A Commitment to Collaboration

Sierra has long been a place where groups put aside competing interests to come together and make big things happen. This collaborative culture permeates every level of the college and is reflected in its governance, program review, and resource allocation processes.

The Purpose of Participatory Governance is to:

  • Provide the process for shared development of policies and regulations.
  • Provide the means through which all members of the academic community – students, faculty, administration, and classified – can participate effectively in the orderly growth and development of the College.
  • Provide the coordination of the College-wide standing committees, academic standing committees, and task forces.

Our Governance System


Board of Trustees

The Sierra College District is governed by a locally-elected, seven-member Board of Trustees consisting of community professionals, business officials, public policy leaders, and leading citizens. 

Learn more about our Board of Trustees


Guided by the Board of Trustees, the internal and external communities, with adherence to all policies, procedures, regulations and laws, the President is responsible for providing the vision, leadership, and strategic planning for the District.

Learn more about the President's office.

College Senates

Seeking college-wide input from all constituencies to gain consensus on decision-making is at the heart of Sierra’s Shared Governance process. To assist in this process, the college has established four main representative committees, the Academic Senate, the Classified Senate, Management and Confidential Senate, and ASSC Student Senate.

Each of the senates has the responsibility through their elected representatives to give the views of constituents at shared governance committee meetings (e.g. Strategic Council) and participate in making recommendations and decisions. The purpose of the four senates is to represent their constituents while working together to reach decisions that benefit the college as a whole. 

Purpose: To provide students with the opportunities to participate in the college’s shared governance process, to work with the Sierra College community to develop activities and support programs and services that promote student success and foster campus community.
Membership: All Students. Applications are required to run for a Student Senate position.
Chair: President/ Student Trustee is elected by the student body.
Decisions: Majority
Reporting: No annual report prepared. Reports to VP/ Student Services.
Meetings: Weekly on Thursday, during the semester. Thursdays, Rocklin Campus Board Room, 2-4 pm
Agenda: Posted on
Recollections: Approved minutes are posted in the Campus Life Office and kept in a binder.

The Academic Senate of Sierra College fosters the effective participation by faculty in academic and professional matters; develops, promotes, and acts upon policies responding to concerns; and serves as the official voice of the faculty of Sierra College in academic and professional matters. The Academic Senate strengthens and supports the faculty voices at Sierra College. According to Title 5 section 53200 (b) of the California Education Code, the primary function of the Academic Senate is to make recommendations with respect to the following 10 +1 areas:

1. Curriculum including establishing prerequisites and placing courses within disciplines
2. Degree and certificate requirements
3. Grading policies
4. Educational program development
5. Standards or policies regarding student preparation and success
6. District and college governance structures, as related to faculty roles
7. Faculty roles and involvement in accreditation processes, including self-study and annual reports
8. Policies for faculty professional development activities
9. Processes for program review
10. Processes for institutional planning and budget development
11. (otherwise known as +1) Other academic and professional matters as mutually agreed upon between the governing board and the academic senate

Goals: Establish and maintain equal representation from all academic divisions and centers within the District. Promote lively and productive forums for dialogue and foster a healthy atmosphere of equity and reciprocity among disciplines.
Bylaws (Sept. 2017)
Constitution (March 2012)
Membership: Executive Council is voted on from within the Senate as a whole. President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer for 2-year terms. Members are Full and Part-time faculty elected for a distribution of division-specific and at-large seats for 3-year terms, every Spring. Total number of seats are calculated by 10% of full-time faculty anticipated by August 1.

Committee Officers
President: Soni Verma (2021-2023)
Vice President: Heather Eubanks (2022-2024)
Secretary: Andre Mendoza (2021-2023)
Treasurer: Katherine Knox (2022-2024)

Business and Technology
  • Denise Bushnell/Katherine Knox (2021-24) (Business and Technology)
  • Ralph McGill/Christina Overmiller (Interim 2020-24) (Admin of Justice/Business)
  • John Fusano (2020-23) (Athletics)
  • Heather Eubanks (2020-23) (Athletics) 
Liberal Arts
  • Soni Verma (2022-2025) (Psychology)
  • Randy Snook (2020-23) (Photography)

Nursing and Allied Health

  • Vacant (2 seats)

Sciences and Mathematics

  • Rhiannon Porter/Sue Kurnett (shared) (2021-24) (Chemistry)
  • Daniel Balaguy (2022-2025) (Math)
Student Services/Library/Research
  • Jennie Longmire/Benjamin Wingard (2021-2024) (Learning Center)
  • Susie Le/Mark Kwoka (2020-23) (Counseling)
  • Vacant (2021-24)
  • Julie Columbo (Interim until 2023)
At-Large (11)
  • Andre Mendoza (2021-24) (Learning Center)
  • Brenna Chapman (2021-24) (Art History)
  • At-large (Vacant, 2022-24)
  • Brianna Nathaniel (2022-2025) (Health Sciences)
  • Emine Gunhan (2020-23) (Biology)
  • Robin Persiani (2020-23) (ESL)
  • Robert Lennartz (2021-24) (Psychology)
  • Dawn Veltre (2020-23) (Nursing)
  • David Miramontes-Quinones (2021-24) (Counseling)
  • Allie Aguilar (2021-24) (Counseling)
  • At-Large (Vacant)
Chair: Elected by Senate members for a two-year term. President position must be filled by a full-time faculty member.
Decisions: Operate under Brown Act for open meetings. Consensus when possible/voting when needed/majority rules.
Reporting: No annual report. A stand-alone entity, with direct access to the Board, as needed.
Meetings: Every Wednesday from 3:30-5:30pm in the Board Room (LRC-133)
Agenda: Posted in

Senate Bylaws (spring 2022)
Attendance Policy and Recommendations (2021)
Adoption of Course Materials (2021)
In Support of Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander Communities (April 2021)
In Support of Black Lives and Racial Justice (Aug. 2020)
Resurrection of a Study Abroad Program
In Honor of Dr. Morgan Lynn

Appreciation to All who Contributed to Successful Passage of Measure E
Opposition to Performance-Based Funding
Opposition to Online College
Collaboration When Appointing Management
Adjacent Acreage
Online Educational Resources
Selling Surplus Properties
Retirement of Rebecca Gregg
Resolution on Social Justice (2017)
Adoption of Course Materials (2017)
Resolution in support of DACA students and recipients (Oct. 2017)

Recollections: Posted on BoardDocs and emailed to faculty and management
Standing Committees:

Academic Standards
Academic Support
Career and Technical Education (CTE)
Distance Learning and Instructional Technology (D-LIT)
Educational Effectiveness
Faculty Professional Development
Gender Equity
Natural History Museum
New Legacy 
Program Review

Purpose: To provide the classified staff with a formal representative and professional voice in determining institutional positions, policies, procedures and regulations at local and other public bodies. To provide the President and District Superintendent with recommendations and views on matters affecting the conduct, welfare and growth of the College. To enable the Senate through the governance structure to address the Board of Trustees with recommendations and views on matters affecting the conduct, welfare and growth of the College. To promote communication and mutual understanding among the classified staff, faculty, administration, Board of Trustees, students and other interested person(s) having to do with the conduct, welfare and growth of the College.
Goals/Objectives: Build community; increase communication; share information; orientation/ reorientation for all classified staff.

All Classified employees of the District are automatically members. Senate participation is voluntary. 9 senators (1 per cluster) are elected as representatives.

