May 12, 2005



Executive Session

Strategic Initiative Report for Winter Quarter

State Legislative and Budget Planning Update


Federal Legislation Update

Enrollment Report and Enrollment Management

Winter Quarter Financial Report

Overview of S & A Budget




Call to Order

Ed Davila, Chair, called the meeting to order at 10:35 a.m.


Roll Call

Members Present:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Elizabeth Chen

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Ed Davila

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Member Absent:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Michael Allan


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


Approval of Minutes

The minutes of the regular meeting on March 10, 2005 were approved.


  • Dr. Bell congratulated Lisa Skari on her advancement to Vice President for Institutional Advancement.When Lisa hired into the position as Executive Director for Institutional Advancement, it was agreed that upon completion of a number of goals she would be promoted to the position of Vice President.She has accomplished those goals and more.The Board extended their congratulations to Lisa.
  • Sherry Reichert, Director of Communications and Marketing, introduced Cherie Crowley, Senior Graphic Designer in the Communications and Marketing Office.Cherie received the Paragon Award sponsored by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) for the 2004-2005 Student Handbook.The Paragon Awards recognize outstanding achievement in communications at community, junior, and technical colleges.The 2004 winners were announced on March 15, 2005 at NCMPRís annual national conference in Minneapolis.The Board extended their congratulations.
  • Chairman Davila recognized and thanked Arun Jhaveri, former trustee, for his leadership and service to Highline for the past seven years.A large framed picture of the College and a card from the Board was given to Mr. Jhaveri in appreciation of the time he served on the Board.
  • Chairman Davila welcomed Rita Creighton to the Board who was appointed Trustee by Governor Gregoire.Rita presently serves on the National PTA Board of Directors and has held numerous leadership positions at the national and state PTA level and has many years of community service.She is currently the Community Relations and Aviation Education Program Manager of the King County International Airport.
  • A number of students recognized by their outstanding academic achievement were introduced to the Board:
    • University of Washington Tacoma Next Step scholarship, Johanna Wolf;
    • Washington Award for Vocational Excellence (WAVE), Carol Chandler, Janet Soine, and Melinda DeCastro;
    • All USA TODAY Academic nominees Elizabeth Tacke and Meheret Debebe.

The Board extended congratulations to all of the students for their outstanding academic achievements.




Associated Students of Highline Community College (ASHCC)

Alicia Akerman reported.

  • The Services and Activities Budget Committee has developed the preliminary review of their budget proposal.
  • The Studentsí Rights and Responsibilities Committee has been meeting and have suggested changes to that document.
  • Student Government elections will be May 18 and 19.
  • Student Awards Ceremony will be at the end of the month with 71 awards being presented.
  • John DuBois, Student Senator, is now serving as the Treasurers Club Diplomat for the remainder of the year.


Washington Public Employees Association (WPEA)

Lydia Bracco reported.

  • There were no new classified employees in April and three new classified employees in May.
  • The next WPEA Chapter meeting on May 20 will be focused on employee education of the new contract that goes into effect on July 1.
  • A number of classified staff attended the Student Services conference in April at the Tacoma Convention Center.
  • There were two recipients of WPEA endowment scholarships for professional development benefiting classified employees.
  • The classified staff used the entire professional development budget of $10,000 as well as $10,000 from Dr. Bellís Presidentís Fund for professional development.Thanks were extended to Dr. Bell for her support of the funding for classified staff professional development activities.


Highline College Education Association (HCEA)

Amal Mahmoud reported.

  • The HCEA membership drive is going very well.
  • Thanks were extended to Dr. Bermingham regarding the discussion with faulty about advancement on the schedule.A social event is being planned for faculty to celebrate.


Faculty Senate
Phil Droke reported.
         Faculty Senate elections are in process for the next two years for the executive board.Ruth Frickle has done a wonderful job assigning faculty to committees.
  • Phil will be the President of the Senate again next year.
  • The Faculty Association for Community and Technical Colleges will have its fall conference at Highline on October 27 and 28.




Continuing Probation and Tenure Recommendations


Having given due consideration to the recommendations of the Tenure Review Committee and President Bell, it was moved by Elizabeth Chen and seconded by Mike Emerson that probation be continued for second-year probationer Marcia Welch in Business Information Technology; and further moved that tenure be granted for third-year probationer, Laura Manning in Speech.


The motion carried.


Board Vice Chair


It was moved by Mike Emerson and seconded by Rita Creighton to elect Elizabeth Chen as Board Vice Chair to fill the Vice Chair vacancy left by the departure of Arun Jhaveri.


The motion carried




Trip to China

A report was given by Jack Bermingham, Elizabeth Chen and Raegan Copeland on the trip they took with Dr. Bell to Yangzhou, China, in April for the Washington Day Celebration.This celebration was organized by the Yangzhou Foreign Affairs Office, sister city of the city of Kent.They participated in the celebration with Kent city officials and business and industry leaders and a representative from Green River Community College.In addition to participating in the celebration, new partnerships were formed with Yangzhou University and Jianghai College as well as re-affirming the partnership with Jiao Tong University in Shanghai.


