South Orange County Community College District

Board Meeting Update

March 29, 2004

Following are the highlights of the Board meeting.


  • President Donald P. Wagner reported that the Board had an opportunity to tour the Saddleback College Health Sciences Building and District Offices, now under construction. The project is ahead of schedule.

  • Trustee Thomas Fuentes discussed that he had just returned from his 11th trip to Nicaragua and looks forward to sharing what he learned on the visit.

  • Trustee Marcia Milchiker attended at Saddleback College the business science department breakfast with members of the private sector, the Women’s 2004 conference, and the spring musical. She congratulated the Saddleback College Model United Nations Team which received the highest award given at a state conference.

  • Trustee David Lang expressed best wishes for Easter and Passover to members of community who recognize those days, and mentioned that today is Cesar Chavez Day. He acknowledged the fine work of the employees within the District. He recognized Trustee Fuentes and his significant contributions to Orange County over the years.

  • Trustee Nancy Padberg congratulated and expressed the Board’s pride in the District’s winning Speech and Debate Team.

  • Student Trustee Phil Erquiaga thanked the students who went to Sacramento for the March in March with students from around the state to advocate with the legislature. He testified before the Senate budget committee on Proposition 98. He welcomed visiting students from an applied psychology class who were attending the Board meeting as a homework assignment.

  • Chancellor Raghu Mathur met last week with State Chancellor Mark Drummond, during his visit to Orange County, which included other Orange County district chancellors and college presidents. The State Chancellor spoke about the Governor’s focus on ways to streamline state government and that announcement of those plans is expected on July 4. The State Chancellor expressed his optimism for redirecting students coming to community colleges from the UC and CSU systems with state funding to serve them. Trends at Saddleback College and IVC reflect that students are transferring, in some cases, to private colleges and universities. Orange County has won a legal round with the Pool Case, which affects the District basic aid funding. While the money reserved for this purpose is safe for now, another legal appeal is expected. The Chancellor attended the debate between the District Speech and Debate Team and a student debate team from China.

  • Saddleback College President Dixie Bullock announced the donation of $100,000 from Hoag Hospital for new equipment for the Health Sciences Building. Highlights from the President’s written report included: student presentations at the Fourth Annual Honors Transfer Council of California/UC-Irvine; upcoming Junior Athletic Wheelchair Sport Camp; Office of Disabled Students Programs and Services offering a high school transition program; Gaucho athletic accomplishments; and Fine and Performing Arts programs.

  • Highlights of Irvine Valley College President Glenn Roquemore’s written report included: Honors Program student Eliese Gabriel awarded scholarship; former student, Jennifer Baker, conducted the IVC Wind Symphony; Astounding Invention students appearance on the Tonight Show; IVC student taking top awards at the Japanese speech contest; and District Speech and Debate Team winning the league championship in Pasadena.

  • Addressing the Board were: Dr. Carmen Dominguez, Saddleback College Academic Senate; Kevin Fitzpatrick, ASCOSC; and Divya Yagalla, ASIVC. Of particular note is that the Faculty Senates are advocating opposition to Senate Bill 1785. Chancellor Mathur stated that he would work with the Academic Senates on this issue.


  • all consent calendar items. If you wish to know specifics, please contact the Office of the President or Deputy Chancellor. Of particular note on the consent calendar was the nomination by Saddleback College of Associate Professor Pennie Foster for the Orange County Community College Teacher of the Year.

  • transfer of 68 acres of the Marine Corps Air Station Tustin property from the City of Tustin to the District and consultant agreements for the Advanced Technology Education Park (ATEP) programs launch. The Board also authorized announcing a new administrative position of Provost, ATEP.

  • authorization to proceed with the telecommunication network system replacement which will result in a state of the art voice and data system for Saddleback, IVC and the District. This project is expected to be completed by June, 2005.

  • Yasith Weerasuriya as the Irvine Valley College Commencement speaker. Mr. Weerasuriya attended IVC from 1994-96. He worked in the IVC Special Projects and Grants Office with a Microsoft grant that trained teachers from all California Community Colleges. It was this experience that directly led to his founding of Executive 2000, Inc., a multi-million dollar nationally accredited training institution.

  • appointment of Walter Rice to the position of Interim Director of Facilities and Maintenance at IVC.

Information Item of Interest

  • IVC Performing Arts Center: the architectural consultants presented the latest drawings of this impressively designed project. If all goes according to schedule, the project should break ground on September 20, 2004; construction should begin October 15, 2005; and the building will be completed on December 15, 2006.

Special Note

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


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