Governing Board Meeting – May 17, 2016


LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I’D
LIKE TO CALL THE MEETING OF THE MARICOPA COUNTY COMMUNITY
COLLEGE BOARD TO ORDER. I WONDER IF MS. EVEA
MORROW IS HERE FROM RIO. MS. MORROW, WILL YOU LEAD US IN
THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE. I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE
FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AND TO THE
REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER
GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND
JUSTICE FOR ALL. THANK YOU VERY
MUCH, MS. MORROW. WE HAVE SUBSTITUTES TODAY. MR. TODD SIMMONS IS HERE
FOR CHRIS BUSTAMANTE AT RIO COMMUNITY COLLEGE. VERONICA GARCIA FOR PAUL
DALE AT PARADISE VALLEY. SUSSON — I’M GOING TO
DO GREAT DAMAGE TO THIS, SUSSON. NOW YOU KNOW HOW IT
FEELS TO BE A GUTIERREZ. SUSSON PURET-AZI FOR
SHOUAN PAN AT MCC. SUE TEVICOLLI FOR
ERNIE LARA AT EMC. THANK YOU, ALL. WE’LL GO DIRECTLY TO
STUDENT LEADERSHIP REPORTS, RIO SALADO. HELLO. GOOD EVENING. PRESIDENT GUTIERREZ,
MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, DR. HARPER-MARINICK,
MEMBERS OF THE CEC, AND GUESTS, GOOD EVENING. MY NAME IS JOHN BASTIAN. I AM THE COORDINATOR
OF STUDENT LIFE AND LEADERSHIP AT RIO
SALADO COLLEGE. AND TONIGHT WE HAVE TWO
RIO SALADO STUDENTS, EVEA MORROW, WHO YOU JUST
MET, AND OLIVA MENDEZ. THEY ARE GOING TO BE SPEAKING
WITH YOU ABOUT SOME OF THE ACTIVITIES THAT HAVE GONE
ON OVER THE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS AT RIO SALADO AND
ALSO HOPEFULLY SHARE WITH YOU A LITTLE BIT ABOUT
WHAT THEY’VE LEARNED THROUGH THIS ALL. SO PLEASE WELCOME
OUR STUDENTS. FIRST UP WILL BE AVEA. MS. MORROW, WELCOME. THANK YOU. PRESIDENT GUTIERREZ,
MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, DR. HARPER-MARINICK,
MEMBERS OF THE CEC, AND GUESTS. MY NAME IS EVEA MORROW. I’M THE STUDENT PRESIDENT
OF THE NATIONAL SOCIETY LEADERSHIP AND SUCCESS AND
CO-PRESIDENTS WITH OLIVA FOR THE PHI THETA
KAPPA CHAPTER. I’M HERE TO SPEAK A LOT
ABOUT WHAT STUDENT LIFE HAS REALLY BROUGHT TO THE
COLLEGE AND WHAT IT HAS MEANT TO ME. WHEN I FIRST STARTED
AT RIO, I WAS KIND OF INTIMIDATED BY THE IDEA OF
AN ONLINE COLLEGE BECAUSE — WELL, I KNEW I COULD PROBABLY
GET SOME TUTORING. I COULD E-MAIL THE
INSTRUCTORS, BUT HOW ON EARTH DO YOU FORM A STUDY
GROUP THROUGH A CHAT? I HAD NO IDEA HOW
TO DO THESE THINGS. AND I WENT AHEAD
AND ENROLLED. AND I DID THE CLASSES. I WAS GETTING GOOD GRADES,
BUT I KIND OF GOT LONELY. SO WHEN JOHN BASTIAN FIRST
TOLD ME ABOUT, DID YOU KNOW WE HAVE
A SOCIAL CLUB? I WAS KIND OF THRILLED,
BUT ALSO NERVOUS, BECAUSE I WAS ALWAYS THE PERSON
THAT WAS LIKE — PEOPLE WOULD BE LIKE, OH, HEY, DO YOU
WANT TO GO SEE THAT MOVIE? I GOT IT HOME. I’LL SEE YOU. BYE. I DIDN’T WANT TO
DO THOSE THINGS. I WAS NERVOUS AND SHY. AND I DIDN’T REALLY HAVE
A LOT OF CONFIDENCE IN MYSELF. I’M THE FIRST PERSON IN MY
FAMILY TO REALLY GO TO COLLEGE. SO ALWAYS IN THE BACK OF
YOUR HEAD IT KIND OF A: I CAN’T DO THIS
TYPE OF THING. I JOINED THE NATIONAL
SOCIETY OF LEADERSHIP AND SUCCESS AS A WAY TO TRY
AND GET OUT OF THAT. AND IT REALLY
CHANGED MY LIFE. MEMBERS OF THE NSLS HAVE
TO DO QUITE A FEW STEPS. SO LET ME SEE, FOR THE
PURPOSE OF IT BEING: TRYING TO IMPROVE CAMPUS
LIFE, TRYING TO HAVE STUDENTS CONNECT TO THE
SCHOOL AND FEEL SOME PRIDE IN THEIR SCHOOL, REACH
OUT, MEET OTHER MEMBERS, AND KNOW WHAT TO DO WHEN
THEY HAVE A PROBLEM. I’VE MET A LOT OF STUDENTS
THAT COME, WHO ARE ALSO MEMBERS, AND THEY’LL TELL
ME, I’M HAVING A PROBLEM IN A CLASS. AND IT’S, OH, DID YOU KNOW
WE HAVE ACTUALLY THINGS THAT CAN HELP
YOU WITH THAT. WE HAVE INSTRUCTIONAL
FACILITATORS. WE HAVE TUTORING. WE’VE GOT A LOT OF
COUNSELING SERVICES AVAILABLE. AND IT WAS AMAZING TO
SEE THESE PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING, OH, I HAD NO IDEA. THAT’S WHAT
IT’S ALL ABOUT. AND IT’S ABOUT TAKING
YOUR EDUCATION ONE STEP FURTHER. IT’S NOT, OKAY, I GOT UP. I WENT TO WORK. I CAME HOME. I DID MY CLASSES. I WENT TO BED. I GOT UP, I REPEATED. IT’S: I CONNECTED. AND I GOT INTO SOMETHING. AND I CHANGED MY LIFE IN
WAYS I NEVER IMAGINED I COULD. AND THAT’S THE RESULTS WE ARE
SEEING FROM OUR STUDENTS. THE NATIONAL SOCIETY OF
LEADERSHIP AND SUCCESS AND PHI THETA KAPPA — I
WILL MAINLY FOCUS ON THE NATIONAL SOCIETY OF
LEADERSHIP AND SUCCESS. IT’S THE ONE I HAVE BEEN
INVOLVED IN THE LONGEST. AND THEN WE WILL TURN
IT OVER TO OLIVA. AND SHE’S GOING TO
SPEAK MORE ABOUT PTK. SO FOR THE NATIONAL
SOCIETY OF LEADERSHIP AND SUCCESS, STUDENTS ACTUALLY
HAVE TO COMPLETE AT LEAST 13 TO 12 HOURS OF WORK. AND THAT’S THE
VERY, BARE MINIMUM. THEY COME TO AN
ORIENTATION, WHICH TALKS ABOUT WHAT WE GOING TO BE
DOING, WHAT OUR PURPOSE IS. WHICH IS: YOU’RE NOT JUST
HERE TO ADD SOMETHING TO YOUR RESUME OR
YOUR DIPLOMA. YOU’RE TRYING TO
CHANGE THE WORLD. THE NATIONAL SOCIETY OF
LEADERSHIP AND SUCCESS BUILDS LEADERS WHO
BUILD A BETTER WORLD. WE WANT PEOPLE TO LOOK
AT THEIR TEAMMATES, THEIR CLASSMATES, AND NOT
TRY TO OUTDO ANYONE. WE DON’T WANT TO BECOME
THAT SCHOOL WHERE PEOPLE COMPETE OR THEY SHUT OUT
OR THEY’LL TELL PEOPLE SOMETHING THAT ISN’T TRUE
OR THEY ARE JUST STRIVING JUST FOR THEMSELVES. WE WANT TO CREATE LEADERS
WHO SAY, HEY, I’M CLIMBING THIS LADDER, COME WITH ME. YOU WANT TO SAY, OKAY,
YOU’RE TAKING THIS CLASS, AND YOU’RE HARD TIME. NOT: HA, HA,
SUCKS TO BE YOU. BUT LET ME HELP YOU. I’VE HEARD THAT
FROM SOME PEOPLE. WE WANT TO HEAR: COME ON
BOARD, I WILL HELP YOU. WE WANT THEM TO START
TAKING AN INTEREST IN THEIR COMMUNITY AND
THE PEOPLE AROUND THEM. WE DON’T WANT THEM TO WAKE
UP IN THE MORNING AND GO, I NEED TO DO THIS,
THIS, THIS FOR ME. AND THEN THEY
GET TO GO TO BED. WE WANT THEM TO THINK: I
GOT TO DO THIS FOR ME AND THIS FOR OTHER PEOPLE. AND HOW CAN I ACCOMPLISH
A GOAL, IF MY GOAL IS ONLY SO SMALL THAT I COULD
PROBABLY DO IT MYSELF. YOU WANT TO MAKE A GOAL
THAT YOU HAVE TO HAVE OTHER PEOPLE INVOLVED IN. BECAUSE IF WE DON’T LEARN
HOW TO BRANCH OUT AND GRASP OTHER PEOPLE AND
SAY, HELP ME DO THIS. WELL, THEN WE’RE ONLY
