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MARCH 2022

Back on campus for in-person classes!

Spring semester on campus got off to something of a quiet start, with classes remaining online for the first five weeks. On Feb. 22, however, all that changed as in-person classes and services made a comeback. Tracy Lehr of KEYT-TV came to main campus to interview students, who expressed their pleasure that they could meet their instructors and other students face-to-face again. View the broadcast here.
photo by August Lawrence

Dr. Murillo’s contract extended

After the Board of Trustees voted on Jan. 20 to extend Interim Superintendent/President Dr. Kindred Murillo’s contract for two years, SBCC’s student newspaper, The Channels, interviewed Dr. Murillo about her goals for the future. In addition to wanting to help the College stay focused on being student-centered and equity-minded, one of her stated goals is to increase the diversity within the faculty. “I am trying to make sure that when I do leave, the college is positioned to continue with the work we are doing now. So we can’t just let the diversity, equity, inclusion efforts just go away. They have to be baked in,” she said. Read the article in The Channels.

Trustee Peter Haslund interviewed about crisis in Ukraine

Dr. Peter Haslund, current member of the SBCC Board of Trustees and former political science professor at SBCC for 40 years, was recently interviewed by Lance Orozco of public radio station KCLU about the current crisis in Ukraine. Dr. Haslund took a group of SBCC students there in 1990 for a study abroad program and witnessed the seeds of democracy taking root. 
Listen to the interview here.

‘A stylish production’ makes for an ‘entertaining ride’

The SBCC Theatre Group’s production of Agatha Christie’s classic whodunit “Murder on the Orient Express” has been applauded in the S.B. Independent for its cast and a “very cool” moving set. Directed by Katie Laris, the show will run through Mar. 19. Read the review in the Independent... 

Small Business Development Centers open at SBCC’s Schott and Wake campuses

In partnership with the regional Economic Development Collaborative (EDC), Santa Barbara City College is pleased to announce the opening of two satellite Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) where – at no cost – professional consultants work one-on-one with business owners and entrepreneurs to help them start-up, grow and navigate today’s complex business environment. The Centers are located at the Schott Campus (310 W. Padre St.) and Wake Campus (300 N. Turnpike Rd.).

Twelfth annual New Venture Challenge virtual competition

Do you know a high school or college student in Santa Barbara County with an entrepreneurial spirit and a bright idea for starting a business? If so, be sure to tell them about the Scheinfeld New Venture Challenge business plan and pitch competition. Returning for its 12th season this spring, it will showcase some of our region’s most exciting, innovative and cutting-edge student entrepreneurs. Selected finalists compete for more than $15,000 in awards and startup support. The competition will be live-streamed on YouTube in April. The public is welcome to join this virtual pitch competition.

Important dates for this year’s competition:
  • March 1: Registration opened
  • April 21: Submission deadline
  • April 25: Finalists announced
  • April 27: Video and slide decks due
  • April 29: Competition and winners announced
From left: Sally Saenger and Cornelia Alsheimer-Barthel, President of SBCC Faculty Associationn

Sally Saenger honored by FACCC

On Sunday and Monday, March 6-7, the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges (FACCC) Advocacy and Policy Conference was held in Sacramento, California. The theme was “Creating Equity Through Policy and Action,” and on Sunday night SBCC Physical Education instructor Sally Saenger was presented with the prestigious Dean Murakami Advocate of the Year award.

SBCC Foundation announces the Fred Hofmann Memorial Scholarship Fund

In honor of Fred Hofmann and his extraordinary legacy of service to Santa Barbara City College and the greater Santa Barbara community, the SBCC Foundation — in partnership with campus leadership and many of Fred’s former colleagues and students — has created the Fred Hofmann Memorial Scholarship. 

