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Santa Barbara City College's Community Newsletter

APRIL 2022

From left:  Mark Candore, Justin Usami and Santiago Bailey-Musacchio (photo by Rodrigo Hernandez)

SBIFF rolls out the red carpet for SBCC students

At the Arlington Theatre on Saturday, March 12, the 37th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) honored three SBCC student filmmakers. Santiago Bailey-Musacchio (a current student), Mark Candore and Justin Usami (both SBCC alumni) were featured at this year’s SBIFF  10-10-10 Competition, a screenwriting and filmmaking mentorship program for 10 local high school students and 10 college students. Read the story in The Channels.

Jim Mooy and the community make beautiful music together

In mid-March, Santa Barbara’s “Voice” magazine praised SBCC Assistant Professor of Music Jim Mooy (a Music Academy of the West alum) for “continually inspiring a love of music in the Santa Barbara community and in new generations of students.” (Read the article here.)
Earlier in the month, at the Western Division American Choral Directors’ Association conference held in Long Beach, Mooy presented a session, “This is the Future.” The presentation was the result of UCSB’s implementation of the Jamulus and Jambox technology that Mooy and music department LTA James Watson used so successfully for the live-remote concerts for SBCC students in the Fall of 2020. In the Spring of 2021, UCSB presented their first concerts with great success, thanks to the technical help of the SBCC music department.
From left: Sally Saenger and Cornelia Alsheimer-Barthel, President of SBCC Faculty Association

Sally Saenger honored by FACC

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. Named after former FACCC President and statewide faculty champion Dean Murakami, this annual recognition honors the critically important work performed by faculty advocates. 

Eric Heidner wins first place at DPHS Jazz Festival

On Saturday, March 5, the 52nd Annual Dos Pueblos High School Jazz Festival, “Jazz in Paradise,” was held at the Elings Performing Arts Center on the campus of DPHS. Bands of all levels from junior high to college performed throughout the day’s competition. 
Our own Eric Heidner, who teaches jazz studies, theory and history, won first place with the Good Times Big Band. Congratulations, Eric!

Outstanding Administrator of the Year: Angelica Contreras

Interim Director of Admissions & Records
and Dual Enrollment Angelica Contreras received this year’s Outstanding Administrator of the Year Award for her commitment to students and her ability to lead with compassion, professionalism and courage. Known for fostering cooperation and collaborations, she ensures that everyone involved is included and heard. “Leadership is who she is, in all she does,” said one of her colleagues.

SBCC students among 2022 Phi Theta Kappa All-California Award winners

Olivia Reed and Carie Millard
Nicole Pena
Congratulations to students Carie Millard, Nicole Pena, Olivia Reed and John Fletcher (not pictured) for being named 2022 Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) All-California Award winners. 
“Given that there are 1.8 million students attending California Community Colleges, it is a tremendous honor that four of our students are among the 114 All-California Award winners,” said Kindred Murillo, Interim Superintendent/President of SBCC. “This statewide award honors some of the best and brightest students in the state. Carie, Nicole, Olivia and John are certainly that.”

Carie Millard is an environmental science major at SBCC. By combining her experience in the arts with the knowledge she is gaining in environmental science –  with an emphasis in soils and biogeochemistry – she says her hope is “to make lasting change in creating a viable and thriving environment for all.” She has recently been accepted at UC Davis and plans on starting there in the fall. 

Olivia Reed is currently studying psychology at SBCC. Her future plans include transfering to Franciscan University of Steubenville (Ohio) and earning a degree in psychology with a minor in English. Her goal is to become a cognitive therapist and to open her own practice.

Nicole Pena is an accounting major with a few more semesters to go before graduating from SBCC.

The Theatre Group finishes the 75th Anniversary season with ‘The Wolves’

One of the most-produced plays in the country, “The Wolves,” is now playing at the Garvin Theatre. The Theatre Group at SBCC’s production of Sarah DeLappe’s new play captivates the vitality, authentic dialogue and compelling vision of young athletes poised to dominate on the field and in life. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit The Theatre Group at SBCC website.

Annual Student Exhibition through May 6

Come and see the latest student creations at the Atkinson Gallery, located in the Humanities Building, Room 202 on the East Campus of Santa Barbara City College, 721 Cliff Drive.
Monday - Thursday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Parking permits are required weekdays.Contact the gallery in advance of your visit to obtain a complimentary pass:

SBCC Multi-literacy English Transfer program presents

An Evening with Tommy Orange

Friday, April 22, 6-8 p.m.
The Fé Bland Forum, SBCC West Campus
The Multi-literacy English Transfer program at SBCC is proud to host a conversation and book signing with Tommy Orange. Orange is the award-winning author of the bestselling novel “There There,” a multi-generational, relentlessly paced story about a side of America few of us have ever seen: The lives of urban Native Americans. “There There” was one of The New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of the Year and won the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize and the Pen/Hemingway Award. “There There” was also long-listed for the National Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Orange is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Oakland, California

This event is free and open to the public. Please plan to arrive early on April 22 to register at a check-in table. Masks are required to enter all SBCC facilities

Non-SBCC students, faculty, or staff will need to have proof of full vaccination (primary series) or a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours or 3 days of the event.

This event is co-sponsored by the Associated Student Government.

Atkinson Gallery Artist Talk: Gabriella Sanchez

Wednesday, April 20, 2 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. For more information...

The SBCC String & Wind Festival is back! 

After a two-year hiatus due to COVID, SBCC Music’s String & Wind Festival returns to the Garvin Theatre Saturday, May 7.

Beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing throughout the entire day, concert bands, orchestras, wind ensembles and string ensembles from throughout southern California will be performing for a panel of esteemed adjudicators, and will receive feedback and coaching on their performance. The festival will conclude that evening with a very special exhibition performance from our own SBCC Concert Band.

Best of all, audience members will have FREE ADMISSION ALL DAY to watch and listen to as many groups as they wish in the beautiful Garvin Theatre. Please note that SBCC’s COVID protocols remain in effect for all audience members – masks must be worn indoors during the performance, and either proof-of-vaccination or proof of a negative COVID test taken less than 72 hours before the performance must be shown at the door.

The tradition of musical excellence and innovation continues

In addition to the String & Wind Festival, fans of SBCC Music will have several opportunities from now through the end of May to see their favorite bands and choirs, jazz combos, the SBCC Symphony, chamber music, concert band and Quire of Voyces. See the SBCC Music Spring 2022 concert schedule for more information, including dates, times, locations, where to purchase tickets, etc.

SBCC Foundation Spring Forward! Gala ~ Sunday, May 22

The SBCC Foundation Spring Forward! Gala will be held Sunday, May 22, 4-7 p.m., outdoors on the beautiful Great Meadow of SBCC’s West Campus. All are welcome to join us in celebration of our community’s college!

The event will benefit the work of the SBCC Foundation, which provides more than $5 million each year to support the SBCC Promise, scholarships, emergency grants, and more.

Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Visit SBCC Foundation Spring Forward! 2022
 for more information.

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