Board Meeting Highlights

South Orange County Community College District

April 29, 2013


RESOLUTIONS .........................................................................

South Orange County Community College District

South Orange County Community College District

Student Trustee Heather Park was recognized for her service on the board for 2012-2013.



  IVC Classified Senate President Dennis Gordon accepted a resolution on behalf of classified staff recognizing Classified School Employee Week.
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Dr. Scott Fier was honored as Saddleback College's 2013-2014 Professor of the Year.   Farida Gabdrakhmanova was honored as Saddleback College's 2013-2014 Associate Professor of the Year.
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Melinda Smith was honored as Saddleback College's 2013-2014 Emeritus Professor of the Year.   Dr. Diana Hurlbut was honored as Irvine Valley College's 2013-2014 Professor of the Year.
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Mercedes Julian was honored as Irvine Valley College's 2013-2014 Part-Time Professor of the Year.   Annette Hernandez was honored as Irvine Valley College's 2013-2014 Emeritus Professor of the Year.
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Advisor Cale Crammer and members of the 2012-2013 Irvine Valley College Model United Nations
team were honored for taking top honors at the National Model United Nations Conference in New
York City for the second year in a row, competing among 215 colleges and four-year universities,
making IVC the most decorated school at the competition.

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

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  • All consent calendar items and academic and classified personnel actions, except 5.12 which was pulled. For additional information, please contact the Chancellor, College President or appropriate Vice Chancellor.
  • Change orders to the Irvine Valley College Life Sciences project resulting in an increase of $33,938 in total project cost.
  • Additional architectural services for the Saddleback College Sciences building project in the amount of $27,500.00.
  • Contract services with U.S. Demolition, Inc. in the amount of $1,350,006 for ATEP site foundation and infrastructure demolition.
  • Contract services with Neudesic, LLC for software development and project management services to develop a modeling tool for the IVC Office of Instruction, not to exceed $45,000.
  • Education Protection Account funds resulting from Proposition 30 in the amount of $2,780,757 which will be used to pay for part-time faculty expenses.
  • An increase in spending limit to $440,000 for the FY 2012-2013 Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo contract to cover increased labor relations and construction legal fees.
  • An agreement for professional services for the development of IVC A-400 Design Build construction
    delivery method with Alternative Delivery Solutions, LLC for a fee equal to $185/hour, up to $130,240.
  • An increase of $60,000 in the contract amount with Presidio for upgrade of the district-wide voice and data network.
  • A student health fee increase of $1 for the 2013-14 academic year.
  • Academic Calendar for 2014-2015.
  • Agreements with BP Energy and Constellation New Energy for five years and an estimated annual cost of $600,000 for the delivery of natural gas to Saddleback College and a five year total contract amount of $3,000,000 commencing on July 1, 2013.
  • Announcement and recruitment of a full-time speech faculty replacement position, contingent upon funding at Saddleback College for the 2013-2014 academic year.
  • Board Policy Revisions for BP-100: The South Orange County Community College District; BP-101: Mission; BP-103: Board Membership; BP-105: Organization of the Governing Board; BP-106: Board Elections; BP-108: Vacancies of the Board.
  • Layoff of one categorically funded classified management position as a result of lack of funds and/or lack of work.


    Re-Vitalize and Re-Envision Professional Development

    Dr. Kevin O'Connor, Dean of Liberal Arts at Saddleback College and Dr. Roopa Mathur, faculty at Irvine Valley College presented information about the colleges' efforts to revitalize and re-envision professional development. The presentation highlighted a focus on professional development for faculty and staff in the areas of basic skills and support services; provided an overview of state professional development resources; showcased examples of our colleges collaborating jointly on these efforts; and discussed timelines and funding. The presentation can be viewed here.
  • Vice Chancellor Debra Fitzsimons provided an overview of "Becoming Fiscally Accountable" which will enable our district to issue its own non-payroll (vendor) checks. Many multi-college districts are implementing this effort because it provides better customer service both internally and externally and helps the district take advantage of vendor discounts. Implementation will occur by July 1, 2014. The presentation can be viewed here.

