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

Cliff Notes: FEBRUARY 2020

Cliff Notes is a monthly digest of faculty and staff news compiled by the SBCC Office of Communications. Is there news about your department that you would like to share with the rest of the campus community? Awards, recognitions, longevity, new hires, special lectures, presentations or events? Let us know! You can send items of interest to marketing@sbcc.edu and include "Cliff Notes" in the subject line.
Campus Highlights

EOPS @ 50

Did you know that the 2019-2020 school year marks the 50th Anniversary of EOPS in California Community Colleges and at Santa Barbara City College? In honor of this significant occasion, the EOPS office will be hosting a celebration on Thursday, March 5, 2020. Look for coverage of that event in future issues of Cliff Notes, but in the meantime, catch up on the history of EOPS statewide and here at SBCC...

Black History Month

Each February, SBCC joins the nation in acknowledging and celebrating the contributions that African Americans have made to American life and culture. Their struggles for freedom and equality deepen our understanding of our collective history. Click here for more information and additional resources...

‘Eleven Figures in Two Parts’ at the Atkinson Gallery

The Atkinson Gallery, our Art Department's showcase for the visual arts, is currently featuring the group exhibition "Eleven Figures in Two Parts."
Stop by the Gallery (located in the Humanities Building, room 202) to view the work of Southern California artists who use the human figure in their art practice.
Visit the Atkinson Gallery website to find out more about the Gallery, including upcoming lectures by Manjari Sharma (February 12) and Amanda Ross-Ho (March 18).

LGBTQ+ 101 Seminar opens dialogue to better support queer and trans communities on campus

Various City College faculty and staff crowded into the West Campus Center Room 121 on Jan. 28 for a training seminar facilitated by the UCSB Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity (RCSGD) director Craig Leets and co-director Quinn Solis. Participants to the free LGBTQ+ Seminar received practical tools to assist them in creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for the LGBTQ campus community, including an introduction to LGBTQ terminology and the importance of pronouns for transgender and gender non-conforming people. The training is a goodwill gesture on behalf of UCSB RCSGD, and of no cost to participants or City College. For those who missed it, the RCSGD team will return to facilitate an additional seminar in the coming months. Read The Channels story here...

Theatre Group wins regional award

Pam Lasker, Theatre Manager for The Theatre Group at SBCC, passes along this exciting news: "We were just notified that we won in several categories for the Broadway World Regional Theatre Awards." Best Play (non-musical): "Significant Other"; Outstanding Performance in a Musical: Ryan Ostendorf, "How to Succeed in Business"; Community/University Theatre Company of the Year: SBCC Theater Group. Congratulations to all the talented cast and crew members!

Faculty Mentor Program receives Honorable Mention 

Congratulations to our Faculty Mentor Program for winning Honorable Mention for the 2019-20 Academic Senate for California Community College's Exemplary Program Award. In the fourth year of the Faculty Mentor Project, which is led by Dr. Elizabeth Imhof, 25 faculty members and 225 mentees participate at any one time, and approximately 600 students have been served. 

Cornelia Alsheimer wins FACCC award

During a recent Faculty Association of California Community Colleges (FACCC) board meeting, board members confirmed the selection of nominees for several statewide awards. The winner of the prestigious Jonathan Lightman FACCCtivist Award is our very own Cornelia Alsheimer. This award is presented to a faculty member whose demonstrated commitment to advancing FACCC's agenda goes above and beyond the call of duty. Congratulations, Cornelia!

Coach James Poggione leads fitness program for special needs adults

SBCC defensive line coach James Poggione began leading a fitness program for adults with special needs on Feb. 1, for Solvang nonprofit Hidden Wings. One of the goals of the new program is to help these young adults  build teamwork skills and find full-time employment. According to Poggione, the program is a good warm up for anyone who will be involved in Special Olympics. Read the full story in the Santa Ynez Valley Star...

Luz Reyes-Martin receives Woman of Achievement Award

Executive Director of Communications and Public Affairs Luz Reyes-Martin has been named a "Woman of Achievement" by the Santa Barbara Chapter of the Association for Women in Communications (AWC-SB). AWC-SB has presented Women of Achievement Awards for over a decade. Past winners include State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, retired Congresswoman Lois Capps and former mayor Helene Schneider, among others. Read the AWC-SB press release here...
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Mitch Wishnowsky

Victor Bryant reports on Santa Barbara's Super Bowl moment

No matter which team you rooted for to win the big game on Sunday, Feb. 2, Santa Barbarans had a good reason to be proud: former SBCC Vaquero and current San Francisco 49ers punter Mitch Wishnowsky became the first SBCC alum to play in the Super Bowl.

Nominations are now open for

It is that time of year to honor a colleague who you feel  demonstrates qualities that are worthy of an Outstanding Administrator. Any permanent employee may nominate an administrator for consideration to be awarded this recognition. The winner(s) will be selected by a confidential vote of the membership of the Advancing Leadership Association, and will be announced at the March 12 Board of Trustees meeting. The deadline to submit your nomination is Thursday, February 20. Click here for more information...
Project Updates

New Mission Statement

At their Jan. 23 meeting, the Board of Trustees approved our new mission statement:
Santa Barbara City College welcomes all students. The College provides a diverse learning environment and opportunities for students to enrich their lives, advance their careers, complete certificates, earn associate degrees, and transfer to four-year institutions.

The College is committed to fostering an equitable, inclusive, respectful, participatory, and supportive community dedicated to the success of every student.
We will be systematically updating our materials and publications to reflect this new mission statement.

Sports Pavilion/P.E. Building replacement

At the Jan. 21 CPC meeting, Lyndsay Mass gave an update on the Sports Pavilion/P.E. Building replacement project. Click here to see the presentation.

Sustainability Workgroup: Food rescue opportunity

Dune Coffee has two downtown S.B. locations (528 Anacapa Street and 1101 State Street) that are interested in donating the pastries and baked goods they haven’t sold at the end of each day. The Food Pantry is looking for volunteers to pick up in the evening and then bring to the campus Food Pantry the next day. Pick up would be between 7-7:30 p.m. As a volunteer you would call the location (identifying yourself as a non-profit working with Santa Barbara County Food Rescue) to let them know that you are on your way. That way they know to expect someone and can confirm there is a donation available for pick up. Interested? Contact Adolfo Corral, corral@sbcc.edu, ext. 4092 (805) 730-4092

Robert Emmons Poetry Contest: Spread the word to students!

Every spring, the Creative Writing Program offers students the opportunity to compete for the prestigious Emmons Poetry Prize. The contest is only open to students who are enrolled in at least six units of SBCC credit at the time the prize is awarded in mid-April. More info...

Presidents Day Weekend

All three campuses (Main campus on Cliff Drive, Schott and Wake) will be closed on Friday, Feb. 14, and Monday, Feb 17, in observance of Presidents Day weekend.

Upcoming Events

SBCC Theatre Group presents 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time'

Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” is told from the perspective of a 15-year-old boy living in Wiltshire, England, who describes himself as a “mathematician with some behavioral difficulties.”
Directed by Katie Laris, the play runs in the Garvin Theatre from Feb. 28 – March 14. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Sundays. The 2 p.m. Sunday, March 1, performance will be live-captioned for the hearing-impaired.  Preview performances – to which faculty and staff can obtain free tickets –  are on Feb. 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. Click for more details...
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