Board Meeting Highlights

South Orange County Community College District

September 22, 2008




Saddleback College celebrated its 40th anniversary of serving students in our community.

Professor Bob Parsons was recognized for his 40 years of teaching excellence in physics at Saddleback College. He was one of the SC ’s founding faculty members! Chancellor Raghu Mathur commended him for his commitment and service to Saddleback College and SOCCCD and thanked him personally for the integrity and mentorship he offered to him, other faculty members and students alike.

Professor Terri Whitt, R.N. and Judy Krieg, R.N., were recognized for their dedication to the nursing profession and commitment to providing healthcare services to thousands of poor residents in Belize. Trustee Tom Fuentes presented a letter from the U.S. Ambassador to Belize thanking them for their service.



 South Orange County Community College District

South Orange County Community College District




Saddleback College celebrated 40 years of serving students and the community with a commemorative video, and resolutions from Congressman Gary Miller, Assemblyman Todd Spitzer, Senator Dick Ackerman, County Supervisor Pat Bates and eight municipalities in Orange County.

Mission Viejo Mayor Trish Kelley offered her heartfelt thanks to the college for the many ways it contributes to the community.

SC President Tod Burnett introduced four past Presidents who were in attendance, including Jack Roper (1st), Bill Jay (4th), Dixie Bullock (7th) and Rich McCullough (8th).



The Board received an update from SC and IVC on draft accreditation reports, along with a report on reassigned time and stipends.




South Orange County Community College District

South Orange County Community College District



  • Trustee William O. Jay thanked IVC President Glenn Roquemore and Business Professor Bob Urell for a great tour of the new Business Sciences Technology Innovation Center (BSTIC), which “showed off the personality of the faculty who participated in the design of the building.” He mentioned that approximately 30% of all our students are enrolled at some point in business classes, proving that a state-of-the-art building such as the BSTIC was much needed.


  • Trustee Nancy M. Padberg also toured BSTIC facility and thanked District Facilities Director Brandye D’Lena for her leadership on the project. She commented on how “relaxing and divine” the building is, blending nicely with IVC’s beautiful surroundings. She thanked both colleges for their 9/11 ceremonies.


  • Clerk of the Board Thomas A. Fuentes commended both colleges on their 9/11 ceremonies and was honored to preside at IVC’s; he commented on what a pleasure it was to participate in SC President Tod Burnett’s welcome reception which was well attended by the community. He echoed other Trustees’ comments about the new BSTIC building, commenting that “it makes me very proud to be part of this district that these quality facilities are available to our students and community.” He congratulated SC on their 40th anniversary celebration, pointing out that SC is an outstanding model of service and partnership in the community. He stated that Chancellor Mathur will be chairing the Orange County Legislative Task Force meetings this year.


  • Trustee John S. Williams, who was part of the 2nd graduating class from SC, congratulated the Saddleback College on their 40-year anniversary and surprised the audience by sharing his 1970 football conference ring, a maroon and gold tie (part of a uniform worn for athletic team photos), a 1968 SC t-shirt, and a 1968 college catalog and Gaucho guide that included strict dress codes.


  • President Donald P. Wagner wished SC a happy 40th birthday and commented that Professor Bob Parsons was indeed a faculty member listed in the 1968 college directory that Trustee John Williams shared. He thanked the accreditation teams for their hard work.


  • Trustee David B. Lang attended 9/11 ceremonies at both colleges, and thanked the colleges for remembering this day. He congratulated SC President Tod Burnett on his welcome reception and kickoff to his presidency. He also attended the inaugural organ benefit recital at IVC, featuring world-renowned organist Frederick Swann, to benefit the IVC Organ Scholarship Fund.  He called Frederick Swann “masterful and educational.”  He thanked IVC for the tour of the new BSTIC building, which he called “an outstanding addition to the IVC campus.”


