Board Highlights - April 30, 2018


The Board of Trustees thanked Dr. Thomas Fallo for his service as interim chancellor and praised his exemplary leadership. His last day with the district was April 30.

Student Trustee Jordan Larson was presented with a resoluton and a plaque for his service during the 2017-2018 academic year.


  • 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.
  • Resolutions honoring Student Trustee Jordan Larson; Classified Employee Week; Professor of the Year, Saddleback College, Ken Lee; Associate Professor of the Year, Saddleback College, Dr. Jill R. Faulkner; Emeritus Professor of the Year, Saddleback College, Kara Mohotka Patterson; Professor of the Year, Irvine Valley College, Dr. Kari Tucker-McCorkhill; Associate Professor of the Year, Irvine Valley College, Nathaniel Cayanan; and Emeritus Professor of the Year, Irvine Valley College, Kathryn Burns.
  • Curriculum revisions for the 2019-2020 academic year at Irvine Valley College.
  • Irvine Valley College Community Education courses, presenters, and compensation for summer 2018.
  • Award of bid number 342 for the horizontal drilling for Liberal Arts A-400 Building recycled water project and approve the agreement with Amtek Construction in the amount of $85,333.
  • Authorize filing the notice of completion for the Irvine Valley College monument signs replacement project to SS+K Contractors, DBA SS&K Contractors for the final contract amount of $344,500.
  • Authorize filing the notice of completion for the Irvine Valley College Life Sciences Building First Year Discovery project to Amtek Construction for the final contract amount of $217,361.97.
  • General fund honoria for speakers for events and/or classes at Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College.
  • Authorize filing the notice of completion for the Saddleback College Baseball Field bleacher replacement project to Patriot Contracting and Engineering for a final contract amount of $1,411,662.
  • Award bid number 2072 for the Saddleback College accessible ramp project and approve the agreement with Amtek Construction in the amount of $445,333.
  • Proposed curriculum changes for the 2018-2019 academic year at Saddleback College.
  • Board change order number 5 for the ATEP IVC First Building project and authorize staff to execute the corresponding change order with McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., resulting in an increase of $499,166, for a revised contract total of $18,410,353.
  • Authorize filing the notice of completion for the ATEP IVC First Building Project to McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., for a final contract amount of $18,410,353.
  • The Fiscal Year 2020-2021 five-year construction plan.
  • Saddleback College access control project design-build agreement with Soltek Pacific Construction for a total contract amount of $9,900,000.
  • Adopt resolution number 18-07 to approve contracting with HP Inc. for the purchase of computer equipment utilizing the National Association of State Procurement Officials under the Western State Contracting Alliance Cooperative Purchasing Program, pursuant to the Master Price Agreements numbers MNNVP-134 and MNNVP-133, awarded by the state of Minnesota and approved for use in the state of California through participating addendum number 7-15-70-34-001. Annual expenditures for the term under this agreement will not exceed $2,500,000.
  • Accept for discussion and approval revisions to the following board policies: BP-5618 Credit by Examination, BP-5402 Associated Students' Finance, BP-5640 Service Animals, BP-3401 Animals or Pets on Campus, BP-4003 Anti-Nepotism.
  • Accept for review and study revisions to the following board policies: BP-103 Board Membership, BP-105 Organization of the Governing Board, BP-162 Communications Among Board Members, BP-1510 Native American Graves and Repatriation Act, BP-3101.6 Real Property Management, BP-4000.4 Equal Employment Opportunity, BP-4345 Catastrophic Leave.
  • Tenure for full-time faculty members who have completed the four-year tenure-track plan.
  • Agreement for employment of Dr. Kathleen F. Burke as chancellor, effective June 1, 2018 through June 30, 2021. Ann-Marie Gabel will serve as interim chancellor through June 30, 2018.



