COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT 9
HIGHLINE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
MINUTES OF BOARD OF TRUSTEES’ MEETING
Student Activities (S&A) Budget Approval
Call to Order
Mike Emerson, Chair, called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m.
Members Present: Rita Creighton
Member Absent: Elizabeth
Attorney General Representative: Derek
Approval of Minutes
of Board of Trustees Meeting, May 11,
2006, were approved.
Bell introduced the new Vice President for Administration, Larry Yok. Mr. Yok brings to Highline fifteen years
of experience as Operations Manager, Chief Financial Officer, and
Administrative Director in public utilities; eleven years concurrently as
a consultant in management and labor relations to city and county
governments, special service districts and private employers; and nine
years as Chief Human Resources officer.
He has also served as the Director of Human Resources at Group
Health Cooperative in Seattle,
and adjunct faculty at San Francisco State University Center of Extended
Bell received a letter to the Board from Representative Schual-Berke in recognition of the College as a
finalist for the MetLife Foundation Excellence Award. The letter stated, “I’m proud to have
such a renowned institution committed to recruiting and retaining excellent
faculty and students from a diversity of backgrounds in my legislative
district. I have been truly
impressed by Highline Community College’s outreach efforts and
partnerships in South
and it is wonderful that the College is receiving this recognition for all
of your hard work.”
- John Dunn, Athletic Director, introduced
Che Dawson, coach for the HCC Men’s Basketball Team. The team won the Northwest Athletic
Association for Community Colleges championship and Dawson was named Coach of the Year. The coaches and team were invited to the
May 22 King County Council Meeting by Councilmember Julia Patterson and
was honored by a proclamation read by Julia Patterson and Pete von
Reichbauer. The proclamation
recognized the team for their amazing tournament performance, their
championship trophy and their camaraderie and teamwork.
And, a congratulatory letter from Larry Phillips, Chair of the
Council, was read by Dr. Bell. The
Board congratulated Coach Dawson and Athletic Director Dunn.
Associated Students of Highline Community College
Paul Kalchik reported.
- A new ASHCC student constitution was passed
reducing the size of student government from seven members to three—two elected
positions, president and vice president, and an appointed speaker of the
caucus. Interest based caucuses
will be formed in areas of student interest, for example a health and
wellness caucus with members from students in programs such as respiratory
care, medical assisting, and nursing.
Each caucus will have a chair and a speaker of the caucus will be
appointed from the various caucus chairs. The new system will involve more
participation in student governance with each caucus having a vote in the
- The 2006-07 ASHCC elections were held and the new
officers elected were introduced—Daniel Nordstrom, President, and Paul Pitman,
Tenaya Wright reported.
- Classified Staff receiving degrees this year were
identified: Michelle Tuscher, BA in Interdisdisplinary Arts and Science
from UW-Tacoma; Cheryl Carino-Burr, AA from HCC in Cultural, Gender and
Globalism; and Gerald Jackson, working on his Master’s in Theology and
Masters of divinity. All received
funds from the Classified Staff training funds, Classified Staff
scholarships, and Dr. Bell’s educational fund for Classified Staff.
- Classified Staff leaving HCC due to the College’s
re-organization were identified and thanked for their years of
service: Steve Barry, in mail
services; and Tan Lam, in Health Occupations.
- Thanks were extended to Executive Staff for accepting
input from WPEA campus officers regarding inter-campus program promotion
Ruth Windhover reported.
- HCEA extended thanks to Virg Staiger for his assistance
and for sharing information regarding local legislative relationships.
- Best wishes and thanks were extended to Ivan Gorne as he leaves HCC to Bates Technical
College, and Marion Davis as she
leaves HCC to relocate in Arizona.
- Congratulations were extended to Elizabeth Chen for being selected as Trustee of
the Year by the Trustees Association.
- Thanks were extended to the Trustees for their
work for the College which is greatly enriched by their contributions.
- Thanks to Administration who meets periodically
with the HCEA re-affirming again the excellent relationship that HCEA has
with the Administration here and a reflection of the high quality of
Phil Droke reported.
Association of Community and Technical
Colleges has decided they
would like to have their conference at Highline next fall because it was such a
delightful experience last fall. There
were about 120-130 faculty members throughout the state on campus for the one
day conference on teaching by teachers.
a. 2006-07 Preliminary
It was moved by Rita Creighton and seconded by Karen Vander Ark
to approve the 2006-07 General Fund budgets, tuition waivers, and fees and
delegates to the President the authority to make other necessary changes.
A copy of 2006-07 Preliminary Budget is filed with the
b. Student Activities Budget (S&A)
It was moved by Karen Vander Ark
and seconded by Rita Creighton to approve
the Students’ Activities Budget for 2006-07.