  • Student Trustee Hannah H.E. Lee attended the 9/11 ceremonies at IVC and commented that she had also recently participated in a meeting of the IVC student government. She complimented the new ASIVC president Yama Knawabi on a strong start to the academic year.


  • Chancellor Raghu P. Mathur congratulated SC on its 40th anniversary and thanked the many faculty, staff, administrators, managers and trustees who have provided leadership over the years to its success. He commented on the outstanding tour of the new IVC BSTIC building and recognized District Facilities Director Brandye D’Lena and former District Facilities Director Raul Villalba for their leadership. He thanked SC Student Services Vice President Lise Telson and the SC Associated Student Government for a recent invitation to meet and speak with student leaders about leadership.


  • SC President Tod Burnett’s written report included mention of:  Saddleback College’s 40th anniversary celebration events; a commemoration ceremony to honor the heroic first responders and other victims of Sep. 11, 2001; Transfer Center workshops and fairs; a ASG Blood Drive will be held on Sep. 23 and 24; fine arts activities including performances by Joey Sellers and comrades, and Saddleback Jazz Faculty; A Night for the Nile event; and jazz, photography, poem and acrobat performances. The Emeritus Institute’s Fine and Decorative Arts Show is running through Nov. 7; 233 nursing students are using new technology equipment; and the SC Foundation’s buy-a-brick campaign continues to raise funds for the Veteran’s Memorial.


  • IVC President Glenn Roquemore’s written report included mention of: fall career and transfer fair; media coverage of IVC volleyball coach Tom Pestolesi’s stories about volleyball Olympic gold medalist Misty May-Treanor (also a former assistant coach); a commemoration ceremony to honor victims of Sep. 11, 2001 included guest speakers Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchins and Irvine Police Chief David Maggard, Jr.; the 16th Annual Tonya Reed Gardner Memorial endowed Music Scholarship Benefit Recital; a Piano Faculty Artist Recital; and the 5th annual Emeritus Institute event will be held on Sep. 27 with live music, demonstrations, arts exhibits and a silent auction.


  • ATEP Acting Associate Provost Tracy Daly’s report included mention of: enrollment has doubled from last fall to more than 800; ATEP’s computer lab has expanded to 36 stations to meet increasing demand; demolition of former military buildings on the ATEP site is being planned; meetings with the OC Film Commission and industry professionals are being held to gain feedback and support for the long range plan; partnership meetings with UCI and Concordia Nursing departments were held to discuss a joint-use simulation lab; and a full page ad in OC Register marked the one year anniversary of ATEP.




South Orange County Community College District
  • all consent calendar items, academic personnel actions, and classified personnel actions (except for items 6.5, 6.8 and 6.9 which were tabled.)  If you wish to know specifics, please contact the Office of the President or Deputy Chancellor. 


  • accepting a $225,000 grant to IVC for the Teacher Preparation Pipeline program from the state chancellor’s office. 


  • SC study abroad program to Guanajuato, Mexico for Spring semester 2009.


  • contract with Cavecche Engineering and Construction Company in the amount of $1,073,882 for the A300 Theater Secondary Effects remodel at IVC.


  • contract with PCN3, Inc. in the amount of $3,523,000 for the conversion of IVC B200 Science Lab Annex and B239 project.


  • purchase of office and classroom furniture for the Business Sciences and Technology Innovation Center at IVC in the amount of $510,000.


  • contract with JRH Construction Co., Inc. in the amount of $1,327,000 for the Village Swing Space renovation at SC.


The Board meeting will be broadcast on Friday, Sep. 26 and Saturday, Sep. 27 at 7 pm, on Saddleback College Channel 39 and Irvine Valley College Channel 33.  SC TV39 has an additional broadcast on Sunday, Sep. 29 at 7 pm.

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, Hannah H.E. Lee, Student Trustee

Raghu P. Mathur, Ed.D., Chancellor

Board Meeting Update Prepared by:
Tere Fluegeman, Acting District Director
Public Affairs and Intergovernmental Relations