  • Trustee Lang offered his congratulations to Dr. Kathleen Burke, who has been selected as the district's next chancellor. He said we are fortunate to have a person of her experience and integrity, and likewise, she is fortunate to come to a district with so much to offer in talent and resources. He expressed his appreciation to Dr. Thomas Fallo for his leadership as interim chancellor and for setting the stage for his successor to hit the ground running.  He thanked Dr. Jim Buysse for leading Saddleback College on short notice, and for his steady leadership until a permanent president is hired. He attended the ribbon cutting and dedication of the IDEA Building at the Advanced Technology and Education Park and noted the innovation of the space and exciting partnerships that are being created. He congratulated Tom Pestolesi for receiving the Coaching Achievement Award, the IVC speech and debate team for its performance at the state championships, Saddleback College for the designation of 23 career education programs as Strong Workforce Stars, and all individuals who were honored as professors of the year. Trustee Jay attended the IVC Board of Governors meeting and noted that the foundation gala raised $118,000 for student scholarships. She attended the ribbon cutting and dedication of the IDEA Building at ATEP and enjoyed visiting the Chris L.C. Lee Authorized Testing Center. She was so impressed with the center that she returned for a tour that was given by Nick Farrell, engineering laboratory manager. She enjoyed learning about the programs offered at ATEP that are designed to lead to well-paying jobs in emerging indusries. She looks forward to learning more about how the colleges are interfacing with local employers to ensure curriculum matches their needs, how programs are tailored to ensure students have the skills and knowledge to make them employable, and how counseling staff can assist students. Trustee Milchiker attended the Sephardic Passover seder at Saddleback College that was hosted by Carmenmara Hernandez-Bravo.  She attended the ribbon cutting and dedication of the IDEA Building, where she appreciated the engineering students' robot demonstration.  She attended the One Book, One College event at Saddleback College and was impressed by the excellent questions asked by the students in attendance. She mentioned the work of the Orange County Legislative Task Force, of which she is a founding member, and said it is closely monitoring the governor's proposals for a new funding formula and online college. She will be attending the Saddleback College biology symposium and reception for The Ear literary journal at Irvine Valley College, where she will participate in a poetry reading. She offered her sincere gratitute to Interim Chancellor Fallo for his service. Trustee Prendergast expressed his appreciation to Dr. Fallo for his steady leadership as interim chancellor. He attended the ribbon cutting and dedication of the IDEA Building at ATEP. Trustee Wright thanked Dr. Fallo, citing the wonderful job he has done as interim chancellor.  He enjoyed the ribbon cutting and dedication of the IDEA Buildling at ATEP.  He attended a luncheon for veterans that was hosted by the Orange County Community Foundation and commended the excellent veteran centers at both Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College. He thanked President Roquemore for the pathway program at Irvine Valley College that helps engineering students transfer to UC Irvine, and congratulated Nancy Montgomery for her efforts in securing a $2 million innovation award from the state chancellor's office that will go toward services for student veterans. He thanked Mark Blethen for his report on part-time instructors. Trustee Whitt attended the dedication and ribbon cutting of the IDEA Building at ATEP and commended President Roquemore and his team for coordinating the event.  She looks forward to attending the Saddleback College Foundation Gala and encourages everyone to attend to support student scholarships.  She extended her appreciation to Dr. Fallo and noted the difference he has made for the district. Trustee Jemal attended the ribbon cutting and dedication of the IDEA Building at ATEP, where he enjoyed seeing Tustin Mayor Al Murray.  He said the IDEA Building offers exciting opportunities and is confident that President Roquemore and Vice President for Instruction Chris McDonald will continue to make progress. Referencing the appointment of Dr. Burke as chancellor, he said the board worked conscientiously in the hiring process and looked for someone with integrity, good judgment, and transparency. He commended Dr. Burke's significant experience and expects that she will be a great chancellor. He praised Dr. Fallo's reputation as an outstanding administrator and thanked him for his tremendous leadership as interim chancellor, and for laying the groundwork for continuous improvement in the district. Student Trustee Larson expressed his gratitude to Dr. Fallo and said he has positioned the district for a bright future.  He stated his appreciation for the wise decisions made by the board of trustees. He looks forward to attending the commencement ceremonies at Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College.

  • Interim Chancellor Thomas Fallo's written report included: The dedication of the first building at the Advanced Technology and Education Park was held on April 18. The event included an open house, demonstrations, and the following speakers: Timothy Jemal, President, South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees; Ann-Marie Gabel, Vice Chancellor of Business Services; Al Murray, Mayor of the City of Tustin; and Armando Alcantara, Jr., an engineering student.  President Glenn Roquemore served as the master of ceremonies and Trustee James R. Wright led the Pledge of Allegiance. Tustin Police Chief Charles F. Celano, Jr. led the color guard presentation. In addition to Trustees Jemal and Wright, Trustees Marcia Milchiker, T.J. Prendergast, David Lang, Barbara Jay, and Terri Whitt were in attendance, as were Tustin City Council Members Rebecca Gomez, Charles Puckett, and Letitia Clark.  Also present were staff members from the offices of Senator Dianne Feinstein, Congresswoman Mimi Walters, Senator John Moorlach, and Assembly Member Steven Choi. Congratulations to Lori Mangels, the classified staff member of the year for district services.  Lori is a human resources specialist and has been an employee of the district since 2004. The district's 50th anniversary video, which provides a retrospective on the last 50 years and vision for the future, earned a Paragon Award at the National Council on Marketing and Public Relations National Conference. At the meeting, Dr. Fallo expressed his appreciation for the board of trustes and everyone he worked with during his time as interim chancellor, and said that he is confident the district serves students and the community well. 

