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President’s Monday Briefing - March 29, 2010
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Board of Trustees Launches Search for New Superintendent/President

The College of Marin Board of Trustees launched a nation-wide search last week for a new Superintendent/President. Details about the position are available online at Should you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please call Ralph Andersen & Associates’ representatives Stan Arterberry at (707) 567-4402 or Heather Renschler at (916) 630-4900. Confidential inquiries are welcomed.

Educational Excellence Innovation Fund is now Accepting Proposals

The Educational Excellence Innovation Fund provides seed money that encourages College of Marin’s faculty and staff to dream out loud. Proposals should be submitted to the Superintendent/President’s Office by May 7, 2010. Awards will be announced in June.

Faculty Proposals submitted to the Superintendent/President’s Office will be forwarded to U.D.W.C. per Article 8.3 of UPM contract. Please contact Melinda Molloy in the President’s Office for more information at

The Educational Excellence Innovation Fund (EEIF) has four areas of concentration:

1. Leverage for Fund Development
Provides start-up planning and financial support to faculty and staff in devising programs and services:

  • Closely linked to college/district strategic goals/priorities.
  • Possesses significant potential for development of linkages with external organizations such as business, industry, government agencies and community organizations.
  • Has a high level of potential for procurement of additional private or public sector funding as a result of Educational Excellence Innovation Fund support.
  • Coordinated with the activities of the Educational Excellence Innovation Fund, the President’s Circle, and College of Marin Foundation.

2. New programs reflecting business and workforce training

  • Addresses emerging work force issues in the Bay Area and/or Marin County.
  • Provides learning opportunities into the environmental, medical, or technological work force.
  • Increases career opportunities and skills development.

3. New pedagogies, learning styles, and learning communities

  • Introduces new teaching methods, such as utilizing technology and web-based instruction.
  • Implements faculty development of educational web sites.
  • Creates distance learning and on-line options for instructional delivery.

4. Program revitalization

  • Adds new components to existing programs.
  • Creates partnerships with business to expand program offerings.

COM Welcomes New Director of Planning, Research, and Institutional Effectiveness

The college welcomes Chia-Lin Hsieh, Ed.D. as the new Director of Planning, Research, and Institutional Effectiveness. Dr. Hsieh comes to College of Marin from the Parkway School District in St. Louis, Missouri where she led a District Assessment Committee that set, monitored, and evaluated assessment goals, led testing teams, monitored data, and evaluation program effectiveness for student outcomes. Additionally, she spearheaded development of the district’s five-year strategic plan, and partnered with the technology department to design a reporting system that enabled educators to track student progress in a variety of different ways. Prior to this Dr. Hsieh served as the director of institutional research and assessment at Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Missouri, and as senior research associate, evaluation center, at Western Michigan University. Dr. Hsieh is an accomplished, enthusiastic, highly analytical individual with a wide range of experience evaluating institutions and is also very skilled at analyzing large amounts of data and conveying the results in understandable terms. Welcome aboard!

COM Representation at the March in March

Director of Student Affairs, Arnulfo Cedillo, along with students Andres Ramirez, Elaina Perez, Jessica Perez, Richard Park, and Nathaniel Parker represented College of Marin and stood in solidarity with other California colleges at a march against cuts to higher education held last Monday in Sacramento. Richard Park and Arnulfo Cedillo also met with Ms. Paige Brokaw, education staff person for Assembly Member Jared Huffman to share why the students were marching that day and explained that higher education could not tolerate any more cuts. They invited assembly member Huffman to visit our campus to see the accomplishments of our students first hand as well as see all the building that is taking place. It was an unforgettable day and the students expressed that they were very proud to represent College of Marin.


The COM Registered Nursing Program is proud to announce that Nursing Instructor Carmen Carrouche was selected as an expert presenter at the American Nurses Credentialing Center Item Writing Workshop earlier this month in Washington, D.C. Carrouche’s specialty is psychiatric nursing. She holds both a Master’s degree in Nursing and a Master’s degree in psychology. Excellent work Carmen!

College of Marin Measure C Bond Citizens’ Oversight Committee Solicits New Members

Five committee members are being sought to serve on the College of Marin Measure C Bond Citizens’ Oversight Committee for the Measure C bond program. The committee is seeking applications for members representing the community at large, a Senior Citizens’ Organization, a Community College Support Group, a Support Organization for College of Marin, and a Student Representative. New members will be appointed by the College of Marin Board of Trustees at its April meeting. Applications are due March 31, 2010. Oversight committee members cannot be employees, officials, vendors, consultants, or contractors of the College of Marin. Application and application information can be found on-line at or by calling the Office of the Superintendent/President at (415) 485-9502.

The College of Marin Board of Trustees passed a resolution on December 14, 2004, establishing the independent citizens’ oversight committee. The committee is responsible for ensuring the College of Marin’s financial accountability for projects funded by a $249.5 million bond earmarked for facilities modernization and passed by Marin County Voters in the November 2004 election with more than 63 percent voter approval. Measure C was a Proposition 39 bond that required the formation of a Citizen’s Oversight Committee.

