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

Cliff Notes: November 2021

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

Reception honors newly-tenured faculty

Faculty cohort who joined SBCC in Fall 2016; advanced to tenure in 2020
Faculty cohort who joined SBCC in Fall 2017; advanced to tenure in 2021
On Tuesday, Oct. 26, Interim Superintendent/President Dr. Kindred Murillo, Interim Executive Vice President Dr. Kathy Scott and the Faculty Recognition Committee held a reception honoring the SBCC faculty who advanced to tenure in 2020 and 2021. The event was held at the Sports Pavilion patio. Click here to see photos of those who attended.
JennyErika Barco Quinonez,
Transfer Achievement Program

Justina Buller, History

Juan Carrera Espinoza, Chemistry

Tara Carter, Sociology/Anthropology

Andrew Gil, Academic Counseling

Russell Granger, Automotive Tech

Devona Hawkins, Early Childhood Education

Ruth Morales, Political Science/Economics

Christopher Panza, Mathematics

Lacey Peters, Health and Wellness

Armando Ramos III, Art

Patty Saito, Biology

Amy Thompson, Physics

Jeffrey Walker, Physical Education

Stephanie Washburn, Art
Jennifer A. Betancourt, Biological Sciences

Elizabeth E. Chisholm, Mathematics

Vandana Gavaskar,
Learning Resource Center/Tutorial

Daniel J. Giles, Mathematics

Nathalie F. Guebels, Computer Science

Maureen E. Horner, Vocational Nursing

Chris A. Kramer, Philosophy

Stephanie D. Mendes,
Earth & Planetary Science/Geography

Rebekah M. Rodriguez, Communication

David M. Saunders, School of Justice

Mary T. Sullivan, Associate Degree Nursing

James W. Van Arsdale,
Graphic Design & Photography
Congratulations to all!

Vaccination Clinic in December

The Santa Barbara Public Health Department will offer a clinic at SBCC's Cliff Drive East Campus, in the Student Services tent on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 4-7 p.m.
Appointments are suggested, but not required. Pre-register at My Turn. Clinics are open to the public and masks are required.
Vaccines available: Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson. The Pfizer vaccine is open to anyone 5 years old and older. (Minors should be accompanied by a legal guardian to provide consent.) The Johnson and Johnson vaccine is open to anyone 18 and older.
Monday – Friday
8 a.m.-6 p.m.
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
(805) 316-7927


Student Services will be hosting a lively re-enrollment event on the West Campus Meadow, on Fri. and Sat., Dec. 3-4, in an effort to encourage part-time and full-time credit students previously enrolled at SBCC – those who stopped attending sometime between Spring 2020 and Fall 2021 – to re-enroll for Spring 2022.

Students will be invited to rejoin SBCC during this special event in order to receive the help they need to re-enroll and get a fresh start for the new year. There will be free food, activities for children and giveaways. As an added incentive, those who attend the event can receive up to $500 in Campus Store credit to cover books and school supplies. 

Staff from Financial Aid, Academic Counseling, and Admissions and Records offices will be on hand to provide one-on-one assistance with the process and help students overcome whatever hurdles they may be facing. 


SBCC a 20-year top producer of Gilman Scholars

On Oct. 27, SBCC was recognized by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs for being a Top Producer of Gilman Scholars among community colleges over the past 20 years. The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is reshaping study abroad to make it more accessible and inclusive for American students. Twenty-three students from SBCC have received Gilman awards since 2001.  
Staff Longevity Recognitions

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 Oct. 28 Board meeting, the following employees were recognized:
  • Eric Allen, Academic Tech Support Specialist, 10 years
  • Rosa Castillo, Catalog/Schedule Specialist, 15 years
  • Erik Fricke, Director, Security & Emergency Response, 30 years
  • Sharon Remacle, Human Resources Technician III (confidential), 15 years
  • Martin Sanchez, Facilities Assistant, 20 years
  • Mariel Zurita, Warehouse Assistant, 15 years
That makes a total of 105 years of service to SBCC. Well done and thank you!
Vaquero Voices Podcast
Webmaster Hong Lieu and and Senior Admissions Tech Akil Hill
Continuing their casual, informal conversations with colleagues, Hong and Akil got together recently with Alondra Gonzales to talk about school, food, music and culture. Check out current and past episodes here...
Episode 24 - On Oct. 20, Akil and Hong welcomed Alondra to the show to talk about the Food Pantry transitioning into the Basic Needs Center, what it was like conducting food deliveries at the height of the pandemic a few months after the birth of her baby, and growing up in Santa Barbara. From there, the trio discussed Mexican candy, Yona Redz and Dia de Los Muertos. 
Upcoming Events

Student showcase ‘Laughing with Durang’ Nov. 10-20

Join our talented Theatre Arts students as they present an evening of short plays by celebrated playwright Christopher Durang, whose unique blend of humor and quirkiness will be on full display in the intimate Jurkowitz Theatre. Performances will be Nov. 10-20; Wednesday–Saturday at 7:30 p.m; Sunday, Nov. 14, and Saturday, Nov. 20, at 2 p.m. Previews on Nov. 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m. are free to SBCC employees. The 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, performance will be live-captioned for the hearing-impaired.
Tickets are $18 general, $15 seniors and SBCC Staff, and $10 students. Tickets can be purchased online at www.theatregroupsbcc.com or by calling the Box Office at 805-965-5935.

In Memoriam

Fred Hoffman, long-time member of SBCC faculty

It is with great sadness that we share the news that Fred Hoffman has passed away. For over 51 years Fred shared his passion and deep knowledge of political science and current events with a loyal following of students. He began his teaching career at SBCC in 1969, having earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Political Science from UCSB. In recent decades he taught current events at both the Schott and Wake Campuses, as well as classes throughout the community via the Vitality Older Adult program. 
As a self-professed “contrarian” and a strong believer in the “free marketplace of ideas,” Fred compelled his students to re-examine and re-think the views that they were comfortable with. His goal was to cultivate in his students the ability to seek out information on important issues, to understand a diversity of viewpoints and to express differences on those issues in a civil fashion. For more about his teaching philosophy watch this YouTube video that was recorded in 2015.
He was also the founding leader of the SBCC Legacy Project, with the goal of preserving SBCC’s history through first-person narratives. Fred felt strongly that former faculty and staff members should be remembered and commended for their rich contributions to SBCC, and in recent years he coordinated ceremonies at the college honoring important founding faculty members including former Accounting Department Chair John O’Dea and Professor Emeritus of Political Science Dr. Robert Casier.
Fred will be greatly missed by those in the community who fondly remember him biking to campus as he enjoyed being active and did not own a car. He inspired students with his love of world events, and they deeply appreciated that he discussed both sides of an issue – even if they did not want to hear the other side. Former colleagues in the Political Science Department recall his enthusiasm for teaching, his in-depth knowledge of his subjects, his love of baseball, and remember him as “exceptionally kind and generous, always ready to help others.” 
We shall miss you, Fred.
Recent Press Releases
Look for two soon-to-be-issued press releases about:
  • SBCC being named one of the nation’s Top Producers of Gilman Scholars of the past 20 years.
  • An exciting new Scheinfeld Center collaboration.
In the meantime, keep up-to-date with all SBCC press releases by checking the Newsroom pages on the website and sign-up to receive press releases directly to your email inbox. 
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