Board Highlights - March 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.
  • Summer 2018 Saddleback College Community Education courses, presenters, and compensation.
  • New and revised Saddleback College curriculum for the 2018-2019 academic year.
  • Curriculum revisions for the 2018-2019 academic year at Irvine Valley College as recommended by the Curriculum Committee in consultation with the Academic Senate.
  • Site work for the DSPS portable project and agreement with AMTEK Construction at Irvine Valley College in the amount of $85,333.
  • Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College Mental Health Services Grant award in the amount of $350,000.
  • Accept for review and study the proposed academic calendar for 2019-2020.
  • District-wide ADA self-evaluation consultant services agreement with Cordoba Corporation, in the amount of $289,000 for the term of March 26, 2018 to December 25, 2018.
  • District-wide wireless access installation project agreement with T and D Communications, Inc., in the amount of $348,249.10.
  • The nomination of five candidates to the California Community College Trustees Association Board of Directors.
  • Adjournment of the April 23, 2018 regular board meeting to April 30, 2018, in accordance with California Government Code Section 54955.
  • Accept for review and study the following Board Policy revisions: BP-5618 Credit by Examination; BP-5402 Associated Students Finance; BP-5640 Service Animals; BP-3401 Animals or Pets on Campus; BP-4003 Nepotism.
  • Board Policy revisions: 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.
  • The Nyhart Company's 2018 OPEB Trust actuarial report and allocation of $4.9 million to fund the normal cost for FY 2018-2019.
  • Budget calendar for FY 2018-2019.
  • A public hearing was held on the SOCCCD California School Employee Association Chapter 586 initial proposal to the district, for the purpose of negotiations.
  • A public hearing was held on the district's initial proposal to SOCCCD California School Employees Association Chapter 586, for the purpose of negotiations.
  • A public hearing was held on the SOCCCD Police Officers Association initial proposal to the district, for the purpose of negotiations.



  • Trustee Whitt attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Saddleback College Stadium and shared that it is nice to see the project coming to fruition. She said the stadium is a classroom and it will be a great place for our students and community. She enjoyed the event speakers and mentioned that she was particularly touched by the comments made by Tony Williams, a student and member of the football team. She enjoyed attending the Fine Arts "First Movement" luncheon and encourages support for the colleges' fine arts programs. Trustee Wright appeared on Laguna Woods Village Television and enjoyed discussing what is happening at our colleges and district. He attended the Irvine Valley College Foundation Awards Dinner and thanked all involved for making it such an enjoyable evening. He attended the groundbreaking for the stadium and said that the space will be well used. He looks forward to attending the ribbon cutting of the IDEA Building at the Advanced Technology and Education Park on April 18. He thanked Interim Chancellor Fallo, President Anderson, and President Roquemore for the work they are doing and for the reports they and the IVC Associated Students submitted to the board. Trustee Prendergast attended the Orange County School Board Association meeting on February 28, where he appreciated the keynote presentation on taking the "whole student" approach to mental wellness. Trustee Jemal enjoyed the opportunity to speak at the Saddleback College Stadium groundbreaking and was impressed by the excellent turnout of student athletes, elected officials, community members, and others who have been involved with Saddleback College for many years. He added that the new stadium and its amenities will benefit the district, college, and non-profit organizations. He attended the Irvine Valley College gala and commended Elissa Oransky and her team for their work on the event, where funds were raised for student scholarships. He mentioned the federal omnibus spending package was signed into law last week and includes provisions relating to education and workforce development that may benefit the district. Referencing the state housing crisis, he said its impact greatly affects students and the district should seriously explore the issue. Trustee Jay attended the Irvine Valley College gala and thanked the foundation staff for their excellent work on the event. She attended the stadium groundbreaking and enjoyed the remarks made by the speakers. She said the stadium will be fantastic for our community and for Saddleback College.  She attended the Fine Arts "First Movement" luncheon and thanked David Anderson and Mark Schwartz for their work on the event.

  • Interim Chancellor Thomas Fallo's written report included: Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College were awarded a $350,000 California Community Colleges Mental Health Services Program grant to improve student access to mental health services. The budget process has begun and a 2.51 percent COLA will be provided to the DRAC Allocation Revenue model as proposed in the state budget. A recommendation from the Basic Aid Allocation Recommendation Committee is expected to go to the Board of Trustees meeting in May. Welcome to our new human resources team members: Debra Garcia, executive assistant to the vice chancellor of human resources; Kim Widdes, executive director of human resources; and Cindy Barron, ADA compliance and leave administration manager. Letters were sent to the district's representatives in Sacramento requesting their support to fund all 15 new community college capital outlay projects approved by the board of governors and recommended by the state chancellor's office. The district has approved projects that are awaiting state funds from Proposition 51.  These projects are the Saddleback College Gateway Building and the Irvine Valley College Fine Arts project. At the meeting Interim Chancellor Fallo said he was pleased to hear the comments made earlier this month by University of California President Janet Napolitano calling for guaranteed admission of all qualified community college students to the UC system.

