Kay Ryan Wins Pulitzer Prize
Retired College of Marin Basic Skills Professor and former U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan has won a prestigious Pulitzer Prize for her latest book of poetry titled “The Best of It: New and Selected Poems,” which was published last year by Grove Press. Kay’s poetry spans 45 years and has been described as “witty” and “rebellious.” Congratulations, Kay, on this tremendous achievement!
WASC Follow-Up Report Update
The college community has made great progress towards addressing the WASC recommendations for the October 2011 Follow-Up Report. A synopsis is available online (PDF). For more information please direct email messages to Dr. Chialin Hsieh, Director and Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
April Data Nugget
As reported in the March 28, 2011, President’s Monday Briefing, each month the Office of Planning Research and Institutional Effectiveness (PRIE) will disseminate a brief data report or data nugget to address WASC Recommendation #4 regarding strengthening the role of research through broad institutional dialogue and critical analysis.
The entire ARCC 2011 Report is available on the Data Nuggets web site. For questions, suggestions or feedback, please direct email messages to Dr. Chialin Hsieh, Director and Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO) at email@example.com.
Accrediting Commission Continues COM Nursing Program Accreditation
At its March meeting, the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) Board of Commissioners granted the College of Marin associate nursing program continuing accreditation. The program’s next report will be due in two years.
Dental Accreditation Report
The Dental Program’s interim 2011 Self-Study Report (and attachments) can be reviewed at http://www.marin.edu/com/ODP/Accreditation.htm under the heading College of Marin WASC Letters and Reports. Please refer any comments/suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than April 28, 2011.
New COM Chief of Police to be Sworn In
Newly hired Chief of Police Mitch Lemay will be sworn in on Friday, May 6, 2011. The ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. in the Student Services Building, first floor. All are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served.
College of Marin launches access to online Library/Learning Resources in MyCOM Portal
Starting Monday, April 18, 2011, MyCOM users will have access to a new Library/Learning Resources page, including a variety of valuable online databases and other resources designed to support student success. Databases will include, Britannica Online, CQ Researcher, Expanded Academic ASAP—Infotrac, History Study Center, Oxford Art Online, ProQuest Research Library (National News 5) Newspapers, and Science Full Text Select among others. The new Library/Learning Resources Tab also includes links to the Online Writing Center, Distance Education resources, and ARTstor, a digital database offering thousands of high-resolution royalty free images. You can access this treasure trove of learning resources and online services by logging in to your MyCOM account on Monday, April 18, and selecting the Library/Learning Resources Tab.Kudos
Alpha Gamma Sigma Award Winners
2011 Golden Bell Awards
Model UN Club Takes Off at COM
A new club is steaming ahead at College of Marin, the College of Marin Model United Nations club (COMMUN). The driving forces behind the club are the past and present students of Paul Cheney’s Politics 210 class, War, Peace and the United Nations. Each year students from the class have gone to the Berkeley Model UN conference which this year was held in San Francisco. They had such a great time they wanted to participate in other Model United Nations conferences. At the beginning of April they went to two other conferences, one held on the UC Berkeley campus and the other at Diablo Valley College. The participating members of the club are Jesse Taylor Vermont, Peter Chow, Mariana Sosa Cordero, Jaylana Zemansky, Nima Zarkoub, Cyrus Massoumi, Tesfaye Johanson, Chris Lowell, Nick Olsen, and Scott Blood. Members of the club won special recognition for their excellent performances in debate and presentation at both the Berkeley and DVC events! Students interested in joining the club should contact Nima Zarkoub at email@example.com Paul Cheney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hands Across California
On Sunday about 20 people representing College of Marin showed up to participate in Hands Across California. This event was organized to call attention to the nation’s largest system of higher education, illustrating the impact of community colleges. Nearly all of the 112 community colleges in California formed a vast statewide human chain stretching from San Diego to above Sacramento in the North, over to San Francisco and down the coast through Los Angeles and back to San Diego to complete the circle. Funds raised will benefit scholarship funds that help students who are struggling to pay for college.
Back in the Swim this Summer at both Campuses!
The 2011 public summer swim program at the Kentfield Campus will begin June 20 and run through Aug. 14. The pool will be open Monday through Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Public swim will be extended to the fall on Saturdays and Sundays only Aug. 20 to Sept. 25 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $5 per day for adults and $3 per day for children under 13, seniors (55+) and the disabled. Lifeguards will be on duty. For additional information call (415) 457-8811 ext. 7587.