College and University Representatives on Campus in April

The following college and university representatives will be on campus during the month of April. Talking with them is a great way to learn more about the different colleges and universities as well as getting answers to your questions. Appointments are required. Students may schedule an appointment at the Transfer Center in Student Services, Room 202 or contact (415) 485-9671.

University Date Time

UC Santa Cruz

April 1

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

CSU East Bay April 6 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
National University April 8 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
University of Phoenix April 20 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Dominican University April 20 10 a.m. to 2 p.m
Sonoma State University April 21 11 a.m. to noon (workshop)
UC Berkeley April 27 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Fine Art Pin-Up Show This Week
All College of Marin art students are invited to submit their work to a non-juried pin-up show that will run from April 2 to April 22, 2010. Work may be dropped off Tuesday and Wednesday, March 30 and 31, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. A reception for the artists will be held Wednesday, April 7, 2010, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Art work should be picked up April 23 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Work not retrieved after 5 p.m. on April 23, 2010, is not the responsibility of the gallery. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. 5 p.m. and Fridays from noon to 5 p.m.


Intensive English Program Field Trip to the de Young Museum

College of Marin Intensive English Program will host a field trip to the de Young Museum for a docent tour of the American art collection. The trip will take place on Friday, April 2, 2010. Interested students should meet promptly at 12:20 p.m. at the side entrance to the museum in Golden Gate Park by the Pool of Enchantment located off of John F. Kennedy Drive. The formal address is 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA. 94118. The tour will be free and is expected to last until 2:45 p.m. Students may stay in the museum longer and see special exhibits. (Special exhibits may carry an entrance fee.)

The docents will be highlighting selected museum works as well as the American art collection. Here you will learn about the history of the U.S.A. through famous artists. Students need to provide their own transportation to the museum. Note: Morning classes on April 2, 2010 will end at 11 a.m. The Music and Words lunchtime elective will be postponed to a later date. Special thanks go to the de Young Museum for the free tickets and docent tour.

Spring Dance Production

College of Marin Dance Department presents their spring dance production Fast Forward. Performance dates are April 2, 3, 9, and 10 at 8 p.m. and will take place at the Fine Arts Theatre on the Kentfield campus. Tickets are $15 general; $10 students and seniors. Call the box office at (415) 415.9385 or visit for more information. Fast Forward is choreographed by the College of Marin dance faculty and features an exciting evening of ballet, modern, jazz, hip-hop, and African with guest artist Danse Lumiere. Supported in part by the College of Marin Foundation, Dancers’ Guild, and Sargay Stetson Memorial Dance Fund.

Advanced Voice Class Recital

The Stringless Instrument – Songs based on texts by William Shakespeare
Wednesday, April 7, 11:10 a.m.
Lefort Recital Hall, (FA 72)
Free admission

Institutional Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
College of Marin will hold the TOEFL on Thursday, April 8, 2010, from 9 a.m. to noon. Students should arrive by 8:45 a.m. Students can sign-up beforehand on the sheet in Ohlone 142 or e-mail You may also leave a message at (415) 883-2211, ext. 8579. There is a space limit of 20 people so students are encouraged to sign-up early. The cost to take the test is $30 and this fee may be paid in the Kentfield or IVC Admissions and Records Office. Please keep the receipt and bring it to the test along with photo identification.

The test will be given at the Indian Valley Campus Intensive English Program (IEP), Ohlone Building 19, Room 158. For questions or more information call (415) 883-2211, ext. 8579. Park in lot 6. A daily or semester parking permit is required, or park off campus. Hand-scored results will be available by e-mail on April 9, 2010. Official score sheets will be available for pick up at the IEP four to six weeks later. A free practice test will be held at the IEP on Tuesday, April 6, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. with immediate scoring. No reservations are needed.

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 final film will be held April 18. 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!


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

April 2 La Luz Prodigiosa (2003), Spanish

College of Marin Fine Arts Gallery Presents Entanglements – Final Week
The latest Fine Arts Gallery exhibit, Entanglements, 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.

Jewelry Exhibit in Fine Arts Building

There is a small but very unique jewelry exhibit on display now in the Fine Arts Building through the doors to the left of the box office. This show is dedicated to the memory of Alvin Abraham Pine who died few weeks ago (1933-2010). He was an award-winning metal smith and a legend at CSU Long Beach where he taught jewelry and ceramic classes for 33 years. The exhibit mostly consists of “finger sculpture” pieces collected from former students. This was an assignment he gave every semester. Former student and COM Jewelry Instructor Michael Chaille continues this tradition. Pine was an educator and friend to many at College of Marin and was the “tool guy,” stopping in a few times each year to sell students jewelry tools needed to do this specialized work and offer advice based on his years of experience. The show will be up through April 10, 2010.

