Board Meeting Highlights

South Orange County Community College District

May 21, 2012

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

The meeting was opened and adjourned in memory of Trustee Thomas A. Fuentes who passed away on May 18, 2012.


NEW STUDENT TRUSTEE AND RESOLUTIONS .....................................

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Heather Park, an Irvine Valley College student, was sworn into office to serve as student trustee for 2012-2013, representing the student voice for both colleges.

Valerie Senior, an Application Specialist II in Saddleback College’s Center for Instructional Design and Distance Education, received the Saddleback College Classified Employee Outstanding Service Award for 2011-2012.


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Barry Miller, Senior Multi-Media Technician in Media Services at Irvine Valley College, received the Irvine Valley College Classified Employee Outstanding Service Award for 2011-2012. Patti Helton, Human Resources Specialist, received the District Services Classified Employee Outstanding Service Award for 2011-2012.
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Irvine Valley College Model United Nations Team was honored for their outstanding season

and the MUN national conference's highest award – Outstanding Delegation – given to the top 1%, earning them the 2012 National Champions title.

Irvine Valley College Speech and Debate Team was honored for their record-setting season with 72 student awards, 14 students named all conference, placing IVC third in the nation among all schools and earning them the 2012 National Champions title.
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SC President Tod Burnett recognized students Liz Tepe and Remy Conatser, record-breaking, champion hammer throwers and their coaches. SC President Tod Burnett and Professor Lee Haggerty recognized student Joseph Trejo, who was named Best Delegate by the Model United Nations World Health Organization Committee.
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Patti Weekes, Saddleback College Director of Learning Assistance, honored tutors for their volunteer service levels of 100, 200 and 300 hours.  


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

  • All consent calendar items and academic and classified personnel actions, except item 6.8 which was pulled. For additional information, please contact the Chancellor, College President or appropriate Vice Chancellor.
  • Resolution 12-19 notifying the Orange County Department of Education of consolidated election specifications which allow a person to vote in multiple elections at the same time and place using the same ballot for members of governing boards.
  • Board Policies - BP-5608: Tuition Refunds, BP-5605: Residence Determination, BP-4050: Employee Use of District Motor Vehicles.
  • New Administrator and Manager position description titles and range placement on the integrated salary schedule.
  • New faculty appointments.


Vice Chancellor Debra Fitzsimons provided an overview of the new Basic Aid Allocation Recommendation Committee (BAARC) funding recommendations. Dr. Fitzsimons highlighted that during FY 2011-12, only a minimal amount of basic aid projects were authorized in order to fully implement a new process of allocating resources driven by planning. Therefore, BAARC recently reviewed and provided recommendations incorporating two years of basic aid funding. A detailed list of recommendations was outlined in the presentation to gain board input prior to the June meeting when the final budget will be presented. Dr. Fitzsimons recognized the 17-person participatory governance group for providing healthy, serious discussion and thoughtful decision making on recommendations forwarded primarily from the Capital Improvement Committee (CIC) and the District-wide Technology Committee (DTC). She commended the committee for their dedication to providing an open, transparent and collaborative process. BAARC's finalized recommendations have been supported by the chancellor and presidents for a total of $74 million.


