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

Cliff Notes: APRIL 2023

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 marketing@sbcc.edu. Don't forget to include “Cliff Notes” in the subject line.
News & Updates

Board of Trustees extend President's search 

After conducting public forums in March for three selected candidates for Superintendent/President, SBCC's Board of Trustees has extended the search process and has reopened applications for the position until April 16, 2023, with additional forums slated before the end of the Spring semester.

Current finalists may remain in the search for consideration. For details and to find the updated timeline for the Superintendent/President search, visit sbcc.edu/president-search.

Staff, students, encouraged to participate in campus racial climate survey 

SBCC has partnered with the USC Race and Equity Center to administer the National Assessment of Collegiate Campus Climates (NACCC) Employee Survey, an assessment of  racial climates on campus. The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete.
Your participation in the survey will assist in crucial assessment of staff and faculty's experiences and perceptions of equity in the workplace. The survey is an important tool in creating an environment where everyone feels safe, welcomed, and included. Honest feedback may assist SBCC in making positive changes on campus.
Completed surveys will be sent directly to the NACCC survey team, not to anyone here at SBCC.
Please look for an email about the NACCC from helpdesk@nacccsurvey.org within the next couple of days and click the survey link inside to participate. Faculty is encouraged to invite their students to participate as well.

College to embark on new CCC strategic enrollment management (SEM) program 

SBCC has been selected to participate in the 2023/2024 California Community Colleges Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) Program: Supporting the Student Journey, based on the merit a previously submitted application and interview. 

The program will emphasize creation of an SEM program that prioritizes dealing with current challenges in serving students throughout their educational journey while utilizing opportunities and innovations in education to offer additional ways of responding to our students’ needs.

The college's initiation process includes self-assessment training and team participation in an SEM Academy in June, 2023, as well as team participation in a mid and final convening meetings in January and May of 2024, in which team members report on outcomes of the SEM project. 

For more information, see the California Community Colleges SEM Project overview.

In the News

Click on the links for more in-depth features:

Luria Library: The School of Extended Learning's Veterans and First Responders Digital Photography Art Exhibition on April 6 was a huge success! Check out the photo gallery here.
Campus Highlights

Vaquero Roundup events take Summer dual enrollment to a whole other level

It was all hands on deck in the east campus cafeteria on March 3 and March 22 as SBCC's Dual Enrollment team hosted Vaquero Roundup events targeted to local/out of area high school and junior high school students seeking in-person asssistance to register for Summer semester courses as dual enrollment students. Kudos to Dual Enrollment organizers Angelica Contreras and Chantille Marquez for organizing the events, and to the staff members/volunteers from Student Services who showed up and pitched in. Click the links for photo galleries from the high school Vaquero Roundup and Junior Vaquero Roundup events.
In addition, the events received some nice coverage from Noozhawk and KEYT
Awards & Accolades

Jason Walker named Administrator of the Year

The Administrator of the Year for the 2022-2023 school year was announced at the March 23 meeting of the SBCC Board of Trustees. Of the four nominees, Director of IT/User Support Services Jason Walker was selected by a confidential vote of the members of the SBCC Advanced Leadership Association (ALA).
Honorable mentions included Dean of English, Fine Arts, ESL, School of Modern Languages and Social Sciences Dr. Elizabeth Imhof; Payroll Manager Tracy Janecek; and Dean of Health, Human Services and Career Technology Alan Price.
All permanent employees of the college were invited to nominate administrators for the award. Tune into the March 23 Board meeting (1:10) to hear more about the nominees and view the award presentation. 

The Channels takes home 15 state conference honors, including General Excellence award

Members of the Spring 2023 semester Channels staff traveled to San Francisco March 9-11 to receive 15 awards - including the General Excellence award (online division)  - from the Journalism Association of Community Colleges (JACC) state conference. Other wins included first-place awards for work produced in on-the-spot contests at the conference: Emily Castillo for editorial cartoon and Delaney Newhouse for opinion writing. Congrats to adviser Darleen Principe and the talented Channels team! 
Also of interest, SBCC Graphic Design class partnered with The Channels on its new logo and branding, which was lauded by the conference judges in the General Excellence award. 
Faculty and Staff


Administrators and faculty attend Guided Pathways conference

A group of faculty and administrators from SBCC attended the CAGP (California Guided Pathways) 2.0 Institute 4 at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort, March 22-24. The conference was titled, "Teaching and Learning as a Key Strategy to Ensure Equitable Student Outcomes." Big congrats for their representation and leadership! (Pictured, from left to right, History Professor Justina Buller; Academic Counselor Eli Villanueva; Psychology Professor Dr. Joshua Ramirez; Vice President, Academic Affairs Dr. Maria Villagómez, Automotive Instructor Brittanye Muschamp.) For info, explore the conference sessions and schedule.

SBCC group attends Men of Color Leadership Conference

A group of SBCC faculty and administrators attended the 5th Annual Men of Color Leadership Conference at Pasadena City College on April 7.
Said Academic Counselor/Umoja Academic Counselor Andy Gill, "It was an incredible experience that gives you the tools and spaces to cultivate and cherish our relationships with other men and women of color who are also on the pursuit to advance the success and wellbeing of the people we work and teach and go to school with." Thanks for the photo, Andy.

