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April 16, 2013 > Ohlone College Board of Trustees

Ohlone College Board of Trustees

Ceremonial Item/Discussion
The Board of Trustees expressed sympathy to the family of Felipe Galvan who lobbied for the community college to be named Ohlone College. Galvan's son, Andy, spoke about his father and reminisced about him.

The Board also recognized April 22 as Earth Day.

Standing Reports
Philosophy professor Wayne Nguyen - on behalf of the Faculty Senate in President Jeff O'Connell's absence - named Jim Andrews of the accounting department as Faculty of the Month, and named Geoffrey Collett Outstanding Alumnus.

Student body president Amit Patel informed the council that ASOC is holding executive elections, and surveys among students have revealed a desire for improvements to the Recreation Room on the Newark campus.

President/Superintendent Gari Browning reported that Ohlone College has founded its own branch of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native American Scientists (SACNAS), a group that promotes excellence in science among Hispanic and Native American students. Browning also reported that the new website for the Ohlone College Foundation is online at and that Ohlone for Kids is seeing a robust number of applicants.

Consent Agenda
Approved $2.1 million in payroll warrants for March 2013.
Approved personnel actions, such as retirements and resignations.
Approved advisory committee appointments including Union City Chief of Police Brian Foley and Fremont Police Chief Richard Lucero for the Administration of Justice committee.

Added a board workshop to take place on May 14, 2013.

Approved a policy whereby recordings of board meetings must be made public, and restricting use of district funds by board members for political campaigns.

Resolved that Trustee Bonaccorsi's absence from the March 13 meeting be considered an excused absence. Bonaccorsi left between the March 13 workshop and meeting due to illness.

Approved the review of purchase orders for the month of February, 2013.

Ratified contracts with a number of businesses in the amount of $1,084,942.90.

Ratified memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Ohlone College Community College District and the Contra Costa Community College District to create the Design It-Build It-Ship It Regional Workforce Development Initiative.

Noted completion of contract with Suarez & Munoz Construction, Inc. in the amount of $169,931 to repair "walkway trip hazards."

Noted completion of contract with Rainbow Waterproofing Restoration in the amount of $16,025 for deck proofing on Building 5.

Noted completion of contract with Valley Crest Landscaping Maintenance, Inc. in the amount of $32,306 for mulching trees and shrubs.

Noted completion of contract with Alliance Roofing Company, Inc. in the amount of $120,516 to "demo existing roof clay edge."

Authorized disposal of projectors to surplus personal property.

Recognized service of Rakesh Sharma of the Citizens Bond Oversight Committee.

To the Board for Discussion and/or Action
Mike Bowman, Dean of Institutional Research, gave a presentation on Ohlone College's scores in key areas of the Accountability Reporting of Community Colleges (ARCC)'s study of community colleges in California. In areas such as completions and students achieving over 30 units, Ohlone College is above the statewide average, whereas in the areas of persistence and vocational completion, the college ranks below the state average.

Vice President of Student Services Ron Little gave a presentation on three athletic fields, which are slated to begin construction in 2014. The $6 million budget for this project comes from Measure G funds.

To the Board for Information Only
Measure G has pumped $349 million into community colleges, and so far, $22 million has been spent.

To the Board for Discussion/Action
The board considered the expulsion of student Theodore Domingo on cheating and plagiarism charges. After deliberating in closed session, the board approved Domingo's expulsion.

Chairperson Vivien Larsen: Aye
Vice Chair Garrett Yee: Aye
Trustee Greg Bonaccorsi: Aye
Trustee Kevin Bristow: Aye
Trustee Teresa Cox: Aye
Trustee Jan Giovannini-Hill: Absent
Trustee Rich Watters: Aye
Student Trustee Tawney Warren: Aye

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