Volume II Issue VIIIOctober 2010 
Accreditation Visit 10/18-10/21
Education and Facilities Master Plan Website
Faculty Spotlight: Elizabeth Horan
State of the College Breakfast
K-12 Partnership Breakfast
Career Webinar Series
Transfer Day
VETS Resource Fair
9/11 Commemoration
Bat Boy: The Musical
Dean of Business Science and Economic and Workforce Development: Rocky Cifone
Presidential Highlights
Upcoming Events
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President's Greeting

Miki Mikolajczak, Transfer Center Coordinator, and President Burnett at Transfer Day
Photo by Jorge Guerrero
Tod and Miki
The fall semester is in full swing and the month of October in particular promises to be a highlight of the entire academic year as the ACCJC accreditation team makes its visit to our campus during the week of October 18-21.  From numerous college-wide workshops on accreditation to the extensive work on the completion of our self-study, we are well positioned for the team visit and I am fully confident that Saddleback College's accreditation will be reaffirmed with flying colors.  The team will be led by Dr. Joan Smith, Interim Chancellor of the Yosemite Community College District, who has already visited our college in preparation of the team visit. 

All of us on campus should be prepared for the accreditation visit. Please visit our accreditation website at and read the information provided below to familiarize yourself with the process and your role.  Information on the visiting team members will be sent out campus-wide this week.

In the midst of preparation for our accreditation team visit, we have seen some changes here at Saddleback College.  With the recent reorganization of ATEP, we are pleased to welcome back Rocky Cifone as Dean of Business Science and Economic and Workforce Development. Rocky worked with us for eight years in our Divisions of Fine Arts and Athletics before serving a year at ATEP as the Dean of Instruction and Student Services. We also welcome Jacqui Franks, who will be coming to us from ATEP as a Senior Administrative Assistant to oversee the college's master calendar.  We look forward to working with both Rocky and Jacqui!

This month we also began work on the college's five-year education and facilities master plan.  Many of you have already met with gkkworks, who are the consultants heading up work on the plan. The process is a comprehensive one to ensure that all on campus have the ability to offer their input in the plan.  Keep an eye out for a survey from gkkworks that will provide all of us with the opportunity to provide our feedback on our program and facilities needs.

Indeed, there is much to keep us busy this semester.  And we are fortunate to have many opportunities on our campus to enjoy the arts, athletics, and cultural activities, such as the Anthropology Speaker Series and the International Film Festival.  I know these events take considerable time to coordinate in addition to our day-to-day work and I thank those who go above and beyond to provide these unique opportunities for our students, faculty, staff, and community.

To celebrate our college and alumni, I hope to see you all at our Homecoming football game on Saturday, October 16th, as we take on the Grossmont College Griffins.  Go Gauchos!

Tod A. Burnett, Ed.D.
Accreditation Team Visit October 18th-21st
As you have undoubtedly heard, Saddleback College is having an accreditation team site visit on October 18th-21st. It is going to take the entire Saddleback College community to help secure accreditation reaffirmation! Throughout their visit, members of the accreditation team will meet and speak with students, faculty, staff, and management about the college, its mission and everyone's roles in meeting the mission.

So, what can you do to prepare? Accreditation is the responsibility of every member of the College community. From the beginning, the process for the Self Study review has been inclusive and transparent, and has benefited from the participation of individuals across the campus, including students, faculty, classified staff, classified managers, administrators, and district representatives. Your continued participation is necessary through the site visit in October. Below is a list of what you should do in preparation for the visit:
  • Talk with others about the strengths and weaknesses of your program or area, and be prepared to engage in an open and honest dialogue with the visiting team members.
  • Attend scheduled meetings with members of the Accreditation Team. Information on the dates and times for these meetings will be provided closer to the week of the visit.
Finally, please be sure to review the college's vision, mission and values! Think about how your department fits into the college mission and be able to speak about that.