The Kent sister city relationship with Yangzhou has been going on for a long time and Highline in the past has done a number of contract training sessions for business and city officials from Yangzhou.These training sessions occurred thanks to Elizabeth Chenís coordination efforts with Madame Deng, Deputy Director of Yangzhou Foreign Affairs Office.Madame Deng spent winter quarter attending four or five classes at Highline while in town doing other activities related to sister cities and foreign affairs for Yangzhou.While in Yangzhou, Jack presented Madame Deng with a certificate of completion for the classes she attended at Highline.Her experience at Highline, which she said was terrific, made her an advocate in helping to accomplish the signing of partnerships for Highline with Yangzhou University and Jianghai College during the trip.


At the Washington Day celebration, Dr. Bell gave a seminar explaining the community college system of higher education in the United States and what is done at Highline; Dr Bermingham gave a presentation on the transfer role of community colleges and articulation with universities; and Dr. Chen talked about the role of trustees.Honorary titles from Jianghai College were given to Dr. Bell as Honorary President; Dr. Chen as Honorary Trustee and Dr. Bermingham as Honorary Professor.


This was a very productive and successful trip.Agreements were made with Yangzhou city government for possible future contract training opportunities and partnerships with Yangzhou University and Jianghai College in the areas of computer information and engineering for possible exchange opportunities for faculty and students.Yangzhou officials will be here in July to participate in Kentís celebration of Yangzhou Day and Highline will also be involved in the celebration.




General Administration

Laura Saunders reported.

  • Recognition was given to Marion Davis, Director of Financial Services, for chairing the committee of a state wide training program for people working in business and finance across the state for community colleges.The conference was very well received and Marionís leadership was the motivating force in making the conference a success.
  • Recognition was also given to Kathy Tarli, Associate Director of the HR office who has just completed the Federal Way Emerging Leadership Program.
  • General Administration does a lot on campus during the summer and that work is being organized including completion of the final budget, year-end budget closing, several construction projects, some remodels, moving some offices around campus, and getting ready to move into the new office building on Highway 99.
  • The wildlife report on campus includes a killdeer nest with four eggs has been discovered and at least three adults if not more down on the field.There are no baby ducks yet that can be seen and there are lots of turtles


Institutional Advancement
Lisa Skari reported.
  • Work with Arscentia Design Company to help Highline develop and articulate a brand message with a new identity and look is very close to being completed.This will also include getting the Highline publication messages cohesive across the entire institution.
  • The new Highline view book was distributed to the Board.
  • Work has begun on the planning for the Higher Education Center/Central Washington University dedication to be held on Tuesday October 25 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.The Board was asked to save the date on their calendars.
Student Services

Ivan Gorne reported.

  • The Unity through Diversity Week was very successful and the Highline Student Union where most of the functions happened filled up almost totally.This was a great collaboration with the faculty and Student Programs/Student Services with five or six faculty and staff on the committee that organizes it.Faculty were very supportive and brought their classes and had assignments around the activities extending learning beyond the classroom.The week ended with International Night and sold out.Great organization done by the committee for a very successful week of activities.
  • The Student Services Conference held every three years was in Tacoma this year and more than 30 staff attended.Highline for the first time did the total e-marketing for the conference.Jamie Wells and Erik Tingelstad did all the marketing for the conference and over 600 attended.



Jack Bermingham reported.

  • Congratulations were extended to Rod Stephenson and Lisa Skari for the great job done on the Gala.A couple of faculty also helped including Derek Greenfield who was the MC at the event and he did a really good job.
  • In April, the Paralegal Department with Joy Smucker, Business Division Chair and a member of the National Board for Paralegal Association, hosted the Regional Paralegal Association meeting in Seattle.A number of the paralegal students and faculty members Buzz Wheeler and Che Dawson were also involved in the very successful conference.
  • The Math Department hosted the Regional Math Conference at Ocean Shores, which was also very successful.They also used Highlineís international relationships by having Marc Jacobs give the key note for the conference.Marc is a faculty member who was at Highline from South Africa for a term about a year ago.
  • Derek Greenfield, faculty member in Sociology spent last fall in South Africa at Cape Technikon and coordinated a video conference with students there and here.There will be another video conference between some of the students he was working with at Technikon and his students here this quarter.This is a great opportunity to get those students to talk across cultures.
  • A group of faculty are going to South Africa and Namibia funded under the Fulbright Program.This is a great partnership with our neighbors, with a faculty member from CWU, one from Highline School District Highline High School, one from Tukwila School District Foster High School, one from a Federal Way School District junior high school, and one person from Early College.A great opportunity for about a dozen people.Highline is one of two community colleges nationally this year to get funding for a group Fulbright.
  • At the faculty meeting yesterday, Vickie Ropp, in compliance with the accreditation report, gave a presentation on the progress that has been made in outcomes assessment in the past two years.She was very good at highlighting how significant the progress has been since we went through the accreditation process in this area, how the Board participation is on campus and how those outcomes assessments of students in several district departments are already being used to modify curriculum and pedagogy and strengthen the outcomes as we move ahead.
  • Congratulations to Laura Manning, Speech faculty, for being granted tenure.Laura has already become a leader on campus and has had a significant impact with Phi Theta Kappa.





Unscheduled Business



New Business




The meeting was adjourned at 11:45 a.m.



Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting of the Board of Trustees

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees will be June 9, 2005.


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