October 2018
Board members praised the sabbatical project reports presented by Beth Kelley and Dave Dillon, along with those presented at the September board meeting by Cuyamaca College faculty . Duncan McGehee, Cindi Harris, Gareth Davies-Morris and Cyrus Saghafi.
Board member Debbie Justeson said the methods to engage students that Kelley talked about were in keeping with the common core best practices.

Board member Greg Barr commended Kelley for the active learning strategies and critical thinking modules project and thanked Dillon for creating a textbook that is easy to read and access.

Board member Elena Adams said Dillon’s report on free education resources brought back memories of being a college student without financial resources for books and using instructor-loaned textbooks in the library. She also attended, on behalf of Bill Garrett, the San Diego & Imperial Counties Community College Association meeting and heard reports on initiatives throughout the county. 

Board member Edwin Hiel also praised the sabbatical projects, stating the work being done by Dillon and others is resulting in positive trends in persistence and outcomes. He also noted the Counseling Department he chairs at San Diego City College is collaborating with other San Diego County community college Counseling Departments to share ideas and find solutions to student challenges.

Board President Bill Garrett praised the sabbatical projects presented by faculty members at both board meetings, and underscored the Board’s recognition of the value of sabbaticals for faculty, the District, and students. He noted that for a second year, he is a member of the Statewide Strategic Enrollment Task Force, and expressed that he is impressed by the work of the task force and the work being done at the colleges. He also noted that he and Chancellor Cindy Miles will be presenting on this work at the upcoming national trustee conference. Garrett attended the Grossmont College Theatre Arts Department play, Arcadia by Tom Stoppard and the Jazz Concert by Justin Grinnell. Garrett also attended the recent memorial service for former Grossmont College Coach Dave Jordan.

Cuyamaca College Student Trustee Kyrie Macogay distributed the new Dreamer badges and said the college is holding several events in connection with the Undocumented Student Week of Action, including ally training and voter registration. The college is also celebrating Filipino Heritage Month with several activities.

Grossmont College Student Trustee Edwin Hernandez Armenta said Grossmont College is also participating in the Undocumented Student Week of Action. The student government is working on a resolution to promote Open Education Resources to further benefit students struggling to afford textbooks.
Governing Board

Bill Garrett
Edwin Hiel
Debbie Justeson
Greg Barr
Elena Adams

Student Trustees:
Edwin Hernandez Armenta
Kyrie Macogay

Cindy L. Miles, Ph.D.

Grossmont College
Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh, Ed.D.

Cuyamaca College President
Julianna Barnes, Ed.D.

Vice Chancellors
Tim Corcoran, Human Resources
Sue Rearic, Business Services
Sean Hancock, Ed.D. Student & Institutional Success
Next Meeting
The Governing Board's next regular meeting will be held Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Cuyamacat College's Student Center.The open session will begin at 6:30 p.m. following closed session at 5 p.m.

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At its Oct. 18, 2018 meeting, the Governing Board:
  • Heard sabbatical project reports from Grossmont College Exercise Science Professor Beth Kelley, who researched and designed a range of interactive and relevant learning materials to improve the critical thinking skills of students in the Fitness Specialist Certificate Program; and Grossmont College Counseling Professor Dave Dillon, whose project focused on researching, developing and writing additional materials for the second edition of a textbook originally published in 2014, designed for the Counseling 130 Course Study Skills and Time Management
  • Heard public comment from District employee Aaron Starck regarding two employee discipline matters.
  •  Approved revisions to Board Policies and Administrative Procedures 3500 Campus Safety, 6200 Budget Preparation, 6250 Budget and Reserve Management, and 6750 Parking.
  • Approved a resolution reaffirming the District’s support for undocumented students and commitment to serving all students, regardless of immigration status. The resolution supports Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students and other undocumented students, and urges Congress to preserve the DACA program and further the work toward a comprehensive immigration reform.
  • Approved the annual renewal of the child and adult food care program that reimburses the child development centers for breakfast, lunch, and snacks served to children at the centers.
  • Approved the ratification of signatures on agreements for transactions funded by the unrestricted general fund or other funds as identified.
  • Approved purchase orders and warrants issued in September 2018.
  • Approved the donation of two vehicle and three carts by the Friends of the Water Conservation Garden.
  • Approved a revised Notice of Completion for the Cuyamaca College Learning Resource Center rooftop air handling units’ project.
  • Approved awarding a bid for the Grossmont College athletic fields’ scoreboard replacement project.
  • Approved issuing bids for the Cuyamaca College Building D and campus improvements project; furniture acquisition for the Grossmont College Math, Science and Career Tech Complex; and furniture acquisition for the Grossmont College Performing and Visual Arts Center.
  •  Approved an emergency declaration for repairs to damage to the Cuyamaca College One Stop Center following an August 31 flood.
  • Ratified appointments for new and replacement hires Brienna Cuellar, Cuyamaca College Counseling and Assessment Center Supervisor; Matthew Funk, Cuyamaca College Grounds Maintenance Worker; Denise Gilbert, Grossmont College Health Professions Specialist; Dina Marinescu, Cuyamaca College Extended Opportunity Program and Services Program Specialist; Maria Mendoza-Bautista, Cuyamaca College Tutoring Center Specialist; Martin Phillip, Grossmont College Computer Lab Technician III; and Jessica Silva, Grossmont College Counselor.
  • Ratified position changes for Janet Shipstead, Grossmont College Accessibility Resource Center Test Proctor; and Deanna Thompson, Grossmont College Web Development and Support Specialist, and a position transfer for Glenn Macy to Grossmont College Custodial Services.
  • Heard reports from the chancellor and her cabinet members:

