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

Cliff Notes: June 2019

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

 Commencement 2019

The rainy weather on May 10 subsided long enough for more than 600 new SBCC graduates to receive their diplomas at La Playa Stadium, as proud family and friends cheered on. Click here to view photos...

Robert Casier Memorial Faculty Lecturer Alcove dedication

Nine former faculty lecturers posed next to the Robert Casier Memorial Faculty Lecturer Alcove.
On May 3, a number of current and retired employees, former faculty lecturers and family members of the late Robert Casier gathered to celebrate the dedication of the Robert Casier Memorial Faculty Lecturer Alcove in the Luria Library.
Dr. Casier inaugurated the Faculty Lecture series 40 years ago. This permanent display was created to honor him for setting the standard for every faculty lecturer since then.
Each year the display will be updated to include a picture and plaque of the current year’s lecturer next to Dr Casier’s. A photo and plaque honoring Dr. Jody Millward, who delivered this year’s lecture, is currently on display.
Ignacio Ponce has been selected as next year’s lecturer to carry on this proud tradition.
Awards and Grants

Vocational Nursing Program ranked one of the best in California

Every year, PracticalNursing.org studies vocational nursing programs in each state. SBCC's Vocational Nursing Program has been ranked as one of the best in California at #7. Practical Nursing is recognized as the leading LVN advancement and ranking agency. See the 2019 rankings for California...

EOPS awarded grant from Chancellor's Office

In March, SBCC's EOPS Transitions Program was awarded the "Currently and Formerly Incarcerated Students Reentry Program Grant" from California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.

Services supported through this grant are aimed at providing the foundation of the four pillars of guided pathways including development of job skills, attainment of certificate and/or Associate’s degree, and/or transfer to a four-year university for this population. At SBCC, this grant will support, enhance and expand the existing EOPS Transitions Program to help current and formerly incarcerated students gain access to higher education. Education is one of the most successful tools against recidivism.

The grant amount includes a minimum award of $100,000 over the 2.5 year period and is effective from July 1, 2019, through December 31, 2021.

Thanks go out to Paloma Arnold and Noel Gomez for their work in securing the grant.

SBCC Office of Communications receives five statewide awards

From left: Sally Gill, Amanda Jacobs, Kirsten Mathieson, Luz Reyes-Martín, Melanie Belanger and Hong Lieu.
The Office of Communications was recently honored with five awards from the Community College Public Relations Organization (CCPRO), the official professional organization of the marketing and public affairs departments for California's 144 community colleges. Awards for the 2017-2018 school year were presented at CCPRO’s Annual Conference, April 9-12, in San Diego. Our awards included:

First Place: Media Success
Second Place: Social Media Marketing
Second Place: Social Media Management 
Second Place: Manipulated Photos
Third Place: Newsletters

Michael Albright, Film and Media Studies

Congratulations to Michael Albright, who received a promotion to full-time faculty in the Film and Media Studies Department in April. Although overall enrollment at the college has dropped, the film department has seen the opposite, which prompted the addition of this position.

According to a recent Channels article, Michael "brings three degrees to the table, documentary filmmaking experience, eight years of working as the director of programming at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and various teaching experiences." Read the Channels article...

Ben Crop, Theatre Arts

Technical Director of the Garvin Theatre and adjunct faculty member Ben Crop has a bachelor’s degree in theatre and an MBA in nonprofit management from Willamette University. Recently, his alma mater wrote a feature story about him on their website.

Six months before starting college Ben suffered a burst blood vessel in his brain. Within weeks of starting college, however, he began a miraculous recovery. The story goes on to chart his journey from Oregon to New York City, back to Oregon and finally to Santa Barbara. Read the story here... 
From left to right: Jennifer Hamilton, Vanessa Olguin, Sabrina Barajas and Christy Grant.

Academic counselors present at prestigious Conference 

Four representatives from Academic Counseling presented at the 2019 California Collaborative Academic Advising and Counselor Conference in San Diego on April 23. The annual conference shares best practices between the UC system, the CSU system and the CCC system, and tries to establish collaboration between each of the educational institutions to help students move seamlessly through higher education. Their presentation "Reaching New-to-College Students Through Hybrid E-Advising" described the unique advising approach they designed that effectively and efficiently moved 2,239 students from their point of entry to successful enrollment in Fall 2018.
Marcia Wade: Interim Vice President of Human Resources 
Marcia “Marcy” Wade has been selected to serve as Interim Vice President of Human Resources. As a second-generation Californian, she comes to us with 39 years of human resources leadership experience, including positions at El Camino Community College District, City of Manhattan Beach, and the California State University System Chancellor’s Office.

Marcy has a history of working collaboratively and cooperatively with management, faculty and staff unions, students and members of the public. She holds a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies - Interpersonal Relations. Welcome, Marcy!
Longevity Recognitions
Each month the college recognizes the longevity and dedication of our employees. The Board recognizes the impact that these employees have had on students, the institution and the culture of excellence that is the hallmark of Santa Barbara City College. Those recognized in May 2019 have contributed a total of 55 years of service:

Robert Brown, Senior Faculty Resource Center Development Specialist, 10 years 

Awanda Johnson (pictured above), Administrative Assistant,15 years

Servelio Ramirez, Senior Grounds Maintenance Worker, 15 years 

Lauren Roberts, Office Assistant, 15 years
Just for fun!

Three cheers for the Pinbots!

The Pinbots: Becky Saffold, Sandy Morris, Peter Oblander, Carlos Guerrero (not pictured) and Jordan Morris
According to Jesse Felix (aka "the Dude"), "Often times the highest 'scratch' bowling teams are not the winners, and that's happened to the Pinbots before, however this time they crushed it and took home the top spot!" In other words, this team is darn good at knocking down the pins, and have won another season. The next league starts June 3 and runs through August 19, so gather your friends, coworkers, family members and join the fun and camaraderie on Monday evenings this summer. 
Project Updates

Survey of Entering Student Engagement

Last Fall SBCC participated in the Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE) to help us understand our students’ experiences starting college at SBCC, and guide our work in clearing paths to completion. In May, Institutional Research held two campus-wide forums in which they shared the results from the survey. If you were unable to attend one of the forums, you can click here to view the survey results.
You are encouraged to review the three documents (Executive Summary, All Benchmarks, Frequency Distributions for Guided Pathways Module) and start discussions with others in your department or division about our students’ experiences as they enter SBCC and what we can do support them.
If you have any questions about the survey and the results presented in the documents, Melanie Rogers (rogers@sbcc.edu) or Yoon Ha Choi (ychoi9@pipeline.sbcc.edu) would be happy to assist you.

Superintendent/President Search

On May 23, the Board of Trustees finalized the screening committee for the hiring of the new Superintendent/President. Three of the 17 members represent the community or noncredit programs while the other 14 represent various constituent groups within the college.
Upcoming Events

Theatre for the 2019-2020 season: Musical, comedy, drama, and student showcase 

This year will mark the 74th season for the Theatre Group at Santa Barbara City College, and the lineup of shows is not to be missed:
BLITHE SPIRIT, October 11-26, 2019, Garvin Theatre.
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, February 28-March 14, 2020, Garvin Theatre.
OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY, April 10-25, 2020, Jurkowitz Theatre.
The SBCC Theatre Arts Department will offer a student showcase production this fall:
SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, November 13-23, 2019, Jurkowitz Theatre.


Cliff Notes will be taking a hiatus in July, but we will be back with an August issue.
Enjoy your summer!
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