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President’s Monday Briefing - February 22, 2010
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Special Thanks to Colleagues and Friends for a Very Special Honor

Last week I attended the annual Association of California Community College Administrators (ACCCA) Conference and was surprised, humbled, and extremely honored to receive the prestigious Harry Buttimer Distinguished Administrator Award. It is particularly meaningful to me to receive this award at this time as I begin to prepare for my imminent retirement in June. This award was created in honor of the late Harry Buttimer, and recognizes a community college CEO for demonstrating integrity, principle, compassion, strength in leadership, and contributions to colleagues, the profession, the college, and the community. I was very moved to read the letters of support for my nomination that were submitted by members of the Academic Senate, COM Board, Classified Senate, college staff, elected officials, community leaders, past Buttimer Award recipients, and CEOs and CIOs from other academic institutions across the state and country. It is truly an honor to receive this award and I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to all of you for giving me the opportunity to serve as COM’s Superintendent/President for the past six years.

Personnel ActionsClassified Personnel Recommendation
Julie Breakstone, Human Resources Technician, effective Feb. 2, 2010.

Resignation of Classified Personnel
Jorge Alfonso, High School Financial Aid Outreach Coordinator, has submitted his letter of resignation effective close of business Feb. 1, 2010.
Kimie Lakomski, Human Resources Technician, has submitted her letter of resignation for retirement purposes effective close of business Feb. 26, 2010.

Classified Request for Leave of Absence/Uncompensated Leave
Deirdre Saenz, Microbiology Lab Technician, requested a leave of absence/uncompensated leave effective Jan. 1, 2010 through May 31, 2010.

Apply Now for COM Foundation Scholarships – Deadline March 5 The College of Marin Foundation is accepting applications for 2010 scholarship awards. All applications must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office at either the Kentfield or Indian Valley campus by 4 p.m., Friday, March 5, 2010. Applications are available online at as well as on campus at the Financial Aid Offices.

In MemoriamIt is with great sorrow that I bring you news of one of our College of Marin tutors, Laura Maatz. Laura passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Feb 16, 2010. For those of you who didn’t know Laura, she was an extraordinarily dedicated anatomy and physiology tutor whose commitment to her students was surpassed only by her unwavering kindness. Her love for learning inspired both her students and those who worked with her. She worked closely with many people in the Biology department on a variety of projects, and was an excellent student who was working on completing her pre-requisites for the nursing program. She will be greatly missed by faculty, staff, tutors, and students alike. A tree will be planted in the Learning Center in her honor. A memorial service was held on Saturday, Feb. 20, at Monte’s Chapel of the Hills in San Anselmo.

Upcoming Events

College of Marin Night in Marin CityOn Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Manzanita Recreation Center, 630 Drake Avenue, Marin City, College of Marin will hold a free informative event on preparing for a successful college experience. Parking is available nearby in the Cornerstone Community Church parking lot. Presenters include representatives of Marin City Community Services District; College of Marin Student Services, Academic, and Career Programs; a college student panel, College of Marin Foundation, Marin Education Fund, as well as community and school leaders from Marin City and Marin County. There will be college and community resource tables, catered food, and door prizes. This event was made possible by the Marin City Community Services District, Marin Education Fund, Community and School Organizations from Marin City and Marin County; and the following College of Marin services: Basic Skills Initiative, Student Development and Special Services, Bookstore, Communications and Community Relations, Student Affairs, College of Marin Workforce Program, Student Services representatives, and College of Marin Foundation. Questions may be directed to Rose Thompson at or (415) 485-9643.

Sunday Salon This WeekThe Emeritus Students College of Marin (ESCOM) and The Lark Theater are pleased to present Sunday Salon, a new film series beginning Feb. 28, 2010. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. and the festivities include a light continental breakfast, the film followed by a film critic’s commentary, and a question and answer period. The Lark Theater is located in historic downtown Larkspur at 549 Magnolia Avenue. The series of three films will be held February 28, March 21, and April 18. General tickets are $15 per show or $39 for the entire series. Emeritus members pay $13 per show or $36 for the series. To purchase tickets call The Lark at (415) 924-5111. If you haven’t been to the Lark yet, this is a delightful way to enjoy the community owned historic movie theater. The film will not be announced in advance to add to the intrigue. Lark Theater Executive Director and film marvel Bernice Baeza will find the best and most interesting selection to offer in order to open your eyes and minds to something you might have missed the first time around. See you at the movies!

COM’s Drama Department Presents William Shakespeare’s HamletDirected by James Dunn
March 4, 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, and 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Matinees on March 13, 14, and 21 at 1:30 p.m.
College of Marin Fine Arts Theatre (Corner of Sir Francis Drake Blvd. & Laurel Ave.)
Tickets are $15 General / $10 students, seniors, and COM employees and alumni
Information: (415) 485-9555
Box Office: (415) 485-9385
Free parking on weekend evenings and Sunday afternoons.

Traditionally, the role of Hamlet, “The Melancholy Dane,” has been attempted only by the most accomplished (and renowned) actors. In recent film depictions, Mel Gibson was 34 and Kenneth Brannagh was 36. On Broadway, Jude Law was 38. So the question is, can a 22-year-old play this most complex and demanding of roles? He can if he’s College of Marin Drama student David Abrams. Abrams, a highly intelligent and versatile young actor, has been performing since the seventh grade. Born in the East Bay, he moved to Marin in 1991 after his family's home was destroyed in the Oakland Hills firestorm. Backed by an exceptionally talented cast, this Bay Area native brings a performance of Hamlet not to be missed!

Book BarterStarting March 5, 2010, a book barter will be held the first Friday of each month. Join your fellow book lovers from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the College of Marin Emeritus Center, Student Services Building, Room 146. Bring your own lunch, talk about one of your favorite books, and then exchange your favorites. If you have a gem that you can’t part with, don’t worry. Exchange is not required. Come and enjoy the discussion; read a short passage from your selection – all sorts of book shares are welcome. Next three dates are March 5, April 2 and May 7. For more information call (415) 485-9652.


Valentine’s Day Show – Last Week on DisplayWork from College of Marin’s first Valentine’s Day art exhibit, the Sweetheart Show, will be on display through Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010 in the College of Marin Fine Arts Gallery. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please call (415) 485-9494 for more information.

Watercolor Exhibit at Emeritus CenterAn art exhibit of Bay Area artist Julie Cohn's recent watercolors is on display in the Emeritus Center, Student Services Building, Room 146, through March 25. Come see a collection of Cohn’s recent portraits and figures in “The Color of Black and White.” The exhibit is sponsored by Emeritus Students College of Marin.

COM AthleticsMen’s Baseball vs. Hartnell
Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2 p.m. in Kentfield
Men’s Baseball vs. San Mateo
Thursday, Feb. 25, 2 p.m. in Kentfield
Men’s Baseball vs. San Mateo
Saturday, Feb. 27, noon in San Mateo

Women’s Softball vs. College of the Redwoods
Friday, Feb. 26, 2 p.m. in Kentfield

Swimming and Diving - Ohlone Pentathalon
Saturday, Feb. 27, all day in Fremont

Watch Board of Trustees Meetings LiveCollege of Marin Board meetings are now broadcast live at The next broadcast will be Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m.

Have a great week,
Frances L. White, Ph.D.

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