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

Cliff Notes: June 2022

Although many of us have returned to campus, many continue to work remotely. During this time of transition, Cliff Notes employee newsletter is still 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 on campus or 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

Commencement in-person once again!

It was a picture-perfect day on May 13, when under clear blue skies faculty, staff, administrators, trustees, family and friends gathered at La Playa Stadium to celebrate commencement day for the 1,449 students in the Class of 2022. Students from previous years 2020 and 2021 who didn't receive an in-person commencement ceremony due to the pandemic were also invited to “walk” and be recognized for their achievements.
After opening remarks from Interim Superintendent/President Dr. Kindred Murillo and Academic Senate President Dr. Raeanne Napoleon, student speaker Lisandra Barrera-Rising took to the podium. Delivering an inspiring account of her academic journey, she also praised her fellow graduates for their tenacity and perseverance for completing their classes in the middle of a pandemic. 

A total of 3,611 degrees or certificates were awarded, with 585 students graduating with honors and receiving gold tassels. Though the average graduate was about 26 years of age, the oldest was 83 and the youngest was 16. A majority of the graduates were women, representing 64 percent of the class.

Thanks to everyone who played a role in helping students achieve their goals, and to those who participated in the preparation and setting up of this special event.

View more photos.
Watch a recording of the livestream event.
Read coverage of the event in Noozhawk.
Watch the KEYT-TV story.

Lunar eclipse and stargazing party

On Sunday, May 15, the SBCC Astronomy Club hosted a Total Lunar Eclipse Viewing Party. Earth and Planetary Sciences professor Sean Kelly kept everyone informed and entertained with facts and stories about the night sky. Here’s a description of the event in Sean’s own words: “We were so happy to have so many of our classmates, colleagues, friends and family members come out to join us! Right on schedule, the moon rose and was already in the umbra of the Earth (the darkest part of the Earth’s shadow). The moon was totally eclipsed by 8:30 and we enjoyed almost an hour and half of the “blood-red moon.” The color of the moon comes from the simultaneous sunrises and sunsets around the Earth refracting their light through the atmosphere and into the shadow. Thank you to photography professor Bruce Burkhardt for the beautiful montage of the eclipse. Besides looking at the eclipse, we were able to look at star clusters, nebulae and even another galaxy! The next lunar eclipse is scheduled for Nov. 8, 2022. Totality begins at 2:16 a.m.! See you there!”
Faculty and Staff

Chelsea Lancaster honored as Outstanding Classified Employee of the Year 2022

Chelsea works as a student program advisor in the EOPS department. She has worked at SBCC for 14 years in various roles that support our students who are parents, as well as supporting the well-being of the SBCC community. Her primary role has been coordinating the SPARC (Single Parent Arriving Ready for College) program as well as being the CARE/CalWorks advisor at the college. Aside from her role as a SPA, she has served on many committees through her tenure at the college.   
Chelsea currently serves on the CSEA negotiation team, is part of the CSEA Political Action Committee, serves on many hiring committees as the equity representative and is a collaborative member of the Title V HSI Grant collaboration team. Those who have had the opportunity to work alongside her have most certainly witnessed her tireless and unwavering commitment to serving the most marginalized students on campus and throughout Santa Barbara County. Her contributions to the college run deep, her influence in the community is long-term, and her collaborative commitment to change is exceptional.
Honorable Mentions
 Becky Saffold
Becky works as an Administrative Assistant II for the Dean of Student Services. In this role, she wears many hats. During the pandemic, she stepped in to assist with phone and chat times for multiple departments in Student Services. She also coordinated the details for the re-opening of the Student Services building — from creating signage, to working with facilities and IT, to getting PPE, to helping staff and students check out Chromebooks. She even brought in an impressive array of homemade baked goods to welcome everyone back to the office. She treats all students and colleagues with utmost kindness and respect and consistently displays a warmth and professionalism that is a testament to how much she cares about the SBCC community. 
James Watson
James works in the Music department as the lab teaching assistant. He assists faculty with various budgets, student worker needs, room schedules and equipment issues. He is always quick with a reply or a solution to a problem. After COVID brought every department to a screeching halt, he helped the students and faculty learn Jamulus, a new software program that allows music students to interact and perform in real time online. The result was SBCC becoming the first college in the nation to have live performances of students from their homes over Zoom in a real-time concert. He does his work without complaint or self-aggrandizement and is always available to help faculty and students alike.
Chien-ei Yu
Chien-ei Yu is a lab teaching assistant for the Film and TV Production department. In this role she works closely with students and faculty managing a huge inventory of state-of-the-art equipment and making sure that student film-makers are able to get what they need when they need it. She is an excellent communicator and works superbly with other departments helping to build a stronger campus community. She is 100% reliable and will follow through on what needs to be done. She is unremittingly positive and can-do. She is also active with anti-racism education work groups. 
Tracy Reynolds
Tracy is a Lab Tech in the Chemistry Department. She goes above and beyond for her department. She has been the sole stockroom worker since September 2018, ever since her counterpart left the department. This whole time she has been doing the work of two people, working overtime each and every week, and not compromising on the quality of the service she provides. She has ensured the educational experience of hundreds of chemistry students is not only available to them, but at the highest level of excellence. She also is a safety officer, is a member of the Facilities and Safety Committee and takes advantage of professional development with a focus on equity and anti-racism.

Faculty and staff longevity celebration luncheon

At a catered luncheon on the West Campus lawn on May 5, Interim Superintendent/President Dr. Murillo, deans and managers honored 95 long-serving faculty and staff members who in 2020-2022 reached the milestones of 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 45 years of service. It was typical May weather for Santa Barbara — cool and cloudy — but laughter and smiles all around brightened the day.
Vaquero Voices Podcast
Webmaster Hong Lieu and and Senior Admissions Tech Akil Hill
Continuing their casual, informal conversations with facutly and staff, Hong and Akil got together in May with two of our colleagues to talk about school, food, music and culture. Check out current and past episodes here...
Episode 28 — On May 4, Akil and Hong welcomed John Connelly to the show. John is the director of the Atkinson Gallery on campus, and along with discussing the gallery and how students and community members can visit, the trio also touched on topics ranging from one’s “curatorial eye” to Japanese food, Ke Huy Quan, Robert Glasper and various things in-between.
Episode 29 — On May 18, Akil and Hong welcomed SBCC men’s basketball/women’s golf coach Devin Engebretsen to talk about SBCC athletics and Devin's path from Modesto to Santa Barbara. In the process, the conversation moved from barbecue spareribs to Trader Joe’s japchae to Thai ice cream pop-ups. In addition, Devin talked about his lifelong love of Star Wars, Hong talked up The Sandlot and Akil highlighted Cinemax/HBO’s Warrior.
Upcoming Events

Coming in July: ‘Something Rotten!’

You won’t want to miss this large multi-generational musical. Set in England in the 1590s, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rockstar known as “The Bard.” When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. But amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self...and all that jazz. SBCC employees with ID can get two free tickets for either the July 6 or 7 preview performance. 
Directed by Katie Laris
Musical Direction by David Potter
Choreography by Christina McCarthy
Performances July 6-23
Visit The Theatre Group at SBCC website or call 805-965-5935 to purchase tickets.
Tickets go on sale June 21.

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