Tropicana Gardens Residence Hall for SBCC Students Announces its Residential Life Team for the 2015/2016 Academic Year

Isla Vista, CA, September 1, 2015 – Tropicana Gardens Residence Hall is proud to announce its Residence Life team for the 2015-2016 academic year.  After an intensive 5-week interview and training process, the top candidates were chosen to provide leadership and build community at Tropicana Gardens Residence Hall for SBCC students.

“Tropicana Gardens’ Residential Life Program is designed to ensure a successful transition from home to independent living for SBCC students. Many of our residents form life-long friendships with the people they meet at Tropicana, and the Resident Assistants (RAs) are essential for nurturing an environment conducive to creating those friendships,” said Dave Wilcox, Executive Director. “Our team works hard to build community and to support our residents’ personal quest for independence and academic success.”

 “Resident Assistants (RAs) are students who help the students living in our communities to get know each other,” explained Anna Rodgers, Director of Residence Life.  “Each year we interview more than 100 candidates for our resident assistant team. Resident Assistants serve as educators, peer counselors, policy enforcers and resource persons. The candidates we choose are leaders who can inspire our residents and are crucial for creating a tight-knit community.” 

Tropicana’s renowned Residence Life programming follows a wellness model that encompasses physical, spiritual, social, emotional, intellectual and environmental aspects. Resident Assistants sponsor over 300 community events designed to nurture, entertain, encourage, and integrate new students into their college “home.” 

New Tropicana Resident Assistants for the 2015-16 school year include Pierre Barban  from Paris, France; Abby Bolter from Sonora, CA; Jeff Carlson from Anaheim Hills, CA; Chris Chang from Traverse City, MI; Derek Chen from Oakland, CA; Chris Cook from Hollister, CA; Donovan Floyd from Greenwich, CT; Julia Hernandez from Salou, Spain; Brian Ogle from Sonora, CA; Blair Rogers from Sacramento, CA. Reign Ross-Elliot of Carson, CA; Lauren Saussy of Manhattan Beach, CA; Danitza Valenzuela of El Centro, CA; Maria Velez of Madera, CA; and Samuel Watkins of Fresno, CA.  Returning Tropicana Resident Assistants include Clarissa Fernandez from Riverside, CA; and Presley Maron  from Pasadena, CA. 

Yoli Gavaldon, from Garden Grove, CA and Jon Sokol, from Thousand Oaks, CA, will be the two new Residence Directors at Tropicana Gardens Residence Hall for SBCC students for the 2015/2016 academic year. Allan Ramirez from Los Angeles, CA will be Residence Director of Tropicana Del Norte Residence Hall. Tracy Pfister of Naperville, Illinois, will be returning as Programming Coordinator. Roger Rodarte of Jurupa, CA will be working as the Courtesy Patrol Coordinator.  Community Coordinators of Tropicana Villas Upperclassmen Apartments will be Morgan Ryan of Salt Lake City, UT and Marisa Allan of Spring Valley, CA. 

About Tropicana Gardens Residence Hall for Santa Barbara City College Students

Tropicana Gardens, home to more than 500 SBCC students each year is a residence hall designed for SBCC students.  Tropicana offers a college dorm life experience – just like at a 4-year residential college campus- in a lush tropical setting. 

With a focus on academics, Tropicana Gardens provides a quiet study lounge with 24-hour access for residents and hosts a tutoring program in conjunction with Santa Barbara City College. SBCC students are encouraged to join the SBCC Transfer Academy and take advantage of cross-enrollment opportunities at UCSB. 

Located next to UCSB with a direct door–to-door bus service to SBCC, Tropicana Gardens’ furnished suites include two or three bedrooms, a living room and bathrooms. Residents have a choice of single, double, triple and quad occupancy bedrooms—and Tropicana helps students find roommates with a roommate matching service. Resort-style amenities include an onsite dining hall with an unlimited meal plan, heated pool and fitness center and 24-hour quiet study lounge in a lush tropical setting.

For more information about 2015/2016 Academic year housing for SBCC students please call 805-968-4319 or lease online 24/7 at