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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Don't forget to include “Cliff Notes” in the subject line.
College announces selection of 3 finalists for position of Superintendent/President
Candidate forums to take place next week
Three finalists have been chosen for the position of SBCC President/Superintendent, with candidate forums happening in-person at the Garvin Theatre on March 14 and 15, as well as live-streamed and recorded.
Read more about the Superintendent/President candidates here.
Read how to participate in the candidate forums - before, during and after the March 14 and 15 sessions, here.
New Calif. Community Colleges Chancellor announced
The California Community Colleges Board of Governors announced the unanimous selection of Kern Community College District Chancellor Sonya Christian as the next permanent chancellor on Feb. 23. The announcement came following an extensive and nationwide search over the past seven months. Christian is an historic choice, becoming the first woman and the first person of South Asian heritage to be appointed as permanent chancellor. Read more.
In the News
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SB Independent: For Black History Month in February, an article on SBCC's Umoja Mural was featured. Kudos to SBCC Catalog/Schedule Specialist and SB Independent staff writer Victor Bryant for the article and the representation!
A staff/faculty vs. students tug-of-war was just one of many thrilling events at the first-ever ASG-hosted SBCC Olympics at La Playa field on Saturday, March 4. The student competitions in volleyball, soccer, cornhole, relay, dodgeball and table tennis were a battle between domestic and international students, with domestic students taking the overall win. Huge thank to everyone who came out! Click here for more photos from the event.
Third Thursday Coffee and Conversation offers more than caffeine fix
Bagels and cream cheese from Bagel Market Cafe and coffee from Daily Grind, along with breathtaking views from the Luria Library patio and tablecloth set-ups at Schott and Wake campuses, provided the setting for some much needed check-in time between colleagues on Feb. 16. The committee is making every attempt to make Coffee and Conversation a monthly happening, including the next event by the Umoja Mural at Campus Center from 8-9:30 a.m, with deliveries to Schott/Wake around 10 a.m. See you there!
ASG hosts grand opening ceremony for Prayer, Relaxation and Meditation room
Students from ASG organized a grand opening/ribbon-cutting for the new Prayer, Relaxation and Meditation room on campus (A125), held on Feb. 23. Student Emelie Beckman felt strongly that such a room should exist on campus for students and staff. With the help of ASG, SBCC Trustees, administration and the SBCC Foundation, she made it happen! The room is currently open to all, including staff and faculty, during the following hours: Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Friday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; and closed on weekends. Click here to see photos of the grand opening ceremony.
Orfalea's Alyssa Binder honored for 25-year ELC career
Current and former Orfalea staff, as well as family and friends, came out to SBCC's Campus Center cafeteria on Feb. 24 to honor Alyssa Binder on her 25 years of service at the Orfalea Early Learning Center. Big congrats, Alyssa! Turning out for the celebration/reunion: At left, current OELC staff; at right, Alyssa with her family; bottom, former staff, families and children from the program.
Awards & Accolades
Elizabeth Imhof receives 'Progress in Diversity Award' from ACCCA
The Association of Calif. Community College Administrators (ACCCA) Board of Directors recently selected Dean Elizabeth Imhof as the 2023 recipient of its Award for Progress in Diversity. Award criteria includes showing clear evidence of possessing a history of effective leadership in promoting diversity. In addition, developing innovative district programs to ensure that curriculum and structure is grounded in diversity concepts that work to the benefit and inclusion of diverse groups of students, staff and faculty, was also considered. The award was presented at the ACCCA Annual Conference in Rancho Mirage, Calif., Feb. 22-24. Congratulations, Elizabeth!
Joshua Escobar awarded the Bo Huston Prize
SBCC director Creative Writing, Activities Director, RISE Peer Tutor+Mentor Project, and Editor of Open Fruit, Joshua Escobar, was recently awarded the 2023 Bo Huston Prize for his works, Califorkya Voltage, XXOX FM and Bareback Nightfall. Joshua was awarded $2,000 and editorial support for one year leading to publication of an original book. The award is given annually to honor Bo Huston (1959-1993), author of four books, including The Dream Life.
Ellen O'Connor named CCCPEDK Kinesiology Educator of the Year
Congrats to Ellen O'Connor for being named Kinesiology Educator of the Year the by the California Community College Physical Education, Kinesiology, Dance (CCCPEKD) organization for the 2022-2023 school year. Ellen was honored for her more than 30 years at the college in which she was instrumental in developing the Life Fitness Center and courses that ensured the SBCC program generated FTES for all students. She also transitioned all of SBCC's LFC courses from in-person to online during the pandemic, and developed the student-centered SBCC Kinesiology majors program, among many other student-centered innovations in physical education. Ellen is currently working on a grant that will provide evidence that exercise has a positive effect on academic achievement.
