‘Vaquero Square’ at Heart of SBCC Foundation’s ‘Show Me the Love’ Campaign Kickoff

NoozhawkLogoNoozhawk local newsStudents, staff, alumni and others gather in support of the foundation’s annual Campaign for Student Success, with a goal of $2 million

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SBCC American Sign Language Club students, from left, Elisa Robles, Jessica Clark, Ryan Drew, Stephanie Jankowski and Magdalena Stawiecki sign the word “love” at the SBCC Foundation’s kickoff event Friday night for its “Show Me the Love”-themed Campaign for Student Success. (Rochelle Rose / Noozhawk photo)

By Rochelle Rose, Noozhawk Contributing Writer | @NoozhawkNews | Published on 04.04.2014 8:19 p.m.

Students, families, staff, alumni and donors — young and old — all joined together on Friday to experience the magic of “Vaquero Square” at the Santa Barbara City College Sports Pavilion. The event kicked off the SBCC Foundation’s 2014 Campaign for Student Success, which seeks to raise $2 million in eight weeks from 10,000 donors.

The goal is expected to be reached with 12 call-night sessions staffed by SBCC students, alumni, volunteers and community leaders. The campaign theme is “Show Me the Love,” which resulted in $1.1 million in gifts last year.

The SBCC gymnasium was expertly transformed into Vaquero Square with colorful booths presented by different SBCC departments, a pink faux fountain, live Latin music by guitarist Tony Ybarra, and a buffet of delicious food that included Mexican staples such as taquitos and salsa plus churro ice cream.

“This is such an important campaign,” SBCC Foundation board president Madeleine Jacobson said. “We seem to double our goal each year.

“It’s necessary because there are so many kids to help. The campaign not only raises money for much-needed scholarships and book scholarships, but we keep the library open seven days a week until 10 p.m. Five thousand students use the library! We also offer child care for single parent students and provide 6,000 hours of tutoring in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).”

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From left, campaign chair Robyn Freedman, SBCC Foundation board president Madeleine Jacobson, board secretary Kandy Luria-Budgor and Executive Director Vanessa Bechtel. (Rochelle Rose / Noozhawk photo)

A highlight of the evening was the showing of the SBCC “Vaquero Pride Nationwide” video, featuring friends and fans of SBCC performing the chant throughout the community.

“The Campaign for Student Success is one of the most important fundraising initiatives that the SBCC Foundation embarks upon,” said Vanessa Bechtel, SBCC Foundation executive director. “As state funding for education is dwindling, efforts by the community to financially support Santa BarbaraCityCollege students are ever more important. People really are beginning to see the linkages between educating students who live and work in Santa Barbara and a thriving community. Preparing students for the local workforce benefits us all.”

The Campaign for Student Success was started in 2011 as an initiative of the SBCC Foundation to raise funds for critical programs and student support, so that all Santa BarbaraCounty residents who want to attend college can do so regardless of their income. To donate, click here or text “sbccLOVE” to 41411.

The mission of the SBCC Foundation is to support SBCC students and programs through sustained philanthropy. For more information, call 805.730.4401 or click here.

— Noozhawk contributing writer Rochelle Rose can be reached at[email protected]. Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk,@NoozhawkSociety@NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Become a fan ofNoozhawk on Facebook. 

http://www.noozhawk.com/article/sbcc_foundation_kicks_off_campaign_for_student_success_20140404

 

SCEEP Teaches Community about Energy Efficiency at Earth Day

April 4, 2014  |  Article, News

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Hourly Drawings for Award Winning Light Emitting Diode (LED) Light Bulbs and Energy Saving Kits with Water-Saving Tools at SCEEP Booth #508

source: SCEEP

The South County Energy Efficiency Partnership (SCEEP) is participating in the Community Environmental Council’s 2014 Earth Day Festival, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 26 and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 27 at AlamedaPark in Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara, CA, April 2, 2014 – The South County Energy Efficiency Partnership (SCEEP) is participating in the Community Environmental Council’s 2014 Earth Day Festival, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 26 and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 27 at AlamedaPark in Santa Barbara. SCEEP will hold an hourly drawing for a free Light Emitting Diode (LED)± light bulb from Southern California Edison, and will also offer complimentary energy-savings kits with water-saving tools from Southern California Gas Company at booth #508 while supplies last.

At the SCEEP booth, volunteers will demonstrate how much energy it takes to power incandescent light bulbs versus energy-saving CFLs and LEDs utilizing a special hand crank device. Visitors can stop by the booth to find out how to apply for rebates for energy-saving appliances through the Southern California Gas Company and learn about home upgrade rebates through Energy Upgrade California.

Throughout the Earth Day Festival, SCEEP will give out information on energy efficiency for residents and businesses.SCEEP will also be promoting a special refrigerator pickup taking place on May 17 and 18. Qualifying customers of Southern California Edison can sign up to have their old, working refrigerator picked up and recycled for free and receive a $35 incentive. Terms and conditions apply. For more information, visit www.sceep.org.

