Board Highlights - January 22, 2018



  • All consent calendar items, general action items, and academic and classified personnel actions. For additional information, please contact the chancellor, college president, or appropriate vice chancellor.
  • New and revised curriculum for the 2018-2019 academic year at Saddleback College.
  • Additional spring 2018 community education programs at Saddleback College.
  • Curriculum revisions for the 2018-2019 academic year at Irvine Valley College.
  • Student out-of-state travel.
  • Award of bid number 340 to Pasco Scientific for a total amount of $113,577.90 for the purchase of physics equipment at Irvine Valley College.
  • Agreement for software development and project management services with Neudesic, LLC, for an amount not to exceed $120,000 for the term of January 23, 2018 through August 31, 2018.
  • Adoption of a 2018-2019 non-resident tuition fee of $258 per semester unit based on the statewide average option; a reduction of the capital outlay fee authorized by ECS 76141 to $30 per semester unit; and maintain the current $54 per semester application fee as authorized by ECS 76142.
  • Approve amendment number one with Balfour Beatty Construction for the ATEP IVC First Building and ATEP Utilities and Infrastructure Phase I projects, to extend construction management services with a new completion date of March 31, 2018, in the amount of $159,354 for a revised contract total of $1,310,664.
  • Award of bid number 2068 to Patriot Contracting and Engineering, Inc., in the amount of $2,193,000 for the Saddleback College TV station installation project.
  • Award of bid number 2069 to Patriot Contracting and Engineering, Inc. in the amount of $1,939,000 for the Saddleback College marquees and landscape project.
  • Interact Communications, Inc. agreement in the amount of $1,164,500 for Saddleback College public relations/advertising consulting services for the Orange County Strong Workforce program. 
  • Revisions to Board Policy 3009 regarding internal audit and Board Policy 5520 regarding shower facilities for homeless students.
  • Agreement with S&B Foods for cafeteria and catering services at Saddleback College for an agreement running from January 23, 2018 to June 30,2018 with three, one-year options to renew.
  • Technology and related services with Synergy Software Solutions, Inc. for a contract value of $134,744, and Nimble Consulting for a contract value of $190,208 for the term January 23, 2018 to August 31, 2018.
  • Faculty sabbatical leaves for the 2018-2019 academic year.
  • Appointment of Ann-Marie Gable to the position of vice chancellor of business services.



  • Trustee Lang attended the presidents' opening sessions during Professional Development Week, which were well attended and informative. He wished everyone success in the new semester. Trustee Jay enjoyed Professional Development Week at both colleges, and commended the Guided Pathways presentation by Vice Chancellor Laura Hope from the state chancellor's office and the intruder response training by the Irvine Police Department at IVC. At SC she attended the president's breakfast, the accreditation update, and the part-time faculty dinner. She attended an orientation for veterans at SC and commended the wonderful program and resources offered to this group of students. Trustee Jemal attended and offered remarks at the president's opening session at IVC.  He thanked everyone at the district and colleges for their support over the recent loss of his father and the many condolences, flowers, and cards that were delivered to him and his family.  Trustee Milchiker attended many presentations during Professional Development Week at both colleges.  She thanked Professor Jane Horlings who just completed coordination of her final Professional Development Week at SC after having served as coordinator over the last several years. She enjoyed the president's opening session at IVC, the Irvine Police Department's presentation, and presentations on Workday and Guided Pathways.  She attended the president's breakfast at SC, the accreditation update, the part-time faculty dinner, and presentations on One Book, One College, the Geek Report, and the IVC Classified Senate dinner. Trustee Prendergast mentioned that he was unable to attend Professional Development Week due to his teaching schedule, but commended the colleges for the many great things he heard about the excellent presentations. He raised concerns about AB 1887, which precluded a student group from Citrus College from attending an academic event in Alabama. He hopes that district policies will not keep students from attending valuable academic events for political reasons. He looks forward to attending the Astounding Inventions competition at IVC. Trustee Wright enjoyed basketball games between IVC and SC on January 5 and SC and Santiago Canyon on January 17.  He attended a number of events during Professional Development Week, including the presidents' opening sessions, the faculty association luncheon, and a presentation on freedom of speech and faculty rights. Trustee Whitt wished everyone a happy new year and a great spring semester.  She attended the presidents' sessions during Professional Development Week at SC and IVC, where she enjoyed networking and meeting new faculty and staff, and commented on what a phenomenal place the district is to work.  Student Trustee Larson met with other student leaders during the holiday break and commented on the many resources available in the district.

