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

Cliff Notes: JUNE 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.
A Fond Farewell and Best Wishes 
According to the philosophy of the ancient Greek thinker Heraclitus, change is the only thing constant in life. Two big changes are now in store for SBCC's Educational Programs and the Office of Communications, as Dr. Pamela Ralston and Luz Reyes-Martín move on to other opportunities. Pamela, formerly the Executive Vice President of Educational Programs, has accepted the position of President at Santiago Canyon College. Luz, the former Executive Director of Public Affairs and Communications, will be taking on a new role with Planned Parenthood Central Coast as their Vice President of Community Engagement.
Thank you both for your contributions to SBCC and we wish you both well in your future endeavors!
Dr. Pamela Ralston
“I am grateful for the experience and relationships I’ve made here at Santa Barbara. I’ve learned a great deal from all of you, and I am thankful for the opportunities I have had here at the college.”
 Luz Reyes-Martín
“SBCC has changed my life and helped me grow. In my time here, I have worked alongside remarkable staff, faculty, fellow managers, administrators, Foundation staff, and students. I am deeply grateful to have had this opportunity.”
We also say farewell to the faculty and staff who retired this past year.
Click here for the official list...
Campus Highlights

2021 Commencement

Left: Associated Student Government President Carson Mitchell; Right: Student Commencement Speaker Ezekiel Contreras Forrest.
Perseverance. Resilience. These are just two of the qualities demonstrated by the Class of 2021 during a year of unprecedented challenges. Watch this short video applauding their accomplishments.

Nearly 1,600 students participated in the virtual commencement ceremony held on May 7. Over 4,300 degrees and certificates were awarded, 608 students graduated with honors and 20 graduates are veterans. If you missed it, click here to watch the recorded ceremony.

SBCC Choirs create beauty and peace amidst turbulent times

When things began to wind down (for some of us) as the Spring term drew to a close, Music Department Chair Nathan Kreitzer encouraged everyone to take a moment to enjoy some music from our choirs. They have been hard at work creating some beauty and a little peace amidst the last turbulent year. Click here to see and hear the concert on YouTube.

Melinda Gandara joins Américas Award review committee 

Ethnic Studies instructor Melinda Gandara was recently appointed to serve on the review committee for the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs Américas Award. The Américas Award was founded in 1993 to encourage and commend authors, illustrators and publishers who produce quality children’s and young adult books that portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinx in the United States, and to provide teachers with recommendations for classroom use. Read more...

Rosabeth Dorfhuber earns highest Yoga Alliance designation

Yoga instructor Rosabeth Dorfhuber recently earned the Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT ) 500 designation with Yoga Alliance, the highest level achievable. Yoga Alliance is the national and international registry overseeing yoga Instructors. Only the most experienced, and highly trained teachers qualify for this designation. Congratulations, Rosabeth!

Emma Cruz named Outstanding Classified Employee of the Year

Emma Cruz, Administrative Assistant for the School of Extended Learning, has been selected as the 2020-2021 Outstanding Classified Employee of the Year. Known for “jumping into new challenges enthusiastically” and developing processes to better serve students, Emma is an integral part of the Career Skills Institute (CSI) and the Vitality Older Adult program. During COVID-19, she can be found on two to three Zoom meetings at the same time, working her magic to ensure that students and faculty have everything they need for a successful learning experience. According to her co-workers, “Emma Cruz is an invaluable asset to SBCC; she brings integrity and passion to serving others – a trait that cannot be taught, but a skill that anyone who works with people needs.” 

Four finalists also received Honorable Mention:
MaryLou Huerta, Student Success Coordinator, Enrollment Services

Kevin McNichol, Earth and Planetary Science Lab/Field Technician, Earth and Planetary Science/Geography

Jeff Santarosa, Athletic Program Assistant, Athletics

Sara Volle, Assessment Coordinator, Enrollment Services
Other staff who were nominated: Alejandra Rangel, Beth Taylor-Schott, Brandon Lovelace, Christian Limon, Clyde Nelson, Hong Lieu, James Watson, John LaMorena, Kirsten Mathieson, Mary Saragosa, Nancy Keller, Sharon Remacle, Zane Wann.

