Comments from Members of the Audience
BENEFITS AND SALARIES – Two Cypress College faculty members, Keith Vescial and Jane Walker, addressed the Board regarding the District’s low salaries and benefits.
Interim Chancellor’s Report – Irma Ramos, Vice Chancellor of Human Resources
STUDENT DIVERSITY SUCCESS INITIATIVE PRESENTATION - Dani Wilson, Fullerton College Dean of the Library/Learning Resources and Instructional Support Programs and Services, presented an overview of the College's Student Diversity Success Initiative (SDSI), including its impact and participation rates. The Initiative, which provides academic and personal support to students, aims to increase the success rates among African-American and Latino males, and other at-risk students. The presentation concluded with a promotional video which included staff and student testimonials.
FULLERTON COLLEGE PRESIDENT FINALISTS – The three finalists for the Fullerton College president position are: Dr. Juan Avalos, Vice President for Student Services, Saddleback College; Dr. Peter Maphumulo, Executive Vice President for Instruction and Student Services, Victor Valley College; and Dr. Greg Schulz, Interim President, Fullerton College. The College will host an open forum on Thursday, March 17, between 9 a.m. – noon, to allow the campus community an opportunity to meet the finalists.
Comments from the College Presidents and Provost
Cypress College – Dr. Bob Simpson, President
MORTURARY SCIENCE TOUR – Ms. Lark Park, Senior Advisor for Policy in the Office of the Governor, visited the college last week to tour the Mortuary Science program and facilities…AMERICANA – Over $100,000 was raised from the 2016 Americana event…ATHLETIC HONORS – Women’s Basketball Coach Margaret Mohr was honored for the fourth time as the Orange Empire Coach of the Year. In addition, Athletic Trainer Scott Tucker will be honored at the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Conference with the 2015-16 CCCAA Athletic Trainer of the Year award…SKILLS BUILDERS – The College is pleased to hear that the state Chancellor’s Office is establishing the new student success metric, Skills Builders. This metric takes into account job and financial benefits that accrue to students even though they may not complete a certificate or degree…STEM PROGRAM SUCCESS – The College’s STEM Program and STEM scholars were featured in the latest edition of the (STEM)2 Today newsletter. In addition, STEM students Stacy Schkoda and Lynette Reed presented their research findings at the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science…RENOVATED SOCCER FIELD – New sod was put in place on the soccer field, representing the last phase of this project.
Fullerton College – Dr. Greg Schulz, Interim President
FULLERTON COLLEGE NIGHT AT ANGEL STADIUM – Tickets are still available for the April 9 Fullerton College Night at Angel Stadium, and can be purchased at the Student Activities Office, online at www.angels.com/fullcoll, and in the Foundation Office…AB540 CONFERENCE – The new Grads2Be Program is focused on creating support for undocumented students, and will host the first campus-wide AB540 Conference on March 11…Debate – The college will host the National Educational Debate Association’s 2016 National Debate Championship this weekend…PLANT SALE – Over 5,500 tomato plants were sold at last weekend’s plant sale, and all proceeds fund student internship opportunities in the field of horticulture…PTK – Students Jack Lam and Samantha Topacio were selected for the 2016 Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) All-California Academy Team…ASPEN PRIZE – The college submitted an application package as part of the second round of the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence…WOMEN'S FORUM – Approximately 50 students and numerous faculty and managers participated in the Cadena Cultural Center’s annual Women’s Forum. Chino Hills City Council Member Cynthia Moran was a featured speaker…COUNSELOR IN-SERVICE – Close to 100 counselors district-wide gathered for the first District Counselor In-Service on February 24…PARADE – The musical Parade opens on March 10 in the Campus Theatre, and runs through March 12…PASSING – Student Adrian Aguero passed away from a February 29 car accident. Services were held on March 4 at North Hills Church in Brea. A passenger in the car, and fellow Fullerton College student, suffered injuries.
School of Continuing Education – Martha Gutierrez, Dean of Instruction and Student Services
SPRING TERM – The spring class schedule is now available, and registration has begun. Classes start the week of April 4…TRANSITION EVENT – SCE partnered with Fullerton College to host a transition event for SCE ESL Program students. Fullerton College departments participated in a resource fair, and former students shared their noncredit-to-credit transition success stories…NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LEARNING WORKSHOP – The ESL Program will host the National Geographic Learning Professional Development workshop on March 19…INSTRUCTOR HONORED AT AMERICANA AWARDS – CTE Electrical Trainee program Instructor Stephen Faessel and his wife Susan were honored for their service to the city of Anaheim at the 41st annual Americana Awards...CALL FOR NOMINATIONS – All instructional faculty and staff members are invited to nominate outstanding students for the Student Success Event on June 16. Nominations are due by March 31…SCE BRAND – Working with consultants from VisionPoint Marketing, SCE finalized its brand pillars and attributes, which will be used to develop a new visual mark and website…CITIZENSHIP FAIR – Close to 300 community members attended the recent citizenship fair, co-hosted by the ESL Program and the Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development (OCCORD)…“NEXT STEP” CAMPAIGN – The “Next Step” campaign was developed to increase access to programs and services to reach disproportionately impacted community members. Efforts include a specific website, www.sce.edu/NextStep, postcards, mobile advertising, and future videos and outreach…CYPRESS COLLEGE OUTREACH – Members of the Community Relations Team shared information on SCE’s CTE and DSS programs with 300 seniors from local high schools at Cypress College.
