Video Conference Room / Fremont Campus

43600 Mission Boulevard, Fremont, CA94539






Minutes of College Council (**Special Meeting**)

October 21, 2005                                                                                                                  ADOPTED




MEMBERS PRESENT:          Doug Treadway                                Dennis Keller

                                                Walt Birkedahl                                   Kathleen Johnson

                                                Richard Grotegut                              Wayne Takakuwa

                                                Zane Gray                                         Debbie Trigg

                                                Jim Wright                                         Cheryl Lambert

                                                Elizabeth Silva                                  Roxanna Guide

                                                Linda Evers                                       Barbara Tull



MEMBERS ABSENT:             Deanna Walston

                                                Dave Schurtz

                                                Tom Holcomb

                                                Jim Wright

                                                Ankita Shah







  1. Position Paper to Present to Board of Trustees

·       Motion:  Moved/Tucker-Trigg; Second/Grotegut; Passed unanimously for College Council Co-chair Dennis Keller to present a “position paper” to the Board at the upcoming meeting on October 26.

·       Thanks to Richard Grotegut for editing the draft document to the Board on screen.

·       Final document to Trustees follows:


October 21, 2005


To:      Ohlone College Board of Trustees

From:  Ohlone College Council


The Ohlone College Council wishes to communicate several issues of concern to the Board of Trustees. The College is fast-approaching or at a financial crossroads which if not adequately anticipated could seriously diminish our ability to continue serving the community with quality instruction in an encouraging physical environment, and hamper our ability to infuse teaching methods with new technology and other innovative processes.  The College can no longer depend solely on the funding mechanisms from the State and needs to pursue and secure ongoing alternative funding sources.  If this issue is not addressed and a plan implemented by the Board in the near future, the College will assume a second tier position in the educational opportunities in the San Francisco Bay area.


In response, the College Council recommends that the Board:


·         Recognize the integrated nature of current design/construction issues at the College, rather than focusing considerable time on specific details of individual projects.  This will have an even larger impact as we move into construction on the Fremont campus. 

o        For example, the baseball fields affect student parking which in turn affect the Student Services Building construction.

·         Recognize the urgent need to develop outside revenue streams in view of inadequate state funding.  Inadequate funding continues to impact student learning, faculty creativity, and physical plant functions. 

o        For example, expediting asset management decisions.

·         Move forward in consideration of design/construction projects and not spend time revisiting items which have already been recommended by the College Council and approved by the Board.

o        For example, Campus Facilities Master Plan (Newark and Fremont), Instructional Master Plan (Newark), the Student Services Building design and placement, and the Declaration of Surplus Property.

·         Be judicious when requesting costly research from college staff and consultants.

·         Create time allocations for all agenda items and then “call for the vote” per Roberts’ Rules of Order.

  • Schedule a minimum of one meeting per semester on campus during daytime hours to facilitate participation by students, faculty, and staff.
  • Adopt as a regular practice monthly presentations by members of the college community regarding instruction and student service programs and issues.


It is our intention for the Board to know how much we appreciate their tireless efforts on our behalf. We trust that these constructive observations and recommendations will be viewed as ways we can continue working together to build a College of which we can all be proud.












































  1. Future Meeting Schedule

·       October 28, 2005 (10:00 – 11:30 a.m. / Video Conference Room)

·       November 4, 2005 (10:00 – 11:30 a.m. / Video Conference Room)

·       Note: November 11 is a holiday.  No meeting.

·       Note:  November 18 / no co-chairs able to attend.  No meeting.

·       Note:  November 25 is a holiday.  No meeting.

·       December 2, 2005 (10:00 – 11:30 a.m. / Video Conference Room)


Adjournment:   Meeting adjourned at 11:30 a.m.