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

Cliff Notes: JULY 2021

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.
Campus Highlights

School of Extended Learning holds virtual commencement for Adult High School and GED grads

Friday, June 25, saw the culmination of years of hard work, perseverance and dedication when the School of Extended Learning held a virtual commencement ceremony for the 2020 and 2021 graduating classes of Adult High School (AHS), General Education Development (GED) and Bilingual GED.
Student speaker Greigary Fingerle gave an inspiring address, describing his amazing journey, which began the day after he was released from state prison and went to the Wake Campus to inquire about the AHS program (he was enrolled that same day). That first step led to his earning his AHS diploma and becoming a student in SBCC’s credit program, majoring in Communications where he received straight A’s his first semester. His future career plan is to become a criminal justice attorney and work toward instituting positive changes in the criminal justice system.
Bilingual GED student Yazmin Laviale was the second student speaker. She too has faced – and overcome – many difficult challenges, and is currently enrolled in the Cosmetology program with the goal of starting her own business.
The ceremony concluded with instructors, teaching assistants and advisors expressing their congratulations and felicidades to all of the students for achieving their goals and wishing them every success for the future.
Special thanks to Noncredit Coordinator Sachiko Oates, Technical Services Specialists Orin Fails and Clyde Nelson, Administrative Assistant Erin Coulter, Office Assistant Alejandra Rangel, Citizenship Center Director Jose Martinez and Program Director for the Santa Barbara Adult Education Consortium Corlei Prieto for their participation in organizing the event.
Gifts and Recognitions and Awards

SBCC and the SBCC Foundation announce largest gift in 112-year history

SBCC and the SBCC Foundation recently announced that the college has received a $20,000,000 gift from MacKenzie Scott. As a community college dedicated to the success of every student, SBCC will use this unrestricted gift to advance its mission in bold new ways. In her post announcing the gift (one of 276 totaling $2,739,000,000), Scott wrote, “Higher education is a proven pathway to opportunity, so we looked for two- and four-year institutions successfully educating students who come from communities that have been chronically underserved.”

Noncredit ESL program featured in a nationwide remote ESOL case study

The School of Extended Learning Noncredit English as a Second Language (ESL) program was featured in a nationwide case study conducted by World Education as one of the innovative remote ESL program models. The program, offering both low- and high-intensity courses, was selected as one of the eight exemplary programs nationwide. On June 18, Noncredit Coordinator Sachiko Oates, in collaboration with the Career Skills Institute/Back-to-Work Program, presented the open entry/open exit Conversation Learning Circle model as well as the Integrated Education and Training Program at a national webinar. SBCC’s Noncredit Program was one of the four selected agencies for this event. The case study includes critical program design ideas and policy implications as we navigate the post-COVID adult education. The case studies can be found here.

This was accomplished thanks to the dedication of faculty and staff, the administration’s support and the entire SBCC and School of Extended Learning teams’ collaboration.

A Message to the Spring Scholarship Review and Selection Committees

The June issue of Cliff Notes included an item, “Another year passed, another scholarship cycle completed,” about the 700 students who were awarded just under $1 million in scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year. Financial Aid Technician Ivena Sakelarieva would like to credit each individual who served on the Scholarship Review and Selection Committees for their time and dedication. Read more...

Welcome Dr. Kathy Scott, Interim EVP, Educational Programs

On July 6, Dr. Kathy Scott officially joined SBCC as the Interim Executive Vice President, Educational Programs. She brings impressive experience to the college, having served in various administrative positions at Long Beach City College, Pasadena City College and Ventura College. She holds an M.A. in Literature from CSUN (with her thesis in the area of African American literature) and earned her Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Cal Lutheran University. Read more about Dr. Scott...

Janna Mori describes today’s job market

Last month, the SB Independent published an interview with SBCC Career Center Student Program Advisor Janna Mori, where she discussed the latest trends in the modern job market. With the county and state reopening, she notes that there is a scramble among local employers to find the help they need. Fortunately, the type of support the Career Center provides lends itself to be successful in shifting economies. 

Victor Bryant pays tribute to Santa Barbara’s great Cunningham Brothers

The Peabody Stadium track at Santa Barbara High School was recently renamed the Cunningham Track in honor of Santa Barbara’s own Cunningham brothers, who also attended SBCC and made sports history on the playing fields. Last month, Acting Executive Director of Communications and Public Affairs Victor Bryant published a piece in the SB Independent paying tribute to those remarkable athletes. Read the story here...

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 June 24 Board meeting, the following employees were recognized: 

Emma Cruz, Administrative Assistant – 20 years
Ricky Hunter, Custodian – 25 years
Jose Rodriguez Mendoza, Custodian – 20 years

Rocco is going back home

In July 2017, Rocco Constantino joined SBCC as Athletic Director. During his first year at SBCC, the Vaqueros were the top ranked Western State Conference (WSC) team in the standings, the Vaqueros won six WSC titles and the Women’s Water Polo team won a state championship. More successes followed in subsequent years. The time has come, however, to bid a fond farewell to Rocco, who announced recently that he would be resigning form SBCC to take the position of Athletic Director at Middlesex College in his home state of New Jersey. Best wishes, Rocco!
Vaquero Voices
Webmaster Hong Lieu and and Senior Admissions Tech Akil Hill
Continuing their casual, informal conversations with colleagues, Hong and Akil got together in June with Z Reisz to talk about news, events, food, books, movies, music, television, etc. Check out current and past episodes here...
Episode 21 -  On June 23, Akil and Hong welcomed Z Reisz, Senior Director, Office of Institutional Assessment, Research, and Planning. Z wears many hats at the college, and the trio took some time to break it all down before delving deep into red and green chili, food in Los Osos and onigiri, as well as the Expanse book series, Girls5eva and We are Lady Parts on Peacock, and High on the Hog on Netflix.

La Playa Stadium turf project may finish ahead of schedule

The new artificial turf project for La Playa Stadium was originally scheduled to be completed by Aug. 21. But according to former Athletic Director Rocco Constantino, things are moving along quickly and may finish a week or two early – just in time for a Vaqueros football scrimmage against Ventura College. Read the Noozhawk story...
Upcoming Events

Live at the Garvin Theatre ‘Here We Go Again!’

The Theatre Group at SBCC welcomes audiences back to the Garvin Theatre with a celebration of musicals past and future, “Here We Go Again! A Musical Revue,” directed by Katie Laris, with musical direction by David Potter and choreography by Christina McCarthy. 
Performances will be July 15-18, Thursday through Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2 p.m.
In Memoriam

Leatrice Luria
Apr. 29, 1928 – June 10, 2021

Generous supporter of Santa Barbara City College Leatrice Luria passed away peacefully at the age of 93 on June 10, 2021. 
Leatrice, known as Lee, was a pillar of the Santa Barbara community. As a generous supporter of local art, music, culture, and education, she was magnetic, positive, witty, curious, and sharp as a tack. She was predeceased by her husband, Eli Luria, who was the first president of the SBCC Foundation, an SBCC Board of Trustees member and an instrumental figure in the building of Luria Library and other buildings on campus.
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