Board Meeting Highlights

South Orange County Community College District

September 26, 2011


2010-2011 Faculty of the Year Honored for their Commitment to Students

Dr. Kris Leppien-Christensen
Saddleback College
Professor of the Year

A psychology instructor who has taught at Saddleback since 2005, Dr. Leppien-Christensen's students describe him as “amazing,” and “approachable." He has so inspired his students that they often follow in his footsteps to pursue doctoral degrees in psychology. Dr. Leppien-Christensen was a nominee for 2012 Orange County Teacher of the Year.

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Teresa Bear
Saddleback College
Associate Professor of the Year

A chemistry instructor (now tenure track, full-time) whose students rave about her energy and passion for her subject, Teresa Bear attributes her passion for teaching and compassion for her students to having once been a Saddleback College student herself. She also credits the influence of some very special instructors who were pivotal in helping her succeed.


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Kay Ferguson Ryals
Irvine Valley College
Full-Time Professor of the Year

An English instructor who is a finalist for the 2012 Orange County Teacher of the Year award, Kay Ferguson Ryals is known for her informal teaching style that fosters a safe atmosphere for students to question, learn and share, putting them at ease through methods of critical analysis and understanding course readings.


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David Lacy
Irvine Valley College
Part-Time Professor of the Year

David Lacy has served Irvine Valley College with great distinction since 2008, introducing students to the art of writing well by bringing his past experience as an award-winning newspaper reporter and columnist for The Davis Enterprise into the classroom.

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Richard Caramagno
Irvine Valley College
Emeritus Professor of the Year

Richard Caramagno’s passion for the past 25 years has been Tai Chi and his students describe him as caring, dedicated, kind, patient, respectful and always encouraging as he builds their confidence through supportive and gentle instruction.

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Bill Hewitt
CA Assembly Resolution

Assemblyman Donald P. Wagner presented Bill Hewitt, retired faculty from Irvine Valley College, with a resolution from the California Assembly
in recognition of Bill's significant contributions to the students of California. Bill's wife, Pam, and son, Gary, joined him for the honor.

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  • All consent calendar items and academic and classified personnel actions. For additional information, please contact the Office of the Chancellor, College President or Vice Chancellor of Human Resources.
  • The district-wide short-term Strategic Plan 2011-2014.
  • Saddleback College grant award in the amount of $1,966,543 from the National Science Foundation for the National Center for Rapid Prototyping and Additive Manufacturing Technologies (RapidTech).
  • Adoption of Resolution No. 11-30 to rescind the Classified Employee Layoff approved last month.
  • A decrease in contract costs with Edge Development for the Irvine Valley College Life Sciences project in the amount of $23,198.
  • Revision of the following board policies: BP-4054: Political Activities; BP-6150: Study Abroad Programs; BP-5408: Classroom Supervision; BP-4101: Salary Schedules and Annual Step Increments for Administrators and Classified Management Personnel; BP-4102: Salary Schedule Placement for Administrators, Classified Management and Classified Bargaining Unit Employees;
    BP-4111: Leave for Administrators and Classified Management Personnel; BP-5640: Service Animals; BP-1400 (110): Code of Ethics Standards of Practice.


Colleges' Accreditation Follow Up Reports

College presidents Tod Burnett and Glenn Roquemore, SC Vice President of Instruction Don Busche, Academic Senate members Lisa Davis Allen and Bob Cosgrove and IVC Dean of Academic Programs Kathy Werle presented an overview of the colleges' follow up reports to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) in response to the warnings and recommendations issued in January 2011. During the presentation, IVC President Glenn Roquemore commented how the ACCJC warnings "triggered an amazing event, one that I have never experienced before in this district, and that is paying strict attention to what's asked of us" with an unprecedented, collaborative effort among the colleges and district services to resolve these issues. SC President Tod Burnett commented on the effective district-wide effort in putting together the report with widespread input. Both presidents thanked the chancellor for his leadership in addressing the concerns.

