Board Meeting Highlights

South Orange County Community College District

April 25, 2011

Dr. Debra L. Fitzsimons

Vice Chancellor, Business Services

The Board of Trustees approved the appointment of Dr. Debra L. Fitzsimons as Vice Chancellor, Business Services, pursuant to completion of a employee contract. She will join the district in June.


Eve Shieh

2010-2011 Student Trustee

Student Trustee Eve Shieh was honored with
a plaque and resolution for her year of service representing students on the Board of Trustees. She balanced the demands of her position and academic workload with other campus leadership efforts, including Phi Theta Kappa, Relay for Life, Inter-Club Council and community volunteering at an animal shelter.

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Anita Bandekar

Saddleback College
Classified Employee of the Year 2010-2011

Anita Bandekar, a senior lab technician in the biological sciences department was honored as employee of the year. She is known for her care and concern for the college's microbiology students, setting high standards and dedication to quality and improvement that enabled the department to increase its number of sections.

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Jamie Smith

Irvine Valley College
Classified Employee of the Year 2010-2011

Jamie Smith, a senior lab technician in the physical sciences department, has served the district for 22 years. She is known for her hard work and commitment to excellence, fairness and professionalism, often volunteering on field studies to help. Dr. Roquemore witnessed these qualities first-hand when he was a faculty member in the department years ago.

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Tasha Trankiem

District Services
Classified Employee of the Year 2010-2011

Tasha Trankiem has been with the district for more than 20 years and is a key developer of the district's legacy technology systems in student information, class scheduling, awards management and curriculum. She is also the "go to" person for IT processes and procedures and state and federal reporting.

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IVC Speech and Debate Team

2011 State and National Champions

The Board of Trustees and IVC President Roquemore honored and congratulated students and coaches of the IVC Speech and Debate team for their outstanding year which yielded a rare double gold in team sweepstakes to earn state and national championships...the first time this has occurred in the same year in
a decade.

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Humanitarian Efforts for Japan

Students and faculty from both colleges gave an overview of ongoing charity efforts to assist in disaster relief for the people of Japan. IVC is raising funds through it's Japan Club with the sale of t-shirts and sponsorship of the presentation Gaia at the Performing Arts Center with proceeds going to UNICEF. So far, IVC has raised $8,000.Saddleback ASG and International Club are fundraising for multiple organizations. SC has raised $1,627 in the last two weeks. For more information on how you can help, visit the IVC web page at and the SC web page at President Padberg thanked the students and faculty for their important efforts, commenting, "You do us proud with your humanitarian hearts."






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  • all consent calendar items and academic and classified personnel actions, except item 6.21 (E.1.a) and 6.23. For additional information, please contact the Office of the President or Vice Chancellor of Human Resources.
  • Workforce Investment Act contracts between Irvine Valley College and both the Santa Ana Workforce Investment Board and the City of Anaheim for tuition, fees and books related to approved certificates and degrees.
  • Grant funding in the amount of $666,667.00 to Irvine Valley College from the California Community Colleges Chancellors Office for Career Development Work-Based Learning Linkages to Professional Organizations.
  • an agreement with Edge Development, Inc. in the amount of $11,387,287.00 for the Irvine Valley College Life Sciences building.
  • additional funding in the amount of $122,592.00 for engineering testing and inspection for Saddleback's James B. Utt Memorial Learning Resource Center Renovation project.
  • an additional $3.00 for Saddleback College parking citation fines to offset assessment increases from the State.
  • bid award in the amount of $44,000.00 to Moalej Builders for Drainage Ditch Maintenance and Repair at the ATEP site.
  • appointment of Trustees Lang, Padberg and Milchiker to serve on the district's audit committee. A chair of the committee will be appointed at a later date.
  • adoption of Resolution 11-07 approving the retirement incentive plan for full-time faculty.
  • adoption of Resolution 11-11 regarding official policies and practices related to invocations.
  • a contract with McKenna Long and Alridge, LLP, for advisory services related to Base Closure and Realignment Commission issues for ATEP.
  • authorization for the Chancellor to seek and negotiate market rate lease agreements with potential education, commercial, business, or agency partners for the ATEP site, providing future district income to support buildings and infrastructure.
  • partnership criteria for education, commercial, business or agency partners for ATEP.
  • demolition of the chapel on the ATEP and initiation of planning for a memorial to honor those who served at the former Marine Corps Air Station-Tustin.
  • alternating the student trustee position annually between the two colleges per revised Board Policy 104.
  • authorization to seek proposals for lease/leaseback services.
  • Trustees Padberg, Prendergast and Meldau enjoyed attending the Irvine Valley College groundbreaking for the new Life Sciences building. Trustee Milchiker spoke at an Emeritus Institute function and shared an article highlighting the importance of lifelong learning. She also attended a special anniversary performance of Aida at SC and a performance of Midnight Story at IVC and remarked how extraordinary they were. Trustee Lang thanked Student Trustee Shieh for her wonderful work with the board. He is also looking forward to commencement, a great time to celebrate our students' success. Student Trustee Shieh attended Hands Across California at IVC with 70-80 students, a fundraising event for scholarships and an opportunity to underscore the positive impact that community colleges have on the state.
  • Chancellor Gary Poertner recognized the classified employees of the year for their hard work and also mentioned that faculty of the year will be honored in the fall. He echoed the sentiments of Trustee Lang, stating that as commencement approaches, it's important for us to recognize the success of our students and their central role in everything we do. He mentioned some upcoming business items regarding ATEP, including ongoing discussion, decisions and direction from the Board of Trustees.
  • Saddleback College - President Tod Burnett's reports included mention of: attendance at CCC Athletics convention and Joint Higher Education Advocacy day; Geography students field study to Owens Valley; Professor Howard Gensler statistics book deal; revised Gerontology Certificate program begins Fall 2011; speakers hosted on AIDS, Sexual Assault, Equality Now, psychology, sociology, and veterans issues; 30 students participated in the Math, Science, Engineering Academic Triathlon for cash awards; upcoming President's Panel for Economic and Workforce Development April 29; new student success project launched; student art exhibit; Mozart and Big Band concerts, spring musical Aida and others.

  • Irvine Valley College - President Glenn Roquemore's reports included mention of: IVC Speech and Debate Team winning both state and national championships; college presentation on earthquake preparedness well attended by faculty, staff and students; astounding inventions reception hosted by Greenberg Traurig LLP awarded each winner a pro bono provisional patent application; Life Sciences groundbreaking ceremony on April 7; Hands Across California event was well attended to bring awareness to students; IVC Foundation Awards Dinner to be held on April 26; PRO IVC fundraising campaign raised $279,097.00 for students.

The Board meeting will be available for viewing online later in the week at Television broadcasts are scheduled for 7pm on Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2, on Saddleback College Channel 39 and Irvine Valley College Channel 33.  SC TV39 has an additional broadcast on Sunday, April 3 at 7pm.

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; Eve Sheih, Student Trustee

Gary L. Poertner, Chancellor

Board Meeting Highlights Prepared by:
Tere Fluegeman, Acting Director, District Public Affairs