Updated: Mar 03, 2014, 3:25 PM
Thirty Santa Barbara-area college and high school students were honored as winners of a Santa Barbara City College Great Books Curriculum awards luncheon at SBCC last month.
Building on the success of the last two years, invitations were extended to students at SBCC and three area high schools to interpret the great play Antigone by Sophocles in the categories of expository writing, creative writing or visual arts.
Last fall, more than 1,000 copies of the play were distributed to students at AltaVistaMiddleCollege (a collaboration between AltaVistaAlternativeHigh School and SBCC), CarpinteriaHigh School, SBCC, and Santa BarbaraHigh School. To increase their exposure to the play’s themes, students had the opportunity to attend in-class workshops and lectures and view scenes performed by local actors at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, SBCC, and each of the participating high schools. More than 200 entries for the competition, which was funded by the Apgar Foundation and the SBCC Foundation, were submitted with 30 winners selected.
SBCC is only one of six community colleges in the nation to offer a Great Books Curriculum. Each semester more than 900 students take at least one course which exposes them to the literary canon of the world’s greatest literature, thematically linked to works by more contemporary writers. Approximately 20 to 25 faculty teach classes focusing on Great Books through reading, study skills, composition, critical thinking, philosophy, world religion, politics, drama, literature and poetry.
“The Great Books Curriculum features enduring works of literature,” said Celeste Barber, SBCC instructor of English Composition and Literature and Great Books Curriculum Coordinator.
“We are tremendously grateful to the Apgar Foundation and the SBCC Foundation for providing the funding that has allowed us to introduce local students to the world of Great Books and to our wonderful campus through this contest.” ###
Photo ID: Thirty students from AltaVistaMiddleCollege, CarpinteriaHigh School, Santa BarbaraCityCollege and Santa BarbaraHigh School, were named winners in the SBCC’s Great Books Curriculum contest. Pictured are: (front row, left to right) Katherine Nixon (SBCC), Jenai Howard (SBCC), Stephanie Ramirez (SBCC), Jenna Madden (CHS), Kristina Burch (CHS), Erin Durflinger (CHS), Jordyn Morente (CHS), Karina Hernandez (CHS), Claire Lindstrom (SBHS), Bubby Vernon (SBHS), Tessa Kriegman (SBHS), and Celeste Barber, SBCC Great Books Curriculum Coordinator (back row, left to right) Aaron Wilson (SBCC), Taliesin Tyndall (SBCC), Katie Rice (AVMC), Meg Leach (AVMC), Haley Powell (AVMC), Brooke Hymer (CHS), Alicia Alcasas (AVMC), Faith Ellington Baker (AVMC), Rudy Beltran (CHS), Tess Francavilla (SBHS) and Cece Campos (SBHS).
Not pictured: Elena Salcido (SBCC), Madeleine Greenbaum (AVMC), Zoe Brock (AVMC), Lily Woodbury (AVMC), Bailey Dare Chaconas (AVMC), Joel Vences (CHS), Teralyn Butler (CHS), and Sophie Haber (SBHS).
Nir Kabaretti, Conductor
Timothy Chooi, Violin
Rossini: William Tell Overture
Bruch: Violin Concerto #1
Dirk Brosse: Millennium Overture
Prokofiev: Classical Symphony
Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite
Are you ready for a bright and energetic evening of knockouts? From Rossini’s punchy William Tell Overture to Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite, join Maestro Kabaretti for a program of classical hits. We also welcome the fantastic young violinist Timothy Chooi for Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1. Dirk Brosse’s Millennium Overture and Prokofiev’s stunning Classical Symphony round out the March concerts.
Date & Time:
Saturday, March 14, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 15, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Matinee
A fascinating 30-minute Pre-concert Talk, “Behind the Music,” begins one hour before each performance.
Location: The Granada Theatre, 1214 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA93101
All Santa Barbara Symphony season concerts take place at The Granada Theatre. Each concert includes a pre-concert lecture, “Behind the Music” beginning one hour before the concert.
To purchase subscriptions for the rest of the Symphony’s 2013-14 season, call the Santa Barbara Symphony Office at (805) 898-9386. Single tickets and subscriptions are also available online at www.thesymphony.org. Discounted student tickets are available for $10 with valid student ID.
The Foodbank now has a formal Family Philanthropy Program that encourages and support family involvement through family focused volunteer projects and activities. Family philanthropy allows families (siblings, partners, grandparents, parents, children alike) to come together and impact the community around nutritious food for all.