The six presenters provided an overview of: the colleges’ processes to address the concerns and complete the follow up report; new initiatives to ensure that resources are tied to planning; increased communication and collaboration; and efforts to incorporate continual improvement and annual evaluation. The group reviewed each recommendation, outlined specific task force outcomes and identified actions and planning agendas. The group commented that they feel confident that the issues have been resolved and hope that the warnings can be lifted next January when ACCJC issues its follow up summary.

IVC highlighted a civility initiative, workshops for classified staff, a climate survey and attendance by President Glenn Roquemore at IVC constituency group meetings as new efforts to meet IVC's additional specific college recommendation regarding communication.

The collective Powerpoint presentation can be viewed here.



  • Trustee Meldau thanked SC President Burnett for giving him an in-depth tour of the campus. He is looking forward to getting a similar tour of IVC soon. Trustee Meldau enjoyed attending the SC homecoming game, IVC art exhibit, and the SC chili bowl cook-off; Trustee Milchiker attended the SC chili cook off and commented that she bought a lot of items to support student veterans; Trustee Prendergast attended the SC homecoming and reception and is looking forward to an upcoming water polo game at the new SC Aquatics Center; Trustee Padberg enjoyed SC's homecoming and she complimented both colleges on their respectful 9/11 ceremonies; Trustee Lang enjoyed SC homecoming and IVC's 9/11 commemoration ceremony; Student Trustee Larson drew a laugh when he donned a crown, announcing that he enjoyed attending homecoming too where he was announced Homecoming King! He will donate the $150 gift to buy new chess boards for the SC Chess Club where he serves as President.
  • Chancellor Gary Poertner called attention to the accreditation follow up reports and strategic plan, both on the agenda, and thanked the many people who participated in the unprecedented, collaborative effort over the past six months to address the issues.
  • Saddleback College - President Tod Burnett's report included mention of: a campus tour with Trustee Meldau on Sep. 14th where he also met with employees and the Academic Senate; State of the College breakfast Sep. 23rd; homecoming football game held Sep. 24th; 700 Orange County K-12 children on campus for Constitution Day Sep. 16th; 15 toddlers in the Child Development Center graduated into the Preschool Program; international students attended a college fair at UCI; new regulations posted on website; no-F academic probation outreach workshops held; Crisis Intervention Center opened this semester to assist with psychological emergencies; Transfer Day held Sep. 21 included live chat workshops; 3rd annual Veterans Resource Fair held Sep. 14; SC foundation launched its effort for a $20M capital campaign for a wellness center and athletic stadium.

  • Irvine Valley College - President Glenn Roquemore's report included mention of: IVC honors students have implemented CONNECT: The Student Network, to facilitate academic and social connections between students and the college by matching incoming freshmen with academically successful peer mentors; IVC hosted CSU Professor Robert A. (Ray) Young on Sep. 22 to kick off the Lecture Series with "Paradise at Middle Age: Exploring the Real Orange"; IVC2IVC Faculty Lecture Series featured music professor Dr. Stan Breckenridge; IVC and Vital Link presented "Reactor Cafe, Energy and Transportation Super Cars, Super Trains, and Super Planes" on Sep. 22 highlighting STEM and 3D modeling; Veteran's Symposium held Sep. 2; 9/11 commemoration event held Sep. 9; IVC women's tennis team was recently honored as an ITA All-Academic Team; grand opening of the new Language Aquisition Center held Sep. 20.
  • ATEP - Associate Vice Chancellor Randy Peebles report included mention of: Each of the college presidents and staff presented their vision for the future of ATEP to Chancellor
    . The colleges will present their plans to the board in a future meeting. The pending
    10-acre land exchange between the County of Orange and SOCCCD is continuing to move ahead. It is anticipated that our Board of Trustees will consider the land exchange agreement along with the related CEQA document in the next 1-2 months. The demolition contractor has completed the Phase II demolition which includes all buildings except the chapel and helicopter hangar.

The board meeting will be available for viewing online later in the week at Television broadcasts are scheduled for 7 pm on Friday, Sept. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 1, on Saddleback College Channel 39 and Irvine Valley College Channel 33.  SC TV39 has an additional broadcast on Sunday, Oct. 2 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