TO BE BIG AS OURSELVES. THEY DO A THREE-DAY
LEADERSHIP — SORRY — THREE-HOUR LEADERSHIP
TRAINING DAY, WHERE WE KIND OF BRIDGE THAT,
WHERE IT’S: OKAY. SOME OF YOU ARE NERVOUS. SOME OF YOU DON’T LIKE
SPEAKING TO OTHER PEOPLE. THERE’S A MEMBER
WHO IS AUTISTIC. THERE IS A MEMBER
WHO JUST GOT PAROLED. HE’S SO NERVOUS. HE DOESN’T KNOW
WHAT TO DO. AND WE HAD ANOTHER MEMBER WHO IS
SO, SO, SO BUSY AND FRANTIC. SHE’S LIKE, OH, I FORGET
TO EAT TODAY; DIDN’T I? AND WE BROUGHT THOSE
PEOPLE IN AND SAID, OKAY, DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN TURN
TO THE OTHER PERSON, AND THEY’LL HELP YOU? WE HAD, THE MEMBER WHO
WAS AUTISTIC, SUDDENLY REALIZING THAT HE’S NOT
VERY DIFFERENT AND HE CAN REACH OUT AND
TALK TO PEOPLE. AND HE’S ONE OF OUR MOST
PRIZE MEMBERS FOR THE WEDNESDAY NIGHT SNT GROUP. WE LOVE HIM. HE LOVES COMING. EVEN THOUGH HE DIDN’T GET
INDUCTED THIS SEMESTER, BECAUSE IT WAS A BIT
MUCH, HE’S STILL WITH IT. AND HE STILL
FEELS APPRECIATED. AND I LOVE THE FACT THAT
HE SAYS, I MADE FRIENDS. AND WE DO ALL THE SNT’S
VIA SKYPE FOR HIS GROUP, BECAUSE HE DOESN’T LIKE
IN-PERSON, FACE-TO-FACE COMMUNICATION. SO HE SPENDS MOST OF THE
TIME WITH US LOOKING AT HIS CEILING
WHILE HE TALKS. BUT HE STILL CONSIDERS
US HIS FRIENDS. AND THAT TO ME WAS REALLY
IMPORTANT AND THAT HE’S COMPLETING A GOAL AND
HE THOUGHT WAS NEVER POSSIBLE, WHICH WAS TO
GRADUATE FROM COLLEGE WITH AUTISM, HAVING MADE
FRIENDS, AND HAVING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE. FOR HIM, A HEALTHY
LIFESTYLE IS NOT: I’M GOING TO RUN A MARATHON. IT’S: I WANT TO GET UP IN
THE MORNING AND NOT PANIC. I WANT TO GET THROUGH
THE DAY AND NOT PANIC. IF SOMEBODY SAYS, HI, SAM. I DON’T WANT TO GO: I HAVE
TO GO, AND I’LL SEE YOU NEXT YEAR. HE WANTS TO BE ABLE
TO SAY, OKAY, COOL. HI. HOW ARE DOING? AND HE’S GOTTEN THERE. AND THAT’S BECAUSE
OF THE TEAM. SO I THINK NOT ONLY DO WE
BENEFIT THE STUDENTS BY HELPING THEM EXPAND RESUME
SKILLS, BUT BY HELPING THEM BE A TEAM. WE’VE ACTUALLY GOT THREE
STUDENTS NOW WHO ARE WORKING HERE AT RIO SALADO
WHO AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SEMESTER HAD SAID THEY
PROBABLY WOULD NEVER GET JOBS. THE ONE PERSON
HAS A PROBLEM. HE SAYS HE’S REALLY BAD
AT TAKING ORDERS AND COMMUNICATING WITH PEOPLE. AND HE WAS ALWAYS THINKING
OF LANDSCAPING AS HIS FALLBACK CAREER. HE GOT FIRED FROM
THAT A FEW TIMES. AND HE WAS AT ME
GOING, I GIVE UP. WHAT CAN I DO? I SAID, OKAY, COME
JOIN, DO THE MEETINGS. HE’S GOTTEN ALL THE WAY
THROUGH TO GET THE NELA AWARD, WHICH IS THE
NATIONAL ENGAGED LEADERSHIP AWARD, WHICH
IS ONLY FOR PEOPLE WHO CAN REALLY COMMUNICATE
WITH OTHER PEOPLE. THEY HAVE TO BE REALLY
GOOD AT COMMUNICATION SKILLS AND LISTENING
TO OTHER PEOPLE. AND NOW HE’S A PEER
MENTOR AT OUR SCHOOL. SO HE’S COME
SUCH A LONG WAY. AND I DON’T THINK THAT
WOULD BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT THIS CHAPTER. THIS YEAR WE’VE ACTUALLY
HAD THE BEST SUCCESS EVER. WE’VE HAD THE HIGHEST
INDUCTEE RATE AT 62%. WHEN I JOINED, IT WAS
LAUGHABLE TO THINK 50%. WE WERE JUST KIND OF LIKE,
YEAH, YEAH, EVENTUALLY WE WILL DO THAT. WE DID IT THIS YEAR. WE ARE GOING TO TRY AND
GET ALL OF THE APPEALERS. AND WILL ACTUALLY HAVE THE
MOST MEMBER PARTICIPATION AND THE MOST MEMBERS
SAYING, I WANT TO GET INVOLVED. AND I WANT TO HELP YOU. SO FOR THIS SEMESTER WE HAD
THREE MEMBERS WHO ARE OFFICERS. AND ALREADY I’VE GOT FIVE
PEOPLE, SIX PEOPLE, WHO WANTED TO DO IT. SO I AM REALLY EXCITED
FOR THE FALL SEMESTER. I WANT TO TOUCH VERY
BRIEFLY ON PHI THETA KAPPA BEFORE INTRODUCING OLIVA. PHI THETA KAPPA IS
IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT TEACHES PEOPLE HOW TO
TAKE RESEARCH, TAKE THEIR SCHOLARSHIP, TAKE THEIR
DESIRE TO LEARN, AND PUT IT INTO REAL-WORLD PRACTICE. IT’S NOT JUST, WRITE AN
ESSAY PAPER, TURN IT IN, AND MOVE ON
WITH YOUR LIFE. IT’S: WRITE AN ESSAY
PAPER, DISCOVER WHAT IT MEANS, LEARN WHAT THAT
DOES, AND FIGURE OUT HOW WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED
CAN HELP YOUR COMMUNITY. AND THEN ONCE YOU’VE DONE
THAT, PUT IT INTO ACTION. THANK YOU. OLIVA. THANK YOU. MS. MENDEZ. GOOD AFTERNOON, PRESIDENT
GUTIERREZ, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, DR. HARPER-
MARINICK, MEMBERS OF CEC,
AND GUESTS. MY NAME IS OLIVA MENDEZ. AND I’M CURRENTLY A
STUDENT AT RIO SALADO COLLEGE. TODAY I WILL BE SPEAKING
ABOUT PHI THETA KAPPA. THE REASON I JOINED PHI
THETA KAPPA IS BECAUSE I WANTED TO CHANGE THE
WORLD, BUT I DIDN’T KNOW HOW TO DO IT. LIKE AVEA MENTIONED, PHI
THETA KAPPA DOES NOT ONLY TEACH US HOW TO DO
RESEARCH, BUT PUT IT INTO ACTION IN THE WORLD, AND
NOT JUST IN THE WORLD, BUT IN STARTING WITH
OURSELVES, THE COMMUNITY, AND EXPANDING TO
INTERNATIONAL LEVEL. THERE ARE MANY BENEFITS OF
PHI THETA KAPPA, NOT ONLY DOING THE RESEARCH AND
PUTTING IT INTO ACTION, BUT ACTUALLY RECEIVING
SCHOLARSHIPS TO CONTINUE HIGHER EDUCATION AND
ENGAGE WITH THE COMMUNITY. IN ORDER TO BECOME A PHI
THETA KAPPA MEMBER, THERE ARE A FEW REQUIREMENTS. IN ORDER TO JOIN YOU HAVE
TO HAVE 3.5 GPA OR HIGHER. YOU ALSO HAVE TO BE
CURRENTLY ENROLLED AT A RIO SALADO COMMUNITY
COLLEGE OR ANY OTHER — ANY OF THE OTHER
COMMUNITY COLLEGES. THIS YEAR WE ARE A
FIVE-STAR CHAPTER FOR THE THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR,
WHICH MEANS THAT WE HAVE MET ALL THE REQUIREMENTS
BY THE INTERNATIONAL OFFICE. ONE OF THE REQUIREMENTS
IS THE COLLEGE PROJECT. LAST YEAR WE DID A STUDENT
VIDEO THAT HIGHLIGHTED: WHY TO RETURN TO COLLEGE
AND WHY TO CHOOSE RIO. WE HAD MANY STUDENTS GIVE
THEIR OPINION ON WHY WE CHOSE RIO. MANY STUDENTS SAID BECAUSE
OF THEIR WORK LIFE, THEY CAN’T WORK WITH THEIR
SCHEDULE, MOST EMPLOYERS, THEY WANT SOMEONE WHO
IS OPEN AVAILABILITY. AND MOST STUDENTS
DON’T HAVE THAT. AS A RIO COLLEGE STUDENT,
YOU HAVE THE ABILITY TO DO YOUR HOMEWORK
WHEN YOU CAN. YOU CAN DO IT BEFORE
WORK, AFTER WORK. YOU HAVE THE AVAILABILITY
TO REACH OUT TO YOUR TEACHERS 24 HOURS A DAY. THEY MIGHT NOT REPLY TO
YOU 1:00 IN THE MORNING, BUT THEY WILL GET BACK TO
YOU AS SOON AS THEY CAN. ON THE COLLEGE PROJECTS
WE WORK WITH THE COLLEGE ADMINISTRATION TO
