SBCC's 2018-19 Report to the Community

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2018-2019 REPORT TO THE


Message from the President Santa Barbara City College Community, I am pleased to present the 2018-2019 Report to the Community. This publication represents the many significant achievements of our students, faculty and staff this academic year. As the Interim Superintendent/President, I have the joy of joining a community steeped in a vibrant history of dedication to public education. Santa Barbara City College has been educating generations of students and supporting countless educational dreams since 1909. What an amazing tribute to this community! The faculty and staff at SBCC are committed to providing the best ser­vices and educational experience for the students who come through our doors. We are fortunate to have a Board of Trustees and Foundation committed to ensuring the long-term stability and success of the institution. At the heart of the institution are our students–young and young-atheart. They come to SBCC from all walks of life, perspectives and experiences. We are proud to serve them and welcome them into the SBCC community. Our distinguished faculty, dedicated staff and students thank you for your continued support. Sincerely,

Helen Benjamin, Ph.D. Interim Superintendent/President

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Dr. Peter O. Haslund, Area 1

Board members are elected to represent the Santa Barbara Community College District (Gaviota to Carpinteria). The Board sets policies and approves the annual budget that governs the total operations of Santa Barbara City College. The seven members of the Santa Barbara Community College District Board of Trustees are elected by voters for four-year terms and represent distinct districts. The Board meets at 4 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month (unless otherwise announced), in the MacDougall Administration Center. Meetings are open to the public.

Marsha S. Croninger, Area 5

Jonathan Abboud, Area 6

Veronica Gallardo, Area 3

Craig Nielsen, Area 4

Kate Parker, Area 7

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Robert K. Miller, Board of Trustees President, Area 2

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The Board of Trustees is entrusted to support the long-term stability and success of the institution. As elected representatives, we collectively serve about 17,000 students on our main campus as well as thousands of adult learners through the School of Extended Learning. As leaders in the community, we are responsive to community needs throughout the district.

The Mission of SBCC is to foster opportunity for all students. The academic programs and student support services at SBCC work together to provide the best educational experience for students. As part of the initial pilot of the California Guided Pathways effort, SBCC will be working to improve upon student support services through integration of academic and career pathways.

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The Board continues to support community needs by ensuring that our community is informed, involved and connected. The 2018-2019 Report to the Community highlights the various ways SBCC continues to lead in our community. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, thank you for your commitment to supporting your local community college.

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THANK YOU TO DR. ANTHONY E. BEEBE The Board of Trustees wishes to thank Dr. Anthony E. Beebe for his commitment to community colleges during his distinguished tenure in the California Community College system. We were fortunate to have Anthony’s leadership at SBCC for a few years. His commitment to our community and education were greatly appreciated. We wish him all the best in his well-earned retirement!

NEWLY APPOINTED TRUSTEE, KATE PARKER Kate Parker joined the Governing Board in December 2018. Trustee Parker moved to the Santa Barbara area in 1977 and attended schools in Carpinteria before heading to UC Berkeley for her undergraduate degree. She was elected to the Santa Barbara Unified School District Board of Education in 2006 and served three terms working on behalf of local children and families. She is dedicated to advancing educational opportunities for learners of all ages, and particularly for first generation college students.

SBCC’S VISION STATEMENT Santa Barbara City College strives to build a socially conscious community where knowledge and respect empower individuals to transform our world.

“Trustees are entrusted to make policy decisions that are in the best interests of students and our employees. Santa Barbara City College has a phenomenal reputation for academic excellence and distinguished faculty. I am proud to be part of this legacy.” — Kate Parker, Trustee

SBCC’S MISSION STATEMENT As a public community college dedicated to the success of each student... Santa Barbara City College provides students a diverse learning environment that inspires curiosity and discovery, promotes global responsibility and fosters opportunity for all.

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SBCC RANKED IN TOP 25 FOR DEGREES AWARDED TO STUDENTS OF COLOR For several years, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine has produced a list of the “Top 100 Degree Producers” rankings of institutions that confer the most degrees to students of color. This year, SBCC ranked in the top 25 for degrees awarded to students of color in the following areas: No.16 - Degrees for Hispanic students in Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies - No. 21 - Degrees for Hispanic Students in Physical Sciences - No. 25 - Degrees for Hispanic Students in Business, Management and Marketing - No. 25 - Degrees for Hispanic Students in Engineering - No. 25 - Degrees for Hispanic Students in Mathematics and Statistics.

DIVERSITY AND EQUITY AWARD SBCC was honored with the prestigious Dr. John W. Rice Diversity & Equity Award from the California State Chancellor’s Office for its Single Parents Arriving Ready for College (SPARC) program. The Dr. John W. Rice Diversity & Equity Award was established in 2001 to honor community college staff members, districts, colleges or programs that have made the greatest contribution toward faculty and staff diversity or student equity. SPARC embodies this award as an intensive six-week program that serves as an entry point for single parent students who are new or returning to college and are struggling academically. The program provides opportunities for single parent students to create a future for themselves and their children.

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PERMACULTURE GARDENS RECEIVE STATE RECOGNITION In January, the SBCC Permaculture Gardens received honorable mention for the Exemplary Program Award by the California Community College’s Academic Senate, Foundation and Board of Governors. The Permaculture Gardens were one of only four programs in the state honored with this award, which recognizes innovative programs that contribute to student success. Students design and maintain these gardens on campus, which have replaced about 35,000 feet of unused lawn. They are able to experiment with different combinations of native species and food producing crops.

