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President’s Monday Briefing - March 1, 2010
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Changes to Marin Transit ServiceMarin Transit provides transit service in Marin County with service to both College of Marin campuses. The following information may be useful to students and staff who are current or may be future transit riders.
Due to declining revenues and increasing costs, Marin Transit is forced to reduce local bus service. These reductions will go into effect on Sunday, March 14, 2010. Impacted routes include Routes 17, 19, 22, 23, 29, 36, 45, 49, 51, and 52. Final schedules are now available at Many riders may be impacted by the service reductions; therefore it is recommended that you review the new schedules to plan your trip in advance.
Marin Transit staff will be at the Student Services Building on Wednesday, March 3, from noon to 1 p.m. to answer questions and provide trip-planning assistance. If you are unable to attend this event or have additional questions/comments, please call (415) 226-0855 or e-mail Additional trip-planning events will be held at the San Rafael Transit Center on March 11, 12, and 15. Visit for more information.

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.

Upcoming Events

Sunday SalonThe Emeritus Students College of Marin (ESCOM) and The Lark Theater are pleased to present Sunday Salon. 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 second in a series of three films will be held March 21. General tickets are $15 per show; Emeritus members pay $13 per show. 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!

College of Marin Fine Arts Gallery Presents Entanglements The latest Fine Arts Gallery exhibit, Entanglements, begins today and will be up through April 1, 2010. Featured artists include Julia Goodman, Amy Keefer, Ali Nasche-Messing, Esther Traugot, and Anneliese Vobis. Come and meet the artists at a reception Tuesday, March 2, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The gallery is located at 835 College Ave., Kentfield and is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (415) 485-9494 for more information.

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 Barter Starts This WeekStarting 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.

Marin Art and Music Alliance Presents The CarlitosThe Carlitos will be playing a free concert Thursday, March 11, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the lawn in front of the Student Services Building Frank’s Barbecue will serving their normal savory fare as well as grilling up vegetables. The Carlitos is a band of four friends who share a love of jazz and crazy clothes. This event is sponsored by the Marin Art and Music Alliance (MAMA) and Associated Students College of Marin (ASCOM)


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. Diablo Valley College
Tuesday, March 2, 2 p.m. in Kentfield
Men’s Baseball vs. Solano College
Thursday, March 4, 2:30 p.m. in Kentfield
Men’s Baseball vs. Napa Valley College
Saturday, March 6, 1 p.m. in Napa
Women’s Softball vs. Solano College (double header)
Thursday, March 4, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in Kentfield
Swimming and Diving – Mariner Invitational
Saturday, March 6, all day in Novato
Track and Field – Beaver Relays at American River College
Saturday, March 6, TBA in Sacramento

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

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