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

Cliff Notes: AUGUST 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

SBCC Strategic Planning Community Forums

SBCC will be seeking the public’s input as it moves forward with its strategic planning process to set goals and priorities for the next five years. The development of a new strategic plan comes at a crucial time for the college, as schools across the country have seen significant changes in how students access higher education and conditions created by the pandemic have revealed a variety of student needs in and out of the classroom. We want to hear from local students and community members on how to best move forward and meet their needs.

The services of Gensler have been contracted to assist us with this process. Interactive in-person and virtual forums to collect input from the communities which SBCC serves will be held in August.

Visit the sbcc.edu/forum for more information. These forums are intended for members of the public. SBCC employees will have further opportunities for participation at the College Planning Council Retreat as well as campus community and student forums that will be planned for early in the fall semester. More details on those to come.

The 76th season of The Theatre Group at SBCC gets off to a smashing start

From left: Hannah Brudney, Daniel Sabraw, Lucia Ramirez Solano, Rod Lathim, Nick Ehlen, and Marilee Larned. (Photo by Ben Crop)
Ideally, you were all able to attend “Something Rotten!” at the Garvin Theatre in July. By all accounts this robust and hilarious musical was a smashing success and the perfect live performance to open The Theatre Group at SBCC’s 76th season. The Theatre Group at SBCC is the South Coast’s longest running community theater company.
Lance Orozco, News Director at KCLU public radio, interviewed Theatre department co-chair Katie Laris (and director of the play) for a feature that was aired on July 18. Listen to it here 
“Something Rotten!” launched this year’s five-show season for the Theater Group, which includes “A Play Gone Wrong,” “The Importance Of Being Earnest,” “A Comedy Of Tenors” and “George and Emily Get Married.” It promises to be a lot of fun that you won’t want to miss.
For more information about the season, and to purchase season tickets, visit The Theatre Group at SBCC website.
Faculty, Staff and Administrators

Enrollment Management Academy provides opportunities to learn and share strategies

Under the leadership of Vice President of Academic Affairs María Villagómez, Vice President of Student Affairs Paloma Arnold and Academic Senate President Melanie Eckford-Prossor, a team of faculty and administrators recently had an opportunity to participate in the Enrollment Management Academy (EMA) at UC San Diego.

Now in its seventh year, the academy brings together community college teams from across the state in an effort to share successful scheduling practices and broaden understanding around enrollment management overall, including the student-centered funding formula, apportionment methods, effective scheduling, enrollment management plans, enrollment management systems and efforts around optimizing enrollment.

SBCC’s team was able to share some of the recent work of the Strategic Enrollment Management committee, while also learning about successful strategies and efforts at other community colleges. The next step in these efforts to improve enrollment management at SBCC will be to bring some of the academy’s facilitators to campus in early September to train department chairs and discuss enrollment management challenges and corresponding efforts more broadly.

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 July 21 Board meeting, Victor Bryant was recognized for his 10 years of service as Catalog/Scheduling Specialist.

Thank you, Victor, for everything you do!

Vaquero Voices Podcast
Webmaster Hong Lieu and and Senior Admissions Tech Akil Hill
“Vaquero Voices” is a regular podcast hosted by Hong Lieu and Akil Hill, where members of staff and faculty are invited to talk about school, food, music and culture. The goal is to encourage rapport among the various groups on campus and to demonstrate how strong and diverse the SBCC community is. Check out current and past episodes here...
Episode 32: Michael Shanahan, Vice President of Human Resources
On July 20, Akil and Hong welcomed Vice President of Human Resources Michael Shanahan to the show. In the process of talking about HR and how the department is attempting to evolve to meet the modern demands of today’s staff and faculty, the conversation led to various asides and digressions, including remote work, breakfast cereal, science-fiction, and the commodification of personal data.

Keep up-to-date on COVID-19 safety protocols

In recent weeks, Santa Barbara County has moved from medium tier to high tier then back to medium tier (CDC COVID-19 Community Levels), due to fluctuations in COVID-19 hospital admissions. With changing conditions and the emergence of highly transmissible variants, it more important than ever that we all practice appropriate safety protocols and understand what that means for employees and students coming to SBCC campuses. For the latest updates, visit the COVID-19 Information for the SBCC Community webpage. 
Upcoming Events

Fall 2022 In-Service: virtual event to be followed by outdoor lunch with music and games

Keeping the safety of employees in mind, there will be no large gatherings indoors at the In-Service for fall 2022. The day will begin Thursday morning (Aug. 25) at 9 a.m. with a virtual webinar including updates from campus leadership, updates from the Foundation, a COVID-19 update and a Strategic Plan presentation. Starting at 12:30 p.m. there will be an outdoor lunch (in-person, of course!) on the west campus Great Meadow to allow time to socialize with each other, listen to music and play games on our beautiful campus overlooking the ocean and Channel Islands. 

The Faculty In-Service on Friday will be virtual, featuring presentations by Academic Senate President Melanie Eckford Prossor and Vice President of Academic Affairs Maria Villagómez from 9:00-10:30 a.m., followed by division and department meetings.

Do you have a secret desire to go on the stage?

The Theatre Group at SBCC announces auditions for the fall comedy, “The Play That Goes Wrong,” by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields. Director Saundra McClain will hold auditions by appointment on Tuesday, Aug. 23 at the Garvin Theatre. Rehearsals begin Aug. 30, and performances will run Oct. 12-29.
“The Play That Goes Wrong” begins before the curtain has even been raised, as the audience is present while the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society prepare to stage their new production, the 1920s murder mystery “Murder at Haversham Manor.” The set is not yet complete, however, and there is no time to finish it off, but the show must go on!

With a murder (and a moving corpse) established from the beginning, the murder mystery gets into full gear. When props start to disappear, actors go missing and the set begins to collapse, mayhem ensues. The acting gets worse and the set becomes increasingly dangerous, but the company struggles on. The question is whether any of the cast and crew will remain standing — or even conscious! — by the final curtain. (Think Monty Python meets Sherlock Holmes). 

For complete details, character breakdown, audition requirements and who to contact for an appointment, visit the auditions page of The Theatre Group at SBCC website

Proof of vaccination and masks will be required at auditions.

Coming soon…

For seven days in late August, the Black Faculty and Staff Association in partnership with Umoja are excited to welcome artists from the Bay Area Mural Program (BAMP) who will create a mural on one of the Campus Center walls facing the Humanities building. BAMP believes that “Community art builds bridges from conceptual connection to a physical understanding. With close attention to our clients’ desires, the results are beautiful murals that inspire and motivate viewers.” The SBCC community is invited to view the work in progress throughout the week beginning Aug. 22.
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