Skip to Content  |   A to Z Index  |   Kentfield Campus  |   Indian Valley Campus

College of Marin
President’s Monday Briefing - September 13, 2010
Home New Students - Prospective Students Current Students of College of Marin Colletge of Marin Faculty and Staff About the College of Marin College of Marin Search Engine

Classified staff step up to fill Participatory Governance seats

Educational Planning Committee: Gaylene Urquhart and JRobert Dobbson
Facilities Planning Committee: John Rodriguez and Don Flowers
Governance Review Council: Xenia Zarrehparvar and Karen Van Kriedt
Instructional Equipment Committee: Andy Haber and Jon Gudmundsson
Planning and Resource Allocation Committee: Jon Gudmundsson, Mike Irvine, and Tom Burke
Professional Development Committee: Devon Kinka and Paul Fanta
Student Access/Success Committee: Carol Perez and Heather Peitz
Technology Planning Committee: Aftab Enty, Justin Zollars, and Mike Irvine

Many thanks to CPLC representatives Alice Dieli (CSEA), Barry Douglas (SEIU), and Kathleen Kirkpatrick (Classified Senate) for coordinating the selection process.

New Classified Senate officers elected

Congratulations to the newly elected Classified Senate Officers: Andrea Hunter, President; Xenia Zarrehparvar, Vice President; Kathy Joyner, Secretary; and Nicole Cruz, Treasurer.

Staff Parking Permits
The COM Police Department would like to remind all staff and faculty that parking permits need to be renewed by Oct. 1. Forms are available in the mail rooms at both the Kentfield and Indian Valley Campuses and on the intranet. If you have any questions, call Campus Police at ext. 7455.

Sign up for COM’s Emergency Notification System, Alert U

You can be notified immediately by text message of campus closures and emergencies by signing up for Alert U, the college’s emergency notification system. Marin Community College District Police Department, with sponsorship from, has an emergency SMS messaging platform to enhance communication services during crisis situations. AlertU will allow campus police to broadcast critical information, in real time, to the mobile devices (cell phones, etc.) of all employees and the student body. This is particularly important for those who may be in, or near, a crisis zone. To sign up, go to and follow the directions. There is no cost to sign up for this service; however, standard text message rates may apply.


College of Marin student David Abrams, who played Hamlet for us last year, spent the summer in Cambridge, Massachusetts, studying theatre the Russian way with artists from the Moscow Art Theatre. He recently returned home to Marin County, auditioned for, and was cast in the role of Fedotik in the Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s production of Chekhov’s The Three Sisters. Congratulations to David!

College of Marin Veterans Club

Associated Students College of Marin (ASCOM) has a new club that is the first of its kind on campus. The COM Veterans Club was recently established to support student veterans by connecting them to resources, creating a community, and helping them transition into college. For information about meetings or general club questions please contact Brittany Bartges at (706) 831-8910 or

Seasonal Flu Shots

Influenza (“flu”) is a contagious disease which can be spread by coughing, sneezing, and nasal secretions. For most people the flu lasts only a few days and includes symptoms such as fever, chills, cough, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, and fatigue. By getting vaccinated you can protect yourself from influenza and may also avoid spreading influenza to others. The College of Marin Health Center will be offering seasonal flu shots for $20. Clinic dates are as follows:

Kentfield Campus, Health Services Portable

  • Friday. Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to noon
  • Friday, Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon
  • Friday, Oct. 1, from 9 a.m. to noon
  • Friday, Oct. 8, from 9 a.m. to noon

Indian Valley Campus, AS 121

  • Monday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to noon

The Health Center is not a Medicare provider and is not able to bill insurance plans. Anyone wishing to receive a shot must be 18 years of age or older. For more information call (415) 485-9458.

Upcoming Events

Book Banter

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 January through June 2011. Non-Emeritus members are welcome. Call Karen Hemmeter at (415) 883-9120 or Len Pullan at (415) 381-6952 with questions; otherwise just show up!

Sunday Salon

The Emeritus Students College of Marin and The Lark Theater are pleased to continue the film series, Sunday Salon, 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 that will open viewer’s eyes and minds to something that was missed the first time around.
Upcoming dates are Oct. 17 and Nov. 7. Film begins at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $15 per film. Emeritus members will receive a discounted price of $13 per film. To purchase tickets call The Lark at (415) 924-5111. Only Emeritus members qualify for the discount. Bring your friends, come make new friends, and join in on a stimulating and friendly morning. See you at the movies!

Constitution Day

On Monday, Sept. 20, College of Marin will welcome historian Dr. Patricia Sullivan as we celebrate Constitution Day. Dr. Sullivan will be speaking about civil rights lawyers, the Constitution, and the transformation of America. The presentation will be held at the Kentfield Campus in Olney Hall 96 at 11:30 a.m. All students and the campus community are welcomed. Instructors in related subjects are invited to encourage their students to attend.
Dr. Patricia Sullivan is a civil and human rights speaker who has done extensive research on the first 50 years of the NAACP. Stories of men and women who experienced the struggle for civil rights first-hand are dramatically told in her book Lift Every Voice. Immersed in her subject matter, she is an engaging speaker who educates and inspires. Sullivan teaches history at the University of South Carolina and is a fellow in the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University. She lives in Washington, D.C.

