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

Cliff Notes: MAY 2022

Although many of us have returned to campus, many continue to work remotely. During this time of transition, Cliff Notes employee newsletter is still 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 on campus or 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

Dual Enrollment ‘Vaquero Roundup’ a big success

On Wednesday, April 6, SBCC Admissions & Records hosted “Vaquero Roundup,” a special Dual Enrollment event for high school students from the Santa Barbara Unified School District and Carpinteria High School. It served as a one-stop-shop to help students complete every step of the dual enrollment process for summer prior to the first day of registration.
There were 583 parents and family members in attendance and 447 students who registered. It was an all-hands-on-deck event, with counseling, applications assistance and support services to ensure students received all the help they needed.
Thanks to all who made the day such a great success!

Unity in the CommUNITY Festival

On April 27, members of the SBCC Community celebrated and shared their cultural heritage through food, art and music. Students had the opportunity to share poems about resilience, building community, facing adversity and pride in one’s heritage through the dynamic poetry slam. A catered lunch from El Zarape was enjoyed by all!

Graphic Design and Photography department publishes its second issue of ‘Seen & Not Seen’

“Seen & Not Seen” is a publication designed by students from the Graphic Design program, and features new work from Graphic Design and Photography students, as well as a feature on Gilbert Baker, creator of the rainbow flag. Pick up a FREE copy at these locations on campus: Luria Library, Campus Center, Campus Bookstore, Digital Arts Center, The Well, Basic Needs Center, WCC building third floor gallery, and West Campus cafeteria.
Awards and Kudos

SBCC named 2022 “Excellence in Placement Honoree” 

The Campaign for College Opportunity has named Santa Barbara City College a 2022 “Champion for Excelling in Equitable Course Placement in Black English Enrollment and Black English.” SBCC was recognized for successfully supporting 100 percent of black students to enroll directly in transfer-level English coursework, and at least 70 percent of black students who enrolled in a transfer-level English course completed it within one year. A press release with more information will be issued soon.

SBCC receives CCPRO award for 2021 commencement video

The Community College Public Relations Organization (CCPRO) held its annual conference this year in Lake Tahoe, April 6-8. The conference provides marketing and public relations professionals a unique opportunity to network with peers, share best practices and challenges, and garner work and career advice. Representing SBCC was Executive Director of Public Affairs and Communications Martha Swanson, who brought home the third place award in the “Video Profile” category for our 2021 commencement video. Watch the video here.

SBCC Ethics Debate Team takes second place in international competition

SBCC’s Ethics Debate Team, advised by Philosophy Professor Marc Bobro and consisting of students Leonard Delgadillo (math and philosophy), Hunter Gomersall (philosophy) and Kayla Guran (philosophy), competed in the International Business Ethics and Sustainability Case Competition during the first week of April 2022. The competition consisted of three separate presentations, and the excellent SBCC team earned second place in two of the three. From the field of teams from all over the world, SBCC was the only community college represented. Their main presentation was titled “Neuralink: Revolutionary Brain Technology or Abusive Intrusion?” 

2021-2022 Faculty Excellence Awards

The Faculty Excellence Awards are the local awards for SBCC faculty. Each spring, deserving full-time, adjunct and non-credit faculty are nominated by their peers for contributions to their departments, their students and the college. The outstanding faculty are selected by the Faculty Recognition Committee and are honored at the fall in-service.
Here are the awardees for 2021-2022. Congratulations to each one of you!
Nathalie Guebels
Matt Mooney
Sarah Orr
Melissa Menendez
Darin Garard
From left: Clara Oropeza and Kelly Corrigan

Clara Oropeza represents SBCC in ‘Live From College’ podcast

On Tuesday April 19, English professor Clara Oropeza was interviewed by Kelly Corrigan for one segment of a 15-episode podcast series called “Live From College.” Supported by a grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, the series — scheduled to air next fall — will take a look at liberal arts education and why it is more important now than ever. SBCC was one of a broad cross-section of colleges and universities around the country that Corrigan is visiting: large, small, ivy-league, HBCU, community college, etc. Read about “Live From College”...