STRENGTHEN OUR BOND BETWEEN PHI THETA
KAPPA AND THE COLLEGE. THERE’S ALSO ADDITIONAL
LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES, NOT ONLY NSLS AND
PHI THETA KAPPA. THIS YEAR WE HAVE TWO
STUDENTS AWARDED THE CHANCELLOR’S CIVIC
LEADERSHIP MEDALLION. WE ALSO HAD THREE STUDENTS
ATTEND THE STUDENT LEADERSHIP RETREAT. AND WE HAVE OPPORTUNITIES
TO BE A MEMBER OF THE “BE A LEADER” FOUNDATION
MENTORSHIP PROGRAM. AND THIS YEAR FORTUNATELY
I WAS THE STUDENT CHOSEN TO BE THE PARTICIPANT AT
THE ARIZONA TOWN HALL. IT WAS THE 108TH
ARIZONA TOWN HALL. WE DISCUSSED THE
RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MEXICO AND ARIZONA AND HOW
TO STRENGTHEN THOSE BONDS. AND WE DISCUSSED ABOUT
HOW THE SB 1070 IN ARIZONA KIND OF DESTROYED SOME OF
OUR RELATIONSHIPS WE HAD, BUT THEN IT WAS REALLY
INTERESTING TO SEE SO MANY INDIVIDUALS TRYING TO WORK
TO GET THOSE RELATIONSHIPS STRENGTHENING BACK BETWEEN
ARIZONA AND MEXICO. THERE WERE MANY
FROM MEXICO. THERE WAS PEOPLE FROM
ALL OVER ARIZONA WORKING TOGETHER TO ACCOMPLISH
THIS GOAL OF WRITING THE REPORT THAT WE’RE GOING TO SEND
OUT TO OUR POLICY MAKERS. THERE ARE FUTURE
OPPORTUNITIES FOR MORE STUDENT GROUPS
AT RIO SALADO. EVEN THOUGH IT’S AN ONLINE
COLLEGE, WE STILL WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT STUDENTS
FEEL THAT THEY CAN OBTAIN THE TRADITIONAL
COLLEGE EXPERIENCE. WE ALSO HAVE MORE
COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS COMING UP WITH
PHI THETA KAPPA AND NSLS, AND THIS WILL BE OPEN TO
THE STUDENTS, AND ALSO GREATER ENGAGEMENT BETWEEN
THE COMMUNITY AND RIO SALADO. AND THAT’S THE END
OF OUR PRESENTATION. WE OPEN THE FLOOR
FOR QUESTIONS. THANK YOU VERY, VERY MUCH. MR. SAAR. SO RIO SALADO IS THIS
ONLINE TECHNOLOGY SAVVY ORGANIZATION. WHAT I SEE UP HERE IS NOT
REALLY ONE IN FRONT OF A COMPUTER AND YOU GET
TOGETHER AS MORE THAN JUST WITH YOUR INSTRUCTOR
THROUGH E-MAILS AND SO FORTH. SO IT’S UNIQUE IN TERMS OF
AN ONLINE COLLEGE TO HAVE ALL THESE SERVICES
AVAILABLE TO YOUR STUDENTS — AS STUDENTS. DO YOU SEE — YOU KNOW,
IT’S THE ONLINE COLLEGE WITH LOTS OF LOCATIONS
AROUND THE VALLEY. DO YOU USE THOSE LOCATIONS
TO MEET WITH OTHER STUDENTS AND SO FORTH? YES. CURRENTLY WE DON’T —
ESPECIALLY, FROM PHI THETA KAPPA, WE DON’T HAVE
STUDENTS FROM OTHER LOCATIONS JOIN. BUT WE ARE TRYING TO
OUTREACH TO A LOCATION IN AVONDALE AND OTHER
LOCATIONS NEAR WHERE STUDENTS ARE AT. MOST OF THE TIME THEY
COME DOWN TO THE TEMPE LOCATION, BUT WE ARE
TRYING TO WORK WITH THEM TO MEET AT OTHER
LOCATIONS AS WELL. I JUST THINK IT’S UNIQUE
THAN AN ONLINE COLLEGE WOULD HAVE THE SAME
ACTIVITIES GOING ON IN TERMS OF STUDENT
LEADERSHIP, IN TERMS OF DEVELOPING SERVICES TO
STUDENT TO STUDENT WITHIN THAT ONLINE WORLD. SO I REALLY COMMEND ALL
THOSE INVOLVED IN HOW THAT WORKS SO WELL. I THINK IT WOULD MAKE
AN EXCELLENT SEGMENT ON KJAZZ, BUT I WOULD
NEVER SAY ANYTHING. THANK YOU SO MUCH. YOU’RE WELCOME. ANY FURTHER DISCUSSION? IF NOT, MS. MENDEZ,
MS. MORROW, THANK YOU VERY, VERY MUCH FOR
THAT PRESENTATION. THE FACULTY EXECUTIVE
COUNCIL REPORT, MR. SOZA. PRESIDENT GUTIERREZ,
MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, CHANCELLOR
HARPER-MARINICK, MEMBERS OF CEC, AND GUESTS,
I APPRECIATE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS YOU
ALL BRIEFLY THIS EVENING. FIRST OF ALL, ON BEHALF OF
THE FACULTY I WOULD LIKE TO, AGAIN, CONGRATULATE
OUR NEW CHANCELLOR DR. HARPER-MARINICK. AND I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE
ONE LAST TIME TO PUBLICLY THANK THE PREVIOUS FACULTY
ASSOCIATION, PRESIDENT SALINA BEDNAREK, SHE HAS
BEEN A TREMENDOUS ADVOCATE FOR FACULTY THIS LAST
YEAR AND PERSONALLY A TREMENDOUS MENTOR TO ME. SO I FEEL VERY FORTUNATE
TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK SO CLOSELY WITH TWO
INCREDIBLE LEADERS THIS COMING YEAR. AND HOPEFULLY I WILL BE
THE BETTER FOR IT, AND THERE — ADDITIONALLY, I WOULD LIKE
TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE FACULTY ASSOCIATION OFFICERS THAT
WILL BE WOULD WORKING ON BEHALF OF FACULTY
THIS YEAR. SALINA BEDNAREK FROM PHOENIX
WILL BE THE PAST PRESIDENT. MIKE MITCHELL FROM
PARADISE VALLEY COLLEGE WILL BE PRESIDENT ELECT. LUCAS MESSER WILL BE
OUR MEMBERSHIP — I GET MEMBERSHIP — SOME OF
OUR OFFICERS CONFUSED. LUCAS MESSER FROM
SCOTTSDALE WILL BE OUR MEMBERSHIP OFFICER. DOUG DEISS WILL BE
CONTINUING AS OUR COMMUNICATION OFFICER. HIS CAMPUS IS GLENDALE. LET ME CHECK MY LIST,
MAKE SURE I GET EVERYBODY. PATTY FINKENSTADT FROM
PHOENIX COLLEGE WILL BE THE PERSONNEL OFFICER. AND I’M OBVIOUSLY ROBERT
SOZA WHO WILL BE THE PRESIDENT THIS YEAR,
AND I’M FROM MESA. WE’RE WORKING ON FILLING
THE FINANCE OFFICER. SO WHEN THAT HAPPENS,
WE’LL LET YOU ALL KNOW. FINALLY, AS FACULTY
ASSOCIATION OFFICERS AND REPRESENTATIVES OF THE
FACULTY, I JUST WANT TO TAKE THIS TIME TO EXTEND
OUR HAND IN PARTNERSHIP. AS YOU ALL KNOW, AS A
DISTRICT WE ARE IN A TIME OF TREMENDOUS CHANGE
AND TRANSITION. AND AS FACULTY WE ARE VERY
EXCITED TO WORK WITH ALL OF YOU IN THOSE AREAS
WHERE WE’RE DOING WELL TO MAKE SURE WE KEEP GOING
AND MAKE THOSE AREAS OF STRENGTH BETTER. AND I THINK WE ARE EQUALLY
EAGER IN THOSE AREAS WHERE THERE IS ROOM FOR
IMPROVEMENT TO ROLL OUR SLEEVES UP, GET OUR HANDS
DIRTY, AND DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO MAKE SURE THAT
MARICOPA IS THE KIND OF INSTITUTION THAT WE
ALL WANT TO WORK AT. IT REALLY IS OUR BELIEF
THAT AS WE PARTNER WITH THE MEMBERS OF THE BOARD,
AS WE PARTNER WITH ALL OF YOU ON CEC, AS WE PARTNER
WITH OUR COLLEAGUES, AND I GUESS, NOW, WHICH WILL
SOON BE THE ONE MARICOPA WORKFORCE, WE DON’T — WE
WON’T HAVE MAT TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO CREATE A NEW
ABBREVIATION FOR THEM — BUT WHEN WE PARTNER AS
EMPLOYEES, AS ELECTED OFFICIALS, AS PRESIDENTS
OF THE COLLEGES, THAT’S WHERE WE ARE
THE STRONGEST. AND AS FACULTY, WE ARE
HERE TO HELP AND SUPPORT THAT WORK. SO, AGAIN, I APPRECIATE
THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK WITH YOU ALL BRIEFLY. AND I LOOK FORWARD