NEW EVENING COLLEGE OFFERING In December, SBCC announced its new Evening College, where students can earn an associate degree at night and on weekends while working full time. The program, funded by the 2017 Federal Title V Grant for $2.7 million, is aimed at serving part-time students, who make up approximately two-thirds of SBCC’s population. Evening College graduates can earn either an Associate in Arts for Transfer in Psychology, Associate in Arts for Transfer in Economics, Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts and Humanities or an Associate in Arts in Social and Behavioral Sciences.

SBCC ANNOUNCED AS GILMAN TOP PRODUCING INSTITUTION The U.S. Department of State recognized SBCC for the most students sent overseas on the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program in the 2017-18 academic year, for reaching more racial and ethnic minority students and offering the most unique destinations for studying abroad. SBCC is proud of its success in making international study and internships more accessible and inclusive for American students of all backgrounds through the Gilman Program. Since the program’s establishment in 2001, over 1,300 U.S. institutions have sent more than 28,000 Gilman scholars to nearly 150 countries around the globe.

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TIFFANY’S CLOSET – DONATING CLOTHES TO THOSE IN NEED When Tiffany Love came to SBCC she had two goals: to get a degree and to benefit the community. On her way toward accomplishing the goal of earning her bio-engineering degree, she can also feel confident that her goal of benefiting the community is becoming a reality. In April, Tiffany and a team of volunteers began accepting donations of “gently loved” clothing (and other items for parents and their children) for a clothing pantry on the SBCC campus dubbed “Tiffany’s Closet.” The idea of starting a clothing pantry came to Tiffany during a visit to Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, in the fall of 2018. Noting that Spelman had a drop-off zone for donating clothing, Tiffany thought about how she might expand on the idea and bring it to SBCC. Full of enthusiasm, she spoke with Geoff Green of the SBCC

Foundation about her vision. With his pledge of support from the Foundation and the dedication and energy of the SBCC Society of Black Engineers and Scientists club, the dream began to take shape.

As the spring semester neared its end, space for “Tiffany’s Closet” was secured near the campus food pantry. Future plans include obtaining a shed similar to the one housing the food pantry, along with pop-up dressing rooms.

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“I thought about friends here on campus who are living out of their cars, and about single parents struggling to keep their children fed and clothed and I wanted to do something to help.”

“I thought about friends here on campus who are living out of their cars, and about single parents struggling to keep their children fed and clothed and I wanted to do something to help,” she said. Tiffany is quick to acknowledge that whether creating a resource for the community or succeeding in school, “it takes a village.” As for her primary inspiration, that has always been her mother, Pearl, who is now a nurse practitioner but was once a single mother working two jobs while attending community college. “She instilled in me the belief that I could achieve whatever I set my mind to, and she was always there to lift me up if I started feeling down.” Tiffany reflected, “I just hope that what I do inspires others. If you have an idea— any idea—put it out there. It can happen!”



Pictured from left is Scheinfeld Center Director Julie Sampson with students Guiseppe Datillo, Abel Amoes and Karsten Heideman.

NEW VENTURE CHALLENGE BOOSTS BUDDING ENTREPRENEURS Entrepreneurs emerged at Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation’s New Venture Challenge pitch competition. Organized by the Scheinfeld Center’s Director Julie Sampson, the Shark Tank TV show-inspired contest gives entrepreneurs a chance to present to local business leaders. First-place winner Abel Amoes won for his lottery service company Propria Mixa and plans to implement his business in his hometown of Luanda, Africa. Second-place went to Karsten Heideman for his smartphone product, The Droplit and third-place winner Guiseppe Datillo won for his family business, Dattilo Custom Leather Goods.



On March 16, three MESA students, along with MESA Program Coordinator Virginia Estrella, attended the Silicon Valley Women in Engineering Conference at San Jose State University. Computer Science major Jennifer Vasquez and Computer Engineering majors Anali Salazar and Karina Portugal (pictured from left) networked with students, professors and women engineers.

Staff on SBCC’s student newspaper, The Channels, won first place in editorial writing along with 13 other awards at the 64th annual Journalism Association of Community Colleges Conference in March. Fifteen Channels students, Faculty Advisor Joshua Molina and Laboratory Teaching Assistant John Rose were among some 300 community college attendees. Photo courtesy of John Thomas Rose.

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PETER ALEVRA MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARDEE, ALEXA CERVANTES When Norma (Alexa) Cervantes Gonzalez was a young girl growing up near Guadalajara, Mexico, her American-born grandmother recognized her artistic talent and urged her to one day come to the United States to study. That opportunity finally arose, and in only five years Alexa went from learning English as a second language to becoming a peer advisor, community volunteer and Scholarship awardee. Alexa was awarded the Peter Alevra Memorial Scholarship for 2018 based upon her contributions to multicultural understanding and participation in campus and community activities which help to create a sense of community. Her desire to study art continued to grow and five years ago she was able to come to Santa Barbara to pursue her dream. Living with her aunt but speaking little English, she enrolled in noncredit English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at Wake Campus and soon progressed to the credit ESL program on main campus. While taking classes, she also worked in a restaurant part time to practice her English. Within two years Alexa earned her ESL certificate and became a peer advisor to other ESL students, a role she continues to enjoy.

For the past two years she has also engaged in community volunteer work, collecting food and blankets for the homeless and joining her aunt helping women who don’t speak English to navigate their way through the world of official forms, banking, medical appointments, etc. When asked what her future holds, Alexa responded, “My dream is to open my own gallery to sell my work and the work of others.”