2020-21 Senate Appointees

Britney Slates, President

Autumn Gobel-Cahoon, Vice President
Greg Harnage, Secretary
Casey Brown, Senator
Kalee Christensen, Senator
David Ellingson, Senator
Alena Loomis, Senator
Matthew Lyon, Senator
Connie Raynor, Senator

Ryan Goodpastor

Denise Nichols
Christine Yorde

Chair: President, Vice President and Secretary are elected by members.
Decisions: Quorum vote
Reporting: No annual report. Reports to its constituents.
Meetings: 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at noon.
Agenda: Posted on
Recollections: Posted on website:
August 22, 2018
June 13, 2018
May 2, 2018
April 25, 2018
April 11, 2018
March 14, 2018
February 28, 2018
February 14, 2018
January 24, 2018
January 10, 2018
December 13, 2017
November 29, 2017
November 8, 2017
October 25, 2017
October 11, 2017
September 27, 2017
Purpose: Represents management and confidential staff on Shared Governance Committees (e.g. Strategic Council); selects representatives for various committees (e.g. curriculum, hiring, etc.)
Membership: All currently employed personnel designated as administrative, supervisory, or confidential, other than the President and all Vice Presidents, shall be members of the Senate.
Chair: Elected by the membership.
Decisions: Consensus or majority, if needed.
Reporting: No annual report. Does not report to governing body or manager.
Meetings: Every 3rd Wednesday - 2:00pm, LR-201
Agenda: Posted on
Recollections: Posted on


There are two bargaining units at Sierra College: United Public Employees of California, Local 792 (UPEC) and Sierra College Faculty Association (SCFA). To learn more, visit Collective Bargaining and Compensation by Employee Group.

Councils and Committees

 Sierra College has many committees and councils which plan for the college’s future and keep records of its past. Most of these committees are open to faculty, staff, and students to join. Some are established for a defined period of time and specific purpose and are dissolved once that purpose is accomplished.

Most are ongoing although their membership and purpose may be changed depending on the needs of the committee. Almost all keep some kind of recollections and minutes in order to keep track of decisions made and actions taken. Committees are the usual way for colleges to organize their staff to accomplish day to day work or longer term objectives.

Committee Members
  • Susie Le (Chair)
  • Nancy Martinis (counseling faculty)
  • Ruth Flores (counseling faculty)
  • Cherie Mathews (counseling faculty)
  • Karin McGuire (counseling faculty)
  • Rebecca Kyler (instructional faculty)
  • Jill Rafael (instructional faculty)
  • Vacant (management)
  • Shay Flanagan (Admissions and Records)
Purpose: To recommend policies and regulations and to consider problems and hear student petitions related to academic standards and practices; to set the standards and be responsible for the catalog descriptions pertaining to academic standards such as course challenges, petitions, etc.; to communicate on a consistent basis the policies and regulations emanating from the Committee. Areas of committee concern are scholastic standards, grading practices, course repetition, grade changes, academic renewal, attendance regulations, pass/no pass grading, and credit by examination.

By Committee Members.
(7) Faculty representatives appointed by the Faculty Senate.
(3) Administration representatives appointed by the Administrative Senate.
(2) Classified representatives appointed by the Classified Senate.
(1) Student representative appointed by the ASSC.

1. The majority of the members should be faculty. All members have equal voting rights, however where appropriate, advisory, non-voting (ex-officio) members may be designated.
2. Membership limited to 6 years (at the discretion of the governing body) unless membership is specified by the committee structure.
3. Governing bodies shall annually (in January) review membership on committees and make appropriate replacements.
4. Lack of attendance of meetings will be reported to the appropriate governing body and a replacement sought.
5. Members of the committees are appointed by their appropriate governing bodies in a manner to achieve appropriate breadth of representation on each committee.
6. Chairs elected by secret ballot of the committee membership.
7. Appropriate governing body will ensure that the committee chair elections be held by January for the following academic year (July-June).
8. No committee should be chaired by the administrator or coordinator responsible for the management of that committee’s jurisdiction.
9. All academic standing committees must be chaired by Faculty.
10. A list of all committees, task forces, and advisory committees will be maintained by the College Council.

Chair: Elected by the membership from the faculty members. Serve for no more than 3 consecutive, one-year terms.
Decisions: Majority
Reporting: No annual report. Reports to Academic Senate.
Meetings: Meets 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 2-3 p.m., L-193
Agenda: Posted in
Recollections: Posted on

Committee Members: Amanda Barnett, Andre Mendoza, Brigitte Elder, Kelly Vanderpool, Elaine Sturgill, James Razavi, Jay Batchelder, Jennie Longmire, Kacey Bullock, Karin Green, Kimberly Marcussen, Marcia Brock, Margo Marvin, Mary Beth Pattengale, Melody Meier, Sarah Konst, Tina Sixt, Vitaliy Morozov, Meghan Benham, Ingrid Keriotis, Lisa Rochford

February 20, 2019 January 23, 2019 March 20, 2019 September 18, 2018
  • Provide a forum for communication and collaborative efforts of academic support service providers across multiple disciplines
  • Identify and research common issues, initiatives and interests
  • Coordinate services to reduce confusion for staff and students
  • Research and propose innovations in academic support services
Membership: Membership consists of faculty, staff and managers representing academic support services across multiple disciplines. Members are appointed by the Academic Senate for an undetermined length of time.
Sixteen faculty, five classified, one manager, one student appointed by the ASSC
Chair: Appointment by Academic Senate
Decisions: Consensus
Reporting: No annual report. Reports to Academic Senate
Meetings: Third Wednesdays from 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Agenda: Posted in
Recollections: November 20, 2019
September 18, 2019
March 20, 2019
February 20, 2019
January 23, 2019
Purpose: To make operational decisions for the use and operations of the Banner ERP administrative software system.
Membership: Managers and/or staff are chosen by their operational position in the organization and functional area in relation to the Banner ERP system i.e., finance, student, Financial Aid, HR/Payroll. Term is for as long as needed.
Chair: Chief Technology Officer
Decisions: Consensus
Reporting: Annual report N/A. Reports to managers of operational departments.
Meetings: Once a month.
Agenda: Email sent to committee members and posted in Inside.Sierra.
Recollections: Email sent to committee members and posted in Inside.Sierra.
Purpose: To consider and make recommendations with regard to academic calendars.
Membership: SCFA appoints up to 8 faculty, the Superintendent/President appoints up to 7 members. There is no identified term limit for committee members.
Chair: Facilitated by Vice President of Student Services or designee
Decisions: Collaborative
Reporting: The recommended calendar is submitted to the Academic Senate for consultation and the SCFA Executive Board for approval. The final calendar is presented to Strategic Council COuncili as an information item and recommended to the Superintendent/President of the College. The Superintendent/President submits his/her final recommendation for the academic calendar to the Board of Trustees for approval.

Varies – sometimes once/year electronically; sometimes weekly for several months.

Agenda: Provided to members of the committee.

Provided by the office of the Vice President of Student Services.

Purpose: To promote dialogue and information sharing on matters regarding student engagement and well-being, the culture, and environment across our campuses. By utilizing a collaborative process to address issues, a stronger sense of community among all groups on campus is formed. The workgroup addresses concerns/ideas for action and makes recommendations to the appropriate partners.

