South Orange County Community College District





    February 28, 2005

    South Orange County Community College District


  • President David B. Lang conveyed his excitement over the recent Saddleback College Health Sciences Building dedication. Such celebratory events are important during times of change. As President he is trying to remain accessible and take concerns seriously. He reminded everyone to make to make sure they are promoting a positive culture and mutual understanding.
  • Vice President Nancy M. Padberg attended dedication ceremonies and complimented the good work of Tracy Daly, Diane Turner and the planning committee. She is looking forward to the re-opening of the McKinney Theatre in April. She attended many athletic events this month and lauded both Colleges for their wonderful sports programs.
  • Trustee William O. Jay noted that the District is in the process of hiring over 50 full time faculty members. This is an important process, considering many will remain in the District for 20 to 25 years. He thanked everyone who will be serving on the hiring committees.
  • Trustee Marcia Milchiker reminded students of the March 2 deadline to apply for Cal grants. She proudly represented the Board at the IVC Phi Theta Kappa honor society induction ceremony. The Saddleback College nursing program is one of only eight in the country to receive a Carnegie Foundation grant. She congratulated everyone for a job well done and expressed her pride in the Colleges.
  • Student Trustee Brittany Poulton thanked the faculty who are participating in the basketball game on March 4 and encouraged everyone to attend. [Friday, March 4, 6pm, IVC Hart Gymnasium] All proceeds of the match between IVC and Saddleback College faculty will go toward Tsunami relief. She also thanked College and District administrators for their support of the event, and congratulated the District Speech and Debate Team on their first place win in a recent tournament.
  • Chancellor Raghu P. Mathur reported that, following Board request, the monthly financial status report is now posted on the web site and will be shown during the telecast of the Board meeting. He encouraged Trustees to attend the Association of Governing Boards conference in San Diego in April. He attended the IVC Phi Theta Kappa induction ceremony and is looking forward to attending IVC's Wind Symphony concert.
  • IVC President Glenn Roquemore proudly announced that the District Speech and Debate Team won a national tournament. His written report included mention of: Astounding Inventions raised a record $21,000 for scholarships and upgrades to the Channel 33 system.
  • Saddleback College President Richard McCullough's written report included mention of: presentation of partnership awards to hospitals; 2005 Women's Conference on March 5 at 9am in BGS 210; African Mosaics of Uganda exhibit through March 10; KSBR back on air after technical problems; and partnership with Materialise of Belgium for rapid prototyping training.
  • ATEP Provost Robert J. Kopecky's written report included mention of: meetings with administrators and faculty on program development; exploring partnerships with government agencies related to homeland security; and exploring relocation of The Pacific Coast High School to the ATEP campus.
  • Addressing the Board were: Dr. Carmen Dominguez , Saddleback College Academic Senate; Wendy Gabriella , IVC Academic Senate; Lewis Long , Faculty Association; Connie Zucker , CSEA; Mary Williams , Saddleback College Classified Senate; Beep Colclough , IVC Classified Senate; Cloyce Kelly , Police Officers Association; and Shaun O'Neil , Associated Students of IVC.








    South Orange County Community College District

  • all consent calendar items, academic personnel actions, and classified personnel actions, except as noted. Item 9, Saddleback College curriculum adjustments, was tabled until the March meeting. Item 10, Saddleback College study abroad in Santander , Spain , was not approved. If you wish to know specifics, please contact the Office of the President or Deputy Chancellor.
  • recognizing 10 faculty members who are eligible for tenure. From Saddleback College : David Francisco, Phillis Kucharski, Katherine Meyer-Canales, June Millovich, Bill Stevenson, Rita Tamer, and Karla Westphal. From IVC: Kent Madole, Kurt Meyer, and Kari Tucker.
  • termination of the agreement with Turnkey, Inc. for relocateable classroom buildings for the Advanced Technology and Education Park (ATEP). The company has declared bankruptcy. The project is insured through The Hartford Fire Insurance Company.
  • reviewing and updating the district's educational and facilities master plan. Last completed in 2001, the process is conducted periodically to determine if goals and objectives should be changed and provides guidelines for planning. Consultants will guide the process with the involvement of a steering committee of administrators, faculty and staff.
  • hiring GKK Architects of Newport Beach to perform a feasibility study for a new Science/Applied Science Building that would include functions from the existing TAS Building and the Math/Science Engineering Building. The study will evaluate the benefits of renovating existing buildings versus constructing a new facility at Saddleback College.



  • Mr. Lou Bone, Mayor of Tustin, as the 2005 IVC commencement speaker.
  • Ms. Lori Serrato Olin as the 2005 Saddleback College commencement speaker. She is a graduate of the College and a well known columnist and public relations consultant.




The Board conducted a public hearing to allow comments on the:

  • District's initial proposal to reopen contract negotiations with CSEA Chapter 586.
  • proposed dedication of easements for electrical systems, street, highway, utility, landscape maintenance, and other public purposes at the ATEP campus in Tustin.






    South Orange County Community College District

  • Both Colleges received the good news that their accreditation has been reaffirmed from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. The Chancellor reviewed accreditation goals and strategies which include developing an educational and facilities master plan, developing student learning outcomes for courses which assess student achievement, and recognizing and celebrating accomplishments of all employees.
  • Reports from IVC and SC Foundations. The Foundations distributed more than $500,000 in scholarships to students, in addition to providing much needed support for academic programs and capital facilities.


  • Correspondence in the Board agenda packet included letters and notes: from Irvine Mayor Beth Krom thanking IVC President Roquemore for his letter of congratulations; complimenting the instruction of Dr. Priscilla Agnew in a philosophy class at Saddleback College ; and acknowledging a donation from Chappell/MarathonFoto in Fairfield , Iowa to the Marine Toys for Tots in the name of Saddleback College.


       Clerk of the Board Thomas Fuentes announced:


  • on a 6 to 0 vote the Board granted a one month leave with benefits without pay to a classified employee.
  • on a 7 to 0 vote the Board authorized initiation of litigation and the defendants and other particulars shall, once formally commenced, be disclosed to any person upon inquiry, subject to the provisions of Government Code Section 54957.1 (a)(2).


  • You can watch the board meeting Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5, at 7pm, on Saddleback College Channel 39 and Irvine Valley College Channel 33. SC TV39 has an additional broadcast on Sunday at 7pm. At 6:30pm, prior to broadcast of the board meeting, an interview will be aired of Trustee Fuentes on Leisure World TV6 taped on March 2.

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, Brittany Poulton, Student Member

Raghu P. Mathur, Ed.D., Chancellor

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