Together, we WILL get our accreditation reaffirmed!
2010-2011 Education and Facilities Master Plan
Every five years, all California community colleges are required to submit an updated Education and Facilities Master Plan (EFMP) to the state chancellor's office which is used to prioritize, approve, and fund most of the campus facility projects. Over the coming months, Saddleback College will be undergoing a college-wide process to update our EFMP. This process provides Saddleback College with an opportunity to evaluate existing facilities and determines how new and renovated facilities could improve instruction, support services, and campus operations while enhancing student success.
The timing for Saddleback College is perfect, having recently completed the 2010-2013 Strategic Plan and Accreditation Self Study, as well as the district's first 20-Year Facilities and Scheduled Maintenance Plan. This is an ideal opportunity to better focus on educational planning that is directly tied to campus facilities needs for the next five, 10, and 20 years.
Updating the EFMP is a college-wide process that will include the shared vision of students, faculty, staff, management, and members of the community.  Everybody's input is welcome to complete this effort and to move the college toward its vision of being "the first choice of students who seek a dynamic, innovative, and student-centered postsecondary education."  To help facilitate this process, gkkworks, a nationally recognized planning, architecture, and construction services firm, has been retained by the district. 
The college EFMP process will begin with the collection of existing data from all areas of the college including instruction, support services, and campus operations. Beginning in September, gkkworks began conducting a series of interviews with several focus groups representing every division and department on campus. These focus groups will provide quantitative and qualitative information on ways to better meet our campus facility needs and desires. 

In addition, gkkworks will be distributing a campus survey that will provide all students, faculty, staff, and management with an opportunity for individual input.  Also, gkkworks will be visiting with Saddleback College's consultation council and four governance groups (Academic Senate, Classified Senate, Associated Student Government, and Management).
Once all of the data has been collected, gkkworks will synthesize the information and share it with the college community.  Once the education plan is completed, the EFMP process will continue with the development of a campus facilities plan that is directly tied with the educational needs and desires for the immediate and long-term future.  The final EFMP is expected to be completed, published, and distributed by July 2011.
For more information on gkkworks and the EFMP, please visit
Faculty Spotlight: Elizabeth Horan
HoranElizabeth Horan became the Distance Learning Librarian at Saddleback College in fall of 2008.  She had previously worked at Coastline Community College and earned her Master's of Library and Information Science (MLIS) at San Jose State University. Horan is currently earning a Masters of Instructional Design Technology (MSIDT) at Cal State Fullerton and will finish this spring.  

At the suggestion of Dr. Bob Bramucci, Vice Chancellor of Technology and Learning Services, Horan created the Saddleback Library YouTube Channel: SaddlebackLIBRARY, and populated it with short videos. Seeing a potential benefit to students, the librarians agreed it would be a good idea to have all the library videos in one place. The YouTube videos show students how to search the library databases, check if the library has their textbook and how to do a publication search. New videos are being added every week.  

In addition to having all the videos in one place for students to find, YouTube finds similar videos that other people have created that could also help our students. YouTube and the Saddleback Library is a win win situation!
President Hosts Annual State of the College Breakfast
President Tod Burnett welcomed more than 30 guests to his Annual State of the College Breakfast on Thursday, October 7th. Attendees included Mayor Pro Tem of Mission Viejo Dave Leckness, Mission Viejo City Council Member John Paul Ledesma, Laguna Niguel City Council Member Joe Brown, and Vince Brantley from the South Orange County Chamber of Commerce. Other guests included representatives from the Office of Congressman Gary Miller and State Senator Mimi Walters and local and nation-wide businesses and education.

During the breakfast, President Burnett spoke about the college's accomplishments since last year and his goals for this academic year. During the presentation Dr. Burnett stressed the importance of updating campus buildings and partnering with local businesses to ensure that the college's career technical education programs are training students for the work that out local businesses need. To view President Burnett's State of the College Report, click here.

After President Burnett's presentation, the President of the Saddleback College Foundation, Donna Varner, spoke about goals and plans for the foundation, including the annual gala, which will be held in February 2011. State of the College Breakfast
Saddleback College Welcomes Local High School Officials to Annual K-12 Partnership Breakfast
Principals BreakfastPresident Burnett welcomed more than 30 local school officials to the Saddleback College K-12 Partnership Breakfast on Thursday, September 30th.  The event provided an opportunity to learn about Saddleback College's degree and certificate programs, career technical education, and transfer opportunities.

Dr. Burnett welcomed the crowd, which included principals, vice-principals, superintendents, and trustees of local school districts, and stated, "Saddleback College and our local K-12 community form a great collaborative team that, first and foremost, benefits students but also is financially beneficial to our schools. Saddleback College offers something for every student, including job training, transfer, degrees, and certificates of achievement."

