a speech fashioned after David Letterman's “top ten
list,” Chancellor Raghu P. Mathur
welcomed everyone to the beginning of the new academic
year. Click on [Opening
Session 05] to view the PowerPoint presentation.
with the following comments. “I have examined my leadership
style and I am prepared to make some changes for the
better. I want to see greater involvement of all faculty
and staff in decision-making. None of us are perfect.
I want to see greater collaboration, collegiality
and cooperation among all concerned parties. I promise
to you that I'll do my share in working with you.
Let us move forward as we work shoulder-to-shoulder
in serving students. Have a great semester and a great
before the Opening Session were from right, Trustee
John S. Williams, Trustee William
O. Jay, Saddleback Professor William
Heffernan, and Chancellor Mathur.
President Nancy M. Padberg was
in attendance and President David B. Lang
gave greetings from the Board via video.
OF PRESIDENT LANG'S COMMENTS
The start of a new academic year brings
fresh hope and excitement for all of us. Fresh faces
of students in classrooms. New faculty and other employees
to the Colleges. New construction and facelifts of
buildings on campus. And, refreshed batteries for
those lucky enough to have enjoyed some vacation time.
That I'll confess is the reason I'm not standing before
On behalf of the Board, it's my privilege and
pleasure to welcome you back. At the same time, I
want to thank all of those individuals who worked
so diligently on behalf of the Colleges and the District
over the summer months in a variety of areas critically
important to our physical and educational health and
well being. Thanks to those who worked on accreditation
matters, facilities maintenance, enrollment issues,
security, and a host of other areas that serve our
students and local communities.
Some of the capital infrastructure projects
in progress include TAS building repairs, Library
renovation, BGS and Math/Science buildings at Saddleback
College; the Performing Arts and Business Science
Technology buildings and the new Barranca Parkway
entrance at Irvine Valley College. We are preparing
for the launch of the ATEP campus and focusing on
the long-term plans for the Tustin property. In this
vein, I encourage all of you to actively participate
in the updating of our mater plan that our consultants
are assisting us with that is scheduled to be completed
by March of 2006.
These and other initiatives make it important
for us to focus and recommit to the disciplined approach
of allocating our precious basic aid dollars for one
time need and systematically rank our priorities.
I will be working with the Chancellor, the Board and
all constituent groups in finalizing this policy.
IVC and Saddleback are also concentrating their
efforts on improving enrollments to enable the Colleges
to maximize their allocations of overall district
resources under our established budget allocation
model. In this respect, a committee has been hard
at work, with the benefit of seed money from basic
aid, developing marketing strategies for the Colleges.
The Colleges have been independently developing enrollment
management plans that will include more robust distance
education and offsite offerings. In this regard, we
would encourage you to accommodate as many students
as practical in your classes.
Student learning outcomes has been a major
focal point of our accreditation efforts and our desire
to provide the best possible experiences for those
we work so hard to serve. I am dedicated to seeking
your participation and feedback as we strive for academic
I thank you again for your dedication and efforts
and wish you, and all of us, the best of success in
enjoying what I hope will be a wonderful and satisfying
highlight of the Opening Session was Pulitzer Prize
winner Michael Ramirez, editorial
cartoonist from The Los Angeles Times (pictured
at right). The topic of his speech was “Journalism,
Citizen Politics and Multi-Cultural Fractionalization
in a New World Order.” He emphasized looking at all
sides of an issue when creating his cartoons.
He kept everyone laughing and thinking, particularly
at the end when showing examples of his work.
Chancellor presented “Certificates
of Excellence” to 13 members of the District Human
Resources Team because of their dedication in handling
the extraordinary workload during 2004-2005 in hiring:
35 full time faculty, 148 associate faculty, 10 administrators/
managers, 44 classified staff, and 429 non-bargaining
unit staff (short-term, temporary, student help, substitutes,
and professional experts).
to Leitha Duvinage, Grace Garcia, Patricia
Helton, Bic Jensen, Sandy Jeffries, Toni Lakow, James
Laurie, Teddi Lorch, Lori Mangels, Frances Miller,
Jake Munns, Lexie Sullivan, and Elaine
AND PRESENTATION OF SERVICE PINS
College President Richard McCullough
introduced 24 new faculty members and one new administrator.
Irvine Valley College President Glenn Roquemore
introduced 11 new faculty members and one new administrator.
ATEP Provost Robert J. Kopecky and
Chancellor Mathur introduced one
new manager, each.
honor service from five to 35 years, service pins
were presented by the Chancellor, Presidents,
Deputy Chancellor Gary Poertner,
and District Director of Human Resources Teddi
Lorch. All pin participants are listed at
the end of this update.
the pin for longest service (35 years) was Saddleback
College Professor Bob Ferguson.
Daly, District Director of Marketing, Government
and Community Relations, gave an update on the summer
marketing campaign targeted at 18 to 22 year olds.
She concluded with three things that everyone can
do to promote the Colleges.
what you can do (take as
as possible in your
campus events [like
this Friday], participate
and volunteer to
promote your College).
5 schedules in your car (there
are potential students
hair salons, gyms and
who would appreciate
Click on RADIO
AD to listen to the 60 second spot that aired
and closing the session was the Laguna Community
Concert Band. They gave an impressive performance
of patriotic music. Many thanks go to IVC's David
Anderson for arranging the Band's participation.
SERVICE PIN RECIPIENTS
Nawa Raridon , SC
Kay Evans Wallin, SC
Hernandez Bravo, SC
Van Leeuwen, District
Erbas White, IVC
SOCCCD Marketing, Government & Community Relations