Mike Emerson, Chair, called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m.
Members Present:Karen Vander Ark
Attorney General Representative:Derek
Approval of Minutes
of Board of Trustees’ Meeting, November
10, 2005 were approved.
reported receiving a letter from MetLife Foundation, Jobs for the Future, congratulating
HighlineCommunity College on being named one of
six finalists for the 2006 MetLife Foundation Community College Excellence
Award.This award is given to an
institution for having a specific focus on evidence of institution-wide
commitment to, and positive outcomes for, underrepresented populations.All the finalists will be featured in
brochures and publications on the exemplary strategies for service to under
served populations and all finalists will be recognized at the April national
AACC convention in Long Beach.They will be making a site visit to Highline
in January.Thanks to Lisa Skari, Patty
James, Jeff Wagnitz, and Kari Cantey for submitting the application and everyone
at the College should be congratulated because this is an institution-wide
effort of the College for diversity and acceptance.
Associated Students of HighlineCommunity College
Public Employees Association
Gum Lai Ross reported.
The WPEA raffle for the Des Moines Food Bank will
be held at the Faculty and Staff Holiday Lunch today. Ed Morris, math faculty member, and Karen
Steinbach and Siew Lai Lilley, Classified Staff members, will be assisting
with the raffle.
The cookie sales campaign to fund scholarships for
Classified Staff raised $1,033.40.Staff members selling the tubs of cookies were Lois Eriksson, Gerie
Ventura, Carolyn Sinay, Gary McCune, Lydia Bracco, Lauri Spivey, Carmelita
Richardson, and Gum Lai Ross.
HighlineCollege Education Association
Ruth Windhover reported.
The Highline College Education Association election
results for this year were as follows: Ruth remains President; Allan
Walton remains Vice President and Chief Negotiator; Glen Avantaggio, Secretary;
Bob Bonner, Treasurer.The new
officers will assume their duties in January.
The best practices for the employment of part
time faculty task force made recommendations to the State Board at their
Board’s December 1 meeting and those recommendations were approved.The legislature discovered that now they
have responsibility regarding these ten best practices which have a
funding responsibility.The State Board
will take into account the best practices in their operating budget.
A new campus activity has been initiated entitled
the Highline Reads program.The purpose
of the activity is for the campus to decide on a book to read which is hoped
that faculty, staff and members of the community will read followed by a
number of activities surrounding the book.The first book chosen to read is Fast Food Nation, the employment
practices of compensation within the fast food industry where many of our
students have worked, are working, or will be working in the fast food
industry.The book had been
previously made available to the Board to read.HCEA is making a contribution to the
Highline Reads program by bringing a speaker to campus on or around the
HCEA will be sponsoring some kind of event around
the issues of the necessity of a well paid labor force as part of the Defining
Democracy activity held on campus each year.The necessity in democracy is to have a
well paid labor force that results in a well educated, literate,
participatory middle class.
Phil Droke reported.
The Senate has met twice this last week and is
working on some changes having to do with graduation requirements for lab
Approval of the 2006 Board of Trustees
It was moved by Elizabeth
Chen and seconded by Rita Creighton to approvethe meeting dates of the Board of Trustees for the calendar year 2006 for
publication in the Washington State Register as follows:
January 19, 2006
February 9, 2006
March 9, 2006
April 2006 – NO MEETING
May 11, 2006
June 8, 2006
July 20, 2006 (Tuesday)
August 2006 – NO MEETING
September 14, 2006
October 17, 2006 (Tuesday)
November 9, 2006
December 14, 2006
Jack Bermingham reported.
A copy of the Fall 2005 CCID International News publication
was distributed to the Board.Several
articles in the newsletter were highlighted: (1) the CCID sponsored
Fulbright-Hays Group Experiences in South Africa and Namibia during the summer
for Highline Community College; (2) CCID Professional Development Program with
Highline’s partner institution in Japan, the Jikei Group, sponsored the
Global Leadership program that two of our faculty will participate in this
year, Ron Davidson from Computer Science and Jeff Ward from Business; (3)
an article about the Polytechnic of Namibia celebrating its ten year
anniversary recognizing Jack Bermingham’s contribution to Highline’s
international outreach in establishing successful international
Jack and a few others from Highline attended the December
ACIIE meeting, one of the international groups of American Association of
Community Colleges that focuses on intercultural communication.This meeting gives an opportunity for
colleges to meet directly with representatives of federal agencies that
run international initiatives giving an opportunity to hear what direction
funding sources are moving in and an opportunity to network with them.The meeting also gives an opportunity to
meet with some of the embassy representatives to maintain relationships with
the College which is a challenge because people are periodically reassigned
in foreign services of every country.