College of Marin Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

College of Marin will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by hosting several films as part of the San Francisco Latino Film Festival. Four films will be shown over a two day period from September 22 to September 23, in Olney Hall 96 at the Kentfield Campus. The San Francisco Latino Film Festival hosted by College of Marin is open to students, faculty, staff, and the general public free of charge. For more information contact Director of Student Affairs Dr. Arnulfo Cedillo at (415) 485-9375.
Here are the films that will be shown this year:

The Wall (2009), 76 min., U.S.A.
Directed by Ricardo A. Martinez
Sept. 22, at noon
Olney Hall 96, Kentfield
Free admission
In 2006, Congress passed The Secure Fence Act calling for construction of 700 miles of fence along the U.S./Mexico border. They were not prepared for what followed. The Wall documents the impact of constructing a border fence. From policy makers to citizens of border towns, the debate elevates as residents respond to having a fence built in their backyard.

Gypsies of Buenos Aires (2009), 66 min., Spain
Directed by Xavier Villaverde and Regina Álvarez
Sept. 22, 2 p.m.
Olney Hall 96, Kentfield
Free admission
David Amaya, flamenco icon, was a flamenco guitarist in the 90s when Spain boasted Expo and the Olympics. He settled in Buenos Aires in 1999. While in search of a flamenco guitar, he discovers a community of Andalusian Gypsies who maintain their distinct cultural identity intact despite the decades spent away from Spain.
Visa Al Paraiso / Visa to Paradise (2010), 108 min., Mexico
Directed by Lillian Lieberman
Sept. 23, noon
Olney Hall 96, Kentfield
Free admission
In his own words, as well as those of people who knew him and the people he rescued, Gilberto Bosques describes his experiences in Marseilles as Mexico’s Consul General in France between 1939 and 1942, where he saved thousands of Spanish republicans, Jews, socialists, communists and all sorts of people who were fleeing the Nazis.
Owned (2010), 80 min., U.S.A.
Directed by Jose Montesino
Sept. 23, 2 p.m.
Olney Hall 96, Kentfield
Free admission
After spending eight years in prison, Cisco returns to his old neighborhood with hopes of starting new. A forgotten debt resurfaces and Cisco finds himself back in trouble. Owned presents us with an all-too-painful reality, our past debts and mistakes just may own us for good. This film was shot in San Francisco.

Transfer Day

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.
Contact the Transfer/Career Center at (415) 485-9671 or e-mail for more information.

Performing Arts

Music Department Faculty Recital
Thursday, Sept. 23, 10 a.m.
Lefort Recital Hall (FA 72)
FREE admission, parking $3

Guest Artist Improv Concert
Friday, Sept. 24, 7:30 p.m.
Lefort Recital Hall (FA 72)
Admission is $10 general; $5 students, seniors, alumni; and free for COM Students
Free Parking

WRACK skirts the boundaries of an ever-evolving tradition hovering at the crossroads of other traditions. It is both a chamber ensemble with a highly unusual instrumentation and a book of compositions tailor-made for the personalities of its members. While the compositions’ melodic and contrapuntal content is reminiscent of European-American classical modernism, their modular structures and improvisational procedures are heavily indebted to the innovation of the African-American Creative Music continuum.

Golden Vocals—Singer’s Choice Recital
Advanced Voice Class
Linda Noble Brown, instructor
Wednesday, Sept. 29, 11:10 a.m.
Lefort Recital Hall (FA 72)
Free admission
Parking $3

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
By August Wilson
Directed by W. Allen Taylor
September 29 is a pay-what-you-will preview at 8 pm
October 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, and 16 at 8 pm
October 10 and 17 at 2 pm
Fine Arts Theatre
$20 general, $10 for students, seniors, COM employees, and alumni
The play that initiated Wilson’s ten-play series about the African-American experience in America in the 20th Century; this brilliant and explosive piece will keep you riveted in your seat! It’s 1927, and the Jazz Age is in full swing. Set in a run-down recording studio in Chicago, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is funny, salty, and carnal and opens a scathing window into repression, racism, and the exploitation of black artists by whites. Don’t miss this iconic piece by one of America’s foremost Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrights.
Parking Information
Due to construction at College of Marin parking availability is reduced. Performances may be accessed by using Parking Lot 16 after 5pm (at the corner of sir Francis Drake Boulevard and Laurel Avenue) and Parking Lot 2 (across Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, accessed via traffic signaled crosswalk.) Additional parking across campus can be accessed via College Avenue. On weekdays and Monday through Thursday evenings, please park in student parking only. Daily parking passes may be purchased from the machines in Lot 2 for $3. Parking for events on Friday evenings, Saturdays, and Sundays is free.

Ongoing Events

Static Progression

The Fine Arts Gallery is featuring new work by Jason Dunn in the exhibition Sculptures and Vessels now through Sept. 23, 2010. 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.

Emeritus Exhibit

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. 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.

back to top

COM Athletics

Men’s Soccer vs. Hartnell College
     Tuesday, Sept. 14, 4 p.m. in Kentfield
Men’s Soccer vs. Shasta College
     Friday, Sept. 17, 4 p.m. in Redding

Women’s Soccer vs. Cañada College
     Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010, 2 p.m. in Kentfield
Women’s Soccer vs. Shasta College
     Friday, Sept. 17, 2010, 2 p.m. in Kentfield
Women’s Volleyball vs. College of the Redwoods
     Wednesday, Sept. 15, 6 p.m. in Kentfield
Women’s Volleyball vs. Alameda College
     Friday, Sept. 17, 6 p.m. in Kentfield

back to top

Have a great week,

Al J. Harrison II

President's Monday Briefing Web Page
Technical Contact: Nicole Cruz, Assistant to Director of Communications and Community Relations, (415) 485-9648 x7648
Content Responsible: Cathy Summa-Wolfe, Director of Communications and Community Relations, (415) 485-9528