Board Meeting Highlights

South Orange County Community College District

January 23, 2012


Irvine Valley College: A Military Friendly School

President Glenn Roquemore and the board recognized Irvine Valley College for their recent designation as a Military Friendly School, one of a prestigious list of 1,000 colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide. Students, faculty and staff from IVC's Veterans Center were present to accept the resolution. They thanked IVC and the board for their commitment to veterans.

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Saddleback College: 2011 President's Award for Leadership and Innovation

President Tod Burnett and the board of trustees honored the winners of the 2011 Saddleback President's Award for Leadership and Innovation: full-time faculty recipient Claire Cesareo-Silva, former part-time faculty recipient Joe Tinervia, classified staff recipient Janet Jacob, administrator recipient Dr. Don Busché, and management recipient Jennie McCue.


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THE BOARD APPROVED............................................................





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  • all consent calendar items and academic and classified personnel actions. For additional information, please contact the Office of the Chancellor, College President or Vice Chancellor of Human Resources.
  • reaffirmation of the two college campus service areas within SOCCCD and establishing a separate ATEP service area for both Saddleback College and lrvine Valley College to share in approximately equal proportions with complementary, non-competitive Career Technology Education programs and related services for the district at large.
  • a resolution and concept plan for ATEP site assignments for college building locations that will assign approximately equal land sites for each college's building, including infrastructure, and parking; support that future ATEP site development will be allocated in approximately equal proportions to each college for educational use and for potential ground leases or space leases with educational, business, and commercial partners; and contingent on available funding, move forward with the planning and design for the next two ATEP buildings (one for each college) with ground leases and space leases managed by district services.
  • faculty sabbatical leaves for the 2012-2013 academic year.
  • a change order with the contractor of the lrvine Valley College Life Sciences project resulting in an increase of $13,964 in total project costs, for a revised contract amount of $11,381,826.
  • change orders with the contractor of the Saddleback College James B. Utt Learning Resource Center Renovation resulting in an increase of $102,152 in total project costs, for a revised contract total of $13,086,419.
  • award of remediation and demolition contracts at ATEP to U.S. Demolition, Inc. in the amount of $34,000 for Building 26 and lnterior Demolition, Inc. in the amount of $88,000 for Building 524.
  • Saddleback College Fashion 289 Special Topics course June 25-30, 2012 to include out-of-state travel to New York.
  • 2012-2013 nonresident tuition fee of $179 per semester unit based on statewide average costs.
  • Palo Alto firewalls using the CMAS reseller Accuvant at a cost not to exceed $84,000.
  • contract addendum with auditors Macias, Gini, & O'Connell LLP in the amount of $2,320 for additional special certification work required by the State Chancellor's Office.



  • Trustee Jay commented on how happy he was to be back and thanked the many people who sent their well wishes. Trustee Meldau attended the redistricting meeting where the county approved the board's proposal and said he is also looking forward to attending the SC Foundation board meeting, President's Cup basketball game, Freedom Foundation Award ceremony at SC on Feb. 11 and Astounding Inventions at IVC. He proudly introduced his daughter, Anna, who was in the audience. Trustee Milchiker attended the budget workshop at SC and encouraged everyone to watch the videos of these workshops. She praised Vice Chancellor Debra Fitzsimons, SC Fiscal Director Carol Hilton, and IVC Fiscal Director Davit Khachatryan for leading the effort and explaining the budget process in such a clear way. Trustee Prendergast enjoyed attending a December holiday event and the recent intersession BBQ at IVC as well as the first game of the President's Cup and is looking forward to attending Astounding Inventions this Saturday. Trustee Padberg encouraged everyone to attend the President's Cup finale on Feb. 3 at SC which is also a fundraiser for employee Audra DiPadova's son, Max, who is fighting cancer. She also shared a recognition plaque that was presented by the SC's Academic Senate to SOCCCD administrators and staff for their vital contributions to the 2011 Accreditation report. She attended the redistricting meeting with the county and commented that she was pleased with the outcome. Trustee Lang wished everyone a happy new year and addressed the recent articles and emphasis on the student success mandates, adding that the board will need to spend more time understanding the impending changes. He reiterated the board's support and commitment to several core constituencies in our community, namely the Emeritus Institute and Community Education, and said he is looking forward to further discussions on this. Student Trustee Larson said he just bought his first textbook at $180 after attending SC for eight semesters where he has been able to rent his books. He called on the board to support a textbook rental program through the library to assist students with such impactful expenses.
  • Chancellor Poertner provided further detail on the redistricting process. With county approval of the district's proposal, the final steps are recording the realignment of trustee area boundaries with the Registrar of Voters and the county surveyor. He also spoke about the Student Success Task Force recommendations that were approved by the Board of Governors and now move to the Legislature. There will be likely be serious changes in the way community colleges operate, he said, especially when it comes to prioritizing. SOCCCD is committed to supporting the direction of the Board of Governors.


  • Saddleback College - President Tod Burnett's report included: Dr. Burnett welcomed faculty, staff, administrators, and managers to in-service week with a faculty breakfast, associate faculty dinner, and classified staff luncheon. Sessions were presented on faculty and administrator hiring, student success, accreditation, facilities, and budget; SC will host a Human Trafficking Awareness event on Jan. 31; the Financial Assistance Office disbursed $2.2 million dollars in Pell Grants to 2,050 students during the first week of spring semester; Special Services implemented two projects using Basic Skills Grant Awards to identify students with disabilities in Basic Skills classes who are at high risk and to provide "It's Just Math" workshops for students with math anxiety to provide them with strategies for success.
  • Irvine Valley College - President Glenn Roquemore's report included: Faculty Professional Development Week was held Jan. 3-6 and included Dr. Roquemore's breakfast and update on campus activities, accomplishments, shared governance groups, budget, construction, accreditation, and student success; Black History Month celebration begins Feb. 15; 25th Annual Astounding Inventions to be held Jan. 28 to promote interest in science, technology, engineering and math; School of Business Sciences awarded 85 certificates of Proficiency, recognized 30 students who completed AA or AS requirements, and awarded 19 Certificates of Achievement in Business. The IVC Foundation 2011-2012 PRO IVC campaign raised $351,150 to support programs and scholarships; first cohorts of students received certificates in Recycling and Zero Waste.
  • ATEP - Associate Vice Chancellor Randy Peebles report included: ten acre land exchange with County of Orange nearing approval; two contractors will begin the third phase of demolition at the ATEP site which includes the former base chapel and helicopter hangar. Plans are being developed for "in-ground" demolition to remove remaining foundations, basements, roadways and sidewalks. All demolition should be completed by the end of the year. The colleges are beginning architectural programming for the next buildings at ATEP. The District's consultants are re-launching efforts to capture Federal Department of the Treasury funding for engineering and construction.
VIEWING ONLINE/TV...............................................................

The board meeting will be available for viewing online later in the week at Television broadcasts are scheduled for 7 pm on Friday, Jan. 27 and Saturday, Jan. 28, on Saddleback College Channel 39 and Irvine Valley College Channel 33.  SC TV39 has an additional broadcast on Sunday, Jan. 29 at 7 pm.

South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees

Thomas A. Fuentes, William O. Jay, David B. Lang, Frank M. Meldau, Marcia Milchiker,
Nancy M. Padberg, T.J. Prendergast III; Jordan Larson, Student Trustee

Gary L. Poertner, Chancellor


Board Meeting Highlights Prepared by:
Tere Fluegeman, District Director of Public Affairs