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

Cliff Notes: APRIL 2021

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.
Campus Highlights

Online tool launched to help students find the resources, services and programs they need to succeed

SBCC offers many excellent resources, services and programs to help students stay on track and feel connected, engaged and valued. The challenge has always been how best to connect students with those resources when they are needed. January saw the launching of an online tool called the “Student Resource Finder.” The motto of the tool is “We’re here to help you!” 
Nine needs categories can be found in the Student Resource Finder:
1. Basic Needs Supports
2. Campus Life
3. Educational Supports
4. Financial Resources
5. Maps, Parking and Transportation
6. Physical Fitness
7. Safety and/or Crisis Supports
8. Technology Resources
9. Wellness, Mental Health and Medical Supports

Each category contains additional checkbox filters and sub-categories for further delineation. Programs and services listed show a short description and link directly to the webpage of that program/service/resource. Additionally, a list of 27 student population groups provides another way to search for specific programs. A live chat is included on all pages of the Student Resource Finder, staffed by Enrollment Services representatives. After hours, the chat becomes an email form that is answered the next day.

Check out the Resource Finder here...

If you know any SBCC students, share the link with them...they will thank you for it!
Awards and Honors

Computer science team takes first place at Southern California programming competition

At the Southern California International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) held online on Feb. 27 this year, SBCC won the top honor for two-year colleges.

The ICPC is an extra-curricular, competitive programming competition which provides college and university students opportunities to interact, demonstrate and improve their teamwork, programming and problem-solving process. In addition to hosting regional contests, the ICPC is a global platform that allows academia and industry to shine the spotlight on — and raise the aspirations of — the next generation of computing professionals as they pursue excellence.

SBCC lands a record four teams as CCCAA State Scholar winners

Four SBCC athletic teams have earned the State Scholar awards from the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) for the 2019-20 season: Men’s Cross Country, Women’s Soccer, Women’s Water Polo and Women’s Tennis. SBCC’s previous record for State Scholar teams was three, set in 2017-18.

SBCC ranked No. 2 among top online community colleges

Best Value Schools recently compiled a list of the top online community colleges in the U.S. for 2021, ranking SBCC as No. 2. Read more...

David Saunders featured in The Channels article

The Santa Barbara Police Department has recently installed a new system where social workers can be deployed to assist officers in handling conflicts. According to Justice Studies instructor (and former Santa Barbara police officer) David Saunders, improving the quality of the police force is complicated and requires multiple remedies. 
Read David’s perspective on the subject in The Channels...

Administrator of the Year 2021

Nicole Hubert

Student Finance Manager Nicole Hubert has been named the 2021 Administrator of the Year. According to those who submitted her nomination, Nicole “embodies management qualities that set the bar high for others,” including “excellent interpersonal skills, creative ideas, passion for her role,” in addition to being fiscally savvy and a positive role model. The award was presented at the March 11 Board of Trustees meeting. View Jason Walker's reading of the full nomination document and Nicole's acceptance. (The presentation to Nicole starts 20 minutes into the meeting.)

Honorary Mentions

Executive Director of Public Affairs and Communications Luz Reyes-Martín
Luz is considered by her team in the Office of Communications as “unparalleled in her professionalism, grace and leadership. Her inherent belief that ‘everyone deserves a seat at the table’ makes her an invaluable asset to the college.” View Jason Walker's reading of the full nomination document at the March 11 Board meeting and Luz’ acceptance. (The presentation to Luz starts at five minutes and 43 seconds into the meeting.)
Athletic Department Chair Rocco Constantino
Described as “the epitome of a servant leader,” Rocco is recognized for his community service, positive thinking, motivational spirit and for fostering a team-like environment that makes people feel empowered. View Jason Walker's reading of the full nomination document at the March 11 Board meeting and Rocco’s acceptance. (The presentation to Rocco starts at 14 minutes and 14 seconds into the meeting.)

