South Orange County Community College District


July 26, 2004






  • Board Clerk Thomas Fuentes announced the appointment of Dr. Scott Simpson as Director of Research and Planning for the District.


  • Dr. William Heffernan, Saddleback College Professor, has received a Fulbright scholarship.


  • President Donald P. Wagner, welcomed Dr. Richard McCullough to his first meeting as President of Saddleback College.
  • Vice President Nancy Padberg expressed appreciation to Assembly Member Patricia Bates who is working on behalf of community colleges in Sacramento , in particular in advocating against the proposal to locate the community college system under the K-12 State Board of Education.
  • Trustee Fuentes thanked staff for ensuring that Board interviews on Leisure World TV6 will now be broadcast on IVC Channel 33 and Saddleback College Channel 39.
  • Trustee William O. Jay expressed that he would like to see more informal (“no ties”) attire worn at June, July and August Board meetings.
  • Trustee Marcia Milchiker mentioned that she attended the outstanding performances of the Saddleback College Civic Light Opera this summer.
  • Trustee David Lang expressed criticism of a proposal at the state level to fold community colleges into the K-12 system. He expressed concern at the state's inability to respond to local concerns and pass a budget. He thanked faculty for making such a difference in students' lives, and mentioned that the Board receives correspondence every month complimenting faculty.
  • Chancellor Raghu Mathur stated that a number of building repairs at Saddleback College are needed. Hoping to bring a plan of action to the board next month, staff is reviewing plans, developing schedules and evaluating impacts to the budget.
  • Irvine Valley College President Glenn Roquemore expressed gratitude to the Board for their approval of funding for computer technology needs and scheduled maintenance. In his written report to the Board, he mentioned that Orange County Sheriff Michael Carona congratulated personally the two Administrative of Justice students who were the first recipients of the Michael S. Carona Scholarship; SBC Communications presented a gift of $6,000 to kick off the capital campaign for the Performing Arts Center; and IVC's Testing Center is now authorized to test and certify the International Computer Driver License (ICDL).
  • Saddleback College President McCullough introduced the new Vice President of Instruction, Dr. Rajen Vurdien. He also thanked the Board for their investment in technology and scheduled maintenance. In his written report to the Board, he mentioned: Athletic Department raised over $15,000 at the annual golf tournament; excellent tickets sales and reviews for the Civic Light Opera performances; 26 students will participate in the Paramedic Graduation on July 29; and a Dean and Assistant Dean have been asked to serve on the Associate Degree Nursing State Chancellor's Curriculum Model Project.
  • Addressing the Board were: Ana Marie Cobos, Saddleback College Academic Senate; Lewis Long, Faculty Association; and Mary Williams, CSEA.




  • all consent calendar items. If you wish to know specifics, please contact the Office of the President or Deputy Chancellor.
  • retaining a firm to provide architectural services for repair of the north wing floor in the Saddleback College Technology and Applied Science building.
  • accepting a donation from Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian of $80,450 for 2005 and 2006 to supplement salaries of nursing faculty.
  • $3,548,415 in 2004-05 for the computer technology needs in the classroom and student support areas at the Colleges and the District.
  • use of Basic Aid funds in the amount of $1,000,000 for the implementation of a District sponsored scheduled maintenance program in 2004-05 to replace diminished state funding.
  • use of Basic Aid funds in the amount of $4,406,820 (less equalization aid revenue that may be in the state budget) for the COP's debt payment and retiree benefits fund transfer during the 2004-05 budget year.
  • fourth year for the California Concert Artists to serve as IVC Professional Artists In-Residence.
  • Saddleback College guest artists' contracts.
  • agreement with Vihlene & Associates, Inc. to assist the District in the rental of vacant buildings, helicopter hanger and large tarmac on the ATEP property in Tustin .
  • IVC and Saddleback College Community Education programs and presenters.
  • Saddleback College President's Council staff development workshop in August.
  • Saddleback College Spring 2005 study abroad programs for Oxford Semester Abroad in Oxford , England and Spanish Language Studies in Salamanca , Spain .


Special Note


  • Correspondence in the Board agenda packet included positive feedback about: IVC's Music Department and faculty; “wonderful teacher” Dr. Dorina Iacino-Tan, Saddleback College Professor of Biological Sciences; IVC Counselor Tiffany Tran; and IVC administration of the 2003-04 Women's Volleyball State Championship.
  • You can watch the board meeting on television Friday, July 30 and Saturday, July 31, 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)

Thomas A. Fuentes, William O. Jay, David B. Lang, Chancellor Raghu P. Mathur,

Student Trustee Sona Smetanova, Donald P. Wagner, Marcia Milchiker, Nancy M. Padberg, John S. Williams




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