City College faculty and students celebrate Aspen Institute award

Superintendent-President Dr. Lori Gaskin (right) and Dean Dr. Alice Scharper sing in 2013. Gaskin will be retiring at the end of the school year.

Justin Covington

Superintendent-President Dr. Lori Gaskin (right) and Dean Dr. Alice Perez sing in 2013. Gaskin will be retiring at the end of the school year.

Estrellita Uribe, Staff Writer

Faculty and students gathered on Tuesday, April 23, outside of the Student Services building to celebrate City College co-winning the 2013 Aspen Institute Prize for Community College Excellence.

“We have a common sense of purpose, and that is a culture of excellence,” said City College Superintendent-President Dr. Lori Gaskin. “We have a fervent belief in opportunities for all.”

After Gaskin’s words, City College Board of Trustees’ president Marty Blum joined the stage. The only student that delivered a speech was Edith Rodriguez, a City College electrical engineering major.

“To me, Santa Barbara City College is not just a place to pursue a great education, but a place where I can find support through my counselors, professors and my peers.” said Rodriguez. “A place where I can grow as a leader and has provided me many opportunities to have a successful educational experience.”

City College treated its guests at the celebration with commemorative lapel pins, smoothies and ice cream.

The school will receive $400,000 from the Aspen Institute for the top ranking.