ENGINEERING CONVENTION Over Spring break, six Santa Barbara City College students attended the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) 45th Annual Convention in Detroit, MI. The students joined more than 12,000 aspiring and practicing engineers and educators, representing more than 200 academic institutions, government agencies, corporations and nonprofit organizations. Activities included panel discussions, high-profile speakers, workshops, networking sessions, community engagement events, technical and scientific competitions, hands-on engineering and science activities and a career fair geared toward African-Americans in STEM. Computer engineering major Alexis Willis, who described the gathering as “an incredible community of mentors,” was offered an eight-month paid internship with global automotive components manufacturer Denso. Student Jordann Cornett summed up the experience by saying, “Now I look at everything differently—myself, my future, everything around me. The sky’s the limit!” Computer engineering major, Alexis Willis, was offered an internship at Denso.

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Pictured from left is Scheinfeld Center Director Julie Sampson with students Guiseppe Datillo, Abel Amoes and Karsten Heideman.

ETHICS DEBATE TEAM WINS FIRST PLACE AMONG FOUR YEAR INSTITUTIONS The SBCC ethics debate team won first place in its division at the International Business Ethics and Sustainability Case Competition held at the Hilton Center for Business at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. The team is comprised of SBCC students Jorge Caballero Naranjo, Zongchan Chen, Seine Ham, Anna Sophia Love, and Myrth Tan—and coached by Professor Marc Bobro. Of the 35 teams from colleges and universities from around the world, SBCC was the only two-year college. “This is a prestigious award, and winning it showcases once again the amazing students we have at SBCC,” said Professor Bobro.



In March, room designs created by two students in the Interior Design Program were showcased on the local television series, Design Santa Barbara. Under Instructor Diana Costea (middle), students Kristen McEachron (left) and Holly Kane (right) were each given the opportunity to design a living room using the furniture at the Santa Barbara Design Center.

SBCC’s mathematics, engineering and science achievement students Armando Ibarra, Mary Grace Sy, Ismael Carvajal and Brandon Molina (left to right) were chosen as NASA Community College Scholars. They were competitively selected to attend a four-day on-site workshop at one of the NASA field centers, either the Jet Propulsion Lab or the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

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SCIENCE DISCOVERY DAY On March 9, families from the Santa Barbara community visited SBCC’s campus to experience interactive science displays at the annual Science Discovery Day. More than 100 people were able to explore fun, hands-on science experiments, play with solar telescopes, experience earthquake demonstrations and more!

“Children from the community are fascinated and excited to see science as not only something inside of a classroom or textbook, but something that permeates all aspects of their lives.” — Adolfo Corral, STEM Transfer Program Coordinator

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ATHLETICS DEPARTMENT HOSTS TRUNK OR TREAT FOR LOCAL FAMILIES The Athletics Department hosted its second annual Trunk or Treat event, which is best described as a tailgate party mixed with trick or treating. Kids went trick or treating to each of the cars decorated in Halloween themes and were offered treats or toys by student athletes, student ambassadors, staff and faculty.

FEEDING OUR CAMPUS COMMUNITY Food insecurity is a growing concern on college campuses. SBCC is doing its part to combat student hunger by hosting monthly “Food Shares” to supply the campus community with fresh produce and pantry items. The effort is largely supported by the Santa Barbara Food bank who delivers the food to SBCC’s Food Pantry for distribution by students, staff and faculty.

FIGHTING POVERTY State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, Assemblymember Monique Limón, retired SBCC Superintendent/President Anthony E. Beebe, CalEITC4Me Board Member Laura Capps, SBCC’s Executive Director of Public Affairs and Communications Luz Reyes-Martín and the United Way of Santa Barbara County came together on Feb. 22 as part of a statewide outreach campaign to inform working students about one of the strongest tools to fight poverty: the California Earned Income Tax Credit (Cal EITC).

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40TH ANNUAL FACULTY LECTURE: DR. JODY MILLWARD In April, English Professor Dr. Jody Millward presented the 40th Annual Faculty Lecture, “Euripides’ Medea: Tragic Lessons in Leadership, Justice and the Feminine.” Her lecture drew a large crowd to the Garvin Theatre and took staff, faculty and students on an engaging discourse of love, evil, justice and leadership. Millward’s presentation drew from previous mini-lectures, student insights from their journals, essays and research papers, along with students acting out key exchanges from the play. Millward wanted to communicate that in this story, “All three characters made a fateful choice, and resolution brought no comfort. Tragedy is the world of no exit.” Being chosen as the Faculty Lecturer is the highest honor bestowed on an SBCC faculty member, but Millward is not new to being recognized. In her distinguished 25-year tenure, she has been honored with numerous awards, including the Association of Community Colleges Trustees’ William H. Meardy Faculty Award, the SBCC Faculty Excellence Award and the Hayward Award. She has also been instrumental in developing the Multicultural English Transfer Program (MET) and College Achievement Program (CAP).

Colleagues said she is a “tireless leader who innovates beyond her classroom” and a “constant source of support and insight for the English department and division.”

FACULTY SPOTLIGHT: DR. THOMAS CARRASCO The Chair of American Ethnic Studies, Dr. Thomas Carrasco, felt it was important to create a space where the campus community could start a dialogue about diversity. His event series “Outrageous Conversations for Outrageous Times” brought a dialogue around

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race, class, healthcare, immigration and politics to the campus community. He grounded each event in education and utilized music, film, comedy and poetry to start a positive conversation about American culture and diversity. His event series included four opportunities

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to start dialogue, including a free conference on “Culturally Responsive Teaching Methods.” Dr. Carrasco explained, “This is an exceptional institution. I wanted this series to be grounded in education and our students.”



The newly-tenured group includes, from left to right, (front row) 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; (back row) Jason File, English; Sean Kelly, Earth and Planetary Sciences; Gabriel Pretel, Mathematics. Not pictured: Patrick O’Brien, Sociology.

