COM Names Five Finalists for Superintendent/President
Five candidates have been named as finalists in the search for a new Superintendent/President at College of Marin to replace Dr. Frances L. White who retired in June of this year. The national search drew 65 candidates from across the country. A search committee composed of college faculty, staff, students, community members, and administrative employees interviewed 11 semi-finalist candidates. The names of the final five candidates have been forwarded to the College of Marin Board of Trustees for consideration. The hiring process also includes opportunities for college and community members to meet the candidates. Campus and community forums for each candidate will be held on Monday, August 30, Tuesday, August 31, Wednesday, September 1, Thursday, September 2, and Friday, September 3, 2010; from noon to 1 p.m. at the Kentfield Campus in the Olney Hall Auditorium; from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. at the Indian Valley Campus in Miwok 181; and a third public forum will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Kentfield Campus in the Olney Hall Auditorium. A complete schedule of events and biographical information about the candidates is available online at http://www.marin.edu/News/press_release/081710.htm
Peggy Isozaki appointed Vice President of College Operations
Peggy Isozaki is serving as Vice President of College Operations while Al Harrison, replaces Dr. Frances White as Superintendent/President. Peggy has more than 30 years of diverse financial experience in the public and private sectors. Her last six years have been with the Marin Community College District, most recently as Director of Fiscal Services. Prior to that she worked with Fellows Placement in Chicago as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and with Pacific Telesis Group in San Francisco where she worked in various senior roles in the accounting, investor relations and treasury organizations. She began her career as a certified public accountant at John F. Forbes & Co., now KPMG. Peggy is a graduate of UC Berkeley with a BS in Business Administration.
Rattlesnakes at IVC
Last week three rattlesnakes were found on the Indian Valley Campus within a two day period. One was in front of Building 11 and two more were at the Miwok Cluster. Please make sure that you are especially careful when walking on campus, stay on pathways, and keep an eye out for snakes wherever you are walking. Construction and the return of students may have them disoriented and moving around. If you come across any snake; leave it alone, give it plenty of room, and do not attempt to move it, pick it up or throw things at it. Inform your students to be aware.
COM has approved DegreeWorks (a comprehensive set of Web-based academic advising, degree audit, and transfer articulation tools) as one of the action steps of the IT Strategic Plan. We will start this project once Resource25 is in production.
Community Education Web site
This site was hosted off-campus and with a lot of hard work it is now part of the Marin Web site. Please take a look: http://www.marin.edu/communityeducation/
Transfer Agreement Guaranteed (TAG) Workshop
Seven UC campuses offer guaranteed admission to California community college students who meet specific requirements. Students participating in a Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) program will receive early review of their academic records, early admission notification, and specific guidance about major preparation and general education coursework. tudents planning on transferring to a UC campus in fall 2011 should attend the TAG Workshop on Wednesday, August 25, 2010, from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Science Center, Room 144. Contact the Transfer/Career Center at (415) 485-9671 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your seat. Students can begin the application now BUT may only submit online between September 1 to 30, 2010.
The Road to Success
This event is designed to encourage students (new and continuing) to learn about all of the COM student services, learning resources, programs, and academic departments available to help them succeed in their studies and earn their certificates or degrees at the college.
Beginning Sept. 10 come join your fellow book lovers on the second Friday of the month at College of Marin’s Emeritus Center from noon to 1:30 p.m. for Book Banter. Often we get really excited—enamored—delighted— by something we are reading and are eager to talk about it and share it with friends. This is your chance. Reading a short passage from your selection will be encouraged. All sorts of book shares are welcome: The idea is to stimulate each other and enjoy a lively discussion. Bring your own lunch and spend part of the afternoon talking about one of your favorite books or authors. Future dates are Oct. 8, Nov. 12 and Dec. 10. Book Banter will continue Jan. through June 2011. Non-Emeritus members are welcome.
The Emeritus Students College of Marin and The Lark Theater are pleased to continue the film series, Sunday Salon, beginning Sept. 12 at 10:30 a.m. at the Lark Theater in historic downtown Larkspur. The festivities include a light continental breakfast, then a screening of the film followed by commentary with question and answer period. The film will not be announced in advance to add to the intrigue. Bernice Baeza, Executive Director of the Lark Theater and film marvel, will find the best and most interesting selection to offer and open our eyes and minds to something we undoubtedly missed the first time around.
The College of Marin will be holding its Annual Transfer Day on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Services Building, dining area. This event is a great opportunity for students, parents, academic advisors and the community to meet representatives from four-year California colleges, universities, private colleges and out-of-state institutions and get their questions answered about the institution, admissions, housing, financial aid, and the general transfer process.
The Fine Arts Gallery is featuring new work by Jason Dunn in the exhibition Sculptures and Vessels now through Sept. 23, 2010. A reception for the artist will be held Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact Andrea Antonaccio at (415) 485-9493 for more information.
The College of Marin Emeritus Center is sponsoring an exhibition titled Currents featuring paintings by Sharon Paster now through Sept. 20 in the Student Services Building, Room 148. A reception for the artist will be held Tuesday, Sept. 7, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Emeritus Center is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Call (415) 485-9368 for more information.
Al J. Harrison II
President's Monday Briefing webpage