COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT 9
HIGHLINE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
MINUTES OF BOARD OF TRUSTEES’ MEETING
Government Constitutional Change
Call to Order
Elizabeth Chen, Chair, called the meeting to order at 10:15
a.m. The agenda was revised to postpone
the action item on the President’s contract to next month.
Members Present: Elizabeth Chen
Karen Vander Ark
Attorney General Representative: Derek Edwards
Approval of Minutes
Minutes of Board of Trustees
Meeting, July 20, 2006, were approved.
Associated Students of Highline Community College
- Student Government worked over the
summer to establish a new form of government consisting of Caucuses and
held its first leadership event, the Summer Confluence. Fifty-five student leaders attended and
established four Caucuses: Helping Hands – committed to community service
and student support; Global Health – to bring awareness of global health
issues to campus; Political Action – bringing political discourse to our
leaders and students on campus; and Empowered Education – working to
celebrate and promote education opportunities to the college and local
communities. Chairs and co-chairs
of each caucus met in late August and named a Speaker of the Caucus, Jennifer
- The annual Thunderweek, the welcome week
for HCC students, is being planned for the first week of classes including
an all campus BBQ and a Fall Clubs Fair to recruit new members on
September 28 from 10-2:00.
Public Employees Association
Gum Lai Ross
- Higher education contract ratification
will be conducted at individual colleges on September 20, 21, or 22. Informational meetings will be held
September 14 and 19 from 7-9:00 p.m. at individual colleges. Union members are advised to check the
WPEA website for final dates and locations.
- The District meeting will be September
19 at Highline
from 7-9:00 p.m. in the Mt. Skokomish Room.
- HCEA will be hosting a faculty lunch
during Opening Week and will have presentations on Washington LEARNS,
State Board’s strategic direction, and the legislative agenda.
- During the Defining Democracy activities
in early October, HCEA will be sponsoring a presentation on Washington’s
initiative process and to encourage students to vote. There will be a debate on initiatives in
the fall election and will focus on the Estate Tax at noon on October 5.
- In October, the Labor Center
at UW-Bothell is holding a conference on academic labor and Ruth and other
union representatives from the two year colleges and regional universities
will be giving a presentation.
- During fall quarter HCEA will continue
to have regular meetings with Administration.
a. 2005-06 Budget Revision
It was moved by Mike
Emerson and seconded by Karen
to revise the 2005-06 budget and approve the expenditure of $651,545 from the un-obligated
The motion carried.
Contract – action postponed to October meeting
Opening Week Kick-Off
Toni Castro, Dean of
Student Services, introduced Jonathan Brown, Associate Dean for Student
Programs, who was instrumental in the design and development of Opening Week schedule
the week of September 19. Over 20 events
were scheduled that brings the campus community together - faculty, staff, and
administration. This is a collaborative
effort among faculty, staff and administration in bringing all the events
the Opening Week schedule to the Board and gave an overview of the various
events scheduled. He explained that this
annual week before fall quarter classes is designed to build the campus
community and to provide grass roots programming and professional development. There is also a Professional Development Day
that is scheduled in October for faculty and staff. Opening Week is developed by people who want
to share about their departments or new elements in their offices. The events are geared for new faculty and
staff or as reminders of services available for returning faculty and staff or
new initiatives. The Board was invited
to attend any of the scheduled events.
Jack Bermingham reported.
African Minister of Education, Naledi Pandor, had requested to visit
Highline but had to cancel because there was a restructure of their cabinet
agenda and a budgeting issue.
was selected to receive an Opportunity Grant. Thanks to Jeff Wagnitz, Dean for
Transfer Programs, who put a lot of work into the proposal. The grant will be a tremendous asset for
access for some students.
Achieving the Dream grant will help the College be more data driven in
making decisions and will provide some new resources in the way data is
the leadership of Alice Madsen, Dean for Professional Technical Programs, HCC
was successful in receiving approval from the State Board for high demand programs
by expanding the nursing program and Workforce Development Competitive Grant proposal for the
Polysomnography Technology Consortium.
- Three key faculty
leaders, James Peyton, Jeff Owens, and Jack Harton, were recognized for
organizing the pilot invitational program for students during Opening Week
as part of the retention of students and student success in getting
students off to a good start.
- Recognition was
given to Rolita Ezeonu, from the speech faculty, and Jason Ramirez, from
the math faculty, for providing leading faculty roles in the Achieving the
- Eena Hibbs has
served as faculty director of the Tutoring Center
and provided the development of an institution at Highline that is
recognized throughout the region for its success. She is moving to some leadership in her
own program area and there will probably be some demands on her program
area in the Achieving the Dream.