Dean of Student Services – Bobby Gosal
Director, Student Engagement Centers – Serjio Acevedo

Chief of Security – Jamison Lopizich
Plant Operations Supervisor – Ryan Kyle

General Services Manager – Vacant
Procurement Contract Analyst – Teri Turner

Student Services Technician/Residence Life – Ryan Goodpastor
Campus Life Coordinator – Juan Miguel Blanco
1 Faculty Representative – Robert Roden
1 Classified Representative – Mary Vogel
ASSC President (or designee) – Ruby Chavez DeChavez
3 Student Representatives – Vacant
1 Residence Hall Student Representative – Vacant
Other Representatives as needed

Chair: Dean of Student Services.
Decisions: Consensus
Reporting: No Annual Report. Reports to VP/ Student Services. Liaison to Facilities Committee.
Meetings: Twice per month (1st and 3rd Friday).
Agenda: Emailed to Committee.
Recollections: Emailed to Committee.

Committee Members: Denise Bushnell (Chair); Brook Oliver (Vice-Chair); Darlene Jackson (Administrator); Michelle Macfarlane (AG); Blair Spaulding (AJ); Natalie Rishe (AAD); Hannah Schwartz (ALH); Amy Schulz, interim (AUTO); Franz Veitschegger (ADVM); Anne Diamond (BUS); Annette Nylander (IT); Louie Garcia (Construction and Energy Technology); Alison Salome (DES); Dave Sinclair (EMT); Tim Palmer (FIRE); Diana Higashi (FASH); Lori Keamey (HDEV); Michael Halbern (MECH); Jane Stave Viemeister (MUS); Dawn Veltre (NRSG); Darci Brownell (KIN); Kirkman Amyx (PHOT); Debra Hammond (THEA); Aleda Vaugn (WELD); Brad Engeldinger (RECM)

Purpose: Annual goals that support the overall intent of the Perkins Grant are set by the CTE Committee and grant funds are allocated to support the goals. The Perkins Grant goals are:
1. To improve the academic skills of students enrolled in Career and Technical Education Programs.
2. To strengthen the connection between secondary and post-secondary programs.
3. To prepare students for occupations in demand that pay family-supporting wages.
4. The CTE Committee approves or disapproves program funding requests with these goals in mind. The CTE Committee, in general, represents the interests of all CTE programs at Sierra College, but membership and funding are contingent on participating in CTE Committee activities and meeting grant requirements.
Following are CTE Advisory Committees: Administration of Justice, Sustainable Agriculture, Applied Art & Design, Automotive Technology, Business, Computer Information Systems, Construction & Energy Technology, Drafting and Engineering Support, Early Childhood Education, EMT/Health Sciences, Engineering, Fashion, Fire Technology, Geographic Information Systems, Mechatronics, Allied Health, Kinesiology, Recreation Management, Technical Theater, Welding Technology.
Membership: Normally consists of Department Chairs. If no department chairs exist, they get a representative selected by their program or department to serve.
Chair: Chair and Vice Chair are nominated during the Spring and elected during the final meeting of the academic year for a 2-year term. Any CTE Committee member serving for the prior academic year is eligible to serve in either capacity and can be re-elected.
Decisions: Committee vote.
Reporting: Quarterly and annual reports are prepared by the CTE Manager and sent to California Community College Chancellor’s Office, Career and Technical Education Unit, PARAC and Strategic Council. Reports to VP/ Instruction.
Meetings: Meets 2nd Friday; 7:30 – 9:00am in B-6
Agenda: Posted in
Recollections: Spring FLEX January 18, 2017
February 26, 2016
November 20, 2015
October 16, 2015
September 25, 2015

Committee Members: Barry Abrams, Kimberly Bayer, Marcia Braga/Sandy Muraki (shared), Dominic Calabrese (technical review chair), Anne Diamond, Ninette Dollesin, Jen Eaton, Laurel Gardner, Laura Harris, Christy Karau/Sonia Klenner (shared), Marga Kelly, Laurence Lambert-Marandi, Patrick Marasso, Cherie Mathews/Kristen Lopez (shared), Brianna Nathaniel, Tim Palmer (Curriculum Chair), Kara Rodriguez, Amy Schulz, Rob Wilson, Jill Alcorn, Randy Lehr.

Purpose: Reviews, guides the development of, and approves curriculum and related matters such as course additions, deletions and modifications; periodically reviews course descriptions; considers impact on resources of courses and instructional programs; examines individual curriculum proposals as they relate to the balance of the curriculum and mission and function of the institution; assigns new course(s) to appropriate discipline(s); rules on course additions or deletions to Sierra College General Education list; rules on requests for additions or deletions to General Education lists for CSU and UC including transfer core curriculum; approves stand-alone courses; reviews, guides the development of, and approves and/or rejects degree and certificate programs; coordinates degree and certificate program requirements; approves or denies substitution petitions for graduation requirements.

Faculty representatives always make up the majority of the Curriculum Committee membership. At no time will the number of non-faculty representatives exceed the minimum faculty quorum number.
(16) Faculty representatives appointed by the Academic Senate representing a variety of discipline clusters and divisions: Business, Applied Academics and Physical Education; Liberal Arts; Sciences and Mathematics; Student Services. Within the divisions, specific discipline clusters allow for a variety of perspectives, such as arts and humanities, literature and language, social and behavioral sciences, physical and biological sciences, math, Career Technical Education, and physical education.
The committee also relies upon developing and maintaining additional representatives having expertise in curriculum. (Position may be shared)
(3) Management representatives: Three Educational Administrators who represent academic and career technical education areas appointed by the Management Senate.
(3) One Articulation Officer and 2 Classified representatives whose jobs relate to curriculum matters appointed by the Classified Senate.
(1) Student representative appointed by the ASSC. (Position may be shared)
EX OFFICIO MEMBERS: Vice President of Instruction – Rebecca Bocchicchio; Coordinator, Learning Resource (Distance Learning) – Suzanne Davenport
(Note: Support staff used to prepare agendas, recollections, materials and other correspondence is provided through the Office of Instruction.)
QUORUM: A quorum consists of 50% + 1 representation of faculty committee members and 50% of the remaining membership; remaining membership to include management, classified staff and students.

Chair: Chair: A faculty member, elected by the committee. Technical Review Chair: A faculty member, elected by the committee.
Decisions: Each designated faculty, management, classified, and student representative has a vote. Shared positions are assigned one vote. Ex Officio members do not have a vote. Vote is by consensus.
Reporting: Curriculum Committee reports to Academic Senate periodically. A list of late curriculum review is kept in the Instruction Office.
Meetings: Meets 1st and 3rd Mondays in Fall and 2nd and 4th Mondays in Spring, Fireside Room; 2019-20 Review Schedule
Agenda: Posted in
Recollections: Posted to Inside.Sierra and emailed to Division Offices and Department Chairs. April 22, 2019
April 8, 2019
March 11, 2019
February 25, 2019
November 26, 2018
November 5, 2018
October 22, 2018
September 24, 2018
September 9, 2018
August 27, 2018
April 30, 2018
Curriculum Committee Minutes:

Posted to Inside.Sierra and emailed to Division Offices and Department Chairs.October 21, 2019
May 6, 2019
August 26, 2019
September 9, 2019
September 23, 2019