TO THE COMING YEAR. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THANK YOU, MR. SOZA. QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? IF NOT, THE ADJUNCT
FACULTY ASSOCIATION, MR. LEO VALVERDE. WE’LL GO ON TO THE
EMERITUS AWARDS AND RECOGNITION, DR. GEHLER. THANK YOU, PRESIDENT
GUTIERREZ, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, CHANCELLOR
HARPER-MARINICK, CEC COLLEAGUES, AND FRIENDS. I’D LIKE TO, WITH
YOUR PERMISSION, CALL DR. DANIEL CORR, SCC’S
VICE PRESIDENT OF ACADEMIC AND STUDENT AFFAIRS,
TO THE PODIUM. YES, MA’AM. DR. CORR, I CAN TELL
TALES, AND MANY PEOPLE KNOW, BUT HE WILL ON JULY
1ST BECOME THE PRESIDENT OF ARIZONA
WESTERN COLLEGE. AND SO THIS MAY BE HIS
LAST GOVERNING BOARD MEETING. WE CAN HOPE. AND SO THAT ROAST
WAS TWO WEEKS AGO. OKAY. AND DR. CORR HAS HAD AND
CONTINUES TO HAVE A VERY STRONG RELATIONSHIP WITH
OUR FACULTY, THOSE WHO ARE HERE WITH US NOW AND
THOSE IN THE PAST. TONIGHT WE ARE HONORING
ONE OF THE MEMBERS OF OUR FACULTY WHO HAS
SINCE LEFT US. SO I THINK IT WAS
FITTING THAT HE MAKE THIS PRESENTATION WITH
YOUR PERMISSION. DR. CORR. THANK YOU, DR. GEHLER. IF I COULD ASK DR. DOUG
SAWYER TO JOIN ME AT THE PODIUM. PRESIDENT GUTIERREZ,
MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, CHANCELLOR MARIA
HARPER-MARINICK — BOY, THAT SOUNDS GOOD — CEC,
AND GUESTS, IT REALLY IS AN HONOR TO SPEAK ON
BEHALF OF A COLLEAGUE, DR. DOUG SAWYER. DOUG DISCOVERED HIS LOVE
OF TEACHING IN 1983 AS A GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANT AT
IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY. HE CONTINUED TO TEACH
THROUGHOUT HIS GRADUATE SCHOOL DAYS, SECURING A
LECTURESHIP AT IOWA STATE. HE THEN ACCEPTED A
POSITION AT ASU IN 1988 AS A VISITING PROFESSOR. HIS VISIT LASTED UNTIL
1992, WHEN HE FOUND SCC. AND, BOY, WE ARE
BETTER BECAUSE OF IT. DR. SAWYER THEN SERVED SCC
AND THE ENTIRE MARICOPA DISTRICT IN MANY
CAPACITIES OVER THE NEXT 21 YEARS. HE WAS THE PHYSICAL
SCIENCE DEPARTMENT CHAIR, LATER SERVING AS THE
MATH/SCIENCE DIVISION CHAIR. HE ALSO SERVED AS THE
DISTRICT OCOTILLO CHAIR, THE CHEMISTRY
INSTRUCTIONAL COUNCIL CHAIR, A MEMBER OF THE
MCCD PROFESSIONAL GROWTH COMMITTEE, THE MCC
STRATEGIC PLANNING COMMITTEE. I COULD GO ON AND ON. IT’S A MERE SAMPLING OF HIS
CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE DISTRICT. AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL,
DOUG ALSO SERVED AS THE VICE CHAIR FOR THE
AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY EDUCATION COMMITTEE AND
HAS BEEN A RECIPIENT OR CO-RECIPIENT OF NUMEROUS
GRANTS, MOST RECENTLY CO-PI FOR AN $8.6 MILLION
NSF GRANT, FOCUSED ON MIDDLE SCHOOL MATHEMATICS. IN 1999 INTO 2000, DR.
SAWYER WAS INVITED TO STUDY THE MARTIAN
METEORITE SAMPLE WITH BOTH NASA AND ASU. THE RESULTS OF THIS
WORK SABBATICAL WORK ARE RECOGNIZED AS THE FIRST
DIRECT CHEMICAL EVIDENCE OF THE EXISTENCE OF AN
ANCIENT OCEAN ON MARS. IN ADDITION TO HIS
ENORMOUS CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE FIELD OF CHEMISTRY,
DR. SAWYER HAS BEEN QUITE ACTIVE ON SCC’S CAMPUS. HE WAS AMONG THE FIRST
IN THE DISTRICT TO INCORPORATE
OPEN-EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES INTO HIS CLASSROOM, SAVING
HIS STUDENTS HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS. HE WAS ALSO INSTRUMENTAL
IN ESTABLISHING ONE OF SCC’S SIGNATURE EVENTS,
MATH/SCIENCE DAY, THAT BRING LITERALLY HUNDREDS
OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ON CAMPUS TO COMPETE —
EXCUSE ME — COMPETE IN VARIOUS COMPETITIONS. HE WAS ALSO INSTRUMENTAL
IN THE DESIGN IMPLEMENTATION AND OPENING
OF OUR NEW MATH — OR SCIENCE BUILDING. FINALLY, DOUG WAS ALWAYS
WILLING TO SHOWCASE HIS MUSICAL TALENTS AS A
MEMBER OF THE THREE RADICALS. JOINED BY TWO OF HIS
FACULTY COLLEAGUES, THE THREE RADICALS REGULARLY
PERFORMED THEIR HIGH-ENERGY ROCK AND BLUES
AT NUMEROUS SCC EVENTS. THAT CONCLUDES THE OFFICIAL
RECOGNITION OF DR. SAWYER. MY PERSONAL CONTRIBUTION
WOULD BE TO SAY THIS IS AS SOLID OF A MAN
AS I’VE EVER MET. HE IS A REMARKABLE
EDUCATOR AND AN EVEN BETTER FRIEND AND MAN. SO I’D ASK DR. DOUG SAWYER
TO SAY A FEW COMMENTS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. PRESIDENT GUTIERREZ,
MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, CHANCELLOR
HARPER-MARINICK, MEMBERS OF CEC. I’M VERY HONORED AND VERY
FORTUNATE TO BE AFFILIATED WITH MARICOPA COMMUNITY
COLLEGES AND SCOTTSDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE. I WAS SO FORTUNATE
TO LAND THERE. IN 1992, AS DR. CORR SAID,
I WAS A PROFESSOR AT ASU WHO REALLY WANTED TO
FOCUS ON TEACHING. AND I WAS TOLD THAT THAT
WAS MUCH APPRECIATED, BUT IT WOULDN’T BE A TRACK
TOWARD TENURE IF I WANTED TO FOCUS ON TEACHING. SO I SEARCHED ALL OVER THE
COUNTRY, AND I ENDED UP RIGHT UP THE STREET
AT SCOTTSDALE. AND I COULDN’T HAVE LANDED
AT A BETTER PLACE WHERE ALL OF THE FACULTY WERE
FOCUSED ON EXCELLENCE IN THE CLASSROOM. ALL OF THE STAFF AND ALL
OF THE MANGERS AND THE ADMINISTRATION SHARED THAT
FOCUS OF EXCELLENCE FOR THE STUDENTS AND SUPPORT
OF ALL OF THEIR ENDEAVORS. SO, AGAIN, I’M
HUMBLED, VERY HONORED. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THANK YOU, DR. SAWYER. THANK YOU. CONGRATULATIONS. YOU’RE NOT MOVING TO
YUMA; IS THAT CORRECT? IF YOU’LL COME,
I’LL TAKE IT. I FIGURED THAT. THE NEXT ITEM ON THE
AGENDA IS CITIZENS INTERIM, BUT I’M SHOWING
NO REQUESTS TO SPEAK; IS THAT CORRECT? WE DO NOT HAVE A REQUEST
TO SPEAK; IS THAT CORRECT? YOU FILLED ONE OUT. WELL, THEN, MA’AM, WOULD
YOU PLEASE TAKE THE PODIUM. CITIZENS INTERIM IS AN
OPPORTUNITY FOR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO ADDRESS
THE GOVERNING BOARD IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE
OPEN MEETING LAW. THE GOVERNING BOARD WILL
NEITHER DISCUSS NOR TAKE ACTION ON ISSUES RAISED DURING
THIS PORTION OF THE AGENDA. WHEN NECESSARY, ISSUES
WILL BE TAKEN UNDER ADVISEMENT AND PLACED
ON A SUBSEQUENT AGENDA. PROCEED, MA’AM. WHAT IS YOUR NAME? MY NAME IS LYNN MARY. M-A-R-Y IS MY LAST NAME. PRESIDENT GUTIERREZ,
MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, CHANCELLOR
HARPER-MARINICK, MEMBERS OF CEC, AND GUESTS,