SBCC Good Time Big Band earns first place at the Dos Pueblos H.S. Jazz Fest
Eric Heidner and the SBCC Good Time Big Band were awarded first place at the Dos Pueblos High School Jazz Festival on Sat., March 4. Legendary trombonist Alex Iles and the SBCC Lunch Break Big Band brought down the house at the evening concert that ended with a standing ovation and the audience chanting “Alex! Alex!” As they did during their pre-pandemic performance with another top musician, Michael McDonald, the band rose to the occasion giving a professional-level performance. An inspirational set of music with one of the best trombonists on the planet!
SBCC alum Sonia Águila-González receives bilingual Teacher of the Year award
Canalino Elementary School teacher and SBCC alum Sonia Águila-González has received the prestigious NABE Bilingual Teacher of the Year award, after having won CABE Teacher of the Year in 2022. Read the Noozhawk article for details. Felicidades, Sonia!
Faculty and Staff
SBCC administrators present at 47th annual ACCCA Conference
Director of Enrollment and Retention Services Vanessa Pelton, Acting Director of Admissions and Records/Dual Enrollment Angelica Contreras, Vice President of Academic Affairs Maria Villagómez, and Interim EOPS/CARE Director Christina Lomelli presented at the 47th ACCCA Conference in February. The presentation was titled "You a New Administrator? How Do We Make Sure We Do It All And Also Take Care of Ourselves?" Click here for more on the presentation via LinkedIn. Big congrats for their representation and leadership!
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. 16 Board meeting, the following employees were recognized:
Norma Bahena,Academic Technology Support Specialist, 25 years Barbara Dickson,CLL-Program Support Specialist, 10 years Melanie Rogers,Senior Research & Assess Analyst, 20 years
That makes a total of 55 years of service to SBCC. Well done, and thank you!
Vaquero Voices Podcast
Webmaster Hong Lieu and and Senior Admissions Tech Akil Hill
Hong and Akil continue their casual, informal conversations with SBCC colleagues.
Latest episode: Akil and Hong welcome recently-hired Umoja Student Program Advisor Lelia Richardson to the show to talk about Umoja, coming back to the Santa Barbara area and the recent Umoja mural dedication event. From there, Good Eatin' highlights some local restaurants and the best cupcakes in the area, while Higher Learning focuses on cultural picks in celebration of Black History Month.
Marcy Anne Doremus Moore
Retired SBCC adjunct professor Marcy Moore taught for sociology for 40 years.
"Marcy was a constant on the third floor of the IDC building for many years," said retired SBCC professor and Board Member Dr. Peter Haslund, "She was a truly devoted teacher, and it is safe to say that she touched the lives of many students who were fortunate enough to experience her classes in Sociology." Read Marcy's obituary here.
Patricia Burkard was a long-time adjunct faculty member in SBCC's ADN program and mother of SBCC English Instructor/Faculty Coordinator Dr. Anita Cruse.
"She will always be one of my favorite nurses," said SBCC ADN associate Cindy Bower. "She was an inspiration to us instructors and to the students, always bringing real world, in-the-field experiences to our learning. Her practice and support of longstanding nursing values was always evident. And her enthusiastic love of the Dodgers (and Cubbies) was a joy to share - and brings a smile!" Read Patricia's obituary here.
Cheer on your Vaqueros by attending a home game. Info here.
Reviewers needed for Annual Scholarship Scholarship Cycle
The Scholarship Review and Selection cycle is just around the corner and the SBCC Foundation needs volunteers to help review scholarship applications. Reviewers will have two weeks (from March 13 to March 26) to evaluate and rank student applications. Hours spent as a scholarship reviewer can be used for FLEX or Professional Growth hours and it's a great way to learn more about the students we serve. Reviewers must be either current SBCC staff or faculty (FT, PT, or non-student hourly).
Last year, the SBCC Foundation provided approximately $1 million in scholarship support to more than 770 SBCC students. Scholarship reviewers play a huge role in making this work possible. Sign-up today!
For any questions, please reach out to Allie Rigonati (Scholarship and Program Manager, SBCC Foundation) at email@example.com.
Classes will pause March 27-31 for Spring Break. Administrative offices will be open during this week.
Mark Your Calendars
Now Playing: SBCC Theatre Group presents 'A Comedy of Tenors'
Don't miss SBCC Theatre Group's 'A Comedy of Tenors,' now through March 18, at the Garvin Theatre. Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Grab your tickets at the Garvin Box Office and/or Click here for tickets/info.
Don't miss ...
Atkinson Gallery Current Exhibit: Small Images, 38th Anniversary Exhibition, featuring works submitted by local artists no larger than 18 x 18 inches Feb. 15-March 30 at the Atkinson Gallery on SBCC's East Campus. Info at the Atkinson Gallery website.
SBCC Gourmet Dining Room: The GDR will be open for dinner on Thursday and Friday evenings during the Spring semester, with students from the School of Culinary Arts serving up the delicacies. Reservations: 5:30-7:00 p.m. via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. More info on the Gourmet Dining Room website.