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January 1, 2016
Top 10 Events of 2015
10... Beach Volleyball Tournament
Tropicana students enjoyed their Friday morning playing a beach volleyball tournament at the UCSB sand courts. They played several games against the other teams and ended the morning by splitting into two teams and playing each other. Prizes were handed out to the winning team as well as the losing team!
9... Cloud 10
Happy residents had a hoppin' good time at Cloud10 in Goleta. Dodgeball, flips, and other feats were all part of the fun! 
8... Pumpkin Carving
Halloween fanatics showed their artistic side by carving pumpkins and celebrating Halloween! Some were seasoned pumpkin carving professionals, but for many it was their first time participating in this holiday tradition! 
7... UCSB vs Cal Poly Pep Rally
Sports fans and Gaucho supporters got together before going to the Central Coast's heated rivalry game; UCSB vs Cal Poly. Thank you to everyone who came to show their pride and support for the UCSB soccer athletes!
6... Hypnotist
New students were able to enjoy a night of hypnotism in the Tropicana Gardens café. Throughout the show there was a whirlwind of laughter, and a bonding experience that was unforgettable.
5... Friendsgiving
Friends gathered for a Thanksgiving dinner to celebrate their friendship. It was a night full of laughs, photos and delicious food.
4... Disneyland
The Happiest Program of the Year! Adventure seekers spent the day exploring Disneyland and California Adventure!
3... Holiday Serve Dinner
Tropicana Gardens residents were treated to a holiday themed dinner and were served by RAs and other Tropicana Staff Members!
2... Tropicana Carnival
"Even though you're growing up, you should never stop having fun." - Nina Dobrev.  Inflatable blow up attractions were posted in every quad for the entire afternoon. Everyone had a lot of fun riding the giant slip and slide and challenging each other at the basketball shooting stand.
1... Quad Wars
In one of the biggest events of the year, Trop residents from all communities faced off against rival Quads. Battling for glory and the coveted Quad Wars trophy, residents rallied together to prove themselves in different competitions. The pool joust, tug of war, dodge ball, and "minute to win it" competitions challenged Quads to work together. St. Croix and Barbados Quadfrom Tropicana Gardens won this time, but they better watch out! They'll have to defend their title during Quad Wars, Round 2, coming in Spring 2016!

There's plenty more planned for 2016! We're all looking forward to a fun and successful Winter and Spring Quarter, and we're excited that you'll be a part of it! Thank you for helping make Fall 2015 vibrant, fun, and memorable.
Happy New Year!
Cross Enrollment at UCSB
Sign up for Cross Enrollment at UCSB through SBCC and return to Tropicana early!
Cross Enrollment allows SBCC students to attend UCSB and pay the same per unit as they would at SBCC. Cross Enrollment classes are unique in that they can be applied towards the initial 60 units needed to transfer to a university OR they can be applied to the units earned at a 4 year university. This means that you can earn UC credit for $46 a unit, and it can be applied towards transferring or completing your degree at the UC in less time. 
To be eligible for Cross Enrollment, you must meet the following requirements:
* Be a California resident (not a California resident? See below for more information about Open University opportunities at UCSB).
* Have completed at least one term at SBCC
* Be enrolled and complete at least 6 SBCC units during the term of cross-enrollment (student must maintain at least 6 units during the entire semester at SBCC)
* Have a minimum 2.0 SBCC G.P.A.
* Be an undergraduate
* Have all current SBCC fees paid
* Speak with a Transfer Academy counselor for admittance to Cross Enrollment

If you are attending SBCC, local or from out of state, you can take UCSB classes through Extension. UCSB offers the Open University Program (formerly known as the Open Enrollment Program), which allows all types of students to take classes at the UC and earn transferable units, without being formally admitted to UCSB. 

You are encouraged to join SBCC's Transfer Academy and meet with the counselors in the Transfer Center on a regular basis. Together, you and your counselor can make plans for complete your transfer goals in 2 years. You can also begin working towards completing requirements towards your TAG (Transfer Agreement Guarantee). A TAG is a contractual agreement between you, SBCC, and a four-year college or university. Students who meet and maintain stated admission and major requirements are guaranteed admission to a specific four-year college or university, such as UCSB.

To find out more information about Cross Enrollment or transferring reply to this email, or contact the following email address:

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Return Early from Winter Break!
One of the best things about Cross Enrollment for Trop Residents is that they are allowed to return early from the Winter Break holiday to participate! Students who will be attending Cross Enrollment will be able to return on January 3rd at 1:00 PM to begin class at UCSB. That's almost 3 weeks early! This also allows students to focus solely on their UCSB class for 3 weeks to become acclimated to the fast pace of the Quarter system. Residents will also have their Unlimited Meal Plan reactivated as soon as they return, and will be able to eat at our sister property, Tropicana Del Norte.

