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President’s Weekly Briefing - April 27, 2011
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Hold the Date for Our Faculty and Staff Recognition Luncheon

Mark your calendars for the annual Faculty and Staff Recognition Luncheon on Thursday, May 26 from noon to 1:30 p.m.  All faculty and staff are invited to attend. Awards will be presented honoring our outstanding faculty, staff and departments. The event is co-sponsored by College Council and the Academic and Classified Senates. Invitations and location information will be sent via campus email in early May.

Coffee and Conversation at IVC this Week

Join us for another “Coffee and Conversation” forum this Thursday, April 28, at 9 a.m. at the Indian Valley Campus in Building 17, Room 100. Faculty, staff and students are invited to bring their ideas, questions and other subjects of interest.

Children’s Art Show

The IVC Children’s Center will present their annual Children’s Art Show on Tuesday, May 10, and Wednesday, May 11, from 9:30 am to 3 pm, Bldg 12, Room 100.  Please stop by to pick up a beautiful matted drawing or painting to decorate your office or some special gift wrap created by the children.  Fresh, homemade treats will also be available.  Donations are welcome and will support the children’s arts program.


The College of Marin Counseling Department in concert with the Outreach Office and Workforce Development hosted a very successful high school counselor luncheon on March 31, 2011 with thirty-five high school counselors attending the event. The high school counselors toured IVC and learned more about COM’s wonderful programs and services. Many thanks go to Alexandra Magallanes Rivera, Anna Pilloton, Kathy Takemoto, Bob Balestreri, Sue Scott, Greta Siegel, Laurie Loeffler, Letta Hlavachek, Nanda Schorske, James Gonzalez, Kristin Acredolo, Grace Hom, George Hritz, Paul Rilla, Roz Hartman, Brian Santa Cruz, Alana Barton, Kenchunn Horton, Sadie Agidew & Juliann Tumamait for making the event a success. A Tamalpais High School Counselor in a follow-up survey summed up their positive experiences saying that “the opportunity to see your new campus with the updated equipment and program offerings was helpful and relevant…. I appreciate the hospitality of your program directors and value networking with other counselors.”

Patricia O'Keefe
traveled to Monterey, California in March to participate in the annual conference of the Western States Communication Association.  Patty is the chair of the Community College Interest Group and presented her research on communication perspectives on post-deployment veterans in the community college classroom.  In addition, she led 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.

Purchasing Office Announces Cutoff Date for Requisitions

May 6, 2011 is the last day for submitting requisitions for purchase orders and agreements for services for the 2010/2011 academic year and budget.  Please not that this applies to all areas regardless of funding sources.

Special Note for Office Supplies:

If you need to purchase office supplies from Office Depot or Corporate Express/Staples, after May 6, 2011 please complete an Open Purchase Order by Friday, May 6, 2011 and purchase any supplies prior to Friday, June 17, 2011, when all open purchase orders will expire.

Summer Session:
All purchases for summer session material fees supplies account 43020 that need to be purchased with FY 2010/11 funds must be completed by Friday, June 10, 2011 using summer program accounts. Summer session purchases must be made by June 10, 2011.


Please follow-up with all vendors to ensure that all invoices are received and that the invoices are dated prior to June 30, 2011. Please send all invoices to Fiscal Services prior to July 8, 2011 so that they may be recorded as 2010/11 expenses.  Invoices with materials received and dated after June 30, 2011 will be paid out of 2011/12 budget.
Claims for Reimbursement:
All Claims for Reimbursement must be completed, approved and received by Fiscal Services no later than Wednesday, July 6, 2011 to be paid out of FY 2010/2011 funds.  Claims for Reimbursement submitted after that date will be paid out of the FY 2011/12 budget per Board Policy 6.0009 item 13b.

Please Remember:

Purchase orders and agreements for services cannot be processed unless all over-drafted classified hourly, overtime, supply, other operating expenditures (i.e. contract services), and equipment accounts are corrected.

If you have any questions: please contact David Erlenheim at ext. 8162 or

College of Marin 2011 Public Summer Swim Program

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.
The Indian Valley Campus will open recreational and lap swimming beginning on June 20 through Aug. 11, Monday through Thursday, from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 per day for adults or an 8-day pass for $35; and $3 per day for children under 13, seniors (55+) and the disabled or an 8-day pass for $21. Lifeguards will be on duty. For additional information call (415) 883-2211, ext. 8260.
Purchase swim tickets and passes at the pool with cash or check only. A parent or guardian must sign a waiver for minors to use the pool. Parking permits are required and are available for purchase from parking lot machines for $3. Recreational parking permits may be purchased in the Fiscal Services Office for $15 per month.

