Board Meeting Highlights

South Orange County Community College District

March 18, 2013


COMMENDATIONS ......................................................................

South Orange County Community College District  

Dr. Kevin O'Connor Named ACCCA Volunteer of the Year


Saddleback College President Tod Burnett recognized Saddleback College Dean
Kevin O'Connor
for being named Volunteer of the Year by ACCCA - the Association of California Community College Administrators. Dr. Burnett shared a few examples of his many roles at ACCCA over the years and the board thanked Dr. O'Connor for his hard work and dedication to our district.


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

South Orange County Community College District

  • All consent calendar items and academic and classified personnel actions, except 5.5 which was tabled. For additional information, please contact the Chancellor, College President or appropriate Vice Chancellor.
  • Funds to upgrade the district-wide voice and data network infrastructure.
  • The District's Five Year Construction Plan for submittal to the State Chancellor’s office. This plan is updated annually and identifies project priorities for the entire district for the next five years. The list can change annually based on matching funds available from the State. The Capital Improvement Committee uses the Five Year Construction Plan as a basis for capital improvement prioritization requests which are then forwarded to the Basic Aid Allocation Recommendation Committee (BAARC).
  • Board Policy Revision - BP-3420: Local Law Enforcement.
  • Resolutions 13-10 and 13-11 approving a reduction and/or discontinuance of classified staff due to loss of categorical funding.
  • Nominations of Dianne McKay, Cy Gulassa, Louise Jaffe, Isabel Barreras, Susan Keith, Jerry Hart and Linda Wah for seven vacancies on the California Community College Trustees board of directors.

REPORTS ..............................................................................

  • The colleges presented a short overview of the report requested by Trustee Tim Jemal on the status of current partnerships between Saddleback College, Irvine Valley College and the business community. The written reports can be viewed in 7.6 of the agenda. Dean Kathy Werle said Irvine Valley College has a decentralized model where career technical education and business partnerships are woven into each academic department. These partnerships create internships for students. Many business and industry partners donate expensive equipment to help the programs stay current with industry trends. She stressed the importance of developing a strong local workforce to avoid offshoring jobs. Saddleback College Dean Rocky Cifone said the college fosters relationships through its career technical programs and provides cooperative work experience for students. Industry advisory boards help them evaluate the timeliness and appropriateness of programs and instructional enrichment. Vendors, service providers, volunteers, community service organizations, industry boards and professional organizations all provide valuable opportunities to align education and the workforce. Contract education and certificate training can be initiated to pilot potential programs. Building professional relationships is key in pinpointing industry trends and determining future programs.
  • Board members congratulated Dr. Kevin O'Connor on his well-deserved award from ACCCA. Trustee Jemal commented on a recent interview with Laguna Woods TV where he shared the results of a recent socioeconomic impact study showing a 14.7% taxpayer return on investment from Orange County community colleges. He also enjoyed sharing information on the colleges' Emeritus programs as his father-in-law is a resident of Laguna Woods. He has enjoyed recent meetings with faculty, deans and chairs, and stated that we are a better district for communicating openly and sharing information. Trustee Milchiker attended the IVC college forum where she was able to learn a lot about what is going on at IVC. She attended Saddleback's dedication/reopening of the Library and Learning Resource Center. She commented on the highly improved learning environment and the role environment can play in student success. President Padberg attended the Library and Learning Resource Center event and the basketball playoffs and commented how much she enjoys her work as a trustee. Trustee Wright attended the Library and Learning Resource Center event and basketball playoffs. He thanked Dr. David Bugay (HR) and the faculty association for inviting him to recent meetings. He thanked both colleges for their report on business partnerships. Student Trustee Park attended IVC's Senior Day and Saddleback's Library and Learning Resource Center event. She commented on how helpful Saddleback's Associated Student Government was at the event.


  • Chancellor Gary Poertner said he is heading to Washington, DC for legislative visits as Chair of the Orange County Community Colleges Legislative Task Force. The task force continues to advocate for student veterans. More than 500,000 military personnel are expected to be discharged in the next five years, with approximately 60,000 coming to California each year. Many of those discharged will use their educational benefits to transition back into civilian life and we need to support them.
  • Saddleback College - President Tod Burnett's report included: over 300 guests attended the Library and Learning Resource Center Open House and Reception on Thursday, February 28th; Dean Kevin O'Connor was named the Association of California Community College Administrators (ACCCA) Volunteer of the Year; Cosmetology Student Kathryn Hoist received a $500 Scholarship from the Rotary Club of Laguna Niguel; The VETS Program hosted a "VET NET Ally'' seminar which focused on the needs and concerns of military service members and Veterans studying in postsecondary institutions; The Transfer Center hosted a transfer fair with both public and private 4-year institutions participating; In support of STEM Student Success, the grants department and the Saddleback College Foundation applied for $25,000 in scholarship funds to help promote historically underserved student populations (HUSP) enrolled in SC's STEM focused programs.


  • Irvine Valley College - President Glenn Roquemore's report included: The speech and debate team won top community college and top novice squad at the spring league championship tournament; more than 2,000 area high school seniors attended Senior Day; IVC Orchestra performed with the Beckman High School Orchestra with guest student conductor Joseph Ceman; two college-wide open forums were held to discuss the accreditation cycle, construction, recent Student Services board presentation on mental health issues and campus safety, college budget, ATEP, and faculty hiring; Homecoming was held February 13th; IVC men's basketball hosted its annual charity game, Coaches vs. Cancer; Greenberg Traurig LLP recently presented IVC's Foundation with a check for $12,500, an increased amount from last year, for its continuing participation as the title sponsor of the 2013 Astounding Invention competition.


IN MEMORIAM .........................................................................

The board adjourned the meeting in memory of Irvine Valley College faculty member Kirk Gorrie.

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, Mar. 22 and Saturday, Mar. 23 on Saddleback College Channel 39 and Irvine Valley College Channel 33.  SC TV 39 has an additional broadcast on Sunday, Mar. 24 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