February 5, 2004



Executive Session

10th Day Enrollment Report

Budget 04-05 and Quarterly Reports

Resolution Brown v. Board of Education 50th Anniversary

Campus Master Plan

TACTC Legislative Reception Review




Call to Order

J. Michael Emerson, Chair, called the meeting to order at 10:15 a.m.


Roll Call

Members Present:                              Michael Allan

                                                            Elizabeth Chen

                                                            J. Michael Emerson

                                                            Arun Jhaveri


Member Absent:                                  Edward Davila


Attorney General Representative:       Derek Edwards


Approval of Minutes

Minutes of Board of Trustees’ Meeting January 15, 2004, were approved.



·         Priscilla Bell introduced Sherry Reichert, the new Director of Communications and Marketing and gave her background.  She has seventeen years of successful experience in non-profit and higher education advancement, marketing, publications, event management, public speaking, desktop publishing as well as seven years in fundraising type of activities and publicity campaign experience.  Sherry has worked at South Seattle Community College and knows about community colleges.  Sherry is looking forward to working at Highline.

·         Jack Bermingham announced that Highline has received a National Science Foundation grant as the lead institution with Seattle University and University of Washington.  The funding is provided for the three institutions to develop curriculum for a six course certificate in computer security forensic.  The courses will be articulated forward and backward among the three institutions.  This is a project that Dean Michael Allen put together with computer science faculty member Amelia Phillips.  This project requires extensive work when coordinating with two other institutions and it is interesting that Highline, a community college, is the lead institution with a private university and a research university.  This project is approximately $118,000.  Congratulations to Dean Allen and Amelia Phillips on all the work they did on this project.




Associated Students of Highline Community College

Kolesta Moore, reported.

·         Committee reports--S&A Budget Committee has had two meetings, one for training and one to accept and approve the budget forms; the Health Committee is working on the Smoking Policy to designate temporary smoking areas on campus and smoking education for the campus community, and preparing a report to Dr. Bell on recommendations for permanent areas and structures for smoking;  Student Book Exchange Committee is organizing a successful book exchange that will outlast this year’s Student Government and is seeking support from faculty and staff; Recycling Committee is researching the current system that is already on campus and ways to improve it;  Safety and Security Committee is working with staff and faculty in publishing a periodic newsletter to the campus to introduce ways to feel safe on campus.

·         The Senators have been trained and the Student Government team is complete. 

·         Thanks to Toni Castro for helping Student Government with the Students Rights and Responsibilities Initiatives and thanks to Bob Bonner for his help with getting James Howell, student representative on the Tenure Review Committee, orientated and comfortable with the process.  Thanks to Michelle Tuscher for helping and consulting and assisting Student Government with different affairs and initiatives.

·         Martin Luther King week was a huge success and a large number of students attended the various activities that were held.


Washington Public Employees Association

Michelle Tuscher reported.

·         A WPEA legislative agenda was distributed to the Board requested by Dr. Davila. 

·         Classified Staff Training Committee is holding their quarterly training session in the middle of the month which is open to the entire campus. 

·         The Board thanked Michelle for all she does on campus as well as the help she willingly gives to the students.


Highline College Education Association

Ruth Windhover reported.

·         The first preliminary meeting with Executive Staff and HCEA officers was held yesterday regarding the contract which ends this year.  HCEA looks forward to a productive and short spring as various issues are discussed.  The HCEA team consists of four faculty members from three of the five divisions--Alan Walton from the math department in the business division is the chief negotiator; two people from social sciences, Bruce Roberts and Michelle Manber; and Kathy Oberg from the Health and Physical Education Division.

·         On lobby day which was Martin Luther King Day, Dr. Windhover and Alan Walton went to Olympia and saw Karen Keiser.

·         There will be a national higher education conference in Seattle on March 4-7 sponsored by the two national organizations the NEA and AFT.  Washington is getting recognition in the union world because a couple of years ago we passed our four year mandatory bargaining bill for four year institutions.  Before that bargaining was not mandatory and the NEA and AFT are having a joint organizing campaign among the four year institutions across the state.


Faculty Senate

Phil Droke reported.

No report.




Resolution 68-04 Pertaining to Brown v. Board of Education’s 50th Anniversary




(Pertaining to Brown v. Board of Education’s 50th Anniversary)


WHEREAS, Highline Community College is fully committed to the community college values of open access and opportunity for all; and

WHEREAS, Highline Community College fully understands the value of an educational environment that embraces diversity and inclusiveness; and

WHEREAS, the year 2004 marks the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision – a landmark for equity in public education; and

WHEREAS, the decision reversed the long-standing separate-but-equal doctrine that had governed public education, including community colleges; and

WHEREAS, federal courts and “courts of public opinion” consistently favor desegregation efforts; and

WHEREAS, inequitable school funding or school district configurations have caused de facto segregation;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that on the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education decision, we, the Board of Trustees of Highline Community College, pledge our unwavering commitment to providing equal access to higher education; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we support efforts on behalf of local school districts to ensure learning equity for all students through institutional, political, personal and civic engagement.


To recognize this very important event in our American history, it was moved by Arun Jhaveri and seconded by Michael Allan to adopt the Resolution 68-04, Pertaining to Brown v. Board of Education’s 50th Anniversary.


Motion carried.




