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

Cliff Notes: October 2022

Although many of us have returned to campus, many continue to work remotely. During this time, Cliff Notes employee newsletter is still 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 on campus or via Zoom, etc.), let us know. You can send items of interest to marketing@sbcc.edu and include “Cliff Notes” in the subject line.
Campus Highlights
At their meeting on Sept. 15, the SBCC Board of Trustees passed a resolution to join with others across the United States to proclaim Sept.15-Oct. 15, 2022, Hispanic Heritage Month. National Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to honor the invaluable ways in which Hispanics have contributed and continue to contribute to our society. Read the resolution.
The Reimagining and Inspiring the Study of Englishes (RISE) Program is hosting public readings via Zoom with writers working in different genres: Monique Quintana (nonfiction) on Oct. 5, 5-6 p.m., and Yosimar Reyes (drama) on Oct. 12, 5-6 p.m. Join Zoom meeting(Link will go live 10 minutes before each event.)

Students explore interests and how to get involved during Club Day

SBCC is proud to have a large variety of active and vibrant student clubs on campus. Clubs focus on a variety of interests such as career options, student diversity, service, recreation and academic interests. They also provide students with a chance to get involved, meet new friends and make a difference. On Sept. 7, members of various campus clubs set up tables on the Campus Center patio to chat with students and encourage club participation.
Thank you to those members of faculty, adjunct faculty, classified staff and managers who have volunteered to be club advisors. Your interest and dedication and giving your time and talents to the out-of-class program is greatly appreciated by our students.

STEM Day welcomes students back to campus

On Sept. 14, Friendship Plaza provided the perfect place for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) departments, student clubs, and relevant student support services to connect. The event featured games, food, and even a salsa dance lesson from chemistry professor Tro!
Awards and Honors

SBCC ranked among best community colleges in California

Niche.com, an online resource providing information on schools and colleges across the United States, ranked SBCC as the No. 2 best community college in California for 2023. According to one student reviewer, “Santa Barbara City College is an excellent school. The classes are engaging and the professors are especially helpful.”
Faculty and Staff

Carola Smith named Vice President of the School of Extended Learning

At their meeting on Sept. 15, the Board of Trustees announced that Carola Smith has been selected to serve as Vice President of SBCC’s School of Extended Learning. Carola has served as the Interim Vice President, School of Extended Learning for nearly one year and has been with SBCC for more than 25 years. During that time she worked extensively with a variety of academic and student support programs. Read the official press release here.

Christina Lomeli selected to serve as Interim EOPS/CARE Director

Christina Lomeli, who most recently served as the Guardian Scholar advisor for current and former foster youth on campus, has also served as a student program advisor in Financial Aid, EOPS and Dual Enrollment. Her appointment as Interim EOPS/CARE Director allows her to fulfill her career goal of helping to make higher education a reality for underrepresented populations in our community. Congratulations, Christina!

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 Sept. 15 Board meeting, the following employee was recognized:
Jose Gomez, Facilities Assistant, 30 years
Thank you for your years of service to SBCC, Jose. Well done!
Vaquero Voices Podcast
Webmaster Hong Lieu and and Senior Admissions Tech Akil Hill
Continuing their casual, informal conversations with colleagues, Hong and Akil got together in  September with Jeff Walker to talk about school, food, music and culture. Check out current and past episodes here...
Episode 35: SBCC Vaqueros baseball coach Jeff Walker joined Hong and Akil to talk athletics and what it takes to play and be involved in college baseball and beyond. From there, the conversation shifted to Halloween scrimmages in full costume, Guicho’s in Carpenteria, Metropulos in the funk zone, Blenders in the Grass, Mangione’s Italian Ice, Tondi Gelato and everyone’s first customer service jobs: Blockbuster video, Wienerschnitzel and Vons.  