Part of the program also includes the KIDS4FOODBANK Club, a club that offers year-round Foodbank activities for children, culminating in a local triathlon.
Saturday Family Day – Santa Barbara (only at this time)
On the second Saturday of every month, come visit the facility, tour, enjoy the Foodbank bike blender and take part in a volunteer project. There are only slots for 30 children and all children require a parent chaperon.
March 8, 2014
9:30 – 11:00 AM
-A light snack and beverages provided.
-All guests must wear closed-toes shoes and follow all warehouse safety policies. Safety rules will be reviewed by Operations team.
-This event counts towards Community Service hours.
Other Volunteer Projects (countywide)
There are also other kid-friendly activities during the week that coincide with school breaks. For example, working together to repackage bulk product Mon – Fri 9 AM – 12 PM or handing out lunches in the summer to children through the Picnic in the Park Program.
This year-long club offers fun Foodbank volunteer activities with supported physical fitness and nutrition resources.
Standing Strong: Amy Mallett speaks out against elder abuse as DA Joyce Dudley and Sheriff Bill Brown watch on.
DA Touts Efforts to Curb Human Trafficking and Elder Abuse
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Two campaigns to assist vulnerable populations were unveiled in Santa Barbara this week. The first is a task force set up to combat human trafficking, and it largely focuses on young people. The other is a collaborative effort by the public and private sectors to reduce elder abuse. Both incorporate an assortment of resources and seek to protect the most susceptible members of the community.
Unlike other District Attorney’s Office task forces—like one recently established to fight animal cruelty??—??the human-trafficking unit was created to determine to what extent the problem exists in Santa Barbara. “We need to prevent this,” said District Attorney Joyce Dudley. Since it was established last August, the DA’s Office has arrested a handful of individuals and is working on several active investigations. “We’re not going to wait around for statistics,” Dudley said. The task force is made up of 70 members from a slew of agencies including Homeland Security, RapeCrisis Center, child welfare, and faith-based communities.
Dudley, who’s worked to prevent violence against women for much of her career, explained that Santa Barbara acts as a corridor between Los Angeles and San Francisco. It’s a community that’s easy to get in and out of, and some rings operate by moving up and down California, or even from the East Coast to the West Coast.
Some traffickers operate via websites like The Erotic Review and My Red Book, and minors are sometimes involved. Blog posts can include geographic locations and are often accessible temporarily or are written in code. Drugs, especially methamphetamine, are commonly used to drag a young person into such a lifestyle, explained Chief Trial Deputy Mag Nicola, who plays a key role in the task force. In the past several years, Asian massage parlors have also been on law enforcement’s radar.
A lack of treatment facilities is one of the key problems because victims are left without a safe place to return to, possibly leading them right back to their pimps, explained Director of Victim Services Megan Riker-Rheinschild, who is heading the task force.
Educating law enforcement officers is a crucial component, Dudley explained, as the so-called “children of the night” are sometimes considered suspects rather than victims because of drug or theft involvement. “Unless we ask the right questions, we don’t know that in fact they’re trafficked victims,” she said.
Deputy Chief Probation Officer Steve DeLira—who has worked in the county for 27 years and is part of the task force—said he is seeing more girls self-disclose their sexual behavior to mental-health counselors, probation officers, or medical staff during entry exams. In 2012, Proposition 35 stiffened penalties for convicted traffickers, expanded outreach and training to law enforcement officers, and required traffickers to pay fines toward victim services.
Yesenia Curiel, program director at the RapeCrisis Center, explained the center’s certified assault counselors accompany the victim if she or he must testify in court. “Many people may not consider themselves victims,” Curiel added, explaining that survivors sometimes struggle because they have feelings for the trafficker. “But there is no equality there.”
In NorthCounty, Ann McCarty, who is on the task force also representing the RapeCrisis Center, noted that tracking statistics is tricky and not always telling. An increase in the number of cases does not necessarily mean that it’s happening more, she added, but that incidents are being reported more.
Vulnerable senior citizens were also in the spotlight this week as various agencies gathered Tuesday for a press conference about elder abuse. Dressed in bright pink T-shirts that read “#No2ElderAbuse,” the Santa Barbara Elder & Dependent Adult Abuse Prevention Council spearheaded the event to raise awareness.
Dudley—holding up a photo of her 90-year-old mother—told the crowd that most crimes perpetrated against elders actually come from the family and in the form of neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, financial abuse and exploitation, and emotional abuse, or abandonment.
