Board Meeting Highlights

South Orange County Community College District

August 31, 2009


Reports and Comments

  • President Donald P. Wagner extended his congratulations on a job well done to everyone involved in the Chancellor's Opening Session which provided a showcase for talented students and faculty. He thanked Dr. Michael Drake, UCI Chancellor, for his participation in the session. He thanked the team who made presentations in the ATEP Community Forum which was informative and well received by those in attendance. He extended his appreciation to Chriss Street, Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector, for attending the meeting and providing an update on tax projections.


  • Vice President John S. Williams thanked the Faculty Association for hosting the luncheon during in-service week.


  • Clerk of the Board Thomas A. Fuentes commended Chancellor Mathur on the Chancellor's Opening Session and shared the many positive comments he heard about the program and its master of ceremonies, President Wagner. He encouraged everyone to attend the upcoming 9-11 ceremonies on the campuses so that “we might never forget.”
  • Trustee William O. Jay thanked everyone for the flowers and letters during his recent convalescence. He is pleased with the enrollment growth this semester and looking forward to the final numbers.


  • Trustee David B. Lang attended the Chancellor's Circle luncheon at IVC held by the Foundation for California Community Colleges. He congratulated President Roquemore and the IVC team for hosting the event. He wished everyone a successful new academic year which is off to a good start.


  • Trustee Marcia Milchiker welcomed back Trustee Jay. She thanked President Roquemore for inviting trustees to the Chancellor's Circle luncheon. She attended many events and sessions during in-service week and enjoyed the opportunity to interact with faculty, staff and administrators.


  • Trustee Nancy M. Padberg was impressed with the Chancellor's Opening Session which she viewed on television. She attended the Chancellor's Circle luncheon featuring a presentation by State Chancellor Jack Scott and an SC Foundation meeting and football game.


  • Student Trustee Bi'Anca Bailey attended the Chancellor's Opening Session and many events during Welcome Week.


  • Chancellor Raghu P. Mathur reported that district-wide fall headcount is up by 7.5%, full-time equivalent student count is up 9.9% and productivity is up by 6%. These figures are all the more impressive given that enrollment last year grew by approximately 15%. He enjoyed the opportunity to serve on a panel at the Governor's "Road to Recovery" conference in Anaheim last month and discussing how our campuses are making a difference in career technical education. He presented a resolution received from the Orange County Board of Supervisors in recognition of Community College Month.


  • SC President Tod Burnett's written report included mention of: the many activities of in-service week and welcoming 15 new tenure-track faculty; Gretchen Bender and Claire Cesareo-Silva kicked off the 2010-13 strategic planning process; hosting 17 Egyptian students as part of the Egypt Community College Initiative; performing and visual arts brochure was mailed to homes; Donna Rane-Szostak joined the Health Sciences Division as the new dean; Patti Weekes and Kevin O'Connor and IVC's Robert Kopecky and Larisa Sergeyeva conducted a state-wide webinar on online tutoring, “attended” by over 117 personnel; Kris Leppien-Christensen was appointed regional vice-president for the Psi Beta chapter, National Honors Society for Psychology Students at Two Year Colleges.


  • IVC President Glenn Roquemore's written report included mention of: Professor Lisa Alvarez co-directing the Community of Writers summer conference in Squaw Valley; the Early College program is now available at El Toro High School, in addition to Beckman High School and Tustin High School; Professor Jerry Rudmann recognized Brenda Borron, Fumiko Ishii and Miriam Castroconde for their work on SLO tracking software; award of $500,000 state-wide CTE Leadership Grant for a two-year program to help develop stronger state-wide linkages between CTE programs and professional career focused associations; former student Kenny Kristianto received a UCLA Transfer Alliance Program (TAP) Scholarship for 2009-10.


  • ATEP Provost Randy Peebles' written report included mention of: over 1,200 students are enrolled this fall and room utilization is nearing capacity with 75 sections offered by IVC and SC; Hudson Capital, LLC is aboard as a development partner to help establish a profit model to fund ATEP's sustained operation and growth; several grants are being pursued to fund improvements and expand technical infrastructure; many proposals submitted by faculty are under review to expand existing programs and design and incubate new prospective programs for the ATEP campus expansion.




South Orange County Community College District
  • all consent calendar items, academic and classified personnel actions (except for agenda item 6.9, B.3 and C.5 which were pulled). If you wish to know specifics, please contact the Office of the President, Deputy Chancellor or Vice Chancellor, Human Resources.
  • adoption of the $435.6 million final budget for 2009-10. Click here to view the electronic presentation made by District Director of Fiscal Services Beth Mueller.


  • adoption of the final 2009-10 budgets for Saddleback College Associated Student Government ($942,394) and Associated Students of Irvine Valley College ($598,275).


  • basic aid priority list and allocation of basic aid funds with the exception of SC and IVC projects which will be brought back next month.


  • nominating Trustee Williams to serve on the Orange County Committee on School District Organization.


  • revised SC mission, vision and values.


  • SC semester abroad to Oxford, England in Spring 2010.


  • SC study aboard program to Salamanca, Spain in Spring 2010.


  • SC two year agreements for cosmetology and cosmetician instruction with Lake Forest Beauty College.

Presentations and Reports

President Roquemore, President Burnett and Provost Peebles presented information on the strategic planning processes at Irvine Valley College, Saddleback College and the Advanced Technology & Education Park. Click here to view the electronic presentation.

Viewing Board Meeting on TV and Online

The Board meeting will be broadcast on Friday, September 4 and Saturday, September 5 at 7pm, on Saddleback College Channel 39 and Irvine Valley College Channel 33.  SC TV39 has an additional broadcast on Sunday, September 6 at 7pm. The meeting will be available for viewing online later in the week.

South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees

Thomas A. Fuentes, William O. Jay, David B. Lang, Marcia Milchiker, Nancy M. Padberg,

Donald P. Wagner, John S. Williams, Bi'Anca Bailey, Student Trustee

Raghu P. Mathur, Ed.D., Chancellor

Board Meeting Update Prepared by:
Tracy Daly, District Director of Public Affairs