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President’s Monday Briefing - April 26, 2010
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COM Awards Design Contract for New Academic Center

On Tuesday, April 20, at its regular monthly meeting, the College of Marin Board of Trustees selected TLCD Architecture with Mark Cavagnero Associates (MCA) to design the New Academic Center (NAC) at the Kentfield campus. The Board awarded TLCD Architecture a short-form contract in the amount of $50,000 to start the design process.

For this project, the TLCD team includes Mark Cavagnero Associates (MCA) as design architect. The two firms first joined forces in 2004 while pursuing work at Napa Valley College; they also participated together in the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Competition in 2006.

TLCD brings over a decade of community college experience to the project with experience in planning, programming and project execution of community college facilities. The new campuses and signature projects for the Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino districts make TLCD a premier North Bay firm for community college design.

MCA brings nationally recognized design skills to the team. The firm’s projects include the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco; the Rafael Film Center, San Rafael; Headlands Center for the Arts, Fort Barry; and 142 Throckmorton Theater, Mill Valley.

The COM Measure C modernization team will quickly launch the first phase of the design process – programming validation – with a pair of kickoff meetings scheduled for Thursday, April 29. The afternoon meeting will take place from 3 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. The evening meeting will be held from 5:15 to 7 p.m., and will repeat the agenda for those who cannot attend the earlier session. Both meetings will be held in Olney Hall, Room 96, on the Kentfield campus and will be facilitated by the modernization team.

Infrastructure Projects Scheduled for Sir Francis Drake Boulevard
Infrastructure improvements on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in Ross are scheduled to begin soon. The work will likely result in traffic impacts during the dates specified below. Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD) recommends allowing extra travel time and considering using alternate routes. Please see description of project below:

  1. Pipeline: April 26 through June 15.
    MMWD will be installing 2700 feet of pipe on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard between Winship Avenue and Lagunitas Road. Work hours are from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on weekdays. Two lanes of traffic will be open at all times.

COM Counseling Department Hosts High School Counselor Luncheon

The COM Counseling Department hosted its annual luncheon for high school counselors on Tuesday, April 6. The high school counselors were impressed by the wonderful opportunities that COM offers its students and were inspired to promote COM to the high school community. Special thanks to Letta Hlavachek, Erik Dunmire, Alexandra Magallanes-Rivera, Bob Balestreri, Nick Chang, Greta Siegel, Sue Scott and student speakers Mersedeh Hakimzadeh, Lorenzo Bynum, and Gina Compagno for making the event a great success.


Alpha Gamma Sigma (AGS) is the Honor Society for California Community Colleges. In addition to meeting an academic requirement, members must earn service points for supporting AGS, college and cultural events, community service and involvement. Last semester 36 AGS members provided 455 hours of community service to the Marin community.

This semester the COM AGS chapter has 70 members. Recently 11 COM AGS board and general members attended the annual spring convention for all chapters. Students attend workshops; advisors attend meetings covering AGS business. The students were accompanied by advisors Laurie Ordin and Toni Yoshioka.

The highlight of the convention is announcing scholarship awards for outstanding students throughout the state. Awards are given for academic excellence and for service. Briana Zweifler, our events coordinator, was one of four students who won the prestigious Robert Mantovani Award. This award is given not only for academic excellence, but also for outstanding service and leadership. In addition to Briana’s award, College of Marin’s chapter won the Most Enthusiastic Cheer award and the Most Artistic Name Tag – made by Colleen Guliaeff. Congratulations to Briana, Colleen, Rhea Stewart-Laws, Elizabeth Odishoo, Krystel Becerra, Bridget Duann, Kevin Pham-Lader, Meryl Jordan, Chase Schweitzer, Frances Sameon, and Jesse Leeman.

Former performing arts student, Heather Gordon, has been studying at Harvard’s American Repertory Theatre for the past two years. Gordon is in a new film which has been entered in various film festivals around the world. She has won the Best Performance by a Female at the Geneva Film Festival for her role in Seducing Charlie Barker, which will be shown at the San Francisco Film Festival on May 2 and 4. Kudos to Heather!