Enrollment Management Training 

On Sept. 2 and Sept. 9, the departments of Student Affairs and Academic Affairs offered enrollment planning training conducted by enrollment management consultants/El Camino College staff members, former Chief Instructional Officer Pamela Deegan and Chief Student Service Officer Carlos Lopez. Fifty-eight department chairs and managers in both Academic and Student Affairs participated in this important training which SBCC created to look into ways of improving enrollment trends. Primary objectives of the training included identifying successful scheduling practices, helping to accomplish the goals of the Strategic Enrollment Management Plan and adapting to new needs resulting from a COVID-19 environment.
Upcoming Events

Here’s what’s happening this month at the Atkinson Gallery

Evelyn Contreras and Tamar Halpern, Sept 8-Oct.19
Don’t miss this exhibition of work by Evelyn Contreras and Tamar Halpern, two artists who are inspired by traditional media such as printmaking and painting while incorporating unusual technical skills, digital references and atypical media. Both artists are alumnae of the Santa Barbara City College studio art program.

Autumn Art Bash @ The Atkinson Gallery, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 3-5 p.m.
Humanities Room 202

This free event, organized by Joshua Escobar and Emma Trelles of the SBCC Creative Writing Program (CRW), will feature pop-up poems, kinetic sculpture, open mic, music, snacks and more. Joshua Escobar is the chair of the CRW program and a poet whose book “Bareback Nightfall” was a recent finalist for the California Book Award. Emma Trelles is the current poet laureate of Santa Barbara.

Evelyn Contreras: Artist Talk and Workshop,
 Wednesday, Oct. 19, 4-5 p.m.
The Atkinson Gallery, Humanities Room H-202

This Artist Talk, offered in conjunction with the Evelyn Contreras and Tamar Rosa Siegfried Halpern exhibition is free and open to the public.

Guided By Plants: The Indigenous Oaxacan Diaspora, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, and Contemporary Art Symposium
Thursday- Saturday, Oct. 20-21-22
Humanities Building Lecture Hall, Room H-111 and Atkinson Gallery H-202

You are invited
to participate in a three-day hybrid/remote symposium for the forthcoming exhibition at the Atkinson Gallery for the 2024 edition of “Pacific Standard Time: Art + Science + Los Angeles,” an initiative of The Getty Foundation. Come and explore how the exhibition touches on color and technology, language and traditional knowledge sharing, sound and performance, through the lenses of migration, plants, and the land. Each day will begin with individual presentations and a panel discussion, followed by a workshop structured as a creative lab to discuss the morning’s ideas, exchanges, and learnings.
Visit the Atkinson Gallery website for more information.

Tickets now on sale for ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ at the Garvin, Oct.12-29

This award-winning comedy is set in the 1920s on the opening night of the Cornley University Drama Society’s production, “The Murder at Haversham Manor.” Things quickly go from bad to utterly disastrous. An unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead and actors who trip over everything don’t stop the accident-prone thespians as they battle against all odds to make it through to their final curtain call. 

Song and dance, jazz and more

Carmina Burana: Song, Dance and Symphony
Oct. 15, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Oct. 16, 3-5 p.m.
Quire of Voyces joins the Santa Barbara Symphony in their season opener with State Street Ballet and the Choral Society in two performances of Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” at the Granada Theatre on State Street. Tickets available at the Granada box office (805) 898-9386.

SBCC Big Band Jazz Night at SOhO
Oct. 24, 7-9:30 p.m, SOhO Restaurant and Music Club, 1221 State Street

$15 cover charge at the door
Join SBCC’s award-winning jazz ensembles for an unforgettable night of exciting music, featuring The Good Times Big Band, directed by Eric Heidner; The New World Jazz Combo, directed by Ed Smith and The Lunch Break Big Band, directed by Jim Mooy. Call SOhO for reservations: (805) 962-7776.

Applied Music Recital #2
Oct. 28, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
The SBCC Applied Music students perform in the second of three recitals for the semester. DM-101. Free admission.


Fall season off to an exciting start

Here are just a few of the most recent headlines:
Two top-3 scores highlight Vaquero Women’s Golf Outstanding Week 2 Showing

Runningback Brandon Smith named SCFA Offensive Player of the Week

Vaqueros beat Citrus for second sweep in three matches

Athena Bow Graham nets her first goal in 1-1 tie at Santa Monica
Stay informed of all the news by visiting the official Vaqueros website. Go Vaqueros!
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