Board Meeting Highlights

South Orange County Community College District

November 25, 2013


South Orange County Community College District   Irvine Valley College President Glenn Roquemore commended the Model United Nations Team for earning nine awards at the National Model United Nations Conference, including two top Outstanding Delegation awards. The team competed against more than 80 U.S. colleges and universities.


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

South Orange County Community College District

  • All consent calendar items and academic (with replacement pages for 6.7 C1) and classified personnel actions. For additional information, please contact the Chancellor, College President or appropriate Vice Chancellor.
  • Out-of-state travel to Missoula, MT for Saddleback College students and a faculty advisor to attend the American College Dance Festival.
  • Out-of-state travel for the Saddleback College forensics team and their coaches to attend two upcoming Phi Rho Pi Tournaments.
  • Saddleback College's proposed transfer degree in Journalism.
  • Agreement with LCC3 Construction Services, Inc. to hire a DSA Inspector of Record for the Saddleback College Sciences Building project at a cost of $315,360.
  • Agreement with Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc. to hire a Labor Compliance Consultant for the Saddleback College Sciences Building project at a cost of $127,000.
  • Acceptance of the District's Annual Audit Report for 2012-2013.
  • Acceptance of the Saddleback College Foundation, Irvine Valley College Foundation, ATEP Foundation, and SOCCCD Foundation Annual Audit Reports for 2012-2013.
  • Acceptance of the Retiree OPEB Trust Annual Audit Report for 2012-2013.
  • Contract with Neudesic LLC for software development with Neudesic, LLC at a cost of $615,000.
  • Board Policy revisions to BP-136: Minutes of the Board of Trustee Meetings; BP-158: Political Activity;
    BP-4085: Holidays, BP-5230: Athletics.
  • Request to rescind sabbatical leave for IVC Professor Lisa Davis Allen for the Spring 2014 semester.
  • Board request for a report on security cameras at Saddleback College.
  • Board request for a report on cost/benefit of using Higher One to distribute financial aid funds to our students and colleges.

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

  • Trustee Milchiker attended the Orange County Community Colleges Legislative Task Force where advocacy work continues on student veterans issues. She commented on the heartwarming Veterans Day events at both colleges. She enjoyed the district-wide forums and recently attended the CCLC conference. Trustee Prendergast attended the IVC veterans ceremony and commented on what a pleasure it is to celebrate our student veterans. He was pleased that the district-wide forums were well attended with good discussions at both colleges. He called attention to his Movember mustache and encouraged everyone to support the global campaign for men's health. Trustee Padberg attended the district-wide forums and both Veterans Day events. She also was part of the district's audit team and is pleased with the good reports. Trustee Wright attended the K-12 partnership breakfast at SC, the SC paramedic graduation, both Veterans Day ceremonies (he was keynote speaker at IVC), both district-wide forums, two SC football games, and the CCLC annual convention where there were discussions on policy issues. State Chancellor Brice Harris gave a status report on community colleges and stressed the need to restore access, enhance success and stay focused. He also attended a session on the community college bachelor degree study group which will make recommendations in December. Trustee Lang wished everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Student Trustee Robinson attended IVC women's volleyball and offered congratulations to IVC's Model UN for their national achievements and SC's student architects on their AIA award. He is grateful that we honor our student soldiers on Veterans Day as he comes from a military family and understands what it means to serve.


  • Chancellor Gary Poertner reflected on the district-wide forums, acknowledging the vast improvement in our district-wide culture. He urged continued work to improve our relationships and integrate our efforts. He said the board continues a high level of interest in student success initiatives so we will have more presentations beginning in January.
  • Saddleback College - President Tod Burnett's report included: Saddleback College celebrated five years of veteran success and the opening of the college's newly renovated veterans center with keynote speaker Secretary Peter James Gravett of the California Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Pam Cox-Otto, a noted researcher and expert in community college marketing and communications, presented findings of a community benchmark survey which showed improved community awareness and favorable impressions compared to an initial study in 2009. Emeritus Institute Creative Writing student Elaine Bernard had her story "Stay" nominated for the Pushcart Prize by Emerge Literary Journal. Families from the Child Development Center raised $350 for the ASG "Pluck-A-Duck" event to benefit children undergoing chemotherapy. Saddleback College and District Services management team members participated in an 8-hour training for IS700 - Introduction to National Incident Management System, and IS800- Introduction to National Framework. Lot 5 parking will be closed during the construction of the new Sciences building. Some temporary parking has been identified beginning spring 2014. Saddleback College will participate in a $8 million initiative from the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office to develop a common assessment system.


  • Irvine Valley College - President Glenn Roquemore's report included: The Model United Nations team took nine awards including two top delegation awards at the National Model United Nations Conference, competing against over 80 colleges and universities. The IVC Institutional Effectiveness Committee (IEC) hosted a gallery workshop to gain college-wide input on the four district-wide strategic goals that were established earlier this year, as well as draft objectives and action steps. IVC held a special Veterans Day commemoration in honor of the veterans that have served our country with Trustee (and Veteran) Jim Wright as keynote speaker. Applied Museum Studies students gained professional hands-on experience by giving tours for the Orange County Curator Challenge (OC3) exhibition. IVC is offering a new Freshman Advantage program specifically designed for high school seniors enrolling for Fall 2014 enabling them to register for classes before most currently enrolled IVC students. IVC music major Tim Jensen was honored as a co-winner for first place in the Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra Concerto Contest.

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

The board meeting will be available for viewing online this week at Television broadcasts are scheduled for 7 pm on Friday, Nov. 29 and Saturday, Nov. 30 on Saddleback College Channel 39 and Irvine Valley College Channel 33.  SC TV 39 has an additional broadcast on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 7 pm.


South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees

William O. Jay, Timothy Jemal, David B. Lang, Marcia Milchiker, Nancy M. Padberg,
T.J. Prendergast III, James R. Wright; David Robinson, Student Trustee

Gary L. Poertner, Chancellor


Board Meeting Highlights Prepared by:
Tere Fluegeman, District Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations