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President’s Monday Briefing - November 8, 2010
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Campus Closed Thursday for Veterans Day

In honor of Veterans Day the Kentfield and Indian Valley Campuses will be closed Thursday, Nov. 11. Both campuses will reopen on Friday, Nov. 12.

Seasonal Flu Vaccines—Now Only $15

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 Health Center will continue to offer flu shots as long as the supply lasts for $15.
Please call (415) 485-9458 for an appointment.

News from Outreach

The Outreach Office has been in high gear with college fairs, school visits, and campus tours. On Nov. 4, they hosted sixty Sausalito Marin City 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students from Bayside Elementary School. Students spent the morning touring the campus with student ambassadors for a “day in the life of a college student”. The event was developed and underwritten by community partner 10,000 Degrees (formerly Marin Education Fund) and is part of COM’s continuing commitment to the Marin City community. Thanks to all involved for their ongoing efforts in reaching out to a new community of prospective students!

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 is currently reviewing proposals but will accept submissions through Dec. 7, 2010.

Upcoming Events

Indian Valley Campus Harvest Day Lunch

Mark your calendars for the Harvest Day Lunch on Nov. 18, 2010, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Indian Valley Campus, Building 12, Room 100. (Room 100 is the former Internet Café.) Please bring a donation of canned goods or feel free to make a cash donation. Canned goods and proceeds will be donated to the Marin Food Bank. This event is sponsored by Associated Students College of Marin (ASCOM) and Emeritus Students College of Marin (ESCOM).

15th Annual Peer Summit

On Fri., Nov. 19, 450 Marin County middle school students will be on campus for the annual Peer Summit, now in its 15th year. Healthy Teens Marin organizes and funds this full-day experience for middle school students who attend interactive workshops on nutrition, relationships, healthy choices, and teen legal rights. Workshops are led by youth and community agencies, and College of Marin ASCOM leaders will facilitate a workshop on college planning. This is the fifth year that COM has hosted this countywide student event.

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



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

Call for Submissions KUDOS Section

Please help recognize the exemplary work and outstanding achievements of our faculty, staff and students by submitting information for the Kudos section of the weekly President’s Monday Briefing. DEADLINE: Submit the information in the format described below by noon Wednesday for publication in the following Monday’s Briefing. Submit information by e-mail to Nicole Cruz and Cathy Summa-Wolfe with the word KUDOS in the subject area.

Please include the following information:

Awards recognition
If the individual has won an achievement award, please include the name of the recipient, their COM title, the name of the award, the name of the organization bestowing the award, the date that the award was given, where the award was given, and why the award was given.

For books, please include the title of the book, the name of the author, their COM title, the name of the publisher, and date of publication. Also, include a brief description about the book and any special recognition that the book and/or the author has received.

For articles, please include the name of the author, their COM title, the title of the article, the name of the periodical, the volume number, the date of publication, and a brief description of the article, and any special recognition about the article and/or the author.

Art shows
For fine arts shows, please include the name of the artist, their COM title, the location of the show, the name of the show, the title of the work, the medium in which the work was created (oils, ceramics, water color, metal sculpture, etc.), a brief description, and any special recognition that the artist or work has received.

Professional presentations
For presentations at conferences or other events, please include the name of the employee, their title, the name of the conference, the date of the conference, the title of the presentation, and a brief description of the presentation.

Performing Arts
For performing arts events including theater, dance, and music, please include the name of the faculty or staff member, their COM title, the name of the performance, date of the performance, time of the performance, location, fee, contact information, and description.

Athletics achievements
Include the name and title of the coach or coaches, name of team, and a complete description of what they have achieved.

You may also submit recognition of faculty and staff for other reasons at your discretion, including appointments to statewide or local professional organizations, grant awards, development of new program or class, or other acknowledgements.

Performing Arts

Physical Light
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

Piano Ensemble
Paul Smith, Director
Thursday, Nov. 18 at noon
Fine Arts Theatre
Donation suggested, 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.

COM Symphony Orchestra
Tara Flandreau, director
Saturday, Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m.
St. Hilary Church, Tiburon
Sunday, Nov. 21, 4 p.m.
Unity in Marin, Novato
Admission: $20 general, $10 students, staff, and seniors
The College of Marin Symphony Orchestra performs the beautiful symphonic masterpiece Symphony No. 2 in D, by Jean Sibelius. Former COM Music Major Aaron Redner, now with the renowned string band Hot Buttered Rum, returns to perform the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto.

Symphonic Band
Douglas Delaney, director
Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m.
Fine Arts Theatre
Donation suggested, parking $3

The Community Symphonic Band performs challenging music, which is always well received by our audiences. On this program the band will perform Don Gillis’ Symphony 5 ½, the William Byrd Suite by Gordon Jacob, and Bernstein’s Overture to Candide.

Two Evenings of Chamber Music
Jessica Ivry, director
Friday and Saturday, Dec. 3 and 4, at 7:30 p.m.
Lefort Recital Hall (FA 72)
Suggested donation $7, free parking

College of Marin music students perform in a variety of small ensembles, including trios, quartets and quintets. There will be a different program each evening. Call (415) 485-9460 for program details.

Almost Maine
By John Cariani
Molly Noble, director
Thursday, Dec. 2, is a pay-what you will preview
Friday and Saturday, Dec. 3, 4, 10, and 11, at 8 p.m.
Matinees on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4, 5, 11, and 12, at 2 p.m.
Studio Theatre
$20 general, $10 for students, seniors, COM employees, and alumni

Set in the mythical town of Almost, Maine, this play is a quirky, romantic mid-winter dream—a roundelay of vignettes, all set at precisely 9 p.m. on the same night in the depths of winter. Guaranteed to eradicate the blues, this show will leave you with a warm fuzzy feeling, make you laugh, and make you cry as it explores the mysteries of the human heart.

Cabaret Songs of William Bolcom
Advanced Voice Class
Linda Noble Brown, instructor
Sunday, Dec. 5, at 3 p.m.
The Tamalpais Retirement Community
501 Via Casitas, Greenbrae

Jazz Ensemble
Douglas Delaney, director
David Jones, choreographer
Tuesday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m.
Fine Arts Theatre
Donation suggested, parking $3

This fall’s concert will again add vocal soloists and jazz dancers to the jazz band. Choreographer and COM Dance Instructor David Jones and his students will bring excitement with his interpretations of Jazz and Latin classics. Student vocal soloists from the COM Music Department will be featured on such classic jazz tunes as Chega de Saudade, Fever, and Lush Life.

Concert Band
Douglas Delaney, director
Wednesday, Dec. 8, at noon
Fine Arts Theatre
Donation suggested, parking $3

The Concert Band will perform selections from Aladdin, Prokofiev’s Train Ride, and a suite from the opera Carmen for a noontime audience. Come join us during the lunch hour to hear a selection of musical favorites.

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

COM Athletics

Men’s Soccer vs. Napa Valley College
Tuesday, Nov. 9, 3 p.m. in Napa
Men’s Soccer vs. Yuba College
Friday, Nov. 12, 3 p.m. in Kentfield

Women’s Soccer vs. Los Medanos College
Tuesday, Nov. 9, 3 p.m. in Pittsburg
Women’s Soccer vs. Mendocino College
Friday, Nov. 12, 1 p.m. in Kentfield

Women’s Volleyball vs. Los Medanos College
Wednesday, Nov. 10, 6 p.m. in Kentfield
Women’s Volleyball vs. Napa Valley College
Friday, Nov. 12, 6 p.m. in Kentfield

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Have a great week,

A. J. Harrison II

President's Monday Briefing Web Page
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