Dudley added elder-abuse crimes are largely underreported because victims feel as if they “won’t” or “can’t” come forward, due to dependency issues or physical disabilities. Sheriff Bill Brown also spoke and said that for every case reported; roughly 25 egregious cases are reported each year in the county and another 23 are unreported.
Marion Schoneberger, longtime Santa Barbara health-care professional, told the crowd about a personal experience with a young, seemingly exceptional caregiver who turned out to be financially abusing her father by buying items like a couple of extra boxes of Cheerios while doing his shopping. These small purchases added up to $30,000 over the last two years of his life.
8 hours ago February 27, 2014
Tickets are available for the 10th annual Empty Bowls fundraiser Wednesday, March 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Dick DeWees Center, 1120 W. Ocean Ave.
The event will benefit the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County with funds raised staying in Lompoc to help local families.
For a donation of $25, attendees will get to select a uniquely hand crafted ceramic bowl, enjoy a simple meal of gourmet soup and bread, and bid on a host of items in a silent auction. At the end of the event guests take the bowl home as a reminder of the meal’s purpose: to feed the hungry in our community wholesome and hearty food and to raise awareness about hunger in the Lompoc region.
Tickets are available from committee members, at various community outlets, or online at www.foodbanksbc.org.
For more information about Empty Bowls, event sponsorship opportunities or generally about the Foodbank and its programs, call Judi Monte at 937-3422.
Posted by Michael Coronado on February 26, 2014 at 5:00 am
Community organizations and residents of Santa BarbaraCounty came together for a Homelessness Action Summit at Campbell Hall on Monday, with the event focusing on solutions to reduce homelessness in the county.
Social Venture Partners Santa Barbara and the Central Coast Collaborative on Homelessness presented the event, which discussed “housing first” programs that would essentially move homeless individuals from the street directly into their own apartments, bypassing the more common path that includes the use of shelters and rehabilitation. The summit also discussed the idea of creating support systems that would be established using collected data, which would hold transparent results showing which actions work and which do not.
Presenters at the event included Becky Kanis, director of the 100,000 Homes Campaign; Deputy Regional Director of Turning Point of Central California Jody Ketcheside; Anne Lansing, project planner for the Pasadena Housing Department and Philip Mangano, president and CEO of the American Roundtable to Abolish Homelessness. The Master of Ceremonies was Glenn Bacheller, leader of the Homelessness and Low-Income Housing Unit for Social Venture Partners Santa Barbara.
Audience members received iClickers upon entry and were polled by Bacheller at the start of the event on their knowledge of local homelessness rates. Bacheller shared that Santa BarbaraCounty has a ‘below-average’ rate of homelessness, but that the City of Santa Barbara actually holds ‘above-average’ rates of homelessness.
The event opened with Kanis, who spoke on her time as director of the 100,000 Homes Campaign — an organization that holds the support of 235 cities — which is aiming to house 100,000 long-term victims of homelessness by July 2014. The City of Santa Barbara has been a part of this initiative since 2011, and Kanis reported that 85,000 once chronically homeless people are now living in permanent housing.
Next to speak was Ketcheside, who has spent 14 years working to reduce homelessness in Fresno and said the key to making change happen is to persist.
“Don’t embrace any obstacle — there is always a way over it, under it or around it,” Ketcheside said.
Lansing followed Ketcheside and emphasized the success of focusing on a housing first program. According to Lansing, housing first programs save the lives of homeless individuals and are cheaper and more effective at meeting the needs of the chronically homeless than alternative solutions.
Mangano, who was the final speaker, discussed common misconceptions regarding homeless people and said most homeless people are living in the city they are originally from. However, as an issue of human suffering, homelessness is a matter that easily crosses political party lines, according to Mangano.
“There is no D or R next to our names here … just Americans partnered to end a national disgrace,” Mangano said.
Mangano also said that programs of permanent housing often result in successful outcomes, as an estimated 85 to 90 percent of people remaining in such housing. While homeless individuals can cost the public hundreds of thousands of dollars, moving homeless individuals into permanent housing reduces the cost of medical care by some 70 percent, according to Mangano.
Before the end of the summit, organizers held an informal talk between two members of the Central Coast Collaborative on Homelessness, answering questions they had for Ketcheside, Lansing and Kanis.
According to Ketcheside, obstacles regarding homelessness can be systematically assessed and overcome, if given the right approach.
“Identify the barriers and begin removing them one-by-one,” Ketcheside said. “List it and work at eliminating
A version of this story appeared on page 4 of Wednesday, February 26, 2014?s print edition of the Daily Nexus.