South Orange County Community College District

Board Meeting Update

February 23, 2004

Following are the highlights of the Board meeting.


  • President Don Wagner acknowledged board member candidate Gary Miller who was attending the meeting, and pointed out that the other candidate, William O. Jay, attended last month. Election for the open seat will be held on March 30. On March 4 there is to be a candidate’s forum (Saddleback College Student Services Center, Room 212, 7pm). President Wagner encouraged all to attend or listen in on KSBR. In reading a publication of the California Federation of Teachers, he learned that many of the same issues our District is facing with the faculty union are being echoed throughout the State. He stated that our Board desires to work with the Faculty Association in developing a state of the art faculty contract.

  • Trustee Fuentes encouraged everyone to vote March 2.

  • Trustee Marcia Milchiker attended the retirement luncheon for IVC employee Mahshid Jajir. She spoke enthusiastically about a tour of the IVC Honors program, meeting students, and learning about the active chapters of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at both Colleges, which help students to build leadership skills.

  • Student Trustee Phil Erquiaga complimented the Saddleback Symphony and Professor Carmen Dominguez for an outstanding performance last weekend.

  • Chancellor Raghu Mathur reported on a recent trip to Sacramento to attend a legislative conference and meet with legislators. He mentioned meeting with legislators at an event of the Orange County Legislative Task Force, also attended by President Wagner, and Trustees Nancy Padberg and Dave Lang. He recognized Tamara King from the District, Marilyn Radenovic at IVC, and Linda Bashor at Saddleback College. They coordinated efforts to raise awareness and money this month to combat heart disease in women and men, as part of a campaign launched by the American Heart Association. Chancellor Mathur invited the Faculty Association leadership to work with him and the administration to discuss and resolve contractual matters.

  • Highlights of President Dixie Bullock’s written report to the board included mention of: a Teddy Bear Clinic conducted by nursing students, high school counselor day, online registration meetings, financial aid workshops for students, bilingual outreach events, fine arts performances, and Gaucho athletic achievements.

  • Highlights of President Glenn Roquemore’s written report included mention of: Astounding Inventions competition sponsored by the IVC Foundation, the financial aid program, record enrollment in the Emeritus Institute; overall positive enrollment growth at IVC, and publishing an admissions and records orientation guide for international students.

  • Addressing the Board were: Mike Merrifield, Faculty Association; Mary Williams, CSEA; Kevin Fitzpatrick, ASCOSC; and Divya Yagalla, ASIVC. Students from both campuses are planning to participate in the March in March in Sacramento.


  • Included in the written agenda, letters of commendation recognized: Kathy Tenchka, IVC; IVC’s support of the 11th Annual Southern California Conference on Undergraduate Research held at UC Irvine; IVC Men’s Soccer State Championship; Terence Miraglia, Saddleback College; and Peggy Watkins, Saddleback College.


  • allocating $6,283,000 from basic aid to fund enhancements to the IVC Performing Arts Center/Theatre, originally designed 12 years ago. The total budget for this project is now $22,587,000.

  • a Memorandum of Understanding for a supplementary retirement plan for faculty, contingent upon ratification by the Faculty Association (as previously proposed and communicated to eligible faculty members).

  • Kevin Fagan as the Saddleback College Commencement speaker. Mr. Fagan is a noted author and syndicated cartoonist, who created the well-known Drabble cartoon strip while a student at Saddleback College.

  • a conceptual design option for the Advanced Technology Education Park (ATEP) on the former Marine Air Corps Station-Tustin property. The budget is $6,360,000 to be funded from basic aid. This option would lead to launching homeland security, product design and manufacturing technology programs in architectually designed, pre-engineered buildings, effective spring semester 2005. Both colleges would participate in offering programs at ATEP.

  • all the consent calendar items. If you wish to know specifics, please contact the appropriate Office of the President or Deputy Chancellor.

Special Note

  • Catch the board meeting on television this Friday and Saturday at 7pm, Saddleback College Channel 39 and Irvine Valley College Channel 33.


The Board of Trustees after the March 22 meeting are from left: Student Trustee Phil Erquiaga, Trustee John Williams, Chancellor Raghu Mathur, Trustee Marcia Milchiker, President Don Wagner, Trustee Dave Lang, Vice President Nancy Padberg, and Clerk Tom Fuentes.  

Board Meeting Update Prepared by:
Tracy Daly, Director
Marketing, Government & Community Relations