  • Interim Chancellor Thomas Fallo's written report included: Ann-Marie Gabel, CPA, has been appointed to serve as vice chancellor of business services.  Ms. Gabel comes to the district from Long Beach City College, where she is the executive vice president of finance, facilities, and technology services. During her 10-year tenure at LBCC, she has worked as the vice president for administrative services, interim vice president of student support services, and acting superintendent-president. Previously, Ms. Gabel worked in the fiscal services departments at both Rancho Santiago Community College District and North Orange County Community College District. An event is being planned in conjunction with the City of Tustin to commemorate the opening of Irvine Valley College's building at the Advanced Technology and Education Park and Victory Road.  The date of the event is unconfirmed but is expected to occur in mid-April. Human Resources is working to streamline processes and thanks team members for going above and beyond in light of recent departmental changes. During his remarks at the board meeting, Interim Chancellor Fallo offered his condolences to Trustee Jemal.  He recognized Ann-Maria Gabel, who was present, and said that he has enjoyed talking to students and seeing the optimism, joy, and opportunity at IVC and SC.

  • Saddleback College - President Anderson's written report included: Members of Consultation Council met with students, faculty, and staff at on off-campus retreat to review the roles and responsibilities of the Consultation Council, the participatory governance structure, and the impact of committee work. The speech and debate team earned the Perpetual Sweepstakes Award at the Pacific Southwest Collegiate Forensics Association Championships held December 1-3. Professor Heidi Ochoa was awarded the Wyman Howe Award for her dedication to excellence in collegiate forensics. Students Karla Perez Reyes and Briana Martin were slected as semifinalists for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. Professional Development Week featured 60 sessions and President Anderson's presentation on his vision to "Show Up For Students." During 2017 the Student Health Center treated more than 12,000 students, saw a 25 percent increase in mental health services, responded to 89 emergencies on campus, and served nearly 2,500 student and community members through the food distribution program. The spring 2018 nursing cohort had a record number of applications at 262, and the highest admission cut score in history. The program maintains a 98.2 percent pass rate, which is 10 percent above the state and national average. Students in the medical assistant program scored 150 points above the national average in a recent exit exam. President Anderson offered his condolences to Trustee Jemal.  He thanked the board of trustees for attending the Professional Develoment Week events at SC. He recognized Dr. Jeanne Harris-Caldwell who was named president of the Health Services Association and Israel Dominguez who was appointed to serve as an ambassador for the Regional Association of Economic Development. He commended Dr. Diane Pestolesi for her critical leadership in nursing and welcomed Dr. Tram Vo-Kumamoto as SC's new vice president for instruction.
  • Irvine Valley College - President Roquemore’s written report included: The Political Science Club and Model United Nations hosted the ninth Global Policy Forum, which was attended by 100 students who focused on the issue of securing America's national interest.  The event was the first of three service-learning events that the Political Science Club will organize over the year to raise awareness about policy changes, global citizenship, and promote constructive dialogue on controversial issues. President Roquemore hosted the Spring Professional Development Week Breakfast and Opening Session on January 9 and provided an update on the Integrated Design, Engineering and Automation Building at ATEP and the Jeffrey Open Space Trail. Laura Hope, vice chancellor for educational services at the state chancellor's office, spoke about the California Guided Pathways Project, and Roopa Mathur and Brent Monte discussed the Guided Pathways efforts at the college.  The 31st annual Astounding Inventions competition will be held on January 27, where students from Irvine and Tustin Unified School Districts will participate in a competition that fosters entrepreneurship and creative thinking. The IVC speech and debate team brought home 17 awards from the Pacific Southwest Collegiate Forensics Association Championships. Nearly $1,800 was raised for student scholarships at the annual Winter Wonderland celebration. At the board meeting President Roquemore offered his condolences to Trustee Jemal. He thanked the board for their support of Professional Development Week at IVC, and said it is great to have students and faculty back to the campus for the spring semester.

  • Irvine Valley College Associated Student Government's written report included: The ten finalists for Homecoming Court will be participating in several leaderhsip meetings to learn about the history of the college and leadership skills, as well as upcoming student life events. ASG of IVC is working with Saddleback College's student government to improve communication and the student identification card, and is working with the college's student life department and equity programs to cohost a winter leadership training and retreat. Legislative Meet and Greets will be held during the spring after the success of the sessions in the fall to facilitate networking between ASG of IVC student senators and faculty and staff.


The board closed its meeting in memory of Dr. Richard J. Sneed, who served as chancellor of the South Orange County Community College District from 1986-1993. Dr. Sneed led the district – which was then known as the Saddleback Community College District – with distinction at a time of great growth. Irvine Valley College had received its accreditation as an independent institution, making the district a multi-college district. It was a time of positive change and advancement for the district - multiple groundbreakings and building grand openings occurred at both colleges to keep up with student enrollment, which rapidly grew to more than 33,000 students in 1992. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and former colleagues.


The board meeting may be viewed online at Television broadcasts are scheduled for 7 pm on Friday, January 26 and Saturday, January 27 on SC Channel 39 and IVC Channel 33. SC TV 39 has an additional broadcast on Sunday, January 28 at 7 pm.



South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees

Barbara J. Jay, Timothy Jemal, David B. Lang, Marcia Milchiker,
T.J. Prendergast III, Terri Whitt, James R. Wright; Jordan J. Larson, Student Trustee

Thomas M. Fallo, Interim Chancellor


Board Meeting Highlights Prepared By:
Jennie McCue

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