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

Cliff Notes: September 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. How are you coping with social distancing? Send us your story! Is there news about your department that you would like to share? Awards, recognitions, tips for connecting with students and colleagues online, special lectures, presentations or events you are conducting via Zoom? Let us know! You can send items of interest to marketing@sbcc.edu and include “Cliff Notes” in the subject line.
Campus Highlights

Same Mission, Different Tools: How it’s adding up

At the Fall 2020 In-Service, Dean Carola Smith updated us with some impressive numbers* that reveal the extent to which we are meeting the challenges presented by the pandemic, the campus closure and the move to remote teaching and serving our students: 
  • Close to 400 full- and part-time faculty have been trained to become Distance Education certified.
  • Thousands of hours have been spent by faculty to move their Fall courses online.
  • Over 500 courses have been reviewed by our amazing Distance Education Help Team.
  • Close to 9,000 petitions have been processed by Admissions and Records.
  • 105 online class planning webinars have been conducted by our academic counselors.
  • More than 15,000 unique chats and over 10,000 emails have been responded to by our Student Services folks.
  • More than $1.1 million in Pell grants have been processed by Financial Aid.
  • 1,500 work orders have been processed by the IT Helpdesk and over 600 Chromebooks and hotspots have been prepped for check-out.
  • Countless hours have been spent by Facilities, Business Services, Payroll, Purchasing, IT, Security, HR and other departments to implement safety and sanitation protocols, to process student aid, purchase necessary equipment and keep the college running remotely.
Kudos to everyone!
* NOTE: These numbers were self-reported by the different departments and may have changed since the In-Service.

Virtual Vaquero Welcome

On Friday, Aug. 21, Enrollment Services hosted the first ever Virtual Vaquero Welcome for the incoming class of 2020. The entire SBCC community was invited to watch the Vaquero Welcome video that went live at 9:00 a.m. that morning. In case you missed it, you can view it here.
Enrollment services would like to extend a special thank-you to Christian Erickson and Tristan Cruz, who created the video, and to the Center of Equity and Social Justice for participating in the project.

Math Tutorial Lab recognized as finalist for Examples in 

On August 20, Excelencia in Education — an organization that works to accelerate Latino student success in higher education — announced that SBCC’s Math Tutorial Lab has been named a finalist for the 2020 Examples of Excelencia. Of this year’s 112 national submissions from 24 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., the SBCC program was one of six at the community college level recognized for its leadership in effectively serving Latino students. Read the press release...

New tenure-track faculty

Geordie Armstrong, Geography
“I love this college,” says Geordie. “I first stumbled into SBCC as a homeless 15-year-old and it changed my life. I spent the next 15 years working to come back here and help students find their path to growth and learning. I've taught geography part time at SBCC for 12 years and am so happy to now work full-time and to continue to introduce students to the wonderful world of geography and to encourage and support them to the best of my ability.”
Daniel Spitz
Business Administration
“I’m a graduate of Southwestern Law School and the Richard Ivey School of Business, and have worked in the Cal State system for the past three years. I am a graduate of The Second City’s improv program and am a big fan of baseball, hockey and travel. I’m truly fortunate to be a member of the diverse and incredibly well-rounded faculty at SBCC and look forward to meeting all of you when we can get back on campus!”
Lashiwe Pepala
Associate Degree Nursing  
“I have been a nurse for six years. I came to Santa Barbara three years ago as a travel nurse at Cottage Hospital, and over time I transitioned to the role of Nursing Supervisor. While working at Cottage Hospital I had the opportunity of meeting amazing SBCC clinical instrustructors who inspired me to join SBCC. Last Spring semester I worked as an adjunct clinical instructor and this year I transitioned to a full-time faculty position in the ADN department. I am passionate about teaching and have become more enthusiastic about it over the years.” 

Newly-tenured faculty

Congratulations to these faculty members who begin the Fall 2020 semester as fully-tenured professors at SBCC. All were hired as tenure-track faculty in Fall, 2016.

Jenny Erica Barco, Transfer Achievement Program
Justina Buller, History
Juan Carrera Espinosa, Chemistry
Tara Carter, Sociology/Anthropology
Andrew Gil, Academic Counseling
Russell Granger, Automotive Technology
Devona Hawkins, Early Childhood Education
Ruth Morales, Political Science and Economics
Christopher Panza, Mathematics
Lacey Peters, Health and Wellness
Armando Ramos III, Art
Patty Saito, Biology
Amy Thompson, Physics
Jeffrey Walker, Physical Education
Stephanie Washburn, Art


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 Aug. 13 Board of Trustees meeting, the following employee was recognized: 
Nicolas Medina, Maintenance Specialist, 25 years.
Thank you for your devoted service, Nicolas!

Hong Lieu and Akil Hill “SBCC Vaquero Voices” podcast continues 

Hong Lieu and Akil Hill
Last June, Webmaster Hong Lieu and Admissions and Records Technician Akil Hill launched their first “SBCC Vaquero Voices” podcast to provide SBCC staff and faculty with an outlet where their voices can be heard in an informal, relaxed setting. Since then they have welcomed these guests: SBCC Athletics Director Rocco Constantino, DSPS director Jana Garnett and Director of Enrollment and Retention Services Vanessa Pelton. Catch up with these conversations here...

Ben Crop’s latest Theatre Arts alumni interview: Oren Skoog, whose path from SBCC to USCB lead to a healthy acting career

Oren Skoog
Theatre Stage Craft Specialist Ben Crop continues to keep the Theatre Arts website lively with his latest alumni profile of actor and producer Oren Skoog (SBCC class of 1998), the voice director of a new docuseries, “Emergency Call” on ABC. His credits have also included acting roles on the TV shows “Legit,” “Gilmore Girls” and “Bones"; and producer on the show “Law & Order True Crime." 
Upcoming (VIRTUAL) Events

Joshua Escobar Poetry Reading

One of our newer faculty members, Joshua Escobar, has a new book of poems, and English professor and Director of the Creative Writing Program David Starkey is hosting a Zoom reading for him Thursday, Sept. 3, at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited.
Meeting ID: 949 7387 6952
Passcode: 461026

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Dr. Donte Newman and Dr. Carrie Hutchinson

Faculty moderators step up to dismantle racism

This summer, Dr. Carrie Hutchinson and Dr. Donte Newman introduced and moderated online webinars focusing on the damage racial injustice has perpetrated on communities of color, why it continues to occur, and ways in which all of us might work to implement positive change.

In Memoriam

Ken Ryals, SBCC Music Department

“Music and theater are where the stories of our lives unfold. As we experience these unfoldings, we are able to glean information that helps us live our lives more fully.”  ~ Ken Ryals
The SBCC Music Department and the Santa Barbara Music Community lost an incredible talent and beloved soul, Ken Ryals, who passed away suddenly on Aug. 20. Read a moving tribute to this devoted teacher, chior director, performer and a proud alumnus of SBCC by his Music Department colleague and friend, Tony Ybarra. 
Recent Press Releases
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