Board Highlights - August 21, 2017



  • All consent calendar items, general action items, and academic and classified personnel actions with minor corrections to items 5.11, 5.15 and 6.11 D3(a). For additional information, please contact the Chancellor, College President or appropriate Vice Chancellor.
  • Change order for the Irvine Valley College Barranca Entrance project with Hillcrest Contracting, Inc., resulting in a decrease of $201,945.82, for a revised contract amount of $1,263,824.18.
  • Architectural/engineering agreement with SVA Architects, Inc., for the Irvine Valley College Performing Arts Center Construction Defects project, in the amount of $100,000.
  • Curriculum changes for the 2017-2018 academic year at Saddleback College.
  • Notice of completion for Saddleback's KSBR Radio Station Remodel Project to Patriot Contracting and Engineering, Inc. for a final contract amount of $1,294,000.
  • Notice of Completion for Saddleback's Technology and Applied Science (TAS) Swing Space II project to Glenn Chavez Construction, with a final contract amount of $75,889.
  • Saddleback College Interior LED Lighting and Controls Retrofit project with IBI Group, Inc. in an amount not to exceed $109,966.
  • Removal of Moses Anserlian as subcontractor and substitute Wicketts Plumbing for the Baseball Field Bleacher Replacement project at Saddleback College.
  • Specialized software development services with Redisq Technologies, for a total amount not to exceed $137,088 from September 1, 2017 to August 31, 2018. (date corrected)
  • Support for State Chancellor Oakley's adoption of AB 1887 out-of-state travel restrictions for all SOCCCD travel.
  • FY 2017-2018 adopted student government budgets.
  • The board conducted a public hearing and adopted Resolution No.17-23 to approve a Grant of Easement agreement with Pacific Bell Telephone Company, dba AT&T, over portions of the Advanced Technology and Education Park for utility purposes.
  • Adopt Resolution No.17-24 declaring its intention to enter into an agreement with Southern California Edison for grant of easement at ATEP Site Utilities and Infrastructure Phase I project and to conduct a public hearing on September 25, 2017.
  • Adopt Resolution No.17-25 declaring its intention to enter into an agreement with Southern California Gas Compnay for grant of easement at ATEP Site Utilities and Infrastructure Phase I project and to conduct a public hearing on September 25, 2017.
  • Adopt Resolution No. 17-26 to authorize the use of Design-Build for Saddleback College Cafeteria Services Renovation project with an estimated project budget of $3,500,000.
  • Naming the new Irvine Valley College Authorized Testing Center at the Advanced Technology and Education Park Christopher LC Lee Authorized Testing Center in memory of a former student.
  • Agreement for software development and project management services with Neudesic, LLC for an amount not to exceed $1,713,190.00 for the term of September 1, 2017 through August 31, 2018.
  • Adjustment of monthly compensation for board members by five percent pursuant to board policy and education code.
  • Ratify the addition of one full-time faculty position to the 2017-2018 full-time faculty hiring list for Saddleback College.
  • The board conducted a public hearing to provide an opportunity for the public to comment on the joint initial proposal from District and Faculty Association to negotiate implementation of amendments to Education Code regarding reemployment standards for part-time, temporary faculty.




  • Trustee Milchiker welcomed faculty, staff, administrators and students for the fall semester. She attended professional development week and many instructive sessions. She especially enjoyed the chancellor and presidents' opening sessions. She attended all four president candidates and appreciated their enthusiasm about joining Saddleback. Trustee Lang attended Chancellor's Opening Session, presidents' opening sessions, and faculty luncheon, and he enjoyed all the presentations. He really appreciates the community's support of our colleges. Trustee Wright attended a performance of Music Man at Saddleback College and thoroughly enjoyed it. He participated in several events during professional development week, including IVC president's opening session, chancellor's opening session, and SC president's session. He thanked the board president, interim chancellor and both presidents for their statement of unity against racism, bigotry and violence. Trustee Jemal attended the IVC president's session, chancellor's opening session and part time faculty event. He attended all four of the president candidate forums, and commented on the strong pool.  He felt strongly about issuing the statement of unity against hate groups and underscored that freedom of speech is important but inciting violence is not acceptable. Trustee Jay thanked the chancellor, presidents and Board President Jemal for the statement of unity. She congratulated Elisa Oransky for being named classified manager of the year and her role in foundation fundraising. She enjoyed the IVC president's forum. She was happy to see retirees at chancellor's opening session and especially enjoyed the commemorative video honoring the district's 50 years of service to the community. She congratulated the faculty who received service pins and was surprised to see four faculty with more than 40 years of service. She appreciated the presentation by Faculty Association President Mark Blethen regarding faculty negotiations and enjoyed attending a meeting of the student success committee, and a session on creating a veteran-friendly environment. She also attended all of the public forums for the new Saddleback College president. She thanked the interim chancellor for today's solar eclipse viewing party. Trustee Prendergast echoed all the comments from other trustees. Student Trustee Larson attended the student trustee workshop and enjoyed meeting other student trustees. He thanked the district for their thoughtful statement of unity.


