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

Cliff Notes: January 2020

Cliff Notes is a monthly digest of faculty and staff news compiled by the SBCC 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

It's time to ring in a new calendar year, a new semester and welcome our new Superintendent/President...

Welcome, Dr. Goswami!

Superintendent/President Dr. Utpal Goswami's first official day was Monday, Jan. 6. In an email that was sent on Jan. 2, he expressed these thoughts:
"I am excited about joining you all in taking SBCC forward. I will be making time to walk about and meet as many folks as possible in offices/departments. Similarly, feel free to drop by to have a chat. I would like to know what is on your mind and your perspective on what matters important to you."

Welcome Michael Shanahan, V.P. Human Resources

Michael Shanahan joined SBCC on Jan. 2 as our new Vice President of Human Resources. He brings a wealth of experience to the position, having served as Vice Chancellor of Human Resources for the Ventura County Community College District from 2013-2019, and prior to that he held executive roles in human resources for the Los Angeles Community College District. In addition, he is a licensed attorney, having received his law degree from Loyola Marymount University.

“I am honored and very pleased to be entrusted with this responsibility," said Shanahan. "The Human Resources department is filled with great people, and I look forward to continuing their tradition of excellence in supporting an engaging place to work that fosters successful students." 

Board of Trustees thank Dr. Benjamin and bid farewell

At their Dec. 12 meeting, the SBCC Board of Trustees presented Dr. Helen Benjamin with a framed and signed photograph of her at the Spring 2019 commencement ceremony, thanking her for her service as Interim Superintendent/President.
Awards and Accolades

SBCC recognized for top degree programs in U.S. by Intelligent.com

Intelligent.com has recognized SBCC for two of its outstanding online degree programs. Both the Photography and the Medical Coding programs were rated as some of the best in the nation, according to the web-based publication. Intelligent.com provides unbiased research to help students make informed decisions about higher education programs. See the Intelligent.com press release...
Sarah Hock
At the 105th Annual National Communication Association (NCA) convention in Baltimore, MD, in November, SBCC was once again the recipient of several national awards. Congratulations to Professor Sarah Hock, who received the Sigma Chi Eta Lynn M. Disbrow National Advisor of the Year Award the Advisor of the Year award.
Thanks to the SBCC Foundation, who provided last-minute funding for Professor  Hock, Abigail Armen and Emma Malmen (two students in the honor society of NCA, Sigma Chi Eta) to attend and accept the awards on behalf of the college.
Manou Eskandari-Qajar
In December, the Academic Senate approved Manou Eskandari-Qajar’s nomination for the 2019-20 Hayward Award. Sponsored annually by the Foundation for California Community Colleges, this award honors community college full-time and part-time faculty who demonstrate the highest level of commitment to their students, college and profession. The nomination was sent to the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges. The selection process will be completed by February 2020. Winners will be honored at the March 2020 Board of Governors meeting in Sacramento. 
From left: Board of Trustees President Robert Miller, Dr. Helen Benjamin, Ana Carter and Nicole Hubert.

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 Dec. 12 Board meeting, the following employees were recognized with a combined total of 30 years of service: 
Ana Carter, Accounting Technician III, 10 years

Carlene Evans, Accounting Technician II, 10 years

Tracy Kaltenbrun, Information Systems Specialist, 10 years

New employee joins Financial Aid

In December, Lizbeth H. Gonzalez joined the Financial Aid staff as a Financial Aid Specialist. An alum of SBCC and graduate of CSU Channel Islands, she most recently worked in social services in Texas but has relocated back to Carpinteria with her husband and two children. Welcome, Lizbeth!

Heroes Among Us

SBCC Justice Studies students save life of stabbing victim 

School of Justice instructor Dave Saunders shares this news: On Dec. 17, two of his students, Jose Navarro and Romeo Lopez, witnessed a fight on State Street and rushed into action to save the life of a stabbing victim. Both students are completing their Administration of Justice degrees this year and plan to become police officers in the future. Read more about it in the S.B. Independent...

SBCC counselors go above and beyond during Cave Fire

When flames from the Cave Fire erupted on Nov. 25, evacuation notices, fluctuating power and poor air quality prompted the closing of all three SBCC campuses on the days before Thanksgiving. That didn't stop the staff and counselors of SBCC's Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) from serving their students, however. Read the Noozhawk story...

Just For Fun

Bowling for fun and camaraderie (and cool trophies, too)!

Congratulations to this season’s winning SBCC bowling league team: Jesse Felix, Ivena Sakelarieva, Mark Zolezzi and Danielle Terveen.
The bowling league has been building community for over five years now and has no intention of slowing down! Consider joining in the fun on Tuesday nights this spring semester. The new league starts Jan. 14. 
Contact Jesse Felix at jsfeliz1@sbcc.edu to sign up. This activity brings employees together as a community on a weekly basis.
Recent Press Releases
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Upcoming Events

Sports Pavilion redesign community input meeting

Members of the community are invited to learn more about the project and give input on the architectural features and open space design of SBCC's Sports Pavilion (Physical Education Building) on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, 5:30-7 p.m. The meeting will be held in Room PE-215 (2nd floor of the P.E. Building).
Funding for this project is provided primarily through facilities funds from the State of California.

MLK Jr. weekend event

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy, a remembrance of the crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, AL, will take place on Saturday, Jan. 18, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Meet in Friendship Plaza outside the cafeteria on East Campus.

Spring 2020 In-Service

The Spring 2020 All Employee In-Service is scheduled for Friday, January 31, from 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. The afternoon gathering will start with light refreshments (served on the patio outside the Garvin Theater), followed by an all-campus welcome assembly for our new Superintendent/President, Dr. Goswami. In-Service will end with a variety of 90-minute workshop sessions. Stay tuned for information on workshops being offered and how to sign up.
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