COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT 9
HIGHLINE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
MINUTES OF BOARD OF TRUSTEES’ MEETING
March 20, 2007
Call to Order
Elizabeth Chen, Chair, called the meeting to order at 10:20
Members Present: Elizabeth Chen
Karen Vander Ark
Attorney General Representative: Derek
Approval of Minutes
The minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees Meeting on
February 15, 2007 were approved.
The State Board has named Highline as a Center of Excellence
for International Trade, Transportation, and Logistics. Alice Madsen, Dean for Professional Technical
Education Programs, described the background of the Centers of Excellence
process that the State Board has developed to highlight programs that a
particular college has to be the state of the art flagship institution that
promotes programs that are related to the strength areas of that college.
There are currently ten centers of excellence and Highline has been
selected from an application progress as the eleventh Center of Excellence. Alice
explained that other colleges applied for this Center and described the
criteria used to evaluate an institution that is selected to maintain a
reputation for innovation and responsiveness in educating and training industry
members, existing industry members, as well as new students for pre-service and
in-service training. The Center acts as
a broker of information and resources related to the targeted industry. Thanks were extended to those who were
instrumental in giving support and in writing the application including Jack
Bermingham, Raegan Copeland, Mary Averett, Jeff Wagnitz, Lisa Skari, Marie
Zimmermann, Carrie Joliceour, Jeff Ward, John Lindsay, Chris Brandmeir, Nancy
Warren, and Meg Ryan. To be named a Center of Excellence is a great accomplishment for
the College and reflects the internationalism strengths which is central to
Associated Students of Highline Community College
- The Refugee
and Immigrant Legislative Day on February 19 in Olympia
was a huge success with 64 students participating and many more Highline
students who chose to attend the event through their own community groups
with the Refugee Women’s Alliance
totaling an estimated 1000.
- The Student
Leader of the Month is Chariya Thach who worked on the Refugee and
Immigrant Legislative Day and is involved in several committees on campus.
Budget Committee Chair Renee Reiche has reported that progress is being
made for next year’s S & A budget.
- The Clubs
Staff has planned Spring Club Fair on April 5.
Public Employees Association
- This month
the WPEA district meeting will be held on campus tonight, March 20.
- February 19
WPEA had their annual member action day in Olympia drawing members from across the
state participating in a morning training session and meeting with
legislators discussing important issues affecting public employees. Participants from Highline included Lydia,
Jeff Grogan and Cheryl Carino-Burr.
- Highline’s WPEA Chapter held its first brown
bag chapter meeting last month on February 21 with 20 campus employees
attending. The next meeting will be
held March 21.
Highline College Education Association
Thanks were extended to Jack Bermingham and the College in general for their
support of faculty and to the Trustees for their support of the increment
bill. She reminded the Trustees that if
the increments and COLAs are fully funded this only keeps the faculty at status
quo and doesn’t move them ahead as a system in terms of the national partners
and also within the eight global challenge states salaries in which Highline is
Thanks were also extended to Marie Zimmermann for her responsiveness to
faculty as well as to Larry Yok. The
faculty has a very good relationship with the administrators on an on-going
basis and HCEA leadership has another meeting tomorrow with Executive Staff.
WEA Higher Ed and the AFT Washington are holding a bargaining conference
next month and representatives from Highline will be there sharing their
contract which is a lighthouse among contracts in Washington State. The contract is very well thought out and
serves the purposes of the College and the faculty very well.
Phil Droke reported.
issues are in progress having to do with academics and degrees and results
are expected spring quarter.
No Action Items.
Critical Moments Program
Yoshiko Harden-Abe, Director Multicultural Services and Student Programs,
Natasha Burrowes, Associate Director of Student Programs and Diversity, and
Thressa Alston, Counselor, gave a report on the Critical Moments Project at
Highline. The Critical Moments Project
is a retention awareness and change project for students of color and other
under-represented and under-privileged groups.
This project prepares students, faculty, and administrators to respond
proactively to campus and classroom events and forums that involve issues,
gender, class, and other differences and similarities through the sharing of
their stories. The interviews and
stories focus on describing situations that caused students to drop out of
college, feeling silenced, being misunderstood, and feeling isolated, these are
The Critical Moments Project in Washington
State is a collaborative initiative
sponsored by the Washington
Center for Improving the
Quality of Undergraduate Education which highlights the critical moments in
They explained the goals of Critical Moments/Untold Stories to increase
the contributions of culturally diverse students on the college campus and to
find common themes, issues, similarities and differences that effect students
to ease feelings of isolation and provide support for academic success. This helps to understand and recognize the
reflective process in critical moments, the choices, decisions, and players
that made a difference in their lives.
- Kate Bligh,
the new Associate Dean of Enrollment Services and Financial Aid, was
introduced. She started at Highline
in October and has almost 30 years of experience in financial aid and
enrollment services and has worked in a number of community colleges in
the state. Kate was invited by the
Washington Association of Financial Aid Administrators to be a trainer and
she will be on the state and national scene, training people on ethics and
financial aid and administration and disbursement of funds.
- Highline has
successfully funded all of the spring financial aid applicants who met the
priority deadline for spring and the entire financial aid staff was
commended in ensuring that this happened which is seen as a strategic
enrollment strategy. They have also
secured over 500 loans totaling $2,043,000.