Two new faculty will be providing the leadership role for the Tutoring Center, Kate Skelton from Math and Sam
Alkhalili in Business Technology.
Lisa Skari reported.
- Some of the outreach activities in the
last month to get HCC’s name into the community included print in local
media and special publications of Computer
User and radio to advertise specific enrollment deadlines and event
dates. Radio advertising is being
used at a variety of types of stations ranging from a pop country station
to Funky Monkey to KJR to KIRO and also the traffic station.
- There was an open house last night for
students who had applied to the College but not yet enrolled. Letters were sent to 700-800 students as
well as a promotion on KISW radio. About
50 students attended and some heard about it on the radio. Thanks were extended to Jason Prenovost
and his crew and Toni Castro and Student Services staff in their support
of the open house.
- Nancy Kent, Web Coordinator, has been
working to get the college schedule on-line and it should be available in
a couple of weeks. Currently
students find out about the class schedule through a printed quarterly
which generally arrives a month and a half before the quarter starts so it
is not as accurate as the new on-line schedule will be. The schedule will pull from our data
system and let students know the class, the time, the location, and how
many students are in the class.
- A Director of Communications and
Marketing has been hired. Kelly
Maloney, a marketing consultant for the last five years in the Federal Way
area will start on October 2.
- October 2 is the HCC Foundation scholarship
recipient event. The speaker will
be Gary Long, former Foundation Board member and scholarship donor, and
Kevin Henley former student and scholarship recipient.
- The annual
soccer game competition between the current HCC team and alumni team
players was held and the current team won 2-1. Recognition was given to Jason Prenovost,
Soccer Coach, for bringing that event together.
- The Center
for Leadership and Service is the new transformed student program which
started their intensive training leadership development program last
week. The student leaders, a very
diverse multicultural group of students from Running Start to re-entry students,
participated and are very enthusiastic as they move into the new year. They were encouraged to keep focus on
Highline’s vision, mission, and values as they align their programs for
- The Associate
Dean for Enrollment Services, Kate Bligh, was hired. Kate has extensive experience in the Washington
community and technical college system.
student Megan Yapp from HCC’s Honor Program received a full scholarship to
University in partnership with Georgetown University. Megan will be going to DC and study at Georgetown for a
year and plans is to enter law school at there in 2007-08.
Trinh, a member of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), was honored to have her short
story, The Color of Snow, selected
from 1600 international entries published in PTK’s literary anthology
publication Nota Bene.
Moore, former Student Government President, is a performing artist. She was a featured performer at The
Blend last year on campus and just released her self titled album
Larry Yok reported.
- The Financial Services office is very
busy closing the books for the 2005-06 academic year.
- Two major infrastructure projects,
replacing the power lines and creating a redundant main water system, are
running on schedule. There have
been a total of three power shutdowns on weekends and one more partial
shutdown scheduled. All of the
high-voltage cable system will be completed.
- Director of Institutional Research,
Patty James, has left the college for another opportunity at Bellevue Community College. Her contribution to the College for the
five years she was at HCC is appreciated.
A search has begun for her successor.
- With the assistance of Marie Zimmermann
and Tim Wrye, the negotiations with Central Washington
University have been
completed with a signed operational contract.
- Administration has four of the six
department head positions vacant.
The search process has begun for the Director of Auxiliary Services
Director, Director of Institutional Research, the Director of Financial
Services, and the Executive Director of Human Resources. The interim directors are doing a great
job but the hope is to have all of the positions filled by the end of the
Jack Bermingham reported
that HCC has been granted two seed grants from an organization that focuses on
international education in North America, a collaboration between institutions
in Mexico, United States, and Canada. A number of partners put together a proposal centered
on the Hotel Tourism Management program to provide seed grant funding to get a
partnership program started that would create student and faculty exchanges. The second proposal with a Mexican partner
institution focused on access for the disabled utilizing instructional
technology and provides some seed grant funding of $5,000 to facilitate some
travel to get acquainted with the partner institution.
Mike Emerson’s appointment to Highline’s Board is over the end of September
but he will remain on the Board until a formal appointment has been made by the
Governor which is expected at any time.
The Board expressed their appreciation to Mike for his leadership,
contributions, and mentorship during his ten years on the Board. He responded that it had been a privilege and
honor to serve on the Board of Highline and he expressed his appreciation and
thanks to the other members of the Board and members of the staff. He stated that one of the greatest
achievements in particular was working the Board and with a successful
president and then taking part in selecting a new successful president.
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 October 17, 2006.
8:00 a.m. Study
Session Building 25, Room 411
10:00 a.m. Meeting Building
25, Board Room
SIGNED ON OCTOBER 17, 2006
Elizabeth Chen, Chair Priscilla J. Bell, Secretary