NEWLY TENURED FACULTY Love for their students, their jobs, and working at SBCC proved the theme of a moving April 15 ceremony, where 12 faculty members officially transitioned to fully tenured professors at the college. The instructors were hired as tenure-track faculty in Fall, 2015, and will start their fully-tenured careers in the Fall 2019 semester. One honoree said, “Working here is more fun than kittens; I’m over the moon to be here; and I’ve found my Hogwarts.”

WRITING THE BOOK: FACULTY AS PUBLISHED AUTHORS Three SBCC faculty members reached huge milestones in their careers by becoming published authors. English Literature Professor Clara Oropeza published a textbook titled “Anaïs Nin – A Myth of Her Own”; Spanish Professor in the School of Modern Languages Juan Casillas Nuñez published a book titled “Estrategias filosóficas y discursivas de Estela Portillo Trambley (Estela Portillo Trambley’s Philosophical and Discursive Strategies)”; and English Composition and Literature Professor Christina Pagès published a young adult novel titled “Lucy in Her Secret Wood.” “I’ve always been interested in education and storytelling and now I’m helping my students embrace literature and the power of stories – the power not only of education, but also using stories to connect to our humanity,” said Oropeza.

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Facilities Assistant Maria Luisa Ramirez (left) and Director of Extended Opportunity Programs and Services, Paloma Arnold (right).

EMPLOYEES OF THE YEAR, MARIA LUISA RAMIREZ AND PALOMA ARNOLD The top staff awards of the school year went to Facilities Assistant Maria Luisa Ramirez, who was named the Classified Employee of the Year; and to the Director of Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) Paloma Arnold, who was named the Outstanding Administrator of the Year. Maria has worked at SBCC for 10 years and is a true behind-the-scenes hero. It is a credit to Maria’s attitude and work ethic that she provides quality service to the facilities on campus. She says that her favorite part of the job is assisting students and colleagues with anything they need help with. Paloma has worked at SBCC for 19 years and is an exemplary role model for all administrators and employees. The EOPS team who nominated Paloma praise her “holistic leadership style,” her “open-door policy” and her “excellent leadership skills and strong commitment to student success.”

STAFF SPOTLIGHT: JASON LEVY When the Camp Fire raged through Butte County last November, Jason Levy, as a member of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team, took part in one of the largest search efforts in California history. Jason, who finished his training not long after the

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Thomas Fire, headed up north five days after the Camp Fire started. For one week, he and others worked with rakes and shovels in burnedout properties, clearing things to make it safe for people to return to what was left of their homes and businesses.

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Upon reflection, Jason said, “There were so many personnel there to help... firefighters, search and rescue teams, utility crews. It was an honor to be among them.” SBCC thanks Jason for his service to California and Santa Barbara County.



LISA LOPEZ CREATES SBCC LEGACY THROUGH FAMILY AND TECHNOLOGY To describe Lisa Lopez as an administrative assistant in SBCC’s Information Technology department would be far from accurate—she has gone above and beyond this and other roles she’s held in her 21 years at SBCC. After working in the hectic world of real estate mortgage and private legal practices, Lisa found a work home at SBCC as Administrative Assistant in the Health Technologies department. Back then, her daughters were eleven and nine, and Lisa thought, “It’s going to be the perfect place for my children and myself.” She couldn’t have been more right. Lisa has been a crucial part of making big things happen at the college, including doing much of the legwork to gain important grants to benefit two-year vocational programs, establishing multiple labs on campus, instructing faculty in software and budgeting programs, and most recently, implementing a budget-saving time and attendance system that serves all hourly staff and students.

“It’s going to be the perfect place for my children and myself.” Early in her career at the college Lisa also earned a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Applications. But perhaps more important to Lisa are her roles as mother, wife, sibling and aunt—and with a little help from SBCC, she has encouraged her family members to be the best they can be. Both of Lisa’s daughters attended SBCC and transferred to four-year universities. Her oldest, Jessica, attained a Bachelor’s degree and now works as a lead systems analyst. Her youngest, Janelle, earned a Master’s degree in international business and finance and works as an IT project manager. Even her husband attended SBCC for a time, gaining three State certifications needed for his career position at a local water district. Lisa’s nephew currently attends SBCC as a first-year student and her sister, a mother of five, will graduate this year with an associate degree from the SBCC Radiology program. “When my sister was laid off from her banking job, I realized I had another recruit,” she said. “I said, ‘Now is the time to improve your skills!’ She enrolled in our Radiography program, got her prerequisites, and just graduated with AA and AS degrees. I’m so proud of her! It’s all about love and being strong. All traits I learned from my mom.”

2018 EVERYDAY HERO AWARDS This recognition is presented to SBCC employees who go above and beyond in supporting SBCC’s mission. Sharon Remacle

Ryan Alexander

Gordon Miguel

Erik Fricke

Israel Nava

Guadalupe “Lupe” Huerta

Estela Lopez

Martin Sanchez

Jennifer Eggertsen

James Clark

Michelle Puailoa

Jason Walker

Sachiko Oates

Grace Twedt

Joni Novak

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Kara Pizano

Beverly Stephens

Adrienne Betty

Chris Miller

Nicole Hubert

Tracy Kaltenburn

Mark Broomfield

Zane Wann

Kaylene Thomas

Kirsten Mathieson

Janine Draper

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“IN WILDNESS” EXHIBIT FEATURES LOCAL OAK GROUP ARTISTS ON CAMPUS In celebration of its 50th Anniversary, the “In Wildness” exhibition at the Atkinson Gallery featured new landscape paintings by members of the Oak Group highlighting the San Rafael Wilderness Area in the Los Padres National Forest. The Oak Group artists are passionate about nature and are committed to preserving local lands for wildlife, recreation, ranching and farming. They record the beauty of these endangered landscapes to draw public attention and to help generate funds to protect them. This art exhibition was inspired by the words of famed naturalist Henry David Thoreau, who wrote, “In Wildness is the preservation of the world.”

