COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT 9
MINUTES OF BOARD OF TRUSTEES’ MEETING
November 8, 2007
Recap of Go to College Day
Quarterly Budget Report
Student Rights and
Responsibilities /Code of Ethics
Update on Presidential
Call to Order
Karen Vander Ark, Chair, called the
meeting to order at 10:10 a.m.
Members Present: Karen Vander Ark
Representative: Derek Edwards
Approval of Minutes
The minutes of the
Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees on October 11, 2007, and the minutes
of the Special Meetings of the Board of Trustees on the dates of October 4,
2007 and October 5, 2007 were approved.
Associated Students of Highline Community College
President, Steven Simpkins reported.
- Two new caucus chairs have been
hired. They are Jayne Crebassa and
Raquel Carrillo and will now be a part of the Student Programs staff,
balancing out the team of three young men.
- Steven has set the preliminary structure
for the International Leadership Summit which he hopes to initiate in
November. He is starting with
honoring the exchange students from Indonesia. Then, in turn, next month, the
Indonesian students will honor another group. Steve hopes to set up a fundraiser
before the end of the year ceremonies to bring Highline Community
College student(s) to other countries as a
form of ambassadorship.
- The Giving
Tree is up and ready for people to begin sponsoring children. November 13 will be a donation day which
will involve a bake sale and surprise Santa visit for picture taking.
- The Blend will host the Dio Band (made
up of Highline students) on November 14.
Hopefully, the Blend will continue as a bi-weekly event where
students can enjoy the entertainment and socialize with other students.
- There will be a week-long event in
January to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.
More information will be forthcoming on these events.
- Kelly Golden is the new Clubs and
Communities Coordinator. Thirty-one
clubs are now part of Student Programs.
- Steve is applying for the USA Today All
- Steve attended the Legislative Academy
as one of six people from Highline CC and gave a couple highlights of the
program. He also mentioned that he
will be part of the January 9 Student Government Legislative Breakfast in Olympia.
Public Employees Association
- Lydia announced that the Brown Bag meeting
this month will be held on November 28, and the quarterly district meeting
will be on November 20th.
- The Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie WPEA
Scholarship fundraiser was completed at the end of October.
- The employee highlight for November is
Carmen Romualdo, who works in the Custodial Division. She is from Lima,
Peru and came to the US in
1996. She has been working at Highline Community College since October of
1997 and is also working on her AA degree.
She hopes to graduate in June, 2008.
- Ruth Windhover said that with regard to
the Legislative agenda, she would like to mention that the State Board
faculty increment supplement was met.
A second issue was equity for part-time faculty. They are currently making 58-62% of what
the full time faculty salaries are averaging. A task force is currently being
formalized to put forth recommendations toward these concerns. The issue of inadequate salaries in Washington for
faculty and administrators is also being reviewed.
- In other HCEA news, Ruth said that
elections for the HCEA Executive Committee were held, but that the only
nominations received were for incumbents.
Currently, the positions are:
Ruth Windhover, President, Bob Bonner, Treasurer, Alan Walton, Vice
President, and Ben Thomas, Secretary.
- Ruth also requested to have an
opportunity to speak to the Board of Trustees about the composition of the
Presidential Search Committee, as per the contract. She expressed that there might be a
conflict regarding the campus-at-large position and requested to speak to
Board members before any final action would be taken.
MINUTES APPROVED ON DECEMBER 13, 2007 WITH THE
The minutes read:
A change was
requested in the agenda to accommodate an early departure schedule for Trustee
Rita Creighton. Rita was asked to
present information on the Presidential Search process which would be followed
by the report from the Faculty Senate Representative.
minutes should read:
“A change was requested in the agenda. Rita Creighton was asked to present
information on the Presidential Search process following the report from the
HCEA. The agenda then continued with the
report from the Faculty Senate Representative.”
Presidential Search Process
explained that she, Karen Vander Ark,
and Mike Regeimbal had attended a State Board workshop on presidential search
processes. She felt that Highline was on
track with the procedures which have currently been put in place. The ten-day review for the contract with the
consulting firm has passed, and Rita said she was hoping to bring this
procedure to a close by mid-April rather than May. A little later, Board members will be
developing a presidential profile. Two
members of the Board of Trustees will be on the presidential search committee
and bring their recommendations to the entire Board of Trustees.
December 3, 2007 is
the date that has been chosen to hold one last forum for input from the campus
and that input will assist in developing the presidential profile. There will be further discussion on the
timeline, but the plan is to hold an open forum and then to have time for an
Executive Session. Mike Regeimbal said
he felt it would be helpful to look at prior profiles to assist in developing
make-up is expected to consist of thirteen members from the campus and three
from the community. Campus members will
be divided according to representatives of three from faculty, three from classified
staff, three from exempt/professional staff (including Cesar Portillo), one
student, two members of the Board of Trustees, three community members and one
person representing the campus-at-large to ensure a diverse background. No executive staff members will be on the
committee, as they report directly to the President. The Board Chair will also not be on the
committee to allow the relationship of the Chair and the President to continue
without conflict. The consultant, Dr.
Hunter, said the committee meetings will be well run and will be short. Committee members will be assigned work
outside of the committee meeting so these individuals will need to be willing
to commit to the time requirements. It
is requested that supervisors recognize the need for possible time
release. All meetings will be open.
