Board Highlights - February 26, 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.
  • Curriculum revisions for the 2018-2019 academic year at Irvine Valley College.
  • New and revised curriculum for the 2018-2019 academic year at Saddleback College.
  • Saddleback College study abroad program to Ireland from June 30, 2018 to July 21, 2018, and authorization of the educational tour/field study travel contractor agreement with Seorianta Ltd. T/A Rainta for the coordination of all travel arrangements.
  • Saddleback College study abroad program to Santander, Spain from June 29, 2018 to July 30, 2018, and authorization of the educational tour/field study travel contractor agreement with Travel and Education for the coordination of all travel arrangements.
  • Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College community education courses, presenters, and compensation for the 2018 summer session.
  • General fund honoraria for speakers for events and/or classes at Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College.
  • Student out-of-state travel.
  • Agreement for software development services with Neudesic, LLC, in an amount not to exceed $385,000 for the term of February 27, 2018 through December 31, 2018.
  • Accept for review and study, revisions to the following board policies: BP 3002 (Audits), BP 3206 (Security for District Property), BP 4081 (Payroll Deductions), BP 5150 (Extended Opportunity Program and Services), BP 5240 (Associated Students Organization), BP 5401 (Student Conduct).
  • Accept the following for review and study for the purpose of negotiations: Initial proposal from California School Employee Association Chapter 586 to SOCCCD; initial proposal from SOCCCD to California School Employee Association Chapter 586; and initial proposal from the SOCCCD Police Offers Association to SOCCCD.
  • Ratification of one-year contracts for employees who have completed one year as full-time tenure-track faculty members, and of two-year contracts for employees who have completed two years as full-time tenure-track faculty members.
  • Ratification of tenure for full-time faculty members who have completed the four-year tenure track plan. 





  • Trustee Lang said we are fortunate to have wonderful police officers at the colleges who keep our students and employees safe, and commended the great job they do in coordinating with the county sheriff and local city police departments. Referencing the tragic event at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, he called for the adoption of national measures to make it more difficult for people with mental illness and/or involved in hate groups to obtain assault weapons, and hopes this tragedy can help us turn the corner to more sensible gun laws that respect both the intent of the Second Amendment and the security of our citizens. Trustee Jay said that after some overseas travel, she has a deeper appreciation for our country and for what our colleges do for students. Trustee Jemal appeared on Laguna Woods Village Television and was happy to talk about the Advanced Technology and Education Park and the great things happening in our district.  He attended the South Orange County Economic Report Preview held by Saddleback College and the South Orange County Economic Coalition on February 23 and commented on the outstanding turnout. He thanked Dean Anthony Teng for his superb efforts on the report and President Gregory Anderson for his remarks at the event.  He thanked Trustee Lang for his comments, and added that he is heartbroken about the massacre at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School. He commented on the powerful impact the affected students have had in persuasively and articulately demanding change in our gun laws, and that we shouldn't have to choose between the protection of responsible gun ownership and prevention of massacres in schools. Trustee Milchiker shared that she was also heartbroken about the high school shooting in Florida. She attended the South Orange County Economic Report Preview and commended Dean Teng and President Anderson for their efforts.  She attended the memorial service for Dr. Richard Sneed, and the Saddleback College baseball field grand re-opening. Trustee Prendergast attended the January meeting of the Orange County School Board Association, of which he is a member.  He arranged for Dean Anthony Teng and the Orange County Workforce Development Task Force to make a presentation at the upcoming May meeting regarding the benefits of workforce development in K-12 school districts. He enjoyed attending Astounding Inventions at IVC and the grand re-opening of the Saddleback College baseball field. As a high school teacher of American government, he has been impressed by the initiative of his students, many of whom have submitted letters to elected officials on the topic of school shootings. Trustee Wright attended the Saddleback men's basketball game against Orange Coast College on February 7, the baseball field grand re-opening, and the men's basketball game between IVC and Saddleback on February 13. He looks forward to attending the IVC Foundation awards dinner on March 10 and the Saddleback College Stadium groundbreaking on March 12. He commended both college presidents for their informative reports to the board of trustees. Trustee Whitt congratulated Irvine Valley College and President Glenn Roquemore for their coordinated effort with the Western Association of Chamber Executives to host a Career Edge event that focused on the importance of soft skills in the workplace. She congratulated the colleges for obtaining a $350,000 grant for mental health programs, and said that we need to focus on mental health as a real issue to remove the stigma and change attitudes. She commended the nursing program for implementing a new national certificate program and enjoyed acting as a patient at a training event for Saddleback nursing students. She thanked Dr. Jeanne Harris-Caldwell for her considerable efforts in coordinating an event at the Saddleback campus that welcomed 400 young adults who learned about healthy relationships and breaking the cycle of domestic violence. Student Trustee Larson offered his condolences to the victims of the massacre in Florida, and is optimistic that the tragedy has caused a movement that can help the nation move in the right direction.

