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

Cliff Notes: MARCH 2022

Although many of us have returned to campus, some continue to work remotely. During this time of transition, 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

Back on campus and in-person!

Student Trustee Chernor Diallo and film student Asiana Weddington enjoyed meeting in-person on campus for the first time.
After the delay of in-person classes at the start of Spring semester, faculty, staff and students were finally able to meet face-to-face again on Feb. 22. Here’s what a few members of our campus community had to say about being back:
Chernor Diallo, Student Trustee: “As an international student, I came here in hopes of learning and meeting new people. Coming back to campus after a long COVID break makes it possible to get the full college experience.”
Julie Samson, Director, Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation: “One of the things I love best about being back on campus is the simple pleasure of warm smiles and laughter, and an even greater sense of empathy for each other and our individual experiences of navigating the past couple of years. Rather than getting back to normal, there’s a great opportunity to apply everything we’ve learned and create valuable new experiences for our students and each other to meet the moment.”
Katie Laris, Associate Professor/Co-chair, Theatre Arts: “This week, we’ve been preparing for the opening of Murder on the Orient Express, and as I watched the students preparing the costumes, the backstage crew running around moving sets, the actors warming up and even the editor of The Channels Rodrigo and reporter Sydney covering it all for the paper, I genuinely felt our college re-energizing and engaging again in meaningful creative community.”
Nicole Hubert, Student Finance Manager: “Returning felt like the first day of school!  Roaming around campus and greeting friends, colleagues and students, I could feel a sense of SBCC community spirit that never quite translated across the zoom screen. It's invigorating.”
Ben Crop, Technical Director, Theatre Group at SBCC: "So much learning is taking place and strong campus communities are thankfully reforming. It is such a joy to be in person with students again!"
Jesse Felix, Administrative Assistant, Purchasing: “Being an ‘essential’ service, my coworkers in Purchasing and I have been on campus for almost the entire pandemic. That said, being in the warehouse office, under the bridge I haven't seen many faces. During the scarier parts of the pandemic, that made me feel safe. Now with our vaccines/masking/testing protocols in place it feels very welcome to begin sharing lunch with friends and seeing more faces around campus as I check the mail or go to get my weekly COVID test.”

Dr. Helen Benjamin, featured author of Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, Interim Superintendent/President Dr. Kindred Murillo invited the community to a Zoom conversation with Dr. Helen Benjamin as she discussed her new book “How We Got Over: Growing Up in the Segregated South.”

Edited by Dr. Benjamin and 23 of her fellow graduates of Peabody High School Class of 1968, the book is a series of vignettes capturing the black experience of childhood and teen years in mid-20th century Alexandria, Louisiana, and the surrounding areas. The stories told reflect the different life experiences of the 24 graduates living with the racial, social, and economic injustices present in an entrenched Jim Crow society of the 50s and 60s.
Student Recognition

Cameron Black

When the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation announced the semifinalists for its highly competitive Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship on Feb. 24, one SBCC student appeared on the list: Cameron Black. Cameron, who is a double major in both Psychology and Communications, is an ASG officer committed to nurturing equity and inclusion within the SBCC community, and an advocate for diverse and underrepresented populations. His top choices for transfer are Stanford, Yale, Harvard, Princeton and Brown.
Best of luck to you, Cameron!
photo by August Lawrence

Dr. Murillo’s contract extended

After the Board of Trustees voted on Jan. 20 to extend Interim Superintendent/President Dr. Kindred Murillo’s contract for two years, SBCC’s student newspaper, The Channels, interviewed Dr. Murillo about her goals for the future. In addition to wanting to help the College stay focused on being student-centered and equity-minded, one of her stated goals is to increase the diversity within the faculty. “I am trying to make sure that when I do leave, the college is positioned to continue with the work we are doing now. So we can’t just let the diversity, equity, inclusion efforts just go away. They have to be baked in,” she said. Read the article in The Channels.
Alisha Sanchez (Photo by Rodrigo Hernandez)

EOPS Student Program Advisor featured in The Channels

SBCC’s student newspaper, The Channels, runs a recurring feature called “Vital Vaqueros.” Last month highlighted the new EOPS Student Program Advisor Alisha Sanchez, who oversees the Running Start program, a six-week program that assists local high school graduates in transitioning to college. Alisha herself started her college career through the Running Start program at SBCC, where she met her mentor Adolfo Corral.

