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April 2019

Carol L. Folt (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

SBCC Alumna selected as USC’s 12th president 

The academic journey that led Carol L. Folt to become president of the University of Southern California began at Santa Barbara City College. From SBCC Carol transferred to UCSB where she earned a degree in aquatic biology and a master’s degree in biology two years later, all while working as a waitress to fund her education. Later, she obtained her doctorate in ecology at UC Davis, and did postdoctoral work at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station of Michigan State University. Read the full story... 

Chicanx Culture Conference

American Ethnic Studies Professor Thomas Carrasco brought artists and scholars together for the Chicanx Culture Conference in the west campus BC Forum in March. Dr. Carrasco believes “culture is power and power is culture,” and that you can "create your own reality through art and education.” Artist Sandra De La Loza spoke about how art plays an integral part in fighting for political causes. Elias Serna, an artist, teacher and filmmaker, talked about the political aspect of the arts as rhetoric. More...

Football Player Nick Foster Named Scholar Athlete of Year 

On March 18, Nick Foster was honored as SBCC's Scholar Athlete of the Year at the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon. Foster, an all-American Pacific League and all-state wide receiver for the Vaqueros this past season, carries a 3.8 grade point average. He was selected to the All-APL and All-State Academic Teams and has been on the SBCC President's Honor List every semester he's attended. Read the full story...

SBCC starts Athletic Hall of Fame

Establishing a Hall of Fame has been the goal of Athletic Director Rocco Constantino since his first day on the job a few years ago. That goal was achieved last month, and will feature four athletes, three coaches and the Vaqueros’ first state championship team in its charter class. A banquet will be held on May 25 at the SBCC Campus Center. For more information, read the Noozhawk article...

Tiffany Love brings clothing pantry to SBCC

During a visit to Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, SBCC bio-engineering student Tiffany Love learned about their clothing pantry for students and wanted to bring the same to SBCC. With the support of the campus club Society of Black Engineers and Scientists, and SBCC’s Foundation, “Tiffany’s Closet” is becoming a reality here at SBCC. Read more...
Serena Guentz, Anthony Zapata, Lauren McGee, Jun Starkey, Elizabeth Saubestre and Nate Stephenson. (Photo by John Thomas Rose.)

The Channels staff wins big at journalism conference

The Channels staff won first place in editorial writing along with thirteen other awards at the 64th annual Journalism Association of Community Colleges Conference in March. Fifteen Channels students, Faculty Adviser Josh Molina and Laboratory Teaching Assistant John Rose were among some 300 community college attendees. Read the whole story...

National convention provides life-changing experience

Alexis Willis and Jordann Cornett were among six SBCC students who attended the 45th Annual Convention of the National Society of Black Engineers in Detroit over spring break. Workshops, a career fair and networking opportunities gave them a sense of community, inspiration and internship offers. Read more about their experiences...

MESA students attend conference in Silicon Valley

Jennifer Vasquez, Anali Salazar and Karina Portugal headed up to San Jose State University in March, along with MESA coordinator Virginia Estrella, for the Silicon Valley Women in Engineering (WiE) Conference. Students, professors and women leaders in engineering and technology gathered for a one-day conference to talk about the current trends and innovations in the field.

Science Discovery Day dazzled young and old alike

A day of fun and discovery was enjoyed by all on March 9. Interactive displays showcased the many wonders of our world: 
• Live sea and land critters  
• Chemistry experiments
• Biotechnology and glowing bacteria
• Hands-on earthquake demos
• Solar telescopes 
See the photos...

STEM students attend industry networking event

On March 20, Santa Barbara Women in STEM held an Industry Night Panel and Networking event to share their experiences and encourage students to enter Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math fields. SB Women in STEM partnered with SBCC and the SBCC Foundation to host the event, which was filled to capacity.  Read more...

Student art exhibition at Atkinson Gallery

The semester is nearing its end, so 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. Gallery hours are Monday and Wednesday 12:30–5:30 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 11:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Friday 11:30 a.m. –1:30 p.m., and by appointment any time.

Open registration for summer sessions begins April 19

Two six-week summer sessions are offered this summer. Credit, noncredit and Adult High School classes begin May 20 for Summer Session 1, and June 29 for Summer Session 2. 
Classes are held either online or at one of SBCC’s three campuses: Main Campus on Cliff Drive, Schott Campus on Bath Street or Wake Campus on Turnpike Road. Students can take classes in everything from general education to computer information systems, professional development, art and music, construction technology, English as a Second Language—and much more.
Open registration begins April 19. Go to:

Upcoming SBCC Board of Trustees Meetings - April 25 and May 9

The next meeting of the SBCC Board of Trustees is scheduled for April 25, at 4 p.m. at the main campus in room A211. The first meeting in May is scheduled for May 9 at 4 p.m. at the main campus in room A211. The agenda for Board meetings can be found at least 72 hours prior to the meeting on the Board webpage. SBCC Board meetings are recorded or live streamed and archived for public viewing. Click here to watch previous or live Board meetings.

Superintendent/President Search Update

At their April 11, 2019 meeting, the Board of Trustees reviewed the timeilne for selecting the permanent Superintednet/President. The timeline calls for a start date of January 1, 2020 for the new Superintendent/President. At a future meeting, the Board will select an Executive search consultant and will identify more details on the search process. In keeping with past practice, it is anticipated that there will be a call for community members to submit letters of interest to serve on the application screening committee. More information will be provided as this is finalized. 

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