A monthly digest of SBCC faculty and staff news
A monthly digest of SBCC faculty and staff news

Cliff Notes: February 2019

Cliff Notes is a monthly digest of faculty and staff news compiled by the Office of Communications. Is there news about your department that you would like to share with the rest of the campus community? Awards, recognitions, longevity, new hires, special lectures, presentations or events? Let us know! You can send items of interest to marketing@sbcc.edu and include "Cliff Notes" in the subject line.
Campus Highlights

February is Black History Month

In observance of Black History Month, SBCC is celebrating and raising awareness with a number of events each week in February, from a "meet and greet" session for faculty, staff and students (Feb. 5) to a film screening of "BlacKkKlansman" (Feb. 12) to various discussion groups. For details on each event, click here...

Faculty and staff: Sign up now for the Scholarship Selection Committee

The scholarship application for 2019-2020 is currently open and will close on March 4, 2019. Once the application is closed, faculty and staff review the hundreds of qualified applications to award students scholarships for the 2019-2020 school year. There are over 150 scholarships students may qualify for and we award between 600-700 students each year. To take part in this process, sign up by Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 – click here.
You can also find more information about the review process here (attached PDF). If you have any questions, email Ivena Sakelarieva, Scholarship Coordinator in the Financial Aid office: igsakelariev@pipeline.sbcc.edu or call (805) 730-4217.
Executive Appointments

Effective Feb. 1, Dr. Melissa Moreno assumed the role of Vice President of the School of Extended Learning, after having served as Interim Vice President since June 2017. The School of Extended Learning includes all of the district's noncredit and fee-based programs, contract education, several off-campus programs, and the Cosmetology Academy.

In December, it was announced that Dr. Pamela Ralston had been selected as the College's permanent Executive Vice President of Educational Programs, after serving as the Interim Vice President for the past year.

Dr. Ralston commented that, "Joining Santa Barbara City College as the permanent Executive Vice President is an enormous privilege. I am excited and honored to be working with the dedicated faculty and staff to build on SBCC’s already strong foundation for student success."
Spring 2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the Faculty Lecture series.
Dr. Jody Millward, Professor of English Composition and Literature, has been selected to present the lecture for this school year on April 3, 2019.

Mark your calendars! Her lecture, "Medea: Tragic Lessons in Leadership, Justice and the Feminine," promises to be one you won't want to miss.
Dr. Judy Sullivan Osterhage received her EdD from Fielding Graduate University in 2018. Her research dissertation title is: "The Importance of Trauma Informed Education for Foster and Adoptive Parents." Judy has been working with families and kids for nearly 40 years. Her goal is to help families find their way through each stage while focusing on teaching tools, skills and strategies for enhancing relationships and making stronger bonds.
Coromoto Galvis, earned her Humanistic Studies PhD in Applied Linguistics on Spanish as a Foreign Language and presented her thesis at Rovira & Virgili University, in Tarragona, Catalunya, Spain on October 26, 2018.
Her thesis, "Cultural Integration and Attitudes Toward English-Spanish Bilingualism of Elementary, Middle and High School Teachers in Ventura County, California, USA," was awarded a Merit Distinction and Cum Laude degree by a jury of three doctorate-level professors from other Spanish Universities specializing in Linguistics.
With her first young adult novel, "Lucy in Her Secret Wood," Christina Pagès has won the Eloquent Quill Award from Literary Classics, which is given once a year for an outstanding work of youth fiction.
No stranger to literary awards, Christina was also the California State Poetry Society's 19th Annual contest winner in 2005, and was given a publication award from the International Society of Poetry for her first collection of poetry, "Shadow Words" (Watermark Press, 2006). 
Of all her writings, "Lucy in Her Secret Wood" is closest to Christina's heart. Read about what inspired her in this recent interview... 

Women's volleyball coach Ed Gover retires after 28 stellar seasons

SBCC women’s volleyball coach Ed Gover announced his retirement on January 22 after an outstanding 28-year career that started in 1991. During that time Gover compiled a 378-216 record and was 190-101 in the Western State Conference North Division with 11 titles. He had his best percentage records in 1999 and 2009 (both 21-3, .875), and his winningest seasons came recently when his teams went 25-4, 23-4 and 21-7 in 2015, 2016 and 2017, for a three-year total of 69-15.
Watch his video interview after his 300th win in 2014...
Chantille Marquez recently joined the team at the School of Extended Learning (Wake Campus) in the role of Student Program Advisor. We are excited to harness her talent to support our adult student population!
When the Camp Fire raged through Butte County last November, Jason Levy, as a member of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue team,  took part in one of the largest search efforts in California history.
Jason, who finished his training not long after the Thomas Fire, headed up north five days after the Camp Fire started. For one week, he and the others worked with rakes and shovels in burned-out properties, clearing things to make it safe for people to return to what was left of their homes and business. 
Upon reflection, Jason said, "There were so many personnel there to help...firefighters, search and rescue teams, utility crews. It was an honor to be among them."

