Board Meeting Highlights

South Orange County Community College District

August 29, 2011


Board of Trustees Tour James B. Utt Library Renovation at Saddleback
In a special board meeting from 4-5 pm, the board toured the James B. Utt Library renovation project at Saddleback College. The project is the complete renovation of a 40-year old, 100,000 square foot, reinforced concrete library building into a 21st century Learning Resource Center (LRC). The new LRC will contain 13 classrooms, 12 computer classrooms/labs, 28 offices, 21 reading/study rooms, 275 computers, break out rooms and multipurpose, community gathering spaces to support learning efforts of the campus and community through exhibits and historical book collections. The board commented on how noticeably light, bright and open the renovated space feels with 16 skylights. They complimented President Tod Burnett, the Facilities Planning team and gkkworks architects for their leadership in creating three floors of modern learning space to accommodate today's students.

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Irvine Valley College
Model Classified Senate Award 2011
IVC's Classified Senate was selected as a “Model Classified Senate” and recognized with an award at the Classified Leadership Institute in Ventura, California on June 24, 2011. The board congratulated the 2010-2011 Irvine Valley College Classified Senate Board of Officers Angela Mahaney, Dennis Gordon, Diana Walker, Joe San Juan and Gee Dickson for their outstanding leadership and representation.


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Classified Senate Vision

Award 2011
Laura U’Ren, Career Placement Officer at Irvine Valley College, received a California Community College Classified Senate Vision Award at the Classified Leadership Institute in Ventura, California on June 24, 2011. The board recognized her exemplary service to Irvine Valley College’s Classified Senate beginning in 1989 and her leadership in establishing the first statewide classified senate, now known as the State Classified Senate (4CS).



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Sherpa Technical Development Team 2011 Blackboard Catalyst Award
The SOCCCD IT Sherpa Technical Development Team received the 2011 Blackboard Catalyst Committee’s Choice Award at the Blackboard World conference on July 15, 2011. The team was honored for its innovative development of a unique notification system that supports student success via individualized, event-triggered reminders, and communicates with students using email, text messaging, and voice calls. The board congratulated the entire Sherpa Product Development Team for their extraordinary initiatives to improve student learning.



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  • all consent calendar items and academic and classified personnel actions, except 5.8 which was pulled and 6.3 which was tabled. For additional information, please contact the Office of the Chancellor, College President or Vice Chancellor of Human Resources.
  • SOCCCD's final 2011-2012 budget and Saddleback and IVC student government budgets.
  • architectural and engineering services from gkkworks for the Technology and Applied Sciences Building renovation at Saddleback College in the amount of $685,000.
  • additional project costs of $324,914 for the Saddleback College James B. Utt Memorial Learning Resource Center renovation project for a revised total of $12,864,289.
  • additional project costs of $24,852.28 to Condor, Inc. for a revised total of $1,109,586.28 for the pool deck replacement project at Saddleback College.
  • Saddleback College permanent division name change from Liberal Arts and Learning Resources to Liberal Arts as part of the realignment of the Learning Resources Division in October 2010.
  • reallocation of $2.7 million from the IVC Business Sciences and Technology lnnovation project back to the IVC Fine Arts project.
  • Revision of the following board policies: BP-3110-Basic Aid Funds Allocation Process, BP-4211-Retirement Benefits for Administrators and Classified Management Personnel, BP-4081-Payroll Deductions, BP-4076-Compensation.
  • Resolution No. 11 -25 authorizing SlSC to become the District's Section 125 Plan administrator with improved services to employees and an annual savings of $7,900.


  • College presidents Tod Burnett and Glenn Roquemore and academic senate members, Lisa Davis Allen and Bob Cosgrove gave an overview of the new proposed district-wide strategic plan. The presentation included an explanation of the six goals and 13 objectives for achieving those goals. The PPT can be viewed here.
  • Saddleback ASG students gave an overview of the student government budget and funding initiatives for scholarships, student activities, campus life initiatives and co-curricular programs. They also reviewed anticipated sources of revenue. The approved budget can be viewed here.
  • ASIVC students provided an overview of the student government budget including sources of revenue and expenses for campus life, co-curricular activities, student support and scholarships.
  • Vice Chancellor Debra Fitzsimons reviewed the Fiscal Year 2011-2012 annual district budget and thanked Fiscal Directors Beth Mueller, Carol Hilton and Davit Khachatryan for their hard work. She highlighted state cuts to categoricals and Partnership in Excellence funds and reviewed tuition increases, basic aid history and possible scenarios based on the state budget situation. "It is not business as usual," she said. Her powerpoint presentation can be viewed here. The approved budget is posted on the district's website here.
  • Saddleback President Tod Burnett presented a tribute on former U.S. President Ronald W. Reagan and his relationship with Saddleback College. He highlighted letters, photos and videos gathered from over the past 40 years. President Burnett would like to donate the district's Ronald Reagan memorabilia to the Ronald W. Reagan Library and Museum. Board President Nancy Padberg asked for a more detailed listing of the items to determine what should be donated.