Fred was a beloved member of the SBCC faculty for more than 50 years. During that time, he shared his deep passion for and knowledge of current events with students of all ages and backgrounds. He began his teaching career as an adjunct professor in SBCC’s Political Science Department. In recent years, he taught current events through SBCC’s School of Extended Learning via the Vitality Older Adult program. He was also a founding member of the SBCC Legacy Project Committee, which works to preserve SBCC’s history through first-person narratives.

The scholarship fund will support SBCC students pursuing the study of political science and lifelong learning through the School of Extended Learning. The goal is to raise $50,000 in celebration of Fred’s 50 years of service to SBCC.

Computer science team takes first place in regional competition

At the Southern California International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) held Feb. 25-26, Santa Barbara City College won the top honor for two-year colleges for the second year in a row. The ICPC is a programming challenge for college students to solve real-world problems, fostering collaboration, creativity, innovation and the ability to perform under pressure.
Read the press release...
The Channels crew display the awards won from JACC. (Photo by Darleen Principe)

The Channels crew wins 16 awards at JACC conference

Eight students on the staff of SBCC’s award-winning student newspaper The Channels, accompanied by adviser and department chair Darleen Principe and lab teaching assistant John Rose, attended the 2022 conference for the Journalism Association of Community Colleges (JACC) on Mar. 5, and returned home with 16 awards.
Read the article in The Channels...

SBCC athletes earn honors on the field and in the classroom

Six of the college’s intercollegiate athletics teams that competed in the Fall 2021 semester amassed an average team grade point average above 3.0. A total of 115 student athletes excelled academically by completing a minimum of 12 units and achieving a 3.0 GPA while participating in intercollegiate athletics. Read The Channels article

Scholarship semifinalist Cameron Black

When the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation announced the semifinalists for its highly competitive Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship on Feb. 24, one SBCC student appeared on the list: Cameron Black. Cameron, who is a double major in both Psychology and Communications, is an ASG officer committed to nurturing equity and inclusion within the SBCC community, and an advocate for diverse and underrepresented populations. His top choices for transfer are Stanford, Yale, Harvard, Princeton and Brown. Best of luck to you, Cameron!

Dual Enrollment students invited to Vaquero Roundup

On Apr. 6, 2-6 p.m., SBCC Dual Enrollment will host a one-stop shop for high school students from the Santa Barbara Unified School District and Carpinteria High School District so that they may complete all steps to enrollment prior to Apr. 18, the first day of registration.
The event, called Vaquero Roundup, will be held in the tent outside the Student Services building on main campus (721 Cliff Dr.).
Staff will be on hand to offer in-person workshops, helping students to complete every step needed for dual enrollment: admission application, parent consent form, course approval, prerequisite clearances and obtaining a student ID. There will also be a $150 book grant for Dual Enrollment attendees.
SBCC Dual Enrollment allows high school students to earn college and high school credits at the same time. While paying no college tuition, they can take SBCC classes at their high school, on the SBCC campus or online. 
Refreshments will be served and free parking is available in lot 1-A (parking passes available at the kiosk).

Artist talk: Gabriella Sanchez

Wednesday, April 20
2:00 p.m. 
via Zoom

Gabriella Sanchez is a self-directed learner, a fan of sci-fi, and a multidisciplinary artist. As a painter she employs a range of artistic expression from abstraction to portraiture, with a particular focus on both form and language within the perspectives of art, design, and psychology.

Jazz Jam at SOhO

Monday, Apr. 11, 7 p.m.
Soho Music Club
1221 State Street
$10 at the door
Enjoy an evening with all of the SBCC jazz combos for the last Spring semester 2022 jazz show at SOhO. See the complete list of Spring 2022 concerts...

Big Band Blowout

Monday, Apr. 18, 7 p.m.
Garvin Theatre, SBCC West Campus
800 block of Cliff Dr.
$15 general, $10 students/seniors

One mo’ time finale –The award-winning jazz ensembles heat up the new Garvin Theatre. Big band jazz at its finest! See the complete list of Spring  2022 concerts...

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