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

Cliff Notes: August 2019

Cliff Notes is a monthly digest of faculty and staff news compiled by the SBCC 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

Girls Inc. on campus for summer day camp program

SBCC was pleased to host Girls Inc. from Carpinteria and Goleta in July for an exciting summer program that focuses on developing new skills, engaging in experiential learning activities, and exploring creativity. Over the course of five days the girls experienced hands-on activities with Esther Frankel (CIS), Nathalie Guebbels (computer science), Geordie Armstrong (earth sciences), Nina Grimison (math lab), Amy Thompson (physics), and Jen Maupin (biology).

District Sustainability Plan approved by Board of Trustees

The District Sustainability Plan, first implemented in 2014, was updated this year with new campus baselines and defined goals using benchmarks. Progress on the District's goals are identified in the Plan, and completed with the collaboration of over 60 various stakeholders (students, staff and faculty). View the Plan...

LEARN committee honored with Dr. John W. Rice Diveristy and Equity Award

From left: Professor Carrie Hutchinson, Professor Clara Oropeza, Board of Governors President Tom Epstein, Associate Dean Christopher Johnson, SBCC Associated Student Government President Alexandra Montes De Oca, Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley, Professor Elizabeth Imhof, Professor Thomas Carrasco, Learning Resource Director Vandana Gavakar, SBCC Executive Vice President Pamela Ralston, and SBCC Interim Superintendent/President Helen Benjamin.
At an award ceremony in Sacramento on July 16, Santa Barbara City College was recognized for the second year in a row for its outstanding efforts to improve student equity and diversity.

The prestigious Dr. John W. Rice Diversity and Equity Award was presented by California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley to the SBCC Academic Senate committee “Leaders for Equity, Antiracism and Reparations Now” (LEARN).

LEARN organizes and offers rigorous, meaningful anti-racism training for cohorts of 40-45 people at a time, ultimately inviting cohort graduates to join the SBCC antiracism community where they can immediately plug into a group of people committed to working for an equitable campus. 

Peter Georgakis: 50 years of teaching, and counting...

Peter Georgakis, professor of mathematics, will be starting his 50th year of teaching this fall, 35 of them at SBCC. Georgakis was awarded the Presidential Award by the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges in 2011. The most prestigious award that the Mathematical Association gives, it is awarded every two years to an individual for outstanding contributions and dedicated service to two-year mathematics education. Peter was also the 1997 Hayward Award recipient, the highest award given to a California Community College instructor, and was named the SBCC Faculty Lecturer in 2005. He was a high school Teacher of the Year Award winner in 1976 and the Career Education Corporation’s 2006 Educator of the Year.
Bravo, Peter. Here's to many more years!

Don Barthelmess to head Santa Barbara Maritime Museum Board

The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (SBMM) has announced its Board of Directors officers for 2019-20, and our own Don Barthelmess, professor and former director of the Marine Technology Program, has been named the new Board president. Read more about it in Noozhawk...
In Memorium

Sandra Allain remembers John Dunn, who passed away on March 16, 2019:

"John Dunn was an educator, a mentor and a family man. He enriched the community through his leadership of the School of Culinary Arts. He worked tirelessly for the school and the countless number of students that went through the program. He served as a role model to many individuals (which includes five of us who are currently on staff). John taught students from the first day how the culinary profession was not for everyone. Attendance, punctuality, uniformity, teamwork, long hours and hard work were a big part of his work ethics that he instilled upon on his students. Rest in peace, John, and thank you for making many of us who we are today."

Carola Smith: Dean of Educational Programs

While serving as Senior Director for International Programs, Carola Smith also took on the position of Interim Dean of Educational Programs for the Business Divsion in February, 2018. This past June she accepted that role on a permanent basis. Under her leadership International Programs and Study Abroad have been recognized as model programs for the state.
Well done and congratulations, Carola!

Cindy Carrillo: Director of Human Resources

Welcome to Cindy Carrillo, who joined us on May 20, 2019 as SBCC's new Director of Human Resources. Cindy holds a Master of Business Administration, Business & Strategy and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She brings fourteen years of HR leadership and generalist experience to SBCC. Her participatory management style, history of positive relationships, strong work ethic and customer service are exceptional qualities which make her a welcome addition to the Human Resources team.  

John Connelly: Director of the Atkinson Gallery

John Connelly has been selected as the new Director of the Atkinson Gallery. An independent curator and consultant based in Santa Barbara since 2014, he is also a co-founder of High Desert Test Sites, an experimental exhibition platform based in Joshua Tree, CA. John holds a bachelor's dgree in Art History from the State University of New York at Purchase and did his master’s studies at Hunter College. He has previously taught in the Art Market Studies program at the State University of New York, Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT).

