COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT 9
HIGHLINE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
MINUTES OF BOARD OF TRUSTEES’ MEETING
February 15, 2007
Strategic Initiatives Highlights Fall Quarter
Call to Order
Elizabeth Chen, Chair, called the meeting to order at 10:30
Members Present: Elizabeth Chen
Karen Vander Ark
Attorney General Representative: Derek Edwards
Approval of Minutes
The minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees Meeting on January
18, 2007 were approved with the following correction:
- Page 2 under
Washington Public Employees Association report:
- Bullet 3, the
name Tammy should say Tanny.
Bermingham reported that Community Colleges for International Development
(CCID) was awarded a $3 million grant from the State Department to develop
a pilot program to bring non-traditional students to the U.S. for
education from six different countries, Pakistan, Indonesia, Egypt,
Turkey, South Africa and Brazil. The program
is an outcome of the Summit on
International Education hosted for U.S. college and university
presidents in January of 2006 by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and
Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings.
a member of the CCID Board and is honored to be one of seven colleges awarded
to participate in this program. The
hope is that this pilot project will be continued with resources added
each year in the budget. This has
been a cornerstone of an effort to create more public diplomacy through
international education in recognizing the important role community
colleges have in the U.S.
working with non-traditional international students coming from those
and thanks to Alice Madsen who has accepted the permanent position as Dean
for Professional Technical Education.
She has been in the interim position for the last year and a half
and through her leadership in a short period of time has had successful
outcomes in high demand grants. She
also has been a faculty member for a number of years.
Associated Students of Highline Community College
- ASHCC is
working with the Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA)
for its first legislative rally to be held on February 20 in Olympia. The rally will highlight refugee and
immigrant student status issues.
There are 84 students scheduled to participate.
- The Student Leader
of the Month is Mohammed Ali, a Criminal Justice student and participant
on the track team. The program for Student
Leader of the Month was developed to recognize students who take extra
initiative in leadership roles in the Student Programs Office.
- S&A Budget
Committee is developing next year’s budget for approval in June.
- A Legislative
Breakfast is scheduled February 20 in Olympia to meet with legislators as a
follow-up to the legislative breakfast held on campus in January.
- Clubs Staff
reported there are 40 clubs working and planning events on campus.
- ASHCC voted
to name the new leadership resource center in the Student Union for civil
rights activist Diane Nash with a grand opening spring quarter. A letter will be submitted to the
president for permission to name the center.
Public Employees Association
District meeting will be held at HCC on February 19. Discussions have proposed changing the
meetings from monthly to quarterly; however, nothing has been finalized
- HCC WPEA
Chapter has been discussing restarting monthly meetings called Brown Bag
Chapter Meetings to be held during personal lunch breaks every third
Wednesday during the noon hour.
- WPEA will be
holding a Member Action Day on February 19 in Olympia and five HCC job representatives
plan to attend.
During the last contract negotiations it was agreed to examine the
Reduction in Force contract language for faculty which has now been
completed. In addition, the faculty
leave language had to be revised to bring it into compliance with an RCW. HCEA membership have ratified the changes and
agreed to rollover the contract for an additional two years. This will be finalized to get the new
February 19 is the lobby day in Olympia
for Washington Education Association (affiliated with HCEA) and American
Federation of Teachers Washington to talk to legislators about important public
higher education issues.
Phil Droke reported.
passed a resolution regarding the Common Course Numbering that states the
responsibility for numbering courses lies with the faculty not the state
and curriculum matters reside with the faculty. Highline faculty will not participate in
joining in the state’s initiative for common course numbering. The Senate also passed a resolution that recognition
is supported to increase transparency between various institutions so students
can transfer between colleges but that there are better ways to accomplish
that transparency instead of common course numbering. These resolutions were shared with the
state Faculty Association in Olympia.
- The theme
for the Faculty Association next year will involve technology--students
using cell phones in classes, text messaging, and how faculty use
technology in classes.
Probation and Tenure Recommendation
Dr. Bermingham, having given due consideration to the recommendations
of the Tenure Review Committee and the Vice President for Academic Affairs recommended
to the Board:
That Probation be continued for the following first-year
Naoko Barker – Interior
Design Kat Chappell – Medical
Patricia McDonald –
Education Matt Schwisow - Writing
Lonnie Somer -
That Probation be continued for
the following second-year probationers:
Oussama (Sam) Alkhalili
– Busn Info Tech Sherri Chun – Busn Info
Che Dawson – Paralegal Marie Esch-Radtke
Tommy Kim – Writing Jessica
Neilson – Paralegal
Jeff Owens – Chemistry James Peyton –
Ben Thomas – Music Teresa
Trillo - Nursing
and, further, move that Tenure be granted for the following third-year
Ellen Bremen – Speech Darryl Brice –
Jin Do – Nursing Chris
Gan – Biology
Jahns – Respiratory Care Tarisa
Matsumoto-Maxfield – Writing
Maurea Maya –
Pre-College Studies Woody
Moses – Biology
– Mathematics Gregory
Reinemer – Physical Sc.
Katherine Skelton –
Strohmaier – Biology
Aaron Warnock –
Having given due consideration to the
recommendations of the Tenure Review Committee and the College president, it
was moved by Michael Regeimbal and seconded by Ed Davila that the tenure
recommendations as presented by Dr. Bermingham be approved.
Annual HCC Foundation Update
Executive Director of Resource Development, gave a summary of the Foundation’s past
two years fund raising activity. He
reported there are challenges in identifying and recruiting Foundation Board members
with higher education as their priority including having a link to Highline. Two years ago there were 12 Board members and
presently there are 15 members plus four former Foundation Board members
working on special projects such as the MaST campaign and getting increased endowments.
