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

Cliff Notes: May 2019

Cliff Notes is a monthly digest of faculty and staff news compiled by the SBCC Office of Communications. Is there news about your department that you would like to share with the rest of the campus community? Awards, recognitions, longevity, new hires, special lectures, presentations or events? Let us know! You can send items of interest to marketing@sbcc.edu and include "Cliff Notes" in the subject line.
Campus Highlights

 Robert Casier Faculty Lecturer Alcove dedication May 3

Forty years ago, Dr. Robert Casier delivered the first Annual SBCC Faculty Lecture, setting the standard for every faculty lecturer since then. Join us on Friday, May 3, at 4 p.m., as we dedicate space at the Faculty Study Room in the Luria Library to commemorate the late Dr. Casier and the others who have been selected each year since 1979 for this high honor. Several past lecturers will be present. Light refreshments will be served.
Equity and Inclusion Climate Survey

Your opinions matter! The college needs to hear from you

As part of our efforts to achieve and sustain a healthy, diverse equity and inclusion culture for employees and students at SBCC, you are asked to participate in SBCC’s Employee Equity & Inclusion Survey. Your answers will be anonymous. This survey is being conducted by Quantisoft, an independent survey company, on behalf of SBCC. Quantisoft has no way of knowing who you are. The survey deadline is midnight on Wednesday, May 15th.
Your time and comments are sincerely appreciated. The survey will take approximately 30-45 minutes to complete. If you are a classified employee or manager, your manager will give you 45 minutes during your work day to complete the survey. Chromebooks will be available if you need to use one. If you are a faculty member, you will be given 45 minutes of flex credit to complete the survey.
And the awards go to...

SBCC 2019 Administrator of the Year

At the Board of Trustees meeting on March 28, the SBCC Advancing Leadership Association recognized Paloma Arnold, Director of Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS), as the Outstanding Administrator of the Year 2019. Congratulations, Paloma!

Outstanding Classified Employees of 2019

From left: Executive Vice President, Educational Programs Dr. Pamela Ralston; Classified Employee of the Year Maria Luisa Ramirez; and CSEA chapter president Liz Auchincloss.
Honorable Mention Roberto Lopez Carillo
Honorable Mention Karen Shannon
Outstanding Classified employees of the 2018-2019 school year were announced at the April 25 Board of Trustees meeting. The Classified Employee of the Year is Maria Luisa Ramirez, Facilities Assistant in the Facilities and Operations Department. Honorable mentions include Culinary Arts Lab Teaching Assistant Roberto Lopez Carillo and Faculty Resource Center Senior Development Specialist Karen Shannon. Also honored were Math Department Lab Teaching Assistant Allison Chapin and Maintenance Technician Jose "Pepe" Acosota (not pictured). Read more about each of the honorees...
Congratulations to all!

2019 Faculty Excellence Awards

Melinda Gãndara
Vanessa Olguin
David Starkey
Dan Vasey
Outstanding faculty are selected each spring by the Faculty Recognition Committee and are honored at the Fall In-Service. This year's awardees are:
Melinda Gãndara - American Ethnic Studies (Chicano Studies)
Vanessa Olguin - Academic Counselor
David Starkey - English
Dan Vasey - Marine Diving Technology

Dr. Helen Benjamin receives American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Leadership Award

In April, Dr. Helen Benjamin was honored at the Annual Convention of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) in Florida, where she received the AACC Leadership Award. AACC’s Leadership Award, an annual tradition since 1982, is presented to individuals whose accomplishments and professional contributions to the community college field have been outstanding.

Ignacio Ponce selected as Faculty Lecturer

for 2019-2020

Ignacio Ponce, Associate Professor of American Sign Language (ASL) in the School of Modern Languages, will be the 41st Annual Faculty Lecturer.

To be selected is the highest honor that faculty can bestow on one of their peers. Watch the "Ambush Video"

Dr. Raeanne Napoleon elected as the next

Academic Senate President

Congratulations to Dr. Napoleon who will become the President-Elect effective the day after Commencement and serve in that role for the 2019-2020 school year. She then becomes the Academic Senate President following Commencement in 2020 and serves as Academic Senate President from 2020-2022.
Academic Senators were also elected this Spring. Congratulations to elected Senators Laurie Vasquez, Jennifer Hamilton, Annette Cordero, Devona Hawkins, Robbie Fischer, Jennifer Betancourt, and Robin Goodnough

Tenured Faculty


On April 15, twelve faculty members were honored for becoming fully tenured professors at a ceremony held in the college’s Gourmet Dining Room. The instructors were hired as tenure-track faculty in the fall of 2015. Their fully-tenured positions begin in fall 2019.
Congratulations to:
Jon Bek, Computer Information Systems
Janet Hose, Disability Services and Programs
Leida Tolentino, Psychology
Joann Graham, Academic Counseling
Jordan Molina, English
Jennifer Hamilton, Academic Counseling
Jamie Griggs, Academic Counseling
Sara Hartley, Academic Counseling
Jason File, English
Sean Kelly, Earth and Planetary Sciences
Gabriel Pretel, Mathematics
Patrick O’Brien, Sociology.
Cheryl Brown: CSEA Unsung Hero 
Every year our Classified School Employees Association (CSEA) chapter 289 recognizes one of its members as an Unsung Hero. The Unsung Hero Award acknowledges someone that has done something extraordinary, participates in chapter meetings, committees, events, and helps behind the scenes. Congratulations to the Unsung Hero for 2019, Cheryl Brown. 
Michael Medel: Community Leader  
Director of Admissions and Records Michael Medel was recently appointed to the board of directors at Leading From Within, an organization that invests in people who drive and create change in Santa Barbara County. Their leadership programs, alumni education, and impact networks cultivate leaders who are prepared, connected and collaborating for the greater good. Read more...
Dr. Ralston, Michael Medel and Dr. Melissa Moreno, Vice President of the School of Extended Learning.

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 April 25 Board meeting, the following employees were recognized: 
Michael L. Medel, Director, Admissions and Records, 15 years
Chris Miller, Network Specialist, 30 years
Project Updates

Superintendent/President Search

At their April 11, 2019 meeting, the Board of Trustees reviewed the timeline for selecting the permanent Superintendent/President. The timeline calls for a start date of January 1, 2020, for the new Superintendent/President. At their May 9 meeting, the Board is expected to select an executive search consultant. Campus constituency groups have been asked to identify representatives to serve on the screening committee. In addition, the Board will select two (2) community members to serve on the committee as well as one (1) student from noncredit School of Extended Learning. 
Updates about the search will be posted to the SBCC website
Recent Press Releases
Keep up-to-date with all SBCC press releases by checking the website or sign-up to receive press releases in your email inbox. 
Upcoming Events

Plant Sale

Each spring people look forward to the annual Environmental Horticulture Department's plant sale, to purchase beautiful flowers, fruit trees, succulents, vegetables and more. 
This year the ever-popular event will be held on Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lifescape Garden Nursery on East Campus. Stop by and select the perfect plants for your garden. Parking is free, so tell your friends! For more information, contact Mike Gonella: Gonella@sbcc.edu


Commencement 2019

Celebrate the effort, hard work and commitment that have gone into making academic and career dreams come true. 
May 10
5:00 p.m.
La Playa Stadium

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