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

Cliff Notes: DECEMBER 2020

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.

Recently added feature: Peer-to-Peer

In September 2020 we inaugurated a new feature, Peer-to-Peer, where different departments can share their experiences, challenges and tips for delivering services and instruction remotely during this unprecedented time. We hope to share the story of your program or department with the rest of the faculty and staff. If you have discovered an effective tool or strategy to better connect with students, let us know!
Philip Levien and his students describe “the urge to act”
Public radio KCLU’s Lance Orozco took an inside look at how the School of Extended Learning class “The Urge to Act” has morphed to take on the challenge of being online as a result of the pandemic. The piece was broadcast on Monday, Nov. 23, and featured interviews of the instructor, Philip Levien, and students enrolled in the class. The class, designed specifically for older adults and open to students of all levels, gives participants the opportunity to learn acting in addition to producing a series of one act-plays online. Listen to the broadcast here...
Michael Gros talks to Montecito Journal about theatre and retirement
After nearly three decades of theatre work in the Santa Barbara area and over 10 years as an associate professor of Theatre Arts at SBCC, Michael Gros has announced his retirement. The Montecito Journal interviewed him recently, where he reflected on his career and especially on his final production: an on-demand, streaming student showcase of “Antigone” by Sophocles, translated by Paul Woodruff.  Read the interview here...
Margaret Prothero shines as only faculty member in musical revue
You may know Margaret Prothero as an English professor and the Guided Pathways Faculty Coordinator, but if you had the opportunity to see the Theatre Arts Department’s musical revue “Looking Back, Looking Forward,” you will have been knocked out by her performance of “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered.” Commenting on the experience, she revealed, “I was definitely outside my comfort zone performing for three cameras and singing into my own reflection of plexiglas – very different from a live audience!”
Welcome new SEL V.P. Joyce Coleman
At their Nov. 12 meeting, the Santa Barbara City College Board of Trustees approved Ms. Joyce Coleman as the new Vice President, School of Extended Learning. Coleman has over 28 years of experience as a community college educator and administrator —18 years in California and 10 years in Minnesota and Oregon. She describes herself as someone who has provided equity-minded leadership, vision and effective management in all of the positions she has held. We welcome her to the SBCC family!

The Channels features Luz Reyes-Martín
As SBCC’s Executive Director of Public Relations and Communications, Luz Reyes-Martín has been the go-to person for public information and marketing for the college since 2016. On Nov. 16, The Channels ran a feature story about her under the headline, “Reyes-Martín empowers women and Latinx students in community.”
Chris Philips interviewed by S.B. Independent
Offering a range of services — from internships to job fairs, résumé help and interview prep — the SBCC Career Center helps prepare students for future success in myriad ways. Career Center Director Chris Phillips described the support he and his team offer in an article in the S.B. Independent’s annual education guide, “Schools of Thought 2020.” Using the Guided Pathways model to clarify a career path for students, Philips explained, “We try to help them make good, informed choices about their direction at the college.” Read the article here...

Vaquero Voices podcast hosted by Hong and Akil

November saw two new episodes in the podcast series created by Webmaster Hong Lieu and Senior Admissions Tech Akil Hill, “SBCC Vaquero Voices.” Click here to catch up on the most recent episodes – and any you've missed. 
Episode 9 – Alyson Bostwick 
On Nov. 4, Akil and Hong welcomed Alyson Bostwick from Student Health and Wellness to discuss all of the services the department offers to students. Along the way, the trio discussed Alyson’s 20+ year tenure with the college, with mentions of seared Ahi tuna, spicy fried rice, croissants, the “Alien” film franchise, “The Princess Bride” and “Love Jones.”
Episode 10 – Noel Gomez, Chelsea Lancaster, Christina Lomeli, Ismael Paredes Ulloa
Noel, Chelsea, Christina, and Ish from EOPS joined Hong and Akil on Nov. 18 to talk about the program and how they’re able to hone in and help economically and educationally disadvantaged students. From there, they discussed food on their minds (mole, milanesa, molletes, and rice) and the cultural activities that have had a big impact on their lives —from riding bikes to reading and listening to podcasts, with a touch of baked pumpkin cookies to boot.
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