Rita expressed the
need for Highline to be strong about what we are looking for in a
president. She also asked that we review
the website with fresh eyes so that we are marketing Highline Community College
as an interesting and exciting community college.
- Ruth reported that the Faculty Senate is
currently gathering data regarding the function and availability of the Testing Center.
- The November 28 meeting will focus on
class caps for online courses and Ruth said there would be other
discussion soon on the student achievement initiative.
Polysomnographic Technology Program
introduced Nicki Bly, the Polysomnography
Program Manager at Highline CC.
- Nicki Bly presented a PowerPoint
presentation on the Polysomnography Program at Highline Community
She explained that polysomnographic technology has been developed
to assist in analyzing sleep disorders.
Technologists analyze data to report to the physician and they, in
turn, are learning to diagnose and treat over 90 sleep disorders.
- This program actually came to Highline Community College out of community
- There was a need for more well-trained
technologists on newer and more complex technology. A consortium of the Community Colleges
of Olympic, Edmonds, Tacoma and Highline was formed and one
year later, this program was developed.
- The program consists of many online
lectures which allows for greater flexibility in attendance and this
program is augmented by Instructor voice and visuals.
- Every other Sunday, the program holds an
eight to ten hour lab in Building 26.
- Interior design students have designed
the sleep labs.
- SIM Man is a laboratory simulation and
can simulate breathing, a pulse, cardiac rhythms, etc. He can also speak in different languages
which is a very useful learning tool for this program.
- The Polysomnography program also works
with professionals in joint training sessions, using the latest
technology. It also has a strong
educational component toward industry guidelines.
- The future looks strong for this program
and another consortium is underway with Oregon in which students would register
for the online sections at Highline.
- Yakima Valley is also hoping to join by next fall.
- Also next fall, an EEG program might be
- The first Polysomnography class
graduated last June. Reports on students have been that they have not only
been advanced technically, but that they also have a good understanding of
the disease process. Twenty
students were admitted out of sixty qualified applicants.
- Starting wages in this industry range
from $18 to $28 per hour.
- This program is a one year certificate
program with a 200 hour internship, but students can also work toward
their AA degree. Currently, about
1/3 of the class already have BS degrees and come into this program to
specialize. Some students have been
paramedics and some are also being sponsored by hospitals.
- The Franciscan Health Care system has
even provided flexible hours to some of their staff in order to provide
theses staff members the availability to teach these courses.
Toni Castro wished
to begin her report with news from the Early Childhood Learning Center
Program. In July, Shelley Flippen was
hired as the new Director. She formerly
owned her own childcare center and has brought new ideas to the Center. We are now serving 92 infants/toddlers/young
students and we have a capacity for 115.
During the holiday break, the Center will be open for the first time
during a holiday time frame. The Center
is also looking at an enhanced partnership with Central Washington
University in a
Work-Study situation, and the first Parent Education meeting will be on
In Student Programs,
Natasha Burrowes offered a leadership program; “The Power of Nonviolence.” Chyuda
Overby was recently hired as a full time Program Assistant in the Student Development Center,
and we are looking forward to having her in the Center.
In Athletics, the
Highline Women’s Soccer Team is in first place in the region.
Larry Yok reported.
Larry explained that
the Conference Services Program has been very active recently. Donna Longwell joined the staff last year as
an interim manager, and is now marketing the
use of our facilities by sending packets to
event planners in the area, and has increased events in wedding bookings,
conferences, and returning meetings. She
has joined the South Side Visitor Bureau and in January will assist in greeting
over 10,000 visitors here for a meeting planning conference. We are holding out for a target amount of
$75,000 per year. Last year we took in
$55,000 and we hope to keep this momentum going.
Marie focused on the
current enrollment figures. Our
international student enrollment at 357, is the largest number of international
students we have ever had. This fall, we
have also had the largest number of new students enrolled in any one
quarter. A new course on How to be a
College Student has been developed to assist international students in many
areas that may be new to them. She
underscored Steven Simpkins’ report in addressing the special emphasis this
year in drawing the campus into a broader community.
We have had an
increase of 18 FTEs in Math/Science areas.
Just as a comparison, 130 students are enrolled in First Quarter
Calculus whereas last year we had 85.
Last year in Physics we had 48, and this year we now have 62.
Marie also mentioned
that Highline is going to participate in a mini grant through ICEED for student
exchange in which the student will participate in a course in Mexico focusing
Lisa Skari reported.
Lisa discussed the
CRD conference held at the end of October in Washington DC. Ten individuals across the United States
received awards for their contributions to Community Colleges and Linda and
Junki Yoshida were honored from our region.
They were unable to attend the event, so Jack accepted the award with a
“cut-out” of Junki. It was very well
wished to express his special thanks to Mary Averett for all her work on the
ICEED conference held in downtown Seattle
in mid-October. This allowed some
quality time with Representative Kenney and Mexican institutions. Many were impressed with the discussions
which revolved around Higher Education and Economic Development and
partnerships to further both goals.
Jack also expressed
his congratulations once again to Toni Castro for her recognition from NASPA,
as this is only the second time a Community College Dean has been recognized in
He also expressed
his thanks to Rod Stephenson for assisting with a variety of duties while
vacancies in the Institutional Advancement Division have left us
The meeting was
adjourned at 11:35 a.m.
Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting of the Board
The next regularly
scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees will be on December 13, 2007.
Karen Vander Ark, Chair Jack
Bermingham, Interim Secretary