Long-Term Insurance Enrollment Period Extended
Don’t miss this opportunity—the enrollment period to apply for a long-term care insurance policy has been extended to May 6!
The Educational Excellence Innovation Fund provides seed money that encourages College of Marin’s faculty and staff to dream out loud.
The Educational Excellence Innovation Fund (EEIF) has four areas of concentration:
2. New programs reflecting business and workforce training
3. New pedagogies, learning styles, and learning communities
4. Program revitalization
For proposal instructions and applications please email email@example.com
April is jazz appreciation month and to celebrate the Associated Students of College of Marin, Jazz Ensemble Band Foundation, and Black Student Union will present live jazz music by College of Marin's Jazz Ensemble Tuesday, April 26, from noon to 1 p.m. outside the Student Services Building.* The COM Jazz Ensemble is directed by Doug Delaney and will feature vocalists Beverly Freeman and Citrina Niles with spoken word by Todd McCleary. Soul food will be for sale.
*Event will move inside the Student Services Building if it rains.Jazz Appreciation Month Essay Contest
Instructors: Let your students know that the Black Student Union is sponsoring an essay contest with a $100 gift card awarded to the winner. Entries must come from currently enrolled COM students. All submissions are due by April 22 at noon in the box in the Black Student Union located upstairs in the Student Services Building. The topic for the essay is: How did jazz music change America, and how has it positively affected their life? The essay should be 300-500 words, typed and double spaced. Please include contact information with your submission.
Organic Farm and Garden Plant Sale
College of Marin will hold a spring plant sale on Saturday, April 30, 2011, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Indian Valley Organic Farm and Garden. Plants and produce for sale include vegetable starts, herbs, annual and perennial flower starts, perennial shrubs, fruit trees, assorted berries, artichokes, greens, herbs, cut flowers, and more. Live music will be provided by the old time trio Wagon. Also, don’t miss out on Wednesdays at the Farm Stand. Each Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. a wide variety of produce is available for purchase. Please remember to bring your own bags as they are not supplied. All proceeds support the Indian Valley Organic Farm and Garden. For more information please contact Jenna Brager at (415) 720-2051 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Black Comedy, by Peter Shaffer
Directed by Jeffrey Bihr
College of Marin Studio Theatre at the Corner of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and Laurel Avenue in Kentfield
Piano Repertoire and Interpretation Class Concerts
The class will perform solo compositions by Franz Liszt, Percy Grainger, Anton Arensky, J.S. Bach and others in two concerts. Different repertoire each day.
Music for small ensembles performed by COM chamber music students, including works by Beethoven, Milhaud, Mozart, Weber, Foote, and Gershwin.
COM Symphony Orchestra
Tara Flandreau, conductor
Donation suggested: $20 general, $10 students, seniors, staff, and alumni.
2011 Annual Spring Job Fair
The College of Marin Job Placement Center will host the Annual Spring Job Fair on Wednesday, May 11, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kentfield Campus, Student Services Building, first floor. Employers and resource agencies from the Bay Area will be present to provide employment opportunities and resources to College of Marin students, alumni, and community members.
Transfer Recognition Reception
The Transfer/Career Center will be hosting its Fifth Annual Transfer Recognition Reception to honor and recognize our students who are transferring on to four-year universities. The event will be held Friday, May 20, 2011, at the Kentfield Campus, Student Services Building, first floor. The evening will begin with a ceremony at 5:30 p.m. to formally acknowledge our students, followed by a reception. You are invited to celebrate and honor our students as they make their transition from the college to attain their educational and professional goals.
2011 Student Art Show
This year’s student show, Last Call, will be up in the Fine Art Gallery from April 25 to May 13, 2011. A reception for the artists will be held Tuesday, April 26, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the gallery. All artwork must be picked up no later than Wednesday, May 18, 2011, by 4 p.m.
Paintings by MaryAnn Nardo
A new exhibit sponsored by the Emeritus Students of College of Marin is on display in the Student Services Building, room 146 through June 27. A reception for the artist will be held Monday, May 2 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. featuring live music by Jon Mitguard.
Softball vs. Yuba College—Double Header
Softball vs. Mendocino College—Double Header
Have a great week!
David Wain Coon, Ed.D.
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