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President’s Monday Briefing - October 25, 2010
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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:

Welcome and Introduction of Comprehensive Evaluation Team Members (KTD)
Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010, at 8:30 a.m., Deedy Staff Lounge, Student Services, Kentfield Campus

All Campus Input Meeting (KTD)
Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010, at 12:45 p.m., Olney Hall 96, Kentfield Campus

All Campus Input Meeting (IVC)—Please Note New Time
Wednesday, October 27, 2010, at 10 a.m., Miwok 181, Indian Valley Campu

All Campus Input Meeting (KTD)—Please Note New Time
Wednesday, October 27, 2010, at noon, Olney Hall 96, Kentfield Campus

Exit Interview with the Campus Community (KTD)—Please Note New Time
Thursday, October 28, 2010, at 2 p.m., Fusselman Hall 120, Kentfield Campus

For more information on the Comprehensive Evaluation Team’s Site Visit please visit
For more information on the Comprehensive Evaluation Team, including biographies, please visit

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 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.

Upcoming Events

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

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.

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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 and the CSU application site is
For more information call Emy Bagtas at (415) 485-9671.

UC/CSU Application Workshops
If you know students who need assistance with their UC/CSU application and/or personal statements, encourage them to attend any workshops scheduled throughout the months of October and November. Workshops are scheduled during the following dates:


Type of Workshop



October 28 CSU Workshop 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. SS 238
October 29 UC Personal Statement 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. SS 238
October 29 UC Workshop 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. SS 238
November 1 CSU Workshop 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. SS 238
November 2 UC Personal Statement 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. SS Conference A/B
November 4 UC Workshop 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. SS 238
November 5 UC Workshop 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. SS 238
November 8 UC Personal Statement 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. SS Conference A/B
November 10 UC Workshop 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. SS 238
November 12 CSU Workshop 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. SS 238
November 15 UC Workshop 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. SS 238
November 16 UC Personal Statement 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. SS Conference A/B
November 18 UC Personal Statement 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. SS Conference A/B
November 18 UC Workshop 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. SS 238
November 19 CSU Workshop 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. SS 238
November 29 UC Workshop 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. SS 238

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.

Little Squirrel Day at IVC: Tuesday, Nov. 2
: At 10:15 a.m., the Little Squirrels will parade around the campus meadow, then through the Administrative Services complex, stopping along the way to sing their songs to campus staff. The Little Squirrels will return to the meadow around 10:45 a.m. to 11 a.m. for the acorn treasure hunt. Please call ext. 8170 if you’d like the Little Squirrels to stop by your office to sing their songs.

Little Squirrel Day at KTD: Wednesday, Nov. 3
: At 10 a.m., the Little Squirrels will parade through the Administrative Center and across campus to the top floor of the Student Services Building, stopping along the way to sing their songs to campus staff and students. The parade will end around 11 a.m. on the campus green outside the Student Services Building with an acorn treasure hunt.

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.
Rosalie Moore (1910-2001), co-founder of the Marin Poetry Center, was a member of the Activists group of poets formed under the direction of critic/writer Lawrence Hart. Moore’s work was published widely in periodicals including The New Yorker, Poetry, and Saturday Review. She received the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award in 1949 for her The Grasshopper’s Man, judged by W.H. Auden. Later poetry collections include The Year of the Children (nominated for a Pulitzer), Of Singles and Doubles, and Gutenberg in Strasbourg. She was the recipient of two Guggenheim awards.

Performing Arts

Contemporary Opera Marin
Paul Smith
, director
Friday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m.
Lefort Recital Hall (FA 72)
Saturday, Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m.
Muir Beach Community Center
Call (415) 485-9460 for more information

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.

Physical Light
Friday and Saturday, Oct. 29 and 30, at 8 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, Nov. 5 and 6, at 8 p.m.
Fine Arts Theatre
Contact Robin Jackson at (415) 485-9385 for more information

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
Advanced Voice Class
Linda Noble Brown, instructor
Wednesday, Nov. 3, 11:10 a.m.
Lefort Recital Hall (FA 72)
FREE admission, parking $3

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.
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. There is very limited disabled parking behind the Fine Arts Building in the remaining vestiges of Parking Lot 4. Daily parking passes may be purchased from the machines in Parking Lot 2 for $3. Parking for events on Friday evenings, Saturdays, and Sundays is free.

Ongoing Events

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.

COM Athletics

Men’s Soccer vs. Yuba College
     Tuesday, Oct. 26, 4 p.m. in Marysville
Men’s Soccer vs. Contra Costa College
     Friday, Oct. 29, 4 p.m. in San Pablo
Women’s Soccer vs. Solano College
     Tuesday, Oct. 26, 3 p.m. in Kentfield
Women’s Soccer vs. Yuba College
     Friday, Oct. 29, 3 p.m. in Marysville
Women’s Volleyball vs. Mendocino College
     Wednesday, Oct. 27, 6 p.m. in Kentfield
Women’s Volleyball vs. Solano College
     Friday, Oct. 29, 6 p.m. in Fairfield
Men’s Soccer

     Oct. 19: Merritt College 1, COM 0
      Oct. 22: COM 3, Napa Valley College 0
Women’s Soccer
     Oct. 19: COM 3, Los Medanos College 2
      Oct. 22: Mendocino College 3, COM 1
Women’s Volleyball

     October 20: COM def College of Alameda 3-0, 25-11, 25-15, 25-11

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

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Have a great week,

A. J. Harrison II

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