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President’s Monday Briefing - May 17, 2010
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College of Marin Athletes Honored in Inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame

Five Athletes to be Recognized for Achievements in Sports and the Greater Community

Five former College of Marin star athletes whose achievements in sports grew into successful careers and lives of generous service to the community will be honored at an inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner on June 5.

College of Marin Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner Celebration
Date:      Saturday, June 5, 2010
Time:      Social hour at 6 p.m., dinner and Induction at 7 p.m.
Location: San Rafael Community Center, 618 B Street, San Rafael
Cost:      $40
RSVP to Diane Kukahiko, Physical Education Office, (415) 485-9580,

The Hall of Fame 2010 inductees are:
Mario Ghilotti (Football, 1948-1949)
Irwin "Red" Diamond (Basketball, 1947-1984)
Ray Snyder (Basketball, 1947-1948)
Richard Nave (Football, 1948-1949)
David Cotton (Springboard Diving, 1974-1975)

These five men were chosen because they were outstanding in their sport during their time as a College of Marin student, but also because they have been outstanding community leaders. They were picked because they encompass everything about College of Marin athletics, Markovich said, noting that many had served in World War II or the Korean War, taught, coached and become successful businessmen. They were selected from a pool of more than 30 nominations – all stellar athletes.

Mario Ghilotti, of Ghilotti Brothers Construction, Inc. (now Ghilotti Construction Co.) served in the Navy before arriving at College of Marin and becoming a member of the best defensive line in the history of the college. He was voted All-Conference in 1947 and has been an enthusiastic supporter of youth athletics in the community and the college.

Irwin P. "Red" Diamond, who died earlier this year, earned a Bronze Star for his service in World War II. He coached the college basketball team to a national championship and served the school for 37 years as a teacher, administrator and president. In 1984, the college named its athletic center the Irwin P. "Red" Diamond Gymnasium. Diamond attended both the dedication ceremony that year and the rededication in October of the renovated facility.

After serving in WWII, Ray Snyder helped send the College of Marin basketball team to the national community college championship in 1948. He was voted All-Conference, All-State and All-American in 1948. In 1948, he retired from a 37-year career as a high school physical education teacher. (The best thing about COM, he says, is that it’s where he met his wife of 58 years.)

Richard Nave, who served in the Marines in Korea before arriving at College of Marin, played halfback on the football team in 1948-49 and went on to earn a place in the San Francisco State Hall of Fame. He served as a Marin city councilman and president of two local chambers. He is active on local aviation commissions. He formerly owned Nave Bowling Lanes and currently manages property with Nave Enterprises.

David Cotton, was a one-and three-meter diving state champion in 1975 while at College of Marin. He won top honors in both events at the California Community College State Championships that year and earned a full athletic scholarship to Pepperdine University where he studied biology and business. He went on to win numerous national and international titles. Cotton continues to train and compete in diving and he serves as Rules chairman of U.S. Masters Diving. He is a general building contractor and president of Terra Linda Towing Company in San Rafael.

The men who attended the college in the late 40s continue to meet together every two years. Although the group isn’t as crowded as it once was, they have managed to maintain friendships for over 60 years.

People are invited to submit nominations for next year’s inductees. Information can be found at the COM Athletic Department Web site, or by calling (415) 485-9580.

Professional Development Needs Survey The newly established Professional Development Committee will be conducting a Professional Development Needs Survey through the Staff Development Office to help identify faculty and staff training needs and provide information to develop a Professional Development Plan. The survey will be used to guide the scheduling of the Flex and other professional development activities and is required by the Chancellor’s Office to be in compliance with Title 5 regulations regarding the Flexible Calendar program. Watch for an e-mail asking you to complete the online survey!



The Classified Senate is pleased to announce this year’s Classified Senate awards! The Senate formalized a process this year to recognize our outstanding classified staff on an annual basis. Thanks to all of you who submitted the names of individuals and departments for consideration.

It was extremely difficult to select the recipients since the nominations received were of such high caliber. Although it’s a challenge to single out a few for special recognition, the Senate believes it’s equally important to publically honor and recognize the contributions and important role the classified staff provides in supporting the college and its Mission and ultimately, the success of our students.