Comments by Members of the Resource Table
WELCOME TO NEW TRUSTEE BLOUNT – Several resource table members welcomed newly sworn-in Board of Trustee Member Stephen T. Blount to the District.
LEAGUE OF INNOVATIONS – SCE Senate President Adam Gottdank congratulated instructors Joanne Armstrong, Lynda Gunderson and Lisa Gaetje for being selected to present at the upcoming League of Innovations Conference in Chicago.
GOVERNOR'S OFFICE VISIT – Cypress College Senate President Jolena Grande reported on a visit to the campus from Lark Park, Senior Advisor for Policy in the Office of Governor Jerry Brown. Ms. Park spent some time touring the Mortuary Science facilities and speaking with faculty and staff about the department’s plans for the BA Degree Pilot Program.
ENHANCED STUDENT COMMUNICATION – Fullerton College Faculty Senate President Pete Synder updated the Board on improved student communication capabilities for the campuses enrollment “drop box” functionality. Now faculty will be able to email students directly when they drop a class to encourage them to continue.
NEWSLETTER INPUT – United Faculty President Tina Johannsen read results from a recent membership survey which said respondents: 1) thought existing benefits were inadequate, 2) do not support the District’s “productivity” model, and 3) feel there’s a lack of movement toward 75% comparability.
CSEA NEGOTIATIONS – California School Employees Association President Rod Lusch announced that the first meeting for the group’s negotiations is set for late March.
LUNCH WITH BLOUNT – Adjunct Faculty United President Kent Stevenson spoke about the group’s recent lunch with new Trustee Stephen T. Blount.
Comments by Members of the Board of Trustees
STUDENT ACTIVITIES – Cypress College Student Trustee Tanya Washington commended fellow Fullerton College Student Trustee Francisco Aviles Pino on the photo of him in the Los Angeles Times marching in a Peace Rally in Anaheim. She also updated the Board on her attendance at: Senior Day, Academic Senate meeting, Americana, and A2MEND Conference.
AB 540 CONFERENCE – Fullerton College Student Trustee Francisco Aviles Pino announced that the campus will hold its first conference aimed at AB 540 students on Friday, March 11. The conference is presented by Fullerton College’s new “Grads2Be Program” and is expected to draw hundreds of attendees from around the county. Francisco is presenting on a student panel at the conference.
NEW TRUSTEE – In his first Board report, new Trustee Stephen T. Blount spoke about two books: The Urgency of Now and Redesigning America’s Community Colleges, as well as his attendance at Cypress College’s Americana fundraising event. He stated that he was excited to be a part of this District.
SALARY COMPARABILITY – Trustee M. Tony Ontiveros responded to the faculty salaries and benefits comments by pointing out that NOCCCD is at a large disadvantage in comparability matters because of the inequality of the Full-time Faculty Obligation Number. NOCCCD is required by the state to employ more full-time faculty than other similarly-sized districts which affects the resources available to put on the salary schedule. He suggested that we work at the state level to solve this inequity.
CALIFORNIA HIGHER EDUCATION STUDY – Vice President Molly McClanahan announced that the League of Women Voters of North Orange County is hosting an event on Saturday, March 12 to examine the results of a recent California Higher Education Study which focuses on the accessibility of public higher education, funding sources, and affordability.
MEASURE J TOTALS – Trustee Leonard Lahtinen asked for clarification regarding the assessed totals for Measure J Bond Program projects which total more than the $574 million bond amount.
STRATEGIC CONVERSATION – Board President Barbara Dunsheath announced that the theme for this year’s NOCCCD Strategic Conversation is “College Readiness.” The event is Tuesday, April 26 at Fullerton College, and all students, employees, and community members are welcome.
Finance & Facilities
FOOD SERVICES – The Board authorized a renewal of the contract with YBH Restaurants through May 31, 2021, for the operation of retail food services at Cypress College.
CURRICULUM – The Board approved the summary of curriculum changes for Cypress College and Fullerton College, both to be effective fall 2016.
HONORARY DEGREE – The Board authorized the request to award an honorary degree in remembrance of Peter Gonzales, to be received by his family at the Fullerton College Commencement ceremony on May 28, 2016.
FIELD TRIP – Authorization was given to the Fullerton College Fine Arts Division/Music Department to conduct an optional, out-of-the country field trip coinciding with approved curriculum, MUS 081 F/Music Tour Practicum.
RETIREMENTS – The Board approved the retirements of Dina Aguirre, Fullerton College Administrative Assistant I, effective April 1; and Leonard Rocha, Fullerton College Grounds Athletic Field Specialist, effective March 1.
Next Regular Meeting
The next regular meeting of the NOCCCD Board of Trustees will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, in the first-floor Board Room, Anaheim Campus, 1830 W. Romneya Drive, Anaheim.
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