A copy of 2006-07 Students’ Activities Budget is filed with
the official minutes.
was given to student Kiana Hayes, for doing a terrific job chairing of the
Student Activities (S&A) budget committee and thanks were extended to
the rest of the budget committee.
reception was held on campus for the Men’s Basketball team in honor of
their NWAACC championship win and the entire team attended.
- The new
ASHCC officers, vice president Paul Pitman, a 17 year-old high school
Running Start student, and president Daniel Nordstrom, a 37 year-old
displaced timber worker back for his third career, shows the age diversity
of our student body and how well they work together. Students learn from each other as they
go through those experiences and that’s just one example of two people and
there are 25 different club members in the new caucus, a great diversity
that enriches the student experiences at HCC.
expressed that it was a pleasure for him to serve Dr. Bell and the Board
of Trustees, and to work with his colleagues on Executive Staff and the
extended campus as he says good-bye to Highline taking a new position at Bates Technical College.
The Board thanked him for his
service to Highline and wished him well in his new position.
Jack Bermingham reported.
- Recognition was given to Coach Che Dawson and congratulations
to the success of the basketball team.
There is an unusual model at Highline where there’s an overlapping
synergy between the athletic program and the academic physical education
program and a really strong collaboration between the instructional
program and the athletic program. The
leadership in the athletic program has always had a strong commitment to
the student learning part of the student athlete.
- Bermingham and Trustee Elizabeth
Chen went to China and thanks were extended to Dr. Chen
for her efforts and guidance to move forward with the possibility of a
close relationship with the higher education institutions in Yangzhou, and
a possibility of having a fairly large group of students coming to
Highline from Yangzhou as part of Highline’s International Student
Program, as well as continued customized training opportunities in Yangzhou.
- The annual reception for the newly tenured
faculty hosted by Dr. Bell was on June 2.
This reception gives an opportunity to observe the impact that the
five newly tenured faculty are already making on the institution. They’re just at the end of their third
year and already several of them are leaders on campus, certainly leaders
of their programs.
- One of the students that started four years ago
in the Supported Employment Program directed by Judy Perry was assisted in
putting put together a business plan and has become an entrepreneur and is
being recognized nationally in Boston at the end of the month by the
National Organization for Supported Employment as their entrepreneur of
the year. This is an individual who
has his own recycling business. The
Supported Employment Program is one of the great relationships HCC has with
the community and another of the really outstanding results that HCC is
getting with national recognition.
Marion Davis reported.
- Purchasing department is getting all the end of
the year purchases completed for year end.
- The financial office is working on filing the end
of the year 2005-06 reports and preparing the 2006-07 budgeting.
- Facilities department is gearing up to complete all
the summer projects.
- Work is continuing to fill the position of the
Director of Auxiliary Services and to organize the new Auxiliary Services department.
- Acknowledgement and thanks were given to the
staff in administration and their day to day work to support the College and
for their support to Davis
this past year in her Interim Vice President for Administration position.
- Thanks were also extended to the Executive Staff and
the Board for the support they provided Davis throughout this year. She enjoyed and gained experience working
at Highline as well as completing her Master’s degree this last year. She will miss Highline and said goodbye. The Board extended their thanks to her
and wished her well.
Lisa Skari reported.
- Highline was notified that the proposal to the
Lumina Foundation for the Achieving the Dream foundation, a program that
focuses on data and how that data can be used in doing something for
traditionally underserved students, was approved. This will have a five year funding cycle
of $450,000 with the first year spent on planning and is an across campus
effort. There will be a leadership
team going to Denver
in July, including Dr. Bell, Dr. Bermingham, Toni Castro, Patty James, Jason
Ramirez and two faculty. When they
return, a larger group of 16 identified individuals will be working on the
project next year. Special thanks
to Jeff Wagnitz, Alice Madsen, and Patty James for providing information,
and to Ruth Windhover who wrote and put the proposal together.
- The Department of Labor called to see if Highline
would be willing to sit on a panel at the Workforce Innovations Conference
in July entitled Bridging the Remediation Gap in Community Colleges. Highline had been referred by the Lumina
Foundation staff members who understood there is a small elite group of
folks already doing this successfully and Highline is one of those.
- Thanks were extended to Virg Staiger, retiring at
the end of June, for his years of dedicated service to Highline and his continuing
efforts in building relationships with the community.
On behalf of the Board, Chairman Emerson congratulated Virg
Staiger, Ivan Gorne and Marion Davis
and stated that it has been a pleasure working with them and thanked them for
all of their work, support and contributions to Highline Community College
and wished them well.
The meeting was adjourned at 10:50 a.m.
Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting of the Board of Trustees
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board
of Trustees will be July 20, 2006.
10:00 a.m. Study Session Building 99, Room 291
11:00 a.m. Meeting Building
99, Room 132
SIGNED July 20, 2006
Emerson, Chair Priscilla
J. Bell, Secretary