TAWK episode six explores race, politics and culture

The America We Know (aka TAWK) is a webinar series hosted by SBCC Professor of Communication Dr. Donte Newman and Interim Coordinator of Equity, Diversity and Cultural Competency Roxane M. Byrnewho invite scholars, professionals, students, activists and others to discuss America as we know it. The guests on Nov. 17 included Akil Hill and Hong Lieu, who discussed their personal histories and how to best reconcile individual perspectives in order to create an equitable, welcoming and inclusive SBCC community. 
Once again SBCC is rated #1 Community College
Niche.com is the latest organization to rate Santa Barbara City College the #1 Community College in California. Niche.com is an American company headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, that runs a ranking and review site with information on K–12 schools, community colleges and four-year colleges, using key statistics, student reviews and data from the U.S. Department of Education.
Campus Highlights
Another SBCC Music “World's First” event
SBCC Music just keeps making history. The Santa Barbara City College Lunch Break Big Band joined forces with the Jamulus Storband of Sweden for a live concert of big band jazz on Nov. 22. This wasn’t prerecorded music presented in sterile video. The music was played live from members' individual homes and streamed in real-time. Two big bands, two continents, swingin'! If you missed the live event, you can watch the recording here...
Over the summer, Guided Pathways (GP) director Margaret Prothero launched a work group to consider how to strengthen student onboarding as part of the Guided Pathways implementation, using a Racial Equity Impact lens supported by the RP Group’s Onboarding Guide. (The RP Group is an organization that aids in research, planning and professional development for community colleges.) The impetus for this work was a desire to understand, and then operationalize, onboarding to be a much longer process than only the crucial steps to enrollment.

Five virtual 90-minute sessions involving a cross-functional team of 20-25 individuals from across the campus met over the summer and continue to meet weekly to use the four GP pillars, the loss momentum framework, and the six student success factors to map out ways to strengthen student onboarding. As a result of the work, the group seeks to:
  • Offer a clear and equity focused definition of onboarding.
  • Outline what a successfully onboarded student will know, do, think, and/or feel.
  • Highlight the roles that everyone can play to support effective and supportive student onboarding.
  • Identify priorities, successes, and opportunity gaps in current onboarding.
  • Strengthen onboarding to be consistent and deliberate particularly during this time of great change.
  • Shift culture to support a common and positive student experience with a focus on the first year of enrollment.
Communication Dept. receives NCA grant for special service project
Recently, the Communication Department applied for and received the first grant to be given through the National Communication Association's (NCA) new program for Sigma Chi Eta service projects. (Sigma Chi Eta is the official community college honor society of the NCA.) The project, called SBCC Storytime, is in collaboration with SBCC's Luria Library and the Single Parents Arriving Ready for College (SPARC) program. Sigma Chi Eta students, SBCC faculty and public speaking students from the SBCC Communication Department will be recording culturally-inclusive children’s stories that children will be able to access on Youtube via a link on the SBCC library website.
According to Communication Department Chair Sarah Hock, “We are excited about this fun way to spread literacy during a time when so many children are stuck at home. We also hope to bring some joy to student parents in the SBCC community who have had to manage so much during these difficult months of school closures resulting from COVID-19. We are still putting many of the logistics together now but we are looking forward to continuing our Alpha Beta chapter history of community service, even in this remote environment.”
Further updates will be reported here in Cliff Notes, as information becomes available.

Board of Trustees will welcome one newcomer in December

The Nov. 3 general election included three races for the SBCC Board of Trustees representing the following districts: District 2 (Goleta), District 3 (Santa Barbara) and District 4 (Santa Barbara). The results show that incumbents Robert Miller (District 2) and Veronica Gallardo (District 3) were re-elected, and newcomer to the Board Anna Everett was elected in District 4. Retiring Board member Craig Nielsen, who represented District 4 from 2012-2020, ended his term in November.
The oath of office will be administered to new and continuing Trustees at the December 17 Board of Trustees meeting.
In Memoriam: Mary Alice Floyd

Mary Alice Floyd passed away Oct. 24, 2020 at Vista Del Monte Retirement Home in Santa Barbara at age 92. Mary Alice had an extensive career in education, including teaching at Laguna Blanca, Golden Gate University, the University of California extension and Santa Barbara City College Continuing Education Division. At SBCC she taught a popular Adult Ed course on career counseling for adults that influenced the lives of many of her students in job transition. 

Read the Noozhawk obituary...

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