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

Cliff Notes: SEPTEMBER 2021

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.
New Leadership for 2021-2022

Welcome Interim President/Superintendent Dr. Kindred Murillo

At their meeting on Aug. 26, the Board of Trustees announced that Dr. Kindred Murillo was selected to serve as Interim Superintendent/President of SBCC. The contract will be for a one-year appointment beginning September 7, 2021.
In a recent interview, Dr. Murillo outlined her goal for the coming year: “As someone who believes in the power of community colleges to change lives, my goal for Santa Barbara City College is to facilitate the strengths of SBCC to ensure we are focused on every group of students. SBCC has some extraordinary students, faculty, staff and leadership, and I hope to empower them to do great work. That's what leaders do, create the conditions for everyone to do great work.”
Campus Highlights

Welcome back to campus for Fall 2021!

Those of you who have already returned to campus are well aware of the COVID-19 safety protocols now in place, but for those who haven't returned yet – or are working remotely but may need to come to campus as some point – you'll want to check out the following:

Video prepares students for returning to campus

Over the summer, the Office of Communications and the Office of Student Affairs partnered with a local production company to produce a video welcoming students back to campus and showing them what to expect regarding safety protocols. The video is just under three minutes and includes detailed, vital information that everyone needs to know about returning to campus. Watch the English version here. Watch the Spanish version here. 

SBCC welcomes Promise students in outdoor celebration

On Aug. 12 at the Campus Store Plaza, SBCC Enrollment and Retention Services and the SBCC Foundation hosted a “Signing Day” celebratory event for SBCC Promise students who were getting ready to join our college this Fall. There were prizes, giveaways and every eligible student received an SBCC T-shirt. The event was modeled after Michelle Obama’s “Better Make Room” campaign.

Annual Report to the Community 2020-2021

We can probably all agree that the 2020-2021 academic year was the most challenging in SBCC history. Yet despite the disruption the pandemic posed to teaching, learning and our providing a myriad of support services, the SBCC community rallied to meet the challenges head on – and with great success.

SB Ecological and Edible Garden project receives 2021 Golden Leaf Award

Earlier this year, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded the Santa Barbara City College Foundation a sizable grant for a project to connect students and residents to a network of edible gardens and foster a connection to local ecosystems. That project, called the Santa Barbara Ecological and Edible (SBEE) Garden Project, has recently received a 2021 Golden Leaf Award from Santa Barbara Beautiful. 
A collaborative effort, the SBEE Garden Project brings together SBCC faculty and students, elementary school students and their families, researchers, educators, garden enthusiasts and the community as a whole. Among the award recipients are Adam Green, SBCC professor of biology and environmental studies; Daniel Parra Hensel, SBCC instructor of environmental horticulture; and Rachel Johnson, chief program officer, Santa Barbara City College Foundation.
SBCC’s COVID Response Team
From left: Michael Yee, Dana Billilngs, Timothy Fouch
In order to create and maintain a safe and healthy environment on campus for students, staff and faculty this fall, SBCC has hired a team of three medical professionals to act as COVID compliance officers, response coordinators, and liaisons between public health officials and the campus community. Starting in mid-August, Michael Yee, Dana Billings and Timothy Fouch began coordinating the school’s planning, preparation, and response to COVID-19.

Jerry Hannula selected as Interim Athletic Director

We are pleased to welcome Jerry Hannula, who has been selected to serve as Interim Athletic Director. Jerry brings to SBCC 33 years of experience working in community college athletics, which included stops at El Camino and Cuesta colleges before spending the past 29 years at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, Calif, where he was the assistant athletic director for 15 years before retiring in May of 2020. 

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 July 22 and Aug. 26 Board meetings, the following employees were recognized: 

July 22:
Kip Evert-Burks, Library Technician, 20 years

Aug. 26:
Ryan Alexander, Network Specialist, 20 years
Jennifer Eggersten, International Student Advisor, 15 years
Erik Erhardt, Technology Services Specialist, 15 years
Toni Mendoza, Bookstore Merchandise Coordinator, 20 years
Therese Schweilder, Laboratory Teaching Assistant, 15 years
Zane Wann, Information Systems Specialist, 10 years
Sara Whipple, Academic Technology Support Specialist, 20 years
That makes a total of 135 years of service to SBCC. Well done and thank you!

Vaquero Voices podcast

Webmaster Hong Lieu and and Senior Admissions Tech Akil Hill
Continuing their casual, informal conversations with colleagues, Hong and Akil got together in July with Chemistry Department Chair and Academic Senate President Dr. Raeanne Napoleon to talk about school, food, music and culture. Check out current and past episodes here...
Episode 22 - Dr. Napoleon was greeted by Hong and Akil on July 21 to talk about her role as a faculty member and department chair, her role as Academic Senate president and how the Senate differentiates itself from the larger Faculty Association. From there, the episode segues to conversations about food (wings, pizza and pickles) and concludes with a discussion of hip-hop and how the culture has changed everyone’s life. 
Resources for you and your students

New resources at the Luria Library

The Oxford African American Studies Center provides students, scholars and librarians with more than 20,000 articles by top scholars in the field. Over 2,500 images, more than 700 primary sources with specially written commentaries and nearly 200 maps have been collected to enhance this reference content. Visit the website. (Pipeline login required.)

Grove Music Online is the authoritative resource for music research with over 52,000 articles written by nearly 9,000 scholars charting the diverse history, theory and cultures of music around the globe. Based on a work first published in 1879 and updated frequently, Grove has been in continuous publication for over a century and now publishes hundreds of new articles and article revisions each year. Visit the website. (Pipeline login required.)

Cultivate entrepreneurial skills and leadership qualities

The capacity to lead change is the hallmark of entrepreneurial leadership, and entrepreneurial skills are understandably relevant and in-demand as we collectively navigate widespread challenges. Valuable resources are available through SBCC’s Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation to cultivate entrepreneurial skill development and leadership across campus and in the classroom.
Upcoming Events

Atkinson Gallery presents group exhibition ‘Planet Earth’ Sept. 10-Oct. 23

The Atkinson Gallery presents “Planet Earth,” a group exhibition by three artists — Sarah Rosalena Brady, Mark Churchill and Vanessa Wallace-Gonzales — who integrate different concepts of land in their work. Walkthroughs of the exhibition will be held Sept. 10 and Sept. 11.  The portal for sign-ups is coming soon.

The Theatre Group launches the new season with a comedy

The Theatre Group at Santa Barbara City College will start the season with “Ripcord” by David Lindsay-Abaire, a “deeply satisfying and vastly entertaining story of two elderly women thrown together by a comic cosmic force possessed of a wicked sense of humor.”
Performances run October 13-30, 2021 in the Garvin Theatre. Tickets go on sale Sept. 20.
In Memoriam 

John O’Dea 1923-2021

John O’Dea, professor in SBCC’s Business Department from 1952-1985, passed away on July 1, 2021, surrounded by family and CareTeam members who provided comfort, joy and companionship during the past eight years at home.
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