Saddleback Joins CSUF, Irvine Valley College in New Transfer Agreement

Saddleback College President Tod Burnett joined California State University, Fullerton President Mildred Garcia and Irvine Valley College President Glenn Roquemore at a signing of the Strategic Transfer Acceleration Resources Agreement (STAR Agreement), which paves the way for expanded enrollment at the CSUF Irvine campus.  The new program seeks to increase the number of Saddleback and Irvine Valley students prepared to transfer to CSUF, and will provide a more seamless transfer process by giving students opportunities to finish some lower-division classes at CSUF’s Irvine campus.

Saddleback College is thrilled that the STAR Agreement will expand transfer opportunities for our students to CSU Fullerton, an important partner in helping our students complete their four-year degrees and pursue their higher education goals.

STAR Agreement

President Tod A. Burnett joins California State University President Mildred Garcia and Irvine Valley College President Glenn R. Roquemore at the signing of the STAR Agreement

The Start of 2013/2014 Academic Year

On Monday we kicked off the start of the 2013/2014 academic year at Saddleback College.  As I mentioned throughout last week including at the faculty breakfast, associate faculty dinner, and classified staff luncheon, the next 12 months promise to be an exciting period in our college’s history.  The title of this year’s Annual State of the College is The Next Five Years.  For a copy, please click here.  In 2018, Saddleback will be celebrating its 50th anniversary and over the next year we will be greatly determining how our college will look in five years.  After impressive accomplishments for Saddleback over the past five years due to the tremendous efforts of our students, faculty, staff, management, and community, we are ideally positioned to take our college to the next level of success.  The coming year presents many opportunities for our college community to shape the future of Saddleback by finalizing our new six-year strategic plan, instituting college-wide efforts for enhancing student success, developing a comprehensive enrollment management plan, creating a model economic and workforce development plan, and supporting employee success.  Together our efforts over the next five years can ensure that Saddleback is the first choice college for attaining degrees, certificates, transfer, basic skills, and life-long learning.

During this past week’s Flex Week activities we were pleased to introduce to the college community our 15 new full-time faculty and 16 new classified staff, as well as our new vice president for instruction, director of technology services, student payment and veterans office manager, grants and contracts manager, director of annual giving, and police chief.  We are excited to welcome these new additions to our Saddleback Family and look forward to working with them.  To see a listing of all new employees, please click here.

Also this past week, we were pleased to present the 2013 Annual Report for our Saddleback College Foundation that highlights many accomplishments made over the past year and beyond.  I am particularly proud to highlight the fact that our foundation raised a record amount of scholarship funds last year.  We awarded 326 students a total of $509,790, which was a 50% increase over the prior year.  For a copy of the Saddleback College Foundation 2012/2013 Annual Report, please click here.

Saddleback had another successful year in 2012/2013, and the coming year promises to be equally successful.  The past five years have been highly successful, and the next five years will also be highly successful if we continue walking down the same path.  In 2018 our college will turn 50, and  I am confident that we will not only be celebrating Saddleback’s golden anniversary, but also the tremendous accomplishments of our students, employees, and community.  Saddleback will be the state’s leading community college for student success, and we will be the first choice college of our  community and beyond.

Thank you for all that you do each and every day for our students.  Have a wonderful fall semester!

Saddleback College Horticulture Partners with Casa Romantica

This academic year Saddleback College’s Department of Horticulture and Landscape Design and Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens will initiate a unique partnership through Saddleback’s Cooperative Work Experience (CWE) program. The partnership will give students the opportunity to gain real-world work experience for program credit in a unique public garden setting.

Casa Romantica will benefit from the enthusiasm, knowledge, and abilities of students in the college’s horticulture and landscape design program  each semester as they assist in the development of the extensive gardens surrounding this historic estate.

The effort was spearheaded by Jodie Cook, Casa Romantica Director of Gardens, and Ken Lee, Saddleback Horticulture and Landscape Design faculty.  Beginning August 19th the new student interns will be working on all aspects of garden development including interpretive signage, planting and container design, grounds improvement, expanding the library of docent reference materials, and various special projects planned for the gardens.  There will also be an opportunity for the students to assist in the slate of garden programming planned for the upcoming year.

“I feel the alliance with Casa Romantica is a wonderful opportunity to extend our students’ learning environment into a working public garden”, said Professor Lee.

The Casa’s stunningly situated 2.5 acre site features a native California garden, two succulent and cactus gardens, as well as butterfly and pollinator gardens.  It also contains a number of plant species unique to the Southern California coast.

The horticulture and landscape design program at Saddleback College was established in 1975 and offers the following courses:  Introduction to Landscape Design; Plant Materials – Trees and Shrubs, Introduction to Horticultural Science, Landscape Computer Aided Drafting and Design, Introduction to Planting Design, Soils and Fertilizers, History of Landscape Design, Hardscape and Construction Materials, Ornamental Native Plants, Professional Practices of Residential Landscape Design, and Advanced Irrigation Design.  Occupational Skills Awards are offered in general horticulture and plant identification.

Both Casa Romantica and Saddleback College are enthusiastic in anticipating the success of this program and believe the benefits will be rewarding for both the Casa’s award-winning gardens and Saddleback’s horticulture and landscape design students.

Fall ’13 Flex Week Begins Monday!


Dear Faculty, Staff, Management, and Special Guests:

I am excited to welcome back our faculty for the beginning of the 2012/13 academic year.  I am also excited to welcome to our Saddleback family 40 new employees: 15 full-time tenure-track faculty; six managers and administrators; and over 18 classified staff.  I will be introducing each of them to you next week at the faculty breakfast (Wednesday) or classified staff luncheon (Friday), so hope to see you there.  I also look forward to seeing all of you at many our Academic Senate’s faculty in-service week of activities beginning on Monday at 8:00 am with the Welcome Back Breakfast and Social and continuing through Friday.  There are numerous meetings, workshops, and professional development activities for all faculty, staff, and management at our college and district services, so I hope that you will take advantage of these opportunities.  It is also a great deal of fun!  The following is a list of some of the campus-wide events happening during the week that I strongly encourage you to attend:

  • Welcome Back Breakfast and Social, Monday, August 12th, 8am to 9:30am, SSC 212
  • Student Success: The Road Ahead for Academics at Saddleback, Monday, August 12th, 9:30am to 10:30am, BGS 254
  • Overview Personal Safety, Emergency Preparedness and Active Shooter, Monday, August 12th, 10:30am to 11:30am, BGS 232
  • Chancellor’s Opening Session, Tuesday, August 13th, 8am to 10:45am, McKinney Theatre
  • Presidents’ Faculty Breakfast, Wednesday, August 14th, 8am to 10am, SSC 212
  • Strategic Plan 2014: Understanding Performance and Developing Goals, Wednesday, August 14th, 10am to 1pm, SSC 212
  • New Full-time Faculty Reception, Wednesday, August 14th, 3:30pm to 4pm, AGB Conference Room
  • Presidents’ Associate Faculty Dinner, Thursday, August 15th, 4:30pm to 6:45pm, SSC 212
  • Presidents’ Classified Staff Luncheon, Friday, August 16th, 11:30am to 1:30pm, SSC 212
  • For the Fall Flex Week schedule,click here
  • For the Week-at-a-Glance, click here

I look forward to seeing you next week!