The awards are based on the criteria of:

  • Quality of work
  • Extra effort
  • Positive attitude
  • Dependability
  • Collaboration and
  • Commitment

The following individuals and departments were selected:

Outstanding Individual Award: Aaron Osheroff
Despite seemingly insurmountable events in his life, Aaron continued to be helpful during his recovery and still provided service to the college. His dedication to his work/job/life are inspiring to me. He just has such spirit and commitment to “being here.” (Excerpts from Nomination Forms)

Unsung Hero: Melody Creel
Melody is the ‘go to’ person when you need institutional information. You name it and Melody will get it for you, no matter what it takes, no matter what’s on her plate. She works hard every day and makes a huge difference in the work of many, many college employees who depend on her statistical genius.” (Excerpts from Nomination Forms)

Outstanding Department: I.T.
The Information Technology Department works tirelessly behind the scenes…they successfully guided us through the enormous undertaking of implementing the new Banner computer system. Despite being grossly understaffed, the  I.T Department consistently provides good service while maintaining a positive attitude. They are always pleasant, friendly, willing to help and always professional. It is very hard to imagine doing our jobs without their support.” (Excerpts from Nomination Forms)

The recipients will be honored in front of the COM community at the Faculty and Staff Luncheon on Thursday, May 27, from noon to 1:30 p.m. on the Campus Green near Fusselman Hall on the KTD campus. If you haven’t already done so, be sure to e-mail your RSVP for the luncheon to Melinda.molloy@marin.eduif you plan to attend.

Congratulations to all the recipients!

Beth Cassidy, a 2008 graduate of the College of Marin RN Program, was named April Employee of the Month at Marin General Hospital. Beth works in the CSU, cardiac stepdown unit. A few of the many reasons that she was nominated include being respectful and sensitive to patients’ needs, being communicative and calming, and going above and beyond to be an exceptional RN. She received a $250 cash award and a premium parking space. Congratulations!


Learn more about the Bond Modernization Program!

FREE Campus Barbeque Lunch sponsored by Swinerton Management & Consulting. Join us in the Redwood Grove on Tuesday, May 18, 2010, from noon to 1:30 p.m.

You Are Invited to COM’s Retirement Reception
A reception honoring retirees will be held on Wednesday, May 19, 2010, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Marin Art and Garden Center Garden Room, located at 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., in Ross. Join us for this special event showing appreciation for those who have provided many years of dedication and service to College of Marin. The retiree list as of May 6, 2010 includes:

  • V-Anne Chernock
  • Carol I. Moeller Costa
  • Sandra Douglass
  • Thomas Holub
  • Robert Kennedy
  • Carol Lacy
  • Charles (Chuck) Lacy
  • Kimie Lakomski
  • David Rollison
  • Michael Stinson
  • Frances L. White, Ph. D.

Children’s Centers Annual Butterfly Parade Celebrates Preschoolers Transition to Kindergarten
The IVC Children’s Center will be holding their annual Butterfly Parade on Wednesday, May 19 at 10:30 am at IVC. The Butterfly Parade celebrates the metamorphosis of our preschoolers who will be entering kindergarten this fall and the transformation of our student parents and student teachers who have completed their COM training and will be embarking on new vocations or transferring to a four-year university to continue their education. The children will be releasing the butterflies they have been raising since the caterpillar stage, singing, and flying special kites in honor of this occasion. All are welcome to join in the fun!

Input Needed for the New Academic Center at Kentfield
The design process for the New Academic Center at Kentfield is beginning and we need your input! Please join us for one of the meetings below unless you have received an Outlook meeting request directly from Elizabeth Bornstein.

Dates for the first round of user group meetings are as follows:

Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Time: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Fusselman Hall, Room110

Date: Thursday, May 20, 2010
Time: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Fusselman Hall, Room 120

RSVP to Elizabeth Bornstein at (415) 884-3139 (on campus ext. 8139) or e-mail

Bus Tour to Sonoma State

The Transfer Club has organized a bus tour to Sonoma State scheduled for Thursday, May 20. This is a great opportunity for College of Marin students who may be considering transferring to Sonoma State to see what the university has to offer. Due to the limited number of seats available, reservations must be made no later than Tuesday, May 18. For reservations, contact Emy Bagtas at the Transfer/Career Center at

College of Marin Foundation Annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony
The college community is cordially invited to College of Marin Foundation's Annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony Friday, May 21, 2010, at 5 p.m. in the Student Services Building, Kentfield Campus. A reception will follow the ceremony. For more information please call
(415) 485-9657.
Annual Faculty and Staff Luncheon
The annual Faculty and Staff Luncheon sponsored by College Council and the Academic and Classified Senates will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, May 27, in the campus green area near Fusselman Hall on the Kentfield campus. In an effort to conserve resources, invitations were sent via campus e-mail on May 3. You may RSVP by sending an e-mail to or calling ext. 7508 by May 20, 2010.