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 the UPM contract. Please contact Melinda Molloy in the President’s Office for more information at


Annual Student Spring Show
The College of Marin Fine Arts Gallery will open its Annual Student Spring Show today. A reception for the artists will be held on Tuesday, April 27, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The show continues through May 21, 2010, and features artwork in a variety of different media.
COM Baseball Coach Speaks to IEP
College of Marin Baseball Coach Steve Berringer will speak to the students and faculty of the Intensive English Program (IEP) on Wednesday, April 28, 2010, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:35 p.m. in Ohlone 158 at the Indian Valley Campus. Steve will talk about AT&T Park and everything attending a Major League Baseball game at this amazing stadium offers. The campus and community are welcome to attend.
Steve’s presentation precedes the COM IEP field trip for 50 students and supporters to the Giants’ first College Night at AT&T Stadium on April 30.
Kickoff Meetings for the New Academic Center
Campus and community members are invited to attend two kickoff meetings for the New Academic Center at Kentfield. TLCD/MCA, the architect for the New Academic Center at Kentfield, will facilitate the meetings to set expectations for the project, explain the design process, and launch the program validation effort.
Please Join Us

Thursday, April 29, 2010
from 3 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
from 5:15 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Olney Hall, Room 96
835 College Ave., Kentfield, CA
Both meetings will follow the same format.
Both meetings are open to the public and are free of charge.
For more information contact Swinerton Management & Consulting at (415) 884-3139.
Artist’s Reception
The current exhibition up at the College of Marin Emeritus Center, Splendor of Place by Kay Carlson, will feature an artist’s reception on Saturday, May 1, 2010, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Student Services Building, Room 146. The exhibition runs through June 17 and is sponsored by Emeritus Students College of Marin.
June Yokell’s Paintings at Marin Arts
College of Marin Matriculation Office Technician June Yokell is among seven featured artists in a Marin Arts show May 1, 2, 8, and 9 at the Isabel Cook Center located at 1000 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, San Anselmo. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free parking is available on both sides of the building or at Redhill Shopping Center. For more information visit <> .
College of Marin to Host Annual Spring Job Fair
The College of Marin Job Placement Center will host its annual spring job fair on Thursday, May 13, 2010, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kentfield Campus in the Student Services Building cafeteria. This event is open to the public and is free of charge. A variety of employers from the Bay Area will be available at the event to answer questions and accept resumes.
The COM Job Placement Center establishes and maintains contacts with businesses in the community to provide students with job leads and internships in various fields. Assistance is available to current students, as well as COM alumni of any age and community members. The Job Placement Center is located at the Kentfield Campus in the Student Services Center, Room 206. For more information about the Job Fair please contact Carol Perez at (415) 485-9410.
Transportation Technology Education Complex – Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Tours and light refreshments from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony starts at 5:30 p.m.
Grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at Pomo Buildings 1 and 2 at the IVC Campus
Transfer Recognition Reception
The Transfer & Career Center will be hosting its 4th Annual Transfer Recognition Reception to honor and recognize our students who are transferring on to four-year universities. The event will be held Friday, May 14, 2010, in the Student Services Cafeteria at the Kentfield campus. The evening will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by a ceremony to formally acknowledge our students. I would like to invite everyone who plays such a vital role in student success at the College of Marin to attend this event to honor our students as they make their transition from the college to attaining their educational and professional goals.
Come celebrate our students’ academic achievement. Please confirm your attendance by e-mailing Emy Bagtas at, by Friday, May 7. For more information call (415) 485-9671.


Marin Art and Music Alliance Presents Free Concert Series
Come out and enjoy the sunshine! The Marin Art and Music Alliance (MAMA) and 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.

Pool Boy Chuck Steed
April 29
Groovy Judy
May 6

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

Performing Arts

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, Prokofiev, 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 McLure
Directed by Jeffrey 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 Athletic

Swimming and Diving – California Community Colleges Conference Championships
Thursday through Saturday, April 29 through May 1, all day in Long Beach
Track and Field – Conference Trials
Monday, April 26, all day in Oakland

Results from Nor Cal Heptathlon:
Emmanuelle Orleans
: 100-meter hurdles (14.9 seconds), long jump (16 feet), the high jump (5 feet), and 800 meters (2:36).
Angelina Pilacelli took first place in the pole vault.

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

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