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 Feb. 17 Board meeting, the following employees were recognized:
Ruth Holmes, Admissions & Records Technician, 15 years
Judy Lough,
Administrative Assistant, 20 years 
Melanie Olguin,
Buyer, 10 years

That makes a total of 45 years of service to SBCC. Well done and thank you!
Vaquero Voices Podcast
Webmaster Hong Lieu and and Senior Admissions Tech Akil Hill
After a short hiatus, Hong and Akil reconnected on Feb. 25 to chat about things that have been going on since their interview with Sandrine Rocher-Krul last December. Take a listen to their conversation here. They are looking forward to resuming Vaquero Voices with faculty, staff and administrators in the near future. In the meantime, if you haven’t yet had a chance to listen in on their casual, informal conversations with your colleagues as they discuss their roles at the college, popular culture, music and food, you can check out past episodes here...

Twelfth annual New Venture Challenge virtual competition

Do you know a high school or college student in Santa Barbara County with an entrepreneurial spirit and a bright idea for starting a business? If so, be sure to tell them about the Scheinfeld New Venture Challenge business plan and pitch competition. Returning for its 12th season this spring, it will showcase some of our region’s most exciting, innovative and cutting-edge student entrepreneurs. Selected finalists compete for more than $15,000 in awards and startup support.
The competition will be live-streamed on YouTube in April. The public is welcome to join this virtual pitch competition.
Important dates for this year’s competition:
  • March 1: Registration opens
  • April 21: Submission deadline
  • April 25: Finalists announced
  • April 27: Video and slide decks due
  • April 29: Competition and winners announced

SBCC Foundation announces the Fred Hofmann Memorial Scholarship Fund

In honor of Fred Hofmann and his extraordinary legacy of service to Santa Barbara City College and the greater Santa Barbara community, the SBCC Foundation — in partnership with campus leadership and many of Fred’s former colleagues and students — has created the Fred Hofmann Memorial Scholarship. 
Fred was a beloved member of the SBCC faculty for more than 50 years. During that time, he shared his deep passion for and knowledge of current events with students of all ages and backgrounds. He began his teaching career as an adjunct professor in SBCC’s Political Science Department. In recent years, he taught current events through SBCC’s School of Extended Learning via the Vitality Older Adult program. He was also a founding member of the SBCC Legacy Project Committee, which works to preserve SBCC’s history through first-person narratives.
The scholarship fund will support SBCC students pursuing the study of political science and life-long learning through the School of Extended Learning. The goal is to raise $50,000 in celebration of Fred’s 50 years of service to SBCC.
Upcoming Events

The Theatre Group presents ‘Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express’

Ken Ludwig’s clever adaptation of the Agatha Christie classic boasts all the glamour, intrigue and suspense of Dame Agatha’s celebrated novel, with a healthy dose of humor to quicken the pace. Mar. 2-19, Garvin Theatre.
Click here for more information, to purchase tickets and to read about the COVID-19 protocols for the Garvin Theatre.

New World Jazz Ensemble, Good Times Big Band and Lunch Break Big Band at Dos Pueblos Jazz Festival

Three of SBCC’s most popular bands will perform at Dos Pueblos High School’s 52nd Annual Jazz Festival, “Jazz in Paradise,” March 5 at Dos Pueblos High School Elings Performing Arts Center, 7266 Alameda Drive, in Goleta.

Atkinson Gallery ‘Artist Talk’ to feature Keith Mayerson

On Wednesday, Mar. 9, at 4 p.m., the Atkinson Gallery “Artist Talk” series invites you to attend a Zoom presentation with American artist Keith Mayerson. Inspired by symbols of American history and pop culture, Mayerson depicts familiar figures who have impacted the country’s consciousness, in addition to personal scenes and his abstract “iconscapes.” His work allegorizes themes of resilience, determination and the “American dream.” Iconic images, heroes, places, and events are rendered luminous and transcendent through Mayerson’s micro-managed brushwork and coloring.
For more information and to register, go to: http://gallery.sbcc.edu/upcoming-arts-lectures--events.html

Monday Madness Jazz Band at SOhO Mar. 13

Make plans now to enjoy the music of SBCC’s Monday Madness Jazz Band, Sunday, Mar. 13, 1-4 p.m. at SOhO Restaurant and Music Club. 

Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door only (day of the show). Click here for COVID restrictions and policies

Movies for Mental Health Mar. 17

Movies for Mental Health (Online) is a two-hour virtual workshop that uses the power of film to unite folks in community, connection and conversation. Featuring award-winning short films, mindfulness activities and panel discussion with students and mental health resources, this interactive, online experience will feature an anonymous, chat-based discussion on mental health, the stigma that frequently surrounds mental illness and media portrayals of mental health issues.
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