usami participates in SBIFF 10-10-10

Each year, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) sponsors the 10-10-10 Screenwriting and Filmmaking Mentorship and Competition, a five-month program for 10 high school and 10 college students to create 10 films to be screened for the public. Read about SBCC film production student Justin Usami...

‘SBCC Stories’ streaming through April 17

SBCC Theatre Arts Department has compiled personal, touching and humorous stories written and performed by students, staff and faculty. Directed by Maggie Mixsell, all will be available for online streaming through April 17. Purchase a ticket for one or more chapters. Each chapter: $10 general/$5 senior, student, SBCC staff. Click to purchase tickets or call (805) 965-5935, Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Chapter 1 - “Friends and Family” featuring stories written by:
John Behring, Paloma Espino, Kyndra Gedney, Laura Kenig, Stuart Orenstein, Sara Ostrowski, Lois Phillips, Becky Saffold, Sue Smiley and Scout Wilkins.

Chapter 2
- “The Unexpected” featuring stories written by:
Seema Chopra, Sarah Fenstermaker, Claire Hofer, Tanya Jefferson, Mason Levy, Lisa Marciano, Brian Silsbury, Seth Streich, Helen Sun Wong and Raven Wylde.

Chapter 3 - “Discoveries” featuring stories written by:
Kiran Dhillon, Ann Dusenberry, Martha Garcia, Jack Johnston, Colby Noakes, Christina Pages, Maggie Powell, Sally Saenger, Joseph Simmons and Ida Wadman.

‘The Thin Man’ live radio play

The Theatre Group at SBCC presents a production of Dashiell Hammett’s mystery, “The Thin Man” as a live radio play, based on the Lux Radio Theatre script from 1934. Enjoy the fun and mystery as Nick and Nora Charles are drawn into the seamy side of crime as amateur sleuths, while living the high life of martinis and champagne. Streaming begins April 21 and runs through May 8. For tickets, go to The Theatre Group website or call the box office, (805) 965-5935, Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.– 3 p.m. 

2021 Annual Student Exhibition online through May 7

The Art Department is pleased to present the 2021 Annual Student Exhibition, which includes the full range of media taught in the department: 2D design, 3D design, drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. The exhibit will remain on view online through Friday, May 7. 

SBCC Music streams another live concert

SBCC Music Department continues to make history as the only college big band in the world performing live from their homes. The performance on April 12 featured the SBCC Lunch Break Big Band and composer and big band leader Elliot Deutsch. If you missed the live event, watch the archived concert here.  A complete list of upcoming event can be found on the SBCC Music YouTube page...

SBCC parking lots provided drive-in movie venues during Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Dr. Anselmo Villanueva selected to serve as the new Executive Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

SBCC is pleased to announce that Dr. Anselmo Villanueva has been selected to serve as the new Executive Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Dr. Villanueva, who was born and raised in Santa Barbara and has deep roots in the local community, has enjoyed a long career in education at all levels, from preschool through graduate school. His career has been dedicated to diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice, especially ensuring access to education by students who have been traditionally underrepresented, marginalized or otherwise disenfranchised from the system.
A press release describing Dr. Villanueva’s experience in more detail will be issued soon.

Upcoming SBCC Board of Trustees Meeting - April 22

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, and in compliance with the Governor’s Executive Orders N-29-20 and N-33-20, the Board has temporarily suspended physical meetings. To watch via livestream, you can find the link after 1 p.m. on the day of the meeting posted on SBCC Official social media channels:

The Board meeting will be captioned and if there are any other accommodations required, contact by 4 p.m. of the day before the Board meeting. The agenda for Board meetings can be found at least 72 hours prior to the meeting on the Board webpage. Past meetings can be viewed here:

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