Mike Emerson, Chair, called the meeting to order at 10:15 a.m.
Member Absent:Karen Vander Ark
Attorney General Representative:Derek
Approval of Minutes
of Board of Trustees Meeting, March
9, 2006, and Minutes of Special Meeting April 1, 2006 were approved.
Associated Students of HighlineCommunity College
Gum Lai Ross reported.
extended to Dr. Bell for including WPEA in the interview process for Vice
President of Administration by providing their feedback
volunteering to assist with this year’s commencement include the following
individuals: Lois Eriksson, Mandy Mineard, Lorri Nystedt, Danielle Mottley,
Jackie Belknap, Lynne King, Teresa Pierce, Tenaya Wright, and Gum Lai
·Starting June 24,
2006, House Bill 2898 will be effective to allow public employees to distribute
collective bargaining communication issues from employee organization associations
·On May 12, the Classified
Staff Training Committee will be hosting a workshop from 12:00-2:00 in building
2 entitled, “Want to be an Even Better Communicator?”
·The next WPEA
district meeting will be Tuesday, May 16 from 7-9:00 in building 7.
Ruth Windhover reported.
HCEA sponsored a presentation on April 26 by
Gordon Lafer, professor at the University of Oregon Labor Studies Center,
about the Highline Reads selected book, Fast Food Nation.Attendees included two reading/writing
classes containing many immigrant students who have worked or are working
at minimum wage jobs in the fast food industry.Professor Lafer also spoke to the Honors
HCEA and administration are discussing new
language regarding reduction in force for tenured faculty under a letter
of agreement from the past negotiation.
HCEA sponsored a session for tenured faculty
presented by Jack Bermingham on applying for column advancement also known
as increments on the salary schedule.To move on the schedule from the first column to the second, third,
fourth and fifth columns, faculty must assemble a portfolio that is
evaluated by a faculty committee and the Vice President for Academic
Affairs with the Vice President making the final decision.
The language in the supplemental budget gives
additional statewide funding for faculty increments but is short of what
is actually needed.
Ruth has been re-elected to the position of Chair
of the Higher Education Committee for the Washington Education Association
(WEA), the parent organization of the HCEA.
Phil Droke reported.
The Senate is continuing to work on on-going the
projects and has one more meeting this year.
a. Continuing Probation and Tenure
given due consideration to the recommendations of the Tenure Review Committee
and President Bell, it was moved by Rita Creighton
and seconded by Elizabeth Chen that probation be continued for second-year
probationerMarcia Welch in Business Information Technology.
The motion carried.
b. Cultural Diversity Policy
It was moved by Ed Davila and
seconded by Elizabeth Chen to revise
the Cultural Diversity Policy approved by the Board of Trustees on June 10,
1993 to bring HighlineCommunity College into
compliance with federal requirements.The change in the policy is to revise the statement, “discrimination
based on gender,” to “discrimination based on sex.”The policy was updated to read as follows:
actively promotes and supports a learning and work environment which ensures
social justice, mutual respect, understanding, civility, and non-violence.HighlineCommunity College is
committed to the elimination of discrimination based on sex, race, class,
economic status, ethnic background, sexual orientation, age, physical ability,
and cultural and religious background.
The motion carried.
70-06 Pertaining to Achieving the Dream
COLLEGE, District 9
(Pertaining to Achieving the Dream)
WHEREAS, HighlineCommunity College is applying for participation in the Achieving the Dream program;
WHEREAS, the Achieving the Dream program is aligned
with the mission, vision and strategic plan of Highline;
and graduating low-income, first generation, students of color and other
underserved populations is a priority of paramount importance to Highline;
WHEREAS, HighlineCommunity College has exhibited success
with serving these traditionally underserved students as indicated by
Highline’s inclusion as one of six finalists in the MetLife Foundation’s Community College Excellence Award 2006;
BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED THAT, the Highline Community College Board of Trustees fully endorses
Highline's application and participation in the Achieving the Dream
It was moved by Ed Davila and seconded by Elizabeth
Chen to approve the Resolution 70-06 Pertaining to Achieving
d. College President’s Investment
In compliance with
RCW 42.52.190, the Board of Trustees must approve the College President’s
investments in certain investment securities.There was a motion to approve the College President’s investing in Plaza
Bank, Inc., a closely held corporation.The Board having considered the matter finds that the investment does
not currently conflict with the President’s responsibilities to invest College
funds.If the Bank ever sought to do
business with the College, the President would duly recuse herself from participating
in any decision to do business with the Bank.
It was moved by Elizabeth Chen
and seconded by Rita Creighton that
the Board of Trustees of Highline Community College approve the College
President’s investment in Plaza Bank, including any recurring dividends or
future investments in the Bank.
The motion carried.
stated that this motion was discussed in the Study Session.Trustee Ed Davila stated that this action item is a good overall litmus
test for the College that the overall issue is that it is the right action for
anyone in our community leadership positions models, sets standards and codes
for responsible behavior.That
perception will be interpreted in our community as integrity. This action item
will keep reinforcing this value of the College.
Student Scholarships and Awards Recognition
A number of special
scholarship recipients were introduced to and congratulated by Dr. Bell and the
Board.Explanations of the awards and
their application processes and introductions of the students were presented by
the following people:Alice Madsen,
Acting Dean of Instruction for Professional Technical Education; Barbara
Clinton, Coordinator of the Speech Program; Laura Manning, Coordinator of the
HCC Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa; Chris Brandmeir, Coordinator of the Hotel and
Hospitality Program; and Kat Chappell, Faculty Member in the Medical Assisting
students were introduced and congratulated for receiving these special
Washington Award for Vocation Education
(WAVE) – two years of undergraduate
Cheri Hans - Hotel and
Lynette Bird - Medical
Next Step Scholarship from University of
Washington-Tacoma – up to $12,000
Karin Carr - Education
The Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship – up to
Tracy Zhang - Transfer
Gates Millennium Scholarship – funding
through graduate school
Debbie Nguyen – Running
Kim Trinh – Running Start
Kary Mai – Running Start
All-USA Academic Team Nominees
Jennifer Reilly –
Janae Leggett – Business
Jack Bermingham reported.