Longevity Recognitions

Each month the college recognizes the longevity and dedication of our employees and the impact that those employees have on students, the institution, and the culture of excellence at Santa Barbara City College. 

At recent Board meetings, the following employees were recognized for a grand total of 45 years of service: 
Lorraine Michalak, Nursing Program Support Specialist, was recognized at the Dec. 13, 2018, Board meeting for her 15 years of service. Pictured with Dr. Beebe and Alan Price, Dean of Educational Programs (Career and Technical Education).
Not pictured:
Sandra Evenson, Technical Services Specialist, was recognized at the Dec. 13, 2018, Board meeting for her 20 years of service.
Melissa Moreno, Vice President, School of Extended Learning, was recognized at the Jan. 24, 2019, Board meeting for her 10 years of service. 
Project Updates

Facilities teams hard at work over the winter break

For Facilities and Operations, the work is never done. While many of us were able to relax over the winter break, Robert Morales, Mark Broomfield and their team set about tackling a list of dozens of maintenance and facility improvement projects planned for this winter. Under wet skies much of the time, the crews have accomplished over half of them so far.
On Dec. 17, Amanda Jacobs from the Office of Communications accompanied Robert and Mark on a tour around main campus, getting a first-hand look and taking photos as they checked in on the work being done.
Click here to see some of the photos that were taken that day...
Upcoming Events

Oak Group Exhibition at SBCC Atkinson Gallery to benefit
Los Padres Forest Watch

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the San Rafael Wilderness, the Oak Group's exhibition "In Wildness" opened Jan. 25 at the Atkinson Gallery. The show features landscape paintings by members of the Oak Group highlighting the Wilderness Area in Los Padres National Forest. Oak Group artists are passionate about nature and committed to preserving local lands for wildlife, recreation, ranching and farming. A panel discussion featuring Oak Group artists will be held Wednesday, Feb. 27, 5 p.m., in the Humanities building, room 111. 

Film Screening: BlacKkKlansman

With six Academy Award nominations, BlacKkKlansman is a must-see film. You'll have your chance to view it on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 3 p.m. when the Umoja Community and the Center for Equity and Social Justice present it in room WCC-207.
Directed by Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman is, according to one reviewer, "a well-crafted dramatization of real events and one of Spike Lee's more effective cinematic sermons on racism in recent memory."

"Culturally Responsive Teaching Methods" conference

As part of the "Courageous Conversations for Outrageous Times" event series, Thomas A. Carrasco, Ph.D., has organized a conference that will focus on teaching methods that have been designed to teach historically marginalized populations in the United States.
Faculty are invited to WCC 216 from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, Feb. 8. All members of campus are invited from 1 to 4 p.m.


The Theatre Group at SBCC will present the Pulitzer Prize winning play, "Harvey," by Mary Chase, February 27 – March 16, 2019, in the Garvin Theatre.
Join the fun as a mild-mannered, middle-aged man, an imaginary six-foot-tall white rabbit named Harvey and family members concerned about their social standing, make for lighthearted chaos in this classic comedy, directed by R. Michael Gros. 
SBCC staff and faculty with ID can get two free tickets to either preview performance on Feb. 27 or 28. Official opening night is March 1. Tickets can be purchased online at www.theatregroupsbcc.com or at the Garvin Theatre Box Office: 805-965-5935.

Dr. Ana Castillo: Book reading, lecture and Q&A, March 6

Poet, author and activist scholar, Dr. Ana Castillo, will be on campus Wednesday evening, March 6, 6 p.m., as part of the "Courageous Conversations for Outrageous Times" event series. Her book, "Black Dove: Mama, Mi'jo, and Me," looks are what it means to be a single, brown, feminist parent in a world of mass incarceration, racial profiling, and police brutality. Through humor and love, Castillo weaves intergenerational stories traveling from Mexico City to Chicago.

REMINDER: Campuses closed for Presidents' Day holiday (4-day weekend)

In observance of Abraham Lincoln's birthday and George Washinton's birthday, all three SBCC campuses (Main campus, Wake campus and Schott campus) will be closed Friday, Feb 15 and Monday, Feb. 18.
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