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

Cliff Notes: MARCH  2019

Cliff Notes is a monthly digest of faculty and staff news compiled by the Office of Communications. Is there news about your department that you would like to share with the rest of the campus community? Awards, recognitions, longevity, new hires, special lectures, presentations or events? Let us know! You can send items of interest to marketing@sbcc.edu and include "Cliff Notes" in the subject line.
Campus Highlights

Senator Jackson and Assemblymember Limón on campus to promote campaign to combat poverty among young adults

From left, Frank Quezada, resident services supervisor for the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara; Luz Reyes-Martín, Executive Director of Public Affairs and Communications; Laura Capps, CalEITC4Me board member; Superintendent-President Anthony Beebe; state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson; and Assemblymember Monique Limón.
State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, Assemblymember Monique Limón and Laura Capps came to campus on Feb. 22, 2019, as part of a statewide outreach campaign to inform working students that they could get several hundred, even thousands, of dollars back at tax time. The California Earned Income Tax Credit (Cal EITC) is one of the strongest tools to fight poverty, and for the first time this year, thanks to the California Legislature, the program will include working Californians who are 18-24. The event, held next to the Food Pantry, drew a lot of media attention. View the KEYT coverage here...

First Food Share of spring

There was an abundance of sunshine, good food and smiling faces when the SBCC Food Pantry held its first Food Share of Spring 2019 on Wednesday, Feb. 6. Watch the 45-second video below...

The Campaign for College Opportunity

Supporting Black educational success and equity is not reserved to one month a year; it is something we can do year round. A report from the Campaign for College Opportunity includes data and recommendations on the state of Higher Education for Black Californians. SBCC will continue to provide support to improve and promote educational success for our Black students. Click here to find out more and view the report...

The WELL: For faculty and staff too

You may have heard about THE WELL (the new transformative wellness center on campus) and the events and workshops they host for students. But did you know it's also a resource for faculty and staff? Find out more by stopping by ECC-21. Becky Bean and the rest of the staff will gladly fill you in!

Amazing ice age fossils on display at Luria Library

A giant mammoth foot and the skull of a saber-tooth cat are just two of the extraordinary fossil remains you'll find exhibited at Luria Library this semester. You'll definitely want to take a close look at the rare and important new finds, which are on display to promote recent discoveries made by SBCC students, faculty, and alumni researchers associated with our Earth and Planetary Sciences Department. The official study is called “New Pleistocene megafauna localities in Santa Barbara County, California: Paleontological reconnaissance of the marine terrace deposits at Vandenberg Air Force Base.” Authored by Melissa K. Macias, Eiko B. Kitano and Dr. Robert S. Gray, it describes their findings, including thirty fossils from 80,000 years ago. 

Dr. Jody Millward to give 40th annual Faculty Lecture

Mark your calendars for April 3, 2019, when English professor Dr. Jody Millward will give the 40th annual Faculty Lecture in the Garvin Theatre at 2:30 p.m. Titled "Euripides' Medea: Tragic Lessons in Leadership, Justice and the Feminine," it promises to be a thought-provoking look at what the classical Greek tragedy can teach us about ourselves and the times we live in. Although there have been many versions of the story of Medea and Jason (including several Hollywood films, which the lecture will briefly reference), Jody considers Euripides' version the most modern. Why? Attend the lecture to find out! (For a quick synopsis of the play "Medea" by Euripides, see the entry in Wikipedia.)

The first faculty lecturer: Dr. Robert Casier

In 1979 the Academic Senate established the procedure for selecting a Faculty Lecturer to be awarded each year for teaching excellence and/or service to the college. Robert (Bob) Casier, professor of Political Science, was selected and delivered the first faculty lecture. (Click here to read Bob's 1979 lecture, "Changing Patterns in American Politics.") A native of Santa Barbara, Bob came to SBCC in 1955, and over the years until his retirement in 1992 he served as President of the Instructors Association, member of the Academic Senate's Representative Council, Dean of Instruction, as well as Chairman of the Social Science Division and Political Science Department. Bob passed away in 2017 at the age of 91. Read more about Bob on the SBCC Legacy Project...
Effective March 4, you'll find Erin Coulter at the Wake Campus as the permanent Administrative Assistant III to the Vice President of the School of Extended Learning. Erin joined SBCC in 2014 to work for Marilynn Spaventa and then served as Administrative Assistant for Jens-Uwe Kuhn, Dean of Educational Programs. Everyone at Extended Learning is thrilled to welcome yet another rock star to join that high performance team.
On January 8th, Grace Twedt returned to the Business Division in her role as Administrative Assistant after temporarily serving as Acting Administrative Assistant to the Interim Vice President of the School of Extended Learning for nearly two years. Interim Dean of the Business Division, Carola Smith, and the entire Business Division are grateful to have Grace back on main campus as part of their team. 