MY NAME IS LYNN K. MARY. I AM A 28-YEAR EMPLOYEE
WITH MARICOPA COMMUNITY COLLEGES AT
PHOENIX COLLEGE. YOU’VE RECEIVED
INFORMATION — EXCUSE ME — IN MANY DIFFERENT FORMS
THROUGH PERSONAL CONTACT, E-MAILS, AND ALSO CITIZEN
INTERIM COMMUNICATIONS. I WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU
TRULY UNDERSTAND THE FEAR AND APATHY EMPLOYEES
FROM ALL EMPLOYEE GROUPS, INCLUDING FACULTY,
ARE EXPERIENCING. STUDENT SUCCESS IS ONE
OF THE GOVERNING BOARD METRICS. WHY IS IT EMPLOYEES ARE
BEING WRITTEN UP BY THEIR SUPERVISORS FOR
ASSISTING STUDENTS? OUR STUDENTS, WHO MAY HAVE
BEEN WAITING FOR AN HOUR OR MORE, BECAUSE IT’S TIME
TO CLOSE THE OFFICE OR FOR TAKING THEIR LUNCHES LATE. CASE IN POINT, IT’S 4:30. THE MANAGER ISN’T ON
CAMPUS, AND THE EMPLOYEE WAS THE ONLY ADVISOR
IN THE BUILDING. AND YET WHEN THE EMPLOYEE
COMMUNICATES TO THE MANAGER ABOUT HELPING THE
STUDENT, THEY ARE TOLD: NEXT TIME HAVE THE
STUDENT COME BACK. WE CAN’T PAY OVER TIME
FOR YOU TO HELP A STUDENT. HOW IS THAT
ENHANCING STUDENT SUCCESS? ONE MARICOPA WORKFORCE,
THE FUNDING FOR THE CLASSIFIED STAFF COUNCIL,
TAKES PROFESSIONAL GROWTH FUNDS AWAY FOR ALL
EMPLOYEES WHO WANT TO FURTHER THEIR EDUCATION,
ATTEND A CONFERENCE, OR A WORKSHOP, WHICH WOULD HELP
THEM DO THEIR JOB IN A MORE EFFICIENT MANNER. ARE WE NOT AN EDUCATIONAL
INSTITUTION, NOT ONLY EDUCATING OUR STUDENTS,
BUT ALSO HELPING EDUCATE OUR EMPLOYEES. CLASSIFIED STAFF COUNCIL. I KNOW SEVERAL EMPLOYEES
WHO ARE RETIRED AND HAVE RESIGNED FROM MARICOPA. THEY RECEIVED E-MAILS
REGARDING VOTING FOR THE CLASSIFIED STAFF
COUNCIL CANDIDATES. IF THE VOTING WAS
ANONYMOUS, WHY DO THE CANDIDATES KNOW HOW MANY
VOTES THEY RECEIVED, AND QUITE POSSIBLY WHO VOTED
FOR WHICH CANDIDATE? TWO EMPLOYEES APPLIED
TO RUN FOR THE OPEN POSITIONS, YET ONCE THE
ONE MARICOPA WORKFORCE IDENTIFIED THE
INDIVIDUALS, THE CRITERIA WAS RESTRUCTURED,
DISQUALIFYING THE PROSPECTIVE CANDIDATES. THIS LEFT THE CAMPUS WITHOUT A
VOICE OR ANY REPRESENTATION. ONE MARICOPA WORKFORCE HAS
CHANGED THE CRITERIA AND PROCESS ALONG THE WAY
TO FIT WHAT THEY WOULD CONSIDER THEIR IDEAL
PERSON, RATHER THAN PUTTING VESTED EMPLOYS ON
THE BALLOT, WHO HAVE THE BEST INTEREST OF THE CAMPUS AND
ORGANIZATION AT HEART. THIS WAS NOT A TRANSPARENT
PROCESS, BUT RATHER A FORM OF DICTATORSHIP. CLASSIFIED STAFF COUNCIL
POLICY CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS: IN MY MIND A TRUE
CONFLICT OF INTEREST IS PRESENT. WHEN CSC MEMBERS WHO
ASSISTED IN WRITING PROCESSES, POLICY BYLAWS,
AND THE CONSTITUTION PRIOR TO ELECTIONS WERE ON THE
BALLOT AND ELECTED TO THE STAFF COUNCIL, THE RIGHT THING
FOR THE VICE CHANCELLOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES AND CSC
TO DO WOULD HAVE TO BEEN TRANSPARENT BY NOT
ALLOWING ANY CONTRIBUTOR TO THE DOCUMENTS TO
BE ON THE CSC BALLOT. AS STATED IN THE MAY 16TH
EDITION OF THE MARICOPIAN, REPRESENTATIVES ALSO
DECIDED THEY WILL RATIFY CSC’S CONSTITUTION AND
BYLAWS AT A MEETING ON MAY 19TH, INDICATING THE
DOCUMENTS WERE ALREADY IN DRAFT FORM AND ONCE
AGAIN, PROVING CSC ISN’T INTERESTED I GIVING
EMPLOYEES THE OPPORTUNITY FOR INPUT OR COMMENT. IS CSC AFRAID OF THE
COMMENTS THEY MIGHT RECEIVE FROM EMPLOYEES? DIRECT APPOINTMENTS. IT’S MY UNDERSTANDING
MARICOPA HR IS PROCESSING DIRECT APPOINTMENTS WITH
THE FAVORED NEW EMPLOYEES BEGINNING THEIR
ASSIGNMENTS WHILE THEIR PAPERWORK IS PUSHED
THROUGH THE PROCESS. ALSO, PROMOTIONS AND
INCREASES ARE BEING APPROVED FOR SELECT
EMPLOYEES WHO MAY RECEIVE MULTIPLE INCREASES
IN PROMOTION. MS. MARY, YOUR
MINUTES ARE UP. I HAVE A COUPLE — JUST
A COUPLE OF THINGS. MARICOPA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
EMPLOYEES ARE HUMAN RESOURCES FOR THE MARICOPA
DISTRICT, OUR STUDENTS, AND THE COMMUNITY. I’M SADDEN EMPLOYEE
ISSUES, CONCERNS, MORALE, OVERALL MENTAL HEALTH AND
WELLBEING ARE DISREGARDED AND UNSUPPORTED. WE HAVE TRANSITIONED
FROM EMPLOYEE-DRIVEN REPRESENTATION, TO
EMPLOYER-DRIVEN REPRESENTATION. EMPLOYEES WON’T SPEAK UP
FOR FEAR OF RETALIATION. HOPEFULLY YOU HAVE BEEN
LISTENING TONIGHT TO THE EXAMPLES I HAVE
COMMUNICATED TO YOU, WHICH LEAD TO EMPLOYEE
FEAR AND APATHY. HOW MUCH MORE ARE YOU
GOING TO ALLOW DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION TO TAKE
AWAY FROM EMPLOYEES? THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MS. MARY. I HAVE NO OTHER REQUESTS. WE’LL PROCEED THEN TO
CHANCELLOR’S REPORT. CHANCELLOR. YES, THANK YOU. MR. GUTIERREZ, MEMBERS OF THE
BOARD, AND CEC AND GUESTS. I HAVE GUESTS FOR A BRIEF
PRESENTATION, BUT BEFORE I INTRODUCE THEM, I WANTED
TO LET EVERYONE KNOW IT HAS BEEN A WONDERFUL
COUPLE OF WEEKS BECAUSE WE’VE HAD SO MANY
CONVOCATIONS AND COMMENCEMENT. AND I UNDERSTAND THAT JUST
ABOUT EVERY EVENT WE HAVE HAD RECORD PARTICIPATION
ON BEHALF OF THE STUDENTS AND RECORD ATTENDANCE. SO THANK YOU TO ALL WHO
HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE PLANNING AND MAKING
SURE THAT THE STUDENTS FELT SUPPORTED ENOUGH
TO COME TO THE EVENTS. AND I WILL NOW INTRODUCE
THE TWO GUESTS THAT ARE HERE TONIGHT TO
MAKE A PRESENTATION. WE HAVE PROFESSOR JIM
SIMPSON, FROM SCOTTSDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE, AND
LINDA JACKSON, WHO WORKS FOR THE IRS. AND THEY ARE HERE
FOR A GOOD THING. THEY’RE HERE TO — NO ONE
IS IN TROUBLE WITH THE TAXES, BUT YOU MAY OR MAY
NOT KNOW THAT SOME OF OUR COLLEGES HAVE SERVED AS
VITA SITES AND HELPING LOW-INCOME INDIVIDUALS
FILE THEIR TAXES. AND VITA IS: VOLUNTEER
INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE. AND WE DO THAT IN
PARTNERSHIP WITH THE IRS AND UNITED WAY. SO I WOULD LIKE FOR JIM
SIMPSON AND LINDA JACKSON TO EXPLAIN A LITTLE BIT
ABOUT THE PROGRAM AND THEN SOME OF THE RESULTS THAT
WE HAVE SEEN AND HOW WE HAVE SUPPORTED OUR COMMUNITY
THROUGH VITA. THANK YOU, DR.
HARPER-MARINICK. PRESIDENT GUTIERREZ,
MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, DR. HARPER-MARINICK,
MEMBERS OF THE CEC, AND GUESTS, MY NAME
IS JIM SIMPSON. I’M A PROFESSOR AT
SCOTTSDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE. AND I’M HERE TO TALK ON
BEHALF OF THE IRS SPONSOR VITA PROGRAM THAT DR.