About SCEEP

SCEEP is a partnership of Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas Company, the cities of Carpinteria, Goleta, Santa Barbara, and the County of Santa Barbara. SCEEP seeks to make Santa Barbara’s SouthCounty a progressive leader in energy efficiency. Through local outreach events and educational resources, SCEEP provides real solutions to reducing energy use in homes and businesses. Visit www.sceep.org for more information and to learn about how you can save energy, save money, and help protect the environment.

Programs funded by California utility customers and administered by Southern California Edison and Southern California Gas Company under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission. Terms and conditions apply. Limit one Energy Saving Kit per SCG customer while supplies last. Customers must provide their gas account number. Limit oneLED light bulb per SCE customer while supplies last.

± SCEEP Glossary

Light Emitting Diode (LED): An LED light bulb uses solid-state lighting as the source of light, which means that the light comes from a semi-conductor material instead of filaments or gases. LEDs use at least 75 percent less energy and lasts at least 15 times longer than an incandescent bulb.

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“Show Us Your Love” Kick-off Party

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‘Vaquero Square’ at Heart of SBCC Foundation’s ‘Show Me the Love’ Campaign Kickoff

Students, staff, alumni and others gather in support of the foundation’s annual Campaign for Student Success, with a goal of $2 million

SBCCF_AmSignLanguageClub SBCC American Sign Language Club students, from left, Elisa Robles, Jessica Clark, Ryan Drew, Stephanie Jankowski and Magdalena Stawiecki sign the word “love” at the SBCC Foundation’s kickoff event Friday night for its “Show Me the Love”-themed Campaign for Student Success. (Rochelle Rose / Noozhawk photo)

By Rochelle Rose, Noozhawk Contributing Writer | @NoozhawkNews | Published on 04.04.2014 8:19 p.m.

Students, families, staff, alumni and donors — young and old — all joined together on Friday to experience the magic of “Vaquero Square” at the Santa Barbara City College Sports Pavilion. The event kicked off the SBCC Foundation’s 2014 Campaign for Student Success, which seeks to raise $2 million in eight weeks from 10,000 donors.

The goal is expected to be reached with 12 call-night sessions staffed by SBCC students, alumni, volunteers and community leaders. The campaign theme is “Show Me the Love,” which resulted in $1.1 million in gifts last year.

The SBCC gymnasium was expertly transformed into Vaquero Square with colorful booths presented by different SBCC departments, a pink faux fountain, live Latin music by guitarist Tony Ybarra, and a buffet of delicious food that included Mexican staples such as taquitos and salsa plus churro ice cream.

“This is such an important campaign,” SBCC Foundation board president Madeleine Jacobson said. “We seem to double our goal each year.

“It’s necessary because there are so many kids to help. The campaign not only raises money for much-needed scholarships and book scholarships, but we keep the library open seven days a week until 10 p.m. Five thousand students use the library! We also offer child care for single parent students and provide 6,000 hours of tutoring in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

SBCCF_Board_NoozhawkFrom left, campaign chair Robyn Freedman, SBCC Foundation board president Madeleine Jacobson, board secretary Kandy Luria-Budgor and Executive Director Vanessa Bechtel. (Rochelle Rose / Noozhawk photo)

A highlight of the evening was the showing of the SBCC “Vaquero Pride Nationwide” video, featuring friends and fans of SBCC performing the chant throughout the community.

“The Campaign for Student Success is one of the most important fundraising initiatives that the SBCC Foundation embarks upon,” said Vanessa Bechtel, SBCC Foundation executive director. “As state funding for education is dwindling, efforts by the community to financially support Santa BarbaraCityCollege students are ever more important. People really are beginning to see the linkages between educating students who live and work in Santa Barbara and a thriving community. Preparing students for the local workforce benefits us all.”

The Campaign for Student Success was started in 2011 as an initiative of the SBCC Foundation to raise funds for critical programs and student support, so that all Santa BarbaraCounty residents who want to attend college can do so regardless of their income. To donate, click here or text “sbccLOVE” to 41411.

The mission of the SBCC Foundation is to support SBCC students and programs through sustained philanthropy. For more information, call 805.730.4401 or click here.

— Noozhawk contributing writer Rochelle Rose can be reached at[email protected]. Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk,@NoozhawkSociety@NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Become a fan ofNoozhawk on Facebook.

http://www.noozhawk.com/article/sbcc_foundation_kicks_off_campaign_for_student_success_20140404

 

 

 

Residents Lace Up with American Heart Association for National Walking Day

April 3, 2014  |  Article, News  | 

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Local residents laced up their sneakers and walked around the SBCC track on Wednesday afternoon for National Walking Day. (American Heart Association of Santa Barbara County photo)

By American Heart Association of Santa BarbaraCounty | Published on 04.03.2014 8:11 a.m.

