Board Meeting Highlights

South Orange County Community College District

October 29, 2008




The Board recognized Professors of the Year for 2007-08.



Janine O’Buchon, Full-time Professor of the Year, and Mildred Landecker, Part-time Professor of the Year. 



John Licitra, Full-time Professor of the Year (pictured); Jennifer Bailly, Part-time Professor of the Year; and Pam Schader, Emeritus Professor of the Year.




Staff from Saddleback College, Irvine Valley College and ATEP gave a presentation on Strategies for Enrollment Management. Click here to see a copy of the presentation.




The board received reports on a strategic plan for reducing textbook costs for students and 50% law compliance. 



South Orange County Community College District

Chancellor Raghu Mathur, Trustee John S. Williams and Saddleback
President Tod Burnett with Professors of the Year, Mildred Landecker and Janine O'Buchon.

South Orange County Community College District

Chancellor Raghu Mathur, Trustee John S. Williams and IVC President Glenn Roquemore with Professor of the Year, John Licitra.



  • Trustee William O. Jay encouraged everyone interested in finding out more about the elections to attend the candidates’ forum and debate in the SC quad. 


  • Trustee Nancy M. Padberg attended many events during the past month and complimented Professor Bob Cosgrove on his comments about transparency. 


  • Clerk of the Board Thomas A. Fuentes commended Chancellor Mathur on his leadership of the Orange County Community Colleges Legislative Task Force, and in particular his initiating ethics training for trustees and administrators of all four OC districts.  He called attention to the SC community education program which is offering a visit to the Reagan Library this Saturday. 


  • Trustee John S. Williams complimented Chancellor Mathur who was invited to make a presentation at the National Council for Continuing Education & Training conference in Cleveland with Dr. Dale Campbell, a professor of higher education at the University of Florida. 


  • Trustee David B. Lang mentioned that our district is the envy of other college districts for our fiscal stability, thanks to our trustees and administrators, which will help us to weather the financial storms in the state.  He shared his appreciation to SC President Burnett who hosted a dinner for the Accreditation Task Force. 


  • Trustee Marcia Milchiker congratulated the professors of the year and mentioned that she appreciates this opportunity to commend them.  She invited everyone to attend the SC Foundation Gala this Saturday and thanked the Board of Realtors for their donation of $25,000 to the SC Veterans Memorial and the student governments for raising money for hurricane relief.         


  • Student Trustee Hannah H.E. Lee attended a community college leadership conference and the student senate general assembly.  She learned from other student trustees that our district treats her very well. 


  • Chancellor Raghu P. Mathur congratulated all the professors of the year. He attended the Green California Community College Summit in Pasadena with a number of faculty, managers and administrators from our district.  He shared highlights of the conference including the need to consider more measures to generate energy savings, environmentally friendly purchases, and LEED certification of new buildings.  There are many opportunities for students in preparing for careers in “green jobs” and raising awareness through recycling, lowering consumption, etc.  He suggested raising awareness in the community as a whole and the development of a board policy relating to sustainability. 


  • SC President Tod Burnett’s written report included mention of:  accreditation report sent to WASC; 50 colleges and universities participated in Transfer Day; success of a new Entrepreneurial Institute at ATEP; relocation of the college library, writing center and communication arts program to the lower campus, including Channel 39 TV, for the upcoming library renovation; large attendance at the McKinney Theatre for a multitude of events; a pledge of $25,000 from the Orange County Association of Realtors for the SC Veterans Memorial; several marketing projects are underway in partnership with District Marketing for a national media preferences survey; community needs phone survey and student gap survey.


  • IVC President Glenn Roquemore’s written report included mention of: Associated Student Government raised $4,087 for hurricane relief efforts from football game ticket sales; the IVC Debate Team hosted the British National Debate Team for the sixth time; the IVC Foundation accepted a $21,000 gift from Charter 100 for a scholarship endowment which was matched 50% by the Osher Foundation for a total of $31,500 to assist low-income students; the Performing Arts Center hosted a Piano Faculty Artist concert by Dr. Matthew Tresler, and a joint performance of IVC Wind Symphony with the CSU Fullerton Wind Symphony, featuring a new, untitled composition by Joshua Mills.


  • ATEP Acting Associate Provost Tracy Daly’s report included mention of: fall enrollment of 852; hiring of additional IVC police officers to assist with campus security at ATEP; expansion of parking and lighting; submittal of plans to the City of Tustin for demolition of former marine structures (except Chapel); initiation of a new joint project between SC and IVC for a Academic Foundations Summer Institute at ATEP focusing on basic skills; an advanced technology advisory committee is being explored with Tustin Unified School District; letters of support for the ATEP long range academic plan have been received; the ATEP spring schedule, with 70 courses, has been included in all IVC and SC schedules.




South Orange County Community College District
  • All consent calendar items, academic personnel actions, and classified personnel actions (except for item 5.19.) If you wish to know specifics, please contact the Office of the President or Deputy Chancellor. 


  • Naming the SC Health Sciences Building Room 145 the Ronald Reagan Board of Trustees Room.  A dedication is planned for November 17 at 3:30pm.


  • Associated Students of IVC budget of $556,815 for the 2008-09 academic year. 


  • Additional basic aid funding in the amount of $10,549,700 for a total contribution of $17,756,000 by the district to provide a 40% match for the SC Sciences Building project. The state will provide $26,634,000 to fund 60% of the project for a total cost of $44,390,000.


  • Contract with Sport Surfaces Distributing, Inc. for up to $700,000 to purchase and install a new track surface at SC.



The Board meeting will be broadcast on Friday, Oct 31 and Saturday, Nov. 1 at 7pm, on Saddleback College Channel 39 and Irvine Valley College Channel 33.  SC TV39 has an additional broadcast on Sunday, Nov. 2 at 7pm.

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:
Tere Fluegeman, Acting District Director
Public Affairs and Intergovernmental Relations