November 18, 2004







Call to Order

Ed Davila, Chair, called the meeting to order at 10:10 a.m.


Roll Call

Members Present:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Michael Allan

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Elizabeth Chen

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Edward Davila


Members Absent:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† J. Michael Emerson (Attended Study Session)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Arun Jhaveri (Attended Study Session)


Attorney General Representative:†††††† Derek Edwards


Approval of Minutes

Minutes of Board of Trusteesí Meeting, October 21, 2004 were approved.



Lisa Skari reported that the Communications and Marketing Office and most notable the designer, Cherie Crowley, received two awards at the recent National Council for Marketing and Public Relations Medallion Awards, a six state competition.The Board was shown the awards and the pieces that were recognized.A bronze medal was awarded in the poster category for the Spring Festival and a gold medal in the best brochure or postcard category for the Puget Sound Early College.Cherie was introduced and was congratulated by the Board.




Associated Students of Highline Community College (ASHCC)
  • No report.


Washington Public Employees Association (WPEA)

Gum Lai Ross reported.

  • Lorna Ovena from Human Resources Department has been invited to the WPEA chapter meeting tomorrow to discuss questions and answers on sick leave compensation time.
  • Executive Officers will be meeting on December 7.
  • There are two new classified employees, Charles Zurcher, Maintenance Mechanic in Facilities, and Meghan Spellman, Instructional Technician in Community Access and Supported Employment.
  • On November 11, she and Gerie Ventura attended the Des Moines City Council meeting and spoke on behalf of the classified staff.
  • On November 10, WPEA sponsored a three-hour Conflict Resolution Mediation Training.
  • Several faculty and staff attended the Professional Development Conference October 27-29.
  • University of Washington Advisor Workshop was attended by several staff members on October 29.
  • Upcoming events include: December 8, at the all staff and faculty luncheon WPEA and PTK will sponsor a food drive and raffle; December 17 the Staff Training for Technical and Community Colleges Conference will be held at Clover Park Technical College for all classified staff in the state; upcoming job representation training will be in December for newly elected officers.


Highline College Education Association (HCEA)

Ruth Windhover reported.

  • She attended the statewide meeting on November 6.
  • On December 2 there will be a meeting for faculty to explain anything they donít understand about the new contract and to talk about its implementation.


Faculty Senate

No report.



No action.




Defining Democracy

Susan Landgraf, Writing Instructor and Journalism Department Coordinator, and Sharon Hashimoto Writing Instructor and Coordinator of Arcturus, explained the Defining Democracy program which was a series of forums coordinated by faculty and students to involve students and the community in the democratic process. Events were held throughout fall quarter on campus. All events were free and open to the public.


This program was organized last year by Susan Landgraf for a one day event to get people talking about democracy and went from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. with three different venues all over campus.It was so successful that she teamed up with Sharon Hashimoto and they submitted their idea for a project proposal to the Summer Institute to have the program again this year which was accepted.After feedback from other colleagues on campus about the project and the interest of those wanting to be involved with the program, including Student Government and Team Highline, it was apparent that the program would have to be expanded from a one day event to events throughout the quarter.


The events were very well attended with some having more than standing room only.Instructors devised assignments built around the events.The students were exposed to a huge diversity of opinions and they got in touch with the political system and they felt they had a voice.One of the things learned from the first Defining Democracy was the importance of having as many different points of view expressed as you possibility could.They worked with Team Highline to make sure that every point of view was represented.The schedule of events was distributed to the Board which was circulated throughout the campus and also reached out to the community.There was a website designed by Janice Adams on all of the events.


Students engaged in the events and were more informed about the democratic process and the election process and many of them registered to vote and became more educated and informed voters.




General Administration

Laura Saunders reported.

  • The Board was thanked for requesting the Legislative Event yesterday to show the legislators the new buildings on campus showing the results of the last three years of hard work.
  • Preparations are being made to host CWU faculty to campus to see the new Higher Education Center.
  • The Student Union will begin occupancy soon and the Bookstore is scheduled to move into the building before December 6.
  • Another example of the special spirit on campus is the formation of a faculty and staff volunteer gardening group headed up by Lisa Peterson in the Business Office with 27 people signed.They plan to spend some time during their lunch hours once or twice a month pulling weeds around campus.This is not a criticism toward the Grounds Crew but reflects the fact that people love to contribute to the campus.Lisa organized it because at this time of the year she goes home in the dark and comes to work in the dark and she doesnít get to pull weeds in her own garden and she wondered if she brought a pair of gloves could she help pull weeds on campus
  • Work is continuing on the Highway 99 building project.The lease has been drawn up and given to the owner and his attorney and the hope is that construction will begin soon.
  • Dick Cowan will be our interim director of Administrative Technology with Dick Arbakís retirement.
Institutional Advancement

Lisa Skari reported.