From 2004 to 2006,
endowments have increased from $1,142,054 to $1,846,586 and scholarship funding
has increased from $68,304 to $81,500. Applications
for 60 scholarships have increased from 150 to 350 applicants. Work is being done with financial aid, Thunderword, faculty, staff and in the
community to improve advising and informing students about the availability of
scholarships. Long term goal of the
Foundation is to raise scholarship funding to $200,000.
The Foundation’s annual
Gala is the largest fund raising activity for the year and the goal is to raise
well over $100,000 this year. The sponsorships
are being received for this year’s Gala including Mr. Yoshida’s sponsorship of
$10,000 and others bringing the total of sponsorships to $45,000.
projects for this year include raising $1.3 million for the MaST capital
campaign; raising $125,000 net at the Gala; creating an alumni database; and
complete transfer of the Foundation Endowment from KeyBank to Mellon.
Larry Yok reported.
owns a structure in SeaTac purchased in 1981 by Highline’s Board of
Trustees under Referendum 37, handicapped facilities bond issue.
It has a 25 year
lease which will be up in 2008 at which time a decision will be made to
release or keep the property. The
structure is a group home for profoundly disabled individuals managed by Integrated
Living Services. The property is
not managed by the College.
Alice Madsen reported.
were extended to the Paralegal Program for successfully completing the
re-approval of the American Bar Association (ABA) after their site visit to
Highline January 28-29. Recognition
was extended to faculty members Buzz Wheeler, Joy Smucker, Che Dawson,
Jessica Neilson and leadership of Michael Allen in the ABA process.
faculty positions are being advertised nationally for writing and
literature, mathematics, European history, and English as a Second
- Last Friday,
Highline hosted two showings of Al Gore’s documentary movie, An Inconvenient Truth. This event was a collaboration of
cross-disciplines open to the campus and the community. Faculty from various disciplines had
follow-up discussions after the showing of the film. Recognition was given to Woody Moses
from the Biology Department and Helen Burn, Chair of Pure and Applied
Science Division, for their leadership in coordinating the showings.
- Last Tuesday
two people from Instruction and two people from Student Services attended
a state-wide State Board meeting in Olympia participating on a panel to
explain Highline’s successful I-BEST (Integrated Basic Education Skills
Training) Program. They also shared
the Summer Institute model program which focused on faculty working
together to learn more about universal design of learning second language
acquisition and co-teaching with faculty from ESL and faculty from different
professional technical disciplines and general education courses.
- Growth in
on-line and hybrid classes has increased from winter quarter 2005-06 to
this winter quarter from 24 on line class sections to 57 class sections
and 15 hybrid class sections to 37 class sections. These classes are meeting the needs of
many of our students.
Lisa Skari reported.
- February 7 was the quarterly Post-Secondary Night
hosted by the Outreach Department working with Student Services Staff and
Financial Aid. This event targets
high school students and their parents giving them information about
Highline’s programs and how to navigate the financial aid process.
- Every spring Highline hosts the Josten Leadership
Conference which brings 1300-1500 high school students to campus. Thanks to Instruction, Student Services,
and Facilities staff for their assistance in coordinating the event.
- The first community outreach breakfast was held
on campus hosted by Dr. Bermingham.
This breakfast brought leaders from the ethnic community to campus to
discuss how Highline can better serve their community population. Thanks to Jeff Wagnitz and Sue Kelly for
their work in putting the event together.
- The Men’s
and Women’s Basketball teams will be going to the championship games for
the Northwest Athletic Association for Community Colleges in Kennewick the
first weekend of March.
Congratulations to the coaches, and faculty members, Che Dawson and
Amber Rowe and their assistants.
- Six members
of the Wrestling Team have qualified to compete at the wrestling
championships in Minnesota
leaving tomorrow. Highline student
Brad Padgett is the number one rated qualifier in the nation.
- Last Friday
the softball team auction supported by faculty, staff, and community
members raised $11,000.
Aid will be conducting workshops on campus February 20-22 to help students
apply for financial aid and acquaint them with the process to meet financial
aid application deadlines.
registration started on February 13.
success story - Aleksey
Malyugin came to the U.S.
in 2002 originally from Kyrgyzstan to live a life in a free and accepting society. He returned to Kyrgyzstan to reunite with his wife and children and returned to the U.S. in
2004 as a refugee and enrolled in Highline last year. He works as a Work Study Student in the
WorkFirst Women’s Programs office and last fall was admitted into the
Respiratory Care program and received a 3.4 GPA.
recognized and thanked the Board for their active involvement with community
leaders and legislators over the past few weeks on behalf of the College. He expressed his appreciation to the Board
for their involvement in discussions regarding Highline Community College
and some of the challenges it faces for resources by requesting support from
the legislature and other community leaders for the advantage of the
students. He also mentioned the
participation of three Trustees at the Association of Community College
Trustees Conference in Washington
DC to learn about the national
scene on funding for community colleges and some of the larger policy issues
and attending meetings with legislators to talk about the importance and
support for the College. He thanked the
Trustees for their active involvement at both the national and local scenes.
The meeting was adjourned at 11:50 a.m.
Next Regularly Scheduled
Meeting of the Board of Trustees
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board
of Trustees will be Tuesday, March 20, 2007.
8:00 a.m. Study
Session Building 25, Room 411
10:00 a.m. Meeting Building
25, Board Room
signed March 20, 2007
Elizabeth Chen, Chair Jack
Bermingham, Interim Secretary