- Services and
Activities Budget Committee is meeting.
The Committee represents faculty, administration, students, and the
business office looking at funding about 54 proposals which include the
Early Childhood Learning Center, athletics programs, instruction programs,
and leadership development programs to name a few.
- There have
been many contributions of the Women’s Programs and WorkFirst Services
staff and they have many community partnerships. Marie Bruin, Director of the Women’s
Programs and WorkFirst Services, co-chaired the Federal Way Chamber of
Commerce Advancing Leadership Program’s Diversity Day. Marie is also a graduate of the 2006
Advancing Leadership class.
- This Friday
Highline is hosting on campus the annual Expanding Your Horizons
Conference expecting almost 400 seventh and eighth grade girls to inspire
them to look at math and science as professions with a number of workshops
and activities planned. This
conference is a partnership with the American Association of University Women.
success stories – Melissa Mojica and Ashley Robertson were Washington
Achievers who are under-represented students supported by the Washington
Education Foundation now called the College Success Foundation. Melissa started at Highline in the fall
of 2005 and plans to transfer to Central Washington
spring pursuing a law and justice degree.
A graduate of Kent
School in 2004, she has had setbacks and had
to drop out for one quarter, will graduate from Highline with a 3.3
GPA. Ashley Robertson graduated
with an Associate of Arts Degree with an emphasis in business in 2002 with
a 3.47 GPA. She transferred to Xavier University
in New Orleans
to pursue her goal of a bachelor degree.
She received an internship in a management and training position at
the W Hotel in New Orleans
and was promoted to Assistant Manager a month before Hurricane Katrina
struck. She left New Orleans a few hours before the
hurricane leaving all her belongings in her dome room. She returned to Seattle
and enrolled in Seattle
University in 2005
and found a job at the DoubleTree Hotel.
In 2006 she graduated Seattle
University with a
bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and is currently working as a
manager at the Lexus Hotel.
Lale, Budget Director, was hired from a community college in Montana and started
at Highline in the middle of February.
Jonathan Koehler has been hired as the new Director of Auxiliary
Services starting March 26 coming from Peninsula College. He was the Bookstore manager at Highline
in the 1980s and 1990s.
will be held at Key Arena on June 14.
- Thanks to
Ruth Windhover for mentioning the good partnership that Administration has
with faculty. Administrative
Services managers are examining their customer service in supporting
faculty and students and will be working on that through spring quarter.
Marie Zimmermann reported.
- Thanks to
Ruth Windhover for the work she has done in working with her, Larry Yok,
Pete Babington and Cesar Portillo to find a resolution in getting two
classrooms in building 4 on line to hold classes spring quarter. There will be another meeting with Labor
and Industries tomorrow to discuss recommendations for that space. This has been a cooperative effort to
resolve those issues.
- Thanks to
Nancy Kent, web manager, for getting the Quarterly on line on Highline’s
website. The listing of classes
allows students to see if the classes are full and how many spaces are
left in a class which is within 30 minutes of being up to date.
- On February
9, there were two showings of Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth”. The faculty involved had a follow-up
session on Saturday March 10 called a community roundtable held at 10:00
a.m. with more than 60 people attending.
Representatives spoke to the issues of global climate change and
various other perspectives. They
were very well received. This is
another example of how the faculty at Highline share the passion around
their discipline and consider a part of their responsibility is not only
educating students in the classrooms but to spread the educational role
out into the community. These
activities stemmed from issues in Federal Way regarding the showing of
this film and deciding this as an effort to be of service to the
- The Highline
Chorale gave a performance last evening that was wonderful. This group under the direction of
faculty member Sandra Glover is going to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York next month
as well as other groups around the country.
- The final
screening is taking place with the applicants for the faculty tenure track
positions for next fall and interviews are being scheduled.
sponsored an advertising contest in the Federal Way Mirror
newspaper insert for Literacy Month for newspapers in education. A copy of the insert was distributed. There was a submission for Highline as
well as for businesses in Federal
- May 5 is the
Highline Community College Foundation Gala at Cedarbrook with great food
and auction items and the hope is to raise over $100,000 for student
scholarships and student emergency funds.
- June 15 will
be the annual Athletic Department Golf Tournament at Elk Run.
recognized and thanked Natasha Burrowes, Yoshiko Harden, and Thressa Alston for
the great work they are doing. He
indicated that this is another example that shows a sense of the passion and
collaboration at the College that is behind so many projects. Some of these initiatives come out of a
similar area but pull in many other people from other areas and are a
reflection of the collaboration and teamwork that cuts across areas. Most importantly they reflect some of the
deepest values of the institution.
Teaching and learning on campus is not only in the classroom but is also
in the environment and the interaction that is created with the students in the
He also extended thanks
to Alice Madsen in her leadership in the success on the initiative for the Center of Excellence.
given to Daniel Nordstrom and the students for advocating for the College in Olympia with the
congratulations were extended to Sandy Moser.
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
Thursday, April 12, 2007.
8:00 a.m. Study
Session Building 25, Room 411
10:00 a.m. Meeting Building
25, Board Room
SIGNED APRIL 12, 2007
Elizabeth Chen, Chair Jack
Bermingham, Interim Secretary