South Orange County Community College District


April 26, 2004





William O. Jay was sworn in by President Donald P. Wagner as a member of the South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees representing Area 3.





  • President Wagner, Vice President Nancy Padberg, Clerk Thomas A. Fuentes, Trustee David Lang, Trustee Marcia Milchicker, and Trustee John Williams each welcomed Trustee Jay.
  • President Wagner thanked Trustee Padberg and District and Saddleback College staff who hosted Congressman Gary Miller's visit to Saddleback College this month. The visit was initiated by Trustee Milchiker. President Wagner recently met with auditors who gave positive reviews to District staff for their professionalism, in particular Deputy Chancellor Gary Poertner and District Budget Director Katie Slavin. The Board President and Chancellor were at Tustin City Hall last week with the mayor and city manager to sign documents officially transferring over 68 acres of land at the Tustin base to the District. The new home to the Advanced Technology and Education Park (ATEP) at the base will be critical to county economic development efforts.
  • Trustee Jay thanked all those who supported him in the recent special election.
  • Trustee Milchiker registered on line for two classes and expressed how easy the system is to use.
  • Trustee Padberg attended two prayer breakfasts this month with many fellow community leaders. She mentioned that Congressman Miller's visit was particularly rewarding because of the time he spent talking to Professor Lee Haggerty's American Government class.
  • Student Trustee Phillip Erquiaga congratulated outstanding classified staff and teachers of the year and commended the efforts of everyone who makes a difference in getting students through college.
  • Chancellor Mathur attended the induction of more than 100 students into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at Saddleback College. Annual scholarship programs are coming up on May 13. A special luncheon in appreciation of the efforts of all district faculty, staff and administrators/managers was scheduled on April 30 to feature students from both colleges as well as recognition of teachers of the year, outstanding classified staff of the year, and presentation of service pins to classified leadership staff.
  • Saddleback College President Dixie Bullock mentioned in her written report: EOPS/CARE/CalWORKS holding an annual recognition program for students who have completed certificate requirements and achieved the Dean's List; and the Center of Career and Life Development was chosen as a model “Career Center Best Practice” by the California Community College Statewide Career Development Advisory Committee.
  • Irvine Valley College President Glenn Roquemore mentioned in his written report: Administration of Justice Program won three national awards; model United Nations team took the top award at the UC Berkeley Model UN simulation; Fine Arts Professor Robert MacNeil was chosen by tenor Placido Domingo to sing with the Los Angeles Opera; and the Alpha Omega Mu Chapter of IVC Phi Theta Kappa received two awards.
  • Addressing the Board were: Dr. Carmen Dominguez, Saddleback College Academic Senate; Greg Bishopp, Irvine Valley College Academic Senate; Mike Merrifield, Faculty Association; Mary Williams, CSEA; Kevin Fitzpatrick, ASCOSC; and DivyaYagalla, ASIVC.



  • all consent calendar items. If you wish to know specifics, please contact the Office of the President or Deputy Chancellor. Item 9, Classified Leadership Classification Review, was pulled and the issue will come before the Board at a future date.
  • Professor Rebecca Welch from the School of Humanities and Languages as IVC 2005 full-time Teacher of the Year
  • Beejay Janiga from the Emeritus Institute as IVC 2005 part-time Teacher of the Year
  • positions of Oppose Unless Amended on Senate Bills 1817 and 1785, which could reduce local decision-making power. SB1785 is also opposed by both IVC and Saddleback College Academic Senates as it could make it more difficult for our students to transfer to the California State University system.
  • acceptance for review and study the IVC and Saddleback College Accreditation Self-Study Reports in preparation for scheduled accreditation reviews in October 2004. Both reports will come before the Board again at the May meeting.
  • Saddleback College purchase of 172 new computers.
  • retaining architectural services for preliminary renovation plans of Saddleback College library in order to submit the project for State funding.



  • There was a demonstration of SmartSchedule by Jim Gaston and Allan McDougall. This innovative web based service for our students has been used more than 2.5 million times in less than two years.



Student Trustee Phillip Erquiaga for his service on the Board for 2003-04, pictured with Board Clerk Thomas Fuentes.

Classified School Employees Week: May 17-24, 2004. Mary Williams, CSEA President, accepts the resolution from Board Clerk Thomas Fuentes.

Polly Sanchez, Irvine Valley College Outstanding Classified Employee of the Year, pictured with President Glenn Roquemore.


Terry Wedel, Saddleback College Outstanding Classified Employee of the Year, pictured with Acting Vice President of Instruction Richard McCullough.


Elaine Waiksnis, District Outstanding Classified Employee of the Year, pictured with Board Clerk Thomas Fuentes.


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