  • Trustee Jay spoke fondly of his colleague Trustee Fuentes and reflected upon his 12 years of service on the board during the invocation. Trustee Meldau attended his first ever fashion show at SC, IVC Vice President Gwen Plano's retirement party, the SC nurses pinning ceremony which he called "very special having worked with nurses for so many years." He also enjoyed both outstanding commencements which were an honor to be a part of and the IVC speech and debate banquet. He is looking forward to the KSBR birthday bash. Trustee Milchiker attended both commencements, calling them "incredible," both scholarship ceremonies, SC's human services graduation, the Emeritus faculty dinner, and the Orange County School Boards Association dinner. She also attended an Orange County Legislative Task Force meeting and commented that, as a founding member, she is pleased to see how vibrant the organization is and that it is continuing to advocate for student veterans legislation and has commissioned Orange County Business Council for a socioeconomic impact study. She offered her thoughts and prayers to Tom Fuentes' family. Trustee Prendergast also attended the Orange County School Boards Association dinner and commented that Scott Lay of the Community College League of California provided a helpful and interesting history of community colleges. He also enjoyed attending the SC nurses pinning ceremony, commenting that both his mother and stepmother are nurses. He complimented the colleges on their beautiful commencements and said it is always special to attend IVC's to see some of his Beckman High students graduate. He offered his condolences to the Fuentes family and said he regretted that he didn't know him long. Trustee Padberg attended both scholarship ceremonies, and was honored that an anonymous scholarship donation was made in her name which was "very special." She also attended the scholar baller at SC, and both commencements during this busy month of celebration. She offered her heartfelt condolences to Trustee Fuentes' family. She commented that she knew Trustee Fuentes for many years, even before he was elected to the board, and said he was dedicated to the colleges and community and will be greatly missed. Trustee Lang attended the SC nurses pinning ceremony and both commencements. He congratulated the entire staff of both colleges who do such a terrific job for our students. He was terribly saddened by the loss of colleague Tom Fuentes and noted that it was a fitting symbolism that Trustee Fuentes died on graduation day after 12 years of dedicated service to students. He reflected on what a thoughtful man he was and said he appreciated his unique insights into the agendas each month. He will miss his wisdom, passion, and polish.
  • Chancellor Gary Poertner thanked the colleges for their joyful commencements. He called attention to end of year changes in governance, “new old faces,” introducing the incoming SC Academic Senate President Bob Cosgrove, IVC Academic Senate President Kathy Schmeidler, and Faculty Association President Paula Jacobs. He offered his sincere condolences to the Fuentes family and said he enjoyed knowing Trustee Fuentes, a man with integrity to his own views and beliefs.
  • Saddleback College - President Tod Burnett's report included: 43rd commencement ceremony held May 18th; record-breaking $360,000 in scholarships awarded to 205 students at the 36th annual scholarship ceremony; Nursing Department announced 97.5% pass rate; Student Rose Ramirez, recipient of $400 David Lantis Undergraduate Award; UCI recognized Professors William Alston, Kris Leppien-Christensen, Scott Fier, Carmenmara Hernandez-Bravo, and Elizabeth lnnins at the UCI Irvine’s Educator Recognition Reception; Annual VETS Program End of Year Recognition Event was held where student veterans voted retiring Dean Jim Wright Administrator of the Year, Bradley Rettle Faculty of the Year and Liz Tepe Student Veteran of the Year. Amira Wegenek, Kris Leppien Christensen, and student Ciara LaBonte represented Saddleback College at the annual Western Psychological Association meeting.
  • Irvine Valley College - President Glenn Roquemore's report included: 27th commencement ceremony held on Friday, May 18th; 27th Annual Scholarship Ceremony awarded students more than $169,500; IVC Foundation matched a total of $75,000 toward the PRO IVC campaign; IVC Professor Joanne Chen recipient of the 2012 CLERC  Award for Outstanding Chinese Teaching; IVC Student and Founder of the IVC Veterans Center Chris Hooshmand recipient of an American Chemical Society award; UCI recognized IVC professors Brenda Borron, Kay Ryals, Bari Rudman, and Ilknur Erbas-White with an Educator Recognition Award; IVC partnered with HAAS Technical Education Center for a conference at ATEP to promote manufacturing education; President Glenn Roquemore gave the commencement address at Concordia University, Irvine.
  • Business Services - Vice Chancellor Debra Fitzsimons' report included: basic aid funding recommendations include $2.6M for the OPEB liability, $1M in scheduled maintenance projects, $768,000 for IT projects, and $75,000 for legislative advocacy; Audit season has begun with an expected completion date of November 20, 2012; James B. Utt Library Remodel Furniture and Equipment Installation is nearly complete.
  • Human Resources - Vice Chancellor David Bugay's report included: HR is completing the process of hiring over 40 full time faculty members this year, more than any community college district in the state for the third year in a row. HR is implementing a completely electronic hiring process with several search committees who will complete the entire search process without paper. Last month the HR Department attended a Job Fair at Camp Pendleton, bringing employment opportunities at Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College to military personnel and their families.


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, May 25 and Saturday, May 26, on Saddleback College Channel 39 and Irvine Valley College Channel 33.  SC TV39 has an additional broadcast on Sunday, May 27 at 7 pm.

South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees

William O. Jay, David B. Lang, Frank M. Meldau, Marcia Milchiker,
Nancy M. Padberg, T.J. Prendergast III; Heather Park, Student Trustee

Gary L. Poertner, Chancellor


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