Speakers at the event included Vice President for Instruction Don Busche, Dean of Fine Arts and Media Technology Bart McHenry, Cinema, Television and Radio Professor Hiro Konishi, Transfer Center Coordinator Miki Mikolajczak, Capistrano Valley High School Assistant Principal Rocky Murray, and President of the Saddleback College Associated Student Government Melissa Fenerci. 
Career Center Hosts Career Webinar Series 
To help Saddleback College students prepare for their job searches, the Saddleback College Center for Career and Life Development and, a firm dedicated to providing career coaching to graduates and alumni, are offering nine lunch-time webinars. The webinars will feature experts who will share with students how to organize their job search, plan their career, build a network, create their brand, develop resumes, and use LinkedIn and Facebook to find a job.
The free webinars are held on Wednesdays from 12 - 1 p.m. in the Saddleback College Center for Career and Life Development office, SSC #140. For more information and to RSVP, call 949.582.4575, or email
Webinar dates and topics:
  • October 13th, Career Planning with Christine Hassler, Author and Former Hollywood Agent
  • October 20th, Networking with Diane Carling, Author and Speaker
  • October 27th, Resumes with Wendy Enelow, Author and Career Coach
  • November 3rd, Facebook with Natascha Saunders, Certified Career Coach and Speaker
  • November 10th, LinkedIn with Jason Alba, CEO of and Personal Branding Strategist
  • November 17th, Branding with William Arruda, President of Reach, the global leader in personal branding
  • December 1st,  Job Search  with Donald Asher, Internationally Recognized Author and Speaker
  • December 8th, Job Retention with Roz Usherhoff, Owner of The Usheroff Institute, Inc.
Transfer Day is a Hit with Students!
Photo by Jorge Guerrero
Transfer Day
This year, the Transfer Center hosted the largest Transfer Day in the college's history! More than 80colleges and universities were represented at the event and hundreds of students received  invaluable one-on-one time with these representatives.

Additionally, the Transfer Center facilitated six workshops that offered advice about transferring to USC, UCLA, UCs, CSUs, and in-state private universities and out-of-state colleges and universities. All of the workshops were well-attended with standing room only!

Praise continues to come in about the event and representatives have expressed their gratitude to Saddleback College and the Transfer Center for successfully preparing students to transfer to their colleges and universities!
VETS Resource Fair Connects Veterans with Vital Education Information
On Thursday, September 23rd, the Saddleback College Veterans Education and Transition Services (VETS) program hosted a Veterans Resource Fair to help veterans connect with resources to achieve their educational and life goals after service. The Resource Fair attracted more than 150 
Photo by CJ Serrano
Veterans Fair
participants to the approximately 40 internal and external organizations and services that are available to student veterans and their families.

The Veterans Resource Fair presented an all-in-one opportunity for student veterans to learn about the VETS program on campus including the VETS Center, Student Veterans Association, Transfer
Center, Center for Career and Life Development, Disabled Students Programs and Services, and Learning Assistance Program. 

Community organizations included
AMVETS, Wounded Warrior Project, Children of Fallen Soldiers, Laguna Hills VA Clinic, American Legion-Post 862, Troops to Teachers, South Orange County Vet Center, Foundation VSO, and Orange County's One Stop employment center.

With a vision to become the model veterans program in post secondary education, the VETS Program was developed to provide current and prospective Saddleback College students who are United States military veterans, active military, and their families with access to educational opportunities and the necessary support services to reach academic success, their career goals, and transition back into civilian life.  Student veterans are aided by a specialty veterans' counselor, "Boots to Books" transitions course, Veterans Outreach Aide and Marine Veteran, on-site service officer, awareness events such as the Veterans Resource Fair, and numerous ties to Orange County agencies and organizations.

In other news, Saddleback College was featured in a veterans-related video presented to the White House Summit on Community Colleges by the California Community College State Chancellor's Office. Please, click here to see the video.

Saddleback College 9/11 Commemoration Honors First Responders, Active Military, and Veterans
In a ceremony that included veterans and Orange County Fire Authority Chief Rick Robinson, 9-11-10Saddleback College paid tribute to those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 and to those who have committed themselves to defending our nation in the years since the tragic events of that day. The commemoration took place in front of the Saddleback College Veterans Memorial, with the college's Chief of Police Harry Parmer, a Marine Corps veteran, serving as the Master of Ceremonies.

"September 11, 2001 was a day that affected all of our lives and altered the course of our nation's history," said Dr. Burnett. "I want to thank everyone who came out to reflect today and honor not only those who perished, but also those who continue to sacrifice their very own lives to protect our country."
Keynote Speaker Chief Robinson shared his feelings of 9/11 with the crowd, "Seeing those three firefighters raise a flag on the site of the World Trade Center towers is an iconic memory for me. That day reminded me that heroes will arise unexpectedly in the face of dangers."
The first speaker at the event was Jack Williams IV, a Saddleback College Dean's List student and USMC veteran, who served a tour of duty in Iraq. He was 15 years old on September 11, 2001 and he reflected about feeling a deep anger that he had never experienced. "That day fundamentally altered the course of my life. Today, after serving in the military, I am still angry but I also recognize that our nation is not naturally invulnerable and we need to constantly support those who sacrifice their lives to defend our country."