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 May 27 Board meeting, the following employees were recognized: 
Miguel Pineda, Custodial Supervisor, 10 years
Jason Flynn, Theater Lighting & Sound Specialist, 25 years

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 May with Agatha Louie (episode 19) and Stephanie Linnander (episode 20) to talk about news, events, food, books, movies, music, television, etc. Check out current and past episodes here...
Episode 19 - On May 12, Hong and Akil welcomed Agatha Louie to the show. Agatha is a Student Program Advisor in Financial Aid, although when she first started at SBCC she worked with Akil in Admissions and Records. After a discussion about Financial Aid, Agatha talked about what brought her to SBCC and her favorite dishes to cook and eat, followed by a discussion of Chinese medicine and oral tradition. Akil mentioned what he'd been reading during Ramadan, and Hong chimed in to talk about his favorite manhua (Hong Kong comics) that he read growing up.

Episode 20 - On May 26 Stephanie Linnander from Student Finance/Fiscal Services joined Hong and Akil to discuss the ways in which Student Finance is helping to provide services to students. Stephanie talked about her life growing up in Washington, D.C. and Sweden, and her path to SBCC. From there, the conversation moved on to favorite foods, such as zucchini boats, Thai food, fancy porridge and pastries.

Another year passed, another scholarship cycle completed 

In March and early April, the Scholarship Review and Selection Committees and the Department Committee awarded over 700 students just under one million dollars in scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year. The May 6 issue of the Santa Barbara Independent honored the recipients in an 8-page spread created by the SBCC Foundation.
Thanks to all of those who served on the committees for devoting time and effort to this important endeavor to provide students with valuable financial support.

2020-2021 Outstanding Student Awards

Each year, the Office of Student Life presents the Outstanding Student of the Year Awards. Selected by faculty and staff, these awards honor students who have excelled scholastically or who have provided exceptional service to the college.

Read about them, why they were chosen, and their responses to having received the award...

SBCC Office of Communications wins six CCPRO awards

From left: Kirsten Mathieson, Sally Gill, Luz Reyes-Martín, Amanda Jacobs, Hong Lieu
At the 2021 Community College Public Relations Organization (CCPRO) conference held virtually in April, SBCC was awarded six awards in the following categories:
Electronic Collateral, Silver: 2020 Commencement webpage

Social Media marketing, Bronze: For marketing efforts focused on increasing enrollment through creative advertising campaigns, both in-state and out of state.

Social Media Management, Bronze: For communicating key COVID-19 related messages and maintaining engagement with students through creative social media content.

News Release, Bronze: “SBCC Theatre Arts safely overcomes social distancing obstacles” (Read it here...)

Photo Awards, (2) Bronze: Winning photographs were taken by two student workers in the Office of Communications (see below).
Charles Cropsey Photography Award, BronzeClimate March, Boxuan Zhan
Manipulated photo, BronzeGirl on the Hill, Trinh Tran

Major renovation project underway at La Playa Stadium

La Playa Stadium is currently closed while undergoing reconstruction to replace its 11-year-old field turf. The project is scheduled to be completed by Aug. 21.
In Memoriam

Professor Emeritus Jim Julca

Jim Julca, who joined SBCC as a chemistry professor in 1961 and retired in 1996, passed away recently. He is survived by his wife, Antoinette, to whom we offer our condolences. 
Jim was known for believing that “99.9% of the reason for the existence of SBCC is the students – people! So the periodic table, the equations, analysis and synthesis are all extremely important, but must now be considered as food, as nutrients for hungry science students.” 
Several years ago, he submitted a memoir to the SBCC Legacy Project. Read his memoir here... 
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