Marin Art and Music Alliance Presents Free Concert Series
Come out and enjoy the sunshine! The Marin Art and Music Alliance (MAMA) with Associated Students College of Marin (ASCOM) are presenting a free spring concert series. Food is available for purchase beginning at noon. The music starts at 2 p.m. and wraps up at 4 p.m. All concerts take place on the lawn area in front of the Student Services Building. This event is open to the public.

Swamp Thang Band
April 1

House Party Boogie
April 22

Pool Boy Chuck Steed
April 29
Groovy Judy
May 6

The Bob Hill Band
May 13
7th Street Reggae Band
May 20

Performing Arts

Frederic Chopin & Robert Schumann
200th Birthday Benefit Concert

Friday, April 23, 7:30 p.m.
Lefort Recital Hall (FA 72), Kentfield
Saturday April 24, 7:30 p.m.
St. Hilary Church, Tiburon
Admission: $10 at the door

College of Marin faculty members Boyd Jarrell, baritone, and Paul Smith, piano, are joined by Marin County violinist and conductor George Thomson in a concert celebrating the 200th birthday of Frederic Chopin and Robert Schumann. Works include Schumann’s violin sonata opus 121, piano preludes and Scherzo No. 2 of Chopin and Schumann’s song cycle Dichterliebe.

Piano Repertoire Concert
Paul Smith, director
Wednesday and Thursday, April 28 and 29, noon
Fine Arts Theatre
Donation suggested, parking $3

The Piano Repertoire and Interpretation class will present movements from 25 piano concertos in two 90-minute concerts. Performances will include masterpieces by Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Liszt, Chopin, Schumann, Grieg, Saint-Saens, McDowell, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Poulenc, Gershwin, Prokofieff, Khachaturian, Shostakovich, Barber, and others.

Two Evenings of Chamber Music
Jessica Ivry, director
Friday and Saturday, April 30 and May 1, 7:30 p.m.
Lefort Recital Hall (FA 72)
Suggested donation: $7, free parking

College of Marin music students perform in small ensembles including Beethoven String Quartet, Op. 135, Brahms Two Songs for mezzo-soprano, viola and piano, Mozart Flute Quartet in D Major, Dvo?ák Piano Quintet, and Schumann Fairy Tales. There will be a different program each evening. Call (415) 485-9460 for program details.

'59 Pink Thunderbird – Laundry & Bourbon and Lone Star
By James McClure
Directed by Jeffery Bihr

April 30, May 1, 7, 8, 14, and 15 at 8 p.m.
May 9 and 16 at 2 p.m.
Studio Theatre
$15 general admission; $10 for students, seniors, COM employees and alumni

It’s a hot afternoon in Maynard, Texas, where the “girls” are folding laundry, sipping bourbon, and sharing local gossip. That same evening, a trio of Texas good-ole-boys are drinking beer and trading tall tales behind a local bar. The comic intertwining of the two scenarios make for a very funny, delightful evening of theatre.

Director Jeffrey Bihr last directed Born Yesterday for COM. In addition to his teaching duties here at College of Marin, he also teaches and performs at Stanford University as well as with other local companies such as American Conservatory Theatre, Berkeley Rep, and the Aurora Theatre.

COM Athletics

Men’s Baseball vs. Laney College
Tuesday, March 30, 2:30 p.m. in Kentfield
Men’s Baseball vs. Mendocino College
Thursday, April 1, 2:30 p.m. in Ukiah

Women’s Softball vs. Solano College (double header)
Tuesday, March 30, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in Suisun
Women’s Softball vs. Yuba College (double header)
Thursday, April 1, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in Kentfield

Track and Field – Johnny Mathis Invitational
Friday and Saturday, April 2 and 3, TBA in San Francisco

Track and Field Results from Meet at Chabot College
Women’s pole vault – Angelina Pilacelli 10’ (school record)
Women’s shot put – Emanuelle Orleans 36’ 6” (first place)
Women’s high jump – Emanuelle Orleans 5’ (second place)
Men’s high jump – Mark Gilyard 6’10”

In Our Thoughts
Beloved College of Marin ESL Instructor Gloria Evelyn Bosetti Hannon passed away March 10, 2010, after a brief, courageous battle with cancer. She was born July 19, 1922, in Paterson, New Jersey. She attended New York's Knox School. In 1942 she graduated, Phi Beta Kappa, from Wellesley and later earned a Masters degree in English. She was the first woman recruited from Wellesley into the OSS as a cryptologist. After the war, she entered the Foreign Service where she met and married Jack Hannon (once he met her request to save $1000). They raised a family while being posted to Bangkok, Taipei, and Santiago de Chile. While living overseas she satisfied her natural curiosity by learning languages, teaching English, and taking cooking classes, brush painting, and flower arranging. In 1968 they moved to Marin County; at this time she began her 40-year relationship with the community. She helped create and sustain the English as a Second Language program at the College of Marin campuses. She will be remembered for her sparkling curiosity, her willingness to help friends and strangers, and her love of fun, travel and crossword puzzles.

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

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