Updated: WASC Evaluation Team Will Visit COM This Week
The College of Marin will host a WASC Comprehensive Evaluation Team Visit Tuesday, October 26, 2010, through Thursday, October 28, 2010. Team members include Dr. Jose Ortiz, Team Chair, Superintendent/President of Allan Hancock College; Ms. Nancy Meddings, Team Assistant, Interim Dean, Library and Learning Resources at Allan Hancock College; Dr. Kevin Bontenbal, Instructional Technology Librarian at Cuesta College; Dr. Kathleen Burke-Kelly, President of Los Angeles Pierce College; Mr. Robert Isomoto, Vice President of Business and Administration at Santa Monica College; Dr. Richard Mahon, Associate Professor of Humanities at Riverside City College; Dr. Tanya Renner, Professor of Psychology at Kapiolani Community College; Ms. Rhea Riegel, Institutional Research Coordinator at Fresno City College; Mr. Gilbert Rodriguez, Dean, Liberal Arts and Sciences at Los Medanos College; Dr. Rachel Rosenthal, Vice President, Instruction at Sierra College; and Dr. Martin Spring, Dean, Counseling and Special Services at Mira Costa College.
Team Members will meet with various individuals and constituent groups during their visit. Currently the team has scheduled the following “All Campus” events:
For more information on the Comprehensive Evaluation Team’s Site Visit please visit http://www.marin.edu/com/ODP/SiteVisitSchedule.htm
January Flex Workshops—Call For Proposals
The Professional Development Committee is calling for proposals for January Flex workshops. In particular, the committee is interested in building the Flex program around the topics identified as top priorities by faculty and staff in last spring's Professional Development Needs Assessment: strategies for student success, SLOs, assessment, CPR, health and wellness and online learning courseware development including Moodle. If you are willing to present a workshop on one of these topics or another topic of interest or suggest a trainer, please e-mail Kathleen Kirkpatrick at Kathleen.firstname.lastname@example.org. The committee will begin to review proposals Nov. 4.
2009-10 Participatory Governance System Digest Published
In consultation with the Governance Review Council, the Office of Planning Research and Institutional Effectiveness has published the 2009-10 Participatory Governance System Digest: Governance in Action. This year’s issue has been revised to include actions taken and updates on committee recommendations in addition to the usual summary of governance committee work. It also includes the names of the 2009-10 governance committee members and the governance committee organizational chart. The Planning, Research, and Institutional Effectiveness Office and Governance Review Committee hope these improvements will help address the communication gap identified in the spring Participatory Governance Survey by providing more comprehensive information about governance committee recommendations and outcomes. The 2009-10 Participatory Governance System Digest: Governance in Action (PDF, 266 KB) is posted on the Participatory Governance Web Page.
Leave Them Laughing Garners Awards
The documentary film Leave Them Laughing about former College of Marin Drama Professor Carla Zilbersmith recently won Favorite Documentary at the 2010 Mill Valley Film Festival. The film also won the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) Most Popular Canadian Documentary Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival. This qualifies the film to be nominated for the Genie Award which is the Canadian equivalent of an Academy Award. The film earned the Special Jury Prize—Canadian Feature at Hot Docs this past spring. Leave Them Laughing is currently at the Bergen International Film Festival in Norway and then will be shown in New Zealand.
Evening with Owls
College of Marin Biology Professor Joe Mueller will give a talk on the secret lives of bats at Evening With Owls, an event presented by The Hungry Owl Project in conjunction with WildCare. The event will be held Friday, Oct. 29, 2010, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Marin Art and Garden Center in Ross. Appetizers, a light dinner, desserts, and wine will be served with live owls on display! Tickets are $75 per person. Proceeds benefit The Hungry Owl Project. Come and enjoy an evening in the presence and magical spirit of owls. For more information visit http://www.hungryowl.org/2010program.html.
Flu Clinic Extended
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. There will be a clinic on Friday, Oct. 29, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Kentfield Campus, Health Services Portable. Shots will be available on a drop in basis after the final clinic date. Please call (415) 485-9458 before coming in. 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.
NEW! Test your flu IQ by taking a brief quiz at www.cdc.gov/flu/fluiq.htm
UC/CSU Transfer Awareness Months
October and November are key months for students transferring to four-year colleges in fall 2011. Students may now access the online application for fall 2011. Although students will not be able to submit their UC application until the filing period of Nov. 1 through 30, students are encourage to get an early start, begin entering and saving their information, and begin crafting their Personal Statement. Please encourage students who are applying to the CSU’s to submit their application as early as possible. The UC application site is www.universityofcalifornia.edu/apply and the CSU application site is www.csumentor.edu.
UC/CSU Application Workshops
Annual Little Squirrel Day
Please join the COM Children’s Centers for Little Squirrel Day, the annual celebration of our campus squirrels, on Nov. 2 at IVC and Nov. 3 at KTD. The children, dressed as squirrels, will deliver freshly baked acorn and squirrel shaped cookies to our campus friends. Many staff also put wrapped candies or small trinkets into the Little Squirrels’ treat bags, which are much enjoyed. As they parade around campus, the Little Squirrels sing songs about squirrels, including the ever popular I’m a Nut.
Rosalie Moore Centenary Celebration
Join in a celebration of the life and work of award-winning poet Rosalie Moore on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Avenue, San Rafael. Reading from Moore’s work will be COM Basic Skills Professor and former U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan, Doreen Stock, Diana O’Hehir, Jean Pumphrey, Jacqueline Kudler, John Hart, Gerald Fleming, Dolores de Leon, and Barbara Swift Brauer. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Contemporary Opera Marin
Contemporary Opera Marin presents Creepy Crawly Cabaret. Enjoy an hour-long music theatre piece celebrating Halloween and the Day of the Dead using music by Schubert, Mauricio Kagel, Kevin Scheupbach and Ernesto Lecuona, among others.
The College of Marin Dance Department presents Physical Light—an evening of performances inspired by the qualities found in light: sun bright to midnight dark; pure white to a spectrum of colors. It is the light within the heart and the light that illuminates the human body in motion, allowing dancers to create physical light.
Bergerettes—18th Century French Songs and Romances
The Piano Ensemble class presents a variety of works for one piano, four hands; and two hands. Performance will include works by Schumann, Rachmaninoff, Fauré, Mahler, Bizet, and many others.
Exhibition by Jack Carter in Fine Arts Gallery
Currently on display in the Fine Arts Gallery is the work of artist Jack Carter. The show, Painted Words, will be up through Oct. 28. All are welcome to a closing artist reception on Oct. 27 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Gallery hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information call (415) 485-9494.
Men’s Soccer vs. Yuba College
Fond Farewell to a Former Colleague
Gil Wheat, 83, passed away peacefully at his home on Oct. 13, 2010. He studied at Stanford, Princeton, and Yale, earning a master’s in arts and education, and he taught art and art history at the College of Marin for 23 years. Memories and words of sympathy may be sent to the family online at www.tulocaycemetery.org
A. J. Harrison II
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