February 10, 2005



Executive Session

Federal Legislation Update

Quarterly Budget Report

State Legislative Update




Call to Order

Ed Davila, Chair, called the meeting to order at 10:15 a.m.  


Roll Call

Members Present:                              Michael Allan

                                                            Elizabeth Chen

                                                            Edward Davila

                                                            J. Michael Emerson


Members Absent:                                Arun Jhaveri


Attorney General Representative:       Derek Edwards


Approval of Minutes

The minutes of the regular meeting on January 20, 2005 were approved with the correction in the WPEA report to 300 “pounds” not “300 tons” of food were donated to the Des Moines Food Bank.


  • Dr. Bell reminded the Board that following the Board meeting today, the Circle of Honor lunch will be in the Student Union Building at 11:30 a.m.  This event is planned to honor people who have supported and donated to the College.
  • Ivan Gorne introduced Jason Prenovost, Coach of the Highline Men’s Soccer Team and the Director of Outreach Services at the College, who was named the Coach of the Year for Soccer by the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges.  Jason introduced members of the Men’s Soccer team which won the championship this year--Chris Conner, Kyle Colbath, Josh Dworsky, and Steve Pirottee.  Chris from Decatur High School received a scholarship to Seattle Pacific University and Kyle received a scholarship to Western Washington University.  Steve got a 3.88 as a freshman and was an all state selection as a senior at Mt. Rainier High School.  Josh came from Alaska to play with Highline and got a 3.41 G.P.A.  Ten of the eleven freshmen on the team have over a 3.0 G.P.A.  The Board extended their congratulations to Jason and the team.




Associated Students of Highline Community College (ASHCC)

Alicia Akerman and Ilia Kaminsky distributed a report and discussed the following projects and initiatives.

  • Book Exchange Program which allows students to sell their books online to other students on Highline’s campus.  They are working on a prototype they hope to have ready by the end of this quarter. 
  • The Services and Activities Budget Committee is underway and budget proposal packets are due tomorrow.
  • The Expanding Your Horizons Conference is March 18 for eighth and ninth grade girls to encourage them to pursue math & science degrees.  Christina Higashi and Alicia are working on a workshop being planned for the conference called “When I Grow Up I want to be President” to talk about their experiences in Student Government. 
  • The Highline Student Union Building grand opening was held and was a great success and thanks were extended to those who attended. 
  • The CUSP and SBCTC Student Legislative Training – 24 Hour Academy was attended by Paul Kalchik and John DuBois. 
  • A trip to Olympia is planned to talk to legislators about issues affecting students such as tuition, Pell Grants, financial aid options and student loan issues.
Washington Public Employees Association (WPEA)

Gum-Lai Ross reported.

  • WPEA has six bills introduced to the House and the Senate. 
  • A lobby day to Olympia is planned for Monday February 21. 
  • The WPEA scholarship has been awarded to Michelle Tuscher.  Four scholarships are available which will be publicized to WPEA members. 


Highline College Education Association (HCEA)

Allan Walton reported.

  • Ruth Windhover is in Olympia today.  HCEA will be in Olympia on President’s Day, the 21st to lobby our legislators. 
  • HCEA constitution and bylaws are currently being revised and updated. 
  • A membership drive is being planned for spring quarter. 


Faculty Senate

Phil Droke reported.

  • The Senate had no agenda items this month so did not meet.  There are no academic issues presently and everything seems to be fine.




Approval of the Change in July 2005 Board of Trustees Meeting Date


Dr. Bell, having given due consideration to the recommendations of the Tenure Review Committee recommended to the Board:


        THAT Probation be continued for the following first-year probationers:


                        Ellen Bremen              Tarisa Matsumoto-Maxfield                 Katherine Skelton

                        Daryl Brice                  Maurea Maya                                       Joy Strohmaier

                        Jin Do                          Woody Moses                                     Teresa Trillo

                        Chris Gan                    Jason Ramirez                                   Aaron Warnock

                        Jon Jahns                    Gregory Reinemer


        THAT probation be continued for the following second-year probationers:


Chris Brandmeir               Elise Muller-Lindgren        Stephen Washburn

Michael Girvin                    Jeff Ward                         


AND, FURTHER MOVE THAT Tenure be granted for the following third-year probationers:


             Katie Guillford                    Tina Ostrander                  Ron Sabado


It was moved by Mike Emerson and seconded by Michael Allan that the tenure recommendations as presented by Dr. Bell be approved.


