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

Cliff Notes: March 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

Storytime Project is up and running!

At a time when so many children in our community remain at home, the Sigma Chi Eta Communication Honor Society created the Storytime Project, providing a way to share the love of reading with the younger members of our SBCC family and bring some joy to those who are working so hard managing the demands of school, work and family right now. Throughout the semester, they will be releasing fun and culturally inclusive stories read by our own SBCC faculty, staff and students. Children and parents who tune in for SBCC Storytime are eligible to enter to win a copy of some of the wonderful books they will be sharing this semester.

Click here to go to the SBCC Storytime Playlist

Feel free to share with those in our community who might benefit from the project. SBCC Storytime is also featured on the SBCC Luria Library website as well as on the Communication Lab webpage. Check back throughout the semester as more great stories are added. This project is funded by a grant from the National Communication Association.

Free movie streaming service for all at SBCC

Thanks to Nico Maestu, Chair of the Film and Media Studies Department, everyone at SBCC can now enjoy critically-acclaimed movies, inspiring documentaries, award-winning foreign films and more, with Kanopy, an on-demand streaming video platform for public libraries and universities. Offering 30,000 titles, Kanopy can be viewed on a computer, mobile device, or television via a web browser supporting HTML5 video or the Kanopy app for Amazon Fire Tablet and Fire Stick, Android, Apple iOS, and Roku.
Check it out! 

Jenna Rolle consulted by SBMNH

Thanks to the efforts of Earth and Planetary Sciences instructor Jenna Rolle (and her colleague Dibblee Curator of Earth Science Jonathan Hoffman, Ph.D.) the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (SBMNH) is ready to take us back in time millions of years with the popular dinosaur exhibit “Prehistoric Forest.” Responsible for drafting the plaques that accompany the animatronics, one of the key messages they wanted to convey is the fact that paleontology is dynamic, with researchers constantly updating what we know about the history of life. Read all about the exhibit here... 
Jenna highlights Amargasaurus
Jenna and T. rex
Jenna and Pachyrhinosaurus

Mike Young videos a hit on YouTube

Years ago, physics professor Mike Young started to video his lectures so that students could review them after class. As time passed, Mike started to get emails from students across the country, and then across the world: Korea, England, Middle East, India, etc. One person asked if she could link some of them to Mystery Science, a K-5 resource. See his YouTube channel here...

Jim Clark receives CISOA award

On Jan. 28, Jim Clark, SBCC’s Director of Information Technology Infrastructure and Security, was notified by the Chief Information Systems Officers Association of the California Community Colleges (CISOA) that he is the recipient of the CISOA Technology Planning Award for 2021. The letter stated, “Your selection speaks highly of how well you and your work are perceived by both your district and by your statewide peers.” The college will be issuing a press release with more information shortly.

February Vaquero Voices podcasts

Webmaster Hong Lieu and and Senior Admissions Tech Akil Hill
Continuing their casual, informal conversations with colleagues, Hong and Akil got together in February with Adrienne Arguijo-Morgan and Dr. Joshua Ramirez (episode 13) and with Victor Bryant and Tim Stone (episode 14) to talk about news, events, food, books, movies, music, television, etc. You can access past and present episodes here...
Episode 13 - Adrienne and Joshua discussed the Student Ready program and the College for Working Adults. From there the conversation touched on cedar plank salmon, fried chicken sandwiches, travel vlogs, and various books, comics, films, and TV shows. Listen...
Episode 14 - Victor and Tim discussed their work at SBCC, and opened up about the black experience at SBCC and in Santa Barbara. From there, the group discussed a wide range of topics, from vegan mac and cheese, to UCSB Reads Patrisse Cullors' “When They Call You a Terrorist.” Listen...

Luz Reyes-Martín named to  CALM Board of Trustees

SBCC Executive Director of Public Affairs and Communications Luz Reyes-Martín was among three members of the community to have been  selected recently to join the CALM (Child Abuse Listening Mediation) Board of Trustees. CALM’s mission is to prevent childhood trauma, heal children and families, and build resilient communities throughout Santa Barbara County.


SBCC ranked among best colleges for an associate degree by Salary Score

On Jan. 28, 2021, Optimal (formerly the SR Education Group) released “GradReports,” comparing the salaries of over 4.6 million college graduates to determine Salary Scores for more than 885 college degrees. Scores were then used to rank the best colleges in the U.S. for 2021 at the associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree levels. SBCC is pleased to announce that it ranked No. 11 in the category of “Best Associate Degrees.”

Vocational Nursing program ranked in Top 10 in western U.S.

After closely evaluating 423 Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) programs across the western United States, NursingProcess.org has ranked Santa Barbara City College’s Vocational Nursing program No. 10 for 2021. In their notification to SBCC about the ranking for 2021, they stated, “We applaud the efforts of Santa Barbara City College toward nurturing the academic and career goals of nursing students. Congratulations to the students, faculty and administrators of the college!”
English professor and Guided Pathways faculty coordinator Margaret Prothero has been hard at work sifting through virtual stacks of invitations to webinars, videos, conferences and resources, all aiming to help our campus community with its equity and Guided Pathways work. In her own words, “If you do one thing to expand your knowledge about Guided Pathways, equity work, removing barriers to student success, dismantling outdated practices and college structures, finding ways to effect meaningful change and practice, and be truly inspired, then listen to Dr. Al Solano’s podcasts.” (Click on the links below)

Ep 1: “Student Success and Equity with Dr. Michael Gaston”
Ep 2: “Evolution of Guided Pathways with Dr. Davis Jenkins”

La Playa Stadium turf replacement

Overdue turf replacement for La Playa stadium is scheduled to begin in April 2021. Read The Channels article...
Upcoming Events

New York Times columnist Margaret Renkl to “visit” via Zoom

English professor David Starkey will be hosting New York Times columnist Margaret Renkl in his creative writing class, via Zoom, on Monday, March 8, from 6 to 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. Renkl is the author of “Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss,” which was published in July 2019. Her next book, “Graceland, at Last: And Other Essays from The New York Times,” will be published in September 2021. Register in advance for this meeting. Read more about Margaret Renkl...

SBCC to host beachside drive-in screenings for SBIFF

SBCC will be hosting beachside screenings of the 36th Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) at two giant, drive-in style screens in the lower parking lots. Over 80 films will be screened from March 31-April 10. For more information about the event read the article in Variety. For information about the celebrity tributes and panels and to purchase tickets for those events visit the SBIFF website.
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