November 8, 2007





Board Discussion

Recap of Go to College Day

Quarterly Budget Report

Student Rights and Responsibilities /Code of Ethics


MaST Update

Legislative Agenda

Update on Presidential Selection/Search Process






Call to Order

Karen Vander Ark, Chair, called the meeting to order at 10:10 a.m.


Roll Call

Members Present:                              Karen Vander Ark

                                                            Rita Creighton

                                                            Elizabeth Chen

                                                            Mike Regeimbal

                                                            Edward Davila


Attorney General 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.


Standing Reports



Associated Students of Highline Community College

Student Body 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 American scholarship.
  • 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.


Washington Public Employees Association

Lydia Bracco reported.


  • 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.


Highline College Education Association

Ruth Windhover reported.


  • 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.




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.


The 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


Rita Creighton 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 this one.


The committee 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.


Faculty Senate

Ruth Frickle reported.


  • 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


Marie Zimmermann introduced Nicki Bly, the Polysomnography Program Manager at Highline CC.


  • Nicki Bly presented a PowerPoint presentation on the Polysomnography Program at Highline Community College.  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 need.
  • 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 added.
  • 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.





Student Services

Toni Castro reported.


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 November 14.


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.



General Administration

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 Zimmerman reported.


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 on ecotourism.


Institutional Advancement

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 received.




Jack Bermingham 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 this award. 


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 short-staffed. 













Unscheduled business



New Business




The meeting was adjourned at 11:35 a.m.


Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting of the Board of Trustees

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees will be on December 13, 2007.





Karen Vander Ark, Chair                                             Jack Bermingham, Interim Secretary