Take advantage of this fantastic opportunity and start making your dreams of transferring a reality! 
Apply to Become an RA!
2016 RA Selection Process Begins in February
Tropicana will be seeking upbeat, reliable, and upstanding individuals to fill the Resident Assistant (RA) positions for the 2016 - 2017 academic year. RAs get to know their residents, build community, plan events, and be a part of a great team that provides peer guidance here at our building by supporting academic pursuits and positive social interaction. RAs receive remuneration in the form of room and board during the term of employment, and it is a great position to add to a resumé!

Sign up at the Front Desk for one of the two mandatory weekly workshops.

Workshop Red meets on Tuesdays, 6:00 - 8:00 PM on February 4, 11, 18, and 25.

Workshop Blue meets on Wednesdays, 6:00 - 8:00 PM on February 5, 12, 19, and 26.

Final interviews take place Thursday, March 3 from 5:00 - 10:00 PM. For more information, contact Anna Rogers, Director of Residence Life at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Tropicana Gardens Café Closed December 12th - January 17th
Unlimited Meal Access Available at
Tropicana Del Norte Café for UCSB students and Cross Enrollment students
In order to staff effectively and maintain a quality dining experience for our residents, Bon Appetit Management Company has decided to consolidate its efforts and keep the Tropicana Gardens cafe closed December 12th - January 17th. All UCSB Gardens residents will have access to Tropicana Del Norte Cafe for their unlimited dining use.

Tropicana Del Norte, located one block away at 6525 El Colegio Road, features the same management team, chefs, and menu as Tropicana Gardens, but in addition features the Made to Order grill available from 11 AM until closing everyday. Residents of Tropicana Gardens and Tropicana Del Norte have unlimited access to both cafes whenever they are open. If you haven't checked out the Del Norte Cafe yet, feel free to come by and acquaint yourself with the facility. With it's convenient location along side UCSB's main campus, you may find it just as convenient as the Gardens cafe when you're grabbing breakfast on your way to school, or coming back from campus for lunch or dinner!
Space Available
Know a Friend Who Needs a Place to Live?
TG Space AvailableTropicana has male and female spaces available for UCSB's Winter and Spring Quarters, as well as SBCC's Spring Semester. Space available on a first-come, first-served basis. Bring your friend for a tour or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information!
Don't Hassle with Parking
Spaces Available for You!
Dread parallel parking on the street when you get back from school? Treat yourself to a parking spot for a reduced price for the remainder of the year!

Please complete the Parking Application form and sign the Parking Regulations form and return both to the Front Desk, or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Introducing... Tropicana Villas
Picture Yourself at Tropicana Villas Next Year!
Tropicana Villas, situated three blocks from UCSB, five blocks from the beach, and one block from the direct bus route to SBCC, caters specifically to continuing UCSB and SBCC students. Tropicana Villas provides independent apartment living while offering perks such as by-the-bed leasing (which alleviates individuals from being responsible for other tenants), 10 & 12 month leases and discounted rates at the Tropicana café, located one block away at Tropicana Gardens Residence Hall. Tropicana Villas apartments are fully furnished and the student community offers amenities such as a heated pool, on-site laundry, parking for sale, as well as access to all amenities at sister properties, Tropicana Gardens and Tropicana Del Norte, which includes 24-hour quiet study lounges, Cardio Room, Fitness Center, 27-seat movie theater, massage chairs and bed, and tanning booth.

Competition for IV apartment space can be fierce so it pays to plan ahead and get the apartment you want. Sign now through your MyTropAccount and save your spot for the 2016-2017 school year!
Flu Season
Tips to Keep Trop Healthy
1. Consider getting your flu shot: these are offered at local pharmacies like CVS and at Student Health on UCSB Campus, or at Student Health on SBCC Campus.

2. Remember singing the ABC song twice while washing your hands in kindergarten? Now is the time to start singing again.

3. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water (especially before you eat). Carry a bottle of hand sanitizer with you.

4. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue if you cough or sneeze. If you don't have a tissue, sneeze into your elbow. Be conscious about not touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Don't take a sip out of someone's cup.

5. Keep a household disinfectant like Lysol or Clorox wipes on hand and use them to clean your doorknobs, remote controls, phones, keyboards etc.

6. Don't cuddle up to your BFF if they are ill! Symptoms of the flu include fever, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, chill and fatigue. Keep your distance and show your love by running errands for them.

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