  • Saddleback College - Acting President Buysse's written report included: Saddleback College's request for designation as an eligible institution under Titles III and V of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 was approved, enabling the college to apply for Hispanic Serving Institution grants. Twenty-three career education programs were named Strong Workforce Stars by the state chancellor's office. The nursing program received gold star recognition because graduates have attained a 147 percent increase in earnings, 47 percent attained the regional living wage, and 90 percent are employed in a job similar to their field of study. Student Health Center Director Jeanne Harris-Caldwell was awarded the Community Service Award by the Daughters of the American Revolution for her exemplary contributions to Saddleback College students. The student health services department hosted Sexual Assault Awareness Day on April 9.  Nearly a dozen community organizations participated. Dean of Economic and Workforce Development and Business Science John Jaramillo was selected to participate in the nation's first seminar focused on the role of civic stewards in workforce development hosted by the Stanford Leadership Initiative. The Honors Transfer Council of California selected Grant Swonk to receive $1,000 and the Director's Award for his abstract essay entitled "A Kingdom's Casuistry: The British Empire's Reaction to the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre." He was mentored by history instructor Margot Lovett. Khalid Yasseen was also recognized for his abstract entitled "Antibacterial Activity of Cinnamon Oil and its Synergy with Vancomycin Against Enterococcus Faecalis." He received $500 and was mentored by biological sciences instructor Marcelo Pires. A campus majors fair was held on April 4. Student veteran Andrew Ramos was awarded a $750 scholarship by Eagle Community Credit Union. At the meeting Dr. Buysse thanked Dr. Fallo for his service and praised him as an outstanding leader for the district.
  • Irvine Valley College - President Roquemore’s written report included: Student veterans Erik Grohman and Sloan Hadsall were each awarded a $750 scholarship from Eagle Community Credit Union.  On March 14 over 200 students, faculty, and staff participated in a peaceable walkout demonstration marking the one-month anniversary of the Parkland, Florida school shooting.  The IVC Foundation hosted the Celebrating Excellence Awards Dinner on March 10, where $118,058 was raised to support student programs and services. The IVC Model United Nations (MUN) team participated in the national MUN conference in New York on March 25-29. The team won the Distinguished Delegation Award and two position paper awards, and placed in the top 20 percent of teams that competed at the conference. The college celebrated the dedication of the Integrated Design, Engineering and Automation (IDEA) Building at the Advanced Technology and Education Park on April 18. Head volleyball coach Tom Pestolesi received the 2018 Coaching Achievement Award on March 29 and was recognized for exhibiting leadership and high ethical values in addition to being an outstanding role model for student athletes and future professionals. The new electronic signs at the Irvine Center Drive entrance were turned on for the first time on March 26. The design incorporates current and emerging technologies to achieve virtually unlimited communication flexibility. The speech and debate team was awarded the California Community Colleges Forensics Association State Championship Award for small schools on March 11 in Sacramento. Former IVC Director of Forensics Edwin Tiongson was honored at the tournament with the Presidential Service award. The office of marketing and creative services was awarded several medallion awards at the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations District 6 conference on March 19. IVC Circle K Club officers Ellie Bui and Chloe Wang received the Distinguished President and Distinguished Treasurer Awards at the Circle K International conference in Los Angeles. The California Community Colleges Classified Senate named President Roquemore the recipient of the 2018 4CS Leadership Award. He will be honored at the Classified Leadership Institute in June. At the meeting President Roquemore said it is a pleasure to work with Dr. Buysse, and stated his gratitude to work with Dr. Fallo, who he described as a gentleman and a leader. 

  • Irvine Valley College Associated Student Government's written report included: ASG of IVC hosted Spring Fest on April 4 to celebrate the beginning of spring. Multiple training sessions were held for new and returning ASG members for the 2018-2019 academic year. ASG of IVC Community Outreach Committee members volunteered at UC Irvine and helped plant shade trees.  Participants accumulated three hours of community service and received a certificate for their work. The Budget and Finance Committee presented its recommendations for the 2018-2019 budget allocation for the ASG of IVC Senate on April 6. The allocations will be communicated to the college during the month of May. 

  • South Orange County Community College District Faculty Association's written report included: The Faculty Association recently asked part-time faculty members to share an issue of interest and/or concern. The concerns listed include lack of sufficient affordable health care, seniority/rehire rights/course load reductions, parity pay/equal pay for equal work/professional development, lack of safety/support, maternity/parental/family leave, and student debt.


The board closed its meeting in memory of Terry Thorpe, who passed away at the age of 72 on April 14. A professor of business science, Terry was a founding faculty member at Irvine Valley College.  He retired from Irvine Valley College in 2010 after 31 years of dedicated service. Terry was the president of the academic senate in the 1980s, and was known for his great smile and love for teaching and for his students.  He was a veteran of the United States Army and enjoyed volunteering his time to tutor student veterans. For 44 years he was the loving husband to his wife, Linda, and he leaves behind their two greatly loved dogs, Dakota and Cody. Our thoughts and prayers are with Terry’s family, friends, and former colleagues. 


The board meeting may be viewed online at Television broadcasts are scheduled for 7 pm on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5 on SC Channel 39 and IVC Channel 33. SC TV 39 has an additional broadcast on Sunday, May 6 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

Ann-Marie Gabel, Interim Chancellor


Board Meeting Highlights Prepared By:
Jennie McCue

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