Purpose: Operational team which implements instructional and student services policies and procedures. Plans and organizes the class schedule, as well as operations and activities of educational programs and student services department.
Membership: Chosen by position and for the duration of their service as an instructional or student services dean.
Chair: By position, Vice President of Instruction
Decisions: Collaborative consensus.
Reporting: No annual report. Reports to VP/Instruction and VP/ Student Services.
Meetings: Weekly
Agenda: Provided to Deans, AAs, Academic Senate and SCFA.
Recollections: Contact the Instruction Office.
Purpose: To focus the attention of interested deans on working through specific issues involving Sierra’s instructional and student services administration. These issues are often too complex and detailed for the dean’s council as a whole to analyze and discuss.
The Workgroup researches and evaluates problems in specific policy areas, and then develops relevant solutions for the whole Deans' Council to consider. Additionally, the Workgroup is designed to ensure that the interests of all educational administrators (deans, associate deans, center deans, vps) are clearly expressed and considered.
Goals: To provide the Deans' Council with carefully analyzed and considered proposals regarding specific issues relevant to the college community as a whole.
Membership: All Sierra College educational administrators at all of the District’s campuses (deans, associate deans, center deans), and the VPI and VPSS. Resource people are invited as needed.
Chair: Division Dean (currently the Dean of Liberal Arts)
Decisions: Consensus; these decisions are then taken to the Deans' Council as a whole for discussion, revision and approval.
Reporting: No annual report. Reports to the Deans' Council/ VPI/ VPSS.
Meetings: As needed, during the semester.
Agenda: Published in email to all Deans, and the VPI and VPSS.
Recollections: Kept by Chair/ Dean of Liberal Arts, and not published but remain confidential to the Workgroup.

Committee Members: Suzanne Davenport (Chair), Cyndie Birdsong, Autumn Cahoon, Jay Hester, Jay Kesler, Sonia Klenner, Michelle Macfarlane, Jennifer Molina-Stidger, Mithia Mukutmoni, Sabrina Pape, Chris Poling, Sayda Postiglione, Tina Sixt, Amber Turner, Lynette Vrooman, Michelle Boucher, Aimee Colvin

Purpose: The mission of DLIT is to facilitate student success by offering high quality, accessible online, hybrid and web-enhanced courses, to promote effective student/instructor contact in these courses, to provide online student support services and to ensure that courses are ADA compliant. By offering instructor training and support in both online course delivery and application of high-quality technological resources, DLIT strives for excellence and currency in online, hybrid, TV, and web-assisted courses. 
Membership: 13 Faculty (from various disciplines representing areas teaching in the distance learning modality), 3 Classified, and 1 Management
Chair: Suzanne Davenport – Distance Learning Coordinator
Decisions: Collaborative Process
Reporting: Annual ePar report is submitted. Report to Faculty Senate.
Meetings: First Friday of every month, 12:00–2:00pm, LRC 124
Agenda: Posted in
Recollections: November 1, 2019
October 4, 2019
September 9, 2019
April 5, 2019
March 1, 2019
February 1, 2019
November 2, 2018
October 5, 2018
May 4, 2018
Purpose: Ensure operational technology supports the strategic plans of Sierra College district. Provide recommendations to Exec. Council in the strategic planning of operational technology and related issues by acting as an advisory group for the district. Provide the means through which the district plans the orderly operational systems technology growth, change, and development. Identify and facilitate the communication between all technology branches (Finance, HR, Student Services/Instruction, and IIT).
Membership: Chief Technology Officer (Chair); Business Office Finance Manager; Human Resources Manager; Student Services Financial Aid Manager; Student Services A & R Manager; Student Services Dean; Instructional Dean; Faculty (2) – Appointed by the VPI; IIT AA (non-voting) – provide scheduling, minutes, and recollections
Chair: Chief Technology Officer
Decisions: Consensus
Reporting: Recommendations from the District Operational Technology Steering Council may be forwarded by the chair to the Superintendent/President and/or Executive Council. The Chief Technology Officer will brief the Superintendent/President and/or Executive Council on a regular basis.
Meetings: Quarterly
Agenda: Agendas will be distributed as appropriate prior to the meetings. Posted in Inside.Sierra in the IIT Department pages.
Recollections: Posted in Inside.Sierra in the IIT Department pages.
Mission The Educational Effectiveness Committee (EEC), as a standing committee of the Sierra College Academic Senate, is a formal body whose primary mission is to ensure that student learning is regularly and skillfully assessed through the analysis of evidence-based assessment results to assist in improving instructional programs, student services, and administrative programs. The EEC also ensures that the college meets established accreditation standards by guiding and coordinating the college’s assessment activities used to help to inform improvement plans, training, and resource allocation.
Membership Faculty representatives shall make up the majority of the Educational Effectiveness Committee membership. Faculty appointments to the committee shall be made by Academic Senate. The following (13) faculty representatives shall be appointed by Academic Senate: (8) at-large faculty representatives from a variety of academic divisions (it is recommended, but not required, that the Deputy Accreditation Liaison Officer(s) and SLO Assistants be appointed as representatives); (2) faculty members from student services; (2) faculty representatives from Career and Technical Education (CTE), and (1) faculty representative from Program Review Committee.
The EEC membership shall also include Deans (5) from Business and Technology Division, Health, Physical Education, Recreation/Athletics Division, Liberal Arts Division, and Science and Mathematics Division, and Library and Learning Resource Center. EEC membership also includes the (5) Presidents from Academic Senate, Classified and Management Senates, and ASSC Student Senate, the Dean of Research, Planning, and Resource Allocation, and (1) research analyst.
Research representatives will be responsible for relevant assessment data conducted by instruction, student services and administrative programs from the previous semester, as well as up-to-date reports on the status of the assessments of PSLOs and CSLOs.
The above (25) member group will make up the voting membership of the committee.
The committee membership has the prerogative of adding additional members to the committee in order to attain as broad of a constitutive membership as possible. In order to meet the Academic Senate requirements for its standing committees, however, any addition of a voting member to the Classified, Management or Student membership must be accompanied by a similar addition to the faculty membership.
Additionally, the EEC shall identify vacant positions which will be appointed by the Academic Senate. If additional members are added such that the membership exceeds that found in paragraph one above, replacement of a departing member shall be replaced only if the committee deems replacement necessary or membership falls below the core number and ratio. The original membership represents the minimum voting membership desirable.
Committee Members

Chris Bauer
Erik Cooper
Tammy Drake
Anne Fleischmann
Ryan Goodpastor
Sonia Klenner
Christy Karau
Michelle MacFarlane
Vernon Martin
Lucas Moosman
Sabrina Pape
Kristina Pehur
Sayda Postiglioni
James Sullivan
Blair Spaulding
Julia Tarasova
Soni Verma

David Waite

Quorum A quorum for each meeting shall be met when 50% +1 of the faculty membership are present.
Chair/Co-Chair Faculty member(s) elected by the Educational Effectiveness Committee.
Decisions Each committee member present has a vote. Shared positions are assigned one vote. Vote is by consensus.
Reporting Educational Effectiveness Committee Chair/Co-Chair reports to Academic Senate on all action items, and provides general updates periodically.
Meetings Meets the third Wednesday of the semester from 2:00-3:15pm.
Agenda Posted in
Recollections March 21, 2018
February 20, 2018
February 24, 2016
December 1, 2015
October 20, 2015
May 5, 2015

Council members: Tom Benton (Chair), Donna Brazil-Bloche, Autumn Cahoon, Erik Cooper, Suzanne Davenport, John Healy, Annette Nylander, Sabrina Pape, Sayda Postiglione, Jill Rafael, Tom Read, Corinne Rowland, Thad Selmants, Elaine Sturgill, Karen Warburton, Cody Watson, Phil Yorde, Fabio Zampieri 

Purpose: Offer recommendations to IIT in the planning, purchasing, and implementation of educational technology and related issues by acting as an operational advisory group for the technology of Sierra College District.

