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

Cliff Notes: February 2021

During this time of working from home and social distancing, Cliff Notes employee newsletter is one way we can keep our campus community together. As usual, if there is news about your department that you would like to share in future issues (awards, recognitions, special lectures, presentations or events you are conducting via Zoom, etc.), let us know. You can send items of interest to marketing@sbcc.edu and include “Cliff Notes” in the subject line.
Campus Highlights

Spring In-Service Feb. 5, 1-5 p.m.

Welcome back and Happy New Year! We persevered through the Fall and now there is much to look forward to for Spring. Join us for the virtual all-campus Spring 2021 In-Service for important updates from Dr. Goswami and Dr. Ralston. In addition, the event aims to support all employees at the college by providing educational workshops and breakout sessions. To participate, follow the instructions below...

Prior to the day of In-Service:
  1. Open the Spring 2021 In-Service Agenda where you will find all available workshop sessions.
  2. To register for your workshop session, click on “Workshop links can be found in the FLEX system.” (If you need assistance in using the FLEX system to register for your workshop click on “For FLEX instructions, click here.”)
On the day of In-Service (Friday, Feb. 5):
  1. Go to the bottom of the In-Service Agenda and click on the “Click Here for All-Campus Session Zoom Link” for the first part of In-Service.
  2. To access the break-out workshop sessions, use the Zoom meeting link that was provided in the workshop session you signed up for.
If you have any questions, contact Grace Twedt (gtwedt@sbcc.edu).

Connect with colleagues via Vaquero Voices podcasts

Vaquero Voices hosts Webmaster Hong Lieu and Senior Admissions Tech Akil Hill
One of the highlights of working on campus has always been the opportunity to have casual, informal conversations with colleagues while lunching at the JSB, walking down hallways or grabbing a coffee. If you miss those days, check out “Vaquero Voices,” the regular podcast where Hong and Akil chat with members of staff and faculty about news, events, food, books, movies, music, television, etc. Their goal is to encourage rapport among distinct constituency groups on all three campuses and to demonstrate how strong and diverse the SBCC community is. The two most recent episodes are described below. You can access links to every episode here... 
Episode 11 - Andy Gil and Cosima Celmayster
On Dec. 2, Akil and Hong welcomed Andy and Cosima from Academic Counseling to discuss how counseling continues to help students with their academic planning even in a remote environment. From there, the discussion shifts to high school counseling, carne asada, whiskey cake, Colin Wilson's “The Outsider, and HBO’s “The Undoing.”

Episode 12 - Dr. Donte Newman and Roxane Byrne

Akil and Hong kicked off season two on Jan. 20 by welcoming Roxane Byrne and Dr. Donte Newman to discuss their web program “The America We Know" and the life journeys that led them to SBCC. The show ends with everyone sharing some books and shows that have been helping them stay engaged in “higher learning.”
Awards and Grants

Atkinson Gallery receives Getty Foundation grant for “Pacific Standard Time” 

Left: Tanya Aguiñiga, “Cosas que Sangran,” 2020. Braided cotton rope, cochineal dye, heckled flax. Right: Porfirio Gutiérrez, “Ritual Series.” Textile dyed with cochineal insects. Photographed on the main plaza in Teotitlán del Valle Oaxaca. Photograph: Javier Lazo Gutiérrez.
SBCC’s Atkinson Gallery and the SBCC Foundation are pleased to announce they have been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Getty Foundation to prepare for the next edition of the region-wide arts initiative Pacific Standard Time, scheduled to open in 2024.

Pacific Standard Time is an unprecedented series of collaborations among institutions across Southern California, in which organizations simultaneously present research-based exhibitions, publications, performances and public conversations that explore and illuminate a significant theme in the region’s cultural history. The Atkinson Gallery is among 45 prestigious Southern California-based institutions to receive a grant, including the Academy of Motion Pictures, UCLA School of Arts and Architecture, the Skirball Cultural Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art, L.A.
among others. 
Student Program Advisor at The WELL Becky Bean

The WELL receives Exemplary Program Award

The WELL, SBCC’s Student Health and Wellness Services Center, received the California Community Colleges Board of Governors Exemplary Program Award for 2020-21. The WELL offers holistic health and wellness workshops, skills building, group counseling and related services, and has had an interactive virtual presence since January, 2019. That experience proved critical during a transition that ensured students had equitable access to health and wellness education through remote learning. Read the press release here... 

