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February 2015 - Scott Lorbeer

Congratulations to Scott Lorbeer for being named Santa Rosa Junior College’s (SRJC) Employee of the Month for February 2015. Scott currently works at SRJC’s Petaluma Campus as the Science Lab Coordinator, and is responsible for coordinating the daily laboratory activities for science departments and programs including life sciences, chemistry, and earth & space sciences. His duties also include: managing budgets and purchasing supplies, maintaining and repairing lab equipment, developing lab lessons, and taking care of a variety of animals.

In March 2008, Scott was hired at SRJC as a Research Analyst in the Office of Institutional Research. In July 2009, he obtained his current position as the Science Lab Coordinator for the SRJC Petaluma Campus. Overall, Scott has contributed nearly seven years of service to the College.

On behalf of the Petaluma Campus administrative team, Dr. Jane Saldaña-Talley, Vice President, Petaluma Campus, explains, “In the time since he joined our campus, Scott’s gone well above and beyond in service to the College and campus community. I find him to be professional, respectful, authentic, and to demonstrate a high level of initiative and self-motivation. We are most fortunate to have him on our Petaluma campus team!”

Scott admits his greatest challenge in both his current and previous positions at SRJC has simply been learning the ropes during the first few months. When asked what he enjoys most in his current role, Scott responded, “I like working with people on the many creative things that are going on around here. The efforts come together in outstanding educational opportunities in an exceptional learning environment.”

“While Scott is an outstanding science lab employee, his college service is extraordinary and stems from his personal and heartfelt passions. He’s provided leadership in support of two major college initiatives: Disaster/Emergency Preparedness and Student Success,” said Dr. Saldaña-Talley. “He’s been instrumental in the development of building emergency plans here in Petaluma, with a particular focus on science lab safety.”

In addition to his duties as coordinator, Scott is also as an active member of SRJC Petaluma’s Building and Area Safety Coordinator (BSC) team, has served on the District Safety and Health committee since 2008, and has been a co-chair of the Petaluma Classified Leadership Team since 2011.

Prior to working at SRJC, Scott taught at many diverse age ranges from elementary to university level. At Montana State University, Scott spent his summers conducting field research in agriculture and environmental science and his winters doing technical writing. He also ran a private practice where he helped students with specific learning goals or with disabilities.

Born and raised in Livermore, California, Scott graduated from Granada High School. Few people know that Scott is, in fact, Dr. Scott Lorbeer. He received his BA in Biology from Chico; MS in Soil Science and Doctorate of Education in Adult & Higher Education from Montana State University.

Aside from work, Scott enjoys being a part of a sponsoring family that hosts an international SRJC student from India, working out with the Santa Rosa Table Tennis Club, raising koi and catfish, being an award-winning beekeeper, reading, and spending time with nature.

When told of his selection as Employee of the Month, Scott was grateful to those that nominated him and said, “It is an honor to be chosen as employee of the month. I’m glad my contribution has made a difference.”

Scott will be celebrating this recognition with Christina—his wife of 25 years—and their daughter Angelica, a current SRJC student.

Page last revised on: March 6, 2015


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