TIA BLASSINGAME’S “MOURNING/ WARNING” EXHIBIT “Mourning/Warning,” a solo exhibit by Tia Blassingame, explored the intersection of race, history and perception. Utilizing printmaking and book arts techniques, Blassingame renders racially-charged images and histories for a nuanced discussion on issues of race and racism. Her artists’ books and prints can be found in library and museum collections around the world including Harvard University, the Library of Congress, Stanford University and State Library of Queensland. Her writing is featured in “Freedom of the Presses: Artists’ Books in the 21st Century,” a Brooklyn publication. Blassingame teaches Book Arts at Scripps College and serves as the Director of Scripps College Press, a student experimental letterpress and bookbinding laboratory.

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Atkinson Gallery Director Sarah Cunningham gives presentation at Tia Blassingame’s Mourning/Warning exhibit. Photo courtesy of Nathan Stephenson.

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SBCC’S THEATRE GROUP PRESENTS THE GAME’S AFOOT A murderously funny whodunit with plenty of plot twists and turns, “The Game’s Afoot” opened at the Garvin Theatre to an enthusiastic audience. The action took place on a snowy Christmas eve in 1936, at the Connecticut country home of an actor famous for playing Sherlock Holmes. His guests were four fellow actors ready for a weekend of revelry, but when a murder took place after a surprise guest appeared, mayhem ensued. Director Katie Laris, scenic and lighting designer Patricia Frank and costume designer Pamela Shaw created a suspensful atmosphere, while the talented ensemble cast brought energy and humor to this rollicking evening.

SBCC DANCE COMPANY The SBCC Dance Company was one of 13 selected to perform at the McCallum Choreography Festival in Fall 2018, out of 175 submissions worldwide. The Company also performed in San Jose, Monterey, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, at the HH11 festival in Santa Barbara, American College Dance Association at UC Irvine, San Diego and St. George, Utah. In addition to the festival, they performed in the spring dance concert, “Collective 2019.” This performance featured new works by Tracy R. Kofford, Shelby Lynn Joyce, Andrew Pearson, Jerry Pearson and Dallin McComb. “This year our student SBCC Dance Company and dancers gave powerhouse performances throughout California, proving once again that our dancers are talented and amazing artists. I am proud of each and every one of them!” said Professor of Dance Tracy R. Kofford.

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A Message from


Community colleges may well be our most powerful tool in making higher education accessible to all. As I’ve heard more than a few college leaders say, “We accept the top 100 percent of all applicants.” Every student is welcome. Anyone. For any reason. At any time. This simple, big, beautiful idea–though now more than a century old–may be more relevant today that at any time in our history. Community colleges are increasingly the gateway to higher education for students of all types, but the cost of attendance is still a significant barrier for many. Most people assume that the relatively low cost of community college enrollment fees, combined with available financial aid, can bridge this gap for all. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth. The truth is that community college students–though accounting for nearly half of all U.S. college students–receive only a small fraction of the available financial aid from public sources. Our financial aid system simply wasn’t designed to support today’s community college students. When we look to private support, we find another massive disconnect. Of the $42.6 billion in donations made to higher education in the U.S. last year, just 1.5 percent went to community colleges. That is despite the fact that 49.2 percent of all college students were enrolled in community colleges, and that the highest need students are overwhelmingly enrolled in community colleges. Clearly, we have work to do. While these challenges are significant, there is some good news. Community college foundations are growing and innovating at a remarkable rate and thanks to our community of generous supporters, partners, and investors, the SBCC Foundation is leading the way. The resources raised and managed by the SBCC Foundation support SBCC students as they prepare for careers, transfer to four-year universities and pursue lifelong learning goals. As a partner to the college, the SBCC Foundation awards more than $5 million each year for student success programs, scholarships, book grants, emergency funds and other critical needs. This is only possible because of your generosity. Thank you for sharing our commitment to education for all. Gratefully,

Geoff Green, CEO SBCC Foundation

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS Earl Armstrong, President Edward “Ted” Friedel, Vice President Jeff Pittman, Treasurer Robyn Freedman, Secretary Scott Vincent, J.D., President-elect Laurie Ashton, J.D. Sarah de Tagyos David Doner, Jr., M.D. Roger Durling Madeleine Jacobson Steven Lew Kandy Luria-Budgor Pedro Paz, Ph.D. Michelle Lee Pickett, J.D. Scott Pollard, J.D. Wendy Read, J.D. Frank Schipper Frank Tabar Phil Wyatt, Ph.D. Steve Zipperstein, J.D. Ex-Officio Jonathan Abboud Helen Benjamin, Ph.D. Melissa Moreno, J.D. Pamela Ralston, Ph.D. Patricia Stark Josh Villanueva Emeritus Members Stan Fishman Jane Habermann Perri Harcourt Leonard S. Jarrott Morrie Jurkowitz Peter MacDougall, Ed.D. John Romo Suzi Schomer

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SBCC PROMISE In Fall 2016, the SBCC Foundation launched the SBCC Promise, an ambitious new effort to make our community’s college accessible and affordable to all local students who have recently completed their secondary education within the SBCC district. Since its inception, more than 3,000 students have benefited from the SBCC Promise.

The idea of a “college promise” is not new, but the SBCC Promise is revolutionary in that it is comprehensive (covers all required fees, books, and supplies), robust (covers two full years), and open access (not restricted based on past academic performance). Eligibility is determined by a student’s high school location, year of graduation and commitment to the SBCC Promise eligibility requirements ( Research on college achievement correlates a student’s chance of success in college with early enrollment, full-time student status, and access to academic counseling and support. The SBCC Promise is specifically designed with this in mind by requiring all three. It is also an exemplary model of a public/ private partnership, as 100 percent of the funding for the SBCC Promise is privately raised from donors to the SBCC Foundation.