SBCC rated among top 10 community colleges in U.S. by Intelligent.com

SBCC has been named among the top 10 best community colleges in the U.S. — in addition to receiving top rankings for its medical coding and photography programs — by Intelligent.com for 2021. Intelligent.com’s comprehensive research guide is based on an assessment of 2,277 accredited colleges and universities. Each program is evaluated based on curriculum quality, faculty, graduation rate, reputation and post-graduate employment. SBCC was recognized for the following: 

California Online Colleges ranks SBCC among top 15

Once again, SBCC has been ranked among the Best Online Community Colleges in California, this time by California Online Colleges (CAOnlineColleges.com). Rated No. 11 overall, SBCC is also rated among the best in several individual categories, including Top Hispanic-Serving Online Colleges, Most Adult Student Friendly Online Colleges and Most Disability Friendly Online Colleges in California.

Click here for more information...

The Theatre Group at SBCC honored by BroadwayWorld

When the winners were announced on Jan. 14, 2021, for the 2020 Regional BroadwayWorld Awards, The Theatre Group at SBCC took home three major awards:

Director of a Play of the Decade:
Katie Laris - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

Production of a Play of the Decade:
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

Best Theatre Staff: The Theatre Group at SBCC

Congratulations, all! 
Scholarships and Review Committees

Help students while earning professional growth hours at the same time

The Financial Aid Office is looking for volunteers interested in participating in scholarship committees. Scholarship committees are responsible for determining the recipients and alternates of the general and cross disciplinary scholarships listed in the scholarship opportunities booklet. All SBCC staff and faculty members are eligible. Click here for more information and the link to the sign up form...

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 Dec. 17, 2020, Board of Trustees meeting, the following employees were recognized for a total of 80 years of service: 
  • Cindy Long, PABX Operator/Receptionist – 10 years
  • Vanessa Pelton, Director, Enrollment and Retention Services – 15 years
  • Jason Thornell, Technical Services Specialist – 30 years
  • Michael Whitham, Warehouse Assistant – 30 years
At the Jan. 28, 2021 Board of Trustees meeting, the following employees were recognized for a total of 85 years of service:
  • Michelle Detorie, Laboratory Teaching Assistant – 10 years
  • Janine Draper, Network Specialist – 15 years
  • Lisa Kellogg-Saunders, Accountant – 20 years
  • Estela Lopez, Payroll Coordinator – 15 years
  • David Montoya, Warehouse Assistant – 10 years
  • Gregory Talbott, Warehouse Assistant – 10 years
Upcoming Events

Theatre Arts department looking for “SBCC Stories”

Do you have a story to tell? Whimsical, poignant, comical, surprising? The SBCC Theatre Arts Department is looking for story submissions from the SBCC faculty, staff and students for their upcoming streamed production of “SBCC Stories,” directed by Maggie Mixsell. You are invited to submit your written personal story, not to exceed 1400 words, for consideration to be performed by the author (or other actor if needed). Click here for information and the submission form. Deadline is Feb. 5 to submit your story. 

SBCC employees on track to receive COVID-19 vaccinations

According to a recent release from the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, those who work in the education sector (including SBCC) will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination as early as February. Dr. Goswami urges everyone to remain cautious and that “vaccinations are right around the corner.” Read the story in The Channels...
In Memorium

Steven Ken Ota

Longtime SBCC employee Steven Ken Ota (“Sensei Steve”) passed away peacefully on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, from lung cancer at the assisted living facility Casa Los Padres in Santa Barbara. A member of the renowned Ota family of the Judo/Aikido Cultural and Ballroom Dancing School in Goleta, Steve worked with the HIT/CIM Department for many years. He started as a student at SBCC, interned with IT, and then worked on an hourly basis helping students and faculty in the HIT/CIM Department. Read his obituary in the S.B. Independent...
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