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President’s Monday Briefing - February 14, 2011
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News from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office

Last week California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott, CSU Chancellor Charles Reed and UC President Mark Yudof testified in front of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Education Finance. The top California higher education representatives sent a joint message to the public and California State Legislature that if Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to extend taxes is not approved, the three systems will face even more devastating consequences than already envisioned from the proposed $1.4 billion in higher education cuts.

The governor needs a two-thirds vote from both the Senate and Assembly to put the revenues up for a vote during a June special election. Gov. Brown has said the cuts will double if the tax plan fails, either by not making it to the ballot or by California voters turning it down. Chancellor Scott urged the Legislature to support the governor’s effort and to let Californians decide.

Chancellor Scott also stated that the California Community Colleges is willing to do its part to help balance the state budget, but cautioned that the $400 million reduction proposed under Gov. Brown's FY 2011-12 budget would result in more Californians being denied access to higher education.

First Census Day Registration Figures for Credit Enrollment

The College of Marin Research and Planning Office released today the First Census Day registration figures for credit students for spring 2011. As of Feb. 13, 2011, 7,862 students taking an average of 7.1 credits (55,710.5 total credits) have registered for credit classes. This number is down about 2 percent from spring 2010 with First Census Day figures showing 8,025 students taking an average of 6.9 credits (55,710.5 total credits). Approximately 60 units have been eliminated from the spring 2011 class schedule due to budget constraints and in response to new funding priorities announced last year by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. Students who are enrolled this semester are taking more units on average than last year at this time.

The Deadline to Apply for Financial Aid is March 2

Students applying for Cal Grants, 10,000 Degrees (formally known as the Marin Education Fund), and College of Marin Foundation scholarships must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and supplemental forms prior to March 2 for the following fall semester. Students applying for Federal Work-Study and Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grants must also submit their FAFSA by the March 2 deadline. If you miss the March 2 deadline you can still apply for fee waivers, Pell Grants, and loans by filling out the FAFSA. The Cal Grant also has a second deadline of Sept. 2. Call the Financial Aid Office at (415) 485-9409 for more information.


Communications Professor Patricia O'Keefe will travel to Monterey, California over President's weekend to participate in the annual conference of the Western States Communication Association. O’Keefe is the chair of the Community College Interest Group and will be presenting her research on communication perspectives on post-deployment veterans in the community college classroom. In addition, she will lead a forum of chairs from California two-year and four-year institutions about the impact of AB1040 and the transfer protocols among communication departments in the state.


Hell In A Handbasket by DSPS Instructional Specialist Bobby Bradford will be presented this weekend by the Ross Valley Players as part of the Ross Alternative Works (RAW) Winter Festival, along with three other one-acts. Performances are Thursday, Feb. 17, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, Feb. 18 and 19, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 20, at 2 p.m., at the Marin Art and Garden Center, Barn Theatre in Ross. Admission is $15. For reservations call (415) 456-9555. The play examines the value of a disabled life. The main character is an ex-con biker on a course of nihilism with a suicidal bent and a head full of Nietzsche quotes. He is newly-disabled when he meets his 20-years-older mirror image on his first day at an Adapted PE class—much like the class in which Bobby works here at COM.

COM Celebrates Black History Month

College of Marin is celebrating Black History Month. A documentary about the American Civil Rights Movement from the Eyes on the Prize Film Series will be shown at College of Marin in the Learning Resources Center, Room 53 on the following dates and times:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 15, from noon to 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb.17, from 10:00 a.m. to noon
  • Tuesday, Feb. 22, from noon to 2 p.m.

On Thursday, Feb. 24, from noon to 1 p.m. all are invited to enjoy a free concert by the Jazz Ensemble of College of Marin featuring Beverly Freeman. The concert will be followed by speech recitations by 11-year-old Kibwe Diop and 12-year-old Lumumba Diop, 1st place winners of the San Francisco Alliance of Black School Educators. These live performances will take place at the Kentfield Campus in front of the Student Services Building.

In addition, a Howard University convocation speech made by Dr. Benjamin Carson was taped and will be shown at College of Marin on Thursday, Feb. 24, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Learning Resources Center, Room 53. In 1987 Dr. Carson, an African American, made medical history with an operation to separate a pair of Siamese twins. Please arrive about ten minutes prior to the scheduled film times so that everyone can be seated.

Library Displays in Honor of Black History Month and Chinese New Year

February is Black History Month and Feb. 3 was the beginning of the Year of the Rabbit. The College of Marin Library is currently showcasing a wonderful selection of books on Black History. The library’s database on African American history and culture will also be displayed. The database is called The African American experience. Also on display is a collection of books on Chinese history and culture as well as books by Chinese American authors. The books that are on display can be checked out and the database can be used on and off campus by students and staff.

Alumni Association Open House

The College of Marin Alumni Association will host an open house on Thursday, Feb. 17 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the archive room located inside the Library in the Learning Resources Center, Kentfield. Come and enjoy refreshments and learn about the history of the college.

New Main Building at IVC update on moves

After great effort on the part of faculty, staff, the Modernization and Maintenance and Operations departments, and many others, the move into the New Main Building is nearly complete. We would like the college community to have some important information regarding space utilization changes at IVC.