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

  • Trustee Jay called attention to the SC Foundation event and complimented them on a tremendous job, pointing out that they have raised millions of dollars for the district and SC. He applauded the foundation for their support and sponsorship to build a stadium, commenting that the project would be a big undertaking and he can’t think of another college with as many national championships that doesn’t have a stadium. Trustee Jemal had an opportunity to be interviewed by the faculty association right after the last board meeting which he appreciated. He attended the IVC foundation workshop and recent district-wide forums which provided everyone with a good opportunity to talk to the board and chancellor and ask questions. He complimented the SC Foundation on a fantastic event and he hopes it raised a lot of money. Trustee Milchiker was recently interviewed at Laguna Woods TV Channel 6 and was privileged to share the many Emeritus activities at both colleges. She attended a conference presented by Blackboard and realized how much work it is to be an online professor. She attended Noises Off at IVC and Legally Blonde and A Happening, Unhappening at SC. President Padberg attended the SC Foundation gala which was wonderful and raised money for scholarships.  She attended both district-wide forums which were productive but she would like greater participation. Trustee Wright toured the SC Science Math Building with Vice Chancellor Fitzsimons to review problem areas as they plan for the new Sciences building. He also enjoyed attending Senior Day, district-wide forums, the OC school board annual dinner, and the SC Foundation Gala.  He congratulated all of the professors of the year and commented that he knows most of them very well, especially Dr. Fier who he has known for 20 years.  He enjoyed the excellent written report he requested on veteran services.  Trustee Lang attended both district-wide forums and the IVC foundation lunch. He congratulated all of the professors of the year and thanked them for their excellent contributions to our students. Student Trustee Park thanked IVC Director of Student Life Helen Locke for help with her trustee role. She commented how much she enjoyed her service on the board and how it helped her find her way.


  • Chancellor Gary Poertner said board presentations are continuing on student success. He congratulated the Professors of the Year and outgoing Student Trustee Heather Park.

  • Saddleback College - President Tod Burnett's report included: The Foundation's annual gala, "Vegas Meets Hollywood" was held on Saturday, April 20th; All 14 honors program students who qualified for the honors-to-honors transfer agreement to UC Irvine were admitted; Saddleback Emeritus Institute faculty member Karen Willner had a feature article published in the Spring 2013 issue of Nostalgia Digest; Congratulations to Elizabeth Horan, librarian, who was just selected to be part of the California Open Educational Resources (OER) Council; Congratulations to April Cunningham, librarian, who has been selected to serve as a curriculum designer/facilitator for "Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success"; SC welcomes a new Grants and Contracts Manager, Roxanne Metz.


  • Irvine Valley College - President Glenn Roquemore's report included: the IVC Model United Nations team took away top honors at the National Model United Nations Conference; Farheen Jamil and Kaitlin O'Neill were offered highly selective positions by the Nation Model UN staff as chairs for the Economic Commission for Africa and the General Assembly First Committee; the Debate Team Won Double 2013 National Championships and the year-long sweepstakes as the most successful community college team for the 2012-2013 season; The Music Department and Foundation will once again celebrate jazz on Saturday, May 4 beginning at 2 p.m. at the Live Oak Terraces on the IVC campus; a Transfer Fair was held Monday, April 8; The Circle K Club won an award for Community Service; National Wildlife Federation (NWF) has announced that the Irvine Valley College BEES Garden is now recognized as an official Certified Wildlife Habitat site.
  • District Services - Vice Chancellor of Technology and Learning Services Bob Bramucci's report included: hosting Dr. Douglas Houston, Chancellor of the Yuba Community College District, who has formed a consortium of northern California colleges that are interested in learning more about some software and efficiencies we've created at our district; Dr. Bob Bramucci and Jim Gaston presented at the Microsoft Educational CIO conference on the topic of efficiencies via telepresence from our conference room; IT has been meeting with think tank MDRC and a faculty member from Stanford University about grant money to evaluate MAP and SHERPA. There are several upcoming presentations: on MAP and SHERPA in San Diego; on a national panel about how IT can assist in student success; and at UCLA about the prospect of online instruction.  Vice Chancellor of Human Resources David Bugay’s report included: the Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Team’s key recommendation was the implementation of an online, transparent system so anyone involved in the process has access to the status of their Request for Hire.  HR has implemented electronic evaluations eliminating paper. Everything from initial evaluation reminders to signatures and approvals will be online and everyone involved in the recruitment process will be able to check the status online. Items such as approvals, number of applicants, screening, interview schedules and reference checks will be available in this open and transparent system.
VIEWING ONLINE/TV ...................................................................

The board meeting will be available for viewing online later in the week at Television broadcasts are scheduled for 7 pm on Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4on Saddleback College Channel 39 and Irvine Valley College Channel 33.  SC TV 39 has an additional broadcast on Sunday, May 5 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; Heather Park, Student Trustee

Gary L. Poertner, Chancellor


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