Comments from Members of the Audience
UPDATE ON COUNSELING – Fullerton College Counseling Department Chair Flor Aguilera Huerta informed the Board about several new initiatives including counseling classes at local high schools and new major-to-career workshops.
Chancellor’s Report – Fred Williams, Vice Chancellor of Finance & Facilities
RETIREE RECOGNITION – The Board recognized five of the District’s most recent retirees: Gayle Cebrian, Fullerton College Cosmetology Instructor; Dr. Hong Chi, Cypress College ESL and Chinese Language Instructor; Dr. Elise Donley, Fullerton College Mathematics Instructor; Regina Ford, Cypress College Registrar; and Carol Ward, Fullerton College Cosmetology Instructor. Rick Williams, District Director, Facilities Planning & Construction; Karen Cant, Cypress College Vice President of Administrative Services; and Richard Storti, Fullerton College Vice President of Administrative Services, shared their respective campus construction plans.
BUDGET - Rodrigo Garcia, District Director of Fiscal Affairs, presented the preliminary budget assumptions for the District.
Comments from the College Presidents and Provost
Cypress College – Dr. Bob Simpson, President
STUDENT TRUSTEE – Election results are not yet finalized, but a new student trustee will be announced in time for the next Board meeting…Accreditation Self-Study – The college finalized plans to select the next accreditation self- study chair and will begin the process immediately.
Fullerton College – Dr. Rajen Vurdien, President
AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH – The campus held several activities in honor of African-American History Month, including the play The Meeting, a Dialogue of Ideology and Purpose...COSMETOLOGY VALENTINE'S DAY VISIT – Students in the Cosmetology Level 3 class primped and pampered residents of the Park Regency Center in La Habra on February 10.
School of Continuing Education – Dr. Greg Schulz, Provost
STRATEGIC PLANNING – Seventy SCE faculty and staff attended the Strategic Planning Retreat last week. Topics included an overview of the 2017 accreditation self-study process and timeline, and a review of SCE’s mission, vision and values…DSS 40TH ANNIVERSARY – The Disability Support Services Program will celebrate its 40th anniversary at the annual Transition Night on April 22 at Cypress College. Over 50 vendors will share information on independent living, social security, transportation agencies and educational programs.
Comments by Members of the Resource Table
FACILITIES PLANNING – District Management Association President Richard Fee praised Cypress College and District officials for their campus facilities planning efforts, especially establishing sequencing priorities for the Science, Engineering and Math building and Veteran’s Resource Center.
FULL-TIME FACULTY OBLIGATION – SCE Academic Senate President Adam Gottdank thanked Finance and Facilities Vice Chancellor Fred Williams for his recent presentation regarding re-examining the full-time faculty obligation number. He stated that the Senate would support the District’s efforts.
ACCREDITATION WORKSHOP – Fullerton College Faculty Senate President Sam Foster thanked President Rajen Vurdien for his attendance and presentation at the recent Accreditation Workshop hosted by the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges. He stated that Fullerton College is definitely getting a head start on the accreditation process, and is trying to identify problems early on so adjustments can be made before the site visit.
UNITED FACULTY ELECTION – United Faculty representative Tina Johansen said that an election to choose new organization officers would be held soon.
Comments by Members of the Board of Trustees
FULLERTON COLLEGE STUDENT ACTIVITIES – Fullerton College Student Trustee Stephen Tith reported on recent student activities including the African American History Forum and the resignation of the Associated Students Treasurer.
STRATEGIC CONVERSATIONS – Trustee Donna Miller reminded the group about the upcoming Strategic Conversations event "Supporting All Students: The Challenges of Creating and Promoting a Culture of Equity" to be held March 24 in the Campus Theatre Lobby at Cypress College.
NEW PUBLICATION – Board Vice President Barbara Dunsheath reported on a new publication from the Association of American College & Universities (AACU) entitled “America's Unmet Promise: The Imperative for Equity in Higher Education.”
“THE MEETING” – Board Secretary Molly McClanahan recounted her attendance at the District Office of Equity and Diversity’s staging of “The Meeting,” a 1987 American play by Jeff Stetson about an imaginary meeting between Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X during the height of the Civil Rights Movement.
MEASURE J LAWSUIT – Trustee Leonard Lahtinen reported on his attendance at the Orange County Superior Court on February 18 where Judge Franz Miller presided over a “law and motion” hearing concerning votes cast in the Measure J election. Trustee Lahtinen stated that at the end of the proceedings, Judge Miller told the courtroom that his initial decision was to side with the defendants—NOCCCD and the Registrars of Voters. The District is currently awaiting the final decision.
ASSEMBLYWOMAN YOUNG KIM VISIT – Board President M. Tony Ontiveros stated that a delegation from the District—including himself, District Director of Public and Government Affairs Kai Stearns Moore, and Nossaman Policy Advisor Ashley Setoudeh—visited with staff from Assemblywoman Young Kim’s office. The District looks forward to establishing an ongoing and open dialogue with its newest legislator.
Finance & Facilities
QUARTERLY INVESTMENT REPORT – The Board received the quarterly investment report for the quarter ended December 31, 2014.
FULLERTON COLLEGE PROJECTS – Authorization was given to file a notice of completion for the Lighting Project bid, and to enter into a service agreement with DLR Group to serve as the campus architect.
NEW REVENUE – The Board authorized the acceptance of new revenue for the Cypress College Career Technical Education Teacher Preparation Pipeline Grant.
Next Regular Meeting
The next regular meeting of the NOCCCD Board of Trustees will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, in the first-floor Board Room, Anaheim Campus, 1830 W. Romneya Drive, Anaheim.
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