Chief Technology Officer (Chair)

  • Five (5) faculty members - Appointed by the Academic Senate
  • Five (5) classified members - Appointed by the Classified Senate
  • Two (2) Deans Council members - Appointed by the Vice President of Instruction and Vice President of Student Services
  • Two (2) management members - Classified Managers
  • IIT AA - provide scheduling, minutes, and recollections
Chair: Chief Technology Officer: Tom Benton
Decisions: Consensus
Reporting: Recommendations may be forwarded by the chair to the Superintendent/President and/or Executive Council
Meetings: Once a month
Agenda: Email sent to committee members and posted in Inside.Sierra
Recollections: Email sent to committee members and posted in Inside.Sierra
Purpose: This committee exists to develop and implement emergency procedures and protocols. Additionally, the committee trains members of this committee to serve various roles in the District’s Incident Command Team.
Membership: Faculty, staff and managers – anyone interested in helping to prepare the college for emergencies. Accepted on volunteer basis.
Chair: Head of security for District.
Decisions: Consensus.
Reporting: No annual report. Reports to Executive Council
Meetings: No set schedule.
Agenda: By email to active members, and in the IRT group in mySierra.
Recollections: By email to active members, and in the IRT group in mySierra.
Purpose: College-wide. Reviews and monitors equal employment activities on campus including but not limited to promoting/sponsoring diversity activities, reviewing and monitoring budgets, reviewing and approving expenditure requests, and addressing EEO issues or complaints.
Membership: Members are selected annually or when there is a vacancy and selected by the senates.
Chair: Chair responsibility is tied to the EEO Officer responsibilities; governed by Title V (53000).
Decisions: Consensus
Reporting: Annual Report prepared by HR Office and submitted to the Chancellors Office. Reports to President and the Chancellors Office.
Meetings: Monthly
Agenda: Emailed to Committee.
Recollections: N/A
Purpose: Evaluates requests by faculty candidates for equivalency to the minimum qualifications. Recommends changes to the Sierra College BP and AP on Equivalency to the Academic Senate.
Membership: Non-senator members are established by the Sierra College Administrative Procedure on Equivalencies: Equivalency Chair, 3 Senators, relevant educational administrator, HR representative, EEO representative, subject-matter expert (faculty). Equivalency Chair serves for 2 years, Academic Senators are chosen for each equivalency hearing with each Academic Senator liable to be chosen. All other participants are defined by AP.
Chair: Appointment by Academic Senate.
Decisions: Decided by 3 Academic Senators, per Ed Code/Title 5.
Reporting: No annual report. Reports to the Academic Senate.
Meetings: Upon demand.
Agenda: Emailed to participants and results are communicated to candidates.
Recollections: Results are communicated to candidates. Records of equivalency determinations are kept in Human Resources.
Purpose: To provide a 'form/fit/function' review of all proposed facility projects with the intent of ensuring compliance with: a.) Applicable and appropriate codes and standards (District, State and Federal); b.) The strategic plans of Sierra College; and c.) to inform District Deans of facility or project issues and actions that may affect instruction.
Membership: All Deans are standing members and a representative from each operational area (typically appointed by the manager of that area). Term is undefined.
Chair: Director of Facilities and Construction, Deputy Chair: Deputy Director of Plant Operations
Decisions: The Council has no authority to make decisions for the District, but does review facilities-related proposals and makes recommendations to the Executive Team to approve proposals that the Council supports.
Reporting: No annual report; reports to the Executive Team as appropriate.
Meetings: Monthly
Agenda: Posted in
Recollections: Posted on
Purpose: As outlined in Article 11 of the SCFA contract, FERC is the means by which faculty members (both full and part-time), after initial salary placement, achieve movement on their respective salary schedules.
Membership: 1 VP/ Instruction, 2 deans, 6 faculty, 1 management representative from HR/ personnel, classified representative from HR/ personnel. Administrative support provided by the Office of Instruction.
Chair: Vice President of Instruction.
Decisions: Chair makes some decisions about coursework that align succinctly with the contract. All other decisions are made by committee review/ vote after hearing faculty presentations.
Reporting: No annual report. Reports to VP/ Instruction. Findings of committee are reported to HR rep who maintains all faculty placement on their salary schedules.
Meetings: Three times per year (1 per Flex week and 1 in April)
Agenda: Not posted, due to confidential personnel actions. Shared with committee.
Recollections: Not posted, due to confidential personnel actions. Shared with committee.

Academic Senate Standing Committee

Purpose: As an Academic Senate Standing Committee, this committee develops policies for faculty professional development activities with a focus on andragogy, equity, faculty orientation, the improvement of instruction and student services, and more. The Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Council agree to “rely primarily upon” the recommendations made by the Faculty Professional Development Committee.
Membership: In addition to the Faculty Coordinator(s), this committee consists of 10 other Senate-appointed faculty, including one faculty member from each division, one from Student Services, one from Distance Learning, and one designated part-time faculty seat. The remaining seats are At-Large, filled by full or part-time faculty.
Meetings: FPD meets on the third Wednesday of the month, from 2-3:30 p.m. at this Zoom ID: 311835172, Passcode: 759333.

Meetings are open to the public, and agendas and minutes are posted on BoardDocs.
FPD Committee Members

Chair/POD Faculty Coordinator: Rebecca Quinn
Business and Technology Representative: Christy Karau
Kinesiology and Athletics Representative: Heather Eubanks and Brenna Chapman (who is sharing the seat)
Liberal Arts Representative: Josh Breese
Nursing and Allied Health: Vacant
Science and Math Representative: Adriel Cruz
Distance Learning Representative: Suzanne Davenport
Student Services Representative: Vacant (Currently converted to At-Large)
Part-Time Faculty: Michelle Coder, Mieke San Julian At-Large Representatives: Julie Caspersen-Schultz, Vernon Martin, Christina Nemec
Non-Voting Resource Members: Autumn Gobel-Cahoon, Susan Lucyga

Purpose: Raise money for the Rocklin/ NCC libraries and Sierra College Press. No Truckee area community members on Friends because of geographic distance. If desired, Truckee could start its own Friends group from among area residents. Friends of the Library has a Foundation account and monies are deposited by the LRC AA who also orders items purchased by Friends for the Library or Press.
Membership: Volunteers from the Community; LRC Dean and interested faculty.
Chair: Permanent Chair is a retired Sierra College faculty member.
Decisions: Consensus
Reporting: Annual report N/A. Reports to VP/ Student Services.
Meetings: Monthly (Sep, Oct, Nov, Feb, Mar and Apr)
Agenda: Email sent to committee members a week before the meeting.
Recollections: Email sent to committee members and copies kept by Chair.

The Sierra Joint Community College District has established the Futuris Public Entity Investment Trust. This Trust is an IRS Section 115 Trust that is used for the purpose of investment and disbursement of funds irrevocably designated by the District for the payment of its obligations to eligible current and former District employees and their eligible dependents and beneficiaries for medical insurance coverage (sometimes referred to as "other post-employment benefits," or "OPEB"), in compliance with Governmental Accounting Standards Board Statement Nos. 43 and 45. Please view Futuris Retirement Board agendas and minutes here.