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The SBCC Promise reinforces our community college’s commitment to our local community, and strengthens our region’s economy, neighborhoods, and families. Whether a student wishes to pursue a trade, earn a certificate, complete an associate degree, or transfer to a four-year institution, SBCC is the place and the SBCC Promise provides a new pathway. | 19



BENEFIT CONCERT FEATURES SBCC MUSIC AND MICHAEL MCDONALD On October 10, 2018 the SBCC Foundation produced a stunning benefit concert with the SBCC Music Department at the historic Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara. The sold-out show featured five-time Grammy winner Michael McDonald and three dozen SBCC students, faculty and alumni. The concert raised more than $25,000 for SBCC Music and was an extraordinary opportunity for students to learn from and perform with a musical legend. SBCC’s award-winning Lunch Break Jazz Band, directed by Jim Mooy, presented an exciting tribute to Ray Charles, and the SBCC New World Jazz Ensemble, directed by Tony Ybarra, accompanied Michael McDonald in a memorable tribute to Steely Dan’s classic album “Aja,” along with other songs from his illustrious career. Tess Erskine, a Nashville-based singer-songwriter and alumna of the SBCC Songwriting class, also gave a stellar performance.

SPRING FOWARD! INAUGURAL GALA On Saturday, April 27, 2019, the SBCC Foundation hosted its inaugural “Spring Forward!” gala in the SBCC Sports Pavilion, which was transformed into an elegant venue by Merryl Brown Events. With more than 300 guests in attendance, the event raised over $425,000 for the work of the SBCC Foundation. The SBCC Culinary Arts, Music and Art departments all played key roles, and surprise guest Michael McDonald joined SBCC’s New World Jazz Ensemble for an exciting performance. For a review of the event, and the full list of sponsors and photos, visit

LAURIE CONVERSE ESTATE GIFT Throughout her lifetime, Laurie Converse was a generous supporter of SBCC scholarships, programs and the School of Extended Learning. Laurie was instrumental in giving the MESA Program and the SBCC Promise their start at SBCC. Following her June 2018 passing, the SBCC Foundation received a $6 million gift from her estate to endow two $1.25 million scholarships and provide additional support for a wide range of SBCC programs, including the SBCC Promise.

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More than

The SBCC Foundation has served as an independent 501c3 nonprofit partner organization to Santa Barbara City College since 1976. Today the SBCC Foundation is stronger than ever. In the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018, the SBCC Foundation:

3,000 students have

• was supported by over 2,500 generous donors

benefitted from

• grew its assets by 6.7 percent

the SBCC Promise

• received the single largest gift in its 42-year history

since its inception

• had a total revenue of $11.3 million

in 2016.

SBCC Foundation named Agency of the Year for the SBCC Promise by the Santa Barbara Youth Council at the 18th Annual Youth Leadership Awards in May 2019.

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$3 M


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Restricted (under $1 Million) Restricted (Disaster Response & Recovery)



The bar graph to the left shows all funds raised by the SBCC Foundation for the fiscal years 2016-2018 by gift type (audited). Dollars are in millions.

Restricted (in excess of $1 Million*)


$1 M $0 M




*The Nadel Foundation (2016-2017), Estate of Selmer O. Wake (2016-2017), Cottage Health Systems (2017-2018), Converse Scholarship Funds (2017-2018).

NET ASSETS BY FUND TYPE The pie chart to the right shows the SBCC Foundation’s net assets by fund type as of June 30, 2018 (audited). At 60.9 million, net assets increased 6.7 percent over the prior fiscal year (2016-2017).

6% 81%


Permanently Restricted Endowment Funds $49,280,088 Temporarily Restricted Non-Endowed Funds $7,805,177 Unrestricted Funds $3,793,545

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Dual enrollment students Brayam Lopez Almeida, Sydney Schapansky and Osiel Ocampo.

DUAL ENROLLMENT STUDENTS HAVE EARLY COLLEGE SUCCESS High school-aged students from public, private and homeschool institutions can take SBCC classes to meet high school graduation requirements and begin working toward college completion. The dual enrollment partnership brings over 100 SBCC sections to local high schools each semester. Sydney Schapansky, a San Marcos High School student, will earn two Associate of Arts degrees in mathematics and humanities. Sydney took 18 SBCC courses during her time as a high school student. Her success in the dual enrollment program allowed her to attend SBCC’s Commencement weeks before her high school graduation. Sydney will attend UCLA as a junior transfer and major in neuroscience on a pre-med track. Osiel Ocampo, a Santa Barbara High School student, first visited SBCC when he enrolled in Professor Thomas Carrasco’s Chicano Studies 101 class. Osiel was so nervous on his first day that he had trouble finding the classroom and was discouraged. With the help of his counselor Edith Cortes and Advisor

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Christina Lomeli, he was personally escorted to class and given the reassurance to succeed. Osiel had an eye-opening experience. He said he feels like an adult on the SBCC campus, enjoyed learning about Chicano ancient history and will continue to take City College classes. Brayam Lopez Almeida became an SBCC student before starting at San Marcos High School. Having just completed eighth grade, he joined over 100 other incoming ninth graders in the PEAC program for a one-week personal development class on effective time management strategies. Students studied goal setting, college and career planning, and stress management techniques to set them up for a successful transition to high school. High school counselor, Alpha Ramirez, describes Brayam as a “dynamic scholar and leader with a zest for life and learning that inspires others and is an asset to our school and community.” Each year SBCC’s dual enrollment program opens its doors to more than 2,500 high school students just like Sydney, Osiel and Brayam. Its tuition-free classes continue to help to reduce overall cost of college attendance and provide great opportunities for students across the community.