  • Interim Chancellor Thomas Fallo's written report included: The ribbon cutting for Irvine Valley College's building at the Advanced Technology and Education Park will be held on Wednesday, April 18 from 9 to 11 am. Welcome to Priya Jerome, the district's new executive director of business services.  Priya has more than 20 years of experience in all areas of procurement, logistics, and operations, and comes to the district from Southwestern Community College District, where she served since 2010 as the director of procurement, central services, and risk management. In human resources, faculty recruitments are in full swing, with mathematics and nursing being the first to close on February 5. The District-wide Planning Council held its first meeting of the calendar year on February 2.  Highlights from the meeting included sharing of college enrollment management strategies, progress reports on accreditation recommendations, review of the district-wide function map, the memorandum of understanding on roles and responsibilities for district information technology and college technology services, planning for the educational master plans, and the results from the 2017 district-wide climate survey.

  • Saddleback College - President Anderson's written report included: Thank you to Catherine Arreguin, Jeanne Harris-Caldwell, Rachel Manders, Roxanne Metz, Nancy Montgomery, Emmanuel Smith, and Lisa Schenitzki for their efforts in securing a $350,000 grant to address student mental health needs. Congratulations to Dr. Estella Castillo-Garrison, who will be presented the 2018 Pepperdine University California Association of Bilingual Education Visionary Award. The Saddleback nursing program was ranked eleventh in California by Saddleback College assisted in the development of a health information technology specialist certificate and worked with other community colleges to develop the curriculum for a new cross-disciplinary certificate in health sciences and computer information management. VETS Coordinator and Counselor Terence Nelson represented the college at the Department of Defense Veterans in Higher Education Collaborative. A new orientation program served over 100 new student veterans this semester. The Transfer Center renewed the Transfer Student Pipeline Grant, which helps students interested in teaching to transfer and finish requirements to become eligible for the C-BEST exam. President Anderson threw the first pitch at the Saddleback vs. Cuesta baseball game on February 8 to celebrate the grand re-opening of the baseball stadium. 
  • Irvine Valley College - President Roquemore’s written report included: Irvine Valley College hosted the President's Cup final basketball game and Homecoming, which included the announcrment of the Homecoming Queen and King. President Roquemore hosted an update for high school principals on February 9. The event highlighted Guided Pathways with a presentation by Roopa Mathur and Brett Monte, and a report on research and demographics by Loris Fagioli, director of research, planning, and accreditation. IVC sponsored a table at the Greater Irvine Chamber Business Outlook event in January which was attended by several administrators and faculty. IVC welcomed Japan's Hiroshima College of Foreign Languages, which requested the meeting to learn more about career education and career design programs offered by IVC. The First Guided Pathways Summit was held February 9. The IVC Foundation Awards Dinner will be held on March 10.  Honorees will include the City of Irvine, City Manager Sean Joyce, Director of Student Life Anissa "Cessa" Heard-Johnson, Director of Health and Wellness Center and Veterans Services Center Nancy Montgomery, clasified staff member Brian Kim, and students Rosa Rodriguez and Phil Norton.  The forensics team competed at the Jannese Davidson Memorial Tournament in January and took home several awards. President Roquemore will be attending the Irvine State of the City Address with Director of Marketing and Creative Services Diane Oaks on February 27.


  • Vice Chancellor of Business Services Ann-Marie Gabel reported on the measures that are being taken to address and respond to campus safety concerns: Each college has either installed or is in the process of installing electronic door access and/or lockdown mechanisms; are in the process of installing cameras; have building designators on top of each building to allow air support to identify buildings; provide 24/7 police coverage and escort services, if requested; and offer trainings and workshops on safety and security throughout the year.

  • Irvine Valley College Associated Student Government's written report included: Twenty-eight clubs and co-curricular programs participated in Club Day on January 31. Meetings were held to provide information to potential student government candidates. The ASG of IVC Budget and Finance Committee began its budget hearing process where clubs, co-curricular programs, and academic departments may request funds. The inaugural Homecoming Dance was held on February 9. The 10 Homecoming Court finalists participated in multiple student activities including Welcome Back Day, Interclub and Co-Curricular Council Day, and IVC Foundation Board of Governors meetings.

Trustee Jemal adjourned the meeting in honor of the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School shooting victims.


The board meeting may be viewed online at Television broadcasts are scheduled for 7 pm on Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3 on SC Channel 39 and IVC Channel 33. SC TV 39 has an additional broadcast on Sunday, March 4 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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