Annual Statements

Actuarial Study

Purpose: The Gender Equity Committee, as a standing committee of the Academic Senate, exists as a formal body whose mission includes facilitating a safe and equitable academic, professional, and learning environment through cultural, social, structural, legal and academic change. Gender equity issues are universal. Therefore the Gender Equity Committee seeks to work collaboratively to address the intersection of gender with race, ethnicity, sexualities, culture, socioeconomic status, age, disability, creed, and political background.

10 faculty representatives appointed by the Academic Senate: 1 each from a) Liberal Arts, b)Athletics and P.E, c) Sciences and Mathematics, d) Student Services, and e) Business and Technology with any remaining unfilled seats becoming at-large seats. The other 6 seats are at-large faculty seats; After a good effort of filling division seat, if seat remains open it will revert to an at-large seat for one academic year.

• 1 classified representative, appointed by the Classified Senate;
• 1 manager representative, appointed by the Management Senate;
• 2 student representatives, the student-elected president of the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance (FMLA) and one student appointed by the Associated Students of Sierra College (ASSC)
• 1-2 Community Representatives to serve as a non-voting, resource member of the committee. Position to be appointed by the committee.
• 1-2 Campus Representatives to serve as non-voting, resource member of the committee. Position to be appointed by the committee.

Current Members

Darci Brownell, Athletics and P.E.
Dennis Wingate (Treasurer), Business and Technology
Patricia Ritchie-Reese, Science and Math
Donna Wetzel, Student Services
Megan Seely, At-Large Faculty (Chair)
Matt Archer (Co-chair), At-Large Faculty
Megan Randolph (Secretary), At-Large Faculty
Jane Le Skaife, At-Large Faculty
Tania Parks, At-Large Faculty
Malena Prinzing, At-Large Faculty
Natalie Sherrell, At-Large Faculty
Ruby DeChavez, ASSC
Connie Raynor, Classified
Susan Lucyga, Management
Serjio Acevedo and Nadia Ansari, Student Engagement Centers, Campus Resource Specialists
Sue Miller, Community (AAUW)
Mollie Murbach, Community (Stand Up Placer)

Chair: A faculty member, hired by the district.
Decisions: By collaborative process
Reporting: Report annually to Academic Senate

Spring 2022 Meetings (4th Friday of the month)

Agenda: Posted in
Recollections: Recollections are posted on BoardDocs by searching "gec recollections".
March 8, 2019
February 1, 2019
December 7, 2018
November 9, 2018
October 12, 2018
September 14, 2018
May 11, 2018
April 13, 2018

Committee Members: 

Jason File (Chair); Laura Brahce, Ivor Cooper, Debbie Eastman, Anne Fleischmann, Nataliya Gladysh, Emine Gunhan, Jane Hemmerling, Barbara Nelson-Burns, Mark Springsteel, Mithia Mukutmoni, Robin Akawi and Dean Yoshizuma

Purpose: Oversees the Honors Program at Sierra College; reviews and approves Honors Contracts each semester.
Membership: In addition to the Chair, (10) faculty members, (1) classified member, and (1) non-voting student representative (the President of the Honor Society). Faculty members consist of: (1) Liberal Arts (1) Science and Math (1) Business & Tech (7) At-large seats.
If any of the Liberal Arts, Science/Math, Business and Technology or HPERA seats cannot be filled, it becomes an at-large seat. All members are appointed by Academic Senate, with the exception of the classified seat, which is appointed by the Classified Senate. Terms are indefinite.
Chair: Honors Chair is selected by a hiring committee. Position is advertised campus-wide.
Decisions: Majority vote.
Reporting: Annual report submitted to VP/ Instruction. Reports to the Academic Senate and VP/ Instruction.
Meetings: 1-3 times per semester. 1-3 pm M2
Agenda: Posted in
Recollections: Posted to Inside.Sierra and posted outside the LRC building (Rocklin) in a locked posting area.
January 20, 2016
August 19, 2015
January 21, 2015

Committee Members: Keely Carroll, Biology, co-chair; Dick Hilton, Earth Science, co-chair; Shawna Martinez, Biology; Charles Dailey, Biology, retired; Joe Medeiros, Biology, retired; George Bromm, technician; Sue Michaels, PIO retired; Mike Price, Webmaster; Matthew Holdgate, Biology; Gary Noy, History, retired; Kim Stevens, Earth Science; Barry Rice, Astronomy; Christine Gilbert, Environmental Studies and Sustainability; Jennifer Skillen, Biology, lecture coordinator; Kerrie Cassidy, Marketing; Dean Yoshizumi, Psychology; Casey Brown, Chemistry; Tina Campbell, at-large; 

Rachael Greve, Program Manager and Director

Natural History Museum web page and Natural History Museum ejournal

Purpose: The Sierra College Natural History Museum Committee is dedicated to maintaining a natural history collection, database, arboreta, and nature preserve that emphasizes the natural region within the Sierra College District. The Museum serves as an extended classroom and science research facility for Sierra College and other educational institutions. Sierra Nevada Studies falls under this committee.
Goals: The committee’s goal is to facilitate the education of our students, increase public awareness of and community involvement in the museum and its activities.
Membership: 15+, consisting of faculty, staff, managers, students and community members. Members are chosen by nomination and election. 
Chair: Election by consensus of committee members yearly
Decisions: Consensus
Reporting: Reports to the Science and Math Division
Meetings: Monthly. Fridays, noon, Sewell 110
Agenda: Posted in
Recollections: Posted online - copy to Academic Senate; emailed to all committee members.
February 1, 2019
October 5, 2018
May 11, 2018
April 30, 2018
March 16, 2018
February 23, 2018
January 26, 2018
December 1, 2017
November 17, 2017
October 20, 2017
Committee Membership

Name and Position/Area

  • Ralph De Unamuno, Chair
  • Matt Archer/Brenna Chapman, Co-Chairs
  • Betty Chan, Part-Time Faculty – Secretary
  • Winsome Jackson, Full-Time Faculty
  • Tonya Times & Wayne Robinson, Full-Time Faculty – Umoja/Black Excellence
  • Adriana Lopez & Dianna Tiger, Full-Time Faculty - ALAS/Puente & Winoti
  • Brenna Chapman & Sandi Escobar, Full-Time Faculty       
  • Diana Higashi, Full-Time Faculty
  • Andre Mendoza & Ralph deUnamuno, Full-Time Faculty
  • Susan Lucyga, Management
  • Serjio Acevedo, Management (SECs)
  • Tajinder Bahia, Student (ASSC)
  • Alistair Turner & Elvira Covarrubias, Classified
  • Karin Green, Classified
  • Elisa Herrera, Community Rep (Latino Leadership Council)
  • Tania Parks, Part-Time Faculty
  • Vacant (1) Part-Time Faculty
  • Vacant (1) Student

New Legacy is a standing committee of the Academic Senate. The mission of the New Legacy Committee is to create a Sierra College campus community and learning environment committed to increased success, retention, transfer, and goal attainment rates for historically underrepresented students. The New Legacy Committee will utilize a data-driven, accountability based approach to intentionally and deliberately target and implement strategies to improve historically underrepresented student success.

