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

Cliff Notes: NOVEMBER 2020

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.

Recently added feature: Peer-to-Peer

In September we inaugurated a new feature, Peer-to-Peer, where different departments can share their experiences, challenges and tips for delivering services and instruction remotely during this unprecedented time. Have you discovered an effective tool or strategy to better connect with your students? Please share!

Theatre Arts safely overcomes social distancing obstacles to keep theatre alive and thriving

Since its earliest days in ancient Greece, live theatre has always been a communal event, where performers and audiences came to together for shared experiences in drama, comedy and tragedy. So what to do when a pandemic strikes and people can no longer gather in groups? In the true spirit of the theatre, Technical Director Ben Crop says the answer lies in “Not giving up! Where there’s a will, there’s a way!”
Discover how the Theatre Arts department is meeting and overcoming challenges for planning and mounting productions for the foreseeable future.

Tony Ybarra in the news

Tony Ybarra, jazz improvisation and guitar studies instructor, was recently interviewed for a feature in the Ventura County Reporter. He recalls how the movie “La Bamba” changed his life, how while a student at SBCC he discovered Latin jazz and flamenco, and later went on to USC where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in guitar performance. Although currently challenged by the global pandemic, he remains optimistic. “When COVID ends, the world will need music and art just to heal the soul. Music gives release to those who listen.” Read more... 

Vaquero Voices hosted by Hong and Akil

Webmaster Hong Lieu (left) and Senior Admissions and Records Technician Akil Hill (right)
October saw the airing of two new episodes in the podcast series created by Hong Lieu and Akil Hill, “SBCC Vaquero Voices.” Click here to catch up on the most recent episodes – and any you've missed.
Episode 7 - JennyErika Barco
JennyErika Barco from the Transfer Center joined Akil and Hong on October 7 to talk about how the Transfer Center helps students meet their transfer goals and about her own journey to SBCC. From there, the group discussed Caldo de Res, Winter Melon Soup, Ghormeh Sabzi, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Doom Patrol” and John Coltrane’s “Alabama.”
Episode 8 - Maureen McRae Goldberg
On October 21, Akil and Hong welcomed Financial Aid Director Maureen McRae Goldberg to talk all things financial aid, with a nod to Spaghetti Bolognese and Jane Austen along the way. Akil and Hong complemented the episode with discussions on bagels, a spot that serves sushi and burgers under one roof, the manga of Satoshi Kon and “Cobra Kai.”

Ben Crop posts latest Theatre Arts alumni interview: Dekyi Ronge found a path from SBCC to an MFA, acting all the way.

Dekyi Ronge, who received the Theatre Arts Student of the Year award in 2008 – and graduated from SBCC that same year – spoke with Garvin Theatre Operations Supervisor Pam Lasker recently. Fondly remembering the Theatre Arts department as a supportive community that encouraged her interests, Dekyi went on to receive her bachelor’s degree in Theatre and Performance Studies from UC Berkeley and a master in fine arts degree in Acting from The Theatre School - DePaul University. Read more...

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. 8 Board meeting, the following employees were recognized: 
Mario Arenas, Custodian, 30 years
Amy Collins, Student Program Advisor, 20 years
Octavio Escamilla Robles, Custodian, 10 years
(Virtual) Happenings

“Looking Back, Looking Forward”
a must see

The Theatre Group at SBCC’s “Looking Back, Looking Forward,” streaming until Nov. 7, is an on-demand, streamed production directed by Katie Laris, with musical direction by David Potter. This tour de force features a talented cast of singers performing songs from “Cabaret,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “West Side Story,” “Be More Chill,” “Oklahoma,” “Rent,” “South Pacific,” and many more, in a loving tribute to musical theatre. Purchase your ticket now...

Student production of Sophocles’ Antigone explores themes relevant to today

You won’t want to miss the Student Showcase production of Sophocles’ “Antigone,” translated by Paul Woodruff and directed by R. Michael Gros and streaming on-demand Nov. 14-30. Law and justice, adherence to authority and the power of the state vs. individual responsibility are just a few of the issues this classical Greek drama asks us to consider. It is presented in the visually energetic storytelling style of a graphic novel. Purchase tickets now...

SBCC Music the world’s first school to perform a live concert remotely

On Oct. 23, the SBCC Lunch Break Big Band became the first school in the world to present a live concert of a large ensemble with each member participating synchronously (and safely) from their homes. The Music Department began planning the infrastructure for this event on Mar. 13, 2020. Since then, programs from all over the United States have been watching. The technology used enabled the musicians to rehearse and sight read while also affording them the ability to work on musical spontaneity, interactivity, and other skills that are so important for a career in modern music.
It was toe-tapping music, but the skills behind making it sound effortless were serious. The fact that they were able to swing so hard is a testament to their fine musicianship and ability to adapt. 
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
The Undocumented Student Week of Action (Oct. 19-23) was a system-wide campaign to advocate and provide support resources for our undocumented student population. SBCC participated this year by scheduling panels, guest-speakers, workshops and other events to provide information and resources for our students, staff, faculty and administration. 
Community Connections

SBCC Nursing students volunteer their services

When the Public Health Department called for volunteers to help administer flu shots at several free clinics it was hosting throughout the county, students enrolled in the final semester of SBCC’s Associate Degree in Nursing Program were eager to be of service. Between Sept. 27 and Oct. 13 they attended flu clinics at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Lompoc High School, San Marcos High School, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Carpinteria and Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria.

Students rate SBCC among top schools 

When researching colleges, scholarships, internships, student loans, majors and careers, millions of prospective students turn to Unigo.com. It is also where students give reviews on the colleges they are currently attending. In September, we received word that students have rated Santa Barbara City College among the top schools.

Click here to read the reviews.


Plans for Spring 2021 semester announced

It was recently announced that the Spring 2021 semester at SBCC will be primarily online with some in-person classes. The plan is to schedule more in-person classes than were offered in Fall 2020 so that some students could take a full load in-person if they chose to do so. In-person classes will be held only if public health metrics allow for such classes in January 2021. The college will follow our COVID-19 plan for health and safety in all cases.

Note that this plan relates to only to the instructional aspects of SBCC operations. The decision regarding whether employees will work remotely or from campus will be made on a rolling basis. The current remote work status is in force until the end of Fall 2020. The matter of work status for January/February 2021 will be considered again in November 2020.
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