Board Highlights - November 13, 2017



  • All consent calendar items, general action items, and academic and classified personnel actions with minor corrections to Items 5.9, 6.5, and 6.9.  Item 6.10 was amended to remove C1b.  Item 6.13 was postponed. For additional information, please contact the Chancellor, College President or appropriate Vice Chancellor.
  • Curriculum changes for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 academic years at Saddleback College.
  • Approve the Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College Integrated Plans for SEP/SSSP/BSI.
  • Spring 2018 Community Education Programs for Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College.
  • Curriculum Revisions for the 2018-2019 Academic Year for Irvine Valley College.
  • Approve contracting with Waxie Sanitary Supply not to exceed $100,000 from February 15, 2017 to August 31, 2019.
  • Student out of state travel for Saddleback College.
  • Trustee travel and attendance for ACCT and AGB conferences.
  • The board conducted a public hearing and adopted Resolution No.17-34 to enter an easement with Cox Communications California, LLC at the Advanced Technology and Education Park property for utility purposes.
  • Saddleback College Study Abroad Program to Salamanca, Spain, for February 16, 2018 to April 28, 2018 and the Study Abroad Program to Oxford, England, for March 15, 2018 to May 18, 2018.
  • Board Policy Revision: BP-4011.6 - Hiring of the Chancellor.
  • Conducted public hearings to provide an opportunity for the public to comment on the District’s initial proposal to the SOCCCD Faculty Association and the SOCCCD Faculty Association’s initial proposal to the District for the purpose of negotiations.
  • Adopted the District’s initial proposal in order for negotiations between the District and the Faculty Association to begin.
  • Approve Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College full-time tenure track faculty position hiring lists.
  • Rescind approval of sabbatical leave for Dr. Brooke Choo for the Spring 2018 semester to allow her to serve as Interim Dean of Liberal Arts at Irvine Valley College.



  • Trustee Whitt attended two special board meetings. She also attended the SC foundation board meeting and commented that she enjoys raising money for scholarships. Trustee Milchiker thanked the faculty and staff from both colleges for their compassion and generosity in raising funds to assist Houston Community College students following Hurricane Harvey. It was her pleasure to deliver a check for $4,137 while on a personal trip to Houston. She also attended the SC paramedic graduation, the only one in Orange County, and commented on the successful program. She attended a meeting of the OC Community Colleges Legislative Task Force. The group is reviewing priorities for 2018 including DACA and protecting tax deductions for students at the federal level and non-credit funding and the Community College Promise at the state level. She attended West Side Story and commented how relevent the storyline still is today. Trustee Lang appreciated the great debt of gratitude shown for our veterans on Veteran's Day. Trustee Wright attended IVC Veteran's Day event and enjoyed speeches by many former military dignitaries and IVC's VP of Student Services Linda Fontanilla, a U.S. Air Force veteran. He enjoyed the Veterans appreciation football game at SC where vets were honored during halftime and two scholarships were awarded. He complimented the SC football team on their strong season, qualifying for the playoffs. Trustee Jemal has been spending a lot of time on succession planning and promised the board will appoint an acting chancellor very soon. He commented on the number of faculty who showed up to speak in support of an agenda item but wondered why their support doesn't extend to other issues, such as DACA. He encouraged faculty to engage in issues that are greater than themselves. Trustee Jay attended the special board meetings and the IVC foundation board meeting which included a financial report and an in-depth presentation of IVC's extensive music program. She invited everyone to attend the Astounding Inventions event on Jan. 20. She urged everyone to mark their calendars for the IVC foundation awards dinner on March 10. Trustee Prendergast attended a college fair at Beckman High and was very happy to see both our colleges well represented in Tustin. He thanked Trustee Lang for joining him on the audit committee and commended the fiscal team on a clean report. Student Trustee Larson started a SC business club to teach real life skills in business and create a scholarship for students. He has raised $100 but his goal is $500. He said each donation comes with a small succulent plant.


  • Interim Chancellor Debra Fitzsimons' written report included: A reception was held on October 30 to congratulate Dr. Debra Fitzsimons on her retirement from the district. Professors of the Year Michael Cassens (Irvine Valley College) and Basil Smith (Saddleback College) were recognized at the annual Orange County Teachers of the Year Celebration at the Disneyland Hotel on October 24. An article in the October 30 issue of the Orange County Business Journal highlighted the Advanced Technology and Education Park and the plans for the development of the site.  Details about Irvine Valley College’s new building and Saddleback College’s Center for Innovation and Healthcare Education, and Interim Chancellor Debra Fitzsimons was quoted throughout the article. Welcomed our new vice chancellor of human resources, Dr. Cindy Vyskocil, on November 3.  Recruitment efforts have begun for the chancellor and vice chancellor of business services positions.  Training on EEO laws and best practices in hiring recently took place with very positive attendance at both campuses.  Mandatory sexual harassment prevention training is currently ongoing for all supervisors.  On October 31, students met with Congresswoman Mimi Walters’ office and asked Congress to pass a clean DREAM Act, codify DACA into federal law, and provide a permanent pathway to citizenship. Other efforts included letter and postcard writing with other colleges.


  • Saddleback College - President Anderson's written report included: A delegation from Yunnan Education Bureau toured Saddleback College. Five students received scholarships from the Orange County Post of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) totaling $13,000. More than 500 Saddleback College students were admitted to Arizona State University over the past five years thanks to the partner agreement and the Guaranteed Program for Admission (GPA). Students had a record breaking year for participation in the UC Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG), with 293 students completing the process. President Anderson attended the 2018 Orange County Teachers of the Year ceremony where nominee Basil Smith was honored. President Anderson attended a Sheryl Crow concert benefitting the New 88.5 FM radio station, a partnership between California State University, Northridge and Saddleback College. Members of the California Energy Commission (CEC) and The Clean Energy and Transportation Initiative (CETI) visited the Automotive Technology program facility to review results of their partnership with the College. Veterans Counselor Kolin Williams was selected to represent California Community Colleges at the California Department of Veterans Affairs CalTAP pilot event and briefing at Camp Pendleton. Dean of Career Pathways and Dual Enrollment Renah Wolzinger participated in a national study showing large wage gains for students who complete an industry credential.


  • Irvine Valley College - President Roquemore’s written report included: The Irvine Valley College Paralegal Studies Program held its first ever alumni event. IVC welcomed a delegation from China's Qingdao University of Science and Technology (OUST). The delegation came to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), establishing a working relationship between the two colleges in the recruitment of qualified international students to Irvine Valley College. IVC hosted the Walk of Hope for Suicide Awareness and Prevention. Students, faculty, staff, and community members participated in the 1.4-mile walk to promote education and awareness about suicide prevention to save the lives of our young population of students and military veterans. IVC held its annual Veteran's Day Commemoration Event. Students, faculty, staff, and guests gathered to honor those who have served our country. President Roquemore attended the California Guided Pathways Advisory Committee.  The Advisory Committee met to discuss the future of Guided Pathways, technology integration, California State University transfer connections, and next steps of the California Guided Pathways. On October 24, President Roquemore attended the 2018 Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) Teacher of the Year banquet to honor Michael Cassens, IVC's Teacher of the Year nominee. IVC held its Fall Open Forum.



The board meeting may be viewed online at Television broadcasts are scheduled for 7 pm on Friday, November 17 and Saturday, November 18 on SC Channel 39 and IVC Channel 33. SC TV 39 has an additional broadcast on Sunday, November 19 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

Debra L. Fitzsimons, Interim Chancellor


Board Meeting Highlights Prepared By:
Tere Fluegeman

Public and Government Affairs