SBCC bowling league promises fun and camaraderie

"The Alleycats," from left to right: Nina Grimison, Gail Reynolds, Lorraine Michalak and Martha Seagoe 
The SBCC bowling league has been going strong for over five years. Jesse Felix (aka "The Dude") is thankful for the regular crop of bowlers yet yearns for more employees to join the ranks. All ability levels are encouraged to come out to the lanes. The league is scored on a handicap basis, leveling the playing field for all to have a shot at fame and fortune like the lucky bunch pictured above!

The league is currently rolling its way into semi-finals, so feel free to come out to Zodo's on Tuesday evenings between 6:30 - 8:30. Show your support, or simply enjoy camaraderie with SBCCers off-campus. 

Can't commit to joining a team for a full semester? The next league is for you: seven weeks, on Tuesday evenings from April 2 - May 14. Send "The Dude" an email at: jsfelix1@sbcc.edu to ask questions and sign up today. 
(photo by Glenn Ruiz)

EOPS English tutors surprised by Ancestry

For over ten years Sara Patchen and Deborah Cooke have tutored English side by side in Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS). Students often get the two confused because they look alike and are both soft-spoken, semi-retired teachers. After doing some research on Ancestry.com, Deborah announced, “No wonder students get us confused! We’re family!”  Read more...

New Employee

Welcome Linda Dozer, Title IX and Gender Equity Coordinator 

Born and raised in Santa Barbara, Linda started her college career at SBCC before transferring to UCLA. For the past 22 years she has been a special agent with the FBI, where she spent 10 years investigating civil rights violations, hate crimes and law enforcement excessive force cases. Linda was a member of the Los Angeles FBI’s Diversity Outreach team, a volunteer with Santa Barbara Partners in Education, and a mentor to underprivileged youth in Santa Paula and Oxnard. Linda is presently a community volunteer with the National Charity League in Santa Barbara. Welcome to the SBCC family!
Project Updates

2018 District Sustainability Plan: Join the force!

The updated District Sustainability Plan for 2018 was presented to the College Planning Council (CPC) at its Feb. 19 meeting. Based on input by the SBCC Sustainability Workgroup (comprised of faculty, staff and students), ambitious new goals have been set for sustainability efficiency in five major areas: transportation, waste, water, energy and food. The Sustainability Workgroup needs your help to accomplish these goals. Join a task force associated with one of those five areas and attend the monthly one-hour meetings. The next workgroup meeting is March 7 at 11 a.m. in A121. Beginning in April, the workgroup will meet the second Thursday of every month at 11 a.m. in H303.
To view the Plan, click here to go to the Sustainability website
and click: Download the SBCC District Sustainability Plan (2018)
Upcoming Events

Sustainability Day: March 14 

Head over to West Campus on Thursday, March 14, for Sustainability Day 2019:
  • Check out the electric bikes on display
  • Watch the bike blender in action
  • Play trivia and games
  • Smoothies and vegetarian burritos will be offered on a first-come basis
  • Bring your own cup for a free coffee fill
Participate by commuting to campus in a sustainable mode (not driving alone), utilize reusable goods when packing or buying lunch (reusable fork and plate), or properly recycling and composting waste.
Photo by Ben Crop

SBCC Theatre Group presents "Harvey" 

You won't want to miss the Pulitzer Prize winning play "Harvey," now playing at the Garvin Theatre through March 16. (See The Channels article of Feb. 22)
Join the fun as a mild-mannered, middle-aged man, an imaginary six-foot-tall white rabbit named Harvey, and family members concerned about their social standing make for lighthearted chaos in this classic comedy directed by R. Michael Gros. 
Call the Garvin Theatre at (805) 965-5935 or purchase tickets online: http://www.theatergroupsbcc.com/santa-barbara-theaters-now-playing

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