Motion carried.




Foundation Report

Doug Myers, President of the Foundation, and Rod Stephenson, Director of Resource Development, reported.  The Foundation Board’s goal this year is to increase its capacity to raise money for Highline and to raise awareness of the needs of Highline in the community.  There are three areas being concentrated upon this year.  Build the Board membership to 15-20 members from 12 with the ability to support Highline themselves and influence others.  Three new members have recently joined the Board bringing the total to 15.  A new orientation process has been instituted for new Board members to help them understand that the Foundation is dedicated to the mission of the College and to raise money and friends and strengthen community development to promote partnerships between the College and community members.


The second goal is to raise $1.3 million to match the $500,000 from the state for the construction phase as well as the operational phase of the Marine Science Technology Center (MaST) located in Redondo.  In the state’s capital budget, Highline has a $500,000 request submitted and assuming the capital budget request goes through, needs to be matched by $500,000 non-state dollars.  Research is being done to explore other funding such as some federal funds from the National Science Foundation that is strictly capital for marine science and marine biology.  .


The third goal is to build and strengthen relationships of our current and past contributors and donors.  The approach in the past was to send out a mass mailing of 12,000 for specific events such as the Gala to sending out 4,500 mailings to targeted people four to six times a year reminding them about Highline.  This specific mailing is finite and saves on mailings.  In addition, they are pursuing re-introducing Highline to other folks that were previous donors that haven’t been heard from for a few years. 


Starting this year, more emphasis will be placed on taking care to shake hands, smile, and appreciate those who have helped the College currently and in the past.  At the donor recognition event earlier this year, 160 people attended with invitations sent to past donors which had not been done before.  About 60 people will be attending today’s Circle of Honor, many of whom haven’t been talked to in years.  Past board members, trustees, college presidents and donors will be coming which is a new change.  The Gala chaired by Nancy Warren last year generated short of $100,000, a lot more than in the past.  This year the event is designed to thank and honor people and get a chance to get to know them better.  There is a mission this year to increase the Foundation’s capacity, building the Board and taking larger challenges with the MaST program.  New designed events are being planned to get us in front of people who have been a part of Highline. 


With the amazing progress of Highline’s expanding campus, the Foundation has to keep up with this increased progress.  The Foundation needs to have the capacity to really help out in a meaningful way which means more and more money which means more and more people helping out. 




Student Services    
Ivan Gorne reported.
·         The Early Childhood Learning Center is serving 70 families this quarter and is turning into a work site for state and federal work study students.  The Center works with instructional programs so there are eight cooperative education students, eight students from SeaMar working towards a Masters degree in nutrition, and 30 nursing students.
·         A number of Student Services staff teach sessions every quarter to students on how get a great start in college and be successful including Erik Tingelstad in Career Employment Services, Cindy Holland in WorkFirst Program, Denny Stuessy in Educational Planning and Laura Westergard in Entry Services. 
·         Since the Orientation has been changed from a half day program with 300 to 400 students to a more decentralized basis into different areas and an on-going program, it is reaching more students.  The participation rate is up to 55 percent of all new Highline students participating. 
·         There were 1200 students on campus for the Jostens Leadership Conference.  This was a great opportunity for Outreach to introduce college life to students.  Students came from as far away as the Elma School District.  This event was a significant test for our food services to make and deliver 380 pizzas to feed those students. 



Jack Bermingham reported.