Christina Llerena joins SBCC

Welcome to Christina Llerena, MSW, the new EOPS/CARE and CalWORKs Director. A graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia University, Christina comes to SBCC from West Valley College near San Jose, Calif. She brings with her many years serving marginalized populations, 25 years of bilingual social work and higher education experience working with diverse communities in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area. Read more about Christina in the SBCC press release issued March 9...

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 Feb. 25 Board meeting, the following employees were recognized: 
Lorrie Belletti, Laboratory Teaching Assistant – 25 years
Sarianna Jones, Administrative Assistant – 15 years
Camerin Poulson, Library Tech – 10 years
Josephine Tapia, Administrative Assistant – 20 years
Elizabeth Taylor Schott, Laboratory Teaching Assistant – 10 years
Blanca Waaler, Admissions & Records Tech – 30 years
At the Mar. 11 Board meeting, the following employees were recognized:
Adrienne Betty, Interim Risk Manager – 10 years
Raquel Hernandez, ESL Student Service Assistant – 15 years
Behzad Masooman, Instructional Computer Lab Coordinator – 20 years
Vaquero Voices
Webmaster Hong Lieu and and Senior Admissions Tech Akil Hill
Continuing their casual, informal conversations with colleagues, Hong and Akil got together in March with Casey Ysaguirre (episode 15) and Luz Reyes-Martín (episode 16) to talk about news, events, food, books, movies, music, television, etc. You can access past and present episodes here...
Episode 15: Akil and Hong invited Casey Ysaguirre to talk all things Umoja and coming to the South Coast from the Inland Empire. From there the conversation touched on food options from the Inland Empire to Santa Barbara, with a special focus on Disneyland and great tips you won’t find anywhere else. The show closed with what everyone has been reading and watching recently. Listen...
Episode 16: Hong and Akil welcomed Luz Reyes-Martín to talk about the Office of Public Affairs and Communications, Korean dramas, Michelle Yeoh and the Marco Polo series on Netflix. Food talk focused on Luz’s favorite comfort food (i.e. home-cooked Mexican food) while Hong lauded Peruvian Chifa cuisine and Akil praised Okamoto Kitchen and its fusion cuisine. The conversation ended with a final nod to the life and career of SBCC’s David “Stoney” Stone. Listen...
Upcoming Events

‘SBCC Stories’ streaming through April 17

SBCC Theatre Arts Department has compiled stories written by the SBCC community, students, staff and faculty, and created three separate performances of personal, touching, humorous and interesting stories.
Directed by Maggie Mixsell, some stories will be performed by their author, others by actors. All will be available for online streaming between March 31 and April 17, 2021. Purchase a ticket for one or more chapters. Each chapter: $10 general/$5 senior, student, SBCC staff. 
Chapter 1 - “Friends and Family” featuring stories written by:
John Behring, Paloma Espino, Kyndra Gedney, Laura Kenig, Stuart Orenstein, Sara Ostrowski, Lois Phillips, Becky Saffold, Sue Smiley and Scout Wilkins.

Chapter 2 - “The Unexpected” featuring stories written by:
Seema Chopra, Sarah Fenstermaker, Claire Hofer, Tanya Jefferson, Mason Levy, Lisa Marciano, Brian Silsbury, Seth Streich, Helen Sun Wong and Raven Wylde.

Chapter 3 - “Discoveries” featuring stories written by:
Kiran Dhillon, Ann Dusenberry, Martha Garcia, Jack Johnston, Colby Noakes, Christina Pages, Maggie Powell, Sally Saenger, Joseph Simmons and Ida Wadman.

Go to www.theatregroupsbcc.com or call 805-965-5935, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for tickets and information.

In Memoriam

David Stone

Longtime employee, friend and colleague David “Stoney” Stone passed away recently. David joined SBCC in 1998 as an Inventory Control Technician working in our Purchasing Department. He recently retired in 2017. 
David – proud father of Julyan Stone, who played in the NBA; and JT Stone, who played football at SBCC and is now the head football coach for Santa Barbara High School – had a deep and lasting impact in our SBCC community and in the broader community. Read tributes from SBCC friends and colleagues here...
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