  • January 25 is scheduled as the day to dedicate the Student Union Building.It will be an all day event with Student Programs showcasing their new building from 10-12:00, the artist will be present, and there will be a community open house in the evening to showcase our Conference Services to bring in potential users of that facility and the new food selection and showcase the facility as a place to bring their business.
  • Legislative update Ė there is a statewide effort working with community and technical college presidents to study their affiliations with particular groups in the communities to make sure there is as broad a representation as possible with these groups and ideally if there are several presidents involved with these groups, they can make the appeal for community college support.The list has been compiled and is now being organized to determine the best people to work with the groups.Lorna Sutton at the State Board who has been doing the Legislative News for several years is leaving and is being replaced by Suzanne Ames from Cascadia Community College who has been spearheading this statewide effort.
  • January 6 will be the Studentsí Legislative Breakfast on campus at 7:30 a.m.
  • On January 24, the Breeders Theatre will be giving a Foundation benefit show at E.B. Foote Winery and all proceeds will go to a scholarship for our students.Breeders Theatre was founded in 1999 by Highline Instructor Dr. T.M. Sell, the playwright. Nancy Warren, Director of Workforce Training, writes the music for the musicals.


Jack Bermingham reported.
  • Sociology faculty member, Derek Greenfield, on an exchange at Cape Technikon in Cape Town Africa gathered together a group of students from Cape Technikon and put together a video teleconference with the support of the U.S. Consulate in Cape Town with students from Highlineís Darryl Bryceís class of African American Experience and a few students from Bob Baugherís Aids class.This conversation back and forth between the students began with the Cape Town students wanting to know about our election and then the conversation continued on to a range of issues.This was a remarkable opportunity for students on both ends to talk about their perceptions of each otherís society.Something like this teleconference will probably be tried again with our faculty and faculty there.Other faculty on campus have on-going relationships with faculty colleagues abroad with our projects in southern Africa and students interact electronically by email.
  • On December 7 Highline will host the CWU faculty that will be moving on campus to the new Higher Education Center as part of the collocation along with top administration including the deans from CWU.Our faculty who will share program interests will also attend.They will tour the new facility and the Child Care Center.CWU will be teaching on campus spring quarter.
  • The Printing Program recently won a prestigious International Award from the International Gallery of Superb Printing for a printed piece that they produced competing with 2700 entries from commercial print shops around the world.The award winning piece is a full color book called Crosscurrents that was produced for the Washington Community and Technical Colleges Humanities Association.
  • Speech instructors, Barbara Clinton and Ellen Bremen, presented papers at their national conference in Chicago a week ago.Other faculty are also very active in their professional associations such as: Kat Chappell, Medical Assisting faculty elected as President-Elect for the Greater Puget Sound Chapter of the American Association of Medical Transcriptionists and is currently serving as chapter president for the SeaTac Chapter of the American Association of Medical Assistants; and Babs Cerna, coordinator of that program is on a national committee of the American Association of Medical Assistants.Medical Assisting has special accreditation and special certification that is part of the national organization.It is great to see our faculty involved not only on our own campus but also involved in national and local associations.
Student Services

Ivan Gorne reported.

  • Highline has a special environment with faculty, students, and staff getting together to extend the opportunity to learn outside the classroom and apply what they have learned to something that is happening right now.That doesnít happen everywhere and the Defining Democracy program is a great example.The collaboration of that program demonstrated that people are willing to go the extra mile to put on this type of program including the students who do extra work as well.It is a lot of work for the faculty and he commended them for putting together the program.Student Programs as well as faculty and other staff also collaborate to develop programs and participate in the Summer Institute.
  • In Athletics, the Womenís Soccer team did well playing in the soccer playoffs but didnít make it to the semi-finals; the Menís Soccer team play Saturday in the area for the semi-finals and will play either Sunday in the finals or in the elimination bracket.The Womenís Volleyball team is still playing at Mt. Hood where the NWAACC tournament is taking place.

Board Chairman Davila thanked Dr. Bell and the staff for organizing the legislative event yesterday.


Unscheduled Business

Two students, Amelia Gilbert and Josh Diehl expressed objections to the sale of three publications carried by the Bookstore.†† The Board thanked them for attending the meeting and giving their comments.


New Business




The meeting was adjourned at 11:40 a.m.


Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting of the Board of Trustees

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees will be December 8, 2004.


††††††††††† 8:00 a.m.†††††† Study Session†††††††††††† Building 25, Room 411

††††††††††† 10:00 a.m.†††††† Meeting††††††††††††††††††††††† Building 25, Board Room



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Edward Davila ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Priscilla J. Bell, Secretary