  • Congratulations to the newly tenured faculty and the faculty continuing their probation and thanks to the Tenure Working Committees and the Tenure Review Committee.  He recognized the contributions and hard work that goes into the evaluation process with many, many faculty involved. The faculty that are involved take the tenure process quite seriously and put a lot of energy into it.
  • Thanks and appreciation were extended to the staff in Facilities and Administrative Technology for their assistance in the process of moving offices in and out of buildings.  There were 86 different individuals in instruction with moves into the new building 29 out of building 20, and between buildings 15 and 18.  The folks in Facilities did a terrific job making these moves possible.  It was really remarkable trying to do that in the middle of the term and thanks were also extended to faculty colleagues for being so patient and their willingness to do this in the middle of the term since it was not possible to wait until the spring break to move into 29. 
  • The new Highline Student Union has changed the dynamics of the campus allowing space to have events that stimulate the intellectual environment and allows significant faculty participation.  There is a nice collaboration of Student Services, Student Programs, and Instruction.  Bobby Seale, famous founder of the Black Panther Party, spoke in the building and there was an incredible turn out of students with the space that it provides which was overflowing in the 10 o’clock hour.  With this facility, faculty have the ability to bring their students into these types of events which creates opportunities for classroom discussion and makes for a tremendous learning experience.  Having such a great turnout for the very spirited presentation of Bobby Seale really showcased what a difference that building makes for Highline. 
  • Amelia Phillips, computer science faculty member, has a Fulbright Scholarship and at the end of the quarter will be going to Namibia for nine months to work with them helping put together a Master’s degree program in computer science and doing some outreach and workshops on computer forensics and security. 


General Administration 
Laura Saunders reported.
·         Building 20 will disappear starting next week and the temporary cafeteria tent will also be removed soon. 
·         A lot of time has been and is being spent on the details of the Central Washington partnership working on the administrative aspects such as parking permits, etc. 
  • The first CWU event on campus will happen this Friday, an orientation for their business students.  It will be the first of many orientations. The faculty and staff have been around the campus almost everyday getting used to new quarters and exploring the campus and are beginning to move into the Higher Education Center.
  • While at Highline, three people in our Facilities Department have become American Citizens, Carmen Rumoaldo, Blanca Verrios, and Keo Bunthoeun.  During the past two years, three people in the Facilities Department have had perfect work attendance which means they have gone all year without missing one day or even one hour of work, Joel McCluskey, Xin Nguyen, and Lap Tran.  Congratulations to all of these employees.


Institutional Advancement

Lisa Skari reported.

  • Thanks were extended to Rod Stephenson, Director of Resource Development, for making the arrangements for the Circle of Honor today.  He redesigned the event so that the Circle of Honor is not combined with the scholarship recognition event as was done in the past.  The Circle of Honor will celebrate our former board members, trustees and college presidents with 57 people coming.  It will be a great opportunity to showcase the new building and also do some reconnection with the people that have helped our institution. 
  • As a follow up to the community perception survey, work is being done with Arcentia, the design group, over the next three months to put together a visual and verbal brand position, communication strategy and marketing effort.  Now that the research is completed, gaps and strengths were found and a visual and verbal brand position, communication strategy, and marketing will be developed.  Out of this, a matrix will be made that will help us identify how we can meet the challenges, how consistent messages can be sent, and how we allocate resources.
  • A sheet was distributed to the Board with the State Board’s website address to access one page information sheets about issues regarding access, branch campuses, and other legislative items. 



On March 10, 5:30-7:00 p.m., the Highline Board and the CWU Board will be co-hosing a reception for the superintendents and public school district boards in the area including Renton, Tukwila, Auburn, Highline, Federal Way, and Kent in the Higher Education Center on campus.  This will be an informal reception with a more formal presentation about the partnership with CWU. 


The Board will be given a tour of the Faculty Resource Center after next month’s meeting.


Unscheduled Business



New Business




The meeting was adjourned at 11:10 a.m. 


Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting of the Board of Trustees

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees will be March 10, 2005.


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

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



______________________________            _________________________________

Edward Davila                                                 Priscilla J. Bell, Secretary