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JUNE 2022 

SBCC Foundation Spring Forward! Gala

The Santa Barbara City College Foundation hosted nearly 300 guests at its Spring Forward! Gala on the Great Meadow of the West Campus, raising more than $450,000. The Foundation provides more than $5 million annually to support SBCC students with scholarships and emergency grants. Read the article and see more photos in the Montecito Journal.
Career Center advisor Janna Mori

Career Center advisor encouraged by gender pay gap fading

According a Pew Research Center study, the tri-county region of Santa Barbara, Oxnard-Ventura and San Luis Obispo has seen a narrowing of the gender pay gap, noting that women and men aged 16-29 earn about the same average salaries, roughly $32,000 per year. In a recent interview with the Pacific Coast Business Times, SBCC Career Center advisor Janna Mori said “Equity is a huge conversation on campus, and fair wages and equal employment fall under that umbrella as well.” Read the article. 

Quire of Voyces annual spring concert ‘spectacular, hauntingly beautiful’

With the COVID crisis easing off a bit and live performances again being scheduled at venues around town, SBCC Music department chair Nathan Kreitzer couldn’t be more thrilled. As the director of the popular choral ensemble Quire of Voyces, Kreitzer was recently interviewed by the Montecito Journal about their annual spring concert. Read a review of the concert in the S.B. Independent here.

SBCC appoints new Vice Presidents of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs

María L. Villagómez, Vice President of Academic Affairs
Paloma Arnold, Vice President of Student Affairs
At their meeting on June 16, the Santa Barbara Community College District Board of Trustees announced that María L. Villagómez has been selected to serve as the new Vice President of Academic Affairs, and Paloma Arnold has been selected as the new Vice President of Student Affairs. Read the press release.

SBCC welcomes new Director of Athletics

At their meeting on June 16, the Santa Barbara Community College District Board of Trustees announced that LaDeane Hansten has been selected to serve as the new Director of Athletics. She is scheduled to begin July 1. Hansten comes to SBCC after a lifetime of coaching and teaching, most recently as the athletic director at Columbia College in Sonora, California.
Read the press release.

Student-athletes honored

SBCC student-athletes Sam Pinto (men’s soccer) and Megan Ditlof (women’s water polo) have been named Scholar-Athlete Team honorable mentions by the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA). Out of an estimated 25,000 student-athletes who participate in California each year, there are only 16 CCCAA student-athletes represented on the 2022 NATYCAA Scholar-Athlete Team. SBCC was one of just eight schools with multiple selections. 

Beach Volleyball coach and team members receive Western State Conference awards

Left to right: Jenny Sims, Kelissa Lemoine, Emma Crabbe, Ariana Garner (photo by Daryl Peterson)
SBCC beach volleyball head coach Ariana Garner has been named the 2022 Western State Conference (WSC) Coach of the Year, while the duo of Emma Crabbe and Kelissa Lemoine has taken home Most Valuable Pair of the Year honors and a share of the WSC Champions award.

In all, the Vaqueros claimed a whopping 40 percent of the conference awards, as three other Vaquero pairs were named to the All-WSC First Team and another made the Second Team. Read more...

All-WSC First Teamer Brycyn Gossett signs with Westmont

Several months after representing SBCC men’s basketball on the All-Western State Conference First Team, sophomore forward Brycyn Gossett is staying local and heading to Westmont to continue his collegiate playing career. “Brycyn embodied what it means to be a Vaquero over the last three years,” head coach Devin Engebretsen said. “We are going to miss him immensely, but Westmont is gaining a great young man and player for their program.” Read more...

Track and Field Vaqueros earn All-WSC honors

The SBCC track and field team had 14 student-athletes earn 2022 All-WSC honors, with 13 individuals and a quartet of four-person relay teams claiming All-Conference status.

Coming in July: ‘Something Rotten!’

You won’t want to miss this large multi-generational musical. Set in England in the 1590s, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rockstar known as “The Bard.” When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. But amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self ... and all that jazz. 
Performances July 6-23
Directed by Katie Laris
Musical direction by David Potter
Choreography by Christina McCarthy
Visit The Theatre Group at SBCC website or call 805-965-5935 to purchase tickets.
Tickets go on sale June 21.

Ted Nash: The Sound of Art

Grammy Award-winning musician and composer Ted Nash shares insight and experience with a selection of Santa Barbara City College students and fellow musicians culminating in a free concert on July 10, inspired by works from the museum’s exhibition “Going Global: Abstract Art at Mid-Century,” which explores the universal language of abstraction.

In Memoriam

Dottie Pickering

Dorothy (Shuman) Pickering, beloved instructor in SBCC’s School of Extended Learning for over 30 years, passed away peacefully on May 18, 2022, after a courageous battle with renal failure. 
Dottie served on the board of the CEIA (Continuing Education Instructors’
Association) for many years. She was dedicated to her students and loved teaching. Read her obituary in the S.B. Independent.

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