Board Meeting Highlights

South Orange County Community College District

August 27, 2012

DISCUSSION .........................................................................


Academic Senate Presidents Bob Cosgrove, Saddleback College, and Kathy Schmeidler, Irvine Valley College, provided an overview of Title 5 regulations and faculty roles and responsibilities for the Student Success Task Force Recommendations. Each of the eight Student Success Task Force recommendations will be reviewed in greater detail at board meetings beginning in September.


They encouraged everyone to watch the flex week in-service presentation on student success provided by David Morse of the statewide student success task force.



Vice Chancellor Debra Fitzsimons provided an overview of the final budget which was approved. Student government representatives from Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College presented their final budgets which were also approved.

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

  • All consent calendar items and academic and classified personnel actions, with revisions to item 6.6 1A. For additional information, please contact the Chancellor, College President or appropriate Vice Chancellor.
  • An increase in services in the amount of $3,450 with Dougherty and Dougherty for the Irvine Valley College Life Sciences building.
  • Contract with C.E.M. Lab Corp. for $65,850 to provide additional inspection services for the Irvine Valley College Life Sciences building.
  • An agreement with the Irvine Soccer Club resulting in $116,150 income to Irvine Valley College.
  • An agreement with Crescent Solutions not to exceed $108,864 to provide software development services for enhancements to SIS. The list of enhancement requests is prioritized by the colleges and will be performed in collaboration with the appropriate college staff. Funding for these services was provided through the basic aid allocation approved in June 2012.
  • An agreement with eNamix not to exceed $147,168 for quality assurance (QA) services in support of the Sherpa, MAP Upgrade and Awards Management projects. Funding for these services was provided through the basic aid allocation approved in June 2012.
  • Final FY 2012-2013 budget for SOCCCD.
  • Final FY 2012-2013 budgets for Saddleback College Associated Student Government (ASG) and Associated Student Government of Irvine Valley College (ASIVC).
  • Board Policy Revisions to BP-4056: Classified Employees Participation in Decision Making; BP-5200: Student Health Services; BP-5500: Student News Media; BP-6160: Final Examinations.


  • Trustee Jay had no report; Trustee Meldau visited the remodeled SC student health center and was pleased that the center offers both physical and mental health services for 50-100 students per day. He hopes their services can be well publicized to students. He is concerned about the increased violence in schools and hopes that we will be able to add a psychiatrist to the health center staff. Trustee Milchiker also attended the SC health center opening and was pleased to learn of the free flu shots for staff on Sep. 17th. She attended most of the in-service events at both colleges, including presidents welcome breakfasts, IVC's budget presentation, Chancellor's Opening Session, and Academic Senate presentations. She enjoyed meeting many of the new faculty and managers. Trustee Prendergast attended SC's welcome back breakfast, David Morse's presentation on student success at SC and Chancellor's Opening Session. He was excited to see the excellent examples of articulation between UCI and IVC. He also visited the student health center. Trustee Padberg found Chancellor's Opening Session presentations to be fascinating, and especially enjoyed learning about the articulation that helps to define student success. She also attended the faculty association luncheon. She welcomed all of the new faculty. Trustee Wright had a busy month which included a Laguna Woods TV interview, tour of IVC, in-service presentations at both colleges, Chancellor's Opening Session, state of automotive technology presentation at SC, classified staff events, a tour of the Learning Resource Center (LRC) at SC, and a district services overview of departments for economic development/ATEP; Human Resources; and Information Technology. Trustee Lang attended the classified luncheon and the SC student health services tour which he called "very impressive." He is looking forward to touring the LRC. He too extended greetings to all new faculty and thanked those who served on the many hiring committees. Student Trustee Park attended a student trustee conference to learn more about the role of a trustee. She also attended the Chancellor's Opening Session and said it was enlightening. She learned about parliamentary procedures at a recent IVC student government meeting.
  • Chancellor Gary Poertner commented that he is appreciative of the effort being made districtwide to develop strategies to improve student completions. For the next eight months the board will hear presentations on this topic from faculty and others. He is thankful that the college presidents included this important topic in their welcome back sessions and in many flex week activities. He stated that we are beginning to move forward and we should be a leader in the state on this. He reiterated that we need the leadership of academic senates on this.


  • Saddleback College - President Tod Burnett's report included: hosting a faculty breakfast, associate faculty dinner and classified staff luncheon during In-Service where President Burnett presented the State of the College address focusing on the top 10 projects for 2012-2013 and an overview of the Student Success Task Force recommendations; welcoming 27 new full-time tenure track faculty; A team of faculty and Dean Patti Flanigan hosted five summer faculty workshops on gearing up for Fall 2012; Productivity reports show the Center for Career and Life Development had 5,588 visits last fiscal; Renewal grants included $567,473 for NSF-S-STEM; $120,000 for Teacher Pipeline project; and $411,350 for Community Collaborative Career and Technical Education; Campus Police held a CERT training class for 30 participants; ASG will host a blood drive on Sept. 25 and 26.
  • Irvine Valley College - President Glenn Roquemore's report included: hosting a retreat for administrators & managers focusing on the Completion Agenda and Voluntary Framework of Accountability; School of Dance participated in a cultural and educational exchange where IVC students traveled Paris in June and French students visited IVC in August; the department of Music featured Iman Khosrowpour and the Strings Faculty, providing private student coaching in front of an audience; the Chapter of Psi Beta National Honor Society earned the 2011-2012 Chapter Excellence Award; 800 K-12 students enrolled in Kids Kollege this summer; Astronomy Professor Roy McCord is making a documentary in Nicaragua called “Good Must Be Near at Hand” which will focus on indigenous musicians, dancers and other performers in remote villages and towns; community is invited to the 9-11 commemoration ceremony on Sep. 11 at noon in the IVC Performing Arts Center.
  • Business Services - Vice Chancellor Debra Fitzsimons' report included: Fiscal Services was recognized by the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) as the FIRST large district to get their books closed! They will present the department with a “recognition of achievement” certificate and a pizza party for the staff. Irvine Valley College Life Sciences Project is on a track toward successful completion prior to the next Board meeting. Fiscal Services completed the Sound Fiscal Management Self-Assessment Checklist which is a useful tool designed to evaluate the fiscal health of the district and identify potential areas of concern.
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, August 31 and Saturday, Sep. 1 on Saddleback College Channel 39 and Irvine Valley College Channel 33.  SC TV 39 has an additional broadcast on Sunday, Sep. 2 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, 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