In November the African Chamber of Commerce, a
local business organization in the greater Seattle
area, had its annual Africa day event in Seattle.A number of colleges attended and Highline was one of the prominent
co-sponsors along with Microsoft and Boeing.One of the keynote speakers, a Vice
President at Microsoft, was born in Tanzania and told his personal
story of humble beginnings and how he came to Microsoft. The keynote ambassador speaker at the
event has a strong relationship with Highline. The Namibian and South African ambassadors
are relatively new and, since their predecessors established this visit to
area and had a relationship with Highline, have requested Highline to
provide some assistance on dates to visit.
A date is being finalized for a YangzhouUniversity
computer science engineering program representative to visit Highline
which will probably be later spring.
A group of WorkFirst students from the ESL class
volunteered to help at the Des Moines Food Bank on November 22.Seventeen students in the ESL division
speak highly of the class content and the value of Highline’s ABE/ESL
Marion Davis reported.
made available the book to purchase for the Highline Reads activity and is
making a contribution to the activity by offering gift certificates from
the Bookstore. Randy Fisher,
Manager of the Bookstore, has announced his retirement and will be leaving
the College at the end of December. He will be missed.
Technology is working to get the computer firewall pieces in place so that
off campus computer access for staff and faculty can continue to move
and Financial Services are very busy with reporting as the yearend gets
closer and getting ready to do the faculty and staff 1099 earnings reporting
and the 1098 reporting for students to save some tax dollars.Both are very large projects.
Institutional Research is working to complete analyzing
the Noel-Levitz survey process data and will be reporting about
Lisa Skari reported.
Highline is getting some great recognition
nationally.Three years ago Highline
student, Donnie Schewendeman, was selected for the USA Today All American Academic Team, and Highline Alum, Junki
Yoshida, was recognized as the AACC Outstanding Alumni.Last year, Highline President Emeritus, Dr.
Gordon, was recognized with the AACC Leadership Award and this year MetLife
Foundation is recognizing Highline as one of the finalists with a specific focus on evidence of
institution-wide commitment to, and positive outcomes for,
Last week there was a front page story in the Federal Way Mirror about the Latino
Night School project with FederalWaySchool
District and the local service center.The article mentioned the growth demands
and that there are about 30 families on the waiting list.This program started with readings from
GED and Jeff Wagnitz and the folks from the ESL programs also brought in
some of the other level ESL classes, Level 5 and 6.
Highline was one of five community colleges in
the state of Washington
listed in the national Hispanic
Outlook on Higher Education of outstanding university and colleges,
“doing a commendable job recruiting, retaining, educating and graduating
Community College Times promoted
Highline’s WeekendCollege for how
colleges were looking at ways to ease commuters’ gas costs.This wasn’t the goal of the program, but
Highline was the only community college in Washington
mentioned in the article and did state that WeekendCollege
The College has received its largest bequest in
the history of the College, $459,000, for the Marine Science and TechnologyCenter (MaST).Coupled with current pledges, a total of
$474,000 has been raised for MaST getting us closer to the $500,000 match
for the state funding.
Breeder’s Theater will be holding their winter
play, Rescue, Inc., on February 1 at EB Foote Winery with all proceeds
going to the Foundation.The Board
was invited to purchase tickets from Rod Stephenson.The Breeder’s Theater is a community
theater group and the playwright is Highline faculty member TM Sell, the music
director is Highline staff member Nancy Warren, and the costume designer is
Highline staff member Melissa Sell.
Ivan Gorne reported.
The Running Start Committee, composed of faculty
and staff from Instruction and Student Services, organized a lunch on
campus for all the high school Running Start counselors from surrounding
districts to discuss issues surrounding Running Start.A number of HCC faculty who work with
Running Start students also attended the lunch.It was a great first start to develop
better relationships with Running Start counselors in the school
Bruin leads the Women’s Programs on the Student Services side of WorkFirst
and is in the Advancing Leadership Program in Federal Way.She was honored to be selected from her
class this year to speak at a breakfast preceding Phil Smart from Phil
all day customer service workshop was held as part of Enrollment
Management initiative for mostly Student Services staff but other staff
members also attended.The training
resulted in a much better job of answering telephones and returning calls.
The meeting was adjourned at 10:40 a.m.
Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting of the Board of Trustees
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board
of Trustees will be January 19, 2006.