During a moment of silence, a wreath was laid at the veterans memorial by President Burnett, Chief Robinson, Williams, Saddleback College Police Officer Santos Garcia, and Academic Senate President Carmen Dominguez. Saddleback College Music Student Trevor Drury, a tenor, followed the silent reflection with a moving rendition of "America the Beautiful."
The Department of Theatre and Arts Presents Bat Boy: The Musical
A Classic Love Story with a Serious Bite!
By: Nina Welch, Public Information Officer Fine Arts Department

Bat Boy PosterThe Department of Theatre Arts at Saddleback College is pleased to present Bat Boy: The Musical, a campy musical comedy, based on the book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming and music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe.

Ripped from the headlines in the Weekly World News, a half-boy half-bat creature is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia. For lack of a better solution, the local sheriff brings Bat Boy to the home of the town veterinarian where the pointy-eared adolescent is eventually accepted as a member of the family.

This smart and playful "spoofical" is licensed under agreement with Weekly World News. Directed by Daniel R. Trevino and Choreography by Ellen Prince, don't miss this cult hit horror show at the Studio Theatre on October 8th - 17th.

Dates: October  12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. and October 16 and 17 at 3 p.m.

Saddleback College
Theatre Arts program produces several fully-staged shows in which students are encouraged to participate. Theatre Arts students are given the opportunity to audition for every production and Theatre Arts students are given priority in the casting process. In addition there are numerous opportunities for students to contribute in backstage activities of all college productions.

Tickets can be purchased by calling (949) 582-4656 (noon - 4p.m., Tuesday-Saturday) and online at Prices are $13 general; $12 students/seniors/Angels; $9 with Saddleback ASB card.

New Dean of Business Science and Economic and Workforce Development: Rocky Cifone
CifoneIn its most recent meeting, the South Orange County Board of Trustees approved the re-assignment of Dean Rocky Cifone as Saddleback College's new Dean of Business Science and Economic and Workforce Development. Previously, Dean Cifone served as Dean of Instruction and Student Services at the Advanced Technology Education Park (ATEP) in Tustin following an eight-year stint as Saddleback College's Dean of Fine Arts - four of which included overseeing the Division of Physical Education and Athletics.

As Dean of Business Science and Economic and Workforce Development, Dean Cifone will provide leadership for Saddleback College's business science instructional programs, serve as the college's key economic and workforce development leader, and develop educational partnerships with business, industry, government, and educational partners.  With its excellent Career Technical Education programs and superb geographic location, Saddleback College is well positioned to harness the opportunities in the business and industry community.

At ATEP, Dean Cifone was responsible for day-to-day operations as well as planning, organizing, coordinating, directing, and evaluating staff, instructional programs, and student services.  With an emphasis on Workforce and Economic Development and Career Technical Education, he planned programs and services consistent with identified interests and needs not met by traditional college programs and developed and implemented appropriate methods and procedures to optimize efficient and effective delivery of instruction and support services to students.

Dean Cifone returned to Saddleback College on October 4th. Please be sure to welcome him back to the Saddleback College community!

Presidential Highlights - September
Assisted Students at the Student Information Desk...Attended Transfer Day...Served on the SOCCCD Chancellor Hiring Committee...Attended the Foundation Finance Committee Meeting... Attended the college's September 11th Commemoration...Taught Applied Psychology 166...Attended the Division of Health Sciences and Human Services Special College Accreditation...Attended the 2010 Vision for Student Success Information Workshop...Attended the Foundation Executive Meeting...Attended the  Black Chamber Commerce of OC Gala - Guest of Southern California Army Advisory Council...Attended the  Angels for the Arts Appreciation Luncheon...Hosted Board of Trustee Dinner by Saddleback Culinary Art Students...Attended the Board of Trustee Meeting...Attended the Orange County Business Council Complimentary Event: OC Film Premiere of "Waiting for Superman"...Met with the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission Accreditation Team

Upcoming Events

October 16th
Homecoming Football Game
Saddleback College
6:00 p.m.

October 18th

Second Eight-Week Classes Begin

October 18th-21st
Accreditation Team visit

October 25th
SOCCCD Board of Trustees Meeting
District Offices Building, Ronald Reagan Board of Trustees Room

October 28th
Saddleback College Foundation Board of Governors Meeting
Saddleback College

November 8th-9th

California Board of Governors Meeting