Cuyamaca College President Julianna Barnes:

  • Introduced Brittany Gardner, the new director of the Heritage of the Americas Museum.
  • Reported that the college hosted more than 100 middle or high school boys at Encuentros Leadership & Education conference for Latino youth, who typically have high drop-out rates and a low college-going rate.
  • Invited everyone to the Unveiling and Naming Ceremony for the Samuel M. Ciccati Performing Arts Center and the Samuel M. Ciccati Theatre, and the House Party to celebrate Cuyamaca College’s 40th anniversary on October 18.

Grossmont College President Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh:

  • Reported on the college’s 40th annual Career Expo, where more than 100 employers filled the Quad to recruit students for jobs.
  • Noted that Grossmont College was honored by the Campaign for College Opportunity as one of 12 community colleges in the state for excellence in the number of Associate Degree for Transfer degrees (ADTs). The college scored high in the number of ADTs awarded, growth in the number of ADTs, and the number of ADTs in relation to student enrollment.

Vice Chancellor Business Servies Sue Rearic:

  • Reviewed the new state funding formula, in which equity and student success measures will be factored into funding along with enrollment, with student success playing an increasing role in funding for the next three years.
  • Announced that the District was recognized as one of 94 employers countywide to receive a Diamond Award from the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) for outstanding efforts to encourage employees to use environmentally sustainable transportation options to get to and from work. She recognized CAPS Director Nicole Conklin and her team for spearheading the efforts.

Vice Chancellor Student and Institutional Success Sean Hancock:

  • Reported the District registered 596 students for the Grossmont-Cuyamaca College Promise in the first year of the program. He nted that enrollment numbers are expected to increase in the coming years.
  • Described outreach effortsin collaboration with Grossmont Union High School District. He expressed appreciation to both colleges’ A&R, Financial Aid, and Outreach Departments for efforts to reach and register our first College Promise scholars. 

Vice Chancellor Human Resources  Tim Corcoran introduced Craig Leedham, the new Associate Vice Chancellor of Human Resources. Leedham’s primarily responsibilities will be labor negotiations and employee relations.

Chancellor Cindy Miles added her gratitude to the Academic Senate presidents and faculty who are engaging in substantive sabbatical leave projects focused on improving student success. Miles heralded the Undocumented Students Week of Action and expressed appreciation to student trustees Macogay and Hernandez, along with student leaders at both campuses. She thanked the Board for consideration of docket item 12.2, a resolution in support of DACA students and other undocumented students that urges Congress to immediately and permanently preserve the DACA program and implement comprehensive immigration reform.

She reported on the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce Women in Leadership luncheon, the East County Strategic Summit that was held at Grossmont College, and a meeting with San Diego and Imperial Counties Community College Association (SDICCCA) leaders with Karen Haynes, president of CSU San Marcos.

Miles announced the District’s 2016-17 Annual Report to the Community won a gold award from the Pacific region of the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations. A series of career videos also won a silver award from NCMPR. She extended appreciation to Communications and Public Information Director Anne Krueger and the District Marketing and Communications team.