HARPER-MARINICK JUST REFERRED TO. FIVE OF THE TEN MARICOPA
COMMUNITY COLLEGES SPONSORED SITES WITH
STUDENT AND COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS WHO PROVIDED
FREE TAX PREPARATION FOR TAXPAYERS WILL LESS THAN
$54,000 OF INCOME OR THE ELDERLY OR DISABLED. WE PREPARED OVER 3,000
RETURNS, GENERATING NEARLY $4 MILLION IN REFUNDS. A MAJOR PORTION OF THESE
REFUNDS CAME FROM FEDERAL TAX CREDITS, SUCH AS THE
EARNED INCOME CREDIT AND EDUCATION CREDITS, WHICH
REPRESENTS AN INFLUX OF FEDERAL MONEY INTO OUR
COMMUNITIES FOR THE PEOPLE WHO NEED IT MOST. MANY OF THESE CLIENTS SAID
THEY WOULD USE THE MONEY TO PAY BILLS. MANY OTHERS SAID THEY
WOULD USE THE MONEY TO PAY TUITION, WHICH IS A DIRECT
FINANCIAL BENEFIT TO THE COLLEGES, MUCH
LIKE A PELL GRANT. IN TURN, THE ONLY COST OF
THE COLLEGES WAS A LITTLE PAPER AND INK. THIS PROGRAM TOUCHES EVERY
ASPECT OF OUR MISSION. STUDENTS GET TO PUT INTO
PRACTICE WHAT THEY LEARNED IN THE CLASSROOM WHILE
PROVIDING A VALUABLE SERVICE FOR THE COMMUNITY. THEY GET REAL-WORLD WORK
EXPERIENCE TO ENHANCE THEIR JOB PROSPECTS. WE TRAIN MEMBERS OF THE
SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES TO BECOME CERTIFIED TO
PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM, LIFELONG
LEARNING. AND WE DEVELOP A VALUABLE
PARTNERSHIP WITHOUT OUTSIDE AGENCIES, SUCH AS
UNITED WAY, A NEW LEAF, MESA UNITED WAY, CITY OF
PHOENIX, AARP, AND THE IRS. HERE TO DISCUSS THE VALUE
OF THESE PARTNERSHIPS IS LINDA JACKSON
FROM THE IRS. GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE,
PRESIDENT GUTIERREZ, BOARD MEMBERS, CEC, GUESTS,
AND DR. MARINICK. THE VITA PROGRAM HAS
ACTUALLY BEEN IN YOUR COLLEGE FOR OVER 20 YEARS. IT WAS STARTED AT SOUTH
MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND THEN AGAIN AT PARADISE
VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND THEN SPREAD
WITH CHAMPIONSHIPS. PEOPLE THAT JIM WOULD LIKE
TO INTRODUCE IT TO THE PROGRAMS. WE HAVE ACA 121 CLASSES
AT SOME OF THE COLLEGES, EMCC, GATEWAY, SOUTH
MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE, THAT STUDENTS
COME AND THEY ARE TRAINED TO BECOME CERTIFIED
PREPARERS, WHICH IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR
ALL THESE INDIVIDUALS. IT’S A GREAT
COMMUNICATION SKILL. AND IT’S AN ACTUAL TRADE,
IF YOU REALLY TRY TO THINK ABOUT IT. SO WITH THE HELP OF JIM
SIMPSON WE ARE ABLE TO GET THESE INDIVIDUALS AND
VOLUNTEERS INTO THE COLLEGES TO HELP PROVIDE
FEE TAX PREPARATION SERVICES FOR
THE COMMUNITY. AND SINCE YOU HAVE BEEN A
LONG LIFE PARTNER AND AS A REPRESENTATIVE FROM
THE IRS, I WOULD LIKE TO PRESENT DR. MARINICK
WITH A PLAQUE FOR THEIR COMMUNITY SERVICES IN
APPRECIATION FOR ALL THE COLLEGES AND ALL THE
STUDENTS THAT HAVE BEEN PART OF THIS VITA PROGRAM
FOR OVER 20 YEARS. I HOPE THAT WITH YOUR HELP
THAT WE CAN EXPAND THIS PROGRAM TO THE
OTHER COLLEGES. SO AFTER CLASS TODAY, JIM
AND I WILL BE HERE TO HELP TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS ON
HOW YOUR COLLEGE CAN GET INVOLVED. AND I’D ALSO — YOU KNOW,
BECAUSE I WORK FOR THE IRS SO NOBODY EVER THANKS ME. I DON’T KNOW WHY. BUT AS A PARENT OF
A COLLEGE STUDENT AT PARADISE VALLEY COMMUNITY
COLLEGE, I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT HE HAD A VERY
WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE THERE AT THE COLLEGE. HE WAS ON THE GOLF TEAM. AND IT WAS JUST AN
ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE. SO THANK YOU TO PARADISE
VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND ALL THE BOARD
MEMBERS FOR OUR SUPPORT TO ALL THE COLLEGES. THANK YOU VERY
MUCH, MS. JACKSON. MR. CHAIR. MR. BURKE. THIS IS A
WONDERFUL PROGRAM. STUDENTS ARE NOT ONLY
GETTING AN EDUCATION, BUT IT FITS INTO OUR — ONE OF OUR
INS, WHICH IS CIVIL ENGAGEMENT. IT’S A GREAT SERVICE THAT
IS BEING DONE FOR THE COMMUNITY. I’M REALLY PROUD
OF THIS PROGRAM. JIM, THANK YOU. MY PLEASURE. I DIDN’T REALIZE THAT IN
ADDITION TO EVERYTHING ELSE YOU DO, YOU WERE —
YOU WERE INVOLVED IN THIS TO THE DEGREE YOU ARE. THIS PROGRAM IS THE BEST
THING I’VE EVER DONE IN THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE. IF YOU CAN SEE THE
STUDENTS, THE EXCITEMENT THAT THE STUDENTS HAVE,
THE LIFELONG LESSONS THAT THEY HAVE, THE CIVIC
ENGAGEMENT THAT THEY GET. WE’LL BE THERE AT 10
O’CLOCK AT NIGHT DISCUSSING VARIOUS RETURNS AND THE
THINGS AND HOW IT WOULD APPLY TO REAL LIFE. IT’S A WONDERFUL PROGRAM. IF ANY OF THE OTHER
COLLEGES — I OFFER MY ASSISTANCE IN
HELPING SET UP. AND IT’S NOT JUST
MY ASSISTANCE. WE HAVE A WONDERFUL
PROGRAM WITH IRS AND OTHERS SUPPORT — A WHOLE
SUPPORT NETWORK TO GET THESE SITES GOING. IT IS A LITTLE BIT OF
WORK, BUT IT’S WELL WORTH IT. THANK YOU, MR. SIMPSON. WE NOW MOVE TO THE
APPROVAL OF THE ORDER OF THE AGENDA. IS THERE A MOTION
TO APPROVE? SO MOVE. SECOND. AYE. SECOND — SORRY. ANY DISCUSSION? IF NOT, WE’LL MOVE
DIRECTLY TO THE CONSENT AGENDA. ALL IN FAVOR. I JUST WANTED TO SAY, AYE. OH, OKAY. WE’LL CALL ROLL
CALL VOTES. NO. NO. MOVING TO THE
CONSENT AGENDA. DOES ANYONE WANT TO REMOVE
ANY OF THE ITEMS ON THE CONSENT AGENDA? I MOVE OF APPROVAL. SECOND. YOU’VE HEARD THE MOTION. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? IF NOT, ALL THOSE IN FAVOR
SIGNIFY BY SAYING, AYE. AYE. OPPOSED? THE MOTION PASSES. THE CONSIDERATION OF
NON-CONSENT ACTION ITEMS. ITEM 15, CHANCELLOR. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. ITEM 15.1 IS A SETTLEMENT
OF LITIGATION WITH OUR ARVIZU, AND IT IS TO
SETTLE LITIGATION BROUGHT BY FORMER NURSING STUDENTS
OF CHANDLER-GILBERT COMMUNITY COLLEGE. THE GOVERNING BOARD HAS
BEEN APPRISED OF THE HISTORY OF THE
MATTER THROUGH PRIVILEGED COMMUNICATION FROM OUR
INTERIM GENERAL COUNSEL. AND I DON’T KNOW IF MS.
MCCONEL WANTS TO MAKE ANY COMMENTS ABOUT THIS? MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, MR.
GUTIERREZ, CHANCELLOR, I HAVE NOTHING TO ADD FROM
MY MAY 2ND NOTE TO THE BOARD. I MOVE OF APPROVAL. IS THERE A SECOND? SECOND. IT’S BEEN MOVED
AND SECONDED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR
SIGNIFY BY SAYING, AYE. AYE. OPPOSED? MOTION CARRIES. ITEM NUMBER 16:
BUSINESS SERVICES. VICE CHANCELLOR. MR. PRESIDENT, MEMBERS
OF THE BOARD, THIS IS AN ACTION ITEM THAT IS A
BEING REQUESTED FOR THE BOARD TO AUTHORIZE AND
APPROVE A RESOLUTION THAT AUTHORIZES THE SALE
OF GENERAL OBLIGATION REFUNDING BONDS. THIS IS A REFINANCING OF
SOME EXISTING BONDS THAT WE ISSUED IN ORDER TO
ALLOW US TO ACHIEVE SAVINGS IN INTEREST
ON THE BONDS. CURRENTLY WE ARE THINKING
IT MIGHT MAKE ECONOMIC SENSE TO ISSUE OR REFUND
OR REFINANCE A $159.68 MILLION IN BONDS. AND WE WOULD SAVE OVER
THE MATURITY OF THE BONDS ABOUT $13.8 MILLION. AND THAT RESULTS IN
REDUCED PROPERTY TAXES TO PROPERTY OWNERS, SO IT
WOULD SAVE OUR COMMUNITY QUITE A BIT OF MONEY OVER
THE LIFE OF THE BONDS. AND WE DO RECOMMEND
ITS APPROVAL. I DO HAVE BOND COUNSEL
HERE AND OUR FINANCIAL ADVISOR HERE. THEY PRESENTED AND WERE
HERE AT TWO PREVIOUS MEETINGS TO SHARE
INFORMATION, AND THEY’RE HERE TO HELP ANSWER ANY
QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE AT THIS MEETING. IS THERE A MOTION? I MOVE OF APPROVAL. IS THERE A SECOND? I SECOND. IT’S BEEN MOVED
AND SECONDED. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION
ON THIS ITEM? THIS ITEM HAS BEEN BEFORE US ON
TWO SEPARATE OCCASIONS. IF THERE IS NO FURTHER
DISCUSSION, ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SIGNIFY
BY SAYING, AYE. AYE. OPPOSED? MOTION CARRIES. 16.2: APPROVAL OF
CYBER RISK INSURANCE. VICE CHANCELLOR. MR. PRESIDENT, MEMBERS OF
THE BOARD, LAST YEAR FOR THE FIRST TIME WE WERE
ABLE TO ACQUIRE CYBER RISK INSURANCE WITH A TOTAL
LIMIT OF $10 MILLION. WE WERE ABLE THIS YEAR TO
ACHIEVE AN INCREASE OF $15 MILLION IN COVERAGE, FOR
A TOTAL OF 25 MILLION. AND THIS ACTION ITEM IS
FOR 16 MONTHS OF COVERAGE AT A TOTAL OF A
LITTLE OVER $681,000. AND THAT WILL — THE 16
MONTHS IS UNUSUAL, BUT WE’RE DOING IT TO GET US
IN THE SAME CYCLE FOR THE RENEWAL OF ALL OF OUR
OTHER LINES OF INSURANCE. AND WE RECOMMEND
ITS APPROVAL. I MOVE OF APPROVAL. IS THERE A SECOND? SECOND. IT’S BEEN MOVED
AND SECONDED. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? IF NOT, ALL THOSE IN FAVOR
SIGNIFY BY SAYING, AYE. AYE. OPPOSED? MOTION CARRIES. 16.3: STUDENT INSURANCE
PROGRAM RENEWAL. VICE CHANCELLOR. MR. PRESIDENT,
MEMBERS OF THE BOARD. THIS IS THE ANNUAL RENEWAL
FOR STUDENT INSURANCE. THERE ARE THREE CARRIERS THAT WE
ARE RECOMMENDING AWARD TO. ONE IS STAR INDEMNITY
FOR ACCIDENT INSURANCE. AND THAT — OUR PROCESS
FOR COMPETING HAS RESULTED IN THIS BEING THE
RECOMMENDED NEW CARRIER AND SAVING
ALMOST $100,000. WE RECOMMEND CONTINUING TO
GO WITH MUTUAL OF OMAHA. THEY ARE THE ONLY CARRIER
THAT WILL WRITE FOR US FOR CATASTROPHIC INSURANCE
AND THEN ALSO STAYING WITH NATIONWIDE FOR
INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE. THIS IS OPTIONAL INSURANCE
FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS. AND THEY PAY FOR THIS. THE DISTRICT PAYS FOR
ACCIDENT AND CATASTROPHIC. AND WE RECOMMEND
THIS APPROVAL. YOU’VE HEARD
THE EXPLANATION. IS THERE A MOTION? I MOVE OF APPROVAL. SECOND?