  1. Increase English A and 1A course completion rates for historically underrepresented students.
  2. Increase Math 581, 582, A and D course completion rates for historically underrepresented students.
  3. Increase the historically underrepresented student participation and completion rates in Career and Technical Education programs (i.e. Automotive Technology, Mechatronics, Computer Technology, and Nursing).
  4. Increase the number and percentage of AA/AS degrees granted to historically underrepresented students.
  5. Increase the number and percentage of historically underrepresented students who transfer to four-year colleges and universities.
  6. Increase the matriculation goal obtainment rates for historically underrepresented students.
  7. Create a more welcoming and inclusive campus environment that supports the needs of underrepresented students and allows all students opportunities to learn about and become active in diversity issues on campus.
Membership: Representatives appointed by faculty, management and academic senates.
Chair: Elected by committee vote for a 2-year term.
Decisions: Majority vote.
Reporting: Progress reports presented annually to: Academic Senate, CTE committee, Dean’s Council, and Math and Sciences Division.
Meetings: 1st Friday of each month from 10:00am - 12:00pm, Cross Cultural Center
Agenda: Posted in
Recollections: Posted in Inside.Sierra
May 4, 2018
March 3, 2017
February 3, 2017
December 2, 2016
Purpose: Negotiations of Omniparty formula, benefits and other subjects of bargaining.
Membership: SCFA (4 faculty), SCMA (3 management), District team (4 members). Members are chosen by the respective unions and the District team. The members serve based on union elections/ bylaws/ constitution or district determination.
Chair: Chosen by the respective unions and District team.
Decisions: Consensus.
Reporting: Unions report to their Executive Boards and District reports to Executive team and Board of Trustees.
Meetings: Once or twice a month.
Agenda: Not posted – confidential, per the ground rules.
Recollections: Not posted – confidential, per the ground rules.
Purpose: A subcommittee of Strategic Council, PARAC was established in February 2009 to facilitate and provide clarity, consistency, and openness to the Sierra College resource allocation process. PARAC provides a venue for focused dialogue on the improvement of institutional effectiveness and student learning and ensures that all planning efforts are linked to the college’s mission, vision, and core values. (PARAC Charter)
Membership: Chair (non-voting): College President; Vice President of Instruction Vice President of Administrative Services Vice President of Student Services Academic Senate President Classified Senate President Management Senate President Student Senate President
Chair: College President
Recommendations: Thumbs
Reporting: No annual report. Reports to Superintendent/President.
Meetings: Varies, but generally Fridays once or twice a month on the Rocklin campus, Fireside Room (J)– 9:00 to 11:00am
Agenda: Posted in
Recollections: Posted on Inside.Sierra and web.
February 24, 2017

Committee Members: Barry M. Abrams (Chair), Jill Alcorn, Julia Arreguy, Michelle Coder, Erik Cooper, Kent Fortin, Donald C. Harris, Katie Juras, Brandi Mcevoy, Lynn Medeiros, Brook Oliver, Rhiannon Porter, and Nancy Schwab

Purpose: Represents the Academic Senate in program review for Instructional Programs and Student Services. Develops procedures for program review, including creation of templates and evaluation rubrics, monitors the progress of program review, assists programs in development of program review, reviews and evaluates individual programs, prepares executive summaries, and submits reports and recommendations to the Senate and Strategic Council. The committee makes recommendations to the Senate regarding the impact and role of Program Review including possible program involvement in Program Vitality.
Membership: 15 members, 9 representing faculty, including the committee chair (currently 6 active, 3 vacant), management (4), and classified (2, 1 vacant); Dean of Research (non-voting). Members are solicited from each Senate when vacancies are generated, and approved by each Senate; no current restrictions on term served.
Chair: Full-time faculty. Selected by the committee, subject to Senate approval and consultation with Instruction Office.
Decisions: Consensus.
Reporting: Academic Senate; Strategic Council; VP/ Instruction.
Meetings: Once every month, more frequently during the review process. Meetings usually occur on the second or fourth Friday of the month, subject to change
Agenda: Posted in
Recollections: Posted in Inside.Sierra

Members: Rebecca Bocchicchio – Interim Vice President, Instruction; Darlene Jackson – CTE Grant Administrator (Assoc. Dean, Business and Technology); Amy Schulz – Dean, Business and Technology; Christine Yorde – Classified Senate President; Michael Brelle – Committee Chair (Faculty); Denise Bushnell – CTE Chair (Faculty); Barry Abrams – Program Review Committee Chair (Faculty); Andrea Neptune – Academic Senate President (Faculty); Michael Halbern – out-of-discipline faculty; Eugene Phillips – Interim Dept. Chair Automotive (PT Faculty); Tim Palmer – Chair, Curriculum Committee; Erik Cooper – Non-voting Research representative

