Board Meeting Highlights

South Orange County Community College District

January 20, 2009




Arnold Bray, the district's Sacramento-based consultant, provided an update of the state budget situation. While the legislature is trying to work with the Governor to solve the $42 billion deficit, there is a proposal under consideration that threatens basic aid for community colleges. Hopefully it will go away, but he emphasized that we need to be prepared and aware of the threat.


South Orange County Community College District



  • President Donald P. Wagner expressed his condolences to the family of Dr. Howard Adams and announced that the meeting would be adjourned in his memory. He attended the Chancellor's Opening Session to welcome back faculty and staff to a new year, and thanked everyone for a great program. He attended the first Presidents' Cup basketball match between SC and IVC which was well attended. He's looking forward to the rematch.


  • Vice President John S. Williams complimented the program of the Chancellor's Opening Session and said that he enjoyed learning about the differences and characteristics of Gen X, Y and baby boomers.


  • Clerk of the Board Thomas A. Fuentes gave a report on the Orange County Legislative Task Force (OCLTF). A letter is being sent to the Orange County delegation in Sacramento asking them to pass the budget immediately so that we can have the certainty of a budget, in these uncertain times. On the whole, OC community colleges are facing severe budget cuts and the halting of construction projects, amidst skyrocketing enrollments. On February 27 a student rally with the theme “We are the Key to Recovery” will be held at Pasadena City College. Another rally of K-12, community colleges, UCI and CSU Fullerton is being planned for this spring at a stadium in Orange County. He thanked everyone who planned and attended the Chancellor's Opening Session which featured an outstanding keynote speaker and musical entertainment.


  • Trustee William O. Jay shared his sadness at the passing of Dr. Adams who dedicated his career to Saddleback College and held the highest academic standards. He was disappointed that the faculty master contract was withdrawn but looks forward to it coming back before the board.


  • Trustee David B. Lang acknowledged the inauguration of President Barack Obama and wished him success. He said that our district has important decisions ahead in regards to the faculty contract. He emphasized that the board supports and respects faculty, yet it also represents the citizens. Any additional monies beyond COLA are a concern to many on the board. We want to continue to leave a positive financial legacy.


  • Trustee Marcia Milchiker attended many in-service sessions including those facilitated by: Kurt Meyer, Jodi Titus, Jeanne Egasse, Gwen Plano, Elizabeth Cipres, Bob Bramucci and Jim Gaston. She enjoyed the presentations by Dr. Pamela Cox-Otto about the various generations attending our colleges and is looking forward to attending the Community College League of California Legislative Conference in Sacramento this month. She was recently appointed to serve on a state committee of trustees.


  • Trustee Nancy M. Padberg was saddened by passing of Howard Adams whom she has known for 25 years. He will be missed. She attended the Presidents' Cup basketball game, which SC won, and called attention to the re-match scheduled for February 11 when the actual cup will be awarded.


  • Chancellor Raghu P. Mathur gave Student Trustee Hannah Lee's report. She wanted to remind everyone of the upcoming Presidents' Cup basketball game on February 11 at IVC starting at 5:30pm. Enrollment numbers for the spring semester are up significantly from this time last year. SC headcount is up 6.3%, FTES (full time equivalent students) is up 8.8%. IVC headcount is up 11.7% and FTES is up 15.4%. ATEP has its highest headcount yet with almost 1,000 students! District wide headcount is up 7.8% over last year and FTES is up 11%. He expressed appreciation for the hard work of all faculty and staff. Economic conditions are difficult and we need to be prudent to maintain the fiscal health of our district now and in the future.


  • SC President Tod Burnett 's written report included mention of: in-service week activities; Gaucho men's basketball team won all 10 of its December games; Emeritus Institute's Spring Distinguished Guest Lecture Series in which Dr. Burnett was the opening speaker; enrollment is up with notable growth in online classes in the Social & Behavioral Sciences Division as well as a 17% growth in Math, Science & Engineering Division classes; interior design students are advising the AGB building renovation; and the OC Board of Realtors pledged $25,000 toward the Veterans Memorial campaign.


  • IVC President Glenn Roquemore 's written report included mention of: more than 250 participated in the Adopt-A-Family celebration to help needy students and their families; composition student Joshua Mills won first prize in the 2008 Music Assn. of CA Community College Competition Contest; 22 nd Annual Astounding Inventions is scheduled for Saturday, January 31; internationally-renowned author Ray Bradbury will address the college community on January 28 at 7pm in the Performing Arts Center; and Slawomir Dobrzanski is the featured guest artist in a recital scheduled for January 31 st at 8pm.


  • ATEP Provost Randy Peebles' written report included mention of: review of structures for demolition; development of windscreen fencing, banners and portal entry signage; update on the Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) program; meeting with Concordia University to discuss partnering on a nursing simulation lab; progress on the Academic Foundations Institute for summer semester 2009; and a marketing and outreach update.




South Orange County Community College District
  • all consent calendar items, academic personnel actions, and classified personnel actions except for: items 6.11 (nomination to California Community College Trustees Board of Directors) and 6.17 (trustee compensation) were tabled, and item 6.18 (SOCCCD Faculty Association Academic Employee Master Agreement) which was pulled. If you wish to know specifics, please contact the Office of the President or Deputy Chancellor.


  • 2008-09 SC Associated Student Government Budget of $1,102,202.


  • grant of easement to AT&T to construct a concrete retaining wall between SC property and City of Mission Viejo property for equipment cabinets to serve Promenade Apartments.


  • agreement with Construction Protective Services, Inc. for $114,000 to provide security services to ATEP through June 30, 2009.


  • agreement with Alvarez and Marsal Real Estate Advisory Services, LLC for services to assist in lease structuring and negotiations for the ATEP project.


  • agreement with The Natelson Dale Group, Inc. to provide specialized services on baseline development data.


  • agreement with Environ International Corporation to provide specialized services to evaluate and mange environmental issues associated with the ATEP project.


  • agreement with RGP Planning & Development Services to continue to provide entitlement support and CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) compliance services for the ATEP project.


  • for 2009-10, non-resident tuition fee of $190 per semester unit, a capital outlay fee of $25 per semester unit, and an application fee of $54.


  • 2009-10 sabbaticals for 17 faculty members at SC and IVC.

The Board meeting will be broadcast on Friday, January 23 and Saturday, January 24 at 7pm, on Saddleback College Channel 39 and Irvine Valley College Channel 33.  SC TV39 has an additional broadcast on Sunday, January 25 at 7pm. The meeting will be available for viewing online later in the week.

South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees

Thomas A. Fuentes, William O. Jay, David B. Lang, Marcia Milchiker, Nancy M. Padberg,

Donald P. Wagner, John S. Williams, Hannah H.E. Lee, Student Trustee

Raghu P. Mathur, Ed.D., Chancellor

Board Meeting Update Prepared by:
Tracy Daly, District Director
Public Affairs and Intergovernmental Relations