  • All areas currently in use will continue to be in use until plans for more moves or other changes are made. In other words, if you haven’t moved, it’s business as usual in your space;
  • Pomo Cluster Buildings 7, 12, and 17 will continue to be used;
  • Dean Nanda Schorske will be collaborating with the College Operations Department during the month of February to draft a consolidation plan that will impact facilities use and assignments for the fall semester;
  • Please note that all furniture and fixtures will remain in place until the consolidation and reuse plan is complete, including a process for furniture and fixture reallocation; and
  • A communication plan will be developed and implemented to assure everyone involved and/or affected by the move is aware of the plan. The college community will be apprised of ongoing progress.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Nanda Schorske through Laurie Loeffler at ext. 8108 with any questions.

Construction Notification—Kentfield Campus

The Science/Math/Central Plant Contractor will be driving heavy equipment through Parking Lot 4, adjacent to the Performing Arts building starting on Monday, Feb. 14 at 8 a.m. The work will last two to three weeks. The operation will NOT affect the number of parking spaces that are available to the college, but may inconvenience those parking in Parking Lot 4. Flagmen will be present to help direct traffic. Thank you for your patience. For questions, please contact Swinerton Management & Consulting at (415) 884-3139 or Construction Manager Bill Krill at 415-884-3196.

Personnel Actions

Educational Management Personnel Recommendations

Director of Health Sciences Roz Hartman has submitted her letter of resignation for retirement purposes effective July 1, 2011.

Student Supplies Available at IVC

Students may purchase Scantron forms, green books, and pencils from the Indian Valley Campus Admissions and Records Office located in Building 27, Room 109. The office is open Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Upcoming Events

New Voluntary Long Term Care Insurance

College of Marin is pleased to offer a new voluntary long-term care insurance benefit for all full-time college employees.

Long-term care insurance helps cover the cost of long-term care services provided to you in your home, adult day health centers, assisted living, and residential care or nursing home facilities. A variety of plan options are available and may be participated in through payroll deduction. Employees working less than 30 hours per week and eligible family members may qualify for a special premium discount (details will be provided at the seminars).

Karen Marblestone Perry and Teresa Campama (long-term care planning specialists) will be outlining this program at the upcoming informational seminars:

Kentfield Campus—Deedy Lounge, Tuesday, Feb. 15

  • 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.—lunch provided
  • 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Indian Valley Campus—Administrative Services 101, Wednesday, Feb. 16

  • 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.—lunch provided
  • 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Please RSVP to Julie Breakstone in the Human Resource Office at ext. 7340 or

SweetART Show

The College of Marin Fine Arts Gallery presents the second exhibition all about sweethearts and love. All artists are invited to submit one piece which corresponds to the sweetheart theme. The show will run from Feb. 21 to March 17. No work larger than 50 inches in any direction will be accepted unless it is free standing. There is still time to drop off your entry today or Tuesday during gallery hours from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entry forms are available at the gallery. Please e-mail with any questions.

Detective Story

By Sidney Kingsley
Directed by James Dunn
March 3 is a pay-what-you-will preview at 8 p.m.
March 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, and 19 at 8 p.m.
March 13, 19 and 20 at 2 p.m.
Kentfield Performing Arts Theatre
$20 general, $10 students, seniors, COM employees, and alumni

A play noir Detective Story was the script upon which the 1951 Oscar-winning and Golden Globe nominated film was based. Set in a busy New York City police squad room and office, the play takes the audience through the busy workings of the precinct during the course of one day. Every manner of petty criminal, tough cop, eccentric street character is represented in this gritty story that is guaranteed to keep viewers spellbound until its dramatic climax.

Good news! Circle Drive has re-opened so there is convenient parking there as well as in Parking Lot # 2 (across Sir Francis Drake Blvd.) and Parking Lot #17 (at the corner of Laurel and Sir Francis Drake Blvd.).

ESCOM Painting Exhibition

Emeritus Students College of Marin (ESCOM) is sponsoring an exhibition of paintings by Cole Posard now through March 25, 2011. The Emeritus Center at the Kentfield Campus is located in the Student Services Building, Room 146.

COM AthleticsWomen’s Basketball Playoffs
Congratulations to our women’s basketball team who received the fifth seed in the Bay Valley Conference Playoffs! They will be competing Tuesday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. at Contra Costa College in San Pablo.

Baseball Update
The COM Baseball team went 3-0 in the College of Sequoias Tournament over the weekend. They are currently 5-1 on the season.

Baseball vs. San Mateo College
Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2 p.m. in San Mateo
Baseball vs. Cañada College
Saturday, Feb. 19, noon in Redwood City
Baseball vs. Hartnell College
Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2 p.m. in Kentfield
Baseball vs. San Mateo College
Saturday, Feb. 26, noon in Kentfield

Softball vs. American River College
Tuesday, Feb 15, 3 p.m. in Solano
Softball vs. Monterey Peninsula College—Double Header
Tuesday, Feb. 22, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in Kentfield

Track and Field vs. Sacramento City College
Friday, Feb. 18, all day in Sacramento

Have a great week!

David Wain Coon, Ed.D.


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