President Frank Chong gave the following President's report at the March 14, 2017 Board meeting:
- He attended the Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Service Commissioning ceremony at the Public Safety Training Center, which is a volunteer program where chaplains are trained to come to incidents of fire and other events to provide moral support for victims and families.
- He attended the Redwood Community Health Coalition March meeting, which includes federally funded health centers that serve over 100,000 residents in Sonoma County. He discussed how SRJC can work together with them to refer their clients to SRJC for training.
- He and Director, Communications & Marketing Ellen Maremont Silver hosted Pat Kerrigan from radio station KSRO for lunch at the Culinary Cafe. Pat was impressed with SRJC's programs and is interested in developing a list of expert faculty from SRJC to be called as experts on various topics.
- He attended the Community College League of California's CEO Symposium in Solvang and saw that many other California community college are dealing with similar enrollment problems to SRJC's. He also saw evidence of the chilling effect of President Trump's policies on our students, particularly undocumented and DACA students. He received many compliments from other presidents on SRJC's proactive response regarding transgender and safe haven matters.
- He said that he and others have been actively meeting with City and County officials for potential for student housing options. He has also met with developers to discuss private-public partnerships. He said that he knows there is a lot of concern around these issues and that the District is working on solutions, and that he will provide more information as it becomes available. He also clarified that the District cannot use Measure H dollars for housing.
- He announced that the President's Medallion recipient will be Mike and Suzy Marzalek, longtime donors and supporters of SRJC. This award will be presented at the President's Address on June 1.