  • Saddleback College - President Anderson's written report included: The Saddleback College Stadium groundbreaking was held on March 12. More than 125 guests attended the event. Horticulture and landscape design students were awarded a $10,000 World Water Forum grant to install a dew and fog catchment system to study the use of the condensation for urban farm and landscape irrigation. Thirty-four honors program students were asked to present at the Honors Transfer Council of California's annual research conference at UC Irvine on April 7. Seven honors program students were invited to present their original research at the Bay Honors Symposium at UC Berkeley on May 5. Fifty-four precent of student athletes made the Athletic Honor Roll during the fall 2017 semester, including 26 students who earned a 4.0 grade point average. The biology, advanced manufacturing, art, and economic and workforce development departments are collaborating on a wall mural commissioned by the City of Mission Viejo. Dean of Economic and Workforce Development and Business Science John Jaramillo was elected to the California Community College Association of Occupational Educators. Dean of Career Pathways and Dual Enrollment Renah Wolzinger was selected from 13,000 applicants to be a presenter at the American Education Research Association conference in New York in April.  She, along with Dr. Carol Lundberg of CSU Fullerton, will present research on equity in CTE Pathways for community college students in California. Art Professor Barbara Holmes joined a team of artists in Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia to build a large-scale installation for World Wood Day. Professor Laura Haight and seven students attended the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts in Pittsburgh. This summer Community Education will launch The Edge, a collaboration with Capistrano Unified School District, to offer programs that support the math, reading, and writing core curricula taught at middle and high schools.
  • Irvine Valley College - President Roquemore’s written report included: President Roquemore was installed to the Orange County Business Council Board of Directors. This is his fourth consecutive year to serve on the board. Phi Theta Kappa students Khalid Yasseen and Marissa Anderson were named to the All-State Academic Team scholars. The students, who were selected based on academic merit and scores in the national competition, will be recognized at a dinner in April. Director of Student Life and Equity Programs Anissa Heard-Johnson was the keynote speaker at Washington State University's Global Campus Student Rendezvous event on March 3. Her presentation topic was "How Online Communities of Practice Can Build Student Leader Cultural Competency and Effectiveness in a More Global Workforce."  Career Edge, a collaboration with the Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce to provide soft skills training for students, was awarded the Western Association of Chamber Executives Outstanding Program Award. English Professor Summer Serpas, who is the assistant director of the California Acceleration Project, participated on a February 28 panel at the Public Policy Institute of California in Sacramento, on the topic of reforms to developmental English pathways. President Roquemore attended the Community College League of California CEO Symposium in Monterey Bay on March 2-4. Six students were awarded a 2017 Asian Pacific Islander Scholarship Fund AANAPISI scholarship in the amount of $2,500 each. The students are Jostine Edu, Danielle Huynh, Gaunqun Ma, Faith Mallawong, Manpreet Saini, and Lia Yoon. Led by Professor Michael Salviani, high school students from the El Toro Batallion of the Naval Sea Cadets won first place in the February 27 CyberPatriot X competition. The college is a member of a consortium of community colleges in Orange County that have trained over 1,000 middle and high school students in cyber defense skills in preparation for this competition. Fifty-one students participated in Career Discovery Day, which was co-sponsored by the college, Vital Link of Orange County, the Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce, and Google. As president of the Chief Student Services Officer (CSSO) Association, Vice President for Student Services Linda Fontanilla presided over the association's annual conference in Sacramento on March 7-8.

  • Irvine Valley College Associated Student Government's written report included: More than 500 students attended ASG Awareness Day.  An ASG candidate rally was held on March 1 and gave students the opportunity to meet the candidates running for ASG positions for the 2018-2019 academic year. The ASG of IVC Budget and Finance Committee began the budget hearing process where clubs, co-curricular programs, and academic departments request ASG funds.  ASG is working on an IVC video tour that is expected to be completed at the end of March.


The board meeting may be viewed online at Television broadcasts are scheduled for 7 pm on Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31 on SC Channel 39 and IVC Channel 33. SC TV 39 has an additional broadcast on Sunday, April 1 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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