Board Meeting Highlights

South Orange County Community College District

October 22, 2007



The Board approved a resolution in recognition of Board President David B. Lang and Julia Gelfand Lang who are being honored with the 2007 Samuel Gendel Community Service Award for their devotion to human rights issues, Jewish causes and commitment to public service. It will be presented next month during an Orange County Chapter of the American Jewish Committee dinner in their honor.


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  • Board President David B. Lang congratulated Provost Robert J. Kopecky and the ATEP staff for a terrific dedication ceremony and in opening the campus this fall. He commended Vice President Donald P. Wagner on performing master of ceremonies duties. He is looking forward to the dedication of the IVC Performing Arts Center. He extended his good wishes to all those who are feeling the effects of the recent fires which caused the closure of all three campuses due to health concerns for students and staff.


  • Vice President Donald P. Wagner congratulated Provost Kopecky and the ATEP staff for a wonderful dedication. He participated in the IVC Foundation golf tournament and invited the public to participate next year. He is also looking forward to the IVC Performing Arts Center dedication on October 30.


  • Clerk of the Board Thomas A. Fuentes requested that the meeting be adjourned in memory of former SC employee Mardi Spalding. He extended congratulations to Provost Kopecky and those who shared in the ATEP dedication. He expressed his concern for constituents who are suffering from the local fires. He gave a report from the Orange County Community Colleges Legislative Task Force. A letter was submitted to the Governor in support of bills to reduce college textbook costs. With the changing real estate market and a possible decline in property taxes, the Task Force will be placing a speaker from the County tax collector's office on the agenda.


  • Trustee William O. Jay was pleased with the ATEP dedication and mentioned that it was a beautifully-run, organized event. ATEP is an important part of the district and he wished staff the very best in their efforts with our third campus.


  • Trustee Marcia Milchiker extended her thoughts and prayers to all those who are dealing with the effects of fires and thanked the fire fighters who do such an incredible job. She attended many college events and highlighted the SC production of Little Shop of Horrors and the SC Persian Festival.


  • Trustee Nancy M. Padberg attended the ATEP dedication and shared how exciting it was to see the third campus get off the ground. She attended many college functions this month. The San Clemente Men's Golf Club recently held a tournament in which SC students did a superb job as volunteers. The club is now endowing scholarships through the SC Foundation.


  • Trustee John S. Williams attended the ATEP dedication and congratulated Provost Kopecky for a wonderful and well attended event. It reminded him of attending Saddleback College 38 years ago when it was first opening. It will be fun to watch ATEP grow.


  • Student Trustee Matthew T. Reynard attended the exciting ATEP dedication ceremony and events at the colleges.


  • Chancellor Raghu P. Mathur thanked all the trustees who were able to attend the ATEP dedication. Senator Dick Ackerman was the keynote speaker and attendees included Assemblywoman Mimi Walters, OC County Supervisor Bill Campbell, and Tustin Mayor Lou Bone. He thanked the trustees for continuing with the board meeting, even though all three campuses were closed due to the poor air quality from the fires. He has been in touch with the mayors of Irvine and Mission Viejo and offered the colleges as potential evacuation sites. He has held four Q&A sessions at SC and IVC to keep all employees informed of happenings within the district. He closed with a quote from George Bernard Shaw: “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”


  • SC President Richard D. McCullough 's written report included mention of: Emeritus Institute's “Fine and Decorative Arts Show” being held at the SC Library through 11/30; 17th Annual Red Ribbon Criminal Justice and Substance Abuse Career Fair has about 60 agencies participating; Fall Plant Sale is scheduled for 11/15-16; for the third year in a row, KSBR was honored with a Radio and Record Industry Achievement Award; and the ASG blood drive exceeded their quota by collecting over 70 units of blood.


  • IVC President Glenn R. Roquemore 's written report included mention of: the 12th annual golf tournament sponsored by AT&T raised over $42,000; Grainger awarded two $1,000 scholarships to IVC students studying electronic technology; free public seminar “How to Protect You and Your Computer from Attacks'” highlighted a new two unit online class, CIM 270.1; Anthony J. Sully Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Rosaura Donobarros; and the upcoming Performing Arts Center debuts on 11/30.


  • ATEP Provost Robert J. Kopecky 's written report included mention of: negotiations and progress continue with potential partners; Spring 08 schedule of 52 courses is finalized and at the printer for inclusion in the SC and IVC schedules mailed to homes throughout the District; and Time Warner TV filmed a segment featuring students in the design model making and prototyping and optics and photonics labs.




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  • all consent calendar items, academic personnel actions, and classified personnel actions. If you wish to know specifics, please contact the Office of the President or Deputy Chancellor.

  • a resolution declaring an intention to enter into energy service agreements for SC energy conservation measures and setting a public hearing on the agreements for November 13, 2007. Upcoming energy conservation measures could include adding an absorption chiller to supplement cogeneration facilities and improving heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment.


The Board meeting will be broadcast on Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27 at 7pm, on Saddleback College Channel 39 and Irvine Valley College Channel 33. SC TV39 has an additional broadcast on Sunday, October 28 at 7pm. The Board meeting will also be available for viewing online on Wednesday, October 24.  

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, Matthew T. Reynard, Student Trustee

Raghu P. Mathur, Ed.D., Chancellor

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