CI Connection
December 2013

MBA, Dual Degree Students to Visit China

MBA students and faculty, Tiananmen Square, China 2012

CI's MBA and MS Biotechnology/MBA Dual Degree students, faculty, and friends are headed to China March 28-April 6. The trip offers students a unique opportunity to explore the world's second largest economy and get a "behind the scenes" look into Chinese enterprise. Lead by Dr. Priscilla Liang, the group will tour universities and businesses while allowing plenty of time for sightseeing.


The adventure begins in the capital city of Beijing with visits to universities, businesses, and cultural sites including the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and Tiananmen Square. Up next is the city of Xian, historically significant as the starting point of the Silk Road and home of the Terracotta Warriors, which today has become an important industrial and educational center with facilities for research and development, national security, and China's space exploration program. Next on the itinerary is the "Garden City" of Suzhoh, built in 514 BC and renowned for its canals, classical gardens, and lakes. Shanghai, a global financial center and the world's largest city by population, will conclude this 10-day international experience. There, students will tour Haas Automation Asia Company to see an example of economic partnership between China and a well-known U.S. firm.  All along the way, there will be ample opportunity for shopping excursions so that students can experience China's socialist market economy firsthand. In a country where price haggling is expected, business skills learned in the MBA program may help students bring home a prized souvenir.


Student presentations of their travel experiences will be held at the Thousand Oaks campus in mid-April following the trip. An announcement of this event will be made in March.  


Fall 2014 Application Period Opens February 1

Important Notices for CI Students at Santa Barbara City College

University Writing Center 

Online tutoring is now available for CI undergraduate students at SBCC. Peer tutors assist students with academic projects, helping them to understand and brainstorm, organize their essays, develop and document their ideas, and learn to polish and edit their own papers. The Center is a learning resource, not an editing service. Students are also welcome to submit other types of written work, such as résumés and letters of application.

Contact Kathleen Klompien, Writing Center Director, to schedule an appointment.

CI's Graduate Writing Studio

offers writing support to graduate students. Contact the Studio here.


Classroom changes 

Due to building maintenance at SBCC, rooms are changed for December 20 - 21.


SBCC Luria Library

closes at 4:00 pm on December 13 and will re-open January 27.


Santa Barbara Public Library is a good alternative study location for individuals and groups.


Events in December

Information Sessions

MBA at Thousand Oaks

Thousand Oaks campus 

Wednesday, December 11, 6:00-7:00 pm


MS Biotechnology

Thousand Oaks campus

Thursday, December 5, 6:30-7:30 pm


MS Biotechnology / MBA Dual Degree

Thousand Oaks campus

Thursday, December 5, 6:30-7:30 pm


John Spoor Broom Library

Channel Islands Main campus

Extended Hours

December 3 - 5, 8:00am-12:00pm

December 6 - 12, Open 24 hours


Winter Hours Begin December 17

9:00am - 5:00pm M-F


B&TP Annual Meeting 

CI's Business & Technology Partnership (B&TP) invites the public and campus to its annual meeting Dec. 13 at 6:15 p.m. at the Martin V. Smith Center for Integrative Decision Making on the CI campus. The annual meeting serves as a way to network with alumni, students and their mentors, exchange information amongst current and prospective B&TP members.

RSVP by Dec. 9

Alumni Mentorship and Networking Night

This unique event matches alumni and students with a local professional in their fields. Mentors and mentees will meet individually to share their experiences and advice, enhance networking skills and learn about leadership.

Grand Salon, CSU Channel Islands 

Friday, December 13, 5:30-8:30 PM



Financial Aid Advising


Wednesday, December 4, 9:30am-4:30pm

Thousand Oaks

Monday, December 9, 4:30pm-5:30pm

SBCC Press Box

Tuesday, December 10, 9:30am-4:30pm


December Biotech Law Seminar

Gene Patent Update: What's left of human DNA patents after the Supreme Court's June 13 decision?

Thursday, December 5, 7:30-9:00 a.m.

Ventura BioCenter-1176 Tourmaline Dr, Thousand Oaks



Winter Closure

All CI campuses will be closed

December 25, 2013 - January 1, 2014.

Coming in January
Information Session

MBA at Thousand Oaks

Thousand Oaks campus 

Thursday, January 16, 6:00-7:00 pm



 Happy New Year from Extended University!


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