Board Meeting Highlights

Board Meeting Highlights

November 16, 2015

RESOLUTIONS .........................................................................................


South Orange County Community College District  

The board of trustees and Saddleback College President Tod Burnett honored Dr. Karah Street for being recognized as the Orange County Teacher of the Year.



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

South Orange County Community College District

  • All consent calendar items, general action items, and academic and classified personnel actions For additional information, please contact the Chancellor, College President or appropriate Vice Chancellor.
  • Curriculum Revisions and Additions for the 2016-17 Academic Year for both colleges.
  • Community Education courses, presenters, and compensation for Spring 2016.
  • Saddleback College Study Abroad Program to Salamanca, Spain, from February 12, 2016 to April 23, 2016.
  • Saddleback College Study Abroad Program to Cuba, from March 17, 2016 to March 25, 2016.
  • Building envelope consultant services agreement with Allana Buick & Bers, Inc. for the Advanced Technology and Education Park/IVC First Building project not to exceed $108,100.
  • District-wide parking study consultant services agreement with Watry Design, Inc. for $101,250.
  • Use of the WSCA/NASPO Dell Marketing, LP Contract for computer equipment and related devices  through the master price agreement awarded to the State of Minnesota and approved for usage by the State of California.
  • Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College Student Equity Plans for 2015-2016.
  • Purchase of the 1.323 acres of land located on 27976 Marguerite Parkway, Mission Viejo, CA from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
  • Office Lease in Crown Valley Financial Plaza for Workday Project Space.
  • Acceptance for Review: District, Retiree OPEB Trust, Saddleback College Foundation, Irvine Valley College Foundation, ATEP Foundation, and SOCCCD Foundation Annual Audit Reports: FY 2014-2015.
  • Board Policy Revisions: BP-6105 Graduation Requirements for Degrees and Certificates for Achievement, BP-5408 Classroom Supervision, BP-5130 Financial Aid, and BP-3501 Campus Security and Access.

PRESENTATIONS .....................................................................

REPORTS .............................................................................

  • Trustee Lang was pleased to attend the teacher of year ceremony for Dr. Karah Street. He attended the Gauchos football game and enjoyed watching their victory. He wished everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and asked us to count the blessings we have and think of those less fortunate. Trustee Jay attended veterans week activities at SC where she enjoyed watching student veterans in the quad display some of their combat maneuvers. She had the pleasure of speaking one on one with a veteran who was most appreciative of the veteran center services. She attended a One Book session and discussions with some former marines and learned a lot. Trustee Prendergast spoke at the veterans day ceremony at IVC. He enjoyed attending the teacher of year event and meeting Dr. Karah Street's family and the student who nominated her. Trustee Jemal congratulated Dr. Karah Street. He attended the OCBC economic forecast which was more positive than in past years. He attended the Lariat open house and enjoyed meeting journalism students. He thanked Trustee Prendergast for his comments during invocation about the impact the Paris Attacks have on all of us. He hopes that through better education events like these might be avoided in the future. Trustee Wright commented on how deserved Dr. Karah Street's award was. He enjoyed attending the SC student poster symposium, the IVC veteran's day celebration and tour of the veterans center where they had a big chocolate cake honoring the 240th anniversary of the U.S. Marine Corps. He also attended the District Services Road Tour and thanked district services for their thorough presentations. He enjoyed the football game at SC. He wished everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Trustee Milchiker spoke on Laguna Woods TV Channel 6 and mentioned that those interviews are posted on YouTube. She is proud of our history in winning the teacher of the year award and commented that the idea for the award actually started at SC from a student who wanted to honor her professor. Trustee Whitt was privileged to witness Dr. Karah Street's award. She thanked SC for the big welcome basket and said she is excited about attending upcoming college activities. Trustee Momand thanked Dr. Karah Street for providing teaching excellence and thanked Trustee Prendergast for his thoughtful invocation.
  • Chancellor Gary Poertner brought attention to the presentation on alternative energy strategies, a topic that was brought up in the trustee listening sessions. He discussed the importance of the student equity plans from both colleges which cover a wide range of topics and underscore student success for all students.
  • Saddleback College - President Tod Burnett's written report included: the college football team and Veterans Education and Transition Services (VETS) program hosted Military Appreciation Day, where all veterans, active duty and their families were admitted to the game free of charge, provided a meal and a commemorative t-shirt, and were recognized at half-time for their service. Two $250 scholarships were awarded to student veterans.  Congratulations to Professor Karah Street, who was recognized as Orange County's Teacher of the Year. Dr. Street was awarded $15,000 by the Dr. James Hines Foundation. The college’s Health Information Technology associate degree program was fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHllM), making SC the eighth community college in California, and one of only 14 colleges in the state, to offer an accredited program in health information technology. A free Concert of Thanksgiving on November 24th will be presented by choral studies, under the direction of Dr. Scott Farthing. Donations will be accepted to benefit Mary's Kitchen, a non-profit program. The Anthropology Speaker Series presented "Compulsive Creativity: Virtual Worlds, Disability, and Digital Capital," A Talk by Dr. Tom Boellstorff, Professor of Anthropology at University of California, Irvine. The inaugural South Orange County Veterans Summit was held on Friday, November 6th.  The college VETS program hosted the event with Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett. The Orange County Workforce Investment Board presented their research on workforce needs and demographics of veterans in south Orange County, and provided an overview of veteran services and programming in the area.  The Fall Transfer College Fair was held November 18th with representatives from UC, CSU, private and out-of-state colleges and universities.
  • Irvine Valley College - President Glenn Roquemore’s written report included: Through the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF), the Irvine Valley College (IVC) Foundation will receive a $75,000 grant to support veterans’ initiatives at the college. This grant will enable the Veterans Services Center to launch a pilot program to connect support services to post-911 veterans and their families, providing case management and peer navigator follow up. Two IVC Fall Forums were held for Q&A and an open dialogue with administrators, managers, faculty and staff. The IVC Career Center invited UCI Ethics and Education Professor Jeff Johnston to speak about career paths in education. The forensics team took first place at the Watson-Lancer Invitational.  The college has received funding under the Rising Data NASA grant that aims to increase interest in university engineering programs and NASA-related career pathways by providing hands-on flight project experiences. The Office of Marketing and Communications received two awards for their National Council of Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) District 6 Medallion Awards submissions. IVC students, along with their Team Orange County (OC) counterparts from UCI, Chapman University and Saddleback College, took ninth place overall in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition and won second place in the engineering contest. The college received an honorable mention for the California Community Colleges Board of Governors 2015 Energy and Sustainability Awards. The college has been selected as one of 30 colleges to participate in the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Pathways Project, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

VIEWING ONLINE/TV................................................................

The board meeting will be available for viewing online this week at Television broadcasts are scheduled for 7 pm on Friday, Nov. 20 and Saturday, Nov. 21 on Saddleback College Channel 39 and Irvine Valley College Channel 33.  SC TV 39 has an additional broadcast on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 7 pm.


South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees

Barbara J. Jay, Timothy Jemal, David B. Lang, Marcia Milchiker, T.J. Prendergast III,
Terri Whitt, James R. Wright; Lemar Momand, Student Trustee

Gary L. Poertner, Chancellor


Board Meeting Highlights Prepared by:
Tere Fluegeman, District Director, Public Affairs and Government Relations