SECOND. IT’S BEEN MOVED
AND SECONDED. IS THERE DISCUSSION? IF NOT, ALL THOSE IN FAVOR
SIGNIFY BY SAYING, AYE. AYE. OPPOSED? MOTION CARRIES. 16.4: CONTRACT FOR THE
ANNUAL SUMMER PAVEMENT MAINTENANCE PROGRAM. VICE CHANCELLOR. MR. PRESIDENT, MEMBERS
OF THE BOARD, THIS IS A RECOMMENDED CONTRACT AWARD
TO ACE ASSAULT OF ARIZONA FOR A LITTLE BIT
LESS THAN $576,000. AND IT WILL PROVIDE
UPGRADES TO 35 PARKING LOTS AND DRIVEWAYS
AT VARIOUS DISTRICT LOCATIONS. YOU’VE HEARD
THE EXPLANATION. IS THERE A MOTION? I MOVE OF APPROVAL. SECOND. IT’S BEEN MOVED
AND SECONDED. FURTHER DISCUSSION? IF NOT, ALL THOSE IN FAVOR
SIGNIFY BY SAYING, AYE. AYE. OPPOSED? MOTION PASSES. 16.5: APPROVE JOB ORDER
CONTRACTING FOR FINANCIAL AID WOOD STREET BUILDING. VICE CHANCELLOR. MR. PRESIDENT, MEMBERS
OF THE BOARD, THIS IS A RECOMMENDED AWARD TO SD
CRANE BUILDERS FOR THE RENOVATION OF SOME SPACE
IN THE DISTRICT OFFICE’S WOOD STREET BUILDING. IT IS BEING — TO BE USED
TO LOCATE OUR FINANCIAL AID SUPPORT OFFICES. THEY ARE INDIVIDUALS WHO
WORK ON FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID VERIFICATION, STUDENT
LOAN SERVICING, FRAUD AND IDENTITY THEFT. AND IT WILL PROVIDE THEM
WITH SUITABLE TO DO THEIR WORK. YOU’VE HEARD
THE EXPLANATION. IS THERE A MOTION? MOVE OF APPROVAL. SECOND. SECOND. IT’S BEEN MOVED
AND SECONDED. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? HEARING NONE, ALL THOSE IN FAVOR
SIGNIFY BY SAYING, AYE. AYE. OPPOSED? MOTION CARRIES. INFORMATION ITEM, HUMAN
RESOURCES — 16.6 — 16.6. THE ELUSIVE 16.6. VICE CHANCELLOR. MR. PRESIDENT, MEMBERS
OF THE BOARD, THIS IS A RECOMMENDED AWARD TO
PROGRESSIVE ROOFING TO REPLACE THE EXISTING ROOF
AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE, THE VERY BUILDING
THAT WE ARE IN. THIS WILL REPLACE THE
ORIGINAL ROOF, WHICH IS APPROXIMATE 30 YEARS OLD. IT IS VERY DETERIORATED. WE EXPERIENCE A LOT OF
LEAKS, WHEN IT RAINS. AND IT NEEDS
TO BE REPLACED. IT’S AT THE END
OF ITS LIFE. WE RECOMMEND THE
APPROVAL OF THE ITEM. YOU HEARD THE EXPLANATION. IS THERE A MOTION? SO MOVED. SECOND. IT’S BEEN MOVED
AND SECONDED. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? IF NOT, ALL THOSE IN FAVOR
SIGNIFY BY SAYING, AYE. AYE. ALL THOSE OPPOSED? MOTION CARRIES. INFORMATION ITEM. HUMAN RESOURCES,
VICE CHANCELLOR. THANK YOU, PRESIDENT
GUTIERREZ, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD. NOW THE MOMENT YOU HAVE
ALL BEEN WAITING FOR, THE EMPLOYMENT NUMBERS FOR
THE MONTH OF APRIL. WE HAD A TOTAL NUMBER OF 24 NEW
HIRES AND 17 SEPARATIONS. ANY DISCUSSION? IF NOT, WE’LL MOVE ON TO
THE MONITORING REPORTS, ITEM NUMBER 18. VICE CHANCELLOR, THOMPSON. MR. PRESIDENT, MEMBERS
OF THE BOARD, THIS IS THE BUDGET ANALYSIS REPORT FOR
THE GENERAL FUND, OUR MAIN OPERATING BUDGET, FOR THE
FIRST TEN MONTHS OF THE FISCAL YEAR
THROUGH APRIL 30TH. AND AS I HAVE REPORTED
IN MANY MONTHS, THESE EXPENDITURES ARE ON PAR IN
TERMS OF PERCENTAGES WITH OTHER MONTHS, SAME IS
TRUE WITH REVENUES. AND WE EXPECT TO MEET
OUR FINANCIAL STABILITY REQUIREMENT AT
THE END OF YEAR. ANY DISCUSSION? IF NOT, WE WILL MOVE ON TO
ITEM NUMBER 19, GOVERNING BOARD REPORTS, MR. BURKE. THIS HAS BEEN
A BUSY MONTH. I WAS ABLE TO ATTEND THE
VORTEX AWARD CEREMONY AT SCOTTSDALE
COMMUNITY COLLEGE. THESE ARE FOR CREATIVE
WRITING STUDENTS AND ARTISTS. AND STUDENTS RECEIVED
AWARDS IN POETRY, SHORT STORY, DRAMA,
SCREENPLAYS, AND ART. A WONDERFUL EVENING. THEY DO THIS EVERY YEAR SEPARATE
FROM OUR DISTRICT PROGRAM. IT IS WELL-SUPPORTED
BY LOCAL WRITERS IN THE SCOTTSDALE AREA. I ATTENDED THE VETERANS
CONVOCATION AT MESA, THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDENTS
CONVOCATION AT SOUTH MOUNTAIN, THE
ASIAN-PACIFIC ISLANDER CONVOCATION AT RIO, THE
RIO SALADO GRADUATION, THE SCC NURSING PINNING
CEREMONY, AND THE CHANDLER-GILBERT
COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY ON FRIDAY NIGHT — THURSDAY
— FRIDAY NIGHT. AND THEN THE DISTRICT
AWARDS EVENT YESTERDAY, WHERE NEW EMPLOYEES THAT
WERE RECOGNIZED — YEAR — PEOPLE WITH YEARS OF
SERVICE AND ALSO SOME INNOVATION AWARDS AND ALIKE. IN ADDITION, I ATTENDED
THE AADGB MEETING, WHICH I WILL REPORT ON SHORTLY. MR. SAAR. I MADE THE SAME ONES
THAT WE ALL DID. IT’S A TIME OF THE YEAR
WHEN WE GET A CHANCE TO SEE THE EFFORTS PAYING OFF
FOR ALL OF THOSE INVOLVED IN OUR DISTRICT. OBVIOUSLY STUDENT SUCCESS
IS OUR NUMBER ONE EFFORT. AND THIS LAST WEEK HAS
BEEN A PLETHORA OF STUDENT SUCCESS STORIES. SO THANK YOU TO
ALL INVOLVED. MS. HAVER. YES. I ATTENDED SOME OF THE
GRADUATION CEREMONIES AS WELL. IN FACT, AT PARADISE
VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE ALL OF US ON THE PLATFORM
DID A LITTLE DANCE. AND I THOUGHT THAT REALLY
ADDED TO THE CELEBRATION. IT WAS QUITE AMAZING —
TO LIVE MUSIC, BY THE WAY. ALSO, SOMETHING I WANT
TO MENTION TO YOU. I ATTENDED THE SECOND
DAY OF THE PATHWAYS CONFERENCE. AND OUR GOVERNOR SPOKE
ABOUT HOW WE WERE IMPROVING CONNECTIONS IN
EDUCATION WITH DIFFERENT BUSINESSES AND
WHAT HAVE YOU. AND IF YOU CAN IMAGINE
THIS, HE MENTIONED OUR UNIVERSITIES AND DID NOT ONCE
MENTION OUR COMMUNITY COLLEGES. I WAS APPALLED. AND I TURNED TO LADY NEXT
TO ME WHO WAS A TEACHER — IS A TEACHER, I SHOULD
SAY, AT A CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE. I SAID, ISN’T THAT
SOMETHING THAT HE DIDN’T MENTION COMMUNITY
COLLEGES. AND SHE SAID, OH, DON’T
WORRY, BECAUSE YESTERDAY THERE WAS THIS OUTSTANDING
SPEAKER WHO TOLD ALL ABOUT EVERYTHING THE COMMUNITY
COLLEGE WERE DOING. REALLY? AND WHAT WAS THAT
PERSON’S NAME? WELL, IT WAS
MARIA SOMEBODY. SHE’S — ANYWAY. SO I THINK OUR CHANCELLOR
IS ON TOP OF THINGS. MS. LIVINGSTON. WELL, I DON’T ALWAYS GET
THE SAME CHANCES EVERYONE ELSE DOES, BUT I GET TO
SEE IT ON THE OTHER SIDE. AND JUST TODAY I HELPED A
