South Orange County Community College District


August 30 , 2004





  • Board Clerk Thomas Fuentes announced the appointment of Dr. Louis Leo to the position of interim Dean of Students and Counseling at Irvine Valley College.



  • President Donald P. Wagner, Chancellor Raghu P. Mathur , and Saddleback College President Richard McCullough accepted a check for $10,000 from Wells Fargo Bank toward the Saddleback College Health Sciences Building.
South Orange County Community College District

From left to right: Chancellor Raghu P. Mathur, Board President Donald P. Wagner,

College Foundation Vice President Ralph Selway, Robert Kacer of Wells Fargo

and Saddleback College President Richard McCullough.

  • Included in the Board written agenda was a resolution to Sumudu Weerasuriya, President of IVC's Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She won the 2003-04 Outstanding Chapter President Award for the U.S. , Japan and Germany at the 87 th international conference. The Chapter also won two top awards at the regional conference.



  • Vice President Nancy M. Padberg mentioned that she enjoyed the festivities at the start up of the semester and expressed her appreciation to all faculty, administrators, staff and students.
  • Trustee William O. Jay attended a retirement event for Professors Cal Nelson, John Allen, Yong Kim and Joe Valencic from the Saddleback College Division of Math, Science and Engineering. He remembered hiring Professor Kim.
  • Trustee David Lang extended his best wishes to everyone at the beginning of the semester. He commended IVC Professor Kate Clark and the job she is doing as President of the statewide Academic Senate.
  • Trustee Marcia Milchiker attended many in service events marking the beginning of the new semester. She too attended the retirement event of the four professors from Saddleback College. Colleagues throughout the country came to attend the event which celebrated over 109 years of total service.
  • Trustee John Williams congratulated Misty May, IVC Assistant Volleyball Coach and Olympic Gold Winner. He mentioned that there are many Olympians from Orange County including Aaron Peirsol, Amanda Beard, Elaine Youngs, Julie Foudy, Jason Lezaks, Larsen Jensen, Taylor Dent, Amanda Freed, Lori Harrigan, and Natasha Watley.
  • Chancellor Mathur stated that fall semester is off to a great start and extended a welcome to all faculty, staff, and students for the 2004-05 year. He announced that Student Trustee Sona Smetanova resigned. Applications for the position will be available on each campus through the Student Services offices on September 1. Per Board policy, elections will be held at Saddleback College October 5-6 and at IVC October 6-7.
  • IVC President Glenn Roquemore expressed pride in the Olympic accomplishments of Assistant Volleyball Coach Misty May as well as Head Coach Tom Pestolesi. Everyone is invited to three events: September 9 commemorating 9/11; September 17 for the opening of the new Astronomy Observatory; and September 30 for the groundbreaking of the Performing Arts Center and Theatre. Dr. Roquemore's written report included mention of: English instructor Michelle Mitchell-Foust having her second book of poetry published in 2005; Daniel Luzko from the Fine Arts Division traveling to Paraguay to donate musical instruments to poor children; Debate Coach Gary Rybold is the U.S. coordinator of an international debate festival in China this month; and promotion of IVC to employees of Gateway Computer which is relocating to the Irvine Spectrum.
  • Saddleback College President McCullough recognized Dean Ken Patton who coordinated a very successful rapid prototyping conference with participants from throughout the country. The College has obtained fossils from the City of Mission Viejo which are being readied for display in 2005. Dr. McCullough 's written report included mention of Fine Arts auditions and performances; Foundation capital campaign for the Health Sciences Building and the kickoff event scheduled for September 20; and advertising for fall registration.
  • Addressing the Board were: Dr. Carmen Dominguez, Saddleback College Academic Senate; Wendy Gabriella, Irvine Valley College Academic Senate; Lewis Long, Faculty Association; Mary Williams, CSEA; and Rachel Hipolite, Associated Student Government of Saddleback College.




  • all consent calendar items, academic personnel actions, and classified personnel actions. If you wish to know specifics, please contact the Office of the President or Deputy Chancellor.
  • adoption of the final budget for 2004-05. The Board included in the motion a commendation to the Chancellor, Deputy Chancellor, Presidents and all budget and finance staff for their work in bringing forth a balanced budget.
  • adoption of a classification plan and salary structure for Classified Leadership employees.
  • temporary use of ATEP (Advanced Technology and Education Park ) property by Orange County Rescue Mission to erect a tent for the “Heart of Hunger in the OC” event this fall. The goal is to feed 30,000 people from mid-October to mid-December. President Wagner encouraged everyone to get involved with this wonderful organization.
  • contract with a consultant to certify ATEP as a “Green” project for the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED program (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). Once certified, ATEP could develop programs and courses to help other organizations which endorse green and sustainable design principles.
  • Saddleback College Child Development Center Fee Schedule and IVC Child Care Fee Schedule.
  • student health fee increase of $1 at Saddleback College and IVC, effective Spring 2005.
  • grant applications to Pacific Life Foundation from IVC for Friends of the Library ($10,000) and Performing Arts Center Capital Project ($100,000).
  • grant renewal of $178,875 from the Center for Applied Competitive Technologies for IVC to serve as a resource, information, training and business assistance center. The purpose of the center is to enhance the competitiveness of California 's small to medium-sized manufacturing companies.
  • purchase of 33 Apple computers at Saddleback College.
  • out of state travel for up to ten Saddleback College students, one staff member and one faculty advisor to attend the 83rd Annual National College Media Convention in Nashville in November.
  • Saddleback College Humanities Hour guest speakers Dr. Zita Barrueto from UC Santa Cruz and Dr. Rudy Torres from UC Irvine.




  • The Board authorized the Chancellor to vote “no” on two bond propositions of $87,647,500 and $25,769,500 for sewer and water facilities and improvements at the Tustin Base property. As a property owner, the District can vote on the issuance of these bonds proposed by Irvine Ranch Water District.



  • District and College administrators and staff have narrowed a list of needed projects on both campuses and presented a summary to the Board. At Saddleback College the projects listed were: repair TAS building, Library remodel, Math/Science/Engineering Annex, repair and remodel M/S/E Building, new parking, BGS repairs. At IVC the projects listed were: Performing Arts Center and Theatre, Business and Technology Innovation Center , utilities infrastructure, Maintenance and Police Facility, Lot #5 expansion and Lot #6, and Barranca entrance. Development of the ATEP site was also listed. The Chancellor mentioned that a timetable is being developed to address the projects and a monthly status report will be provided to the Board.
  • The Board reviewed the proposed ATEP building material color and signage. The ATEP campus will utilize low maintenance plants and feature areas for students to gather.




  • Correspondence in the Board agenda packet included positive feedback from students about: Saddleback College Learning Assistance Program and staff; Saddleback Professor Ray Watkins; and IVC Professor Seth Hochwald .



  • You can watch the board meeting on television Friday, September 4 and Saturday, September 5, at 7pm , Saddleback College Channel 39 and Irvine Valley College Channel 33.


South Orange County Community College District

South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees (left to right): Marcia Milchiker, Thomas Fuentes, David Lang, Donald P. Wagner, John Williams, William O. Jay, Nancy M. Padberg and, center, Raghu P. Mathur, Ed.D., Chancellor.


Board Meeting Update Prepared by:
Tracy Daly, Director
Marketing, Government & Community Relations