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PARENTING CLASSES OFFER FAMILIES COMMUNITY AND KNOWLEDGE At SBCC’s School of Extended Learning, tuition-free Parenting Skills classes and Parent-Child Workshops (PCW) are included in an array of offerings. The PCW experience is unique in that parents attend lectures without their children, and then spend time in a “lab” with their children, practicing the skills learned. Here is a testament about that experience from the Rizzo-Weaver Family: When our oldest son, Corwin, was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, we had been participating in Starr King Parent-Child Workshop for about a year and were faced with the decision of whether to keep him in at the PCW, where special education services might not be available, or enroll him in another program. As we looked deeply at the options, it was evident how much the staff’s efforts at Starr King and the values of the PCW environment had already helped foster significant shifts in Corwin’s play, life skills and peer relations. We also observed significant changes in our own outlook and knowledge base for providing positive, developmentally informed guidance for our son. The PCWs’ emphasis on community building, and especially on inclusivity, have created a thriving “village” of families whose diversity and shared interest in involved parenting has quietly shaped three generations of capable children and adults. The “parenting lecture plus lab” experience has also kindled our interest in leadership, and given us context and tools to be more able and willing advocates for children and adults with differing abilities. We gave a presentation in the lecture class to the Starr King membership on autism spectrum disorder and sensory processing disorder, where we shared openly our experience with Corwin and tools we have discovered to support his unique developmental path. We chose to keep Corwin enrolled at Starr King PCW for two more

years where he continued to develop both his own unique abilities and the ability to include and welcome others with curiosity and an increasing openness that is a genuine inspiration to us. We are sincerely grateful for SBCC School of Extended Learning continuing the legacy of Starr King Parent-Child Workshop. We look forward to our continuing participation in the program for five more years as our two younger boys grow up in the Parent-Child Workshop family.

ADULTS WITH DISABILITIES PROGRAM AT SCHOOL OF EXTENDED LEARNING In Spring 2019, Santa Barbara City College School of Extended Learning proudly launched the first work readiness and career planning program for adults with disabilities in Santa Barbara County. The tuition-free program consists of two classes:

Vocational Exploration and Planning, and Self-Advocacy Skills for Educational and Vocational Settings. This program is intended to address the staggering 87 percent unemployment rate among those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The ultimate

goal is to obtain employment for students with local agency and employer support. Students who complete the program earn a Skills Competency Award demonstrating their increased skills and employability, and are eligible to receive

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employment support from partner agencies such as the Department of Rehabilitation and Tri-Counties Regional Center. This program was Initiated and funded by the California Adult Education Program (CAEP).

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Vaquero Athletics


Brian Nnoli, Track and Field, captured the Western State Conference triple jump title on April 26 with a season-best leap of 14.52 meters (47’7¾”). He finished the year undefeated in the triple jump with seven straight wins.

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TH in the State in Women’s Golf and Women’s Water Polo

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Student athletes selected for


COLLEGE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR Ian Churchill, Men’s Baseball Emma Fraser, Women’s Water Polo Bella Viana, Women’s Soccer

TEAMS NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-STATE Baseball, Men’s Volleyball and Men’s Soccer


(3.0 Team GPA or higher)


WESTERN STATE CONFERENCE TITLES Women’s Water Polo, Women’s Swimming, Women’s Soccer, Baseball and Women’s Tennis

Coaches selected for WESTERN STATE CONFERENCE COACHES OF THE YEAR Jeff Walker, Baseball Christina Klein, Women’s Tennis John Sisterson, Women’s Soccer Chuckie Roth, Women’s Water Polo

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Maddie Mitchell, Women’s Tennis, won the national and regional Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award. The award takes into account a player’s tennis accomplishments, scholastic achievements and extracurricular endeavors.

Emma Fraser, Women’s Water Polo (No. 8), won a College Player of the Year award.

Considered by many as the “best punter in the draft,” 2014 Vaqueros punter Mitch Wishnowsky was signed to a four-deal with the San Francisco 49ers.

Baseball won a Western State Conference title and was named Academic All-State for the team holding 3.0 GPA or higher in the academic year, 2017-18.

SBCC ESTABLISHES SAND VOLLEYBALL TEAM SBCC is the first college in Santa Barbara to offer sand volleyball as an official intercollegiate sport, with the establishment of a women’s sand volleyball team. The season started in February with its first home game at East Beach

led by Interim Head Coach Samantha Calisto. Sand volleyball is the fastest growing sport in the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA). “One of the main goals of our department is to

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offer programs that best serve the community,” said Director of Athletics Rocco Constantino. “There has always been a strong interest in intercollegiate women’s sand volleyball among our students, so it is a natural fit.”

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A Community of KINSHIP “LEONARDO DORANTES LECTURE” WITH PATRISSE CULLORS In November, artist, organizer, educator, and popular public speaker, Patrisse Cullors, presented the “28th Annual Leonardo Dorantes Memorial Lecture” in the Garvin Theatre. Cullors is a Los Angeles native and Co-Founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network and Founder of grassroots Los Angeles-based organization Dignity and Power Now. Her lecture heightened awareness and understanding of racial and ethnic diversity in our society, politics and culture.

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CONGRESSMAN CARBAJAL VISITS SBCC FOR STUDENT WEEK OF ACTION In October, the California Community Colleges participated in a week of advocacy and activities to support and build awareness around undocumented students throughout the state. The goal for the week of action was to advocate for a permanent solution to codify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that includes a pathway to citizenship, and to also provide support and resources to all undocumented students. Events throughout the week provided students, staff and faculty with resources and information on how to support undocumented students. The week also included a meeting with U.S. Congressman Salud Carbajal where SBCC students advocated for a permanent solution to DACA.