  • Trustee Bill Jay commented on the full campus and asked the presidents about enrollment numbers. Trustee Frank Meldau enjoyed the SC library tour and is looking forward to attending the SC chili cook-off and IVC art gallery reception. He recently conducted a self tour of both campuses and was pleased to meet many helpful staff. Trustee Marcia Milchiker enjoyed attending a number of flex week events including Chancellor's Opening Session and has registered for four classes. She offered kudos to the college staff in registration and other departments who are so helpful. She encouraged attendance at the upcoming SC chili cook-off fundraiser to benefit the veteran's memorial and veteran students. Trustee T.J. Prendergast enjoyed touring the SC library renovation and also commented on the "impressive" aquatics complex. He also enjoyed attending the Chancellor's Opening Session and faculty association lunch. Board President Nancy Padberg was proud to be a part of the Chancellor's Opening Session. She recently attended the first meeting of the Orange County Legislative Task Force which is chaired by Rancho Santiago CCD this year. She will give a TV interview at Laguna Woods TV this week to report on district activities. Trustee David Lang regrets he could not attend flex week but is happy to be starting a new academic year. Student Trustee Jordan Larson reported having a great experience running for state student trustee, and though he wasn't elected he enjoyed meeting all the student trustees and learned a lot from the experience. He is looking forward to the SC Library opening and to participating in an alumni water polo game at the new aquatics center.
  • Chancellor Gary Poertner was absent from the meeting. Vice Chancellor David Bugay filled in as acting Chancellor. He congratulated IVC's model classified senate, IVC employee Laura U'Ren and the District IT Sherpa development team on their resolutions. "You make me proud to work here," he said.
  • Saddleback College - President Tod Burnett's report included mention of: flex week activities focused on student success and SC's top 10 goals; presentation at Chancellor's Opening Session on SC's Vision 2020 completion goals; website for associate faculty; management retreat in Palm Springs; Seussical Jr. had two sold out performances and auditions were held for Caberet, The Importance of Being Earnest, and A Christmas Carol. Jazz, choral and music auditions; a faculty concert; a student technical help website was created; 52 new international students admitted for fall; ASG leadership retreat held Aug. 18; VETS program hosted training to educate faculty on classroom needs for returning veterans; a new communications/graphics manual; 9/11 Commemoration ceremony to be held on Sept. 8 at 4 pm at the Veteran's Memorial.

  • Irvine Valley College - President Glenn Roquemore's report included mention of: presentation at Chancellor's Opening Session on IVC's Vision 2020 completion goals; Psi Beta member Theresa Lavery received a national award from the American Psychological Association for a research paper; extended education opportunities and tuition assistance available for HVAC training; four days of student activities during welcome week invited students to get involved and be heard; part-time faculty member Bill Atkins won a contest by the California Coastal Commission for his design of a new Whale Tail Ecoplate for California; innovative new certificate program in recycling and Zero Waste begins Aug. 22 in partnership with the Dept. of Labor; IVC Art Gallery will host Cosmic Seduction: The Art of Daniel du Plessis form Sept. 1-Oct. 14 which explores the universe and our place in it; 10th anniversary 9/11 Commemoration to be held Friday, Sept. 9 from 12:00 to 12:30 pm at the IVC Performing Arts Center.
  • ATEP - Associate Vice Chancellor Randy Peebles report included mention of: SC and IVC continue to plan programs for the ATEP expansion; national search for educational partners underway with CB Richard Ellis; SOCCCD is pursuing federal funding through the New Markets Tax Credit program; demolition of former marine buildings on the ATEP site is 50% completed; discussions with City of Tustin and County of Orange continue for land configuration enhancements; ATEP included in the long-range Education and Facilities Master Plan and District Strategic Plan with district-wide input.

The board meeting will be available for viewing online later in the week at Television broadcasts are scheduled for 7 pm on Friday, Sept. 2 and Saturday, Sept. 3, on Saddleback College Channel 39 and Irvine Valley College Channel 33.  SC TV39 has an additional broadcast on Sunday, Sept. 4 at 7 pm.

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, Director, Public Affairs