COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT 9
HIGHLINE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
MINUTES OF BOARD OF TRUSTEES’ MEETING
Government Constitution Changes
Call to Order
Elizabeth Chen, Chair, called the meeting to order at 10:15
a.m. She welcomed and introduced Mike Regeimbal, as the newly appointed Trustee to the Board
replacing Mike Emerson. Mr. Regeimbal has been a strong advocate of Highline Community College
and former HCC Foundation Board member and President.
Members Present: Elizabeth Chen
Karen Vander Ark
Attorney General Representative: Derek Edwards
Approval of Minutes
Minutes of Board of Trustees
Meeting, September 14, 2006, were approved.
Associated Students of Highline Community College
- Student Government has grown from the
four original Caucuses to add another called Awareness Caucus. This Caucus will work to bring knowledge
to campus about current and historical events not commonly reported in
textbooks or newscasts.
- The first Student Council meeting was
held October 3 with 39 people in attendance.
- The Clubs Fair on September 29 had 24 of
the 55 clubs represented recruiting more members.
- Thunderweek, the first week of fall quarter, was
very successful with over 400 barbeque lunches served and 4800 Student
Public Employees Association
Gum Lai Ross
- All members of HCC WPEA members voted
for the proposed contract. Thanks
to Helen Buller from the Communications and
Marketing Department for participating on the negotiations.
- WPEA cookie dough fund raiser held
recently earned funds for the WPEA Scholarship Endowment. Thanks to the following staff for
selling the cookie dough: Lois
Eriksson, Lauri Spivey, Carolyn Sinay, Gerie Ventura, Lydia
Bracco, Gary McCune, Gum-Lai Ross, and Carmelita
Ruth Windhover reported.
- HCEA participated in the Defining
Democracy Program by sponsoring an event on the initiative process and a
debate on initiative 920 attended by over 100 students.
- They also sponsored a faculty meeting to
discuss the Common Course Numbering system, a change the faculty has
serious questions about, and are planning another meeting and perhaps
voting on a formal response.
- Discussions with Administration are
continuing on revisions to Reduction In Force language as a result of a
Letter of Agreement at the last contract negotiations.
- In Ruth’s role as the State Higher Education
Chair for Washington Education Association, she participated in a panel at
the labor conference held at UW sponsored by UW Labor Center at
UW-Bothell. The panel focus was on
the impact of technology on labor and the impact of technology on higher education.
Phil Droke reported.
- The Senate meets the first and third
Wednesday of every month. The
Senate is working on blocking the Common Course Numbering initiative. Jack will meet with Senate tomorrow to update
them on the initiative.
- Phil is the HCC representative to the
organization Faculty of Community and Technical Colleges (FACTC) and the
site manager for the statewide fall conference to be held again this year
at HCC with the theme of “Tools for Teaching.”
a. 2006-07 Budget Appoval
It was moved by Ed Davila and seconded by Karen
Vander Ark to
approve the 2006-07 budget.
The motion carried.
A copy of the budget for 2006-07 is filed with the official
Associated Students of Highline
Community College (ASHCC)
It was moved by Karen Vander Ark
and seconded by Rita Creighton to approve the revisions to the ASHCC Student
The motion carried.
A copy of the
Constitution is filed with the official minutes.
The Board would like to have Trustee Regeimbal
have the opportunity to review the President’s contract before taking action so
this action item was tabled.
Susan Landgraf, Writing Faculty Member and James Peyton, Economics
Faculty Member, gave the background and described the Defining Democracy
program. This program, begun in 2003,
and is an outside classroom program with a series of programs and discussions
conducted over fall quarter to explore major issues in the current election and
in the political system. Each year the
series has been slightly different and the presentations and panels have
addressed larger issues that we live in a democratic system.
In 2003 Susan
approached Dr. Bermingham and Dr. Bell about having
some sort of seminar to help students understand democracy and their role as a
citizen in a democratic society. She
received their support and in 2004, she applied for a Faculty Resource Center
Summer Institute grant including other faculty members Janice Adams, Sharon
Hashimoto, Ceedy Jaja, and
James Peyton for support.
Over summer they
came up with different possibilities and ended with a number of activities and
events. In order to get an audience and interest
for these discussions, they needed to have faculty bring their classes. The faculty were very supportive when they
saw that these topics related to their instructional purpose and would help
students to improve their personal, professional, and civic lives. In order to facilitate classes coming to the
discussions, the events were spread out across days of the week and hours of
the day. Faculty brought their classes
and had assignments designed around the discussions. The turn out was great and crossed
disciplines and divisions. Outside
speakers were very accommodating to adjust their schedules to come and speak to
students. Having students hear from
their elected officials and that they are paying attention to them is something
they would not get in the news. They had
the opportunity to have the speakers here to sit down and hear an extended
conversation with these individuals. The
goal was to get students to see that they have a role in a democratic society
and that they will take action.
This has been a
highly successful program with campus wide support and attendance but it takes
a lot of hours of work to make it happen.
At least two faculty have to initiate and guide the project and organize
the series and events. Executive Staff
has given their support and there has been good support and participation from
faculty. The Thunderword was also supportive
by writing articles each week on the events.
After the 2004
program, Susan wrote a proposal to the National Institute for Staff and Organizational
Development (NISOD) to share what was done at HCC with other colleges. The proposal was accepted and in 2005 Susan
and James gave a presentation at the NISOD conference to colleges from across
the country. The colleges were very
interested in how instruction and civic cross over. Faculty and staff have also gained from the
speakers. Cross disciplinary discussions
have occurred. The support of Executive
Staff shows that this is important to the institution and important as part of
the academic civic engagement
and knowledge of citizenship and what it means to live in a democratic society.