  • Interim Chancellor Debra Fitzsimons' written report included: The public forums for four finalist candidates for the position of the next Saddleback College President were held during the week of Aug. 14-18 with opportunities for districtwide feedback. Chancellor’s Opening Session was held on Tuesday, August 15, where we celebrated the district’s 50th anniversary and kicked off the 2017-2018 academic year. The program focused on our accomplishments as well as challenges and opportunities for the coming year. Local retirees were invited to attend, and we welcomed our new full-time faculty, managers, and administrators. Service pins were awarded to 50 full-time faculty (four were given to employees who have served 40 years). In celebration of the district’s 50th anniversary, students in the Saddleback College Commercial Music Ensemble performed songs from 1967 to the present, and employees enjoyed a photo booth and dessert bar. A commemorative video on the district’s history was presented. It can be viewed at We are happy to welcome two administrators to South Orange County Community College District: Diane Clerou, acting vice chancellor of human resources, and Jim Buysse, acting vice chancellor of business services. As of August 2, 16 full-time faculty members and over 40 part-time faculty have been hired, on-boarded, and integrated into the system for the upcoming Fall 2017 Semester. She read into public record the district's statement of unity denouncing racism, bigotry and violence in the wake of events in Charlottesville, VA.


  • Saddleback College - Acting President Denise Whittaker’s written report included: Graphic Communications students Arnold Agustin, Sejal Banker and Allison Liaw took first, second and third place, respectively, in the ninth annual Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation student design competition. Saddleback College students are gaining real world experience in developing tools and devices through a collaboration with San Clemente’s Swift Engineering that benefits e-NABLE, a group of volunteers from across the globe that use 3D printers to create free prosthetics. The devices can be printed in a variety of materials, including durable nylon, ABS, PLA, and TPU. Students download files of the pre-designed hands and arms and then print the devices using the 3D printers in the Advanced Manufacturing Lab. e-NABLE estimates it has delivered about 1,800 hands to children, with the devices holding up quite well to the activities of a typical child. The Orange County Hot List recently ranked the Summer of Theatre at Saddleback College the sixth best festival in Orange County, beating out such events as the Newport Beach Jazz Festival, the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival, and others. This year 6,700 people came to see free performances. KSBR Birthday Bash also made the list at No. 9. The Orange County Hot List features more than 4,475 businesses competing for title of Orange County's best.


  • Irvine Valley College - President Glenn Roquemore’s written report included: Dean of Counseling Services Elizabeth Cipres was selected to participate in the Adm in 201: Transformational Leadership Program, a new summer academy hosted by the Association of California Community College Administrators (ACCCA). Vice President for Student Services Linda Fontanilla held the Student Ambassador Leadership Institute at IVC.  Students participated in icebreaker activities to meet one another and received an orientation of what to expect during the year in the student ambassador program.  President Roquemore held the president’s opening session for Faculty Professional Development Week in the Performing Arts Center.  Dr. Chip Espinoza, author, speaker and academic director of the Organizational Psychology and Nonprofit Leadership programs at Concordia University Irvine, spoke about millennials in his talk entitled "Generational Dynamics and Pedagogy." The morning included an update on the college accreditation process and a panel discussion.  President Roquemore attended the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Presidents Academy Summer Institute (PASI) focusing on issues of critical importance to a community college president.



The board meeting may be viewed online at Television broadcasts are scheduled for 7 pm on Friday, August 25 and Saturday, August 26 on SC Channel 39 and IVC Channel 33. SC TV 39 has an additional broadcast on Sunday, August 27 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