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

Cliff Notes: June 2020

During this time of working from home and social distancing, Cliff Notes is one way we can keep our campus community together. How are you coping with social distancing? Send us your story! Is there news about your department that you would like to share? Awards, recognitions, tips for connecting with students and colleagues online, special lectures, presentations or events you are conducting via Zoom? Let us know! You can send items of interest to marketing@sbcc.edu and include “Cliff Notes” in the subject line.

In Solidarity: A Message from Dr. Utpal K. Goswami

Dear SBCC community,
The events playing out throughout the country once again reinforce that structural racism is endemic in our society. We have seen the sequence of events play out again and again. Yet, not much progress has been made to eradicate structural racism in this country. As we express our outrage at the brazen acts of violence against Black and African Americans, we must also commit ourselves to changing society for better. Read the entire message...

Recognizing our Colleagues

Three Cheers for EOPS!

(Note: This photo was taken before the social distancing order.)
On Wednesday, May 6, Assistant Professor Sarah Boggs sent the following email:
I would like Cliff Notes to share something about the extraordinary job EOPS is doing right now.

Yesterday at 6 p.m. I tried to call Camila Acosta at her home and accidentally called the EOPS campus direct line. Sure enough, after two rings a friendly voice answered, “Hello, EOPS! This is Cristina.”

We are closed, it was after business hours, and EOPS has people answering calls and helping students. This is truly above and beyond and I am in awe of EOPS commitment to students and to creating a more equitable society.

Sarah Boggs
Do you know of someone or a department you’d like to recognize for going above and beyond? If so, we’d love to share it. Just send an email to marketing@sbcc and include Cliff Notes in the subject line.
Campus Highlights

Congratulations to everyone!

Words of congratulation are usually reserved for students on graduation day, but this year – when everything is different – praise also goes out to everyone else on campus: to faculty and staff who quickly transitioned to offering classes and support services online, and to everyone in IT who made it possible to deliver those classes and services virtually so that students could complete their studies and graduate as planned.
The virtual ceremony on May 8 went without a hitch, and hundreds of chat messages that ran alongside the screen in real time revealed the excitement of the day: instructors giving shout-outs to students, students acknowledging their instructors, and friends and family cheering on the grads.
Enormous gratitude goes to those on the Commencement Committee, especially Clyde Nelson, Candee Gyll, Hong Lieu, Amanda Jacobs, Orin Falls and Chris Johnson.
Katie Laris:
Keeping theatre alive in the dark
In mid-May, Gerald Carpenter, contributing writer for Noozhawk, interviewed Theatre Arts Department Co-chair Katie Laris as part of his “continuing exploration of the strategies employed by our various performing arts groups to survive the pandemic-induced coma.” Read Katie’s interview here…
Eric Heidner:
“Quarantine Quartet”
Recently, Eric Heidner, our Music Department’s “self-proclaimed Band Geek-in-Chief,” performed a quarantine quartet arrangement of Charles Trenet’s “Beyond the Sea” on the Santa Barbara Trombone Society’s Facebook page. Eric also judges high school marching bands during holiday parades and can’t wait for them to make a comeback when the coronaviris is no longer a threat. Watch his performance here…

SPARC and The Well keeping students connected

Earlier in the year, The Chronicle of Higher Education started an occasional series called The Quandary to answer questions about college life during a pandemic. One of the questions in May was “How can you continue student-support groups during the pandemic?” to which Chelsea Lancaster (Student Program Advisor for SPARC) responded, describing a partnership between SPARC and Health and Wellness/The Well. Click here to see the article and scroll down to the second question to read how SPARC and The Well are “creating spaces for students that make them feel like they belong.”
Toby Rönnquist, class of 2016

Ben Crop posts latest Theatre Arts alumni interview: Google Employee by Day, Daytime Soap Opera Star by Night

SBCC Theatre Arts alumni work all across the globe, from Los Angeles to Broadway to London’s West End. Check out Theatre Stagecraft Specialist Ben Crop’s latest interview with actor and Chromebook Experience Manager at Google Sweden, Toby Rönnquist…

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 14 Board meeting – conducted via Zoom – the following members of staff were honored:
Daniel Yanez
Duplicating Technician, 15 years of service
Ken Harris
Associate Director, School of Extended Learning, 10 years of service
On May 21, Superintendent/President Dr. Goswami held a virtual town hall meeting, moderated by Executive Director of Public Affairs and Communications Luz Reyes-Martin, where he discussed the budget and answered questions submitted by those who Zoomed in. Like all California Community Colleges, SBCC is facing significant challenges, and with still so much uncertainty the situation remains undetermined. Keep informed by watching upcoming Board of Trustees meetings: Wednesday June 3 (special meeting) and June 25 (regular session). Click here to go to the Board of Trustees YouTube page...
Upcoming Events

Foundation hosts COVID Conversations

The SBCC Foundation invites you to participate in a series of virtual gatherings, COVID Conversations: How SBCC is Meeting the Moment. These 45-minute Zoom get-togethers feature updates from leaders of various campus departments and programs on how they are adapting to the unprecedented challenges brought about by COVID-19, followed by a Q&A.  
Previous conversations have included:
  • SBCC in the time of COVID-19, with Superintendent/President Dr. Utpal K. Goswami
  • Supporting Students’ Mental Health during a Global Pandemic, with Alyson Bostwick and Becky Bean
  • Applying an Equity Lens to Address Students’ Needs, with Paloma Arnold and Roxane Byrne
  • I’m Not a Robot: Humanizing Online Learning at SBCC, with Professor Matthew Mooney
Recent Press Releases
Keep up-to-date with all SBCC press releases by checking the website or sign-up to receive press releases in your email inbox. 

In Memoriam

Pat Canning
We recently learned of the passing of Pat Canning. As many of our colleagues will recall, Pat was a long-time employee of SBCC in Student Services. She is fondly remembered by Faculty and Staff who knew her well. We extend our deepest condolences to her family and friends. 

Tim Haubursin

The baseball community was stunned by the death of SBCC pitching coach Tim Haubursin, who died on May 16 after a short battle with melanoma.
Nicknamed “Pitch Doc,” Haubursin is credited as being the driving force that let to the Vaqueros set a school record with 393 strikeouts during his first year as pitching coach in 2019. Read the obituary and tributes from students, colleagues and community members on the Vaqueros press releases page...
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