MaryLou Hernandez is the newest addition to the Enrollment Services team. She will serve as one of the Student Success Coordinators, alongside Kristy Renteria and Elizabeth Stein.  

Many of you already know MaryLou from her impressive work in EOPS overseeing the Guardian Scholars Programs, Peer Mentors, Running Start and the EOPS Club. Prior to SBCC, she worked for the Santa Barbara Unified School District in the Child Development Program for nine years and at Antioch University Santa Barbara as an admissions advisor. 
After 12 years as an adjunct instructor for noncredit English as a Second Language (ESL), Sachiko Oates begins her new role in the School of Extended Learning as the Noncredit Coordinator. 

Sachiko began her career in education in 2000 in Japan and learned English as a Second Language. After immigrating to the U.S. as an adult, she earned a master's degree in Education. Overseeing our noncredit ESL program will be her first assignment. She also servies as the faculty liaison and the inaugural noncredit senator with Academic Senate.

Scott Kennedy: "Most Miles Biked"

At the 2019 CycleMAYnia Bike Challenge Awards ceremony that took place on June 6 at Goleta Beach Park, SBCC's Scott Kennedy (Database Administrator) was awarded "Most Miles Biked— Male Rider," having cycled 1,232 miles! Ninety-six teams competed and by biking instead of driving for their trips, they curbed as much as 24 tons of CO2.
From left: Helen Benjamin, Grace Twedt, Carola Smith

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 the June 27 Board meeting, these employees were recognized: 

Amanda Neal: Degree Analyst, 10 years
Enrique Valladares: Food Service Facility Operator, 10 years

Employees recognized at July 18 meeting:
Grace Twedt: Administrative Assistant, 10 years
Devin Lanei: Network Specialist, 20 years      
David Wong: Director of Instructional Technology, 35 years 


Ruie Garnica joined SBCC this summer as the new Purchasing and Warehouse Manager. Ruie comes to us with years of experience in inventory management and purchasing, aerospace and K-12 education. She holds a bachelor's degree in Organizational Leadership and an associate's degree in Business Administration. She recently completed California Association of School Business Officials' Chief Business Official certification program and is currently working toward certification as a California Public Purchasing Officer. Welcome, Ruie!


The Student Finance Department is proud to welcome Stephanie Linnander to their team. Many of you already know Stephanie from her various roles on our campus: She began as a student studying Business Administration and as a student worker in Security before transitioning to an hourly worker in Admissions and Records. As of July, she became a permanent, full time Account Technician in Student Finance. Stephanie speaks English, Swedish and American Sign Language. Well done, Stephanie!
Project Updates

New SBCC website

The public launch of the new college website is scheduled for Monday, August 12. It's still in development but you are encouraged to preview it now: http://dev.sbcc.edu. Until we go live with the public launch we would appreciate it if you would not share the link since it is still a work-in-progress. If you notice any issues (pages missing, broken links, incorrect information, etc.) you can report them using the "Website Issue Report Form." NOTE: The search function won't work until after we switch the domain over for go-live.

Title IX: Sexual Misconduct and Harassment

Sexual misconduct is everyone's issue. Over the summer Linda Esparza Dozer, our Title IX Coordinator, has been conducting small group meetings to raise awareness about Title IX and its protections. Incidents of sexual misconduct and/or harassment should be reported to her via email at lmesparza@pipeline.sbcc.edu, in person at Room A122, by phone at (805) 730-4303, or through the "Report a Concern" form. A complaint may also be filed with the State Chancellor's Office, 1102 Q Street, Sacramento, CA 95811. 

"Student of Concern" report is now "Report a Concern"

SBCC strives to be a safe and positive learning and working environment for all students, staff, faculty and community members. However, in the event that you feel unsafe or have a concern to address, please complete the "Report a Concern" form. SBCC uses this form for all complaints and concerns, including: Discrimination/Hate Crimes, Disruptive Behavior, Grievances, Personal Wellness, Title IX (Dating/Domestic Violence, Sexual Harassment/Assault, Stalking) and Threatening/Violent Behavior (Written/Verbal).
Recent Press Releases
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Upcoming Event: In-Service August 22 -23
The In-Service for Faculty and Staff will take place on Thursday, August 22. Everyone is encouraged to come and mingle starting at 8:30 a.m. The program will start at 9 a.m. Department meetings will take place on Friday, August 23. 

The agenda will be emailed in the next couple of weeks. 
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