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

Cliff Notes: November 2022

Whether working on campus or remotely, Cliff Notes employee newsletter is still one way we can keep our campus community together. As always, if there is news about your department that you would like to share in future issues, let us know. Kindly send items of interest to marketing@sbcc.edu and include “Cliff Notes” in the subject line.
Campus Highlights

Dream Center a long-awaited reality for undocumented students

The college celebrated the grand opening of its Dream Center in the Campus Center/CESJ space on Wednesday, Oct. 19, in recognition of Undocument Student Week of Action, Oct. 17-20. Read more and find links for local media coverage and photos here.  

The Annual Reports have arrived!
Hard copies of the SBCC 2021-2022 Report to the Community recently arrived on campus, reminding us all of the many GOOD things that happened last school year. You can pick one up at the Administration building front desk and/or enjoy the digital version here

President/Superintendent Search

College Superintendent/ President's search underway

SBCC's Board of Trustees is assembling a screening committee to search for/hire the next superintendent/ president. Committee selection will take place at the Nov. 8 and Nov. 10 Board meetings, with recruitment for the position scheduled to begin on Dec. 7. For more info, read the Oct. 18 press release here.
Faculty and Staff

Third Thursdays are


A new committee has been created to foster connection and community on all three campuses. Please enjoy photos of our Sept. 15 and Oct. 20 events and make a note to join us for the next "coffee & conversation" on Nov. 17! 

Orchid appreciation for faculty and staff

On Wednesday, Sept. 28, staff and faculty on all three campuses were graced with lovely orchid plants from the SB Dream Foundation and Westerlay Orchids.
Click here for more orchid adoration!

Welcome reception honors new, newly-appointed faculty and administrators

Staff and faculty were invited to a welcome reception on Oct. 24 at the Pedotti Courtyard to celebrate the college's newest hires. We wish them well! Huge thanks to the SBCC Foundation for hosting the lunch buffet. 

SBCC transfer-level ESL program featured in CAPacity Gazette

ESL instructor Marit Ter Mate-Martinsen’s innovative English 110 program for mulilingual students was focused in a recent issue of the prestigious CAPacity Gazette. Learn about the program, students and more here.

Clara Oropeza featured on Kelly Corrigan Wonders podcast

Back in April, the Kelly Corrigan Wonders podcast visited/interviewed Clara Oropeza as part of a special series titled "Live from College." Clara's episode features compelling discussion on serving students in the midst of the pandemic, and how to reach them through great literature. Listen here

Guebels talks Data Science at INSPIRE

Nathalie Guebels presented as a panelist at the Learning Lab 2022 INSPIRE Pre-convening Workshops on Oct 14. She shared that SBCC's Data Science (MATH/CS118) courses are designed to meet the growing demand in the field while building a diverse and inclusive well-trained workforce. The college is working to offer AS and certificate degrees in data science in the near future.
Longevity Recognitions

Congrats to our Colleagues

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 October 20 Board meeting, the following employees were recognized:
Paulmena Kelly, Administrative Assistant III (Confidential), 15 years
Eiko Kitao, Lab Technician, 10 years
Josue Miranda, Lab Teaching Assistant, 25 years
Lisa Schwarberg, Articulation-Certification Specialist, 15 years
That makes a total of 65 years of service to SBCC. Well done and thank you!
Vaquero Voices Podcast
Webmaster Hong Lieu and and Senior Admissions Tech Akil Hill
Episode 36 Hong and Akil got together in October for a long-awaited conversation with newly-appointed VP of Student Affairs Paloma Arnold to discuss reorganizing and redefining Student Affairs, growing up in Santa Barbara, fine dining, magical realism and the books of Alice Hoffman. Check out current and past episodes here....
In Community

Trick-or-treaters from McKinley School haunt the halls

Two groups of fully-costumed trick-or-treaters from McKinley School's first grade classes visited the campus on Oct. 31, receiving treats from adoring SBCC staff members! Kudos to Interim Director of EOPS/CARE/CalWORKS Christina Lomeli for organizing and bringing back this cherished Halloween tradition! 

Board of Trustees approves removal of COVID-19

vaccine mandate

At its Oct. 20 meeting, the Board of Trustees approved “Resolution 10” to remove the COVID-19 vaccine requirement on all SBCC campuses, effective Oct. 21, 2022 for students, and Jan. 1, 2023 for employees. See Resolution 10 in its entirety here.
Upcoming Events

Atkinson Gallery Exhibit

Works on Paper

Artists: Sadie Barnette, Mimi Lauter, Manuel López, Narsiso Martinez, Mark Thomas Gibson, Gabriella Sanchez
Nov. 3 - Dec. 9, 2022, at the Atkinson Gallery.
More info on the Atkinson Gallery website.

Mark Thomas Gibson The Hope I, 2021, Ink on paper, paper size: 30 x 22 inches (76.2 x 55.9 cm)

Theatre Production - The Importance of Being Earnest

SBCC Theatre Arts presents a student showcase production of THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, Nov. 9-19, in the Jurkowitz Theatre.  

Staff can get two (2) free tickets with ID on preview nights, Nov. 9 and 10, subject to availability.    

More info on the SBCC Theatre Group website.
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