Flex Update
Mark your calendars for the Fall 2010 Flex days. The Independent Flex days are August 11 and August 12. The Mandatory Flex day is Friday, August 13. College Convocation will take place from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by department meetings organized by your department chair in the afternoon from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Flex information and scheduled activities will be posted on the Staff Development Page on the college Web site. Click on ‘Staff Development’ under the ‘Faculty and Staff’ tab at If you would like to present a workshop on the Independent Flex days or during the semester, please e-mail for a proposal form. You may also download a Flex Workshop Proposal Form on the Staff Development Web page.
Reminder! Spring 2010 Flex Verification Forms are due in Human Resources by Friday, May 28, 2010. The forms can be downloaded from the Staff Development Web page.

Performing Arts

Concert Band
Douglas Delaney, director
Wednesday, May 19, noon
Fine Arts Theatre
Donation suggested, parking $3
The ensemble will perform a variety of music including Samuel Barber’s Adagio, Debussy’s Arabesque No. 1, and a medley of some of Henry Mancini’s most memorable music. The program will close with a special arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.
Symphonic Band

Douglas Delaney, director
Wednesday, May 19, 7:30 p.m.
Fine Arts Theatre
Donation suggested, parking $3
A new work by composer Adrian L. Quince will have its debut at this concert. The band has performed several other works by this gifted composer and former COM music major. Another featured new work is Green Bushes Percy Grainger’s setting of a beautiful English folk song. Also on the program is the exciting and humorous Tulsa by American composer, Don Gillis.

Beginning Voice Class Recital
Linda Noble Brown, instructor
Monday, May 24, 2:10 p.m.
Lefort Recital Hall (FA 72), Kentfield
Free admission, parking $3
Contemporary Opera Marin
Eating, Drinking, Shopping
Paul Smith, director
June 19, 23, 25, and 26 at 7:30 p.m.
St. Hilary Church, Tiburon
Contemporary Opera Marin, College of Marin’s opera program, will once again be the resident opera company of the Tiburon Music Festival, June 19 to 26. This summer’s theme is Eating, Drinking, Shopping. The program will include fully staged English language performances ranging from JS Bach’s Coffee Cantata to PDQ Bach’s The Seasonings, Mark Blitzstein’s Triple Sec to settings of Prohibition era songs and, by popular demand, a revival of Mischa Spoliansky’s 1930s cabaret opera, Send for Mr. Plim. Visit or call 415.485.9460 for information and ticket reservations.

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.
The Bob Hill Band
May 13
7th Street Reggae Band
May 20
Annual Student Spring Show
The College of Marin Fine Arts Gallery currently has on exhibit the Annual Student Spring Show. Artwork will be up through May 21, 2010, and features a variety of different media. 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.
Emeritus Students Exhibit Paintings by Kay Carlson
The current exhibition at the College of Marin Emeritus Center, Splendor of Place by Kay Carlson, runs through June 17. You can see this beautiful collection of paintings in the Student Services Building, Room 146. The exhibition is sponsored by Emeritus Students College of Marin.
83rd Commencement Exercises
This year’s commencement exercises will take place Saturday, May 29, 2010. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. and will be held at the Baseball Field, Kentfield Campus. For more information please contact Student Affairs at (415) 485-9376 or visit

Infrastructure Projects Scheduled for Sir Francis Drake Boulevard
Infrastructure improvements on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in Ross are in progress. 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:

  • Pipeline: 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 Athletics

California State Track and Field Championship
Friday and Saturday, May 21 and 22, all day

Kentfield Campus Summer Swim
Dates: June 16 through August 8
Time: Monday through Friday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Price: $3 for children; $5 for adults; $3 for seniors (60+) and disabled
For more information call (415) 485-9587.

IVC Campus Summer Swim
Dates: June 14 through August 5
Time: Monday through Thursday, noon to 4 p.m.
Price: $3 for children; $5 for adults; $3 for seniors (60+) and disabled
Lap and Recreational Swimming is available at all times. For more information call (415) 457-8811 ext. 8260.

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

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