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Carl Sundbeck


Annual Faculty Lecturer 2002-2003


Carl Sundbeck was born and raised in Upstate New York, graduating fromIrondequoit High School in 1972. His interest in outdoor activities had deep roots in his childhood. Athletics (baseball, football, lacrosse, and golf) were integrated with academics in an outstanding public school system. Scouting (Cub Scouts through Explorers) set the stage for a lifetime of travel, camping and adventure. Carl earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 1969.

Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, provided an ideal environment for Carl's undergraduate experience. He earned a bachelor's of science degree in 1976, majoring in Science Education. A student teaching experience at Ithaca Elementary school (third grade) started a broad base of educational experiences. He played varsity golf for three of four years.

The graduate school of education at the University of California, Santa Barbara, was the next stop on Carl's educational saga. He student taught math and physics at Santa Barbara High School, earning a master's degree in education (1977). Three years of full-time high school teaching insued at Laguna Blanca School and Dos Pueblos High School. Classes in all the physical sciences and mathematics built the framework for a career as a college professor.

A return to graduate education in 1980 resulted (eventually!) in a master's degree in geography, and full-time employment at Santa Barbara City College. He worked with Al Flink, SBCC Botany Professor, in 1989 in New Zealand on a semester abroad program. Carl returned to teach at UCSB in 1995, lecturing in geography. Carl's love for golf found a niche with SBCC's golf team; he has been the assistant golf coach for over twenty years. He was department chair for the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences for nine years; he acted as Science Division Chair for two years.

Some other eclectic facts about Karl. He:


  • Hitchhiked across the United States five times in the 1970s.

  • Has had three holes-in-one in golf. One was at Princeton in the Ivy League Golf Tournament.

  • Has co-sponsored SBCC's Bible Reading Club with Luis Ruiz for five years

  • Is a member of the congregation of St. Michael's and All Angels Episcopal Church.

  • Build a house in the Caribbean that was destroyed by hurricanes

  • Plans to retire as a "snow bird" to homes he recently purchased in Arizona and Oregon after one more decade of teaching.

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