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

Cliff Notes: October 2020

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.

Introducing a new feature: Peer-to-Peer

This month we are inaugurating a new feature, Peer-to-Peer, where different departments can share their experiences, challenges and tips for delivering services and instruction remotely during this unprecedented time. Have you discovered an effective tool or strategy to better connect with your students? Please share!
Campus Highlights

2019-2020 Annual Report to the Community

The 2020 spring semester may have been interrupted by the global pandemic, but that didn’t stop us from achieving great things last year. Review our achievements with the 2019-2020 Report to the Community, an informative and beautifully illustrated account of the college’s events, activities and accomplishments during this past academic year.

A press release went out to over 400 recipients on Monday, Sept. 28, inviting everyone in the community to flip through the online version to learn more about student success, athletic highlights, artistic triumphs, outstanding faculty and staff, awards and accolades, community connections, and how the college adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic and conversion to delivering instruction and services remotely.

We’ll all find dozens of reasons to give ourselves a pat on the back as we peruse the 2019-2020 Report to the Community.

In-person physical fitness classes now underway

While the vast majority of Fall 2020 classes are being conducted online, there are a few exceptions. On Sept. 21, senior reporter for KEYT John Palminteri visited SBCC main campus to interview Physical Education Department Chair Kathy O’Connor, and to film a story about in-person fitness classes being held – within the COVID-19 guidelines – for energetic workouts and team-building. Watch the televised segment here...

Writing center staff shares experiences, challenges and tips for serving students remotely

We all have reasons to be proud of the way we transitioned to delivering instruction and services to students remotely when the global pandemic prompted the campus to cease gathering face-to-face. But as we all know, it hasn't always been a breeze. In this first story of our new “Peer-to-Peer” series, the Writing Center shares its experiences, challenges, strategies for success and tips for coping with the challenges. Read more...
Community Connections

SBCC and SDRI collaborate to promote health

When SBCC and Sansum Diabetes Research Institute (SDRI) – a leader in diabetes research, education and care – became aware of the disproportionate burden type 2 diabetes and food insecurity have on Hispanic/Latino families, collaboration soon followed. The result: Mil Familias and Farming for Life programs, providing health promotion assessments, testing and fresh vegetables to people with and at risk of, type 2 diabetes. Read more...

Nathalie Guebels develops course in data science

In response to the growing demand for people who can interpret and analyze the massive amount of data being collected every day, SBCC stands ready to play its part in preparing students to meet that demand, thanks to Computer Science department chair Nathalie Guebels. As part the Central Coast Data Science Partnership – sponsored by the NSF – SBCC is one of four academic institutions working in collaboration to train students in data science through coursework and real-world projects. Read more...

Recent publications by faculty

Dr. Daniel Spitz
Our most recent full-time faculty member in the Business Administration Department, Dr. Daniel Spitz, recently had an article published in the Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport. See the article, “We Can Handle It: Advocating in Support of State Legislation of Legal Sports Gambling post-Murphy v. NCAA.”
Health Guides by George Ayoub
Psychology instructor George Ayoub recently published health guides in English and Spanish for the Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics and other community clinics. Titled “To Your Health” and “Yo Saludable,” the guides aim to enhance medical literacy, cover common health conditions and provide guidance for families to improve overall health. 
Dr. Vandana Gavaskar
Learning Support Services Director Vandana Gavaskar recently had two pieces published by The RP Group, a non-profit team of directors and staff, working together to increase the success of California community colleges and beyond. Read “10 Ways Tutors Can Support Student Success” and “Tutor Coordinator Context for 10 Ways Tutors Can Support Student Success.”