Agenda: Posted in
Minutes March 8, 2019
December 7, 2018
October 19, 2018
October 15, 2018
April 27, 2018
April 17, 2018
March 16, 2018
Purpose: As outlined in Article 15 of the SCFA contract, sabbaticals are granted to full-time faculty employees for study, research, and other professional development plans that are found acceptable to the Board of Trustees. The number of leaves granted is at the discretion of the Board of Trustees and each applicant must meet eligibility requirements in order to be considered for sabbatical.
Membership: 1 VP/ Instruction, 6-8 deans and 6-8 faculty members.
Chair: Vice President/ Instruction.
Decisions: Committee makes recommendations, which are forwarded to the President, who reviews and forwards to the Board of Trustees for final approval.
Reporting: Final report due from recipient within 30 days after the beginning of the term following his/her sabbatical. Committee reports to VP/ Instruction.
Meetings: Usually 2 times per year. First meeting prior to October 15 and second meeting within the first 2 weeks of December.
Agenda: Not posted, due to confidentiality. Shared with committee.
Recollections: Not posted, due to confidentiality. Shared with committee.
Purpose: To promote and sustain a district-wide safety mindset through proactive collaboration to foster employee interest, involvement, and prevention of workplace safety mishaps. Generate involvement through safety training activities, information sharing and creating a culture of safety while highlighting “best practices” and “outstanding performers” across the district.
  • Educate managers, supervisors, and employees throughout the year on safety & emergency management topics
  • Provide a forum for safety trend discussions, problem solving and proactive mishap prevention
  • Provide periodic “spotlights” of safety concerns, best practices and/or mishap trends to employees
  • Provide guidance on unsafe conditions, proper identification and injury reporting procedures
  • Assist in ensuring compliance with state and federal health and safety standards
Membership: Representatives from each campus site and a minimum of one representative from each of the following areas. 2-year terms and there is no limit to the number of terms served.
  1. Chief of Security
  2. Facilities or designee
  3. Risk Management
  4. Management
  5. Classified
  6. Faculty
  7. Student Representative and/or ASSC representative
  8. SCFA representative
  9. FUSE representative
  10. Rocklin PD
Chair: Safety & Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
Decisions: Majority vote. Small funding budget for safety enhancements not already covered by department budgets.
Reporting: Reports will be provided to the President as needed for safety-related concerns affecting campus district operations and student/employee safety.
Meetings: Monthly on the 3rd Wednesday, during the semester.
Agenda: Emailed to committee members
Recollections: Emailed to committee members
Purpose: Alumni Association (SCAA) provides support and advocacy for Sierra College.
Membership: Membership consists of alumni, retired faculty, faculty, one student representative and one foundation board member. Members are chosen based on their affiliation and affinity for the college. Members may serve two consecutive 2-year terms.
Chair: Chairs are appointed. Officers are elected.
Decisions: Majority
Reporting: No Annual Report. Does not report to a governing body or manager.
Meetings: Quarterly
Agenda: Agenda is not posted.
Recollections: Recollections are not posted, but are available in the Foundation Office.
Purpose: Provide financial assistance to college programs and other related activities by supporting district research, educational projects, and capital development. Provide a means for the community to invest in Sierra College through volunteer activities, donations, planned giving and special events. Foster good will and promote interaction between the community and Sierra College staff and students. Provide and administer scholarships and financial aid assistance to deserving Sierra College students. Develop individual business ventures and projects to obtain funds to support Sierra College programs and related activities. Seek and facilitate grants, when appropriate, between Sierra College and state and federal governments, business, industry, and private foundations. The Sierra College Foundation will provide support to representative groups herein known as coordinating councils. Each Sierra College District campus or site may organize a coordinating council to oversee the activities of area focus groups, project groups, and events’ committees. Each council will assess its campus needs and develop, document and prioritize its recommendations for presentation to the Foundation Board of Directors at its regular quarterly meetings.
Membership: Membership consists of community members and executive director. Members are recommended by the nominating committee based on the gaps in the professional profile matrix. Members may serve two 3-year consecutive terms.
Chair: Chairs are appointed. Officers are elected.
Decisions: Majority
Reporting: Annual Report is prepared and reported to the Foundation Board Finance Committee. Does not report to a governing body or manager.
Meetings: Bi-monthly
Agenda: Agenda is not posted.
Recollections: Recollections are not posted, but are available in the Foundation Office.
Purpose: Sierra College Press publishes books, electronic journals, and other publications relating to the Sierra Nevada which enhance the academic reputation of the college; reviews submissions for potential publication; works closely with community and college organizations on the development of projects; public outreach and expansion of regional scholarship.
Membership: Board membership includes faculty, staff, administrators, Board of Trustees members, students, and community-at-large members. They are nominated by other Board members and interested parties and then approved by majority vote of the Board of Directors.
SC Press Board of Directors presently has 22 Board members (faculty, staff, management, students, community members) and a 16-member Editorial Advisory Board made up entirely of prominent community members of the Sierra Nevada region, who may participate in Board meetings.
Chair: Chosen by a majority vote of the Board of Directors of the Sierra College Press.
Decisions: Consensus.
Reporting: Annual report is submitted to the Dean of Learning Resources and the VP of Instruction; immediate report is to the Dean of Learning Resources and the VP of Instruction.
Meetings: Quarterly, during semesters
Agenda: Emailed to Sierra College Press Board of Directors.
Recollections: Emailed to Sierra College Press Board of Directors.

Sierra College Press and ejournals: Snowy Range Reflections and Natural History Museum.

Purpose: The Spectrum Committee, as a standing committee of the Academic Senate, exists as a formal body whose mission includes improving the success and retention of Sierra College’s LGBTQ+ students, as well as ensuring them a safe campus climate. As LGBTQ+ persons are found across every demographic, the Spectrum Committee seeks to work collaboratively with other campus groups and programs to promote equity across ethnic and racial, socioeconomic, creed and political backgrounds. The title, “Spectrum” was chosen as a commitment to represent all aspects of the LGBTQ+ populations.
Membership: 11 faculty, 1 manager, 2 classified, 2 student (1- Rainbow Alliance, 1- ASSC), 1 community (PFLAG), Honorary by committee acclimation.
Chair: Elected by committee yearly.
Decisions: Collaborative Process
Reporting: Report annually to Academic Senate
Meetings: Meets 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 2:00pm
Agenda: Posted in
Recollections: Posted in

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Committee Members

Faculty Members

Sonia Delgadillo, SCFA
Ralph McGill, Academic Senate
Randy Snook, Academic Senate
Soni Verma, Academic Senate President
TBD, Academic Senate/SCFA
Alternate - Heather Eubanks
Alternate - John Fusano

Student Members

Ray Atnip, Student Senate
Ruby Chavez-DeChavez, Student Senate President
TBD, Student Senate
TBD, Student Senate
TBD, Student Senate
Alternate - TBD

Classified Members

Casey Brown, Classified Senate/UPEC
David Ellingson, Classified Senate
Greg Harnage, UPEC
Connie Raynor, Classified Senate
Britney Slates, Classified Senate President
Alternate - Autumn Gobel-Cahoon
Alternate - TBD

Management and Confidential Members

Rebecca Bocchicchio, Executive Selection
Anne Fleischmann/Patrick Marasso, Management Senate President
Ryan Kyle, Management Senate
Steve Roberson, Executive Selection
Corrine Vieira Management Meet & Confer Team
Alternate - Christine Yorde
Alternate - TBD

Chair: Mr. William H. Duncan, Superintendent/President (non-voting)

Recorder: Stacey Carroll, Executive Assistant, President's Office

Purpose: According to AP2510: To provide a forum for members of Strategic Council to present and discuss the concerns and interests of their constituent groups; to collaborate with the college President by conveying the interests of the constituent groups on the strategic direction of the college; to share in decision-making by advising the college President in the development of policies and procedures; and to assist in the dissemination of information to the college community.
Membership: Chair (non-voting): College President; Five faculty representatives: The Academic Senate President, 2 selected by Academic Senate, 1 part-time faculty member jointly selected by the Academic Senate and SCFA, and 1 appointed by the SCFA;. Five classified representatives: The Classified Senate President, 2 selected by the Classified Senate, 1 jointly selected by the Classified Senate and FUSE; and 1 appointed by FUSE; Five management representatives: The Management Senate President, 1 selected by the Management Senate, 1 from SCMA, and 2 chosen by the College President. Five student representatives: The Student Senate President, and 4 members selected by the student senate.
Chair: College President
Recommendations: Thumbs
Reporting: No annual report. Reports to Superintendent/President.
Meetings: As indicated on the Budget Development and Planning Semester Calendar. Generally, Fridays once or twice a month on the Rocklin campus in the Board room.
Agenda: Posted in
Recollections: Posted in
Purpose: To guide the priorities for the Banner Student module, problem solve and make decisions that impact students.
Membership: 12-13 members, added as necessary depending on topics.
Chair: Assigned by Vice President/Student Services
Decisions: Consensus
Reporting: No Annual Report prepared. Reports to Banner Steering Committee.
Meetings: Every two weeks
Agenda: Emailed to Committee
Recollections: Emailed to Committee
Purpose: To support the enhancement of wellness for all District employees through dialogue, education and opportunities, utilizing no dedicated district funding. The budget stresses prompted this group to evolve to improve the moral of the staff, and to serve employees of the Sierra College District.
Goals: Set goals for developing wellness projects, educational newsletters and other health opportunities that address the six spiritual components of wellness (psychological, social, physical, environmental, intellectual and spiritual) with input from Human Resources, faculty and staff in the areas of Physical Education, Health, Nutrition and Staff Development.
Membership: This is a volunteer committee which is open to any employee of the District, and is comprised of managers, faculty and classified staff.
Chair: Faculty Chair/ Physical Education & Athletics
Decisions: Collaboration
Reporting: Yearly goal setting; accomplishments are sent to President.
Meetings: Monthly
Agenda: Informally developed as ideas are solicited from members of the committee.
Recollections: None