Board Meeting Highlights

South Orange County Community College District

December 17, 2012

BOARD MEMBERS SWORN IN TO OFFICE............................................

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Trustees Dave Lang, Bill Jay, Jim Wright and new board member Tim Jemal were sworn in to elected office to serve through 2016. The board also conducted their annual organizational meeting and facilities corporation meeting. Board leadership positions remain unchanged with Nancy Padberg as Board President, T.J. Prendergast as Vice President; and Marcia Milchiker as Clerk.


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The board of trustees honored Rob Merritt, Channel 6 TV News Anchor, for his service to south Orange County’s Laguna Woods Village for 44 years, 40 of those years as news anchor. For the past 30 years, Rob Merritt has dedicated time each month to interview our trustees, keeping Emeritus students and the community at large informed about district and college initiatives, activities, events, forums and board meeting outcomes. Trustee Dave Lang offered words of appreciation from the board .


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

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  • All consent calendar items and academic and classified personnel actions. For additional information, please contact the Chancellor, College President or appropriate Vice Chancellor.
  • Saddleback College Associate Degrees for Transfer in Geology, History and Kinesiology.
  • a grant renewal in the amount of $387,023 from the California Community College Chancellor’s Office for the Career Technical Education Pathways Initiative at Saddleback College.
  • out of state travel program to Hawaii for Irvine Valley College Honors Geography 102.
  • a change order for Irvine Valley College's Life Sciences building for $15,598.34, increasing the total project cost to $11,559,819.
  • an contract extension with in the amount of $2,000 to provide services under a
    statewide leadership grant known as the Career Development Work-Based Learning Linkages to Professional Organizations for Irvine Valley College.
  • fifth year grant renewal in the amount of $500,419 from the California Community College Chancellor’s Office for Career Development Work-Based Learning Linkages to Professional Organizations at Irvine Valley College.
  • Board Policy Revisions: BP-3410: Nondiscrimination, BP- 5140: Disabled Students Programs and Services, BP-5505: Grade Grievance Policy, BP-5150: Extended Opportunity Programs and Services, BP-6110: Articulation of Courses and Programs, BP-1900- Alcoholic Beverages, BP-3004: Public Records, BP-3005: Designation of Authorized Signatures, BP-4073: Faculty Reassigned Time and Stipends.


  • Trustee Jay said it is a joy to work with everyone in this district. He commented that it has been the best of years and the worst of years with the recent violence in Connecticut. He thanked Rob Merritt for the many interviews he conducted with our district. Newly elected Trustee Jemal said it is an honor to join the board. He is very excited to be part of this excellent district and hopes to add value and take things to the next level. He said, "I love our community colleges, in many ways they provide students with a second chance." He has already toured Saddleback College and ATEP and looks forward to his tour of Irvine Valley College. Trustee Milchiker welcomed all the board members. She honored the service of long time faculty member Margaret Huang who recently retired after 36 years. She also attended the nurses pinning ceremony and the Orange County Community Colleges Legislative Task Force meeting. Trustee Prendergast congratulated all of the elected trustees. He enjoyed attending the Feast of Lights at Saddleback College with his family. He also enjoyed both college holiday parties. Trustee Padberg congratulated the elected trustees and said she is looking forward to four great years under their leadership. Trustee Wright thanked the board for their confidence. He attended holiday parties at both colleges, the nurses pinning ceremony, and the men's basketball tournament. He thanked both college presidents for their messages on budgets and emergency preparation. He wished Margaret Huang a happy retirement and thanked her for the dedication to Saddleback College. Trustee Lang congratulated the other three elected trustees. He also thanked everyone who contributes to the greatness of our district, making it one of the best in the state. Student Trustee Park wished students good luck on their finals this week and congratulated all of the elected trustees. Trustees offered best wishes for a happy holiday.


  • Chancellor Gary Poertner presented Board President Padberg with a recognition and appreciation of her service on the board and thanked her for "keeping all of us organized." He reflected on the past year and thanked faculty, staff and administrators district-wide for working collegially to address accreditation and planning issues, increase communication and transparency, and work toward a more mutually respectful environment. He also thanked the trustees for their support and engagement on several initiatives over the past year, including one of the most important - student success.  He commented that it has been a year of hard work and he believes our district is healthy and vibrant heading into 2013.  He offered best wishes to everyone for a happy and relaxing holiday.
  • Saddleback College - President Tod Burnett's report included: Business Science & Economic and Workforce Development hosted "Election 2012: How the Results Will Affect Small Business" geared toward the local business community; An Impressionist Art Exhibition featuring Emeritus Institute students was on display at Anne's Boutique Wines; The medical laboratory technician students have a pass rate on the national certification exam remaining at an amazing 100%; Phillis Kucharski, Nursing Professor, was recipient of Nurse Educator of the Year Award from the National Organization for Associate Degree Programs; ASG and EOPS/CARE/CalWORKs sponsored a Turkey Dinner Giveaway and 25 families received non-perishable food and a $20.00 gift card to Albertson's; Eighteen families were supported through the Adopt-a-family program with generous donations from ASG; the Baseball team raised funds for 15 student Veterans families to receive Christmas trees.


  • Irvine Valley College - President Glenn Roquemore's report included: Fifty-five students from IVC and Saddleback shared poster displays and oral presentations of their projected, completed, or ongoing research in a range of disciplines including Anthropology, Art History, Biology, Geography, English, Math, Physics, Political Science, and Psychology; Forensics took first place at the 2012 Pacific Meets the Delta Swing Sweepstakes Award; Women's Golf Team Wins State Championship; IVC held a recognition ceremony in the Performing Arts Center to honor seventeen classified employees who will be retiring; IVC’s Model United Nations Club won six awards at the National Model United Nations Conference, including Outstanding Delegation, making IVC the only community college to win this award alongside five 4-year universities.
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, Dec. 21 and Saturday, Dec. 22 on Saddleback College Channel 39 and Irvine Valley College Channel 33.  SC TV 39 has an additional broadcast on Sunday, Dec. 23 at 7 pm.

South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees

William O. Jay, Timothy Jemal, David B. Lang, Marcia Milchiker, Nancy M. Padberg,
T.J. Prendergast III, James R. Wright; Heather Park, Student Trustee

Gary L. Poertner, Chancellor


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