Board Meeting Highlights

South Orange County Community College District

December 5, 2011


Congratulations to the 2012 Slate of Officers


Nancy M. Padberg President

T.J. Prendergast III
Vice President

Marcia Milchiker

South Orange County Community College District


Saddleback Students Honored for National Broadcasting Awards

Cinema-television-radio students Debra Hill, Zac Rodriguez, Ryan Rodriguez, and Larissa Garrett took first prize at the 2011 National Student Media Convention for their documentary, From Bullets to Bubbles, a 22-minute documentary about a disabled veterans trying to reinvent their lives through scuba diving; and Kelly Jones took first prize in the Best DJ category for her work on Saddleback College’s radio station, KSBR 88.5 FM.


South Orange County Community College District






South Orange County Community College District
  • all consent calendar items and academic and classified personnel actions, except for 6.6,
    6.7 B1 and 6.8 A1b and D. For additional information, please contact the Office of the Chancellor, College President or Vice Chancellor of Human Resources.
  • acceptance of a grant sub-award of $10,000 from Rancho Santiago Community College District for the Youth Entrepreneurship Project.
  • Study Abroad program to Santander, Spain for 2012.
  • $768,000 in basic aid allocation to support IT projects SIS, MAP, and Sherpa through
    August 31, 2012 and $1,000,000 in basic aid allocation to support college scheduled maintenance projects.


  • an increase of $1 in student health fees at both colleges for the 2012-13 academic year.


  • Resolution 11-38 approving a California Environmental Quality Act Report for the land exchange agreement between the County of Orange and SOCCCD at the Advanced Technology & Education Park (ATEP).


  • Resolution 11-39 approving the Agreement for the Exchange of Real Property between the County of Orange and SOCCCD at the Advanced Technology & Education Park (ATEP), following a public hearing conducted at the board meeting.
  • acceptance of a board-requested report on the colleges' progress toward the ACCJC 2012 proficiency requirement for student learning outcomes.


  • acceptance of the district annual audit report and colleges' foundation audit reports for review.
  • amendment of Saddleback College's faculty hiring request for the 2012-2013 academic year.

In addition to election of officers, the board made the following appointments: Chancellor Gary Poertner as secretary of the board and Vice Chancellor Debra Fitzsimons as assistant secretary; Trustee T.J. Prendergast as representative to the nominating committee to the Committee on School District Organization, with Trustee Marcia Milchiker as alternate representative; Trustee David Lang as the political action representative to the Orange County School Boards Association; Trustee Bill Jay as liaison to the Orange County Community College Trustees Association; Trustee Marcia Milchiker as representative to the Orange County Legislative Task Force with Trustee David Lang as alternate representative.

The Board approved the 2012 board meeting dates and planning calendar.


Colleges' Future Program and Educational Uses at ATEP

The college presidents and staff presented their college's vision and planning for the future use of the ATEP site to the Board of Trustees. In order to effectively progress with the planning schedule and fully engage in construction planning, including building design, the proposed programs and education activities must be identified for input into the planning model. Next steps include "architectural programming" to further determine and prioritize use and scheduling of the future ATEP buildings.

Irvine Valley College outlined three program anchors: multimedia, including digital media art, 3D production, motion graphics; gaming and simulation; green technology, including alternative energy systems such as solar photovoltaic and zero waste management and applied technology, including pre-engineering pathways and rapid prototyping. IVC stressed the need for conference rooms, laboratory space and classrooms that are set up to accommodate the specialty needs of these areas.

Saddleback College outlined plans for a comprehensive Center for Innovation in Healthcare Education including simulation training for medical technologies, nursing and emergency medical services to help train students in a risk free environment. Plans include a conference center and workforce development center to train incumbent workers for a projected 21% growth (one million jobs) in allied healthcare fields by 2121 with some services offered on a fee basis to help with funding.

Click on these links for the presentations:  IVC  / Saddleback



  • Trustee Meldau extended best wishes to the staff and community for a happy holiday. Trustee Milchiker enjoyed the dance performance at IVC and the Feast of Lights at SC. She encouraged everyone to get out and see the fabulous fine arts performances at our colleges this holiday season. Trustee Prendergast also attended IVC's dance performance. He encouraged staff to consider a way that the monthly agendas could be made paperless for the board. Trustee Padberg wished everyone a happy holiday, and commented on the busy pace of the season which, for her, included attendance at the SC Feast of Lights, football banquet, nurses pinning ceremony and women's soccer game. Trustee Lang complimented Orange County K-12s on a recent report which highlights improved test scores. He wished everyone a happy holiday season and new year. Student Trustee Jordan Larson announced his acceptance to Cal State Fullerton for fall 2012 and thanked the board for serving the students in our district by providing resources and support to help them succeed. He will attend the nurses pinning ceremony this week at SC.
  • Chancellor Poertner called attention to the evening's presentations on the colleges' program planning for ATEP. He said this next month or so provides an opportunity to ask questions and provide input. He plans to bring back an agenda item next month for board approval of the colleges' program plans. Poertner also spoke about ongoing work of the Orange County Legislative Task Force and upcming legislative visits in January which will focus on influencing legislation to assist Veteran students. He presented Board President Padberg with a plaque honoring her service as board president for 2011.
  • Saddleback College - President Tod Burnett's report included mention of: Dr. Burnett attended the CCLC convention and partnership conference, OCBC briefing on workforce indicators report and hosted a reception preceding The Feast of Lights. Fashion instructor Judi Nowland appointed to Dana Point Arts and Culture commission; 52 nursing students will graduate this semester;the VETS program was presented as a best practice at the GACCC Veterans Summit; Adapted Kinesiology program to sponsor Back on Track Wheel and Walk-a-Thon to be held Dec. 14; SC financial aid office has received 11,894 applications to date this year, an increase of 17.2% over last year; student development office to host a benefit fundraiser talent show on Dec. 7 to assist the family of Audra DiPadova whose four-year-old son is battling brain cancer; SC external affairs is conducting a survey of expectations for a comprehensive alumni program.
  • Irvine Valley College - President Glenn Roquemore's report included mention of: participation in National Philanthropy Day; ASIVC sponsoring Angel Tree to benefit Boys and Girls Club of Tustin and collecting items for the Irvine Animal Care Center; IVC named Military Friendly School, one of only 1,000 schools nationwide; IVC Wind Symphony to host endowment benefit concert Dec. 10; new student peer mentoring program, C.O.N.N.E.C.T., increases student-to-college connectedness; free distinguished lecture series by Celine Glon will focus on French culture, art and history Jan. 26; Steinway Artist Ning An to perform Dec. 11; IVC Theatre Dept. presents Rumors, a Neil Simon comedy; IVC Dance department features jazz, ballet, modern, tap, hip-hop and world dance on Dec. 2, 3, 4; 35 forensic students recognized at awards ceremonies this semester alone, a record. The team has been the top community college point earner at four major tournaments.
  • ATEP - Associate Vice Chancellor Randy Peebles report included mention of: a ten-acre land exchange between SOCCCD and the County of Orange is ready for approval. The exchange will enhance the usable land area for ATEP, making it more straightforward to develop. Demolition for the remaining two buildings will take place early next year. SC and IVC are identifying their program areas for ATEP so that architectural programming can begin.

The board meeting will be available for viewing online later in the week at Television broadcasts are scheduled for 7 pm on Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10, on Saddleback College Channel 39 and Irvine Valley College Channel 33.  SC TV39 has an additional broadcast on Sunday, Dec. 11 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