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

Cliff Notes: April  2019

Cliff Notes is a monthly digest of faculty and staff news compiled by the Office of Communications. Is there news about your department that you would like to share with the rest of the campus community? Awards, recognitions, longevity, new hires, special lectures, presentations or events? Let us know! You can send items of interest to marketing@sbcc.edu and include "Cliff Notes" in the subject line.
Campus Highlights
Tiffany Love

Tiffany's Closet

During a visit to Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, SBCC Biology student Tiffany Love learned about their clothing pantry for students and wanted to bring the same to SBCC. 
With the support of an active and dedicated campus club, the Society of Black Engineers & Scientists, as well as SBCC’s Foundation, “Tiffany’s Closet” is becoming a reality here at SBCC. Some specifics are still being worked out, but in the meantime, Tiffany and her team are starting to collect items. On Friday, April 5, 10 a.m. –  2 p.m., there will be a collection table in the Friendship Plaza on East Campus where you can drop off your gently-loved clothes, shoes, etc. Click here for a list of items you can donate.

Protecting ourselves in case of an emergency 

On Friday, March 22, SBCC Security and Emergency Services organized a mandatory active shooter drill for all employees and students who work in the Student Services building. During the drill the Director of Security Erik Fricke asked a group of over 60 participants to practice the "Run, Hide, Fight" technique as an individual posing as an active shooter came through the building. The successful drill and life saving techniques will give attendees the knowledge to protect themselves in the case of an emergency. 

Title IX: What it means and who to talk to at SBCC

Sexual respect is the goal of our new Title IX and Gender Equity Coordinator, Linda Esparza Dozer.
As a former Deputy District Attorney and FBI agent, she promises timely, thorough and fair investigation of all gender related cases. Faculty, staff and students may contact her with questions or concerns at:
lmesparza@pipeline.sbcc.edu, ext. 4303, or stop by her office in A122.
Superintendent/President: Changing of the guard
On Monday afternoon, March 18, a farewell reception for Dr. Anthony Beebe was held in the Pedotti Courtyard. On hand to wish him well in his retirement were a number of faculty, staff members, trustees, Santa Barbara Mayor Cathy Murillo, and representatives from the offices of our local, state and federal government officials.
On Wednesday afternoon, March 20, a welcome reception was held in the John Dunn Gourmet Dining Room for members of the SBCC community to meet and greet Dr. Helen Benjamin, our new interim Superintendent/President. 
In February, Environmental Horticulture instructor Daniel Parra Hensel was among 20 community members from diverse professional and personal backgrounds welcomed into the 20th anniversary class of Katherine Harvey Fellows.
After a competitive application process, Katherine Harvey Fellows embark on an 18-month experiential education program that prepares them to become part of a dynamic network of committed citizens collaborating for the greater good of Santa Barbara County.  Read the Noozhawk story...
Can you name the longest-tenured professor teaching at SBCC today? According to a recent article in The Channels, that would be Physical Education Professor Kathy O'Connor.
In an article published on March 8, titled, "Athletics professor improves student lives for over 40 years," Kathy talked with Features Editor Valerie van den Broek about how she first came to SBCC, the incident that prompted her to start a women’s self-defense class (she has two black belts, by the way), and the work she does to evacuate horses (and other large animals) when fires threaten. Read The Channels article...
Congratulations to Mark Michalak, Cindy Long, Mark Broomfield, and Joe Sullivan, who make up the bowling team "Spare Me!" on their championship win in March. According to Jesse Felix ("El Duderino"), they got the lion's share of the prize money and some "pretty mighty trophies!" (If you stop by the information booth in the Administration Building you can see Cindy's trophy on display.)
Consider joining the fun for the next league. Send an email to Jesse (jsfelix1@sbcc.edu) for details.
Welcome Beatriz Dones who joined Educational Programs as the new administrative assistant in the Executive Vice President's office after a very competitive search.

Beatriz comes to SBCC after working for the State of Nevada, UNLV and the College of Southern Nevada. She has a bachelor's degree in Spanish and is completing a second degree in Business Management. Swing by A-112 and say hello!
Umoja is the Kiswahili word for unity. It is also the name of a community and a resource on our campus dedicated to enhancing the cultural and educational experiences of African-American and other students.
Thanks to the efforts of Umoja Program Advisor Azure Stewart, a $16,000 grant for an Umoja Community Education Foundation project has been awarded to the SBCC Umoja Community.
The U.S. Department of State has announced the higher education institutions that sent the most students overseas on the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program in academic year 2017-2018. SBCC was recognized for its success in making international study and internships more accessible and inclusive for American students of all backgrounds through the Gilman Program. Read more about it...
Upcoming Events

Jody Millward to present the 40th Annual Faculty Lecture

What lessons can a Greek tragedy written in 431 BCE hold for us in today's America? SBCC English professor Jody Millward will address that question in the Garvin Theatre at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, when she presents the 40th Annual Faculty Lecture, "Euripides' Medea: Tragic Lessons in Leadership, Justice and the Feminine.” 
Fellow members of faculty, staff and students participated in the process that led to her selection as this year’s annual faculty lecturer, the highest honor bestowed on an SBCC faculty member. Said one student, "I have never met a more intuitive and supportive professor in my academic career. She deserves every award out there for the selfless work she commits herself to for the benefit/success of the students." 
Don't miss this opportunity to attend what promises to be a fascinating presentation by one of our colleagues. For more information about Jody and her lecture, read the press release...

Final theatre production of the season: "Significant Other"

Closing out the 2018-19 season, The Theatre Group will present "Significant Other" by Joshua Harmon, directed by Katie Laris. Playing April 10 – 27 in the intimate Jurkowitz Theatre, this tenderly unromantic romantic comedy containing adult language and situations is richly funny and ultimately heart-stirring. 
SBCC staff and faculty with ID can get two free tickets to a preview performance on either April 10 or 11. For other performances there is a staff/faculty discount. Call the box office (805) 965-5935 for details and to reserve tickets. Click for more info...

Student art exhibition at Atkinson Gallery

As the semester nears its end, we all get busy—but be sure to carve out some time to come by the Atkinson Gallery (Humanities Building, Room 202) for the Annual Student Exhibition April, 12 – May 3.
There will be an opening reception on Friday, April 12, from 5 - 7 p.m. Awards and scholarships will be announced at 6 p.m.
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