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November 2019

Chancellor Oakley visits SBCC campus

On Monday, Nov. 4, California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley visited SBCC, taking a tour of the campus and meeting with faculty and members of the Board of Trustees. He concluded the day with a town hall meeting in the Garvin Theatre, where he discussed the six goals outlined in the Vision for Success and the state’s progress on those goals. Read more... 

Film students chosen for prestigious film competition

Four SBCC film students have been chosen for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s annual 10-10-10 Screenwriting and Filmmaking Mentorship Competition. According to Will Hahn, one of those selected, "This program is an incredible experience for young filmmakers to learn from industry professionals and create a film for the world class Santa Barbara International Film Festival!" Read more...

Dance professor transforming SBCC Dance Department 

Tracy Kofford, a former New York City dance professional, joined SBCC nearly 10 years ago. Since then he created the department’s first touring dance company, raising funds to book appearances at dance festivals and competitions up and down the West Coast. The company has already received numerous choreographic awards, and this semester SBCC welcomed its first set of AA candidates in dance. Read more...
photo by Connor Goss

Chicano students participate in community events and learn about their cultural roots 

Members of a Chicano student group on campus seeking to educate and empower students through connection with their indigenous roots, attended a celebration for Dia de la Virgen de Guadalupe on October 29. Two of them danced with a traditional Danza Azteca group, expressing their culture and ancestry. Read more...

Aspiring marine biologist documents her Study Abroad experience in Bali with video

Destiny Acevedo participated in the Marine Biology, Anthropology, and Human Geology Study Abroad program in Bali, Indonesia, last spring. "I wanted to share my experience of studying abroad in Bali in the form of a video to allow students to feel as if they were on the trip with me. I hope this video will entice others to look into the Study Abroad programs that SBCC has to offer." Watch her video...

The Channels staff win multiple awards at statewide conference 

The Channels staff took home 12 awards at the 2019 Journalism Association of Community Colleges Southern California conference at California State University, Fullerton, in October. Competing against 20 colleges and more than 200 students, The Channels won for critical review, environmental portrait, sports action photo, editorial, opinion writing, news writing, news photo, critical review and copyediting contests. Read more...
Jake Zander, this year's winner

Student entrepreneurs compete for $10,000 prize in Get Real Shark Tank event 

On Nov. 1, SBCC's Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation hosted its annual “Get Real Shark Tank” competition, where students have an opportunity to pitch their business ideas to a panel of investors. The winner of the event this year was Jake Zander, whose business "Footsouls" makes cushions that can fit into Converse shoes, adding a heightened level of comfort. Read more... 

Vaquero wide receiver gets big surprise before big game

SBCC football's wide receiver Ben Dixon was surprised by his father, U.S. Air Force Sergeant Mike Dixon, on returning home from deployment in Qatar. The heartwarming homecoming took place right before the Vaqueros won 35-16 against rivals, L.A. Pierce College on Oct. 19.


Starfish General Manager Howard Bell with SBCC's Christy Grand and Steve Reed

SBCC honored as a finalist for  Starfish Award

SBCC's Starfish implementation co-leads Christy Grand and Steve Reed were awarded $1,000 and national recognition as finalists for this year's Starfish Education Advances Award. The award is given to campuses that are pushing the industry to raise the bar for student success. The Starfish platform allows faculty to view students' academic progress, keep an eye out for any obstacles students may be facing and offer help to any students who are struggling. Strong faculty leadership for the implementation came from Kimberly Monda and Raeanne Napoleon.
The School of Extended Learning's Interim Dean Andy Harper, Associate Director Jeanette Chian and event co-chair Karolyn Hanna.  

School of Extended Learning Vitality Program recognized for its "Big Heart"

It was a great honor for the School of Extended Learning Vitality Program to be recognized with a Big Heart Award from Friendship Center, a fully licensed non-profit adult day services program providing professional, compassionate and affordable care in Montecito and Goleta. The Vitality Program has grown to provide nearly 70 classes a week at independent, assisted, and memory care facilities in our community. SBCC is proud to partner with 13 locations locally. Thanks go out to the Friendship Center for the important resources they provide.

Student Showcase, Jurkowitz Theatre Nov. 13-23: Sense and Sensibility

A playful new adaptation of Jane Austen's beloved novel follows the fortunes (and misfortunes) of the Dashwood sisters—sensible Elinor and hypersensitive Marianne—after their father's death leaves them financially destitute and socially vulnerable. Set in 18th century England, with a fresh female voice, the play is full of humor, emotional depth and bold theatricality. When reputation is everything, how do you follow your heart? Join our talented student actors for this showcase production. Prices: $18 general, $15 seniors, $10 students. Purchase tickets online...

Campuses closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

All three SBCC campuses – Schott campus, Wake campus and Main campus on Cliff Drive – will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday, Nov. 28 through Nov. 30.

Next SBCC Board of Trustees Meeting - Dec. 12

The next meeting of the SBCC Board of Trustees, which will be the final meeting for 2019 is scheduled for Dec. 12, at 4 p.m. at the main campus in room A211. The agenda for Board Meetings can be found at least 72 hours prior to the meeting on the Board webpage. SBCC Board meetings are recorded or live streamed and archived for public viewing. Click here to watch previous or live Board meetings.

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