YOUNG STUDENT GET READY TO GO ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN AND
ANOTHER ONE FILL OUT HIS APPLICATION — NOT HIS
APPLICATION, HIS TRACK TYPE OF THE THING, BECAUSE
HE HAS AN APPOINTMENT TOMORROW DOWN AT GCC AND
HIS ASPIRATION IS DIVISION I. SO I GET TO SEE
THE OTHER END. YOU GUYS ARE
DOING A GREAT JOB. KEEP IT UP. YOU NEED MORE CHEERLEADERS
INSIDE THE SCHOOLS. I CAN ONLY GET AROUND TO
SO MANY AT ONCE, BUT DOING OUR BEST. GOOD STUFF. MR. HEEP. AFTER EVERYONE’S — HELLO. OKAY. THANK YOU. I’M SITTING HERE LOOKING
AT A TWO-PAGE DOCUMENT, AND ALL I CAN SAY, I
WANT TO THANK YOU TO THE CHANCELLOR, TO THE
PRESIDENTS, AND TO ALL THEIR STAFF OF THOUSANDS
THAT PUT ON SO MANY OF THESE GREAT PROGRAMS,
THESE GRADUATIONS, THESE SUCCESS MOTIVATION
PROGRAMS, JUST ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC. THE ENERGY IS
OVERWHELMING. SO THANK YOU. I’M JUST — THANK YOU. MS. MCGRATH. THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. I TOO WAS ABLE TO
PARTICIPATE IN A VERY WONDERFUL
GRADUATION CEREMONY. AND I THINK THAT THE ONE I
ATTENDED WAS PROBABLY THE MOST FUN. IT WAS HELD OUTSIDE AT THE
GOODYEAR BASEBALL STADIUM. AND AT THE END OF THE
CEREMONY THEY SHOT OFF FIREWORKS, WHICH WAS A
VERY PLEASANT SURPRISE. THEY PASSED OUT RATTLES TO
US BEFORE WE MARCHED OUT ON TO THE FIELD. AND THEY WERE WONDERFUL. THEY HAD A PAW PRINT OF
THE MOUNTAIN LION ON THEM AND PURPLE AND GOLD, WHICH
ARE THE SCHOOL’S COLORS. AND AS A FAVORITE STUDENTS
WERE RECEIVING THEIR DIPLOMA, IF THEY HAD
EXCELLED IN A PARTICULAR SOMETHING OR ANOTHER, I
COULDN’T FIGURE OUT WHAT, BUT MEMBERS OF THE FACULTY
WERE SEATED IN ONE PLACE. AND MEMBERS OF THAT
FACULTY WHO LOVED THAT STUDENT WOULD STAND UP AND CHEER
AND SHAKE THEIR RATTLES. IT WAS REALLY FUN. I’D NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE
THAT AT A GRADUATION CEREMONY. AND AT THE END AS WE
MARCHING OFF THE STAGE, I ALSO SHOOK MY RATTLE
SEVERAL DIFFERENT TIMES. AND ONE OF THE STUDENTS
SAID, OH, I LOVE YOUR RATTLE. AND I SAID, DO
YOU HAVE ONE? SHE SAID, NO. SO I WISH I KEPT IT,
BUT I GAVE IT TO HER. AND THEN THE NICEST THING,
WE MARCHED OUT AND WE FORMED A LINE ON
THE FIRST BASELINE. AND ALL OF STUDENTS WALKED
BETWEEN US AND WE CLAPPED OUR HANDS RAW FOR THEM
AS THEY MARCHED OUT. THAT WAS HAPPIEST GROUP OF
GRADUATES I’VE EVER SEEN. AND IT WAS A PLEASURE
TO PARTICIPATE IN IT. SO YOU SHOOK YOUR RATTLE. AND YOU WERE GOOD AT IT. I’M NOT GOING THERE. IT’S MY TURN. LOOK, I WAS AT SOUTH —
IT WAS SOUTH MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE’S
GRADUATION. IT WAS FABULOUS. IT WAS EXCELLENT. AND STUDENTS
WERE JUST ELATED. BUT IV’E GOT TO SAY BOTH
AT SOUTH AND GLENDALE — GLENDALE WAS LED BY
PRESIDENT KOVOLA, WHO OBVIOUSLY IS A SECRET
GENERAL IN THE MILITARY. SHE HAS MILITARY PRECISION. STAND UP. MOVE. I WAS IN THE ARMY FOR A LONG
TIME, AND I WAS TERRIFIED. BUT, YOU KNOW, IT’S LIKE
600 STUDENTS AND THOUSANDS OF FAMILY MEMBERS. AND IT ALL WORKED LIKE
CLOCKWORK, LIKEWISE AT SOUTH. I’VE GOT TO CONGRATULATE
EVERYONE INVOLVED THERE. I WAS AT THE
HISPANIC CONVOCATION. THERE WERE RECORD NUMBERS. AND I HOPE THAT NEXT YEAR
THAT NUMBER WILL PALE. NEXT YEAR WE WILL
HAVE EVEN MORE. THE VETERANS CONVOCATION
WAS TERRIFIC, BUT, FRANKLY, IT WAS A BIT
OF A DISAPPOINTMENT. WE ARE NOT — I KNOW
WE ARE REACHING OUT TO VETERANS. AND I KNOW WERE HAVING
GREAT SUCCESS WITH VETERANS, IN TERMS OF OUR
COLLEGES, BUT THEY’RE NOT GOING TO THE CONVOCATION. AND WE’VE GOT TO BRING
THEM TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE THAT MOMENT. SO WE’VE GOT TO TRY
HARDER THIS COMING YEAR. BUT IT WAS — TO THE
DEGREE IT WORKED, IT WAS ABSOLUTELY TERRIFIC. LET ME CLOSE WITH THIS,
PHOENIX COLLEGE SOFTBALL TEAM IS GOING TO
THE REGIONALS — THE NATIONALS. THEY WON THE REGIONALS. THEY ARE GOING
TO THE NATIONALS. THEY ARE GOING TO SOME
PODUNK TOWN IN MISSISSIPPI TO PLAY FOR THE NATIONALS
— A PLACE YOU HAVE NEVER HEARD OF. SO I’M NOT GOING
TO MENTION IT. BUT THE CHANCES ARE THEY WILL
THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS. UNLIKE IN THE PAST, WHERE
WE CELEBRATE THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS WITHOUT REALLY
THINKING ABOUT WHAT WE’RE GOING TO DO, I WANT TO
CHALLENGE ALL OF YOU, PRESIDENT HANES,
CHANCELLOR, TO BEGIN THINKING ABOUT: WHAT ARE
WE GOING TO DO TO REALLY CELEBRATE THE FACT THAT
THESE STUDENTS ARE DOING EXTRAORDINARY. I KNOW MANY OF THESE KIDS. THEY’VE GOT 3.5’S AND
4.0’S, AS WELL AS GOING TO THE NATIONALS. IT’S AMAZING WHAT THEY DO. SO CONGRATULATIONS
TO EVERYONE. AND NOW, I’LL GO ON
TO THE NEXT ITEM. EXTERNAL COMMUNITY
REPORTS, ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNING BOARDS,
MR. BURKE. MR. CHAIR, MEMBERS OF
THE BOARD, THE ARIZONA ASSOCIATION OF DISTRICT
GOVERNING BOARD MEMBERS MET IN MAY. WE ELECTED NEW OFFICERS,
JANE STRAIN FROM COCHISE IS THE NEW PRESIDENT
OF THE BOARD. MARIA CHAVOYA OF ARIZONA
WESTERN IS THE VICE CHAIR. AND JULIE BARE OF MOHAVE
IS THE NEW SECRETARY TREASURE. WE ALSO MADE FINAL
PREPARATION FOR THE GOVERNANCE INSTITUTE ON
STUDENT SUCCESS, WHICH WILL BE HELD LOCALLY ON
SEPTEMBER — THE EVENING OF SEPTEMBER 8, THE DAY OF
SEPTEMBER OF 9, AND HALF DAY ON SATURDAY
SEPTEMBER 10. SCHOOL BOARD
ASSOCIATION, MR. SAAR. NO REPORT. ACCT, MR. SAAR. NO REPORT. IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR
WHEN WE STAY WHERE WE ARE AT. THE NEXT MEETING DATES
AND TIMES: JUNE 14TH, 5:30 P.M., THE CHARTER
SCHOOL SPECIAL MEETING. THAT’S A BUDGET APPROVAL. JUNE 14TH, 4:30 P.M. AGENDA REVIEW,
GOVERNING BOARD ROOM. JUNE 28TH, 5:30,
BUDGET AND FINANCE. AND JUNE 28TH, 6:30 THE
REGULAR BOARD MEETING AND THE CHARTER SCHOOL PUBLIC
HEARING THAT’S REQUIRED BY LAW. IF THERE’S NO FURTHER
BUSINESS BEFORE THE BOARD, I DECLARE THIS
MEETING ADJOURNED.

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