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President’s Monday Briefing - March 15, 2010
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COM Plans Workshops to Review Design Concepts for New Academic Center

Community members are invited to take part in reviewing design concepts for a new Academic Center. Following the presentation of design concepts by architectural firms, workshop participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and provide written feedback about the designs. The first workshop will feature ED2 International Architects. The second workshop will feature TLCD Architects with Mark Cavagnero Architects.
The new Academic Center will be located at the corner of Sir Francis Drake Blvd. and College Ave. in Kentfield, and will house state-of-the-art classrooms, a new auditorium, and faculty and staff offices. It will replace Olney Hall, Harlan Center, the Administrative Center, the Business Center, and the Taqueria. For more information contact Swinerton Management & Consulting at (415) 884-3139.
Academic Center Community Workshop 1
Featuring ED2 International Architects
Tuesday, March 30
7 p.m.
Deedy Lounge, Student Services Building
835 College Ave., Kentfield, CA
Academic Center Community Workshop 2
Featuring TLCD Architects and Mark Cavagnero Architects
Thursday, April 1
7 p.m.
Deedy Lounge, Student Services Building
835 College Ave., Kentfield, CA

Protest Planned Against Budget Cuts

The Student Senate, in cooperation with the Associated Students College of Marin (ASCOM), has agreed to sponsor a bus to drive interested students to take part in the state-wide protest against budget cuts to higher education. This March in March will take place on Monday, March 22. The charter bus will leave College of Marin at approximately 6:15 a.m. and return at approximately 6 p.m. Students, faculty, and staff will be marching from Raley Field in Sacramento to the Capitol, along with thousands of other students from across the state to inform legislators that cuts to higher education can no longer be tolerated. Field trip forms will need to be filled out.
Faculty and staff are encouraged to inform students of this unique political advocacy opportunity and to join the students if at all possible. To sign up or to have any questions answered please see Vickie Lamke or Dr. Arnulfo Cedillo in the Student Affairs Office located in the Student Services Building, Room 250 or call (415) 485-9376.


College of Marin DSPS Alternate Media Specialist and Instructional Specialist Robert F. Bradford’s play "The Painted Casket” received three performances in Feb. with Construct Theatre Company in New York. He has won two Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards for Best Play in the Fringe of Marin Festival of One-Acts. His plays have also been produced by the Black Box Festival at College of Marin in Kentfield, CA; the Petaluma Arts Council and Café Amsterdam in Fairfax, CA; and have been published in Mused (Bella online). His stories have appeared in Bohème Magazine, SoMa Literary Review, Slow Trains Literary Journal, and Long Story Short (under the nom de plume Vivian Pemble). He also teaches writing at Dominican University of California.


Marin Art and Music Alliance Presents HoneyDust

HoneyDust will be playing a free concert Thursday, March 18, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the lawn in front of the Student Services Building. Frank’s Barbecue will be serving their normal savory fare as well as grilling up vegetables starting at noon. HoneyDust is a rock and roll act based out of Fairfax. Their sound and high energy live show is a breath of fresh air for all true rock fans. They mesh together many styles and genres to deliver a new sound that is unlike any other. This event is sponsored by the Marin Art and Music Alliance (MAMA) and Associated Students College of Marin (ASCOM).

Updated: COM’s Drama Department Presents William Shakespeare’s Hamlet
Due to popular demand, the Drama Department has added one additional matinee performance of Hamlet on Saturday, March 20, at 1:30 pm in the Fine Arts Theatre. All other performances are sold out.
Directed by James Dunn
March 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. Sold Out
Matinee on March 21 at 1:30 p.m. Sold Out
College of Marin Fine Arts Theatre (corner of Sir Francis Drake Blvd. and 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!

Sunday Salon

The 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!

Marin Art and Music Alliance Presents Bands from the Marin School of the Arts at Novato High
Three bands from the Marin School of the Arts at Novato High will be playing a free concert Thursday, March 25, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the lawn in front of the Student Services Building. Frank’s Barbecue will be serving their normal savory fare as well as grilling up vegetables starting at noon. The bands are Frisk, Bahiars, and Just Say No to Velociraptors. This event is sponsored by the Marin Art and Music Alliance (MAMA) and Associated Students College of Marin (ASCOM).
Job Placement Presents Healthcare Fair
The annual Healthcare Fair will take place Monday, March 29, in the Student Services Building, Deedy Staff Lounge, Room 111. The fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Skilled nursing facilities and hospitals from the Bay Area will be available to take applications for employment. This is an excellent opportunity for nurses, CNAs, and homecare employees to network. Our job fairs and employment resources are open to community members as well as College of Marin students and alumni. For additional information regarding this event and other employment opportunities, contact Carol Perez at the Job Placement Center (415) 485-9410.


International Film Festival
College of Marin Modern Languages Department presents the third annual International Film Festival, with films featuring foreign languages taught at the college. The following films, which are FREE and open to the community, will be shown at 7 p.m. in Olney Hall 96, 835 College Ave., Kentfield. Free parking is also available. For more information, including a synopsis of each film, go to
March 19 Bridge to Silence (1989), American Sign Language
March 26 Shall We Dance (1996), Japanese
April 2 La Luz Prodigiosa (2003), Spanish

Watercolor Exhibit at Emeritus Center
An 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.

College of Marin Fine Arts Gallery Presents Entanglements

The latest Fine Arts Gallery exhibit, will be up through April 1, 2010. Featured artists include Julia Goodman, Amy Keefer, Ali Nasche-Messing, Esther Traugot, and Anneliese Vobis. 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.

Frederic Chopin and Robert Schumann 200th Birthday Concerts
Friday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m. – Lefort Recital Hall, College of Marin, Kentfield
Saturday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m. – St. Hilary Church, Tiburon
Friday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. – Lefort Recital Hall, College of Marin, Kentfield
Saturday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. – St. Hilary Church, Tiburon

All tickets are $10 and are only available at the door.

Join the College of Marin Music Department and St. Hilary Church in celebrating the 200th birthday of two of classical music’s most inspired composers. The series begins with the music of Schumann and his family friends. The internationally acclaimed London based piano duo of Valeria Szervanszky and Ronald Cavaye return to Marin to perform Johannes Brahms’ masterful arrangement for piano four hands of his great Piano Concerto no. 1 as well as selections from Robert Schumann’s Pictures from the East. In addition, Bay Area soprano Christa Pfeiffer performs rarely heard masterpieces by Clara Schumann and Fanny Mendelssohn. The second concert presents Marin county musicians Boyd Jarrell, baritone, Paul Smith, pianist, and George Thomson, violin, in masterworks of Chopin and Schumann. Light refreshments follow each performance. Proceeds benefit Contemporary Opera Marin and its performances at the Tiburon Music Festival this June at St. Hilary Church. For further information contact the College of Marin Music Department at (415) 485-9460.

COM Athletics

Men’s Baseball vs. Mendocino College
Tuesday, March 16, 2:30 p.m. in Kentfield
Men’s Baseball vs. Yuba College
Thursday, March 18, 2:30 p.m. in Marysville
Men’s Baseball vs. Solano College
Saturday, March 20, 1 p.m. in Suisun
Women’s Softball vs. Napa College (double header)
Thursday, March 16, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in Kentfield
Women’s Softball BYE
Thursday, March 18
Women’s Softball vs. TBA
Saturday, March 20, in Napa

Track and Field – Chabot Fix-It
Friday, March 19, all day in Hayward


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

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