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Santa Barbara City College's Community Newsletter

November - December 2021

SBCC a 20-year top producer of Gilman Scholars

On Oct. 27, SBCC was recognized by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs for being a Top Producer of Gilman Scholars among community colleges over the past 20 years. The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is reshaping study abroad to make it more accessible and inclusive for American students. Twenty-three students from SBCC have received Gilman awards since 2001. Read more...

SBCC’s music department nominated for 2022 Exemplary Program Award

Each year, the Academic Senate of California Community Colleges awards several college programs for their extraordinary work. For going above and beyond in helping students during the pandemic, the SBCC music department has been nominated for the “2022 Exemplary Program Award.” Winners of this prestigious award will be honored at the January 2022 Board of Governors meeting. Read the full story in The Channels.

SBCC Foundation ensures regional students return to school post-pandemic

Santa Barbara City College’s groundbreaking SBCC Promise is bouncing back after a 35 percent enrollment drop since the early days of the pandemic. With the slow return to some semblance of normalcy, students are revisiting the promise of a debt-free education at one of the finest community colleges in the nation.

SBCC ranked among best community colleges in California, an online resource providing information on schools and colleges across the United States, has rated SBCC as the No. 2 best community college in California. See for the full list.

Enroll now for Spring 2022

Registration for Spring 2022 is now open to everyone in the community, whether your goal is to earn an associate degree, transfer to a four-year university, or enroll in the School of Extended Learning for life enrichment classes, career skills training, a high school diploma or GED. Classes start Jan. 10. You are encouraged to register as soon as possible to ensure entry into your desired classes. Click here for credit classes. For class schedules, information and updates for the School of Extended Learning, click here.

La Playa open to the public 

La Playa Stadium’s track and stadium stairs are once again open to the public on weekends and holidays. Additionally, the track will be open Friday, Dec. 10, 5-10 p.m.

Beginning Saturday, Dec.11, and for the duration of the winter break, both track and stairs will be open daily through Sunday, Jan. 9. Weekday hours are typically 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Weekend and holiday hours are 6:45 a.m.-10 p.m.

Please note: Postseason athletic competitions in early December may reduce public access to the track’s open hours. Signs will be posted with adjusted hours should such events occur. In addition, the track will be closed for repairs Monday, Dec. 13 and Thursday, Dec. 16.

Public hours for the spring semester, which begins Monday, Jan. 10, will be announced at a later date based on an evaluation of the COVID-19 health and safety protocols needed to protect our students and employees at that time.

Main Campus vaccine clinic scheduled Dec. 22

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department will offer a vaccine clinic on Wednesday, Dec. 22, 9 a.m.–noon, at SBCC’s Cliff Drive East Campus in the Student Services tent. Appointments are suggested, but not required. Pre-register at My Turn. The vaccinations are free. The Pfizer vaccine is available for people five years old and above. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is available for those 18 years old and above. Masks are required.

Campuses will close for winter break

All three SBCC campuses will be closed for winter break beginning Thursday, Dec. 23, at noon, through Monday, Jan. 3. Campuses will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 4. Spring semester classes start Monday, Jan. 10.

EOPS/CARE Program hosts Thanksgiving Dinner and Holiday Book Giveaway

For decades, SBCC’s EOPS/CARE Program has hosted a Thanksgiving dinner and holiday book giveaway for our single parent and CalWORKs-eligible student parents. In the recent past, campus shutdowns due to fires, the global pandemic and a growing public discourse on Native perspectives on Thanksgiving served as an invitation to create a “new normal” for this annual tradition. Read about this year’s event in a letter from EOPS/CARE/CalWORKs Advisor and SPARC CoordinatorChelsea Lancaster.

Quire of Voyces to perform Dec. 18-19

Under the direction of SBCC Music department chair Nathan Kreitzer, the Quire of Voyces has been described as “a voluptuous tapestry of sound, vocal purity and radiant sonorities.” You’ll have the opportunity to hear this amazing a cappella group at St. Anthony’s Seminary, 2300 Garden St. Santa Barbara, on Dec. 18 at 7 p.m., or Dec. 19 at 3 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door and in advance at the Garvin Theatre box office (805-965-5935) and at Chaucer’s Books until Dec. 17 at noon. $20 general admission, $15 for students and seniors.