'Feeding ourselves' and others with coffee, conversation

The staff and faculty Third Thursday "coffee and conversation" on March 16 saw new faces, hot coffee and pan dulce on Main, Schott and Wake campuses. The opportunity to simply connect with one another seems to be appreciated by all ... and the committee has every intention of keeping the monthly events going. Stay tuned for info on more events in the coming months. 
"You feed others better when you are fed yourself. Please consider carving out the time to share community ♥" - Jesse Felix

Order your Commencement Regalia 

A note from Melanie Olguin at the Campus Store: If you are planning to attend as part of the 2023 Commencement and need to rent regalia, please fill out the fillable PDF and return to Melanie before April 14 so the rental order can be completed. If you have any questions or would like to purchase regalia instead of renting, please contact me via email or phone and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you at this year's 2023 commencement!

Submit your nomination for the next Faculty Lecturer

A reminder from 2019 Faculty Lecturer Jody Millward: Honor your colleagues! Submit your nomination for the 2023 Faculty Lecturer. The criteria includes:
·       Excellence in teaching, librarianship, or counseling
·       Service to SBCC Community
·       Involvement/service in state or national academic organizations/service
Submit your nominations via the online nomination form. Deadline is 12 noon, April 23, 2023. 

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 March 23 Board meeting, the following employees were recognized: 
Santos Arzate, Facilities Assistant 25 years
Ricardo Guerrero, Custodian, 30 years
Lisa Lopez, Administrative Assistant III, 25 years
Chantille Marquez, Student Program Advisor, 15 years
That makes a total of 95 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 longtime Vaqueros head football coach Craig Moropoulos to the show to talk about his many years as coach ... the lessons he strives to impart to his students and those his students have taught him. As you would expect, the conversation goes way beyond football!
In Memoriam

Michael Lee

Dr. Murillo recently announced the passing of retired SBCC Nursing instructor, Michael Yee. The SBCC community came to know Michael later in his life, as a nursing instructor, and most recently, a Covid-19 coordinator for the college. Michael said mentoring and teaching future nurses for the community was his proudest achievement.

Dean Alan Price shared these kind words about Michael, "For those that didn't have the pleasure of knowing Michael, he worked in our nursing lab and he made a tremendous difference to everyone he touched."

Read Michael's obituary in the Santa Barbara Independent

Ed Romaine

The Theatre Department is mourning the passing of a longtime adjunct teacher, Edward Romine, who taught acting at SBCC from 1987-2012. He performed in theatres all over Santa Barbara and was in several productions of the Theatre Group at SBCC including Shadowlands, To Kill a Mockingbird, Taking Sides, Ghosts, Expecting Isabel and Through the Fire. Katie Laris has shared memories and photos of Romaine, who was her teacher and mentor. 

SBCC Athletics

Cheer on your Vaqueros by attending a home game. Info here

Jackson Weed hired as Athletic Program Assistant

The PE/Athletic Department would like to welcome their newest full-time athletic program assistant, Jackson Weed, whose first day was April 3. Jackson will be taking on the evening shift and is a very welcome addition! Stop by and say hi!

Commencement 2023

Friday, May 19, 5 p.m., La Playa Stadium
Save the date and plan to attend! Our students have worked hard for this ... Let's cheer them on! Check out the Commencement web page for all the info. 

SBCC is Hiring!

SBCC Human Resources accepting applications for newly-opened positions 
Know anyone interested in working at SBCC, or wanting to make a change in your own career at the college? Check out the latest job openings here
Mark Your Calendars

Playing soon: SBCC Theatre Group presents 'George and Emily Get Married' 

Don't miss SBCC Theatre Group's production of "George and Emily Get Married" by Rick Mokler, April 12-29, 2023, in the Jurkowitz Theatre. Staff (with ID) and students (with a purchased activity pass) can get a free ticket to one of the Previews. Grab your tickets at the Garvin Box Office and/or Click here for tickets/info.

SBCC Foundation’s 4th Annual Spring Forward! Gala 

The SBCC Foundation’s 4th Annual Spring Forward! Gala will be held on Saturday, May 20 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the beautiful Great Meadow of SBCC’s West Campus. 
Please join us for a spectacular evening celebrating the many ways SBCC enhances life in our region—from making the SBCC Promise possible, to producing exceptional theater and art exhibits, to offering a wide array of education programs for the entire community. 
Sponsorship opportunities and tickets are available on the Spring Forward! Gala website. We hope to see you there! 

Don't miss ...

Virtual event sponsored by the California Community Colleges: Representation Matters: Creating Inclusive Campus Environments for Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Student Success. Wednesday, April 12, 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Register here
The Atkinson Gallery presents the 2023 Annual Student Exhibition, April 20-May 12 at the gallery. Support the talented artists at the opening reception, Thursday, April 20, 3:30-5:30 p.m., with art department awards and scholarships announced at 4:00 p.m. 
Black Student Success Week is April 24-28. Join The Black Hour, a daily webinar for practitioners to discuss topics that are important to Black student success. Register for the webinars here
SBCC Music: Make a resolution to support SBCC Music programs by attending a Spring semester concert or two. Check out the scheduled events here.   

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 gdr@pipeline.sbcc.edu. More info on the Gourmet Dining Room website.
Last, but not least ...

Employee Assistance Program

The Self-Insured Schools of CA Employee Assistance Program (SISC EAP) is available to ALL SBCC employees, dependents and anyone living in your immediate household. The program provides confidential counseling and referral services for job-related or personal problems. Up to six counseling sessions per issue per benefit year are covered at no cost. Resources for managers are also available via SISC EAP. Click here for info.  
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