Foundation Annual Report

Doug Myers, President of the Highline Community College Foundation, reported.

Mr. Myers highlighted some of the accomplishments of the Foundation and goals for this year.  The Foundation assets have grown from just over $14,000 in 1990-91 to $933,000 as of January 31, 2004.  Out of $933,000, the permanently restricted endowments total $608,000.  The current income is $241,000 with a goal this year of $510,000 which the Foundation Board is confident to reach with the Gala and other activities planned this year.  More and more income coming to the Foundation is restricted and attached to specific programs.  The direct mail donation versus total donations has been consistent over the years and consistent with reaching this year’s goal.  The largest number of scholarships, 75, were awarded this year.


Mr. Myers gave his four goals for the Foundation this year: (1) to reach the Foundation’s financial goals, $510,000, and build toward the future for the goal next year between $600,000-$650,000; (2) put systems and programs in place this year so that when the new Board begins each year, they can quickly pick up the work in the things that were previously effective and be immediately productive all year long; (3) working on attracting high caliber people for the Board, learning about who make good Board members and who do not, not looking for helpers, looking for people to take ownership in the Foundation mission and adopting it as their own; and (4) when Board members leave, they will look back on their time at Highline and remember the people and lives that they touched was one of their life’s highlights.





Jack Bermingham reported.

·         In reference to the outcome of Highline’s accreditation and how terrific it was for the College, there was a validation of the strength of the College’s process by the fact that the Commission on Colleges, the accrediting association, as part of a two day workshop, invited Jeff Wagnitz to make a presentation about how Highline did its self study and the processes that were used.  This presentation was part of the Commission’s formal workshop to train colleges and universities how to do their self study and accreditation process.  This showed an extra piece of validation that reflects well on what the whole College did in that process. 

·         The first meeting of the faculty negotiations for the new contract for the faculty will involve time throughout spring quarter and the rest of this quarter.  The negotiation team is composed of Laura Saunders as the lead, Michael Allen, Marie Zimmermann and Jack Bermingham.

·         Many faculty continue to be active professionally outside of the College, a reflection of their professional development and how active they are in their field.  For example, writing instructor Sharon Hashimoto wrote a book now available entitled, The Crane Wife.  Sue Frantz from the Psychology Department presented a paper at the national institute on the teaching of psychology this past month.  The faculty at Highline are great teachers and they take their profession very seriously and make significant contributions at the national level.

·         The Redondo pier project is continuing forward.  A team from Pure and Applied Sciences involved in the dock, led by our Division Chair, Bob Maplestone, went to Virginia looking at a best practices facility at one of the universities that have a similar type of program as we try to develop a program to go with the Redondo facility.

·         Mary Averett announced that the Federal Way Campus open house is on February 19 between 5-7:00 p.m. to raise its visibility in the community which addresses another one of the College’s initiatives.  They are doing a lot of outreach into the community and hoping for a good showing and are excited about it.  The Board is welcome to attend. 


Student Services

Ivan Gorne reported.

·         Martin Luther King Week activities had several programs every day of that week and it was terrific to see faculty, staff and students attending these programs.  The committee, chaired by Natasha Burrowes did a great job and one program brought a representative of the Little Rock Nine from the original school who integrated the high schools in Arkansas to tell her story and what it all meant.  Another program that was very well attended was the Power of Language, which dealt with hate speech to some extent and things we don’t say now that used to be common in our language. 

·         Unity through Diversity week is coming up later in the quarter and the Board will be notified when it is scheduled.

·         Expanding Horizons which is a program that brings middle and junior high school young women students on campus to hear about non-traditional professions is also being planned. 

·         Dr. Gorne recognized Toni Castro who is attending a judicial officer’s conference because she is the lead person on campus dealing with our discipline codes, students’ rights and responsibilities.  She also made a presentation and wrote an article called Destination Community College which will be published in the regional national association of student personnel administrators’ newsletters.

General Administration

Laura Saunders reported.

·         Construction update report was distributed.  Highline did not receive approval from the State Board screening process to forward our two major projects for 2005-07 so planning is taking place to decide the next steps for the Performing Arts building.

·         Legislative activities included spending time talking to individual legislators and the message is that every legislator that walks into a room with community college people says that we are the best act in town--responsive, accountable, efficient, effective, we are doing great things.

·         A draft report on campus safety plans and programs and priorities was sent out to the campus community asking for their input.  The Safety Committee will meet next week and report on the input and a final plan will be put in place for safety activities for the year that will guide our development of physical improvements and training and awareness with students.  The students are doing a great job of publicizing that.

·         Last week there were two unplanned power outages due to surrounding area problems not from the campus construction.  A power outage is planned for sometime in March to complete some of the high voltage work.  With all the construction occurring on campus, the whole campus will basically have been rewired getting away from the deteriorated system in which everything was interconnected.  In addition, retrofitting of the hot water and potable water systems is being done at the same time as part of the construction projects.


Institutional Advancement

Priscilla Bell reported.

·         The College received another $5,000 Gala sponsorship check from Washington Mutual. 





Unscheduled Business



New Business




The meeting was adjourned at 11:15 a.m.


Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting of the Board of Trustees

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees will be March 11, 2004.


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

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




______________________________            _________________________________

J. Michael Emerson, Chair                             Priscilla J. Bell, Secretary