John Harmon announced as winner of the ‘Scheinfeld Get REAL Shark Tank’ competition

On Nov. 12, three SBCC students –  Elvis Idunate, Steven Benavidez and John Harmon –  had eight minutes each to pitch their entrepreneurial ideas at the annual “Scheinfeld Get REAL Shark Tank” competition. All of the contestants were former winners of the “Scheinfeld New Venture Challenge” and prepared themselves for this competition through their six-month participation in the program “Scheinfeld Get REAL Accelerator.” After presenting their ideas, explaining what problems in society would be solved and presenting a financing plan, the judges announced the winner of the $10,000 prize: John Harmon and his business, “Oil Slick Adhesive Remover.” Read the full story in The Channels.
 Sara Evelyn Smith Monologue Competition winners with Anne Towbes 

$10,000 of scholarship funding awarded at The Sara Evelyn Smith Monologue Competition

More than 20 years ago, Anne Towbes worked with The SBCC Foundation to create a scholarship for acting students to honor Sara Evelyn Smith, a woman who spent over 50 years in theatre arts education as a teacher, director and writer.

Every fall, students are invited to apply for the scholarship of $1,000 to each of the winners. They select, rehearse and present a monologue and are evaluated on their
performance, as well as their commitment to acting in theatre, an art form that enriches lives, creates community and transforms audiences.
This year’s competition was held on Oct. 28 in the Jurkowitz Theatre. The winners are: Riley Barker, Mathias Pellinger, Clement Wang, Maria Lopez, Steffan Evans, Jean Louis Dedieu, Adrian Contreras, Joaquin Padilla, Abbie Mintz and Erich Shell. 
Congratulations to all!

Incarcerated students recognized for completing personal development course 

On Nov. 9, 22 incarcerated students completed SBCC’s Personal Development 100 course at the Santa Barbara County Jail. For many, this was the first college course they had ever completed. The course is offered as part of SBCC’s Transitions Program, whose goal is to help individuals re-integrate into society and support them in pursuing their goal of beginning or continuing college.
In collaboration with the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department, an outdoor recognition ceremony was held at the Santa Barbara County Jail yard. The 22 students were honored and awarded with recognition certificates. Present from the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department were Chief Custody Deputy Vincent Wasilewski; Custody Commander Kenneth Callahan; Lieutenant Dulce Brooks; and Sheriff's Treatment Program staff, counselors, and educators. Representing SBCC were Dean Paloma Arnold, Dean Carola Smith, Chief Executive Officer of the SBCC Foundation Geoff Green, Director of EOPS/CARE Christina Llerena, Academic Counselor Ana Garcia, Transitions Program Assistant Leslie Marin, Admissions and Records Technician Kyle Hernandez and Student Program Advisor Noel Gomez. 

In Memoriam

Fred Hoffman, long-time member of SBCC faculty

It is with great sadness that we share the news that Fred Hoffman has passed away. For over 51 years Fred shared his passion and deep knowledge of political science and current events with a loyal following of students. He began his teaching career at SBCC in 1969, having earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Political Science from UCSB. In recent decades he taught current events at both the Schott and Wake campuses, as well as classes throughout the community via the Vitality Older Adult program. 

As a self-professed “contrarian” and a strong believer in the “free marketplace of ideas,” Fred compelled his students to re-examine and re-think the views that they were comfortable with. His goal was to cultivate in his students the ability to seek out information on important issues, to understand a diversity of viewpoints and to express differences on those issues in a civil fashion. For more about his teaching philosophy watch this YouTube video that was recorded in 2015.

He was also the founding leader of the SBCC Legacy Project, with the goal of preserving SBCC’s history through first-person narratives. Fred felt strongly that former faculty and staff members should be remembered and commended for their rich contributions to SBCC, and in recent years he coordinated ceremonies at the college honoring important founding faculty members including former Accounting Department Chair John O’Dea and Professor Emeritus of Political Science Dr. Robert Casier.

Fred will be greatly missed by those in the community who fondly remember him biking to campus as he enjoyed being active and did not own a car. He inspired students with his love of world events, and they deeply appreciated that he discussed both sides of an issue – even if they did not want to hear the other side. Former colleagues in the Political Science department recall his enthusiasm for teaching, his in-depth knowledge of his subjects, his love of baseball, and remember him as “exceptionally kind and generous, always ready to help others.” 

We shall miss you, Fred.

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