Board Meeting Highlights

Board Meeting Highlights

October 24, 2016

THE BOARD APPROVED .......................................................................

Board Members

  • All consent calendar items, general action items, and academic and classified personnel actions except item 6.4 and 7.1 which were pulled; and 6.7 page 2, exhibit A which was corrected (date of approval.) For additional information, please contact the Chancellor, College President or appropriate Vice Chancellor.
  • Saddleback College spring 2017 community education courses, presenters and compensation.
  • Saddleback College curriculum changes for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years.
  • Saddleback College study abroad program to Cuba from May 30, 2017 to June 6, 2017.
  • Use of Master Price Agreement from the State of Utah for procurement of Wireless Coverage Expansion equipment from ePlus, Inc. for an amount of $323,442.04.
  • Trustees’ requests for attending conferences.
  • Sale of surplus property and hire a private auction firm to conduct the auction, and to dispose of items not sold at the auction.
  • Annual individual travel expenditures of the chancellor and trustees and approve report of all district compensation received by each trustee during the 2015-16 fiscal year.
  • Authorize use of the design-build delivery method for the Saddleback College Access Control project and execute agreement with Alternative Delivery Solutions, LLC, to provide design-build consultant services for the Saddleback College Access Control project in the amount of $232,310.
  • Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College full-time tenure track faculty position hiring lists.
  • Classified Employee/Position Layoff Adopt Resolution No. 16-29 to approve the reduction and/or discontinuance of classified service.
  • Modifications to the Chancellor’s position description.

REPORTS ......................................................................................

  • Trustee Prendergast enjoyed the SC Sciences building grand opening. He attended an Association of California Cities/Orange County (ACCOC) meeting on enacting environmental and sustainability practices for cities and learned of resources for grants. Trustee Jay was very impressed by the Saddleback Sciences building grand opening and spent time with guests, especially Allison Simon who had just received the William Jay memorial scholarship. She attended several musical performances. She enjoyed the IVC Liberal Arts grand opening and a tour from a faculty member. She attended a South Orange County Economic Coalition libations with legislators event. She had a great time at the SC homecoming football game and barbeque. Trustee Wright echoed other trustees' comments on the Sciences building grand opening and highlighted some of its features. He commented that feels emotional while in the building because it makes him so happy. He enjoyed the SC homecoming football game. He just finished an accreditation visit in Northern California and commented on what an incredible amount of work it is.  He attended the IVC Liberal Arts dedication, the Gaucho homecoming barbeque and football game and was happy that SC won. Trustee Lang attended the Sciences dedication and was extremely impressed with the alumna who was the keynote speaker, now a professor at Ohio State, who shared how Saddleback had changed her life. He enjoyed the football game and is happy for the team's victory. Trustee Milchiker attended an IVC open forum which she found helpful. She also attended the SC Sciences building dedication and enjoyed the wonderful food provided by the culinary arts students. She enjoyed seeing the SC choir perform and said it was spectacular. She attended the legislative task force meeting, the IVC liberal arts dedication, an IVC student reading of The Wall, and the SC homecoming. Trustee Whitt echoed many of the other trustee's comments. She thought the Science building speeches were especially heartwarming and enjoyed hearing about the many people who contributed to the project over time. She mentioned that faculty member Barbara Huggins' daughter painted a mural of the Sciences building which was used in promoting the event. Trustee Jemal attended the IVC liberal arts grand opening and enjoyed the tour. He enjoyed an afternoon piano recital at SC. He commented on the passing of his mother in law and her success despite a college education but honored her for instilling the importance of higher education in her children after immigrating to the U.S. under harsh conditions. Student Trustee Forde enjoyed the Sciences building grand opening, especially the professor's speech on levity, the nitrogen ice cream station, and the interactive engagement between board members and faculty.

  • Interim Chancellor Debra Fitzsimons thanked the many faculty, administrators and staff who worked collaboratively to bring two new buildings to the campuses this semester. It's a immense effort and she appreciates the leadership of Executive Director Brandye D'Lena for her central role. She said the Chancellor's job description has been updated with a lot of input district-wide, including the board. She is appreciative of the thoughtful input and inclusive process. She brought attention to the presentations on accreditation and commented on how hard everyone is working, together and collaboratively, to bring these massive reports to a finish. She highlighted a new Chancellor’s Pulse survey that has been sent district-wide to gather input about what is going well and where we can improve and encouraged participation from all employees.

  • Saddleback College - President Tod Burnett's written report included: The college welcomed over 500 students, faculty, staff, management, alumni, and community members celebrate the grand opening of the long awaited and much anticipated Sciences Building.  To see a copy of the program, Sciences Building fact sheet, and photos from the Grand Opening Celebration, visit the president's Gaucho Gazette blog at http://gazette  The K-12 Partnership Breakfast and the president’s annual state of the college will be held this week.  More than 100 guests are expected to attend each event, where they will hear about the president's top ten projects for the year and other college priorities, including the College Promise program, adult education, career pathways, and economic and workforce development.  The college is very pleased to welcome Dr. Karima Feldhus as our interim vice president for institutional effectiveness. The office of marketing and communications won a gold medallion award for its "Transfer from Saddleback" campaign at the National Council on Marketing and Public Relations conference.
  • Irvine Valley College - President Glenn Roquemore’s written report included: The Applied Sciences and Engineering Club (ASEC) held its third annual STEM (sciences, technology, engineering and math) Transfer Talk. Representatives from UCI, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Long Beach, Cal Poly Pomona, Chapman, Johns Hopkins, UCLA, Caltech, and Saint Mary's were in attendance to answer questions and speak to students about their STEM programs.   The Office of Marketing and Creative Services won three Medallion awards at the National Council Marketing and Public Relations conference. The college held the first of two transfer fairs for the fall semester. Students had the opportunity to meet with representatives from 50-60 regionally accredited universities and colleges.  The college held its first Advanced LGBTQ Safe Space Training. The presentation, sponsored by ASG, was offered by an experienced Safe Space trainer. The college participated in the Great California Shakeout drill. At 10:15 am, students, faculty and staff practiced the "drop, cover and hold on" method for protecting themselves in the event of an earthquake.


Accreditation steering committee members and the college presidents presented updates on the accreditation self-studies underway at the colleges. Both reports are available for public review on the college accreditation websites. View: Saddleback Accreditation Update / IVC Accreditation Update.

IN MEMORIAM ................................................................................

The board closed the meeting in memory of IVC student Joshua Thatcher who passed away suddenly on Oct. 13; Dr. Cal Dellefield, a strong advocate for the Saddleback Emeritus Institute over its 40 year history; and James Gordon Lindblad, a popular and respected professor of Physics and Astronomy at Saddleback College.

VIEWING ONLINE/TV..........................................................................

The board meeting may be viewed online at Television broadcasts are scheduled for 7 pm on Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29 on SC Channel 39 and IVC Channel 33. SC TV 39 has an additional broadcast on Sunday, October 30 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; Johnathan Forde, Student Trustee

Debra L. Fitzsimons, Interim Chancellor


Board Meeting Highlights Prepared By:
Tere Fluegeman

Public and Government Affairs