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

Cliff Notes: February 2023

The SBCC Office of Communications invites you to enjoy the latest edition of our employee newsletter, Cliff Notes. We encourage staff and faculty to use this forum to share SBCC-related happenings that would be of interest to fellow staff and faculty members. Examples include awards, recognitions, lectures/presentations/events, and other good work you or your coworkers are doing on and off campus. Most of all, let's all use this forum to connect and encourage one another! Kindly send items of interest to marketing@sbcc.edu. Don't forget to include “Cliff Notes” in the subject line.
Campus Highlights

Longtime staff members hired as new deans

Dr. Beth Taylor Schott, Michael Medel and Jeanette Chian Brooks, all longtime classified staff members who were promoted to management roles on campus, were recently hired as deans: Dr. Taylor Schott as the new Dean of Distance Education, Library, Faculty Resource Center and Learning Resource Center; Medel as the new Dean of Business, Scheinfeld Center, Career Center and Media Arts; and Chian Brooks as Dean of the School of Extended Learning. Read about them and their new roles here.  

Mid-January Storm: Facilities crews go the extra mile after severe weather hits all three campuses

Major effects of severe weather, including a major storm on Jan. 9 and 10, had SBCC’s Business Services and Facilities teams going the extra mile to clear the campus and make affected areas safe for staff and students. Click here for the story.

In-Service stresses the importance of racial equity, campus safety

Spring 2023 In-Service took place on Friday, Feb. 3, in the Garvin Theatre - in-person and virtually - featuring speeches by Academic Affairs/Student Affairs/President, Superintendent, as well as presentations on TIRO training and campus safety. The keynote speakers, Drs. Frank Harris III and J. Luke Wood, spoke in detail about racelighting, followed by Q&A for in-person and virtual audiences. In case you missed In-Service or want to go back and review certain portions, here's a link to the powerpoint presentation (Racelighting presentation begins on slide 40.)
Be sure to register for follow-up training, free to SBCC staff, including TIRO and CORA training. As a follow-up to Erik Fricke's presentation on campus safety, please contact him by email (fricke@sbcc.edu) if you are interested in the Advanced Bleeding Control training on Friday, Feb. 10 (8:30-10:30 a.m./11 a.m.-1 p.m.).
Many thanks to Cristina Garcia-Otero and the entire PDAC team for organizing the event, in addition to Orin and Luke from IT, the SBCC Theatre staff Pam Lasker and Jason Flynn and the admin team who helped with the refreshments.

Scholarship application period now underway

Now is the time to encourage students interested in applying for general, cross-discipline, and department scholarships at SBCC. The deadline to apply for most scholarships is March 3, 2023. The SBCC Financial Aid office's 2023-2024 Scholarship Opportunities Booklet is now available.
Anyone wanting to contribute to scholarship funding may do so through the SBCC Foundation donation form. Of special note is the Michael Saffold Memorial Scholarship in Computer Network Engineering. Michael was a former SBCC student and son of classified staff member Becky Saffold. Read about the scholarship on page 25 of the Scholarship Booklet.

Patricia Mautone awarded Faculty of the Year by FACCC

Adult High School Program and GED instructor Patricia (Tricia) Mautone was recently recognized by the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges as winner of the 2023 Faculty of the Year award, the single awardee from the state. Tricia will receive the award at the FACCC Advocacy & Policy Conference in Sacramento, March 19-20. Congratulations, Tricia!
Faculty and Staff

Coffee and conversation kicks off Spring semester

The Umoja mural served as the perfect backdrop for the monthly "Coffee and Conversation," a festive gathering for staff and faculty to re-connect and refresh - this time on the FOURTH Thursday to accommodate the first week of the semester. It was wonderful to meet new Trustee member Dr. Charlotte Gullap-Moore and new Umoja student program advisor Lelia Richardson! Mark your calendars for the next C&C event, scheduled for the Third Thursday, Feb. 16, 8-9:30 a.m., on the Luria Library patio. And here's the calendar link for Schott/Wake campus events, with deliveries after 10 a.m. that day. See you there!
Vaquero Voices Podcast
Webmaster Hong Lieu and and Senior Admissions Tech Akil Hill
The director of SBCC's Dream Center for Undocumented Students Leslie Marin Juarez is the most recent guest on Hong and Akil's Vaquero Voices podcast. Check out all of the episodes and catch up on any you might have missed, here
In the News
Intelligent.com: SBCC Awarded Best Community College in California for FACULTY by Intelligent.com.
KEYT News: School of Extended Learning hosts open house. Congratulations to Carola Smith and the SEL team on a successful event!
Upcoming Events

Presidents Day holiday

Campus and administrative offices will be closed from Feb. 17-20 for Presidents Day holiday. 

Spring Break

Classes will pause March 27-31 for Spring Break. Administrative offices will be open during this week.
Atkinson Gallery Current Exhibit: The Essentials #4 - Black History and Contemporary Art, Jan. 30-Feb. 10. A playlist exhibition curated by gallery director John Connelly. Watch here or better yet, in person at the Atkinson Gallery
The Theatre Group at SBCC: The Theatre group presents A COMEDY OF TENORS, directed by Katie Laris, March 1-18, 2023, in the Garvin Theatre. Mark your calendars and go to the Theatre Group website for details/tickets.
Santa Barbara Museum of Art: Santa Barbara Poet Laureate and SBCC English professor Emma Trelles will lead an exploration of the Museum’s galleries as an impetus to writing on Feb. 16, 5:30-7 p.m. Details here.
SBCC Music: Make a resolution to support SBCC Music programs by attending a Spring semester concert or two. Check out the scheduled events here.  

Support SBCC Athletics and attend a home game!

SBCC Vaqueros are well into the Spring 2023 season! Game attendance is free to faculty, staff and students. Keep up-to-date with your favorite SBCC teams via the SBCC Vaqueros website
BOLD games are Vaquero Fan Games! Come out and show your support! 

UPDATE: COVID-19 on campus

Effective January 1, 2023, the COVID-19 vaccination requirement has been removed for students enrolling in Spring 2023 classes and for all employees (except where required by federal and state law, public health agencies, or appropriate governing organizations for specific programs and activities). For more information and updates, visit the SBCC COVID-19 info page
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