Handouts were distributed to the Board with the schedule of events and
other information about reflections on this year’s program.
Larry Yok reported.
- It is time for HCC’s
biennial information technology security audit. Dennis Colgan
did an excellent job of putting together an 82 page detailed report and
submitted it to the State Auditor’s office for review.
- Construction is continuing on the East
parking lot and entrance to building 6.
Most of that project was realignment of the main water line and
replacement of the out of date, dangerous electrical system which was on
schedule but stalled by the concrete strike. The project should be completed in the
next couple of weeks.
Jack Bermingham reported.
- Congratulations to
Barbara Clinton, Speech faculty member.
The award selection committee from the National Communications
Association selected Barbara as the community college outstanding educator
of the year nominated by her colleagues last spring. This is a terrific recognition. Not only is she very involved in the
Honors Program, her efforts in her own discipline are significant.
- The Defining
Democracy initiative represents faculty participation from all the
different divisions and across disciplines and programs. About ten years ago a general review of
the curriculum focusing on the AA degree included a discussion about what
was important for an educated person to get out of their experience in
higher education. Part of that
discussion led to the diversity/globalism
requirement to the curriculum. In
addition, the discussion focused on civic engagement and knowledge of
citizenship and what it meant to be in a democratic society. This did not lead to a requirement but
did create an idea that the College needed to create a larger dialogue as
part of the academic intellectual environment at HCC so students would
have an opportunity to hear different voices on different issues and
understand that democracy is not just all about rights but it is about
applauded his faculty colleagues who put lots of hours with a lot of their
passion into these events which are an on going discussion on the
campus. Giving a presentation at
organizations like NISOD about this initiative gives an opportunity to
share what ought to be part of best practices. Congratulations to Susan Landgraf and James Peyton and the many other people
Lisa Skari reported.
- New Director of Communications and
Marketing, Kelly Maloney, was introduced and welcomed. She has experience in marketing and
branding working in the health community industry and is a resident of Federal Way
for nine years.
- Two years ago, a grant was submitted to
the Department of Education called CCAMPIS (Child Care Access Means
Parents in School) and we were notified we did not score high enough to be
recommended for funding. A letter
of congratulations was received a couple of weeks ago saying we had been
recommended for an award. This
grant will provide funding for subsidizing childcare costs for low income
parents at 150% of the federal poverty level which equates to about 8,700
hours of childcare each calendar year.
The funding is for three years.
- The Foundation has retained the services
of the Collins group, who have worked on capital and fund raising
campaigns with many groups including museums and community colleges. Over the next six months, they are going
to help put the MaST campaign together including
not only the completion of the $500,000 capital portion of the project,
but a $1 million endowment to have money set aside to have income every
year to generate funds to do programming.
The result will be campaign materials outlined with timelines and
strategy for keeping donations going .
- The Report to Community is complete and
will be sent out in the next month.
clubs and organizations are up and running.
Theta Kappa (PTK) has a new initiative called Voice Infusion designed to
create a space for our diverse community to voice their personal
experiences, poetry and other forms of expressive media. The first event had standing room only
with over 50 faculty, staff and students participating.
Services in the Intercultural Center is sponsoring a new program called
Men of Vision, a partnership among a couple of faculty and staff members,
Anthony Newton, Darryl Brice, Joshua Magallanes,
and Gerald Jackson to establish a men’s support and empowerment group to
address men’s issues and strategies to achieve their personal, academic
and career goals.
are a number staff members of Student Services exercising their leadership
and professional development activities on a local, regional, and state
level. Marie Bruin is the new
President of Washington State Community College Women’s Council and the
Council will be hosting a statewide conference at HCC next week.
Spencer, Director of Educational Planning and Advising, will be recognized
later this week by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) in Indianapolis for her
participation on the editorial board of NACADA’s
professional journal. Gwen is one
of two members on the sixteen member board representing community
- Siew Lai Lilley, Director of Transfer Programs, will
graduate from the Executive Development Institute Leadership program in
November and during the last year she has joined other multicultural
business leaders and educators in the year long program that included
active participation in community approved projects. Toni and a few others from HCC will be
attending the graduation where Junki Yoshida,
HCC former alumni, will be the keynote speaker.
Magallanes, Running Start Coordinator,
participated in the new professional institute planning committee for the
National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and will
be attending their Conference.
letter of appreciation was received from the Washington Education
Foundation, sponsor for the Washington Achievers Scholar Program. HCC has been a partner in this effort
since 2001 since the program began.
The letter thanked the offices of Admissions, Financial Aid, and
Multicultural Services for mentoring these students. The sixth cohort enrolled this
fall. The five previous cohorts
served 135 students and the Washington Foundation has dispersed $550,000
in scholarship funds to HCC students.
Bulale, a senior Running Start student, was
accepted this summer to the highly competitive U Doc program, a six week
summer enrichment program offered by the UW Medical School Office of
Multicultural Affairs. This program
is designed to serve disadvantaged under-represented students and to
foster high school student interest in the health care profession to
further explore health careers and get an introduction to college life.
The meeting was adjourned at 11:05 a.m.
Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting of the Board of Trustees
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board
of Trustees will be November 16, 2006.
8:00 a.m. Study
Session Building 25, Room 411
10:00 a.m. Meeting Building
25, Board Room
SIGNED DECEMBER 14, 2006
______________________________ ____Original signed by Interim Secretary Jack Bermingham
Elizabeth Chen, Chair Priscilla J. Bell, Secretary