Nominations are now open for SBCC’s 2023 faculty lecturer 

Honor an instructor, librarian, or counsellor. Make your nomination online or submit paper forms to faculty lecturer boxes available at multiple locations on campus.

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 April 21 Board meeting, the following employees were recognized:
Noel Gomez, Student Program Advisor 15 years
Jose Martinez, Community Education Center Coordinator, 25 years
Suzanne Smith, Technical Services Specialist, 20 years
That makes a total of 60 years of service to SBCC. Read what their supervisors wrote about Noel, Jose and Suzanne... 
Well done and thank you!
Vaquero Voices Podcast
Webmaster Hong Lieu and and Senior Admissions Tech Akil Hill
After taking a short hiatus from conversations with colleagues, Hong and Akil are back with episode 27, a special show featuring just the two of them. They look forward to continuing their casual, informal conversations with colleagues next month. In the meantime, you can check out current and past episodes of Vaquero Voices here...
Episode 27 – There were a lot of moving parts to the start of Spring semester but the workload cleared enough for Akil and Hong to have a discussion between the two of them in March. They chatted about Cleared4, check-in tables, SBCC athletics, dining options on-campus and a few of the new spots around town where they’ve been eating. They went on to discuss the new Kanye West documentary on Netflix, new albums from Nas and Earthgang, and standup specials from Moses Storm and Whitmer Thomas.
Connecting with Community

Vaqueros give back to community on Monroe Elementary School’s beautification day

Our Vaqueros have given a ton of assists this year, whether it be on the court, on the field, or in the classroom.

On April 9, though, some generous members of our Vaquero family gave up their Saturday to give an assist to the community, heading out to Monroe Elementary School to volunteer and help construct bike trails around the campus.
Upcoming Events

The SBCC String & Wind Festival is back!

After a two-year hiatus due to COVID, SBCC Music’s String & Wind Festival returns to the Garvin Theatre Saturday, May 7.

Beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing throughout the entire day, concert bands, orchestras, wind ensembles and string ensembles from throughout southern California will be performing for a panel of esteemed adjudicators, and will receive feedback and coaching on their performance. The festival will conclude that evening with a very special exhibition performance from our own SBCC Concert Band.

Best of all, audience members will have FREE ADMISSION ALL DAY to watch and listen to as many groups as they wish in the beautiful Garvin Theatre. Please note that SBCC’s COVID protocols remain in effect for all audience members – masks must be worn indoors during the performance, and either proof-of-vaccination or proof of a negative COVID test taken less than 72 hours before the performance must be shown at the door.

The tradition of musical excellence and innovation continues

In addition to the String & Wind Festival, fans of SBCC Music will have several opportunities from now through the end of May to see their favorite bands and choirs, jazz combos, the SBCC Symphony, chamber music, concert band and Quire of Voyces. See the SBCC Music Spring 2022 concert schedule for more information, including dates, times, locations, where to purchase tickets, etc.

In-person Commencement for 2022 to be held May 13

For the first time since 2019, SBCC will once again hold its commencement ceremony in-person. The celebration will begin at 5 p.m., at La Playa Stadium, where the class of 2022 will be awarded their degrees while friends, family, faculty and staff look on. Ignacio Ponce, SBCC’s 2020 Faculty Lecturer, will serve as this year’s Grand Marshall.
Celebrate the effort, hard work and commitment that have gone into making academic and career dreams come true. 

SBCC Foundation Spring Forward! Gala ~ Sunday, May 22

The SBCC Foundation Spring Forward! Gala will be held Sunday, May 22, 4-7 p.m., outdoors on the beautiful Great Meadow of SBCC’s West Campus. All are welcome to join us in celebration of our community’s college!

The event will benefit the work of the SBCC Foundation, which provides more than $5 million each year to support the SBCC Promise, scholarships, emergency grants, and more.

Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Visit SBCC Foundation Spring Forward! 2022 for more information.
In Memoriam

Former SBCC physics professor Bill Miller

Former physics professor Bill Miller died at age 97 on April 2, 2022, leaving behind a legacy of achievement and admiration.
Miller was a well-loved professor in our science department, teaching multiple generations of physics students throughout his career. Even after over three decades of teaching, Miller never fully retired. His love of teaching kept him coming back to teach classes until he neared the age of 80.
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