Two of the research associates from the
were at HCC evaluating the Ford Foundation grant to the State Board on
Bridges to Opportunity.They heard about some of Highline’s
initiatives, particularly the IBEST program.Thanks were extended to Jeff
Wagnitz and Alice Madsen who hosted the visitors and Marie Bruin and Jean
Munro in Women’s Programs, Kim Wasierski in Financial Aid, Danette
Randolph in the Worker Retraining and a number of faculty including Linda
Faaren, Steve Washburn, Maurea Maya, Babs Cerna, and Michael Allen.They also spoke to Dr. Bell.
students and their families were invited to campus this evening for a new
outreach initiative.This is the
first effort in planning a number of other similar initiatives to reach
out to the different communities that Highline serves.The ESL population is continually
increasing and our effectiveness in reaching out to them is also
increasing. This quarter alone Highline is serving over 1,000 FTE’s which
translates into a couple thousand students.Thanks to Jeff Wagnitz, Alice Madsen,
and Sue Nelson, along with a host of others, who put this program together.
is being done to examine whether our retention efforts are improving.
to Ruth Windhover for her statewide service and being re-elected to the
Washington Education Association Higher Ed Chair position, another example
of the kind of leadership there is among the faculty at HCC.
Wilson from the Library Tech Program is retiring this year and the
statewide association named one of their travel scholarships after Tony at
their annual meeting.They also gave
him an award recognizing his years of service and for the leadership he
has provided to that association.
to Barbara Clinton selected to receive the Community College Educator of
the Year award from the National Communications Association.
Marion Davis reported.
Financial Services Office is working to complete
the budget details into next year as well as closing for the year
end.Part of the challenges that
are occurring within the whole administrative team is the impact of some
of the organizational restructuring and the latest budget cuts when positions
are relocated in the reporting structure.
Administrative Technology team is examining the
impact and making decisions and recommendations for the active directory, the
way communication is set up at the College so that people can communicate
effectively with each other.
The Business, Accounting and Reporting Council (BAR)
held a training session to try and develop some longer term skills and
abilities within the business of financial budgeting area of the colleges so
that there are people trained to take over when people retire and leave.There is a projected shortage of people
with the necessary skills in a very technically difficult area.
Re-hosting still is occurring but delayed at this
point with a probable implementation in October of 2007.
Administrative Technology is in the process of
installing a new email exchange server which should improve some of the
problems that have been occurring.
Summer capital projects are being determined and finalized.
Lisa Skari reported.
Sherry Reichert, Director of Communications &
Marketing, has resigned to explore other opportunities.The search process has begun for a
The MetLife brochure reported highlights of the
six finalists and some of HCC programs including Latino Night School, HonorsCollege, faculty recruitment
process as well as ideas from some of the other schools.The copies of the brochure were
distributed to the Board.
Yesterday’s issue of The Federal Way Mirror had an editorial about the concern over
the increase of tuition and about the success of the Gala.The Gala grossed over $130,000 and after
expenses are looking at over $100,000 earned.Thanks to the students that volunteered
at the Gala, Sandy Moser, Jean Munro, Mary Barkley, and Sherry Reichert who
were key volunteers.We had two
great MC’s—faculty members, Laura Manning and Jessica Gilmore who entertained
the crowd and talked about all the different auction items which brought
in close to their value if not more.And a big thanks to Rod Stephenson, Alana Young, and Melissa Sell.
Ivan introduced Dena Dillon, the new Executive Assistant
for Vice President for Student Services and the Associate Dean for Enrollment
Toni Castro was nominated and accepted an
invitation to be a board member for the American Red Cross, Seattle Chapter
that serves King and KitsapCounty, beginning
May 25.Congratulations to Toni.
Congratulations to Laura Manning and Phi Theta
Kappa receiving an award for HCC chapter increasing enrollment of students
involved in Phi Theta Kappa.
Recognition was extended to folks in Financial
Aid and Mouy-Ly Wong in Student Services, Denny Steussy and Nga Pham in Educational
Planning, for advising the students to think about those scholarships highlighted
earlier in the meeting and then the great assistance they gave them with
their scholarship applications.Denny
and Nga volunteer and advise the Vietnamese Student Association.
Recognition to Lorena Saucedo interviewed on Radio
Sol, a local Spanish speaking radio station, consisting of questions and
answers about financial aid and going to college. Since that March 15 interview at least
ten Spanish speaking students have called regarding a whole variety of our
programs including ESL classes, GED preparation, general classes and degrees
The Educational Planning staff are working with
our College Orientation/Registration Experience (CORE) which is an orientation
to work with students who are pursuing degrees and certificates who have
never attended college before.We’re trying to develop a cohort experience for that group of
students to give them a little more time with some special attention.
was given outstanding recognition recently when it was evaluated or
audited by the state GED administrator. The examiner complimented Robin Loveless and
the TestingCenter stating that it is operated
with care and concern for those served and in accordance with community
testing service policy and no recommendations are needed.
Thanks to trustee Rita
Creighton for suggesting that King County Councilmember Julia
Patterson be contacted about the HCC Men’s Basketball Team winning the Northwest
Athletic Association for Community College’s championship.The team was invited to be recognized at
the King County Council Chambers on May 22 at 1:00.
The meeting was adjourned at 11:25 a.m.
Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting of the Board of Trustees
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board
of Trustees will be June 8, 2006.