November 14, 2016

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

  • All consent calendar items, general action items, and academic and classified personnel actions, except for 6.1 which was pulled, and 6.8 to revise the determination date to April 28, 2017. For additional information, please contact the Chancellor, College President or appropriate Vice Chancellor.
  • Curriculum changes for the 2016-17 and 2017-2018 academic years at Saddleback College.
  • Community Education courses, presenters, and compensation at Saddleback College.
  • Award of $299,981 from the National Science Foundation for the NSF INCLUDES pilot grant in support of the STEM Core Initiative for the period of October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2018.
  • District-wide Sustainability/Energy Plan Consultant Services agreement with Harley Ellis Devereaux Corporation in the amount of $201,695.
  • Advanced Technology & Education Park (ATEP) Utilities and Infrastructure Phase I Project with Griffith Company, in the amount of $5,353,750.
  • Board Policy Revisions to: BP-4202 Transfer of Sick Leave for Classified Personnel, BP-4420 Enrollment Fee Reimbursement for Eligible Employees, BP-5130 Financial Aid, BP-5200 Student Health Services, BP-5625 Students in the Military.
  • Rescind sabbatical for Dr. Brooke Choo for Fall 2017.

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

  • Trustee Milchiker congratulated fellow board members on their re-election. She attended the OC teacher of the year award ceremony where SC Professor Claire Cesareo and IVC Professor Rebecca Beck were nominees. She attended several performing arts performances and the SC/IVC research symposium last Saturday. She attended a meeting of the Orange County Community Colleges Legislative Task Force representing all four districts in Orange County. The task force continues to work on a list of legislative priorities for next year. Our district’s top 3-4 priorities, which were informed by annual legislative planning sessions, are: Advocating for an increase to base allocation; Veterans; Campus Safety/Mental Health; and Financial Aid. Trustee Lang was surprised by the election results, he is concerned by the divisiveness. He is hopeful that we have enough checks and balances in place to govern in a way that allows our country to heal and move forward. He congratulated fellow board members on their re-elections. Trustee Wright attended Saddleback's annual state of college address, an interview at Laguna Woods TV Channel 6, and a performance of Guys and Dolls. He appreciated the field of flags at Saddleback to commemorate Veterans Day and a student forum to highlight veterans issues. He was happy that Propositions 51 and 55 passed, both of which will benefit community colleges. Trustee Jemal congratulated other trustees on their re-elections. He was happy about the SC football team win. He congratulated our two professors for their OC teacher of the year nominations. He attended the SC K-12 partnership breakfast and was pleased to see how well those partnerships are working. He commented that the national election did have some ugly rhetoric but reminded the audience that people do have the right to free speech and the right to assemble and demonstrate peacefully. Trustee Jay attended the teacher of the year ceremony, K-12 partnership breakfast, SC annual state of the college, Guys and Dolls, and the IVC foundation meeting. She is looking forward to IVC's 30th anniversary of Astounding Inventions on reducing our carbon footprint. Trustee Prendergast attended the OC Teacher of the Year event, and a city of Irvine anniversary event. He offered congratulations to the SC football team. Student Trustee Forde attended ASG meetings and provided positive feedback on the evaluation process they are using for their leadership positions. He commented that this provides good, real-world preparation for students.

  • Interim Chancellor Debra Fitzsimons said that now, more than ever, we must remember that we are in education together. Our collective goal is to help all people attain a better life through broadening minds and experiences. She issued this statement today, along with our presidents and vice chancellors, and read it into the public record:


    Our Commitment to All

    South Orange County Community College District, Saddleback College, and Irvine Valley College reaffirm our values of inclusiveness and diversity, and strive to create a welcoming environment where all people can learn and grow. We believe that expanding the mind is integral to individual and societal growth, economic stability, and intellectual decision making. We extend this opportunity to all students with a wide range of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. We commit to continual professional development among our devoted faculty and staff who choose this career to help others succeed. We are partnering with our diverse community to make the world a better place, a safer place, a more inclusive place, and a more educated place, one student at a time.

  • Saddleback College - President Tod Burnett's written report included: The President's State of the College Breakfast was held with more than 75 guests in attendance to review the college's top 10 goals for the year, the College Promise, new transfer data, and other college priorities.  The K-12 Partnership Breakfast was held and the Capistrano Unified School District Superintendent Kirsten Vitale and Saddleback Valley Unified School District Superintendent Clint Harwick offered remarks and stated their appreciation of their partnerships with Saddleback College and President Burnett. Family Night will be held and coordinated by the outreach department, Family Night provides high school students and their families an opportunity to come to the college and learn about transfer opportunities, financial aid, and other college resources. The following college administrators attended the Promise Net 2016 conference in Washington, DC: Dr. Juan Avalos, Carol Hilton, Dr. Georgina Guy, Dr. Cadence Wynter, Dr. Estella Castillo-Garrison, Dr. Jeanne Harris-Caldwell, and John Jaramillo. PromiseNet is a convening of practitioners, policymakers, and researchers to learn more about the College Promise movement, and enabled discussions around local place-based scholarship programs, community economic development models, and efforts underway to replicate and scale the College Promise with state and federal support.
  • Irvine Valley College - President Glenn Roquemore’s written report included:   IVC sent a group of administrators and managers to Washington, D.C. that included Vice President for Student Services Dr. Linda Fontanilla, Director of Student Life and Equity Programs Anissa Heard-Johnson, Professor of Biology and IVC Academic Senate President, Dr. Kathy Schmeidler, Acting Director of Outreach and Recruitment Dennis Gordon, and Research Analyst Jared Lessard to attend the PromiseNet 2016 Conference.  The College hosted the Orange County Women Veterans Leadership Summit. The summit offered women veterans a day of inspiration and empowerment as they transition from service to civilian life. Guest speakers included Congresswoman Mimi Walters, Dr. Wes Beavis, and Dr. Miatta Snetter.  The Office of Student Life and Equity Programs held a diversity and equity retreat for students at the Griffith Park Boys Camp in Los Angeles. The retreat was open to 80 students through an application process and was designed to help participants learn cultural competency skills to work and live with all people.  The Transfer Center held its second transfer fair of the fall semester. Over 30 colleges and universities, including California State Universities, University of California campuses, private, and out-of-state institutions participated in the transfer fair.


Leaders from the colleges' accreditation steering committees presented an update on the Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College accreditation reports which are nearing completion. Click here to view the presentations: Saddleback Accreditation Update / IVC Accreditation Update. You can view the reports on the colleges' accreditation sites: Saddleback Accreditation / IVC Accreditation.

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

The board closed the meeting in memory of Corinne Jackson who worked at IVC for 27 years. Corinne was known for her impeccable work ethic. She took great pride in helping students, staff and faculty, and expected the same from her colleagues. She leaves behind a fiancée, three children and five grandchildren. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family, friends and colleagues.

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

The board meeting may be viewed online at Television broadcasts are scheduled for 7 pm on Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19 on SC Channel 39 and IVC Channel 33. SC TV 39 has an additional broadcast on Sunday, November 20 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