Upcoming Events

Student Art Show

This year’s student show, Last Call, will be featured in the Fine Art Gallery through May 13, 2011. Stop by and take a look at a variety of artwork by our talented student artists.

COM's Jazz Appreciation Month Celebration

April is jazz appreciation month and to celebrate the Associated Students of College of Marin will show documentaries on the history of jazz in the lobby of the Learning Resources Center. Books on jazz will also be displayed in the library. For additional information on jazz appreciation month go to

Performing Arts

Black Comedy, by Peter Shaffer

Directed by Jeffrey Bihr
April 28 is a pay-what-you-will-preview
April 29 and 30, May 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 8 p.m.
May 8 and 15 at 2 p.m.

College of Marin Studio Theatre at the Corner of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and Laurel Avenue in Kentfield
$15 general and $10 for students and seniors. VISA and MasterCard are accepted and group rates are available. For reservations call the Box Office at 415-485-9385.

The laughs begin when the lights go out! Dark is light and light is dark in this hilarious comic ballet of a farce! In an attempt to impress his future father-in-law and score a job with a wealthy European art dealer, our hero and his fiancée “borrow” some very expensive antique furniture and objects d’arte from his fussy neighbor to spruce up his apartment. When the power fails, the neighbor returns unexpectedly and the not-so-old girl friend shows up; chaos ensues! Great fun for the entire family! Seating is limited in the Studio Theatre so reserve early. This show is sure to be a sellout.

Piano Repertoire and Interpretation Class Concerts
Paul Smith, instructor
Wednesday and Thursday, April 27 and 28, noon
Performing Arts Theatre
Donation suggested, parking $3

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.

Chamber Ensemble Concerts
Jessica Ivry, director
Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30, 7:30 pm
Lefort Recital Hall (PA 72)
Donation suggested: $7, parking free

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
Saturday, May 7, 7:30 p.m.
St. Hilary Church, Tiburon
Sunday, May 8, 4 p.m.
Unity in Marin, Novato

Donation suggested: $20 general, $10 students, seniors, staff, and alumni.
The May concerts feature performances by three winners of the 2011 COM Concerto Competition. Two interesting 20th century works are included: soprano Emily Bender will perform Samuel Barber’s evocative work Knoxville: Summer of 1915, and bassoonist Karen Wright will play the seldom heard Ciranda das Sete Notas for bassoon and strings by Heitor Villa-Lobos. In a more classical vein, tenor Peter Tedeschi sings the aria Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön from The Magic Flute. The program will also feature two orchestral favorites, the Classical Symphony by Prokofiev and the Unfinished Symphony by Franz Schubert.

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.

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.

COM Athletics News

Mariners’ baseball team is ranked 12th in Northern California and is in second place in the BVC. The team has two games this week and they will find out on Sunday if they make the state playoffs.
Our softball team is in 4th place in the BVC and they play their last home game on Tuesday and the last game of the season on Wednesday in Napa.
Our swim and dive men’s team finished in 3rd place and the women’s team finished in 5th place.  Swimmer Jenny Garanina won the 100 yard butterfly and advances to the State Community College Championships on April 28-30 at East Los Angeles College.

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:

1. Leverage for Fund Development
Provides start-up planning and financial support to faculty and staff in devising programs and services:
Closely linked to college/district strategic goals/priorities

  • Possesses significant potential for development of linkages with external organizations such as business, industry, government agencies and community organizations
  • Has a high level of potential for procurement of additional private or public sector funding as a result of Educational Excellence Innovation Fund support
  • Coordinated with the activities of the Educational Excellence Innovation Fund, the President’s Circle, College of Marin Foundation

2. New programs reflecting business and workforce training

  • Addresses emerging work force issues in the Bay Area and/or Marin County
  • Provides learning opportunities into the environmental, medical, or technological work force
  • Increases career opportunities and skills development

3. New pedagogies, learning styles, and learning communities

  • Introduces new teaching methods, such as utilizing technology and web-based instruction
  • Implements faculty development of educational websites
  • Creates distance learning and on-line options for instructional delivery

4. Program revitalization

  • Adds new components to existing programs
  • Creates partnerships with business to expand program offerings

For proposal instructions and applications please email
Proposals should be submitted to the Superintendent/President’s Office by May 6, 2011. Awards will be announced in June.
Faculty Proposals submitted to the Superintendent/President’s Office will be forwarded to U.D.W.C. per Article 8.3 of UPM contract.

Have a great week!

David Wain Coon, Ed.D.


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