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President’s Monday Briefing - September 20, 2010
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Road to Success 2010

Road to Success Co-coordinators Cheo Massion and Becky Reetz report that more than 70 staff, faculty, and students volunteered to help with this year’s event providing an important opportunity for hundreds of students to learn more about COM’s services and programs.

This event would not be possible without a great deal of collaboration across departments and disciplines. Special thanks to ASCOM for donating the prize money, the Basic Skills Initiative Steering Committee, the Reprographics Department, and all those who participated:

Susan Andrien, Vaughn Ariano, Jan Arrick, Emy Bagtas, Lyda Beardsley, Barbara Bonander, Olga Borissova, Becky Brown
Brianna Burkhardt, Mia Chia, Victor Contini, Win Cottle, Paul DaSilva, j. Robert Dobbson, Kate Dodele, Dianne Faw, Dee Fraites
Bruce Furuya,Candice Garretson, Patrick Garretson, Andy Haber, Marnitha Haynes-Barnes, Robin Jackson, Rose Jacques,
Patience James, Patrick Kelly, Karen Koenig. Kristi Kuhn, Pamela Mize-Kurzman, Nancy Kutcher, Vickie Lamke, June Lee, Gina Longo,
Gloria Lopez-Gutierrez, Dave Mahoney, Colleen Marlow, John Marmysz, Miles Mayo, Sarah McGreevy, Pearvine Mitchell, Faye Mueller,
Joe Mueller, Cliff Nelson, Patti Patterson, Joan Paulino, Joanna Pinckney, JoAnn Reisinger, Carson Riutta, Sherry Saccuzzo,
Sue Scott, Ellen Shaw, Cynthia Schiff, Cara Statucki, Carla Steinberg, Joann Teer, Debra Thayer, Andrea Wang, Debbie Wiebers

Let us know what you think about the Road to Success by completing a short online survey:

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.

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. 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.

News from the Indian Valley Organic Farm and Garden

Every week a variety of freshly picked vegetables and flowers from the Indian Valley Organic Farm and Garden are available for purchase.

Tuesdays at the Novato Farmers Market, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. until October in downtown Novato on Grant Street.

Wednesdays at our farm stand, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at College of Marin in Novato, 1800 Ignacio Blvd. Park in the last parking lot and walk past the left side of the athletic field to the farm entrance. Please note that grocery bags are not supplied.

There will be a plant sale and open farm celebration Saturday, Oct. 23, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Indian Valley Organic Farm. We'll have plant sales, produce sales, live music, fruit tastings, bouquet-making, and tours. Come for fresh broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, lettuce, parsley, herbs, perennial flowers, sweet pie pumpkins, lettuce, kale, chard, winter squash, tomatoes, corn, and more. Fun for the whole family! RSVP to Jenna Brager at (415) 720-2051.

Volunteers needed! All are welcome to help harvest each Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. If you are a student at College of Marin, come join volunteer days with the Farm Club on Wednesdays, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Upcoming Events

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.

ALS Ride in Memory of Carla Zilbersmith

Two of Carla's loving caregivers, Alexa Martinez and Jenny Brecheisen, will be riding in loving memory of Carla in the Ride to Defeat ALS. They have created a team, Carla Zilbersmith's Riders of Doom, who will be riding 92 miles on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010. Please consider joining in supporting them with a donation to the ALS Association.

To see the video Carla created for her memorial, and a copy of Maclen's eulogy, visit

Intensive English Program field trip to Angel Island

College of Marin students and faculty are invited to attend a field trip to Angel Island Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010, at 9:45 a.m. Students in the Intensive English Program (IEP) and Credit International Students are especially encouraged to attend. The group will meet at the Angel Island-Tiburon Ferry located at 21 Main Street, Tiburon, 94920. Cost is $20.50 (includes $13.50 ferry ride and $7 guided tour); due by Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010. It is recommended that you wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring a bag lunch, jacket, money for parking, and a camera. Each person attending must also bring the completed emergency contact form. Forms are available by e-mail or in person from Linda Hyland or Sara Oser.

Directions to the Tiburon Ferry: Take the Mill Valley/Tiburon exit off Highway 101 and follow the road to Tiburon. The least expensive parking lot is on your left as you come into town. It’s about a 15-minute walk to the dock. Allow enough time to get to the ferry. Parking is $4.

For more information contact Sara Oser at; (415) 883-2211 ext. 8579 or Linda Hyland at (415) 883-2211 ext. 8578.

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

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.

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COM Athletics

Men’s Soccer vs. San Francisco City College
Tuesday, Sept. 21, 4 p.m. in Kentfield
Men’s Soccer vs. Contra Costa College
Friday, Sept. 24, 4 p.m. in San Pablo

Women’s Soccer vs. San Joaquin Delta College
Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010, 2 p.m. in Kentfield

Women’s Volleyball vs. Hartnell College
Wednesday, Sept. 22, 6 p.m. in Kentfield
Women’s Volleyball vs. Mendocino College
Friday, Sept. 24, 6 p.m. in Ukiah

Men’s Soccer vs. Hartnell College
Tuesday, Sept. 14: Hartnell 5, COM 0
Men’s Soccer vs. Shasta College
Friday, Sept. 17: Shasta 2, COM 0

Women’s Soccer vs. Cañada College
Tuesday, Sept. 14: Cañada 4, COM 0
Women’s Soccer vs. Shasta College
Friday, Sept. 17: COM 1, Shasta 0

Women’s Volleyball vs. College of the Redwoods
Wednesday, Sept. 15: College of the Redwoods def. College of Marin 17-25, 18-25, 21-25

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Have a great week,

Al J. Harrison II

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