Board Meeting Highlights

South Orange County Community College District

May 23, 2011

Jordan Larson

Saddleback College student Jordan Larson has been elected as student trustee for academic year 2011-2012. He was sworn in by Board President Nancy Padberg. Jordan introduced his mother who was in the audience to witness the ceremony.

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  South Orange County Community College District

Saddleback College Forensics Team

National Honors

The Saddleback College Forensics Team achieved one of the highest honors at the Phi Rho Pi National Forensics Tournament held in Greenwich, Connecticut on
April 8-17, 2011 by placing 4th in individual events and 6th overall out of the 59 colleges in attendance.

South Orange County Community College District

Board's Role in Accreditation

Irvine Valley College President Glenn Roquemore gave a presentation entitled, “What Trustees Need to Know About Accreditation,” to provide an overview of accreditation and review the board's role in the process. Dr. Roquemore said that accreditation reviews ensure educational quality and provide for continual evaluation and improvement. The board's role is to establish policies that support those goals while delegating institutional authority to the college presidents. He said it is important for the board to understand the colleges' goals and benchmarks so they can fully support the colleges.


Educational and Facilities Master Plan Overview

Saddleback College President Tod Burnett, Irvine Valley College President Glenn Roquemore, District Director of Facilities and Planning Brandye D'Lena, and GKK architect David Hunt gave a updated summary of the Educational and Facilities Master Plans for each college projecting needs from five to 20 years. They explained the year-long process which included data collection and comprehensive college and district input from 89 committee meetings, 39 group interviews, and six milestone presentations along the way in order to gain consensus.


Maintenance and Operations Report

Irvine Valley College Facilities Director John Edwards provided an overview of the day to day maintenance and operations activities as well as planning and scheduling for ongoing maintenance needs in response to a board report request from Trustee Meldau. Acting Vice Chancellor of Business Services David Bugay explained the role of the new district-wide Capital Improvement Committee (CIC) that will address long-term facilities and capital improvements needs and make recommendations using uniform, data driven criteria to plan and budget for the next 20 years.






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  • all consent calendar items and academic and classified personnel actions, except 6.5. For additional information, please contact the Office of the President or Vice Chancellor of Human Resources.
  • Acceptance of an award of $199,238 from Hoag Memorial Presbyterian to support Saddleback College's nursing program.
  • Award in the amount of $130,000 from the State Chancellor's office to develop and offer courses in green and sustainable building technology at Saddleback College.
  • Acceptance of a $400,000 grant from the State Chancellor's office to expand career exploration at the 7th and 8th grade level, fund development of green and hybrid technology in Saddleback College's automotive program, and to develop robotic technology at IVC.
  • Changing the school name of Health Sciences, Physical Education and Athletics to Kinesiology, Health and Athletics at Irvine Valley College.
  • Acceptance of CSEA Chapter 586 proposal for review and study.
  • All of the trustees commended the college presidents and staff for their flawless commencements with enjoyable speakers and acknowledged the appreciated work of 51 retiring faculty who are now officially "Emeritus" status. Trustees conveyed their commitment to maintaining high quality instruction as these faculty are replaced.
  • Trustee Meldau added how much he appreciated attending the scholarship ceremony at SC, and how thrilled he was to see students that are so anxious to work.
  • Trustee Milchiker commended IVC Professor of the Year Kay Ferguson Ryals on becoming a finalist for Orange County Teacher of the Year. She also mentioned that the board self evaluation workshop was productive and she is pleased with the board composition; she added that this was her 26th year attending scholarship and commencement ceremonies (she has now attended 52 graduations) and it is always a good reminder of how we change our students lives forever.
  • Trustee Prendergast attended Phantom of the Opera at SC and was honored to introduce the Professor of Year at SC's Commencement and Early College grads at IVC;
  • Trustee Padberg attended the Orange County Legislative Task Force CTE Breakfast showcasing the nursing program from SC and the animation/gaming from IVC and was pleased that Assemblyman Don Wagner was in attendance. She was happy with the board self evaluation process and especially enjoyed attending many recent college ceremonies including commencement, scholarship, nurse pinning, health services, and a performance of The Phantom of the Opera.
  • Trustee Lang added to the board comments that he hoped our dedicated retiring faculty will find other ways to continue their involvement at the colleges.
  • Student Trustee Jordan thanked the board for welcoming him and added his enjoyment of a recent Improv production at SC.
  • Chancellor Poertner echoed the accolades from the board regarding commencements. He added that work on the accreditation steering committee is progressing with the goal of completing reports by end of August; he mentioned several new website additions including information about accreditation and the board evaluation; he reported that 430 people have responded so far to the district survey and that results will be posted on the district website when they become available; he highlighted work of the district strategic planning committee on a strategic plan that will support the plans of the colleges with committee representation from district and both colleges; and he thanked President Roquemore for presenting a discussion item at this board meeting regarding the board's role in accreditation.
  • Saddleback College - President Tod Burnett's report included mention of: 42nd Commencement held May 20; announcement of Patti Flanigan as Dean of Online Education and Learning Resources, Dave Jenkin as Foundation Director, and Christian Alvarado as Director of Financial Aid; attendance at the ASG awards banquet and SC's scholarship ceremony where Assemblyman Don Wagner presented the Paul R. Wagner scholarship in honor of his son; psychology week, jazz lab, student art exhibition, Michael Dessen Trio and Grisha Goryachev concerts, Summer Winds ensemble concert, and performances of The Journey and The Phantom of the Opera; a culinary competition; transfer celebration, and Veterans Recognition and Disabled Veterans Mentorship events.

  • Irvine Valley College - President Glenn Roquemore's report included mention of: 26th Commencement honoring a record number of graduates and the Scholarship Awards ceremony; Arleen Elseroad elected chair of CCCApply committee; 8th annual jazz picnic; congrats to IVC men's volleyball - CCCAA state champions; foundation awards dinner raised $20,000; an anonymous $15,000 donation to IVC Theatre dept.; Model UN team won two prestigious conference awards; spring dance concert series with Melissa Sandvig; biennial outdoor sculpture event held May 5; 45,000 donations from IVC to Goodwill Industries yielded $1.5 million in store sales; classified senate selected as "model classified senate" in CA; women's badminton team captures state championship.
  • ATEP - Associate Vice Chancellor Randy Peebles' report included mention of: CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) to launch a national search for education partners as part of their contract with the district. Marketing efforts include property signage, a brochure, mass communications flyer distribution and a website to market partnership opportunities at ATEP; land exchange agreements are progressing with several Tustin Legacy partners which will improve the land configuration and value; Phase One demolition is complete and Phase Two will start soon.

The Board meeting will be available for viewing online later in the week at Television broadcasts are scheduled for 7pm on Friday, May 27 and Saturday, May 28, on Saddleback College Channel 39 and Irvine Valley College Channel 33.  SC TV39 has an additional broadcast on Sunday, May 29 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; Jordan Larson, Student Trustee

Gary L. Poertner, Chancellor

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