Members of the Santa Barbara and Goleta community laced up their sneakers and walked together around the SBCC track on Wednesday afternoon as part of National Walking Day sponsored by the American Heart Association of Santa Barbara County.

On National Walking Day, hundreds of thousands across the nation took steps to improve their health, as Americans were encouraged to spend at least 30 minutes of their day briskly walking.

“Statistics show that one in two men and one in three women are at risk for heart disease, and research ??shows that poor lifestyle is a major contributor,” said Heidi Cougoule, branch manager/vice president at ??Montecito Bank & Trust, and chair of the Santa Barbara Heart Walk. “I encourage Santa Barbara residents to walk with their families and enjoy the benefits of an active and healthy lifestyle.”

Americans are spending more time than ever sitting in front of screens — at work and at home — which means less time being active. Physical inactivity has a detrimental effect on your health. Studies have shown that inactive people can double their risk of heart disease. Whether it’s walking, running, biking, playing sports or joining a group class, the goal is getting more active. The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of physical activity weekly for adults and 60 minutes a day for kids.

Companies throughout Santa Barbara and Goleta are helping their employees live heart-healthier lives by participating in National Walking Day.

Platinum Recognition: Cottage Health System

Gold Level Recognition: Casa Dorinda, The Towbes Group Inc., Mentor Worldwide Corporation,?Citrix Online, Community West Bank, Easy Lift Transportation, Eucalyptus Systems, Network Hardware Resale, Raytheon, Electronic Warfare Systems, CenCal Health and the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department.

Fit-Friendly Worksites reach gold-level status by implementing various activities and programs to encourage physical activity, nutrition and culture enhancements such as on-site walking routes, healthy food choices in cafeterias and vending machines, annual employee health risk assessments and online tracking tools. The deadline for companies to apply is April 1. Additional criteria and the application are available byclicking here.

Click here for more information on National Walking Day. Click here for more information about the Santa Barbara Heart & Stroke Walk and Run taking place Sept. 27.

http://www.noozhawk.com/article/american_heart_association_national_walking_day_20140403

 

 

SCEEP to Shed Light on Energy Efficiency at Earth Day Festival

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A visitor to the SCEEP booth at last year’s Earth Day Festival uses a special hand-crank device to see how much energy it takes to power incandescent light bulbs versus energy-saving CFLs and LEDs. (SCEEP photo)

Published on 04.03.2014 8:25 a.m.

The South County Energy Efficiency Partnership (SCEEP) is participating in theCommunity Environmental Council’s 2014 Earth Day Festival, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 26 and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 27 at AlamedaPark in Santa Barbara.

SCEEP will hold an hourly drawing for a free Light Emitting Diode (LED) light bulb from Southern California Edison, and will also offer complimentary energy-savings kits with water-saving tools from Southern California Gas Company at booth No. 508 while supplies last.

At the SCEEP booth, volunteers will demonstrate how much energy it takes to power incandescent light bulbs versus energy-saving CFLs and LEDs utilizing a special hand-crank device. Visitors can stop by the booth to find out how to apply for rebates for energy-saving appliances through Southern California Gas Co. and learn about home upgrade rebates through Energy Upgrade California.

Throughout the Earth Day Festival, SCEEP will give out information on energy efficiency for residents and businesses. SCEEP will also be promoting a special refrigerator pickup taking place May 17-18. Qualifying customers of Southern California Edison can sign up to have their old, working refrigerator picked up and recycled for free and receive a $35 incentive. Terms and conditions apply.

Click here for more information.

 

 

— Kelly Kapaun is a publicist represnting SCEEP.

http://www.noozhawk.com/article/sceep_to_shed_light_on_energy_efficiency_at_earth_day_festival_20140403

 

Supporters Help Kick Off Upcoming Walk for Mental Wellness

April 2, 2014  |  Article, News  | 

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From left, Thea Vandervoort, Mental Wellness Center development associate; Annmarie Cameron, Mental Wellness Center CEO; supporter George Kaufmann; supporter Inge Gatz; Joe Cooper, Mental Wellness Center board chair; and supporter Heather Ayer. Members of Santa Barbara’s Mental Wellness Center recently celebrated a kickoff event at Arch Rock Fish to lead up to its third annual Walk for Mental Wellness, which will take place at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 17 to support adults and families affected by mental illness. For more information, click here or call 805.884.8440. (MentalWellnessCenter photo)

By Alyssa Callahan for the Mental WellnessCenter | Published on 04.02.2014 12:40 p.m.

http://www.noozhawk.com/article/supporters_help_kick_off_upcoming_walk_for_mental_wellness_20140402 

 

Symphony Presents: ‘Beethoven Seven’

April 1, 2014  |  Article, News  | 

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Earth Day Festival Set For April 26, 27

April 1, 2014  |  Article, News  | 

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Hansards, Who Are in their 90s, Didn’t Get Married Until the ’90s

April 1, 2014  |  Article, News  | 

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