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THE WELL – WHERE IT’S OKAY NOT TO BE OKAY Students and staff have enthusiastically embraced The Well, a free-standing center for health and wellness that made its campus debut at the beginning of the Spring semester. SBCC is the first out of 114 California Community Colleges to offer a free-standing center for health and wellness—in addition to its student health service. It’s director, Becky Bean, was instrumental in creating a vision for the center, describing it as “a lighthouse, or beacon of light for students who feel lost or isolated.” Becky and staff see The Well as a revolutionary model around which to build a curriculum and share with other community colleges in the state. The space at The Well has “an amazing, calming energy— students come in and immediately feel that this space is embracing all of the student body,” said Becky. “Students can connect with their peers, de-stress, really feel supported and be listened to and respected.” The location includes a central space where students can meet and sit, chat, collaborate and engage in art for healing. The back room offers scheduled classes like yoga, meditation, nutrition, dance and art therapy—in addition to self-compassion, mindfulness and self-care empowerment groups. These classes offer

a space for staff and students to come together to find not only solace, but encouragement and hope at times of struggle. A Santa Barbara native, Becky’s career and educational background includes undergraduate degrees in community studies and culinary arts, a master’s degree in social work, and career positions in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles. Becky said that her journey as a social worker has been “beautiful” but her director position at The Well is her “dream job.”

“You are not alone and you are part of a campus that has made mental health and physical health a priority.” Becky’s advice to someone reluctant to reach out for help? “You are not alone and you are part of a campus that has made mental health and physical health a priority,” she said. “We deeply care and are invested in our students .. in their personal, academic and professional well-being. There is a sense of liberation and relief when you’re able to speak up, voice what you need and advocate for yourself to be able to find resources to better support you on your journey.”

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LEARNING BEYOND THE CLASSROOM Outdoor education is always in full swing at SBCC. Programs such as environmental horticulture, environmental studies, biology and marine diving offer hands-on experience on and off campus. Students participate in field study trips by bus and by boat that take them to many locations in California like Big Sur, San Luis Obispo, Arroyo Grande and The Channel Islands. These programs give students the opportunity to prepare for their future careers through exciting and exploratory curriculum.

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The West Campus Center sits next to the Garvin Theatre.

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Class 2019 of



Friday, May 10

, 2019 at 5 p.m . La Playa Stadiu m


A PROUD DAY The La Playa stadium celebration marked the conclusion of the College’s academic year and a successful point along the educational journey of 1,578 graduating students. Approximately 670 students participated in the oceanfront commencement ceremony on May 10. During this academic school year, more than 3,997 degrees/certificates were awarded to 1,578 students, which is an increase over last year. Commencement featured remarks by Interim Superintendent/President Dr. Helen Benjamin and other distinguished members of the college. We know that people, when given an opportunity, can change the trajectory of their lives and make their own beautiful history.

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2018-2019 COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER Leslie Marin is an undocumented student who has a passion for helping others and a dream of inspiring students to pursue endless opportunities. The 20-year-old sociology major is a first-generation college student and is transferring to UCSB with a 3.7 GPA on a full scholarship. “I hope I make my parents proud because I know how much this means to them,” she said. The SBCC Promise and other campus resources gave Leslie the support she needed to pursue a college education. Leslie worked as a student worker for Extended Opportunity Programs and Services and the Office of Equity, Diversity and Cultural Competency. She was also an ambassador for the SBCC Promise. “It’s really important to be involved and recognize how many opportunities come out of it,” she said. “You have to be your own advocate.”

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Facts About

SANTA BARBARA CITY COLLEGE Based on headcount numbers for the Fall 2018 Semester



Main Campus......................................................................... 11,965 Local High Schools (Dual Enrollment).................................1,796 Exclusively Online..................................................................... 2,416 Total........................................................................................... 16,177 School of Extended Learning.................................................7,224 (Tuition-free and fee-based courses)

WHERE ARE OUR STUDENTS FROM? In District (Gaviota to Carpinteria)........................................ 7,870 Elsewhere in Tri-Counties....................................................... 2,553 Elsewhere in California........................................................... 4,023 Out of State...................................................................................753 International................................................................................... 978 Total...........................................................................................16,177

White..........................................................................................42.8% Hispanic.....................................................................................39.1% Asian/Filipino/Pacific Islander....................................................8% African American....................................................................... 2.9% Other.............................................................................................7.2% *Other includes: American Indian/Alaskan Native, Two or More Races, Unknown, and other non-white

ADOPTED 2018-2019 BUDGET (Unrestricted General Fund) Total Expenses...........................................................$104,320,396 Total Revenue..............................................................$102,777,902

GREAT PLACE TO WORK Full-Time Faculty..........................................................................247 Adjunct Faculty........................................................................... 523 Staff............................................................................................... 366

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Report to the Community prepared by


Helen Benjamin, Ph.D. Interim Superintendent/President

Luz Reyes-Martín Executive Director of Public Affairs and Communications

Dr. Pamela Ralston Executive Vice President, Educational Programs

Sally Gill Marketing Communications Specialist

Dr. Paul W. Bishop Vice President, Information Technology

Amanda Jacobs Marketing Communications Specialist

Lyndsay Maas, MBA Vice President, Business Services

Hong Lieu Webmaster

Marcia M. Wade, MPA Interim Vice President, Human Resources

Kirsten Mathieson Administrative Assistant

Dr. Melissa V. Moreno Vice President, School of Extended Learning

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