New Vice Chancellor Will Begin Tasks
The UCSB Search Advisory Committee has appointed Sandra Drabik to the position of vice chancellor of administrative services after conducting a national search. Drabik has been the vice president of administrative services at the University of Toledo in Ohio since 1999. She also served on former Ohio Governor George Voinovich’s cabinet for several years.
Drabik will take office in the middle of July.
“I am very excited to have been selected for this position at UC Santa Barbara and I look forward to the opportunities and challenges that a dynamic institution offers,” she said. “I’m eager to meet my new colleagues and begin working with the entire campus community.”
Members from the Search Advisory Committee chose Drabik because of her positions in government offices and her experience working with budgets.
Drabik’s duties in her new position include supervising approximately 760 employees in the administrative and auxiliary services division, managing departments responsible for campus safety and construction, and implementing policies.
Drabik will replace former Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services David Sheldon, who announced his retirement last fall.
Librarian Honored for Dedication
The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) awarded UCSB Librarian Sarah Pritchard with the Career Achievement in Women’s Studies Librarianship Award on June 18. Pritchard was chosen because of her advocacy for feminist issues and women’s studies.
“We are very proud of Sarah and pleased that her important work in this field has been recognized in such a major way,” Chancellor Henry Yang said.
Pritchard has worked at UCSB since 1999. Prior to that, Pritchard worked at the Library of Congress from 1977 to 1990. She has authored approximately 40 articles and reviews. At the American Library Association convention in June, Chair of the ACRL Marlene Manoff[described Pritchard as a valuable contributor to the field of women’s studies librarianship.
“Sarah Pritchard has been and continues to be a voice for women’s studies librarianship,” she said. “She is a forceful advocate for women’s studies librarianship and a articulate supporter of feminists’ concerns both within the ALA and beyond.”
UCSB Library to House Latino Art
The California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives (CEMA) will receive archives of Latino Art from the last 30 years from the El Centro Cultural de la Raza, which preserves Latino art and provides a space for cultural theater performances and dances.
The center started off as an abandoned building in Balboa Park but has since filled beyond capacity with arts and crafts and literature.
The new collection will include slides of murals and other art as well as videos. CEMA Director Sal Guerena said the donation has been discussed for 16 years.
“Acquiring and preserving the archives of this centro was extremely important to us,” he said. “The collection documents the incipience and evolution of the Chicano visual arts movement in Southern California, and it uniquely captures the dynamics of the U.S.-Mexico border culture in a way that nothing else does.”
Fields Forever Lives On
Barring a Gov. Davis line-item veto next week, Santa Barbara little leaguers will be $2 million closer to stopping their baseball diamonds from becoming tract homes.
On June 23, California State Senator Jack O’Connell slid a $2 million allocation for the development-threatened Girsh Park into the 2001-2002 State Budget. If passed by Davis on July 1, the allocation will help to purchase the $4 million baseball fields, which cover 13 acres behind the Camino Real Marketplace off Storke Road.
Girsh Park has been home to the Dos Pueblos Little League for over a year and went on sale for $6 million in the spring. Park owner Mark Linehan said he would sell the park at a $2 million discount to the Girsh Park Foundation if they raised half of the money by October 31.
“Fields Forever” – a community fundraising group created to save the park – has already secured over $1 million in funding from the Goleta Valley Land Trust and Santa Barbara County, and has been working with O’Connell and 35th district Assemblymember Hannah-Beth Jackson on an allocation of this type.
Body Found at Campus Point
The body of a 40-year-old male was found on the beach at UCSB Campus Point on June 21. The deceased, Timothy Robert Eneim, was a resident of Santa Barbara and diver for sea urchins.
A couple discovered Eneim’s body around 5:40 p.m. on June 21 and attempted CPR, but were unsuccessful. According the Sheriff’s Dept. report, Eneim had no obvious signs of trauma and his clothes were dry. An autopsy found that he died of natural causes due to a pre-existing heart condition.
Goleta Armed Robbery
On June 18, at 3:12 a.m., a male suspect with a gun stole an undisclosed amount of money from the Goleta Mobil Gas Station, located at 4801 Hollister Avenue.
The suspect approached a station attendant and pointed a black, semi-automatic handgun at the victim. After obtaining the cash, he fled on foot around the west side of the store.
Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Dept. deputies responded to a call from the attendant, but were unable to locate the suspect.
The victim described the suspect as a 20- to 25-year-old Hispanic male, approximately 5’11” and 120-125 pounds. According to the Sheriff’s Dept., the victim said the suspect covered his face with a handkerchief during the robbery, and was wearing a dark crewcut sweatshirt with a pink or white stripe on each sleeve, and baggy stone-washed jean shorts.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is requested to contact the Sheriff’s Dept. at 681-4100.
-Compiled by David Downs, Sarah Healy and Marisa Lagos