Vaquero Voices with Hong Lieu and Akil Hill

Hong Lieu and Akil Hill
September saw the airing of two new episodes in the podcast series created by Webmaster Hong Lieu and Admissions and Records Technician Akil Hill, “SBCC Vaquero Voices.” Click here to catch up on the most recent episodes – and any you've missed.
Episode five welcomed Director of Admissions and Records (and Akil's boss) Michael Medel to discuss SBCC Admissions and Records, growing up in Carpinteria, and where to find some of the best steak, taco and pizza places across the country. The show closed with a discussion on cultural get-togethers, Burna Boy’s “Twice as Tall,” and Michael Jordan’s “The Last Dance” documentary.
In episode six, Akil and Hong welcomed Director of the Career Center Chris Phillips to the show. The discussion began about the Career Center and how it attempts to help students holistically discover what career path is best for them. The conversation then shifted to the fundamentals of sourdough bread baking, Coca Cola wings and Korean fried chicken, before ending with discussion of Marshall McLuhan’s “The Medium is the Massage,” Alex Garland’s “Devs,” and Misha Green’s “Lovecraft Country.”

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 Sept. 10 Board meeting, the following employees were recognized: 
Larry Antoniazzi, Academic Tech Support Specialist, 15 years
Everette Kerr, Admissions and Records Tech, 35 years
Don Morihisa, Food Services Assistant, 15 years
Gustavo Uribe, Facilities Assistant, 10 years
Lorraine Valenzuela, Security Coordinator, 20 years

Period of remote work extended to end of Fall term

On Sept. 22, Superintendent/Presdient Dr. Goswami sent the following message to all college employees: “Given where the community is as a whole – numbers getting better but flu season is coming, lack of adequate/sufficient Pre-K to 6 care, our classes being primarily online, and considerations of health and safety – I am extending the period of remote work to the end of the Fall semester. Our services will remain online. Employees can still come to campus voluntarily as needed for specific purposes and for a specific period of time. You must complete the Healthy Roster survey every time you decide to come to campus. We have not seen any spikes and let us keep it that way. Please practice safe and healthy habits.”
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Dr. Thomas Carrasco hosts virtual event in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month

On Sept. 29, Department of American Ethnic Studies Assistant Professor Dr. Thomas Carrasco hosted a virtual event bringing together the SBCC community to recognize the Chicana/o-Latina/o history and heritage of Santa Barbara. National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15) celebrates the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture and achievements of the United States. This year’s theme: “Hispanics: Be Proud of Your Past, Embrace the Future.”
Atkinson Gallery

Atkinson Gallery finds creative ways to keep public and art connected

Although the interior space at SBCC’s Atkinson Gallery is closed to the public until further notice, that hasn’t stopped gallery director John Connelly from coming up with innovative ways to exhibit thought-provoking art. Case in point: the current exhibition, “The Essentials #3 – Contemporary Political Art and Activism,” can be viewed online Sept. 4 – Oct. 16, at the Atkinson Gallery YouTube Channel.
Following that, Muna Malik: “Blessing of the Boats” will run Oct. 23 – Dec. 11, 2020, and will be installed on the Gallery’s outdoor sculpture terrace so that it may be viewed remotely from Pershing Park and other locations around the city.
Adrian Piper, Catalysis III, 1970-71, NYC
This is the third in a series of curated playlist exhibitions featured on the Atkinson Gallery YouTube Channel highlighting important and historical art video, films and movements. Read about this fascinating exhibit...
Muna Malik, Blessing of the Boats: River to River, August 2020, NYC 
This project is partially supported by a “Removing Barriers to STEM Success” Title III Federal Grant.
Just for Fun

Remember Bowling?

Spring 2020 champions: the Brittany Spares
Bowling in the age of COVID-19
Are you missing the camaraderie and the crack of the pins that the bowling league used to provide? If you are, you are not alone. While those days might feel like ancient history, Jesse Felix passes along this message:
“They came, they bowled, we all had to shelter in place, but conquered they did nonetheless! Please join Dude and the rest of the SBCC Bowling League in congratulating Brittany Spares: Raeanne Napoleon, Mary Kelly, Christopher Johnson, & Sean Kelly.
Who knows when gathering with people outside of our pods will be a wise notion again, however especially in these days of division, let us dream and hope that we might continue to grow and nurture community in its many forms.”

Feel free to send Dude an email at jsfelix1@sbcc.edu to let him know how you are coping with no bowling and other activities, and/or put in your name for the triumphant return of SBCC Bowling League on some bright and sunny day in the future.
Recent Press Releases
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